July 2016 Flash Newsletter – 100th Issue!

July 2016 Schooner Flash – 100th Issue
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The Schooner Flash

Issue 100
July 2016


Your Schooner Family


Sue O’Brien


Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • Our 100th Issue
  • June Cookout Photos
  • Welcome
  • July Cookout
  • Creation Story Art
  • Garden Plots
  • Gentlemen’s Photos
  • A Past Article
  • Schooner Centenarians
  • Resident Guest Article
  • Our Editor, Sue O’Brien
  • A Word from Barbra

100 Issues and Still Young!

We are very pleased and excited to announce that our July issue of the Schooner newsletter is number 100! Our first issue was printed in November of 2007. New things were happening at that time including renovations of our Theatre and Exercise room. The Schooner cottage was being transformed into a temporary guest room and our “Schooner Centenarian Club” welcomed it’s first member.

For our 100th anniversary issue, we’ve doubled our content and prepared a mix of guest articles from you, our wonderful residents! We have included a variety of stories we hope you will find special, along with regular monthly newsletter articles. We have also included a feature from the November 2007 issue.

Who’s New in the Neighborhood?

It is with our great pleasure that we welcome you to the Schooner Community!

  • Maurice Albert, studio 106
  • Virginia Houston, Residential Care
  • Blanche McLeod, Residential Care
  • Ellie Rolerson, Apartment 647

Barbecue Number 2: Red, White and Blue

Look through your closets for your red, white and blue star studded attire! Our second cookout of the season, the “Red, White and Blue Cookout” is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6th.

Our menu will be loaded with a delicious variety of “4th of July style” foods prepared by our Chef Seth Lyons and his amazing culinary crew.

We are always excited to have your friends and family attend these fun social events. Be sure to invite them! Please call our front desk at 784-2900 for sign up and ticket information.

~ Our Americana Menu ~

Cucumbers in Apple Cider Vinegar
Green Onion Slaw
Macaroni with Shrimp and Peas

Southern Fried Chicken
Mini Cheeseburgers Deluxe
BBQ Shrimp Skewers
Homemade Mac n’ Cheese
Baked Pork n’ Beans
Corn on the Cobb

Apple Pie with Ice Cream
Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake
Fresh Fruit Cups

Blast from the Past: Odds and Ends, Something to Think About

Below is an article taken directly from our November 2007 issue. Submitted by our former Business Office Controller, Mr. Brian French.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s AND 70’s!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, door or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a treat.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because, we were always outside playing! We did not have video games, cell phones, or computers…WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. Back then we had no cell phones—no one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success & responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
If you are one of them… CONGRATULATIONS!


Looking Fabulous at 100!

In recognition of our 100th issue, we found it fitting to share with you a list of Schooner residents who have reached the distinguished age of 100, or more! Since living this long is quite an accomplishment to say the least, we feel this is quite a lengthy list. Our “Schooner Centenarian Club” began in 2007. Listed below are our current members.

  • Eleanor Ness
  • Hope Weston
  • Irving Isaacson
  • Barbra Trask
  • Doris Robinson

The Creation Story, Told Through Works of Art

We are proud to provide a wide variety of scheduled activities for our residents to choose from throughout each month. From musical events, day and overnight trips, theme barbeques, educational presentations, plus much more. We have something for everyone.

The month of July brings backs to us, Cynthia Lee Peer from “Peer Presentations”. She will present us with a beautiful slide show displaying the “Creation of the World” unfolding through historic works of art. See the creation of the heavens and earth, the fish, birds, animals and Adam and Eve. Shown in our Tenants Harbor Room on Tuesday, July 12th at 2:15 p.m. See Sue in the Camden office for a color brochure of this event.


Welcome to My Garden!

A note to all you casual gardeners; it’s better to be proud of a small garden than to be frustrated by trying to take care of an oversize one. In order to help you accomplish this rewarding task, Schooner has several raised garden plots that are used by residents for growing flowers and vegetables. These small plots make gardening fun and easy to do. It’s not too late to start a flower garden or a tomato plant or two!

Check with Mark Prevost, Resident Services Director, for more information on garden plot availability. The plots are located behind Schooner on the fire road. Enjoy!

Memorial Day, which is the official time to start planting outdoors, arrives on Monday, May 30th. Check with Mark Prevost, Resident Services Director, for more information on garden plot availability. The plots are located behind Schooner on the fire road.


Guest Column: Advice from Betty Hayes

Elizabeth “Betty” Hayes, a new resident living in the Rockport building with her husband Dell, graciously agreed to write the following column of advice for those considering making the move to Schooner.

A wise man once said we all want to live long lives, but none of us wants to grow old.  Here at Schooner we see many examples of living long, but staying young at heart. Anyone can take part in many of the activities here, or be the audience for entertainment.  Trips are also arranged as well as local transportation, voiding the necessity and expense of maintaining a vehicle.

Dell and I feel carefree without housekeeping duties and upkeep of the house, yard and gardens.  You might say the living is easy as we enjoy safety, housekeeping, meals, and the option to arrange for healthcare. One can be as social or reclusive as you desire.  We have found everyone to be congenial at every level.

We share a table at dinner (served at noon) with two youngsters, Joyce and Rene Poulin, who exemplify taking advantage of what Schooner has to offer. They participate in the activities and go to most of the entertainments while staying close to their children.  Dell’s brother and his wife Rachel occupy a nearby table and Glenn has a penchant for telling funny stories.  We may lose our hair, teeth and youthful figures but not our sense of humor.

We would urge everyone to plan ahead, and if a future move to a retirement community seems likely, arrange to do it while you are still energetic and active enough to pack, unpack and enjoy the activities and trips offered here.  Dell and I refused to accept reality and waited until this spring hoping we would still have a bit of spring left in our step.

A saying comes to mind.  “There are no strangers here, just friends you may not have met yet.”


Hail to the Chief: Our Editor, Sue O’Brien

We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Sue O’Brien, current Editor-in-Chief of the Schooner Flash. Sue has been working at Schooner for eighteen years, and has worked on every issue of the Flash since it was started by Jane Morrison, former Director of Operations. Sue is proud of both the Flash, and her time here, saying that the great thing about working at Schooner is that it’s like having a second family.
Sue and her husband live in Gray, and recently celebrated an addition to the family: her Grandson George Daniel was born on June 4th. Congratulations Sue, and thank you for all the hard work!

A Word from Our President

A decade ago, John and I bought Schooner Estates. We believed then, and do now, that the power of community is something that can make an enormous difference in the lives of seniors, their families, and the people who work with them. Every day, we’re proud to hear stories of our residents, employees, and community partners enriching each other’s lives. The Schooner Community is truly a family, and we’re so lucky to be a part of it.

As with any community, communication plays a vital role in strengthening our bonds and uniting us together. That’s why I’m so proud of the Flash. In this newsletter, we have celebrated the present, learned of future changes, and observed the significance of our past. In sharing our experiences, we have grown wiser, closer, and stronger.

I want to thank and congratulate everyone who has been involved with the Flash in these past 100 issues, and invite everyone in our community to be a part of it in the future, not only by continuing to read, but by sharing ideas and articles. Always remember, Our Community is Your Community.

-Barbra Crowley, President of Schooner Estates

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The Schooner Flash

June 2016
Issue 99

Writers: Your Schooner Team
Technical Editor: Sue O’Brien

Inside This Issue

  • June Barbecue
  • Hydration
  • Welcome
  • Centenarian Club
  • Northern Hospitality
  • Mother’s Day Photos

It’s Barbecue Time

While we are near the end of another season of temperamental spring weather, summer is on our minds and will soon be on the horizon! And speaking of summer, the plans for our popular summer barbecues have been put in place. Below are the scheduled dates and themes in order to help you plan ahead:
June 8th…Hawaiian Luau
July 6th… Americana Red White and Blue
August 31st… Seafood Outing
September 21st…Oktoberfest

So Save the Date and make sure you don’t miss out on one of these highlighted events. Before you know it, summer will be knocking at the door letting us know that it’s time to take the party outside!

Our first outdoor get together of the season, the Hawaiian Luau barbeque, scheduled for June 8th, is just around the corner! Stop by or call the front desk at 784-2900 to pick up your guest ticket. We look forward to seeing you there, dressed in bright and colorful Hawaiian attire! The menu for this event will be posted soon.


A Need to Hydrate

It cannot be said enough – no matter what time of year it is, staying hydrated is essential! Drink plenty of water and try to limit your caffeine consumption. Here at Schooner, check out our Brass Rail Café in the Village Green and the Camden coffee bar area. We have ice cold, fresh fruit flavored water available daily. Stay hydrated and stay healthy!


Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

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

  • Bea Lowell, studio 106
  • Phyllis Schneider, apartment 515


We Welcomed a New Member

We had the honor of inducting a new member into our distinguished Schooner Centenarian Club in May. Residential Care resident, Doris Robbins, was welcomed into the club in celebration of her May 12th, 100th birthday!

This special celebration included all her Schooner friends and many staff members. Knowing she is an avid quilter, her friends gave her a beautiful assortment of handmade “signature quilt” squares, which she will soon be piecing together! Doris is shown receiving a lovely Schooner Centenarian plaque from Mark Prevost, our Resident Services Director.


Schooner Estates: Northern Hospitality at It’s Best

I often think of the time I spent working at Senior Living Communities in Mississippi and Alabama.  Staff conversations often centered around the term “Southern Hospitality”, or how we welcomed strangers into our home…..The Community we lived at. The staff and I experienced it and tried to practice it everyday.  Saying that, as good as Southern Hospitality is, it often runs a distant second to our style of Northern Hospitality we practice at Schooner Estates.

Let me give you an example.  People often comment on how much I enjoy touring potential residents, their families, friends or members of our community at Schooner Estates.  And I do.  One of the things I enjoy the most about showing off our community is the conversation we have with our Tenants.  In some other communities I might have to take the long way on the tour (if you know what I mean!).  I always have a member of our Schooner Estates family stop me and want to engage in conversation with the people touring.  It is always a great experience for me, the person touring and the tenant.  The conversation goes to: When are you moving in? – talking about the staff, our health care team, how maintenance promptly takes care of challenges, how transportation went out of their way or how wonderful the food is.

I only have to sit back, make the introduction and smile.  Pure Northern Hospitality, the Schooner Estates way! So when you see me touring folks here, stop and say hi and enjoy the conversation!

~ David Cassidy, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

So when you see me touring folks here, stop say hi and enjoy the conversation!


Schooner Ladies’ Photos 2016

We hope everyone had a lovely May Mother’s Day! The Schooner ladies photos are a yearly tradition here at Schooner. As you can see, we had a large turnout!

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The Schooner Flash


Issue 98
May 2016

Inside This Issue

  • 2016 Schooner Award
  • Resident Award
  • Welcome
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Senior College
  • Tea Party
  • Adult Coloring
  • Books Are Fun Event

2016 Assisted Living Award

For the second year in a row, Schooner Estates has been awarded the Best Assisted Living Award from the Lewiston-Auburn Area from SeniorAdvisor.com. This award is based on real reviews from people who live and visit here and recognizes outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings. Winners of the SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2016 Awards are located all over the country and represent the top tier of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers in the country. Winners are placed in the top one percent of senior care providers nationwide.

Thanks to all who submitted reviews, to everyone who lives and works here and for making Schooner Estates great!

And the Award Goes To…

A nice group of family and Schooner friends of Tonie Ramsey attended the 14th annual “Remember Me” photo exhibition and recognition ceremony at the Augusta Civic center on April 5th. Despite the cold weather, honorees came from all over the state to be recognized by the Maine Health Care Association for lifetime achievement to their nation, state, and local communities. Mrs. Ramsey was recognized for the incredible number of accomplishments she had throughout her life, championing new programs and associations to benefit the Lewiston/Auburn area. She served as president and director of too many groups to mention. Her list of organizational and leadership skills is very impressive. Congratulations Tonie!

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

* Eugenie Brown, Residential Care
* Arlene Fellman, apt. 425
* Robert Treworgy, apt. 316

Words of Wisdom

Each month, our Schooner newsletter will include a new selection of positive affirmations and quotations, that we have collected from you, our residents! We’re glad to share them and hope that you find inspiration from them.

“Enjoy your children while they’re young, spend time with your family and friends, and live life to the fullest.”

Brenda Gurney

Thank you Brenda!

Senior College

Here at Schooner, residents and outside attendees are currently in the midst of their Spring Senior College class. The class, “An Introduction to the Study of Religion”, is brought to us by the USM Lewiston-Auburn College. It is being taught by Senior College Instructor, Charles W. Plummer. Schooner hosts the senior college classes yearly in our Tenants Harbor Room.

All courses held here are open first to Schooner residents. Yet another of the many wonderful benefits of living at Schooner Estates.

Time to Relax…

Coloring books are no longer just for kids. In fact, adult coloring books are growing more popular everyday. Researchers, having studied the calming benefits of this activity for over a decade, are letting us know that coloring does offer a list of mental benefits. It definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety and create focus. Coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate stress.

Here at Schooner, every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, we are pleased to offer an adult coloring session. This therapeutic session starts at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Study, materials are provided. These classes are sure to put a smile on your face!

Senior College

Here at Schooner, residents and outside attendees are currently in the midst of their Spring Senior College class. The class, “An Introduction to the Study of Religion”, is brought to us by the USM Lewiston-Auburn College. It is being taught by Senior College Instructor, Charles W. Plummer. Schooner hosts the senior college classes yearly in our Tenants Harbor Room.

All courses held here are open first to Schooner residents. Yet another of the many wonderful benefits of living at Schooner Estates.

Books and Gifts Galore

Schooner is happy to be hosting another “Books Are Fun” event. The fair will be loaded with gifts and books from hundreds of great publishers. All are at great discounts of 30, 40 and even 50 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. You are sure to find something special. So stop by and browse through their many items!

The fair will be held in our Village Green on Friday, May 20th from 9-4 p.m.

A Spot of Tea

All the elements of an old-fashioned tea party were present: tasty delicacies on fancy serving trays, an assortment of teas, pretty teapots and cups, vases holding assorted colors of roses, and ladies wearing hats. The room was alive with the sound of chatter and clinking of china. Thank you to all who attended the American Heart Association tea party fundraiser on April 24th, held right here at Schooner Estates.  A wonderful time was had by all! We hope to make this an annual event.  If you have suggestions for future events please contact Mark at 784-2900, extension 132.

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The Schooner Flash


April 2016
Issue 97
Writers: Your Schooner Team
Technical Editor: Sue O’Brien


Inside This Issue


  • Words of Wisdom
  • Kitchen Renovations
  • Welcome
  • Lifeline Screening
  • Entertainment
  • Calendars Wanted
  • Wellness Board
  • Spring Sawyer Program

Words of Wisdom Surveys

Thanks to all who filled out and returned surveys with their “Words of Wisdom”. Reading through these has revealed so many gems that we can’t wait to share! For instance, when asked about love and marriage, Beverley Heath gave us this piece of advice: “Marriage is not a 50/50 proposition, but giving the best of yourself, If you can achieve this, your glass will be half full”.
Be on the lookout, as we find creative ways to share these Words of Wisdom throughout the year!

Linda Hildonen

Changes are on the Way

During the month of April we will be starting an upgrade on our main kitchen, off the Village Green. We feel this is important in order to best serve the very important needs of our residents. While this work is being done, the Schooner cottage will be used as a temporary kitchen. Please be assured that you will receive the same level of Schooner quality and services that you are accustomed to. We intend to blend modern convenience and function to the main kitchen. Monthly updates will be added to our newsletter in order to keep everyone informed with updates on the progress of this exciting endeavor. We will do our utmost to keep everything running smoothly and efficiently. As always, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this project.

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

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

  • Shirley Bornstein, Residential Care
  • Rose Derocher, studio 113
  • Betty Howland, Memory Care
  • Roberta Moulton, Residential Care
  • Colleen Weston, apartment 512

Choose to Be Healthy

Schooner Senior Living Community is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Monday, April 11th.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit this website: www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.



How many of us have a stack of old calendars that we are not quite sure what to do with…but it seems like such a waste to throw away quality glossy paper with pretty pictures, right? Well, the folks in our Residential Care craft group will be happy to take them off your hands! They will be using them for one of their many craft projects this year. What a great way to make use of dated calendars and provide materials for their wonderful “works of art”.

Calendars may be dropped off at Sue’s desk or the front desk in the Castine building. Thank you!

Rolling Turtle and the Old String Band

We are excited to announce Paul “Rolling Turtle” Cavitt, scheduled on our April calendar – for Thursday, April 7th in our Village Green. Playing mandolin for 25 years, he has recorded five albums as a solo artist, and the newest CD features the entire band. Turtle has played live venues throughout the United States. Rolling Turtle is a “preservationist”, not a songwriter, whose passion is preserving multiple folk traditions encompassing a variety of American musical genres, including Old-Time Appalachian and other traditional Americana, as well as Celtic and traditional Gospel Hymns.

Hope to see you there!

The Greatest Wealth is Here

Have you checked out the “Wellness” board, located right outside the Searsport dining room on the ground floor. For the past several months staff in each department at Schooner have had the opportunity of setting up a new display, each month. Stop by and read about some healthy lifestyle tips!

With Spring, Comes Sawyer

Get in the spirit of warmer weather with a shuttle ride to Greene for an “afternoon out” to Sawyer Memorial. Their 2016 Spring season starts on Friday, April 1st and Schooner is happy to provide shuttle service to each show. All are free to the public and presented on Fridays 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 calendars for all monthly show information. Enjoy!

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The Schooner Flash


March 2016
Issue 96


Writers: Your Schooner Team
Technical Editor: Sue O’Brien


Inside This Issue

Mardi Gras Review
Spring Senior College
Daylight Savings Time
Staff Welcome
New Artwork


Mardi Gras Review

Mardi Gras 2016 has come and gone. Schooner staff and residents alike were adorned in the traditional gold, purple and green colors! Chef Seth Lyons and his amazing culinary crew once again prepared and served a long list of delicious New Orleans style foods.

The always popular Mardi Gras parade rounded out the day. Congratulations to our dietary staff (see float picture, top left) – winners of the float contest! Thank you to everyone for all the hard work put in.

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

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

Anita Auger, Residential Care
Jackie Beckim, Memory Care
Donna Hobson, apt. 524

Spring Senior College

Sharpen your pencils and get your notebooks ready, our first Spring Senior College class will begin on March 29th. Two classes will be held, right here at Schooner, in our Tenants Harbor Room. Our residents have the privilege of “first choice” for class sign ups.

The first class, taught by Charles W. Plummer, PH.D, instructor for both L/A and Mid-coast Senior College, will run for eight Tuesdays. Starting Tuesday, March 29th until May 17th. The course, “An Introduction to the Study of Religion”, will examine the academic disciplines of religious studies and the many ways scholars, philosophers, and scientists have studied observable manifestations of religion.
Class two, “Maine Artists You May Not Know”, explores the many superlative artists from Maine that have not achieved the attention they deserve. They will be introduced along with a review of many of them. Taught by Instructor Kirsten Larsson-Turley. It will run for six Thursdays, starting March 31st until May 5th.

The courses are peer taught, with no entrance requirements, grades or tests. Your experience and love of learning are what count. If you haven’t already, please check with our Resident Services Director, Mark Prevost at extension 132 for class availability and sign up.

We are Ready!

Even though the beginning of this winter felt like Spring, still it is nothing like the real thing! Daylight Savings Time arrives next month. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday evening, March 12th. It will make us feel just one step closer to Spring time, which arrives on March 20th!

Welcome Aboard!

We’re proud to welcome Kathleen Langelier, our new RN, to the Schooner Family! Kathleen graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and has thirty years of experience in the field. Before coming to Schooner Estates, she worked for nine and a half years at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, and worked with several of our residents in that time. Kathleen says she greatly enjoys working with seniors because she enjoys variety: “They have so many different life experiences.” We look forward to working with her!

A Change in Atmosphere

Here at Schooner, great pride is taken in providing continuous attention to our buildings, both inside and out. We strive to make it a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable place to live. On March 10th and 11th, we are planning to install new artwork in each of the buildings. The install will happen between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, but may have to go over. The general scope of the work is to re-group the artwork to create a more consistent theme in each area. Several pieces will be added to enhance what we currently have. Enjoy the new artwork!

Special Events

The month of March brings back two of our favorite speakers, Jerry Wiles and Mike Perry.

Historian Jerry Wiles, on Tuesday, March 1st at 2:30 pm in our Tenants Harbor Room, will present you with an inside look of “The Residence Staff of the White House”. Explore the daily lives of the many men and women who have worked in the White House residence.

Mike Perry, speaker and slide show presenter extraordinaire, brings us Boston “Burbs”. Listen as he explores North, South, and West of Boston. Mr. Perry will be here on Tuesday, March 29th at 2:30 pm in the Tenants Harbor Room.