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Issue No. 39June 2013
The MSCN Newsletter
Welcome to Your June Newsletter!
  Huhu Uet

Instant summer arrived today, so I suppose these sheep should probably be red --  I've noticed several sunburned faces here on campus this afternoon!  It seems like May was way too short, but it did include our semi-annual MSCN videoconference with a good turnout and lively sharing.  Be sure to send us news of your senior college summer classes and activities.  Here's to some sun, fun, learning, and warm weather!



Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


Winner chosen for MSCN 2013 Photo Competition: Maine . . . Rivers, Lakes, & Oceans

Photo contest winner
Congratulations to our photo contest winner, Duane Prugh, from Augusta Senior College!

This year's MSCN photo contest winner is Duane Prugh from Augusta Senior College with his photo of the Houston Brook Falls in Pleasant Ridge, Maine.  Houston Brook Falls is a 32 foot horsetail/plunge waterfall that is located across the river from Bingham.  Duane says the falls are "one of my favorites".  The trailhead is located at the entrance to the local refuse facility and is an easy 10 minute walk in.
Lobsters and Flowers

On Saturday, June 8th, Coastal Senior College has arranged a visit to both the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Maine State Aquarium.  The group will meet at the Aquarium shortly before 10:00 a.m. Admission for the Aquarium is $3 admission.  There will be a tour discussing lobsters and we'll have a chance to see several live ones bearing unusual shell patterns and colors.  You will also have time to examine other marine creatures in various tanks on your own.  After you've had your fill of the aquarium you can proceeded on your own to  the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  Admission at the Gardens is $12.  Please get a map and either eat your own picnic lunch or enjoy lunch at their excellent café (about $15).  At 1:00 p.m. there will be a short tour of a portion of the 250-acre gardens.  After the tour you are free to explore on your own and depart when ready.


Please make a reservation by May 31st by phoning 1-800 286-1594.  For other questions contact Jack Farlow  by calling 207-832-7816, or by email at

-submitted by  Kay Liss for Coastal Senior College
Coastal Senior College Annual Lunch a Great Success
Coastal Annual Lunch
At the CSC annual lunch, author Colin Woodward, left, and CSC board president Byron Stuhlman stand with centenarian Gertrude Allen who continues to take classes and even volunteers on the publicity committee.

Coastal Senior College (CSC) had a record turnout for its 2013 annual luncheon held on May 4 at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. Over 100 people attended to hear the speaker, award-winning journalist and author Colin Woodard, talk about his most recent book, "American Nations." The occasion was also an opportunity to honor the many CSC volunteers who do everything from instructing to serving on the board and helping as class assistants.   


With its home base at the University of Maine at Rockland, CSC donates money annually for scholarships to deserving students to attend URock. Scholarships for membership and tuition are also offered to those seniors who want to take a class and need financial assistance.  Seventeen classes were offered in the spring session along with a number of ongoing classes such as a writers' group and a social change discussion group. For more information about CSC, visit the website or call 800-286-1594.


-submitted by  Kay Liss for Coastal Senior College

Well Known Pianist/Vocalist Performed at LA Senior College Annual Meeting

Mitchell Clyde Thomas performing a piece.

Mitchell Clyde Thomas, well known pianist/vocalist, entertained following the USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Sixth Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at the college function room 170 on the Westminster St. campus.  Thomas presented a medley of Broadway show tunes and some of his own original songs.  He has been entertaining audiences in Maine and around New England for more than 40 years, beginning as a young side-kick to his fiddle-playing grandfather.


He is very active in Lewiston-Auburn's Community Little Theatre, where he directs some of their shows and has performed in scores of them over the past two decades.  He most recently directed Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella," and he is the director the CLT's next production, "The Odd Couple," opening in June.  Thomas is the Communications Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, and he also teaches courses in writing and the social sciences at Central Maine Community College.  On weekends, he is the choir director and organist at two different churches in Lewiston and Auburn, and for the past 10 years, he is the Music Director for the New England Annual  Conference of the United Methodist Church.


-submitted by Rachel Morin for LA Senior College 


Art Class at Augusta Senior College Very Popular
Ruth Bookey's Art Class
Sixteen eager students participated in Hands-on-Beginning Art Class at Augusta Senior College taught by Ruth Bookey.  Participants paint and draw with a variety of materials.
-submitted by Ruth Bookey for Augusta Senior College
Hiking to the Cascades 

'Tis the season - for rushing waterfalls in central Maine.  An intrepid group of Gold LEAF members spent a beautiful Wednesday in May trekking to three different sets of rapids and cascades within driving distance of Farmington.  The group was led by Roger and Karyl Condit, and ably guided by geologist Michael Field.  

mary's photo 1  

 They visited Mosher Hill Falls,  Cascade Stream in Farmington, and the Cascade Stream Gorge Trail in Rangeley.  Spring runoff made the falls even more impressive than usual and once more we were humbled by the power of nature.  Many participants resolved to get together informally for further hiking in the area.  The region promises to provide us with many more hiking opportunities than we could ever take advantage of in a single season. Maine Trail Finder is an excellent resource for our members who love the outdoors.


submitted by Mary Viruleg for GOLD Leaf Senior College 

For Your Reading Pleasure

Florence Wurzburg, a member of Coastal Senior College, submitted a story she wrote for Alice Dashiell's class, "The Story of Your Spring".  Read Florence's wonderful story here.

-submitted by Dawn Rinehart for Coastal Senior College
LA Senior College to Visit Botanical Gardens
Coastal Maine Botantical Gardens
The Excursion Committee at LA Senior College is planning a trip to Coastal Maine's Botanical Gardens for June 21st.  The Gardens has been named the nation's #1 spot for botanical gardens by the Trip Advisor's Top Ten Public Garden's List. (Photo by Rachel Morin)
-submitted by Rachel Morin for LA  Senior College
Notes From Here and There . . .

AARP Maine Resources Available
-Looking for knowledgeable speakers for courses, AARP Maine offers presentations on Social Security, Medicare, State Legislative Issues, Fraud Prevention, and Driver Safety? AARP Maine can also provide resources and research on these and other topics through AARP's Public Policy Institute with Maine-specific data.  Email or call toll free: 1-866-554-5380 to request a speaker or additional information.

Maine Poetry Express - Maine poetry by Maine people!  June 29th at Chebeague Island Library.  For more info contact Deborah Bowman at

For all you senior college thespians - visit the Senior Theatre Resource Center for ideas and info on events.

Senior College Boards - visit the Maine Association of Nonprofits for educational opportunities.
The Poet's Corner

Losing It

You win some lose some-

Lost some winsomeness

Down the drain with

Sum of teeth & hair

That look of young


Your time to use or lose it lost

Lost your way along the way

Thrown for a loss you lost

All sense of what you lost

Found you had


Became a see-er & unseen

You got lost in thought

Lost train & track of

Everything you think

You thought & think:


No time left for you to lose

You'd try to find but knew

How again you'd only gain

One more thing for you

To lose anew


You're completely at a loss for words

If your loss wasn't screwed on tight

I bet you'd lose that too

You'd be at a total . . .


- by Ted Bookey, Augusta Senior College
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Photo  of blue sheep by Huhu Uet courtesy Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-3.0
Photo of  Maine lobster  by Nur01521 Flicker-NOAA-Photo-Library
courtesy Wikimedia Commons
In This Issue
MSCN Photo Contest Winner Announced
Lobsters and Flowers
Coastal has Annual Lunch
Mitchell Clyde Woodward Performs
Popular Art Class at Augusta
Hiking to the Cascades
For Your Reading Pleasure
LA Senior College to Visit Botantical Gardens
Notes From Here and There
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!

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: 

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 
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