Author: Valerie Close

Register for 5th & Final Flaughless 5K by October 1

Reminder: Register by Saturday! Pre-register by October 1, 2016 to guarantee a t-shirt. Registrations after October 1 will have an additional $5 fee and your t-shirt is not guaranteed. 5th & Final Flaughless 5K Saturday, October 15, 2016  |  10 am In memory of US Army Soldier, Dan Flaugh, 1986-2011 Please join us one last time for the 5th & Final Flaughless 5K memorial run/walk in Vinton, Iowa on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Regular Pre-Registration Fee: $25 (Ages 13+) Military Pre-Registration Fee: $15 Ages 12 and under Pre-Registration Fee: $15 Proceeds from the event will benefit Retrieving Freedom, a local nonprofit...

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Friends of the Shelter has partnered with your favorite bakery…Scratch Cupcakery!

From NOW until October 7, FOTSI is selling Scratch Cupcakes! All cupcakes will come in packages of 6, which can be viewed at:http://www.scratchcupcakery.com/fundraising/delivering-smiles Once you select the package(s) you want, you can order by: 1. Emailing us VintonFOTSI@yahoo.com 2. Message our Facebook page (Friends of the Shelter, Inc.) 3. Contact a FOTSI representative 4. Come to our Adoption Center (211 W. 4th Street, Vinton) Thursdays between 1:00-5:00. But, wait! This deal gets even sweeter! When the cupcakes are delivered to our Adoption Center October 28, they will be frozen! Scratch recommends freezing them for up tothree months, although they have had customers go much longer! This means you can order as many packages as you’d like without having to worry they’ll spoil before you get to them…just in time for the holidays!! HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE! FOTSI will receive 40% of each package sold! The funds raised will allow us to care for more homeless animals, provide necessary vetting for our adoptables, purchase daily care and cleaning supplies and much, much more! Now we know you’ve never had an incentive to eat sweets like that before! *Payment options will be emailed to you once you submit your order! Have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask! Ready to place your order? We’ve got a pen in hand! **Please forward this message to your friends and family! Contact...

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Breast Cancer Survivors to meet

We will meet Monday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and conversation at Windsor Manor in the dining room. Meal cost is $7.  Reservations not required.  Please call Angie Tharp 472-2994, Lisa Staab 472-5255 Lu Karr 319-560-9408 or Janet Woodhouse 472-4862 if you have questions. Visit our website at...

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Benton County Flood Recovery Clean Up Help Available for Families

Flood recovery efforts begin tomorrow, September 29th in Vinton. The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition is addressing flood cleanup efforts for families impacted by the flood. Locally, the Salvation Army will coordinate efforts in Vinton beginning Thursday, September 29th. They will be setting up a canopy in the Vinton Municipal Parking lot located at 3rd Ave & E. 4th Street in Vinton and have clean up kits and additional information available on flood cleanup. Individuals who need help should call the 211 Hotline. Just dial 211 on your phone or if your cell phone provider does connect with 211 by simply dialing 211, call 319-739-4211.and let the operator know your location. Salvation Army will coordinate volunteers with families needing assistance with sandbags and home cleanup. Individuals or groups who would like to volunteer should sign up through the East Central Iowa United Way by going to their website: www.uweci.org. They will coordinate volunteers locally with the Salvation Army for individual home cleanup assistance in Vinton and Benton County. Any monetary donations can be made to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition to assist in local flood recovery efforts for families. Mail donations to P.O. Box 125, Vinton, IA 52349. Questions about donations can be directed to Teresa Floyd, 319-443-3570. All funds are used in Benton County. The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition is a 501c3 organization to assist families...

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Letter to the Editor – Candidates Should Care About Smaller Towns Too

Dear Editor, All of us here in Vinton know we are not the biggest town with the most people. Because of that, it’s not acceptable to be forgotten about by political candidates seeking our votes. Our Congressman, Rep. Rod Blum, has challenged his opponent Monica Vernon to 10 debates throughout the district so as large a number of Iowans as possible—even those in the smaller counties—could judge for ourselves who was the better person to represent us. To this point Mrs. Vernon has only agreed to do two debates—and do you think either of these are in the smaller counties? Of course they aren’t. She has refused to debate outside of Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. I think it speaks volumes that Rod Blum, who has already won in the District and who currently represents us, is willing to come to counties like ours to debate the issues facing this country. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, it should concern all of us that Monica Vernon wants our vote, but is not willing to come earn it. Rod has proven that he cares about the District and can hold his own in Washington DC. Until Mrs. Vernon is willing to come and prove to me she can hold her own and is up to the job—I’ll be voting for Rod Blum in November.  Patty...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors minutes 9/20/16

September 20, 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. Wiley moved/ Hertle seconded: To approve the minutes of Tuesday, September13, 2016. Motion carried. Continued discussion on the handbook. Wiley had emailed Jon Swanson and is waiting to hear back from him on some of the changes made. Renee Scheuerlein,Account Executive with Colonial Life presented what they have to offer employees for supplemental benefits. They have group and individual discounts. Scheuerlein is hoping to come back next year and present at the county’s all employee yearly meeting. No action was taken. Hertle moved/ Wiley seconded: To adjourn. Motion carried. ____________________________________ Donald H. Frese, Chairman ATTEST: _____________________________________ Hayley Rippel, Deputy Benton County...

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NCCC Team Maple 2 attacks invasive plants on Ordway Prairie

By: Colin O’Brien  On September 15, AmeriCorps NCCC team Maple 2 loaded up in two vehicles and began their trek to Leola, South Dakota, located near the north central edge of the state, where they started the first leg of their journey working with The Nature Conservancy on the Ordway Prairie. Although it was their fourth and final project, the team had serve in South Dakota previously during their second assignment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Kristen collects seeds from a native plant, Little Blue Stem.  “The prairie is enormous and the work is physically demanding, but I am enjoying the challenge. I’ll be in good shape after this project,” said team leader Kristen Lamie of Boston, Massachusetts. The team spent lots of time together exploring Aberdeen, playing board games together, and watched family movies. More importantly, they experienced life on the prairie while learning about how invasive plants species affect the native habitat. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Maple 2 has been assigned to control and prevent the spread of invasive species in priority conservation areas. So far, the team has learned to identify various plant species, sprayed target plants with herbicide, and collected seeds of native plants for dispersal on the prairie. Colin practices using an herbicide sprayer.  The team spent a day...

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Nothing Finer: 4th Street Diner Food Drive set for Oct. 15

Here is an interesting event for you, your organization or business to consider participating in to help our local 4th Street Diner senior meal center. Details below: What:  Nothing Finer than the 4th Street Diner Food Drive When:  October 15, 10:00 a.m. Where:  Fareway What:  A supermarket sweep type fundraiser with sponsors of carts. Goal is $5,000 Why:  They need help with providing meals. How:  2 person – 4 minute grocery collecting run through Fareway.  The winner will be the cart closest to $150.00 before taxes.  They will win a trophy and a $25 Fareway gift card.  There will also be a $25 Fareway gift card awarded to the shopping cart with the largest amount of groceries. Jim Estes of Vinton won $25 naming the fundraiser; logo development donated by Jim Mayhew of jmayhew Design. Cart Sponsors so far are East Central Iowa REC and Virginia Gay Hospital.  If individuals or businesses want to sponsor a cart, contact Dawn Pettengill at 319-610-3412.  If unable to sponsor a cart and would like to send a cash donation, please send to 4th Street Diner, Attn: Linda Lough, 202 East 4th Street, Vinton 52349. All donations are tax deductible and a thank you receipt will be sent from 4th Street Diner after the event. This is a way to bring everyone together for a good cause, feed the seniors in Vinton and have fun doing it! ...

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Gov. Branstad signs formal disaster proclamation for 13 counties affected by flooding in Iowa

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today formally issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 counties in response to recent flooding.  The counties included in this proclamation include:  Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright. The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe flooding.  The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those 13 counties.  Gov. Branstad’s proclamation also activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in the response to, the mitigation of, and the recovery from the effects of the disaster as needed. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the current federal poverty level<https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines>, or a maximum annual income of $40,320, for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website<http://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs>. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. The State of Iowa has been assisting the impacted communities in their response to the flooding and to help prepare...

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Remembering forgotten IBSSS students; Ingalls Society plans memorial dedication at Evergreen Cemetery

The Mary Ingalls Society cordially invites you to a memorial dedication of 11 former students of The Iowa College for the Blind who died during their time at what we now call the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School, and are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. A short committal service will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 1002 E 10th Street, Lot 31, Vinton. These graves had remained unmarked until recent research led to the identity of the students buried there.  Thanks to the generosity of many donors, a granite monument and...

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