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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The Select Board meeting for Saturday, December 16th has been cancelled due to the upcoming Christmas holiday and travel plans by members.  The next Select Board meetings will be held on Saturday, January 6 and January 20, 2018.  The next Planning Board Meeting is scheduled for January 6th at 10:00 a.m.  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 on Thursday, December 7 and Thursday, December 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  I will be in the office for January office hours on Thursday, January 4th and January 18th, 2018.   

Real Estate Tax payments are due on December 1, 2017 so please get your 2017 taxes in to avoid interest costs.  If you have a balance on a prior tax year, any funds received must be applied to the oldest tax year owed.  I wanted to remind residents who own tractors that tractor excise for the 2017 tax year is also due December 1, 2017.  Tractor excise is $50 for tractors that are 1-5 years old; $25 for tractors that are 5-10 years old; and $15 for tractors that are over 10 years old.  You can mail the excise for your tractor in with your real estate tax payment or separately or pay during regular office hours or by sending to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04694.

Dog registration time is upon us for the 2018 year.  Please come by the office during the office hours listed above to complete your dog registrations.  The deadline to register your dogs to avoid the State mandated $25 late fee is January 31, 2018.  Dog licenses are effective from 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018.  The cost to registered an “altered” dog that has been fixed or neutered is $6 and the cost to register an “unaltered” dog is $11.   According to the State of Maine, Division of Animal and Plant Health, all dog licensing fees collected support local animal control and State Humane agents; investigation of animal cruelty complains and enforcement of animal welfare laws; compliance with rabies vaccination of dogs; care of sick and injured stray animals, and the return of lost dogs to their owners.  

Another reminder that the Cooper Community Center Friends group is planning a community Christmas Party at the Cooper Community Center on Sunday, December 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event is open to everyone who wants to come and celebrate the spirit of our community during this joyful holiday season.  Wonderful holiday refreshments will be provided and the very talented John Viselli will provide holiday music on various instruments for our enjoyment.  The Cooper Community Center Friends hopes for a good turnout to celebrate the holiday season.  This is a great opportunity to relax and escape holiday shopping and enjoy visiting with our neighbors.

Did everyone notice the full supermoon on Sunday, December 3, 2017.  It was a beautiful sight to behold.  Any new moon or full moon that comes closer than 362,000 kilometers of earth is considered a super moon.  The closest point in orbit to the earth is called the perigee.  The perigee makes the moon look extra bright and close to the earth.  It looks about fourteen percent bigger and thirty percent brighter.  December 3rd was the only moon in 2017 to meet the criteria for a full super moon.  It was a very bright night so I didn’t sleep well.  I ended up getting up at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to look out at the brightness of the night sky.  If you missed the full supermoon on December 3rd, you will have two chances to see a full supermoon in January of 2018.  The only full supermoons in 2018 will be on January 1st and January 31st, 2018.  The supermoon on January 31st will be especially interesting because it includes a lunar eclipse.  The sky in the cold winter months is always beautiful here in Maine so happy night sky gazing.  I’m still hoping to see the Northern lights here soon, but I haven’t seen them since I was a youngster growing up in Alexander, Maine.