Author: Valerie Close

North Eden Willing Workers Minutes for January and March

January Minutes The meeting of the North Eden Willing Workers was held January 8, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton, Iowa.   The meeting started at 5:00 pm and ended at 5:15.  22 members attended along with parents.   The new club T-shirt design was discussed. Members also talked about their club trip to SkyZone Trampoline Park in Cedar Rapids. The club who hopes to have a few plastic bag mats completed before their upcoming trip in March.   Members who could attended were asked to sign up for the county bowling tournament on February 12.  4H’ers participated in a balloon activity led by Sammie Lundvall.   Presentations were given by Rachel Rollinger on soccer, Elijah Kaiser on cattle showmanship, Noah Kaiser on cattle show products, Sammie Lundvall on a recycled pencil holder and fly trap, Brianna Happel on how to make a scrapbook, and Maren Redlinger on crayon art. The meeting was adjourned with the 4-H pledge.   March Minutes The North Eden Willing Workers 4-H meeting was held March 5, 2017 at 5 pm, the meeting took place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton, Iowa. Members continued to tie and crochet plastic bag mats for the homeless. There will be a painting workshop for NEWW members on April 30, the cost is $5.00.  The county is holding an upcoming volleyball tournament.  Anyone who still...

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Holy Week Mass Schedule for the Heart of Mary Cluster

Holy Thursday, April 13 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m., St. Mary, Urbana Good Friday, April 14 – The Passion of the Lord – 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart, Walker Holy Saturday, April 15 – Easter Vigil – 7:30 p.m. – St. Mary, Vinton Easter Sunday, April 16 8:00 a.m. –  Sacred Heart, Walker 9:30 a.m. – St. Mary, Urbana 11:00 a.m. – St. Mary,...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 3/21/17

March 21, 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. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes of March 14, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 222682 through 222842, payroll checks numbered 139406 through 139424, and ACH deposits numbered 30364 through 30491, vendor checks numbered 222844 through 222848. Motion carried. The time of 9:15 a.m. having arrived, the board opened the public hearing on a land use change requested by Brandon and Jennica Jordan. Steve and Lexa Speidel and Brandon Jordan were present. Marc Greenlee presented the technical information in accordance with the Benton County Agricultural Land Use Preservation Ordinance. The change in use is for approximately 3 acres located in part of NW ¼ NE ¼ of section 27-85-9. The request is to change the classification to a residential use. The property would need a new well and septic. Driveway does not meets all requirements, a new driveway will have to be installed. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: to approve the request for a land use change from agricultural to non-agricultural use on approximately 3 acres for a residential purpose on a parcel generally described as being located in part of NW ¼ NE ¼ of section...

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First Rugby Game this Friday, March 31, 6:00 p.m.

By Joe Hadechek There will be eight teams playing including two teams that just started this spring, Waverly Shell Rock and Osage.   Wolf Creek plays the opening game at 6:30pm vs. Waverly and then again plays at 8:30pm vs. Osage.    In addition teams from Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids. Wolf Creek Rugby Club was started three springs ago and became the Iowa Youth Rugby Association 1A champion last fall.    This year there are 19 players on the team.   Returning 1A MVP Isaiah Vaughan and 1A championship game MVP Ryan Miller return to lead the Wolf Pack. Gates will open at 6 pm and admission is $5 per person.   Children six and under free.   Concessions will be available and all proceeds will benefit the Union girls soccer team. Be sure to get the word out, rugby is the fastest growing sport in the...

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VINTON GARDEN CLUB

VINTON GARDEN CLUB FEBURARY 22, 2017 The Vinton Garden Club member of National Garden Clubs, Inc; District II and Central Region met at Benton County Extension Office at 1:00 pm, with Sharen and Fran Stueck as Hostesses. The program and the meeting was open to public. Two guests attended Anna Sallee and Karen Inman. The program was given by special guest Jen Shull, of Culver’s Garden Center & Greenhouse, Marion on “New Plants for 2017” She brought several blooming pots of flowers. It was a very informative and interesting program. Members made their Spring list of plants or trees to purchase. President Rosie Boisen called the meeting to order at 1:45 pm. Five members answered roll call “What was your favorite flower or tree Jen showed?” Secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. The auditors reported the treasurer book was in perfect order. Correspondence: Luanna Hawkins reported Garden Therapy at Cedar Valley Ranch Thursday, April 6th at 9:00 am. Fran received a Thank You for the club from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Harmony House for the clubs donation. A thinking of you card was signed by members for Anne Dake, whose son is in hospital. Unfinished Business: Fran attended the Master Gardener Symposium in Independence on Sat. February 25th. The speakers and workshops were informative. Received 161 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl posters grades 1st through...

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“Farmers and FFA helping Neighbors”

By Al Schafbuch    Benton County Farm Bureau and the Benton County Corn Growers donated to the fund raising event to take fencing supplies and financial assistance to farmers who were affected by the wildfires sweeping across the central and southwest regions of the United States.     The Benton Community FFA under chapter advisor Krystal Wright  and the Vinton-Shellsbursg FFA helped at the Vinton Pizza Ranch, Monday March 27th as a fundraiser to assist farmers who were affected by the wildfires. Tips and a percent of the profits will go to buy fencing and other supplies that will be taken to assist those affected by the fires. Donations of fencing supplies, and other necesssities were collected and will be delivered.     More than 2,200 square miles have burned, leaving some farmers without homes, farm buildings, equipment, destroying livestock and everything in the fires path.  Farmers are without feed for their livestock, fences to contain the livestock that survived and many farmers escaping with only the clothes they were wearing.     Monetary donations can be sent to Benton Community High School Benton FFA at 600 lst Ave. Van Horne, IA...

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Dwayne Elliott Ebel

Dwayne Elliott Ebel, 71 of Shellsburg, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home. Celebration of life service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling Street SW. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Brosh Chapel. Private family inurnment will be at a later in Czech National Cemetery. Dwayne was born January 4, 1946 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Milford and Anne (Pospichal) Ebel. He graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, class of 1964. Dwayne was united in marriage to Sheryl Nelson on May 14, 1966 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. He worked as a journeyman plumber for Local 125 in Cedar Rapids for 45 years, with A’Hearn Plumbing and Heating until retiring in 2010. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, watching the Cubs, attending grandchildren sporting events, and most of all spending time with his family and his dog, Murphy. Dwayne is survived by his wife Sheryl; three children Matthew (Carrie) Ebel of Ely, Jennifer (Brent) Dettman of Mason City and Kimberly Schulte (Brad Latteyer) of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren Allyson Nelson, Mackenzie and Katelyn Dettman, Eli and Wyatt Ebel; his brother Milford “Mick” (Nancy) Ebel of Red Oak, Texas; as well as his nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials...

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Statehouse News 03/25/17

Click to view: Newsletter March16.2017                          Newsletter March23.2017 Dear Friends and Neighbors, Even if it was a quick trip, it was so nice to get home for a bit this weekend.  So beautiful all the birds were singing away there in paradise! The legislative session is rushing along, with only 24 days left we had better get on to the budgets.  The last time I wrote, we were waiting on the Revenue Estimating Conference to tell us what we could expect for taxes coming in to budget from for the year that ends June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2018.  You’ve probably heard it was not good news for either year. First, we are short another $131 million dollars for the budget ending June 30 of this year.  In early February we had to cut $118 million and even though we kept the cuts from K-12 education and Human Services, that was painful enough.  Because of the timing and the inability to de-appropriate that much in the last 3 months of the year, we’re having to borrow money from our cash reserves to make it up for this year and then pay it back in the 2018 and 2019 budgets. Secondly, the estimate for 2018 only has $6.1 million dollars of new money and besides the other built ins,...

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2017 MONEY SMART WEEK POSTER CONTEST ASKS ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT MONEY

Click to view 2017 Poster Farmers Savings Bank & Trust], in conjunction with Community Bankers of Iowa (CBI) is once again sponsoring the Money Smart Week Poster Contest to motivate elementary school students to learn about money. For showing Iowa bankers what they know about money, students in 2nd through 6th grades have the chance to win either a $600 Certificate of Deposit (1st Prize), or a $300 Certificate of Deposit (2nd & 3rd Prizes). As part of Money Smart Week 2017, elementary students can submit poster designs to participating community banks across Iowa. Posters should answer the question: “Why is it important to know about money?” Participating elementary students should submit their poster designs to Farmers Savings Bank & Trust – Vinton by April 17, 2017. Posters will be displayed in the bank throughout Money Smart Week. Winners will be chosen by May 15, 2017. Complete rules & submission guidelines are available at www.cbiaonline.org. Throughout Money Smart Week (April 22-29, 2017), participating community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and financial experts will host free educational events to help Iowans of all ages learn to better manage their personal finances. More information about Money Smart Week – including a full calendar of events – is available at www.moneysmartweek.org. Farmers Savings Bank & Trust was organized and chartered by the State of Iowa in June 1915. The bank is...

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Vinton’s Community Idea and Input Expo for IBSSS Space

By Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited The public is encouraged to attend the Community Idea & Input Expo for Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School facilities and property on April 5, 2017- 6 to 9pm at the Vinton Shellsburg High School Gym. The Community Idea & Input Expo is an opportunity for all area residents to consider national examples of adaptive reuse of similar properties, provide feedback and share their own ideas on how the IBSSS could be repurposed for the benefit of Vinton. The expo will be an open house style event throughout the evening so residents may drop-in as they are available. The Expo will be hosted by Vinton’s IBSSS Visioning Committee and facilitated by the University of Northern Iowa’s Institute for Decision Making (IDM). Drew Conrad, IDM Director, is quick to point out the Community Idea and Input Expo is about considering possibilities and options for what the IBSSS could become for Vinton. “Vinton is processing all of their options related to the property to explore paths the community could consider. At this point, community ownership still has yet to be determined and, to be clear, the Expo is not about coming to a final decision. It is about the public considering what other communities have done in similar circumstances, getting everyone’s good ideas, leaving no stone unturned and equipping the Visioning Committee to undertake their work...

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“The Whos Down in Center Point-ville Liked Book Sales a Lot”

Don’t be a Grinch—mark your calendars for the Center Point Friends of the Library annual used book sale, May 12 and 13. The Book Sale will be at the Andersen Community Room at the Library from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 to 3 on Saturday. On Saturday from 2 to 3 you may buy all the books you want for $5 and Who wouldn’t like that? At its March meeting Friends decided to have a bake sale on Saturday morning. There will also be a silent auction Saturday of donated items, including a crazy quilt donated and finished by Friends members. To provide Max-imum access to quality used books, Friends also has a permanent used book sale going in the old video vault of the Library. The shelves are filled with donated and withdrawn Library books and magazines: 50 cents for hard cover, 25 for paperbacks. There are also puzzles, cake pans, book bags, t shirts, etc. available. Friends meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Library. New Friends are always...

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