Des Moines - The Iowa Finance Authority recently executed a contract for a $321.53 million bond deal that will generate a savings of $33 million for the State Revolving Fund (SRF). These savings will ultimately benefit Iowa communities and municipalities who have used or will use the SRF to finance the construction or upgrades to drinking water or wastewater infrastructure.

The SRF has provided low-cost financing to more than 500 Iowa communities and municipalities for water quality projects through a total of more than $2.4 billion in financing since the program's inception. The SRF is jointly administered by the Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

"This recent bond deal is an excellent example of the substantial savings that come from sound financial management. It will allow interest rates to remain low for Iowa communities needing to upgrade or construct their water infrastructure," said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. "The savings will benefit Iowa municipalities, communities and the individual rate payers for many years to come. I'm very proud of Iowa Finance Authority's staff and partners responsible for this successful transaction."

"The State Revolving Fund continues to be an affordable solution for Iowa communities," said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp. "I encourage all communities in need of water quality improvements to utilize the program."

The bonds are the Iowa Finance Authority's first bonds designated as "Green Bonds," as proceeds will be used to finance projects that adhere to the federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.

The bonds were rated AAA by the three major rating agencies, Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch. A portion of the bonds will be used to refund outstanding bonds and a portion will be used to reimburse the State Revolving Fund for disbursements to existing loans.  The true interest cost for the refunding was 1.62% and the true interest cost for the entire bond issue was 2.26%.

More information on the SRF is available at

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) in 1975. IFA administers the State Revolving Fund (SRF) in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The SRF assists communities with the costs of upgrading or constructing local drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $25,000.00 grant from The Riverboat Development Authority, in support of its Hunger Program the Quad City Area.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. As well as 26 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites, Churches United also operates Winnie's Place, a shelter for women (with or without children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at


DAVENPORT - On Tuesday, November 18 the Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors and City officials will be touring Davenport projects and highlighting local developments.


TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bus Tour of local housing, water quality and community development initiatives

The bus will depart from the Hotel Blackhawk, (200 E 3rd St.) at 12:00 p.m. and will return at 2:00 p.m.

There will be media availability before and after the tour at the Hotel Blackhawk.

Planned tour highlights:

  • Warehouse District, 500 Iowa St.
  • 5th & Brady Lofts, 501 W. 5th St.
  • Taylor Renaissance, 901 W. 15th St.
  • Jackson Renaissance, 1420 W. 16th St.
  • West Side Diversion Tunnel, 3040 N. Division St.
  • Fairmount Pines Phase I/II/III, 4205 N. Fairmount St.
  • Dover Court Project, 2905 Dover Court
  • Harrison Lofts, 1402 Harrison St


For only one night, on Wednesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. local time, Fathom Events will bring New York Times best-selling authors Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze's 'The Legacy Journey' to nearly 600 select cinemas nationwide. Taped in front of a live audience in Grand Rapids in September, "Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze Present: The Legacy Journey" will rekindle attendees' "fire" to make the tough financial choices. In this powerful event Ramsey and Cruze present life-changing lessons regarding investing, estate planning, purposeful living, the keys to generational wealth, true generosity and how to raise money-smart kids in a debt-filled world.

"Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze Present: The Legacy Journey" will be shown at the following cinemas in your area on on November 19:

Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

Tickets for "Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze Present: The Legacy Journey" are available at participating theater box offices and online at now. For a complete list of theater locations and prices nationwide, click here - theaters and participants are subject to change).

Association does not endorse candidates in any political races

DES MOINES, Iowa - Today, upon learning of its name and logo appearing in a Rep. Dave Loebsack campaign ad in the race for Iowa's Second Congressional District, AARP is issuing the following statement by Kent Sovern, State Director for AARP in Iowa.

"AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.

"AARP did not authorize the use of its name or logo in a currently-running television ad by the Dave Loebsack campaign.

"AARP has a proud 28-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their families so that they can make their own decisions on Election Day.

"AARP urges all congressional candidates to talk with voters about the future of Social Security, Medicare and financial security at upcoming debates and other forums.  We also encourage our members and all Americans to ask questions so they understand where the candidates stand on these and other important issues and choose the candidates that best reflects their views and values.

"AARP Voters' Guides are available for the 2014 election cycle at  The Guides enable voters to find out where the candidates stand, in their own words, on the future of Social Security, Medicare, Financial Security, and other critical issues."

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at


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'Fatal Females' tells Tony Rawlins' journey after finding himself patsy for murder

LANSDALE, Penn. - Author M. Paul Chinitz uncovers a trilogy of novellas in his publication, "Fatal Females" (published by Trafford Publishing). This book chronicles the story of a man who finds himself in a dangerous situation and his adventure as he tries to untangle himself from a web of fatal females.


Tony Rawlins does not think he is a stupidly gullible man, but forlorn and desperate to extricate himself from the after effects of a bad marriage, he answers a provocative advertisement in the personals, hoping to find romance. However, he finds himself a patsy for murder. It is only the beginning. Other murders follow before he is cleared. Now he tries to start over again, but will he be a little wiser?


Chinitz weaves remarkable and richly drawn characters who give life to the story. The events are realistic and can possibly happen to anyone. With riveting twists and turns, the intricate plot captivates the readers from beginning to the end.

An entertaining read, "Fatal Females" is riddled with mystery and provides readers with an escape from the tedious world through the remarkable journey of Tony Rawlins. It will also teach them a lesson about the importance of trust.


"Fatal Females"

By M. Paul Chinitz

Hardcover | 6x9in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781426995309

Softcover | 6x9in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781426995316

E-Book | 236 pages | ISBN 9781426995293

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

M. Paul Chinitz is a retired computer engineering manager and adjunct university professor who published a technical book on computer design and numerous training manuals on computers for Univac (now Unisys). Also the author of Keonah Days, he currently lives in Pennsylvania. This is his second novel.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an "on-demand publishing service," and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford's experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


'Dutch Treat' to follow Sullivan heroine's exhilarating adventures in thriller-filled debut

HORTONVILLE, Wis. - Author Patricia Murphy makes debut into the world of mystery fiction with a thrilling treat. She starts off with the first book of her Treat series, "Dutch Treat"(published by Xlibris), a thriller-packed adventure following the heroine, Charlie Sullivan, her mysterious lakeside inheritance and her loyal friends in a sleepy Wisconsin town.

Charlotte "Charlie" Sullivan is from Milwaukee, divorced and has just lost her teaching position. When she thinks things cannot get any worse, her Uncle Milt dies. He leaves her a cabin/resort called Dutch Treat: complete with bills and leaky boats. Charlie is always living paycheck-to-paycheck. So to make ends meet, she works part-time in a grocery store. Money is not Charlie's only problem. She discovers a family secret as she tries unraveling the mystery that surrounds her uncle's strange death. Her good friend, Oneida Native Conchata Ashwood-Nowak, takes Charlie under her wing and into her house after Charlie is involved in an accident; but Charlie will not sit idly and let the bad guys get away. As she gets closer to discovering who Uncle Milt really was, Charlie finds herself in danger. As always, Charlie's friends are there to help pick up the pieces.

Faced with the unexpected consequences that placed her and her friends in a deadly situation, Charlie must take the lead and put an end to the mystery that plagues her already distraught life. The conclusion is a prodigious display of wit and contemporary grace, showcasing Murphy's uncanny style as a promising literary debutant. With this, she promises an equally-riveting sequence with the second book of the series, "Frozen Treat," currently underway.

"Dutch Treat"

By Patricia Murphy

Hardcover | 6x9in | 266 pages | ISBN 9781499062564

Softcover | 6x9in | 266 pages | ISBN 9781499062571

E-Book | 266 pages | ISBN 9781499062588

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Patricia Murphy is the pen name of Patricia Ramsay. Born in Burlington, Iowa, Ms. Murphy attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She currently resides in Wisconsin with her family.

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The Moline Public Library is pleased to host "A Morning with Heather Gudenkauf" on Saturday, September 27th at 10 a.m. in the Library's meeting rooms at 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL.

Heather Gudenkauf is a New York Times Bestselling author, whose most recent book is Little Mercies, a novel according to Library Journal, that "combines page turning intensity with deep questions about priorities" and "is ideal for book groups."

Copies of Gudenkauf's books will be available for purchase and an autograph session is planned following the program.

For information, contact the library's adult services desk at 309-524-2473 or

For more information about Heather Gudenkauf and her work, please visit


WALLED-IN A West Berlin Girl's Journey to Freedom by Elke Ertle

Join us for her presentation, a discussion, & book signing on SUNDAY. SEPT. 14TH -2PM

Elke Ertle will speak on her memories of living in West Berlin during the Cold War. In her memoir, Walled-In, J. Elke Ertle shares what it was like to grow up in West Berlin, Germany, during the aftermath of World War II, a time when the city was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet occupation sectors. Initially, forty percent of all structures in the city were destroyed. There was little food or shelter. Many died, but Elke's family survived.

Interweaving history with personal experiences, J. Elke Ertle takes the reader on a remarkable journey into her closely supervised, yet happy childhood, her youthful disillusionment, and her deliberate, albeit difficult decision to choose freedom.

Thank you to our Sponsor!

This event is a part of the programming for GAHC's latest exhibition Berlin: Divided Past/United Future. This exhibit and programming is sponsored by the H. J. Dane Law Firm of Davenport. We are grateful for their generous support in bringing the exhibit and companion programming to the Quad City community.

More info!
Watch Elke's interview with the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas here:

Find out more about her book here:

Visit the German American Heritage Center this month and receive a coupon for $2 your $5 Admission to the Pioneer Village Harvest Moon Song & Dance Fest on Sunday, Oct. 5th from 1-5! 7 bands, 3 dance groups, 100 years of rural American Music! Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village- 18817 290th St. Long Grove, IA 52756 Tickets are just $2 for kids!

Quad Cities, USA - The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities is grateful to the Scott County Regional Authority for their 2013 Fall Grant Award. The $20,000 award helped to purchase eleven new high quality metal bunk beds, 22 specially covered mattresses, and a bed bug heat treatment machine.

Residents at the Family Service Center are families experiencing the personal disaster of homelessness. The new beds and mattresses are helping The Salvation Army provide their residents improved health and well-being while transitioning to permanent housing.

The heat treating system will heat an apartment up to 130 degrees F, and a special Salvation Army staff training was also paid for by the Scott County Regional Authority as part of this grant award.