Town News

Sandra Smith


The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee held the drawing for their fundraising raffle for a turkey dinner at the Baileyville Craft Fair on November 5th. The lucky winner was Jessica Niles. The proceeds from this raffle will help sponsor PPRC’s upcoming events, including a Movie Night, this month at the fire station.

Also on Saturday from 10:00 - 1:00 at the Princeton Town Office meeting room, Tammy and Hope Carle had a special presentation “Introduction to 4-H”. They were looking for parents to help restart interest in a 4-H club in the Princeton Area. They were very successful and have started a club called Northwoods 4-H. Their next meeting is Monday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Penni Theriault’s home.

With Veterans’ Day occurring this week I was reminded of one of the stories for the booklet for our tea this year that was given to me about Colonel Irvin E. Doane by his stepdaughter, Rebecca Paterson. Irvin lived in Princeton and there is a street named after him and is where his house is still standing. Irvin Doane served in WWII in France and won the Silver Star and the Croix de Guerre. That was when he earned the nickname Daredevil Doane. He was stationed in the Philippines during WWII. When the Japanese captured the Island of Bataan, he was a Colonel. He survived the Bataan Death March, and the Death Ship that transported him to Mainland China where he was in a Japanese POW camp until the end of the war for a total of forty-one months.

Rebecca’s story: “My Grandmother Blanche Tozier Whitney, who was a young widow and close friend, was brought in to take care of Colonel Doane when he returned to Maine. They fell in love, were married, and chose Princeton as their home where they lived from the late forties until their deaths in 1970. I visited many times as a little girl. They loved their home and garden, and loved the hunting and fishing which were a big part of their lives in Princeton. Martha lived with her daughter and son-in-law for several years until her death. This is a poem that she wrote about his life there.”

Retired Colonel by Martha G. Tozier,1955

In wrinkled khaki pants and faced shirt

He Cultivates his patch of fruit and flowers

Delighting in the feel of good rich dirt

And letting sun’s warmth and quiet hours

Erase old bitterness

He lifts his head to hear a bluebirds song

And smiles to see the sparrows

Flying off with bits of bread

And Robins plundering his cherry tree.

For he remembers hunger, like a knife

Between the ribs, and loneliness and doubt

In prison camp, where just the spark of life

Was all he had, and might have flickered out.

Such a simple things are precious to a man

Who has survived the horrors of Bataan.

This is a true picture of my son-in-law,

Irvin E. Doane’s daily life.

According the Princeton Elementary School Calendar, there will be an early release on Thursday and no school on Friday in remembrance of Veteran’s Day. Also because of a teachers’ workshop on Wednesday, November 23 there will be no school, along with Thanksgiving, November 24 and November 25.

A reminder of the winter hours of the Princeton Food Mart starting November 14th: Sunday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Also note the Old School Family Restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., on Saturday from 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events:

November 9 at 5:00 Library Committee Meeting at the Princeton Library.

November 10 at 6:00 at the Town Office Meeting Room, the Friends of Princeton will be meeting to recap the Treats on Wheels and plan for the Christmas Tree Lighting.

November 12 the 8th Grade will be having their annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Princeton Rod & Gun Club from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Penni Theriault’s home, Northwoods 4-H Club.

November 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Old School Restaurant a meeting of the Princeton Pathfinders Snowmobile Club. Public is invited and it is a good time to join and become a member. The Club is having a raffle for a Polaris Indy 120 Youth Snowmobile. Tickets are $10 each and the raffle date is December 15, 2016. Tickets may be purchased from members.

NEWS? Just drop me a note or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261. I need any news no later than early Monday morning.