Van Horne Newsletter – Sept. 15, 2021

Hello Van Horne Area Residents

It is with a heavy heart that our City Council held the September meeting without our fearless leader, Mayor Marty.  His vacant seat reminded each of us what a tremendous loss Marty’s passing is for our community, his friends, and most importantly his family.  Marty was a relentless advocate for everything Van Horne.  His business background paired with his servant heart allowed many projects to take shape.  He was always present to brainstorm solutions, oversee progress, and lend a helping hand.  His final advice in the August newsletter was to get involved.  Marty was so proud of our town.  If you are looking for a way to honor his legacy, getting involved is a great first step.  The Council would like to extend our sincere condolences to Kris, Nate, Noah, Megan, and family.  

It is a tall order to replace Marty’s leadership as Mayor.  The Council has decided it is best to move forward with Jim Parmenter serving as Mayor Pro-Tem and let the community vote in our next Mayor during the November election.

As fall is full swing, you may have noticed more traffic in Van Horne on our newly sealed roads.  Lots of happenings going on between Benton Community activities, BYSA soccer, and our new farmer’s market.  Mary Rausch successfully held the first one this past weekend with nine different local vendors.  If you are wanting to sell your goods, please contact her at 319-560-5258.  There are two more chances to visit the market this fall, September 25th and October 9th.  Put it on your calendar and check it out on Facebook at Main Street Marketplace.

Lastly, the Council would like to give a special thanks to the Garden Club for their commitment and efforts on making Van Horne’s landscaping areas appealing to all our residents and visitors.  That commitment promotes a challenge for each of us…how can YOU contribute to making Van Horne more beautiful?  It starts with each of us being responsible for our own properties and then lending a helping hand to our neighbors.  As Coretta Scott King reminds us, “The greatness of a community is most measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”  Be a good citizen.  Be a good neighbor.  

Dates On Deck:

September 19 Lions breakfast 8:30 a.m. – Noon @ CC

September 20 Sons of the Legion Chicken/tenderloin sandwich meals

September 25 Main St. Farmers Market 8:30 – Noon

September 28 Senior Citizen Luncheon at Noon @ Community Center

September 30 Deadline to sign up for trees (see Future Green below)

October 9 Main St. Farmers Market 8:30 – Noon

October 9 Legion Breakfast

October 10 Tree Planting

October 11 City Council meeting at City Hall @ 6:30 p.m.

October 24 Lions breakfast 8:30 a.m. – Noon @ CC

TBD Halloween

November 2 Election Day

FUTURE GREEN: The City of Van Horne , along with Van Horne’s Future Green would like to offer Van Horne Homeowners a free tree for their yard, due to the derecho. A flag will be given to you for placement. You will be responsible for calling 811 for locates 48 hours before (10/08/21) and for watering the new tree. Gator bags for watering will be available for purchase at $19.95 to put around your tree. A hole digger will dig the hole for the tree and mulch will be provided. They planting date will be October 10, 2021. The following trees are available:

🌴Maple—Autumn Blaze, Red Sunset, or Pacific Sunset

🌴Oak—Red or Schmard

🌴Elm—Triumph or Pioneer



8 – 10 foot trees, 1 inch caliper in 15 gallon containers. In order to get a tree, you need to contact Linda at City Hall or 319-228-8238 or Darcy 319-361-0290. Deadline to order will be September 30th. Please leave a message, with your name, address and phone number. We will get back to you as soon as possible. In the event, you miss this Fall’s planting , we are hoping we can offer this again in the Spring. Donations to help fund this project can be made to Future Green.


  • Interested in going to the Benton County Health and Wellness Fair (sponsored by Virginia Gay Hospital) on Saturday, October 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Vinton -Shellsburg High School? The van Horne Lions are providing transportation for anyone interested in attending. We will gather at the Van Horne Community center at 9:00 a.m. for rolls and coffee before heading to the event. Need a ride to the CC or have any questions, call Ev Wiebke at 228-8348.
  • Lions breakfasts are scheduled for Sunday September 19th and October 24th from 8:30 – Noon at the Van Horne Community Center.

FROM THE DIRECTOR: September is Library Card month, come join your library, signup for a library card and begin checking out books, magazines, dvd’s, cake pans.

Come in and check out paintings from local artist Elaine Conrad, they are beautiful !!!


Adult Fiction: BILLY SUMMER by Stephen King, THE BOURNE TREACHERY by Brian Freeman, CLASS ACT by Stuart Woods, BLIND TIGER by Sandra Brown, BREATHE by Joyce Carol Oates, Series by Susan Sleeman: WEB OF DECEIT, WEB OF SECRETS, WEB OF SHADOWS, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris, ICE AND STONE by Marcia Muller, BRING ME BACK and THE DILEMMA by B.A. Paris, VORTEX by Catherine Coulter, VIRAL by Robin Cook, THE WORLD PLAYED CHESS by Robert Dugoni, COMPLICATIONS by Danielle Steel, 19 YELLOW MOON ROAD by Fern Michaels, THE NOISE by James Patterson

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: POWER PLAY by Rachel Dylan, THE CHASE by Lisa Harris, ALONG A STORIED TRAIL by Ann H. Gabhart, FAMILY REUNION by Nancy Thayer, MURDER IN THE COOKBOOK NOOK by Ellery Adams, NO JOURNEY TO FAR by Carrie Turansky, LEMON DROP DEAD by Amanda Flower, THE CHILDREN’S BLIZZARD by Melanie Benjamin

Children’s: BUBBLES UP by Jacqueline Davies, BRAVE AS A MOUSE by Nicolo Carozzi, THE CHICKEN HOUSE by Doreen Cronin

YA: THE MIRROR SEASON by Anna-Marie McLemore, LAST CHANCE BOOKS by Kelsey Rodkey, OFF THE RECORD by Camryn Garrett, INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING by Nicola Yoon

Juvenile Fiction: DEAD WEDNESDAY by Jerry Spinelli, ALMOST FLYING by Jake Maia Arlow

DVDs: Fast Vengeance, Fast and Furious Collection 1-4 and Fast and Furious Collection 5-8, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

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