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Laurie Pike


The bitter cold freeze has finally ended after a very long ten-day period and the week ahead might feel like t-shirt weather after the record cold we have endured for a stretch that hasn’t been felt for the past forty years going back to January of 1971.  We deserve the warmth we will have this week reaching thirty and forty-degree weather.  The frigid cold began on Thursday, December 28th with high of eight degrees breaking the record of 11 degrees in 1946 and continued with high of six degrees on Friday, December 29th breaking the record of thirteen degrees in 1993.  On Saturday, December 30th, another record was broken of thirteen degrees from 1963 when temperatures reached a high of twelve degrees.  Unfortunately, the frigid temperatures continued and we endured minus eleven on January 6, 2018.  According to the National Weather Service, also on January 6th was minus twenty-five degrees temperatures and 60 mph winds on Mount Washington that felt like minus sixty-eight degrees.  The cold temperatures for such a long period of time is especially difficult due to freezing car batteries and home owner water pipes, and the failure of home heating systems.  It makes working conditions brutal for electric company workers when there are power failures and for fire departments trying to put out structure fires.  Make sure you check and change batteries in your smoke detectors.  We finally emerged on Monday, January 8th with the rising temperatures and fluffy snow fall.  I do enjoy seeing one natural phenomena that comes from the record cold temperatures called sea smoke.  Sea smoke occurs above ocean water when the air is very cold and moves over water that is warmer than the air.  We had a lot of sea smoke occurring during the recent cold freeze but I can’t imagine that our local fishermen enjoy it like local land lovers who can enjoy it safely off the high seas.      

The next Select Board Meetings will be held on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Cooper town office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Unfortunately, the Cooper town office had to close on Thursday, January 4th due to the blizzard.  Contact me if you need something that cannot wait until next office hours on Thursday, January 18th, 2017 and I will make arrangements to meet.     

If you haven’t registered your dogs, please do so prior to the January 31, 2018 to avoid the State mandated $25 late fee.  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.  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses for the 2018 year have arrived if anyone wishes to purchase them.  The ice fishing season opened on January 1, 2018.  I have snowmobile stickers available for anyone who wants to register their snowmobile.