Funding Will Aid Emergency Food Organizations and Americans in Need

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of resources to strengthen the capacity of the Nation's emergency feeding network to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of people who are turning to food pantries and soup kitchens to feed their families. Up to $6 million in grants is available for food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens to improve and expand the infrastructure.

"The Obama Administration has proposed important measures to combat hunger in America and to assist food insecure households - especially food insecure children," said Vilsack. "These grants will help to ensure that food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens have the equipment and infrastructure necessary to provide healthy, safe food to America's families in need during challenging economic times."

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) plans to award up to $6 million to emergency feeding organizations, such as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens, participating in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). At least $3 million is expected to be awarded for projects that improve the emergency feeding infrastructure in rural communities. Projects that benefit or serve Native American communities will receive priority consideration.

Among other activities, grantees can use funds to improve the tracking, collection, storage, distribution and transport of time-sensitive and perishable foods; develop or maintain computerized systems for tracking foods; improving the provision of recovered foods to food banks; and repairing and expanding facilities, equipment or appliances to support hunger relief. Funds can also be used to identify new donors and emergency food providers or to provide outreach to persons in need of food assistance.

TEFAP, administered by FNS, provides USDA-purchased food and administrative funds to States for further distribution to organizations such as food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens. These organizations provide food assistance to needy families across the country in the form of prepared meals or as a bag of groceries that families take home and prepare themselves.

The solicitations can be found online at or at the FNS website at tefap/TEFAP_Rural_InfraGrant.htm (TEFAP Rural Infrastructure Grant) or tefap/TEFAP_General_InfraGrant.htm (TEFAP General Infrastructure Grant).


WASHINGTON - Chuck Grassley today said that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded two competitive grants totaling $3,030,257 to the Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will distribute the money as shown below.

  • $2,745,257 to the Iowa Department of Public Health to help pay for the Ryan White Care Act Title II.

  • $285,000 to the University of Iowa from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to help pay for pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry research project titled, "Evolution of Pre-mRNA Splicing in Primates."

Each year, thousands of local Iowa organizations, colleges and universities, individuals and state agencies apply for competitive grants from the federal government. The funding is then awarded based on each local organization or individual's ability to meet criteria set by the federal entity.


    • Thirteen Moline elementary school students have been chosen to receive an award from the Hazel F. Van Arsdale Memorial Scholarship Fund administered through The Moline Foundation.

    • The 13 elementary students are: Maria Martinez-Hernandez, Alexis Willey, Kennedy Bromley, Carolyn Wehr, Juan Aguilera, Rachel Stanley, Margaret Thompson, Zane Nelson, Livvie Lyman, Cameron Johnson, Rachel Powell, Caleb Schnell and Joshua Schnell.

    • The fund was started in honor and memory of Hazel F. Van Arsdale to perpetuate the importance of music in elementary and secondary education.  The fund supports two types of annual awards.  One award is given to selected elementary students, and one scholarship is given to a high school senior.  The 13 elementary students were chosen by an individual school committee made up of teachers and music professionals through The Moline Foundation.  Each will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

    • Hazel Van Arsdale was a public school teacher for 36 years.  She was known for her strict, but fun, manner of bringing music into the classroom.  She made sure all of her students knew every verse of all of our patriotic hymns, and wanted them to strengthen their music interest beyond elementary school.  A fund was established and is now administered through The Moline Foundation's scholarship program.

    • Founded in 1953, The Moline Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts, and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of the Quad City region. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment fund of approximately $14 million.  For more information contact Executive Director Joy Boruff at (309) 736-3800 or visit The Moline Foundation Web site at

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Awarded Re-Accreditation from the American Association of Museums

Davenport, IA (3/31/10) - The Figge Art Museum has achieved re-accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

"Our original museum was one of the first accredited museums in the US in 1973. This 2010 re-accreditation of our new facility, operations, and structure is confirmation that the Figge is well-run and providing a superlative service to our constituency," stated Sean O'Harrow, Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum.

AAM Accreditation is the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability, and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does: governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM's Museum Accreditation program strengthens the profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and to provide the best possible service to the public.

"Accreditation assures the people of the Quad Cities that their museum is among the finest in the nation," said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. "As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community."

Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations.  To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.  AAM's Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, review and evaluate the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.  While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes three years.

Mound Street Landing has recently expanded their hours to offer delicious sandwiches, appetizers and fresh (never frozen) burgers!

This is classic pub fare with a couple of twists - a Fried Bologna sandwich and a Chicken Parmesan sandwich made with breaded
chicken strips instead of the usual grilled breast.  This is "fun food" at its finest, brought to you by a family/locally owned business with a
terrific crew operating in the heart of the East Village of Davenport.

Davenport, IA - Russell Construction is proud to announce that for the third year in a row, our safety program was recognized as a third place finalist for the Association of General Contractors National Safety Excellence Award.

Every year, the Association of General Contractors (AGC) recognizes companies from all across the country, that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. The AGC Construction Safety Excellence Award is our industry's top recognition.

To become eligible for this award, companies had to compete at the state level and receive a letter of nomination from their home AGC chapter. The submission included application forms, a two page description of a company's Safety & Health Program and a one page description of why they should receive the award. This year, there were 128 finalist nominations that were passed on to the national judging committee, of those 48 finalists were selected; Russell Construction was among this group. The final step was to give a five minute presentation to a panel of safety experts along with a 10 minute question and answer session after the presentation.

In addition, each company was judged upon an overview of company safety program, increased employee involvement in safety, new programs,  procedures or resources used to promote safety, management's commitment to safety and specific unique activities the company does or provides to promote safety.

As a company dedicated to safety excellence, Russell Construction has accomplished several notable safety achievements over the last two years, including surpassing 1,100,000 hours without a single lost time incident. Additionally, in 2009, Russell was awarded the Saxies Safety Program of the Year, by the online safety organization SafetyXChange.

As a Midwest leader in Construction Management, Design/Build and General Contracting services, Russell is dedicated to supporting the local Quad Cities economy through competitive and efficient construction services. For more information on Russell, please visit their corporate website at


Rivermont Collegiate is thrilled to announce sophomore Pavane Gorrepati, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Krishna Gorrepati of Davenport, was named Grand Individual Senior Champion at the 2010 Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (EISEF)!  As a Senior Champion, Pavane will attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, CA in May.  In addition, Pavane's project was awarded a Class I ranking in the Senior Physical division and received an Outstanding Achievement award from the Wapsie Sierra Club.  EISEF was held Saturday, March 10th in Cedar Rapids and featured 180 impressive exhibits critiqued by 120 judges.

Pavane's project, Warning about Warming: A Global Problem with a Fuel Cell Solution, is an analysis assessing the use of fuel cells in eliminating idling emissions.  The Class I ranking is awarded to only the top 15-20% of exhibits at the fair and was accompanied by a $100 cash prize.  In parallel to judging for the EISEF awards, a number of organizations interview students to determine which projects merit their own sponsored awards; the Wapsie Sierra Club awarded their Outstanding Achievement award to only two projects at the fair.

Pavane, who has attended Rivermont Collegiate for 13 years, intends to devote her life to the study of alternative energy.  When not conducting science research, she also enjoys volleyball and tutoring.  Rivermont looks forward to Pavane's future contributions to the field of alternative energy and wishes her the best of luck at the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate contact Cindy Murray at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or


Select assortment discount grocer ALDI to close Brady Street store in Davenport April 3; reopens fall 2010

Nearby stores remain open

Dwight, Ill. (March 30, 2010) - Beginning April 3, ALDI will close its Brady Street store location in Davenport.  The select assortment discount grocer will reopen with a replacement store in the same location this fall.  ALDI continues to offer Davenport grocery shoppers a smarter alternative at its other Davenport stores, located at 5266 Elmore Ave. and 2825 Rockingham Road.  Known for its premium ALDI select brands, ALDI is able to offer high quality grocery items at unbeatable prices.

"As many loyal Davenport shoppers know, our Brady Street location has been in operation since 1976," said Heather Moore, ALDI Dwight division vice president. "We look forward to giving our customers a new, modern shopping experience.  In the interim, we have two nearby locations that will continue to provide customers with high quality products at unbeatable prices."

Customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under its select brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets.  A model of efficiency, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart and efficient practices including a cart deposit system where shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and get the quarter back upon the cart's return.  Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags.

ALDI also saves consumers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times - typically from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI opened 80 new stores across the United States in 2009 and plans to open another 80 U.S. stores in 2010, including 30 new stores in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.

About ALDI Inc.

A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI has more than 1,000 U.S. stores located in 31 states primarily from Kansas to the East Coast serving more than 20 million customers each month.  Beginning in the spring of 2010, ALDI will enter the Texas market with approximately 30 new stores planned for the Dallas/Ft. Worth region.  A select assortment discount grocer featuring its own ALDI select brands, ALDI applies smart and efficient operational and business practices to save customers up to 50 percent on their grocery bill.  ALDI, named 2009 Retailer of the Year by PL Buyer, sells more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items in manageable, non-bulk packaging.  For more information about ALDI, go to

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For Immediate Release 
What: What: New Non Partisan Process for Nominating Congressmen
When: Tuesday April 6th; 2pm and 7pm 
Where: QC Freight House, Downtown Davenport IA

76% of likely voters said that they feel that Congress is more interested in their careers than helping people.*

Davenport, Iowa (April 2, 2010) - A non-partisan organization called GOOOH (pronounced "go" and stands for Get Out Of Our House) seeks to restore popular sovereignty to the people by replacing the career politicians (and all the special interests that come with them) who have taken over the People's House, the United States House of Representatives.  Many groups threaten to "throw the bums out" or "get rid of all of 'em," but very few have a non-partisan approach let alone a functioning process that ensures a candidate will be representative of their own district and not out of state special interests. 

GOOOH is the non-partisan process that has been in development nationally since 2007 and has the potential to turn the duopoly two party election facade on its head.  Everyday Americans choose their district's GOOOH candidate, not special interest money and national party influence.  A candidate that emerges from the GOOOH process will not accept special interest money and will be bound by a legal contract with the constituency to vote how they voted during the GOOOH process. This innovative approach to engaging the electorate has been showcased in national and regional media such as  The Dennis Miller Show, Lou Dobbs,  The Steve Deace Show on WHO,  Mornings with Andy Peterson on WMT,  Today in Iowa on KWWL, WGN Midday News, Fox and Friends, The 700 Club, MSNBC and many other local television stations.

The nationwide effort to develop and promote GOOOH candidates  is fully explained at

The public is invited to attend a Test Drive of the GOOOH Process on Tuesday, April 6th.  Training will be provided to each attendee so that he or she may host or help host a GOOOH Test Drive House Party in their neighborhood on Friday April 16th.  The goal is to have over 1800 people test driving the GOOOH candidate selection process in April. The Test Drive, which can last up to two hours, has been described as part Trivia Night, part Speed Dating and part non partisan politicking.  In May the GOOOH process will formally begin in Iowa, with a GOOOH candidate vetted by the people of the respective districts in time to join the ballot by petition in August.  A nationwide branding campaign for GOOOH candidates across America is planned by the GOOOH founders.

The first Test Drive on April 6th, open to all ages, will start at 2:00 pm and the second Test Drive, adults 18+, will begin at 7:00 pm.
Both sessions will be led by Jamie Raney, the state leader of GOOOH in Iowa.

The Test Drive's are happening in downtown Davenport, inside the QC Freight House at Penguin's Comedy Club an ideal locaiton for conversation and fun.
Free parking is available. 
The event is free to the public, with food and drink available for purchase on site.

RSVP's are not necessary, but may be made at

Media inquires are welcome. Advance copies of the GOOOH Test Drive materials are available upon request.
Onsite remotes feasible.

Jamie Raney, State of Iowa GOOOH Leader?
(563) 329-0729


ST. LOUIS, MO (03/29/2010)(readMedia)-- Karen Leslie Barnes of Milan, IL (61264), was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Barnes is a graduate of Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, NC, and is enrolled in the university's Olin Business School.

To make the Dean's List in the Olin Business School, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 hours of graded course work.

Washington University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 125 countries. More than 13,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students enroll each year.

The university's 3,297 faculty teach in seven schools: Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, School of Medicine and George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Twenty-two Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, with nine doing the major portion of their pioneering research here.

The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.