Van Horne Newsletter, November 2020

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

The year is flying by and the past week’s weather has been great and will make our fall season seem pretty short, but I guess that means we are that much closer to winter.

With the pandemic going on I am struggling to come up with future events that are actually going to happen. Things I do know, we have received our new dump truck. We have a crew in town that are finishing  taking down the trees left on city property. We bought a grapple hook for the tractor to haul away trees and branches that are cut on city property. This company is also grinding the stumps on all the city property. If you have stumps that need grinding, find them when they are in town. I’m sure you could hire them also.

We are planning on leaving five or six stumps in the park for carving. As of right now the Business Persons’ breakfast with Santa is being cancelled. We just don’t think there is any way we can have it and socially distance. We still feel the kids in town need a toy for Christmas, so we are going to try something different. Please drop off a paper at city hall or in the drop box with your child’s name, address and age, and maybe a short wish list. We will try to match up a present for that age group. Notice I said “try.”  Right now delivery is up in the air, but will still try to deliver to your house on the 12th starting around 10 a.m. Stay tuned to the city web site for more information or changes.

Bear with us this a plan in progress.  The Covid 19 pandemic has changed all of our lives, some not by much and some dramatically, and  it is probably not going away anytime soon. Take precautions and protect yourselves as well as other townspeople. Stay as safe as you can.

With the holidays approaching there will be a lot more families getting together, which is great. Just try to be safe.

Thank God I don’t care so much about the election being over, but that the commercials are over. What a waste of money that could really go to do something productive in life, rather than tearing your opponent apart. I think some changes need to be had in the way candidates receive their funding. That’s all I’m going to say about the election.

Your thought for the month from Booker T. Washington. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.”

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

Dates On Deck

  • November 23-27 City Hall closed
  • November 26 Thanksgiving
  • December 14 City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. (location to be determined).

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

**** GARBAGE PICKUP  WILL BE SATURDAY, the week of Thanksgiving. ****

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)..

FROM THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

NEW MATERIALS

Adult Fiction: THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS by Jodi Picoult, COAST TO COAST MURDERS, by James Patterson, THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks, THE BRIGHTEST STAR by Fern Michaels, JUST LIKE YOU by Nick Hornby, MAGIC LESSONS by Alice Hoffman, JINGLE ALL THE WAY by Debbie Macomber, ELSEWHERE by Dean Koontz, AIRBORNE by DiAnn Mills, THE LAST DRUID by Terry Goodkind, A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks, A BLESSING TO CHERISH by Lauraine Snelling, THE MISADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE by Josh Pachter, THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY by Natalie Jenner, LAST GIRL STANDING by Lisa Jackson, MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE by Jennifer J. Chow, THE JOY OF FALLING by Lindsay Harrel, OF LITERATURE AND LATTES by Katherine Reay, THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE by Donna Vanliere, FOR LOVE AND COUNTRY by Candace Waters

Children’s: MAX & RUBY and the BABYSITTING SQUAD by Rosemary Wells, SUN FLOWER LION by Kevin Henkes, THE LITTLEST CANDLE A HANUKKAH STORY by Rabbis Kerry, A LITTLE BOOK ABOUT COLORS by Leo Lionni’s, PETE THE CAT’S FAMILY ROAD TRIP by Kimberly Dean, DANIEL GOES CAMPING by May Nakamura, NAPTIME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD and DANIEL PLAYS IN A GENTLE WAY by Alexandra Schwartz, DOG MAN CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Dav Pilkey, I WANT TO SLEEP UNDER THE STARS by Mo Willems, CLICK CLACK GOOD NIGHT by Doreen Cronin, ON EAGLE COVE by Jane Yolen, HOW DO DINOSAURS SHOW GOOD MANNERS by Jan Yolen

Juvenile Non-Fiction: BROWNSVILLE BRED DREAM OUT LOUD by Elaine Del Valle

Juvenile Fiction: SIXTH GRADE ALIEN: ZOMBIES OF THE SCIENCE FAIR by Bruce Coville, THE WILLOUGHBYS RETURN by Lois Lowry, I SURVIVED THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC by Lauren Tarshis, MAGIC TREE HOUSE DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK by Mary Pope Osbourne, HIS DARK MATERIALS SERPENTINE by Philip Pullman, CABIN CREEK MYSTERIES 1-7 & 9-10 by Kristiana Gregory: THE SECRET OF ROBBER’S CAVE, THE CLUE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE, THE LEGEND OF SKULL CLIFF, THE HAUNTING OF HILLSIDE SCHOOL, THE BLIZZARD OF BLUE MOUNTAIN, THE SECRET OF THE JUNKYARD SHADOW, THE PHANTOM OF HIDDEN HORSE RANCH, DANGER ON LOST ISLAND, THE SHADOW OF SHARK COVE, THE FOWL TWINS DENY ALL CHARGES by Eoin Colfer

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