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

State Newsletter Features WMSC Brown Bag Lunch/ Wildflower Walk

Western Mountains Senior College's "Searching for the Plants and Flowers of Spring" is featured in this month's Maine Senior College Network's Newsletter.

Each month we post a link to the MSCN Newsletter at the top of the blog (it's the tab just before the blog posts begin).  Check it out - it's interesting to see what's going on at some of the other 16 senior colleges around the state.

If you want to attend the "Searching for the Plants and Flowers of Spring" Brown Bag Lunch/ Wildflower Walk it's not too late - contact Liz Wooley (ewooley@roadrunner.com). The event is this Thursday, May 11 from 12:30-4:00 at the Valentine Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

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

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


Monday, May 1, 2017

Senior College Players Looking for Actors

A message from Jack Kuchta:
 

Several of our Senior College Players members are retiring this year, and we may not have enough actors for a fall production. Both the players and the audiences have a great time and we really want to keep this program going. This is your chance to give acting a try! I am not asking for a firm commitment now, but please send me an email if you think you may be available. And if you know anyone else who might like to join the troupe, please send this on to them.

Thank you,

Jack (jakuchta@myfairpoint.net)


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