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Issue No. 52
August  2014
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your August Newsletter!

Traditional Maine Lobster Boat as seen in Casco Bay
 near Peaks Island

Lobster boats, parades, festivals, tourists, house guests and more - summer in Maine!  I hope you are all enjoying yours!

If you have a spare moment between eating your lobster and marking your spot at the local parade, please read through this month's newsletter.  As always the senior colleges are doing amazing things!


Kali Lightfoot

Executive Director

Maine Senior College Network    


An Allagash Haunting
Tim and Susan Caverly share stories of the Allagash and Mt. Katadin Park with Sunrise members.

One sunny afternoon  in June, Tim and Susan Caverly spent over two hours talking about the natural beauty of the Allagash and Mt. Katahdin Park to members of Sunrise Senior College. He has been associated with park ranger work since he was a young boy. His father was a warden with the Maine Forest Service and then his brother was a ranger in Baxter State Park.  He became employed as a ranger at the tender age of 18 and worked for the Maine Department of Conservation for 32 years.


During his early years, he spent summers working as a season ranger and attending the University of Maine at Machias where he received a teaching degree.  After college he advanced into management positions with the Department of Conservation.  After retirement from state service, Tim went to work in the Millinocket school system where he heard students say they "didn't like to read," so in 2009 he began publishing stories about the Maine woods. It was Tim's desire to not only encourage people to read but to explore Maine's outstanding natural world. He is the founder of the New England Reads Program, a literacy program that encourages literacy throughout New England.  He travels extensively throughout the Northeast, promoting this program.


Tim is a natural born storyteller.  He kept us laughing the entire time he talked.  He shared such absurdities as "how to milk a moose," and tried to make us believe that there was really a UFO landing on the Allagash River. Susan talked about how she and Tim, both natives of Piscataquis County, met at the University of Maine at Machias during their studies.  How romantic is that?   She also discussed her family ties to Baxter State Park, while Tim lived there with his older brother.


Tim spoke about his most popular story to date, "An Allagash Haunting," that has been made into a stage play and adapted into a radio broadcast.  It was a delightful tale! Tim brought some of his books to be purchased, if we so desired, and also shared that he would enjoy being invited to other Senior Colleges, to enlighten folks about his literacy program and spin a few yarns for others to enjoy. 

Some of his other programs are titled:  Allagash Tails and Tales, with wonderful photos of the wild life within the park and along the Allagash River;  The Caverly Chronicles, about his family and growing up in Maine;  Crossed Paths, which describes how he and his wife, grew up in the same community, but never met until they attended UMM. 


To contact Tim to schedule a program or to purchase a book, he can be reached at his web site: or via email at:;  or call (207) 907-9517.  He is eager to share his passions and his wonderful stories with others!     


submitted by - Jackie Lowe, Sunrise

Gold LEAF Class Leads to Community Sing-Along Events
Gold Leaf members enjoy an afternoon of singing!

It wasn't choir practice and it wasn't the rehearsal for a future stage performance. The 15 people who come to sing on Monday afternoons, some with copies of lyrics in hand or carrying ukuleles, simply join forces for a singalong just for the heck of it. As covered by Bobbie Hanstein of The Daily Bulldog, Farmington's online newspaper, this article shares some of their recent publication, with permission. 


The founding member of this impromptu singing group, Eileen Liddy of Wilton, said she loves to sing but can't sing in key unless she's with others who can. Two years ago she took Gold LEAF's Singing for Satisfaction class that met with the idea of getting amateur singers together who like to be in voice with others. The class ended with a Christmas carol presentation at the senior residential center, Pinewood Terrace in Farmington. Liddy liked the idea of getting together with other people who like to sing "just for the joy of it," she said. But, her version would be something less formally structured than a class and that it wouldn't cost anything.


"I wanted something low stress, no commitment, come when you can," she said. Maurice Hovey, 94, of Farmington, was one of those who showed up for the first time. He brought his seven harmonicas with him and played along with the singers. Fortunately, Liddy came prepared with three copies of the folk music songbook, Rise Up Singing, which made Hovey's harmonicas right at home.


Liddy noted to make this sing-along work best she's asking everyone attending to bring a few copies of songs they want to sing along with others. That way everyone knows the lyrics in order to keep things moving song-wise - and they did right up until finishing time at 2:15 on Monday. She shared the fact that it is really helpful to be able to use the community center room, and that it is also good for the community center to have residents using the space in the early afternoon. 


Besides the easy-going, just-show-up-if-you-want-to aspect of the community singing session, Liddy likes that each member of the group decides what they'd like to sing and if someone is a little off key, nobody minds. Gold LEAF likes the fact that one of its course ideas is now turning into a little bit of an institution. Many senior college groups have walking clubs, hiking clubs, current events and books groups: why not a singing group? Have fun everyone.

submitted by -Eileen Kreutz, Gold LEAF

Who were the Acadians? 


"Who were the Acadians?" is a "Butch Cassidy" question. Historically answered: Acadians were the first French colonial settlers of the North Atlantic coast in the New World in months BEFORE the English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. They farmed, fished and trapped fourteen years BEFORE the Mayflower set sail for Plymouth Rock. The "weekend cruise to l'Acadie-Nova Scotia" lasted almost 150 years before the Acadians were uprooted in 1755 by American Colonists and British soldiers. By 1763, France had lost their Seven Year War with England...and the Acadians became one of the "spoils of war". Theirs was a "no choice" bargain made earlier with the Brits and as a result, over seven thousand Acadians were brutally tossed out and separated from their properties and families. Another ten to twelve thousand managed to escape and spent years as refugees. Hundreds were chased, captured and deported. Did the Acadians try to defend themselves? Yes, and with as much success as other victims of ethnic cleansing. 

But some of those Acadians escaped and survived. They settled in the Canadian Maritimes, the American colonies, Louisiana and some of them came up the St. John River and settled into this beautiful valley. It is with sentimental pride that I shall take from August 8 to 24, 2014 when I share in the celebration of the World Acadian Congress. As a Charter Member of the St. John Valley Senior College, I was invited to help in the planning and organizing of "Senior Summit-21st Century Elders, in Search of a Better Life." Our committee members represent the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Quebec and I  represent Maine's St. John River Valley. The activities planned for August 19 and 20 in Edmundston, New Brunswick will focus on the many ways elders/seniors contribute to the autonomy of any society. Of equal interest are many discussions and workshops conducted by professionals: gerontologists, therapists, essayists, playwrights, columnists, and even politicians! Kiosks, lunch, tours, music, theater and entertainment.


If you are interested in attending the summit click here more information and registration or contact  l'Association francophone des aînés du N.B. by phone at 1-866-523-0090 or 1-506-386-0090, email at: , or visit . 


submitted by - Elizabeth Jalbert Pecoraro, St. John Valley


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In This Issue
An Allagash Haunting
Gold LEAF Class Leads to Community Sing-Along Events
Who were the Acadians?
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