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Effort to improve nation's reservoirs under way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry Hodge   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:52

Boomerang Tool Company and Friends of Reservoirs Launch National Fishing Habitat Program

Help improve fishing across the country with the best tool for cutting braided, mono and fluorocarbon fishing line!

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Boomerang Tool Company® and the Friends of Reservoirs (FOR) have entered into a strategic partnership to improve fishing across the nation. You can help protect and restore fish habitats in our nation’s reservoir systems with the Friends of Reservoirs non-profit foundation with your purchase of a unique Boomerang SNIP that cleanly cuts mono and braided line quickly and easily. Equipped with an LED light for dusk and night duty and a handy retractable line, these snips are indispensable for any fisherman. The SNIP line cutters with LED Light that will benefit the Friends of Reservoirs non-profit foundation are available in blue or gray.

The special SNIP line-cutter with LED Light that benefits the Fishing Habitat Program is available now at:

Also available at this URL you can get a Friends of Reservoirs discount code to save on future purchases from Boomerang Tool Company. Purchases made with this code will benefit reservoir fish habitat enhancement programs.

Healthy aquatic habitats are essential ecologic and economic components of "quality of life" for the American people. The health of our nation’s reservoirs is threatened by losses of fish habitat, siltation, improper shoreline development, and other stressors.  Building new reservoirs is difficult due to economic and environmental issues, so there is a need to protect and restore existing reservoirs so that our grandchildren can enjoy the quality of life that we all want for them.

According to Dan Cornell, co-Founder and President of Boomerang Tool Company, the opportunity to partner with the Friends of Reservoirs foundation was a great way to help with the effort to improve fishing across the country by assisting them with their fundraising.  “We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to work with the Friends of Reservoirs to help expand the fish habitat improvement programs.  Our unique fishing tools like The Snip, which cuts through braid and monofilament better than anything on the market, will help make fishing better for many across the country. This is an opportunity for Boomerang Tool Company, working with the Friends of Reservoirs foundation and their partners, to make a significant impact on fishing nationwide.”

Jeff Boxrucker, Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership coordinator, said "I'm excited about launching this joint fundraising program with our partners at Boomerang Tool Company. We’ve seen declines in reservoir fish habitats across our country and a need to bring people together to  solve these problems.  The Friends of Reservoir Foundation welcomes the Boomerang Tool Company as a new business partner in this effort.  Through this program, we will generate funds to support fish habitat improvement projects that will improve fish populations, fishing opportunities, and water quality for millions of people nationwide.  The Friends of Reservoirs foundation is proud to help with the protection and restoration of fish habitat in our nation’s reservoir systems.  In the coming years, I look forward to the expansion of this program for the benefit of the fishing habitats and anglers across the country."

About the Friends of Reservoirs (FOR)

Friends of Reservoirs (FOR) ( is a tax-deductible non-profit foundation dedicated to the protection and restoration of fish habitat in our nation’s reservoir systems. FOR is the funding arm of the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership and represents a growing coalition of local citizen groups, individuals, businesses, and resource professionals dedicated to improving fish habitat and water quality in reservoirs.  Our reservoir fish habitats are in trouble and they need your help.  Your purchase will help keep fishing great for future generations of anglers and help maintain the health of these important waters.  Funds contributed to FOR are used to support local fish habitat improvement projects in our nation’s reservoirs. If you are interested in getting involved, or wish to make a tax-deductable donation, please visit our website: . Please visit us on Facebook:

About Boomerang Tool Company

Boomerang Tool Company, Inc. is the leading global provider of innovative, high quality, retractable tools to help you save time on the water. Boomerang's tools are ideal for both freshwater and saltwater use, so every angler can enjoy the advantages and conveniences they provide. Equipped with our products, you'll be able to focus on fishing instead of worrying about where your essential tools are. “Always Handy, Never Lost, Smart Tools!” Available products include: The Snip tethered fishing line cutters, The Grip tethered fishing pliers (small, medium, and large), The Swift Cut tethered Utility Knife, and waterproof carrying pouches.  Please visit our website: . Please visit us on Facebook:

For the Boomerang Tool Company and Friends of Reservoirs National Fishing Habitat Program questions, assistance, press inquiries, or Boomerang Tool Company business opportunities, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Governor Quinn Proclaims “Game of Change Day” in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:14

CHICAGO – December 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed “Game of Change Day” in Illinois in honor of the historic 1963 basketball game between Loyola University of Chicago and Mississippi State University that broke racial boundaries.


WHEREAS, on March 15, 1963, basketball teams from Mississippi State University and Loyola University of Chicago met in what became known as the “Game of Change”; and,

WHEREAS, Mississippi State basketball teams had won Southeastern Conference titles in 1959, 1961 and 1962, but were barred from the NCAA tournament due to an unwritten law preventing Mississippi schools from competing against teams with black players; and,

WHEREAS, following a 21-5 season in 1962-63, the dream of Mississippi State players to compete in the NCAA tournament was quietly supported by University President Dean Colvard and basketball Coach James “Babe” McCarthy; and,

WHEREAS, despite threats of school funding cuts, Klan violence and a court injunction to prevent them from leaving the state, twelve daring Mississippi State players and their coaches fled under dark of night in order to play Loyola; and,

WHEREAS, Loyola University Coach George Ireland - whose 100th birthday we’ll observe next year - built a team comprised of four black starting players which led the nation in scoring with 91.8 points per game en route to a 24-2 record; and,

WHEREAS, on game day, as the Mississippi State players took the floor - with none of their fans in attendance - they heard their fight song being performed by the Loyola band in a gesture of sportsmanship; and,

WHEREAS, the pre-game handshake between Loyola captain Jerry Harkness and Mississippi State captain Joe Dan Gold became a poignant symbol of the end of segregation in college sports; and,

WHEREAS, the civil rights movement grew because brave individuals put themselves at risk for the greater good, such as those who participated in the Montgomery bus boycott, the Freedom Rides, Selma’s “Bloody Sunday”, the integration of Little Rock High School and the 1963 “Game of Change”; and,

WHEREAS, the “Game of Change” showed how sports is a positive force for social change and how one person – or two basketball teams – can truly make a difference; and,

THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim December 15, 2012 as GAME OF CHANGE DAY in Illinois in recognition of the courage of participants in what was much more than a game 50 years ago.


Kayla Betz, UW-Whitewater Bowling Team Off to Solid Start PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Angileri   
Friday, 07 December 2012 16:04

WHITEWATER, WI (12/07/2012)(readMedia)-- The Warhawk women bowlers, ranked 14th in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 20 preseason poll, have finished in the top five in every competition this season. Head Coach Leann Eimermann is excited to see how far her team can go.

"This is the first season that we have a chance to make it to the NCAA Nationals because the women have the experience and talent needed to compete with the top teams in the nation," Eimermann said.

Coach Eimermann looks for solid performances from her players, including Kayla Betz, a junior biology major from Sterling, Ill.

"Bowling competition is a little unique as all three divisions compete together. Currently there are about 70 schools and about five total Division III programs involved," said Eimermann.

UW-Whitewater traveled to the Track Kat Klash Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Warhawks finished second in a field of 16.

The Warhawk bowlers will compete Jan. 11-12 in the Mid-Winter Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.

December activities and specials from Davenport Parks and Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 07 December 2012 08:43
Vander Veer
Poinsettia & Light Show

Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory presents it's annual Poinsettia and Light
Show! With thousands of poinsettias and many lighted evergreens it's sure to get
you in the holiday mood. It's also a great setting for a Christmas family photo
too!  While there check out all the new merchandise is our Conservatory store!

Show Dates: December 1st through January 12th

The conservatory is open

Tuesday - Friday:

10am - 4pm

Saturday: 10am -  8pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Admission is only $1,

free for kids 16 and under

Vander Veer Botanical Park 215 W Central Park

Thanks to our sponsors:

At The River's Edge

Public Skate times this weekend at The River's Edge:
Friday, December 7
11:00am - 1:00pm &
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, December 8
2:45pm - 4:45pm
8:15pm - 10:15pm
Don't forget our indoor golf range is now open! A large bucket of balls is only
$5, and hours are generally:
Mon - Fri, 7:00am - 3:00pm
Call The River's Edge at 563-328-PARK (7275) for more information.

Winter Session

Be sure to sign-up for all the great Parks and Recreation winter programs!  Our
Winter Session begins the week of January 7.  Don't delay, enroll today!
Click here to access our online catalog and registration []

Davenport Parks and Recreation

Skate with Santa

Time Change!

Please note time change:

4:45pm - 6:30pm

Enjoy some festive fun and skate with jolly ole' Saint Nick.  Standard Public Session
rates apply - Photos just $1.00!  Free cookies and hot cocoa for all skaters.  Photos
taken during the 30 minutes prior to and after the skate.

Saturday, 12/22, 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Photo Fee: $1.00, Skate Admission: $5.00, Skate Rental: $3.00

The River's Edge, 700 W River Drive

Soccer Academy Coaches Wanted

We are interviewing for certified and paid soccer coaches to spearhead the inaugural
Davenport Arrows Soccer Academy. The Soccer Academy will be run by Davenport Parks
and Recreation from March through November with four eight-week sessions at either
of our indoor and outdoor facilities.

The goal of the academy is simply to offer quality instruction to produce players
who stand out and make a difference.  The focus will be on technical skills development.
If you are a certified coach, have playing credentials, or have the passion and
drive to see soccer played at a very high level from your efforts, we need your

Please call Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation at 563-326-7817 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [] to learn more about
the Davenport Arrows Soccer Academy.

Family Friday Nights

The Snowshoe walk at Vander Veer for this Friday, December 7 has been cancelled
due to lack of snow.

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with the whole family on Friday Nights?
Well Davenport  Parks and Recreation has the answer for you.  Our Family Friday
Night series includes pizza, lemonade and activities (Popcorn also included at
Movie Night)!  Best of all, if you register early it is only $2.50 per person ($4.00
per person at the door). 6:00pm - 9:00pm on Fridays.

Click here to pre-register []

December 7 - CANCELLED

December 14 - Movie Night "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (live version) : Davenport
Junior Theatre

December 21 - Ice Skating : The River's Edge

December 28 - Friday Night Jam : Roosevelt Community Center

The Perfect Golf Gift for the holidays - with a 20% bonus!

Our re-loadable Player Card, which can be used for green fees and cart fees, has
been popular for it's 10% bonus. Load the card in multiples of $100, and get an
extra 10%.

But now, due to popular demand for the holidays, get 20% added to your Player Card
instead of 10%! What a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift for those golfers in your

Just come down to the Parks and Recreation office at the River's Edge to buy your
Player Card or to re-load your existing one. River's Edge is open 6am - 10pm, 7
days a week for your convenience. So it's worth coming down to get a 20% bonus of
golf in Davenport. Offer good through December 31, 2012.

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Richard Martin   
Thursday, 06 December 2012 15:48

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Iowa State Cyclones will square off against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the 54th AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to host a representative team from the Big 12 Conference, one of the most powerful and prestigious conferences in the country,” said Steve Ehrhart, executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Iowa State will be marking the 40th anniversary of its first and only appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in 1972. The Cyclones played Georgia Tech in the 1972 game and were coached by Johnny Majors.

This will be Tulsa’s second trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The Golden Hurricane defeated Fresno State in the 2005 game 31-24. Tulsa earned its spot in this year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl with a 33-27 overtime win over UCF in the C-USA Championship game.

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