Monthly Archives: January 2015

Scholarship Applications Due

The Trustees of Bridge Academy have an endowment to provide Dresden students help with their college tuition.   Pursuing post-high school education?  Be sure to pick up a scholarship application at the Bridge Academy Library and return it before January 15, 2015.

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Dresden Communicator, January 2015


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 February edition is the 28th of January. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 


Bridge Academy Library

Spotlight on…Health and Wellness books

The Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) is a collaboration between Curtis Memorial Library, Parkview Adventist Medical Centerand Mid Coast Hospital. Thanks to another generous donation from the CHIP grant program, the library has many new health related titles to share with you! Come take a look at our special display and you’ll find books on everything from parenting in the digital age to time management strategies!

Adult Book Group

The January discussion book will be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The next meeting will be Thursday January 8th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Help Wanted

The library is looking for an individual with a flexible schedule willing to shovel the walks and to sand the walks and driveway as needed for winter storms. For more information about what the job entails and the pay rate please contact the library at 737-8810 or stop in during normal hours of operation. The library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-7:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm.

Dresden Fire Association

The DFA will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We would like to thank everyone who made our Christmas Tree Fund Raiser a success.  We sold out early and hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  Plans are to do it again next year.  We want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope it will be your best year yet.  Thank you for supporting our efforts once again.

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pownalborough Fire Station.  You can check he roster on the first Wednesday of the month for any training that will be scheduled.   Truck and station maintenance will be done each week.  All members are urged to participate.  New members are a welcome edition to our department.  If you would like info on joining, please contact either the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434, Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault, at 737-8771, or come to a weekly meeting.

We also want to let everyone know that through donations from the Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC, bottle and can returns, donations from individuals, fund raising events and a donation from the former Eastern River Ridge Runners ATV club we were able to raise enough money to purchase the 6 wheel UTV that will be an added piece of equipment to give us a quicker response when it comes to woods fires in areas that regular apparatus cannot go, searching for lost people or help in rescues.  We will still be raising additional money to purchase a trailer and for special equipment that will be used on the UTV.  If you would like to donate, you can do so at the Town Office.  Please specify it is for the UTV fund.  Thank you so much to everyone making this possible!!

Dresden Comp Plan Committee

Members will hold a workshop on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be working on the drafts and issues that were discussed with Mr. Faunce last month.  We will also discuss when we want to have an Open Public Forum.  All members are urged to attend.

Dresden Historical Society

DHS members will have their meeting on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  As there was no meeting in January, we will refer to the minutes from the November meeting.  All members are urged to attend, if possible, so we can begin plans for the upcoming year.

Dresden Planning Board

Members will meet on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If anyone has a project they would like to have info on, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Members will meet on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House.  Welcome to new Supporting Business members which includes, Dresden Take Out, Eastern River Marine Services, Meetinghouse Market and Ship’s Chow Hall.  We hope you will have the chance to support these local businesses.  Although, even though we haven’t had any snow, as yet, we are hoping that it will come soon.  Memberships are coming in slow, but we welcome anyone who has a love of winter.  Our meetings are always open to the public.  If you want info on memberships and what they cost, call 737-2566.  We will have refreshments and the Pot-O-Gold will be $25.00.

Seen in Dresden December 2014

December has decked the holiday season this year…in mud. When was the last time we had temperatures in the 50’s for Christmas day? My records don’t go back that far, but we did hit the 40’s in 2005, ’06, ‘07 and ’08, so it wasn’t totally off the charts. And rain and warm temperatures do make traveling easier than the ice and snow of earlier in the month. Our coldest day so far was the day the huge new bridge opened, while shivering crowds enjoyed the grand view and stalwart student musicians, who probably couldn’t even feel their fingers and lips, provided the only sound those in the back rows could hear. It was a perfect day for skating on the Dresden Bog.


The rivers started forming large ice floes that day, but have since gone back to muddy open water, decorated, on the Eastern at least, with flocks of mostly white, male common mergansers. A heron is still hanging out near the Alexander Road stretch of the Eastern. It is probably one of this year’s chicks that doesn’t realize yet that the waters will eventually freeze and it will have to move south to find open water and food. Most of the adults left around late October. A kingfisher, also heard in the same vicinity, is in much the same situation. It can survive here on it’s aquatic diet as long as the waters are open, but will eventually have to move south to survive the winter.

Flocks of female turkeys and their poults (this year’s chicks) have been seen all over Dresden. Off the Cedar Grove Road, five or six of these quite large birds have taken to perching in small crab apple trees, making the trees look like giant black umbrellas. Although turkeys look quite awkward, and often run from potential dangers rather than fly, they are actually quite good fliers, even weaving their way through branches in wooded areas quite effectively. Their flight has been clocked at over 60 mph.

A driver narrowly missed a low-flying pileated woodpecker, another large bird (close to crow-size), as it crossed the Middle Road late one afternoon. Pileateds tend to stick to the woods and the dead trees where they find their meals, only occasionally coming to feeders and suet. The other local woodpeckers—downy, hairy and red-bellied—are not the least bit shy about coming for, especially, suet. They even come to a suet bar attached directly to the window, providing lots of noise and winter entertainment for the cat.

Outdoors one morning, that cat was at first excited when a large herring gull landed by the compost to check out a well-cleaned chicken carcass. “Oh Boy. Action” his perked up ears conveyed. Then another landed, and then 2 more. The ears pulled back. “Hmm. They’re big. Really big.” By the time 12 gulls collected (where did they come from? I’ve never seen more than one or two at a time around here), the cat took off full speed for his bolt hole. Too big, too many. Took them less than a minute to get rid of the carcass and they haven’t been back.

Our more usual winter birds: titmice, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, and seasonally attired cardinals compete with numerous voracious squirrels and plenty of blue jays at feeders and suet, and have enlivened the many gloomy days of late. Those days have begun to lengthen (hooray!), the holidays are upon us, the year draws to an end. Here’s hoping it was a good one for you and that 2015 will be even better.

Karen Vitelli


Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) as we hold our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 14th, 6:00pm at Bowdoin College’s Cram Alumni Hall. The event is free and begins with a potluck supper. Community members are encouraged to bring a dish to share. A brief business meeting and elections follow at 6:30pm. At 7:00pm historian Jay Robbins will close the evening with a multimedia presentation entitled Steve Powell’s World of Wildlife: In Film & Photo as part of FOMB’s 18th annual Winter Speaker Series.


Steve Powell served as the local Zone Biologist for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Game (now IF&W) and eventually rose to oversee all the Wildlife Management Areas in Maine. He hunted with Governor Muskie and entertained thousands at sportsman’s shows. A trapper and outdoorsman, Steve lived in a world of wildlife. In 1968 Steve retired from State service to live out the rest of his life on Green Point Farm in Dresden.

Thankfully, Steve left behind over 11 hours of silent film and over 600 still images documenting his experiences. His nephew, Bob Gleason, turned these films, photos, and boxes of files over to Dr. Charles Burden and Jay Robbins in 2012 for preservation and eventual placement with the State Archives. The films are being fully conserved and digitized, the photos scanned, and the files archived.

Local historian, Jay Robbins of Richmond, will narrate this presentation. He is Bowdoin College’s first Environmental Studies graduate (1973), a former Richmond Town Manager, and served FOMB on the Steering Committee (1995-2000) and as an archaeologist for Bay Day since 1999. Jay is a frequent lecturer on various local history topics and is a former Executive Director of the Lincoln County Historical Association. He is currently President of the Friends of Swan Island and of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society.

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 supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. All events are on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. Next month’s presentation, Chimney Farm: Words from the Watershed, features poet Gary Lawless and takes place on February 11th, 2015.

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

January 2014 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Saturday, 3 January

9 am – noon   Library Open

Monday, 5 January

6 pm    Select Board – Dresden Town Office

Tuesday, 6 January

2-7 pm Library open

6:30 Planning Board – Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 7 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 8 January

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Friday, 9 January

10 am Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge!

Saturday, 10 January

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 12 January

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 13 January

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

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

Wednesday, 14 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

6:00 pm Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Annual Meeting & potluck – speaker presentation at 7 pm  Bowdoin College, Cramm Alumni Hall

Thursday, 15 January

2-7 pm   Library open

7pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 17 January

9 am-noon   Library open

Sunday, 18 January

2 pm Dresden Historical Society   Bridge Acad. Library

Monday, 19 January

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 20 January

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Committee, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 21 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 22 January

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 24 January

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 26 January

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 27 January

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 28 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 29 January

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 31 January

9 am-noon   Library open

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