CHICAGO -  A group led by attorneys, labor leaders and social justice advocates that has gathered annually for more than 50 years to honor the memory of attorney Clarence Darrow will meet at the Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park Saturday,  March 13 at 10 a.m. for its traditional wreath-tossing into the Jackson Park Lagoon. Darrow's ashes were strewn in the Lagoon after his death on March 13, 1938 in Chicago.    

The annual event is convened by the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee. This year's program will feature a special tribute to the late Leon "Len" Depress, who co-founded the committee in 1958 and remained a leader of the group. Despres (1908-2009) attended last year's event, one of his last public appearances. More than 100 Darrow devotees, civil libertarians, and First Amendment buffs are expected to attend the outdoor wreath-throwing ceremonies behind the Museum of Science and Industry and indoor symposium that follows in the Columbian Room of the adjacent Museum of Science & Industry.

This year's symposium will feature a performance by Gary L. Anderson, a renowned and lauded portrayer of Darrow. Anderson tours year-round as America's only full-time Darrow portrayer.  This performance, "Search for Justice," portrays Darrow as legal warrior, engaging the justice system in a presentation that trembles with inescapable timeliness. Anderson is the CEO of The Clarence Darrow Foundation. See:

Judy Besser, great granddaugher of Clarence Darrow, will read a letter from Darrow to his daughter, Judy's grandmother, in 1929. This letter illustrates Darrow's great wit and sense of humor little known by the general public.

Loyola Law Professor Anita Weinberg, daughter of Arthur and Lila Weinberg, authors of three books on Darrow and founders of the annual Darrow event, will preside over the indoor program.  Tracy Baim, publisher of The Windy City Times and daughter of Joy Darrow, will preside at the bridge.

Darrow, characterized as the "attorney for the damned," who was born in 1857 in Farmdale, Ohio, practiced in Chicago and represented the underdog and vigorously opposed capital punishment. None of his many clients was sentenced to death.

Darrow's death on March 13, 1938, was memorialized throughout the world. His ashes, and later the ashes of his wife Ruby and his son Paul, were scattered from the Darrow Bridge, which was dedicated to his memory by the Chicago Park District in 1957.

Clarence Darrow                         Gary L. Anderson

MILWAUKEE, WI - Just in time for National Sleep Awareness Week, March 8-14, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, explains the connection between obesity and sleep habits. According to TOPS, studies show a link between too few hours of sleep and increased body weight in both adults and children.

"Our society is an insomniac, underslept society, perhaps because of economic stress, chaotic lifestyles, or sedentary time spent with modern media, such as the Internet or cable TV," says Nicholas "Dr. Nick" Yphantides, M.D., M.P.H., medical spokesperson for TOPS. "Sleep is an afterthought to many of us."

Dr. Nick points out that insomnia often leads to late-night eating binges, which are proven to be disruptive to the digestive cycle and result in weight gain. "Falling asleep with a full stomach means you are less likely to eat breakfast, which is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle," he says. "Every study of successful long-term weight loss shows that the eating plan includes a healthy breakfast."

While it's not easy to break old habits, Dr. Nick notes that the more resistant people are to saying "lights out" the more they have to deal with the consequences the next day. For example, when fatigue sets in from late-night activity, there is less desire to engage in exercise the next day, an essential element of weight control.

Lack of sleep also affects the way the body processes and store food and alters hormones which affect the appetite. "Physiologically, when a body is not rested, it kicks into survival mode," he says. "Stress hormones are generated, resulting in less production of appetite-suppressing leptin. Instead, more ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, is generated." In addition, Dr. Nick notes, there is a suspected association with insulin, which has an impact on food going into storage in the body.

The importance of sleep cannot be overestimated. More than just resulting in fatigue and affecting daily activities, lack of sleep can impact the immune system, memory recall, hypertension, and other serious problems.

"I don't believe everyone needs seven hours or another specific number, but I do believe in adequate sleep. It fits into the larger category of being responsive to what the body needs," Dr. Nick says. "Part of the evidence of the restorative nature of sleep points out that when we are ill, we need more of it, and not less or the same."

To improve your success for a restful night, consider the following:

  • Aim to exercise at least twenty to thirty minutes each day and no later than three hours before bedtime.
  • When tired enough to seek coffee and energy drinks, take a short, half-hour nap instead.
  • Go to bed and get up at about the same time every day, even on weekends.
  • Keep bedrooms cool, dark, quiet, and comfortable.  Consider a sound machine or small fan for white noise and an eye mask to block out light.
  • Follow a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading a book, engaging in light stretching, or taking a bath.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss education and support organization, was established more than 62 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success. Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., TOPS promotes successful weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and several chapters in Europe.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view or call (800) 932-8677.


"Immigrant Rights & American Values:

Seeing with New Eyes ~ Postville: an Interpreter's Experience"

Presented by Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas

Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas, a federally certified interpreter who translated at federal hearings in Waterloo, Iowa, after the 2008 immigration raid at Agri-Processors, Inc., a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, will speak to audiences throughout eastern Iowa in March.   "Immigrant Rights and American Values," the theme of his presentations, reflects his reaction to the hearings and the opinions he has expressed before Congress and in numerous essays published in the ensuing months.

Dr. Camayd-Freixas recounts his courtroom experiences after the raid as the saddest procession he has ever witnessed. He has lectured around the world and will share his experience and insight with audiences in five Iowa cities including presentations on the campuses of the University of Northern Iowa, Mount Mercy College and Clarke College, thanks to the organizing efforts of six congregations of Catholic Sisters based in the region.  Aside from the Iowa City luncheon in March, the presentations are free, open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Dr. Camayd-Freixas will speak at a public event in Clinton at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. North, on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 9, he will be in Cedar Falls visiting the University of Northern Iowa and participating in two public events.  At 2:00 p.m. in the UNI Center for Multicultural Education (109 Maucker Union) Dr. Camayd-Freixas will take part in an informal discussion about some of his recent articles.  He will speak at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center (1019 W. 23rd St.).  His evening presentation in Cedar Falls will be filmed for inclusion in "The Postville Project: Documenting a Community in Transition" (a collaboration of the UNI Rod Library and the Luther College Archives) and for future use by the sponsoring organizations.

On Wednesday, March 10, Dr. Camayd-Freixas will address the noon meeting of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City ($8/$9 - reservation required), and then travel to Cedar Rapids and give a public program at Mount Mercy College at Basile Hall, Flaherty Community Room, 1330 Elmhurst Drive, at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, March 11, Clarke College will host Dr. Camayd-Freixas' public presentation in the Jansen Music Hall in the Atrium, 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, also at 7 p.m.

Dr. Camayd-Freixas, a Harvard-trained communications analyst, was one of 26 interpreters who started the court hearings at Waterloo on May 13, 2008, and one of approximately 16 interpreters who stayed the whole two weeks. Shortly after his experience, he composed an essay entitled Interpreting after the Largest ICE Raid in US History, which has been read by thousands and made its way to Congress. In his essay, he recalled his courtroom experience: "Driven single-file in groups of 10, shackled at the wrists, waist and ankles, chains dragging as they shuffled through, the slaughterhouse workers were brought in for arraignment, sat and listened through headsets to the interpreted initial appearance, before being marched out again to be bused to different county jails, only to make room for the next row of 10."

In his statement at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Dr. Camayd-Freixas identified 13 problems in the judicial process that he observed, including inadequate access to legal counsel and no meaningful presumption of innocence at initial appearance.

Dr. Camayd-Freixas is Professor of Latin American Literature, Director of Translation Studies, and Founder of the Research Initiative on Immigration Reform at Florida International University, Miami. He has published and lectured worldwide on language, literature, and cultural studies. A literary critic, social theorist, and expert in forensic linguistics for federal and state courts, he has trained more than 3,000 interpreters in professional ethics and standards of practice, and regularly works on Spanish television broadcasts of presidential speeches, debates, and special events. He has interpreted internationally for eight different heads of state, including President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.

Dr. Camayd-Freixas' presentations are sponsored by a Peace & Justice Coordination Committee whose members include leaders from local religious congregations: Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Ia.; Davenport, Ia.; the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque, Ia.; and, Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary, Sinsinawa, Wis.  Co-sponsors include Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Sisters of Mercy West Midwest; Clarke College, Dubuque; First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Falls, Ia.; Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, Cedar Falls; Sisters United News of the Upper Mississippi Valley; Peace & Justice Center of the Cedar Valley-a ministry of Cedar Falls Mennonite Church; St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center, Cedar Falls; UNI American Democracy Project, Cedar Falls..

The Iowa Law Review article "Patentable Subject Matter" authored by Charlie Damschen, an associate with Davenport's Hamilton IP Law, focused on how courts should judge whether certain software qualified for patent protection. This article has recently been cited by the Franklin Pierce Law Center in its Petition for a Writ of Certiorari amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. Later, Damschen's paper was also cited by William M. Schuster in his article in the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.

This article focuses on the merits of a patent case similar to Bilski v. Kappos, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Oral arguments for this case were heard in November and it looks like a decision will come down this spring.  "It's a thrill that my thoughts on this issue are being considered at a national level," cited Damschen.

In the Bilski v. Kappos case, Bilski filed a patent covering a method of hedging risk in the field of commodities trading. Because software is a method performed by a computer, courts treat it as a method when determining patentability. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled the method in Bilski as non-patentable subject matter and decided a method must transform a particular article into a different state for the method to be eligible for patenting. The software and related services sector employ 1.7 million people earning an average of $85,000 annually. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly affect this industry's growth.

Hamilton IP Law aids entrepreneurs in securing protection for all forms of intellectual property.  The firm serves a variety of specializations, including software, agricultural equipment, electrical components and industrial processes.  Hamilton IP Law provides counsel ranging from individual inventors to medium-sized businesses.  Its founder, Jay Hamilton, is a member of the Scott County Bar Association, a board member of the Quad City I-Club and a frequent guest lecturer at various small business and inventor forums.


Contact: Charlie Damschen

331 West 3rd Street, Davenport, IA

Phone: (563) 441-0207


Guaranteed Loans Provided Through Recovery Act Funds Help Local Businesses and Supports the Nation's Renewable Energy Strategy

WASHINGTON, February 16, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $144 million in loan guarantees to assist 54 rural businesses through funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The funding is authorized through USDA Rural Development's Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program. The program received $1.57 billion through the Act to help rural businesses stimulate economic development.

"A number of the Recovery Act projects announced today support the President's comprehensive energy strategy announced earlier this month," said Vilsack. "Advancing biomass and biofuel production holds the potential to create green jobs, which is one of the many ways the Obama Administration and USDA are working to rebuild and revitalize rural America."

For example, in Hilo, Hawaii, Big Island Biodiesel, LLC, has been selected to receive a $5,000,000 loan guarantee through First Hawaiian Bank in Kahului to construct a $10 million, 2.64 million gallon per year biodiesel production plant in Keaau.  The feedstock for this biodiesel plant will primarily be used cooking oil, and potentially jatropha and algae.  More than one million gallons of used cooking oil and grease-trap oil will be diverted from Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii County landfills to produce the biodiesel. Hawaii has established an Alternative Fuel Standard (AFS) with the goal of providing 10 percent of highway fuel demand from alternate fuels by 2010, 15 percent by 2015, and 20 percent by 2020.

In Athol Massachusetts, Organic Renaissance, LLC, has been selected to receive a $450,000 loan guarantee to facilitate the provision of fresh, locally grown farm products to restaurants, retailers and other buyers.  The company intends to lease a building that is centrally located between Boston and farmers located in Mass., southern N.H., southern Vt., and northern Conn. The intent is to reduce shipping costs and enable cost-effective distribution of farm fresh produce by local rural businesses. The guaranteed loan will help to reduce costs and create opportunities for employment in a rural area as well as support the production of agricultural food products.

Eligible applicants for USDA Rural Development's Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program include private businesses, cooperative organizations, corporations, partnerships, non-profit groups, Federally recognized Indian tribes, public bodies and individuals. The funds are targeted to create and retain quality jobs and serve difficult-to-reach populations and areas hardest hit by the current economic downturn.

More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at More information about the Federal Government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at

A list of borrowers receiving loan awards is below.  Funding is contingent upon borrowers meeting conditions in the loan agreement.

Conversion Technologies, LLC: $3,730,000

SpeedSmart 112, Inc.: $6,399,393

Kenneth & Sharon Foster, Roger & Vicki Webb, Eel River Fuels, Inc.: $2,239,600

Blooming Acres: $1,500,000
Dreamland Limited: $1,500,000

Alexander Printing Company, Inc.: $583,000
JVH&J International, LLC: $2,123,000
Moultrie Healthcare Properties, LLC: $10,000,000
Southside Plaza Developers, Inc., Dixie Discount, Curbert, Inc., and Barry T. Buchholz: $1,675,000

Quick Service Foods, Inc.: $500,000

Big Island Biodiesel, LLC: $5,000,000

Northern IA Die Casting: $1,452,379
Schoon Construction, Inc., and Leroy & Judith Schoon: $3,325,000

Valley Air Photos LLC: $1,415,536
Bosski, Inc., Thunder Mountain Properties LLC, and John and Collette Boguslawski: $450,000
True Value Hardware: $735,000

Carri Scharf Materials: $5,000,000

Montgomery-Besaw Leasing, LLC: $2,584,000

New Century Fabricators, Inc.: $3,525,000

A&J Industries, Inc.: $1,300,000

Organic Renaissance, LLA: $450,000

Vista Grand Villa: $3,000,000
CRB Real Estate: $1,356,328
PMU-LADD: $360,000

Kay's Processing: $700,000
Anderson Seed Co. Inc: $975,000

Good Time Rentals, LLC: $205,000
Missouri Forge Inc.: $5,928,000
Cycle Connection, Inc.: $817,000

New Hampshire
Monadnock Economic Development Corporation: $6,377,920

A.C.E., LLC: $350,000
T & N Properties, LLC and Leading Technology Development, LLC: $518,000

New York
Bestway NY/HDK/Builder's Best: $3,100,000
Bestway PA/Bestway South/ Bestway NE: $9,900,000

North Carolina
Orange Charter School: $700,000
Bendel Group LLC: $672,000

North Dakota
Minot Hospitality Partners, LLC: $5,000,000
Medora Environmental, Inc.: $3,000,000
RediFlame Inc.: $850,000

Gallium Compounds, LLC: $2,650,000

Oregon, Select Onion Company, LLC; et al.: $4,500,000
Oregon, RAM Trucking, Inc.; et al.: $450,000
Fiesta Foods of Oregon, Inc.: $6,900,000
Thatchers Hardware, Inc. and SDDZ, LLC: $712,683

Adonai Holdings, Inc.: $2,700,000

South Carolina
Ashlan Properties, LLC (Arby's Restaurant): $1,278,812
Industrial Management Services, Inc.: $2,600,000

Tennessee Materials Corporation, Inc.: $5,530,500
SomerOak Senior Living, LLC:  $3,300,000
Van Ayers Long Term Facility: $3,718,900

Frazier & Frazier Industries, Inc.: $7,242,400

James River Car Wash, LLC: $285,000
Montgomery Restaurant Corp. and El Laurel, LLC: $1,360,000

Peninsula Plywood Group, LLC: $ 1,899,270

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at


WASHINGTON --- Senator Chuck Grassley has asked the Food and Drug Administration about progress made to improve foreign drug inspection, following commitments made by the agency when Baxter International temporarily suspended production of its blood thinner heparin in 2008 because of adverse reactions.

"My letter today follows up on oversight I did at that time because requirements the FDA already had in place then were not met by the FDA, and the drug company itself didn't have a system to check the quality of upstream providers of the drug components.  In fact, pharmaceutical companies aren't required to have those checks in place," Grassley said.  "I will continue asking the FDA for information and working to hold the federal agency accountable in its work to protect the safety of the drugs in our medicine cabinets."

Since 2007, Grassley also has twice filed legislation to dramatically beef up the FDA's foreign inspection operation, including enhanced enforcement for quality and safety violations.  The legislation, which Grassley had introduced with the late Senator Kennedy, hasn't been passed by Congress.  China is one of the largest exporters of pharmaceutical products to the United States.  Following questions raised by Grassley and others in 2007 and 2008 about the inadequate foreign inspections, the FDA has opened an office in China to facilitate inspections.

Below is the text of the letter Grassley sent today to the FDA Commissioner.

February 16, 2010

The Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg


U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Dear Commissioner Hamburg:

As Ranking Member of the United States Senate Committee on Finance (Committee), I have a special responsibility to the more than 100 million Americans who receive health care coverage under those programs to ensure that taxpayer and beneficiary dollars are appropriately spent on safe and effective drugs and devices.

In 2007 and 2008, I wrote a series of letters to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA/Agency) inquiring about the Agency's oversight of foreign-made drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).  I appreciate FDA's responses to my letters and look forward to the Agency's continued cooperation.

Almost two years ago, in February 2008, Baxter International (Baxter) had announced that it had temporarily suspended production of its blood thinner heparin because of increased reports of serious adverse events, in particular allergic reactions, associated with the use of its drug.  The company recalled its heparin sodium injection single-dose vials, the remainder of its multiple-dose vials, and the heparin flush products from the market.  Prior to the recall of its products, Baxter manufactured about 50 percent of the heparin used in the United States.  Thus, there were serious concerns about whether or not this country would have enough heparin to meet patient needs.

After several months of investigation, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the adverse events were caused by heparin contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate.  According to the FDA, this contaminant was found in heparin API produced by Baxter's API supplier in China, Changzhou Scientific Protein Laboratories (SPL), as well as more than 10 other Chinese facilities in the heparin supply chain.  In addition, the Agency revealed that due to human error, the FDA had failed to conduct a pre-approval inspection of Changzhou SPL in accordance with its pre-approval inspections program to ensure compliance with current good manufacturing practices (CGMP).

Despite its own audits and inspections of the API supplier, Baxter did not discover that its heparin API supply was contaminated because the company did not have mechanisms in place to ensure that the upstream providers, such as the crude heparin processors and slaughterhouses, were providing quality product to Changzhou SPL.  Baxter and other heparin manufacturers, however, are not required to have such mechanisms in place.  FDA has stated that API and drug manufacturers "frequently audit suppliers of critical materials" but the audits are not a requirement of the CGMP regulations for finished pharmaceuticals.  Nonetheless, there was one heparin manufacturer, APP Pharmaceuticals, which had a traceable distribution system that did allow it to trace crude heparin from the API supplier to the workshops and pig farms.  That company was able to increase its heparin production capacity and take over as the major supplier for the U.S. market after Baxter's product recalls.

Investigation of the contamination of the U.S. heparin supply in 2008 highlighted the need to improve FDA's protection of the safety of products made in this country and abroad.  In fact, the FDA acknowledged at a press conference on April 21, 2008 that the heparin problem "illustrated the need for [the FDA] to focus on enhanced regulation and scrutiny of the whole supply chain for drugs, including all sources of materials, including the natural sources."  In the Agency's response to me, dated June 5, 2009, the FDA also stated that "Aside from a traceable distribution system, it is imperative that both the API and drug product manufacturer establish and implement procedures and controls to secure and assure the integrity of the supply and distribution chain."

In response to the heparin contamination, the FDA announced a number of efforts it was implementing to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, including the establishment of an FDA presence abroad by opening field offices in China, India and Latin America, as well as the pursuit of international agreements to augment its foreign inspection program.  The FDA also stated that the FDA and international regulators had agreed to hold an inspection summit in 2009 to apply the lessons learned from the heparin contamination.  In addition, the FDA stated in its letter to me that it is collaborating with several pharmaceutical associations "to establish more robust systems and procedures to qualify suppliers of pharmaceutical ingredients and assure the identity and purity of batches of incoming ingredients."

I am writing today to follow up on the status of FDA's initiatives to improve its foreign drug inspection program, in particular any efforts to prevent tainted final dosage forms and API from entering this country.  I would also appreciate a response to the following requests:

· A reporting of FDA's plans to ensure the safety and quality of drug products that are imported into this country, including efforts to improve surveillance, technology and testing capabilities, to harmonize regulatory standards and procedures, and to enhance the Agency's regulation of the whole supply chain of drugs.

· If FDA conducted its own assessment of how the Agency handled the heparin contamination, a copy of any report or memorandum generated from that assessment, including any recommendations and lessons learned.

· A status report on FDA's review of reports of adverse events occurring after heparin administration and the number of deaths and adverse events that have been determined to be epidemiologically associated with use of the contaminated product.  During the April 21, 2008 FDA press conference, the Agency stated that there were 81 deaths linked to the allergic reactions that may have been caused by contaminated heparin.  A month earlier, on March 5, 2008, the Agency stated that it had received 785 reports of adverse events.  FDA's webpage on adverse event reports and heparin, last updated July 1, 2009, shows that between January 1, 2007 through May 31, 2008 there were 146 reported deaths that included one or more allergic symptoms that is associated with use of the contaminated heparin.  The webpage, however, does not identify the total number of other adverse events reported to the FDA.

Thank you for your assistance on this important matter.  I would appreciate a response to the requests set forth in this letter by no later than March 2, 2010.


Chuck Grassley

United States Senator

Ranking Member of the Committee on Finance

New Special Amana Exhibit Opens March 5 at the German American Heritage Center

The German American Heritage Center is excited to bring you this new exhibit in partnership with the Amana Heritage Society. Along with several artifacts, fascinating personal stories from descendants bring to life trades Amana members brought from Germany including blacksmithing, baking, butchering, weaving and more.  The exhibit focuses on the time during the Great Depression when some members of the Amana communal society  made a difficult decision to move to the City of Davenport.
This exhibit is in honor of Henry R. and Marie A. Schaefer who emigrated from the Amana Colonies and the security of the communal society to Davenport to explore a new life outside the system. This exhibit is sponsored by the children of Henry R. and Marie A. Schaefer: Richard H. Schaefer, Marilyn L. Schaefer, Carol H. Schaefer,Suzan M. Schaefer, and Jack T. Schaefer.

German Language Classes
German Level I

Date: Meets Tuesdays afternoons starting March 23 - June 15 (No class April 20.)
Time/Location: 5:00-6:30 pm at the German American Heritage Center, 4th floor
Cost: Members: $75 for the course and $20 for the manual; Nonmembers: $95 for the class and $20 for the manual
Text: Chapters 1-4 of German - a Self-teaching Guide (available through the GAHC).
Vocabulary topics: greetings, introductions, telling about yourself and your family, useful expressions, numbers (measurements, currencies, sizes, temperature), food, restaurants & eating, hotels and overnight accommodations. Lessons may include additional topics as needed.
Grammar topics:  Subject and object pronouns, the many German words for "the" and "you,"  present tense forms of verbs, nouns and plurals, differences in German and English word order, introduction to adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. To register call  563-322-8844.

German Level II

Class meets 90 minutes once a week for 12 weeks.
German I or some basic knowledge of German language.
Dates: Meets Tuesday evenings starting March 23 - June 15 (No class April 20.)
Time/Location: 7-8:30 pm at the German American Heritage Center, 4th floor
Cost: Members: $75 for the course and $20 for the manual; Nonmembers: $95 for the class and $20 for the manual
Text: Chapters 5-8  of the text German - a Self-teaching Guide (Available through the GAHC. This is a continuation of the same manual used in German I at GAHC.)
Vocabulary and conversation topics: Numbers, telling time, train and air travel, shopping, health care, & going to the doctor in Germany, entertainment and recreation.  Lessons may include additional topics as needed.
Grammar topics:  Review of Level I as needed; past and future tense forms of verbs; more about using adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and prepositions; continued practice with German word order. To register call  563-322-8844. 

In This Issue
New Amana Exhibit in Quad Cities
German Language Classes
German Gardening Presentation
Bus Trip: Historic Kalona, Iowa


Community Gardening in Germany and America

Date/Time: Saturday,
February 27, 2010 at 2 p.m.


Free with general admission; Free for members
Place: German American Heritage Center, 712 W 2nd St., Davenport, Iowa
Description: Community gardening began in Germany during the Industrial Revolution as a way to escape from the dirty and polluted cities. Today, they still provide an "escape" for some, but are not limited to that alone. They provide learning experiences for children, a stress reliever for adults, and a source of fresh, cheap produce. The importance of community gardening is growing with higher food prices, increasing populations, and as a means of beautification of derelict neighborhoods and cities. This presentation will be given by Bryan Schmid.

Join us for a day trip to historic Kalona, Iowa on  Monday,  May 3, 2010 . Reserve your spot soon!


7:15 a.m.-5:35 p.m.
(Bus departs/returns at the German American Heritage Center)

Cost: Members $55;

Non-members $65
Includes transportation by motor coach, family style lunch in a farm house, and tours. Lunch will be in a farm house and served family style. Lunch will include roast beef, noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread, relish, pies and ice tea or coffee. 

Relive the 1800's when you visit the Historical Village with its 13 authentically restored buildings. Throughout the day you'll travel the scenic back-roads with our guides and experience a new sense of the hard work and family ethic that continues to mark the Amish way of life. We will explore Kalona Historic Village and Quilt & Textile Museum. Also enjoy a visit to the bakery, shops and general store. During the trip, you will also have an opportunity to watch a live horse auction as well. Watch demonstrations such as noodle making and cheese making, and traditional crafts including woodworking.

To reserve your spot for the trip, call 563-322-8844 before April 26. We encourage you to register soon, as space is limited.

On Saturday, February 27 at 10:00 am, the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will host a Winter tree identification program. Families and individuals are invited to be Winter tree detectives!  Participants will learn how to identify trees by looking at the bark, buds and seeds.  Please call to register (563) 328-3286.

Also on Saturday, February 27 at 1:00 pm, the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will host a maple syruping demonstration. Join Tom Greene as he discusses the history and procedure of tapping trees for syrup.  Handouts and where to find tapping equipment wil be provided to participants.  Please call (563) 328-3286 to register.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa, by taking County Road Y4E. then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:30pm, Mayor Duane Dawson read a proclamation declaring Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at "Milan Spay Day."

The simple objective is to encourage not only Milan residents, but also residents of the Quad Cities and surrounding area, to take responsibility for their pets by having them spayed or neutered.  Pets who are spayed or neutered are healthier and do not add to the heartbreaking tragedy of the pet overpopulation.  A spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when you consider the benefits.  Your pet will live a longer and healthier life.

To mark this important date, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center will offer $5.00 cat spays and neuters to twenty-four Milan residents, made possible with the support of the Village of Milan.  Appointments wil be scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th and Tuesday, February 23rd.  To schedule a $5.00 cat spay or neuter, please contact the Quad City Animal Welfare Center low cost high quality clinic at 309-787-6830, ext. 26 and mention "Milan Spay Day."  Pet guardians who are not eligible for the program described above may take advantage of the low cost, high quality spay and neuter program by calling 309-7887-6830, ext 26.

The Quad City Animal Welfare Center is the only full service no-kill animal shelter located in the Quad Cities..  Our mission is a shelter for homeless animals, to support spay and neuter programs and to provide humane education.  QCAWC Adoption Center is open Monday-Saturday from 12:00pm until 5:00pm with extended hours on Wednesday until 6:00pm and closed on Sundays.  Our Low Cost, High Quality Vaccination Clinic is open every Wednesday at 1:00pm and the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am with no appointment necessary.  QCAWC is located at 724 West 2nd Ave, Milan.  Visit our website at

$27,500 in Scholarship Money Given at Premier Night of the Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show.

(Davenport) The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend is pleased to announce the 2010 recipients of the Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show Scholarships:

Francesca Byczynski - Rock Island High School - Rock Island; The letter of recommendation was from Lujack Northpark Auto Plaza, Davenport. Francesca was awarded $5000.

Celine Hartman - Rock Falls High School - Rock Falls; the letter of recommendation was from Dixon Ford Lincoln Mercury Volkswagen Mazda, Dixon, Illinois. Celine was awarded $3,500.

Mitchel Heiar - Sherrard High School - Sherrard; the letter of recommendation was from Eriksen Chevrolet-Buick Inc, Milan. Mitchel was awarded $3,500.

Owen Pomije - Rock Island High School - Rock Island; the letter of recommendation was from Lujack Northpark Auto Plaza, Davenport.  Owen was awarded $5,000.

Mathew Purl - Assumption High School - Davenport; the letter of recommendation was from Reynolds Motor Co., East Moline. Mathew was awarded $3,500.

Benjamin Schwind - Central High School - Davenport; the letter of recommendation was from Lujack Northpark Auto Plaza, Davenport.  Benjamin was awarded $3,500.

Kelsey Swan - Rockridge High School - Taylor Ridge; the letter of recommendation was from Sexton Ford, Moline.  Kelsey was awarded $3,500.

The Auto Show has given to date over $150,000 in scholarships to 55 area students. Proceeds from the Auto Show support the Scholarship Fund. A special presentation of $15,000 was made by the Quad City Times to be deposited to the scholarship fund from sales efforts of the Auto Show Special Supplement. Sponsors of the Premier include : IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union,, Automated Data Processing, Detailers Training & Services, and Enterprise Car Rental.