Town News

Sandra Smith

The Parks and Recreation Committee postponed their by-laws meeting until this week, Monday at 6:00 at the town office. Also, we will be discussing plans for the haunted house during the Treats on Wheels event.

Wednesday was the library committee meeting. Attending were Denise Hill, Doreen Wallace, Heidi Potter (librarian) and myself. Projects to be worked on include cleaning the area behind the library, new signage, new lighting, offering computer classes and ancestry subscription, activity for Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) and Treats on Wheels (October 30). Heidi reported a large donation of new dvd movies from Penni Theriault. The dvds are all registered and ready to borrow. Some of the dvd titles include for children: 150 Cartoon Classics. Family Classics, Free Willy, Goonies, Hercules, Cars 2, Escape to Witch Mountain, Monsters, Inc. and more. For adults: Twilight Zone 1-5, the TV Series The Unit 1-2, The Untouchables 1-2, How the West Was Won, Island in the Sky, Hatari.

Also my daughter, Tracy McIntosh, donated a full set of the “Outlander” Series (8 books) and “Girl on the Train”. If you want a good read this series will take you through the winter. Each book is 500-600 pages. The story is a light cross between sci-fi and mostly history. The first book starts in 1945 with Claire Randall and her husband taking a second honeymoon in the British Isles after a long separation during the war. While sightseeing she touches a stone in an ancient ceremonial circle and finds herself in 1743 Scotland. There are some explicit scenes but that is expected in most writing. I remember many years ago, my great aunt was a friend of Elizabeth Ogilvie, an excellent Maine writer of island family stories. She said that Ogilvie’s publisher told her she needed to have some explicit scenes in order for her books to sell better. Author, of these books, Diana Gabladon, is a university professor, born/lives in Arizona and has travelled extensively to research the historic aspects in her story. “Outlander” is currently a series on Starz cable as well. I do have the first season on dvd and was impressed with the excellent adaptation of her books. It has great music, filming and casting.

Volunteers Needed: The Princeton Elementary School library is run solely by volunteers and they need more help. They need volunteers to check out books during their pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade library times. Library times are not set in stone and we can work with volunteers to pick a classroom library time that works for them. The classroom teacher will also be in the library to help manage students. They are also looking for volunteers to put books away. All volunteers will be trained by their current librarians. Please call PES 796-2253 and ask for Charity if you are interested in helping out. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the community and have some fun with the kids. 

Thursday was the last Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. Again we had great weather. Each year the end of the market is celebrated with music (The Uke Wildcats Group from Grand Lake Stream) & soup (baked potato, potato, kale, veggie and more with cornbread and crackers). Thanks to all for the donations. The growers (corn, green beans, yellow beans, winter and summer squash, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, carrots) bakers, painters and creators were there with many special treats and crafts.

What a great day for our Youth Field Day. Many thanks to the Princeton Rod and Gun Club and Department of Inland Fisheries and all the great volunteers for their help. The kids had a great time and the weather was perfect. Approximately 40 children from ages 10-15 participated in .22 rifle shooting, archery, fishing, canoeing, trapping, and ATV safety workshops. Lunch was provided and all received a free T-shirt from the event. This year the air boat was a great addition and a big hit. Another excellent event put on by volunteers for our community.

Our State Representative Beth P. Turner has announced she will be holding constituent hours in her House District at 9 locations in Penobscot and Washington County.

Representative Turner said, “In order to best represent the citizens in this large district I need to listen to the concerns of those I represent. As a voice for rural Maine in Augusta, I have to know what is on their minds and be a part of their communities. I look forward to reaching out to as many folks as possible through these constituent hours.”

Representative Turner has invited Representative Joyce Maker to join her at the Washington County locations.

The times and locations of Representative Turners’ constituent hours in our area are as follows: Wednesday, September 21 at the Waite General Store from 4-6 p.m. and Thursday, September 22 at the Princeton Town Office from 2-4 p.m.

If you have not met Beth this is a wonderful opportunity to share any concerns you have about Washington County and current issues in Augusta that affect our town as well as some help you may need on the state level.


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