Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dresden Communicator, May 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 June edition is the 28th of May. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 



Bridge Academy Library


Come to our annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale!

Saturday May 23rd


Rain or Shine

44 Middle Road in Dresden


Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event!


– Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)

– Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super prices!

– Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!

– Take a chance on some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!

New in town? Come to the sale and meet your neighbors! Interested in helping out and getting involved in your community? Call the library at 737-8810!


Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants, books in good condition and baked goods. Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or donate plants. Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale. Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday May 21st or by 9:00a.m. the morning of the sale.

Adult Book Group: The May discussion book will be Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman. The next meeting will be Thursday May 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome.

Dresden Rocket Club update: Due to scheduling issues the Rocket Club will be looking at a late summer session rather than spring this year. Keep your eyes on the Communicator for more information and times and dates to come.

Summer Reading: Our Summer Reading Program for children aged 3-11 will be starting up in June with the exact date and more details to appear in the June Communicator. This year’s theme is Every Hero Has a Story! The program is a great way to motivate your kids to read and they’ll have lots of fun attending our special programs and getting prizes for their efforts! Informational flyers will be distributed at the Dresden Elementary School before summer break and they are also available here at the library.

* Special Note- Donations are welcomed and encouraged. We can always use snacks for events, money to purchase special prizes or a helping hand at a crafting session. Call 737-8810 FMI.

Dresden Elementary School, RSU2


With May break behind us, staff and students will be working hard for the next seven weeks as we enter our third and final trimester. Here are some upcoming highlights, along with a commendation for Dresden from the Department of Education, the only school in the RSU 2 district to receive this distinction.

The Maine DOE recently cited 21 schools across the state for high or improved academic performance, and Dresden Elementary was among those honored. According to a news release celebrating the high-performing schools, “As the Maine DOE continues to raise expectations for all students, these schools provide an example of excellence that results where there is a shared commitment to effective, learner-centered instruction; great teachers and leaders and multiple pathways for learner achievement.”

Congratulations to the Dresden students and staff for working hard, and to our parents and community members for continuing to support local education.

As our students continue to work towards proficiency on their learning targets, we are offering several opportunities in May and June for students to both celebrate their achievements and enjoy hands-on learning.

All students, pre-k through fifth grade, will attend a youth concert by the Portland Symphony Orchestra on May 5. This opportunity is supported by the Kenyon Fund’s annual grant. Dresden students will also enjoy an afternoon at the Wiscasset Recreation Center in June to celebrate the school-wide Boxtops for Education fundraiser.

Fourth graders at both Dresden and Marcia Buker schools are looking forward to Bodyology, a show at Lewiston’s Public Theatre that teaches students about the systems of the human body—a specific learning target for this grade level. And the lucky Dresden fourth graders, with their teacher Ms. Vachowski, recently spent a day at the State House in Augusta as honorary pages at the special invitation of Representative Jeffrey Pierce and Senator Linda Baker.

Second graders this year will visit the Wildlife Park in Gray with Marcia Buker students, and our fifth graders will make the annual trek to Boston—along with their Marcia Buker colleagues—to round out their time at Dresden Elementary with a field trip to historical sites.

Registration for incoming preK and kindergarten students is happening as well.

Everyone is invited to our Art Show and Plant Sale on Wednesday, May 20, starting at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Dresden Planning Board


The Board will conduct a site walk at Fluid Farms, LLC on Sunday, May 3rd at 9 a.m.  All Board members are urged to attend.

The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  A public hearing on the proposed project at Fluid Farms LLC will be held at this meeting.  All members are urged to be there.

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will meet on Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall for the monthly business meeting.

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance as well as any training.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the first Wednesday.  Once again, we want to let you know that we are always looking for more members so if you have an interest in being a volunteer firefighter, please contact the Chief, Assistant Chief or come to a weekly meeting and we’d be happy to give you information and an application.  You will be a welcome asset to the department and your community.  We’re on Facebook and our website is


Dresden Historical Society

Members will meet on Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Yellow School House on Rt. 128 (River Rd.)  All available members are urged to attend.  We would like to get input as to any historical presentations that would be of interest.  Our meetings are open to the public.  We would like to welcome the new members who recently joined the group.  We would love to see more people join, so if you have an interest in history and especially Dresden, come to a meeting or contact a member for information.  Check us out on Facebook.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan

A workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  There is a PUBLIC HEARING set for Saturday, May 30 from 9 to noon at the Hall.  The Public is urged to attend this special hearing as the final Plan will be presented to the voters at the annual town meeting.  We want you to be informed so you have the chance to ask questions or make comments and be prepared at the town meeting.  Check out the website at or

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will not have any meetings during the summer months unless we have special events or requested meetings.  Notice will be done through phone or email or it will be posted on our Facebook page.  Have a wonderful summer and thank you to the landowners and those who have helped on the trails.

Maple Grove Cemetery Association

The Association will hold a meeting on May 9th at 10:00 a.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  This meeting is open to the public.  If you have a family plot or have family in this cemetery and would like to be involved, please either come the meeting or contact the Trustee President (Gorham Lilly) at 737-2566.

Seen in Dresden May 2015

By Karen Vitelli


Transformative is the word for this month. Maybe the changes didn’t happen as quickly and thoroughly as we might have liked, but many thought that the mountains of snow that were still around last month would last ‘til June. The first week of May we were looking out on piles of the white stuff and solidly frozen rivers. But the snow is now gone (except for a few ugly reminders in dark corners)—in spite of a new 5” of really heavy, hard-to-shovel snow on the 9th.

The river ice started melting in place around the 5th, when four little ducks instantly appeared on the first puddle and swam rapidly in small circles, splashing and expressing my joy, as well as theirs. Once the ice breakers dealt with the Kennebec, the Eastern cleared rapidly and we had only a few days to enjoy the eagles fishing from the ice floes. On the 16th a dozen cormorants crammed together on one of the last ice cubes for a surprisingly fast trip up stream—and that was the last of that game. A perky red fox ran along the river bank that morning, perhaps the same one that is part of the long-standing pair down on the River Road, and seen also on the Cedar Grove road. Or maybe some of us are seeing the successful results of previous year’s litters.

Our birds have been returning and filling the air with lovely songs, not heard for many months. Early in the month, large flocks of robins spread out over every newly exposed patch of dried grass. Those flocks have mostly broken up now, as pairs form for nesting season. Mid-month, a rufous-sided towhee (now known as the Eastern towhee) stopped briefly in South Dresden.

Juncos, sparrows–including the white-throated, but not yet a fox sparrow–and lots of brightly colored gold and purple finches are descending on our feeders. Phoebes are calling frantically, huge grackles with beady eyes stop by occasionally, the shrill call of the red-winged blackbirds fills the air, and pileated woodpeckers have been heard calling. A small flock of yellow-rumped warblers has been refueling at the suet for the last two days. And of course the male turkeys are showing off, sometimes fluffed and puffed up in full display, sometimes (why is it always at 5 am?) just wandering around all alone, gobbling loudly.

In spring, nature is noisy. Some have reported hearing peepers as early as the 18th, but most of the frogs seem to be waiting for a bit more warmth (aren’t we all?).

The plant world is also coming back to life. Grass is greening up. Crocuses have provided a most welcome early splash of color, and on the 24th, several bright yellow clumps of daffodils, and a brilliant yellow forsythia along Middle Road looked almost fake in their brown surroundings. The tiny little pulmonarias put out blooms the minute the dried leaves were raked off, before their leaves had even appeared.

It is the perfect time to divide perennials, as soon as they make themselves known. Dig them now and put some into pots for the Bridge Academy Library Book, Bake, and Plant Sale on May 23rd. The part you leave in the ground will fill out as it grows and you’ll never know anything is missing—except that your plant will be healthier, and you’ll have done a good thing for your community by providing strong plants for the library sale. If you need help digging, or need pots, email me (, or call (737-5701). Otherwise, bring your plants to the library tennis court on May 22nd. The more information you can provide about the plant (name, color, height, sun or shade), the better. And then come on the 23rd to get yourself some new plants—if you’ve checked the prices on perennials in nurseries, you know you’ll do a lot better at our plant sale. Most of all, enjoy this hard-earned spring.

May 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Saturday, 2 May

9 am – 1 pm Library open

Sunday, 3 May

3 pm Dresden Planning Board site walk – Fluid Farms LLC

Monday, 4 May

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 5 May

6:30 – 8:30 pm Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 6 May

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 7 May

2-7 pm   Library open

6 pm RSU2 Board of Directors meeting, Monmouth Academy

Saturday, 9 May

9 am-noon   Library open

10 am Maple Grove Cemetary Association, Pownalborough Hall

Monday, 11 May

6 pm Select Board workshop, Town Office

6 – 8 pm Dresden Historical Society, Yellow School House, Rte 128

Tuesday, 12 May

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 13 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

7 pm   Friends of Merrymeeting Bay speaker series:

Unseen but Everywhere! Plankton and Particles

Harry Nelson and Heather Anne Wright, Fluid Imaging Technologies

Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

Thursday, 14 May

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 16 May

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 18 May

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 19 May

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 – 8 pm   Comprehensive Plan meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 20 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm Dresden Elementary School Art Show and Plant Sale

Thursday, 21 May

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 23 May

9 am-noon   Library open

Plant and Bake sale! See details under library listings above.

Monday, 25 May

6 pm Select Board workshop, Town Office

Tuesday, 26 May

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Dresden Comprehensive Plan Workshop, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 27 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 28 May

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 30 May

9 am-noon   Library open

9 am-noon Public Forum, Dresden Comprehensive Plan, Pownalborough Hall



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