Keep young minds sharp over the summer with educational programs at Rivermont Collegiate! Rivermont is offering an assortment of Summer Adventures for children from preschool age and up.  Programs cover a wide variety of interests - from cooking to aviation - to French and band Camp. Children from any school may register. Each one week session 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12-3pm is $110. Rivermont strives to prepare students who are grounded in the basics, yet able to think analytically and creatively, to confidently meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Check out full class descriptions and obtain a registration form at

Preschool - Junior Kindergarten - Kindergarten

  • June 21-25 What's Cooking

  • June 28-July 2 We Dig Dinosaurs!

  • July 12-16 Animal ABCs

  • July 19-23 Take Me Out to the Ballgame

  • July 26-30 Planes, Rockets and Aviation

Ages 7-11

  • June 14-18 Just Dig It!

  • June 21-25 Bits, Bites and Hopefully NO Bugs!

  • June 28-July 2 Mosaic Art (8:30-11:30am)

  • June 28-July 2 Une Semaine à Paris! (12-3pm)

  • July 12-16 Whoooo is a Genius?

Specialty Classes

  • August 10-12 Mini Band Camp (open to band students of all ages!)

For enrollment information on Rivermont Collegiate contact Cindy Murray at 563-359-1366 ext. 302 or

For additional information on Summer Adventures at Rivermont Collegiate contact Tammi Burrell at 563-359-1366 ext. 337 or

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only independent, non-sectarian, PS-12 college preparatory school, ranked #1 on Iowa's AP Index.


Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the City of East Moline present the theme for the 52nd Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade

Moline, Illinois? The Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the City of East Moline are proud to present the 52nd Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade to take place on Sunday, July 4th at 1:00 pm in downtown East Moline.  This year's theme is "Hats Off to the Red, White & Blue."

The 52nd Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade will carry on a tradition for the Quad Cities community of saluting all of the veterans that have served our country.  With the theme, "Hats Off to the Red, White & Blue," the parade will be a spectacular tribute and celebration to those who served.

The Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting entries for the parade.  To learn more or to enter your business or organization into this parade, contact Anne Spoden at (309) 757-5416 or email

Over 15,000 people are expected to line 15th Avenue in East Moline to watch this salute to our country and our community.  The parade will begin at 3rd Street and 15th Avenue, go down 15th Avenue, and end at 13th Street.


Quad Cities, USA -  The Discovery Channel will be premiering the program "River Warriors" this Thursday, June 10th at 8pm CST.  The program is about the work the Living Lands and Waters (LLW) Crew does on the Mississippi River and is hosted by Mike Rowe.  Please see this link for to the Discovery Channel for more information:

Help us celebrate this Premiere at The Capitol Theatre, 330 West 3rd Street, Davenport, IA on Thursday, June 10th.  This free event is co-hosted by The River Music Experience and The Capitol Theatre.  Doors will open at 7pm, Ellis Kell and Andrew Landers will perform a set prior to the show and then the show will begin at 8:00pm.  "Even if you haven't been to a cleanup, please feel free to come to this event and help us celebrate", says Chad Pregracke, Founder and President of LLW.

"The Discovery Channel is airing our program after a documentary on the oil spill in the Gulf," says Pregracke, "The Discovery Channel did this to give people hope and a way to help out.  I think we all feel so helpless when we see what's happening down there.  What we do up here eventually reaches the Gulf.  So, we hope our program inspires people to get involved.

Living Lands & Waters is a 501(c) (3) environmental organization established in 1998 and headquartered in East Moline, Illinois. Beyond Community River Cleanups such as the "Great Mississippi River Cleanup", LL&W conducts Big River Educational Workshops, the MillionTrees Project, the Riverbottom Forest Restoration and the Adopt-a-River Mile program on both the Mississippi River and the Illinois River.

Living Lands & Waters' 1 Hour Pilot Episode

Dear Friends & Supporters,

I have some great news...

For the past 2 ½ years, I have been working with the Discovery Channel on a pilot episode called River Warriors. The 1 hour show will air on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (ct) on the Discovery Channel. Check your local TV, Cable, Dish network listing for the correct air time for your time zone.

The show depicts life on the river aboard LL&W's cleanup barges, and the crew's hard work to help clean America's rivers. I think you will find the show memorable, funny, suspenseful and entertaining.

Please let your friends and colleagues know about the airing of this pilot in hopes that as many people as possible will learn about the importance of clean rivers. If you enjoy the show please let the Discovery Channel know. Positive feedback will help the pilot go to series.

Thank you for your past, present and future support which gives us the opportunity and means to help clean up America's rivers.

Best Regards,

Chad Pregracke

Founder & President of Living Lands & Waters



Come join LL&W's team to view the premier showing of River Warriors!

Thursday, June 10th
Doors at 7:00 pm - Show Starts at 8:00 pm (ct)
The Capitol Theater,311 Ripley Street,Davenport, IA

Living Lands & Waters17624 Route 84 N
East Moline, IL  61244

Choosing a grad school? Don't miss this June 30 event!

DES MOINES, IA (06/07/2010)(readMedia)-- If you've wished you could step into a lab to see current students in action and actually witness students' skills before picking your graduate school, you can't miss Discover DMU Day.

On June 30, from 2 to 5 p.m., Des Moines University (DMU), a medical and health sciences university offering nine graduate degrees, is opening its doors for undergraduate students and advisors to explore, observe and investigate the school.

"Discover DMU Day was developed as a chance for college students from the midwest to see our school unfiltered. It's an opportunity for the students to choose what most interests them and prioritize where to spend their time while visiting campus," explained Margie Gehringer, director of DMU enrollment. "Advisors and parents are also welcome."

Visitors can check out aspects of the school that interest them, meet faculty and attend a health professions fair.

Some of the options for discovery include a chance to examine the lifelike human simulators and sit in on a suturing session or laparoscope demonstration. Also an option is the chance to experience the simulated clinical setting students train in before entering a real clinic. Demonstrations of osteopathic manipulative medicine will also be ongoing through the afternoon. Current DMU students will be on hand as guides around campus.

For more information call 515.271.1456 or visit to reserve a spot. Attendance is free.


Des Moines University is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.

Part of Comprehensive Plan to Aid Riders during Tough Economic Time


CHICAGO - June 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to help protect mass transit service riders and transit jobs in the Chicago-area.


The new law enables the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), which oversees the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace, to better manage its cash flow and funding requirements despite revenue fluctuations or payments delays. This new law also continues Governor Quinn's efforts to stabilize and improve Chicago's mass transit system.

"Access to affordable and reliable public transportation is imperative for Chicago-area transit riders," said Governor Quinn. "This new law is part of our comprehensive plan to stabilize public transit by keeping fares flat, services running and employees on the job."

The new law amends the Regional Transportation Authority Act to allow the RTA to issue, sell, and deliver additional Working Cash Notes that do not exceed $300 million before July 1, 2012. This authorization is in addition to the $100 million authorization currently allowed.


Prior to this new law, delays in funding payments and fluctuations in the receipt of tax revenues were jeopardizing the stability of the RTA system's finances. As a result, RTA's ability to provide stable funding to the CTA, Metra and Pace to provide adequate transit service and pay transit workers was severely limited.


Giving the RTA the authority to issue $300 million in additional Working Cash Notes will help the RTA respond to short-term payment needs without increasing spending. The increased authority will allow CTA, Metra and Pace to continue paying their workers, buying fuel, and running buses and trains. The RTA will pay off the notes once taxes or other revenues are collected.


Last November, the Governor announced an agreement that prevented fare increases for the CTA and Pace paratransit services in 2010 and 2011. Together, these actions are keeping rider fares flat, ensuring services are running as scheduled and that transit employees are being paid.


The current Working Cash Note authority of $100 million was established 30 years ago when the system was significantly smaller.  In January 2008, the RTA's authority to issue Working Cash Notes was temporarily increased to $400 million but returned to $100 million when the law expired on July 1, 2009.


Senate Bill 941, sponsored by Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-Chicago) and Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Des Plaines), goes into effect immediately. Together, the CTA, Metra and Pace employ over 15,000 people and operate services for 2 million daily riders.



(Rock Island, Ill.)  The Arc of Rock Island County held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Event on April 27, 2010.  The annual gathering recognized the volunteers for their support for The Arc.  In the past year volunteers provided more than 6,000 hours of service.  Associate Executive Director of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer Stacey Carey distributed awards for cumulative hours, including special recognition for Gay Nefzger (Rock Island , IL) who logged more than 1,100 hours of volunteer service.

Additionally, The Arc presented its Elected Official of the Year Award, Community Advocate of the Year Award, the inaugural Business Partner of the Year Award, and the Evelyn Colberg Award.  The recipients for 2010 were as follows:

  • Elected Official of the Year Award Presented to Illinois State Representative Pat Verschoore (Rock Island, IL).  Representative Verschoore has during his lengthy legislative service worked vigorously to protect funding and build awareness of the need for supports for individuals with developmental disabilities in our community.  Due to the ongoing session, Char Verschoore accepted this recognition on his behalf.
  • Community Advocate of the Year Presented to Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Rock Island, IL).  Last fall The Arc and Trinity initiated a partnership with win-win results.  As part of their curriculum, students in the Trinity nursing program are required to do 12 hours of field service at The Arc's Opportunity Center in Moline.  This partnership has an amazing impact on the individuals at the Opportunity Center as well as the students.  Students get hands on experience, offering sometimes their first personal or professional interaction with individuals with developmental disabilities.  Through their experiences in this partnership, Trinity's students learn the importance of responding with sensitivity, understanding, and patience, when treating individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Business Partner of the Year Presented to Nestle Purina Pet Care (Davenport, IA).  This year The Arc initiated this new award, developed as a way of thanking business partnerships established through Work Services for companies which invest in The Arc's committed and dedicated workforce.  This year's recipient has provided meaningful work opportunities for most workers at Arc Industries.  The company, however, does not treat Arc workers as distant subcontractors.  Rather, when they visit Arc Industries, Purina staff goes out of the way to make our workers feel a valuable part of their "team."  Chad Rostenbach of the Davenport Facility of Nestle Purina Pet Care graciously accepted this recognition from Arc Industries.
  • Evelyn Colberg Award Presented to Kathy Conrad (Silvis, IL)  [Photo submitted] The Arc gives this award honoring a volunteer, an organization, or a business that has served people with developmental disabilities with a sustaining commitment, dedication, and humility.  The Evelyn Colberg Award was first presented in 1987, named for one of a group of Arc Charter Members who began the organization now known as The Arc of Rock Island County.  This year Kathy has provided countless hours of dedicated service to The Arc and the individuals we serve, supporting the Human Resources Department, the Training Department, the library in the Training Center, and the Development & Communications Department.


Washington, DC - Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) will travel to the Gulf Coast Sunday to tour affected areas and participate in a Congressional field hearing on the BP oil spill. The hearing, entitled "Local Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" will examine the effects of the disaster on communities and the environment in the Gulf Coast region.

"The oil spill in the Gulf Coast has had a tragic and disastrous impact on people's lives, the environment and the economy," Braley said. "As we work to learn more about what caused this, the worst environmental disaster in American history, and to develop preventive measures, it's important we see the damage firsthand to learn the full extent of this crisis."

The hearing will take place in Chalmette, Louisiana on Monday morning. Members will hear testimonies from witnesses including the President of the Institute of Marine Mammal Services, Vice President of the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce, and the President of the Louisiana Shrimp Association.

Prior to the hearing, Braley will tour local beaches that have been impacted by the oil spill and view the clean-up efforts. After the hearing, Braley will fly over the well site with the United States Coast Guard and view the impacted area from above.

Braley discussed his trip with WQAD on Thursday. View the interview here.

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Over $6,000 in grants awarded to three local projects

Davenport, Iowa (June 4, 2010) -- Iowa American Water announced today that three local watershed protection initiatives will receive funding through the company's 2010 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling over $6,000 which the company earmarked for community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds.
A panel of judges selected the winners from five grant applications which were evaluated on criteria such as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability. In a ceremony today, Iowa American Water awarded its 2010 Environmental Grants to:
  • Partners of Scott County Watersheds awarded $3,200 for its Infiltrate Iowa Project
  • Waste Commission of Scott County awarded $2,000 for its Operation Medicine Cabinet Program
  • Keep Scott County Beautiful, $1,000 for its Xstream Cleanup 2010

Iowa American Water also recognized Bettendorf student Pavane Gorrepati for a campaign she developed to increase environmental awareness locally and nationally, to inspire conservation efforts by young people, to promote sustainability and to advance environmental education. Gorrepati was presented with a special recognition award and gift certificate for her efforts.  Pavane is a student at Rivermont Collegiate.  She recently was recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for her efforts at a ceremony in Washington, DC.

"The Environmental Grant Program has been very successful in helping local organizations carry out meaningful, sustainable initiatives that benefit our watersheds," said Randy Moore, president of Iowa American Water. "Again this year, the grant recipients along with the efforts by Pavane Gorrepati exemplify the type of environmental stewardship in which we are proud to partner to better protect our drinking water resources."
According to Clare Kerofsky, watershed coordinator for Partners of Scott County, "The funding received from Iowa American Water allows us to install practices that cleanse and reduce stormwater improving water quality and reducing flood levels and occurrences. The funding allows us to use the installation of the practices (soil quality restoration and rain gardens) as demonstration projects for developers, landscape contractors and residents promoting the installation of additional rain gardens and other infiltration practices."
The following describes the 2010 grant recipients' projects:
  • Partners of Scott County's Infiltrate Iowa Project will promote and install infiltration practices that improve water quality, reduce flooding and provide habitat for wildlife such as birds, butterflies and insects.
  • The Waste Commission of Scott County's Operation Medicine Cabinet program is a three-day event to collect pharmaceuticals free of charge from Scott County residents. The program will also educate the public that flushing pharmaceuticals poses a risk to our drinking water.
  • Keep Scott County Beautiful's Xstream Cleanup 2010 represents Chad Pregracke's Living Lands and Waters local annual cleanup of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The effort aims to clean over 30 streams and near stream sites in the Quad Cities.
Established in 2007, Iowa American Water's Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects in local communities served by American Water.  In 2010, American Water's Environmental Grant Program is providing grants totaling more than $128,000 to help support 32 projects in eight states.
Iowa American Water
Iowa American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 200,000 people.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 4, 2010 - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Iowa Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Agency will receive a grant of $84,945 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to help keep at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system.  Harkin is a senior member of the committee that funds the DOJ.

"It is often said that 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' - and this could not be more true when it comes to preventing crimes, especially among at-risk youth" said Harkin. "By acting early and keeping youth from entering the juvenile justice system, today's funding will help lower future crime rates and give these young Iowans an opportunity to change their lives and become productive members of society."

Specifically, the grant may be used to reduce risks and enhance protective factors that help prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system.  It will also help officials intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.