Sunday, June 17, 2018

Down Home Maine: Cree Ways and Christ's Love

Sister Bernadette Gautreau
Sister Bernadette Gautreau, story-teller and servant of Christ, spent 50 years among the Woodland Cree in northern Alberta. She will share her experiences in a talk in the dining room of the West Parish Congregational Church, 37 Church St., Bethel, Maine, on Friday, June 22 at 4:30 pm.
 

Growing up in Mexico, Maine, Sr. Bernadette felt called to a life of service as a nun. But she also grew up hunting with her father and enjoying the outdoors. So, when asked to teach First Nation children on Alberta's Fox Lake reservation, she eagerly accepted the assignment.
 

There she soon found that boys and girls raised in "the bush" could not relate to the stories in the school's books. But as she encouraged them to write and illustrate their own stories, they eagerly learned the English words they needed. In turn, the Cree taught her ways that have sustained their lives for thousands of years and invited her to help in their ceremonies.
 

Sr. Bernadette will show attenders some of her treasures from her time in Canada. This talk will be the third in Western Mountains Senior College's 2018 Down Home Maine series. It is free and open to the public, but donations to cover incidental costs will be welcome.

Brown Bag Lunch: Which Mushrooms Are Safe to Pick?

Amanda Moran will facilitate a Brown Bag Lunch discussion on Tuesday, June 26 from 12:15 – 1:30 pm at the Bethel Inn Library to introduce what her fall course on mycology will include.
 

Amanda's course scheduled for the fall session of the Western Mountain Senior College will focus on the basic language of mycology. You will learn how to safely identify wild mushrooms while dispelling some of our common cultural fears toward them.

Sponsored by WMSC, this event is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion at the Bethel Inn Library. FMI and to RSVP: ewooley@myfairpoint.net, 562-1089.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Paul Motts to Lead Bird Walk in White Mountain National Forest

Come join the U. S. Forest Service at Hastings Campground on Saturday, June 9 & 16 at 8:00 am for a free guided bird walk. Naturalist (and WMSC member) Paul Motts will lead us on a 1.5 mile walk where we will experience the beautiful melody of June birds in the White Mountain National Forest. Hastings Campground is located on ME Route 113 approximately 3.5 miles south of Gilead. Meet at the campground check-in kiosk.

June Events

Friday, June 22
Down Home Maine: Cree Ways and Christ's Love

Sister Bernadette Gautreau, native of Mexico, Maine, story-teller and servant of Christ, spent 50 years among the Woodland Cree in northern Alberta. She will share her experiences and show some of her treasures from her time in Canada. Free and open to the public; donations welcome.
Friday, June 22; 4:30 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Wednesday, June 26
What Mushrooms Can You Pick?
Amanda Moran introduces you to the basics of mycology. This is a precursor to the multi-session course she will be teaching in the Fall Term of the Western Mountains Senior College where she will teach how to safely identify wild mushrooms while dispelling some of our common cultural fears about them. Free and open to the public.  RSVP to Liz Wooley (ewooley@myfairpoint.net)
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Wednesday, June 26; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library.



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

Saturday, June 9 & June 16
Guided Bird Walk
Join the Forest Service at Hastings Campground on June 9 & 16 at 8:00 am for a free guided bird walk. Naturalist Paul Motts will lead a 1.5 mile walk where we will experience the beautiful melody of June birds in the White Mountain National Forest. Hastings Campground is located on 113 approximately 3.5 miles south of Gilead, ME. Meet at the campground check-in kiosk.

Saturday, June 9 & Saturday, June 16; 8:00 am; Hastings Campground, Route 113 approximately 3.5 miles south of Gilead, ME.

Saturday, June 23
Bethel Rotary Yard Sale and Auction
Rotary Club of Bethel's annual fundraiser - all proceeds are used for community projects and scholarships. Yard Sale from 8:00 am - 3 pm; Auction preview 5:30 pm, auction begins at 6:30. FMI: bethelrotary.org.
Saturday, June 23; Yard Sale 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Auction 6:30 pm; Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, June 27
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, June 27; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

To Your Health Program on How to De-stress Well Received

by Rosabelle Tifft

Thirty participants from Waterford, Rumford, Norway, and Greenwood, in addition to Bethel, heard tips on how to de-stress at a program held on April 12 at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.

The first presenter, Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, reviewed stress symptoms, signs and causes, and a stress test. She said, “Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses it can help you perform under pressure, and motivate you to do your best. You can protect yourself and improve how you think and feel by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.” Participants were given a number of handouts on this topic.

Wendy Youmans, LCSW and 500 hour level Kripula yoga teacher, led the group in breathing exercises and meditation, as well as basic yoga stretching. Participants found closing their eyes while doing yoga movements very helpful and relaxing.

Jewel Clark, professional musician, said that music occupies your mind in a way that distracts from stressful thinking. She entertained with musical numbers, had a sing-along with the audience, and taught them to yodel.

In their evaluations of the program, participants praised the presenters for an enjoyable, relaxing and fun evening. They agreed that each presenter gave good tips on de-stressing.



To Your Health Committee members Jan Stowell and Rosabelle Tifft; presenters Ellen Crocker, Wendy Youmans and Jewel Clark.  Photo by Peter Musso.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Best of Acadia Week

College of the Atlantic, in partnership with Acadia Senior College, is hosting a special residential program, The Best of Acadia Week. The program, which runs from July 15-21, includes housing, all transportation, activities, and meals during the week. The College of the Atlantic kitchen does a great job at accommodating all diets and providing fresh and nutritious meals.

Attendees will meet in the morning with Atlantic Senior College members for talks (we have lined up a few of Maine college presidents). In the afternoons College of the Atlantic will be taking the group out and about to see some of the highlights of our area. There is a moderate level of activity for active adult learners. Participants come and enjoy themselves while learning something new!

For a full description of the program see Acadia Senior College’s website The Best of Acadia Week. Questions? Contact Laura Johnson, College of the Atlantic Director of Summer Programs, 207-801-5635.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Thanks from the Bethel House

Karen Mills sends out a big thank you to all those who responded to her request for donations of puzzles and craft materials to use at the Bethel House. The response has been overwhelming! They now have as much as they can use, as storage at the Bethel House is tight. Your donations are greatly appreciated by the residents - we certainly do have a great group of senior college members.  Thank you all, and Karen says she is sure you will hear from her again!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Down Home Maine Looking for Suggestions for Presenters

By Brendon Bass

Recently the Western Mountains Senior College Program Committee spent some time generating suggestions for future Down Home Maine presenters. But we would also like help from our membership. If you know someone locally or not far away (it could be you) who has knowledge or experience in an interesting field, who would make an enjoyable presentation on a volunteer basis, and whom you would like to add to our list, please contact Brendon Bass (824-8580) with your suggested presenter and his/her phone number or email address. Thanks in advance!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Invitation to Join Dwight Mills’ Mushrooming Adventures

(Note: this is not a WMSC-sponsored offering, rather a “Birds-of-a-Feather” group that Dwight is putting together)

Dwight Mills has collected wild mushrooms for about 40 years but has never gotten serious about learning new species until this year. He has spent considerable time doing research and putting together a binder full of information on local mushrooming. By April he expects to start searching for and identifying some or all of the approximately 25 species worth eating. He would be delighted to take others with him on these adventures. If you would like to try your luck and join Dwight, you can reach him at dlm@oxfordnetworks.net or at 875-2893.