Van Horne Newsetter

Van Horne Community Newsletter March 2020

By Marty Junge

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

March comes in like a lamb, I don’t want to even say the words of what it goes out like. Hopefully not. It looks like winter has taken a toll on our streets again but what else is new in deep freeze country? Hopefully we will have street repair crews in town early this year and get some of them at least fixed back up.

HEY! PET REGISTRATIONS are getting close to being past due. At the council meeting Linda said we had about 64 registered out of about a 100 last year. I am asking very nicely to please be a good citizen and pet owner and get your pets registered. Remember it is for you and your pets’ safety. Remember this is the third time I am asking nicely.  

The Council passed the budget for 20/21 at the council meeting. There is never enough money to go around, due to more rules and regulations that are put on us by mandatory law. We were two years away  from having our $1.7 million sewer plant paid for. Now we are having to invest in a disinfectant system attachment to the plant that is going to cost over a half million. I know we want a clean environment and waterways, but think that we are going overboard on some things and lax on others. I guess every citizen in Iowa gets to help pay for these systems because every small town is forced to comply.

We were able to keep our millage rate at the same level it has been. We have done this quite a few years in a row. Thank you to Linda and the council members for a job well done.

We do understand that housing in town has to turn into a priority at some time. It keeps getting shoved to the back burner, because of a lack of funding. We are trying to research avenues to try to get this done. At least with more houses we can spread these infrastructure costs over more citizens.

A few dates. The Lions are having a soup supper March 19 at the  Community room. Sons of Legion Tenderloin fry Monday March 16. The Legion Fish fry Friday April 3, First Responder Breakfast on March 29. See you out and about the community.

Your thought for the month from Henry Ford. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off into the wind, not with it.”

Thanks and have a great rest of the month, a great Easter and a fun March Madness, Your Mayor Marty.

 Dates On Deck

  • March 16 Sons of Legion Chicken/tenderloin dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 at Legion Hall
  • March 19 Lions Soup Supper from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Community Center
  • March 29 First Responder Breakfast from 7:30 to 12:30 at the Emergency Response Station
  • April 3 Legion Fish Fry – 5:30 to 7:00 at the Legion
  • April 4 Health Fair in Vinton. Call 319-228-8348 for a ride.
  • April 11 Lions Easter Egg Hunt @ Van Horne City Park @ 10 am
  • April 19 Lions Breakfast serving from 8:30 to Noon.
  • April 20 Sons of Legion Chicken/tenderloin dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 at Legion Hall

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. Please join them from 7:30 – 12:30 at the Emergency Response Station.

RELAY FOR LIFE: Save the Date. Benton County American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE will be held on May 29, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Benton Community School Track in Van Horne. There are several ways to participate: celebrate being a cancer survivor, join a team, purchase a luminaria, or make a donation. Come out and support family and friends who have battled or are battling cancer.


  • The Lions will be providing rides to anyone wishing to attend the Health Fair on April 4 at the Vinton/Shellsburg School. Please call 228-8348 for ride reservations and meet at the Community Center at 8:30-9:00 on the 4th. Rolls and coffee before leaving.
  • Lions Easter Egg Hunt will be April 11 at the Van Horne Park at 10:00 a.m.
  • Lions Breakfast (profits to the REC Board) will be held on Sunday April 19 at the Community Center.
  • Thursday March 19 – Soup Supper from 5:00 – 7:00 at the Community Center (Profits to Benton County Food Bank). Serving Chicken Noodle, Chili, or Potato Soups, Bars and Drinks.


  • April 3 Legion Fish Fry from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Legion
  • March 16 Legion chicken/tenderloin dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Legion
  • April 20 Legion chicken/tenderloin sandwich dinner from 5:30 – 7 at the Legion.

Sixth 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 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.


FROM THE DIRECTOR: Don’t forget to check out our Facebook at Van Horne Library, see what’s new and what is coming up.

  • Adult Fiction: HEART OF BLACK ICE by Terry Goodkind, THE MUSEUM OF DESIRE by Jonathan Kellerman, GOLDEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb, LAST DAY by Luanne Rice
  • Adult Fiction Large Print Books: TOXIC TOFFE by Amanda Flower, THE DAUGHTER’S TALE by Armando Lucas Correa, DEAD WRONG by Vannetta Chapman, CITY OF SCOUNDRELS by Victoria Thompson, THE PEPPERMINT TEA CHRONICLES by Alexander McCall Smith, A LONG TIME COMIN’ by Robin W. Pearson, THE WAY OF THE BRAVE by Susan May Warren, END GAME by Rachel Dylan, WITHOUT HER by Rosalind Brackenbury, ALL ABOUT EVIE by Cathy Lamb
  • Children’s: SNAIL CROSSING by Corey Tabor, EMILY WRITES by Jane Yolen
  • YA: OUR YEAR IN LOVE AND PARTIES by Karen Hattrup, LOVE BOAT, TAIPEI by Abigail Hing Wen, ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron, A GOOD IDEA by Cristina Moracho, DRIFT AND DAGGER by Kendall Kulper, BLOOD RED SNOW WHITE by Marcus Sedgwick, SECRETS IN THE SNOW by Michaela MacColl, EXO by Fonda Lee
  • Juvenile Non-Fiction: RABBITS, RABBITS & MORE RABBITS by Gail Gibbons
  • Juvenile Fiction: THE HALL OF FAME HEIST by Mike Lupica, MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU by Barbara Dee, THE CROWN’S FATE by Evelyn Skye, GHOSTLY ECHOES by William Ritter, CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove, THE HUSH by Skye Melki-Wegner

Just a reminder: The American Flags is one of the most treasured and important symbols of our country, and it’s important that respect is shown to it at all times. Many Americans may not realize that some of the things they do, including some methods of disposing of an old flag , are actually disrespectful if not done correctly.

Many people don’t know that there is indeed a proper way to fold an American Flag . The flag should first be folded in half lengthwise twice. The end opposite the stars should then be folded into a triangle and repeatedly folded up until all that’s left is a square. The square should then be folded in half diagonally and tucked inside the folds of the flag.

There are also many rules of flag etiquette that must be followed when publicly displaying a flag outdoors. When on a flagpole , the flag should be raised quickly but lowered slowly, and should only be displayed between sunrise and sunset unless illuminated by a light . When hung from a flagpole projected from a building , the union (or stars) should always be at the peak. If the American Flags is to be hung flat against the wall either vertically or horizontally, the union must always be in the upper left hand corner.

Since the American Flag is such a respected symbol of our country, there are many other guidelines to follow to pay homage. Some other American Flag Etiquette tips to remember:

  • When a flag has become too worn to be displayed, it must disposed of in a respectful manner, usually through disposal ceremonies held by American Legion posts.
  • In times of mourning, the American Flag may be flown at Half-Staff . The flag must first be raised to the top then brought down to half-staff , and when lowered must again return to the top before coming down.
  • When the American flag is flown alongside another country’s flag, the flags must be the same size, and flown from separate staffs of the same height. When the American Flags is flown with a state or local flag, they may fly on the same staff, but the American flag should always be at the peak.
  • The American flag should never be used to carry or hold anything, nor should any letters, marks, or figures be attached to it.
  • When lowering the American flag from a flagpole, no part of the flag should touch the ground. It should be lowered carefully into a person’s arms and then folded properly.

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