Christine (Chris) Lawlor-White was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association at their recent three-day annual conference held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. More than 250 growers, vintners, and enthusiasts from all across Illinois gathered to learn new techniques from experts from as far as Texas and California. The event culminated with a six-course gourmet food and wine pairing dinner and awards ceremony.

Lawlor-White, winemaker and co-owner at Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, received her formal degree in enology and viticulture from Fresno State University. She graduated in 1976 as one of the first women in the United States to earn a degree in enology.  She opened her first winery in McGregor, Iowa, in 1976 where she produced 500 gallons of Cherry Wine. Two years later, she moved to Lacrosse, Wisconsin, expanding her operations. In 1985, she found her home in Galena, Illinois and opened Galena Cellars with her parents and brother, Scott.

Chris is currently responsible for crafting more than 40 varieties and 60,000 gallons of wine annually. She is an expert in not only the science of winemaking but also the art of blending varietals to make distinctive wines. One of her greatest contributions to Illinois Wine Industry is her role in promoting the quality and acceptance of Illinois Wine in the state and nationally. She was honored three times as IGGVA's "Winemaker of the Year"–in 2001, 2006 and 2007.

The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, established in 1992, is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and vintners.  The Illinois wine industry has exploded in recent years, growing from just 12 wineries in 1997 to more than 90 today. During this time, the acreage devoted to grape production has grown at a tremendous rate, and today Illinois is consistently among the top 12 wine-producing states.  Today the Illinois wine industry creates a direct economic impact of more than $319 million annually. The wineries that span Illinois have also brought with them a host of charming bed and breakfasts and local craft businesses. The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association predicts continued growth in the coming years as more visitors discover the genuine culture of Illinois Wine Country.

Galena Cellars Vineyard, in rural Galena, Illinois, is home to 22 different specialty grapes, many of which are hybrids developed by universities throughout the country in an effort to create a vine and grape with the hardiness needed to grow in this region. The vineyard is open to the public April through November for tours, tastings and special events. Galena Cellars also offers tasting rooms, wine patios and gift shops in downtown Galena and Geneva, Illinois.

 

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Event includes local champion showcase

Davenport, IA - February 17, 2012 - Former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Horton will be the speaker at Breakfast of Champions, an event that celebrates perseverance and teamwork.  Horton, a former MLB pitcher who now broadcasts for the team, will entertain and inspire while recounting the remarkable determination and drive that led to the Cardinals' 2011 World Series win.  The family oriented event will take place on Saturday, February 25, from 9:00am - 11:30am on the suite level of Modern Woodmen Park.  The program will also showcase local high school champions and offer a full brunch buffet, silent auction and activities for children.  Tickets are $40 for adults/ $10 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the Adler Theatre box office at 136 East Third Street, Davenport or online at www.goldroomlegacy.org.  Same day sales will be $45/adults and $10 per child at the door.  The event is sponsored by the Riverboat Development Authority with additional funding from the Quad Cities River Bandits and the City of Davenport.  A portion of the proceeds will be shared by Project Renewal, the Boys and Girls Club and Gold Room Legacy Project.
Jim Albracht will be Master of Ceremonies for the event.  "The drive of the 2011 Cardinals was amazing" said Albrecht.  "No team has ever won a World Series after finding itself 10½ games out of a playoff spot on the 25th of August.  No team had ever won a World Series after being one strike away from elimination in back-to-back innings of the same World Series game.  But this team overcame those obstacles and more.  And that is what this program is about - believing in yourself and reaching for your dreams.  It's going to be a lot of fun."
The event takes place at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, Midwest Minor League Champions.  Also being honored are area high school teams that have honored the Quad Cities with their teamwork, sportsmanship and excellence: the Assumption Girls Basketball team, winners of the 3A championship; the Moline Girls softball team that holds the 4A title; Davenport North's Boys Bowling team who are the 2A champions, and the Rock Island Boys Basketball 3A State champions.
The Breakfast of Champions silent auction will include an assortment of spectacular baseball packages including season tickets to the Quad City River Bandits; use of a skybox suite with tickets for 16 for a Bandits game; a Cardinal package with hotel, dinner and game tickets for two; the chance to being Bandit of the Day; two tickets to Damn Yankees at the Adler Theatre with dinner and a nights stay at the Hotel Blackhawk, as well as Cardinals and River Bandits merchandise.  Rascal the River Bandit will be on hand to join in the fun and have pictures taken with his friends.  There will be an inflatable and a putt-putt hole set up, and coloring, activities, and some board games for the kids.
About Rick Horton
Rick Horton is a broadcaster on Cardinals telecasts, providing play-by-play commentary as well as postgame analysis. A former left-handed pitcher for the Cardinals, Rick spent seven years in the Major Leagues, playing for St. Louis, Los Angeles and the Chicago White Sox. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1984 and participated in the 1985 and 1987 World Series with the Redbirds and won the Series in 1988 while with the Dodgers.  After retiring from his Major League playing career, Horton remained in the St. Louis area where he has been active in the Greater St. Louis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as the Director of the St. Louis FCA since 1993.
About the Non-Profit Partners

The Gold Room Legacy Project is an effort to sustain and protect the legacy of the iconic Gold Room at the Hotel Blackhawk through enriching, educational and entertaining events. In addition to preserving part of Quad City history, we prepare for the future by presenting an active and vibrant place for residents to gather, socialize and entertain.  Bringing life back to the Gold Room has added to the growing vitality of the riverfront, continues the dynamic redevelopment of downtown Davenport and contributes to the health and quality of life of the Quad Cities community.   Go to www.goldroomlegacy.org for more information.
Project Renewal provides educational and recreational activities for children during the school year and summer in a safe, loving environment.  Staff and volunteers are positive role models for the children, reinforcing values needed in order to live healthy and productive lives.  For many children, struggling with everyday issues, Project Renewal is one of the few anchors in their lives.  Project Renewal is an important organization in our community which can deeply impact the life of a child and is very rewarding personally for those who volunteer or provide financial support.   Find out more at www.projectrenewal.net.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV) provides after-school programming to more than 1,200 youth ages 6-18 annually at three Quad City area locations in Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois.  Programming in the Club focuses on five core areas:  Leadership & Character Development; Education & Career Development; the Arts; Health & Life Skills; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.  Our mission: "To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to achieve their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."  Learn more at www.bgcmv.org.
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SPRING ARBOR, MI (02/17/2012)(readMedia)-- Spring Arbor University is pleased to announce that Zachary Sandry was named to the Fall 2011 Academic Honors List. The Academic Honors List recognizes full-time students who have received a grade point average of 3.7 or higher for the semester. Part-time students must receive a 3.7 GPA for the semester and carry a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

Zachary Sandry of Bettendorf is a Senior majoring in Youth Ministry and earned a semester GPA of 4.0. Son of William and Karla Sandry

Spring Arbor University is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts university located eight miles west of Jackson, Mich. With total enrollment around 4,200, the University is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Lt. Governor to work with lawmakers to fund violence prevention

CHICAGO - February 17, 2012. An advocate for sexual and domestic violence survivors, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today pledged to work with State Sen. Toi Hutchinson and the General Assembly to pass legislation that would fund rape crisis centers through an entrance fee on strip clubs that permit alcohol.

Simon said adult entertainment facilities that profit from the combination of nude dancing and alcohol should help pick up the tab for related social ills, such as rape, sexual assault, prostitution and other crimes. She likened the surcharge to using a gasoline tax to pay for road construction or gambling fees to pay for addiction services.

"As a former domestic battery prosecutor, I see a connection between the alcohol-fueled exploitation of women and violence against women," Simon said. "It is only fair to require the people who profit from the adult entertainment industry to finance those who provide advocacy and counseling services to the victims of sexual assault."

Simon, who founded the domestic violence legal clinic at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, announced her support for Senate Bill 3348 on Friday alongside the bill's sponsor, State Sen. Hutchinson, advocates from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, and survivors of the commercial sex trade.

"Illinois' budget woes have forced cuts to many social service organizations, including many that serve victims of rape and sexual assault, limiting the ability of sexually abused women to receive the treatment they need," Hutchinson said.  "The legislation I have introduced is still in its infancy and is by no means a final plan for how we can deal with this issue.  I am looking forward to sitting down with the adult entertainment industry to discuss ways they can be a part of the solution to this problem."

As introduced, the legislation would require strip club owners who serve or allow alcohol to be consumed on their premises to pay a $5-per-patron fee. The money would be funneled to the new Sexual Assault Prevention Fund, and the state would fund grants to community-based organizations that work to reduce sexual assault or aid crime victims. Similar legislation was upheld by the Texas Supreme Court last year.

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault asked Simon and Hutchinson to support the Illinois legislation as it deals with the state's budget constraints. The coalition's funding decreased $1.2 million the past three budget years, and one Chicago crisis center closed Dec. 31 due to funding struggles.

The strip club surcharge is a proactive, budget-neutral way to restore funding for critical violence prevention and rehabilitation services for women, Simon said.

"Strip clubs contribute to the objectification and sexual exploitation of women. Rape crisis centers respond to women exploited by sexual harassment, abuse, rape and trafficking.  Our doors are open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. SB3348 is not the end of strip clubs, but a new beginning for helping victims recover from the trauma of sexual violence," said Polly Poskin, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a not-for-profit corporation of 33 community-based sexual assault crisis centers and 26 satellite offices across Illinois.

Illinois is home to more than 100 strip clubs, and many serve or permit alcohol on their premises. Women who dance in strip clubs report a wide range of verbal, physical and sexual abuse at the workplace. Research also links strip clubs to trafficking, prostitution, and an increase in male sexual violence against both the women who work in the clubs and those who live and work in the surrounding areas.

"Strip clubs can increase the demand for other sexual services in a community. When more men are seeking to buy sex, pimps report to researchers that they meet the demand by bringing prostituted women and girls to the area," said Lynne Johnson, director of policy and advocacy for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, a non-profit that addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation.

Simon and Hutchinson said the next step is to work with Senate leaders to pass the regulatory legislation.

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Spot Early Signs Your Teen is Struggling - Before It Gets Bad

Adolescence is difficult in the best of times. It's doubly stressful for kids today; they're experiencing the same worries and insecurities as adults in this troubled economy, and with far fewer coping skills. From families struggling with joblessness and foreclosure to increasing competition for college admissions to the normal fears associated with impending adulthood, they're particularly vulnerable.

"Teens who are overwhelmed by stress often are unable or unwilling to ask for help," says noted psychologist Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, (www.drgregoryjantz.com), author of When Your Teenager Becomes...The Stranger in Your House.

"But the longer they continue to flail and struggle emotionally, the greater the chance they'll develop more serious problems like clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, dependence on alcohol or drugs and, sadly, suicidal tendencies," Jantz says. "It's up to parents and other adults to recognize when a teen is struggling and intervene."

So how do you know when typical teen characteristics, such as moodiness, have moved beyond "normal?" Jantz offers these tips:

• Arguing is normal; constant anger is not. Sometimes teens argue just to argue. It allows them to let off steam, express their displeasure about life in general and test boundaries. The occasional dramatic meltdown is to be expected. But it's not normal for a teen to be angry and hostile all the time, constantly fighting and yelling.

• Withdrawal from parents is normal; pulling away from family and friends is not. Expect your teen to start pulling away from you - unless she wants something - and occasionally from their friends, as well. Sometimes, they just need to pull back for a few days, even from friends. But when they appear to isolate themselves for weeks, spending weekend after weekend alone in their room, they may be struggling with depression. Socializing with friends is one of the first things to go as depression sucks the joy out of life.

• Anxiety is normal; feeling constantly overwhelmed is not. Teens have a lot to be anxious about - the prospect of independence is both exhilarating and terrifying, so some worrying is to be expected. But a teen who seems to be, or says he is, struggling daily with stress needs help. Two types of kids are especially vulnerable to developing generalized anxiety disorder, a heightened, constant state of anxiety: The worker bee perfectionist who crams his schedule with activities, responsibilities and tasks, and the kids who worry so much over anything, they can't get anything done.

• Being upset for days after a bad experience is normal; more than two weeks is not. Teenagers tend to react dramatically when things go wrong - their boss chews them out, they fail a test, they get in an argument with their sweetheart. Adults know from experience that these things aren't the end of the world and all will be well again, but teens lack that perspective. It's normal for them to be in a bad mood about it for a few days, but to dwell on the problem for more than two weeks indicates they're struggling.

The most recent data available, which is about 3 years old, puts suicide as the third-leading cause of death for teens after unintentional injuries (such as car accidents) and homicide, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. More than 2 million teens attempt suicide each year.

"I suspect new data will put suicide as the second and possibly even the leading cause of death for that age group, because depression is the biggest risk factor," Jantz says. "We're seeing more teenagers suffering from depression in recent years because of the economy and overstimulation by technology."

Visit www.aplaceofhope.com for an online survey to see if you or your teen is showing signs of depression (click "Depression" and then "Depression Survey" in the drop-down menu)."

About Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.

Gregory Jantz has more than 25 years experience in mental health counseling and is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, near Seattle, Wash. The Center, "a place for hope," provides comprehensive, coordinated care from a treatment team that addresses medical, physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual factors involved in recovery. He is the best-selling author of more than 20 books on topics from depression to eating disorders.

Over three days, Braley will hear about community college affordability

 

Washington, DC - Beginning next week, Tuesday February 21st, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will embark on a three-day tour of eastern Iowa community colleges to host a series of roundtable discussions on community college affordability and accessibility.

"From affordability to mountains of student loan debt, there are unprecedented challenges facing students who want to pursue more education," Braley said.  "I'm traveling to eastern Iowa community colleges to listen to students and educators about these challenges and to hear their suggestions for how to address them."

Last month, Braley traveled to college campuses across eastern Iowa for a series of open forums on higher education affordability, student debt, and finding jobs after graduation.

 

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

2:00pm                 Northeast Iowa Community College Roundtable

Northeast Iowa Community College, Town Clock Center for Professional Development

700 Main Street

Dubuque, Iowa

 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

10:30am               Kirkwood Community College Roundtable

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

9:45am                 Iowa Valley Community College Roundtable

Iowa Valley Community College, Student Union Room 301

3700 South Center St.

Marshalltown, Iowa

 

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Today's Date: February 17, 2012

Event Date: February 24, 2012

Can you dig it? Big hair! Bellbottoms! Disco suits! Polyester shirts!  Teens looking for a bodacious break from the high tech world, take a step back in time and jive-out at Retro Game Night. The Eastern Avenue Branch Library (6000 Eastern Avenue) is hosting an after-hours opportunity for teens to go old school with board games, card games, retro snacks, and jammin' music on Friday, February 24 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Break out the 90's grunge wear, the 80's neon, or the 70's disco garb because there is even a costume contest for best retro outfit from any decade prior to 2000.  Retro snacks popular or invented in the 80's or before will be provided. Get FUNKY and register for this FREE event www.davenportlibrary.com or by calling 563.326.7832.  You may also register an any of the Davenport public libraries!  Ages 11 - 19 are welcome to register!

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-  Young's Double Chocolate Stout  $6 per 16.9oz bottle

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-  Special Amber Lager

-  Hefe Weiss Wheat Ale

-  Black Bavarian Lager

-  Pub Brown Ale

Our current wine selection (prices by the glass; also available in bottle carry-out):

Casal Thaulero Pinot Grigio $7

Lismore Range Chardonnay $7

Dreyer Sonoma Chardonnay $9

Carl Reh Reisling $7

Brovida Cordara Moscato D'Asti $8

Silver Ridge Pinot Noir $8

Anakena Merlot $7

The Climber Red Blend $9

Chateau Julien Cabernet Sauvignon $9

Laberinto Malbec $8.50

Delta Luna Zinfandel $8

Elitaio Montepulciano D'Ambruzzo $8

 

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Braley supports Republican bill to extend tax cut

Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after voting to support a Republican-written bill to extend the middle class payroll tax cut for a full year:

"The middle class tax cut extension passed today will keep $1,000 in the pocket of the average Iowa family.  Extending the tax cut for the rest of the year is a common sense step that will help strengthen the momentum of the economy.

 

"I'm disappointed that Speaker Boehner brought the tax cut up for a vote without finding a way to pay for it.  I've now voted twice for bills that would extend the middle class tax cut without adding to the deficit.  I wish I could have vote that way a third time.

 

"I'm encouraged that partisan politics didn't stop this tax cut extension from getting done.  Congress now must immediately turn its focus to working in a bipartisan way on other measures to help create jobs and grow the economy."

Braley has consistently worked across party lines to pass a yearlong middle class tax cut extension.  In December, he was one of only 10 Democrats to support a Republican bill to couple a yearlong extension of the middle class tax cut with other provisions.  Later that month, Braley also supported the compromise Senate bill that extended the middle class tax cut for two months.

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Washington, DC - Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) released the following statement after the House today passed the payroll tax cut conference agreement: a package that extends the payroll tax holiday, blocks a major pay cut to physicians that treat Medicare patients, and includes reforms of unemployment benefits - all through the end of 2012.  Schilling, who supported a 12-month extension in December, again voted in supported of the extension of benefits.

"In December, the House of Representatives passed a responsible, bipartisan package to protect American workers and job creators from tax increases for a full year, provide for a two-year extension of the Medicare 'doc fix,' and extend and reform the Unemployment Insurance Program.  If I could have had my way, that package would have become law," Schilling said. 

"But we control one-half of one-third of the federal government.  We don't control the Senate or the White House - we don't control Washington.  Government still must govern, even if it is divided.  So although I would have preferred to avoid the uncertainty of the last two months, December's two-month extension was better than nothing.  I am grateful the President and the Senate have finally agreed to the certainty today's full-year extension provides.

"Today marks three years since the president's failed near- trillion dollar stimulus package was enacted, and my vote today is a compromise in the name of economic relief.  We have a responsibility to help folks in the short term with the passage of this package, and we have a responsibility to continue our focus on long-term, pro-growth economic policies to help businesses create jobs.  The House has passed more than 25 jobs bills that would help Americans get paychecks, not unemployment checks.  I urge the president and the Senate to work with us in enacting measures that will create long-term private sector jobs."

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