Author: Valerie Close

LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED TO PRESIDENT’S LIST AT DRAKE UNIVERSITY

The following student was named to the President’s List at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a straight-A grade point average of 4.0 for the Spring 2017 semester. Nicholas Gardner of Vinton Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students from approximately 40 states and 40 countries. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa’s capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the...

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Local Students Graduate from Drake University

The following local students graduated from Drake University at the end of the spring 2017 semester. Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students from approximately 40 states and 40 countries. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa’s capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the community. Belle Plaine, Lisa Rinehart, Master of Science, Counseling Vinton,  Nicholas Gardner, Bachelor of Music Education, Music...

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‘Mad Irishman:’ 1951 Henry J turns heads at Vinton Cruise, drag race tracks

By Dean Close The Vinton Cruise includes a variety of vehicles that see use in a variety of ways, from daily drivers to classics that spend most of their time in garages or trailers and just travel on their own power for just a few miles each year. And then there are cars that compete on a race track in between car shows, while also maintaining their status as daily drivers capable of long highway distances. The 1951 Henry J that Corey Kemp brought to the Vinton Cruise is one such racer. Called the “Mad Irishman,” the car has entertained drag race fans and classic car admirers at a few venues since Kemp rebuilt it earlier this year. “It was owned by an old lady in Tulsa, Okla., then set to pasture for many, many years,” says Kemp. “This old lady was either the mom or grandma of a guy who later became a friend.” This friend does Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week every year. Kemp explains that Drag Week is a week-long event where participants have to drive their cars several hundred miles every day to specified drag strips and race them. “No trailering them, and no support vehicles, just you, your car, and one ride-along buddy,” Kemp explains. His friend, Mike Cox, was racing a 1951 Ford in drag week and realized he needed a lighter car...

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Art in the Park Festival to include community collage, music, demonstrations

The members of the Vinton Guild of Fine Arts are busy organizing the 4th Annual Art in the Park Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 9, at Celebration Park (or at the Vinton Fire Station in case of bad weather). Along with more than 30 booths featuring a variety of area artists, the event will include interactive activities, including a community collage. The Guild members are preparing a display in which everyone who is interested can create their own piece of art, which the Guild artists will assemble into a collage. There will also be a scavenger hunt-style contest featuring the large ear of corn art displays set up throughout Vinton. There will also be music by a variety of artists, who will also be singing that evening at the annual Idiot Jam at the Farmers Mercantile Hall in Garrison. The deadline for artists to sign up to be included in the program is Aug. 1. Artists can click HERE for a booth space registration form. Art to be on display (and offered for sale) includes: Ceramics; stained glass; wood crafts; paintings in acryllic, pastel and colroed pencil, as well as watercolor and ink; handmade jewelry; hand-thrown pottery; photography; flint knapping; and more. There will also be a variety of food booths. activities for children and programs for emerging artists. The music schedule will include: 10:15 am – 11:45 am...

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Board of Supervisor Minutes July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer, and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Land owner, Wayne Siela, discussed with the board, a weed complaint in the counties ditches. He questioned if the weed department would use a 15 foot boom, if that would help spray the ditches. He told the board to look at the Mt Auburn black top and look in the ditches to see what he is talking about. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes of July 11, 2017 with correction of RFE to RFP. Motion carried. Bob Dahl presented the board a petition for seal coating estimate on 22nd Ave. County Engineer, Myron Parizek, presented the board an estimate coming to a total of $125,000. The board explained to Dahl that there would be a special property tax levy on the properties for the land owner’s responsibility of 50%. Board questioned if the neighbors that signed the petition had seen the estimate yet and were made aware of their responsibility to pay 50% of the cost? Dahl said that they have not seen the estimate yet. Board questioned if the neighbors would still be in favor of the seal coating after seeing the estimate and knowing what they would have...

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Kirkwood Event Focuses on Addiction, Concussions, Telemedicine and Vision Therapy

Kirkwood Community College’s Health 411: A Conference for Health Professionals will take place Friday, August 4. The one-day event will focus on addiction, concussions, telemedicine and vision therapy. Conference Coordinator Laura Daman explained, “This conference enables area healthcare providers to be informed about trending industry topics. Participants also have an opportunity to earn CEUs to maintain their licensure.” Opioid and heroin addiction in the United States is raging in epidemic proportions. Iowa is not immune. Cedar Rapids Police Officer Al Fear with the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative will provide insight to the local problem, including what to expect in the next two years. Discussion will include the significance of Iowa’s Prescription Monitoring Program established in 2006. The Centers for Disease Control reports that each year more than 170,000 kids and teens visit the emergency department for sports- or recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. Paramedic and firefighter Andrea Zickmund, Indiana’s primary educator on sports injuries and concussions will present. Providers will learn how to recognize midface fractures; treat concussions prior to arriving at the hospital; and gain understanding in the rise of sudden cardiac arrest among otherwise healthy athletes. Over half of all U.S. hospitals use some form of remote healthcare technology, according to the American Telemedicine Association. This facilitates patient care in rural areas and promotes 24/7 care. Dr. Timothy Sagers will discuss the impact of telehealth in...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Agenda July 25

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING July 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. 9:05 a.m. Barb Greenlee Re: Set land use hearing date for John and Ronda Welper part of SE ¼ SW ¼ Sec 32-86-10 3. 9:10 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Approve farm exemption application for Joshua Hennings in SW ¼ 10-83-12 4. Approve minutes 5. Approve claims 6. 9:15 a.m. Approve use of lawn for Vinton Unlimited 7. Acknowledge resignation of Alberta Reifenstahl to the Benton Co. Historical Preservations Commission 8. 9:30 a.m. Discuss Early Retirement Resolution 9. Authorize Chair to sign Quit claim Deed(s) 10. 10:00 a.m. Dana Burmeister employee evaluation 11. 10:45 a.m. Engineer Re: Accept bids for HMA resurfacing project FM-C006(111)–55-06 (65th Street/Homer Center) 12. Approve Law enforcement contracts 13. Discuss/Approve annexation in Blairstown 14. Approve Homestead/Military and Disabled Veterans Homestead Credits for 2017 Assessment Year 15. 11:00 a.m. Engineer: Myron Parizek employee evaluation 16. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 17. New Business/Public Interest Comments 18....

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CP HISTORICAL HAD SWEET TALKING ABOUT TRAINS; PLANS FOND REMEMBERING OF FIFTIES AND SIXTIES

  By Sharon Hannen Forty people on July 16 mentally journeyed back to when the Depot Museum was the Center Point Interurban depot and the Cedar Valley Nature Trail was the Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern railroad. Historical Society treasurer Teresa Scheeler, whose great grandfather Charlie Edaburn worked on the line, gave a history of the electric railroad which came to Center Point in 1914. Vice president Dennis Schlicht engineered the Power Point part of the presentation. He also played a recording of the sounds of riding on our Interuban, courtesy of the Linn County Conservation Department which owns the Depot and the Linn, Benton and Buchanan parts of the trail. The W.C.F.&N.’s last passenger run was in 1956 and former Center Point resident Kent Willer said he got to be on that historic last ride when he was a kid. Freight hauling with diesel engines continued on the line into the 1970s. The abandoned line became the bike trail in 1984. Phil Borleske, a railroad fan from Vinton, said he helps run the sole surviving W.C.F.&N. passenger car every year at Old Threshers’ Reunion in Mount Pleasant. Friends of the Gilbertville Depot president Dick Dewater talked about working to preserve the old W.C.F.&N. sister depot in Gilbertville. On Sunday, August 27, the Historical Society will end the Museum season with “Remembering the Fifties and Sixties,” from 2 to...

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2017 Junior Gold Bowling Championships

The 2017 Junior Gold Bowling Championships were held in Cleveland Ohio with 1417 young men (U20) competing.  Each youth bowler bowl four games on four different sport shot patterns.  The competition started with two days of practices, which enabled each bowler to get an idea of how they should bowl on each sport pattern.  These young men were bowling against other men from all over the United States and Puerto Rico.  Bowling in a national competition enables the bowlers to meet other bowlers that share their passion of bowling. This year, Iowa qualified 21 bowlers to attend this year’s U20 Junior Gold Competition.  Many of the Iowa bowlers came from Eastern Iowa as this is where the majority of the Junior Gold qualifying tournaments are held. Vinton sent three bowlers to Cleveland this year, which included Cole Garwood, Jacob Gosse, and Jordan Schoettmer. After all qualifying games were completed Garwood scored 2777 pins, Gosse 3181 pins, and Schoettmer 2632 pins.  To advance to the next round of competition a bowler had to be one of the top 203 scores which was greater than 3002 pins.  Gosse qualified to make the first cut and moved to the Advancer’s Round. The Advancer’s Round included 5 more games of bowling on a different sport pattern.  After bowling the Advancer’s Round, Gosse’s scores placed him as the 93rd bowler out of 203. Gosse will...

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Letter to the Editor: “Fast and Furious – things we did not know

To our many readers and in particular Obama and Clinton supporters — Greetings This is podcast of Laura Ingram show 7/21/17 fill in host John Hinderaker whose web site is powerline. The most interesting area is an interview with former DEA agent Jeff Prather. This covers items not brought forth by major media concerning “Fast and Furious”. This brings into question the legalities of same and the place both Pres. Obama and DOJ Holder and Sec State H. Clinton, and DEA played in what could be considered illegal activities that killed Ambassador Stevens, American Contractors and DEA agent Brian Perry. Start at timeline 54:00 – you will hear part of a station break. At the very end you will hear Mr. Prather praise Pres Trump for ending supplying arms to so called Syrian moderate rebels. Our Cedar Rapids Gazette published a Wash Post story condemning same. So I think it appropriate that readers no longer trust Washington Post stories as factually correct.  Where did ISIS get Tanks and other heavy weapons – answer in the pod cast.  You can get Prather views on his web site for a fee  — Pratherpoint.com.  Listen to Hinderaker interview – you decide.  Realize many of these whistle blowers are demonized by the very agencies they expose. http://podcastone.com/episode/LI-Podcast-072117 Regards, John...

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