Flash Newsletter

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.

July 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

July 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

Schooner Flash Newsletter

July 2017
Issue 112

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • Americana BBQ
  • Welcome
  • Welcome Back
  • Word Search
  • Quilt Show
  • July BBQ Menu
  • Health Tips
  • Men’s Photos
  • Open House

Time to Celebrate the Red, White & Blue

The weather is warm, the days are long and summer is in full swing. Before you know it, we’ll be having our second barbeque of the season. Planned for Wednesday, July 5th, with an “Americana” theme, this will be our official celebration of Independence Day!

We are hoping to see everyone wearing their red, white and blue attire. Chef Seth Lyons and his culinary crew will be loading the buffet tables with a superb line up of foods and festive drinks…and don’t forget dessert! See our menu on page
three. Invite your friends and family – pick up a guest ticket at the front desk.
Below are a few pics from our June 7th Hawaiian cookout.

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

Louise Desjardins, apartment 412
Colleen Weston, studio 105

Welcome Back Katelyn!

We are happy to report that our former home health nurse, Jen Kelliher, Schooner RN, is thoroughly enjoying being a mom. It does sadden us though that she has decided to tender her resignation from Schooner.  We thank Jen for all her support of our Schooner community over this past year and wish her the best with her family.

And…we’re very pleased to share that Katelyn Sanford has accepted the full time Home Health Nurse position.  Everyone is thrilled to have Katelyn back and move into this position permanently.  Katelyn has done an incredible job for us filling in for Jen over the past 3 months.  Her knowledge, expertise and passion for our Schooner family will continue to serve us well.   Please join me in welcoming Katelyn to her new position.

Quilts…Save the Date

Quilts, they warm the heart and soul and truly are works of art. That being said, we are happy to inform you of an upcoming event. Join our own Giselle Prevost for a ride to the Maine Quilt Show, to be held on Thursday, July 27th. This annual event is presented by Pine Tree Quilters Guild and will be held at the Augusta Civic Center. If you love quilts, this is the event of the year for you!

Check with Giselle for trip details and to sign up.

Americana BBQ Menu

Here you go…all the makings of an incredible “Americana” 4th of July barbecue, right here! From traditional favorites such as fried chicken and burgers – – plus a lot, lot more. Schooner Chef Seth Lyons and his crew have taken care of the menu so you can focus on enjoying yet another perfect barbeque.
See you on July 5th!

Cukes in Cider Vinegar
Ranch-Style Potato Salad
Southern Fried Chicken
Slider Burgers
Marinated Shrimp Kabobs
Classic Italians
Mac & Cheese
Pork n’ Beans
Corn on the Cobb
Apple pie a la mode
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Watermelon Slices

Warm Weather Health Tips

Preparation and moderation are the key regarding enjoying time outdoors during the summer months. By following some common sense tips, we can all more fully enjoy the good summer weather and avoid over exposure to the sun and heat.

— What’s The Hurry? — Summer should be enjoyed, so why rush? The faster you move the more your body heats, especially in warm weather.

— Shade — Plan outdoor activities for cooler early morning hours. Look for shaded areas such as a covered porch or under a tree to enjoy an activity. Heat can impact seniors as easily indoors as it can outdoors, so be sure air conditioning is used. Lower shades to keep light and heat out.

— A Need to Hydrate — Ice cream, popsicles and other frozen treats are refreshing on a warm day. Also, drink plenty of water, juice and sports drinks while avoiding caffeine. Here at Schooner, check out our Brass Rail Café in the Village Green and the Camden coffee bar area. We have cool drinks available daily. Stay hydrated and stay healthy!

Coming Soon: Our 2017 Open House!

Saturday, September 9th we will be holding our Annual Open House! The past two years have been extremely successful thanks to the talent and involvement of you, our residents! Once again, we will be looking for volunteers to be involved in the day’s events. We will be featuring another display of Veteran’s pictures and items, and displaying your arts and crafts! If you have an idea of how you’d like to participate, please let us know! And don’t forget to invite your friends and family. Remember; Our Community is Your Community!

June 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

June 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

June 2017
Issue 111

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • BBQ Season Begins
  • Lobster Bake
  • Welcome
  • Hydration
  • June BBQ Menu
  • Compassion


We’re Firing up the Grill!

We are looking forward to our first community barbeque of the season. It took a while for winter to end and summer has been knocking on the door! Our Schooner theme days have been decided and we are excited to share the dates with you. We hope this will help you to plan ahead, in order to not miss a single one. As always, we look forward to meeting family and friends there. Just call the front desk at 784-2900 to sign them up and reserve a spot.

Here are the dates:

  • June 7th: Hawaiian Theme
  • July 5th: Americana Theme
  • August: Ocean Theme, Seafood Buffet (Date to be announced)
  • September 20th: Oktoberfest

Take a look at our June 7th “Hawaiian” menu on page 3.

Our first lobster bake of the year is scheduled for Friday, June 16th at noon time on our cozy Residential Care Patio.

Held throughout the summer months, this a very tasty and popular event!

Just give our front desk a call and sign up.


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

  • Sylvia Everett, apt. 642
  • Gus & Joanne Jaccaci, apt. 312
  • Larry Rinck, apt. 411
  • Susan Warschauer, apt. 530

A Need to Hydrate

It cannot be said enough – no matter what time of year it is, staying hydrated is essential! Drink plenty of water and try to limit your caffeine consumption. Here at Schooner, check out our Brass Rail Café in the Village Green and the Camden coffee bar area. We have ice cold, fresh fruit flavored water available daily. Stay hydrated and stay healthy!

Hawaiian Luau Menu

Hawaiian Luau 2017

Hawaiian Macaroni salad
Island Sweet Potato salad
Tropical Fruit Salad
Mixed greens with Bacon, Coconut, Macadamias, and Pineapple Vinaigrette

Char Sui Pork Shanks with Bok Choy
Coconut Curry Shrimp
Huli Huli Chicken
Island Style Fried Rice
Hawaiian Stir Fry Vegetables

Tropical Fruit Shortcake
Coconut Cream Pie
Mango Sorbet



Strive to be Compassionate

Despite popular belief that compassion depends solely on you, the way to achieve it may not lie just within yourself, but in your relationships and interactions with others. When we have feelings of caring or love for other people, we feel better.

So how can you tell if you are or not?

You find commonalities with other people. Compassionate people are very outward-focused because they think and feel about other people. They have that ability to feel others’ feelings, so they’re very socially connected.

You don’t put emphasis on money. If money doesn’t buy happiness, then it doesn’t buy compassion, either. A major component of compassion is giving back, even in the smallest ways. When we take actions that are caring and loving, we feel more love in return.

Be kind to yourself. If we treat ourselves harshly, this is the way we are likely to treat other people.

Teach Others. Compassionate people don’t want to just keep their gifts to themselves, they want to impart their knowledge onto other people

You Express Gratitude. Empathetic individuals not only acknowledge those acts of kindness done unto them, they actively express gratitude for them.

You’re Mindful. When you’re exercising compassion, you’re putting yourself in the moment. Compassionate people aren’t listening and checking their smartphones at the same time — they’re present, offering their empathetic response to the story right in front of them.

Info from the Huffington Post

April 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

April 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

Issue 109
April 2017


In This Issue:

  • Afternoon Tea
  • Residential Care Open House
  • Welcome
  • Collective Goods
  • Word Search
  • Mardi Gras Pics
  • Employee Welcome
  • New Activities
  • Laughter
  • Easter Menu
  • Musical Entertainment

You Are Invited to Our Afternoon Tea

There’s nothing quite like a formal Afternoon Tea, and it’s even better when it’s for a good cause. Last year’s Tea, to benefit the American Heart Association, was such a good time that we’ve decided to do it again this year. This time, all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The menu will include finger sandwiches, petite sweets, and a variety of fine teas. The event will take place in the Tenants Harbor Room on Sunday, April 9th at 4pm, and tickets are $10. Call the front desk for details!

Get to Know Your Neighbors: Residential Care Open House
Our Residential Care neighborhood is always open to all of our tenants, but so few people take advantage of the opportunity to come down for a visit. So here’s your formal invitation: Schooner Estates Residential Care will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, April 25th, between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. With refreshments, music, and staff to provide guidance and information, this will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about our highest level of care. Come down and get to know your neighbors!

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

Walter Crites, Memory Care
Doris Fournier, Memory Care

Time to Shop!

Schooner is pleased to be hosting a “Collective Goods” (formerly Books are Fun) event. Having hosted this event several times in the past, it is well received and we all look forward to it! The fair will be loaded with gifts and books from hundreds of great publishers. All are at great discounts of 30, 40 and even 50 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. You are sure to find something special. So stop by and browse through their many items.

The fair will be held in our Village Green on Friday, April 21st, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Everywhere Else, It Was Just Tuesday!

Our annual Schooner Mardi Gras celebration, celebrated on Fat Tuesday, February 28th, went off without a hitch! The food was outstanding and our ever popular parade was a success, as usual!

New Staff Members!

Schooner is pleased to send out an official welcome to Cynthia “Cindy” Swift, RN. Cindy comes to us from Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and is our new Director of Nursing.

Cindy describes herself as a “Mainer through and through.” She graduated from the USM School of Nursing and worked for several home care agencies in Southern Maine before she and her husband of 33-years left Windham and moved to Lewiston-Auburn. Cindy says that her love of working with seniors runs deep, as she grew up with four generations under one roof. “I feel so blessed to have had my great-grandmother’s and grandparents’ influence in my upbringing.” Just like we feel blessed to have her here with us!

WELCOME BACK to Giselle Prevost. Giselle, our former Activities Director, has been with us for several years. After a leave of absence, she has returned to us with a new part time position: Resident Services Assistant, a busy job indeed! Among many other things, she will be mainly visiting and helping out our new residents with their needs. We’re happy to have her back!

New Activities

Writing 101: Schooner’s own CJ Cooper will be leading a writing class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:30 -11:15 in the Camden Living Room. This class will be a good exploration of journaling and more. Call Giselle at ext. 135 for more details!

Canasta, Anyone? A new resident who is a Canasta player is looking to form a Canasta group to meet and play. All skill levels welcome! IF interested, call Giselle at ext. 135

Life is Better When You’re Laughing…

We’ve all heard it said many times, “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Whether you’re watching an amusing show on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing DOES you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do. A good laugh has great short-term effects.
Laughter can:
•Enhance your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs and muscles.
•Activate and relieve your stress response.
•Soothe tension to stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation.

Our Easter Menu

Easter blessings to all…
May your happiness be great and your
troubles few. A delicious Easter meal prepared especially for you!

Easter Sunday, April 16th 2017


Black-Eyed Susan Deviled Eggs
Spring Tomato Bisque


Baked Pit Ham with
Caramelized Pineapple Glaze
Rosemary Dijon Grilled Lamb Chop
Baked Stuffed Sole with Sherry Wine
and Fresh Chives

Chicken Breast or Baked Fish –
Plain or Breaded


Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes
Rice Florentine * Summer Squash
Dill-Buttered Carrots*Peas and Pearl Onions


Strawberry Shortcake Parfait
Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake
Fresh Fruit Salad w/ Rainbow Sherbet

Musical Talent Galore!

You’re in for a treat, new to Schooner, “The Carol Bailey String Band” is coming on April 19th at 10:00 a.m. to our Village Green.  This group, consisting of a 20+ piece string band from Litchfield, are on an All American Music Tour. Ranging from the ages of 60 to 93 years old, this talented group spans about 30 years. They all share the love of music. The band started as a chorus in 2010 and eventually added instruments to their repertoire. Mary Fitzmaurice learned how to play the guitar and she also learned how to sing, thanks to rehearsals at the Litchfield Senior Center every Wednesday. With the help of the band’s director, Pat Bailey, members like Fitzmaurice are able to learn new lyrics. “We’re just recycled teenagers you know,” said Bailey. “You never know what’s going to happen, or what somebody is going to say. It just makes it a lot of fun.”

We hope to see everyone there!

January 2017 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

January 2017
Issue 106

Your Schooner Family

Sue O’Brien

Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • A Time for Reflection
  • Welcome
  • Silent Auction
  • Robin Dow 2017
  • Word Search
  • Trinity Jubilee Center
  • Fraud Watch
  • Winter Safety
  • Kitchen Update
  • Our Favorite Pics

The New Year: A Time for Reflection

2016 was a year for the books. With its political upheaval and cultural unrest, many in the media have been looking back with disdain.   But those who look at it through experienced eyes may be able to give some much-needed perspective: we’ve all been through so much and it is with patience and gratefulness that we continue forward, together. Indeed, taking time to appreciate what’s right in our lives each and every day is   the best way to start a new year, as embracing the good memories while moving past the bad is the happiest way to look back.

Within our community, 2016 had many milestones. Our hallways have been given a makeover with the completion of two long-standing projects: a refresh of our art, and new wayfinding signs. We got to know many of our residents’ “Words of Wisdom” through a new marketing campaign. In August, we opened our doors to the public for a tremendously successful Open House, with the help of you, our residents. Perhaps most importantly, we added many new residents who have become an integral part of the Schooner Family.

2017 holds much promise for our community. Kitchen renovations are under way as part of a continued promise to serve the highest quality food. Our marketing focus continues to be based on our pride in the people who live and work here. And we look forward to welcoming even more new faces to our community, and strengthening the bonds of those who live here. We rely on you, our residents, to be involved in making   our community the best that it can be, through active participation, feedback, and your help in recommending our community to those who would flourish here. As always, we are grateful for you and your efforts, each and every day. Our community truly is your community.

By Linda Hildonen

It is with Great Pleasure that we Welcome You to the Neighborhood!

  • Carol “CJ” Cooper, studio 112
  • Bette Ann Cushman, apartment 527
  • Dorothy Hanson, apartment 631
  • Ann McDonald, apartment 428
  • Elaine Morrison, Residential Care

Silent Auction Update

Have you placed any bids? Our Silent Auction is a great success! Residents and employees are getting fantastic deals on some really nice items that have been packed away in storage. Going up for bid so far have been such items as beautiful glass lamps, well cared for furniture such as a chest of drawers, a desk and an entire bed set including the headboard and so on…plus much more!

A new set of one or more items is advertised every Friday for you to bid on. All bids must be submitted by noon each Thursday. See our posters located next to the Camden coffee bar and at the front desk in the Castine building.

Robin Dow 2017

The Robin Dow Senior Citizens Club will resume meetings in the Tenants Harbor Room on January 11th and will still be held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.   This meeting brings together seniors from the local area. Living here at Schooner, you have the advantage of not having to go out on cold winter days.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for socializing with free fresh brewed coffee and sale of raffle tickets to members only, prior to the 11:30 a.m. meeting. You are invited to attend as a guest. Members enjoy many scheduled activities such as birthday celebrations. Stop by and enjoy some time with the group. They look forward to seeing you!

The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Last month, we featured Ann Anderson in a Words of Wisdom ad, sharing the following pearl: “I am so fortunate. I think so many of us are, and we just don’t realize it.” When we interviewed Ann, we were speaking to her about her project of knitting slippers and hats all year long to donate in the Christmas Season. This year, Ann chose to donate her knit goods to the Trinity Jubilee Center, a local non-profit that works with underprivileged families and individuals in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

When we visited the center to drop off her four boxes of knit goods, we spoke to the center’s director, Erin, about their ongoing needs. This conversation inspired us, and we quickly endeavored to collect from you, our residents, any unwanted clothes, blankets and other goods to donate to the center. In less than a week, we were able to gather a whole truckload of donations to drop off at the center.

We want to thank everyone who donated! It just goes to show that a little generosity can go a long way!

AARP Fraud Watch on the Schooner Estates Facebook Page

You probably already knew that the Schooner Estates Facebook page is a great place to see pictures and videos from the latest events that take place right here. But did you know that it’s also a great place to learn about ways to protect yourself from the latest scams targeting the senior population? Each Wednesday, we post alerts from the AARP Fraud Watch team, letting you know what kind of scams are happening to seniors in the country, so that you can be prepared. Go online to learn, and be a fraud fighter! Here’s the latest AARP Fraud Alert, from December 28th:

Last year, Americans gave over $373 billion to charity. Government officials who regulate charities and fundraisers say that most charities are legitimate, but there are fundraisers that keep most of the money they raise. As you consider year-end giving, do your research. Check out charities at www.give.org or www.charitynavigator.org to make sure your money is going where it should and not into the pockets of scammers!

Enjoy Winter and Be Safe!

Winter is here and the cold weather has arrived. But remember, all that ice and snow means an increased chance of slipping and falling. Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Here are some things you can do the make winter a little less perilous:

¨ Check your footwear. Wear winter boots when outside. How’s the traction? Better traction can help keep you more stable on icy surfaces.

¨ If you drive a car, bring a cell phone (if you have one) when you leave. If you fall, it can sometimes be hard to get up. Carrying a cell phone whenever you go out can bring peace of mind.

¨ Slow down. Allow extra time if it’s slippery out. When you hurry, you end up pushing the envelope of what your balance can handle. Keep in mind that being a little late is better than falling.

¨ Ask for help. If you have to walk across an icy sidewalk or parking lot, try to find a steady arm to lean on.

Also, we want to thank our fantastic maintenance crew for everything they do here at Schooner during the harsh winter months. From keeping the walkways safe, plowing, clearing off residents’ cars, etc. They do it all!

Have You Heard?

We are happy to inform you that the start of the construction for our new kitchen update has officially begun! Pictured below is the laying of the concrete pad for the new cooler.

Despite the challenges of winter, our project is marching forward.






December 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

December 2016 Flash Newsletter


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The Schooner Flash

December 2016
Issue 105

Your Schooner Family

Sue O’Brien

Linda Hildonen


Inside This Issue:

  • Holiday Parties
  • Welcome
  • Silent Auction
  • Maintenance Note
  • Word Search
  • Senior Living
  • Holiday Menus
  • Books are Fun Event
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Our Favorite Pics

Let’s Get Together for the Holidays

Celebrate the season and plan to attend your 2016 Schooner holiday parties! Join your friends and neighbors for a joyous evening of festivities. Each event will include live entertainment, many delectable items to eat and drink and of course, exceptional company.

On the entertainment side, vocalist Mary Murphy will provide the evening’s music for both holiday parties. The Present Company Band will entertain at both New Year’s Parties.

  • Apartments Holiday Party: Tuesday, December 13th at 5:00 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room.
  • Residential Care, Studios and Memory Care Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 14th at 5:00 p.m. in the Village Green.
  • Residential Care, Studios and Memory Care New Year’s Party: Saturday, December 31st at 3:00 p.m. in the Village Green.
  • Apartments New Year’s Party: Saturday, December 31st in the Tenants Harbor Room, at 5:00 p.m.

The annual lighting of the big outdoor tree at Castine will be held on Thursday, December 1st at 4:00 p.m. Come join us for a few holiday songs and refreshments!

See our party menus on page four. Delicious!


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

  • Deanna Fickett, studio 111
  • Lennice Godbout, studio 103


Announcing a New Program

We will be offering an item OR items, that have been donated to Schooner Estates. The item(s) will go up for bids on Friday of each week and close to bids on Thursday at noon of the following week. The item(s) will be shown on a flyer and can be viewed in person. The high bidder will win the item(s) and need to pay and pick up within three days. Schooner management reserves the right to accept and/or reject all bids. The money raised will be donated to one of our selected Charities.

The Auction is a fair way to let staff and tenants, who have expressed interest in such a process, to get to purchase items donated. It will also help with ALL of our fundraising efforts. That in turn will greatly help our chosen Charities. Bid high & often, it’s a great way to feel good and be a part of the effort to help raise money for worthwhile causes.

Please look for the bid item(s) posters at the front desk and the Camden coffee bar. Pick up and submit your bid forms at the front desk. The item(s) are located in the Tenants Harbor Room.

Hope you are a winner!


For Your Convenience…

During the cold, snowy winter months, if you need your vehicle for an appointment, etc. , please let maintenance know (ext. 159, at least a day ahead) and they will have it ready for you. They will start your car, clear frost from the windshield and do any snow removal, with a smile!


Healthy Eating and Carbohydrates

We need carbohydrates (carbs). They are our chief source of energy – like gasoline is to a car. Carbs fuel your body and your brain, too. The richest sources are anything that grows from the earth; fruit, vegetables (and root vegetables), grains and legumes. These are whole foods or complex carbohydrates, which our body breaks down slowly during digestion.

What we don’t need is the simple carbs so prevalent among our food choices today – the processed, refined foods. These are whole foods or complex carbs that have been drastically altered before we eat them.

Sadly, misinformation has made carb another four-letter word. Low-carb diets tell us carbs are the reason we become insulin resistant and gain weight, as indicated by the rising incidents of obesity and diabetes. But carbohydrates were around long before these high disease rates occurred. Processed carbs weren’t. Therefore, carbohydrates aren’t the problem, say nutritionists. It’s the processed, refined carbohydrates that throw our bodies out of balance. If we had left carbs in their natural state, they wouldn’t have become a problem.

The body is designed to slowly and methodically break down a whole food into the nutrients it needs. Refined sugars and other highly processed foods are already broken down and absorbed very quickly. Eating them too frequently is confusing and stressful to the body. Nutritionists advise not to follow a low-carb diet, but a “proper carb diet.”

The human race is getting sicker. It’s not just obesity and diabetes, but cancers and heart disease are also on the rise. Processed, refined foods are a contributing factor to declining health. They lack the nutrition needed to strengthen our bodies and our immune systems. Same for the restrictive low-carb diets, say nutritionists. These diets lack fiber and many phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables – including nutrients science hasn’t discovered yet.

Perhaps the best strategy to correct an insulin imbalance and lose the resulting weight is to eat more natural carbs and less of the carbs that can create an insulin problem — the “junk” food. If your carb choice isn’t in a form Mother Nature created, it may not be a healthy choice. Cut back on foods designed and altered by humans. Choose an apple as a snack instead of a cookie or a sports bar. Eat more fruits and vegetables, legumes, root vegetables and whole grains. Carbohydrates are not “bad” for us. We must avoid using the word carbohydrate when we are referring to processed, refined foods.


Be sure to make it a point to visit our “Wellness Board”, located right outside the Searsport Dining Room, next to the main kitchen on the ground floor. Each month a different Schooner department is assigned to set up the board with new, health conscience tips. We are committed to helping you keep in tip, top shape!


Christmas Day Menu

It’s here! Take a look at our Christmas Day menu below and you might just feel a slight rush of pre-Christmas spirit!


Shrimp Cocktail
Mixed Greens Salad w/Cranberries, Walnuts, Crumbled Bleu Cheese & Balsamic Vinaigrette



Prime Rib us Jus w/Horseradish Cream
Cranberry-Sage Stuffed Chicken Breast
Seafood-Stuffed Sole w/Sherry Lobster Sauce



Mashed Potato
Sweet Potato w/Marshmallows
Honey-Glazed Carrots
Fresh Squash



Gingerbread Cream Cake
Cherry Pie
Oreo Mint Ice Cream

Holiday Party Menu

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Assorted Fruit and Cheese with Crackers
Various Dips and Breads
Stuffed Cocktail Rolls with Lobster
Ham, and Egg Salad
Mini Quiche
Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Scallops Wrapped in Maple Bacon
Cocktail Meatballs
Classic Shrimp Cocktail


Holiday Table

Glazed Pecans
Holiday Cookies/Sweets
Mulled Cider
Spiced Egg Nog


Books & Gifts Galore

Schooner is happy to be hosting another “Books Are Fun” event. The fair will be loaded with gifts and books from hundreds of great publishers. All are at great discounts of 30, 40 and even 50 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. You are sure to find something special. So stop by and browse through their many items. Shop for the holidays!

The fair will be held in our Village Green on Wednesday, December 7th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Words of Wisdom: Glenn Hayes

Glenn Hayes, from apartment 313, has some insight from his 31 years as a school teacher that is good advice for students, teachers, and just about everyone else: “Whatever life throws at you, meet it calmly and with a smile. You can go much further with a smile than a frown. A calm person can do much more than a hurried one.”



November 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

November 2016
Issue 104


Your Schooner Family

Sue O’Brien

Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • Thanksgiving Menu
  • Welcome
  • Fund Raising Totals
  • Word Search
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Senior Living Article
  • Oktoberfest Pics
  • Daylight Saving Time
  • Raffle Winners


Thanksgiving at Schooner

With the off and on, warm daytime temperatures we have been experiencing so far this month, it is hard to think about getting into the upcoming “holiday mode”. Thanksgiving starts us off on November 24th, a festive time to be sure! Below is an early, sneak peek at our upcoming 2016 Thanksgiving feast.

 Thanksgiving 2016

Tomato Bisque w/Basil Oil

Spinach Salad w/Cranberries, Almonds, Bleu Cheese, and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Roast Turkey w/Sage Dressing
Roast Pork Loin w/ Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing
and Madeira Wine Demi-glace
Seafood Newburg on a Puff Pastry Shell

Side Dishes
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Honey Glazed Carrots
Butternut Squash
Pearl Onions

Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Maple Walnut Ice Cream
All Tables Set With a Relish Tray and Assorted Mini Muffins


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


  • Corrine Buonomo, Studio 104
  • Malcolm Brackett & Doris Ham, Apartment 533
  • Lauri Ann Doiron, Apartment 520
  • Richard “Pat” Murphy, Apartment 415
  • Jim & Naomi Nesbitt, Apartment 413
  • Evelyn Potter, Apartment 515
  • Roger & Peggy Roberge, Apartment 432


Have You Heard?

Bake Sales
Car Washes
Special Dessert Nights
Paper Hearts & Pins
Silent Auctions
Book Sales

What do these things have in common? YOU!

Together, through these activities, our Schooner family raised $2,443.15 in support of the American Heart and Alzheimer’s Associations. As in years past, Barbra and John, Schooners’ owners, have matched what we raised. That’s a total of $4,886.30!

These organizations are near and dear to our community. We are proud to contribute to their on-going efforts toward research and treatments. If you have ideas for future fundraising activities, please see Mark Prevost.


Words of Wisdom: Cornelia Bowe

When asked what advice she would give to a younger person, Cornelia Bowe offered the following gem: “Live in the now. Follow your dream. Patience and silence bring unexpected rewards.” Cornelia also said that the most important thing she’s learned in her lifetime is that “Love is Everything.” Simple, straightforward, and very profound: Thanks Cornelia!

Health Note

Flu and cold season is upon us. Remember, drink lots of fluid and get plenty of rest. Here at Schooner we have containers of fresh, fruit flavored ice water available daily. Visit our Camden & Castine coffee bar areas.


The Importance of Asking for Help

Over time, the demands of caregiving can start to feel overwhelming and become more than you can handle by yourself – especially as more and more of your time and energy is used up navigating the healthcare system, finding resources or figuring out how to meet someone else’s personal and medical needs. You don’t have to do everything alone. Asking for – and accepting – help is key to avoiding caregiver burn out.

Asking for help is beneficial for the well-being of both you and the person you are caring for. When you share the care you will:

¨ be less likely to get angry and resentful.

¨ have time to take care of yourself, so you don’t become a patient as well.

¨ once again have time to be their wife, husband, daughter or son and not just their caregiver, and the care recipient will get an opportunity to interact with more people.

Asking for help can be difficult when you don’t know what you need; you don’t want to be a bother to others; or you feel guilty that you can’t do it all yourself. Beliefs such as “no one can do this as well as I can” may also be an obstacle to asking for help. It’s true. No one will do it exactly the same as you, but that does not mean they cannot be helpful in their own way.

Recognize that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It means you are acknowledging the challenges of the situation and are being proactive in resolving problems and preventing stress. And people may not realize you need help if you don’t ask for it.

The first step is to identify what help you need. Which tasks would be the easiest to ask others to do? Which do you really want to do yourself? And which, if any, can you afford to pay others to do? Create a list of tasks with which you want help.


Here at Schooner Estates, we have a wonderful, full service Home Health Agency designed to help with your health care needs. Schooner Home Health is available to all of our residents. Our team of RNs, PCAs and CRMAs will work with you to create a personalized service plan to ensure that every need is met for you or your loved one.

Give us a call at 784-2900 and find out more about our long list of services!


Ladies & Gentlemen

We are excited to announce the winners of our recent Raffle, featuring the beautiful items below. Thank you to all who purchased tickets! Each and every ticket purchased allows us to help Camp Sunshine: This year, we raised $346!

  • Mary Paine
  • Neal Hallee
  • Wilhemina Wiegman
  • Jackie Fortunato
  • Edith Lachance
  • Clint Heenie
  • Phyllis Wilson
  • Donna Vachon
  • Cathy Dolan










October 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

October 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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Schooner Flash

October 2016
Issue 103

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

Inside this Issue:

  • Employee Appreciation
  • The Great Courses
  • Flu Shots
  • Welcome
  • Presidential Talk
  • Adult Coloring
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Day Trips
  • Senior Living Article
  • Word Search
  • Lifeline Screening
  • Halloween Parade
  • Schooner Craft Fair

Employee Appreciation Month

It’s time to say “Thank you” to our fantastic Schooner staff. Even though they are all truly appreciated each and every day of the year, our annual Employee Recognition Ceremony makes it official!

All Schooner staff will be recognized for their service and exceptional efforts at our ceremony, to take place on Wednesday, October 26th, at 2:30 p.m. in our Village Green. Light foods and refreshments will be served. It’s an exciting event that we all look forward to each year. All residents and staff are encouraged to attend. Other special employee events will be happening throughout the month, we’ll be letting you know!


The Great Courses

The arrival of the Fall season brings the return of a very popular “event” here at Schooner. “The Great Courses”, a series of college level courses, are being played on DVD in our Theatre room. This fantastic series brings the world’s greatest professors to millions who want to learn more about the subjects that interest them most. They are being played on selected Mondays and Fridays at 10:15. See Sue in the Camden building for a copy of course description and dates. Stop by, you will be glad you did!



The Schooner Resident Flu Clinic will be from 9:00 -12:00 on Tuesday, October 18th in the Castine Living Room. Androscoggin Home Health will be here to give Schooner residents the shots. If you haven’t already, please call the front desk at 784-2900 to sign up. You will be receiving information regarding your scheduled arrival times.

Flu shots 2nd week in October….


It is With Great Pleasure that We Welcome You Into the Community

  • Vivian Hoy, Residential Care
  • Dolly Mottram, Memory Care
  • Joan Shaw, Apartment 327

Don’t Miss It

We have a special informative talk lined up for you, right here at Schooner on Thursday, October 6th at 2:30 p.m. in our Tenants Harbor Room. Titled, “Presidents and the Economy”, this presentation will be delivered by Roy Van Til, Ph.D., experienced economist, with a Ph.D. and background in business and public affairs.

This interactive discussion will look into the relationship of the party in charge of the White House with the overall economic conditions in the country. People in all age cohorts have grown weary of the extremely divisive and biased rhetoric that has made public discussions of civic issues very unpleasant to endure in this election cycle.  The middle ground of rational truth has been attacked from both sides.  He will offer a balanced, objective, and fact-based presentation of the economic realities. This will be factual, non-political, and cover the last forty years in America.

His talk will be followed by questions, answers, and free-wheeling discussion of points you find most interesting. We hope to see you there!


Back for the Season!

Here at Schooner, every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, we are pleased to offer once again, an adult coloring session. This therapeutic session starts at 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Study, materials are provided.

You will find these classes to be worth your while! Stop by and see what they are all about.

Words of Wisdom

Since our residents have experienced so many great learning experiences in their lives, we like to feature their Words of Wisdom whenever we can.

Our own Jeannine Michaud had this to say about relationships: “Do not make enemies of family or friends, because one day, you will need them.” She also offers this advice to the younger folks among us: “Be kind and thoughtful, because someday, you will be old too.”

Fall Day Trips

We have a fantastic line up of “lunch out” day trips scheduled for October. See our list below.
•Touring Rangeley, Maine with lunch at “The Red Onion”.
•Berlin, New Hampshire with lunch at Northland Dairy Bar.
•Lunch at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

Plus an extensive list of daily activities and events in between. Just a few examples of why living at Schooner is never dull! Check your monthly calendar for dates and times.

A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine

Joy and happiness are up to us. We come from joy; as babies we come into life with a natural joy. It is inherent in every one of us, however, sometimes our physical selves forget we are meant to be joyful creatures. We need to rediscover that natural feeling. We seem to be searching for our joy outside of ourselves. If only we could remember we carry it inside us. I am going to give you some tips in order to carry with you the tools to bring out and share with others baskets full of joy and happiness. When we share joy and happiness, we give two of the most powerful healing medicines in the world.

•Healing with the Power of Joy – If someone you love is going through chemo, here is how you can help: First, begin synchronizing your breathing, soon the heart rates are synchronizing and the healing power of the stronger person begins to take over. The Challenge – we don’t trust it. We’ve been taught hard work is the only thing that works.

•Speak with Joy – How do you respond when someone asks how you are? Do you demur, “been better,” or “still standing, not bad”? We are terrified to say, “I’m fabulous, thank you very much.” We don’t want people to think we are arrogant. I often pause for a moment, then respond with “out of 10, about a nine-and-a-half.” This will evoke a laugh from the other person, and they will respond in kind. Affirm your joy with words. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” –Rudyard Kipling

•Protect Your Joy – If you watch the 11 o’clock news before you go to bed, stop right now. You won’t miss anything you can’t learn in the morning, you will sleep better and you will feel more joyful when you wake.

•Eat Joyfully – eat sensuously, take small bites, and enjoy food so much more. Joy affects our metabolism – when we eat slowly, we get full on far fewer calories. Want to keep your brain happy and joyful? Eat mindfully.

•Choose Joyous Company – stay away from people who make you feel you need to wear your emotional raincoat.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find out how much joy your friends can stand coming from you!


Life Line Screenings

Schooner Estates is pleased to once again host a preventive health event. “Life Line Screening” will be here performing a day of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.

Screenings are fast, painless and offered at low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a rupture, and plaque buildup in the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease.

Five screenings will be offered:

Carotid Artery Screening
Screen plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Which can lead to a ruptured aorta.

Peripheral Arterial Screening
Hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease.

Atrial Fibrillation
Irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk.

An ultrasound measurement of the heel bone to determine abnormal bone mass density.

ALL 5 screenings for only $149.
Call 1-888-653-6450.
Appointments required.
Appointment spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

Schooner Craft Fair

Our annual Craft Fair is coming! It’s a popular event that features the talents and wares, handcrafted by our own residents and outside vendors alike! The fair will be held this year on Saturday, October 15th. Tables will be set up in the Village Green and filled with many hand crafted items, all ready for a little early holiday shopping! We may still have a few tables left to rent, check with Mark Prevost at 784-2900, ext. 132, for availability information.

We invite everyone to attend. Our craft fair is open to the public. The fair will open at 10:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. Stop by and explore all the treasures!

Also, We have a raffle going on featuring some beautiful handmade items (see below). The drawing will be held on our craft fair day. If you haven’t already, stop by the front desk and purchase a ticket or two! All proceeds go to Camp Sunshine.

September 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

September 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash


September 2016
Issue 102

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

Inside This Issue:

  • Oktoberfest Cookout
  • Jenn Audette, RN
  • Welcome
  • Senior College
  • Favorite Photos
  • Tekla Upton
  • Open House 2016
  • Word Search
  • Mariner’s Club
  • Tenant Council
  • NH Trip Update
  • Employee Pics Wanted


Oktoberfest Cookout

We have had a summer of truly wonderful weather and great times this year. As the summer season starts to slowly wind down (not too fast we hope!), our last big outdoor feast of this year, the “Oktoberfest Cookout”, is being planned. Feel free to “dress for the occasion”!

The big day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st. Family and friends are always invited. Give our front desk a call at 784-2900 and sign them up.

Also, we are having our yearly Open House on Saturday, September 10th. This promises to be a day filled with activity and things to see! Don’t miss it! See the article on page three.

New Home Health Nurse

Schooner Welcomes our new Home Health Nurse, Jenn Audette. Jenn is a graduate of the nursing program at Rhode Island Community College. Before coming to work for Schooner Estates, she worked for Marshwood Rehabilitation Center, D’Youville, and even spent a year working in CMMC’s Emergency room.

With all the things Jenn has seen in her years of working as a nurse, she says that working with seniors is her favorite thing to do. “I love the stories.” Jenn says with a bright smile. “I love the people.”

Jenn lives with her fiancé, Kevin, who was the boy next door when she was growing up. They have not set a wedding date yet, but, as their new Schooner Family, we wish them luck in their life together!

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

Vivian Hoy, Residential Care
John & Joan Shaw, apt. 327

Always Keep Learning

It’s that time of year and the Lewiston/Auburn Fall senior college courses will be here before you know it. Have you signed up? Here are each of the classes and their starting dates:

•September 20th through November 8th.
Eight Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“The Theory of Natural Law and Human Nature”.
In this course we will examine the history of natural law as the basis for the claims that acts such as slavery, torture, and blackmail are wrong because they violate the rights to which human beings, by their very nature, are entitled.
Taught by Charles W. Plummer, Ph.D.

•September 22nd through October 27th,
Six Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
”Pablo Picasso: His Life and Times”.
This course will examine his life and times and their effects on him.
Taught by Professor Kirsten Larsson-Turley.

The above classes are both being held right here at Schooner. Check with Mark Prevost for information and class availability, since they are filling fast! As always, there are no tests or homework.

Favorite Photos

Do you have a favorite photo that you just love to look at every now and then? Maybe a grandchild, an older cherished photo, a fun family moment, a pet or a memorable trip you went on? Let us know if you would like to share any of these with us – we will be more than happy to put them in the newsletter.

Tek Upton: Life and Wisdom

When asked about what Words of Wisdom she would like to share, Tekla Upton has a few of her own, including “Stay active and busy,” “Stay strong during the hard times,” and “Especially enjoy both the big and small pleasures and joys that life has to offer every day, at every age.” To go deeper than that, she consults a small paperback that she usually keeps close at hand, “The Book of Finnish Proverbs.” She reads one in particular out loud: “Keep learning as long as you live.”

Tek, a first-generation immigrant whose parents were both born in Finland, explains that reading and learning have always been very important in her life. She says that this was notable in her family life, and even clear in the school where she grew up on the upper peninsula of Michigan. Even though her parents came to America at a very young age, they were raised bilingual, and, at her grandfather’s insistence, so were Tek and her siblings.

Tek’s love of learning translated into a life full of adventure, where she could see all of what the world had to offer. After graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, she then studied nursing in Chicago. With her education finished, Tek considered joining the Army, and was eventually convinced to do it when her sister said “You wouldn’t dare!” Tek served in the Korean War, and was stationed in a tent hospital in Korea for nearly a year.

Here at Schooner, Tek continues to make the most of every day by participating in many activities, especially the educational opportunities that Schooner provides. We’re glad to have this opportunity to learn a little more about her and her fascinating life!

Schooner Estates Open House 2016

Greetings! Please join us Saturday, September 10th for our Open House Celebration. We are excited to announce our final plans for this special event. Along with the arrival of visitors, our current residents are welcome and encouraged to invite friends and family to our scheduled day of events. Feel free to invite anyone you would like to refer, or just show them around! We would love to meet them. Tours will be given in order for guests to get a feel of what living at Schooner is like.

We hope the schedule below will help you plan the day for you and your guests and to take advantage of all we have to offer. Staff will be available throughout the day to give tours every half hour, answer questions and help you find a scheduled event. Our Open House will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

•Live remote with Maine’s Big Z 105.5 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 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” starting at 2:30
p.m., outside – near the Residential Care Patio.
•An all day Silent Auction to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association,
held in our Village Green.

Special Displays will be set up in our Village Green including:
A Wall of Honor celebrating our veterans and another showing our committed support to wonderful Charities including Camp Sunshine, the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. And Tenant Council President Tonie Ramsey will be bringing us a special “Fashions of Yesteryear” display, not to be missed!

Mariner’s Club

Perhaps it’s time to move into a senior living community…but if you are a senior who is not quite ready for the move, consider joining our Schooner Estates Mariner’s Club. A one time fee of $250.00 (used towards your first month’s rent upon move in) enrolls you as a charter member of our illustrious “Mariner’s Club.” In addition to facilitating a timely admission to our community, it is our hope that by joining our club, you will now enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have made a momentous decision, with benefits you will reap for years to come.

Chart your course now before you discover that there’s a long list ahead of you. Get a proud sense of accomplishment that comes with planning ahead. Your enrollment in Schooner’s Mariner’s Club entitles you to the following privileges:

•Guarantees your position on our waiting list
•A subscription to our Schooner Flash newsletter and monthly activity calendars
•Participation in any Schooner programs (seminars, trips, activities, musical events)
•An invitation to our yearly Mardi Gras Feast
•Tickets to each of our monthly summer cookouts

Join today and find out what living at Schooner Estates is all about. Good times, security and excitement awaits you!

Tenant Council

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. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th at 2:30 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room.

Let’s Go Somewhere…

Our three day trip to New Hampshire is just around the corner! We will be leaving on Tuesday, September 13th and returning to Schooner on Thursday, September 15th. Included in the itinerary is a visit to “Castle in the Clouds” in Moultonborough, breakfast, lunch and supper out at several well known restaurants, a ride on the M.S. Mount Washington motor ship and a delightful ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. And of course, don’t forget the fabulous sight seeing, which New Hampshire and it’s beautiful mountain views and lakes is well known for.

If you are one of the lucky “soon to be” travelers, we hope you have a great time!

“No road is long with good company.”

March 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash


March 2016
Issue 96


Writers: Your Schooner Team
Technical Editor: Sue O’Brien


Inside This Issue

Mardi Gras Review
Spring Senior College
Daylight Savings Time
Staff Welcome
New Artwork


Mardi Gras Review

Mardi Gras 2016 has come and gone. Schooner staff and residents alike were adorned in the traditional gold, purple and green colors! Chef Seth Lyons and his amazing culinary crew once again prepared and served a long list of delicious New Orleans style foods.

The always popular Mardi Gras parade rounded out the day. Congratulations to our dietary staff (see float picture, top left) – winners of the float contest! Thank you to everyone for all the hard work put in.

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

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

Anita Auger, Residential Care
Jackie Beckim, Memory Care
Donna Hobson, apt. 524

Spring Senior College

Sharpen your pencils and get your notebooks ready, our first Spring Senior College class will begin on March 29th. Two classes will be held, right here at Schooner, in our Tenants Harbor Room. Our residents have the privilege of “first choice” for class sign ups.

The first class, taught by Charles W. Plummer, PH.D, instructor for both L/A and Mid-coast Senior College, will run for eight Tuesdays. Starting Tuesday, March 29th until May 17th. The course, “An Introduction to the Study of Religion”, will examine the academic disciplines of religious studies and the many ways scholars, philosophers, and scientists have studied observable manifestations of religion.
Class two, “Maine Artists You May Not Know”, explores the many superlative artists from Maine that have not achieved the attention they deserve. They will be introduced along with a review of many of them. Taught by Instructor Kirsten Larsson-Turley. It will run for six Thursdays, starting March 31st until May 5th.

The courses are peer taught, with no entrance requirements, grades or tests. Your experience and love of learning are what count. If you haven’t already, please check with our Resident Services Director, Mark Prevost at extension 132 for class availability and sign up.

We are Ready!

Even though the beginning of this winter felt like Spring, still it is nothing like the real thing! Daylight Savings Time arrives next month. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday evening, March 12th. It will make us feel just one step closer to Spring time, which arrives on March 20th!

Welcome Aboard!

We’re proud to welcome Kathleen Langelier, our new RN, to the Schooner Family! Kathleen graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and has thirty years of experience in the field. Before coming to Schooner Estates, she worked for nine and a half years at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, and worked with several of our residents in that time. Kathleen says she greatly enjoys working with seniors because she enjoys variety: “They have so many different life experiences.” We look forward to working with her!

A Change in Atmosphere

Here at Schooner, great pride is taken in providing continuous attention to our buildings, both inside and out. We strive to make it a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable place to live. On March 10th and 11th, we are planning to install new artwork in each of the buildings. The install will happen between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, but may have to go over. The general scope of the work is to re-group the artwork to create a more consistent theme in each area. Several pieces will be added to enhance what we currently have. Enjoy the new artwork!

Special Events

The month of March brings back two of our favorite speakers, Jerry Wiles and Mike Perry.

Historian Jerry Wiles, on Tuesday, March 1st at 2:30 pm in our Tenants Harbor Room, will present you with an inside look of “The Residence Staff of the White House”. Explore the daily lives of the many men and women who have worked in the White House residence.

Mike Perry, speaker and slide show presenter extraordinaire, brings us Boston “Burbs”. Listen as he explores North, South, and West of Boston. Mr. Perry will be here on Tuesday, March 29th at 2:30 pm in the Tenants Harbor Room.