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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The Cooper Community Center hall is closed for the winter because it is not insulated and is therefore difficult to heat in the coldest months.  The Cooper Community Center Friends Group, which has been sponsoring and hosting open house and other events on the third Saturday of each month, ended the season with a Christmas party featuring music by John Viselli and friends, and cookie decorating, among other activities.  Last year the “Friends” Group sponsored workshops on rock painting, basket making, quilting, and open house featuring a variety of activities.  In the fall, the group joined other Cooper residents in a series of explorations into Cooper cemeteries, with emphasis on discovering the many small, hidden family cemeteries, to be continued in the spring, with the hope of starting a cemetery committee for the town.  The Cooper Community Center Friends plan to resume monthly open house in April with a spring theme, possibly garden décor with seedling give-a-ways or plant trading.  Stayed tuned for more information as the time approaches.   

On Monday, January 15, 2018 we enjoyed a holiday to celebrate and remember Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  He is honored for his legacy in the battle for civil rights to end racial segregation and to pursue racial equality, but the federal holiday in observation of his life and movement was not passed for fifteen years following his death in 1986.  He was an advocate of nonviolent protest and his most well-known address was the “I Have a Dream” speech.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.  As we celebrate his legacy this year, it is especially significant because it marks fifty years since he was assassinated.  

The next Select Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The Cooper office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The next office hours are scheduled on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.       

Foreclosure notices for 2015 liens have been mailed and must be paid prior to February 1, 2018 to avoid becoming town property.  Foreclosure is automatic if all 2015 taxes, liens, and fees are not paid by the February 1, 2018 deadline.  

Tractor excise for the 2017 tax year was 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.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses for the 2018 year have arrived if anyone wishes to purchase them.   I have also received the 2018 hunting and fishing law manuals to hand out. I have snowmobile stickers available for anyone who wants to register their snowmobile.