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HOTEL BLACKHAWK RECEIVES AAA FOUR DIAMOND AWARD® PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:02

Davenport hotel 1 of 3 in Iowa to hold esteemed national designation

Davenport, IA – Hotel Blackhawk has received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Award ® lodging award for 2012. The historic property is one of only three in Iowa to hold the designation.

The hotel is part of a select group within North America. In 2012, just 1,491 lodgings received the AAA Four Diamond Rating out of 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated lodgings across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Lodgings at this level are refined and stylish, featuring upscale physical attributes, according to AAA. The designees typically offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, personal attention and guest services. The program has been in existence for 75 years.

“Four Diamond establishments consistently deliver attentive service and memorable travel experiences in comfortable, high-quality surroundings,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Tourism Information Development. “To achieve and maintain these exceptional standards on a daily basis is a commendable achievement.”

“This AAA Four Diamond Award is a seminal moment in the re-emergence of the Hotel Blackhawk,” said General Manager Tim Heim. “To have the hip and historic experience we strive to deliver for our guests every day recognized nationally is an awesome privilege. We are proud to receive this prestigious designation.”

Hotel Blackhawk re-opened December 15th, 2010. The hotel retains its 96-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.

Other features include wireless internet, a fitness center, business center, swimming pool, hot tub, Spa Luce (lu-CHAY), Milan Flower Shop, the Bix Bistro restaurant, the Beignet (been-YAY) Done That coffee shop and Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge. The hotel is part of the Summit Hotels & Resorts group (www.summithotels.com) and the Historic Hotels of America network (www.historichotels.org).

For more, visit www.hotelblackhawk.com or find us on www.facebook.com (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).

 

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Find Your Fun This Fall in Columbia PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beenders Walker Group   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:47
The fall is a beautiful time in Columbia, Missouri with a number of fun and exciting festivals for the entire family and the dawning of a new era for the Missouri Tigers as they kickoff their inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

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"It's so easy to keep yourself entertained in Columbia, especially in the fall.  The autumn weather is typically some of best and most beautiful weather of the year, which makes for great hiking and biking, and there's always something exciting going on," says Amy Schnieder, director of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. "From festivals to football, there is an event for everyone in your circle of family and friends." Read on for just a few of the exciting things going on around

 

 

 
Civil War History Comes to Life at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beenders Walker Group   
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:44

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - Commemorate the Civil War's 150th anniversary with two thrilling reenactments of the Battle of Monday's Hollow at a Living History and Civil War Reenactment Weekend, Sept. 15-16, at the Missouri Trapshooters Association Grounds, 51 Trapshooters Road off of State Road A in Linn Creek.

 

This event, sponsored by the Camden County Historical Society & Museum and the Fourth Missouri Cavalry Reenactors, will feature a full-scale reenactment of the battle on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to this maximum-effort reenactment of the only Civil War battle fought in Camden County. Parking is available for suggested donations of $10 per car and $5 per motorcycle.

 

The Civil War festival will feature a multitude of activities and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The reenactment of the Battle of Monday's Hollow will start at 1 p.m. each day and is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour. According to period reports, the actual Battle of Monday's Hollow took place on Oct. 13, 1861 and lasted less than a day. Battle reenactments of this scale generally attract an average of about 400-600 reenactors and spectators can often number in the thousands.

 

"It's the only reenactment of its kind in the central portion of Missouri," said Valerie Thomas, event coordinator and museum archivist. "It's like having a front row seat to a live-action Civil War battle movie. These battle reenactments are quite a spectacle - Union and Confederate soldiers with sabers drawn, cannons firing, infantries shooting and the cavalry charging. Kids love it and adults are absolutely fascinated by it. And there's so much more to the reenactment than just the battle. It's really a spectacular two-day event."

 

Each day visitors can travel back in time to the 1860s with a variety of era-themed activities before, during and after the battle. Guests can walk through Confederate and Union military camps and interact with the soldiers on both sides. Patrons also can hear live Civil War-era music performed by singers and musicians on Saturday, as well as watch period reenactment speakers on both days. A Civil War-era worship service is also scheduled at 8 a.m. Sunday.

 

Other planned activities include a "sutler village" of period vendors, craftsmen, traveling museums and a Civil War-era medical tent. Inside the tent, visitors will learn how surgery was performed and how illnesses were treated in the 1860s, as well as observe Union and Confederate wounded soldiers as they receive medical attention in the heat of battle.

 

Additional 1860s-era stations will showcase a laundress, woodworkers and soapmakers. A children's area will feature an interactive air cannon, a station where kids can learn to make rope and other fun activities. A variety of food vendors also are scheduled to be at the site, featuring pulled pork, chicken and ribeye sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, nachos, funnel cakes, kettle corn, ice cream and more.

 

Three special guests will help "review the troops" during the reenactment: John Seward, a retired brigadier general and the last living male descendant of President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State William Seward, along with Brandon and Chase Mills, the great-great grandson and great-great-great grandson of a Union soldier who fought at the Battle of Monday's Hollow.

 

For more information, including an event schedule or for details on how to get involved with the reenactment, call the museum at 573-346-7191 or visit CamdenCountyMuseum.com. The Camden County Historical Society & Museum is at the corner of U.S. 54 and Route V in Linn Creek and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week (when volunteers are available).

 

Civil War reenactors and spectators who are looking for lodging can learn about the Lake's many resorts, hotels, condominiums, motels, bed and breakfasts, RV parks or campgrounds by calling the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visiting FunLake.com.

 

The event was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) to the Camden County Museum and Historical Society in support of the reenactment. The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

 

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MOMENTUM CONTINUES TO SOAR IN LeClaire, Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie Stepaniak   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:53
The LeClaire Chamber of Commerce, with support of the LeClaire Board of Tourism, is
proud to announce the dedication of the Downtown Sound System on Friday, August 3rd at
5:00 P.M. at 122 North Cody Road in LeClaire, Iowa. There will also be the Grand Opening
of the LeClaire Information Center immediately following at 5:15 P.M. RSVP is not required
and refreshments will be served.

Afterwards, enjoy LeClaire's "First Friday" throughout downtown with open shops as well as
food and beverage tastings from 5:30 – 8:30 P.M. Details for these events can be found at
www.leclairechamber.com or www.visitleclaire.com.

The installation of a Sound System with speakers at regular intervals along both sides of
Cody Road was originally part of Phase 1 of the downtown streetscape project. As a cost-
saving measure, the conduit was installed but the actual wiring, control system, and
speakers were postponed indefinitely until funds could be raised to cover the complete
costs.

In 2011, the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce decided that it was time raise the funds
needed and invited local businesses, residents, civic organizations and committees to help
make the project into a reality. Donors giving $1000 or more will be honored through the
"Adopt a Speaker" program by having a donor nameplate displayed by a speaker.

According to Debbie Mulvania, LeClaire Chamber of Commerce President, "The sound
system will enhance the ambience of our downtown area by providing seasonal music for
tourists as well as residents. The system also affords the "emergency public broadcast
notification" capability through an over-ride option given to our municipal police and fire
departments."

The LeClaire Information Center opening in the downtown area has been established by the
LeClaire Office of Tourism in response to the closure of the Mississippi Valley Welcome
Center last year. The Tourism Board believes that this information center located in the
heart of downtown will increase visitation to LeClaire’s attractions, restaurants and shops as
well as provide information to tourists as well as prospective residents and businesses
looking to re-locate to LeClaire.

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Harkin Announces Funding for Iowa Airports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:33

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $687,362 to three Iowa airports: Cherokee County Regional Airport, Davenport Municipal Airport, and Sheldon Municipal Airport.  The funding was made available through the Federal Aviation Administration.  Harkin is a senior member of the Senate panel that funds transportation initiatives.

“Improving the pace of economic recovery in our state means investing in our infrastructure,” said Harkin.  “These improvements to Iowa’s airports will bring jobs to the communities by helping to facilitate a more attractive business environment.”

Details of the grants are as follows:

Cherokee County Regional Airport – $534,542 to purchase land within the runway projection zone for Runway 18.

Davenport Municipal Airport - $63,000 to perform an environmental impact assessment of the proposed extension of Runway 15.

Sheldon Municipal Airport - $89,820 to install a vertical/visual guidance system to enhance safety as pilots seek access to runways.

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