Wednesday, February 15, 2017

To Your Health Program Postponed Again

To Your Health's program, "Be Smart About Your Heart" has been postponed once again due to weather. The program which was to have taken place Thursday afternoon will be rescheduled for sometime in the spring.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Aging Well

You’ve heard about The Age-Friendly Community Initiative, and maybe you’re aware of one or more of our projects to address the needs of seniors in our community. But have you heard about the other projects we’re considering? Maybe you’ve even had some great new idea pop into your mind.

Join us for the next Brown Bag Lunch program, and let’s see where these ideas lead! We’re a team of pretty passionate people with lots of aspirations - but we need help. February 22 (snow date February 23), 12:15-1:30 at the West Parish Congregational Church - your opportunity to “Listen – Learn – Suggest – Volunteer.” Please RSVP so we can set up chairs appropriately (, 381-1110).

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Update on the Maple Syrup Class

We have a date for Where Does That Great Maine Maple Syrup Come From? The class will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 10:00-noon at Dunham Farm in Greenwood. There are just a few spots left if you would like to join.

The second session will likely be a week later on March 11, but of course Mother Nature may decide differently. Stay tuned!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Be Smart About Your Heart

by Rosabelle Tifft

Dr. Daniel van Buren, a popular speaker for To Your Health for the
Dr. Daniel van Buren
past five years, returns during American Heart Month to discuss his topic, “Be Smart About Your Heart” – an overview of the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The program takes place Thursday, February 9, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Snow date is February 16. Dr. van Buren said, “In the United States and most developed countries, CVD is and will remain the leading cause of death in men and women. CVD includes coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease.”

“However,” he added, “It is well known that early intervention through primary prevention can greatly reduce the incidence of the development of CVD as well as many of the other factors associated with it. The reduction of multiple risk factors, through therapeutic lifestyle changes and drug therapies of proven benefit, can have a clear role in the primary prevention of CVD.” He will discuss the major risk factors that can be modified including hypertension, high cholesterol, exercise/physical activity, weight loss, daily use of alcohol, avoiding or stopping smoking, and the question of aspirin for prevention.

Dr. van Buren is Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at the New England Heart Institute at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, New Hampshire. He is board certified in internal medicine, adult echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He completed his internal medicine and cardiology training in Brooklyn, New York and resides in Bethel. 

To Your Health is sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College as a community service with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education.

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Telstar Middle/High School to Compete in School Spirit Challenge

You may have heard that Telstar is competing in the School Spirit Challenge, a friendly competition among Maine schools to raise money and collect food for the Good Shepherd Food Bank and local food pantries. Over 200,000 Mainers are "food insecure," meaning they aren't sure where their next meal is coming from.

The students are collecting both food and monetary donations. Food donations are weighed; every dollar of a monetary donation is equivalent to five pounds of food. The school collecting the most weight will win, so monetary contributions are actually more beneficial.

The students have set a goal of 110,000 pounds and are encouraging the whole community to participate. Sunday River has pledged $2,000, which will equal 10,000 pounds. In the coming weeks, high school class officers will coordinate donation requests from local businesses. Adult Ed is donating all coffee and tea money collected during the challenge, so you can feel good about your Western Mountains Senior College coffee breaks!

There are several ways to support the challenge: leave food donations on the table opposite the Telstar office, put cash or checks (payable to the Good Shepherd Food Bank) in the jar on the counter in the high school office, or make an online donation at

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February Events

Thursday, February 9
To Your Health Be Smart About Your Heart
Dr. Daniel van Buren returns to talk about prevention of cardiovascular disease. Free and open to the public.

FMI: Rosabelle Tifft, 824 -2053.
Thursday, February 9 (snow date February 16); 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church 

Saturday, February 18
Gourmet Snowshoe Hike
Step across the border into New Hampshire with Western Mountains Senior College and the Mahoosuc Land Trust for a gourmet snowshoe hike to Crow Mountain. Upon reaching the summit we'll share a pot-luck gourmet picnic. What's gourmet? - that's up to you! Dress appropriately.
Free and open to the public. 
Saturday, February 18; 10:00 am; Philbrook Farm Inn on the North Road in Shelburne, or carpool at 9:30 from Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

Monday, February 20

Wildlife Tracking Snowshoe
Paul Motts, retired naturalist with the National Park Service, will offer a 1.5-mile wildlife tracking snowshoe along the scattered woodlands and fields at Valentine Farm.
Monday, February 20; 10:00 am, Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

Wednesday, February 22
Brown Bag Lunch Aging Well
The Age-Friendly Community Initiative has several programs in progress and needs ideas and help from you. Listen – Learn – Suggest – Volunteer. Free and open to the public. RSVP:
Wednesday, February 22 (snow date Thursday, February 23); 12:15-1:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Wednesday, March 1
Down Home Maine Risk, Choices, and Consequences in the Wilderness
Join Bob Baribeau for a video and discussion of search and rescue incidents in the Mahoosuc Range and beyond. Free and open to the public.  FMI: Amy Chapman ( and/or Ellen Marshall (
Wednesday, March 1; 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.

Sunday, February 5
Open House and Tracking Event
Visit Mahoosuc Land Trust's Valentine Conservation Center as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Inside, enjoy light refreshments and tour the building. Explore the outdoors on snowshoes (or other traction footwear) with naturalist Paul Motts. Discover what animals are lurking about in the forests by observing the tracks they have left in the soft snow. The tour will leave from the parking lot at 1:30. FMI:, 207-824-3806.
Sunday, February 5; 1:30-3:30 pm; 162 North Road, Bethel 

Sunday, February 5
Gould Academy Chamber Ensemble
Students from Gould Academy, under the direction of Edison Quinatoa, present an afternoon of classical music. Non-member tickets $5.
Sunday, February 5; 2:00 pm; St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, Berlin, NH 

Postponed until Wednesday, February 22
Iconic Natural Areas in Greenwood and Woodstock
Jane Chandler shares her knowledge and love of several unique and beautiful places in this corner of Maine, places where, as Jane says, one need not "spend all day or climb to 4000 feet to get great views." Included in the photo tour are Buck's Ledge, Maggie's Nature Park, Bald and Speckled Mountains, and Overset Pond. The presentation is part of Mahoosuc Land Trust's 2017 speaker series.  FMI:, 207-824-3806.
Wednesday, February 22; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

Wednesday, February 22
Community Supper

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

Wednesday, February 22; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Saturday, February 25
Apple Pruning Workshop
Learn how apple trees can be shaped and transformed to optimum health at this workshop led by Rick Churchill and Beverly Blake.  They will begin with an unpruned tree, and then travel to two other sites where trees have had slight or regular pruning. Sponsored by the Mahoosuc Land Trust (FMI:, 207-824-3806).
Saturday, February 25; 10:00 am; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

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Share Your Life Stories in a Friendly and Nurturing Online Environment

The Maine Senior College Network is pleased to announce a second online program coming this spring that will give you a chance to share some of your history with fellow writers, as well as preserve your stories for your loved ones.

Senior Story Share is an 11-week program that will run every two weeks from Valentine’s Day (February 14) to April 25. You will produce five writing assignments over the course of the seminar. We will use the online meeting application ZOOM for the large and small group meetings. (ZOOM is very much like Skype.) The course fee is $40 for Maine Senior College Network members and $50 for non-members.

Senior Story Share facilitator Elizabeth Peavey
Facilitator Elizabeth Peavey will provide lectures, writing instruction, weekly assignments, and written feedback. Enrollees will be broken into several small online groups and take turns reading and commenting on each other's work. The goal is for each participant to create five stories or essays that can then be collected and given out to friends and family members. You can find complete details of the program here.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! It doesn't matter if you've never written more than a grocery list. We all tell stories. The point of this program is to share and preserve them - and to maybe get to know some other like-minded writers around the state a little better.

Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't miss this chance for a fun and engaging program. You'll be happy you joined - and so will the people you'll share your stories with in this unique class.

For more information contact Anne Cardale ( or 207-780-4128 - leave a message).

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Change of Date and Time for Pairs and Spares Dinner Out

The winter Pairs and Spares Dinner Out at the new Brian's Restaurant in Bethel will be held on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:15 pm.  This slightly later change of time will accommodate those of us attending the Down Home Maine presentation earlier that afternoon. This is a members-only event; as always, members are invited to bring a guest.  For carpooling arrangements and to RSVP contact Kay Larson (, 207-824-3333) by February 21.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Inclement Weather

A reminder - when MSAD 44 schools are closed because of inclement weather WMSC courses will be canceled as well. Tune in to your local radio or TV station or check their web site for school closing announcements. If a special event (such as Down Home Maine, To Your Health or Brown Bag Lunch) is canceled a notice will be posted here on the WMSC blog.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Walkers in the Bingham Gym

Last week saw the first walkers taking advantage of the new walking program for seniors at Gould Academy's Bingham Gym. This week the gym will be open for walking on Tuesday and Thursday (December 6 and 8) from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Now that there's snow on the ground come and check it out! Please bring a pair of gym-type shoes to wear - street shoes are not allowed in the gym.

Because of Gould Academy activities, after this week the walking program will take a break until January 10. For more information contact Jackie Cressy (, 824-0508).

Chorus Line: Laurie Winsor and Judy Whitman are cute enough to be in a chorus line, but they're in a "Walking line" at the Bingham Gym at Gould Academy.   photo Eunice Ruby

John Holliday joined the walkers Thursday. photo Eunice Ruby

The gym is connected to Bingham Hall at Gould, the door to the right.  Rosabelle Tifft found it! photo Eunice Ruby

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