Van Horne Newsletter, May 2023

At the end of April there was a lot of activity in town. New trees were delivered and a crew of Benton Community National Honor Society members, led by their faculty sponsor, John Hayden, got about 60 of them planted. We also had crews doing yard work and painting at the Rec Complex. Thanks to the following young adults for all their help – your efforts will leave a lasting impact on Van Horne:

Addison Phillips, Emma Townsley, Emma Von Ahsen, Gracie Norton, Evelyn Mayhan, Piper Nelson, Zoey Junge, Isabelle Upah, LeeAnn Hlas, Kayla Johnson, Mary Phillips, Kaitlyn Ballard, Lexi Pippert, Hannah Woodley, Emery Rinderknecht, Jaida Lyons, Reagan Gorkow, Delaynee Slouha, Bri Bell, Sydney Rupp, Jacob Bange, Natalie Rickels, Murphy Glawe Joey Shepherd, Olivia Pickering, Whitney Bridgewater, Emma Schwake, Evelyn Hernandez, Gabbie Heying, Carlie Sims, Marcus Newton, Brandon Schultz, Trey Schulte, Evan Daugherty, Blake Daugherty, Noah Franck, Ty Kulbartz, Tim Thompson, Cael Kaestner, William Kronneman and Thomas Lampkin.

This upcoming Saturday morning, May 13th the Economic Development Group, a newly-formed organization of local business owners will be hosting a Spring Celebration downtown. There will be games for kids and vendors to visit. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic but the sidewalks will allow access to all downtown businesses.

Don’t forget, Citywide Garage Sales will be on June 3rd, and on June 17th, we’ll again have dumpsters available to discard unwanted items. Standard landfill rates will apply to things like electronics and appliances – otherwise, there will be no cost to Van Horne residents, so now’s a good time to start building that pile. Final details will be in the June newsletter.

Finally, the last Legion Sandwich Supper until the fall will be this Monday, the 15th – and the Crooked Antler Street Dance will be the night of June 17th. I hope to see you on both occasions. – Mayor Pat Gorkow

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius

  • Spring Celebration on Main St. on Saturday 5/13
  • Legion Sandwich Supper on Monday 5/15
  • ImpactLife Blood Drive 5/22 (Call 800-747-5401 for appt.)
  • Community Pot Luck Luncheon on Tuesday 5/30
  • Townwide Garage Sales and Flea Market 6/3
  • City Council Meeting on 6/12
  • Townwide CleanUp 6/17
  • Crooked Antler Street Dance 6/17

GARAGE SALES: Garage Sales and Flea Market are scheduled for June 3 from 8:00 – 2:00. Sign Ups for the Garage Sales can be done at Chelsea Savings Bank or City Hall. Please sign up by May 30th, cost is $4. Flea Market information can be obtained by calling Mary at 560-5258.

LIONS NEWS: The Van Horne Lions would like to express their gratitude for all of the cans and bottles that have been donated in the bins at Farm Service parking lot. To streamline and assist in the redemption of cans/bottles we are hoping to eliminate garbage and/or plastic bags. If you would like a can shed approved plastic bag for storage and transporting cans/bottles to the receptacles, please contact Larry Albers at 641-660-6188 and he will provide you a bag. Thanks for your help.



Adult Fiction: READ IT AND WEEP by Jenn McKinlay, HISS AND TELL by Rita May Brown, LOYALTY by Lisa Scottoline, ON THE LINE by Fern Michaels, BAD BAD SEYMOUR BROWN by Susan Isaacs, BOOK LINE AND SINKER by Jenn McKinlay, BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING by Jenn McKinlay, DARK ANGLE by John Sandford, MY HEART WILL FIND YOU by Jude DeVeraux

Adult Fiction Large Print Books: COLD LIGHT OF DAY by Elizabeth Goddard, THE METROPOLITAN AFFAIR by Jocelyn Green, EDEN’S CHILDREN by V.C. Andrews, THE DEVINE DONUT SHOP by Carolyn Brown, MURDER ON THE POET’S WALK by Ellery Adams, PEANUT BUTTER PANIC by Amanda Flower, BENEATH THE ATTIC by V.C. Andrews, SOCIAL CREATURE by Tara Isabella Burton, FOOL ME ONCE by Catherine Bybee, BEAUTIFUL EXILES by Meg Waite Clayton, NEWS OF OUR LOVED ONES by Abigail DeWitt, THE TEMP by Michelle Frances, TIME’S CONVERT by Debra Harkness, WHY KILL THE INNOCENT by C.S. Harris, THE KINSHIP OF SECRETS by Eugina Kim, THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll, THE INCENDIARIES by R.O. Kwon, DARK CHAPTER by Winnie M. Li, TOMORROW’S BREAD by Ann Jean Mayhew, THE HIGHWAYMAN OF TANGLEWOOD by Marcia Lynn McClure, SAILING LESSONS by Hannah McKinnon, THE SECRET LIFE OF MAC by Melinda Metz, FORGIVENESS ROAD by Mandy Mikulencak, A NECESSARY EVIL by Abir Mukherjee, THE WOLF AND THE WATCHMAN by Niklas Nott och Dag, THE EMPOWERED by Craig Parshall, THE UNFORGOTTEN by Laura Powell, IMPERFECT JUSTICE by Cara Putman, ENSNARED by J.S. Scott, HEART LAND by Kimberly Stuart, MEPHISTO WALTZ by Frank Tallis, THE BLOOD by E.S. Thomson, UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

Children’s: FULL MOON PUPS by Liz Garton Scanlon, I REALLY WANT TO MAKE LEMONADE by Harriet Ziefert, AS NIGHT FALLS by Donna Jo Napoli, WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT by Kevin Henkes, OINK A DOODLE MOO by Jef Czekaj, CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM by Bill Martin, EVERYBODY SAYS MEOW by Constance Lombardo, I AIN’T GONNA PAINT NO MORE by Karen Beaumont, THIS IS HOW WE DO IT by Matt Lamothe


Juvenile Fiction: THE WINDEBY PUZZLE by Lois Lowry, GLOBAL by Erin Colfer


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