Monthly Archives: February 2014

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR MARCH 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

WE NEED YOU TO BE OUR FRIEND!

Friends of Libraries groups are found nationwide and they are the “legs” that allow many libraries right here in Maine to offer exceptional programs and quality reading material. Bridge Academy Public Library would like to form a Friends group to help fund raise and offset our recent financial crisis.  If you are interested in chairing our group, becoming a member or getting some more information please stop in or call the library.  The librarian is happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please consider joining us so we can keep providing the service our town deserves!

Adult Book Group : The March discussion book will be In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. The next meeting will be Thursday March 13th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are welcome!

New to our library

More Kindle ebooks!:

Classics:

Emma by Jane Austen

Romance:

Amish Romance (45 Book Boxed set) by Becca Fisher

Youth Fantasy:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Adult Bestsellers (Print Books):

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

As the snow recedes and the daylight lengthens, students at Dresden Elementary are looking forward to a mélange of artistic and musical activities over the next few weeks.

Maine author/illustrator Lynn Plourde will spend a day with us on Friday, March 7 to inspire our young readers and writers. Ms. Plourde will present an all-school assembly, and then work with students on the joys of imagination and the craft of writing. With the fourth and fifth graders, this noted Maine writer will discuss graphic novels, such as the one she and Donn Fendler collaborated on about his long-ago adventure on a mountain in Maine. Lost Trail, Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, is the title of this book, published in 2011. Thanks to our generous Parent/ Teacher/ Friends group, several copies of Ms. Plourde’s books have been purchased for her to autograph and students to enjoy in their classrooms.

Starting this month, a couple of Dresden teachers are offering after-school activities for students to stretch their hand-crafting skills. Third grade teacher Mrs. Atkinson will hold a workshop on origami for our students, and special education teacher Mrs. Burk will be teaching students about scrapbooking. The popular Legos after school club is also taking place, managed by Title 1 teacher Mrs. Desmond.

Wrapping up is the well-attended after school basketball program for students in kindergarten through second grade coached by a Dresden school grandfather, Randy  Clark. Helping Randy have been parents Cindy Cobb, Tonia Clark, Emily Clark, Katrina Wiley ,and student Hazel Clark.

Dresden students also have Winterfest to look forward to this month. Our dedicated PTF will be holding the second annual Winterfest on March 14, from 2:45-4 p.m. at school, weather permitting. Activities will include sledding, snow painting, and snowman building. Snacks will also be provided.

Some upcoming musical events include the Dresden all-school concert, including band, on Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m., led by music teacher Ms. Stewart. In May, we’re planning for the entire school to attend a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

One of our favorite school events will also take place in March when we hold parent/teacher conferences and have an opportunity to connect again with families about their children’s learning. Teachers will send home sign-up notices soon.

When time for the next Communicator rolls around, spring will officially have started and Dresden students will be well into their third and final trimester of the school year.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!! LOOKING FOR ALL OUR PRE-K STUDENTS (must be 4 by Oct. 15th) AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS (must be 5 by Oct. 15th) FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR. 

If you have a child ready for our pre-k and k classes please call the school at 737-2559 to enroll your child.  Please call with any questions you may have.

SEEN IN DRESDEN-FEBRUARY 2014

February is making sure we all know that it is still a winter month, though for a few days around the 20th—and this is important to remember as we head back into the Polar Vortex for a bit—we had temperatures well above freezing.  Brilliantly blue skies held a respectably high sun that carried some serious warmth, just delicious to feel against small patches of exposed skin. Time to remember Emily Dickinson’s line: “How luscious is the dripping/ of February eaves.” Indeed.

A chipmunk ventured out, briefly, on Call’s Hill, another, peaked quickly out of a woodpile on Alexander Road. Further along that road a small flock of eight bluebirds landed on a floribunda rose bush. Larger flocks of robins swarmed rotting apples still on trees or exposed under them. The bluebirds and robins have been reported around town much of the winter, but seeing them on a relatively warm day brings special joy and hope. For years a single male robin has showed up in early spring to claim his territory behind my house: he’s here now. More hope. One warmish day, a cardinal sang his heart out, his song a bit rough, as though he had a sore throat, but he is clearly as eager for spring as the humans. Chickadees and titmice have also been singing slightly scratchy versions of their spring calls. More hope.

Skies were clear for the full moon mid-month, making for some dazzling nights, almost bright enough to read by and with dramatic shadows. After a fresh snow a coyote or two ventured across the Eastern River ice and through back yards and woods, leaving their straight-line prints in the snow.  Small pets, wisely, refused to go outside.

At our bird feeders, the usual suspects have been reported: nuthatches (has anyone seen any red-breasted ones this year?), chickadees, little finches, doves, starlings, a few sparrows. Woodpeckers (downy, hairy, pileated and red-bellied (the medium-sized striped one with a red head) have begun drumming and other courtship activities. Large groups of blue jays devour any seed on the ground—if they can drive off the squirrels, gray and red, that seem to have survived the mean winter just fine and in very large numbers. We need some of those Snowy owls that have been seen around the Brunswick dump and at Reid State Park. So far I’ve not heard of any in Dresden. 

The brief thaw cleared most of the snow off the ice on the rivers, so we’ll have a clear view (barring more snow. Sigh) to watch for the first transverse cracks that signal the beginning of ice breakup. That should come by the end of next month. If you look closely at some trees and shrubs you can convince yourself that buds are swelling. More hope. Keep believing.

FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY

Water Quality Monitors Needed for 2014 Season: Our annual Water Quality Monitoring program needs help for our 2014 season! Training is on March 22nd in Brunswick and we ask volunteers to commit to one Sunday per month from April-October beyond that. No experience is necessary. We are also looking for someone to help with volunteer coordination. This data will bolster our ongoing efforts to upgrade the lower Androscoggin River to Class B and will continue our long history as stewards of Merrymeeting Bay and its water quality.

Speaker Series: Join us on Wednesday, March 12th at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick at 7:00pm for the next installment of our 17th Annual Winter Speaker Series. Bob Klotz, co-founder of 350 Maine, will present a free talk entitled Tar Sands Oil: From Alberta to Androscoggin. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served. Bob Klotz, the Tar Sands Coordinator and co-founder of 350 Maine, will discuss the proliferation of tar sands oil in New England, connecting the dots from its source in Alberta, Canada to the Androscoggin River here in Maine. Bob will consider the risk of tar sands, the impact on Canadian First Nations, and the success of local and regional activism opposing extreme energy choices coming into Maine. Bob Klotz is a South Portland resident who has worked in healthcare for almost 40 years. Bob is a physician’s assistant currently employed in addiction medicine. He also has experience as a health educator and a provider of complementary wellness services. Since 2012, Bob has worked to develop 350 Maine.

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.

DRESDEN FIRE ASSOCIATION

The Dresden Fire Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, March 05 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

DRESDEN FIRE/RESCUE

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.  A schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Good luck to the five firefighters who are taking the Basic Firefighter Training course.  This course takes about 72 hours of specific training that is required by State regulations.  We appreciate your dedication.  Also welcome to our newest member, we are very pleased to have you join.

Fire permits can be obtained by contacting the following people:

        Chief – Steve Lilly                             737-9434

        Assist. Chief – Ron Theriault         737-8771

        Captain – Susan Lilly                        737-9066

        Firefighter – Sonia Lilly                    737-9429

        Firefighter – Gerald Lilly                  737-9066

        Deputy warden – Shari Lilly            737-2566

As long as we have snow covering the ground, we will issue permits daily after 9:00 a.m. taking into consideration any high winds.  Once the snow has gone (usually in April) we will change the issuing times.  It is advisable to call ahead.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 

Dresden Comprehensive Plan workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We encourage any resident that has an interest in helping with updating this plan to join us at any of our workshops.  The public is always welcome.  Now that we have held one Open Forum to provide information and get feedback from residents on the DRAFTS we have completed, we will begin working on other remaining elements of the plan.  We have completed approximately 45% of the elements.  Some of the new ones to be researched, discussed, then put into draft form are Marine Resources, Forestry, Agriculture and Critical Natural Resources.  We hope that some of you will want to participate.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse on Route 128.    We will be hosting a Chowder/Chili Fund Raising Supper on March 15 at Pownalborough Hall from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  We are asking a donation of $ 7.00 for adults and $ 3.00 for children under 12.  We will also have cornbread, biscuits, crackers, hot and cold drinks and dessert.  We hope you will come in out of the cold and enjoy this winter event and help us to raise some much needed funds.  It’s also a good way to catch up with people you may not have seen in a while.    Also, if you would like to become a member, we would be happy to sign you up.  Contact either John Ottum at 737-8614, Eleanor Everson at 737-8892 or another member.  You are more than welcome to join in on a meeting if you would like to see what the DHS is about, and what they accomplish to provide and protect the history of Dresden.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, March 04 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  At this meeting, we will be having a public hearing and application review for Gregory Lemar, the new owner of Dresden Take-Out LLC, who is planning on reopening the convenience store/gas station.  If you have questions about a project you have in mind, would like to discuss the ordinances or want info on an agenda item, please contact the Chairperson, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 and he will gladly help in any way he can. Our meetings are always open to the public.

SNO VALLEY RIDERS

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will NOT meet this month as there will be a Public Hearing by the town on our meeting date.   Although we are now using the Old Town House (Hall) we want members to have the opportunity to attend the hearing. Also, as we cannot find another day that is favorable for the majority of our members, we will cancel this month and have our next meeting on the usual date in April.  If you would like to join or have any questions about the club please contact either Rick Graffam (Pres.) at 737-4924 or Shari Lilly (Secr.) at 737-2566.

 

TOWN OFFICE

 

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

Selectmen Workshops will be on Mon., March 3rd, 17th and the 31st at the Town Office.

There will be a Special Town Meeting on March 11th at 6:00 p.m. to vote on changing Town Clerk, Treasurer, Excise Tax Collector & Property Tax Collector positions from elected to appointed/hired and consolidating the jobs into only two positions.

Boat registrations expired Dec. 31st so plan for your spring fishing.

Any Town Committees that have info for the Town Report, need to submit that to the Town Office immediately.

Nomination Papers will be available for the following offices on Monday, March 17th . The papers must be returned to the Town Clerk with at least 25, and no more than 100 signatures by 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 25th.

Third Selectmen, Assessor and Overseer of the Poor, three (3) year term.

1 Budget Review Committee Member, three (3) year term.

1 RSU School Director, three (3) year term.

*Treasurer, *Property Tax Collector, *Excise Tax Collector, *Town Clerk, all one (1) year terms.

Note:  *Papers for these positions may not be available depending on the outcome of the Special Town Meeting scheduled for March.11th.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- MARCH 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

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS

Monday, 10

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 11

Library, 2pm-7pm

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 12

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

FOMB Talk: Tar Sands Oil: From Alberta to Androscoggin.  Curtis Memorial, 7pm

Thursday, 13

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 15

Library, 9am-12pm

DHS Chowder/Chili Fund Raising Supper, Pownalborough Hall, 5–7p.m. 

Sunday, 16

Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

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

Wednesday, 26

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 27

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 29

Library, 9am-12pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- MARCH 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

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS

Monday, 10

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 11

Library, 2pm-7pm

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 12

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

FOMB Talk: Tar Sands Oil: From Alberta to Androscoggin.  Curtis Memorial, 7pm

Thursday, 13

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 15

Library, 9am-12pm

DHS Chowder/Chili Fund Raising Supper, Pownalborough Hall, 5–7p.m. 

Sunday, 16

Historical Society, 2pm, Yellow Schoolhouse

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

Wednesday, 26

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 27

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 29

Library, 9am-12pm

 

 

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