Van Horne Community Newsletter
Many of you have noticed that the City’s electronic sign outside the Community Center has been inoperable for the last couple months. Due to a lack to replacement parts, the Council approved the purchase of a new one, which we hope to see installed as soon as possible. The City has received a $10,000 donation from a resident in each of the last two years, which will go toward the project, but some additional funds would be very helpful. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to the project, please contact me or Linda at City Hall.
The new nuisance ordinances regarding dangerous buildings, property maintenance and junk vehicles I mentioned in last month’s newsletter passed the second of three readings at the most recent council meeting. The Council continues to seek public input regarding this matter, with the final reading before possible adoption at the December 12 council meeting. Copies are available in the City Hall lobby.
As a reminder, sidewalks should be cleared of snow within 24 hours, and please refrain from parking on the street when the plows are out.
Tree removal should begin in the new few weeks, so be on the lookout for Hennick Tree Service crews.
The next month is full of opportunities to get out and see your neighbors. They include:
- The Sons of the Legion Sandwich Supper on Monday Nov 21st & Monday Dec 19th
- The Community Potluck on Nov 22 at noon – meal provided by Keystone Care Center
- The Chili Cookoff at the Crooked Antler on Dec 4 at 11:00. Come sample the entries with a free will donation to the Fire Department and First Responders
- Santa comes to the Community Center on Dec 10. Breakfast will be served beginning at 9:30 and Santa arrives at 10 a.m. Pictures with Santa.
- Lions Club Bingo on December 11 from 1:30 to 3:30
Lastly, due to some changes at the Hometown Marketplace, we’ll no longer be mailing the newsletter. Going forward, you’ll be able to get it the following ways:
- The City’s website (www.vanhorne-ia.com)
- The City’s Facebook page
- The City Hall lobby
- Jim Magdefrau’s FB website (South Benton County Iowa Area News)
- Reaching out to City Hall and asking for a copy
Enjoy the Holidays! Mayor Pat Gorkow
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas
Please give this Holiday Season: Impact Life Blood Drive is scheduled for November 22nd 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.
Dates on Deck:
- November 21 Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- November 22 Senior Citizen Luncheon at the CC at Noon. Keystone Care Center providing
- Holiday Meal.
- November 22 Blood Drive at the CC from 3:30 – 6:00
- November 24-25 City Hall is closed for the Holiday
- November 26 GARBAGE PICKUP will be on SATURDAY this week.
- December 10 Businessmen’s Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast at 9:30 Santa will be
- there from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- December 12 Van Horne Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
- December 16 Sons of the Legion Sandwich Meals 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- November 20th Lions breakfast at the Community Center from 8:30 – 12:30
- December 11th Join us for BINGO at the Community center from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
- As always, if you are looking for a unique Christmas Gift we are selling Garbage Bags at $25 for 100 bags.
Birds of A Feather:
- Month of November during open hours Food Drive. Bring a non-perishable food item to receive 10% off one item.
- Saturday December 3 Christmas Open House. Door prizes/Hot Cider and cookies. Many Christmas gifts and Décor.
Adult Fiction: FORGED IN STEELE by Susan Sleeman, LONG SHADOWS by David Baldacci, DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS by Terry Brooks, MAD HONEY by Jodi Picoult, TWELVE TOPSY-TURVY, VERY MESSY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by James Patterson, RIGHTEOUS PREY by John Sandford, THE HIGH NOTES by Danielle Steel, DISTANT THUNDER by Stuart Woods, THE LAST CHAIRLIFT by John Irving, THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Debbie Macomber, DEMON COPPERHEAD by Barbara Kingsolver, LIVID by Patricia Cornwell, THEIF OF FATE by Jude Deveraux, THE BOYS FROM BILOXI by John Grisham, VERITY by Colleen Hoover
Adult Fiction Large Print Books: THRILL OF THE HUNT by Rita Mae Brown, LISTEN TO ME by Tess Gerritsen, PEG AND ROSE SOLVE A MURDER by Laurien Berenson, BENEATH THE BENDING SKIES by Jane Kirkpatrick, HARVEST MOON by Denise Hunter, FREE FALL by Nancy Mehl, LOVE AND THE DREAM COME TRUE by Tammy L. Gray, LIVE, LOCAL, AND DEAD by Nikki Knight
Children’s: MAX CAN READ! By Rosemary Wells, MY WEIRDEST SCHOOL: LIL MOUSE IS IN THE HOUSE! by Dan Gutman, FRUSTRATING BOOKS by Mo Willems, THE LODGE THAT BEAVER BUILT by Randi Sonenshine, DEBORAH’S TREE by Jane Yolen
YA: WHAT’S COMING TO ME by Francesca Padilla, NOTHING MORE TO TELL by Karen M. McManus
Juvenile Fiction: SPARROWS IN THE WIND by Gail Carson Levine, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DIPER OVERLODE by Jeff Kinney, UNFADEABLE by Maurice Broaddus