Author: Valerie Close

Local Students Present Research in Symposium

More than 200 Central College students presented research during the spring Undergraduate Research Smposium. The following area students were included: Jamie Retz of Newhall participated in the Independent Study in Chemistry symposium with the presentation “Manganese-catalyzed transfer Hydrogenation reactions,” Mitchell Knock of Atkins participated in the Exercise Physiology Lab symposium with the presentation “The effect of music on an isometric contraction,” Taylor McGowan of Dysart participated in the Research Investigations in Chemistry symposium with the presentation “Computational study of the mechanism between the methylamine and 2,3-dichloro-1,4-napthoalenedione,” Dane Salow of Walker participated in the Biology Seminar symposium with the presentation “White-Nosed syndrome in bats,” Kailey Phillips of Keystone participated in the Globalization, Development and Social Change symposium with the presentation “The Children’s BandAID foundation – Haiti,” Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest...

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Farmers Savings Bank & Trust Announces Money Smart Week Poster Winner

Farmers Savings Bank & Trust has selected its winner for the Money Smart Week posters. Entries came from students in second to sixth grade.  The topic was “Why is it Important to Know About Money”. Bree Swenson, a 5th grader at Shellsburg Elementary, was the local winner of $50. Entries are then submitted to the Community Bankers of Iowa to be entered for a chance to win either win $600 or $300 in certificates of deposit. Congratualations...

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Vikettes take 2nd in WAMAC West Meet

By Janet Woodhouse May 2, 2017 WAMAC West Divisional Meet (9 holes) Hosted by Benton Comm. At Tara Hills, Van Horne, par 36 Weather conditions: cool, partly sunny, winds were gusting Team Scores: Independence 192 Vinton-Shellsburg 202 Benton Comm. 210 Williamsburg 210 Marion 216 CC-Amana 218 Center Pt-Urbana 225 So. Tama 244 Medalist: Kelsey Gruber, Indee 46 Runner up: Kylie Frank, Indee 48 (by card back) VS Individual Scores: Brandi Gerber 49 Emily Blake 50 Halie Engler 51 Rachel Tandy 52 non counters: Lillie Lamont, Alex Maynard Independence had the magic number with four of their team shooting in...

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ISU Extension Short Course will Increase Grazing Knowledge and Skills

Livestock producers with an interest in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Grassroots Grazing workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and regional Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Grassroots Grazing short course consists of five different modules taught over the grazing season. “Grassroots Grazing is designed for graziers interested in a more controlled or management-intensive grazing system,” said Denise Schwab, ISU Extension livestock specialist. “Producers who want to optimize forage and livestock production, increase forage utilization and conserve natural resources will find the modules very informative.” The course will cover concepts relevant to all producers of grass-based livestock, whether it is beef, dairy, sheep or other animals, according to Schwab. Grassroots Grazing will be held in the Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Fayette county areas, but is designed for any producers in northeast Iowa. Each workshop will have a classroom component with experienced instructors and a hands-on field component. The workshops will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude by 9:00 p.m. The sessions are scheduled for June 14, June 28, August 29, September 13 and November 15. The June 14 session will feature Brian Lang, ISU Extension Agronomist, on the basics of soil and fertility, Pat Schaefers, Clayton County NRCS, on converting CRP to grazing land, Michelle German, NRCS soil conservationist, on pasture evaluation, and the importance of managing forage by Schwab. The...

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Conway Elected to Central College Senate

Twenty students have been elected to Central’s 2017-2018 Student Senate, The following local students will represent the student body next year: Caitlyn Conway of Blairstown Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest...

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Boomfest to be held Saturday, August 26 seeking more vendors

The 8th Annual Boom-Fest is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10am to 4pm in downtown Vinton. A full schedule of events will be released later this summer. With Boom-Fest a mere 115 days away, Vinton Unlimited is still actively accepting arts & crafts, antique, repurposed treasures and informational vendors! Oh, and FOOD vendors too! Download a registration form at http://vinton.info/events/boomfest/boomfest-vendors/ To see the tentative Schedule of Events | Vendor Information | Sponsors click the links! We are once again looking for arts & crafts, farmers market, antique, repurposed treasures and food vendors to set up in the heart of our downtown district. Registration Form Register with payment by March 1, 2017 to receive $10 off your first booth space. Applications received after Friday, August 12, 2017, if accepted, will be $50 per booth space. Booth acceptance is contingent upon approval from the Vinton Unlimited Boom-Fest Committee. Notification will be done via email. 2017 Vendors include: (as of May 3, 2017) Origami Owl, Scratch Cupcakery, Creative Crafts & More, Irie Treats, Glass Glimmers Studio, Olde Tyme Kettle Corn, All Those Little Things, The Woodshop, Solid Surface Crafts, Shorty’s Baked Goods, Rachael’s Creations, Perfectly Posh, Lip Allure & More, J&D Crafts, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, K&M Metal Designs, LLC, Liberty Acres, Ah Jeez, Thirty-One, Sharon’s Rag Rugs, Norwex, Children’s Book Author, Kreative Sisters Krafts, Little Metal Creations, Real Time Pain Relief, LeeAnn’s Creations...

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Millers to Perform Internationally with Central College A Capella Choir

Central College’s A Cappella Choir will take Austria and Germany by song May 16-27, with more than 60 student vocalists performing on tour. Local students part of the tour include: Elijah Miller and Hannah Miller of Newhall The choir performs internationally every four years, and more than 60 student vocalists are part of this tour. While in Vienna, the choir will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Central’s study abroad program in Austria. Director Mark Babcock, manager Debbie Abel and accompanist Kris De Wild have been planning the trip for 18 months, and the talented group has been rehearsing its music for nearly as long. The tour takes students to many inspiring spaces to sing, says Babcock, and many different audiences to inspire. Most notably, the choir will be singing in Vienna’s iconic cathedral, Stephansdom, as well as performing with one of the world’s best known choirs: the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Performances will include American and European choral works. Sophomore choir member Mackenzie Fuller says she is “most excited to sing music written by Austrian and German composers in cathedrals that they actually walked and composed in.” For junior Wyatt Rath, the trip is an opportunity to see Europe for the first time and make the most of his Central experience. “I’m especially excited to spend time in the Western music capital of the world in Vienna,” Rath says....

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Benton County Historical Society to host “Historic Fashions” May 20

The Benton County Historical Society will present a program entitled, “Historic Fashions” on Saturday, May 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. Admission for this event is $5.00 plus $1.27 fee through this link or $5.00 by check or at the door. BCHS Members Free. People may also send a check to: BCHS P.O. Box 22, Vinton, IA 52349 Did you know that that the things we do in the name of fashion can make you sick, break your bones, and even kill you? It’s true! It can even make drive you mad! This program takes a look at 18th- and 19th-century fashions and the deadly secrets hiding behind those fabulous looks. We’ll tackle some of those urban myths, too, including whether it was possible for Scarlet O’Hara to have an 18-inch waist!Kathy Wilson–Presenter Kathy Wilson, B.A., M.A. A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences. Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American social history. Her dissertation...

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CP Historical Society Guests Hear Benton County Bug Lady Story

More than 30 people heard a story worthy of a British Victorian novel at a Center Point Historical Society program April 27 at the Depot Museum. Historical Society vice president Dennis Schlicht shared the fascinating and tragic glimpses he and wife Linda have discovered so far of the life of gifted amateur entomologist/naturalist Lulu Berry (1874-1962) of Vinton. The Schlichts’ interest started with a photo of Lulu’s farm seen in a scrapbook at the Porter House Museum in Decorah. Bert Porter was a rich gentleman naturalist contemporary with Lulu who collected butterflies, in South America especially. Dennis is co-author of “The Butterflies of Iowa,” published in 2007. His presentation on Lulu was illustrated with documents and photographs. Lulu, who never married, attended art school in Chicago, at one time taught at Fairview school in Benton County, visited art museums in France, and eventually subsisted on the 40 acres left of her father’s farm east of Vinton on the Cedar River. Lulu specialized in moths, co-authored papers in respected journals, and was well known in “the bug world” of the early 20th century, Dennis said. School kids would take field trips to her house; she’d have snakes in the kitchen and varmints under the porch. “She often wore men’s boots, a man’s hat and trousers,” Dennis said, practical for a lady naturalist and farmer but decidedly improper for a lady...

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Vinton Today Spring Fundraiser

As we kick off our Annual Spring Fundraiser for Vinton Today, we want to take a minute to thank all of our advertisers. The fundraising part is necessary for our annual expenses, but the advertisers, are also an important cog in the wheel of Vinton Today. They are consistently there to help us each month with our expenses so that we can put gas in the car, and tires on the car when we wear them out and pay for the plates and insurance and all those things that help us collect the area news. Without our dear advertisers, you’d have a website without news. That’s alright for some publications, but we think you’d enjoy the website more with stories on it. Each of our advertisers, whether they run a large ad or a simple business card ad they are each doing their part to get the news to you as well, support them for any services and supplies that you need! This community has been the dream area to try something as daring as a news website from scratch!! I don’t think anyone even batted an eye at the idea. But that’s Vinton and the surrounding communities. We seem to understand the importance of backing the little guys and gals as they get started. To everyone who has EVER advertised with us in the last 7 years, please know...

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Make Mom Proud-Take her to CP Friends Mother’s Day Weekend Used Book Sale

If you’re looking for a cheap thrill for Mom for Mothers Day, Center Point Friends of the Library has a deal for you: two days of the traditional Used Book Sale and the last chance at the traditional prices— 50 cents for hardcovers, 25 for paperbacks. After Mothers Day used book prices in the Friends book sale room and at future used book sales will double. The bargain sale (Moms love bargains.) is Friday May 12 from 2-7 and Saturday May 13 from 9-3 in the basement community room of the Andersen Center Point Library. Books will be $5 for all you want from 2-3 Saturday. A limited number of used Library computers will be sold for $30 complete beginning Friday. Friends put the frosting on the cake of Book Sale plans at its May meeting, appropriately, since there will be a bake sale on Saturday morning with coffee and goodies to enjoy while you browse or to take home to save Mom slaving over a hot oven. Finishing touches were also put on plans for the silent auction featuring a crazy quilt donated and completed by Friends...

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