Author: Valerie Close

VSMS students to perform “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone” March 24-25

This Friday and Saturday, March 24 & 25, Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School students will perform “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone,” a parody by Dean O’Carroll and directed by Crystal Coder. Because participation in the Middle School Plays is at an all time high of 56 students, all of the main characters were double cast. Be sure to check out both performance nights to see different Middle School students showcase their talents. When Sally (Alli Kemp & Maggie Davis) falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard, she dreams that she is a student at Frogbull Academy of...

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Vinton Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

By Therese Foth  One hundred percent of your tax deductible contribution is used for the betterment of the Vinton community. The Vinton Community Foundation board members are pleased to announce they are now accepting grant applications from non-profit Vinton area groups, for the 2017-grant program. The following grant applications may be applied for: the Vinton Community Foundation, the L.J. Kirkland Trust, and the City of Vinton Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Fund. Board members include Rev. Phil Borleske, chairman, representing the Vinton Area Ministerial Association; Dottie Anderson, vice-chairman, representing Farmers Savings Bank & Trust; Shelly Petersen, representing the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School; Jon Clingman, representing Vinton Unlimited; and Nathan Hesson, representing the Vinton City Council. Application forms may be picked up at the Farmers Savings Bank & Trust. Recipients of last year’s grants from the Foundation are reminded that before any further grant applications will be considered, documentation must be provided to the Foundation Board, on how past grants were used. Grant applications must be turned in at the Farmers Savings Bank & Trust by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. Applicants must provide eight copies of the application. The Vinton Community Foundation has been actively contributing to the Vinton community since 1997. Since that time, the Foundation has provided more than $418,000.00 to non-profit organizations, community projects and scholarships. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contributions are used...

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Hidden Figures now showing at the Palace

Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures playing the Palace! Come see this fantastic movie about how female mathematicians contributed to the Space Race in the 1960’s on Friday, March 17 through Thursday, March 23 at 7 pm, and in our regular Monday matinee at 2 pm. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, and Mahershala Ali. Our main character is Katherine Goble Johnson (Henson), a black female mathematician at Langley Research Center. When the Russians successfully launch a satellite, the race intensifies and Katherine is brought aboard the team at NASA. Katherine faces many obstacles to being taken seriously by her colleagues, not just as an African-American, but as a woman. Her new coworkers are demeaning, and the film chronicles Katherine’s resilience as she proves to them all how well she can do her job. Meanwhile, Katherine’s colleagues back at the Research Center, Mary Jackson (Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), are facing trials of their own. Mary is an aspiring engineer, but she can’t get her degree without taking classes at the all-white school. Dorothy is an unofficial supervisor at the Langley Research Center, but she is refused the official title because of her gender and race. When new IBM computers threaten to replace her colleagues, Dorothy sets out to visit the computer and become familiar with it. In order to...

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Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to meet 4/19/17 9:00 a.m.

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, located at 1705 West D Street in Vinton. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from previous meetings, public participation, approval of treasurer’s report and bills, approval of conservation plans, watershed reports, state cost-share programs, an update on NRCS activities, a review of the correspondence file, any other commissioner input or other business, and scheduling of the next meeting. The public is welcome to attend.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the Benton SWCD by calling 319-472-2161, extension 3 or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  Please make contact at least 24 hours prior to the...

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Blessed Hope Church Spaghetti Supper & Parent’s Day Out

Blessed Hope Church will hold two fundraising events to support a group of 20 traveling to Haiti in June.  The group will will be partnering with World Wide Village as they travel. The first event is the Annual Spaghetti Supper and Pie Auction Saturday, April 8 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the American Legion Hall, 105 N R Ave., Vinton. The cost will be $6 for ages 6th grade through adults, K-5th grade is $3, Preschool is free. The menu will include: Spaghetti (meatless available), Lettuce salad,  Applesauce, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Drink. The second event will be a “A Parent’s Day Out” on Sunday, April 9th from 12-5:00 p.m. Parents/grandparents/care takers are welcome to drop off children for the afternoon and take some much needed time for yourselves. Lunch & afternoon snack is provided as well as outdoor activities, crafts & G-rated videos will be offered. Available only for ages infant thru 5th grade. ***MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT*** (Provide child’s name & age)  Cost: Freewill offering. Click here to preregister or visit the Blessed Hope Facebook Page •All proceeds from these two events will go toward the Haiti Mission trip fund•       -Advertorial  ...

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Blessed Hope Church Spaghetti Supper & Parent’s Day Out

Blessed Hope Church will hold two fundraising events to support a group of 20 traveling to Haiti in June.  The group will will be partnering with World Wide Village as they travel. The first event is the Annual Spaghetti Supper and Pie Auction Saturday, April 8 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the American Legion Hall, 105 N R Ave., Vinton. The cost will be $6 for ages 6th grade through adults, K-5th grade is $3, Preschool is free. The menu will include: Spaghetti (meatless available), Lettuce salad,  Applesauce, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Drink. The second event will be a “A Parent’s Day Out” on Sunday, April 9th from 12-5:00 p.m. Parents/grandparents/care takers are welcome to drop off children for the afternoon and take some much needed time for yourselves. Lunch & afternoon snack is provided as well as outdoor activities, crafts & G-rated videos will be offered. Available only for ages infant thru 5th grade. ***MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT*** (Provide child’s name & age)  Cost: Freewill offering •All proceeds from these two events will go toward the Haiti Mission trip fund•       -Advertorial  ...

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Words on Wellness Newsletter April 2017

  By Rachel Wall Online Tools for Healthy Choices The ChooseMyPlate website, ChooseMyPlate.gov, includes a list of reliable online tools for making healthy choices: www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker-other-tools. SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is an interactive tool to help with healthy meal planning, cooking, recipes, and grocery shopping. MyPlate Daily Checklist shows your food group targets—what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. ChooseMyPlate quizzes let you test and expand your knowledge about the MyPlate food groups and making healthy choices. Portion Distortion quizzes you on changing portion sizes over the past 20 years and how much physical activity is required to burn off the extra calories provided by these larger portions. Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator helps women determine suggested weight gain for pregnancy. Preschool Growth Charts are online growth charts that you can personalize for your child. Fish Tacos Serving Size: 2 tacos | Serves: 5 Ingredients: 1/2 cup light ranch dressing 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped finely; optional) 4 cups coleslaw mix or broccoli slaw 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas 3 tablespoons oil (canola or vegetable) 2 tablespoons cornmeal 1 pound firm white fish (tilapia, mahi-mahi,...

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Karen K (Bednar) Bergen Nanneman

Naples, Florida: Karen K (Bednar) Bergen Nanneman, 75 of Naples, Florida and formerly of Vinton, Iowa passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Naples Community Hospital. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Public graveside services will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:30 am at Big Grove Cemetery, south of Vinton, IA. Karen was born August 25, 1941, the daughter of Richard Charles and Beatrice Maxine (Criswell) Bednar. She married Joe Bergen in Vinton, Iowa in 1960. He preceded her in death in 1979. She married Richard Nanneman in 1981 in Vinton, Iowa. Karen...

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College & Career Planning Seminar for Sophomores at VSHS

On Monday, March 20, we will host a College & Career Planning seminar for all sophomores and their parents  The session will be presented by the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) in the high school auditorium starting at 6:00 p.m. This program will engage students and parents in a discussion of recent employment trends and industry growth outlook to provide insights into developing a post-high school plan for both college and career. This program covers: Career Exploration & Assessment Economic Trends & Goal Setting Academic Preparation & Requirements Admission Process & Requirements College/Training Program Selection Campus Visits Application Process Understanding Costs – Cost of Attendance Scholarships/Job Training Programs Successful Transitions Contact Mr. Tandy at 436-5707 with questions or go to www.icansucceed.org for more...

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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes & Vendor Publication Report 3/7/17

Vendor Publication Report 3-7-17 March 7, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned session with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer, and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Primmer moved/ Bierschenk seconded: Approve the minutes of February 28, 2017 and March 3, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 222563 through 222675, payroll checks numbered 139373 through 139405, and ACH deposits numbered 30237 through 30363, vendor checks numbered 222676 through 222681. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To set Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. as the time and date for a land use hearing date for Hidden Meadow Farm, LLC for part of the South 20 Acres of the SE ¼ NE ¼ of 34-85.9. Motion carried. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To approve having a separate credit card for the IT department, but linked to the same account through Farmers Savings Bank. Motion carried. Dana Burmeister, Transportation Director discussed setting up a facebook page for the Benton County Transportation Department. She shared Iowa County Transit’s page for an example and would like to replicate it or have one very similar. Supervisors didn’t see this as being a concern. The time of 9:30 a.m. having arrived and this being the time and date for a public hearing on the county’s FY18 budget,...

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