Author: Valerie Close

Week 4 holiday promotion winner: Lisa Vermedahl

By Melissa Schwan, Vinton Unlimited Congratulations to Lisa Vermedahl, our week 4 winner in the ‘holiday lights’ promotion! Lisa has won Vinton Value Dollars! The ‘Holiday Lights’ punch card program officially ends on December 24th. We will draw our final weekly winner next week and then one grand prize winner will be drawn as well. The grand prize is valued at over $775 and includes Vinton Value Dollars and goodies from the following merchants: Arnold Motor Supply, Cameron Clothing, Cedar River Ink, Clingman Pharmacy, Henkle Creek Mercantile, Jessy’s Gem Gallery, Kromminga Motors, La Reyna, LaGrange Pharmacy, McDowell’s, Michael & Dowd, Nature’s Corner, Nicks TV & Appliance, Three D Kitchens, Tootsies Ice Cream & More and Viking Sewing. Winners to date include: Week 1 – Carolyn Frazier Week 2 – Susie Henkle Week 3 – Kathie Adams Week 4 – Lisa Vermedahl Week 5 – to be drawn Grand prize – to be...

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Vikette golfers recognized for academic successes

By Janet Woodhouse, Coach Our 2017 girls golf team had an exceptional year on the links; they achieved a 46-8 overall record and the varsity team qualified for State. These girls’ golf team members were also achievers in the classroom. Each year the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union presents an award for excellence in academic achievement. Eleven girls were members of the Vinton-Shellsburg 2017 girls’ golf team and achieved a team G.P.A. of 3.827; this is the highest team grade point average in my 24 years of coaching. This award is presented to teams who achieve a 3.6...

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‘The Star’ skilfully shows humans how animals may have seen The First Christmas

By Dean Close, Editor Every year, almost, someone makes a Christmas movie, looking to give us a new way to see one of civilization’s oldest holidays. This year, that movie is “The Star.” “The Star,” an Affirm Films/Sony animate project, tells the familiar story of how the angel came to Mary to announce the news that she would become the mother of Jesus, and then follows Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, where the familiar Nativity characters gather to celebrate the birth of Christ. A large part of this story, played out mostly by the animals, is how that the...

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Gingerbread house contest winner: Abby McKenna

Congratulations to Abby McKenna, the winner of the Vinton Public Library Gingerbread House Contest. Abby’s creation was selected from among 12 entries in this year’s contest. “We had picked up a kit that had Sweet Tarts, Nerds, Bottle Caps and Runts in it,” says Abby’s mom, Nichole. “I ‘glued’ the house together for her but she wanted no part of me helping decorate it.” For her work, Abby won some VU bucks, a gingerbread ornament, and a Christmas mug w/ hot...

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Christmas Eve Community Service at Tilford

Blessed Hope Church and Revolution Church are partnering together and inviting the community to our Christmas Eve Service! The service will be held on Sunday  evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Tilford Elementary School 308 E 13th St., Vinton. Join us for a candlelight service of worship, prayer and hear a message of hope from Pastor Matt Hantz & Pastor David Condry! Everyone is welcome! There will be cookies, hot chocolate, and photo...

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Mass Schedule for the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas

The Mass schedules for the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas in the Heart of Mary Cluster.  With the 4th Sunday of Advent falling on Dec. 24th and the Christmas liturgies beginning that evening, we have made some changes to our Mass times. Thanks in advance for helping us spread the word about our worship times!!! 4th Sunday of Advent Saturday, Dec. 23 – 5:15 p.m. – Sacred Heart, Walker Sunday, Dec. 24 – 8:30 a.m. – St. Mary, Urbana Sunday, Dec. 24 – 9:00 a.m. – St. Mary, Vinton Christmas Masses Sunday, Dec. 24 – 4:00 p.m. – St. Mary, Vinton Sunday, Dec. 24 – 5:00 p.m. – St. Mary, Urbana Monday, Dec. 25 – 8:00 a.m. – Sacred Heart, Walker Monday, Dec. 25 – 10:00 a.m – St. Mary,...

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Queen of Saints Christmas schedule

Queen of Saints Cluster 2017 Christmas Schedule  December 24th                     4:00 pm at St. Paul, Newhall                       6:30 pm at St. John, Blairstown                                    9:00 pm at St. Michael, Norway December 25th 9:00 am at Immaculate Conception, Van...

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Free Christmas Dinner at Presbyterian Church of Vinton

A Free Christmas Dinner will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Vinton on Monday, December 25th – Christmas Day – from Noon to 2 p.m. It began four years ago as members of the church board, the session, looked at ways the church could reach out into the community. “We knew there were a lot of people spending Christmas alone, whose families lived far away or who were widowed,” said Rev. Jessica Crane Munoz. “Our desire was to give those people a place to go.  Additionally, we knew there were families in the community who couldn’t afford a nice Christmas dinner.” And so the Free Christmas Dinner was born. The dinner, which is served for two hours, has included people from all walks of life and from all types of life circumstances over the past few years.  It is a blending of folks who come together to spend the Christmas holiday with others. “We hope that this program will reach two primary groups, those who are alone and those who are without, during Christmas,” said Crane Munoz.  “It is an amazing thing to be a part of, whether you are coming for a meal, volunteering, or taking part in some other way.” Meals are also delivered to home-bound people in the community who call in advance for a delivery.  Delivery requests can be made through the Presbyterian Church office...

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Just in time for Christmas, the animated nativity film ‘The Star’ is coming to the Palace!

By Rose Trafford NOW SHOWING Fri, Dec 22 – Thurs, Dec 23 at 7 pm Sat, Dec 23 at 4 pm Sun, Dec 24 at 2 pm CLOSED MONDAY Tues, Dec 26 – Thurs, Dec 28 at 7 pm We all know the story of Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. What we may not have thought about, however, are all of the animals that are present in the story. A donkey to carry Mary. The camels to carry the Wise Men. Doves in the sky, sheep in the field, animals in the manger. The Star tells the Christmas story with an interesting twist: it’s from the perspective of the animals. There’s Bo the donkey (Steven Yeun), Leah the horse (Kelly Clarkson), Rebecca the hen (Mariah Carey), Abby the mouse (Kristin Chenoweth), Felix and Cyrus the camels (Tracy Morgan and Tyler Perry), Deborah the camel (Oprah Winfrey), and Kris Kristofferson as the Old Donkey. Together, the animals support the main characters and solve their own problems. With side stories and laughs, The Star is a fresh adaption of “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” Sony Animation, who produced the film, intends to produce an inspiring, respectful, and entertaining take on the famous Nativity story while remaining accessible to broad audiences. The Star has already received the “Truly Moving Picture” award from the Heartland Film Festival. It is nominated for “Best Storyboarding...

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VS wrestlers compete in CPU JV meet

Below are the results from the CPU JV wrestling tournament, where VS wrestlers were among the competitors. CPU JV Tournament Div. 1 John Engler’s place is 3rd and has scored 5.00 team points. Round 1 – Ryan Eddy (Independence) won by decision over John Engler (Vinton-Shellsburg) (Dec 4-0) Round 2 – Kaleb Mesick (Tipton) won by fall over John Engler (Vinton-Shellsburg) (Fall 1:56) Round 3 – John Engler (Vinton-Shellsburg) won by fall over Noah Mackey (Alburnett) (Fall 2:15) CPU JV Tournament Div. 2 Damon Swenson’s place is 2nd and has scored 8.00 team points. Round 1 – Dylan Bowser (Monticello) won by fall over Damon Swenson (Vinton-Shellsburg) (Fall 2:52) Round 2 – Damon Swenson (Vinton-Shellsburg) won by decision over Dominic Engrav (North Linn) (Dec 3-0) Round 3 – Damon Swenson (Vinton-Shellsburg) won by fall over Seth Lenz (Regina) (Fall 0:55) CPU JV Tournament Div. 6 Jimmy Mull’s place is 4th and has scored 0.00 team points. Round 1 – Thomas Matteson (Independence) won by fall over Jimmy Mull (Vinton-Shellsburg) (Fall 0:50) Round 2 – Henry May (Regina) won by fall over Jimmy Mull (Vinton-Shellsburg) (Fall 1:26) Round 3 – Parker Sternhagen (Maquoketa Valley) won by fall over Jimmy Mull (Vinton-Shellsburg) (Fall 1:56) CPU JV Tournament Div. 11 Bryce Laton’s place is 2nd and has scored 8.00 team points. Round 1 – Bryce Laton (Vinton-Shellsburg) won by fall over Jayden...

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