Town News

Laurie Pike

The next scheduled Select Board meeting will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at the Cooper town office.  The Cooper Town Office will be open for regular business hours in May.  Town Clerk, Sandy Lyon will be present the first Thursday, May 5th from 6:00-7:30 pm and the third Thursday, May 19th from 6:00-7:00 pm.  I will be available for regular Tax Collector hours on Thursday, May 5th and Thursday May 19th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Sandy has boat stickers if you are ready to register your boats and are anxious to get out on the water to do a little fishing.  I register the boat trailers so see me if you want to register your trailer to haul your boat.  I also have the Bureau of Motor Vehicle stickers for motorcycles so get registered so we can get riding on the warm days. 

Karen Holmes and I have been hard at work planning a Memorial Dedication Ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm to dedicate our 200 year millstone as the new flag pole base and raise the United States Flag at the Cooper Community Center.  The ceremony will honor all Cooper Veterans past and present including the two Civil War Veterans buried in the East Ridge Road Cemetery.  A short history about these two Civil War Veterans and about the millstone will be provided at the ceremony.  Senator David Burns and Representative Beth Turner have agreed to attend the ceremony and have promised to donate a U.S. Flag and a Maine State Flag previously flown at the State House in Augusta.  Sam Perkins has agreed to perform “God Bless America” and the “National Anthem”.  Sam Coltart has agreed to perform “America the Beautiful” and the anthem for each branch of service.  This will give all veterans a chance to stand during the playing of the branch in which they served.  Victor Voisine and the Color Guard will perform the flag ceremony and flag raising dedication.  Pastor Jeremy Towne of Meddybemps Christian Church will be present for avocation and benediction at the opening and closing of the ceremony.  The Cooper Community Friends has agreed to provide refreshments following the ceremony for all attending.  They plan to provide hot dogs and buns, potato salad, baked beans, cupcakes, veggie and hummus trays, coffee, tea, and other drinks in a red, white, and blue theme.  A special thanks Leeland and Betty Bass for saving the millstone and to Ralph Flood and Justin Day and the other members of the Cooper Volunteer Fire Department for years of safekeeping.  Thanks to John Dudley for historic information he wrote in the Alexander/Crawford historical association newsletters.  Thanks to the Cooper Select Board for approval for this event, arranging for placement of the millstone, and for the purchase of new lighting for our flag pole.  Thanks to David Lee for volunteering his time and equipment to move the millstone to the flag pole base area. 

The Cooper Community Friends has a fun afternoon planned for their open house on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Cooper Community Center.  The theme for this open house will be rock painting for garden decorations.  Please begin collecting smooth round and oval rocks about the size of a baseball or a little larger for this event.  Rocks will be painted with outdoor paints into animals, outdoor scenes, flowers, etc.  Pictures of ideas will be provided along with the paint and brushes.  Don’t worry if you are not artistic by nature because technical support will be provided for all of us who may not be as crafty as others.  Refreshments will be provided during the open house so please join us for a wonderful afternoon.

The Alexander Fire Department continues to request that Cooper residents put numbers on their homes or at the end of driveways to assist emergency response units in finding us should we call for ambulance or fire department assistance.  Reflective or light up numbers are preferred but any numbers to identify the home location will help expedite response to the fire or emergency.   

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. 


In the Cooper Veterans’ Corner, the featured veteran of the week is Eric Flood.  Eric was in the United States Navy from 1984 to 1990.  He was enlisted during the last four years of the Iran-Iraq War.  He was a 3rd Class Petty Officer, which is an E4 enlisted rank.  He was a sonar and anti-submarine warfare technician and was responsible for the handling of nuclear weapons during President Ronald Reagan’s administration.  Eric’s permanent duty station was at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California.  He also had duty on the USS O’Callahan (FF-1051) U.S. Navy Garcia class destroyer escort and the USS John Young (DD-973) U.S. Navy Spruance class destroyer.  On these destroyers, he visited five different ports in Alaska and along the Canadian coast, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippians, and Singapore. He went to the United Arab Emirates of Dubai, which is the most populated city and Abu dhali, which is the capital city.  He also went to Bahrain, which is a small island country in the Persian Gulf.  He participated in drug interventions along the Mexican and South American borders.  He was awarded his Campaign Ribbon for his involvement in protecting oil tankers and frigates during the Persian Gulf War.  One such incident many remember occurred during the Iran-Iraq War on May 17, 1987 when an Iraqi jet aircraft fired missiles at the American frigate USS Stark.  Thirty-seven United States Navy personnel were killed and twenty one were wounded.  After this incident, U.S. Navy destroyer vessels patrolled in the gulf to protect oil tankers and frigates as a show of force.  If you happen to speak to Eric Flood this week, please join me in thanking him for his service to our great nation.