In their third year, the Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities
have reached a certain stature. The one-day festival and competition, which will be held Saturday at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, has attracted top-flight performers rare for an event so young.

Say the word "scooter" to most people, admits Dean Wright, and "they picture you on a Honda moped."

But that's not quite what Wright and his friends are into, and when they're on the road, they draw attention.

• On August 6, Illinois Governor George Ryan signed what's being called "Kelly's Law," which adds Ecstasy and other club drugs to the same category as cocaine, heroin, and LSD. Named for Kelly Baker, a 23-year-old Rolling Meadows woman who died of an Ecstasy overdose in 1999, the law becomes effective January 1 and amends the 1961 criminal code relating to the offenses of drug-induced homicide and drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm.

What Now?

Last week's announcement that the Vision Iowa board will contribute $20
million to Davenport's $113 million riverfront-revitalization project was, with good reason, greeted with smiles all around the Quad Cities.

• The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities will be conducting a study to assess the viability of a new power plant in Muscatine. The association hopes to build a $900 million coal-generating station capable of producing 700 megawatts.

When Mike and Amy Finders began playing music together four years ago, they were playing folk rock in the bars around Dubuque and Galena, where they lived.

But they decided to change direction. "Let's not just try to be loud and entertaining to people who aren't exactly paying attention," Finder said of the thought process behind the decision.

• Construction of the Putnam Museum's IMAX Theatre has been moving steadily forward since breaking ground in January. Over the past several months, work has focused on earthwork and concrete foundations. Drilled caissons, concrete footings, and walls that establish the initial "footprint" for the entire building have been completed.

Minor-league baseball has erupted into a major-league furor in the Quad Cities.

On the one hand, Davenport Mayor Phil Yerington has complained about the composition of a task force appointed by Moline Mayor Stan Leach to explore ways to keep professional baseball here when the Quad City River Bandits pack up for Ohio in the next two years.

The movie-theatre landscape in the Quad Cities might have changed significantly
when the Nova 6 opened last weekend in Moline - in the old home of the Super Saver second-run theatre.

Nova 6, located at 2018 36th Avenue (near SouthPark Mall north of John Deere Avenue, behind Key Auto Mall), is an "intermediate run" theatre, somewhere between the first-run shows at National Amusement's theatres in Davenport and Milan and the months-old product of cheaper , second-run houses.

• The State of Iowa will lose $3.4 million in road-construction money from the federal government because it decided not to change a law requiring certain penalties for third-offense drunken drivers. Legislators didn't wanted to tinker with the law, concerned about possible amendments, including proposals to lower the level at which a person is legally intoxicated.