Monday, December 5, 2016

Walkers in the Bingham Gym

Last week saw the first walkers taking advantage of the new walking program for seniors at Gould Academy's Bingham Gym. This week the gym will be open for walking on Tuesday and Thursday (December 6 and 8) from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Now that there's snow on the ground come and check it out! Please bring a pair of gym-type shoes to wear - street shoes are not allowed in the gym.

Because of Gould Academy activities, after this week the walking program will take a break until January 10. For more information contact Jackie Cressy (rivendel@megalink.net, 824-0508).


Chorus Line: Laurie Winsor and Judy Whitman are cute enough to be in a chorus line, but they're in a "Walking line" at the Bingham Gym at Gould Academy.   photo Eunice Ruby

John Holiday joined the walkers Thursday. photo Eunice Ruby

The gym is connected to Bingham Hall at Gould, the door to the right.  Rosabelle Tifft found it! photo Eunice Ruby

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tech-Help Offered at Telstar High School

The Telstar tech-help program has restarted! On Mondays and Tuesdays, from 2:30-4:00, two High School students are available in the Telstar Adult Ed office for drop-in technology help. With or without an appointment, you may bring your device-related problems, and they can probably help you.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

“Walk the Bingham Gym” Exercise Program

As the days shorten and walking outside becomes more difficult, getting enough exercise is hard to do. If you like to walk, here is an opportunity to do it safely and in the company of others.

Thanks to the generosity of Gould Academy, in coordination with the Age-Friendly Community Initiative (AFCI) and the Bethel Recreation Department, the Bingham Gym will be open for walking to all adults aged 55 and over in the greater Bethel area. The gym will be open twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Come on in to walk in the warm, well-lit space of the basketball court (wear gym-type shoes). You do not need to pre-register, but you will need to sign a waiver of liability when you attend the first time.

A member of the AFCI Winter Exercise Task Force will be present at the gym when it is open for our use. If you like to walk to music, we recommend that you bring an iPod/iPhone and earbuds.

While the focus will be on walking at your own pace, there will be guest leaders who will offer exercise tips and instruction in qi gong, walking meditation, and the use of light weights, depending on the interests of participants. Suggestions for other activities are welcome.

The program will begin on Tuesday, November 29. The gym will be open at 1:30 pm on that day and on December 1st, 6th and 8th. Because of Academy activities, we will take a break and begin the Tuesday-Thursday schedule again on January 10th.

No need to become a couch potato because of ice and snow-covered walks! Help yourself stay fit this winter and participate in this new opportunity. For more information contact Jackie Cressy (rivendel@megalink.net, 824-0508).



For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

December Events

Wednesday, December 7
WMSC Holiday Party
Gather with friends in the coziness of the Moses Mason House! For WMSC members and their guests. WMSC will provide wine, cider, soft drinks and coffee. Bring a ready-to-serve appetizer or dessert to share. RSVP by December 1 to Lynne Zimmerman (lynnesz@yahoo.com or 207-595-0780).
Wednesday, December 7; 5:30-7:30 pm; Moses Mason House


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


Sunday, December 4
Mahoosuc Community Band Winter Concert
Annual program of traditional and popular music of the season arranged for concert band. Refreshments after the concert. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.
Sunday, December 4; 4:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Thursday, December 8
Gould Academy Chamber Ensemble 
Works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Tchaikovsky performed under the direction of Edison Quinatoa. Free and open to the public. 
Thursday, December 8; 7:00 pm; United Methodist Church, Bethel

Tuesday, December 13
Rotary Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon
Share in fellowship and feast on a ham dinner with all the fixins. All area seniors invited free of charge!
Tuesday, December 13; 12:00 noon; Locke Mills Legion Hall, Greenwood

Tuesday, December 13
Telstar Middle High School Winter Concert

Middle and High School bands and chorus perform under the direction of Tom Coolidge and Jennifer Bennett. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, December 13; 7:00-9:00 pm; Telstar High School Auditorium 

Sunday, December 18
Annual Christmas Cantata
"Shout the Good News" by LLoyd Larson will be performed by a Community Choir and instrumentalists. Refreshments following, everyone welcome. 
Sunday, December 18; 4:00 pm; Locke Mills Union Church, Greenwood 
 
Sunday, December 18 
Living Nativity 
The retelling of the Nativity Story featuring people from the community. All welcome! 
Sunday, December 18; 5:00 pm; Bethel Common
 
Wednesday, December 28
Community Supper
Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome. 
Wednesday, December 28; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Monday, November 21, 2016

From the Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Civil Discourse

by Brendon Bass

Following our country's long and contentious campaign season, November 16th's Brown Bag Lunch discussion focused on civil discourse. The 14 participants shared constructive and creative responses they'd heard or thought over the previous week, noted local community-building opportunities, and shared ideas on what steps could be taken next. They also contributed to a list of online resources to be shared via email. If you missed the program but would like to receive or contribute to this list, please contact Nancy Davis (nancydavis.bethel@gmail.com or 381-1110). Let her know, also, if you have ideas for related Brown Bag Lunch discussions.



For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Senior College Players Celebrate 10th Anniversary This Weekend

by Rosabelle Tifft

Ross Timberlake, well-known for his acting and playwriting, wrote and is directing a play in a unique format to highlight and celebrate the tenth anniversary of the players. Jack Kuchta assists as facilitator. The play, “Thank You and Good Night,” introduces you to the Senior College Players as they've never been seen before.


Ross said, “Over the past ten years we’ve appeared as various characters in plays, but we’ve never played ourselves. We not only face the challenge of playing ourselves, but we face another challenge as we get into character in a number of “skits.” These skits, or vignettes, taken from a number of favorite plays, are interwoven throughout the play.

Here are the remaining skits not previously mentioned in previous posts:

“Cornbread and Beans” finds Tineke Ouwinga and Norman Milliard as two very different persons on a blind date.
Tineke Ouwinga & Norman Milliard  photo Bob McCartney

Two ditsy women, played by Carole Timberlake and Tineke Ouwinga, hold up a bank so they can get a date with the bank manager, played by Tim LeConey, in “Creative Dating.” Caught in the confusion are bank teller, Pat McCartney, and customers Mark Antell, Barb Dion and Arita Zitoli.
Carole Timberlake, Tim LeConey,  Tineke Ouwinga in front;  Mark Antell,  Pat McCartney in back.  photo Bob McCartney

“The Trial of Goldilocks” presents a different twist to this traditional story and features Norman Milliard as Goldilocks who steals the show from Mama Bear, Carole Timberlake; Papa Bear, Jack Kuchta; and Baby Bear, Arita Zioli. Tineke Ouwinga plays the narrator.
 
Carole Timberlake, Arita Zitoli, Jack Kuchta, Tineke Ouwinga and Norman Milliard.  photo Bob McCartney
In the closing scene, the entire cast members are still debating TV live screening versus radio and arrive at an unexpected conclusion.

First row from left:  Carol Timberlake, Jim McLean, Rosabelle Tifft and Tineke Ouwinga.

Standing (from left)  Arita Zitoli, Jack Kuchta, Norman Milliard, Roberta Taylor, Mark Antell, Tim LeConey, Carol Campbell, Pat McCartney, Ross Timberlake, Lorrie Hoeh and Barb Dion.  photo Bob McCartney
Don’t miss the performance, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Auditorium beginning at 7 pm.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Senior College Players Present Unique Anniversary Play

by Rosabelle Tifft 

Be ready for some surprises as the Senior College Players present their 10th Anniversary play, written and directed by Ross Timberlake, on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the McLaughlin Auditorium beginning at 7 pm.

You’ll see all cast members participating as their Radio Theater (WMSC) is given the mandate to become a live TV show and the Readers will have to act. Then the fun begins. Narrators, soon to be TV anchors, Jim McLean and Rosabelle Tifft, announce vignettes in the midst of humorous banter as cast members slip in, and possibly out of character.
Rosabelle Tifft and Jim Mclean. photo Bob McCartney

Here are a few of the vignettes you’ll see:

  • What’s on TV” finds narrator Jim McLean challenged by the TV remote, and changing channels to the delight of the audience as Roberta Taylor, Arita Zitolli, Barb Dion and Rosabelle Tifft turn their commentary into a hilarious show.

    Roberta Taylor, Arita Zitolli, Barb Dion and Rosabelle Tifft. photo Bob McCartney


  •  Little Something for the Ducks” features Mark Antell as a depressed elderly gentleman who thinks he has nothing to live for. A caring elderly woman, played by Lorrie Hoeh, offers hope that better days are coming.

    Lorrie Hoeh and Mark Antell.   photo Bob McCartney
   
  • The Challenge of Bureaucracy” shows a frustrated elderly woman, played by Rosabelle Tifft, dealing with three government officials over her lost Social Security check. Officials are played by Pat McCartney, Barb Dion and Mark Antell.

    Mark Antell, Pat McCartney, Barb Dion and Rosabelle Tifft.   photo Bob McCartney

Be sure to watch next week’s blog for more details on this special Anniversary Play.



For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Our Thanks for "One Today"

(Thanks to Beth and Walter Brough for allowing us to reprint the following letter from October 27th's Bethel Citizen.)

We have just returned from one of the most inspirational, uplifting, hopeful afternoons of our octogenarian years.

Take the words of our remarkably gifted inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, and his poem "One Today;" take the incredible musical creativity and determination of our own Tom Davis; take the generosity of the Gem Theater owners, and the other donors and sponsors and contributors of all kinds (thanks Congo Craftsmen); and take the amazingly talented singers and musicians from our own community - and what you get is WOW!

It was an afternoon of tears and tissues and tremendous gratitude and pride in this wonderful community, where we live "life the way it should be." At a time that is so contentious, unsettling and disturbing, we are given back hope for one ground, one sky, one country, one people all pulling together to make this one better world. It was a performance that should be heard across the country.

Our thanks to each and every one of you for giving acclamation to the power of poetry and music.

Beth and Walter Brough


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Senior College Players Rehearsing Anniversary Play

by Rosabelle Tifft

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Senior College Players and something special and unique has been planned.

There will be only one play, but it will be interwoven with vignettes from a number of plays over the years. Players selected these plays from some of their favorite roles and are enjoying rehearsals as they recall these fun scripts.

Ross and Carole Timberlake in “Postcards from Sicily.”

Ross Timberlake, well known to Western Mountains Senior College members for his acting, directing and play writing, has written and is directing a special script to honor the work of the past ten years.


“Postcards from Sicily” by Jules Tasca is one of the comedy vignettes. It features Ross and Carole Timberlake as a husband and wife traveling through Sicily. You’ll enjoy their hilarious antics as they both show very different opinions about their wild adventures.

Carol Campbell in her role as a mime.  Photos by Norman Milliard.
 Another vignette features Carol Campbell re-playing her popular role as a mime in “The Essence of Mature Sensuality” by Patricia Puckett and Douglas Hill.

Watch the blog for more clues about this upcoming fun-filled anniversary play, and plan to join one of our performances scheduled for 7:00 pm on November 18 and 19 at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium.







For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

November Events

Wednesday, November 16
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: American Society
What hope is there for our American society? How can we be agents of change in the civil discourse that surrounds our political environment? The discussion will be strictly non-partisan and will focus on the positive action each of us can take. RSVP to nancydavis.bethel@gmail.com, 381-1110.
Wednesday, November 16; 12:15-1:30 pm; Bethel Inn Library

Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19
Senior College Players Performances
Senior College Players celebrate their tenth anniversary.  In honor of the event they are reprising some of their favorite vignettes from the past. Don’t miss the fun!
Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel


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


Sunday, November 20
Seniors Citizens' Thanksgiving Dinner
Telstar National Honor Society hosts annual Senior Citizens’ Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and dessert. Live music and free raffle. FMI: Telstar HS office (207) 824-2136. 
Sunday, November 20; noon; Telstar High School Cafeteria 

Sunday, November 27 
A Country Breakfast 
Rotary Club of Bethel's annual fall fundraiser. Proceeds benefit community projects and scholarships.  Adults $8 in advance ($10 at the door), $5 children. Tickets available from any Rotarian. 
Sunday, November 27; 7:30 - 11:00 am; Ordway Hall, Gould Academy, Bethel

Wednesday, November 30
Community Supper
Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome. 
Wednesday, November 30; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college