Monday, September 18, 2017

Deadline to Reserve for Pairs and Spares Is Fast Approaching

Western Mountains Senior College’s next Pairs and Spares Dinner Out will be on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00 pm at the Sudbury Inn in Bethel. This is a special arrangement with the Sudbury Inn and they have requested that we pre-order off the menu in advance. Please contact Kay Rector (207- 824-3333 or kaymail3333@gmail.com) by Wednesday, September 20 to reserve your spot and choose your dinner selection. Newcomers are welcome!

Revealing the Mysteries of Autumn Color

Paul Motts, Western Mountains Senior College member and a recently retired National Park Service naturalist, explains how the broadleaf trees of New England dazzle us with the splendor of autumn colors and why this annual event occurs. The program will be held on Thursday, September 28, from 4:30-6:00 in Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium.  The presentation is part of WMSC’s Down Home Maine series and is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

To Your Health Program on Elder Abuse September 21

Betty Balderson
“Elder Abuse: A Community Problem with Community Solutions,” will be presented by Betty Balderston, Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate at Legal Services for the Elderly, on Thursday, September 21, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church Hall in Bethel.

“Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today, especially here in Maine, since we’re one of the oldest states in the country,” Betty states. She adds, “Statistics show that tens of thousands of older adults in Maine are abused each year.”

Betty will share an overview of what elder abuse looks like, the Red Flags that all of us should be watching for, and the Maine resources that are available. “By becoming educated about the problem of elder abuse," she says, "each of us can become part of the solution.” Betty’s position at Legal Services for the Elderly is focused on raising public awareness about the serious problem of elder abuse. Prior to holding her current position, Betty worked at Legal Services for the Elderly for fifteen years fighting fraud and abuse as the Statewide Coordinator for the Maine Senior Medicare Patrol.

The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. The public is invited and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available.



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

Fall Classes Begin This Week

Western Mountains Senior College’s fall term begins this week with Senior College Players on Wednesday, September 13, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Drawing and Painting begins on Thursday, September 14, and Creative Writing on Friday, September 15; both of these classes meet in Telstar Room 133 at 10:00 am. There’s still room in all of these classes (as well as many others - the only class that is full so far is Great Decisions), so if you’re feeling creative, why not give them a try! 

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Introducing New Board Members

At the Annual Meeting next Wednesday, September 6 we will elect two members to the Western Mountains Senior College Board of Directors: Liz Wooley and Marvin Ouwinga.

Liz Wooley says, “As I approached retirement, I knew I needed a plan. I had seen a Senior College advertisement in the Maine Senior magazine. This is what I liked about what I read: attend classes, participate in discussions, take no tests, and meet people my age with similar interests. All the things I wanted. I chose Western Mountain Senior College because of its location in the Bethel area.

“I enjoy the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics - Great Decisions, Digital Devices, and Counterpoint to Cakewalk for a few. Topics I have wanted to know more about but did not have the time to do while working. Also, important to me is the social aspect of the Senior College. I have met so many people who are knowledgeable, fun loving, and approachable. I look forward to continuing to participate in WMSC as a "student" and as a participant on the Board. The Senior College offers so much and I want to be a part of making sure that continues.”

Marvin Ouwinga needs no introduction to those of us who have been around for a while, having served six years as a board member and two more as chair. But we have had a number of new members join since then, so we asked him to tell us a little about himself anyway! Here’s what he says.

“My wife Tineke and I came to Bethel in 1976 to work at Gould Academy. We retired in 2007 and moved up to our house on Paradise Road. The Senior College has been very important in our lives since then. Tineke has been involved in several plays put on by members of the College. I have taught several classes, mostly in art history, and continue to participate in Great Decisions. I have been on every committee and chaired the College for two years. I will be happy to get back on the Board after a two year break.”



We are very happy to welcome Liz and Marvin to the Western Mountains Senior College Board.

Liz Wooley, Nurrie Caviness and Marvin Ouwinga.  Nurrie Caviness was appointed to the board in March when former board member Jan Settele moved to Falmouth.


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

September Events

Wednesday, September 6
Fall Term Registration Begins
We begin processing registrations at 11:00 am. You may drop off your registration form in the Telstar Adult Ed Office or send it by mail any time before that.
Wednesday, September 6; 11:00 am; Telstar Adult Education Office

Wednesday, September 6
Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper
Election of new board members, socialize with friends over dinner. Register for fall classes from 5:00-5:30.
Wednesday, September 6; 5:30-7:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel


Thursday, September 21
To Your Health presents Elder Abuse: A Community Problem with Community Solutions
Elder Abuse is of growing concern throughout the U.S. today; here in Maine tens of thousands of older adults are abused each year. Betty Balderston, Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate at Legal Services for the Elderly, will share an overview of what Elder Abuse looks like, red flags to watch for, and resources that are available.
Thursday, September 21; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel 

Wednesday, September 27
Pairs and Spares Dinner Out
For our fall outing we will dine upstairs at the Sudbury Inn in Bethel. Please contact Kay Rector (207- 824-3333 or kaymail3333@gmail.com) by September 20 to reserve your spot and choose your dinner selection. Newcomers welcome.
Wednesday, September 27; 6:00 pm; Sudbury Inn, Bethel

Thursday, September 28
Down Home Maine: Revealing the Mysteries of Autumn Color
Paul Motts, WMSC member and a recently retired National Park Service naturalist, explains how the broadleaf trees of New England dazzle us with the splendor of autumn colors and why this annual event occurs.
Thursday, September 28; 4:30-6:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy


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


Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3
Bach Fest VIII
Video presentations on Saturday followed by three Bach cantatas on Sunday, all at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, NH.  Admission is by donation. FMI: Bach Fest VIII
Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3; 4:00 pm; Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham, NH

Wednesday, September 6
Lost Indian Tribes of Western Maine

Peter Stowell speaks about Native Americans who once lived along the Kennebec, Androscoggin, and Saco Rivers: who were they, how did they live, and why did they disappear by the time of the American Revolution? Presented by the Greenwood Historical Society. Potluck supper at 6:00 pm, all are welcome. FMI: greenwoodhistorical.org 
Wednesday, September 6; 7:00 pm; Greenwood Town Hall, Main Street, Greenwood

Wednesday, September 20
Wonders of Umbagog
Lake Umbagog, spanning the New Hampshire / Maine border, is the center of an area abundant with wildlife. The lake and its surrounding forests, wetlands and rivers offer abundant opportunity for exploration, research and recreation. Come discover the wonders of this iconic lake with Ian Drew from the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. Presented by the Mahoosuc Land Trust.  FMI: www.mahoosuc.org
Wednesday, September 20; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel


Wednesday, September  27

Community Supper

Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome.

Wednesday, September 27; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Saturday, September 30
Community Conservation Film Showing
Community Conservation, Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture is a new film created by Mark Ireland of MI Media. This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community. Presented by the Mahoosuc Land Trust. FMI: www.mahoosuc.org

Saturday, September 30; 3:30-6:00 pm; Valentine Conservation Center, Bethel


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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Broadband Internet Planning in Oxford County

The Northern Forest Center in partnership with Axiom Technologies of Machias and Community Concepts Finance Corporation (CCFC) of S. Paris was awarded a $78,600 grant for broadband internet planning from the ConnectME Authority, Maine’s broadband/Internet state agency.

The grant is targeted to the Maine West region which includes towns and townships in the River Valley, Bethel area and Oxford Hills. 

Planning grants support the work needed for developing plans to expand the availability of broadband services in unserved and underserved areas. 

One of the first steps in the planning process is surveying Maine West residents and businesses to find out what internet service they have now, how satisfied they are with their service, and what more they would like and need to do that they cannot do now. 

We have developed two online surveys, one for businesses and one for residents or community members. The survey is easy to fill out and is confidential. If you choose to take part here is the link to the community survey.  Thank you for helping us improve broadband connectivity in Oxford County.


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


Monday, May 29, 2017

Remembering Walter Brough

by Tineke Ouwinga

Walter Brough passed away on May 23rd, his and Beth's 58th wedding anniversary.
Walter and Beth Brough


Walter was always good with timing. He would come up with just the right joke, the right quip, at the right time. He was a wonderful, interesting, sensitive, intelligent, humorous Senior Player and friend.


Remember his performances in 'A Little Something for the Ducks' or his role as father-confessor in the Joan of Arc play? Walter was very flexible, always adapting to the situation and filling gaps when needed. He was never judgmental and very supportive of his fellow players.

Walter loved the German language, its poetry and songs. He would make these funny German comments on the side and sing German folk songs with me.

Music was the family's hobby. To hear three generations of Broughs sing together was a real treat. One year all the Broughs came to several houses on Christmas Day to sing carols; what a beautiful, surprising, moving occasion that was!
 

Several of us were privileged to be in the West Parish Congregational Church choir with Walter and Beth for years. His tenor and Beth's alto kept us on track.
 

Who can forget the blueberry picking in Walter and Beth's garden combined with songs and poetry? Their flowers and veggies were always admired and appreciated.

What about the watermelon seed spitting contest Walter held during a Senior College gathering?
 

Walter leaves behind lots of fun memories, which make us smile. We will miss his wit, wisdom and friendship!



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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Age-Friendly Community Has a Website

The Age-Friendly Community Initiative has launched their new Website:   http://www.agefriendlybethel.org/   Take a look - you will see a lot of familiar faces!  The website is still under construction, but when the resources link is active there will be a link to Western Mountains Senior College.


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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Minimizing the Risk of Heart Disease

Ever-popular cardiologist Dr. Daniel van Buren recently spoke to a To Your Health audience on the risk and prevention of heart disease. Some risks (age, race, sex, and family history) are non-modifiable; but others, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical activity can be modified.

Dr. van Buren divided prevention of heart disease into two types – primary prevention (lifestyle changes) and secondary prevention (medication prescribed after disease has been diagnosed). This presentation focused on primary prevention.

Inactivity, obesity, and diabetes are among the greatest risks for developing heart disease. The good news is that there IS a magic pill – it's called 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. (Examples of moderate exercise: a brisk walk, snowshoeing, or using a treadmill). Regular exercise coupled with eating a healthy variety of foods in moderation can work wonders in reversing the risk associated with inactivity, obesity and diabetes.

Dr. van Buren left us with a prevention list of seven things to do:
  • Get regular medical checkups.
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • Check your cholesterol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Manage stress.

And one thing not to do:
Don't smoke.

Dr. Daniel van Buren with To Your Health committee members Jan Stowell, Ellen Crocker, Rosabelle Tifft and Judy Whitman.

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