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Dresden Communicator, September 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

September, 2017


The Dresden Communicator is assembled with volunteer help; the print edition is designed by Henry Lyons for postal 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 the editor Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.




Bridge Academy Library


Hot New Adult Fiction Reads Available Now!


The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

Knife Creek by Paul Doiron

Vicious Circle by C.J. Box

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen



Adult Book Group : The September discussion book for the book club will be The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. 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 September 12th.


Open Flag– The holder for the library Open flag has been modified so it is flying once more! If we are open it will be out and easily viewed from the road.



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.



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.. Any questions, call 737-4758 or see one of the recycling attendants, or call the Town Office at 737-4335.


The Swap Shop is now bringing out Halloween things, including decorations and costumes.   Spooky!   Winter clothes and coats will also be showing up soon. The shop has puzzles, pocketbooks, book bags, shoes, boots, household items and lots of books. Bring your lightly used clothing and kitchen goods.   All Dresden residents may freely take what they need.   Hours are Thursday, 1-3 pm, Saturday 9-11 am and 1-3 pm, and Sunday 9-11 am.


Town Office Information


The Dresden Town Office is at 534 Gardiner Road, P.O. Box 30 Dresden, Maine 04342.

Online payment options and more information are at

Normal hours are

Monday                    1 to 6 pm
Tuesday                 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday             9 am to 3 pm
Thursday                 1 to 8 pm
Friday                        9 am to 1pm

First Saturday of the month  from 9:00am to 12:00 noon



Dresden Fire Association


The Association will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday, September 6th, at 7:00 pm. in Pownalborough Hall.  Our meetings are always open to the public.


Dresden Fire Department


Members will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  All maintenance, training and other info will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  New members are a very welcome addition.  Contact the Chief at 737-9434, the Assistant Chief at 737-8771 or attend a meeting (which is always open to the public).  Applications can be obtained from them if you are interested in joining.

NOTE:  Thanks to people speaking out and our State legislators, we are now able to obtain open burning permits from the free website –  You can also access the link through our website at  or our facebook page.


Dresden Historical Society


Society members will meet on Monday, Sept. 11 at 6.30 p.m. in the Yellow Schoolhouse.


Dresden Planning Board


Planning Board members will meet on Tuesday, September 5 at 6.30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  All members are urged to attend as we will have the Dresden Coffee Shop project on the agenda.  If any resident has a project in mind or would like information on the process, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 737-9051 or leave a message at the Town Office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders


The club will have the annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 pm at the old Dresden Town House on Rte. 197 to prepare for the upcoming season.  New and renewal memberships will be available at this time.  We will try to plan for any trail maintenance that will need to be done, check out our equipment and whatever other preparations we may need to consider.


Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

September 12, Tuesday:   Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Meeting, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

September 22, Friday:   Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual District 10 Meeting (members and invited guests), 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

September 26, Tuesday: Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special Meeting – EA Degree, 6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting

website:        Facebook: @ Dresden103



Seen in Dresden, July, 2017


By Patrick Moore


If you have a boat or a beach chair August is the month to get on the water.  But if your summer plans include a row of beans you need to get the water to your garden.  I thought I had it covered with my 400 feet of garden hose.  I didn’t consider the time necessary to keep all the plants watered and happy. A fruit tree might need a bucket of water every other day.  It takes about 4 minutes to fill a bucket.  I planted 10 fruit trees.  Ok, without showing my work, that’s about 2.5 hours per week spent pouring water on trees. Then there are the raspberries and blackberries and the tomatoes and everything else.  This quickly adds up to a full time job, making a rainy day seem like a small vacation. Luckily we finally got some rain this month.


The squash plants were going great, they were on a path to climb and topple great oak trees near the garden. Then  some of their leaves started to droop. The cure wasn’t more water, as I first thought, but an Internet search.  Squash bugs were the problem, creepy little grey things malingering on my precious squash leaves.  And if you turn the leaves over you might find the greasy golden eggs they come from. All sources said that at this point there is nothing you can do. The next day the woodchucks indicated that they were willing to take the tainted squash off my hands.


Meanwhile a happier insect story unfolds in the bee balm thicket. Hundreds of bees, honey bees, bumble bees, mason bees, leaf-cutter bees, super-intelligent little bees, etc. were swapping pollen, sipping nectar and generally making the world a better place. Joining them were hummingbird clearwing moths, day flying moths that look and act like small hummingbirds.  I think sometimes even the real hummingbirds can’t tell who is who when they chase after the moths.


If you spend enough time in the garden (maybe watering plants, for instance) you notice that sometimes there are no birds around then gradually a grouping of about a dozen different birds makes its way through the trees.  They do this because they are obsessed with each other.  Yes, birds are birdwatchers too!  Our chickadees wait all winter just to see the handsome rose breasted grosbeak prance around in the summer orchard. The red breasted nuthatch was asking about some mysterious, mostly dark colored, warbler-ish bird when his attention shifted to the chestnut sided warbler. Goldfinches compare each other’s ZZ Top beards made of thistle down.  The catbird frequents the catwalk at this fashion show and for the first time (for me) the ultra-chic great crested flycatcher took a turn and flashed her rufous colored primaries. She didn’t think I noticed but I saw her check out the house wren.


The numbers of monarch butterflies are dwindling as they try to cope with pesticides and habitat loss. However, this summer has been a good one for spotting monarchs in Dresden and elsewhere.  It was a special treat to see a monarch alight on my echinacea flowers. I decided to put down the garden hose, pull up a beach chair and enjoy the show.



September 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.




Saturday, 2 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 4 September

Town Office closed for the holiday


Tuesday, 5 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 6 September

7:00 pm   Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Station


Thursday, 7 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 9 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Monday, 11 September

6:30 pm   Historical Society   Yellow School House


Tuesday, 12 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm Adult Book Group is meeting, Bridge Acad. Library

6:30 meal, 7:30 pm meeting   Dresden Masonic Lodge

6:30 pm   Sno-Valley Riders Club   Old Dresden Town House Rte. 197


Wednesday, 13 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 14 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 16 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open





Monday, 18 September

6:00 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 19 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 20 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 21 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Friday, 22 September

6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual                                                         District 10 Meeting (members and invited guests)


Saturday, 23 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 26 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:00pm meal, 7:00pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Special                                                         Meeting – EA Degree,


Wednesday, 27 September

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 29 September

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 30 September

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open












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