Van Horne Newsletter, September 2022

As the calendar turns to September, things have gotten busy in Van Horne. Home football games, youth soccer and Farmers’ Markets are bringing a lot of activity to town, so be on the lookout for extra traffic and pedestrians.

We’ll also be seeing and hearing the beginning of trees being removed in town and as the City Council recently approved a bid for removal of about 70 trees. We hope to see work begin soon.

City Hall has seen increasing complaints about vehicles blocking sidewalks in town, so please be sure to keep them clear.

In American Legion news, their sandwich supper continues to be on the third Monday of each month (the 19th in September). Also, the door is always open for veterans to join the Legion. Call Don Knaack at 228-8215 for more information.

Lastly, only about 25 percent of city utility bills are set up on Auto Pay. It’s a easy way to save yourself a check and a trip to City Hall each month. If you’re interested, contact Linda at 228-8235, or stop at City Hall. — Mayor Pat Gorkow

“Relationships, not power, drive you forward.” – Kim Malone Scott

Dates on Deck:

  • September 18 Lions Breakfast at CC starting to serve at 8:30 a.m.
  • September 19 Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:30-7:00 p.m
  • September 24 Farmers Market at Birds of a Feather 8:30 – Noon
  • September 27 Senior Citizen Luncheon at the CC @ Noon
  • October 8 Farmers Market at Birds of a Feather 8:30 a.m – 1 (Childrens Fall Festival)
  • October 9 Soup at Salem Serving 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Salem UMC
  • October 10 Van Horne Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
  • October 16 ICCC Beef and Pork Dinner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 19 Fire Department Battery Up beginning at 6:00 p.m.


  • FACTS – The Lions are the largest Service Club in the World. Out Motto is WE SERVE.
  • This month we contributed to the Lions’ Leader Fog Program and also to Camp Courageous.
  • Thanks for everyone’s support with the cans and bottles – All funds are used in the community
  • Garbage bags are still a good bargain! 100 bags for $25.00
  • Our next Breakfast is September 18th starting at 8:30 a.m. Hope to see you there.
  • If you are wanting to know more about the LIONS, we are having a Meet and Greet session at the Farmers Market on the 24th of September.
  • We are now excited to announce that we have a glass bottles receptacle at the Farm Service driveway.

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

Salem Soup Luncheon: Everyone is invited to “Soup at Salem” United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 9 from 11:00-12:30.  Menu:  chili, cheesy potato, chicken noodle soup, breads, and desserts.  Free will donation will support various Salem ministries.

ICCC Beef and Pork Dinner: Sunday October 16, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday October 16. Beef, BBQ beef, pork, BBQ Pork, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Salads and Desserts. Adults $12/Children 5-12 $6/Children under 5 Free. Carry outs available by calling 319-228-8132.

Battery Up

We would also like to remind everyone that October 19th is “Battery Up” night. What is battery up you ask? Since October is Fire Prevention Month, we go around town replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for FREE. We ask that you turn your porch light on, to signal us that you want us to stop. We do understand that some lights automatically turn on, but we will stop by just to check if you need any batteries. If your detector is over 10 years old it is time to replace it. Some new detectors come with a 10-year sealed battery. We do have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for sale when we come around, if you would need one. We will also help replace it if you need us to or help put up a new one.

We will start at 6pm. You will see us driving around in the fire trucks. We understand not everyone is home at 6pm. We will make a second pass around town just to see if any new lights are on. If we miss you, just give us a call and we will set up a time to come by. For the people we missed or if you live in the country, call Larry Hlas 319-228-8610.

Birds of A Feather:

  • We will again be hosting three Farmers Markets. They were very well received last Fall and we are hoping to build on that success. As with the Antique Show, if you or someone you know may be interested in being a vendor let me know.  
  • Please notice during the last Farmers Market (Oct. 8) we will be having a Children’s Fall Festival.   Stop down for family fun.  
  • Month of November during open hours Food Drive. Bring a non-perishable food item to receive 10 percent off one item.
  • Saturday December 3 Christmas Open House. Door prizes/Hot Cider and cookies. Many Christmas gifts and Décor.
  • Feel free to pass forward on the Event Schedule to friends and family.  As always thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you this Fall.



Adult Fiction: THE BOURNE SACRIFICE by Brian Freeman, RECKONING by Catherine Coulter, BLACK DOG by Stuart Woods, THE NINTH MONTH by James Patterson, THE CHALLENGE by Danielle Steel, THE HUNT by Faye Kellerman, OVERKILL by Sandra Brown, BABYSITTER by Joyce Carol Oates

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: THE EMERALD TIDE by Davis Bunn, BLOOMSBURY GIRLS by Natalie Jenner, OBSERVATIONS BY GASLIGHT by Lyndsay Faye, THE DEADLY SHALLOWS by Dani Pettrey, OFF THE CHAIN by Janice Thompson, DEADLY TARGET by Elizabeth Goddard, THE RECORD KEEPER by Charles Martin, LADY OF BONES by Carolyn Haines

Children’s: HOWARD THE AVERAGE GECKO by Wendy Meddour, RICK THE ROCK OF ROOM 214 by Julie Falatko, I REALLY WANT TO FLY TO THE MOON! by Harriet Ziefert, THE PIGEON WILL RIDE THE ROLLER COASTER! By Mo Willems, KING KONG’S COUSIN by Mark Teague, A BACKYARD PET by Doreen Cronin, IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME by Rosemary Wells

YA: HOLLOW FIRES by Samira Ahmed, FAMILY OF LIARS by E. Lockhart, MAN O’ WAR by Cory McCarthy, PRIVATE LABEL by Kelly Yang

Juvenile Non-Fiction: OWLS by Gail Gibbons

Juvenile Fiction: IN THE KEY OF US by Mariama J. Lockington

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