United Presbyterian Home
Residents and staff enjoyed a make-believe evening in Italy last Thursday complete with music, dancing and Italian hors d'oeuvres. The Ken Paulsen Orchestra entertained a packed room full of residents for this year’s Senior Prom. Elizabeth Tschantz envisioned the Italian theme and, along with a crew of staff and residents, she transformed the Main Dining Room injto a town in Italy. Residents dressed for the occasion and many had their picture taken outside beside the fragrant lilac bushes and three-wheeled bicycle filled with bouquets of flowers.
American Legion volunteers Lonny Milligan, Wendel Guy and Mike Orris conducted a Memorial Day service on Friday afternoon in the Health Center. Mike Orris played taps while Wendel Guy passed out mini flags to all in attendance. Lonny Milligan read the names of United Presbyterian Home veterans and Amy Ziolkowski from the Jones & Eden Funeral Home sang a couple of selections appropriate for the occasion. Thanks to everyone who took the time to remember the veterans and pay tribute to their service and sacrifices.
The United Presbyterian Home hosted emergency personnel and business associates at a community breakfast on Thursday morning, May 30, to express appreciation for the services that they provide to the United Presbyterian Home as well as the Washington community. Approximately 75 volunteers from the Washington Fire Department, ambulance service, sheriff’s department, city administrators, council members and Mayor Sandra Johnson were present along with valued business associates and friends of the UPH. Each person in attendance received a lighted pen imprinted with the phrase, A Community Together, indicating that we all work together to make our community a better place.
The Book Club met on Wednesday, May 29, to discuss My Name is Mary Sutter by Robyn Oliveiera. This is a novel about a woman who wanted to be a Civil War surgeon. Next month the group will read The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie King.
Dick and Betty Colby had a family reunion on Saturday. Daughter Ann Haden, husband Murray, and three grandsons, Colby, Andrew and Michael, of Birmingham, Ala., were joined by grandson Isaac Baldrige of Washington. Also attending were daughter Gail Granneman, husband Gary, grandson Tyler, and granddaughter Kelsey, of Ottumwa, son Ed Colby, wife Brink, and grandson Keegan of Washington. The gathering marked the 60th wedding anniversary of Dick and Betty. Betty's sister Jean Wells of Washington attended, as well as niece Lynn, her son Braden, and friend of Madison, Wis.
Stew Bell celebrated his 93rd birthday on Saturday, June 1, with an open house in the Main Dining Room. Stew’s daughter Carmen Sipes and her husband George from Hayward, Wis., were present to celebrate with him. Stew wishes to thank his many friends who attended.
The June display in the UPH Art Gallery features farm buildings in rural landscapes. This exhibit will make you long for the good old days. Eight artists have work in the show. Stop by the Art Gallery and be amazed.
The Classics Et Cetera for May 30 included the Overture to “The Journey to Reims” by Gioachino Rossini; “Romanza” by Edvard Grieg & Toccata from “Gothic Suite” by Léon Boëllmann, played on the Wanamaker Court Organ; “Pops Hoedown” played by Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops; 2nd Movement of Violin Concerto No. 4 by Niccolò Paganini; “Lonely Flowers” from “Forest Scenes” by Robert Schumann; “Hosts of Freedom March” by Karl L. King
The Wanamaker Court Organ, the largest working pipe organ in the world, is located in the former Wanamaker (now Lord & Taylor) Department Store in downtown Philadelphia. The present store housing the palatial court and its organ was opened in 1911, being dedicated by President William Howard Taft. The organ has since been expanded several times to some 28,000 pipes. Free recitals are held twice every day except Sunday.