Picture Yourself Here: Independent Living at Dirigo Pines

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell – Part 3

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Dirigo Pines for another Lunch & Lunch event from Rudman Winchell. We’ll be discussing Wills & Beneficiary Designations.

Discover what you need to know about writing your will, designating beneficiaries, and keeping things up-to-date.

This is the third of a 4-part series brought to you by Dirigo Pines, Rudman Winchell and Maine Elder Law Firm.

This presentation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dirigo Pines, 9 Alumni Drive in Orono.

And stay tuned for Part 4 of our series, scheduled for Nov. 12 on Planning with Trusts.

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

Celebrating Grandparents Day!

What’s more grand than getting to watch children grow and bloom. Being a grandparent is a special gift in itself — and celebrating Grandparents Day this Sunday, Sept. 8 with young ones makes it all the more fun. Here are a few ideas for spending some time together this weekend — or any time of the year!

Take a Hike

People of all ages can appreciate spending time in nature, spotting wildlife, listening to the birds and enjoying some sunshine together. Dirigo Pines offers beautiful nature trails to enjoy with family (click here for more information), and nearby you’ll find more perfect spots for a stroll or hike. Just minutes away is the Orono Bog Walk — the perfect length of a leisurely walk and full of natural fun and surprises (click here for more info). Or head to Fields Pond Audubon Center, just 20 minutes away, to do a little hiking, bird watching or paddle the lake (click here for details).

Share a Family Recipe

It’s not secret that grandmas already have the best cookies and treats — but sometimes their recipes are. Share your secret recipe for ginger snaps, coffee cake or whatever your speciality dish might be. Getting messy in the kitchen with little ones creates lasting memories for everyone.

Growing Together

Not a baker, but maybe you have a green thumb? Sharing your gardening know-how — kids are always willing to dig in the dirt or help harvest ripe fruits and veggies. Planting seeds, watching them grow and reaping the rewards is all part of the fun.

Get Crafty

Share your love of knitting, sowing, painting or creating with your grandkids. Creating something beautiful and useful from simple supplies can have a lasting effect. You find lots of ideas online as well to help you find the perfect craft based on the child’s age and skill level.

Sharing and spending time together this Grandparents Day is the perfect way to create new memories and a lasting bond.

Have you signed up yet?

There’s still time! Team Dirigo Pines and Geaghan’s Brewing are teaming up to present the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raffle Fundraiser! Buy a ticket for just $1 each and you’ll be entered to win lots of great prizes! Tickets are available at Geaghan’s Tasting Room in Brewer, at Dirigo Pines in Orono, or via email by contacting arsmith@dirigopines.com or tcomer@dirigopines.com.

Then plan to join us this Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Geaghan’s Tasting Room for prize drawings and specials on pints. Enjoy a select draft for just $3.50. Snacks will be available by donation. You can also purchase raffle tickets during the event.

All raffle and snack proceeds will benefit Team Dirigo Pines’ fundraising efforts for the 2019 Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Cheers to a great cause!

Click here to discover more about this fun event!

The 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for October 19. To learn more about supporting this important cause, click here.

Dirigo Dish: Spaghetti Squash

Fresh summer veggies are ready! Always wanted to try spaghetti squash? Here’s a tasty and simple recipe to give it a try at home! Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

Servings 4  

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    spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
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    non-stick cooking spray
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    1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
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    1 clove fresh garlic (minced)

    OR

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    1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
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    1/2 small onion (chopped)
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    1 cup tomatoes (diced)

    OR

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    8 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
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    1/4 tsp. black pepper
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    1/4 tsp. dried, salt-free herbs, Italian blend
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    1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
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    16 oz. canned, no salt added tomato sauce
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    1/2 cup small “bite size” fresh mozzarella balls (can substitute fresh mozzarella), cut into bite-size pieces
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    1/4 cup coarsely chopped, or, torn basil

    OR

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    1 tsp. dried basil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, place halves of squash face down and bake for 1 hour or until tender.
  3. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, pepper, herbs and red pepper flakes. Cook until liquid is evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Let squash sit at room temperature until just cool enough to handle. Take a fork and scrap flesh from outside working in, creating “spaghetti noodles.”
  5. Add squash “noodles” to sauce and remove from heat. Toss with mozzarella balls and fresh basil and 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!

Win Prizes and Support a Great Cause!

Team Dirigo Pines and Geaghan’s Brewing present the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raffle Fundraiser! Buy a ticket for just $1 each and you’ll be entered to win lots of great prizes! Tickets are available at Geaghan’s Tasting Room in Brewer, at Dirigo Pines in Orono, or via email by contacting arsmith@dirigopines.com or tcomer@dirigopines.com.

Then plan to join us Thursday, September 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Geaghan’s Tasting Room for prize drawings and specials on pints. Enjoy a select draft for just $3.50. Snacks will be available by donation.

All raffle and snack proceeds will benefit Team Dirigo Pines’ fundraising efforts for the 2019 Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Click here to discover more about this fun event!

Fashion for a Cause!

Check out all the latest styles and support the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Dirigo Pines’ Fashion Show coming August 22 from 1-3:30.

Christopher Banks and Valentine Footwear will be showcasing beautiful designs with Dirigo residents and staff serving as the fashion models!

Christopher Banks will also be offering 40% off items that they will have available at the show for purchase, and raffling off a complete outfit to one lucky winner! Enjoy other prizes, along with free refreshments!

All proceeds will be donated to the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Katie Luce, Community Events Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will be in attendance!

RSVP by August 10 to lcates@dirigopines.com or call 866-3400!

Take a Stroll Around the Orono Bog Walk

Summer in Maine is best enjoyed outdoors! Very nearby Dirigo Pines is the Orono Bog Walk — a popular destination for walking, as well as running and biking on the connected trails of the Bangor City Forest (click here for more about the City Forest).

The Orono Bog Walk is a 1-mile boardwalk loop that begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the Orono town line into the portion of the Orono Bog owned by the University of Maine. Along the way, the boardwalk passes through a wide range of changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog.

It’s a fascinating and educational walk, allowing visitors to observe the colorful bog, its tranquil beauty and the amazing plants and animals that call the bog home. Signs with illustrations help visitors spot interesting plant and animal life along the way. 

Hours through Labor Day are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The boardwalk is a wheelchair-friendly facility, and benches for rest and contemplation are provided at least every 200 feet. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Bog Walk.

Nature walks are scheduled throughout the summer, guided by experts in their respective fields that provide insights into the ecology and natural history of the flora and fauna found along the boardwalk. Learn more and find a calendar by clicking here.

On Saturday, August 31, Allie Gardner, University of Maine Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology, School of Biology and Ecology will lead a tick and mosquito walk at the Boardwalk. Meet at the cabin at the start of the Boardwalk at 9 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to retirement, there are so many questions you need answered. Making the best decision for you and your family means having all the information you need to make the right choices. Here are just a few of the questions we receive to help you along your path to retirement living…

Q. How does the cost of senior living compare to remaining at home?

A. Start by totaling all of your separate current living expenses and compare that number to the total cost for living at one of our communities. You may find that senior living is more cost effective than you thought. Click here for a handy comparison guide.

Q. How do I financially plan for senior living?

A. Understanding the available financial options is an important step that should be made early in the process. From Veteran’s Benefits to tax benefits, our resources can make senior living more affordable.

Q. What should I expect when I move?

A. The prospect of moving can be overwhelming, which is why our team is here to provide support and preparation. From finding the ideal living option to moving into it, our goal is to make the process simpler than ever.

Q. How do I begin the conversation with my loved one?

A. We’re here to remind you that you are not alone in navigating potentially difficult discussions. Engaging in open, honest dialogue from the beginning sets the stage for a positive journey. Click here for more tips for talking with parents about senior living options.
Find more questions and answers by clicking here. To learn more about Dirigo Pines or schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Test Your Knowledge: Summer in Maine

Summer in Maine is full of endless opportunities for travel and staycationing at its finest. Summon your knowledge of Maine day-trips within a short drive of Dirigo Pines, and take the quiz — or better yet, quiz your friends on the way to your summer destination.

  1. Maine’s famed Acadia National Park is only about an hour from Dirigo Pines.

    John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donated more than 10,000 acres of land to the park, and helped designed the road system that runs through the park. Name that road system: 

    1. Acadia Avenues
    2. Island Explorer Trails
    3. Carriage Roads
  2. A visit to Portland (just 2 hours from Dirigo Pines) isn’t complete without a visit to the state’s oldest lighthouse. Name that lighthouse:
    1. Portland Head Light
    2. Bug Light
    3. Spring Point Ledge
  3. Ogunquit (about 2.5 hours from Dirigo Pines) offers tourists miles of sandy beaches and the famed Marginal Way walking path. In Algonquin, “Ogunquit” means:
    1. Beautiful Place By The Sea
    2. Many Will Visit Here
    3. Excellent Fishing
  4. Just an hour and a half from Dirigo Pines, you’ll find Moosehead Lake and the town of Greenville. Visitors can tour the lake on a steamboat built in 1914 that was once used to tow logs. Name that boat:
    1. The Big Moose
    2. The Katahdin
    3. The Lily Bay

Bonus Question: The Maine Lobster Festival (www.mainelobsterfestival.com) is being held this week in Rockland (only 1.5 hours away), another popular tourist destination. Maine is the world leader in lobster. Last year, how many millions of pounds of lobsters were caught in Maine?

Answers:

  1. C. The Carriage Roads and stone bridges in Acadia National Park were constructed between 1913 and 1940 for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and carriages.
  2. A. Portland Head Light is in nearby Cape Elizabeth and was commissioned by George Washington.
  3. A. Ogunquit’s Marginal Way connects the center of town to Perkins Cove, a small fishing village.
  4. B. The boat is known as the Kate around town and was built at Bath Iron Works.

Bonus: In 2018, the Maine Lobster catch was 119 million pounds, over $484 million worth.