Town News


Sandra Smith


This week I worked at the library for Heidi, who took a well deserved vacation. It was nice to chat with all the patrons and a pleasure to work with helper Haley. We have had major donations of movies and audio books. Be sure to check them out. I helped out with re-organizing the reference and the Princeton sections. Also it was our last 4-H Science Series. Sandy Copel-Parsons, from the 4-H Community Education Division has inspired the youngsters with science projects for six weeks. We had seven youngsters and three adults attend the last session. They had a busy time customizing their foam airplanes and then trying them out. One reached the roof of the library, but Haley was able to retrieve it with a broom. There are plans for the two daycares in Princeton to have some 4-H programs this fall.

Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee, with help from the Princeton Fire Department volunteers, had a Slip’n Slide Kick Ball Game at Brewer Andrews Field last Friday. This was the second year of doing the event and 25 plus youngsters had a great time.

Also, I just learned that Linda Bailey was the winner of the kayak from the Princeton Fire Station Raffle.

Jon Speed called with a reminder that our own Greenland Point Center will be having their last camp August 13-18. The program includes hunter safety and archery; trapshooting and bird hunting, paintball, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and fly casting, swimming and exploring the great outdoors and outdoor survival. Jon wanted me to mention that any child who has not previously received a scholarship is eligible for one. They have never turned away a child because of their inability to pay. For more information call 796-5186 or email

The Princeton Regional Airport Authority announced that from August 7 until December, the airport will be closed. Additionally the airport trail is closed to all traffic which includes ATVs, dirt bikes, etc. Anyone caught riding on the closed trail is subject to fines. These measures have been taken due to runway construction. The airport recently was awarded $5.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to re-construct the existing runway. However, the airport authority had to raise 5% of the grant in actual funds and donations. There was a shortfall of $22,000 and they asked the Town Council of Baileyville for 4,000 yards of gravel from their Meddybemps pit. The Council unanimously agreed. The airport is used not only by businesses and private airplane owners but also the forest service, Border Patrol, National Guard, Dept. of Homeland Security and very important for Life Flights. If anyone has any questions or concerns contact Jason Theriault or Brad Richard. Finally, a patron came into the library and said at one time WW II bombers were at the airport. He was wondering if anyone had a photo of that.

Saturday was a special day for me. The great-grand daughter of the first owners and builders of the Bellmard, Flora and Daniel Belmore, came to visit. Sarah Stephens, her husband, a daughter and three grand children stayed with us and had breakfast before going to the family camp on Belmore Point on Sysladobsis Lake. They stop in every year and are the most wonderful family and appreciate being able to come home to their ancestor’s house.

August 9 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting

August 10 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Program: 1:30-2:30-Helping Elders Live Well at Home

August 10 - Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market: 3:00-5:00

August 13 - 18 - Greenland Point Center’s last camp week

August 14 - Princeton Parks and Rec. meeting 6:00 p.m. at the town office

August 15 - Princeton Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting 6:30 p.m. at the town office

August 16 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

August 19 - Princeton Parks and Recreation’s Yard Sale, 9:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m. Brewer Andrews Field

August 25 - Princeton vs. Woodland Kickball Game at Woodland at 6:00 p.m.

News? Just drop me a note or call me  after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261. My deadline to submit the column is 4:00 p.m. on Monday.