Dresden Communicator, March 2018

Your Monthly Community Newsletter


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 Henry Lyons henry.lyons@gmail.com or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.




Bridge Academy Library


44 Middle Road

Dresden, ME  04342


Library Hours:   Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 – 7:00pm;   Saturdays 9am – noon.

Adult Book Group : The March and April discussion book for the book club will be Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett; the discussion will span two sessions due to its length. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. The March session will be held on Tuesday March 13th.

Spotlight on Mindfulness:

The special display at the library this month will include books and audios dealing with mindfulness and meditation. Come check out a book and rewire your brain for peace!

Library Plant Sale: Winter snow gives way to spring flowers and the planting season is upon us! Our annual plant sale is a critical fundraiser for the library, so please consider adding some seedlings for the library sale to your spring planting. We are looking for vegetables, herbs and flowers; the sale will be held on May 26th. FMI call 737-8810.

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
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.

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Dresden Fire Association

The DFA will hold a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.


Dresden Fire Department

DFD personnel will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Pownalborough Station.  Any truck/station maintenance, training or other activity will be posted on the first Wednesday of the month.


Dresden Historical Society

The Society will host a Soup / Stew Supper on Saturday, March 3rd from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  The cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.  There will be a variety of homemade soups, stews and desserts, as well as refreshments.  We hope you will bring your family and friends for some great food and conversation, catch up with neighbors or meet new ones while helping to support a local organization with the goal of preserving our history for the future.

The Historical Society will have the monthly business meeting on Saturday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m. in the Bridge Academy Library.  New members are always welcome. Your membership goes towards the work we are doing to preserve and publicize our local history.  Membership is only $5.00 per person per year.  Our meetings are always open to the public.


Dresden Planning Board

The Planning Board will meet on the first Tuesday, March 6th. There will be a site walk and public hearing for a proposed Auction facility on Gardiner Road submitted by Roger Bintliff.  If you have any questions about a project or just want information on a process, please contact the chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or leave a message at the town office.  If we have further business, we will hold a meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, March 20th.


Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

The Club will hold a monthly business meeting on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Town Hall on Route 197.  We will be continuing our work on the trails with updates and other info.  If you would like to join, just come to a meeting or contact Shari at 737-2566 for information or applications.  We welcome any and all businesses to become Supporting Business members.  Our meetings are open to the public.


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

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103 Stated Communication, March 13, Tuesday

6:30pm meal, 7:30pm meeting

website:  https://103-me.ourlodgepage. com/  Facebook: @Dresden103


Seen in Dresden, March, 2018

By K. D. Vitelli

With the second half of February giving us temperatures above freezing almost every day, I’ve had a sharp eye on the Eastern River ice, watching for the first transverse cracks that signal the beginning of ice out. As of the 20th, I’m still waiting—and have noticed that the bald eagles are watching even more closely than I. They’re probably already finding the occasional fish caught in the softening ice, but are clearly looking forward to the more abundant fishing that comes with full ice out.

Our local eagles should be working on nest repair and rebuilding, and could start laying eggs any day now. During this early stage of nesting they are most sensitive to human activity. Large numbers of people and loud noises could make them abandon a nest site, so if you are out and about around the Pownalborough Court House, or anywhere else that you know has an eagle nest, do so quietly and as unobtrusively as possible.

We have other signs of very early spring showing up: goldfinches, who were rather scarce for a while, are back in large numbers, hogging our feeders. They are still wearing their drab winter feathers, a bit the worse for wear since they were grown fresh last fall. The brownish olive green winter body colors make it hard to tell males and females apart. But the partial spring molt, when they grow new body feathers—the wings and tail feathers are not replaced in spring—has begun. I was looking for signs of new, bright yellow male color when I thought I’d found my first case of finch eye disease: strange, spikey black points right above the eyes. Looking more closely, I realized there was nothing wrong with his eyes. He was simply starting to grow new black feathers on his forehead! Yeah! The first sign of the spring molt. Can the bright yellow be far behind?

Less exciting signs of the approach of spring are the stink bugs and Asian lady bugs clustering on interior walls, dropping on my head, landing on my toothbrush. The stink bugs, I was surprised to learn, are an accidental and relatively recent introduction, thought to have come in packing crates from China or Japan. The first reported sightings were in Pennsylvania in 1998. Obviously, they have spread rapidly. Besides being obnoxious—they release an unpleasant odor when bothered or smashed—they are agricultural pests, attacking especially stone fruits and apples, but also corn, tomatoes and other common crops. Pictures of the damage they cause are available at


My cat wisely makes a wide detour around the ones that land on his floor.

Asian lady bugs were purposely introduced by the USDA in the late 20th century to control aphids and scale insects, although some probably also arrived uninvited with freight from Asia. Only later did we learn their down side: they crawl, by the hundreds (thousands?), into minute cracks in our houses for the winter. As soon as the temperature starts to climb above freezing, masses of them emerge into our houses, releasing a nasty odor and a staining yellow fluid if disturbed. Vacuuming is the best revenge.

On a more positive note, it’s time to get your seed orders in. We are lucky to have good seed sources in Maine—Johnny’s, Fedco, Pinetree—and the latter two sell small packets of fewer seeds (but quite sufficient for most home gardeners) for lower prices than you’ll find elsewhere. Winter has surely not given up yet, but we’re moving in that direction and newly sprouted seedlings help one believe.

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.


March 2018 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

Thursday, 1 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Dresden Elementary School

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 3 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

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

Tuesday, 6 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6:30 pm   Dresden Planning Board, Pownalborough Hall


Wednesday, 7 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 8 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 10 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

1 pm   Dresden Historical Society Meeting, Bridge Acad. Library


Monday, 12 March

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 13 March

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


Wednesday, 14 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 15 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall


Saturday, 17 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

Tuesday, 20 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 21 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 22 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Saturday, 24 March

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open



Monday, 26 March

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall


Tuesday, 27 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open


Wednesday, 28 March

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall


Thursday, 29 March

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Academy Library open








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