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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 25 October 2013 08:31
The club's Assistant General Manager for two seasons has 10 years of baseball front office experience

DAVENPORT, Iowa (OCT. 24, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits are promoting a key front office member to lead the Midwest League club, as the team announced that two-year Assistant General Manager Andrew Chesser is the Midwest League club's new General Manager at a press conference with River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller Thursday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park.

The River Bandits have continuity with Chesser, who has 10 years of experience in Minor League Baseball and has been the River Bandits' assistant general manager the past two seasons. Among the highlights the past two seasons were the club's highest single-season attendance since 1995, the franchise's sixth Midwest League Championship, a Golden Bobblehead Award for the Best Charity Promotion or Event in Minor League Baseball, and the selection of the team's home, Modern Woodmen Park as the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in a nationwide vote by readers of and USA TODAY.

“Andrew Chesser is the ideal person to continue the unprecedented growth of the River Bandits,” Heller said. “He is incredibly smart, diligent, thorough and hard-working, and, most importantly, he is completely committed to providing outstanding customer service to the best fans in the country. With a new Ferris wheel, a carousel, zip line, and some fun new rides coming, the River Bandits have a chance to make this our best season ever. Under Andrew's leadership, I am confident we will get there.”

Chesser joined the River Bandits in the winter of 2012 after eight seasons of diverse baseball experience with the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, the advanced Class-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the Carolina League. Chesser began as a stadium operations intern with the Hillcats in 2004 and became the full-time stadium operations director the next season. He later became the director of information technology and creative services, and he was the director of group sales and creative services his last five seasons in Lynchburg.

Chesser is a native of New Milford, Conn., and graduate of Lynchburg (Va.) College with a major in history and minors in French and sports management. He and his wife, Susan, live in Davenport.

“I am extremely excited about taking on the role of General Manager of the River Bandits,” Chesser said. “This organization has already established that it has the best team in the league, the best ballpark in America, and what I believe is the best community in the country.”

The River Bandits, the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, will open the 2014 season at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday, April 3. A full schedule of home and road games for 2014 is available at, and ticket plans for the 2014 season are now on sale.

UP NEXT: Lock in your season ticket plan – with new lower prices – for the 2014 season! A deposit of $25 per seat by December 31 enters you in a drawing for a free suite rental at an April 2014 home game. Call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit to download the season ticket order form. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs – the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.


Collar Dam project at Duck Creek PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Hickey   
Friday, 25 October 2013 08:26

To improve the health of the greens as well as improve the playability of the course the  maintenance staff has undertaken a major renovation project resulting in a slight inconvenience.

Sand buildup on the collars has created dams around the greens that prevent water from properly draining off the greens surface.  Improper drainage causes many agronomic problems such as lack of oxygen in the root zone, added compaction, fungal diseases and poor playing conditions.  The maintenance crew has stripped the sod on the collars, re-graded, & removed excess sand and is laying low mow Kentucky Bluegrass sod on collars #1,3,4,5,6,7,8,14,15,16,PG.

The goal is to improve the health of the greens & collars by allowing water to properly drain during rain events.  Ultimately this will create better putting surfaces and better overall playability.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact:

Brian Hickey

Golf Operations Manager

City of Davenport

6364 NW BLVD.

Davenport, IA 52806

(563) 888-2049

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Team Runablaze Iowa - IMT Des Moines Marathon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cal Murdock   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:21
Frank close to 5K record?
Des Moines - October 24, 2013

Learn more about the team, visit the web site that includes the resume of the team athletes and past running highlights.  1300 of the best Iowa runners, race directors, coaches, volunteers & fans receive this e-mail.

Runablaze Iowa is sponsored by:

Iowa's best running specialty stores:
Fitness Sports - Des Moines
Runners Flat - Cedar Falls
Running Wild - Cedar Rapids, Coraville, Iowa City & West Burlington

Iowa's on-line registration leader: - Bettendorf

Iowa's best races:
Red Flannel, Loop the Lake, Friendly Sons of St Patrick, Market to Market, Dam to Dam, Marathon to Marathon, Clive Running Festival, Sturgis Falls, Fifth Season, Midnight Madness, Park to Park, Capital Pursuit, IMT Des Moines Marathon and Living History Farms.

And now for the "News" . . .
Mason Frank won the DM Marathon 5k (Oct. 20) in 16:17 and Chris Robertson was a close 2nd in 16:25.  The course turned out to be long, potentially a quarter of a mile.  Chris states, "We split through 5k in 15:06 (Mason) and 15:14 (Chris)".  The race record was set by Runablaze Iowa teammate Brett Carter in 2011, 15:06.
Ellen Ries was 7th in the Half-Marathon 1:23:10, followed by Susie Duke in 9th at 1:23:45 and Jen Van Otterloo in 11th at 1:25:42.  Susie reacted to her time, "Since much of my training was done pushing a jog stroller, it was an unexpected PR for me."  Susie is training to do the Memphis Marathon in early December.
Daniel Sevcik was 17th in the Marathon running a 2:41:53, running the first half in 1:17:18.

About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running. Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

Cal Murdock - Team Manager
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Robyn Friedman - Team President
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News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Jim Kersten   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:20

Contest Open to Fans 12 and Under

MOLINE, Ill. (October 23, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards will host a Halloween costume contest for fans 12 and under this Saturday night when the Mallards take on the St. Charles Chill at 7:05 p.m. at the iWireless Center, the Mallards announced today.

Young fans attending Saturday night’s game- the Mallards’ final tilt at the iWireless Center before Halloween- are encouraged to deck themselves out in the most frightening or funny or downright outlandish Halloween costumes they can come up with.  The most outstanding costumes will be selected to enter the first intermission contest from which the overall winner will be selected.  The winning contestant will receive a Mallard prize package.

Tickets for Saturday’s game and all other Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Mallards ticket packages- including the affordable and convenient 10-Game Flex Pack- are also still available.  The Mallards offer packages to meet virtually any budget and schedule.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Happy Halloween from Davenport Parks and Rec PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:18
Halloween Spooktacular
at Fejervary Learning Center
October 31, 11am - 2pm
Fejervary Learning Center
1800 W 12th Street
Come to the last open day for Fejervary Learning Center and celebrate Halloween.  Join us for spooky games and crafts.  Come in your costume and receive a special treat!
FREE fun for kids!

Halloween Skate and Costume Contestwitch-costume-girl.jpg
at the River's Edge
October 26, 2pm - 5pm
River's Edge
700 W River Drive
Come down for an afternoon of ice skating at River's Edge.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Skating times run from 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Normal skate fees apply
$5.00 Admission, $3.00 Skate Rental

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