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Sandra Smith


Last week was one of those that went by so fast I forgot what I did. Monday, I arrived back in Princeton after attending a Maine Genealogical Society workshop, “Writing Your Family History” in Augusta. Also I imposed on one of my daughters for a couple of night’s lodging and meals. I had a good visit with her and got to meet her three horses, Sienna, Hoyt and the mischievous miniature Snickers. It was worth the trip and time. I learned many helpful lessons on organizing, self-publishing and the all important copyright laws. At some point, I will share at a library workshop.

Monday, at 6 p.m., was the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. The group is struggling with lack of volunteers but the President, Jan Campbell, is leading the way to make sure that the Fresh Water Festival is a success. The date this year is June 23.

Wednesday was the first meeting of our all important budget committee: Terry Diffin, David Borm, Pat Wyeth, Jim Kessel and myself. We spent two plus hours with Town Treasurer, Donna Worden, reviewing each department’s budget, line by line. We are concerned about how not to have to raise taxes despite increases that are not in our control such as the Washington County assessment increase of $5,775 and sanitation/mowing services of $8,100 and not including the affect of the minimum wage increases. Also, the selectmen have been meeting weekly to tackle these issues. The budget committee will be meeting again on Tuesday.

Thursday afternoon, I worked at the library with the latest helper, to set up the books for the Maine Humanities Council, “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion program. This required an application and approval which the library has been fortunate enough to be the recepient of for some years. The benefits of this program are that participants do not have to purchase the books because they are lent to us by the Council until the end of the program and having Dr. Colin Windhorst facilitate the discussions. The series for this summer is “So Near & So Far: An Exploration of Cuban Literature” which offers five books based on Cuba’s culture. Our first meeting is on Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Library. Anyone wanting to participate may sign out a set of books at the library.

Thursday evening was truly enjoyable. We attended the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s sponsored talk by the author, John Ford, Sr., a retired game warden. Having been in the sporting camp business, one of the first things to do is to meet the local game warden. I became good friends with wardens in the Stratton and Greenville districts and naturally they always had a story. Well, John has written three books and is almost done with his fourth, so he had plenty of stories which he illustrated with photos and his own drawings. About twenty-five of us attendees had some good laughs as well as poignant moments throughout his presentation. His latest book is “Deer Diaries” which is published by North Country Press in Unity, Maine.

A reminder that this coming week is the Princeton Elementary School’s annual play, “The Little Mermaid”, and Chinese Auction. The play is on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. and Saturday May 5 at 1 p.m. The drawing for the auction is immediately following the play on Saturday.

Another reminder is to plan ahead for the June 12th, 2018 Primary Election. If you are not registered as a Democrat, Republican, Green Independent or a Libertarian you will only be able to vote the municipal ballot. To change your party affiliation or to check how you are registered, do call the town office and they will be glad to help at 796-2744.

Additionally, be aware if you are registered as “Unenrolled” or “Independent” you are not able to vote in this upcoming election unless you change your party affiliation before May 28th. You will not be able to change parties on election day.

Town of Princeton Selectmen’s Meetings-First and Third Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room

May 4-5 - Princeton Elementary School “The Little Mermaid” Play Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

May 7 - Princeton Elementary School Staff Appreciation week

May 7 - Island Readers and Writers Author, Kimberly Ridley, at Princeton Elementary School

May 9 - Princeton Elementary School PTO Meeting

May 9 - Princeton Elementary School Early Release

May 9 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting

May 10 - Princeton Elementary School Dental Van grades pre-K-4 starting at 8:30 a.m.

May 12 - North Woods 4-H Pancake Breakfast and Raffle at the Masonic Hall 8 - 10 a.m.

May 16 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4-5 p.m.

May 23 - Princeton Elementary School Spring Arts Concert

May 25-27 - Princeton 8th Grade Class Trip

May 28 - Memorial Day-Town Office, Library and School Closed

To send me news, just drop me a note or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261. My deadline to submit the column is 4 p.m. on Monday.