Eat Better, Live Better

Chef Lou Stubbs and his incredible team in the Dirigo Pines kitchen make mouth-watering meals that leave residents (and visitors) raving. Using locally sourced produce and seafood is important to the team, and ensures high quality, fresh and delicious meals. You can find some of your own locally sourced food at area farmers markets – and Orono has one of the best around!

The Saturday Orono Farmers’ Market opens at 8 a.m. in the Steam Plant Parking Lot at the University of Maine and remains there until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. During Homecoming weekend in mid-October, the market will move to the Asa Adams School (behind Fire Station) just for that day. From December until commencement in May, the Market will be held downtown.

From fresh seasonal fruits and veggies to organic milk, yogurt and cheese, to amazing locally sourced meat, fresh bread and bakery products, to coffee, seafood, and more, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of fresh food and local products. Remember to bring your own bags and an appetite. It’s a great place to find fresh food and meet the farmer who grew it. For more information, visit their website and Facebook pages: 

Need Assistance?

Looking for the freedom to enjoy life’s many pleasures unburdened from daily tasks that may have become more difficult to manage? Assisted Living in Kenduskeag Commons at Dirigo Pines is the answer. Tailored to meet your individual needs, Dirigo Pines Assisted Living provides help with personal care and medications whenever needed. In addition, three meals are served daily. Housekeeping and laundry service are provided on a weekly basis and staff is available around the clock.

Apartments

Choose from a variety of one‐bedroom, one bath apartment styles and become a part of one caring community. Click here to see the variety of floor plans available in Kenduskeag Commons.

Services & Amenities

  • Basic care assistance (bathing and dressing)
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments
  • Medication management and monitoring (up to 3 times daily)
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ overall health
  • Three nutritious, delicious meals daily plus snacks
  • Social, recreational, and cultural programs. Click here for a list of this month’s activities and events.
  • Kitchenette, including refrigerator and microwave
  • Weekly linen and laundry service
  • 24‐hour team
  • Wellness programs
  • On‐site emergency response system
  • Scheduled group transportation
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Medical Director oversight available
  • Utilities, including cable TV, WiFi, heat, air conditioning, and electricity

Click here to check out our list of frequently asked Assisted Living questions. 

Come take a tour and 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.

Close to Home: Portland

Maine’s largest city is just 2 hours from Dirigo Pines – and a great place for a summer road trip! From sea kayaking to brewery tours to museum visits, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to eat! Share your favorite Portland highlights below!

Here are some ideas for your next trip:

  • Take a tour of Portland breweries. Visit “y’East Bayside” and Rising Tide Brewing, or take a tasting tour of Allagash Brewing Company. Allagash’s location on Industrial Way in Portland is also home to a veritable farmers market of beer – and food trucks. And of course there’s the Old Port with Shipyard and Sweetgrass Tasting Room. Thompson’s Point and Bissell Brothers is another great stop on your beer tour.
  • Explore Casco Bay. Rent a kayak for a workout and on the water view of stunning Casco Bay, or enjoy the trip via a sail boat cruise or hop aboard the Casco Bay Ferry for a trip to the islands of Peaks, Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Chebeague, and Cliff. Check out the schedule here: www.cascobaylines.com/schedules.
  • Visit Peaks Island. Once an important WW II outpost and also known as the Coney Island of Maine, Peaks Island is home to artists, retirees, commuters of all sorts and a substantial summer population. Take the ferry over and explore the island via golf cart, the preferred island transportation and enjoy some delicious food and great views.
  • Portland Museum of Art. Enjoy American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine-highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists.
  • Catch a Show at Thompson’s Point. Thompson’s Point outdoor venue is located on the southern tip of “The Point”, adjacent to the recently restored section of the Union Station platform shed that was moved to the site in the 1960’s. A beautiful piece of land on the banks of the Fore River, Thompson’s Point has a scalable capacity of 2,500 to 5,000 for concerts and festivals – and within close proximity to downtown Portland – the venue will be linked to Portland Trails for easy walking and biking access.
  • Catch a Game at Hadlock Field. The Portland Sea Dogs are the Eastern League Double A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and play their home games at Portland’s Hadlock Field.
  • Fun for Kids. Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families!
  • Something Unusual. The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland offers up an inside look at the study of hidden or unknown animals, and the world’s only cryptozoology museum. With a wide range of exhibitions from rare, one-of-a-kind scientific, zoological specimens to popular cultural homages, there’s lots to discover! Ever seen a Yeti hair sample? Plan your visit!

It’s Festival Season!

It’s festival season in Maine! Take advantage of living in the middle of it all at Dirigo Pines in Orono, and visit these August festivals for lots of fun and Maine culture!

American Folk Festival – August 25-27 on the Bangor Waterfront

A massive 3-day music events, the American Folk Festival is a Maine tradition offering music and dance from all cultures and corners of the world. Dance to zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, check out a Quebecois group, enjoy the blues, celtic music, jazz, reggae, and our own Pride of Maine Marching Band from the University of Maine. Insider tips: Don’t miss the Inuit Throat Singing for a unique musical experience – and make the trek down to the Dance Tent – you won’t be disappointed!

www.americanfolkfestival.com

Maine Lobster Festival – August 2-6, Rockland

Celebrating its 70th year, the Maine Lobster Festival serves up the state’s favorite crustacean (we’re talking 17,000 pounds of lobster last year!) in every way possible. Enjoy five days of feasting on the coast of Maine, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess, the Great International Lobster Crate Race (open to anyone brave enough to risk falling into the chilly ocean with thousands of people watching your every move), parade, arts & crafts, and more food. 

www.mainelobsterfestival.com

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival – August 18-20, Machias

Blueberries get their time to shine in August too. Celebrate the powerful little fruit in Machias as they roll out the blue carpet with food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. There’s no admission charge. About 2 hours from Dirigo, the area also offers great whale-watching, lighthouses, hiking, kayaking, lobster rolls, and lots more!

www.machiasblueberry.com

Ploye Festival – August 11-13, Fort Kent

If you’re up for a bit of traveling, there’s a unique tradition in the northeast corner of America this time of the year – the making of the world’s largest ploye. And if you’re not familiar with ployes, you’re in for a special treat. The buckwheat pancake is an Acadian icon and it’s celebrated every summer in Fort Kent along side the International Muskie Derby (and if you’re not familiar with that one – it’s a real big fish!). The events include activities such as making the world’s largest ploye (12 feet in diameter last year!), live music entertainment, craft and vendor fair and more. It’s a weekend of fun for the whole family.

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Dirigo Dish: Broccoli and Cheese Scramble on English Muffin

Kick your day off right with a healthy breakfast from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

4 Servings

  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 extra-large egg whites or 1 1/4 cups egg white substitute
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 whole-wheat English muffins, split and toasted
  • 1/4 cup shredded, fat-free cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Finely chop broccoli. Coat a large nonstick saute pan with cooking spray; warm over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and water; stirring frequently, cook until broccoli is limp, around 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer broccoli to a dish.
  • In a bowl, add egg whites, milk, and pepper. Whisk together to combine.
  • Split and toast each English muffin; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, use a paper towel to wipe the saute pan clean. Coat again with cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add egg whites and use a spatula to stir eggs constantly until whites are almost firm, just a few minutes. Stir in cooked broccoli and cheese; remove from heat.
  • To serve, place each English muffin half onto a plate. Divide egg mixture between each muffin, piling high with eggs. Serve with a fork and knife.

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!

Cottage Community

Looking for the convenience of retirement living but in your own home? Dirigo Pines cottage community is the answer. The cottage community at Dirigo Pines is a beautiful and convenient way to enjoy your retirement. One monthly fee 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 lovely gathering room with a large fireplace, dining rooms, library, hair salon, activity rooms and more. There is even a private dining room, which you can reserve for your own gatherings with friends and family.

Every duplex style, one-story 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.

Curious what the inside of our cottages look like? See our slideshow below or check out our Facebook events page for a list of upcoming cottage tours. 

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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 your own tour.

Coming Up at Dirigo Pines

Putting contests are our specialty!

There’s never a shortage of activities at Dirigo Pines. From lectures and speakers to art programs, music, brown bag lunches and more, there’s always something happening and many of our events are open to the public. 

Click here for a list of upcoming events at Dirigo Pines. 

Or visit our Facebook page (just click here) for more public events and happenings! 

Not only are our activities fun and educational, they are also a great way for seniors to stay social and engaged. Whether you’re a cribbage buff, Scrabble player, or just like singing or going out to lunch (who doesn’t?!), there are club or activity for everyone at Dirigo Pines. From mah jong to knitting to reading groups, you’ll have no problem finding something right up your alley. Our long list of clubs aren’t just great ways to stay active and keep your mind engaged, they are a terrific way to meet new people and make friends with similar interests.

Dignity Through Technology

Dirigo Pines proudly presents It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) – Dignity through Technology. It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) is a leading national provider of subscription-based resident engagement technology solutions for seniors. 

This technology has been installed in 2,100 senior living facilities enhancing dementia/memory-care resident programming, resident activity levels, quality of life and rehabilitation therapy programs. Dirigo Pines is proud to bring this technology to Orono.

Overview of the iN2L system

The user can simply use the touch screen launching hundreds of applications all the while providing a pleasurable, engaging experience with minimal frustration.

  • Interactive systems designed to enable seniors with memory care needs to stay engaged and connected in their social, personal and clinical activities
  • Curated content library of more than 4,000 programs that can be selected and customized by residents, care staff and/or family members
  • Content provides programming for cognitive and therapy activities (rehab therapy, brain fitness, music therapy), personal activity (e.g., games, spiritual content, Internet), family interaction (e.g., Skype, picture repository/slideshow), and community social activities
  • Approximately 1.5 systems per facility deployed primarily across a mobile cart-based, fixed desktop, or wall-mounted configurations frequently located in Long Term Care common areas

iN2L was founded in 1999 by Jack York who remains the President today. Jack is a prominent figure in the senior living technology industry, speaking often on adaptive technologies designed for seniors. Tom Bang, CEO and Tom Basilico, CFO, who together have 50+ years experience in the senior/healthcare industries, work with Jack on providing leadership and guidance to the iN2L organization.

Fox News recently visited Dirigo Pines to learn more about this technology.

Click here for Part 1 of the news series from Fox.

Click here for Part 2 of the news series from Fox.

To learn more about It’s Never 2 Late, click here. 

The Best Fit For You

Debating between independent or assisted living? Not sure what is the best fit for you or a loved one? Our Senior Living Spectrum guide can help. Click here to view. 

Find the level of care you need and discover which senior living option is best suited for you. One of the many benefits of living at Dirigo Pines is the availability of a variety of levels of care. As our residents needs and independence levels change over time, Dirigo Pines can continue to offer the right level of care. For more information about our various communities, click here. 

Close to Home: Baxter State Park

One of the best parts of living at Dirigo Pines is the location – we’re centrally located in Vacationland, meaning amazing day trips aplenty. People travel far and wide to get to Maine – so take advantage of having places like Baxter State Park so nearby! Whether you want to take a day trip, hike to the top of Katahdin or camp out for a night or two, Baxter won’t disappoint in breathtaking views and incredible experiences.

Did you know… The Park is self-funded through an endowment left by former Maine governor Percival P. Baxter, user fees, and revenue from the Scientific Forest Management Area. Gov. Baxter left a trust of nearly 7 million dollars to ensure that Park managers would have sufficient funds to maintain the Park without ever having to compete for Maine taxpayers’ dollars from the general fund account.

Baxter was governor of Maine from 1921-1924. He enjoyed fishing and vacationing in the Maine woods throughout his childhood and his affection for the land and Maine’s wildlife were instrumental in his creation of a park for people of the State of Maine.

There are two park entrances, from the north and south. The entrance through Millinocket is about an hour and half from Dirigo Pines. Click here for driving directions. 

Here are some other fun facts about Baxter State Park and what not to miss: