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Honor flight Maine

Our veterans, to say that they deserve our utmost respect and honor is an understatement. In late August, a very special 3 day trip was planned by “Honor Flight Maine”, a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veterans.  Two distinguished Schooner residents, Larry Fortier and Irving Grant took advantage of this wonderful opportunity and made the exciting trip to Washington, D.C.  They were part of a 56 person group that made the journey.  At least 22 were WWII Veterans, 3 Korean War Veterans and 2 Vietnam Veterans.  The remaining individuals were family and friends, known as Guardians.



The Schooner Flu Clinic will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday October 9th in the Castine Living Room.

Androscoggin Home Health will be here to give Schooner residents the shots.  You will be receiving a memo with details regarding sign up and times.

Flu shots 2nd week in October….


Who’s New in the Neighborhood… 


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

• Robert & Theresa Labrie – apt. 313

• Betty McCall – apt. 649


Life line screenings

Schooner Estates is pleased to once again host a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Friday, October 10th, 2014.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  Memos have been distributed with complete sign up information and details.


Attention all Schooner employees

I know what you are thinking, is it that time of the year already?…time for our Employee Appreciation month of events, that is. The summer absolutely flew by and it is almost October, the heart of the Fall season. Our annual Employee Recognition Ceremony honors all Schooner staff for their service and exceptional efforts.  The official ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 29th, at 3:00 p.m. Light foods and refreshments will be served at 2:45.  All residents and staff are encouraged to attend – also, don’t miss the staff game show on October 22nd! Below is a list of our scheduled employee events (all held in the Village Green).

¨ October 8th, A free turkey coupon in staff paychecks.

¨ October 15th, Staff breakfast – 7-8:30 a.m.

¨ October 22nd, Staff game show at 3:00.

¨ October 29th, The ceremony, at 3:00.


Creativity galore!

Our annual Craft Fair is coming!… It’s an exciting 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 18th.  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 for availability information, etc.

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 2:00 p.m.  Stop by and explore all of the treasures!


We have a raffle going on featuring some gorgeous handmade items: A Winnie the Pooh quilt, an afghan, a scarf and a felted purse (see posters in elevators). If you haven’t already, stop by the front desk and purchase a ticket or two!  The drawing will be held on October 18th at the Craft Fair.

Schooner Estates September Flash Newsletter

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Inside This Issue


· September Barbecue

· Welcome

· Robin Dow Group

· Central Maine Heart Walk

· Council Meetings

· Fall Senior College


For many, Fall is the most beautiful season with its pleasing temperatures and the changing colors of the foliage, seen in all its beauty. Here at Schooner, we just can’t let the summer end without celebrating the warm weather one last time with an end of summer barbecue! Our September get together will be held on Wednesday, the 10th on our front lawn area.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Pat Calwell and his Jazz band. As usual, friends and family are invited!  Please call the front desk for sign up and ticket information.  We hope to see you there!


Our September BBQ Menu


•Oven fried Dixie chicken

•Assorted finger sandwiches including

tuna, ham and chicken salad

•House made assorted pizzas

•Fresh native corn with melted butter

•Grilled zucchini squash with garlic & Italian spices

•House style baked beans

•Cole Farms style cole slaw

•Sliced native cukes in apple cider vinegar

•Sliced tomatoes with chiffonade of basil and olive oil

• Fresh baked rolls and butter

•Home style macaroni salad

•Assorted pies and cakes

•Pudding parfait

•Fresh macerated berries and melons

•Lemonade, ice tea, ice water and coffee

Robin Dow Group comes to Schooner

Schooner Estates is pleased to have the opportunity to host the Lewiston/Auburn Robin Dow Senior Citizen group for their monthly meetings, starting in September 2014. Meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October, this senior social group is looking forward to their new home at Schooner. Their members are located in Lewiston and Auburn as well as surrounding towns.  Currently they have five members living at Schooner Estates.

The meetings are filled with many social events. Free fresh coffee, an opening and closing prayer by their Chaplain, singing, business meetings, birthday recognitions, raffle drawings, bag lunches and Bingo games are enjoyed by their members.

Schooner resident, Irving Grant is an active board member and is their liaison with our community.  Please feel free to drop in for a visit during one of their meetings or become a member of the club. The Robin Dow Group will be meeting in the Tenants Harbor Room on September 24th, October 8th and October 22nd from 11:30 a.m (doors open at 11) until around 3:00 p.m.

2014 Central Maine Heart Walk

In keeping with our commitment to health and wellness, we are putting together a team this year to participate in the AHA, 2014 Central Maine Heart Walk.  Our goal is to encourage everyone to build healthier lives by incorporating Wellness activities into their daily routine.  This special event will be held on Sunday, September 14th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn.  The events of the day include a  slow paced 1-mile walk, a 5K walk or fun run.  Healthy food, health screenings, music and activities will also be available.  Go ahead and sign up (at the front desk), you will be glad you did!

If you have any questions, we have two team captains available to help, Donna Vachon and Mark Prevost.  Keep fit and stay healthy!

Tenant Council Meetings begin

The start of Fall means the start of many things, along with your monthly Resident Council meetings. 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 16th at 2:30 in the Tenants Harbor Room. Cookies and refreshments will be available.


Fall Senior College

Get a jumpstart on registering for threeupcoming fall senior college courses. Here are each of the classes and their starting dates: “Stories of Life: Autobiographical Writing”, Sep. 23rd, “Sensation, Perception and the Aging Process”, Sep. 25th, and “U.S.  National Parks”, Oct. 9th.  Since all classes are Schooner hosted, this is a great amenity and convenience for you, our residents! For information and class availability for each course, see Mark Prevost our Resident Services Director.  Also, pick up a copy of the new Fall 2014 catalog, at Mark’s office.  Coffee and Danish are provided for all attendees, conveniently located in our Camden coffee bar area for the morning break. As always, there are no tests or homework. You are here to enjoy life and Schooner has it all right here!



Schooner Flash Newsletter August 2014

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Our Open House!


Please join us for an Open House event on Saturday, August 23rd.  Bring a friend or relative and come spend the day at Schooner Estates. It’s a great way to be introduced to our community and all that it has to offer!

We hope the schedule below will help you to plan your time for the day.  Staff will be available throughout the day to give tours, answer your questions and help you find a scheduled event.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Our Open House will start at 10:00 a.m. with tours all day

•10:00 – 11:00  Coffee & pastries

•11:00 – 2:00  Hot dogs and pasta salad

•2:00 – 4:00  Root beer floats

•2:30 Music by “The 60’s Invasion” band (see info below)

Special entertainment provided by:  The 60’s Invasion

A show band featuring music from the 1960’s. You will see tributes and perhaps a guest appearance by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan or Roy    Orbison. Join them on memory lane with the sounds of your favorite TV shows and the history of Rock and Roll. Bring your singing voices and clap along as the band backs the audience up on your favorite tunes! Come and get your groove on!


Who’s New in the Neighborhood


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

Deke & Grace Billings – apt. 533

Lorraine Caron – apt. 421

Elinor Eggert – Residential Care

Steve Neilson – stu. 203

apt. 622

An August BBQ


We are looking forward to our upcoming Hawaiian BBQ on Wednesday,    August 13th!  Come and enjoy the “Spirit of   Aloha” and the    hospitality of our wonderful staff.  Colorful    Hawaiian shirts, leis and grass skirts will be some of the featured attire at our 3rd summer bbq!  Also, we will be offering a treat for all of our seafood lovers – delicious steamers served with melted butter and drawn broth.  Bring along your friends and relatives. Everyone is invited!  Please call our front desk at 784-2900 for sign up and ticket information.


Three Sisters under one roof


How wonderful is this? Three sisters have all made Schooner Estates their home.  Irene     Delorme (far right) and her sister Theresa Deschenes (middle) and their husbands lived across the street from each other in Auburn for 59 years. Their sister Florence Raymond also lived in Auburn with her husband and brought up five children in the family homestead where she was born. When Florence and Bert moved to Schooner recently, the three        sisters were     reunited and still all live in     Auburn. We are happy to have them here!


Entertainment Galore


Schooner Estates is a great place to live.  Our community offers its residents a wide variety of entertainment and socializing events to make each day fun filled and interesting.  Take a look below and you will see what I mean!

Schooner is proud to be hosting a Thursday afternoon performance of Russian pianist Ksenia Kostelanetz, on August 28th at 2:30 p.m.  Ksenia is thirteen years old.  She was born into a musical family of Russian Immigrants and  started her piano studies at the age of four. She is currently a student of Stephen Swedish and Frank Glazer.


On Thursday, July 10th we welcomed two    amazing classical pianists:

Mark Demidovich, a native of Kostroma,      Russia. He has been warmly received by Schooner Estates residents during the past two seasons.  And Vasily Panteleev, 24, from Ukraine, his first trip to Maine. Gifted in languages as well as in music.

Hawaiian BBQ

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Celebrate America

Everyone loves a good barbeque, especially to commemorate one of the most favorite celebratory times of the year, the Independence of our country!  On Wednesday, July 9th, Schooner will be celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave with an “Americana” themed barbeque.  As always, our menu will be loaded with a delicious variety of foods prepared by our Chef Mike Morton and his culinary crew.  See our complete menu below.

Friends and family are invited.  Please call our front desk at 784-2900 for sign up and ticket information.


~  O u r   M e n u


•Grilled chicken breasts with BBQ sauce

•Apple wood smoked pulled pork sandwiches w/raspberry rhythm maker BBQ sauce & apple cider vinaigrette slaw

•Grilled swordfish teriyaki steaks

•Assorted crusty rolls w/butter

•Mike’s 4th of July Firecracker baked beans w/smoked beef brisket

•Fresh corn on the cobb w/melted butter

•Fresh native cuke’s in apple cider vinegar

•Fresh green beans w/snipped sage

•Baby shrimp pasta shells salad

•Red Bliss potato salad

•Fresh cut minted fruit salad

•Baked apple crisp w/whipped cream

•Ice tea, lemonade, ice water, coffee and decaf


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

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…    

• Marni Carter – apartment 630

• Holmes Fetherolf – Residential Care


A group of our residents went on 2 night mini vacation to Vermont in early June.  Living at Schooner is never dull! 

Summer Health Tips

Preparation and moderation are the key  regarding enjoying time outdoors during the summer months.  By following some common sense tips, seniors can 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.  Eat cool or cold foods such as sandwiches and salads.  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!


 A Carefree World of Summer

Schooner is proud to welcome back Art   Historian Cynthia Lee Peer.  On Monday, July 14th at 3:30 p.m. in our Tenants Harbor Room she will present to us a beautiful slide show presentation, “Summertime in Art History”.  You are    invited to explore the world of several great artists and the story behind some of their fabulous works of art. Learn historical information and fascinating stories about such summertime pieces of art as The Swing, by Fragonard, Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Renoir, and Monet’s Beaches at St. Antoine.Come, relax and enjoy, it’s summertime in art history!









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We’ve Waited So Long…

Summer is on its way, and we all know what that means: cookouts, road trips, and long days. It’s the official beginning of our Schooner cookout season, where we celebrate all things deliciously decadent, such as barbecued chicken, tasty salads, corn on the cobb and much, much more!  Our first outdoor feast is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18th, aptly named “Celebrate Summer”.  Friends and relatives are always welcome, guest tickets may be purchased at the front desk.

Along with our barbecues, we have plenty of activities planned to make your summer enjoyable.  To start with, a wonderful two night trip is scheduled for June 8th, 9th and 10th to beautiful Burlington Vermont with a two night motel stay, 3 factory tours (Vermont Teddy Bear, Ben & Jerry’s and Green Mountain Coffee and Cabot Cheese) and a scenic cruise of Lake Champlain. Please check with the front desk for sign up information.  We’re having a lobster bake on June 13th and our popular ice cream social’s start on June 2nd – continuing throughout the summer season.

Poster’s will be displayed showing our June 18th barbecue menu, in a few weeks.


Who’s New in the Neighborhood

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

Isabelle Bennett

Joan Cote

Bev Marston

Bert and Florence Raymond

Loraine Samson


In Honor of Mother’s Day

Residents in our Memory Care Program thoroughly enjoyed a “Mother’s Day” celebration party in early May.  All party guests had fun, thanks to our always cheerful staff and guests.


On Friday, June 6th,

a “Men’s Social”, in honor of Father’s Day will be held.


Calling all Employees…

our annual “Employee Wellness Fair” will be held in the courtyard on Wednesday, June 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A healthy lunch will be provided to staff and we will have informational booths set up. Also, join in a day of friendly competition, we will have lawn games set up such as beach ball volley ball and badminton to participate in as well as 4 speakers presenting a different wellness related topic every hour.   A sign up sheet for the next wellness challenge will also be available.

Our Wellness Fair is one of the many ways at Schooner in which we hope to accomplish the goal of keeping our employees on the road to good health!


Time to Plant

If anyone is interested in having a small garden plot or two, in order to plant a few vegetables or flowers, check with our Resident Services Director, Mark Prevost.  We have a lovely area set aside for those of you who are a “gardener at heart”.  The gardens are located behind the Rockport building below the walking trail.  We will prepare the area and have it ready for you.



Below are our 2014 “Ladies Day Photos”, taken in early May, in honor of Mother’s Day.  This was one of our largest groups ever and everyone fit in the photo, just fine!  We will be taking our official Father’s Day photo in early June.  We hope to see all Schooner gentlemen in attendance.  Please look for times and locations of the photos in your June activity calendars.



































Schooner Flash May 2014

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Celebrate Mother’s Day…May 11th

Mother’s Day…a day that is set aside from all others as the day we celebrate our moms and all of their wonderful qualities.  At Schooner we will be taking our annual photo of all the ladies that reside here at Schooner and to honor all on this special day.  Below are the dates and times for this years photos.

•Tuesday, May 6th at 9:00 a.m. in the Village Green for our residential care and studio residents.

•Wednesday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room for all apartment residents.

Hope to see you there, and we wisheveryone a fabulous upcoming Mother’s Day!

Do it for “you”

Activity and exercise can help older adults stay healthy, energetic and independent for years to come.  Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active and improve confidence.  On April 16th, right here in our fitness room, we had exercise specialist John Melancon from “Plus One” Fitness demonstrate proper use of the equipment and the many benefits that can be attained by regular use and their relevance to quality of life.

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…    

Geraldine Bagley

Marge Cormier

Dorothy Jones

Monique Langlois

Robert & Kathleen Maxwell

Gary Price

Ted & Gail Quigley

Alice Warren

The start of Senior College
Here at Schooner, residents and outside attendees are currently in the midst of our first round of Senior College classes for this year.  The class, “American History Myths”, brought to us by the USM Lewiston-Auburn College started on March 25th and is being taught by Senior College Instructor, Charles W. Plummer. Schooner hosts the senior college classes yearly, right here in our Tenants Harbor Room.  All courses held here are open first to Schooner residents.  The classes will run for 8 Tuesdays, up until May 13th. Yet another of the many wonderful benefits of living at Schooner Estates.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke occurs every 40 seconds and yet up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.  This is why Schooner Estates Retirement Community is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Screenings are fast, painless and affordable.  Three key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke.  Memos have been distributed containing sign up instructions.  Please call us if you have questions.




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Easter fills us with hope and warmth. It is a time to get together with friends, family and loved ones and celebrate this joyful time. Easter Sunday arrives on April 20th this year. It is celebrated in many different ways, depending on family traditions and customs. At Schooner, our residents look forward to a delicious Easter meal, prepared by chef Mike Morton and his culinary staff. Take a look at this year’s menu below.

•Baked tear drop ham with brown sugar glaze

•Seafood stuffed sole with Newburg sauce

•Baked stuffed chicken breast with chive supreme sauce

•Fruited red gelatin salad on mesclun greens

•Cream of tomato soup with a basil chiffonade

•Mashed or Au Gratin potato •Peas & onions

•Butternut squash •Carrots •Fresh green beans

•Strawberry short cake •Ice cream •Fresh fruit


The start of the 2014 Sawyer program season is almost upon us. Their shows are entertaining and give all yet another opportunity to get out and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Schooner is happy to provide shuttle service to each show. All are free to the public and presented twice a month on Friday from April through October. Programs include narrated travel films, wildlife films, lectures, musicals, magic shows and more. The Schooner shuttle leaves at 1:15 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. show. Please call the receptionist at 784-2900, ext. 100 to reserve a seat. See your activity calendar for all monthly show information. Enjoy!

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

Linda Bradford

Jim & Carol Brann

Annette Dallaire

Evelyne Dupuis

Greta Paradis

John Tempesta



For those of us who were unable to celebrate on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and in keeping with our annual tradition, Schooner celebrated it’s very own annual Mardi Gras festival on March 4th. As usual, Chef Mike Morton and his crew outdid themselves with a delectable New Orleans style buffet feast. Authentic breads and King cakes were flown up from New Orleans! Gus Turbide entertained all with an entertaining keyboard performance while residents and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We would like to thank all who attended and hope everyone had a fabulous time!