The Sixth Annual Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race is now bigger and better with a new title sponsor and an amazing grand prize: a new 2009 Honda Metropolitan 50cc scooter. Set for Saturday, Sept. 11, the ace race will take place at Camden Park, Milan, Ill. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

The Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race is for anyone who can throw a disc golf disc and wants a shot at our top prize. Camden Park's original disc golf course's elevation changes and wooded areas are used to their fullest with 26 shortened holes, increasing the hole-in-one opportunities. Most holes average 100 feet or less. Unlimited mulligans, sold for $1 each, will increase the odds of qualifying for the final round.

Registration for the Ace Race opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. at the south picnic shelter near Camden's first hole. The entry fee is $20. The first 40 entrants will receive a player's pack containing a Disc'n For Dogs t-shirt, a soft-sided cooler courtesy of Stern Beverage, plus other items. All players are welcome regardless of ability. A basic disc golf putter is optimal, but a standard backyard flying disc could be used.

The annual Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race disc golf tournament assists animals locally who have been orphaned and are homeless. To date, more than $7,000 has been raised. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Quad-City Animal Welfare Center. All proceeds go directly to the Quad-City Animal Welfare Center which is privately funded and the Quad City's first no-kill animal shelter

Fun Mart Cycle Center presents Sixth Annual Disc'n For Dogs Ace Race

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010

Sign up: 8 a.m.
Player's Meeting: about 9 a.m.
Tee off: about 10 a.m.
Fee: $20

Two qualifying rounds of 26 holes
1 point for hitting metal
3 points for hitting chains
5 points for an ACE!

Mulligans will be sold for $1 each. Unlimited mulligans allowed during first two rounds. No mulligans allowed during final round.

5 points earns an entry into third and final round. For every 5 points you earn in the qualifying rounds, you will receive a throw at each hole in the final round (10 points equals two throws, 15 points equals 3 throws, etc.).

Final round is played sudden death in a 9-hole loop until an ace claims the top prize.


Players pack includes a tournament t-shirt, soft-sided cooler courtesy of Stern Beverage and other items. Raffles tickets will be sold all day and lunch will be available between rounds.

ROCK ISLAND, IL - Aug. 31, 2010 - Because of extensive financial difficulties, the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is assuming ownership and operation of the private Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club under its Army Recreation Program. The goal is to retain all members, Military or private, who desire to continue their affiliation with the Club.

Rock Island Arsenal is also seeking support from Quad City Mayors and the Quad Cities Chamber so the Garrison can provide the general public access to the course. By opening the golf course to the public, the Garrison will be able to maximize the use of this world-class course and also generate funds tosupport critical Military and Family programs. Opening to the general public will also benefit the Quad Cities as the Arsenal continues to build on the strong relationships established over the years.

Arsenal officials envision a bright future for the course as an Army recreational facility. Further information on rates, memberships and other club programs are forthcoming.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces the auxiliary lock at Locks and Dam #14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa will expand its hours of operation this late summer to accommodate pleasure boats negotiating the river. The expanded hours will be on Saturdays and Sundays only for the following dates and times: September 11-12, September 18-19, and September 25- 26 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. There will be no expanded Friday hours of operation.

To learn more about the Mississippi River, you are encouraged to visit For further information on these expanded hours of lock operation, please call Locks and Dam #14 at (309)794-4357.


Chicago Blackhawks' Championship Trophy to be Displayed at Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - August 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed the 2010 National Hockey League (NHL) Champion Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup and team owner Rocky Wirtz to Springfield as the Cup continues its victory tour of Illinois in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks' historic NHL Championship win.

"The Blackhawks' overtime win against the Flyers was celebrated in every corner of our great state, so it is fitting that the Stanley Cup is traveling all over Illinois to see the fans," said Governor Quinn. "I want to thank the Hawks for bringing the Stanley Cup to Springfield. I hope everyone puts on their Blackhawk red and black to come out and celebrate."

After a brunch at the Executive Mansion with members of the United Service Organizations (USO) and the Wirtz family, the Cup arrived at the 2010 Illinois State Fair for an official unveiling in advance of its public display on Saturday.

"We are excited about this unique public viewing opportunity at the Illinois State Fair with Governor Quinn and our great partner the USO," said Jay Blunk, the Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations. "This allows us to give back to the people of Illinois, while also building awareness for those who protect our freedom, both past and present."

The Cup will then head to the State Capitol where it will be on display briefly in the Rotunda on Friday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The renowned trophy will spend the night at the Executive Mansion under the care of Mike Bolt, the NHL's official guardian of the Cup.

The public will then be able to view the Cup and pose for photos when it returns to the fair on Saturday. It will be located at the corner of Main Street and Illinois Avenue, just outside the carnival midway from 11. a.m. until 4 p.m. Fairgoers can stop and celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks thrilling victory over the Philadelphia Flyers with one of most recognizable awards in the world of sports.

The Stanley Cup was first presented to the champions of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada in 1893. In 1926, the NHL assumed official control of the Cup and, over the years, the names of players who have won the league's championship have been engraved on the base. It currently measures almost three feet tall and weighs about 35 pounds.


The World Kum Do Association announced that the 2010 WKA Midwest Open Kum Do Championships are scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010. Kum Do is the modern martial art of fencing, the Korean equivalent of Japanese Kendo. Visitors from around the region and across the country will be competing, including teams from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Ames, Iowa City, and Madison. The event will include structured training, tournament competition, and Black Belt testing. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, September 9, 5:15pm - Press Conference at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St. Davenport IA.
Saturday, September 11, 9-10:30am - Training; 10:30am-3:30pm - Kum Do Tournament; 3:30pm-5:00pm - Kum Do Tournament; all Saturday events will be held in the Lower Gym at Black Hawk College, Moline IL.  There is free admission.
For more information, please contact Dr David Birdsell, 309-235-3132 or

More than 100 Australian-built Pontiac G8 sport sedans -- some from both U.S. coasts and Canada -- are expected at the first-ever Pontiac G8 Nationals meet, August 20-22 in Bettendorf, Iowa, part of the Quad Cities on the Mississippi River between Chicago and Des Moines.

"We'll have drag races at a local track Friday night, a car show and cruise Saturday, awards Sunday morning and other activities too," says Joe Morgan of Middleton, WI, who organized the event on owner's forums at and  "I'm excited!"

The mid-range G8 GT model, with a 6.0 liter V8 producing 361 horsepower, won universal praise among automotive journalists at Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Automobile and Consumer Reports after its introduction in March 2008.  (Editors:  See links below)

Commended for its compliant but track-capable suspension, similar to a BMW 550i but at half the price, the G8 also won acclaim for a roomy, comfortable interior and sleek styling.  The family performance sedan doubles as a daily driver and hobby car for many owners.

The base G8 model comes with a 256 hp V6, while the premium G8 GXP features a 6.2 liter V8 producing 415 hp.  Some 38,000 units were produced, mostly mid-range G8 GTs.

The G8 GT is virtually identical to the Commodore VE model produced by Holden, GM's subsidiary in Australia.  Holden reportedly spent a billion dollars developing the car and Commodores still are being produced for sale in countries outside North America.  Some in Australia now feature the handsome Pontiac fascia (minus the logo) for a premium price.

Last year the G8 became a source of debate when GM product guru Bob Lutz argued it was a great car that could be continued as a Buick or Chevrolet, but GM's then-CEO Fritz Henderson and management decided against the idea.  Lutz, who is 78, retired May 1.  Henderson was replaced by current CEO Ed Whitacre Jr.

Registration for the G8 Nationals is free, although donations are welcomed to help cover insurance and other costs.  All Pontiac owners are invited.  The Isle of Capri casino and hotel in Bettendorf is the host hotel for the meet.  Interested parties can sign up at

Davenport, IA - Russell Construction is pleased to announce that Habitat for Humanity of the Quad Cities was the recipient of the proceeds from the 22nd Annual Charity Golf Outing held on Tuesday, August 3 at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club in Rock Island, IL.

Each year, the golf outing is organized in order to assist worthy organizations in surrounding Quad Cities communities. This year, Habitat for Humanity of the Quad Cities (HFHQC) was selected to receive the $15,000 donation that was raised by Russell employees, volunteers, sponsors, raffle contributors and golfers from the event.

"Our event has become so successful thanks to the efforts of everyone involved. It's an event that we look forward to every year," noted Jim Russell, President.

"Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities extends our heartfelt thanks to Russell Construction for raising $15,000 to help us further our mission. We will be using these funds to help build a house at 322 8th Street in Davenport that we will be breaking ground on September 18, 2010. Russell Construction believes in giving back to the community and we can't thank them enough for their continuing support," added Kristi Crafton, Executive Director of HFHQC.

Participants to the golf outing were also invited to sign two separate 2 x 4 wooden beams, which we will used in the building of the home on 8th Street in Davenport. For more information on Habitat for Humanity of the Quad Cities, please visit their website at

In previous years, donations from Russell's annual charity golf outing have been made to Community Care, Inc. in DeWitt, Iowa ($24,000), American Cancer Society ($47,775) and Scott County Family Y ($20,000). Over the last ten years more than $197,000 has been donated to charitable organizations in the Quad Cities area through the Russell golf outing.

Established in 1983, Russell Construction is a regional provider of Construction Management, Design Build and General Contracting services. For more information on Russell Construction, please visit their corporate website at


Hunters and Anglers are 'Economic Powerhouse'

Bass Pro Shops event features pro's, seminars, youth activities and more!

Springfield, Missouri (July 23, 2010)?The Fall Hunting Classics are a tradition at Bass Pro Shops and an event that some 6.5 million people are expected to attend this year.  Why is this important?  "Because hunting is big business," says Bass Pro Shops spokeswoman Katie Mitchell.

And, indeed it is.  A report by the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation cites America's 34 million hunters and anglers are an economic powerhouse?spending some $8.6 million an hour.  If this $76 billion-a-year industry were a corporation it would be among America's 20 largest, ahead of Target, Costco and AT&T.

"The Bass Pro Shops Fall Classic is a huge event and hunters and other outdoor sportsmen and -women look forward to it all year long," said Mitchell.  "Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to learn the secret techniques and strategies used by professionals to gain a better advantage in the field, see all the latest products and attend workshops and seminars.  And, there is a 'ripple effect' as other area retailers, gas stations, hotels and restaurants benefit as well from the increased traffic the Classic generates," Mitchell added.

This 17-day event will be held August 6th through August 22nd at 51 Bass Pro Shops retail locations across the United States and Canada and it is all free.

Hunting and fishing sportsmen directly support 1.6 million jobs, spend more than a billion dollars just on licenses, stamps, tags and permits, and they generate $25 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes.  More than 12.5 million hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts pump $24.9 billion into the economy each year.

But the buck doesn't stop there.  It is vitally important that today's youth get involved in the outdoors so they can become the stewards and conservationists of tomorrow to insure the maintenance and well-being of our natural resources.  "I've heard it said that if you don't have a fishing rod in the hands of a youngster by the time they are 8 years old, the chances of getting them to go fishing later in life diminishes dramatically," said Mitchell.  "I would think the same applies to getting them introduced to hunting and shooting sports," she continued.

This is important because the sale of hunting licenses, tags and stamps is the primary source of funding for most state wildlife conservation efforts.  Hunters and anglers have always been, and continue to be, the largest contributors to government wildlife conservation programs.  Through excise taxes and license revenues, these sportsmen have contributed more than $10 billion dollars to conservation and provide more than 80% of the funding for most state fish and wildlife agencies.  Just from hunters alone, nearly $200 million in hunters' federal excise taxes are distributed to State agencies to support wildlife each year.

(All statistics are from the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation report "Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy ~ A force as big as all outdoors." It can be accessed online at

Some of the special events during the Bass Pro Shops 2010 Fall Hunting Classic include :
· Aug. 6-8 - Bass Pro Shops Free Hunting University.  Nationally recognized professional hunters and outdoorsmen will be at stores to give seminars and talk about their experiences. Friday 5-9pm  Saturday and Sunday Noon - 5pm (Visit for individual store location listing of seminar pros, topics and times)
· Aug. 6-22 - Preferred Rewards
· August 9 - 18 Additional savings up to $100 off when using your Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Visa.  U.S. stores only.
· Aug. 12-17 - Binocular Trade-In.   Trade in your old pair of binoculars and save on any new binocular purchase.  See a store associate for details.
· Aug. 21-22 - Next Generation Weekend.  Noon to 5pm.  Activities include Free youth seminars (1pm and 3pm), Free Shooting Arcade*, BB gun/pellet gun range*, archery range*, paintball cage, (*in stores where available), deer sun catch craft 12N to 2pm (while supplies last).  Youths will receive a punch card to be punched once for every activity they complete.  Once the card is full youths will receive a "Bass Pro Shops Next Generation" logo drawpack (while supplies last). 
· Aug. 21-22 - PictureU Free Photo.  Picture yourself on the cover of an Outdoor Life Magazine!  Saturday and Sunday Noon - 5pm
· Aug. 14-15  and 21-22?ATV Test Drive* 12Noon - 5pm

In addition, customers will be able to register August 6th - 22nd for a sweepstakes to win a 3-Day Spring Turkey Hunt in Kansas with Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Hosts of "The Crush" TV show and RedHead Pro Hunting Team Members (visit for details). Plus, one winner in every store will win a RedHead® Hunting Gear Package with a retail value of $560.00 (US), $733.00 (CAD) that includes a RedHead deluxe gear bag, Enigma Hub-Style hunting blind, Epic binoculars, RedHead 12-can soft side cooler, RedHead caliber waist packs and RedHead bow/rifle pack.  (Contest rules: Customers may also enter to win online at  52 First Place winners will be drawn and one Grand Prize winner will be drawn nationally.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM PRIZE.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry.  Void where prohibited.  Sweepstakes begins 08/06/10 and ends 08/22/10.)

For more information on the free Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic go to

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Journey of Hope North team will arrive in Davenport on Wednesday, July 22. The team will arrive at Clarion Inn, where lodging is provided for the night at 11:30 a.m. They will have lunch at Happy Joe's at 1 p.m. That evening, the team will have dinner and a Friendship Visit at the Seduary Pool at 6 p.m. The three teams of the Journey of Hope will spend over two months cycling an average of 75 miles a day from city to city visiting with people and organizations that help people with disabilities.

What: The Journey of Hope, organized by Push America, is a cycling trek that raises funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities in hopes to enhance the quality of their lives. Every cyclist commits to raising at least $5,000 on behalf of people with disabilities before the trip begins. Combine their individual efforts with corporate sponsorships and the Journey of Hope 2010 teams have raised more than $500,000 for people with disabilities.

When: Thursday, July 22.

Where: Happy Joe's

201 W 50th Street

Seduary Pool

1800 W. 12th Street

Who: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity members from across the country.

Other media opportunities: Please contact on-site coordinator David Hamrick for details about team location while cycling into Davenport for photos, interviews or any other media opportunity.


Davenport, IA, June 28th, 2010: Effective July 1st, all three Davenport Public Golf Courses will be beating the heat with cool prices. For the entire month of July, golfers can play 18 holes for the price of 9! The special will only last until July 30th and is valid for weekdays only, so reserve your tees times today at Emeis Golf Course, Duck Creek Golf Course, or Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center!

For questions regarding event, please contact 563-326-7812 or