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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Halcyon House

Apr 11, 2013

Everett and Ione Burham celebrated their 70th anniversary with a special gathering on Wednesday. Their son, Drew, Jan and Jim from Des Moines along with Marcia Robertson, Louise Chandler and Virginia Tschantz had lunch in the Applewood Bistro. The couple was presented with two beautiful anniversary cakes. It was indeed a very special day for the Burhams!

Betty Osincup had several special family occasions beginning on Sunday, March 31, which was her grandson Ben Chapman’s 13th birthday. After every Sunday Shiloh church service, Betty treats her family to dinner at a different restaurant. The birthday boy chose the Olive Garden and also invited his friend, James Merrit, to come along with the family. Betty and daughters, Elyse Chapman and Donna Schultz, along with granddaughter Karen Tack and friend Jeff Barry, celebrated Ben’s birthday in grand style.

Betty Osincup’s California family, Nancy and Jon Roselund along with their daughter, Regina, who works in food service at the Riverside Casino, enjoyed Sunday dinner at the Ripple Café. Nancy is an online teacher for Shiloh University and was here to meet with the staff. The Roselunds enjoyed lunch the following day at the Applewood Bistro where Nancy had the pleasure of seeing and visiting with Alice Moore and Martha Chabal who are mothers of her high school classmates. Jon, Nancy and “granddog” Ginger left for home on Wednesday but not before Betty loaded them up with her no-longer-needed “stuff.”

Topic of the Day program was all about the history of Band-Aids. It all began in 1921 with Earle Dickson who was employed as a cotton buyer for Johnson and Johnson. He invented the Band-Aid as his wife was always cutting her fingers while preparing food. Dickson received a promotion to vice president after his new invention. Band-Aids were issued in World War II-standard mess kits. Sales of Band-Aids were slow in the beginning, but business took off after a publicity stunt offering Boy Scout troops free Band-Aids. Manufacturing facilities are located in Brazil and China with an annual net income of $12.9 billion and some 118,700 employees, Barry Manilow composed the Band-Aid jingle “I am stuck on Band-Aid, cause Band-Aids stick on me.”

The Washington United Methodist Church provided church services Sunday afternoon in the Epworth Chapel.The Rev. Jim Stiles' Scripture reading was from John 20:4-17 with the sermon title “It’s One Thing.” Resident Virginia Tschantz served as the pianist.

Mercy’s Open Studio Art Class members were very creative as they decoratively placed bezels, clay, pictures and beads to produce a very pretty pendant necklace. The pendants were a finished project after resin applications, baking and setting up for 24 hours. The next class will feature wine bottles covered in colorful panacea twine and spring flowers.

The Living with Blindness Support Group met Wednesday, April 10, in the Marshall Game Room. The group discussed the topics and issues they will present to Susan Howard, Iowa Department for the Blind counselor, at next month’s meeting. Susan will be presenting information regarding assistive devices that individuals can use with little or no vision. This is a free program and available to the public on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the Game Room. Refreshments will be served.

Pastor Jason, wife Christina, sons Jeremy (almost 2) and 5-month-old Jessup from the Crawfordsville and Ainsworth churches were at Halcyon House Thursday morning calling on Victoria Griffith, Marie Greene, Vivian Wells, Mary Meeks and Dean and Ruth Schlatter. The children especially brought such a bright spot to everyone on a cloudy day.

The Avalon House hosted a special event in honor of Dave, Barb and Zoe Arnold. Dave has been a faithful volunteer and friend of Halcyon for the past few years. The Arnolds are moving to Minnesota where they will be closer to their parents. The Day Lounge was at capacity as they enjoyed lunch and impromptu conversations and questions from the residents. Dave and companion dog, Zoe, with her painted toenails have brought many smiles and kind deeds with every visit. The Arnolds will be missed!

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