Van Horne Newsletter, April 13, 2022

Van Horne Community Newsletter

April 2022

Hello Van Horne Area Residents

“Focus on what you have, not what’s missing. Focus on the things you can control, instead of those you can’t.” – Tony Robbins

In a small town – and especially in our town – we benefit from a spirit of cooperation, community pride and a willingness to help each other, and really the only cost is being a good neighbor. That can mean helping a neighbor in need – as we saw in extreme form after the Derecho – to supporting community-minded groups like the Lions Club, First Responders, Fire Department, and Rec Board – as well our school.

Being a good neighbor also means maintaining our properties and keeping them free of noxious weeds, abandoned vehicles and general rubbish. There are existing ordinances regarding many of these property issues, and the council has made it a priority to follow through on enforcement. And where ordinances are vague or don’t exist, we’ll be looking at new ones to allow the city to remedy these problems as a last resort.

In other news, the council is looking to promote the formation of a community development group: 3-5 people who would be willing to work with the city and think strategically about new opportunities to benefit the community in the form of housing, commerce, and recreation. Please reach out to me, or Linda at City Hall if you’re interested. – Mayor Pat Gorkow

Dates on Deck:

  • April 18 – Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:00-7:00 p.m
  • April 24 – Lions Breakfast 8:30 – Noon at the CC
  • May 9 City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall
  • May 16 Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • May 24 Jan Loeb at the Library @ 6:30 p.m.
  • June 4 – Garage Sales 8:00-2:00
  • June 5 Relay for Life 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the High School Track

Water bills can now be paid online at: or you may go to and search for City of Van Horne.

Van Horne REC: Activity is picking up again at the Rec Complex.  Spring soccer practices are underway, with the first set of games starting on Saturday, April 23rd and continuing for four more Saturdays in April and May.  Baseball and softball practices will also be starting soon.  We have over 70 kids registered to play among our 7 teams and are looking forward to getting the season started.

The Rec Board is excited to offer Van Horne apparel again this season for our fans and community members.  Anyone interested in purchasing apparel can go to the webstore  We have two designs to choose from.  The store closes on Tuesday, April 26th with orders returned by May 10th.  Ball families will have their orders delivered at practices while community members can pick up their orders from Linda at City Hall.  This is a great way to show our Van Horne pride!

Sons of the Legions Sandwich Meals – Come join them for choice of chicken, tenderloin or fish sandwiches on the 3rd Monday of each month starting at 5:00 p.m. Next Supper is April 18th.

RELAY FOR LIFE: Join the American Cancer Society Benton Board as they sponsor the Relay for Life on Sunday, June 5, 2022, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Benton Community track. The funds that are raised go towards research, lodging near hospitals, 24/7 helpline and more! Help attack cancer in our community.


The Lions thank the Van Horne community for all of the support at tour breakfasts during the year! The breakfasts’ profits support the library, REC Board, Boy Scouts and schlorships for BC seniors, beside other Lions projects.

LIBRARY NEWS FROM THE DIRECTOR: : Jen Loeb will be here May 24th at 6:30 to talk about her mountain climbing adventures, be here for an exciting time with Jen.


Adult Fiction: A SAFE HOUSE by Stuart Woods, THE MATCH by Harlan Coben, THE RECOVERY AGENT by Janet Evanovich, MONATANA MARSHALLS SERIES: KNOX, TATE, FORD, WYATT and RUBY JANE by Susan May Warren

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: HER DARK LIES by J.T. Ellison, THE HUNTING WIVES by May Cobb, THE REMOVED by Brandon Hobson, THE REQUEST by David Bell, EXIT STRATEGY by Jen J. Danna, DO NO HARM by Christina McDonald, THE FINDER OF FORGOTTEN THINGS by Sarah Loudin Thomas, ONE BY ONE by Ruth Ware, 2034: NEXT WORLD WAR by Elliot Ackerman, THE FINAL TWIST by Jeffery Deaver, AFTERSHOCK by Judy Melinek, THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz, TAKE ME APART by Sara Sligar, FOREGONE by Russell Banks, SAVAGE ROAD by Chris Hauty, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY by Karen White, POWER COUPLE by Alex Berenson, EVERYTHING WE DIDN’T SAY by Nicole Baart, THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way, NIGHT FALL by Nancy Mehl, THE PARIS BETRAYAL by James Hannibal, MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE by Erica Ruth Neubauer, MEET ME IN THE MARGINS by Melissa Ferguson, PRESENT DANGER by Elizabeth Goddard, LITTLE BOOKSHOP OF MURDER by Maggie Blackburn, LISTENING STILL by Anne Griffin, THE DARKEST PLACE by Phillip Margolin

Children’s: YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS THE BEST by Maggie Hutchings, I REALLY WANT TO BE FIRST! by Harriet Ziefert, I REALLY WANT A BIGGER PIECE! by Harriet Ziefert

YA: LOVE BOAT REUNION by Abigail Hing Wen, THE CHOSEN ONE by Echo Brown

Juvenile Fiction: PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME by Patrick Ochieng, A – Z MYSTERIES: LEOPARD ON THE LOOSE #14 by Ron Roy


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