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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

It is really wonderful to see a community coming together to help one of our local residents and his family.  We are still working hard to prepare for the benefit supper for Ralph and Arlene Flood planned for April 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alexander Elementary School.  It is a bigger undertaking than I had expected but the surrounding community and our local residents have stepped up to help with this endeavor.  The cost for the spaghetti dinner will be six dollars per adult; four dollars for children age five to twelve; twenty dollars per family; and children four and under are free. Musical entertainment will be provided by local musicians during the dinner for all to enjoy.  We are still in need of donation items for the Chinese auction and people to make desserts for the dinner. Anyone wishing to donate or help us with this benefit can contact me at piketaxcollector@gmail.com or call me at (207) 214-7335.  Ralph has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that had metastasized from a previously undetected tumor in his lung.  He participated in some radiation but given his age no further treatment is possible.  He is in hospice care at Marshall’s Health Care Nursing Facility in Machias, Maine.  Cards can be mailed to Ralph at the following address:  Ralph Flood, Marshall’s Health Care Facility, 16 Beal Street, Machias, Maine, 04654.  If you are unable to attend the benefit but would like to donate to help the family, you can mail a donation directly to Arlene Flood at 233 Cooper Hwy, Cooper, ME 04657.  I have heard from a few people who reported mailing a donation.  Ralph and Arlene are thankful for the financial support and the well wishes from their neighbors and friends.  

Is warm weather ever going to be here?  I am really tired of these cold temperatures that are lower than normal for this time of year.  I saw a forecast predicting rain and snow mix on Friday.  Mother nature is being very cruel to us.  I lost one of my bee hives this winter and I’m not sure why but I suspect the drastic cold and occasional warm days snapping back and forth.  I still have one hive that is alive but just when I think I’m home free, we get another cold snap or snow storm.  My poor little bees need to get out and have something out there that is ready for pollination.  Keep thinking warm thoughts.

The next Select Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th 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 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The next office hours are scheduled for Thursday, April 19th and May 3rd, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.       

A rabies clinic, provided by Little River Veterinary Clinic will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cooper Community Center.  I am still waiting for a price list for services from the clinic and will provide when possible.  

The Cooper Cemetery Committee and the Maine Old Cemetery Association (MOCA) have selected 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.   Registration forms are now available for people to sign up to participate in the cleaning workshop.  I will have registration forms at the office to be picked up during office hours or contact Karen Holmes at 454-2583 to register.  The cleaning class is planned for the morning with a luncheon to follow at the Cooper Community Center.