United Presbyterian Home
The Get Up and Go group challenge has come to an end. This eight-week-long challenge combined residents and staff in teams of five members each with weekly tasks as a group and individually to track minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Myron’s Maidens won the contest by a landslide, tallying 2,000 points more than any other team. Myron Shields is the Myron in the group with the maidens being Carol Enfield, Pat Jenkins, and Dorothy Grim. Bob Ruppert was a late contestant to the group, or the team may have been called Myron and Bob’s Maidens.
Senior fitness tests concluded last week, and Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz are amazed at the fitness level of residents at the United Presbyterian Home. During the six-minute walk/run test, 11 residents ran a portion of the six minutes around the Mary Cottrell Walking Path and one resident ran the entire six minutes. This is an endeavor worth noting and adds to the envy of the rest of the non-runners.
On Saturday, Jane Vetter attended the wedding of her grandson, Andy Vetter, at the Cedar River Winery near Swisher. Jane reports that it was a lovely outdoor ceremony officiated by the groom’s uncle.
Hazel Johnson enjoyed a week of birthday celebrations beginning on Saturday when her family held an open house in honor of her 90th birthday at her nephew’s farmstead where she was joined by family, friends and neighbors. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of games, fishing, swimming, karaoke and eating homemade ice cream. Hazel’s son Kirk and his family from Des Moines visited over the weekend to help with the festivities along with Hazel’s daughters, Susan Gloyer of Washington, and Lori Krieger and Charlene VanEst of Muscatine. On Monday Hazel treated friends in the Town Center to cake which had been prepared by her granddaughter; and on the day of her birthday, Wednesday, July 17, she was joined by daughters, Judi Duncan and her husband Larry of Liberty, Mo., Susan Gloyer and Lori Kreiger. They also brought treats to share with Hazel’s friends in the Town Center, and afterward they treated Hazel to lunch with more family and friends joining them. Hazel reports that if she isn’t celebrating she is resting up for the next celebration and visitors.
Up with Day Care children enjoyed a morning at the Washington County Fair on Wednesday. They toured the animal barns, colored paper hats and made boats out of paper and straws and watched them float in the water. Chase Jones, Titan Ross and Braden Tappan report that the animals were their favorite part of the fair, with a special admiration for the rabbits. Braden rode a pony, and they all came back with new toothbrushes. In the afternoon they enjoyed popsicles in the Health Center while visiting with the residents about their time at the fair.
Art award winners at the Washington County Fair judged in the Open Classes included residents Marion Turnipseed and Betty Beenblossom. Marion received the grand champion award for his woodcarving of a barn and windmill scene. Betty received the reserve champion award for her painting of a birdhouse. They each earned blue ribbons on additional pieces that they entered into competition.
Classics Et Cetera for Thursday, July 18, included the overture to “The Opera Ball” by Richard Heuberger; 1st Movement of “The Lark” String Quartet by Joseph Haydn; “O Paradise!” from “L’Africaine” by Giacomo Meyerbeer; Ashley Miller, organist, playing “The Merry Widow Waltz” by Franz Lehár; 2nd & 3rd Movements of Horn Concerto No. 2 by Mozart; “Farewell” from “Forest Scenes” by Robert Schumann; “The East Winners” by Scott Joplin; “World Events,” a march by J. S. Zamecnik.
The musical fortunes of Scott Joplin (1868-1917) were indebted to a St. Louis seller of musical instruments and music publisher named John Stark (1841-1927) who saw Joplin’s genius and the sales potential of his music. He also knew the business of advertising and promotion. His publication of “Maple Leaf Rag” in 1899 is historical. It took a few years for sales to take off, but take off they did, and the rag eventually provided a nice income for Joplin. It also served as a model for him and other ragtime composers.