Monthly Archives: December 2015

Communicator addendum: Scholarship Edition

The Bridge Academy Trustees supervise an endowment that provides modest scholarship assistance to any Dresden student enrolled in an institution of higher education.

Applications are available at the Bridge Academy Library and are due by January 15th, 2016.

Comments Off on Communicator addendum: Scholarship Edition

Filed under Uncategorized

Dresden Communicator, December 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 737-9013. The Deadline for submitting articles for the January edition is the 28th of December. 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

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!

Library Holiday closure- The library will be closed for the holidays from December 24-26. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday December 29th.

 There’s no place like BOOKS for the holidays! Curl up with a great read from our December special seasonal display!

 Adult Book Group : The December discussion book will be Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. The next meeting will be Thursday December 10th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, December 02, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 We are having our annual Christmas Tree fund raising at Pownalborough Station every weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas (unless we sell out before then).  The trees are $25.00 for 5’ – 7’.  Any over 7’ will be $30.00.  If you need more information or need to make other arrangements please call 737-2566 and we will help you out.   


Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck / station maintenance, training or other activities.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday.  Check out our website at or on Facebook.  Let us know what you think…comments, questions, suggestions.  A big welcome to our newest member, Andrew Spicer.  We could really use more members so if you have an interest in helping your friends, neighbors and community by learning all the aspects that a firefighter deals with, please contact either the Chief, Steven Lilly, at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief, Ronald Theriault, at 737-8771 or come to a meeting.


Dresden Historical Society

The Society will NOT have a meeting in December.   We are on Facebook if you would like to look it over.  We have pictures and other information and tidbits.


Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, December 01, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will also be meeting on Tuesday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a public hearing for the Richard Condon proposed gravel pit project on Ludwig Road.  All Board members are urged to attend.  If you have any questions about a project or just want information on land use issues, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.


 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Club members will meet on Tuesday, December 08, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  We welcome any snowmobile enthusiasts to attend.  New members are always welcome.  If you would like further information, membership fees, or about the trails please call Shari at 737-2566.  More information can be found on our Facebook page.  Let us know what you would like to see on it.


 Seen in Dresden, November 2015

By K. D. Vitelli

Although we’ve had our share of gloomy gray November days, some much needed rain, and heavily frosted mornings, the month has been pretty mild, especially compared to last year. Early in the month, on a sunny day with only a light breeze, my oak trees suddenly dropped 90% of their leaves all at once: for 15-20 minutes, I could barely see across the yard for all the leaves falling. Then it was over. I wonder what makes them decide to let go, all together, or more commonly, a few at a time?

A light dusting of snow greeted us on the 23rd, but was soon gone, except in a few shaded corners. We’re told that the highest water temperatures ever recorded in the Pacific—3˚C higher—are rearranging the usual winter weather patterns, promising to bring us a milder than usual winter. We shall see.

Maybe the mild temperatures are responsible for several unusual sightings: most impressively, a harbor seal in the Eastern River above the upper bridge. These seals are common along our coast and in the lower reaches of rivers (see Youtube “Harbor Seals on the Kennebec River”), but our unofficial watchers haven’t recorded one further upstream than Swan Island in recent years. These seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the protection including “harassment” (disturbing, molesting, feeding). Humans should not approach closer than 150 feet. But do keep an eye out for our visitor. Harbor seals are very cute and playful, with symmetrical round heads about the size of a human’s, and pale gray to brown skin, mottled in patterns unique to each adult.

Another unusual sighting for this time of year was a chubby little hermit thrush (smaller than a robin, larger than a sparrow), seen on the 22nd, flicking it’s rust-colored tail and scavenging in the leaves.

The usual birds have been at feeders, if in small numbers so far (still plenty of wild offerings, easily accessible): nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, gold and purple finches, doves, various woodpeckers—including the male red-bellied—and the occasional blue jay (quieter in this season, thankfully). Turkeys are everywhere, with a particularly large flock (ca. 25) spending nights in trees along the lower reaches of the Eastern River.

We’re being told to look for another irruption of snowy owls this year: they’ve already been seen in larger numbers than in 2013, when many came south of their usual range.

Chipmunks haven’t felt the need to hibernate yet, and gray squirrels are doing so well that a number of neighbors have expressed concern about potential obesity problems in the species. A plastic gallon jug with the bottom cut out, inverted over (or under) a feeder so that the squirrel gets trapped inside it en route to the feeder might help keep their weight down. Then again, fat squirrels provide healthy meals for hawks and other raptors.

Speaking of fat squirrels and healthy meals–onward unto the holiday season!


 December 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.


Tuesday, 1 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 2 December

7 pm Dresden Fire Assoc. monthly business meeting,

Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 3 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 5 December

9 am-noon   Library open


Sunday, 6 December

3pm – 17th Annual Holiday Concert with the Downeast

Brass Quintet – St. John’s Church


Tuesday, 8 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders   Old Town House


Wednesday, 9 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 10 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 12 December

9 am-noon   Library open


Monday, 14 December

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 15 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Planning Board Public Meeting Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 16 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 17 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 19 December

9 am-noon   Library open


Tuesday, 22 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 23 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 24 December

Bridge Acad. Library – closed


Saturday, 26 December

Bridge Acad. Library – closed


Monday, 28 December

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 29 December

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 30 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 31 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

Comments Off on Dresden Communicator, December 2015

Filed under Uncategorized