Maine Senior College Network news & updates
January & February | 2021
Welcome to January & February 2021 Issue!
Happy Valentine's to everyone!

MSCN's volunteers continue to find creative ways to deliver high-quality online classes despite the pandemic. Take a look at "Links to Maine Senior College Network News and Classes!" (below) to see a list of current and upcoming classes and lectures.

Zoom makes it possible for senior colleges to offer lectures at short notice. To help you keep pace with the many offerings popping up, go to the MSCN "What's Happening?" web page. You will see the latest news on this page, and if you choose, you can join the website and receive immediate notifications.

This issue informs you of just some of the things you can do this month. You can join Angus King with Augusta SC, attend an OLLI Cocktail party with piano accompaniment provided by Terry Foster, or learn about "Innovations And Entrepreneurship In Rural Maine" through Sunrise SC. We also have a jolly good yarn recommendation from Pat Davidson Reef, plus some great invitations from other Maine Organizations.

Put your feet up and enjoy a good read!


Program Director

The University of Maine in Augusta Senior College

Invites you to their Idea Exchange Webinar

US Senator King to Address Senior College Members on Education Beyond High School

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) will be the guest speaker in an Idea Exchange Webinar presented by UMA Senior College, Friday, February 26, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., addressing the question “Should We Make Education Beyond High School Affordable to All?”

Attendees can send in their questions and comments via email to Pamela St Peter these will be sorted and sent to the speakers for their responses.

The Zoom Webinar is free and open to the public.

For more information and a link to join the meeting.

For additional information, email the UMA Senior College or call 207.621.3551.
OLLI Invites you to join their
Cocktail Party
via Zoom!

Wednesday, Feb. 10 & 24 at 7 PM
Terry Foster

OLLI is hosting a cocktail party with Terry Foster at the piano. 
So, fix your favorite cocktail and Zoom on in! 


Members of Maine's Senior Colleges who would like to join this OLLI social event, send an email to:
Please give your name and the name of your senior college. Anne will send you a Zoom link so that you can join in the fun!

Sunrise Senior College Presents:
“Innovations And Entrepreneurship In Rural Maine”

Hear About Six Innovative Small Businesses in Rural Maine

(There is a small fee for these sessions.)

February 10.
The first talk in this series features Dana Morse (right) discussing Shellfish Aquaculture.

Shellfish Aquaculture is on the rise in Maine and in the US, as a way to work on the water, to grow healthy and sustainable food, and participate in the blue economy. Dana will review the methods and equipment that shellfish producers use, as they grow species like oysters and blue mussels, and for species that are coming to the fore in the aquaculture sector; sea scallops, razor clams, softshell clams, and hard clams. We'll talk about biology, seed sourcing, nursery, and grow-out methods, as well as some of the particulars that all farmers need to face; the regulatory world and bringing a fresh, live product to market.

Follow the links to register for each session

February 10 at 10 a.m. (90 minutes.)

February 17 at 10 a.m. (90 minutes.)

February 27 and March 6 at 10 a.m. (90 minutes each.)

February 23 and March 2 at 11 a.m. (90minutes each.)

March 20 at 1 pm. (60 minutes)

April 3 at 10 a.m. 90 minutes

A Special Capstone Presentation

- April 10 at 10 a.m., (60 minutes.)

about this series and their other offerings.
"Forever" by Geoffrey Cooper
Published by Pub.Maine authors Publishing
Pages 263 Price $15.95 paperback
Reviewed by Pat Davidson Reef

For those looking for a fast-paced medical mystery, this fictional novel titled “Forever” by Geoffrey Cooper is the book for you. In this novel, Cooper combines his interest in the study of genes for cancer research and the study of genes in reversing age with spellbinding tales of murder and intrigue while reflecting insight into the human condition.

Geoffrey Cooper, the author, is a retired research scholar and academic administrator from Harvard Medical School and Boston University., now living in Ogunquit. His writing style is straight forward and can be compared with Ernest Hemingway because his dialogue is natural and direct, and his characters are so believable.

The book opens with Professor Brad Parker enjoying a sabbatical as an honored guest researcher in a Harvard lab exploring genes and how they mutate, the study of genomic cells, and the possibility of altering human genes.

Several F.B.I.agents greet Parker one morning as he walks to the lab that he shares with a number of brilliant Chinese scholars who also conducting research. They all work together and share their discoveries. The F.B.I. agents discuss the possibility of there being a spy in the group. Someone who could be giving private information to China about medical discoveries being made in America.

Brad Parker does not want to get involved; it seems to be a ridiculous suggestion. However, he is shaken, and even though he doesn’t take it seriously, he is alerted to the possibility. As the story progresses, a Chinese woman scholar is accused of leaking information to China. She is a brilliant researcher and outraged at the accusation and declares she will sue the college. Before the facts can be clearly evaluated, she commits suicide. No one knows whether it was suicide or murder.

Later Parker is invited to speak to a highly respected group of scientists at a conference on the study of genes in Ogunquit, Maine. He is invited to a private Ogunquit lab owned by one of the leading scientists. What Professor Parker finds out in this plush private laboratory is riveting.

Although I am not into science as a topic, I was captivated by the author’s ability to write a spellbinding tale of murder and intrigue around the complicated and important subject of the study of genes and how they could be altered. This subject is timely, and the writing is excellent. The novel contains many twists and turns (and includes a love story.) I recommend the book highly. I could not put this mystery down.

Offerings from other organizations

Invitation to MSCN staff and volunteers
Maine Council on Aging (MCOA)

Spiritual Wellness & Support Group

Maine Council on Aging (MCOA) invites the staff and volunteers of the Maine Senior College Network (MSCN), who may be struggling with the impact COVID has had on their lives, communities, and work to join the Spiritual Wellness & Support Group. This support group is open to MCOA affiliated organizations.

The Maine Responds Spiritual Care Corps (SCC), a volunteer organization of the Maine Responds, DHHS/Maine CDC, in consultation with Maine Council on Aging, is hosting a Spiritual Wellness & Support Group for personal and home health caregivers via Zoom.

Whether or not you are a follower of an established tradition or faith, these sessions will explore ways to cope with the spiritual and emotional aspects of COVID-19 in a group setting.

Meetings are scheduled for Fridays from 2:00-3:00 beginning February 12, facilitated by Chaplain Tom Kircher and Rev Jacquelyn Thornton, and Chaplain Jeanne Childs. If you have any questions, please call Lori Whittemore at 207-699-8991.

What is chaplain support? Click here for more information.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain one-on-one, Maine Responds Spiritual Corps Chaplains are available from 8 am to 8 pm at (207) 441-5466.

The Spiritual Care Corps provides invaluable services to Maine people most at need during this pandemic,” said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine CDC. “Chaplains are there when Maine people need them most...”

Living Well for Better Health

Living Well for Better Health focuses on helping participants manage their chronic health diseases and symptoms and is taught by trained community members, many of whom have chronic conditions themselves. The Living Well workshop series is one of the many classes included in our Healthy Living for ME Network.

In this program originally developed by Stanford University and supported by Healthy Living for ME, participants have reported less pain, more energy, and fewer hospitalizations. You will receive the tools and tips you need to manage your chronic condition, live a healthier life, and take back control.

February 24th - March 31st
10-12:30 pm.
Via Zoom

These classes are free!

To learn more or register, call 207-440-2390

Visit healthylivingforme website to look for more information and classes, or like us on Facebook! 

Fill the Plate Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels of SeniorsPlus

Friday, March 19 –Virtual
7:30 am – 9 am

The breakfast will benefit the Meals on Wheels program of SeniorsPlus, the Western Maine Agency on Aging.

Keynote Richard Blanco, 2013 Presidential Inaugural Poet, will share selections from his works and thoughts on the theme of “Sustenance: My Food, My Culture, My Elders.”

Don Harden will be honored with the Ikaria Award for outstanding contributions
toward improving the lives of older adults.

Tickets: $20 per person; available at FILL THE PLATE BREAKFAST webpage or by calling 207-795-4010.

Advance registration required by March 17.

Attendees who register by March 1 will receive a goody bag with a ticket for “door” prizes.
The Maine Senior College Network is a program of the