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Vinton Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

By Vinton Community Foundation · March 16th, 2021
From Left to Right: Robin Martin representing Vinton Unlimited, Tami Stark representing the Vinton City Council, Shelly Petersen representing the Vinton Shellsburg Community Schools, Janet Woodhouse representing Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and Jessica Crane-Munoz representing the Vinton Ministerial Association.

Post Prom Fundraiser Brings fun and Donations

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 16th, 2021
Saturday volunteers from the local Kiwanis Club and the Post Prom Committee conducted a fundraising event at John's Quick Stop's new car wash. Several vehicles showed up to the car wash and were given coupons for both free pizzas (a $50 value) from Godfather's Pizza as well as a $15 gift card for the car wash, which has the ability to be reloaded at discount prices.

The City of Dysart Tree Board will receive $2,200 and the Shellsburg Area Community Group $8,843 are two of the 37 Iowa communities that will soon be greener thanks to grants from Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. Alliant Energy partners with Trees Forever to help communities develop, select and plant a diverse mix of trees.

Virginia Gay Hospital Nursing & Rehab Visitation guidance Update

By Virginia Gay Hospital · March 11th, 2021
It has been an extremely difficult year, especially with family not being able to visit with loved ones in person due to the COVID-19 health safety protocols put in place by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last March.We are pleased to share that we have very recently received revised visitation guidance from CMS that now takes into consideration COVID-19 vaccination.

Pluggers highlights the idea of another Vinton Resident

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 11th, 2021
The one-square "Pluggers" comic is a favorite among Americans, especially among those of us who were born before the first Super Bowl. The characters in that comic express the uniquely old-school way of life and doing things.This week Deb Wilberg's submission made it into the "Pluggers" rotation. It's always exciting when a local resident makes it into a "Pluggers" comic.

Celebrate Iowa History: 100 Years of Donna Reed

By Iowa Department Of Cultural Affairs · March 11th, 2021
Join us for "100 Years of Donna Reed," on March 25, when Reed's daughter, Mary Owen of Iowa City, will share rarely seen family photos from her mother's early days in Denison. Reed's career includes her Academy Award-winning performance in "From Her to Eternity" (1953) and "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966), for which she won a Golden Globe and four Emmy Award nominations.

FFA Week Summary

By FFA · March 11th, 2021
By Josh Wiley, Co-ReporterFrom February 22nd through the 26th, the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter participated in FFA Week along with other chapters around the country. The school dress up days were Monday: Hunting/Fishing, Tuesday: ‘Merica, Wednesday: Blue and Gold/Official Dress, Thursday: Mullets and Flannels, and Friday: Career Day.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs presents Family Activities to celebrate Iowa

By Iowa Department Of Cultural Affairs · March 10th, 2021
Join Goldie’s Kids Club. Online programs and at-home activities abound for children and families who want to learn more about Iowa’s colorful past. New content is posted online every month, including Storytime and Innovative Iowans activities focusing on the state symbols, and a video playlist children of all ages can enjoy.

Ervin Celebrated for 60 Years of Kiwanis Service

By Valerie Close, Editor · March 9th, 2021
Keith Ervin was celebrated for his 60th year of serving with the Vinton Noon Kiwanis Club in Vinton. Tuesday's meeting began with a plaque presentation to Ervin who has been a staple in the Vinton community his whole life. His father started the Ervin Motor Company in the 1930s which opened in what is now Tharp Design's building and then moved to the west side of what is now Pizza Ranch before moving out to what used to be the former Cromer's store in 2000.

Scott E. Hansen, Benton County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, has been named the recipient of the inaugural 2020 ‘Mitch Nordmeyer Pillar of Community Leadership Award’ due to his continual and exceptionally professional and volunteer achievements in emergency management. This IEMA award program honors the local emergency management (EM) coordinator who most personifies Mitch Nordmeyer by embodying the spirit of the community and through their actions and accomplishments, are an inspiration to others.

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