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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 the Susan G. Komen 20th Annual Maine Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer will be held at the Bangor Waterfront.  This race includes a five mile run and a one mile walk to raise funds to cure breast cancer.  Unfortunately, we all know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and it has touched many local Cooper families.  This race is to celebrate the survivors of breast cancer and to remember those we have lost to breast cancer.  The net proceeds raised from the race this Sunday will stay in Maine with 75% helping Maine women access treatment and 25% going to support further research to end breast cancer disease.  Nancy G. Brinker, the Komen founder promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, who lost her battle with breast cancer, that she would end breast cancer and find a cure during her lifetime.  The Komen foundation is the voice of three million worldwide breast cancer survivors and funds are used for screening, education, treatment, and psychosocial support.  When looking at what has changed in the fight against breast cancer, we find that more early detection results in more effective treatment with over 70% of women over age 40 are getting regular mammograms; there is more hope with the five year survival rates at 99% with early stage breast cancer diagnosis and treatment; and our federal government has increased research funding for breast cancer from 30 million annually to 850 million since 1982.  The State of Maine rate of breast cancer is slightly higher than the United States as a whole but the rate of death from breast cancer is lower than the United States as a whole.   Unfortunately, Washington County is one of two counties in the State of Maine that has a screening proportion lower than the Country average.  The important message is that with regular screening, early diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up to survivorship, the risk of death from breast cancer is greatly reduced so please get regular mammogram screenings from age 40 and over.  To donate to this worthy cause or to participate in the race to raise funds, log on to the www.komenmaine.org

The Select Board has resolved the question regarding excise taxes for tractors.  Tractor excise will be $50.00 for tractors that are 1-5 years old; $25.00 for tractors that are 5-10 years old; and $15.00 for tractors that are over 10 years old.  You can mail the excise for your tractor in with your real estate tax payment by 12/1/16 or you can send it at any time to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04694.

The next Cooper Select Board meeting will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The next Cooper Planning Board meeting will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 am. Town office hours of operation have been changed to 4:30-6:30 pm on the first and third of each month and by appointment as necessary.  The next office hours are scheduled for September 15th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Even if you do not have any town business on September 15th, please stop by the office and meet our Maine House of Representative, Beth Turner, who will be at the Cooper Town Office during office hours on Thursday, September 15th from 4:30-6:30 pm to meet area residents, answer questions, and to hear concerns from residents.  

 

The Cooper Community Center Friends has rescheduled the quilted tote bag class originally planned for Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to October 15th.  More information will be provided as available.