The German American Heritage Center will present a companion program to its current temporary exhibit, "Cigar Making in the Quad Cities," on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Center.  Local educator Bruce Bufe will craft an oral portrait of his great-great grandfather, a German immigrant who worked as a cigar maker in Moline in the 1880's .


 But Franz Gustav Bufe was much, much more - he was a talented artist, a prolific published poet and a keen social critic and activist of his day.  There is much to learn in Gustav Bufe's poems, which will be discussed in translation and enriched with artifacts from his homeland.


This program will appeal to all who descend from Germany to America and those who follow local and regional history.   Come join us at GAHC for this first chapter in a continuing series called "My German Story."  Will yours be next?

By Senator Tom Harkin

May is Cancer Research Month - a time for our country to pause and recognize the landmark accomplishments and life-saving promise of this critical research.  And, we are reminded during this month, that one of the best ways we can fight this epidemic and save lives is to continue to research cures, causes, treatments and prevention tools.

Despite the advancements that have been made in recent years, cancer remains one of the greatest health concerns in our nation.  It is estimated that in 2010, over 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in the United States, causing more than 550,000 deaths.  This makes cancer the second most common cause of death in this country. In Iowa in 2010, an estimated 6,400 Iowans will die from cancer, 14 times the number caused by auto fatalities.

In the past years, we have made great strides. Early detection has increased survival rates and new tools have greatly improved the five-year survival rate for many types of cancer, but there is still much work to be done.  That is why as Chairman of both the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds medical research, and as Chairman of the Committee that oversees health initiatives, I have actively fought to provide funding at both the national and local levels for cancer research, screening and prevention initiatives. In fiscal year 2011, the National Institutes of Health will fund $5.8 billion in cancer research.  And last year, I secured $370 million for cancer screening and prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Out of those funds, Iowa runs the Iowa Gets Screened program and Care For Yourself programs, which provide free or low-cost screening for colon, breast and cervical cancers. Iowa schools and institutions such as the University of Iowa are also helping to lead the way in cancer research, and I have been honored to help secure nearly $21 million in NIH funding in 2010 for critical research into lung, prostrate and pancreatic cancer, as well as the role of nutrition in cancer prevention.

With Congress focusing on deficit reduction and cost-cutting it will be tempting for some to reduce funding for cancer research that can lead to better treatments, better screening tools and more effective prevention of cancer. But as a nation, we cannot afford to put transformative science on hold, particularly now, when strong investments in medical research could pay extraordinary dividends to our health and economic well-being. Even when considered in purely economic terms, it is estimated that every one percent decline in cancer mortality saves the United States economy $500 billion. I will fight to ensure that critical funding for cancer research is not cut.

For more information please feel free to contact any of my offices or visit my website at


A fund-raiser for Special Olympics Illinois Western Area 4

Join the Public Safety Professionals of Rock Island County in supporting our local Special Olympians

Friday, May 20, 2011 from 5-8pm at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall 4600 Blackhawk Rd. Rock Island

D.J. with Karaoke

Food (included with admission): Sloppy Joes, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Beverage & Dessert

Silent Auction* 50/50 Drawings* Games* Art Table* K-9 Demonstrations*
Emergency Vehicles on display* McGruff the Crime Dog*
The Quad Cities Juggling Club will perform, teach, & play*

Silent Auction Premier Item: John Deere Classic 2011 Package:
2 Anyday Passes, 2 tickets to the UHC Skybox on Thursday July 8 with unlimited food &
beverage, & 1 General Parking Pass. Starting Bid Required is $300.00 (Value Over $550).
*Please Note: The JDC will add, at minimum, a 5% Bonus to the winning bid. All monies
going to S.O.I.L. Place bids @ event or by email @, with bid & contact
information, by 12noon on May 20th. Payment due @ closing of auction @ event. Credit Cards
are accepted for payment.

ADULTS: $10.00



R.S.V.P.s (not required, but encouraged) & Donations may be sent to:

Salute to Special Olympians
C/O 1527 11th Avenue
Moline, Illinois 61265

Donations to Special Olympics Illinois are tax deductible.
Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Illinois.

May 20, 2011 Special Olympians Day in Rock Island County, Illinois

Designated as such by county board proclamation.

For event information call: (309) 764-3860 or Email:

The Downtown Partnership's popular petunia flower baskets will return throughout Downtown Davenport and the Mississippi riverfront Saturday, May 14.

More flower baskets will be displayed this year - 572, which grew from last year's number of 532. There will also be 116 ground planters bursting with the vibrant colored flora. The new baskets can be found surrounding the Hotel Blackhawk and a portion of 3rd Street between Ripley and Harrison Streets that was recently streetscaped.

According to Adam Holland, Director of Downtown Operations, the flowers are a mix of "Supertunias" that sweep over the top of the baskets as they grow. The wire baskets will be brimming with eye-popping violet, fuchsia, and "tequila sunrise" petunias, which will be in full bloom in June. The Green Thumbers, a local business and chamber member, supply the plants for the project.

Funded by downtown property owners in the Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the baskets annually provide downtown Davenport with a fresh look in the spring and summer for its residents, visitors and employees to enjoy.

The Downtown Partnership, a division of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown Davenport. As administrators of the Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the Downtown Partnership provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives.


Washington, DC - May 13, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced a bill to help veterans who return from combat and are facing foreclosure stay in their homes. The Protecting Veterans' Homes Act would protect veterans from being foreclosed upon by banks and would give returning soldiers time to get their finances in order after long deployments.

"Our veterans often return from combat only to face new challenges," said Rep. Braley. "Whether it's an injury or a financial crisis caused by long deployments and time off from their civilian jobs, our veterans deserve to know that we're standing up for them. This bill will give our soldiers enough time to get back on their feet and get their finances in order before being kicked out of their homes. This is the least we can do for the brave men and women who serve this country."

Currently, similar protections for veterans are set to expire in December of 2012. Rep. Braley's bill would make these protections permanent and would extend the grace period from nine months to a full year for veterans returning from deployments.


BOURBONNAIS, IL (05/13/2011)(readMedia)-- Katelyn J. Flynn, an English major from Davenport, graduated magna cum laude with Olivet Nazarene University's first cohort of 14 students in the undergraduate Honors Program. She has been accepted at Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Va.

Honors Program graduates received their degrees along with 1,683 other graduates during the 2011 Commencement convocations Saturday, May 7, in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

"Our Honors students are bright young adults who give me faith for the future of our country," said Dr. Sue Williams, director of Olivet's Honors Program. "They are going out to serve others, not just to acquire. I'm proud of them. Several of them are going either to graduate school or taking jobs right out of college due, in part, to their scholarship and being in this program."

Launched in 2007, Olivet's Centennial year, the Honors Program immediately attracted academically talented students with unique interests and special academic ambitions. The goal of the program is to encourage and nurture the students in the integration of Christian faith and scholarship, preparing them for servant leadership in the Church and the world.

Each student was accepted into the program based on his/her ACT score, application, essay and an on-campus interview. During their years at Olivet, each completed a rigorous program of specially designed honors-level courses in addition to fulfilling all academic requirements for their majors. They also completed many community service opportunities and attended several cultural events. The culmination of their work was their mentored research and presentation of that research at an honors research symposium.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering over 120 areas of study. It is centrally located in the historic village of Bourbonnais, Illinois - just 50 miles south of Chicago's loop - with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill. and throughout Chicagoland.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the President announced that he would seek a two-year extension to the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller.  The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the FBI.

"This is an unusual step by the President, and is somewhat of a risky precedent to set.  Thirty-five years ago Congress limited the FBI director's term to one, 10-year appointment as an important safeguard against improper political influence and abuses of the past.   There's no question that Director Mueller has proven his ability to run the FBI. And, we live in extraordinary times.  So, I'm open to the President's idea, but I will need to know more about his plan to ensure that this is not a more permanent extension that would undermine the purposes of the term limit."

WEST BRANCH, IOWA– This year two writers, M.S. Coe and Gaynell Gavin, will be Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.  During their residencies Ms. Coe and Dr. Gavin will be available to interact with park visitors as they write in the park. Each will also present a public program. The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site promotes creative means of communicating the park's national significance and its relevance to visitors.

Gaynell Gavin's prose and poetry has been published in many literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry chapbook, Intersections, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing. Her essay, "What We Have," published in Prairie Schooner, was included among "Notable Essays" in The Best American Essays 2009. This essay, like much of her work, is grounded in the Midwest. She is originally from Illinois and is a faculty member at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dr. Gavin will be the Artist-in-Residence from May 28 through June 20.

M.S. Coe grew up in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts. She worked at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and as a reader for Sonora Review and is currently an assistant editor of Epoch literary magazine. She teaches English and creative writing at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she will receive her MFA degree. Her fiction often explores the disassociation characters feel when placed into strange environments and how they reconcile with their surroundings. Ms. Coe will be the Artist-in-Residence from July 2 through July 20.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541. They are supported in part by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association. The Hoover Association's annual dinner is May 20. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet five of Herbert Hoover's secretaries. To make reservations by May 16, call (319) 643-5327 or 1-800-828-0475.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

To commemorate the official opening of the SECC, a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday May 19th at 10:00am. The SECC/EOC is located at 1100 E 46th Street, Davenport. Parking is available in the adjoining lot or Dee Bruemmer Public Works Building lot. Brief remarks will be made by the SECC.

Director Brian Hitchcock, SECC Chair Tom Sunderbruch, Architect Michael Cox from Wold and Associates and Contractor Terrence Larson from Larson and Associates. Immediately following will be the actual ribbon cutting ceremony along with a photo opportunity with elected and public safety officials.

Chair Tom Sunderbruch said "The construction of this new building is a symbol of the collaboration of our local governments. We are proud to provide quality dispatch services and improved public safety to our community"

The Scott Emergency Communication Center (SECC) was formed in December, 2007 when Scott County, City of Davenport, City of Bettendorf, MEDIC EMS, and the Emergency Management Agency entered into an intergovernmental agreement (aka 28E Agreement) for the purpose of providing public safety dispatch and communication services. The Public Safety Dispatchers were consolidated in July, 2010. This ribbon cutting ceremony marks the relocation of all county wide dispatch services along with the opening of the building.

Additional questions can be directed to the SECC at 563-484-3000 or


The Figge Art Museum is offering a three-week Art History class entitled "Art of the National Parks," from 6:30-8 pm on Tuesdays, May 24- June 7. The class will cover the history of national parks, numerous landmarks and locations, and the artists that encountered those areas. The course will be taught by Ranelle Lueth, Ph.D. Candidate in American Art at the University of Iowa. The course is free to Figge members; membership options begin at $40. For more information, call the Membership Office at 563.326.7804 x2007. Registration for the class is required; please call the Education Department at 563.326.7804 x2045.