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Vinton Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

From Left to Right: Robin Martin representing Vinton Unlimited, Tami Stark representing the Vinton City Council, Shelly Petersen representing the Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools, Janet Woodhouse representing Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and Jessica Crane-Munoz representing the Vinton Ministerial Association.One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contributions are used for the betterment of the Vinton community.

Post Prom Fundraiser Brings fun and Donations

Saturday volunteers from the local Kiwanis Club and the Post Prom Committee conducted a fundraising event at John's Quick Stop's new car wash.  Several vehicles showed up to the car wash and were given coupons for both free pizzas (a $50 value) from Godfather's Pizza as well as a $15 gift card for the car wash, which has the ability to be reloaded at discount prices.
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Dysart and Shellsburg among those awarded funds to replace trees lost in Derecho

The City of Dysart Tree Board will receive $2,200 and the Shellsburg Area Community Group $8,843 are two of the 37 Iowa communities that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. Alliant Energy partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, [sel] and plant a diverse mix of trees. This year’s funds will help communities plant trees to replace those destroyed by the 2020 derecho or the emerald ash borer.

Virginia Gay Hospital Nursing & Rehab Visitation guidance Update

It has been an extremely difficult year, especially with family not being able to visit with loved ones in person due to the COVID-19 health safety protocols put in place by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last March.We are pleased to share that we have very recently received revised visitation guidance from CMS that now takes into consideration COVID-19 vaccination.

Pluggers highlights the idea of another Vinton Resident

The one-square "Pluggers" comic is a favorite among Americans, especially among those of us who were born before the first Super Bowl. The characters in that comic express the uniquely old-school way of life and doing things.This week Deb Wilberg's submission made it into the "Pluggers" rotation. It's always exciting when a local resident makes it into a "Pluggers" comic.

Celebrate Iowa History: 100 Years of Donna Reed

Join us for "100 Years of Donna Reed," on March 25, when Reed's daughter, Mary Owen of Iowa City, will share rarely seen family photos from her mother's early days in Denison. Reed's career includes her Academy Award-winning performance in "From Her to Eternity" (1953) and "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966), for which she won a Golden Globe and four Emmy Award nominations.

FFA Week Summary

By Josh Wiley, Co-ReporterFrom February 22nd through the 26th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter participated in FFA Week along with other chapters around the country. The school dress up days were Monday: Hunting/Fishing, Tuesday: ‘Merica, Wednesday: Blue and Gold/Official Dress, Thursday: Mullets and Flannels, and Friday: Career Day. On Wednesday, participants competing in Leadership Development Events went to Hawkeye Community College and competed against other FFA chapter members in our sub-district to advance to districts in their specific contests.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs presents Family Activities to celebrate Iowa

Join Goldie’s Kids Club. Online programs and at-home activities abound for children and families who want to learn more about Iowa’s colorful past. New content is posted online every month, including Storytime and Innovative Iowans activities focusing on the state symbols, and a video playlist children of all ages can enjoy.Schedule an Iowa trivia program via Zoom for your organization’s next meeting.

Ervin Celebrated for 60 Years of Kiwanis Service

Ervin Recognized for 60 Years of service in the Vinton Kiwanis Club Keith Ervin was celebrated for his 60th year of serving with the Vinton Noon Kiwanis Club in Vinton. Tuesday's meeting began with a plaque presentation to Ervin who has been a staple in the Vinton community his whole life. His father started the Ervin Motor Company in the 1930s which opened in what is now Tharp Design's building and then moved to the west side of what is now Pizza Ranch before moving out to what used to be the former Cromer's store in 2000.

Scott Hansen ‘Mitch Nordmeyer Pillar of Community Leadership Award’ Winner

Benton County EMA Coordinator Scott Hansen Receives Prestigious Award Scott E. Hansen, Benton County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, has been named the recipient of the inaugural 2020 ‘Mitch Nordmeyer Pillar of Community Leadership Award’ due to his continual and exceptionally professional and volunteer achievements in emergency management. This IEMA award program honors the local emergency management (EM) coordinator who most personifies Mitch Nordmeyer by embodying the spirit of the community and through their actions and accomplishments, are an inspiration to others.
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