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 Sharon Norman

The 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Legacy Square was a big success!  The chill in the air did not discourage those from coming for the caroling, hot chocolate and cookies.  Many happy sounds could be heard when Santa arrived on the scene atop the Princeton Fire Truck. Check Friends of Princeton Facebook page for recent photos.

Princeton held its Mobilize Down East Maine mapping session on Monday evening.  Twenty-two people with two presenters were in attendance at the town office conference room on a very chilly evening.   Refreshments were provided by F of P.  Area towns of Grand Lake Stream, Woodland, Big Lake Township and Calais joined Princeton residents to compile data on what is already here for assets but might be underutilized. As the data is compiled more information will be available.

Princeton Elementary School will be active with after school learning not only with the Fiber Club that starts this month but also with a Woodworking Club that will be offered by Al Mather.   Ms. Williams is trying to get the word out to community members that tools will be needed in order for Mr. Mather to teach children woodworking techniques. So, if you can donate any of the following it would be greatly appreciated.  Tools needed: various types of handsaws, chisels, bench planes, measuring and marking devises, clamps and other woodworking hand tools.  Please drop off at the PES office. Feel free to call 796-2253 for more information.

Princeton was saddened this week with the passing of Edward Diffin.  Many of us have known what a family man as well as a dedicated community man Eddie was all his life.  The 2009 Princeton Town Report was dedicated to him.  Quoting from the report, “Edward Diffin came to Princeton in the late 30’s building roads for the CCC. He met and married Dorothy Murphy in 1939. They had been married over 60 years when Dot passed away in 1999. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Ed started working for the local lumber company as a truck driver, which was then owned by Allie Nason and remained there through several owners until his retirement 40 years later. At that time, he was superintendent for Dead River Company.  He has been a deacon and trustee of the Princeton Congregational Church for many years, a member of Lewey’s Island Lodge for over 50 years, a member of the Princeton Rod and Gun Club, and he served on the Budget Committee and Planning Board”.  Eddie just made Princeton a better place to live.  He will be greatly missed.

Come celebrate the real meaning of Christmas with a live nativity scene and Christmas caroling on December 16th from 5:30-6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Baptist Church.  Travel back in time to watch the gathering of shepherds and wise men with their animals, Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus and the angels singing to the glory to the Lord.  Refreshments of hot drinks and cookies will be enjoyed.

Princeton Grange #293 will be hosting a Sweet Christmas Party on December 14th at 6:00 p.m. that is open to the public.  The smells of hot spiced cider with other beverages will fill the air as well as other yummy treats.  A fully decorated tree will be raffled off with handmade decorations, a 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the grange and live music for some toe tapping. 

Jonathan Wheaton moved logs for Sunrise Christian Church to Parker Lumber in Bradford on Monday, bringing the v-match pine lumber for the inside of the church on the return trip.  Ed Hanson’s crew completed the installation of the new holding tank on Thursday.  Pastor David Davis and Clarence Allen from the Sunshine Church in Deer Isle, helped church members put up the first of the pine paneling on Saturday. They were also blessed by a concert performed by the Sunshine Worship Team on Saturday evening. The musicians enjoyed a spaghetti feed before the six guests performed in the new church. The music and message were great!”

When I personally hear someone say there is nothing to do in Princeton, they are missing the point of living in a small town.  There is much to do for all ages with the school clubs, organizations, farmers’ market, churches and just attending events to socialize.  So, as one year ends and another begins, get involved with community happenings.  I am trying to obtain more information on the Princeton snowmobile club, so when I hear news on its activities, I will include that in this column as well. Have a great week and stay Princeton Proud!

Dates to remember:  Dec. 14 – Princeton Grange Christmas Party – 6:00 p.m., Dec. 16th – 5:30-6:00 p.m. Princeton Baptist Church Live Nativity Scene, Dec. 20th – 6:00 p.m. Comp Planning Com Mtg

Keep those happenings coming, via email sbjnorman@gmail.com or by calling 214-8333.