Van Horne Newsletter, Jan. 12, 2022

A light pole damaged in the derecho in 2020 gets repaired in Van Horne on a mid-January day.

Hello Van Horne Area Residents

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but in talking to people, the ‘December Derecho’ that came through last month had a lot of people feeling on-edge. We were fortunate to avoid the damage this time around, and could take some comfort knowing we’d made it though 100+ mph winds, so maybe 60+ wouldn’t damage structures and the remaining trees in town.

January didn’t wait long to bring us snow and cold, and I think we’re acclimated to winter now. Your neighbors and the city appreciate the prompt cleaning of sidewalks and lending each other a hand.

We do have a couple volunteer opportunities in town:

  1. The Board of Adjustments is looking for someone to fill a 5-year term. This group is responsible for handling requests in zoning variances and meets only as-needed – on average a handful of times each year.
  1. The Rec Board is looking for two people to fill 3-year terms. These folks run the summer sports program as well as the facilities and concessions for the BYSA soccer league. This is a hands-on group that provides opportunities to a lot of Van Horne kids.

If you’d consider helping one of these boards out, please contact Linda at City Hall @ (319) 228-8238.

Lastly, don’t forget to treat that special someone to the Legion’s tenderloin and chicken sandwich dinner on Monday, January 17th from 5:00 to 7:00. And remember that special someone – can always be you!

Pat Gorkow, Mayor

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

Dates on Deck:

  • January 17 – Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • January 23 – Impact Life Blood Drive at the CC From 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • January 30 – LIONS BINGO at 1:30 p.m. at the CC
  • February 14 – City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Water bills can now be paid online at:

https://allpaid.com/web/allpaid/payments/#/payment/a002ur/info

or you may go to www.allpaid.com and search for City of Van Horne.

ANIMAL OWNERS: Any dog or cat 6 months or older must be registered at City Hall between January 1 and March 1 of each year. Registration forms can be picked up at City Hall or down-loaded from the City Website. Registration fee is $10.00 per animal. They must also present a current rabies vaccination certificate.

Please give: Impact Life Blood Drive is scheduled for January 23rd at the Van Horne Community Center from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. To schedule your appointment please contact ImpactLife Cedar Rapids at 800-747-5401 or visit online at www.bloodcenter.org Thanks.

VAN HORNE LIONS: Because of our community’s support of the LIONS cans and bottles project during 2021, the LIONS will be able to donate $4,114 to youth activities in the community. Thank you for your continual support of this project! BINGO is Coming! Upon request of several Van Horne residents the LIONS will sponsor BINGO on Sunday January 9th and January 30th at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Join friends and neighbors in an afternoon of fun.

LIBRARY NEWS

FROM THE DIRECTOR: Come in and see Barb Barr’s pottery and Lou Albers’ crafts.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LIBRARY CARDS EXPIRE EVERY THREE YEARS, IF YOU USE IT JUST FOR E-BOOKS IT WILL NEED TO BE RENEWED AS EVERY 5 YEARS IF INACTIVE THEY ARE DELETED FROM THE SYSTEM

NEW MATERIALS:

Adult Fiction: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Sara Richardson, FLYING ANGELS by Danielle Steel, THE BECOMING by Nora Roberts, AUTOPSY by Patricia Cornwell, WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult, FEAR NO EVIL by James Patterson, W.E.B. GRIFFIN ROGUE ASSET by Brian Andrews, THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: CROSSHAIRS by Patricia Bradley, RIVERBEND GAP by Denise Hunter, PROVENANCE by Carla Laureano, BIG LITTLE SPIES by Krista Davis, DARK INTERCEPT by Andrews & Wilson, THE NOEL LETTERS by Richard Paul Evans, OH WILLIAM! by Elizabeth Strout, THE VANISHING MUSEUM ON THE RUE MISTRAL by M.L. Longworth

Adult Nonfiction: THE BURNING: THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE OF 1921 by Tim Madigan

Children’s: BATHE THE CAT by Alice B. McGinty, MR GRUMPY’S OUTING by John Burningham, DANIEL FINDS A FRIEND by Micha Archer, FINDING WILD by Megan Wagner Lloyd

YA: TONIGHT WE RULE THE WORLD by Zack Smedley, THINGS WE COULDN’T SAY by Jay Coles

Juvenile Non-Fiction: GIANT PANDAS by Gail Gibbons

Juvenile Fiction: FOWL TWINS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE by Eoin Colfer, MIGHTY INSIDE by Sundee T. Frazier

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