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Van Horne Community Newsletter

June 2010

City News: Small towns dying? This doesn’t seem to fit Van Horne: houses are being sold, new businesses are opening, two businesses on Main Street will be opening soon, and we were informed that a catering business will soon begin operation in Van Horne. The City has just formalized the sale of three lots in Country View Estates, six of the 12 lots are now sold. One and perhaps two new houses are set to be built this year. In addition, we have previously commented on the expansion of two of our ag-related businesses. Things seem to be progressing quite nicely in Van Horne.

For as long as I can remember people have been discussing the need for improving some of our community buildings. Our community room is inadequate and needs a lot of updating. City Hall is also needing a lot of remodeling work. Our library, while very sound seems to be undersized.

The Friends of the Library have been in existence and doing fundraising for the past several years, but they have a long way to go. I think it is time to find out if the citizens of Van Horne are serious enough about these concerns to take organized action. A meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Van Horne Community Room. This meeting is open to any and all Van Horne citizens, who have ideas, comments, or interest in the improvement of City facilities.

Dates on Deck

July 1   Make a Splash at 10 a.m. @ the Library

July 8   Make a Splash at 10 a.m. @ the Library

Pet Reminders

All pets should be registered by now, if yours is not please stop at City Hall and register them, if they are not registered they are subject to impoundment. Pets should also not be allowed to run at large, they must be in your yard, or on a leash. Also, if you are walking your dog, please be respectful of other people’s properties, if the dog messes, clean it up!!

Mosquito Spraying

The City of Van Horne is planning to spray for mosquitoes again this summer. City certified pesticide applicators will spray an ultra low volume non thermal aerosol (cold fog) to control adult mosquitoes in residential and recreational areas and other non-cropland areas where these insects are a problem. The City will use BIOMIST 1.5 + 7.5 ULV. Best results are achieved when the temperatures are cooler and the wind speed is below 10 mph. The city plans to spray on Thursday evenings or early mornings. If unable to fog on designated day, Tuesdays will be alternate days. No special precautions are necessary for residents normally, but you may call City Hall at 319-228-8238 for more information.


Blood Drive: Tuesday, June 15 the Lions will be having a Blood Drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. It will be held at the Van Horne Community Room from 2-7 p.m. To set up an appointment time, please call Sally at 228-8148. Thank you


Summer Reading: The regular sessions of the Summer Reading Program will be on Thursdays in July at 10 am. We will have a story or two, crafts and snacks for all to enjoy. You may even get wet while you’re Making a Splash so be prepared!


DVD titles: Zombieland; Terminator Salvation; Sorority Row; Animal Farm; Piglets Big Movie;The Jungle Book;

Children’s Titles : Curious George: Plumber’s Helper by Marcy Sacks, What’s Your Sound Hound the Hound by Mo Willems, Mrs. Lizzy is Dizzy by Dan Gutman, Annie & Snowball and the Magical House by Cynthia Rylant, April Fool by Karen Reulle, Jay Jay the Jet Plane series, Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up by Cynthia Rylant, My Father Knows the Name of Things by Jane Yolen, Super Babies Dream Adventure: Dora the Explorer by Christine Ricci.

Teen Titles: The Bat Boy by Mike Lupica, Percy and the Last Olympians series by Rick Riordan, Demonata series by Darren Shan

Adult fiction: The 9th Judgement by James Patterson, Lucid Intervals by Stuart Woods, Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber, Blue Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker, One True Love by Lori Copeland, Stay a Little Longer by Dorothy Garlock, Wrecked by Carol Clark, The shadlow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark, Return to Sender by Fern Michaels, In the Company of Secrets and Whispers Along the Rails by Judith Miller, Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah, Shameless by Karen Robards

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