October 2014 Publisher's Note

Happy Anniversary! Enjoy some of the “Best Of” stories in this great issue.

 This anniversary of MAINE SENIORS Magazine would not have been possible without Donna Halvorsen, our featured contributor for this month. Donna and I had our first rendezvous at the Eastland Hotel lobby in Portland where we discussed the potential of a magazine for seniors. Donna embraced the idea and her first “Prime Mover” story was a winner! She wrote about Francis Perkins, who was the first female cabinet member in US history. (As Secretary of Labor, Francis Perkins helped champion the Social Security Act.) Donna continues to show her talent and passion - story after story… and she clearly deserves her own “Prime Mover” star in the MAINE SENIORS Magazine “Hall of Fame”. Thank you, Donna!

A few other stars in this issue were wearing badges through much of their careers. Now with their passion for writing and art, they are sharing their life experiences in story and humor. Enjoy the story, “A Tale of Two Old Cops.”

October is great for leaf peeping and is also hunting season. Read about a Lady Hunter, Breast Cancer Survivor and Artist, Georgette Kanach.

Ah, the change of seasons. The beautiful foliage colors can be enjoyed “From the Porch” or on a walk with your favorite “Walking Stick”, as Hunter Howe's column suggests.

In Maine, we like our four seasons and this fall we are glad to share with you an article on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The “Jersey Boys” will be playing in Bangor, November 1. Frankie claims that when he was seven years old, he attended a Frank Sinatra concert. From that point on, he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

We all have had some mentors in our lives, and for the well being of future generations, senior partners must stay in the game and continue to inspire others. So with a song in your heart, and with the wisdom of your years, as Dr Len Kaye would say, let your voices be heard.

Cheers!

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—David S. Nealley, Publisher