Dirigo Dish: Egg, Avocado and Black Bean Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — might as well as make it the most delicious too! Try this yummy and protein packed breakfast burrito from the American Heart Association to get you through the morning! Find more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/3 cups liquid egg whites
  • 1, 15.5-oz can no-salt-added black beans (rinsed, drained)
  • 4, 6-inch whole-wheat tortillas (lowest sodium available)
  • 2 medium avocados (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce or salsa (lowest sodium available) (optional)


  • Lightly spray a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat.
  • Pour the egg whites into the skillet, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula to scramble. Cook until the eggs are almost set. Add the beans, stirring until combined and heated through.
  • Microwave the tortillas on 100% power (high) for 45 seconds. (Makes them pliable and easier to roll.) Transfer to a work surface.
  • Spread the egg mixture in the center of each tortilla.
  • Top with the avocado and hot sauce or salsa.
  • Fold the bottom half of the tortilla up to almost meet the top half (leave about a 1-inch flap of tortilla). Then, pull back with your fingers on the filling area to tuck in the filling and form a roll. Next, slightly fold both sides in. With both sides folded, tightly roll the tortilla forward to create a burrito.

 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!

5 Reasons to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a great time to count your blessings and be thankful for all the good things in your life. Family, friends, and a beautiful home at Dirigo Pines.

Here are 5 reasons to be thankful to live at Dirigo:

  1. Fine Dining: Chef Lew Stubbs and his incredible team in the 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. From grilled salmon to monte cristos to lobster ravioli, the dining at Dirigo can’t be beat. And don’t miss Sunday brunch – it’s an amazing spread you’ll be thinking about all week! Dirigo recently introduced All Day Dining Program, a unique concept designed to provide residents freedom of choice with options like breakfast for dinner or lunch at 2 p.m. rather than noon. 
  2. Location, Location, Location. If you’re traveling to see friends and family this holiday season or they’re coming to see you, Dirigo Pines location can’t be beat. Centrally located in Maine, it’s a convenient gathering spot for relatives who may be spread throughout the state and easy to find right off Interstate 95, Exit 191. Traveling out of state? No problem — the nearby Bangor International Airport can get you where you need to go.
  3. The People: Dirigo Pines is home to artists, musicians, college professors, outdoor enthusiasts, world travelers – you never know who you might meet while walking the halls or trails, attending an event or enjoying dinner. Dirigo Pines also boasts the friendliest and most professional staff around. There’s always someone to greet you with a warm smile at Dirigo or offer a helping hand. Our nursing staff is available around the clock, our maintenance crew is always ready to help, and our kitchen staff is top notch. 
  4. Resources You Need. Dirigo Pines’ various levels of care ensure you and your loved ones will have the care you need as you age. From independent cottages and apartments to assisted living to memory care, Dirigo offers the care you need as your healthcare needs change over time.
  5. Beautiful Facility: We know you’ll be impressed the moment you step foot on Dirigo Pines’ campus. From our beautifully maintained grounds, stunning Inn, stone fireplaces, and cozy library, it’s clear that attention to detail is important here. There’s something for every season – from spring fishing in the stocked ponds, to summer meals on the stone patio, to walking the nature trails to enjoy the fall foliage or winter’s wonderland.

Can’t Imagine Retiring? You Can Still Enjoy Dirigo Pines Living!

You can’t imagine retiring. You love your career. Your children are grown, so business trips are finally more adventure and less stress… Or they would be if the house didn’t need work.

Dirigo Pines is home to many working professionals. You don’t need to be retired to enjoy maintenance-free living at Dirigo Pines! Our cottages are move-in ready, and maintenance both inside and out is provided. No more shoveling snow, mowing the yard or worrying about hiring someone to fix than leaky faucet. 

Dirigo Pines is perfect for empty-nesters and frequent travelers — whether you’re still working, fully retired, or somewhere in between. And if you choose to purchase a cottage that’s still under construction, you can even have a say in finishes, upgrades and more.

Your investment in a share of common stock in the cooperative is equal to the value of your cottage. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own home and have added peace of mind knowing that the cooperative covers your home maintenance. When it is time to clean your furnace or replace an appliance, the Dirigo Pines onsite maintenance staff is available to maintain your cottage inside and out.

Check out some of the available floor plans 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 tour.

Proud to Honor Our Veterans 

Dirigo Pines is honored to be home to a great number of veterans from all branches of our nation’s military. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 — the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. It was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as a day to reflect on the sacrifices of those who had served in the military during World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938.

Did you know that in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Then, in 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.

We’ve very proud to have so many veterans at Dirigo Pines – we thank you for your service.

More Specialized Care Apartments Coming to Dirigo Pines

Our Specialized Care neighborhood is growing! Meadowbrook Commons offers a higher level of assisted living for people who need more care, but aren’t ready to move to a skilled nursing facility. Specialized care provides a higher level of personal care for those who need more assistance with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, getting in and out of chairs or bed, cooking dinner, doing laundry, and more. Offering more care than assisted living, specialized care is often less expensive than a skilled nursing facility and provides a more home-like setting. 

As the need for these services continues to grow, Dirigo Pines’ Meadowbrook Commons is growing too. We’re adding seven efficiency apartments similar to our assisted living apartments, with a small kitchenette and separate bedroom, as well as two new studio apartments.

People often ask us the difference between our Assisted Living and Specialized Care settings. Our routine Service Plan meetings help to determine when more assistance can make for a more enjoyable lifestyle. The number of activities with which a resident needs assistance, as well as the amount of time required for those activities, determines whether the resident can benefit from either Assisted Living or Specialized Care.

What Specialized Care Can Offer

We provide assistance around the clock, and medical care is close at hand. Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital, each just 15 minutes away, provide state‐of‐the‐art specialty services for our residents needing advanced care.

Meadowbrook Commons is often a great option for couples with different care needs. Here are few of our other amenities:

Services & Amenities

  • Therapeutic assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, dining, medications and more)
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments with attendant
  • Medication administration and monitoring
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ health
  • Healthy, chef-prepared meals
  • Linen and laundry service
  • 24‐hour on‐site care associates
  • Wellness programs
  • On‐site emergency response system
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Social, recreational, and cultural programs
  • Utilities, including cable TV, heat, air conditioning, and electricity
  • Medical Director oversight available

Best of all, our residents enjoy our welcoming retirement community setting that truly feels like home. We’d love to welcome you!

Click here to learn more about our Specialized Care and other living options. To schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Around Town: Craft Fair Season

On the search for fun and unique gifts to give this holiday? You’re in luck — it’s craft fair time and Dirigo Pines is surrounded by fairs with something for everyone. Here are few to mark on the calendar — and we welcome you to leave your favorite craft fair suggestions below!

Nov. 4-5: The 29th annual Bangor Arts & Crafts Show is coming to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $3 at the door.

Enjoy all the wonderful handcrafted items that United Maine Craftsmen members have to offer! There will also be free gift giveaways! United Maine Craftsmen is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1969 to promote Maine artists by providing opportunities for marketing, education and collaboration.

For more info, click here or email unitedmainecraftsmen@gmail.com.

Nov. 11-12: Stop by the Maine Harvest Festival’s 7th annual event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

This amazing, local event invites those in the Greater Bangor Area and the great state of Maine to come celebrate farm fresh. The Maine Harvest Festival brings together farmers, food processors, brewers, fiber artisans, chefs, presenters and more to one area where they can showcase, sell, demonstrate and campaign as well as sample, purchase, learn and enjoy all the wonderful things the Maine Harvest Festival has to offer! 

Learn more information, visit MaineHarvestFestival.com

Nov. 18: Looking for something a little different? Craftastic is an alternative craft fair celebrating talented, independent creators from Maine and New England. It’s happening at the Union Street Brick Church in Bangor from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit craftasticmaine.com for more information.

Nov 24-26: Give a Maine-made gift this holiday. United Maine Craftsmen artisans present their 43rd annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, selling their locally made products at the Brewer Auditorium on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit unitedmainecraftsmen.com.

Also keep an eye out this month for: The Zonta Club of Bangor’s annual Marketplace, Antique and Craft Fair at Brewer Auditorium. Always a fun day, with tons of vendors for your Christmas shopping. Stop at the Zonta Cafe for a delicious lunch of homemade chowder and other treats. And don’t miss the Silent Auction and Food to Go where you can get sweets and lots of take home meals.

Comparing Costs — Preparing for Winter

Maine winters are no joke — which is why so many Mainers are snowbirds and fly south for the winter. One of the great parts about living at Dirigo Pines is knowing your home will be well looked after, whether you stay put or head south. From snow removal to furnace prep, there’s lots to consider as the snow starts to fly. 

Here are a few of the ways living at Dirigo Pines is a convenient place to be come winter.

  • Wind, snow and ice often leave their mark by the end of the winter. Paying for home repairs and maintenance adds up quickly. General maintenance and building repairs are included at Dirigo.
  • Ice and changing temperatures can leave paint and trim work chipped and in need of touch-up when spring comes. Painting or pressure washing your siding is included for Dirigo cottage residents.
  • Cleaning your chimney and furnace before the snow flies is standard issue for most Mainers. For Dirigo Pines residents, these costs and services are all included.
  • Any singles come loose during the winter? Major home repairs like a new roof are big ticket items. Keep those in mind as you’re comparing the cost of staying at home versus a retirement community.
  • Cleaning the leaves and fall debris from the gutters is a potentially dangerous job for older residents, but paying someone else to climb the ladder can be expensive. This kind of maintenance is included at Dirigo.
  • Don’t let your trash stack up in the garage during the winter or get buried in the snow. Trash removal is included at Dirigo. Whether you’re paying for a dump permit and hauling trash away yourself or paying to have it picked up, keep these costs in mind.
  • Snow removal is included at Dirigo Pines. Whether you’re saving the cost of plowing or the toll plowing might take on your back, remember to include this in your comparison.

Maintaining a home is time-consuming and often a labor-intensive task. The monthly maintenance fee at Dirigo Pines includes all maintenance inside and outside of the cottage, including:

  • All lawn and garden upkeep
  • Snow removal
  • Internet
  • Cable television
  • General maintenance, even washing the windows inside and out once a year

All cottages have two bedrooms, two baths, living room/dining room, porch, and one-car garage. All appliances are furnished. Many options are available, including a second garage, basement, loft, flooring upgrades, cathedral ceiling, and window box seats. Many custom design options are available as well.

Ready to learn more? Call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Dirigo Dish: Apple Bread Pudding

Fall is officially here! Time to warm your belly and use up that leftover fruit from apple picking with this tasty and comforting recipe for Apple Bread Pudding from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!


  • cooking spray
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar blend
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves or allspice
  • 6 slices light, whole-grain or multigrain bread, cubed
  • 3 medium apples (cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup of any one of the following: raisins, dried cranberries, fresh or dried blueberries, chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • Spray 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, milk, sugar blend, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Add bread and apple cubes. Add fruit or nuts if desired. Mix well.
  • Pour mixture in to prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.

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!

Stephen King Fun for the Constant Reader

Feeling brave? This October is the perfect time to take advantage of living so close to a world famous horror author and jump into some paranormal activity. Stephen King is a graduate of the nearby University of Maine in Orono and calls Bangor (often appearing in his books under the guise of Derry) home. From haunted sewer grates to sematary tours, there’s lots of ghoulish fun to be had.

Go See IT

If those red balloons that keep popping up all over town send shivers down your spine, maybe it’s time to go see Stephen King’s IT. Check out the new film on the big screen (now showing in local theaters and the Bangor Drive-In) for the full fear factor. You could even prep ahead of time by adding the novel to required reading for your book club or planning an IT tour around Derry, I mean Bangor, to get in the mood. Visit the Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street in front of the Cross Insurance Center — the statue comes to life in the novel thanks to that clever clown Pennywise. Check out the sewer drain on the corner of Jackson and Union Street where Pennywise lured young Georgie Denbrough (just don’t stick your arm in there), then head up the hill to the Thomas Hill Standpipe that inspired the haunted water tower in the story.

Take the Full Tour

For the full Stephen King experience and visits to many other nearby spots that inspired King, check out SK Tours of Maine. Stu Tinker offers private narrated tours seven days a week all year round. The tour features about 30 stops at places King worked, lived, spots that have inspired him, and actual film locations from his movies. Check out more here. 

Rare Collection

New to downtown Bangor is Gerald Winters & Son, featuring an impressive collection of rare Stephen King books and memorabilia. Part store, part museum, you’ll find signed copies of books, T-shirts and posters, fun collectibles, and lots of rarities. An asbestos wrapped version of Firestarter, perhaps? You’ll also find some awesome first-edition works by J.R.R. Tolkien, J.D. Salinger and more.

And one last stop — drive by King’s house at 47 West Broadway in Bangor and stop for a picture in front of the famed gargoyled gate. Just keep an eye out for red balloons.

Supporting a Great Cause!

Supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Dirigo Pines is a long-time supporter of the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s, coming Saturday, October 21. Residents host fundraisers throughout the year and donate to support this important cause – because everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by Alzheimer’s. 

You can participate or donate to Team Dirigo Pines through the link below. The 2.5 mile walk will be held on the waterfront in Bangor. 81 Teams have already signed up and raised thousands on their way to a goal of $170,000! All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

For more information, click here!