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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 can also be printed online at http://www.bridgeacademydresden.wordpress.com/july-scholarship-application/ Applications must be returned to the Library or the return address on the application, along with spring semester grades, no later than July 1st. The Trustees will meet in late July to consider applications and scholarships will be awarded shortly thereafter. Questions should be directed to Beth Jones at 737-2440
BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY
Come to our annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale!
Saturday May 24th
Rain or Shine
44 Middle Road in Dresden
Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event!
* Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)
* Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super prices!
* Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!
* Take a chance of some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!
Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants, plant pots, books in sellable condition and baked goods. Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or donate plants. Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale. Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday May 22nd or by 9:00a.m. the morning of the sale. Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.
Summer Reading Program 2014– This year’s theme is Fizz! Boom! Read!, a science theme, and we have some fantastic events planned. If your child is aged 3-11, be sure to check out next month’s issue of the Dresden Communicator for more information about signing them up for a program that rewards them for reading by themselves or with a family reader!
ROCKET TIME! The Dresden Rocket Club is gearing up for a special one day spring session this year. Participants will be gathering to build their own solid fuel model rockets and learn some fundamentals of rocketry along the way. Strict safety precautions will be adhered too and adult supervision will be present at all times. This program is open to kids aged 9-14 and adult helpers are welcomed and encouraged to join in the fun! All supplies are provided and there is no cost to attend. Both novice and experienced builders are welcome. See below for separate scheduled launch day.
Session date- Saturday May 17th from 9:00am-4:30p.m.
PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED FOR LUNCH.
LAUNCH DAY- June 7th at 10 am, location TBA. Rain/Wind date TBA.
PLEASE SIGN UP AT THE LIBRARY OR CALL 737-8810 TO REGISTER AS SPACE IS LIMITED!
Adult Book Group : The May discussion book will be Walkabout by James Marshall. The next meeting will be Thursday May 8th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!
Spotlight On Young Adult Fiction Series:
Popular new series added recently include:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Seven Wonders by Peter Lerangis (Book 1 and 2, series in progress)
House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
In the weeks before the April break, while we still had cold and snowy weather, our classrooms and hallways began to bloom with colorful artwork and spring colors. One day at recess students dropped their winter coats on the tar as they burst through the door to run around in the warm air and greening fields. The next day, staff sent kids back inside to borrow hats, mittens, and boots as we shivered through a cold, gusty recess and avoided the low-lying soggy parts of our play area.
The Dresden spring concert, featuring singers, fourth grade recorders, and fifth grade band, entertained a packed house on April 15. Sure enough it was rainy and cold as the students performed April Showers and other seasonal selections. Ms. Amy Stewart, our music teacher, conducted the preK-through fifth grade singers, as well as the instrumentalists. She played the keyboard, cued up the music on her laptop, and sat on a milk crate in front of our youngest singers to lead them in the tongue-twisting Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, a Hawaiian song about a fish with a very long name. Some of our preK students in the front row made some spontaneous hula moves as they sang. The concert wrapped up with some of our fifth graders presenting Ms. Stewart with a spring bouquet to thank her for being the best ever music and band teacher.
Before and after the spring concert, Dresden families supported our PTF by purchasing items at the Buy One, Get one Free book fair. The Parent/Teachers/Friends group generously bought a book for each Dresden student, with each child choosing the title they wanted. The PTF also sold baked goods before the concert, with those funds as well underwriting activities and resources for the school.
Next up is a school-wide field trip in May to the Portland Symphony Orchestra, thanks to the yearly support of the Kenyon Fund. And in a sure sign of spring, T-ball starts May 1. Dresden parents and grandparents run this after school activity for our kindergarten through third graders. Here’s looking forward to warm air, dry fields, and the sound of balls, bats, and happy kids.
SEEN IN DRESDEN APRIL 2014
As we approach the end of April, winter hasn’t entirely given up—waking to a cover of new snow on the 16th was fairly discouraging, although it was pretty much gone by next day. Still, spring seems finally to be winning out. It’s almost hard to remember that just a few weeks ago, the river was still covered with ice, and the long-awaited transverse cracks just weren’t opening up. On the 3rd, I noticed large puddles of water on the ice as I left for a morning meeting. Four hours later, I came home to open water! The ice came back with the high tide, but it was the fastest—if the latest—breakup I’ve witnessed in 14 years; little more than a week later, all the ice was gone.
That same week saw robins, juncos and sparrows by the dozens on every open lawn. A pair of beautiful fox sparrows came and stayed around for a week or so. The flicker returned a few days ago and hungrily devoured delicious somethings—Japanese beetle larvae?—in the grass. A palm and a pine warbler have passed through. The first Phoebes arrived early in the month; soon thereafter bluebirds started checking out nest boxes and then left again. Now the tree swallows are here and will probably claim many boxes before the bluebirds make up their minds. And the eagles! I don’t know if there are more of them (I’ve seen 8-9 at one time, all but one, immatures, but have seen that number in other years as well) or if they are just more active, but they have been everywhere: flapping wings and squeaking at each other on the mud flats at low tide, skimming the surface of the river, doing somersaults and dives and mid-air duels, swooping low across yards—close enough to hear the whoosh of their wings, and boy are they big at that close range! They act every bit as happy as we humans to say goodbye to this winter. A good-sized group of herons was seen flying together: do they migrate in groups or were they all heading for the same alewives fishing ground?
Also spotted along the Eastern River were 10 wood ducks, some hooded mergansers, ring-necked ducks, and the more usual common mergansers, along with dozens and dozens of cormorants. A little falcon (a kestrel?) was spotted on some wires, and a large goshawk checked out a bird feeder just at dusk one evening—probably looking for dinner to take back to the nest. Down in south Dresden, a mother fox and her 4 lovely kits, all dressed in gray, came out together for the first time in the misty morning of the 23rd. All looked healthy and lively. Unfortunately, the ticks are also out, apparently undiminished by the winter, so check yourself, your family and pets carefully when you’ve been out in tick territory. In spite of them, it is lovely to be coming out of hibernation, and we’ve only just begun.
FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY
Speaker Series: Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) on Wednesday, May 14th in Bath City Hall at 7:00pm for the final installment of our 2013-2014 Winter Speaker Series. Kevin Doran and Jack Witham will be presenting Forestry in Maine: State and Local Perspectives. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served. The presentation features two experts on the Maine woods. Kevin Doran from the Maine Forest Service begins the evening with a discussion on the history of forestry in Maine. How does forest management shape our state’s economy and personality? How do these techniques affect our landscape and wildlife? Jack Witham then shares his experience as Associate Scientist at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic, where 30 years of data have given him unique insight into the future of our forests. His talk will touch on long-term population changes and explore how deer and other wildlife affect the woods we Mainers cherish.
Kevin Doran has been a Natural Science Educator with the Maine Forest Service and Department of Conservation since 1999. Earning his B.S. in Resource Management from SUNY, he has since worked for the education wings of University of New Hampshire and Maine Audobon, as well as running his own forestry consulting firm in the 1990s. His expertise in forestry research was honored by the State of Maine in 1998 when he received an Outstanding Forester Award. After completing his M.S in Adult Education at USM, Kevin went on to earn his Ed.D at Nova Southeastern University and has been an adjunct professor at USM since 2006. He was given an Honorary State FFA Degree Award in 2011 for his tireless work towards education practices. Kevin lives in Topsham.
Jack Witham has been the on-site Associate Scientist for the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic, Maine since its inception in 1983. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Management (University of Maine 1976) and a M.S. in Public Policy (University of Southern Maine 1996). At the Forest he is involved in research, outreach, stewardship, and supervision; application of research results to regional forestry issues is one of his principal interests. His previous research examined the impacts of pesticide spraying and lake acidification on forest birds and ducks. In 1989, Jack helped found the Lower Kennebec Regional Land Trust (LKRLT), now the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). He serves on the board of KELT, which to date has protected more than 1,200 acres of tidal marshes and uplands.
FOMB’s annual summer Outside! series begins May 18th with a spring shoreline cleanup of the state wildlife sanctuary on Abbagadassett Point in Bowdoinham. Classes, social groups, and volunteers of all ages are welcome to help us scour the shores of Abby Point for trash and debris from 9:00am-12:30pm. Come help do your part in keeping Merrymeeting Bay clean! Parking will be off Brown’s Point Rd in Bowdoinham. The series continues with paddles, hikes, and other fun outdoor events through September.
For more information, contact Dup Crosson, Coordinator/Organizer, at email@example.com or 207-666-1118, or visit us at http://www.fomb.org.
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 are held each Tuesday at 7:00p.m. at Bridge Academy. FMI Please call Victor at 737-2534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SHREDDING EVENT TO HELP PRESERVE OLD POWNALBOROUGH COURT HOUSE
Tuesday May 20th from 3 to 5 PM, the Lincoln County Historical Association is offering a chance for individuals and businesses in the Richmond-Dresden area to safely dispose of old records, checks, etc and at the same time, help preserve and display a unique part of our early Maine history.
Records Management Center will have a shredding truck in the Richmond Area Heath Center parking lot, which will safely turn your sensitive documents into recycled paper. All those old checks, bank and credit card statements and old tax returns that you have been giving house space to can all go toward a good cause. A suggested donation of 20 cents per pound will help maintain the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden. Participants are asked to limit their material to 200 pounds to make sure that there is time and room enough for all. For more information you can call Chuck Vaughan (208-0350) or Jay Robbins (737-2239).
The Pownalborough Court House is the only pre-revolutionary court house in Maine. A few of the many notable people who visited there include John Adams, Benedict Arnold and Robert Treat Paine. Cases from much of the State were tried there at a time when Lincoln County ran clear to the Canadian Border. It is a grand, three story building with pine beams 44 feet long that can be viewed from inside the building. For more information about the Court House and Lincoln County Historical Association, you can visit the web site at lincolncountyhistory.org
Richmond Area Health Center is providing the space in their parking lot as a public service. They are located just off Main Street (Rt. 197) at 24 Gardiner Street.
Dresden Fire Association members will meet on Wednesday, May 07 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall for the monthly business meeting.
Dresden Fire Department personnel will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station at 6:30 p.m. for station maintenance, truck maintenance and any training. The schedule for the month will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT BURN PERMITS ARE ISSUED AFTER 5:00 P.M. DURING THE WEEK AND AFTER 9:00 A.M. ON THE WEEKENDS, DEPENDING ON THE CLASS DAY AND THE CONDITIONS. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, YOU CAN CALL ONE OF THE ISSUING AGENTS – CHIEF, STEVE LILLY (737-9434), ASSISTANT CHIEF, RON THERIAULT (737-8771), F.F. SONIA LILLY (737-9429) OR DEPUTY WARDEN, SHARI LILLY (737-2566).
Dresden Historical Society members will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12 at the Yellow Schoolhouse on Route 128. New members are always welcome. We will be discussing any upcoming events, the results of our Soup and Stew fundraiser and any work that will begin. The museum will be opening in June so we will be making preparations for that. If you would like more information, please call John at 737-8614 or attend a meeting.
Dresden Comprehensive Plan members will have a workshop on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. Residents are welcome and urged to attend any workshop. Your input and help in updating our existing Plan would be a big help to the committee and the community.
Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, May 06 at 6:30 p.m in Pownalborough Hall. If you have plans for a project that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 and he will gladly help you in any way he can.
The Swap Shop is ready for summer. Shorts are in the bins for both adults and children. Bathing suits will be out by the end of May. Now all we need is some warm weather. And, the volunteers want to remind everyone, we really need more children’s summer clothing in all sizes from baby to teens. As you transition from winter to summer, please bring us any clothing your children have out-grown that is in very good condition.
We have a good selection of books, both paperback and hard cover, decorative items and flower vases. We are low on jigsaw puzzles and could use more of those. We also need children’s toys, especially items that can be used outside
Selectmen Meetings will be held on Mon., May 5th & 19th at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall.
Selectmen Workshop will be on Mon., May 14th at the Town Office.
The Town Office will be closed May 26th for Memorial Day.
School Budget Hearings will be held Monday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Hall-Dale High School; Tuesday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Richmond High School; and Wednesday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m. at Monmouth Academy.
The School Budget Vote will be held at Monmouth Academy at 6pm. on Monday, June 2nd. Please come and vote!!
Town Meeting will start with the Election of Officers on June 10th at Pownalborough Hall from 8am to 8pm. This will be for the purpose of voting in Town Officials. Town Meeting will reconvene on Sat., June 14th at 9am for the purpose of voting on the remainder of the warrant articles.
Nomination papers have been returned for the following positions:
THIRD SELECTMAN, Assessor, & Overseer of the Poor: Dale W. Hinote, Allan S. Moeller Sr.
Treasurer: Joseph Atkinson
Town Clerk: None
Excise Tax Collector: Ann E. Pierce
Property Tax Collector: Ann E. Pierce
CALENDAR OF EVENTS- MAY 2014
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall
Book Group, 7pm, Library
Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
FOMB Talk: Forestry in Maine: State and Local Perspectives, Bath City Hall, 7pm
ROCKET BUILDING, 9AM-4:30PM, BRIDGE ACADEMY
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Shredding Event support Pownalborough Courthouse, 3p-5p, Richmond Health Center Parking lot
Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting Master Mason Degree, 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Midcoast Past Masters Assoc. Annual Meeting & Past Masters Degree, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
BRIDGE ACADEMY BOOK PLANT & BAKE SALE 9AM-1PM
Town Office CLOSED
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Public Roast Beef Supper at Pownalborough Hall, 5:00pm – 7:00pm