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Halcyon House

May 16, 2013

Welcome to Audrey Stark, a new Halcyon neighbor. Audrey is a Washington resident and mother of three children, Marty Stark of Brighton, Rebecca Lodge of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Terry of Urbandale, along with four grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Audrey and her late husband farmed east of Batavia. She retired as a field office administrator for ANR Pipeline. Audrey likes to sew, quilt, embroider, crochet, garden, play cards and listen to music. Halcyon is glad to have you here, Audrey!

Marcia Robertson hosted bridge club in the Sitler Lounge on Thursday. The group enjoyed homemade peach pie for dessert.

Enid Tweeton provided the beautiful fresh flowers that were placed at each table in the Timmins Dining Room for the Mother’s Day dinner.

Marcia Robertson had a wonderful time visiting with her cousin, Charlotte Fagen and her daughter, Anne and Richard Kirkove of Sigourney. Also joining them was cousin Joan Clemmons of Minneapolis. They had lunch at the Taste of China.

Rex Severt was the honoree of his 94th birthday and helping him celebrate were his children, Linda Dasovic of Omaha, Allen and Julie of West Des Moines and Bill and Sheila of North English. The birthday cake was served to everyone after lunch in the Timmins Dining Room.

Reta Beemblossom was joined by her daughter, Jean and Jim, Jean Knowles and brother Phil Ahrens for a wonderful Mother’s Day dinner at the Applewood Bistro.

Carol Pilcher was pleased to have her daughter, Jane Tummonds and grandson Kenny of Marion join her for Mother’s Day dinner at the Applewood Bistro. They enjoyed the day together.

The Rev. Douglas Schoonover of Bettendorf and Jon Schoonover of Washington accompanied their mother, Donna Schoonover, to the Applewood Bistro where they celebrated Mother’s Day together. She also received special phone calls from sons, Richard in Kansas and Jeffrey of Wisconsin.

Delores Franzen was surrounded by family on Mother’s day. Those joining her for dinner were sons, Gerald and Dennis Franzen, daughter Diane and Gary Spurgeon of Normal, Ill., along with granddaughter Mary. Granddaughter Julie and Stewart Lyon were here from Champagne, Ill., along with Delores’s three great-grandchildren to spend time with her. Grandaughter Marcie Fox and great-granddaughter Gabrielle are also here from Oregon to visit mother, Deb Longest of Washington and other Franzen family members.

The Ziesers had a Mother’s Day get-together. Wayne and Julie along with David and Jill accompanied Flora Zieser to the Applewood Bistro for a family dinner.

Edie Trotter, daughter Pam and Gary Edwards of St. Charles, Mo., were in Ainsworth as guests of niece Jane Trotter and Margie of Wisconsin. They enjoyed Mother’s Day together.

Warren and Kathy Otterberg were afternoon guests of Martha Chabal on Mother’s Day.

Martha recently returned from a family cruise to the Bahamas with daughter, Sheila Corey of Columbia, Mo., and granddaughters Rachael of Iowa City and Tracie of California.

The Riverside Casino employees provided their volunteer services for “Casino Night.” Halcyon residents had lots of fun trying their hand at a game of chance.

Susan Howard from the Iowa Department of the Blind was the guest speaker for the Living with Blindness Group meeting. The program was about using assisted devices for the low-sight impaired or blind person.

The newest member of the volunteer team of the Avalon House is Sandy Beauchamp. She is leading a sewing class on Tuesday afternoon working with residents on quilt making. Sandy is also on hand to assist with the Tuesday Breakfast Club.

The Wednesday afternoon program featured intern Ashley Wink who gave a presentation about volunteering. The history of volunteerism in America is rich and complex. Bess Edwards was the guest speaker who shared the multiple awards she has received for her more than 12,000 hours as a volunteer at the VA Hospital in Iowa City. Bess continued her willing hands to countless hours of volunteering at Halcyon House. The quote for the day was “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill)

Ethel’s program was the history of May Day that Americans celebrate on the first day of May. May baskets are unique and a creative way to share kindness and they are guaranteed to bring a smile and happy thoughts. The decorated baskets can house flowers, candy, food or gifts and are usually left at doorsteps in surprise. May Day marks the seasonal transition from winter to summer and celebrates the first spring planting.

Mary from the activity department has been busy spring cleaning and readying the outdoor area for everyone’s pleasure. There is a vast array of tulips that are still beautiful.

Gardening is truly a labor of love. We look forward to more plantings and colors as the beauty unfolds.

 

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