Friday, November 12, 2021

Don't Miss the Senior College Players Performance

Senior College Players are ready to entertain you with five quirky one-act plays at their performances on Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7-9 pm at the Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium. The Players missed performing last year due to COVID and are anxious to return and highlight their talents for their friends and neighbors.

Reservations are required for each performance as seating is limited. To make your reservation, call Jack Kuchta at 201-579-8822 or email him at Masks are required at each performance. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to honor Royalty fees. If you want more information, please call Jack at 201-579-8822.

Senior College Players: John Reilly, Jack Kuchta, Arita Zitoli, Ray Leghart, Marianne Goff-Dumont, Bill Schuellein and Rosabelle Tifft. Absent: Lorrie Hoeh and Tim LeConey. Photo taken by Peter Musso.    

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Senior College Players Are Back with Performances November 19 and 20

 “We’re Back – with an evening of quirky one-act plays,” claims Ray Leghart, facilitator, Senior College Players. Due to COVID, last year was the only year the Players did not perform since they started in 2006. Performances will be held Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 9 pm at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium.

The Players, although “amateur thespians,” challenge themselves in the art of theater and are anxious to return and highlight their talents for their friends and neighbors.

One of the five comedy plays includes “Gin and Tonic,” by John Clifford with Rosabelle Tifft as Olive and Bill Schuellein as Stan. The dating service is down the hall, but that does not mean some sparks cannot start flying between these two characters.

"Gin and Tonic" with Bill Schuellein and Rosabelle Tifft
photo Peter Musso

“After the Ball” by Fred Stoppel, features Ray Leghart as Stewart and Arita Zitoli as Joanna. Their friend, Charlie, knew how to put the “fun” into his funeral. Stewart and Joanna, a married couple, share their reactions to the event and how it affected them, some of it good, and some of it not so much.

"After the Ball" with Arita Zitoli and Ray Leghart
photo Peter Musso

Jack Kuchta, as a client, and John Reilly, as the psychologist, perform in “Your Mother’s Butt,” by Alan Ball. Sometimes a belt is just a belt. Things happen when a man seeking help with his lack of joy in life, ends up finding a shopping trip might be all he needs.

John Reilly and Jack Kuchta in "Your Mother's Butt"
photo Peter Musso

“Chocolate,” by Frederick Soppel, casts Tim LeConey as a detective, and Lorrie Hoeh as Mrs. Colby. An investigation of a missing person leads to chocolate, of course.

Lorrie Hoeh and Tim LeConey in "Chocolate"  file photo

The final play, “Welcome to Acceptance,” by Terryl Paisdte, includes Marianne Goff-Dumont as Mrs. Melcher and Bill Schuellein as Sam. Sam robs banks for a living. Mrs. Melcher just started as a bank teller, but she’s got more tricks up her sleeve that Sam could possibly expect.

"Welcome to Acceptance" with Bill Schuellein and Marianne Goff-Dumont
photo Peter Musso

Reservations are required for each performance as seating is limited. To make a reservation, call Jack Kuchta at 201-579-8822 or email him at Masks are required at each performance. Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door to honor Royalty fees. For more information, call Jack at 201-579-8822.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Stress of Aging: Growing Old Is Not for Sissies!

by Mary Haberman 

On April 4th, at the West Parish Congregational Church, a panel of experts presented a program on STRESS as it affects the older population. The event was sponsored by the To Your Health committee of Western Mountain Senior College, The Bethel Health Center, and MSAD#44 Continuing Education. The panel included Brie Weisman, OTR/L; Jane Chandler, R.N., BSN; Karen Reilly, Sc.D.; Rev. Dr.Tim LeConey; and Wendy Youmans, LCSW. Ellen Cocker, M.Ed. served as moderator.

Karen Reilly and Tim LeConey
The speakers detailed the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges that are a normal part of aging. We learned how important it is to our health to recognize and find ways to deal with stress. The loss of a loved one, moving away from the community, financial worries, loss of independence, fear of death.....these are common stressors. We cannot do all we once did. We may feel an estrangement from ourselves because we are no longer the same person. How to manage? How to find purpose? Joy?
Wendy Youmans

Among the footnotes provided by the panel: Be sure our Doctors know about all of our medications. Poor posture increases your risk of falling. Oldsters have more cavities than youngsters! Maine not only has a high percentage of elders, it has increased cases of depression.

Jane Chandler and Ellen Crockett

 The second half of the program was given over to the audience. Many had suggestions and some themes kept coming up. Love of music for one. Enjoyment of the outdoors, gardening, taking classes, having a pet were others.
Brie Weisman

Resources mentioned were AARP, the Age Friendly Community Initiative (200 rides were provided last year by the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program), the University of Maine system, and the many overlapping organizations in the area.

Here’s the bottom line. Stay physically and mentally active. Search out whatever brings you joy. Lastly, make connections because that will give you a purpose for being and doing. And it can help RELIEVE STRESS!

Audience members Ruth and Jim Bebko
Moderator Ellen Crocker

Photos by Iris Roberts

Monday, March 11, 2019

Photos from the Mardi Gras Potluck

Thanks to Peter Musso, Bonnie Pooley and Kathleen DeVore for taking these photos at last week's Potluck supper.
Jan Stowell brought the masks and beads.
Bonnie Pooley registering for spring classes.
... and good food!
Good company ...
Jan Stowell, Marvin Ouwinga, Norman Milliard and Marilyn Sahlberg.
 Diane McMahon
Kathleen DeVore, Marilyn Sahlberg, Jan Stowell and Marvin Ouwinga
Lee and Steve Smith

Photos from "It's a Pasta Party!"

Enjoy these photos from Cathi Dicocco's To Your Health presentation on making pasta.  As you can see, she put us to work! Thank you for the photos, Peter Musso.

Cathi and crew

Rolling the pasta
Putting the dough through the pasta machine

Getting thinner...

Nicely stretched!

The recipe. (Cathi says she rarely measures anything!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Atrial Fibrillation Revisited

On Thursday, February 7, Dr. Daniel van Buren spoke to a To Your Health audience on Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and the most recent developments in treatment. 

Individuals with AF have a problem with the heart's electrical system. Very simply, disorganized electrical activity in the upper chambers causes the lower chambers to beat erratically. Blood is not pumped properly, which results in the formation of clots, hence the greatly increased risk of stroke.

Because of the increased risk of stroke, medication that inhibits clot formation is usually prescribed. Traditionally, that drug has been Warfarin, but Warfarin requires a great deal of tweaking and monitoring, which has led to under treatment. Newer drugs are now available that have proven to be at least as effective as Warfarin, at least as safe, and do not require constant monitoring, and the price is coming down. The downside with any blood thinner is the risk of bleeding, but in the case of preventing stroke the benefits outweigh the risks. 

Peter Musso thanks Dr. van Buren for his presentation.
A really encouraging new development is the Watchman Device. Most clots form in the left atrial appendage. The Watchman Device is inserted over the opening to the appendage to prevent blood from entering and clots from forming. Dr. van Buren says it’s almost too good to be true; except for the need for and the cost of a procedure, so far there are no negatives.

The next To Your Health presentation, “It’s a Pasta Party!”, will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 at the West Parish Congregational Church. It is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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!

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!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Preventing Falls and Fires

Western Mountains Senior College member Jacqueline Cressy, from the Age-Friendly Community Initiative, reminded us how to stay safe in our homes at a recent To Your Health presentation. Older adults represent the population most likely to be injured from a fall or in a fire, and many of these injuries are preventable. Here are some of the points Jackie made.

How to Prevent Falls:
  • Exercise regularly to improve strength and balance.Take your time getting out of bed or out of a chair. Stand and get your balance before walking.
  • Keep stairs and walking areas clear of electrical wires, shoes, books, etc.
  • Improve lighting and get yearly vision checkups.
  • Use non-slips mats in the tub or shower and install grab bars.
  • Be aware of uneven surfaces, indoors and out.
  • Stairways should be well lit, with easy to grab handrails on both sides.
  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting, low heel shoes with non-slip soles – even in the house.
How to Prevent Fires:
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that will burn. Shut off heaters when you leave or go to bed.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking – especially when frying food.
  • Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire – Do Not Run.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home. Local fire departments are available to do this for us – just call and ask.
  • Plan and practice your fire escape route.
  • Know your emergency number – for us it is 911.
  • Plan your escape around your abilities - keep your phone, glasses, medication, walker etc. by your bed so you can grab them in an emergency.
For more information on the Age-Friendly Community Initiative visit their website