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Sandra Smith


It was busy at the Princeton Library this week. On Monday at 3 p.m., we had the first meeting of our writing group, which for now consists of two writers. We read each others three pages and commented on what was good and what could help to make it better. We hope that more will join our group and be inspired to get those stories/thoughts on paper. We will be meeting each week at 3 p.m. and have a goal of three pages...double spaced for easier comments.

On Wednesday, Heidi hosted the story hour from 4 - 5 p.m. Seven children participated in coloring eggs with shaving cream, which worked pretty well, and a make-your-own Easter cupcake snack. In between, Heidi read the youngsters two Easter bunny books. The next story hour will be April 18.

Then another terrific surprise in the mail: a notification from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust that they approved our grant request. This is the background information as written by the Trust: it “was established in 1986 to help libraries better serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000. Mr. Rudman frequently traveled throughout Maine, particularly Downeast, on business. He was struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced by a library in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of their size. He and Mrs. Rudman encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.” Our request was for $800 to purchase books and matching DVD’s for children, young adults and adults. Applying for a grant may look like a simple process, but, it is very complicated and requires detailed data and information. This can take some hours to complete. Thank you to Heidi for her idea and initiative that ended up with a positive result for our library.

Also for our bibliophiles note that on this Thursday, March 29 at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 6 p.m. there will be a presentation by Valerie Lawson (editor/publisher) and Michael Brown (author/publisher) of the book “Three Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers”. They describe their book as: “New England and Atlantic Canada share borders, boundaries, blood, and heritage. The land is disputed in places, in others the US and Canada share responsibility, and Tribal Lands reside as sovereign nations within their borders. The poems, essays, and short stories in this anthology explore the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region they hold in common.”

The North Woods 4-H Club is working on plans for their pancake breakfast event on Saturday, May 12 at the Masonic Hall, starting at 8 a.m. Also they will be having a raffle and will need donations.

The Princeton Fire Department just announced that they will be having their second annual raffle for a “Sun Dolphin” kayak. Tickets are $1 for one and $5 for six. Contact members of the department for tickets. You have plenty of time, however, the drawing will be in June.

Great news from the Princeton Town Office! We have five people signed up for the budget committee. This is a really important task and it will be so helpful to have more people involved in this process. Thank you to these residents who have volunteered for this year’s committee.

A reminder that Nomination Papers are available at the Town Office and due back by April 27 for: Board of Selectmen (1 @) 3 year term; Water District Trustee (1 @) 3 year term; and School Board Member (2 @) 3 year terms.

It seems a bit far off but the June 12th, 2018 Primary Election is coming up and the town office would like to remind all voters that if you are not registered as a Democrat, Republican, Green Party, Independent or a Libertarian you will only be able to vote the municipal ballot. If any resident would like to change their party affiliation or check what party they are registered as, please feel free to call the office and they can find out for you. Please note that if you are registered as “Unenrolled” or “Independent” also, 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. If you have any questions, call the town office at 796-2744.

April 2: Princeton Parks and Recreation Meeting 6 p.m. Town Office.

April 8: North Woods 4-H Club Meeting 1:30 p.m. Princeton Library.

April 8: Princeton Elementary School Spring Fling Week.

April 11: Princeton Library Committee Meeting 5 p.m.

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

April 21: Rabies Clinic Princeton Town Office 8:30-9:30 a.m.

April 27: Nomination Papers due for Town Offices

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