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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 29, 2014

Halcyon House

Visitors welcomed at Halcyon House
May 19, 2014

Barbara Hodge from Santa Rose Beach, Fla. was in Washington and was a guest of her sister, Virginia Tschantz. Rusty and Denise Tschantz hosted a family Sunday brunch, Gin and Barbara went to Iowa City where they were guests of the Mike Tschantz family. They also visited the Kalona community and Stringtown. The Celebration Barn in Solon was the venue that the families attended for their great-nieces wedding, daughter of nephew, Kevin and Brenda Myers.

Mary Dawson traveled to William Penn College in Oskaloosa on Saturday, May 10, to attend the graduation of her granddaughter, Courtney Kleinschmidt. Courtney graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors and with a double major in psychology and humanities.

Audrey Stark was happy to have her daughter Becky Lodge from Cincinnati for a several day visit. Audrey and Becky were joined by daughter, Marty from Brighton as well as son, Terry, Mary and Jennifer from the Des Moines area. They enjoyed lunch together and later that afternoon, Audrey and her daughters attended an outdoor wedding at the Keota Winery. Audrey and Becky were guests in Marty’s home on Mother’s Day.

The Cranium Crunch group enjoyed playing matching games of studio detective and bicycles and a Flower Power crossword and other brain-teasers. A game was played where participants had to name past and present television shows starting with a specific letter. Alice George, Letha Statler and Audrey Stark were the winners of the TV programs with the most unique shows. It is always a good time of no stress with lots of laughs.

Mercy Brinning is teaching Halcyon House residents and the local community members the “Watermelon Crawl” this week in the Line Dancing class. The dancers have been treated to dance choreography to the Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Cowboy Shuffle, Good Times, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Locomotion and Wobble to the song “Happy.”

The Wednesday performance from the Marion Avenue ladies was enjoyed by everyone. Their inspirational and harmonizing voices brought many smiles from the audience.

Ethel’s program titled “Laugh until You Cry” featured the beloved Lucille Ball from the hit comedy “I Love Lucy.” A word search was followed by humorous pictures of animals and babies. Laughter naturally came with the viewing of silly pictures, and laughter is one of the best medicines and is more contagious than any cough, sniffle or sneeze. Health benefits from being happy and laughter is reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving cardiac health and a host of other benefits. Ethel led the group in a belly laughing episode which became contagious as the entire room joined her.

The Day Lounge was buzzing as many gathered to hear “A Tribute to Our Mothers.” Humorous stories and questions answered by elementary school age children was read and certainly made true the “out of mouth of babes” adage. Mother’s Day began nearly 150 years ago with Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker who organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community which she called “Mothers Work Day.” After Anna passed away, her daughter lobbied for a special day honoring mothers and Woodrow Wilson signed a bill in1914 recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

“Ice Cream in the House” program attendees began with an ice cream trivia word search followed by a dish of homemade ice cream. Trivia shared was that vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry and mint chocolate chip are the most popular flavors. It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream, and we Americans enjoy an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, every year. George Washington was such a lover of ice cream that he spent $200 on ice cream in the summer of 1790, and back then that was a small fortune.

David Horsey is a longtime resident of Washington and he delivered some interesting facts and history of Washington. The pictures he presented were from 1939 to show how our town has changed throughout the years. Stewart and Lincoln Elementary schools were constructed in 1939 with a cost of $231,000 and the two new buildings replaced four other buildings that were used for the students. Mr. Horsey spoke of how medallions were sold at a dollar a piece to raise money for the fountain in the square.

He had many personal belongings to share with the audience as he has been around to see and be part of many of the changes. David was appreciative to the folks who attended, and we were grateful to him for sharing our town history with us.

 

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