February 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

February 2018
Issue 119

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

In This Issue

  • Mardi Gras
  • Welcome
  • A Special Visitor
  • Word Search
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Robin Dow
  • Laughter
  • Mardi Gras Menu
  • Wear Red Day

Mardi Gras 2018

Here it is, the official announcement for this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, Schooner style! It arrives early this year, Tuesday, February 13th. This is a very popular event and we all look forward to it.
In case you are wondering why the date changes every year, it is because Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season in New Orleans, as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The date is connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23rd and April 25th. Mardi Gras is always scheduled to take place 47 days before Easter.

As always, friends and family are invited to share in the festivities. Please call at 784-2900 or stop by our front desk, sign them up and pick up a ticket for our buffet lunch. Our residents will be seated closest to their regular lunch times.

Don’t forget our fabulous parade, starting at 3:00 p.m. in the Village Green. Residents and staff are encouraged to dress up and have fun! So dust off your outfits and your stash of green, gold and purple beads! We’ll see you on the 13th!


It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our community!

Fern Dumoulin – Studio 105
Claudette Erlandson – Apartment 318


A Special Visit

On January 15th, Schooner Estates had the honor of a visit from Senator Susan Collins. She toured the community and spoke with each and every resident, waiting for her in our Village Green.

Residents and employees alike were thrilled to meet her.


The Origins of Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again: candy hearts, red roses, and declarations of love all mark the February 14th celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. But while many complain that the celebration of romantic love has become too commercial, few understand the origins of the holiday.

Valentine’s Day has its roots in a Lupercalia, an Ancient Roman Fertility Festival celebrated in mid-February. Involving the ritual sacrifice of a goat and many more salacious details, the practice was outlawed by the heads of the Christian Church in the fifth century, who quickly established a celebration of St. Valentine in its place. Oddly enough, there is some controversy and uncertainty over who exactly the church was honoring and why: there were multiple sainted men named Valentine in the Christian religion. The martyrdom being celebrated is also in question, though the most popular story is that of a man who was executed for performing secret marriages which had been outlawed by Roman Emperor Claudius II.

It wasn’t until the 14th century that the holiday became definitively associated with love, largely because of a poem written by Chaucer based on the belief that birds would mate on the sacred day. He wrote: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.” In the poem, Chaucer treats the birds as a symbol for lovers everywhere, and thus, the romantic tone of Valentine’s Day was cemented!


Words of Wisdom: Pauline Pare

It may not surprise you to hear that the always-smiling Pauline Pare offered the following words of wisdom when asked to relate the most important thing she had figured out in her lifetime: “Be happy daily – make others smile always.” When asked to name something she said that younger people today don’t understand, she said “Tomorrow will bring bigger and better things.” And, just in time for Valentine’s Day, here is her advice on love and marriage: “Love a very good friend and maybe marriage will follow.” Follow this advice, and maybe we’ll all start smiling as much as Pauline!


Robin Dow Announcement

Robin Dow Seniors will be meeting, in our Tenants Harbor Room at 10:30 a.m. They are here every 2nd & 4th Wednesday. Visitors are always welcome. Stop by and say hello.

Enjoy a cup of coffee and see what they are all about.


Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

I have heard that children laugh 400 times a day and adults laugh 15 times a day. If that is true, then somewhere along the way we lost 385 laughs a day. That’s very sad and not a laughing matter. We don’t need to lose our sense of fun, joy and humor as we age but many of us do.

We all want laughter in our lives because whenever you ask someone what’s important in a mate one of the first things that they always say is a good sense of humor.

Humor will get you very far in life- especially in times of trouble and despair. You have to look really deep to find the humor in some situations but if you can find it you will release chemicals in your body that will help to ease the pain. Even a simple smile releases stress by releasing endorphins. Once released these endorphins travel down the spine sending feel good messages throughout the rest of your body as they go.
Endorphins are strong and have the power to reduce symptoms of physical or emotional pain and they will blanket you with a feeling of well being.

What they say is true. Laughter really is the best medicine so try to get out there and surround yourself with the things and people that make you laugh and bring joy into your life every day.

What or who makes you laugh and or smile?


Speaking of Smiles…

Did you know that smiling actually improves your bodies immunity by lowering levels of the stress hormone known as cortisol?

Mardi Gras Menu


  • Corn and Andouille Hush Puppies
  • Bayou Crab Dip with Baguettes


  • Bourbon St. Seven Layer Salad
  • Creole Potato Salad
  • Red Cabbage and Orange Salad

Carving Station

  • Cajun Roast Sirloin


  • Tasso Eggs Benedict
  • Mardi Gras Pancakes
  • Andouille Breakfast Casserole
  • Creole Crab cakes with Remoulade Sauce
  • Fried Oysters
  • Shrimp Etouffee
  • Corn and Okra Succotash
  • Red Beans and Rice


  • Kings Cakes/Bananas Foster Sundaes
  • Peach Bourbon Fruit Cups

National Wear Red Day

On Friday, February 2nd, wear red to show your support for heart disease awareness. American Heart Association lapel pins, wrist bands and hearts are available at the front desk for $2.00.

One hundred percent of your donation goes to this cause.

October 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

October 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

October 2017 Issue 115


Your Schooner Family


Sue O’Brien


Linda Hildonen


In This Issue:

  • Employee Ceremony
  •  Welcome
  • Halloween Parade
  • Craft Fair Update
  • Upcoming
  • Making a Difference
  • Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Flu Season

 Employee Appreciation 2017

The arrival of Fall brings about many changes. We start to think of the upcoming holidays, visits to the local apple orchards, decorating for Halloween, Fall fairs, foliage rides, plus much more. Here at Schooner, one of the events we look forward to in October, is our annual “Employee Recognition Ceremony.” All Schooner staff members are top notch and are appreciated for the care they give throughout the year.


Staff will be recognized for their service and exceptional efforts, at our ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, October 18th, at 2:30 p.m. in the Village Green. Residents and staff are encouraged to attend. Each year, everyone is excited to be there and happy to be with each other.


Other special employee events will be happening throughout the month. Employees will receive notices listing the events.


Light foods and refreshments will be available starting at 2:15 p.m.  Everyone is invited!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our community!

  • Carolyn Burke, apt. 637
  • Paul LaChapelle, apt. 413
  • Lucille Miller, apt. 332
  • Theresa Vaillancourt, apt. 324
  • Ted Walther, apt. 522
  • Emmeline Walton, apt. 632


Halloween Parade

Hey! We’re having a Halloween Parade in our Village Green on Tuesday, October 31st at 3:30.

Join in, dressed in your “spookiest” of attire!

It’s Almost Time!

Just a reminder…our October annual craft fair is almost here. The date Saturday, October 21st from 10-3 p.m. Tables have been reserved and the crafters are busy getting prepared!

Don’t forget our raffle, which has been going on for a while. If you haven’t already, purchase your tickets at our front desk. Try your luck and win a great gift! Fourteen items are in the drawing. Everyone is welcome to participate.

The drawing will be held on our craft fair day. All proceeds go to Camp Sunshine.

Things to Look Forward To!

Here at Schooner, the last Friday of each month, we are pleased to offer once again, an adult coloring session. This therapeutic session starts at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Study,     materials are provided. Stop by and see what it is all about!


We are having a Bake Sale on Friday, October 27th from 9-11 a.m. This is always a very popular and “tasty” event! Stop by our Village Green and make a few purchases!

It’s All About Making a Difference

It’s that time of year again and we are excited to share with you what we have collected over the last 12 months for the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association and Camp Sunshine. We are extremely proud of the generosity of all who helped in any way to make these fund raising events a success. Raising awareness and making a difference in patients’ lives is our goal!

  • Camp Sunshine: $1,300.00
  • American Heart Association: $3,106.00
  • Alzheimer’s Association: $3,784.00

Schooner owners John Orestis and Barbra Crowley generously matched all original funds, in order for us to reach the grand totals above.

Schooner & North Country Associates donated $30,000 in 2016 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank by individuals donating from their paychecks each week and some fundraising events.


Mind, Body & Spirit

Below are a few comments submitted by a Schooner resident…

  • Schooner wants every Resident to be happy. There are so many opportunities to get involved in activities, big and small. Schooner provides a wonderful, diverse and supportive community.
  • As a care partner, you have a powerful input on the person you are the caregiver to! That is why we have a caregiver group to help you with situations you are having trouble with. The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in our 2nd floor Study room. Come and just listen.

This year’s Schooner Resident Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 25th in the Castine Living Room. If you haven’t already, please call the front desk at 784-2900 to sign up. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. It’s best to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available each Fall.  The flu shot becomes effective about 2 weeks after you get it.


For all who have signed up for the shot, a memo will be distributed letting you know your     scheduled arrival time. Below are a few tips to help you stay healthy this season.

It’s Time For a Flu Shot

1. Wash Your Hands

Soap them up often and scrub well. It’s a key way to lower your odds of getting a cold or the flu. You pick up germs on your fingers and can get them in your mouth or eyes. Many viruses spread that way.


2. Get Your Flu Shot

You may think of the flu as only a minor problem, but it can be very serious. You may be in bed for days. The flu can even be dangerous, especially for young children and older adults. One little shot may pay off for you and your family. It’s a myth that the flu vaccine can give you the flu.

3. Get Ready!

Make sure you have the supplies you need to battle germs. Stock up on medicines like pain relievers or decongestants. Don’t forget tissues, soap, and hand sanitizer. Check to see if your thermometer works, too. At the supermarket, load up on fluids, herbal tea, and simple comfort foods like chicken soup.

4. Pay Attention to Symptoms

Cold or flu? There’s no surefire way to tell the symptoms apart. Even your doctor may not be sure which one you have without testing. Usually, colds are milder. You might have a runny or stuffy nose. The flu is usually more severe and comes on suddenly. It will probably knock you off your feet for a few days.     Fever, body aches, and exhaustion are more common with it.

5. Get the Right Medicine

You can choose from a lot of cold and flu remedies. Combination medications package several solutions in one pill — like a decongestant, cough suppressant, and a painkiller. They can be convenient, but they might not be your best bet if you don’t have all of the symptoms they treat. Instead, choose a medicine to treat only your specific symptom. Read labels closely, and don’t take more than one medicine with the same ingredient. Always check with your doctor. Call our Schooner nursing office if you feel sick.

6. Drink Extra Fluids

It will help thin mucus, drain your sinuses, and relieve a stuffy nose. Water, broth, and sports drinks are good choices. Alcohol isn’t. Hot drinks like herbal tea will also warm your airways,

helping relieve congestion.

7. Stay Home if You’re Sick

Take time off. If you push yourself to work instead of rest, your recovery may be much harder. Your cold could last longer, and you could also spread germs to other people.

8. Use Throwaways to Curb Germs

When someone in your home is sick, switch to disposable products in your bathroom until they get better. It’s a simple way to stop the spread of germs among family members. Replace cloth hand

towels with paper ones, and bring in paper or plastic cups.