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Sandra Smith


Last Wednesday was the Princeton Library Committee Meeting. All members were able to attend: Heidi Potter, Librarian; Doreen Wallace, Selectmen Representative; Denise Hill; Nancy Davies and myself. We are still working on final projects for the building, especially removing the old cement ramp, which should be done this fall. There are a lot of activities we look forward to offering for the fall and winter such as quilting, wreath making, basket making, use of the Ancestry Program and classes on computers. The committee also is planning a bake and book sale on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the library. Contact Heidi if you can donate some baked goods. Help with baking is always so much appreciated. The next story hour is this week on Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

This was a difficult week for many in Princeton and the entire area. The loss of a young person by tragic circumstances is always a heart-felt occurrence in our small communities. The number of memory balloons all along Route 1 was remarkable. Our Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell reported that all of Princeton’s bracelets in support of Connor Ireland’s family have been sold. However, the Baileyville Fire Department still has some.

Saturday was the Friends of Princeton Annual Tea and Tour at the Bellmard Inn. Many thanks to Sharon Norman who baked, donated miniature flower arrangements and helped host the event. To Meredith Carle from Princeton Parks and Recreation who helped with the hosting, and friends Nancy Davies and Jo-Anne Cannell who brought sweets. I have to give a special recognition to my daughter Tracy McIntosh who visited me for the week and put up with all the requirements of running a country inn. Her second day here, when we checked a room upstairs, we found yellow jackets had been trying to build a nest in the window sill. By all our counts there could have been a couple hundred. My solution was to vacuum them up. Tracy tried to keep them away from me but I managed to get stung four times. My hands are still itchy. Afterwards, Tracy mentioned that she should have taken a video. Then we had a group of four, twenty-something guests, who tried to scam us. After spending the night, they requested their “free breakfast.” My daughter explained that we are not a B&B, that we are a country inn and breakfast is extra as advertised on our website and brochures. They said they saw it on Google which was a total scam. On Thursday we set up the rooms for the tea with our planned themes: I did the Veteran’s Room, Tracy put together a beautiful display of my Asian Collection and we both worked on the Vintage Hats and Dresses and Miniature Rooms. I did not realize I had so many small items. On Thursday afternoon, I worked the farmers’ market and my middle daughter Christine came to visit for a couple days with her SO (Significant Other). They were not so much into the tea thing and went off touring. Then on Friday, as Tracy and I were right in the middle of all of our dessert cooking, the health inspector stopped in. Every business, no matter how well they know that they are in compliance is in fear of the inspection and I was, of course, totally stressed. But after checking us out our only deduction was for not having plastic covers on our fluorescent bulbs in the laundry room. Saturday was tea day and we successfully entertained our attendees with tea, ham and egg salad, cucumber/chive and cream cheese mini-sandwiches, ham and cheese roll-ups, baklava, carrot and cherry cheese cake minis, caramel squares, rum cake, butterscotch scones, but forgot to put out the lemon bread. At the end of the day, Christine did take pity on me and made all of us a great dinner. Tracy says we should be a TV show. I can only imagine how she recounted the stories of her Maine adventures with mother to her husband and coworkers.....and my daughters say I don’t have a sense of humor.

This week will be the final Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market for the season, so come and stock up on veggies and craft items. Three farmers will be featuring pumpkins, squash, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, etc. Our baker will be back with her goodies. Don’t miss out on your last chance to get local grown products.

While going for a checkup at the health center, items came across the flyer for September workshops. This week’s subject is “Strategies for Stress Reduction”. The day is Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Croix Regional Family Health Center. Note that this is a free event, open to the public and light refreshments are served.

The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee is having a yard sale at Brewer Andrews’ Field on Saturday from 9:00-2:00 p.m. The event was planned for last month but was rained out. Contact Meredith Carle at 207-214-3556 for more information.

September 20 - Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting 10:00 a.m. Indian Rock Camps

September 20 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00-5:00 p.m.

September 21 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Workshop 1:30-2:30 p.m.

September 21 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Last Market of the season 3:00-5:00 p.m.

September 23 - Princeton Parks and Recreation’s Yard Sale 9:00-2:00 p.m.

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