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.





September 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

September 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

September 2017
Issue 114


In This Issue

  • Oktoberfest Cookout
  • Open House
  • Welcome
  • Favorite Photos
  • Word Search
  • A Special Birthday
  • Craft Fair Update
  • Fall Senior College
  • Tenant Council
  • Oktoberfest Menu
  • Summer Pictures

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

Oktoberfest Cookout

With a quick mention of the words: grilling, sausage and sauerkraut, (and don’t forget lederhosen), you should automatically begin thinking of Oktoberfest! Our Oktoberfest cookout is the last of the season. Summer is flying by and it is hard to believe that September is almost here.

Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th, two days before the official start of Fall, this years feast will be fantastic, as usual! As always, friends and family are invited. Just call our front desk at 784-2900 and sign up your guests. Take a look at our menu on page four.

Schooner Open House

Saturday September 9th

With our plans almost complete, we invite you to join us for our Open House Celebration, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our community will be filled with visitors and our current residents are welcome to invite friends and family to enjoy the day. Feel free to invite anyone you would like to refer, we would love to meet them! Tours will be given (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) in order for guests to see what we are all about! Below are the events of the day:

•Live remote with Maine’s Big Z 105.5 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
•A cookout for guests will be in progress from 12:00 p.m. through 1:30 p.m.
•A musical Sock Hop Concert with band “Hot Damn” at 2:30 p.m. outside – near the Residential Care Patio.

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

•Geraldine Call, stu. 104
•Gilda Dennis, apt. 629
•Maggie Landry, Res. Care
•Joe Strout, apt. 647
•Ted Walther, apt. 522

A Special August Birthday

Our own Irving Isaacson celebrated his 102nd birthday on August 7th. A great day, spent with family and friends!

2017 Fall Craft Fair Update

It’s never too early to start planning for a craft fair.  The date for Schooner’s craft fair this year is Saturday, October 21st.

If you would like to reserve a table or two to display your crafts, for yourself, a friend or family member, just let Giselle Prevost know. She will be happy to sign you up and give you all the details! Stop by and see her or you may call her at extension 135.

Also, We have a raffle going on featuring some lovely handmade items. Posters showing these items can be seen in the elevators or you may pick up a copy at Sue’s desk. The drawing will be held on our craft fair day, Saturday, October 21st.

Fall Senior College

We are excited to announce our Fall Senior College Course class line up. Both classes are filling fast. If you are interested in attending, check with Giselle Prevost to see if there are any openings left, and for further class information.

“Introduction to Real Picasso”
•September 19th through October 24th
6 Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Taught by Senior College Instructor Kirsten Larrson-Turley

”Values, Ethics and Search for Meaning”
•September 21st through November 9th, 8 Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Taught by long time Senior College Instructor Charles W. Plummer, Ph.D.

Since all classes are Schooner hosted, this is a great amenity and convenience for you, our residents! As always, there are no tests or homework. Coffee and Danish are provided for all attendees, conveniently located in our Camden coffee bar area for the morning break.

Let The Meetings Begin

Your Schooner Tenant Council meetings will be starting soon. We encourage all Schooner residents to take advantage of these meetings. Along with receiving important helpful information, it is also a great way to participate in what is happening in your community.

Oktoberfest Cookout Menu

* Pretzels with mustard dip
* Cheddar ale soup Salads
* German potato
* Pickled cucumber

* Reuben pizza
* Guinness brats with apple onion sauerkraut
* Pastry wrapped salmon with mustard dill sauce
* Porter braised beef brisket
* Potato pancakes
* Braised red cabbage

*Black Forest shooters
*Dutch apple cream cheese Kuchen

E N J O Y !!

August 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

August 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

August 2017 Issue 113

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • Supporting the Arts
  • Open House
  • Welcome
  • Easy Recipe
  • Word Search
  • Save the Date
  • Referral Bonus
  • 102 Years Young
  • Play Pool
  • “I’m Not Ready”
  • Arts – Continued
  • July BBQ Photos

Supporting the Arts

Our Fair Lady, Tonie Ramsey, has become the latest resident to lend her image to our series of theater-inspired ads, which appear in the playbills for The Franco-American Heritage Center, as well as the Public Theater and other local performing arts centers.

Past participants have been Ralph Gould, posing as The Phantom of the Opera, and Romeo and Theresa Labbe, posing as none other than Romeo and Juliet! See our previous season’s ad on the back page of this issue of the Flash!

Thank you to all our models for making our annual playbill ads a hit!


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

Elaine Letendre, apartment 415
Muriel Myers, Residential Care
Joan Wood, apartment 621


Something Quick and Tasty

Whenever you have a craving for chocolate, this easy “No Bake Chocolate Cookies” recipe should cure it! This recipe is a classic! Whenever you want to make something quick and easy and chocolatey, give it a try.

  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milkStir together and boil 1 minute and add:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanillaDrop with a teaspoon and cool. Enjoy!


Comments in Passing

“If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful.”


Save the Date

It’s never too early to start preparing for a craft fair.  The date for Schooner’s craft fair this year is Saturday, October 21st.

If you would like to reserve a table or two to display your crafts, for yourself, a friend or family member, just let Giselle Prevost know and she will be happy to sign you up and give you all the details! Her office is down the hall from the Camden Living Room or you may call her at ext. 135.


Did Someone Say $$$$$?

A friendly reminder: Schooner Estates offers a $1000 referral bonus. If you have any friends, family or acquaintances that you believe would enjoy living here at Schooner Estates, invite them in for a tour! They can even stay to have lunch with you, on the house. And the best part? If you refer someone new who comes to live here at Schooner Estates, you will be paid a one thousand dollar referral bonus!


A Special July Birthday!

Our own Hope Weston turned 102 years young on July 6th. She is amazing and we hope her day was filled with many birthday wishes!


Play Pool

Take time out from your everyday routine and play a game of pool! Our pool room also contains game tables and a large screen television. The perfect place for a friendly get together.

Located on the 2nd floor, Searsport building.


“I’m Not Ready Yet”

We hear that comment so often when talking to people about the lifestyle at Schooner Estates and sometimes find it difficult to answer in a brief way. The article below, says exactly what we would like to say to folks who are trying to make this decision.

How often a strong and vigorous man or an active and gracious woman enter their retirement years and use this excuse to postpone the planning and decisions that could free them to enjoy the time.

They’re not ready yet…

•To live in an attractive and comfortable home without the effort of maintaining it.

•To enjoy excellent meals, graciously served in an attractive dining room, and give up the chores of constant shopping, cooking, and cleaning up.

•To eliminate worry concerning health, security and transportation.

They’re not ready, in short, to simplify their lives. They wait for some sign, some failing, to justify or even compel a move from the home that’s too big, or chores and possessions which require a great deal of attention. Sometimes they wait too long.

Sometimes they find they have wasted what could have been some of their better years. Moving to senior living shouldn’t mean retiring from life, but simplifying life to enjoy new interests and activities, or the old ones there wasn’t enough time for. One doesn’t step into old age by moving to a community, but opens a new door to an active, dignified and interesting life.

What does the senior living home have to offer? Independence, a sense of community, friendships, a place to be private and security.

Our best gift? A gift of time to use constructively and personal services to be used as needed.