Issue No. 67
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your December Newsletter!

The busy holiday season is upon us so don't forget to register for your Senior College Winter classes! This is the last issue of the MSCN news for 2015, and it carries many reminders why Maine's Senior Colleges are good for you! Senior Colleges provide thought-provoking discussions, feeding our thoughts, and our love of music plus our sense of humor. All this encourages us to enjoy learning new things, look after our health and look out for each other! 

In this issue, you will find LASC's "Food for Thought" lecture with "Shiloh: Frank W. Sandford and The Kingdom." Presented by William Hiss. 

GoldLEAF shares a description of a weekend of extraordinary musical extremes. While, Tom Feagin, President of UMASC shares a poignantly observed moment with his poem "How to tell you live in Maine." 

For those of you who are looking for ways to help their local communities, we show how you can become a Foster Grandparent or a Senior Companion. Meanwhile, WMSC shares very important tips on how to look after yourself with "Beating the Odds: Maintaining Heart and Brain Health." 

Finally, if you are in the Augusta area, UMASC have a great Christmas Concert lined up as part of their Jewett Concert series.

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Presents: 

"Shiloh: Frank W. Sandford and The Kingdom." Presented by William Hiss

William Hiss, a graduate of Bates College, now in retirement, will be the presenter at the USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College "Food for Thought" 11:30 luncheon on Friday, December 11. His topic is "Shiloh: Frank W. Sandford and The Kingdom." The public is cordially invited.

Hiss wrote an extensive, independent history of The Kingdom. He will offer a history of the movement, well-illustrated with slides of the movement's work over the decades up to the present. His work to understand and write a history of The Kingdom has led to close personal friendships with many members of the families that made generations of commitments to this work.

Rev. Frank W. Sandford, an 1886 graduate of Bates, by the middle 1890's, had created a uniquely American religious movement to "evangelize the world in our generation." By the very early years of the 20th century with his hundreds of followers, he had built one of the most remarkable religious communities on the sand hilltop that came to be called "Shiloh."
Shiloh, Maine (circa 1901)

The last verse of the Old Testament, in Malachi 4, says that "Before the great and terrible day of the Lord, I will send you Elijah the Prophet again..." Coming at this symbolic Biblical location to close the Old Testament, this prophecy of a second Elijah figure as a precursor to the return of the millennial Jesus has attracted much thought from Christians. In Auburn in the first years of the 20th century, Frank Sandford announced that he was the Elijah of Malachi 4. From that moment on, his Shiloh movement attracted both hundreds of loyalists and much public hostility.
"The Prophet Elijah Receives Bread and Water from an Angel." (Depiction of the original bible story by Peter Paul Rubens) 

Through much of the next twenty years, Rev. Sandford and his closest followers were at sea, following the commandments they had received to take the gospel and the evangelization of the world to every continent.

Through inexpressible spiritual joy and some periods of great suffering and conflict with the civil authorities, the community lasted as a religious community preparing evangelists until 1920, when it was dissolved as a community. The Kingdom still exists as an evangelical movement, and the original Shiloh sanctuary building in Durham is still in use for Christian services.

Hiss retired in 2013 after 35 years as a dean, vice-president and lecturer in Asian Studies at Bates. He earned a BA in English from Bates, an MTS in Ethics and American Church History from Harvard Divinity School, and an MA and Ph.D. from Tufts. He is the Moderator of the West Auburn Congregational Church, a beekeeper and gardener, soccer referee, and the principal researcher on a national study of optional standardized testing in college admissions.

Food for Thought luncheon details:
Friday, December 13 at 11:30. 
Location: The Function Room - 170 USM LAC Campus, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. 
The public is cordially invited to attend.

The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 with advance reservation or $8 at the door. 

Reservations must be made by noon on Wednesday, December 9 by calling the Senior College Information Line at 753-6510.Any late callers will be considered "at the door."

Submitted by - Rachel Morin, USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College 
harpsichordsFrom Harpsichords to Steel Pans: Instruments Old and New

Franklin County residents and Gold LEAF members were treated to some first-hand up-close-and-personal experiences with some very special musical instruments in early November as part of the Fall term offerings.

Antique Harpsichords with Gavin Black

Antique harpsichords were the subject of a concert-lecture given by Gavin Black, Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center. Harpsichords preceded the piano as we know it, and each instruments was tuned to itself, not necessarily in tune with other instruments. This worked at the time since most performances were local, without other "traveling" musicians coming into town (and needing to tune together). The experience of playing a harpsichord was shown to be quite distinct from that of piano-playing. A clavichord was played as well and the sounds of all the instruments were compared and contrasted. Gavin's knowledge of the early instruments and the compositions of those centuries was extensive, and he generously shared stories and answered questions. 

Gavin performed a concert at the Emery Community Arts Center on a Saturday evening, and then followed it up with a concert-lecture the following day. At both events, close inspection of the centuries-old instruments was permitted, and the inner workings of all the wood pieces could be examined. The concert was played on an Italian harpsichord built somewhere in the period 1650-1720.

Steel Pans with the Western Mountain Trash Can Band

Jumping forward into this century, a large class had a great time with the Western Mountain Trash Can Band. The band brought many samples of the only major musical instrument invented in the 20th century: the steelpan, which comes to us from Trinidad and Tobago. Tuning comes into play with steelpans which create steel drum music. The class was taught the range of sounds accomplished by tuning the pan from high tenor down to Nine Bass. 

The group first listened to a variety of toe-tapping music, and then got hands-on acquaintance with pitch percussion instruments. Members of the band explained how they got started; how and where (Blue Hill, Maine) the drums are made; and the band's involvement with area schools. 

A simple song was taught so that those who wanted to could experience the drums and play a bit. There were two different groups, so everyone who wanted to play had the opportunity. It was a very lively, interesting evening! 

All in all, it was an extended weekend of learning about fascinating instruments, spanning many centuries. This is not to mention, of course, a lot of fun.
Submitted by - Eileen Kreutz, Gold LEAF Institute 

poemHow to tell you live in Maine
You are sitting at your computer when
The 'phone rings, and it is
A nice young woman calling
From your alma mater to
Ask for funds and you are
Just about to tell her you have no money
When the dogs begin to bark so loud that
You can't hear her and
You see a pick-up truck in the drive
With a young man dressed all in camo
standing at the door                                                              And he says there is a deer in your yard
And asks if he may shoot it
And you cannot think of a good reason
Why not. So you say okay and go out.
And he takes his bow and goes around
The corner followed by his girlfriend in tight
Faded blue jeans and a striped knit hoodie
And you see him nock an arrow, draw and
Release it and you hear
A Thunk and go around the corner and see
A spike buck with an arrow
Through his chest, kicking feebly

You know you live in Maine
When a dude on a date with a cute chick shoots a deer in your yard.

P.S. And he brings you three packages of venison.


Adults 55 and over can make a difference in someone's life, while having a great time and earning extra money by becoming a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion!

Foster Grandparents mentor and support academic achievement of children in schools, child development centers and Head Start. Volunteers work under the supervision of teachers and staff, assisting with classroom activities, reading with students and encouraging students to learn.

Senior Companions make independence a reality for elders and their families by conducting home visits for companionship and providing respite for caregivers. Volunteers can provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other essential errands. 

Volunteers who commit to 15 hours or more a week receive a tax-free stipend that does not affect Social Security, food stamps, LIHEAP, or subsidized housing eligibility. Non- stipended opportunities are available for those interested in 10 hours per week. Volunteers also receive other benefits including travel assistance, trainings, support and recognition for their service. 

Contacts Information

If you live in York, Cumberland or western Oxford counties and would like to learn more about how you can help your community by joining either the Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion Programs contact: 

Opportunity Alliance Senior Volunteer Programs

If you live outside of York, Cumberland or western Oxford counties and are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion, contact: 

Penquis Foster Grandparent Program 
Email: Angela Hobson 

UMaine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program 
(207) 581-3870

Submitted by Hilary Gove, AmeriCorps VISTA
Beating the Odds: Maintaining Heart and Brain Health

Mark Pechnik & Iris Roberts

"Healthier Habits for a Healthier You," the latest To Your Health program, took place on October 22nd, sponsored by the Western Mountains Senior College, SAD 44 Adult Ed, the Bethel Family Health Center, and the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. This event was a follow-up to a previous Alzheimer's program and was presented by Mark Pechenik, Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

With some 40 in attendance, Mr. Pechenik reviewed the risk factors for the development of dementia, the importance of maintaining heart and brain health, and ways to beat the odds. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's and no guarantees for prevention, the latest research suggests that there are ways to reduce the risk or at least improve quality of life. One's predisposition to Alzheimer's Disease can be affected by genes, environment, lifestyle, and age, with age being the strongest determinant. Among the risk factors are high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, head injuries, and depression. 

The one factor that we can change is lifestyle. Pechenik suggests that people Develop A Plan, which should include 1) cognitive activity (puzzles, learning a language); 2) physical activity (avoid TV); 3) sound eating habits (the Mediterranean Diet); and 4) social engagement. It is wise to start slowly, do things you enjoy, reward yourself, and enlist the aid of friends to stick with The Plan. 

Mr. Pechenik gave anecdotal information about his ongoing work with early-stage Alzheimer's groups and summarized by stressing the importance of getting information from professionals rather than some questionable website. The presentation was informative and well received.

Written by Mary Haberman, Western Mountains Senior College
A Christmas Concert: The Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, organist.


Sunday Dec. 20 at 2 pm 

South Parish Congregational Church 
9 Church St, Augusta

Tickets: $10, $5 student, 12 and under free at the door or at our ticket outlets: Pat's Pizza of Augusta and Dave's Appliance in Winthrop.

Information/mail order: 621-3551, 

3 Winter Newsletters 
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In This Issue
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

Acadia Senior College

Augusta Senior College
Coastal Senior College

Downeast Senior College

Gold LEAF Institute

South Coast 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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