Lost Cat:

Orange & white male cat, answers to "Ethan." Last seen in the vicinity of 18th Street & Central Ave, Bettendorf. Please call 563-359-3241 if you've found him.

Catt Foy, 1302 Scott Street, Davenport, IA, 52803, 563-323-0481, cattfoy@earthlink.net, http://www.cattfoy.com, http://poetrystreet.blogspot.com




March 9, 2008


Homeless and previously homeless individuals in Davenport are being offered a unique opportunity–to submit their creative writing and artwork for possible inclusion in a literary magazine called the Poetry Street Project.

The Poetry Street Project was created by Western Illinois University English graduate student Catt Foy, in response to a course she is taking on public writing.  Foy, who herself has experienced homelessness, wanted to bring the idea of creative works and homelessness together.  "I thought about writing about my own experiences at first, but then it occurred to me that it would be much better to offer an opportunity to others who are homeless, or who have been homeless, to showcase their talents," Foy said.  "There are many people of talent who never get a chance to shine because of their circumstances," she reported.  Foy believes that having one`s talents recognized is one potential source of hope for those experiencing the indignity of struggling with extreme poverty.

The Poetry Street Project magazine hopes to include poetry, essays, and short stories, as well as black and white artwork and photographs.  Foy, who is also a writer and artist, has designed the cover, and hopes to take photographs of some of the participants. 

Submissions will be taken until March 31, 2008 and the publication will be launched sometime in late April or early May.  Submission forms can be found at the Davenport Public Library`s Main Branch, or at the Midwest Writing Center, located on the third floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, or by contacting Foy.  A panel of judges will select the submissions that will be included.  "It will be impossible to print every submission we receive, since we have limited space," said Foy. "But if this issue proves to be successful, perhaps there will be future issues."  Foy encourages everyone who has experienced homelessness to submit original creative work.  Contributors can remain anonymous, if they prefer, or they can use a nickname, pen name or street name.  Contributors will be entered into a drawing for a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, where they can receive feedback on their work, work on computers located at the Center, and participate in other literary events.

"It is my hope that the artwork and writing in this magazine will help expose people of talent to possible venues for publication or to promote their art," said Foy.  "Maybe that one poem, or that one drawing will open up opportunities that the creator might not otherwise have ever had."

For more information on the Poetry Street Project, please contact Catt Foy at cattfoy@earthlink.net, or by calling 563-323-0481.  Regular blog postings will report the progress of the project at http://poetrystreet.blogspot.com.  Donations to support the project are also welcome.  Foy also welcomes interviews on the project. 




Hundreds of antique John Deere tractor enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada will travel to the Quad Cities in March to attend the “Gathering of the Green” conference.


March 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2008, are the dates for the 5TH  “Gathering” to be held in Moline, Illinois at the Holiday Inn Moline Airport.  Back by popular demand, the convention-style conference will offer admirers of John Deere antique two-cylinder tractors and implements an opportunity to enjoy workshops and the shop the vendor area.  For those interested, there will be evening speakers, a fun auction, and many, many more activities.


Once again, members of the four sponsoring two-cylinder tractor clubs located in central and northern Illinois and eastern Iowa have worked for many months to put together another outstanding conference that will interest Quad Cities area residents as well as John Deere two-cylinder tractor fans from across the nation.


Forty-two technical workshops and eleven drop-in sessions will be presented over three days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday - and 70+ vendors will be available at the Holiday Inn Moline Airport for you to find that special treasure you’ve been looking for.  Vendors are offering services; new, used, and reproduction parts; manuals; books; tires; signs; JD decals; art; clothing; and memorabilia. 


Quad Cities area residents are invited to register for the full conference or are welcome to attend one or more of the days on a register and pay-at-the-door basis as follows:


Full Conference Fee (March 12, 13, 14 & 15)         $25 per person

Thursday, March 13                                                 $10 per person

Friday, March 14                                                      $10 per person

Saturday, March 15                                                   $7 per person


Location:  Holiday Inn Moline Airport, 6902 – 27th St., Moline, Il 61265


Workshop Times:        March 13 and 14         8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                                    March 15                     8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vendor Hours:                        March 13 & 14            8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

                                    March 15                     8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


For the most up-to-date information about the “Gathering,” including workshops go to the web site:


If you have questions about the “Gathering,” call Gathering Information at

815-246-9944 or e-mail Ken Reese at:  kwreese@aol.com


Mauius.com Presents Wedding with a Tinge of Tropical Flavor!


Rivermont Collegiate invites you to drop your computer off on campus between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM Saturday, December 15 for much-needed modification. Rivermont's Computer Club led by the faculty technical guru will provide a wide range of computer optimization services for varying flexible fees. The Computer Club can only services machines with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac OS X.  Services offered include, but are not limited to:  Hardware & system software upgrades and repairs, one-time and permanent back-up solutions, virus expulsion, removal of background tasks, and hard dist and registry optimization.  Computer Opitimization Day is a proud tradition at Rivermont Collegiate, providing excellent problem-solving experience to students with a high computer-tinkering aptitude. Rivermont Collegiate is located at 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf (just north of K & K Hardware).  For more information, please contact Emily Rogers at 563-359-1366, ext 301.


Toastmasters District 54 Fall Conference will be held November 16-17 at the Holiday Inn, Moline. The theme this year is "Moving Mountains in Moline".

Friday night's begin with "Dancing with The Toastmasters". This is open dancing along with dance demonstrations.

Saturday activities began with our business meeting of the association followed by our keynote speaker, Ed Hearn....2006 World Champion of Public Speaking.

There will be a table topics contest followed by educational sessions and concludes with the humorous speech contest.

You can register for the conference by either:

Registering your entire club for just $35.00

Toastmaster individual fee @ $15.00

Non Toastmaster individual fee @ $10.00

Meal cost are $15.00 for lunch which includes tax & gratuity and $25.00 for dinner which includes tax & gratuity.

Room reservations at the Holiday Inn are $59.00 single or double occupancy plus tax. When making your hotel reservations, please refer to District 54 TM Fall Conference. Blocked rooms available through October 16, 2007.

The deadline of registration with meals is November 1, 2007. Late reservation will be accepted without meal reservation.

For details see the District 54 website at http://www.toastmasters54.org/fall.html

For more information call Greg Harmon at 737-8031.




Interactive, mobile "Television Studio on Wheels" to stop at library and farmers market 

Schedule of Book TV Bus in Quad Cities --  Free and Open to the Public: 

Tuesday, September 18th
5:00 pm-7:00 pm: Davenport Public Library - Fairmont Branch
3000 North Fairmont St., Davenport

Wednesday, September 19th
8:00 am-Noon: Davenport Farmers Market
River Drive and Western Ave., Davenport

For more information on the Book TV Bus visit http://www.booktvbus.org
or take a video view of our travels at http://www.myspace.com/booktvbus.


Solar screens of Iowa opens its doors and stops the heat!


Solar Screens of Iowa, LLC opened for business earlier this month and is proud to offer business and residential customers Solar/Sun control products to provide comfort as well as saving on energy costs. Having worked as a commercial and residential Energy Consultant, Owner David Kuhlmann, wanted to provide the very best available products for considerably lower prices than that of the competition. Solar Screens of Iowa, LLC provides products from the leader in solar/sun fabrics (PHIFER SUNTEX).


David said "Our screens can save as much as 30% on air-conditioning and heating bills by preventing the radiant heat of the sun from striking and consequently penetrating window and door glass. This is extremely important in the process of conserving energy". He goes on to explain how the process works. "This is precisely what Sun Control Fabrics accomplish. They block 80%-90% of the sun's heat and light before reaching the glass of your windows. This means most of the sun's radiant energy that would normally penetrate a window, is blocked by Solar Screening."


Solar/Sun Control fabrics can also lower heating costs during the winter months and help keep interiors at a more constant temperature. A "blanket" of air is created between the screen and the window. This reduces the chilling effect on the area near the window. The screening will also reflect interior heat back into the area.


Phifer' Suntex is a fabric woven of extremely strong and durable vinyl-coated polyester yarns. The uniform weave design offers excellent outward visibility and good ventilation.

Shading is approximately 80% - 90%. Suntex solar screens are custom built to any size and they come in a choice of five earth tone colors.


Additionally, the screens come with a lifetime guarantee, protect against fading and sun rot, allow soft light and breezes to come through, reduces glare and are pet resistant. Expected return on investment/payback from energy savings is typically 6-12 months.






David Kuhlmann

Solar Screens of Iowa LLC

Prairie City, IA 50228

Office-515-994-4103   Mobile-515-208-2198