Public Events Spring 2017

The following presentations and events are free and open to the public. 


To Your Health is provided as a community service by WMSC in collaboration with the Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. Admission is free and open to the public. FMI contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824 -2053.

Ask the Pharmacist 
In response to many requests for information related to pharmacy issues, two area pharmacists will join together to present a program. They will cover a basic awareness of probiotics, vitamins and supplements; interactions of medications and how they interact with prescribed medications; the importance of discussing usage with your physician; how to interact with the pharmacist, and other matters of interest. They will also hold an extended question and answer period. The program will be presented by J. Retief Orffer, RPh., pharmacist at the Rite Aid in Rumford who fills in periodically at the Rite Aid in Bethel, and Scott Fraser, RPh, pharmacist at Hannaford Food and Drug in Rumford.
Thurs., Mar. 23; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

What You Need to Know About Arthritis
Christopher P. FitzMorris, D.O., M.P.A., Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, will introduce us to the different types of arthritis, their causes and symptoms. He will present an overview of how arthritis affects the patient and offer self-help techniques. He will also introduce us to treatment options including activity limits, relief of symptoms, disease treatment and/or surgical options. His goal is to leave us with a comfortable understanding of arthritis in general and how it might impact us or our families and friends.
Thurs., Apr. 6, 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church.

Be Smart About Your Heart - rescheduled from February
Dr. Daniel van Buren, Board Certified Cardiologist, returns for his fifth visit to talk about heart disease. This time he will give an overview of the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease including: treatment of cardiovascular disease before it develops; risk reduction through therapeutic lifestyle changes; and drug therapies of proven benefit. 
Thurs., April 27; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.


Presentations by our friends and neighbors which demonstrate the rich and varied talents, skills and adventures of the residents of our State of Maine. Free and open to the public.
FMI: Amy Chapman ( and/or Ellen Marshall (

Take a Hike: From Wildflower Walks to Kilimanjaro
We've all heard the advice about the importance of spending time in nature, and of staying active as we age. Fresh air and an active lifestyle can improve our sleep, mood, and self-confidence; help us maintain flexibility, mobility, and balance; and even ward off illness and lessen chronic pain. Lynne Zimmerman has taken this advice to heart: she has spent time trekking in the mountains of India, summitted Mount Kilimanjaro, and spent two weeks hiking in Patagonia--all since her 70th birthday. She leads other seniors on hikes that range from AMC-sponsored trips in Montana’s Glacier National Park to the Western Mountains Senior College's annual Wildflower Walk. She'll talk about some of her biggest adventures, and also share ways for the less adventurous among us to get outdoors and stay physically active.
Wednesday, June 7; 4:30-6:00; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy.


Discussions of topics of general interest in an informal small group setting. We want your suggestions, which may center around current topics, fun activities, or regular classes that take place during the term - or even a class coming up in a future term. Maybe you have an even different idea! If you would like to coordinate a discussion group, Nancy Davis will arrange the logistics; please contact her with your ideas.

Discussion on Food Security
Food Security has been headlined as an international crisis, but is not always obvious to us on the local scene. Participating in this session will be people from our community who are involved in programs to improve local access to healthy food at affordable prices (sometimes no-cost). Help us explore:
· What are the challenges faced in our communities?
· What’s already happening to address current needs?
· What new initiatives might be possible?
Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion. FMI and to RSVP: or 381-1110.
Tues., April 11; 12:15-1:30; Bethel Inn Library.

Searching for the Plants and Flowers of Spring
Western Mountains Senior College and Mahoosuc Land Trust (MLT) collaborate on two programs conveniently tagged to each other (though you may participate in just one). The traditional WMSC Brown Bag Lunch program will begin at 12:30; bring your lunch and join the discussion. Barbara Murphy, MLT Development Coordinator, will introduce participants to the natural beauty of the property. She and Lynne Zimmerman, Master Naturalist, will guide the group in identifying flowers that we welcome as signs of Spring. Discussion will also focus on strategies for identifying less familiar flowers, Including some edible plants, along with harvesting considerations. From this valuable introduction, the group will begin the wildflower search on the property. We need to be sure we have adequate seating for the lunch, so please RSVP to Liz Wooley (
Thurs., May 11; 12:30-4:00; Valentine Conservation Center, 162 North Rd., Bethel.


Estate Planning (Part 2) - Trusts
Join elder law attorney, Martha McLean, for a discussion of basic estate planning and the use of trusts in particular. This is a follow-up to last fall's presentation. It will begin with the basics of estate planning and a brief overview of the probate process in Maine. Attorney McLean will explain the differences between trusts and wills and which device is best suited to a particular purpose. Topics will include an overview of trusts, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and Maine estate tax planning. This seminar is suitable for anyone interested in creating or updating an estate plan, and wondering whether a trust is the right vehicle to do so. No charge but registration is required.
Facilitator: Martha McLean, Esq.
Mon., Apr. 24; 4:00-5:30; THS Lecture Hall.