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Cherokee girls to tend the Gardens

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happe, Messerole return home to Cherokee; Open House May 22

When Vintage Living Development of Cedar Rapids decided to build a new Assisted Living Retirement Community in Cherokee, they knew they wanted to find people with hometown values to run the facility, figuring it would help to ensure meeting their goal of providing their residents a feeling of "being home."

Jana Happe
To that end, Jana Happe, a member of the Cherokee Washington High School Class of 1998, was hired in March to be the Managing Director of The Gardens, and Amber Messerole, Washington High Class of 2004, joined her as The Gardens' Marketing Coordinator and Activity Director.

Jana, the daughter of Jerry and Judy Slota of Cherokee, graduated from college in 2002, and taught at Iowa Central following her graduation. She and her husband, Brian Happe, had wanted to move back to the Cherokee area to be closer to home and family, so when she got the job at The Gardens, the couple moved back to Cherokee with their children Jaylee, 3 and Colton, 1. Brian is working for Mark Perrin, and the couple are currently "re-doing" an old farmhouse, and hope to move in there soon.

Amber, the daughter of Jayme and Barb Messerole and Todd and Lynn Rochelle Williams, has three brothers and two sisters, and graduated from college in December 2007. She said she "really likes Cherokee," and wanted to come back here because she has "a few friends who still live around here," and her sister, a student at Wayne College, is not far away, either. Amber is currently living "at home," but looking for other accommodations.

Amber Messerole
Messerole said she likes "going out in the community and talking to people," and feels her college major of Communications gives her a good educational background for her new position.

Happe, an Animal Science major, graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, and Messerole from Iowa City, so any Iowa - ISU athletic contests in the coming years might provoke interesting comments (and side-bets?) from the staff and residents of The Gardens.

The two "local girls" invite everyone to come to the Open House at The Gardens on Thursday May 22 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m, if they would like to see the place and know more about the new living facility.

The Gardens is scheduled to open on July 1, and reservations for the apartment-like rooms or suites are being taken now. Call 225-2999 if you have any questions.

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