Town News

Sandra Smith

Monday, July 25 was a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Attending were Meredith, Jason and myself. Meredith reported on the Stroudwater mission group painting and repairing the fence at Brewer Andrews field. We discussed preparations for the upcoming Slip n’ Slide and Kickball event. This will be on Wednesday, August 3 at 5:00 at the Brewer Andrews Field. Friends of Princeton will be providing pizza. So come out and play and check out the renovations. There will be a meeting on Monday, August 1 to further plan the Slip n’ Slide event. However, the following two Mondays we will not be having a meeting.

Also Monday was the book club at the Princeton Library at 7:00 p.m.. We discussed Turnip Pie and Other Stories by Rebecca Cummings. This is a collection of ten short stories from the viewpoint of the main character, Kaisa Kilponen starting in 1907 to 1918. It brought back memories of a friend from many years ago from Friendship Maine who was Finnish. I had the opportunity first hand to partake in the traditional “Sauna”. Our next book is Papa Martel by Gerard Robichaud and will be discussed on Monday, August 8. It was great to have a new table and chairs so we didn’t have to borrow them from the town office. Little by little the library is reaching its goals.

Additionally, we had a wonderful donation of 25 children’s dvds, 4 hardcover books and bookmarks from Jolene Cochran of Princeton. (Reported to me by the librarian)

On Wednesday afternoon, Princeton Elementary School Teacher, Jody Deacon, provided a wonderful program for children at the library with an interactive story hour, music and dancing, snacks and a special crafting of scarecrows project. It was a happy time for all and truly appreciated.

On Wednesday, we hosted the Stroudwater mission group at the Bellmard. The town provided pizza, chips and soda and the Theriault family made cookies and brownies. The group of 6 adults and 20 young people enjoyed the inn and a tour of the inn and our little museum. We were glad to be part of hosting the mission group who has been so generous to our town with repairs to the fence, patching the courts, building two new picnic tables and a bicycle rack. Also they had a sports camp at the elementary school. We are so very fortunate to be helped by this group.

I am still missing my little dog Abby and when Hope Carle said she had one Pembroke Corgie puppy left from her litter, I said I wasn’t ready but then my other dogs are sad and so she still had the one left. We went to see him and so, we will be picking up “Frodo” in a couple of weeks. This week Frodo’s dad, Koda and Hope won a blue ribbon for showmanship, 160 points for obedience, second in costume and agility which gave them highest points in the senior division at a 4-H dog show.

Thursday our Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market was cut short by high wind gusts and thunder and lightning. We had a visitor from the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, Leigh Hallett. She told us that our market is one of the six markets featured in their forthcoming Washington County Farmers’ Market Trail brochure. We should have some brochures hopefully at the next market. We currently are featured on their Facebook page. The Friends of Princeton sold baked goods to put some funds in their kitty and we were almost sold out by the time we had to shut down. Sharon Norman made some great butter rum cookies and Ruth Curtis whoopie pies, which are always a hit. I made a blueberry cake from my great-grand mother’s recipe. 

This Saturday and Sunday was the annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival. It brings in a lot of visitors and business to the area. I did get a chance to go on Sunday and Princeton’s Fred Knapp was there. He is one of our area’s best kept secrets. His photographs have been featured in publications of the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, The Boston Globe, numerous magazines, and in permanent collections of the Eastman Kodak Co. and Baltimore Aquarium. His photographs of loons were some of the first in-depth photographic studies to be published. An artistic rendering of one of his loon photos is now featured on a Maine license plate. He will be at the Blueberry Festival in Machias which is August 19, 20 and 21 although you can purchase his photos from his studio. Also there were Jean and Dave Herrick. Dave was demonstrating the use of a loom. Not only do they have beautiful woven items, they also do other fabric crafts and their donuts go really fast at the Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market.

Upcoming Events: Open this week a brand new business: Delilah’s Ice Cream Shoppe, 99 Main Street. Open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Serving a lunch menu and a variety of hard serve ice cream products (flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, black raspberry, cotton candy, Heath bar crunch, tornado, Maine tracks , coffee). Sue Storey and Keith Damon, owners, will be adding soft serve ice cream at a later date.

Slip n’ Slide and Kickball, Wednesday, August 3 at 5:00 p.m. at Brewer Andrews Field with the Friends of Princeton providing pizza; Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, Thursday from 3:00-5:00 at Brewer Andrews Field; Book Club, Monday, 7:00 p.m., August 8 at the library; Thursday August 11, Princeton Farmers’ & Artisan’s Market celebrating Snap Shot Week with coloring, planting seeds and more for the kiddos; also Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. Friends of Princeton Meeting at the town office.


To send me news, just drop me a note or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261.