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Issue No. 40
August 2013
The MSCN Newsletter
Welcome to Your August Newsletter!
  Bass Harbor Head

How many statewide newsletters can boast an article about a Civil War General throwing the first pitch at a Sea Dogs game (shouldn't he be an Admiral?)  -- a perfect strike no less?  Or a poem about potatoes from space?  And both by members of the organization.  We are a wild and fanciful lot here at Maine's Senior Colleges.

Happy summer to you all.  



Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


2014 Poet Laureate Contest 

Who Will Be MSCN's Next
Poet Laureate?
poetry hands

Do you write poetry or would you like to give it a try? Are you a member of a Maine Senior College? If so, you could become the next MSCN Poet Laureate! It's easy to enter -- simply  email a poem you have written to Fran Myers at the MSCN office. Or mail a printout of your poem to:

Fran Myers
Maine Senior College Network
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104

Be sure to include:
1. Your name
2. Address
3. Telephone number
4. Email address
5 Name of you senior college

Each Maine Senior College member may enter one poem.  The poem must be previously unpublished with the exception of having been published in the MSCN e-newsletter.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, 2013. 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!

Plummer as Chamerlain LAC
Lewiston-Auburn's own Charlie Plummer threw out the first pitch at the July 3rd Sea Dogs game in charater as Union Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain. Photo by Liz Riley
Union Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain Throws Out First Pitch

It was Civil War Night on July 3 at the Sea Dogs game at Hadlock Field in Portland.  Civil War Historian Charles Plummer of Auburn was invited to
throw the first pitch as Union Brigadier General Joshua L. Chamberlain. Gen. Chamberlain was the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg and later
served as the Governor of the State of Maine.

Gen. Chamberlain acknowledges the crowd as he prepares to pitch to the catcher.  The General reported it was a perfect knee-high strike.   Plummer, instructor at both L/A Senior College and Midcoast Senior College, is widely-known for his living history portrayals of Civil War Generals in
military uniforms and also of President Abraham Lincoln at both senior colleges and in presentations and lectures in Lewiston-Auburn and
surrounding towns. 


-submitted by Rachel Morin for Lewiston-Auburn
GoldLEAF's Annual Meeting A Big Hit


The GoldLEAF Institute annual meeting was a great party.  Held on June 26th, nearly 50 attendees, members and guests, not only learned about the Summer Semester's 22 courses and experiences, and elected officers, they also celebrated 15 years of GoldLEAF!  A plaque was received from the Maine Senior College Network, and a decorated cake added to the festivities. 
Gold LEAF Annual Meeting and Cake
GoldLEAF members shared a delicious cake to celebrate 15 years of lifelong learning!

-submitted by  Colleen Serrada for GoldLEAF

LA Members Receive Award

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Paul and Sally Belisle of Lewiston-Auburn Senior College received the Androscoggin Habitat Volunteer of the Year Award at the annual meeting. Photo by Rachel Morin

Paul and Sally joined the Androscoggin Habitat for Humanity in 1989 and have individually served as president, vice president and treasurer on the
executive committee of the Board of Directors, and have chaired, or have been committee members, on almost all of the organization's committees.

The Belisles have been one of the driving forces behind the St. Philip's Annual Breakfast for Habitat for many years. They also volunteer at Habitat
International in Americus, Georgia working with the Women's Build Program. (Read more about Paul and Sally in the Sun Journal)

-submitted by Rachel Morin for Lewiston-Auburn 
The Poet's Corner


On Friday last, a large asteroid, towing a little
moon zipped past earth on its cosmic venture.
The pictures show it resembling a large potato.

Maybe it IS a large potato . . . an uber-tuber,
Part of an ORE-IDA ad campaign perhaps-
"Spuds in Space - Here too, they have a peel."

Maybe it's a hoax, photo-shopped onto our
screens, and its little moon is just missing
pixels where some low-paid bit-lackey goofed.

Maybe all the others really are asteroids
But this one really is a very large potato
sent by another civilization's starch council.

"You do WHAT on Earth? You EAT
potatoes? Cut up and fried and
consumed in the billions and billions?"

Its moon is a roving eye-
No wonder it kept going.

- by Janet Stebbins, OLLI
Maine Seniors Day Signed into Law

Annual September Event will Raise Awareness and Celebrate Older Residents

Maine Seniors Magazine, AARP Maine and many other organizations throughout the state are announcing today the first annual Maine Seniors Day.  The Act to Establish Maine Seniors Day was sponsored by Representative Richard Campbell (R-Orrington) and signed into law by Governor Paul LePage on May 24th.  The Act designates the second Saturday of every September a special day inviting Maine people, businesses and organizations to show their appreciation for Maine's seniors.

The first annual Maine Seniors Day will take place this year on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Notes From Here and There . . .

Senior College Boards - visit the Maine Association of Nonprofits for educational opportunities.

Decide.Create.Share. -  Check out the new AARP site and the 40 Day Pledge. The site guides women through a 7 step process and encourages women to assess their home and community, health, finances, and legal documents. Participants can download and save their plans, track their progress, print it, and share their accomplishments with friends and family. While the initiative is targeted to women, everyone can benefit from the DCS information and resources. Check it out and share!

Senior Expo - MSCN and South Coast Senior College were represented at the July 24th Maine Senior Guide Senior Expo in Kennebunk.  The expo was well attended and many people gathered up senior college info!
Like MSCN on Facebook

Facebook logo Now you can "like" Maine Senior College Network on Facebook. We've created an MSCN page on Facebook, so please visit it to share experiences, ideas, photos, and information about upcoming Maine Senior College happenings. We'll also post links to articles about lifelong learning and other topics relevant to senior college members.


Photo of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse |Source=eigen werk |Date=October 14, 2002 |Author= J. Post from Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Hands -  from Wikimedia Commons
In This Issue
2014 Poet Laureate Contest
Charlie Plummer Throws Out The First Pitch
GoldLEAF's Annual Meeting A Big Hit
LA Members Receive Award
Maine Seniors Day Signed into Law
Notes From Here and There
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

South Coast Senior College

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 
Director of Conferences

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