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Sandra Smith


The reality is that no community can escape the current problems associated with drugs and addiction. Our Princeton Board of Selectmen felt that they should be brought up-to-date on this issue and how it could be affecting the community. Therefore, they set up an informational meeting with the Department of Drug Enforcement. It was explained that there is no question about there being problems with drugs in the area and that heroin is being brought here from outside the state. Drugs are not just an adult problem. We have all seen, sadly, how it trickles down to children and grandchildren. They advised possible options to help keep the community safe. They reported that some communities have hired a part-time deputy sheriff just for this issue. For those communities that can’t afford to do that, they suggested that it becomes up to the residents of the community to be aware of what is going in their neighborhoods. DEA has a hotline which anyone can call. It is not always manned but all messages will be taken seriously and the appropriate response taken. They emphasized that all calls will be considered confidential and leaving a name and contact number usually is best. This important phone number is 664-2443. The lives you save may be in your own family.

There was a pretty good turn out for voting on the referendum questions last Tuesday. The results were as follows: Question 1 --190 No 14 Yes; Question 2 --132 No 72 Yes; Question 3 --110 Yes 93 No; Question 4 --108 No 92 Yes.

The Princeton Library Committee held their monthly meeting on Wednesday. Of primary concern was replacing the sill that was found to be rotting out when the cement ramp was removed. Happily that has been replaced this past weekend. Of second concern is that there has been abuse of the library area and building when the library has been closed. It is most likely because of those using the wifi. If this continues the committee feels that it may have to discontinue the open wi-fi during the library’s off hours. Heidi, the librarian, has been busy registering many new books and dvds (thanks to the many generous donations). The story hour for this month is about Thanksgiving and pumpkins.

The Friends of Princeton had their monthly meeting on Thursday. On the top of the agenda is the final planning of the upcoming tree lighting at Legacy Square. As always, it is the first Saturday in December which is the 2nd this year and starts at 6:00 p.m. The first thing to be done is to put the lights on the tree in Legacy Square. Due to the tree’s growth, It is almost too high to do with a ladder anymore and we keep running out of strands of lights.

The Greenland Point Center is selling tickets for two terrific raffles. Tickets are $5 for each raffle. One raffle is for 100 gallons of heating oil from V.L. Tammaro. The second is for a first prize of 25 pounds of lobster and a second prize of 10 pounds of scallops. Contact Jon Speed at 796-2341 or if you want to buy or sell tickets.

The Princeton Rod & Gun Club is having an essay contest for youngsters ages 8-15. The essay must be at least 500 words. The prize is a Single Shot Rossi 20 gauge shotgun. The deadline is December 11, 2017. For more information contact

A reminder that the deadline of Tuesday, November 21 is coming up to nominate someone for the Boston Post Cane. Contact the Princeton Town Office for more information.

Our guest did arrive from Scotland on Wednesday. He was able to find some information from the history binders at the Princeton Library on the MacDougall and Robbins families. We also took him to the Princeton cemetery and he was able to find the MacDougall family headstone. He said he would like to come back with his son next fall.

November 15 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00-5:00 p.m.

November 15 - Princeton Parks and Rec. Committee 6:00-7:00 Princeton Town Office

November 16 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center - 1:30-2:30 p.m. Immunizatons-What You Need to Know

November 21 - Princeton Boston Post Cane Nominations Deadline

November 22 - Princeton Elementary School - No School - Teachers Workshop

November 23-24 - Princeton Elementary School - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center - 1:30-2:30 p.m. Managing Hypertension

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