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Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and State Historical Museum partner to bring Floppy to the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:30

Museum artifact to be on display at Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds’s State Fair booth

(DES MOINES)Floppy is going to the Iowa State Fair. The Governor’s Office and the State Historical Museum of Iowa today announced that Floppy, a beagle puppet from the locally produced children’s television program from 1957- 1987, will be on display at Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’s booth in the Varied Industries Building during the Iowa State Fair from August 8-18, 2013.

“The Lt. Governor and I are proud to partner with the State Historical Museum to host Floppy at the Governor’s Office State Fair booth,” said Branstad. “Floppy is back by popular demand and we encourage all Iowans to stop by our booth to see an old friend at this popular attraction.”

“As many people know, Duane Ellett and Floppy had a strong relationship with the Iowa State Fair, so this is a perfect opportunity to let Floppy be seen at the Governor’s booth,” said Mary Cownie, director of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the State Historical Museum.

Ellett and Floppy hosted and performed on the “The Floppy Show” and other locally-produced television programs on WHO-TV in Des Moines. Ellett carved Floppy from Balsa wood and brought him and other puppet characters to life through ventriloquism, creating memories for children who “beeped” his nose and told riddles, such as “Why did the man put his car in the oven? Because he wanted a hot rod.” The programs also featured vintage cartoons.

Ellett died in 1987 and his family donated Floppy and his puppet friends – Uncle Taffy, The Inspector, Scary Mary, Matilda the Bookworm, and a Floppy prototype – to the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, in 1993. The artifacts were on display in the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s “Where’s Floppy?” exhibition from 1994 until June 2013.

After the Iowa State Fair concludes, Floppy will be transported to the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, a nationally-renowned conservation laboratory in Omaha, Nebraska, where conservators will conduct an in-depth examination. After its completion, the conservators will consult with Museum staff to develop a preservation treatment plan for Floppy and his puppet friends.


The State Historical Museum has served the citizens of Iowa for more than 120 years as a forum for cultural and civic engagement, a hub for hands-on-education, and a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors and citizens alike to interact with the stories of Iowa. Today, the Museum is home to more than 100,000 artifacts in its collections with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing Iowa’s rich history and cultural legacy.  For more information visit

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at

KING’S HARVEST Announces two guest golfers For the Golf tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Curtis   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:58

King’s Harvest Ministries is pleased to announce that Kevin Skillet and Chuck Long have agreed to be guest golfers in our 2nd Annual King’s Harvest Golf Tournament at Short Hills Country Club on August 26, 2013.

Mr. Skillett is a former University of Iowa Basketball player and head basketball coach at Bettendorf High School. He is currently an Assistant Principal/Activities Director at Bettendorf High School.

Mr. Long, if a former University of Iowa Football player (quarterback), played in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. He has coached at the University of Iowa, The University of Oklahoma and an San Deigo State. He is currently employeed as an Account Executive for Holmes Murphy.

King’s Harvest currently has seventeen local business sponsors in the Quad City area. Major sponsors: Courtesy Car City in Moline and Davenport, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Sears Manufacturing and Larry Thein State Farm Agency and Continental Fire.

Please call Grant Curtis at 563-528-0835 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to obtain more information about the golf tournament or request a registration form.

All net proceeds will be used to support King’s Harvest Ministries. Our facility is located at 824 West 3rd Street in Davenport. Our mission includes, but is not limited to; a soup kitchen, food bank, shelters for homeless mothers with children, single men and single women and a pet shelter.

If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities please contact Terri Gleize, 563-570-4536 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:47

Left-hander delivers first six-inning start and victory since June 14 in Midwest League debut

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AUG. 5, 2013) – In his first outing with the Houston Astros organization, Quad Cities River Bandits left-hander Josh Hader twirled six shutout innings, limiting the Cedar Rapids Kernels to one hit and two baserunners in his Midwest League debut, and a 5-0 lead through three innings held up for a 6-2 victory at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.


River Bandits shorstop Carlos Correa had his third straight three-hit game and scored twice, third baseman Rio Ruiz had a two-run, first-inning single among two hits, and new second baseman Tony Kemp added two hits to lead Quad Cities (26-16 second half, 64-47 overall) within one-half game of the first-place Kernels (27-16, 67-44).


Quad Cities gave Hader (1-0) all he would need before he took the mound. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit a leadoff single, Kemp walked and Correa hit an infield single to load the bases in the first inning against right-hander Christian Powell (2-5), who retired the next two batters. But Ruiz grounded a base hit through the right side of the infield for a 2-0 lead, and catcher Jobduan Morales reached when first baseman Max Kepler missed a catch at first base, allowing a third run to score.

Hader, acquired by the Astros organization from the Baltimore Orioles as part of a July 31 trade for major league pitcher Bud Norris, posted his only two strikeouts on the first two batters of the game. An error by Ruiz on a first-inning, two-out ground ball was all that kept Hader from perfection through the first 3 2/3 innings.


The River Bandits added to the lead with Correa's RBI single to drive in Hernandez in the second inning, as well as a double steal in the third inning that ended with Morales scoring for a 5-0 lead. Powell allowed five runs – four earned – on eight hits and two walks while striking out four batters in five innings.


Hader gave up his only hit with two outs in the fourth, when right fielder Adam Brett Walker doubled to right-center field. But Hader retired the next seven batters to complete six innings for the first time since June 14 – the date of his last victory with Class-A Delmarva.


Right-hander Jamaine Cotton started the seventh inning for Quad Cities and allowed two eighth-inning singles but no runs in his first two innings. Quad Cities added a run in the ninth following singles by Correa (his 10th of the series) and left fielder Danry Vasquez, who extended a seven-game hitting streak, before a fielder's choice groundout by first baseman Bobby Borchering. Walker hit a two-run home run in the ninth against Cotton, who earned the three-inning save. The Kernels never brought the tying run to the plate the entire game.


Monday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The River Bandits conclude the four-game series in Cedar Rapids at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, when right-hander Mark Appel (0-0) will face Kernels left-hander Josue Montanez (4-4).


UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

Know your ROPES: U.S. Coast Guard issues marine safety alert for parasailing operations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Public Affairs   
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:42

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Monday issued a marine safety alert regarding parasailing operations due to 11 passenger deaths and 52 passengers injured related to parasailing activities since 2006.

"The Coast Guard expects licensed mariners to follow all regulations regarding safe vessel operations and has an expectation of parasail operators to follow established standards," said Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, assistant commandant for prevention policy. "Parasail operators must evaluate and consider all safety risks before getting underway, including weather conditions and condition and maintenance of equipment, in order to ensure safe parasailing activities. In the future, we expect the parasailing industry and related industry associations to share best practices and develop operational standards to maximize safety and prevent marine casualties."

Additionally, the Coast Guard asks those who decide to engage in this activity to consider the risks and to understand current safety standards for parasailing. Parasailing equipment is not regulated or inspected by the federal government.

All of the incidents have had several common factors unique to parasailing. The mnemonic "Know your ROPES," briefly summarized below, was established to remind parasail operators of important safety issues that may help prevent future casualties:

R is for Remember: Remember that most parasail fatalities and injuries are related to the failure of the towline.

O is for Observe and Monitor: Observe and monitor weather conditions continuously. ASTM Standard F2993-13 published April 1, 2013, is a "Standard Guide for Monitoring Weather Conditions for Safe Parasail Operation."

P is for Prepare: Prepare for emergencies by having well-documented procedures and conducting crew training to ensure proficiency in responding to various types of emergencies.

E is for Ensure: Ensure that all of your equipment is properly maintained on a continual basis.

S is for Safety: Safety is up to you, the parasail operator. The Coast Guard ensures safe operation of vessels, but does not regulate or inspect parasail equipment or regulate parasail operations.

You may read "Know your ROPES" in its entirety on the Coast Guard's Homeport page.


Quad City Area Labor-Management Council's annouces their 19th Annual Golf Outing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon De Frieze   
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:32

Quad City Area Labor-Management Council’s  

19th Annual Golf Outing
Friday August 16, 2013
(Rain Date August 23, 2013)
Arsenal Island Golf Club
1:00p.m. Shotgun Start
5:00 p.m. Dinner ($25.00 Dinner Only)
$80.00 per person or $320.00 per foursome

Includes: Green fees, Cart Rental, Dinner, Complimentary Beverage Tickets and Door Prizes

This is QCALM’S major fundraiser, proceeds go toward

Quad City Area Student Educational Programs

Register by Contacting QCALM at (309) 794-9194 or E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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