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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications and guidelines for scholarships from the Bridge Academy Trust, are now available at the Bridge Academy Library during normal operating hours. Applications must be returned to the Library or the return address on the application, along with fall semester Grades, no later than January 15th. The Trustees will meet in late January to consider applications and scholarships will be awarded shortly thereafter. Questions should be directed to Beth Jones at 737-2440. A reminder for planning purposes, that though Scholarships will still be awarded, they will be reduced from prior semesters due to the trusts recent loss of significant income.
BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY
It’s not too late to
Christmas shop for the library!
You can help put quality books on our shelves that everyone can enjoy!
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! We’ll keep the list posted through the end of the month so be sure to shop soon!
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 email@example.com and click the Go button.* The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the wish list after you submit your order.
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 wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at firstname.lastname@example.org and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!
Interlibrary loan service: We are back in business! Please come see us if you have requests that you’ve been holding and we will do our best to get you the item you need!
Christmas drop-in craft: This month we are celebrating the season with a multidimensional Christmas tree ornament! All the supplies are provided and the craft is simple enough for younger children with help. A helper will be available to assist you Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-7 or Saturdays 9-12. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to closing to make sure we have time to finish the project. A finished sample will be on display all month if you’d like to come see one first.
Adult Book Group: The December discussion book will be Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. The next meeting will be Thursday December 12th at 7:00pm at the library.
SEEN IN DRESDEN NOVEMBER 2013
November has brought us glistening frosted mornings, short days, beautiful, if early sunsets, some ferocious winds. A few days warmed up enough to encourage the finishing of outdoor chores and packing things away for the inevitable winter, and harvesting the bumper crop of apples. Our small mammal friends have by now found themselves somewhere cozy to spend the coming months—unfortunately, some number of them in our cellars, walls and attics. A chipmunk, which we generally visualize with cheeks stuffed with acorns and other nuts and seeds, caused some consternation when it was seen eating a mouse. A bit of research revealed, however, that in addition to their usual nut and seed diet, they also eat mushrooms, insects, eggs and baby birds, as well as the occasional small mouse. Chipmunks don’t actually hibernate, but do a lot of sleeping, underground, this time of year, waking occasionally to munch on their hoarded supplies, or in good weather, to come up and look for fresh ones.
We’ve had no more lynx sightings this month, but some discussion about whether the one reported last month was really a lynx, or a bobcat. A bobcat would be more likely, although the person who made the report insists that the “slope of the head” was definitely that of a lynx. I guess we’ll never know, unless others see it again in the same area (around Bridge Farm) and maybe even get a good photo.
The red-bellied woodpeckers continue to extend their northern range. Two years ago they were reported near the River Road in south Dresden, and eventually worked their way up to Clancy Road, where they’ve remained regular visitors at feeders and suet. Now a female has been spotted on Alexander Road. We need to watch to see if they stay around all winter.
Some neighbors were surprised to hear woodpeckers drilling this time of year, since it is an activity and a sound associated with spring courtship. Turns out it is also a fall activity: they’ve been making themselves roosting holes for the coming cold. Sometimes (in more urban areas) they pick on buildings, apparently preferring those of a dark or natural cedar color, i.e., those that look most like oddly shaped trees. Dresden should have enough trees that they don’t need to drill on our houses.
The cold weather (and end of duck hunting season) has brought common mergansers back to the Eastern River—does anyone know where they spend summers, or where they go when the Eastern freezes over? They prefer fresh water, but may go into bays if the rivers freeze over entirely. For now they make a lovely sight on a sunny day, the males’ white bodies standing out against the sparkling water, and with binoculars (or young sharp eyes) their green heads and red bills add colorful detail to the picture The gray bodies and rust-colored heads of the females are harder to see except when they ripple the water as they go down or surface after a dive. They dive for fish, the mainstay of their diet. Gulls, and even the occasional eagle, know what they ducks are doing and, according to the experts, follow them around, hoping to snatch their prey. There has, indeed, been an immature eagle watching the ducks with me all afternoon, but so far no snitching has taken place.
Onward we go, into the holiday season. May yours be joyful and full of friends and love.
15th Annual Holiday Concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet will be held Sunday December 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Saint John’s Church/Free Meeting House Route 27, Dresden. Music for the Whole Family and Refreshments Provided. Donations Accepted. Contact Peter Walsh at 737-2807 or email@example.com for information. Pot Luck Supper at the Walshes Following the Concert
RICHMOND FOOD PANTRY
We’re Moving! The Richmond Area Food Pantry is moving to 15 Spruce Street in Richmond, formerly known as St. Matthias Episcopal Church. Thanks to countless volunteers and benefactors including the United Methodist Church as well as the Episcopal Diocese that generously offered the property to the town of Richmond, we will be in our new home at the beginning of December!
You are invited to a housewarming party on Tuesday, December 3rd in our new home from 3pm to 6pm. Come and see our progress and help us celebrate! Refreshments and tours of the facility will be provided.
Our first open Pantry at the Spruce Street location will be held the next day, December 4th from 4pm to 6pm. The Pantry dates will continue as usual on the first Wednesday of every month from 4pm to 6pm and the third Saturday of every month from 2pm to 4pm. Hope we see you there!
Dresden Historical Society will meet at the Yellow Schoolhouse on SUNDAY, December 08, at 2:00 p.m. At the Annual meeting held in November, the following elections took place: Co-Presidents – Eleanor Everson and John Ottum; Vice President–Dale Hinote; Secretary-Shari Lilly; Treasurer-Jamie Rea; Directors -Carole Sargent & Joe Wiley
Also, after a wonderful pot luck supper we were given a very interesting talk and slide show about Swan Island – Historic Pearl of the Kennebec by Jay Robbins. Members are putting together a newsletter that will be mailed to all members. If you are interested in joining, contact Julie Rea for membership information. She can be reached at 737-4203. We are also discussing opportunities to do some fund raising during the winter months.
Dresden Fire Association will have its monthly business meeting on December 04, 2013, 7 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall. The Annual Christmas tree fund raiser has begun. Trees will be sold at Pownalborough Station on Rt 197 each weekend. The price is $25.00 for trees up to 7 feet and $30.00 for those that are 7 to 9 feet tall. If you have any questions, please contact Association President, Gorham (Pean) Lilly at 737-2566. We wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.
Dresden Fire Department members will meet each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for regular truck and station maintenance. Training and other information will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month. Contact Chief, Steve Lilly, if you have any questions or if you would like to get an application to join the department. New members are always a welcome addition.
Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, December 03, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. If you have a project in mind and you’re not sure what the process is, please feel free to call the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 and he will be happy to guide you through the process.
Dresden Comp Plan will not have a meeting in December. The next workshop will be on January 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.
Dresden Comprehensive Plan members have been volunteering endless hours of research, drafting and reviewing of specific elements that are pertinent to updating our Comp Plan. As information has been gathered and reviewed, they have put them into drafts. Now, the members look forward to having an ‘Open House’ for all residents to see what they have accomplished so far and give them YOUR input, comments, questions and guidance. With that in mind, on January 25, 2014, they will set up displays of posters with information on the elements that have been established. These will include information on Housing, Population, Demographics, Transportation, Shared Services, Marine & Natural Water Resources, Historical & Archeological and Recreation. This information will be formulated to update the Comp Plan to benefit our Town and serve as a ‘guide’ to our officials and others for future reference and implementing of a better possibility of getting grants and low-interest loans that will improve the quality of our community and other opportunities where needed. We will be at Pownalborough Hall January 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (snow date Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 – 4 p.m.) with members being available to assist you with the information on the elements they have been involved with. Also, we will have snacks and refreshments as well as a door prize of a $25.00 gift certificate for LLBean. Please take a little time out of your day to come to this important ‘Open Forum’ and voice your opinion. The members have worked very hard to develop the drafts of information in the hopes that ALL residents will find it acceptable, fair and good for the future of our Town. Please show your appreciation for the many hours of their own time the members have given to this by giving a little of your time to come to the ‘Open House’.
The members of the Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 in Pownalborough Hall. Memberships are coming in slowly, but hopefully we will gain more when we begin to get snowfall. We’ve been working on the trails when possible and trying to catch up with landowners whenever we can. If you have any questions or would like to join the club, please call Shari at 737-2566 and we’d be happy to talk to you. We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and hope you have a safe and enjoyable time. Think Snow!
Swap Shop volunteers are putting out Christmas items each day we are open as space permits. Please come in and choose something new for your home décor as you prepare for the holidays. We are also putting out winter clothing for all ages, but we are much in need of baby and children’s winter clothing.
We have lots of baskets, both hard cover and paperback books, and coffee or tea mugs. We need dishware, jigsaw puzzles, and especially winter sports items, such as skates and sleds. Please think of us when you are sorting out things of all types that you no longer need. Put your donations in the blue bin in the Recycling Center in containers no heavier than 20 pounds. Our volunteers will appreciate it!
The Selectmen Meetings for December are on Monday, Dec. 2nd, 16th and the 30th.
The Town Office will be closed, Wed., Dec. 25th for Christmas Day.
We now have enrolled in Rapid Renewal, this will enable residents to renew registrations online with a credit card or electronic check. We still DO NOT accept credit or debit cards for payment in the office.
2014 Dog licenses are now available. The fee is $6.00 if spayed/neutered or $11.00 if not. 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 renewals, and $42.00 for first time registrations.
2014 Hunting licenses are now available. Don’t forget Hunting and Fishing licenses are a great Christmas gift/stocking stuffer.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS- DECEMBER 2013
Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Food Pantry House Warming Party, 3-6pm, 15 Spruce St Richmond
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall
Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse
Holiday Concert, 3pm, St John’s Church/Free Meeting house
Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual Meeting/election of officers, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Book Group, 7pm, BA Library
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Town Office CLOSED
Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall