Monthly Archives: July 2013

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR AUGUST 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

Summer Reading Program 2013

Dig into Reading!

August Wrap Party!

Summer Readers!  This is your chance to celebrate a summer of great reading and collect your final reading goal prize  Didn’t have time to make your goal?  Come anyway and join the fun! We’ll have good food and great raffle items and we’ll “dig into the past” with a craft that will make this a true ”wrap” party.  Hint….think Egypt!!!!

 

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Saturday, August 24th

10:00am

FMI call 737-8810

 

Please scan before you drop!  Our library often receives books in the drop box that belong to other area libraries.  Please make sure the books you leave belong here as it costs money and takes time to return them elsewhere.  Your vigilance is appreciated!

Donations: Donations are greatly appreciated but please make every attempt to follow these guidelines when making them to save wear and tear on the book drop, the librarian and the volunteers!

1. If at all possible donate books during library hours of operation.  If this is not possible, please limit book drop donations to no more than twelve books at a time.  Large donations jam the box, break the books and are heavy to carry inside!

2. Don’t donate a book that is ready for the garbage pile!  Books that are moldy, badly torn or heavily water damaged should just be thrown out!  We also do not take text books and we don’t take magazines that are not current year issues.

3. Consider holding donations until fall instead of donating during the summer months.  Summer is our busiest time at the library and we are currently occupied processing what is already in house.  If you can wait, please do so!

Adult Book Group :  The August discussion book will be Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The next meeting will be Thursday August 8th at 7:00pm at the library.

Spotlight on….Kristin Hannah! Kristin practiced law in Seattle before becoming a full-time writer.  This talented romance writer has won numerous awards in the genre including the Golden Heart, the Maggie and the National Readers Choice and has two movie deals in the works. Thanks to a recent donation we now have a total of eleven titles, two of which are available in audio format!

 Help a library in need: Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those lost in the Lac- Megantic tragedy.  In addition to the loss of life, their town library was totally destroyed, including priceless historical information and more than 60,000 items.  Many Maine libraries and citizens have reached out to help our neighbors.  If you would like to join them, donations can be made to:

Fondation des Amis de la Bibliothèque de Lac-Mégantic
3558, President Kennedy, Lac-Mégantic, G6B 2W5
This foundation has been in existence for more than 15 years. Income tax receipts will be given for amounts over $20.

SEEN IN DRESDEN JULY 2013

July is LBJ time: Little Brown (and gray) Jobs, the many different, but barely distinguishable young birds of many species that hatched this spring and are beginning to explore their new world, tasting things they’ll never try again (“Yuck! Clematis petals do not taste good! Ah, but blueberries do!”), practicing songs they haven’t quite mastered.  During the heat waves, the birds were as unmotivated as many people, and withdrew to shady woods, but with the cooler weather, out they’ve come, everywhere, full of curiosity and energy. By late in the month, the Eastern Towhee had his song about right, and had mastered the art of staying hidden in low scrub. Young cardinals and catbirds, phoebes and song sparrows are everywhere. Brilliantly colored (and the less colorfully endowed) goldfinches expertly pluck the petals and seeds from gently swaying sunflowers–the zinnias are not quite ready for them yet. Tiny warblers flit from monarda to black-eyed Susans to balloon flowers, so light in weight they barely bend the stems. And the whir of hummingbird wings still delights. They seem to have had a very successful season: some neighbors report as many as 7-8 hummers at their feeders at one time. Here, the winged creatures have once again divided up access to the monarda: the humming birds claim the red monarda all for themselves. Rarely does a bee or other insect approach those blossoms. Instead, a half dozen kinds of bee—from bumble bees to what look like baby bumbles, to teensy tiny bees that are barely visible, but all with full pollen sacs—as well as hummingbird moths, and other flying insects buzz non-stop at the lavender- and raspberry-colored monarda, right next door to the red. All, however, share access to the butterfly bush, along with the monarchs and painted ladies. Japanese beetles are claiming too many plants—including blueberries—all for themselves. The peach tree, at least the half that is left after a storm took down a branch with half the trunk, is weighted to the ground with little peaches; the apple tree is equally full of burgeoning fruit. It is full summer in Dresden.

After several weeks in a place where the dominant colors are the browns of dried up plant life and the gray of spiny shrubs and barren rocks, Dresden strikes me more than ever as outrageously green and lush, overgrown even—which my long untended garden certainly is.  As I pull out weeds, tempted to curse the plentiful rain we’ve had, I need only remember those helicopters dipping huge buckets of water from the sea to pour on the sadly, now-normal summer wild fires in the mountains of that other parched land. But then those Dresdenites who are having trouble getting in their hay crop between the raindrops probably go ahead and curse. As usual, summer brings mixed blessings, and as usual, we love to complain, even as we enjoy the brilliant season.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Yellow Schoolhouse, Route 128. Progress will be reported on two projects- the Harvest Supper and the cataloging of collections. Much history can be learned by joining the cataloging of collections and help is needed on an on-going basis.

The Harvest Supper is scheduled for October 19th and more help is needed on that day as plans are to move in, cook, eat, clean up and move out that same day to save paying a janitor for hours on Friday and Sunday. This will be a major act of coordination!

Viewing of the Civil War monument, during Summer Fest, failed for the want of a key to the building. This will be rescheduled. In the planning stage is the publication of a calendar or possibly an address book of old-time scenes of Dresden. Another thought is to document the “orphans” or “state children” that found foster homes in Dresden during the depression years into the World War II era. Please join us on August 12th.

The Brick School House Museum will be open 1 to 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday through the end of September or by Appointment. Call Eleanor at 737-8892.

BRIDGE ACADEMY ALUMNI REUNION   August 17th

Upon vote of those attending last year’s reunion, this will be the LAST formal reunion due to diminishing attendance in part, of course, to the aging of members. Other factors also work into this decision. The building will open on the 17th at 10am, with a pot luck meal about noon followed by a final business meeting. Gather family members even if they didn’t graduate-anyone who attended school in the building or has shared in the Scholarships offered by both the Trustees and the Alumni, or is just interested, please come. Bring your memories, photos, and notes. How many know the school song and/or to what tune it was written?

POWNALBOROUGH COURT HOUSE

The Court House is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4 pm and Sunday’s noon to 4 pm through his month. The Court House’s Sunday at 2pm series continues on August 25th with a program entitled “Swan Island, the Pearl of Merry Meeting Bay.” Jay Robbins of Richmond will bring to attendees information of the later days of the Island both as a residence and Wildlife Management Area. Much of the material is from biologist Steve Powell’s personal collection of detailed records of game management activities. Then keep in mind: a “Swan Island Outing” with Jay Robbins on September 22nd. Contact Mr. Robbins at 737-2239 to pre-register and there will be the usual charge to go onto the island.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, August 07 at Pownalborough Hall at 7:00 p.m.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pownalbourough Station.  The monthly training/maintenance/misc. schedule is posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

Burn permits are issued after 5 pm during the week and after 9 am on the weekends provided the conditions are acceptable.  Those issuing permits are

Chief Steve Lilly – 737-9434

Assist Chief – Ron Theriault – 737-8771

Fire Fighter/ EMA Director – Sonia Lilly – 737-9429

Deputy Fire Warden – Shari Lilly – 737-2566

or you can purchase a permit online from the State of Maine website

 PLANNING BOARD 

Dresden Planning Board meets on the first Tuesday, (Aug. 06) at Pownalborough Hall beginning at 6:30 pm.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Pownalborough Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held on August 12th and 26th  at 6pm at the Pownalborough Hall.

The Tax Acquired Property project is on-going.  We will keep everyone posted as to when this sale will take place. 

There will be a Special Election on August 27th at Pownalborough Hall for the purpose of voting in a replacement for Seth Goodall’s position in District 19 as a member of the Maine Senate.  The polls will be open from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m.

 CALENDAR OF EVENTS-AUGUST 2013

 Thursday, 1

Library, 2pm-7pm

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – MM Degree, 6pm meal, 7 pm meeting www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Saturday, 3

Library, 9am-1pm

Tuesday, 6

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 7

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 8

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 10

Library, 9am-1pm

Monday, 12

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Historical Society, 7pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 13

Library, 2pm-7pm

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 14

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 15

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 17

Bridge Academy Alumni Reunion, 10am Pot Luck at Noon, Bridge Academy

Library, 9am-1pm

Tuesday, 20

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownlaborough Hall

Wednesday, 21

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 22

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 24

Summer Reading Wrap Party, 10am, Library

Library 9am-1pm

Sunday, 25

Sunday at 2 Talk “Swan Island Pearl of Merry Meeting Bay” with Jay Robbins, Pownalborough Court House

Monday, 26

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 27

Library, 2pm-7pm

Special Election, 8am-8pm, Pownlaborough Hall

Wednesday, 28

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 29

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 31

Library, 9am-1pm

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS – AUGUST 2013

CALENDAR OF EVENTS-AUGUST 2013

Thursday, 1

Library, 2pm-7pm

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – MM Degree, 6pm meal, 7 pm meeting www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Saturday, 3

Library, 9am-1pm

Tuesday, 6

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 7

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 8

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 10

Library, 9am-1pm

Monday, 12

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Historical Society, 7pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 13

Library, 2pm-7pm

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 14

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 15

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 17

Bridge Academy Alumni Reunion, 10am Pot Luck at Noon, Bridge Academy

Library, 9am-1pm

Tuesday, 20

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownlaborough Hall

Wednesday, 21

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 22

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 24

Summer Reading Wrap Party, 10am, Library

Library 9am-1pm

Sunday, 25

Sunday at 2 Talk “Swan Island Pearl of Merry Meeting Bay” with Jay Robbins, Pownalborough Court House

Monday, 26

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 27

Library, 2pm-7pm

Special Election, 8am-8pm, Pownlaborough Hall

Wednesday, 28

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 29

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 31

Library, 9am-1pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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