Test Your Knowledge: Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! We love being surrounded by nature at Dirigo Pines and doing our part to take care of the Earth. One recent project is offering reusable containers for meals ordered from the kitchen for Inn residents. How are you going green? Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your Earth Day knowledge…

  1. Dirigo Pines residents are all about being good stewards of the Earth and following the 3 Rs, which stand for: 
    1. Reuse, Reformat, Recycle
    2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    3. Recycle, Recognize, Return
  2. Earth Day was first celebrated in what year?
    1. 1970
    2. 1980
    3. 1990
  3. The “father” of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson, was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Which state was Sen. Nelson from?
    1. Maine
    2. Wisconsin
    3. Vermont
  4. Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson, documenting the adverse effects caused by the use of pesticides. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is located in which Maine town?
    1. Presque Isle
    2. Ellsworth
    3. Wells
  5. Maine has how many State Parks and Historic Sites to explore?
    1. 8
    2. 28
    3. 48
  6. The Lorax is a popular children’s book about the environment, first published in 1971. Who wrote it?
    1. Dr. Seuss
    2. Roald Dahl
    3. Judy Bloom

And a 5 Point Bonus Question: What are the 5 main types of clean renewable energy sources?


  1. B. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  2. A. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970.
  3. B. Sen. Nelson was from Wisconsin. Earth Day was started as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.
  4. C. “Silent Spring” was published on September 27, 1962.
  5. C. According to Maine.gov, there 48 State Parks and Historic Sites.
  6. A. The Lorax “speaks for the trees.”

Bonus: Wind Power, Solar Power, Biomass (the term for using plants and organic matter for fuel), Geothermal, and Hydroelectric.

Happy Easter!

From family to bunnies to baskets — Easter is one of those special holidays with deep meaning for many. At Dirigo Pines, we recognize that religion is an important piece of the lives of many in our community, and that’s why we offer regular bible study groups, hymn singing, Catholic communion, and transportation to local churches for Sunday services.

Our monthly newsletter details times and meeting places for religious services. Click here for more details about this month’s opportunities. 

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.


Join Us for the Heart of the Pines Golf Tournament!

Join us for senior living at its finest! Dirigo Pines is pleased to host The Heart of the Pines Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 18 at Hidden Meadows Golf Course in Old Town.

Tee time is at 8 a.m. The cost is $60 per player, with 4-person teams. The fee includes a cart and lunch. And lots prizes will be given out during lunch following the tournament!

All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

To register, contact Laurie Cates at 866-3400 or email lcates@dirigopines.com. Register by May 3!

Interested in sponsoring? Sponsor a hole for just $75! Contact Laurie. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

Easy on the Ears: The Many Benefits of Music

There are so many ways to enjoy retirement living, socialize with new friends, and experience something new — and listening to music is one of our very favorite things to do at Dirigo Pines. Each month we line up tons of opportunities for residents to enjoy everything from ragtime piano to strings to celtic folk tunes right here at the Inn.

We have frequent musical guests join us to entertain our residents, including piano players, Irish music experts, country guitars, trombone players, and more. Last month, The Maine Steiners, the University of Maine’s all male a cappella group, stopped by to share their talents. Every week brings new musical entertainment to delight residents, including our regular Wine & Cheese Social with Fireside Strings.

In addition to being a relaxing hobby and making for an evening of fun, did you know music can actually be good for you? Listening to a tune can help reduce stress and anxiety, lift your mood, help you sleep — and if you’re learning a new instrument or practicing a new song, it can even make you smarter!

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.

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell – Part 2

Join us Tuesday, April 2 at Dirigo Pines for another Lunch & Lunch event from Rudman Winchell. Attorney Rachel Trafton and Sarah Barr will hold an Advance Health Care Directive Workshop.

Learn what an Advance Health Care Directive is, if you should have one, and what is included. Discover how to protect yourself and your family in case of incapacity.

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

This presentation will take place Tuesday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dirigo Pines, 9 Alumni Drive in Orono.

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.

Test Your Knowledge: Spring has Sprung

Happy First Day of Spring! Along with the first signs of green and blooms to come, there are always fun and games springing up around Dirigo Pines. Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your springtime knowledge…

  1. Walking about Dirigo Pines, which flower will you see bloom first?
    1. Crocus
    2. Chrysanthemum
    3. Sunflowers
  2. The first day of spring is called the:
    1. Solstice
    2. Vernal equinox
    3. Autumnal equinox
  3. Hot Springs National Park is located in which state?
    1. Maine
    2. Arkansas
    3. Utah
  4. True or False: Equinoxes are the two days per year in which the length of day and night are the same.
  5. Who coined the phrase “Hope springs eternal”?
    1. William Shakespeare
    2. Jane Austen
    3. Alexander Pope
  6. True or False: You can only balance an egg on its end during an equinox?
  7. On the first day of spring, the sun…
    1. Crosses the Celestial Equator
    2. Is closest to the Earth
    3. Crosses the Tropic of Cancer

And a Bonus Question: How many holidays can you name that occur in spring? One point for each holiday you can name!


  1. A. Crocus, daffodils and tulips are some of the first blooms you’ll spot around Dirigo Pines.
  2. B. The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring, the autumnal equinox marks the first of autumn. The summer and winter solstices mark the first days of summer and winter.
  3. B. Known for its 47 thermal springs, Hot Springs National Park is the nation’s oldest, predating Yellowstone by 40 years.
  4. True. The spring and fall equinoxes are the two moments in the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are of equal length.
  5. C. “Hope Springs Eternal” is a phrase from the Alexander Pope poem An Essay on Man.
  6. False. Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice. Eggs, a symbol of fertility and birth, have long been associated with the beginning of spring — hence the superstition.
  7. A. The celestial equator wraps the sky directly above Earth’s equator. At the equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator.

Bonus: Possible answers include: Easter, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Holi (festival of colors in India).

Dirigo Dish: Grilled Shrimp with Mint Salsa Verde

Spring is just around the corner and we’re celebrating with a fresh and tasty recipe (with a touch of green for St. Paddy’s Day) from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


Servings 2

  • 1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided use
  • 1 medium garlic clove (minced)
  • 12 jumbo raw shrimp in shells (21 to 25 count), peeled, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 2 medium green onions (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped, fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon snipped, fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tablespoon drained capers
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeño, seeds and ribs discarded, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fat-free, plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray


  1. In a small glass baking dish, whisk together 1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and garlic. Add the shrimp, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes, turning once.
  2. Meanwhile, in a mini food processor, process the green onions, mint, cilantro, capers, jalapeño, yogurt, water, salt, pepper, remaining 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil for 30 seconds, or until smooth and creamy. Scrape the side once or twice during this process.
  3. Preheat a grill pan on medium-high heat. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Remove the shrimp from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Grill the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until pink and cooked through. Serve with the salsa verde drizzled on top.
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!

Lunch and Learn Series from Rudman Winchell

Join Rudman Winchell on Friday, March 15 for another Lunch & Lunch event. This time they’re focusing on Understanding Workplace Accommodations. Anne-Marie Storey will discuss religious and disability accommodations and provide employers with guidance on how to handle such requests, including how to determine whether a request is reasonable and whether alternatives exist, how to properly respond to such a request, and the importance of remaining consistent in workplace policies.

This presentation will take place Friday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Machias Savings Bank Community Room at 581 Wilson St. in Brewer.

And 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 right here at Dirigo Pines.

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

Social Butterflies

Making new friends can be a challenge at any age, but it seems to get harder as we get older. At Dirigo Pines, we offer a wide range of opportunities to stay active, meet new people and participate in fun and games. Did you know staying social can directly impact your physical and mental health? Studies show that seniors in retirement communities participate in a wide range of organized activities, which help minimize isolation, improve mobility and more.

At Dirigo Pines it really is easy to stay social — social hours, game clubs, shopping trips, movie nights, religious services, songsters, musical entertainment, books clubs, guest speakers, crafting, paint and sips, exercise groups and opportunities to go out to eat are just a few of the regular offerings.

Click here to see What’s Going On at Dirigo Pines.

We’re always sure to make time for laughter, connection and friendship, and include those ideals in everything we do. We encourage everyone—not just our residents but also our team—to lead healthier, more active lifestyles, helping build a culture that celebrates every moment in our journey together.

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.

Comparing Costs

Ready for retirement living? Wondering if you can afford it? Cost is one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home, particularly in retirement. At Dirigo Pines, we have experience working within all types of budgets. When you compare your actual costs, from your mortgage and utilities to your daily meals and recreational activities, you’ll find many of these expenses that add up quickly are included at Dirigo Pines. Compare for yourself with our easy-to-use Comparison Sheet.

Click here to download the Cost Comparison Sheet.

Our expense comparison takes into account everything from trash removal and pest control to wellness classes and housekeeping. Laundry services, emergency response system, home maintenance and repairs, property taxes, and more are all included at Dirigo Pines.

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.