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Sandra Smith


At the Princeton Library on Monday at 3 p.m., we had the second meeting of our writing group. We exchanged our three pages for review and critique for next week and worked on ideas for studying/writing techniques for the first half-hour. This group is open to anyone who has an interest in writing. I learned from the GLS book event this past Thursday that there is a writing group In Pembroke that had so many members that they had to split into two groups. Additionally two of the members have books that are being published.

Wednesday, while paying my taxes, I chatted with Selectman Stephen Cilley. He knows I tried to get a historical society/group/building started last year and wanted me to know that the Princeton Railroad Station, which was built around 1903, may be demolished. Currently it is the terminal building at the Princeton Municipal Airport and they no longer need it. I truly would be saddened to see this happen. The town has already lost so many buildings of historic significance and currently needs a permanent place to preserve documents and important memorabilia. I am working on a proposal to save the train station and will submit it to the selectmen. Any and all help would be appreciated.

On Thursday, Jo-Anne Cannell of Indian Rock Camps and I attended the DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism (DART) quarterly meeting in Ellsworth as representatives of the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce. One of DART’s activities is to sponsor a fisheries map and the fish hatchery in GLS will be included in this year’s reprint. Also they are working on a proposed bike route circling Route 9 to Route 6 including Vanceboro as well. We picked up a batch of the new DownEast Acadia 2018 Visitor Guides. Note that our area now has its own sub-region, “Grand Lakes.” Our GLS area chamber has been working on recognition of our area for many years and we were appreciative of DART’s new initiative. I left a few copies at the library. Also, any business in our region can be listed on the website: go to and click on partner login.

Thursday evening I attended the presentation by Valerie Lawson (editor/publisher) and Michael Brown (author/publisher) of their book “Three Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers”. It was confounding that there were only four of us at this program because it was a very enjoyable “adult story hour”. Valerie read some of the short stories and Michael recited some poems from the book. It truly is relaxing and inspiring to hear the written word. Their book has many local writers and I would not hesitate saying that it is worth adding to anyone’s collection. The next program on Thursday, April 26 is “Deer Diaries: Tales of a Maine Game Warden” written by John Ford, Sr.. He has written three books, writes regularly for the Northwoods Sporting Journal, and also is a painter known for his wildlife artwork. It is again sponsored by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust. Give yourself a kick off that couch and come out to this free, worthwhile event!

The Friends of Princeton will be having their first meeting for this year, Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at the town office. This year, Friends sponsored the Flowers in the Barrels on Main Street, Flea-Wheeling at Brewer Andrews Field, Tea at the Bellmard, Treats on Wheels, and the Tree Lighting at Legacy Square. We really need some new members to help out with these events. It does not require a major commitment but two to four members can’t do it alone. These events have become an integral part of the town’s activities and surely would be missed.

My last report, sadly, is about the demise of the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. It was a fine idea initiated by the Princeton Grange and organized by Joe Ruff and Wayne Seidl, of the Waite General Store, Sandra Chute and Terry Moffit in 2010. I was invited as a nonprofit for the GLS Area Chamber and over time promoted Princeton events and groups. Non-profits did not have to pay and appreciated being able to have a space. Those groups who benefited were the 4-H Club, Girl Scouts, Princeton Rod & Gun Club, Greenland Point Center, Princeton Fire Department, Princeton Library, Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee. There was a special camaraderie among the market vendors and every year the group evaluated what we needed to do to improve the market. We all worked together to set up/take down canopies and tried to never leave a vendor alone to clean up. When we had a busy day, we all celebrated the success. We enjoyed planning and participating in the special events. But the last few years there was just a compilation of circumstances that could not be overcome. First, the Princeton Grange closed it’s doors one last time because of lack of membership. The Grange was the sponsor of the market. However, the market found another sponsor, the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce. Then there were some vendors who felt they were not selling enough and left for other markets and then some who started their own businesses. To fill in, the market added artisans to their title to encourage other types of vendors. Then three primary vendors (well actually five because it was Bobbi and Al Mather, Jean and Dave Herrick and Bonnie Engroff) either moved away or had health issues. Last year, there was a major concern about having enough farmers to provide produce and also finding someone to take over as market manager. It somehow came together with the primary vendors taking turns each week as market manager and there was produce despite the poor growing conditions. However, this year as the season approaches, there was the realization that there were not enough vendors nor a market manager and there was no choice but to call the market to an end. It will take awhile to realize there is no market on Thursdays.

Town of Princeton Selectmen’s Meetings: First and Third Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room

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

April 8 - Princeton Elementary School Spring Fling Week

April 9 - Princeton Writing Group 3 p.m. Princeton Library

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

April 12 - Friends of Princeton Meeting 6 p.m. Town Office

April 13,14,15 - Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic At Calais Rec. Center: call 721-8395 for more info

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

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

April 25 - “Deer Diaries”, talk by author John Ford-GLS School House-6 p.m.

April 27 - Nomination Papers due for Town Offices

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