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Santa Claus played by Warren Valentino, little girl Cali and Miss Acadia Hope Carle. (Submitted photo)

Sandra Smith

 

This week was an active one in town as well as for myself. I truly enjoyed substituting for vacationing librarian, Heidi. It was good to see how many patrons are using the library and to get a chance to chat a bit. James Patterson remains very popular and the library has a good collection of his mysteries. Also Janet Evanovich is a fun read. Lots of movies/vintage TV shows continue to be borrowed and audio books are great for those long holiday road trips. A reminder from Heidi that there will not be a story hour in December due to many other ongoing activities.

Also at the library on Saturday morning was the Downeast STEM Hub Program from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Sandy Copel Parsons, the 4-H Community Education Assistant, brought all the lap tops and Princeton’s Scott Carle assisted. Three children and three adults, including myself, participated in this free Family Code event. The purpose of this workshop is to present the importance of knowing more about computing than the basics. Coding is the mathematical process of building computer programs that make websites, games and more on the internet. The kids caught on really fast, of course, but for us older folks it was a harder learning curve.

Mid afternoon, I stopped in at the grand opening of Princeton’s newest business, Krafty Kreations (located in the same building as the Old School House Family Restaurant). I was truly impressed with the variety and themes of their own wreaths and baskets. Additionally there was an assortment of items from local artists/crafters such as wooden spoons, candles, soaps, mittens, and folk art. Starting a new business is always a challenge and Amy Damon and Sandra Bailey are to be commended on the very attractive shop and offerings. They are in it for the long run and will be having new items which reflect themes such as Valentine’s Day. Note that they are open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Then from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., The Friends of Princeton held the annual Christmas tree lighting event. This was the seventh year and it continues to grow and be part of our town’s holiday tradition. So important are the people who contribute their homemade cookies. We were very appreciative of the many donations and varieties of cookies. To all our bakers, thank you so much! The tree is beautiful and required two more sets of lights this year. At 6:00 p.m. the tree’s lights were turned on and the Sunrise Christian Church and Baptist Church volunteers led the gathering at Legacy Square in traditional Christmas Carols. Then the hundred plus attendees walked or drove to the fire station. Our volunteer fire fighters moved out the fire trucks and helped us get set up. The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee decorated Santa’s corner and the Princeton Fire Department’s Warren Valentino transforms miraculously into Santa every year. PPRC’s, Jan Campbell took snapshots of kids with Santa and sent the digital images out to families. Hope Carle, Miss Acadia, assisted. Friends of Princeton’s Sue Storey, along with her daughter, Nicole, and Keith Damon, made and served hot cocoa. Another thank you goes to Princeton’s Machias Savings Bank, who donated the cocoa, milk, and cups this year. Sharon Norman, Tammy and Scott Carle helped bag the cookies. In addition to the cookies, a tree decoration was given out. Every year Deb Mann has donated the decorations. This is truly a community event with our bakers, our churches, our bank, our selectmen, our Fire Department volunteers, Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee, Friends of Princeton and many more helping to make this a special time.

December 11 - Princeton Rod & Gun Club Essay Contest Deadline

December 20 - Princeton Elementary School Winter Concert 6:00 p.m.

December 25 -January 1 - Princeton Town Office Closed

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Princeton Library coding event. (Submitted photo)