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Laurie Pike


Office hours in the Town of Cooper are held the first and third Thursday of each month.  The next office hours will be held on Thursday, February 2nd and 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  The next select board meetings for February will be held on Saturday, February 4th and Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.  The time of the select board meetings has changed for the winter months and will return to the earlier time when winter weather has passed.  

If you have a balance on your 2016 taxes please contact me at 207-214-7335 for exact amounts as interest is being applied per day until taxes are paid in full.  If you have a tractor, your tractor excise was due with your property tax bills.  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 pay tractor excise during regular office hours or by mail by sending to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04657.

Here is another segment about safety during the winter months while avoiding injury or life threatening situations while we enjoy favorite winter recreation activities.  Two weeks ago the segment was pertaining to staying off unsafe ice to avoid falling through and then outlined what to do in the event of accidental fall through the ice.  This week I will be writing about frostbite, avoiding frostbite, and what to do if you suspect you have frostbite.  Frostbite is an injury caused when your skin and underlying tissues are frozen.  Your skin becomes very cold, numb, hard and waxy in appearance, and red, white, bluish-white, or grayish-yellow in color.  There can be blistering after rewarming in severe cases.  Areas where frostbite is common are on the fingers, toes, nose, cheeks, chin, and ears.  

There are three basic stages of frostbite.  Frostnip is the first stage of frostbite that doesn’t cause permanent skin damage.  The second stage is superficial frostbite that may involve stinging, burning, and swelling and possible fluid filled blisters.   Stage three is severe deep frostbite and affects all layers of the skin including tissues that lie below the skin.  There can be numbness, loss of sensation to cold, pain or discomfort and joints or muscles may no longer work.  Large blisters form after rewarming and the area turns black and hard as the tissue dies.  Stage two and three of frostbite require medical attention because there is potential damage to skin, tissue, muscle, and bones and can include infection and nerve damage.  Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of stage two or three and if there is a fever or new unexplained symptoms.  Complications of frostbite include long-term numbness in the affected area, changes in the cartilage between the joints, increased risk of developing frostbite again, increased sensitivity to cold, infection, and tetanus.  


To protect yourself from frostbite, limit time outdoors in cold, wet, windy weather conditions; dress in several layers of loose warm clothing; wear a hat that covers your ears, and mittens; wears socks and sock liners that fit well, wick moisture and provide good insulation; keep moving to keep your blood flowing; and watch for signs of frostbite.