Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dresden Communicator – September 2014 Addendum

Dresden Fire Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, September 03 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be planning the annual Fire Prevention Open House that the Fire Department has each year (usually around the first part of October).
 
Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.  Truck and station maintenance will be done.  Any training or other information will be posted on the board on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are always a welcome addition.    Come to a meeting or you can call Chief Steve Lilly at 737-9434 to get more information or to request an application.  Also, check out the Fire Department website at www.dresdenfireandrescue.org where we try to keep up-to-date information about what we have going on for events or fund raisers, plus information about things we have done.  Also, there is a link to a website that the Chief has set up so that you can get free online burn permits when conditions are acceptable.  Leave a comment as to what you would like to know or read about your fire department and the people who have committed to volunteering their time for the safety and well-being of our community.
 
Dresden Comp Plan members will have a workshop on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.    We will be discussing the elements that have been completed, those that need to be updated or modified and the preparing for Open Forums.  If you have any questions, please contact Chairman, Dave Probert at 737-4959.  All members are urged to attend.
These workshops are always open to the public, so if you are interested in either hearing what the members have accomplished or would like to add input, please join us at a workshop.
 
Dresden Historical Society members will meet on Monday, September 08 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will be finalizing plans for the Harvest Supper that has been set for October 04 at Dresden Elementary School.  First seating will be at 5 p.m and the second seating will be at 6:30 p.m.  Contact Dale Hinote at 809-7975 or Shari Lilly at 737-2566 for more information.  Anyone wishing to help, please let us know.  Our meetings are open to the public.  If you have any questions, suggestions, would like to help, or need info, please contact either Eleanor Everson at 737-8892 or John Ottum at 737-8614.
 
Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, September 02, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have questions about a project or are looking for information, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.
 
Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Snowmobile Club will have its Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, September 09 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House.  As this is the first meeting of the new season, we will be doing memberships (new or renewals), discuss trail maintenance, have the MSA Raffle Tickets for sale and any other topics that members bring up.  We will have refreshments and our Pot-O-Gold drawing.  We would really like to see more snow enthusiasts join the club.  Our few club members maintain the trail for the enjoyment of those who like to venture through the town during the winter months either by snowmobile, snowshoes, skis or sleds to see the beauty of the season.  For more information, come to a meeting or you can call either the President, Rick Graffam at 737-4924 or the Secretary, Shari Lilly at 737-2566.
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Dresden Communicator, September 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 Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the October edition is the 25th of September. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines.  Apologies for the delay in getting the September edition online;  your new editor was a bit confused!

BRIDGE ACADEMY LIBRARY

Mark your calendars! Next month we welcome the very funny team of John Ford and Mark Nickerson to the library for what promises to be a evening filled with entertainment! Retired Maine Game Warden John Ford is the author of Suddenly the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good and This Cider Still Tastes Funny. Mark Nickerson is a retired Maine Trooper. Between the two them they have enough hilarious anecdotes to keep you in stitches! Come join the fun! Snacks (including cider!) will be served and books by the authors will be available for purchase if you want to keep the laughs coming!

Thursday October 2nd at 6p.m.

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

FMI call 737-8810

 

Sock Knitting Class: Just in time for Christmas! Come learn how to knit a beautiful pair of socks with Dresden knitter Pat Theriault at the library! Some basic knitting experience is helpful for this project. Please bring a set of #2 double pointed needles and one skein of sock yarn to the first session. A $25 class fee will be charged but the entire amount will be donated to the library, which is greatly in need of financial support. Please call Pat at 737-8771 if you have questions about the class.

 

Adult Book Group : The September discussion book will be Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. The next meeting will be Thursday September 11th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

New Computer Use Policy- We have recently updated our computer use policy to make sure we are in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act. All users will be required to abide by the new policy. New users will be given a copy when they sign up for their library cards and current cardholders may request a copy at the front desk if they wish to see the revised policy. For more information please stop by during open hours or call the library at 737-8810.

 

SEEN IN DRESDEN, AUGUST 2014

 

How can it be that August is already gone, another school year beginning, and even the first touches of fall color showing on some swamp maples and low shrubs? That was one fast summer! But we still have beautiful days ahead, and August has been lovely. As I write, we’re experiencing a mini-heat wave (always got to have one to welcome the new school year), but most of the month has been surprisingly cool, with some nights getting downright chilly.

 

That’s probably one reason some tomatoes have been slow to ripen, but I’ve just learned of yet another tomato problem: “cloudy spot” or small white spots and a spongy texture inside, caused by the feeding of green stink bugs. White flies can contribute to a similar problem, and I certainly had, earlier in the season, masses of white flies that I’d never noticed on tomatoes before. Still, it is harvest time, and in spite of all the diseases and pests the fruits are coming in. Blueberries were terrific this year, and cucumbers loved all the rain, which also encouraged mushrooms of every shape and size. Gold finches are feasting on the sunflowers—maybe the reason they don’t go after my kale and other leafy greens, as some people report happening in their gardens.

 

On the wildlife front, August is butterfly season. We’ve had quite a few fritillaries, mostly Aphrodites and maybe a couple of great spangled; a very few painted ladies, some large wood nymphs, a beaten up white admiral still managing to fly with a set of nearly shredded wings, and a single report of a monarch. One neighbor reported that, “In the field garden, a monarch chrysalis formed overnight from the caterpillar that had attached itself to the underside of an eggplant leaf. A second caterpillar had been seen about a week earlier, feeding on small milkweed plants in the garden, so we hope another chrysalis is nearby.”

 

Those who like to walk after dark are being treated to glow worms in damp growth along the sides of roads and paths. Glow worms are actually the larval stage of a fly or gnat. The adult flies cannot eat because they have no mouths! They only live a few days—just long enough to mate and lay about 100 eggs. The larvae that hatch from the eggs do have mouths. They “glow” to attract other insects, which they trap in sticky threads similar to spider webs. Speaking of webs, large black and yellow garden spiders are especially evident now. Their webs are usually a foot or two above ground, in a bright sunny, relatively sheltered spot. The female spider, almost four times as large as the male and more brightly colored, apparently builds, starting fresh every day (having eaten yesterday’s web), the large spiraling web that can be as much as two feet across. The male is said to build a smaller web in front of it: his is the silky zig-zag web. The female eventually lays as many as a thousand eggs in a brown papery sac on the side of the web, and soon after goes off to die. The eggs will hatch in the fall, but the tiny baby spiders, or “spiderlings,” over-winter inside the papery sac, to head off on their own come spring.

 

There have been multiple reports of large milk and garter snakes this month, possibly because of the cool weather, as they’ve generally been sighted basking in the sun or beneath a sheet of black plastic. Snakes regulate their body temperature (and digestion) by moving in and out of warm spots. Snakes eat a wide variety of rodents, amphibians, insects, earthworms, other snakes and the like. Although they may hiss, or even lift the tail and rattle it if cornered, neither of these—nor any other wild snake in Maine—poses a danger to humans. Maine’s IFW web page says that, if you ignore a snake you see outside your home, chances are you won’t ever see it again.

 

We’ve also had several reports of aggressively rabid skunks, and possibly raccoons, along the Middle Road. A healthy skunk will not attack. While it may roam during daylight, it does so purposefully, reacts to human presence by lifting its tail and stomping, then usually retreats. An ill animal looks mangy, may walk drunkenly with drooping tail, may sleep out in the open, and react either not at all to human presence or by attacking. Call the animal control officer if you see a sick animal. Rabies is spread by bites from infected animals in the late stages of the disease. You (and your pets) cannot be infected by a skunk’s spray. But get thee (or a pet, even one with an up-to-date rabies vaccination) to a doctor if you (or they) are bitten.

 

As we move into September, keep an eye out, especially in the early morning, for hatchling snapping turtles. We had numerous reports of mother turtles laying eggs last May and early June. At least some of those eggs should have survived to hatch after ca. 3 months, i.e., any day now. Watch, especially, in driveways, for the quarter-sized babies, slowly warming up and making their way toward water. Feel free, if you are lucky enough to see some, to help them to water’s edge. That help could greatly improve their chances of survival.

 

FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY: SEPTEMBER UPDATE

 

Fall Bay Day

 

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. Hands Around the Bay, our free and volunteer-run education program, offers 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 part of this program, we also host Bay Days, wildly popular biannual events bringing over 200 regional 4th-graders together for hands-on ecological lessons directly on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay.

 

This fall’s Bay Day takes place on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Bowdoinham Wildlife Management Area. We are looking for community members to assist with chaperoning and we’re always interested in developing new activities with local experts in natural sciences, history, archaeology, and art.

 

Please contact Coordinator/Organizer Dup Crosson at fomb@comcast.net or 666-1118 to volunteer or for more information.

 

Outside! 2014 Calendar

 

Join us for the last two events of our Outside! 2014 series. Most events are free* and all are open to the public.

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. Participants attend at their own risk.

 

Visit us at www.fomb.org

 

 

 

DRESDEN LODGE EVENTS

 

 

 

September 9, Tuesday
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30 pm meal, 7:30 pm meeting
www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden

 

September 10, Wednesday
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 District 10 EA School of Instruction, 6:00 pm meal,

7:00 pm meeting at Seaside Lodge, Boothbay http://District10.bluelodges.com

 

Semper Fi!

 

Fraternally,
R.W. Bro. Kevin Campbell – Past Master
207 504-3073
Dresden Lodge #103
A.F. & A.M.
www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden
District 10
http://District10.bluelodges.com

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

Monday, 1 September

Select Board Workshop, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 2 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

Planning Board, 6:30

 

Wednesday, 3 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 4 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 6 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 8 September

Select Board Meeting, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 9 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Wednesday, 10 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 11 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 13 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 15 September

Select Board Workshop, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 16 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

Comp Plan Meeting, 6:30

 

Wednesday, 17 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 18 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 20 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 22 September

Select Board Meeting, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 23 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Wednesday, 24 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 25 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 27 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 29 September

Select Board Workshop, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 30 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Wednesday, 1 October

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Tuesday, 2 October

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 4 October

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dresden Communicator Calendar – September, 2014

 

Monday, 1 September

Select Board Workshop, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 2 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

Planning Board, 6:30

 

Wednesday, 3 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 4 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 6 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 8 September

Select Board Meeting, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 9 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Wednesday, 10 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 11 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 13 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 15 September

Select Board Workshop, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 16 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

Comp Plan Meeting, 6:30

 

Wednesday, 17 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 18 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 20 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 22 September

Select Board Meeting, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 23 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Wednesday, 24 September

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Thursday, 25 September

Library 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 27 September

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

 

Monday, 29 September

Select Board Workshop, 6 pm

 

Tuesday, 30 September

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Wednesday, 1 October

Dresden Fire Dept., 6:30 pm

 

Tuesday, 2 October

Library, 2 pm – 7 pm

 

Saturday, 4 October

Library, 9 am – 12 noon

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