Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dresden Communicator, December 2014

Dresden Communicator, December, 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 January edition is the 25th of December. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 


Bridge Academy Library

Library Wish List– The library will now be maintaining it’s Christmas Wish List year round at Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages! If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:

  1. If you have an 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 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 and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

Books also need a place to live! Our thanks to Mason Jeff Pierce and his team for building two beautiful and much needed bookshelves for the library. We are hoping to add two more and we could use your support!

How you can help:

  1. Donate building materials or the money to cover them.
  2. Join the construction team and help build them.
  3. Join the painting team and finish the job!

For more information on how you can be a part of this project stop in at the library or call us at 737-8810.

Adult Book Group: The December discussion book will be Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The next meeting will be Thursday December 11th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Storm closings: It’s that time of year again! Storm-related library closures will be aired on News 8 WMTW and will also be posted on their website at

When in doubt, check there first! Closures for other purposes will be posted on the library door, in advance when possible.

From the Town Office

From Pat Theriault, Dresden’s new town clerk:

Just a reminder that current dog licenses expire December 31st.  Please come in and re-register your dog before year’s end and avoid the late fee.  For spayed and neutered pets the fee is $6.  For unsprayed or unneutered animals the fee is $11.  Wolf hybrids also need to be licensed. Please check to make sure your pet has a current rabies certificate, or bring in a copy of the new certificate.  If you need your vet’s office to fax a copy of the rabies cert our fax number is 737-2191.

My hours are Monday 1 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month 9 a.m. to noon.  Call me at 737-4335 with any questions.  Thank you.  The town office accepts cash and checks only.  Sorry, no credit or debit cards.


Dresden Elementary School, RSU2

Dresden School’s recent Fall Concert featured the fifth grade band, fourth grade recorders, and singers preK through fifth grade who delighted the standing-room only audience.

Music teacher Amy Stewart led the school in songs ranging from Swinging On a Star to Autumn Avenue, where younger students sang to the movements of ramblin’, shufflin’, hoofin’, and amblin’.

At the conclusion of the evening concert, Ms. Stewart was presented with a holiday wreath; in her thank you she urged audience members to purchase the $12.50 wreaths to benefit the fifth grade’s spring trip to Boston. (Order forms are available at the school.)

Another school-wide project at Dresden School is the creation of a school vision and code of cooperation, led by staff members Nancy Stover, Jennifer Kam, Jennifer Vachowski, Roberta Hart, and Regina Stilphen.

Our vision statement was crafted with the help of all students and staff. Each staff member met with a small group of students to brainstorm ideas about making Dresden School a great place to learn. After those ideas were collated, the results were announced during a school assembly. The new vision statement is:

At Dresden Elementary School we work together so everyone can learn.

The code of cooperation took the form of an acronym that all our students are familiar with:

D disciplined and focused

R respectful

A awesome attitude

G goal setters

O okay to make mistakes

N needs are met

S safe environment

The Dresden Dragons now have a school-wide, kid-friendly code of cooperation that we will follow to make our vision come true.

Students and staff were so inspired after learning about the new vision and code of cooperation that we sang the school song together.

Dresden Dragons:

We are the Dresden Dragons

We’re loyal, brave, and true

We’re learning so much every day

We really love our school

We meet our learning targets

with evidence to spare

And when we want to learn some more

We’re in our teacher’s hair

I think about my school friends

And look them in the eye.

My family means a lot to me

Together we spend time.

Dragons are the leaders

in everything we do.

We always reach for success

at our little school.

One collaborative project now underway is planning for the opening of the new Dresden-Richmond Kennebec River Bridge. School staff is working with the towns of Richmond, Dresden, and the Department of Transportation to plan the opening of the new Maine Kennebec Bridge. Town officials, DOT staff, local historians, as well as the Richmond Area Health Center, are pulling together an agenda that may include our elementary students walking to the middle of the bridge from their respective sides of the river to sing a song and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to celebrate this historic event. We’re waiting to hear about Senator Susan Collins’ schedule to finalize the plans. In addition, an art and poetry show featuring bridges will soon hang in the Richmond Area Health Center, with the opening reception Tuesday, December 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. To continue the spirit of collaboration, the show features works from both Marcia Buker and Dresden students. As the first trimester comes to a close, we are preparing for parent/teacher conferences the week of December 1-5, with evening conferences on December 4. Our Parent/Teacher/Friends group, led by parent Kristen Cowing, provides much-appreciated refreshments for the evening conferences.

Seen in Dresden, November 2014

After October proved the warmest in recorded history, November seemed to start out aiming for it’s own records with an early snow on the 2nd. Since then, the ups and downs of the thermometer and the liquid and solid stuff falling on us seemed unusual enough that I went back through my 10+ years of records to check. Nope. November is behaving as November always does, going from shirt sleeves to long johns and back again in 24 hours, snow (we had some on the 5th in ’09, on the 8th in ’12) and lots of rain and gloomy damp gray days—that suddenly brighten up and sparkle when the sun peeps out for a few minutes.

We had good days for cleaning up and mulching the gardens, digging the last of the carrots, leeks and beets, sticking in the garlic and new bulbs for spring, and for stacking wood. Our outdoor colors have largely become those of winter: grays and browns, although the grass is still green, today. Tomorrow they’re saying we could have some serious snow for an old-fashioned, over-the-river-and-through-the woods Thanksgiving—when we’d probably be better off with horse-drawn sleighs. For now, there is a gorgeous (if brief) sunset silhouetting the bare trees against brilliant deep pink and orange.

As we adjust to the changing season and early darkness, our furred and feathered friends are also adjusting. The bird feeders seem to have been taken over by blue jays (which my notes mention every November, although it feels like a fresh observation each year). But when I do my counts for Feederwatch, I end up with 12-13 species, so the other birds are out there, but coming to feeders less frequently and in fewer numbers than will be true in another month or so, when the naturally available seeds, nuts and berries are fewer. If you look closely you’ll notice they are all wearing fresh, clean feathers, as though dressed up for the holiday season. I was happy to see a pair of cardinals, and that the various woodpeckers and nuthatches, chickadees and titmice all have same-species companions.

Common mergansers in small flocks of 10-15 occasionally show themselves along the Eastern River, as do similarly sized groups of smaller ducks that I think are wood ducks, but I need a better pair of binoculars (or eyes) to be sure. Mature eagles have been landing with some regularity in tall trees along the river, watching for fish caught in the shallows in receding tides. Some mornings, there has been a thin layer of ice in those shallows, but so far, the river is still open. By this time next month, that may no longer be true, but the days will be getting longer again. November is a tough month.

From Karen Vitelli

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

Speaker Series: Tony Jadczak talks honey bees

Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) as we continue our 18th annual Winter Speaker Series with The Value of Honey Bees to Maine Agriculture on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00pm upstairs at The Old Goat in Richmond. The event is free and open to the public.

The American Beekeeping Federation estimates one third of food and beverages in the U.S. are made possible because of bee pollination, an industry contributing $20-$30 billion in annual crop production. In the last thirty years, beekeepers have faced multiple challenges, including parasitic mite species, new viral pathogen strains, microsporidia, Africanized bees and widespread pesticide/herbicide use.  Colony collapse disorder also continues to decimate global populations with an average 30% of managed U.S. honey bee colonies lost every year since 2007.

Despite these problems, the commercial bee industry has been able thus far, to meet the pollination demand of Maine blueberry growers and their economically vital crop. Apiarist Tony Jadczak will discuss challenges facing local bee colonies and beekeepers and effects on statewide agriculture.

Tony Jadczak, Maine’s State Apiarist since 1983 and a beekeeper since 14, is responsible for licensing resident beekeepers, inspecting colonies for regulated diseases and parasites, and educating apiarists and the general public on proper beekeeping techniques. Prior to his employment with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Tony conducted research on blueberry and cranberry pollination at Rutgers University after his graduation there.

FOMB hosts monthly lectures, film screenings, and other events around the Merrymeeting Bay area October through May 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 in Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. Next month’s presentation, Steve Powell’s World of Wildlife: In Film & Photo, features historian Jay Robbins and will be part of the 2015 FOMB Annual Meeting on January 14th. It will be held at the Cram Alumni House at Bowdoin College in Brunswick and preceded at 6:00pm by a potluck supper to which the public is invited.

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

Year-end support for FOMB

We need support from community members to make sure our programs continue! Please consider a year-end gift to FOMB in the amount of $25, 50, or $250 sent to Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, P.O. Box 233, Richmond, ME 04357. You can also give online at Other options to support our work include:

Gift memberships. Involve your family and friends by donating on their behalf this holiday season.

Employer matches. Many businesses will match employee donations to nonprofits like FOMB–an easy way to double the impact of your donation!

Stocks and securities. Save on year-end capital gains by donating your appreciated stocks or other securities. Please contact us for more details.

Legacy gifts/planned giving. Donors can bequeath donations of land, stocks, or account holdings.

Dresden Fire Association

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, December 03 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  At this time we are having our annual Christmas Tree selling fund raiser at the Pownalborough Station. Trees are $ 25.00 for 5 – 7’ and $ 30.00 for 7 – 9’.  We are there every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If that is not convenient for you, please call 737-2566 and we will assist you to get a tree.  Thank you for your support of our fund raising efforts.

Dresden Fire Department will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for regular station and truck maintenance.  Any training that is scheduled will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  At this time, we are getting ready to purchase the 6 wheel UTV.  We are so very pleased and appreciative of the donations that helped us to reach our goal.  Now we will still be accepting donations to help us purchase needed equipment.  Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

Dresden Planning Board

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 02, 2014.  On the agenda will be an application review for Freedom Center which is located at the former Dresden Community Church.  If you have any projects or questions that you would like information about, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave at message at the town office.

Dresden Historical Society

Dresden Historical Society will me holding their winter meetings every third Sunday at Bridge Academy at 2:00 p.m.  However, we will not meet in December, so our next meeting will be January 18, 2015.  Some of the members will still be continuing with the archiving of photos and data.  We would love to see more people join to keep the efforts of the group progressing into the future.  At the annual meeting in November, we held the election of officers.  They are John Ottum & Joe Wiley – co presidents, Dale Hinote – Vice President, Shari Lilly – Secretary, Jamie Rea – Treasurer, Julie Rea accepted reappointment as a Director.  Amanda Silverman will finish out the term of Director that was held by Joe Wiley.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC will meet on Tuesday, December 09 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town House.  We are in the process of updating our maps and getting the equipment and trails ready for the season.  Memberships are coming slow, but hopefully with the new snow, more people will join.  If you would like to know about memberships, please contact Shari at 737-2566.  It would be nice if the people who enjoy using our trails would also become members, even if you aren’t able to help with trail work or attend meetings.  More people can create more ideas and bring some fun to any group or organization.  Think SNOW….Ride Right, Ride Safe.  ENJOY.

December 2014 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Monday, 1 December

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 2 December

2-7 pm Library open

6:30 Planning Board – Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 3 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 4 December

2-7 pm   Library open

Friday, 5 December

10 am Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge!

Saturday, 6 December

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 8 December

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 9 December

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

6:30 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC at at the Old Town House.

Wednesday, 10 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

7:00 pm Friends of Merrymeeting Bay speaker series,

Upstairs at the Old Goat (Richmond)

Thursday, 11 December

2-7 pm   Library open

7pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 13 December

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 15 December

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 16 December

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Committee, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 17 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 18 December

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 20 December

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 22 December

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 23 December

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 24 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Saturday, 27 December

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 29 December

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 30 December

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 31 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

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