United Presbyterian Home News

The Health Center Christmas party was held Friday morning. Day care children arrived with much Christmas spirit and helped Santa pass out presents to each resident. They joined in singing ?Jingle Bells? and ?Santa Claus is Coming to Town? before enjoying treats of cookies and juice.

Many residents enjoyed the company of family and friends with holiday gatherings spread out all week long. Many attended the Christmas Day buffet in the Michael Moore Family Dining Room. They feasted on a buffet of salmon, ham, chicken and prime rib with salads served family style at each table. They have many praises for Chef Cory and his staff for the delicious meal.

Jane Vetter received guests Christmas morning when her son, Mark, and his wife, Jan, of Grandview, arrived for a visit. Jane spent the afternoon at the home of Steve and Kathy Vetter where she was able to enjoy the company of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Present were Andy and Anna Vetter with their children Tugg and Owen; and Jeff and Amy Vetter with children Isaac and Cole. Jane also shared a phone conversation with her son Brian in Boise, Idaho, in which she wished him a merry Christmas and thanked him for the lovely flowers he sent.

Five members of the book club met for a December meeting sharing memories of Christmases past before offering a Christmas book and author they enjoy.

Olivia Griffith, grand-niece of Pat Dusenbery, presented a musical concert Friday morning in the Health Center. Olivia is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in performing arts with an emphasis in acting/directing. We are pleased she shares her musical talents with us.

Classics Et Cetera for Dec. 28, included the overture to ?Mozart? by Franz von Suppé; ?Champagne Polka? by Johann Strauss Jr.; ?Hans Jörgel Polka? by Joseph Lanner; ?Watercolors Waltz? by Josef Strauss; ?In Confidence,? polka mazur by Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr; ?Wings of Phoenix Waltz? by Johann Strauss, Jr.; ?Radetzky March? by Johann Strauss Sr.

Joseph Lanner (1801-1843), largely self-taught as a violinist and composer, joined a dance orchestra at age 12. By age 15 he had formed his own trio to play at Viennese dance halls. In time the trio expanded, and Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804-1849) was hired as a violinist. Lanner kept expanding his group and finally started a second orchestra with Strauss as the leader. Strauss soon formed his own orchestra which became a rival to Lanner?s. Both orchestras became huge successes, but both leaders died in their 40s, leaving Vienna?s dance halls to Strauss? three sons: Johann Jr., Josef and Eduard.