Town News

Sandra Smith


Tree House-Market Vendors Sharon Norman, Wayne Seidl and Joe Ruff

The Parks and Recreation Committee rescheduled by-laws meeting is Tuesday at 6:00 at the town office. Also, we will be discussing plans for the haunted house during the Treats on Wheels event which is October 30.

Thursday, Representative Beth Turner and Representative Joyce Maker were at the Princeton Town Office from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. to give an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues or concerns. Beth gave out the Ballot Question Preview for the upcoming November 8 election. This year there are 6 questions to be voted on in addition to the election of our state representatives and the president. Our votes in Washington County do make a difference when it comes to state issues because of the larger populations in Southern Maine. This week I will give the first question to review and then one each week, so when it comes time to vote the issues are clear. Question 1: Citizen Initiative “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

On Sunday, the vendors and friends of the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market had an end of season get together fun social event. Twenty-two carpooled and met at the treehouse in Eastport at 4:00 p.m. We did a tour of the treehouse, which has a kitchen and sitting area, plus a loft and two levels of decks connected by walkways. The railings were made of driftwood, and larger nature made sculptures blended with the woods to provide the tree house’s unique identity as a way Down East structure. Also, a Maine style “Privy” at the top of the hill completed the picture. After the tour, our hosts prepared our self-designed pizzas which then were baked in a brick wood fired oven. After eating as much of our pizzas as we could, carrot cake with a creme brulee topping was brought out. Also we were provided with pizza boxes, which we labeled with our names, to take home our leftovers. We then lined up the tables for a fun dice game and the winner was Maureen James, who said she never wins, and enjoyed the moment. It was starting to get a bit cold and dusk was approaching, so we all said our goodbyes which seemed an appropriate end to our market season.

When I checked in at the library and Heidi said that “The Girl on the Train” is ready to borrow. The book has been on the best seller list and the movie is out in October. The story is set in England and is about a woman who commutes to work by train. She has periods of memory blackout due to her excessive drinking, and during one of these times saw something that relates to a missing person. This is the author, Paula Hawkins, fifth book although her first major one and is well written and a good mystery. The train is the continuing link throughout the story and reminded me of the time I lived across from a train route that transported coal to New Hampshire’s light company at 3:00 a.m. I got used to the noise but the first time my sister-in-law stayed over she thought it was an earth quake. Then I thought about the train that used to run through Princeton. It was an important part of everyone’s life here and it went across Main Street down near the bridge. Bruce Belmore wrote about his mother, Flora, taking the train to Boston for her business: “In the spring and autumn of each year she went to Boston to do her buying, and always on those trips she took with her one of her children. She dangled the prospect of those wonderful trips to the city before the eyes of her hopefuls, and thus she made easy many situations which otherwise might have been quite difficult. Along with her millinery business she had several side lines. At one time for instance she maintained a large herd of cattle and made cheese for the market; at another time she made pickles on a large scale for Gilman’s Restaurant on Summer Street in Boston.”

The first railroad train line came to Princeton, in 1854 and was called the Lewey Island Railroad. Then in 1869, Lewey’s Island and the Calais and Baring Railroad combined and was called the St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad. The last train ran in 1933. Wish I could just jump on a train now and to go to Calais or Bangor or Portland or Boston.

It is frustrating to report that Sharon Norman, while working at Legacy Square, picked up another dozen cigarette butts and trash from the gardens. This is a memorial to our veterans. It is sad the lack of respect. Also the library continues to have issues with trash and cigarette butts as well. Furthermore, someone pulled out the flowers from the barrel on the corner of West Street and also the spike plant in the middle. Since starting the planting of flowers in the barrels, we have saved the spike plants over to replant in the spring. Now we will have to purchase a new one with our limited funds.

Good news is that one of our guests left an $80 in our donation display for Legacy Square.

The Town of Princeton is still looking for volunteers for the Board of Appeals. There is an upcoming workshop at the community college and it would be a great opportunity for someone to do something for the community.

Frodo the Corgi update: he is now 3 1/2 months old, weighs about 10 1/2 pounds, and loves aggravating the two other dogs, Sheltie-Maya and Beagle-Daisy. However, he has almost learned to leave Jones, the 18-year old cat alone.


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