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Sandra Smith


The flu is hitting the area for sure. Heidi, the librarian, came down with it last week, so I substituted at the library. It was busy, with a lot of patrons coming in taking out books as well as movies and audio books. This is always nice to see. I borrowed “The Bounty Trilogy” which has a copyright of 1936 from the large selection of classics, sometimes a forgotten shelf. The Trilogy was written by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. The first part is “Mutiny on the Bounty” about the initial uprising on the ship HMS Bounty in 1787; “Men Against the Sea” about Captain Bligh’s surviving with 18 of his men in an open long boat and “Pitcairn’s Island” about the crew of the Bounty and their lives there. I was able to see the replica of the ship “Bounty” when it came to Eastport and then sadly followed the story of it’s sinking in hurricane Sandy in 2012. The book is a great read and good for the those long winter nights.

Sunday I got hit with some version of the flu bug going around with the constant coughing, so I expect to be down for a bit.

I checked in with the town office on the Boston Post Cane update. There was one application and everything is in process.

There was a special meeting to advise residents that the town office will need a computer software update. No one attended the special meeting and they will move ahead with it. Microsoft is discontinuing their current backup process and the company that the town works with will do the upgrades.

The Board of Selectmen’s meeting is the regular day, Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Also a reminder that the town office will be closed December 25-January 1, so plan ahead on your tax payments and any other business before the 25th.

The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center has a new series of events for December every Thursday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Also they are pleased to announce that they are now a Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) pickup site. This program provides a free 30-pound box of food to low-income seniors (at least 60 years of age) each month. This is a federal program that works through the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to contract with vendors to distribute food units to over 3,000 seniors across the state. The Center has someone at each series session to answer questions and help people apply to this program. This would be another good reason to attend.

The Princeton Elementary School 7th and 8th Grade is selling Christmas Candy Grams for .50 starting this week.

The Princeton Elementary School 8th grade continues to raise funds for their annual class trip to Boston. So far students and their parents have raised close to $7,000. Currently students are selling raffle tickets on a kayak and a quilt. The raffle sales will continue through January.

December 14 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Beginner’s Knitting 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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

December 21 - Princeton Elementary School Early Release 10:55 a.m.

December 21 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Holiday Social 1:30-2:30 p.m.

December 22 - January 1 - Princeton Elementary School - School Closed for Vacation

December 25 - January 1 - Princeton Town Office Closed

December 28 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center - Making New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep 1:30-2:30 p.m.

January 10 - Princeton Elementary PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m.

January 31 - Deadline for licensing dogs

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