Upcoming Donna Mander-Fiser Book Signing Events

WHEN: 4-9-11

TIME: 9 a.m. - Noon

WHERE: The Book Rack, 3937 41st Ave. Drive, Moline, IL 61265


WHEN: 4-9-11

TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Whistle Stop Java Shop, 400 4th St. West, Milan, IL 61264


WHEN: 4-16-11

TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Readmore Book World, 1518 15th St., Moline, IL 61265

WHAT: Fiser, a resident of Milan, IL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Waiting for Pete to Go Home.

The first time I saw Pete, I thought he looked like a total fool. I was seventeen years old, out of high school, and working at my first job in Springfield, Illinois. Pete was a twenty-year-old college student, and he was thrashing about without any rhythm. It was obvious that he thought he was pretty cool. He was a total turn-off, but little did I know...we would fall in love. While Waiting for Pete to go Home, Donna Mander-Fiser experienced over a year of doubt and frustration. She treaded lonely and unfamiliar waters while caring for her husband in his dying days. She could never have imagined the unresponsive reaction of some friends and the fear of feeling single again. After Pete's death, Donna took comfort in memories of the life she and Pete shared by reminiscing about wedding anniversaries, family traditions, and Pete's fantastically told stories. Join first-time author Donna Mander-Fiser as she learns how to cope with illness, losing a loved one, and finally regaining her own life.

ELIZABETH, Ill. - Participate in Elizabeth's Spring Fling, approximately fifteen minutes from nearby Galena, on Saturday, May 7. Stroll through downtown Elizabeth and take part in the craft fair, food festival, sidewalk sales, children's games and rides, a Daffodil Queen pageant, petting zoo, a two-mile run and the annual (Ride the Ups and Downs) bicycle ride.

Ride the Ups and Downs is a one-day bicycle ride, not a race, which takes you though the scenic and hilly back roads of beautiful Jo Daviess County, an area untouched by glaciers thousands of years ago.

Walk to the Apple River Fort State Historic Site, 311 E. Myrtle St., for the Fire on the Frontier militia muster and encampment. Experience the fort just as it was more than 100 years ago as the local militia prepares for battle. The militia will hold a drill, fire rounds, and recruit at scheduled times throughout the day as the women and children demonstrate pioneer skills critical to their survival on the frontier. There is no charge for admission but feel free to roll up your sleeves and help the settlers with their chores.

The Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum, East Myrtle St., opens for the season at 11 a.m. and will continue to be open every weekend throughout October from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View the displays and partake in activities related to the days of yesteryear when Jo Daviess County boasted seven railroading companies.

While in Elizabeth, take a guided tour of the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum, 408 E. Sycamore St., for a real blast from the past and view the vast collection of meteorites, preserved by the Planetary Studies Foundation, on display. Throughout the afternoon, join a demonstration on how to use your telescope for nighttime viewing, as well as learn about other various types of telescopes.

For more information about Elizabeth's Spring Fling, visit their Web site at http://villageofelizabeth.pbworks.com/w/page/38455610/Spring-Fling or www.elizabeth-il.com.

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.

On Tuesday, April 12th at 3:00 pm "Lights ON" after school students will be making paper cranes.  Why? According to the Lights ON Site Coordinator at Washington Junior High, Kristie Sullivan, for every paper crane the school donates the OshKosh clothing company will give an article of clothing to a child affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The program is called "Cranes for KIDS".

In Japanese culture, cranes are a powerful symbol of health and well-wishes. In fact, the Japanese people believe that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted.

Through April 25th, OshKosh will be collecting the paper cranes and sending them to the OshKosh stores in Japan to show them the support and caring of their friends in the United States. OshKosh will donate up to 50,000 articles of clothing. Sullivan says not only is it fun for the kids to make cranes...they are learning a valuable lesson to help others in need.  "This project is a perfect opportunity to teach students aboutcompassion and give them a desire to help people in need.   They are very excited to make the cranes and to help make a difference".

DES MOINES, IA (04/08/2011)(readMedia)-- The following local residents and pharmacy students at Drake University were recently named scholarship recipients:

Katie Hamilton of Blue Grass, IA, received a Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy Scholarship. Hamilton, a third year student in Drake's professional pharmacy program, received $1000.

Christine Hoegner of Moline, IL, received a Walgreens Scholarship. Hoegner, a fourth year student in Drake's professional pharmacy program, received $3000.

Drake is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 full-time undergraduate students from 45 states and 50 countries. Drake University's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

Grassley, Wyden Introduce Bill Making Medicare Claims Data Public

WASHINGTON - April 7, 2011 - Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon today introduced legislation to make Medicare claims data public for the first time.  The legislation is the product of the senators' combined efforts - each was working on a method of making the data public and combined approaches in the bipartisan legislation introduced today.

"Medicare is a $500 billion program with billions of dollars going out in error each year," Grassley said.  "The bad actors are getting bigger and bolder all the time.  They 're able to stay out of law enforcement's reach too often.  It's time to try new things.  More transparency about billing and payments increases public understanding of where tax dollars go.  The bad actors might be dissuaded if they knew their actions were subject to the light of day."

"Hiding information on how taxpayer dollars are being spent is not something we do in this country," Wyden said.  "Moreover, if taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly there is no reason to hide.  Shedding light on Medicare claims will be helpful to those making medical decisions, offer insight into how Medicare dollars are being spent and prevent wasteful spending and fraud.   All of which begs the question 'why isn't this information already available?'"

Last month, Grassley introduced legislation requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to make Medicare claims and payment data available to the public in a manner similar to other federal spending disclosed on www.USAspending.gov.

Wyden was developing an approach to make the data public through the federal Freedom of Information Act.

The joint bill, called the Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act (Medicare DATA Act), contains both elements.  The bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue regulations to make available a searchable Medicare payment database that the public can access at no cost.  The bill also clarifies that data on Medicare payments to physicians and suppliers do not fall under a Freedom of Information Act exemption.

Grassley and Wyden said health care fraud remains a pervasive problem in federal health care programs.  It has been widely agreed that between 5 percent to 8 percent of federal health care expenditures is lost to fraud.

In a recent series, The Wall Street Journal used limited access to Medicare billing data to identify suspicious billing patterns and potential abuses of the Medicare system. The Wall Street Journal found cases where Medicare paid millions to a physician, sometimes for several years, before those questionable payments stopped.  While volume alone doesn't automatically mean there's fraud, waste, or abuse, accountability and transparency are powerful preventive tools, Grassley and Wyden said.

Grassley and Wyden serve together on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare.  Grassley is a senior member and former chairman and ranking member.  Toward the cause of transparency and good government, Grassley and Wyden earlier this year achieved success in their long-time effort to end the Senate practice of placing "secret" holds on legislation.

The text of their legislation introduced today is available here.  Grassley's statement on the bill introduction is available here.


Sarah Cronk and Jori Colarusso, both of Bettendorf, Iowa, and seniors attending Pleasant Valley High School, will be officially honored for their outstanding volunteer service by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  Sarah was selected as one of Iowa's top two youth volunteers and will receive an engraved silver medallion.  Jori will receive a Certificate of Excellence.

The presentations will take place on Monday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. during a school board meeting in the board room at the Pleasant Valley Community School District Office, 525 Belmont Road, Bettendorf, (563) 332-6176.

Sarah is being honored for co-founding a cheerleading squad at her high school that includes students with disabilities, and then forming a nonprofit corporation that encourages teens across the country to start similar squads at their schools.

Jori is being honored for founding her high school's Habitat for Humanity group helping to raise $5000 to sponsor a local Habitat house.

As a State Honoree, Sarah also will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join more than 100 other top honorees from across the country for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2011 at that time.

ABOUT THE AWARD: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle level and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. More than 5,000 Local Honorees were then reviewed by state-level judges, who selected State Honorees?one middle and one high school youth?plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia, based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

For more information on this year's Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit spirit.prudential.com.

We want to keep you informed of upcoming programs, events and exhibits at the Heritage Center.  We hope you will attend as many as you can.


Through May 31 - Cigar Exhibit - over 200 artifacts relating to the manufacture and consumption of cigars in the QCA.   First floor exhibit room


April 10 - Fifty+ years of the fashion dolls Barbie and Lili - An American icon and its German predecessor - a new exhibit presented by Ellen Sagaris at GAHC.


April 10, 2:00 - What a Doll! - an introduction and overview of Lili, Barbie and the German origins they share - presented by Ellen Tsagaris at GAHC.


April 19, 7:00 - Book Discussion Group: March Violets - led by Phil Hall at the Bettendorf Public Library in the Malmrose Room from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


May 1, 2:00 - Celebrating the life and music of Robert Schumann, presented by Don Wooten at GAHC


May 15, 2:00 - Davenport Zither Ensemble at the Homestead Colony Church/Museum in Homestead, Amana Colonies.'


May 22, 2:00 - My German Story - focusing on everyday Quad Citians, their German heritage and family journeys.  Presented by Bruce Bufe at GAHC.


June 1 - July 31 - PEZ Dispenser Exhibit - featuring the extensive collection of Emily Jackson.


June 1 - July 31 - German Influences in the Civil War Exhibit

June 5, 2:00 - Davenport Zither Ensemble - Annual early summer concert at the Downtown Davenport Family YMCA.


June 26, 2:00 - How Sweet It Is - Emily Jackson will present a program on the origin and history of the PEZ candy toppers at GAHC.

Amana - Be a part of The Old Creamery Theatre's 40th anniversary season! Money-saving season tickets are on sale now through June 1, 2011.

With Main Stage shows like Dixie Swim Club (April 28 - May 29); G.I. Jukebox (June 2 - July 3); Suds (Aug. 4 - Sept. 11); Boeing Boeing (Sept. 15 - Oct. 16); The Mousetrap (Oct. 20 - Nov. 13); and A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol (Nov. 17 - Dec. 18), there truly is something for everyone at The Old Creamery Theatre.

Season ticket packages that include our Studio Stage season are available. A discounted ticket packet that can be used for either the Main Stage or the Studio Stage is also available.

Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or visit the website at www.oldcreamery.com for more information and a complete listing of season ticket options.

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.

Quad-Cities area boaters are getting another chance to have more fun on their boats this summer.

Two more Boating Skills & Seamanship courses, one in Davenport and one in Rock Island, beginning this month.

The Davenport course will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 26 to May 12 covering three lessons a night. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Scott Community College annex above the bus station. To register for the course call the college at (309) 441-4001 and ask for course number 90696. For more information call Dave or Becky Griesbach at (563) 286-8301.

The Rock Island course will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 28 to May 31 covering two lessons a night. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the South Rock Island Township Hall, 1019 27th St. in Rock Island. Registration for the course will be before class the first night. For more information call Jack or Judy Tumbleson at (309) 738-0837.

The textbook for the course costs $30 and it may be shared by people taking the course together. There is no other charge for the courses.

Participants will increase their fun by learning how to avoid trailering problems, tricks on handling and anchoring their boat, how to navigate their pieces of the river and how to be safe on the water.

People's Gardens Aim to Provide Nutritious, Safe and Healthier Choices for Children and Communities

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 ? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that Washington State University will develop and run the People's Garden School Pilot Program which will serve an estimated 2,800 students attending 70 elementary schools in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas. The Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth pilot is an innovative strategy to help our nation win the future through improved K-12 education. It explores the impact of school gardens on learning and on changing student consumption patterns so they make healthier food choices.

"School gardens hold great promise for educating our kids about food production and nutrition," said Vilsack. "Learning where food comes from and what fresh food tastes like, and the pride of growing and serving your own fruits and vegetables, are life-changing experiences. Engaging kids in our efforts to end childhood hunger and curb childhood obesity is critical if we are going to succeed."

The $1 million pilot program is authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The schools selected to participate in this pilot come from urban, suburban, and rural communities and have at least 50 percent of their students qualified to receive free or reduced-price school meals The initiative is part of a the USDA People's Garden Initiative which establishes community and school gardens across the nation to help unite neighborhoods in a common effort and inspire simple solutions to challenges facing our country - from hunger to the environment. The announcement comes as First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative celebrates National Gardening Month (April).

"Washington State University is a leader when it comes to gardening and garden-based learning, and this important pilot program will make a significant contribution to the development of national models," said Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. "This program moves us toward our goal of improving the health and nutrition of our kids and communities, and instilling healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime."

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs that touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. Visit www.fns.usda.gov for information about FNS and nutrition assistance programs.