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Laurie Pike


The Cooper town office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month.  I will be at the office again on November 2nd and November 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Real estate tax bills for 2017 have been mailed and payments should be mailed to me by December 1, 2017 to avoid interest fees.  I have received new hunting books if anyone wants to stop by and pick one up.  I have also received snowmobile stickers and can register your snowmobile if you want to be ready to ride as soon as snow falls.  Dog tags from the Animal Welfare program are available for dog registration so make sure you register your dogs by the deadline of January 31, 2018.  Voting will be open at the Cooper Community Center for the State of Maine Referendum Election on November 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Youth Hunt day in Maine was held on Saturday, October 21st and gauging from the pictures on social media, another successful hunt was had by many.  I also noted a lot of pictures of youth who were not used to getting up that early in the morning and ended up the victim of sneak attack pictures taken in different poses of sleep, wherever they collapsed for a nap during the hunt.

The cemetery project and search for historical graves continues and another search is planned for this Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  As we locate graves sites on private property, we are documenting locations for easy discovery in the spring.  On Saturday we will try to locate the graves of some young children buried on the private property of Lynn Brown and Russell Warne.  We are so thankful that local residents are supportive in this effort and are allowing our access to their property so we can search and document these graves for our project.  Thanks to Justin Day, cemetery sexton, for allowing us access to his abundance of knowledge and for all his support of this project.  So far, we had a short walk and talk about General John Cooper on September 30th with local historian John Dudley, and another walk on October 7th to locate the grave of Elpas Waterhouse across from the Cooper Community Center.  We have been having a great time on these walks in our community and the weather this fall has cooperated by staying warm. Hopefully our luck will continue to hold so we can keep searching.  We do not have any update yet regarding the grant from Maine Old Cemeteries Association for Karen Holmes and Bill Krider to participate in a workshop to learn to clean, repair and refurbish headstones, but we continue to be hopeful. 

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