Author: Dean Close

4th Street Diner drive nets $2,709 at Fareway; Fill-The-Plate next

Several teams raced through Fareway, shopping for items for the 4th Street Diner on Saturday morning. The event, organized by Dawn Pettengill, brought in a total of $2,709 to help the Diner provide meals to area seniors. The winning team from Cedar Valley Bank, Michelle Oldfather and Emily Sadler, filled their cart with a total of $149.50 worth of items; the target was $150. “Realizing how much was raised made me teary eyed,” said Linda Lough of the 4th Street Diner. “What a great fundraiser! Thanks to all.” See more photos HERE. Fill The Plate The 5th annual Fill-The-Plate telethon...

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Benton County Supervisors meeting agenda, Nov. 1

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING November 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors 3rd FLOOR JURY ROOM PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve minutes 3. 9:05 a.m. Accept resignation of part-time driver for Transportation 4. Approve Handbook and adopt the current “use of workplace technology” policy 5. Adopt resolution to designate Vinton Family Medical Clinic/Virginia Gay Hospital for Workers Compensation Claim 6. Accept resignation of Jo Kuennen and waive notice requirement 7. Update on Iowa Economic Development Authority contract for HUD 8. Approve hire for the IT/GIS position 9. 9:15 a.m. Randy Forsyth – amend Resolution #13-21 Wages & Benefits for Part-time Employees in Benton County Sheriff’s Office; discuss sealant for Sheriff’ Building 10. 9:30 a.m. Kelly Rae Geater and Timber Ridge Investments LLC, Re: Abate or compromise mobile home taxes Per Iowa Code 445.16 (parcel #370S2174) 11. 9:45 a.m. Engineer Re: Accept bids for bridge replacement project STP-S-C006(103)–5E-06 (bridge over Prairie Creek on E-44-Kane Twp) • Resolution: Temporary Road Closure for Construction on 75th St, Iowa Twp 12. Acknowledge retirement of Denny Hummel in Sheriff’s office 13. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 14. New...

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Quilt of Valor: Veteran Bob Baughman receives gift at Lutheran Home

As a young man from Warren County, Iowa, Bob Baughman went to Europe at the end of World War II. He arrived in Germany in 1945, after V-E Day, and served as an MP, guarding Axis prisoners. Later, Baughman, who eventually settled in the Garrison area, was present for part of the Nuremberg Nazi war crime trials. A book he received from that event is now being added to a collection of stories being compiled in honor of Warren County veterans. Now a resident of the Vinton Lutheran Home, Baughman has been awarded a veteran’s Quilt of Valor. Betty Carlson...

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Local businesses help public service causes

Several Vinton businesses have recently made donations to organizations dedicated to public safety causes. The Vinton Lutheran Home staff raised nearly $1,800 for the Vinton Police Department with its final drive-thru of the season, offering chocolate and vanilla shakes as well as burgers made by its kitchen staff. The home plans to continue the popular service next year, although perhaps on a different schedule. Betterton Chiropractic donated $500 to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition to help families recovering from the tornado and flood. Matt Betterton presented a check to Coalition members Scott Hansen, Linda Fisher and Rev. Bob Gaston recently. The John’s Qwik Stop Grand Opening raised more than $3,000 for a variety of organizations, including nearly $800 donated to the Virginia Gay Hospital Capital Fund for the clinic addition/renovation. Other recipients included VS schools, Palace Theatre, Vinton Parks and Rec, Vinton Police Department and the Vinton Area Ministerial Association. Tootsie’s Ice Cream and More is also continuing its custom of making donations to area causes, with its 10% program. North Benton Ambulance received $236 and the Vinton Fire Department $240. Tootsie ran a “Support your Local Heroes” fund-raiser in the beginning of October. October 7-9th was for the Fire Department & October 14-16th was the ambulance...

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Halloween at Shellsburg: Costumes and making mummies

Shellsburg Elementary students celebrated Halloween on Friday, with costumes, parties and watching Mrs. Walker’s class make TP mummies of staff members (the prize for winning the best attendance award for the month.) The students also paraded through Rock Ridge Care Center, greeting residents and receiving treats. See photos of students (and teachers!) in their Halloween costumes HERE. Watch the mummy-making...

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Vinton native Kremer earns Regional Emmy with ‘Last Summer at Camp Tahigwa’ documentary

As a soon-to-be fourth-grader, Vinton native Kelsey Kremer learned to love nature, photography – and most of all, simply being a kid – at Camp Tahigwa, the Girl Scout camp in rural northeast Iowa, not far from the Mississippi River or the Minnesota border. Now, Kelsey’s documentary about her a summer at Camp Tahigwa has earned the Des Moines Register photojournalist an award normally given to those in television: A Regional Emmy. Kelsey, the daughter of Jon and the late Teri Kremer, received the award, her first, during the 2016 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy ceremony in Minnesota on Saturday....

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Celtic guitarist Barlow to return to Vinton library, Nov. 5

The Vinton Public Library will once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow, for a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Barlow is a virtuoso  musician, a warm and accessible performer, and a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of  traditional music from the British Isles and his own original  Celtic-inspired compositions. Barlow’s music transports the listener across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village or the misty  Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest. In concert,  Barlow brings the songs alive by sharing the history, legend and  humor behind the music. His expressive arrangements have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.” Music from Barlow’s first CD, KEEPSAKE, is played on National Public Radio stations throughout the country and was used in a PBS documentary, “Songs of our Children.” The title track from Barlow’s second CD, BRING DOWN THE STORM, won a prestigious Indie Project Award for “Best Songs of 2006.” Other tracks from that recording have been used in a Landlocked Films and University of Colorado production, “Learn More About Climate.” Barlow’s latest CD, FIELDS AND FENCES, was released in October 2011 to excellent reviews.The album was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year (2011) by the Independent Music Association. Tracks from this CD...

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Legion, Scouts continue long tradition of solemn flag disposal

Since 1937, the American Legion has helped honor worn American flags with a solemn disposal-by-burning ceremony. On Thursday, members of the Vinton American Legion, joined by Pack 47 Cub Scouts, retired dozens of worn flags by burning them, after reciting the ceremony approved by the Legion 79 years ago. Otto Bush led the ceremony, reading the script which detailed how the flags “became unserviceable in a worthy cause.” After a prayer and the playing of “To the Colors” by the bugler, the flags were burned. See a transcript of the ceremony HERE. See photos of the ceremony...

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Area singers among Dec. 3 Christmas concert performers

Two free concerts on Dec. 3, including one in Cedar Rapids, will allow audience members to make a free-will offering to HACAP (The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program). There will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Avenue, on Dec. 3. The singers will also perform at 1:30 p.m. that day in Iowa City, at the Clarion Hotel, 2525 Dodge Street. “Metro Mix and Cedar Sounds are ‘Sweet Adeline’ choruses and Harmony Hawks and Old Capital Chorus are men’s barbershop groups. I am a member of the Cedar Sounds Chorus.  This will be a great family event to attend,” says Beth Carlson of rural Brandon, one of the...

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Fund-raiser set for Nov. 5 for family that lost van in fire

The minivan fire that filled downtown Vinton with the smell of smoke last week also deprived an area family of a vehicle needed to take one of its members for dialysis treatments. Now, friends and family the James’ are organizing a fund-raising dinner for Nov. 5, at the Atkins Pavillion, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The James both have medical conditions that require frequent trips to medical facilities, including dialysis appointments. The couple also has custody of three of their grandchildren. The event will include a meal, bake sale and silent auction. Penny Cook is organizing the event, and accepting donations of items for the silent auction as well as things necessary for the dinner, including napkins, paper plates, bottled water, plastic tableware, cups and more. Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information, call Cook at 319-573-6366, or email pcook@netins.net. See the family’s Go Fund Me page HERE. See the story about the fire, with a video of that fire,...

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Employers have big role in substance abuse prevention

By Jeffrey Meyers, ASAC The phrase “worksite wellness” is becoming better known as employers strive to keep their worksites healthy and safe in an effort to increase productivity, raise employee wellbeing, and even lower health insurance costs. While this is most commonly associated with activities relating to exercise, healthy eating and stress reduction, one aspect that is increasingly getting attention of many employers is the key role that substance use prevention plays in promoting a safe and vibrant workplace. For many employers, tobacco remains a top concern, and for good reason. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention found, for example, that cigarette smoking as well as secondhand smoke cost $92 billion each year in lost productivity. This can be seen in a number of ways. Tobacco users average more sick days per year than non-users, experience more hospital visits than their non-using counterparts, and average longer stays once hospitalized. Once more, a nationwide study undertaken by the American Productivity Audit found tobacco use was a greater factor in determining a worker’s lost productivity time than alcohol consumption, age, or family emergencies. Add to this the much higher insurance rates tobacco users face, along with the increased maintence costs employers experience when their employees use tobacco, and it becomes clear why more and more employers are looking for ways to address this issue. Tobacco, however, is certainly not alone...

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Meet the candidate: Hayley Rippel

Editor’s Note: Today we continue our election coverage with a profile of Hayley Rippel, the Republican candidate for Auditor. As with other profiles, we offer this information in the candidate’s own words. I am Hayley Rippel, a lifelong resident of Benton County. I was born and raised in Vinton, Iowa. I graduated from Washington High School in 1992. After High School, I attended Kirkwood College for my general education. I am married to my husband Jeff for 23 years. My parents are Kathy and Doug Tumilty and the late Kenneth Mahr. My in-laws are Jim and Sharon Rippel, all from Vinton. We own and reside on an acreage north of town. We have three sons, Dylan, Tyler and Chase. Our oldest, Dylan is a junior at UNI. Tyler is a freshman at Mt Mercy University in Cedar Rapids and is on the baseball team there. Chase our youngest is a 7th grader at Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School. With all three being active in numerous sports, 4-H and other activities, it has kept us very social in our community. Our family also helps on the family farm and grows sweet corn that our boys like to sell in town. I am a member of the Vinton Presbyterian Church, Vinton Country Club, Vinton-Shellsburg Athletic Boosters and Farm Bureau. I also volunteer at numerous events in the area. I have worked in the...

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