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Dresden Communicator, February 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

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

The print and mail version of this Dresden Communicator is assembled with volunteer help and designed by Tim Nason for distribution by the Town of Dresden, with help from Cris Hallowell and The Copy Shop, as a public resource for all Dresden residents. Anyone in town wishing to publish articles and meeting dates in the Dresden Communicator should contact the editor Bill Matthews, 737-8214 or   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

The Dresden Communicator: Trial print run

This is the second issue in a six-issue trial run of returning the monthly Communicator to a print version, sent to all households 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, this 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. The online version continues to be available to email subscribers or browsers at

Please send comments and suggestions to: Bill Matthews, Communicator Editor, 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.



Bridge Academy Library


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

Adult Book Group : The February book club discussion title will be Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat. The next session will be held on Thursday February 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


Kill A Watt Energy Detector– Just a reminder that the library owns two units that were donated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Each kit includes the unit, instructions and energy-saving tips and can be checked out for a two week period. Plug in your appliances and find out exactly how much electricity each device is using!

We want your audios! If you have gently used audiobooks on CD still in working order, please consider donating them to your library. Dresden has a lot of commuters and audios are popular, but they are also expensive, so we love it when you share! DVDs and Bluerays are also welcomed!

Spotlight Collection:

This month our special display features the bestselling author duo of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, who collectively pen many thrillers, including Relic and The Lost Island. Come check out an adventure!



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

The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, February 1st, at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  This meeting is open to the public.


Dresden Fire Department

DFD personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Truck/station maintenance, training schedule and events will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are always welcome.  Contact Chief Steve Lilly at 737-9434, Assist. Chief Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or attend a Wednesday night meeting.

Check out our website at for more information.  There is still more winter to go, so please be safe at home and when outside.  Use caution when near the water.  Make sure any ice covered areas are safe, always have plenty of warm clothing and use caution when traveling on snowy/icy roads.


Dresden Historical Society

Members will meet on the third Sunday in February, the 19th, at 2 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  We will discuss the results of the Chili/Chowder supper and make plans for any upcoming events.  Our next supper event will be the Soup/Stew in March.  We will also continue with discussions on data processing and preserving the items we have collected and are still categorizing.  Anyone interested in helping, please let us know.  The more help we can get, the sooner we can get this done.  New members are always a welcome addition.  Renewal and new memberships are still ongoing.  We appreciate all the support that people provide by their membership fee.  Check out our Facebook page!


Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet this month on Feb. 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  These meetings are always open to the public.  If we have a ‘major project’ to present, notices will be posted in the local stores and post office.  An agenda is posted prior to each meeting at the town office.  If you have any questions or need info, please contact chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The club will meet on the second Tuesday of the month, Feb. 14th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House located on rt. 197.  Memberships are still ongoing.  Trail maps are available for $3.00 each.  Contact Shari Lilly at 737-2566.  Trail work will be discussed as well as any upcoming plans or suggestions for day trips or other events.


RSU2 Exploratory / Review Committee

The committee will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  These meetings are open to the public.  For more information, contact Chairman, Brendan Perreault.


Seen in Dresden, January, 2017


By K. D. Vitelli


On this January 20th, with dark clouds on the horizon, the thermometer showing 41 degrees, all the usual birds coming to the feeder, and yesterday’s fresh cover-coat of snow looking inviting (at least in the spots where the green grass isn’t showing), I headed outside to look for hopeful signs of life, maybe even signs of spring. On the old apple trees I found little, furry, whitish buds that look almost like pussy willows. That was promising. The lilacs have some good-sized green buds, if still tightly furled. When I put on my bifocals and looked in close, I did, indeed, find tiny buds on most other shrubs and trees, but they betray no sign of waking up yet. It’s still January after all, even if it doesn’t feel like it today, but the plant world is ready and waiting for the months ahead.


Much easier to spot than the tiny buds are the dead remnants of last summer’s growth: standing out in stark beauty against the snow, are straggly stems carrying various seed heads. Some have long since been emptied by the strong winds we’ve often had. Others have seeds still barely attached, dangling above the snow. Rose hips wait for robins and cedar waxwings to devour the fruit and later drop their seeds some otherwhere.


The crisscrossing highways of prints in the snow, now melted and spread into depressions much larger than the original paws and hoofs that made them, betray substantial, presumably nocturnal activity that I never see. I suppose that’s what my cat watches with such intensity at the windows after dark. I’m reluctant to try Bernd Heinrich’s approach of cutting through the river ice in the shallows and putting my face down close enough to see activity on the muddy bottom (A Year in the Maine Woods, January). I’ll take his word that there are caddisfly larvae, black gyrinid beetles, spiders (lots of spiders, he says), snow fleas and plentiful other active insects to be found down there, even in January.


Pileated woodpeckers have been reported this month at both the southern and northern reaches of Dresden, along the Eastern River—possibly the same ones showing up in both places. Pileateds are the largest of Maine’s nine woodpecker species (can you name the other eight?). One neighbor complained that the Pileated scorns his suet feeder, but they do occasionally come to suet. YouTube has numerous videos of Pileated woodpeckers, including one in which a Pileated lands with quite a thud on a suet feeder, right in front of a GoPro camera. One comment on that video says, “I can see how dinosaurs would have been scary.” They do resemble pterodactyls!


Along the southern reaches of the Eastern River, a pair of red foxes has made regular appearances this month. These foxes breed between December and March, with 4-5 pups usually born in March-April. Since foxes love a combination of woodland and open areas, near running water, South Dresden is an ideal spot for them.


Even in the depths of winter, life abounds outside and all around us. We may need to get up close and personal to see it, but that’s a good way to forget the cares of the rest of the big world for a little while and come away with a renewed sense of wonder and amazement at our natural world.




February 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.


Wednesday, 1 February

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 2 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting, Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale ME


Saturday, 4 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 6 February

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 7 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

(Dresden Planning Board postponed to the 14th)


Wednesday, 8 February

6 pm RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee, Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 9 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 11 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 14 February – Valentine’s Day

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Dresden Sno-Valley Riders, Old Town House, Rte 197

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 15 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 16 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Town Office

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 18 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Sunday, 19 February

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society, Bridge Acad. Library


Monday, 20 February

Town Office Closed – Presidents Day


Tuesday, 21 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 22 February

6 pm RSU2 Exploratory/Review Committee, Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 23 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 25 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 28 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open







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