Town News


Laurie Pike


 The next Cooper Town Office hours will be held on Thursday, April 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Office hours are the first and third Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 pm and by appointment as needed.  The next select board meeting will be held at the Cooper Town Office on Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The next monthly planning board meeting will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 9:00 am at the Cooper Town Office.  If you need to schedule an appointment, please contact me and I will try to accommodate if I’m available to do so.

 The Annual Cooper Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 6:00pm at the Cooper Community Center.  The Cathance Cooper Friends will be providing some refreshments for the meeting and plans are being made to secure some great music from our own John Viselli while we socialize with our friends and neighbors.

Our local bird watcher and counter, Karen Holmes is taking on a new project in our community by participating in the latest initiative by Monarch Watch.  Monarch Watch is seeking immediate assistance from monarch enthusiast in collecting observations of monarch in their area during the spring and fall.  The purpose of this project is to attempt to assemble data on monarch numbers at critical times during the breeding season to predict trends in the population.  The decline in monarch numbers over the last fifteen years has prompted attempts to define the critical factors that explain these variations in monarch numbers.  The project asks monarch participants to record the number on monarchs seen each day during specific time periods for their specific latitude for geographic coordinates within fifty miles of their homes.  Here in the north, the initial interval will capture some of the returning monarchs early in that period and to chronicle the arrival of the first generation monarchs migrating north to the summer feeding grounds.  The second interval in the north would capture the intensity of reproductive intensity of monarchs during the period in which most eggs are laid that become adults that populate the migratory generation later in late August and September.  Karen has participated in monarch projects in the past including raising, tagging, and releasing monarchs caterpillars here in hopes that they will go south to Mexico and return here later to create a population that would continue to return here.  Despite her efforts and the efforts of others, it is very sad to see how monarchs in this area of Washington County have continued to be terribly low in recent years.