Monthly Archives: May 2014

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR JUNE 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.

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 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

 Summer Reading Program 2014

Fizz, Boom Read!

 Sign the kids up for a summer of fun! The reading program is free and open to kids aged 3-11 and it offers readers and pre-readers a chance to win some great prizes and attend our fun family events! Free Sea Dogs tickets will be offered again to all participants and a prize for every ten Box Tops for Education turned in. Registration starts Saturday June 14th and parents are encouraged to sign their kids up early so they have time to meet their summer reading goal. For more information please call 737-8810 or drop by during library hours.

June’s feature event:

BUSTER B!

 Buster B. is a singer/guitarist in Maine who gets kids moving, dancing, and singing!! His music is designed to keep adults entertained, too! Come join us as we kick off the program with a great time for ages! This program is open to the public as well as our Summer Readers.

Saturday June 28th  10:00 am

Bridge Academy Public Library   44 Middle Road in Dresden

FMI call 737-8810

 

Rocket Club Launch Day: Don’t forget to come join us for Launch Day 2014! The Dresden Rocket Club will be meeting to get their creations airborne on Saturday June 7th at 10:30am with a wind/rain date of June14th, same time. Location TBA-Please stop by or call the library at 737-8810 by June 5th before 7pm for a final location!

Adult Book Group : The June discussion book will be A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. The next meeting will be Thursday June 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

SPOTLIGHT ON….Downton Abbey!

Come see what all the buzz is about! The library now owns Season 1-4 of this popular British period drama.

 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

As we get closer to the end of the 2013-2014 school year, we get closer to beginning the long planned for upgrades, to the Dresden portable classroom that houses our art room and library. As you may recall from earlier news, the Kenyon Fund (KF) last year made a generous, one-time donation to the school “that will help Dresden Elementary to become known in the State of Maine as a school of distinction in the creative arts,” in the words of Kenyon Fund Trustee Mary Walsh, who works closely with us on the project.

For 25 years the Kenyon Fund has supported Dresden’s arts and music program with annual grants. Just this school year the Fund has underwritten a day-long visit from Maine author Lynn Plourde; a performance by the Maine-based Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers; an all-school visit to hear the Portland Symphony, as well as supporting other resources to enrich the art and music programs.

In addition to the substantial donation, Mary Walsh, the local Fund Trustee, also submitted a grant to the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program which was recently awarded to the school. The KF now has an additional $4,075 to add to the budget for the portable upgrade.

Once the KF announced its donation, the school held a series of meetings with students, staff, and the PTF (Parent/Teacher/Friends group) to brainstorm how to use the contribution. Through many discussions and a community survey, a clear consensus emerged: upgrade the portable classroom where art and library take place to make it more appealing and accessible for Dresden students.

Specific upgrades include adding sinks and running water, replacing outdated furniture, creating a reading nook, and installing an interactive white board with projector. Walls will be painted, new carpet and tile installed, and the railings and ramp to the building will be spruced up as well.

Plans are for the work to begin next month. Staff and community helpers will assist packing up the art room and library to make way for contractors. Talented RSU 2 staff members, including Facilities Director Gordon Murray, Assistant Facilities Director Frank Farias, and custodian and woodworker Norm Bachelder will do a lot of work on the project. Art teacher Kari McCarthy will consult on paint, carpet and other visual details.

Kenyon Fund Trustee Mary Walsh provides this history of the Fund:

The David B.Kenyon Fund was established in 1980 after the death of David Beale Kenyon in an automobile accident. He was a First Selectman of Dresden, a law teacher at the University of Maine in Augusta, and a practicing lawyer. The purpose of the Fund is to support the enrichment of art and music for Dresden students. David’s children, Nathaniel and Amanda, attended the Dresden School and their father was always supportive of education and the arts program in particular. Five years after her husband’s death, Pamela Kenyon died of cancer. Until her death, Pam was the driving force behind the Fund. She started it and wrote the subsequent grants to kick-off the artists-in-residence program. After her death, John Bernotavicz continued the program with Mary Walsh, who manages the program and was appointed Trustee along with Nathaniel Kenyon in 2002.

So, stay tuned as over the course of the summer the Dresden portable is improved and enriched, thanks to the Kenyon Fund. We’ll hold a ribbon-cutting when it’s all done, and everyone will be invited to celebrate community spirit and a belief in the power of art for the students of Dresden.

SEEN IN DRESDEN MAY 2014

It’s a cold, rainy day as I write, with the high in the 50’s—not so different from last month (or a lot of this one, for that matter). But in other respects, what an amazing transformation our world has gone through in the last 4 weeks! A month ago we were willing the buds to swell, excited that the grass was beginning to green up, hoping the rain might bring out the peepers. Trying to dig perennials for the various plant sales was frustrating because the first green shoots were barely out of the ground and almost impossible to identify. The spring song of chickadees was thrilling.

Now we are surrounded by the fresh colors of lush spring. Some tree leaves still have that marvelous youthful lacey quality, others are nearly full size, but the shades of greens, yellows and reds vibrate in the sunshine (still too rare, but wonderful when it shows up). Daffodils and tulips have come and, mostly gone, replaced now by sweet-smelling lilacs and apple blossoms, among many colorful early blooms. Eagles are ever-present along the rivers, or inland, riding the thermals overhead, swooping down to the water, grasping a fish, and soaring back up, barely rippling the water. For a few days, a pair of bluebirds was actively building a nest in our meadow box. Then the tree swallows arrived and hassled the bluebirds until they gave up. The swallows are still chattering and carrying on, thinking about nesting, waiting, one assumes, for a bit more warmth before getting really serious about it. Ticks and black flies are not waiting. They are out in force.

Warblers of varied colors and kinds have been passing through Dresden since around mid-month. So far, we’ve had reports of: palm, pine, black and white, yellow-rumped, yellow, yellow throats, yellow throated (yes, all those yellow-something ones are different), Canada, chestnut-sided, black throated blues, redstarts, and ovenbirds! Other newly returned old friends include the gorgeous, knock-your-socks-off orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, red-winged blackbirds, Phoebes, hummingbirds, flickers and catbirds. Less commonly seen, but at least passing through this month were bobolinks, a towhee, and an immature indigo bunting. Several sightings of that lovely blue bird confused both observers, who, at first thought they’d seen a blue grosbeak, but the little bunting is the more likely correct identification (and they have been reported from a number of Maine locations this spring).

While big fish are jumping in the river, and alewives are climbing their way up the millstream, the snapping turtles should be thinking about coming out to lay their eggs. I spotted a small one on the side of Indian road on the 21st, but have heard of no others yet. Maybe today’s good rain will bring them out—if it warms up a bit. I happened on a clutch of last year’s snapper eggs, some potentially still viable, in my manure pile. I had no reports of baby turtles last fall, so maybe they all spent the winter in their nests and are still waiting for favorable conditions to hatch and hit the big bad world. Meanwhile, a 2-inch painted turtle was out for a walk the other day near Alexander Road, and larger ones have been seen on the warmer days, sunning themselves on logs in ponds.

So while we are still waiting for those perfect, warm, sunny, Maine days we dreamed about all winter, we have, in fact, been treated to a rather spectacular slow rebirth of the season that has brought color and sweet sound back to our formerly (and very recently) quiet, drab brown world.

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 are held each Tuesday at 7:00p.m. at Bridge Academy. FMI Please call Victor at 737-2534 or email vicblomquist@gmail.com

FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY

Cathance River Paddle : Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) continues its Outside! 2014 series with a Cathance River paddle trip on June 22nd at 9:00am. This is a fantastic opportunity for intermediate to advanced paddlers of all ages to explore one of Merrymeeting Bay’s smaller tributaries.

The upper tidal section of the Cathance is quiet, remote, and known for its abundance of wildlife, including ospreys, snapping turtles, beaver, and eagles. Through events like this, FOMB exposes community members to these diverse creatures firsthand while educating participants about local fragile and threatened wildlife habitat.

Led by Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) guide Michelle Moody, the group will meet at the Bowdoinham Town Landing and proceed to head of tide in Topsham and back with a break for lunch. Intermediate to advanced paddling skills are necessary. Paddlers must provide their own boat and lifejacket. This event is free and open to the public.

This FOMB co-sponsored event is the second of two AMC Cathance River-themed paddles taking place June 20th and 22nd. Pre-registration is required with Michelle Moody at 319-7355.

Outside! 2014 Calendar

The Outside! 2014 series continues with paddles, hikes, and other fun outdoor events through September. Most events are free and all are open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Contact FOMB Coordinator/Organizer Dup Crosson at 666-1118 or fomb@comcast.net.

 June 22          Cathance River Paddle with Michelle Moody, AMC  Bowdoinham, 9:00am-1:00pm. Contact Michelle, 319-7355

July 7-18        Thwing’s Point Dig* ($20 suggested donation)  Woolwich, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm and                 12:30pm-4:30pm. Contact Sarah Cowperthwaite, 449-1450

July 16           Little Swan Island Paddle with Warren Whitney  Richmond, 5:00-7:30pm. Contact Warren, 666-3376

July 26           Turkey Hunt: A family-oriented eco-scavenger hunt Topsham, 9:00am-11:00pm. Contact Colleen Moore,    720-0541  Co-sponsored by Merrymeeting Arts Center

Aug 23           Invasive Plants Walk with Nancy Sferra, TNC  Bowdoinham, 11:00am. Contact Dup Crosson, 666-1118

Sep 7              Swan Island Outing with Jay Robbins* ($8 Island Fee)  Richmond, 9:00am-1:00 pm. Contact Jay, 737-2239

Sep 21           Mushroom Walk with Michaeline Mulvey  Bowdoinham, 2:00-4:00pm. Contact Dup Crosson, 666-1118

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.To register for a program or for questions, please call the contact number for each individual trip, or contact Dup Crosson, FOMB Coordinator/ Organizer, at 666-1118 or fomb@comcast.net.

PADDLERS, PLEASE NOTE: Participants must bring own boat and possess at least intermediate paddling skills. PFDs required.

Participants attend at their own risk.

For more information, contact Dup Crosson, Coordinator/Organizer, at fomb@comcast.net or 207-666-1118. Visit us at www.fomb.org

LINCOLN COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION/POWNALBORUGH COURT HOUSE

There will be a tree identification and woodlot management event hosted by Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) at Pownalborough Court House on RT 128 (Cedar Grove Rd) in Dresden. The event starts at 2pm on Sunday Augusta 24th and will include a 2 mile walk though the Court House Trails with forester Barrie Brusila.

 

FIRE ASSOCIATION      

Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 04 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having elections for the Association Officers for 2014 – 15.  Also, we will finalize preparations for both SummerFest and Richmond Days.  All members are urged to attend.                                                                                            

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for weekly truck and station maintenance.  The schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Now that the kids will be getting out of school for the summer and the temperatures are beginning to rise, the Dresden Historical Society members will have an ICE CREAM SOCIAL at Pownalborough Hall on THURSDAY, JUNE 26 from 5 – 7 p.m.  We hope to see many people there to enjoy this ‘cool’ event.  Prices are $ 5.00 for adults and $ 3.00 for children under 12 and senior citizens.   Let us help to put a chill on the hot weather. Come on in, have some ice cream with a choice of topping, sit and chat for a while, and help us to raise money for our town’s Historical Society.

The members will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, June 09 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will be making our final plans for the Ice Cream Social.  We hope you will take the time to attend.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan members will have their next workshop on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Elements being drafted at this time include Agricultural & Forestry, Natural Critical Resources, Water Resources, and the Capitol Improvement Plan.  These meetings are always open to the public.  We encourage any resident to come to a workshop.  Even if you just want to know what is being discussed.  We think that all people in our community should be informed about the progress that has been made and the issues that are being worked on at this time.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, June 03 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have a project or a question about a project, please feel free to call the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen’s Meeting will be held on Monday, June 2nd, 16th and 30th at Pownalborough Hall at 6:00 p.m.

2014 ATV and Snowmobile registrations expire June 30. The 2015 ATV stickers are available now.

The RSU#2 School Budget will be voted on at Monmouth Academy on Monday, June 2nd at 6 pm. This is the actual budget vote.

The Office will close at 5pm on June 2nd as the Clerk needs to have time to get to Monmouth to set up for the voting.

Then on June 10th, at our town elections, we vote to validate the school budget amounts that were voted for on June 2nd.

Municipal & State Primary Elections are Tuesday June 10, with the Polls open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Town Meeting resumes Saturday the 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Pownalborough Hall.

Absentee ballots are available until Thursday, June 5th, unless special circumstances exist.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JUNE 2014

Monday, 2

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

RSU School Budget Vote, 6pm, Monmouth Academy

Town Office will be closing early at 5pm

Tuesday, 3

Library, 2pm-7pm

Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 4

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 5

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 7

Rocket Club Launch, 10:30am, call for location

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 9

Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 10

Municipal & State Primary Elections, 8am-8pm,Pownalborough Hall

Library, 2pm-7pm

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

Wednesday, 11

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 12

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 14

Town Meeting, 9am, Pownalborough Hall

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 16

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 17

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 19

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 21

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 22

Cathance River Paddle, 9am, Bowdoinham Town Landing

Tuesday, 24

Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 25

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 26

Library, 2pm-7pm

Ice Cream Social, 5-7pm, Pownalborough Hall

Saturday, 28

Buster B Kids Musician, 10am, Bridge Academy Library

Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 30

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JUNE 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JUNE 2014

Monday, 2

     Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

     RSU School Budget Vote, 6pm, Monmouth Academy

     Town Office will be closing early at 5pm

Tuesday, 3

     Library, 2pm-7pm

     Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 4

     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

     Fire Association, 7pm, Powalborough Hall

Thursday, 5

     Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 7

     Rocket Club Launch, 10:30am, call for location

     Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 9

     Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 10

     Municipal & State Primary Elections, 8am-8pm,Pownalborough Hall

     Library, 2pm-7pm

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

Wednesday, 11

     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 12

     Library, 2pm-7pm

     Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 14

     Town Meeting, 9am, Pownalborough Hall

     Library, 9am-12pm 

Monday, 16

     Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 17

     Library, 2pm-7pm

     Comprehensive Plan Committee, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18

     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 19

     Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 21

     Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 22

     Cathance River Paddle, 9am, Bowdoinham Town Landing

Tuesday, 24

     Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 25

     Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 26

    Library, 2pm-7pm

    Ice Cream Social, 5-7pm, Pownalborough Hall

Saturday, 28

     Buster B Kids Musician, 10am, Bridge Academy Library

     Library, 9am-12pm

Monday, 30

     Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

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