Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dresden Communicator, April 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 May 2016 edition is the 26th of April. 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

Help Wanted!

The library will be holding it’s annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday May 28th from 9:00am-1:00pm.

This is our primary fund raising event and we need your help to make it happen! The planning meeting will be Thursday April 28th at 6:00p.m.“Veterans” and new recruits are welcomed and encouraged to join us to plan another successful event. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to contribute, please consider donating plants, books or baked goods or handcrafted or locally made items for the raffle. We will also be looking for helpers the day of the sale to man the book, plant, raffle and baked stations. For more information please call the library at 737-8810.

 Adult Book Group: The March discussion was delayed until April, so the book will be still be The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The next meeting will be Thursday April 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 Summer Meals for Kids:

 Hungry children cannot learn. Lack of proper nutrition during the summer months exacerbates the phenomenon known as summer learning loss. The Summer Food Service Program, also known as Summer Meals, is designed to fill the gap between school years and give children the fuel they need to play, grow and return to school ready to learn. Administered by the Maine Department of Education and funded by the USDA, this program provides free summer meals for kids and teens 18 and under.

Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with program details or visit for information about a meal site in your area.


Dresden Fire Association

The Association will hold its monthly business meeting Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.


Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  All members are urged to attend.  The following will be the schedule for April:

April 06 – monthly meeting

April 13 – truck & station checks and maintenance

April 20 – CEVO training

April 27 – CEVO training (cont.)


Dresden Historical Society

The Dresden Historical Society will have a Soup / Stew supper at Pownalborough Hall on April 09 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $7.00 for adults,  $3.00 for children under 12 years and free for children 3 and under.  There will be a variety of soups and stews, as well as, refreshments and desserts.  Mark your calendar for this worthwhile community event.

We will have our monthly business meeting on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse on River Road (Rt.128).  We will discuss the opening of the museum with hopes of getting members willing to help with getting the buildings ready and registering to be take dates to host the museum, the results of the supper, and any upcoming events or proposed presentations.  All available members are urged to attend.


Dresden Planning Board

Board members will meet Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have questions or want to talk to the chairman in regard to a project, please  call Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will meet on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  This will be the month that we have election of officers for the 2016-17 season.  Anyone who has worked on the trails MUST bring their log sheets to this meeting as we have been asked to turn in our sheets as soon as possible for M.S.A.  All members are urged to attend.

The Pot-O-Gold will be $30.00 (must be present to win).  We will also decide if we will have meetings during the summer or any other activities that the members would like to discuss.


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.


Seen in Dresden, March 2016

 By K.D. Vitelli

March started out with beguiling spring days, that had us all too ready to believe. Our rivers were almost free of ice already, and without the aid of the Coast Guard. On the ground there was no snow to speak of—though it snowed hard for 15 minutes or so on the 2nd, while temperatures were around 40 degrees, and later that day was warm enough to open windows and gulp some delightful fresh air.

It helped that the days were full of bright sunshine that countered the whipping winds. Several frigid nights hardly put a damper on our spirits (though may have been hard on bees that had de-swarmed during warm days). Some fresh ice formed on the rivers, and after an inch of new snow on the 7th, small snow-covered ‘bergs followed the tide, making it hard to tell ice from the little mergansers that were out in large numbers.

Eagles were out in large numbers—overhead, if not on floating ice chunks—with their squeaky voices. By the 13th, we’d had a series of days with temperatures in the high 50’s, luring many into yards and gardens to rake, cut back perennials, cheer on the emerging daffodil and tulip greens, and welcome juncos, song sparrows and red-winged blackbirds. Large flocks of robins showed up in yards all over town. The first crocuses opened, bringing tiny spots of bright color to the drab browns of earliest spring.

Then, wham! Back to winter: plowable snow on the 21st, a coat of ice on the 25th; raw, gray gloomy days, with all-day chill, and the woodpiles we’d thought were in good shape looked a lot less promising. But it’s only temporary and the return of sunshine will cheer us up again. Spring comes to Maine in fits and starts—and we’re still way ahead of last March.

The birds are arriving and getting ready for the next stage. On a pond off the Cedar Grove Road, peepers have begun to sing occasionally and two pairs of mallards have taken up residence. Near the mouth of the Eastern River, one pair of bluebirds that has been in residence all winter is thinking about staying put for the summer. A second pair has disappeared from there—perhaps the same that showed up several miles upstream, where a pair of buffleheads is also looking for potential nesting sites, and a “super-gigantic pileated woodpecker is tearing around the woods.”

Chipmunks are out, joining the myriad squirrels around bird feeders. Goldfinches are turning gold; the purple finches are really purple (those finches, who sit at the feeders stuffing their beaks non-stop, barely give anyone else a chance). The buds on the lilacs are swelling, as are those on the daffodils (although encased in ice at the moment). As I write, four little titmice just landed in a bush outside my window: two spread their wings slightly and shook them (“wing-quiver”). They must be starting to pair up, beginning their courtship. Once the pairing is settled, the couple will stay close together. We’ll soon hear them singing at all times of day, and can watch for the males to start feeding the females. In fact, there will be lots of courtship behavior and sprouting to watch for in the coming days.


Meanwhile, start your seedlings, including some for the BA Library plant sale.


April 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.


Friday, 1 April

8 pm    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir George Solti, conducting, with the Vienna Boys Choir, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and  vocal soloists from the Metropolitan Opera in a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem”   Pownalborough Hall.   Free Admission.


Saturday, 2 April

Bridge Academy Library open 9am-noon


Monday, 4 April

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 5 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 6 April

6 – 7:30 pm   Dresden Budget Committee, Bridge Academy – Public Invited FMI call Peter Walsh at 737-2807

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 7 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 9 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society soup and stew supper,                                                            Pownalborough Hall.


Monday, 11 April

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Yellow School House



Tuesday, 12 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

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


Wednesday, 13 April

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 14 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 16 April

Town Office open 9am-noon

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 18 April

Patriot’s Day:  Town Office closed


Tuesday, 19 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 20 April

6 – 7:30 pm   Dresden Budget Committee, Bridge Academy – Public Invited FMI call Peter Walsh at 737-2807

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 21 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 23 April

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 26 April

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 27 April

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 28 April

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 30 March

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open




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