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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 23, 2014

Halcyon House

Feb 27, 2014

Mary Lou Edgar from Crawfordsville recently moved to Halcyon House. Mary Lou is the mother of two children, Cathy Schafer of Keosauqua and Bill of Crawfordsville. She and her late husband farmed in the area and enjoyed dancing. Mary Lou worked at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for 10 years. She belongs to a sewing group and likes to sew. Mary Lou is getting settled and looks forward to enjoying the amenities at Halcyon and meeting her neighbors.

Glenys Clark provided transportation to the concert at the Washington Community Center on Feb. 16. Audrey Stark, Betty Osincup, Marcella Reed and Virginia Tschantz enjoyed spending the afternoon with “Charlie Albright,” the thoughtful young artist who wowed the audience with his distinctive musicality.

Martha Chabal spent the weekend at the home of her granddaughter, Rachael, in Iowa City. They shopped, visited, laughed and had a great night at a Japanese restaurant where the entertainment was watching the meal prepared before their eyes. Sheila Corey came later in the week from Columbia, Mo., to visit her mom and run errands.

Heart Health Month was recognized by wellness intern Molly McGinnis through the organization of a heart-healthy luncheon. Lyn Fischer of Public Health gave a presentation on the many ways to keep one's heart healthy. The meal was prepared and served by the Applewood Bistro that included a quinoa salad, salmon and corn chowder soup, a delicious low-calorie chocolate dessert and red wine.

Wellness intern Aaron Wagoner designed an exercise class for the Sitler and Avalon House residents on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. An additional Bible study class is being made available to the Avalon House due to the popularity of the assisted living class that Aaron is heading up.

Wellness Department Director Becky Carter has done several Passion Pledge workshops this past week. Check out the doors hanging in the front foyer where staff and residents have completed a key pledging their year-long passion and purpose. Hopefully, there will be a connection with another such as pairing two passions together that would enjoy traveling.

Many thanks to Washington area churches that so graciously take turns providing church services to the residents of Halcyon House every Sunday afternoon. In February, the Washington Mennonite Church with Roger Farmer delivered the sermon “Jesus as the Good Shepherd,” with Scripture from Psalm 23. Carol Detweiler was the pianist with quartet members Tim Widmer, Roger Farmer, Jon Widmer and Myron Graber and Karen Seaton on the accordion. The Rev. Nelson Beachy’s of the Haven Mennonite Church message was “Wait on the Lord” with the Scripture taken from Psalm 27. Pastor James Belive of Marion Avenue Baptist Church spoke that “Jesus is Our Hope” and the Scripture was read from John 1:1-14.

A recap of February’s movie night included “National Velvet” with Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor, “The Parent Trap” starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan, and “Black Beauty.” These are all old family favorites that are entertaining that everyone enjoyed seeing again.

Ethel’s program featured “Lucky Penny Day.” A word search puzzle of words pertaining to coins was first on the agenda with homemade lucky penny cookies served to the audience. Trivia was shared about the 11 different designs featured on the penny. In March 1793, the mint distributed 11,178 copper cents. The Lincoln penny was first minted in 1909 and portrays his face to the right of the coin while all other coin portraits face to the left. Abraham Lincoln was the first real person living or deceased to be featured on a circulated United States coin. The penny was also the first U.S. coin to have the motto “In God We Trust.” Pennies are presently made from a metal combination of 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper.

Front Porch Travels has been a whirlwind of adventure this month. Participants visited the rocky shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park to the glowing sunset of the Florida Everglades. They traveled to the country gardens of Giardino Del Ninfa that is located south of Rome, visited charming cottage gardens in England and went on a tour with Audrey Hepburn to the farmhouse gardens surrounding Holcombe House of Dorset. “The Gardens of the Worlds,” a PBS series, was about the spectacular setting from the Renaissance gardens of Italy and the 20th century gardens of England with Audrey Hepburn as host.

Staff members Kirk and Darby entertained in the Day Lounge on Wednesday afternoon with Kirk playing the guitar and the duo singing. They were well received by a full room of residents who enjoy their performance each and every time.

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