United Presbyterian Home
Andy and Erin Drahota are the proud parents of a baby boy born on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Washington County Hospital. Cade Lawrence weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. Cade is welcomed home by his big sister, Lauren, who is 2 years old. Erin is the administrator-COO at the United Presbyterian Home. All family members are doing well.
Tracy Altenhoften celebrated 20 years of service with the Laundry Department of the United Presbyterian Home on Monday, March 4. Co-workers hosted a reception in recognition of this milestone event. Residents and staff congratulated Tracy on his years of dedicated service and enjoyed sharing a few treats with him. Tracy began working at the UP Home on March 1, 1993, and is the employee with the most years of service in his department.
Due to inclement weather the Memorial Service which was scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, had to be rescheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Main Dining Room. Each year the United Presbyterian Home hosts a memorial service to celebrate the lives of residents who have passed away during the year. Family, friends, residents and staff members come together to remember deceased loved ones who remain in their hearts. The home hopes those interested will be able to adjust their schedules and join us for this service on March 26.
Results of the most recent fitness challenge are in, and the home placed third among retirement communities around the state of Iowa. Residents and employees of facilities affiliated with Leading Age Iowa were asked to track their minutes of aerobic activity and strength training during the month of February for some friendly competition. The administrator of the facility who logged the most minutes of exercise per average participant will be asked to kiss a pig. That honor will go to Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids. Friendship Village in Waterloo tracked enough minutes for second place and United Presbyterian Home in Washington came in third. The overall goal was for participants to work at some aerobic exercise for a minimum of 150 minutes per week as advised by the Centers for Disease Contol. On average, all participants in the three winning facilities did at least that. Wellness and Fitness director Amy Kleese has already put out another challenge to willing facilities for a fall challenge.
Classics Et Cetera for March 7 included the overture to “Sweet Adeline” by Jerome Kern; the Gypsy & Matador Choruses from “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi; “Alla marcia” from “Karelia Suite” by Jean Sibelius; “There Is a Tavern in the Town” sung by The Choraliers; Selections from Act III of “The Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovsky; “Bridal March of Telemark” from “Norwegian Peasant Dances” by Edvard Grieg; “Invictus March” by Karl L. King.
Most of Edvard Grieg’s (1843-1907) large output of music was in the style of, or arrangements of, Norwegian folk music. He said at one time, “I don’t write Scandinavian music; I write Norwegian music.” His patriotism for Norway was intense, especially since Norway had become independent from Sweden in his lifetime. When Grieg died in 1907 at 64, from 30,000 to 40,000 people went out on the streets of Bergen, Norway, his hometown, to honor him.