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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2014

Halcyon House

Jun 04, 2014

A recent brief, but glorious, few hours were enjoyed by Sybil Thornton, son Mike and grandsons. They celebrated Mother’s Day, all the men’s birthdays, as well as very successful grandson’s completion of his second year at Drake, and a junior who studied abroad.The family was so grateful to be able to share their lives.

Don and Ethel Hendrickson were busy attending three granddaughters' high school graduations and celebrations — Anna Cavin’s ceremony at Durant, Lindsay Cavin at Highland, and Lauren Cavin at Victor.

Betty Osincup has been a busy lady with happenings, traveling and spending time with her daughters. Betty’s son-in-law, Jon Roselund from California, passed away. All four of Betty’s daughters have had heartache with the loss of their husbands. The flight to California from Iowa was fine but coming home, the O’Hare Airport control tower was shut down due to an electronic system fire, which delayed the flight out of Los Angeles and in turn they missed the flight to Cedar Rapids when they finally landed at O’Hare.

A friend from Iowa City rescued Betty and her daughter, Donna, from Chicago by car and, of course, their luggage hadn’t caught up with them. They arrived in Iowa City exhausted and after retrieving the luggage the following day in Cedar Rapids, Betty was at last on her way home to Halcyon House. Daughter Janet from Miami and her daughter, Janelle, from North Carolina flew in to join Betty, daughters Donna and Elyse as well as Ben, at a graduation luncheon reception for granddaughter Sharon Zierke who received her Master's of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa. On Sunday, the family enjoyed a dual open house for Sharon and her daughter, who graduated from high school at the Zierke farm in North Liberty. The following day Janet enjoyed a mini class reunion in the Applewood Bistro and visiting her mom. Days later, Betty attended her grandson's performance in the Kalona Middle School play, and she also attended her great-grandson’s high school graduation in Iowa City, and then celebrated the Sunshine Girls birthday luncheon at the Kalona Brewery in Kalona.

Jeanette Vittetoe’s cousin, Christine Waknov of Phoenix, Ariz., was in the area visiting friends and celebrating with a family reunion. Christine stayed in the Halcyon guest room.

Edie Trotter was happy to have her daughter, Pam and Gary Edwards, in Iowa. They joined other relatives for a three-day Trotter celebration.

Mary Dawson and her daughter, Ruth Craig, and “Doug the Pug,” loaded up and headed south where they picked up the recent college graduate Courtney in Houston, Texas. Courtney was spending time with her boyfriend, Patrick, and his family. Mary had her first experience eating crawfish. They checked out Galveston Beach, traveled through many states, visiting St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., stopped in West Monroe, La., where “Duck Dynasty” films the television shows. They noted that in the South there were no bugs on the windshields and that Doug the Pug kept them safe on the road trip, ha. He was like a magnet to all his friends that he met along the way.

Phyllis Lyle’s children hosted a 90th birthday party in the Morrison Center. Phyllis is mother to seven children, and has 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. The day was just a delight. She received a host of cards with many attending from her hometown of Keota.

Phyllis is happy to have such good neighbors, friends, and a wonderful family.

Everett Gates celebrated his 98th birthday with an open house in the Day Lounge. His neighbors, friends, and family were on hand to wish him a happy birthday. He reports that his doctor thinks he will live to be 105 years old.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day were busy with events that featured Dr. Nacos speaking about Alzheimer's and dementia. An “Ageless Grace” exercise class was demonstrated by Beth Felton, followed by Tom Banta educating the audience on the Blue Zones. The day ended with hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres, beverages, and light entertainment by JP’s 207 on the Bistro patio.

Recent activities in the Avalon House have been: eating lunch outdoors under the canopy; casino day; the Keota Brass Band on the lawn; Movers and Thinkers exercise; and trivia on the Vetter patio; Ethel’s program, “Heaven is For Real”; visits from “Grif” the therapy dog; Kelly and Gladys Allard making our Tuesdays special by making popcorn for all to enjoy; and Topic of the Day with Lela Garton.

Mary Kate Horak and Ransom Adams entertained in the Day Lounge. They are both graduating seniors from Washington High School. They sang, and played the guitar and ukulele. Residents at Halcyon consider themselves lucky to be so near to the school and being visited by the students.

Pastor Kelly Allard from the Bethel Presbyterian Church led the congregation in prayer service in the Epworth Chapel on Sunday afternoon. The Scripture was taken from Joshua 1: 1-9, with the sermon titled “Crossing Over Jordan.” Ken Wolf served as the pianist for the service.

 

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