Dresden Communicator, June 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

Town of Dresden, P.O. Box 30, Dresden, ME 04342

 

June, 2017

 

 

The hard copy version of the Dresden Communicator is assembled with volunteer help and designed by Henry Lyons for distribution by the Town of Dresden, with help from Chris Hallowell and The Copy Shop, as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in the Dresden Communicator should contact Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each mont

At our Annual Dresden Town Meeting on the 17th of June, we will have an open discussion about this trial period of the printed Communicator and will vote on whether or not to continue the hard-copy production.


Bridge Academy Library

 

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

Build a Better World!

2017 Collaborative Summer Reading Program

 

The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world! This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, repurposing, and building. Through books, games, and many STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them.

 

Sign Up! The Summer Reading program is open to kids age 3-11 and offers them a chance to set a summer reading goal and win prizes along the way as well as a bigger one if they reach their reading goal. We also offer monthly special events and extra credit is earned for attendance. Registration begins at the library Saturday June 10th this year. Sign up early so you have time to make your goal!

June’s Featured Drop-in Event: Make a Nature Journal!

 

Use scraps, glitter, stickers and ribbons to make your own book of the great outdoors, then get out there, take notes and learn more about the creatures that share your world!

 

Journal materials will be precut and set up for quick assembly, so junior scientists can drop in any time we’re open during the month of June to make your journal with adult assistance as needed.

 

Save the Date: Don’t miss our July event, a visit from Mad Science of Maine! This spectacular interactive science show will feature an intelligent robot, a rocket launch and lots of hands-on fun for all! More information is coming in the July Communicator and flyers and posters are going out soon. The show will be Tuesday July 11th at 6:00pm.

 

Adult Book Group

 

The June discussion book for the book club will be That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx. The book club now meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday June 13th. New members are always welcome!

 

Upcoming Election and Town Meeting

 

Dresden and Maine Elections will be held on Tuesday, June 13th, from 8 am to 8 pm at the Pownalborough Hall. Dresden Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 17th, at 9am, at the Pownalborough Hall.

Dresden Elementary School News

 

Dresden Elementary recently hosted two popular events the week of May 15. Our annual Art Show/Plant Sale is always a big draw for our school community as is Grandparents’ Day lunch, when our young learners and their special relatives enjoy a tasty lunch.

 

As we get closer to the end of school–this year it’s June 21–our third, fourth, and fifth graders are taking a field trip to Fort Western and the Maine State Museum. ( Our kindergarten, first, and second graders travelled to the Maine Wildlife Park earlier this spring.)

 

Screening for incoming PreK and K students will take place June 2 and 16, respectively. For more information about screening, please call us at 737-2559.

 

With many thanks to John Ottum and our local Village Lodge, Dresden students are participating in a Books for Bikes project. The Lodge is giving each grade level two bikes, one for a boy and one for a girl, that students have the opportunity to win by reading as many books as they can. The bike assembly will be Friday, June 9, at 8 a.m,. at school when 14 lucky learners will have their names drawn for a bike and helmet.

 

Dresden will see some staff changes next year. Paula Crocker, our school nurse, will be retiring after 17 years of tending to the medical and social needs of our students. She’s taken care of our staff as well and will be missed. Also heading into retirement–this time for good, he says–is our custodian Norm Bachelder. After seven years of keeping Dresden one of the best looking buildings in the district, Norm will be sorely missed.

 

And Ms. Williams, the principal, will be retiring as well. After working in the district for seven years, the last six at both Dresden and Marcia Buker Schools, she would like to thank the school communities for the honor of working with talented staff members and dedicated families.

 

 

Summerfest in July!

 

Save the date for SUMMERFEST at the Pownalborough Court House.  The date is Sunday, July 9th, from 10:00 until 3:00.  All the usual events will take place as well as new surprises.  Featuring:  Games for kids and adults.  Wind over Wings Raptor demonstration.  Horse drawn wagon rides. Music by Steamboat Gypsy and Accordion Dude.  Local organizations and business displays.  Free tours of the Court House.  The internationally famous Dresden Fire Department Barbeque.  And much more.

 

For more information, contact Pat Theriault 737-8771 , or Peter Walsh 737-2807,

mpwalsh1@roadrunner.com.

 

 

Vehicle Registration Available On-line

 

Were you aware that for the last several years, we have participated in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations?   Starting June 1, we will now also be offering the ability to renew your dog licenses and pay property taxes online with a credit or debit card 24/7. This is a service provided by Informe, and can be accessed on the Maine.gov website. Stay tuned for further updates. We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.

 

From the Dresden Tax Collector

 

Ann Piece will be away from the Town Office on Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th for a family wedding.   Kim Rasza has graciously agreed to do registrations on June 8th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Friday, June 9th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Also, just a friendly reminder that Ms. Pierce will be sending out 30 day notices for any unpaid balance of property tax on May 26th and tax liens will be filed on Tuesday, June 27th for any unpaid property tax balances.

 

Dresden Transfer Station, Recycling Center, and Swap Shop

 

Open Thurs. 1-4, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 9-1, closed on holidays.   Located just off the Middle Road (Rte 197) near the Old Town Hall. Recycle Center accepts cardboard, glass containers, magazines, newspapers, mixed paper, plastic containers, aluminum cans, packing materials, and used motor oil. Transfer station accepts bagged household trash—up to 35 Lbs. Tokens for trash bags are available at the Town Office and local stores. Swap Shop accepts used clothing, shoes and boots, books, household items, puzzles and toys, and small appliances, in very good condition. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, June 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The monthly schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Please remember you need to have a burn permit for any open burning and always check to see what the weather conditions are before you start your fire.  This is the time of year when dried leaves and sticks can burn quickly, especially if the wind blows. Burn permits can be issued after 9 a.m. during the week as long as there is snow on the ground.  They can be obtained, at no charge, through the website http://www.wardensreport.com.

 

Please remember that we are always looking for new members, so if you have an interest in learning all the specifics of being a firefighter, please contact either the Chief, Steve Lilly at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come in on a Wednesday night to get an application or just get information.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

Dresden Historical Society will host a buffet style Casserole Supper on Saturday, June 3rd in Pownalborough Hall from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  We will have a variety of homemade casseroles, a salad, desserts and refreshments.  Cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.   Our next monthly business meeting will be on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will have an update on the tour of the Dresden Falls Archaeological Dig that was held in May and make plans for any upcoming fund raising events.

 

The Brick School Museum will be opening at the end of June.  Memberships (new and renewal) are still being accepted.  New members are always welcome.  Our meetings are open to the public.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

Dresden Planning Board meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month if we have any business.  Notice will be posted prior to the meetings. For more information, or to ask any questions about projects or the process, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

 

RSU2 Exploratory Committee

 

RSU2 Exploratory Review Committee will meet in June on a date to be determined.  Notice of the date will be posted in the Town Office, Post Office, B.A. Library and the local stores for anyone interested in attending.

 

 

 

 

Seen in Dresden, May, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

If April brought the first outlines of color back to our landscape, May has filled those outlines in, brilliantly. The town is decorated with apple blossoms and service berries, lilacs, tulips and trout lilies, quince and daffodils. The irises have buds. And this in spite of (or because of?) more than half the days—and it felt like many more—being gray and gloomy, damp and chilly, with highs in 50’s, lows in 40’s and even 30’s. We hit 60’s a few times, even 70’s once or twice. And then there was the record-breaking hot and humid 90’s on the 18th that fried potted plants and seedlings that weren’t watered every few hours and did in most of the cool-loving early spring flowers. Not to mention many of their humans.

 

Our summer birds have added their color to the landscape as well. A male oriole arrived the evening of May 1, a week earlier than usual, so exhausted that he waited nearby for me to hang out his orange and then devoured every last drop before heading off to rest up. Another male arrived next day, a few days later, a female. Only one male remains. After a few days of eating oranges and grape jelly almost non-stop they must be working on their nest, as they seldom show up for refreshments now.

 

Hummingbirds arrived right after the oriole, along with catbirds (who are also fond of grape jelly) and rose-breasted grosbeaks. On the rare sunny days, the grosbeaks greet the dawn (around 4:30 am) with their lovely (and loud) song. A yellow-bellied sapsucker practiced drumming on an aluminum ladder, outdoing last month’s downy by many decibels. I probably caught a quick glimpse of that bird, but mistakenly thought he looked like an acorn woodpecker: unlikely that one would be this far from home in California, where they are named for their favorite activity of drilling holes in tree trunks and telephone poles and stuffing them with acorns for later snacks.

 

The great blue herons are keeping track of the alewives’ migrations up Dresden’s waterways. At least one was seen swallowing alewives larger than its own head. Warblers are also moving through, a few staying here for the summer. So far, I’ve had reports of the black-throated blue, black-throated green, yellow, and myrtle warblers, and redstarts. One myrtle warbler had a slight encounter with a window and landed on the nearby ground. While recovering, his buddy (the wing man), checked him out and eventually encouraged him to fly off. The window now has more bits of pink tape to warn others away from it.

 

Tree swallows have taken over the nesting boxes in my yard. They’re a noisy bunch, which appears to have discouraged any neighbors of other species. A few days ago, I watched one struggle, repeatedly, to get a long fluffy white feather into the nest box: it kept resisting the efforts to bend it to the size of the hole and fluttering down to the ground. It’s not in the grass any more, so apparently she finally got it in, probably arranged with others, as I’ve found in the past, like a picket fence around the edges of the nest. Today I saw the swallows mating in a nearby tree. Soon the protective parents will be dive-bombing the crouching cat. He can’t wait. It’s his favorite activity of the whole year.

 

The best news is that bats have shown up, on the 16th, along the Eastern River. They’ve become so rare that a sighting is really encouraging. I’ve also been reminded to remind you that, according to Audubon, your hummingbird feeders should use only refined sugar (in a 1:3 ration with water, boiled for ca. 5 minutes and cooled), no honey, brown or raw sugar and no red dye. Plant lots of native and other flowering plants for them and the butterflies—painted ladies have been out and about already—and bees, who also appreciate your pesticide-free dandelions. A big queen bumblebee has been visiting the violas, in between her searches for a good nest site. The baby foxes are out, trailing after their parents.

 

We’re well on the way to summertime. Enjoy!

 

 

 

June 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

Thursday, 1 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 Board of Directors Meeting   HallDale Elementary School

 

Friday, 2 June

Pre-K and Kindergarten screening, Dresden Elementary School

 

Saturday, 3 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm   Historical Society Casserole Supper

Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 6 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 7 June

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 8 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 10 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 12 June

6 pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

6:30 pm   Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 13 June

8 am – 8 pm VOTING DAY Pownalborough Hall

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 14 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 15 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Friday, 16 June

Pre-K and Kindergarten screening, Dresden Elementary School

 

Saturday, 17 June

9 am   TOWN MEETING Pownalborough Hall

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 20 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 21 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 22 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 24 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 26 June

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 27 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 28 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 29 June

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator, May 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

Town of Dresden, P.O. Box 30, Dresden, ME 04342

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

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

Plant and Bake Sale

 

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 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 25th or no later than 9:00a.m. the morning of the sale. Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.

 

As your perennials break the surface and you discover that they’ve expanded beyond what you really intended or need, dig a part of each clump and set it aside for the Annual Bridge academy Plant Sale on Saturday morning, May 27, or get in touch with Elizabeth Sylvester (silverbirde@gmail.com or 737-2158) to arrange for someone to come help dig for you. Labeled plants, especially with color of bloom noted, always sell better than unidentified ones. While you’re at it, set aside some seedlings that you don’t need and bring them to the sale as well. You can drop off plants during library hours the week of the sale or bring them over to the pickle ball court on Friday afternoon, 5/26. Elizabeth would be happy to have more volunteers to help in other ways as well. Support your local library and have a great time while you’re at it.

 

Adult Book Group:

 

The May book club discussion title will be A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. The next session will be held on Tuesday May 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome to join! Note that the date in the print version of the Communicator is incorrect, and the book club will henceforth meet on Tuesdays.

 

Summer Reading:

 

Our Summer Reading Program for children aged 3-11 will be starting up in June with the exact date and more details to appear in the June Communicator. This year’s theme is Build a Better World! The program is a great way to motivate your kids to read and they’ll have lots of fun attending our special programs and getting prizes for their efforts! Informational flyers will be distributed at the Dresden Elementary School before summer break and they will also be available at the library.

* Special Note- Donations are welcomed and encouraged. We can always use snacks for events, money to purchase special prizes or a helping hand at a crafting session. Call 737-8810 FMI.

Free Audiobooks for Teens!

 

The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by Overdrive Media. Two complete, thematically paired audio downloads will be given away each week from April 27th-August 10th and authors this year include Ruta Sepetys, Terry Pratchett, Michael Grant and more! FMI call the library at 737-8810 or visit www.slj.com and type “free audiobooks for teens” in the search box in the upper right corner of the page.

 

Notice to residents of Dresden – Elected Offices:

 

Nomination papers are available for the following offices:

Treasurer: 1 year term

Town Clerk:    1 year term

Property Tax Collector: 1 year term

Excise Tax Collector: 1 year term

Third Selectman: 3 year term

Budget Review Member: 3 year term

 

Anyone interested in running for any of these offices please contact the Dresden Town Clerk, Pat Theriault at 737-4335 or dresdenclerk@ne.twcbc.com. Nomination papers may be taken out beginning March 20th and must be returned to the Clerk no later than Monday, May 1st with at least 25 and no more than 100 valid signatures of Dresden voters.

 

Dresden Elections will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

 

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

 

 

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from January through May, at the Pownalborough Hall, from 6 to 9 PM

 

Bluegrass, Folk, C&W styles, for stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass. Other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed. Accomplished and beginner musicians are welcome.

 

The primary goal of this event is to give Dresden residents and their guests who enjoy music the opportunity to get to know each other, play music, and have fun. Townspeople who do not know how to play but are thinking that they might like to learn, as well as those who want to just listen and enjoy the fun, will be welcomed.

 

 

Dresden Transfer Station, Recycling Center,

and Swap Shop

 

Open Thurs. 1-4, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 9-1, closed on holidays.   Located just off the Middle Road (Rte 197) near the Old Town Hall. Recycle Center accepts cardboard, glass containers, magazines, newspapers, mixed paper, plastic containers, aluminum cans, packing materials, and used motor oil. Transfer station accepts bagged household trash—up to 35 Lbs. Tokens for trash bags are available at the Town Office and local stores. Swap Shop accepts used clothing, shoes and boots, books, household items, puzzles and toys, and small appliances, in very good condition. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

Stated Meeting, May 9, Tuesday 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/ dresden

 

Free Pickleball Instruction

 

On Saturday morning May 20th at 10:00 there will be an open “Learn to Play Pickleball” at the Bridge Academy Court. Rain date is May 21st. All levels are welcome. Call Elizabeth Sylvester (737-2158) with any questions or email at silverbirde@gmail.com.

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The monthly schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Please remember you need to have a burn permit for any open burning and always check to see what the weather conditions are before you start your fire.  This is the time of year when dried leaves and sticks can burn quickly, especially if the wind blows. Burn permits can be issued after 9 a.m. during the week as long as there is snow on the ground.  They can be obtained, at no charge, through the website http://www.wardensreport.com.

 

Please remember that we are always looking for new members, so if you have an interest in learning all the specifics of being a firefighter, please contact either the Chief, Steve Lilly at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come in on a Wednesday night to get an application or just get information.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

Dresden Historical Society will hold a monthly business meeting on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  On Sunday, May 7, there will be a tour and presentation by Mr. Arthur Spies on the Archeological area and finds at the Dresden Falls site on Route 128. The tour will begin at 2 p.m.  Whereas there we can only have 20 people, it will be first come, first served, so please R.S.V.P. Shari at 737-2566, email shari51@roadrunner.com or leave a message on our Facebook page.  Also, we will be hosting a Casserole Supper on Saturday, June 3 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.  More information will be posted at a later date.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

Dresden Planning Board will meet on the first Tuesday of the month, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Our meetings are open for the public to listen in.  For more information, or to ask any questions about projects or the process, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC members voted to not hold summer meetings.  Our next meeting will be in September unless we need to call a special meeting.  The officers for the 2017 – 2018 season are Rick Graffam (President), Gorham ‘Pean’ Lilly (Vice President) and Shari Lilly (Secr./Treas.)  We hope to see you in the fall.

 

RSU2 Exploratory Committee

 

RSU2 Exploratory Review Committee will meet in May on a date to be determined.  Notice of the date will be posted in the Town Office, Post Office, B.A. Library and the local stores for anyone interested in attending.

 

 

Maple Grove Cemetery

 

Maple Grove Cemetery Trustees will have their annual meeting on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, April, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

Seen in Dresden April 2017

 

As I write, on a cold, damp, gray afternoon, I can’t help thinking that this is not what we have in mind when we long for spring. My records show, however, that this year’s April is not all that out of line with those of recent years. It’s just been a long gray raw week, after a glorious Easter weekend that had us primed to continue with sun and warmth.

 

Even this gloomy week is an improvement on the several inches of heavy snow on April 1st and ice floes on the river until the 10th, when most of the last piles of snow finally gave way to temperatures close to 70 degrees and brilliant sun (though I count only 6-7 days of April sunshine through the 21st). On the 8th, I noticed the first tiny green leaves of crocuses and daffodils emerging; two days later, crocuses bloomed. Grass began to turn green. Overnight, little bumps stood out in the silhouettes of tree branches. Poplars dropped their catkins. A few days later, some trees began glowing red at their tips, the willows sporting foamy haloes of palest yellow-green.

 

By the time you read this, we should have lovely tiny leaves. Color is returning to our formerly drab landscape. The thrill of those first crocuses! What joy from golden forsythia and early daffodils, as well as the flying ones (once-again-golden goldfinches). Some protected corners even have magnolias breaking into bloom, and the April Daphne is actually blooming in April.

 

Eagles have been everywhere along the rivers and in the skies, circling and swooping, enjoying the strong winds, fishing in the mudflats. One morning, two juveniles landed on protruding lumps in the shallows as the tide retreated. A third came along and joined them—but landed in water deeper than his legs were long. His drenched wings wouldn’t lift him to flight. He labored, flapping and jumping as he headed very slowly for shore, looking exhausted. He made it. The pair of eagles that successfully fledged one chick last year is back on the banks of the Kennebec at their Pownalborough Courthouse nest. Apparently they accepted human efforts last summer to avoid disturbing them with loud noise or getting too close to their nest, so we’ll keep up the respect and look forward to another successful brood this year.

 

Among other year-round residents, a neighbor reported that a “talented downy woodpecker showed his chops playing the double-bass oak tree.  As he hopped up and down the length of a brittle, dead branch he modulated the pitch of his pecking. Kind of like playing the kalimba with a small jackhammer.”

 

A couple of Fox sparrows stopped briefly en route north, while large flocks of robins and Song sparrows hung around a bit longer. Phoebes arrived around the 10th, a day before the flickers. Cormorants are back, as are ring-necked and wood ducks, hooded and common mergansers. Palm warblers passed through around mid-month, along with white-throated sparrows. Ruby-crowned kinglets, Great Blue Herons and killdeer are back in residence.

 

Sound is back, too: peepers are peeping, wood frogs croaking. The birds have begun their joyous spring songfest. Not-so-sweet-smelling groundhogs are out and about again. Ticks are plentiful: check yourself, your family and pets daily, but do go out and enjoy this still-relatively-bug-free spring.

 

 

 

April 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Monday, 1 May

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 2 May

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 3 April

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 4 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting   Monmouth Academy

 

Saturday, 6 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

Sunday, 7 May

10 am   Maple Grove Cemetary Trustees   Pownalborough Hall

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society Archeology Tour

 

Monday, 8 May

6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society Meeting   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 9 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Masonic Lodge Meal and Meeting

 

Wednesday, 10 May

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 11 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 13 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 15 May

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 16 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 17 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 18 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 20 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

10 am Pickleball Instruction, Bridge Academy Library Court

 

Tuesday, 22 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 24 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 25 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 27 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

Monday, 29 May

Town Office Closed – Memorial Day

 

Tuesday, 30 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 31 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator April 2107 Addendum

Forest Hill Cemetery Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Forest Hill Cemetery Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM. Location: 720 Cedar Grove Rd, Dresden

Members are needed to serve on the Board. If interested, please attend the annual meeting or contact Sherry or Dan Moody at 737-8014.

Spring Cleanup: Volunteers are needed for spring cleanup in the cemetery. We usually pick a weekend in April (weather permitting) and burn brush, pick up fallen limbs and tidy the cemetery. If you are willing to help out, please call 737-8014 FMI. Thanks!

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Dresden Communicator, April 2017

Bridge Academy Library

 

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

New Audios: The library has added a significant number of adult audio titles in the last few months. If you’re looking for ways to make that commute feel shorter or to sneak some reading in while you do your daily chores, audio books can be a great option! Titles include:

Beyond the Silence- Tracie Peterson

The Quieting: The Bishop’s Family- Suzanne Woods Fisher

Shotgun- Elmer Kelton

The Time Keeper- Mitch Albom

…and many more!

 

Adult Book Group : The April book club discussion title will be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The next session will be held on Thursday April 13th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Paperback relocation: Some of our smaller paperback series and stand alone novels are in the process of migrating to the paperback spinner racks located in the adult fiction section to make room for new titles on the regular shelving units. Looking for a title by a favorite author? Don’t forget to check there too!

 

Library Plant Sale reminder: Winter snow gives way to spring flowers, and planting season is upon us! Our annual plant sale is a critical fundraiser for the library, so please consider adding some seedlings for the library sale to your spring planting. We are looking for vegetables, herbs and flowers, and the sale will be held on May 27th.  Potting soil and plant pots for division and preparation are also greatly needed; please consider making a donation of these items!

 

We are looking for volunteers to help:

 

-Locate vendors to make donations

-Bring plants from your garden to the library the night before, labeled!

-Work the day of the sale in a two hour shift with others, helping with plants or cashing out.

-Work the night before organizing the plants being delivered.

-Work day after the sale bringing back order from chaos.

Kaddee Vitelli is finally taking a deserved rest from organizing this part of the Sale and Elizabeth Sylvester is bravely trying to pull the plant sale portion together. Please help her and volunteer your time. Any amount will be greatly welcomed. You can contact Elizabeth via email at silverbirde@gmail.com or by phone at 207-737-2158.

 

 

Notice to residents of Dresden – Elected Offices:

 

Nomination papers are available for the following offices:

Treasurer: 1 year term

Town Clerk:    1 year term

Property Tax Collector: 1 year term

Excise Tax Collector: 1 year term

Third Selectman: 3 year term

Budget Review Member: 3 year term

 

Anyone interested in running for any of these offices please contact the Dresden Town Clerk, Pat Theriault at 737-4335 or dresdenclerk@ne.twcbc.com. Nomination papers may be taken out beginning March 20th and must be returned to the Clerk no later than Monday, May 1st with at least 25 and no more than 100 valid signatures of Dresden voters.

 

Dresden Elections will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

 

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

 

 

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from January through May, at the Pownalborough Hall, from 6 to 9 PM

 

Bluegrass, Folk, C&W styles, for stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass. Other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed. Accomplished and beginner musicians are welcome.

 

The primary goal of this event is to give Dresden residents and their guests who enjoy music the opportunity to get to know each other, play music, and have fun. Townspeople who do not know how to play but are thinking that they might like to learn, as well as those who want to just listen and enjoy the fun, will be welcomed.

 

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Association’s monthly business meeting will be on Wednesday, April 05 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The first Wednesday will be for truck checks followed by the Association meeting.

April 12 – will be regular truck, station and equipment checks.

April 19 & 26 will be posted on the bulletin board for upcoming training, etc. when scheduled

Burn permits can be issued after 9 a.m. during the week as long as there is snow on the ground.  They can be obtained, at no charge, through the website http://www.wardensreport.com.

Please remember that we are always looking for new members, so if you have an interest in learning all the specifics of being a firefighter, please contact either the Chief, Steve Lilly at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come in on a Wednesday night to get an application or just get information.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The Society was scheduled to meet on Sunday, April 16th at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library, but that is Easter, so stay tuned.  We will be making plans for an upcoming Casserole Supper for May as well as getting things ready for the display at the Brick School Museum.  We are still hoping to gather more new members and anyone who is willing to help with the sorting and cataloging of the great items and data we have gathered.  Also, if you haven’t yet sent in your membership dues, you can do that at any time.  Need the address?  Dresden Historical Society,   P.O. Box 201,  Dresden, Maine  04342.  We thank you all for your continued support.  The public is welcome to come to any of our meetings whether you are a member or not.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, April 04 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  On the agenda for this meeting will be the continuance of reviewing the requested conditions for Richard Condon’s Gravel Pit Permit with the possibility of lifting the Stop-Work order.  Also, if you have a project in mind and need information on permits or processes, please contact either the CEO, James Valley at the Town Office or Planning Board Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave him a message at the Town Office.  These meetings are open to the public if anyone is interested in sitting in to see what goes on.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The Club will meet on Tuesday, April 11, at the Old Dresden Town House on Route 197.  We will be having election of officers for the 2017-2018 season, gather any paperwork for trail maintenance or grooming for the Grant-in-Aid program, decide on summer meetings, consider our annual donations and discuss any possible events that members would like to do.  Our meetings are open to the public.

 

RSU2 Exploratory Committee

 

Members will meet in April on a date that will be posted in local stores, the Town Office, the Post Office and Bridge Academy Library.  These meetings are open to the public.

 

 

 

Swap Shop

 

The Swap Shop at the Dresden Transfer Station is open and has as a wonderful supply of quality spring clothes and many other household items. All the things in the shop have been donated and sorted by a dedicated group of volunteers. ALL Dresden residents are welcome and encouraged to stop in and see if there is anything you could possibly use. The return policy liberal and you can even bring back more than you took home.

 

The Swap Shop coordinator are Melanie Gaczi, Linda Biden, Susan Hartford and new member Judy Tunkle.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, March, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

The last week of February sure felt like early spring, with temperatures hitting the 50’s on several days. The ice on the rivers melted in place, with little Common Mergansers showing up the minute small pools of open water appeared. How do they know? By the 28th, an open channel of moving water had brought out the eagles. The next day saw the arrival en masse of red-winged blackbirds in south Dresden; they were seen near our northern limits the next day. Then, woodcocks announced their arrival and the beginning of mating season with their buzzing preent calls.

 

And then, wham. Winter returned. The rivers flash froze again—though small pools of open water still remained and the determined ducks stayed in them. Several of us saw eagles swoop down over the ducks, whether to harass them or maybe steal their fish was unclear. Even with several mid-day snow squalls that looked, for the half hour they lasted, like blizzards, the woodpeckers kept drumming. Starlings, juncos and a stray song sparrow showed up as temperatures dipped to frigid single digits…and a real blizzard hit us, again sculpting the landscape into strange (and somehow, in mid-March, less beautiful) forms.

 

The newly arrived birds were no doubt unhappy they’d fallen for fake spring, but seem to have survived the feint and are determined the real thing will show up soon. This morning the bluebird stopped by briefly to check out the box used last summer, though, since it is still surrounded by heavily glazed and glaring snow, he didn’t stay for long. Titmice are chasing each other around the trees, and even the cardinal occasionally tries out his song.

 

Woodcocks, also known as timberdoodles, bog suckers and mudsnipes, spend winters down in Virginia, the Carolinas, and points south, coming north around this time of year, like other snowbirds, for the spring and summer. Their mottled coloring normally provides great camouflage in their preferred woodland leaf litter, where they feed on earthworms, probing the soft earth with their long straight bills. They may eat their own weight in earthworms every day—but right now must be surviving on whatever ants, flies, beetles and the like that they can scare out of the snow. One of the great delights of spring is to witness their mating display: around dawn or dusk, when the temperature is above freezing and the wind is still, listen for the male’s preent call (you can learn it from recorded versions at the AllAboutBirds website), designed to attract a female. When he has her attention, he flies up several hundred feet and spirals straight down in a dazzling dive that no doubt makes his intended’s heart flutter.

 

Although temperatures aren’t quite right for this display yet, the March sun is definitely stronger, and we’re seeing a fair bit of it as the month winds down. With Daylight Savings in effect, evening now comes at a respectable hour. The longer days mean it is time to start seeds. Believe! If you can give them a little bottom heat (specially designed heating pads are available at nurseries, and I’m told radiant heat works beautifully) they’ll germinate more quickly and soon they’ll need potting up into larger containers. Sow some for the BA plant sale while you’re at it. And hope that our March lion goes out like the little lamb we’re waiting for.

 

 

 

April 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Monday, 3 April

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 4 April

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 5 April

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 6 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 8 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 11 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

6 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, Old Town House, Rte 197

 

 

Wednesday, 12 April

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 13 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 15 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 18 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 19 April

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 20 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 22 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 24 April

6pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 25 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 26 April

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 27 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 29 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

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Dresden Communicator, March, 2017

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

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

March is National Reading Month! Bridge Academy Public Library and the Lincoln County Historical Association are promoting it by encouraging young readers to engage in exploring historically themed titles that will help enhance their appreciation of life in an earlier time, particularly in the Midcoast area and Maine as a whole. Some suggested titles that are available at the library and will be on display include the following:

 

Finest Kind, Seaward Born– Lea Wait

The Sea Chest– Toni Buzzeo

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie- Peter and Connie Roop

Baxter in the Blaine House– Paula Benoit

 

Adult Book Group : The March book club discussion title will be Dead Wake by Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City. Due to last month’s storm, the February book, Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown will also be discussed at the March meeting. The next session will be held on Thursday March 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Library Plant Sale– Winter snow gives way to spring flowers, and planting season is upon us! Our annual plant sale is a critical fundraiser for the library, so please consider adding some seedlings for the library sale to your spring planting. We are looking for vegetables, herbs and flowers, and the sale will be held on May 27th. FMI call 737-8810.

 

Fuel Economy Guide: The library has a copy of the 2017 Fuel Economy Guide available for patrons to review. Compiled by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, this annual publication contains fuel economy data for new model year cars, sport utility vehicles and light trucks. This information, as well as historical data for vehicles back to 1984, is also located on their website:

 

www.fueleconomy.gov/

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

 

 

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from January through May, at the Pownalborough Hall, from 6 to 9 PM

 

Bluegrass, Folk, C&W styles, for stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass. Other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed. Accomplished and beginner musicians are welcome.

 

The primary goal of this event is to give Dresden residents and their guests who enjoy music the opportunity to get to know each other, play music, and have fun. Townspeople who do not know how to play but are thinking that they might like to learn, as well as those who want to just listen and enjoy the fun, will be welcomed.

 

 

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The DFA will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We still have Breast Cancer T-shirts for sale at $20.00 each.  Please call Shari at 737-2566 for more information on sizes.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  All available personnel should be present to assist with truck / station maintenance and any training or other event that will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday of the month.  Anyone interested in joining the fire department or if you would like more information, please contact the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault, at 737-8771.  New members are a welcome addition to the department.

Also, please remember that you need to have a burn permit for any outside burning.  While there is snow on the ground, permits can be issued after 9 a.m.  Contact the Chief, Assistant Chief, Firefighter Sonia Lilly (737-9429) or Shari Lilly (737-2566) to obtain a written permit or go to http://www.wardensreport.com to print one out.  These are all free.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The DHS will host a special presentation by Ernest DeRapps, a former U.S. Coast Guard officer who tended many lighthouses around the country and has written and painted a lot about them.  He will be doing a slide show and informational talk on his lifetime experiences and much about the history on lighthouses.  He will be at Pownalborough Hall on Sunday, March 19th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  and will possibly bring some of his books and paintings.  We hope you will attend this very interesting presentation.  It is open to the public and is FREE.   Refreshments will be available.

 

On Saturday, March 25th we will host a SOUP / STEW Supper at Pownalborough Hall from 5 – 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 12-17 and free for children under 5 years.  There will be a nice variety of homemade soups and stews as well as desserts and refreshments.  Break up the winter blahs and join us for some great food, conversation and support of a community organization.

The monthly business meeting for DHS will be following the presentation at 3:00 p.m.  Memberships are due for 2017 if you haven’t gotten up to date yet.  New members are such a welcome addition to our small organization.  If you have an interest in history or would like to help with the organizing of our historical data and materials, please let us know.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, March 07 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  On Sunday, March 05 the members will be holding a site walk at 514 Gardiner Road for Susan Bailey whose proposed ‘minor’ project is the removal of an existing building to construct a new 2000 sq. ft. veterinary clinic building.  The public hearing for this project will be held at the regular meeting on March 07.  Our meetings are always open to the public if anyone is interested in sitting in to see what is happening.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The club will meet on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  Now that we have some sufficient amounts of snow, we are working to get the trails cleaned up and groomed.  Please remember that if you don’t know where the trails are, you should always check with a member so that you don’t end up going on someone’s property that hasn’t given you permission.  Also, ATVs and trucks are NOT allowed on snowmobile trails and cemeteries are illegal.  If you would like to join the club, just come to a meeting or call Shari at 737-2566 and we can get you signed up.  The more people we have, the more fun when riding together.  Questions about the trails, please call the Trailmaster, Reid Anderson at 619-2696 or the President, Rick Graffam at 737-4924.  We still have maps for sale at $3.00 each.

 

RSU2 Exploratory / Review Committee

 

Committee members will meet on Wednesday, March 01 at 6 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  These meetings are always open to the public.  At this time, one of the things the members are working on is compiling questions for a survey that will be sent out in the coming months.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, February, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

In January, some of us were unhappy about the constant freeze-thaw cycle, the stratified layers of ice and sand, the lack of decent snow-cover. February took care of that complaint. Starting with a decent, plowable snow on the 7th, and again on the 9th, a bit more on the 11th, serious snow with blizzard conditions ran from Sunday the 12th-through the 13th. Then came a day off for Valentine’s Day, to shovel out, and then another storm. We crammed a whole winter into eight days!

 

One of the plusses of getting lots of snow at all at once, especially with ferocious winds, is the glory, when the sun comes out next day, of the transformed landscape. Familiar landmarks were missing: that low stone wall, the raised beds, a pile of boulders—all gone. Brand new contours had been sculpted by the wind: a deep valley where none used to be, even with touches of grass showing in the depths, surrounded now by strangely curved, sharp-peaked mountains. Fruit trees spread their limbs at snowline, with no trace of a trunk. A gorgeous delicate feather print left where a little bird, too light-weight to dent the snow’s surface, had grabbed a seed dropped by the wind.

 

All the snow brought the birds in to the feeders and suet cages: one snowy morning I had six cardinals—three males and three females—all at once, followed quickly by four titmice, more than I’ve ever had at one time. A good-sized flock of robins began hanging out on the western banks of the Eastern River. One neighbor was thrilled at that sign of spring. Although some robins overwinter up here regularly, we’ll take their appearance as signs of spring anyway.

 

Another Dresdenite reported that “according to Wild Seed magazine, robins like to eat winter berries, ilex orangeishium [or redishium], in the winter.” He noticed plenty of robins along the road, but no berries left on the shrubs. Since the robins face competition from wreath-makers for the berries, he relocated his Christmas wreath to a pine tree, so the robins could have those berries. Once they’d cleaned out the berries, the robins moved on to crab apples. The crabs were soft, not frozen, mushy. Enterprisingly, the neighbor tried licking a crab and reported it “tasted like a sun-dried cherry, surprisingly tasty.”  Not the rotten apple taste I had always imagined. Doesn’t sound like such a bad diet after all.

 

On Sunday the 19th, the temperature soared into the mid-50’s, with plentiful sun—the perfect antidote to the week previous. Lots of people went out walking, leaving snow removal to Mother Nature. Though temperatures were back to a more normal level next day, we’d had a taste of spring, enough to make us realize we’re just about done with February and moving into March, when those robins will be spreading out over open grass (maybe), and, with a little luck, we’ll be watching for ice out on the rivers.

 

 

 

March 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Wednesday, 1 March

6 pm RSU2 Exploratory Review Committee, Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 2 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting, Dresden Elementary School

 

Saturday, 4 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

Sunday, 5 March

Planning Board Site Walk, proposed Vet Clinic, Gardiner Rd.

 

Monday, 6 March

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 7 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 8 March

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 9 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 11 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 14 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, Old Town House, Rte 197

 

 

Wednesday, 15 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 16 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Town Office

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 18 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Sunday, 19 March

1:30-2:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society, Special Presentation by Ernest                                    DeRapps, Pownalborough Hall

(Monthly Business Meeting at 3pm)

 

Monday, 20 March

6pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 21 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 22 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 23 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 25 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society SOUP & STEW SUPPER

Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 28 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 29 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 30 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

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Dresden Communicator, February 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

Town of Dresden, P.O. Box 30, Dresden, ME 04342

The print and mail version of this Dresden Communicator is assembled with volunteer help and designed by Tim Nason for distribution by the Town of Dresden, with help from Cris Hallowell and The Copy Shop, as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in the Dresden Communicator should contact the editor Bill Matthews, 737-8214 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

The Dresden Communicator: Trial print run

This is the second issue in a six-issue trial run of returning the monthly Communicator to a print version, sent to all households in Dresden. The usual volunteers are providing content, Henry Lyons (Finest Kind Web Design, Dresden) is doing our design and layout, and the Town is covering expenses, except for duplication of the text, which is being provided most generously by Cris Hallowell, Dresden resident, and her Copy Shop in Wiscasset. Cris clearly believes, as do those in the citizen’s group that initiated this trial run, that our town needs to have a printed newsletter to help keep our citizens informed and engaged. We very much appreciate her commitment and generosity.

Since the IRS issued new rules that made it financially impossible for Bridge Academy to continue the printed version of this newsletter, this electronic format that has been available for the last four years has had fewer than 100 subscribers. It was not reaching most residents with critical information about things like dates and candidates for local elections and town meetings, much less other local events and information. We hope all of you will welcome back the printed Communicator, and will provide feedback on your response to it, on what additional information you might like to see included (remembering our limited space), what you could do without, what changes in layout might improve appearance, or whatever else you’d like to tell us. The online version continues to be available to email subscribers or browsers at https://bridgeacademydresden.wordpress.com/

Please send comments and suggestions to: Bill Matthews, Communicator Editor, bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or drop them off for Bill at the BA library. (Note: Bridge Academy is not producing the Communicator now, merely acting, in this case, as a convenient collection point for information). Photographs of local Dresden scenes that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in future Communicators should be sent directly to

henry.lyons@gmail.com

At our Annual Town Meeting in June, we will have an open discussion about this trial period of the printed Communicator and will vote on whether or not to continue the hard-copy production.

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

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

Adult Book Group : The February book club discussion title will be Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat. The next session will be held on Thursday February 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Kill A Watt Energy Detector– Just a reminder that the library owns two units that were donated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Each kit includes the unit, instructions and energy-saving tips and can be checked out for a two week period. Plug in your appliances and find out exactly how much electricity each device is using!

We want your audios! If you have gently used audiobooks on CD still in working order, please consider donating them to your library. Dresden has a lot of commuters and audios are popular, but they are also expensive, so we love it when you share! DVDs and Bluerays are also welcomed!

Spotlight Collection:

This month our special display features the bestselling author duo of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, who collectively pen many thrillers, including Relic and The Lost Island. Come check out an adventure!

 

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from January through May, at the Pownalborough Hall, from 6 to 9 PM

Bluegrass, Folk, C&W styles, for stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass. Other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed. Accomplished and beginner musicians are welcome.

The primary goal of this event is to give Dresden residents and their guests who enjoy music the opportunity to get to know each other, play music, and have fun. Townspeople who do not know how to play but are thinking that they might like to learn, as well as those who want to just listen and enjoy the fun, will be welcomed.

 


Dresden Fire Association

The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, February 1st, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  This meeting is open to the public.

 

Dresden Fire Department

DFD personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Truck/station maintenance, training schedule and events will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are always welcome.  Contact Chief Steve Lilly at 737-9434, Assist. Chief Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or attend a Wednesday night meeting.

Check out our website at http://www.dresdenfireandrescue.org for more information.  There is still more winter to go, so please be safe at home and when outside.  Use caution when near the water.  Make sure any ice covered areas are safe, always have plenty of warm clothing and use caution when traveling on snowy/icy roads.

 

Dresden Historical Society

Members will meet on the third Sunday in February, the 19th, at 2 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  We will discuss the results of the Chili/Chowder supper and make plans for any upcoming events.  Our next supper event will be the Soup/Stew in March.  We will also continue with discussions on data processing and preserving the items we have collected and are still categorizing.  Anyone interested in helping, please let us know.  The more help we can get, the sooner we can get this done.  New members are always a welcome addition.  Renewal and new memberships are still ongoing.  We appreciate all the support that people provide by their membership fee.  Check out our Facebook page!

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet this month on Feb. 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  These meetings are always open to the public.  If we have a ‘major project’ to present, notices will be posted in the local stores and post office.  An agenda is posted prior to each meeting at the town office.  If you have any questions or need info, please contact chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will meet on the second Tuesday of the month, Feb. 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House located on rt. 197.  Memberships are still ongoing.  Trail maps are available for $3.00 each.  Contact Shari Lilly at 737-2566.  Trail work will be discussed as well as any upcoming plans or suggestions for day trips or other events.

 

RSU2 Exploratory / Review Committee

The committee will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  These meetings are open to the public.  For more information, contact Chairman, Brendan Perreault.

 

Seen in Dresden, January, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

On this January 20th, with dark clouds on the horizon, the thermometer showing 41 degrees, all the usual birds coming to the feeder, and yesterday’s fresh cover-coat of snow looking inviting (at least in the spots where the green grass isn’t showing), I headed outside to look for hopeful signs of life, maybe even signs of spring. On the old apple trees I found little, furry, whitish buds that look almost like pussy willows. That was promising. The lilacs have some good-sized green buds, if still tightly furled. When I put on my bifocals and looked in close, I did, indeed, find tiny buds on most other shrubs and trees, but they betray no sign of waking up yet. It’s still January after all, even if it doesn’t feel like it today, but the plant world is ready and waiting for the months ahead.

 

Much easier to spot than the tiny buds are the dead remnants of last summer’s growth: standing out in stark beauty against the snow, are straggly stems carrying various seed heads. Some have long since been emptied by the strong winds we’ve often had. Others have seeds still barely attached, dangling above the snow. Rose hips wait for robins and cedar waxwings to devour the fruit and later drop their seeds some otherwhere.

 

The crisscrossing highways of prints in the snow, now melted and spread into depressions much larger than the original paws and hoofs that made them, betray substantial, presumably nocturnal activity that I never see. I suppose that’s what my cat watches with such intensity at the windows after dark. I’m reluctant to try Bernd Heinrich’s approach of cutting through the river ice in the shallows and putting my face down close enough to see activity on the muddy bottom (A Year in the Maine Woods, January). I’ll take his word that there are caddisfly larvae, black gyrinid beetles, spiders (lots of spiders, he says), snow fleas and plentiful other active insects to be found down there, even in January.

 

Pileated woodpeckers have been reported this month at both the southern and northern reaches of Dresden, along the Eastern River—possibly the same ones showing up in both places. Pileateds are the largest of Maine’s nine woodpecker species (can you name the other eight?). One neighbor complained that the Pileated scorns his suet feeder, but they do occasionally come to suet. YouTube has numerous videos of Pileated woodpeckers, including one in which a Pileated lands with quite a thud on a suet feeder, right in front of a GoPro camera. One comment on that video says, “I can see how dinosaurs would have been scary.” They do resemble pterodactyls!

 

Along the southern reaches of the Eastern River, a pair of red foxes has made regular appearances this month. These foxes breed between December and March, with 4-5 pups usually born in March-April. Since foxes love a combination of woodland and open areas, near running water, South Dresden is an ideal spot for them.

 

Even in the depths of winter, life abounds outside and all around us. We may need to get up close and personal to see it, but that’s a good way to forget the cares of the rest of the big world for a little while and come away with a renewed sense of wonder and amazement at our natural world.

 

 

 

February 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Wednesday, 1 February

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 2 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting, Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale ME

 

Saturday, 4 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 6 February

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 7 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

(Dresden Planning Board postponed to the 14th)

 

Wednesday, 8 February

6 pm RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee, Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 9 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 11 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 14 February – Valentine’s Day

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, Old Town House, Rte 197

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 15 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 16 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Town Office

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 18 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Sunday, 19 February

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Monday, 20 February

Town Office Closed – Presidents Day

 

Tuesday, 21 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 22 February

6 pm RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee, Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 23 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 25 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 28 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator, January 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

Town of Dresden, P.O. Box 30, Dresden, ME 04342

 

January, 2017

Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in the Dresden Communicator should contact Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of the preceding month.

The Dresden Communicator: Trial print run

This  issue begins a six-issue trial run of returning the monthly Communicator to a print version as well as this online, sent to all box holders in Dresden. The usual volunteers are providing content, Henry Lyons (Finest Kind Web Design, Dresden) is doing our design and layout, and the Town is covering expenses, except for duplication of the text, which is being provided most generously by Cris Hallowell, Dresden resident, and her Copy Shop in Wiscasset. Cris clearly believes, as do those in the citizen’s group that initiated this trial run, that our town needs to have a printed newsletter to help keep our citizens informed and engaged. We very much appreciate her commitment and generosity.

Since the IRS issued new rules that made it financially impossible for Bridge Academy to continue the printed version of this newsletter, the electronic format that has been available for the last four years has had fewer than 100 subscribers. It was not reaching most residents with critical information about things like dates and candidates for local elections and town meetings, much less other local events and information. We hope all of you will welcome back the printed Communicator, and will provide feedback on your response to it, on what additional information you might like to see included (remembering our limited space), what you could do without, what changes in layout might improve appearance, or whatever else you’d like to tell us.

Please send comments and suggestions to: Bill Matthews, Communicator Editor, at 737-9013, or  bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or drop them off for Bill at the BA library. (Note: Bridge Academy is not producing the Communicator now, merely acting, in this case, as a convenient collection point for information). Photographs of local Dresden scenes that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in future Communicators should be sent directly to

henry.lyons@gmail.com

At our Annual Town Meeting in June, we will have an open discussion about this trial period of the printed Communicator and will vote on whether or not to continue the hard-copy production.

 

 

College Scholarships Available!

 

Applications for second semester scholarships from the Bridge Academy Trust are now available at the Bridge Academy Library during regular library hours. Applications must be returned to the Library or to the return address on the application, along with first semester grades, no later than January 10th.

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

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

Adult Book Group : The January book club discussion title will be Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe. The next session will be held on Thursday January 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

New Reads at the Library:

 

Adult Fiction:

Cross the Line (Alex Cross) and Missing: A Private Novel- James Patterson

Small Great Things- Jodi Picoult

Chaos- Patricia Cornwell

The Whistler- John Grisham

Night School(Jack Reacher)- Lee Child

No Man’s Land( John Puller)- David Baldacci

 

Adult Nonfiction:

Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World- B. Brett Finlay, PhD and Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD

Sully: My Search for What Really Matters- Chesley B. Sullenberger

 

Youth Fiction:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor- Rick Riordan

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury- Cressida Cowell

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from January through May, at the Pownalborough Hall, from 6 to 9 PM

Bluegrass, Folk, C&W styles, for stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass. Other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed. Accomplished and beginner musicians are welcome.

The primary goal of this event is to give Dresden residents and their guests who enjoy music the opportunity to get to know each other, play music, and have fun. Townspeople who do not know how to play but are thinking that they might like to learn, as well as those who want to just listen and enjoy the fun, will be welcomed.

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, January 4th, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to purchase a Christmas tree or leave a donation.  We appreciate all your support shown to us throughout the year.  We wish you all a very Happy New Year.

 

Dresden Fire Department

Dresden Fire/Rescue members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Truck/Station maintenance and any scheduled training or events will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Now that winter is in full swing, we hope that everyone has taken the time to make sure your chimneys are cleaned, your heaters are safe and hooked up properly and that you have checked the batteries in your smoke/CO2 detectors.  Also, open burning permits can be issued after 9 a.m. during the week as long as there is snow on the ground.  You can get one through one of the issuing agents or online at www.wardensreport.com (free).  Information is also available on our website at www.dresdenfireandrescue.org We hope you all will be safe and warm this winter and have a very Happy New Year.  Thank you for your continued support and awareness to fire dangers and safety.

 

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Sunday, January 8th, at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.   We will be hosting a Chili/Chowder Supper on Saturday, January 21st from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The price is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 12 to 17 and children under age 3 are free.  There will be a variety of chilis & chowders to satisfy your taste buds.  We hope you’ll bring your family to enjoy some great homemade food, catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while and have some nice conversation.

 

Dresden Planning Board

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The agenda will include a revisit by Richard Condon in regard to his gravel pit project.  If you have any questions or need information on a project or an ordinance, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3306 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town Hall  on Route 197.  Memberships are still ongoing.  If you want to join, please call Shari at 737-2566 or come to a meeting. Please remember that it is illegal to drive/ride a snowmobile or ATV in a cemetery.  Also, if you are not a member of a club, it is your responsibility to ask landowners to cross their property if it is not part of the club trail.  Trail maps can be purchased for $3.00 from the Town Office, Dresden Take-Out, Meetinghouse Market or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Dresden Sno-Valley Riders    –  P.O. Box 317   –  Dresden, Me. 04342

 

 

RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee

RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee members will meet again in January.  The place and date will be posted on the town website, in the town office, post office and local stores.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, December, 2016

By K. D. Vitelli

 

December started out fairly warm (high 40’s), if gray and gloomy, but soon made clear we had indeed transitioned to winter, with snow on the 5th, and again on the 12th and 17th. But what we all noticed most definitively was the cold: mean winds and subzero temperatures that we don’t expect in mid-December.

 

Ready or not, the natural world has to adjust to whatever is thrown at it. Rhododendrons are one of the relatively few leafy green plants that keep their leaves over the winter. Many of us have grown up using those leaves as a gauge of winter temperature: at above freezing, the leaves are flat and extend almost perpendicular to their stems. At a little below freezing, about 28˚, they remain flat, but begin to droop from the stem. By 25˚ the leaves begin to curl, and by 20˚ they curl up into a tight, vertical roll. This response to the cold is called “thermotropic” behavior.

 

Darwin, in 1880, was one of the first to explore it in “The Power of Movement in Plants.” Today, the behavior is of considerable interest to rhododendron hybridizers, because without it, rhododendrons are not hardy and won’t survive winters like our present one. We are still learning exactly how and why the drooping and curling serve the plant. It seems likely that drooping protects the leaves from receiving too much light that, surprisingly, inhibits the production of chlorophyll when the leaves are very cold. Snow cover serves the same purpose.

 

Curling is a distinct behavior that seems most likely to protect the leaves by slowing down thawing when temperatures rise (E. T. Nilsen, 1990. “Why do Rhododendron Leaves Curl?”). Different species have different tolerance for cold. Those sold as “very hardy” should be OK as long as temperatures remain above minus 20-25; hardy species should be good to about minus 15, although in both, the buds are more sensitive than the leaves. If you have special rhododendrons, especially recent hybrids, that you treasure and don’t want to lose, get a cover—burlap works fine—on and around them, quickly.

 

Early in the month, we welcomed back the flocks of common mergansers with the males’ white feathers that sparkle in the sun and decorate the waters, if too briefly this December. The sudden deep freeze on the night of the 11th sent them off to other waters, while the Eastern froze solid for a few hours at least. The eagles came out then, with 6-7 at once flying up and down along the banks, looking, perhaps, for fish or anything else trapped in the shallows by the ice.

 

Snow on the 12th produced slushy floes and stripes of ice in various textures and shades of gray. With the flash freeze on the 16th, the river went still, frozen solid and, covered with snow the next day, looking like an empty farm field.

 

With the first snow, birds came eagerly to feeders and suet. Large flocks of finches, gold and purple, did their best to monopolize the ports—though the blue jays can displace them at will. A red-breasted nuthatch that I hadn’t seen for several months returned. He may be having trouble finding his preferred conifer seeds: my evergreens produced no visible cones this year. Several neighbors have wondered if the red-bellied woodpeckers, that moved into our northern state for the first time only a half dozen years ago, will stick it out for the whole winter. So far, both a male and female, although never together, have been coming regularly to my feeder and to a neighbor’s, across the river, so they haven’t given up yet.

 

What will the New Year bring in the way of weather? We’re about to find out. Meanwhile, the days are getting longer again. Hooray for that!

 

 

 

 

January 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

Monday, 2 January

Town Office Closed

 

Tuesday, 3 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30   Dresden Planning Board,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 4 January

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 5 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm   Music Jam,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 7 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Sunday, 8 January

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Monday, 9 January

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 10 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Snowmobile Club

Old Dresden Town Hall, Rte 197

 

Wednesday, 11 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 12 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 14 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 16 January

Town Office Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

Tuesday, 17 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 18 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 19 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 21 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm   Chili and Chowder Supper, Dresden Historical Society,                                            Pownalborough Hall

 

Monday, 23 January

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 24 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 25 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 26 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Select Board Meeting Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 28 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 31 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

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