Monthly Archives: June 2014

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR JULY 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 http://www.bridgeacademydresden.wordpress.com for article guidelines.

COMMUNICATOR NOTE

Though we are no longer able to provide the Communicator in printed format for residents; we wish to clarify that individual residents are more than welcome, and encouraged to print and share copies of this publication. We are aware that not all residents have computer/internet access and hope that the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor will enable all who wish to have access to the Communicator to do so. Additionally public computer access is always available at Bridge Academy during library hours and copies may be printed free of charge. Anyone who wishes to have the Communicator delivered via monthly E-mail may visit the following link and enter their E-mail address in the box on the right side of the page. http://www.bridgeacademydresden.wordpress.com

BRIDGE ACADEMY TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS LAST CALL!!

Applications and guidelines for scholarships from the Bridge Academy Trust, are 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

Summer Reading Program 2014
Fizz, Boom Read!

July’s feature event:

Endangered Species: Protecting our Native Wildlife
Chewonki Traveling Natural History Programs

Many of Maine’s animals are struggling to survive. Join us as we learn why animal populations decline, exactly what it means to be endangered and how people are working to protect these species. Two live non-releasable animals will be there to help tell the story!

Tuesday July 8th
6:00-7:00 pm
Bridge Academy Public Library
44 Middle Road in Dresden

Handicapped accessible
FMI call 737-8810

This program is open to the public as well as our Summer Readers!

Christmas in July….let’s shop for the library again! Our Christmas 2013 wish list helped put some great books on our shelves, but we could still use your help!

The library has a special wish list of books housed at amazon.com that we’d like to add to our collection. Pick up a book or two for the library and help us keep offering great books to our local community! We’ll keep the list posted through the end of the summer only so be sure to shop soon!
How you can shop:
1. If you have an amazon.com account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu. Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and click the Search button.* The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.
2. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

*Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

Adult Book Group : The July discussion book(s) will be Trespasser and other titles by Maine author Paul Doiron. The next meeting will be Thursday July 10th at 7:00pm at the library. Come join the fun!

Help Wanted: Our annual book sale road signs are showing their age. The library would like to find a community volunteer or volunteers willing to build some sturdier, weatherproof signs that could stand the test of time for next year’s sale. If you are interested in helping us out or if you have questions please stop by during open hours or call the library at 737-8810. Halldale students looking to complete their community service graduation requirements may want to consider this opportunity!

Spotlight on….Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Knowledge is power. Come check out our special display which features helpful information for the patient and the caregivers affected by these degenerative illnesses.

Summerfest: Please visit our booth at Summerfest to learn everything your library has to offer.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Dresden Elementary said good-bye and congratulations to our fifth graders at a recent assembly during the last week of school.

Fifth grade parents and friends attended, as did kindergarten through fourth grade students and staff. A reception was held afterwards for our almost-sixth graders and their families.

Winners of this year’s American Legion award were Owen Stewart and Anevay Moody. Students are chosen for this honor on the basis of scholarship, character, and community spirit, and Owen and Anevay embody these attributes.

The Doris and Leslie Souviney Perseverance Award was given to Mackenzie Richmond, along with a scholarship for karate lessons at the Wiscasset Community Center. Mackenzie was surprised with a new karate uniform, or gi, during the assembly. The children of Doris and Leslie write a letter to the winner of this annual award, and here is a portion of that communication:

The family of Doris & Leslie Souviney congratulate you on being selected to receive the Doris & Leslie Souviney Perseverance Award in 2014. Each year, this award recognizes the Dresden Elementary School student who has shown outstanding determination, persistence, grit, pluck, and stick-to-itiveness in their studies.

Doris and Leslie Souviney lived most of their lives in Dresden. Doris taught at the Middle Bridge and Pownalborough Schools from 1952 through 1964, and then went on to teach middle school science for another 25 years in Augusta. She managed to earn her undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Maine while teaching full time in Dresden and Augusta. Leslie overcame a difficult start in life as a foster child and went on to graduate from Bridge Academy and Gorham Teacher’s College. For many years, he taught grades 7 and 8 at Bridge Academy and later completed his Masters degree at Gorham Teacher’s College while serving as a Principal in the Gardiner schools.

Our parents always encouraged us as well as their students to study hard to achieve our full potential in life. When students were struggling with a writing assignment or a math problem, Leslie was famous for saying, “Just stay the course.” Doris particularly loved teaching science and brought nature into her classroom every day. They both believed that perseverance was the most important characteristic their students needed to be successful. The writer Robert Strauss captured the importance of persistence in life’s success when he stated, “It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit with the gorilla is tired.”

Another highlight of the afternoon was the world premiere of the new school song, Dresden Dragons, words and music by Bill Matthews, RSU 2 school board member and music professor at Bates College. The students performed the song for the assembly, under the direction of music teacher Amy Stewart. Mr. Matthews, who stood in the midst of the children as they sang, was presented with a dragon shaped card signed by our young learners to thank him for his work.

As soon as students and staff left for their summer break, work began on the long-planned for renovations to the portable classroom that houses our art room and library. The upgrade is possible thanks to a generous donation from the Kenyon Fund and an additional grant from Lowe’s written by Fund Trustee Mary Walsh. The new reading nook is in, art room tables and stools have been ordered, and paint colors chosen. Work will continue through the summer, and community members are invited to stop by and see the progress.

SEEN IN DRESDEN- JUNE 2014

June has brought us lots of the perfect early summer Maine days we dreamed about all winter: abundant sun, warm days with cool breezes, cool nights, flowers everywhere spreading sweet scents. Weren’t the lilacs glorious this year! We had some rain, of course, but not too much, and, perhaps a first ever, no rain on the peonies, so they didn’t end up with their faces plastered in the mud as they usually do.
The birds have established their territories, built their nests, laid eggs and brooded them, fed the hatchlings, and are mostly now busily feeding the demanding new fledglings, whose “feed me” calls fill the air. The tree swallows, by being persistent and totally obnoxious, drove off the bluebirds that had begun building a nest, and took over the box. They took their time about it, so are still feeding nestlings and dive-bombing anything that comes too close. Phoebes are thinking about starting a second nest, but the orioles are probably thinking about starting their long trip back to the southern hemisphere already. A solitary vireo abandoned its nest after the three-inch-plus rainfall on the 13th, leaving her own three eggs plus a cowbird egg unattended, and doomed. A red-eyed vireo, however, just a few trees over, stayed on her nest and should have a healthy brood by now.
Last year we had no reports of snapping turtles laying eggs, nor did anyone report seeing baby turtles last fall. As I weeded my manure pile a few weeks ago, I found some old eggs, with the mean roots of witch grass grown right through them. No wonder no baby turtles had emerged. I worried that we had done in the local population, but—hooray!—they came back strong this year. Sightings of egg-laying momma turtles, some of a very respectable size, were reported from all over town. At my place, I had no fewer than five visits, including three at one time. I watched them sample various spots, including the bed I always wait to plant until after they have dug it up thoroughly. I then thought it was safe to plant, and did so, only to have another visit a few days later, during which mom uprooted all the seedlings. Similarly, several of them tunneled along the length of a long stretch of good soil behind a rock wall, where they easily up-rooted and/or moved around all the vegetable seedlings. When the sun got too hot for them, they buried themselves in the manure pile for a few hours, and probably added some new eggs to that location as well. I conclude from these choices that they need, not just relatively loose soil they can dig easily, but soil without strong, established roots. That’s probably why so many turtles end up putting their eggs in the narrow sandy strip on the edges of our roads, even though that is such an inauspicious starting point for the new babies. Each female turtle, who must be at least 20 years old to be able to breed, lays dozens, if not hundreds of eggs. Most will be dug up and eaten by skunks, raccoons, and foxes long before they hatch. Those that manage to avoid detection will need 3-4 months to grow into the tiny, quarter-sized baby turtles that emerge (in my experience, leaving absolutely no trace in the soil they have dug out of) and instinctively head for water, where they’ll spend the winter—if nothing eats them first—buried in the mud, not eating anything until the following spring. So we’ll need to wait until mid-September to see if any hatch from all the holes we’ve seen dug this June. I’m told it is perfectly OK, if you should see a baby, to help it survive that first, dangerous journey by carrying it to the water’s edge. In the meantime, if you know the location of a nest and it hasn’t yet been destroyed, you might fence it off or provide some other protection from would-be egg hunters. And now, on to July!

SUMMERFEST!

Please join us on Sunday July 13th from 11:30-3:30, on the beautiful grounds of the Pownalborough Courthouse (Rt 128) for the 2014 Dresden Summerfest. There will be a variety of events & activities appropriate for all ages so bring the family along to this wonderful community event.

Activities for Summerfest 2014
(More activities may be added as the date approaches)

11:30 Parade led by the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps
12:00 Concert by MPSPDC
12:30 Concert by Dresden Richmond Choral Group
1:00 Presentation by Wind Over Wings- Birds of Prey
1:30 Pie Judging Contest
1:45 Concert by Cedar Grove Band
3:15 Sing Along with the Accordion Dude

All Day Activities
Barbeque provided by the Dresden Fire Department
Farmer’s Market- Goranson Farm
Horse and Carriage Rides by Hideaway Farms
Tours of Pownalborough Courthouse
Nature Trail Hikes
Children’s Games- Clowns- Facepainting- Hula Hoops
Petting Zoo with goats and other animals
Community Displays– Dresden Historical Society- Bridge Academy- Republicans and Democrats-Richmond Area Health Center- Richmond Dresden Food Pantry – Other
Local Businesses– Jewelry- Home made breads-

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

Thwing’s Point Archaeology Dig : Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) as we continue our Outside! 2014 series with a unique opportunity to unearth some of Maine’s deepest history. Weekdays July 7th-18th FOMB will host continued archaeological excavations at Thwing’s Point and seeks volunteer help digging at this important site.
In 1654 at the home and trading post of Thomas Ashley, on what is now Thwing’s Point in Woolwich, a group of early settlers met and signed papers forming the first European-style government in the Merrymeeting Bay region. The site has been described as possibly the most significant un-excavated historic archaeological site in Maine.
The 2014 dig continues earlier efforts homing in on the original building site, including two formerly unearthed cellar holes. This site is loaded with artifacts of the period. The last FOMB excavation in 2009 ended just as a skull was partially uncovered in one of the pits! Leading the dig is retired Maine Historic Preservation Commission historical archaeologist Lee Cranmer.
FOMB invites volunteers to assist with the project. Participants are required to pre-register with minimum time commitments of a half day, though multi-day assistance is encouraged, space permitting. A $20 minimum donation to FOMB is suggested to help defray the $2,000 FOMB cost share of the $7,000 project. Donations of at least $50 from non-FOMB members include a one-year membership in the organization. Any artifacts recovered remain the property of the landowner.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, trained archaeologists while making important contributions to Maine historical knowledge. A maximum of six volunteer slots are available per half day session. Donations – at levels far less than a similar field school might cost – support continued FOMB work in areas like this one. The morning time slot is 8:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon slot is 12:30-4:30pm with a lunch break at noon.
Pre-registration is required with Dig Coordinator Sarah Cowperthwaite at 449-1450 or sarahcowperthwaite@rocketmail.com.

Next in the FOMB Outside! 2014 series is a Little Swan Island paddle with Warren Whitney on July 16th from 5:00-7:30pm. Intermediate paddlers are invited to meet in Richmond but must bring their own boats. PFD are required. Pre-register with Warren at 666-3376.

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.
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, 9:00am-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 http://www.fomb.org.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association met on the last Wednesday in June in order to finalize our plans for both the SummerFest on Sunday July 13 at Pownalborough Court House and Richmond Days on July 25 & 26. Once again this year, we will have our Grill Masters preparing some of the most delicious sausages, hamburgers and hot dogs for these annual fund raisers. We will also have cold drinks to sell. We hope you will join us and have a wonderful time. So mark your calendars. Also, we held election of the Association Officers for the 2014 – 15 year which are Gorham (Pean) Lilly – President, Tyler Cray – Vice President, Pat Theriault – Secretary and Shari Lilly – Treasurer.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday in July at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance and/or any training, etc. The schedule for the month will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month. Like so many other towns, we are always looking for more members. If you are interesting in joining or would like to get more information, you’re more than welcome to come to any meeting or you can call the chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or the assistant chief, Ron Theriault, at 737-8771. Visit us on Facebook by searching for Dresden Fire and Rescue & let us know what you would like to see, or any changes that you think would be appropriate.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, July 01, at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall. On the agenda for this month will be a public hearing and application review for a four – lot subdivision on Common Road. If you have a project in mind and need information, please contact the Board Chair, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office and he will gladly help you in any way he can.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comprehensive Plan members will meet on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall. All elements being drafted or modified, will be discussed. They will include Agricultural & Forestry; Recreation; Natural Critical Resources; Water Resources and Capitol Investment. They will include any strategies that were not previously discussed or any changes that may have been suggested. All members involved in the Plan should try to attend so that we can make sure we have everything updated to begin preparing for more open public information forums. If you have any questions or need further info, please contact Dave Probert.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society will have a meeting on Monday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse. This month we will be having a booth at the Court House for SummerFest on Sunday, July 13. The Brick School Museum is now open to the public on the weekends. Stop by and check it out. We have been working hard to put many, many pieces of historical articles into a database and catalog many of the artifacts. Also, we want to put many of the old pictures onto disc. This has taken many hours of volunteer work, but we are progressing. We invite you to join the group, but, if you’re not ready to do that, you’re always welcome to sit in on a meeting as they are open to the public.

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.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held on Mon., July , 14th & 28th at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall.
The Town Office will be closed the week of June 30th thru July 5th for our annual vacation.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JULY 2014

Tuesday, 1
Library, 2pm-7pm
Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 2
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 3
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 5
Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 8
Library, 2pm-7pm
Endangered Species: Chewonki Natural History Program, 6pm,      Bridge Academy Library
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
Thursday, 10
Library, 2pm-7pm
Book Group, 7pm, Library
Saturday, 12
Library, 9am-12pm
Sunday, 13
SUMMERFEST, 11:30-3:30, Pownalborough Courthouse
Monday, 14
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse

Tuesday, 15
Library, 2pm-7pm
Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting (Fellowcraft Degree), 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting
http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 16
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Little Swan Island Paddle, Richmond, 5:00-7:30pm.
Thursday, 17
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 19
Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 22
Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 23
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 24
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 26
Library, 9am-12pm
Turkey Hunt:A family-oriented eco-scavenger hunt,Topsham,9-11
Sunday,27

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 CHIPs at the Pittston Fair, 12:00pm-3:00pm http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Monday, 28
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 29
Library, 2pm-7pm
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting (Master Mason Degree w/Military degree Team), 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting
http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 30
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 31
Library, 2pm-7pm

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JULY 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS- JULY 2014

Tuesday, 1
Library, 2pm-7pm
Planning Board, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 2
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 3
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 5
Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 8
Library, 2pm-7pm
Endangered Species: Chewonki Natural History Program, 6pm,      Bridge Academy Library
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
Thursday, 10
Library, 2pm-7pm
Book Group, 7pm, Library
Saturday, 12
Library, 9am-12pm
Sunday, 13
SUMMERFEST, 11:30-3:30, Pownalborough Courthouse
Monday, 14

Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 15
Library, 2pm-7pm
Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting (Fellowcraft Degree), 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting
http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 16
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Little Swan Island Paddle, Richmond, 5:00-7:30pm.
Thursday, 17
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 19
Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 22
Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 23
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 24
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 26
Library, 9am-12pm
Turkey Hunt:A family-oriented eco-scavenger hunt,Topsham,9-11
Sunday,27

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 CHIPs at the Pittston Fair, 12:00pm-3:00pm http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Monday, 28
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 29
Library, 2pm-7pm
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting (Master Mason Degree w/Military degree Team), 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting
http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 30
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 31
Library, 2pm-7pm

 

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