Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Telstar-Community Resource Directory To Be Rolled Out This Week

As announced in the last WMSC blog, there is an ambitious project being rolled out in our community that you may be interested in supporting. The first edition of the Telstar-Community Resource Directory will be shared with Telstar teachers when they return to school this week. The intent of the Resource Directory is to provide an awareness of the community’s educational resources available to Telstar teachers and students by connecting them to citizens of SAD44 communities who wish to share their education, experiences, and interests to enhance curricular and co-curricular activities.

Please note that this is the first iteration of the directory, and a great deal of effort is going into expanding on this beginning list. We hope you'll be interested in helping! Several WMSC members are part of the Partnership's advisory committee. There is much more information available, including a sign-up sheet to help Al Cressy add people to the directory. Please consider helping in this exemplary project and give me a buzz if you'd like more information. Nancy Davis, 381-1110, nancydavis@megalink.org.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Telstar-Community Partnership Coming to SAD44

We hope our WMSC members will be interested in the new Telstar-Community Partnership that is in the formative stages. The hope is to provide educational resources to Telstar teachers and students by connecting citizens of SAD44 communities who wish to share their education, experiences, and interests to enhance curricular and co-curricular activities. Please note - you may be the perfect candidate!  Perhaps you have an area you'd be willing to share with one or more young people.  You don't have to be an expert; some kind of knowledge or interest or talent - and a willing attitude - are what we're looking for.  A lot of groundwork has already taken place, and we hope to begin this project soon, but after the holiday season.   If you feel you might be interested, even if you're not sure how you would fit in, feel free to contact Nancy Davis (nancydavis@megalink.net; 381-1110).  More details will follow after the holiday season!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Senior College Players Perform

Senior College Players “wowed” a capacity audience at each of their performances held on November 22 and 23 at the Gould Academy Science Center Trustees Auditorium. At an intermission during the three-comedy performance, cast members further “wowed” the audience with an assortment of homemade cookies for their enjoyment.

The evening was dedicated to Joe and Lynn Arizzi. Lynn organized the Senior College Players seven years ago, and Joe was her faithful photographer as well as participant. They have since relocated to Florida. Ross Timberlake, named director, and Lorrie Hoeh, assistant director, sensing the need to move in new directions, worked with a team of veteran players to come up with the new format and to select the plays.

Throughout ten weeks of rehearsals, Ross and Lorrie served as “facilitators,” challenging the team of cast members to stay in character and have fun. The end result provided a wonderful learning experience for new members and veterans alike. A very successful event followed, as the thespians entertained their friends and neighbors in two performances. Cast members have expressed their thanks and appreciation to Ross and Lorrie for their excellent direction and support.

Rosabelle Tifft, Carole Timberlake and Jim McLean in a scene from "Light Competition." photo R. Timberlake
Jack Kuchta and Lorrie Hoeh in a scene from "Who Murdered Who." photo R. Timberlake
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Senior College Players to Present "Shakespeare in Shambles"

by Rosabelle Tifft

The third of the three Senior College Players comedies, “Shakespeare in Shambles” by Wade Bradford, will be presented on November 22 and 23 at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Trustees Auditorium, beginning at 7 pm. This entertaining play finds William Shakespeare (Ross Timberlake) dealing with ticket sales, an eccentric actor, Thomas Kemp (Norman Milliard), an insanely jealous wife (Ginger Kelly), and Lord Chamberlain (Roberta Taylor), who wants to close down the immoral theater. Everyone is anxious to find out what Shakespeare will write next - except for Queen Elizabeth (Bonnie Marshall), who may be the real playwright. Keeping their secret hidden takes a lot of work and costume changes, with the help and comings and goings of Gerty (Barb Dion), a boisterous “costume wench.”

Cast of "Shakespeare in Shambles:" front, Bonnie Marshall, Ross Timberlake; back, Roberta Taylor, Ginger Kelly, Barb Dion, Norman Milliard  photo L. Hoeh

Roberta Taylor, Bonnie Marshall, Barb Dion  photo L. Hoeh
Bonnie Marshall, Norman Milliard, Ross Timberlake  photo L. Hoeh

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Managing the Holiday Blues

by Kathleen DeVore

We all know someone, or someone whose loved one, is dealing with depression. Severe depression is debilitating, but there are levels of depression, and even a mild case such as being down in the dumps can take its toll. This was the focus of To Your Health's latest offering, “How to Keep the Holidays Happy – Managing the Holiday Blues.” Torrey Harrison, LCSW, and Stephanie LeBlanc, LCSW, both from Tri-County Mental Health, were the presenters.

The symptoms of depression, whether minor or severe, include: feelings of sadness or unhappiness; changes in appetite (eating too much or not enough); loss of interest or pleasure; lack of energy, oversleeping or insomnia; and irritability, frustration, agitation. Harrison and LeBlanc said that one in ten Americans are impacted by depression, either personally or through a loved one, but that 80% of people struggling do not seek help.

Harrison and LeBlanc also made the following points during their presentation:

  • As with any medical condition, if you are experiencing a major disruption to your life, talk with your doctor. Medication may be in order, but there are other avenues to explore as well. Many people find help through cognitive/behavioral therapy. Talking with a non-judgmental third party can be beneficial. Improve your general wellness level through physical and social activity. Exercise and eat a healthy diet to improve your sleep patterns. All of these can help you become more aware of what triggers your depression, and help you to cope.
  • The holiday season – from Halloween to Valentine's Day – just happens to coincide with the darkest 100 days in the northern climates. Many people suffer from a mild depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during this time. It is more common in women 20 – 55 years old, less common for men. If you did not suffer from SAD when you were younger, it is less likely you will experience it as you get older.
  • The symptoms of SAD are not at the level of intensity as those of depression, but they are the same: loss of energy and interest, feeling moody or irritable, change in appetite (often an increased craving for carbohydrates), difficulty concentrating and accomplishing tasks. All are brought on by short days and decrease in light.
  • With SAD there is no one thing that will help everyone. It is important to find things that work for you. Many people find that using full-spectrum lights at home or at work greatly improves their well-being. Known as “happy lights,” these are readily available. Taking extra vitamin D or St. John's wort is of benefit to some. If you know you experience a mood dip in October, plan things to look forward to during the dark season. Try to stay in the moment of what's happening now. Be realistic – do you really need to make four pies for Thanksgiving? Reach out and connect to others. Do something for someone else – it really does help you feel better! And don't forget to take time out for yourself, even just a few minutes. Avoid getting too busy.
  • With family, decide what the holidays mean to you, and keep that in mind. Buy into what you want to do, not what others expect of you. Identify points of possible tension, and work to avoid them. Laugh! Have a favorite joke at the ready. And if you can't laugh, force yourself to smile. Smiling will make you feel better.

The session concluded with a graphic of the Eight Dimension of Wellness:
  • Physical – healthy patterns, eating, exercise, imbibing, sleeping
  • Emotional – awareness, expressing, managing
  • Social – positive supports, regular contact
  • Occupational – sense of purpose and meaning in everyday life
  • Intellectual – activities that are creative, learning something new
  • Financial – making conscious spending decisions, planning and preparing
  • Environmental – pleasing surroundings support physical/mental health
  • Spiritual – connect with something greater than one's self
Being mindful of these points will help us manage the “Holiday Blues.”

Lida Iles, Torrey Harrison, Stephanie LeBlanc, and Bob Iles     photo R. Tifft

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Native American Reconciliation at Down Home Maine

by Saranne Taylor
Cheryl Schaufler and Arla Patch  (photo P. Gross)
Cheryl Schaufler, who is Native American, and Arla Patch, who is European American, presented a horrifying picture of the atrocities suffered by Native Americans during the last two and a half centuries. We may know these things, but such an eloquent reminder from Cheryl and Arla was both sobering and painful.

Arla and Cheryl’s work focuses on the Maine-Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was signed in June of 2012 at the State Capital. The Wabanaki are the five Nations comprising the Mi’kmaq, Maleseet, Passamaquody, Abenaki and Penobscot. As far as we know, this is the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to address Indian Child Welfare in the US.

The mandate of the TRC has 3 main goals:

TRUTH: document what has happened, and is happening to Wabanaki involved in the Maine Child Welfare system

HEALING: give everyone, Wabanaki especially, a voice to begin the healing process

CHANGE: make suggestions for the best Child Welfare practices with Wabanaki

Arla and Cheryl spoke about the “Cultural Genocide” of the Wabanaki people, which was authorized by the governments of the times. Phrases such as “The Indian people should be put into perpetual slavery” or “Capture and subdue the Saracens” were used by prominent people.

Thanks to the dedicated work of Cheryl and Arla, steps are being taken to heal the wounds, particularly those of the Indian children who were removed from their homes, families and tribes not only in the 1800’s, but as recently as 1984 when the last school was closed. Children were placed in boarding schools when they were as young as four or five years old, or, they were adopted by white parents. At school and during adoption, children were forbidden to speak their own language, dress in their own clothes or follow any of their tribal customs. Frequently they were physically and emotionally abused, which had tragic outcomes still observed today.

Despite this, the TRC is making headway in the healing process, and in Maine we can be proud that the TRC is the first of its kind in the US.

If you would like more information, or would like to know how to volunteer for the TRC, please write to: Arla@megalink.net

Many thanks to Cheryl and Arla for this Down Home Maine presentation.

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Senior College Players in Rehearsal

by Rosabelle Tifft

“Who Murdered Who,” by Millard Crosby, is one of three plays to be performed by the Senior College Players on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, beginning at 7 pm at Gould Academy McLaughlin Science Center Trustees Auditorium. Players have been rehearsing since mid-September. A brief summary of “Who Murdered Who,” is included below, along with several photos.

This play is filled with laughs, thrills and excitement. Gould Trevor (Jack Kuchta) receives a threatening note. Jennie, Trevor’s housekeeper (Lorrie Hoeh), overhears Trevor talking of murder and thinks Trevor plans to murder her. Jennie flees, and a strange woman who calls herself Mary Jones (Rosabelle Tifft) takes over as housekeeper for Trevor. Excitement increases as mysterious happenings take place, with nearly everyone suspected of murder.

Watch for information on another play in the next BLOG.

Cast of "Who Murdered Who:" seated, Jack Kuchta and Tineki Ouwinga; standing, Lorrie Hoeh, Mark Antell, Kathy Berberian, Carole Timberlake, Rosabelle Tifft and Jim McLean  (photo R. Timberlake)

Carole Timberlake, Jack Kuchta, and Tineke Ouwinga  (photo L. Hoeh)

Jim McLean, Rosabelle Tifft, Mark Antell and Lorrie Hoeh  (photo L.Hoeh)

Lorrie Hoeh and Kathy Berberian  (photo L. Hoeh)

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Senior College Players to Perform in November

by Rosabelle Tifft

Senior College Players are gearing up for an evening of mystery, mayhem, memories and a few “grammatical” surprises for their presentation on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Auditorium beginning at 7 pm. Ross Timberlake, director, and Lorrie Hoeh, assistant director, promise an evening of fun for all.

Under the heading of “Please Pardon Us for Stepping (Out of) on Your (Line) Limes,” there will be three delightful plays: “Who Murdered Who,” by Millard Crosby; “Shakespeare in Shambles,” by Wade Bradford; and “Light Competition,” by Louise Helliwell.

Photos shown are from one of the plays, “Light Competition,” a light-hearted Christmas play. Each year the city gives a prize for the best holiday decorations and two neighbors are in such a feud over the matter that only a miracle can stop them. A unique “miracle” is planned by two younger family members, resulting in the merriest Christmas in years.

Barb Dion, Jim McLean, Tineke Ouwinga, Jack Kuchta  (photo L. Hoeh)

Norman Milliard, Carole Timberlake, Rosabelle Tifft  (photo L. Hoeh)

Cast of "Light Competetion:" front, Jim McLean and Jack Kuchta; back, Tineke Ouwinga, Norman Milliard, Barb Dion, Carole Timberlake, Rosabelle Tifft, Mark Antell and Carol Campbell  (photo R. Timberlake)

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet

(The following health websites have been recommended by Central Maine Medical Center.  Thanks to Peter Gartner for alerting us to this valuable resource.)

Cancer.gov is the official website for The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health, one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service in the Department of Health and Human Services. The NCI, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, is dedicated to promoting "health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability." Of special interest to the consumer are the resources about diseases, conditions, and other special topics arranged under "Health Topics A-Z," and "Travelers' Health," with health recommendations for travelers worldwide. There are also sections on health topics in the news and health hoaxes. Information is also available in Spanish.

Familydoctor.org is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.

Healthfinder is a gateway consumer health information website whose goal is "to improve consumer access to selected health information from government agencies, their many partner organizations, and other reliable sources that serve the public interest." Menu lists on its home page provide links to online journals, medical dictionaries, minority health, and prevention and self-care. The developer and sponsor of this site is the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services, with other agencies that also can be linked to via the site. Access to resources on the site is also available in Spanish.

Health Fraud Scams - Food and Drug Administration refer to products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses. Health fraud scams waste money and can lead to delays in getting proper diagnosis and treatment. They can also cause serious or even fatal injuries. Don't get fooled by bogus claims and promises of miracle cures. Learn about the common types of health fraud, and the gimmicks and tricks used to promote them.

Kidshealth provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.

MARVEL! Databases provide every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books that are credible, reputable resources. Funding comes from the Maine State Legislature and the joint efforts of Maine State Library, University of Maine, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin Colleges, the Public Utilities Commission, and MTEAF (Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund), commonly known as state E-rate. This collaboration makes statewide licensing of MARVEL! resources extremely cost effective and provides these resources for every school, library and resident of Maine. Click on the "Health" subject link in the left hand menu to see the health resources.

Mayo Clinic is an extension of the Mayo Clinic's commitment to provide health education to patients and the general public. Editors of the site include more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, writers, and educators at the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit institution with more than 100 years of history in patient care, medical research, and education. The website has added interactive tools to assist consumers in managing their health. This site supersedes the previous site, Mayo Clinic Health Oasis.

MedlinePlus is the National Library of Medicine's website for consumer health information. The site offers authoritative, up-to-date health information, without advertisements. A Spanish-language version, Medline Plus en espagnol, is also available. A site for cell phones and other mobile devices is at http://m.medlineplus.gov. Additional resources include physician and hospital directories, several online medical dictionaries, interactive health tutorials, and information about prescription and over-the-counter medicines, plus herbs and supplements. A full description of all resources available on MedlinPlus is available.

NetWellness, a non-profit consumer health website, has been in operation for over ten years. It provides over 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University. Its "Ask An Expert" feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities, who volunteer their time as a community service.

NIH SeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. A unique feature is that the website has a spoken language feature and also allows increases in contrast as well as size of type for easier viewing. Well-illustrated and readable, it includes some short videos and links out to MedlinePlus for additional information.

WebMD provides credible information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects that matter to you as well as original and timely health information. Content staff includes individuals who hold advanced degrees in journalism, medical illustration, health communications, clinical informatics, nursing, and medicine. WebMD verifies the qualifications of all medical professionals on the site; including health professionals, experts, editorial professionals and contributors with a specialty license.

Should you "Google It?"

(The following information has been provided by the Medical Library Association.)

As many people have discovered, clicking on a favorite search engine and entering a disease or medical condition can often result in hundreds, even thousands, of "hits." This can be discouraging. Here are a few ideas for filtering the available web pages to a manageable number:

If you are using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo, take advantage of the health subsets of these services for your search. Learn how to use the advanced searching features of the sites so that you can combine terms to make your retrieval more precise. For example, entering the term "cancer" and "chemotherapy" linked together is more powerful and precise than trying to read through all the hits found by simply entering the general term "cancer."

When you have found sites that look relevant, use the content evaluation guidelines below to help you decide whether the information is as credible, timely, and useful as it looks.

Content Evaluation Guidelines

1. Sponsorship

Can you easily identify the site sponsor? Sponsorship is important because it helps establish the site as respected and dependable. Does the site list advisory board members or consultants? This may give you further insights on the credibility of information published on the site.

The web address itself can provide additional information about the nature of the site and the sponsor's intent:

o A government agency has .gov in the address.

o An educational institution is indicated by .edu in the address.

o A professional organization such as a scientific or research society will be identified as .org. For example, the American Cancer Society's website is http://www.cancer.org/.

o Commercial sites identified by .com will most often identify the sponsor as a company, for example Merck & Co., the pharmaceutical firm.

What should you know about .com health sites? Commercial sites may represent a specific company or be sponsored by a company using the web for commercial reasons-to sell products. At the same time, many commercial websites have valuable and credible information. Many hospitals have .com in their address. The site should fully disclose the sponsor of the site, including the identities of commercial and noncommercial organizations that have contributed funding, services, or material to the site.

2. Currency

The site should be updated frequently. Health information changes constantly as new information is learned about diseases and treatments through research and patient care. Websites should reflect the most up-to-date information.

The website should be consistently available, with the date of the latest revision clearly posted. This usually appears at the bottom of the page.

3. Factual information

Information should be presented in a clear manner. It should be factual (not opinion) and capable of being verified from a primary information source such as the professional literature, abstracts, or links to other web pages.

Information represented as an opinion should be clearly stated and the source should be identified as a qualified professional or organization.

4. Audience

The website should clearly state whether the information is intended for the consumer or the health professional.

Many health information websites have two different areas - one for consumers, one for professionals. The design of the site should make selection of one area over the other clear to the user.

Additional Help

The Health on the Internet Foundation Code of Conduct for medical and health websites specifies eight principles intended to hold website developers to basic ethical standards and to make sure consumers always know the source and purpose of the data they are reading. Participation is voluntary throughout the world, but sites

displaying the foundation's symbol (pictured at left) are generally considered credible sources of information.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Report on To Your Health's "Is This Just a Mole or Could It Be More?"

by Barb Dion

Judy Whitman, Dr. Alyssa Paetau, Jan Stowell and Rosabelle Tifft  (photo B. Dion)
On October 3, WMSC presented its first To Your Health program for the fall session, “Is This Just a Mole or Could it be More?”

Dr. Alyssa Paetau, MD, from Western Maine Surgery (at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway), recommended a thorough skin examination as part of regular annual physical exams for people over the age of forty. She stressed the importance of checking the skin regularly for any changes, explaining how normal cells can become cancerous, and mentioned the two non-melanoma skin cancers, squamous cell and basal cell, the most common type of cancer.

Several methods of treating skin cancer, as described by Dr. Paetau, are excising it completely, radiation therapy, and cryotherapy (freezing). She spoke about the steps we can take to help prevent skin cancer: limiting UV light exposure, avoiding tanning beds, using sunscreen, and having annual skin checks.

The next To Your Health presentation, "How to Keep the Holidays Happy - Managing the Holiday Blues," will be held on Thursday, November 7 at 4:30 pm in the West Parish Congregational Church. These programs are open to the public and free of charge.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tribute to Ann Hastings Morton

by Tineke Ouwinga 

Although Ann Hastings Morton (1939-2013) was not an active member of the WMSC, she certainly shared many of its values. Ann was a lifelong educator and learner with a sense of adventure.

Ann Morton with Charlene Chase at WMSC's 10th Anniversary dinner.   (photo L. Gailitis)
I met Ann when she was a Trustee and an Alumni Board member at Gould. She was very much interested in our programs and liked interacting with the faculty. I loved Ann's passion for traveling, trying out different languages and cultures. For her those were the immersion adventures everyone should experience. Ann planned her own student trips, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Ann was a very positive woman who was determined to help others, young and old. She saw possibilities where others would have given up. She drew people in because she believed in the goodness of human beings. Ann, as a class agent of the Gould class of '56, always made sure that everyone would attend the yearly gatherings. She was an amazing organizer and a major fundraiser for the Gould Annual Fund. It was no wonder that Ann received 'The Alumni of the Year Award' in 2012.

Ann embraced life. She was an excellent skier, whether it was on the mountain or in the water. She loved the outdoors and was co-chair of the Mahoosuc Land Trust's successful fundraiser to preserve her beloved Step Falls. Even her cancer Ann used as a teaching experience. She helped organize family and friends as the 'Dairy Heirs' group to participate in the Revlon Walk for Women's Cancer in New York City. What fun the group had during those trips!

Ginny Gamble, Ann's sister and active member of the WMSC, told me that about a month before she passed away, Ann and David were in Acadia when she received a phone call from Stephens Memorial Hospital asking her to give a presentation about her cancer treatment to a group of oncologists. Without hesitation, Ann took the challenge and 'taught' the oncologists because she felt strongly that the understanding from a patient's point of view would be helpful to future patients.

Ann will be remembered for her honesty, her courage, her sense of humor, her energy and her caring. Our community will miss her!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

WMSC Teachers' Tea

On Wednesday, September 11, WMSC teachers and board members got together for an informational tea party, hosted by Adult Education director Jeanne Waite and WMSC Board Member/ Teacher Liaison Judy Whitman. It was a sweltering afternoon, but we were all attentive as Jeanie informed us of the new safety procedures now in place at Telstar.  You will hear about these procedures in your first classes of the fall.  Judy then went over the nuts and bolts of how our classes function.  Once we'd gotten through all the nitty-gritty of what happens behind the scenes we were free to socialize and eat the wonderful goodies, as you can see from Rosabelle's photos!

Judy Whitman pouring from her Grandmother's teapot into Jeanie Waite's grandmother's teacup.

Judy, Jeanie, Jim McLean and Marvin Ouwinga check out the food.

Jeanie, Sharon Lyon, Marvin, and Lucia Owen looking over their handouts.
Kathleen DeVore, Ginny Gamble, Sharon Lyon
New WMSC Chair, Marvin Ouwinga, and new WMSC Board Member Janet Stowell
Peter Gartner, Marvin Ouwinga and Jim McLean
RoseMary Mclean, Jim McLean, Judy Whitman and Jan Stowell
Our teachers: Lucia Owen, Marvin Ouwinga, Sharon Lyon, Jim McLean. Suzanne Taylor, Peter Gartner, Mary Haberman, Ginny Gamble
Hostesses Jeanie Waite and Judy Whitman

photos Rosabelle Tifft

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Directions for Senior College Players

by Rosabelle Tifft

Senior College Players resume this fall under the leadership of Ross Timberlake, as director, and Lorrie Hoeh, assistant director. Ross and Lorrie along with a team of veteran players are excited about continuing and moving in new directions.

Ross Timberlake and Lorrie Hoeh  (photo Rosabelle Tifft)
Current plans call for three plays to be performed in a ninety-minute fall production. Newcomers and veteran players alike are invited to join the troupe. Ross plans to hold a special orientation for newcomers and assures everyone that the “senior theater” tradition of carrying scripts on stage will be continued. There are also roles for interested persons who wish to become involved as “behind the scene” volunteers, such as the stage crews, props, costumes and other tasks associated with a dramatic production. Ross said, “The goal is to create a wonderful learning experience for new members, veterans and volunteers as we prepare to entertain our friends and neighbors.”

Ross brings extensive experience to his new role. He majored in theater at USM and has written and produced a number of plays, including the “Porch Plays” and “The Legend of Lefty” dinner theater play. He also co-founded the Bethel Performing Arts Project.

Lorrie’s interest in drama started in grade school when she played Joan of Arc in a play put on by her French teacher, and it continued while studying at Hiram College in Ohio. Through her experience performing, she has developed a keen interest in directing but she still plans to continue her love of performing.

Weekly rehearsals will take place on Mondays beginning September 16, from 1-4 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Dress rehearsals will be held on November 18 and 19. Performances are scheduled for Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, beginning at 7 pm in the Gould Academy Trustees Auditorium.

Senior College Players is a course sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College and registrations will be held during WMSC’s annual meeting on September 4 from 5-7 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Those unable to attend the annual meeting may register at the Adult Education office at Telstar High School.

For more information about the players and volunteer opportunities, call Ross at 824-6545 or Lorrie at 824-2917.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Photos from WMSC Tour of Vigilante Farm August 20

Picking blackberries while waiting for the tour to start. (photo K. DeVore)

Marvin Ouwinga in front of peach tree. (photo K. DeVore)
Scott Hynek telling one of his tales. (photo K. DeVore)
Steve Smith, Kathy Thrall and Kathy's granddaughter with goats Maggie and Paulette.
(photo K. DeVore)
The lovely Paulette!  (photo Lee Smith)
Looking across into the emu pen. (photo K. DeVore)
Scott and friend following emus. (photo Lee Smith)

Lee Smith getting friendly with an emu; Sara Wright and friend. (photo Steve Smith)
Emus were the big hit!  (photo Lee Smith)

Kathleen DeVore  (photo Lee Smith)

A very interested Tom turkey..... (photo Lee Smith)

This year's pig happily eating leftovers and trimmings from Cathi DiCocoa.   (photo Lee Smith)

The geese!  (photo Lee Smith)

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Picnic, Picking and Poetry

by Rosabelle Tifft

“Blueberries are so spectacular, you can pick them with both hands,” said Ruth Barrett, one of those
Ruth Barrett, picking with both hands
attending Beth and Walter Brough’s “Picnic, Picking and Poetry” afternoon.  Walter’s classical music offered a meditative air, and the mountain views added to the peaceful atmosphere.

In less than an hour, we’d picked up to a quart of berries or more and Beth called us inside for poetry and dessert.  We enjoyed a variety of original poems and roared with laughter at Marvin Ouwinga’s limericks and Walter’s comical verses. Beth’s pumpkin cake and frosted brownies had all of us drooling for more.

Ruth Barrett laughing at Marvin Ouwinga's limericks
Beth invites anyone interested to come to her home and pick blueberries anytime. “No need to call ahead,” she said. “Just come along and pick even if we’re not at home, as the berries are very plentiful, but they won’t last long.”

We extend special thanks to Beth and Walter for once again opening their lovely home and grounds for this special event. Even the rain held off, as promised, until everyone headed home.

Mary Tyler and Ruth Barrett
Walter Brough in his element
Walter clears brush in blueberry field
Beth Brough gives pointers to Marvin Ouwinga

Rosabelle Tifft, Ruth Barrett and Beth Brough
Blueberries everywhere - Beth says come and pick while they last!
photos by Rosabelle Tifft

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Monday, July 15, 2013

Down East Magazine Names Maine Senior College Network "Best of Maine"

The July issue of Down East Magazine features their choices for "Best of Maine." The Maine Senior College Network has been included in the "Best of Maine: Self" category. Here's what Down East has to say about MSCN:

Senior Education - Maine Senior College 
Started in 1997 at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Senior College Network is a consortium of seventeen independent learning centers from York to Fort Kent. Courses include everything from foreign languages to religion to the history of opera, all for a minimal tuition and annual membership, starting from twenty-five dollars. 
No tests, papers, or grades — just intellectual stimulation for those over the age of fifty. Find the college 
nearest you. 207-780-4128. maineseniorcollege.org 

Although we have yet to hear of anyone contacting us at WMSC, the Maine Senior College Network office says they have been getting inquiries.

To read the entire article go to Best of Maine. 

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thank You, Lin Chapman!

by Kathleen DeVore

Lin Chapman
If you've ever gone into the Adult Education office at Telstar you've probably spoken with Lin Chapman. She's the woman who sits at the desk by the windows, managing the fiscal affairs of WMSC, helping solve audio/visual challenges in the classroom, and so much more.

After 24 years of working with SAD 44, Lin is retiring. On Friday, June 14, the Adult Ed staff invited all of us to an informal coffee/ lunch to say thanks to Lin.
Lin chatting with Lorrie Hoeh, other WMSC members in background
We aren't really saying goodbye, as she will still be working in the office one day a week, and as Lin said on Friday, she's only a telephone call away. I believe that someone even mentioned the word “Skype.” (Watch out, Lin, those words may come back to haunt you!) 

Mary Leimbach, Peter Gartner, Roberta Taylor and Mary-Ellen Gartner
When asked what she would be doing now that she's retired Lin said she looks forward to having more time to devote to all the projects she's involved with already. We're hoping that she also has time to add a WMSC course or two to the mix.

Thank you, Lin, for all you've done for us over the years.

Adult Education's Fantastic Four: Lin Chapman, Lois Ruff, Jeanie Waite and Lauren Gailitis

photos by Kathleen DeVore 

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college