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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Halcyon House

Dec 06, 2013

Recent visitors of Edie Trotter were friends Eileen and Don Snaadt of West Point, and Erma Centner of Mediapolis. They had a great time catching up on the last year’s events.

In November, Mary Dawson and daughter Ruth Craig attended a vocal concert at William Penn in Oskaloosa where grandson, Cameron Kleinschmidt sang.

Betty Osincup recently celebrated her 94th birthday with six “F’s”-four days, family, friends, fellowship, food and fun. Janet Hurley of Florida daughter flew to Iowa Friday to conduct a Shaklee Company seminar at North Liberty on Saturday with sister Donna Schultz assisting along with sister, Elyse and son Ben, Betty and her granddaughters, Karen Tack and Shawn Zierke. They enjoyed snacks, soup and apple pie at the farm home of Shawn and Borge Zierke. Then all went to celebrate Betty’s birthday with more family friends where they were entertained by two fire-and-grill cooks at the Kyondai Japanese Grill at North Liberty. The family gathered at the new Kalonial Brewery Company in Kalona after church. They enjoyed lunch at Timmins Dining Room on Monday and supper at the Pizza Ranch. On Tuesday, Betty and daughter Janet sorted through 1,400 slides of family trips, occasions, etc. Betty is looking forward to a trip to Los Angeles to attend her grandson’s wedding.

Melba Grim was blessed with recent visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who traveled from Newton, Ill.; Bettendorf, Wapello, Iowa City and Washington. The family members were Rita Johnson, Carla Belzer, Renee, Creighton and Dawson Guy, Jennifer and Zoe Wagner, Teresa, Whitney, and Wyatt Lingafetler, Terry Grim, Terry K. Grim, Tate Eklund, Vickie Earnest and Ralph Hanson.

Isy Flander was pleased to have her daughter, Melinda, and husband Tim and daughters Amy and Rachael from Manley, as weekend guests. They attended Mass in Keota in memory of Jim on Saturday evening. They were later joined at Unc & Neph’s with Murray and Jane Flander who were celebrating their 39th anniversary.

This past Saturday evening, Mary Dawson accompanied her daughter, Ruth Craig to Davenport, where they attended a bell choir concert at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Mary’s nephew, Don Wood was one of the 15 bell players who performed. The Christmas selections performed were wonderful, the cathedral was beautiful and the evening was fantastic.

Reta Beemblossom was joined by family, Jean and Jim Knowles, Veta, Mark, Jackie and Alex Thode and friend Ally M. of Kansas City for a Thanksgiving get-together in the Marshall Game Room.

Mike, Barb and Harper Barb Wood were happy to have their daughter, Elizabeth and Brendan Crockett of San Francisco here for Thanksgiving.

Eveline Adam was very thankful to be with her family, Jean, Dean and family from Keota, Barb and Leo Gent who traveled from Omaha, and John, Penny and son Ryan who came from Ames. The families prepared the meal and enjoyed the Sunday together in the Marshall Game Room.

Victoria Griffith was surrounded by family in the Sitler Lounge on Thanksgiving Day. Those in attendance were Roger Griffith, Susan Griffith, Dick Griffith, Larry and Doris Price, Lisa Price, Jeff, Lorna, Liam, Jakob and Linzie Hood, Mande Griffith and Mike, Nathan and Betsy Rowan, Fisher and Jesse Griffith. What a fun bunch they are!

Thanksgiving Day guests of Lois Greiner were Frank, Karey, Bertena and Brandon, William and Josie Greiner and Kate Acost, the family au pair. They enjoyed a scrumptious meal in the Timmins Dining Room.

Sybil Thornton was thankful that her son, Mike Thornton of Antioch, Ill., traveled to Washington to spend several days with her. They visited the Amanas, dined at Dodici’s and made more family memories.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Chmelars hosted a Thanksgiving family get-together. Dorothy Helscher was elated to have her family together. Those present were Yaro and Mary, Bob and Peg, John and Mary Lynn, and grandchildren Ann, Mary, Nancy and families.

A “Let’s Talk Turkey” program was well attended. The games began with a gobble-gobble word search with the sampling of the turkey sugar cookie that proved to be tasty. The turkey meat production stands at 5.9 billion pounds and it’s projected that 768 million pounds of cranberries and 2.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were added to the Thanksgiving tables. Humorous turkey stories were shared with a poem titled “Tis the Night Before Thanksgiving.”

Many gathered around the table in interest of Lela Garton’s program. The “Topic of the Day” was Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that was delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863. Lincoln gave homage to the men who gave their lives that this nation might live. He thought it was fitting to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who fought and gave the last measure of devotion that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.

Minister Nelson Beachy of the Haven Conservative Mennonite Church provided the sermon “Calling on God in Distress” at Sunday’s service in the Epworth Chapel.

“The Christmas Shoes” was the featured film on Monday evening. The stars were Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams. They portrayed that small miracles happen every day and that we just have to be willing to recognize them.

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