Author: Valerie Close

Dysart Tree of Lights

The Dysart Women’s Club Tree of Lights fundraiser is in full swing. We would like to acknowledge the following for their generous contributions: Bill & Sally Raub, Marvin & Darlene Monroe, Don & Diana Sparks in honor of Dean & Phyllis Harrison, Paul & Catherine Wieck in memory of Keely Lyons, Joe & Coni Coffey, Rich & Arlene Pippert, Janet Wilson in memory of Lucile Wilson, Take Time Club and Young Outlooks Club. Proceeds from the Tree of Lights will benefit the 4th of July celebration and Community Building furnishings. Donations will be accepted until December 2 and can be dropped off at Farmer’s Telephone Company. The Tree lighting will be Saturday, December 3 during Dysart’s Christmas on Main...

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2016 December Words on Wellness (WOW) newsletter

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Healthy Gifts from the Heart Giving gifts of homemade cookies, cakes, and candies is a happy holiday tradition. But for many people, the gift of a plate of high-sugar, high-calorie goodies may not be as welcomed as it used to be. Two-thirds of adult Iowans are overweight, and many of them are struggling to keep a healthy weight. For them, the holidays can provide too many temptations to overeat. So how can you give a delicious food gift from your kitchen that will also support the health of your loved ones? Think outside the cookie box. You can make these healthier treats packed with good flavor and loving care: Individual snack packs of healthy trail mix or granola, attractively packaged.spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipes/crispy-granola Individual bags of homemade and high-calcium cocoa mix, with a cinnamon-stick stirrer.www.ag.ndsu.edu/food/recipes/mixes/cocoa-mix A fresh loaf of homemade whole grain bread, wrapped in foil and ribbons.spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipes/no-knead-whole-wheat-bread A healthy soup basket with a bow! In a basket or other gift container, place all the ingredients for a healthy winter soup. For example, for a winter black bean soup kit, assemble a jar or can of black beans, a small bottle of canola or olive oil, an onion, a packet of premeasured chili powder and cumin, a can of tomatoes, a lime, and a copy of the recipe.spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipes/winter-black-bean-soup If you like, you can accompany these gifts...

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Benton Co. Conservation Board Agenda for 11/14/16

Agenda for the Benton Co. Conservation Board When: Monday, November 14th, 2016 – 5:00 PM Where: Benton county nature center 5718 20th Ave., Drive., Vinton, IA 52349 1. Call to Order: 2. Guests or public participation 3. Consent Agenda: Previous minutes, expenditures, revenues, & park reports 4. Committee updates: · Old Creamery Nature Trail and FRTG · Foundation · REAP · Special events o Deer Hunt at Hannen 5. Property Donation 6. Strategic Plan/Budget 7. Employee Handbook 8. New Business 9. Old business (Board member position) 10. Set next meeting (December 12th, 2016) 11....

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Are you missing your daily email?

Occassionally we open our email and find a note that says, “We miss our daily email from Vinton Today! What happened?” Well the simple answer is that, we don’t know! Please check your junk or spam folder to make sure it’s not hiding in there. If it is still not in there, please feel free to send us a note letting us know that you have fallen off of our email list. Even if you’ve sent us a note already, just so we know who we are still missing, please email us again! We are in the process of having our tech elves get out their tool box to see if we can fix this. We’re are glad that you miss us, but we want to be back in your inbox asap! So remember, check your junk folders one more time, and then if we aren’t there, email us at: vintontoday@hotmail.com to let us know we are still not there!...

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Honoring our Benton County Veterans

Once again I sit and compile our list of veterans. This year as I add photos to the list, some of the pictures are of men that I know, who are much older now. Some have passed away in battles so long ago. Some have passed more recently from the battle that came home with them. Some are father and son. Most of them I don’t know, but for some, I know their families and I wonder what could have been for them had they come home. But most of all I think of the world we live in...

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Letter to the Editor: To My Friends on the Left and the Right

To my friends on the “Left” of the political spectrum. I would ask that you just try to take a breath and try to relax. I know that you are a little scared. I know this is not what you wanted in the election, but the world is not coming to an end. At least not today. I have very good friends that are liberals and I have very good friends that are staunch conservatives. Our friendship is not based on how we vote. It is based on the fact that we agree far more than we disagree. We have a lot in common and we enjoy our time together. We all want to be free, happy, safe and prosperous. We all want be able to express ourselves and have our opinions heard and appreciated. That is some common ground that we all share. I know how you feel…… I was sad and despondent when President Obama was elected. I do not subscribe to his brand of politics. I disagree with redistribution of wealth and socialized healthcare. He said some things about faith and guns that upset me. He passed some legislation that I didn’t like. He wrote executive orders that made me cringe. But he was voted into office and he was the President of The United States. He was given that power and that mandate by the...

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IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society conducts Membership and fundraising campaign

The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society is currently conducting its annual membership and fundraising campaign. The Society was founded in 2012 with a goal of preserving the historical significance of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and its connection with the family of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Notable achievements of the Society this year included hosting a record 10 bus tours during the summer and fall months. In addition, 120 Vinton-Shellsburg 6th grade students toured the School in May, and a number of other groups and individuals took tours and learned about the history of the School. In total almost 900 people visited in 2016. There are already tours pending for this coming summer. The Society is currently seeking new and renewed memberships (at $20.00 per year) as well as donations to continue its work. Checks can be made payable to VCF/IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society and mailed to Box 326, Vinton, Iowa 52349. The Society is a nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible. In addition to the tours, volunteers with the Society have spent many hours working to preserve and catalogue artifacts and materials housed at the school. Grant money has been used to purchase archival storage containers, and many items are now organized and stored in a way that should preserve them. However, funds in addition to the grant monies are needed to continue this work. Community...

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VPRD 2016 – 2017 Adult Volleyball Standings

Vinton Parks and Recreation Department 2016 – 2017 Adult Volleyball Standings Week of 10-30-16 This Week’s Results Coed Division Sunday, October 30 Paul’s Seed 11-1 Pauls Seed 25–25–25 vs Coots Material 12–23–13 Young Rhinos 11-1 Kiss my Ace 18–20–22 vs Young Rhinos 25–25–25 Tharp Design / Fareway 7–2 Hummels H.F.T.M 25–23–13 vs The A Team 17–25–25 Hummels H.F.T.M 5–4 Tharp Design / Fareway 25–25–25 vs The Cutting Edge 14–21–26 The A Team 3–6 Cutting Edge 5–7 Kiss My Ace 3–9 Coots Material 0–9 Johns’ Qwik Stop 0–9 Men’s Division Monday, October 31 Terry’s Gutter Service 7–2 Clickstop Ron da Voo 25–25–26 Ron-Da-Voo 6–3 Terry’s Gutter Service 25–26–25 vs Neves PFC FSB&T 15–23–18 Neve’s P.F.C. / F.S.B.T 3–6 Koops Auto 2–7 Women’s Upper Division Wednesday,  November 2 Virginia Gay Hospital 11-1 Clickstop 16–8–14 vs J.Q.S 25–25–25 Ron-Da-Voo 6–6 V.G.H 25–25–23 vs Ron da Voo 17–18–25 J.Q.S 6–6 Clickstop 1-11 Women’s Lower Division Wednesday,  November 2 The Tinkles 15-0 Volleydolls 8–7 The Tinkles 25–25–25 vs Ball Busters 18–15–7 Misfits 5–7 Ball Busters 25–25–19 vs Misfits 18–22-25 Ball Busters 4-11 Volleydolls 25–25–25 vs Terrys Gutter 20–20–21 Terry’s Gutter Service...

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FREE Thanksgiving Dinner

All are invited to attend the annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by First Baptist Church, 601 1st Ave. Dinner is served Thanksgiving Day,November 24, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. For more information or to request a meal delivered to your home, call us at...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 11/1/16

November 1, 2016 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Frese, Hertle and Wiley present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Hertle moved/ Wiley seconded: To approve the minutes of Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: To approve Resolution #16-84, hiring of Ben Turnis. Motion carried. R E S O L U T I O N #16-84 WHEREAS: Benton County Supervisors has created a new Information Technologies full-time position to fill and WHEREAS: Applications were accepted for the position and WHEREAS: These applications have been narrowed to one. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED By the Benton County Board of Supervisors that Ben Turnis be hired to fill the position as Director of Information Technologies at a starting salary of $62,500 with 15 days paid vacation effective November 21, 2016. Signed this 1st day of November, 2016. ____________________________________ Donald H. Frese, Chairman ____________________________________ Todd Wiley ____________________________________ Terry L. Hertle ATTEST: _____________________________________ Hayley Rippel, Deputy Benton County Auditor Hertle moved/ Wiley seconded: To accept resignation of Tim Niner, part-time driver for Transportation effective October 21, 2016. Motion carried. Handbook clarifications were made regarding section 5.1, insurance eligibility and other language. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: To approve Resolution #16-85, Amending Resolution #13-21. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #16-85 AMENDING RESOLUTION #13-21 WAGES AND BENEFITS FOR PART-TIME EMPLOYEES...

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Shellsburg Lions will hold their 2nd Bingo this Saturday, Nov. 12

The Shellsburg Lions will hold their 2nd Bingo this Saturday at the Legion from 6 – 8 pm. Prizes will be awarded every 3rd game. The Legion will be serving food. Other dates for Bingo are Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11 and March 11 (the second Saturday thru March). Come on out for a great time and thanks for supporting the Lions and Legion in their fundraising efforts for the...

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