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Bruce Boosters 4-H: Busy in the community

By Ava Mills, Reporter
The Bruce Boosters 4-H Club has had a busy first half of the year since kicking off the club year in September.
At our first meeting, our club built a scarecrow for a contest sponsored by Benton County Extension. Scarecrows from 4-H clubs all over Benton County were displayed on the courthouse lawn in Vinton, and ours was chosen the winner! We received a pizza party that we can use at a later date.
On November 10, members participated in a welding workshop taught by two dads in our club, Tom Lowe and Jake Hinebaugh. Every member learned about welding safety, how to run a welder, and each took home a welded horseshoe project of napkin holders, table holders, clovers, or hearts.
The next day, 25 members participated in a skating party at the Vinton Skate Center, sponsored by the Benton County Friends of 4-H.
At our November meeting, we heard a very interesting presentation by Mr. Rex Raub on wildlife conservation and trapping. He showed many interesting pelts and shared a lot of information about the furry animals that live among us.
Before our December meeting, we raked the church yard at American Lutheran Church in La Porte City, where we hold many of our meetings. Together we raked up 10 bags of leaves!
We also collected Socks for Seniors, organized by the Vinton Newspaper Group, at our December meeting. The socks will be donated to senior citizens all over Benton County. We donated 87 pairs.
After our December meeting and gift exchange, we traveled to Fairbank, where we enjoyed a delicious, traditional Amish meal. We stuffed ourselves with plate after plate of yummy food, then our host, Mrs. Detweiler, answered questions about the Amish lifestyle.
The next day, we rolled out of bed to serve concessions and a bake sale at the JV wrestling tournament at Union High School. We made a nice profit to fund more of our club’s activities.
Club County Awards
Every year 4-H clubs in Benton County have an awards ceremony to summarize and finalize their year. At the 2018 ceremony on November 4, several members of the Bruce Boosters 4-H Club were recognized for project awards and other honors. They were:
Jillian Hanson: Jr. $15.00 Challenge
Lydia Albertsen: Jr. Meat Goat, Jr. Photography, Outstanding Jr. in club
Alana Fleming: Jr. Sewing & Needle Arts, Jr. Horse
Olivia Hanson: Jr. Working Exhibit, Jr. Home Improvement, Jr. Dog, Most Improved Intermediate in club, Outstanding Secretary’s Book
Christopher Fleming: Outstanding Intermediate in club
Josie Werner: Most Improved Intermediate in club
Rylee Sash: Outstanding Sr. in club
Wesley Hanson: Royal Tuttle Outstanding Sr. Award, County Sr. Scholarship
Maureen Hanson: Benton County Leader of the Year

La Porte City Police Report – December 2018

December 2018
46 Warnings
8 Citations
122 Calls for Service
15 Assist Black Hawk County
1 – Expired Plates
3 – Speed
1 – No Insurance
3 – Minor using Tobacco/Vapor
December 2018 Arrest Log
Juvenile, of La Porte City, Burglary in the 3rd Degree on 12/11/18.
Dallas Biemann, 18, of La Porte City, Driving While License Suspended on 12/23/18.

Maureen Hanson honored for volunteer service

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area’s finest during its 14th Annual Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party.
Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story, both past and present.
Among the individuals and organizations recognized for their contributions was La Porte City’s Maureen Hanson, who received the Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Volunteer. The award recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
The Golden Silo Award for The Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary was presented to Dave Bell of Dyersville. The award honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local government who has shown sustained support for the Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage development that has made all the difference, and provided leadership in the heritage development movement. This is the eighth year for this award, named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service, whose vision was so critical to our very creation as National Heritage Area.
The Golden Silo Award Partner Site honors a Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture. This award was presented to the National Farm Toy Museum of Dyersville.
The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture was presented to Waterloo’s John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. It honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture.
Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness-past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. To plan your visit, go to

Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is the Book Club selection for February. London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She finds it in a letter from a native of the island of Guernsey.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island, boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members.
Stop at Hawkins Memorial Library to pick up a copy of this book and join the group at 1 PM on Monday, February 18, for the discussion.


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