Monthly Archives: July 2015

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


Bridge Academy Library


August’s Featured Event…Pig Out on Reading!

 Come meet Daisy, “the World Famous Pig!”

 Farmer Minor and Daisy have been invited to the U. S. Capitol and have been seen on the TODAY Show and Montel Williams, sharing their love of libraries and reading! Come meet them and their friends Lily Pug and Dixie Cup, the adorable pug dogs who help share their story! You may even get to see Daisy give the librarian a big smooch!

Tuesday August 18th at 6:30pm

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Handicapped access available   All are welcome to attend this free event for all ages!

Summer Readers: This year the August event with Daisy will be in place of a final party and occurs early to accommodate the busy schedule of a reading pig! Summer Reading book and time logs will not be due until August 27th, so keep on reading! If you make your goal your final prize and certificate will be available for pickup by August 29th as long as you remember to turn in your sheets or call me with your final numbers at 737-8810 by the deadline if you can’t make it in.

 Adult Book Group : The August discussion book will be I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson. The next meeting will be Thursday August 13th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcomed and encouraged to join the fun!

NB: the library will be closed August 1-8 for vacation.  Normal hours resume on Tuesday August 11th.

Bridge Academy Sports Center – Pickleball and More

Peter Walsh writes:

I have good news to announce.  The Select Board voted unanimously to continue the sports center project, and to “do it right” as they said.  They approved a budget we submitted in the amount of approximately $15,000, with the funds coming from the Dresden Recreation Fund.  As you may be aware, this fund has no taxpayer dollars supporting it.  The funds come from  cable companies which by law are required to give a percentage of their earnings to the towns in which they operate.  A number of years ago, some foresighted Dresdenites earmarked this money for recreational purposes only.

The plan which was approved will set up a court approximately 30′ x 60′.  It can be used for children’s tennis, children’s volleyball, pickleball, badminton,  and volleyball.  It will not be big enough for tennis, but the costs to do that would have been much higher, and there are tennis courts in Richmond and Wiscasset which are open to the public.

Sequence of construction:

Approval from Bridge Trustees granted on July 30, 2015

Remove and replace some fence sections on Sat., August 1st

Remove existing asphalt

Remove overhanging trees

Install new gravel

Pave with two inches of asphalt

Paint court and lines

Landscape around court

Bids have been received from various companies, and we are ready to go following the final approval by the Bridge Academy Trustees.  The first job which will hopefully be done by all or some of us, is to work on the fence.  I would like to ask if you and friends can come this Saturday, July 28, at 9:00 AM to take the next step in the process.  The work needed to be done should not take more than 3 hours if there are enough of us.  Please let me know if you can make it (at, and I will let you know what tools we need.  Coffee and dougnuts will be served!

Thanks for everything you have done.  If all goes right, the court should be ready for play in the latter half of August. Many thanks to Select Board members Dale Hinote, Gerry Lilly, and Alan Moeller for their support of this project, and to Trudi Foss for her advice and support.

Dresden Fire Association

The monthly business meeting is on Wednesday, August 5th, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance as well as any training.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the first Wednesday.  All members are urged to attend.    Anyone interested in joining, please either come to a weekly meeting or call the Chief at 737-9434 for an application.  Like so many other departments, we would like more volunteers, so if you want to find out more about what it takes to become a firefighter, please take the time to check it out.  There is so much you can learn and you could make a big difference in your community.

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 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  In general, one needs two adults, a charged hose and sufficient tools to control burning.

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, August 11th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have a question about a project or would like to get information, please contact board chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan

The plan is available at:


Seen in Dresden July 2015

By K. D. Vitelli

July means full summertime in all its glory. Gardens are mad with color, the neat mounds of early June now turned to tall, unruly masses of every color imaginable. The flowerbeds now bear little resemblance to the gardener’s imagined vision at the time of winter’s seed orders—and often, that is for the better. Nature’s meadows, roadsides and shorelines are equally spectacular right now.

On all those blossoms, wild and cultivated, the bees are busy. Different bees have tongues of different lengths, so to keep all our bees happy and well fed, it is important to have blossoms of different shapes and sizes, so every bee has a chance to reach the pollen and nectar. Some of the showiest blossoms, especially the many horticultural doubles, have been bred for the extra petals, and often have fewer or no anthers, hence no pollen for bees and other insects. They are pretty, but don’t contribute to the larger environment. And don’t use pesticides, which hurt our important pollinating native bees as much as the more well-publicized honey bees.

I long assumed there was just one true bumble bee (the large black and yellow one), and though I’ve mentally thought of the little ones with similar coloration as “little bumble bees,” I guessed they were really something else. Wrong. It turns out there are around 250 species of bumble bees (genus Bombus), 16 of which occur in Maine. They are all social bees, with a social structure similar to that of honey bees, although they tend to live in smaller colonies, often in the ground. They do make honey—until the introduction of the western honey bee they were the only native bee to do so—but in much smaller quantities than honey bees.

Identifying the individual species generally requires having dead specimens to compare with a museum collection, but one, the “orange-belted” or “tri-colored” bumble bee (Bombus ternarius), is easy to recognize: it has the usual black body with yellow markings, but in addition, an orange band around the middle of the thorax. When I read that it is common in northern New England, I went outside around noon to look: sure enough, the monarda, echinacea, and veronicastrum blossoms were covered with orange-belted bumbles. Fun to know their name and to see the orange belt I’d never noticed before.

By evening, however, they had been completely replaced by another species of small bumble, with no orange stripe. Other favorites of these bees include goldenrod, whose early varieties have just opened, and milkweed, just going to seed. Speaking of milkweed, has anyone seen a monarch yet? The only orange butterflies I’ve seen are fritillaries, which depend on violets, as monarchs do on milkweed.

Early in the month, newly fledged birds peeping for food were everywhere, with their parents’ warning calls close behind. One neighbor reported a pair of bobolinks, unfortunately uncommon these days, and four pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks. “My” grosbeak with a pale, peach-colored breast, which, according to the experts, should have made him a less desirable mate, was back for the third year, apparently with a mate, so he seems to be doing fine.

Around the ninth of July, fledgling orioles showed themselves, but they must have headed south soon after. The Phoebes are still feeding nestlings in their second brood. An ovenbird, a black and white warbler and a chestnut sided warbler allowed themselves to be spotted around mid-month. Many of the other birds have slipped off to molt into fresh feathers. Off the Cedar Grove road, three hens and 11 young turkeys cross the yards regularly, and, the neighbor reported, three “generations” of Tom turkeys, each with a different beard length, strut up and down the driveway regularly. Another piece of information new to me: you can actually get a rough idea of a male turkey’s age from the length of its beard: by the first fall a young male (a “jake”) will have a beard 4-5” long. By the second fall, it will have reached 9-10,” and older Toms sport beards of 10-12.”

Dave Probert sent notice that he saw on July 24th, for the first time ever, a winter wren on his deck railing and in & out from under his woodshed. First he thought it was a mouse on the ground then saw that magnificent tail and had to look it up.


Around the middle of the month, a flock of 20-30 tree swallows took a few long, leisurely, swirling, swooping turns over the fields and barns along Alexander Road. Perhaps they were saying goodbye for the summer, as they, too, head off to join other small flocks (the full migration flock may eventually number in the thousands) for the long flight to Central America for the winter. Meanwhile, we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy to the fullest–picking berries and hornworms, squash beetles and whatever they don’t get to first.

August 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Saturday, 1 August

Library closed for vacation

Monday, 3 August

6pm Select Board meeting   Town Hall

Tuesday, 4 August

Library closed for vacation

Wednesday, 5 August

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 6 August

Library closed for vacation

Saturday, 8 August

Library closed for vacation

Monday, 10 August

6 pm Select Board workshop, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 11 August

2-7 pm   Library open

6:30 pm Planning Board – Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 12 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 13 August

2-7 pm   Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 15 August

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 17 August

6 pm Select Board meeting, Town Office

Tuesday, 18 August

2-7 pm   Library open

At 6:30 come meet Daisy the World-Famous Pig!!!!  Summer reading program, 2015.

Wednesday, 19 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 20 August

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 22 August

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 24 August

6 pm Select Board workshop, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 25 August

2-7 pm   Library open

Wednesday, 26 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 27 August

2-7 pm   Library open

Saturday, 29 August

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 31 August

6 pm Select Board, Town Office

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