Author: Dean Close

Patricia (Pat) Ann Roushar

We invite you to attend a Celebration of Life ceremony for Patricia (Pat) Ann Roushar It has been four months since she passed and we’ve definitely felt an emptiness in her place. There have been birthdays and anniversaries celebrated without her joy and laughter, though we know she is forever in our hearts. Long-time family friend, Pastor Frederick will be leading the service as we say our goodbyes and celebrate not only Pat, but a life well lived. The event will take place on Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 1002 E...

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After heart-breaking loss, Vikings travel to Waverly Friday

The Vinton-Shellsburg football team dominated Decorah in every way but on the scoreboard, said Coach Jim Womochil after the Vikings’ 7-6 loss at home on Friday. The black and gold Vikings out-gained the blue and white-wearing Vikings by a total of 222 to 153 total yards. VS had better field position throughout the contest, but the score remained tied at zero until late in the game. VS punter Colson Phelps had to chase down a snap that went over his head and through his fingertips, but he managed to scramble to the right sideline and get off a decent kick. A Decorah player attempted to return the punt but was hit by a couple of VS tacklers. The ball bounced behind him; several players followed it until Chase Dunber dived on it and tightly cradled it to his gut with both hands. He remained in that position until standing up and handing it to the official who was signaling that the ball belonged to VS on the Decorah 17 with 5:46 on the clock. The Vikings scored the game’s first touchdown with 4 minutes remaining, on a run by Wes Edwards. The PAT kick failed, leaving the Vikings with a 6-0 lead with 4 minutes to play. But long passes set up the Decorah Vikings with first and goal at the one, and they tied the game at six...

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3rd annual local St. Baldwick’s shaving event takes place Sunday

Two years after Amillianna King’s “No More Chemo” party, her mother continues to help other families who were touched by childhood cancer. Stephanie King is organizing her third annual St. Baldrick’s event, where she and other volunteers will submit to a head-shaving to show solidarity with children like her daughter who have experienced cancer and related side-effects such has hair loss. This year’s event will take place at Central Lutheran School in Newhall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Stephanie is recruiting both volunteers to join her in shaving their heads as well as donors. The money raised will go toward the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps research cures for childhood cancer. Amillianna was just a toddler when she was diagnosed with diagnosis acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is now in remission and continues to live a normal, healthy life while her family continues to help other families who are experiencing a similar journey. Amillianna will have to have check ups for the rest of her life because either the leukemia can come back or she could develop another type of cancer, says Stephanie. “She does have side affects that we are working through but even with them she is always a happy, outgoing kid,” says Amillianna’s mom. See the event page...

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Flaughless 5K registration under way; last event to raise funds for Retrieving Freedom

Registration for the 5th and Final Flaughless 5K is under way. The annual run/walk in memory of Dan Flaugh will take place Saturday, Oct. 15. Organizer Georgia Meeker Sysouchanh has said this will be the last event. Funds raised will go toward Retrieving Freedom, th e organization that helps match veterans with dogs to help them deal with symptoms of PTSD. Vinton native and Marine Corps veteran Josh Mulder is among the participants in the Retrieving Freedom program. He and his dog, Traveler, have been invited, along with others from the organization. Sysouchanh has said that it was learning...

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Area men sought for AHA fund-raising ‘Dudoir’ calendar

Kendra Spencer, owner of Kendra Lee photography, is inviting area men to participate in a “Dudoir” calendar fund-raiser for the American Heart Association. Seven men have already agreed to be models for the project, says Kendra. Kendra appeals to “all farmers, electricians, doctors, firefighters, railroad workers, construction workers, lawyers, truckers, plumbers, hunters, and any others.” She also invites wives contact her on behalf of their husbands. “This is going to be a lot of fun,” says Kendra, whose daughter, Olivia was born with a serious heart defect. “And it’s not costing us anything but time. Help us raise money for a cause so dear to our hearts.” All proceeds of calendar sales will go toward the AHA. October 9th is the tentative date for the photo shoot. For more information on how to participate (or to nominate your man) click...

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Letter to the Editor: Thank you to the people of Vinton

To the good people of Vinton, I am a proud alum of the Iowa Braille & Sight Saving School from 1964 to 1972.  On behalf of myself and fellow classmates, I would like to express my deepest thanks to you for the wonderful education and positive impact the school had on our lives.  As a six year old in the fall of 1964, I thought I was being punished when my mother sent me to Vinton from Dubuque, but looking back 52 years later, I couldn’t have asked for a better education experience.  Because of the guidance and leadership we received from teachers and house parents, we learned that each of us were responsible for the outcome of our lives, and we owed it to the tax payers of Vinton and the state of Iowa to become productive members of society. Although many of us have struggled throughout our adult lives, we were taught never to blame others for problems related to being visually impaired.  We didn’t protest, we didn’t sit down during the national anthem, and we always respected law enforcement.  The story of our beloved school is an important part of Iowa’s history and needs to be preserved and told to Iowa and the nation.  Please know that your tax dollars were well spent in helping us rise above our disability. The IBSSS campus represents a significant...

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Veldhuizen graduates from Wichita State with Master of Physician and Physician Assistant degrees

Jenna Veldhuizen of Newhall was among nearly 350 students completed their degrees at Wichita State University in summer 2016. Veldhuizen earned Master of Physician and Physician Assistant degrees. Undergraduate students who have attained a grade point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0 received the summa cum laude award; those with an average of 3.55 received the magna cum laude award; and those with an average of 3.25 received the cum laude award. Enclosed are names of local students who are among the summer 2016 graduates. WSU enrolls about 14,500 students and offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs in more than 150 areas of study in six undergraduate colleges. The Graduate School offers an extensive program including more than 40 master’s degrees that offer study in more than 100 areas; a specialist in education degree; and doctoral degrees in applied mathematics; audiology; chemistry; communication sciences and disorders; human factors and community/clinical psychology; educational leadership; nursing practice; physical therapy; and aerospace, electrical, industrial and mechanical...

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International Peacemaker to speak on Syrian issues at Vinton Presbyterian Church

International Peacemaker Tamar Wasoian will speak in the sanctuary of the Vinton Presbyterian Church, 608 First Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, followed by a meet and greet in the fellowship hall with refreshments. She will be hosted by the Presbytery of East Iowa from Sept. 22-25. This event is open to the public. A descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, Dr. Wasoian will speak about the Armenian presence in Syria, the memories of a past unacknowledged genocide and the current survival story of Syrians. Dr. Wasoian is an Armenian educator and theologian from Syria. She began her seminary education at Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. After completing her education, she was appointed as a youth worker and became responsible for Sunday Schools in the Armenian Evangelical Church in Syria. As the Republic of Armenian declared its independence from the Soviet Union, the Armenian Missionary Association started its mission work in the Armenian homelands. Called to ministry in her homelands, she joined the church team and was in charge of the Christian Education ministry in the Republic of Armenia and Mountainous Garapagh. In 2001, she joined the McCormick Theological Seminary to complete her MTS degree after which she returned to teach and minister in Armenia. She then pursued her doctoral degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Religious Education and Congregational Studies. She currently lives in Chicago...

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Local long-term care providers plan All-Day Alzheimer’s Awareness Event

Vinton’s three long-term care facilities are working together for one goal: to increase awareness and raise funds to enhance the lives of their residents who have been impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. The Vinton Lutheran Home, Windsor Manor, and Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab have partnered together for an All Day Alzheimer Awareness Event to be held Friday, September 30th, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Vinton. The event will include a Remembrance Walk with a free will donation to participate. Event participants may walk at any time for any length of time and anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will have the opportunity to receive free information. There are also plans for a Lantern Lift Off with memory lanterns being available for purchase at the fairgrounds to be lit and released into the sky at any time during the event. Lori Smith, Activity Coordinator for Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab explained, “You may purchase a lantern and write your loved ones name on it, light it and watch it rise to the heavens. I feel this is a very freeing experience. Many emotions go into that and it is different for everyone. Some need to let go, some need closure, some need to remember and some need to express some other feelings.” Organizers are hoping participants experience...

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Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Sept. 6

September 6, 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, August 30, 2016. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: To approve Resolution #16-72, Amending Resolution #16-69. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #16-72 AMENDING RESOLUTION #16-69 BALLOT PROPOSITION AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEE AND CLERK WITHIN A TOWNSHIP WHEREAS, Benton County Board of Supervisors desires to amend Resolution #16-69 adopted on August 30, 2016 authorizing the ballot proposition to appoint the trustee and clerk within a township; and WHEREAS, said resolution set forth the ballot language; and WHEREAS, the ballot language should include each individual township name, NOW THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that resolution #16-69 BALLOT PROPOSITION AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEE AND CLERK WITHIN A TOWNSHIP is hereby amended as follows; STRIKE: “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that said ballot proposition be worded as follows: “Shall the offices of trustee and clerk within the township be filled by appointment by the board of supervisors?”“ AND insert in lieu thereof: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Benton County Board of Supervisors that said ballot proposition be worded as follows: “Shall the offices of trustee and clerk within the township of...

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VSHS Academic Awards Night set for Sept. 19

On Monday, September 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., the Vinton-Shellsburg High School Academic Awards Night will be held in the high school auditorium.  The purpose of this assembly is to recognize students for outstanding academic achievement for the 2015-2016 school year. To earn this recognition, a student must have achieved a minimum 3.50 GPA, out of a possible 4.0, for the previous school year.  Eighty-six students will be honored with Academic Awards.  Thirteen of those achieved a 4.0 GPA for the year. U.S. Bank will host this assembly and provide refreshments.  We hope you can attend this ceremony to help recognize and congratulate students who do an outstanding job in the classroom. A list of recipients’ names will be available at the ceremony or the following...

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