Thursday, December 31, 2009
Yesterday, at the Vinton Lions meeting, news was presented that in April 2010 there would be another unit of AmeriCorps volunteers starting at the Vinton campus located at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School. So, there will be 240 volunteers stationed in Vinton to work on projects throughout the Midwest region. The overlapping class of 80 members will still be here when the next regular class of 240 members starts in January 2011. Then, until the overlapping class graduates, there will be 320 members stationed at the Vinton campus. Wow, that is great news for Vinton and the Midwest!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It is the end of another year and January 2010 is right around the corner. January reminds me of 2008, not because that was before the summer flooding, but because that January the citizens of Vinton approved the Local Option Sales Tax or LOST. The LOST has greatly benefited the City of Vinton in the first year and a half with roads being rebuilt and property taxes held down. The City was also able to finance a badly needed used aerial fire engine and an addition to store it. You can read about the many benefits of the LOST at: Vinton Headlines
Friday, December 11, 2009
This past Wednesday, a week and a half before the official start of winter, Iowa and much of the Midwest experienced its worst snowstorm in years. Vinton received about 10 inches of snow. The street department and water department employees were out at 2 AM this morning clearing the windrows from the downtown area. Vinton-Shellsburg Schools cancelled classes for three days. Hopefully, this will be the worst storm this winter.