Van Horne Newsletter, April 2021

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

Van Horne Community Newsletter

APRIL 2021

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

Spring has sprung, the lawns are green the trees (what we have left) are trying to bud and the planters will be rolling soon. Now we just need the temperature to warm up.

Spring sports are in full action. Good luck to all the teams.

Like you, the city is still in repair mode from the derecho and will be for quite some time. The shelter house is going up in the park, the rec storage building will follow. The fence at the rec fields are planning to be completed by May 1.

We are still trying to get a light pole company here to straighten up the poles, check lights and adjust them. Then we can start on the rest of the park.

There was a Re-tree Iowa event at Nutrien in town on the 9th. I think about $3,000 was raised. Again thanks to all locals that donated, which Nutrien is going to match so we should have about $6,000 to use to give trees away in Benton County. Will let everyone know how to apply after the money is collected and trees ordered. Linda has also applied for a grant that would be strictly just used in Van Horne for trees.

Good luck on all of your own repairs and your own cleanup efforts. Linda has had some organizations in town helping with hanging branches and clean up, and I think they are coming back, so if interested contact City Hall.

We are also going to adopt a program that will discount your sewer portion of your water bill for watering newly planted trees. Will give you all the details when finalized.

Our town organizations in town are starting to return to normal with the events they normally had. I think there is a Lions breakfast on the 18th, and the Sons of the Legion are doing their sandwich fries on the 3rd Monday of the month.

Soccer is starting on the 24th of April and will run for four weeks. We still have a water leak in town, so if you hear water running while you are walking around town, please let City Hall know.

Your thought for the month from Adora Swank, “Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn’t keep them from popping.” Thanks and have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty.

Dates On Deck

  • April 18 Lions Breakfast at the CC From 8:30 – 12:00
  • April 19 Sons of the Legion Chicken/tenderloin sandwich meals
  • April 21-23 City Hall closed for Continuing Ed
  • May 10 City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
  • June 5 City-wide Garage Sales

CITY SURVEY: The City is beginning to look ahead to the Spring and Summer months and is wondering what the residents still need for Derecho clean-up. If you are still in need of something please contact City Hall and we will see what we can do. Debris Clean up? Trees Downed? Trees trimmed? Tress assessed? Brush Clean-Up? Repairs? , etc… There are some organizations that can help, or maybe we can coordinate a “mass work day.” Please call 319-228-8238, email vhclerk@netins.net or drop a note a City Hall with your address and what you need. Thanks, Linda.

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).

LIONS NEWS

Thank you to our community for the continual support of our can collection project. Please No Glass Bottles.

Lions Breakfast will be Sunday April 18 from 8:30 – 12:00 at the Community Center. Garbage bag special that day – box of 100 bags for $20.

Did you know that the VH Lions have screened eyes for children ages 6 months to Kindergarten for any possible problems for 20 years? We work in connection with the U of I Children’s Hospital to detect any condition needing attention or treatment. Since 2000 the V.H. Lions have screened 1,816 children.

LIBRARY NEWS

FROM THE DIRECTOR: You can still request books from other libraries. They are delivered on Wednesdays and returned on Wednesdays, so when you bring one back to be returned please bring in first thing on a Wednesday morning so it can go out on the afternoon pickup.

NEW MATERIALS

Adult Fiction: HOME AGAIN, ONCE IN EVERY LIFE, IF YOU BELIEVE, WHEN LIGHTENING STRIKES, WAITING FOR THE MOON, BETWEEN SISTERS and NIGHT ROAD and THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE and DISTANT SHORES and MAGIC HOUR by Kristin Hannah, WIN by Harlan Coben, FAST ICE by Clive Cussler, MEANT TO BE by Jude Deveraux, EVE by Iris Johansen

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: CITY OF SCHEMES by Victoria Thompson, THE DEVIL’S BONES by Carolyn Haines, MOUNTAIN LAUREL by Lori Benton, A PROMISE OF ANKLES by Alexander Smith, THE PRICE OF VALOR by Susan May Warren, SOUL RAGING by Ronie Kendig, THE ESCAPE by Lisa Harris, THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah x2

Children’s: MEL FELL by Corey R. Tabor

YA: A COMPLICATED LOVE STORY SET IN SPACE by Shaun David Hutchinson, THE GIRLS I’VE BEEN by Tess Sharpe

Juvenile Fiction: RED, WHITE AND WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca

Story-time Summer Reading Program

June 2021 July 2021, Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:45 to 10:45 a.m. 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Stories and crafts

Library Dates

July 13th Grout Museum at the Community Center

July 22nd Insect Zoo at the Community Center, need to sign up as they can only accommodate so many with one presentation.

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