Monthly Archives: March 2016

Correction: Dem Caucus date

The Democratic Caucus this weekend is correctly described in the Communicator item but is incorrectly listed on the calendar.   It is Sunday, 6 March, not 8 March.  Editor’s mistake!

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Dresden Communicator, March 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 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. 


Bridge Academy Library

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

Adult Book Group

The March discussion book will be The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The next meeting will be Thursday March 10th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


New York Times bestsellers available at your library


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein


..and more! Check out our special display this month and find your next great read!


Library Technology FYI


The Maine State Library is currently hosting Tuesday Tech Drop-in Help sessions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Staff will be available to assist patrons with a wide variety of technology topics including E-readers, filling out web based forms, Microsoft Excel or Publisher, test preparation or online research. Topics at these sessions will be selected on a first come first served basis. The lab will be open for these sessions from 2-4pm. FMI call 287-5600.


Dresden Fire Association


The Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:00 pm in Pownalborough Hall.


Dresden Fire/Rescue


Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Pownalborough Station for truck/station maintenance and any scheduled training.  All activities and training will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are always needed.  Come to a meeting if you would like information or call the Chief at 737-9434 or the Assistant Chief at 737-8771.


Dresden Historical Society


Dresden Historical Society will meet on Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 pm in Bridge Academy.  We will be having a Casserole Supper on Saturday, March 19, from 5 to 6:30 pm in Pownalborough Hall.  The cost is adults $7.00, children 5 – 12 are $3.00 and children under 5 years are free.  We will have a variety of casseroles, desserts and refreshments.  We hope to see many of you there.  Tell your friends and neighbors.  If you would like to donate a casserole or dessert, please contact either John at 737-8614 or Shari at 737-2566.  Also, if you haven’t paid your membership yet, you can either do it at the supper or send it to P. O. Box 201 – Dresden, ME  04342.  We appreciate your support of our organization.


Dresden Planning Board


Dresden Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 pm in Pownalborough Hall.  We will have an application review for Jeff Biden’s proposed Fast Food Drive-in.  If you have a project in mind or have questions, please contact the chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders


Sno-Valley Riders members will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm in the Old Dresden Town House on route 197.


Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee is hosting a Music Jam on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, starting at 6 pm 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.


Dresden Democratic Caucus

The Democratic Caucus for Dresden will be held this year at Pownalborough Hall (by the new fire station–not, as in the past, in Wiscasset), on Sunday March 6. Registration of new voters and check-in for the caucus will run from 1:30-2:30, when the official caucus will begin. Please come before 2:30 to check in so the caucus business can begin on time. We should be finished before 4:30. The Democratic candidates for State Senate and House seats will make brief appearances. Refreshments will be available.





Seen in Dresden, February 2016


Seen in Dresden, February 2016

By K.D. Vitelli


What nutty weather this month has brought! On the first, we hit 54 degrees—on the first of February! In Maine. It got that warm again on the 4th. The groundhog declared we’d have an early spring, and at that point it sure felt like it. The cardinal started singing his spring song. A pair of nuthatches began their courting chase. Mr. Blue Jay perched next to Mrs. on a tree branch and fed her sweet morsels. Then the temperatures dropped and we got almost 10” of snow. So we were back to normal for a week or so, including a few more inches of snow, some sub-zero temperatures, and wicked roaring winds. Then back up to the 40’s, with melting ice and snow.


The 19th was another beautiful, sunny, spring-like day, with temperatures around 40 degrees. In town, everyone’s mood was upbeat and cheerful. Big patches of green grass showed here and there, with only a small percentage of ground still covered by dirty piles of snow. A non-Dresdenite drove slowly along the road by the river: she said she was looking for eagles, but they weren’t out. A few transverse cracks were evident in the Eastern’s ice, but no open water or moving ice to draw them down to the water.


That night, I woke at 3 am: everything was completely covered in a fresh new layer of soft white snow. My cat, disgusted, slept with his paws covering his eyes. I went back to sleep—and woke in the morning to 40 degrees, pouring rain, and the same brown and green landscape we’d gone to bed with the night before. Some would call that a good snow storm.


By mid afternoon, the sun was back and the temperature pushing 50 degrees. During a muddy walk, chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches sang and darted around happily. A little downy woodpecker made a big noise, drumming on a tree trunk. Neighbors enjoying an after dark walk along Alexander Road heard a pair of Great Horned Owls. Bluebirds were still hanging out in south Dresden.


Out on the middle of the river ice two juvenile, but still enormous eagles played a kind of catch with a lump of something that was edible, but apparently not terribly appealing. One grabbed it in one talon and hopped a bit, flapping and acting as though it were too heavy to fly off with. He stopped and picked at it. The other watched, approached flapping his wings, and took control of the lump. The exchange happened several times over 10 minutes, before they got bored with that game and moved downstream to look for something more interesting.


A similar weather sequence hit us on the 24th—when we woke to a day of snow and sleet and mean wind, until afternoon, when temperatures were again above freezing, and 4-5 little ducks appeared to test the small patches of open water on the Eastern. Overnight the temperature continued to climb, and many of us were awakened around 4 am by loud crashing thunder (or by pets reacting to same), wildly roaring winds, hammering rain and bright flashes of lightening. In February! Next day, we were back in the mid-50’s. Much of the river ice had melted, leaving large patches of open water. Large numbers of little ducks materialized from nowhere and spent the afternoon happily swimming in it. Daffodil and crocus tips peeked out of the mud. A check of the bird boxes revealed that some little birds had stuffed them, on top of last year’s nests, full of milkweed fluff: a plant version of down feathers. It must have provided a lovely soft and warm winter mattress. I’ve not found this stuffing before and will need to keep an eye out to see if I can identify the users.


Dare we believe that we’re really heading into an early spring? Regardless, it is time to start planting seeds. Check out our local seed suppliers, e.g., Johnny’s (, Fedco ( and Pine Tree ( For those of you who don’t need, for example, 400 green pepper seeds, the last two companies sell small packets for home gardeners, many for under $2. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, you’ll get seeds that have been tested in and designed for our soils and conditions. All three companies also carry a full range of tools and supplies for pesticide-free gardening. Starting your own seeds is economical and fun. Sure, it is easier if you have a green house and/or grow-lights, but a south-facing window sill works if that’s all you’ve got. Your seedlings may be a bit spindly, but they’ll perk up and fill out when they get into the ground in full sun.


While you’re at it, start some extras to bring to the BA Library plant sale on Memorial Day weekend!


March 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.




Tuesday, 1 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 2 March

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 3 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 5 March

Town Office closed

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 7 March

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Sunday, 8 March

Starting at 1:30 pm Democratic Party Caucus, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 8 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

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


Wednesday, 9 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 10 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library



Saturday, 12 March

Town Office open 9am-noon

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 15 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 16 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 17 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 19 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society Casserole supper,                                                                               Pownalborough Hall.


Sunday, 20 March

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Bridge Academy


Monday, 21 March

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 22 March

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 23 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 24 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 26 March

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 29 March

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 30 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 31 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open



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