United Presbyterian Home
The John Duvalls flew to Mesa, Ariz., to spend five days with their daughter and husband, Chris and Ron Lee. Also visiting there were their granddaughter Rachel Johnson and family of Highlands Ranch, Colo. The Ron Lees were celebrating their 60th birthdays with a party for family and friends at Grease Woods Flats. The weather during the day was shirtsleeve-comfortable and it turned very cool at sundown.
Jeanette Miksch shares that she had a wonderful 91st birthday. Her grandson, Darien Bates, and wife Betsy, and son Alban Lee, arrived Saturday evening after escaping from New York’s disastrous storm. On Sunday, they gathered for a family party at the Central Park Community Center. Arriving from Muscatine were Bob and Melanie Kenyon and coming from Ames was their son, Jason, who brought along Matthew Miksch. Jason and Matthew are college students. Also arriving were Charles and Judi Miksch from Cedar Rapids; Mark and Liz Miksch from Washington; Nate and Jill Spencer and children, Kaden, McKenzie and Kelsy, from Ogden; and Matt and Heidi VanManaan from Des Moines with their two sons, Ethan and Nolan. Since Nolan, Kelsey and Alban are just learning to walk upright, the adults had a great time watching them get acquainted. Jeanette hopes to see some of the rest of the “clan” at Thanksgiving.
Twenty-two kindergarten students from Stewart School entertained residents prior to the Campus Council meeting on Wednesday morning. The students acted out the stories of Pete the Cat and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything as their teacher, Tara Luers, read along. When asked what their favorite part of visiting the United Presbyterian Home was, one boy responded that he enjoyed playing his imaginary guitar for the group while he acted out the stories and one girl liked visiting the people. Lucas Zahs liked visiting his great-grandfather, Reid Orris, best.
Margaret Hammer received a beautiful bouquet of roses this week for no special occasion. Her nephew, Jim Lemmon, was thinking of her and wanted to let her know.
The United Presbyterian Church Circle 5 women led the Health Center residents in a hymn sing-along on Tuesday. Circle 5 members Betty Colby and Vivian Griffin provided the piano music and leadership for the group.
A going0-away party for Harriett Nall was held in the Health Center on Wednesday afternoon. Harriett’s niece, Carolyn Guenther, provided refreshments for the reception. Harriett will be moving to Springdale, Ark., to be closer to her daughter, Lora. Mail may reach Harriett at her new address; Walnut Grove Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 1393 E Don Tyson Parkway, Springdale, AR 72764.
The Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 8 included an Overture to “The Magnificent Lovers” & four numbers from a suite from the comic ballet by Jean-Baptiste Lully; 3rd & 4th Movements of String Quintet in E Major by Luigi Boccherini; “This Land Is My Land” by Woody Guthrie and sung by The Weavers; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Beethoven; “United Nations March” by Karl L. King
The Italian cellist and composer Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), spent most of his career as a highly paid musician in the Spanish court at Madrid. Perhaps the finest cellist of his day and composer of 154 string quintets (a string quartet plus a second cello) and much other music, he is now known almost solely for the famous Minuet movement from his String Quintet in E Major. (You’d know it if you heard it.) When his Spanish patron died, Boccherini fell upon hard times and died in poverty at age 62 in a single room in Madrid.