MSCN Newsletter
September 2010
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Welcome to your September newsletter!

Thanks to all those senior colleges who submitted articles and photos for this month's MSCN Newsletter. It's great to be able to share news and events across the whole Maine Senior College Network.

In this month's newsletter we have poems from Eileen Kreutz (Gold LEAF) and Ragan Cary (Coastal Senior College); and I want to remind all our MSCN poets that the deadline for submitting poems to the MSCN Poet Laureate Contest is October 1st. Don't forget to send in your submissions! Also in this issue: Augusta Senior College announces the schedule for their "Concerts at Jewett" series. Sunrise Senior College has provided an article and photographs about their "Day of the Arts" featuring original pieces from Sunrise members.  A member from Gold LEAF has published her first book - read more under "Getting a Little Help From Your Friends."

Please note that some submissions have been converted into PDFs to save space. These articles are high quality and well worth reading. Please download Adobe Reader if you are having trouble opening our attachments.

Finally, I am pleased to announce that we are revamping this year's two-day Maine Senior College Network Annual Conference. On the first day of the conference we are offering an exciting one-day forum for the networks' past, present and future leaders. On the second day we will be highlighting some of the networks' best classes, giving conference attendees the opportunity to attend mini classes and sample these superb offerings.  The conference is to be held at Point Lookout in beautiful Northport, Maine.

Kali Lightfoot
Executive Director 

Sign Up for This Year's MSCN Conference

This year's Maine Senior College Network Conference will be held on November 8 and 9, 2010, at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine.

November 8th will be a forum offered to Maine Senior College past, present and future leaders. We will use this opportunity to discuss how senior colleges and the Maine Senior College Network were formed and how we can further Maine's lifelong learning future.

November 9th will be open to all members of all senior colleges.  This will be a fun day of Senior Scholar mini classes and will highlight some of the best classes from each senior college in the state.

Programming and registration information will be made available soon through your senior college and on the MSCN website.

For additional information or questions, please contact Fran Myers, Director of Conferences, Maine Senior College Network Office at 228-8256 or
Sunrise Senior College Presents Day of the Arts

In July 2010, Sunrise Senior College (SSC) presented a Day of the Arts at the University of Maine at Machias which featured original pieces by SSC members who have taken classes in a variety of art genres. A Writers' Corner was included during the two-day show for individuals who wanted to read, listen, or discuss a variety of original works created during classes at SSC. Artwork ranged from watercolor to Ukrainian-style egg decorating to photography.
Ukrainian Decorated Eggs

This was the first year SSC utilized this format for it's annual art show. In previous years, art tours were conducted in nearby towns featuring local artists from that town. For 2010, the SSC Board decided to feature SSC students who have learned a skill or enhanced a talent by taking classes with SSC. Many of the artists participating have honed their skills and are now successfully selling their work.

Pauline Wood's Teddy Bear Quilt

Sunrise Senior College holds an art show each summer, generally in July. It is open to the public and information about it can be found on our website at

Maureen Hart's Sculputure

Poets' Corner and Poet Laureate Contest

Biological baby steps

In senior college lecture halls
I meet new friends of a different strain
Creatures from millions of years ago
I learn this year to call by name

The walrus, we all know, ah but,
descendant of the bear, you say?
Life crawled from ocean onto land
so why return to the sea one day?

More striking still, small dog-like beast
that grows into the mighty whale,
Front legs transform to flippers, rear ones,
now bones of no use in a powerful tail

Then in April, Ardipithecus,
I met with even more delight
Ardy, of the deep, cool forest
learning to smile rather than fight

Ardy, my grandfather, many times over,
shared DNA, five million years old
With curved big toes, thumb-like and strong
you traversed the branches, ever so bold

Standing, itself a brand new move,
with tailbone shifting, front limbs are free,
Uprightness allows you to carry your food,
and you carry it home to those in the tree

Such was our start, of woodland dwellers born,
nourishment scraped from the forest floor
Trees were our safety, highway and home,
our wits just enough for future's own door

I learn through your teeth the best secret of all,
your path to survival: collaboration bequeathed
Your incisors grow shorter, canines discarded,
you cease at this point with the baring of teeth

Teeth and bones, these alone the fossils we find,
with no sign of weapons, I note with relief.
Progress, based solely on working together,
to cease at this point with the baring of teeth.

Eileen Kreutz, Gold LEAF Institute


solitary beside the forest,

always on the verge
of something:

     the forest
     the sea,
     our relationship:
     you and me.

not settled.
don't hope to be.
nor need to be.
     would not!

Ragan Cary, Coastal Senior College

 ~~Looking for our Poet Laureate! ~~

This contest is open to all members of the Maine Senior College Network.  For more information, please select the link below.
MSCN Poet Laureate Competition Submission (pdf)

Don't forget the prize for the crowned Poet Laureate is a Kindle! Not sure what a Kindle is? Please take a look at the following link: Amazon Kindle
violinist clip art image
Announcing the 8th Season of 
Concerts at Jewett

The UMA Senior College and the University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences are announcing the 2010-2011 concert schedule for the 8th season of Concerts at Jewett held at Jewett Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $10, students $5, and children 12 and under free. Tickets are available at Pat's Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, Mike Davis Entertainment in Waterville and at the door. Subscriptions
(7 or more concerts) at reduced rates are available by mail. For further information call 621-3551, email, or

The series, supported by local businesses that have had a major impact on the Augusta area and by private contributions, features talented local Maine performers representing a variety of musical forms. Profits will be used to subsidize present and future lectures and concerts to benefit the community. The following artists will perform:

Sunday, September 26, 2010, 2 pm
Remembering Muriel
A celebration of Muriel Havenstein and her beloved Swing music by her friends: Ralph Norris (sax), John Hunter (bass), Gary Gemmiti (drums) and Gerry Wright (piano).

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 2 pm
(1 pm pre-concert talk)
Chiharu Naruse and DaPonte String Quartet
Piano/String Quintet play Schubert's popular Trout Quintet as well as other musical treasures.

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 2 pm
Mas Ikemiya: Classics to Ragtime
From Chopin to Gershwin to Scott Joplin, this classically trained pianist has a love and talent for classical music as well as Ragtime and improvisation.
(Snow date: November 21)

Sunday, December 12, 2010, 2 pm (To be confirmed)
Mount View Chamber Singers: Carols in the Round
Talented high school singers from Thorndike, Maine.
(Snow date: December 19)

Sunday, January 9, 2011, 2 pm
Castlebay: Music of the Maine Coast
Julia Lane (Celtic harp) and Fred Gosbee (12-guitar, fiddle, whistles) play Maritime and Celtic music.
(Snow date: January 23)

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 2 pm
Downeast Brass Quintet: Blast Away the Winter Blahs
Musical entertainment by one of New England's best brass groups.
(Snow date: March 6)

Sunday, March 13, 2011, 2 pm
Ladies of the Lake: A St. Patty's Day Special
Traditional Celtic instrumental music and ballad singing.
(Snow date: March 20)

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 2 pm
Wilson Bristol, classical pianist
Talented 18-year-old from Freeport; a great hit last season.

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 2 pm
Maine-ly Harmony, a ladies' a capella singing group, along with the Back Bay Four Quartet, a men's barbershop group.

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 2 pm
Suzanne Nance
Show tunes and opera favorites by MPBN's delightful and talented Music Director and host of Morning Classical Music. George Lopez on piano.

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2 pm
(1 pm pre-concert talk by Ellen Chickering)

PORTopera's Young Artists (opera to be announced).

For further information or tickets:
Phone 621-3551
Visit the website

Submitted by Bev Ludden, Augusta Senior College
Getting a Little Help from Your Friends
Reading clip art image of boy reading          

When Nancy Prince enrolled in Gold LEAF's Freelance Marketing class in Farmington, she had a book in hand but no clear idea of how to get it into print. Her children's book, Libby's Loons, is now about to be published - thanks to a little help from her friends.

Coming off the press in September, Libby's Loons is a story for young readers, one that shares Prince's lifelong love affair with loons and mirrors her own experiences on Wilson Lake in Wilton, where she's lived most of her life. Richly illustrated by her friend and fellow educator Luanne Wrenn, the engaging tale is intended to both entertain and educate youngsters on the beauty - and vulnerability - of these remarkable waterfowl.

But writing a book is one thing, getting it into print is another.
It was during her enrollment in Dick Matthews' marketing class at Gold LEAF that Prince began to see her way toward publication. Not only did the class love the book, but the instructor, a freelance writer and author of Notes from an Innkeeper's Journal, suggested she look into Back Channel Press, a publishing company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
It was an instant match: Back Channel Press liked the book, accepted it for publication, and Libby's Loons is now in production.

The book is off to a good start. With a large pre-order from the Friends of Wilson Lake for use in a local school, Libby's Loons already has an eager and youthful audience waiting to read it. For more information, contact Nancy Prince at

Submitted by Dick Matthews, Gold LEAF
Free Injury Prevention Conference Offered

The Maine Injury Prevention Program is offering the Injury Prevention Conference at the Morgan Hill Event Center,, in Hermon, Maine on September 15, 2010. Please open the PDFs below for directions to the Event Center and lodging information, along with the agenda and session information. Please be sure to complete and email your registration and session selections to Christina Mitchell at or fax them to her at 207-287-7213. 

Conference Agenda (pdf)

Registration Form (plus Break-out Session Choices) (pdf)

Directions and Lodging Information for Morgan Hill Event Ctr, Hermon. ME (pdf)

Objectives of the Day:

*Raise awareness of injuries across the lifespan at the national level and in Maine

*Identify injury prevention activities, initiatives and programs being conducted in Maine

*Identify opportunities for injury prevention collaboration and partnerships

*Brainstorm ideas for the development and integration of a Maine injury prevention toolkit

*Discuss upcoming injury prevention

Invited to Attend: Public Safety Professionals; Health Care Professionals; Head Start; Child Care Providers; Educators; Community Based Coalition Members; Senior Safety Advocates; Community, School and Public Health Nurses; Local, County and State Agency staff and other injury prevention advocates.

There is no fee to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katharyn Zwicker, Assistant Director, Maine Injury Prevention Program at 207-287-5359.
In This Issue
Sign Up for This Year's MSCN Conference
Sunrise Senior College Presents Day of the Arts
Poets' Corner and Poet Laureate Contest
Announcing the 8th Season of "Concerts at Jewett"
Getting a Little Help from Your Friends
Free Injury Prevention Conference Offered
Maine Senior College Network
Maine Senior College Links
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