Princeton News



Sandra Smith


The Princeton Library had story hour on Wednesday. Librarian, Heidi Potter, read two stories about starting school. The craft project was making a picture of a pencil out of popsicle sticks and the treat was a cookie that looked like a pencil. The children attending enjoyed the stories and had a good discussion about them. They had fun with their craft project and loved the cookies. The next story hour is October 18.

Also on Wednesday the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee held their meeting. There was concern over declining membership. This group was started to provide recreational activities for the town and without members and helpers it is getting more challenging to achieve this goal. The next meeting is Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. and the group will be making plans for their contribution to the Treats on Wheels event.

The Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on Wednesday as well. New officers were elected: Jo-Anne Cannell (Indian Rock Camps)-President; Sandra Smith (Bellmard Inn)-Vice President and Nan Sprague (Hazelwood Properties)-Treasurer/Secretary. Many may not be aware that membership is available to businesses in the area surrounding Grand Lake Stream. The chamber has a website (, is a member of the Maine Tourism Association and Eastport Chamber of Commerce and attends two sportsmen’s shows. The annual dues is $60 which is a reasonable fee. Contact any of the officers for more information.

Thursday was the final Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market for the season. The farmers there had pumpkins, a variety of squash, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and beet greens. The Princeton Fire Department brought their special grill on wheels and offered red hot dogs. Our baker was there with cookies and small apple pies and artisan Karen had her lace designed products. We were not sure if the market could be sustained this year but our farmers, artisans and community groups worked hard to be there. The people who do this market are a group of caring individuals who help each other with setting up and taking down their displays. No farmer is left behind. I only hope that we can continue to have our market next year.

It is a busy time for many businesses due to the “shutdown” at the Woodland Pulp Mill. Workers from all over the country are here to make upgrades and repairs to the mill. We have men and women from Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maine and Canada. Lodging places are full and restaurants, gas stations and more all benefit as well. We look forward to the boost to our bottom line from business from the mill and truly are grateful for it.

This Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 the subject of St. Croix Regional Family Health Center series is “Navigating the Patient Portal”. Learn how to better manage your healthcare by using the patient portal. Note. This is a free event, open to the public with light refreshments served.

A reminder that this is the final week to pay your taxes or to set up your tax payment plan at the Princeton Town Office.

This week is the start of the Scholastic Book Fair at the Princeton Elementary School and on Saturday is the Princeton 8th Grade Class Bottle Drive to raise funds for their class trip. They will be going door-to-door. Also, you can drop bottles off at Jerry Brown’s Redemption Center and say they are for the school bottle drive.

The Sunrise Christian Church in Big Lake is having their annual coat drive. Contact Donna Netzer regarding your donations. The goal is to have the coats available by October 21, for their pick out your coat date at the church.

September 28 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Workshop 1:30-2:30 p.m.

September 30 - 8th Grade Class Bottle Drive

October 3 - Princeton Board of Selectmen’s Meeting 6:30

October 11 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting 5:00-6:00 p.m.

October 12 - Friends of Princeton Meeting 6:00 p.m. Princeton Town Office Conference Room

October 14 - Princeton Library Book and Bake Sale

October 17 - Princeton Board of Selectmen’s Meeting 6:30

October 18 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00-5:00 p.m.

October 18 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting 6:00 p.m. Princeton Town Office Conference Room

October 21 - Sunrise Christian Church Coat Drive 9:00 a.m. to noon

October 21 - Princeton Elementary School 8th Grade Fundraiser Spaghetti Feed and Auction 4:00-6:00 p.m.

October 29 - Treats on Wheels by Friends of Princeton

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