Monthly Archives: May 2017

Dresden Communicator, May 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

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



Bridge Academy Library


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

Plant and Bake Sale


Support the library and have some fun by joining us for our primary fund raising event!

  • Buy delicious home-baked goodies (pies, cookies, brownies, bread and more!)
  • Pick up some fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and reading tastes at super prices!
  • Get growing when you pick up your flower, herb and vegetable seedlings at our fabulous sale!
  • Take a chance on some terrific raffle items donated by local businesses and craftspeople!
  • New in town? Come to the sale and meet your neighbors! Interested in helping out and getting involved in your community? Call the library at 737-8810!

Donations: The library is accepting donations of plants, books in good condition and baked goods. Please contact Sue Schroeder at 737-8810 if you can help out with baking or donate plants. Books can be dropped off during library hours any time prior to the sale. Baked goods and plants should be delivered during normal hours Thursday May 25th or no later than 9:00a.m. the morning of the sale. Please call Sue at the above listed number if you need to make special delivery arrangements.


As your perennials break the surface and you discover that they’ve expanded beyond what you really intended or need, dig a part of each clump and set it aside for the Annual Bridge academy Plant Sale on Saturday morning, May 27, or get in touch with Elizabeth Sylvester ( or 737-2158) to arrange for someone to come help dig for you. Labeled plants, especially with color of bloom noted, always sell better than unidentified ones. While you’re at it, set aside some seedlings that you don’t need and bring them to the sale as well. You can drop off plants during library hours the week of the sale or bring them over to the pickle ball court on Friday afternoon, 5/26. Elizabeth would be happy to have more volunteers to help in other ways as well. Support your local library and have a great time while you’re at it.


Adult Book Group:


The May book club discussion title will be A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. The next session will be held on Tuesday May 9th at 7:00pm at the library. New members are always welcome to join! Note that the date in the print version of the Communicator is incorrect, and the book club will henceforth meet on Tuesdays.


Summer Reading:


Our Summer Reading Program for children aged 3-11 will be starting up in June with the exact date and more details to appear in the June Communicator. This year’s theme is Build a Better World! The program is a great way to motivate your kids to read and they’ll have lots of fun attending our special programs and getting prizes for their efforts! Informational flyers will be distributed at the Dresden Elementary School before summer break and they will also be available at the library.

* Special Note- Donations are welcomed and encouraged. We can always use snacks for events, money to purchase special prizes or a helping hand at a crafting session. Call 737-8810 FMI.

Free Audiobooks for Teens!


The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and powered by Overdrive Media. Two complete, thematically paired audio downloads will be given away each week from April 27th-August 10th and authors this year include Ruta Sepetys, Terry Pratchett, Michael Grant and more! FMI call the library at 737-8810 or visit and type “free audiobooks for teens” in the search box in the upper right corner of the page.


Notice to residents of Dresden – Elected Offices:


Nomination papers are available for the following offices:

Treasurer: 1 year term

Town Clerk:    1 year term

Property Tax Collector: 1 year term

Excise Tax Collector: 1 year term

Third Selectman: 3 year term

Budget Review Member: 3 year term


Anyone interested in running for any of these offices please contact the Dresden Town Clerk, Pat Theriault at 737-4335 or Nomination papers may be taken out beginning March 20th and must be returned to the Clerk no later than Monday, May 1st with at least 25 and no more than 100 valid signatures of Dresden voters.


Dresden Elections will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.



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 Transfer Station, Recycling Center,

and Swap Shop


Open Thurs. 1-4, Sat. 9-4, Sun. 9-1, closed on holidays.   Located just off the Middle Road (Rte 197) near the Old Town Hall. Recycle Center accepts cardboard, glass containers, magazines, newspapers, mixed paper, plastic containers, aluminum cans, packing materials, and used motor oil. Transfer station accepts bagged household trash—up to 35 Lbs. Tokens for trash bags are available at the Town Office and local stores. Swap Shop accepts used clothing, shoes and boots, books, household items, puzzles and toys, and small appliances, in very good condition. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.


Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

Stated Meeting, May 9, Tuesday 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting dresden


Free Pickleball Instruction


On Saturday morning May 20th at 10:00 there will be an open “Learn to Play Pickleball” at the Bridge Academy Court. Rain date is May 21st. All levels are welcome. Call Elizabeth Sylvester (737-2158) with any questions or email at


Dresden Fire Association


The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.


Dresden Fire/Rescue


Dresden Fire/Rescue will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  The monthly schedule will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  Please remember you need to have a burn permit for any open burning and always check to see what the weather conditions are before you start your fire.  This is the time of year when dried leaves and sticks can burn quickly, especially if the wind blows. Burn permits can be issued after 9 a.m. during the week as long as there is snow on the ground.  They can be obtained, at no charge, through the website


Please remember that we are always looking for new members, so if you have an interest in learning all the specifics of being a firefighter, please contact either the Chief, Steve Lilly at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief, Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come in on a Wednesday night to get an application or just get information.


Dresden Historical Society


Dresden Historical Society will hold a monthly business meeting on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  On Sunday, May 7, there will be a tour and presentation by Mr. Arthur Spies on the Archeological area and finds at the Dresden Falls site on Route 128. The tour will begin at 2 p.m.  Whereas there we can only have 20 people, it will be first come, first served, so please R.S.V.P. Shari at 737-2566, email or leave a message on our Facebook page.  Also, we will be hosting a Casserole Supper on Saturday, June 3 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall.  More information will be posted at a later date.


Dresden Planning Board


Dresden Planning Board will meet on the first Tuesday of the month, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  Our meetings are open for the public to listen in.  For more information, or to ask any questions about projects or the process, please contact the Chairman, Jeff Pierce at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders SC members voted to not hold summer meetings.  Our next meeting will be in September unless we need to call a special meeting.  The officers for the 2017 – 2018 season are Rick Graffam (President), Gorham ‘Pean’ Lilly (Vice President) and Shari Lilly (Secr./Treas.)  We hope to see you in the fall.


RSU2 Exploratory Committee


RSU2 Exploratory Review Committee will meet in May on a date to be determined.  Notice of the date will be posted in the Town Office, Post Office, B.A. Library and the local stores for anyone interested in attending.



Maple Grove Cemetery


Maple Grove Cemetery Trustees will have their annual meeting on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. in Pownalborough Hall.



Seen in Dresden, April, 2017


By K. D. Vitelli


Seen in Dresden April 2017


As I write, on a cold, damp, gray afternoon, I can’t help thinking that this is not what we have in mind when we long for spring. My records show, however, that this year’s April is not all that out of line with those of recent years. It’s just been a long gray raw week, after a glorious Easter weekend that had us primed to continue with sun and warmth.


Even this gloomy week is an improvement on the several inches of heavy snow on April 1st and ice floes on the river until the 10th, when most of the last piles of snow finally gave way to temperatures close to 70 degrees and brilliant sun (though I count only 6-7 days of April sunshine through the 21st). On the 8th, I noticed the first tiny green leaves of crocuses and daffodils emerging; two days later, crocuses bloomed. Grass began to turn green. Overnight, little bumps stood out in the silhouettes of tree branches. Poplars dropped their catkins. A few days later, some trees began glowing red at their tips, the willows sporting foamy haloes of palest yellow-green.


By the time you read this, we should have lovely tiny leaves. Color is returning to our formerly drab landscape. The thrill of those first crocuses! What joy from golden forsythia and early daffodils, as well as the flying ones (once-again-golden goldfinches). Some protected corners even have magnolias breaking into bloom, and the April Daphne is actually blooming in April.


Eagles have been everywhere along the rivers and in the skies, circling and swooping, enjoying the strong winds, fishing in the mudflats. One morning, two juveniles landed on protruding lumps in the shallows as the tide retreated. A third came along and joined them—but landed in water deeper than his legs were long. His drenched wings wouldn’t lift him to flight. He labored, flapping and jumping as he headed very slowly for shore, looking exhausted. He made it. The pair of eagles that successfully fledged one chick last year is back on the banks of the Kennebec at their Pownalborough Courthouse nest. Apparently they accepted human efforts last summer to avoid disturbing them with loud noise or getting too close to their nest, so we’ll keep up the respect and look forward to another successful brood this year.


Among other year-round residents, a neighbor reported that a “talented downy woodpecker showed his chops playing the double-bass oak tree.  As he hopped up and down the length of a brittle, dead branch he modulated the pitch of his pecking. Kind of like playing the kalimba with a small jackhammer.”


A couple of Fox sparrows stopped briefly en route north, while large flocks of robins and Song sparrows hung around a bit longer. Phoebes arrived around the 10th, a day before the flickers. Cormorants are back, as are ring-necked and wood ducks, hooded and common mergansers. Palm warblers passed through around mid-month, along with white-throated sparrows. Ruby-crowned kinglets, Great Blue Herons and killdeer are back in residence.


Sound is back, too: peepers are peeping, wood frogs croaking. The birds have begun their joyous spring songfest. Not-so-sweet-smelling groundhogs are out and about again. Ticks are plentiful: check yourself, your family and pets daily, but do go out and enjoy this still-relatively-bug-free spring.




April 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.


Monday, 1 May

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 2 May

6 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 3 April

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 4 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall

6 pm RSU2 Board Meeting   Monmouth Academy


Saturday, 6 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open




Sunday, 7 May

10 am   Maple Grove Cemetary Trustees   Pownalborough Hall

2 pm   Dresden Historical Society Archeology Tour


Monday, 8 May

6:30 pm Dresden Historical Society Meeting   Yellow School House


Tuesday, 9 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Masonic Lodge Meal and Meeting


Wednesday, 10 May

6:30 pm   Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 11 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Saturday, 13 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 15 May

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 16 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 17 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 18 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm Acoustic Music Jam, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 20 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

10 am Pickleball Instruction, Bridge Academy Library Court


Tuesday, 22 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 24 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 25 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 27 May

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open



Monday, 29 May

Town Office Closed – Memorial Day


Tuesday, 30 May

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 31 May

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall








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