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National Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Iowa Firefighter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenni A. McClelland   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:46
EMMITSBURG, MD. – The 30th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor an Iowa firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2010.  He is among the 72 firefighters who died in 2010 and 17 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

Firefighter Steven S. Crannell, age 47, of the Guthrie Center Fire Department died after suffering a heart attack within 24 hours of participating in a department training exercise on April 22, 2010.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security will sponsor the official national tribute on October 16, 2011.

As first responders to all natural and manmade emergencies, fire service personnel are in constant danger. During 2010, 72 firefighters died in the line of duty, making firefighting one of the nation’s most dangerous occupations.

More than 6,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters will attend the event.  Families will receive flags flown over the U. S. Capitol and the National Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.

Many fire departments across the country will also conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half-staff, sound sirens, and observe a moment of silent tribute.  For the first time in Memorial Weekend history, departments and local places of worship are invited to participate in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, a national moment of remembrance, to honor those who died in the line of duty.  For more information on Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters visit:

For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information visit         

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. For more information on the Foundation and its programs contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit

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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:59

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Mulligan’s Valley Pub in Coal Valley is providing a tasty way to support WQPT. On October 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. everyone who purchases a $5.00 order of tacos will also be supporting quality television programming and educational outreach projects for WQPT, our area’s local PBS station.

“Viewers, friends and others are invited to show their support for the station while enjoying great tacos that have generously been provided by  Mulligan’s and Royal Neighbors of America,” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.  “Mulligan’s donates 100% of the proceeds for the night to various charities and WQPT is honored to have been chosen to receive this gift” Best said.

WQPT provides educational, public affairs and entertainment programming on its main channel and broadcasts MHz Worldview on its second channel. Both are provided to eastern Iowa and western Illinois viewers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Membership dollars and special events help provide the funding to support the station.

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

22nd Annual Square Dance Benefit For Camp Courageous PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Becky Melchert   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:03
Monticello, IA— On Sunday, October 9, 2011, the East Central Federation and Cedar Valley Callers Association will sponsor the 22nd Anniversary of the Annual Square Dance Benefit for Camp Courageous. The calling begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in the main lodge at Camp Courageous.

Callers and cuers are invited from all over eastern Iowa and the surrounding areas. Dance clubs as well as individuals and couples are welcome to enjoy the afternoon dancing or just observing in the spacious camp lodge. Tours will be available for anyone interested in seeing all that camp offers including the camp train, the barn and the indoor swimming pool! Admission fee is a donation to camp. Participants are asked to bring along cookies, or a snack to share---beverages are provided.

Located near Monticello IA, Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. The camp was built and continues to operate on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp serves nearly 6,000 individuals with special needs annually.


Dinner highlighting Wild Harvest River Fish America's potential: Helping feed the hungry. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:04

The Moline Commercial Club hosted a private dinner party televised and taped by NIPPON TV and Channel 4 news on September 26th. 2011.  The menu was designed to highlight the delicious and healthy wild harvested Carp from the Illinois rivers.

The aim of  the dinner and the televised  taping was to highlight the upward potential of  American business as well as the creation of  jobs by increasing wild harvested fish from our waterways. To this purpose the dinner was arranged to serve a variety of  dishes for those who had never eaten  ‘ the  fish called carp’ . The dinner was a huge success.  Chef Linda of the Moline Commercial Club prepared Stuffed Green Peppers, Lasagna, and Chili. The Chili was cooked in front of  the newscasters and reporters. All items were made with carp. Desserts were chocolate mousse and whipped cream on philo dough cups with fresh raspberry on top; and  chocolate, vanilla and raspberry cheesecake squares.

The advantages of  the carp is that the fish is NOT a bottom-feeder. It is healthy, and very easily digestible over some of the other fish and meat, and is low calorie, and tasteful: it actually absorbs the flavors of  the spices since it does not have its own taste. It is not a greasy fish. The carp has a blood line, which makes its consistency similar to hamburger meat or turkey, or chicken and it does not disintegrate in prepared dishes. It maintains a nice texture and consistency. It is substantial and is not flaky. Because it eats only plankton, it is a light and airy fish and stays on top. The comments were: we ate a lot of  food, but we do not feel heavy. Additionally, it is economical at half  to a third of  the price of  meat and most other fish.

In attendance at the dinner were the congressional office of Congressman Schilling and various members of The Moline Commercial Club.

The Moline Commercial Club is  looking to achieve three short term and long term goals:

1)      Remove the excess carp from the Illinois waterways, while still maintaining sustainability so the species are not endangered.

2)      Freeze and ship the wild harvest to countries overseas as well as the American market: both North and South America. An ideal conservative short term goal is 4 containers of  40,000 pounds per week.

3)      Make it available to the American families through awareness of  health advantages of  the carp, cooking techniques, and economics of  wild natural harvest, cost per family for a full meal as well as availability in local super markets and grocery stores.

Prepared dishes as well as smoked, raw mince and fillet can be purchased from The Moline Commercial Club.

Ready menus are:  Stuffed green peppers,  chili, lasagna, fillet with pasta with alfredo or tomato base sauce, fish balls, fish patties, and fish cakes.

Please contact 309-762-8547 to place your orders.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Additionally, raw uncooked fish may be purchased through the same number or email.

Niabi Zoo Hosts Wine Tasting and Art Expo to Raise Money for Elephants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:05

Coal Valley, IL – September 23, 2011 – Niabi Zoo has announced an all-new and fun event to benefit the construction of a larger and more modern elephant exhibit. The new event, titled Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by the Grape Life, is an after-hours wine tasting that offers attendees the chance to sample a variety of wines for a good cause. Attendees will enjoy music and appetizers in a fun and casual atmosphere. Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by The Grape Life takes place on zoo grounds on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 10:00pm.

“Niabi Zoo is extremely proud to be the only zoo in the state of Illinois to feature elephants as part of its collection,” says Assistant Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “Our two Asian elephants, Babe and Sophie, are the biggest stars of the Zoo, both figuratively and literally. They deserve a larger and more modern habitat, and we hope to add a third elephant sometime after construction is completed.”

The estimated exhibit cost is close to $4 million, and Niabi Zoo is hoping to offset some of that cost with a variety of fundraising activities, such as Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by The Grape Life. In addition to the wine tasting, the event will also feature an art gallery consisting of masterpieces from local artists and even zoo animals such as elephants, lions, snakes, and birds. “We have a lot of artists here at Niabi Zoo,” says Heinzman, “and they love to paint.”

Tickets for the event are $40 for zoo members and $45 for non-members in advance, or $50 for all at the gate. The Zoo is also selling Double Mangnum 4- packs of tickets at $150 for members and $170 for non-members. Call 309-799-3482 ext. 242 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to purchase tickets.

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