Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WMSC Holiday Party Tuesday, December 4

 A social event not to be missed! Friends from WMSC come together for an evening of fun from 5:30-7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4 at the Moses Mason House. Guests are welcome. Members bring appetizers and desserts; beverages provided by WMSC. RSVP to Lynne Zimmerman ( or 207-595-0780) and tell her what you will bring. In the event of weather an email announcement will be sent mid-day. Snow date is Thursday, December 6.

December Events

Tuesday, December 4
WMSC Holiday Party
All WMSC Members are invited! Bring a friend if you want. We look forward to seeing you as we gather in the coziness of the Moses Mason House! WMSC will provide wine, cider, soft drinks and coffee. Members are asked to contribute a ready-to-serve appetizer or dessert to share. RSVP by DECEMBER 1 to Lynne Zimmerman: or 207-595-0780.
Tuesday, December 4; 5:30-7:00 pm; Moses Mason House, Bethel. (Snow date Thursday, December 6)

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

Saturday, December 1
Table Rock Art Center Opening
Table Rock Arts Center's doors fling open for the first time at noon on Saturday, December 1. Original and notable works from a variety of artists in a variety of mediums are available. FMI:
Saturday, December 1; 12:00-6:00 pm; 162 Main Street, Bethel. 

Saturday, December 1 
Christmas at the Mason House 
Visit Bethel Hill’s oldest surviving home to experience our annual “Christmas at the Mason House” event. The first floor period rooms in the 1813 Mason House will be decorated in traditional 19th century style and lit by candles -- a once a year treat! Step back in time as you enjoy holiday music and refreshments. Free, but donations appreciated. FMI:
Saturday, December 1; 3:30-6:00 pm; 14 Broad Street, Bethel.

Sunday, December 2
Mahoosuc Community Band Winter Concert

Western Maine's community band presents its annual concert of popular and traditional music of the season. Refreshments following performance. Admission free; donations gratefully appreciated.
Sunday, December 2; 4:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Tuesday, December 11
Rotary Seniors Luncheon
Once again the Rotary Club of Bethel is having a holiday luncheon for all area seniors - a ham dinner with all the fixings prepared by The Good Food Store. Entertainment by students from the Telstar High School band. Doors open at 11:30.
Tuesday, December 11; 12:00 noon; American Legion Hall, Gore Road, Greenwood.

Thursday-Sunday, December 13-16
Miracle on 34th Street

The Telstar High School drama club, with assistance from the middle school, under director Andy Turner presents their production of Miracle on 34th Street. Performances at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted at the door.
Thursday-Saturday, December 13-15; 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 16; 2:00 pm; Telstar High School Auditorium, Bethel.

Sunday, December 16
Living Nativity

One of Bethel's most beloved Christmas events. Watch as the nativity scene is re-enacted on the town common. Organized by the Bethel Alliance Church.
Sunday, December 16; 5:00 pm; Bethel Common.

Tuesday, December 18
Telstar Winter Concert

Please join choral and band directors Jen Bennett and Duncan McFarland along with their middle and high school students for the annual winter concert at the Telstar High School Auditorium.
Tuesday, December 18; 7:00-8:30 pm; Telstar High School Auditorium, Bethel.

Thursday, December 20
Yulefest Concert

Take in the sounds of the holidays during Gould Academy's annual Yulefest Concert, and watch as the school's band, chorus group, and student vocalists set the stage for a magical afternoon performance in Bingham Auditorium.

Thursday, December 20; 1:00-2:30 pm; Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Photocopying Policy Change

by Jim Bebko

Teachers, facilitators, and those producing promotional materials, please take notice. With the changes taking place at the Bethel Citizen office, we will no longer use them for black and white 8.5x11 inch photocopying. We have made an arrangement with the Telstar Adult Education Office to use their copier. For larger size copies, posters etc. we will continue to use the Bethel Citizen, but be prepared to pay for the copies up front and get reimbursed.

As always, please respect environmental concerns and our budget limitations:
  • Plan to use double-sided paper wherever possible.
  • Instead of photocopying, consider forwarding some information to class members by email.
  • Try to minimize quantity as much as possible.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Senior College Players Dedicate Shows to Tineke Ouwinga

by Jack Kuchta

The Senior Players are dedicating this year’s performance to Tineke Ouwinga, one of the original members of the group. Tineke was always willing to take on any role, no matter how difficult or silly the part. Her creativity extended to directorial advice, costume design and even finding appropriate plays for the group. We all miss her, as will the audience members who watched her over the past twelve years.

Now about this year's plays. Lorrie Hoeh and Melinda Remington star as two charming Southern ladies in Griddle Cakes by Mark Rigney. Not to be outdone, Jim McClean and Ray Leghart face off across the checker board in Who’s Turn Is It by Philip Potak. Mariann Goff and Tim LeConey show what happens when government agencies collide in Spies by David J. LeMasters. And then Tim LeConey, Lorrie Hoeh, Ray Leghart, Jim McClean and Jack Kuchta show us what a great mystery writer Arthur Conan Doyle was in his The Dying Detective.

Performances are on November 16 and 17 at 7:00 pm in the McLauglin Science Center, Gould Academy, Bethel. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Come and enjoy the show!

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner

Students from Telstar High School's National Honor Society invite all areas seniors to a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings.  The students host this annual event as their way of giving thanks for the senior citizens in our community. This year's dinner will be held on Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 noon in the Telstar High School cafeteria.

Monday, October 29, 2018

November Events

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
Senior Players Performances
Don’t miss these fun-filled evenings. See a different side of your friends and neighbors as they perform in this popular annual event. Free and open to the public.
Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.

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

Saturday, November 10
Maine in World War I

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., former director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and currently Maine's state historian, will present an illustrated program on Maine's involvement in World War I. The program, which is free and open to the public, commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the end of the war. FMI: Maine in World War I
Saturday, November 10; 2:00-4:00 pm; Moses Mason House, 14 Broad Street, Bethel.

Thursday, November 15
Wesley McNair at the Rumford Public Library
Poet Laureate of Maine, Wesley McNair will read from his latest collection, The Awakening. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. Free and open to the public. FMI: (207) 364-3661
Thursday, November 15; 5:30 pm; Rumford Public Library, Rumford.

Sunday, November 18
Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner
Students from Telstar High School's National Honor Society invite all areas seniors to a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings. The students host this annual event as their way of giving thanks for the senior citizens in our community.

Sunday, November 18; 12:00 noon; Telstar High School cafeteria, Bethel.

Friday, November 23
Local Craft & Wares Fair

Shop locally for handmade arts and crafts, avoid the mall craziness. Free admission.  FMI: 207 824-2282,
Friday, November 23; 9:00 am; Bethel Inn Event Center, 21 Broad Street, Bethel.

Sunday, November 25
A Country Breakfast
Rotary Club of Bethel's fall fundraiser.  All proceeds go to community projects and scholarships. Advance tickets (see a Rotarian) $6 kids, $10 adults; $12 at the door. FMI: Ellie Andrews
Sunday, November 25; 7:30-11:00 am; Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, November 28
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, November 28; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Where Can I Find Impartial Information on the Upcoming Election?

Brendon Bass directs us to several sites voters can go to for impartial help as we prepare for the election in November.

The Maine Chapter of the League of Women Voters website is a wealth of information. Their Voter Guide includes easy to follow instructions, including how to get an absentee ballot and help at the voting booth. It also includes an easily understandable explanation of Ranked Choice Voting. And it includes brief descriptions of each party's priorities (Democratic, Green, Libertarian and Republican) and each candidate's positions and experience. (
The League also has a presentation on ranked choice voting and is willing to arrange to have someone present it; contact them at
For another simple, short explanation of ranked choice voting, go to How does ranked choice voting work? 

A nationwide source is There one can choose Vote Easy, enter your zipcode and see a yard-full of campaign signs. Clicking on a candidate gets you a chart of the candidate's expressed or inferred views on specific issues you may be interested in. Political Galaxy on the VoteSmart site gets you to a candidate's votes, campaign contributions, speeches, etc. Brendon Bass says VoteSmart is "committed to getting voters to as much information as it can without taking a position on any. News organizations, even government offices I think, respect this source."

Free Tech Help at Telstar on Thursday Afternoons

Once again a Telstar High School student is volunteering to provide free tech help to the community. To take advantage of this opportunity bring your phone or tablet and your questions to the Adult Ed office on Thursday afternoons at 2:30. It's always a good idea to call ahead (207 824-2136 ext. 1340).

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October Events

Thursday, October 11
To Your Health: Effective Communication Strategies
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, presents a program exploring how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. The program includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.

Thursday, October 11; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Thursday, October 18
Brown Bag Lunch: Why Buy Local Products?
Join us to hear why we should buy local products. Hosted by Bonnie Pooley, presenters include Velvet Hollow Sugar Works, Krazy K Soap, Laurie Bailey's goat cheese, Anna Sysko's baked goods, and Michelle Shutty's Fair Trade coffee. FMI and to RSVP:, 562-1089.

Thursday, October 18; 12:30-2:00 pm; Greenwood Town Hall (Route 26 in Locke Mills).

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

Friday, October 5
Living Well, Aging Well Expo
Annual conference sponsored by Seniors Plus, Oxford County's council on aging. $25 fee includes breakfast, lunch, and admission to all presentations and exhibits. FMI: 1-800-427-1421;
Friday, October 5; 8:15-4:00; Sunday River Grand Summit Hotel, Newry.

Wednesday, October 24
A Day in the Life of a Maine Guide
The Mahoosuc Land Trust announces a bonus event in the 2018 "Day in the Life" speaker series. On Wednesday, October 24, Kevin Slater and Polly Mahoney will share the delights of a Day in the Life of a Maine Guide. FMI:, 207-824-3806. 

Wednesday, October 24; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, October 31
Community Supper
Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, October 31; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Remembering Tineke Ouwinga

by Mary Haberman

Western Mountains Senior College members are saddened to learn of Tineke Ouwinga's passing. Tineke was a key player in more than a few Bethel organizations. These included Gould Academy, The Bethel Historical Society, West Parish Congregational Church, and Music Without Borders. She set a standard for community service, leadership, and friendship.

But we suspect that Tineke’s favorite role involved playing some outlandish character for Senior Players. Audiences loved her wigs, costumes, twinkle and bravado. She was a fun addition for two years of Readers Theatre.

Tineke may have missed her true calling, but all of Bethel has benefited from her amazing range of activities and interests. She will be a hard act to follow. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

WMSC Fall Course Bulletin Is Out!

If you are a Western Mountains Senior College member you should have received your Fall Course Bulletin. If not, please let us know.  Perhaps we have an incorrect email or U.S. mail address for you. In the meantime, you can find Fall Course Listings, Public Events, and Membership/Registration Form downloads at the top of this blog.  In addition, there will printed copies of the course bulletin in the Telstar Adult Ed office.  But be sure to call first (207/ 824-2136 ext. 1340) to make sure someone will be in the office. 

We will begin processing registrations at 11:00 on Friday, September 7.  Mail your registration to the address on the form, drop off in the Adult Ed office, or bring to the WMSC Potluck/Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 5.

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!