Amana - The Old Creamery Theatre Company has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. The money will go toward The Old Creamery' s lobby renovation project.

Tom Milligan, producing director at The Old Creamery Theatre said the grant is awonderful addition to continued fundraising efforts for the project and the theatre in general. " We are so pleased to received this money," he said. " We' re also in the midst of a year-long raffle with some wonderful prizes to be given away at the end of this season. It' s fitting that in our 40th year we will be able to upgrade our lobby and continue with what we love to do and what we do best, entertain our patrons."

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 40 years of bringing live,professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. We thank KGAN and Fox 28, our 2011 season media sponsor.

Star Dog Gallery 
Studio For Regan

225 East 2nd Street Davenport, Iowa 52801 located in Bucktown Center for the Arts
Don't miss Final Friday June 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm with: 20 Danger Will Rogers Art Crew, Paintings will be up for auction to benefit the Alzheimer's Association starting June 15th so you can place bids. (free wine and cheese bar)
Hey friends!
Don't miss our SKYNNY SKYNYRD SHOW this Thursday at 8:45PM at The Mississippi Valley Fair Grounds in Davenport Iowa...   The Sturgis On The River "Mississippi River Motorcycle Rally".
And here's a New Song for ya too, my friends.
I'm sending out 300 copies to radio stations in the Midwest & California this month too.
Will release more in July.    Hope to see ya Thursday!
Have a Great July 4th Celebration this summer too!
Start early, on Thursday @ our Skynyrd Show!
Listen to us On You Tube @
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DES MOINES - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that his staff will visit all 99 counties this summer to hear directly from Iowans on how the economy is impacting families across the state.  The listening tour aims to collect ideas for rebuilding the middle class in America- from recent college graduates looking for employment to working Iowans needing to secure their retirement.  The tour, "Rebuilding America's Middle Class: Stories from Around Iowa," will begin next week

The Iowa tour builds upon Harkin's work in Washington, where he is examining the impact of economic policies on the middle class.  In mid-May, Senator Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, convened his first Committee hearing on this issue entitled, "The Endangered Middle Class: Is the American Dream Slipping Out of Reach for American Families?"  Archived video and testimony from that hearing can be found here.

"As I travel in Iowa and across the country, I hear from more and more hardworking middle class families who feel that the American Dream is slipping away," said Harkin.  "One thing is certain:  there can be no sustainable economic recovery without the recovery of our middle class.  This listening tour will collect ideas directly from the students, workers, near retirees, and all of those impacted by this economy."

Each summer, Senator Harkin's staff visits each Iowa County to talk to Iowans about the issues impacting them and their families.  Staff will then post information on their visits on Senator Harkin's web site ( Last summer's tour focused on the positive impact the Americans with Disability Act has had on Iowans as the nation celebrated the law's 20th anniversary.  To read staff accounts of that tour, click here.

A full list of events is still coming together, but all events will be advised to media by county.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is delighted to announce that Paul Strater has been awarded the 2011 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship.

"It's an honor to be recognized by WQPT-TV with the award of this scholarship," Strater said.  "As a nontraditional student, the financial realities of later life such as mortgages and car payments and the challenges of funding a college education without parental help or the loans available to parents are quite a challenge.  This scholarship will be a great help as I finish my degree at Western."                     

"Each year it is our pleasure to present this award. We were impressed not only by Mr. Strater's grades but he exemplifies WQPT's mission of life-long-learning," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.

Mr. Strater is completing several news internships this summer. They are at Peoria's WEEK-TV 25(NBC), WHOI-TV 19(ABC) and Chicago's WGN-TV 9(CW).  After graduation, he hopes to be a full time television reporter at a station where he can also work in the technical realm. For the last two decades Mr. Strater worked as a broadcast engineer in television and radio. "Most broadcast students are starting a career.  I want to embark on the second half of mine," Strater said.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.
Dordt College of Sioux Center, Iowa, has awarded Ben Schroder of Long Grove with an Honors scholarship. 

Scholarship details are available at

Dordt College is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed faith. In the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Dordt College ranked fourth among Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges and eighth on the "Great Schools, Great Prices" list, which compares tuition price with the quality of the program. Dordt College is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, and offers over 90 programs of study to a student body of over 1,300. See for more information.

Amana - The Old Creamery Theatre is pleased to announce that on Father' s Day, Sunday June 19, veterans of all branches of the military will be given free admission to the current production of G. I. Jukebox. Current military personnel will also be admitted free of charge on Father' s Day.

G. I. Jukebox, is a musical tribute to our troops, past and present. The show opened on the Main Stage June 2 and will run through July 3. The free admission is a great way to honor fathers who are veterans but The Old Creamery is extending the offer to any women veterans or military personnel.

Written and arranged by Rick Lewis, G. I. Jukebox is directed by Tom Milligan of East Amana and features Sean McCall of Marengo, T.J. Besler of Manchester, Deborah Kennedy of East Amana and Kamille Zbanek of Ely. The show is done delightfully in WW II USO tour style with songs from the 1940s like " Moonlight Serenade," " In The Mood," " I' ll Be Seeing You," and of course " God Bless America."

G. I. Jukebox is rated Theatre G. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at for more information or to purchase tickets. Veterans will need to tell the box office what branch of the military they were with and what years they served in order to receive the discount. Current military personnel should bring their military I.D. when picking up their tickets. Advance reservations are required as seating is limited.

In conjunction with the show, a letter writing station is set up in the lobby of the theatre. Everything needed for patrons to write a note expressing appreciation to our troops is available. The letter writing station is also open to the general public during our regular business hours. Letters and cards collected will be sent to members of the Iowa National Guard 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry " Red Bull" Division, serving since August of 2010 in Afghanistan. They are part of the largest deployment of Iowa National Guard since World War II and are scheduled to return home in late summer.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 40 years of bringing live professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. We thank KGAN and Fox 28, our 2011 season media sponsor.

News from Creighton University

For more information contact: Cindy Workman, 402-280-2969

Local Students Named to Dean's List at Creighton University

OMAHA, NEB. (06/14/2011)(readMedia)-- The following students from your area were named to the Spring Dean's List at Creighton University for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Michael Barnes of Bettendorf a Sophomore Arts and Sciences student.

Emily Stensrud of Bettendorf a Second Year Pharmacy and Health Professions student.

Elizabeth Hines of Davenport a Freshman Arts and Sciences student.

Alexandria Clark of Rock Island a Freshman Arts and Sciences student.

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean's Honor Roll.

About Creighton University: Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,100 undergraduate and 3,200 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at:

Following is Senator Grassley's schedule this week in Washington, D.C.  The Senate is in session.

  • Grassley will meet in Washington with Iowans from the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, Iowa Associated Builders and Contractors, the Iowa Bankers Association, the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Iowa Propane Gas Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Biodiesel Board, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the River Valley Cooperative.

Grassley will meet with community and business leaders from Carroll and Southeast Iowa.

Grassley will also meet with Iowans from Alleman, Ames, Charles City, Des Moines, Dubuque, Everly, Granger, Iowa City, Janesville, Johnston, Mason City, Mediapolis, Urbandale, Washington, Waterloo, Waukee, and Waverly.

Grassley will meet with Harding Middle School students, Mills County 4-Hers, and young Iowans participating in the National Rural Electric Youth Tour, a program that allows students from all over the U.S. to visit Washington, D.C. and meet with Members of Congress.

  • On Wednesday, June 15, at 9 a.m. (CT), Grassley will testify at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on oversight of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Grassley will testify about his oversight work on the policy of the Justice Department and the ATF to allow guns to fall into the hands of known straw purchasers known as Operation Fast and Furious.  Grassley began his oversight in January when courageous whistleblowers came forward to outline the ill-advised strategy and set the record straight after guns from Operation Fast and Furious were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  Grassley has written countless letters to the Justice Department inquiring about the policy and asking for documentation.  He has also teamed up with Congressman Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to conduct additional oversight.  Grassley's testimony will outline his efforts to get to the bottom of the strategy and the stonewalling by the Department of Justice hampering those efforts.  

  • On Wednesday, June 15, at 1:30 p.m. (CT), Grassley will participate in a Drug Caucus hearing on illegal tunnels on the Southwest border of the United States.  Grassley is co-chairs the caucus with Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.  The hearing will focus on the continued construction of illegal tunnels on the U.S./Mexico border and the role the tunnels play in the transport of drugs, weapons and human beings.
  • On Thursday, June 16, at 9 a.m. (CT), Grassley will attend a Judiciary Committee executive business meeting.


The Tea Party Express ( announced today that more than 100 local tea party, 912 and conservative groups representing every state in the nation have signed on to cosponsor the groundbreaking Tea Party Presidential Debate on September 12, 2011.

The debate will take place in Tampa, Florida - a crucial state in the Republican presidential primary and the 2012  election.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Tea Party Express was teaming up with CNN to host the only national Tea Party debate, which will have a sharp focus on the core tea party issues of fiscal responsibility. Republican presidential candidates vying for the support of the tea party movement and would focus exclusively on the core tea party issues of fiscal responsibility.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the power and influence of so many tea party co-sponsors in every state." said Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer. "Tea party members across the country are more aware and engaged than ever. We are watching the presidential race very carefully, and preparing to support the best candidate that offers real solutions that will help secure the future prosperity of America."

Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, "Our expectation is that with the entire tea party movement engaged in this debate, candidates will emerge with strong tea party support and the momentum to win the Republican nomination. The many groups are looking to coalesce behind a constitutional conservative who can articulate clear vision and a way forward for the country."

Kremer and Russo are in Manchester, NH for the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader presidential debate. To schedule an interview with Kremer or Russo about the New Hampshire debate, contact Levi Russell at or

Local tea party groups seeking information on becoming co-sponsors of the Tea Party Debate are encouraged to send an email for more information.