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Despite Flooding, Davenport is Open for Business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:11

Front Street Brewery's signature beer is called Raging River Ale.

The name is hitting a little close to home for the long-time Davenport business, which boasts two riverfront locations - one between Pershing and Perry streets on River Drive and the other in the riverfront Freight House building.

The muddy Mississippi may be knocking at the front door, but manager Jenny Ash says both locations are open and serving.

"It was a little slow at lunch today, probably because parking is hard to find," she said. "But this flood is typical and manageable."

Ash has worked at Front Street for 22 years and has been through seven major floods. Improvements in the city's flood protection plan over the years have made them much easier to deal with than the deluge in 1993 that knocked the brewery out of business for an extended period.

"When we see the Hesco barriers going in, it's very reassuring to us," she said, as several patrons stepped in to order lunch and gawk at the rising waters just outside the large picture window out front.

Downstream a bit, Ed Kraklio Jr. of Nostalgia Farms Deli said the lunch rush today was more like a trickle. Too many people don't realize that despite River Drive being closed, you can still access businesses south of the road. Still, he's pleased with the flood protection measures in place.

"We're still prepping and getting ready for the weekend," he said. "Although we will be closed on the 4th because they cancelled Red, White and Boom."

Michelle Magyar, one of the co-owners of Mid-American Glass on River Drive, said they are coping with this flood much better than the last major flood in 2011.

A recent $5 million expansion, with a new building on their site, allows them to ship out a new dock to the north, meaning they no longer need access from River Drive.

"We are an island, but it’s business as usual although it’s hectic," she said. "The city helped us put this new building in and we can now get in without going through the water."

Any business owner that needs assistance with flood fighting should contact Public Works at (563) 326-7923.

 
THURSDAY: Loebsack to Host “Serving Those Who Served” Events in Davenport, Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:18

Third annual series of veterans town halls to coincide with July 4th holiday

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that he will bring his Serving Those Who Served tour to Davenport and Clinton, TOMORROW, THURSDAY, July 3. These forums will give veterans and their families an opportunity to speak directly with Congressman Loebsack. Staff will also be on hand for veterans to seek assistance if they are having issues with the Veterans Administration, or any Federal agency. Loebsack will be joined by representatives from local Veteran Service Organizations, County Veterans Affairs Officers and other groups.

“As Iowans come together to celebrate the birth of our nation, we must take time to remember those men and women who fought for the freedoms we treasure. As a military parent and member of the House Armed Services Committee, I take great pride in Serving Those Who Served. I strongly believe that there is no greater responsibility we have as a nation than to ensure our servicemembers have the support, equipment, and training they need to safely carry out their mission and that we care for our veterans with the same dignity and honor with which they served. I look forward to meeting with veterans and their families to discuss issues important to them and provide any assistance my office can help with.”

Loebsack will also hold forums in Muscatine, Iowa City, Ottumwa, Ft. Madison, Burlington, Newton, Knoxville and Washington. This is the third year that Loebsack has hosted town halls specifically for veterans around the July 4th holiday. Veterans, their families and media are invited to attend.

 

July 3rd Serving Those Who Served Tour

 

Davenport

10:00am

American Legion Post 26

1111 W 35th St

 

Clinton

1:00pm

Clinton County Administration Building

1900 N 3rd St

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OFFICIAL BLUES FESTIVAL UPDATES! FESTIVAL IS ALL SET FOR 2ND STREET IN DAVENPORT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MVBS   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:50

The 30th anniversary Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is on for July 3-5 in downtown Davenport!  Despite the massive flooding, the Festival is happening, and the weather prediction for the festival weekend is for dry and pleasant temperatures.

Here is a list of important information about the blues Festival:

  • The location is on 2nd Street in Davenport, between Brady and Ripley Streets.
  • The main gate with will call and media check-in is at Harrison Street on the north side of 2ndStreet.  A second gate is at the east end of 2nd, at Brady Street.
  • Because River Drive will be closed, there is no access to the parking garage closest to the River Music Experience (at River Drive and Main Street).
  • Red White and Boom has cancelled the fireworks for Thursday July 3rd.
  • The Bandshell (Big Stage) will be at Ripley & 2nd, and the “Tent” stage will be in the courtyard just east of the River Music Experience at 2nd and Main.
  • Admission is $10 for Thursday July 3, $25 for Friday July 4, and $25 for Saturday July 5.
  • Correction: The free workshops will be held in the performance hall on the second floor of the River Music Experience, and the free retrospective Photo Exhibit will be housed in the same room.  Hours are 2:30-8:00 p.m. on July 4 and 5.
  • Correction: BlueSKool will be held on the community stage at Falbo’s Pizza on the first floor in the River Music Experience.  Hours are 3:30-7:00 p.m. on July 4 and 5.
  • Gates open at 4:30 on Thursday July 3, and at 2:30 on July 4 and 5.

 
Future Lady Knights (FLK) National World Series Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:27
When: Wednesday July 2nd

Time: 5 – 8:00pm

What: “Tip a Knight”

Where: Antonella’s – 112 W. 3rd

Davenport

FLK softball players will be waiting tables from 5-8pm. All tips

collected during this time will be used to raise money for their trip

to the National World Series. Come out to try homemade Italian

dishes and support the FLK softball program.

 
Celebrate Independence Day in New Windsor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D. Howe   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:46
Join us at Shady Lakes RV Resort, New Windsor, IL for their Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 5th from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow.

 
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