Monthly Archives: November 2017

Dresden Communicator, December 2017

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The print edition 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 the editor Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.




Bridge Academy Library

Tis the season!

The library will continue to maintaining our Christmas Wish List year round at, but we like to remind patrons about it as the season of giving approaches! Our budget is small so we are always looking for community help to fill the shelves with some great new reads for all ages. If you haven’t visited our list yet, it can be accessed as follows:


  1. If you have an account, log on and click on the drop down arrow next to the Accounts & Lists option on the far right in the top menu. Under Your Lists select Find a List or Registry. Type in and click the Search button.* The item(s) you purchase will automatically be removed from the BAPL Christmas Wish List after you submit your order.


  1. If you don’t have an Amazon account or prefer not to shop online, stop in during library hours to see a list of books we still need and make a donation to cover the cost.


*Unless you wish to remain anonymous please let us know if you make an online purchase by marking the item as a gift online, calling us at 737-8810 or emailing the library at and leaving your name and address so we can thank you for your contribution.


Adult Book Group : The December discussion book for the book club will be Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday December 12th.


Paperbacks: Can’t find an adult fiction title at the library? Don’t forget to check the paperback spinner racks located in the adult fiction section opposite the public computers. We are in transition so small paperbacks are in the process of moving to this new location.


Winter Resources: The library has a comprehensive list of winter assistance information, including a Town by Town Supplemental Assistance Grid, a Directory of Commonly Requested Community Services and Holiday Resources. Please share this information if you or someone you know could use it. It is also available by calling 211 or online at




Vehicle Registration Available On-line


Dresden participates in the online Motor Vehicle re-registrations, and boat re-registrations.   We now also offer 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. (We still will not be accepting credit or debit cards in the town office at this time.)



Dresden Transfer Station and Recycling Center


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.



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, 1-6 pm

Tuesday, 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 9 am – 3 pm

Thursday, 1 – 8 pm

Friday, 9 am – 1 pm


And the first Saturday of every month, from 9 am – noon.


The office will be closed on Monday, 25 December for the Christmas holiday.


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Dresden Holiday Concert


The 19th Annual Holiday Concert will be at St. John’s Church/Meeting House on Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm, featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet


People who have attended this concert in past years have commented that this is the kick-off of the holiday season for them. It is one of Dresden’s longest running traditions and has entertained many families and friends. Concert Master Dwight Tibbetts has once again written and arranged many new songs for the concert. Members of the Quintet always praise the venue as the best they play in. If you haven’t had a chance to hear this famous group play in a lovely setting, this is your opportunity.


As in past years, the concert will be followed by a potluck supper at the home of Peter and Mary Walsh. For more information, please call 737-2807 or email



Dresden Fire Association


Dresden Fire Association members will have the monthly business meeting on Wednesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We will be having our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raising beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving and every weekend until Christmas.  The cost will be the same as last year, $25.00 each, and the trees will be 5 ft. to 7 ft.  Sales will be Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pownalborough fire station.  If you have questions or need other assistance to get a tree, please call Shari at 737-2566 and we will try to help you out.  We hope everyone will have a safe and happy Christmas season.



Dresden Fire Department


Dresden Fire Department personnel will meet every Wednesday at Pownalborough Station at 6:30 p.m.  The schedule for truck/station maintenance, training or other specified events will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.  All available personnel are urged to attend.  We would like to remind all residents that with the winter season comes the time to check the batteries in all detectors and make sure your heating sources are cleaned and safe.  We wish everyone a happy holiday season and thank you for the support you have shown us this past year. 


Also, remember that open burning permits may obtained from one of the issuing agents or on line at or our website  There are no fees for the permits.


Dresden Historical Society


The Historical Society will not have a meeting in December.  With the winter season upon us, we will be holding our meetings at 1:00 p.m. in the Bridge Academy Library on the second Saturday of each month with the first one being on January 13, 2018.  Please make a note of the change which will be kept until April or May when we will go back to the Yellow Schoolhouse.  Election of Officers for the new year are Joe Wiley, President – John Ottum, Vice President – Shari Lilly, Secretary – Jamie Rea, Treasurer.  Directors (2 year terms) Julie Rea and Christina Ware.  Also, we will be hosting our annual Chili/Chowder Supper in January and others will be planned.  Look for notices.



Dresden Planning Board


The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have any questions in regard to projects, meeting dates or other information, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or you can leave a message at the town office.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders


The club will meet on Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m in the Old Town House on Rt. 197.  At this time, we are working on cleaning up the trails…especially from the wind/rain storm that left a lot of trees down throughout the town.  If you would like to become a member of the club or just want more information, please either attend a meeting or contact Shari at 737-2566 and we’ll gladly help you with your membership information.  Memberships are an important part of any organization and we think you’ll enjoy being a member of the club.  Trail maps are available at the low price of $3.00 each.  Have a safe and happy holiday season and remember Ride Right – Ride Safe – Think Snow!!


Dresden Community Acoustic Music Jam


On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, October through May, at Pownalborough Hall, Dresden, from 6- 9pm


TYPE OF MUSIC: Bluegrass, Folk, C&W


TYPE OF INSTRUMENTS: Stringed acoustic like guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, but other instruments that would blend like harmonica, washboard, piano, etc. would be welcomed.


ABILITY LEVEL: Beginner on up


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 Masonic Lodge #103


December 12, Tuesday

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Annual Meeting/Awards Night, 6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

website:        Facebook: @ Dresden103


Tandem Glass Fund Raiser


December 2nd and 9th please join us and other craftspeople from noon till 7 pm for our annual FUNDraiser potluck party event benefitting the Good Shepherd Food Bank & Maine Crafts Association. 25 % of sales will be split between these great organizations.


The event will feature live music, glass blowing demonstrations and pizza from our wood fired oven (weather dependant). Bring a topping and your holiday shopping list! Grab a seat and hang out with friends and neighbors as we bring in the holiday season. More info at:


Seen in Dresden, November, 2017


By K. D. Vitelli


On November 1 we were already well into our long stretch without power/TV/internet/landline phones; with trees uprooted, tops and branches snapped off, utility poles splintered and downed, wires and cables dangling and entwined with branches. The 7”of rain over a couple of those days must have helped the drought-stricken vegetation that survived the wicked winds, but it didn’t help the cleanup crews. What a mess! Even the squirrels were put out: their treetop highways have been badly interrupted by all the lost trees and they’re having to find new ways of getting around. Fortunately, daytime temperatures were unseasonably mild during the outages. With luck, that storm was a farewell to an over-extended summer, rather than a foretaste of what’s ahead.


By the second week of the month we were waking to frosted landscapes, steaming rivers and, later in the day, sometimes dramatic skies with bright horizontal sun rays outlining and streaking deep black clouds, especially at (now very early) sunset. On the 13th, we had a surprise snowfall—only about ¼”, but enough to make it clear that summer has ended.


With the return of some moisture to the ground and colder temperatures, some residents report that birds have begun to show up at feeders again: a few chickadees and nuthatches; red-bellied, hairy and downy woodpeckers. Noisy blue jays and crows are always here, and the occasional mourning dove squeaks to a landing. A couple of times I’ve seen four or five juncos scrabbling in the leaf litter for a few minutes. Once or twice a couple of common mergansers swam briefly on the river. Eagles have been soaring joyfully in the substantial winds that keep blowing. But the feeders and suet hangers I filled in early October still don’t need re-filling after almost two months. My Feederwatch count for last weekend totaled 5 jays and 3 woodpeckers for two days of watching pretty consistently. That’s not normal.


Last month the experts were saying that birds were simply finding plenty of seed in the natural landscape. I thought that our drought might have contributed to sending the birds into the woods. Now I’m wondering if windstorms added to the low numbers of, especially, small birds around our area. Normally, little birds seek shelter in dense hedges and overgrowth and the upturned roots of fallen trees during windstorms, avoid the tops of trees and branches that might break, snuggle into cavities in big trees and wrap their little talons tightly around protected twigs and wires, where they stay clamped without any additional energy needs from the bird. Eventually, though, they have to eat, and then they can get caught by strong winds and be blown far from their starting point. That’s how unexpected and unusual birds end up here occasionally. Maybe a bunch of our little guys have found themselves in totally new and unexpected places. If they got blown out to sea, they’re probably gone. If they landed someplace really attractive, they may decide to stay; most, however, are likely to make their way back “home” eventually. Let’s hope they do, or at least, that wherever they’ve been and why-ever they’ve been gone, they come back soon. The landscape feels empty without them.


If you have sightings and/or photos you’d like to share, or questions about Dresden’s flora and fauna please send them to




December 2017 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.


Saturday, 2 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

12 – 7 pm   Tandem Glass Fundraiser


Sunday, 3 December

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open


Tuesday, 5 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Planning Board   Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 6 December

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 7 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Richmond Middle School

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 9 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open

12 – 7 pm   Tandem Glass Fundraiser



Sunday, 10 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

3 pm Annual Christmas Concert   St. John’s Church/Meeting House


Monday, 11 December

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 12 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 Adult Book Group, Dresden Acad. Library

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

6:30 pm meal, 7:30 pm meeting Dresden Masonic Lodge #103


Wednesday, 13 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 14 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 16 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open


Sunday, 17 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop open


Tuesday, 19 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 20 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 21 December

9 – 11:30 am Swap Shop Open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:00 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 23 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open


Sunday, 24 December

9 – 11:30am Swap Shop open


Monday, 25 December

Town Office closed for Christmas Day


Tuesday, 26 December

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 27 December

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 28 December

9 – 11:30 Swap Shop open

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 30 December

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

9-11:30 am Swap Shop open








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