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Written by Kyle McKean   
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:47

Whether you are planning a small urban garden, considering a vertical garden for a balcony or deck, or landscaping a parking strip, small-space gardening is a challenge. In fact, it’s one of the most common garden challenges facing home gardeners and landscapers. To ease the challenge, here are some of our small-space garden favorites:

  • Drift® Groundcover Roses: The low-spreading habit of Drift® Roses is perfect for small gardens and combination planters. They brighten borders, fill empty spaces and spread around established plants.
  • Clematis Sapphire Indigo™: This Clematis is best used as a weed-smothering ground cover with no support and allowed to sprawl through your garden or in a container. It blooms from June through September.
  • Veronica Moody Blues: The Veronica Moody Blues series is compact and has a tidy habit, making it an excellent plant for any garden or mixed container, plus there are four great colors to choose from which bloom all season!
  • Penstemon Rock Candy™: Penstemon Rock Candy™, available in two compact varieties with bold colors, stays below 12" in height and fits in well along borders and walkways or in containers.
  • Achillea Moon Dust: This is a compact yarrow with soft yellow flowers and attractive silver foliage that blends well with other colors in your garden. Its compact habit makes it a great option for container plantings.
  • Sunblaze® Miniature Roses: For rose lovers with small gardens, Sunblaze® Miniature Roses is a superb selection. Hardy and easy to grow, these compact roses bloom from spring until fall. They perform well when used as a border and are spectacular in containers. There are twelve varieties in this series to choose from.

What Should You Do If Your Dog Doesn’t Like Your Date? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:20
Vetting a Romantic Partner Can Be Tough – Especially When You’re Already Committed

If you’re single and in the market for romance, you probably know at least two things: Online dating is a viable and efficient way to find a potential partner, but dating sites cannot guarantee a perfect match.

While a third of all married couples started their romance online – including on social networks like Facebook, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, only 23 percent of those who went on a date through a match-making site say it resulted in a long-term relationship, according to the Pew Research Center.

“Really, that’s not a bad success rate – I imagine it beats the club scene,” says Kris Rotonda, founder and CEO of, a website devoted to singles who’ve already found their canine companions, but have yet to find true human love.

“Still, that’s a lot of scrolling and dating before you find the right one. I think it’s important to narrow the search by letting users start with what’s most important to them.”

Rotonda, who has four beloved dogs including one he’s had since age 8, says his commitment to his furry family became a problem in his dating life. He’s happy to report he has now found true love – she loves his dogs and they love her back.

What should you do if your dog doesn’t appear to like the new love interest in your life?

•  So, you’re dog reacted negatively to a girl or guy you really like … Of course, how your dog reacts matters if you love your dog, but he or she may be picking up on something that’s nonessential to the character of your date, who may be nervous, not used to dogs or simply wearing the wrong perfume or cologne that day. While dogs are very intuitive – and, you want your canine companion to get along with a potential long-term partner – realize that the chemistry can improve. Give it a little time and proactively look for ways to help your dog and your potential love interest relax and get to know each other.

•  Different reactions can have different meanings … Did she bark for several minutes? Did he run and hide under the bed? If your dog barked in what sounded like a hostile or aggressive way, she’s likely just trying to protect you. While you may have had plenty of time to get to know your date over long dinners, he or she may still be a stranger to your dog. If your dog ran and hid, he may be afraid. That doesn’t necessarily mean that his fear reflects a real threat – something rotten about your new love interest. What else was going on at the time? If a plane was flying overhead or thunder rumbling outside, that may have been the source of anxiety. Don’t try to pet or sweet talk your pet while he’s in hiding as that will encourage the behavior. Instead, reward him when he emerges.

•  Mending fences between your canine and human companion … When you are planning to re-introduce your dog to your date, start before they actually meet in person. This can be done by introducing the person's scent with an unwashed article of clothing. You can also add your scent to the clothing by rubbing it on your arm and then placing in a spot where your dog spends a great deal of time. This will help your dog get used to the person's scent over time and you are not introducing the person to your dog by invading all his senses at one time.

About Kris Rotonda

Kris Rotonda is the founder and CEO of, a website devoted to singles who’ve already found their canine companions, but have yet to find true human love. Rotonda, a competitive body builder and successful real estate agent, had experienced a number of unexpected challenges as a bachelor and dog owner and saw the need for a dating site geared toward like-minded dog lovers.

Braley Statement on Shooting at Jackson County Courthouse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:17

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement after a shooting today that occurred at the Jackson County Courthouse:

"I was deeply concerned by the shooting that occurred today at the Jackson County Courthouse, and my thoughts are with those who were injured in this incident. Reports I've read indicate that Buck Koos acted heroically protecting the lives of others. Buck has been a friend and mentor to me, and Carolyn and I are keeping him and his family in our prayers. We all owe him a debt of gratitude and I wish him a speedy recovery." 

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Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Thursday to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:06

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.


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Written by Brandon Melton   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:48

Friday, September 12, 2014 ‒ 11:00 A.M.

Rock Island County Office Building, Third Floor Room 320

Bi-State Regional Commission

1504 Third Avenue

Rock Island, Illinois

1. Introductions and Consideration of June 13, 2014 Meeting Minutes − (Copies of the Minutes are included in Task Force members’ packets.)

2. Air Quality and Transportation Planning Tool – (Presentation from ICF on alternative fuels analysis tools currently being developed through a webinar.)

3. Quad City Health Initiative Strategic Plans and the Built Environment – (Nicole Carkner, Quad City Health Initiative Executive Director, will present on their strategic plans and how they relate to the built environment and air quality)

4. Update from Resource Agencies on Current Air Quality Status/Issues – (Resource Representatives from Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Other Agencies as Available)

5. Local Status Report and Air Quality Issues ‒ (Status report in members’ agenda packets.) – Brandon Melton

6. Other Business

7. Scheduling of Next Meeting – December 12, 2014

8. Adjournment

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