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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

On September 13, 2016, the Bike Maine Tour traveled through the Town of Cooper on the way to Eastport, Maine.  The Bike Maine Tour is a week-long ride covering over 350 miles along the coast of Maine involving 400 bicyclists experiencing Maine as a Vacationland from a very unique prospective in the elements on two wheels.  The bikers travel about 55 miles per day and give the local businesses a needed boost.  Seeing four hundred bikers or four hundred of anything moving through our small rural town is an awesome sight to see.  I hope they enjoyed the beauty of their vacation in rural and coastal Maine.  

The Susan G. Komen 20th Annual Maine Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer held on Sunday, September 18th was another great success.  The race participants raised over $24,000 for the care of breast cancer patients and research for a cure in the State of Maine.  If you have never been to the race it is something to behold.  There is a huge sea of pink and white that is inspiring to see.  The pink shirts are worn by breast cancer survivors and the ceremony for survivors prior to the race brings a lot of support and hope to those struggling with breast cancer and lets them know that they are not alone and never will be alone in this battle.  It wasn’t the best day for a race because of the rainy weather but it didn’t dampen the determination to end breast cancer forever.  If anyone wants to donate they can do so on the Komen website located at www.komenmaine.org.  

The Camp Road Association would like to encourage those individuals who live on the road or use the road to make a donation for the upkeep of the road.  This year twelve loads of gravel have been brought to the road and a rock rake used to smooth the road.  If you would like to donate to the upkeep of the Camp Road in Cooper, please contact Diane Hunnewell or Debora Kinney to make a donation.  

Maine House of Representative, Beth Turner was at the Cooper Town Office during office hours on Thursday, September 15th from 4:30-6:30 pm to meet area residents, answer questions, and to hear concerns from residents.  I regret to say that the number of residents who came by to speak with her and Joyce Maker were fewer than we had hoped when this was scheduled.     

Another reminder that tractor excise will be due with your property tax bills if you have a tractor.  Selectboard has resolved the question regarding excise taxes for tractors.  Tractor excise will be $50.00 for tractors that are 1-5 years old; $25.00 for tractors that are 5-10 years old; and $15.00 for tractors that are over 10 years old.  You can mail the excise for your tractor in with your real estate tax payment by 12/1/16 or you can send it at any time to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04694.

Two parcels of land that had reverted to Town of Cooper properties due to unpaid taxes were put up for bid in local papers over past weeks.  The bids were opened at the Select Board Meeting on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  Parcel 1 bid went to David Lee for the highest bid amount of $8,300 and Parcel 2 bid also went to David Lee for the highest bid in the amount of $12,030. The past two Cooper Select Board meetings have involved heated discussions about balancing town financial accounts and Dan Ackley has abruptly left these meetings prior to completion.  It is currently unclear if he is stepping down from the selectboard completely or is giving up his position as chairperson while remaining on the board. More information will be provided in this news column as made available. Town office hours of operation have been changed to 4:30-6:30 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month and by appointment as necessary.  The next office hours are scheduled for October 6th and 20th from 4:30-6:30 pm 

The Cooper Community Center Friends will be holding a workshop on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m to make a quilted tote bag.  The tote bag workshop will be taught by Marcia Carlow.  The Friend’s Café will provide refreshments during the event.  For more information or to sign up please contact Joanne at 454-7383 or email kathleen.hull7@gmail.com.

 

Bill Krider did not get any interested response from the community about starting a Cemetery Committee. He will try again in the spring to get a committee started and I will get the word out at that time.