United Presbyterian Home
April 25-28 was an exciting weekend for Esther Bordwell. She and her five children attended the wedding of Junko Kanda and Ben Gemmill in New York City. Father of the bride was Yoshi Kanda, a former American Field Service exchange student from Japan. Yoshi lived with the Bordwell family for a year in 1964-65 and attended Washington High School. Since then, Yoshi, his wife, Yoshiko, and children, Junko and Kazu, visited the Bordwells in Iowa several times, and in 1990, Esther spent a week in Tokyo with the Kandas. Juno has been living and working in New York for the past five years. She wanted her father’s American family to attend her wedding on April 27. Making the trip by plane from Iowa were Esther, brother Ted Stewart, Rick and Ginny Bordwell, Millie and Bob Youngquist, and Lynda Bordwell. John and Martha Bordwell came from Minnesota, and Bill and Donna Bordwell and sons Brian and Douglas came from Illinois.
On Monday the day care children and Health Center residents made sucker flowers to add to the May baskets they were also making. The children were to take the baskets home and share with their parents.
The Aegis Therapy Department held an open house on Tuesday in recognition of Occupational Therapy Month.
Chef Michael Wilson educated residents about curry through a demonstration. He noted the geographic location of curry and which countries typically incorporate curry in their diets. He prepared a display of the 10 most common ingredients in curry and talked about the variations of this spice from one country to another. For example, Thailand uses more coconut milk and lemon grass, while Pakistan uses cumin and coriander. He offered samples of a mild green curry and also a house-made curry sandwich served with chicken marinated in traditional herbs and spices.
Second-grade students from Mrs. Murphy’s class at Stewart School entertained residents prior to the Campus Council meeting on Wednesday morning. The 22 youngsters read poetry about school and sang a couple of songs, one about teamwork. The students were accompanied by Principal Miller, and they were very excited to visit as they were missing out on math class during that time.
Mrs. Meyer’s eighth-grade Social Problems class toured the United Presbyterian Home facilities Wednesday afternoon in order to become more aware of places and services in the community. Activities director Carol Enfield and social worker Paula Brinning led the tour and shared with them some of the home’s history.
Reid Orris was seen this week giving golf cart driving instructions to Betty Beenblossom’s young granddaughter, Chloe Glasser. Chloe is barely able to reach both the steering wheel and pedals at the same time, so Reid helped her out. It is great fun at her young age to drive anything.
Mildred Houseal received a May basket filled with flowers and goodies on Wednesday. Doris Moore and her daughter, Peg Harris, along with Peg’s daughter, Carrie, and grandchildren, Lucy and Tom, made the special delivery as they have done each year since Mildred moved to the United Presbyterian Home. Their friendship goes back to when Mildred and her family lived in Brighton and Mildred’s daughter, Sandy, and Peg were classmates.
Mildred also attended the first birthday party of her youngest great-grandchild, Jordan Thorius, Saturday, at the home of Jacob and Erin Thorius. Mildred reports that there were five children attending between the ages of 1 and 5. It was great fun.
Kathy Cuddeback is once again offering Healing Touch Therapy at the United Presbyterian Home on Wednesday afternoons in the large exercise area.
The Classics Et Cetera program for May 2 included the overture to “The Gondoliers” by Sir Arthur Sullivan; “The Laughing Song” from “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss, sung by Patrice Munsel, recorded from “The Voice of Firestone” radio program; Romance in F Minor for Violin & Orchestra by Antonin Dvořák; “The Clarinet Polka played by Captain Stubby and the Pioneers; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber; Menuet in D Minor by Mozart; “The Iowa Band Law,” march by Karl L. King.
“The Voice of Firestone” appeared Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. CST on NBC radio, and later on television, from 1928 to 1963, bringing some of the finest classical artists to the American public, artists like Richard Crooks, Rise Stevens, Robert Merrill, Eleanor Steber, Thomas L. Thomas, and Patrice Munsel, all with Howard Barlow and the Firestone Orchestra. Recordings from that program also include the program’s announcer, Hugh James, whose voice will be instantly recognized by former, and now elderly, listeners.