Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dr. van Buren's TYH Program Further Postponed to March 26

Dr. Daniel van Buren’s program “What’s New in Heart Disease,” scheduled for Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 pm, West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel has been re-scheduled for Thursday, March 26.
The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College. For more information contact Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February Events

Postponed to Thursday, March 26
To Your Health: What’s New in Treating Heart Disease?
Dr. Daniel van Buren,returns during American Heart Month to further educate the community about heart disease. He will discuss advancements in treating heart disease including new medications and new guidelines for high blood pressure.
Thursday, March 26; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, downstairs hall, Bethel.


The following events are nor sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Friday, February 7
Building a Bird Program at Mahoosuc Land Trust
Mahoosuc Land Trust's fledgling bird program is growing. If you are interested in birds – walks, movies, field trips, lectures, either as a beginner or experienced – we need your input. Please join us to create the calendar of events for 2020 and discuss other opportunities to grow the birding community. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP  (207) 824-3806 or barbara@mahoosuc.org
Friday, February 7; 5:30-6:30 pm; Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Saturday, February 8
Beginning Birding 101
Learn to identify birds in your yard and western Maine. This class will take some of the mystery out of identifying birds by demonstrating simple tips, techniques, and tools used by experienced birders. The class is perfect for beginners as well as those with some bird watching experience. Lead by James Reddoch, author of the Bethel Citizen’s weekly article Mahoosuc Bird Notes. Space is limited, reserve by calling (207) 824-3806.
Saturday, February 8; 9:00-11:00 am; Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel.


Saturday, February 8
Moonlight Snowshoe at McCoy-Chapman Forest
Choose your adventure! To celebrate the completion of the McCoy-Chapman Forest acquisition, join us for 2 snowshoe hikes and one great bonfire.
Option 1: 5:00 - Paul Handlen, storyteller extraordinaire, will lead a hike up to the overlook for a great view of the moon. Total length of hike - 2 miles with some steep sections.
Option 2: 6:30 - Join Kirk Siegel for a gentle walk on the new Esker Loop. Total length of walk - 1 mile, flat, easy terrain.
7:30 - Bonfire for all in the field along the river. Cocoa and desserts.
Please bring fully charged headlamps and snowshoes. Snowshoes available at True North Adventureware at 196 Walkers Mills Rd, Bethel. A limited number of snowshoes will also be available at the start of the hikes. Meet at Valentine Farm parking lot (162 North Road, Bethel), 20 minutes before the start of the hike/walk. FMI: mahoosuc.org RSVP barbara@mahoosuc.org.
Saturday, February 8; 5:00-8:00 pm; Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel. 

Monday, February 20
Writers and Artists Speak Out on Climate Crisis
The Scientists have spoken. Now the writers and artists speak in the new anthology A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis. Richard Blanco and ten Maine poets read their contributions to the book. The program will also include local voices presenting their Actions in response to the growing climate crisis. A reception and book signing follow in The Marlon Family IDEAS Center. The event is part of the Richard Blanco Writers Series at Gould and is free and open to the public.
Monday, February 20; 6:30-8:30 pm; Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, February 26
Community Supper
Come for dinner and conversation with fellow members of our community. Free to all.
Wednesday, February 26; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker's Mills Road, Bethel.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

What’s New in Treating Heart Disease

Dr. Daniel van Buren, Board Certified Cardiologist, returns during American Heart Month to present “What’s New in Treating Heart Disease” on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel. The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College.

Dr. Daniel van Buren
Dr. van Buren has been a popular speaker for To Your Health for the past seven years and returns to further educate the community about heart disease. He said that cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States and throughout much of the industrialized world. He added, “As our population continues to age with 15% of people in the United States over the age of 65, novel therapies are evolving to treat cardiovascular disease.”

He said these include less invasive therapies for heart disease, which were previously treated with major surgical procedures. New implantable devices include one that reduces the risk of stroke associated with certain arrhythmias. These may eliminate the need for blood thinning medications and their well-known side effects. “We will discuss these advances and how they are being used to treat some of the most commonly diagnosed cardiovascular diseases,” he concluded.

Dr. van Buren is well qualified to address the topic of heart disease as he is board certified in internal medicine, adult echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology. He completed his internal medicine and cardiology training in Brooklyn, NY. He is director of the New England Heart Institute at Androscoggin Valley Hospital and resides in Bethel.

The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. The public is invited, and admission is free. Light refreshments available. For more information, call Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Winter 2020 Course Bulletin Is Out

WMSC members should have received their copy of the Winter 2020 Course Bulletin by now, either by email, or US mail for those who do not have email. If you have not received yours please let us know. Meanwhile, you can download a copy here: WMSC 2020 Course Bulletin

Printed copies will be available in the Telstar Adult Education office beginning January 2, but call first (207 824-2136 ext 1340) to be sure someone will be there.

Registration opens Friday, January 10.  Return completed registration form with fees to the Telstar Adult Education office, or mail to Western Mountains Senior College, PO Box 1305, Bethel ME 04217.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Show Time! Senior College Players to Perform This Weekend

It’s “Show Time” for the Senior College Players with performances taking place on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 7:00 pm at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Auditorium. Be prepared for an evening of comedy and fun. This year’s main course is “The Pie Ladies” by Sherry Piros with cast members Marianne Goff-Dumont, Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Bridget Remington and Rosabelle Tifft.

 "The Pie Ladies" Front row: Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Rosabelle Tifft; Back row: Bridget Remington, Mariann Goff-Dumont

 A double treat from playwright Jim Gordon gives us some interesting twists in “A Christmas Fantasy,” with Tim LeConey, Marianne Goff-Dumont and Melinda Remington; and “Untitled Number Two,” featuring Lorrie Hoeh and Rosabelle Tifft, which reminds us that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Rosabelle Tifft, Lorrie Hoeh in "Untitled Number Two"

Topping off the evening we’ll have a skit from the “Carole Burnette Show” with Jack Kuchta and Bridget Remington who bring “Passion on 10th Avenue” despite intrusions from Gretchen Motts and Melinda Remington.
Jack Kuchta, Bridget Remington in "Passion on 10th Ave."

Performances are open to the public and admission is free. However, donations are accepted to honor Royalty fees. The program is sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College.

The Cast Front row: Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Rosabelle Tifft; Back row: Melinda Remington, Bridget Remington, Tim LeConey, Mariann Goff-Dumont, Jack Kuchta

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Senior College Players in Rehearsal for Performances

"The Pie Ladies and Other Desserts," an evening of comedy and fun, will be performed by the Senior College Players on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 700 pm at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Auditorium.  Rehearsals are in high gear and some snapshots are seen below.  Mark  your calendars and join us.


 Lorrie Hoeh in "Fixing It"

"The Pie Ladies"    Foreground: Lorrie Hoeh, Rosabelle Tifft     
Back row: Mariann Goff-Dumont, Bridget Remington, Gretchen Motts

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Senior College Players Gearing Up for Performances

It’s that time again. Time for the Senior College Players annual production. This year’s main course is “The Pie Ladies” by Sherry Piros. When the ladies who bake the pies for the church supper go beyond the standard apple, blueberry and cherry pies, things can go almost anywhere. The cast includes Marianne Goff-Dumont, Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Bridget Remington and Rosabelle Tifft as the pie ladies. They’re visited by Tim LeConey as the local pastor, Melinda Remington as a new arrival in town, and Jack Kuchta as a reporter for the local newspaper. Let’s just say the ladies make a lot more than pie, or perhaps we could say they make some “pie in the sky” dreams.

A double treat from playwright Jim Gordon gives us some interesting twists. “Untitled Number Two” with Lorrie Hoeh and Rosabelle Tifft remind us that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Tim LeConey gets a Christmas surprise from Marianne Goff-Dumont and Melinda Remington in “A Christmas Fantasy.”

Topping off the evening, we take a look at a skit from the “Carol Burnette Show.” Jack Kuchta and Bridget Remington bring “Passion on 10th Avenue” despite intrusions by Gretchen Motts and Melinda Remington.

Ray Leghart is the facilitator for this year’s production. Plan to join us at Gould’s McLaughlin Auditorium on November 22 and 23, 7:00 pm. Senior College Players is a course offered by Western Mountains Senior College. Admission is free but donations are accepted to offset royalty fees.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Stress of Aging: Growing Old Is Not for Sissies!

by Mary Haberman 

On April 4th, at the West Parish Congregational Church, a panel of experts presented a program on STRESS as it affects the older population. The event was sponsored by the To Your Health committee of Western Mountain Senior College, The Bethel Health Center, and MSAD#44 Continuing Education. The panel included Brie Weisman, OTR/L; Jane Chandler, R.N., BSN; Karen Reilly, Sc.D.; Rev. Dr.Tim LeConey; and Wendy Youmans, LCSW. Ellen Cocker, M.Ed. served as moderator.

Karen Reilly and Tim LeConey
The speakers detailed the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges that are a normal part of aging. We learned how important it is to our health to recognize and find ways to deal with stress. The loss of a loved one, moving away from the community, financial worries, loss of independence, fear of death.....these are common stressors. We cannot do all we once did. We may feel an estrangement from ourselves because we are no longer the same person. How to manage? How to find purpose? Joy?
Wendy Youmans


Among the footnotes provided by the panel: Be sure our Doctors know about all of our medications. Poor posture increases your risk of falling. Oldsters have more cavities than youngsters! Maine not only has a high percentage of elders, it has increased cases of depression.

Jane Chandler and Ellen Crockett


 The second half of the program was given over to the audience. Many had suggestions and some themes kept coming up. Love of music for one. Enjoyment of the outdoors, gardening, taking classes, having a pet were others.
Brie Weisman



Resources mentioned were AARP, the Age Friendly Community Initiative (200 rides were provided last year by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program), the University of Maine system, and the many overlapping organizations in the area.


Here’s the bottom line. Stay physically and mentally active. Search out whatever brings you joy. Lastly, make connections because that will give you a purpose for being and doing. And it can help RELIEVE STRESS!





Audience members Ruth and Jim Bebko
Moderator Ellen Crocker


Photos by Iris Roberts




Monday, March 11, 2019

Photos from the Mardi Gras Potluck

Thanks to Peter Musso, Bonnie Pooley and Kathleen DeVore for taking these photos at last week's Potluck supper.
Jan Stowell brought the masks and beads.
Bonnie Pooley registering for spring classes.
... and good food!
Good company ...
Jan Stowell, Marvin Ouwinga, Norman Milliard and Marilyn Sahlberg.
 Diane McMahon
Kathleen DeVore, Marilyn Sahlberg, Jan Stowell and Marvin Ouwinga
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Photos from "It's a Pasta Party!"

Enjoy these photos from Cathi Dicocco's To Your Health presentation on making pasta.  As you can see, she put us to work! Thank you for the photos, Peter Musso.


Cathi and crew

Rolling the pasta
 
Putting the dough through the pasta machine


Getting thinner...

Nicely stretched!


The recipe. (Cathi says she rarely measures anything!)