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|Davenport Public Library Looking to Branch Out|
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|Wednesday, 06 August 2008 01:37|
According to an annual Reason Foundation study, Iowa ranks 32nd and Illinois ranks 34th at maintaining their roads and bridges. North Dakota does the best job, and New Jersey has the worst-performing, least-cost-effective highway system in the nation. Iowa is 20th in urban interstate congestion, 32nd in rural interstate condition, and 47th in urban interstate condition. Illinois is 21st in urban interstate congestion, tied for first in rural interstate condition, and 31st in urban interstate condition. The full study can be found at (http://reason.org/ps369/).
The national 14th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest has awarded Jayda Brunkan, a kindergarten student from Edward White Elementary in Eldridge, a national third-place award for her story "I Can't Decide." The contest encourages children to use their imaginations to write and illustrate their own "books." Jayda is one of only 12 authors selected from more than 45,000 contest entrants nationwide.
The QC Earth Charter Summit will be held on October 11 at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to presentations and displays by local groups and individuals, the event will feature "No Impact Man" (Colin Beavan) and environmentalist Jerald Schnoor. The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch. Additional details about the summit and participants, along with registration brochures, can be found at (http://www.qcearthcharter.org).
A Rock Island-based agency has announced the establishment of a new series of leadership-development and coaching programs. Beginning in September, Marriage & Family Counseling Service officials will offer an 11-workshop program coupled with 12 individual coaching sessions to cultivate dynamic leaders. The Leadership Development Institute has been designed with a focus on strengthening organizational leaders in not-for-profit, social-service agencies and among lay and ordained congregational leaders. A brochure and program and scholarship applications can be requested by calling (309) 786-4491.
Trinity Medical Center has been notified that it will receive a site visit from the American Nurses Credentialing Center from September 8 through 11 as part of the application process for the prestigious designation as a Magnet hospital. Site visits are only granted to organizations scoring at the highest level in written documentation. The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is planning to include $10.1 billion in disaster aid in the next supplemental appropriations package. A significant share would go to Midwestern states hit by floods, including Iowa. The legislation will be acted on in September and could become law by October.
Waiting for Light, a show featuring photographer Michael Johnson, opens Tuesday, August 19, at the Catich Gallery in St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The show will run through September 19 and is free and open to the public. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.
The New Bohemia Group has announced that more than 60 local and regional bands have been booked to perform on nine different stages over Labor Day Weekend. The Second Annual New Bohemia Music Festival will take place from August 29 through 31 in Cedar Rapids, and on Friday, August 29, in both Iowa City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Profits from the festival will support future programs and events designed to aid recovery efforts in the New Bohemia Cultural District. For more information, visit (http://www.newbohemiamusicfestival.com).
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