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M. Paul Chinitz announces release of ‘Keonah Days’ PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:31

New book takes readers on an adventure to find themselves through love, laughs and friendship

LANSDALE, Penn. – In “Keonah Days” (published by Trafford Publishing), author M. Paul Chinitz’s new romantic novel, readers listen to Emmett Borden as he regales them with his tale of finding love in an unusual place.

After the death of his wife, Emmett Borden finds himself emotionally drained. Instead of continuing this way, he makes a vow to change his life for the better and once again enjoy life. He finds this new life in the sleepy town of Keonah, Iowa, where he stumbles upon a nuts and bolts store that is not all that it seems.

Here, he will begin a spontaneous adventure that will help him rediscover love, friendship and his life’s purpose.

An excerpt from “Keonah Days”:

“‘Yes, I think so. Mina’s overly protective. Too much so for a young boy; they grow too timid’. Looking straight at me, she handed me her plate and, getting up, added ‘I don’t think a man should be too timid either. What do you think Mr. Borden?’ Without waiting for a reply she turned around and walked into the house. I decided it would be prudent to thank my host and escape.”


“Keonah Days”

By M. Paul Chinitz

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 304 pages | ISBN 9781426940309

E-Book | 304 pages | ISBN 9781426940965

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

M. Paul Chinitz has published a book on computer design, was a contributing author on other technical books and numerous computer training manuals at Univac (now Unisys) and has been an adjunct professor at Drexel and Penn State Universities. Now retired, he enjoys writing and traveling.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


‘Without Mama’ shows the indomitable spirit of four young girls PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 November 2013 14:08

Author Joan Engelhardt Nielsen has crafted an immensely emotional tale of love and sisterhood

PRESTON, Iowa– A common issue in the world today is the huge population of orphaned children. From countries like Cambodia to the USA millions of orphaned children suffer and die due to starvation and exploitation. These children are left to fend for themselves in a cold uncaring world without guidance or support of any kind. In “Without Mama’” author Joan Engelhardt Nielsen has written a touching story of four sisters who were orphaned at a very young age and survived despite the harsh realities of life.

“Without Mama” is a true story of survival. It depicts how Helen and her sisters are abandoned by their alcoholic father after their mother’s death. Without guidance of either parent, during their childhood they are physically alone, hungry, and needing affection. Geraldyne, 12, is in a wheelchair. Thelma, 9, wants the sisters to always be together. Helen is a mystified five year old who does not understand death, nor what Christmas is all about. Ethel, the baby, is 8 weeks old. This sad yet inspiring story shows the sheer courage it took for these four young girls to live life without parents and the immense effort it took to keep a family together.

This book is based on the true to life story of Helen who was interviewed by the author in her capacity as a nurse. The story is all true and is an accurate depiction of Helen Hunter and her sisters struggle to go on in life. “Without Mama” is a true testament to the strength of the human spirit

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author

Joan Engelhardt Nielsen is a free lance writer and has loved writing since she was a small child. She has done feature articles for newspapers, short stories for a variety of publications, and has written several poems. Working as a nurse she, cared for Helen, who shared her life story with Joan. As she cared for Helen, Joan learned how vibrant and determined Helen was. Some of the obstacles Helen endured were similar to Joan’s experiences. Joan has been a type 1 diabetic for 58 years. Like Helen, she had severe problems with her legs and feet.


Without Mama* by Joan Engelhardt Nielsen

Publication Date: October 14, 2011

Trade Paperback; $19.99; 140 pages; 978-1-4653-5281-1

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 15 November 2013 12:07

MOLINE, IL – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will be off of the air from approximately 1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 for repairs to the tower equipment in Orion. These repairs will stabilize WQPT’s transmission signal, which will reduce the number of intermittent outages viewers may experience, especially during inclement weather.

“We appreciate our viewers’ patience as we work to improve our broadcast signal,” said General Manager Mary Pruess.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.

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Public is invited to Friends of the LeClaire Community Library Endowment Reception PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:51
The Friends of the LeClaire Community Library is an hosting ENDOWMENT RECEPTION for the Green Tree Library Fund,
A special endowment planted for the long-term benefit of the library and our community
Thursday, November 21st
6:00-8:00 P.M.
The Black Watch Room at Pebble Creek
3851 Forest Grove Drive
LeClaire, Iowa
Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres and tastings from Wide River Winery and Mississippi River Distilling Company
RSVP Encouraged by November 18th
to 563-505-6703 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Walk-Ins Welcome
Hosted by the Friends of the LeClaire Community Library

New Industrial Hemp Documentary Sparks Action on Farming Legalization and Policy Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Kakert   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:52

“Bringing It Home” to screen in Davenport

November 5, 2013 — Davenport, Iowa — Legislative victories in Kentucky, Colorado and Washington have sparked national media awareness and conversation about industrial hemp. But what’s preventing the U.S. from joining other industrialized nations that grow this crop?

A screening of “Bringing It Home” will be hosted by Iowa Hemp for Victory on November 16, 2013, at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport. The screening will also include a Q&A Session, complimentary hemp food and drink samples, and an informative Iowa hemp history display exhibit.

More industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. The hour-long documentary Bringing It Home explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by exploring its history, industries and current farming legalization efforts.

Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson were inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner’s story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a sensitivity to synthetic chemicals.

Brenner received national media attention when he and Hemp Technologies completed “America’s First Hemp House” for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Booker and Johnson tell the story of hemp through animation, archival images and footage they filmed with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs like Brenner in England, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.

In the first few months of 2013, eighteen states introduced industrial hemp legislation. “We made Bringing It Home with the intention of reaching a broad spectrum of viewers – from policy makers and civic groups, to farmers and health advocates, from consumers to the construction industry –with the same strategic message about how hemp offers solutions and hope,” says filmmaker Linda Booker.

The documentary aims to magnify dialogue and legislative action about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

The screening of “Bringing It Home” in Davenport is part of a national grassroots screening tour of the film across the country, which began with the film’s premiere during Hemp History Week in June 2013, and will continue into 2014.

Iowa Hemp for Victory is hosting the film as part of its mission to raise awareness and promote the hemp industry in Iowa, which once housed eleven hemp processing mills during the Federal Government’s “Hemp for Victory” program.

Screening Date: November 16, 2013
Screening Time: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Screening Location: Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E 2nd St, Davenport, Iowa 52801

This event is open to the public. Event Website:

Filmmaker, Linda Booker, is available for interviews and press inquiries. Please contact Ms. Booker at By the Brook Productions, for more information:

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