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Issue No. 29
July  2012
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your July Newsletter  

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July is the 4th and so much more! Outdoor activities, cookouts, beach days, gardens in bloom, and of course, a wealth of opportunities for courses, events, trips and special interest groups at Maine's Senior Colleges. This month we bring you an invitation from OLLI at USM, offering MSCN members the opportunity to experience a fabulous fall trip to Italy, as well news from Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and Gold LEAF Institute, and the Poet's Corner.

We're pleased to publish the winning entry in the MSCN Photo Competition in this issue and congratulate the photographer, Sara Shute, a member of the Senior College at Belfast.

This year's MSCN Poet Laureate competition begins this month and MSCN members have until the end of December to submit an entry -- details are below.

Summer in Maine is fleeting -- enjoy!  



Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


It's a Winner!

Winning photo from the MSCN 2102 competition
Sara Shute's winning photograph.

Sara Shute of the Senior College at Belfast submitted the winning entry to the Portraits: Family, Friends, and Pets MSCN photo competition. Sara was photographing a portrait of her husband David and their granddaughter Emily when Zoe the dog decided to sneak in and sample Emily's ice cream cone, resulting in this winning image. Congratulations to Sara, who will receive an Amazon Kindle e-reader!

Thank you also to the many other MSCN members who submitted photos to the contest. The entries were excellent, and it was a difficult decision to select one winner!
Who Will Be MSCN's Next
Poet Laureate?

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Do you write poetry or would you like to give it a try? Are you a member of a Maine senior college? If so, and you are willing to have your work published in the MSCN e-newsletter, you could become the next MSCN Poet Laureate! It's easy to enter -- simply email a poem you have written to Kyle Allen at the MSCN office. Or mail a printout of your poem to:

Kyle Allen
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104

Be sure to include: your name, contact information, and tell us which Maine Senior College you belong to. Each Maine Senior College member may enter one poem and the poem must be previously unpublished, with the exception of having been published in the MSCN e-newsletter.
The deadline for submissions is December  31, 2012. The winning poem will be published in the MSCN e-newsletter, and the new MSCN Poet Laureate will receive an Amazon Kindle e-book reader. We're looking forward to reading poetry from members across the state!

Maine Senior College Members Are Invited to Visit Italy With OLLI!
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Sorrento, Italy

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at USM) is traveling to Italy, November 10 - 18, and we invite members of Maine's Senior Colleges to join us on the trip.   
This looks like an amazing trip. We will visit Naples, Sorrento, the Isle of Capri, Pompeii, drive along the Amalfi Drive, and spend 2 days in Rome, including Vatican City. The cost is only $2,719 (double occupancy, payment by check) and it includes flight, hotel, tours and all meals but two lunches!!
All trip details are posted on the OLLI website.
Space is limited, and time is short. Registrations must be received at  the OLLI office with a deposit of $350 by July 10th.
Please call the OLLI office with any questions: 207-780-4406.

-submitted by Susan Morrow for the OLLI at USM.


L/A Senior College Welcomes Summer With a Museum Excursion
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Rachel Morin and Lydia Gilbert of
Lewiston-Auburn Senior College.

Rachel Morin and Lydia Gilbert were the leaders for the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Excursion Trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on one of this years's hottest days so far, June 20. Forty-one members enjoyed the beautiful art works in the Museum and got to see the new Art of the Americas Wing that opened in November, 2010.  (Photo by Gene Gilbert)


Variety Abounds at Gold LEAF

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The Summer semester at Gold LEAF Institute in Farmington starts at the end of June and continues into October. It is comprised of 21 courses and experiences that run the gamut from quiet introspection to outdoor exercise. There are multi-session courses on spirit journeying, meditation, history, Maine book discussion, drumming, the Maine woods, politics, and singing. In single-session classes, members can learn about the stock market, the English language, and the juicing of fruits and vegetables.

Gold LEAFers can experience the Navajo and Hopi life in a travelogue-type class, learn about the forest in an instructional walk, and about seed propagation at Khadighar Farm. Other experiences include winery and food bank tours, a boat cruise, a concert and a theater production. And the latest in the "Our Town" series features Turner, thanks to the Turner Historical Museum staff.

It is surely to be an exciting semester!

-submitted by Colleen Serrada for Gold LEAF Institute

Jefferson Historical Society Announces Summer Events

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The 1869 Old Town House in Jefferson, Maine.

The Jefferson Historical Society is offering summer events including tours of the Old Jefferson Town House, a July concert featuring multiple music genres, and an arts event with works by local artists and craftspeople.

 Click here for more details about the events, including location, dates, times and cost.

 The Poet's Corner

Photo of boy jumping off diving boardWater Memories

Hit the water! Cannonball!
Swim and splash and shout!
Watermelon! Belly flop!
Spray it all about!

The horseplay ends.
The waves are still.
The splashes fall no more.
The lake is flat, but ripples spread
To find a distant shore.

And so I go about my life.
Enjoy the words I say.
The things I do, the splash I make
Will fade when I'm away.
Remember me for ripples, then
Wherever waters play.

-by Eric Jensen, OLLI at USM.

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In This Issue
It's a Winner! MSCN Photo Contest
Announcing the 2012 MSCN Poet Laureate Contest
MSCN Members Are Invited to Visit Italy
L/A Senior College Welcomes Summer
Variety Abounds at Gold LEAF Institute
Jefferson Historical Society Announces Summer Events
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
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About Us
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 
Director of Conferences

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