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World Famous Trapper Johnny Thorpe to Be At National Trappers Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Steinmetz   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:38

The National Trappers Association is pleased to announce that Trapping Hall of Famer, Johnny Thorpe will be on hand to present a demonstration at the upcoming convention. This “living legend” has been at it for over 65 years. Johnny was inducted into the National Trappers Hall of Fame in 1996. He started writing trapping articles for major outdoor publications in 1956 and continues to do so to this day. Johnny lives in New York and has run long-lines in New Mexico, California and Arizona.

“Johnny Thorpe”; trapper, gold miner, wood carver, artifact collector and adventurer is one the last of the true mountain men. He will be sharing his tips, techniques and stories at the convention. This 80 year old, who started trapping professionally at age 15, will bring a wealth of knowledge to share. It also should be noted that he is a direct descendant of Jim Thorpe famous Olympic athlete. “All will enjoy his presence and demonstrations,” stated Jim Fornetti, longtime member of U.P. Trappers. Johnny Thorpe will be one of many well-renown trappers and outdoor experts giving presentations hourly during the event. Veteran and novice trappers will enjoy learning tips, ideas and techniques from these pro’s which will help to increase one’s capture rate.

Over 6,000 people are expected to attend the largest outdoor event ever held in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Trappers from all over the U.S. and Canada will attend; many will make this annual convention a family vacation. There are many ladies and children’s activities planned throughout the event. There will be ten buildings filled with inside vendors and most likely over 200 outside tailgate vendors selling all kinds of goods. Many bargains will be available and buyers will save as there are no shipping charges.

On Saturday night, the band Runaway Train will be on stage performing their great mix of bluegrass, classic rock, and both modern and classic country music. NAFA’s Wild Fur Shipper’s Council will present two Fur Fashion Shows, which are sure to be hits. They will show off the beauty of garments created from wild fur and emphasize fur as a “green,” renewable resource, which it is.

The 2014 Convention hosted by NTA, CVB and UPTA is open to the general public and will be at the UP State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, MI for four big days, July 24-27, 2014. Hours are, Thursday through Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EDT and Sunday 8:00 am to noon. Admission is $10.00 for all four days, kids under 12 are free.

For further information on this great event, contact Tamara Masterson (248)568-5804; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also visit www.convention.uptrappers.com or www.nationaltrappers.com

 
Paralympic Games Gold Medalist to Discuss “Creating Positive Outcomes” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Monday, 02 June 2014 15:36
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Always a hockey fanatic, Andrew “Andy” Yohe of Bettendorf, Iowa, was a roller hockey player for the Bettendorf Young Guns before losing both legs in 1994. He was run over while trying to jump onto a train. But he did not allow the accident to prevent him from continuing with his athletic career. Andy became an ice sled hockey player and went on to serve as captain of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Andy has an indomitable spirit, as well as a vital message to share with the public. He will give a presentation called “Creating Positive Outcomes” at a Think Tank session to be held 6 to 8 p.m. June 26, at Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Dr., Bettendorf. Cost of the session is $20 ($10 for students 18 and younger) and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The Think Tank is a division of Results Marketing in Bettendorf.

“The Think Tank provides a forum for the Quad-City area’s most compelling thinkers and doers,” said Todd Ashby, Managing Partner of Results Marketing. “We are pleased to have Andy as a presenter and believe that attendees will find his presentation both inspiring and informative.” Results Marketing is also the creator of the Idea Lab, a progressive discussion group, and is the hosting sponsor of Leadercast in the Quad-Cities area.
“To receive positive outcomes, you must first be positive,” said Andy. “This may sound simple, but you must focus and make an effort to be positive in all aspects of your life. Make sure to talk about things you like, and why your day is going good. Compliment someone or tell them, ‘Good job.’” His presentation will stress the need to “Evaluate, Educate, Adapt, and Believe” in life. According to Andy, these abilities are “the reason humans are so amazing.”
A Winning Attitude
After his accident, Andy got back into hockey when he joined the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Blackhawks. His winning attitude prevailed when he set the club’s record for points in a season by a rookie. Andy was a member of Team USA in 2006 and helped the team win a bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
Excited to compete again four years later, Andy helped the U.S. capture the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. After the Vancouver Games, Andy took a three-season hiatus to begin a family with his wife Katie. Andy returned to the game as the oldest member and team captain of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.
Andy manages a prosthetic and orthotic facility and currently resides in Bettendorf with Katie, three-year-old daughter Abby, and newborn son Levi. He is a 2009 graduate of Ashford University with a degree in Business Administration.
The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical challenges. The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of today’s largest international sporting events. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes. The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games.
To find out more about the event or to register, call Les Flesher of Results Marketing at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank"'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy4513 = 'Les' + '@'; addy4513 = addy4513 + 'resultsimc' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text4513 = ' '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text4513 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To register online, visit  http://www.eventbee.com/v/. You can also follow the Think Tank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThinkTankQC.
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CLUE comes to Vander Veer Botanical Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:48
The Mystery of the Missing Plant


here has been a sudden disappearance of one of our most beloved and exotic specimen plants in the Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory!
Was it killed, stolen, misplaced, by who and with what?


Enjoy a fun-filled day of mystery, geocaching, and adventure at Vander Veer Botanical Park this summer! Check out a Detective Backpack in the Park Store and help us solve our Mystery of the Missing Plant using real GPS units, code wheels, and more!


Park Store Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Vander Veer Botanical Park
215 W. Central Park Ave.

 

CLUE takes place from June 1 through Labor Day.

For more information call Vander Veer Botanical Park Store at 563-326-7818.

 

Sponsored by The Friends of Vander Veer.

 
Footgolf Grand Opening Tourney PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 30 May 2014 10:32

Davenport Parks and Recreation is pleased to host the first Footgolf Course in the State of Iowa. This Grand opening Tournament is going to be a blast, and be the biggest party of the summer. We will take winners from many different brackets, and prizes will be given out on site. 18 holes of Footgolf will be played on the actual golf surface nine hole Red Hawk Golf Course. This event will also host a giant screen to watch the FIFA World Cup games all day and night! Concessions and Drinks will be for sale throughout.

Don't forget to wear your Footgolf attire!!! Hat, Polo, Shorts, Turf Shoes and awesome tall socks!! Awards for best dressed will accompany the tournament winners!

Resident Fee:   $10.00 per person     
Non-Resident Fee:   $10.00 per person

Date:  Saturday, 6/21/2014, 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location:   Red Hawk Golf Course,
6364 Northwest Blvd Davenport IA 52806

 
The City of Davenport British Soccer Camp!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 30 May 2014 10:23

This Sunday, June 1, from 5-6pm at the 
Davenport Soccer Complex

Featuring Challenger Sports' British Coaching Staff!

This special free clinic is designed for your child to meet the British coaching staff that will be in town all next week, running the week long camp.

Anyone is welcome to attend - invite your friends and team mates! Clinic is for ages 3-16 years old.

PLEASE BRING A SOCCER BALL AND ARRIVE 10-15 MINUTES EARLY TO CHECK IN - 
NO PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Note: These wonderful coaches are conducting a Mon-Fri camp. If you haven't yet signed up, you can register at Sunday's clinic. Check payment preferred.

To view next week's camp - CLICK HERE

 
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