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Neighbors Growing Together | May 24, 2017

Halcyon House News

May 19, 2017

The Washington FFA recently set up a petting zoo at Halcyon House for the residents. All kinds of animals were enjoyed. Residents were entertained by the Keota Brass Band in the Timmins dining room. Kelsey Martins, guidance counselor at Lincoln Elementary and 347 third-to fifth-graders made 650 bird-seed ornaments to be delivered to local health centers. Kelsey and Tricia Bell-Distelhorst and 30 of the students delivered over 200 bird-seed ornaments to the residents and staff at Halcyon House. The students were very proud to present them to our residents. The residents recently joined The Rev. Moody Colorado of the United Methodist Church in West Chester, for a hymn sing.

Al and Lorna Olson of Washington join us weekly on Thursdays, and lead a Bible study. The Washington High School Hi Fi Jazz Choir directed by John Runaas, performed for residents, and back by popular demand the Zion Christian Fellowship Choir offered musical enjoyment in the Timmins dining room. Musical entertainer Cowboy Jim visited in the Timmins dining room. It is always a pleasure to have him to present his musical talents. In the evening on Thursday the music students of Mike Jewell held their recital in the Timmins dining room.

On Monday, May 15, 42 members of the Lincoln Elementary Sunrise Singers, directed by Julie Hill, entertained a packed house. The group did a musical rendition of the movie “Grease,” as well as many other upbeat songs. Everyone had a great time. Thursday, May 18, was “Rooster Appreciation Day.” Team member Laurie Pemberton brought her rooster, Freddie, to meet the residents for pet therapy.

See You at the Movies Halcyon residents Betty Osincup, Bonnie Applegate, Don and Ruth Gardener and many others enjoyed the film, A Dog’s Purpose, Saturday evening in the Marshall Game Room at Halcyon House. The film focuses on a dog whose life is shown from his birth to his death and to his reincarnation through five different dog breeds. Each time he is reincarnated, it tells his story from life to death, except in the latest life, where he meets his original owner again. The residents are looking forward to this weekend’s film “Gold” starring Matthew McConaughey.

A huge thank-you to high school teacher Erin Riley and her Farm to Table class for helping to plant tomatoes, cumbers, basil, thyme, lettuce and lots more in Halcyon House’s stand-up gardens located just outside the Applewood Bistro. Sherri Horak, Applewood Bistro manager, created a list of items she wished to be planted for her later use in recipes for the Bistro. Vickie Gonterman, Hy-Vee Master Gardener very graciously created a list of what plants and herbs should be planted together in each bed. Halcyon House Community Wellness Member, Nancy Patterson, along with Halcyon House residents Denny and Connie Sorrell, deserve a thank-you, as well for their help with the stand-up gardens. Also, a big shout out to Erma Ropp as well for volunteering to water the gardens this summer.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Frances Moore, Grace Egli, Phyllis Lyle, and Marcella Reed.

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