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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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 January edition is the 28th of December. 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

Christmas Drop-In Craft- December is a busy month for all, so the library is keeping holiday plans fun and simple. Stop by any time we’re open during the month and build a cute and festive Christmas mouse tree ornament using some elements found in nature and based on a design created by the librarian’s grandmother. All the pieces will be precut and instructions provided so kids can make their own with adult assistance as needed. This craft does include some small parts and the use of craft glue so adult supervision will be required. FMI call the library at 737-8810.

 

Winter Holiday Resources- The library has received this year’s updated list for our coverage area. If you are are looking for information about where to find a Christmas community meal, Christmas food baskets, Toys for Tots, heating or general assistance and more, this is the place to start. If you have internet access, the information is also available online at www.211maine.org. The library has public computers available for your use as well.

 

Storm closure information– It’s that time of year again when foul weather may close our doors from time to time! The library posts any storm closures on television at WMTW Channel 8 News or online at www.wmtw.com. Check here first before venturing out on a wintry day.

 

Download Library plans– If you are a library patron accessing the Download Library for checking out ebooks or audiobooks online, change is on the way. Currently MaineInfoNet uses Overdrive as their platform; coming in March 2017 they will be switching to Biblioteca because it is deemed to be more inclusive (allowing school libraries to participate) and more user-friendly. Bridge Academy Public Library is not currently a member of the Download Library, but Dresden residents can obtain a Maine State Library card and use it to access the service at no cost. For more information please stop in or call the library at 737-8810.

Library Wish List – The library will continue to maintain its Christmas Wish List year round at amazon.com, but we like to remind patrons about it as the season of giving approaches! Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages! If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:

 

  1. If you have an amazon.com account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu. Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and click the Search button. The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.

Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

  1. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

There’s no place like BOOKS for the holidays! Curl up with a great read from our December special seasonal display!

 Adult Book Group : The December book club discussion title will be Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen. The next session will be held on Thursday December 8th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 The library will be closing Saturday December 24 and reopening on Thursday December 29th for the holidays. 

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

We are having our annual Christmas Tree fund raising at Pownalborough Station every weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas (unless we sell out before then).  The trees are $25.00 for 5’ – 7’.  Any over 7’ will be $30.00.  If you need more information or need to make other arrangements please call 737-2566 and we will help you out.

We also still have Breast Cancer awareness T-shirts for sale at $20.00.  Thank you for your continued support of our events.

 

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance, training or other activities.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday.  ALL members are urged to be present.  New members are a great addition to the fire department and our community.

Check out our website at http://www.dresdenfireandrescue.org or on Facebook.  Let us know what you think…comments, questions, suggestions.

 

Dresden Historical Society

Members will meet on the second Monday of December (12/12) at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will be going over business pertaining to officers and making plans for our Chili/Chowder event for January.  All available members are urged to attend.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having a discussion on the fee schedule.  If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Club members will meet on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  We are still working on trail maintenance and will discuss any scheduled work sessions.  Memberships are still ongoing, so if you would like to join as a family, individual or supporting business member, please contact Shari at 737-2566 or attend any of our monthly meetings.

 

RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee

The committee will be meeting on Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Discussions will contain information in regard to the contract and the budget.  The meetings are open to anyone who would like to sit in on a session.

 

Seen in Dresden, November 2016

By K. D. Vitelli

November began with frosted mornings and falling leaves, but all month long, when it wasn’t chilly, windy, gray and gloomy, the afternoons often felt more like September, with highs around 60 degrees. Calendulas, cerinthe, bee balm, French asters, some clematis, and sweet alyssum are still blooming.

A friend noted that he’s seen moths around still. That seemed odd for this time of year, even with our moderate temperatures, but it set off some vague memory. I did some looking and, sure enough, found information about a relatively new pest, the Winter Moth, apparently the ones we’re seeing now. They are an invasive species, from Europe (and without North American predators), that probably arrived as cocoons in landscaping materials in the last century. Since 2011 they have been documented in mostly coastal Maine and are causing some concern: the little green caterpillars that emerge in early spring feed voraciously on the leaves of apples, oaks, maples, blueberries and other native trees and shrubs. In large numbers these caterpillars can completely defoliate and even kill their hosts, especially those already weakened by drought.

When the caterpillars have had their fill, usually by June, they fall to the ground and bury themselves, as cocoons, for the summer and fall. They emerge from the cold ground in November—now, right on schedule, and unrelated to our odd weather. The females have such short, atrophied wings that they are flightless and spend their lives on the lower trunks of trees, emitting pheromones to attract the flying males. (I checked out the trunks of my apples and oaks and found nothing, but on a cold, gray day, old eyes that aren’t entirely sure what they are looking for may not be the most reliable.) The little tan moths, all males and active at night, are also attracted to light, so we often see them fluttering outside lighted windows or around outside lights after dark.

From now until some time in January, when temperatures are above freezing, the little brown moths, the males, will seek out the females. The warmer weather may give them more time for, and more success in breeding. The wingless females eventually lay their eggs, after which both males and females of this generation die. We’ll find out next spring whether we have a worrisome invasion. If you see these moths and want to help the efforts to control them, the Maine Forest Service has a Winter Moth Survey online, where they ask for simple basic information about where, when, and how many of these moths you have seen.

A lovely book that is currently making the rounds, The Hidden Life of Trees, What they Feel, How they Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben, suggests at least the possibility that our trees just might try to control the moth threat on their own. Wohlleben, a German forester, writes about (inter alia) wide-spread, overlapping systems of roots of different trees in an old forest, that are assisted by networks of fungi that act like fiber-optic internet cables, transmitting signals from tree to tree (p. 10). This “wood wide web” (not my pun!) allows trees to exchange news and warnings. For example, when some trees suffer from predators devouring their leaves, they can emit a toxin that makes the leaves unpalatable to the predator, and pass along information, perhaps by electrical signals through the root systems, to neighboring trees that they should do the same.

I admit to pushing his evidence to our trees farther than he would probably approve, but one can wish. This book is full of fascinating, challenging and even disturbing information and ideas about how trees, at least those in an old forest undisturbed by humans, “feel” and act. It’s a good read for anyone who loves wood and trees, and will change the way you feel and observe as you walk through the woods or seek shade or shelter under a big old tree.

 

December 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Thursday, 1 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 3 December

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Sunday, 4 December

3pm – 18th Annual Holiday Concert with the Downeast

Brass Quintet – St. John’s Church/Free Meeting House

Music for the whole family!

 

Tuesday, 6 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Planning Board Public Meeting Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 7 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 8 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm   RSU2 Exploratory Committee   Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 10 December

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Monday, 12 December

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6:30 Dresden Historical Society Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 13 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders   Old Town House

 

Wednesday, 14 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 15 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 17 December

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Tuesday, 20 December

1:30 – 7 pm  Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 21 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 22 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm   Select Board Meeting Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 24 December

Bridge Acad. Library – closed

 

Tuesday, 27 December

Bridge Acad. Library closed

 

Wednesday, 28 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 29 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 31 December

9 am – noon Bridge Acad. Library open

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Revised Meeting notice

The RSU2  Schools Review Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17 has been rescheduled for  Thursday, December 08 at 6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

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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 December 2016 edition is the 28th of November. 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

The library will continue to maintain its Christmas Wish List year round at amazon.com, but we like to remind patrons about it as the season of giving approaches! Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages! If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:

 

  1. If you have an amazon.com account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu. Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and click the Search button.* The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.

 

  1. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

 

*Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

 

Adult Book Group : The November book club discussion title will be The Witches by Stacy Schiff. The next session will be held on Thursday November 10th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

The Dresden Communicator back in print form?

It has been mentioned a number of times that many residents would like to see the Dresden Communicator brought back in print form.   With that, a group of interested people have been holding discussions on how to do this feasibly since Bridge Academy has not and is not able to support this project.  There are a number of options being discussed, but the group would like to hear from as many residents as possible.  Please talk to your family, friends and neighbors; let them know that we want to hear from everyone.  At this time, we are having our group meetings at the Library on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  Give us your feedback so we know how many would like to see the Communicator in print, delivered to your home.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, November 02, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We still have Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts. Please call Shari at 737-2566 for more information and/or sizes.  Also, we will be getting ready for our annual Christmas Tree fundraiser which will begin the weekend after Thanksgiving.

 

Dresden Fire Department

DFD members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The schedule for truck/station maintenance, training or other activities will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  All members are urged to attend.

 

Dresden Historical Society

Historical Society members will have a meeting on Monday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse to finalize preparations for the upcoming annual business meeting and pot luck supper that will be held at Pownalborough Hall on Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m for the pot luck supper, 6:30 for the business meeting which will consist of election of officers and a special presentation at 7 p.m. by Dr. Robert Sanford of USM Environmental Sciences to do a presentation of rural landscapes. It will be a Power Point slide presentation of common landscapes from the plants to trees to stonewalls, cellar holes and other altered land forms showing the dynamics of human-influenced change in the countryside.  The presentation will be open to the public for any interested persons.

 

Dresden Planning Board

Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, November 01 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  There are no major projects on the agenda for this meeting.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

Club members will meet on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  As the regular meeting date would be on November 08 which is voting day, the members voted to change the day to Thursday.  Please mark your calendar for the change.

 

Dresden RSU2 Withdrawal Review Committee

The Committee has begun holding meetings.  This committee was formed as a result of a vote at the Town Meeting.  The group consists of a Selectboard member, a Planning Board member, a Budget Review Committee member, a School Board member and two (2) citizens-at-large.  The meetings are open to any residents who would like to listen in on the discussions.  The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

A New DRESDEN UNITED Website Is Up

 

www.dresdenunited.org

I am truly happy about the wonderful stories from the several Dresdens that can be read online now and I am sending a big, heartfelt thank you to all of you who contributed so far! There are more great stories to come soon from Dresden, ME and Dresden, NY and of course from Dresden, Germany – so be sure to check back on the website!

The website aims to tell stories of people living in Dresden, of special projects and initiatives in Dresdens Communities or highlight some interesting stories from the past. The aim is to connect People living in Dresden (Germany), Dresden (Kansas), Dresden (Tennessee), Dresden (Ohio), Dresden (NY, Yates County), Dresden (NY, Washington County) and Dresden (Maine). Everyone will be able to read about what people in other Dresdens are doing or thinking and what the present and past of the Dresdens is like.

I hope you will enjoy reading about the Dresden you know and the Dresdens you don’t know! And please let me know in case you would like to contribute a story or know someone you would like to recommend!

 uniteddresden@gmail.com
I hope all is well with you and I am sending you all the best from autumnal Germany, Svenja

 

 

Seen in Dresden October 2016

 

By KD Vitelli

 

Much of October has felt like anything but, with quite warm temperatures and bright blue skies. Only toward the end of the month did we get a serious rain (more than 3.5” on 22nd and 23rd—finally!), not enough to stem the drought, but enough to call for a final mowing of the grass.

 

Most of us were expecting a dull fall leaf display because of the drought. How wrong we were: this month the colors have been spectacular. The USDA Forest Service website suggests that the many sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights were responsible for the build-up of anthocyanins that contribute the brightest reds and crimsons. Drought, they say, may delay colors by a week or two, but apparently had little effect on their brilliance. If you’ve had your eyes open while going around town on one of these sunny days, especially by the sun glistening on one of our rivers or ponds, you surely thought at least briefly “What a beautiful place we live in!” Good to remember as we head into November.

 

On Oct. 1, a small flock of black poll warblers stopped to feed in the low brush for an hour or so, before heading on south. Lots of other confusing fall warblers no doubt came through as well, but identifying them is frustrating. A neighbor reported several yellow-rumped warblers, but that’s the extent of named warbler species this year.

 

10-12 wood ducks swam by on the Eastern River on the 3rd, but quickly moved to better hiding places for hunting season. Our red-bellied woodpecker has been reported at several locations along the Eastern, and as feeders get refilled for the season, the small birds are coming out of the woods again. A few golden crowned kinglets have shown up, as have red-breasted nuthatches, which I haven’t seen this early in the season since 2005. Usually they make their appearance in January, as do the little brown creepers. They, too, are here early, hopping up and down tree trunks, searching for bugs and grubs.

 

The wild turkeys are back in their winter flocks. One neighbor in South Dresden reports a small flock of eight paying regular visits and spending the night roosting in trees along the river. It’s nice to know they aren’t all on the roads, waiting for the next car to approach as they decide which way to cross.

 

Grosbeaks and finches sit endlessly at our feeders, using their strong, thick bills to crack open seeds, even while scanning the area for predators. Chickadees, by contrast, flit back and forth from feeder to tree repeatedly. They need to pound away at the seed, and can’t watch out for predators at the same time, so they take each seed to a safe place where they can perch and crack. Hundreds of times, though, they take a single seed and hide it, each in one of hundreds of different places, to eat much later. In the fall many birds cache food for the hard times ahead. Studies of chickadees have shown that their brains actually enlarge in the fall, to help them remember where they have stashed all those supplies!

 

Blue jays are another bird that caches. They are even supplied with an extendable “pouch” under their tongue so they can cram in several acorns or a dozen or so seeds at one time and don’t have to make a special trip for each seed, as the little birds do. I knew jays cached food, but had never paid close attention to their fall behavior at the feeder. After reading about their pouches (at www.allaboutbirds.org), I made a point of watching when three jays landed on the ground under my feeder: indeed, they picked up seed after seed, non-stop, from the grass and, by golly, I could see the pouches under their necks—like a crop on raptors—swell with each addition. Each finally flew off in a different direction—to store and hide their latest stash from one another. Good to be reminded, as we move indoors for the winter, that there is still plenty to learn by watching even familiar birds through our windows.

 

 

 

November 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 1 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 2 November

7 pm   Dresden Fire and Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 3 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting, Hall-Dale Middle School, Farmingdale

 

 

Saturday, 5 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 8 November

8 am – 8 pm Election Day! Pownalborough Hall

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 9 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 10 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC   Old Town House Rte. 197

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Friday, 11 November

Veterans’ Day – Town Office closed

 

Saturday, 12 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 14 November

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 15 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 16 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 17 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 Withdrawal Committee, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 19 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5:30 pm Dresden Historical Society potluck dinner, business meeting,                                    and special presentation, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 22 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open
 

Wednesday, 23 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 24 November

Thanksgiving – Bridge Acad. Library closed

 

Saturday, 26 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 28 November

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 29 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 30 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator, October 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 November 2016 edition is the 28th of October. 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

GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE THIS FALL AT THE LIBRARY!

Join us for a fascinating walk in the world of bears with Dawn L. Brown, Bear Behavioral Researcher! Dawn does bear rehabilitation on her private five acre fenced woodland and will share a slide show of young bears she’s nurtured and returned to the wild and her extensive knowledge of bear behavior. All ages are welcome!

 

Tuesday October 11th at 6:00 pm

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Handicapped access available

Light refreshments will be served

FMI call 737-8810

 

Curl Up With a Good Book raffle: Fall is here and winter is coming so the time is right! The library will be raffling off a reading set that will include a beautiful crocheted afghan, tea, mug, locally made chocolate and a gift certificate to a local bookstore…a complete set for an evening in with your favorite author! This item would make a great Christmas gift for a loved one too! The raffle runs October 1-December 17th, so stop by to view the set and pick up your tickets during our normal hours and support your local library! Tickets will be $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

 

Adult Book Group : The October discussion book for the book club will be The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. This session will be held on Thursday October 13th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Association will not be meeting in October, but will have our regular monthly meeting in November.  We are getting plans set for our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raiser that will begin after Thanksgiving.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue Department

 

Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for any truck/station maintenance, training or other specified events

 

On Wednesday, October 5, we will host our annual Fire Prevention Open House from 5 – 7 pm.  We will have fire prevention informational material, fire trucks of various types, firefighter gear, a smoke trailer, games, raffles, door prizes, food, a bounce house, and ‘Sparky the Fire Dog’.  We hope you will bring the family to this important event that promotes everyone to ‘Learn not to Burn’, what to do in case of a fire, and the Stop-Drop-and-Roll technique.  Also, we want to remind you that it is a good time to check your chimneys, heating equipment, smoke/CO2 detectors (and batteries).  Now is a good time to make sure you have everything ready before winter.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

Members will meet on Monday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We are working on installing some shelves, fixing some needed repairs and getting ready for our annual November business meeting.  At this time, we are accepting nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  If you would like to nominate someone, please let us know.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, October 04 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  There are no projects scheduled on the agenda for this meeting.  If you have a question about a project or just want information, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 and he will gladly help you.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Snowmobile Club

 

The club will meet on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  We are beginning our membership for the new season as the 2015-16 memberships expired on September 30.  The cost to join is $20.00 for family (adults and children up to age 19), Individual $16.00, and Supporting Business Membership is $35.00.  If you wish to join only the local club it is $10.00 for family and $8.00 for individuals.  We have started to make plans for doing trail work now that the cooler weather has set in.  If you or anyone you know enjoys snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or skiing, come join the club.  New members are always a welcome addition.

 

 

 

Seen in Dresden — September 2016

K.D.Vitelli

Most of September continued our hot, humid summer. Rain was promised on a few days, which were indeed gray, gloomy, and humid, but they produced less than half an inch of real precipitation. Gardens continued to wither and turn crunchy—except tomatoes, which loved the heat and were outstandingly tasty, that is, if you either managed to wrestle off the feisty hornworms before they got to the fruit or had picked off their eggs before they hatched.

The first dabs of color appeared on swamp maples early in the month. Early mornings along the rivers have been romantically veiled in heavy mist. Still, some phoebes apparently believed summer would never end and began building new nests. The local hummingbirds were still around on the 14th, and a beautiful fresh monarch hung around from then until the 22nd. On the 20th, the monarch was joined on the butterfly bush (appropriately), by a red admiral, while dozens of cabbage whites gathered for what looked like a convention. Their offspring continue to feast voraciously on the kale. They don’t fight back like the hornworms do, but there sure are a lot of them.

We all know now, though we may still find it nearly incredible, that delicate and colorful monarchs migrate all the way to Mexico for the winter. I was thrilled to see one, maybe two this summer (since some sightings were over a month apart), after quite a few summers of seeing none.

A century ago, millions of these migrating butterflies were seen annually even as far north as Boston, in swarms that took hours to pass over, and blacked out the sun. Imagine! It wasn’t until 1937 that a pair of Canadian researchers named Urquhart began gluing paper tags with their return address onto monarch wings to get an idea of where these butterflies spent their winters. Reports came in that, for example, 18 days after tagging in Ontario, one monarch was recovered in Atlanta, 1184 kms away. Scientists and public alike were astonished.

But it wasn’t until 1976 that the ultimate destination of all monarchs, in the mountains near Mexico City, was discovered (B. Heinrich, The Homing Instinct, 42-46). Heinrich’s discussion of how and why these lovely insects make this journey is a fascinating read. We know far less about the many other colorful butterflies that make similar journeys. Painted ladies and red admirals are among the Maine butterflies that take off for warmer climes this time of year, but their journeys are yet to be fully documented.

Hummingbirds also make a lengthy migration, normally leaving Dresden around the 17th of September. I expected them to leave a bit earlier this year, as we didn’t have much blooming to keep them here longer. But on the 22nd, I saw one busily drinking from every tiny blossom on the butterfly bush. It may have been the same one that was seen on the same day checking all remaining blossoms on Alexander Road. Haven’t seen one since, so I guess they are working their way south.

Another migrant that was still here earlier in the month, seen kiting over the Eastern River, is the night hawk—neither a night flying bird (they are insect eaters that fly and feed at dusk and dawn, especially over rivers and fields)—nor a hawk. It looks rather like a whip-poor-will, with a very short beak that opens to a large mouth, the better to catch insects on the fly. 400,000-year-old fossils of this bird have been found across the US. The living ones are now probably en route to southern South America, on one of the longest migrations of any bird. We wish them bon voyage and look forward to welcoming them back to Dresden next spring.

The day after the solstice we woke to find that overnight and without warning, Fall had arrived. Daytime temperatures are now (on 9/25) barely hitting the (low) 60’s and by night we’re getting increasingly close to a frost. Reluctantly, we’re closing windows (and noticing they need washing), scheduling chimney clean-outs, and checking the woodpiles. Houseplants are getting hosed off, repotted and hauled inside. A male scarlet tanager showed up in his winter yellow feathers. Chickadees are announcing that it is time to refill the feeders—and a bit of suet would be appreciated, while you’re at it.

Soon we’ll be raking leaves. Summer is over.

 

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October 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

Saturday, 1 October

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 4 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 5 October

5-7pm   Fire Prevention Open House   Dresden Fire/Rescue

Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 6 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm RSU2 School Board meeting, Marcia Buker Elementary School

 

Saturday, 8 October

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 10 October

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 11 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Bears! Special program at the Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC   Old Town House Rte. 197

 

Wednesday, 12 October

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 13 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 15 October

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 17 October

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society.   Yellow Schoolhouse

 

Tuesday, 18 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open
 

Wednesday, 19 October

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 20 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 22 October

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 25 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 26 October

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 27 October

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 29 October

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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