Thursday, November 28, 2019

December Events

Tuesday, December 10
WMSC Holiday Party
Enjoy the company of your Senior College friends as we celebrate the holidays with this cheerful annual event. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share, beverages provided by WMSC. Members are invited to bring a guest.
Tuesday, December 10; 5:00-7:00 pm; Moses Mason House, Bethel. Snow date December 11.


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

Sunday, December 1

Rotary's Country Breakfast
All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast! Visit the Gourmet Omelet Station! Adults $10 ($12 at door), children $6. Proceeds benefit community projects and scholarships. FMI BethelRotary.org or Bethel Rotary facebook.

Sunday, December 1; 7:30-11:00 am; Ordway Hall, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Saturday, December 7 & 14
Christmas at the Mason House

All are invited to this celebration of the season. Enjoy traditional holiday refreshments and decorations in the first floor period rooms in the 1813 Mason House. Free, but donations gladly accepted.

Saturday, December 7 & 14; 3:30-6:00 pm; Moses Mason House, Broad Street, Bethel.

Sunday, December 8

Mahoosuc Community Band Christmas Concert
Under the direction of Patricia Boyle-Wight, the Mahoosuc Community Band will perform traditional and popular holiday music arranged for concert band. Refreshments following concert. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted.
Sunday, December 8; 4:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Tuesday, December 10

Senior Citizen Luncheon
The Rotary Club of Bethel invites all of our “senior citizen” friends to this annual holiday luncheon. Ham dinner with all the fixings is on us and will be served at noon; arrive as early as 11:30 am to visit and make new friends.
If you are new to the community, please know that you are welcome! All attendees will be provided a gift, compliments of the Rotarians.
Tuesday, December 10; 11:30-am - 1:30 pm; pm; Locke Mills Legion Hall, Gore Road, Greenwood. 

Tuesday, December 10
Telstar High & Middle School Winter Concert
Telstar High and Middle School's choruses and bands perform their winter concert, led by Jennifer Bennett and Duncan McFarland.
Tuesday, December 10; 7:00-9:00 pm; Telstar High School, Bethel.

Friday, December 20

Yulefest Concert at Gould Academy
Celebrate the holidays with this spectacular student concert. Take in the sounds of the holidays and watch as the school's band, chorus group, and student vocalists set the stage for a holiday performance.Free and open to the public.
Friday, December 20; 3:00 pm; Bingham Auditorium, Church Street, Bethel.

Sunday, December 22

Living Nativity
One of Bethel's most beloved Christmas events. Watch as the nativity scene is re-enacted on the town common, then join the church choir for caroling. Organized by the Bethel Alliance Church.
Sunday, December 22; 5:00-8:00 pm, Bethel Common.


WMSC Holiday Party on December 10

Our annual Holiday Party is fast approaching on Tuesday, December 10. Be sure to mark your calendar and join your friends for an enjoyable evening at the Moses Mason House. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share, we will provide the beverages. Members are invited to bring a guest - it's a great way to introduce them to the college. Contact Lynne Zimmerman at lynnesz@yahoo.com if you’d like to help with preparations.

Here are the details: Tuesday, December 10 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Moses Mason House in Bethel. The snow date is December 11 - we will notify members by email and put a notice here on the blog if we need to postpone. We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Show Time! Senior College Players to Perform This Weekend

It’s “Show Time” for the Senior College Players with performances taking place on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 7:00 pm at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Auditorium. Be prepared for an evening of comedy and fun. This year’s main course is “The Pie Ladies” by Sherry Piros with cast members Marianne Goff-Dumont, Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Bridget Remington and Rosabelle Tifft.

 "The Pie Ladies" Front row: Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Rosabelle Tifft; Back row: Bridget Remington, Mariann Goff-Dumont

 A double treat from playwright Jim Gordon gives us some interesting twists in “A Christmas Fantasy,” with Tim LeConey, Marianne Goff-Dumont and Melinda Remington; and “Untitled Number Two,” featuring Lorrie Hoeh and Rosabelle Tifft, which reminds us that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Rosabelle Tifft, Lorrie Hoeh in "Untitled Number Two"

Topping off the evening we’ll have a skit from the “Carole Burnette Show” with Jack Kuchta and Bridget Remington who bring “Passion on 10th Avenue” despite intrusions from Gretchen Motts and Melinda Remington.
Jack Kuchta, Bridget Remington in "Passion on 10th Ave."

Performances are open to the public and admission is free. However, donations are accepted to honor Royalty fees. The program is sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College.

The Cast Front row: Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Rosabelle Tifft; Back row: Melinda Remington, Bridget Remington, Tim LeConey, Mariann Goff-Dumont, Jack Kuchta

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Senior College Players in Rehearsal for Performances

"The Pie Ladies and Other Desserts," an evening of comedy and fun, will be performed by the Senior College Players on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, at 700 pm at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Auditorium.  Rehearsals are in high gear and some snapshots are seen below.  Mark  your calendars and join us.


 Lorrie Hoeh in "Fixing It"

"The Pie Ladies"    Foreground: Lorrie Hoeh, Rosabelle Tifft     
Back row: Mariann Goff-Dumont, Bridget Remington, Gretchen Motts

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Senior College Players Gearing Up for Performances

It’s that time again. Time for the Senior College Players annual production. This year’s main course is “The Pie Ladies” by Sherry Piros. When the ladies who bake the pies for the church supper go beyond the standard apple, blueberry and cherry pies, things can go almost anywhere. The cast includes Marianne Goff-Dumont, Lorrie Hoeh, Gretchen Motts, Bridget Remington and Rosabelle Tifft as the pie ladies. They’re visited by Tim LeConey as the local pastor, Melinda Remington as a new arrival in town, and Jack Kuchta as a reporter for the local newspaper. Let’s just say the ladies make a lot more than pie, or perhaps we could say they make some “pie in the sky” dreams.

A double treat from playwright Jim Gordon gives us some interesting twists. “Untitled Number Two” with Lorrie Hoeh and Rosabelle Tifft remind us that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Tim LeConey gets a Christmas surprise from Marianne Goff-Dumont and Melinda Remington in “A Christmas Fantasy.”

Topping off the evening, we take a look at a skit from the “Carol Burnette Show.” Jack Kuchta and Bridget Remington bring “Passion on 10th Avenue” despite intrusions by Gretchen Motts and Melinda Remington.

Ray Leghart is the facilitator for this year’s production. Plan to join us at Gould’s McLaughlin Auditorium on November 22 and 23, 7:00 pm. Senior College Players is a course offered by Western Mountains Senior College. Admission is free but donations are accepted to offset royalty fees.


November Events

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23
Senior College Players Performances
Don't miss these fun-filled evenings of humor and laughter. Your friends and neighbors are sure to entertain and delight you in these theatrical performances! Open to the public free of charge; donations gratefully accepted.

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23; 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.
 

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 7, 8, 9
Arsenic and Old Lace
Gould Academy theater students present Joseph Kesselring's perennial favorite play. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 7, 8, 9; 7:30 pm; Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel
 

Friday, November 29
Local Craft and Wares Fair 

Avoid the mall insanity on Black Friday - shop locally with 35+ handmade craft vendors right in the village of Bethel. Free horse-drawn wagon rides; affordable craft raffle.
Friday, November 29; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Event Center at The Bethel Inn Resort, 7 Broad Street, Bethel 


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Rural Health Listening Session on Tuesday, October 29


The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is working to make health care better in rural parts of the state. They would like to hear from people living in Bethel and surrounding communities.  What is most important to you when you think about health care? Please join a listening session on Tuesday, October 29  from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Telstar High School Library, 284 Walkers Mill Road, Bethel and share your thoughts. Refreshments will be provided. For more information email DHHS.RHPC@maine.gov.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

October Events

Thursday, October 10
To Your Health: The New 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Peter Baker, Program Director of the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss the newly developed 10 warning signs that will help people recognize this disease. Free and open to the public, light refreshments served. FMI: Peter Musso at 207-890-7034.
Thurs., Oct. 10; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.


Tuesday, October 15
Brown Bag Lunch: Pollinator Garden at Valentine Farm

Bring your lunch and join Barbara Murphy of the Mahoosuc Land Trust to see the Pollinator Garden at the Valentine Farm, and learn how to create a pollinator haven in your landscape at home. Free and open to the public. FMI or to save your spot contact Liz Wooley (ewooley@myfairpoint.net).

Tuesday, October 15; 12:15 – 1:30 pm; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Thursday, October 24
Down Home Maine: The Changing Face of Conservation in the Mahoosuc Region

Gabe Perkins of Mahoosuc Pathways and Kirk Siegel of the Mahoosuc Land Trust will explain how their organizations are collaborating to advance conservation and recreation for public benefit. With a presentation of short videos, slides, and perspectives they hope to engage participants in an active discussion about what is important to our region. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 24; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.


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

Thursday, October 10
Reading by Poet Martin Espada

Martín Espada is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Republic of Poetry and, most recently, Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Part of the Richard Blanco Writers Series. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 10; 7:00-9:00 pm; Bingham Auditorium and the IDEAS Center, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Saturday, October 26
Sandhill Crane Viewing Field Trip

Who knew sandhill cranes are routinely found in Fryeburg? Join us for a visit to the birds' hangout and learn about the lifecycle of this crane, one of only two crane species found in North America. Carpool from Valentine Farm.
Saturday, October 26; 8:00 am; carpool from Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Rd, Bethel.

Tuesday, October 29
Rural Health Listening Session

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is working to make health care better in rural parts of the state. Please come to this listening session and share your thoughts about what is most important to you when you think about health care. Refreshments will be provided. FMI: email DHHS.RHPC@maine.gov.
Tuesday, October 29; 6:00-7:30 pm; Telstar High School Library, 284 Walkers Mill Road, Bethel

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


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Stress of Aging: Growing Old Is Not for Sissies!

by Mary Haberman 

On April 4th, at the West Parish Congregational Church, a panel of experts presented a program on STRESS as it affects the older population. The event was sponsored by the To Your Health committee of Western Mountain Senior College, The Bethel Health Center, and MSAD#44 Continuing Education. The panel included Brie Weisman, OTR/L; Jane Chandler, R.N., BSN; Karen Reilly, Sc.D.; Rev. Dr.Tim LeConey; and Wendy Youmans, LCSW. Ellen Cocker, M.Ed. served as moderator.

Karen Reilly and Tim LeConey
The speakers detailed the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges that are a normal part of aging. We learned how important it is to our health to recognize and find ways to deal with stress. The loss of a loved one, moving away from the community, financial worries, loss of independence, fear of death.....these are common stressors. We cannot do all we once did. We may feel an estrangement from ourselves because we are no longer the same person. How to manage? How to find purpose? Joy?
Wendy Youmans


Among the footnotes provided by the panel: Be sure our Doctors know about all of our medications. Poor posture increases your risk of falling. Oldsters have more cavities than youngsters! Maine not only has a high percentage of elders, it has increased cases of depression.

Jane Chandler and Ellen Crockett


 The second half of the program was given over to the audience. Many had suggestions and some themes kept coming up. Love of music for one. Enjoyment of the outdoors, gardening, taking classes, having a pet were others.
Brie Weisman



Resources mentioned were AARP, the Age Friendly Community Initiative (200 rides were provided last year by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program), the University of Maine system, and the many overlapping organizations in the area.


Here’s the bottom line. Stay physically and mentally active. Search out whatever brings you joy. Lastly, make connections because that will give you a purpose for being and doing. And it can help RELIEVE STRESS!





Audience members Ruth and Jim Bebko
Moderator Ellen Crocker


Photos by Iris Roberts




Monday, March 11, 2019

Photos from the Mardi Gras Potluck

Thanks to Peter Musso, Bonnie Pooley and Kathleen DeVore for taking these photos at last week's Potluck supper.
Jan Stowell brought the masks and beads.
Bonnie Pooley registering for spring classes.
... and good food!
Good company ...
Jan Stowell, Marvin Ouwinga, Norman Milliard and Marilyn Sahlberg.
 Diane McMahon
Kathleen DeVore, Marilyn Sahlberg, Jan Stowell and Marvin Ouwinga
Lee and Steve Smith