Monthly Archives: November 2015

Dresden Communicator, November 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 December edition is the 28th of November. 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, recycling center, etc.



Bridge Academy Library

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


Library Wish List

The library will continue to maintain its Christmas Wish List year round at, but we like to remind patrons about it as the season of giving approaches! Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages! If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:

  1. If you have an account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu. Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in and click the Search button. The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.

Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift      online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

  1. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

Adult Book Group

The November discussion book will be The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. The next meeting will be Thursday November 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome.


Local author spotlight

The greater Dresden area is home to a number of talented authors and has been the subject of some fascinating works of fiction and non-fiction. Come check out something written about the area and/or by someone you may know, featured on this month’s special display in the Library.

Pickleball….Come Play!!!!

The sport of pickleball has come to Dresden! The court is finished and we now have equipment available to borrow in a combination locked box attached to the back of the large sand bin located between the library and the court. See the librarian during open hours for the combination or call the number listed on the box if the library is closed.

Don’t know how to play pickleball? No problem! The library has a DVD and book available to help you pick up the basics. If you’d like to attend a live demonstration, keep the following free event in mind:

An Introduction to Pickleball- a hands-on clinic lead by Milad Bozorgnia, a USA Pickleball Association Ambassador.

Location: KV YMCA, Augusta

When: Monday, Dec 7, 6-7:30pm

Pre-registration is required. Call 626-1275.


From Peter E. Walsh

October 19, 2015

 Recognition and Thanks

I want to thank the many people who helped to make the Bridge Academy Sports Center a reality. It is estimated that more than $4,000 in volunteer labor as well as $5,000 of heavy equipment was donated to this project.

Thanks to:

  • The current Dresden Select Board Dale Hinote, Gerry Lilly, and Allan Moeller. Also, former Select Board member Phil Johnston, and Trudy Foss. Without the support of these people, this project would not have happened. They had the vision to propose a new court rather than remaking the old one;
  • Rick Graffam, President of the Bridge Academy Board of Trustees was instrumental in supporting this project and donating hundreds of hours of supervision, labor, and advice to the project;
  • A complete list of all the people who worked on the project includes children as young as seven years old up to one volunteer who is 91;
  • Those who volunteered on the project are: Dr. Keith McKay, Mark Long, Gary Snell, George Chapman, Emily Estes, Karen Stram, Larry Butcher, Amanda Silverman, Gary Getchell, Mike Fraumini, Karen Silverman, Ryan Cote, Linda Biden, Jeff Biden, Josie Clark, Hazel Clark, Tonia Clark, Dell McGillivary, Mike Dragge, Aiden Dragge, Darrell Gagne, Paul Tunkle, Judy Tunkle, Kate Waters, Rick Lemieux, Monica Walls, Kip Bacon, Mary Walsh, Katrina Willey, Eli Willey, and Edie Johnston.
  • Special thanks to:
    • Jarrod Hawkes, of Hawkes Tree Company who donated thousands of dollars of labor and machinery to the project;
    • Dana Gagne for donating heavy equipment and labor to the project;
    • Wes Carver for donating the painting of the lines;
    • The Maine Pickleball Association Ambassadors for their technical assistance and Pickleball Demonstration – Mike and Nancy Gallagher, George Jones, Dick Bacon, and Betty.

It should be noted that no taxpayer money was used to fund this project. Funds from the Dresden Recreation Fund are generated by a cable franchise fee which is required by law and is deposited in an account which is restricted for recreation projects in Dresden.

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, November 04, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be finalizing preparations for our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raising Event which will begin right after Thanksgiving.  All members are urged to attend.

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 scheduled events or training.  The weekly assignments will be posted on the first meeting of the month.


Dresden Historical Society

The DHS will be having an annual business meeting and pot luck supper on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Pownalborough Hall.  All members are urged to attend if possible as this meeting will be election of officers and directors for the upcoming year.  Bring a dish for the pot luck supper which will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The business meeting will follow immediately after the supper and at 7 p.m. we will have a special presentation by Les Fossell on his plans for the restoration of the Hawthorne House building located at the corner of Main and Front Streets in Richmond.    Also, thank you to all the people that attended our Harvest Supper.  It was great to see you and to hear all the wonderful compliments.    Unfortunately, as with many organizations, our members are very few and at the age where it is time to turn this successful event over to another town organization.  Therefore, if you are a member of a group who would like information on hosting this annual event, please contact us (either a member or come to our meeting) and we will definitely give you all the information you will need for a successful transition.  We know there are other groups who are looking for a way to raise money and we hope to see this special event continue, so we hope you will take the time to talk this over with other people, groups, etc.

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will not be meeting on November 03 due to voting taking place at the Hall on that date.  We will meet on the third Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Anyone with questions on a project or information on what the Planning Board may have scheduled, please contact the chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will have the monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House on route 197.  New memberships are always welcome so if you have an interest in snowmobiling or any snow-related activities and would like to join, you are invited to attend a meeting.  For information on club dues or events, call Rick at 737-4924 or Shari at 737-2566.


Seen in Dresden, October 2015

By K. D. Vitelli

At the end of one of the prettiest October’s in recent memory, the ash and poplar trees are bare, but the oaks are just coming into their own, gloriously. And the blueberry barrens: wow! After a chilly, mostly gray day, the sun is starting to peek through the clouds, just in time provide another grand sunset. Even that small streak of sun makes the colors light up against a blue sky that seems bluer than summer, and the stray white clouds have dramatic dark centers. We need to soak this up now, as we all know what is to follow.

Gardens have been pretty much put to bed, after a couple of hard frosts on the 18th and 19th, though some of the cold weather crops are at their sweetest now. This is a bumper year for apples, the branches straining, the ground underneath trees, covered—unless they’ve provided good exercise for whoever raked them up.

Chipmunks are still caching every stray seed from below the feeders. Several titmice and song sparrows, and occasionally, a chickadee, meet in late afternoon at the birdbath to share a dip, fluffing feathers and dipping wings, splashing each other like kids in a pool, then chatting as they move up to a branch to dry off and preen.

Fall flocks of turkeys, in groups of 11, 12 or 17 (as several of us have counted, repeatedly) have been making daily visits to neighbors all along the Kennebec and Eastern Rivers, and inland as well.

The return of rain, after a pretty dry summer, brought out the mushrooms: “short, tall, brown, smooth, flat, yellow, spotted,” and for those who know what they’re doing, probably plenty of tasty ones.

A couple of wood ducks visited a pond off the River Road, but the usual big flocks of mergansers haven’t shown up yet.

A downy woodpecker caused some chagrin when he began making a habit of pecking at the house. Fortunately, he has given up, without having caused any damage. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology ( has an extensive explanation for this behavior, and plenty of good advice on how to deter the practice should you encounter it.

One afternoon, a female slate-colored junco dazed herself on a window next to the feeder, newly relocated so window encounters will be less damaging. If a feeder is within 10 feet of a window, birds won’t be flying fast enough to cause serious damage if they hit the glass. So I went out to move the stunned bird from the reach of neighborhood cats. I wasn’t sure when I picked her up that she was a junco. I had only ever noticed their gray backs from the usual distance of observation. Up close I got a wonderful view of lovely red-brown wing feathers that, in fact, distinguish the adult female from the all gray male. I set her gently into a garden cart so she’d be safe while recovering. As soon as I moved away, a chickadee landed on the edge of the cart and spoke softly to her: it sure looked like she was making sure her friend was OK. She was, and flew off soon after. It’s that time of year when we all need to keep an eye out for our friends.



November 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Monday, 2 November

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 3 November


1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Wednesday, 4 November

7 pm Dresden Fire Assoc. monthly business meeting,

Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 5 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 7 November

9 am-noon   Library open

Tuesday, 10 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders   Old Town House

Wednesday, 11 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 12 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 14 November

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 16 November

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 17 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Planning Board Public Meeting Pownalborough Hall

Wednesday, 18 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 19 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 21 November

9 am-noon   Library open

5:30 Dresden Historical Society   Potluck & Business Meeting

Pownalborough Hall

Tuesday, 24 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Wednesday, 25 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

Thursday, 26 November

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

Saturday, 28 November

9 am-noon   Library open

Monday, 30 November

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

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