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United Presbyterian Home News

Jun 23, 2017

Middle school kids from the United Presbyterian Church volunteered with Carol Enfield doing odd jobs in the health center Friday morning. They watered flowers, visited with residents and gave wheelchair rides, among other odd jobs. This group of young people meets periodically during the year doing volunteer services at various areas in the Washington community. Following their work sessions they make time for fun activities.

Audra Williams had the pleasure of entertaining her family during the week of June 11. Joe Williams arrived from Mississippi on Sunday and his daughter Nicole and her family arrived Wednesday from Ohio. Joe, Nicole and family stayed at the home of Joe’s sister Jeanne Boardman. Audra’s daughter Mary and friend Bill arrived from Maryland on Wednesday and Mike and Diane Williams arrived from Missouri Friday. Everyone gathered at Jeanne’s garage Friday night for a family reunion where aunts, uncles and cousins all enjoyed a pizza party. Joe, Nicole, Mike and Diane returned home on Sunday followed by Mary and Bill on Monday. It was the first time in 10 years that all four of Audra’s children had been together at the same time. What a great gift for Audra.

Fathers were guests of honor on Sunday at a buffet dinner in the Main Dining Room. A large crowd of fathers, their families and guests enjoyed the grilled meal.

Men of the United Presbyterian Home were treated to ice cream sundaes on Monday afternoon in the Health Center. Carol Enfield and Elizabeth Tschantz dished up the frozen treats and topped them to everyone’s liking as a way of paying tribute to the fathers and men in our lives.

The Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Wellness and Fitness Center and Morrison Dining Services continues to grow in popularity. Twenty-five residents attended the luncheon Tuesday and saw firsthand the importance of good nutrition for a healthy mind and body. The meal which residents praise as the best one yet included a spinach berry nut salad, smoked pork tenderloin, roasted sweet potato with lemon mousse for dessert. The meal featured more than nine fruits and vegetables packed with vitamin C and ample protein to promote a healthy immune system, skin dexterity, bone health and strong muscle.

United Presbyterian Home residents and staff joined in The Longest Day event as they exercised to raise money for the awareness of Alzheimer’s and support those families afflicted by the disease. Residents and staff did their best to keep exercise machines at the UPH in use from 6 a.m. to 5p.m. on the longest day of the year to emphasize a day in the life of an Alzheimer’s patient. The Longest Day committee of Pat Jenkins, Melva Mineart, Dorothy White and Lois Swank helped to organize this event along with various other events throughout the year to make their cause known and raise money in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

More of The Longest Day activities took place Downtown Washington as well. Pat Jenkins shared a personal Alzheimer’s story and information about the disease to keep people informed and share support for others affected by the disease.

The youth group from the Faith Baptist Church showed up on Wednesday morning to volunteer at the United Presbyterian Home. They offered wheelchair rides outside until they got rained out, learned about the Longest Day activities taking place, played with the younger day care children and worked computer trivia with Dick Quayle. Two members of the youth group are the great-granddaughters of Harvey Holden. Ada and Daphney Davison took a few moments to visit Harvey in his apartment and say hello.

Classics Et Cetera for June 22, included the overture to ”Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner; “Menuetto” from Divertimento No. 17 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Les Voici” chorus from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet; “Kationcha” performed by The Stars of St. Petersburg; 2nd Movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saëns; “The Golden Ear” by Mariano San Miguel.

Richard Wagner (1813-1883), who wrote all his own librettos and is acclaimed by many as history’s greatest composer of opera, was not successful with his operas until “Tannhäuser” in 1845. Its plot confuses its religions when Tannhäuser asks the Pope to pardon his sins. The Pope replies that God can no more forgive him than the papal staff can sprout leaves. Three days later his staff miraculously produces green shoots, but Tannhäuser has already returned to Venusburg, the home of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

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