Monthly Archives: October 2015

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


New Town of Dresden Website


Dresden has a newly redesigned website, at   Information about the select board, town employees, departments, opening hours, the town calendar, etc.


Bridge Academy Library

Winter season Hours:

Tues, Thurs 1:30-7:00pm; Sat 9:00am-12:00pm

Author Event- Come meet local Maine author Deb Gould and let her take you on a journey back in time to some familiar territory with her own twist on the story. You may even recognize some surnames that live on today right here in Dresden and the surrounding communities!

In her latest work of historical fiction, The Eastern: Book One The Early Years, Deb visits the early 1800s, when five families settle on the Eastern River in Pittston, Maine and build a vibrant agricultural community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Deb’s discovery of Charles Call’s diary sparked a story that will resonate both with modern descendants and anyone who enjoys a good story based on local history and strong community ties!

Tuesday October 20th at 6:00 pm

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Handicapped access available

Light refreshments will be served

FMI call 737-9979


Adult Book Group : The October discussion book will be A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah. The next meeting will be Thursday October 8th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


Playaway Views– The library has recently acquired two Playaway Views, which are easy to use all-in-one video players with preloaded content that may be checked out by patrons.   Our Playaways contain the following children’s material:

#1- PBS Kids Dinosaur Train (5 videos) -Valley of the Stygimolochs, I’m a T. Rex, One Smart Dinosaur, Surprise Party and Elmer visits the Desert

#2- Growing Up and Getting Along (6 animated storybooks)– Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, Enemy Pie, Penelope and the Monsters, Pocketful of Kisses, Sink or Swim and Tyson the Terrible.

Harvest Supper

The Dresden Historical Society will host its annual HARVEST SUPPER at Dresden Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 3rdwith two (2) seatings – the first at 5:00 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be reserved by calling either Dale Hinote at 809-7975 or Shari Lilly at 737-2566.  Cost of tickets are $10.00 per adult; $5.00 for children 5 to 17 and free for children under 5 years of age.

Please let us know how many people will be attending and what time you would prefer to have your meal.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  The menu will consist of turkey, potatoes, squash, homemade gravy, homemade stuffing, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce, desserts and refreshments.  We hope you will bring your family and friends to this fun, relaxing and ‘tasty’ fund raiser.  The school is located on Route 128 (Cedar Grove Road).


Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet at Pownalborough Hall at 6:30 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 6th. All members are urged to attend.   Anyone planning a project or just needing some information can call the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office and he will get back to you.  Oftentimes, we do have ongoing business that may warrant us to have two (2) meetings in a month.


Dresden Fire Department


Members of the Dresden Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Open House at Pownalborough Station (which is located near the intersection of Routes 128 & 197) from 5 – 7 p.m.  on Wednesday, Oct. 7th.   We’ll have lots of information about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire.  Firefighters will answer any questions you may have about the trucks, the equipment on them, what they are used for and they’ll show you the gear they have to wear when they respond to a call.   There will be different fire trucks from other towns, hot dogs and hamburgers, refreshments, games for the kids, door prizes, raffles and ‘Sparky the Fire Dog”.  We hope you will take the time to bring your family to this very important and fun event.


Fire Dept. members meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the station to do regular truck & station maintenance as well as any training that is scheduled.  Members should check the bulletin board for more information.  As with so many departments these days, we are in need of more members.  We are an important part of our community.  Please consider joining.

Dresden Historical Society

The DHS will have the monthly business meeting at the Yellow Schoolhouse beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12th. We will be discussing the outcome of the Harvest Supper, nominations for the upcoming 2016 officer recommendations, make plans for our annual supper, as well as preparations of the museum and school for the winter months.    All members are urged to attend.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

Members of the club will have the monthly business meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House located on Rt. 197, on Tuesday, Oct. 13th.  All members are urged to attend as we make preparations for the upcoming landowner cookout.  We will also be scheduling trail maintenance and other trail and equipment issues.  New members are always welcome to attend or if you can’t make the meeting just call the membership chairperson, Shari, at 737-2566.  It’s great to have the support of landowners and snowmobile enthusiasts.

Dresden Comprehensive Plan


The plan is available at:




Seen in Dresden October, 2015


By K. D. Vitelli

This October has certainly been the warmest and driest in the nearly 15 years that I’ve been keeping records, with over two weeks of temperatures in the 80’s, and barely an inch of rain, total, and that, delivered in small increments that barely settled the dust. Only when fall officially arrived on the 22nd, did we settle in (perhaps) to the more usual fresh days, chilly nights, and misty mornings. Gardens and fields are dry and crisp, looking like they’re ready to give up for the season.

Most of our local hummingbirds left around their usual time, mid-month. I saw one on the 22nd and 23rd (possibly different birds), but think it probably was passing through from further north. It didn’t seem to know where the feeder is and spent the whole time I watched it going to every single tiny blossom on the coral salvia, a plant I’d never seen our locals bother with (although I admit there isn’t much else available right now).

The goldfinches have pretty much cleaned out the sunflowers and have turned to…the beet greens. They ate every bit except the central stems. My sister used to complain that they ate her chard. I always doubted they were the culprits, but I watched two of them devour the beet greens.

A monarch butterfly has been hanging around, appropriately, on the butterfly bush, along with way too many cabbage whites. I try to remove the tiny white eggs of the latter from the broccoli and cabbage leaves before the little green worms develop and start feeding, but they are prolific and more determined than I.

Phoebes are still finding plenty of bugs to keep them around. Chickadees, sparrows and titmice have been coming regularly for an evening dip in the birdbath, and have begun forming their winter-feeding flocks. A little downy woodpecker often joins them, although s/he waits in a nearby bush while the others bathe.

Early in the month, I was enjoying a little hammock time on a hot and humid afternoon, watching the birds in the understory of the apple tree. My eye was drawn to a little yellow-rump warbler. Suddenly, it dropped down onto the edge of the hammock and then hopped right onto my bare leg! It looked me in the eye, reached down for whatever insect had drawn it down in the first place, turned and winked at me, and flew off. A magical moment.

On the 20th we found some broken, curled turtle egg shells next to a newly dug hole in the driveway. A skunk, most likely, had finally found that nest, and devoured the eggs, just as the babies were due to hatch. A few days later, I noticed an odd-looking collapsed-hole, rather than a dug one, about 4” in diameter and depth, in the middle of the flower bed where I had watched a huge momma turtle lay her eggs last spring. I’d never seen a hole—or any other trace—left behind by successfully hatched turtles before, but this looked like it might have collapsed over a hollow, and there were no egg shells at the surface, as happens when a predator has dug up the eggs. I carefully dug the hole a bit deeper and did, indeed, find empty egg shell remains. It appears that this batch hatched successfully when I, and the skunk, weren’t looking. I hope at least some of the quarter-sized babies made it down to the river on their own, to bury themselves in the river mud until spring, when they will wake up hungry and eat their first meal.

October 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Thursday, 1 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Friday, 2 October

9:00 am – 1:00 pm   Day of Caring, Hall-Dale HS students helping in the community

Saturday, 3 October

9 am – noon Bridge Acad. Library

Monday, 5 October

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 6 October

6:30 – 8 pm Planning Board Pownalborough Hall

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Wednesday, 7 October

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 8 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 10 October

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 12 October

6 pm Select Board – vacation day

6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society, Yellow Schoolhouse, Rte. 128

Tuesday, 13 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders   Old Town House

Wednesday, 14 October

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 15 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 17 October

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 19 October

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 20 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Wednesday, 21 October

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 22 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 24 October

9 am-noon   Library open

Tuesday, 27 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Wednesday, 28 October

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 29 October

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 31 October

9 am-noon   Library open

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