Van Horne Community Newsletter
Hello Van Horne Area Residents,
We are on the cusp of the changing of the seasons here in eastern Iowa. Our farmers are well into their harvest season, pumpkins are decorating doorsteps, the leaves are starting to change, and Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner. Just a friendly reminder, if you are burning leaves, they need to be started after 4 p.m. and you are not allowed to burn on city road surfaces. With the 60+ trees that were delivered to Van Horne residents this past weekend, hopefully next October we will have even more leaves to rake, as strange as that celebration seems. A special thanks to Darcy Kearns and her team for organizing this great opportunity.
In continued support of fire safety month, the Van Horne Fire Department will once again provide their ‘Battery Up’ event on Wednesday, October 20 starting at 6 P.M. Please signal that you would like them to come and provide new batteries for your smoke alarms by turning on your porch light. Thank you, Fire Department, for this great service.
October also brings a multitude of opportunities to go out and support the great organizations we have in town. There are various meals being sponsored throughout the month. Sunday, October 17 the Catholic Church will be holding their annual beef and pork dinner. This will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Monday, October 18 the Sons of American Legion will be serving their sandwich meals starting at 5:30. The Lions Club will be serving breakfast at the Community Center on Sunday, October 24 from 8:30-12. And finally, on Tuesday, November 2n the Lutheran Church will be providing a carry-out soup supper option. Make sure and stop by after voting!
Have you thought about your Halloween costume? Soon the kids will be dressed in their ghoulish disguises to go knocking on our doors. This year’s Halloween festivities will look a bit different. The Lutheran Church will be opening their doors on Saturday, October 30 to serve the traditional pre-trick-or-treating supper, sponsored by the Van Horne Lions Club. The hot dog and chips meal will run from 5 to 6 P.M. with trick-or-treating to start afterwards. Let’s hope for as great of weather this year as we did last year! (By Kim Fisher)
Dates On Deck:
October 17 ICCC Beef Dinner 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Drive Thru
October 18 Sons of the Legion Chicken/tenderloin sandwich meals
October 20 Battery Up – porch Lights on by 6:00 p.m.
October 24 Lions breakfast 8:30 a.m. – Noon @ CC
October 26 Senior Citizen Luncheon at Noon @ Community Center
October 30 Lions Halloween Party @ St Andrews 5-6 p.m.
October 30 Treak or Treat following Halloween Party
November 2 Election Day
November 2 St Andrew Soup Supper 5-7 Drive Thru
November 8 City Hall Council mtg. @6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Smoke Detector check and battery replacement: On Wednesday, October 20th, the Van Horne Fire Department will be around checking smoke detectors and replacing batteries, free of charge. New detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will be available for sale, at cost just leave your porch light on and they will stop or call Larry Hlas at 319-228-8610. This is a free service provided by the Van Horne Fire Department volunteers to help keep all Van Horne citizens safe.
REC: The BYSA soccer season came to an end at the beginning of October. BYSA provides an opportunity for over 400 children to participate in soccer and the VH Rec Department is happy to provide support with use of our great facilities. We want to thank our local organizations for assisting with the concession stand and our community for welcoming BYSA this season.
While we are entering a visibly quiet time for the Rec Department, Board members are still actively working on preparing for the upcoming ball seasons and researching larger improvement projects for the complex. The Rec Board is always looking for more help so don’t hesitate to reach out to email@example.com if you’re interested in getting involved and helping make some of these decisions!
LIONS: Lions Clubs International is a worldwide Service organization begun in the Chicago area by business leaders desiring ways to serve those in need. The year was 1917 and since those first days of serving others, the association now has more than 1.4 million members in more than 48,000 clubs in some 210 countries and geographical areas. A very special challenge was issued by Helen Keller in 1925 – “To be knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”
In 1945 the association was one of the first non-governmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter. In 1957 the Leo program was created for 12-18 year-olds as an opportunity to serve and develop leadership skills. In 1971 the Lions created the Lions Clubs International Foundation to raise funds to Serve the people of the world in need. And in 1987 the Lions became the first major service organization to admit women as members. Lions are concerned community members who exemplify their motto: “WE SERVE” with focus areas of: “Childhood Cancer, Diabetes Awareness, Environment, Hunger, Vision – KidSight and Hearing.”
The LIONS slogan is: “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety.” The Vision statement of LCI is: “To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.”
Lions are known to work closely with other service groups to better their communities and the world. Lions clubs meet as needed, but the most efforts they pursue are Serving Others. Every local Lions club has one or more special service projects. All community members 18 years of age and older are invited to check-out the Lions and grow their interest of Service to others. The 9NE Lions District serves the following counties of northeast Iowa: Allamakee, Clayton, Dubuque, Delaware, Fayette, Winneshiek, Howard, Chickasaw, Bremer, Buchanan, Black Hawk and Benton. We have some 1,250 Lions serving in 42-Lions clubs supported by the 9NE District Cabinet of nearly 40-Lions providing guidance and resources for success. We serve individuals and clubs such as Van Horne Rec Board, Van Horne Library, Kids Sight, Camp Courageous, Leader Dog, Boy Scouts, Benton Community Scholarship Awards, and others. If you are interested in joining the Van Horne Lions Club, please contact Lou Albers, Secretary 641-660-6188.
FROM THE DIRECTOR: Please note the information in the Cedar Valley Times is very inaccurate, we are not looking for a new library. All information on the site where she got her information is now up to date. Sorry for the misinformation.
Come in and check out the crafts by Helen Garringer and enter a raffle she will have going.
From October 11 through November 21 we will have a raffle for a new Kindle Fire with a $20 Amazon gift card and a $50 gift certificate for the Crooked Antler and a $50 gift certificate for Fareway.
Check out anything, renew an expired library card or sign up for a library card and get a ticket for each to put in the can for the drawing. Signing up for a library card requires a driver’s license and two pieces of mail (bills, not junk mail) to correspond with your Van Horne address.
Adult Fiction: THE BEGINNING by Beverly Lewis, HIGH STAKES by Iris Johansen, ROBERT B. PARKER’S STONE’S THROW by Mike Lupica, FORGOTTEN IN DEATH by J. D. Robb, SINS OF THE FATHERS by J.A. Jance, AN IMPOSSIBLE PROMISE by Jude Deveraux, THE JAILHOUSE LAWYER by James Patterson, THE BURNING by Jonathan Kellerman, DRAGON KNIGHT WITCH FIGHT by D. L. Cornwell
Adult Fiction Large Print Books: THE CLOVER GIRLS by Viola Shipman, HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Carolyn Brown, ‘TILL I WANT NO MORE by Robin Pearson, THE CURATOR’S DAUGHTER by Melanie Dobson, A GARLAND OF BONES by Laurien Berenson, IS IT ANY WONDER by Courtney Walsh, THE RANCHER’S LEGACY by Susan Page Davis
Children’s: CHRISTINA’S CAROL by Christina Rossetti, THE FOX AND THE FOREST FIRE by Danny Popovici, SA GUARO’S GIFTS by Kurt Cyrus, CAT AND DOG by Tullio Corda, PUG AND PIG AND FRIENDS by Sue Lowell Gallion, LITTLE GHOUL GOES TO SCHOOL by Jef Czekaj, HARDLY HAUNTED by Jesie Sima, WE GIVE THANKS by Cynthia Rylant
YA: AN EMOTION OF GREAT DELIGHT by Tahereh Mafi, THE (UN)POPULAR VOTE by Jasper Sanchze
Juvenile Non-Fiction: ELEPHANTS OF AFRICA by Gail Gibbons
Juvenile Fiction: The Critter Club: #5 AMY MEETS HER STEPSISTER, #6 ELLIE’S LOVELY IDEA, #7 LIZ AT MARIGOLD LAKE, #8 MARIONS STRIKES A POSE, #9 AMY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, #10 ELLIE AND THE GOOD-LUCK PIG by Callie Barkley, STINK AND THE HAIRY SCARY SPIDER by Megan McDonald, DEFENDING CHAMP by Mike Lupica, THE FLYERS by Beth Turley, THAT WEEKEND by Kara Thomas, RISE TO THE SUN by Leah Johnson, AMELIA EARHART IS ON THE MOON? by Dan Gutman, KNIGHT AT DAWN GRAPHIC NOVEL by Mary Pope Osborne, NARWHAL ON A SUNNY NIGHT by Mary Pope Osborne, JUDY MOODY IN A MONDAY MOOD by Megan McDonald