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, November 2, 2014

November Events

Thursday, November 6
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease 
William J. Kirkpatrick, LICSW and Program Director for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will present this second program for anyone who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He will discuss memory loss issues, what they mean for all of us, and ways that the Alzheimer’s Association can help.
Thursday, November 6; 4:30-6:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22
Senior College Players "We Hope We Passed the Audition" 
Three comic plays promise an evening of fun and laughter. Admission is free; donations accepted to offset royalties. FMI contact Ross Timberlake at 824-6545 or Lorrie Hoeh at 824-2917.
Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

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

Wednesday, November 26
Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at Bethel Alliance Church.
Wednesday, November 26; 4:30-6:00 pm; Alliance Church, Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Friday, November 28
Local Crafts and Wares Fair
Local crafters offer handmade baskets, paintings, photography, knit items, jewelry, jams, jellies, pickles, soaps, lotions, quilted items, wooden products, and more at this annual day-after-Thanksgiving sale. Look for WMSC's informational table in the lobby.
Friday, November 28; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Bethel Inn Conference Center

Sunday, November 30
A Country Breakfast
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bethel, all proceeds from this annual event benefit local community projects and scholarships. Tickets for adults $7.00 ($8.00 at the door), Children $3.00.
Sunday, November 30; 7:30 – 11:00 am; Ordway Hall, Gould Academy

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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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To Your Health to Present “The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease”

by Rosabelle Tifft

William J. Kirkpatrick, LICSW and Program Director for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will present this second session on Alzheimer's Disease on Thursday, November 6, 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church.

William J. Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick says, “There continues to be fear and stigma related to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and this keeps people from getting the help and support they need.”
In his talk Kirkpatrick will cover the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, its effects on the brain, causes and risk factors, and the benefits of early detection. He will also discuss how Alzheimer’s is diagnosed, the stages of the disease, treatment, hope for the future, and ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help. He will answer questions and provide handouts.
Kirkpatrick (MSW, Boston College, 1978; Certificate in Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University, 2010) has worked in the health and mental health fields for more than 30 years, specializing in medical social work, end-of-life care, bioethics, and education. He has trained graduate and medical students at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He joined the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, as Program Director in December 2011 and lives in Brunswick, Maine.
This To Your Health program is a collaboration of WMSC, Bethel Family Health Center, MSAD#44/Continuing Education, and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Opera Talk: "Carmen" Wednesday, October 29

Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

On Saturday, November 1, the Metropolitan Opera will broadcast Bizet's Carmen live in HD. Patricia Boyle-Wight will introduce us to this favorite opera on Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 am at the West Parish Congregational Church. Patricia will lead us to a fuller appreciation of the historical and musical elements of this great opera, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another. Come even if you can't attend the opera on November 1. If attending, please RSVP to Patricia at or 824-8453. The opera talk is free and open to the public, so bring a friend!

For tickets to the November 1 Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast contact or call the box office at 207-935-9232 (Mon-Fri, 9:00-1:00). Opera goers may choose to “ride-share.”

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Large Group Attends Session on Alzheimer's Disease

Jan Stowell and Mark Pechenik   photo Rosabelle Tifft
by Kathleen DeVore

Fifty-four people attended last week's To Your Health presentation, “Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer's.” Mark Pechenik from the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association spoke of the following ten signs which suggest dementia.

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life: forgetting recently learned information; asking for the same information over and over; increasingly needing to rely on memory aids or family members for things formerly handled independently.

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems: changes in ability to develop and follow a plan; keeping track of monthly bills; following a familiar recipe.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure: trouble driving to a familiar location; managing a budget; remembering the rules of a favorite game.

4. Confusion with time or place: losing track of dates, seasons; forgetting where one is or how they got there.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: difficulty reading, judging distance, determining color or contrast.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing: difficulty following or joining a conversation; finding the right word; calling things by the wrong name.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: putting things in unusual places; losing things and being unable to find them again.

8. Decreased or poor judgment: difficulty dealing with money; decreased attention to grooming.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities: difficulty remembering how to complete a favorite hobby; avoiding being social because of these changes.

10. Changes in mood and personality: becoming confused, suspicious, fearful or anxious, especially when out of one's comfort zone.

If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one, see a doctor. The dementia could be due to coronary disease or another life-threatening problem with blood flow. If it is Alzheimer's, while there is not yet a cure, there are medications which can slow the progression. The Alzheimer's Association offers many types of support to the person living with Alzheimer's and to their friends and family.

A follow-up program, “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,” will be held on Thursday, November 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. For more information, contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053. 

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WMSC Drawing and Painting Class Takes a Field Trip to Andover

On Thursday, October 2, WMSC's art class met at Pam Berry's house in Andover.  Everyone had a wonderful time drawing and painting from nature.  Here are a few photos that Wendy Hutchins sent to us.

Elly Dufault, painting a scene in Pam Berry's back yard.
Denise Hurd and Suzanne Taylor enjoy the front yard.
Bonnie Pooley and Pam Berry
Sisters Freda Davis and Roma Wilson, painting in Pam's studio.
Geri Kelley, Lee Smith and Bonnie Pooley. The whole group
 shared a "potluck" lunch before returning home.
 photos by Wendy Hutchins

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Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

by Nancy Davis

Have you participated in one of our Brown Bag Lunch discussion sessions? Last spring’s was facilitated by Marvin Ouwinga, on Islam. The second, facilitated by Bonnie Pooley, was held recently, on “The Resilient Community in the 21st Century: how can elders shape the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren?” Twenty-two people participated in a lively discussion around questions of what makes our own community special, what might some of the downsides of a small rural community be, and what we can do to improve and define our community for the future. For more of the discussion, see the upcoming edition of the Bethel Citizen.

WMSC will be continuing these Brown Bag Lunch discussions as part of our inclusion of the public in sharing ideas and information. Our intent is that our ongoing Down Home Maine series will invite interesting Maine citizens with particular talents or expertise to share their experiences with us. In contrast, the Brown Bag Lunch is an opportunity for a facilitator to help participants to grapple with ideas, swapping a variety of perspectives on an issue. Nancy Davis is managing the program and welcomes ideas for future topics. Brown Bag topics may be issues-oriented, of local interest, related to learnings from a particular WMSC class – or any other topic that lends itself to spirited discussion. You may send ideas to Nancy at 381-1110 or Be watching for the next Brown Bag Lunch in January.

From the October 1 Brown Bag Lunch discussion.  photo Amy Chapman

The library at the Bethel Inn provides a friendly, welcoming setting.  photo Amy Chapman
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