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!

Power Trip — Back to Business: Issues of Aging and Your Bottom Line

Living in the oldest state in the nation, we understand that many business people in Maine are sandwiched between their career and the needs of a growing senior population—their parents, their employee’s parents, and their customers. Our ninety minute Power Trip will explore these issues, giving tips for dealing with distraction and caregiver fatigue, explaining how our senior living community can help your family, and helping you to better understand the issues that your employees and your customers may be dealing with every day. Our community thrives when everyone focuses on their business excellence, and we’re here to help keep you focused on your business.

Open to all! Register for this event on the LA Metro Chamber Event Page, or call (207) 784-2900 for more details.

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!