Sunday, March 19, 2017

To Your Health's "Ask the Pharmacist" This Thursday

“Ask the Pharmacist” will take place this Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Two local pharmacists, Scott Fraser, RPh and Retief Orffer, RPh, will speak on the importance of communication between caregivers and the pharmacist.

Scott Fraser, RPh and J. Retief Orffer, RPh
They will cover a basic awareness of probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins and supplements; interactions of medications; and the importance of discussing usage with the physician. A question and answer period will follow.

Fraser has served as pharmacy manager at Hannaford Food and Drug, Rumford, for 23 years. A native of Bethel, he graduated from Telstar High School in 1988. He received his BS in Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1993.

Orffer has worked in the pharmacy at Rite Aid in Rumford for two and a half years. He resides in Bethel and has filled in occasionally at the Bethel Rite Aid. A native of the Republic of South Africa, he received his BPharm Degree from Potchefstroom University 20 years ago.

This 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.  It is free and open to the public.

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Telstar Tech Help Hours Have Changed

Because of the longer school day, drop-in Tech Help hours have changed.  The students are now offering help from 3:30-5:00 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. With many other after school springtime activities scheduled, it would be wise to call ahead (824-2136 ext 1340) to be sure our students will be able to be here for you.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Telstar Middle/ High School - Winners of the School Spirit Challenge

Congratulations to Telstar Middle/ High School, winners of this year's School Spirit Challenge. The students collected 58,006 pounds of food for the Good Shepherd Food Bank and local food pantries.  Thanks to all WMSC members who contributed - it was indeed a community effort.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Corrections to the Spring Course Bulletin

Try as we might, we don't always get it right!  Here are the corrections to the Spring Course Bulletin.

From Counterpoint to Cakewalk: Composers and their Times - the dates are right, but the time and location is wrong. The class will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 10, 17, 24; 4:30-6:00; Mclaughlin Auditorium.

To Your Health's winter presentations have been rescheduled to the spring.
Ask the Pharmacist - Thursday, March 23
Be Smart About Your Heart - Thursday, April 27
Both presentations are from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

March Events

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

Wednesday, March 1
Pairs and Spares Dinner Out
The new Brian’s Restaurant in Bethel (formerly S.S. Milton) will be the venue for our Winter Term dinner out. Contact Kay Larson (, 207-824-3333) by February 21 for signup and carpooling arrangements. Guests always welcomed!
Wednesday, March 1; 6:15 pm; Brian’s Restaurant, Bethel

Monday, March 13
Registration for Spring Courses Opens
We begin processing registrations at 11:00. For the best chance of getting into your desired classes make sure we have received yours by then. 
Monday, March 13, 11:00; Adult Ed Office, Telstar

Wednesday, March 15
Winter Potluck Dinner
Anticipate spring! Join us for a potluck meal - bring any kind of dish you'd like - and sign up for spring courses if you haven't yet. Members are welcome to bring a guest. We need people to volunteer to set up at 4:30 and to clean up at 7:00. Contact Marvin Ouwinga ( if you can help.
Wednesday, March 15; 5:30 -7:00; West Parish Congregational Church (snow date March 16)

Monday, March 20
Introduction to J.S. Bach Mass in B minor 
The Maine Music Society Singers will be presenting Bach’s Mass in B minor on March 25 and 26 in Lewiston. Tom Davis will prepare you for that concert by examining the composer, the music, and the performers. Even if you are not able to attend the concert, this is a great opportunity to get a refreshing dose of Bach.
Monday, March 20; 2:00-3:30; West Parish Congregational Church

Thursday, March 23
To Your Health: Ask the Pharmacist
Two area pharmacists, J. Retief Orffer and Scott Fraser join together to discuss probiotics, vitamins and supplements; interactions of medications; and other matters of interest, followed by a question and answer period.
Thursday, March 23; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel

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

Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5
2017 New England Bill Koch League Festival
This is the premiere event of the New England Nordic Ski Association’s Bill Koch Youth Ski League. Hosted by the Bethel Outing Club at Gould Academy. FMI go to
Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5; Gould Academy, Bethel

Saturday, March 25
Voting Down the Rose
Anne B. Gass will present a lively account of her great-grandmother and Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse's efforts to win women voting rights in the decisive final years of the campaign (1914-1920.) Sponsored by the Bethel Historical Society. Free to the public.
Saturday, March 25; 2:00 pm; South Dining Room, Bethel Inn

Sunday, March 26
A Country Breakfast

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bethel, proceeds to benefit community projects and scholarships. Adults $8 ($10 at the door), children $5.

Sunday, March 26; 7:30 - 11:00 pm; Ordway Hall, Gould Academy

Wednesday, March 29
Community Supper

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

Wednesday, March 29; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Wednesday, March 29 
Iconic Places: Wetlands of the Mahoosuc Region
Andy Cutko and Justin Schlawin, Ecologists with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, will share their recent research on nearby floodplain systems.  FMI: 207-824-3606 or
Wednesday, March 29; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

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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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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Monday, November 28, 2016

“Walk the Bingham Gym” Exercise Program

As the days shorten and walking outside becomes more difficult, getting enough exercise is hard to do. If you like to walk, here is an opportunity to do it safely and in the company of others.

Thanks to the generosity of Gould Academy, in coordination with the Age-Friendly Community Initiative (AFCI) and the Bethel Recreation Department, the Bingham Gym will be open for walking to all adults aged 55 and over in the greater Bethel area. The gym will be open twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Come on in to walk in the warm, well-lit space of the basketball court (wear gym-type shoes). You do not need to pre-register, but you will need to sign a waiver of liability when you attend the first time.

A member of the AFCI Winter Exercise Task Force will be present at the gym when it is open for our use. If you like to walk to music, we recommend that you bring an iPod/iPhone and earbuds.

While the focus will be on walking at your own pace, there will be guest leaders who will offer exercise tips and instruction in qi gong, walking meditation, and the use of light weights, depending on the interests of participants. Suggestions for other activities are welcome.

The program will begin on Tuesday, November 29. The gym will be open at 1:30 pm on that day and on December 1st, 6th and 8th. Because of Academy activities, we will take a break and begin the Tuesday-Thursday schedule again on January 10th.

No need to become a couch potato because of ice and snow-covered walks! Help yourself stay fit this winter and participate in this new opportunity. For more information contact Jackie Cressy (, 824-0508).

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Monday, November 21, 2016

From the Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Civil Discourse

by Brendon Bass

Following our country's long and contentious campaign season, November 16th's Brown Bag Lunch discussion focused on civil discourse. The 14 participants shared constructive and creative responses they'd heard or thought over the previous week, noted local community-building opportunities, and shared ideas on what steps could be taken next. They also contributed to a list of online resources to be shared via email. If you missed the program but would like to receive or contribute to this list, please contact Nancy Davis ( or 381-1110). Let her know, also, if you have ideas for related Brown Bag Lunch discussions.

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