Monday, December 15, 2014

SAD 44 Adult Education to Offer Several Hands-On Classes

The following classes may be of interest to WMSC members. To sign up for any of these, call Deanna in the Adult Ed office (824-2780).

Basic Photography with Kristin Dacko
Introduction to digital photography - for those who are looking to improve their photography skills using both digital point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Topics include basic camera functions, light use, portraiture and landscapes, and basic editing techniques. Bring your camera! Fee $30.

Tuesdays beginning January 6, 6:00-7:00 pm. Runs for six weeks.

Macrame Madness with Michelle Madge
A blast from the past! Gather your friends and learn the basics of macrame: making twist and flat knots, adding beads to your projects, and making beaded flowers. You'll go home with a bracelet or necklace. All supplies are provided. Fee $10.

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

Hand-building and Wheel Throwing with Tera Ingraham
Develop technical and conceptual skills with clay. Designed to provide instruction and support through demonstration of fundamental hand-building techniques. This class will be taught using Earthenware clay and low fire glaze. Fee covers studio, clay and glaze. For beginners to advanced. Fee $50.

Wednesdays beginning January 28, 6:00-8:00 pm. Runs for four weeks.

Woodworking with Tim O'Connor
Knock on wood! Whether you are a beginner or an expert woodworker, this class is for you. This is a six-week course where you can build small or big. The first week will be an informational session covering machinery safety and course expectations, and brainstorming about what you would like to make. You will come back the following week with your wood ready for class. Tools are supplied. Fee $40.

Wednesdays beginning February 25, 6:00-9:00 pm. Runs for 6 weeks.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Winter Course Bulletin Has Been Mailed

WMSC's Winter 2015 Course Bulletin will be arriving in your mailbox early this week. There are a few items of note:

  • Registration begins Monday, December 15. No registrations will be processed before December 15, but register early because some classes fill quickly.
  • More detailed descriptions of courses can be found in the WMSC blog. Click on the “Courses Winter 2015” tab at the top of this page, below the red Western Mountains Senior College banner.
  • When the MSAD 44 schools are closed because of inclement weather WMSC courses will be canceled as well. Tune in to your local radio or TV station for school closing announcements. If a special event (such as Down Home Maine or To Your Health) is canceled a notice will be posted on the WMSC blog (
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rotary Luncheon for Seniors

by Scott Hynek

Are you aware of the free Luncheon for Seniors put on every year by the Rotary Club of Bethel at the American Legion Hall on Gore Road? This always happens on an early Tuesday in December, the 9th of December this year. Lunch - always ham plus veggies cooked by the Good Food Store - is served at noon, but the doors open at 11:00 for schmoozing. There is often entertainment, and there are always gifts. Rotarians will tell you that of all the things they do in the community, this event is the most enjoyable. Minimum age? You're a senior if you say so. 

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December Events

Tuesday, December 9
WMSC Holiday Celebration
We look forward to seeing you as we gather in the coziness of the Moses Mason House! All members are invited - bring a friend if you'd like. WMSC will provide wine, cider, soft drinks and coffee. Members are asked to contribute a ready-to-serve appetizer or dessert to share. RSVP Lynne Zimmerman: or 207-595-0780. No snow date - for last minute questions call Lynne.
Tuesday, December 9; 5:30-7:30 pm; Moses Mason House, Bethel

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

Saturday, December 6
The Nutcracker Ballet
Performed by the Robinson School of Ballet of Bangor. Advance tickets advised. To purchase tickets go to Mahoosuc Arts Nutcracker, or mail a check including complete contact information and the number of tickets you wish to purchase to: MAC-Nutcracker, PO Box 534, Bethel, ME 04217. $15/adults, $10/children 12 and under. 
Saturday, December 6; 3:00 pm; Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel 

Saturday, December 6
Christmas at the Mason House - Annual Bethel Historical Society Event
Music & refreshments in the Mason House period rooms, decorated in traditional nineteenth century style and illuminated by candles. Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. FMI: Bethel Historical Society, 207-824-2908 /800-824-2910
Saturday, December 6; 3:30 to 6:00 pm; 14 Broad Street, Bethel

Sunday, December 7
Mahoosuc Community Band Winter Concert 
MCB presents its annual winter concert of holiday and non-holiday music arranged for concert band. Refreshments following concert. Admission free, donations appreciated.
Sunday, December 7; 4:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel

Tuesday, December 9
Rotary Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon
This annual luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bethel is open to those in our community who consider themselves seniors.  Free of charge - all are welcome! 
Tuesday, December 9; 12:00 noon; American Legion Hall, Gore Road, Locke Mills

Thursday, December 11
Reading and Book Signing with Richard Blanco
Mr. Blanco will read from his new book and memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos” (2014), and kick off the second school year of the Visiting Writers Program and Retreat – a partnership program between Mr. Blanco and Gould Academy. FMI: ­
Blanco Reading

Thursday, December 11; 7:30 pm; Bingham Hall, Gould Academy, Bethel

Tuesday, December 16

Telstar Middle/High School Concert
Annual winter performances by the TMS and THS bands and choruses, under the direction of Tom Coolidge and Jennifer Bennett.

Tuesday, December 16; 7:00 pm; Telstar Auditorium, Bethel

Sunday, December 21
Living Nativity
Come take part in this annual Bethel Christmas tradition. Following the Nativity, take a short walk down the street to the Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 16 Church Street, to warm up with free Hot Chocolate and cookies and a Christmas Hymn Sing.
Sunday, December 21; 5:00 pm; Bethel Common

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Needed: A Few Good Volunteers

This Friday, November 28, WMSC will have an informational table promoting the college at the “Local Crafts and Wares Fair” (Bethel Inn Conference Center). We have volunteers scheduled to “person” the table throughout the day. But so far we have only one person scheduled from 12:00 – 1:00 and from 1:00 – 2:00, and it's so much better having a partner. If you can give us an hour of your time in one of those two slots contact Kathleen DeVore ( or 875-2364).

If you can't make the “Wares Fair,” there's a second volunteer opportunity for you. On Monday, December 1, from 10:00 – 11:00 we'll be getting the Winter 2015 Course Bulletin ready for mailing. We've found that with six people working it takes less than an hour. If you can help with the mailing contact Kathleen DeVore ( or 875-2364).

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Welcome to WMSC's Newest Board Member, Steve Smith

A special meeting of the WMSC membership was held last Tuesday, November 18 to elect Steven Smith to the WMSC Board.

Steve says that in 1988, after skiing Sunday River in the era of “T2,” he, his wife Lee, and their two daughters began constructing their vacation/retirement home on the shores of Songo Pond. They retired to their Songo Pond home in 2012.

Steve retired in 1995 from 30+ years working in independent and public schools, including a high school principalship in Topsfied, MA. He then began consulting with an international educational firm, which he continues to do on a VERY limited basis, allowing more time for skiing, biking, and sailing! Steve holds an A.B in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.Ed in Educational Administration and Biology from Tufts University. He is a member of the Bethel Rotary Club, serves on the board of the Mahoosuc Land Trust, and is a member of the WMSC Program Committee. Thank you, Steve, for joining the WMSC board.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Senior College Players to Perform This Weekend

by Rosabelle Tifft

Senior College Players are gearing up for an evening of fun and surprises as they present “We Hope We Passed the Audition” on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 7:00 pm in the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium. Three one-act comedies, under the leadership of class co-facilitators Ross Timberlake and Lorrie Hoeh, are at the center of the night’s entertainment, and promise an enjoyable evening for all.

“Identity Crisis” and “Out the Window” have previously been described in the blog, on October 26 and November 9 respectively. Here's a sneak peek at the third, “A Mad Breakfast” by Isabel McReynolds Gray.

If you've ever spent a weekend at a B & B, you may have met an interesting guest or two - perhaps an inspiring actor or a reclusive artist. You’re sure to find them and a few other eccentric guests at the boarding house in “A Mad Breakfast.” Add a couple of practical jokers and an unwitting psychiatrist to the mix and you have more than blueberry pancakes on your plate! Lorrie Hoeh, Tineka Ouwinga, Jack Kuchta, Barbara Dion, Roberta Taylor, Norman Milliard, Ross Timberlake, Rosabelle Tifft, Carole Timberlake and Jim McLean complete the maddening cast of boarders, visitors and unlikely suspects!

Carol Campbell provides the invaluable, behind- the- scenes production help assisting the director.

Intermission will include yummy cookies and treats in the lobby. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated to offset royalties.

Several cast members in “The Mad Breakfast” include Jack Kuchta, Barb Dion, Roberta Taylor and Ross Timberlake.    photo Lorrie Hoeh

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The Basics of Alzheimer's Disease

by Roberta Taylor

On November 6, William J. Kirkpatrick, Licensed Social Worker and Program Director for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, presented a follow-up session on Alzheimer’s Disease at the West Parish Congregational Church. (For a review of the first session see Large Group Attends Session on Alzheimer's Disease.) This was a very informative and valuable presentation, with audience members asking numerous questions.
Linda Mc Donough and William Kirkpatrick      photo Rosabelle Tifft

Mr. Kirkpatrick stated that at least 5,000,000 people in the United States are at some stage of the disease - early, middle, or late. Explaining that Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in our country, he presented a number of facts concerning the disease, with the above being most surprising to many.

Mr. Kirkpatrick spoke of the four major risk factors for the disease, the highest being age: 90% of those people with the disease are over 60. Three additional risk factors are health status, environment, and genetics. The focus of future research, he said, will be on drugs and early detection.

Along with detailed information concerning the disease, Mr. Kirkpatrick encouraged us to learn even more by contacting and other resources. He alerted the audience to a 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900), which offers information and referral services, support groups, safety services, advocacy, and education programs.

This is a very important topic, as evidenced by the high number of people who attended both sessions. People with Alzheimer’s Disease, care-givers, family, and the general population should pay close attention to helping combat this disease.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Senior College Players to Present “Out the Window”

by Rosabelle Tifft

Be prepared for an evening of fun and laughter as the Senior College Players present their annual performance, ”We Hope We Passed the Audition,” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium. Three comedy plays to be performed include: “Identity Crisis,” “Out the Window,” and “The Mad Breakfast.”

What do you get when you put a boring, lazy husband in the proximity of a strong-minded wife and an overly wishful mother? Reality! Watch how Lorrie Hoeh, Barbara Dion, and Ross Timberlake deal with this classic brow-beating ritual in the comedy, “Out the Window.”

Lorrie Hoeh, Ross Timberlake and Barbara Dion                photo Lorrie Hoeh

 The cast and antics of the final comedy, “The Mad Breakfast,” will be included in the next issue of the blog.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Senior College Players Update

by Rosabelle Tifft

Senior College Players are gearing up for their annual performances to take place on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium beginning at 7 pm. This year’s performance is entitled: “We Hope We Passed The Audition!”
One of three comic plays to be performed is entitled, “Identity Crisis.” This play involves a tabloid reporter who stages an elaborate scam so she can write the story of the century, but her plan backfires when employees at the airline’s Lost and Found unravel her scheme. The cast includes Tineke Ouwinga as the reporter; Norman Milliard, Carole Timberlake, and Jack Kuchta as airline personnel. Jim McLean and Rosabelle Tifft also check in and out looking for their lost luggage.
Watch for summaries of the remaining plays, “Out the Window” and “A Mad Breakfast” in future editions of the blog.
Tineke Ouwinga, Carole Timberlake, Norman Milliard and Jack Kuchta    photo Lorrie Hoeh

Jim McLean, Rosabelle Tifft and Carole Timberlake  photo Lorrie Hoeh

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