Van Horne Newsletter, May 2021

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

The weather is still cool, but at least we snagged a nice rain in what has been an unusually dry spring so far.

We have had a lot happening in town during the last month. The shelter house in the park is 90 percent done, the rec field shed is also close to being done.

Thanks to Josh Janss construction for his fast response on getting these buildings done. The rec field fences have been completed and hopefully by the end of May the light poles will be straightened up and the lights checked and aligned at the rec field also. The park fence probably won’t be fixed till mid summer as they are trying to get all ball field fences done first.

Soccer is finishing and baseball and softball will be starting soon at the rec complex. Volunteers are needed to assist in running the concession stand for the summer. If interested in helping contact a rec board member. Thanks.

We have a couple of other commercial projects being considered in town. More on those as they develop. Slowly but surely I see more blue tarps coming off of roofs and shingles or steel being applied, which is great. Who knew that it would take so long to get things done? Between all supplies being hard to get and contractors with long lists of projects to do, I guess we can feel fortunate that things are improving.

On May 22 Linda has a United Way crew coming to town to help with dangling branches or trees still needing cut up, if you are in need of help on your property, please let Linda know so you can be applied to the list. They have all equipment needed to get this done.

The sewer plant upgrade is in progress, with a completion date of late fall. We will be checking streets for our yearly resurfacing project which is scheduled for July. We had a lot of damage from large equipment on the streets as well as dragging branches down them. Again we will try to take care of the worst ones first.

With things opening back up in town, support the local businesses and organizations that sponsor fund-raising events or are just open for business again.

The senior class is again trying to organize a senior parade for commencement Sunday, but at this time I don’t have a map. By the way, good luck to the graduating class. You have had to deal with a lot of adversity that no other class has ever had to deal with. Congrats.

Your thought for the month from Soren Kierkegaard. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward .”

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

Dates On Deck:

  • May 17 Sons of the Legion Chicken/tenderloin sandwich meals
  • May 22 Crisis Clean Up
  • May 23 Benton Community Commencement
  • May 31 Memorial Day
  • June 5 City Wide Garage Sales
  • June 14 City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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.

GARAGE SALES: Garage sales are set for Saturday June 5 from 7:30 a.m. thru 12:30. Sign Up sheets are available at City Hall, Chelsea Bank and the Telephone Company.

REC NEWS: It’s been busy down at the rec complex!  A lot of good progress has been made with facility repairs, including the new equipment shed and fencing.  Another scoreboard is in the process of going up too!  Soccer is coming to an end this Saturday, May 15.  Big thanks to the town organizations that helped out with soccer concessions this season.  Ball games kick off the week of May 17 with Van Horne hosting the baseball preseason tournament this year, with regular season baseball and softball games starting the following week.  Anyone interested in helping out at the concession stand for an evening should check out the Van Horne Rec Facebook page for sign-up information.  We are hosting ball games over 15 nights in May and June so we could use the help!

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.

LIBRARY NEWS

NEW MATERIALS:

Adult Fiction: THE BOUNTY by Janet Evanovich, THE OTHER EMILY by Dean Koontz, NO WAY OUT by Fern Michaels, THE RED BOOK by James Patterson, ETERNAL by Lisa Scottoline, DOUBLE JEOPARDY by Stuart Woods, OCEAN PREY by John Sandford, IN PLAIN SIGHT by Jeffery Archer

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: THE BEIRUT PROTOCOL by Joel C Rosenberg, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE SNICKERDOODLE by Sarah Graves, BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse, DEATH COMES TO THE RECTORY by Catherine Lloyd, AUTUMN SKIES by Denise Hunter, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Phillip Margolin, A DOUBLE DOSE OF LOVE by Kathleen Fuller, BACKLASH by Rachel Dylan

Children’s: ALONE! By Barry Falls, THE GREATEST SHOW PENGUIN by Lucy Freegard, LITTLE DANDELION SEEDS THE WORLD by Julia Richardson, LET’S POP, POP, POPCORN by Cynthia Schumerth, WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING by Mick Jackson, TRILLIONS OF TREES by Kurt Cyrus, By Doreen Cronin: CLICK, CLACK, HO! HO! HO!; THUMP, QUACK, MOO; CLICK, CLACK, SURPRISE; CLICK, CLACK, MOO I LOVE YOU!; CLICK, CLACK, PEEP!; CLICK, CLACK, QUACK TO SCHOOL!; Books by Jenna Mueller: CINDERELLA, THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, GOLDILOCKS, HANSEL AND GRETEL, JACK AND THE BEAN STALK, and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, Disney books: PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MOANA, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, FROZEN, POCAHONTAS, THE LITTLE MERMAID, SLEEPING BEAUTY, MULAN, TANGLED, CINDERELLA and BRAVE

YA: MIRROR’S EDGE by Scott Westerfeld, SOME OTHER NOW by Sarah Everett, THE PROJECT by Courtney Summers

Juvenile Fiction: BILLY MILLER MAKES A WISH by Kevin Henkes, YOUR HEART MY SKY; LOVE IN A TIME OF HUNGER by Margarita Engle, IVY AND BEAN BOOKS 8-11; NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS, MAKE THE RULES, TAKE THE CASE and ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY by Annie Barrows

Story-time is fast approaching, signup sheets at the Library, fill out and return by May 20th please. Every Tuesday and Thursday in June, from 945 to 1045 a.m. Summer Reading in July- 13th is the Grout Museum at the Community Center. 15th and the 20th is Mark Brown from Solar Ambassadors, 22nd is The Insect Zoo at the Community Center. Signup now!!!

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