Town News

Sandra Smith


First, last week’s column didn’t make it because I e-mailed it to the wrong Amy...didn’t realize it until I saw the paper!!!! So this week will be a mix from last week’s and this week’s happenings. Weekend of January 7-8, Jo-Anne Cannell from Indian Rock Camps and I drove down to the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester to participate in a Fishing and Hunting Expo as representatives of the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce. We gave out about 350 GLS brochures, member flyers and information about the area which includes Princeton. We dropped off brochures at the Kittery Trading Post and Cabela’s coming back. Sporting shows have always been an effective way to bring new sportsmen and families to the area.

Monday, Jan. 9 was the Princeton Parks and Recreation Meeting. I reported that Doug Clements designed a website for PPRC and that it is up and operating. ( We made preliminary plans for a skating area at the school along with a fun day with cocoa and goodies and also a movie night. Also, We need a committee for the Fresh Water Festival. Full plans were made for a special Valentine’s Dinner for 5 couples at the Bellmard Inn on Saturday, February 11th starting at 7:00 p.m. For $20 per couple a lasagna dinner that includes beverages, a salad, plain/garlic bread, a desert and valentine gift. Reservations need to be made by February 4th. The next meeting will be January 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the town office.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 was the Princeton Library Committee meeting. Attending were Librarian, Heidi Potter, Denise Hill and myself. Meredith McLaughlin from PPRC presented a proposal to start a Tech Club at the library one afternoon a week. She and Sandra will draft a proposal and present it to the Board of Selectmen. An application has been submitted for the Maine Humanities Summer Reading Program. Also, Denise will check into the details of a computer program to register all the books. Scott Carle has set up the two new computers. We have checked into offering computer training from Axiom and they do not have any availability until April. The cost is $50 for a five week course. Also we learned that we can have access to through the Maine State Library. We will be working to get it set up as well as having an ancestry workshop. The Story Hour was on Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00. Heidi read two stories about polar bears. Eighteen children attended and also took part in the craft project of making a polar bear and a polar bear cupcake snack. The story hour will be held every month on the third Wednesday. Also as last year, the library is offering an opportunity to get help with your taxes. Sign up for an appointment with the consultant for February 22.

On Saturday. Jan. 14, I had to take a ServeSafe refresher course at Washington County Community College. A business which serves food to the public in most cases needs to have a manager who has taken a ServeSafe Class as well as a test for certification. The certification is good for five years and mine expires this year. The College will be offering a two-day course in the spring for new certifications. If you are in the food service field, even if you don’t need the certification at this time, it is something that adds value to a resume and having the information about preparing/serving safe food is extremely beneficial.

Town of Princeton still is looking for volunteers for the Board of Appeals. The Appeals Board meets on an as needed basis. If someone is not happy after talking to the assessor about their taxes they can meet with the Appeals Board to appeal his or her decision, so this is a very limited commitment.

Additionally the Town needs volunteers for the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee will meet in late March and there will probably be at the most 4 to 6 meetings for the committee. These both are opportunities to contribute to your town in a very meaningful way and yet not a long term obligation. Please consider helping out and call Donna at the Town Office at 796-2744 or email

And Frodo the Corgi wants to remind everyone that the dog licensing deadline is January 31st. At seven months old he has become quite verbal and nibbles the furniture to get attention. He likes to try to aggravate Jones the cat but she gives him a look and a couple of good swats and then he just sort of grumbles.

Upcoming Activities

Princeton Pathfinders - Next meeting January 25 at 6:00 at Old School House Restaurant-new members always welcome. Workdays every Sunday at noon at Isaac Cilley’s home in Princeton, then on to the trails.

Dog licensing deadline January 31-After that there is a $25 late fee

Town of Princeton Selectmens’ Meetings-First and third Tuesday each month at 6:30 PM in the Conference Room

Princeton Library Story Hour - Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the library

Princeton Parks and Rec. Committee Valentine Dinner at the Bellmard - Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. Reservations need to be made by Feb 4. There will be a limit of five couples.

To send me 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.