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Dresden Communicator, February 2016

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 March 2016 edition is the 26th of February. 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 http://www.townofdresden.com.   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

Adult Book Group : The February discussion book will be The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. The next meeting will be Thursday February 11th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Volunteers Needed: Looking for a way to give back in your own community? Think about joining the library volunteer team! We have opportunities for on-call as needed as well as regular weekly commitments, so don’t hesitate because your availability is limited. For more information about how you can help, stop by when we are open or call the library at 737-8810.

Together we can help our library thrive!

New Reads at the library:

Adult:

Bazaar of Bad Dreams- Stephen King

The Girl in the Spider’s Web- David Lagercrantz (continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series)

Tricky Twenty-Two- Janet Evanovich

Young Adult:

If Only- Richard Paul Evans

Serafina and the Black Cloak- Robert Beatty

Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel- Melissa De La Cruz

Kids:

Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide- Alan Cowsill

Star Wars: The Force Awakens- Look and Find book

The Otter Who Loved to Hold Hands- Heidi and Daniel Howarth

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, February 03, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.   Truck and station maintenance will be done each week and any training or special activities will be posted on the bulletin board.  All members are urged to attend.  We welcome any new members who have an interest in learning all the aspects of being a firefighter in our community.

 

Dresden Historical Society

The Society will meet on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy.  We have scheduled a Chili / Chowder supper for Saturday, February 20 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.  The cost is $ 7.00 for adults and $ 3.00 for children under 12.  There will be a nice variety of homemade specials as well as refreshments and desserts.  If you would like to make a chili or chowder (or whathaveyou), please contact either John at 737-8614 or Shari at 737-2566.  We hope you’ll join us for an evening of good food, great conversation and be able to help our local historical society.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, February 02 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have any questions about a project or just would like information, please contact the chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave him a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will have a monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 09 at 6:30 p.m. in the old Dresden Town House.  We’ll have refreshments and a Pot-O-Gold drawing as usual. We have our newly updated trail maps.  If anyone would like information on getting one, please contact Rick at 737-4924, Reid at 619-2696, or Shari at 737-2566.    Welcome to our newest members, Jack & Pat Stewart and to Jeff Pierce who renewed both his family and his business memberships.  Our meetings are open to the public.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee is hosting a Music Jam on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall. This is for Dresden residents only. All are welcome to join in playing bluegrass, folk, or country.   For more information call either Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484.

 

Seen in Dresden, January 2016

 K.D. Vitelli

January started out as mild as December, but temperatures plummeted to zero on the 4th and ushered in true winter. Ice hadn’t yet formed on the rivers and I counted 82 common mergansers along this stretch of the Eastern River. A line of three adult eagles flew downstream. The middle one did a sudden drop down to the river surface, grabbed a fish in its talons, and continued downstream right in formation.

The next night was again frigid. Ice formed all the way across the Eastern, but when the tide goes out under thin ice, the river talks differently: it sounds more like high-pitched wind chimes than the usual booming winter bass. The 10th, though mild, was a thoroughly gloomy day, with fog and pouring rain that broke up the ice into chunks that moved up and down stream with the tides, looking more like March than January.

The bald eagles thought so, too. They were out in large numbers all day. Mid-morning, I glanced out an upstairs window and saw two adults and two speckled juveniles on the near side ice: the adults were allowing one of the juveniles to eat a large chunk of pink fish flesh, undisturbed. Suddenly, another juvenile, (completely dark with just a few speckles on the breast) landed practically on top of the others, slipped and skidded on the ice (apparently their talons don’t work as grippers). Then another adult arrived, skidding into the fray, with lots of flapping wings, sliding, shuffling and jumping among the six of them. Just as suddenly, the two newcomers took off—and the hunk of pink flesh went with one of them.

The remaining adults and juveniles stood around pecking at the pink ice for a bit, then all took off. Later that afternoon, I spotted, first 4-5 eagles down on the ice, then realized many more were sitting in trees along the opposite bank. I counted 11 in all, then saw yet another flying high overhead well upstream. Quite an eagle day! I guess the moving ice means, for them, good fishing, regardless of the season. Others in town also reported seeing plentiful eagle activity around that time. Now that the ice has firmed up again they are still around, but not lining up along the shore. Our local eagles should start nesting in a few weeks.

We had our first (just) plow-able snow on the 13th, but the Eastern was still ice-free in places, and remains so as the month comes to an end. A few mergansers took a last swim on the Eastern that day, then moved to more open water. It’s a rather nice change to have our rivers still looking like rivers, rather than completely covered in ice and snow and resembling large open fields. We’ve had a bit more snow, but were spared the fury of Jonas, pleasing some and disappointing others.

Other birds have been relatively scarce, at least around my feeders. A large flock of 30+ goldfinches descends now and then. On different days a much smaller flock of purple finches shows up, with the occasional chickadee, titmouse, and nuthatch. Even the usual woodpeckers have been less frequent visitors so far.

Down on the lower reaches of the Eastern, two pairs of bluebirds have found a good spot to spend the winter. Like the red-bellied woodpecker, which has been hanging out with them, bluebirds have been extending their winter range to the north in recent years. Until 2006, Maine Audubon regularly received reports of 10-20 bluebirds a year spending winters here. Since then, numbers have increased to 150, and in 2014, to 336 reported sightings! These summer insect-eaters convert (aside from human-provided meal worms) to fruit and berry-eaters in winter, being especially fond of sumac, blueberries, wild holly, dogwood, honeysuckle and juniper. While it is nice to see their patch of lovely color this time of year, it is thought that they are staying up north because of an increase in habitat and food availability: they thrive in open spaces (including suburbia), and eat the fruits of non-native landscape shrubs, as well as the native berries. Conditions that appeal to eastern bluebirds are less advantageous to other birds and wildlife, so their increasing presence is a mixed blessing.

Onward to February: will it be like last year or not? Stay tuned. And remember that the next Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb 12-15 (check it out at BirdCount.org).

 

February 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 2 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 3 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 4 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 6 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 8 February

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 9 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Sno-Valley Riders Club   Old Town House, Rte. 197

 

Wednesday, 10 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 11 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

 

Saturday, 13 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 16 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 17 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 18 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 20 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society Chili / Chowder supper,                                                     Pownalborough Hall.

 

Sunday, 21 February

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Bridge Academy

 

Monday, 22 February

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 23 February

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 24 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 25 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 27 February

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open

 

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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 February 2016 edition is the 28th of January. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 

 

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 amazon.com. 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 amazon.com 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 balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us 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 balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us 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 January discussion book will be Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly. The next meeting will be Thursday January 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

Library Storm Closings Reminder

Don’t forget that all storm closings for the library are posted on television at WMTW Channel 8 News and online at

www.wmtw.com/weather/closings.

Save yourself a trip by checking there first on a wintry day!

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We want to thank everyone who stopped by to purchase a Christmas tree or give a donation.  The members are very appreciative of your support.  We also, want to wish and your families a Very Happy New Year of 2016.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

Members will meet every Wednesday in Pownalborough Station at 6:30 p.m.   The schedule for truck/station maintenance and any training or other activity will be posted on the board the first Wednesday of the month.  All members are urged to be there and on time.  New members are such a great addition to our department so if you or anyone you know has an interest in becoming a firefighter, please either come to a meeting or contact Chief Steve Lilly at 737-9434 or Assistant Chief Ron Theriault at 737-8771.  Please use caution with wood stoves, heaters and generators now that the winter season has arrived.  Check your chimneys and any other significant items to make sure they are safe and in good working order.  Happy New Year from all of us at Dresden Fire Department.

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

The Historical Society will meet on Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy.  We will have a business meeting at this time, but will be taking suggestions for ‘Special Presentations’ that can be held every other month.  Please contact John Ottum or Joe Wiley if you have any suggestions.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The board will meet on Tuesday, January 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have a project you would like to discuss or need information in regard to the process involving the Board, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Happy New Year from the Dresden Sno-Valley Riders!

We’ll have our first meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House (Hall) on Route 197.  Trail work has begun thanks to Reid and Rick.  Now that we have begun to get snowfall, we will be working to get the signs up and the trail ready for grooming.  If you enjoy snow-related activities, we’d love to have you join the club.  It doesn’t cost much, we don’t expect anything but for all of us to have fun and enjoy what our own town has along the snowmobile trail.  Thank you to the landowners who allow us the privilege of using their property for our trail system.  If you have any questions, contact either the President, Rick Graffam at 737-4924, the Vice President, Gorham (Pean) Lilly at 737-2566 or trail master, Reid Anderson for trail information or come to a club meeting.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee is hosting a Music Jam on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6pm at Pownalborough Hall. This is for Dresden residents only. All are welcome to join in playing bluegrass, folk, or country.   For more information call either Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484.

 

From a Dresden Trail Camera

Jamie Olsen caught this eagle on his trail camera.

 

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Seen in Dresden, December 2015

By K. D. Vitelli

December felt more like spring than the beginning of winter, with little Johnny-jump-ups and other self-seeded pansies in bloom, other seedlings putting out real leaves, kale still producing in the gardens, ice-free rivers, frost heaves on the roads, and snow amounting to all of maybe 5 minutes of flurries on the 20th. Besides lots of rain (“we don’t have to shovel that”), we have had some lovely, sparkling, frost-covered mornings, but daytime temperatures in the 40s and 50s often followed—and maybe even 60’s on Christmas Eve!

 

The open rivers have been dotted with the white markings of common mergansers, if not quite in the numbers of three years ago. A flock of golden-eyes was reported on the Kennebec, and Canada geese are still in residence. Another water-loving creature less commonly seen, since it is largely nocturnal, is the mink. One spent an early-December afternoon having a terrific time playing in a pond off the Middle Road. Humans watched it for over an hour, as it swam, surfaced, splashed, jumped climbed out of the water, ran back in, and just generally had a rollicking joyful time. As did those watching.

 

Even against the darker than usual background this season, brilliant red male cardinals stand out and delight. One always wonders how such gloriously conspicuous birds manage to survive and thrive. Bird scientists (at Cornell and elsewhere) tell us it’s because, as non-migratory birds, they can get a jump on spring nesting and manage several broods a season (although fewer than 40% of those nests manage to fledge at least one nestling). Some cardinals have been known to live as much as 15 years. The intensity of the male’s red color depends on diet: the better he’s fed, the brighter the red—and the more attractive he is (a healthy, good provider) to the more subtly colored females. Our snow-free landscape has apparently been providing plentiful food for cardinals, as they are brilliant right now.

 

Our Eastern chipmunks (one of 21 species of chipmunk in North America) are also doing well. Some have gone into hibernation, following the calendar, rather than the temperature, but some remain out and about. Unlike hibernators that sleep all winter and live off stored fat, hibernating chipmunks wake every few days and munch on the stash of seeds, nuts and berries we’ve watched them collect all fall in their huge cheek pouches. When in deep sleep, they drop their heart rates from ca. 350 beats per minute, down to just 4-5, and their body temperature from roughly 94 degrees F to as low as 40, following the basic strategy of other hibernators. Research by Craig Frank, Fordham University, suggests that while about 87% of hibernating chipmunks survive the winter, almost all those that stay active all winter will die by spring. This “could suggest dire results for other hibernating species as climate warms” (National Wildlife federation blog).

 

The good news: we have passed the shortest day of the year and will soon have daylight to come home by of an afternoon. Winter will surely still arrive, but with luck, only after everyone is safely home from holiday travels. Celebrate the season—safely!

cardinal

Photo by Linda Hermans

 

 

December 2015 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Saturday, 2 January

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Tuesday, 5 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders   Old Town House

 

Wednesday, 6 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 7 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 9 January

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Sunday, 10 January

2 pm Dresden Historical Society   Bridge Academy

 

Monday, 11 January

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 12 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Sno-Valley Riders Club   Old Town House, Rte. 197

 

Wednesday, 13 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 14 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 16 January

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Tuesday, 19 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 20 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 21 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 23 January

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Monday, 25 January

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 26 January

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 27 D January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 28 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 30 January

9 am-noon   Library open

 

 

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