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Niabi Zoo Uproar PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 June 2013 13:25


Go wild this weekend during a special event that inlcudes games, face painting a bounce house and activities for all ages. Regular admission fees apply and members always get in FREE! Thank you to Kids' Wild Fest sponsor, WQAD News 8.



Come to the zoo after hours on Thursday, August 1 and see the animals while the sun goes down. Many animals are active in the evening and crowds will be smaller at this members only event. It's a great family night for working parents or grandparents!



It's a night for adults only at Niabi Zoo! This annual beer tasting event sold out with 800 people last year. Not into beer? Some stations have wine and liquor to sample. Tickets are $30 members or $35 non-members and will go on sale in July.

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ISU Extension Calendar PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 21 June 2013 09:57
July 4, 2013 Extension Office Closed for Holiday

July 5, 2013 Extension Office Closed for Holiday

July 12, 2013 Pesticide Applicator Testing, Scott County Extension office 10:00 am-2:00 pm

July 23, 2013 ISU Scott County Extension Council Meeting, Scott County Extension Office, 7:00 pm

Special events in July at The Old Creamery! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 21 June 2013 08:55

Amana – The Old Creamery Theatre has special events coming your way in July!

On Saturday, July 6 they welcome back Keith Allynn, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Tribute Artist of the Year and the 2010 and 2011 Tribute Show of the Year. Direct from Branson Mo, Allynn will perform two great shows on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage.

In A Tribute to Neil Diamond, you’ll experience the “Feel of Neil” in this non-stop show that tells Neil Diamond’s life through his songs. You’ll hear favorites from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s such as Cracklin’ Rose, America, Solitary Man, Play Me, Song Sung Blue, Sweet Caroline and many more. A Tribute to Neil Diamond plays on the Main Stage for one show only on Saturday, July 6th at 3 p.m.

At 8 p.m, Allynn takes to the stage again for On the Road Again with Willie Nelson and Other Outlaws, where he will showcase not only Willie Nelson, but also Waylon Jennings, Joe Cocker, Roger Miller, Elvis and many others. Keith even performs a duet – alone! You’ll laugh until it hurts as Keith spins a yarn, literally changing character before your eyes in this Branson style production.

Tickets to each of Keith Allynn’s shows are $25 per person or come to both shows for just $40 per person!

The Old Creamery Theatre is also pleased to bring you The Brett Family Singers, direct from Branson Mo., for three exciting shows, July 16, 17 and 18 at 3 p.m.

From an amateur family act, to an internationally known group of seasoned professionals, The Bretts have appeared on worldwide television and in more than 3,000 live performances around the globe. The Bretts deliver high energy, high-caliber professional entertainment to audiences of all ages. Voted Best Morning Show in Branson, The Bretts consistently make their daytime performance the place to be on the Strip in Branson and now you can see them without leaving the state! The Bretts are celebrating their 15th anniversary of performing with this all-new show you won’t want to miss.

Tickets to The Bretts are $29.50 for adults and $19.50 for students. Group rates for 15 or more are available.

For tickets to any of these special events, call The Old Creamery Theatre box office at 800-35-AMANA (800-352-6262) or go online at to reserve your seats today!

Special events are not included as part of any Season Ticket or Discount Ticket Package. Coupons, gift certificates, complimentary tickets or $20 ticket vouchers will not be accepted to purchase tickets to special events.

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit live, professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 42 years of bringing live professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Local students make Lewis University Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathrynne Skonicki   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:46

ROMEOVILLE, IL (06/18/2013)(readMedia)-- Lewis University announces Dean's List honorees.These following students were among those honored on the Lewis University Dean's List for spring semester 2013.

Erie resident Kimberly Teats was studying Biology at Lewis University.

East Moline resident Jake Dopler was studying Finance at Lewis University.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 out of a possible 4.0.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

New Album, ‘Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864,’ Explores U.S. Legacy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 07:41
American Pioneer Music Says Campaign Songs Offer Unique Perspective on United States History

A new album of twelve 19th-century campaign songs, “Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864,” explores the popular media that helped influence political history in the United States before the 24-hour cable news cycle, Twitter and presidential debates broadcast on YouTube, says American Pioneer Music Director of Research Stuart Schimler.

“Political campaign songs were a central part to how citizens perceived candidates in presidential elections, and the songs of 1864 give us insight into the critiques of Abraham Lincoln before he became a legend,” says Schimler, whose company is the only record label to exclusively tackle this distinctly American folk and political history.

“Many of the themes expressed during 1864 are still relevant to today’s topics, including the gold standard, income taxes, war profiteering, civil liberties and continuing a war that began to lose favor with the public.”

To say the least, “Abraham Lincoln and the Election of 1864” is unusual – even for a concept album, says Schimler, who researched and selected the songs for the project.

Catchy campaign songs were an effective way of spreading messages. Promoters, politicians and supporters matched set their lyrics to popular Irish and Scottish melodies, minstrel songs and ballads.

In this compilation, American Pioneer Music offers a collection of interpretations of authentic songs from the political campaign of 1864, from both the Republican and Democratic parties. The powerful 19th century lyrics, with their accurate depiction of themes, language and sentiments of America at its critical juncture, are even more controversial in the 21st century.

Most 19th Century minstrels songs, such as “oh Susannah,” “My Old Kentucky Home” and “Camptown Races” have offensive lyrics removed during recording sessions. American Pioneer Music decided to release the album with its original language as to not change the meaning of the songs. To fully understand the political culture of the time, listeners must be aware of the original lyrics. “Modern audiences can gain valuable insight into a heated presidential campaign,” Schimler says. “This album is perfect for adults that want to experience American history.”

About American Pioneer Music

American Pioneer Music L.L.C. was founded in 2013 to produce songs from the American experience, with an emphasis on presidential campaign tunes. The company is a one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial effort for a largely forgotten genre in both U.S. history and folk music. Its first release “Abraham Lincoln and the 1864 Election” is currently available on iTunes.

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