Monthly Archives: November 2012

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR- DECEMBER 2012

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 bdjjmj@yahoo.com or call  737-2440. The Deadline for submitting articles is the 25th of each month. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines.

 COMMUNICATOR REMINDER:

Beginning Next month the Dresden Communicator will be moving to an Internet ONLY publication.

Each Month by the 1st the Communicator will be posted to its new Location at the following address: https://bridgeacademydresden.wordpress.com/  You may subscribe to have the Communicator delivered to your e-mail each month by visiting the site and entering your e-mail address in the box on the right side of the screen labeled “Follow Blog via E-mail”.   Two posts will be made each month. One will contain just the Calendar of Events for those interested in only printing that portion. The other will contain the Full version of the Communicator including the Calendar.

The Communicator will also be accessible via Bridge Academy’s new Facebook page where a link to the Communicator will be posted each month.  Library & Scholarship information, Academy events, and other information will also be available on the Academy Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BridgeAcademy/251944394837446

For those that desire to print a copy of the Communicator, from their home computer, this option will be available via a print button at the bottom of each edition. For those individuals without home computer access please remember public computers are available at the Bridge Academy, and our librarian will be available for assistance. We would also encourage neighbors/ friends/family to assist those that may need technical assistance or that you may be able to share a print at home copy with.  A single copy of the Communicator will be posted at the Library, the Town Office, and the Post Office each month.

If you have any technical or access questions you may contact Beth Jones at 737-2440 or bdjjmj@yahoo.com

MANY THANKS

The Bridge Academy Board of Trustees wishes to express its sincere thanks, and gratitude, to all individuals that have been involved in the creation of the print edition of the Dresden Communicator since its inception in 1985. Thousands of volunteer hours have been donated to this publication: from article creation, to compiling, design, printing, folding, transportation and mailing. Most prominent recognition is due to trustees, the late Doris Souviney and Inge Foster who committed countless hours to developing and producing the publication. Doris and Inge, for many years manually copied and hand folded each Communicator at the Bridge Academy, along with many other volunteers. Additional trustees who dedicated many hours include Eleanor Everson, Bob Haven, and John James. Additionally we extend our Thanks to Tim Nason for 23 years of design work, making the Communicator the beautiful publication it has been. The list of individuals who have given their time is certainly too long to print here, but you know who you are and we offer our thanks!  Our greatest appreciation must be extended to the memory and legacy of the Bridge family, without the Bridge Academy Trust, the production of The Dresden Communicator and the existence of Bridge Academy would have never been possible. Please join us online as we enter this new chapter in the life of the Dresden Communicator.

BRIDGE ACADEMY TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications and guidelines for scholarships from the Bridge Academy Trust, are now available at the Bridge Academy Library during normal operating hours. Applications are also available to be printed from this site under the heading “January  Scholarship Application”.  Applications must be returned to the Library or the return Address on the application, along with fall semester Grades, no later than January 15th. The Trustees will meet in late January to consider applications and scholarships will be awarded shortly thereafter. Questions should be directed to Beth Jones at 737-2440

BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

Reading for the Season: Take a break from shopping and decorating, kick back with warm cup of tea or cocoa, and pick up one these great books!

Adult Reads:

Knit the Season ( A Friday knight Knitting Club novel) by Kate Jacobs- A tender holiday story about the richness of family bonds, the magical power of memory, and the everlasting joys of friendship.

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson-  Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

A Gift to Last by Debbie Macomber-   Two heartwarming holiday stories by the bestselling author.

Lone Star Christmas by various authors- Four authors team up to write related stories about what happens when four meddlesome, retired Texas Rangers try their hand at Christmas matchmaking.

For the Younger Crowd:

Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury– Seven of the beloved author/illustrators best Christmas tales in one volume!

Peef the Christmas Bear by Tom Hegg- Santa’s greatest creation and helper  brings joy to one special child.

Dewey’s Christmas at the Library– Everyone’s favorite library cat”helps decorate” at his first library Christmas!

Adult Book Group update: The next meeting of the Bridge Academy Public Library Book Club will be Thursday December 13th at 7:00pm at the library.  The December book is We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Storm closings:  It’s that time of year again!  Storm-related library closures will be aired on News 8 WMTW and will also be posted on their website at www.wmtw.com/weather/closings.  When in doubt, check there first!  Closures for other purposes will be posted on the library door, in advance when possible.

Healthcare library resources on death and dying:  CHANS Home Health Care in Brunswick offers a wide array of library books and other materials to the public who are interested in, or affected by the dying process, death, grief, loss and bereavement.  For information on how to access this collection please contact Margaret Zillioux, Coordinator of Hospice Volunteer Services, at 721-1271 or email her at mzillioux@midcoasthealth.com.

 SEEN IN DRESDEN- NOVEMBER 2012

Since late October, we have seen the leaves drop, and raked them into piles; watched the last of the asters and other hardy blossoms succumb to hard frosts; survived a–thankfully for us–non-Frankenstorm and a seemingly endless election season; gotten all the houseplants and summer outdoor supplies tucked away; had a couple of inches of heavy, short-lived snow; said good-bye to late-lingering phoebes; and are now waking to a magical, frost-coated world, but trying to adjust to not-so-magical darkness at 4 pm.

Our usual winter birds are taking over their usual habitats. We’ve lots of woodpeckers, including the Red-bellied, who is the most frequent visitor to the suet, perhaps because he is new to the area and doesn’t know other food sources as well as the native Hairy and Downy do. The latter often show up in threes and seem to play their version of hide-and-seek, chasing each other around a tree trunk, although two parents may actually be trying to convince an immature that it is time to go find his own territory.

Chickadees are perhaps our most common local winter bird, although they usually move in mixed flocks with titmice, woodpeckers, nuthatches and others. Chickadees are great at storing up food during the fall for use in the coldest times, and can remember where each of hundreds of seeds has been hidden away. Research has shown that the memory-storing section of their brain actually increases in capacity in cold weather to help them remember their storage locations, shrinking back again in the warmer months when it isn’t needed. These cute little birds that weigh only as much as a couple of paper clips have other tricks for surviving our winters: when they get cold, they shiver their chest muscles to generate heat and fluff out their feathers to provide a full inch of thick downy coat that maintains their body core at over 100 degrees. They find cavities of various types to roost in at night, or nestle deep inside the branches of evergreens. At a glance, it is easy to confuse a chickadee with a White-breasted nuthatch, as their coloring and size are similar, but the nuthatch has a thinner, pointy profile, with a long slender slightly up-curving bill (vs the chickadee’s very short one), a short tail, and white face and underside, missing the chickadee’s black bib. Nuthatches are noisy, making an almost electronic-sounding beep, and love to go down the trunk of a tree head first, looking for food. Their name comes from their fondness for large, meaty nuts and seeds, which they often stick in a crevice of bark and then whack at with their bills to “hatch” the nut from it’s hull.

I’ve not seen or heard of a sighting of Evening Grosbeaks around here yet, but this is supposed to be a big year for them, so keep your eyes out for these beautiful large yellow and black birds.

HOLIDAY CONCERT

The Annual Dresden Holiday Concert will be on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 PM at St. Johns Church / Meetinghouse.   Again this year the concert features the Downeast Brass Quintet.  This group of local musicians are talented and fun.  If you haven’t made it to one of their concerts, this is your chance.  The concert is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Pot luck reception at the Walshes immediately following the concert.

GOLDEN OLDIES SENIOR CENTER

“YES, Virginia, There is a Santa”: This year the Golden Oldies Seniors will be sponsoring a “Letters to Santa” campaign.  We will be collecting letters AND answering them. The Santa Mailboxes will be at the Town of Richmond Office, Umberhind Library, Richmond Post Office and Senior Center, 314 Front St, Richmond.  Our Deadline is December 14th.  Parents please encourage your child to put their return address on their letters.  We would also like more information about your child, so parents please call us at 737-2161 if you would like a more personalized letter sent to your child.

Craft Fair: December 1st 10-2.  Our Seniors are gathering for a Craft Fair & More Sale.  Local talented craftsmen, quilters, baked goods, wreaths, Seafood Chowder Lunch and of course a “White Elephant Table”.  For more information call 207-737-2161

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association will again be doing the Christmas tree fundraiser at Pownalborough Station on Rt. 197 on the weekends from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. until we either sell what we have or Christmas gets here first.  All trees will cost $25.00 (the same price as last year) and range in size from 5 to 9 ft.  If you have any questions or need to make other arrangements to get a tree, please call either the Association President (Gorham ‘Pean’ Lilly) at 737-2566 or the Fire Chief (Gerald Lilly) at 737-4147.  We appreciate the support that we’ve been given each year we have this fundraiser.  Please use caution with your trees.  Make sure your lights are safe and the tree has plenty of water.    Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 05 at Pownalborough Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. for the monthly business meeting.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station at 6:30 p.m.  for regular truck and station maintenance as well as any scheduled training which will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.

 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Pownalborough Hall at 6:30 p.m.  Any resident is more than welcome to attend the workshops as this Plan is being developed to help our entire community.  Your input, questions and/or comments are always important to help guide the group to make sure this will be a Plan that will be acceptable by our townspeople.  Even if you can only spare a little time, come to a workshop and see what is being discussed.  You may be able to add some valuable input.

 PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month which will be on Dec. 04 at Pownalborough Hall at 6:30 p.m.  These meetings are always open to the public.  If you have any questions or need to get info on a project, please call the Board Chairperson, Jeff Pierce, at 737-9051.

SNO-VALLEY RIDERS

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Pownalborough Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Trail work has begun, memberships are coming in, club sleds are being readied for what we hope will be a significant snowfall this season.  If you wish to join the club or would like information on the cost, please contact Shari Lilly at 737-2566 or you can come to a meeting.  We would really like to see more snowmobile owners become club members.  The members that we do have always work very hard to make sure our trail system is in the best possible condition for local enjoyment.  Why not at least join the club to show your support of what they do.   Have a great holiday and a safe winter.

RECYCLE

The amount of E-waste collected in October was 3.1 tons and added to last Aprils amount totals 7.5 tons for the year. This shows that Dresden folks care about the environment by taking responsibility in recycling this waste and keeping it out of the woods, roadsides, and landfills.

Please keep in mind that we also take fluorescent bulbs of all kinds as well as rechargeable batteries, cell phones, and printer cartridges.

A full list of material can be found at Dresden’s website: TOWNOFDRESDEN.COM.

TOWN OFFICE

TOWN OFFICE HOURS: Monday 1pm-6pm, Tuesday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-3pm, Thursday1pm-8pm, Friday 9am-1pm, 1st Saturday of the month 9am-Noon

 The Selectmen Meetings will be held on Mon. Dec. 3rd & 17th at the Pownalborough Hall and Thurs, the 27th(this one will be held at the Town Office for the purpose of signing the warrant only). The only Workshop this month will be held at the Office on Mon., Dec . 10th. The Office will close at 4pm on Dec. 24th  and will be closed on Christmas Day.

2013 Dog licenses are now available.  The fee is $6.00 if spayed/neutered or $11.00 if not.  Don’t forget that the 2012 licenses expire December 31st, so avoid those pesky late fees and get your furry friend his license for Christmas.

Snowmobile registrations are available and are $42.00 for a first time registration, and $41.00 for renewals.

2013 Hunting licenses are now available.  These make great stocking stuffers !!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 Saturday, 1 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 3 December

Selectmens Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 4 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalbrough Hall

Wednesday, 5 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7PM, Pownlaborough Hall

Thursday, 6 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 8 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Sunday, 9 December

Holiday Concert, 3PM, St. Johns Church

Tuesday, 11 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30PM, Pownalbrough Hall

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual Meeting, 6:30PM meal

7:30PM meeting. www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 12 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 13 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Book Group, 7PM, BA Library

Saturday, 15 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 17 December

Selectmens Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 18 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30 PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 19 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 20 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 22 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Tuesday, 25 December

CHRISTMAS

Library & Town Office CLOSED

Wednesday, 26 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 27 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 29 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

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Dresden Communicator Calendar December 2012

Saturday, 1 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 3 December

Selectmens Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 4 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalbrough Hall

Wednesday, 5 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7PM, Pownlaborough Hall

Thursday, 6 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 8 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Sunday, 9 December

Holiday Concert, 3PM, St. Johns Church

Tuesday, 11 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30PM, Pownalbrough Hall

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual Meeting, 6:30PM meal

7:30PM meeting. www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 12 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 13 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Book Group, 7PM, BA Library

Saturday, 15 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 17 December

Selectmens Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 18 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30 PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 19 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 20 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 22 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Tuesday, 25 December

CHRISTMAS

Library & Town Office CLOSED

Wednesday, 26 December

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 27 December

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 29 December

Library, 9AM – 1PM

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