Issue No. 107
The MSCN Newsletter
 Welcome to Your March 2019 Newsletter!

Nikolai Astrup - A Morning in March, c.1920.

Have you ever toyed with the idea of trying out an online MSCN Zoom class? You have a chance to do just that this month if you move quickly! USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College is offering "Fake News" and the Importance of Media Literacy, with favorite class instructor Marty Gagnon. 

Also in this issue:

Call to Artists! - Annual Senior College Festival of Art (Senior College Belfast)

Mid-February "Kick-off" report from the Gold LEAF Institute.

Based on a quick review of published Spring Catalogs we have over 345 Senior College class offerings taking place. Thank you to all the hard-working volunteer board members who make these classes possible! You are enriching the lives of older Mainers all around the state.  Don't forget to look into our Zoom online offering, this class demonstrates the potential of MSCN to reach people who cannot travel to a Senior College location.

Program Director. Maine Senior College Network

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

Online Zoom Class Opportunity!

"Fake News" and the Importance of Media Literacy
Instructor: Marty Gagnon

6 Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Beginning Mar. 29, 2019
Course Limit: 12
Fee $25

The term "fake news" generates over 10 million Internet hits. Join Marty Gagnon for a course on "fake news" with the goal of becoming a diligent skeptic of news media. Through the use of articles, videos, and classroom discussions, the course will define "fake news," why we are neurologically susceptible to it, how it spreads, its implications, and much more.

Marty Gagnon graduated La Salle University in 1997 with a degree in Written Communications. He went on to write for both weekly and daily newspapers in New Hampshire and Maine. Moving near the Canadian border, he met his wife, started a farm, and continued to write. He then began working in libraries about 10 years ago.

Simply click on the link and you are in! 
Once you sign up, before each class, you are sent an email with a link to join the class.  Simply click on the link and you are in! 

If you can enjoy YouTube videos on your computer or preferred device, then you will enjoy using ZOOM! 

Computer Requirements:
Your computer must have a camera (built in or attached). 
Operating systems: Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS 7.7 or newer, iPhone 4 or newer, Android 4.0 or newer, or Kindle Fire HD. 

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior is excited to explore all the possibilities that new online learning offers. Whether you are in Auburn or Arizona or Australia, you can join us on this new adventure.

How to Register!
Members of all Senior Colleges (other than USM LASC) 
  • Call 207-780-5960 to register for "Fake News" and the Importance of Media Literacy
  • Your name 
  • The name of your Senior College. 

Members of USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College  can register online.

Senior College at Belfast

"Colorful Corals" Fiber Art by Sandi Cirillo
Featured Artist, 2019 Festival of Art

Call to Artists!
Annual Senior College Festival of Art May 30 - June 2, 2019

Open To Maine Artists 50 Years Of Age And Older!

The Senior College at Belfast invites all Maine artists, 50 years of age and above, to enter one piece of their work in the 17th Annual Festival of Art, to be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, May
30 through June 2, 2019. Amateur and professional artists are welcome, all media accepted, (some size restrictions may apply). You need not be a Senior College member to participate.

Entry forms must be submitted by March 31, 2019. Artwork is to be delivered to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue (Rt. 3), Belfast, on Wednesday, May 29th, between 5 and 7 p.m.

A registration form and information regarding the event may be obtained via e-mail, from our website, the Senior College at Belfast office, or by leaving a message at 207-338-8033. 

We welcome all members of the Senior College Network to take this opportunity to show their work in a non-juried, non-competitive exhibition.

The Festival of Art is sponsored by Senior College at Belfast

Submitted by Cathy Bradbury, Festival of Art Committee, Senior College at Belfast
Pangea-GoldLEAFGLIkickOFFGold LEAF Institute

Spring Term In Farmington Ignores the Local Snowbanks
Nearly 90 people, including presenters, packed a local parish hall for Gold LEAF's "kick-off"

The mid-February kick-off for Gold LEAF's Spring Term brought people out of the proverbial "woodwork", the woodwork being in this case feet upon feet of snow, snow banks, snow shovels, you name it.

Nearly 90 people, including presenters, packed a local parish hall, arranged by Board member Roz Kerr, who was kept busy insuring that the coffee pot was kept full to the brim. The event was attended by a record number of new members, signing up for offerings for the first time, enjoying the refreshments, and fully engaged in socializing in a warm space.

The group was entertained by one of several GLI "clubs":  a singing group which has been going for years and now enjoys the accompaniment of a violin, and a ukulele.   Everyone joined in on the tune "Sweet Adeline."   The GLI CLUB idea applies to a few classes for which no sign-up is required, and which people attend as they wish.  The most amazing part of this spring kick-off is that a brand new club (YOGA) was announced as an option, and over 15 people expressed interest enough to have it spontaneously put in place for upcoming Sundays in March.  It was immediately apparent that there is a striking need for this type of activity class.  Ah, could that have anything to do with the snow?

Who was Cinderella's Controversial Cousin?
Gold LEAFERs know!

During the program, presenters were on hand to take the microphone and explain a bit more about their offering.  It was possible to learn a great deal during the short presentations.  For instance, who knew that Cinderella had a controversial cousin named "All Kinds of Fur" in the famous Grimms' Tale?  

During an intro to "From Age-ism to Sage-ism" the group received a lively pep talk on the importance of sharing their knowledge, along with a thank you for all that they bring to their local towns and organizations, neighbors, and families.  It was shared by a member who has been in Maine for a little under two years, and comes to share her skills as a now-retired Clinical Psychologist.

Prior Curriculum Chair Pam Matthews displayed a copy of her recently published children's book about Cornelia 'Fly Rod' Crosby, and offered a full day of activities in the town of Phillips, Fly Rod's birthplace and last home.

The afternoon was filled with sharing, smiles, and a look to the future. Even if Spring is still a few weeks (and many hours of melting) away, the Spring TERM certainly, and most gratefully, is upon us!

Submitted by Eileen Kreutz, The Gold LEAF Institute
University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Presents:

Food for Thought Luncheon Series
Guest Speaker: Kevin Hancock
Topic: "Listen, Empower, Strengthen"
March 8, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Kevin Hancock

Kevin Hancock, President of Hancock Lumber Company, will share his experiences with his diagnosis of spasmodic dysphonia and how it changed his management style and his approach to life.  

After graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in American history,  he taught and coached basketball at a postgraduate prep school. When his father became ill in 1991, Kevin went to work at  one of the company's stores.

When his father died in 1997, Kevin, then 32 became the company president. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber operates ten retail stores and three sawmills, with 640 employees. The company grows trees on 12,000 acres of timberland in Southern Maine. Hancock Lumber is a multi-year winner of the "Best Places to work in Maine" award, a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year award, and the Governor's Award for Business Excellence.   Also the MITC, "Exporter of the Year" Award.

Hancock is past chairman of of the National Lumber and Building Materials Association as well as the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees. He is a recipient of the Ed Muskie Access to Justice Award, and Habitat for Humanity's Spirit of Humanity Award, as well as others.

In 2012, Hancock read about the severe  housing shortage at Pine Ridge, an Oglala Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. His historical interest led him to visit often and he became a passionate student of the economic and social challenges faced by the Pine Ridge residents.

Hancock will discuss his book based on these experiences, published in 2015, Not for Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse.

Hancock remains an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals- within a company or a community such as Pine Ridge - through listening, empowering and shared leadership.  Copies of his book will be available for sale for $20.00 at the luncheon.

The cost of the luncheon is $8.00 per person by RESERVATION ONLY and must be made by noon on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Senior College reservation line is 753-6510 please follow the prompts.

Those without a reservation can purchase a lunch at Café LA on campus and are welcome to listen to the speaker for free.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and the program is from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

University of Maine at Augusta Senior College Presents:

Concerts at Jewett
"Sandy River Ramblers"
UMA Jewett Auditorium, 
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2PM
(Snow date: March 24th)

The Sandy River Ramblers

The Sandy River Ramblers, Maine's most popular and accomplished bluegrass band, is known for its hot picking, stunning lead and harmony singing, and original songs about Maine. The band was organized in 1982, and has been continually active from that time.

Guitarist Stan Keach, who does most of the writing for the group, is a nationally-known bluegrass songwriter whose songs have been recorded by world-famous bands. Keach's co-written song, On Boot Hill, which has been recorded by Ralph Stanley II, won the 2017 Maine Songwriters Association Song of the Year award.

Banjoist Bud Godsoe, a Rambler since the band's inception, learned to play banjo while working on the Alaska Pipeline. A retired building contractor and shingle mill operator, Bud lives in Madrid, in the foothills of the western mountains. A top-flight banjoist, Bud has, in recent years, become a very good resophonic guitar (dobro) player as well.

Upright Bassist Julie Davenport started playing bluegrass in the Maranacook String Band, a youth band Keach (then a teacher) started at Maranacook High School. She became the Rambler's full-time bassist in 2014, and is well-known for her stunning vocal skills, but is also invaluable to the band for her strong bass playing. Julie is a professional forester and she and her husband run a small farm in Leeds.

Mandolinist Dan Simons started playing guitar in high school, and has been playing in a duo act with Stan since shortly after he graduated from Maranacook. A diligent student of the ultra-traditional Bill Monroe mandolin style, Dan incorporates a wide variety of techniques in his virtuoso playing.

Dana Reynolds, a 16-year-old Maranacook High School student, plays hand percussion and sings with the band. A great lead and harmony singer, with skills remarkable for someone so young, Dana is also a standout athlete (cross-country, skiing, softball), and is active in high school theatrical productions. She plans for a career in music education.

The Ramblers' 2012 CD, Cry of the Loon & other original songs about Maine, has sold briskly and has gained stellar reviews from bluegrass publications. With a variety of comedy and serious songs like Slow Down (You'll Hit a Moose), Donn Fendler, Boots From L. L. Bean, the album is very popular among Ramblers fans. Their new CD, Home in the Heart of Maine (more original songs about Maine), will be released early this Spring.
  • Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free.
  • Tickets are available at Dave's Appliance in Winthrop and at the door. 
  • Call 621-3551, or email  for more information or for mail order tickets.
  • You can also visit the Concerts at Jewett Website.
The next concert is Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2PM - "The Sandy River Ramblers" (Snow date: March 24th)

York County Senior College Presents:

The Gary Sullivan Lecture Series
Wednesday March 20, 2019

"Hidden Wonders of Korea" 

Hanbok -Traditional Korean attire
Despite memories of the "Forgotten War" and the divided country's prominence in today's news, Korea is not widely understood in America. This presentation, "Korean Spirit and Culture," will examine ancient artifacts and how devotion to them has helped Korea develop into the world's fifth largest exporting nation. Note: Traditional Korean refreshments will complement the lecture

- LUNCH - 

"Coral Triangle"
Lecturers: Monica & Bill Grabin

The Coral Triangle
Monica Grabin has entertained us in the past with a variety of music produced by a variety of instruments. She'll demonstrate further versatility in this joint presentation with Bill, as they dive in the Heart of the Coral Triangle, just east of Indonesia. Meet some of the 1, 000 species of fish and 500 of coral documented in this one exotic area.

All lectures to be given at Denis Hall on the campus of The Brothers of Christian Instruction
133 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred, ME (off Rt. 202)


The program offers:
A coffee/pastry registration 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
A delicious lunch!  11:30 a.m -12:30 p.m

Total cost for the day's program: 
($20 members / $25 non-members). 

(No confirmation will be made) 
Fee payable at the door-cash or check-payable to
York County Shelter Program.

Next Month's Lecture:
March 20 
Hidden Wonders of Korea - Lecturer:  Kim Jae Woong
Coral Triangle - Lecturers: Monica & Bill Grabin

"Where Policy Meets Practice"
June 13 & 14, 2019 (Thurs & Fri) 
Harborside Hotel, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information visit: UNE Website

Spring 2019 Classes
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