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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 18, 2014

Halcyon House

Jul 12, 2013

Allan and Margrette Utech’s daughter, Janet West of Cedar Rapids visited on Friday. The Utechs' friend Gloria Humphries of Gilson, Ill., also joined them for the day. The group enjoyed a picnic lunch in Kay and Rich Bennetts' gazebo in their pretty yard at Green Meadows.

There were around 80 friends and family who gathered at the home of Jesse and Tara Edmond in Cedar Rapids to celebrate their son Kansan's first birthday. He is the grandson of Jerry and Sharon Edmondson, great-grandson of Rich and Kay Bennett and great-great-grandson of Allan and Margrette Utech, all of Washington. A whole hog was served, complete with an apple in its mouth by a catering service from Solon. Tara Edmond's mother from Hawaii attended and helped prepare lots of Philippine dishes that were delicious. Allan played the Happy Birthday song on his harmonica to his great-great-grandson’s delight and, wow, his eyes got as big as saucers!

Ray Porter from Elk Grove, Calif., is here visiting his mother, Betty Porter. Ray has been catching up with friends in the area. On Sunday evening, Betty hosted dinner for her children, Patsy from Iowa City, Joe and Bobbie Schiebel, and Ray. They shared lots of laughs and family stories.

Joette Bercompas from Bangkok, Thailand, is in the states visiting her mother, Jo Swartzendruber and other family members located throughout the United States. Joette always has such interesting stories to share about her life in Thailand.

Phil Kneen celebrated his 92nd with a birthday bash in the coffee shop with a big crowd. Coffee and decorated cookies were served for the birthday treat. Phil has made his mark on this community as a business owner, his involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and continues to entertain the Halcyon family.

Allan Utech was the Bingo winner for the month of June. His prize was a dining gift certificate for the Timmins Dining Room.

Mary Ellen Saforek celebrated her birthday the entire weekend. Jo Reynolds and Mary Ellen had supper at Sassy’s in Wayland on Friday evening. Mary Ellen and sister Mathena and Wayne Barta dined at Mia Pueblo Real on Saturday. On Sunday, Mary Ellen was treated to a home-cooked birthday meal at the home of her son, Leland and Mary Lou Saforek. Her grandchildren, Shelly, husband Dave and great-grandson, Gibson Kubico of Madrid, and Drew and Kirsten Saforek of Ankeny, shared in the birthday celebration. Jim Jewell, father of Mary Lou Saforek, also attended the birthday dinner.

Marcia Robertson had a nice visit with her cousin, Charlotte Fagen from Sigourney. Charlotte’s daughters, Joan Clement from Minnesota along with Ann and Richard Kirkove from Sigourney also enjoyed the day with them. The weather was wonderful as they toured the outdoors to view the many beautiful flower beds.

Margret Steinbeck is enjoying the company of her daughters, Kristen from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kortney that flew from Tacoma, Wash. They have spent the week running errands and having fun "girl" time.

Dorothy Escher and Letha Sattler had a great time at the home of their children, Bob and Peg Escher on the Fourth of July. Bob and Peg’s daughters and families were all home for a visit: Sara, Mark and Maya from Boston; Kristen, Garson, Charley and James Anderson from Long Grove; and Mary and George Reiner from San Antonio, Texas. There was a host of other relatives who traveled from New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Iowa City, Ainsworth, and West Chester who enjoyed a barbecue supper, fireworks and celebrated Bob Escher’s birthday.

Pat Sieren was happy to have her grandson, Jeremy, and his daughters back in Iowa for a visit. Jeremy is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for three years. The Californians have also been spending time with their Keota relatives and friends, shopping and will be going to Adventureland in Des Moines next week with mother and grandmother, Mary Geil and other family members.

Last Sunday’s message was from Pastor Colton Clay of the First Christian Church delivered the Scripture from Psalm 1.1-6, with the sermon title “Wisdom.” Kat Anderson provided the music for the Sunday afternoon service in the Epworth Chapel.

This Sunday, the Rev. Stiles from the Methodist Church delivered the sermon “ I Have a Need” and the Scriptures read were from “Job 6:1-13.”

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