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Halcyon House

Apr 18, 2013

Thirteen classmates from the Washington High School Class of '53 met Wednesday evening in the Halcyon Applewood Bistro for a delightful supper followed by two hours of conversation and planning the 60th WHS reunion in September. Reta Beemblossom and Sybil Thornton, Halcyon residents, arranged the committee get-together.

Last weekend, Mary Dawson accompanied her daughter and son-in-law to William Penn University in Oskaloosa, where they attended the annual Awards Banquet. Mary’s granddaughters, Courtney Kleinschmidt and Chloe Kleinschmidt, received awards. Courtney was honored for her second year of belonging to the Alpha Ki Honors Fraternity. She was also honored for her presentation of a paper she wrote to the national convention of Alpha Ki in Nashville, Tenn., April 4-6, 2013. Courtney was one of the youngest presenters at the convention. Chloe and Courtney received awards as members of the sorority Nu Si Tau, the Greek Society, with the highest grade point average at William Penn University.

The March and April Sunshine Girls' birthday honorees hosted their luncheon at the Halcyon Applewood Bistro on April 15. The Sunshine Girls are a group of women, loosely organized over 25 years ago, who meet for coffee and friendship twice a week at the Coffee Corner and have a celebratory birthday party get-together about six times a year. Halcyon residents in attendance were Virginia Tschantz, Ellen Perdock, Mildred Guy and Betty Osincup. The special treats were Virginia’s lemon and coconut cream pies.

Mary Verlee Wells made her entrance into the world on April 4, and passed peacefully on her 88th birthday on April 4. Verlee was an active member of the Keota community and served the school district as a veteran bus driver of 30 years. Sympathy is extended to her family who adored her and Verlee will be missed by her Halcyon family as well.

Condolences are extended to the family of Marion Schiebel. Marion was a farm wife, became involved with the local Y, taught swim lessons, loved to play Bingo, purchased and rode her motorcycle in style, and was an avid puzzler. The Halcyon family remembers Marion for her spunk and her love of adventure and stories.

Neighbors and friends of Ed Hutchcroft extend sympathy to David, Diana and Judy and their families. Ed served his country proudly and was a veteran of World War II. He began his education career as a teacher, later as a principal and then served as superintendent of schools until his retirement. He was a devoted Christian and taught Sunday school for 50 years. Ed was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was loved by all and his kindness will long be remembered.

Many residents savored a delicious prime rib meal in the Timmins Dining Room. John Marshall did a fantastic job preparing and cooking the meat. The dietary department was also complimented for their fine meal and the grand service. The entertainment was provided by a husband-and-wife team named “Double Play Flute and Tuba.” The couple travel extensively performing a variety of music with the flute and tuba such as “Bach to Broadway” accompanied by a humorous and historical anecdotes. The couple create their own unique arrangements of many classical standards.

The Rev. Dean Elmore of the Washington Church of God's sermon was “Leaning on the Arms of Jesus” with the Scripture from Deuteronomy 33:27. Mrs. Dean Elmore sang a solo accompanied by the Rev. Elmore on the guitar.

“Walk This Way” is a club that is open to staff and residents. All are invited to a scheduled walk led by the Wellness Department or encouraged to walk on their own. In accordance with offering a healthy lifestyle, Timmins Dining Room has expanded the salad bar with more variety of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grain breads and lean deli meats.

The “Burpee Garden” program by Ethel told how the Burpee Company was founded in Philadelphia in 1876 by W. Atlee Burpee. He was an 18-year-old with a passion for plants and animals and had a mother willing to lend him $1,000 of “seed money” to get the business started. The business began as a livestock company and within 25 years, Burpee had developed the largest most progressive seed company in America. By 1915, there were over 1 million Burpee catalogs in the mail. Burpee has been the leading U.S. seed supplier for 120 years and remains a family seed company. A basic weeding rule: If they grow in rows they are flowers, if they don’t – they are weeds.

“Celebrating Earth Day” was the program presented by intern Ashley. Earth Day was pioneered by John McConnell in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. Information was shared about garbage in the landfill that will stay for approximately 30 years. Everyone needs to be mindful that 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled and every ton of paper that is recycled will save 17 trees. Earth Day cupcakes were the refreshments following the program.

“High Tea” was the theme for Wednesday’s event. The tables were set and decorated with lace tablecloths, teapots, antique teacups and floral arrangements. The room was very festive as the residents were seated and treated to an afternoon of music, sweet conversation, cheery cheesecake, lemon bars and miniature cookies. Everyone agreed that an assortment of hot tea, tasty desserts and a room of beauty was the perfect way to spend a rainy day.

Monday Night at the Movies was “Meet Me in St. Louis” with Judy Garland. This charming musical turn of the century film is full of magic and memories.

The “Front Porch Travels” was hosted by Audrey Hepburn as the guests took a tour of some of the most beautiful English gardens.

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