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Halcyon House

Oct 24, 2013

Bob and Peg Gerot attended the wedding of their granddaughter Kiley Greene to Andy Roder in Solon. Kiley is the daughter of Jay and Nancy Greene of Ainsworth. The day was just picturesque with beautiful weather, family and friends who gathered to wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness.

Seven members of the Washington High School Class of 1943 met for their 70th class reunion on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Applewood Bistro in Washington. The group enjoyed lunch together, visited and exchanged stories of health and grandchildren. A reminder was made to mark the dates of June 1-5 for Washington’s 175th anniversary celebration. A large notebook of class information prepared by class member Merle Turnipseed was recently presented to the Washington Public Library for its archives. Class members present were Dean Batterson, Loren Chalupa, Ruth (Powers) Gardner, Martha (Cherwinker) Chabal, Norma (Rhodebeck) Beauchamp, Esther (Stewart) Bordwell of Washington and Grace (Munro) Olmsted of Iowa City. Guests were Leta Chalupa and Joy Batterson of Washington and Gloria Zajicek of Iowa City.

Ethel Hendrickson, Alice Edgin, Rosie Stelton, Barb Steele, Marcella Reed, Martha Chabal, Mary Meeks and guests Marie See and Greta Embree were accompanied by Becky Carter and Mercy Brinning to the Newbo Market in Cedar Rapids where they experienced different foods. One of the passengers brought home a variety of kolaches.

Lois Greiner reported that Frank and Karey Greiner are the proud parents of twin baby girls that made the grand entrance into this world on Oct. 21. They weighed less than 3 pounds each. Agusta Theresa and Lillian Lois were named after their Aunt Theresa and Grandma Lois Greiner. The girls were born early, so they will be busy doing some growing time in the hospital.

Linda Dasovic traveled from Omaha, Neb., to spend a few days with her dear dad, Rex Severt. They did some road trips, sightseeing and caught up on the latest news.

Alice Moore was pleased to have her son, Larry Wehr, home for a few days. Larry is from McCall, Idaho.

Jeff and Pat Swartzendruber of Urbandale were in Washington visiting with Jo Swartzendruber. They were busy with errands, appointments and dining out.

Halcyon residents were inspired by Washington High School Principal Erik Buchholz on Tuesday morning. He spoke of the highlights of WHS, and asked for input from the audience with suggestions of what the students could do for them. Someone from the audience then asked what the residents could do in return for the students. It is wonderful to be so close and to partner with the youth.

The Steinbeck girls are back from their homes in Cincinnati, Ohio, and University Place, Wash., to do some daughters-and-mom time. Kortney and Kristen usually come three times a year. Margret appreciates all that the girls do for her as well as leaving her well stocked with treats for the house cat, Jake.

The Rev. Bob Wollenberg of the United Presbyterian Church provided church services on Sunday afternoon in the chapel. The Scripture was from Matthew 5 and “Beatitudes” was title of the sermon. The Rev. Bob also served as the guitarist.

Lela Garton’s Topic of the Day was re-introducing D1, the world-famous Decorah eagle that was fitted with a solar-powered satellite transmitter some 27 months ago. Last year and this year, D1 spent three months in Polar Bear Provincial Park where James Bay meets Hudson Bay. This year, she left Hudson Bay on Sept 20, and arrived in Decorah — 1,100 miles south­­­— in mid-October, reported Bob Anderson, known as the godfather of the Decorah eagles. Anderson is the director of the Raptor Resource Project and he receives a satellite fix on her position every morning on his computer.

The music duo “Keyz and Squeeze,” who had everyone moving to the beat on Monday, is comprised of the “Keyz” player, Jackie Peck of Bridgman, Mich. She plays the electric piano. The “Squeeze” part of the duo, Robbie Sims, formerly of southern California and now of Michigan, is the accordion player. Jackie taught music for 28 years in public schools and Robbie was a member of the Los Angeles-based band “Plank Runners” as well as a Hollywood Studio musician. They were truly entertaining and all hope they come back soon.

The Monday baking class was busy mixing up coffeecake that was served at Breakfast Club the next morning. The class even had one of the guys on task cracking the eggs. The cinnamon aroma coming from the oven was heavenly.

Halcyon House is gearing up for Halloween when all the little spooks come out to play and ask for candy. The residents look forward to this time of the year when the costumes are galore. The staff have even been known to be creative in attire for the event.

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