Town News

Sandra Smith

First, thanks to Elizabeth for her time doing the column. It does require a major commitment. Also, I appreciate the other past writers Grace Hiland, April Free, Peta Brown, and Sharon Norman. I hope I can do as well as they have done.

For those who don’t know me, I first came to Princeton from Washington Maine in 1997 as a new owner of Long Lake Camps, a traditional sporting camp. It was a challenge with so many repairs and rebuilding the business but with my partner, Ian, we turned it around. In 2004, I felt it was time to slow down and to my surprise it sold very quickly. We kept a cabin that was not part of the camps and bought a house in NH, closer to family. When I saw the Bellmard for sale, out of curiosity I checked it out. Sold the house in NH and nine years later, no regrets. The Bellmard, first built in 1866 (rebuilt in 1896 due to a fire), is one of Princeton’s early Main Street homes with a lot of history which I truly appreciate.

And here is the Princeton News for this week.

On Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m. at the town office, the Parks and Recreation Committee held a meeting to recap the Fresh Water Festival and put forth ideas for next year. As the committee has now become more established, it will look into bylaws. Permanent officers were elected as follows: Jan Campbell-President; Meredith McLaughlin-Vice President; Treasurer-Jason Theriault; Secretary-Amanda Woodruff; Mediator-Sandra Smith. The meeting is limited to an hour and the next meeting, Monday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the town office will work on a list of planned activities. Anyone is welcome to join this group or participate at any meeting.

Thursday was the Grand Opening of the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. The market had sales of seedlings earlier in the season but this was the official celebration of the market’s 6th year. It was a fun event and well attended despite the drizzle. Noell and Peter Gould along with Kevin Howland provided live music and Joe Ruff, Wayne Seidl and Bob Norman provided dinner with Bob’s special burgers, hot dogs, beans, potato and macaroni salad. Thyme to Paint had fresh peas, beet greens, radishes and rainbow chard as well as a collection and hand painted items; Phoenix Rising Farm had chard, green and red lettuce and fresh eggs. The Herricks had baked goods and fabric crafts; Rachel was there with her Living Gingerly items; the Curtis family had cedar Adirondack chairs/wood products and decorator pillows; Nancy and Jim Davies, new to the market this year, had trellises and veggies; and Bobbi and Al Mather returned for a special visit with Bobbi’s hand crafts and Al’s wood turned items. Rhonda Cobb brought her Cowgirl Up Petting Zoo and Deb Mann gave out fun beads to help celebrate. A bracelet and necklace craft project had participants of all ages. Also a picnic table was donated by Cleo Scott and painted by Jessica Cilley for use at the field. Once again Meredith McLaughlin persuaded the youngsters to come out and play a kickball game. The market is appreciated by the community as a fun social event. This group has dedicated themselves to do the market from mid-June to mid-September and works hard to keep it going. It is impossible to predict what they will have at the market for vegetables; it does depend on the weather. The growers all do their best to bring their fresh produce to the market. And I had my usual space for the GLS Area Chamber of Commerce with flyers from local businesses and information about upcoming activities. If you have some news for the column stop by and chat.

This Thursday, July 14 will again be the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market from 3:00-5:00 and at 6:00 a Friends of Princeton meeting at the town office. Friends will be finalizing plans for their Flea-Wheeling Event at Brewer Andrews Field, West Street on Saturday, July 16. Anyone can set up starting at 7:30 and there is no charge for the space, although donations are always appreciated. The event goes from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a fun time to swap/trade/and clean out the barn. If you are thinking of participating, you might want to check with Sharon Norman for more details (796-2723)

Also Saturday and Sunday, on Indian Township, is Indian Days. This is a wonderful opportunity to see traditional ceremonies, dancing and drumming as well as being able to purchase valued Passamaquoddy baskets, dream catchers, bead work items and other fine crafts. There will be a special tribute to Tomah Joseph and the township museum will be open.

If you enjoy reading, our library has started their summer book club, Let’s Talk About It. The group is facilitated by Colin Windhorst and meets every other Monday at the Princeton Library at 7:00 p.m.. A set of the books is available at the library. You don’t have to read all the books or attend all the meetings but any book that you do read or meeting you attend is well worth it. Our next book is Turnip Pie by Rebecca Cummings and the discussion is on July 25.

Also on sale for $15.00 at the library and town office is Nancy Marshall’s second Princeton Remembered dvd. This one has a history of the train that came to Princeton, fishing and hunting, businesses and Main Street. There are many photos and special interviews with some of Princeton’s oldest residents, some who are now gone. Nancy has spent many hours on this very special project that shows/saves the town’s history. All proceeds are donated to the library.

Nancy will be hosting the St. Croix Valley International Garden Club July’s meeting in her gardens at Big Lake at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20th. Members and guests are cordially invited to attend. Several area gardens will be toured after the meeting. A map of gardens will be distributed at the meeting.

Very Special Event: On July 17 at 4:30 pm friends of Mary Wallace will gather at Legacy Square in Princeton to dedicate a planting in Mary’s memory.  Planting will be provided by the St Croix Valley Int Garden Club of which Mary was a long time member.

I have set up an email address, so just drop me a note or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261.


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