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Treasurer Fitzgerald Offers Free Materials for Kindergarten Round-Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 19 March 2012 10:47

Schools across the state are invited to participate in Prepare for the Basics give-away.

DES MOINES, IA (03/07/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is offering free pencils to schools across Iowa for use in Kindergarten Round-Up through the Prepare for the Basics program. "Our schools know inviting families to check out their school six months before the school year begins will help kindergarteners prepare for their big transition," Fitzgerald said. "We offer the pencils as a small gesture of support for our schools." In addition to the pencil, this free program will provide information about College Savings Iowa, the state-sponsored 529 plan created to help Iowa families meet the increasing costs of higher education.

College Savings Iowa lets anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – invest for college. Iowa taxpayers can deduct up to $2,975 in contributions per beneficiary account from their adjusted gross income in 2012.* Investors do not need to be a state resident and can withdraw their investment tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.** For more information about College Savings Iowa, visit or call 1-888-672-9116.

Elementary Principals interested in taking part in the Prepare for the Basics program are urged to register online by visiting They can register by clicking on the Education tab and then going to the Prepare for the Basics Campaign. To guarantee timely arrival, materials should be requested at least two weeks in advance. They will be delivered directly to the participating schools. Supplies are limited, so early registration is advised.

*Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.

**The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the plan. Participants assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences. If you are not an Iowa taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.

This Week in the Senate by Senator Shawn Hamerlinck PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shawn Hamerlinck   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:59

March 2, 2012

Since the first funnel week the Iowa Senate has largely passed what are considered to be non-controversial bills.  These are bills such as code editor clean-up bills and jointly agreed upon amendments.  Posturing between the chambers are budget bills that will be debated next week as the legislative session begins to head down the final path.  As debate between the chambers is largely confined to budget negotiations, time is allowed for floor debate and some bills received unlikely attention.

On Wednesday the Iowa Senate passed a bill making it illegal to purposefully seek employment at an agricultural facility to abuse animals for the sake of show.  This bill is an attempt to limit those who want to abuse an animal on tape for the purpose of offering the tape as a misrepresentation of the Iowa farming community.

An amendment offered by Senator McCoy (D-Des Moines), and supported by nine others, would require videotaping within all farming facilities in Iowa and surveillance over outside lots.  As advertised, this amendment would insure food quality and protect livestock.  But it would have meant farmers would’ve had to install security camera systems in every barn in the state and release weekly tapes for public viewing.  This amendment failed.

The assumption that the vast majority of Iowa farmers are not stewards of the land and animal husbandry is ludicrous.  Simultaneously, a previous amendment offered to place cameras in every classroom for parents to view their children failed on an education bill.  So that tells me that Democrats think parents and children are less important than livestock.

On Monday the Iowa Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Schoenjahn (D-Fayette) which requires deer stands and blinds on private property in Iowa to be to be tagged with the owner’s name, address, and hunting license.  This bill, which was promoted as a means of curbing poaching, passed the Senate on a party-line vote of 26-24.

This bill makes no rational sense in relation to catching poachers or keeping them from putting up illegal and unwanted tree stands.  A poacher will not bring a deer stand onto your property, without your permission, and then tag it with his name and address.

At the same time a hunting license number is as valuable to hunters as driver’s license numbers have become.  The last thing we want to advertise is an identification number which is attached to personal data at the Department of Natural Resources.

I hunt with a good friend in Muscatine County.  He must now tag all his stands before I am allowed to touch them.  For each untagged stand he will receive a $20 fine and be on the radar for future inspections on his private property.

Though I want to blame Senator Schoenjahn for being ignorant of the hunting culture, I will more easily blame his counterparts who voted with him while not thinking about how this bill punishes only the hunters who are doing things the right way. I need your help in bringing common sense back to the Iowa Senate.

The real budget debate begins on Monday as bills are forced to Conference Committee.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to join and work in the Iowa Senate.  For more information please visit

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Shawn Hamerlinck
State Senator

Don't Miss Walking the Wire: This Will Never Work at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 08:51

Iowa City, IA –Don’t miss the fun and excitement of Walking the Wire, Riverside Theatre’s annual festival of original monologues, which will bring to the stage a wide variety of crazy situations as part of this year’s theme, This Will Never Work.

Walking the Wire: This Will Never Work opens Friday, March 2 and runs through Sunday, March 11, for 7 performances only. The show is directed by Jody Hovland and sponsored by Integrated DNA Technologies.

With over 100 submissions from across the U.S. and beyond, the dozen monologues in the show reflect a diverse range of original work.

The 12 playwrights whose work will be presented are: Brent Boyd (North Hollywood, CA); Dave Carley (Toronto, ON); Ron Clark (Iowa City); Mark Harvey Levine (Pasadena, CA); Deborah Magid (Cleveland Heights, OH); Gordon Mennenga (Iowa City); Mike Moran (Mount Vernon); Amanda Petefish-Schrag (Maryville, MO); Gwendolyn Rice (Madison, WI); Janet Schlapkohl (Iowa City); Jen Silverman (Astoria, NY); and Amy White (Mount Vernon).

Three area writers, Clark, Moran and Schlapkohl, will perform their own work, with an additional cast of local actors including Tim Budd, David Busch, Fannie Hungerford, Katherine Smith, and Jessica Wilson.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for 60 and over/30 and under, $15 for youth (18 and under).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (319) 338-7672. The Riverside Theatre Box Office is located at 213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City. Box office hours are: 12 – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 hour before performances.


Adler Theatre - What's at the Adler? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 February 2012 16:25
Riverdance - Encore Performance
Tuesday, March 6; 7:30 pm
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Grigorovich Ballet presents Legends of Russian Ballet
Friday, March 9; 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 10; 3:00 pm
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Damn Yankees
Friday, March 23; 7:30 pm
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Join Us! Rivermont Collegiate Info Nights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rachel Chamberlain   
Monday, 27 February 2012 14:43
Discover the Difference:

Middle & Upper School at

Upper School (Grades 9-12) Info Night

Tuesday, February 28th - 6:00 p.m.

Middle School (Grades 6-8) Info Night

Tuesday, March 6th - 6:00 p.m.

Why Middle & Upper School at Rivermont?

Challenging curriculum with a wide variety of AP & Independent Study options Broad spectrum of electives, extra-curricular activities & athletics Comprehensive advising system & individualized college counseling 100% of graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges & universities

These events are open to the community. Join us to explore Rivermont - no pressure, just information!

For more information and to RSVP:
Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admission & Marketing, (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Events will be held on the Rivermont campus, located directly off 18 th Street behind K&K Hardware in Bettendorf.


1821 Sunset Drive - Bettendorf, IA 52722 -

The Quad Cities’ only private, independent, nonsectarian, multicultural college-prep school, serving students in preschool through grade 12.

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