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Sandra Smith


The North Woods 4-H Club held their meeting on Sunday this week. First on the agenda was plans for the pancake breakfast and raffle on May 12. Parents of members are working diligently to gather donations for the raffle. This will be the club’s first major fundraiser to help cover fees for members showing their animals and attending events. If you would like to donate, you can contact them at their Facebook page “North Woods 4-H Club.” They now have twelve members and have plans for other events such as an informational table and bake sale at Tractor Supply on April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in Calais, attend/show at the North East Livestock Expo in Windsor May 17-20, a dog show June 22-23 in Princeton, attend/display at Pembroke Fair and Perry Harvest Festival, help with Solidarity Harvest and a fall barbecue celebration. It is inspiring to see the support again for a 4-H club. Members can start as young Cloverbuds ages 5-6 and stay until they are 19. Hope Carle, a senior member, is one of the representatives for the State of Maine at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC this week. “I was a 4-H member for ten years and a leader for ten years and it was my foundation for learning the importance of community service.”

There was a meeting of the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee this past Monday. We worked on plans for the Fresh Water Festival which will be June 23. This group started with great enthusiasm with the primary goal of creating recreational activities for the children in the community. Unfortunately, membership has dwindled and we do need people to help out with the festival. The next meeting is Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.

I was given a place at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last Tuesday to express my thoughts about the Princeton Train Station (presently airport terminal building). They appreciated my concerns and Jason Theriault, who is also on the Princeton Municipal Airport Board, expressed to me that they will be using the station as a terminal building until at least 2019 and have no immediate plans for it otherwise. I stated that I would be working on a proposal to preserve the station and to use it as a place for displaying items/papers of historical significance to the town as well as once again working toward a historical society. The next step is the proposal. Any thoughts and help are appreciated.

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 past 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. Please do come to this meeting. We would so enjoy some new faces!

Princeton resident Jim Kesel has an exhibit of his paintings at Crumbs Cafe & Bake Shop on Main Street in Calais for the month of April. Jim’s art features wild life in both watercolor and acrylic. Be sure to drop in to support our local artist as well as enjoy Crumbs’ terrific menu.

If you have any pets that need their rabies shots, mark the calendar. The Calais Veterinary Clinic will be having their annual Spring Rabies Clinic on Saturday, April 21 at the Princeton Town Office from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; and if you get up late also at Baileyville Fire Department 10:00-11:00 a.m.; and if you are real late at the Calais Veterinary Clinic from 3:00-4:00 p.m. There was a recently confirmed case of a rabid raccoon on West Street in February, so take advantage of this opportunity. The rabies shot is $14. Other shots available are: DHLPP $24; Bordetella $23; Lyme $28; RVRCP $14; Feline Leukemia $23. Note: US Funds ONLY. NO checks or cards accepted. Cash ONLY. For the safety of everyone and their animals please make sure all dogs are on leashes and all cats are in carriers.

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

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 16-20 - Princeton Elementary School Spring Vacation

April 17 - Kids Spring Fishing Hike 10-2:30 p.m. GLS School House: for more info call 207-796-2100 or email

April 18 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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

April 23 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting 6:00 p.m. Town Office

April 26 - “Deer Diaries”, talk by author John Ford-GLS School House-6 p.m.

April 27 - Nomination Papers due for Town Offices

May 4-5 - Princeton Elementary School “The Little Mermaid” Play

May 12 - North Woods 4-H Pancake Breakfast at the Mason’s Hall

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