Town News

Laurie Pike

The next scheduled Select Board meeting will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at the Cooper town office.  The next Cooper Town Office hours for Town Clerk Sandy Lyon will be on Thursday, May 19th from 6:00-7:00 pm, and I will be available for regular Tax Collector hours on Thursday, May 19th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  See Sandy to register boats and ATV vehicles and see me for motorcycle registrations.   

Another announcement of the details for the 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, flag raising dedication, rifle ceremony, and play “Taps” to signal the closing of the ceremony.  Pastor Jeremy Town 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. 

Don’t forget to attend the Cooper Community Friends 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.  Everyone is welcome to join us for this fun activity.  

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.  There is a coffee social with baked goods after the morning Church service.  The Church of the Open Bible with Pastor Chip Howell in Alexander has Sunday school services from 9:45-10:45 am; Church services from 11:00-12:00 pm; Sunday Evening Praise and Worship Services at 6:30 pm; and Wednesday prayer meeting and bible study at 7pm. 

Karen Holmes went birding on May 14th to get data for the International Bird Day and the Global Bird Day.  The following is a summation of the numbers of species of birds and the numbers of individual birds she collected for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the eBird website, and the National Audubon Society, etc.  This information is used by these organizations to determine the location and health of various bird populations.   Karen found 65 species and counted number of each including:  Canada Goose-8; Ring-necked Duck-3; Ruffed Grouse-1; Double-crested Cormorant-12; Turkey Vulture-1; Osprey-2; Bald Eagle-2; Broad-winged Hawk-3; Lesser Yellowlegs-2; American Woodcock-5; Ring-billed Gull-4; Herring Gull-6; Lesser Black-backed Full-1; Great Black-backed Gull-1; Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)-5; Mourning Dove-5; Ruby-throated Hummingbird-2; Belted Kingfisher-1; Yellow-bellies Sapsucker-2; Downy Woodpecker-2; Hairy Woodpecker-4; Norther Flicker-3; Pileated Woodpecker-1; American Kestrel-1; Merlin-1; Least Flycatcher-1; Eastern Phoebe-4; Blue-headed Vireo-2; Warbling Vireo-1; Blue Jay-4; American Crow-6; Common Raven-2; Northern Rough-winged Swallow-1; Tree Swallow-4; Barn Swallow-2; Black-capped Chickadee-3; Red-breasted Nuthatch-2; Winter Wren-2; Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1; Hermit Thrush-5; American Robin-7; European Starling-8; Ovenbird-5; Northern Waterthrush-1; Black-and-white Warbler-2; Nashville Warbler-1; Common Yellowthroat-2; American Redstart-1; Northern Parula-3; Yellow Warbler-4; Blackpoll Warbler-1; Yellow-rumped Warbler-4; Black-throated Green Warbler-4; Chipping Sparrow-2; White-throated Sparrow-3; Savannah Sparrow-1; Song Sparrow-2; Northern Cardinal-3; Red-winged Blackbird-6; Common Grackle-6; Baltimore Oriole-1; Purple Finch-6; Pine Siskin-10; and American Goldfinch-10.


Karen will be birding again on May 21st for her annual Bird-a-thon to raise money for the Town of Cooper Building Fund.  People can sponsor her by donating so much money per species or by a specified lump sum.  Karen will be out for almost 24 hours birding and she is hoping to see as many species as possible.  Karen enjoys birding and helping the Town in this unique way.  Anyone wishing to sponsor her can email her at:, or leave a message at (207) 454-2583, or snail mail her at 220 Cooper Highway, Cooper, Maine 04657.