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What do you, a waterkeeper and a novelist have in common? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Mauch   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:35
DAVENPORT ─ More than you might imagine — that is if the condition of your drinking water is a concern. Local novelist Joan Mauch first heard the term “waterkeeper” when she read about it in the newspaper. “The term puzzled me as I had never heard it before,” she said. The article featured Art Norris, the Quad-Cities’ waterkeeper. “We had our very own waterkeeper? And what exactly was he doing with our water? To me sounded a bit odd.”
Upon digging, Mauch learned the term, “waterkeeper” refers to an organization affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international organization that unites almost 200 independent nonprofits funded by donations and grants.
According to Marc Yaggi, director of global programs for the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance, waterkeepers wear a lot of hats including that of scientist, investigator and community advocate. “The ultimate goal is to ensure their community’s right to clean water is upheld,” Yagi said.
Waterkeeper Norris said the organization’s purpose was to be the eyes and ears of the Mississippi River. His duties include looking for water pollution issues, specifically those that impact the Mississippi from Clinton to Muscatine or any part of the Rock River and finding ways to address the problems.
Mauch contacted Mr. Norris and to her dismay learned that our regulatory authority isn't protecting our drinking water. “He said that in many cases they actually aid in covering up the polluter. It’s all about money.”
According to Norris, we need waterkeepers to oversee what regulators are allowing. “Illinois has four of the most polluted rivers in the nation. Iowa has 624 lakes, rivers and streams unfit for human use. To me it’s about leaving a better place for our children. They won't have much of a chance if we don't change this,” he said.
Thinking there could be a novel in there somewhere, Ms. Mauch asked if being a waterkeeper was dangerous.
Mr. Norris said he’s been attacked and threatened many times. “They killed my dog. Scared my wife to death. I have three daughters and a son. The polluter and friends sent me a Father's Day card. I understood this was threat. It's a heavy price to pay. It's not for everyone. Maybe your book will bring things to light.”
Joan Mauch’s latest novel, “The Waterkeeper’s Daughter” ($3.99 e-book, $16.95 paperback, Whiskey Creek Press and Start Publishing), is a mystery about revenge, murder and reconciliation. A man wants to get even for the havoc wreaked on his family and their farm caused by the spraying of pesticides. All his life, Harold Johnson has suffered for what that crop duster did; now it's his turn to grieve. First he'll target the guy’s son, Lake Okeechobee's waterkeeper, Craig Whitaker, then he'll go after his pretty daughter, Annie. And he'll make it perfectly clear what he’s doing — and why. CT Whitaker will learn the meaning of the word, "regret" — but by then, it will be too late. “The Waterkeeper’s Daughter” will appeal to those who enjoy a good mystery along with a brief look at the sorry state of our nation's waterways.
“It fires me up because I have been on missions where you wonder if you will make it back,” Mr. Norris said. “We risk our lives to save our rivers, It’s sad it has to be this way. That's why we need a following to be effective.” If you would like to volunteer or donate to the QC Waterkeeper’s movement, visit the Quad Cities Waterkeeper’s website at:
On Nov. 25, “The Waterkeeper’s Daughter” will be released as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Whiskey Creek Press’ website: The paperback may be ordered on the author’s website at or through the publisher. Ms. Mauch’s earlier novels include: “Halifax” (2013) and “The Mangled Spoon” (2014) also published by Whiskey Creek Press. Visit her website at, her Facebook author page at or follow her on Twitter.
Mark your calendar! Book signings are scheduled for Nov. 22 at South Park Mall from 1-4; The Book Rack in Davenport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6, 4764 Elmore Ave Drive; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Moline Book Rack, 3937 41st Ave.
Waterkeeper Art Norris and Joan will give a joint presentation at Read Local, a program sponsored by the Bettendorf Library on Feb. 11, 2015 from 7-9:00 p.m. He will discuss the Waterkeepers' movement, its role in protecting the Mississippi River and how to get involved. Joan will talk about writing “The Waterkeeper’s Daughter” and read a chapter from it.

Rock Island Library Adds Flipster, a New Online Magazine Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:35

Rock Island, IL: As of Nov. 1, the Rock Island Public Library will flip to a new digital magazine service for readers.  Flipster™ , from EBSCO Information Services,  allows library patrons to read the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines on a computer or mobile device.  The service is free to use with a Rock Island Library card.

"Using Flipster is so easy. Patrons simply log in with their library card number from the link off our website," said Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Library Reference and Adult Services Manager. "There's no need to create an account."

Flipster provides easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via a computer desktop or any mobile device. Patrons can access the content via Rock Island Library computers or remotely at home, adding 24-hour access to titles in the library's subscription.  A download app for offline magazine reading is available for iPad users, with another currently in development for Android devices.

Popular titles in the Rock Island Library subscription include People, Entertainment Weekly, Consumer Reports, Jet, and Sports illustrated. [Full list below.]

Flipster replaces a previous Rock Island Library subscription to Zinio. "We're continually evaluating the online products and services we offer to meet patron demand for easy-to-use services they can use anywhere, anytime," said Struecker. She added that patrons may suggest other titles to add to Flipster by filling out a patron comment form at any Rock Island Library.

To start using Flipster, begin with the Download icon on the library website,

For more events and services at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.


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Written by Lora Adams   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 16:12

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is just completing its first year of "Embracing Our Military," a two-year initiative designed to draw attention and resources to military families in the community.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7, WQPT will hold a free Military Workforce Symposium at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities in Moline, IL, to provide workshops, a job fair, resource booths and educational opportunities for National Guard, reserve, active duty, retired military and military spouses.

Businesses in attendance will be actively hiring with openings occurring in the next three-six months and who share a commitment to hiring veterans.

Workshop topics include "Reinventing Michael Banks," an interactive video that addresses the needs of both transitioning service members and employers by allowing participants to take an active role in the decisions and lives of a veteran, a corporate recruiter, a human resources professional and a supervisor. Other topics include "Dressing for Success," "Build Your Network: Build Your Future," "Volunteerism," and "Successfully Navigating USA Jobs."

To find out more about the Military Workshop Symposium or other aspects of "Embracing Our Military," visit

The symposium is supported by presenting sponsors R.I.A Federal Credit Union, UnityPoint Health- Trinity and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.



New book artistically renders scenes from Bible PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:06

Author Cindy Kolbo illustrates Book of Colossians to help readers memorize Scriptures


CANISTOTA, S.D. – Author Cindy Kolbo knows how difficult understanding the Scriptures can be for visual learners. In an effort to help them, Kolbo releases her illustrated new book, “Memory Helper for the Book of Colossians” (published by WestBow Press), to share the messages of the Bible in a creative and innovative way.

The drawings in “Memory Helper for the Book of Colossians” recreate moments from the Book of Colossians from the King James Bible. Each drawing is kept simple so as not to distract readers from the message of the passage and to aid in memorization and understanding.

Kolbo also includes an accompanying explanation of each drawing along with detailed Greek word definitions, originally translated in James Strong’s book “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.” With practice and memorization, readers will be able to better comprehend the Scripture and its many meanings.

“This book may appeal to those who would like a tool for their own study or for those who are teaching,” Kolbo writes. “My hope would be that this book would aid in understanding the Scripture and loving it.”


“Memory Helper for the Book of Colossians”

By Cindy Kolbo

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781490843636

E-Book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781490843643

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Cindy Kolbo recognizes that understanding Scripture is essential yet sometimes difficult. She has found that memorizing parts of the Bible and passing it on to others is easier with these simple drawings. She and her husband have raised six children and live near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.


KWQC-TV6 names Joey Donia Sports Director. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eric VanWinkle   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:47

Today marks the beginning of Joey Donia’s first full week on air as the new Sports Director for award winning, NBC affiliate, KWQC-TV6.  Donia comes to KWQC-TV6 from WOI in Des Moines, where he spent the last two years as a weekend sportscaster, covering Iowa and Iowa State sports, as well as working on a 30-minute weekly high school football show.  Donia is a Chicago-area native, and a graduate of Drake University.   In all, he’s spent nearly a decade in Iowa, with a two-year stop at WALB in Albany, Georgia in the middle.

“We’re excited to bring Joey’s energy, enthusiasm and unique storytelling ability to our viewers across eastern Iowa and western Illinois,” said KWQC-TV6 news director Rich Kurz. “I’m confident the addition of Joey to our team will continue to set KWQC-TV6 apart from our competition.”

Joey is the recipient of several Best Sports Story awards.

-2012 Iowa Broadcast News Association Award 2nd Place for Best Sports Story

-2008 Georgia Association of Broadcasters Merit Award for Best Sports Story

-2008 Associated Press Honorable Mention for Best Sports Story

About Media General
Media General, Inc. is a leading local television broadcasting and digital media company, providing top-rated news, information and entertainment in strong markets across the U.S. The company owns or operates 32 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms, in 29 markets. These stations reach 17.2 million or nearly 15% of U.S. TV homes. Seventeen of the 32 stations are located in the top 75 designated market areas. Media General first entered the local television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate. The company subsequently expanded its station portfolio through acquisition. In November 2013, Media General and Young Broadcasting merged, combining Media General’s 18 stations and Young’s 13 stations. In September 2014, Media General acquired WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA.

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