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2011 4-H Film Festival Entries Are In PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:14

AMES, Iowa –Thirteen films by Iowa teens and preteens will compete at the 2011 4-H Film Festival during the Iowa State Fair

The participants had the choice of working on a film individually or as a team. At least one team member must be in 4-H. Film submissions were due July 1 and the review and judging process is under way.

“It’s exciting to see the youth of Iowa grabbing their cameras, gathering friends and making such creative and fun films for all to enjoy,” said Jed Findlay, a communications specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and one of the judges for the film festival. “I’m looking forward to the day of the festival to see which films get picked.”

The top films will be shown at the 2011 4-H Film Festival in the 4-H Exhibits Building on Aug. 12. Teams are competing for a spot in the line-up and for the grand prize of an Apple iPad.

“These films are a great example of the kind of talent and creativity that youth are capable of and it is outstanding,” says Film Festival coordinator Karen Frank.

KCWI, Blank Park Zoo, Traviss Audio Video and Taco Johns are sponsoring the event.

4-H Film Festival Entries

Iowa youth who completed any of grades 5 through 12 were eligible to submit a film in one of three categories:

Educate - Videos intended to provide information or training on a specific topic

Inspire - Videos intended to raise awareness about an important issue or call viewers to action

Just 4 Fun - Videos intended to entertain

Films from the following teams are being reviewed and judged for the 4-H Film Festival.


A Rocket, a Crew and a Trip to the Moon by The Tech Rollers - Spencer Campbell, Story County

Origami Ocean: Paper Creations That Won’t Wash Up In Water by Fold-It-Up Productions - Hunter Brehm, Dubuque County

The Dangers of Texting While Driving by IDHT Productions - Sarah Braun, Warren County


Running the Race by 4 Kids and a Camera - Joel Stephenson, Emma Stephenson, Victoria Litwiller and Matthew J. Litwiller, Hardin County

2011 South Africa Mission Trip by Films 4 Christ - Colton Bishop, Polk County

Just 4 Fun

Super Spy Granny by Barr and Padlock Productions - Alan Barr, Alicia Barr, Paul Swanson, Zack Paddok, Emilie Paddok and Bethany Paddok, Decatur County

Trisha’s Lullaby by Jaden Ramsey - Tonya Ramsey, Sac County

Blue and Green by Arthur - Arthur Behnke, Scott County

Starry Eyed Surprise by Andrew Smith - Andrew Smith, Story County

Kidnapped by Kids on Scene - Callie Forgy, Madison County

The Journey to the Clover Queen by Eyes on the Child Baby Sitting Club - Mikayla VanderHeiden, Bekah Nau, Megan Garrison, Alaina O’Connor, Paige O’Connor, Amanda Ryner, Tyanna Forgy and Kendra Kirkland, Madison County

10 Weirdest things to Trip Over by ZUM Movies - Alex Zumwalt, Linn County

Hairball Revenge by French Fries - Rayna P. Buxton, Henry County

For more information, contact Karen Frank at kmnaig@gmail.comor Holly Bignall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Iowa author offers candid approach to handling problems, decisions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Tomlinson   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 13:56

DAVENPORT, Iowa – In his new book, “Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It,” Iowa author David W. Dorris shows readers how to approach life's problems, and that making the right choices is easier than they may think.

Dorris compares life to a baseball game, constantly throwing curveballs. He challenges readers to stop watching from the sidelines and to get in the game and face life head-on, even though it isn’t always an easy game to play.

No one has a choice as to how they come into the world, but Dorris points out that everyone has a choice as to the kind of life they live. In this insightful book, readers discover for themselves how they too can knock life's curveballs out of the park.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Dorris coached Dad's Club Softball for thirty years. He always taught the kids that played for him that life is like a sport, which encouraged him to write his other books, “Life Is Too Short” and “Life Is Too Short: Choices In Life, Second Edition.” He has two children, Wendy and Douglas, and currently resides in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife, Sally.

Justice Tom Waterman appears on The Cities with Jim Mertens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:10

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Inspired by his attorney father and following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Justice Charles M. Waterman, who served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1898 to 1902, newly elected Justice Tom Waterman sits down to talk with Jim Mertens on “The Cities.” The program will air on Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 pm and Sunday, July 10 at 5:30 pm.

Speaking about his appointment, Justice Waterman said “I was thrilled to land the position for the Quad Cities. We haven’t had a resident justice here since Linda Neumann retired in 2003…” he went on to say “…It’s important both for the court and for the Quad Cities to have a resident justice here again. It improves communications, and a lot of what our Supreme Court does is to administer the rules and the personnel in the judicial branch…” Justice Waterman said he was honored to have been appointed to the court and “After 9-11, like many American’s, I felt an impulse to give back to the community.” He feels strongly that this job fulfills that goal.

Host Jim Mertens asked if it bothered him how the court was politicized the way it was prior to the 2010 elections. Waterman responded “Well, it was a shock to the judicial system, and one thing I’ve seen now that I’m serving on the court is the backlog the new justices have inherited because the court was at barely over half strength for a number of months and very distracted before it.  It had never happened before, and normally the Supreme Court changes one justice at a time, normally through retirement. It never lost three and never had three new members join all at once. At the same time, that made the need all the greater and the opportunity to serve all the more important…” he went on to say “I think it’s very important to our system of checks and balances that our court not get politicized, and two of the downsides to what happened are the risks that justices and judges will get intimidated and base a decision on what they think is popular rather than what the law requires.”

Among his plans on the court, he wants more of Iowa’s citizens to see how the court works.” I hope to bring the court to Davenport within the next year or so. It provides the public with an opportunity to come to a local auditorium, see the court in action and one of my favorite parts of the job is the oral arguments,” Waterman said.

Other innovations on the court, is the videotaping of arguments before the court. By archiving the cases, people can go to the Iowa Supreme Court website and be better informed about the cases before the court and their outcomes. Justice Waterman feels that it is the job of the justices to “protect the integrity of the system” and said that upcoming cases include civil, criminal and constitutional issues. To find out more about Justice Tom Waterman, tune in to WQPT Thursday at 6:30 pm.

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

Illinois 2.0: Governor Quinn Launches New Social Media Websites PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:38

Governor Adds Twitter and Flickr to State Communications Toolbox  

CHICAGO – June 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today launched official Twitter and Flickr pages to provide Illinois residents with yet another way to access and communicate with state government. Governor Quinn’s new social media sites will be regularly updated with the latest state news and videos, as well as the Governor’s own tweets (marked as “-GOV”). The Governor will also use Twitter to seek feedback and ideas from people throughout Illinois.  

“Social media including Twitter and Flickr are the latest tools we have added to share news and information with the people of Illinois.” Governor Quinn said. “We are continuing our work to make state government as open and accessible as possible, sharing updates and photos to further engage Illinois residents on the issues that impact them.”  

This new use of social media is part of Governor Quinn’s efforts to utilize technology as a way of making Illinois government more transparent and accountable. In 2009, was launched to allow the public to see employee salaries, state contracts, inspection results, campaign finance disclosures and other important information.   

Earlier this month, was established as a searchable clearinghouse for state agencies to inform residents about the operation of state government and encourage the creative use of state information, including the development of applications for mobile devices that can be built around the data.

Last week Governor Quinn launched Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois, an application development competition. The competition, which will take place over the next six months, will allow developers to create applications using nearly 200 data sets that have been made available by the state of Illinois, Cook County and the city of Chicago. The competition features more than $50,000 in prizes and encourages developers to create innovative solutions to public policy issues and applications that can improve the lives of people everywhere. Data and information for the competition can be found at

The public can follow Governor Quinn on Twitter at and access photos from his time in public service at


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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:23

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to introduce their 2011 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors, an elite volunteer corps made up of college students.

The WQPT/PBS Ambassador program, in its seventh year, provides an opportunity for college students to represent their local public television station at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. “Ambassadors are an elite volunteer team that serves as an extension of the WQPT staff,” said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator, Bea Brasel. This year the WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are:

Front Row: Michele Moreno-Black Hawk College
2nd Row: Karri Folks-Western Illinois University, Melissa Gravert-Western Illinois University
3rd Row: John Bosco Munyengabe-Black Hawk College, Kristi Phillipson-Black Hawk College, Irene Cruz-Northern Illinois University, Kelly Libberton-Western Illinois University, Onder Badur-Northern Illinois University
Not in Photo: Daniel Brasel-Illinois College & Shanen Norlin-Western Illinois University

“Our Ambassadors are an important part of our volunteer corps and many of them return to volunteer long after their college years end because they believe in the work that WQPT does in the community,” said Ms. Brasel. WQPT is the public media service of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois


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