Environmental News




(Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 7, 2011) - EPA officials will attend the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk event at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 10.


Interview topics include regulatory updates on air and water quality programs, animal feeding operations, nutrient management and pesticides.


WHAT: National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention and Trade Talk


WHEN: 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011


WHO: Karl Brooks, Regional Administrator; Josh Svaty, Senior Adviser; and Kris Lancaster, Agricultural Public Affairs Specialist


WHERE: Booth 74, Westin Crown Center, 1 Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo.

Biographies of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Booth 70 Staff

Karl Brooks serves as the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 7. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and reports directly to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. His responsibilities include supervising environmental programs in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations. Brooks practiced trial and appellate law for a decade. He was elected in 1986 to the first of three terms in the Idaho Senate. Retiring from elective politics, from 1993 to 1996 he served the Idaho Conservation League as executive director and legislative liaison. Since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and joining the faculty in 2000, he has taught American environmental, political, and legal history as well as environmental law and policy.

Josh Svaty is a senior adviser to the Region 7 Administrator. He is the fifth-generation of his family to farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. The Svaty farm is a diversified operation that includes wheat, milo, soybeans, corn, sunflowers, a cow/calf herd and sheep. Svaty served as the State Representative of the 108th District in Kansas for seven years. His committee assignments included the committees for Energy and Utilities, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the joint committee on Energy and Environmental Policy. Svaty later served as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. In this position, he managed a $27 million budget, a 380-employee workforce and statutory duties for 17 programs. He holds a B.A. from Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.

Kris Lancaster is an EPA spokesperson responsible for agriculture, pesticides, renewable fuels, water and wetland issues. His past agricultural employment includes serving as a licensed grain inspector, agricultural adviser to the chairman of the Missouri House Agriculture Committee and to two members of Congress, a farm real estate broker, a federal crop insurance broker and a negotiator of agricultural leases for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His family owns a corn and soybean farm in Scotland County, Mo. Lancaster has 28 years of media relations experience and serves on Region 7's Agriculture and Renewable Fuels Team. He graduated from Central Missouri State University and completed an advanced sciences program at Park University.

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Scott County Extension presented the Friend of Extension Award to Mary Ellen Chamberlin, President of the Riverboat Development Authority, at a recent meeting of the Extension Council.

In presenting the award, Becky Bray, Scott County Extension Director thanked Chamberlin for her commitment to the Quad City community. "Some of the programs and efforts Extension is engaged in are the result of conversations with Mary Ellen over the years. We are grateful for her work and the input she has had on our efforts," said Bray.

The Friend of Scott County Extension is given periodically to groups or individuals who have worked in partnership with the Extension staff and Council.


Campaign Encourages Support for Veterans and Military Families

CHICAGO - November 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Operation Support Our Troops - America and MB Financial Bank to launch the "America has NOT Forgotten" awareness and support campaign in the days leading up to Veterans Day and the holiday season.

"Even as we bring our troops home, we must remember the many men and women who continue to serve our country throughout the world," Governor Quinn said. "We have a duty to support the men and women in uniform who sacrifice every day for our country."

The "America Has NOT Forgotten" campaign will include educational information as well as a "Call to Action" that asks each American to take small actions to show their support for our men and women serving. These actions can include writing a weekly note of support to servicemembers, and flying the flag at half-mast on the last Friday of each month in honor of those lost in the war during that month.

"The campaign is a national effort to remind Americans that thousands of young men and women continue to serve in dangerous places around the world," said Operation Support our Troops - America President Deb Rickert. "Now, more than ever, our military and their families need to know that America supports and cares for them."

All Chicago-area MB Financial Bank locations will serve as drop-off locations throughout the month of November for comfort items to be sent to troops. These items include : crackers, canned pasta and soup (28 oz or less), granola bars, foot powder (14oz or less), beef jerky, tuna, microwave popcorn, canned nuts (20 oz or less), individually-wrapped hot chocolate and coffee packets and one-pound bags of ground coffee.

Operation Support our Troops - America is a 501(c)3 volunteer-based organization that supports the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families while they are deployed and after their return. Since its inception the organization has shipped approximately 900,000 pounds of goods to troops around the world. Operation Support our Troops - America also provides financial support to military and veteran support organizations such as Fisher House and Hines VA Hospital.

For more information about Operation Support our Troops - America and other programs for our Veterans and servicemembers, visit www.OSOTAmerica.org and www.OperationHomefront.org.


DAVENPORT, IA–Waste Commission of Scott County is hosting a free, guided tour of the Scott Area Recycling Center and Electronic Demanufacturing Facility from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 in celebration of America Recycles Day. The tour is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about local recycling programs. However, space is limited and an RSVP is required by November 14. To RSVP, call Paula Webinger at (563) 468-4218.

The Scott Area Recycling Center is located at 5640 Carey Avenue in Davenport. This facility receives, sorts, bales and markets material from the curbside recycling programs in the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, from the five drop-off recycling centers located throughout Scott County and from some businesses and outlying communities in Scott County. Tour attendees will learn about acceptable and unacceptable material, watch how material is sorted and marketed and see examples of products that are made from recycled material.

The Electronic Demanufacturing Facility is located at 1048 East 59th Street in Davenport, which is on the same campus as the Scott Area Recycling Center. This facility receives electronic waste (e-waste) such as computers, televisions, monitors, printers, copiers, VCRs and DVD players. Electronics received at this facility are demanufactured and, to ensure data security, are not refurbished or reused. Demanufacturing, or disassembling, involves manually breaking down equipment into marketable components, which are then sent for recycling. Hazardous material, such as lead and mercury, from e-waste is removed and properly managed. Both facilities are handicapped accessible.

This free tour is in celebration of America Recycles Day. Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. Learn more at www.americarecyclesday.org.

Waste Commission of Scott County is an inter-governmental agency whose mission is to provide environmentally sound and economically feasible solid waste management for Scott County. For more information about the Commission, please call (563) 381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.

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Davenport. Iowa, November 7, 2011 -The new Fejervary Learning Center will have an open house on November 15, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. Fejervary Park is located at 1759 W 12th Street.

On display at the Learning center will be a show area of the 50 state trees. Tree saplings will be given away at the event as supplies last. The Davenport Public Library will also present a story time for children at 3:30 pm and again at 4:15 pm. There will also be an adaptive gardening seminar, and advice in preparing beds for winter. Visitors can also see designs for the natural playground and tree deck, and Juan Diaz Rancheros will discuss their program and give visitors an opportunity to pet a horse. Juan Diez Rancheros, which provides therapy through horses for students from schools across Davenport, has been a part of Fejervary Park for several years.

Fejervary Learning Center is ongoing project to rejuvenate the facilities at Fejervary Park. After the zoo at Fejervary Park closed, Parks and Recreation created a five year plan that included created a children's center focused on environmental education. This open house will showcase progress to date on the Learning Center.

"This facility will provide a great exposure to nature for children," said Greg Wolf, environmental education supervisor for Parks and Recreation.

What :  Fejervary Learning Center Open House

When:  November 15, 2011, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Where:  Fejervary Park, 1759 W 12th Street, Davenport IA

Quad City residents are fortunate to have the ability to choose from a variety of educational options for their children.  These alternatives give parents the power and freedom to choose a setting that works best for their children.  Are you aware of the options available in your community?  Join us!

What: Rivermont Open House Coffee
When: Saturday, November 12th - 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: Rivermont Collegiate - Becherer Hall - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

What: Rivermont Open House
When: Thursday, November 17th - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Rivermont Collegiate - Becherer Hall - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

These informal open houses are fantastic opportunities to tour campus and explore Rivermont's philosophy and curriculum.  Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent, nonsectarian college prep school, serving students in preschool through grade 12.

No appointment necessary!  Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission, will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions.

Iowa City, IA - November 7, 2011 - Original holiday stories sure to warm your heart.

Get out of the cold and enjoy an evening of heart-warming holiday storytelling with Riverside Theatre's production of Small Miracles, a moving, one-man show by Resident Artist and Production Manager Ron Clark, November 25-27.

"It's a nice thing to do on a holiday weekend with family and friends," Clark said.

Small Miracles takes the audience on a nostalgic, heartfelt journey as Clark shares his recollections of growing up in a small Iowa town where the mayor/street cleaner doubled as Santa, a courageous dog, a 10-cent silver bell that became a family heirloom, a terrifying audition for the fifth grade Christmas pageant, and his stint at a department store Santa.

"It's about as sentimental as you can get," Clark said.

Clark's vivid storytelling will captivate you and bring to mind your own fond memories. This show is perfect for the whole family.

"The joy of performing this piece comes from the collective memory between me and the audience. As I look at the audience I see a connection not just between me and the audience, but in the joy of the recollections of holidays past," Clark said. "In a perfect world I would have my own children and grandsons gathered around me for these stories."

In addition to Small Miracles, Clark's writing for the theatre includes the plays Kindred Hearts, Grocery Stories, and Coffee and Hope, as well as many monologues over the years for Walking the Wire, Riverside's annual monologue festival.

Clark, a professional actor and director, founded Riverside Theatre in 1981 along with Jody Hovland and Bruce Wheaton. Clark graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in 1980.  In addition to his work at Riverside, Clark is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College.

Small Miracles features original composition by Dan Knight and lighting design by Zachary Begley and Rachel Dudley.

Tickets for Small Miracles, November 25-27, are $20 with discounts available for those over 60, those under 30, and youth. Tickets are available by phone at (319) 338-7672, online at www.riversidetheatre.org or in person at the Riverside Theatre Box Office, located at 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA.

Small Miracles is sponsored by Lensing Funeral & Cremation Services.


Amana - Let us entertain you in 2012 and save you some money too! Season ticket packages are available now through June 1, 2012! Call the box office or visit the web site for money saving season ticket package options 800-35-AMANA or www.oldcreamery.com

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. For a complete list of our 2012 season offerings, call us or go online.

Davenport. Iowa, November 4, 2011 - The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced today that Davenport Parks and Recreation became one of only 104 park and recreation agencies accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This distinguished accomplishment was announced during the NRPA 2011 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

National accreditation through CAPRA is an extensive multi-year process, which includes the completion of an application and detailed self-assessment report, a site visit by a committee of experienced park and recreation professionals, and a final assessment completed by the agency and the Commission. Accreditation requires agencies to respond to 144 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. To become accredited, agencies must fully meet 36 standards deemed fundamental to a quality agency and at least 92 of the remaining standards.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. Accreditation is valid for a period of five years, renewed thereon for 5 years terms.

The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Armed Forces Recreation Society and the Council of State Executive Directors.

"I'm proud of the hard work and dedication from the department staff to achieve this recognition," said Seve Ghose, Director of Parks and Recreation. "The City can also be proud knowing that their Parks and Recreation department has been recognized for excellence in service and operations." "By successfully completing the CAPRA accreditation process, these agencies have proven their ability to provide the highest level services and programs. NRPA truly commends our 2011 accredited agencies for their overall excellence in serving their communities and contributing to the health and vitality of America" said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA.

Parks and Recreation joins Davenport Police, Fire and Public Works in achieving national accreditation status. With formal presentation to Parks and Recreation of accreditation status, Davenport is now the first city in the United States to achieve national CALEA, CFAI, APWA and CAPRA accreditation status, while operating libraries accredited at the state level.


The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square invites you to their Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, November 20th from noon to 4 pm.

Stop in and let us help you get ready for your holiday fun. The Discovery Shop will be brimming with all kinds of holiday things; clothing, ornaments, collectibles, jewelry, and many beautiful gift items. If you are looking for something for yourself or for someone on your list, this is a great place to start.

Deck your halls and fill all of your stockings with all of the treasures that you will "Discover"! What a great way to help in the fight against cancer!

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy.

The shop will be closed Saturday, November 19th to prepare for this event.

If you have items that you would like to donate for this event, donations are accepted anytime the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm., Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm. and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.