This is a joint press release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Fire Marshal's office.As much as we love fireworks displays, drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some and drought conditions may pose additional risks this year.Dry conditions and the threat of fires may cause some towns to take extra precautions with fireworks displays.
One of the most talked about parts of the redevelopment project of the old Iowa Braille School campus is nearing completion, and it looks to be something both new and exciting. The Old Hospital Pub is slated to open later this summer and project manager - and Vinton native - Bonnie Xanadu, a representative of the Bari Group, is excited about the long-awaited opening.
Just last summer the city council heard about plans to build a new Vinton Emergency Services Facility. The location of the new facility will be on the corner of Highway 218/South K Ave. and 13th St.. or on the west edge of the former Braille School Property. The new facility would place all of the emergency services under one roof. Almost two years ago a committee with members of the Vinton Police Department, Vinton Fire Department, and North Benton Ambulance came together and interviewed several firms to design the facility.
Neither rain, nor the threat of it stopped events in downtown Vinton on Thursday evening. As they have done for several years, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust staff served the Vinton community a picnic meal. The Pingenot's entertained children, and adults with their bubble wands in the lawn behind the tent while everyone waited for the parade to begin.
The Benton County Farm Bureau organization, and its members, donate to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition. The Farm Bureau board of directors reached out to the members in Benton County with an offer to match their donations, up to $1,000, made to the Coalition. Benton County Farm Bureau leader Matt Werner was happy to present to the group a total of $2,350 in donations.
The Benton County Cattlemen’s Association treated area students with a grilled hamburger as part of their lunch on Thursday. Usually each summer the farmers lend a hand to the lunch ladies and not only bring the burgers but they prepare the hamburger patties for the meals.For more information about the summer breakfast and lunch program provided by the Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools, click on this link.
Brian Carlson, a Benton County farmer, was able to be part of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Brazil Market Study trip in 2020. Carlson said that he has wanted to visit Brazil for decades, so he applied to be part of the trip and was selected to be included. Part of the subsidized trip agreement with Farm Bureau is that each participant shares their experience with four groups upon their return.
The local DECAT / CPPC group Flourishing Families have donated sports equipment which included footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, playground balls and Frisbee disks to the Benton and Iowa County sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments within the two counties. The purpose is to encourage good relationships between the local law enforcement and the children in their community.
The George G. Luckey Post 57 American Legion held their annual flag disposal ceremony on Monday evening which was also Flag Day. All of the flags set to be destroyed were the stars and stripes except one flag for the state of Iowa. Part of the ceremony reads, “A Flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze or a beautiful banner of the finest silk.
Vinton Lions have paid the annual fees for the charter of Vinton Boy ScoutsTroop 47 since 1932. Over the years, many Scouts have gone on to becomeactive members of the Vinton Lions Club.Vinton Lions Club Concessions Trailer will be downtown Thursday, June 17th and at Party in the Park on Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th.Vinton Lions Club invites the community to help us celebrate our 100 Years of Service on July 6, 2021, from 5-8 PM at Celebration Park.