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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2014

Halcyon House

Jun 27, 2014

Alice Edgin enjoyed the company of her brother, Charles Jarvis and wife Joyce from Newport, Ark. They toured the area and tried their luck at the Riverside Casino.

Jean Rietz spent the day on Sunday in the home of her daughter, Julie and husband Dr. Terry Mangold, for a special dinner celebrating Father’s Day. Grandson Adam Mangold and wife Teresa along with granddaughter, Joanna and husband, Dr. Nathan Hein and 6-monthp-old Vivian from Marion, joined them as well. The family watched the tape of the recent 175th Washington celebration where Adam was a part of the Alumni Football Game. They especially enjoyed baby Vivian as she royally entertained everyone.

Opal Mercer was the guest of honor at her 95th birthday party on Saturday in the Day Lounge. Her children, Phyllis Casper of Kalona and Roger and Tana Mercer of California and families hosted the event. The delicious cupcakes of swirl citrus colors served to the guests were a hit. Opal enjoyed every minute of her party.

Virginia Tschantz has been a busy traveler lately. Gin flew to Colorado on June 13, and stayed with her brother, Phil and wife Lois Myers. Her sister, Barbara Hodge of Florida, met them at the airport. They had a family get-together with nephew Kurt and wife Donna Myers along with nephew Kris and Kathy Kron and their daughters. Virginia and Barbara flew back to their prospective homes on June 16. Virginia attended her daughter-in-law, Jan Tschantz’s retirement party in Iowa City on Saturday, June 21. The next day, she attended her granddaughter, Molly Tschantz and Brad Meier’s engagement party.

On Saturday, Martha Chabal accompanied Kathy Otterberg to Brad and Pat Goff’s 50th wedding anniversary reception at the United Presbyterian Home. Pat and Martha worked together at Goff’s Hardware in the downstairs gift shop. It was a great party with lots of friends to visit with.

Ruthella English was happy to have her granddaughter, Amy Marsh, and great-granddaughters, Brynne and Aubrey from Elkhorn, Neb., back in Washington for a visit. They were staying with their mother/grandmother, Susan English. The girls enjoyed swimming and the Whoopee Days events at Brighton.

The Gingeriches, Carol, Ole and Adeline’s recent company was niece, Melody Bridges of Arizona. They caught up on the latest with each other and the changes in Washington. Melody was also in town to visit her mom, Carol Jones.

Joe Mottet rode with son Dan to Richland where they met up with friends at Loriann’s for breakfast. They got most of the world’s problems discussed and had a great morning!

Many thanks to Kathryn Kuhlman for her assistance in the Arbor House. Kathryn has graciously volunteered to assist residents on the new Dakim computers that have memory support programming that are a great tool for memory improvement.

Flag Day was celebrated with a blue velvet cupcake with patriotic decorations and a Flag Day word search. Everyone in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and poems were read titled “Home of the Brave” and “I Am the Flag of The United States of America.” The first flag observance was in 1893 in Philadelphia, Pa. The American flag has undergone 27 changes and the present-day flag was changed in 1960 when a star was added for the state of Hawaii. The folding of the flag and what each fold means was discussed.

The United Presbyterian Church held church service in the Epworth Chapel on Sunday afternoon. Pastor Bob Wollenberg chose Matthew 10: 39-42 for the Scripture and sermon.

The Wellness Department and volunteers were busy this week with assessments for Senior Fitness that is done annually to assess strengths and areas of improvement for cardiovascular, strength and flexibility.

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