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.


The Brenda Deschaine Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Brenda Descahine long time Dresden Resident and an avid lover of sports, especially sports for children. The scholarship was established as an award to a graduating student who has been a resident of Dresden for at least two years. The student must be pursuing post secondary education, have been shown to be a hard worker, and exhibited excellence in sports. High School academic record is not the primary criteria in qualifying for this scholarship. High School Seniors interested in applying should stop by the library to pick up an application. Applications are due by May 15.


Celebrate National Library Week…and April vacation…with a special page to screen movie event!

Featured movie: Ramona and Beezus (2010, rated G, 103 min.)

Time and date: Saturday April 13th at 10:00am.

Snacks will be served!

FMI call 737-8810.  The library is located at 44 Middle Road in Dresden.

Book, Plant and Bake Sale: We need you! The library will be holding its annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday May 25th from 9:00am-1:00pm.  This is our primary fundraising event and we need all hands on deck to make it a success!  The first planning meeting will be Tuesday April 23rd at 6:00pm and we encourage you to attend if possible, so we can get organized and the wheels turning smoothly.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but would still like to help out, please consider donating plants, books or baked goods.  We will also be looking for helpers the day of the sale to man the book, plant, raffle and baked stations.  For more information please call the library at 737-8810.

Adult Book Group: The April discussion book will be Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. The next meeting will be Thursday April 11th at 7:00pm at the library. All are welcome!

Download Library changes:  For those of you using the Download Library at Maine State Library’s website to download ebooks and audiobooks, you will see a different look when you check out your next item! The new system streamlines the process to make borrowing books faster and hopefully, easier!  For more information on how the new system works go to  www. maine.gov/msl , click on Download Library and select Coming Soon: The Next Generation Experience when the Download Library opens!

New Youth Series:  Love The 39 Clues?  Check out the new Infinity Ring series!  History, time travel and secret societies all come together in this exciting new adventure series that follows best friends Dak and Sera on their quest to get history back on track!


We had to cancel school due to snow the day before the equinox, but now that it’s officially spring, here are some of the seasonal activities that we’re doing at Dresden Elementary.

PreK and K registration: A hallmark of spring is the upcoming registration for our preK and kindergarten classes for the 2013-2014 school year.  PreK registration is May 23 and 24; please call school at 737-2559 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for an appointment. Children who will be 4 on or before October 15 are eligible for this morning program.  Kindergarten registration is from April 1-5. Please come to school on any of those days between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. with your child’s immunization record and birth certificate. Children who will be 5 on or before October 15 are eligible for kindergarten. Call 737-2559 with any questions you may have.

After school programs: With the support of our PTF and community friends, several after school programs will be available to students this spring.  Students will have the opportunity to build and run remote control vehicles during one of the after school sessions presented by John Ottum,  parents are also planning programs that feature kite flying, ultimate frisbee, and t-ball. The Dresden art teacher will be teaching a Clay Works program as well. We’ll send informational flyers home to families as soon as the details are worked out. Many thanks to both the PTF and the talented Dresden teachers and residents who provide these creative and fun activities for our students.

Kenyon Fund contribution: At the next Dresden PTF meeting on April 11, at 6 p.m., Kenyon Fund trustee Mary Walsh will again join us to review ideas for the Fund’s contribution. For the last few weeks, we have been gathering suggestions from students, staff, families, and members of the community on how to best use the planned donation from the Fund.  Ideas include upgrading the art room and library, extending the gardens, adding an outdoor shelter, and getting more equipment for indoor and outdoor activities. At the April meeting interested members will begin to winnow the suggestions into a plan.

Spring concert and art show: The Dresden spring concert will held Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. Plans for an art show in the early evening are underway for late May. And, stay tuned for information about the PTF’s annual Plant Sale, which features beautiful specimens from area gardens and greenhouses.


March has been gray and gloomy: lots of days just above freezing, with snow falling all day, but not amounting to anything, except more and deeper mud. A more serious snow welcomed the official arrival of spring.  Lots of white stuff, very little of what we all most crave: sunshine. We do, however, have longer hours of daylight, sufficient to lure the first green tips of tulips and daffodils out of the ground. Some neighbors in Dresden’s higher elevations (as opposed to those of us down in the river valleys) report snowdrops in full bloom (if under the snow), and even, in well-protected spots, a couple of crocus and primroses.

At least the ice is essentially gone from the rivers. On the 25th we still have a few big chunks going up and down with the tides, but the water is open, the common mergansers back: close to 50 were already in a small patch of open water under the middle bridge on the Eastern on March 7, just waiting for room to spread out, and the eagles are definitely flying.  During low tides I’ve watched at least 7-8 of them line up in a close row on the mud by water’s edge. They seem to be one to three year-old juveniles, some with nearly full adult feathers, not yet mating, but definitely full of energy and aggression: lots of wing flapping, jousting for position, squawking and rearranging of perches. Occasionally one takes off and circles the river, around and around, until a fish passes close enough to the surface and the bird swoops down, barely splashing the water while grabbing a small fish in its talons, and heads off to a nearby tree to feed. At this time of year, almost every time I look up, at least one of these magnificent big birds with the funny little voice is flying up, down or around the river. What a privilege!

There have been reports of another bird with a funny call that also signals the advent of spring: the woodcock. On the 7th one was heard in south Dresden, on the 21st up on the north end, and on the 24th two pairs: two birds on the ground calling and two in the air doing their twittery thing. Their “peent” call (search “woodcock” at <allaboutbirds.org> to hear a recording) is unmistakable. Woodcocks eat primarily earthworms, so neighbors have worried about their current dietary success. It seems they also eat other invertebrates, including insects, so should be doing OK as they wait for the ground to thaw enough for the worms to come out. Robins, also waiting for the worms, have been around all winter, but their behavior is beginning to change. A large flock of ca. 25 stopped up on Weymouth Drive for supper on sumac around mid-month, when they also worked on any remaining rotten apples on and under trees. Now they are showing up in smaller numbers, hopping around cheerfully, finding something in the leaf litter and even singing a shortened version of their lovely song.  On the 24th, I looked up to see a single robin preening in the early morning sun…sitting right next to a newly arrived red-winged blackbird, doing the same. He soon flew off and may have been the same one heard a little later up on Alexander Road. So the spring bird arrivals have begun. Let’s hope they soon bring some warmer, sunnier weather with them!


The monthly business meeting will be on Wednesday, April 03 at 7:00 p.m. Pownalborough Hall


Weekly meetings/truck and station maintenance is every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.  Any training will be posted on the first Wednesday of each month.  New members are always welcome. 


Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, April 02 at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall


The Comprehensive Plan Workshop will be on Tuesday, April, 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.  Residents are welcome to attend and give your comments or other input.


Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, April 09 – 6:30 p.m. – Pownalborough Hall.  All trail maintenance and grooming paperwork needs to be turned in at this time to be submitted to the State. 


The hours of operation for the Recycling Center and Transfer Station will remain constant all year. They are as follows:

Thursday      1 pm > 4 pm

Saturday       9 am > 4 pm

Sunday         9 am > 1 pm

There will be an E-Waste collection, at the Recycling Center, on Saturday April 13th from 9am to 4pm. This is a one day event, with another held in October, and a flyer will be sent to all households outlining the details.

A Household Hazardous Waste event will be held in Bath again this year and will be on Saturday May 4th. There will be a separate flyer sent to all households outling the details of this event also.


Even though there may be snow still on the ground in places, Swap Shop volunteers will begin putting out Spring clothing this month. Please go through your children’s outgrown clothing and bring in anything that is in very good condition. We will be pleased to get any clothing suitable for this time of year, but we especially need children’s and baby clothes. We are also quite low on dishware and flatware.

Because demand has been high and supplies low, Swap Shop customers are limited to Dresden and Richmond residents only. And, we ask that you take only what your immediate family will use.


The monthly business meeting will be on Monday April 15th. at 7:00 p.m. at the Yellow Schoolhouse on River Rd. (Rt. 128)

SPECIAL EVENT:  The Dresden Historical Society will be presenting the movieGETTYSBURG” in honor of the 150th anniversary.  As it is a 4 hour movie, it will be presented in two sessions.  The first showing will be on Sunday, April 07th at 2:00 p.m. at Bridge Academy Library.  The second showing will be on Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. also at Bridge Academy Library.  As many of our ancestors served in the Civil War and other aspects, this is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to witness an important part of history.


Selectmen Meetings will be held April 8th and the 22th at Pownalborough Hall at 6p.m. and the Workshops will be held on April 1st  and 29th at the Town Office at 6p.m.

The Town Office will be closed on April 15th for Patriots Day.

Nomination Papers for Town Officials are available for the following offices.  The papers must be returned to the Town Clerk with at least 25, and no more than 100 signatures by 6 p.m. April 29th.  The offices are for Second Selectman, Assessor, and Overseer of the Poor, three(3) year term; Budget Review Committee Member (three (3) year term; RSU School Director, three(3) year term and Treasurer, Town Clerk, Property Tax Collector and Excise (all one (1) year terms).

Tax bills are due April 1st.

Town Elections are Tuesday, June 11th at Pownalborourgh Hall and the Town Meeting is June 15th at 9am also at Pownalborough Hall.  See you all there !!


Tuesday, 2 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 3 April

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7PM, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 4 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 6 April

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Sunday, 7 April

Gettysburg Movie Event, 2PM , Bridge Academy Library

Monday, 8 April

Selectmen Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 9 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

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

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


 Wednesday, 10 April

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 11 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Adult Book Group, 7PM, Bridge Academy Library

PTF Meeting, 6PM, Elementary School

Saturday, 13 April

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Movie Event, 10AM, Bridge Academy Library

E-Waste Collection, 9AM – 4PM, Recycling Center

Gettysburg Movie Event, 2PM, Bridge Academy Library

Monday, 15 April


Historical Society Meeting, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse

Town Office CLOSED

Tuesday, 16 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30PM , Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 17 April

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 18 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 20 April

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 22 April

Selectmen Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 23 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Book, Plant, Bake Sale Planning Meeting, 6PM , Bridge Academy Library

Wednesday, 24 April

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 25 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 27 April

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Tuesday, 30 April

Library, 2PM – 7PM


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