Monthly Archives: March 2014

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR APRIL 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 call 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.

DESCHAINE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Brenda Deschaine Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Brenda Descahine long time Dresden Resident and an avid lover of sports, especially sports for children. The scholarship was established as an award to a graduating student who has been a resident of Dresden for at least two years. The student must be pursuing post secondary education, have been shown to be a hard worker, and exhibited excellence in sports. High School academic record is not the primary criteria in qualifying for this scholarship. High School Seniors interested in applying should stop by the library to pick up an application. Applications are due by May 15.

BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

Help Wanted! The library will be holding it’s annual Book , Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday May 24th from 9:00am-1:00pm. This is our primary fund raising event and we need your help to make it happen! The planning meeting will be Thursday April 24th at 6:00p.m. “Veterans” and new recruits are welcomed and encouraged to join us to plan another successful event! If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to contribute, please consider donating plants, books or baked goods. We will also be looking for helpers the day of the sale to man the book, plant, raffle, and baked stations. For more information please call the library at 737-8810.
Friends of the Library: I’d like to extend a thank you to those who have expressed a willingness to help support our library’s programs by joining the fund raising effort. The Friend’s group will be launching soon but it is never too late to join! For more information about the group please refer to the March 2014 edition of the Communicator or call the library at 737-8810.
Adult Book Group: The April discussion book will be The Meadow by James Galvin. The next meeting will be Thursday April 10th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!
Spotlight on Kindle EBooks: Are you thinking about buying an ebook reader but want to test drive one first? Would you like to read some old classics or recent bestsellers? We have a sampling of both on the library’s Kindle Fire…available for checkout now! See our special Kindle titles display in the main room of the library.

BIBLE STUDY

Want to learn to understand the Bible? What it says & how to interpret it may surprise you. Yes, you can understand the Bible. All you have to do is learn how to study. Studies will be each Tuesday at 7:00p.m. at Bridge Academy, starting on April 15. FMI Please call Victor at 737-2534 or email vicblomquist@gmail.com

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

As Dresden Elementary moves in to our third and final trimester, we’re already looking ahead to next school year as we open registration for incoming preK and kindergarten students . Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be the week of April 7 – 11. Do you have a student ready for either of these classrooms? Students must be 4 on or before October 15 for preK, and must be 5 on or before October 15 for kindergarten in order to enroll. Please call school at 737-2559 with any questions you may have.

Though snow was on the ground and the temperature was close to freezing, we recently held our spring parent/teacher conferences. Turn-out was strong, and we thank our families for making this important trek to school to hear about their child’s progress. It is always a joy to celebrate education with our parents and students, and we welcome your input at all times. And for teachers meeting with parents from after school straight through till evening, our supportive Parent Teacher Friends group provided some tasty snacks. The empty plates and containers attest to how grateful we were for those generous donations.

We look forward now to our annual spring concert April 15 at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room, which features all students as well as the Dresden band.

Later in the month we have a workshop day Friday, April 18, followed by spring break, from April 21-25. Both Earth Day and Arbor Day fall during vacation week, so here’s hoping we’re outdoors by then celebrating the season of buds and bugs.

SEEN IN DRESDEN, MARCH 2014

As we come out of two nights near the end of March with record low, single digit temperatures and await yet another winter storm tomorrow, it helps me to think back to my first spring in Dresden. I was thrilled—coming from Indiana, where spring lasts about 48 hours and then it’s full summer—by the way Maine’s spring arrived ever so slowly. Each day, beginning in March, provided an almost imperceptible change from the day before, even when it still felt definitely wintry. It still is thrilling if we can overcome our impatience. The slow pace allows us to savor each tiny change, to feel and participate in the slow rebirth after a tough and seemingly endless winter. And though we are well behind schedule this year, spring has, inexorably (in spite of some rumors to the contrary), been arriving.
The sun is now strong enough that, even when the temperature doesn’t quite get above freezing, there has been melting: drips from the eaves, retreating snow banks. Each day, a tiny bit more of the creeping juniper has emerged along the pathway. The brown spots around the house are ever-so-slightly wider each day. A quarter-inch of daffodil greens has become a half-inch. Snowdrops are, indeed, in bloom, bless them. My cat found—and delighted in—the first bits of emerging green catnip in a sunny spot by the garage. The maple sap has finally started running. Minuscule seedlings are forming in trays on the windowsill. And by golly, the red tips of peonies are waiting just under the wet brown leaves. When hard rains cleared the snow off the river ice, thinly etched, transverse lines marked (I hope) where the cracks will soon develop. The eagles, which should be nesting now (you can watch a Maine eagle nest at http://www.briloon.org/eaglecam1) are also keeping an eye on those cracks-to-be. The ice-breakers are about to tackle the Kennebec. The cardinal has been singing on and off for several weeks, and his song is now joined by lots of others. Not full blown songs yet, but definitely working up to it. A neighbor saw a heron by the millstream on the 20th, and the Red-winged blackbirds—that surest sign of spring—returned to Alexander Road on the 23rd. Grackles came through on the 25th. Tomorrow all this may be buried in another coating of snow, but that won’t stop the growth and change. Keep watching and believing, and let each new tidbit of spring bring its own delight.

FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY

Speaker Series: Join us on Wednesday, April 9th at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick at 7:00pm for the next installment of our 17th Annual Winter Speaker Series. Hope Douglas will present Wind Over Wings: Raptor Rehab. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served. Hope Douglas is a wildlife rehabilitator at Wind Over Wings, a nonprofit educational service featuring magnificent birds who are unable to survive in their natural environment and who have overcome extraordinary obstacles in their lives. Through these animals, Wind Over Wings creates a rare educational opportunity providing a personal connection to our local wildlife, helping foster responsible environmental stewardship. Hope Douglas earned both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Michigan State University in counseling and education. For ten years Douglas was Executive Director of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT. Hope founded National Eagle Sanctuary [NEST], a nonprofit organization protecting bald eagle nests in Florida. Upon returning to Connecticut, Douglas founded Wind Over Wings in her parents’ garage. Hope was President of the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association and Vice President and Executive Director of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Hope taught wildlife conservation internationally, illustrated 14 books on wildlife and on physical disabilities, and received the J. Edgar Hoover Award for excellence in teaching and is featured in Who’s Who in the World.

The next and final Speaker Series event of the season will be on May 14th at 7:00pm at the Bath City Hall. Kevin Doran and Jack Witham will give a joint presentation entitled Forestry in Maine: Local and State Perspectives.

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 rely on member donations to stay small and strong. 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 monthly business meeting will be on Wednesday, April 02 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members will have weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station. The monthly schedule for truck and station maintenance and any training will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month. Like any other fire department, we are always looking for new members. REMINDER – as we are getting into warmer weather and the snow is finally going away, burn permits will now be issued after 5 p.m. during the week and after 9 a.m. on the weekends, depending on the State Classification or specific conditions of the day.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, April 01, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. If you need help, information or questions on projects, please feel free to contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006.

SNO VALLEY RIDERS

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, April 08 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall on Route 197. At this meeting, we will need to have all paperwork on the trail maintenance and grooming that was done so it can be put on the Grant-in-Aid form and submitted to the State by April 30. We’ll also have election of officers for the 2014-15 season and vote as to whether we will have any meetings during the summer months. Refreshments will be available for all those who attend and the Pot-O-Gold is at $ 30.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop members will meet on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. We will be discussing the next set of elements – Marine Resources, Forestry, Agriculture and Critical Natural Resources. Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage residents to take the time to attend. This Plan will be something that will be discussed and presented at open forums in the future so we want you to have as much information and opportunity to give input as we possibly can. The members realize this is an important issue that can help our community in so many ways. We want to feel that all the time and effort being given to this Plan is appreciated and acceptable to the townspeople, so your input, suggestions, questions and attendance is of much importance to the group.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society members will meet on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse on Route 128 (River Rd.) Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Chili-Chowder Supper a success. With so many people asking to have another event like that or if you missed the first one, the group has decided to do a Soup-r-Stew Supper at the end of April. More information will be posted around town, in newspapers, on Facebook and by word-of-mouth. Anyone wishing to make a soup or stew or whatever for this event, please contact John at 737-8614. We’ll have crackers, biscuits, cornbread, desserts and refreshments. Price will be the same as the previous supper – $ 7:00 adults / $ 3.00 for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit the Dresden Historical Society. Hope to see you there.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held on Mon., April 7th & 21st at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall.
Selectmen Workshops will be on Mon., April 14th & 28th at the Town Office.

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

Nomination Papers are now available for the following offices. 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. The positions open for nominations are as follows:

Third Selectmen, Assessor and Overseer of the Poor, three (3) year term.
Treasurer for a one(1) year term
Property Tax Collector for a one(1) year term
Tax Collector for a one(1) year term
Excise Tax Collector for a one(1) year term.
1 Budget Review Committee Member, three (3) year term.
1 RSU School Director, three (3) year term.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- APRIL 2014

Tuesday, 1
Library, 2pm-7pm
Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 2
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall
Thursday, 3
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 5
Library, 9am-12pm
Monday, 7
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 8
Library, 2pm-7pm
Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30PM, Old Town Hall
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 9
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
FOMB Talk: Wind Over Wings: Raptor Rehab, Curtis Memorial, 7pm
Thursday, 10
Library, 2pm-7pm
Book Group, 7pm, Library
Saturday, 12
Library, 9am-12pm
Monday, 14
Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse
Tuesday, 15
Library, 2pm-7pm
Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 16
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 17
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 19
Library, 9am-12pm
Monday, 21
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 22
Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 23
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 24
Library, 2pm-7pm
Book, Plant, Bake Sale Planning Meeting, 6PM, Library
Saturday, 26
Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 29
Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 30
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

 

 

 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS- APRIL 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- APRIL 2014
Tuesday, 1
     Library, 2pm-7pm
     Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 2
     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
     Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall
Thursday, 3
     Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 5
     Library, 9am-12pm
Monday, 7
     Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 8
     Library, 2pm-7pm
     Sno-Valley Riders, 6:30PM, Old Town Hall
     Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
     http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 9
     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
     FOMB Talk: Wind Over Wings: Raptor Rehab, Curtis Memorial, 7pm
Thursday, 10
     Library, 2pm-7pm
     Book Group, 7pm, Library
Saturday, 12
     Library, 9am-12pm
Monday, 14
     Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse
Tuesday, 15
     Library, 2pm-7pm
     Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 16
     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 17
     Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 19
     Library, 9am-12pm
Monday, 21
     Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 22
     Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 23
     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 24
     Library, 2pm-7pm
     Book, Plant, Bake Sale Planning Meeting, 6PM, Library
Saturday, 26
     Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 29
     Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 30
     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

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