Van Horne Newsletter, May 10, 2022

Van Horne Community Newsletter

May 2022

The first phase of the city’s cleanup effort begins on May 21st, when dumpsters will be provided for residents to rid yourselves of unwanted and unsightly items around your home and property at the city shed from 8:00 to 1:00. The city will be covering the landfill and hauling costs. There are some prohibited items and some – like appliances, electronics and tires – that will be allowed for a small fee. See our Facebook page or contact City Hall for more information.

As part of the ongoing cleanup effort, the city wants to remind residents that dragging logs and trees to the brush dump was only allowed in the wake of the derecho. It does a fair bit of damage to the streets and brush dump road, so please refrain from this going forward. the
Thanks to Darcy Kearns and Future Green for arranging for a grant to provide 50 trees for our parks. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped in the planting and John Baumhoefener from Baumhoefener Nursery for providing the equipment.

Join your friends and neighbors on June 11th for a Party in the Park from 4:00 to 8:30 at the City Park. Drinks will be provided and food will be available to purchase. The park will be named Marty Junge Memorial Park after a dedication that day.

Lastly, the Legion Sandwich Supper this Monday, the 16th will be the final one until August, so let’s have a great community turnout.

“Don’t put your happiness in the hands of someone else.” – Stoic philosophy

— Mayor Pat Gorkow

Dates on Deck:

  • May 16 Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • May 21 Van Horne Clean-Up Day 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • May 24 Jan Loeb at the Library @ 6:30 p.m.
  • May 31 Seniors Luncheon at the CC @ noon
  • June 4 Garage Sales 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
  • June 4 Flea Market from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Corner of 1st Ave and Main St.
  • June 5 Relay for Life 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the High School Track
  • June 7 Storytime at the Library 9:00 – 11:00 (Sheriff Dept)
  • June 9 Storytime at the Library 9:00 – 11:00 (Marc Brown – Solar Ambassadors)
  • June 11 Party in the Park and Park Dedication from 4:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • June 13 Van Horne Council meeting @ City Hall at 6:30 p.m.
  • June 13 – 17 BC Extension Youth Discovery Camp at City Park from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • June 14 Puppets and Storytime at the CC from 9:00 – 11:00
  • June 16 Storytime @ CC 9:00 – 11:00 (Blank Park Zoo)
  • June 21 Storytime @ CC 9:00 – 11:00 (Blank Park Zoo)
  • June 23 Storytime at the Library 9:00 – 11:00 (Sheriff Dept)

PUBLIC SWIM BUS: Will be running once again on Wednesdays in July (on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th). Children must be at least 7 years old and if you ride the bus to Belle Plaine you must ride the bus home. If the pool is experiencing bad weather the bus will not pick children up. Bus will pick children up 12:25 (no later so be a little early) at the Van Horne Elementary. The bus will leave Belle Plaine at 4:15 for the return ride. If you have any questions please contact Lance Hinschberger at 319-444-2200.

Benton County Extension: Van Horne Youth Summer Science Discovery Camp: June 13 – 17th from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Van Horne City Park. Youth campers will discover the wonders of science and the world around them.  Register by completing and mailing $30 payment and registration form to Benton County Extension by May 20.  Questions, call or email Greg Walston at 319-472-4739 or .

GARAGE SALES: Garage sales are set for Saturday June 4 from 8:00 a.m. thru 2:00 p.m.. Sign Up sheets are available at City Hall, Chelsea Bank and the Telephone Company.

Flea Market: Birds of a Feather, 103 Main St.  is hosting a Flea Market on Saturday June 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Current vendors include; Stall 13 from Cedar Rapids, Pickering Collectibles, Sharon’s Rag Rugs, ReCharge Coffee, Hole – Lot-of-Love and more. Looking for more vendors if your available contact 319-560-5258 or And don’t forget to stop out on the 4th for a variety of items.

Van Horne REC: It continues to stay busy down at the Rec complex. Soccer continues for a couple more Saturdays, finishing on the 21st. Baseball and softball games are starting next week. Check in on the Van Horne Rec Facebook page to see the games scheduled for each week and maybe even sign up to help out at the concession stand one evening! 

Thank you to everyone that ordered Van Horne apparel. Orders should be coming in within the week and can be picked up at City Hall or at your favorite player’s ball practice. 

PEDDLARS: It is that time of year again. Peddlars are out knocking on doors. If you happen to have someone stop at your door: FIRST and FOREMOST – You DO NOT have to talk to them if don’t wish to. Second, Ask them if they have a Peddlars permit issued to them by the City and ask to see it. This will not necessarily prove they are legitimate, it is just a way to track them if something should happen as it will have drivers licenses and auto plates recorded.

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 May 16th .

RELAY FOR LIFE: The ACS Relay for Life will be held at the Benton Comm. Track on Sunday, June 5th, from 6-10 P.M.  Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00, Survivor Walk at 7:00, and the lighting of luminarias will be at 9:00.  The winner of a quilt, made of past Relay for Life t=shirts, will be drawn at 8:00.  (Ticket chances are $5 and may be purchased at the Van Horne Cornerstone Apothecary or from a committee member.)  There will be games, music by Max Johnson, sponsors named, and luminaria names will be read throughtout the evening.  Join us in this fight against cancer!

MOSQUITO SPRAYING: The City of Van Horne is planning to spray for mosquitoes again this summer. State certified pesticide applicators will spray an ultra low volume non thermal aerosol (cold fog) to control adult mosquitoes in residential and recreational areas and other non-cropland areas where these insects are a problem. The City will use BIOMIST 1.5 + 7.5 ULV. Best results are achieved when the temperatures are cooler and the wind speed is below 10 mph. The city plans to spray on Thursday evenings or early mornings. If unable to fog on designated day, Tuesdays will be alternate days. City Hall at 319-228-8238 for more information.


Starting June 7th is Storytime. Children need to be registered ahead of time, come into the library and fill out registration. Children at Early Beginnings Daycare will be coming home with the registration forms, all of your children may be registered with one form, just add their names. Times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 945 to 1045 a.m., please be on time and turn off your phones. Check out Van Horne Public Library website for weekly updates, some programs will be at the Community Center. Also check out Van Horne Library Facebook for daily information.


Adult Fiction: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BENNTTS by Lisa Scottoline, A RELATIVE MURDER by Jude Deveraux, FEAR THY NEIGHBOR by Fern Michaels, BEAUTIFUL by Danielle Steel, DEATH OF THE BLACK WIDOW by James Patterson, DREAM TOWN by David Baldacci, THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE by Adriana Trigiani

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: THE CATCH by Lisa Harris, LIGHTS OUT by Natalie Walters, SEA GLASS COTTAGE by Irene Hannon, OPERATION JOKTAN by Amir Tsarfati, A LIGHT BEYOND THE TRENCHES by Alan Hlad, MURDER AT WEDGEFIELD MANOR by Rica Ruth Neubauer, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKE by Sarah Graves, LOVE IN THE TIME OF BERTIE by Alexander McCall Smith

Children’s: CLICK, CLACK RAINY DAY by Doreen Cronin

YA: YOUNGBLOODS by Scott Westerfeld

Juvenile Non-Fiction: LADYBUGS by Gail Gibbons

Juvenile Fiction: TEDDY ROOSEVELT WAS A MOOSE? by Dan Gutman


*Mowing Season has begun again. The City has been asked to ask residents if they could refrain from blowing grass clippings onto the alley and roadways when mowing. This is a HUGE hazard for bikes and motorcycles. Also, please keep yards mowed and weeds under control.

*The City is once again offering a discount on your sewer charges if you plant and water new trees this spring/summer. Contact City Hall at 319-228-8238, with number of trees you planted. This is for Newly planted trees and charges for sewer cannot go below the minimum charges.

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