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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 25, 2018

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Sep 14, 2018

Betty Beenblossom celebrated her birthday last week by taking treats to the Town Center where many residents congregated for coffee. Her friend Reid Orris took her to dinner on Friday.

Betty’s birthday was made extra special when her family surprised her on Sunday by taking her to Iowa River and Power Company for brunch. Being with her family was delightful.

Those present were Mike Beenblossom of Chicago, Illinois; Matt, Karlyn, Tia and Taryn Beenblossom of Indianola, Iowa; Megan Beenblossom and Jessie Wharton of Independence, Missouri; Marty, Teresa, Brynn and Luke Beenblossom of Washington, Iowa and Justin, Michelle, Colten, Kaitlyn and Chloe Glosser of Packwood, Iowa.

Just as Iowa Hawkeye fans at Kinnick Stadium wave to children in the Stead Family Children’s Hospital following the first quarter of play, friends of Larry Bartlett gathered outside his room in the Garrett Center during half time of the Iowa versus Iowa State game to give him a wave.

More than just a wave it is a message of get-well, thinking of you, and we support you in your journey to better health. Larry was surprised and delighted to see his wife Sara, Pat Bagley, Brad and Pat Goff, Kathy Knutson and Dorothy White waving to him. That is medicine with only positive side effects.

Hank and Elna Tompkins enjoyed a long weekend visit from their son Bruce of Marion, Iowa. Bruce celebrated his birthday with his folks on Friday and visited with friends in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday.

Connie Turnipseed from Kansas City recently visited Kerr resident, Donna Proudfit. The last time they had seen each other was a few years ago at their last class reunion. Connie is very familiar with UP Home Campus since her parents Merle and Bette lived here for many years.

She continued on to visit relatives in Coralville, Iowa to complete her trip.

Eighteen residents attended the Kerr Hall luncheon Tuesday organized by Dave Henderson. Herb Yoder said “grace” before everyone dined on grilled chicken and ham balls with a large piece of chocolate cake for dessert. Dave announced that he couldn’t sing or dance so there would be no entertainment; residents made their own.

Merrill Mason shared treats with residents and friends in the Town Center Wednesday morning to celebrate his birthday.

WHS cheerleaders painted the windows of the Health Center this week in support of fall sporting activities. WHS Homecoming Court members Gwendolyn Flannery, Molly Sparks, Allison Hippen, Isabel Bailey, Tori Brush, Kolten Hinrichsen, Cade Hennigan, Chase McDole, Logan Hanson and Griffin Wood visited the UP Home Wednesday morning as part of their homecoming week activities.

These articulate young people introduced themselves and answered questions posed to them from Principal Buchholz.

They have a busyweek of activities with a parade and king and queen coronation to be held on Thursday evening, the football game Friday night at Case Field and a dance in the high school gym Saturday evening.

Classics Et Cetera for September 13, 2018 included the overture to “Raymond” by Ambroise Thomas; “Etwas Kleines” polka by Johann Strauss, Jr.; “Landsighting” by Edvard Grieg; Rondo from Trio in G Major for 2 Flutes & Piano by Friedrich Kuhlau; Overture to “Raymond” performed by the Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band; 1st Movement of Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell; “Curre-in-Pugnam, march by Col. Eugene W. Allen.

Clarinetist and composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838) was probably the most important Finnish composer until Jan Sibelius came along 90 years later.

Crusell’s culture and language were mostly Swedish, and at age 16 he moved to Stockholm to play with the Royal Court Orchestra and to get a better education in music.

He eventually composed for a variety of instrumental groups, but he is best remembered for his three clarinet concertos, which are still respected and played by today’s clarinet virtuosos.

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