Author: Valerie Close

Iowa Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic September 29, 30

The Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) is an annual, large scale dental clinic, which offers FREE DENTAL CARE to patients on a first come, first served basis. This year’s IMOM will be held on September 29 and 30 (Friday and Saturday) at the US Cellular Center, 370 1st Avenue NE in downtown Cedar Rapids. We will be accepting patients beginning at 6:00 AM on both days. IMOM’s goal is to provide free dental care to patients who need but cannot otherwise afford treatment. The event is rotated to a different city each year. Cedar Rapids last hosted the clinic in 2010, at which time 1,439 patients were served. Hundreds of dental professionals, medical and pharmacy professionals, and general volunteers will be on hand during the two-day clinic. Services offered to patients will include cleanings, fillings, extractions, some root canals and removable partials for missing teeth. Treatment is intended to meet the most immediate oral health care needs of patients. Following treatment, patients will receive oral hygiene instruction and a booklet providing information about dental resources in their area. Free follow-up treatment will be available for up to 30 days on an emergency basis. General volunteers will register patients, escort them, provide child care and language interpretation services as needed, and help with the overall IMOM effort in many other ways, including initial clinic setup and final tear down. IMOM...

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Elaine K. Tubaugh

Elaine K. Tubaugh, 70, of Belle Plaine, IA, passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA, after a long battle with leukemia. Elaine was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Vinton, IA, to Donald & Velma (Oliphant) Bordwell. She married her high school sweetheart, Jerald “Jerry” Tubaugh on Dec. 21, 1965, in Cedar Rapids, IA, making their life together in Belle Plaine. As a young woman, Elaine worked for Rockwell-Collins as a spot welder of military communication equipment for the Vietnam effort, then as a bookkeeper for the Belle Plaine Livestock Auction. Later in...

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Social Host Ordinance in Belle Plaine

By David Condry, Above The Influence Coalition Underage Drinking is an issue most communities have to deal with and Benton County is no exception. In 2008, 40% of Benton County 11th graders reported using alcohol but those numbers have gradually declined since that time. As of 2014, 21% of 11th graders report using alcohol during the past 30 days of being surveyed. While the decline in students using alcohol is worth noting, it does not change the reality that underage drinking is still an issue in our communities that must be addressed. For a number of years efforts have been made to address underage drinking through several prevention strategies. One strategy that has been implemented in Benton County and the state of Iowa is known as Social Host. The purpose of this prevention strategy is to hold individuals responsible for providing teens a place to consume alcohol. These efforts target those that provide the environment and situations for underage drinking and even drug use to take place. In September, a Social Host Ordinance was officially put into effect by the Belle Plaine City Council. Under this ordinance adults who knowingly allows a person age 18 or younger to consume alcohol or other illegal substances on property under their control would be subject to a $500 fine. Second offense would be a fine of $1,000 while every offense after would...

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Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Cancelled Today Due to Fog

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight regrets to announce the cancellation of Flight #29 which had been scheduled for today (September 19, 2019).  This was due to the extremely heavy fog this morning, which prohibited our charter aircraft from landing at the Eastern Iowa Airport this morning to pick up the Veterans and Guardians for the trip to Washington, DC. The trip was cancelled with the primary reason being the safety, health, and well-being of our Veterans.  We had been given and estimate of the aircraft arriving here by possibly 10:30 AM, which after loading and take off would have resulted in us not being able to land in Washington until approximately 2:00 – 2:30 PM.  That would have resulted in an extremely shortened day (and with it getting darker sooner), could have posed risks to the Veterans and Guardians.  Allowing the the mandatory time the flight crew has to rest, the end result is that we would have not gotten back here until approximately 3:30  AM tomorrow morning. We will begin working on trying to reschedule, and work with the Veterans on the flight.  This is the first time we have ever had to cancel a flight, and it was a painful decision for us to make, but it had to be done for the safety and well being of the Veterans. Due to the cancellation, EIHF asks that...

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Cottage Garden Society to meet Monday, Sept. 25th at 5:30 p.m.

The Cottage Garden Society will meet at the home of Cindy Elwick, Monday, Sept. 25th at 5:30 p.m. Bill Page, a master Orchid grower will be doing the program for us titled “Orchids”. He said that anyone is welcome to bring their orchids to show or to get some help with.  The program will be presented first, followed by refreshments and a business meeting.  Cindy Elwick and Brenda Hackbarth will provide the refreshments. This meeting will be on Cindy’s patio and Guests are...

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Benton County Democrats invite public to healthcare forum

A meeting to provide education and updates on the changes occurring in healthcare is being held in Belle Plaine’s Historical Museum’s auditorium, Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 PM. Though the meeting is being sponsored by the Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek, and Tama Democratic Committees, the hope is to avoid partisan bickering and provide all residents of the four counties with valuable information from local experts. The plan for the meeting is to lead off with panelists who are on the front lines of providing health care in Iowa, providing the communities with the opportunity to hear what the panelists are experiencing, and to provide answers to questions posed by the audience. After a brief break the candidates for the 1st Congressional District will take the stage to discuss what they see as the political challenges better access to health care must overcome. “What we would like,” explains Rosemary Schwartz, chair of the Democratic Party in Benton County, “is a meeting that avoids political noise and stays focused on the issues affecting all of us regardless of Party.” Additional information about panelists and format will be available soon. In the meantime, save the date of October 19th for the opportunity to learn more about health care in rural Iowa. For more information please contact the Benton Co. Democrats at 319-504-9376, or...

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Board of Supervisors Agendas for September 19th 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING September 19, 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 Dave and Mary Coots in Parcel A SW ¼ SW ¼ Section 31-86-10 3. 9:15 a.m. Tammy Stark Re: Discuss Fairgrounds grand stand safety 4. Approve pay increase in Recorder’s Office 5. Approve minutes 6. Appoint Member to Early Childhood Development Committee 7. 9:45 a.m. ECICOG-Environmental Review for Watershed Project, 1)Approve Environmental Assessment, 2)Approve to publish public notice 3)Sign a request for release of funds 8. 10:00 a.m. Engineer Re: Resolution: Bridge Embargo for Bridge in Fremont Twp • Set Date and Time for Longitudinal Subdrains (D65) letting 9. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 10. New Business/Public Interest Comments 11. Adjourn BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING September 19, 2017 at 11:15 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. 11:15 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve Fireworks permit for Bloomsbury Farm 3. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 4. New Business/Public Interest Comments 5....

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Cedar Valley Bank & Trust Senior Lender/ Vice President Matt Johnson awarded Diploma

Cedar Valley Bank & Trust Senior Lender/ Vice President Matt Johnson was awarded a diploma on August 11, 2017, at commencement exercises during the 73rd annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also awarded an Executive Leadership Certificate by the University of Wisconsin – School of Business. The School, sponsored by state bankers associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives. The Graduate School of Banking enrolls approximately 600 US and international professionals each year. More than 85 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials, and industry professionals comprise the School’s faculty. Matt works at both the Vinton and La Porte City bank locations where he, President and Owner David Coulter, and Loan Officer Eric Coulter make all loan decisions. Cedar Valley Bank & Trust is proud to be your locally owned and operated bank with 15 employees and all the products and services you can expect from a financial partner. Call or stop in today to see...

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING at Vinton Skate Center 9/15/17

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING Vinton Skate Center September 15, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 12:300 P.M. Call to Order 2. School Canvass 3. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 4. New Business/Public Interest Comments 5....

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FRIENDS OF CP LIBRARY SOCKS IT TO ‘EM

At its September 11 meeting Friends of the Center Point Library planned a “Socktober” project. Through the month of October Friends is asking for donations of new socks, in any size. The Friends Tree at the Library (which now has butterflies in honor of the Library’s monarch hatching project) will be decorated with donated socks. There will be a basket at its feet for the anticipated overrun. “Socktober” will end October 31. The donated socks go to the CPU and North Linn school districts. Friends also elected 2017-18 officers: president Rozena McVey, vice president Dorothea Wood, secretary Sharon Hannen, treasurer Julie Stephens. The group voted to partner with the Center Point Historical Society for the Society’s annual community Harvest Potluck, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Library community room. The free program at 7 p.m. will be Iowa author Linda McCann speaking on her new book “Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa.” Friends meets the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Library. Dues are...

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The Fork Fetish

I admit it, I have fork fetish. According to the dictionary a fetish is described as: -an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers Now, to clarify, I haven’t gone to worshiping my fork or think that it’s magical, then again maybe I have. When lunch rolls around and I need a fork, I will dig through the drawer looking for my favorite fork. If it’s not there I’ll frisk the drainer, and if it’s not there, I get a bit sad if I see it’s in the dirty dishes. I’d say there’s nothing special about my fork, but obviously there is. It’s an old silver fork from the early 1900’s. It’s slender, solid, heavy and gorgeous to look at. I have second and third favorite forks, but if this one is in the drawer, hands down, I choose this one. Sometimes I’ve wondered where it came from, who bought it first and the lives of those that owned it. I have a second fork that we probably bought at a garage sale that is an old USN fork. I suppose I like that because I have a really soft place for veterans. Now when we were first married, I had a set of silverware that was “gold plated” which meant it really wasn’t and the “gold” eventually peeled off, so that set hit the garbage post haste....

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 9/5/17

September 5, 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 August 29, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To acknowledge resignation of John Mayhew in Secondary Roads Department effective November 30, 2017. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/ Primmer seconded: To approve farm exemption application for Brandt Fehl in part of the SW ¼ NW ¼ 25-86-12. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To Approve Resolution #17-60, Variance to Sub-Division. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #17-60 Variance to the Benton County Subdivision Ordinance WHEREAS, Benton County adopted the Benton County Subdivision Ordinance #72; and WHEREAS, said ordinance prohibits the creation of multiple splits within a 40-acre aliquot part; and WHEREAS, said ordinance sets forth the minimum requirements and improvements for subdivisions created in the unincorporated area of Benton County; and WHEREAS, a request has been presented to the Board of Supervisors by Vernon Kuhn Trust to vary the requirements of the ordinance to allow one additional division by plat of survey on a parcel located within the NW ¼ of 11-86-9. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that the requirements of Ordinance #72 are hereby varied in its entirety for one additional...

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