We are so very saddened to hear about the unexpected passing of one of our dear volunteers, Tom Gallagher. Tom delivered meals for the 4th Street Senior Dining Center in Vinton on Wednesdays and Sundays along with wherever was needed. Our thoughts are with Tom’s friends and family during this difficult time.This loss has now left us a bit of a hole in our fleet of delivery driving volunteers.
The Iowa Public Information Board was contacted by this editor along with six other residents concerning actions taken by the Benton County Board of Supervisors. Generally, I let the public do the official complaining and I just write about it. However, in the instance that I submitted a complaint about, I felt that the issue was egregious enough to file my own complaint.
It all started last year after seeing a post by Wesley United Methodist on Facebook. The church was in need of certain items for the food bank. Waylon Struve a 5 year old, well, he's almost 6 he would say, decided that he wanted to use his birthday money to buy food to donate to the food bank. Waylon asked his family to bring canned goods to his party and he also used any birthday money he received to go shopping for groceries.
This Thanksgiving, the Vinton Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to urge all individuals, both drivers and passengers, to prioritize seat belt safety throughout the holiday weekend. Buckling your seat belt is more than a suggestion — it’s the law. Help us spread the message: Click It or Ticket.
There are so many things about America that are wonderful but oftentimes we can find ourselves losing sight of these reasons in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is important to recognize the opportunities we have, the traditions that shape our families, the people we interact with and exposure to places around the country. Cub Scout Pack 47 would like our community to join together in remembering the freedoms we have as Americans and how this came to be.
At Tuesday morning's Supervisor meeting, the Benton County Board of Supervisors moved to appoint a new Board of Health. Supervisor Rick Primmer read off the names for the appointments as the following: Lori Mott, Tai Burkhart, Carl Holmes, Jessica Fairbanks, and Mike Barnes. Considering that the former Board of Health is still in the appeal process for their unceremoniously firing, it was suggested to the board that they table the appointments.
The Vinton Public Library has announced that they will be closed for inventory on November 14 & 15.The library will also be closed on Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving, but will reopen on Saturday, November 25th from 9 a.m. until noon.
Each Veterans Day, or the day closest to Veterans Day, the Vinton Shellsburg Community School District holds the most amazing event. The Veterans Assembly is the highlight of the year for many reasons. One is of course the chance for all of the children in the district to pause and thank our local veterans. They prepare their songs and a program to honor the veterans.
Every year I try to come up with some way to thank our Veterans enough for all of their service, and as usual, there really are no words to say enough thank yous. It's kind of cool when Veterans Day lands on a Friday because it feels like we then have a weekend to celebrate you for all that you've done. I'd be good with a week or a month of appreciation for all of you!To our Veterans and their families, thank you for your service and for your sacrifices.
The Annual Holiday Parade will be held on November 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m.This year there will be a $100 prize awarded to the best lighted display. That prize will be given to the charity of the winner's choice.The Parade route will be as follows: E. 6th St. to 2nd Ave. to E. 5th St. to B Ave. to East 4th St. with line up on E. 6th St.The event is sponsored by all of the VFW, Legion and AMVETS.