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.

Dirigo Dish: Tomato and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Brrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up with this tasty soup recipe from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


Servings  6


    14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes (undrained)

    1 3/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

    1/2 cup chopped, roasted red bell peppers, drained if bottled

    1 Tbsp. dried basil (crumbled)

    1/2 tsp. dried oregano (crumbled)

    1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

    2 tsp. olive oil (extra virgin preferred)

    1/4 tsp. sugar

    1/8 tsp. salt

    1/4 cup chopped, fresh parsley


  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together the tomatoes with liquid, broth, roasted peppers, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the oil, sugar, and salt. Serve sprinkled with the parsley.
    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!

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!