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Dresden Communicator, December 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 January edition is the 28th of December. 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

Christmas Drop-In Craft- December is a busy month for all, so the library is keeping holiday plans fun and simple. Stop by any time we’re open during the month and build a cute and festive Christmas mouse tree ornament using some elements found in nature and based on a design created by the librarian’s grandmother. All the pieces will be precut and instructions provided so kids can make their own with adult assistance as needed. This craft does include some small parts and the use of craft glue so adult supervision will be required. FMI call the library at 737-8810.

 

Winter Holiday Resources- The library has received this year’s updated list for our coverage area. If you are are looking for information about where to find a Christmas community meal, Christmas food baskets, Toys for Tots, heating or general assistance and more, this is the place to start. If you have internet access, the information is also available online at www.211maine.org. The library has public computers available for your use as well.

 

Storm closure information– It’s that time of year again when foul weather may close our doors from time to time! The library posts any storm closures on television at WMTW Channel 8 News or online at www.wmtw.com. Check here first before venturing out on a wintry day.

 

Download Library plans– If you are a library patron accessing the Download Library for checking out ebooks or audiobooks online, change is on the way. Currently MaineInfoNet uses Overdrive as their platform; coming in March 2017 they will be switching to Biblioteca because it is deemed to be more inclusive (allowing school libraries to participate) and more user-friendly. Bridge Academy Public Library is not currently a member of the Download Library, but Dresden residents can obtain a Maine State Library card and use it to access the service at no cost. For more information please stop in or call the library at 737-8810.

Library Wish List – The library will continue to maintain its Christmas Wish List year round at amazon.com, but we like to remind patrons about it as the season of giving approaches! Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages! If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:

 

  1. If you have an amazon.com account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu. Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and click the Search button. The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.

Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

  1. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

There’s no place like BOOKS for the holidays! Curl up with a great read from our December special seasonal display!

 Adult Book Group : The December book club discussion title will be Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen. The next session will be held on Thursday December 8th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 The library will be closing Saturday December 24 and reopening on Thursday December 29th for the holidays. 

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

We are having our annual Christmas Tree fund raising at Pownalborough Station every weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas (unless we sell out before then).  The trees are $25.00 for 5’ – 7’.  Any over 7’ will be $30.00.  If you need more information or need to make other arrangements please call 737-2566 and we will help you out.

We also still have Breast Cancer awareness T-shirts for sale at $20.00.  Thank you for your continued support of our events.

 

Dresden Fire Department

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station for truck and station maintenance, training or other activities.  The schedule for the month will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday.  ALL members are urged to be present.  New members are a great addition to the fire department and our community.

Check out our website at http://www.dresdenfireandrescue.org or on Facebook.  Let us know what you think…comments, questions, suggestions.

 

Dresden Historical Society

Members will meet on the second Monday of December (12/12) at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will be going over business pertaining to officers and making plans for our Chili/Chowder event for January.  All available members are urged to attend.

 

Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having a discussion on the fee schedule.  If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Club members will meet on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  We are still working on trail maintenance and will discuss any scheduled work sessions.  Memberships are still ongoing, so if you would like to join as a family, individual or supporting business member, please contact Shari at 737-2566 or attend any of our monthly meetings.

 

RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee

The committee will be meeting on Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Discussions will contain information in regard to the contract and the budget.  The meetings are open to anyone who would like to sit in on a session.

 

Seen in Dresden, November 2016

By K. D. Vitelli

November began with frosted mornings and falling leaves, but all month long, when it wasn’t chilly, windy, gray and gloomy, the afternoons often felt more like September, with highs around 60 degrees. Calendulas, cerinthe, bee balm, French asters, some clematis, and sweet alyssum are still blooming.

A friend noted that he’s seen moths around still. That seemed odd for this time of year, even with our moderate temperatures, but it set off some vague memory. I did some looking and, sure enough, found information about a relatively new pest, the Winter Moth, apparently the ones we’re seeing now. They are an invasive species, from Europe (and without North American predators), that probably arrived as cocoons in landscaping materials in the last century. Since 2011 they have been documented in mostly coastal Maine and are causing some concern: the little green caterpillars that emerge in early spring feed voraciously on the leaves of apples, oaks, maples, blueberries and other native trees and shrubs. In large numbers these caterpillars can completely defoliate and even kill their hosts, especially those already weakened by drought.

When the caterpillars have had their fill, usually by June, they fall to the ground and bury themselves, as cocoons, for the summer and fall. They emerge from the cold ground in November—now, right on schedule, and unrelated to our odd weather. The females have such short, atrophied wings that they are flightless and spend their lives on the lower trunks of trees, emitting pheromones to attract the flying males. (I checked out the trunks of my apples and oaks and found nothing, but on a cold, gray day, old eyes that aren’t entirely sure what they are looking for may not be the most reliable.) The little tan moths, all males and active at night, are also attracted to light, so we often see them fluttering outside lighted windows or around outside lights after dark.

From now until some time in January, when temperatures are above freezing, the little brown moths, the males, will seek out the females. The warmer weather may give them more time for, and more success in breeding. The wingless females eventually lay their eggs, after which both males and females of this generation die. We’ll find out next spring whether we have a worrisome invasion. If you see these moths and want to help the efforts to control them, the Maine Forest Service has a Winter Moth Survey online, where they ask for simple basic information about where, when, and how many of these moths you have seen.

A lovely book that is currently making the rounds, The Hidden Life of Trees, What they Feel, How they Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben, suggests at least the possibility that our trees just might try to control the moth threat on their own. Wohlleben, a German forester, writes about (inter alia) wide-spread, overlapping systems of roots of different trees in an old forest, that are assisted by networks of fungi that act like fiber-optic internet cables, transmitting signals from tree to tree (p. 10). This “wood wide web” (not my pun!) allows trees to exchange news and warnings. For example, when some trees suffer from predators devouring their leaves, they can emit a toxin that makes the leaves unpalatable to the predator, and pass along information, perhaps by electrical signals through the root systems, to neighboring trees that they should do the same.

I admit to pushing his evidence to our trees farther than he would probably approve, but one can wish. This book is full of fascinating, challenging and even disturbing information and ideas about how trees, at least those in an old forest undisturbed by humans, “feel” and act. It’s a good read for anyone who loves wood and trees, and will change the way you feel and observe as you walk through the woods or seek shade or shelter under a big old tree.

 

December 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Thursday, 1 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 3 December

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Sunday, 4 December

3pm – 18th Annual Holiday Concert with the Downeast

Brass Quintet – St. John’s Church/Free Meeting House

Music for the whole family!

 

Tuesday, 6 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Planning Board Public Meeting Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 7 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 8 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm   RSU2 Exploratory Committee   Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 10 December

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Monday, 12 December

6 pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6:30 Dresden Historical Society Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 13 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders   Old Town House

 

Wednesday, 14 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 15 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

 

Saturday, 17 December

9 am-noon   Library open

 

Tuesday, 20 December

1:30 – 7 pm  Bridge Acad. Library

 

Wednesday, 21 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 22 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library

6 pm   Select Board Meeting Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 24 December

Bridge Acad. Library – closed

 

Tuesday, 27 December

Bridge Acad. Library closed

 

Wednesday, 28 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 29 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 31 December

9 am – noon Bridge Acad. Library open

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Revised Meeting notice

The RSU2  Schools Review Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17 has been rescheduled for  Thursday, December 08 at 6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

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Dresden Communicator, November 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 December 2016 edition is the 28th of November. 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

The library will continue to maintain its Christmas Wish List year round at amazon.com, but we like to remind patrons about it as the season of giving approaches! Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages! If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:

 

  1. If you have an amazon.com account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Wish List option on the far right in the top menu. Select Find a Wish List or Registry. Type in balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and click the Search button.* The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.

 

  1. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost!

 

*Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at balibrarian@bridge-academy.lib.me.us and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution!

 

Adult Book Group : The November book club discussion title will be The Witches by Stacy Schiff. The next session will be held on Thursday November 10th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!

 

The Dresden Communicator back in print form?

It has been mentioned a number of times that many residents would like to see the Dresden Communicator brought back in print form.   With that, a group of interested people have been holding discussions on how to do this feasibly since Bridge Academy has not and is not able to support this project.  There are a number of options being discussed, but the group would like to hear from as many residents as possible.  Please talk to your family, friends and neighbors; let them know that we want to hear from everyone.  At this time, we are having our group meetings at the Library on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  Give us your feedback so we know how many would like to see the Communicator in print, delivered to your home.

 

Dresden Fire Association

The Association will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, November 02, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We still have Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts. Please call Shari at 737-2566 for more information and/or sizes.  Also, we will be getting ready for our annual Christmas Tree fundraiser which will begin the weekend after Thanksgiving.

 

Dresden Fire Department

DFD members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The schedule for truck/station maintenance, training or other activities will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  All members are urged to attend.

 

Dresden Historical Society

Historical Society members will have a meeting on Monday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse to finalize preparations for the upcoming annual business meeting and pot luck supper that will be held at Pownalborough Hall on Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m for the pot luck supper, 6:30 for the business meeting which will consist of election of officers and a special presentation at 7 p.m. by Dr. Robert Sanford of USM Environmental Sciences to do a presentation of rural landscapes. It will be a Power Point slide presentation of common landscapes from the plants to trees to stonewalls, cellar holes and other altered land forms showing the dynamics of human-influenced change in the countryside.  The presentation will be open to the public for any interested persons.

 

Dresden Planning Board

Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, November 01 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  There are no major projects on the agenda for this meeting.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

Club members will meet on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  As the regular meeting date would be on November 08 which is voting day, the members voted to change the day to Thursday.  Please mark your calendar for the change.

 

Dresden RSU2 Withdrawal Review Committee

The Committee has begun holding meetings.  This committee was formed as a result of a vote at the Town Meeting.  The group consists of a Selectboard member, a Planning Board member, a Budget Review Committee member, a School Board member and two (2) citizens-at-large.  The meetings are open to any residents who would like to listen in on the discussions.  The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.

 

A New DRESDEN UNITED Website Is Up

 

www.dresdenunited.org

I am truly happy about the wonderful stories from the several Dresdens that can be read online now and I am sending a big, heartfelt thank you to all of you who contributed so far! There are more great stories to come soon from Dresden, ME and Dresden, NY and of course from Dresden, Germany – so be sure to check back on the website!

The website aims to tell stories of people living in Dresden, of special projects and initiatives in Dresdens Communities or highlight some interesting stories from the past. The aim is to connect People living in Dresden (Germany), Dresden (Kansas), Dresden (Tennessee), Dresden (Ohio), Dresden (NY, Yates County), Dresden (NY, Washington County) and Dresden (Maine). Everyone will be able to read about what people in other Dresdens are doing or thinking and what the present and past of the Dresdens is like.

I hope you will enjoy reading about the Dresden you know and the Dresdens you don’t know! And please let me know in case you would like to contribute a story or know someone you would like to recommend!

 uniteddresden@gmail.com
I hope all is well with you and I am sending you all the best from autumnal Germany, Svenja

 

 

Seen in Dresden October 2016

 

By KD Vitelli

 

Much of October has felt like anything but, with quite warm temperatures and bright blue skies. Only toward the end of the month did we get a serious rain (more than 3.5” on 22nd and 23rd—finally!), not enough to stem the drought, but enough to call for a final mowing of the grass.

 

Most of us were expecting a dull fall leaf display because of the drought. How wrong we were: this month the colors have been spectacular. The USDA Forest Service website suggests that the many sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights were responsible for the build-up of anthocyanins that contribute the brightest reds and crimsons. Drought, they say, may delay colors by a week or two, but apparently had little effect on their brilliance. If you’ve had your eyes open while going around town on one of these sunny days, especially by the sun glistening on one of our rivers or ponds, you surely thought at least briefly “What a beautiful place we live in!” Good to remember as we head into November.

 

On Oct. 1, a small flock of black poll warblers stopped to feed in the low brush for an hour or so, before heading on south. Lots of other confusing fall warblers no doubt came through as well, but identifying them is frustrating. A neighbor reported several yellow-rumped warblers, but that’s the extent of named warbler species this year.

 

10-12 wood ducks swam by on the Eastern River on the 3rd, but quickly moved to better hiding places for hunting season. Our red-bellied woodpecker has been reported at several locations along the Eastern, and as feeders get refilled for the season, the small birds are coming out of the woods again. A few golden crowned kinglets have shown up, as have red-breasted nuthatches, which I haven’t seen this early in the season since 2005. Usually they make their appearance in January, as do the little brown creepers. They, too, are here early, hopping up and down tree trunks, searching for bugs and grubs.

 

The wild turkeys are back in their winter flocks. One neighbor in South Dresden reports a small flock of eight paying regular visits and spending the night roosting in trees along the river. It’s nice to know they aren’t all on the roads, waiting for the next car to approach as they decide which way to cross.

 

Grosbeaks and finches sit endlessly at our feeders, using their strong, thick bills to crack open seeds, even while scanning the area for predators. Chickadees, by contrast, flit back and forth from feeder to tree repeatedly. They need to pound away at the seed, and can’t watch out for predators at the same time, so they take each seed to a safe place where they can perch and crack. Hundreds of times, though, they take a single seed and hide it, each in one of hundreds of different places, to eat much later. In the fall many birds cache food for the hard times ahead. Studies of chickadees have shown that their brains actually enlarge in the fall, to help them remember where they have stashed all those supplies!

 

Blue jays are another bird that caches. They are even supplied with an extendable “pouch” under their tongue so they can cram in several acorns or a dozen or so seeds at one time and don’t have to make a special trip for each seed, as the little birds do. I knew jays cached food, but had never paid close attention to their fall behavior at the feeder. After reading about their pouches (at www.allaboutbirds.org), I made a point of watching when three jays landed on the ground under my feeder: indeed, they picked up seed after seed, non-stop, from the grass and, by golly, I could see the pouches under their necks—like a crop on raptors—swell with each addition. Each finally flew off in a different direction—to store and hide their latest stash from one another. Good to be reminded, as we move indoors for the winter, that there is still plenty to learn by watching even familiar birds through our windows.

 

 

 

November 2016 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 1 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 2 November

7 pm   Dresden Fire and Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 3 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting, Hall-Dale Middle School, Farmingdale

 

 

Saturday, 5 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 8 November

8 am – 8 pm Election Day! Pownalborough Hall

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 9 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station

 

Thursday, 10 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC   Old Town House Rte. 197

7 pm  Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library

 

Friday, 11 November

Veterans’ Day – Town Office closed

 

Saturday, 12 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 14 November

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

6:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society   Yellow School House

 

Tuesday, 15 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 16 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 17 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 Withdrawal Committee, Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 19 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5:30 pm Dresden Historical Society potluck dinner, business meeting,                                    and special presentation, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 22 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open
 

Wednesday, 23 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 24 November

Thanksgiving – Bridge Acad. Library closed

 

Saturday, 26 November

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 28 November

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 29 November

2 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 30 November

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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