Monthly Archives: March 2017

Dresden Communicator, March, 2017


Bridge Academy Library


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

March is National Reading Month! Bridge Academy Public Library and the Lincoln County Historical Association are promoting it by encouraging young readers to engage in exploring historically themed titles that will help enhance their appreciation of life in an earlier time, particularly in the Midcoast area and Maine as a whole. Some suggested titles that are available at the library and will be on display include the following:


Finest Kind, Seaward Born– Lea Wait

The Sea Chest– Toni Buzzeo

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie- Peter and Connie Roop

Baxter in the Blaine House– Paula Benoit


Adult Book Group : The March book club discussion title will be Dead Wake by Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City. Due to last month’s storm, the February book, Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown will also be discussed at the March meeting. The next session will be held on Thursday March 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome!


Library Plant Sale– Winter snow gives way to spring flowers, and planting season is upon us! Our annual plant sale is a critical fundraiser for the library, so please consider adding some seedlings for the library sale to your spring planting. We are looking for vegetables, herbs and flowers, and the sale will be held on May 27th. FMI call 737-8810.


Fuel Economy Guide: The library has a copy of the 2017 Fuel Economy Guide available for patrons to review. Compiled by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, this annual publication contains fuel economy data for new model year cars, sport utility vehicles and light trucks. This information, as well as historical data for vehicles back to 1984, is also located on their website:


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 DFA will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We still have Breast Cancer T-shirts for sale at $20.00 each.  Please call Shari at 737-2566 for more information on sizes.


Dresden Fire/Rescue


Personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  All available personnel should be present to assist with truck / station maintenance and any training or other event that will be posted on the bulletin board on the first Wednesday of the month.  Anyone interested in joining the fire department or if you would like more information, please contact the Chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault, at 737-8771.  New members are a welcome addition to the department.

Also, please remember that you need to have a burn permit for any outside burning.  While there is snow on the ground, permits can be issued after 9 a.m.  Contact the Chief, Assistant Chief, Firefighter Sonia Lilly (737-9429) or Shari Lilly (737-2566) to obtain a written permit or go to to print one out.  These are all free.


Dresden Historical Society


The DHS will host a special presentation by Ernest DeRapps, a former U.S. Coast Guard officer who tended many lighthouses around the country and has written and painted a lot about them.  He will be doing a slide show and informational talk on his lifetime experiences and much about the history on lighthouses.  He will be at Pownalborough Hall on Sunday, March 19th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  and will possibly bring some of his books and paintings.  We hope you will attend this very interesting presentation.  It is open to the public and is FREE.   Refreshments will be available.


On Saturday, March 25th we will host a SOUP / STEW Supper at Pownalborough Hall from 5 – 6:30 p.m.   The cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 12-17 and free for children under 5 years.  There will be a nice variety of homemade soups and stews as well as desserts and refreshments.  Break up the winter blahs and join us for some great food, conversation and support of a community organization.

The monthly business meeting for DHS will be following the presentation at 3:00 p.m.  Memberships are due for 2017 if you haven’t gotten up to date yet.  New members are such a welcome addition to our small organization.  If you have an interest in history or would like to help with the organizing of our historical data and materials, please let us know.


Dresden Planning Board


The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, March 07 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  On Sunday, March 05 the members will be holding a site walk at 514 Gardiner Road for Susan Bailey whose proposed ‘minor’ project is the removal of an existing building to construct a new 2000 sq. ft. veterinary clinic building.  The public hearing for this project will be held at the regular meeting on March 07.  Our meetings are always open to the public if anyone is interested in sitting in to see what is happening.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders


The club will meet on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town House.  Now that we have some sufficient amounts of snow, we are working to get the trails cleaned up and groomed.  Please remember that if you don’t know where the trails are, you should always check with a member so that you don’t end up going on someone’s property that hasn’t given you permission.  Also, ATVs and trucks are NOT allowed on snowmobile trails and cemeteries are illegal.  If you would like to join the club, just come to a meeting or call Shari at 737-2566 and we can get you signed up.  The more people we have, the more fun when riding together.  Questions about the trails, please call the Trailmaster, Reid Anderson at 619-2696 or the President, Rick Graffam at 737-4924.  We still have maps for sale at $3.00 each.


RSU2 Exploratory / Review Committee


Committee members will meet on Wednesday, March 01 at 6 p.m. in Bridge Academy Library.  These meetings are always open to the public.  At this time, one of the things the members are working on is compiling questions for a survey that will be sent out in the coming months.



Seen in Dresden, February, 2017


By K. D. Vitelli


In January, some of us were unhappy about the constant freeze-thaw cycle, the stratified layers of ice and sand, the lack of decent snow-cover. February took care of that complaint. Starting with a decent, plowable snow on the 7th, and again on the 9th, a bit more on the 11th, serious snow with blizzard conditions ran from Sunday the 12th-through the 13th. Then came a day off for Valentine’s Day, to shovel out, and then another storm. We crammed a whole winter into eight days!


One of the plusses of getting lots of snow at all at once, especially with ferocious winds, is the glory, when the sun comes out next day, of the transformed landscape. Familiar landmarks were missing: that low stone wall, the raised beds, a pile of boulders—all gone. Brand new contours had been sculpted by the wind: a deep valley where none used to be, even with touches of grass showing in the depths, surrounded now by strangely curved, sharp-peaked mountains. Fruit trees spread their limbs at snowline, with no trace of a trunk. A gorgeous delicate feather print left where a little bird, too light-weight to dent the snow’s surface, had grabbed a seed dropped by the wind.


All the snow brought the birds in to the feeders and suet cages: one snowy morning I had six cardinals—three males and three females—all at once, followed quickly by four titmice, more than I’ve ever had at one time. A good-sized flock of robins began hanging out on the western banks of the Eastern River. One neighbor was thrilled at that sign of spring. Although some robins overwinter up here regularly, we’ll take their appearance as signs of spring anyway.


Another Dresdenite reported that “according to Wild Seed magazine, robins like to eat winter berries, ilex orangeishium [or redishium], in the winter.” He noticed plenty of robins along the road, but no berries left on the shrubs. Since the robins face competition from wreath-makers for the berries, he relocated his Christmas wreath to a pine tree, so the robins could have those berries. Once they’d cleaned out the berries, the robins moved on to crab apples. The crabs were soft, not frozen, mushy. Enterprisingly, the neighbor tried licking a crab and reported it “tasted like a sun-dried cherry, surprisingly tasty.”  Not the rotten apple taste I had always imagined. Doesn’t sound like such a bad diet after all.


On Sunday the 19th, the temperature soared into the mid-50’s, with plentiful sun—the perfect antidote to the week previous. Lots of people went out walking, leaving snow removal to Mother Nature. Though temperatures were back to a more normal level next day, we’d had a taste of spring, enough to make us realize we’re just about done with February and moving into March, when those robins will be spreading out over open grass (maybe), and, with a little luck, we’ll be watching for ice out on the rivers.




March 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.


Wednesday, 1 March

6 pm RSU2 Exploratory Review Committee, Bridge Acad. Library

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 2 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting, Dresden Elementary School


Saturday, 4 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open



Sunday, 5 March

Planning Board Site Walk, proposed Vet Clinic, Gardiner Rd.


Monday, 6 March

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 7 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 8 March

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 9 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 11 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 14 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

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



Wednesday, 15 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 16 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Select Board Meeting, Town Office

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 18 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Sunday, 19 March

1:30-2:30 pm   Dresden Historical Society, Special Presentation by Ernest                                    DeRapps, Pownalborough Hall

(Monthly Business Meeting at 3pm)


Monday, 20 March

6pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 21 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 22 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 23 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 25 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society SOUP & STEW SUPPER

Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 28 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 29 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 30 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

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