Well a lot has transpired in the last month. Life as we know it has changed and maybe some parts forever. People as a whole, including myself, don’t like change, but in order to survive we do it.
With coronavirus sweeping the world, as well as our state, I think it maybe has people scared, worried and threatened, I think it is all right to be concerned, but we can not let it consume our whole thought process. In this state, as well as our country, we are a strong people and we will endure. Keep in mind, this too shall pass.
When things return to normal, we do not know when, but they will return and people will be able to return to their normal lives, without masks, social distancing, disinfectant use and hand washing hourly. I think I have washed my hands more in the last month than I have for years.
Van Horne residents, keep up the good work and normalcy will be here before you know it. Thanks.
Keep in mind the parks are all closed. That means playgrounds, basketball courts etc. Please enforce this on your children, as we have no way to lock the park. Walking in the park or trails is still permitted.
On a positive note the Easter Bunny made an appearance in Van Horne on Sunday morning with many houses reporting Easter eggs in their front lawns. No report yet as far as who the Easter Bunny was, but thanks for the dollar. Who says you can’t keep a secret in a small town?
Keep in mind you can obtain an absentee ballot for the June primaries, as we don’t know how the election will be handled yet. The council met this month, practicing social distancing. We are allowing residents to delay water payments without penalty or shutoff for at least a month. If you are having a difficult time making the payment please just contact Linda. Thank you.
Your thought for the month. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Like my dad tells me, worry won’t do you any good.
Thanks and have a safe and great rest of the month.
Hopefully just as many changes in the next month, but for the positive. Your Mayor Marty.
Dates On Deck
- April 27 – Mississippi Valley Blood Drive at the CC from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
- May 11 – City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m.
- May 29 – Relay for Life
SAVE THE DATE : Patrice Strellner Annual Park Dance – June 13
GIVE BLOOD, SAVE LIVES: The Mississippi Valley is holding the Van Horne Blood Drive on April 27th @ the Community Center from 2:30 to 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: 03/02/2020. Group Sponsor Code:2405
Water bills can be paid online at https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/cyg/plc/a002ur or from the City of Van Horne website. Thank you.
VAN HORNE REC – We have had a few questions about our plan for summer ball this year. At this time we are planning to have a summer ball season. Our regular season does not start until after Memorial Day and the pre-season tournament takes place in mid-May. Hopefully, we are all able to get out and play by then. We will follow the league for recommendations as we get closer to the beginning of the season. If you haven’t yet signed your child(ren) up for summer ball, please do so ASAP at www.tinyurl.com/vhrec20.
You will receive a confirmation email with your amount owed. Please don’t worry about paying fees until we get closer to the start date. At this point, we just need numbers so we can form teams and merge with other teams as needed.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need anything during this time.
MOSQUITO SPRAYING – The City of Van Horne is planning to spray for mosquitoes again this summer. State certified pesticide applicators will spray an ultra low volume non thermal aerosol (cold fog) to control adult mosquitoes in residential and recreational areas and other non-cropland areas where these insects are a problem. The City will use BIOMIST 1.5 + 7.5 ULV. Best results are achieved when the temperatures are cooler and the wind speed is below 10 mph. The city plans to spray on Thursday evenings or early mornings. If unable to fog on designated day, Tuesdays will be alternate days. No special precautions are necessary for residents normally, but you may call City Hall at 319-228-8238 for more information.
RELAY FOR LIFE: AS of right now is still scheduled – Watch for Updates. 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.
- Please do not put any glass bottles into the LIONS’ receptacles until further notice. Cans are acceptable. Thank You!
- Sorting? Throwing things away? Garbage bags are available from the Wiebke’s at 228-8348
FROM THE DIRECTOR: While the library is closed to the Public we are still doing curbside check-out. Please call the Library at 228-8744 during business hours.
Adult Fiction: THE THIRD TO DIE by Allison Brennan, BLINDSIDE by James Patterson, CONSPIRACY OF BONES by Kathy Reichs, THE NIGHT WATCHMAN by Louise Erdrich, THE NUMBERS GAME by Danielle Steel, THE LOOK-ALIKE by Erica Spindler, HIT LIST by Stuart Woods, JOURNEY OF THE PHARAOHS by Clive Cussler, A FORGOTTEN MURDER by Jude Deveraux, THE BOY FROM THE WOODS by Harlan Coben
Adult Fiction Large Print Books: DEATH COMES TO THE NURSERY by Catherine Lloyd, DAUGHTER OF ROME by Tessa Afshar, THE PENMAKER’S WIFE by Steve Robinson, WESTERING WOMEN by Sandra Dallas, COLLISION OF LIES by Tom Threadgill, THE INNKEEPER’S BRIDE by Kathleen Fuller, TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE by Susan Isaacs, VEILED IN SMOKE by Jocelyn Green, THE DISAPPEARING by Lori Roy, CELTIC EMPIRE by Clive Cussler, LEAVE NO TRACE by Mindy Mejia, GO TO MY GRAVE by Catriona McPherson, NEVER TELL by Lisa Gardner, CYBER ATTACK by Tim Washburn, SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by Michele Campbell, THE RULE OF LAW by John Lescroart, HER ONE MISTAKE by Heidi Perks, WOLF PACK by C. J. Box, UNEASY LIES THE CROWN by Tasha Alexander, ROBERT B. PARKER’S BUCKSKIN by Robert Knott, BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND by Heather Gudenkauf, HOUSE ON FIRE by Joseph Finder, THE CURIOUS HEART OF AILSA RAE by Stephanie Butland, NO JUDGEMENTS by Meg Cabot
Children’s: THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT by Randi Sonenshine
YA: YES NO MAYBE SO by Becky Albertalli, INFINITY SON by Adam Silvera
Juvenile Fiction: Marvel Adventures= BUGGIN OUT, DECK THE MALLS, MIGHTY MARVELS and SAND TRAP!, Carlos and Carmen: THE BIG SPLASH, CAMPOUT, FENCED IN and THE SWEET TREASURE, Farmyard Friends: PATCHES THE CAT, PIP AND SQUEAK THE MINIATURE HORSES, SILO THE DOG and SWEET PEA THE SHEEP, WAYSIDE SCHOOL BENEATH THE CLOUD OF DOOM by Louis Sachar, A to Z MYSTERIES by Ron Roy, CAST AWAY by Naomi Shihab Nye, PRANK YOU VERY MUCH by Megan McDonald, GOLD RUSH GIRL by Avi