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Rock Island Library Offers Lincoln Program PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 05 May 2009 06:51

The Rock Island Library will mark Abraham Lincoln's most important trial with a program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Main Library (401 19th Street). Part of the "Lincoln Lives at Your Library" series, "Hellgate of the Mississippi" will discuss Lincoln's role in defending the railroad company after the steamboat Effie Afton crashed into a pier of the first bridge across the river at Rock Island on May 6, 1856. Presenter Larry Riney, author of the book by the same name, will discuss the Chicago-based trial of 1857. As an extra, Riney will also lead an independent tour of related sites, including the site of the crash and the Arsenal Museum, which holds the steamboat bell. Transportation for this optional event is on your own. Participants should plan to meet on the first floor of the Main Library at 2:30 p.m. on May 6. The tour is not sponsored by the library, but those who are interested may call (309)732-7303 for more information. There is no charge.

 
Spring 2009 Dining Guide PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 10:21

Our 40-page spring 2009 Dining Guide can be downloaded here.

You can also search our online listings by clicking here: RiverCitiesReader.com/dining.

 
Symphony Awarded Residency by Violinist Midori PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:05

MidoriThe Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra have been awarded a week-long residency by world-famous violinist Midori in the spring of 2011. Over a period of five to seven days, Midori will participate in a wide range of activities, including concerts with both ensembles.

Black Hawk College offers free tuition for high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high-school class. Students must send their seventh-semester official high-school transcript to Black Hawk College and complete a BHC Application for Admission. The deadline is Friday, May 15. For more information, contact Dori Cosgrove at the college's Quad Cities campus in Moline at (309)796-5346 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Valerie Reading at the college's east campus near Kewanee at (309)854-1709 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Finally Telling the Story: Former Augustana Professor Discusses the Holocaust PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 07:28

Ralph Troll. Photo by Marla Neuerburg, Augustana CollegeRalph Troll spent 40 years teaching biology at Augustana College, and he only told the story there twice.

The first time was in the late 1980s, when he was asked to speak to a German class, because he was from Germany.

"It was just kind of part of the story," he said last week.

And then in the 1990s, the college asked him to give a senior-recognition talk. "I'm a biologist," he said. "They didn't want to hear about anything like that.

"I decided: This is a good day to do this. ... That's really the first time I told the whole story."

In all, Troll - who is now 77 years old and an emeritus professor at Augustana - said that he's told about his family's experiences in Germany during World War II five times, which is five more times than his mother talked to her children about her stay in a concentration camp. He'll lecture twice next week, on Sunday at Davenport's Temple Emanuel and on Monday at Augustana College.

 
The Old/New Frontier in Great Wine PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Written by Nancy Rosetti   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 16:01

Biodynamic farming is an organic-farming method originated by the early 20th Century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (founder of Waldorf schools) in an attempt to balance the nature of growing without the use of chemical or artificial means. The goal of biodynamic wine-making is to view the vineyard as a complete living system. These methods help preserve the purity and character of the fruit, leading to fantastic wines that reflect an authentic sense of place. It is a viticultural method slowly gaining strength worldwide in response to the unsustainable practice of "manufacturing wine" that has exploded over the past 60 years.

 
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