Monthly Archives: February 2013

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR MARCH 2013

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.

BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

Short-term volunteering:  Want to volunteer at the library but can’t commit on a regular basis?  Consider helping us out with our annual fundraiser!  The library will be hosting a book, plant and bake sale and raffle Memorial Day weekend and we’ll be looking for people to donate items to all of these areas as well as manning the various stations the day of the sale and helping with setup and take-down.  For more information about how you can help stop in during our open hours or call the library at 737-8810.

Adult Book Group :  The March discussion book will be We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich.  The next meeting will be Thursday March 14th at 7:00pm at the library. If you are new in town or just ready to connect with your neighbors, the book group is a great place to start!

Income Tax Forms:  The library does not carry hard copies of income tax forms as they are no longer direct mailed to us, but you may access them online on our public computers or your own pc at the following websites:

Federal forms:  www.irs.gov

State forms: http://www.maine.gov/portal/family/tax_finance.html

Music collection:  The new music CD collection is currently located on the roll-top desk in the main room (adults) and the top of the book and tape kits in the children’s room (kids).  Come see what we have and donate your own retired CDs too so we can keep growing!

Blu-ray movie: We’ve recently added a small blu-ray collection to our movie selection for both children and adults.  Please remember that you have to have a blu-ray player; these will not play in a regular DVD player.  Check your laptop as it may play blu-rays!

Book/Movie Highlight:  The library now has the hit documentary DVD and companion book for Forks over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health.  Come find out why two pioneering scientist think some simple dietary changes could prevent and even reverse some major illnesses!

New Audiobooks:

Youth

Odd and the Frost Giants-Neil Gaiman(Norse mythology and a young boy’s adventure!)

Adults

The Vow-Kim & Krickett Carpenter (true story that inspired the hit movie!)

Dewey’s Nine Lives- Vicki Myron and Bret Witter (further adventures of the true-life library cat!)

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend- Susan Orlean- (the title speaks for itself!)

DRESDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

100 Days and counting: Some of the big events that we celebrate in our elementary school are not necessarily found on any traditional list of major holidays. One Hundred Days is one of these. Young students look forward to marking the 100th day they’ve been in school, which usually falls on either side of Valentine’s Day, another major occasion for the primary set.

This year we hit the big 1-0-0- in early February. Kindergarten through second grade students assembled in the multipurpose room to make cereal necklaces in groups of ten; stack 100 paper cups in small groups, create paper hats with designs, and more.

Valentine’s Day is another milestone. Traditions haven’t changed much, with students decorating paper bags or small boxes to collect the variations on Be Mine that have evolved over the years. We still have cupcakes with pink icing, red lollipops, and kids who go home with bags of valentines and bright eyes.

Artist-in-residence:Thanks to the Kenyon Fund, we recently hosted a two-day artist-in-residence at school. Annegret Baier, who has studied the songs, dances, and drumming rhythms of West Africa, worked along with music teacher Amy Stewart to give each classroom time to sing and drum. And because of Ms. Stewart’s connections, our music program now has nearly 20 drums for students to learn on.

Winterfest: The Dresden PTF invites you to Winterfest on Saturday, March 2 from 1-3 p.m. on the school grounds. Sledding, igloo building, and snowshoeing on the trail are some of the featured activities. Cocoa and snacks will be available.

Basketball clinic: A former Dresden student, who says she learned to dribble and shoot in the elementary gym, is back coaching fourth and fifth graders in a weekly basketball clinic. Coach Brownie says this is her way of giving back to the school and fulfilling the requirements of the Capstone project for her senior year of high school. The clinic runs through March.

SEEN IN DRESDEN FEBRUARY 2013

February was, as one pundit put it, an “active weather month.” We had serious snowstorms three weekends in a row, with yet another due in before the month ends. Good for the snowplow drivers, hard on shoveler’s backs. The mean winds that came with Nemo, the first blizzard, on the 9th, left bare ground in places, piled the snow into tall sculpted drifts in others, so that it’s hard to say exactly how much snow we got. A lot. Probably over two feet. The next weekend, ferocious winds again howled and again snow fell all day long, though when it finally cleared it was hard to see where the new snow had fallen: it filled in some footprints, maybe added to some drifts, but didn’t seem to amount to what it should have for all the flakes that fell (not a complaint, mind you). Little kids loved having so much snow they could tunnel under it and dig out caves; parents and grandparents were content to watch and record. Before and after those storms, temperatures went up above freezing during the day, reduced the snow piles considerably and turned bare spots to sloppy mud, which froze into rough ridges next night. The winds and cold during the storms made it not much fun to be outside. It was even scary inside at times. But the third storm, Feb.24th, came without wind, very still and quiet, perfect for walking and listening to the soft sound of flakes falling.

In the mixed woods between the Kennebec and the Eastern Rivers—a perfect setting for owls—a big Barred owl roosted during the day in clear sight of humans, probably keeping an eye out for any movement that might signal a meal.

 In my neighborhood, a Cooper’s hawk made three or four visits to the bird feeder area, causing all the woodpeckers to freeze in place, so their movement wouldn’t turn them into hawk supper, and sending little chickadees and finches into the shrubs where the hawk couldn’t reach them. A neighbor, whose feeder is out in the open with no good hiding places handy, saw the hawk take a Mourning dove right off the ground. These hawks generally pluck their prey (mostly other birds) before eating, dropping little piles of feathers (which I used to blame on my cat).  Other birds seem to be managing to cope with the weather, at least with the help of feeders and suet: a flock of a dozen or so redpolls has made regular visits to a feeder on Call’s Hill, a flock of robins stopped by the bare patch under an old apple tree near the Eastern River, a Pileated woodpecker knocked the snow off a favorite dead tree, and the usual chickadees, titmice, jays, nuthatches and the like, reappeared at feeders and cheered their human watchers as soon as the winds stopped.  A friend living in the suburbs of Boston reports that their “regulars”–jays, woodpeckers, wrens, and finches—have completely disappeared this year, thanks to West Nile virus, Irene and Sandy. Makes me feel even luckier to be here, and to still have “my” birds around.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Department has Weekly training / truck & station maintenance every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Meeting will be Tuesday March 19 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall Elements to be discussed will be the revised drafts for housing,  shared services as well as the transportation element.  Anyone interested in attending these workshops is more than welcome.  We would also like your input on any of the issues being discussed.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society meeting will be on Sunday, March 17 at Bridge Academy starting at 2:00 p.m.  Topics being discussed include the Harvest Supper, repairs to Pownalborough Courthouse and cleanup of the ‘Old Cemeteries’ as well as any other issues that will need to be addressed in the upcoming months.  Anyone who is interested in the History of Dresden; its people, buildings, and its place in history, please consider becoming a member.  Contact Eleanor Everson,  John Ottum or Julie Rea for more information.

RECYCLE/SWAP SHOP

The Swap Shop has been VERY successful in serving the public with needed clothing, books, games etc. for many years, but with the economy the way it is, we feel that some folks are taking more items then are needed for themselves.

Therefore we are requesting that patrons be residents of either Dresden or Richmond, and the Swap Shop will be CLOSED when there is no Swap Shop volunteer present.

This will be overseen by the Recycling attendants and the hours of operation at the Recycling Center will not be changed. Items for the Swap Shop may still be dropped off during the normal hours of operation of the Recycling Center.

The Recycling Center and Transfer Station will be going to our Summer hours on Saturday March 2nd.

Thursday = 1 – 5

Saturday  = 9 – 5

Sunday    = 9 – 1

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held March 11th and the 25th at Pownalborough Hall at 6p.m. and the Workshops will be held on March 4th and 18th at the Town Office at 6p.m.

Nomination Papers for Town Officials become available on March 18th.  They need to be returned by 6 p.m. April 29th with Elections being held June 11th.  The offices are for Second Selectman, Budget Review Committee and School Committee (all 3 year terms) and Treasurer, Town Clerk, Property Tax Collector and Excise (all 1 year terms).

Please remember that it is unlawful to plow snow across the road and not clean it up.  If someone hits the snow that is left in the road and has an accident you can be held responsible for damages or injuries. There have been several complaints of this happening this winter. If you have a problem with this you need to contact Lincoln County Sheriff’s office at 882-7332.

Tax bills are in the mail for the second half of your 2012-13 taxes and are due April 1st

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- MARCH 2013

Saturday, 2 March

Library, 9AM–1PM

Winterfest, 1PM-3PM, Dresden Elementary School

Tuesday, 5 March

Library, 2PM–7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 6 March

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7PM, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 7 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Saturday, 9 March

Library, 9AM-1PM

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Installation of Officers, 12:00pm www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Monday, 11 March

Selectmens Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 12 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Sno Valley Riders, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

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

www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 13 March

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 14 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Book Group, 7PM, BA Library

Saturday, 16 March

Library, 9AM-1PM

Sunday, 17 March

Historical Society, 2PM, Bridge Academy

Tuesday, 19 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 20 March

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 21 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Saturday, 23 March

Library, 9AM-1PM

Monday, 25 March

Selectmen’s Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 26 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Wednesday, 27 March

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 28 March

Library, 2PM-7PM

Saturday, 30 March

Library, 9AM-1PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR FEBRUARY 2013

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.

BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

E-READING IS HERE!: Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Health Information Partnership(CHIP) program, Bridge Academy Public Library has been able to purchase a Kindle Fire Ereader that is available now for patron checkout.  Since the purpose of the program is promote health and wellness, the Kindle has been pre-loaded with many health-related titles, but it also includes some modern fiction and literary classics with more titles to come in the future.  Adult borrowers will be required to sign an annually renewed borrowing agreement prior to circulation and they assume liability for damages incurred by minor or adult usage.  For more information about this new offering, please stop by the library during hours of operation or call 737-8810.

CABIN FEVER VACATION FUN! The winters are long and the kids are home for February vacation….maybe it’s time for a change of scene?  Join us at the library for snacks and a movie!  This month we’ll be watching Brave (rated PG), the story of a Scottish princess who defies custom and relies on her courage and archery skills to undo a beastly curse!

  • SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23     10:00-11:30AM
  • 44 MIDDLE ROAD IN DRESDEN  FMI CALL 737-8810

Adult Book Group :  The book group book did not meet in January, so the February discussion book will still be Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.  The next meeting will be Thursday February 14th at 7:00pm at the library.

CMBG pass program: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay has decided to discontinue the free library pass program as it exists.  Instead of allowing libraries to distribute free admission passes to patrons, the Gardens will be hosting Maine Days, which will be held Memorial Day weekend (Sat-Mon).  All Maine residents with a Maine State ID or driver’s license and the children accompanying them will be admitted to the gardens at no charge. Also please note that on the first Wednesday of each month, admission is free for all year-round residents of Lincoln County, Maine.

Maine Public Library Fund Income Tax Check-off: You can support your library and other Maine libraries by using Schedule CP in your Maine Income Tax Form (Form 1040ME).  Under #8 Maine Public Library Fund in Section A you can choose the amount you’d like to donate.  These fund will help expand interlibrary loan support, create programs that benefit patrons and library staff and much more, so please consider doing what you can!  For more information, please go to www.maine.gov/msl/tax/index.shtml or call the Maine State Library at 287-5624.

DRESDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Kenyon Fund, a long-time friend of Dresden Elementary, has supported the school arts program for more than 30 years. Thanks to them, students, staff, and families have benefited from artists-in-residence, arts assemblies, hands-on crafts, sound equipment, and musical instruments.

And just recently, an amazing offer has come to us from the dedicated people behind the Fund. The Kenyon Fund is planning to make a generous, one-time donation to the school, “to expand the world of Dresden students and increase their interest in the arts, as well as their aspirations in life.”

A brief history of the Kenyon Fund from 2003 includes this background: The Fund was established in 1980 after the death of David Beale Kenyon …on January 8, 1980 at the age of 36 following an automobile accident.

He was First Selectman of Dresden, a law teacher at the University of Maine in Augusta, and a practicing lawyer in Richmond, Maine. The purpose of the Fund is to support the enrichment of art and music for the children in Dresden.  David was always concerned with education and the arts in Dresden for the benefit of its inhabitants. Five years after her husband’s death, Pamela Kenyon died of cancer. Until her death, she was the driving force behind the Fund. She began the fund and wrote the subsequent grants needed to begin the Artist-in-Residence program. After her death, John Bernotavicz continued the program with Mary Walsh who manages the program and was appointed Trustee along with Nathaniel Kenyon in 2002.

You can see from the above history how intertwined the Kenyon Fund has been with Dresden School during the last three decades of its support for art and music in our building.  And now comes the Fund’s recent offer of a lasting contribution to our school!

To put this generosity in motion, Mrs. Walsh recently met with the RSU 2 superintendent, principal, and staff to outline the gift’s parameters. It will be a tangible one, and not used to fund positions or field trips. Another critical component of the gift is that teachers, students, and families have the opportunity to give suggestions on what form the gift will take.  Teachers have had one brainstorming session, and will hold class meetings  over the next few weeks to gather input from students. At the upcoming meeting of the Dresden PTF, parents as well will have a chance to discuss the Fund’s generous donation. The PTF meeting is Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m.  After the PTF discussion, we will send a survey home with students to gather feedback from all families. As this one-of-a-kind opportunity unfolds, and we mull over what this gift will ultimately look like, we welcome suggestions from the community on your thoughts for this special donation.

SEEN IN DRESDEN – JANUARY 2013

We’re already through the first month of the New Year, and it’s been a month of extremes. We’ve had several extended stretches with nights well below zero and days not much above, accompanied by mean winds. In between the cold spells, we enjoyed a few days of record highs: Wiscasset friends claim it hit 60 degrees around mid-month, though by my records, Dresden barely hit 50—still pretty warm for January. It even smelled like spring. Briefly. The rivers are frozen, ice fishing is going strong, and at low tide we’re treated to wonderful concerts as the ice collapses and booms, cracks, crunches, grumbles, splooshes and groans (though one of those cracks proved to be sound from a minor earthquake!). A small patch of open water by the upper bridge on the Eastern River provided just enough room for a small flock of Common Mergansers to keep their fishing going on even the coldest days.

Along the Kennebec, a large flock of winter robins has been visiting regularly; inland, off Alexander Road, a big flock of Bohemian Waxwings perched briefly in an old apple tree to feast on the thawed fruit. Bohemians are slightly larger than Cedar Waxwings, but are best distinguished by reddish feathers under the tail, and yellow and white wing stripes on a closed wing. They are irregular visitors here (“Bohemian” refers to their nomadic or gypsy-like wanderings, following available fruit and insects), often perched in such numbers and so closely in an apple tree that they look like they’re stacked on top of one another. As soon as they’ve cleaned out the available fruits, they move on.

Our woodpeckers are starting to establish their territories about now and if you watch carefully you should see some interesting behaviors among birds of the same sex. In addition to the usual Hairy and little Downy Woodpeckers, neighbors have reported seeing several Pileateds, a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and even a flicker, who must have blown north with one of the warmer winds. The Red-bellied Woodpecker actually does have a pinkish belly, but one only sees it if the bird lands at just the right angle to you. Usually the cream-colored belly feathers cover the pink ones. Both sexes have lovely black and white barred backs and red heads, but the male’s red feathers run from the back of the neck, up over the top of the head and down to the bill, while the female’s red is only on the back of her neck and right in front of the bill—again, one needs just the right angle to tell the difference. In no time we’ll be hearing the woodpeckers drumming—though we still have plenty of winter ahead. Stay warm.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will hold a monthly business meeting at Bridge Academy on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday Feb. 06  7:30pm at  Pownalborough Hall.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station  at 6:30 p.m. for truck/station maintenance or training.  The monthly schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Anyone interested in joining, please come to a meeting or contact Chief Gerald Lilly or Assistant Chief Steve Lilly for applications or information.

As long as we have snow on the ground and no windy conditions, fire permits can be obtained each day after 9:00 a.m.  You can call first to be sure.

PLANNING BOARD

The Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 05 6:30 pm at Pownalborough Hall. Contact Chairperson, Jeff Pierce, if you need information on a project you are considering.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comp Plan workshop for December will be on February 19 at Pownalborough Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.  For information on what has been worked on and to look over drafts for consideration (the drafts are suggestions, not final), go to the town website at www.townofdresden.com for links to workshop notes and other related information.  Perhaps you will find an issue of interest that you would be willing to give input on.  Dresden residents are encouraged to be involved in this process as this Comp Plan will provide guidance in the future of our town.

SNO-VALLEY RIDERS

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Pownalborough Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.  New members are always a welcome addition.  For information on fees to either join the club only or for club & M.S.A. membership, please call Shari at 737-2566.

RECYCLE

To create better access for the trucks that pick up our recyclables, and to improve snow plowing capabilities, we have rearranged some of the bins outside of the Recycling building. We also think that this will be easier for the public go deposit their material. Our Recycling attendants will help with any questions there may be with your materials.

Please keep in mind that we collect and recycle most material including some uncommon items such as fluorescent bulbs of all shapes and sizes, cellphones, printer cartridges, and rechargeable batteries. For a complete list of material we collect please go to the Dresden’s website: WWW.TOWNOFDRESDEN.COM

SWAP SHOP

While we have recently received several bags of clothing in very good condition, the Swap Shop remains well below normal in donations.  As one of our volunteers said, “we need things in almost every category.”  Please think of the Swap Shop as you clean out unwanted or outgrown clothing and other items, and bring it all in to us.  If the blue bins could be full again, our volunteers would be very happy. As a reminder, our categories include—but are not limited to—clothing for adults, children and babies, books, puzzles, toys and stuffed animals, household items of all kinds, boots and shoes, handbags and backpacks, baskets, ice skates, and especially, ‘et cetera.’

We also want to remind everyone that each family should only take what it needs, so that everyone will have a chance to shop.  This is especially important while our current donations are lower than normal.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held Feb. 11th and the 25th at Pownalborough Hall at 6p.m. and a Workshop held on Feb. 4th at the Town Office at 6p.m.

The Town Office will be closed Monday, February 18th for President’s Day.

2012 Dog licenses expired December 31st, a LATE FEE of $25.00 per dog begins February 1. We must have a valid rabies certificate on file.  Fees are currently $11.00 per dog, or $6.00 if they are spayed/neutered.  If you are not sure if we have your current info, call or email Kim at kimrazz@roadrunner.com and we can check to see if we have your paperwork.

Boat registrations also expired December 31.  Snowmobile registrations are also available and are $42.00 for first time registration and $41.00 for renewals.

LOCAL TEEN SEEKS JOBS

Local teenager Meagan Cope is looking for handy jobs around the town to raise money to go to Greece this spring for a school trip. She’s very responsible; looking for babysitting jobs to house cleaning. Email her at mccope02@yahoo.com call 837-9462

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – FEBRUARY 2013

Saturday, 2 February

Library, 9AM-1PM

Monday, 4 February

Selectmen Workshop, 6PM, Town Office

Tuesday, 5 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 6 February

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 7 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

PTF Meeting, 6PM, Elementary School

Saturday, 9 February

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Sunday 10, February

Historical Society Meeting, 2PM, Bridge Academy

Monday, 11 February

Selectmen Meeting, 6PM, Pownalbrough Hall

Tuesday, 12 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

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

Wednesday, 13 February

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 14 February

VALENTINES DAY

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Book Group, 7PM, Library

Saturday, 16 February

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 18 February

PRESIDENTS DAY

Town Office- CLOSED

Tuesday, 19 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Comprehensive Plan Workshop, 6:30PM, Pownlaborough Hall

Wednesday, 20 February

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 21 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 23 February

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Library Movie Event, 10AM-11:30AM

Monday, 25 February

Selectmen Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 26 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Wednesday, 27 February

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 28 February

Library, 2PM – 7PM

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