Have a Question? Check out our new Chat feature!

Have a question about senior living or retirement at Dirigo Pines in Orono? There’s no need to wait for an answer — simple visit our newly revamped website at DirigoPines.com and click the “Chat Now” button that pops up. You’ll be automatically connected with a retirement living representative who can answer your question.

Did you know you can also schedule a visit from our website? Click the Schedule a Visit link (or just click here) and answer a few quick questions, like are you interested in retirement living for yourself or a loved one? Then select a date and time. It’s that easy!

And you can always call us directly at 207-866-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Test Your Knowledge: Presidents’ Day Trivia

Happy Presidents’ Day! There are always fun and games happening around Dirigo Pines, and Maine’s presidential links are well known. Here are some fun Presidents’ Day trivia questions… and answers down below!  Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and see how well you know our country’s leaders…

  1. The “Summer White House” of President George H.W. Bush is located in Kennebunkport and named:
    1. Mount Vernon
    2. Walker’s Point
    3. Camp David
  2. When George Washington left the presidency in 1797, he started a highly successful business and became one of the largest U.S. producers of what?
    1. Whiskey
    2. Baked Beans
    3. Wooden Teeth
  3. Gerald Ford had a successful career as what in his youth?
    1. Race Car Driver
    2. Fashion Model
    3. Sandwich Artist
  4. Who is the only president to be married in a ceremony at the White House?
    1. John Quincy Adams
    2. William McKinley
    3. Grover Cleveland
  5. Four presidents have received the Nobel Peace Prize, including Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and …
    1. John F. Kennedy
    2. Ronald Reagan
    3. Barack Obama
  6. Which president became a Supreme Court Justice after his retirement?
    1. William Howard Taft
    2. Gerald Ford
    3. Warren G. Harding
  7. Which president is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?
    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Lyndon B. Johnson
    3. Bill Clinton
  8. Campobello Island, located off the coast of Maine and technically in Canada, was the summer retreat of which president?
    1. Franklin Roosevelt
    2. Dwight Eisenhower
    3. Calvin Coolidge

And a 3 point Bonus Question: Which three U.S. presidents died on the 4th of July?


  1. B. The property has been a family retreat for more than a century, starting with Bush’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather.
  2. A. In 1997, archaeologists discovered the foundation of the original distillery at Mount Vernon, reconstructed the building based on its original design, and it’s now open to the public.
  3. B. He even appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
  4. C. Three presidents married while in office. John Tyler, whose wife Letitia had died a year and nine months before, wed Julia Gardiner in New York City on June 26, 1844; bachelor Grover Cleveland (the only president to be married in a White House ceremony) wed Frances Folsom, the daughter of a former law partner, on June 2, 1886; Woodrow Wilson, whose wife Ellen had died a year and four months before, married Edith Bolling Galt at the bride’s Washington, D.C. home on December 18, 1915.
  5. C. Roosevelt received his in 1906 for his many efforts toward international peace, Wilson for founding the League of Nations after World War I, Carter won the prize in 2002 for his efforts to advance human rights and advance peaceful solutions to international conflicts. Obama was honored with a Nobel in 2009 for his work toward strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation.
  6. A. President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft to be chief justice. Taft is the only former president to swear in an incoming president. While serving as Chief Justice, Taft administered the Oath of Office to Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and Herbert Hoover in 1929.
  7. A. Lincoln is rumored to have been defeated only once in approximately 300 matches.
  8. A. Roosevelt’s 34-room residence is the centerpiece of Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

Bonus: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the country’s birth. James Monroe, the fifth president, died five years later in 1831.

How Sweet!

Dirigo Pines’ residents love raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, and what sweeter way than sending Candy Grams? Our residents have been purchasing Candy Grams all month long for a $1 each, to be delivered by our Activities staff on Valentine’s Day — to send some love and brighten each other’s day. The proceeds are all going to support Team Dirigo’s fundraising efforts for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. What’s not to love?!

Cottage Available Now!

Ready to make the move to retirement living? There’s a beautiful cottage at Dirigo Pines ready and waiting for you! This 1,400 square foot cottage is tastefully finished with warm colors and modern details, such as slate appliances and an unpainted wooden mantle over the gas fireplace. The kitchen is open to the combined dining and living area, perfect for gathering friends and family. Lift-from-the-bottom, honeycomb shades increase privacy without limiting natural light. Enjoy a master suite with private bath, and a quiet loft ready for guests. And did we mention the heated sun room and nearby nature trail? Come take a look today!

Click here for all the details. For more living options, visit our site by clicking here.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a visit.

Get Outside this Winter!

Retirement living means more time for activities like skiing and snowshoeing! Dirigo Pines nature trails are great to explore on snowshoes in the winter, and nearby you’ll find lots of trails perfect for a winter hike or cross-country ski outing.

The Penobscot Valley Ski Club offers a great list of nordic trails on its website (click here). PVSC grooms several trail systems that are free and open to the public. Trails around Orono include the Caribou Bog Ski Trail, trails behind the Orono schools, and University of Maine trails (click here for a UMaine trail map).

Just down the road in Bangor, try out the open trails groomed around the Bangor Municipal Golf Course, or head to Hampden’s middle school and try out the Reeds Brook trails.

Ever been snow shoeing? It’s another great and super fun way to enjoy the snow! Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in nearby Alton (about 10 minutes from Orono) offers some amazing snow shoeing opportunities, as well as the University of Maine. 

What’s your favorite winter activity? Share it below!

Dirigo Dish: Sweet Potato Nachos

Get ready for some football and game day snacks with this heart-healthy nacho alternative from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), makes about 6 cups of rounds
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/3 cup black beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato (1 plum tomato)


  • 1/3 cup no-salt-added, canned, diced tomatoes (drained, rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup chopped avocado


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cover the baking pans with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes thinly (about quarter-inch rounds). In a bowl, toss the rounds with olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder and paprika. Spread evenly on prepared pan (might need two pans). Bake for 10 minutes and use a spatula to flip the sweet potato rounds. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crisp.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle beans and cheese over the sweet potatoes. Return to oven until cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with tomato and avocado. Serve.
    The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

Test Your Knowledge: 10 Maine Trivia Questions

How much do you know about our great state of Maine? Here are some fun trivia questions… and answers down below! Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and see how well you know Dirigo Pines’ home state…

  1. “Dirigo” means what?
    1. Peace and Liberty
    2. I Lead
    3. Ever Upward
  2. The official Maine state dessert is:
    1. Whoopie Pie
    2. Blueberry Pie
    3. Whoopie Pie
  3. Farmington celebrates Chester Greenwood Day. As a teenager, what did Greenwood invent to earn this special day?
    1. Earmuffs
    2. Snowpants
    3. Mittens
  4. The Maine State Tree is the:
    1. White Ash
    2. White Birch
    3. White Pine
  5. How many islands are there in Maine?
    1. 1,166
    2. 2,166
    3. 3,166
  6. True or False: Maine is the only state with one syllable.
  7. True or False: Maine is the only state to border just one other state.
  8. Which city was Maine’s first capital, before it was moved to Augusta in 1832?
    1. Portland
    2. Ellsworth
    3. York
  9. True or False: Geographically, Maine is bigger than the other 5 New England states combined.
  10. What’s the Maine state animal?
    1. Lobster
    2. Moose
    3. Black Bear

And a 16 point Bonus Question: How many Maine counties can you name?


  1. B. Dirigo is Latin for “I Direct” or “I Lead.”
  2. B. Blueberry Pie. The whoopie pie is the Maine state treat.
  3. A. Earmuffs. Greenwood invented earmuffs in 1873 at the age of 15.
  4. C. White Pine. And the Maine State Flower is the white pine cone and tassel.
  5. C. 3,166 islands.
  6. True
  7. True
  8. A. Portland.
  9. True. And Aroostook County is bigger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
  10. B. Moose. Maine has more moose per mile than any other state, except Alaska.

Bonus: Cumberland, Franklin, Piscataquis, Kennebec, Oxford, Androscoggin, Waldo, Washington, York, Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Aroostook and Penobscot. Do you sing the counties to the tune of Yankee Doodle like most Maine-educated kids? It’s never too late to learn — click here. There are 16 counties in our state, from Cumberland to Franklin… 

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell

Did you miss our last presentation from Rudman Winchell about Financial Powers of Attorney and Substitute Decision Making? Attorney Tracy Collins stopped by to talk about protecting yourself and your family in case of incapacity. This was the first part of a 4-Part Series presented by Rudman Winchell and hosted at Dirigo Pines. We were pleased to have such a great turnout!

Stay tuned for our next featured presentation with Rudman Winchell coming up on Tuesday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll be hosting an Advanced Health Care Directive Workshop.

Part 3 of the series will be held Sept. 10 regarding Wills & Beneficiary Designations. Part 4 will be held Nov. 12 on Planning with Trusts.

You can reserve your spot today by calling Dawn Spinney at 992-2302 or emailing dspinney@rudmanwinchell.com.

5 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courageous civil rights work. In honor of this American hero, we’re sharing a few interesting facts you may not know about him:

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. was named was Michael at birth. 
    He was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
  2. King got his doctorate from Boston University.
    King skipped both 9th and 12th grade because he was such a gifted student (his mother was a school teacher who taught him to read before he even entered school), and King entered Morehouse College at age 15. He was ordained before graduating with a degree in sociology. After earning a divinity degree from Pennsylvania’s Crozer Theological Seminary, King attended graduate school at Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in theology in 1955. And it was while he attended school in Boston that King met his future wife, Coretta Scott, who was attending the New England Conservatory of Music nearby.
  3. He went to jail 29 times.
    King was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges, such as when he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
  4. King was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
    In 1964 at the age of 35, Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent work in the civil rights movement. After his death, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. From his early studies at school, he was influenced by the peaceful teachings of Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi.
  5. George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.
    In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr.. The holiday, first commemorated in 1986, is celebrated on the third Monday in January, close to the civil rights leader’s January 15 birthday.

Field Trip: Emera Astronomy Center Outing

One of the best parts of living at Dirigo Pines is our proximity to the University of Maine and all their great shows and offerings. Have you checked out the Emera Astronomy Center yet? Our residents recently took a trip to experience “Expedition Reef.” This full-dome planetarium show provides an up-close look at a part of our planet many people have never experienced, exploring the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” and embarking on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems – coral reefs.

The Emera Astronomy Center is open to the public and very affordable. Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for adults, $5 for UMaine students, veterans and seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 207.581.1341, or at the ticket box office prior to the show. The Expedition Reef show is going on through Jan. 25.

Learn more at astro.umaine.edu/publicevents.