2009 George Hale Silver Frame Award Winners

2009 George Hale Silver Frame Awards

Barbara Steller

Barbara Steller

Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer

Nominated by Juanita Taylor

Barbara says: “To age and enjoy the process one needs to have goals” Once Barbara became an elder one of her goals was to travel the world. She is fortunate to have very good friends who have the same goal so when she hit 60, she also “hit the travel road” beginning with a trip to Alaska where she panned for gold, took a helicopter ride to the top of the Mendenhal glacier, flew over the artic circle with a bush pilot and landed in an Athabasken Indian village. That trip just wetted her appetite to travel more

So, for Barbara it was off to China for 20 days and a marvelous tour starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghi. Between those cities with 15 million plus inhabitants, she sailed on the Yangtze River through the three great gorges and visited the new dam that is nine times the size of the Hoover dam. Having a fairly new left knee did not stop Barbara from a long jaunt on the Great Wall, walking around and around the Terra Cotta warriors, gazing at the Panda’s at the Panda Zoo and creating an inward yearn to learn Tai Chi – which she did and still practices at least two times every day.

In November of 2008 Barbara and friends got on another plane and headed for Europe and visited five countries in 20 days – Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Highlights of this trip included taking the funicular to the top of Capri, sailing into the harbor of Mykonos, gazing up at the ceiling in Sistine Chapel and meeting Barbara’s granddaughter in Venice. She has also become a photographyphile!!!!

In between these exciting trips there were a few cruises to the Caribbean – probably six trips since Barbara turned 60.

Increasing her exercise regimen, (after retiring as Executive Director of Dirigo Pines) – walking, weights, and meditation assisted Barbara with another of her goals – to lose at least 15 pounds which she has successfully done – Barbara would also say: “who says being over 60 and closer to 75 can’t be fun?”

And of course, Barbara is planning another trip for 2009 – to Australia, New Zealand and who knows where else!

Since the 6th decade of her life, Barbara has done a great deal of international traveling – Alaska, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, China, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and all areas of the Caribbean. Barbara believes that visiting foreign countries is an experience that enriches the heart and mind. In every country she visits, she makes a strong attempt to visit a health care facility there.

Now that Barbara is in her 70’s, she believes that taking care of one’s self is a necessary part of aging. She has taken a Tai Chi course and has joined the fitness center at the University of Maine, where she walks several miles every week!

As Barbara advances in her 70’s I know that she will be right into all of it as she heads into her 80’s!

It is my honor and privilege to submit this nomination for Barbara Steller. She is truly a lifelong learner and always shows an eagerness to learn new skills.

Roxanna McLean

Roxanna McLean

Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer

Nominated by Libby McLean

After working her whole life raising my sister and me as well as having a full-time job my mother retired at the young age of 62. She suffered for years with arthritis pain in her knees; and after her doctor’s final attempts of treatments she came to the conclusion that double knee replacement was the only answer. Her doctor stated that she was a perfect candidate to have both knees replaced during the same operation because of the great physical shape she was in.

The operation was completed at St. Joseph’s hospital where she received excellent care. Three days later she was off to a rehabilitation facility where she was supposed to stay for two to three weeks. The statistics didn’t apply to my mother. She completed her rehabilitation and was home within seven days. She continued her therapy back in Millinocket and no matter how painful or “grueling” the workouts were, mom knew it would only benefit her in the end.

Therapy ended but my mom still wanted to continue with the strength training so she kept going to the gym in Millinocket called “The Forum.” Bored with the monotony of the same workouts, she decided to try and new place called Curves. Three days a week she would go, workout, make new friends and get acquainted with old ones. Two years later the beginning of the bad economy hit town and the gathering place called Curves was closed.

Mom was not willing to give up and she found that a new rehabilitation facility had opened in town. This facility has more equipment and offered my mother a choice of options for her workouts. To this day she continues to do strength training and cardio workouts three days a week. After she completes the hour long torture my dad meets with her to complete two final miles of his five mile daily walk. Did I mention my dad is going to be 78? That story will be for another nomination.

Parents are supposed to be examples to their children. I consider my mother an inspiration to people of all ages. She walks two to fives miles six days per week, strength training three days, and still manages times to volunteer at the Katahdin Support Group. Thanks you so much for allowing me to put into words how proud I am of her, my dad, and the healthy lifestyle that they lead.

Lawrence A. Sherwood

Lawrence A. Sherwood

Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for Life-Long Learner/Community Supporter/Entrepreneur

Nominated by John Mastbeth

I would like to nominate Lawrence A. Sherwood of Holden for this year’s George Hale award. I met Larry Sherwood about five years ago and was stunned to learn his age. He has the activity level of someone half his age.

At seventy-one, Larry is still working. He owns and operates New England Tower Company. A business which builds and maintains cell phone and other broadcast type of towers. On any given day, you might find Larry 300 feet in the air changing a bulb or installing a new transmitter. He also works several shifts a week at a local radio station in the transmission building.

What really impresses me about Larry is the amount of time he spends doing volunteer public service work. He is an active officer in both the United States Power Squadron and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He also serves on the board of local cruising clubs.

Larry is a certified instructor for the Auxiliary and Power Squadron. In the last year he has taught at least four 10-12 week courses, and several public boating seminars. Larry’s commitment to helping people learn to boat safely is extraordinary. In February he agreed to teach a 12 week Piloting course with only two students in the class. He can always be counted on to help at events or bring his boat to activities as a central meeting place. From 2004-2006, Larry served as the Commander (Executive Director- Unpaid) of the Penobscot Bay Sail and Power Squadron, an organization dedicated to safe boating education. Larry’s involvement in supporting the community is not limited to boating. He is actively involved with several other organizations including, Smoke Free Singles, HAM Radio Club and Prison Ministries.

Larry Sherwood could serve as a model for other seniors who wish to remain active and vibrant as they age. In addition to work and volunteer activities, Larry has chosen to lead a lifestyle that is still loaded with excitement. Some of his hobbies include: weight training, riding his high end motorcycle, RV camping and sport fishing.

I am involved with many seniors on a daily basis, and I can truly say that Lawrence Sherwood stands out as a person that is making a difference in his community.

Carroll Conley, Sr.

Carroll Conley, Sr.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for Fitness Enthusiast/Adventurer

Nominated by Carroll Conley, Jr.

After a stellar career as a teacher/coach, Carroll Conley Sr. dedicated the remainder of his professional career to young people as the director of Baptist park (a summer camp ministry) fro 1980-1991. He supposedly retired, but for the last eighteen years he has never stopped investing in the lives of young people through athletics; whether it be as a head varsity coach or as assistant, he has never been able to say no to young athletes that we willing to learn.

Carroll Conley’s love for the game of basketball is significant, but it is surpassed by his love for young people. There were few things in his life that gave him greater enjoyment then going to the gym and working out with some boy or girl on the fundamentals of the game. Mind you, he does not just tell these pupils how to play the game. At seventy-six, he still gets out there and demonstrates the finer points of proper footwork, shooting mechanics, or defensive posture.

He’s old school- fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals, and oh yeah, repetition, repetition, repetition. Through he is patient and willing to work at any age or skill level, there is o question about who is in change of these sessions: the coach.

This fall marked Coach Conley’s sixty-first year working with young people in athletics. He started as a sophomore in Washburn, Maine when he was asked to coach to junior high team. His participation this year seemed uncertain when he has to unexpectedly undergo triple bypass and cardio artery surgery in early October. It was his intention to be a volunteer assistant coach again for Phil Robinson, the girl’s varsity basketball coach at Bangor Christian Schools. Coach Conley felt especially compelled to help coach Robinson because what looked to be a very promising season for B.C. had been sabotaged by the desertion of some overly critical, unreasonable parents. Coach Conley knew his knowledge and instruction would be need with such a young inexperienced squad that remained.

So, just weeks after major heart surgery, Conley showed up to the first day of tryouts. “Coach Cole and I tried to send him home, but he kept saying, ‘I’m alright; I’m alright’ We couldn’t get rid of him if we wanted to,” said Robinson. So, for the season Conley as at his port for practices, games, and scouting throughout the Patriot campaign.

The patriot girls lost a number of close games early in the season, but Conley and the coaching staff saw the potential in the girls and believed if they could qualify for the tourney, they were capable of doing some damage, That’s just what they did, upsetting a team in the first round and almost knocking off the number two team in the next round.

How long will Carroll Conley continue to bestow his sage roundball instruction to youngsters in Maine? My guess would be as long as he is able and there’s someone who is willing to learn.

Dr. Moshe Myerowitz

Dr. Moshe Myerowitz

Eastern Area Agency on Aging George hale Silver Frame Award for Life-Long Learner/Community Supporter/Entrepreneur

Nominated by Julie Clark and Jennifer Gavett DC

We wish to bring your attention to MR. Moshe Myerowitz, as you consider the Silver Frame Award winners.

Dr. Moshe has been in practice for 57 years and has recently entered the 80th year of his life. He continues to practice chiropractics and natural care. When asked weather he will ever retire, he emphatically replies “NEVER…the Good Lord will determine when I should retire”. His personal philosophy is that it took many years of attending continuing education sessions all over the U.S.A. and Europe, as well as years and years of clinical experience to reach the current level of competency. “Retiring now would be wasteful and a disappointment to the Omnipotent”

Dr. Moshe practices what he preaches and attempts to be a living example and an encouragement to others.

This is demonstrated by his personal life style and habits when include good food habits, nutrition and exercise i.e. aerobics and weight training.

Dr. Moshe humbly realizes that he has been extraordinarily blessed. His skills are varied and many. His accomplishments over his life span are equally varied and unbelievably many even for the number of years that he has been on this planet. In spite of all these blessings there is no evidence of egocentricity or haughtiness in his day to day demeanor. He often states to many that praise him that he himself can take no personal credit for what he has achieved, that his diversified skills and abilities are God given. As such, he has always felt that it was his responsibility to utilize those skills and talents to serve others as opposed to exclusive personal gain.

Dr. Moshe’s has been an exemplary role model in most of his endeavors. In the area of athletics, he competed at a later age then most due to the fact that in earlier years he was heavily involved in the educational process. Where others have said older folks can not compete successfully Dr. Moshe disproved this dogma. His many successes and awards in the sport of race walking has encouraged young and old to enjoy this healthful form of exercise and for some even to compete.

Students in High school would often request his services in training then to race walk for competition. This resulted in more then a few receiving scholarships to attend colleges. Because of lack of finances some of those students would have never have the opportunity to attend college. Other folks often state to him that he was and is their role model to pursue better health though exercise and life style changes.

Dr. Moshe is a certified high school, basketball referee with IABBO (International Association of basketball Referees). After game completions, these young basketball players have frequently been impressed with his athleticism on the court at his age; commending that they wished that they would be equally as athletic when they reach a similar age. Dr. Moshe’s response was always, “you too can do it, just live healthy life style habits”

Dr. Moshe often receives requests to speak to audiences on alternative care. He was an early outspoken promoter of better health though better nutrition long before its present popularity. During those times he was ridiculed and severely criticized by the ‘health pundits’ of that time.

Dr. Moshe’s research paper published in 1994 by the peer reviewed Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation was a breakthrough in validating that subjective pain expressions of patients could be verified though the objective method or muscle electromyography.

Dr. Moshe is community minded and gives of himself, both of the local and state level as is demonstrated by his seventeen years of service as a Planning Board member for the city of Bangor and ten years of service as a member of the Board of Chiropractic Licensure of the State of Maine.

Dr. Moshe writes a free monthly newsletter on natural care which is emailed to all of his current and former patients and other who have requested that they be included.

David Hanna

David Hanna

Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for Life-Long Learner/Community Supporter/Entrepreneur

Nominated by Jen Brooks

David, a retired pharmacist, is an active member of the Brewer Historical Society. Upon joining the society, he has worked to get a computer donated to the society so that he can record/log all the societies’ belongings. He researched what similar sized historical societies used to computer programs and learned what was manageable for him and got to work. In addition, David has started a monthly newsletter that is sent to all members and supporters of the Brewer Historical Society. As one can imagine, learning to use the computer was David’s first challenge which he quickly overcame.

Because of David’s efforts with the Brewer Historical Society, he now serves on a committee for the city of Brewer that provides recommendations to the City Council on policies surrounding the restoration of historical building in Brewer as well as ways to preserve the history of Brewer. And, quite recently, was asked to serve on the committee that will make decisions/recommendations on the usage of the soon-to-be vacant schools.

David believes in giving back to his community through both his resources and his time. He took time to understand where both of those are best utilized. David supports the local food pantries and also volunteers for Eastern Area Agency on Aging, meeting with individuals who need assistance with budgeting. And, he has taken it upon himself to leaned about many programs offered in the area that may assist these clients in their struggles to maintain a balanced budget.

David volunteers for Acadia Hospital. As a retired pharmacist, Acadia Hospital used hit talents and understanding of drugs to complete studies. David must continually maintain an up to date knowledge of the ever changing world of prescription medications.

Lastly, while David is a member of the Senior College and has participated in classes offered though their program. What I believe makes David a life long learner is his eagerness to embrace different ideas, situations, and events and that the chance and ask questions. I never have a conversation with David and he doesn’t say “now tell me about…” and he listens. Eager to learn what you have to offer. And that makes him a life long learner and a deserving winner of the George Hale Award for Life-Long Learner/Community Supporter/Entrepreneur.