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Bridge Academy came into existence due to the generosity of Llewellyn Lithgow and Samuel Bridge in 1890. Later, additional endowments from Edmund and Frederick Bridge enhanced the potential for "A Free High School for the children of Dresden". It served in that capacity for the youth of Dresden, and other 'tuition' students from many areas until 1966. There were over 430 students who earned their high school diplomas between 1892 and 1966. As the high school enrollment decreased, the Trustees voted to let the seventh and eighth grades use a room from 1946 until 1983 when the town voted to send all seventh and eighth grade students to Wiscasset High School. In 1966 due to requirements under new State laws regarding the fact that some tax money had been involved, and which included added courses and more space, which the B.A. income could not provide, the building could no longer serve as a high school. The Trustees allowed the Town to continue using the building as a Junior High. In 1891 an act of the Legislature was approved incorporating Bridge Academy for the 'promotion of education, literature and science'. Therefore in 1984, Trustees of Bridge Academy set up a Public Library to serve the young people of the town and all other residents. Educational courses have been offered. Donations have been made to local programs and Scholarships are awarded to Dresden college students who meet certain requirements.

Dresden Communicator, September 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 Henry Lyons henry.lyons@gmail.comor bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

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Dresden Communicator, August 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 Henry Lyons henry.lyons@gmail.comor bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

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Dresden Communicator, July 2018

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

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Dresden Communicator, June 2018

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

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Dresden Communicator, May 2018

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

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Dresden Communicator, April 2018

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

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Dresden Communicator, March 2018

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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

(207)737-8810

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.

 Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine

 

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

https://extension.psu.edu/brown-marmorated-stink-bug

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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Communicator Addendum February 2018

There is a new ad hoc committee on cable t.v. and internet expansion in Dresden.

Meetings for February are:

Monday, 5th:  7:00 pm   Pownalborough Hall (following the Select Board Meeting)

Tuesday, 13th:  5:30 pm  Pownalborough Hall

Monday, 26th:  5:30 pm  Pownalborough Hall

All Dresden residents are invited to attend.

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Dresden Communicator February 2018

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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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Dresden Communicator, January 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 Bill Matthews, 737-9013 or bridgeacademydresden@yahoo.com   Deadline for submissions: the 20th of each month.

 

Bridge Academy Library

Adult Book Group : The January discussion book for the book club will be Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the library. This session will be held on Tuesday January 9th..

 

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!

 

Spotlight Series: Maggie Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

The fascination with World War II, Churchill and the royal family are still very much alive, as evidenced by movies like Darkest Hour and the Netflix series The Crown. If you’re looking to dive in to an engaging period series featuring a plucky heroine filled with intrigue, spies and famous wartime figures, then this is just the ticket. Come check out the whole series!

 

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.

 

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.

 

The office will be closed on Monday, 15 January, for Martin Luther King Day.

 

Follow Dresden on Facebook @ Dresden, Maine

 

 

Dresden Fire Association

 

The Dresden Fire Association will have a monthly business meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Pownalborough Hall.  We would like to thank everyone who purchased a tree during our annual Christmas Tree Fund Raiser and those who made donations.  We appreciate the support you give to us in our efforts to to raise money for the fire department.  We hope you all have a very Happy New Year.

 

Dresden Fire/Rescue

 

Members will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Pownalborough Station.  Truck and/or station maintenance, training or other events will be posted on the board.  All members are urged to participate.  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.  Like so many small towns, we can use as many members as possible who are willing to commit to the fire service of our community.  We hope you have a happy, healthy and safe New Year 2018.

 

Dresden Historical Society

 

The Society will host their annual Chili/Chowder supper on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at Pownalborough Hall from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  The cost will be $7.00 per adult, $3.00 for children under 12 and Free for children under 5.  There will be a variety of homemade chili and chowders for your dining pleasure.  We’ll also have desserts and refreshments.  We hope you’ll bring your family and friends for an evening of community gathering for delicious food, meet and greet with others and some great conversations while supporting one of our special town organizations.  And if you have an interest in the history of our town, we are always welcoming new members.

 

Dresden Planning Board

 

The Planning Board will meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  We do have a proposed subdivision that is on the agenda for January 2nd.  Information will be posted in the town office, Dresden Take-Out, Meetinghouse Market, the Post Office and on the town website.  If you have any questions on a project or other concerns, please contact the Chairman, Jeffrey Pierce, at 441-3006 or you can leave him a message at the town office.

 

Dresden Sno-Valley Riders

 

The Club will meet on the second Tuesday of the month which is January 9th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Dresden Town House on route 197.  We are still doing a lot of cleaning of the trails which in some areas have a significant amount of debris from the storm.  Yes, with only a few members able to work on them from time to time, it is taking us a little longer to get them cleared.  Now with the snow we have and more predicted, we are hoping to really get the trails in groomed condition.  We are always excited to have new members join the club.  We really think it’s great when people who like to cross-country ski, snowshoe or whatever also join the club.  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.

 

 

Dresden Masonic Lodge #103

website:  www.bluelodges.com/lodges/me/dresden        Facebook: @ Dresden103

 

 

Seen in Dresden, December, 2017

 

By K. D. Vitelli

 

It’s kind of hard to remember just now, but December started out quite balmy, with daytime temperatures in the 40’s and even 50’s on a couple of days. Nights cooled off, however, and by the end of the first week, the edges of the river were white of a morning, and ice-coated branches glittered in the early sun. We had our first plow-able snow on the 9th, and haven’t looked back.

 

At the time of the monster full moon and very high tides, Dresden’s Eastern River had an unusual but fun visit from a harbor seal, whose little head was seen bobbing in and out after fish, just a bit south of the upper bridge. Our very own Christmas seal.

 

Mid-month, temperatures plummeted and the rivers flash-froze. Cold gray days gave us what I recently heard called, very evocatively, “fish belly white” skies. The river ice, groaning and sighing with the incoming and out-going tides, and with a bit of black water still showing in the channels, is now all shades of gray and white in endlessly fascinating geometric and abstract patterns, far more interesting right now than when they freeze solid and are covered in deep white snow, visually indistinct from empty fields.

 

The night of the 16th I thought I heard coyote howls as I drifted off to sleep. Next morning I could just make out a large carcass (a deer?) down on the ice just across from my house, probably the work of the coyotes. All day the crows and ravens and eagles fought over it, chasing each other, flapping wings and jumping back and forth—a huge, non-stop commotion. Twenty-four hours later new snow had covered the bloody traces and not even a low bump was left on the surface. A holiday feast for the large feathered crowd.

 

The colder weather and snow are bringing our birds back to the feeders. Four bluebirds have been sighted, first, hanging around south Dresden, a few days later, up on the north end of town. The blue jays are thriving, taking command of many feeders, in one case joined by a lone starling who seems to have lost his flock.

 

Chickadees, goldfinches, titmice, lots of woodpeckers, and the occasional cardinal are being seen all over town. Juncos and doves hang around on the ground, under the feeders and along the edges of plowed areas where they still are finding seeds.

The eagles at the Pownalborough courthouse have been working at re-building their nest. That must be where one I saw going down the Eastern River was headed, with a long stick in it’s talons extending well beyond the bird’s body both front and rear: looking just like a big witch riding her broom! The courthouse trails are now cleared and ready for hiking and snowshoeing.

 

Something to watch for and look forward to in the days ahead: another big irruption of Snowy Owls from the Arctic tundra is predicted for this year. One has already been seen in Dresden, early in the month on the lower Middle Road. If you see one, log in to Project SNOWstorm to report it.

 

https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/

 

Stay warm and safe and enjoy our winter wonderland with eyes wide open, especially as our days are getting longer again.

 

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.

 

 

 

January 2018 Calendar of Events in Dresden

See articles above for details.

 

Tuesday, 2 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   Planning Board   Pownalborough Hall

 

Wednesday, 3 January

7 pm Dresden Fire Association, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 4 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 pm   RSU2 School Board Meeting, Cottrell Elem. School, Monmouth

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 6 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

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

Monday, 8 January

6 pm Select Board Meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 9 January

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, 10 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 11 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 13 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Monday, 15 January

Martin Luther King Day   Town Office closed

 

Tuesday, 16 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 17 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 18 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Saturday, 20 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

Monday, 22 January

6pm Select Board meeting, Pownalborough Hall

 

Tuesday, 23 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 24 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

Thursday, 25 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

6 – 9 pm Open Music Jam   Pownalborough Hall

 

Saturday, 27 January

9 am-noon   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Tuesday, 30 January

1:30 – 7 pm   Bridge Acad. Library open

 

Wednesday, 31 January

6:30 pm Dresden Fire/Rescue, Pownalborough Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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