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Laurie Pike

 

 

Whoever is providing us with these weekly nor’easter storms, please stop all this snowing already.  Another big storm this week and I’m ready for winter to end.  Last weekend, after the major storm had passed and the winds died down completely, the huge snowflakes falling slowly down to the ground were really beautiful to watch from inside the house.  I was getting excited for spring but how can spring arrive on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 when we are still snowbound with no end of winter in sight.    

Following the time change with daylight savings, the Select Board Meetings have moved back to 8 a.m. start time.  The next Select Board Meetings are scheduled for Saturday, March 17th and Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The Cooper office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  The next office hours are scheduled for Thursday, March 15th and April 5th, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.       

The Cooper Cemetery Committee and the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MODA) have selected a date of June 2nd for the cleaning workshop of our older cemetery head and foot stones.  The workshop can accommodate up to twenty people and there are still openings for participants.   Anyone wishing to participate in the Cooper Cemetery Committee in our search for historic stones or those wishing to take part in the class should contact Karen Holmes at 454-2583 or Bill Krider at 214-5893 to sign up.   

In observation of the recent invasive species week, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry recommended awareness of invasive plants and species in order to protect Maine land and waterways.  If this is a topic of interest to you, Like and Follow Maine Bug Watch and the Maine Invasive Species Network Facebook pages to be kept apprised of current information.  One invasive insect of concern is the Emerald Ash Borer that can kill every ash tree species in the United States.  The Emerald Ash Borer is not yet confirmed in the State of Maine, but it is already confirmed in thirty-two states.  This is especially concerning for our local Native American basket makers, who use ash in the making of baskets.  Scientists have begun collecting seeds for future plantings to preserve the ash tree species if the Emerald Ash Borer destroys them.  To find out more about the Emerald Ash Borer, visit www.maine.gov/eab to learn where it is, what it looks like, and how to detect and report it.   

March 2018 is National Woman’s History month, a celebration of the contributions of women in events in history and in contemporary society.  This week I want to recognize the woman veteran’s in the Town of Cooper and the major changes in the experience of women in the military.   In 1950, Women made up only two percent of the United States Military, but now in 2018, women make up fourteen percent of the United States Military.  The women part of the fourteen percent from the Town of Cooper are Donna Timpe, United States Army; Kathleen Hull, United States Navy; Rachel Ackley, United States Marines; Laurie Pike, United States Marines; and Jill Fullerton, United States Air Force, Retired.  The most significant recent change for women in the United States Military is the official policy changes regarding women in combat.  Initially, women were prohibited from direct combat roles and in 1994 the Department of Defense officially banned women from serving in combat.  In 2013, the military band on women serving in combat was removed.  Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more about the celebrated changes for women.