Local thespians celebrate lives of Galenians during 18th annual walk

GALENA, Ill. - Eight former residents of Galena will present their riveting stories in live theatre format on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at Greenwood Cemetery, Gear St., Galena. Guided 75-minute tours will step out every 20 minutes between the hours of 2 and 4:30 p.m. during the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society's 18th annual Cemetery Walk. An indoor "seated" performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, will be held at Grace Episcopal Church.

"Greenwood Cemetery is a link to our past...like an open history book," said Ronn Toebaas, producer and director, who has assembled an outstanding cast of local actors to bring these wonderful stories to life.

Personalities profiled are: John and Mary Packard, a Galena entrepreneur and his wife who amassed a vast fortune through the production and sale of axle grease; Adele Gratiot Washburne, the first white child born in Galena, who later married the powerful politician Elihu B. Washburne and spent years living abroad when her husband was appointed Minister to France; Samuel Simpson Grant, younger brother to Ulysses, who was working in the Grant Leather Store at the time Ulysses arrived in Galena; Herman Kohlsaat and Nancy Baker, a powerful newspaper mogul who as a child befriended Mrs. Baker who made wonderful cookies (in subsequent years he brought noted dignitaries to her doorstep to sample her gingersnaps); Sarah Coates Harris, a progressive thinking Galena physician and lecturer who spoke eloquently on female anatomy, plant taxonomy, temperance, and a woman's right to vote (she was married to riverboat captain and early Galena entrepreneur Daniel S. Harris); and Mathias Meller, an immigrant from Germany who was one of Galena's most successful beer brewers.

Local actors portraying the Galenians include Ron and Kris Chapman, Jim Clark, Steve Coates, Carmen Ferguson, Deb Hyland, Carole Sullivan and Ted Williams. Historical research for the script was provided by local historians Scott Wolfe and Kris Chapman. Jenni Ackerman is coordinating the period costuming. Bryan Ackerman is Stage Manager in charge of technical direction.

Tickets are $12 per person for the guided theatrical tour and are available onsite the day of the performances or at the Galena History Museum, 211 S. Bench St., in advance. The performances are suitable for all ages; kids under 6 are free. No reservations are necessary; small groups will be formed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The addition of a performance the following Saturday evening, June 18, is recognition that some guests may have difficulty navigating the rolling cemetery terrain and paths. Weather and daytime work schedules sometimes prevent attendance as well, so a "seated" indoors performance is a welcome addition. Guests may enjoy the performance from a comfortable pew - also for $12 per person - at 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 309 Hill St., Galena.

The event is hosted by the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society. Major sponsors include Vincent Monuments, US Bank, McCoy Insurance and Real Estate, and Merkle International. For more event information or to purchase tickets, contact the Museum at 815-777-9129 or visit www.galenahistorymuseum.org. For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, go to www.galena.org, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call 877-464-2536 toll-free.

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WHAT: View the first works of art from the "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design" to be installed at the Figge Art Museum.

WHEN: 1p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport, IA, 52801

WHO: Dr. Rima Girnius, Figge Art Museum Associate Curator, will be available to answer questions about the exhibition.


Media will enter the Figge through the loading dock entrance just east of the main entrance, where they will be met by staff who will guide them to the exhibition. Dr. Girnius will be available to provide information on the works of art on display.

The exhibition presents the history, innovation and construction of American chair design.  Curated from a private collection, this exhibit showcases important selections from the 1800s to the present by designers and manufacturers including John Henry Belter; George Hunzinger; the Herter Brothers; the Stickley Brothers; Frank Lloyd Wright; Charles and Ray Eames; Isamu Noguchi; Frank Gehry; Knoll; Herman Miller; Steelcase and others.

The Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum will open to the public on July 23, 2011.  However, due to numerous requests by local, state, and national media outlets for access to the new museum prior to the official opening, we are allowing special press-only access to the museum between July 11th and July 16th.

Reporters, film crews, and still photographers are welcome to come to see the museum and meet with Tim Dye, the director of the museum, as well as with city officials, including Pontiac Mayor Robert Russell.

Although the museum will not be 100% complete at that time, we anticipate that over 90% of the artifacts, classic and antique cars, library materials, and other displays will be in place and ready for viewing.  Members of the press will be able to spend time seeing the collection as well as learning more about the Oakland and Pontiac brands, and the genesis of the museum project.

It is expected that the new museum will draw thousands of visitors each year to our city.  Among the thousands of items in the collection to be displayed are:

  • 15 classic Oakland and Pontiac cars, and a horse buggy, dating back to the 1890's
  • Over 300 linear feet of print materials in a resource library
  • Dealer sales training films, pamphlets, and guides
  • Over 2,000 gas station road maps from the 1930s, '40s, '50s, and '60s.
  • Pontiac Car promotional items - signs, buttons, awards, etc.
  • Over 2,000 oil cans and a marvelous collection of gasoline-related artifacts

The new museum joins the growing list of attractions in Pontiac, including the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum, the Livingston County War Museum, Looking for Lincoln Heritage sites, and the city's 21 colorful, outdoor murals.  Over the last few years, Pontiac has risen to become one of the state's most popular tourist destinations.  The number of visitors who come to our city has been increasing by nearly 20% each of the last three years.  We anticipate that the new museum will help us to continue that trend.

If you are interested in coming to preview the museum and/or interview Tim, Penny, or any of our city officials, please contact us and we will set things up to best meet your needs.  I can be reached by phone at (800) 835-2055, and by email at: tourism@pontiac.org.

Jordan Catholic School is proud to release the following:

2011 Award Recipients (8th  grade graduates)

Jordan History Award?Andrew Rea

Sister Mary Paulina Sullivan Math Award--- Kadie Klauer

Jordan Middle School Language Arts Award?Claire Dodson

Carl and Marion Schorpp Award?Isabelle Anderson, Molly Chambers, Daria Guzzo, Michaela Hird, Kadie Klauer, Claire Schroeder, Andrew Lekowski, & Sydney Ruggles

Knights of Columbus Award-R.I.-Anthony Hoang & Sydney Ruggles

Gerard & Colleen Huiskamp Foundation Scholarship- Sam Kelly

Edward Kenney Alleman High School Tuition Scholarship- Grace Copen

Sister Mary Catherina Walsh Award- Joe Bryant & Daria Guzzo

Glenn and Lou Wood Award- Michael Do & Isabelle Anderson

St. Ambrose Parish Memorial- Joe Bryant

Frank & Evelyn Noe Scholarship- Claire Benisch

Knights of Columbus- Milan- Mason Mc Guire

Al & Pat Kukla Scholarship- Phuc Do & Molly Chambers

American Legion Award- Kadie Klauer & Michael Do

Jordan Booster Club Award- Isabelle Anderson, Daria Guzzo, & Tommy Davies


Friends of Jordan Scholarship Recipients (6th-7th  grade)

Rebecca Nonnenmann

Will Mihm

Brendan Hird

Alyssa Carpita

Connor Boyd

Maris Boelens

Sidney Boelens

Samantha Sharp

Emily Bauer

Cassie Wales

Peter Mihm

Matthew DiIulio



2011 Graduating Class

Isabelle Anderson

Jacob Bain

Claire Benisch

Jacob Bierman

Adrianna Brenny

Joseph Bryant

Molly Chambers

Grace Copen

Morgan Cusack

Clarence Darrow

Tommy Davies

Jalen Davis

Caitlin DeWitte

Michael Do

Phuc Do

Claire Dodson

Samuel Foster

Griffin Fowler

Daria Guzzo

Michaela Hird

Anthony Hoang

Emily Hoffman

Justice Humphrey

Sarah Hunter

Dale Huntley

Sam Kelly

Kadie Klauer

Matthew Larson

Andrew Lekowski

David Lommell

Denise Lommell

Adrianna Lozoya

Abigail Matya

Mason McGuire

Tatum Metzger

Jacob Orth

Anna Parkinson

Andrew Rea

Sydney Ruggles

Samuel Schaecher

Mitchell Schissel

Jacob Schoeck

Claire Schroeder

Sofia Serrano-Griffiths

Hannah Standefer

Julia Thomer

Molly Thompson

Cole Vetter

Isabel Watts

Patrick Willert

SPRINGFIELD - May 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement on Senate Bill 2185.

"I believe everyone has the right to a first-class education, and the Illinois DREAM Act strengthens Illinois' commitment to ensuring education for all. The legislation allows private funding to be used to help students pay for higher education and to train high school counselors to assist undocumented children forward their educational careers."

"I would like to thank the numerous sponsors of this bill for their dedication to Illinois' children and their education. This legislation will support our next generation of scholars, business leaders and innovators, and I look forward to signing it."


Also to participate in discussions about NATO missions, anti-corruption efforts and immigration

WASHINGTON - May 29, 2011 - Senator Chuck Grassley is traveling this week to participate in meetings in Brussels and Moscow.  He said the trip provides an opportunity to address market access problems for soybean and pork producers in the United States and the need to protect intellectual property rights.  He also will receive a briefing on NATO-led efforts in Libya and Afghanistan, discuss anti-corruption efforts of Russian law enforcement in cooperation with U.S. authorities, address human rights and press freedoms, and discuss U.S. visa requirements for Russian travelers.

Of the trade issues for American agriculture, Grassley said, "Both the European Union and Russia are imposing non-tariff trade barriers against soybeans and pork produced by U.S. farmers for the export market.  The European Union's position on soybeans has created uncertainty for farmers, traders, co-ops and processors in the United States.  American farmers need the EU to engage in a dialogue to try to resolve an unfair situation.  Likewise, Russia's unjustified position against U.S. pork has delisted plants that account for 60 percent of U.S. pork production capacity.  I look forward to taking on both of these issues in meetings this week."

Grassley said he will deliver a letter on the soybean export dispute addressed to European Union Commissioner Karel De Gucht, the Directorate General for Trade.  The Renewable Energy Directive of the European Union relies on a faulty Brazilian model to establish emission savings and applying directive guidelines all the way down to the farm level.  Grassley said aggregate certification is needed as a fair trade matter for U.S. oilseed producers, along the lines of the sustainability requirement in the U.S. renewable fuel standard.

Separately, Grassley plans to deliver a letter about Russia's unjustified limits on U.S. pork addressed to First Deputy Prime Minster of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov and Aide of the President of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich.  Pork products from the United States face an array of sanitary phytosanitary restrictions by the Russian government.  Grassley said that if Russia is to gain membership in the World Trade Organization, which it is currently seeking, then Russia needs to abandon import restrictions, like this one, which are unscientifically based.  The United States was able to obtain commitments from China and Vietnam to overcome similar obstacles as part of those countries' accession to the World Trade Organization.  Twenty-five percent of all U.S. pork is produced in Iowa.

Grassley said that Russia's desire to join the World Trade Organization also should help to encourage Russian officials to improve enforcement efforts to protect intellectual property rights, which are important to promoting innovation, creating jobs and advancing economic growth.  He said the Senate-passed PROTECT IP Act that he sponsored this year with Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont provides a model for working to stop online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods.

In other meetings, Grassley said he will seek more information about possible outcomes for the NATO-led effort in Libya and how military operations have shaped those possibilities.  He also wants to ask for a NATO assessment of support from the Afghan people for the Karzai government, progress in eliminating government corruption, the capability of Afghan security forces, and the outlook for the strength of the Afghan National Army.

In Russia, Grassley said he is concerned about human rights abuses and efforts by government authorities to restrict media coverage and allow political pressure in the judicial system.

Grassley and others senators on the trip left Washington yesterday and will return on June 4.  Grassley is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  He is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  He is a senior member and former Chairman and Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over international trade.


Washington, DC - May 25, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after it was reported that Ryan McSweeny, an Iowa Marine from Marion, was injured by a roadside bomb while on combat patrol in Afghanistan:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan and his family. This has been a very difficult time for all deployed Iowans. My heart goes out to all these brave young men and women and their families."

Three Iowans were killed in Afghanistan in April and several have been injured in May.


Study: High-risk minority groups not being screened for diabetes

Even for patients with insurance, screening is below desired levels

 MADISON, Wis. -- Although people from certain ethnic groups are at high risk for getting diabetes and should be screened, a new study suggests that such screenings are not being done as often as they should.

Dr. Ann Sheehy, a hospitalist and clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was lead author of the findings, which will appear in the June edition of Diabetes Care.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders should be screened through fasting blood tests. The research gathered data from more than 15,000 patients between 2003 and 2007.  All patients were insured and eligible for diabetes screening based on a number of ADA risk factors: 45 years or older, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, polycystic ovarian syndrome, obesity, heart disease, history of pre-diabetes, and ethnicity.

Sheehy and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program say according to information obtained from the doctor visits of those in the study, more than 40 percent of minority patients should have been screened for diabetes based on their ethnic background, but were not.

"I believe there is a lack of awareness that minority status is an independent risk factor not only for having diabetes, but for complications with diabetes," she said.  "Minorities get diabetes more often and tend to do worse when they have diabetes.  I don't think providers are necessarily aware of this.  There has also not been enough public and provider education about the increased risks minority patients face not only in getting diabetes but also to have complications with the disease. We hope the information learned in this study will help us care for these patients better."

Sheehy said the research proves that increased screening efforts are needed for minority populations.

"Studies have previously shown that minority preventive care is less optimal due to a lack of health care insurance or lack of clinic visits," she said.  "In this study, we wanted to look at the effect of minority status alone without the confounding effects of lack of insurance or lack of visits.  That's why we only included patients with insurance and mandated at least one visit per year.  So, we were really able to focus on the fact that insurance status and access to care were not factors in our findings. In fact, the minority patients in this study actually had significantly more primary-care visits than our non- minority patients, so access to health care was clearly not a factor in our findings."

Sheehy said it is possible primary-care providers recommended diabetes screening for minorities, but those patients did not follow through on what needed to be done.

"Although we were unable to test for this possibility in the current study, it may be that minorities had unique barriers that prevented them from being able to return for fasting labs as frequently as other patients," she said.  "Historically, a patient would come to clinic, the doctor ordered lab work to be done, and since diabetes screening used to require fasting, the patient would have to return another day after an overnight fast to get this done."

Sheehy says new standards endorsed last year by the ADA that allow a non-fasting test to be done at the same time as the clinic visit may lead to increased diabetes screenings for minorities.

For more information on diabetes programs offered at UW Health, visit www.uwhealth.org/diabetes


DAVENPORT, Iowa, May 26, 2011 - Just when most students are packing up their books, participants in Junior Achievement's (JA) summer programs are preparing to learn about success with support from two of the most well known brands in the business. Sam's Club and P&G are teaming up to support enterprising students throughout our region and are also offering special savings at select local Sam's Club locations.

$10 Gift Card Redemption Program
From now through June 20, 2011, Sam's Club members can qualify to receive a $10 Sam's Club gift card when they purchase $40 of eligible P&G products. Eligible items include some of P&G's most popular products, such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin and Cascade. The $10 gift card offer is available at the following club:

Store #8238    3845 Elmore Ave.        Davenport       IA      52807

Details are available in participating club.

Junior Achievement Support:
In addition to the $10 Sam's Club gift card offer, Sam's Club will make a contribution to help send a local JA student to summer activities offered by Junior Achievement. (The $10 gift card offer is available at the participating clubs only.)

During the school year, students learn about business by running JA BizTown. Now as a summer camp experience, JA is opening up the town for kids between the ages of 9-years-old and 15-years-old to give them a chance to find out what it takes to manage a city and run a business.

Junior Achievement has done some amazing things in Iowa that provide students with opportunities to learn about economics, ethics and careers with a purpose. The children and young adults involved in Junior Achievement represent the future of American business. Together with P&G, Sam's Club is supporting JA youth in its summer programs.

About Sam's Club
Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam's Club on Twitter and Facebook.

About P&G
Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers, Tide, Always, Pantene, Mach3, Bounty, Dawn, Gain, Pringles, Charmin, Downy, Iams, Crest, Oral-B, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Gillette, Braun and Fusion. The P&G community includes approximately 127,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About JA Worldwide® (Junior Achievement)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 126 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org.

·       Flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the United States. Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.


·       Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. State Farm's homeowner policies do not provide coverage for flood.


·       If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you can buy a flood insurance policy through your agent.


·       A flood insurance policy normally takes 30 days from the date of purchase to go into effect. So, don't wait until a flood is imminent to buy a policy.


·       According to FEMA, over the past 10 years, the average flood claim has amounted to nearly $48,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss.


·       Nearly 25% of flood claims come from low to moderate risk areas.


·       Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners/renters, and commercial owners/renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property's flood risk.



If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

·       Listen to the radio or television for information.

·       Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

·       Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

·       Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

·       Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

·       Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

·       Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.

Driving Flood Facts

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

·       Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.

·       A foot of water will float many vehicles.

Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups.

Your automobiles/recreational vehicles

If you carry comprehensive coverage (optional) on your automobile/recreational vehicle policy, then the direct, sudden damage to your vehicle resulting from most flooding would be covered under the terms of most policies.