Issue No. 110
The MSCN Newsletter

 Welcome to Your July 2019 Newsletter!

Lotus Lilies (Detail) by  Charles Courtney Curran

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Downeast Senior College Celebrate their 20th Anniversary -  Congratulations to Downeast Senior College on their 20th Anniversary this June. I was lucky enough to be part of the celebrations and want to thank everyone at Downeast SC for their friendship and hospitality! 

Gold LEAF Institute Volunteer Recognition:  Pam Matthews aka "Fly Rod" Cosby! - Channeling Cornelia "Fly Rod" Cosby for community education!

"A Fickle Tide: A Pyke Island Mystery in Downeast Maine" by Moe Claire - This is the perfect book for your Maine summer reading.

Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Donates Artwork "Spidey" to Camp Sunshine Auction - Meet "Spidey" a unique collaborative artwork.

Summertime and the Learning is Easy - This is a lovely piece about lifelong learning that I poached from Penobscot Valley SC's blog!

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Downeast Senior College celebrate their 20th Anniversary
June 13, 2019 -  Downeast Senior College Board and Friends

The board and members of Downeast Senior College gathered together to celebrate on a rainy June day in the welcoming home of Elaine Dow. Elaine's salon held an array of beautiful tables set with lovely dinner services. Guests brought potluck dishes and great conversation.  President John Wingert shared a few words about Downeast SC's history and acknowledged the Senior College's founding members, including the charismatic Sturgis Haskins (1940-2013). Linda Stevens, the curriculum chair shared exciting plans for upcoming classes. Peggy Emigh, the publicity chair unveiled a new logo for the Senior College, and Anne Cardale shared an overview of the Maine Senior College Network.

Some board members were not available as they were at the Ellsworth High School awarding Downeast Senior College scholarships to graduating high school students.

Congratulations to everyone at  Downeast Senior College!

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Gold LEAF Institute Volunteer Recognition:
Pam Matthews aka "Fly Rod" Cosby!
Photo: Pam Mathews dressed as  Cornelia  "Fly Rod" Cosby

Gold LEAF Institute wants to join the ENCorps community in recognizing the volunteer work of Pam Matthews. Pam has served in various volunteer roles in the local community as well as time served as a GLI board member and Curriculum Chair in years past.

Above: The front cover of Pam Mathews book 
Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby 

Pam's current passion is educating people about Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby. She now assists the Town of Phillips in celebrating this well-known past citizen. She can be found dressing up as "Fly Rod" and giving presentations at libraries, historical societies and schools across the state, Pam's explains her reasons for her interest in this strong Maine woman come from recognizing that Cornelia Crosby was born in Phillips in 1854 and lived there her entire life. Cornelia Cosby was awarded the first Maine Guide badge in 1897. In addition, to her work as a fisher and hunter and journalist, "Fly Rod" Crosby was also an advocate for conservation and outdoor pursuits and is recognized as a major supporter of the state of Maine.
Pam Mathews with Janet Mills

Pam felt Cornelia Crosby deserved a book about her,
and so she wrote one! She
published a children's book entitled "Cornelia 'Fly Rod' Crosby, Champion of  Maine". The book recently went into its second printing with a quote from Governor Janet Mills on the back cover. Pam also put together a course offering for Gold LEAF members that included sharing historical archives and walking past Fly Rod's childhood home in the Town of Phillips.

Submitted by Eileen Kreutz, The Gold LEAF Institute

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Summer Reading with
Maine Senior College Network

A Fickle Tide: A Pyke Island Mystery in Downeast Maine
Moe Claire 

Downeast Senior College member and instructor Monica Moeller (who writes as Moe Claire) has published her debut novel, the mystery "A Fickle Tide."  The novel is set on the fictional Pyke Island in Downeast Maine where multiple crimes shatter the quiet of the winter season and local characters find themselves suddenly caught in a blizzard of suspicion, threats, lies, and regrets. 

Visit Moe Claire's website for more information and to see where the book can be purchased. 

Where can I get my copy of A Fickle Tide?

Support Your Local Bookstore:
Locations: Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta, Freeport, and Portland

The paperback and kindle editions are also available on Amazon.

And, if you are in the area in August don't miss: 
Author's Talk
August 27 at 5:30 pm

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Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Donates Artwork "Spidey" to Camp Sunshine Auction

Photo: Judy Hierstein, art instructor, stands with her students and the "Spidey" art piece.
Students: Carol Seward, Eric Bellavance, Anita Poulin, Laura Sturgis, and Ike (service dog). 
Photo by Lucy Bisson

Absent from the photo are fellow artists, Carmen Caouette,  Maggie Chadburn, Linda DeSantis, Paula Everett, Jeri Maurer, Dot Rupert, Alene Staley, Karen Taylor and Alice Tweedie.  

"Drawing Flies, and Other Intriguingly Infinitesimal Insecta" 
Judy Hierstein, art instructor at USM's Lewiston Auburn Senior College, had no idea that her class on "Drawing Flies, and Other Intriguingly Infinitesimal Insecta" would finish with such a beautiful composite art piece created by her students.

Judy divided the planned artwork into squares, and each student painted a square in their own style. When reassembled, the finished artwork was named "Spidey." Then came the question: what to do with "Spidey?"

Class member Eric Bellavance, who works with Camp Sunshine, suggested they donate the artwork to the 2019 Monte Carlo Auction at Point Sebago Resort. For more than three decades, all proceeds from the Annual Monte Carlo weekend auctions, totaling over $700,000, have gone to Camp Sunshine.

Eric became involved with Camp Sunshine when his son Zachary was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness at 12 years old. Zachary has done very well and today is 30 years old and living a happy, healthy and productive life.

Camp Sunshine is a retreat in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It was founded in 1984 and provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children and their families through the various stages of a child's illness. It is the only program in the nation, that is offered year-round, with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.

The art class members unanimously agreed with Eric's suggestion and are very proud that "Spidey" is going to benefit the children of Camp Sunshine.

For more information and photos:

Camp Sunshine Auction at
Saturday October 12, 2019 (2:00 - 5:00)
Sunday October 13, 2018 (2:00 - 5:00)

Submitted by Rachel Morin, USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

Penobscot Valley Senior College

Summertime, and the learning is easy

Sunbathers by John Lavery

Learning in the summer? Pshaw, you might say. Summer is for relaxation, getting to the coast, sipping lemonade on the deck at sunset.

But learning happens anyway, maybe by accident, maybe by design. Summer, when the pace slows, is the perfect time to learn new stuff.

Maybe you can opt to take a class? You could start with Penobscot Valley Senior College's upcoming One-Day Event, or look at offerings available at nearby Senior Colleges? And, don't forget that seniors get free tuition at all Maine System campuses.

But it's the more accidental learning that can be the most fun. Walking across unfamiliar land, wondering what rocks lie underfoot, can led us straight to the library to learn bout Maine geology. Wondering why that bird is behaving in such an odd way takes us to friend who's a birder, or to a film or book. On a trip to the nursery for tomato plants, you see something new that leads to a whole exploration of orchids, or ivies, or hybridization.

Best of all, perhaps, is exploring new territory: reading all the roadside signs, Googling the history of the place, asking questions of locals. 

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