Dresden Communicator, September 2016

The Dresden Communicator is compiled by Bridge Academy as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in The Dresden Communicator should e-mail articles to Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the October 2016 edition is the 28th of September. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

Open Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-7:00 pm;    Sat 9:00 am-12:00 noon

 

Do-It-Yourself books: Ready to try something new? Check out a book on masonry, wiring, home-dying and more from our special display!

 

New Youth books: The library has added a small but growing collection of graphic novels for tweens and teens in the Youth Fiction area…from Star Wars to Big Nate with more to come!

 

Summer Readers: I hope you all enjoyed a summer filled with reading, fun and prizes! If you made your reading goal and haven’t picked up your prize yet be sure to stop in to get it. Congratulations to all of you for working so hard; I look forward to celebrating reading with you again next summer!

 

Adult Book Group : The September discussion book for the book club will be The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. This session will be held on Thursday September 8th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Find us on Facebook! Looking for information about what the library is doing? Our Dresden Communicator updates now appear on the Town of Dresden Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/Dresden-Maine-1120622317962866/ or simply by typing Dresden, Maine in the Facebook search window.

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will begin making plans for the annual Fire Prevention Open House coming in October.

 

Dresden Fire Department

 

Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pownalborough Station.  Truck and station maintenance, as well as any training, will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  All available personnel are urged to attend.  We are still looking for new members, so if you or anyone you know has an interest in firefighting, please come to the station or contact the Chief, Steve Lilly at 737-9434 or the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

Members will meet on Monday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We are still looking for people to host the museum on weekends.  The hours are 1 – 4 p.m.  Anyone who is able to help out, please either call John at 737-8614, come to the meeting, or email Shari Lilly at shari51@roadrunner.com.  Any help is greatly appreciated (even if you can only spare one shift).

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will have a site walk on Dodge Road on Sept 6 with the public hearing for that project at our regular meeting.  If you have a project in mind or questions for the Planning Board Chairman, please call Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Snowmobile Club

 

The Club will have its fall organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House on Route 197.  We will be doing memberships for the upcoming season and making plans for trail maintenance.  Note: This year’s Landowner Appreciation Day (presented by Maine IF&W) will be on Sunday, Sept 18.  Any available member is requested to join us to help them with cleanup of property between the Indian Road & Calls’ Hill Road (off Gilmore Brook Road) that was being used as a dumping site.  This is a significant area that we have had the privilege of using for our trail system and hope that we have a nice turnout of help to take care of this mess.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee’s Music Jam on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month is on hiatus for the summer. Call Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484 for more information.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, August 2016

 

By Patrick Moore

 

[K.D. Vitelli has been in Greece this past month; Patrick Moore has kindly offered this contribution.]

Before shipping off for the month, our usual reporter spotted a monarch butterfly in her yard, “a fresh, gorgeous big one, on the buddeia and later on the milkweed. Hooray!” Hooray indeed, let’s hope there are more waiting when she returns. My August insect of note seems to be the yellow-jacket wasp. They like me, they like to play, but they play rough. At first I was upset, but after a half-dozen stings or so, you catch on. Apparently they are misunderstood: they help control garden pests, and the clan that lives in my neighbor’s pick-up truck enjoys rides around town. They can be regular guys.

The dry weather in our area might have been swell for tourists and campers, and my dog enjoyed several tick-free weeks, but it was tough for gardeners and slugs. Long hours were spent in the hot sun pumping hundreds of gallons of water onto tiny plants just so their plump, succulent leaves could be devoured by Japanese beetles. Even the stinging nettles were suffering. On the positive side, a neighbor gardener gave me some ground cherry plants which are producing handfuls of sweet(ish) berries. Thanks also to whomever brought to the plant sale something labeled, “Raspberry colored monarda-bee balm;” the bees and hummingbirds are enjoying the blooms.
The choke cherries are ripe and I tried some…very happy to share with with the blue jays and robins. One vireo was seen giving a tasty bug or savory grub to another vireo. Perhaps a kind gesture or maybe one was saying, “this tastes a little stale to me, what do you think?” The biggest appetite belongs to the bald eagle. She belly flopped into the Eastern River and swam ashore. No Olympic medals for swimming, but she held onto and carried away an enormous prize fish.
 

If you stood at the side of the Eastern River long enough and a giant pine tree didn’t fall on you, you would have seen the marsh hawk skipping along the tops of the grassy mudflats. Its cottontail white rump makes it easy to identify, a rufous breast indicates that this was a youngster. Farther upland, junior woodpeckers were on the scene. Probably hairy or downy woodpeckers — the juniors seem to be wearing gray pajamas. Their flight is more like a butterfly than a confident adult, and their pecking is very gentle, awaiting development of full beak strength.

 

I saw the Northern Parula! It landed four feet from me, no binoculars necessary. Blue and green, and yellow and orange, and black and white. Perfection.  I hope there was a nest nearby.

My pal the big, fat toad who lives under the barn finally showed himself this week. When asked how he was, he replied, “The same.”

 

 

 

September 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

Thursday, 1 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm RSU2 School Board meeting, Hall-Dale Elementary School

 

Saturday, 3 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 4 September

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Tuesday, 6 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 7 September

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 8 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 10 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 11 September

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 12 September

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society.   Yellow Schoolhouse

 

Tuesday, 13 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library
6:30 p.m Sno-Valley Riders Club in the Old Town House on Route 197

 

Wednesday, 14 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 15 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 17 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 18 September

Landowner Appreciation Day, Sno-Valley Riders Club

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Tuesday, 20 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 21 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 22 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 24 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 25 September

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 26 September

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 27 September

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 28 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 29 September

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 1 October

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator, August 2016

 

The Dresden Communicator is compiled by Bridge Academy as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in The Dresden Communicator should e-mail articles to Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the September 2016 edition is the 28th of August. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

Open Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-7:00 pm;    Sat 9:00 am-12:00 noon intro

Summer Reading Program:

August’s Featured Event:

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

2016 Collaborative Summer Reading Program

Prize Day!

 

Summer Readers: Did you make your summer reading goal? Drop in and pick up your reward! The program wraps up on Saturday August 27th, so if you haven’t reached your goal yet there’s still time!

Prizes may be picked up any time between 9:00am-12:00pm that day and light refreshments will be available to celebrate the program; all patrons are welcome to help make the food disappear! If you can’t make it in on the 27th please stop by during normal library hours to collect your reward.

***Note to parents: I will be doing a check-in call the week the program ends regarding reading goals in order to set up the prizes, so please make sure to return my call if you are not home that day.

Adult Book Group : The August discussion book for the book club will be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This session will be held on Thursday August 11th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Find us on Facebook! Looking for information about what the library is doing? Our Dresden Communicator updates now appear on the Town of Dresden Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/Dresden-Maine-1120622317962866/ or simply by typing Dresden, Maine in the Facebook search window.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The monthly business meeting will be on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 7:00 pm. in Pownalborough Hall.  Thank you to all the members who helped out during SummerFest and Richmond Days and to the people who stopped by our booth to support our fund raising efforts.

 

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. in Pownalborough Station for truck / station maintenance / training / or other activities.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday of the month.

We are always looking for new members, so if there is anyone interested in checking out your community fire service, please either come to a meeting or contact the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault, at 737-8771.

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

The Historical Society will meet on Monday August 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 18 from 4-6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Please pass the word and get your family, friends, and neighbors out of the heat and into our ‘cooling’ and tasty event.  Prices are $5.00 for adults, children under 12 and senior citizens are $3.00.    Renewal and new memberships are accepted at any time.  If you’re not sure if you’re up-to-date, let us know and we’ll find out.  Your supporting membership is greatly appreciated.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will NOT be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month as they normally do.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have a project, questions or concerns, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee’s Music Jam on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month is on hiatus for the summer. Call Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484 for more information.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, July 2016

By K.D. Vitelli

 July has been real summertime-hot and humid—except for the day of Summerfest, when it was actually chilly (remember that?) and rained during set-up and tear down before and after the event, but, considerately, stopped for the three hours in between so the show could go on. Aside from that, it has been hot, humid and mostly sunny. The ground is dust, grass crisp, and gardeners are spending a lot of time watering, so much so that some of us are beginning to worry about depleting our wells. I’m starting to re-think my strategy of watering vegetables and annuals. If the potential thunderstorms tonight miss us again (as they have done several times already), I may decide to let the annuals die back—which they want to do anyway—and concentrate water on the shrubs and more precious perennials. One neighbor said he was fully expecting his tomato plants to burst into flames!

Along with the beginning of harvest, full summer also brings out the garden pests. Woodchucks and similarly inclined small mammals have been wreaking their own havoc in the struggling gardens. They seem especially fond of the fuzzy leaves of cucumbers and squash, but are quite happy to include kale and beans (leaves and all, though they leave behind the stems), zinnias and beet greens, and love the fresh shoots of salsify. I’m willing to share, but they want all of it. So I’m trying the old trick of spraying their favorites with a mix of about 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap (with its particularly unappetizing scent) and 1 quart of water. So far, the new growth on the plants is still there, but whether because of the Dawn or because woodchuck is waiting for a bit more growth, I can’t yet say.

Other potential garden pests could be the three sweet little raccoon babies and their mother, who were seen frolicking on the riverbank in South Dresden a few weeks ago. The story reminded me of the morning I looked out our bedroom window in Indiana shortly before dawn and saw three baby raccoons following mom in single file, across the yard to the fishpond. Mom demonstrated and then the three little ones took turns putting their “hands” into the water—probably trying to catch the goldfish—before mom moved on, followed by the three cubs, again in single file, to the mulberry tree, where mom got up on her haunches and pulled down a berry-filled branch for the cubs to feast on. They are very cute—but can also be very bad.

Last month I reported that Mrs. Bluebird was brooding a second nest. She was visible for several days after that report, but then disappeared. When I was sure she wasn’t there, I cautiously opened the nest box to see what was going on. Inside, a deep nest cup of brown pine needles held a single perfect blue egg…and a gazillion ants. They must have driven poor mom so crazy that she gave up and abandoned the egg. Shortly after that, I discovered that ants were farming aphids and scale on my potted plants on the deck. After a morning cleaning out the farms, I raised those pots above saucers filled with water, a moat to keep the ants off. So far, that is working. The plants should recover, as long as I remember to keep the moats full.

The first Japanese beetles showed up here on July 4th. They’ve done some damage, but so far the infestations don’t seem to be as bad as in recent years. Maybe they are just waiting for more rain. Similarly, on the 23rd, later than usual, I found a couple dozen of the tiny, pearly green eggs of tomato hornworms on the leaves of the tomato plants. Normally, once the eggs show up, there are more and more every day, but I’ve found only a couple since that first batch—and have seen only a few hawk/hummingbird moths on the monarda. Those moths are related to the ones that produce the hornworm eggs but are much harder to see since they fly at dusk. Perhaps they, too, are waiting for more rain. Indeed, a bee-keeping friend tells me that, while there is plenty of pollen around for bees this month, there is little nectar because of the drought, so the bees are having a very hard time of it. Maybe that’s why we have relatively few butterflies of any kind, and not yet a single Monarch.

Our birds present a happier story. We have lots of fledglings everywhere. Some friends reports lots of baby robins, others plenty of rather tame song and chipping sparrows. I always know where the cat is just by listening to the chipped parental warnings of the song sparrow parents. Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeaks occasionally show themselves.

A neighbor wrote: “A youngster catbird (kitten bird?) almost flew into my forehead. Luckily, both of us employed rudimentary navigation skills and avoided collision. Yesterday, prolonged staring into the thicket along Alexander Road revealed a first year common yellowthroat. It seemed to have advanced avionics.  Canada geese are lounging around in the shallows of the Eastern River.  About two-dozen of them took flight when we put a canoe in the water, but one paddled away. It continued with a combination of hiding in the grass, waddling across the mud flats and swimming with lots of goose noises.  Perhaps it was still in eclipse [seasonal shedding and re-growing of plumage] or leading us away from a nest? Hard to tell.”

In the same general area sharp eyes (or ears) picked out black-throated green warblers, red-eyed vireos, and a glimpse of a Canadian warbler. Cedar waxwings have been snacking on elder- and serviceberries; numerous Dresdenites report recent sightings of hummingbird babies coming to feeders and flowers with their parents. We thought for a while that a yellow-fronted woodpecker, normally found only in south Texas, had somehow made its way to Dresden, but after consultation with various guide books, we decided it was more likely a juvenile red-bellied woodpecker, which can have a slightly yellow patch on its neck. Many of us have seen the male and female adults over the last 5-6 winters. It’s nice to know that they are now successfully breeding here.

I leave you with the hope and wish that “state-wide thunderstorms” will, indeed, drench Dresden one of these nights. Onward, unto August!

 

 

August 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 2 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 3 August

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 4 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 6 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 7 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 8 August

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

6 pm Dresden Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 9 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 10 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 11 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 13 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 14 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 15 August

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society.   Yellow Schoolhouse

 

Tuesday, 16 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 17 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 18 August

4 – 6 pm Ice Cream Social, Dresden Historical Society,                                                                                                                                                                          Pownalborough Hall

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 20 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 21 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 22 August

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 23 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 24 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 25 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 27 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 28 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 29 August

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 30 August

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

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To fix an editing error, the entry for the Dresden Fire Assoc. in the July Communicator has been updated:

Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, July 06, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Plans will be discussed for the upcoming fund raisers that we usually do at SummerFest and Richmond Days.  All members are urged to attend if at all possible.

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Dresden Communicator, July 2016

The Dresden Communicator is compiled by Bridge Academy as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in The Dresden Communicator should e-mail articles to Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the August 2016 edition is the 26th of July. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

Bridge Academy Library

Open Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-7:00 pm;    Sat 9:00 am-12:00 noon intro

Summer Reading Program:

July’s Featured Event:

Firefly Drop-in Craft!

 

Firefly season is a great time to get outside and get active enjoying nature! The season is short though, so bring the kids to the library so they can make their own glowing firefly to keep in their room year round! This simple craft will be available on library days during the entire month of July for parents and kids to complete together with a little direction from the librarian. Stop in at the front desk for instructions and materials.

 

New ILL Delivery Day: Interlibrary loans will now be delivered on Saturdays instead of Thursdays. This will change the day of your pickup call, but will not affect overall delivery time.

 

Identity Theft: The library has ordered free bookmarks from the Federal Trade Commission with information on how to report identity theft, build a recovery plan and put it into action. Stop by and pick one up or go to IdentityTheft.gov for more information.

 

Adult Book Group : The July discussion book for the book club will be The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman. This session will be held on Thursday July 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, July 06, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Plans will be discussed for the upcoming fund raisers that we usually do at SummerFest and Richmond Days.  All members are urged to attend if at all possible.

 

Dresden Fire Department

 

DFD personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for truck/station maintenance and any scheduled training which will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  ALL members are urged to be present.  As soon as the schedule is set, it will be put on our Facebook page and website.  Also, we would like to congratulate Sabrina Doray for her completion of Firefighter 1 and 2.  We would like to send special get well wishes to firefighter Nicole Freese at MMC.  New members are always needed.  Come to a meeting if you would like information or call the Chief at 737-9434 or the Assistant Chief at 737-8771.

 

 

Dresden Summerfest

 

Sunday, July 10th,   10am – 3pm:

 
The Town of Dresden’s Annual Summerfest is a fun day to come together as a town to enjoy the summer. There will be vendors, food, and entertainment.

 

All are encouraged to dance to the music! At the Pownalborough Courthouse on Cedar Grove Rd.

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The DHS will meet on Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  The Brick School Museum is now open every weekend until October.  Anyone who would be willing to host an afternoon, please contact either John Ottum at 737-8614 or send a message to Shari at shari51@roadrunner.com.  The hours are Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.  We would appreciate any help we can get as we only have a couple of people who have signed up, even if it is for just one afternoon.  Membership renewals are always accepted throughout the season.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, July 12th, at 6:30 p.m. Our upcoming meeting will have public hearings on a proposed businesses for climate controlled self storage units and two studio apartments at 438 Middle Road (formerly Christmas Cove Designs) and a landscaping business with storage of materials at 1379 Middle Road.  If you have questions about a project or how to proceed with one, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006, or leave a message at the Town Office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The Sno-Valley Riders will not be having regular meetings during the summer.  If a meeting (or other event) is requested , all members will be notified either by phone, mail, or email.  If you wish to have a special meeting, please contact either Rick at 737-4924 or Shari at 737-2566.  Our organizational meeting is set for September 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  Have a great summer and we hope to see you then.

 

Music Jam

 

Dresden’s Recreation Committee’s Music Jam on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month is on hiatus for the summer. Call Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484 for more information.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, June 2016

 

By K.D. Vitelli

 

The first few weeks of June were on the cool side—perfect weather for getting seedlings into the ground and gardens off to a good start. But our last significant rain—2.25 inches by my gauge—fell on the 5th. By the sixth, everything in the garden seemed to have doubled in size. Since then, however, dry days and sunshine has been the rule, with only a few minutes of showers that didn’t even cover the whole of Dresden. Woods, fields and gardens are very dry. Gardeners have been spending a lot of time with hoses and sprinklers, and if they’re smart, then adding a thick layer of mulch to their beds. Fire danger is high, so be really careful with any kind of fire, especially over the holiday weekend.

 

Early June also saw the fledging of most of our birds, leaving the air full of the chipping sounds of warning from parents as their inexperienced youngsters explored the big bad world; squealing calls for food from the babies, who by now are starting to discover how to feed themselves—although they’ll still happily accept a tidbit from mom or dad if they can get it.

 

I saw the first snapping turtle of the season, a small, relatively young one, in my drive on June 1st—right on schedule. She left behind a number of empty scrapes, and I figured she’d given up because the ground was so dry. I expected more to show up after the rain on the 5th, but saw none. A number of new scrapes have appeared since then, all looking equally empty, except that around the 20th several newly dug holes appeared—surrounded by curled up eggshells. Apparently a few eggs had been laid, and the skunks and raccoons found them. They left one intact egg behind, which I buried in a flowerpot out of harm’s way, just in case it might survive and mature. The next day, a very large momma turtle was laying eggs in the gravel along the side of Bog Road, when some concerned citizens persuaded her to bite a stick and be pulled out of the path of traffic. We can hope she’d already deposited some eggs and that hers will survive to hatch in the fall, along with some others that predators don’t find.

Predators. Plenty of them around, although it’s been lovely to see the roses before the Japanese beetles come out. There’s the woodchuck, who loves fresh kale, cucumbers leaves (!) and zinnias. Slugs and snails, which should be unhappy because of the dryness, are still busily devouring lettuce and anything else green and juicy. There was a fox in the chicken yard, hoping to bring home dinner for his kits, until the chickens’ owner, with the help of a Jack Russell terrier, scared it away with only the loss of a few feathers. No more free-range tick hunting for those chickens, but they are getting a bigger run. The sky has frequently shown us silhouettes of large birds—mostly crows and hawks—being chased by one or more much smaller, feisty birds protecting their nests.

 

And then there are the red squirrels.

 

My squirrel story comes from a recent afternoon, on one of the many glorious Maine summer days of late, with hot sun, dry air, and cool breezes that insisted it was time to do research for this column, in the hammock, my favorite research spot, because always some wild things come to investigate and entertain me. As I enjoyed the silky breeze, sure enough I felt something brush against the underside of the hammock: a cheeky red squirrel had run right under me and up into the apple tree, where she proceeded to yell and chatter. I chattered right back, which bothered her not in the least. Then I heard a faint sound of rapid clicks (perhaps from their beaks?) and from the right, a determined and angry male bluebird dive-bombed the squirrel, immediately followed by a clicking female bluebird coming down from the left. The squirrel responded by running up the trunk and jumping from branch to branch—and the bluebirds continued their alternating, swooping low dives and clicks from left and right and back again until the squirrel finally took off down a hole in the ground. Three cheers for the bluebirds! But why were they so upset about a red squirrel at this time? Their babies fledged a couple of weeks ago, and, although they are still around (looking just like mom, except for brown spots on their chests), they should be safe from squirrels by now. A few more minutes of lazing in the hammock and I noticed a little head peaking out of what I had thought was an empty nest box. Mother bluebird! She has already started another clutch in the same box. No wonder she’s worried about a red squirrel—and why the first fledglings are being encouraged to feed themselves and get on with their lives, although one or two could be called on to help mom and dad raise the second clutch. Mom is still brooding now, with her little head sometimes poking out of the box, but soon the eggs will hatch and then I’ll have to spend more time in the hammock to keep an eye on feeding and progress.

 

Isn’t summer is wonderful?

 

 

July 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Saturday, 2 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 3 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 4 July

Town Office closed. Happy 4th of July!

 

Wednesday, 6 July

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 7 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 9 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 10 July

10am – 3pm   Dresden SummerFest. Pownalborough Courthouse

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 11 July

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society.   Yellow Schoolhouse

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 12 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 13 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 14 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 16 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 17 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Tuesday, 19 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 20 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 21 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 23 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 24 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 25 July

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 26 July

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 27 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 28 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 30 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 31 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator: June, 2016

 

The Dresden Communicator is compiled by Bridge Academy as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in The Dresden Communicator should e-mail articles to Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the July 2016 edition is the 26th of June. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

Open Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-7:00 pm;    Sat 9:00 am-12:00 noon

Summer Reading Program: This year the theme will be On Your Mark, Get Set…Read and it’s all about sports and games! The Summer Reading program is open to all children aged 3-11 and offers kids a chance to set a summer reading goal and win prizes along the way as well as a bigger prize once the goal is reached. We also feature a fun monthly event and extra credit can be earned for attending one. Registration begins Saturday June 16th; come on in and sign up for the adventure!

June’s Featured Event:

 The Magic of Conjuring Carroll!

Thursday June 23rd, 1:30pm

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Carroll keeps things light and provides fun family entertainment and amazing balloon sculptures in his dynamic performances; this year he’s featuring a healthy eating theme in keeping with our summer focus on health. All people(summer readers or not) are welcome to join us for this free summer event! Handicapped accessible. FMI call 737-8810.

 

Celebrate More Local Art! If you are a local artist or photographer who would like to display your work at the library please get in touch with librarian Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 or balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us so we can discuss a possible showing.

 

Color, Relax and Have Fun! Our coloring page table still has some unmarked spots, so please come on in and help us finish it. Coloring is a relaxing hobby for all ages and will help make our library beautiful!

 

Adult Book Group: The June discussion book for the book club will be H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. This session will be held on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Shelving wanted: The library is is need of additional shelving as our collection is growing! Please consider making a donation if you have some gently used shelving or a monetary donation to help defray the costs of purchasing our own. If you choose to donate shelving, please contact the library first at 737-8810 so we can make sure your units will work in the area of need.

 

Bridge Academy Trustees and our wonderful Librarian would like to thank everyone who helped out with the recent Book, Bake and Plant Sale.  To all of you who donated items, baked a delicious food product, collected donations and worked at the event, we thank you and want you all to know it was greatly appreciated. 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, June 1st, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having election of the Association Officers for 2016 – 2017.

 

Dresden Fire Department

 

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for weekly truck and station maintenance as well as any scheduled training that will be posted on the bulletin board the first Wednesday of the month.  ALL members should attend.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Monday, June 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will have a guest speaker who will be doing a presentation on the Abenaki Tribe.   We hope you will all be able to attend.  We will be making the plans for the opening of the Brick School Museum on June 25th.  Anyone who would be willing to host an afternoon, please contact either John Ottum at 737-8614 or send a message to Shari at shari51@roadrunner.com.  The hours are Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.  We would appreciate any help we can get.   Membership renewals are always accepted throughout the season.

 

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, June 07, at 6:30 p.m. Our upcoming meeting will be a public hearing on a proposed business for the raising of small farm animals, a chicken-processing building and a farm stand which is an application from Todd Bolduc or 18 Middle Road.  If you have questions about a project or how to proceed with one, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.

 

Dresden Budget Committee

 

The Budget Committee will meet on June 1st and 15th starting at 6pm at the Bridge Academy Library.   All residents are welcome.   For more information, phone Peter Walsh at 737-2807.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The Sno-Valley Riders will not be having regular meetings during the summer.  If a meeting is requested (or other event), all members will be notified either by phone, mail, or email.  If you wish to have a special meeting, please contact either Rick at 737-4924 or Shari at 737-2566.  Our organizational meeting is set for September 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  Have a great summer and we hope to see you then.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee is hosting a Music Jam on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6 pm at Pownalborough Hall. This is for Dresden residents only. All are welcome to join in playing bluegrass, folk, or country.   For more information call either Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, May 2016

 

By K.D. Vitelli

 

The first half of May was largely chilly, windy, and gloomy, with lots of drizzle days—we’ve hardly had a measureable rain since the 2nd, when we had 1.25”. Temperatures very gradually moved up during the following days through the 50’s into the 60’s, but nighttime temperatures were still regularly in the 30’s and low 40’s (as those of us trying to encourage seedlings were all too aware).

 

One good effect of the chilly days was that daffodils, those that survived the hard frosts of April, lasted and lasted and were joined by a few early tulips, primroses and blue bells. Other plants that had emerged on the occasional sunny day seemed to stop growing and just sat there for most of the month. Trees had buds at their tips, but they, too, were going nowhere. We all complained that it sure didn’t feel like May.

 

Then on the 20th, the promised warmth arrived—around 80 degrees and full sun, followed by a second equally warm and sunny day. Overnight, nature popped! Trees suddenly had real leaves. Lilacs were in bloom. Apples, cherries, peaches blossomed (modestly. This looks to be an off year for many of our fruit trees). Peonies, which had barely been out of the ground, are over a foot tall and forming little buds. The Japanese peony is in full gorgeous bloom. The early iris are already fading. We made it!!

 

Earlier in the month, birds had begun singing their courtship songs and working on nests. This year, the bluebirds visited the nest boxes and started right in on nest building, well before the tree swallows even arrived. By the 7th, momma bluebird was already brooding eggs. Warblers showed up during the chilly days: a pair of Yellow-rumped Warblers sat for a long time on the suet, where I’d never seen warblers before. Yellow, Yellow-throat, Black and White and Pine warblers were the others I managed to identify. Over on Alexander Road, eyes and ears sharper than mine picked out a long list of others, including a Prothonotary and a Chestnut-sided. Hoards of goldfinches cleaned out the feeders in no time.

 

Down in Arrowsic, an exotic European Goldfinch—mostly brown, but with a red, white and black head and gold and black wings was sighted. Was he blown off course, or escaped from captivity? Maybe he’ll make his way inland to visit us.

 

On the 9th, weather forecasters were promising that warmth really was coming our way, but the strong chilly winds did not feel promising. And then, those magical winds set down almost all our summer bird visitors. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks arrived here first, but I’d barely recorded their arrival when a pair of orioles alighted (I’m startled every year by their brilliant color). Minutes later, there were hummingbirds and grackles, Eastern Kingbirds and catbirds! All on the same day. Hope returned with them.

 

The bluebirds began feeding their hatchlings. Swallows took over another box, and their constant chatter made me wonder whether bluebirds resent noisy neighbors as much as do some people. Woodpeckers, both Hairy and Downy, reappeared at the suet, in such numbers that most must be newly fledged babies.

 

Still, the days and nights early in the month were cool and often drizzly. Bird song filled the air (a very talkative catbird is chattering at me as I write), and the groundhog was out and about, checking to see if my garden is in yet (it’s not). A Cooper’s Hawk perched for a full 5 minutes on a bush right in front of my study window—bird song ceased entirely, but I got a lovely view.

 

Years ago my husband brought home an empty oriole’s woven nest sac that had been blown down in a storm. It is an amazing piece of fiber art, the more so for having been made without benefit of hands and fingers. I’ve always wondered, besides how she does it, where the bird found the fine, strong natural fibers she’d woven together so skillfully. Last week, as I wandered the garden, I glimpsed Mrs. Oriole tugging hard at a white string in a messy pile of garden debris. She made multiple approaches from different directions, pecked, twisted, tugged, attempted to fly off with it, only to be jerked back in mid-flight. I thought it must be a string I had tied to something, so after watching her efforts for some time from quite close up (she was very determined), I moved enough for her to give up (temporarily) and leave, so I could untie my knot. Wrong. It wasn’t string. She had been stripping off a thin bit of the fibrous outer layer of a dried sunflower stalk! That is tough stuff. I easily detached the strip she had been working on, but had no luck at all starting another strip. My admiration and awe have only grown with this bit of new information.

 

 

 

 

May has turned out to be a lovely month, now that we’re near the end of it. What will June bring?

 

 

 

 

June 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

Wednesday, 1 June

6 pm   RSU2 Regional Budget Meeting – Hall-Dale H.S., Farmingdale

6 pm  Town Budget Committee   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 2 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 4 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 6 June

6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society speaker, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 7 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 8 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 9 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 11 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 13 June

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 14 June

8 am – 8 pm   ELECTION DAY, Pownalborough Hall

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 15 June

6 pm   Town Budget Committee,   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 16 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 18 June

9 am   TOWN MEETING,   Pownalborough Hall

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 21 June

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 22 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 23 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 25 June

1 – 4 pm  Dresden Historical Society, Opening of the Brick School House

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open

Sunday, 26 June

1-4 pm  Dresden Historical Society, Brick School House open

 

Monday, 27 June

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

 

 

Tuesday, 28 June

2 – 7 pm Bridge Academy Library open

 

Wednesday, 29 June

6:30 Dresden Fire and Rescue, Pownalborough hall

 

Thursday, 30 June

2 – 7 om Bridge Academy Library open

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Dresden Communicator May, 2016

 

The Dresden Communicator is compiled by Bridge Academy as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in The Dresden Communicator should e-mail articles to Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the June 2016 edition is the 26th of May. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

Bridge Academy Library

Winter season Hours:    Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-7:00pm;    Sat 9:00am-12:00pm

 

Come to our annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale!

Saturday May 28th

9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Rain or Shine

44 Middle Road in Dresden

 

Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event!

  • Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)
  • Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super prices!
  • Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!
  • Take a chance on some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!
  • New in town? Come to the sale and meet your neighbors! Interested in helping out and getting involved in your community? Call the library at 737-8810!

 

Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants, books in good condition and baked goods. Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or can donate plants. Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale. Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday, May 26th, or by 9:00 am the morning of the sale. Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.

Celebrate Local Art! The month of May will be all about celebrating the beauty of nature at the library. You will even have a chance to get in on the creativity yourself if you like!

Sights Around Dresden- Local artist Dorothy Jespersen will be sharing her vision of the Dresden area with an art display featuring some sights you may recognize, including Pinkham Pond, a Great Blue Heron on the Eastern River and breaking ice on the Kennebec. The display will remain up all month and Dorothy will be available at the library May 7th from 10:00am to 12:00pm to greet visitors and answer any questions. Drop in to say hello and enjoy some light refreshments.

Color, Relax and Have Fun! In the fast-paced world we occupy, coloring has become a great way to combat stress for people of all ages. During the month of May we will have a table available covered with a spring-themed coloring page wrap that we invite you to make beautiful! Take a load off, pick up a crayon or marker and let all your cares melt away! Kids and adults are welcomed and encouraged to join in.

Summer Reading reminder– The library will once again be hosting a Summer Reading Program for kids age 3-11 with lots of fun prizes and events, including a magic show on June 23rd! Registration for the program begins Saturday June 18th. More information will be coming in the June Communicator and you can also stop by May 28th or after to pick up an information sheet.

Adult Book Group : The May session of the book club will include a visit from Barbara Fraumeni; her father was a member of the original team that is featured in the book Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This session will be held on Thursday May 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Next month’s book will be H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

Choice Magazine Listening(CML) free service: CML is a nonprofit organization founded by philanthropist LuEsther T. Mertz in 1962 and it produces a 12-hour audio magazine anthology four times a year free of charge to eligible adults in the US who have difficulty reading due to blindness, physical impairment or other print disabilities. The CML team selects high-quality pieces from more than 120 magazines and literary journals. For more information about this service stop by the library or call CML at 1-888-724-6423 9:00am-4:00pm EST.

 

Dresden Fire Association

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, May 4th, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire Department

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for weekly truck and station maintenance as well as any scheduled training that will be posted on the bulletin board the first Wednesday of the month.  Welcome to new member Wally Staples, who comes to us as a seasoned firefighter.  We are happy to have you with us.

 

Dresden Historical Society

Dresden Historical Society members will meet on Monday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We are getting things ready for the opening of the Brick School Museum.   Anyone will to help or to host a weekend, please attend the meeting or contact John Ottum at 737-8614.

 

Dresden Planning Board

Dresden Planning Board members will have the monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. If you have questions or want to talk to the chairman in regard to a project, please  call Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Budget Committee

The Budget Committee will meet on May 4th and 18th starting at 6pm at the Bridge Academy Library.   All residents are welcome.   For more information, phone Peter Walsh at 737-2807.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The Sno-Valley Riders will not be having regular meetings during the summer.  If a meeting or other event is requested, all members will be notified either by phone, mail, or email.  If you wish to have a special meeting, please contact either Rick at 737-4924 or Shari at 737-2566.  Our organizational meeting for next season is set for September 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  Have a great summer and we hope to see you then.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee is hosting a Music Jam on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6 pm at Pownalborough Hall. This is for Dresden residents only. All are welcome to join in playing bluegrass, folk, or country.   For more information call either Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484.

 

Maple Grove Cemetery Trustees

Maple Grove Cemetery Trustees will meet on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Seen in Dresden, April 2016

By K.D. Vitelli

The first half of April was basically a continuation of the “so-called winter” (as a neighbor dubbed it): cold, damp and gloomy, with the occasional tease of a day with sunshine and a touch of warmth—enough for early varieties of daffodils to emerge and form buds. Then, wham, nights back in the teens. For the first time in my lifetime of watching daffodils and early tulips recover just fine after frosts and being buried in snow, this year’s hard frosts broke the necks of many of the daffodil buds so that they never recovered.

It seems that lots of us had mouse problems this winter: without a good deep snow cover, mice apparently decided to move indoors—into the garage, where they somehow managed to get into the sunflower seeds stored in a metal trash can, and re-stored them in the bag of potting soil I then used to plant other seeds. Now, my delicate seedlings are being pushed around by endlessly emerging giant sunflower sprouts. In the car, dear little mice borrowed insulation from somewhere and built three large nests. One even made a trip with me to Western Massachusetts, lunching on the candy bar (and its foil wrapper) I’d intended for my own munchies on the return trip.

Early in the month, my cat brought me a dead mouse. I thanked the cat for a job well done, walked out to the deck and, holding the mouse by the tail, heaved it as far into the yard as I could. Almost before it hit the ground, a peregrine falcon (whom I’d never noticed around here before)came out of nowhere, swooped by, grabbed the mouse without even a hesitation to his flight, and flew off with the mouse dangling from his talons. Man he was fast! And beautiful. That made me even happier that I’d decided, in spite of the mouse problems, not to use poisons against them.

Our raptors eat mice and other small rodents. If the rodents they eat and feed their hatchlings have been poisoned, the falcons, hawks, owls and other predators are also poisoned. Bad news. Please don’t poison your mice. Please. And if you want to see some of the cutest baby birds ever, check out the Cornell red-tailed hawk nest cam (cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/16/red-tailed_hawks).

Around mid-month, spring finally decided to arrive, still in fits and starts, but most welcome, with a number of brilliantly sunny days. Phoebes’ calls have thrilled since around the 8th. Tree swallows started circling the nest boxes, looping around buildings and chattering loudly a few days later. Peepers sing us to sleep at night. Large numbers of cormorants have replaced the mergansers along the Eastern River. When one successfully dives for a fish, the others immediately mob him, eager to “share.” A small flock of ducks—mostly drab brown females (I assume), and one or two with patches of white (males? Mallards?) was, around mid-month, hanging out in the shallows at low tide, heads perpetually down in the mud.

While I was trying to identify the quacking ducks, an eagle flew over them, talons extended, but grabbed only a small fish. Palm warblers showed up, hopping in the grass, on a lovely sunny late April day. A few days earlier, a yellow warbler was on the suet—never seen one there before, but then we continue to have cold spells (it is actually snowing as I write, on the 26th). Yesterday morning, a puzzled chickadee in the birdbath, kept trying to drink from what was a solid block of ice. But the trees are budding, daffodils and forsythia are glowing yellow, pulmonaria and hyacinths add touches of blue, and a few magnolias in protected spots provide their wonderful soft pinkish whites and sweet scents.

One neighbor reported seeing a “big fat bumblebee.” She was probably a queen, just emerged from hibernation, the only one of her hive to survive the winter. “These queens are the biggest of their kind, and since only the fattest survive hibernation, the first to emerge are zeppelins of the insect world.” (Dave Goulson. 2013. A Sting in the Tale. My Adventures with Bumblebees). She is desperate for pollens at first (as are all the bees right now), and hopes for pussy willows and dandelions, the best early sources of pollen (so let your dandelions bloom right now, please).

As she fattens up, she’ll start looking for a nest site. Many nest underground, but since they are not very good a digging holes, you may see one swaying side to side looking for existing holes, preferably with insulating material already to hand (so an old mouse, rabbit or vole hole might do nicely). When she has settled on a site, she actually pulls together a small ball of insulating material that has a tennis-ball sized cavity at the center, where she will raise her first eggs, in a little cup of wax that she secretes. She fills the cup with honey, adds a small ball of pollen, also coated in wax, and in there lays 16 eggs (from paired ovaries, each of which can produce eight eggs at a time), which she then incubates much as a bird does.

To be successful, she has to consume her weight in sugar daily, which may require visiting as many as 6000 flowers, without leaving her eggs so long that they get cold. Her story becomes more fascinating as it progresses (see Goulson, above). Who knew?

There is so much going on outdoors right now it is hard to keep track of, and the more you learn about it, the more interesting it all becomes.

Meanwhile, we have our own gardens and yards to spruce up and ready for planting. As you do so, remember that the Bridge Academy plant sale (Sat. May 28) can use your perennials that have gotten too big and need dividing, or shrubs that have put out new stems and seedlings; and the extra seedlings you started and don’t have room for. At the sale, you’ll also find hardy, locally grown plants to fill in the empty spaces in your yard, and sturdy, well-tended seedlings for vegetable and flower gardens. Plan to participate by both donating and buying this year, to build your own gardens and support your library. FMI: 737-5701 or 350-0639. We can help you dig and pot up your donated plants.

 

 

May 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Monday, 2 May

6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 3 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 4 May

6 pm   Town Budget Committee   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 5 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 7 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 9 May

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 10 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 11 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 12 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 14 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 16 May

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 17 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 18 May

6 pm   Town Budget Committee   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 19 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 21 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 24 May

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 25 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 26 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 28 May

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open

9am – 1pm   Library plant, bake, and book sale

 

Monday, 30 May

Memorial Day – Town Office closed

 

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Dresden Communicator, April 2016

The Dresden Communicator is compiled by Bridge Academy as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in The Dresden Communicator should e-mail articles to Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the May 2016 edition is the 26th of April. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 Winter season Hours:     Tues, Thurs 1:30-7:00pm; Sat 9:00am-12:00pm

Help Wanted!

The library will be holding it’s annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday May 28th from 9:00am-1:00pm.

This is our primary fund raising event and we need your help to make it happen! The planning meeting will be Thursday April 28th at 6:00p.m.“Veterans” and new recruits are welcomed and encouraged to join us to plan another successful event. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to contribute, please consider donating plants, books or baked goods or handcrafted or locally made items for the raffle. We will also be looking for helpers the day of the sale to man the book, plant, raffle and baked stations. For more information please call the library at 737-8810.

 Adult Book Group: The March discussion was delayed until April, so the book will be still be The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The next meeting will be Thursday April 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 Summer Meals for Kids:

 Hungry children cannot learn. Lack of proper nutrition during the summer months exacerbates the phenomenon known as summer learning loss. The Summer Food Service Program, also known as Summer Meals, is designed to fill the gap between school years and give children the fuel they need to play, grow and return to school ready to learn. Administered by the Maine Department of Education and funded by the USDA, this program provides free summer meals for kids and teens 18 and under.

Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with program details or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for information about a meal site in your area.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will hold its monthly business meeting Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  All members are urged to attend.  The following will be the schedule for April:

April 06 – monthly meeting

April 13 – truck & station checks and maintenance

April 20 – CEVO training

April 27 – CEVO training (cont.)

 

Dresden Historical Society

The Dresden Historical Society will have a Soup / Stew supper at Pownalborough Hall on April 09 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $7.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children under 12 years and free for children 3 and under.  There will be a variety of soups and stews, as well as, refreshments and desserts.  Mark your calendar for this worthwhile community event.

We will have our monthly business meeting on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse on River Road (Rt.128).  We will discuss the opening of the museum with hopes of getting members willing to help with getting the buildings ready and registering to be take dates to host the museum, the results of the supper, and any upcoming events or proposed presentations.  All available members are urged to attend.

 

Dresden Planning Board

Board members will meet Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have questions or want to talk to the chairman in regard to a project, please  call Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will meet on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  This will be the month that we have election of officers for the 2016-17 season.  Anyone who has worked on the trails MUST bring their log sheets to this meeting as we have been asked to turn in our sheets as soon as possible for M.S.A.  All members are urged to attend.

The Pot-O-Gold will be $30.00 (must be present to win).  We will also decide if we will have meetings during the summer or any other activities that the members would like to discuss.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee is hosting a Music Jam on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6 pm at Pownalborough Hall. This is for Dresden residents only. All are welcome to join in playing bluegrass, folk, or country.   For more information call either Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484.

 

Seen in Dresden, March 2016

 By K.D. Vitelli

March started out with beguiling spring days, that had us all too ready to believe. Our rivers were almost free of ice already, and without the aid of the Coast Guard. On the ground there was no snow to speak of—though it snowed hard for 15 minutes or so on the 2nd, while temperatures were around 40 degrees, and later that day was warm enough to open windows and gulp some delightful fresh air.

It helped that the days were full of bright sunshine that countered the whipping winds. Several frigid nights hardly put a damper on our spirits (though may have been hard on bees that had de-swarmed during warm days). Some fresh ice formed on the rivers, and after an inch of new snow on the 7th, small snow-covered ‘bergs followed the tide, making it hard to tell ice from the little mergansers that were out in large numbers.

Eagles were out in large numbers—overhead, if not on floating ice chunks—with their squeaky voices. By the 13th, we’d had a series of days with temperatures in the high 50’s, luring many into yards and gardens to rake, cut back perennials, cheer on the emerging daffodil and tulip greens, and welcome juncos, song sparrows and red-winged blackbirds. Large flocks of robins showed up in yards all over town. The first crocuses opened, bringing tiny spots of bright color to the drab browns of earliest spring.

Then, wham! Back to winter: plowable snow on the 21st, a coat of ice on the 25th; raw, gray gloomy days, with all-day chill, and the woodpiles we’d thought were in good shape looked a lot less promising. But it’s only temporary and the return of sunshine will cheer us up again. Spring comes to Maine in fits and starts—and we’re still way ahead of last March.

The birds are arriving and getting ready for the next stage. On a pond off the Cedar Grove Road, peepers have begun to sing occasionally and two pairs of mallards have taken up residence. Near the mouth of the Eastern River, one pair of bluebirds that has been in residence all winter is thinking about staying put for the summer. A second pair has disappeared from there—perhaps the same that showed up several miles upstream, where a pair of buffleheads is also looking for potential nesting sites, and a “super-gigantic pileated woodpecker is tearing around the woods.”

Chipmunks are out, joining the myriad squirrels around bird feeders. Goldfinches are turning gold; the purple finches are really purple (those finches, who sit at the feeders stuffing their beaks non-stop, barely give anyone else a chance). The buds on the lilacs are swelling, as are those on the daffodils (although encased in ice at the moment). As I write, four little titmice just landed in a bush outside my window: two spread their wings slightly and shook them (“wing-quiver”). They must be starting to pair up, beginning their courtship. Once the pairing is settled, the couple will stay close together. We’ll soon hear them singing at all times of day, and can watch for the males to start feeding the females. In fact, there will be lots of courtship behavior and sprouting to watch for in the coming days.

Patience.

Meanwhile, start your seedlings, including some for the BA Library plant sale.

 

April 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Friday, 1 April

8 pm    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir George Solti, conducting, with the Vienna Boys Choir, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and  vocal soloists from the Metropolitan Opera in a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem”   Pownalborough Hall.   Free Admission.

 

Saturday, 2 April

Bridge Academy Library open 9am-noon

 

Monday, 4 April

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 5 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 6 April

6 – 7:30 pm   Dresden Budget Committee, Bridge Academy – Public Invited FMI call Peter Walsh at 737-2807

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 7 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 9 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society soup and stew supper,                                                            Pownalborough Hall.

 

Monday, 11 April

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Yellow School House

 

 

Tuesday, 12 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Sno-Valley Riders Club   Old Town House, Rte. 197

 

Wednesday, 13 April

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 14 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 16 April

Town Office open 9am-noon

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 18 April

Patriot’s Day:  Town Office closed

 

Tuesday, 19 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 20 April

6 – 7:30 pm   Dresden Budget Committee, Bridge Academy – Public Invited FMI call Peter Walsh at 737-2807

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 21 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 23 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 26 April

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 27 April

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 28 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 30 March

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

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