Town News

Sandra Smith


First thing to remember is writing 2017 instead of 2016 and so begin a New Year. Last year was a very busy one in the town with many fun events. Therefore I thought I would do a review of the volunteer activities of our groups/organizations. This week features the Friends of Princeton. Friends was started by Bobbi Mather and Sharon Norman in 2011. The purpose was to establish a group to encourage positive activities and help to make improvements to the Town of Princeton. Their motto is “Princeton Proud.” Bobbi invited me to join and one of the first projects was a town clean up which resulted in quite a few truck loads of trash and brush. The Princeton Grange invited all workers back for a cookout provided by Grange Members (unfortunately there was not enough interest to keep the Grange going and it closed in 2015). With the cleanup came the addition of large metal barrels on Main Street for trash. These were painted by the 4-H club. The next idea was to get donations for large wooden barrels to be placed on Main Street and filled with flowers. They managed to get 14 barrels and the St. Croix Garden Club donated $75 for flowers and funds raised by Friends paid for the potting soil. The students at the Princeton Elementary School helped plant the flowers which was followed by refreshments and a tour at the Bellmard Inn. This activity has continued and this year the students grew the flowers as well as planting them. There have been numerous compliments on how nice the flowers look and how much they have added to the Main Street. To keep the flowers fresh, volunteers have to water the flowers and it is a major task. Friends is always looking for someone to adopt a couple of barrels and make sure they are kept watered. Other past activities included Ice Cream Sundays for Seniors, A Directory of Businesses and Services and a summer festival. The festival was a huge undertaking for the Friends and having lost members became impossible to continue in 2015. However, Friends has continued to help out with activities at the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market by having bake sales, selling lemonade and has donated the funds raised for the Grange, the market, the library fund and Legacy Square. Also, they have continued events such as the Flea Wheeling in July at the Brewer Andrews Field. Each year the event has grown and is very popular. The Bellmard Tea and Tour in September features special tea sandwiches and cookies, and this year’s theme was to honor our veterans. There is no charge for this event but donations go to different projects. The Treats on Wheels in October was in its second year and had over 20 vehicles and over 100 children participating as well as having a haunted house sponsored by PPRC. The Tree Lighting in December was at our tree in Legacy Square and a good thing the new fire station was available because it was the largest attendance ever. The last event and a new one this year was the Home Decorating Contest. Additionally this year Friends helped out at the Fresh Water Festival, ran the raffle and donated all the proceeds to the new Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee; provided pizza for a PPRC kickball game with donations from the D. Ferry memorial Fund. Friends does not meet in the winter because most of their events start in the spring. So their first meeting is usually in April and is the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the town office. This group has done so much for the town with a limited amount of resources. Members are needed and anyone who joins is welcomed and appreciated as a part of this important community-minded organization. For more information, note that Sharon Norman keeps the Friends of Princeton facebook page.

Upcoming Activities

Princeton Pathfinders - Every Sunday at noon at Isaac Cilley’s home in Princeton.

Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee - Monday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m. at town office

Princeton Library Committee - Wednesday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m. at the library

Dog licensing deadline January 31-after that $25 late fee

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