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Halcyon House News

Oct 06, 2017

The worship service this week looked a bit different. There was no sermon, so those in attendance enjoyed some hymns together. Beth Janecek shared her talents on the piano and the group of over 20 residents and family who attended joined in singing five or six hymns.

Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week is a weeklong campaign that celebrates the positivity of aging and active living. Halcyon House residents celebrated Active Aging Week with a wonderful live musical performance by Just Us Girls, a trip to Brian and Marianne Pattyson’s Farm with a picnic lunch prepared by the Applewood Bistro followed up by a tour of MD Orthopedics; a “George Burns” comedy routine performed by Duffy Hudson of Los Angeles, California; and a Stampin’ Up Card Making Class taught by Lori Hammes. The week concluded with a Wine and Cheese Party to welcome our new residents.

Halcyon residents are keeping the momentum going this week with a Wellness Workshop on Physical Well Being presented by ISU. Isy Flander, Betty Osincup, Betty Quinn, Gladys Ferguson, Mary Meeks, Bev Johnson, and Marcella Greiner enjoyed a pontoon trip on the Coralville Lake. Halcyon House residents also participated in the Healthiest State Walk, Wednesday, Oct. 4, with the Washington Community High School students and faculty. The walk was led by the Washington High School band. A huge thank-you to the Washington High School Peer Helpers for assisting residents on the walk and to Erik Buchholz for organizing the walk.

Rick Laws and Steve Carter fried up some delicious fish, hush puppies and steak fries for Halcyon residents Wednesday evening. Erma Ropp, Dolores Wood, Pete and Sandy Weller, Jane Leyden, Owen Roth, Roger Cutkomp, Shirley Canfield and many more residents enjoyed the complimentary meal of catfish, chicken, coleslaw, steak fries, hush puppies, fresh veggies and fruit, dinner roll, and beverage with ice cream bar for dessert. The fish fry was a huge success! Thank-you, Steve and Rick, for frying up the fish!

Lea Smothers enjoyed a bus tour to the southeast United States recently. The group traveled through seven states. The trip was planned around quilting. There were stops at numerous quilt shops and the tour group attended the Florida Quilt Show in Jacksonville, Florida. Lea especially enjoyed the Charleston Tea Plantation which boosts the only tea grown in America, Paula Dean’s Café for an evening meal, Savannah’s Pirates’ House for a meal, and a dinner cruise on the river. Lea also shared that the group saw some damage from the recent hurricane during their travels. There was a lot of tree and shrubbery damage. Some trees were down, but mostly a lot of scrubs and greenery were dead from the waves that came in and flooded the area with saltwater. In St. Augustine they saw a Civil War cemetary that was badly damaged with large tree limbs down. There were numerous utility trucks on the roads and most of the places they visited had been cleared of a lot of the debris and had electricity. The tour group arrived home very tired but Lea said they had a wonderful time.

Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Irene Baughman, Shirley Canfield, Rose Ellen Stelton, and Margrette Utech.

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