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.

December 2015 Schooner Flash Newsletter

December 2015 Schooner Flash Newsletter

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The Schooner Flash

December 2015
Issue 93

Inside This Issue
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  • Holiday Parties

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Concert Reminder

  • Welcome

  • Camden Tree

  • Maintenance Note

  • Party Menu

  • Hanukkah Note

  • Awareness Campaign

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

Be sure to stop by and watch the Castine Outdoor Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 1st at 4:00 p.m. Cookies and hot cider will be served!

Let the Festivities Begin!

Celebrate the season and plan to attend our annual Schooner holiday parties. Join your neighbors and friends for an evening of song and good cheer. Each festive event includes live entertainment, delicious light fare, eggnog, and of course, exceptional company! See page two for our holiday party menu.

Apartment residents will celebrate on Tuesday, December 15th at 5:00 p.m. in the Tenants Harbor Room. Their New Year’s Eve party is scheduled for Thursday, December 31st in the Tenants Harbor Room, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Residential Care, Memory Care and the Castine Studios will have their party on Wednesday, December 16th in the Village Green at 5:00 p.m. The New Years party will be on Thursday, December 31st at 3:00 p.m. in the Village Green.

Entertainer “Mary Murphy” will provide the entertainment for the Holiday Parties.

Just a reminder…

If you haven’t already, sign up for a spectacular trip to Portland’s Merrill Auditorium for this years performance of “The Magic of Christmas”. It is scheduled for Friday, December 18th. Tickets are going fast! We will be leaving Schooner at 12:20 p.m. Call the front desk and sign up – you’ll be glad you did!

Have a wonderful time!

Who’s New in the Neighborhood…

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

  • Ann Anderson, apt. 334
  • Horace Atwood, stu. 107
  • Irene Ledoux, apt. 316
  • Flora McGraw, Res Care B108
  • Arlene Poland, Res Care C102

It’s Time to Decorate the Tree!

The annual decorating of the Camden Christmas tree will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. Stop by and enjoy a fun social visit with friends and neighbors, along with refreshments! Delicious food, entertainment and high spirits are always the trademark of Schooner Estate’s holiday celebrations and events. Everyone is invited to join in!

Holiday Party Menu

Here is a list of the delicious foods that will be served at our 2015 holiday parties.

*Assorted Fruit and Cheese with Crackers
*Mixed Nuts
*Stuffed Cocktail Rolls with Lobster,
*Ham, and Egg Salad *Spanakopita
*Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
*Scallops Wrapped in Maple Bacon
*Swedish Meatballs *Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Holiday Table

*Glazed Pecans *Holiday Cookies/Sweets
*Coffee/Tea *Holiday Punch
*Spiced Egg Nog

Enjoy!

Let the Snowflakes Fly!

If you need your vehicle for an appointment during the upcoming snowy winter months, be sure to inform maintenance the day before or at least a few hours before you need it. We’ll get it cleaned off and have it ready for you.

Please call maintenance at extension 159 with your name and apartment number and what time you will need your car. We will start your car, clear frost from the windshield and do any snow removal around the car.

One candle for each night
Sheds a sweet light
To remind us of
those days long ago…
HAPPY HANUKKAH!

~ Our 2015 Awareness Campaign Comes to an End ~

As many of you know, in 2015 we did something new with our marketing at Schooner Estates: we launched the “Our Community is Your Community” awareness campaign. During this campaign, we featured Schooner Residents and Employees, highlighting their connection to the Lewiston-Auburn Community and beyond. Each month, we picked a resident or staff member to interview about their life, their connection to Lewiston-Auburn and surrounding communities, and their feelings about Schooner. From there, we created a print ad for the Sun Journal, and posted (or will post!) a companion video on YouTube. Below a list of who we featured:

January: Irving Grant  •  February: Tony Emmi  •  March: Dorothy Larrabee  •  April: Larry Fortier
•  May: Bob Pacios  •  June: Jan Elie  •  July: Martin and Phyllis Dow  •  August: The Labrie Sisters: Florence Raymond, Therese Deschenes and Irene Delorme  •  September: Barbara Howe  •  October: Carl Harrigan and Christopher Boivin  •  November: Ellen Magnussen  •  And Coming in December: John Orestis and Barbra Crowley!

You’ve probably seen the print ads in the paper, or posted on the wall near the side entrance to the kitchen. If you haven’t seen the videos yet, you can find the ones that have been posted so far on YouTube by searching for Schooner Estates, or “Like” Schooner Estates on Facebook to see them as they are posted. Also, we will be showing the ads on video in our Tenants Harbor Room on Tuesday, December 29th at 2:15 p.m. Be sure to stop by!

We send a heartfelt Thank You for everyone who participated, watched, and shared these spots. We hope to continue the tradition of involving you, our fabulous Schooner Residents, in our marketing, so be ready for 2016’s Campaign!

~ Linda Hildonen