Town News

Sandra Smith

On Monday, August 29 the Parks and Recreation Committee had their meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the town office. Final plans were set up for Friday’s Pizza night at the Princeton Fire Station. They had a brainstorming session for fund raising and upcoming events for the winter. The next meeting is Monday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the town office. The main topic will be to review by-laws for the committee.

Thursday was the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. The weather was cool and lots of veggies were available including fresh corn from the Mustard Seed Farm, which we had for dinner and it was great. There was one more kick ball game from the Parks and Recreation Committee. Due to the start of school soccer and volleyball games, it was decided that it would be the last game until next spring. There has been a lot of support for the kick ball games and it would be fun to do the same for the school games. The next two soccer games will be against Eastport on September 12 in Princeton and September 13 which will against Edmunds there.

Friday, the Princeton Library parking lot was re-paved and the size of the lot was increased which was funded from the town’s excise taxes. One more improvement checked off the list. Next is to re-do the ceiling and put in new lighting which is part of our grant. New librarian, Heidi Potter and I met with Danielle Doten, who is the volunteer who maintains the library Facebook page. She added photos of the new Dr. Seuss books and will keep everyone up-to-date on library activities. We appreciate all of her efforts as well as her creative designs. The Facebook page is Princeton Public Library.

Friday at 6:00 p.m. was the Pizza Night at the Princeton Fire Station. Hosting the event was the Fire Chief, Tony Ramsdell, who provided the pizza. Helping were members of the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee. Many attended.

Friday evening was a delightful pot-luck dinner for the “Let’s Talk About it,” Princeton Library Book Club. (See photo previous page). We hosted the dinner here at the Bellmard and supplied a bit of wine, cheese and crackers and coffee. The remainder of the menu was provided by members with a delicious array that included rolls, bean salad and pickles, tomato salad, sausage and pepper casserole, chicken casserole, potato casserole, veggie lasagna, sauteed cauliflower, blueberry cake, pineapple cake, and raspberry squares. There were many topics of conversation with the last one being “What series to choose for next year?” The Maine Humanities Council sponsors this program. Each “Let’s Talk About It” series consists of four or five books on a central theme. A facilitator adds depth to the conversation creating a good atmosphere for discussion and making sure everyone feels free to share their ideas and questions with one another. With over 40 great series to choose from, there is something for everyone! Our facilitator is Colin Windhorst from Dennysville and he makes every book worthwhile reading. Everyone is already looking ahead to next summer. I brought Frodo the Corgi downstairs to get some socializing training and take part in the group photo.

Saturday could not have been a better day for the Annual Yahd Sale in Waite at the Waite General Store. This is the 5th year for their event. Over 10 vendors set up their flea market items and started at 9:00 a.m. Joe’s Barbeque was a huge hit and the live music with added in jam sessions made it even more fun.

Then, friends Sharon and Bob Norman stopped by. They had found and gave to me an original chair from the Bellmard and a small ceramic tea pot, creamer and cup at the estate sale of Willis Butler in Waite. This scribbler doesn’t have the words to say how much I appreciated their thoughtfulness.

Although she doesn’t know it yet, April Free was the first to send me a news story. So she will get one of my cookbooks. April was also a columnist and I always really enjoyed what she had to say. Here is her news: First, my son, Eric Free and his fiancee, Aimee Shoaf gave me a beautiful granddaughter on July 8th. She was 5 weeks early and weighed a whopping 4 pounds 3 oz. They named her Zelda Aerith Free. This Grammie is over the moon! Second, Eric and Aimee were married in a quiet ceremony behind my grandmother Elsie Monk’s house on August 13th. Eric’s great uncle Greg Monk officiated the wedding. 

Lastly, on August 21st my grandmother Elsie Monk, celebrated her 92nd birthday. A pizza party was held at Vicki and Jimmy McLaughlin’s house. “Nannie” Monk was part of a 5 generation gathering! (The attendants are too many to list--suffice to say children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild!)

Upcoming Activities: Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the town office, the Friends of Princeton monthly meeting.

Saturday, September 10 the Friends of Princeton Tea and Tour at the Bellmard Inn from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. This is a free event and an opportunity to see one of Princeton’s historic homes. See ad in this week’s paper.

September 12 the Parks and Recreation Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the town office to discuss by-laws.

September 14, the Princeton Library Committee meeting at the library at 5:00 p.m.

The Princeton Rod & Gun Club along with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be sponsoring the Maine Youth Field Day on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. FMI see ad in this week’s paper.


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