Friday, March 30, 2018

Distressed about Stress

Ellen Crocker, Jewel Clark and Wendy Youmans

To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College will present a program, “Distressed about Stress,” on Thursday, April 12, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church Chapel, Bethel. Presenters include Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, Wendy Youmans, licensed clinical social worker and 500 hour level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, and Jewel Clark, professional musician.

Ellen will discuss the causes and symptoms of stress and offer suggestions about coping with stress. She says, “Stress is self-generated, due largely to the expectations we place on ourselves. Much of what bothers us is beyond our control. However, how we deal with it, and how we react is under our control.

Wendy will give an introduction to yoga and meditation followed by breathing exercises and meditation with the audience. She will demonstrate basic yoga and stretching that anyone can do. Wendy says,”My approach to yoga is to offer an opportunity for increased self-awareness, stress relief, fitness, and community connection and, hopefully, a healthy dose of laughter.”

In discussing the role of music, Jewel says, “When you listen to music, especially when you’re participating yourself by singing or playing an instrument, it occupies your mind in a way that distracts from stressful thinking. Also, physiologically, it can prompt your brain to produce ‘endorphins,’ a hormone that helps you to feel good."

Jewel came from a family of musical performers, including Yodeling Slim Clark, Blue Eyed Celia, and Wilf Clark and feels her musical interests and abilities were simply inherited. She has experienced how music can positively affect both the performer and the audience in those moments of “connection.” Jewel especially loves encouraging “listeners” to “participate” during her performances, because when they join in, they really seem to enjoy the act of singing themselves.

The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of WMSC with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. The public is invited and admission is free. For more information contact Rosabelle Tifft (824-2053).

April Events

Thursday, April 12
To Your Health: Distressed About Stress?
Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, Wendy Youmans, yoga instructor, and Jewel Clarke, local musician, will present a program with ideas on how we can “de-stress.” Class participation is encouraged. Sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, Bethel Family Health Center, and SAD #44 Adult and Continuing Education.
Free and open to the public. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft, 824-4053.
Thursday, April 12; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Tuesday, April 24
Down Home Maine: Canoeing with the Cree

Registered Master Maine guide Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service in North Newry shares her experiences working with and traveling by canoe with the Cree of northern Quebec - what she has learned about “bush medicine,” setting fishnets, carving Cree paddles. This show will be a mix of personal experience, shared knowledge and beautiful images of pristine wild country. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 24; 7:00 pm; Alumni Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy.

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

Tuesdays, April 10 to May 15
Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities
A course for gardeners who believe that everyone should have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  This six-week training will improve your gardening skills and prepare you to participate in the seasonal effort to grow and share fresh produce with community members. FMI or to receive an application, contact Barbara 890-1626 or To download a flyer: GGHC Flyer
Tuesdays, April 10 to May 15; 7:30 pm; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, April 11
Helping Parents As They Age
As our parents age, all sorts of concerns and issues arise.  Learn about health and safety issues, challenges you may face with communication, how to provide support, and how to connect with available resources - all within a supportive environment.  FMI: SAD44 Adult Ed at 824-2136, ext. 1340. Free, but call to register.
Wednesday, April 11; 6:00-8:00 pm;  Telstar High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel.

Friday, April 13
Oh, My Stars! Messier Marathon Demonstration 
Join star gazing enthusiast, Tom Hoffelder, for a night of enchantment. Tom has been looking through a telescope since 1974 and has seen 100 objects in one night. Cloud/rain date is April 14. Telescopes provided or bring your own. FMI:
Friday, April 13; 8:30 pm; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Wednesday, April 18
A Day in the Life of an Ocean Swimmer

Todd Siekman has been an avid swimmer his whole life. He began long-distance ocean swimming four years ago for two reasons: to support the Lifeflight foundation and as a means of recovering from brain surgery. He swims with four to 13 others, ranging from 13-69 years old, accompanied by up to seven kayakers. They typically swim from 1.5 miles up to 5.5 miles depending on the day, weather conditions and ability of the participants. Todd's talk is part of the Mahoosuc Land Trust's "Day in the Life" speaker series, which is sponsored in 2018 by the Norway Savings Bank. FMI:
Wednesday, April 18; 7:00-8:30 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel.

Wednesday, April 25
Community Supper

Come and join the people of the community for a delicious meal. No charge, all are welcome.
Wednesday, April 25; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walker’s Mills Road, Bethel.

Friday, April 27
Open Mic Talent Night
Open to anyone – musicians, storytellers, comedians, poetry readers, dancers, hog callers – anyone! Sign up with Tom Davis at
Friday, April 27; 7:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

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!