Dresden Communicator February 2018

Your Monthly Community Newsletter

The Dresden Communicator

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

 February, 2018

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 bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.


Bridge Academy Library

Adult Book Group : The February discussion book for the book club will be We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday February 13th.

Storm Closings Reminder: Don’t forget that all storm closings for the library are posted on television at WMTW Channel 8 News and online at www.wmtw.com/weather/closings. Save yourself a trip by checking there first on a wintry day!

Hot New Winter Reads:

Adult Fiction

The People vs. Alex Cross and Count to Ten: a Private novel- James Patterson

I, Eliza Hamilton– Susan Holloway Scott

The Rooster Bar– John Grisham

Adult Nonfiction

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House- Michael Wolff

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny-Brian Kilmeade

 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 211Maine.org.



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 Maine.gov 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.


Dresden Swap Shop


February is a fun month at the Swap Shop.  We still have lots of winter coats.  It might be fun to stop in and grab coats for next winter.  They are all FREE!
Valentines Day is coming up soon and we have lots of decorations and  things to keep your Valentine Day fun.
Have you have a need for walkers or crutches?  We have them.  Baskets?  Stop in!  Books, oh do we have some great books.   So as you are cleaning out your cupboards and closets and barns and you want to donate good things, we are proud to offer them to your friends, neighbors and lots of people you haven’t ever met.
The hours we are open are
Thursday        1-3
Saturday        9-11:00 and 1-3
Sunday          9-11:30


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 townofdresden.com

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.


Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine



Dresden Fire Association


The Dresden Fire Association will meet on the first Wednesday (Feb. 7th) at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.


Dresden Fire/Rescue


Dresden Fire Department personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Any truck/station maintenance, training or other activity will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month. We are looking for more people to join, so if anyone is interested, please contact the fire chief, Steve Lilly, at 737-9434 or come to a weekly meeting and he will give you the information on what the requirements are, plus he can provide you with an application.


Dresden Historical Society


The Dresden Historical Society will host the Chili/Chowder Supper on Saturday, February 3rd from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  This supper was rescheduled from January due to weather conditions.  We will have a variety of homemade chilies and chowders as well as desserts and refreshments.  The cost is $7.00 per adult, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.  We hope to see many of you there to enjoy an evening of good food, good friends, and conversation as well as benefiting one of our community organizations.


Dresden Planning Board



The Planning Board will meet on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  If you have questions about a project or other issues, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.  If we have business to address, we will also hold a meeting on the third Tuesday of the month.



Dresden Sno-Valley Riders


The Club will meet on the second Tuesday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House on Route 197.  We will discuss trail conditions, how far we have gotten and how much more work needs to be done.  We’ll have snacks and refreshments.  New members are always a welcome addition; whether you snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe or have dogsleds. If you’re interested in joining, you can either come to a meeting or call Shari Lilly at 737-2566 and you can get membership information or make arrangements to become a member.



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.



Maine State Senator Vitelli in Dresden


Our State Senator Eloise Vitelli will hold informal office hours in Dresden on Saturday, February 3 from 10-noon at the Bridge Academy Library. All residents are invited to stop by to raise and discuss issues of concern to them.



Seen in Dresden, January, 2018


By K. D. Vitelli


January has provided some of each kind of weather so far, with December’s deep freeze extending well into the New Year. We had, besides a number of lesser snow falls, a blizzard on the 4th, with, finally, a welcome thaw on the 11th-12th, welcome, except that it produced ice jams on the Kennebec and some flooding—though none that I know of in our town. We’ve had the very occasional sunny day (but how one of them cheers the January soul), and on the 17th, even a noisy earthquake, apparently with its epicenter in Dresden.


My cat and I were sitting quietly by the evening fire when we heard an enormous boom that seemed to come from our backyard. Murphy took off for the basement, instantly. I went outside to look through the still-falling snow for signs of an explosion or sounds of response to an accident. Nothing. Complete stillness, aside from the gently landing snowflakes. Could it have been, I wondered, an especially loud movement of the river ice? It wasn’t until the next day that I heard on the radio that the noise had been from an earthquake.


I’ve experienced a lot of minor earthquakes in Greece, (once while taking a bath, when the water splashed out of the tub and I wondered whether to grab some clothes before fleeing outside or just flee, fast. Fortunately, it was over before I could decide). Those quakes made no sound, other than that from falling rocks and earth and slamming closet doors. Maine, not surprisingly, does such things in its own way.


The long stretch of frigid temperatures got to a lot of us, as January generally does, regardless. A bright note, however, is that insect pests that spend the winter above ground and in trees—things like winter moths, brown tail moths, spruce budworms and Hemlock woolly adelgids, may have been affected by the prolonged cold.


Winter moths, in particular, which breed from Thanksgiving through January when temperatures go above freezing, have potentially had their mating season cut short by half or more, which should make a dent in their populations for a while to come. Brown tail moths and the others have probably not been decimated, but they should at least be less bothersome come summer. Ticks, unfortunately, spend their winter either on warm-blooded creatures or in protected places under snow or leaf litter, so they are doing just fine.

During the coldest days, most birds sought shelter in protected places, but they returned to feeders as soon as temperatures moderated. Again (or still) a single European starling has been showing up at local feeders. All our starlings, which are common throughout the US, are descended from birds that were introduced from Europe to Central Park in New York City by the American Acclimization Society in the 1890’s, as part of their program to introduce all the birds mentioned in works by Shakespeare!


Starlings are invasive, and firmly established. They are omnivores that usually hang out in large, sometimes mixed flocks (which can be serious agricultural pests), so our singleton was probably separated from his flock during one of our early storms. In summer, adult breeding starlings—males and females have identical coloring—are dark purplish-green and iridescent, with pointed yellow beaks. In winter, their beaks turn black and they have bright white spots all over, markings I had mistakenly associated with juveniles. The juveniles are, in fact, plain grayish-brown, with black beaks. Peregrine falcons and other raptors prey on starlings. The starlings often respond by forming great “clouds” of hundreds, even thousands of birds that fly with amazing swiftness and fascinating, ever-changing formations, much like a school of fish, each bird attempting to keep other birds between it and the predator. Their short pointed wings, short tail, and pointed beak make them look, in flight, like a four-pointed star, hence their name.


Who knows what the next weeks will bring? One neighbor suggested an erupting volcano may be our next surprise. Stay tuned.


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




February 2018 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.



Thursday, 1 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Hall-Dale High School

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 3 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

10 am – noon   State Senator Vitelli open office hours, Bridge

Acad. Library

5 – 6:30 pm   Chili/Chowder Supper, Historical Society,                                                                                                              Pownalborough Hall



Monday, 5 February

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 6 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 7 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 8 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 10 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 13 February

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


Wednesday, 14 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 15 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 17 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

Monday, 19 February

6pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 20 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 21 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 22 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 24 February

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open


Tuesday, 27 February

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 28 February

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall







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