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

June 2016 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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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 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 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.