November 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

November 2016
Issue 104


Your Schooner Family

Sue O’Brien

Linda Hildonen

In This Issue:

  • Thanksgiving Menu
  • Welcome
  • Fund Raising Totals
  • Word Search
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Senior Living Article
  • Oktoberfest Pics
  • Daylight Saving Time
  • Raffle Winners


Thanksgiving at Schooner

With the off and on, warm daytime temperatures we have been experiencing so far this month, it is hard to think about getting into the upcoming “holiday mode”. Thanksgiving starts us off on November 24th, a festive time to be sure! Below is an early, sneak peek at our upcoming 2016 Thanksgiving feast.

 Thanksgiving 2016

Tomato Bisque w/Basil Oil

Spinach Salad w/Cranberries, Almonds, Bleu Cheese, and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Roast Turkey w/Sage Dressing
Roast Pork Loin w/ Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing
and Madeira Wine Demi-glace
Seafood Newburg on a Puff Pastry Shell

Side Dishes
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Honey Glazed Carrots
Butternut Squash
Pearl Onions

Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Maple Walnut Ice Cream
All Tables Set With a Relish Tray and Assorted Mini Muffins


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


  • Corrine Buonomo, Studio 104
  • Malcolm Brackett & Doris Ham, Apartment 533
  • Lauri Ann Doiron, Apartment 520
  • Richard “Pat” Murphy, Apartment 415
  • Jim & Naomi Nesbitt, Apartment 413
  • Evelyn Potter, Apartment 515
  • Roger & Peggy Roberge, Apartment 432


Have You Heard?

Bake Sales
Car Washes
Special Dessert Nights
Paper Hearts & Pins
Silent Auctions
Book Sales

What do these things have in common? YOU!

Together, through these activities, our Schooner family raised $2,443.15 in support of the American Heart and Alzheimer’s Associations. As in years past, Barbra and John, Schooners’ owners, have matched what we raised. That’s a total of $4,886.30!

These organizations are near and dear to our community. We are proud to contribute to their on-going efforts toward research and treatments. If you have ideas for future fundraising activities, please see Mark Prevost.


Words of Wisdom: Cornelia Bowe

When asked what advice she would give to a younger person, Cornelia Bowe offered the following gem: “Live in the now. Follow your dream. Patience and silence bring unexpected rewards.” Cornelia also said that the most important thing she’s learned in her lifetime is that “Love is Everything.” Simple, straightforward, and very profound: Thanks Cornelia!

Health Note

Flu and cold season is upon us. Remember, drink lots of fluid and get plenty of rest. Here at Schooner we have containers of fresh, fruit flavored ice water available daily. Visit our Camden & Castine coffee bar areas.


The Importance of Asking for Help

Over time, the demands of caregiving can start to feel overwhelming and become more than you can handle by yourself – especially as more and more of your time and energy is used up navigating the healthcare system, finding resources or figuring out how to meet someone else’s personal and medical needs. You don’t have to do everything alone. Asking for – and accepting – help is key to avoiding caregiver burn out.

Asking for help is beneficial for the well-being of both you and the person you are caring for. When you share the care you will:

¨ be less likely to get angry and resentful.

¨ have time to take care of yourself, so you don’t become a patient as well.

¨ once again have time to be their wife, husband, daughter or son and not just their caregiver, and the care recipient will get an opportunity to interact with more people.

Asking for help can be difficult when you don’t know what you need; you don’t want to be a bother to others; or you feel guilty that you can’t do it all yourself. Beliefs such as “no one can do this as well as I can” may also be an obstacle to asking for help. It’s true. No one will do it exactly the same as you, but that does not mean they cannot be helpful in their own way.

Recognize that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It means you are acknowledging the challenges of the situation and are being proactive in resolving problems and preventing stress. And people may not realize you need help if you don’t ask for it.

The first step is to identify what help you need. Which tasks would be the easiest to ask others to do? Which do you really want to do yourself? And which, if any, can you afford to pay others to do? Create a list of tasks with which you want help.


Here at Schooner Estates, we have a wonderful, full service Home Health Agency designed to help with your health care needs. Schooner Home Health is available to all of our residents. Our team of RNs, PCAs and CRMAs will work with you to create a personalized service plan to ensure that every need is met for you or your loved one.

Give us a call at 784-2900 and find out more about our long list of services!


Ladies & Gentlemen

We are excited to announce the winners of our recent Raffle, featuring the beautiful items below. Thank you to all who purchased tickets! Each and every ticket purchased allows us to help Camp Sunshine: This year, we raised $346!

  • Mary Paine
  • Neal Hallee
  • Wilhemina Wiegman
  • Jackie Fortunato
  • Edith Lachance
  • Clint Heenie
  • Phyllis Wilson
  • Donna Vachon
  • Cathy Dolan










October 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

October 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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Schooner Flash

October 2016
Issue 103

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

Inside this Issue:

  • Employee Appreciation
  • The Great Courses
  • Flu Shots
  • Welcome
  • Presidential Talk
  • Adult Coloring
  • Words of Wisdom
  • Day Trips
  • Senior Living Article
  • Word Search
  • Lifeline Screening
  • Halloween Parade
  • Schooner Craft Fair

Employee Appreciation Month

It’s time to say “Thank you” to our fantastic Schooner staff. Even though they are all truly appreciated each and every day of the year, our annual Employee Recognition Ceremony makes it official!

All Schooner staff will be recognized for their service and exceptional efforts at our ceremony, to take place on Wednesday, October 26th, at 2:30 p.m. in our Village Green. Light foods and refreshments will be served. It’s an exciting event that we all look forward to each year. All residents and staff are encouraged to attend. Other special employee events will be happening throughout the month, we’ll be letting you know!


The Great Courses

The arrival of the Fall season brings the return of a very popular “event” here at Schooner. “The Great Courses”, a series of college level courses, are being played on DVD in our Theatre room. This fantastic series brings the world’s greatest professors to millions who want to learn more about the subjects that interest them most. They are being played on selected Mondays and Fridays at 10:15. See Sue in the Camden building for a copy of course description and dates. Stop by, you will be glad you did!



The Schooner Resident Flu Clinic will be from 9:00 -12:00 on Tuesday, October 18th in the Castine Living Room. Androscoggin Home Health will be here to give Schooner residents the shots. If you haven’t already, please call the front desk at 784-2900 to sign up. You will be receiving information regarding your scheduled arrival times.

Flu shots 2nd week in October….


It is With Great Pleasure that We Welcome You Into the Community

  • Vivian Hoy, Residential Care
  • Dolly Mottram, Memory Care
  • Joan Shaw, Apartment 327

Don’t Miss It

We have a special informative talk lined up for you, right here at Schooner on Thursday, October 6th at 2:30 p.m. in our Tenants Harbor Room. Titled, “Presidents and the Economy”, this presentation will be delivered by Roy Van Til, Ph.D., experienced economist, with a Ph.D. and background in business and public affairs.

This interactive discussion will look into the relationship of the party in charge of the White House with the overall economic conditions in the country. People in all age cohorts have grown weary of the extremely divisive and biased rhetoric that has made public discussions of civic issues very unpleasant to endure in this election cycle.  The middle ground of rational truth has been attacked from both sides.  He will offer a balanced, objective, and fact-based presentation of the economic realities. This will be factual, non-political, and cover the last forty years in America.

His talk will be followed by questions, answers, and free-wheeling discussion of points you find most interesting. We hope to see you there!


Back for the Season!

Here at Schooner, every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, we are pleased to offer once again, an adult coloring session. This therapeutic session starts at 3:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Study, materials are provided.

You will find these classes to be worth your while! Stop by and see what they are all about.

Words of Wisdom

Since our residents have experienced so many great learning experiences in their lives, we like to feature their Words of Wisdom whenever we can.

Our own Jeannine Michaud had this to say about relationships: “Do not make enemies of family or friends, because one day, you will need them.” She also offers this advice to the younger folks among us: “Be kind and thoughtful, because someday, you will be old too.”

Fall Day Trips

We have a fantastic line up of “lunch out” day trips scheduled for October. See our list below.
•Touring Rangeley, Maine with lunch at “The Red Onion”.
•Berlin, New Hampshire with lunch at Northland Dairy Bar.
•Lunch at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

Plus an extensive list of daily activities and events in between. Just a few examples of why living at Schooner is never dull! Check your monthly calendar for dates and times.

A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine

Joy and happiness are up to us. We come from joy; as babies we come into life with a natural joy. It is inherent in every one of us, however, sometimes our physical selves forget we are meant to be joyful creatures. We need to rediscover that natural feeling. We seem to be searching for our joy outside of ourselves. If only we could remember we carry it inside us. I am going to give you some tips in order to carry with you the tools to bring out and share with others baskets full of joy and happiness. When we share joy and happiness, we give two of the most powerful healing medicines in the world.

•Healing with the Power of Joy – If someone you love is going through chemo, here is how you can help: First, begin synchronizing your breathing, soon the heart rates are synchronizing and the healing power of the stronger person begins to take over. The Challenge – we don’t trust it. We’ve been taught hard work is the only thing that works.

•Speak with Joy – How do you respond when someone asks how you are? Do you demur, “been better,” or “still standing, not bad”? We are terrified to say, “I’m fabulous, thank you very much.” We don’t want people to think we are arrogant. I often pause for a moment, then respond with “out of 10, about a nine-and-a-half.” This will evoke a laugh from the other person, and they will respond in kind. Affirm your joy with words. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” –Rudyard Kipling

•Protect Your Joy – If you watch the 11 o’clock news before you go to bed, stop right now. You won’t miss anything you can’t learn in the morning, you will sleep better and you will feel more joyful when you wake.

•Eat Joyfully – eat sensuously, take small bites, and enjoy food so much more. Joy affects our metabolism – when we eat slowly, we get full on far fewer calories. Want to keep your brain happy and joyful? Eat mindfully.

•Choose Joyous Company – stay away from people who make you feel you need to wear your emotional raincoat.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find out how much joy your friends can stand coming from you!


Life Line Screenings

Schooner Estates is pleased to once again host a preventive health event. “Life Line Screening” will be here performing a day of preventive health screenings on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.

Screenings are fast, painless and offered at low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a rupture, and plaque buildup in the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease.

Five screenings will be offered:

Carotid Artery Screening
Screen plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Which can lead to a ruptured aorta.

Peripheral Arterial Screening
Hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease.

Atrial Fibrillation
Irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk.

An ultrasound measurement of the heel bone to determine abnormal bone mass density.

ALL 5 screenings for only $149.
Call 1-888-653-6450.
Appointments required.
Appointment spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

Schooner Craft Fair

Our annual Craft Fair is coming! It’s a popular event that features the talents and wares, handcrafted by our own residents and outside vendors alike! The fair will be held this year on Saturday, October 15th. Tables will be set up in the Village Green and filled with many hand crafted items, all ready for a little early holiday shopping! We may still have a few tables left to rent, check with Mark Prevost at 784-2900, ext. 132, for availability information.

We invite everyone to attend. Our craft fair is open to the public. The fair will open at 10:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m. Stop by and explore all the treasures!

Also, We have a raffle going on featuring some beautiful handmade items (see below). The drawing will be held on our craft fair day. If you haven’t already, stop by the front desk and purchase a ticket or two! All proceeds go to Camp Sunshine.

September 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

September 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash


September 2016
Issue 102

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

Inside This Issue:

  • Oktoberfest Cookout
  • Jenn Audette, RN
  • Welcome
  • Senior College
  • Favorite Photos
  • Tekla Upton
  • Open House 2016
  • Word Search
  • Mariner’s Club
  • Tenant Council
  • NH Trip Update
  • Employee Pics Wanted


Oktoberfest Cookout

We have had a summer of truly wonderful weather and great times this year. As the summer season starts to slowly wind down (not too fast we hope!), our last big outdoor feast of this year, the “Oktoberfest Cookout”, is being planned. Feel free to “dress for the occasion”!

The big day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st. Family and friends are always invited. Give our front desk a call at 784-2900 and sign them up.

Also, we are having our yearly Open House on Saturday, September 10th. This promises to be a day filled with activity and things to see! Don’t miss it! See the article on page three.

New Home Health Nurse

Schooner Welcomes our new Home Health Nurse, Jenn Audette. Jenn is a graduate of the nursing program at Rhode Island Community College. Before coming to work for Schooner Estates, she worked for Marshwood Rehabilitation Center, D’Youville, and even spent a year working in CMMC’s Emergency room.

With all the things Jenn has seen in her years of working as a nurse, she says that working with seniors is her favorite thing to do. “I love the stories.” Jenn says with a bright smile. “I love the people.”

Jenn lives with her fiancé, Kevin, who was the boy next door when she was growing up. They have not set a wedding date yet, but, as their new Schooner Family, we wish them luck in their life together!

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

Vivian Hoy, Residential Care
John & Joan Shaw, apt. 327

Always Keep Learning

It’s that time of year and the Lewiston/Auburn Fall senior college courses will be here before you know it. Have you signed up? Here are each of the classes and their starting dates:

•September 20th through November 8th.
Eight Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“The Theory of Natural Law and Human Nature”.
In this course we will examine the history of natural law as the basis for the claims that acts such as slavery, torture, and blackmail are wrong because they violate the rights to which human beings, by their very nature, are entitled.
Taught by Charles W. Plummer, Ph.D.

•September 22nd through October 27th,
Six Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
”Pablo Picasso: His Life and Times”.
This course will examine his life and times and their effects on him.
Taught by Professor Kirsten Larsson-Turley.

The above classes are both being held right here at Schooner. Check with Mark Prevost for information and class availability, since they are filling fast! As always, there are no tests or homework.

Favorite Photos

Do you have a favorite photo that you just love to look at every now and then? Maybe a grandchild, an older cherished photo, a fun family moment, a pet or a memorable trip you went on? Let us know if you would like to share any of these with us – we will be more than happy to put them in the newsletter.

Tek Upton: Life and Wisdom

When asked about what Words of Wisdom she would like to share, Tekla Upton has a few of her own, including “Stay active and busy,” “Stay strong during the hard times,” and “Especially enjoy both the big and small pleasures and joys that life has to offer every day, at every age.” To go deeper than that, she consults a small paperback that she usually keeps close at hand, “The Book of Finnish Proverbs.” She reads one in particular out loud: “Keep learning as long as you live.”

Tek, a first-generation immigrant whose parents were both born in Finland, explains that reading and learning have always been very important in her life. She says that this was notable in her family life, and even clear in the school where she grew up on the upper peninsula of Michigan. Even though her parents came to America at a very young age, they were raised bilingual, and, at her grandfather’s insistence, so were Tek and her siblings.

Tek’s love of learning translated into a life full of adventure, where she could see all of what the world had to offer. After graduating from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan, she then studied nursing in Chicago. With her education finished, Tek considered joining the Army, and was eventually convinced to do it when her sister said “You wouldn’t dare!” Tek served in the Korean War, and was stationed in a tent hospital in Korea for nearly a year.

Here at Schooner, Tek continues to make the most of every day by participating in many activities, especially the educational opportunities that Schooner provides. We’re glad to have this opportunity to learn a little more about her and her fascinating life!

Schooner Estates Open House 2016

Greetings! Please join us Saturday, September 10th for our Open House Celebration. We are excited to announce our final plans for this special event. Along with the arrival of visitors, our current residents are welcome and encouraged to invite friends and family to our scheduled day of events. Feel free to invite anyone you would like to refer, or just show them around! We would love to meet them. Tours will be given in order for guests to get a feel of what living at Schooner is like.

We hope the schedule below will help you plan the day for you and your guests and to take advantage of all we have to offer. Staff will be available throughout the day to give tours every half hour, answer questions and help you find a scheduled event. Our Open House will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

•Live remote with Maine’s Big Z 105.5 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
•A cookout for guests will be in progress from 12:00 p.m. through 1:30 p.m.
•A musical Sock Hop Concert with band “Hot Damn” starting at 2:30
p.m., outside – near the Residential Care Patio.
•An all day Silent Auction to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association,
held in our Village Green.

Special Displays will be set up in our Village Green including:
A Wall of Honor celebrating our veterans and another showing our committed support to wonderful Charities including Camp Sunshine, the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. And Tenant Council President Tonie Ramsey will be bringing us a special “Fashions of Yesteryear” display, not to be missed!

Mariner’s Club

Perhaps it’s time to move into a senior living community…but if you are a senior who is not quite ready for the move, consider joining our Schooner Estates Mariner’s Club. A one time fee of $250.00 (used towards your first month’s rent upon move in) enrolls you as a charter member of our illustrious “Mariner’s Club.” In addition to facilitating a timely admission to our community, it is our hope that by joining our club, you will now enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have made a momentous decision, with benefits you will reap for years to come.

Chart your course now before you discover that there’s a long list ahead of you. Get a proud sense of accomplishment that comes with planning ahead. Your enrollment in Schooner’s Mariner’s Club entitles you to the following privileges:

•Guarantees your position on our waiting list
•A subscription to our Schooner Flash newsletter and monthly activity calendars
•Participation in any Schooner programs (seminars, trips, activities, musical events)
•An invitation to our yearly Mardi Gras Feast
•Tickets to each of our monthly summer cookouts

Join today and find out what living at Schooner Estates is all about. Good times, security and excitement awaits you!

Tenant Council

Your Schooner Tenant Council meetings will be starting soon. We encourage all Schooner residents to take advantage of these meetings. Along with receiving important, helpful information, it is also a great way to participate in what is happening in your community. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th at 2:30 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room.

Let’s Go Somewhere…

Our three day trip to New Hampshire is just around the corner! We will be leaving on Tuesday, September 13th and returning to Schooner on Thursday, September 15th. Included in the itinerary is a visit to “Castle in the Clouds” in Moultonborough, breakfast, lunch and supper out at several well known restaurants, a ride on the M.S. Mount Washington motor ship and a delightful ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. And of course, don’t forget the fabulous sight seeing, which New Hampshire and it’s beautiful mountain views and lakes is well known for.

If you are one of the lucky “soon to be” travelers, we hope you have a great time!

“No road is long with good company.”

August 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash


Issue 101
August 2016

Your Schooner Family
Sue O’Brien
Linda Hildonen

Inside This Issue

  • August Seafood Buffet
  • Tai Chi
  • Welcome
  • Our Commitment
  • American Experience
  • July Cookout Photos
  • Our Billiard Room
  • Open House 2016
  • Word Search
  • An Important Decision
  • New Hampshire Trip

Calling All Seafood Lovers

Even though we do not want summer to move along too quickly, we are looking forward to our upcoming “Seafood Buffet Cookout” on Wednesday, August 31st. If you love seafood, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Come and enjoy the hospitality of our wonderful staff and a meal you won’t soon forget! The entire Schooner team is looking forward to welcoming you and your family. Please call our front desk at 784-2900 for sign up and ticket information. Our menu:

  • Served Seafood Chowder
  • Strawberry and Goat cheese Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds, Shaved Red Onion and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Fruit Salad
  • Smoked Seafood Platter
  • Maine Lobster Rolls
  • Steamed Clams
  • Fried Maine Shrimp
  • Broiled Haddock with Lemon Herb Butter
  • Native Corn
  • Dill Buttered Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Seafood Alternate Only: Blueberry BBQ Grilled Half-Chickens
  • Red Berry Prosecco and Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet
  • Blueberry Crisp
  • Fresh Cream Cheese Biscuits

Balance, Breath, Energy

Come learn more and try Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing.

Mike Elliot has taught this beneficial form of exercise for decades. He will be here at Schooner Estates on Tuesday morning, August 16th at 10:45 a.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room.

Residents, staff, friends and family are all encouraged to attend. Come and see for yourself the benefits Tai Chi can have in store for you.

A Commitment to Excellence

From our perspective, there can be no better place to live or work than right here at Schooner. We don’t pretend to say that Schooner is perfect, but it offers a tremendous wealth of experiences for all types of individuals. It has been an inspiration to see so many new relationships and friendships being formed. How very much courage you all exhibit in how you deal with the aging process.

Our community has developed into a large family that really cares for one another. No one loses their own individuality, we only gain in as much as we can let others into our lives (with all their imperfections). Our observation is that those who do let others into their lives are the happiest of people. Love of neighbors, it’s not an original idea of ours, but there sure seems to be a lot of truth in it.

A Bit of Presidential Energy

For all you presidential history buffs, watch channel 10: American Experience, a television program and documentary series which airs documentaries about historic events or historical figures. They will present an interesting six part biography series of six past presidents and the qualities that make an effective president and shape a legacy.

JFK: Mon.-Tues. – August 8-9 at 9 pm
LBJ: Weds. – August 10, at 8 & 10 pm
Nixon: Thurs. – August 11 at 8 pm
Jimmy Carter: Mon. – August 15 at 9 pm
Reagan: Tues. – Weds. – August 16-17 at 9 pm
George H.W. Bush: Thurs. -August 18 at 8 pm

Resident Article from Tonie Ramsey: Open House 2016

One of the real highlights of living at Schooner Estates comes in the form of it’s annual Open House. Have you been a participant in the past? What did you find most exciting?

Join the Schooner staff and residents, and their friends and family for an afternoon of fun on September 10th from 11 am to 3 pm. You will be greeted by a welcome committee that is happy and proud to share their community with you. There will be refreshments (including a cookout from 12-1:30 pm), tours of the campus, displays featuring the accomplishments and interests of our residents, and live music starting at 2:30 pm.

Invitation postcards are available if you would like to invite your own friends and family to experience this event. The Schooner Estates Open House is a happy time for those who wish to invite others into their Schooner home, and show off the active, involved and energized lifestyle that so many of us seniors continue to live!

Tonie Ramsey is the President of the Tenants Advisory Council, and a long-time Schooner Resident.

I’m Not Ready Yet

We hear that comment so often when talking to people about the lifestyle at Schooner Estates and sometimes find it difficult to answer in a brief way. The article below, says exactly what we would like to say to folks who are trying to make this decision.
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How often a strong and vigorous man or an active and gracious woman enter their retirement years and use this excuse to postpone the planning and decisions that could free them to enjoy the time.

They’re not ready yet…

•To live in an attractive and comfortable home without the effort of maintaining it.
•To enjoy excellent meals, graciously served in an attractive dining room, and give up the chores of constant shopping, cooking, and cleaning up.
•To eliminate worry concerning health, security and transportation.

They’re not ready, in short, to simplify their lives. They wait for some sign, some failing, to justify or even compel a move from the home that’s too big, or chores and possessions which require a great deal of attention. Sometimes they wait too long.

Sometimes they find they have wasted what could have been some of their better years. Moving to senior living shouldn’t mean retiring from life, but simplifying life to enjoy new interests and activities, or the old ones there wasn’t enough time for. One doesn’t step into old age by moving to a community, but opens a new door to an active, dignified and interesting life.

What does the senior living home have to offer? Independence, a sense of community, friendships, a place to be private and security.

Our best gift? A gift of time to use constructively and personal services to be used as needed.

Destination: New Hampshire

Are you yearning for another Schooner mini vacation trip? Well, we are in the process of planning a 2 night Fall trip to the beautiful state of New Hampshire, a place where there is never a shortage of things to do! Take a look below at the fun that awaits you!

•Travel to Moultonborough to “Castle in the Clouds”.
•Two nights – motel accommodations.
•Dinner out at “Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant” and “Jonathan’s Seafood Restaurant”.
•Ride the M.S. Mount Washington; a motor ship, on Lake Winnipesaukee.
•A train ride aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad.
•And of course a delicious breakfast and lunch each day and sightseeing.

Trip dates: Tuesday, September 13th, Wednesday, September 14th, and Thursday, September 15th.

Check with Mark Prevost, our Resident Services Director, for sign up information.

July 2016 Flash Newsletter – 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