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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 16, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Jun 12, 2014

Washington High School Class of 1949 held their class reunion in the Main Dining Room on Saturday evening. Carla Carter and Dorothy White co-hosted the event for the 18 classmates and their spouses.

Mary Atwood enjoyed a visit from her brother and his wife, Mark and Joan Atwood of Yardley, Pa., last week. Mark planned his visit to attend his 55-year class reunion from Birmingham, Iowa, on Saturday evening. Birmingham was celebrating the town’s 175th anniversary, and Mark and fellow classmates entered the parade on Saturday. Mary witnessed the parade which got rained on and cleared off soon after the parade was over. Mary, Mark and Joann also enjoyed many of the festivities in Washington during the weeklong 175th Anniversary activities here.

United Presbyterian Home residents, staff and kids participated in Washington’s 175th Anniversary/Ridiculous Day Parade on Sunday afternoon. Wayne Brown drove a pickup pulling a hay rack full of residents and staff representing various activities offered at the Home. Reid Orris rocked a baby as he often does as a volunteer in the Up with Kids Day Care, and Marion Turnipseed worked out on the NuStep the entire length of the parade route. Kathy Knutson showed off her muscles with weight exercises and Nadene Brown wore her garden hat and held a basket of garden produce representing the resident gardeners. Pole walkers included Richard and Del Henningfield and Myron Shields. Melva Mineart, Dorothy White, and Pat Jenkins walked for Alzheimer’s and to draw awareness to their upcoming Longest Day fundraising event happening soon. Chef Cory Evans represented his colleges in the dietary department wearing his chef’s hat. Lou Ann Miller and Alecia Wright simulated blood pressure checks as part of the many health services offered at UPH. Other staff members included Erin Drahota, Amy Kleese, Stefanie Tschantz, Paula and Christina Brinning, Michelle Steinberg, Mary Ann Knupp, and Diana Rich. They walked beside the float handing out information and candy. Up with Day Care kids were happy to participate by riding along on the hayrack and viewing the parade from an inside perspective.

Kathy Knutson celebrated her birthday in the Town Center on Tuesday morning with many friends and neighbors. Kathy made treats to share with everyone.

The Tuesday afternoon movie included treats of caramel corn which has become a favorite movie snack.

Up with Kids visited the Health Center this week so that residents could help the youngsters design Father’s Day cards. The children will present the cards to their fathers this weekend.

Several UPH employees enjoyed the annual Izaak Walton League fishing day on Wednesday at Marr Park. Floyd Miller celebrated his birthday with the group at Marr Park and had a great time despite the sunburn that he now wears. Donald Bricker caught a large bluegill and has the certificate to prove it. Mary Ulin says that, even though she did not catch any fish, she enjoyed the picnic lunch with friends. Stacy Hodgell also liked the time shared with friends but did not like the bugs that she encountered. They all seemed excited by the experience.

Ruth Zehr enjoyed the company of family this week. Ruth’s grandson and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carson, arrived from near Denver, Colo., with 3-year-old Connor and 1-year-old Addison Quinn affectionately known to the family as Addy Q. Ruth’s son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Joann Zehr of Cedar Rapids, joined them along with their daughter, Jessica Zehr Carson. They packed much excitement into a short visit.

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