Monthly Archives: May 2016

Dresden Communicator May, 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 June 2016 edition is the 26th of May. Please see “Communicator Submissions” at the top of this page for article guidelines. 


Bridge Academy Library

Winter season Hours:    Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-7:00pm;    Sat 9:00am-12:00pm


Come to our annual Book, Plant and Bake Sale!

Saturday May 28th


Rain or Shine

44 Middle Road in Dresden


Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event!

  • Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)
  • Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super prices!
  • Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!
  • Take a chance on some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!
  • New in town? Come to the sale and meet your neighbors! Interested in helping out and getting involved in your community? Call the library at 737-8810!


Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants, books in good condition and baked goods. Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or can donate plants. Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale. Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday, May 26th, or by 9:00 am the morning of the sale. Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.

Celebrate Local Art! The month of May will be all about celebrating the beauty of nature at the library. You will even have a chance to get in on the creativity yourself if you like!

Sights Around Dresden- Local artist Dorothy Jespersen will be sharing her vision of the Dresden area with an art display featuring some sights you may recognize, including Pinkham Pond, a Great Blue Heron on the Eastern River and breaking ice on the Kennebec. The display will remain up all month and Dorothy will be available at the library May 7th from 10:00am to 12:00pm to greet visitors and answer any questions. Drop in to say hello and enjoy some light refreshments.

Color, Relax and Have Fun! In the fast-paced world we occupy, coloring has become a great way to combat stress for people of all ages. During the month of May we will have a table available covered with a spring-themed coloring page wrap that we invite you to make beautiful! Take a load off, pick up a crayon or marker and let all your cares melt away! Kids and adults are welcomed and encouraged to join in.

Summer Reading reminder– The library will once again be hosting a Summer Reading Program for kids age 3-11 with lots of fun prizes and events, including a magic show on June 23rd! Registration for the program begins Saturday June 18th. More information will be coming in the June Communicator and you can also stop by May 28th or after to pick up an information sheet.

Adult Book Group : The May session of the book club will include a visit from Barbara Fraumeni; her father was a member of the original team that is featured in the book Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This session will be held on Thursday May 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Next month’s book will be H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

Choice Magazine Listening(CML) free service: CML is a nonprofit organization founded by philanthropist LuEsther T. Mertz in 1962 and it produces a 12-hour audio magazine anthology four times a year free of charge to eligible adults in the US who have difficulty reading due to blindness, physical impairment or other print disabilities. The CML team selects high-quality pieces from more than 120 magazines and literary journals. For more information about this service stop by the library or call CML at 1-888-724-6423 9:00am-4:00pm EST.


Dresden Fire Association

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, May 4th, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.


Dresden Fire Department

Dresden Fire Department members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station for weekly truck and station maintenance as well as any scheduled training that will be posted on the bulletin board the first Wednesday of the month.  Welcome to new member Wally Staples, who comes to us as a seasoned firefighter.  We are happy to have you with us.


Dresden Historical Society

Dresden Historical Society members will meet on Monday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We are getting things ready for the opening of the Brick School Museum.   Anyone will to help or to host a weekend, please attend the meeting or contact John Ottum at 737-8614.


Dresden Planning Board

Dresden Planning Board members will have the monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd 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 Budget Committee

The Budget Committee will meet on May 4th and 18th starting at 6pm at the Bridge Academy Library.   All residents are welcome.   For more information, phone Peter Walsh at 737-2807.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The Sno-Valley Riders will not be having regular meetings during the summer.  If a meeting or other event is requested, all members will be notified either by phone, mail, or email.  If you wish to have a special meeting, please contact either Rick at 737-4924 or Shari at 737-2566.  Our organizational meeting for next season is set for September 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  Have a great summer and we hope to see you then.


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.


Maple Grove Cemetery Trustees

Maple Grove Cemetery Trustees will meet on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. in Pownalborough Hall.


Seen in Dresden, April 2016

By K.D. Vitelli

The first half of April was basically a continuation of the “so-called winter” (as a neighbor dubbed it): cold, damp and gloomy, with the occasional tease of a day with sunshine and a touch of warmth—enough for early varieties of daffodils to emerge and form buds. Then, wham, nights back in the teens. For the first time in my lifetime of watching daffodils and early tulips recover just fine after frosts and being buried in snow, this year’s hard frosts broke the necks of many of the daffodil buds so that they never recovered.

It seems that lots of us had mouse problems this winter: without a good deep snow cover, mice apparently decided to move indoors—into the garage, where they somehow managed to get into the sunflower seeds stored in a metal trash can, and re-stored them in the bag of potting soil I then used to plant other seeds. Now, my delicate seedlings are being pushed around by endlessly emerging giant sunflower sprouts. In the car, dear little mice borrowed insulation from somewhere and built three large nests. One even made a trip with me to Western Massachusetts, lunching on the candy bar (and its foil wrapper) I’d intended for my own munchies on the return trip.

Early in the month, my cat brought me a dead mouse. I thanked the cat for a job well done, walked out to the deck and, holding the mouse by the tail, heaved it as far into the yard as I could. Almost before it hit the ground, a peregrine falcon (whom I’d never noticed around here before)came out of nowhere, swooped by, grabbed the mouse without even a hesitation to his flight, and flew off with the mouse dangling from his talons. Man he was fast! And beautiful. That made me even happier that I’d decided, in spite of the mouse problems, not to use poisons against them.

Our raptors eat mice and other small rodents. If the rodents they eat and feed their hatchlings have been poisoned, the falcons, hawks, owls and other predators are also poisoned. Bad news. Please don’t poison your mice. Please. And if you want to see some of the cutest baby birds ever, check out the Cornell red-tailed hawk nest cam (

Around mid-month, spring finally decided to arrive, still in fits and starts, but most welcome, with a number of brilliantly sunny days. Phoebes’ calls have thrilled since around the 8th. Tree swallows started circling the nest boxes, looping around buildings and chattering loudly a few days later. Peepers sing us to sleep at night. Large numbers of cormorants have replaced the mergansers along the Eastern River. When one successfully dives for a fish, the others immediately mob him, eager to “share.” A small flock of ducks—mostly drab brown females (I assume), and one or two with patches of white (males? Mallards?) was, around mid-month, hanging out in the shallows at low tide, heads perpetually down in the mud.

While I was trying to identify the quacking ducks, an eagle flew over them, talons extended, but grabbed only a small fish. Palm warblers showed up, hopping in the grass, on a lovely sunny late April day. A few days earlier, a yellow warbler was on the suet—never seen one there before, but then we continue to have cold spells (it is actually snowing as I write, on the 26th). Yesterday morning, a puzzled chickadee in the birdbath, kept trying to drink from what was a solid block of ice. But the trees are budding, daffodils and forsythia are glowing yellow, pulmonaria and hyacinths add touches of blue, and a few magnolias in protected spots provide their wonderful soft pinkish whites and sweet scents.

One neighbor reported seeing a “big fat bumblebee.” She was probably a queen, just emerged from hibernation, the only one of her hive to survive the winter. “These queens are the biggest of their kind, and since only the fattest survive hibernation, the first to emerge are zeppelins of the insect world.” (Dave Goulson. 2013. A Sting in the Tale. My Adventures with Bumblebees). She is desperate for pollens at first (as are all the bees right now), and hopes for pussy willows and dandelions, the best early sources of pollen (so let your dandelions bloom right now, please).

As she fattens up, she’ll start looking for a nest site. Many nest underground, but since they are not very good a digging holes, you may see one swaying side to side looking for existing holes, preferably with insulating material already to hand (so an old mouse, rabbit or vole hole might do nicely). When she has settled on a site, she actually pulls together a small ball of insulating material that has a tennis-ball sized cavity at the center, where she will raise her first eggs, in a little cup of wax that she secretes. She fills the cup with honey, adds a small ball of pollen, also coated in wax, and in there lays 16 eggs (from paired ovaries, each of which can produce eight eggs at a time), which she then incubates much as a bird does.

To be successful, she has to consume her weight in sugar daily, which may require visiting as many as 6000 flowers, without leaving her eggs so long that they get cold. Her story becomes more fascinating as it progresses (see Goulson, above). Who knew?

There is so much going on outdoors right now it is hard to keep track of, and the more you learn about it, the more interesting it all becomes.

Meanwhile, we have our own gardens and yards to spruce up and ready for planting. As you do so, remember that the Bridge Academy plant sale (Sat. May 28) can use your perennials that have gotten too big and need dividing, or shrubs that have put out new stems and seedlings; and the extra seedlings you started and don’t have room for. At the sale, you’ll also find hardy, locally grown plants to fill in the empty spaces in your yard, and sturdy, well-tended seedlings for vegetable and flower gardens. Plan to participate by both donating and buying this year, to build your own gardens and support your library. FMI: 737-5701 or 350-0639. We can help you dig and pot up your donated plants.



May 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Monday, 2 May

6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 3 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Planning Board Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 4 May

6 pm   Town Budget Committee   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 5 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 7 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 9 May

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

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


Tuesday, 10 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 11 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 12 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 14 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 16 May

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 17 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 18 May

6 pm   Town Budget Committee   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 19 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 21 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 24 May

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 25 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 26 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 28 May

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open

9am – 1pm   Library plant, bake, and book sale


Monday, 30 May

Memorial Day – Town Office closed


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