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Schooner Flash May 2014

May 2014 newsletter

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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!


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Welcome Aboard

Schooner Estates is proud to introduce Mike Lacasse as our new Residential Care Director. Mike had spent the last 20 years in the Air Force before he recently retired and moved back to his home state of Maine. He grew up in Sabattus and graduated from Brunswick High School before enlisting. Mike currently has his Associate degrees in both Business and Healthcare Administration and worked in the Air Force’s 2nd largest treatment facility located in California. Mike currently resides in Lisbon Falls with his wife Danielle and his two daughters Zoe and Chloe.


New Calendar Design

As you may have noticed, we have changed the look of our monthly activity calendar. Welcome to our new and improved design…we hope you like it! If you have any suggestions or comments, please share! We look forward to your feedback.

The new format gives us more space to better describe each event and categorizes them in easy to find sections, that are of interest to you. Our goal is to make every issue more informative and interesting for you to read!


School Bus Safety

REMEMBER To “ALWAYS” STOP for a school bus with flashing RED lights. They are loading/unloading small children who may not remember to look both ways before crossing the street. Stay alert, do not do anything else that may be distracting and do not rush anywhere. Driving is a privilege not a right, besides, IT’S THE LAW. Thank you for your cooperation.


Monthly Give Back

Our final 25th Anniversary celebration “Giving Back to the Community” of 2013 was a $500 give-away of heating oil. Free oil will be a welcome to the lucky winner since Jack Frost has arrived a bit earlier than usual, bringing in some really cold temperatures.

The winner was chosen in December 2013 from all entries. 


Just a Few Reminders

If you have guests staying overnight, please

be sure to get a set of their car keys to the front desk. This will enable maintenance to clear the snow from their car and plow

the parking spot.


In order to prevent freezing pipes, please do not open your windows from the bottom.

If you must open them for a short time,

open from the top.


Winter Safety Tips

Winter has arrived, delivering cold temperatures, lots of ice and of course, snow! Snow is pretty on the trees and it is relaxing to watch it fall while we are inside and warm. But remember, all that ice and snow means an increased chance of slipping and falling. 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. Schooner employees are always happy to help!


Holiday Happenings

As 2013 steadily continues to make its exit, we hope this year was good for you and will be even better in 2014! Below are a few photos of our 2013 holiday parties and events!

Our December Bake Sale went well!

The total donations came to $ 235.00.

Thank you ALL once again for your continued support ~ it is so very much appreciated. All proceeds were donated to the Heart Fund


Who’s new in the neighborhood

 Lillian Auchterlonie

Joan Chenard

Marilyn Erickson

Mike Olivier

Alice Ross



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It is important to remember the true meaning of the holiday season. It should go without saying how important family is, especially during this time of year, but it might bear repeating why the family is so important both during the holidays and throughout the year. It is to be thankful for what you have. It is about giving back to those who make your life special. Here at Schooner Estates, we are all family, starting with our wonderful residents and caring staff. We share special moments such as our joyous holiday get-togethers and the warmth that the season brings. Our Schooner staff has a commitment to excellence 365 days a year and all are committed in keeping the following things in mind.


  • Speak to people, there is nothing as nice as a cheerful greeting or an act of kindness.
  • Call people by name, the sweetest music is to hear one’s name called.
  • Be cordial, speak and act as if everything you do is a pleasure.
  • Be alert to give service, what counts most in life is what we do for others; it makes you feel wonderful.
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others.
  • Be generous with praise; cautious with criticism.
  • Speak to people, there is nothing as nice as a cheerful greeting or an act of kindness.
  • Be cordial, speak and act as if everything you do is a pleasure.
  • Be alert to give service, what counts most in life is what we do for others; it makes you feel wonderful.
  • Be considerate of the feelings of others.
  • Be generous with praise; cautious with criticism.


Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

* Barbara Birkhimer * Claire Bray

* Josie Eusden * Claude & Jeannette Robert



John Rice, Director of Operations at Schooner Estates Retirement Community delivers a check to Mike Smith, Director of Special Events at Camp Sunshine. Schooner Estates gave them a $500.00 donation as part of their 25th Anniversary “Giving Back to the Community” Program in an effort to support Schooner Estates’ Residents’ charity of choice.  The residents have to date donated $15,000 to Camp Sunshine over the years.




A merry group of Schooner residents enjoyed a shuttle ride to the Dolphin Marina Restaurant in Harpswell on November 8th. The food was delicious and everyone had a wonderful time!



Professor Charles Plummer is scheduled to present us with what promises to be a thoroughly interesting talk, titled: “Curiosity As A Tool For Enriching One’s Life”. This presentation will delve into how “Curiosity”, in many different ways, can be a tool for enriching our lives by provoking thought and memory. Discover the missing ingredient to a fulfilling life. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:15 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room. We hope to see you there!


Our Holiday Parties

Circle the date on your calendars…our annual Schooner holiday parties are right around the corner! These fun and festive events are something we all look forward to each year. Below is a list of the dates and times.

 Apartments Holiday Party: Tuesday, December 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room. The singing group “In Accord” will provide the evening’s music.

Residential Care and Castine Studios Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 18th at 4:45 p.m. in the Village Green. Musical entertainment by “Mary Murphy”.

A Christmas Gift Exchange for Residential Care residents Tuesday, December 24th at 10:00 a.m. – Residential Care Living Room.


New Year’s Party for Residential Care and Castine Studios: Tuesday, December 31st at 3:00 p.m. in the Village Green. Music by the “Present Company Band”.

Apartments New Year’s Party: Tuesday, December 31st in the Tenants Harbor Room, at 5:00 p.m. Music by the “Present Company Band”.


The annual decorating of the Camden Living Room Christmas tree will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 10:45 a.m.


Enjoy the season and have fun!

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At Schooner, we have dedicated ourselves to our philosophy: to provide the opportunity to experience a gracious lifestyle for those who desire continued independence through active retirement, to present friendship and a feeling of belonging to a caring and interesting community.  To help fulfill this commitment, we provide wonderful events and day and overnight excursions, giving all who live here the opportunity to be active and enjoy life.  For your “viewing” enjoyment, here are a few photos, including our Fashion Show, Rangeley and Bar Harbor trips.  


We all know him as “Sam the Maintenance Cat” –  he can be seen, every now and then, walking about on the Schooner grounds.  Sam is a stray cat, adopted and taken care of through caring donations from residents and employees.  In order to help him through another winter, Holiday themed coasters, specially made by Schooner Residential Care resident Bob Dunham, are being sold in the display case, located in the Village Green.  We are hoping to purchase a comfy “Igloo shelter” for Sam.  The coasters are being sold – 4 for $10.00.  Also, special orders for coasters can be taken.

Thank you everyone for your support!


For the month of October, “The Root Cellar”, in Lewiston, was the destination for our monthly “Give Back” program.  The Root Cellar was established in 1984 in a dirt floor church basement in Portland, Maine. Recognizing the need for a place where teens could come as an alternative to the streets, and in some cases their homes, a handful of volunteers provided a positive place where teens could drop in.

After almost 30 years of hard work and determination, The Root Cellar is still as committed as ever to serving and loving our neighbors, especially the youth.


The holiday season is slowly sneaking up on us. Next month we celebrate Thanksgiving! Here at Schooner we are delighted to provide our residents with the traditional quintessential Thanksgiving dishes. Take a look at the fabulous feast we have in store for you this year!

¨ Roast turkey with sage dressing & gravy

¨ Roast loin of pork with apricot, macadamia, nut, corn bread stuffing with a port wine demi glaze

¨ Baked haddock Nantucket with Costa Brava sauce

¨ Mashed potato, sweet potato, pearl onions

¨ Assorted mini muffins with butter

¨ Cranberry sauce, butternut squash, green beans w/fresh sage, honey glazed carrots

¨ Mixed nuts, assorted pickles & olives, carrots and celery sticks

¨ Fresh fruit cups, tomato bisque

¨ Pecan, chocolate, apple & pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream w/whipped cream

¨ Pecan, chocolate cream, apple and pumpkin pie, ice cream

¨ Complimentary wine service


We are pleased to announce our Employee of the Month for October, Paula Pratt.  Paula (pictured right) is a CRMA in our Assisted Living Studios.  She was chosen for going above and beyond by showing a truly compassionate act of kindness in an interaction with a resident.  Paula is  a wonderful example of the best in caring, customer service!


The Village Green was filled to the brim with staff members and residents, attending the 2013 Employee Recognition Ceremony. Awards for years of service and performance were presented … Kudos to all for another great year!  All employees received years of service pins along with a spectacular Schooner jacket. Special recognition was given those who have reached milestone anniversaries for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years. A huge round of applause went out to Chris Boivin, maintenance worker, as he was announced Employee of the Year!  Congratulations Chris, you certainly deserve this year’s title! 



October 2013 Schooner Flash


Can you believe it, the summer absolutely flew by and now it is almost October, the heart of the Fall season. Here at Schooner, the month of October features our annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, which honors all of our staff for their service and exceptional efforts.  The event will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 3:00 p.m. in our Village Green.  Light foods and refreshments will be served at 2:45.  All residents and staff are encouraged to attend.  Below is a list of our scheduled employee events:

¨ October 2nd, Employee Breakfast in the Village Green
¨ October 9th, Scavenger Hunt
¨ October 16th, Game Day in the Village Green
¨ October 23rd, The Ceremony in the Village Green
¨ October 30th, Receive a turkey coupon.

Employees will receive a memo with more details and times for each function. 


She is a recipient of our “Refer a Neighbor Award” program.


For the health and convenience of all who live here, a flu clinic is offered for Schooner residents each year.  The 2013 clinic will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. in our Castine Living Room.  If you have not already, please check at the front desk for information on signing up.  This will give you the pleasure of knowing you have done    everything you can to make this coming flu season a healthy one.  Help stop an unpleasant respiratory virus from “making the rounds” from person to person in our community.


Schooner’s monthly “Give Back” continues;  for the month of September a donation was given to the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston.  With their beginning in 1991, the center focuses on 4 target areas – food security, public health, community education and support and youth development.  Thousands of families have received invaluable support from this crucial organization.


Mark the date on your calendars, Saturday, October 19th…for our October craft fair!       Tables will be set up in the Village Green and filled with many hand crafted items, all ready for a little early holiday shopping!  This year you’ll find knitted items, painted glass, cards, Scentsy flameless candles, handcrafted jewelry, plus much more.  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 check it out!


Just a reminder to attend our Fashion Show on Saturday, October 5th in the Village Green at 2:30.  Refreshments and door prizes!


All are invited to attend Part II of our Fall Lecture Series with Dr. Thomas Hattan. He will speak on “Memory Care Management”, Tuesday, October 8th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in our Tenants Harbor Room. Dr. Hattan is the Medical Director for Gentiva Home Health Services and is Certified in Geriatric, Internal and Palliative/Hospice  Medicines.                     

We hope to see you there. Please RSVP at  784-2900. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Schooner Estates.


Our Employee of the Month winner for September is Christine LeBlanc.  Christine is a CRMA and works in Assisted Living.  She was chosen for going above and beyond by demonstrating great care and compassion while assisting a resident in need. Congratulations Christine!


Our Schooner hosted, senior college classes are underway.  Two intellectually stimulating classes are being offered: “What It Means to be Human-Life’s Lessons from the Frontiers of Science” and “U.S. National Parks”.  We hope you are one of the lucky ones who signed up!  Both classes are being held in our Tenants Harbor Room. Coffee and Danish are provided for all attendees, conveniently located in our Camden coffee bar area for the morning break. 

Have fun learning, after all there are no tests or homework!         


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September 2013 Schooner Flash


September is slowly creeping up on us, and before we know it, we will be picking apples, buying pumpkins and pulling out all of our Fall decorations from years past. Wednesday, September 18th is the scheduled date for our final barbecue of the season. In cele-bration of Maine’s September and October harvest time, our barbecue theme has been titled “Country Farm Harvest Buffet”. So dust off your straw hats and flannel shirts and dress for the occasion! We would be happy to have your friends and family in attendance, to celebrate the day with you. Tickets are available at the front desk for $14.00. Copies of the barbecue menu will be available soon, check at the front desk for a copy.

The first annual “Maine Seniors Day” has been signed in to law and will take place this year on Saturday, September 14, 2013. “This is a great opportunity to show all seniors our appreciation for their service and contributions to the state of Maine. Maine Seniors Day serves as much more than just a symbol. Having an official day gives everyone of us the opportunity to recognize their achievements and raise awareness about the issues they face”, a note from David Nealley, publisher of Maine Seniors Magazine. In celebration of the day, Schooner will be distributing carnations to all of their residents.


In continuation of Schooner’s 25th Anniversary celebration of community “Give Backs”, we are proud to have donated a check in the amount of $500.00 to the “Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services”.

This essential organization serves the Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.


Schooner is proud to be assembling a team this year to participate in the AHA, 2013 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 15th 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 in abundance! Give the Schooner front desk a call to sign up. If you have any questions, we have two team captains available to help, Donna Vachon and Mark Prevost. Keep fit and stay healthy!

Schooner will be offering a Memory Care, Fall Lecture Series, held on the following two Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in our Tenants Harbor Room.

  • September 17th: “It’s Not Always What You Think: Facts and Myths About Dementia”.
  • October 8th: “Memory Care Management”.

Our featured guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas Hattan, Medical Director for Gentiva Home Health Services. Dr. Hattan is Certified in Geriatric, Internal and Palliative/Hospice Medicines. He serves on the faculty of CMMC Residency Program & CMMC. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at 784-2900. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Schooner Estates.


Our Employee of the Month Winner for August is Jerene Stump (pictured left & Tricia Morasse, our Residential Care Administrator). Jerene works as a PSS in our Residential Care Unit. She was chosen for her friendly attitude and willingness to always give extra help when needed. Congratulations Jerene!


It is that time of year when we all start to think about switching from summer to Fall attire. Speaking of attire, Schooner has an upcoming Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, complete with an Emcee! The talent search is pretty much complete and fifteen models will be wearing outfits from the popular Christopher and Banks clothing store. You will be entertained with music and served light foods and refreshments. A special drawing for a gift basket will be available. Hope to see you on the runway! More information to follow next month.


Our August barbecue has come and gone, and it went off without a hitch. The weather was great and we had a perfect location, right next to our beautiful Residential Care patio.

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