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York County Senior College Lecture Series Takes Environmental View

Saco/Sanford, ME, January, 2011:  York County Senior College's latest entry in its Winter Lecture Series takes a look at energy and endangered species in a daylong focus on Maine's environment Wednesday, February 16.

            In the morning, Dr. Richard Silkman discusses "Competitive Energy: Choices for Maine."  Dr. Silkman, co-managing partner of Competitive Energy Services of Portland, is a former state planner under Governor John McKernan, serving as chief policy advisor on economic policy, energy, hydropower and river management, telecommunications regulation, state tax policy, health care regulation and land use and natural resources policy. 

            Co-founder of GridSolar, Dr. Silkman will discuss his company's participation in the impending upgrade of the infrastructure of Central Maine Power.  GridSolar's mission is to provide reliable electrical power by constructing small-scale solar facilities in open fields near several Maine communities.

            Veteran Maine Guide Richard Mere takes over in the afternoon, speaking about "Maine Wildlife and Endangered Species."  Mere, President of the Saco River Salmon Club, master gardener, and ultimate outdoorsman, will share stories about guiding in remote areas of Maine, about common critters as well as the rare and endangered, about hunting wild turkey, about survival in the wilderness, and camping - and why his wife will never camp with him again!

            The three-part series closes on March 16 with fascinating voyages through history and geography, as Manchester Community College (Connecticut) professor of history emeritus Dr. John Sutherland speaks about the 26th president's fascinating life in "The Many Faces of Teddy Roosevelt." 

            That afternoon, Tim Deroehn, a climber for 14 years throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe and Asia, describes his 2010 expedition to the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan and what he learned about Pakistanis' attitude towards America in "Hiking Through Pakistan."

            Morning lectures take place from 9:30-11:30, followed by lunch and an afternoon lecture, held from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m..

            All winter lectures will be given at Denis Hall on the campus of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, 133  Shaker Hill Road,  Alfred (off Route 202).  The fee for each day’s program is $15, payable at the door, and includes a delicious lunch of soup, salad, sandwiches, dessert and beverages, as well as coffee breaks.

            In case of inclement weather, if Sanford Schools cancel or have a delayed opening, the lecture will not take place.  Reservations are important for luncheon planning and lecture logistics; please call 207-282-4030 to reserve your spot.  These lectures are open to the public; membership in Senior College is not required.

            York County Senior College, providing low cost educational and social opportunities for adults 50 years of age or older, is affiliated with the University of Maine System. Classes in the spring and fall semesters are given in Saco and Springvale, starting in March and September.

            The University of Maine System, established in 1968, consists of seven unique universities and 10 university college regional outreach centers.

The mission of York County Senior College is to provide a curriculum of intellectually stimulating learning opportunities and special activities for persons 50 years of age or older.  Begun in 1999, Senior College is governed by a volunteer committee who oversees its general operations.  York County Senior College is a program of the University of Maine System University College.

For more information about Maine’s senior colleges, go to http://www.maineseniorcollege.org/.


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