Monthly Archives: January 2014

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR FEBRUARY 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 LIBRARY

Adult Book Group : The February discussion will focus again on The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough. The next meeting will be Thursday March 13th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Spotlight on Kindle ebooks: Don’t forget…the library has a Kindle Fire ebook reader filled with a variety of titles for all ages that can be checked out and enjoyed!

New Kindle titles for youth:

Teen and Tween fiction

Timebound by Rysa Walker- When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life and she soon learns  her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane- It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them.

Younger readers

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner- This delightfully illustrated picture book takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.

Maine Public Library Fund State Income Tax Check-off: This important program benefits libraries statewide including your own! Last year the first campaign raised $26,000 and helped expand the selection of Ebooks on the Maine InfoNet Download Library.  Remember Form Schedule CP when you file your Maine taxes.  For more information please  go to www.maine.gov/msl and click on the large green Support Maine Libraries! Banner.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

As the cold and snowy winter continues, students at Dresden are working hard on Measurement Topics during this prolonged learning stretch and looking forward to some traditional February highlights. Taking advantage of these eight weeks between the holiday break and February vacation, teachers and students are focused on getting proficient on learning targets and showing evidence of learning accomplished over the last few months. And as everyone works hard, students and staff are also thinking about some February fun days.

In every elementary school, celebrating the 100th day of school is a big event. This year Dresden teachers, staff, and students are planning a potpourri of activities, including engaging math and reading lessons, art and music projects, as well as movement exercises. Right now, barring any more snow days, the 100th day of school will fall on Friday, February 7th.

Another beloved event at school is Valentine’s Day. Students will exchange cards and enjoy low-key celebrations this February 14, which is also an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m., which begins the week long February vacation. Students return to school on Monday, February 24.

Our school district is also rolling out an improvement to our Educate software program. This is the program that allows students and families to track academic progress online. The newest features allow parents and students to log-on to the site, www.educate.kidsrsu.org, to view at any time a student’s progress report. Previously, families received these reports when they were sent home at mid and end trimester dates. Now, parents and learners can see an updated progress report at any time, in addition to the other information provided on Educate. Log-ins to Educate have already been provided to parents; however, please contact Dresden principal Mary Helen Williams at 737-2559 if you need this information again.

SEEN IN DRESDEN – JANUARY 2014

January continued December’s focus on weather, all kinds of weather. We started the New Year with sub-zero nights, then suddenly, on the 6th, jumped into the 50’s, with pouring rain and imagined smells of spring. Then cold nights returned, but with relatively pleasant daytime temperatures in the 20’s, before a true January thaw.  On the 11th, when temperatures were above freezing and rain returned, it looked like a decent day for Saturday chores—until you opened the door and discovered a sheer coat of ice on everything. Going anywhere had to wait ‘til next day, and then a week of daytime temperatures in the 40’s, which reduced the once considerable snow cover to less than 50% with surprisingly green grass showing around the edges, lots of birds back from wherever they’d been huddled during the cold spell, and a few even trying out short segments of song. A pileated woodpecker on Alexander Road continued working on the pine tree directly over a parked car that he disapproves of, while nearby a red-tailed hawk watched for movement from a perch in a maple, and a half dozen pigeons perched just above him—staying too close for the hawk to get a good dash at them?  Unpaved roads turned immediately to deep mud—and a small flock of 10-12 robins showed up to feast on the rotten apples that hadn’t gotten raked up from under the trees before the snows fell. If the calendar hadn’t said mid-January, one might have been tempted to think spring thoughts. But we all know better, and sure enough, after another light snow, by the 20th were back to sub-zero chill again, although we missed out on the big snow that hit our more southerly neighbors.

During all this, the birds have largely survived: our regulars have warm down jackets and as long as they get enough food and water, they manage, but they can certainly use some help—social birds like chickadees, titmice and bluebirds appreciate roosting boxes that they can crowd into to keep each other warm. Absent boxes, brush piles and thick evergreens provide shelter. All the seed-eaters welcome contributions at feeders, although in the coldest winds, my feeders are not visited as much as on milder days; cardinals, juncos, doves and jays loved having seeds spread in the plowed driveway, where the mountains of snow seemed to provide some shelter from winds. The woodpeckers and nuthatches are almost permanent attachments to the suet. A suet log hung on a window does double duty, providing safe entertainment for indoor cats with cabin-fever as well.

The robins, however, are harder to help. They don’t eat seed, but switch from their earthworm-insect summer diet to one of fruits and berries during the winter. Their migration is thought to be directed by food supply more than temperature: they tend to head away from heavy snow cover, so most leave this area, but if fruits like crabapples and sumac berries are accessible, small flocks may stay here—or come down here from northern Canada: Canadian robins are said to be more deeply colored and darker than our usual robins so you may be able to tell the difference.

FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY

Peterson Canal Walk: Did you know that the first canal built in the U.S. was located in Bath, Maine? The Peterson Canal, built in 1790, connected the New Meadows River to Merrymeeting Bay to facilitate downstream transportation of logs without having to brave the quick waters of the Kennebec. Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and the New Meadows Lake Association on Sunday, February 9th for a snowshoe hike along the path of this unique landmark. The public is welcome to meet at 11:00am at the Old Bath Road where it crosses the New Meadows River and park on the side of the road.  The hike is a 5 mile round trip and will take approximately 2.5hrs. Transportation will be provided to take participants back to people’s vehicles. Contact Ed Benedikt at 442-0445 or click here for more information.

Speaker Series: Join us on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00pm for the next installment of our 17th Annual Winter Speaker Series. Pete Didisheim, Senior Director of Advocacy at the Natural Resources Council of Miane (NRCM), will present a talk entitled “Mining in Maine: Open for Business?” The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served.  Last summer, Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) released a list of changes to its proposed mining rules.  The changes increase the likelihood that Maine’s environment, including the watershed of Merrymeeting Bay, could suffer from mining pollution.

FOMB: Formed in 1975, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ecological, aesthetic, biological and commercial values of Merrymeeting Bay and its watershed through research, education, advocacy and land conservation.  We’d love for you to become a member today! Please contact Dup Crosson, Coordinator/Organizer, at 666-1118 or fomb@comcast.net.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, February 05 at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  All residents are welcome to attend as these meetings are open to the public.

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Dresden Fire/Rescue members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.  The monthly schedule for training, truck and station maintenance will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are a welcome addition to our volunteer fire department.  A significant part of any community is having people who are willing to protect their family, friends, neighbors and community by being involved and trained.  Our meetings are open to the public, so stop by and check it out. 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  The agenda will include some suggested changes to the by-laws in regard to auditing and quorum requirement, as well as fundraising plans and ideas.   If you are interested in joining the DHS, please contact John Ottum (737-8614) or Eleanor Everson (737-8892) and they will help you with the forms or any questions you may have.  We would love to have more people participate in learning and preserving the history of our town.  Our meetings are open to the public if you would like to attend.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be discussing the information gathered from the Open House that was held in January as well as plans for upcoming workshops and/or informational forums.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, February 04 at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.  If you wish to discuss an upcoming project that you are planning, feel free to contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 and he will be happy to help you in whatever way he can.   He can also tell you what will be on the agenda for the upcoming meeting.

SNO-VALLEY RIDERS

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in our new meeting place – – – The Old Dresden Townhouse (Town Hall) on Route 197.  We are pleased that we have been given the opportunity of having a meeting place that will be more centralized in town and also accessible by snowmobile when conditions permit as well as space for our Club materials, etc.  Thank you to our Select Board for allowing us use of the building.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held on February 10th & 24th at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall.

The Town Office will be closed Mon., Feb. 17th for Presidents Day.

2013 Dog licenses expired December 31st, a LATE FEE of $25.00 per dog begins February 1. We must have a valid rabies certificate on file.  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 to see if we have your paperwork.

Boat registrations also expired December 31.  Snowmobile registrations are also available and are $42.00 for first time registration and $41.00 for renewals.

Any Town Committees that have info for the Town Report, need to submit that to the Town Office as soon as possible.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- FEBRUARY 2014

Saturday, 1

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 4

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 5

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 6

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 8

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 9

FOMB Peterson Canal Walk, 11am, Old Bath Rd

Monday, 10

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 11

Library, 2pm-7pm

Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30pm, Old Town Hall

Wednesday, 12

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

FOMB Talk: “Mining in Maine: Open for Business?”, 7pm

Thursday, 13

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 15

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 16

Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Monday, 17th

PRESIDENTS DAY

Town Office CLOSED

Tuesday, 18

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 19

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 20

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 22

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 24

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 25

Library, 2pm-7pm

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

Wednesday, 26

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 27

Library, 2pm-7pm

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FEBRUARY 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- FEBRUARY 2014

Saturday, 1

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 4

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 5

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 6

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 8

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 9

FOMB Peterson Canal Walk, 11am, Old Bath Rd

Monday, 10

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 11

Library, 2pm-7pm

Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30pm, Old Town Hall

Wednesday, 12

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

FOMB Talk: “Mining in Maine: Open for Business?”, 7pm

Thursday, 13

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 15

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 16

Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

Monday, 17th

PRESIDENTS DAY

Town Office CLOSED

Tuesday, 18

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 19

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 20

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 22

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 24

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 25

Library, 2pm-7pm

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

Wednesday, 26

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 27

Library, 2pm-7pm

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