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Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds celebrate State Historical Building’s 25th Anniversary Gala this month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 03 December 2012 11:17

(DES MOINES) – More than 25 years ago, Governor Terry Branstad led the effort to build the new State Historical Building, where Iowans and visitors interact with historic artifacts and engage in educational and cultural experiences.

On the 25th Anniversary in December, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will serve as honorary chairs for the State Historical Building 25th Anniversary Gala, an event to celebrate this milestone and to raise funds for new exhibits in the State Historical Museum.

“I love Iowa and I love Iowa history,” Governor Branstad said today during his weekly press conference. “In the late 1970s, when I was Lieutenant Governor, it was very clear that we needed to build a new historical building. After I became Governor, we took on that challenge and I’m now very pleased to celebrate this anniversary. I encourage all Iowans to join Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and me in supporting Iowa history.”

The Gala will be at 7 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2012, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. RSVPs are required by contacting the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs at 515-281-7471 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Holiday cocktail attire requested. Tickets are $100 per person or $75 per young professional (35 and younger). Gala Presenting Sponsors include Frantz-Hobart Management Services, Hy-Vee, John Deere, MidAmerican Energy and Musco Lighting.

As part of the Gala, an exhibition of 25 objects from the State Historical Museum’s permanent collection will be on display – one artifact representing each year of the building’s past 25 years. Photos, video and archived materials will be shown throughout the night to give Iowans a look a back, and two new interactive exhibits 99 Counties and Iowa History IQ also will be on display.

In addition, the Gala will feature Iowa entertainment including performances by Hot Club of Des Moines, Flying Pig Fiddle & Banjo and Decoy, while artists Gabriel Lueders and Van Holmgren will showcase works. Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds will offer remarks, and legendary opera singer Simon Estes will give a special performance during the evening.

The State Historical Building opened in December 1987 and is home to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its two divisions – the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa, along with the State Historical Museum, the State Historical Library & Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, the State Records Center and eight historic sites across Iowa.

Since its construction, the building has been a catalyst for investment and improvements in Des Moines’ Historic East Village, bridging the capitol complex to the river and igniting the development of businesses and neighborhoods.

It also serves as a forum for cultural and civic engagement and is a hub for hands-on educational opportunities. It has hosted presidents and politicians, advocates and enthusiasts, and learners of all ages. And, it is a one-of-a-kind destination where Iowans and other visitors engage in meaningful experiences rooted in history and the cultural arts.

“Over the past 25 years, the State Historical Building has provided Iowans and other visitors with a wide range of resources ranging from academic and genealogical research materials to educational programs and cultural arts performances,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “Today, however, people are searching for and receiving information in new and exciting ways. That presents challenges and opportunities for how we document and present Iowa history, and how we nurture and support the cultural arts throughout Iowa.

“Our goal with this celebration is to create a new platform that incorporates modern technologies into interactive museum exhibitions and programs,” Cownie said. “We also want to engage students and other Iowans through the cultural arts in ways that ignite their imaginations and encourage them to be more innovative in thinking of the next big thing that will position Iowa as a leader in this highly competitive global environment.”

More information about the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa can be found on-line at


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at

Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Passing of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 03 December 2012 10:35

COLLINSVILLE – November 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage, 32, of Highland who was killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

“The loss of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage is a tragic reminder of the danger our sworn officers face every day as they enforce the law and make all of us safer.

“It is important that motorists always take every precaution to ensure our roads are as safe as possible for everyone.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Deatherage during this very difficult time.”


Davenport Men Sentenced to Jail/Prison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Monday, 03 December 2012 09:58

Davenport Man Sentenced After Federal Drug Conspiracy Conviction

DAVENPORT, IA- On November 30, 2012, Charles Glen Harrington, age 41, from Davenport, Iowa was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Harrington was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment and ordered to serve five years supervised release following his imprisonment. Harrington was also ordered to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

From approximately October 2007 until June 2011, Alon Shorter, Dale Shorter, Roscoe Lee, Charles Bateman, Charles Harrington, David Minor and Kadar Wall conspired to distribute in excess of 2.8 kilograms of cocaine base. This investigation included controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Harrington on February 22, 2010, February 25, 2010, March 1, 2010, March 5, 2010, and March 23, 2010. The crack cocaine distributed by Minor came from co-conspirators Dale and Alon Shorter. Harrington admitted to being directly responsible for, and it was reasonably foreseeable to him that others in this conspiracy were responsible for, in excess of 2.8 kilograms of crack cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Davenport Man Sentenced to 10 years in Prison for Methamphetamine and Gun Offenses

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 29, 2012, Travis Lee Meier, age 21, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and for possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose also sentenced Meier to four years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment.

Meier agreed with others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine from October 2011 through early March 2012. Meier manufactured and distributed methamphetamine on multiple occasions over the course of the conspiracy and possessed firearms in furtherance of his drug activity.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:50
Give the gifts of health and hope to a little boy and his family this holiday season:
Purchase jewelry, donate cash or gift cards, or attend the benefit dinner

Bettendorf-- Jayden, a 2-year-old boy, who lives in Bettendorf, has been suffering for nearly seven

months, and needs your help this holiday season. At the end of May this year, Jayden contracted strep throat and hand, foot, and mouth disease after going to a backup daycare. He went on antibiotics for the strep, which caused him to be stricken with a bacterial infection called C-Difficile (C-diff).

This once energetic, happy, and healthy boy is now lethargic, anemic, and struggling to stay well because the infection has weakened his immune system. Any exposure to the outside world can make him sick. His condition is now so bad that he can no longer attend daycare, which has forced his mom to stay home from work to care for him. Unfortunately, before any further  diagnosis can be made in regards to his fragile immune system, the C-diff must be cleared up.

After four unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics for the C-diff, he is undergoing a very new, rare, and risky procedure as a last resort. Jayden must frequently endure trips to the Iowa City Children's Hospital. With medical and travel expenses adding up, the family’s stress is compounded by the fact that their living expenses continue without the second income from Jayden's mom. And if things couldn't get worse, Jayden’s primary caregiver, his mom, contracted the incredibly contagious C-diff as a result of having to go on antibiotics last month. C-diff is on the rise in our community and can affect anyone, but it especially preys on those who have taken antibiotics.

This little boy and his family need your help. They will be celebrating Christmas this year not by exchanging gifts, but rather by being thankful and counting their blessings for any small improvements to his ailing health.

Please support “Jayden’s Cause” to help make their holiday complete by allowing Jayden to continue to stay home with his mother so that they don’t lose everything in the long process of bringing him back to a normal, healthy life.

Your contributions will help grant him the time to heal and will provide Jayden and his family with hope that this will all soon be resolved. He still has a long road of recovery ahead that requires strict isolation, more testing, diagnosis, and treatment for his current condition and other underlying ailments undiagnosed at this time, but there are several ways you can help! You can purchase lia sophia jewelry on December 9; make cash donations; donate gift cards for groceries and gas; and/or attend his special dinner on December 14!

Two Special Events:
Sunday, December 9th at 2 pm
lia sophia Jewelry party at Habaneros; 5185 18th Street, Bettendorf, IA.

20-40% of jewelry sales will be donated to Jayden’s Cause
Christmas shop while helping Jayden’s Cause and save; buy 2 full price items; add up to 4 more at 50% off (discount on most expensive selections!)
December ONLY: $20 for any $100 piece with each $100 order.
Help increase the total donation to Jayden’s Cause by scheduling your own party;
o 5% from each party scheduled will be donated

Friday, December 14th at 6 pm
Special Benefit Dinner at the Golden Leaf; 2902 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA.
• $10 includes a full meal, buffet style dinner
• Auction Items, Bake Sale, Cash Bar, Live Entertainment, and Prizes
• Santa Claus will be spreading his merry cheer and available for pictures

Tax-deductible donations can be made to any Wells Fargo under the account name Jayden’s Cause. Thank you for giving Jayden and his family the gifts of health and hope this holiday season.

For more information about Jayden’s Cause, making donations, the events, or volunteering please contact Elisha Shadden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


LeClaire Chamber of Commerce News November 30th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 30 November 2012 15:47
Red Door TV - 427 N. 3rd, Le Claire, IA   52753. Frank Otero,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it website:
Red Door TV is and award winning digital agency and production company. Specializing in entertainment and media marketing.  Making media that works. Demanding consumer attention by disrupting their existing perceptions of marketing and media.  Digital, to us, isn't a technical term that designates media or medium.  It’s the defining term for the era of engagement marketing.  We create innovative and mischievous communication strategies designed for this era.  We make content and marketing work together and jump between traditional and non-traditional solutions.  We are directors, designers, writers, new media strategists, musicians, animators, producers, illustrators, and developers.
ANNOUNCEMENTS - Friday 11/30/2012
Through November 30th – LeClaire Community Library Silent Auction benefiting the Library (3rd and Wisconsin ) Stop by and place a bid on many great items! All proceeds support the library.
Now through December 22 – The Sweet Life Will be Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11-4 until Christmas offering all kinds of treats such as cupcakes, cake pops, brownies and cookies as well as sweet gifts for the holidays!
Now through January 6th – Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – “Holiday Token Sale ”7 tokens for $20 – each token has a value of $6.00. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!
December 7th - Blackhawk Bank & Trust - Please join us from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. as we celebrate the remodel of our LeClaire branch at 323 South 2nd Street . Our festivities will feature a smorgasbord of appetizers from local restaurants, give-aways & door prizes and a formal ribbon cutting to be held at 4:30 pm. All are welcome to join our celebration!
December 7th and 8th - First Friday and First Saturday in LeClaire - The Mississippi River Distilling Company will be celebrating First Friday AND First Saturday featuring their Spirited Chef Stephanie’s great food items, free signature cocktails, and for the first 100+ bottles sold on Friday, receive a festive Holiday pint glass!  For First Friday, Wide River Winery will have Appetizers and Samples of their Holiday Wine, "Merry Berry"! Other restaurants and shops open both nights!
December 7th-8th-9th – CHRISTMAS IN LECLAIRE - 2012!
All Weekend - Local Stores Open with Great Shopping Opportunities!
*Primitive Cottage - All during Christmas in LeClaire weekend, we will have a box for collection of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Pantry at Princeton Presbyterian Church for those who would like to give!
*Razzleberries - Free sequin flower ring with any $25 purchase!
Friday, 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Live Nativity, Bazaar, Baked Goods, Crafts and Silent Auction
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*4-8 p.m. – Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Saturday, 10:00 A. M. - 8:00 P.M.
*8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa – Happy Joe’s
*10a.m.-noon- Expressions in Thread – Make Sock Snowmen - $3 lessons
*Noon-2 p.m. – Posh Home – String Duet
*Noon – 3 p.m. Santa's Playhouse – Schwenke Building
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
*LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Cookie Tin Sales, Bake Sale , Crafts and Silent Auction
*Strolling Santas
*Grasshoppers – Castle Ridge Wine Tasting Sat. afternoon - Christmas Music
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium – Live Music, Holiday Treats
* Calvary Chapel 4-Square – Free Ornament Decorating
Sunday, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
* LeClaire Civic Center - Free Carriage and Wagon Rides, Craft and Silent Auction (Bidding closes at 2p.m.)
*Strolling Santas
*Noon-2 p.m. – Posh Home – String Duet
*Reusable Usables - Repurposed Craft Fair
*Noon – 4 p.m. Wide River Winery’s WINTER WONDERLAND
December 8th Fundraiser - Star Gifts for Kids Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. LeClaire Fire Station, 201 N. 15th St. To book your teams, contact Barry Long via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-949-6969.

December 8th - "Stampin’ Up” Class - LeClaire Library-10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the community room. There is a 10 person limit to the class and patrons must sign up at circulation desk. Persons signing up for class also must bring double sided sticky tape and a pair of scissors with them on day of event.
December 13th - Vegan & Vegetarian Night at the Crane & Pelican Cafe
December 15th: Holiday Party with Games and MusicThe LeClaire RecCenter, 429 N. 3rd Street (Corner of 3rd Street and Ferry) 5:30-8:00 P.M.
$2.00 per person. 3 years old and under free. Games and crafts will last until 6:15, then there will be an open gym. Chili and veggie soup, $1.50 per bowl. Other concessions also available.
December 18th - Who says you can’t have a free lunch? The First Presbyterian Church in LeClaire offers free lunch to anyone in LeClaire once a month. Anyone, any age, regardless of need is invited. 11:30-12:30 at the LeClaire Civic Center
December 18th - Crane & Pelican Café - Dinner Featuring the Music of "Quartrio" Beginning at 5:00 p.m. Quartrio is a String Quartet and will perform background music throughout dinner plus a formal concert after the 4 course meal. Details and reservations:
January 26th - Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner – Steventon’s
The LeClaire Office of Tourism Board is accepting resumes’ for the Office of Tourism Manager’s position until December 14, 2012. The position is a contracted position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to training and staffing at the LeClaire Information Center , communicating tourism information, promoting LeClaire tourism and sales of advertising opportunities. Applicants should have good public relations skills, as well as organizational and media skills. Tourism background is helpful but not required. The contract is available for viewing on the City of LeClaire website at For more information or to submit a resume’ please contact Ryan Burchett, Chairman-LeClaire Office of Tourism Board of Directors at (563) 271-0608.
Reusable Usables - Planet Green After School Program
Option #1 TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $36 per student
Option #2: TUESDAYS OR THURSDAYS 4:00-5:30 PM $25 per student
Option #3:  Planet Green Kits to GO! You can now purchase Planet Green Kits for $5.
Must preregister and prepay by 11/30 for December classes.    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-289-3946
The River Cities’ Reader Annual Best of the QC Survey Vote online at now to February 1, 2013. There are fifty questions, but you only have to answer 15 or more to make your ballot count.  Results will be published in the Spring of 2013. Pass this link along and vote for your favorite area eating and drinking establishments!
Meals for Seniors at the First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.
Trivia Nights in LeClaire at the LeClaire Civic Center
2013 Trivia Nights:
January 12th - LeClaire Community Library
February 9th Coe Noack Memorial Scholarship
April 6th - LeClaire Little League
April 27th - Civic Club
May 18th - American Legion
June 8th - Buffalo Bill Museum
LeClaire Trivia Nights have raised over $95,000 for local non-profit organizations! Thank you for your continued support!
LeClaire Park Board Special Events Calendar (clip and save)
Spring 2013 - Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt ( Hollyhock Park )
Spring 2013 – Cinco de Mayo
Spring 2013 - LeClaire Plant Exchange (downtown)
Spring 2013 – Spring/French Market Days
Summer 2013 - City-Wide Water Explosion ( Hollyhock Park )
Summer 2013 - Bike Parade & Decorating
Summer 2013 – Tug Fest and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

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