Author: Dean Close

Vikette golfers finish 4th at Benton Invite

Vinton-Shellsburg Vikette golfers competed in the 18-hole Benton Community Invitational on Saturday, finishing in 4th place. Brandi Gerber led the Vikettes with a 97. Coach’s summary from Mrs. Woodhouse: April 22, 2017 V-S Girls Golf Benton Community Invitational Tara Hills Golf Course, par 36 Weather: cool, sunny, slight breeze Team Results: C. R. Prairie 373 Columbus Cath. 396 Benton 397 V-S 403 Independence 427 Individuals: Medalist: Peyton Staab, Prairie 89 Runner up: Kelsey Gruber, Indee 93 Addison Lytle, Columbus 93 Emma Rubsam, Prairie 93 Brandi Gerber, V-S 97 8th place medal (Top Ten medaled) V-S Scores: Brandi Gerber 51,46 97 Rachel Tandy 49,51 100 Halie Engler 51,49 100 Emily Blake 48,58 106 Lillie Lamont 55,52 107 Alex Maynard 58,55 113 Brandi Gerber rebounded from an unusually high score last Thursday to be team medalist today; she had a strong second nine and only 16 putts that round. Our other team members all were disappointed to not shoot as well as they had on Thursday at our dual with Benton. Both Rachel Tandy and Halie Engler missed a top ten finish by one stroke. We know this was an off day for most of our team; we should be able to shave 20 strokes from our 403. Our record is now 9-3. We have two chances to rebound this week. Monday varsity plays in a 9 hole invitational at Pin...

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Earth Day vs. Arbor Day

For most  people, Earth Day has replaced Arbor Day as the day dedicated to reminding us that how we live and take care of our terrestrial home matters. At first glance, there is no difference between the two: Both are days set aside for events to remind us to take care of Earth. But there is one huge difference, and I think it deserves mentioning: Arbor Day, April 28, is for doing, for planting trees, for carrying a shovel. Earth Day, April 22, to too many people, is a day for talking, for hanging out in public, for carrying signs. Fortunately, our Benton County residents chose an Arbor Day approach, gathering to learn about nature, and to clear the bike trails in Vinton. That’s what Earth Day, or Arbor Day, should be. Throughout the U.S., there were, however, a lot more people carrying signs than carrying shovels. Exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, people filled streets and city plazas, complaining about specific policies, although I bet nobody protested the previous presidential administration’s huge increase in tariffs on solar panels. Yeah, it happened. Look it up. The problem with Earth Day, as a philosophy, is that it leads only to talking — or in one event I covered in another county 15 years ago — sitting in a park, strumming a guitar in front of a sign that...

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April 19: Remember the original Patriot’s Day

One of the very few bummers about living in Iowa is that we are too many hours from too many historical sites. I wanted to be two places at once on Wednesday: Philadelphia, 1,000 miles east of Vinton; and Oklahoma City, 650 miles south and west. In Philly, they dedicated the new Revolutionary War Museum (yes, it took that long to make a museum). In Oklahoma City, they gathered to remember the 168 people, including many children, who died in the bombing of the Murrow federal building on March 19, 1995. Wednesday, April 19, was the original Patriot’s Day, the date that the first battle of what became the Revolutionary War took place. Immortalized by the poets Longfellow and Emerson, a handful of farmers faced the Redcoats near the Old North Bridge, a few hours after Paul Revere’s famous ride. Emerson wrote: “Here once the embattled farmers stood  And fired the shot heard round the world.” Longfellow’s poem includes these lines: “It was two by the village clock, When be came to the bridge in Concord town. He heard the bleating of the flock, And the twitter of birds among the trees, And felt the breath of the morning breeze Blowing over the meadows brown. And one was safe and asleep in his bed Who at the bridge would be first to fall, Who that day would be lying...

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Boy Scout can drive: Troop 47 to accept donations, April 29

On Saturday April 29th, from  8 AM to 3 PM, the Troop 47 Boy Scouts will host a bottle/can collection fundraiser. Please consider donating any redeemable bottles, plastic bottles or cans by simply bringing them to the Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School parking lot. Having items sorted is not necessary.  You can just drop them off and go. All proceeds support scouting activities for youth from Vinton, Shellsburg, Garrison and Mount Auburn. Thank you for your support of Scouting in our...

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Kyle Wilkinson of Vinton, was recognized at Upper Iowa University’s 2017 Honors and Awards Banquet

Upper Iowa University has announced its 2017 Honors and Awards recipients. The honored students were selected by the UIU Honors and Awards Committee and the University academic divisions. Kyle Wilkinson of Vinton, IA, was awarded the Science Faculty Recognition Award. A full list of the 2017 recipients and an explanation of each award and scholarship is available at...

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V-S FFA Members Compete at Northeast FFA District Convention

  On March 11th, 2017, 15 Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members went to Monticello high school in Monticello, Iowa to compete at our Northeast District Convention. The day is filled with many different events and competitions and finished with the announcement of the newly elected 2017-2018 Northeast District Officer team. A few of the leadership events that our chapter members participated in were experience the action, agriculture issues and perceptions, program of activities, treasurer book, secretary book, farm business management, and chapter quiz. Experience The Action is an event emphasize the major exciting aspects of Agriculture Education and FFA and is designed to educate the public regarding the benefits and activities of Ag Ed/FFA programs. Riley Bateman and Brianna Lundvall represented our chapter, and received a bronze. Agriculture Issues and Perceptions is an event gives students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during the past year while studying agriculture issues as part of their agriculture education program. Brock Ortner, Ethan Horak, Morgan White, and George “Wesley” Hafner competed in this event and received a bronze. Program of activities event is designed to emphasize group activities and accomplishments and recognize teamwork opportunities and leadership, branching from organized school program and it is based on upon the chapter program and achievements of the previous year. Teams must advance from the sub-district level to compete at the district level, and Madison Novotny,...

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Vinton Garden Club Annual Plant and Bake Sale

By Rosie Boisen , Vinton Garden Club president The Vinton Garden Club will hold their annual Plant and Bake sale on Friday, April 28th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at  the Benton County Fairgrounds.  Our club members will be digging up their own perennials for the public to purchase. Don’t expect something from the store at this bake sale, we also do our own baking!!! Come on out and support the Vinton Garden...

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Morgan Eggert performs in Male Chorus and Women’s Chorale spring concert at Concordia

Morgan Eggert of Atkins, Iowa and the Male Chorus and Women’s Chorale from Concordia University, Nebraska, performed in a joint concert at 4 p.m. April 23, 2017 at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska. The Male Chorus, conducted by Dr. Kurt von Kampen, and the Women’s Chorale, conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Blersch, are choirs open to all Concordia students and perform repertoire chosen from the full spectrum of choral music from early historical periods to the present. The Male Chorus and Women’s Chorale concert included a variety of sacred music sung by each choir. The men sung “In the Very Midst of Life” written by Concordia student, Jacob Roggow, “Oh Sing to the Lord” by David von Kampen and “Steal Away” by Brazael Dennard, to name a few. The women sung a wide variety of pieces including those by Giovanni Pergolsi, J.S. Bach, Rene’ Clausen and Alice Parker. The two choirs will combine to sing the final two selections, which are “Benediction” by Peter Lutkin and “Hidden in Light” by Frances Havergal. About Concordia University, Nebraska Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership...

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Grantham University Congratulates Local Graduates

Grantham University is proud to announce its March local graduates of the university’s online degree and certificate programs. “We are so proud to congratulate these graduates on trusting our team with their dreams.  What an accomplishment!” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s interim university president and chief academic officer.  “It gives us such great pleasure to see students’ hard work result in an education that will help set them up for success in the next exciting chapter of their lives.” Given the flexibility of the 100% online university’s course schedule, Grantham students finish their programs and graduate each week of the year. About Grantham University: Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Over the past 66 years, Grantham’s commitment to serving those who serve with affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners, as well as those in need. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support and its continuous advancement in line with changing technologies. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university. The 100 percent online...

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Tony Earl Olsen

Tony Earl Olsen, age 71, of Greeneville, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at his home. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of 2016. The VA and Amedisys Hospice helped him greatly in his last four months. Tony was born on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1945, to George and Mathilda Olsen in Artesia, California. The family moved to Dike, IA in 1950. Tony graduated from Dike High School in 1963. He joined the US Navy a few days after graduation. In August of 63, he married Elaine Burdick at the Methodist Church in Reinbeck, IA. They have two children: Anton (Deb) of Greenville, TX, Anne Jeanette or AJ (Doug) Halvorsen of Parrottsville, TN; 8 grandchildren: Mike, Sean, Cassie, Hannah, Travis, Kara, JJ, and Emily; two brothers: Lee and Dale; and many friends. Tony served his country in the United States Navy for 9 years from 1963 to 1972. He served on two destroyers and in VQ-2, a reconnaissance squadron out of Rota, Spain. He worked at Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo, IA for 23 years, and then worked at numerous other nuclear power plants around the country and Canada for years after. There wasn’t much Tony couldn’t do if set his mind to it, from building a house, cutting down the trees, to installing the septic tank. He learned to sail and made 3 strip built...

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AmeriCorps Campus Director: We love our town, our facility

(Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of stories about the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School campus, and the AmeriCorps NCCC North Central Region, which makes its home on the IBSSS campus.) “We love our community; we love our facility.” With those words, AmeriCorps NCCC Region Director Rob Levis describes the desire of the NCCC staff members to remain exactly where Vinton residents hope they will stay for a long, long time: The Iowa Braille School campus. It’s easy to remember when the first NCCC team leaders arrived in Vinton: They came at the same time as the historic flood of June, 2008. One of their first duties was to help the Red Cross set up and man a temporary shelter for flood victims in the IBSSS gym. Since then, NCCC AmeriCorps and FEMACorps teams have lived in Vinton for several months at a time, traveling throughout the country to help with a variety of projects and disaster recovery efforts. Almost any place you walk in Vinton, you can see the work of NCCC. Veterans Park, near the River, was among the first projects that an AmeriCorps Team – the first team known as Cedar 5 – helped build. Other teams throughout the years have helped repair the roof of the depot, paint and repair the Ray House, make county parks usable again after flood waters damaged facilities,...

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Prayer boxes already connecting, inspiring area residents

The first few weeks of the Vinton Prays boxes have already brought inspiring stories to the ladies who hope they will help others throughout our community. “It’s been awesome,” says April Hummel, one of the organizers of the ladies who began this project during a small group session a few months ago. The boxes offer books, Bibles and other inspirational items free for borrowing for as long as necessary, and a slot for prayer requests. “The prayer boxes have been a great addition to the beauty of this town,” says Hummel. “They have definitely opened up communication and relationships...

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