Monday, May 18, 2015

Spotlight on Hardcover Bookbinding and Introduction to Auto Detailing

Here are some photos from two of WMSC's recently completed hands-on classes.  Enjoy!

Hardcover Bookbinding

Internet-based instruction presented by Hardcover Bookbinding class facilitator Jim Bebko.   photo A. Chapman

Ruth Barrett and Jim Bebko trimming a text block.  photo A. Chapman

Michele Gagnon attaching book board to outer cover.  photo J. Bebko

Michele Gagnon gluing the text block to the cover while Bonnie Pooley and Ruth Barrett look on.  photo J. Bebko

Bonnie, Michele and Ruth loading the book press with the finished book.  photo J. Bebko

Introduction to Auto Detailing

Shampooing the interior of Carlie Casey's car - Carlie was the lucky participant whose car was chosen for detailing!  photo D. McMahon

Kay Larson vacuuming.  photo D. McMahon

Carlie and Kay look on as instructor Tim McMahon and Tim Roberts clean floor mats.  photo D. McMahon

Tim Roberts cleaning rims.  photo D. McMahon

Roberta Taylor buffing on the wax.  photo D. McMahon

A very pleased Carlie!  photo D. McMahon

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Step Falls Wildflower Hike and Potluck

This Thursday, May 14 Lynne Zimmerman will take us on a leisurely, easy, one mile hike along beautiful Step Falls to identify wildflowers and enjoy the waterfalls. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear, water, bug repellent and camera. We will meet in the parking lot at Step Falls at 4:00 pm (directions below).
 

Our end-of-year potluck is at 6:00 pm at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, approximately half a mile back toward Bethel. Bring a dish to share (you may drop it off at the lodge on your way to Step Falls if you wish). Soft drinks, coffee and tea will be provided; BYOB. FMI contact Steve Smith (stsmith@pcgus.com, 824-3491).
 

Directions to Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge: go north from Bethel on Rts. 2 and 26 (toward Rumford). Six miles north of Bethel, turn left onto Rt 26 North toward Grafton Notch. Continue North on Rt 26 for seven miles and look for the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge sign on the right. Half a mile beyond that is Step Falls, also on the right. It is a Mahoosuc Land Trust property, and there is a parking lot.


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To Your Health to Present "Aging in Place"


by Rosabelle Tifft

Peter Morelli, AARP Consultant
To Your Health will present “Aging in Place” on Thursday, May 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Aging in place refers to seniors remaining independently in their homes as they age.

At the recent program on End of Life Care, statistics cited indicate that 70% of people say they would prefer to be at home as they grow older and approach the end of their lives. However, the truth is, they end their lives in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term facility. There is a movement across the United States and right here in Maine to create the kind of support that will permit people to stay in their own homes, even as they come to the end of their lives.

AARP has created a network of “Age-Friendly Communities.” Peter Morelli, Consultant for AARP Maine, will present an overview of this model at the program. He said, “Communities across Maine are planning for the rapid change in demographics by assessing current conditions and making plans for an older population. You might say that existing communities are constructing intentional communities to enhance the lives of older residents.”

Several towns, among them the Ellsworth area and Kennebunk, have created a “village” model that provides a formal support network for senior citizens. Two speakers will describe their experiences in starting a “village.” These include Joe Perkins, who will discuss “At Home Down East,” and Julie Allaire, who will discuss “Kennebunk: No Place Like Home.” A third presenter, Patricia Oh, will review the Bowdoinham Project, which is in the developing stage. From their experiences, we will learn about the feasibility of establishing a program here in the Bethel area.

At the close of the program, the audience will be invited to complete an evaluation and questionnaire to see who might be interested in exploring this idea further.



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"Local Food Initiatives" Discussion Sparks Opportunities for Community Involvement

by Nancy Davis
 
The final Brown Bag Lunch program of the year was held on May 5.  Facilitators were Amanda Moran, coordinator of the Edible Bethel project, and Meryl Kelly, Executive Director of the Local Food Connection.
 
The audience of experienced, passionate vegetable gardeners responded enthusiastically to the energy and creativity demonstrated by the facilitators.  Already generally knowledgeable about local food initiatives, participants learned new opportunities for contributing to the cause.  Amanda and Meryl were delighted with the fresh ideas that were suggested and hope they will have volunteers for the Edible Bethel project and Meryl’s culinary project. You may remember WMSC’s "Bridging the Generations" program two years ago in honor of our 10th anniversary.  From her lively involvement on that day, Ms. Kelly has developed an adult/student cooking program that would welcome the involvement of WMSC members.

The Edible Bethel project, featured in a recent Living Bethel magazine, has announced its first workday for Wednesday, May 13, meeting at 1:00 at Nabos parking lot. They are eager for volunteers to prepare beds at several Main Street sites and also suggest that “If you have your own tools or would like to donate hay, soil, seedlings, or garden fabric in lieu of gardening, all of these things would be very much appreciated!” For more information, you may contact Meryl Kelly at
localfoodconnectionmaine@gmail.com.



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Monday, May 4, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion This Tuesday

 Don't forget the Brown Bag Lunch program Tuesday, May 5, 12:15-1:30 at the Bethel Inn Library.  Topic: local food initiatives, facilitated by Amanda Moran and Meryl Kelly.  Please RSVP asap to Nancy Davis (nancydavis@megalink.net, 381-1110).


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Large Group Attends "End of Life Care"

by Lorrie Hoeh

On Thursday, April 29, an enthusiastic crowd of 55 people attended the latest To Your Health program, "End of Life Care: Having the Conversation," at the Congregational Church in Bethel.  A panel of five professionals, moderated by Al Cressy, shared their expertise on the subject of death and dying and how to prepare oneself and his or her loved ones.

Cressy began with the question: "Why have this conversation about death, and what should be talked about?"  The Rev. Dick Bennett's response was that in our culture we are programmed to fear both death and life. Jane Chandler, a hospice nurse, offered that it is important to listen and hear what a dying person's wishes are. Dr. Roger Austin, medical director of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, posited that many are reluctant to have this important conversation, fearing it might induce the person to give up. Emily Ecker, a nursing home social worker, told of the kinds of problems that arise from not having had the talk, not the least of which is the expense involved, as well as quality of life issues. Home Health Aide Michelle Lowell told of her personal experience with a mother whose Alzheimer's disease prevented her from having the talk, resulting in many problems. Her father, however, when diagnosed with cancer, did have the conversation, and the outcome was good for all.

Other questions asked by the moderator were: "How do you start the talk before a crisis situation occurs?" "What do you do if an end-of-life crisis occurs before the conversation takes place?" "What are the things to consider in regard to the conversation?"

In answer to the last question, Ms. Ecker stressed starting early, appointing a health care proxy, determining the type of care in an irreversible condition, and, especially, being sure to complete an advanced directive.  Ms. Chandler advised considering everything, including such things as a "bucket list," letters to grandchildren, etc.   She also emphasized that a patient's wish to stop treatment is not suicide.

 Dr. Kevin Finley of the Bethel Family Health Center stepped up and advised us that one should talk to people of all ages about death and dying and make sure an advanced directive is in place, pointing out that the BFHC has living will forms.  He, too, emphasized the importance of starting the talk EARLY.

After a ten-minute break, the panel addressed audience questions that had been written on cards.  The buzz at the end of the program seemed universally positive.  Most people seemed to feel that they had learned a good deal and were glad they came. 


Moderator Al Cressy, Rev. Dick Bennett, Jane Chandler, Dr. Roger Austin, Emily Ecker, Michelle Lowell    

Rev. Dick Bennett

Dr. Roger Austin     photos L. Hoeh

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brown Bag Lunch: Local Food Initiatives

Now in its second year, the Brown Bag Lunch series offers a unique opportunity to discuss topics of both local and wider significance – for both our members and members of the public. The upcoming event, on May 5th, will allow participants to learn about, and support, some local initiatives that address issues of much more global concern.

Amanda Moran, owner of Nabo’s in Bethel and coordinator of the Edible Bethel project, and Meryl Kelly, Executive Director of the Local Food Connection, will facilitate the discussion around the theme of local food initiatives. They will begin with updates on these ventures and will invite participants' ideas on how we can all support those efforts and play a part in fostering a healthier community. If you haven’t already read it, you should get ahold of the recent “Bethel Living” magazine, which features an article on the Local Food Connection. Come join the discussion and bring your lunch: Tuesday, May 5, 12:15-1:30, Bethel Inn Library. Please RSVP by May 1 so we can set up enough chairs: nancydavis@megalink.net - 381-1110. 

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May Events

Tuesday, May 5
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Local Foods, Happy Farmers 
Continuing the theme of our community, this time we will focus on local food initiatives. The discussion will begin with updates on ventures around our community and will invite ideas on how we can support those efforts and foster a healthier community. Facilitators: Amanda Moran of the Edible Bethel project (www.EdibleBethel.com) and Meryl Kelly, Executive Director of the Local Food Connection. Please RSVP to Nancy Davis by May 1 (nancydavis@megalink.net, 381-1110).
Tuesday, May 5; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library

Thursday, May 14
Down Home Maine Step Falls Hike and Potluck
Come take a leisurely, easy, one mile (round trip) hike with Lynne Zimmerman along beautiful Step Falls to identify wildflowers and enjoy the waterfalls. Bring appropriate footwear, water, bug repellent and camera. Potluck meal after the hike at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, approximately half a mile back (toward Bethel). Bring a dish to share (drop it off at the lodge beforehand or just bring it after the hike). Soft drinks, coffee and tea will be provided. BYOB. FMI: Steve Smith (stsmith@pcgus.com, 824-3491)

Directions to Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge: go north from Bethel on Rts. 2 and 26 (toward Rumford). Six miles north of Bethel, turn left onto Rt 26 North toward Grafton Notch. Continue North on Rt 26 for seven miles and look for the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge sign on the right. Half a mile beyond that is Step Falls, also on the right. It is a Mahoosuc Land Trust property, and there is a parking lot.
 

Thursday, May 14;  Step Falls Hike at 4:00 pm; potluck at Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, May 21
To Your Health Aging in Place 
“Aging in Place” refers to being able to continue living in your home safely and independently as your circumstances change. AARP has created a Network of Age-Friendly Communities, and several Maine towns are in the process of developing a “Village” model that creates a formal support network for senior citizens. This program will explore how these ideas could be implemented in our area.
Free and open to the public. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft, 824-2053.

Thursday, May 21; 4:30-6:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church 


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

Friday, May 1
Animal Communication Talk/Potluck
Nancy Hohmann will talk about animal communication. Donations accepted to benefit Responsible Pet Care. Bring a dish to share. FMI: 824-2073.
Friday, May 1; 6:00 potluck, 7:00 talk; Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, North Newry (directions above)

Sunday, May 3
Benefit Concert for Meals on Wheels
The Shadagee Ramblers perform a mixture of classic country and old-time music. The concert will benefit the Meals on Wheels program which provides meals to seniors in our community. Tickets $10 at the door, $8 in advance.  FMI: 800-427-1241 or www.seniorsplus.org.
Sunday, May 3; 2:00-5:00 pm; American Legion Hall, Gore Road, Greenwood 

Thursday, May 7 - Saturday, May 9 
THS Spring Musical
Telstar High School drama and music students will present Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 7, 8 & 9; 7:00 pm; matinee Saturday, May 9, 2:00 pm; Telstar High School

Tuesday, May 12
TMS/THS Spring Concert
Annual spring concert performed by Telstar Middle and High School Chorus and Band students, under the direction of Tom Coolidge and Jennifer Bennett.
Tuesday, May 12; 7:00 pm; Telstar High School

Sunday, May 17
Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War
The finale of a year-long project sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society, with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Featured will be The Androscoggin Chorale Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. John Corrie of Bates College, singing songs of the Civil War, and My Dear Absent Husband, a dramatically staged presentation of the Civil War letters of Private Stephen Richards and his wife Lydia, of Upton, Maine. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 17; 4:00 pm; Bingham Hall Auditorium, Gould Academy

Monday, May 18
Mahoosuc Community Band Spring Concert
Traditional and popular music for concert band performed by the Mahoosuc Community Band. Refreshments following the concert.  Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.
Monday, May 18; 7:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Thursday, May 21 & Saturday, May 23
Gould Academy Spring Musical
The drama and music students of Gould Academy present Grease, the popular musical of 1950's teenage angst.
Thursday, May 21 & Saturday, May 23; 7:30 pm; Bingham Hall Auditorium, Gould Academy

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Remembering Mark Vail

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mark Vail, who died on April 20 after a short illness. Mark became a member of WMSC several years ago when he joined the Great Decisions class. Mark was an active participant in that class, and he will be missed. We send our condolences to his family.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Poet Rachel McKibbens to Perform at Gould on April 23

This event at Gould Academy on Thursday, April 23rd is free and open to the public, and you won't want to miss it!  "Our" inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, will introduce poet Rachel McKibbens, this year's visiting poet in the Visiting Writers Series and Retreat he created last year. We are so fortunate to have Richard as a dynamic, generous member of our community.  Reading will be in the Marlon Family IDEAS Center in Hanscom Hall, Gould Academy on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Get some friends together and BE THERE!  FMI: Poetry Reading

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