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Laurie Pike

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends.  I spoke to Arlene Flood last evening and she has passed the torch to me to report the news for the Town of Cooper.  She reported the news for over thirty years and hoped that someone would be willing to continue to write the article to keep the community informed. Please contact me or send news to the email listed above.  

The Town of Cooper held a Special Town Meeting on November 21, 2015. Stuart Shotwell was chosen as moderator of the meeting.  Attending residents gave the Select Board the authority to negotiate a two year contract with the Alexander Fire Department to provide the Town of Cooper with fire protection.  The Alexander Volunteer Fire Department proposes to provide response to structure fires, chimney fires, vehicles fires, EMS Mutual-aid calls with Downeast Ambulance, and cold water rescues.  The Town of Cooper would continue to be responsible for the issuing of burn permits via the Town Fire Warden and to manage all natural disasters via the Town Emergency Management Director.  Other topics of discussion included Road closures for winter maintenance; changing the fiscal year; changing date for annual town meeting; changing the length of terms of elected officials; town beach issues; and a school bus fund.  

A basket making class, sponsored by the Cooper Community Center Friends, was held at the Cooper Community Center on the November 21st with instructor, Thursa Sawyer. The class was such a success that the CCCF plans to offer another basket making class in the spring.  It sure sounds like everyone had a great time so I expect the next class to have an even bigger attendance.  The CCCF is planning to sponsor more workshops and classes.  The next workshop planned to make Christmas decorations is scheduled for Saturday, December 19th at the Cooper Community Center for adults and children.  For more information contact Jo at 454-7383; email kathleenhull7@gmail.com; or visit the CCCF on Facebook page: “Cathance Cooper Friend”.

The Cooper Select Board continues to hold meetings the first and third Saturdays of each month beginning at 8:00 am.  The town office is open for business on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  Tax Collector, Laurie Pike will be available from 4:30-6:30 pm and Clerk, Sandra Lyon will be available from 6:00-7:30 pm.  Both of us have been willing to schedule an appointment when meeting us at these times has not been possible and residents have requested another time.  

Now that Thanksgiving is over and done for another year, it is time to get to work on those Christmas decorations. I put my tree up this weekend but I notice that yards and houses are not lit up yet.  I think the abnormally warm temperatures had people lulled into thinking it was going to last but this cold snap has woken us all up the reality of what is coming our way very soon.  It is time to trim the trees, put up those festive decorations, and get started on your Christmas shopping.  I will try to get information about local Christmas services and special music celebrations to share with everyone.  I also wanted to remind our local school children that the 2015 Community Christmas Party at Alexander Elementary School is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 4:00 pm.

 

Next year, I would like to start a Veterans’ corner as part of this article.  It would be a short feature about a local Cooper resident veteran so don’t be surprised if I start making contact with local Veterans in hopes of a little participation.