Issue No. 104
The MSCN Newsletter
 Welcome to Your December 2018 Newsletter!

Winter Scene in Moonlight by Henry Farrar (1869)

Thank you's, farewells and a recognition award lead off this month's issue. We wish congratulations and a  Big Thank You to OLLI's Susan Morrow who is retiring at the end of the year.  Read how the Gold LEAF Institute enjoyed Afternoon Tea and said farewell to a member who is moving to a new area (where hopefully she can join another Senior College!) Meanwhile, the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College (LASC) recognize  Hope Weston with their Appreciation Award.  Hope is the oldest member of LASC  (and possibly the statewide network) at 103½ years of age!

For readers who like to see what others in the network are getting up to, I have posted the  Winter 2019 Classes. (This list is not exhaustive, it reflects classes published at the time of writing this newsletter.) I have also added a new Senior College Network item which is a Round-up of Current Network Newsletters & Blogs.

If you are in the Augusta area, you can catch this month's "Concerts at Jewett" featuring
"A Don Campbell Christmas." And, if you are lucky enough to live within reach of the Midcoast Senior College make sure you don't miss their Winter Wisdom Lecture Series!

Finally, the organization Work Opportunities Unlimited located in the southern part of the state is reaching out to Senior College members with a request for Part Time Career Resource Specialists. Use your wisdom and extensive life skills to assist adults and youth experiencing barriers in the workplace.

University of Southern Maine
Congratulations and a Big Thank You from the Maine Senior College Network to OLLI's 
Susan Morrow

Susan Morrow
Susan Morrow, Assistant Director for the OLLI Program, is retiring on December 31st. 

"I have been with OLLI for 17 and a half of its 21 years. I started as the Administrative Assistant to the newly hired Director, Kali Lightfoot, back in 2001. Over the years, the program grew and my responsibilities increased." 

Susan's presence will be missed by everyone both on campus and across the state. Susan was unfailingly generous with her time and always ready and willing to give advice to the Maine Senior College Network. Most importantly, the great work she undertook to look after OLLI on the USM Portland campus will not be forgotten anytime soon!

A big thank you goes to Susan from myself, and the many Senior College board members around Maine who she encouraged and guided.

Anne Cardale, Maine Senior College Network

Foof4Thought University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Presents:

Hope Weston receives  the USM Lewiston Auburn Senior College Appreciation Award

Hope Weston and Dr. Charles Plummer dressed as Union Gen. Joshua Chamberlain.

Hope Weston received an Appreciation Award from USM Lewiston Auburn Senior  College in recognition and appreciation of her long-standing faithful  attendance at classes as well as her continued participation in many events  over the years of her membership. Hope is the oldest member of Senior
College at 103½ years.

Dr. Charles Plummer, well-known historian and living history presenter,  bestowed the award following his delivery of Union General Joshua  Chamberlain's Thoughts and Memories of the Civil War at Schooner Estates Retirement Community where Hope is a resident.  Dr. Plummer has a following in the many classes he has conducted at Schooner
and many senior college members travel to Schooner as well to take his
classes there.

Submitted by Rachel Morin,  USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

Senior College Network 
A Round-up of Current 
Newsletters & Blogs

Acadia Senior College
Senior College at Belfast

Coastal Senior College
November/December 2018 
Midcoast Senior College
The Midcoast Inquirer - December 2018

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM

Penobscott Valley Senior College

Western Mountains Senior College

University of Maine at Augusta Senior College Presents:

Concerts at Jewett
"A Don Campbell Christmas"

UMA Jewett Auditorium, 
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2PM
(Snow date Dec. 23)

Maine native singer-songwriter Don Campbell's music is inspired by sources as diverse as the Celtic and Canadian Maritimes music of his family to Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, the Beatles and novelist Stephen King, and he writes in many musical genres. He and his band have played to appreciative Jewett audiences in the past and in this appearance will be performing holiday music. 

Don has released 12 CDs, two of which are Christmas CDs with a mix of traditional carols, popular songs, and some Campbell originals.
  • 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 Gold LEAF Institute

Afternoon Tea and Fond Farewells
Jean-Étienne Liotard - Still Life Tea Set 

Gold LEAF held a special little Afternoon Tea for long-time member Mitsie (Mitsuko) Livermore, who is leaving Farmington to take up residency at the Schooner Estates Retirement Community i n Auburn. Mitsie was very pleased with the event which gave a number of people time to say a farewell. Of course, there is contact information at the office and m embers will be able to give her a call at her new home.

At this time of Thanksgiving, we wish to express our gratitude for members like Mitsuko, who have been faithful with their memberships and involvements. Our senior colleges are all gifted with such constant members and they deserve our acknowledgement.

Afternoon Tea with Gold Leaf Institute members

Photos of Mitsie on various trips are being prepared for her so she can keep us in her memory. Many amazing stories about Farmington were shared at the event, especially by members of the local Historical Society.

Note from the editor for Mitsie!
An agreement between the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and Schooner Estates provides the tenants of Schooner Estates with free transportation to classes at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College. In addition, at least one Senior College course is held each semester at Schooner Estates. 

Submitted by Eileen Kreutz, The Gold LEAF Institute

Midcoast Senior College Present:

Winter Wisdom 2019
"The shortening winter's day is near a close" by Joseph Farquharson (1903)

Free & Open To The Public!
Curtis Memorial Library & UUC Brunswick
Wednesdays, 12:15 - 1:45 pm

Sponsored by The Highlands
30 Governor's Way, Topsham, ME

January 9: Johannes Brahms, "The Young Eagle"* Mr. George Lopez is the Beckwith Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College and a familiar performer/lecturer in the Bath/Brunswick Community. He has received local and international acclaim for his artistry at the piano as well as his insight and depth of context for the works of many composers. He will perform excerpts by Brahms and discuss the conflicted relationship between the composer and his contemporary, Robert Schumann. Mr. Lopez is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and received his Master's Degree from the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam.  
*At Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, across from Curtis Memorial Library.

January 16: Action Plan for Terrorism 
What can we do to protect ourselves from terrorism? This is a relevant question given the intelligence community assessment of future attacks against the U.S. and its citizens. This talk will explore six actions that could assist our country, region, and community in dealing with this threat. Francis Dillon, Brig. Gen., USAF (Ret.), received a B.S. in Business from University of CT, and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Troy State University. In 1993 he completed a 30-yr. career in the U.S. Air Force, serving with AF Office of Special Investigations. He assumed command of that office in 1988 and served in that capacity until retirement.

January 23: The Uncertain State of U.S./Cuba Relations 
President Trump's decision to discontinue normalizing relations with Cuba has called into question the short- and long-term future of relations between the long-time foes. Are we returning to the hostility of the Cold War years or did Obama's opening progress to such an extent that a return to a more confrontational policy is unlikely? This talk will explore the factors that contributed to Obama and Raul Castro's decision to normalize relations, the Trump administration's apparent about-face and the prospect for future relations. Allen Wells is Emeritus Professor of History at Bowdoin College. He received his B.A. degree in History and Latin American studies from SUNY, Binghampton, and his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. In addition to his teaching career, he has pursued research interests in modern Mexico, the history of commodities, and U.S./Latin America relations.

January 30: A Changing Casco Bay: An Update on the Health of our Coastal Waters
Friends of Casco Bay in South Portland works year-round to improve and protect the health of Casco Bay. As Casco Baykeeper,
Ivy Frignoca is the lead advocate of this effort. Her talk will provide an overview of current efforts to reduce pollution entering the Bay, address climate change and ocean acidification, and suggest measures to help the Bay adapt to changing conditions. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and received her JD degree from University of Maine. Prior to her work with Friends of Casco Bay, she served as an advocate for Vermont's public lands and Lake Champlain, and most recently as a Senior Attorney with Conservation Law Foundation.

February 6: Greece Before the Odyssey: Myth and Realities 
In Book 3 of the Odyssey, Homer describes the royal palace of King Nestor at Pylos, in southwestern Greece. This talk will explore the Bronze Age reality behind that epic vision - the earliest Greek history we possess - from the discovery of Nestor's palace in 1939, to current excavations in Iklaina, one of the towns in his kingdom. Cynthia W. Shelmerdine is Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics, emerita at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Research Associate in Classics at Bowdoin College. Her main research focuses on Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and the language, history and society of Mycenaean Greece. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, Cambridge University and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1977).

February 13: Twice A Day Island: The Peterson Canal at New Meadows 
Sometimes referred to as the "canal to nowhere," this project was constructed by hand in the 1790's with the expressed purpose of connecting the New Meadows River with Merrymeeting Bay. Its purpose was to allow the transport of logs cut along the Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers to sawmills on the New Meadows River. This talk will review the origins and history of this project and the people who built it. Brenda Cummings is a native of Phippsburg, studied philosophy and history at Antioch College, is a Certified Maine Assessor, and is City Assessor of Bath. Timothy Richter is a native of Bath and received his B.S. in Education/History from UMF. Both serve on boards of Phippsburg Land Trust and Bath Historical Society and lead the annual Peterson Canal walk. 

February 20: Longfellow Days

February 27: Snow Make-up Day

Submitted by Donna Marshall, Midcoast Senior College


Winter 2019 Classes

Work Opportunities Unlimited

Have you ever thought of becoming a Career Resource Specialist?

Work Opportunities Unlimited 
Part-Time Work Opportunities for Senior College members

Work Opportunities Unlimited is a community-based, human service organization that has been changing the world of work since 1982.  We believe all people can work and strive to provide new opportunities for success in the workplace, every day! Although Work Opportunities Unlimited focuses on employment, the ultimate goal is for the client to become as independent as possible, at work and in life.  Our Career Resource Specialists work with adults and youth, who experience barriers in the workplace and assist them with vocational-based activities such as: Resume writing, interview skills training, job readiness, volunteering, job development, and job coaching.  

In the State of Maine, our Career Resource Specialists serve clients in Brunswick, Biddeford/Saco, Portland, Sanford, Kennebunk, Kittery, Wells, Auburn, and Augusta. Our positions are typically part-time during daytime, business hours. If you are interested in serving your community while getting paid and having fun, please send your resume or apply through our website.

Submitted by Pam MacGray, Work Opportunities Unlimited
University of Southern Maine Aging Initiative

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