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Issue No. 26
April  2012
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your April Newsletter! 

 illustration of a daffodil

The daffodils in Southern Maine popped up during the recent unseasonably warm weather, but the return to chillier temps this week doesn't seem to have fazed them. Like the daffodils, events and new spring Maine Senior College courses are popping up all around the state, and this issue of your newsletter is full of information about them. Downeast Senior College, Senior College at Bridgton, and Lewiston/Auburn Senior College provide information about upcoming courses and events, and Gold LEAF Institute and OLLI at USM share wrap-ups about recent events. Instructor Duane Prugh brings a glimpse into his classes on Maine's lighthouses and waterfalls, and the Maine Genealogical Society announces an exciting April workshop with a nationally known expert on vintage photos. 


Do you have a favorite photo that you have taken of a family member, family group, friend or beloved pet? You are invited to enter it in the MSCN photo competition. Full details about how to enter are in the next article, below.  




Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


Enter A Portrait in MSCN's
Photo Competition!

photo of older coupleEnter the MSCN photo competition by May 31! The theme for entries is "Portraits: Family, Friends, and Pets," and the winner, who will receive an Amazon Kindle, will be announced in the June 2012 MSCN newsletter.

If you are a member of a Maine Senior College you are eligible to enter. One entry per person, please, and the submitted photo must be previously unpublished. If you wish to enter a photo of a family member or friend, they must be willing to sign a photo release and agree to have their image appear in the MSCN newsletter online if your entry is the winning one.

Photos may be submitted in digital format  as .jpg files or may be submitted as photo prints. If you submit a photo print and wish to have it returned to you, you must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please email your digital entry as an attachment to Kyle or, mail your photo print to:

Kyle Allen
Maine Senior College Network
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300

Be sure to tell us your name and which Maine Senior College you belong to. We're looking forward to seeing some great photos!

News From Downeast Senior College

Downeast Senior College logoDowneast Senior College (DSC)  is pleased to introduce its new logo (at left)  to the Maine Senior College Network. The DSC board and members hope the logo will become a recognized symbol for learning and stimulating activities and events in Downeast Maine.

Upcoming events at Downeast Senior College include the Village to Village concert to be held in Ellsworth on April 29 and a week-long Healthy Aging Series to include events, speeches, and seminars which will start on April 24. Follow this link for more information about both of these offerings.

For information on these or any other  Downeast Senior College class or activity, visit the website, or call the office at 667-3897 or 1-800-696-2540. You may also send an email to Cynthia Perkins, DSC President.


- submitted by Cynthia Perkins for Downeast Senior College


Senior College at Bridgton Offers a Variety of Spring Courses

Illustration of tulipsSenior College at Bridgton is taking registrations for its spring session which begins April 16 and ends May 11. The four-week program offers the following classes:

Monday: History of the English Language, with Margaret Reimer

Tuesday: The U.S. Constitution: A Plan for All Reasons with Dee Miller

Thursday: The American Civil War, with Stan Cohen

Friday: An American Gothic, focusing on Stephen King's novel, The Shining, with Ken Gibbs

Additional details about these courses and how to register for them are available at this link.

- submitted by Dee Miller for Senior College at Bridgton

The Forecast is Rosy for L/A's  April Food for Thought
photo of Rosy Hayden
Rosy Hayden

Just in time for the start of gardening season, Master Gardener Rosy Hayden will be this month's presenter at the USM Lewiston/Auburn Senior College "Food for Thought" 11:30 luncheon on Friday, April 13.

Her topic, "Shade Gardening in Zone 4" will include discussions on soil requirements, determining degree of shade, starting new gardens, revising existing beds and varieties of shade perennial plants and shrubs. Read more . . .

- submitted by Rachel Morin for Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

The House Was Packed at Gold LEAF's Spring Kick-Off

Image of gold leavesSpring session began at Gold LEAF Institute in Farmington with dramatically increased interest in lifelong learning among area residents.

In addition to the regular program, guest speaker Patti Foden, Program Director for ENCore Leadership Corps, addressed the group. She spoke in detail about this new Maine volunteer and learning organization. Read more . . .

- submitted by Eileen Kreutz for Gold LEAF Institute

Back to the Future at OLLI's Wrinkle In Time
Postcard of 1893 Chicago World's Fair
A postcard from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

OLLI at USM members were treated to a unique and magical learning experience in March, a three-day seminar, "Wrinkle in Time: The White City: Chicago World's Fair of 1893."

To set the scene, prior to the seminar participants read "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, a novel set at the 1893 World's Fair, and during the program a wide variety of lectures and presentations pertaining to the book and to Chicago in the 1890s filled each day. Volunteers planned the event over 18 months, with a goal of re-creating the ambiance and feeling of the culture and time in which the Chicago World's Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition, had taken place.
Read more . . .

- submitted by Joan Aldrich for the OLLI at University of Southern Maine

Senior College Members Explore  Waterfalls and Lighthouses
Photo of Houston Brook waterfall near Bingham, ME
Houston Brook Falls, near Bingham, ME
In the spring of 2012, Senior College students will be visiting over 50 well known and lesser known Maine waterfalls, starting in Wells and traveling north as far as the Greenville area. The course started on Wednesday, March 7th and continues for 9 weeks. So far, students from Augusta, Farmington, and Midcoast Senior Colleges have shown interest in the experience. Some hiking and bushwhacking will be required to some of the more remote sites, but if a student is not up to the more strenuous hikes, one may sit in the car for that period. It is an exciting experience! Read more . . .

- submitted by Duane Prugh, Augusta Senior College

Maine Genealogical Society Offers April Workshop With The Photo Detective

Vintage photo of two young boysThe Maine Genealogical Society is sponsoring its day-long Annual Spring Workshop on Saturday, April 21, at the Augusta Civic Center. This year's workshop is with nationally recognized speaker Maureen A. Taylor, The Photo Detective. The Wall Street Journal referred to her as the "nation's foremost historical photo detective." The Genealogical  Society has a full day planned, packed with information and tips from one of the leading national experts on old and historical photographs. Come learn some great suggestions from Maureen for analyzing, identifying, preserving, and sharing your treasured and precious family photos. Read more for additional information about this workshop, including how to register.

The Poet's Corner
Illustration of blowing wind with a face

Maine Spring

The pussy willow catkins
Are now silky silver gray...
And I heard the wild geese chatting
As they flew north yesterday.
The maple trees sport buckets
And the barrens drift with smoke--
But winter wind still laughs as though
March springtime is a joke!
'Cause Maine's spring is a rugged lass--
No dancer gowned in green...
...She stomps in wearing chamois shirts
And boots from L.L.Bean!

- by Sue Shaw, Belfast Senior College

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In This Issue
Enter MSCN's Photo Competition!
News From Downeast Senior College
Spring Offerings at Senior College at Bridgton
The Forecast is Rosy for L/A's April Food For Thought
Gold LEAF's Spring Kickoff
A Wrinkle In Time at OLLI
Exploring Maine's Waterfalls & Lighthouses
Maine Genealogical Society Offers April Workshop with The Photo Detective
The Poet's Corner
Like MSCN on Facebook!
Don't forget to go to the Maine Senior College Network website to find out what is happening around the state!

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Maine Senior College Network

Acadia Senior College

Augusta Senior College
Bridgton Senior College

Coastal Senior College

Downeast Senior College

Gold LEAF Institute


Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

Midcoast Senior College

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Penobscot Valley Senior College


Senior College UMaine Hutchinson Center

St. John Valley Senior College

Sunrise Senior College 
Western Mountains Senior College

York County Senior College
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Maine Senior College Network
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, Maine 04104-9300
(207)780-4317 (fax)
Kali Lightfoot
Executive Director
Anne Cardale
Director of Communication 
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