Author: Valerie Close

Vinton Garden Club April Meeting

The Vinton Garden Club, a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. District II and Central Region met on April 26, 2017, at the Garrison Library. Meeting held at 1 p.m. after members enjoyed a lunch together at the local Hitchin Post. Ann Jorgenson, of Garrison, Iowa, gave a slide presentation on birds of Costa Rica. Ann had taken all of the pictures. The club thanked her for a great time. Meeting was called to order by President Rosie Boisen at 1:45 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance and Conservation Pledge were recited by the members. The roll call was answered by “what country would you like to visit”. 8 members answered roll call. Secretary Michelle Foshe, read the minutes from the March meeting. Minutes were approved as read. Sharen Stueck presented the treasurer’s report. Treasurer’s report approved on motion from Susie and seconded by Anne. Report will be filed for audit. Fran moved to preapprove the treasurer to pay for the 2 trees purchased from Fraziers, so when Sharen gets the bill she can pay it. Seconded by Anne, motion carried. Garden Therapy chairperson, Michelle Foshe, noted that the garden therapy at the Cedar Valley Ranch went really well. Michelle and Bristol had 60 cups prefilled with soil and ready for residents to plant their seeds. Everyone had a great time. The club received a thank you from Jennifer Geiger thanking us for doing it. Unfinished business – Club got the 2...

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V-S Alumni needed for Softball game

The V-S softball alumni softball game is scheduled for July 29th at 6 p.m. We are looking for 14 more alumni who can play and show support for our softball program. Please contact me if you’re interested! Call  Emily at 361-3342. Deadline is July 17th. Thanks in...

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Iowa Teens Travel to Washington, D.C., for 2017 Youth Tour

From June 9-15, 38 high school students representing Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives traveled to Washington, D.C., joining more than 1,800 other students from around the nation for the 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. For more than 50 years, the Youth Tour has been giving students the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital. This year, Cade Shramek and Macy Arbuckle represented and were sponsored by East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative. Cade attends Prairie High School and is the son of Don and Lora Shramek of Amana. Macy is the daughter of Jim and Carol Arbuckle of Vinton. She is home-schooled. Along with the other Youth Tour students, Cade and Macy participated in leadership training, engaged in one-on-one conversations with elected officials, jumpstarted their national peer network, learned about electric cooperatives, and toured Washington, D.C. “The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students from Iowa, and we’re proud to send 38 of our best and brightest to our nation’s capital this year to participate,” said Chuck Soderberg, Executive Vice President of the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. “These students gained a firsthand understanding of the legislative process and made connections with other student leaders from across the country that will last a lifetime. We look forward to continuing the Youth Tour tradition for another 50 years.” Students apply and are selected for the Youth Tour program by their local electric cooperatives. Nearly 50,000 students have participated in this program...

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New Vinton PD Reserve Officers Sworn In

On June 18, 2017, the Vinton Police Department held a swearing-in ceremony for three newly certified reserve police officers. JR Schemmel, Cory Nesbitt, and Payton Bartling were hired and began their training for the volunteer positions in the fall of 2016. They recently became certified as reserve peace officers by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). Approximately 30 family members, friends andarea law enforcement personnel attended the ceremony to watch as family members pinned the new reserve officers’ badges onto their uniforms before they took the Oath of Office. The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy requires a minimum of 80 hours of formal training and 40 hours of evaluated time on patrol in order to be considered for certification. The Vinton Police Department exceeds the Academy’s minimum training requirements by more than double. The new reserve officers completed approximately 30 additional hours of formal basic training, approximately 50 hours of weapons training, ongoing monthly training sessions, and have just begun a minimum 120 hour field training program where they will continue to be evaluated by regular police officers while on patrol. The new reserve officers hit the street this past weekend for the first time in uniform during Party in the Park and CountryFest providing more than 62 man-hours of additional coverage and visibility for no additional expense to the City of Vinton. Reserve officers patrolled on foot, in squad cars, and on bicycles assisting regular officers with their duties. The Vinton...

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Mount Mercy University congratulates June 2017 graduates

The students listed below graduated from Mount Mercy University this June. A commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy’s 1,900 students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in criminal justice, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA), education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. For more information on Mount Mercy University, visit mtmercy.edu. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation. Vinton, IA Henry Bratten, Bachelor of Business Administration Walford, IA Michelle Ernst, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum...

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Area Students named to Mount Mercy University’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List

The following students are named to Mount Mercy University’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List. Students with a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better, and who are graded for six or more semester hours, are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy’s 1,900 students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in criminal justice, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA), education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. For more information on Mount Mercy University, visit mtmercy.edu. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation. Atkins, IA Jacque Formanek, Nursing AP Derick Harman, Graphic Design Arianna Hull, Elementary Education Megan Mishmash, Nursing Lauren Ness, Accounting Zachariah Steffen, Biology Belle Plaine, IA Paige Drahos, Nursing Joshua Long, Biology Julie Long, Nursing Blairstown, IA Trevor Hartz, Management Brian Miller, Social Work Kelly Ondracek, Business Garrison, IA Kayla Taylor, Psychology Keystone, IA Leah McFarlane, Hum Res Mgmt Luzerne, IA Abigail...

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Dave Walter among University of Dubuque May 2017 Graduates

The University of Dubuque celebrated the accomplishments of its undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students at its 165th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13. From Vinton, Dave Walter, Master of Business Administration The University Commencement Ceremony was held in Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center on campus. Degrees were conferred upon 291 undergraduate and 107 graduate students. Dr. Christopher James, MDiv, PhD, assistant professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS), delivered the commencement address, titled “The Question.” The UDTS Commencement Ceremony was held in Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall on campus. The Seminary conferred degrees on 28 students and certificates on three students. Dr. Lyle D. Vander Broek, professor emeritus of New Testament at UDTS, delivered the commencement address, titled “Equipped for Every Good Work.” About University of Dubuque The University of Dubuque is a private university affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offering undergraduate programs in 31 areas of study; graduate programs in communication, business administration, and physician assistant studies; and theological studies. Founded in 1852, UD is home to over 2,300 students from 43 states and 22 countries. UD is committed to excellence in academic inquiry and professional preparation; relationships that encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development; community where diversity is appreciated and Christian love is practiced; zeal for lifelong learning and service; and...

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Remembering the men in my life

Sunday was Father’s Day, I know it’s old news now! Today would have been my dad’s birthday if he were still here. The two holidays for me have kind of melded into one. The last time I had a conversation with my dad was on his birthday, which was also Father’s Day. For many years my dad was in a nursing home. There was never really a diagnosis to what was happening with him, but he simply couldn’t function any longer at home. Over time it was like he was there, but he didn’t communicate any longer, so we spent many hours sitting by his bedside, mostly just quietly crying. Right after he had gone into the nursing home there was an incident where another one of the men in there had become agitated and was threatening one of the gals that worked there. She told us that my dad didn’t say anything, but he quickly got out of his chair and stood between her and the man to protect her. She said it was almost like a reflex for him. That didn’t surprise me at all. That’s who my dad was. My dad was an over the road truck driver so he wasn’t home much. He had always said that after he left his factory job and had a taste of trucking that he couldn’t go back to...

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Buchanan County Community Foundation Grant Award Ceremony June 27

June 21, 2017 – The Buchanan County Community Foundation will be holding a Grant Award Ceremony Tuesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Heartland Acres. The Foundation will celebrate upcoming projects and provide an opportunity to learn about the good work of non-profit and government partners, our vibrant community, and the grants funded by the Buchanan County Community Foundation this year. This is an incredible opportunity for the public to see how, together, we are making Buchanan County a better place. For more information, please contact Dotti Thompson, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa program manager, at (319) 287-9106 or by...

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Davis completes Certified Bank Club Director program

Heritage Clubs International, llc (HCI) is pleased to announce that Melanie Davis of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Vinton, IA) has completed the Certified Bank Club Director (CBCD) professional certification program in partnership with HCI and the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). HCI is an Association of Bank Clubs and the premier bank marketing organization in North America. This certification program is the first of its kind for Bank Club Directors in North America. As a graduate of the Certified Bank Club Director program, Davis is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and professional bankers in the country. Davis is the Marketing Director as well as the Heritage Club Director, and has been with the bank for four and a half years. She serves on Heritage Clubs International Advisory Board and is a long-time resident of Vinton and has enjoyed the many opportunities her community has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the CBCD program has officially graduated 26 club directors nationwide. The class of 2013 included Cynthia Blaine of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust (Traer, IA). Heritage Clubs International, llc was founded in 1980 by First Citizens National Bank in Mason City, Iowa and currently has a membership of more than 200 parent banks located in 33 states across the country. Each bank has formed a bank club that offers membership to customers who meet deposit requirements and who have time and...

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