Sunday, December 30, 2018

Winter 2019 Course Bulletin Is Out!

Western Mountains Senior College members should have received their Winter 2019 Course Bulletin by now.  If you haven't, please contact Nurrie Caviness ( so we can correct the problem. 

Anyone who would like can download the Course Bulletin by clicking here. We begin processing registrations on Monday, January 7, so be sure to get your registration and payment in soon. 

January Events

The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Saturday, January 12
Beginning Birder Workshop

Curious to know more about the birds in your yard? James Reddoch, Mahoosuc Land Trust member and bird enthusiast will take some of the mystery out of identifying birds by demonstrating techniques used by experienced birders. We will practice identifying birds at the feeder and along the walking trail. The class is perfect for beginners and those with some bird watching experience. FMI contact Barbara Murphy ( or 824-3806).
Saturday, January 12; 10:00-noon; Valentine Farm, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, January 30
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, January 30; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Photocopying Policy Change

by Jim Bebko

Teachers, facilitators, and those producing promotional materials, please take notice. With the changes taking place at the Bethel Citizen office, we will no longer use them for black and white 8.5x11 inch photocopying. We have made an arrangement with the Telstar Adult Education Office to use their copier. For larger size copies, posters etc. we will continue to use the Bethel Citizen, but be prepared to pay for the copies up front and get reimbursed.

As always, please respect environmental concerns and our budget limitations:
  • Plan to use double-sided paper wherever possible.
  • Instead of photocopying, consider forwarding some information to class members by email.
  • Try to minimize quantity as much as possible.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Senior College Players Dedicate Shows to Tineke Ouwinga

by Jack Kuchta

The Senior Players are dedicating this year’s performance to Tineke Ouwinga, one of the original members of the group. Tineke was always willing to take on any role, no matter how difficult or silly the part. Her creativity extended to directorial advice, costume design and even finding appropriate plays for the group. We all miss her, as will the audience members who watched her over the past twelve years.

Now about this year's plays. Lorrie Hoeh and Melinda Remington star as two charming Southern ladies in Griddle Cakes by Mark Rigney. Not to be outdone, Jim McClean and Ray Leghart face off across the checker board in Who’s Turn Is It by Philip Potak. Mariann Goff and Tim LeConey show what happens when government agencies collide in Spies by David J. LeMasters. And then Tim LeConey, Lorrie Hoeh, Ray Leghart, Jim McClean and Jack Kuchta show us what a great mystery writer Arthur Conan Doyle was in his The Dying Detective.

Performances are on November 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm in the McLauglin Science Center, Gould Academy, Bethel. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Come and enjoy the show!

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner

Students from Telstar High School's National Honor Society invite all areas seniors to a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings.  The students host this annual event as their way of giving thanks for the senior citizens in our community. This year's dinner will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 noon in the Telstar High School cafeteria.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Where Can I Find Impartial Information on the Upcoming Election?

Brendon Bass directs us to several sites voters can go to for impartial help as we prepare for the election in November.

The Maine Chapter of the League of Women Voters website is a wealth of information. Their Voter Guide includes easy to follow instructions, including how to get an absentee ballot and help at the voting booth. It also includes an easily understandable explanation of Ranked Choice Voting. And it includes brief descriptions of each party's priorities (Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican) and each candidate's positions and experience. (
The League also has a presentation on ranked choice voting and is willing to arrange to have someone present it; contact them at
For another simple, short explanation of ranked choice voting, go to How does ranked choice voting work? 

A nationwide source is There one can choose Vote Easy, enter your zipcode and see a yard-full of campaign signs. Clicking on a candidate gets you a chart of the candidate's expressed or inferred views on specific issues you may be interested in. Political Galaxy on the VoteSmart site gets you to a candidate's votes, campaign contributions, speeches, etc. Brendon Bass says VoteSmart is "committed to getting voters to as much information as it can without taking a position on any. News organizations, even government offices I think, respect this source."

Free Tech Help at Telstar on Thursday Afternoons

Once again a Telstar High School student is volunteering to provide free tech help to the community. To take advantage of this opportunity bring your phone or tablet and your questions to the Adult Ed office on Thursday afternoons at 2:30. It's always a good idea to call ahead (207 824-2136 ext. 1340).

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October Events

Thursday, October 11
To Your Health: Effective Communication Strategies
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, presents a program exploring how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. The program includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.

Thursday, October 11; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Thursday, October 18
Brown Bag Lunch: Why Buy Local Products?
Join us to hear why we should buy local products. Hosted by Bonnie Pooley, presenters include Velvet Hollow Sugar Works, Krazy K Soap, Laurie Bailey's goat cheese, Anna Sysko's baked goods, and Michelle Shutty's Fair Trade coffee. FMI and to RSVP:, 562-1089.

Thursday, October 18; 12:30-2:00 pm; Greenwood Town Hall (Route 26 in Locke Mills).

The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Friday, October 5
Living Well, Aging Well Expo
Annual conference sponsored by Seniors Plus, Oxford County's council on aging. $25 fee includes breakfast, lunch, and admission to all presentations and exhibits. FMI: 1-800-427-1421;
Friday, October 5; 8:15-4:00; Sunday River Grand Summit Hotel, Newry.

Wednesday, October 24
A Day in the Life of a Maine Guide
The Mahoosuc Land Trust announces a bonus event in the 2018 "Day in the Life" speaker series. On Wednesday, October 24, Kevin Slater and Polly Mahoney will share the delights of a Day in the Life of a Maine Guide. FMI:, 207-824-3806. 

Wednesday, October 24; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, October 31
Community Supper
Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, October 31; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Remembering Tineke Ouwinga

by Mary Haberman

Western Mountains Senior College members are saddened to learn of Tineke Ouwinga's passing. Tineke was a key player in more than a few Bethel organizations. These included Gould Academy, The Bethel Historical Society, West Parish Congregational Church, and Music Without Borders. She set a standard for community service, leadership, and friendship.

But we suspect that Tineke’s favorite role involved playing some outlandish character for Senior Players. Audiences loved her wigs, costumes, twinkle and bravado. She was a fun addition for two years of Readers Theatre.

Tineke may have missed her true calling, but all of Bethel has benefited from her amazing range of activities and interests. She will be a hard act to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

WMSC Fall Course Bulletin Is Out!

If you are a Western Mountains Senior College member you should have received your Fall Course Bulletin. If not, please let us know.  Perhaps we have an incorrect email or U.S. mail address for you. In the meantime, you can find Fall Course Listings, Public Events, and Membership/Registration Form downloads at the top of this blog.  In addition, there will printed copies of the course bulletin in the Telstar Adult Ed office.  But be sure to call first (207/ 824-2136 ext. 1340) to make sure someone will be in the office. 

We will begin processing registrations at 11:00 on Friday, September 7.  Mail your registration to the address on the form, drop off in the Adult Ed office, or bring to the WMSC Potluck/Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 5.