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PVSC Summer Variety  Extravaganza 2022

Last year’s Summer Extravaganza was a hit, so once again PVSC is offering our members a tremendous opportunity to learn about a variety of topics throughout July, August and September, all for the price of a single course of $30.00!  Most of our presentations will be offered on Zoom in the late afternoon, but if you happen to be away on a particular day, you can always watch the recorded video which will be emailed and available for registered members for two weeks to view at your convenience. Zoom links will be emailed two days prior to each event, and on the day of each event. Because the events will be on different days most weeks, each presentation will have a different link.

We have a couple of in-person field trips as well that you can choose to attend--these will be listed separately with separate registrations.
Here is the list of presenters and topics we have lined up for your summer pleasure:

List of presenters and topics:

Tuesday, July 5, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Lois Berg Stack - Beatrix Farrand: Bar Harbor's Famed Garden Designer
Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) studied plants at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, gained design commissions through her society connections, and became one of the most renowned landscape designers of 20th century America. Through images, visit some of her public and private design projects. Learn about her contributions to landscape design and her efforts to create a horticulture learning facility at her home in Bar Harbor, and learn how the Beatrix Farrand society is working to continue her legacy.

Thursday, July 14, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Ron Romano - Maine's Rare "Billboard" Gravestones
Unusual grave markers produced in Maine in the 1800’s resembling roadside signs are called ‘billboard monuments.” Only 42 are known to exist in the state, and we will learn their English origins, structure, and limited production. Each stone tells a story, and we will hear some of them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022,  10:00 AM EDT (Zoom)
Dr. John Kaiser, M.D. - Gastrointestinal Diseases
Dr. Kaiser has graciously agreed to return for another of his informative presentations. He will present information about the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the end.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Griffin Dill - Ticks in Maine: Information for Personal Protection
Ticks and their associated diseases have become a serious issue in Maine and throughout much of the country. Through this presentation, we will learn about the biology and ecology of the different types of ticks we have in Maine. We will also learn about personal protection and tick management methods to help minimize the risk of encountering ticks.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Gregory Gaines - Scandinavian Immigration to New England
We will learn the specifics of Scandinavian immigration to New England. While the Mid-West is famously full of Scandinavian-Americans, New England also had a large Scandinavian, particularly Swedish, population in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From Aroostook County all the way down to coastal Connecticut, Scandinavians had a significant cultural impact on New England.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Phil Nadeau - Presidential Immigration Authority: The Trump and Biden Administrations
This will be a presentation and discussion about how presidential authority in the Trump and Biden administrations has impacted the lives of many migrants and asylum seekers who are pursuing safety, freedom, and opportunity in the U.S.

Saturday, August 13, 2022,  10:00 AM EDT (Field Trip)
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge,  1107 West Old Town Road, Alton, ME 04468
Meet at the Pine Tree parking: through Gate 1, take dirt road for 0.5 miles
To register for this event: online-use separate Hirundo registration, or leave your name, email, and phone when you call 207-659-1359 or email

Hirundo charges a fee of $10.oo per person which will be collected on the day of the tour.  You still need to register for the event (0nline, it’s listed under Saturday morning) or add your initials to the emailed registration form. Full description is on that listing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Angela Okafor - Unboxing Oneself from the Societal Box

In this presentation we will learn of the struggles, determination, and perseverance that Angela has experienced in her journey that have helped her in confronting cultural and societal limitations through innovative thinking and acting on her own best traits.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 1::00 PM EDT In-Person
 Danny Williams - The Collins Center for the Arts: A Peek Behind the Curtain
Limit of 20 - to register call Sheila at 207-659-1359. Leave your full name, phone number, and email address where the parking pass can be sent. Registration will be accepted in the order received. (PVSC members accepted before other college members.) 
Many PVSC members often attend the Collins Center for the Arts to enjoy musicals, dramatic presentations, the opera, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, lectures, and other events. Today we have an opportunity to peek behind the scenes to learn more about what goes into planning and hosting these productions. Danny Williams, CCA's Executive Director, will give participants a first-hand look into how a season is built and a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. Along the way he'll introduce us to members of the CCA staff and discuss the cultural and artistic importance of the Center to the University and the community at large.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Thomas Garrity, M.S. - Arson and Fire Investigation
If you were to ask a firefighter why their fire department investigates fires, they would tell you, “It is required by law.” Few firefighters understand the important role of fire investigation in community risk reduction. And few fire chiefs utilize fire investigation to reduce or prevent fires. In this class you will learn how Philadelphia used data from fire investigations to develop and implement fire prevention programs to reduce fire injuries and deaths.

Thursday, August 25, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Meg Gray - Bangor Public Library 101: We Have That!
Join Meg Gray, Head of Reference at Bangor Public Library, for an overview of the many services, programs, and resources available at the library. We’ll start with an introduction to in-person services including reader’s advisory, reference services, genealogy research, and technology instruction, followed by a summary of the e-resources available to patrons, such as Cloud Library, consumer reports, and Great Courses. Finally, we’ll review the non-book items that patrons have access to, including a telescope, theatre passes, Wi-Fi hotspots, and more.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Joan Ellis and Sheila Krautkremer - PVSC Virtual Trivia 
PVSC has been offering courses using Zoom since COVID forced us to stop meeting in person. In January 2022, we thought we could have a bit of fun and invited members to enjoy a game of trivia, hosted by our own Joan Ellis and Sheila Krautkremer. We all had fun and wanted to do it again, so here we go. Join us on Zoom for another game of PVSC Trivia. We’ll play in teams and laugh with each other. The rules will be explained when we gather online. There’ll be a ”room winner” but no prizes will be awarded . other than bragging rights!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022,  4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Phil Chin - Spot a Scam, Stop a Scam
We are targeted daily by an army of people who perpetrate scams on the Internet, the phones, and by snail mail. Americans of all ages lose billions of dollars each year. Phil will discuss the tactics and schemes used by these con artists and how to stop them.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)
Karen Tilberg - Bringing Permanent Conservation to Maine's North Woods
Forest Society of Maine (FSM) was created in 1984 to serve as the land trust for Maine’s twelve million-acre North Woods, the largest block of intact forestland remaining east of the Mississippi. The mission of FSM is to sustain the ecological, recreational, and cultural values of Maine’s North Woods while supporting economic vitality and protecting important natural areas. In this presentation we will learn how the members of FSM work to preserve Maine’s forests for recreational, environmental, and economic purposes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 4:00 PM EDT (Zoom)

Julie Kimball - Bangor School Department Mentoring Program
According to the Bangor School Department’s program overview, a mentor is someone who helps to “guide, advise, share knowledge, encourage, teach, motivate, share a common interest, listen and promote success”.  In this presentation we will learn more about how the program works, who can be a mentor, and the positive impact it aims to create for students from Pre-K to grade 12 in the Bangor School System.

PVSC Summer 2022 Volunteer Presenters
July 5 - LOIS BERG STACK: Dr. Stack recently retired from the University of Maine, where she worked with Cooperative Extension to deliver educational programs for Maine's nursery/greenhouse/garden center industry and conducted research on the industry's behalf. She also taught classes in horticulture and plant science. She served on the Board of Directors of the Beatrix Farrand Society and is currently on the Society's Council of Advisors.

July 14 - RON ROMANO: Ron is a cemetery historian and author of four books about Maine gravestones and cemeteries. He has managed the daily guided walking tours program in Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery and designed other walking tours of various other cemeteries in southern Maine. Ron is an officer on the national board of "The Association for Gravestone Studies", the leading organization in America for cemetery studies.

July 20 - DR. JOHN KAISER, M.D.: Dr. Kaiser is a pathologist who attended Dartmouth Medical School and Harvard Medical School and did his pathology residency and melanoma fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He practiced pathology at Dahl chase Pathology Associates and Eastern Maine Medical Center from 1975 to 2018. Since 2018, Dr. Kaiser has presented very well-received lectures for PVSC on cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diseases of the nervous system. He has graciously agreed to return again this year to talk about gastrointestinal diseases.

July 26 - GRIFFIN DILL: Griffin manages the Tick Lab within the Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. He coordinates the Integrated Tick Management Program, including tick identification and tick-borne disease testing services. Griffin also offers support to clients on wildlife-related issues and assists in other Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs including Potato IPM and Home and Garden IPM programs.

August 2 - GREGORY GAINES: Gregory is a PhD candidate in the history department at UMaine. He studies Scandanavian immigration to the U.S. and ways in which Scandanavian-Americans created a culture niche for themselves in 19th and 20th century America. He has previously taught a course on Norse Mythology for PVSC and is excited to be offering more material about Scandanavian immigration and cultural heritage in the United States.

August 10 - PHIL NADEAU: Phil Nadeau served as a Maine public administrator for 23 years; adjunct instructor at L-A College in Lewiston and Muskie Institute in Portland. His refugee and historical research has been published nationally, and Phil has been interviewed by national and international news media and programs like HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumble. He recently taught a course for PVSC on Refugee Resettlement in Maine and the U.S.

August 16 - ANGELA OKAFOR was born, grew up, and was educated in Nigeria before migrating to Bangor.  She is the first person of color and immigrant to serve on the Bangor City Council. She is a mother, a lawyer, a board member of the Maine Multicultural Center, a recent MBA graduate, an entrepreneur, a community builder, advocate, a Bangor City Councilor, and the Acting Operations Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Tribal Populations of Maine. Angela has won several awards and honors statewide.

August 17 - DANNY WILLIAMS: Danny is the Executive Director at the Collins Center for the Arts at UMaine. He received both his B.A. in Music and M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Maine and has spent his varied career at the UMaine holding a number of positions. Danny has been a strong voice and advocate for the arts while serving as a member and chair of UMaine’s Patrons of the Arts and as a long-standing member of the Maine Center/Collins Center for Arts Board. Among many other contributions to the arts community, in 2001 Danny founded the Maine Black Bear Men’s Chorus where he is Music Director. He grew up in Bangor and currently lives in Orono with his wife Emily Cain.

August 23 - THOMAS GARRITY, M.S.: Tom is the Director of the Montgomery County (Philadelphia, PA) Fire Academy. Prior to accepting the position, he served for 36 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department. He is the part-time Coordinator of the Fire Science and Public Safety Administration Program at Holy Family University and the Community College of Philadelphia. In 2017, Tom received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award for the Holy Family University School of Business.

August 25 - MEG GRAY: Meg is the Head of Reference at Bangor Public Library. Prior to that she was the Science and Technology Librarian at Portland Public Library. Meg grew up in the Bangor area and moved back in August, 2020. In her spare time she likes to read, craft, bike, hike, powerlift, and start never-ending DIY house projects.

August 30 - JOAN ELLIS is the current chair of the One-Day Presentation Committee whose members work collaboratively to gather a variety of innovative topics and presenters they think will be of interest to PVSC members. At least five ODP’s are offered free of charge to our members throughout the year, and the Summer Extravaganza is offered in lieu of, and for the same price as a six-week course. SHEILA KRAUTKREMER is the PVSC Administrative Assistant, Jill-of-all-Trades, Tech Guru, and Guardian Angel. She’s the one who keeps us up and running, responds to emails, answers the phone, sets up the Zoom classes, trains presenters, and the list goes on.

September 6 - PHIL CHIN: For the past few years, Phil has been a volunteer spokesperson for Maine's AARP Fraud Watch Network and is a volunteer instructor for AARP's Safe Driver Program. Phil retired from CBS News in New York after a 37-year career as a radio news writer and producer. Phil also taught as an adjunct journalism professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

September 13 - KARIN TILBERG: Karen joined the Forest Society of Maine in 2011 and became the President/CEO in 2017. She brings her decades-long interest in and experience with Maine's North Woods to this position as well as a strong commitment to rural economic health and connecting conservation with community posterity. Karin has helped lead FSM's efforts to bring permanent conservation to Maine's North Woods using conservation easements as a primary tool. Karin has a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.

September 20 - JULIE KIMBALL: Julie is the Mentor Coordinator for the Bangor School Department. In her 23 years in education, she has served in a variety of roles including educational technician, classroom teacher, interventionist, and as a building administrator for the past eleven years.

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PVSC Summer Variety Extravganza 2022 
N/A N/A Tu  07/05/2022 - 12/20/2022
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

$30.00 Fee
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