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Dresden Communicator, August 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 September 2016 edition is the 28th of August. 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 intro

Summer Reading Program:

August’s Featured Event:

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

2016 Collaborative Summer Reading Program

Prize Day!

 

Summer Readers: Did you make your summer reading goal? Drop in and pick up your reward! The program wraps up on Saturday August 27th, so if you haven’t reached your goal yet there’s still time!

Prizes may be picked up any time between 9:00am-12:00pm that day and light refreshments will be available to celebrate the program; all patrons are welcome to help make the food disappear! If you can’t make it in on the 27th please stop by during normal library hours to collect your reward.

***Note to parents: I will be doing a check-in call the week the program ends regarding reading goals in order to set up the prizes, so please make sure to return my call if you are not home that day.

Adult Book Group : The August discussion book for the book club will be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This session will be held on Thursday August 11th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

Find us on Facebook! Looking for information about what the library is doing? Our Dresden Communicator updates now appear on the Town of Dresden Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/Dresden-Maine-1120622317962866/ or simply by typing Dresden, Maine in the Facebook search window.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The monthly business meeting will be on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 7:00 pm. in Pownalborough Hall.  Thank you to all the members who helped out during SummerFest and Richmond Days and to the people who stopped by our booth to support our fund raising efforts.

 

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. in Pownalborough Station for truck / station maintenance / training / or other activities.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday of the month.

We are always looking for new members, so if there is anyone interested in checking out your community fire service, please either come to a meeting or contact the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault, at 737-8771.

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

The Historical Society will meet on Monday August 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 18 from 4-6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Please pass the word and get your family, friends, and neighbors out of the heat and into our ‘cooling’ and tasty event.  Prices are $5.00 for adults, children under 12 and senior citizens are $3.00.    Renewal and new memberships are accepted at any time.  If you’re not sure if you’re up-to-date, let us know and we’ll find out.  Your supporting membership is greatly appreciated.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will NOT be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month as they normally do.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have a project, questions or concerns, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Music Jam

Dresden’s Recreation Committee’s Music Jam on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month is on hiatus for the summer. Call Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484 for more information.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, July 2016

By K.D. Vitelli

 July has been real summertime-hot and humid—except for the day of Summerfest, when it was actually chilly (remember that?) and rained during set-up and tear down before and after the event, but, considerately, stopped for the three hours in between so the show could go on. Aside from that, it has been hot, humid and mostly sunny. The ground is dust, grass crisp, and gardeners are spending a lot of time watering, so much so that some of us are beginning to worry about depleting our wells. I’m starting to re-think my strategy of watering vegetables and annuals. If the potential thunderstorms tonight miss us again (as they have done several times already), I may decide to let the annuals die back—which they want to do anyway—and concentrate water on the shrubs and more precious perennials. One neighbor said he was fully expecting his tomato plants to burst into flames!

Along with the beginning of harvest, full summer also brings out the garden pests. Woodchucks and similarly inclined small mammals have been wreaking their own havoc in the struggling gardens. They seem especially fond of the fuzzy leaves of cucumbers and squash, but are quite happy to include kale and beans (leaves and all, though they leave behind the stems), zinnias and beet greens, and love the fresh shoots of salsify. I’m willing to share, but they want all of it. So I’m trying the old trick of spraying their favorites with a mix of about 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap (with its particularly unappetizing scent) and 1 quart of water. So far, the new growth on the plants is still there, but whether because of the Dawn or because woodchuck is waiting for a bit more growth, I can’t yet say.

Other potential garden pests could be the three sweet little raccoon babies and their mother, who were seen frolicking on the riverbank in South Dresden a few weeks ago. The story reminded me of the morning I looked out our bedroom window in Indiana shortly before dawn and saw three baby raccoons following mom in single file, across the yard to the fishpond. Mom demonstrated and then the three little ones took turns putting their “hands” into the water—probably trying to catch the goldfish—before mom moved on, followed by the three cubs, again in single file, to the mulberry tree, where mom got up on her haunches and pulled down a berry-filled branch for the cubs to feast on. They are very cute—but can also be very bad.

Last month I reported that Mrs. Bluebird was brooding a second nest. She was visible for several days after that report, but then disappeared. When I was sure she wasn’t there, I cautiously opened the nest box to see what was going on. Inside, a deep nest cup of brown pine needles held a single perfect blue egg…and a gazillion ants. They must have driven poor mom so crazy that she gave up and abandoned the egg. Shortly after that, I discovered that ants were farming aphids and scale on my potted plants on the deck. After a morning cleaning out the farms, I raised those pots above saucers filled with water, a moat to keep the ants off. So far, that is working. The plants should recover, as long as I remember to keep the moats full.

The first Japanese beetles showed up here on July 4th. They’ve done some damage, but so far the infestations don’t seem to be as bad as in recent years. Maybe they are just waiting for more rain. Similarly, on the 23rd, later than usual, I found a couple dozen of the tiny, pearly green eggs of tomato hornworms on the leaves of the tomato plants. Normally, once the eggs show up, there are more and more every day, but I’ve found only a couple since that first batch—and have seen only a few hawk/hummingbird moths on the monarda. Those moths are related to the ones that produce the hornworm eggs but are much harder to see since they fly at dusk. Perhaps they, too, are waiting for more rain. Indeed, a bee-keeping friend tells me that, while there is plenty of pollen around for bees this month, there is little nectar because of the drought, so the bees are having a very hard time of it. Maybe that’s why we have relatively few butterflies of any kind, and not yet a single Monarch.

Our birds present a happier story. We have lots of fledglings everywhere. Some friends reports lots of baby robins, others plenty of rather tame song and chipping sparrows. I always know where the cat is just by listening to the chipped parental warnings of the song sparrow parents. Juvenile rose-breasted grosbeaks occasionally show themselves.

A neighbor wrote: “A youngster catbird (kitten bird?) almost flew into my forehead. Luckily, both of us employed rudimentary navigation skills and avoided collision. Yesterday, prolonged staring into the thicket along Alexander Road revealed a first year common yellowthroat. It seemed to have advanced avionics.  Canada geese are lounging around in the shallows of the Eastern River.  About two-dozen of them took flight when we put a canoe in the water, but one paddled away. It continued with a combination of hiding in the grass, waddling across the mud flats and swimming with lots of goose noises.  Perhaps it was still in eclipse [seasonal shedding and re-growing of plumage] or leading us away from a nest? Hard to tell.”

In the same general area sharp eyes (or ears) picked out black-throated green warblers, red-eyed vireos, and a glimpse of a Canadian warbler. Cedar waxwings have been snacking on elder- and serviceberries; numerous Dresdenites report recent sightings of hummingbird babies coming to feeders and flowers with their parents. We thought for a while that a yellow-fronted woodpecker, normally found only in south Texas, had somehow made its way to Dresden, but after consultation with various guide books, we decided it was more likely a juvenile red-bellied woodpecker, which can have a slightly yellow patch on its neck. Many of us have seen the male and female adults over the last 5-6 winters. It’s nice to know that they are now successfully breeding here.

I leave you with the hope and wish that “state-wide thunderstorms” will, indeed, drench Dresden one of these nights. Onward, unto August!

 

 

August 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 2 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 3 August

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 4 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 6 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 7 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 8 August

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

6 pm Dresden Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 9 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 10 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 11 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 13 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 14 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 15 August

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society.   Yellow Schoolhouse

 

Tuesday, 16 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 17 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 18 August

4 – 6 pm Ice Cream Social, Dresden Historical Society,                                                                                                                                                                          Pownalborough Hall

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 20 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 21 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 22 August

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 23 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 24 August

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 25 August

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 27 August

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 28 August

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 29 August

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 30 August

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

 

 

 

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July Correction

To fix an editing error, the entry for the Dresden Fire Assoc. in the July Communicator has been updated:

Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, July 06, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Plans will be discussed for the upcoming fund raisers that we usually do at SummerFest and Richmond Days.  All members are urged to attend if at all possible.

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Dresden Communicator, July 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 August 2016 edition is the 26th of July. 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 intro

Summer Reading Program:

July’s Featured Event:

Firefly Drop-in Craft!

 

Firefly season is a great time to get outside and get active enjoying nature! The season is short though, so bring the kids to the library so they can make their own glowing firefly to keep in their room year round! This simple craft will be available on library days during the entire month of July for parents and kids to complete together with a little direction from the librarian. Stop in at the front desk for instructions and materials.

 

New ILL Delivery Day: Interlibrary loans will now be delivered on Saturdays instead of Thursdays. This will change the day of your pickup call, but will not affect overall delivery time.

 

Identity Theft: The library has ordered free bookmarks from the Federal Trade Commission with information on how to report identity theft, build a recovery plan and put it into action. Stop by and pick one up or go to IdentityTheft.gov for more information.

 

Adult Book Group : The July discussion book for the book club will be The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman. This session will be held on Thursday July 14th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, July 06, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Plans will be discussed for the upcoming fund raisers that we usually do at SummerFest and Richmond Days.  All members are urged to attend if at all possible.

 

Dresden Fire Department

 

DFD personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for truck/station maintenance and any scheduled training which will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  ALL members are urged to be present.  As soon as the schedule is set, it will be put on our Facebook page and website.  Also, we would like to congratulate Sabrina Doray for her completion of Firefighter 1 and 2.  We would like to send special get well wishes to firefighter Nicole Freese at MMC.  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 Summerfest

 

Sunday, July 10th,   10am – 3pm:

 
The Town of Dresden’s Annual Summerfest is a fun day to come together as a town to enjoy the summer. There will be vendors, food, and entertainment.

 

All are encouraged to dance to the music! At the Pownalborough Courthouse on Cedar Grove Rd.

 

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The DHS will meet on Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  The Brick School Museum is now open every weekend until October.  Anyone who would be willing to host an afternoon, please contact either John Ottum at 737-8614 or send a message to Shari at shari51@roadrunner.com.  The hours are Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.  We would appreciate any help we can get as we only have a couple of people who have signed up, even if it is for just one afternoon.  Membership renewals are always accepted throughout the season.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, July 12th, at 6:30 p.m. Our upcoming meeting will have public hearings on a proposed businesses for climate controlled self storage units and two studio apartments at 438 Middle Road (formerly Christmas Cove Designs) and a landscaping business with storage of materials at 1379 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 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 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’s Music Jam on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month is on hiatus for the summer. Call Dave Probert 737-4959 or Dwight Keene 737-8484 for more information.

 

 

Seen in Dresden, June 2016

 

By K.D. Vitelli

 

The first few weeks of June were on the cool side—perfect weather for getting seedlings into the ground and gardens off to a good start. But our last significant rain—2.25 inches by my gauge—fell on the 5th. By the sixth, everything in the garden seemed to have doubled in size. Since then, however, dry days and sunshine has been the rule, with only a few minutes of showers that didn’t even cover the whole of Dresden. Woods, fields and gardens are very dry. Gardeners have been spending a lot of time with hoses and sprinklers, and if they’re smart, then adding a thick layer of mulch to their beds. Fire danger is high, so be really careful with any kind of fire, especially over the holiday weekend.

 

Early June also saw the fledging of most of our birds, leaving the air full of the chipping sounds of warning from parents as their inexperienced youngsters explored the big bad world; squealing calls for food from the babies, who by now are starting to discover how to feed themselves—although they’ll still happily accept a tidbit from mom or dad if they can get it.

 

I saw the first snapping turtle of the season, a small, relatively young one, in my drive on June 1st—right on schedule. She left behind a number of empty scrapes, and I figured she’d given up because the ground was so dry. I expected more to show up after the rain on the 5th, but saw none. A number of new scrapes have appeared since then, all looking equally empty, except that around the 20th several newly dug holes appeared—surrounded by curled up eggshells. Apparently a few eggs had been laid, and the skunks and raccoons found them. They left one intact egg behind, which I buried in a flowerpot out of harm’s way, just in case it might survive and mature. The next day, a very large momma turtle was laying eggs in the gravel along the side of Bog Road, when some concerned citizens persuaded her to bite a stick and be pulled out of the path of traffic. We can hope she’d already deposited some eggs and that hers will survive to hatch in the fall, along with some others that predators don’t find.

Predators. Plenty of them around, although it’s been lovely to see the roses before the Japanese beetles come out. There’s the woodchuck, who loves fresh kale, cucumbers leaves (!) and zinnias. Slugs and snails, which should be unhappy because of the dryness, are still busily devouring lettuce and anything else green and juicy. There was a fox in the chicken yard, hoping to bring home dinner for his kits, until the chickens’ owner, with the help of a Jack Russell terrier, scared it away with only the loss of a few feathers. No more free-range tick hunting for those chickens, but they are getting a bigger run. The sky has frequently shown us silhouettes of large birds—mostly crows and hawks—being chased by one or more much smaller, feisty birds protecting their nests.

 

And then there are the red squirrels.

 

My squirrel story comes from a recent afternoon, on one of the many glorious Maine summer days of late, with hot sun, dry air, and cool breezes that insisted it was time to do research for this column, in the hammock, my favorite research spot, because always some wild things come to investigate and entertain me. As I enjoyed the silky breeze, sure enough I felt something brush against the underside of the hammock: a cheeky red squirrel had run right under me and up into the apple tree, where she proceeded to yell and chatter. I chattered right back, which bothered her not in the least. Then I heard a faint sound of rapid clicks (perhaps from their beaks?) and from the right, a determined and angry male bluebird dive-bombed the squirrel, immediately followed by a clicking female bluebird coming down from the left. The squirrel responded by running up the trunk and jumping from branch to branch—and the bluebirds continued their alternating, swooping low dives and clicks from left and right and back again until the squirrel finally took off down a hole in the ground. Three cheers for the bluebirds! But why were they so upset about a red squirrel at this time? Their babies fledged a couple of weeks ago, and, although they are still around (looking just like mom, except for brown spots on their chests), they should be safe from squirrels by now. A few more minutes of lazing in the hammock and I noticed a little head peaking out of what I had thought was an empty nest box. Mother bluebird! She has already started another clutch in the same box. No wonder she’s worried about a red squirrel—and why the first fledglings are being encouraged to feed themselves and get on with their lives, although one or two could be called on to help mom and dad raise the second clutch. Mom is still brooding now, with her little head sometimes poking out of the box, but soon the eggs will hatch and then I’ll have to spend more time in the hammock to keep an eye on feeding and progress.

 

Isn’t summer is wonderful?

 

 

July 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Saturday, 2 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 3 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 4 July

Town Office closed. Happy 4th of July!

 

Wednesday, 6 July

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 7 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 9 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 10 July

10am – 3pm   Dresden SummerFest. Pownalborough Courthouse

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 11 July

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society.   Yellow Schoolhouse

6 pm   Select Board Meeting.   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 12 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall
Wednesday, 13 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 14 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 16 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 17 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Tuesday, 19 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 20 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 21 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 23 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 24 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Monday, 25 July

6 pm   Select Board Meeting   Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 26 July

2 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 27 July

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 28 July

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 30 July

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

Sunday, 31 July

1pm – 4pm   Dresden Historical Society Brick School Museum open

 

 

 

 

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