Assisted Living at Dirigo Pines

Enrich everyday experiences and receive care that stands out from the rest in Kenduskeag Commons at Dirigo Pines. In our assisted living lifestyle, residents enjoy the comforts of a place to call their very own while getting the personalized assistance they need throughout their daily routines. From planned activities to social events, assisted living residents participate in fulfilling experiences throughout the day and have 24/7 help at their fingertips.

Apartments

Choose from a variety of one‐bedroom, one bath apartment styles and become a part of one caring community. Click here to check out the floor plans of various apartments.

Services & Amenities

  • Choice of multiple one-bedroom floor plans with kitchenettes
  • Housekeeping and maintenance, including linen service
  • Many utilities included
  • Outdoor courtyards with putting green, nature trails, and trout ponds
  • Fitness Center
  • Beauty Salon/Barber Shop
  • Media room, library, and arts and crafts studio

Click here to learn more about Assisted Living at Dirigo Pines. 

If you’re looking for a community that understands and honors you as a unique individual, you’ve come to the right place. To schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Test Your Knowledge: Happy 4th!

The 4th of July is a time to celebrate America — let’s see how much you know about the history and traditions of this special holiday. Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your Independence Day knowledge…

  1. Independence Day first became a federal holiday in:
    1. 1776
    2. 1870
    3. 1920
  2. The Declaration of Independence was signed by how many men from the 13 original colonies?
    1. 13
    2. 39
    3. 56
  3. Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
    1. Benjamin Franklin
    2. Thomas Jefferson
    3. John Hancock
  4. Only 2 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence went on to become president. Name them.
  5. Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4. Name all 3. 

Bonus Question: Name the 13 original colonies. 1 point per colony!

Answers:

  1. B. 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
  2. C. 56
  3. A. Benjamin Franklin — he was 70 years old. Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) was the youngest.
  4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Elbridge Gerry also signed and later served as vice president under James Madison. He was also known for dividing electoral districts for political gain — now known as “gerrymandering.”
  5. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams and Jefferson (who both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.

Bonus: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

Living in Vacationland – July 2019

Welcome to summer in Vacationland! Tourists travel hundreds of miles to visit Maine and experience what we’ve got right in our own backyard. July is a great time to take advantage of living in Maine — here are just a few of the fun activities going on within a short drive of Dirigo Pines.

  • Moxie Festival: Celebrate a uniquely Maine soda with fireworks, block party, parade, petting zoo, 5K run, concerts and more! Whether you’re a fan or just trying Moxie for the first time, this event is all about having fun. July 12-14 in Lisbon (about 1.5 hours from Dirigo Pines). Click here for more info.
  • Maine International Film Festival: Showcasing 100 premier releases of American independent and international cinema, classic revivals, inspiring performances, exhibitions, and community workshops. July 12-21 in Waterville (about 1 hour from Dirigo Pines). Click here to learn more.
  • Bucksport Bay Festival: The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate “Small Town Americana“ at this year’s 22nd Annual Bucksport Bay Festival, a three-day event on the Bucksport Waterfront and Main Street. The waterfront will play host to fireworks, dinghy races, food vendors, local craftsmen, and a full slate of local musicians on the Town Dock Stage with featured performances by Motor Booty Affair and more!  July 19-21 in Bucksport (about 30 minutes from Dirigo Pines). Click here to learn more.
  • Maine Lobster Festival: What’s more Maine than lobster? The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine! July 31-August 4 in Rockland (about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Dirigo Pines. Click here for details.

What’s your favorite Maine summer festival? Comment below!

Dirigo Dish: Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Fruit Salsa

Crunchy chips and fresh fruit salsa — yum! Check out this summertime recipe from the American Heart Association, with mango, kiwi, pineapple and more. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 drops cinnamon-flavored liquid stevia sweetener
  • ½ packet stevia sweetener packet (organic or natural) or ¼ teaspoon stevia sweetner (organic or natural)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6-inch corn tortillas, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup diced mango (from ½ of a medium mango)
  • 1 medium kiwifruit, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup pineapple tidbits, canned in their own juice, drained
  • ¼ cup diced strawberries (about 2 large)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 squeezes tropical punch-flavored stevia water enhancer

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, cinnamon-flavored liquid stevia sweetener, stevia sweetener, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Place half of the tortilla wedges in a medium bowl. Drizzle half of the oil mixture over the wedges. Repeat with the remaining tortilla wedges and oil mixture. Using a spoon or clean hands, toss the wedges with the oil mixture.
  4. Arrange the wedges in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.  Using a spoon or clean hands, toss the wedges with the oil mixture.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Turn over the wedges. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the wedges are golden brown and crisp. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the orange, mango, kiwifruit, pineapple, strawberries, cilantro, lime zest, and tropical punch-flavored stevia water enhancer. Serve with the tortilla chips.

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!

Open House Coming Soon!

Looking to simplify retirement living? You’ve come to the right place! Dirigo Pines’ Cottage Community offers one monthly fee that includes cable television, internet, grounds keeping, snow plowing, trash removal, building repairs, maintenance and more. You can also access an array of services and facilities in the central Inn, including a beautiful gathering room with a large fireplace, dining rooms, library, hair salon, activity rooms and more. 

Every duplex style cottage home at Dirigo Pines offers a living room, dining area, fully applianced kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available. Click here to learn more about our cottage community. 

July 10 from 9:30 -11 a.m.

Open Houses: Cottages at 14 Poplar Drive, 110 Dirigo Drive and 13 Longwood Court.

We currently have 3 cottages available. Stop by our Open House on July 10 to take a look inside these beautiful homes. Enjoy living surrounded by natural beauty, with all the conveniences of Dirigo Pines and the Town of Orono, just steps away.

Learn more about 14 Poplar Drive

Learn more about 110 Dirigo Drive

Learn more about 13 Longwood Court

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 tour.

Take a Hike: Fields Pond Audubon Center

Happy First Day of Summer! The weather is finally starting to cooperate, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy it. There are dozens of amazing hiking trails all around Dirigo Pines, perfect for exploring, relaxing, and taking in some nature.

Nearby at Fields Pond Audubon Center (about 20 minutes away — click here for driving directions) in Holden, you’ll find the perfect escape whether you want to hike, bird watch or just enjoy a nice picnic. The 192-acre property offers a gorgeous hiking trails in Ravine Trail, just off the parking lot, that features rock stairways and stepping stones across a small stream. The Lakeshore Trail travels over a 300-foot cedar boardwalk and offers views of Fields Pond.

If you’re a bird watcher or nature lover, you’re in luck. More than 20 varieties of butterflies have been recorded at the sanctuary, along with 130 bird species. The Maine Audubon Nature Store offers books, bird feeders, binoculars and more, as well as trail maps.

Learn more by clicking here, and visit the center for yourself this summer! The center offers fun events throughout the year, including guided nature walks, bird talks, and moonlight paddles on the pond.

Give Dad the Gift of Experience with these Fun June Events

There are lots of fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day that don’t involve a new tie. Think outside the box and give the gift of experience this year. There are lots of fun happenings all around Dirigo Pines this month — take Dad and the whole family for an outing they won’t forget.

Waterfront Concerts

Just 15 minutes from Dirigo Pines, you’ll find some of the biggest names in music (and comedy and more) performing at the Bangor Waterfront. The concert season kicks into high gear in June, featuring the Outlaw Music Festival on June 14 with Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh, Alison Krause and more. Visit waterfrontconcerts.com for tickets and more shows!

Best of the North Fest 

Beer, food and music might be the perfect trio for Dad’s gift this year. Check out this all day celebration of Maine breweries, food trucks, and fun musical tribute acts on the Bangor Waterfront. Coming June 22. Click visitbangormaine.com for details.

Whoopie Pie Festival

Speaking of great food, what’s a more “Maine” way to spend time with Dad than at the Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft (less than an hour from Dirigo Pines) on June 22. Taste-test, dance, and have an all around good time with the whole family. mainewhoopiepiefestival.com

Portland Sea Dogs Game

Catch a ballgame with Dad at Portland’s Hadlock Field (2 hours from Dirigo Pines) and watch Maine’s own minor league baseball team. Sea Dogs games are fun for everyone with affordable tickets and concessions and plenty of action. For a full schedule, click here.

Take a Look Inside

Springtime has us thinking of new beginnings — like retirement and what that might look like. Maybe it’s a comfortable, well-appointed cottage in a community full of other retirees, days spent tending to gardens, exploring nature trails, and sharing meals with friends; no home maintenance to worry about. The Cottage Community at Dirigo Pines might be just what you’re looking for.

Our Cottage Community offers one monthly fee which includes cable television, internet, grounds keeping, snow plowing, trash removal, building repairs, maintenance and more. You can also access an array of services and facilities in the central Inn, including a beautiful gathering room with a large fireplace, dining rooms, library, hair salon, activity rooms and more. There is even a large private dining room, which you can reserve for your own gatherings with friends and family.

Every duplex style cottage home at Dirigo Pines offers a living room, dining area, fully applianced kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available. Click here to learn more about our cottage community. 

June 12 & June 26 from 9:30 -11 a.m.

Open Houses: Cottages at 14 Poplar Drive, 110 Dirigo Drive and 13 Longwood Court.

We currently have 3 cottages available. Stop by our Open House on Tuesday, June 12 or 26 to take a look inside these beautiful homes. Enjoy living surrounded by natural beauty, with all the conveniences of Dirigo Pines and the Town of Orono, just steps away.

Learn more about 14 Poplar Drive

Learn more about 110 Dirigo Drive

Learn more about 13 Longwood Court

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 tour.

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Dirigo Dish: Spinach Salad

Brighter, lighter eating is what springtime is all about. Fresh greens, farmers market finds and a light, warm orange vinaigrette all come together in this healthy salad from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. fresh spinach
  • 2 medium Italian plum (Roma) tomatoes (sliced crosswise)
  • 1 oz. crumbled soft goat cheese (1/4 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. imitation bacon bits
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds (dry-roasted)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
  • 2 medium green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Directions

  1. In a large serving bowl, make one layer each, in order, of the spinach, tomatoes, goat cheese, bacon bits and almonds.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the green onions for 1 to 2 minutes, or until almost soft, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining dressing ingredients. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the brown sugar is dissolved and the mixture is heated through, stirring occasionally. Pour over the salad.
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!