Drop-off recycling containers in Rock Island County area have been hit hard by residents dumping non-recyclable materials. Unwanted yard waste, large kids toys, bags of garbage, and home repair debris have been tossed into the recycling bins. The six-year old program recycles roughly 200 tons per month of paper products and mixed materials, such as plastics, metal and glass.  Of this amount, there have been spikes of over 20% being residue or garbage.  Residue is landfilled and these costs paid by Rock Island County Waste Agency (RICWMA) at rates higher than the cost of recycling.  "Education is the key to cleaning up the drop-off recyclables problem" says Gena McCullough, RICWMA staff coordinator.

The drop-off program began in 2003 to reduce landfilling of recyclable products, promote recycling, encourage reuse and purchasing recycled content materials, and improve the quality of the environment in the Rock Island County. The communities of East Moline, Milan, Moline and Rock Island continue hosting regional drop-off recycling collection sites as part of the program sponsored by RICWMA, a consortium of local governments in Rock Island County.  The program has been an excellent example of intergovernmental cooperation and cost effectiveness.

City Carton Recycling is contracted by RICWMA to process and recycle plastics, glass, metal and paper products including cardboard and box board.  RICWMA administers the program and pays the cost of recycling through its solid waste fee assessed at the landfills in Rock Island County. To retain a viable recycling program, clean, recyclable material is needed and highly valued.  With the downturn in the economy, marketing the best and cleanest recyclables helps retain jobs and allows the recycling industry to thrive.

The regional collection sites include :

    • East Moline - 901 42nd Avenue at Fire Station and 1200 13th Avenue at City Engineering and Maintenance Services Facility
    • Milan - 451 W. 4th Street
    • Moline - 3635 4th Avenue at Public Works Department
    • Rock Island - 16th Avenue and 24th Street at Water Treatment Plant

All residents living in Rock Island County can use any one of five regional drop-off recycling sites within Rock Island County.  Recyclable materials are collected from each site through a two-stream process.

Separate containers are provided for a mixture of washed and clean:

    • Plastics #1-7 (milk jugs, detergent, shampoo & liter bottles, food containers, etc.)
    • Tin cans and aluminum cans
    • Glass of green, brown and clear colors

Separate containers will be provided for a mixture of fiber, including:

    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Chipboard or boxboard
    • Newspapers
    • Magazines
    • Mixed office paper
    • Phonebooks/Textbooks
    • Brown paper bags

Unacceptable items or garbage include aerosol cans, any liquids, appliances, ashes, building materials or scraps, ceramic plates and cups, clothing, electronics, furniture, garbage, paint cans, plastic bags, styrofoam, tires, toys, windows and mirrors, and yard waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, sticks and brush.  A full description of what not to toss in the recycling is outlined in the 2008 Waste Resource Directory mailed to all residents in December or on the agency website.

The regional drop-off recycling program in Rock Island County and has helped reach the 25% reduction goal set by the State of Illinois.  The 2008 recycling rate is estimated at 30.9%.

For more information, Rock Island County residents can contact RICMWA at (309) 788-8925 or visit the website at www.ricwma.org.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ? The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) office in Kansas City today announced a special regional emphasis program aimed at reducing occupational exposure to lead, one of the leading causes of workplace illnesses, for workplaces under OSHA's jurisdiction in the Midwestern states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The potential for lead exposure depends on the industry, but generally speaking, lead is an ingredient in thousands of products widely used, including lead-based paints, lead solder, electrical fittings and conduits, tank linings and plumbing fixtures.

Some common operations that can generate lead dust and fumes include demolition operations; flame-torch cutting; welding; use of heat guns, sanders, scrapers, or grinders to remove lead paint; and abrasive blasting of steel structures.

"Occupational exposure to lead continues to be one of the most prevalent overexposures found throughout industry," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City.  "It is imperative we do all we can to reduce that exposure to workers.  This special regional emphasis program will serve to amplify OSHA's commitment to ensuring the safety and health of workers in all occupations."

This program will set targeted inspections in industries or workplaces where there is a potential for lead exposure, and also will cover complaints and referrals regarding lead exposure.

Lead is a potent, systemic poison that serves no known useful function once absorbed by the body.  It is well-documented that lead adversely affects numerous body systems - including damage to blood-forming, nervous, urinary and reproductive systems - and causes forms of health impairment and disease that can arise from acute or chronic exposure.

For more information on OSHA's lead standards, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/lead.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.

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Hero Street, USA

The University of Oklahoma Press recently published Marc Wilson's book, Hero Street U.S.A, The Story of Little Mexico's Fallen Soldiers.

Noted historian Richard Griswold del Castillo of San Diego State University called the book "a major contribution to the field of World War II scholarship as well as Chicano history."

Wilson's book recounts the death in combat of eight young men from the name street in Silvis, Illinois - now formally known as Hero Street U.S.A. Six men from the street died in World War II and two more in Korea.

The book also tells the story of the heroes' families - their exodus to the United States during the Mexican Revolution from 1910-1920.

During a manpower shortage caused by World War I, the Rock Island Railroad hired Mexican refugees to help lay track and service railroad equipment. The railroad gave the Mexicans housing - old, wheel-less boxcars in the 900-acre rail yard in Silvis, Illinois. Many children were born in the boxcars, including the eight boys who would die in combat for the United States.

Each hero's personal story is told in a chapter. Tony Pompa died when his bomber was shot down over Italy. Japanese gunfire killed Frank Sandoval in Burma. German machineguns killed Willie Sandoval during the battle for the "bridge too far." Claro Solis died in the last hours of the Battle of the Bulge. Peter Masias was killed when he parachuted into Germany, and Frank Sandoval was killed in Germany the day after he was told the war was over. Johnny Munos and Joe Gomez were killed in Korea, with Gomez earning the Silver Star.

After the war, the surviving Mexican-American soldiers, marines and sailors returned home only to find that they were blackballed from joining the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Silvis.

And 2nd Street - now formally called Hero Street - remained the only unpaved street in Silvis until the Mexican-Americans won a battle to have the street paved in 1971.

The book is available through the University of Oklahoma Press, Amazon.com, Borders.com, and Barnes and Noble.com.

Author Marc Wilson is founder and general manager of TownNews.com, based in Moline. Wilson lives in Hampton.


St. Anthony Catholic Church to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 14, 2009

Davenport, IA - Since 1837, St. Anthony Catholic Church has had an historic and deeply personal impact in the heart of downtown Davenport.  As the oldest church in Davenport, St. Anthony's presence continues to share love for neighbor as they conduct a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, June 14, immediately after the 11:30 Mass, at 12:30 p.m., to build a new Multipurpose Hall, Education Center, Gathering Center, Parish Offices and a warming kitchen, patio, and distribution window, affectionately named "McAnthony Window," out of which to serve meals to the homeless and underprivileged.

172 years after being founded by Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, St. Anthony's new 7,200 s.f. addition and renovation will allow it to meet the spiritual needs of people of all ages with the additional space.  Faith formation will now be housed in a single location to serve the Catholic families and especially the children and youth programs.  Small-group Bible studies will be able to meet in classrooms.  The church offices will also be relocated in the new facility.  In addition, the Gathering Center will become a place where parishioners of all ages can gather and lift one another up, building community and fellowship.  By strengthening and equipping the people at St. Anthony's, all will be more empowered to serve their neighbors in their daily needs.

A more unified, aesthetically pleasing campus, which will attract attention to the historically significant church square and will coincide well with the city's downtown beautification plans, will also be achieved through this project.  The beautification of Davenport's downtown area will not only benefit current residents but also will help to attract new business and tourists to the heart of the city.  In addition, it will create a unified square with historic emphasis placed on the original church building, a building to which Antoine LeClaire himself contributed the lead gift to erect.  Blending old with new, creating a more park-like atmosphere, and drawing attention to historic sites of significance in the heart of downtown Davenport, a need expressed by city officials, historic committees, and the residents of the Quad Cities who work, shop, and participate in cultural and social activities along the Riverfront and in downtown Davenport.   

St. Anthony's McAnthony Window will also undergo an addition of a covered patio area with heating elements for colder months.  The McAnthony Window helps to meet the needs for those who have little or no other means of support.  They currently prepare between 125 and 150 meals a day, 45,000 meals a year, out of a small, residential kitchen.  What St. Anthony can offer is limited by space and equipment.  Any future desire to increase the number of meals or days served is an impossibility with the current facilities.  Currently, meal participants congregate under an old awning and sit on benches.  There is no heating provided, and after this past winter, the pressing need for a heated space is abundantly clear. St. Anthony also assembles and distributes 1,200 Thanksgiving baskets, 1,200 Christmas baskets, and 950 Easter baskets annually.  
The campaign theme "Gathering our Community - Continuing our Outreach" reflects the committed desire of St. Anthony to come together to meet the needs of the parish and the community.  Many families served in volunteer roles throughout the campaign, and families of the parish have made pledges totaling over $1.5 million as of this date.  The parish continues to receive support for this worthy project both from parishioners as well as from the community at large and is graciously accepting all contributions and donations for this campaign and for the on-going support of their mission to the needy at McAnthony Window.  During this time of economic difficulty for so many, St. Anthony's is a beacon of hope in downtown Davenport, reaching out to those in greatest need.  For more information on St. Anthony's, please visit their website at:

Russell Construction, located in Davenport, IA, will serve as the Design/Builder for the $1,800,000
expansion project.  Russell has delivered over $40 million in religious facilities in and around the Quad Cities area.  Construction is set to begin immediately and will be completed by June 2010.  For more information on Russell Construction, please visit their website at www.russellco.com.  

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff will be participating in a number of digital TV-transition-related activities in the Quad Cities TV market from June 10 through June 13. Activities will include the public Digital TV Clinics listed below.  At these clinics, FCC staff will demonstrate how to hook up and operate converter boxes and apply online for converter box coupons on behalf of those who need them. Consumers having trouble setting up their converter boxes are welcome to bring their boxes to these events.

The FCC has scheduled the following Digital TV Clinics in:


Kmart - 5000 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, IL  61265. Time: 10am - 9pm

Geneseo Public Library - 218 South State Street, Geneseo, IL  61254. Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm


Clinton Public Library: 306 8th Avenue S, Clinton, IA  52732.  Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Galesburg Public Library - 40 East Simmons Street, Galesburg, IL  61401.  Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm


SouthPark Mall - 4500 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265.  Time: 11:00am - 8:00pm.

Nationwide - As the nation awaits confirmation from the Pentagon of the 5,000th death of a U.S. service member in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, members of Military Families Speak Out are mourning the dead and calling on President Obama to honor the sacrifices of these service members and their families and honor all of those who serve by acting swiftly to end both wars.

Warren Henthorn of Choctaw, OK, the father of Army Spc. Jeffrey Henthorn who died in Iraq on Feb 8, 2005, says:

"Way too many have died on all sides of these wars. If I remember correctly, President Obama won the Democratic nomination based on the promise to end the war in Iraq. But, between Iraq and Afghanistan, at the end of this year we will actually have more troops in harm's way then we did at the height of the 'surge.' That's just as bad as we had it under President Bush. These wars now belong to President Obama. The blood is on his hands."

Henthorn is a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, a national chapter of Military Families Speak Out whose loved ones died a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jane Bright of West Hills, CA, the mother of Sgt. Evan Aschraft who was killed at the perimeter of an oil refinery in Iraq on July 24, 2003, is also a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out. She says:

"My son was the 249th U.S. service member killed in Iraq - it's hard to believe that 5,000 of our troops have already died in Iraq and Afghanistan. How many more? We need to bring all our troops home from these wars and we need to take care of our veterans when they return home, giving them the medical and psychological care and treatment they need and deserve."

Maggie Pondolfino, a member of Military Families Speak Out from Portland, OR has been nervously watching the death toll in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rise as her son awaits a deployment to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army:

"It's been over a year since my only son returned from a 14 month deployment to Iraq. Over a year since I was immobilized with dread at every unexpected knock on my door and every unfamiliar van parked in front of my house. Daily, I obsessively checked the Department of Defense casualty list. Too many times the names were close to home...someone from our state, or even someone from his platoon," says Pondolfino. "I imagined the other mothers' grief and wondered would I be able to endure it? Then I had a year of relative calm. I even celebrated a new administration and momentarily experienced the hope that seemed to engulf the country. "Now as the nation braces for the news of the confirmation of the 5,000th death of a U.S. service member in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the administration that briefly gave me new hope prepares to send my son to another war with no clear mission and no exit strategy. And how do I prepare? How do I prepare for another year of going through the motions of living, while wondering if he will come home? If he does will he have to fight a war within himself? If he does not come home, my darling boy with his loving heart and keen intellect will have died for nothing. I know that no good will come from continuing the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, just more heartbreak, sorrow, and tragedy. When will we ever learn?"

Members of Military Families Speak Out and Gold Star Families Speak Out are available for interview.

Military Families Speak Out is a national organization of over 4,000 military families working to bring all U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and secure the care that our troops, Veterans, and military families need to recover from the impact of those wars on our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Gold Star Families Speak Out is a national chapter of Military Families Speak Out with over 150 families whose loved ones died a result of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.


Moline, Illinois? The Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the City of East Moline are proud to present the 51st Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade to take place on Saturday, July 4th at 1pm in downtown East Moline.  This year's theme is "Star Spangled Spectacular."

The 51st Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade will carry on a tradition for the Quad Cities community of saluting all of the veterans that have served our country. With the theme, "Star Spangled Spectacular," the parade will be a spectacular tribute and celebration to those who served.

The Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting entries for the parade.  To learn more or to enter your business or organization into this parade, contact Kristin Burke at (309) 757-5416 or email kburke@quadcitychamber.com.

Over 15,000 people are expected to line 15th Avenue in East Moline to watch this salute to our country and our community.  The parade will begin at 3rd Street and 15th Avenue, go down 15th Avenue, and end at 13th Street.

In June, Modern Woodmen and Royal Neighbors to honor those who serve

Thank you - two simple words that can make a big impact.

Quad Citians will be asked to write thank-you letters and cards to American troops serving overseas in honor of Flag Day, a patriotic holiday paying tribute to the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777.

Modern Woodmen of America and Royal Neighbors of America, two Rock Island-based businesses, will sponsor the collection during the first two weeks of June. All cards and letters collected will be donated to the Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of Association of the United States Army to distribute to service men and women stationed overseas.

Cards and letters can be dropped off between Monday, June 1 and Sunday, June 14 at Modern Woodmen Bank, 100 17th Avenue, downtown Rock Island.

A drive-thru drop off will be held at Royal Neighbors of America on Thursday, June 11.

Project details and guidelines:

  • All ages can participate in this project - create or purchase thank-you cards to donate to the effort.

  • The more positive the message the better!

  • You can include your name, address and email address if you desire.

  • All letters and/or cards will be screened for security reasons.

  • Do not seal envelopes - they must remain open for security.

  • Any size cards and letters will be accepted.

  • Please do not use glitter or include food items.

Modern Woodmen and Royal Neighbors celebrate Flag Day on June 14 to honor the nation's symbol of freedom. The two Quad-City-based fraternal financial services organizations have long celebrated patriotism and proudly offer fraternal programs that continue this tradition, by donating flags, honoring veterans, and supporting troops and their families.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal benefit society offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Royal Neighbors of America is a non-profit fraternal membership organization with a 100-plus-year history of helping women and their families. The organization insures lives, supports women, and serves communities by offering insurance and annuity products. Its members also participate in a variety of locally based volunteer opportunities and are eligible to apply for many member benefits such as scholarships and disaster aid.

Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience, and it's a wonderful way to bring more understanding into the world. If you've ever thought about welcoming an exchange student into your home and family, now's the time to learn more. AFS, the leading international high school student exchange program, needs families in our community to host high school students for an academic year or six months. Students arrive in August.

All kinds of families can host--two-parent households with young children or teenagers, single-parent families, families with adopted children, foster parents, as well as couples and single people who do not have children or who have grown children. One of the most important characteristics of a host family is being eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort as you would to your own child or family members.

AFS students come from more than 40 countries and represent many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Local AFS Volunteers enroll students in high school and support students and their families to help both gain the most from their experience. In addition to host families, AFS needs people who are interested in becoming volunteer liaisons to work locally with families and their hosted students. Anyone interested in learning more about hosting or volunteering with AFS should visit www.afsusa.org/hostfamily or call 1-800-876-2377. AFS Intercultural Programs/USA is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. The mission of AFS is to work toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

Kids "Cited" for Practicing Good Safety Habits -- Law enforcement on the lookout for children wearing helmets

Local Wendy's Restaurants will offer 50 free bicycle helmets on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in conjunction with the I Got Caught! program. Area law enforcement officers will be on hand to help fit helmets and instruct children on bicycle safety habits. (See last page for list of participating Wendy's locations.)

In an effort to educate young Iowans, Iowa Health System, the state's largest health system, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, Wendy's Restaurants, and local law enforcement are partnering to encourage helmet usage through the I Got Caught! program. The mission of the program is to reward children, ages 2 to 13, for wearing helmets in an effort to prevent traumatic brain injuries on bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and scooters.

Participating law enforcement officials throughout Iowa have been instructed on injury prevention issues and are on the lookout for children demonstrating safe behaviors. Children "caught" in the act will receive a sticker, a coupon for a free Wendy's Frosty and a chance to win one of several bike giveaways.

Each year more than 800 bicyclists are killed and another 500,000 are injured in the United States. However, statistics have shown that, when used properly, helmets reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury by as much as 88 percent.

"Wendy's is proud to be able to work with law enforcement, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, and the Iowa Health System to promote safe habits," said Franchisee, Jeff Ruppel. "The cost of a helmet is nothing compared to the possible cost of a child's life."

Bill Leaver, president and CEO of Iowa Health System, said he would prefer to have the health system help prevent injuries rather than treat them, and the I Got Caught! program is designed to do just that. "At Iowa Health System, we want to be sure to reach out and help children make smart decisions. We think this innovative program will help with that. At least that is our sincere hope."

Wendy's International, Inc. (NYSE: WEN) is one of the world's largest and most successful restaurant operating and franchising companies. More information about the Company is available at www.wendys-invest.com.

Initially formed in 1995, Iowa Health System includes 11 hospitals in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Ill., along with a group of 369 staffed physicians and 128 clinics in 71 communities in Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. Iowa Health System is the first and largest integrated health care system in Iowa with revenues of almost $2 billion and more than 19,000 employees.  Its hospitals serve almost one in every three patients in Iowa. For more information visit, www.ihs.org.

AAA Minnesota/Iowa, which includes more than 778,000 members, offers automotive, travel, insurance and financial services. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the largest affiliation of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG clubs belong to the national AAA federation, a not-for-profit organization, with more than 51 million members in the United States and Canada. For more information visit, www.aaa.com.