General Hugh Mercer Month acknowledged

JH _01 Princeton Mayor David Graham issues a proclamation declaring  January as "General Hugh Mercer Month" in the City of Princeton. Accepting the proclamation is Doug Bellamy of the General Hugh Mercer Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

PRINCETON — Recognizing Mercer County’s namesake and supporting a local entertainment business were the first orders of business at Monday’s Princeton City Council meeting at the Municipal Building.

Mayor David Graham started the meeting by reading a proclamation declaring January as “General Hugh Mercer Month” in the city .Mercer, a native of Scotland who emigrated to America, was mortally wounded while commanding Revolutionary forces at the Battle of Princeton (N..J.) on January 7, 1777, dying five days later on January 12, 1777. He is the namesake of Mercer County.

Doug Galloway of the General Hugh Mercer Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, accepted the proclamation and said that the chapter was working on fundraising efforts to erect a statue of Mercer in Princeton.

The next order of business saw Graham present Princeton Baseball Association President and Councilman Dewey Russell, along with Councilman and PBA board member Marshall Lytton with a resolution supporting efforts to keep the Princeton Rays as a minor league team in light of a proposed downsizing of minor league baseball affiliates by Major League Baseball.

Russell said the proposed change would drastically affect the local economy in many ways by loss of services provided by local businesses, both directly and indirectly, as well as taking away a tourist attraction and local entertainment venue.

“It’s a very cheap, very good, source of entertainment. We’ve had several players from here go on to make the majors and had the top prospect in the minor leagues here. We’ll definitely be here this summer and I urge the fans to come out in force,” Russell said.

The resolution was later unanimously approved on motion by Lytton and a second by Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker.

Council also approved on first reading an ordinance establishing a board to supervise the Princeton Farmer’s Market, which will operate on the north side of Mercer Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

City Attorney Paul Cassell said the board would have all the groups with a stake in the market represented.

The ordinance passed unanimously on a motion by Councilman James Hill with a second by Councilman James Harvey. It will be presented for a second reading and public hearing at the January Princeton City Council meeting.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter for the Princeton Times, contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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