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Trinity Lutheran School’s Summer Program Grows Service Garden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Meyer   
Monday, 26 July 2010 08:09

A combined effort from students, faculty, staff, parents, and Trinity Lutheran Church volunteers are making the concept and a dream of a service garden into a reality at Trinity Lutheran School this summer. Students from Trinity Lutheran School’s Shining Stars summer care program are discovering how plants grow from seeds and small plants to large, vegetable-producing plants.  They are part of the process of maintaining a healthy garden, and the students are now reaping the fruits of their labor.

This outdoor classroom has provided a great life-long learning opportunity for the Shining Stars students.  The students have learned how to prepare the soil for planting, experienced planting a variety of vegetables, tended the garden by weeding and watering, and are now starting to harvest and enjoy eating the various produce.  They are also learning how to prepare produce for use in cooking and baking.

The plants have come from a few key sources: the radish, carrot and sunflower plants came from Jill Schmitzer’s preschool classroom at TLS.  She taught her students how to plant seeds and they watched them grow in the classroom.  Several of the other plants were ordered from Trinity Lutheran School’s annual plant sale fundraiser.  Approximately 50 tomato plants and 25 green pepper plants were planted, along with hot peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, cauliflower, zucchini, a variety of herbs, and more.  Matt Wilshusen, an agronomist and a parent volunteer, donated a great deal of his time and knowledge for this 30’ x 70’ garden.

This service garden is a start for us; our larger vision is to truly have a community garden to serve the community around our school and church.  This has given the students a great learning laboratory to visualize how food grows and to taste the end results,” said Bill Meyer, Principal of Trinity Lutheran School.  Even this year, the community will benefit from this new project.  Extra produce will be donated to community organizations and food pantries.

The Shining Stars summer care program, led by Kathy Schneiderman, a TLS preschool teacher and preschool coordinator, and Karla Heuertz, Shining Stars program director, was established this summer to provide quality child care and education for children who have completed 4-year-old preschool – 5th grade in a Christ-centered environment.

Trinity Lutheran School offers quality Christian education for preschoolers – 8th grade, dedicated teachers, extra-curricular activities, including sports, music, and art, and an after-school and summer child care program in a Christian environment. For more information about Trinity Lutheran School, please call 563-322-5224, stop by the school office at 1122 West Central Park Ave., Davenport, or go to


Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Palmisano   
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:15

CHICAGO – July 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 4587

Creates the Lupus Education and Awareness Act.

An Act Concerning: Public Health

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Bill No.: SB 2488

Increases penalties for aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer with certain types of deadly weapons.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Bill No.: SB 3411

Requires the Illinois Department of Corrections to post additional information on its website.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 3491

Ensures that law enforcement officers who conduct a homicide investigation are trained in the best methods and practices for such an investigation.

An Act Concerning: Government

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2012

Bill No.: SB 3503

Prohibits certain tools used for the purpose of defeating locks from being brought into prisons.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011

Bill No.: SB 3684

Protects homeowners from burglary and home invasion committed by persons who falsely represent themselves as government or utility employees.

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective Date: January 1, 2011


U.S. Court Wrong to Strike FCC Indecency Policy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by P. Trueman   
Monday, 19 July 2010 14:53

Washington, DC (July13, 2010) = “A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for 2nd Circuit today declaring unconstitutional the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy seems foolish on it face,” said Patrick A. Trueman, former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in Washington, D.C. “How is the American public to understand that federal judges don’t know that use of the “F-word” is indecent during prime-time television?”  This ruling only increases the public’s belief that government is out of touch with the public and out of step with the U.S. Constitution, Trueman added.

The court found that FCC policy was, "unconstitutionally vague” and creates a “chilling effect” on broadcasters. Trueman said, “There is nothing vague about federal indecency law which has been in effect for decades and has always been though to prohibit the “F-word on primetime television. Trueman predicted that there will be no chilling effect on broadcasters if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds this bad ruling. “Broadcasters will have a green light to pump indecent language and perhaps much more into the homes of families at will.”

“Rock singer Bono has no more right to shout, "f***ing brilliant" in the homes of unsuspecting American families than we would have in his,” Trueman said. “He made himself an uninvited guest of those families that believed honorees at the Grammys would respect the norms of civilized discourse on broadcast television. Similarly, the indecent comments of singer/actress Cher and actress Nicole Richie are out of place in the homes of those families who thought that network television represented a safe haven for family viewing.

Trueman represented the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family in filing a “friend of the court” brief in this case; Fox Television Stations v. Federal Communications Commission. He is currently heading up the War on Illegal Pornography, a national coalition effort to get federal laws against illegal adult pornography enforced. His websites include and

The opinion in Fox Television Stations v. Federal Communications Commission may be found here:

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Federal Agency sees the Big picture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan McNeil   
Thursday, 15 July 2010 10:31

Figge outreach program is awarded grant from the NEA

The Figge Art Museum received announcement this week that its arts education initiative, The Big Picture, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  “Receiving NEA support is a huge victory for the Figge, as well as for the Quad Cities Area. This grant confirms that the Figge’s arts-integration initiatives can compete at the national level and it shows that Washington recognizes the Quad Cities as a community that values keeping art in its schools.” – Melissa Hueting, outreach coordinator

The Big Picture connects K-12 curriculum topics with art to teach “big picture” ideas from a visual perspective.  Figge staff members visit classrooms to deliver 45-minute PowerPoint presentations that are focused on Iowa and Illinois curriculum requirements in math, science, language arts, social studies and visual arts.  Each of these presentations includes guided student discussion and, in some cases, art objects are brought to the classroom for a hands-on experience.

During its first two years, The Big Picture reached nearly 20,000 students and this number is expected to increase during the 2010-2011 academic year as more and more teachers spread the word. “As an art educator, I am so grateful to The Big Picture for providing such a wonderful learning opportunity for our community and I extend my highest recommendation for this program. This is a great opportunity to bring the art world to thousands of students.” – Craig Lennon, art instructor, Bettendorf Middle School.


Upcoming Grassley Staff Office Hours in Scott County PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jacqueline Boggess   
Thursday, 15 July 2010 10:16

Senator Chuck Grassley’s regional director, Penny Vacek, will be holding open office hours in Scott and Clinton counties on Tuesday, July 20. These office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views.

Vacek’s schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

1 – 2 p.m.

Scott County


Eldridge City Hall

Council Chambers

305 N. 3rd St.

Grassley's offices in Iowa regularly help constituents contact federal agencies to sort through problems with Social Security payments, military service matters and immigration cases.  His state offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Here is a comment from Grassley about his staff’s upcoming office hours:

“These open office hours are designed to help more Iowans access the assistance that is available from the office of their United States Senator.  I hope any Iowan with federal agency-related casework will take advantage of Penny’s visits.”

Should constituents have any questions please contact Grassley’s Davenport office at 563/322-4331.

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