Learning Opportunities for Persons Over 50 Years of Age
Fall 2017 Session 
Registration are due by Sept 9 for the Fall 2017 session.  Classes will meet once a week for six weeks, Tuesday through Friday. from Sept 12 to Oct 20.   Classes are at the Magic Lantern Tannery Pub from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

​An Autumn Medley

Tuesdays, September 12 – October 17, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub

September 12: Helicopters and the Realm of Vertical Flight  
Frank Howell
The invention of the practical helicopter is an epic story of indomitable wills colliding with formidable technical challenges. This course looks at the problems confronting the pioneers of vertical flight and some of the clever solutions they concocted. Frank will talk about what it’s like to learn how to fly a helicopter and the practical benefits of these amazing machines.

Frank Howell is CEO and Chief Designer at Down East Innovation LLC. Frank holds over two dozen patents on devices in wide use by the U.S. and allied militaries. He started flying helicopters in 2005 and has logged over two thousand hours as Pilot in Command. His dog, Hannah, has over one thousand hours as co-pilot.

September 19: Wealth Distribution Planning  
Charlotte Kelly
An investment based discussion on converting your savings into a lifetime of inflation adjusted income. Smart and safe ways to outlive your investments and savings. 

Charlotte Kelly has been in the financial industry since 1994, working first in insurance and then as a financial advisor in a brokerage firm. She came to Key Bank five years ago where she helps clients with asset/debt management and investments. She is a Maine native, a licensed Maine Guide and is working on a pilot’s license so she can fly sportsmen into northern Maine fishing and hunting habitats.

September 26: Moving & Reassembling an 1827 House  
Greg Marston

Imagine finding the perfect antique house you’ve always wanted, but finding it in the wrong location. What do you do? Take it apart, of course, piece by piece, catalogue the parts, move everything, then put it back together again. Greg relates his adventures in just such an undertaking.

Greg Marston has worked as an 18th and early 19th century furniture restorer and maker, as well as a carver and preservationist, for over thirty years. Greg is self-taught and likes to say that he is a graduate of the University of SOTP, (seat of the pants). In his own words, “I learn as I go…I think of myself as the ‘King of Wing’, meaning I just wing it.”

October 3: U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum  
John Doughty
For forty-five years, our country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the current “energy revolution”, the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign energy dependence. Petroleum security considerations will continue to impact our foreign policy for the foreseeable future.

John Doughty is Director of Research & Chair of the Investment Committee at R.M. Davis in Portland. His interest in foreign policy issues has led to board positions on the World Affairs Council of Maine and the Camden Council, among others. He is a graduate, cum laude, in Government and History from Bowdoin College and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

October 10: The History & Evolution of Violin Making  
David Polstein
A survey of the major historical violin makers and their methods, c.1500 to today. An interesting aspect is how little has changed in current crafting methods from the pre-industrial revolution era.

David Polstein has worked as a maker & restorer of violin-family instruments for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School in Boston and worked in the shops of noted makers Jonathan Cooper & Arthur Toman before starting his own business in Newton, MA. He is a winner of multiple awards in the Violin Society of America’s violin making competitions and is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers.

October 17: The Tree in Winter  
Alanna Doughty
We caulk the windows, fill the oil tank and stack the cord-wood in preparation for the cold months ahead. But we seldom think about how plants prepare for winter. We’ll explore how Maine trees adapt to survive the short days and long, bitter nights and examine the bare twigs to see how different they all really are. We’ll learn to identify our native trees without their leaves and get some hands-on practice using the guidebook, The Forest Trees Of Maine.

Alanna Doughty is the Education Director for the Lakes Environmental Association. She has worked previously for Outward Bound and Ocean Classroom. She holds degrees from U-Maine, Orono in Ecology and Environmental Science and from USM in Education.
All About Alaska: Twenty Years in the “Great Land”
Jim and Sue Dover

Wednesdays, September 13 – October 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub 

An in-depth look at Alaska: from its geographic isolation, climate and native culture, to its history of exploration, settlement and path to statehood, resources and economic development…and, of course, its geology and scenic splendor. This class is also a primer on what to see and do in Alaska, based in part on our own experiences living, working and raising a family in Anchorage, which subsistence residents of the Alaskan “bush” might suggest is not part of the “real” Alaska. Even so, much of great interest and consequence to all Alaskans and the rest of the country was happening in Alaska during our time there. And yes, we do have bear stories! 

Jim and Sue Dover lived in Alaska for twenty years, from 1981 to 2001, Jim working “in the bush” as a field geologist with the US Geological Survey, and Sue working “in town” as a tutor, substitute teacher and Elementary School Librarian.
Peace of Mind Before You “Rest in Peace”

“I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell…
you see, I have friends in both places.” Mark Twain

Thursdays, September 14 – October 12, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub 

September 14: Encore! Writing Your Own Obituary and More 
Allen Crabtree
Unfortunately, death comes to all of us. Before we leave this earth, however, there are a number of things we can do to make the transition easier for us and for our loved ones. This first session will deal with the lighter side of writing your own obituary, composing the epitaph on your gravestone and planning your own funeral and wake.

Allen Crabtree of Sebago is a writer, an enthusiastic hiker and a popular presenter at Senior College. He and his wife, Penny, own and operate Crabtree’s Collection Old Books and Crabtree’s Blueberries.

September 21: Understanding Palliative Care & Hospice Services  
Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Team
Presenters will lead the audience through an interactive case scenario, taking you across 
The onset of serious illness to end of life, exploring ways palliative care and hospice services help navigate the course. You will learn what these services are and how to access them.

Katherine Amsden, LCSW has been with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice since 2012 as a Social Worker providing education on this topic. Jessica Dussault, RN started with Androscoggin in 2005. She is now a hospice supervisor. Diane Pinard, RN is a certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse. She has worked with the organization for over twenty-four years.

September 28: Thinking Outside the Coffin  
Chuck Lakin
If you think this is a morbid class to be avoided at all costs, you’re wrong. Chuck’s purpose is to give you the information you need to make good decisions about what happens to your body after your death. You’ll be surprised at how many choices you have.

Chuck Lakin is a woodworker and home funeral educator. His goal is to help everyone make good decisions about how they want to be treated after their death, and to show families a more meaningful way to be involved in the funeral process if that is their choice.

October 5: Funerary/Mortuary Trusts
Dana Chandler
This, in effect, is pre-planning and pre-paying for your final arrangements. Why should you do this? How does it work and how it is regulated so you know your investment is safe.

Dana Chandler is the owner of Chandler and Wood Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. He has had 35 years of experience in providing funeral services in our area and has served in various state and national funeral director’s organizations.

October 12:Hospital Issues in Dealing With Death  
David Frum
David will share with the group his insights on healthcare, wellness and the hospital’s role in assuring families are actively involved in decisions about dying. He’ll also seek class input on how the hospital can be a better partner in the decisions families must make, often under difficult circumstances.

David Frum is the President & CEO of Bridgton & Rumford Hospitals. He has been in this role for seven years. David previously held a similar post at St. Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, Indiana. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I and II
Margaret Reimer

Fridays, September 15 – October 20, 9:30 – 11;30 am
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub 

This autumn’s Shakespeare offering, Henry IV, Parts I & II, will explore the history plays that follow the usurpation of the English throne by Henry Bolingbroke. These two plays introduce us to the conflict between dissatisfied Prince Hal and the feisty son of Northumberland, Harry Hotspur, the son ailing Henry IV wishes was his own. We will also be introduced to the aging, unethical yet comic, Sir John Falstaff, one of Elizabeth the First’s favorite characters. We will discuss the plays and watch video excerpts from The Hollow Crown. This course follows 2016’s Richard II course but is suitable for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare and his history plays. Books of the play may be picked up, at no charge, from Bridgton Books.

Margaret Reimer is a frequent and popular presenter for our Senior College. Her PhD from Purdue University was on 16th Century English literature. She currently teaches in the Honors Program at USM where her courses include Classical Literature, History of the English Language, the Bible and Writing.