Dresden Communicator, March 2018

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

 

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 the editor Henry Lyons henry.lyons@gmail.com or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

44 Middle Road

Dresden, ME  04342

(207)737-8810

Library Hours:   Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 – 7:00pm;   Saturdays 9am – noon.

Adult Book Group : The March and April discussion book for the book club will be Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett; the discussion will span two sessions due to its length. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. The March session will be held on Tuesday March 13th.

Spotlight on Mindfulness:

The special display at the library this month will include books and audios dealing with mindfulness and meditation. Come check out a book and rewire your brain for peace!

Library Plant Sale: Winter snow gives way to spring flowers and the 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; the sale will be held on May 26th. FMI call 737-8810.

Winter Resources: The library has a comprehensive list of winter assistance information, including a Town by Town Supplemental Assistance Grid, a Directory of Commonly Requested Community Services and Holiday Resources. Please share this information if you or someone you know could use it. It is also available by calling 211 or online at 211Maine.org.

 

Vehicle Registration Available On-line

Dresden participates in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations?   We now also offer 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. (We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.)

 

Dresden Transfer Station and Recycling Center

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.. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

Dresden Swap Shop
Have you have a need for walkers or crutches?  We have them.  Baskets?  Stop in!  Books, oh do we have some great books.   So as you are cleaning out your cupboards and closets and barns and you want to donate good things, we are proud to offer them to your friends, neighbors and lots of people you haven’t ever met.
The hours we are open are
Thursday        1-3
Saturday        9-11:00 and 1-3
Sunday          9-11:30

 

Town Office Information

 The Dresden Town Office is at 534 Gardiner Road, P.O. Box 30 Dresden, Maine 04342.

Online payment options and more information are at townofdresden.com

 

Normal hours are:

Monday, 1-6 pm

Tuesday, 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 9 am – 3 pm

Thursday, 1 – 8 pm

Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

And the first Saturday of every month, from 9 am – noon.

 Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine

 

Dresden Fire Association

The DFA will hold a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire Department

DFD personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.  Any truck/station maintenance, training or other activity will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.

 

Dresden Historical Society

The Society will host a Soup / Stew Supper on Saturday, March 3rd from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.  There will be a variety of homemade soups, stews and desserts, as well as refreshments.  We hope you will bring your family and friends for some great food and conversation, catch up with neighbors or meet new ones while helping to support a local organization with the goal of preserving our history for the future.

The Historical Society will have the monthly business meeting on Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m. in the Bridge Academy Library.  New members are always welcome. Your membership goes towards the work we are doing to preserve and publicize our local history.  Membership is only $5.00 per person per year.  Our meetings are always open to the public.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on the first Tuesday, March 6th. There will be a site walk and public hearing for a proposed Auction facility on Gardiner Road submitted by Roger Bintliff.  If you have any questions about a project or just want information on a process, please contact the chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.  If we have further business, we will hold a meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, March 20th.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The Club will hold a monthly business meeting on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town Hall on Route 197.  We will be continuing our work on the trails with updates and other info.  If you would like to join, just come to a meeting or contact Shari at 737-2566 for information or applications.  We welcome any and all businesses to become Supporting Business members.  Our meetings are open to the public.

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, October through May, at Pownalborough Hall, Dresden, from 6- 9pm

TYPE OF MUSIC: Bluegrass, Folk, C&W

TYPE OF INSTRUMENTS: Stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, but other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed.

ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner on up

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 Masonic Lodge

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Communication, March 13, Tuesday

6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

website:  https://103-me.ourlodgepage. com/  Facebook: @Dresden103

 

Seen in Dresden, March, 2018

By K. D. Vitelli

With the second half of February giving us temperatures above freezing almost every day, I’ve had a sharp eye on the Eastern River ice, watching for the first transverse cracks that signal the beginning of ice out. As of the 20th, I’m still waiting—and have noticed that the bald eagles are watching even more closely than I. They’re probably already finding the occasional fish caught in the softening ice, but are clearly looking forward to the more abundant fishing that comes with full ice out.

Our local eagles should be working on nest repair and rebuilding, and could start laying eggs any day now. During this early stage of nesting they are most sensitive to human activity. Large numbers of people and loud noises could make them abandon a nest site, so if you are out and about around the Pownalborough Court House, or anywhere else that you know has an eagle nest, do so quietly and as unobtrusively as possible.

We have other signs of very early spring showing up: goldfinches, who were rather scarce for a while, are back in large numbers, hogging our feeders. They are still wearing their drab winter feathers, a bit the worse for wear since they were grown fresh last fall. The brownish olive green winter body colors make it hard to tell males and females apart. But the partial spring molt, when they grow new body feathers—the wings and tail feathers are not replaced in spring—has begun. I was looking for signs of new, bright yellow male color when I thought I’d found my first case of finch eye disease: strange, spikey black points right above the eyes. Looking more closely, I realized there was nothing wrong with his eyes. He was simply starting to grow new black feathers on his forehead! Yeah! The first sign of the spring molt. Can the bright yellow be far behind?

Less exciting signs of the approach of spring are the stink bugs and Asian lady bugs clustering on interior walls, dropping on my head, landing on my toothbrush. The stink bugs, I was surprised to learn, are an accidental and relatively recent introduction, thought to have come in packing crates from China or Japan. The first reported sightings were in Pennsylvania in 1998. Obviously, they have spread rapidly. Besides being obnoxious—they release an unpleasant odor when bothered or smashed—they are agricultural pests, attacking especially stone fruits and apples, but also corn, tomatoes and other common crops. Pictures of the damage they cause are available at

https://extension.psu.edu/brown-marmorated-stink-bug

My cat wisely makes a wide detour around the ones that land on his floor.

Asian lady bugs were purposely introduced by the USDA in the late 20th century to control aphids and scale insects, although some probably also arrived uninvited with freight from Asia. Only later did we learn their down side: they crawl, by the hundreds (thousands?), into minute cracks in our houses for the winter. As soon as the temperature starts to climb above freezing, masses of them emerge into our houses, releasing a nasty odor and a staining yellow fluid if disturbed. Vacuuming is the best revenge.

On a more positive note, it’s time to get your seed orders in. We are lucky to have good seed sources in Maine—Johnny’s, Fedco, Pinetree—and the latter two sell small packets of fewer seeds (but quite sufficient for most home gardeners) for lower prices than you’ll find elsewhere. Winter has surely not given up yet, but we’re moving in that direction and newly sprouted seedlings help one believe.

If you have sightings and/or photos you’d like to share, or questions about Dresden’s flora and fauna please send them to vitellik@indiana.edu.

 

March 2018 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Thursday, 1 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Dresden Elementary School

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 3 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

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

Tuesday, 6 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 7 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 8 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 10 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Monday, 12 March

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 13 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Adult Book Group, Dresden Acad. Library

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

6:30 pm meal, 7:30 pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge

 

Wednesday, 14 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 15 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 17 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

Tuesday, 20 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 21 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 22 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 24 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

Monday, 26 March

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 27 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 28 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 29 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Academy Library open

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Communicator Addendum February 2018

There is a new ad hoc committee on cable t.v. and internet expansion in Dresden.

Meetings for February are:

Monday, 5th:  7:00 pm   Pownalborough Hall (following the Select Board Meeting)

Tuesday, 13th:  5:30 pm  Pownalborough Hall

Monday, 26th:  5:30 pm  Pownalborough Hall

All Dresden residents are invited to attend.

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Dresden Communicator February 2018

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

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

 February, 2018

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 the editor Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

 

Bridge Academy Library

Adult Book Group : The February discussion book for the book club will be We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday February 13th.

Storm Closings Reminder: Don’t forget that all storm closings for the library are posted on television at WMTW Channel 8 News and online at www.wmtw.com/weather/closings. Save yourself a trip by checking there first on a wintry day!

Hot New Winter Reads:

Adult Fiction

The People vs. Alex Cross and Count to Ten: a Private novel- James Patterson

I, Eliza Hamilton– Susan Holloway Scott

The Rooster Bar– John Grisham

Adult Nonfiction

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House- Michael Wolff

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny-Brian Kilmeade

 Winter Resources: The library has a comprehensive list of winter assistance information, including a Town by Town Supplemental Assistance Grid, a Directory of Commonly Requested Community Services and Holiday Resources. Please share this information if you or someone you know could use it. It is also available by calling 211 or online at 211Maine.org.

 

 

Vehicle Registration Available On-line

 

Dresden participates in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations?   We now also offer 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. (We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.)

 

 

Dresden Transfer Station and Recycling Center

 

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.. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

Dresden Swap Shop

 

February is a fun month at the Swap Shop.  We still have lots of winter coats.  It might be fun to stop in and grab coats for next winter.  They are all FREE!
Valentines Day is coming up soon and we have lots of decorations and  things to keep your Valentine Day fun.
Have you have a need for walkers or crutches?  We have them.  Baskets?  Stop in!  Books, oh do we have some great books.   So as you are cleaning out your cupboards and closets and barns and you want to donate good things, we are proud to offer them to your friends, neighbors and lots of people you haven’t ever met.
The hours we are open are
Thursday        1-3
Saturday        9-11:00 and 1-3
Sunday          9-11:30

 

Town Office Information

The Dresden Town Office is at 534 Gardiner Road, P.O. Box 30 Dresden, Maine 04342.

Online payment options and more information are at townofdresden.com

Normal hours are

Monday, 1-6 pm

Tuesday, 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 9 am – 3 pm

Thursday, 1 – 8 pm

Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

And the first Saturday of every month, from 9 am – noon.

 

Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Dresden Fire Association will meet on the first Wednesday (Feb. 7th) at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Dresden Fire Department personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Any truck/station maintenance, training or other activity will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month. We are looking for more people to join, so if anyone is interested, please contact the fire chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or come to a weekly meeting and he will give you the information on what the requirements are, plus he can provide you with an application.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The Dresden Historical Society will host the Chili/Chowder Supper on Saturday, February 3rd from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  This supper was rescheduled from January due to weather conditions.  We will have a variety of homemade chilies and chowders as well as desserts and refreshments.  The cost is $7.00 per adult, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.  We hope to see many of you there to enjoy an evening of good food, good friends, and conversation as well as benefiting one of our community organizations.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have questions about a project or other issues, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.  If we have business to address, we will also hold a meeting on the third Tuesday of the month.

 

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The Club will meet on the second Tuesday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House on Route 197.  We will discuss trail conditions, how far we have gotten and how much more work needs to be done.  We’ll have snacks and refreshments.  New members are always a welcome addition; whether you snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe or have dogsleds. If you’re interested in joining, you can either come to a meeting or call Shari Lilly at 737-2566 and you can get membership information or make arrangements to become a member.

 

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

 

On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, October through May, at Pownalborough Hall, Dresden, from 6- 9pm

 

TYPE OF MUSIC: Bluegrass, Folk, C&W

 

TYPE OF INSTRUMENTS: Stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, but other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed.

 

ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner on up

 

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.

 

 

Maine State Senator Vitelli in Dresden

 

Our State Senator Eloise Vitelli will hold informal office hours in Dresden on Saturday, February 3 from 10-noon at the Bridge Academy Library. All residents are invited to stop by to raise and discuss issues of concern to them.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, January, 2018

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

January has provided some of each kind of weather so far, with December’s deep freeze extending well into the New Year. We had, besides a number of lesser snow falls, a blizzard on the 4th, with, finally, a welcome thaw on the 11th-12th, welcome, except that it produced ice jams on the Kennebec and some flooding—though none that I know of in our town. We’ve had the very occasional sunny day (but how one of them cheers the January soul), and on the 17th, even a noisy earthquake, apparently with its epicenter in Dresden.

 

My cat and I were sitting quietly by the evening fire when we heard an enormous boom that seemed to come from our backyard. Murphy took off for the basement, instantly. I went outside to look through the still-falling snow for signs of an explosion or sounds of response to an accident. Nothing. Complete stillness, aside from the gently landing snowflakes. Could it have been, I wondered, an especially loud movement of the river ice? It wasn’t until the next day that I heard on the radio that the noise had been from an earthquake.

 

I’ve experienced a lot of minor earthquakes in Greece, (once while taking a bath, when the water splashed out of the tub and I wondered whether to grab some clothes before fleeing outside or just flee, fast. Fortunately, it was over before I could decide). Those quakes made no sound, other than that from falling rocks and earth and slamming closet doors. Maine, not surprisingly, does such things in its own way.

 

The long stretch of frigid temperatures got to a lot of us, as January generally does, regardless. A bright note, however, is that insect pests that spend the winter above ground and in trees—things like winter moths, brown tail moths, spruce budworms and Hemlock woolly adelgids, may have been affected by the prolonged cold.

 

Winter moths, in particular, which breed from Thanksgiving through January when temperatures go above freezing, have potentially had their mating season cut short by half or more, which should make a dent in their populations for a while to come. Brown tail moths and the others have probably not been decimated, but they should at least be less bothersome come summer. Ticks, unfortunately, spend their winter either on warm-blooded creatures or in protected places under snow or leaf litter, so they are doing just fine.

During the coldest days, most birds sought shelter in protected places, but they returned to feeders as soon as temperatures moderated. Again (or still) a single European starling has been showing up at local feeders. All our starlings, which are common throughout the US, are descended from birds that were introduced from Europe to Central Park in New York City by the American Acclimization Society in the 1890’s, as part of their program to introduce all the birds mentioned in works by Shakespeare!

 

Starlings are invasive, and firmly established. They are omnivores that usually hang out in large, sometimes mixed flocks (which can be serious agricultural pests), so our singleton was probably separated from his flock during one of our early storms. In summer, adult breeding starlings—males and females have identical coloring—are dark purplish-green and iridescent, with pointed yellow beaks. In winter, their beaks turn black and they have bright white spots all over, markings I had mistakenly associated with juveniles. The juveniles are, in fact, plain grayish-brown, with black beaks. Peregrine falcons and other raptors prey on starlings. The starlings often respond by forming great “clouds” of hundreds, even thousands of birds that fly with amazing swiftness and fascinating, ever-changing formations, much like a school of fish, each bird attempting to keep other birds between it and the predator. Their short pointed wings, short tail, and pointed beak make them look, in flight, like a four-pointed star, hence their name.

 

Who knows what the next weeks will bring? One neighbor suggested an erupting volcano may be our next surprise. Stay tuned.

 

If you have sightings and/or photos you’d like to share, or questions about Dresden’s flora and fauna please send them to vitellik@indiana.edu.

 

 

 

February 2018 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

Thursday, 1 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

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

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 3 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

10 am – noon   State Senator Vitelli open office hours, Bridge

Acad. Library

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

           

 

Monday, 5 February

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 6 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 7 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 8 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 10 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 13 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Adult Book Group, Dresden Acad. Library

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

 

Wednesday, 14 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 15 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 17 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

Monday, 19 February

6pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 20 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 21 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 22 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 24 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 27 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 28 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator, January 2018

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

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 the editor Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

 

Bridge Academy Library

Adult Book Group : The January discussion book for the book club will be Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday January 9th..

 

Storm Closings Reminder: Don’t forget that all storm closings for the library are posted on television at WMTW Channel 8 News and online at www.wmtw.com/weather/closings. Save yourself a trip by checking there first on a wintry day!

 

Spotlight Series: Maggie Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

The fascination with World War II, Churchill and the royal family are still very much alive, as evidenced by movies like Darkest Hour and the Netflix series The Crown. If you’re looking to dive in to an engaging period series featuring a plucky heroine filled with intrigue, spies and famous wartime figures, then this is just the ticket. Come check out the whole series!

 

Winter Resources: The library has a comprehensive list of winter assistance information, including a Town by Town Supplemental Assistance Grid, a Directory of Commonly Requested Community Services and Holiday Resources. Please share this information if you or someone you know could use it. It is also available by calling 211 or online at 211Maine.org.

 

Vehicle Registration Available On-line

 

Dresden participates in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations?   We now also offer 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. (We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.)

 

 

Dresden Transfer Station and Recycling Center

 

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.. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

Town Office Information

 

The Dresden Town Office is at 534 Gardiner Road, P.O. Box 30 Dresden, Maine 04342.

Online payment options and more information are at townofdresden.com

 

Normal hours are

 

Monday, 1-6 pm

Tuesday, 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 9 am – 3 pm

Thursday, 1 – 8 pm

Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

 

And the first Saturday of every month, from 9 am – noon.

 

The office will be closed on Monday, 15 January, for Martin Luther King Day.

 

Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We would like to thank everyone who purchased a tree during our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raiser and those who made donations.  We appreciate the support you give to us in our efforts to to raise money for the fire department.  We hope you all have a very Happy New Year.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Truck and/or station maintenance, training or other events will be posted on the board.  All members are urged to participate.  We are looking for more people to join, so if anyone is interested, please contact the fire chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or come to a weekly meeting and he will give you the information on what the requirements are, plus he can provide you with an application.  Like so many small towns, we can use as many members as possible who are willing to commit to the fire service of our community.  We hope you have a happy, healthy and safe New Year 2018.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The Society will host their annual Chili/Chowder supper on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at Pownalborough Hall from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  The cost will be $7.00 per adult, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.  There will be a variety of homemade chili and chowders for your dining pleasure.  We’ll also have desserts and refreshments.  We hope you’ll bring your family and friends for an evening of community gathering for delicious food, meet and greet with others and some great conversations while supporting one of our special town organizations.  And if you have an interest in the history of our town, we are always welcoming new members.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  We do have a proposed subdivision that is on the agenda for January 2nd.  Information will be posted in the town office, Dresden Take-Out, Meetinghouse Market, the Post Office and on the town website.  If you have any questions on a project or other concerns, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or you can leave him a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The Club will meet on the second Tuesday of the month which is January 9th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House on route 197.  We are still doing a lot of cleaning of the trails which in some areas have a significant amount of debris from the storm.  Yes, with only a few members able to work on them from time to time, it is taking us a little longer to get them cleared.  Now with the snow we have and more predicted, we are hoping to really get the trails in groomed condition.  We are always excited to have new members join the club.  We really think it’s great when people who like to cross-country ski, snowshoe or whatever also join the club.  If you’re interested in joining, you can either come to a meeting or call Shari Lilly at 737-2566 and you can get membership information or make arrangements to become a member.

 

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

 

On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, October through May, at Pownalborough Hall, Dresden, from 6- 9pm

 

TYPE OF MUSIC: Bluegrass, Folk, C&W

 

TYPE OF INSTRUMENTS: Stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, but other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed.

 

ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner on up

 

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 Masonic Lodge #103

website:  www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden        Facebook: @ Dresden103

 

 

Seen in Dresden, December, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

It’s kind of hard to remember just now, but December started out quite balmy, with daytime temperatures in the 40’s and even 50’s on a couple of days. Nights cooled off, however, and by the end of the first week, the edges of the river were white of a morning, and ice-coated branches glittered in the early sun. We had our first plow-able snow on the 9th, and haven’t looked back.

 

At the time of the monster full moon and very high tides, Dresden’s Eastern River had an unusual but fun visit from a harbor seal, whose little head was seen bobbing in and out after fish, just a bit south of the upper bridge. Our very own Christmas seal.

 

Mid-month, temperatures plummeted and the rivers flash-froze. Cold gray days gave us what I recently heard called, very evocatively, “fish belly white” skies. The river ice, groaning and sighing with the incoming and out-going tides, and with a bit of black water still showing in the channels, is now all shades of gray and white in endlessly fascinating geometric and abstract patterns, far more interesting right now than when they freeze solid and are covered in deep white snow, visually indistinct from empty fields.

 

The night of the 16th I thought I heard coyote howls as I drifted off to sleep. Next morning I could just make out a large carcass (a deer?) down on the ice just across from my house, probably the work of the coyotes. All day the crows and ravens and eagles fought over it, chasing each other, flapping wings and jumping back and forth—a huge, non-stop commotion. Twenty-four hours later new snow had covered the bloody traces and not even a low bump was left on the surface. A holiday feast for the large feathered crowd.

 

The colder weather and snow are bringing our birds back to the feeders. Four bluebirds have been sighted, first, hanging around south Dresden, a few days later, up on the north end of town. The blue jays are thriving, taking command of many feeders, in one case joined by a lone starling who seems to have lost his flock.

 

Chickadees, goldfinches, titmice, lots of woodpeckers, and the occasional cardinal are being seen all over town. Juncos and doves hang around on the ground, under the feeders and along the edges of plowed areas where they still are finding seeds.

The eagles at the Pownalborough courthouse have been working at re-building their nest. That must be where one I saw going down the Eastern River was headed, with a long stick in it’s talons extending well beyond the bird’s body both front and rear: looking just like a big witch riding her broom! The courthouse trails are now cleared and ready for hiking and snowshoeing.

 

Something to watch for and look forward to in the days ahead: another big irruption of Snowy Owls from the Arctic tundra is predicted for this year. One has already been seen in Dresden, early in the month on the lower Middle Road. If you see one, log in to Project SNOWstorm to report it.

 

https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/

 

Stay warm and safe and enjoy our winter wonderland with eyes wide open, especially as our days are getting longer again.

 

If you have sightings and/or photos you’d like to share, or questions about Dresden’s flora and fauna please send them to vitellik@indiana.edu.

 

 

 

January 2018 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 2 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Planning Board   Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 3 January

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 4 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Cottrell Elem. School, Monmouth

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 6 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

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

Monday, 8 January

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 9 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Adult Book Group, Dresden Acad. Library

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

 

Wednesday, 10 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 11 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 13 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 15 January

Martin Luther King Day   Town Office closed

 

Tuesday, 16 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 17 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 18 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 20 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

Monday, 22 January

6pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 23 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 24 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 25 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 27 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 30 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 31 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The print edition 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 the editor Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

Tis the season!

The library will continue to maintaining our 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 Accounts & Lists option on the far right in the top menu. Under Your Lists select Find a 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 December discussion book for the book club will be Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday December 12th.

 

Paperbacks: Can’t find an adult fiction title at the library? Don’t forget to check the paperback spinner racks located in the adult fiction section opposite the public computers. We are in transition so small paperbacks are in the process of moving to this new location.

 

Winter Resources: The library has a comprehensive list of winter assistance information, including a Town by Town Supplemental Assistance Grid, a Directory of Commonly Requested Community Services and Holiday Resources. Please share this information if you or someone you know could use it. It is also available by calling 211 or online at 211Maine.org.

 

 

 

Vehicle Registration Available On-line

 

Dresden participates in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations.   We now also offer 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. (We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.)

 

 

Dresden Transfer Station and Recycling Center

 

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.. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

 

Town Office Information

 

The Dresden Town Office is at 534 Gardiner Road, P.O. Box 30 Dresden, Maine 04342.

Online payment options and more information are at townofdresden.com

 

Normal hours are

 

Monday, 1-6 pm

Tuesday, 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 9 am – 3 pm

Thursday, 1 – 8 pm

Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

 

And the first Saturday of every month, from 9 am – noon.

 

The office will be closed on Monday, 25 December for the Christmas holiday.

 

 Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine

 

 

Dresden Holiday Concert

 

The 19th Annual Holiday Concert will be at St. John’s Church/Meeting House on Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm, featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet

 

People who have attended this concert in past years have commented that this is the kick-off of the holiday season for them. It is one of Dresden’s longest running traditions and has entertained many families and friends. Concert Master Dwight Tibbetts has once again written and arranged many new songs for the concert. Members of the Quintet always praise the venue as the best they play in. If you haven’t had a chance to hear this famous group play in a lovely setting, this is your opportunity.

 

As in past years, the concert will be followed by a potluck supper at the home of Peter and Mary Walsh. For more information, please call 737-2807 or email mpwalsh1@roadrunner.com.

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

Dresden Fire Association members will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raising beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving and every weekend until Christmas.  The cost will be the same as last year, $25.00 each, and the trees will be 5 ft. to 7 ft.  Sales will be Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pownalborough fire station.  If you have questions or need other assistance to get a tree, please call Shari at 737-2566 and we will try to help you out.  We hope everyone will have a safe and happy Christmas season.

 

 

Dresden Fire Department

 

Dresden Fire Department personnel will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station at 6:30 p.m.  The schedule for truck/station maintenance, training or other specified events will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  All available personnel are urged to attend.  We would like to remind all residents that with the winter season comes the time to check the batteries in all detectors and make sure your heating sources are cleaned and safe.  We wish everyone a happy holiday season and thank you for the support you have shown us this past year. 

 

Also, remember that open burning permits may obtained from one of the issuing agents or on line at http://www.wardensreport.com or our website dresdenfireandrescue.org.  There are no fees for the permits.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The Historical Society will not have a meeting in December.  With the winter season upon us, we will be holding our meetings at 1:00 p.m. in the Bridge Academy Library on the second Saturday of each month with the first one being on January 13, 2018.  Please make a note of the change which will be kept until April or May when we will go back to the Yellow Schoolhouse.  Election of Officers for the new year are Joe Wiley, President – John Ottum, Vice President – Shari Lilly, Secretary – Jamie Rea, Treasurer.  Directors (2 year terms) Julie Rea and Christina Ware.  Also, we will be hosting our annual Chili/Chowder Supper in January and others will be planned.  Look for notices.

 

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have any questions in regard to projects, meeting dates or other information, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or you can leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The club will meet on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m in the Old Town House on Rt. 197.  At this time, we are working on cleaning up the trails…especially from the wind/rain storm that left a lot of trees down throughout the town.  If you would like to become a member of the club or just want more information, please either attend a meeting or contact Shari at 737-2566 and we’ll gladly help you with your membership information.  Memberships are an important part of any organization and we think you’ll enjoy being a member of the club.  Trail maps are available at the low price of $3.00 each.  Have a safe and happy holiday season and remember Ride Right – Ride Safe – Think Snow!!

 

Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

 

On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, October through May, at Pownalborough Hall, Dresden, from 6- 9pm

 

TYPE OF MUSIC: Bluegrass, Folk, C&W

 

TYPE OF INSTRUMENTS: Stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, but other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed.

 

ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner on up

 

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 Masonic Lodge #103

 

December 12, Tuesday

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual Meeting/Awards Night, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

website:  www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden        Facebook: @ Dresden103

 

Tandem Glass Fund Raiser

 

December 2nd and 9th please join us and other craftspeople from noon till 7 pm for our annual FUNDraiser potluck party event benefitting the Good Shepherd Food Bank & Maine Crafts Association. 25 % of sales will be split between these great organizations.

 

The event will feature live music, glass blowing demonstrations and pizza from our wood fired oven (weather dependant). Bring a topping and your holiday shopping list! Grab a seat and hang out with friends and neighbors as we bring in the holiday season. More info at:   www.tandemglass.com/events

 

Seen in Dresden, November, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

On November 1 we were already well into our long stretch without power/TV/internet/landline phones; with trees uprooted, tops and branches snapped off, utility poles splintered and downed, wires and cables dangling and entwined with branches. The 7”of rain over a couple of those days must have helped the drought-stricken vegetation that survived the wicked winds, but it didn’t help the cleanup crews. What a mess! Even the squirrels were put out: their treetop highways have been badly interrupted by all the lost trees and they’re having to find new ways of getting around. Fortunately, daytime temperatures were unseasonably mild during the outages. With luck, that storm was a farewell to an over-extended summer, rather than a foretaste of what’s ahead.

 

By the second week of the month we were waking to frosted landscapes, steaming rivers and, later in the day, sometimes dramatic skies with bright horizontal sun rays outlining and streaking deep black clouds, especially at (now very early) sunset. On the 13th, we had a surprise snowfall—only about ¼”, but enough to make it clear that summer has ended.

 

With the return of some moisture to the ground and colder temperatures, some residents report that birds have begun to show up at feeders again: a few chickadees and nuthatches; red-bellied, hairy and downy woodpeckers. Noisy blue jays and crows are always here, and the occasional mourning dove squeaks to a landing. A couple of times I’ve seen four or five juncos scrabbling in the leaf litter for a few minutes. Once or twice a couple of common mergansers swam briefly on the river. Eagles have been soaring joyfully in the substantial winds that keep blowing. But the feeders and suet hangers I filled in early October still don’t need re-filling after almost two months. My Feederwatch count for last weekend totaled 5 jays and 3 woodpeckers for two days of watching pretty consistently. That’s not normal.

 

Last month the experts were saying that birds were simply finding plenty of seed in the natural landscape. I thought that our drought might have contributed to sending the birds into the woods. Now I’m wondering if windstorms added to the low numbers of, especially, small birds around our area. Normally, little birds seek shelter in dense hedges and overgrowth and the upturned roots of fallen trees during windstorms, avoid the tops of trees and branches that might break, snuggle into cavities in big trees and wrap their little talons tightly around protected twigs and wires, where they stay clamped without any additional energy needs from the bird. Eventually, though, they have to eat, and then they can get caught by strong winds and be blown far from their starting point. That’s how unexpected and unusual birds end up here occasionally. Maybe a bunch of our little guys have found themselves in totally new and unexpected places. If they got blown out to sea, they’re probably gone. If they landed someplace really attractive, they may decide to stay; most, however, are likely to make their way back “home” eventually. Let’s hope they do, or at least, that wherever they’ve been and why-ever they’ve been gone, they come back soon. The landscape feels empty without them.

 

If you have sightings and/or photos you’d like to share, or questions about Dresden’s flora and fauna please send them to vitellik@indiana.edu.

 

 

 

December 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Saturday, 2 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

12 – 7 pm   Tandem Glass Fundraiser

 

Sunday, 3 December

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

 

Tuesday, 5 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Planning Board   Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 6 December

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 7 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Richmond Middle School

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 9 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

12 – 7 pm   Tandem Glass Fundraiser

 

 

Sunday, 10 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

3 pm Annual Christmas Concert   St. John’s Church/Meeting House

                      

Monday, 11 December

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 12 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Adult Book Group, Dresden Acad. Library

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

6:30 pm meal, 7:30 pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

 

Wednesday, 13 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 14 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 16 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

 

Sunday, 17 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

 

Tuesday, 19 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 20 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 21 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop Open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:00 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 23 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

 

Sunday, 24 December

9 – 11:30am Swap Shop open

 

Monday, 25 December

Town Office closed for Christmas Day

 

Tuesday, 26 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 27 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 28 December

9 – 11:30 Swap Shop open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 30 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September, 2017

 

The Dresden Communicator is assembled with volunteer help; the print edition is designed by Henry Lyons for postal 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 the editor Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

Hot New Adult Fiction Reads Available Now!

 

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

Knife Creek by Paul Doiron

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen

 

 

Adult Book Group : The September discussion book for the book club will be The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. 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 September 12th.

 

Open Flag– The holder for the library Open flag has been modified so it is flying once more! If we are open it will be out and easily viewed from the road.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.

 

The Swap Shop is now bringing out Halloween things, including decorations and costumes.   Spooky!   Winter clothes and coats will also be showing up soon. The shop has puzzles, pocketbooks, book bags, shoes, boots, household items and lots of books. Bring your lightly used clothing and kitchen goods.   All Dresden residents may freely take what they need.   Hours are Thursday, 1-3 pm, Saturday 9-11 am and 1-3 pm, and Sunday 9-11 am.

 

Town Office Information

 

The Dresden Town Office is at 534 Gardiner Road, P.O. Box 30 Dresden, Maine 04342.

Online payment options and more information are at townofdresden.com

Normal hours are

Monday                    1 to 6 pm
Tuesday                 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday             9 am to 3 pm
Thursday                 1 to 8 pm
Friday                        9 am to 1pm

First Saturday of the month  from 9:00am to 12:00 noon

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, September 6th, at 7:00 pm. in Pownalborough Hall.  Our meetings are always open to the public.

 

Dresden Fire Department

 

Members will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  All maintenance, training and other info will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are a very welcome addition.  Contact the Chief at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief at 737-8771 or attend a meeting (which is always open to the public).  Applications can be obtained from them if you are interested in joining.

NOTE:  Thanks to people speaking out and our State legislators, we are now able to obtain open burning permits from the free website – http://www.wardensreport.com.  You can also access the link through our website at http://www.dresdenfireandrescue.org.  or our facebook page.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

Society members will meet on Monday, Sept. 11 at 6.30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, September 5 at 6.30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  All members are urged to attend as we will have the Dresden Coffee Shop project on the agenda.  If any resident has a project in mind or would like information on the process, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 737-9051 or leave a message at the Town Office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The club will have the annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 pm at the old Dresden Town House on Rte. 197 to prepare for the upcoming season.  New and renewal memberships will be available at this time.  We will try to plan for any trail maintenance that will need to be done, check out our equipment and whatever other preparations we may need to consider.

 

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

September 12, Tuesday:   Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

September 22, Friday:   Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual District 10 Meeting (members and invited guests), 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

September 26, Tuesday: Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – EA Degree, 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting

website: www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden        Facebook: @ Dresden103

 

 

Seen in Dresden, July, 2017

 

By Patrick Moore

 

If you have a boat or a beach chair August is the month to get on the water.  But if your summer plans include a row of beans you need to get the water to your garden.  I thought I had it covered with my 400 feet of garden hose.  I didn’t consider the time necessary to keep all the plants watered and happy. A fruit tree might need a bucket of water every other day.  It takes about 4 minutes to fill a bucket.  I planted 10 fruit trees.  Ok, without showing my work, that’s about 2.5 hours per week spent pouring water on trees. Then there are the raspberries and blackberries and the tomatoes and everything else.  This quickly adds up to a full time job, making a rainy day seem like a small vacation. Luckily we finally got some rain this month.

 

The squash plants were going great, they were on a path to climb and topple great oak trees near the garden. Then  some of their leaves started to droop. The cure wasn’t more water, as I first thought, but an Internet search.  Squash bugs were the problem, creepy little grey things malingering on my precious squash leaves.  And if you turn the leaves over you might find the greasy golden eggs they come from. All sources said that at this point there is nothing you can do. The next day the woodchucks indicated that they were willing to take the tainted squash off my hands.

 

Meanwhile a happier insect story unfolds in the bee balm thicket. Hundreds of bees, honey bees, bumble bees, mason bees, leaf-cutter bees, super-intelligent little bees, etc. were swapping pollen, sipping nectar and generally making the world a better place. Joining them were hummingbird clearwing moths, day flying moths that look and act like small hummingbirds.  I think sometimes even the real hummingbirds can’t tell who is who when they chase after the moths.

 

If you spend enough time in the garden (maybe watering plants, for instance) you notice that sometimes there are no birds around then gradually a grouping of about a dozen different birds makes its way through the trees.  They do this because they are obsessed with each other.  Yes, birds are birdwatchers too!  Our chickadees wait all winter just to see the handsome rose breasted grosbeak prance around in the summer orchard. The red breasted nuthatch was asking about some mysterious, mostly dark colored, warbler-ish bird when his attention shifted to the chestnut sided warbler. Goldfinches compare each other’s ZZ Top beards made of thistle down.  The catbird frequents the catwalk at this fashion show and for the first time (for me) the ultra-chic great crested flycatcher took a turn and flashed her rufous colored primaries. She didn’t think I noticed but I saw her check out the house wren.

 

The numbers of monarch butterflies are dwindling as they try to cope with pesticides and habitat loss. However, this summer has been a good one for spotting monarchs in Dresden and elsewhere.  It was a special treat to see a monarch alight on my echinacea flowers. I decided to put down the garden hose, pull up a beach chair and enjoy the show.

 

 

September 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

 

 

Saturday, 2 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 4 September

Town Office closed for the holiday

 

Tuesday, 5 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 6 September

7:00 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 7 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 9 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 11 September

6:30 pm   Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 12 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm Adult Book Group is meeting, Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 meal, 7:30 pm meeting   Dresden Masonic Lodge

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

 

Wednesday, 13 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 14 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 16 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

Monday, 18 September

6:00 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 19 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 20 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 21 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Friday, 22 September

6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual                                                         District 10 Meeting (members and invited guests)

 

Saturday, 23 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 26 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special                                                         Meeting – EA Degree,

 

Wednesday, 27 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 29 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 30 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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