Halcyon House News
Mary Meeks accompanied Wayne and Ron Brock to Waterloo last Saturday. They went in celebration of niece, Marsha Platt’s 60th birthday. In addition to many friends, her husband Richard, and daughters, Breanna and Dan as well as Catlyn and Travis and son Brock enjoyed a picnic on the patio and visiting before returning to Washington that evening.
Bill and Ellen Perdock enjoyed a several-days’ visit from daughter Diane and Bob Holtoway from New Jersey. The Holtoways enjoy the freedom of travel as Bob pilots his plane. Betty, daughter-in-law, and her husband, Bob Hugin, from Knoxville joined them for a family meal.
Sheila Corey and friend Gayla Maier of Columbia, Mo., were recent guests of Martha Chabal. Sheila and Martha shared some mother-daughter time and ran some errands. Gayla loves antiques so they visited antique shops in the area. They met their granddaughter and niece, Rachael Elvers, in Coralville for a quick visit and some shopping.
Oh my! Yes, you can have a fabulous time poking around the “nooks and crannies” of southeast Iowa. Sybil Thornton had a wonderful week with her daughter and son-in-law. They came from Pennsylvania and stayed in the Halcyon guest room. Every day they took Sybil for a day trip to a different destination and had such great fun. Sybil’s son and grandson joined the family clan on Friday evening for dinner and lots of conversation at John’s Shamrock. Grandson Will was returning to Drake in Des Moines for his junior year, where he is majoring in finance/actuarial science. The family time shared was great for all.
Jay and Nancy Greene were Tuesday-afternoon callers of their parents, Bob and Peg Gerot and Marie Greene. The weather was a source of conversation as well as the upcoming wedding of their granddaughter, Kiley Greene.
Carson Thomas, grandson of staff member Kathy Otterberg, was named an official Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes. This honor was made possible through the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes. The middle school celebrated with Carson on Friday with an assembly, and the students were encouraged to wear Hawkeye- or black-and-gold apparel. Carson was born 14 years ago with many challenges, to a wonderful mom and dad, Dave and Kelley Thomas. Carson and 12 other Iowa special-needs kids were chosen from a pool of 462 nominations. Carson has had the opportunity to meet the coaches and football players and led the Hawkeyes out of the tunnel at Kinnick Stadium Saturday, Aug. 31, for the first game. Go Hawks! His story can be viewed at <http://www.uichildrens.org/2013-carson>.
The hot activity item continues with lots of creative necklaces being created from dehydrated potatoes, painted with choices of color, beads are added to each individual choice, sprayed with a sealer, and threaded on a stretch cord. The buzz is that they are so unique and fun to make — not to mention how downright attractive they are.
“Lemonade Lucy” was the topic of discussion this week and what great timing as the weather has turned so warm. Homemade lemonade was served to quench the thirst on a hot day along with a word search that pertained to Lucy Hayes, the first lady and wife of President Rutherford Hayes. Lucy was the first in her role to have a college education and is best known for her ban on all alcoholic beverages at state functions, except for a reception for Grand Duke Alexei of Russia where wine was served. She was dubbed “Lemonade Lucy” and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union hailed her policy and, in gratitude, commissioned a full-length portrait of her which hangs in the White House.
At Front Porch Travels, residents escaped to Africa’s wild oasis. The watery refuge is in the heart of the world’s greatest deserts in the Okavango Delta. A cold dish of ice cream was served to the watching audience from the comfort of their chairs.