United Presbyterian Home
Pat Jenkins accompanied her son, Randy to Corpus Christi, Texas, last week to visit her son, Roger and Gail Jenkins, and Roger’s son, Travis, his wife, Dara and son, Brady. Roger’s son, Patrick, wife Nicole and children, Matthew and Jessica from San Diego were there during the children’s spring break. Pat had not seen the California great-grandchildren for six years and they are now ages 9 and 11, so they had a lot of catching up to do. On the way home they spent Thursday night in Miami, Okla., and had supper with Randy’s daughter, Randi Renae, who is a student at Oklahoma A & M.
Nine people from the United Presbyterian Church left last Wednesday to work in Washington, Ill., where last November an F4 tornado went through the town of 1,500 people. On Thursday morning the group reported to the headquarters to get instructions, tools and work location. They spent the next three days picking up glass, wood and shingles. On the last day they collected river rock and other debris. Workers listened to personal tornado stories from homeowners and left feeling grateful to be able to offer assistance to those healing from the devastation. Those making the trip included Kristene, Cyndy and Andy McCall; Tim and Karen Trotman; Joyce Wilson; Jim Cuddeback; Jean Wollenberg; and Kathy Knutson. A group of young UP Church members led by Clay Eaton will travel to Washington, Ill., in June to offer more help.
Thelma Wagner had the pleasure of meeting her 4-month-old twin great-grandsons on Saturday, April 5. Luke and Isaac Chipman and their parents, Anne (Mcdonald) and Adam Chipman of Harlan, were at the Community Center for a family noon lunch celebrating the twins with a baby shower and the other nine great-grandchildren’s late Christmas gifts. From Muscatine were family members, Kris, Steve, Sara, Ben, Ellie and Anna Storr and Missy, Adam and Lainey Yerington. Coming from Ames were Karen and Jim Mcdonald. From DeWitt, Mich., were John, Vivien, Sidney, Caleb and Sophia Mcdonald. Joining them from Glendale Heights, Ill., were Grant, Robin, Chloe and Violet Mcdonald and Ken Wagner from Washington.
Last Sunday was a special day for Mildred Houseal as she attended the baptism of her great-grandson, Jayse Thorius. Jayse is the son of Erin and Jacob Thorius, and the baby brother of Jordan. Other family members attending were Jacob’s grandmother, Louise Miles from Belvadere, Ill.; grandparents, Jim and Julia Thorius of Carlisle; and Jeff and Sandy Suter of Winfield. Also attending were Jacob's sister and family from Minnesota, Erin’s brother and family of Ankeny, and Jacob’s aunt from Belvadere. Ill. After church they all had lunch at the Thorius home.
Week of the Young Child was celebrated April 6-12. This is an annual celebration to focus public attention on the needs of young children, their families and caregivers of young children. Up with Kids Day Care packed many activities into the weeklong celebration. Children wore their favorite hats on Monday and modeled them to residents. On Tuesday children wore their pajamas all day long and Kathy Dolan from the Washington County Conservation Center stopped by with a few wildlife creatures. She brought hard- and soft-shelled turtles along with a couple of turtle shells. Kathy also brought along a brightly colored snake that the kids were fascinated with. Olivia Lujan eagerly petted the creature and Easton Tschantz was brave enough to put it around his neck. Residents were content to watch. FFA members Karlton Skubal, Macy Marek, Makenzi Marek, Jack Carter, Emily Hora, Tehya Holmes, Alexey England, John Sands, and Gabe Greiner arrived at the Health Center with farm animals on Wednesday. They brought twin lambs, a newborn pig, bunny, cat, two dogs, a duck and a hen. It was quite the menagerie to be admired by the young and young at heart.
There are flowers blooming in the UPH Gallery outside the art room. The annual display from UP With Kids Day Care is a garden this year. The artists were given round coffee filters which they decorated with water-base markers. Then they sprayed the filters with water which created a soft, flowing pattern that looked more like a flower than a filter. It is great fun to see all the different varieties! The babies contributed their hand silhouettes to create a single flower. The flowers will be up until the end of the month. This week the downtown library has the exhibit of preschool art from around the city. It is always a joyful show and worth the trip.
Carol Ray has collected various artists’ work depicting the events of Holy Week. She will display this artwork during Holy Week in the UPH Art Gallery and the Chaplain’s Office, changing pieces nearly every day.
Classics Et Cetera for April 10, included the overture to “Olympie” by Joseph Martin Kraus; 4th movement of Wind Octet in E-flat by Beethoven; 4th Movement of Violin Sonatina in G Major by Antonin Dvořák; “All Through the Night” performed by the Treorchy Welsh Male Voice Choir; 3rd Movement of Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler; “Arm in Arm,” polka mazur by Josef Strauss; “Entrance of the Gladiators” by Julius Fučík.
Josef Strauss (1827-1870) was the middle brother of the musical Strauss family, born two years after Johann II. He was a gifted man, trained and educated as an engineer, serving the city of Vienna in that capacity as a young man, and even obtained patents for various devices. He reluctantly took over the leadership (temporarily, he thought) of the Strauss orchestra only when Johann became ill from overwork. Josef composed 283 opus numbers and was only 42 when he died. Johann lived another 29 years.