Van Horne Community Newsletter
Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!
As temperatures start to climb our thoughts turn to Spring and being able to be out and about, without freezing. I know we can still have a lot of cold weather, but it is nice to start thinking warmer thoughts anyway.
With that in mind, spring sports will be starting and we will have runners on the streets very soon. Drive cautiously.
This newsletter is a week late, as well as our council meeting. I skipped out for a while to some warmer weather and the council decided to delay a week, since it is budget time. We have our 2020/2021 budget pretty well set, no raises in taxes, but pretty well no increases in budgets also. There is never enough money to go around so we try to prioritize. We will approve the budget at next month’s council meeting.
Something happening in 2020 is the census. You will be getting a form in the mail. Please fill it out and send it back. It can actually help keep our population numbers current. If you don’t fill it out they will send you another until they finally come to your door, so just fill it out.
In talking with the telephone company on their television service. They are making plans, but nothing is formalized yet. Right now we will still have the same service they currently provide, More on this as things are formalized.
Here are some upcoming event dates.
- Friday, March 6 the Legion Fish Fry
- Monday, March 16 the Sons of Legion Tenderloin Fry
- The Lions Soup Supper on Thursday, March 19
- The First Responder Breakfast March 29
- Friday May 29 the Relay For Life
Saturday June 13 is the Patrice Strellner Memorial Park Dance. They will have a new band perform this year, 93rd Meridian. The Special Events Committee does realize that Hairball is playing at the Fairgrounds in Vinton on the same night, but they thought they needed to stay with their same date as usual, which I agree with. More details as time gets closer.
Linda says we have about half of the pets in town registered. Let’s (git ‘er done.)
March 1 is fast approaching. The council did approve the purchase of a new dump truck and snow plow to replace our 20 year old unit, we will sell the old unit after we get the new truck, probably in the fall, so if you know anyone looking for an older unit, keep it in mind.
Social Security Data. Just for thought, in 1980 there were 720,000 people over the age of 90, in 2010 there were 1,900,000 over the age of 90. By 2050 they expect 9,000,000 to be over the age of 90. Do you think Social Security will survive without changes. I don’t. These facts are from the census bureau.
Your thought for the month from Albert Einstein. “A person that never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty.
Dates On Deck:
- February 23 Lions Omelet Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Community Center
- February 25 Senior Citizen Luncheon: Noon at the Community Center
- February 26 Blood Drive from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center
- March 6 Legion Fish Fry at the Legion from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
- March 9 City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
- March 16 Sons of Legion Chicken/tenderloin dinner from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Legion Hall
- March 19 Lions Soup Supper from 5:00 – 7 p.m. at the Community Center
- March 29 First Responder Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Emergency Response Station
SAVE THE DATE : Patrice Strellner Annual Park Dance – June 13
First Responder Breakfast: The Van Horne First Responders are busy preparing for their Annual Fundraising Breakfast scheduled for March 29. Anyone wishing to donate Cinnamon Rolls or Egg Casserole, please contact Linda Hlas @ 319-228-8610.
- Sunday February 23 – Omelet Breakfast with Boy Scouts – 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ Community Center. Serving Variety omelets, pancakes, fruit and drinks.
- Thursday March 19 – Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center (Profits to Benton County Food Bank). Serving Chicken Noodle, Chili, or Potato Soups, Bars and Drinks.
- Saturday April 4 – Van Horne Lions will be providing transportation to the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Fair to be held at the Vinton Shellsburg gym. Contact 228-8348 for reservations. (See below for more details regarding Health Fair)
- March 6 Legion Fish Fry from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Legion
- March 16 Legion chicken/tenderloin dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Legion
6th Annual Benton County Community Health & Wellness Fair Scheduled – MAKE HEALTH CONNECTIONS! Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation is teaming up with many other area professionals in health, wellness, and safety-related business/organizations to bring you the Sixth Annual Benton County Community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 4 from 8 am-Noon at the V-S High School (210 W. 21st St., Vinton). This is a free event jam-packed with activities, information, and freebies for all ages designed with health and wellness in mind. 98.1 KHAK will be broadcasting live with highlights including: FREE Health Screenings, Welcome Bags & Give-A-Ways (while supplies last), FREE Demonstrations, Health Heroes: A Veteran’s Stand Down, Things That Go Vroom Display, Inflatables and lots more! Learn more at https://www.bentoncohealthfair.com/. The event is brought to you by Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation; Virginia Gay Hospital along with PLATINUM SPONSORS: Benton County American Legion & Auxiliaries, Benton County Veterans Affairs, Carson Wealth, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, VFW 8884 & Auxiliary, Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools, V-S Farm To School Chapter and Vinton Parks & Recreation Dept. PREMIERE SPONSORS include Be The Change, Choose to Rise, Creating the New U, Fareway, Home Instead Senior Care, United Healthcare, and Unity Point — Family Medicine, Vinton.
GIVE BLOOD, SAVE LIVES: The Mississippi Valley is holding the Van Horne Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 26th @ the Community Center from 2:30 – 6 p.m. To schedule appointment contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Please eat and drink before donating and bring a photo ID, Last date to have donated elsewhere: 01/01/2020. Group Sponsor Code:2405
- Adult Fiction: MORAL COMPASS by Danielle Steel, TREASON by Stuart Woods, HINDSIGHT by Iris Johansen, THE VANISHING by Jayne Ann Krentz, LOST by James Patterson
- Adult Fiction Large Print Books: DARKWATER TRUTH by Robin Caroll, SECONDS TO LIVE (homeland heroes #1) by Susan Sleeman, MEMORIES OF GLASS by Melanie Dobson, SHAPE OF NIGHT by Tess Gerritsen, LAKE SEASON by Denise Hunter, MAC ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Melinda Metz, THREAD AND BURIED by Lea Waite, CHRISTMAS SPIRITS OF TRADD STREET by Karen White, DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz, BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Rea Frey
- Children’s: CHUCK’S BAND by Peggy Perry Anderson, I LIKE FISH by Margaret Wise Brown, HOW I SAVED MY SUMMER VACATION by Sheila Higginson, ROCKET’S 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL and DROP IT, ROCKET! By Tad Hills, WHERE IS MY CAT by Rebecca Klevberg Moeller, LOOK FOR THE LORAX by Tish Rabe, ROBOT, GO BOT! by Dana Meachen, PUPPY MUDGE TAKES A BATH and PUPPY MUDGE LOVES HIS BLANKET by Cynthia Rylant, THERE YOU ARE OLIVIA! and TROLLEY RIDE by Cala Spinner, TRAIN RIDE FUN! and BUDDY AND PALS by Maggie Testa, THE WISHING SEED and THE PRECIOUS RING by Anna Branford, RANGER BOB: NATURE QUEST and A CAMPFIRE STORY by Corinne Delporte, CARNIVAL CAPERS by Eric Esquivel, OLLIE AND MOON IN NEW YORK CITY and IN PARIS by Diane Kredensor, MONSTER ITCH: GHOST ATTACK and VAMPIRE TROUBLE by David Lubar, CRAFTILY EVER AFTER: THE UN-FRIENDSHIP BRACELET and MAKING THE BAND by Martha Maker, READY FOR SCHOOL MURPHY by Brendan Murphy, UNOFFICIAL ADVENTURES FOR POKEMON GO PLAYERS #3 AND #4: CHASING BUTTERFREE and CRACKING THE MAGIKARP CODE by Alex Polan, SECRET VALENTINE by Wong Herbert Yee, MILLIE SHARES by Claire Alexander, PEEPERS by Eve Bunting, I’M THE BEST by Lucy Cousins, MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH! By Peggy Robbins Janousky, ROBERTO THE INSECT ARCHITECT by Nina Laden, TIGER TIGER by Jonathan Lambert, WON’T YOU BE MY KISSAROO? by Joanne Ryder, PHOEBE AND DIGGER by Tricia Springstubb, RANDY RILEY’S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen, PEGGY by Anna Walker
- Juvenile Non-Fiction: SHARKS by Gail Gibbons
- DVDS: GEMINI MAN, RAMBO LAST BLOOD
- Juvenile Fiction: MAGIC TREE HOUSE #33: NORWHAL ON A SUNNY NIGHT by Mary Pope Osborne