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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

I am back to work following the minor carpal tunnel surgery I had this summer.  It went well but it does take about a year to get strength back and unfortunately it was in my dominant hand.  If you’re around when I need a cover removed from a jar, you can expect to be recruited for the job.  I want to thank Janice Scanlon from Pembroke for covering for me with registrations while I was out of commission.  The Cooper town office will be open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursdays of the month, September 7 and 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  I want to remind everyone to  contact me with any news about the activities going on in the Town of Cooper or family news and events. 

Travis and Kathleen Hull had their daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul Jans over for a visit the past two weeks.  The couple were married last summer.  I hope they had a wonderful time with family members in Cooper and Whiting, Maine.  I sure they will be missed until their next visit.   

The Cathance Cooper Friends went on a nature walk on August 12 at the Alexander Art Trail.  The Alexander Art Trail has the largest hand-carved outdoor sculpture collection in the State of Maine.  If you want to check out the art trail and possible services offered, you can visit the website and watch video footage at www.arttrail.net or on Facebook at Alexander Art Trail. 

We recently had some crisp mornings and last Friday was a teaser of upcoming fall weather.  As much as I will miss the summer months, fall is my favorite season.  I wonder if the leaf peeping will be good this year because of the limited amount of rain in the last two months, but I am hopeful for beautiful fall color.  I have heard that the lack of rain can make the foliage drab but I hope this is not the case.  It does seem that the leaves are already changing and the change seems to have started early this year.  I know that many people have started fires in their pits in the cooler evenings.  I have gotten my fire pit out but no fires in it yet.  I need to get some marshmallows first.

 

There is going to be a full moon on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the September moon is also known as the Corn Moon because it corresponds with corn harvesting.  It is also called the harvest moon because it occurs closest to the autumnal equinox and provides the lightest night to help complete the harvest.   The next full moon will be on October 5, 2017. It is known as the hunter’s moon and refers to the time when some Native American tribes prepared to go hunting in preparation of winter.  Also, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon on November 4 was known as the beaver moon by both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes because it was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze in order to have warm winter furs.  The Native Americans also called it the full frost moon. The last full moon of the year will be on December 3 and it is known as the full cold moon or the long nights moon by Native American tribes because it occurs in the month when winter cold grips, the nights become long and dark and it occurs near the winter solstice.  The winter solstice is the night of the year with the least amount of daylight.