Monthly Archives: October 2014


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Event reminder! This is repeat information because we don’t want anyone to miss it! This month we welcome the very funny team of John Ford and Mark Nickerson to the library for what promises to be an 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. For more information call 737-8810

Adult Book Group: The October discussion book will be The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. The next meeting will be Thursday October 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome! Spotlight on…. Outlander! The story of headstrong combat nurse Claire Randall and Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser began long before this year’s television show! Come see our special display featuring the entire adventure-filled main series including the latest addition, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, as well as The Outlandish Companion, a helpful guide to all things Outlander.




Selectmen Meetings will be held on Mon., Oct. 6th & 20th at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall. The one workshop this month will be held on Monday, Oct. 27thth at the Town Office if needed.

The Town Office will be closed Monday, Oct. 13th for Columbus Day, please plan accordingly.

A new Town Directory will be available by the first of October, with all the new hours that the Elected Officials will be available at the Office.

If you still owe on your 2012/2013 taxes, you have a lien which will be foreclosing in December. You will get a notice of this Automatic Foreclosure in November.

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.



Please join us for the opening and celebration


The Kenyon Center

Dresden Elementary’s newly refurbished Arts and Literary Center

Monday, October 20, 2014

8:00 a.m.

Made possible by a generous donation from the Kenyon Fund.




September has been a bit cooler than usual, with a couple of unusually early frosts on the 19th and 20th that abruptly closed the season for our more tender flowers and vegetables—except right along the Eastern River, where summer squash, cucumbers and even the basil are still trying to deny the end of summer. Early mornings have been wrapped in heavy mist, until the sun slowly burns it off, revealing the beautifully changing colors on shrubs and trees. Roadsides are lined with fluffy clouds of white asters against the dark seed heads of earlier blooms. Bright orange pumpkins decorate the farm stands. Fall is here.

Hummingbirds were gone by the 16th, maybe a bit earlier. Phoebe is still here, but probably not for too much longer. Chickadees and goldfinches are cleaning up the last seeds on the standing sunflowers. A barred owl off Alexander Road has added a blood-curdling introductory note to its usually mellifluous “Who, who cooks for you?” call. Maybe it has been upset, as were its human neighbors, by the mindless dumping at the landing on the Eastern River of smelly remains from a crab boil, including blue rubber gloves, and a few days later, a dead skunk in a box. Not what we expect of Dresden folks.

I saw a single baby snapping turtle right after the rain on the 21st, and helped it to the river’s edge. A thorough check of the areas around other potential nests revealed only a couple of curled up shells apparently dug up by a skunk, but no sign of more babies. There must have been many more, after all the turtle activity last spring and relatively few deep skunk-holes, so maybe I was just late getting out to look for them. I hope so.

Out in the Kennebec, a harbor seal was sighted near Swan Island, on the Dresden side. Lots of fish must be getting caught in the shallows at morning low tides, as the eagles and crows have been noisily hanging out there in numbers usually seen only in early spring after ice out. Rumor has it that a mountain lion has been spotted several times recently, on Blinn Hill and down on Middle Road near Indian Road. I’ve not been able to confirm the sightings, but if true it is worrisome for pets and small farm animals. Word also has it that September is heading out with a last weekend of bright sun and warm—even hot—temperatures. Savor them, as it will be a while before we have them again.

                                                                                                   from Karen Vitelli


Dresden Fire/Rescue members will have their annual Fire Prevention Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 01 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Pownalborough Fire Station.  Lots of info, games, fire trucks, food, door prizes, and safety information.  Bring the whole family for this important event and have some fun!

Dresden Fire Department will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station at 6:30 p.m. for truck and station maintenance.  Any training or other activities will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are always welcome.  We wish to welcome back David Everson to the department.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan members will meet on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m in Pownalborough Hall.  We will continue going over the drafts and revisions of the elements and discuss upcoming Public Open Forums.  We encourage any resident to attend these meetings.

Dresden Historical Society will host the 27th Harvest Supper on Saturday, Oct. 04 at the Dresden Elementary School on Route 128.  There will be two seatings –5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $ 10.00 for adults and $ 5.00 for children under 12.  Reservations would guarantee you a seat so call either Dale Hinote at 809-7975 or Shari Lilly at 737-2566.  Tell them how many adults, how many children and what time you prefer to eat and they will have your reservation all taken care of.

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, October 07 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have a project in mind or if you have any questions, please contact the chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House.  Those who haven’t renewed their memberships will need to do so as they have expired as of Sept. 30.  Also, we will discuss trail maintenance and whatever else may be brought up.  The Pot-O-Gold will be $ 25.00.  Refreshments will be available.  New memberships  are always great.  Bring a friend to join.  The more we have, the more fun.


You may have noticed some clean-up that is taking place at the Bridge Academy tennis court.  Keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening of Dresden’s only Pickle Ball Court, which should be ready for use in the next couple of weeks.  If you haven’t heard of or seen the fastest growing sport in the country, search for “Pickle Ball” on YouTube and picture yourself having fun and getting exercise.  This is truly a game for all ages, and it is not hard to learn.

Thanks to the volunteers who are helping to get the court ready, and to the Dresden Recreation Fund, which is helping to defray some of the costs.

For more information call Peter Walsh at 737-2807 or email


October 8, Wednesday
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 District 10 FC School of Instruction, 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting at Bay View Lodge, Boothbay

October 14, Tuesday
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

October 21, Tuesday
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – Master Mason Degree, 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting

October 22, Wednesday
Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 District 10 Annual District Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting at Seaside Lodge, Boothbay


Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) invites you to the 2014-2015 Winter Speaker Series taking place October-May on every second Wednesday of the month. Events are free and open to the public. Unless noted, all talks are at 7:00pm at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick and are supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. We hope to see you!


OCTOBER 8    Question 1: Panel Discussion on Bear Hunting

Bath City Hall

Daryl DeJoy, Wildlife Alliance of Maine and Judy Camuso, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


NOVEMBER 12     Searching for Historic Apples of Maine

Bridge Academy, Dresden

John Bunker, Farmer/Author


DECEMBER 10    The Value of Honey Bees to Maine Agriculture

The Old Goat (upstairs) 33 Main St., Richmond

Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist


JANUARY 14     Steve Powell’s World of Wildlife: In Film & Photo

Jay Robbins, Historian

FOMB Annual Meeting & Potluck: 6:00pm, Public Welcome

Cram Alumni House, Bowdoin College, 86 Federal St., Brunswick

FEBRUARY 11   Chimney Farm: Words from the Watershed

Gary Lawless, Poet                                          

MARCH 11      Big Night: Rise of the Frogs & Salamanders

 Dan Nein, Wildlife Biologist, Stantec

APRIL 8    Sea Run Alewife Restoration

Frank Richards, Webber Pond Association 


MAY 13   Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton & Particles

Bowdoinham Town Offices

Harry Nelson, Fluid Imaging Technologies


Contact Dup Crosson, 666-1118 or for more information or visit us on the web at


for details, see articles above


Wednesday, 1 October, 5 – 7 p.m.     Fire Prevention Open House at Pownalborough Fire Station

Thursday, 2 October, 2-7 pm   Library open

Thursday, 2 October, 6 pm   John Ford and Mark Nickerson – humorists   Library

Saturday, 4 October, 9 am-noon   Library open

Saturday, 4 October, two seatings   DHS Harvest Supper   Dresden Elem. School

Monday, 6 October, 6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 7 October, 2-7 pm   Library open

Tuesday, 7 October, 6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 8 October, 6:30 pm   Fire Dept. Meeting

Wednesday, 8 October 6 pm   Lodge Meeting   Boothbay Lodge

Wednesday, 8 October 7 pm   FOMB Panel on Bear Hunting   Bath City Hall

Thursday, 9 October, 2-7 pm Library open

Thursday, 9 October, 7 pm   Book Group   Library

Saturday, 11 October, 9 am – noon   Library open

Tuesday, 14 October, 2–7 pm   Library open

Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 pm Dresden Sno-Valley Riders     Old Dresden Town House.

Tuesday, 14 October, 6:30 pm meal, 7:30 pm meeting   Dresden Lodge

Wednesday, 15 October, 6:30 pm   Fire Dept. Meeting

Thursday, 16 October, 2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 18 October, 9 am – noon   Library open

Monday, 20 October, 8 am   Grand Opening Kenyon Center, Elem. School

Monday, 20 October, 6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 21 October, 2-7 pm   Library open

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 21 October, 6 pm meal, 7 pm meeting   Dresden Lodge

Wednesday, 22 October, 6:30 pm     Fire Dept. Meeting

Wednesday, 22 October, 6:30 pm meal, 7:30 pm meeting   Boothbay Lodge

Thursday, 23 October, 2-7 pm    Library open

Saturday, 25 October, 9 am – noon   Library open

Monday, 27 October, 6 pm   Select Board Workshop (if needed) Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 28 October, 2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 29 October, 6:30 pm   Fire Dept. Meeting

Thursday, 30 October, 2-7 pm   Library open


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