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Dresden Communicator, January 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

Town of Dresden, P.O. Box 30, Dresden, ME 04342


January, 2017

Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in the Dresden Communicator should contact Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of the preceding month.

The Dresden Communicator: Trial print run

This  issue begins a six-issue trial run of returning the monthly Communicator to a print version as well as this online, sent to all box holders in Dresden. The usual volunteers are providing content, Henry Lyons (Finest Kind Web Design, Dresden) is doing our design and layout, and the Town is covering expenses, except for duplication of the text, which is being provided most generously by Cris Hallowell, Dresden resident, and her Copy Shop in Wiscasset. Cris clearly believes, as do those in the citizen’s group that initiated this trial run, that our town needs to have a printed newsletter to help keep our citizens informed and engaged. We very much appreciate her commitment and generosity.

Since the IRS issued new rules that made it financially impossible for Bridge Academy to continue the printed version of this newsletter, the electronic format that has been available for the last four years has had fewer than 100 subscribers. It was not reaching most residents with critical information about things like dates and candidates for local elections and town meetings, much less other local events and information. We hope all of you will welcome back the printed Communicator, and will provide feedback on your response to it, on what additional information you might like to see included (remembering our limited space), what you could do without, what changes in layout might improve appearance, or whatever else you’d like to tell us.

Please send comments and suggestions to: Bill Matthews, Communicator Editor, at 737-9013, or or drop them off for Bill at the BA library. (Note: Bridge Academy is not producing the Communicator now, merely acting, in this case, as a convenient collection point for information). Photographs of local Dresden scenes that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in future Communicators should be sent directly to

At our Annual Town Meeting in June, we will have an open discussion about this trial period of the printed Communicator and will vote on whether or not to continue the hard-copy production.



College Scholarships Available!


Applications for second semester scholarships from the Bridge Academy Trust are now available at the Bridge Academy Library during regular library hours. Applications must be returned to the Library or to the return address on the application, along with first semester grades, no later than January 10th.



Bridge Academy Library


Winter season Hours:     Tues, Thurs 1:30-7:00pm; Sat 9:00am-12:00pm

Adult Book Group : The January book club discussion title will be Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe. The next session will be held on Thursday January 12th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


New Reads at the Library:


Adult Fiction:

Cross the Line (Alex Cross) and Missing: A Private Novel- James Patterson

Small Great Things- Jodi Picoult

Chaos- Patricia Cornwell

The Whistler- John Grisham

Night School(Jack Reacher)- Lee Child

No Man’s Land( John Puller)- David Baldacci


Adult Nonfiction:

Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World- B. Brett Finlay, PhD and Marie-Claire Arrieta, PhD

Sully: My Search for What Really Matters- Chesley B. Sullenberger


Youth Fiction:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor- Rick Riordan

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury- Cressida Cowell


Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam

The 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from January through May, at the Pownalborough Hall, from 6 to 9 PM

Bluegrass, Folk, C&W styles, for stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass. Other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed. Accomplished and beginner musicians are welcome.

The primary goal of this event is to give Dresden residents and their guests who enjoy music the opportunity to get to know each other, play music, and have fun. Townspeople who do not know how to play but are thinking that they might like to learn, as well as those who want to just listen and enjoy the fun, will be welcomed.



Dresden Fire Association

Dresden Fire Association will meet on Wednesday, January 4th, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to purchase a Christmas tree or leave a donation.  We appreciate all your support shown to us throughout the year.  We wish you all a very Happy New Year.


Dresden Fire Department

Dresden Fire/Rescue members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Truck/Station maintenance and any scheduled training or events will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Now that winter is in full swing, we hope that everyone has taken the time to make sure your chimneys are cleaned, your heaters are safe and hooked up properly and that you have checked the batteries in your smoke/CO2 detectors.  Also, open burning permits can be issued after 9 a.m. during the week as long as there is snow on the ground.  You can get one through one of the issuing agents or online at (free).  Information is also available on our website at We hope you all will be safe and warm this winter and have a very Happy New Year.  Thank you for your continued support and awareness to fire dangers and safety.




Dresden Historical Society

Dresden Historical Society will meet on Sunday, January 8th, at 2:00 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.   We will be hosting a Chili/Chowder Supper on Saturday, January 21st from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The price is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 12 to 17 and children under age 3 are free.  There will be a variety of chilis & chowders to satisfy your taste buds.  We hope you’ll bring your family to enjoy some great homemade food, catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while and have some nice conversation.


Dresden Planning Board

Dresden Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The agenda will include a revisit by Richard Condon in regard to his gravel pit project.  If you have any questions or need information on a project or an ordinance, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3306 or leave a message at the town office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders will meet on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town Hall  on Route 197.  Memberships are still ongoing.  If you want to join, please call Shari at 737-2566 or come to a meeting. Please remember that it is illegal to drive/ride a snowmobile or ATV in a cemetery.  Also, if you are not a member of a club, it is your responsibility to ask landowners to cross their property if it is not part of the club trail.  Trail maps can be purchased for $3.00 from the Town Office, Dresden Take-Out, Meetinghouse Market or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Dresden Sno-Valley Riders    –  P.O. Box 317   –  Dresden, Me. 04342



RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee

RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee members will meet again in January.  The place and date will be posted on the town website, in the town office, post office and local stores.



Seen in Dresden, December, 2016

By K. D. Vitelli


December started out fairly warm (high 40’s), if gray and gloomy, but soon made clear we had indeed transitioned to winter, with snow on the 5th, and again on the 12th and 17th. But what we all noticed most definitively was the cold: mean winds and subzero temperatures that we don’t expect in mid-December.


Ready or not, the natural world has to adjust to whatever is thrown at it. Rhododendrons are one of the relatively few leafy green plants that keep their leaves over the winter. Many of us have grown up using those leaves as a gauge of winter temperature: at above freezing, the leaves are flat and extend almost perpendicular to their stems. At a little below freezing, about 28˚, they remain flat, but begin to droop from the stem. By 25˚ the leaves begin to curl, and by 20˚ they curl up into a tight, vertical roll. This response to the cold is called “thermotropic” behavior.


Darwin, in 1880, was one of the first to explore it in “The Power of Movement in Plants.” Today, the behavior is of considerable interest to rhododendron hybridizers, because without it, rhododendrons are not hardy and won’t survive winters like our present one. We are still learning exactly how and why the drooping and curling serve the plant. It seems likely that drooping protects the leaves from receiving too much light that, surprisingly, inhibits the production of chlorophyll when the leaves are very cold. Snow cover serves the same purpose.


Curling is a distinct behavior that seems most likely to protect the leaves by slowing down thawing when temperatures rise (E. T. Nilsen, 1990. “Why do Rhododendron Leaves Curl?”). Different species have different tolerance for cold. Those sold as “very hardy” should be OK as long as temperatures remain above minus 20-25; hardy species should be good to about minus 15, although in both, the buds are more sensitive than the leaves. If you have special rhododendrons, especially recent hybrids, that you treasure and don’t want to lose, get a cover—burlap works fine—on and around them, quickly.


Early in the month, we welcomed back the flocks of common mergansers with the males’ white feathers that sparkle in the sun and decorate the waters, if too briefly this December. The sudden deep freeze on the night of the 11th sent them off to other waters, while the Eastern froze solid for a few hours at least. The eagles came out then, with 6-7 at once flying up and down along the banks, looking, perhaps, for fish or anything else trapped in the shallows by the ice.


Snow on the 12th produced slushy floes and stripes of ice in various textures and shades of gray. With the flash freeze on the 16th, the river went still, frozen solid and, covered with snow the next day, looking like an empty farm field.


With the first snow, birds came eagerly to feeders and suet. Large flocks of finches, gold and purple, did their best to monopolize the ports—though the blue jays can displace them at will. A red-breasted nuthatch that I hadn’t seen for several months returned. He may be having trouble finding his preferred conifer seeds: my evergreens produced no visible cones this year. Several neighbors have wondered if the red-bellied woodpeckers, that moved into our northern state for the first time only a half dozen years ago, will stick it out for the whole winter. So far, both a male and female, although never together, have been coming regularly to my feeder and to a neighbor’s, across the river, so they haven’t given up yet.


What will the New Year bring in the way of weather? We’re about to find out. Meanwhile, the days are getting longer again. Hooray for that!





January 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.



Monday, 2 January

Town Office Closed


Tuesday, 3 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30   Dresden Planning Board,   Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 4 January

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 5 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm   Music Jam,   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 7 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Sunday, 8 January

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society, Bridge Acad. Library


Monday, 9 January

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 10 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Dresden Sno-Valley Riders Snowmobile Club

Old Dresden Town Hall, Rte 197


Wednesday, 11 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 12 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 14 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 16 January

Town Office Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Tuesday, 17 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 18 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 19 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 21 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm   Chili and Chowder Supper, Dresden Historical Society,                                            Pownalborough Hall


Monday, 23 January

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 24 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 25 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 26 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Select Board Meeting Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 28 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 31 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open




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