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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Jul 11, 2013

Wayne Brock was given the honor of surprising his son, Ron, with the Meritorious Service medal at the Washington Municipal Band Concert on Thursday evening, July 4. Ron was performing with the 34th Drum and Fife Corps from Fairfield as part of the Independence Day concert in Central Park. The award was presented to Ron in recognition of his 30 years of service.

Ron began playing with the National Guard Band when he was a junior in high school. He played with them for five years before entering college. Following college Ron joined the Army full time as a legal specialist and served in Germany. Following active duty he rejoined the National Guard and in the fall of 2001 rejoined the National Guard Band of which he is still a member. The Meritorious Service medal is the highest honor which he could receive. It is very fitting that he was presented the prestigious award while playing with the Drum and Fife Corps as it was with them that he started out. It was also a very proud moment for his father, Wayne, who was pleased to be chosen to present the award to his son.

Twenty-four Kerr Hall residents ate lunch at Unc and Neph’s for their July monthly social. Residents enjoyed a good lunch and a chance to visit with neighbors. The event was planned by Betty Gipple and Dean and Shirley Garrett.

Dorothy See’s family made the Parlor part of the background for a five-generation family picture while they were together this week. Dorothy’s daughter, Linda Peiffer, was joined by her children, Jackie Marie of Washington, Jean Funk of Arizona and Ryan Jeter of Colorado. Jackie’s daughter, Mandy Conway, along with her husband, Dave, and children, Garrett, Madison, Kendall and Parker, were present for the picture. Jean’s daughter, Danielle Wolf, and her children, Bella and Rylan, along with Ryan’s wife, Jessie, and children, Sage and Iris, all posed for the picture. Linda says that it is the first time that all of her great-grandchildren have been together at the same time.

Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz have been busy this week conducting Senior Fitness tests to residents of the UPH. Residents are put through a series of exercises to test their upper and lower body strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. The results are then compared to past tests as a form of measurement. This is where the benefits of exercise and activity show up. Amy and Stefanie are pleased with how well the residents have performed and wish to thank those who participated in the testing as well as classes and programs throughout the year.

Residents watched as the old maintenance shed was torn down this week. In a short time the shed was down and dirt dozed in to make the shed only a memory. The view improved 100 percent. Just down the street Linda Boston’s cottage was painted. It is now a natural green color that blends in to the landscape nicely.

 

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