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Written by Brandy Walvaert   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:58
Registration is open for fun, educational tours of Landfill, Recycling Center 

DAVENPORT, IA—Wanna see trash get smashed under 108,000 pounds? Hungry for a delicious treat, layered landfill-style? If your love for big wheels can only be matched by your burning desire to see exactly what happens to your garbage and recyclables after they leave the curb, then read on: We’ve got two tours for you.

Online registration is open for Waste Commission of Scott County’s fall tours at Tours are free of charge and will be held Oct. 3 at the Scott Area Recycling Center, Davenport, and Oct. 4 at the Scott Area Landfill, near Buffalo. Space is limited, and registration is required.

This fall, landfill tour-goers will get a free “trashy” treat and have the chance to check out equipment with monster-sized wheels. Recycling Center tourists will vie for green prizes by testing their recycling know-how and learn about upcoming changes to the recycling process in Scott County.

The Commission provides public tours of its facilities in spring and fall. Tours showcase our state-of-the-art solid waste programs and facilities, and educate residents about proper waste disposal. Can’t make it this time? Sign up to receive e-news from the Commission, and you’ll be among the first to know when upcoming dates are announced. E-news signup is online at

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit

Genesis Foundation Hosts Estate Planning Seminars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:52

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Sept. 16, 2014 -- The Genesis Foundation will present two free seminars on wills and estate planning in October.

Topics of each seminar will include the importance of a will, what can happen if someone dies without a will, how existing wills can be changed, and whether wills can be self-written.

Here is more information about the seminars:

When? -- Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. Where? – Larson Center, Meeting Room A, Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis; Featuring – Mary Ann Brown, elder law and estate planning specialist, Nash Nash Bean & Ford.

When? – Tuesday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m.; Where? – Annunciata Meeting Room, Pavilion 2, Genesis Medical Center, 1401 West Central Park, Davenport. Featuring – Curt Oppel, tax, estate planning and trust specialist, Stanley, Lande & Hunter.

There is no fee for these seminars, however, advance registration is required.

Please make your reservation by contacting Deb Hughes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or calling (563) 421-6861. If you have questions, contact Steve Goebel, CFRE at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at (309) 281-4392.


Jacobs announces district wide food and fund drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Reena Tandon   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:09
MOLINE- Currently, one in five children across the nation are struggling to meet their nutritional needs.  To raise awareness for Hunger Action Month, State Senator Mike Jacobs is hosting a district wide food and fund drive to benefit the Riverbend Foodbank September 15 through September 30.  

“I wanted to take an opportunity to raise awareness on this extremely important issue,” said Jacobs.  “Children coming to school hungry are placed at an unfair disadvantage. If we want to continue to grow as a region, it’s important for us to remember hunger isn’t a seasonal issue but a yearlong battle for many.”

Jacobs recognizes Riverbend Foodbank’s need for donations does not end with the holiday season. Local food and fund drives are the key sources of food and funding in their effort to alleviate hunger in our community. To make a monetary donation visit


Who: State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline)


What: State Senator Mike Jacobs is hosting a district wide food and fund drive to benefit the Riverbend Foodbank.


When: Starting, Monday, September 15 through Tuesday, September 30


At the following locations:

Senator Mike Jacobs’ Moline District Office:

606 19th Street, Moline, IL 61265

Drop off hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Representative Pat Verschoore’s Office:

1504 3rd Ave., 2nd Floor, County Office Bldg, Rock Island, IL 61201

Drop off hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)


Mayor Skip Lee, Sterling City Hall:

212 3rd Ave., Sterling, IL 61081

Drop off hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Fire Chief John Swan, Colona Fire Department

401 1st St, Colona, IL 61241

Drop off hours: September 15 and September 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Loebsack Statement on Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement to Reform Child Care & Development Block Grant Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Loebsack Press   
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:49

Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached to Reform Child Care & Development Block Grant Program


WASHINGTON, D.C.—A bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders today announced a legislative agreement to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. Negotiated by Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), David Loebsack (D-IA), and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC), the agreement will enhance transparency, strengthen health and safety protections, and improve the quality of care.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act provides funds to states to help low-income families pay for child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. The law has not been reauthorized since 1996. Today’s bipartisan, bicameral agreement is based upon legislation introduced in 2013 by Senators Mikulski and Burr that passed the Senate earlier this year.

“The Child Care and Development Block Grant program is a vital lifeline for countless Americans,” said Rep. Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “Working moms and dads have pursued a career, earned a degree, or acquired new skills and training because of the support available through this program. The commonsense ideas included in this bipartisan, bicameral agreement will only strengthen our support of these working families. I want to thank my House and Senate colleagues for working together to forge this bipartisan agreement.”

“For working families in Iowa and around the country, access to safe and affordable child care is essential,” said Senator Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. “This bipartisan bill will help to ensure working parents have access to quality, affordable child care and provide rich early-learning opportunities for children, including infants and toddlers and children with disabilities. This bill is a strong example of what Congress can achieve by working together. I am encouraged by the HELP Committee’s growing record of bipartisan accomplishments and look forward to the President signing this critical bill into law.”

“Every parent, regardless of their income level, deserves to know that their child is well cared-for,” said Rep. Miller, senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “This bipartisan, bicameral bill improves child care access, makes critical new investments, and helps to ensure children are safe and are receiving quality care. Reliable care sets children on the path toward success in school and in the rest of their lives. While helping to prepare the next generation, good child care also supports working parents to promote greater workforce stability. These updates to CCDBG are vital for our children, our families, and our nation’s future.”

“This bill helps a working Tennessee mother be able to pay for child care while she earns a degree so she can pay for it herself,” said Sen. Alexander, the senior Republican on the Senate HELP Committee. “Every month, an average of 39,000 Tennessee children get childcare through this program while their parents earn an education or build a career. Today’s agreement will continue success stories like the Memphis mother whose infant received care through this program while she earned a business degree and rose to assistant manager at a Walmart, enabling her to pay for the care of her second child at the same childcare center.”

“For families struggling to make ends meet, quality child care is a necessity,” said Rep. Rokita. “This significant agreement strengthens a child care program that has been untouched for nearly two decades. It does so by preserving provider choice, improving transparency, and most importantly, child safety. This bill could truly save lives, and I look forward to its passage.”

“Every working parent with children no matter their income level worries about child care,” said Sen. Mikulski. “What’s affordable? What’s accessible? Will my child be safe? Where can I get the very best care for my kid? It is not enough to simply ensure that kids have someplace to go. We must also ensure that they go someplace that is safe, that nurtures their development, that challenges their mind, and that prepares them for school,” Senator Mikulski said. “I am so pleased that the Senate and House have come together on a bipartisan basis to revitalize, refresh, and reform this vitally important program to support child care providers, give parents peace of mind, and better prepare our children for the future. It’s time to get this done for children, parents, and providers alike!”

“As the son of a single mother, I know how important quality, affordable child care is for working families,” said Rep. Loebsack. “The Child Care Development Block Grant provides a critical lifeline to families and allows them to work or attend school with the peace of mind knowing their children are safe and well cared for. This bipartisan agreement makes long needed updates and improvements to CCDBG that will promote healthy child development and enhance quality and safety. I am pleased that both Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate came together to improve the lives of working families.”

“Over three years ago Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and I made a commitment to reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant program so that kids could have safer environments in which to stay while their parents worked and taxpayers did not continue to subsidize providers who created unsafe settings and threatened their well-being. It has been a long time coming, but I’m proud we have reached this point," said Senator Richard Burr. "I am thankful for the work of my colleagues in the Senate and the House who stood together to ensure the passage of this legislation. This legislation will positively impact the lives of millions of children and their parents.”

The bipartisan, bicameral agreement includes reforms to:

ü  Enhance parental choice by providing information about available care options from all providers, including faith-based and community-based providers, and allowing parents to choose the child care provider that best suits their family’s needs.

ü  Strengthen safety in child care settings by requiring all providers to comply with state health, safety, and fire standards and undergo annual inspections.

ü  Promote high quality child care by reserving funds at the state level to improve the quality of care provided to children, enhancing states’ ability to train providers and develop safer and more effective child care services.

The text of the bill is available here.


4 Principles for Staying Cool Under Pressure – and Succeeding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 19 September 2014 07:27
Athlete & World-Renowned Surgeon Shares Tips for Becoming a ‘Super Performer’

We all ask ourselves the same desperate question from time to time: How am I going to make this work?!

“No matter how well we’ve done laying the groundwork for everything to run smoothly – becoming educated, choosing the right spouse, treating others well -- we all face situations that challenge us,” says Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon known as “the Michael Jordan of lung surgery.”

“If we can keep our cool and adhere to some basic principles, we can not only meet any challenge – we can perform with excellence.”

A high-performance athlete in high school and college, Dr. Cerfolio parlayed his talents and focus into pursuing his medical career and creating a happy family with his cherished wife, Lorraine, and their three sons.

But after battling breast cancer, Lorraine recently passed away. Cerfolio, author of “Super Performing at Work and at Home: The Athleticism of Surgery and Life,” (, shares the principles that helped him through that greatest of all challenges and lesser ones along the way.

“Apply these principles in work, sports and life in general, and you can become a super performer,” he says.

•  Pressure equals opportunity. It’s when something matters that the pressure starts to build; this is where the rubber meets the road for sports-to-life analogies.

“In sports as in life, remember your training; follow through just like you did during practice; visualize success; believe it will happen,” Dr. Cerfolio says. “With friends, for example, high-pressure moments can be those times when they need you. The best way to have great friends is to be a great friend.”

•  Strive to hit .400 every year – keep your eye on the prize; write it down. “My high school gave out an award each year to the best student athlete in each grade,” he says. “I wrote down that I wanted to win the Klein Award in the ninth, 10th and 11th grades, and to win the most prestigious award at the senior graduation, the Deetjen Award.

He accomplished most of those goals, and a key to those achievements was writing them down and placing the paper where, for four years, he could see it every night.

“By writing them down, I had made my goals clear and objective.”

•  Lean toward a “we-centered” ego rather than a “me-centered” one. “When I traded in my baseball uniform for surgical scrubs, I noticed the importance of stripping the many layers of the ego I once had,” Dr. Cerfolio says. “This is really important: Your ego doesn’t need to be visible to everyone -- or even anyone but yourself.”

Being a top performer requires ego – it helps fuel self-confidence and provides some of the motivation necessary to achieve. But it should not hinder the performance of your team: your coworkers, friends and family. Over time, by keeping your ego to yourself, it becomes easier to enact a team-oriented ego, rather than a “me-oriented” one.

•  Time to quit? Rub some dirt on it. In life, work is unavoidable, so embrace it, go big, and appreciate the rewards. No matter how difficult the challenge you face or how much it may hurt to meet that challenge, push through and give it your all.

“Yes, there’s a chance you won’t succeed, or won’t succeed to the degree you’d like. But you stand zero chance of success if you don’t meet that challenge and give it everything you’ve got,” Dr. Cerfolio says. “You owe it to yourself and your team, whether that’s your ball team, your family team or your work team. When you sign up for any team, by definition you promise your time, effort and 100 percent commitment. You have to be at every game and every practice on time and ready to go.”

About Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA

Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA, is the James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair of Lung Cancer Research and Full Professor Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, surgical training at the Mayo Clinic and at Cornell-Sloan Kettering hospital, and has been in practice for more than 26 years. The author of “Super Performing at Work and at Home,” (, Cerfolio, who was a First Team Academic All-American baseball player in college, is a world-renowned chest surgeon and recognized as one of the busiest and best thoracic surgeons in the world.

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