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The Vision Dysart Committee is pleased to announce the creation of two new illusions and the first annual repainting of The Great Dysart Gorge, an anamorphic illusion that intentionally distorts perspective to give the appearance of dimension. Preparation will begin on Friday, May 3, 2019. From 4 – 6 pm the Dysart Fire Department and community volunteers including the Boy Scouts, will scrub and rinse the Gorge on Main Street Dysart between Clark and Wilson Streets.

An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is serving with the historic YMCA Storer Camps in Jackson, Michigan from April 8th to April 24th. The team, based in Vinton, Iowa, is currently up north helping revitalize decades-old cabins for YMCA camper’s use. AmeriCorps members are beautifying the grounds by removing invasive species and overgrown brush.

Center Point Historical Society Thanks CPU Service Learning Class

By Center Point Historical Society · April 24th, 2019
In a Pinch?With Service LearningIt’s a Cinch.Ever plan a big deal at your house and then panic when suddenly that in-the-future date is right on top of you and you’re not ready?Well, of course, the CPU Service Learning class can’t bail everybody out of those situations, but they spent a couple of days last week doing just that for the Center Point Historical Society Museum.

AmeriCorps NCCC Maple 6 Helps Improve YMCA Camp Timbers

By AmeriCorps NCCC · April 19th, 2019
By Nicholas Ku Team Maple 6 is at Saginaw YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch, Michigan improving the camp in various ways, hosting volunteer service days, leading students at a local school to pack food packs for Kids Against Hunger and working Independent Service Projects. The team is extremely happy and excited for the impact their service work has, and will, have on Camp Timbers and the surrounding community.

Scholarships Available for High School Graduating Seniors

By Benton SWCD · April 17th, 2019
Benton County High School Class of 2019 students pursuing programs of study in any field of conservation or agriculture are eligible for the Conservation Scholarship. While many college majors qualify, preference will be given to students pursuing programs of study in conservation. Applications should be submitted to the office of the Soil & Water Conservation District in which the student resides.

By: El Hill & Peter Scilla On March 11, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team Maple 3 left their home campus in Vinton and traveled north to the small town of Newaygo, MI to help staff at Camp Newaygo, active since 1926 as an all-girls’ summer camp that also plays host to various community events throughout the year, improve their facilities’ accessibility for all members of the town and beyond.

The Indian that still Wins Ribbons

By Valerie Close, Editor · April 16th, 2019
Editor's Note:For the past several years, I've had the privilege of chatting with Bob Kimm, a former Vintonian now in his 80's. The memories he shares of the time he lived in Vinton back in the 1950's are fun to hear. We've become "pen pals" of sorts, although I guess the term "email pals" would be more appropriate.

By: Connor McBee AmeriCorps NCCC team Oak 2 has been serving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a six-week project with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. This is the first project for Oak 2 since arriving in February to begin their service with AmeriCorps NCCC. Milwaukee Habitat is engaging in the Midtown 100, an ambitious objective to serve 100 families in the Midtown neighborhood within the years of 2018 to 2020.

Maple 4 constructing the pergola By: Connor Wilde On the 11th of March, AmeriCorps NCCC’s Maple Four team of nine hopped in the van and began their journey to Southern Indiana to get started on their first project. After 12 hours on the road, the team finally reached their destination: Flat Rock River YMCA Camp.

By Brandy Crocker            As FEMA Corps team Pine 5 nears the end of their term of service, members of Pine 5 reflect on the work they’ve accomplished in these past seven months. Currently, Pine 5 is supporting the Hurricane Michael recovery effort with FEMA in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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