The Belmond Community Christmas Dinner will be held Saturday, Dec. 25 starting at 11:30 p.m. in the Leinbach Center. A traditional holiday meal featuring ham and all the trimmings will be served. The meal is open to anyone who might be alone on the holiday.

   Christmas Cooking Decorating will the theme of a community education class sponsored by NIACC and held at the Talbot Belmond Public Library on Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m.

   Over $942,000 was recently awarded to 82 area organizations by The Foster and Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust for the 2021 grant cycle.

   The two bridges over the Iowa River just north of Belmond on Highway 69 were supposed to be finished by Thanksgiving. But you can see in this photo of the north bridge taken Nov. 19 that there is a lot of work remaining. Pavement has been laid from both the north and south ends of the pro…

   Two Belmond-Klemme eSports team qualified for state play-off action this fall. Last Thursday, the Rainbow 6 team was the runner-up in the state championship for that game.

   Are you looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Grab your friends, family, or your significant other for a Christmas Tour of Homes in Belmond. The Skate Park Committee will be hosting a tour of four beautifully decorated homes Saturday, Dec. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m.

  Sharleen Sorum, Sheri Kinseth, and Jim Watermiller were just three of the many volunteers who changed burned out bulbs on the downtown Christmas trees on a recent Saturday morning. The decorations will be set up Sunday, Nov. 21 starting at 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed on Main Street.

   Former mayor Alan Mattison is likely to become the newest member of the Belmond City Council.

   State Representative Terry Baxter has announced his plans to retire from the Iowa House after serving out his current term in 2022. He has represented District 8.

   An arthritis support group will meet for the first time Monday, Nov. 29 in the Community Room at the Talbot Belmond Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

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   Patty (Davis) Harm, BHS Class of 1981, is in need of a liver transplant. A Go Fund Me page has been set up:  https://gofund.me/a252844a  Patty is the step daughter of the late Maynard Holmgaard.

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   A fire in an RV Tuesday night (Nov. 16) destroyed the vehicle and damaged the adjacent apartment house in the 600 block of 2nd Street NE. (The building is the former Catholic church rectory.) Residents were evacuated, but then allowed to return.

  A check for $1,000 was donated to the Lyric Theater recently by members of the Belmond Community Service Women. The check was presented by Callie Stein, left center, to Linda Dippel, president of the theater board. Michelle Buseman and Barb Soma, far left, also represented the BCSW. Theate…

   The Belmond Area Community Chest’s goal for the 2021 campaign is $22,640. The money will be divided between 23 different organizations and agencies that provide services in Belmond and the surrounding area.