Schooner Flash Newsletter January 2014

January 2014 newsletter

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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



December Schooner Flash Newsletter

Holiday Menu

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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!

November 2013 Schooner Flash

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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!