Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Events

Thursday, July 16
Museum Snoops: Portland Museum of Art
Visit the “Maine Artists” exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art on Thursday, July 16. The exhibition includes a diverse selection of works by Maine artists from the collections of museums throughout Maine. Senior admission $10 with a $5 surcharge for this exhibit. After viewing the museum we'll find a place for lunch. Friends and family are invited. Contact Kathleen DeVore (katdev@aol.com or 357-2005) by Monday, July 13 if you are planning to go.
Thursday, July 16; 9:00 am; carpool meets at Telstar High School

Thursday, July 23
Pairs and Spares Dinner Out
A group social night out at the Crosstone Restaurant, Woodstock (in the Mollyockett Motel).  RSVP to Kay Larson (kaymail3333@gmail.com or 207-824-3333) by Thursday, July 16. Guests welcome.
Thursday, July 23; 6:00 pm; Crosstone Restaurant, Woodstock

The following events are not sponsored by WMSC, but may be of interest to our members.

July 1 - July 20
Music Without Borders
 Free public recitals featuring students of Tamara Poddubnaya  presented on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM (7:00 pm on July 4). Join Donald Christie’s mailing list and receive the latest up to date information (dchristie@roadrunner.com) or visit Music Without Borders Festival.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, July 1-20; 7:30 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

Saturday, July 4
26th Bethel Art Fair
26th Annual Bethel Art Fair on the Common; honored artists Melody & Garret Bonnema.  Adjunct events:  the 11th Annual Shy, Novice & Closeted Art Show (High Street, 9:00-4:00), Bethel Historical Society exhibit and free concert by the Portland Brass (Moses Mason House lawn, 11:30-1:30), Music Without Borders piano recital (McLaughlin Auditorium, 7:30 pm).
Saturday, July 4; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Bethel Common

Saturday, July 18
Mollyockett Day
Bethel's summer homecoming for over 50 years. Parade, fireworks, food, family, friends, fun.  For more information: 800-442-5826 or  Mollyockett Day.
Saturday, July 18; all day; Bethel Common

Wednesday, July 29
Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at the Bethel Alliance Church. 
Wednesday, July 29; 4:30–6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, Bethel

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

Farewell to Jeanie Waite

You may have heard by now that Jeanie Waite, long time director of SAD 44 Adult and Continuing Education, resigned at the end of June. Jeanie has been WMSC's official support person for most of the time we have existed as a Senior College, the ex officio member of our Board, and a much appreciated facilitator of many WMSC courses, most recently Maine Women Authors and World War I. Jeanie says that now she hopes to have time to be a more active WMSC member. She plans to stay on the Board and to continue to facilitate classes – good news indeed! Lois Ruff will continue to hold down the fort in Adult Ed until a new director is hired.

Last Thursday we sent flowers to Jeanie to thank her for all she's done for us over the years. We're planning a reception for her as soon as we can work out the details, so stay tuned!


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

Soap Making Class Photos

Earlier in June several WMSC members attended a one-day soap making class taught by Pat Stewart. Here are a few photos depicting the melt and pour method they used.

Pouring melted soap into the mold.

Ellen Crocker adding blue color to the mix.


Almost done.
Cutting the hardened soap.






Blue stars with lavender base, lavender scented ovals, dragonfly goat's milk soap, and green pine translucent bars. Photos by Norman Milliard

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


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Correction of Name of Restaurant for Pairs and Spares Dinner Out

The Pairs and Spares dinner out on July 23 will be held at the Crosstone Restaurant in the Mollyockett Motel, Woodstock (not the Crossroads Restaurant as the Summer News originally stated). Please RSVP to Kay Larson (kaymail3333@gmail.com or 207-824-3333) by Thursday, July 16 if you are planning to go. Guests are welcome.


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

Silverlearning Research Project

(Senior colleges have been asked to pass this information on to their members.)
 

Silverlearning is a research project by Sandra von Doetinchem for the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany, which is carried out in the U.S. and Germany. The study investigates the formal lifelong learning behavior of mature adults age 65 and older who are currently participating in for-credit or non-credit education. Of particular interest to the study are the formal education activities of our oldest adults (age 80+) - a topic that has received little scientific attention thus far.

If you are interested in taking part in this survey go to Silverlearning survey.



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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

June Events

Tuesday, June 30
Elise's Coming Out Party – Releasing the Poet from the Closet
WMSC member Elise Caswell has been writing poetry all her life, but this is her first public reading. Join us on Tuesday, June 30 from 4:00-5:00 pm at Wendy Hutchins' camp on Songo Pond when Elise will read from her Red Berry Poetree collection. We'll supply the wine & cheese; please bring a chair. Open to WMSC members and their friends. FMI: Kathleen DeVore (357-2005) or Wendy Hutchins (357-1058). 
Tuesday, June 30; 4:00-5:00 pm; Wendy Hutchins’ camp, Songo Pond
Directions: Take Route 5 south from Bethel. After 3 miles or so turn left on Baker Road, then right on North Shore Drive.  Wendy’s is the fifth camp on the right. Parking is limited, carpooling recommended.


The following events are not sponsored by WMSC, but may be of interest to our members.

Saturday, June 6
Step Falls Wildflower Hike
The Mahoosuc Land Trust invites nature lovers to join a search for wildflowers along the Step Falls Trail.  The hike, led by naturalist Lynne Zimmerman, will begin at the Step Falls parking lot on Route 26 in Newry (8 miles north from the intersection of Routes 2 and 26).  Please wear sensible shoes and clothing and bring water.  The hike, which involves gentle climbing, is along a maintained trail.  FMI: 824-3806 or www.mahoosuc.org
Saturday, June 6; 9:00 am; Step Falls parking lot, Newry

Saturday, June 20
Woodstock Bicentennial
Woodstock celebrates its 200th birthday! Events include flower judging, quilt raffle, chicken barbecue, bouncy house, Grand Parade, Olde Tyme Ballgame, fireworks and more.
Saturday, June 20; all day; various locations in Woodstock

Saturday, June 20
Maine Clean Elections House Party
A Maine Citizens for Clean Elections organizer will attend, providing handouts and information. Sen. John Patrick, who was elected with the help of public campaign funds, may be in attendance. Light refreshment will be provided. FMI/RSVP: Seabury Lyon (sslyon@megalink.net or 381-0068)
Saturday, June 20; 4:00-5:30 pm; Crescent Park School cafeteria, Bethel 

Wednesday, June 24
Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at the Bethel Alliance Church. 
Wednesday, June 24; 4:30–6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Saturday, June 27 
Bethel Rotary's Annual Auction & Yard Sale
The Rotary Club of Bethel hosts its annual auction and yard sale on Saturday, June 27 at Telstar High School. Proceeds from this event benefit the club's scholarship program, local community projects, and more! FMI: Bethel Rotary
Saturday, June 27; yard sale begins 8:00 am, auction at 6:30 pm; Telstar High School, Bethel



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

"Aging in Place" Draws Large Audience

by Lorrie Hoeh

Peter Morelli, AARP
On Thursday, May 21, a large and enthusiastic group attended the To Your Health program, “Aging in Place.” Speakers were Peter Morelli, representing AARP and its work on age-friendly communities; Julie Allaire, representing Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel and their age-friendly network; and Joe Perkins, representing At Home Downeast in Washington and Hancock Counties.

Morelli noted that our median age is rising, as 18,250 people per year turn 65 in Maine. Some issues to be addressed include transportation, housing of continuing long-term care, family and caregiver support, and elder abuse. AARP is trying to address these issues without government support, by encouraging volunteer programs in communities. Morelli mentioned Bowdoinham, a member of AARP’s age-friendly communities, noting that their plan can be found on the town’s website.
 
Julie Allaire, Kennebunk's age-friendly network
Julie Allaire advised that a community start “where you are.” This involves identifying and assessing assets. People need to know what services are available and how to access them locally. She recommends organizing a working group to coordinate a health care network which might include a gerontologist, an attorney, and other health care providers. Assessing local needs is also key.
 

The last presenter was Joe Perkins from At Home Downeast. He noted that each community is unique, and what works for one may not work for all. To quote Perkins, “If you’ve seen one village, you’ve seen one village.” Joe stressed the importance of volunteers. He pointed out that the Blue Hill Peninsula consists of nine towns comprising 14,000 residents year-round. Perkins said that the Washington Hancock Community Agency, of which At Home Downeast is a subset, does have a paid staff consisting of a program manager, social worker, and volunteer coordinator.

Joe Perkins, At Home Downeast
At Home Downeast has a sliding-scale membership fee of $130 to $1,300 annually. Paying a fee helps to fight the reluctance of some to ask for help. The membership fee entitles one to four rides per month within a 50-mile radius; contract with Eastern Maine Home Care for twice a month visits; help with grocery shopping; prescription delivery; phone check-in or home visit; home safety assessment; all available with a single phone number.



Reaction to this presentation was that the Bethel area has many assets, and with some organization and volunteer work, this could be a truly age-friendly community.


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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Remembering Larry Engdahl

We are saddened to announce the death of WMSC member Lawrence "Larry" Engdahl on May 16. A life-long New Englander, Larry loved the mountains, ocean, fishing ponds, gardens and birds, and he loved to chronicle the landscape around him with his sketch book, paints, and camera. He was an active member of the Congo Craftsmen, served on the Bethel Planning Board, and was a member of the Bethel Rotary Club. WMSC's Great Decisions class benefited from Larry's extensive knowledge of business, politics, history, engineering, technology – you name it. He was often a facilitator and always a contributor to our discussions. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at 3:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church.


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

Photos from the Step Falls Wildflower Hike

Lynne Zimmerman introduces the hike to our intrepid group.  photo J. Bebko

Harriet Gilpatrick and Jim Bebko check out a patch of red trillium.  photo K. DeVore

Red trillium....  photo J. Bebko
..... and the showier painted trillium  photo L. Zimmerman
Mayflower.  It's scent is exquisite!   photo L. Zinnerman

Step Falls.  photo L. Zimmerman

Bonnie Pooley sitting on Ken Bohr's bench.  After this we went back down and on to the potluck supper.  photo K. DeVore

Potluck supper at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge.  photo L. Zimmerman

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spotlight on Hardcover Bookbinding and Introduction to Auto Detailing

Here are some photos from two of WMSC's recently completed hands-on classes.  Enjoy!

Hardcover Bookbinding

Internet-based instruction presented by Hardcover Bookbinding class facilitator Jim Bebko.   photo A. Chapman

Ruth Barrett and Jim Bebko trimming a text block.  photo A. Chapman

Michele Gagnon attaching book board to outer cover.  photo J. Bebko

Michele Gagnon gluing the text block to the cover while Bonnie Pooley and Ruth Barrett look on.  photo J. Bebko

Bonnie, Michele and Ruth loading the book press with the finished book.  photo J. Bebko

Introduction to Auto Detailing

Shampooing the interior of Carlie Casey's car - Carlie was the lucky participant whose car was chosen for detailing!  photo D. McMahon

Kay Larson vacuuming.  photo D. McMahon

Carlie and Kay look on as instructor Tim McMahon and Tim Roberts clean floor mats.  photo D. McMahon

Tim Roberts cleaning rims.  photo D. McMahon

Roberta Taylor buffing on the wax.  photo D. McMahon

A very pleased Carlie!  photo D. McMahon

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