Monthly Archives: April 2013

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR MAY 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  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 TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications and guidelines for scholarships from the Bridge Academy Trust are now available at the Bridge Academy Library or may be printed from http://www.bridegacademydresden.wordpress.com. Applications must be returned to the Library or the return address on the application, along with spring semester grades, no later than July 1st. The Trustees will meet in July to consider applications and scholarships will be awarded shortly thereafter. Questions should be directed to Beth Jones at 737-2440

DESCHAINE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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.

BRIDGE ACADEMY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Come to our annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale!

Saturday May 25th 

9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Rain or Shine 

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event! 

Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)

Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super prices!

Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!

Take a chance of some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!

Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants,  books in sellable condition and baked goods.  Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or donate plants.  Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale.  Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday May 23rd or by 9:00a.m. The morning of the sale.  Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.

LIBRARY

Library website issues:  If you have visited the library website, www.bapl.us,  you may have noticed that our postings are behind the times!  Please be patient as we work on resolving these issues.  Notification will be posted here when the website information is updated and in the meantime please watch the Communicator or call the library at 737-8810 for information about our current events!

Patron reminder: Please remember to inform the library when you change your address and/or phone number!  Current contact information makes it much easier for the librarian to reach you in a timely manner.

Adult Book Group:  The May discussion book will be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The next meeting will be Thursday May 9th at 7:00pm at the library. All are welcome!

New Kindle titles: Don’t forget the library now offers a Kindle Fire ereader that is available for a two week checkout period!  In addition to the many health and wellness titles it hosts, we have recently added the following titles with more to come.  For a complete Kindle book list stop in at the library.

Adult Fiction:

Candle in the Darkness(Christian historical fiction)- Lynn Austin

Sealed with a Kiss(Chick Lit)-Rachael Lucas

Murder Murder Deja Vu(thriller)- Polly Iyer

Somewhere in Time(time travel romance)

Merlin’s Mirror(science fiction)-Andre Norton

Literary Classics:

The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths(Norse mythology)-Padraic Colum

King Henry IV-William Shakespeare

Ulysses and other Works- James Joyce

Moby Dick-Herman Melville

Youth Fiction:

The Thirteenth Unicorn(fantasy)- W.D. Newman

The Princess of Egypt Must Die(historical romance)- Stephanie Dray

Starlight Animal Rescue: Runaway(animal adventure)-Dandi Daley Mackall

Lily Lemon Blossom: Welcome to Lily’s Room (young girl’s beginner reader)

DRESDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Our choral and band concert will be Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Led by music teacher Amy Stewart, the concert will feature singers from all classrooms, preK-5, as well as the fifth grade band. This year we are also welcoming Bill Matthews, School Board member and Bates College music professor, who is composing a piece for the band. Bill has met with the Dresden instrumentalists and sat in on some rehearsals with the students, who are looking forward to this world premiere.

If you’re looking for books for young readers, please visit the Scholastic Book Fair, which will be set up at school from May 10-16, the week of the concert.

Come celebrate children’s imaginations with us as we present our annual Art Show  on Tuesday, May 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. Teacher Kari McCarthy and students have been creating paper sculptures, clay items, paintings, and other works of art which will be on exhibit throughout the school.

Ready to garden and put new perennials, vegetables, and shrubs in your yard? The popular Dresden Plant Sale will take place during the art show on May 28 and includes a wide variety of healthy plantings to help welcome spring; the sale takes place right in front of the school. Funds go to our PTF, which supports many activities for students.

This month parent volunteers are offering a new round of after school activities for Dresden students. Emily Kallin is teaching Ultimate Frisbee to second through fifth graders, who will learn throwing, catching, and cutting. Parent and grandparent Emily Clark and Randy Clark will teach the basics of softball and baseball to our younger students.  Throughout May and June the Dresden School fields will be full of high energy, flying frisbees, and young sports enthusiasts learning how to keep fit while having fun.

SEEN IN DRESDEN APRIL 2013

Though we’re still longing, as we head into the last week of April, for warm sunny days without a cold wind, we can be grateful that at least April did not bring us several feet of snow, and appreciate that the slow arrival of spring allows us to savor each small new addition to the spring mix. For me, spring began on March 27th, when a bluebird checked out the nest box (same date as last year, in spite of major differences in weather), but promptly left. Weeks later, the tree swallows stopped by briefly at the same box and placed a fluffy feather in it to stake their claim, before they, too, left to wait for warmth.

The last days of March did include a beautiful warm Saturday that brought out the first hopeful crocus blooms and small mixed flocks of juncos and song sparrows, the latter now delighting us with their eponymous skills. As April blew in, colorful fox sparrows passed through, followed by grackles and more song and tree sparrows. Lots of eagles have been and remain very active all along the Eastern River. Up by Bridge Farm they’ve been flying low over the bridge, no doubt looking for fish. In the last few days I’ve seen three successful dives by an eagle, each time swooping up with a fish dripping from its talons. One afternoon—they apparently like the winds we’ve been having—five of them soared right overhead in ever-widening circles until two veered off together to do barrel rolls and other flight tricks that were positively breath-taking. Phoebe arrived on the 10th, with a partner joining a few days later. The peepers finally started singing on the 10th, with tree frogs just afterwards (or, in some places, just before). They’ve been faint-voiced or silent on a number of frosty nights since, but come out in force with a bit of warmth. They would probably be happier with a few more April showers: though we’ve had plenty of gray days this month, rather little rain has actually fallen.

Back on the river, large flocks of 60-70 cormorants at a time are loving being able to perch on all the new dead tree limbs sticking out of the mudflats. Small groups of common mergansers that decorated the water most of the month have pretty much disappeared, probably gone off to mate and nest. Male mallards were spotted on the ponds at Bridge Farm; flickers arrived on the 17th, while the rest of the woodpeckers probably have their nests going by now. Several of us have noted large numbers of cowbirds, some in mixed flocks with starlings and red-winged blackbirds, stopping at feeders. Here’s hoping they move on and leave our songbirds birds to raise only their own hatchlings. Meanwhile, what a joy it is to waken once again to the songs of cardinals and robins, song sparrows and, soon we hope, grosbeaks and orioles.

April also marks the reappearance of garden perennials—the ground was covered with dull brown leaves, but just rake them off, add a few hours of sunshine, and out of nowhere little red and green tips we’d forgotten all about reach up out of the earth, and turn into daffodils, pulmonaria—blooming even before their leaves unfold—corydalis, forsythia, bleeding hearts, tulips. Even after decades of watching this progression, it still feels magical every year. Soon enough, the deer will munch the tulips, and the snails will munch on everything, but for now, spring is fresh, delightful, and very welcome.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Monday, May 13th at the Yellow School at 7:00pm .  Topics of discussion will be cleanup and work issues for historical cemeteries, progress of repairs to Pownalborough Court House, activities for Summer Fest and how to get more people involved with the Historical Society.   Anyone interested in learning more about the history of Dresden or if you have any input that you could offer, we would greatly enjoy your participation in this group.  Contact Eleanor Everson or John Ottum for more information or you are welcome to attend a meeting.

FOREST HILL CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

The Forest Hill Cemetery Association will hold its annual Board meeting on Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 PM at the home of Daniel Moody, 720 Cedar Grove in Dresden. FMI call 737-8014.

SWAP SHOP

Swap Shop volunteers are putting lighter-weight clothing for all ages on the shelves and racks now.  We have shorts and shirts for the warmer days ahead.  As always, we need children’s clothes.  You could also bring in bathing suits, which will be put out next month.  Please remember that everything should be in very good condition.

We also have two very nice sets of dishes in the Swap Shop, both looking for a new home.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

The Dresden Fire Association will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, May 01 at 7:00 PM at Pownalborough Hall.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station beginning at 6:30 p.m. for weekly truck/station maintenance or training.  The schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  All members are urged to attend.  New members are always welcome.

Now that the snow has gone, PLEASE remember that fire permits are issued AFTER 5:00 P.M. DURING THE WEEK and AFTER 9:00 A.M. ON THE WEEKENDS DEPENDING ON SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.  You can contact either the Chief, Assistant Chief or one of the issuing agents to find out if they are writing permits when you need one. 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comp Plan Workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 14, Pownalborough Hall, 6:30 p.m.  Any resident is welcome to attend these workshops and give any input, comments or questions.   We would like to have more residents participate in the progress of the work the members have put in to making a Comprehensive Plan that will be a huge benefit to all of us in our community.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, May 07 at Pownalborough Hall at 6:30 p.m.  Please remember that if you are planning a project, you should always check to see if you need to get any special permits through the Planning Board.  You can contact the Chairperson, Jeff Pierce, if you have any questions.

SNO-VALLEY RIDERS

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will not be holding meetings during the summer months.  Our first meeting for the 2013-14 year will be in September, but we will be doing some special activities this summer.  Thank you to the members who worked hard to clear the trails, groom when we had the snow and participated in other aspects of the club.  We especially want to thank the landowners for their support of our club efforts through the use of a section of their land for our trail.  And to the Supporting Business Members in town who joined again this year. 

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held May 6th and the 20th at Pownalborough Hall at 6p.m. and a Workshop will be held on May 13th at the Town Office at 6p.m.

The Town Office will be closed May 27th for Memorial Day.

The School Budget Vote will be held at Hall-Dale High School at 6pm. on Tuesday, June 4th.  Please come and vote !!  Last year it was held in Dresden and we had very few residents come and vote. 

Nomination Papers for Town Officials had to be in by April 29th, which is after our deadline to submit this info, so we cannot get the info in the Communicator until June.  You can call the office to find out who is running for the positions or check the posting when you come into the office.  The Town Election will be on June 11th from 8am to 8pm.  The Town Meeting will be June 15th at 9 a.m. at the Pownalborough Hall.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS-MAY 2013

Wednesday, 1 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7PM, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 2 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 4 May

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Forest Hill Cemetery Association Meeting, 1PM,Home of Daniel Moody

Monday, 6 May

Selectmen’s Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 7 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 8 May

Fire Department, 6:30 PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 9 May

Library, 2PM -7PM

Book Group, 7PM, BA Library

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – EA Degree, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Saturday, 11 May

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 13 May

Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow School House

Tuesday, 14 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Choral and Band Concert, 1:30 PM, DES

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

www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 15 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 16 May

Library, 2PM -7PM

Saturday, 18 May

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 20 May

Selectmen’s Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 21 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Wednesday, 20 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 23 May

Library, 2PM -7PM

Saturday, 25 May

LIBRARY BOOK, PLANT, BAKE SALE & RAFFLE, 9AM-1PM, BRIDGE ACADEMY

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 27 May

MEMORIAL DAY

TOWN OFFICE CLOSED

Tuesday, 28 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Art Show & Plant Sale, 5–6:30 PM, DES

Wednesday, 29 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 30 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

 

 

 

 

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DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR CALENDAR- MAY 2013

Wednesday, 1 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7PM, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 2 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Saturday, 4 May

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Forest Hill Cemetery Association Meeting, 1PM,Home of Daniel Moody

Monday, 6 May

Selectmen’s Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 7 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Planning Board, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 8 May

Fire Department, 6:30 PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 9 May

Library, 2PM -7PM

Book Group, 7PM, BA Library

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – EA Degree, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Saturday, 11 May

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 13 May

Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow School House

Tuesday, 14 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Hall

Choral and Band Concert, 1:30 PM, DES

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

www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 15 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 16 May

Library, 2PM -7PM

Saturday, 18 May

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 20 May

Selectmen’s Meeting, 6PM, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 21 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Wednesday, 20 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 23 May

Library, 2PM -7PM

Saturday, 25 May

LIBRARY BOOK, PLANT, BAKE SALE & RAFFLE, 9AM-1PM, BRIDGE ACADEMY

Library, 9AM – 1PM

Monday, 27 May

MEMORIAL DAY

TOWN OFFICE CLOSED

Tuesday, 28 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

Art Show & Plant Sale, 5–6:30 PM, DES

Wednesday, 29 May

Fire Department, 6:30PM, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 30 May

Library, 2PM – 7PM

 

 

 

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