Area residents can safely dispose of old medications, exchange mercury thermometers for a digital, pick up and drop off sharps containers, and have data-sensitive documents shredded free of charge during Operation Medicine Cabinet from September 18 through 20. Operation Medicine Cabinet will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: Thursday, September 18, Medic EMS Facility, LeClaire Road and Highway 61, Eldridge; Friday, September 19, Bettendorf Fire Station, Middle Road and Crow Creek Road, Bettendorf; Saturday, September 20, Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Avenue, Davenport. Residents can call the Waste Commission of Scott County at (563) 381-1300 or visit for additional information. Last year's event yielded 11,780 pounds of material, which included approximately 1,245 pounds of pharmaceuticals, 660 pounds of sharps, 39 pounds of mercury thermometers, and 9,836 pounds of documents for shredding.


Living Lands & Waters, Chad Pregracke's not-for-profit environmental organization, is gearing up for acorn collection for the MillionTrees Project. The organization is asking community members to collect and donate their acorns to the project with a goal of collecting 300,000 seeds to plant in its nursery this fall. These acorns will grow for one to two years, and the saplings will then be transplanted back into their native communities. The MillionTrees Project was initiated in September 2007 with the goal of growing 1 million native hardwood fruit- and nut-bearing trees over the next five to 10 years. Send seeds to: Living Lands & Waters; c/o MillionTrees Project; 17624 Route 84 N; East Moline IL 61244. If you have specific questions about the MillionTrees Project, contact Denise Mitten at (309) 236-6279 or For more information on other Living Lands & Waters projects, visit


• Senator Maggie Tinsman (R-Bettendorf) and the Iowa Senate honored the Scott County Medical Society for its 150 years of service to physicians and the community by passing Senate Resolution 149. Four representatives of the Scott County Medical Society were at the Capitol to be honored.
• MidAmerican Energy representatives presented a check in the amount of $296,000 to the Museum of Art Foundation Board of the Figge Art Museum on April 19. The monetary award is for energy-conservation efforts at the Figge Art Museum, located at 225 West Second Street in Davenport.
• Ballet Quad Cities will present the original ballet Cinderella to 1,465 area students on Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Theatre. All students received a school visit from professional dancers to prepare them for the live performance, and a complimentary educators' guide was given to all teachers.
• A ground "re-breaking" for the $5.2-million renovation of St. Ambrose University Christ the King Chapel took place on Thursday, April 6. Dr. Edward Rogalski, Bishop William E. Franklin, the St. Ambrose board of directors, and members of the campus community were in attendance.
• MidAmerican Energy and the Davenport Community School District have teamed up to reduce the district's energy costs by 24 percent the last two years. The energy savings are the result of a revitalization of the school district's energy-efficiency programs, behavior modification, and equipment upgrades.
• Two Davenport projects were awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for the development of affordable housing. Taylor Heights (1400 Warren Street) received $1.89 million for rehabilitation of 20 units of affordable assisted living.
• More than 20 students from St. Ambrose University will spend their spring breaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Martinsville, Virginia, building houses through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program.
• The Unitarian Church, located on Eastern Avenue at East Kimberly Road in Davenport, is in the process of converting its building's heat and air-conditioning systems to run on geothermal energy. Geothermal uses heat from the earth to replace natural gas for heating during the winter.