Town News

Sandra Smith


The Children’s Story Hour at the Princeton Library was this past Wednesday from 4:00-5:00. We had 12 children come to hear Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy historian and writer, read his book, “Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt”. Donald gave the children an opportunity to hold a 6,000 year old arrow head as well as a Passamaquoddy sweet grass basket and a basket made by Tomah Joseph. Donald has written ten books and won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Gold Award, for this book as well as selling over 10,000 copies. The book is available to borrow at the library or for purchase at the Princeton Variety and would make a very nice gift for a child or even an adult. This is a true story and the canoe is at the museum on Campobello Island. Heidi, the librarian, helped the children with drawings on birch bark and to make teepee treats from ice cream cones. Remember that the library will be closed on Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Sunrise Christian Church reported that their Winter Clothing Giveaway on the 29th of October was a huge success! They were able to give away coats, snow pants, boots, etc., along with a few blankets...what a blessing.

The Town of Topsfield does not have a column, so when I heard about this event from my friends, Kim & Craig Cilley, and their son Todd Cilley, I offered to report the story. Topsfield is a very small town (population 250 +/-) and last year Princeton’s Fire Department took over the coverage of their town. The East Range II Topsfield Elementary School (grades K-8) held a spaghetti dinner and raffle at the school on Saturday. The doors opened at 3:00 and dinner was served at 4:00. Kim reported that the attendee’s at the event were very enthusiastic and everyone had just the best time. Between the raffle and the dinner, $2400 was raised and a bottle drive raised an additional $1200. All of the funds will go toward the 8th grade annual trip.

Upcoming Events: November 28-Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office meeting room.

December 3-Princeton Tree Lighting at Legacy Square from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Christmas carols will be led by Ernest Carle and the Sunrise Christian Church. Santa Claus will be at the fire station with Parks and Rec. taking photos. Bags of cookies baked by our helpers (if you would like to bake some cookies, let me know-help is always appreciated) and cocoa will be served and a decoration given to all.

Sunrise Christian Church will be hosting a potluck supper and concert on December 10. The Worship Team from the Sunshine Advent Christian Church from Deer Isle, will be bringing the musical treat. The Team consists of a piano, drums, bass guitar, violin, acoustic guitar, and 3 singers. Supper will be at 5:00 p.m. with the concert at 6:00. All are welcome!

The Christmas House Decorating Contest by the Friends of Princeton will be judged on December 17. Registration deadline is December 15. Forms can be picked up at the library, town office and Princeton Food Mart. Awards will be announced on December 21. First place $50, second place $35 and third place $25 (Parks and Recreation Committee).

Frodo the Corgi update: He is now 5 months old and weighs 17 pounds. He is very affectionate and provides lots of laughs. He loves to tease Jones our 18 year old cat and she is unbelievably good with him and doesn’t swat at him as much as she should.

To send me news or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261. My deadline to submit the column is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, I need any news no later than early Monday morning.