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Calendar Correction

The Bridge Academy Library will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 27th.

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Dresden Communicator, November 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 or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the November edition is the 25th of October. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 


Bridge Academy Library


Adult Book Group : The November discussion book will be Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup. The next meeting will be Thursday November 13th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


Spotlight on…Paul Doiron! Maine native and editor-in chief of Downeast: The Magazine of Maine, Paul Doiron somehow finds time to also write the award-winning Mike Bowditch crime series. Come for the suspense and stay for the beautiful Maine wilderness settings! These titles are on display now at the library!


Movie and audio donations reminder: The library is no longer accepting donations of video cassettes or audio cassettes (including books on tape). We do, however, gladly accept donations of DVDs, blu-rays and audio books on CD in working condition. Thanks for your consideration!


Movie circulation update: Our movie collection has grown so we may now offer a two week checkout period for all movies. We hope this will simplify returns for our patrons as books and movies will now be due at the same time. Patrons are strongly encouraged to return all their items on time so they may be enjoyed by everyone!


Printer costs: Due to increased supply costs and budget constraints the price for use of the public printer has been raised to ten cents per page. At this time we will continue to offer the first five pages free.


Series gaps: Looking for that missing book in one of our series? Try the large print collection…you may find it there! We also have interlibrary loan so if we don’t have it, we can borrow it from another library!

Dresden Elementary School, RSU2

On October 20, Dresden School was able to thank in person the trustees of The Kenyon Fund who made possible the upgrade of the school’s portable building that houses the art room and library.

During an outdoor presentation, students, staff, School Board members, and parents heard Kenyon Fund trustees Mary Walsh and Nate Kenyon talk about the importance of the arts and literacy to young learners . Nate Kenyon, who attended Dresden School in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, recalled how the books, musical presentations, and claymation movies of his elementary years, helped him become a writer. Nate is also the marketing and communications director of the Boston College Law School, and lives in Newton with his wife and daughter.

His parents, David and Pam, died when Nate and his sister were young. After David Kenyon was killed in a car crash, his wife Pam established the Kenyon Fund to honor his memory and support arts and literacy in the town and school. Pam died of cancer not many years after that, and the Kenyon Fund continued its mission. For more than 25 years, it has supported art and literacy projects in the elementary school as well as the town of Dresden.

About a year and a half ago, the Fund made a sizable contribution to the school and asked the community how the donation could further support the arts. Results of the survey were clear: put running water in the art room, upgrade book shelves, seating, lighting, and furniture to create a space to support students’ dreams and creativity.

Another boost to the project was a $4,000 Lowe’s grant written by Mary Walsh.

Much of the work on the new center was done by Dresden custodian Norm Bachelder, including the wooden book shelves he built to replace the old metal shelving. Norm was honored for his days, nights, and weekends of work and his meticulous attention to detail with a special plaque that will hang on the wall of The Kenyon Center.

The new learning space was ready for students when school opened this fall. The grand re-opening this month celebrated a legacy begun in tragedy that continues in hope.

Seen in Dresden October 2014 by Karen Vitelli

Although it made up for September’s shortage of rain, October gave us many days of just plain perfection. Many provided dramatic dark gray clouds outlined in bright white against intense blue sky. Leaf colors took your breath away. These were days made for fall yard cleanup, stacking wood, hiking, and just watching the eagles and hawks soar.

A few warm days of Indian summer lured some people out in canoes and kayaks, or off for a final beach day.

Birds were still rather scarce in the early part of the month, but by mid-month molting was pretty much complete and our usual winter birds are now back in evidence, wearing their fresh new feathers. Large winter flocks of turkeys are all over town, although they seem to spend an undue amount of time crossing the roads. Phoebe is still here, but probably not for much longer. A female red-bellied woodpecker (her red doesn’t extend up over her head to her bill as the male’s does) has been a regular visitor again since I filled the feeder and has apparently become a permanent resident. A couple of lovely wood ducks stayed close to cover in the shallows one morning, but most ducks wisely went into hiding for duck hunting season.

Winter’s mixed-species flocks are also forming. Scientists do not consider the groups of birds we see at our feeders, an “artificial food source”, as true mixed flocks. Rather, they look for “coordinated actions of birds (or other animals) moving from place to place as a more-or-less coordinated unit” (Jack Connor, Living Bird, Autumn 2014:39). Students at Cornell University are studying such flocks, hoping to determine such things as why so many species flock together, and who leads the flocks. Connor’s article, “Like Chasing Tornadoes,” (a description of trying to follow a wild mixed flock) says early indications are that titmice and chickadees do most of the communicating and appear to be the leaders, while others species, like downy woodpeckers, nuthatches, creepers and the like, quietly go along for the ride. Flocks of a single species actually compete for the same food supplies, but in mixed flocks, one advantage seems to be that different species specialize in food from different parts of trees and other resources. You might try your hand at watching mixed flocks in the months ahead and see what ideas you can contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon (and please share them with me

The nor’easter of October 21st-24th brought strong winds and heavy rains–only a few drops shy of 5” on my gauge—and dropped lots of leaves and the temperature, forcing me, reluctantly, out of sandals and into a jacket. The first fires in the woodstove felt really good. The season has definitely changed, although down by the river, we still haven’t had a killer frost, and gardens still have dahlias and asters blooming, along with hardy vegetables, all the more precious as they won’t last much longer. Days are getting shorter, and with the time change just ahead, will soon be just plain short. Enjoy the colors while they last.

Dresden Fire Department

Dresden Fire Association members will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 05 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be preparing for our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raiser which will begin the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Members will be asked to sign a sheet as to what days they will be able to sell them.

Dresden Fire/Rescue

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.  We will have regular truck and station maintenance with any training being done on the third and fourth Wednesday of the month.  The schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  The Fire Department would like to remind everyone that with the cold weather comes the time to check the batteries in any smoke/CO2 detectors and have your stoves, chimneys, furnaces and other heating units checked and cleaned.  We want everyone to have a safe and warm winter. 

Dresden Historical Society

Dresden Historical Society members will have their annual meeting / Pot-Luck Supper at the Yellow Schoolhouse (Rt. 128) on Saturday, Nov. 22 beginning with supper at 5:30 p.m., the business meeting / election of officers and directors following, and a special guest speaker to end out the evening.  All available members are urged to attend.  Bring a food to share and a guest.  Also, we are always hoping that we will have more people interested in joining, so if you know anyone you think would like to be a member, let us know of have them contact an officer.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan Committee

Members will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  All members are urged to attend so we can continue progress on the elements we have drafted and those that are still being discussed.  We will also be discussing any upcoming Open Public Forums.  This workshop is always open to the public so anyone interested in attending is more than welcome.

Dresden Planning Board

The DPB has cancelled the November meeting due to the building being used for voting.  The next meeting will be held on the first Tuesday in December.  If anyone has any questions, needs help with a project or would like any type of information, please contact Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will meet on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House.  Memberships are still coming in so if you want to renew yours or someone would like to join, please contact Shari at 737-2566 or come to the monthly business meeting.  We will also discuss repairs to the club drag sleds, see what we have for equipment, begin trail work and putting up signs.  The Pot-O-Gold will be $25.00 and we’ll have snacks and refreshments.  We would really like to see more snowmobile and winter enthusiasts join the club.  Doesn’t mean you have to do any work or attend all the meetings, just shows that you appreciate the work that is done in order for us to enjoy the opportunity of riding a maintained trail system through our community in the winter.  Give us suggestions, help or whatever you think makes a club enjoyable.

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

Speaker Series: John Bunker

Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) as we continue our 18th annual Winter Speaker Series with Searching for Historic Apples of Maine on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm at Bridge Academy in Dresden. The event is free and open to the public.

Hundreds of local apple varieties graced Maine orchards long ago with fanciful names like Wolf River and Westfield Seek-No-Further. John Bunker has devoted much of his life to tracking down and preserving our agricultural heritage. His talk draws from years of experience as farmer and author exploring the deep history of rare and lost apple species. Bunker encourages attendees to bring apples for identification, a trademark of his popular presentations.

In pomological circles, John Bunker is considered the Apple Guru. Besides homesteading at Super Chilly Farm in Palermo, John leads talks, conducts apple pie tasting contests and various apple events, and travels extensively looking for rare apples. Many people refer to him as the “Apple Whisperer” and he is well-known for attracting considerable attention at the annual Common Ground Fair, where he maintains a booth for Fedco. A longtime board member at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardiners Association (MOFGA), John was instrumental in founding the Maine Heritage Orchard at MOFGA’s headquarters in Unity and has been featured in national publications including Mother Jones, New York Times, and The Atlantic.

In 2007, John published Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo Maine, 1804-2004, a book chronicling 200 years of apple farming in Palermo. It includes John’s illustrations, anecdotes, maps, information about the uses of apples, and histories of several different varieties. The book is currently in its third printing.

Throughout all his endeavors, John remains a pure and practical environmentalist, committed to organic growing standards for his farm’s fruit trees and gardens while living in an off-grid solar home he and his wife Cammy Watts designed and built themselves.

FOMB hosts monthly lectures, film screenings, and other events around the Merrymeeting Bay area through May 2015 as part of our Winter Speaker Series. They are always free and open to the public and are supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. All events take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick unless noted. The December 10th presentation, The Value of Honey Bees to Maine Agriculture, features Maine State Apiarist Tony Jadczak and will be held upstairs at The Old Goat in Richmond.

Visit to see the full Speaker Series schedule, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

November 2014 Calendar of Events in Dresden

For details, see articles above

Saturday, 1 November

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 3 November

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 4 November

2-7 pm Library open


Wednesday, 5 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Dresden Fire Assoc. monthly business meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 6 November

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 8 November

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 10 November

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 11 November

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, Old Dresden Town House

6:30 pm Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

Wednesday, 12 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Bridge Academy

Thursday, 13 November

2-7 pm   Library open

7pm Adult Book Group

Saturday, 15 November

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 17 November

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 18 November

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Committee, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 19 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 20 November

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 22 November

9 am-noon   Library open

5:30 pm potluck supper & business meeting: Dresden Historical Society Yellow Schoolhouse (Rt. 128)

Monday, 24 November

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 25 November

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 26 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 27 November

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 29 November

9 am-noon   Library open

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