Monthly Archives: October 2013

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR NOVEMBER 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 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 TRUSTEES ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Academy has recently and unexpectedly found itself in a difficult financial state of affairs, resulting in the loss of over 25% of our already small operating income. We have been forced to make difficult decisions to accommodate this loss, which will immediately affect both our Library and Scholarship programs.

Most notable to our library patrons will be the loss of one hour of service on Saturdays and a significantly reduced budget with which to purchase books, supplies, and other resources.

Our Collegiate Scholarship Recipients will also see their scholarships cut by over half effective this spring.

The Communicator is now free to produce and place online and as such will not be affected.

We feel it is important to make the recipients of our services aware of these unfortunate changes. In spite of this challenge we will continue to provide the very best services we can in the legacy of Mr. Bridge.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO SUPPORT THE LIBRARY OR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS AT BRIDGE ACADEMY, YOU CAN MAIL DONATIONS TO: BRIDGE ACADEMY, PO BOX 158, DRESDEN, ME 04342.

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “BRIDGE ACADEMY”. IF DESIRED INCLUDE A NOTE TO INDICATE SPECIFIED USE FOR LIBRARY OR SCHOLARSHIPS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

 BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

 

Spread some Christmas Cheer!

Shop for the library!

Yes, it’s November, but Christmas is coming soon!  This year we need your help more than ever to put current reading material on our shelves!

The library has a special wish list of books housed at amazon.com that we’d like to add to our collection.  Pick up a book or two for the library and help us keep offering great books to our local community!

How you can shop:

1.  If you have an amazon.com account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu.  Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and click the Go button.*  The item(s) you purchase will automatically be marked “purchased” on the wish list after you submit your order.  You can direct ship to the library if you wish by using the following as the shipping address:

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road

Dresden, ME  04342

2. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

*Unless you prefer to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us  and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

Interlibrary loan service: No word yet on when this wonderful service will resume, but it should be available again in the near future!  Thanks for your patience as we weather this transition period to van delivery service.

Adult Book Group : The November discussion book will be Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. The next meeting will be Thursday November 14th at 7:00pm at the library.

Community Services: Thanks to the United Way, the library has a list of Winter Holiday Resources for Lincoln County and the surrounding areas, including places offering Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and toys and clothes for children in need.  We also have a list of Commonly Requested Community Services that includes resources for Elder Services, Abuse/Assault, Disabilities, Employment and more.  The lists are available at the front desk and may be copied.

DRESDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

This fall marks the end of an era in standardized testing for Maine students as schools wrap up the October administration of the NECAPs, the New England Common Assessment Program.

For many years, the NECAP testing in grades 3-8 fulfilled the state’s requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act to regularly assess the reading and math skills of students; for fifth grade and beyond writing was also tested. Prior to NECAPs, you may remember the MEAs, or Maine Educational Assessments, that students took every spring.

The next iteration of annual testing will look different still. Beginning in the spring of 2015, Maine and other states will use an assessment tool called Smarter Balanced. This will be an online test administration for all students, with results available to schools much more quickly than the typical three month lag for the NECAPs.

For the next year and a half, schools will prepare for Smarter Balanced by giving students the opportunity to work on sample test items and making sure the technology for online test taking is ready.

In a few months, students and parents will receive the results of this last NECAP test as schools await their letter grade from the state based on student performance. Preparations for the 2015 Smarter Balanced will continue.

On a lighter note than standardized testing, Dresden is gearing up for some family based activities over the next few weeks. On Saturday, October 26,  from 2-3:30 p.m. the PTF will hold a Halloween party on the school grounds, weather permitting. Pumpkin carving, scarecrow decorating, and a costume parade will be featured, along with refreshments.

The district has an early release day on Friday, Nov. 8, followed by Veterans’ Day observance on Nov. 11.

As we always do at the end of the first trimester, parents are invited to school to meet with their child’s teacher during our first parent/teacher conferences. These will be held Tuesday, November 26, just before the Thanksgiving break.

SEEN IN DRESDEN, OCTOBER 2013

October gave us a gift of absolutely gorgeous late fall days—I counted only 4 days (through the 25th) when we didn’t have at least some sun. The leaf color was lovely, if not totally outstanding, but all that sun in deep blue skies, often with little fluffy clouds, reflecting on the ponds and rivers made up for whatever brilliant color might have been lacking. Gardens revived after the heat of late summer with lovely flowers, especially dahlias, zinnias, salvias, roses and asters going strong, and some spring bloomers confused into a fall display: forsythia in October! Most flowers are still hanging on after last night’s light frost—the latest since I’ve been keeping track—though most will surely be gone after the harder frost forecast for the 25th.  Cool weather vegetable crops have also been thriving, and many will keep going even after a good frost. Apples are bountiful this year, and will be sweeter after the frosts and make for even more delicious cider. Try making your own if you’re lucky enough to have access to a press.

A handsome male pheasant was seen at the corner of Everson and Cedar Grove Roads. Bridge Farm gets the prize for most unusual sightings this month: a peregrine falcon on top of the barn and a lynx—what fun—at the edge of the hayfield. Beavers and cormorants are still hanging out along the Eastern River, though most of the ducks have gone into hiding for hunting season. Eagles, both immature and fully adult, are making regular and frequent trips up and down that river, perching atop the big hemlocks, and riding the thermals.  Our regular resident birds are showing up at feeders now that temperatures are dropping (and the year’s crop of sunflowers is pretty well cleaned out). Remember that the citizen science project, Feeder Watch (www.feederwatch.org) begins November 9. It’s a fun and useful way to force yourself to pay closer attention to our birds and chances are you’ll discover a far greater variety than you realized we have.

Our smaller wildlife this time of year includes lots of (very feisty) bees and wasps. Before the frost, almost every pollen-bearing bloom housed, by evening, at least one bumblebee that objected mightily to attempts to pick the blossoms. Masses of ladybugs and stinkbugs are making their way through invisible cracks to show up inside our houses. Chipmunks and squirrels have been stockpiling acorns and whatever else they can find; mice are moving into any accessible basements; and a skunk decided, after a tense couple of nights, not (we hope) to spend the winter under the porch. Did anyone ever see any baby snapping turtles this fall? Maybe they decided to sleep through the winter and break out come spring. As we head back to the darkness of Eastern Standard Time and the grays of November, it may be helpful to remember how lovely October has been.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 06 at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We are making arrangements for getting the trees for our annual Christmas Tree Sales.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire/Rescue members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The monthly maintenance and training schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are always a welcome addition in this important organization.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comp Plan members will have the next workshop on Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Issues being drafted will cover Transportation, Shared Services, Marine and Natural Resources, Recreation and Capitol Investment Planning.  Members are preparing to hold public information workshops in the future, in hopes of getting information out to residents. These workshops will also provide the opportunity to assist with any questions, comments or suggestions residents have and provide members insight into creating a Comprehensive Plan that will be of the best benefit for our town going into the future.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Dresden Historical Society will meet on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.    As this is the annual meeting, we will have a supper at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting being held immediately following which will involve the election of officers for 2013-14.   A newsletter is being prepared to be sent out to all members.  In absence of the Harvest Supper, the members are planning on other activities to be held during the winter months.  Any events will be posted in various places.   If you or anyone you know have an interest in the History of Dresden, we would love to have you come to a meeting, see what goes on to keep our History alive and, hopefully, join the group.

PLANNING BOARD

The Dresden Planning Board will NOT be meeting in November due to the use of the building for voting.  We will meet on the first Tuesday in December (Dec. 03) at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If anyone needs information on a project you are planning, please call the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006.

SNO VALLEY RIDERS

The members of the Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Trail work is ongoing on sections of the trail that have blowdowns, water and other blocking, or changes that need to be made. We would like to have more snow enthusiasts join to enjoy the efforts and activities the club is planning.    Join us at a meeting or you can call either the President, Rick at 737-4924 or the Secretary, Shari at 737-2566.  There are different levels of membership that you can choose from.

TOWN OFFICE

The Selectmen Meetings for November are on Monday, Nov. 4th and the 18th.

The Town Office will be closed Tues., Nov. 11th for Veterans Day and also Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 5th the State Referendum Election will be held at Pownalborough Hall at the intersection of Rt. 128 & 197.  The polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

Sat. Nov. 16th there will be a E-Waste Collection Day at the Recycling Center from 9am to 4pm.  You will receive a flyer in the mail with the details.

The Property Tax Collector, Ann Pierce, is being trained as the Deputy Excise Tax Collector.  In order to do motor vehicle registrations, she needs 3 classes from the State, which include re-registration, new registration and truck registration.  These are scheduled for November so by the end of November she should be able to process registrations, so as to cover the office when the Excise Tax Collector, Kim Rzasa, is not available.

Until that time, no registrations are being processed on Tuesday when Kim is not in the office.  Please plan accordingly.

2014 Dog licenses are now available.  Don’t forget the 2013 licenses expire December 31st, so avoid those pesky late fees and get your furry friend his license for Christmas.

2014 Snowmobile registrations are now available, and are $41.00 for resident renewals, $42.00 for first time registrations

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- NOVEMBER 2013

Saturday, 2

Library, 9am – 12pm

Monday, 4

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 5

Library, 2pm-7pm

State Referendum Election, 8am-8pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 6

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 7

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 9

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 11

VETERANS DAY

Town Office CLOSED

Historical Society, 7pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 12

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

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 14

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, BA Library

Saturday, 16

Library, 9am-12pm

E-Waste Collection, 9am-4pm, Recycling Center

Monday, 18

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 19

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 20

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

District 10 District Meeting @ Bay View Lodge, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

http://District10.bluelodges.com

Thursday, 21

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 23

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 26

Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 27

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 28

THANKSGIVING

Library & Town Office CLOSED

Friday, 29

Town Office CLOSED

Saturday, 30

Library, 9am-12pm

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 2013

Saturday, 2

Library, 9am – 12pm

Monday, 4

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 5

Library, 2pm-7pm

State Referendum Election, 8am-8pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 6

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 7

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 9

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 11

VETERANS DAY

Town Office CLOSED

Historical Society, 7pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 12

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

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 14

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, BA Library

Saturday, 16

Library, 9am-12pm

E-Waste Collection, 9am-4pm, Recycling Center

Monday, 18

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 19

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 20

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

District 10 District Meeting @ Bay View Lodge, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

http://District10.bluelodges.com

Thursday, 21

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 23

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 26

Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 27

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 28

THANKSGIVING

Library & Town Office CLOSED

Friday, 29

Town Office CLOSED

Saturday, 30

Library, 9am-12pm

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