Cooper News

Town News

Laurie Pike


The next Select Board Meetings are scheduled for Saturday, April 7th, 2018 and Saturday, May 5th, 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 4:30-6:30 p.m.  The next office hours are scheduled for Thursday, April 5th, 2018 and Thursday, April 19th, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.       

 I have been working with the Little River Vet Clinic to plan for a rabies clinic in Cooper.  They contacted me yesterday to notify me that they planned to do the clinic on June 16th from 9-11 am and will get back to me with a price list for services for the clinic.  I will provide more information as we get closer to the rabies clinic.

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. The Cooper Cemetery Committee will soon begin our walks in the woods to search for our private cemeteries.  I am getting so excited to start this activity again.  We have had a lot of fun searching for the stones and marking the GPS coordinates once we have identified the locations. 

An update regarding the health of Ralph Flood and plans for a benefit supper.  Ralph Flood needs some support from our town and friends from the surrounding area.  Ralph is eighty-eight years old and has many health issues.  He 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, the oncologist can do nothing further to treat the tumors.  He is now residing at Marshall’s Health Care Facility in Machias, Maine for hospice care to be close to his family.  Ralph and his wife Arlene, have been on a limited fixed income for over twenty years and could use some financial support from local friends and neighbors to alleviate the financial uncertainty they are now experiencing.   Their son Eric Flood started a go fund me page to help raise some immediate funds to help with a goal of $2,500.  So far, the fund has raised $2,175 towards this goal.  Anyone wishing to contribute can go to or find the page on Facebook to donate.  With the knowledge that some people are not computer savvy, some individuals have mailed their donation to Arlene Flood direct at 233 Cooper Hwy, Cooper, Maine, 04657.   Anyone wishing to let Ralph know that you are thinking of him can drop him a note or card addressed to Ralph Flood, Marshall’s Health Care Facility, 16 Beal Street, Machias, Maine, 04654.  To support Ralph and Arlene further, we are planning a benefit supper and Chinese auction and local musical talent on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Alexander Elementary School gym in Alexander. The cost for the spaghetti dinner will be $6 per person or $20 for a family.  I have reached out to local organizations for help with planning the supper and we have also contacted organizations that Ralph has been a member of for most of his life.  We have begun collecting donation items for the Chinese Auction.  Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction or wanting to cook for the dinner can contact me at or call me at (207) 214-7335.  Ralph and Arlene Flood appreciate the support and love shown to them by their friends and community.