Monthly Archives: July 2014

DRESDEN COMMUNICATOR AUGUST 2014

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BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

Summer Reading Program 2014
Fizz, Boom Read!

      Augusts feature event:

     Final Wrap Party!*

                                                  Saturday August 23rd

                                                                    10:00am

                                              Bridge Academy Public Library

                                                 44 Middle Road in Dresden

                                                             FMI call 737-8810

Prizes and certificates will be distributed, snacks served and a fun science-themed activity is planned! Come and celebrate a great summer program with us! Goal completion is not required to attend the party so bring the whole gang!

* Summer Readers please turn in your log sheets or call the library by August 21st at 737-8810 so I know who made their Summer Reading goals before the party!

Christmas in August! Our book wish list will continue to be posted through August and our budget is tight so help us out if you can, please!

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 August discussion book will be Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff . The next meeting will be Thursday August 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Help Still Wanted: Our annual book sale road signs are showing their age. The library is still looking for 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.

From Page to Screen Youth Fiction Reads: Each of these titles now on our shelves is a recent or soon to be feature film! Come find out where the story began!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green(Kindle ebook)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Divergent by Veronica Roth

SEEN IN DRESDEN- JULY 2014

Full summer is here—lots of hot and humid days, occasional chilly nights to catch up on sleep, occasional downpours of 3-4” at a time, with flashing and streaking lightening, rumbling and crashing thunder. The orioles cleared out around the end of June, tree swallows fledged and left town, Phoebes fledged one clutch and started a second. A song sparrow is doing an excellent imitation of the towhee’s “Drink your teeeaaa” song. The nuthatch parents have been giving hunting lessons and feeding fledglings in the understory of the apple tree. A crazed robin never stops sounding the alarm. And down by the Eastern River is a very lucky cat who survived, if only just, an attack by an eagle! He is mending well.

Male rose-breasted grosbeaks, who are described as territorial in all the sources I can find, came to the feeder in twos and threes for all of June, with no sign of competition or aggression toward each other. When the babies fledged, I saw two adult males running herd on three fledglings all around the garden, babysitting and teaching as a team quite effectively. Maybe that’s another sign I have enough good bugs that there is no need for grosbeaks to keep another bird out of their territory.

I hardly need the grosbeaks for that information though: if the birds have quieted down and many moved on, the bugs have moved in en masse. Large masses. When I saw only three Japanese beetles for the first time on June 30th, which seemed late, I dared to hope they hadn’t survived the hard winter. Two days later, I admired the rugosa roses, totally covered with blooms as I left to run an errand. When I came home three hours later, not a blossom was left intact! Those beetles, as well as squash and cucumber and lily beetles all seem to have loved the cold winter, and are thriving in my organic garden. I hunt and squash them regularly, and remind myself that organic gardening means sharing some of my crop with them.

I’ve been removing the single, tiny (1 mm) pearly green eggs of hornworms from tomato leaves since July 10. Recently, the eggs are becoming less numerous (I hope the moths are reaching the end of egg-laying), but I am finding the still-small (one half to one inch long) green hornworms whose eggs I missed. They’re not too hard to find now, just by checking the underside of any leaf with a small hole, or leaves just above a small pile of dark frass. But if you haven’t been checking, do so soon, or you’ll be finding the monstrous full-grown worms—and have lost half your plants.

To close on a brighter note: July also brings berries: hope you got to pick, and savor some luscious strawberries and raspberries. High-bush blueberries are coming in right now, and Maine’s own delicious little ones will be ready soon. And all the fresh crisp veggies are readying to pick and devour. We live well in Maine in July

FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY

Education Volunteers Wanted

Reaching and educating local students is an important part of FOMB’s mission to foster long-term stewardship of our land, water, and wildlife resources. Our free school programs offer enlightening presentations on a wide array of scientific topics often not included in classrooms. Learning about wetland ecology, food chains, migration, adaptation, critters, and other subjects helps inspire pride and curiosity in our environment both locally and globally.

As we dive into another school year, FOMB is looking for volunteers to assist with in-class presentations as part of our Hands Around the Bay education program. Training is provided and enthusiasm is key! Schedules and commitment levels are reasonably flexible.

Additionally, we need chaperones and presenters for this fall’s Bay Day on September 23rd at the Wildlife Management Area in Bowdoinham. These unique and popular biannual events gather hundreds of regional 4th-graders for hands-on ecological activities on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay. Kids and adults alike get their hands dirty and their sense of wonder renewed!

Contact FOMB Coordinator/Organizer Dup Crosson at 666-1118 or fomb@comcast.net to engage in these or other education programs.

 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.

August 13           Little Swan Island Paddle with Warren Whitney                                                                                 Richmond, 5:00-7:30pm. Contact Warren, 666-3376

Aug 23                Invasive Plants Walk with Nancy Sferra, TNC                                                                 

Bowdoinham, 9:00am-11:00am. 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.

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

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.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Dresden Historical Society – Monday, August 11 – 7:00 p.m. at the Yellow Schoolhouse.

FIRE ASSOCIATION

Dresden Fire Association – Monthly business meeting – Wednesday, August 06, 7 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Dresden Fire Department – Every Wednesday – 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Dresden Comp Plan Workshop – Tuesday, August 19 – 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall. This workshop is open to the public. Residents are urged to attend. We will be making plans for upcoming Public Information Open House dates.

PLANNING BOARD

Dresden Planning Board – Tuesday, August 05 – 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall. Any residents planning a project or needing information or help can call the Board Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006.

TOWN OFFICE

Selectmen Meetings will be held on Mon., August 11th & 25th at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall.

Workshops will be held on Monday, August 4th & 18th at the Town Office if needed.

The Office will be closed Monday, Sept. 1st for Labor Day, please plan accordingly.

Motor Vehicle Re-registrations can be done online, using a credit card for anyone who needs to use this option. Also hunting & fishing licenses and boat & 4 wheeler re-registrations can be done online.

Hall Dale High School students will be holding a Day of Caring event, as they did last year, to provide some yard work to any resident who is unable to do outdoor work on their own. If you are interested in signing up please call the office at 737-4335, as the deadline for this is August 12th.

Assessing is being done this month, so if you built something new or added a shed or deck, etc., we will be around to measure and take a picture for town records.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS-AUGUST 2014

Saturday, 2

LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, 5

LIBRARY CLOSED

Planning Board, 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, 6

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Fire Association, 7pm,Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 7

LIBRARY CLOSED

Saturday, 9

LIBRARY CLOSED

Monday, 11

Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 12

Library, 2pm-7pm

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

Wednesday, 13

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Little Swan Island Paddle, 5-7pm

Thursday, 14

Library, 2pm-7pm

Book Group, 7pm, Library

Saturday, 16

Library, 9am-12pm

Tuesday, 19

Library, 2pm-7pm

Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 20

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 21

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 23

Summer Readers Final Wrap Party, 10am, Library

Library, 9am-12pm

Sunday, 24th

Tree Identification & Woodlot Management, 2pm, Pownalborough Court House

Monday, 25th

Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 26

Library, 2pm-7pm

Wednesday, 27

Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station

Thursday, 28

Library, 2pm-7pm

Saturday, 30

Library, 9am-12pm

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS-AUGUST 2014

Saturday, 2
LIBRARY CLOSED
Tuesday, 5
LIBRARY CLOSED
Planning Board, 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, 6
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Fire Association, 7pm,Pownalborough Hall
Thursday, 7
LIBRARY CLOSED
Saturday, 9
LIBRARY CLOSED
Monday, 11
Historical Society, 7PM, Yellow Schoolhouse
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 12
Library, 2pm-7pm
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting
http://www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
Wednesday, 13
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Little Swan Island Paddle, 5-7pm
Thursday, 14
Library, 2pm-7pm
Book Group, 7pm, Library
Saturday, 16
Library, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, 19
Library, 2pm-7pm
Comprehensive Plan, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 20
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 21
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 23
Summer Readers Final Wrap Party, 10am, Library
Library, 9am-12pm
Sunday, 24th
Tree Identification & Woodlot Management, 2pm, Pownalborough Court House
Monday, 25th
Selectmen Meeting, 6pm, Pownalborough Hall
Tuesday, 26
Library, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday, 27
Fire Department, 6:30pm, Pownalborough Station
Thursday, 28
Library, 2pm-7pm
Saturday, 30
Library, 9am-12pm

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