Van Horne Newsletter – October 2020

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

By Mayor Marty Junge

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

I start off with good news for the park. The Van Horne Telephone Company is donating a dozen trees for the park and I believe maybe there are some residents donating some also. Thanks to all. We have put John Baumhoefener and Darcy Kearns of Trees Forever in charge of designing and laying out the locations. Keep in mind if you would like to donate, Linda has a fund started and all donations would be gratefully appreciated.

We would still like to get some ideas for the carving of the stumps left in the park. We have had a few suggestions, an eagle, a hornet, a bobcat, a derecho 2020. Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated. If you would like to adopt one of the stumps and pay for the carving please contact Linda or Darcy.

The First Street project went well and hopefully didn’t disturb to much while they were working on it. The intersections have dips in them we know, sorry we can’t do anything about them. We had to take some of the crown out of the road so the slope is not too high for the Americans with Disability Act. Remember federal money took care of three quarters of the cost, so I guess we can bear with it.

Again I can’t say enough about the citizens efforts after the storm. There are still some communities that are not cleaned up. Thank you for all that helped.

The city has passed an ordinance that all houses will be inspected before they are sold. We are going to be inspecting gutters, sump pumps and drainage tile to figure out if they are going into the sanitary sewer. This discussion has been going on a long time on how to correct the problem, and we thought rather than doing them all at once we would do them as they change hands. The seller will be responsible for bringing it into compliance. It seems like we have 10-15  houses per year that sell so eventually we should get most of them done.

I think Halloween will be discussed elsewhere in the newsletter, but the Lions will not be having an event this year, but think trick or treating will go on as usual. If you don’t want to participate just leave your porch light off. Remember social distancing and masks. I guess scary masks are fine.

I see a few houses are losing there blue roofs, which is great to see. hopefully a lot more in the month ahead.   

Your thought for the month from Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Thanks and have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty

Dates On Deck

  • November 3 Election Day
  • November 11 Veterans Day
  • November 16 City Council meeting @ 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

LIONS NEWS

A big THANK YOU to our community for donating cans to our LIONS projects. Please no bottles or glass.

Garbage bags are available – 100 bags for $25 Call 228-8348

We will not be hosting a Halloween Party this year.

ST ANDREWS DRIVE-BY SOUP SUPPER: St Andrews Lutheran will be hosting a Drive-by Soup Supper on Election Day, November 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Homemade soups (chili, vegetable beef and chicken noodle), dinner roll, and pies (cherry, apple, pumpkin) will be available for a free-will donation. Supplemental funds have been received from Thrivent Financial, and profits will go to Missions. Deliveries available to shut-ins in Van Horne by calling 228-8325.

FUTURE GREEN: Future Green is looking for new members to help get new trees planted in Van Horne. The last few years, the group has struggled to find places to plant trees and to get volunteer hours. Now that Derecho 2020 has provided many bare spots in town. We need new members to get Future Green active again. The goal is to meet quarterly, more if needed, and to once again qualify for Tree City USA and to apply for grants to plant trees. If you are interested in helping or donating, please contact Darcy (319-361-0290) or Lou (641-660-6188). Please remember to turn in your hours from tree clean up to Linda at City Hall. They are very important.

LIBRARY NEWS: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO IS PUTTING THE LIBRARY ITEMS IN PLASTIC IN BAD WEATHER.

NEW MATERIALS:

Adult Fiction: CHANCE OF A LIFETIME by Jude Deveraux, THE EVENING AND THE MORNING by Ken Follett, THE STONE WALL by Beverly Lewis, CARDIFF, BY THE SEA by Joyce Carol Oates, ROBERT B PARKER’S FOOL’S PARADISE by Mike Lupica, SHADOWS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
Adult Fiction Large Print Books: FLIGHT RISK by Cara Putman, IF FOR ANY REASON by Courtney Walsh, TRANQUILITY FALLS by Davis Bunn, CHILDREN OF THE STARS by Mario Escobar, THE LAST PASSENGER by Charles Finch, THE WATER KEEPER by Charles Martin, THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE by Phaedra Patrick, MURDER ON PLEASANT AVENUE by Victoria Thompson
Children’s: KNOT CANNOT by Mike Lowery, ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOODNIGHT by Lauren Kerstein, SHADOW IN THE WOODS AND OTHER SCARY STORIES by Max Brallier, CAT EARS ON ELIZABETH by Rachel Vail, TOO MANY JACKS by Mac Barnett, IGGY PECK AND THE MYSTERIOUS MANSION by Andrea Beaty, UP ON BOB by Mary Sullivan, THE CAMPING TRIP by Jennifer K. Mann, LIFT by Minh Le, PAPA BRINGS ME THE WORLD by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, UNSTOPPALBE by Adam Rex, FEDERICO AND THE WOLF by Rebecca J. Gomez, RONAN THE LIBRARIAN by Tara Luebbe, ANA & ANDREW SET: GOING TO GHANA, THE MAGIC VIOLIN, THE NEW BABY and THE PERFECT PET by Christine Platt, PLYMOUTH ROCKS! By Jane Yolan, RUM PUM PUM by David Harrison, DEMOCRACY FOR DINOSAURS by Laurie Krasny Brown
World of Reading Level Pre-1 Marvel Super Hero Adventures: THWIP! YOU ARE IT, TRICKY TROUBLE, PUPPY DOG PALS MEET A.R.F., VAMPIRINA THE SURPRISE PARTY

World of Reading Level 1 Marvels: THIS IS BLACK PANTHER, THUMPER AND THE EGG, ISABEL’S SCHOOL ADVENTURE, MEET ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, THESE ARE THE AVENGERS, MICKEY’S PERFECTO DAY, THIS IS THOR, PUPPY DOG PALS ICE, ICE, PUGGY, CHAOS AT THE CASTLE, SCARE B AND B, VAMPIRINA IN THE FALL

World of Reading Level 2 Marvels: SPIDER-MAN DOWN TO A SCIENCE!, THE FIGHT IN THE FOREST, TRAPPED IN THE DEATH STAR, TROUBLE AT TATOOINE, MEET THE HEROES
YA: THE LIGHTNESS OF HANDS by Jeff Garvin, AGAIN AND AGAIN by E. Lockhart, A SONG ONLY I CAN HEAR by Barry Jonsberg, THE BLACK FLAMINGO by Dean Atta, THE STATE OF US by Shaun D. Hutchinson, THE FASCINATORS by Andrew Eliopulos, YOU SAY IT FIRST by Katie Cotugno
Juvenile Non-Fiction: THE TRUTH ABOUT BUTTERFLIES by Maxwell Eaton III, IF YOU TAKE AWAY THE OTTER by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, CLEOPATRA, JOAN of ARC, GARRIET TUBMAN, SACAGAWEA by Christine Platt

Juvenile Fiction: ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk, EIGHT PRINCESSES AND A MAGIN MIRROR by Natasha Farrant, A GAME OF FOX AND SQUIRERELS by Jenn Reese, MUSIC FOR TIGERS by Michelle Kadarusman, STAR WARS LOCKDOWN VOL 1 by Charles Soule, Marvel Super Hero Adventures Graphic Novels set: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, FROST GIANTS AMONG US, HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR, INFERNO, MEALTIME MAYHEM, MS. MARVEL AND THE TELEPORTING DOG, THE SPIDER DOCTOR, SPIDER-MAN AND THE STOLEN VIBRANIUM, ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE, SPIDER-SENSE OF ADVENTURE, WEB DESIGNERS, WEB OF INTRIGUE, WEBS AND ARROWS AND ANTS, OH MY!, TORNADO BRAIN by Cat Patrick, STINK AND THE HAIRY SCARY SPIDER by Megan McDonald, JUDY MOODY BOOK QUIZ WHIZ #15 by Megan McDonald, ONE TIME by Sharon Creech

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