Monthly Archives: December 2013

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR JANUARY 2014

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 for the February edition is the 20th of January. 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 or at the Communicator website. 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, though Scholarships will still be awarded, they will be reduced from prior semesters due to the trusts recent loss of income.

BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

Special note: Our thanks for the generosity of the many “shoppers” who were able to help stock our library shelves with wonderful new books for the entire community to enjoy!  If you were unable to participate this time but would like to in the future stop in any time we are open or call 737-8810 to ask about our current book wish list.

Interlibrary loan service: Just a reminder that interlibrary loan service is available again. Please check our online catalog before making a request as we might already have the item. The catalog is accessible at the library or at home at www.bapl.us. (Click on Library Catalog).  If you need help please ask at the front desk or call 737-8810 during normal library hours.

Adult Book Group : The January discussion book will be The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. The next meeting will be Thursday February 13th at 7:00pm at the library. Why not start the new year by joining the lively discussions?!

Spotlight on Health and Wellness Books: Thanks to a generous grant from the CHIP program*,  the library has been able to purchase a number of new titles addressing mental, emotional and physical health issues.  Some of these titles will be featured on our special display rack and a complete list of titles is available upon request.  Topics covered include:

  mental health disorders

  elder care and financial planning

  dementia

  addictions

  sexual abuse

  parenting

  Parkinson’s disease

  dementia

 adrenal fatigue

  couple relationship issues

  autism

 * The Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) of Curtis Library, Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Kenyon Fund Update: As 2014 gets underway, Dresden Elementary is moving ahead on the upgrade to our portable art and music classroom, thanks to the generous donation from our long-time friends at the Kenyon Fund. Kenyon Fund trustee Mary Walsh and principal Mary Helen Williams will meet with the Parent/Teacher/Friends group on Wednesday, January 8 at 6 p.m. to share news of the project.

When the Kenyon Fund announced last school year it was making a substantial donation to Dresden Elementary, parents, community members, staff, and students were surveyed to determine how to best use the funds. At the top of the suggestion lists was an upgrade to our portable classroom, which houses our art room and library.  Ideas included adding sinks and running water to the art room, improved storage area for art projects, and upgraded seating and shelving for the library. Several meetings were held with our Superintendent, Building and Grounds Director & Assistant director, Custodian, and Fund Trustee; as well as a site visit by an architect.  Our art teacher and librarian drew detailed plans for their respective rooms. 

Highlights of the improvements include running water for the art room, with both adult and student size sinks; drying racks for student art work, mobile shelving for the library, as well as rugs and kid-friendly seating. Right now, plans are shaping up for tentative construction in the spring or summer.

Grandparents’ Day Lunch: A pre-Thanksgiving celebration at Dresden School hosted grandparents and other special people for a festive lunch with students. Thanks to food service staff for their support and to our school Secretary for all the organizing needed to make this popular community event a huge success.

Basketball Clinic: PTF members are running an after school basketball clinic for students in kindergarten through second grade. In addition to teaching the athletes how to dribble, pass, and shoot, they have even brought in a smaller, free-standing basketball hoop to help the younger students score points.

PTF Thanks: Many parents and staff are due thanks for all their hard work on our recent PTF bake sale; from providing baked items, to working the table, to clean up. Thanks to everyone who helped make the PTF bake sale a success.

SEEN IN DRESDEN DECEMBER 2013

 What we mostly saw outside this December was weather, mostly of the winter variety, mostly decorating us for the holiday season, if making it a bit hard to get out and about.  The month began with a dusting of snow, then came a few mornings with beautifully frosted windows, though it warmed comfortably during the day. Around this time, a large ambling porcupine on lower Call’s Hill found a lovely apple tree that had dropped plenty of still-edible fruit, and spent his hours alternately munching apples and climbing up to nap in the tree.

Around the 9th, we had a little more snow and temperatures began to drop below freezing for longer periods. Sloppy brown lumps of slushy ice began forming in the rivers, riding the tides up and down. As the shallows started developing an ice cover, the eagles found something to feast on along their edges, often with 3-4 birds at a time, sharing the plenty.  What looked like conventions of Common (or “American”) Mergansers—I counted upwards of 78 one afternoon—moved up and down the Eastern river, breaking up into smaller committees now and then, avoiding the iced-over sections; they were occasionally joined by a few Buffleheads, less common visitors on this river—maybe as special invited speakers at the gatherings. I was surprised to read recently that birds like our ducks that have eyes high up on the sides of their heads, don’t see the same image with each eye, though that is obvious once you think about it. They have bicameral brains (as we do), and each eye feeds an image to one side of that brain so they can process multiple images at one time. If their vision works the way it does in the chickens on which studies have been done (and it is thought this is the case), one eye sees up close for feeding, the other scans distance for potential predators; they do not, however, have particularly good forward vision, so their bills are more sensitive than in species with binocular vision.  The whole topic of bird vision is way more complex than I ever imagined and varies among birds quite substantially: there is always more to learn about our feathered friends!

By mid-month, the ducks had to move on, as temperatures dropped to zero and well below, the river ice became serious and solid. A couple of real snowstorms completed the winter picture, covering us with lots of lovely dry, fluffy snow, though the wicked wind and frigid temperatures made it less than fun to be outside for very long. Some birds that aren’t usually around this time of year—among them, a flicker and a couple of white-throated sparrows—may have blown in with the storms, and joined the local birds, all very grateful for our feeders and suet.

It would have been nice if, at that point, the sun had come out (we’ve only seen it 5 days so far in December by my count), the temperatures moderated a bit, and we moved on to a lovely white Christmas.  But it poured rain, then changed to freezing ice that coated trees, roads, walks, wreaths, lights, the remaining snow and everything else with a layer of ice. So far, the power is still on, the landscape is still lovely, spirits are high, and dryer, clear weather lies ahead.  Here’s wishing you all joys of the season, as we say good-bye to 2013.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, January 01 – Pownalborough Hall – 7:00 p.m.   We want to thank everyone who helped us with our Annual Fund Raiser by either purchasing a Christmas tree or making a donation.  We sold all our trees and hope to have more next year.  Hope you have a very safe and Happy New Year.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire/Rescue members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance, as well as any training.  The schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Now that we have sufficient snow on the ground, burn permits can be issued daily after 9:00 a.m.  Please call one of the issuing personnel to get your permit or contact the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 and he will advise you where you can get one.  Also, make sure your chimneys and other home-heating instruments are cleaned and safe for use.  Have a very Safe and Happy New Year.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comp Plan members will meet on Tuesday, January 21 at Pownalborough Hall at 6:30 pm.  We are also preparing ‘Drafts’ and informational posters for the upcoming Public Open Forum that is planned for Saturday, January 25th from 9 a.m. to noon (Snow Date is Sunday, January 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)  We encourage all residents to stop in to see the information that has been gathered and researched by the members. We hope to incorporate this information into an updated Comprehensive Plan that will provide guidance for the future of our community and give us a better opportunity of receiving grants and low-interest loans.  This Plan is to benefit all of us, so we strongly encourage you to come to this forum, look over the information and give members your thoughts, ideas, and input into how it has been done.  We will have snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy.  Please take a few minutes of your time to see what this group has accomplished after many hours of research and preparation. We strive to provide a Comp Plan that will hopefully be acceptable to the townspeople and the State, to provide fairness to all of us, and bring improvements where they are needed. 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society members will meet on Sunday, January 19th at the Yellow Schoolhouse at 2:00 p.m.  We will be discussing fundraising ideas, such as a Calendar of historic buildings (past and present) or having a supper.  We have gained some new memberships, which is wonderful, but we would really like to have more members attend.  It would be nice to have more people join, who have an interest in the history of Dresden and helping to ensure the preservation of it for future generations.  New fundraising ideas and input are always a welcome addition!

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, January 07 – 6:30 p.m. – at Pownalborough Hall.  If you have questions about a project or would just like information on a Planning Board issue or upcoming agenda issues, please contact the Board Chair, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006.  He will be glad to assist you in any way he can, if possible.  These meetings are always open to the public.

SNO-VALLEY RIDERS 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Now that we have some snow, we will be planning different activities including day trips, trail grooming, maintenance and any other things that our members would like to discuss.  Memberships can be obtained either by coming to a meeting or call Shari at 737-2566 and we will get your application taken care of.  You can call her at any time to get information on different membership prices or for any other related information.  Our meetings are always open to the public so come on in anytime.  Keep safe and have a Happy New Year.

TOWN OFFICE

The Selectmen Meetings for January are on Monday, Jan. 13th and the 27th

The Town Office will be closed, Wed., Jan. 1st for New Year’s Day and also Mon.,

Jan. 20th for Martin Luther King Day.

We have now 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.

 2013 Dog licenses expired December 31st, in order to avoid a late fee, your dog’s license must be renewed by January 31st.  We must have a valid rabies certificate on file in order to complete the renewal.  Fees are currently $11.00 per dog, or $6.00 if they are spayed/neutered.  If you are not sure if we have your current info, call or email Kim at kimrazz@roadrunner.com and we can check for you.  A $25.00 late fee per dog will be applied February 1st.

Boat registrations also expired December 31. You can now renew your boat registrations online.  Snowmobile registrations are also available and are $42.00 for first time registrations and $41.00 for renewals.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JANUARY 2014

Wednesday, 1

New Years Day

Town Office CLOSED

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 2

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 4

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 7

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 8

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 9

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 11

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 13

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 14

Library, 2pm-7pm

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

Wednesday, 15

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 16

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 18

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 19

Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Monday, 20

Martin Luther King Day

Town Office-CLOSED

Tuesday, 21

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting EA Degree (2 candidates), 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresdenaw

Wednesday, 22

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 23

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 25

Library, 9am-12pm

COMP PLAN PUBLIC OPEN FORUM, 9am-12pm, Pownalborough Hall

Monday, 27

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 28

Library 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 29

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 30

Library, 2pm-7pm

 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JANUARY 2014

Wednesday, 1

New Years Day

Town Office CLOSED

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 2

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 4

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 7

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 8

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 9

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 11

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 13

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 14

Library, 2pm-7pm

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

Wednesday, 15

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 16

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 18

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 19

Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Monday, 20

Martin Luther King Day

Town Office-CLOSED

Tuesday, 21

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting EA Degree (2 candidates), 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresdenaw

Wednesday, 22

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 23

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 25

Library, 9am-12pm

COMP PLAN PUBLIC OPEN FORUM, 9am-12pm, Pownalborough Hall

Monday, 27

Selectmens Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 28

Library 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 29

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 30

Library, 2pm-7pm

 

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