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Sandra Smith


Everything this week is about the weather. We thought it was getting toward the time to take down the Christmas lights from the tree at Legacy Square and then between the extreme cold and now the snow banks, it might end up being a spring project.

With no motivation to go out much, I am still working on the donated materials to the library from Hilda Edgerly. I came across some letters from Ivan C. Edgerly from Korea. With all the current interest and the Olympics as well I thought it might be timely to include excerpts of one of the letters that gives a description of the area. This was dated October 31, 1945. Dear Mother, Dad and All.......Well, I have moved again and I hope that this is the last move until I start for the States. We left Okinawa on Oct. 24th and it took us exactly one week to get here. The L.S.T’s in the convoy was terribly slow. We were only going about 5 miles per hour all the way. We had to sleep on the top deck all the way over on cots in the open air. I have shivered for 7 days steady. Ha! This is a more civilized place over here. The buildings are very nice. Last night we slept in a college. The outside structure was all made of cement and inside was fixed up nice....Last night after we debarked our equipment we formed our Convoy and moved inland about 25 miles. Well just to give you an idea what the place is like I will tell you a few of the sights I saw. I was about middle way of the Convoy so I got a pretty good chance to peek around as I didn’t have to go quite so fast. We left the beach and drove about 5 miles before we hit a town. The natives were all lined up on the streets going about their work. Some were waiting in line for the street cars to go by. (Yes they have electric cars here). Some were outside their shops pounding rice. In between the towns were made up mostly or rice paddies. There roads are fairly good but awful dusty in spots....Is George and Evelyn coming down for hunting season this year. It kind of makes me homesick to know that I can’t be home to run around the woods this year. Have you seen many deer this year yet....Well just take care of yourselves and I will be seeing you all before long. May God bless you all, Lots of Love, Son Ivan. 

On Monday, I checked out the new flooring in the town office. They are still working on the conference room but hope to finish up this week. Looks really nice. I went in to re-license our dogs. The deadline is coming up.

A fun local activity is coming up sponsored by the Down East Lakes Land Trust Education and Outreach Program this Thursday January 11. Program Manager, Colin Brown, will be leading an “Animal Tracking Trek” to learn all about how animals move in winter, and what clues they leave behind. They will meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 1:00 p.m. and head into the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. Please be sure that kids are properly dressed for the weather, and should have snowshoes. If you need to borrow a pair of snowshoes, please contact DLLT. For more information, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100, or email

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

January 11 - Kids Animal Tracking Trek - Downeast Lakes Land Trust 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. GLS School Building

January 11 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center - Getting Active 1:30 - 2:30

January 15 - No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Princeton Elementary

January 17 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00-5:00 p.m.

January 18 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center - Improving Nutrition 1:30 - 2:30

January 25 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center - Improving Nutrition Session 2 1:30 - 2:30

January 27 - 4-H Meeting Princeton Town Office

January 31 - Deadline for licensing dogs

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