August 14th: Attorney Miles Hunt on POAs and SeniorsPlus on Medicare

On Tuesday, August 14th at 2:30 pm, we will have Miles Hunt, Lawyer and Chair at Androscoggin Home Health Care here to talk on the subject around advanced directives and POA responsibilities, followed by a Seniors Plus presentation on Medicare.

Miles’ principal areas of practice are estate planning and probate administration, elder law and social security disability appeals. He is very active in local non-profit organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Oxford County. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

Directly following Miles, a representative of Seniors Plus will be here to talk about Medicare.

We hope this series of seminars and presentations will prove to be helpful and informative. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend!

RSVP on our Facebook Event.

July 17th: “The Great Masterpieces of the Louvre” with Cynthia Peer, and Seniors Plus Agency Presentation

The public are invited to the next installment of our Your Community Series. Art Historian Cynthia Peer of Peer Presentations will be here with her popular seminar, “The Great Masterpieces of the Louvre.” Cynthia’s presentation will last roughly an hour, to be followed by a short presentation by our local Agency on Aging, Seniors Plus, on everything they do for the seniors in our community.

June 21st: The Longest Day Events at Schooner Estates – For the Alzheimer’s Association

Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association and their supporters host events on the summer solstice, the longest day of a year, to raise awareness of Dementia and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. This year, Schooner Estates is joining in by hosting a full day of events on Thursday June 21st, open to the public!

From 7am to 9am, we will have make your own Breakfast Burritos, served with juice, coffee and hashbrowns for $5.

From 9am to 11 am, we will be hosting a bake sale.

At 10:15, we will host an informational session and video about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

From 4:00 pm to 7pm, we will be hosting a car show featuring Western Maine Street Rods.

From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a cookout and campfire with food for purchase. (Menu below.)

All our welcome! All proceeds will go towards our Schooner Estates Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team donations to the cause.

We hope to see you there to have some fun and support a great cause!

Check out the Facebook Event for Updates.


June 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

June 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

June 2018
Issue 123

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Assistant Editor:
Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • Summer Cookouts
  • Gentlemen’s Photo
  • Welcome
  • Our Favorite Pictures
  • Word Search
  • June Cookout Menu
  • Proud Grandmother
  • Quilt Show
  • In Honor of June


Summer Cookouts, At Last!


The season for outdoor picnics and cookouts is upon us! After this past winter, which seemed like it would never end, we all deserve the warm weather. Our summer cookouts here at Schooner are our most popular events of the year. The line up of dates have been decided, and here they are (all on Wednesdays):

  • June 6th, Luau
  • July 11th, Americana
  • August 29th, Seafood
  • September 19th, Oktoberfest

We are pleased to give you this complete listing, so that you may plan, and not miss a single one!



June Cookout, Luau 2018


Don’t miss our Hawaiian Luau cookout on Wednesday June 6th! Below is our menu – a sneak peek of Chef Seth Lyon’s Island inspired delicacies! E n j o y !

Table App
Honolulu Flat-Bread Pizzas


Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Island Sweet Potato Salad
Tropical Fruit Salad
Field Greens with Macadamia, Coconut, Bacon, and Pineapple Vinaigrette

Char-Sui Pork Tenderloin Sliders
Huli Huli Chicken Kabobs
Honey Soy Mahi Mahi with Banana Chutney
Island Fried Rice
Grilled Marinated Vegetable Medley

Tropical Fruit Tarts
Haupia Coconut Cake
Mango Sorbet


Calling All Gentlemen!


Father’s Day arrives on Sunday, June 17th.
Our annual “Gentlemen’s Photo” will be taken on Wednesday, June 6th. See your monthly calendar for locations and times.

Everyone in the photo will receive a copy. We hope to see you all there!

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

Quilts and More Quilts


Whether you create them yourself or just love to look at them, Thursday, July 26th will be the day for you! Ride with our own Giselle Prevost and Dianne Day to the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta! Come see a beautiful display of over 500 quilts with special exhibits like the “Bee Sew Inspired” Challenge.

The shuttle will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. Admission to the show is $10.00. We’ll have lunch at the Senator Inn in Augusta. Contact Giselle at extension 135, or stop by and see her, if you would like to go.

Save the date!

A Proud Grandmother


Schooner Rockport resident Ruth Wyman is proud to announce that her grand daughter, Julia Wyman Milks, has the honor of being chosen Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2018 at Edward Little High School in Auburn! Julia is also a school mentor on the executive board (as class Vice President) in the National Honor Society. And to add to these accomplishments, she volunteers at the hospital, does several sports such as basketball (with Edward Little winning the state championship for the first time!) and lacrosse at the high school.

Wow, how wonderful! Congratulations Julia!

In Honor of June – The Wedding Month!


By Peggy Hallee

June is the month of weddings, of the brides and grooms, but sometimes things don’t always go right in the beginning of a relationship. But the relationship survives somehow. This is one of those stories.

Neal was my first real boyfriend, I was not allowed to date until I was seventeen years old. I did go to dances with groups of teenagers. I was louder than most boys at my age and bigger than they were. I was not a petite, quiet, young lady. But Neal apparently did not care, he liked me anyway. We had gone on two dates when Neal asked me to go to his house for dinner to meet his parents on a Sunday afternoon. My father approved because he was the Hallee’s family doctor.

Neal’s family ran a huge dairy farm that had its own milk route. So when we got to the farm, his father was milking the cows in the barn. Neal said we should meet his father first. When we walked into the barn his father was on his knees milking one of the cows. It was an electric milker, but the milker needed to be placed on the udders of the cows. He was very gracious, and he said, “Hello.”

My father said when I was leaving the house, “Say intelligent things, and good luck.” So we walked up behind the cows and they were all in the stalls. I was desperately looking for words to say to show my intelligence and my understanding of farming. I must have missed the Girl Scouts trip to a farm. I did see, in each stall, a cute name tag with painted flowers with the names of the cows. They were, Clarissa, Dora, Daisy, Flora, etc. At this time an intelligent thought came to my mind, “Neal!”, I said, “they’re all so pretty, but they all have girls names!”
His father didn’t say a word and dropped the milker on the floor. It made a loud crash. “That’s because they’re all girls,” said Neal. My face fell and I said to myself, “He’s never going to call me again, he’s going to think that I am an idiot!” But Neal did not think that. He called again. He kept calling for five and a half years.

We were married on August 26, 1967, the year I graduated from college, which was the same year that Neal finished his first year towards earning his masters degree at the University of Maine. We’ve been married fifty and a half years. We have told this story many times and laugh out loud about it ourselves as well. It always seems to bring out laughter from us and those we tell it to. So don’t give up, have faith that things will work out. Remember from a little saying that I like, “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.” Just keep on dancing.

Much love to all of you here at Schooner,
Neal and Peggy Hallee

Making the Move: An Informational Session on Selling Your Home and Downsizing

Thinking of making the move to a Senior Living Community or a smaller, more manageable home, but not sure where to start? Join us for this informational session! We will be hosting Realtor® Gina Letourneau of The Masiello Group and Certified Senior Move Manager Liz Pattison from SimplySized Home to share their expertise and take your questions! All our welcome!

When: Tuesday, June 19th at 2:30
Where: The Tenants Harbor Room at Schooner Estates Senior Living Community, 200 Stetson Road, Auburn, Maine

We hope to see you there!

World War II Panel: Tuesday, May 29th at 6pm

One and all are invited to join us at Schooner Estates Senior Living Community at 6pm on Tuesday, May 29th for a moderated panel discussion on World War II.

We are extending the celebration of Memorial Day by featuring our own Schooner Estates Residents speaking about their own experiences during this pivotal time in US History. The panel will include several World War II Veterans as well as an Engineer who was working with Pratt Whitney to develop plane engine technology that helped to end the war.

We are so honored to be the home of these exceptional men who helped to keep our country free. Whether you’re a history buff, a student, or a veteran yourself, you’re invited to join us and hear first hand about the war from those who lived through it.

6pm on Tuesday, May 29th
200 Stetson Road
Auburn, Maine 04210

Call (207) 784-2900 for more information.

RSVPs are not necessary, but feel free to share our Facebook Event.

May 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

May 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

The Schooner Flash

May 2018 Issue 122

Your Schooner Family

Sue O’Brien

Linda Hildonen


In This Issue:

  • A Day for the Ladies
  • Memorial Day
  • Knitting Group
  • Welcome
  • Our Favorite Pictures
  • Word Search
  • Sawyer Programs
  • Power of the Mind
  • Spot the Difference
  • Lindsey Maletto
  • Ponderisms
  • Senior Prom!


A Day for the Ladies

Mother’s Day arrives on Sunday, May 13th. Here at Schooner we will be taking our annual ladies photo to celebrate this special day. All who reside here are welcome to be in the picture.

The photos will be taken on Thursday, May 3rd. See your monthly calendar for locations and times.

Everyone in the photo will receive a copy. We hope to see you all there!

“Motherhood: It takes patience, a sense of humor… and a lot of moist towelettes.”

Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day: Monday, May 28, 2018. In Honor of the brave men and women who have given their lives.

And join us the day after Memorial Day for our World War II panel discussion, featuring Schooner Residents talking about their experiences during the war. Open to the Public! Tuesday, May 29th from 6-7:00 p.m. in the Tenant’s Harbor Room.

Share Your Creativity!

Bring your project and come join the ladies at our Schooner knitting group. We look forward to having you there for an hour of fun conversation and relaxation! Whether you enjoy knitting, quilting or any other type of craft, all are welcome to attend. Held every Monday at 2:15 p.m. in the 2nd floor Study.

The crocheted items on the right were made and will be donated to children with illnesses.



It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our community!
* Rose Derocher, Residential Care
* Bob & Nancy Hurd, apartment 414
* Rachel Morin, apartment 413


Sawyer Programs

Spring has arrived and that means the start of a popular event we all enjoy, the shows at Sawyer Memorial in Greene. Sign up for a shuttle ride for an “afternoon out” to one or all of these fabulous shows. Their 2018 Spring season has started and Schooner is happy to provide transport on selected Fridays. All are free to the public and presented from April through October. Programs include narrated travel films, wildlife films, lectures, musical shows and more. Our 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. Check out your activity calendars for all monthly show information.


The Power of the Mind!

Read this quickly (or at least try to!) and you will be amazed:

“I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulacity uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mind! Aoccdrnig to rseearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taolt mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcusaese the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tuohhgt slpeling was ipmorantt!”

Thanks to Louise Austin for submitting this!


Employee Spotlight: Lindsey Maletto

If you don’t recognize a resident in the Searsport, Camden or Castine Dining Room, just ask Lindsey. Chances are, she’ll not only know exactly who they are, but also how they take their coffee, how cooked they like their meat, all of their food allergies, and more! That’s because Lindsey, our dining room coordinator, is the lady in charge of making sure our residents get their food just the way they like it!

Lindsey has been working here at Schooner Estates for ten years, but was officially promoted to Dining Room Coordinator in just the last year. “I strive to make the Dining Room a pleasant place for everyone.” says Lindsey. “From pretty linens to ‘just hot enough’ coffee to drink!” The great job she does never goes unnoticed. “My favorite thing about Lindsey is her natural ability to care for all of our tenants like they’re her own family,” says Seth Lyons, Director of Food Services. “She remembers all their appointments, likes and dislikes, friends and families all off the top of her head, it’s quite impressive.” Residents rave about Lindsey’s great service, as well. “I love her, I think she’s great!” says Bud Lewis. “She does her job better than anybody else possibly could.”

In addition to her promotion, Lindsey has had some recent excitement in her life outside of Schooner: just last September, she married Matt, a man who grew up in the same town as Lindsey, but who only met her briefly in that time. “Fourteen years later, we reconnected, and we were married a few months later!” Lindsey and her adorable Arianna now live with Matt and his children, and things are going great for the big family!

Lindsey says that her favorite thing about working at Schooner Estates is “the sweet faces of the residents.” She is grateful for the chance to hear our residents reminisce about their lives, and she looks up to them.

Next time you see Lindsey, don’t forget to tell her “Thank You” for being a valued part of the Schooner Family!



Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like very two hours.”

Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

Thanks to Dick Dyer for submitting these!

April 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

April 2018 Schooner Flash Newsletter

Schooner Flash

April 2018
Issue 121

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen


In This Issue:

  • Congratulations Bob!
  • Welcome
  • Our Favorite Pictures
  • Word Search
  • Mike Perry
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Easter Menu


Congratulations, Bob!

Schooner Estates is proud to announce that our own Bob Pacios has been recognized with a Remember Me Award from the Maine Health Care Association. The Remember Me Award is designed to recognize the life and achievements of those living in Senior Living Communities throughout our state. Previous winners from Schooner Estates have included Tonie Ramsey and both Irving and Judith Isaacson. Bob will be honored at a Ceremony in Augusta on April 10th, and his portrait will be printed in a commemorative book, along with the following essay:

If you ask Bob Pacios about his childhood, he’ll start by telling you that he was born “at an early age,” in Medford Massachusetts on August 24th, 1924. His mother, an immigrant from Belgium, and his father, a World War I veteran, worked hard to provide for their six children during the depression; his mother found work ironing shirts, and his father went through several layoffs before establishing a laundry business of his own.

A natural athlete, Bob received an athletic scholarship to Hennigan School for Boys, but received a draft letter before his graduation: he laughs as he recalls that the correspondence, signed by President Roosevelt, opened simply with the word “Greetings.”
He attended basic training in Fort McClellan in Alabama, and then married his wife, Sylvia, before going overseas. He was deployed in July of 1944 to France, and continued on to Belgium and Germany. The Third Armored Division, known as “Spearhead,” led the First Army as the first division to breach the Siegfried Line. Bob remembers, fondly, the celebrations in the towns that his company liberated, reflecting on wine and Belgium Waffles offered by the grateful civilians. “You can’t believe the ecstasy that they had after being under the rule of the Germans for four years.”

Bob’s quick mind and grace under pressure made him a natural leader: he recalls giving orders to a group of panicked soldiers under attack in a house in Echtz, Germany, despite having no authority over them at the time. “In combat, people were looking for someone to tell them what to do. And I was not hesitant in telling people what to do.” This decisive action likely played a part in his rising through the ranks, and at the age of twenty, he was promoted to the rank of Platoon Sergeant. In this role, he was in charge of forty-seven men, the majority of whom were his senior in age. His time in combat was cut short when he was injured in a mortar blast, while he was doing something “very brave,” he says: “I was sweeping the kitchen of a Belgium farmhouse.”

After the war, Bob attended Boston University on the GI Bill, and then went on to work with the internal revenue service. This job brought him to Lewiston-Auburn, where he and Sylvia raised their two children. It was not long before his good nature and quick wit helped him to establish himself in the community, and soon after he decided to study to take the CPA exam, so that he could start his own accounting firm. He and a partner opened the doors of Pacios & Gervais on January 2nd, 1955. The firm afforded Bob the chance to travel the state, and he grew to love the experience of helping businesses of all sizes. He continued working in the firm until the age of seventy-five. It remains open to this day, under the name Chasse & Company.

Former Governor James Longley, a friend of Bob’s, had a “special reason” to appoint him to the Turnpike Authority in 1975. “He never told me what that special reason was,” Bob explains. He served on the Turnpike Authority, even briefly filling in as the pro-temps executive director, until 1994, when the Robert K. Pacios Rest Stop on the northbound side in Kennebunk was dedicated in honor of his service. After his retirement and stepping down from the Turnpike Authority, Bob kept busy by acting as Editor-in-Chief for The Spearhead Doughboy, a newsletter for his former World War II company. In this role, he wrote his recollections of the battles and encounters experienced by him and the men who served with him, as well as conducting many interviews of his fellow soldiers. He was also involved in professional organizations such as the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Society of CPAs, both of which he served as president of for a time.

Bob’s life has been characterized by a strong sense of duty, a grateful reverence for the past, and an indomitable spirit which has transformed the most harrowing of circumstances into strength, humor, and humanity. His sharp and versatile mind helped to shape and strengthen the business community of our state, as well as the fighting forces that defended our freedom. From his precocious birth, to his bravery in war, to the “special reasons” for everything he did, he lived a truly extraordinary life.


Michael Perry Slideshow

Join Freeport, Maine’s Michael Perry for a scenic slide show journey down the coast of southwestern Maine from Kittery to Portland.
Mr. Perry’s shows are always popular and a favorite here at Schooner. He is looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, April 3rd at 2:30 p.m. in our Tenants Harbor Room.

His presentation, “Exploring Maine’s Seaside Beauty: Kittery to Portland,” will explore along far-reaching sandy beaches, peak into secluded coves, and check out lobster eateries in Kittery Point, Perkins Cove, and Wells. Historic inns and homes dot the route including the Lady Pepperrell House in Kittery, the Colonial Inn in Ogunquit, the Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk, and Portland’s Victoria Mansion. The classic stone churches of St Peter’s By the Sea in Ogunquit and St Ann’s in Kennebunkport, and the historic Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth offer quiet reflection and beauty. From Fort McClary in Kittery, Nubble Light in York and Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse you will enjoy scenic vistas out over the ocean blue. Maine features 3500 miles of coastline; some of the most inspiring of those miles are right here in our own backyard!

Pretty pictures, fun sea stories, and fascinating local trivia all geared to bring back fond weekend getaway and vacation memories.

So let’s start out the month of April with a fine show by Michael Perry. Happy Spring to everyone!

Easter Menu

Take a look at our Easter menu. The day is Sunday, April 1st. Whether you are here at Schooner enjoying this delicious meal with your friends and neighbors or away with family, we wish everyone a wonderful day!


  • Black-Eyed Susan Deviled Eggs, or
  • Spring Tomato Bisque

Main Course:

  • Baked Pit Ham with Caramelized Pineapple Glaze
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Whole Grain Mustard Demi
  • Baked Stuffed Sole with Sherry Wine and Fresh Chives


  • Rice Florentine
  • Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
  • Peas & Pearl Onions
  • Dill-Buttered Carrots
  • Fresh Vegetable Medley


  • Strawberry Shortcake Parfait Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Raspberries
  • Fresh Fruit Salad with Rainbow Sherbet