Author: Dean Close

‘Play Vinton:’ VPRD to begin fund-raising this fall for Kiwanis Park splash pad, new equipment for Riverside Park

After working on the project behind the scenes for a couple of years, the Vinton Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin work on a public fund drive to raise money for a splash pad at Kiwanis Park. Still owned by the Iowa Board of Regents, the park is officially property of the State of Iowa, and leased at no cost to the City of Vinton. In fact, it was shortly after the City applied for a renewal of its lease that the Regents approached the city with the offer to take over the entire Iowa Braille School campus. Those discussions caused the splash pad project to be put on hold for a while. But the Vinton City Council gave its approval for the splash pad at the park during a meeting this month. VPRD Director Brad Barker said the department is excited to begin, but he explains that the VPRD has much more in mind than the splash pad. “We plan to launch a public fundraising campaign for the ‘Play Vinton Project’ this fall,” says Barker This project will include plans for a splash pad at Kiwanis Park, new playground equipment at Riverside Park to replace the much beloved but aging Riverside Castle structure, and unique natural playscapes at Riverside Park that will create outdoor play environments to reconnect children with nature.” The timeline, says Barker, will be dictated...

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Vikings sweep on track: VS boys varsity, 8th and 7th grade teams capture team titles Tuesday

Tuesday was a great day for VS Vikings track. The varsity team captured the team title at the South Tama Invitational, while the 7th and 8th grade teams did the same at the Independence Middle School Invitational. Viking varsity winners include: Tyler Bartz: 200M; 22.60; 400M, 50.53 4 x 100 Relay (Conner Miracle, Conner Bendull, Blake Bohnsack, Seth Lazenby), 44.67 4 x 200 relay (Will Dudley, Blake Bohnsack, Seth Lazenby, Conner Miracle), 1;33.55 1600 Distance Medley (Axl Hoeppner, Justin Bartz, Conner Bendull, Cole Smith), 3:46.62 Senior Drew Wiley was a very close second in the shot put, just 1.25...

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Boomtown: Answering questions about street closing, parking, etc.

By Tamara Stark, Boomtown Committee It seems that after our recent good news announcement regarding the ‘open shoot’ portion of our Boomtown celebration, sponsored by Veridian Credit Union, there are some questions and concerns regarding the closing of the road. One of the questions being asked is:  will the entire road west of Marvin Lindsey Field (10th Ave. S) be closed? The answer is yes. From the start of 10th Ave at the curve on County Home Road all the way to the bridge past the Water Treatment Plant, the road will be closed to all of the public for safety and security reasons. Will this take away parking in that area? The answer is again, yes.  While we are fully aware that Marv Lindsey Field and the gravel road in front of it have, historically been host to many parked cars, that area must be clear of cars and pedestrians for the safety of everyone…spectators and IPA alike. Is this an attempt to limit ‘free access’ to Boomtown? No, it is absolutely not.  If you are not sitting in the grandstands watching Boomtown, then it is a free show.  Do we want you in the grandstands?  Of course we do.  Boomtown is more than just a show, it is an experience; and the absolute best place to fully experience Boomtown is in the grandstands.  We are keenly aware...

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Union’s F.U.N. team to compete in FIRST Robotics World Championship this weekend

What could arguing a case in court or spending hours in a law library possibly have to do with programming robots to toss balls into a box or climb onto a simulated steam-powered flying machine? Nathan Acuff knows the answer to that question. In both First Robotics Competition and the legal arena, says Acuff a Union High School senior, “You have to work with others to find solutions to problems.” Acuff and the rest of Fiercely Uknighted Nation (F.U.N.) 6630 – the team number is assigned by the contest organizers – are heading to St. Louis today to begin...

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B.C. Nurturing Council offerings free movie tickets at Palace, tonight

The Benton County Nurturing Council is having a movie night tonight at the Palace Theater for showings of “Beauty and the Beast.”  At 6 pm there will be 36 tickets available to the first families through the door. There will be a maximum of four tickets per family. A family must consist of at least one adult and one child under the age of twelve. The special offer is sponsored by the Benton County Nurturing Council, an organization of local entities dedicated to helping families. “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month,” explains Mackenzie Ford, a Horizons family support team worker, and member of the Council. “Every year our council does a community activity to help spread awareness and encourage family bonding.” For more information, call Ford...

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Vikettes take third at home track meet

The Vinton-Shellsburg girls track team competed in its home meet, the Vikette Invitational on Tuesday, finishing third. Winning first-place medals for the Vikettes were: Amelia Birker, 400M, 1:05.44; Grace Horst, 800M, 2.34.63; Cassie Kenney, 3000M, 12:17.47; Maddie Erhardt, high jump, 4’8″; 1600 distance medley team: Hannah Kalous, Hanna Timmerman, Sara Schminke, Grace Horst; 4:26.81. Benton Community, led by  Grace Martensen and Elizabeth and Ellie Masten, won first place. Marion was second. See complete results...

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Vikettes finish 2nd at WD Invitational; Tandy is runner-up medalist

After struggling at the Benton Invite, the VS girls golf team played well at the West Delaware Invitational, where Rachel Tandy finished as individual runner-up, and the Vikettes finished 2nd in team scoring. Coach’s report from Janet Woodhouse: April 24, 2017 V-S Girls Golf West Delaware Invitational (8 teams) Pin Oaks Golf Course, par 35 Weather: partly sunny, warm, breezy Team Scores: Dubuque Wahlart 183 Vinton-Shellsburg 190 Dubuque Hempstead 204 Dyersville Beckman 224 Clear Creek-Amana 225 Edgewood-Colesburg 225 W. Delaware 231 Maquoketa 244 Medalist: Elyse Kalb, D. Wahlert 41 Runner up: Rachel Tandy, V-Shellsburg 44 V-S Individuals: Rachel Tandy...

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Quilts of Valor: Veterans Bob Lutz, John Anderson receive gifts of thanks for serving their country

One of the unique things about programs like Quilts of Valor is that by honoring veterans, the organizations helps those veterans tell stories — some of which modern Americans have never heard. Bob Lutz of Vinton served in the Korea War era, as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division. His tour of duty included two unique assignments that most Iowans know little or nothing about. Lutz was among U.S. troops who accompanied the bodies of fallen Colombian soldiers (along with survivors from that country) home from Korea. A story in the The City Paper of Bogata indicates that...

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DeLong wins VS/WD Invitational medal after play-off; Vikings 5th in team scoring

Mike DeLong played the back nine one under to force a playoff against Chris Cooksley of East Buchanan. The sudden death playoff ended on the second hole when Mike made a tap in par putt to win. Cooksley is a two time individual champion in class 1A. Mike posted a one over 72 to force that playoff. The Vikings finished 5th in the team race carding a 364. West Delaware won the event with a 318. Solon finished second posting a 325. Each Buchanan was third with 328 followed by Waterloo Columbus with 346. Other scores: 6th Independence 380,...

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Dr. (Rev) Lyle and Marilyn Dake Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Dr. (Rev) Lyle and Marilyn Dake of Lawrenceville IL will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 25th. Lyle and Marilyn were married in the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa. (This church was made famous by the well-known old hymn by Dr. William S Pitts.) Marilyn is an alumni from the Urbana High School Class of  1957 and Lyle graduated from the Vinton High School in 1956. Feel free to leave them a message...

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VSHS entrepreneurship students teach Iowa educators about Vinton Popcorn

The success of the Vinton Popcorn Company at Vinton-Shellsburg High School continues to turn heads, as community leaders and educators learn more about how an entrepreneurship class is teaching business skills while reviving a brand that at times was famous across the U.S. VSHS students Hannah Haisman, Alex Maynard and Ethan Davis spoke Friday at a gathering of the Iowa Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, which brings together the administrators, curriculum directors and instructional coaches of Iowa school districts to learn about new course opportunities.  The three students, accompanied by their teacher, Aric Chvala, and VSHS Principal, spent...

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