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Dresden Communicator, July 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 August edition is the 29th of July. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

 

SummerFest! July 12th @ the Courthouse

 

Dresden’s Annual SummerFest is Sunday, July 12, at the Pownalborough Court House on Cedar Grove Road. Activities begin at 11:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM.

In keeping with past events, this low key community event will once again offer:

  • music for the whole family;
  • children’s games,
  • local crafts for sale,
  • exhibits by community organizations,
  • a petting zoo with goats and other animals,
  • a barbeque prepared by the Volunteers of the Dresden Fire Department,
  • horse drawn carriage rides
  • a pie baking contest, and
  • a great chance to relax on a SUMMER day on the banks of the beautiful Kennebec River with new and old friends.

For more information, contact Pat Theriault at 737-8771, or Peter Walsh at 737-2807

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2015:

EVERY HERO HAS A STORY

July’s Featured Event…Hero Drop-In Project!

Summers are busy so this project will be available for pickup any library day in July until the 27th. Our Summer Readers will use the provided prompts to create their own superhero and their back story! In order to provide a good fit for all our readers multiple options will be provided, including fill in the blank story templates and create your own hero coloring pages. Remember that heroes come in all shapes and sizes so stretch your imaginations! All participants in this project will have their projects displayed in the library (if they wish) and each will be entered in a special drawing at the end of the month for a “super” prize!

The library is open Tues, Thurs 2-7; Sat 9-12. Remember July 4th is a library holiday.

Adult Book Group : The July discussion book will be Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. The next meeting will be Thursday July 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome.

New Reads Highlights:

Adult Fiction– 14th Deadly Sin(Women’s Murder Club)- James Patterson

Adult Nonfiction– Queen Bee: Roxanne Quimby, Burt’s Bees and her quest for a new national park- Phyllis Austin

Youth Fiction– The Maze Runner series- James Dashner

Youth Nonfiction– National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.- Sarah Wassner Flynn

...all these and many more new titles are waiting for you at Bridge Academy Public Library!

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, July 1st at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

Events for July are food sale fundraising at SummerFest on Sunday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pownalborough Courthouse, and food sale fundraising at Richmond Days on Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 at the Richmond Waterfront Park.

We hope to see a big crowd at both family-oriented, fun events.

Dresden Fire Department

Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck & station maintenance or any training that is scheduled.

We are always in need of new members!

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a firefighter, please either come to a meeting or contact the Chief, Steve Lilly at 737-9434 or Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771.  Persons under the age of 18 can also check into the Junior Firefighter Training.

Permits for Burning

 

Please make sure to get a burn permit whenever you plan open burning of allowable debris.  If you are unsure of the class day, you can call one of the issuing agents or you can go to http://www.wardensreport.com to get a permit (free).  You must be able to print a copy of the permit to have with you while you are burning.   A list of the agents can be found on the website at http://www.dresdenfireandrescue.org.  In general, one needs two adults, a charged hose and sufficient tools to control burning.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  These meetings are always open to the public.  If you have any questions on a project you may be planning, you can contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

The DHS will meet on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  The Brick School Museum is now open every weekend during the summer.

We will also be at the SummerFest activities on the 12th of the month, so we hope you will stop by our area.  Perhaps you would like to get an application to join.  Let’s talk about it.

Seen in Dresden June 2015

By Karen Vitelli

June has been a bit of an in between month: we’ve had some gorgeous full-summer days with early morning mists on the rivers, gentle (and some not-so-gentle) breezes, quickly followed by gray chilly ones when a fire in the woodstove felt good. Kids were still in school for most of the month (regretting all those snow days), so it didn’t feel like full summer for those families. We did, finally, get some much-needed rain, and gardens and fields made a sudden spurt of growth.

June is snapping turtle egg-laying time, and they were out in large numbers early in the month. The first one to explore my yard came on May 31, a little one probably around 20 years old (age at which they begin laying), scraped the dry dusty sand in several places, and left, without dropping any eggs. I waited 10 days, saw no more, so decided it was safe to plant in what has become known as the “turtle bed” because of their fondness for digging there.

Sure enough, next morning the largest turtle I’ve seen in years—her shell a good two feet long—and probably close to 100 years old, lumbered across the back yard, went straight to the turtle bed, uprooted everything, and over several hours that included lots of resting, dug her deep hole. Since she covered it carefully, I think she probably did leave eggs in it. She left. I replaced the plants. Two days later, a medium-sized turtle re-dug the other end of the turtle bed, but left her holes uncovered. On the 13th, by which time turtle scrapes were evident along all the roadsides, two more visited, dug, but as far as I can tell, left no eggs. Unusually, I’ve not seen any eggs dug up and ravaged by raccoons and skunks. Maybe the ground was just too dry when the turtles were ready—except for my well-watered turtle bed used by the wily old lady? Will they try again in our now rained-on soils? Skip this year? Lay their eggs in different places? Maybe we’ll know come hatching season in September.

The courting songs of birds have largely ceased and been replaced by warning chirps to babies when danger approaches, and high pitched “feed me” cries from chicks and fledglings. One neighbor reports that:

A pair of Hairy Woodpeckers nested in a poplar tree about 30 feet from the house. The poor mamma was kept busy from dawn to dusk for weeks raising one noisy and hungry chick. I think it was a male, because we could see a red patch on its forehead when it leaned out of the nest. We didn’t see the father doing any of the feeding, but he was seen on guard duty. Over the course of two days, it seemed, the chick’s voice went from baby talk to mature speech. The mamma spent about two more days calling to him from a distant tree, and finally coaxed him out. We were sorry to see them go, (but glad not to be awakened by him every morning.)

My tree swallows have me thoroughly confused. On June 17 we clearly had newly fledged babies making joyous swoops around the open space, flying with incredible skill and clearly having a wonderful time. Six or seven kept it up, chattering the whole time, for half an hour or more, sometimes stopping to rest briefly on top of the box or other pole, sometimes going back into the box briefly. At one point, I heard momma chirping her warning call, so I looked around and sure enough, one baby had landed on the ground right at the base of the nest pole. Mom kept warning her to stay still until I retreated far enough away. Mom shut up—and baby flew off.

I haven’t seen any flying displays since then, and had assumed they had all simply left. Except then I noticed that the parents were still feeding regularly, going in and out of the nest and dive bombing the cat and me whenever we got too close. Babies are still in the nest. So who was flying last week? One online source (www.sialis.org) may have provided an answer: they claim that some tree sparrows hold “graduation parties” for fledglings that involve “a bunch of other adults (and fledged juveniles?) excitedly fluttering around the front of a box, perhaps trying to coax the nestlings out.” Perhaps the ones I saw flying were from another box, celebrating and showing off.

Some other interesting information from that site is that an adult swallow eats about 2000 insects per day during nesting season, and the two parents bring about 6000 a day for their hatchlings. A single tree swallow family, then, can consume as many as 300,000 insects during one nesting period! That makes them rather valuable members of our community, and also makes them quite vulnerable to poisoning by pesticides—in case you need yet another reason to avoid pesticides.

Catbirds have just become ubiquitous, so the young, already looking just like their parents, must have fledged. This is a fun time for bird watching, as all the fledglings of all kinds explore their new worlds and get into all kinds of mischief and awkward situations. Keep your eyes open and you’ll never be bored.

July 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Wednesday, 1 July

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 2 July

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 4 July

Library closed for the holiday

Monday, 6 July

6 pm Select Board workshop, Town Office

Tuesday, 7 July

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30pm Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 8 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 9 July

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 11 July

9 am-noon   Library open

Sunday, 12 July

11am-3pm Dresden Sumerfest! Pownalborough Court House

Monday, 13 July

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6:30pm   Dresden Historical Society, Yellow School House, Rte 128                                               River Road

Tuesday, 14 July

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 15 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 16 July

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 18 July

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 20 July

6 pm Select Board workshop, Town Office

Tuesday, 21 July

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 22 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 23 July

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 25 July

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 27 July

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 28 July

2 – 7 pm Library open

Wednesday, 29 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 30 July

2-7 pm   Library open

 

 

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Communicator Addendum: Civic Engagement Edition

There are three opportunities in June for citizens of Dresden to get involved in local decision making.  Attendance at these events has been disappointing in recent years;  please show up with your friends and make your voices heard!

Monday, 1 June, 6 pm:  Regional Budget Meeting for RSU2, Richmond High School.   Registered voters in attendance from Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth and Richmond will vote on several articles that comprise the school budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuesday, 9 June, 8 am – 8 pm:  Election Day, Pownalborough Hall.  Referendum on the school budget and election for several local offices.   All registered voters are encouraged to participate.

Saturday, 13 June, 9 am:  Town Meeting, Pownalborough Hall.  Decisions on the Dresden town budget and various local issues will be made by registered voters in attendance.

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

 

 

Bridge Academy Library

 

Summer Reading 2015- Sign the kids up for a summer of fun! The reading program is free and open to kids aged 3-11 and it offers readers and pre-readers a chance to win some great prizes and attend our fun family events! Free Sea Dogs tickets will be offered again to all participants and a prize for every ten Box Tops for Education turned in. Registration starts Saturday June 13th and parents are encouraged to sign their kids up early so they have time to meet their summer reading goal. For more information please call 737-8810 or drop by during library hours.

Special Event:  Thursday June 16th

6:00 PM

Bridge Academy Library 44 Middle Rd., Dresden

All children and adults are encouraged and welcomed at this special event.

HANDICAPPED ACCESS AVAILABLE. FMI CALL 737-8810

Come hear Jordan tell a story with his hands and voice!

Jordan Messan Benissan is a member of the Ewe people. He was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. Jordan received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers and he has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and at the Mayo Clinic’s multicultural program and many others venues. Jordan currently teaches at Colby College in Waterville.u

Adult Book Group : The June discussion book will be Radiance of Tomorrow by Ismael Beah. The next meeting will be Thursday June 11th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome.

 

 

Dresden Elementary School, RSU2

 

We write this last posting of the school year with bittersweet key strokes. Our treasured school secretary, Mrs. Faulkingham, is retiring this month.

And when Mrs. Faulkingham’s not keeping our community up-to-date on school happenings in our newsletter, she juggles a million other jobs as our school secretary. She celebrates every child from preK to fifth, every day. She keeps students safe and happy, supports staff, manages budgets, book fairs, and schedules, and keeps us laughing. If our little elementary school has a heart and soul, it resides in the upbeat personality of Mrs. Faulkingham. We’re happy that she’s happy to retire, and are trying to make the most of the last few weeks of school with her at command central. So, stop by to say good-bye (though we have a promise of her return as a substitute) and wish her well. We certainly do.

As one fifth grader said to Mrs. Faulkingham as she was taking a final photo of the class for this newsletter, ”I’m glad you’re leaving with us.”

End of the year progress reports:
The final progress report of the year will be emailed to parents using the email address you provided us at the beginning of the year. If you prefer to receive a paper copy of your child’s report, please let us know. For those families without internet access, we will certainly send home an end of the year report with your child. Questions? Please call us at 737-2559.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having the election of officers for 2015-2016.  All members are urged to attend.  Our meetings are always open to the public.

Dresden Fire Department

Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for weekly truck and station maintenance or for any training sessions.  A schedule will be posted on the board on the first Wednesday of the month.  All members are urged to participate.  Any mandatory training is a must.  Election of the Chief & Assistant Chief will be held at the monthly Association business meeting.

The fire department is always is need of new membership, so if anyone would like to become a firefighter, please either attend a weekly meeting or contact the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771 and they will provide you with information and an application.

Permits for Burning

 Please make sure to get a burn permit whenever you plan open burning of allowable debris.  If you are unsure of the class day, you can call one of the issuing agents or you can go to http://www.wardensreport.com to get a permit (free).  You must be able to print a copy of the permit to have with you while you are burning.   A list of the agents can be found on the website at www.dresdenfireandrescue.org.  In general, one needs two adults, a charged hose and sufficient tools for burning.

Dresden Planning Board

The board will meet on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you are planning a project and would like to get information about the process, please contact Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or the town office at 737-4335.  Our meetings are open to the public.

Dresden Historical Society

Society members will meet on Monday, June 8th at the new time of 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse on Route 128 (River Rd.)  We would like to welcome the newest members, Katie & Nate Clark and Jay & Cindy Cummings.  New members are always welcome.  Membership is $5.00 per person.  The Brick School Museum will be opening the end of June.

There will be a presentation by historian Scott Hanscom, on ‘Hearth Cooking’ planned for Monday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Courthouse.

We are in the process of preparing a 2016 calendar to sell hopefully either at SummerFest or at the annual Harvest Supper, which we are discussing plans for in October.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan

Committee members have completed the final work on the Plan that will be presented for voting at the annual town meeting on June 13.  If you would like a copy of the printed proposed Plan, please contact the town office at 737-4335.  The members have worked very hard over the last 4 years to bring the Plan up-to-date under the guidance of the previous accepted plan and the information gathered from residents, open forums, public hearings and a survey that was compiled.

Seen in Dresden May 2015

By Karen Vitelli

 

May is expected to, and with the help of many plant sales, did bring flowers–after the supposed rains of April, which we missed and have not made up for this month until the very last day. We’ve had a lot of cool gray days and a few drizzles, but before the 31st we were about 4” below our average rainfall for May. Local farmers and gardeners have been irrigating (in May? In Maine??)–or looking busy by wandering the garden with a hose, catching a rest from other spring chores. Gardens are lovely now, with colorful, often sweet-scented spring blooms, and perennials still forming tidy mounds, if not for much longer.

It has been a cool month, and sometimes, especially with the mean winds we’ve had, downright cold. But early in the month strong winds from the west brought several very warm, summery days. Those winds brought the birds back, although it seemed, as one neighbor commented, that “all the migratory birds rented a van and arrived together on Mother’s Day weekend.”

A male Baltimore oriole landed on the suet on the 5th and made the pair of cardinals at the feeder look positively drab. Rose-breasted grosbeaks, hummingbirds, yellow warblers, yellow-rumped, black and white, myrtle and other warblers, vireos, and catbirds have re-joined us after their amazingly long flights. Tree swallows arrived a bit earlier than the others; some are already nesting in bluebird boxes, others still flitting around chattering at each other. A few lucky friends reported brief sightings of scarlet tanagers, and, a special treat, indigo buntings: four of those little, completely blue birds showed up briefly on a field by the Kennebec. Another unexpected sighting was a sandhill crane. I’m told that a small flock of them seems to be establishing a base on Swan Island!

Another neighbor reported a brilliant Baltimore oriole in the apple blossoms, and several other, less brilliant, orange and black birds. At first he thought he’d seen a couple of yellow warblers being chased by an American redstart; later it seemed more likely they were two female orchard orioles, being pursued by a male. That same scene—two rather dull colored orange-ish and black birds chased by a third, brighter one–repeated itself in the trees along the Eastern River. What are they? We definitely have Baltimore orioles. Orchard orioles are smaller than Baltimore orioles and less vividly colored, more a deep russet than bright orange, with the females tending toward yellow-green. They like to nest along rivers with nearby open fields, so Dresden should be a favorite spot, and they may well be what we have seen. Meanwhile, an American redstart wanted to be sure he was noticed and recorded: he landed right in front of me on a low forsythia bush, and did several slow turns to make sure I caught all of his beautiful red-on-black markings.

The arrivals of migratory birds are so stunning this time of year that when I received a report of a pine marten, I ran to the bird book to see what this species I didn’t know about looked like. Turns out it was not a bird at all, but, indeed, a marten. While walking the Pownalborough Court House trails, a neighbor saw the female marten, about two-thirds the size of a fisher, climbing a tree, and heard the cries of kits coming from the broken tree-top—presumably their nest. Pine martens spend much of their time in trees, hunting squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and other small rodents. They live in the northern forests; judging by maps on the internet, Dresden must be on the very edge of their range. They are certainly not common around here.

As we headed into the last week of May it looks like night time temperatures will finally be warm enough to safely set out the rest of the gardens. Take it easy, or your back will feel like mine does. And do check every night for ticks, which are multitudinous this year.

June 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Monday, 1 June

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm Regional Budget Meeting, RSU2 School budget:  Richmond High School

Tuesday, 2 June

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

Wednesday, 3 June

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 4 June

2-7 pm   Library open

6 pm RSU2 Board of Directors meeting, Hall-Dale Elementary School, Hallowell

Saturday, 6 June

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 8 June

6 pm Select Board workshop, Town Office

6:30 – 8 pm Dresden Historical Society, Yellow School House, Rte 128  River Road

Tuesday, 9 June

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 10 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 11 June

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 13 June

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 15 June

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 16 June

2-7 pm   Library open

6pm Special Presentation at the library by Jordan Bennisan

Wednesday, 17 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 18 June

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 20 June

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 22 June

6 pm Select Board workshop, Town Office

Tuesday, 23 June

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 24 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 25 June

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 27 June

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 29 June

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 30 June

2 – 7 pm Library open

 

 

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