May 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

May 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

 

Issue 98
May 2016

Inside This Issue
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  • 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.

April 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

April 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

 
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The Schooner Flash

 

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

 

Inside This Issue

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  • 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.

 

Wanted…Calendars

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!

March 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

March 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

 

 
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The Schooner Flash

 

March 2016
Issue 96

 

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

 

Inside This Issue

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

 

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.

February 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

February 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

February 2016
Issue 95

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

 

Inside This Issue
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  • Mardi Gras 2016
  • Welcome
  • Mardi Gras Menu
  • “The Great Courses”
  • Wear Red Day
  • Senior College

 

Mardi Gras 2016

Please join us for an atmosphere of fun, food, music and celebration on Tuesday, February 9th, the official day of Mardi Gras! Schooner Estates is once again planning for it’s annual Mardi Gras event. The best Louisiana cuisine will be served from our kitchen, prepared by Chef Seth Lyons and his culinary team.

There will be 3 seating’s (11:00, 12:15 & 1:30) in the Village Green for residents and guests to enjoy our Jazz Brunch Buffet. Guests are welcome and invited to attend. The buffet is $15.00 for guests. Please RSVP by calling 784-2900 to reserve your spot.

Residents and employees will be wearing the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple, green and gold. The ever popular Schooner Mardi Gras parade will be held in the Village Green at 3:00, along with the crowning of the king & queen. This event is a highlight of our winter activity calendar and everyone is welcome to attend!

 

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

* Joan Collins apt. 631
* Joyce Coyne stu. 110
* Masumi Curtis apt. 626
*Clifford Hodgman Res Care
* Anna Karelas apt. 527
* Helen Little stu. 207
* Anita Stone Res Care
* Arthur Turner apt. 418

 

Mardi Gras Menu

Take a look at this year’s “Fat Tuesday” Jazz Brunch…

Served Appetizer

  • Crab and Corn Bisque Salads
  • Orange sections with Red Cabbage and Poppy seed Dressing
  • Creole Potato Salad
  • Balsamic Pear and Mixed Green Salad

Carving Station

  • Creole Glazed Pit Ham

Brunch Buffet

  • Eggs Benedict w/Tasso Ham
  • N’Orleans Shrimp Scramble
  • Andouille Succotash w/Cream Cheese Grits
  • Fried Oysters
  • Mini Muffulettas
  • Pork Ragu w/Penne Pasta (Chi Civa)
  • Red Beans and Dirty Rice
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Bread Basket w/ Cornbread, Biscuits, and *Sweet Potato Muffins
  • Desserts: Butter Rum Pound Cake w/Bananas Foster
  • Bourbon Pecan Pie, and Flavored King Cakes

Enjoy!

Wear Red Day

On Friday, February 5th, 2016, Americans nationwide will wear red to show their support for heart disease awareness on National Wear Red Day®. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in this life saving awareness movement by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt or tie. AHA lapel pins are available at the front desk for a $2.00 donation. One hundred percent of your donation goes to this cause.

Never Stop Learning!

The Lewiston Auburn Senior College 2016 winter classes (for current members only), are about to begin. If you haven’t already, check with Mark Prevost and get a head start on signing up! For your convenience, the classes below will be taught right here at Schooner:

  • Thursday, February 4th: “U.S. National Parks”. 10 am to 3 pm with 1 hour lunch.
  • Wednesday, February 10th: “The Philosophy  Of Freedom & Liberation”. 9 am to 12 pm.
  • Thursday, February 11th: “Norman Rockwell: An Artist for the People”. 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
  • Friday, February 12th: “Knowing and Sharing  Your Story”. For beginner family historians/genealogists. 1 pm to 3 pm.

If you were already a member, you would be able to take these classes and enjoy special events for free! We encourage you to pick up a pamphlet (see Mark) and find out how to become a member. The benefits and adventures of lifelong learning await you!

Just For You!

We are pleased to have available for you a series of interesting and informative learning videos, “The Great Courses”. They are college-level audio and video courses which contain a large array of fascinating topics, taught by the world’s greatest Professors. They provide the adventure of learning for you to enjoy, right here at Schooner, in our comfortable Theatre Room. The current topic, “The New Testament” started in January and will continue through February. Check your monthly calendar for dates and times. Below are some future courses that we will have available for you, just to name a few!

  • How to Grow Anything: Container Gardening Tip and Techniques
  • A History of Hitler’s Empire, 2nd Edition
  • Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
  • Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age
  • Our Night Sky

January 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

January 2016
Issue 94
Writers: Your Schooner Team
Technical Editor: Sue O’Brien

 

Inside This Issue
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  • 2016 Campaign

  • Robin Dow Kick-off

  • Welcome

  • Fred Moyer Concert

  • Tonie Ramsey Award

  • Mardi Gras 2016

  • Year in Review

  • TWC Service

Happy New Year!

Russian concert pianist, Mark Demidovich will present to us another amazing piano recital on Tuesday, January 5th at 3:00 p.m. A performance sure to impress all! Right here in our Camden Living Room.

2016 Campaign: Words of Wisdom

Here at Schooner Estates, our Residents have lived full and fascinating lives. You’ve lived through good times and bad, prosperity and need, love and loss. You’ve seen wars, progress, invention, and political upheaval. You’ve seen all the things that have changed this world of ours, and what’s more, you’ve seen all constants that have endured. What you’ve gained through all this is something invaluable: your unique and experienced perspective.

This year, Schooner Estates would like to continue the trend of focusing our marketing and awareness efforts on you, our amazing residents. We’re hoping that you will share your words of wisdom with us so that we can, in turn, share them with others: here in the flash, on our Facebook page, maybe even in the Newspaper and beyond!

We will be hosting a video and photo shoot on Wednesday, January 13th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Castine Living Room. We hope you’ll come by and tell us what it is you’ve learned in life that you hope other people can benefit from knowing.  We can’t wait to hear your words of wisdom!

Linda Hildonen

Robin Dow 2016 Kick-Off Meeting

The Robin Dow Senior Citizens Club will resume meetings in the Tenants Harbor Room on January 13th and will still be held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. This meeting brings together seniors from the local area. Living here at Schooner, you have the advantage of not having to go out on cold winter days.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for socializing with free fresh brewed coffee and sale of raffle tickets to members only, prior to the 11:30 a.m. meeting. You are invited to attend as a guest. Members enjoy many scheduled activities such as birthday celebrations. Stop by and enjoy some time with the group. They look forward to seeing you!

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

It is with great pleasure we welcome you to the community!
* Joan Collins apt. 631 * Joyce Coyne stu. 110
* Masumi Curtis apt. 626 * Anna Karelas apt. 327

Piano Player Extraordinaire!

World renowned concert pianist Frederick Moyer will deliver a concert performance for us on Wednesday, January 27th at 4:00 p.m. in our Camden Living Room. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. Don’t miss this concert!

And the Award Goes To…

Congratulation’s goes out to our own Tonie Ramsey. On December 3rd, at the Lewiston Ramada Inn, she and two other women were presented with the inaugural Women of Achievement Award for the YWCA of Central Maine. This prestigious award, the first established by the YWCA to recognize women’s contributions in our community, recognizes women who have made extraordinary accomplishments through community service and dedication to the YWCA mission.

“The Tonie Ramsey Service Award”, was inspired by decades of volunteerism and service to boards of directors, including Central Maine Medical Center’s Bennett Breast Care Center, the Woman’s Literary Union, the Auburn Public Library, the Sarah Frye Home, Androscoggin County United Way and the Women’s Hospital Association.

 

Mardi Gras 2016

Dust off your beads, try on your mask and get ready for Mardi Gras 2016, right here at Schooner! This year’s date is Tuesday, February 9th and we are counting down the days already, planning for it’s early February arrival. Over the years it has become an annual event here at Schooner. During the month of January, you will be receiving information regarding guest sign up and buffet seating times.

 

Year in Review

This January marks my one-year anniversary of working for Schooner Estates as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and it’s been a wonderful year.  While my job can keep me very busy at times, I’ve never felt that I have to work hard to convince people to live here. That’s because there’s something you can feel when you walk through the door here at Schooner for the first time. I remember my first visit, back in December of 2014. When I walked in the main entrance, I could feel it.

What is “it,” you ask? “It” is the positive and caring feeling of a happy community. “It” is staff members that greet you with a smile, tenants that love where they live, and families that trust us, and love coming here to visit their loved ones.  “It” is the quality that everyone should look for in a Senior Living Community, and, let me tell you, Schooner has plenty of “It”!

I’ve had the good fortune to manage, work at and visit many Senior Living Communities, and I can tell you first-hand that Schooner Estates is at the top of the list. I have never felt so close to tenants: when I have a stressful moment in my day, I only need to look up and see Wilhelmina, Cornelia, Sue or Mark walking by with a big smile and a cheerful “hello” to make me feel at ease once again. So many of our tenants are invested in the success of our community, and stop by to share their thoughts and ideas. It’s their caring, and the hard work of our excellent staff, that gives Schooner Estates the reputation of being unparalleled in quality in every level of care. I thank you all for being the reason we have “it.” You’re what “it” is all about!

David Cassidy

 

Time Warner Cable Announcement

In order to provide our residents with excellent customer service, our bulk cable television/entertainment needs provider, Time Warner Cable, has provided Schooner Estates with a dedicated customer care number. The number is 844-725-4339. Feel free to start using it immediately for any questions or concerns you may have regarding this service.