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Sandra Smith


Once again we lucked out with a change in the predicted weather for the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. We had a wide variety of vegetables this past week including corn, summer and fall squashes, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, greens and onions. Also there were baked goodies with a specialty item: pumpkin whoopie pies with maple filling. Parks and Recreation t-shirts still will be available this week and they are still taking orders for the Little Caesars Pizza fundraiser.

This week will be the library committee meeting. The library has been an active place with many nice books being donated. Heidi has been extremely busy sorting and putting the books into the system. She has reorganized the craft and cookbook sections with the many new additions. This is just in time to get ideas for those winter projects. Be sure to come in and check them out.

Also the Parks and Recreation Meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office. Please do come to this meeting if you are interested in recreational activities for the town. The more people involved, the better it is for our small town.

Most of this week I will be working on the Friends of Princeton Annual Tea and Tour at the Bellmard Inn on Saturday (see ad). This event started as a way to invite people to see the inn. It was first built in 1866 but burned down on January 8, 1896 due to a chimney fire. Bruce Belmore wrote: “Wednesday morning at two o’clock, Bessie Armstrong, now Bert’s (Albert Belmore) wife, woke father by cries of “fire”. The chambers were ablaze. ... Nearly every thing was got out of the ground floor except kitchen and shed; but everything in all the chambers was burned.” In a July 8, 1897 edition of the Calais Advertiser: “D.T. Belmore has part of the frame up for his new house.” Also from Bruce’s stories I learned about his mother, Flora Belmore being the first woman to have a business in Princeton. Bruce wrote: “One day to Nancy’s (Flora’s mother) amazement, the young matron announced that she was going into the millinery business. (age 21) Women did not engage much in business those days; she was the first to do so in Princeton. ... For many years she did a prosperous business, trimming and sending hats and kindred merchandise far and wide, employing one clerk all the time and one or more trimmers during the rush seasons at Christmas and Fourth of July. ... Frequently for weeks at a time she would trim hats until two o’clock in the morning. ... Along with her millinery business she had several side lines. At one time for instance she maintained a large herd of cattle and made cheese for the market; at another time she made pickles on a large scale for Gilman’s Restaurant on Summer Street in Boston.” So as a way to celebrate Flora Belmore, we invite everyone to wear a hat for fun. In addition to serving tea and desserts, we decorate the rooms at the front of the inn with themes such as: the Veteran’s Room, the Vintage Clothing Room, the Asian Room and this year the room featuring miniature items. This is a free event but donations are welcome and this year will go to the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee.

September 13 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting

September 13 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Meeting 6:00 p.m.

September 14 - Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

September 16 - Annual Tea and Tour at the Bellmard Inn

September 19 - Princeton Selectmen’s Meeting 6:30 p.m.

September 19 - Princeton Elementary School Open House and Spaghetti Feed (Free) 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

September 19 - Princeton Elementary School Pictures Day

September 20 - Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting

September 23 - Princeton Parks and Recreation’s Yard Sale

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