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Issue No. 28
June 2012
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your June Newsletter!   

Photo of blue and pink lupines

It has been a busy spring at Maine's Senior Colleges, with full schedules of courses, events, and field trips. As we head into the summer months, this issue of your newsletter brings you news about spring happenings at Coastal Senior College, Lewiston/Auburn Senior College, Senior College at Belfast and Gold LEAF Institute. This month The Poet's Corner features haiku poetry written by a member of Midcoast Senior College. We look forward to hearing from you about summer events across the network.

We've also included a link to the schedule for the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg, that offers a wide variety of programs from now through the end of June.

MSCN Photo Competition Update 

Thank you to the many MSCN members who have submitted entries to the photo competition. We planned to announce the winning photo in this issue of the newsletter, but given the number of entries, to give the judges a bit more time to make their decision, we will announce the winner and include their photo in the July issue.  




Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


MSCN Represented at the ENCorps Summit

Fran Myers from MSCN office staffing the table at the ENCorps Summit
Fran Myers greets ENCorps volunteer
Mervyn Taylor of Lincolnville at the ENCorps Summit.
Fran Myers and Anne Cardale from the MSCN Office staffed a table to promote the Maine Senior College Network at the annual Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps) Summit on May 21. ENCorps is a Maine volunteer organization for people age 50+ that provides training relevant to volunteer leaders from across the state.

The ENCorps Summit was held at Point Lookout in Northport. Becky Recor and Carolyn Hardman from Coastal Senior College in Rockland volunteered to staff the table as well. Thank you Becky and Carolyn!
CSC Applauds Nonagenarian Lifelong Learner
Nonagenian Gertrude Allen, center, chats with other guests at the CSC Annual Spring Luncheon.
Gertrude Allen, center, chats with others
at the CSC Spring Luncheon.


Gertrude Allen, a resident of Hodgdon Green in Damariscotta, will reach100 years old in July. At the May 3 annual Spring Luncheon marking the 11th anniversary of Coastal Senior College, the organization recognized Gertrude for her ongoing dedication to taking Coastal Senior College (CSC) classes. Read the full story. 


- submitted by Kay Liss for Coastal Senior College


L/A Senior College Presents Scholarship to USM Student
Kristi Anderson and June Spear photo
Kristi Anderson and June Spear
(photo by Rachel Morin)
Kristi Anderson, a USM Lewiston/Auburn College junior, received a $1,000 scholarship from L/A Senior College at the organization's annual meeting in May. June Spear, an L/A Senior College board member and a member of the Scholarship Committee, presented the scholarship to Kristi.

Kristi is majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Counseling. She has been active at her college, participating in the school's Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society and the Walk to Cure ALS disease. She also participated in the Dempsey Challenge and is a work-study student in the USM L/A College Student Success Center.

- submitted by Rachel Morin for Lewiston-Auburn Senior College


Senior College at Belfast Sponsors Community Events
photo of Marilyn Caron from Belfast Senior Collge
Marilyn Caron from Belfast Senior College addresses the Belfast Senior Day audience.
(Photo by Gary Gahagen)
On May 22 about 70 people turned out at the Belfast Boathouse overlooking Penobscot Bay for an informative and entertaining Senior Day arranged by Senior College at Belfast. The program featured a line-up of community leaders who highlighted programs and information of particular interest to seniors.  Among them were Belfast City Manager Joe Slocum, Chief of Police Mike McFadden, and representatives from major civic organizations such as Spectrum Generations, Waldo County's Agency on Aging, and the Belfast Chamber of Commerce.
Music and laughter permeated the morning. Senior College member Herb Juettner entertained with jokes, songs and wild riffs on his harmonica. He followed up by enticing a big group to rock'n'roll the classic "A-A-R-P."  Who says seniors can't dance up a storm? A buffet lunch catered by a Belfast bar and grill fueled all this energy. Afterwards at least a dozen people walked off with door and raffle prizes from local merchants. The entire festive affair was arranged by Marilyn Caron and members of the Senior College special events committee.
The Senior Day for Belfast followed closely on the heels of another major event, the 10th anniversary Festival of Art that Senior College co-sponsors with the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Well over a thousand people visited the popular exhibit of paintings, photographs, ceramics, weaving, collages and other art work.Read more about the Festival of Art and additional news from Senior College at Belfast!

- submitted by Pat Griffith for the Senior College at Belfast


Gold LEAF Institute Wraps Up a
Busy Spring
Gold LEAFers playing tennis spring 2012
Gold LEAFers on the tennis court this spring.
In June Gold LEAF Institute winds up the Spring semester, a semester that offered members a diverse selection of courses and experiences. This semester had members sitting in classrooms, running around tennis courts, strolling through museums and walking outside. Members looked back in history, and out into space. They discussed books, both traditional and electronic. There were guided tours of greenhouses filled with tomatoes and heirloom variety plants, as well as demonstrations of better methods of composting. Learn more about Gold LEAF's busy spring.

-submitted by Colleen Serrada for Gold LEAF Institute


Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum is a Special Destination
L-A senior college members visit Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum
Photo by Rachel Morin
The Special Destinations class at Lewiston-Auburn Senior College enjoyed a trip to Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum in Livermore Falls on April 27. The photo above shows part of the large group that attended posing on the grand staircase of the ornate home that now houses the museum.

In 2002, a group of people dedicated to preserving the history of Maine's paper industry came together to establish this museum. Their goal was to capture the cultural heritage of the papermaking mills and towns along the Androscoggin River.

The popular Special Destinations class visits a different educational destination every week and is coordinated by Dot Rupert.

-submitted by Rachel Morin for Lewiston/Auburn Senior College

Fryeburg's Arts Center Has It All!
Photo of the performance hall at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg, ME
Dance, theater, opera, films, concerts -- the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy offers it all from now through June! Check out the organization's website to see the schedule and for information on tickets.

The Poet's Corner

drawing of bird on cherry blossom branch
Haikus are Ok
For limited expression
But not for beauty.

Short words work better
To ease the strictures of form
But stifle thinking.

Leave it to Japan
To make short word tsunamis
That ration meaning.

This month's featured poet wrote these haiku poems while a student in Gary Lawless' poetry class at Midcoast Senior College. They requested that their work be published anonymously.

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In This Issue
MSCN Represented at ENCorps Summit
CSC Applauds Nonagenarian Lifelong Learner
L/A Senior College Presents Scholarship to USM Student
Gold LEAF Institute Wraps Up a Busy Spring
Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum is a Special Destination
Fryeburg Arts Center Has It All!
The Poet's Corner
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Don't forget to go to the Maine Senior College Network website to find out what is happening around the state!

Maine Senior College Network 
Maine Senior College Network
Acadia Senior College

Augusta 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 at Belfast

St. John Valley Senior College

Sunrise Senior College 
Western Mountains Senior College

York County Senior College
The Maine Senior College Network Display Boards are available to any senior college that would like to borrow them. For more information, check out the link below.

Maine Senior Guide is a comprehensive web resource about all things senior that provides "one stop shopping" for Maine's seniors at the link below: 

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Director of Communication 
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