Monthly Archives: June 2016

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



Bridge Academy Library

Open Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-7:00 pm;    Sat 9:00 am-12:00 noon

Summer Reading Program: This year the theme will be On Your Mark, Get Set…Read and it’s all about sports and games! The Summer Reading program is open to all children aged 3-11 and offers kids a chance to set a summer reading goal and win prizes along the way as well as a bigger prize once the goal is reached. We also feature a fun monthly event and extra credit can be earned for attending one. Registration begins Saturday June 16th; come on in and sign up for the adventure!

June’s Featured Event:

 The Magic of Conjuring Carroll!

Thursday June 23rd, 1:30pm

Bridge Academy Public Library

44 Middle Road in Dresden

Carroll keeps things light and provides fun family entertainment and amazing balloon sculptures in his dynamic performances; this year he’s featuring a healthy eating theme in keeping with our summer focus on health. All people(summer readers or not) are welcome to join us for this free summer event! Handicapped accessible. FMI call 737-8810.


Celebrate More Local Art! If you are a local artist or photographer who would like to display your work at the library please get in touch with librarian Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 or so we can discuss a possible showing.


Color, Relax and Have Fun! Our coloring page table still has some unmarked spots, so please come on in and help us finish it. Coloring is a relaxing hobby for all ages and will help make our library beautiful!


Adult Book Group: The June discussion book for the book club will be H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. This session will be held on Thursday June 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


Shelving wanted: The library is is need of additional shelving as our collection is growing! Please consider making a donation if you have some gently used shelving or a monetary donation to help defray the costs of purchasing our own. If you choose to donate shelving, please contact the library first at 737-8810 so we can make sure your units will work in the area of need.


Bridge Academy Trustees and our wonderful Librarian would like to thank everyone who helped out with the recent Book, Bake and Plant Sale.  To all of you who donated items, baked a delicious food product, collected donations and worked at the event, we thank you and want you all to know it was greatly appreciated. 


Dresden Fire Association


Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, June 1st, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having election of the Association Officers for 2016 – 2017.


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.  ALL members should attend.


Dresden Historical Society


Dresden Historical Society will meet on Monday, June 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will have a guest speaker who will be doing a presentation on the Abenaki Tribe.   We hope you will all be able to attend.  We will be making the plans for the opening of the Brick School Museum on June 25th.  Anyone who would be willing to host an afternoon, please contact either John Ottum at 737-8614 or send a message to Shari at  The hours are Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.  We would appreciate any help we can get.   Membership renewals are always accepted throughout the season.



Dresden Planning Board


Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, June 07, at 6:30 p.m. Our upcoming meeting will be a public hearing on a proposed business for the raising of small farm animals, a chicken-processing building and a farm stand which is an application from Todd Bolduc or 18 Middle Road.  If you have questions about a project or how to proceed with one, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the Town Office.


Dresden Budget Committee


The Budget Committee will meet on June 1st and 15th 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 is requested (or other event), 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 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.



Seen in Dresden, May 2016


By K.D. Vitelli


The first half of May was largely chilly, windy, and gloomy, with lots of drizzle days—we’ve hardly had a measureable rain since the 2nd, when we had 1.25”. Temperatures very gradually moved up during the following days through the 50’s into the 60’s, but nighttime temperatures were still regularly in the 30’s and low 40’s (as those of us trying to encourage seedlings were all too aware).


One good effect of the chilly days was that daffodils, those that survived the hard frosts of April, lasted and lasted and were joined by a few early tulips, primroses and blue bells. Other plants that had emerged on the occasional sunny day seemed to stop growing and just sat there for most of the month. Trees had buds at their tips, but they, too, were going nowhere. We all complained that it sure didn’t feel like May.


Then on the 20th, the promised warmth arrived—around 80 degrees and full sun, followed by a second equally warm and sunny day. Overnight, nature popped! Trees suddenly had real leaves. Lilacs were in bloom. Apples, cherries, peaches blossomed (modestly. This looks to be an off year for many of our fruit trees). Peonies, which had barely been out of the ground, are over a foot tall and forming little buds. The Japanese peony is in full gorgeous bloom. The early iris are already fading. We made it!!


Earlier in the month, birds had begun singing their courtship songs and working on nests. This year, the bluebirds visited the nest boxes and started right in on nest building, well before the tree swallows even arrived. By the 7th, momma bluebird was already brooding eggs. Warblers showed up during the chilly days: a pair of Yellow-rumped Warblers sat for a long time on the suet, where I’d never seen warblers before. Yellow, Yellow-throat, Black and White and Pine warblers were the others I managed to identify. Over on Alexander Road, eyes and ears sharper than mine picked out a long list of others, including a Prothonotary and a Chestnut-sided. Hoards of goldfinches cleaned out the feeders in no time.


Down in Arrowsic, an exotic European Goldfinch—mostly brown, but with a red, white and black head and gold and black wings was sighted. Was he blown off course, or escaped from captivity? Maybe he’ll make his way inland to visit us.


On the 9th, weather forecasters were promising that warmth really was coming our way, but the strong chilly winds did not feel promising. And then, those magical winds set down almost all our summer bird visitors. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks arrived here first, but I’d barely recorded their arrival when a pair of orioles alighted (I’m startled every year by their brilliant color). Minutes later, there were hummingbirds and grackles, Eastern Kingbirds and catbirds! All on the same day. Hope returned with them.


The bluebirds began feeding their hatchlings. Swallows took over another box, and their constant chatter made me wonder whether bluebirds resent noisy neighbors as much as do some people. Woodpeckers, both Hairy and Downy, reappeared at the suet, in such numbers that most must be newly fledged babies.


Still, the days and nights early in the month were cool and often drizzly. Bird song filled the air (a very talkative catbird is chattering at me as I write), and the groundhog was out and about, checking to see if my garden is in yet (it’s not). A Cooper’s Hawk perched for a full 5 minutes on a bush right in front of my study window—bird song ceased entirely, but I got a lovely view.


Years ago my husband brought home an empty oriole’s woven nest sac that had been blown down in a storm. It is an amazing piece of fiber art, the more so for having been made without benefit of hands and fingers. I’ve always wondered, besides how she does it, where the bird found the fine, strong natural fibers she’d woven together so skillfully. Last week, as I wandered the garden, I glimpsed Mrs. Oriole tugging hard at a white string in a messy pile of garden debris. She made multiple approaches from different directions, pecked, twisted, tugged, attempted to fly off with it, only to be jerked back in mid-flight. I thought it must be a string I had tied to something, so after watching her efforts for some time from quite close up (she was very determined), I moved enough for her to give up (temporarily) and leave, so I could untie my knot. Wrong. It wasn’t string. She had been stripping off a thin bit of the fibrous outer layer of a dried sunflower stalk! That is tough stuff. I easily detached the strip she had been working on, but had no luck at all starting another strip. My admiration and awe have only grown with this bit of new information.





May has turned out to be a lovely month, now that we’re near the end of it. What will June bring?





June 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.



Wednesday, 1 June

6 pm   RSU2 Regional Budget Meeting – Hall-Dale H.S., Farmingdale

6 pm  Town Budget Committee   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 2 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 4 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 6 June

6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society speaker, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 7 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 8 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 9 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 11 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 13 June

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 14 June

8 am – 8 pm   ELECTION DAY, Pownalborough Hall

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 15 June

6 pm   Town Budget Committee,   Bridge Academy

FMI call Peter Walsh 737-2807

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 16 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 18 June

9 am   TOWN MEETING,   Pownalborough Hall

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 21 June

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 22 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 23 June

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 25 June

1 – 4 pm  Dresden Historical Society, Opening of the Brick School House

9 am-noon  Bridge Acad. Library open

Sunday, 26 June

1-4 pm  Dresden Historical Society, Brick School House open


Monday, 27 June

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall



Tuesday, 28 June

2 – 7 pm Bridge Academy Library open


Wednesday, 29 June

6:30 Dresden Fire and Rescue, Pownalborough hall


Thursday, 30 June

2 – 7 om Bridge Academy Library open

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