Wanted: Four ghosts for a tell-all feature story in U.S. 1 Newspaper. No, we didn’t run that ad in our classified section but you might wonder, how did we find the haunted houses in our cover story?
When we learned that Ezekiel’s Table, the cooking school started by Marcia Willsie (“This Chef’s Secret Ingredient: Do It Yourself,” March 26, 2008) was set to reopen in 2011 after a short hiatus, Preview Editor Jamie Saxon, who wrote that story, remembered Willsie telling her about the ghost of a certain Colonel McDaniel whose spirit often goes bump in the night. It triggered the idea to do a Halloween story on haunted houses.
But one ghost does not a story make. Our boss remembered that one of our contributors, E. E. Whiting, had met Princeton resident and author Margery Cuyler at last month’s Princeton Public Library children’s book fair. Cuyler’s “The Battlefield Ghost” was inspired by the ghost in her childhood home.
On the way to her interview with Cuyler, Saxon, who grew up in Princeton, remembered that Edgehill Street was her father’s favorite street (he died in 2000) and called her mother to let her know she was on that street. Ellen Saxon, who co-organized the 2009 Lawrenceville House Tour, said, “You have to interview Carolyn Slaughter, whose house was on the tour; she has a Blue Ghost.”
Three down, one to go. During a call to Willsie to set up an interview, Willsie mentioned to Saxon that the Inn at Glencairn on Route 206 is reputed to have a ghost.
Saxon also spoke with Terri Nelson at Princeton Public Library, who scoured back copies of the Princeton Recollector. While Nelson didn’t uncover a current haunted house she did find a story in the November, 1975, edition in which Genevieve Cobb recalled every Christmas or New Year’s Day the ghost of a coach and four horses supposedly rode through the ballroom at Thompson Hall on Stockton Street — the former residence of Josephine Thompson Swann, who, according to the March 10, 1906, Princeton Alumni Weekly, bequeathed the house to the town for a town hall. Alice Schannel, who watched Swann’s children in her youth said, “you could hear footsteps in the stairway. But there was never anybody there but me and the two kids.”
#b#To the Editor: Sipprelle’s Case#/b#
I am proud to have run a Congressional campaign focused on the important issues facing America today. My “Blueprint for Renewal” — found at www.SupportScott2010.com — outlines comprehensive solutions I’ve proposed to help renew our economy and reform our broken political system.
I have analyzed the voting record of my opponent, Rush Holt, and have criticized his support for a reckless legislative agenda that has undermined job creation, fiscal discipline, and the core notion of personal responsibility. My criticisms of that record have been factual and issue-based.
Mr. Holt’s response has been very revealing. Instead of defending his votes for the Wall Street bailout, the government takeover of healthcare, the wasteful stimulus bill, and the $5 trillion addition to America’s national debt since he voted to elect Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House, Mr. Holt has chosen to attack me personally. His smears and odious innuendo represent a stark example of what is wrong with America’s political process.
Mr. Holt’s embrace of the “anything goes” approach to re-election is a symbol of America’s legislative decay. A Congressman who will say anything to get re-elected will obviously do anything once he is sitting safely back in Washington. I believe that this behavior is sadly out of touch with what his constituents crave most: honesty, courage, and problem-solving.
As you head to the polls on November 2, please join me in ending business as usual in Washington and rejecting the destructive politics of the status quo. America deserves better. Thank you.
Scott Sipprelle, Hodge Road, Princeton, Candidate for Congress
On behalf of Eden Autism Services, I thank our community for supporting Eden by Moonlight Club Casablanca at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville. The evening helped to raise awareness, new friends, and much needed funds for Eden and the children and adults with autism whose special needs Eden serves.
Unfortunately, the public funding we receive through school districts and state agencies does not fully cover the cost of the services Eden provides for individuals with autism and their families. Thus we rely on the generosity of our extended Eden family to help make up this shortfall.
We are grateful to our dedicated Steering Committee, led by co-chairs Cathy McCool and Jason Bundick; our Sponsors and Patrons; our many volunteers; the outstanding Greenacres staff; and the many individuals and businesses who helped keep costs down by generously donating silent auction prizes or other services.
Thomas P. McCool, Ed.D. CEO, Eden Autism Services