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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Halcyon House

Feb 14, 2013

The Halcyon family extends sincere sympathy to the family of Arthur (Art) Witthoft. Art enjoyed his farming days, his wife Martha E. of 69 years, and his loving children and grandchildren.

Wednesday afternoon the Halcyon House audience had the pleasure of the “Mary and Donna Accordion Sisters.” Mary Catherine Escher and Donna Mae Moeller have been playing the accordion since childhood. However, they put their instruments in storage when they started their families. In honor of their mother’s 80th birthday in 1980, they dusted off their accordions to play for their mom and have been bringing smiles to audiences in the area ever since.

Dr. Schomer from the Washington County Hospital Specialty Clinic will present the program “Heart Health for Women” on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. in the Morrison Center. February is the designated Heart Healthy Month and timely for residents as well as the public, who are encouraged to attend the informative program.

The Biggest Winner Contest is under way for the second year. Any staff member can apply to be a contestant. Participants will be entitled to many prizes with the ultimate prize of having an overall improvement in their health. The program includes a free 12-week subscription to Weight Watchers online, access to a personal trainer and consultation with a health coach.

Welcome to Thrive 2003! This yearlong incentive campaign is designed to assist staff and residents in their journey to health by focusing on strengthening mind, body and spirit. Thrive provides a structure to help everyone practice healthy habits, track the process over time and receive rewards for completion.

Refreshments of waffles, with a dab of whipped cream and topped with cherries, was served at a recent February program since this is the month for pancakes, waffles, etc.

The “Half-Winter Day” calls for the first of winter beginning on Dec. 21/22 and the last day of winter around March 19. Love it or hate it, winter weather is unavoidable in many regions. Thoughts of winter tend to bring images of cold and darkness, ice, scooping snow and shivering as blood tends to be thinner as people age.

“Let it Snow” was a presentation that many could relate to. Snow brings the kid out in everyone as they remember the days of snowball fights, hooking a sled to a horse, using a dishpan for a sledding, making snow angels, churning the crank for homemade ice cream, catching a snowflake on the tongue and staying indoors to witness the beauty of winter. A homemade snowflake-shaped cookie was served along with snow facts and trivia.

 

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