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Dresden Communicator, June 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

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


June, 2017



The hard copy version of the Dresden Communicator is assembled with volunteer help and designed by Henry Lyons for distribution by the Town of Dresden, with help from Chris 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 Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each mont

At our Annual Dresden Town Meeting on the 17th of 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

Build a Better World!

2017 Collaborative Summer Reading Program


The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world! This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, repurposing, and building. Through books, games, and many STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them.


Sign Up! The Summer Reading program is open to kids age 3-11 and offers them a chance to set a summer reading goal and win prizes along the way as well as a bigger one if they reach their reading goal. We also offer monthly special events and extra credit is earned for attendance. Registration begins at the library Saturday June 10th this year. Sign up early so you have time to make your goal!

June’s Featured Drop-in Event: Make a Nature Journal!


Use scraps, glitter, stickers and ribbons to make your own book of the great outdoors, then get out there, take notes and learn more about the creatures that share your world!


Journal materials will be precut and set up for quick assembly, so junior scientists can drop in any time we’re open during the month of June to make your journal with adult assistance as needed.


Save the Date: Don’t miss our July event, a visit from Mad Science of Maine! This spectacular interactive science show will feature an intelligent robot, a rocket launch and lots of hands-on fun for all! More information is coming in the July Communicator and flyers and posters are going out soon. The show will be Tuesday July 11th at 6:00pm.


Adult Book Group


The June discussion book for the book club will be That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx. The book club now meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday June 13th. New members are always welcome!


Upcoming Election and Town Meeting


Dresden and Maine Elections will be held on Tuesday, June 13th, from 8 am to 8 pm at the Pownalborough Hall. Dresden Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 17th, at 9am, at the Pownalborough Hall.

Dresden Elementary School News


Dresden Elementary recently hosted two popular events the week of May 15. Our annual Art Show/Plant Sale is always a big draw for our school community as is Grandparents’ Day lunch, when our young learners and their special relatives enjoy a tasty lunch.


As we get closer to the end of school–this year it’s June 21–our third, fourth, and fifth graders are taking a field trip to Fort Western and the Maine State Museum. ( Our kindergarten, first, and second graders travelled to the Maine Wildlife Park earlier this spring.)


Screening for incoming PreK and K students will take place June 2 and 16, respectively. For more information about screening, please call us at 737-2559.


With many thanks to John Ottum and our local Village Lodge, Dresden students are participating in a Books for Bikes project. The Lodge is giving each grade level two bikes, one for a boy and one for a girl, that students have the opportunity to win by reading as many books as they can. The bike assembly will be Friday, June 9, at 8 a.m,. at school when 14 lucky learners will have their names drawn for a bike and helmet.


Dresden will see some staff changes next year. Paula Crocker, our school nurse, will be retiring after 17 years of tending to the medical and social needs of our students. She’s taken care of our staff as well and will be missed. Also heading into retirement–this time for good, he says–is our custodian Norm Bachelder. After seven years of keeping Dresden one of the best looking buildings in the district, Norm will be sorely missed.


And Ms. Williams, the principal, will be retiring as well. After working in the district for seven years, the last six at both Dresden and Marcia Buker Schools, she would like to thank the school communities for the honor of working with talented staff members and dedicated families.



Summerfest in July!


Save the date for SUMMERFEST at the Pownalborough Court House.  The date is Sunday, July 9th, from 10:00 until 3:00.  All the usual events will take place as well as new surprises.  Featuring:  Games for kids and adults.  Wind over Wings Raptor demonstration.  Horse drawn wagon rides. Music by Steamboat Gypsy and Accordion Dude.  Local organizations and business displays.  Free tours of the Court House.  The internationally famous Dresden Fire Department Barbeque.  And much more.


For more information, contact Pat Theriault 737-8771 , or Peter Walsh 737-2807,



Vehicle Registration Available On-line


Were you aware that for the last several years, we have participated in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations?   Starting June 1, we will now also be offering the ability to renew your dog licenses and pay property taxes online with a credit or debit card 24/7. This is a service provided by Informe, and can be accessed on the website. Stay tuned for further updates. We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.


From the Dresden Tax Collector


Ann Piece will be away from the Town Office on Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th for a family wedding.   Kim Rasza has graciously agreed to do registrations on June 8th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Friday, June 9th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Also, just a friendly reminder that Ms. Pierce will be sending out 30 day notices for any unpaid balance of property tax on May 26th and tax liens will be filed on Tuesday, June 27th for any unpaid property tax balances.


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 Fire Association


The Dresden Fire Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, June 7th, 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 host a buffet style Casserole Supper on Saturday, June 3rd in Pownalborough Hall from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  We will have a variety of homemade casseroles, a salad, desserts and refreshments.  Cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.   Our next monthly business meeting will be on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.  We will have an update on the tour of the Dresden Falls Archaeological Dig that was held in May and make plans for any upcoming fund raising events.


The Brick School Museum will be opening at the end of June.  Memberships (new and renewal) are still being accepted.  New members are always welcome.  Our meetings are open to the public.


Dresden Planning Board


Dresden Planning Board meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month if we have any business.  Notice will be posted prior to the meetings. 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.



RSU2 Exploratory Committee


RSU2 Exploratory Review Committee will meet in June 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.





Seen in Dresden, May, 2017


By K. D. Vitelli


If April brought the first outlines of color back to our landscape, May has filled those outlines in, brilliantly. The town is decorated with apple blossoms and service berries, lilacs, tulips and trout lilies, quince and daffodils. The irises have buds. And this in spite of (or because of?) more than half the days—and it felt like many more—being gray and gloomy, damp and chilly, with highs in 50’s, lows in 40’s and even 30’s. We hit 60’s a few times, even 70’s once or twice. And then there was the record-breaking hot and humid 90’s on the 18th that fried potted plants and seedlings that weren’t watered every few hours and did in most of the cool-loving early spring flowers. Not to mention many of their humans.


Our summer birds have added their color to the landscape as well. A male oriole arrived the evening of May 1, a week earlier than usual, so exhausted that he waited nearby for me to hang out his orange and then devoured every last drop before heading off to rest up. Another male arrived next day, a few days later, a female. Only one male remains. After a few days of eating oranges and grape jelly almost non-stop they must be working on their nest, as they seldom show up for refreshments now.


Hummingbirds arrived right after the oriole, along with catbirds (who are also fond of grape jelly) and rose-breasted grosbeaks. On the rare sunny days, the grosbeaks greet the dawn (around 4:30 am) with their lovely (and loud) song. A yellow-bellied sapsucker practiced drumming on an aluminum ladder, outdoing last month’s downy by many decibels. I probably caught a quick glimpse of that bird, but mistakenly thought he looked like an acorn woodpecker: unlikely that one would be this far from home in California, where they are named for their favorite activity of drilling holes in tree trunks and telephone poles and stuffing them with acorns for later snacks.


The great blue herons are keeping track of the alewives’ migrations up Dresden’s waterways. At least one was seen swallowing alewives larger than its own head. Warblers are also moving through, a few staying here for the summer. So far, I’ve had reports of the black-throated blue, black-throated green, yellow, and myrtle warblers, and redstarts. One myrtle warbler had a slight encounter with a window and landed on the nearby ground. While recovering, his buddy (the wing man), checked him out and eventually encouraged him to fly off. The window now has more bits of pink tape to warn others away from it.


Tree swallows have taken over the nesting boxes in my yard. They’re a noisy bunch, which appears to have discouraged any neighbors of other species. A few days ago, I watched one struggle, repeatedly, to get a long fluffy white feather into the nest box: it kept resisting the efforts to bend it to the size of the hole and fluttering down to the ground. It’s not in the grass any more, so apparently she finally got it in, probably arranged with others, as I’ve found in the past, like a picket fence around the edges of the nest. Today I saw the swallows mating in a nearby tree. Soon the protective parents will be dive-bombing the crouching cat. He can’t wait. It’s his favorite activity of the whole year.


The best news is that bats have shown up, on the 16th, along the Eastern River. They’ve become so rare that a sighting is really encouraging. I’ve also been reminded to remind you that, according to Audubon, your hummingbird feeders should use only refined sugar (in a 1:3 ration with water, boiled for ca. 5 minutes and cooled), no honey, brown or raw sugar and no red dye. Plant lots of native and other flowering plants for them and the butterflies—painted ladies have been out and about already—and bees, who also appreciate your pesticide-free dandelions. A big queen bumblebee has been visiting the violas, in between her searches for a good nest site. The baby foxes are out, trailing after their parents.


We’re well on the way to summertime. Enjoy!




June 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.



Thursday, 1 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 Board of Directors Meeting   HallDale Elementary School


Friday, 2 June

Pre-K and Kindergarten screening, Dresden Elementary School


Saturday, 3 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

5 – 6:30 pm   Historical Society Casserole Supper

Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 6 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 7 June

7 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 8 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 10 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 12 June

6 pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall

6:30 pm   Historical Society   Yellow School House


Tuesday, 13 June

8 am – 8 pm VOTING DAY Pownalborough Hall

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

7 pm Adult Book Group, Bridge Acad. Library


Wednesday, 14 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 15 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Friday, 16 June

Pre-K and Kindergarten screening, Dresden Elementary School


Saturday, 17 June

9 am   TOWN MEETING Pownalborough Hall

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 20 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 21 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 22 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 24 June

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 26 June

6pm Select Board Meeting,   Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 27 June

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 28 June

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 29 June

1:30 – 7 pm Bridge Acad. Library open








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