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Mike Orris was treated to the tour of a lifetime when he, his family and friends visited the last remaining operational WWII USS LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 325 docked in Bettendorf over the weekend.


Mike spent 23 ˝ months on a ship identical to the LST 325 designed to allow military personnel to get battle ready tanks, troops and supplies on enemy shores during war time.


As a veteran of WWII Mike, his entire family and sixteen volunteers from the Veteran?s Hospital where Mike works, were given a personal invitation to visit and escorted on the ship in a manner reserved for veterans of honor.


A private guided tour of the ship included the con, the upper level of the ship just like the one Mike called home during his time in Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan.


The education and memories that this ship conjured up were evident in the line of people backed up for blocks and waiting for hours to get a glimpse of American history.


Mike describes his visit as one of the best things to happen to him and says that it was an emotional and memorable experience.


Following the tour, Mike treated his family and co-workers to lunch at the Casino Hotel before arriving back at the hotel room where he and Donna were surprised to find a celebration in honor of their upcoming 70th wedding anniversary January 2019.


Because winter weather is not always conducive for long distant travel and because the family was together now, they organized a pre-anniversary party complete with decorations and food.


All three of the Orris children were present including Sue Orris Mertz and family from Webster, Iowa; Tom Orris and family of Lonedell, Missouri and Dave Orris and his family of Engelwood, Florida. It was a wonderful weekend and one that Mike and Donna will not soon forget.


Charlane Tanner enjoyed the company of her daughter, Sally Tranberg over the Labor Day weekend. Sally is from Clarksville, Tennessee and was here to visit her mother and sister, Jody Tanner.


The inclement weather has added to the number of Cribbage and Bridge players on rainy afternoons as residents migrate indoors. More jigsaw puzzles have also been pieced together during wet and stormy days.


The United Presbyterian Home hosted a Mississippi Valley Blood Drive Thursday, August 30 2018 with the coordination of Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz of the Wellness and Fitness Center. Sixteen employees turned out to donate blood including one first time donor. It was a super way for UPH staff members to give back to the community and add to the much needed blood supply.


Classics Et Cetera for September 6, 2018 included the overture to ?Der Tannhäuser? by Franz von Suppé; ?Souvenir of Aix-les-Bains? by Jacques Offenbach;? Terzetto in C Major by Antonin Dvo?ák; ?Salute d?Amour? by Sir


Edward Elgar; ?Maple Leaf Rag? by Scott Joplin; ?The Wings of Phoenix,? waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr.; ?Chimes of Liberty,? march by Edwin Franko Goldman.


 


Among the students of young Antonin Dvorzák (1841-1904) were two sisters, Josefina and Anna Zermakova. Dvorzák fell in love with Josefina, the elder of the two, but it was unrequited. Then, in 1873, he married the other sister, Anna. This was before Dvozák had become well-known, so finances were tight.


They had three children, but tragically, by 1877, all three had died. Fortunes changed for them the next year, however, when another child - the first of six more, all healthy - was born.


Soon, better financial conditions made it possible for them to purchase a summer home in the village where Josefina and her husband lived, and where Dvorák composed many of his best known-works.