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Written by Libby Slappey   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:36

Cedar Rapids Public Library Book Sale: Recycled Books Help More Than Mother Earth

Cedar Rapids – October 22, 2012 – It’s easy to call Mother Earth a tree hugger.  After all, she has a vested interest in saving the planet.  Anything that will “reduce, reuse, or recycle” is high on her list.  So it’s no surprise she’s a big fan of the Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

“It’s the most intellectually stimulating recycling program in the City of Cedar Rapids!” Mother says.  “Where else can you spend so little money for such a big gain?  Kids win; adults win; and the Public Library wins!”

This year’s book sale will be held in the former Von Maur store’s first floor at Westdale Mall on Cedar Rapids’ west side.  The 3-day sale opens on Friday, October 26 with early admission to the entire sale for $20 per person at 4 p.m., followed by general admission from 5 – 9 p.m. for $5 per person.  Admission on Saturday the 27th is $3 per person during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is free admission on Sunday; sale hours run noon – 4 p.m.  Children 12 and under are admitted free on Friday and Saturday.

All purchases support the literacy programs of the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.


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Written by Linda Martin   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:37

Representatives of the East Moline Foundation announced a new program this week to benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area.

Chairman of the East Moline Foundation, Doug Reynolds said donors who give $500 or more to the East Moline Foundation will have an engraved plaque and tree planted in their honor. Gifts can also be made to honor the memory of a loved one. The trees will be planted throughout East Moline.

Mr. Reynolds also noted that East Moline Mayor John Thodos is kicking off the initiative with a Mayor’s Challenge Fund. He is asking current and past city and local elected officials to join him in this program to support the people of East Moline. The first plaque and tree were planted near the Quarter Visitor’s Center in East Moline In celebration of their one year anniversary, the East Moline Foundation also announce that they are at 70% of their goal of $109,000 for 2012. One year ago this week, the East Moline Foundation was officially unveiled to the community. Since then, the Board has initiated several fundraising activities, met with financial advisors , and added two new Board members. Today, the campaign continues to raise $109,000 to match a $109,000 challenge gift already made by leaders of the East Moline Foundation.

The dollar amount of “109” refers to the 109-year anniversary of the City of East Moline in 2012. Donations to the East Moline Foundation may be mailed to: Bill Phares, P.O. Box 457, East Moline, Illinois 61244 or call (309)796-0170.

In other remarks, East Moline Foundation Board Chairman noted, “Hungry children will be fed, the poor will be housed, and the needy clothed, thanks to the many gifts that have been received, and those yet to come.”

The East Moline Foundation, founded in 2011, is affiliated with the Moline Foundation as a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. The East Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts & works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

Officers and members of the East Moline Foundation include: Doug Reynolds, Chairman, Bob Baecke, Vice Chairman, Bill Phares, Secretary-Treasurer, Pat VanBruwaene, and Larry Anderson.


Two-day auction in Cedar Rapids will benefit Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camp Courageous   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:59
A huge two-day auction will be held on Oct 27 & 28 that will benefit Camp Courageous, thanks to the generosity of Virgil Crofter of Mt. Vernon. Over the years Vergil Crofter collected some unique item, and upon his death, his personal processions have gone to Camp Courageous, a year round camp for those with special needs, run on donations.  Here are some of the details of both days:

Day 1 Antiques & Collectibles. Wide variety of items!
Sat. Oct 27 @ 10 AM. Cady Auction Gallery, 833 Shaver Rd. NE Cedar Rapids, IA
Preview Fri. 10/26, 12 noon – 4 PM & 8:30 morning of auction.

Cady Auction will be selling the estate of Virgil Crofter. Virgil requested that proceeds go to Camp Courageous. Virgil was an avid collector of celebrity apparel plus autographed photos & books, including Marlyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Willie Nelson, Cher, Eva Gabor, etc. Also being sold will be a 1987 5th Ave with 64K one owner orig mis, excellent condition.

Over 100 pieces of Royal Haeger plus other pottery will be auctioned.

Featured item: Just in time for Halloween! 1880′s Odd Fellow’s ceremonial authentic human skeleton & coffin!

4 Asian black lacquer room divider / dressing screens, 2 matching 4 ft. hand-carved marble pedestals,  antique furniture including walnut hall tree and 2 Etageres are just some of the items.

General store items: Stand alone weight / fortune telling machines + 1 cent Shooting gallery & test your strength machines.Coin counters. Floor candy cabinet. 3 National cash registers.

Beaver top hats in orig case. Victorian umbrellas (silver, mop, gold) & bakelite umbrellas. Philco radio / phonograph. Antique prints & engravings. Original movie posters: 1983 return of the Jedi & 1978 The Lord of the Rings. Handmade museum quality model ship Kate Cory & whaler.

Plus: 1987 Bayliner Capri boat w/ 85 Yamaha 1990 motor (lower unit rebuilt June 2012) with galvanized trailor w/ new tires & axle.

Complete catalog with sale order, descriptions & 1000′s of photos and Live Internet bidding via available 1 week prior to auction. Absentee and phone bids accepted. Go to for more information. or call 319 364 4143


Auction to be held in Cady Auction Gallery warehouse
Sunday, Oct 28 @ 12 Noon. Doors open at 11 AM.

This will include the rest of Virgil Crofter’s estate, proceeds going to Camp Courageous. Auction will be held in our warehouse: NO catalog, NO Internet bidding, NO absentee bids, NO buyer’s premium.

Furniture, household items, 50+ diecast cars in orig boxes, 100′s of vintage albums, console stereos, big screen TV, glassware, lamps, bookcases, vintage & antique office equipment, tools, lawn mower, race car t-shirts, celebrity photo prints, lots of dolls, antique hair salon equip, comic books, books, etc. etc. etc………still unpacking!

Updates as photos will be added to website,


The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will hold a Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony of its new group home. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 07:47
WHO: Individuals served, staff, board members, organization members and family of individuals
served will be in attendance. The Arc’s Board of Directors, Staff, and Quad Cities
Chamber representatives will conduct the ceremony. Mayor John Thodos and
Alderman Gary Almblade of the City of East Moline have been invited, as well as
project contractors. The event is by invitation only and is open to the media.

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony celebrating the licensing of The Arc’s newest
Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA group home). Additionally the
home will be dedicated and named the “LaSalle House,” in grateful memory of
Manita LaSalle, lifelong Moline resident and special friend of The Arc. A reception
offering light refreshments will follow.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
1 pm


Publicly announcing this major program expansion of The Arc’s residential services.

4013/4015 Kennedy Drive
East Moline, Illinois

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area serves more than 300 individuals with intellectual and other
disabilities. Programs foster the highest degree of independence possible, offering residential
services, developmental and vocational skills training, supported employment, and respite
care. From its humble beginnings in the home of a privately-hired teacher in 1952, The Arc has
evolved to a $13.5 million non-profit which employs a staff of more than 250.

The Arc is a CARF-accredited organization and a United Way partner agency.

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area
4016 9th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

309-786-6474 –

U.S. Veteran Charities: Beyond Lip Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:43
SEAL Team 6 Author Discusses Value of Legit Nonprofits

With the war in Afghanistan set to end in 2014, and the Iraq war having ended two years ago, charities that help veterans and their families may be busier than ever – but without the public awareness generated by an ongoing conflict.

Support for the war effort in Afghanistan is on par with the unpopular Vietnam War during the early 1970s, according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll; only 27 percent of Americans support the effort in Afghanistan. A fundamental difference between then and now, however, is Americans’ nearly unanimous support of U.S. troops, says J. L. Narmi, author of SEAL Team 6, bin Laden and Beyond (

“The vitriol expressed toward our Vietnam veterans by many was disgusting, but I think we learned from that injustice, and most Americans think the troops deserve much more support than they’re getting,” says Narmi, who comes from a military family. All proceeds from his book sales will go to support veterans’ charities.

“The problem is that funding, whether it’s through government or private charities, doesn’t match the expressed support,” he says. “And I worry that will only get worse as these soldiers move out of the public eye and try to take up peace-time lives.”

Narmi cites some good resources for Americans looking for quality charities that support the troops:

• The Wounded Warrior Project ( With advances in protective gear and life-saving medical technology, fewer troops are coming home in coffins than in previous wars, but more are coming back with lifelong injury. This charity seeks to foster a generation of well-adjusted wounded service members, and to raise public awareness about their needs and how fellow military men and women can help each other.

• The Navy SEAL Foundation ( As detailed in Narmi’s novel, SEALs are among the most physically and mentally talented individuals in the world. But they, along with their families, endure enormous stressors, many of which are never discussed due to the nature of their duties. This charity supports these elite warriors and their families.

• Charity Navigator ( Whether or not you think you know about the legitimacy of a charitable organization, it doesn’t hurt to take a few minutes to verify an organization’s status. This site is widely recognized by investigative reporters to be a reliable resource in reporting a nonprofit’s activity. The above two groups, in which Narmi has donated money, have been verified via Charity Navigator.

• Still not sure? … Skepticism is understandable. It seems the more we hear or read about charities, the more we learn that we shouldn’t simply take their word for how donations will be spent. Media coverage spotlights those outlier groups that are clearly fraudulent; however, most charitable organizations are absolutely streamlined, with workers donating their time or receiving a minimal wage. It has never been easier to verify a charity’s reputation. Additionally, for those with the time and willingness, individuals may create their own nonprofit. Narmi is working to set up his own, called Hire the Vets!

“If everyone who said they support the troops gave just a modest amount to help a veteran that has risked his or her life for our freedom, we would come across far fewer tragedies on the news about vet-related joblessness, homelessness and suicide,” he says.

About J. L. Narmi

J. L. Narmi comes from family with deep roots in the military; his brother, retired Rear Admiral Ronald E. Narmi, worked closely with SEAL teams throughout his career. Narmi’s fascination with the Navy SEALs resulted in “”SEAL Team 6, bin Laden and Beyond,” which was completed just eight days before the real-life mission that resulted in bin Laden’s death. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned his MBA from Creighton University. Narmi is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania.

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