Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Events

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

Wednesday, July 4
4th of July Community Concert and Picnic

Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic lunch for the Portland Brass Quintet's annual 4th of July concert.
Wednesday, July 4; 11:30 am; side lawn of the Moses Mason House, Bethel.

Wednesday, July 4
Music Without Borders Opening Piano Recital
International students of Tamara Poddubnaya perform throughout the month of July. Note: the opening recital begins at 7:00 pm, all others at 7:30 pm. FMI: musicwoborders.com
Wednesday, July 4; 7:00 pm; Trustees Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 4 - July 27
Music Without Borders Piano Festival
International students of Tamara Poddubnaya perform throughout the month of July. Note: the opening recital on July 4 begins at 7:00 pm, all others at 7:30 pm.
FMI: musicwoborders.com
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, July 4 - July 27; 7:30 pm; Trustees Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Saturday, July 7
Bethel Art Fair
Fifty-plus artists and artisans come together to exhibit and sell their art and wares. FMI: bethelartfair.com
Saturday, July 7; 9:00-4:00 (rain or shine); Bethel Common.

Saturday, July 7
14th annual Shy, Novice & Closeted Art Show
Works exhibited by your friends and neighbors.
Saturday, July 7; 9:00-4:00; 18 High Street (behind Key Bank), Bethel

Wednesday, July 18
A Day in the Life of a Home-grown World Traveler
Brianna Douglass, a 2009 graduate of Telstar High School, has been living and teaching on the equator for more than 3 years. Come on a journey to South America as she shares the sights, tastes, sounds and adventures of Quito, Ecuador. Part of Mahoosuc Land Trust's 2018 speaker series, sponsored by Norway Savings Bank. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org.
Wednesday, July 18; 7:00 pm; Albany Town House, intersection of Vernon Street and Hunts Corner Road.


Thursday, July 19
Glassface Ledges Hike
Mahoosuc Land Trust and Androscoggin River Watershed Council invite eager hikers to climb Glassface Ledges. Part of the Source-to-the-Sea canoe trek, this 1.4 mile somewhat challenging hike is the signature event of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council. Your reward? - beautiful views of the Androscoggin River Valley. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org or 207-824-3806.

Thursday, July 19; 9:00 am; Hastings Landing boat launch parking lot, Rumford Center.

Saturday, July 21
Mollyockett Day
Bethel's summer homecoming festival. Parade, road races for all ages, craft & food vendors on the common, live music, kids' activities, fireworks, and open houses all over town. FMI: mollyockettdays.com
Saturday, July 21; 9:00 am into the evening; various locations around Bethel.

Wednesday, July 25
Community Supper
 

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, July 25; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Best of Acadia Week

College of the Atlantic, in partnership with Acadia Senior College, is hosting a special residential program, The Best of Acadia Week. The program, which runs from July 15-21, includes housing, all transportation, activities, and meals during the week. The College of the Atlantic kitchen does a great job at accommodating all diets and providing fresh and nutritious meals.

Attendees will meet in the morning with Atlantic Senior College members for talks (we have lined up a few of Maine college presidents). In the afternoons College of the Atlantic will be taking the group out and about to see some of the highlights of our area. There is a moderate level of activity for active adult learners. Participants come and enjoy themselves while learning something new!

For a full description of the program see Acadia Senior College’s website The Best of Acadia Week. Questions? Contact Laura Johnson, College of the Atlantic Director of Summer Programs, 207-801-5635.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Thanks from the Bethel House

Karen Mills sends out a big thank you to all those who responded to her request for donations of puzzles and craft materials to use at the Bethel House. The response has been overwhelming! They now have as much as they can use, as storage at the Bethel House is tight. Your donations are greatly appreciated by the residents - we certainly do have a great group of senior college members.  Thank you all, and Karen says she is sure you will hear from her again!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Down Home Maine Looking for Suggestions for Presenters

By Brendon Bass

Recently the Western Mountains Senior College Program Committee spent some time generating suggestions for future Down Home Maine presenters. But we would also like help from our membership. If you know someone locally or not far away (it could be you) who has knowledge or experience in an interesting field, who would make an enjoyable presentation on a volunteer basis, and whom you would like to add to our list, please contact Brendon Bass (824-8580) with your suggested presenter and his/her phone number or email address. Thanks in advance!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Invitation to Join Dwight Mills’ Mushrooming Adventures

(Note: this is not a WMSC-sponsored offering, rather a “Birds-of-a-Feather” group that Dwight is putting together)

Dwight Mills has collected wild mushrooms for about 40 years but has never gotten serious about learning new species until this year. He has spent considerable time doing research and putting together a binder full of information on local mushrooming. By April he expects to start searching for and identifying some or all of the approximately 25 species worth eating. He would be delighted to take others with him on these adventures. If you would like to try your luck and join Dwight, you can reach him at dlm@oxfordnetworks.net or at 875-2893.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Senior College Players Performance This Week

Seated: Pat McCartney, Bill Schuellein, Lorrie Hoeh, and Tim LeConey; Standing:  Eunice Ruby, Barb Dion, Jim McLean, Tineke Ouwinga, Mariann Goff and Rosabelle Tifft; photo by Bob McCartney

Senior College Players are in dress rehearsals this week as they gear up for their performance on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 at 7 pm at the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium.

Be prepared for an evening of fun and laughter as the Players delight you with six one-act comedies. Jack Kuchta, facilitator, said this year’s plays illustrate how we gain maturity as we age. "Wisdom and sensibility is a natural product of growing older. Thus, this year’s performance is entitled, ‘Antiques are old, and I’m Mature’."

Three comedies by AnnetteTrigham take place at the Chatterton Country Club, a 55+ retirement community. They include: “It’s Your Move,” with Jim McLean and Bill Schuellein; “With Friends like You,” featuring Pat McCartney and Barb Dion; and “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em,” with Lorrie Hoeh, Rosabelle Tifft, Eunice Ruby and Marianne Goff. Tineke Ouwinga, the office administrator, tries to keep order.

Three remaining comedies include: “Kindness of Strangers,” by Jim Gordon, featuring Lorrie Hoeh; “Coconut Crème Pie,” by John Clifford, with Tim LeConey and Barb Dion; and “Dinner Plans,” by Vicki Bartholomew, featuring Pat McCartney, Mariann Goff, Barb Dion, Lorrie Hoeh, and Eunice Ruby.

Summaries of these plays were in the past two blogs: Oct 31 and Nov 6

Western Mountains Senior College offers Senior College Players as a course, open to anyone age 50 and over. Now in its eleventh year, many players are veteran thespians who have been with the troupe for several years and are able to assist in production. Admission to the performance is free. However, donations will be appreciated to offset royalties. Refreshments will be available at intermission. Make plans to join us for a fun-filled evening.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Senior College Players Gearing up for Performance

Senior College Players are looking ahead to an evening of fun and laughter as they present their performance on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, at 7:00 pm at the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium.

The three additional comedies to be presented in their six-comedy series include the following:


“Kindness of Strangers,” by Jim Gordon, is a comedy monologue, which finds a con man’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity turned into a nightmare when a little old lady, played by Lorrie Hoeh, gives him a lesson in ”Chinese Water Torture.”


“Kindness of Strangers” features Lorrie Hoeh   photo Bob McCartney

“Coconut Crème Pie,” by John Clifford, finds Tim LeConey on his first day delivering pies for his son-in-law’s business. Everything goes wrong, wrong address and a dropped pie, until a customer, played by Barb Dion, comes to his aid.



“Coconut Crème Pie” with Barb Dion and Tim LeConey   photo Bob McCartney

“Dinner Plans,” by Vicki Bartholomew, features retired sisters Pat McCartney as Marilyn, and Mariann Goff as Betty. They get together for coffee and recipe exchange with three friends, Barb Dion as Cora, Lorrie Hoeh as Peggy, and Eunice Ruby as Alice. They discover to their amazement and chagrin that they have all been cooking for the same lovely man. The resolution to this dilemma is clever and charming.


   “Dinner Plans” with Mariann Goff, Pat McCartney, Eunice Ruby, Barb Dion and Lorrie Hoeh   photo Bob McCartney

Watch next week’s blog for more information on the Players’ performance.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Senior College Players Present Six Comedies

by Rosabelle Tifft

Western Mountains Senior College "Senior Players" of Bethel are gearing up for an evening of fun and surprises as they present their fall performance at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18, at the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium, Church Street, Bethel. This year’s performance, facilitated by Jack Kuchta, is entitled, "Antiques Are Old, I’m Mature," and that’s where the fun begins.

Three comedies take place at the Chatterton Country Club, a 55+ retirement community, by Annette Trigham. The intertwining stories explore the crazy cast of characters and themes that make senior communal living so - -entertaining!

“It’s Your Move,” the first comedy finds Jim McLean, as Joe, and Bill Schuellein, as Bob, friends and next door neighbors for 23 years, sharing their weekly game of checkers. It’s all guy talk until Bob reveals a secret about Joe’s wife.


“It’s Your Move,” with Jim McLean and Bob Schuellein  photo Bob McCartney

“With Friends Like You,” features Pat McCartney as Margaret and Barb Dion as Arlene at a weekly “stretch-ercize” class. They show us what happens when adults play post office in a close-knit community.


“With Friends Like You” with Pat McCartney and Barb Dion  photo Bob McCartney

“If You Can’t Beat ‘Em,” the third comedy in this series, finds Judy Crayton, played by Lorrie Hoeh, determined to form her own group because she has been kicked out of her book club. She will call her group the Chatterton Civilian Rules Administration Police (C.C.R.A.P.), because she is tired of people who get away with breaking the association covenants. She has invited three of her misfit neighbors, Rosabelle Tifft, as Mavis, Eunice Ruby as Gretchen, and Marianne Goff as Winny, to join her in an anonymous letter-writing campaign to bust the villains.


“If You Can’t Beat ‘Em” with Mariann Goff, Eunice Ruby, Rosabelle Tifft and Lorrie Hoeh  photo Bob McCartney

Watch next week’s blog for more information on the Western Mountain Senior College's "Senior Players" performance.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Preventing Falls and Fires

Western Mountains Senior College member Jacqueline Cressy, from the Age-Friendly Community Initiative, reminded us how to stay safe in our homes at a recent To Your Health presentation. Older adults represent the population most likely to be injured from a fall or in a fire, and many of these injuries are preventable. Here are some of the points Jackie made.

How to Prevent Falls:
  • Exercise regularly to improve strength and balance.Take your time getting out of bed or out of a chair. Stand and get your balance before walking.
  • Keep stairs and walking areas clear of electrical wires, shoes, books, etc.
  • Improve lighting and get yearly vision checkups.
  • Use non-slips mats in the tub or shower and install grab bars.
  • Be aware of uneven surfaces, indoors and out.
  • Stairways should be well lit, with easy to grab handrails on both sides.
  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting, low heel shoes with non-slip soles – even in the house.
How to Prevent Fires:
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that will burn. Shut off heaters when you leave or go to bed.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking – especially when frying food.
  • Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire – Do Not Run.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home. Local fire departments are available to do this for us – just call and ask.
  • Plan and practice your fire escape route.
  • Know your emergency number – for us it is 911.
  • Plan your escape around your abilities - keep your phone, glasses, medication, walker etc. by your bed so you can grab them in an emergency.
For more information on the Age-Friendly Community Initiative visit their website http://www.agefriendlybethel.org/

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Elder Abuse Is a Bigger Problem Than You May Think

Did you know that one in nine Mainers over the age of 60 experiences some form of neglect or abuse? And that in the majority of cases the perpetrator is a family member or spouse?

Betty Balderson (Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate at Legal Services for the Elderly) spoke to a small but appreciative group at To Your Health’s presentation on elder abuse last Thursday, September 21.  Abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, and may involve neglect and abandonment, but by far the most common type of abuse is financial exploitation.

What’s financial exploitation? Perhaps a grandmother gives her credit card to her grandson to pick up a prescription, but the grandson also uses that card to pay his bills. Or a daughter convinces her mother to withdraw money from the bank and “give” it to her.

Why do family members do this?  Some may rationalize that they’re going to get the money anyway, why not take it now when they need it. Why does the senior not report it? They may feel they are dependent on the family for care, they may be in denial, or think that it is just a “family problem.”

Friends and neighbors can learn to recognize the red flags of elder abuse:
  • Changes in appearance and personality
  • Change in routine -- no longer participating in events enjoyed in the past
  • Social isolation or family not allowing visitors
  • Sudden loss of ability to meet financial obligations
  • Senior states or implies problems/conflicts with caregiver

Watch, Listen, Do Something!
  • If worried about immediate danger, call 911.  Or try talking with the senior about your concerns.
  • Report your concerns to Adult Protective Services -- it’s confidential.  800-624-8404
  • Help the senior call Legal Services for the Elderly (free to everyone over 60). 800-750-5353
  • Contact Oxford County’s Area Agency on Aging -- Seniors Plus.  800-427-1241

Betty Balderson says there is no wrong choice in who to contact -- all of these agencies know about the others and will help you find the right person to talk to. If you do something, you’re doing the right thing!