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40th QC Times Bix 7 News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:56

THE BIX 7 WANTS YOU FOR A PATRIOTIC 40th ANNIVERSARY; AIMING FOR FIELD OF 20,000

USA 7 Mile Championship; Free Active Military Entries; Veterans Hospice Charity Highlight Event

BETTENDORF, IA – The 40th Anniversary of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 will be a patriotic celebration with the return of the USA Seven Mile Championships, free active duty military registrations and a program to assist veterans in hospice care as organizers aim for a field of 20,000. Race officials made the announcements in a media event at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel.

Participants return to Davenport on Saturday, July 26th, 2014. Registrations are being mailed in addition to availability at locations throughout the Quad City Area. Online entry is open at www.bix7.com with a valid Visa or MasterCard except for active duty military which will require a printed application.

Advance entries are only handled through the website, via mailed printed applications or those brought to the Quad-City Times building, 500 E. Third Street, Davenport. You can stay connected with news and training tips at www.facebook.com – Search Quad-City Times Bix 7 or www.twitter.com/@BixSeven.

For the fourth time (2002, 2009, 2010) the Bix 7 will host the USA Seven Mile Championships - part of the USA Running Circuit (www.runnerspace.com/USARunningCircuit).The yearly program is a development effort for athletes in training on road courses as they work toward opportunities to represent the country at World and Olympic competition through USA Track & Field.

Also, the Bix 7 will offer free entry to any active duty military. A printed application will be required which has a line to list the active military identification number. The entrant will also be required to present their military identification at packet pick up to confirm status.

Every paid entrant will be able to assist military veterans by adding a $2.00 contribution on the application to Genesis Health System Hospice’s local chapter of the We Honor Veterans Program. Led by the Veterans Administration and hospice care providers, the national effort honors veterans nearing the end of life by celebrating their military service (www.genesishealth.com/services/home-health/hospice/we-honor-veterans/).

These activities complement the Premier Buick & GMC Dealers High School Challenge, the Quad City Bank & Trust Battle Up Brady, Alcoa Jr. Bix 7, Swiss Valley Farms Quick Bix, VictoryStore.com Gregg Newell and Eloise Caldwell awards for top local male and female area finishers, Rhythm City Casino Race for the Jackpot and Scott County Regional Authority All City Challenge.

As the country’s best compete while saluting those who serve and sacrifice for our country, race director Ed Froehlich knows the Bix 7 is ready for a memorable 40th anniversary event.

“We’re pleased to again host the USA Seven Mile Championships,” said Froehlich, entering his 35th year guiding the race. “More importantly, the recognition of our service men and women that have and continue to make it possible for us to celebrate traditions like the Bix 7 since 1975 is one that our sponsors, volunteers and participants are thrilled to be involved with.”

RICK McGRATH LEADS 2014 QUAD-CITY TIMES BIX 7 MILITARY SALUTE

13-year Committee Chair Joins Four Others as Assistant Race Directors

BETTENDORF, IA – Rick McGrath, a committee chair for 13 years with the Quad-City Times Bix 7, has been named as a new Assistant Race Director for the event by Race Director Ed Froehlich. Officials made the announcement in a media event at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel.

The 40th Bix 7 returns to Davenport on Saturday, July 26th, 2014. Registrations are being mailed in addition to availability at locations throughout the Quad City Area. Online entry is open at www.bix7.com with a valid Visa or MasterCard except for active duty military which will require a printed application for listing the active military identification number which will also be needed for packet pick up.

Advance entries are only handled through the website, via mailed printed applications or those brought to the Quad-City Times building, 500 E. Third Street, Davenport. You can stay connected with news and training tips at www.facebook.com – Search Quad-City Times Bix 7 or www.twitter.com/@BixSeven.

McGrath will head up the military initiatives for the event highlighted by free registration for active duty military. He joins Dan Breidinger, Ron Egger, Michelle Juehring and Paul Schmidt as Assistant Race Directors.

Along with his wife Laurie, the couple has coordinated musical entertainment on the course for race day. They will continue in that role. McGrath has a long relationship as a participant (35 years) and is excited to be serving the Bix 7 in this new effort.

“I have run the Bix which goes back to my days as a cross country athlete at Black Hawk College,” said McGrath, a lifelong resident of the area. “I was friends with Nancy Kapheim who recruited me to the committee.

“We have several friends in the reserves,” McGrath added. “However, my stepson joined the Navy to work toward his goal of medical school. So, with that first hand experience now I’m looking forward to this new opportunity to build a relationship with active duty personnel and the race.”

Every paid entrant can join the patriotic excitement by adding a $2.00 contribution on the application to Genesis Health System Hospice’s local chapter of the We Honor Veterans Program. The national effort honors veterans nearing the end of life by celebrating their military service (www.genesishealth.com/services/home-health/hospice/we-honor-veterans/).

These activities complement the Premier Buick & GMC Dealers High School Challenge, the Quad City Bank & Trust Battle Up Brady, Alcoa Jr. Bix 7, Swiss Valley Farms Quick Bix, VictoryStore.com Gregg Newell and Eloise Caldwell awards for top local male and female area finishers, Rhythm City Casino Race for the Jackpot and Scott County Regional Authority All City Challenge.

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Increase in Tick Population Leads to More Lyme Disease in Southern Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Renee Schneider   
Monday, 10 March 2014 15:09

Oskaloosa, Iowa - In June of 2013, alerts were published regarding the increase in the tick population in Southern Iowa, and the associated increase of Lyme Disease.  Now, more dogs are starting to show symptoms of Lyme Disease. This year, the threat still lingers and prevention is imperative for your animals in 2014.

Lyme Disease is transmitted through tick bites, so any dog with tick exposure is at risk for contracting Lyme Disease.  The symptoms of Lyme Disease in dogs include fever, lameness, swollen joints, lethargy, decreased appetite and enlarged lymph nodes.  It can take up to 5 months after tick exposure to see visible signs of Lyme Disease.  Left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause chronic issues with arthritis and lameness.

“In 2013, our veterinary clinics in Albia, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, and Ottumwa saw a significant increase in the number of cases of Lyme Disease being diagnosed in the dogs we care for. It is easily preventable and affordable, so I encourage responsible pet owners to consider vaccinating their dogs this year” Lisa Gronewold D.V.M said in response to the outbreak.

The best way to prevent your dog from getting Lyme Disease, or any tick borne disease, is to use a tick preventative.  There are many options available that include both topical or oral formulations.

In an effort to protect high risk dogs from being infected with Lyme Disease, one should vaccinate their dogs.  High risk dogs include any outdoor dog, hunting dog, or dog that spends time going on walks, hikes, or other outdoor activities, especially activities that take place in tall uncut grass or wooded areas.  Contact your veterinarian about whether your dog is at high risk of tick exposure, to make the decision about whether your dog is a good candidate for Lyme vaccination.  Vaccinating for Lyme Disease includes two vaccinations about one month apart the first year and then once per year on following years.

One way to screen your dog for exposure to Lyme Disease is to run a blood test called a 4dx Heartworm Snap Test.  This test checks for Heartworm Disease, Lyme Disease and two other tick borne diseases called Ehrilichiosis and Anaplasmosis.

Did you know?

- Adult ticks can live up to 3 years without a blood meal

- Ticks live on 3 different animals during their life

- Most ticks spend most of their life in the environment and OFF the host animal

- Ticks don’t jump and don’t “fall from trees” as most people think, but transfer onto hosts when animals or humans walk through long grass, bushes and brush.

Predictions of Lyme disease cases are especially high again this year, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s (CAPC) annual forecast. With the heightened risk of contracting Lyme disease, it is imperative that you protect your pets this summer.

It is important to frequently check your pet for ticks. If you find a tick on your animal, remove the tick as quickly as you can. After you administer a topical flea and tick treatment, don’t bathe your dog immediately. Wait at least two or three days. If your animal is bitten, watch for symptoms of Lyme disease which include fever, lameness, swollen joints, enlarged lymph nodes, lethargy, depression and anorexia. While Lyme disease can not be transmitted from dogs to humans, a high prevalence of Lyme disease in dogs often may mean a higher incidence of Lyme disease in humans.

If you notice these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Our clinics offer walk-in and emergency services and can be reached at: Albia (641.932.3455), Knoxville (641.828.2101), Oskaloosa (641.673.5525) or Ottumwa (641.682.8701). 

"With last year’s ticks still alive, and the increase in moisture this winter, the tick and mosquito population is sure to be larger than normal. Due to that, the risk of Lyme and other diseases, such as heartworm disease, are higher. There are many ways to prevent the spread of disease in your animals including topical and oral medications as well as sprays and other treatments for your home and yard. The staff at our four vet clinics would be happy to help you select the right preventative for your pet, budget and lifestyle” owner Matthew C. Garver, D.V.M. said.

 

 

About Animal Health Center: Animal Health Center is a full-service veterinary clinic for both small and large animals, which has been serving animals and their people since 2002. The Animal Health Center family of clinics has four clinics in south-central Iowa (Albia, Knoxville, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa). They offer wellness exams, emergency services, vaccinations, general and laser surgery, grooming, boarding, embryo transfer and more. To learn more about these clinics, visit their websites at www.AlbiaVet.com, www.OskyVet.com, www.AnimalClinicSouthside.com or www.Knoxville-Vet.com

 

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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: MARCH 3, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:28

MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: MARCH 3, 2014

 

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, March 5, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline

Missouri Mavericks vs. Quad City Mallards

 

Friday, March 7, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Arizona Sundogs vs. Quad City Mallards

 

Saturday, March 8, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Arizona Sundogs vs. Quad City Mallards

 

LAST WEEK
Wednesday, February 26
Quad City 5 Missouri 1

 

Friday, February 28

Brampton 2 Quad City 1

 

Saturday, March 1

Brampton 6 Quad City 5

Quad City
26-17-8, 60 points
7th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Missouri

35-16-2, 72 points
1st place
Coach: Scott Hillman

 

Arizona
25-24-6, 56 points

8th place
Coach: Kevin Colley

 

QUACK TRACKS
Last Week
The Brampton Beast swept a pair of games from the Mallards last weekend at the iWireless Center after the Mallards knocked off league-leading Missouri 5-1 last Wednesday.

Tight

Last weekend’s back-to-back defeats left the Mallards in seventh place, one point behind sixth place Tulsa and three points behind fifth place Brampton.  The Mallards, who have played fewer games (51) than any other CHL club, have four games in hand on Brampton and Tulsa.

.500 February
With last Friday’s loss, the Mallards finished February with a record of 7-7-0 for the month.

 

Home Sweet Home
The Mallards have gone 1-2-0 over the first three games of a seven game homestand- their longest of the season.

 

Busy

Last Saturday’s game was the sixteenth in a stretch that sees the Mallards play 31 games over the final 59 days of the regular season.

Rough Road

The Mallards are also in the midst of a stretch that sees them play 18 of their final 30 games against the top four teams in the CHL- Missouri, Rapid City, Denver and Allen.

Balance
While the Mallards rank fourth in goal scoring (3.3 per game) only one Mallard- Jeff Lee who is tied for sixteenth- ranks in the top 20 in the CHL in point scoring.

General Lee
Lee matched a Mallard and personal single game season high by recording four points (one goal and two assists) last Saturday.  He has piled up 19 points (six goals and 13 assists) in his last 13 games.  He leads the Mallards in both goals (19) and points (47).

Nickel

The Mallards gave up a single period season high five goals in the second period last Saturday against Brampton.

 

First
Chris Greene scored his first goal for the Mallards last Friday against Brampton.

First, Take 2
Last Wednesday’s win over Missouri was the Mallards’ first in five tries this season against the Mavericks.

Between the Pipes

Thomas Heemskerk relieved Ty Rimmer last Saturday and suffered the loss in relief.  The defeat was Heemskerk’s fifth in a row.  The losing streak is Heemskerk’s first this season.  Rimmer has won five of his last six decisions.

Leaders
Heemskerk ranks fourth in goals against average (2.68), is tied for fourth in shutouts (2) and ranks seventh in save percentage (.910)… Rimmer is also tied for fourth in shutouts (2), ranks eighth in goals against average (2.84) and ranks ninth in save percentage (.907)… Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for third in goals (15), ranks fifth in points (33) and ranks sixth in assists (18)…Among defensemen, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel and Matt Duffy are tied for sixth in goals (9) while Dieude-Fauvel ranks eighth in assists (22) and ninth in points (31)…Mike Monfredo and Nicholas Rioux are tied for tenth among defensemen in points (24)… The Mallards have gone 0-1-2 against Arizona this season.  Andrew Engelage and the Sundogs blanked the Mallards 1-0 on January 11 in the only prior meeting between the two teams at the iWireless Center. All-time the Mallards have gone 5-3-4 against the Sundogs and have posted a 3-2-1 record at the iWireless Center against Arizona.  The Mallards and Sundogs conclude their season series this weekend.

Special Teams
On the season the Mallards have converted 14.7 percent of their power plays and rank ninth in the CHL on the man advantage.  The Mallards have gone 12-for-13 on the penalty kill in their last three games.  On the season they rank fifth in penalty killing (83.6 percent) and are tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (7).

Head to Head

With last Wednesday’s win, the Mallards improved to 1-3-1 against Missouri this year.  The two clubs have split a pair of games at the iWireless Center.  The Mallards are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play nine of their final 30 tilts against the Mavericks.  Since entering the CHL in 2010, the Mallards have gone 15-15-3 against the Mavericks and have posted a record of 6-7-2 at home.  Lee (2-5-7) is the top point scorer in this year’s season series…The Mallards have gone 7-1-3 against Brampton this season and are 2-1-2 against the expansion Beast on home ice.  The two clubs conclude their season series this weekend.  Gergo Nagy is the leading scorer (5-9-14) in the season series.  The Mallards this season have played four games that have ended in overtime- all against the Beast.  Brampton has won three of those four contests, including the last meeting between the two clubs on January 26 when Andrew Fournier scored in sudden death to give the host Beast a 4-3 victory.

Ins and Outs
Forward Gergo Nagy signed a professional tryout agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League last Thursday, made his AHL debut yesterday in the Wolves’ 4-0 win over the Iowa Wild and returned to the Mallards today…Forward Frazee (upper body) was activated from injured reserve last Friday and returned to the lineup that evening after missing six games…Forward Hellyer was placed on 14-day injured reserve retroactive to February 16 (upper body) and has missed the last seven games.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, March 5, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri
Wednesday’s game is a Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ next Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  Fans also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer at iWireless Center concession stands during each Wednesday home tilt.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Friday, March 7, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
This Friday is this season’s final $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and $1 beers will again be available at iWireless Center concession stands this Friday.

Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012
Nana Meriwether will drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff just before the 7:05 p.m. start of the game and will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures during that contest.

Saturday, March 8, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton

Genesis Health Jersey Auction
The Mallards will wear their special edition orange jerseys when they take on the Sundogs March 8. Immediately after the game those jerseys will go up for bid in a live auction to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation.

 

Replica Youth Jersey Giveaway
The first 1,000 fans age 12 and under arriving for Saturday’s game will receive a free Mallards replica youth jersey.

Postgame Party- Bier Stube
Fans can join the Mallards at the Bier Stube in Moline for a postgame party after Saturday evening’s contest.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games- including this Saturday’s tilt- will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  Audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.com.  CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.com.  For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to http://myqcmallards.com/schedule/broadcast_schedule/.

 

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box 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.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

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NAGY RETURNS TO MALLARDS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:46
MOLINE, Ill. (March 3, 2014) – Forward Gergo Nagy has returned to the Quad City Mallards from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, the Mallards announced today.

Nagy signed a professional tryout agreement with the Wolves last Thursday and made his AHL debut yesterday in Chicago’s 4-0 shutout of the Iowa Wild. 

Nagy, 24, remains the Mallards’ leader in assists (29) despite missing the club’s two games against Brampton last weekend.  Nagy is also second on the team in points (43).  He has scored 14 goals, including two on the power play and two shorthanded- tied for the most on the club- in 49 games.  The 6’ 3”, 212-pound native of Dunaujvaros, Hungary, has posted a plus/minus rating of +14 in his first season in North America.

Nagy produced five points (one goal and four assists) in his last three games before being called up.  His was the eleventh AHL call-up for a Mallard this season. 

Before arriving in the Quad Cities for the Mallards’ preseason training camp, Nagy had already played six games this season in the MOL Liga- which consists of teams in Slovakia, Hungary and Romania- for Slovak club HK Nove Zamky.  He produced one goal and nine assists in those six outings.

Nagy last season played in his homeland with Miskolci Jegesmedve JSE, for whom he ripped off 16 goals and 42 assists for 58 points in 38 games.  Nagy first joined Miskolci Jegesmedve JSE midway through the 2011-12 campaign after spending the prior three and a half seasons with Szekesfehervar, a Hungarian club in the Austrian Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.  Nagy also played for the Hungarian national team at the 2009, 2010 and 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

The Mallards return to action on home ice Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Missouri Mavericks That game is another Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ following Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Tickets for Wednesday night’s game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  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.

 
ROLLHEISER, BEAST HOLD OFF MALLARDS 2-1 IN FRONT OF 5,542 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:16
MOLINE, Ill. (February 28, 2014) – Brett Smith and Tylor Michel both scored first period goals and Grant Rollheiser made 31 saves as the Brampton Beast defeated the host Quad City Mallards 2-1 Friday night before a crowd of 5,542 fans.  With the win, the Beast (28-21-5, 61 points) moved past the Mallards (26-16-8, 60 points) into fifth place in the Central Hockey League.

Smith’s breakaway goal gave the Beast a 1-0 lead 7:09 into the game.  Michel’s tip-in doubled the Brampton advantage at 13:31 of the first.

Rollheiser kept the Mallards off the scoreboard until Chris Greene scored from the doorstep to finally bring Quad City within one with 2:51 left in the third period.  The Mallards, however, would come up short in their bid for a late equalizer even after pulling goaltender Thomas Heemskerk for an extra attacker.

Forward Thomas Frazee returned to action for the Mallards tonight after being activated from injured reserve earlier in the day.  Frazee missed the Mallards’ prior six games while on IR.

The Mallards host the Beast again tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.  Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man will drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff before tomorrow evening’s game and will meet fans and sign autographs during that contest.

Tickets for tomorrow night’s game and all Mallards regular season home tilts can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  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.

 
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