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August 2013 Schooner Flash

News for August


The upcoming month of August will feature our next barbecue, “Summer Jazz/Blues Buffet”, on Wednesday, August 14th. Feel free to dress in a “jazzy” outfit, of your choosing! As always, relatives and friends are invited. Tickets are available at the front desk for $14.00. Have fun! Below is our menu ~

  • Grilled chicken breasts w/raspberry rhythm maker barbecue sauce
  • Grilled Bratwurst links w/sour cream caraway and sauerkraut on a crusted sub roll
  • Grilled Memphis style barbecue steaks
  • Corn bread mini loaves with whipped sweet butter
  • Mike’s home-style baked beans w/chopped smoked beef brisket
  • Fresh native corn on the cobb with melted butter
  • Fresh green bean benne salad
  • Fresh made house potato salad
  • Fresh native pickling cukes w/cider vinegar, salt & pepper
  • Penne pasta salad w/roasted garlic balsamic dressing
  • Top your own strawberry shortcakes bar
  • Sliced watermelon
  • Ice tea, lemonade, ice water and coffee


Schooner is pleased to welcome our new team member and Marketing Assistant, Tom Tash. Tom has been with us for a month or so and it’s time for an official welcome! We are all finding him to be a wonderful example of the customer service that happens “behind the scenes”, by helping our marketing office run smoothly. Tom grew up in the town of Lincoln, Maine and currently resides in Winthrop with his wife Emma, they were recently married on July 6th, 2013! His background includes studies at the University of Maine at Machias, 4 years with the City of Portland Recreation Department and was Recreation Director for the Town of Bridgton starting in 2010 before coming to Schooner. And last but not least, in his spare time, he enjoys music and the great outdoors! We’re thrilled to have him on board!


In continuation of our “Giving Back to the Community” Program, John Rice, our Director of Operations, presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to Donna M. Kincer, Development Director at The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Schooner is proud to be a part of the tradition of giving & sharing to help improve the lives of homeless animals.


Get out your saucer cups and get chugging – green tea, that is. Did you know that this ancient Chinese drink is officially awesome for your health. The studies done on this powerful antioxidant are overwhelming. “Real tea” is derived from a particular plant and includes only four varieties: green, black, white and oolong. Listed below are only but a few of the great reasons why coffee’s little cousin benefits your health.

  • Boosts exercise endurance which helps burn fat as a fuel for muscle endurance.
  • Can help reduce the risk of a heart attack and help against cardio & degenerative diseases. It helps improves bone mineral density and strength.
  • The antioxidants might help protect against a boatload of cancers.
  • Is hydrating to the body, even despite the caffeine.
  • Is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
  • Green tea may act as a protection from ultraviolet rays – a back up sunscreen.

So brew up a batch (drink at least 3 cups a day) and enjoy!


We are pleased to announce our Employee of the Month winner for July, Vinny Gowell. Vinny, a CRMA, works in Schooner Residential Care. He was chosen for offering to transport a fellow employee home from work during his lunch break. Congratulations to Vinny on such a shining example of customer service among co-workers!

Here is just a sneak peak introduction at two Senior College classes scheduled to be held this Fall, right here at Schooner.

  • What It Means to be Human: Life’s Lessons from the Frontiers of Science – A witty and thought provoking class of human behavior. Eight Tuesdays stating Sep. 24th
  • U.S. National Parks – Many personal experiences and interesting facts, told by instructor Joanne Lebel, about her visits to 50 U.S. National Parks. Five classes starting September 26th.

Sign ups for the courses are open first to Schooner residents and then open to the public on August 23rd. Memos are available with full course information. Call Mark Prevost at extension 132 for sign ups.


July, the official stars and stripes month, brought out a flurry of folks to our “Americana BBQ Buffet” on July 3rd. Our ViIlage Green was decorated in all of the official colors. The food, prepared by Chef Mike Morton and his amazing culinary staff, was extremely tasty!

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Employee News

Just for Schooner Employees


1)  The winning team of the Walk The Appalachian Trail Challenge was the Maintenance Department.  They walked an amazing 947.47 miles – Wow! With every member waliking an average of 127.50 miles.  All of Schooner Estates together walked a total of 1792.09 miles.  That is an incredible effort.  So thank you to everyone who participated.  We made this challenge one that will be hard to beat.

2.)  We would like to welcome the newest member of our Team, John Rice.  John is Schooner Estates’ Director of Operations.  If you have not met him, stop by his office on the Mezzanine and say Hi!  Welcome John.


John Rice, Director of Operations

3.)  The Schooner Annual Safety Fair will be held in the Tenants Harbor Room on December 5th from 10:30 – 3:00.  Joining us this year is Shanna Rogers from Healthy Androscoggin.  She will be giving a power point presentation on Depression.  Thank you Shanna. 

The Safety Fair is mandatory so make sure you attend.  There is always something new to learn and you can’t be too informed about safety.  See You There!

4)   The Holidays will soon be over and it will again be time for New Year’s Resolutions. The Schooner Wellness Committee is here to help with the 3rd Session of The Biggest Loser!  You can sign up at the Safety Fair on December 5th or call Christine at extension 195 anytime before January  3rd.  Come on Schooner – We Will Do It Together!

5.)  The November Employee of the Month Award goes to:


Who will win next month’s prize?

Don’t forget to nominate your fellow co-workers for going above and beyond their normal job duties or displaying Outstanding Customer Service.