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Roundabout to open December 9th, or thereabouts

I've had the question posed to me a lot since summer. "When is the roundabout going to be done at the Urbana corner?" I've learned to explain that just because there's a date it doesn't necessarily mean that the road will be open. Lately, I've answered  with, "Two weeks ago."It all started in July 2020 when the state asked for input on a roundabout at the Urbana corner at the intersection of Iowa 150 with 31st Avenue and 55th Street in Benton County.

S.O.S. (Save our Santa) & Reindeer's Revenge at the Palace

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ACTI will hold a Holiday Double Feature presentation on Saturday, December 3 at 10:30 am and Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm. The two productions include, "SOS: Save Our Santa" and "Reindeer's Revenge."Admission for the two plays will be $5. Concessions will also be available at the Palace. SOS: Save our SantaWho will find Santa? He goes missing and the cast needs to find him so that the children can still have Christmas.
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Salvation Army makes Cashless Donations Possible!

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Have you ever said, “It's too cold out to ring the bell!?” We can move the kettle inside Fareway when that would be helpful! Call Julie at 319.329.7119 to sign up to help ring the bell!This last year we helped over nearly 100 separate Benton County families. Some examples of help include a person who needed some clothes to go to their first job interview since ending incarceration.

Farmers Savings Bank & Trust Holiday Open House December 2

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Farmers Savings Bank & Trust will hold their annual Holiday Open house on Friday, December 2, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.In the “Spirit of Giving”, the bank will be giving away a total of $300 in VU bucks! We will also donate $3.00 to the church of your choice. Santa will be here from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.The bank is located at  401 B Avenue, Vinton, Iowa.

Benton County Post 218 AMVETS show appreciation to Youth Volunteers

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This past summer, seven Vinton-Shellsburg students donated over 80 hours of their time with the AMVET Food Trailer. Alan Fleming, Andrew Pingenot, Grace Schminke, Ryan Calous, Kaetlyn Pettyjohn, Gunner Schminke and Riley Kress all donated their time and effort. The AMVETS received many compliments for their work. Each student received a donation check for a school organization in their name.
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Area businesses help Santa collect Toys for Christmas

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Every Christmas some of our area businesses chip in to make the season merry and bright for a special group of citizens. Koop's Sales and Service and Arnold Motor Supply have been lending Santa a hand for several years. Their goal is to help area children have a brighter Christmas.If you're out shopping for Christmas gifts and can afford to add some extra toys for children up to age 16, you are invited to drop these gifts off at these area businesses.

Deck The House (and Business) and Win!

Register Your Home or BusinessEach year, homes and businesses in Vinton hold a friendly Christmas light competition. Eligible houses and businesses must be within the Vinton city limits. Registration to participate is free. To register your home or business, CLICK HERE or stop by the Recreation Center at 701 A St East. Register by Sunday, December 4.

Storytime with Santa Thursday, December 1st 5:00 p.m.

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Join Santa at the library on Thursday, December 1. Come at 5:00 p.m to make your Christmas wishlist and decorate a Christmas cookie. Santa will arrive at 5:30 to read, "'Twas the Night before Christmas."
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Would you like to give a gift of food to the food insecure?

The Wesley Methodist Church food pantry has 107 registered households, sometimes serving 127 people a month. Last month the church served over 200 people! If you can help the pantry, they accept monetary or food donations by the case. Maybe you, your family, your group of friends, or your church  would like to donate for the upcoming holiday season.

Giving Tuesday: Give wisely this year

 Be sure your generosity doesn't feed someone else's greed.'Tis the season for giving. As the holiday months approach, many Iowans choose to show their gratitude for another year by donating to help others.  Giving Tuesday, designated as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a popular time for many to make charitable contributions to local and national organizations, charities, and causes.
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