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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 23, 2014

Halcyon House

Jun 14, 2013

Halcyon House recently welcomed Mabel Lenz. She is the mother of the late Bev Mosier and Carolyn Seawell. Mabel and her late husband were longtime farmers in the area. She is a sister of the late Thora Jones, who also made Halcyon her home. Mabel enjoys visiting.

Sharon Merz has recently made Halcyon House her new home. Sharon was an elementary teacher for the Washington School District for 33 years. She has two sons, Chris who resides in Cedar Falls and Greg from Minneapolis, Minn. Sharon enjoys piecing quilts, making greeting cards, reading, traveling in the United States and joining the group that gathers to do jigsaw puzzles.

Halcyon residents and co-workers extend their most sincere sympathy to Janet Crawford. Their thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Phyllis Lyle entertained her grandson, Heath and Janna Lyle, and their three sons from Cypress, Texas, Sunday. Joining them for dinner at the Pizza Ranch were the Jared Lyle family, along with Trent and Joy Lyle of Keota. Phyllis, Heath, Janna and boys had supper in the Timmins Dining Room. It was fun to share family time together.

Bob Vittetoe joined Jeanette Vittetoe, Ralph and Martha Witthoft, Pat Sieren and Sybil Thornton at the round table for cards on Wednesday morning in the Sitler Lounge.

Johanna Hellwig joins Halcyon from Bradenton, Fla., where she has lived the past 28 years. She was born in Germany and came to the United States when she was 18 years old. She thought it was time to move closer to her granddaughter Angie Atkins and family of Washington. She is anticipating that her daughter in Waverly will relocate to the Washington area also. She is the mother of three daughters, Rita of Waverly, Mischelle of Minnesota and Donna in Avon, Colo., and a son who resides in Edgerton,Wis. Johanna enjoys reading and birdwatching.

The Dunbar Family Gospel Singers from Prairie Flower Baptist Church entertained the congregation of the Epworth Chapel on Sunday afternoon. The Dunbar family consists of Greg (father) and his guitar; Veronica (mother); Brianna, 15; Russell, 12, on the bass guitar; Lenora, 9; and Elliott,7. They produced some beautiful music.

A large group enjoyed Cranium Crunch with word puzzles, “This Week in History,” a Process of Elimination and other fun brain-teaser activities. They have the option to play as a team or play individually with a chance to win prizes.

The Arts and Craft class had the choice of pendants that they pressed dried flowers into and covered with resin. The necklaces turned out beautifully. Next month will feature a papier-mache project using each one’s creativity.

Line dancing has been added recently to the Strength and Stability Class for the cardio component of the class. The next line dance class will be to the music Cupid Shuffle. The public is welcome to join this class for a nominal fee.

Lincoln School students visited Halcyon House where they enjoyed reading to the residents. A scary story was then read by teacher Tessa Steinhart to the listening audience. The kids were ready and anxious to begin their summer vacation

Ice Cream Machine Day was the subject for Ethel’s program. An ice cream word search game was handed out and, to everyone’s delight, homemade ice cream was the treat for this frosty program. It takes 12 pounds of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream. The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year with Sunday being the favorite day to purchase the frozen treat. Vanilla is the favorite flavor. Air is an important ingredient that keeps the ice cream from freezing solid. George Washington loved ice cream so much that he had two ice cream makers in his home. James Madison had ice cream served at his inaugural ball with the milk coming straight from Madison’s cows. Franklin Roosevelt loved chocolate and even served ice cream to King George. A quote by Charles M. Shultz was shared — “Life is like an ice cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.”

The Monday Night at the Movies featured “Now and Forever” with stars Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard and Shirley Temple. The audience enjoyed as Shirley Temple sparkles as a poor little rich girl whose jewel thief/con artist father has come to claim her from his late wife’s stuffy relatives.

Avalon residents have been enjoying their time outdoors. Activity director Mary Geil also shares her love of the outdoors as she offers her daily wheelchair rides on the Halcyon campus. The red roses are especially beautiful. Volunteer and resident Darlene Flynn can be found on a daily basis tending to the flowers that are enjoyed by all.

“PB Day” was the theme for a gathering in the Day Lounge. Peanut butter is one of America’s most beloved snacks and a staple of many diets that the listening audience enjoyed as they savored a fresh peanut butter cookie. Peanut butter was pioneered by Africans who used ground peanuts in stews. A physician persuaded a food producer to make a peanut butter-like substance as a protein-rich substitute to be used by older patients who could no longer chew. Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter. Peanuts are the No. 1 snack consumed in the United States. Peanut butter was on military ration menus in World War II that provided an inexpensive and high alternative to meat for the soldiers.

Movers and Thinkers was held outdoors on the Vetter Patio on Wednesday. After exercise, the group was treated to the singing performance of Kirk Hittner and Darby Dawson.

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