Monthly Archives: August 2013

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR SEPTEMBER 2013

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BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

 “Rocket” in to fall!

The Dresden Rocket Club will be gathering again for another fun-filled session! The club is open to kids age 9-14 and parents and other adult helpers are encouraged to join them. Rocket club members learn the fundamentals of rocketry, build their own solid fuel rocket and launch them together at the final session.  All supplies are provided and there is no cost to join.  Both novice and experienced builders are welcome.

Model building sessions are on Saturdays from 1:00-2:30pm starting September 7th.  The last modeling session will be October 5th and Launch Day is scheduled for October 13th with wind/rain dates of October 14th or 20th.  Sign up is required as space is limited, so sign up by stopping by or calling the library at 737-8810.

Adult Book Group: The September discussion book will be Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. The next meeting will be Thursday September 12th at 7:00pm at the library.

Spotlight on….kitchen creations! The library has received a large donation of cookbooks covering everything from Vietnamese specialties to low-fat desserts. Come check one out and surprise your family or friends with a delicious new recipe!

SEEN IN DRESDEN- August, 2013

August has been lovely, with lots of warm sunny days and cool nights, just enough rain to keep the gardens happy, and misty early mornings full of bird chatter. In the Eastern River, big fish have been jumping, each sounding like a large human doing a belly flop.  One morning, I saw a heron fly in and settle in the shallows, just out of sight behind the tall grasses. A few minutes later, I heard the heron’s loud, awful, raspy squawks, the urgent calls of one in pain. I caught sight of its wing tips just above the grasses, flapping wildly. Then, silence and stillness. I watched for a good 15 minutes and saw no movement, no flight, nothing. What water-based creature—for I would have seen some movement of the grasses had anything moved toward land—could take down a heron? Wikipedia says alligators and crocodiles prey on herons, but since, so far, I’ve not heard of any of them in the Eastern, I wonder if a very large old snapping turtle could have been the culprit? Does anyone have a better explanation?

August is dragonfly, moth and butterfly time. In the early evenings, dragonflies have been out in large numbers. Butterflies prefer the brighter sun. We’ve had several White Admirals, a Viceroy (a Monarch mimic), Large Wood Nymphs, a few Painted Ladies (as opposed to their very large numbers last year), Aphrodite Frittilaries (their caterpillars need violets as host plants), a beautiful fresh Black Swallowtail—but, so far, nary a real Monarch. Serious butterfly watchers have been concerned at the absence of Monarchs in Maine this year, although I read somewhere that butterfly numbers can vary markedly from year to year, for unknown reasons, so this may just be an off year (we hope). Late in the month, reports of a few Monarchs in the state have begun to trickle in, so perhaps the cooler weather has simply delayed them.

Locals who battle tomato hornworms every year claim they show up reliably on August 1st. Most report that they haven’t been too bad this year. I like to think, in my case, it’s because I’ve been looking for and destroying their eggs—laid, by the Five-spotted Hawk Moth, which flies at dusk and is seldom seen. Each morning I checked for eggs, laid singly, usually on the underside of leaves, looking like a tiny green pearl about 1 mm in diameter. I removed and popped all that I found. I missed a few, but caught the worms while they were still tiny (less than an inch long) and hadn’t done real damage. The eggs take 5-7 days to hatch, so you have some time to find them, and if you don’t have large numbers of plants, eggs are easier to find than the amazingly well camouflaged and voracious worms.

There are nearly 1500 species of hawk moths (also called sphinx or hummingbird moths), all of which produce hornworm caterpillars, but each species has its own preferred host plant. The clearwing hummingbird moths (Hemaris) that spend the summer days at my bee balm are of the species thysbe. While the adults feed on a wide variety of flowers, including bee balm, their hornworm caterpillars, although they look very much like the ones on our tomatoes, don’t touch those plants—or the bee balm. The caterpillars feed on honeysuckle, hawthorn, cherries, plums, snowberries and some viburnums. Next spring I’ll have to look on those plants and see if I can find their hornworms.

As the end of August signals for us humans the official end of summer, so too, nature’s summer patterns begin their change. The geese have been flocking, honking their good-byes-til-next-spring as they fly over in their astoundingly cooperative V shapes. Turkeys are gathering into winter flocks, as are the chattering, small year-round songbirds. Many of the warblers have already moved on. Hummingbirds are here for a few more weeks, draining feeders as fast as humans can fill them, as they stock up for their incredible journeys. Local departure is usually around Sept. 17—keep a watch for this year’s date, remembering that, after our locals leave, those from further north may stop by en route south.  Humans, too, especially the younger ones, are setting off on new journeys. May they all be full of wonder and delight.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 04, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Pownalborough Station.  Truck and station maintenance to be done.  Any training will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Monday, Sept. 09 at 7 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  Preparations are ongoing for the upcoming annual Harvest Supper which will be held on October 19 at Dresden Elementary School.  Ticket prices will be 10.00 for adults and 4.00 for children under 12.  Tickets will be sold in advance. 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan workshop will be on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The public is welcome to attend these workshops. Your input is a great asset to those who are working to develop a plan that would benefit all of us.

SNO-VALLEY RIDERS 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will have the annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm. in Pownalborough Hall. Memberships for the 2013-14 season will need to be done at this time.  We would like to see many of the snowmobilers and other snow enthusiast attend and become members. The more the merrier! 

PLANNING BOARD 

Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 03 at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall. 

SWAP SHOP

Back to School clothes are out at the Swap Shop, as well as fall clothing for all ages.  Please bring in fall clothing that is in very good condition, which your children have outgrown, and stock up on some items they might like.  To keep little ones busy while their siblings are in school, we have lots of toys.  We also have puzzles and books for all ages.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held on Monday, September 9th and 23rd at 6pm at the Pownalborough Hall.

A change in positions at the Town Office will cause some minor inconvenience for a short amount of time.  The property tax collector is training as the clerk and excise tax collectors deputy.  Until she is trained and has gone to all the classes needed for this training, she cannot work alone, so until further notice, no registrations or licenses will be issued on Tuesdays.  This is already in the Town Directory.  By the end of November she should be ready to take care of all your registration needs.

Also on Thurs., Sept. 19th, the clerk & excise tax collector will be at a class, so will not be available until 6pm., and will be at the office until 8pm.

Sunday, September 22nd there will be an Open House at the Old Town Hall from Noon until 3 pm.  Anyone with an interest in the Civil War should come and view our Civil War Monument.

Property Taxes are due October 1st.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- September 2013

Tuesday, 3

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 4

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 5

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 7

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

Monday, 9

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Historical Society, 7pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 10

Library, 2pm-7pm

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

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

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Wednesday, 11

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 12

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, BA Library

Saturday, 14

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

Tuesday, 17

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 19

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 21

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

Sunday, 22

Open House Old Town Hall, 12pm-3pm

Monday, 23

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 24

Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 25

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 26

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 28

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS – September 2013

Tuesday, 3

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 4

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 5

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 7

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

Monday, 9

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Historical Society, 7pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 10

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, 11

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 12

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, BA Library

Saturday, 14

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

Tuesday, 17

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 19

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 21

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

Sunday, 22

Open House Old Town Hall, 12pm-3pm

Monday, 23

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 24

Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 25

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 26

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 28

Library, 9am-1pm

Rocket Club, 1-2:30pm, BA Library

 

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