Author: Valerie Close

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to meet 4/19/17 9:00 a.m.

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, located at 1705 West D Street in Vinton. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from previous meetings, public participation, approval of treasurer’s report and bills, approval of conservation plans, watershed reports, state cost-share programs, an update on NRCS activities, a review of the correspondence file, any other commissioner input or other business, and scheduling of the next meeting. The public is welcome to attend.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the Benton SWCD by calling 319-472-2161, extension 3 or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  Please make contact at least 24 hours prior to the...

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Blessed Hope Church Spaghetti Supper & Parent’s Day Out

Blessed Hope Church will hold two fundraising events to support a group of 20 traveling to Haiti in June.  The group will will be partnering with World Wide Village as they travel. The first event is the Annual Spaghetti Supper and Pie Auction Saturday, April 8 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the American Legion Hall, 105 N R Ave., Vinton. The cost will be $6 for ages 6th grade through adults, K-5th grade is $3, Preschool is free. The menu will include: Spaghetti (meatless available), Lettuce salad,  Applesauce, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Drink. The second event will be a “A Parent’s Day Out” on Sunday, April 9th from 12-5:00 p.m. Parents/grandparents/care takers are welcome to drop off children for the afternoon and take some much needed time for yourselves. Lunch & afternoon snack is provided as well as outdoor activities, crafts & G-rated videos will be offered. Available only for ages infant thru 5th grade. ***MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT*** (Provide child’s name & age)  Cost: Freewill offering. Click here to preregister or visit the Blessed Hope Facebook Page •All proceeds from these two events will go toward the Haiti Mission trip fund•       -Advertorial  ...

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Blessed Hope Church Spaghetti Supper & Parent’s Day Out

Blessed Hope Church will hold two fundraising events to support a group of 20 traveling to Haiti in June.  The group will will be partnering with World Wide Village as they travel. The first event is the Annual Spaghetti Supper and Pie Auction Saturday, April 8 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the American Legion Hall, 105 N R Ave., Vinton. The cost will be $6 for ages 6th grade through adults, K-5th grade is $3, Preschool is free. The menu will include: Spaghetti (meatless available), Lettuce salad,  Applesauce, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Drink. The second event will be a “A Parent’s Day Out” on Sunday, April 9th from 12-5:00 p.m. Parents/grandparents/care takers are welcome to drop off children for the afternoon and take some much needed time for yourselves. Lunch & afternoon snack is provided as well as outdoor activities, crafts & G-rated videos will be offered. Available only for ages infant thru 5th grade. ***MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT*** (Provide child’s name & age)  Cost: Freewill offering •All proceeds from these two events will go toward the Haiti Mission trip fund•       -Advertorial  ...

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Words on Wellness Newsletter April 2017

  By Rachel Wall Online Tools for Healthy Choices The ChooseMyPlate website, ChooseMyPlate.gov, includes a list of reliable online tools for making healthy choices: www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker-other-tools. SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is an interactive tool to help with healthy meal planning, cooking, recipes, and grocery shopping. MyPlate Daily Checklist shows your food group targets—what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. ChooseMyPlate quizzes let you test and expand your knowledge about the MyPlate food groups and making healthy choices. Portion Distortion quizzes you on changing portion sizes over the past 20 years and how much physical activity is required to burn off the extra calories provided by these larger portions. Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator helps women determine suggested weight gain for pregnancy. Preschool Growth Charts are online growth charts that you can personalize for your child. Fish Tacos Serving Size: 2 tacos | Serves: 5 Ingredients: 1/2 cup light ranch dressing 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped finely; optional) 4 cups coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas 3 tablespoons oil (canola or vegetable) 2 tablespoons cornmeal 1 pound firm white fish (tilapia, mahi-mahi,...

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Karen K (Bednar) Bergen Nanneman

Naples, Florida: Karen K (Bednar) Bergen Nanneman, 75 of Naples, Florida and formerly of Vinton, Iowa passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Naples Community Hospital. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Public graveside services will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:30 am at Big Grove Cemetery, south of Vinton, IA. Karen was born August 25, 1941, the daughter of Richard Charles and Beatrice Maxine (Criswell) Bednar. She married Joe Bergen in Vinton, Iowa in 1960. He preceded her in death in 1979. She married Richard Nanneman in 1981 in Vinton, Iowa. Karen...

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College & Career Planning Seminar for Sophomores at VSHS

On Monday, March 20, we will host a College & Career Planning seminar for all sophomores and their parents  The session will be presented by the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) in the high school auditorium starting at 6:00 p.m. This program will engage students and parents in a discussion of recent employment trends and industry growth outlook to provide insights into developing a post-high school plan for both college and career. This program covers: Career Exploration & Assessment Economic Trends & Goal Setting Academic Preparation & Requirements Admission Process & Requirements College/Training Program Selection Campus Visits Application Process Understanding Costs – Cost of Attendance Scholarships/Job Training Programs Successful Transitions Contact Mr. Tandy at 436-5707 with questions or go to www.icansucceed.org for more...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes & Vendor Publication Report 3/7/17

Vendor Publication Report 3-7-17 March 7, 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. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve the minutes of February 28, 2017 and March 3, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 222563 through 222675, payroll checks numbered 139373 through 139405, and ACH deposits numbered 30237 through 30363, vendor checks numbered 222676 through 222681. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. as the time and date for a land use hearing date for Hidden Meadow Farm, LLC for part of the South 20 Acres of the SE ¼ NE ¼ of 34-85.9. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve having a separate credit card for the IT department, but linked to the same account through Farmers Savings Bank. Motion carried. Dana Burmeister, Transportation Director discussed setting up a facebook page for the Benton County Transportation Department. She shared Iowa County Transit’s page for an example and would like to replicate it or have one very similar. Supervisors didn’t see this as being a concern. The time of 9:30 a.m. having arrived and this being the time and date for a public hearing on the county’s FY18 budget,...

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Patriot’s Day is coming to the Palace

Patriot’s Day is coming to the Palace for a short run, starting Sunday, March 12th and ending on Thursday, March 16th. It will play at 7 pm every evening and Monday, at 2 pm. Patriot’s Day is the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, based on the book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. In 2013, two bombers placed two homemade bombs near the end of the route of the annual Boston Marathon. Our main character is Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders, played by Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg attempts to reunite as many people as he can with their injured families, but chaos ensues all around him. The film follows Saunders and his team as the police forces and FBI attempt to track down the two men that are responsible for setting off the bombs, which in reality injured around 264 people and resulted in over a dozen amputations. After a days long manhunt for the men, one is killed and the other is found. The film follows the fate of the bomber until his sentencing and subsequent punishment. Patriot’s Day stars Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and Michelle Monaghan. Patriot’s Day is rated R for language, realistically graphic injury images, some drug content and...

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Statehouse News

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Hope you’re staying warm and safe at home.  It was a great week for Iowans in the Iowa House.  Working toward the second funnel, we had lots of visitors from home, 3 public hearings, committee meetings and debated a number of bills.  Looking back on 65 hours of work, it’s amazing how much we accomplished in that short amount of time. You may have heard on the news about the three major pieces of legislation we debated – Voter ID, Firearms and Preemption. First let’s talk about Voter ID or as the bill was called, Election Integrity and Modernization.  Benton and Iowa County voters will see very few changes here, but basically, when going in to vote you will need to show your driver’s license, DOT non-operator ID, passport, veteran ID or military ID.  If you don’t have one of those, the secretary of state will be sending you a voter identification card free of charge.  Although our law has less provisions than some states, 34 states have voter identification laws and we crafted ours so that any legal challenges will hold up in court.  For years, our voters have visited with me on wanting this and I am happy to say we finally have it through. Second, let’s talk about the Firearms legislation strengthening Iowan’s 2nd Amendment rights.  Besides being a bipartisan effort, we...

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