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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Halcyon House

Apr 18, 2014

On April 1, Mary Dawson attended her Class of 1957 reunion in Davenport. Mary was one of the 623 graduates in her class. It was wonderful to renew old friendships and share stories. Mary accompanied her daughter, Ruth Craig, to William Penn College on April 5, to attend the annual awards banquet for Mary’s granddaughters, Courtney, and sophomore Chloe Kleinschmidt. The girls were recognized for having the highest grade point averages. Courtney is a senior and has been accepted to the master’s program at St. Ambrose in Davenport. Mary is very proud of her granddaughters' accomplishments and rightly so!

Martha Chabal, Ione Burham, Max See, Alma Wehr, Dale and Louise Richards and Helen Reschly gathered for a relaxing lunch in the Applewood Bistro last week.

Diane and Bob Holtaway from Bedminister, N.J., are in Washington visiting her parents, Bill and Ellen Perdock, and other relatives and friends. Bob pilots their plane and reported the strong head winds that they encountered on the trip to Iowa. They also had a miserable winter, as well as those here in Washington.

Bea DeLong and daughter Gina of Sherrard, Ill., spent the day with Martha Chabal on Friday. Gina wanted to see Martha before she makes the move to Michigan to start a new job.

Marlie Greiner from Keota, along with Father Charles Fladung led the Stations of the Cross and rosary in the Epworth Chapel. Father Charles explained what the meaning of Stations of the Cross is and how all need to understand what Easter truly represents.

The group moved to the Day Lounge where they enjoyed a piece of pie and ice cream that was provided by Marlie to celebrate the last week of Lent.

Theresa Haifley shared resources provided by the Iowa Department of the Blind at the April 9 gathering. Opal Beenblossom is to be commended for her efforts of reminding residents and folks in the community to join the group the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Marshall Game Room.

Caring for the Caregiver is led by Bonnie Boshart of Lending Hands. Helpful discussion is shared of ways to support loved ones and the caregivers. The group meets the third Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Game Room and is open to the public.

A new session of Cranium Crunch will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the Marshall Game Room. This get together has proved to be a lot of fun for the mind, body and soul.

Thanks to the Rev. Dean Elmore of the Washington Church of God for his ministry titled “Palm Sunday.” The Scripture was from Luke 19. Marie Elmore provided the music for the service.

The wellness department is offering a new six-week class of line dancing that will begin on Thursday, May 8. Anyone from the outside community is also encouraged to join.

Joyful Sounds entertained a large audience. The energetic wife and husband duo played and sang a mixture of Irish and Easter songs. They always engage the audience with props to use during the songs that brings a lot of joy and laughter from the participants

Jeannie Redlinger played the piano to a captivate audience in the Day Lounge Wednesday afternoon. Jeannie serves as the choir director and pianist for her church. She also helps out the music department of Keota schools and keeps busy with other musical endeavors. Jeannie is the daughter of resident Eveline Adam.

Vivian Wells enjoyed the company of her daughter, Louise Schmitz, granddaughter, great-grandchildren and the new puppy named Shiner. Shiner is 7 weeks old, a cutie, and caused quite a stir with residents and staff as they traveled through the halls.

Allen and Julie Severt of West Des Moines were here on Thursday to visit and have lunch with Rex Severt. The weather seems to be the topic of contention this month. Everyone agrees it is high time for some warm weather — not hot weather!

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