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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

Old man winter can’t make up his mind this year between extended frigid cold low temperatures and warm ups with rain and flooding.  One day you are sliding and skating around on icy roads, then blizzard conditions and strong winds blowing sideways, and finally flooding and washouts on the sides of the roads.  We have quite a bit of damage to the sides of the roads from those heavy rains and flooding a couple of weeks back.  I’ve seen this type of damage during the rainy spring weather, but there really isn’t anywhere for the water to go this time of year so it really tore the roadways up finding a place to travel.  During a couple of those days that warmed up recently to forty degrees, I noticed frost heaves coming up out of the ground so watch out for bad heaves when you are driving to avoid vehicle damage.  We expect frost heaves and pot holes in the spring and try to adjust our driving accordingly but we just do not expect it in the winter.  When the unexpected warm days arrive, it is important to remember to check ice levels before venturing onto our lakes for ice fishing, skating, or snowmobile riding.  I have seen some areas of Open water lately and that is shocking considering the cold temperatures we had last month.   I am hoping that Old Man Winter goes away soon and Mother Nature decides on a very early and warm spring.  On a positive note, my honey bees are still alive despite the brutal temperatures.  I have my fingers crossed that they will make it through the next three months.  This is my first winter with bees and I have been warned that new bee keepers often lose their bees the first winter but I’m hopeful that I will be the exception.  If they die, I will order new ones and start over again because I want to save the bees and get some honey.

The next Select Board Meetings will be held on Saturday, February 17th and March 3rd, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The Cooper office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30pm.  The next office hours are scheduled for Thursday, February 15th, 2018 and March 1st, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 pm.       

Friday, February 2, 2018 was National Wear Red Day, a celebration started by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease in women.  Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of women.  Every year over five hundred thousand women die from heart disease and stroke in the United States and twenty-two hundred die each day from cardiovascular disease.  Per the American Heart Association, a woman dies every 80 seconds from heart disease unnecessarily because eighty percent of heart disease deaths are preventable with education and action.  Only fifty five percent of women realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women.  Prevention starts with awareness.  Women need to know their numbers including body mass index, blood pressure, good cholesterol and total cholesterol.  Women need to get informed and be healthy and aware to prevent or treat heart disease.