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Laurie Pike


The Cooper town office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month.  I will be at the office again on October 5th and October 19th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  The new hunting law books for the upcoming hunting season have arrived if anyone needs a copy.  Dog tags from the Animal Welfare program have also arrived and are available for dog registration.  Please contact me with any information if you have news for the Town of Cooper column.  I appreciate local input from our residents to keep me on top of any local events and happenings that may be amusing or noteworthy.  

Congratulations to Trevor and Shannon Flood and their family on their beautiful new home on the Cooper Road.  The color of the siding is beautiful and the design shape looks very nice.  I’m sure that you are very anxious to get moved in and begin making it your own.

Wishing a very happy birthday to Mr. John Howe, who celebrated his 90th birthday weekend with all four of his children and almost all their families. The celebration started on this past Saturday with a luncheon at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias. Attending from out of town were son John and his wife Valerie of Chesapeake, VA, daughters Cheryl Roberts of Yarmouth, ME and Laurie Tyler and her husband Glenn of Raymond, ME. Grandchildren Julie Marquis of Brunswick, Cheri Siatras and her husband TJ of Harpswell, Amanda Tyler of Waltham, MA and Eric Tyler of Boston. Great grandchildren: Danika Siatras and Trevor Marquis.  On Sunday, October 1st, John’s official birthday, his son Norman and his wife Linda hosted the family for brunch to celebrate the oldest and youngest members of the family as Trevor celebrates his 11th birthday on Monday, October 2nd.  A great big happy birthday to both Mr. John Howe and to young master Trevor.  We hope all your birthday wishes came true! 

I wanted to send our condolences and continued thoughts of comfort to Janet Lance following the loss of her life partner, Charles R. Holmes.  Charles Holmes passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 after he lost his battle with cancer.  Charlie and Janet moved to Cooper last year and have a new home on North Union across from me and my mother, Brenda Gove.  They went south for the winter months and had just returned this summer when Charlie had a heart incident one day after returning.  During his medical treatment over the following weeks, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer and passed away in a very short time.  He previously worked as a long-haul truck driver and he was a very talented artist.  Janet plans to remain here in Cooper and has plans to bring her child and grandchild to live here too.  I am sorry for your loss Janet and the difficult life transition that you are experiencing now.  I know that Charlie is now free of pain and suffering and he is in a better place, but he will be missed.

The historical talk and walk featuring local historian, John Dudley was a complete success with almost twenty-five people in attendance.   It was a beautiful day for the walk and the talk to follow at the Cooper Community Center with wonderful refreshments provided by the Cooper Community Friends Group.  I have written a feature article regarding the historical content of the outing about General John Cooper.  Plans are being made to continue to study the historical figures buried in the six recognized cemeteries in Cooper and to find the many private gravesites located throughout the Town of Cooper.  A walk to find some of these gravesites is now being planned for later in October, weather permitting, and then the work will resume once spring has arrived. Anyone interested can help resume the discovery of these graves.  If Karen Homes and Bill Krider are successful in getting a grant from the Maine Old Cemeteries Association for their participation in a workshop to learn to clean, repair, and refurbish headstones, the hope is for restorative work to be performed when appropriate.  Anyone interested in providing manual labor under their direction to work on the Cooper cemeteries should notify them directly so you can be apprised of plans and participate in future committee meetings.