Town News

Sandra Smith


First, the most important story for this week is that Bernard McDowell will be celebrating his 100th birthday on March 11. His daughter, Nancy Nichols, called me to tell me and ask if people from the area would send him birthday greetings. His address: Pinewood Terrace, 136 Rosewood Drive, Farmington, ME 04938. Nancy said he is very well and she wanted to let us all know about this special day. Bernard’s family started the first IGA in Princeton in 1934.

Heidi, the librarian, reported that thirteen people signed up and had help getting their taxes done last Wednesday. If anyone missed out, the Calais Library still has some time slots left on March 10 and 24 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. She also reported she has some new young adult books on the shelves. First are two books of the “Spirit Riding Free” series for 8-12 year olds by Suzanne Selfors. The stories are about a twelve-year old girl, Lucky, and her new friend, a wild Mustang horse named Spirit. She has written over 30 books for young readers and lives in Washington State. The second series is “Friday Barnes” for ages 12-16. The main character is an eleven-year-old girl detective. Writer R. A. Spratt lives in Australia and is known for her “Nanny Piggins” series as well.

One of the library patrons suggested that it would be fun to start a writing group. I enthusiastically agreed that it would force people to write their stories (including myself) and share ideas. What better place than at the library. We talked about meeting once a week and a guideline of writing at least 3 pages each week. If anyone has interest, let Heidi know. Leave your name and preference of day and time.

On Friday, March 2nd, Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Princeton Rod & Gun Club will be hosting a “Family Ice Fishing Day” on Pocomoonshine Lake (New location due to ice conditions!). Princeton Rod & Gun Club members will provide all the fishing gear and expertise, and DLLT will provide bait, food, and snacks for the kids. Meet at Pocomoonshine Lake Boat Launch – from South Princeton Road, turn right at the four corners (follow the sign). They will drill holes and set traps starting at 8:00 a.m., and go until 1:00 p.m.. Whether you are a seasoned angler or have never been out on the ice, come and join both organizations for a fun community event! For more information, contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100, or email

A Maine Food Atlas “Map-a-Thon” event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Washington County Community College in Riverview Hall in Calais. This is for farmers, fishermen, retailers and others and offered by the Maine Network of Community Food Councils and the Environmental Funders Network. Participants will create a Maine Food Atlas user profile, or enhance an existing one; add a business description, upload photos, images, brochures or other marketing resources and learn how to independently manage their postings over time. Preregistration is recommended. No computer experience is required and computers will be available for use; participants may opt to bring their own. Attendees are encouraged to bring digital or print photos and/or additional marketing materials to add to their profile. For more information and to register for either event, please contact Regina Grabrovac at (207) 255-3741 or by email at or Judy East at (207) 454 0465 or by email at

So far, no one has signed up for the budget committee. It is important to have as many residents as possible to give input to this process. Last year we had an increase in our taxes and this year we are facing the effects of the minimum wage increase and the County Tax which was $98,574. This year the county is looking for a 9% increase. According to last year’s town report there was $34,211.17 in unpaid taxes for 2015, and $70,615.91 for unpaid 2016 taxes. This committee does not require many meetings (between 4-6). To sign up or for more information call Donna at the Town Office at 796-2744 or email

February 28 - Free Tai Chi Program - 4:30-5:30 p.m. Princeton Elementary School

March 2 - Princeton Elementary School - no school, teacher workshop

March 2 - Family Ice Fishing Day - Pocomoonshine Lake

March 5 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting 6:00 p.m. Town Office

March 10 Healthy Acadia and Indian Township Food Pantry offering free fruit tree workshop. “How to Graft Apple Trees” 10:00 a.m.-noon at the Indian Township Rec. Center FMI 255-3741

March 11 - Bernard McDowell’s 100th birthday

March 14 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting 5:00 p.m.

March 21 - Princeton Library Story Hour

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