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Halcyon House News

Nov 15, 2012

Laurilee Chalupa has joined the Halcyon family. Lori is grateful to be in her new home and says no one should live in the same place for 45 years. Her late husband Bob was the co-owner of OK Tires for 35 years. Lori has three daughters from Washington, Janelle Brock, Michelle Swart and Lynelle Chalupa. She is also the proud grandmother of four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters. Lori enjoys crocheting and movies. Welcome to Halcyon House, Lori!

Drew Burham of Des Moines was an overnight guest of his parents, Everett and Ione Burham.

Halcyon recently held a celebration event that noted the 65th anniversary for Wesley. Many gathered in the Timmins Dining Room for a healthy breakfast and a brief history program led by Chris Marshall. Residents Betty Osincup had prepared a poem that she recited and Marcia Robertson gave the audience a walk down her memory lane of the past 28 years of residency at Halcyon House.

Sophie is the latest newcomer to take up residency in the Arbor House. Sophie is a 9-week-old Teddy Bear (Shiatsu & Buchan Frieze) female, fur ball puppy with the sweetest face that has stolen the hearts of everyone she meets. She has settled in quite nicely with all the attention and a host of new friends.

Vivian Wells always welcomes a visit from her family. Vivian’s great-grandchildren, Ben and Breanna add such a zest of life to the atmosphere. They presented great-grandma Vivian a homemade sun catcher which she proudly displays in her window.

Pat Renaud is collecting only the fronts of all kinds of greeting cards. Pat forwards them to St. John’s Home for children that use them to make new cards to sell. Donations can be left at Pat’s Sitler apartment.

Pastor Dean Elmore of the Washington Church of God provided the guitar music and church service in the Epworth Chapel on Sunday afternoon. The message was “Because He Lives” John 14:13.

Recently, eight member of the Washington High School Class of 1943 met in celebration of their 69th reunion for lunch at the Applewood Bistro. They enjoyed a delicious meal, visited and exchanged news about activities during the past year. They voted to meet again in October 2013. Class members present were Loren Chalupa, Dean Batterson, Norma Rhodebeck Beauchamp, Jeanne Rich Fry, Martha Cherwinker Chabal, Marjorie Benson Longer, Grace Munro Olmsted and Esther Stewart Bordwell. Guests included Leta Chalupa, Joy Batterson, Earl Fry, Mary June Adams and Phyllis Ladehoff.

There were 25 members of Avalon House who enjoyed grilled brats, deviled eggs, chips and Chocolate Symphony Brownies with soft-serve ice cream. It was a nice gathering with many engaging conversations. Movers and Thinkers Activity followed with Political Trivia. Every president had a pet while in office. Most had dogs but President Taft had Pauline the cow that grazed on the White House lawn. President William McKinley’s parrot was said to whistle "Yankee Doodle." The president's salary began at $25,000 and is now at $400,000 per year plus expenses. The retired president's benefits include transition funds, medical, Secret Service and a fine retirement salary.

Recent entertainment held in the Day Lounge was piano music by Mrs. Beverly Kephart who offered a sing-along. Jackie from Michigan performed the next day with the accompaniment of his accordion and keyboard music. Music always puts a song in your heart and zip in your step.

The Halloween-theme program “All-Hallows Eve” began with a word search and decorated cupcakes for those who dared to eat them. Halloween jokes and short stories were shared with the audience. Trivia was shared that included the average candy sales would be $2 billion with an estimated 36.8 million kids trolling neighborhoods for treats. A practice that turned into the present trick-or-treating came from Irish peasants begging the rich for food. Practical jokes were played on those who didn’t comply.

The annual Halloween trick-or-treat event was well received by the Washington community children who paraded through the hallways sporting their costumes as they were greeted by each resident handing out candy. A huge thank-you to all the residents and their families who donated candy for the event. Halloween is a special time for all ages and many have grown to appreciate the warm and safe environment that Halcyon provides.

The Avalon House audience gathered to hear and discuss current events. It was unanimous that everyone is happy to have the political hoopla over which consisted of heated debates, phone surveys and not to mention the most expensive presidential election of all times. Politics is always a controversial issue. Americans need to unite and work together as a nation, was the general consensus.

There were 12 eager listeners gathered around the table as Lela Garton’s presented her Topic of the Day, “For These Things I Am Thankful.” Lela is thankful for words that open a flood gate to thought. Sometimes a thought becomes as predictable as life’s activities. The word buckwheat evolved from being at a rally where there was a silent auction for buckwheat honey that, in turn, led to the memory of a mother who always fixed buckwheat pancakes for her husband. Bees use buckwheat nectar to produce a dark honey. A load of other buckwheat thoughts evolved. Expressing gratitude for a round table brought back memories of sitting around the table with a huge family engaging in meals, homework, visiting, sewing, round-table meetings, and meeting new friends around the table. Addresses were yet another thing to be thankful for as they are a warm connection we have with one another and they are a source of assurance that somebody out there cares. Be sure to attend Lela’s program as she is so entertaining and has the best topics to discuss.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 1. Everyone prepares for the Halcyon House Sixth Annual Arts and Vendor Fair. This event is just in time to enjoy some indoor shopping as you meander throughout the campus.

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