Funding included in Agriculture Appropriations bill, along with additional money for agriculture development in Iowa's First District

Washington, DC?Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) announced he has secured $875,000 to continue the New Era Rural Technology Program he established. This USDA grant program allows community colleges and advanced training facilities to train the next generation of agriculture-based energy professionals. The funds were included in the House-Senate conference agreement, which passed today in the House with a vote of 263 to 162.

"This funding for the New Era Program allows us to keep Iowa at the forefront of the bio-energy industry," Braley said. "As our economy shifts to a culture of renewable energy, it's crucial that we provide education for the emerging professionals in Iowa. I'm proud to have introduced, passed into law and funded legislation that does just that."

Braley also announced funding for the National Education Center for Agriculture Safety in Peosta, the National Ag Based Lubricants Center (NABL) at University of Northern Iowa and for UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center to research floodplain restoration.

The $170,000 for the National Center for Agriculture Safety will provide interactive health and safety education to Iowa farmers, volunteer firefighters, EMS providers and agricultural businesses. The program will also provide youth safety training to over 300 young people in the First District.

The $405,000 for the UNI-NABL will fund research and testing of bio-renewable lubricants and greases. The goal is to create commercial, bio-based lubricant products which are bio-degradable and more environmentally friendly than petroleum based products.

The $134,000 for UNI's Blackhawk County's Tallgrass Prairie Center will fund a study of wetland communities to determine which species best aid in floodplain recovery. This will provide direct impact on restoration of wetlands in Eastern Iowa and across the country.

The Agriculture Appropriations bill conference agreement now must be approved by the Senate before moving to President Obama for his signature.

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Johnny's Italian Steakhouse will host an interactive cooking class on October 14th at  6:30pm.  Participants will learn expert tips from top notch chefs and will be given an opportunity eat what they make.  The chef will teach the class to make Johnny's Signature Crab Cakes; they are perfect for at home parties!  In addition, a door prize, such as meal certificates and recipe books, will be drawn at the conclusion of the class.  The cooking class is $10 to the public and includes light appetizers and a glass of wine or beverage.

For more information or to sign up, please call Johnny's Italian Steakhouse at 309.736.0100.

 

 

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Decadent event celebrating all things chocolate to benefit Galena-Jo Daviess Historical Society

GALENA, Ill. - Two lavish chocolate buffets paired with a glass of bubbly and topped with live music will have some folks asking themselves "is this heaven?" No, it's the Spirits of the Galena History Museum's annual "Chocolate, Champagne and Candlelight" event on Saturday, November 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St., in historic downtown Galena. The doors will open at 6, the buffet will start at 6:30, and arriving before 7:30 is recommended.

All-you-can-eat is the order of the evening with a seemingly infinite selection of sweets in an elegant Victorian setting. A number of non-chocolate desserts will also be on hand for those wishing to cleanse their palate. One free beverage ticket is included in the ticket price; a cash bar is also available.

Featured baker this year is Patricia Lehnhardt, published author of cookbooks and food/garden articles, who will present "Chocolate Around the World." Featured vendor is Gustafson & Grey, Ltd. of Galena who will be showcasing champagne diamonds. A portion of the sales will be donated to the historical society. A silent auction of unique Galena items donated by generous local businesspeople will round out the evening.

Admission is $14 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as seating is limited and the event often sells out. A number of area lodging properties offer chocolate packages; check with your favorite hotel or B&B for an enticing array of options. Tickets are available in advance at both the DeSoto House Hotel and the Galena History Museum at 211 S. Bench St. They also may be purchased with a credit card by calling the museum at 815-777-9129, and, if available, they will be sold at the door.

For more information, please call the museum or visit galenahistorymuseum.org. For visitor information, please contact the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 877-464-2536 or visit galena.org. While in town, visit the CVB's Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. for on-site assistance and countywide information.

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October 07, 2009, Santa Maria, California -- As anyone whose followed the news knows, unemployment rates in September rose to the highest in 26 years.

In promoting its new work from home study course (The Overnight SEO Consultant, list price $497) a small California-based business author and consultant is taking the radical approach of giving away $4 million worth of their training course-10,000 memberships-to interested people at a price to defray bandwidth expenses ($1 each membership).

"No one's making any money on the front of this giveaway," said author and consultant Andre Bell. "I'm turning my back on trying to earn any money from the sale of this product to celebrate and show support for National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

"More than 7 million people are unemployed right now including many with disabilities.  Having seen several family members deal with the unique challenges of disabilities over the years I can imagine how tough things are right now in today's economy.

This course teaches how to work from home in a unique area of consulting to local companies. We're not hiding any overhead in the $1 deal. This is a huge course. The $1 is to cover bandwidth to keep the site live once the site approaches server limits. We see this as primarily a word-of-mouth course, and we're convinced the average person who participates in the course will recommend it to two or three friends. So everyone wins."

The rules of the promotion are straight forward:

- The promotion offer is open to disabled individuals, whether currently employed or unemployed
- Access to the course or course materials may not be shared or given away to others
- Membership is limited to access to course materials. Membership does not include free consulting or one-on-one coaching to individual students.

All proceeds in excess of web hosting expenses and expenses associated with digital delivery from the promotion will be donated to charity.

Enrollment into the course is available through a special link at http://www.overnightseoconsultant.com/enable/

Once enrollment limit has been reached the enrollment link will be disabled.

Des Moines, IA - Leading food security advocates from throughout the US and Canada will meet to discuss strategies for taking advantage of the current surge in interest among policymakers and the public for healthy and local foods. The role of health care reform in driving change in the food system is just one example of a topic to be discussed at the conference.

"Sodexo is pleased to continue its sponsorship of the Community Food Security Coalition's annual conference," said Arlin Wasserman, Sodexo's vice president for sustainability & corporate social responsibility. "We are committed to fostering a more sustainable food system and this conference is an important source of dialogue on how to promote healthy and sustainable food choices."

In addition to the numerous panels and workshops, the conference seeks to "walk the talk" by minimizing food waste and serving Iowa-grown or raised products. Organizers see celebration of the gift of food?an expression of relationships between people, land, and animals - as an important element of food security.

"Obesity costs our country $147 billion per year ," said Andy Fisher, executive director of the Community Food Security Coalition. "Increasing access to healthy affordable food is an important strategy to reducing obesity and its costs to the nation. CFSC sponsors annual conferences as a tool for sharing information among community leaders who helping to build healthy farms, communities, landscapes and individuals."

Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

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The Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce will host a City Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 14, at the Bettendorf Public Library.  The forum will begin at 7pm.  Dave Millage, Chamber Government Committee Chair, will be our moderator.  Open seats this year are in the 2nd, 4th, and one at-large.  Candidates are:

  • Scott Naumann, 2nd Ward Alderman

  • Greg Adamson, 4th Ward Alderman

  • Patricia Malinee, 4th Ward Alderman

  • Judy Gackle, Alderman-At-Large

  • Ronald Solt, Alderman-At-Large

  • Tim Stecker, Alderman-At-Large

The event is sponsored by The Electric Doctor and Russell Electric and is open to the public.

In May, volunteers from Modern Woodmen, Genesis and other local organizations put together hundreds of Jared Boxes at Modern Woodmen Park. These Jared Boxes were donated to hospitals and included toys and games for ill children.

We were recently informed that this volunteer project won a national award from the National Fraternal Congress of America, who organizes the national Join Hands Day efforts. Only 10 project were chosen nationwide, so this is wonderful news.

In addition to a plaque, we will receive $1,000 to use for next year's Join Hands Day project.

Join Hands Day project in Quad Cities receives national recognition

 

Local group receives $1,000 for making "Jared Boxes"


A group of volunteers in the Quad Cities was recognized by the National Fraternal Congress of America (NFCA) for its exceptional volunteer project on May 2, 2009 - Join Hands Day. This was one of only 10 projects nationwide honored as Excellence Award winners.


The 10 awardees were selected from hundreds of volunteer projects that emphasized youth and adult partnerships on Join Hands Day. Each award-winning project will receive $1,000 and a plaque. The award money will be saved to use as seed money for a Join Hands Day 2010 project in the Quad Cities.


At Modern Woodmen Park, Modern Woodmen members were joined by Quad Cities River Bandits, Genesis Health System, Scott County DAV/Auxiliary, Cub Scouts, 4-H, Girl Scouts, St. Paul the Apostle School. More than 151 youth and 209 adults made 425 Jared Boxes, shoebox-sized containers filled with toys, games and crafts for children who find themselves in hospitals, bereavement and trauma support.


A panel of independent judges selected this year's top projects. The judges selected the winners based on the project's uniqueness, its youth involvement, recruitment, publicity and the value of the project to people and the community.

Sponsored by Modern Woodmen and America's fraternal benefit societies, Join Hands Day is designed to bring youth and adults together to plan and implement volunteer service projects in their communities. As the generations work side by side, they learn more about each other, sparking a new level of understanding and respect.


"In its 10 years JOIN HANDS DAY has really come into its own. Communities are developing this year's event based on previous projects to further enhance the community and relationships begun a year ago," said Joseph J. Annotti, NFCA President and CEO.

Since its conception in 1999, JOIN HANDS DAY has awarded 100 Excellence Awards. This is the final year for this award program.


About the NFCA

The 123-year-old NFCA unites 65 not-for-profit fraternal benefit societies operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.  The association represents 9.3 million fraternalists in 37,000 local chapters, making it one of America's largest member-volunteer networks.  Fraternal benefit societies provide their members with leadership, social, educational, spiritual, patriotic, scholarship, financial and volunteer-service opportunities.  Combined, the NFCA's member-societies maintain more than $353 billion of life insurance-in-force and, in 2008 alone, contributed almost $424 million to charitable and fraternal programs, and volunteered nearly 94 million hours for community-service projects.  These statistics demonstrate the commitment that fraternals make to those in need and exemplify the true meaning of the NFCA signature phrase:  Joining Hands to Touch Lives.  For more information, visit the NFCA's Web site at www.nfcanet.org.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will host WQPT Trivia Night on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. with trivia starting at 7:00 p.m. at the SouthHall at Highland Park Bowl. There will be cash prizes beginning at $160 for First Place, $80 for Second Place and $40 for Third Place winners.  The Highland Park Bowl is located at 4204 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois by the Hy-Vee.

Trivia Night is a great way to prove how smart you are while having loads of fun with family and friends. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages are available through Highland Park Bowl. There will be 50/50 raffles and mulligans. Call WQPT at 309-796-2424 to reserve your table. Tables are $80 (8 people per table).

WQPT is your local Public Television station located on the campus at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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Bettendorf, IA - Mel Foster Co. is partnering with Mulligan's Valley Pub in Coal Valley to collect canned food items for the 2009 Student Food Drive.  Mel Foster Co. is participating in the Student Hunger Drive Corporate Challenge and is looking to surpass last year's second place.

To help efforts, Mel Foster Commercial Real Estate agent, Pieter Hansen, who also owns Mulligan's Valley Pub, graciously partnered with Mel Foster Co. to help support the Student Food Drive, which greatly impacts our community.  Mulligan's Valley Pub is known for Taco Tuesdays and their support of great causes in our communities and for our residents in need.

The community is invited to Mulligan's Valley Pub at 310 West 1st Avenue, Coal Valley, Illinois for Taco Tuesday on October 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Patrons can enjoy a taco dinner for every donation of eight (8) canned food items or more per person.  Cash donations are also accepted.

Mulligan's provides Tacos for Charity every Tuesday but this is the first time they are accepting canned foods as donations.  "I think this is a perfect way support the Student Food Drive as well as providing tacos as a reward for your generosity.  This event has the potential to raise thousands of pounds of food for our local food bank," mentioned Pieter Hansen.

Kris Ratigan, Marketing Director, says "Mel Foster Co. is proud to once again be participating in the Student Food Drive Corporate Challenge.  We are excited to be partnering with Mulligan's Valley Pub in supporting the Student Food Drive, knowing how great a need the food bank serves in our communities."

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MONTICELLO, IA? On Sunday, October 11, 2009, the East Central Federation and Cedar Valley Callers Association will sponsor the 20th anniversary of the Annual Square Dance Benefit for Camp Courageous of Iowa.  The calling begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in the main lodge at Camp Courageous.

Callers and cuers are invited from all over eastern Iowa and the surrounding areas. Dance clubs as well as individuals and couples are welcome to enjoy the afternoon dancing or just observing in the spacious camp lodge. Tours will be available for anyone interested in seeing all that camp offers including the camp train, the barn and the indoor swimming pool! Admission fee is a donation to camp. Participants are asked to bring along cookies, or a snack to share---beverages are provided.

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with mental and physical disabilities, located near Monticello, Iowa. The camp was built and continues to operate on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. In 2008, the camp served over 5,000 campers with special needs.

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