United Presbyterian Home
Activities assistant Elizabeth Tschantz was pleasantly surprised on Thursday afternoon when her boyfriend, Trevor Hanshaw, showed up where she works. He was on a mission. He found Elizabeth in the Activity Room where she had been painting a wall mural, wearing an old painting apron, paint brush in hand. She had no idea what was to come. Trevor had a very special ring box in his coat pocket and had already been to the home of Elizabeth’s parents to ask her father a very important question. The real surprise came when Trevor dropped to one knee and asked Elizabeth to marry him. It was a moment of pure joy witnessed by only a few in the room who were quick enough to get pictures. Elizabeth said yes and now the wedding planning begins.
Staff members gathered for a potluck luncheon on Friday in recognition of Amanda Bausch’s last day of work at the United Presbyterian Home. Amanda will begin a new job as a dental assistant in a local office. Staff members are sorry to see her leave but grateful for the shared potluck lunch.
Jane Vetter’s family enjoyed a late Christmas gathering on Saturday at the Pizza Ranch combined with an early 85th birthday celebration for Jane. Family members present included Steve and Kathy Vetter of Washington; Mark and Jan Vetter of Columbus Junction; Scott Vetter and sons, Dalton and Dane of Ollie; and Keith and Angie Mahoney and children, Brittany and Jack of Solon. Jan Vetter baked Jane’s favorite Red Waldorf birthday cake for everyone to enjoy. Jane continued to celebrate her birthday on Monday by sharing cupcakes which Jan had made with members of the art class.
Cottage residents met on Monday evening for their monthly potluck supper in the Campus Center. Hosts for the evening were Myron Shields, Bill Stewart, Joyce Huff and Mike and Donna Orris. About 40 residents braved the cold and windy weather to participate. The tables were decorated with valentines and Mary Atwood and Carol Ray led the group in a couple of sweetheart songs.
Tonnie Crile chauffeured residents Marilyn Johnston, Julia Gamon, Mary Atwood, Connie Bauer, Max Smith and Emory and Phyllis VanGerpen to the Washington Community Center on Monday evening for the Ivory and Gold concert.
On Tuesday, Carol Flickinger celebrated her birthday with a birthday cake in the Town Center. Carol was joined by her daughter, Jan Dawson, along with friends and neighbors for coffee and treats. Carol shared family pictures and warm thoughts of her family’s summer reunion at the family pond.
Nine members of the Book Club met to discuss "An Incomplete Revenge" by Jacqueline Winspear. People shared Roma (Gypsy) stories of fires and also the hate for Germans in wartime. Next month’s book selection will be "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. This is a fast-moving, gripping novel about a girl who was an excellent archer. She was able to feed her family and to use her skills in the Games.
The Rev. Kitch’s quote for the day reads, “You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.”
Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 30, included the overture to “The Sorcerer” by Sir Arthur Sullivan; 3rd Movement of Double Concerto for piano, harpsichord & orchestra by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach; “Habanera” & “Toreador’s Song” from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet; “Old Dan Tucker” performed by the 1st Brigade Band; 3rd Movement of Violin Concerto in D Major by Beethoven; Hungarian Melody by Franz Schubert; “Corcoran Cadets,” a march by John Philip Sousa.
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) was Johan Sebastian Bach’s third (and second surviving) son, and is known as the “Berlin” or “Hamburg” Bach because of his long service in those German cities. Although he studied law at Leipzig and Frankfurt, he chose music for his profession. So great was his fame in Germany that as a writer of concertos he was surpassed in fame only by the great, and 53 year younger, Ludwig van Beethoven.