United Presbyterian Home
The display in the United Presbyterian Home Gallery this month is the art of the Up with Kids Day Care. The youngest artist is 4 months and the oldest is 5 years old. More of their art work will be in the downtown library during the Week of the Young Child Exhibit beginning April 14.
Children are also busy with art work for the Health Center in preparation of next week’s celebration of the young child. Their painted butterflies adorn the bulletin boards with the caption Soaring into Spring. Many activities are planned for the children next week including dress-up days and a visit from the FFA students with farm animals, which is always a highlight for children, residents and staff.
Betty Stewart enjoyed a visit from her granddaughter, Haylee Wilson, this week.
The United Presbyterian Home has a wonderful and dedicated bunch of volunteers all year long. A couple of new volunteers popped up this week. Sixth-grade student Christina Brinning and fourth-grader Sophia Kleese spent their afternoon on Tuesday painting the fingernails of residents in the Health Center. What a nice service they provided and a joy to be around.
Jim Bennett has also been busy volunteering. During the warm days last week and early this week, Jim has taken numerous residents outside for wheelchair rides and to enjoy the early signs of spring.
The Rev. Kitch Shatzer and Wellness and Fitness director Amy Kleese will combine efforts for a new Bible study to begin Monday, April 15. This Bible study will follow the book written by Ken Davis titled "Fully Alive, Lighten Up and Live." The Fully Alive Bible Study will focus on fitness of the body and soul with video clips by the author and group discussion. Ken Davis is a humorous and inspirational author and speaker. He offers a unique insight into his two-year journey of physical, spiritual and emotional rebirth. How he changed his life around will inspire others to do the same.
A new cardiovascular group challenge is being offered through the Wellness and Fitness Center. The Get Up and Go Group Challenge will begin Monday, May 6, and last for eight weeks. Residents and employees will compete as teams of random participants with names drawn from a hat. Each week teams will have a team challenge to complete along with logging minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Teams will select names and exchange motivational notes as well as healthy recipes. They may eat lunch together, dress in like attire and go out for a walk as a group. This promises to be a fun way to bring awareness to cardiovascular health and overall well-being.
Jane Vetter, Steve and Kathy Vetter, all of Washington, were called to West Liberty as Jane’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Virgil and Venita Harned, died on Thursday and Sunday, respectively at the Simpson Nursing Home in West Liberty. Since the deaths were so close together, a joint funeral was held on Monday morning. Attending the funeral along with Jane, Steve and Kathy were Mr. and Mrs. Mark Vetter of Columbus Junction and Scott Vetter of Ollie.
The Classics Et Cetera program for April 11 included a Prelude to “The Lament of Harmony on the Death of Orpheus” by Gioachino Rossini; “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel” & “The Trout” by Franz Schubert; “Stars in the Velvety Sky” by Herbert L. Clarke; 1st Movement of Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) by Camille Saint-Saëns; “New Frontiers,” a march by Karl L. King.
The most celebrated, if not the greatest, cornet player at the turn of the 19th century was Herbert L. Clarke (1867-1945), the cornet soloist for the Sousa Band before he started his own professional band. Not only was he a virtuoso cornet player, but, the notes say, he was “an excellent composer, an accomplished violinist, a prolific and highly talented arranger for band, a most distinguished band conductor, and he wrote study books for brass instruments that are still in use today.”