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Halcyon House

May 23, 2013

Sybil Thornton’s son, Mike and grandson Will stopped to visit Sybil and spend the night. Will was on his way home to Illinois from completing his first year at Drake University. There was lots of great conversation, beautiful weather and fabulous Iowa food. Will says, “Love the state, food, Drake and would love to work in Des Moines!”

Phyllis Lyle was so grateful to have her daughters, Lila, Patty and Sarah, all here at the same time. They traveled from Fertile, Spencer, and Beloit, Wis. The mother and daughter team shopped in Iowa City, attended the Miller cousins' reunion at the Pizza Ranch, visited in the Keota area, laughed and made more good memories.

Victoria Griffith was happy to see her grandson, David Price from Florida. David was in the area visiting his parents, Larry and Doris Price, and sister Lisa from Mount Pleasant. He was also here to attend niece Linzie Hood’s high school graduation. Victoria traveled to Mount Pleasant to attend the graduation and party held at the Pavillion on the Old Threshers Grounds.

Don and Ethel Hendrickson just received word that they have a new addition to the family. Grandson Curtis and Bitsy from Louisiana, Mo., welcomed 7-pound, 6-ounce baby girl, Logen Ann on Tuesday, May 21, at 10 pm. Mike and Karen Hendrickson are the proud grandparents.

Marion Singer was pleased to have her children, Greg Singer and Kathryn Bensing, here for several days. The brother and sister team traveled by car from Colorado.

Malon Beachy from Haven Church provided Sunday’s church service at Halcyon House. The Scripture was from John 3.1-21 and the sermon was “God So Loved the World.”

Staff members Kirk Hittner and Darby Dawson kicked off Nursing Home Week as they entertained in the Day Lounge with their harmonizing voices and guitar accompaniment. Halcyon fans enjoy this dynamic singing duo. Later in the day, Sadie Carter, daughter of Becky and Chris, performed a baton routine to the delight of the audience. The Sunrise Singers from Lincoln School under the direction of Julie Hill sang to a full house in the Timmins Dining Room on Tuesday. Card playing was offered by volunteers from the Riverside Casino on Tuesday. There were appetizers and beverages serve. The Keota Brass Band performed on the front patio Wednesday afternoon. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors breathing the fresh air and listening to the amazing group of brass players. Halcyon House celebrated Nursing Home Week with residents, their families and staff with a bountiful potluck dinner on Thursday. These get-together events are so good for the body, mind and spirit, not to mention fun! Friday afternoon, the Day Lounge was rocking with tunes from the “Keys and Squeeze,” which is a couple that traveled from Michigan to entertain residents. The celebration ended on Saturday with the Cruisematic Car display and dancing to the '50s and '60s music. What a great week everyone all had!

A special music program was presented on Monday by Gene and Lori Hoyle. The husband and wife duo share their singing spirit-filled with the message of God.

Memorial Day was the theme for this week’s program. Everyone had his nose to the grindstone working a word search pertaining to Memorial Day and treats of Oreos chocolate-covered balls decorated in red, white and blue were served. “Taps” was played and the words to “Taps” were shared. This short 55-second tune received its name because the music could be done with the tap of a drum if there was no bugler available. Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, a Union Army general in the Civil War, is credited with composing the iconic “Taps.” A story called “Memorial Day Prices — The Cost of Freedom” was read which reminded everyone that Memorial Day isn’t just a three-day weekend to go camping or searching for that great bargain at the mall but to remember those who have given their all for freedom. A poem titled “What Heroes Gave” completed the program. So, this Memorial Day remember that the men and women of the United States military have freely chosen to protect Americans and given them the gift of freedom. This gift can never be reciprocated in full and only asks for remembrance in return. God Bless the military and their families, hold them safe in his arms until they come home.

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