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USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan to Host #ASKUSDA Virtual Office Hours on Local Food PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Monday, 23 July 2012 13:39

UPDATED: Media Advisory: USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan to Host #ASKUSDA Virtual Office Hours on Local Food

Focus on 2.0 version of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012—TOMORROW at 1:30 pm EDT, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will host a live Twitter chat focusing on the Department’s support for local and regional food systems and the recent release of the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. Deputy Secretary Merrigan will answer your questions about the Department’s work related to local food and ways the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass can assist your community.

This Twitter chat is a follow-up to last week’s Google+ Hangout hosted by the White House and USDA on the same topic.

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources that support of regional food production. Originally released in February 2012, the 2.0 version of the Compass guide contains new case studies of successful regional food projects, while the interactive map feature now includes data on food hubs, farmers markets, meat processing facilities and more, as well as data on USDA-supported projects in all fifty states. The map is also searchable by key word and zip code, enabling users to zero in on the topics or regions that interest them most and see how USDA can help.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1:30 p.m. EDT

WHAT: USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan will answer questions about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass.

Follow the @USDA Twitter account. Use hashtags #askUSDA and #KYF2 to submit questions in advance and during the live Twitter chat.

USDA Virtual Office Hours, a monthly live question and answer series, allows stakeholders to directly engage with USDA leadership and subject matter experts through Twitter. Sessions are focused on a specific mission, issue or program as aligned with the Department’s strategic goals and based on stakeholder interests.


Annual Salary Report Now Posted to Auditor's Web Page PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:47
Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced today that she has posted on-line the annual salary report for Scott County employees. This new listing is available on the Auditor’s webpage at the county website,

Iowa law requires newspaper publication of salaries paid to persons regularly employed by the county showing the amount of annual salary for each employee. The Scott County Auditor's Office provides this report for publication after closing out payroll for the fiscal year ending on June 30th.

“One function of my office is to pay the county’s payroll and produce an annual salary report. We decided that posting the annual salary report on-line is a good way to help the public better understand how the county spends tax money. This is the taxpayers' money and the public has the right to know how tax money is spent,” Moritz said.

"More state and local governments provide this information on-line. For example, the State of Iowa provides public employee salaries on-line in a searchable database. Besides government listings, private entities use public information to create their own on-line reports. For example the Des Moines Register and the Iowa City Press Citizen have created their own searchable databases for public employees in various Iowa cities. In a sense Scott County is catching up with what others are already
doing," Moritz said.

Auditor Moritz believes that posting this salary report on-line will increase access to public information and is part of her ongoing effort to increase government transparency. Earlier in 2011 she ordered on-line posting of the County's accounts payable report showing how each county department actually spends tax funds approved by the Board of Supervisors.

“When I came into office my staff and I examined some of the possibilities for increasing public access  to how the County does business,” Moritz said. "We wanted to partner with other county departments to improve our on-line transparency."

Auditor Moritz has additional plans to increase on-line access to public information. “This is another venture at providing public information on-line. In the future we hope to provide even more information on-line and in searchable formats,” Moritz said.


Riverside Theatre Now Accepting Submissions for Annual Monologue Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Monday, 16 July 2012 14:22

Riverside Theatre Announces September 15th Deadline for Monologue Submissions to Walking the Wire: TMI

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire. This annual celebration of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and emerging playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is: TMI. Submissions must be emailed as a Word or PDF document and dated by midnight CST September 15, 2012; final selections will be announced on Riverside Theatre’s website ( on November 1, 2012. The monologues will be performed March 1-10, 2013 at Riverside Theatre.

Submission Guidelines

Riverside Theatre is seeking original monologues with the theme of TMI (too much information): moments of startling revelations…wince-worthy weirdness…and hilarious personal habits (that didn’t really need to be shared).

  1. Up to two submissions per author of original, unpublished and unproduced monologues less than ten minutes length (please read it aloud and include the approximate performance time on the first page of your submission; all lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered, with the objective of choosing monologues of varying lengths).
  2. Selection considerations: Monologues should have strong forward action and a clear dramatic event or moment.
  3. Copy requirements: double spaced in a minimum 12 pt. font, and including the playwright's name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  4. Simple is best. Since Walking the Wire typically includes 10-12 monologues, it is important that each one require as little production as possible; set-pieces, props or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disqualify an otherwise excellent submission.
  5. Email submissions (Word or PDF document attachment) must be dated by midnight CST September 15, 2012. Final selections will announced on Riverside Theatre’s website, on November 1, 2012.
  6. Writers will be credited in all marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid. Walking the Wire will be produced March 1-10, 2013. Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to any single performance; tickets are not transferable.
  7. Submissions should be emailed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information about Riverside Theatre, visit


Rock Island Library Lines Week 7 Summer 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Monday, 16 July 2012 13:28
Reading is So Delicious for Kids

Tasty events this week include:


Storytimes, 10:30 am at 30/31 Branch:Tuesday, July 17; Southwest Branch, Wednesday, July 18; and Main Library: Friday, July 20. Stories and fun for ages birth to five.

Book Tasting/Book Talk: Ideas for delicious summer reading for kids. 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18, Southwest Branch.


Lego Club: Building fun for kids, right after the book talk. 4:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18, Southwest


Summer Drama Club performance. 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 18,  Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.  Kids will perform short skits and demonstrate some of the theater exercises learned in summer drama.


Rick Eugene with audience helper at Main Library performance, July 2012Magic with Rick Eugene - Magic show for families, 10:00 am, Thursday, July 19, Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.


And one more big event coming up that may drive you batty . . . The Incredible Bats Show on July 25. Details here.


Gobble Up Those Books! The Reading is So Delicious summer reading menu includes incentives for reaching age-appropriate reading goals at three levels, and an extra chance to win special prize baskets. Logs are due back July 27, so keep reading!


All programs are free. No library card required. Questions, call the Children's Room at 309-732-7360,

Teens: Feed your Mind - READ!

This week, teens can earn Summer Reading points and have fun attending 2 tasty events:


Teen Vittles Cooking Demo: Learn how the pioneers cowboys cooking over open firecooked, with an outdoors cooking demo just for teens, ages 12 to 18. 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Monday, July 16, Rock Island Main Library.


Food Jeopardy Trivia Game. Compete as a solo player or part of a team. Your food trivia knowledge will earn you prizes! Noon to 1:30 pm, July 18, Southwest Branch. Ages 12 to 18.


IRead Chef slicing book illustrationAfter this week, you have 3 more chances to earn points and prizes for attending teen events! Pizza Tasting (July 24), Teen Movie/Food Event (July 26), Teen Iron Chef (July 30.) Mark your calendars for the Teen summer wrap-up party, July 31!



Keep reading! Each teen summer reading card stands for 6 hours of reading, and you can turn in as many cards as you can finish. You earn a program card every time you attend a teen program. The more you read, the more chances you have to win. You can enter multiple times, and earn more chances to win books, DVDs, gift cards, or the grand prize, an Amazon Kindle® eReader!

Books are Brain Food for Adults

There are still some exciting programs left on the menu for adults. Join us for:

Eat Pray Love movie cover 5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 17, "Dinner and Movie" night. We'll provide the movie ( Eat Pray Love.) You bring dinner to watch it by! Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street.


Superfoods Class, 6:00 pm, Thursday, July 19, Main Library. Learn about the superstars of the food world, and how they can make a difference in your daily diet. Free!


OverDrive eBooks Demo: Learn how to check out and dowload eBooks or eAudiobooks for your NOOK, Sony, iPad, Kindle, smartphone, etc. 1:30 pm, Friday, July 20, Main Library


And don't miss our final Recipe Club event, coming up true love illustration of book plus pie July 23 at 6:00 pm in the Main Library Community Room. Chef Rachel Doumia will demonstrate a dessert and offer chocolate cake samples. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite dessert recipe to share in the recipe swap portion of the event.


Are you reading to win? Entry forms and boxes at all Rock Island locations for the Adult summer reading club. Top prize is a new Sony® eReader. Entries due by July 27.

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Entire list of events: Summer @ Your Library" on the library website.


Summer Reading events and prizes sponsored by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch events) and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation (summer art and drama.)

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Written by Anne McVey   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:51

The City of Davenport required King’s Harvest Ministries to install a $57,000 new fire sprinkler system.

King’s Harvest needed to raise the money for the new system or shut their doors. Through the Capital Campaign called Saving King’s Harvest they raised $110,000 in 6 1/2 weeks. King’s Harvest serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities and is located at 824 W. 3rd Street in downtown Davenport.

Anne McVey, Fundraising Coordinator for King’s Harvest, stated “We are wanting to reach out and thank the community for coming to our aid. We had wonderful people who organized fundraisers and many people who just gave as individuals. Many, many people from the community and outlying areas called to help as volunteers. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts. It has been an outpouring of love and support from the Quad City community and outlying areas.”

King’s Harvest received an Emergency Grant from SCHC (Scott County Housing Council) for $28,500 and received approximately $81,500 through private donations.

King’s Harvest will use $57,000 for the new fire sprinkler system. Another approximately $20,000 will go towards a new fire alarm system (the panel was donated by Deco Davenport Electric Company), new emergency exit lights and building repairs resulting from the installation of the new fire sprinkler system.

They plan to use the remaining money towards day-to-day operations of the organization and hope to possibly expand some of their services to help more people in need. Anne McVey stated “We hope to use some of the money to help reach more people in need. In the past we have had to turn people away due to limited resources.”

King’s Harvest does not want to leave God out of this endeavor. Anne McVey stated “God loves every person that passes through our doors, no matter how broken. Obviously God wanted to keep King’s Harvest open and so did the community because they gave us the money to save our organization. It has been a beautiful thing to be a part of and we feel very blessed.”

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