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The Dresden Communicator March 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 Bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com or by phone message to Bill Matthews at 737-8214. The Deadline for submitting articles for the April edition is the 28th of March. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

We Love Libraries! Event- We are very happy to share some good news! Thanks to a nationwide mystery writers organization called Sisters in Crime, our library will be awarded $1000 to spend on our book collection. This will be presented at a special event hosted by a local Sisters in Crime author, so keep an eye on the Communicator and local media for more information to come.

Downton Abbey Season 5 is here! If you are a fan of keeping up with the Crawleys, come check out the latest news at the library.

New books! Our new book display is now truly all new books as we’ve filled the shelves with our back room stockpile. Fiction and nonfiction now each have their own sides on the shelving unit for easier browsing.

Adult Book Group The March discussion book will be Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. The next meeting will be Thursday March 12th at 7:00 pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Dresden Town Office Announcements

 

Selectmen Meetings for March will be held on Monday March 9 and Monday March 23 at Pownalborough Hall at 6:00 pm.

Tax bills will be in the mail very soon. They are due April 1st.

Dog Registration

If you have not registered your dogs, please do this soon. April 1st the Animal Warrant will be issued.

Motor Vehicle Renewals can now be done online, with a credit card. This is renewals only.

https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/

Burn Permits can also be done online by visiting http://www.wardensreport.com and selecting “Obtain a Permit.”

Dresden Elementary School, RSU2

With February break behind us, students and teachers now look forward to parent/teacher conferences and some spring-inspired activities.

During the last week of February, Dresden fourth graders participated again in the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, or NAEP. Since 1969, the results of this national test have been released as The Nation’s Report Card, providing information about student achievement to policymakers and the public. While neither students nor schools get specific feedback about the test, the collective data from around the country serves as on ongoing look at educational progress.

March 2 is Read Across America Day. Eighteen years ago the National Education Association decided to honor the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a day promoting the love of reading. Since then community members visit classrooms to read favorite stories and share their love of books. At Dresden, students and teachers look forward to meeting readers from our community as we participate in this annual event. Green eggs and ham, anyone?

Many thanks to the generous members of the Dresden community who attended the benefit supper for the MacMaster family in early February. The school’s Parent/Teacher/Friends group, spearheaded by parent Tonia Clark, organized the dinner and entertainment.The multipurpose room was full of homemade soups, chowders, breads, and desserts contributed by staff and community. Drums Alive, led by Carol Richards, provided a unique drumming experience with yoga balls and drumsticks, while the evening’s main attraction, Off the Wall, featured two jugglers who also balanced ladders and metal chairs. Jason Tardy, the founder of Off the Wall and half of the Tardy Brothers juggling act, donated part of the proceeds from the sale of merchandise to the benefit supper.

Other community participants included the Dresden Snowmobile Club, whose Sharon Lilly dished out ice cream sundaes, along with the Dresden Fire Department, who served the popular spaghetti and meatballs. Ryan and Nancy Cote wowed the evening’s participants with an extensive chocolate bar, sending many ecstatic children away with cupfuls of chocolate candy. Some of the sweet stuff may have found its way into the teacher’s room as well.

Local businesses who also contributed to the event include Meetinghouse Market, Dresden Take-Out, and Ship’s Chow Hall. The Dresden Recreation Department underwrote the cost of Off the Wall, a big draw especially for younger members of the audience.

We owe our school custodian, Norm Bachelder, a giant thank you for the yeoman service he performed that night to help with the set- up and the clean-up of the benefit supper.

The evening was wonderful way for our community to come together to support and enjoy each other’s company.

 

 Dresden Fire Association

will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 pm in Pownalborough Hall.

Dresden Fire/Rescue

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Pownalborough Station.  Truck and station maintenance will be done each week.  Any training will be posted on the monthly calendar.  We would really like to see more people join the department.  Contact Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come to to the fire station, talk to the members.  We need more members.  With the assistance by Mutual Aid towns, we are working to protect our community, families, and neighbors.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop

Members will meet on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 pm in Pownalborough Hall.  At this time, drafts are being finalized and preparations will be made for Open Public Forums.  All members and any interested resident are urged to attend.  Check out the compiled drafts and information on Facebook.  The website for the committee is at

http://dresdencompplan.weebly.com

Dresden Historical Society

The Dresden Historical Society will meet on Sunday, March 15, at Bridge Academy Library at 2 pm.   A review of the recent Historical Presentation by Arthur Speiss on Dresden Falls will be given.  We will be having a CHILI / CHOWDER Supper on Saturday, March 21 from 5 – 7 pm in Pownalborough Hall.  The cost will be $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12.  Anyone willing to donate some food, please contact John at 737-8614.  Also, we will be planning for another Special Presentation that will be held at a later date.  Information will be posted when we have everything finalized.

Dresden Planning Board

Members will meet on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 pm in Pownalborough Hall.  For information on any projects or questions you may have, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm in the Old Dresden Town House.  Grooming is taking place and many members have been out enjoying the results of the work they’ve done.  Memberships are still coming in with all this wonderful snow.  If you would like to join, contact Shari at 737-2566 or you can pick up an application at Meetinghouse Market.  Information on the cost of levels of membership and other info is posted at Meetinghouse Market.

Also, our updated trail maps are for sale at the price of $ 3.00 each.  You can get one at Meetinghouse Market, Dresden Take Out and the Dresden Town Office, or you can send $3.00 in a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, P. O. Box 317,   Dresden, Maine  04342.

This month the Pot-O-Gold is $ 35.00 (must be present to win).  Refreshments will be served.  Come on in, check out what we’re doing…You just might enjoy it….!

 

 Seen in Dresden February 2015

By Karen Vitelli

Weather took complete control of our lives in February. Actually, the snows started, modestly enough, back in January, on the 23rd. Then they blasted us in a full-blown blizzard on the 26th, and continued, coming roughly every other day, for the rest of February—including a second blizzard that brought little new snow, but did a lot of rearranging of what was already here. Bitter winds and sub-zero temperatures often made the usual winter sports less than fun, but there were moments.

Snow-shoeing to the bird feeder is kind of fun, and certainly easier than shoveling a path to it. It’s odd, though, to have to bend down to fill what I normally reach up to. A couple of brave souls successfully snow-shoed completely across the Eastern River. Even the turkeys have preferred to fly across—indeed, have generally been flying much more than usual, finding the deep snow too difficult to walk through. I realize now that they were responsible for the maze of tracks across my yard last month, and now, as I write, one young hen is slowly, very slowly, working her way through deep snow, her leg sinking every few steps down to her hip. She’s heading toward the plowed drive, where she and her small flock have been hanging out in a sheltered spot on sunny days. They’ve been spending a lot of time up in the trees, too. It’s a bit of a shock to walk into an upstairs room and see, eyeball to eyeball, one of those very large, and really quite lovely birds.

A lone song sparrow decided to stay around for the winter, and I cheer each time I see he’s survived another day. He shelters in the snow-covered Alberta spruces, slipping out to feed on whatever the jays and turkeys have left. One afternoon, just as advertised by the Audubon Society, and for exactly half an hour, a flock of more than 40 redpolls descended on the feeder and surrounding shrubs. Haven’t seen them since. There was a report of a robin in south Dresden, and next day I saw one myself. Though I know some robins often overwinter here, I was quite prepared to accept this one as a sign of spring—until my neighbor reported she’d been seeing it regularly all winter long.

In spite of what it looks like outside, it is time to start some seeds—onions and leeks for example—and to cut some forsythia for forcing, if you’ve got one of the hardy varieties that will still bloom after the sub-zero nights we’ve had. For less hardy varieties we’ll probably just see yellow blossoms down low where the buds have been protected by snow.

Out under the snow and ice, in the frozen mud below shallow waters, our painted and snapping turtles are hibernating, probably with legs and head stretched full length to absorb what little oxygen is available to them. They haven’t eaten for months—including the babies that hatched last fall and have yet to consume their first meal. Maybe by this time next month a bit of warmth will start to rouse them and all the other creatures that close down for the winter. On a clear day the sun is certainly moving in that direction.

March 2014 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Tuesday, 3 March

2-7 pm Library open

6:30 pm Planning Board – Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 4 March

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 5 March

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 7 March

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 9 March

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 10 March

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC,

Old Dresden Town House, Rte. 197

Wednesday, 11 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 12 March

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Friday, 13 March

7 pm   Friends of Merrymeeting Bay speaker series:

                 “The Archeology of Fort Richmond” by Leith Smith, Historical Archeologist, MHPC, Curtis Memorial Library,

23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Saturday, 14 March

9 am-noon   Library open

Sunday, 15 March

2 pm Dresden Historical Society, Bridge Acad. Library

Monday, 16 March

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 17 March

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 19 March

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 21 March

9 am-noon   Library open

5-7 pm   Dresden Historical Society Chili/Chowder Supper,   Pownalborough Hall

Monday, 23 March

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 24 March

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 25 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 26 March

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 28 March

9 am-noon   Library open

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

 

Benefit Supper for the MacMaster Family

 

The Dresden Elementary School PTF is hosting a benefit supper for the MacMaster Family on Saturday February 7th at the Dresden Elementary School. The event starts at 4 pm. Dinner will include an assortments of chilies, soups, breads, beverages and desserts provided by local businesses and individuals. At 5 pm the Tardy Brothers will perform their Comedy and Juggling act. The funds for this entertainment were provided by the Dresden Recreation Fund. Admission to this event is by donation, with all money going to the MacMaster family. The snow date for this event is Sunday February 8th. We hope to see you there for this fun community event!

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

The library is on the move!

If you come in for a visit you’ll notice we’ve been busy doing some shuffling to make more room for our collections! The adult fiction is still in place, but has expanded thanks to two new bookshelves courtesy of local Mason Jeffrey Pierce. We have also shifted the large print fiction to start on shelves recently cleared of old VHS videos and moved the end of the adult audio books to a bookcase in the Reading Room. A special thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen. If you need help finding anything, just ask at the front desk.

 

Spotlight on…Cabin Fever.

 

Winter starting to drag you down? Come check out our Cabin Fever display! Learn a new card game! Try knitting that scarf you’ve always wanted to make! Discover how to tie knots or make a beautiful pair of earrings! Beat the winter blahs with a good book!

Adult Book Group

 

The February discussion book will once again be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The next meeting will be Thursday February 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Help Wanted

 

The library is no longer looking for a shoveler/sander, but we could use help with the following:

Open Flag repair- Our nylon Open flag is torn and either needs to be fixed or replaced. If you think you can fix it or you’d like to donate a replacement or the money to purchase one please stop in during open hours or call the library.

Events sign repair- We recently received a sandwich style board that we would like to use to post new events, but it needs some minor repairs. If you are willing to take a look at the project and donate your time to fix it we’d be very grateful!

For questions or to offer assistance please call the library at 737-8810 or stop in Tues or Thursday 2-7 or Saturday 9-12.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will meet on Wednesday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall for the monthly business meeting.

Dresden Volunteer Fire/Rescue

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance.  Any scheduled training will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are a welcome addition.  Also, we would like to encourage all our neighbors and community residents to be safe with your heating systems, dress warm for these very cold days and make sure you clear the snow around any vents.  And don’t forget to check your smoke and CO2 detectors to be sure they are in working order.  Check out the Fire Department website at www.dresdenfireandrescue.org or our page on Facebook (Dresden Fire/Rescue).

Dresden Comprehensive Plan

Members will meet on Tuesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  All members are urged to attend as we are hoping to set up a date, time and informational status for a Public Open Forum.  Your input is important for the next stage of the Plan.  Anyone wishing to check out the drafts for the elements contained in the Comp Plan can go to www.YourMusicHaven.com.  This is a website belonging to Lauren Haven.  She has compiled the drafts and info from the elements that members have worked on and now has all the data on her website.  We hope everyone in town will take the time to check it out so you will have information that is important to the Comp Plan.

Dresden Historical Society

The DHS will meet on Sunday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy.  We will finalize our plans for a Chili/Chowder Supper like we had last year as many people have asked about it.  It is scheduled for March 21st from 5 – 7 p.m.  Anyone willing to donate a chili or chowder, it would be greatly appreciated.  More information will be forthcoming in the March Communicator.  Also, we are planning to hold special presentations of historical significance to Dresden.  Information and Presenters will be advertised.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact John Ottum at 737-8614.  We would like to have more people join our membership.  Come to a meeting to check it out.

Dresden Planning Board

Members will meet on Tuesday, February 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.  Our meetings are always open to the public.  If you’re thinking of a project that you are planning contact the Chairperson, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office and he will return your call and let you know what the procedure is so you can be ready when the time comes.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Members will meet on Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House on Route 197.  We have our new maps ready for sale.  Trails have a lot of snow, so grooming is ongoing when possible.  Pot-O-Gold will be $30.00 (must be present to win).  Memberships are still coming in and we hope that with the great amount of snow we have, more people will join.  If you are interested, please call Shari at 737-2566 or attend our meeting to get more information on membership fees.  We’ll have snacks and refreshments.

Seen in Dresden January 2015

By Karen Vitelli

January has been, well, a pretty typical January. After a mild end to the old year, temperatures started dropping and kept going down, well below zero on a number of nights. The final week of the month brought us lots of snow and February promises to start with more.

Cracked corn scattered for the ground feeders and little birds during the coldest days succeeded only in attracting masses of blue jays (17 at one count) that seemed to keep all the other birds from even trying for a share, although the woodpeckers and titmice slipped in to the suet when the jays were busy elsewhere. Starlings and crows moved right in on fresh compost dumps, and occasionally a small flock of turkeys came through, picking at whatever the jays had missed. The small, songbirds, however, mostly stayed in their hidey-holes or wherever they found some protection from the bitter winds. Suet, frozen so hard that even the woodpeckers had a hard time breaking off bits, needed replenishing less frequently than usual. During those coldest days and nights, it seemed that very little wildlife was out and about—but the tracks across the snow in my yard told a very different story. I don’t know who or what was making them, or when, but a lot of somethings crossed that territory.

After a couple of minor snows, on the 18-19th we had a brief January thaw—a bit of rain, a wisp of a spring scent in the air, a touch of sunny warmth. Then back to serious January—more snow, more cold, more wind. A single golden crowned kinglet, a lone pine siskin (whose speckled breast helps to distinguish it from a goldfinch—both show only touches of yellow this time of year) and one common redpoll showed up at a feeder off Alexander Road. The Audubon Society reports that we could have an irruption of these little birds this year, as their major food source, pine cone seeds, are on the scarce side further north. So far, though, only those three individuals have been reported in Dresden.

Eagles should be nesting by now, and the red-tailed hawks and barred owls are thinking about it: time to start checking on the nestcams. Perhaps the hawks and owls will make a dent in the booming gray squirrel population once they have little beaks to feed.

It is also time to think about the Great Backyard Bird Count – GBBC.birdcount.org – that will take place this year from Feb. 13-16. Last year this 4-day, now-international, count recorded over three and a half million birds of 4296 species, providing the largest-ever accounting of where specific species are spending the winter. Summaries of conclusions drawn from these snapshot bird counts can be found on the web site. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering a free webinar on ways to work the GBBC into classrooms and home schooling (registration required), but anyone is welcome to participate in the count, whether experienced birder or novice. The web site provides instructions (very easy), as well as useful tips for identifying, especially tricky species (e.g., how to distinguish between house finches and purple finches, or downy and hairy woodpeckers).

Another web site — allaboutbirds.org — has just about everything you could ever want to know about birds, including recordings of songs and calls, and entertaining discussions of FAQs such as “How do birds keep warm in winter?” and “How do I keep squirrels away from my feeders?” So when it is too cold to go out, or when you’ve come in with new sightings and questions, take a look at some of the amazing bird and wildlife web sites. We’ve made it through January, but there is still plenty of winter left–and have you noticed what time it is now when the sun sets?

February 2014 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Sunday, 1 February

6:30 pm     Go Pats!

Monday, 2 February

6 pm  Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 3 February

2-7 pm Library open

6:30 Planning Board – Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 4 February

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 5 February

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 7 February

9 am-noon   Library open

4 pm     Benefit Supper and family entertainment for the MacMaster family

Dresden Elementary School (Snow date Sunday 2/8.)

Monday, 9 February

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 10 February

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

6:30 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC,

Old Dresden Town House, Rte. 197

Wednesday, 11 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Speaker Series,

Gary Lawless, poet: “Chimney Farm: Words from the Watershed”

Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

Thursday, 12 February

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 14 February

9 am-noon   Library open

Sunday, 15 February

2 pm Dresden Historical Society   Bridge Acad. Library

Monday, 16 February

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 17 February

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Committee, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 19 February

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 21 February

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 23 February

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

Tuesday, 24 February

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 25 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 26 February

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 28 February

9 am-noon   Library open

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