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OCTOBER 7th, 8th and 9th: AppleFest/Autumn Market Days Downtown LeClaire PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Frank   
Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:39

Friday, Oct. 7th 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

First Friday event at the Mississippi River Distillery and Artstroll downtown.

Saturday, Oct. 8th, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Saturday is all about the stores and restaurants. Some of the items being featured downtown will be: 

  • Green apple or caramel apple popcorn along with Lagomarcino's caramel apples at Kernal Cody's
  • Grasshoppers-apple wine
  • Happy Joe's-Apple pizza
  • Buffalo Bill museum will have an apple pick for prizes at 2:00
  • The Blue Iguana will have an apple dessert or drink.
  • Penny Waters will feature floral arrangements in pumpkins and also have taffy apples
  • Apple candles at the Primitve Cottage
  • LeClaire Antique & Appraisals will have any item with an apple tag-50% off

Book Sale at the LeClaire Community Library: www.leclairelibrary.org

Sunday, Oct. 9th, 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

More shopping and vendors.

Book Sale at the LeClaire Community Library: www.leclairelibrary.org

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Written by Christine Hojnacki   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:39

Earn Discounts at Bon-Ton Stores while Supporting Goodwill’s Job Training Programs

Milwaukee, WI —As fall approaches, it’s time to update this season’s wardrobe.  For the best in the latest trends The Bon-Ton Stores offer affordable fall fashions to coincide with the celebration of newly updated stores during the Goodwill® Sale from September 14-28.  During this semi-annual event customers may donate gently used clothing and textiles at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers or Parisian store locations to receive a discount coupon for each item donated for use toward new merchandise. Donations will be sold at Goodwill® stores with revenues funding job training programs and other services in the community to help people earn jobs, be independent and care for their families.

Shoppers will receive a discount coupon for each item of clothing or textile they donate. The coupon can be used at any of the Bon-Ton Stores nameplates to purchase apparel, shoes and accessories at a 20 percent discount; and cosmetics, fragrances and home store or luggage merchandise at a 15 percent discount.

Those who donate during the Goodwill Sale can take pride in knowing that their Goodwill donations are helping people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience or others who face challenges to finding employment. Goodwill trains people to work in fields with high demands for skilled workers including healthcare, green industries, financial services and retail. In addition to job training and career development programs, Goodwill offers services that strengthen local communities, such as youth mentoring, financial planning and family strengthening.

“Each donation to Goodwill helps our friends and neighbors, many of whom are still struggling to find work in this difficult economy,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Our donors, including those who participated in the Goodwill Sale, helped Goodwill agencies serve more than 2.4 million people last year—a 26 percent increase from 2009.”

Customers who donate at Bon-Ton Stores during the Goodwill Sale are contributing multiple “Acts of Goodwill.” Shoppers may also pledge their support for Goodwill’s mission and register their donation on www.millionactsofgoodwill.com to receive a coupon for a 25 percent discount to use at the Bon-Ton Stores. They will also be to play the “Spin-to-Win” game for a chance to win a $100 gift card instantly and be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance win $1000 shopping spree.

“We are grateful for the many donors who continually support our Goodwill Sale and help people in their communities build their careers with Goodwill’s help,” said Bud Bergren, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “We are very excited about the merchandise assortments for this event and believe our customers will respond enthusiastically.  We are also very pleased with our successful partnership with Goodwill which demonstrates our commitment to being positive participants in the communities we serve.”

About Goodwill Industries International:

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of North America's top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands as well as a leading social services enterprise (Source: Cone Nonprofit Power Brand 100, 2009). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in nearly 2,600 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2010, 2.4 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 84 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at www.goodwill.org , or call (800) 741-0186. Twitter: @GoodwillIntl

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 275 department stores, which include 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, in the Detroit, MI, area, under the Parisian nameplate. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. The Goodwill Sale event is long-standing charitable partnership the Company developed to support and build strong communities. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s web site at http://investors.bonton.com. Twitter: @thebonton Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bonton

Chick-fil-A at Davenport and Heritage Church to Sponsor Financial Peace University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Wagner   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:11

WHAT: The Chick-fil-A® restaurant at 2945 E. 53rd St. in Davenport, Ia. will partner with Heritage Church to sponsor a 13-week financial training course called Financial Peace University. The course is taught through video by author and nationally syndicated talk-radio host Dave Ramsey.


Course participants will meet each week to watch a video lesson and participate in discussion groups led by the Chick-fil-A at Davenport. The video course is geared to teach individuals how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future and give generously. The 13 sessions include the following topics:

  • Lesson 1: Super Saving
  • Lesson 2: Relating With Money
  • Lesson 3: Cash Flow Planning
  • Lesson 4: Dumping Debt
  • Lesson 5: Credit Sharks in Suits
  • Lesson 6: Buyer Beware
  • Lesson 7: Clause and Effect
  • Lesson 8: That’s Not Good Enough!
  • Lesson 9: Of Mice and Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 10: From Fruition To Tuition
  • Lesson 11: Working In Your Strengths
  • Lesson 12: Real Estate and Mortgages
  • Lesson 13: The Great Misunderstanding

Those interested in participating are invited to attend an informational meeting at Heritage Church: Bettendorf campus in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Aug. 28 at 12 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The cost of Financial Peace University is $99.51 for an individual and/or couple, and covers the course and all necessary materials.

Registration fees are due by Aug. 29 and can be turned in to Chick-fil-A in Davenport or Heritage Church: Bettendorf campus. Checks can be made out to Chick-fil-A in Davenport. The course will be held at Heritage Church on Mondays beginning Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Chick-fil-A for each session.

For more details about Financial Peace University and other courses offered by Dave Ramsey, please visit www.daveramsey.com

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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:35

Sunday, September 25, 2011, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa,


This program presents an overview of German influence in the Davenport area schools, as well as a look at what resources are available to the public at the Davenport School Museum.  The presentation provides a look at some of the people with German heritage who made contributions to the development of education in this area and how settlement patterns influenced the development of the school system.  Not only was Davenport the site of Iowa’s first kindergarten in the late 1860s, but the Davenport schools’ introduction of drawing, physical education, and music classes in the mid- to late 1800s and the offering of “modern” foreign language (German) in 1867 were cutting-edge concepts in Midwestern schools and were all influenced by German Americans.  This presentation will include educators, students, and members of the public who have played a role in education in the Davenport area.  In addition to the program there will be a display featuring people of German ancestry who were important in the development ofDavenport area schools, some school artifacts, early student work, the history of the Kuhnen Medal, and some records of earlyDavenport schools that can help you trace some family history.  Jim Schebler personally found records for his father, aunts, and uncles at Polk School in the early 1900s.  He hadn’t known that they attended that school at 8th and Marquette, along with many other students of German ancestry in that area of Davenport.  Who knows what you might find in the old school records?

Jim and Maureen Schebler have had a lifelong interest in history, especially local and regional history.  Maureen graduated from Marycrest College in Davenport with majors in social studies and secondary education.  Jim graduated from St. AmbroseCollege with majors in political science and secondary education.

In high school and college Maureen was employed in a variety of positions in the Davenport Public Library.  After spending time as a stay-at-home mom in the early years of their marriage, Maureen was employed by the Davenport Public Schools as a para-educator in media.

Jim was employed by the Rock Island Public Schools for 39 years as a teacher of social studies.  After his retirement, he was employed as a part-time instructor in the Education Department at Augustana College in Rock Island for 10 years.  He taught the secondary social studies methods course and also worked with the supervision of student teachers.  Several articles that he has co-authored have been published in the Illinois History Teacher magazine.

Today Jim and Maureen are volunteers at the Davenport School Museum and have been working on digitalizing items in the collection of the Museum and preparing presentations based on these collections.

Red apples and yellow pencils will be given out at the beginning of this program while supplies last.

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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks approaches, Americans remember the day’s tragic events. It will be a day of remembrance, but it will also be a day to commemorate those whose lives were lost and the people who risked their lives to help others.

Several organizations across Iowa have announced plans to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks through service and volunteerism by rekindling the spirit of hope and community following that devastating day.

In 2009, the United States Congress passed bipartisan legislation, signed by President Barack Obama, formally recognizing Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Through the nationwide 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance initiative, several Iowa communities including Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Lamoni, Ottumwa and Waverly are joining groups around the country planning to commemorate 9/11 with community-based service programs.

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Iowa events include:

  • Central Iowa

o   Fire Fest, hosted by the Des Moines Fire Fighters – Local 4

o   9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Community Walk, hosted by the Des Moines AmeriCorps Alumni Chapter

o   Stand Down Event, hosted by the Veteran’s Association of Des Moines

o   Film screening of “Beyond Belief,” hosted by the Des Moines AmeriCorps Alumni Chapter

o   60 Miles for 60 Cops: Des Moines Police Walk from Principal Park to the Capital, hosted by the Des Moines Police Department

o   Remembrance Event at the Central Library, hosted by the City of Des Moines

o   9/11 ceremony, hosted by the Governor’s Office

o   The Flapjack 5K, 10K and Celebration Stroll, hosted by The Children’s Cancer Connection

o   Blood drive, hosted by the LifeServe Blood Center

o   Community improvement projects in Maxwell, hosted by local Maxwell businesses

  • East Central Iowa

o   Commemorating 9/11…Ten Years Later, hosted by the Clinton Police and Fire departments

o   Stand Down event, hosted by the Veteran’s Association of Cedar Rapids

o   Community-wide work day in Cedar Rapids, hosted by BRIGHTEN/AmeriCorps VISTA staff

o   Honor Their Memory by Being Better Prepared, hosted by the Davenport Volunteer Connection/Mayor’s Office

  • Northwest Iowa

o   Tribute by postcard event for wounded soldiers, hosted by the Siouxland Volunteer Center and RSVP of Woodbury County

  • Southeast Iowa

o   Postcard thank you drive, hosted by the Wapello County United Way

  • Southwest Iowa

o   Food/Care package drive, hosted by the City of Lamoni

”Volunteering on Sept. 11 in honor of those who lost their lives and those who responded to the tragedy has become a tradition in Iowa and we are very proud of those who will give their time in service this year,” said Adam Lounsbury, executive director of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. “We encourage all Iowans to take time this Sept. 11 to give back to their community like so many others have done in the spirit of this day.”

Those interested in participating in one or more of the 9/11 Day of Service events can visit the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service Volunteer Solutions website for more information or to sign up for an event.

For more information on the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance initiative, visit www.911day.org to explore and support charitable causes of interest, find volunteer opportunities and post personal good deeds.

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is an initiative led by HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute and MyGoodDeed in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial, Business Civic Leadership Center, AARP and the Mission Continues.

“Sept. 11 is an extraordinarily powerful motivator for engagement,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute. “We must use this touchstone to unite and collaborate as never before to demonstrate that service and citizen engagement are essential to meeting the challenges before us.”


The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service was formed in 1978 to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and learning. For more information on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and local volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteeriowa.org.



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