Town News

Sandra Smith


The news of last week everywhere was the election. We can be very proud of Princeton. 510 citizens voted. Wendy Goodwin, Town Clerk/Registrar, was on duty with Deputy Clerk, Beth Grohs, from 8:00 a.m. as were helpers Nancy Davies and Doreen Hill. Donna Worden, Town Tax Collector/Treasurer, came on board later and all stayed until 1:30 a.m. to count the ballots. Below are the results of our town.

 Hillary Clinton-119 votes,
 Gary Johnson-34,
 Jill Stein-12, Donald Trump-330,
 Write-In David McMullin-1

 Emily Cain-151, Bruce Poliquin-336

 Rock Alley-86, Joyce Maker-408

 Robert Griffin-105, Beth Turner-371

 Vinton Cassidy-454

REFERENDUM QUESTIONS: #1 Legalize Marijuana YES-228,

#2 Public Education Fund YES-208, NO-298

#3 Background Checks YES-87
, NO-419

#4 Minimum Wage YES-239, NO-268

#5 Ranked Choice YES-176, NO-319

#6 Highway YES-231, NO-269

On Monday, the Parks and Recreation Committee held their meeting. We reviewed the turkey raffle and the two haunted house activities. We decided to hold off on movie night until after the first of the year. The issue is that we need to contact an agent to arrange for licensing in order to show a movie to the public. Any group that does this needs to follow this procedure. The cost for licensing can range from $150 - $450 depending on the movie and size of the group. The next project will be helping Friends of Princeton with the tree lighting on December 3 as well as donating the third prize of $25 for the house decorating contest. Also we discussed the Fresh Water Festival and the need for a special committee to help with the plans and implementation. Some have asked for a full parade.

Wednesday was the Princeton Library Committee meeting. The report for October: 3 new cards were issued; 40 books, 87 dvd’s, 3 audio books were borrowed and 100 books donated. Most of our patrons are good about getting their items back or renewing, but if anyone has overdue items it would be appreciated if you brought them back so someone else can borrow them. There is no charge for overdue books and they can be put in the overnight bin on the side of the building if you can’t make it during regular hours. If items are not returned, there is the cost of sending out a notice as well as the extra time that can be better spent. The Children’s activity is this Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy historian and writer, will read his book, “Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt”. Also there will be a special project with birch bark and treats. Other news: On Friday, the old interior lights were taken out and the new lights installed. Next week the outside lights will be done. Note that the library will be closed on Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thursday was the Friends of Princeton meeting. We reviewed the Treats on Wheels event and confirmed plans for the Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting. We need to get the lights on the tree and we have already confirmed the use of the fire station. Keith and Susan will do the cocoa and we need to recruit our bakers to make cookies. Also, we reviewed plans for our new event, the Christmas House Decorating Contest. Anyone’s house within the 04668 zip code is eligible. Registration forms will be available around town and specifically at the town office and library.

Upcoming Events:

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.

December 3 Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Legacy Square. Followed by a visit with Santa Claus, hot cocoa and cookies at the fire station.

Christmas House Decorating Contest judging on December 17. Registration deadline: December 15. First place $50, second place $35 and third place $25.

Donna, at the town office, found a large framed high school graduation certificate for June 1929 for Dexter Melvin Seamans. If there is a family member that would like it, I am storing it here.

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