Town News

Laurie Pike

I was recently notified that the email address I had set up for this column was not working so I have changed the email to the one above.  I have been using this email for Cooper tax collector information requests and needs and now request that any news for this article be sent to this email as well.

Wishes are being sent for a successful surgery outcome and a speedy recovery to Dee Hull after her hip surgery on January 16, 2016.  I also wanted to send Dee a belated happy birthday greeting.  She celebrated another birthday on January 15, 2016.  Congratulations to Kayla Pyles, daughter of Michelle and David McVicar Jr., on the achievement of her recent $3000 Science Award from Bay Path University for use towards her tuition.

The last scheduled town office hours to register your dog this month to avoid the $25.00 late fee that will be applied in February will be this Thursday, January 28th from 6:00-7:00 pm.  Sandy is adding this extra day at the town office to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get their dogs registered.  If this opportunity does not work for you and you still need to register your dogs, please call Sandy to schedule to do so or the late fee will be applied. 

I want to encourage everyone able to do so to consider donating blood to the American Red Cross to help save lives in our community.  I donate several times a year and the procedure is fairly simple and almost completely painless.  During winter months blood needs are high and donations are significantly lowered due to inclement weather.  The next local drives are being held at Calais Regional Hospital on January 27, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and at Woodland High School on February 2, 2016 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  For more information regarding blood facts, what happens to donations, and the eligibility requirements for donating blood search or call 1-800-733-2767.

Sunday morning services at the Meddybemps Christian Church include Sunday School Service from 8:30-9:25 am and Church Service from 9:30-10:30 am with Pastor Towne.  There is a coffee social with baked goods after the morning Church service.  The Church of the Open Bible in Alexander has Sunday school services from 9:45-10:45 am and church services from 11:00-12:00 pm with Pastor Howell.

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 2016 Free Tri-State Snowmobile Weekend is scheduled for January 29-31, 2016.  This allows all legally registered Maine snowmobiles to be operated in New Hampshire and Vermont without being registered in those states.  This also means that all snowmobiles legally registered in New Hampshire and Vermont can be operated in the State of Maine without a current Maine registration. 

My son, Nathan Pike went ice fishing this past weekend near Houlton, Maine and he told me the ice there was eight inches thick.  It is important to check for ice thickness to ensure safe winter recreation on our lakes.  The ice thickness for safe ice depths for ice fishing and ice skating is four inches and for safe snowmobiling the ice thickness must be five to six inches.  I saw on the news recently that a snowmobile went through the ice but luckily the rider got away safely.  Keep in mind that there can be patches of open water that create unsafe conditions even when there are spots that have an appropriate depth.  

I have also noted news reports of numerous house fires in the past few months.  I have hardwired smoke detectors with battery backup now, but I still test them to ensure good working order sometimes via smoky cooking.  Please check your smoke detectors and test them for working order and replace batteries periodically.  Many people use the New Year or another holiday as an easy time marker for changing the batteries in their smoke detectors.  If you do not have smoke detectors, please contact your local fire department to inquire about possible donations of smoke detectors.      


In the Cooper Veterans’ Corner, the featured veteran of the week is Kathleen Hull.  Kathy was in the United States Navy from 1981 to 1987.  She was a Personnel Specialist 2nd Class and held the enlisted rank of E5.  She was stationed on the USS Vulcan AR-5 out of Norfolk, Virginia for three years, then at the State Department in Washington D.C., and then had a four month temporary assignment at the United States Embassy in Russia.  While in Russia, Kathy organized the Seabee Ball held at the Ambassador’s residence in Russia.  Kathy met Travis Hull while in the Navy, fell in love, and got married.  I heard that they were nowhere near the Love Boat when the love bug struck.  Travis Hull is also a Cooper Veteran and I hope to feature him in a future column.  Travis and Kathy owned the Cathance Lake Variety from 2001 to 2008.  Kathy has served the Town of Cooper in the capacity of Treasurer, Tax Collector, and Clerk.  She is a member of the Cooper Community Center Friends and the Cathance Lake Association. If you see Kathleen Hull this week, please join me in thanking her for her service.