Author: Valerie Close

Dorothy Lois Carstensen

Dorothy Lois Carstensen, 91, of Preston died October 27, 2017, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa. She was the daughter of Harry and Susie (Campbell) Fey and was born on October 3, 1926 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was educated in schools in Clinton County and attended the Iowa State Teachers College In Cedar Falls. She taught in the Elwood and Delmar schools. On August 3, 1952, she married Ingwer Carstensen in Elwood. They farmed in Clinton and Jackson Counties. She is survived by her husband Ingwer; children Jim (Dawn Strait) Carstensen of Bellevue, Connie (Dan) Conine...

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Gerhold among Concordia University student musicians performing in Fall Honor Recital and Composer Recital

Concordia University, Nebraska, will hold its Fall Composer Recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and its Fall Honor Recital at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Recital Hall of the Music Center on campus. Eight students have composed original pieces for the Composer Recital. The recital comprises a variety of music written for vocals, piano, organ and handbells. “This recital is important because all the music has been composed or arranged this semester, and the students work to recruit their own ensembles and run the rehearsals for their pieces,” said David con Kampen, music instructor in composition. “It’s a great opportunity for the student composers to practice organizing a performance opportunity for their own music.” The music is listed below with the composer first, followed by the performers (listed alphabetically by state, city and then last name): “Amid the Silence” Composed and conducted by Mason Koeritz, senior, Northrop, Minn. Bethany Schilling, sophomore, Littleton, Colo. soprano Ben Leeper, senior, Thornton, Colo., bass Matthew Gerhold, junior, Atkins, Iowa, tenor Alex Kaldahl, sophomore, Spencer, Iowa, bass Charlotte Lines, freshman, Marshall, Mo., piano Ann Spilker, senior, Ashland, Neb., alto Paige Stadler, junior, Columbus, Neb., soprano Erik Hart, senior, Fairbury, Neb., tenor Elisha Scheiber, senior, Seward, Neb., alto “Beautiful Savior” Arranged and performed by Emma Gottschamer, senior, Lees Summit, Mo., handbells with piano accompaniment “Fanfare in B minor for Piano...

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Halloween: Trick or Treat hours, downtown parade and more scheduled for this weekend

The Vinton Halloween schedule will follow its typical routine, with trick-or-treating hours, the downtown parade, skate center events and more. Vinton has set official “Trick or Treat” hours for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 31st. MOPS/Moms Next will kick things off at 4:30 p.m. with a Trunk or Treat in the Blessed Hope Church parking lot. Wesley United Methodist Church, 516 2nd Ave, will also hold Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m. It will be held in the alley behind the church. Parents, don’t forget to stop in at VGH Nursing & Rehab, Vinton Lutheran Home and Windsor Manor, the residents always enjoy seeing the children in costume! The Vinton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual events will take over several days leading up to Halloween. Director Brad Barker listed the events: – The Kid’s Downtown Spooktacular Day on Saturday, October 28th will have your costumed children participating in a number of Halloween-themed games and pumpkin decorating before they head out on a costume trick-or-treating parade through Vinton’s downtown businesses. There will even be refreshments too! The games and pumpkin decorating starts at 10 AM at the Benton County Courthouse lawn and the costume parade will begin at 10:45 AM. This event is completely FREE and would not be possible without our great sponsors at Fareway and Kacena Pumpkin Farm! – Later on in the evening on Saturday, October 28th,...

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Garrison Haunted House Final Weekend

 “Garrison’s Haunted’ is back for more nights of frights and ready to rain more terror on those who dare to cross its threshold than ever before. The annual event is a production by the Garrison Firefighters, First Responders, Auxiliary members and a squad of volunteers. The event will be held the evenings of October 20, 21, 27 and 28.Doors open to the fright filled crypt at 7 pm and close at 11 pm. Garrison emergency services personnel have packed more spine tingling thrills and hair raising scares than ever into the dark corners of the frightful abode.  There is sure to be something that will send paralyzing pulses of fright up and down the spine of even the most seasoned veteran of terror. Cost of admission is the cheapest scare around at $10.00. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults. Food and drink will be available on the premises. The event is held inside, so inclement weather need not deter those who are brave enough to cross the threshold of ‘Garrison’s Haunted.’  To find Garrison’s Haunted, just get to Garrison and follow the signs—if you dare. Proceeds from Garrison’s Haunted will be used for facility and equipment improvements for the Garrison Fire Department and Garrison First Responders. There will be a special Lights-on Kid’s event for small children from 5-6pm the evening of October 21st. Admission is $5: “Half the...

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Nets for Vets game Nov. 17 in Vinton; Vikette basketball team to show support local Veterans

Deadline for orders is Monday, October 30 Please return order forms to the high school office Make checks payable to Vikette Basketball Click  to download the order form.   Shirts available in red, white and blue. Also short and long sleeve options.     “Nets for Vets” Game – Friday, November 17th Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes vs Belle Plaine Vinton Shellsburg High School Junior Varsity @ 6:30pm, Varsity @ 7:00pm Everyone is invited to this game, which will include tributes to veterans and local military...

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It: Chapter One, Comes to the Palace

Scary piercing eyes. A clown nose. A red balloon… It’s none other than the highly anticipated film- It. NOW SHOWING Fri, Oct 27 – Thur, Nov 2 at 7 pm Sat, Oct 28 at 9:30 pm Mon, Oct 30 at 2 pm Inspired by Stephen King’s 1986 novel, It: Chapter One is showing this week at the Palace! The movie takes place in the It timeline before the 1990 mini-series classic of the same name. The small town of Derry, Maine is the backdrop for the terrifying clown who unleashes evil on the local people every 27 years. Not coincidentally, this film’s 2017 release is 27 years after the first film. The film opens with young Georgie running down a rainy street with a paper boat that is big brother made for him. He drops the boat and the rain carries it down a sewer. As he looks for it, the piercing eyes appear and a hypnotically calm voice speaks. You can imagine what happens next… Georgie’s older brother, Bill, is distraught over his disappearance. A bit of an outcast at school, Bill and six other children form “The Losers Club.” The group thought they understood fear as they banded together to confront the psychopathic school bully, Henry Bowers, and his goons. Their trouble had barely begun. Pennywise the evil clown comes to terrorize and kidnap as many of...

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Appreciation Reception for Pastors Bob and Carol Gaston

The public is invited Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 12-2 pm Harvest Christian Fellowship Church 1201 C Avenue, Vinton Pastors Bob and Carol have given 5 years of loving ministry to the congregation at Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, in Vinton. Their last Sunday will be October 29th, 2017. During this time, Pastor Bob also brought the Salvation Army services to Benton County including the ringing of the bell for the Red Kettle campaign. Each year the total amount given by the people has risen. Twice Benton County made the Top Ten of 72 counties in the district for highest total funds raised. These funds are dispersed to residents of Benton County who have need, such as payment of gasoline, food, utilities, assistance with rent and deposits, etc. Pastor Bob also began an active ministry to inmates of the Benton County jail, assisted by Robert Parker. During the last 5 years, there have been approx 50 persons receiving salvation or rededicating their life to Jesus Christ. Many requested to be baptized so a livestock trough was borrowed from Theisen’s and taken to the jail for each baptism event. A men’s transition house was run for a period of time. Any person who came to the church for money or vouchers was given more than financial help, but all church staff were taught to offer spiritual help and lead them to...

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Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Research shows a strong link between alcohol use and breast cancer. Even a few drinks a week is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer in women. Alcohol can raise estrogen levels in the body, which may explain some of the increased risk. Cutting back on alcohol may be an important way for many women to lower their risk of breast cancer. As part of its guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention, the American Cancer Society recommends that people who drink alcohol limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women. The recommended limit is lower for women because of their smaller body size and because their bodies tend to break down alcohol more slowly. These daily limits do not mean it’s safe to drink larger amounts on fewer days of the week, which can still lead to health, social, and other problems. Alcohol use has been linked to several types of cancer and other health risks, but this is complicated by the fact that low-to-moderate alcohol intake has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease. Still, lowering the risk of heart disease is not a compelling reason for adults who don’t drink alcohol to start. For more information click...

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Before you do anything else, follow this link and help the Vinton Police Department

Please take a few minutes to help our police department win a grant to assist them with their K9 program. It’s simple.  Follow this link, fill in the Vinton Police Department (But make sure it’s for Vinton, IOWA!) you will need to fill in your name and email address. (Now, everyone who has an email address can vote! If you don’t have one, it’s worth it to get one to help our PD!) This year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will award a total of $15,000 in grants to five police departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. Officers and community members nominate and vote for local departments; the top five departments with the most votes will be awarded grants in the following denominations: 1st PLACE — $5,000 2nd PLACE — $4,000 3rd PLACE — $3,000 4th PLACE — $2,000 5th PLACE — $1,000 VOTE TODAY and TOMORROW and THE NEXT DAY! Welcome to the Aftermath K9 Grant Voting Period! Help your department earn up to $5,000 in grants! To vote, select your department, fill out your information, then click submit. Remember to spread the word by sharing your voting link on social media. Rally your friends, family, and community to support your K9 unit and those lovable canines! Individual participants may vote once per day. This is one of the few times we’ll...

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Middle Cedar Water Quality Initiative Projects to hold harvest celebration banquet on November 16

The Benton/Tama and Miller Creek Water Quality Initiative Projects plan to hold a celebration of the 2017 harvest and farmer-led efforts towards improved water quality and soil health on Thursday, November 16, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, at Lakeview Lodge, Hickory Hills Park, 3338 Hickory Hills Rd, La Porte City, IA 50651. Benton/Tama and Miller Creek are two of the initial eight projects funded through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s (IDALS) Water Quality Initiative program in January 2014. After demonstrating three years of successful outreach programming and conservation practice implementation, IDALS awarded the projects with three year extensions through December 2019. The projects are in support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goal of a 45% reduction in Nitrogen and Phosphorus leaving Iowa’s waterways. The five watersheds included in the Miller Creek and Benton/Tama projects also make up the Middle Cedar Partnership Project led by the City of Cedar Rapids. This federally-funded Regional Conservation Partnership Program project encourages and financially supports the implementation of conservation practices to reduce nutrient runoff and mitigate flooding. This banquet will feature informal presentations from conservation staff with updates on the Miller Creek and Benton/Tama projects. A free meal will be available thanks to sponsorship from DuPont Pioneer – Dysart. RSVPs will be required for this event. Please call Shelby Williams at (319) 472-2161 x4045 or Shane Wulf at (319) 296-3262...

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GIVE LOCAL WITH LIFESERVE BLOOD CENTER

Each year, more than 500,000 lives are positively impacted across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota because of LifeServe Blood Center blood donors. It takes less than one hour to give blood and in that hour, a volunteer blood donor can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. LifeServe encourages regular blood donors to schedule their next appointment, and invites new, first time donors to roll up their sleeve to save lives. Make a difference and schedule your appointment at an upcoming blood drive. Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM at Virginia Gay Hospital, 502 N 9th Ave. Sign up to save a life today online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or by calling 800.287.4903. LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in our regions since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the SOLE provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Your donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street. YOU make a difference...

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