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Participants in Princeton Library Summer Reading Program Celebration.

Sandra Smith

 

Monday, was the last session of the “Let’s Talk About It” series Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town from 1636-1992 sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and the Princeton Library. Of the five books read from the series, the group agreed that the best one was Amoskeag: Life and Work in a New England Factory, the history of the mills in Manchester, NH. A total of sixteen participants attended the discussions throughout the five sessions. A final social potluck dinner is planned for this Monday.

On Wednesday the Princeton Library celebrated the summer reading program. For each book read, youngsters were given a ticket. A grand total of one-hundred twenty-eight books were read by sixteen participants. The winner of the drawing for the kindle fire was Maddie Edgell, who was also the reader of the most books. Second highest was Grace Edgell, followed by Rachel Netzer, Hannah Polk, Kelton Stegman, Kaylee Stegman, Morgan Edgell, Billie Harsh, Blaine Harsh, Krysten Stegman, Lucian McLean, Addison Ramsdell, Bradley Potter, Artemis Doten, DeeJay Moholland and Jasmine Moholland. All participants received a gift bag with a school notebook, pencils or crayons, book mark and a certificate of recognition. Heidi, the librarian, made some special smores treats to go along with lemonade.

Princeton is truly fortunate to have its own library and to be able to offer these fine programs. However, there are some who do not necessarily appreciate it. Heidi and two volunteers spent forty-five minutes cleaning up the library parking lot of candy wrappers, beverage cans, cigarette butts and so on. The wifi is a special service of the library and if it is being abused then the library committee will have to look at changing the availability of this service.

Also on Wednesday the Parks and Recreation Committee held their meeting. Plans were made for the upcoming kickball game with Baileyville. The new T-shirt was available for the game and for sale as well. There was a good turnout for the game and Bob Fitzsimmons reported that three hundred hot dogs were consumed. The next PPRC meeting is this Wednesday.

Thursday’s Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market had good attendance. We had three farmers this week and the vegetables are coming in: there was fresh-from-the-garden corn, beet greens, kale, chard, squash, potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers. Also our baker brought her goodies, the artisans their wares and I sold some books for the library.

Don’t forget that school starts this Wednesday. Children will be on the sides of the roads waiting for their buses so be on the look out for them. Additionally it may take longer to get somewhere because the school buses are out and about. Remember safety first for the children.

On Thursday from 1:30-2:30, the St. Croix Regional Family Health Center’s program will be providing information about enrolling and re-enrolling in Medicare and other insurance programs. First, I look through the materials that I receive and then find it very difficult to try to figure out the best plan for me. Every year the plans change and honestly, it is very helpful to take the time to talk to the experts and verify what you might think is the best plan. So attend this program if you can. If not, you can call the health center to make an appointment for advice.

August 30 - Princeton Elementary School Opening

August 30 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Meeting 6:00 p.m.

August 31 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market 3:00-5:00 p.m.

August 31 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Program: 1:30-2:30-Preparing for Open Enrollment Season

September 7 - First PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

September 13 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting

September 16 - Annual Tea at the Bellmard Inn

September 23 - Princeton Parks and Recreation’s Yard Sale

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Princeton librarian Heidi Potter presenting a Kindle Fire to Maddie Edgell the winner of the Summer Reading Program Drawing.