MILWAUKEE, WI - Bicycling is a healthy way to experience the outdoors and incorporate physical activity into an individual's daily life.  It's a flexible activity - not limited to certain ages or intensity levels - that keeps people moving, helps with weight control, and provides enjoyment.  With summer in full swing, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers tips for safe cycling.  Whether you are a member of TOPS or not, use these ideas to stay fit and cycle sensibly.

1. Good fit makes you fit. When choosing a bike, make sure the frame is appropriate.  To find the right fit, straddle the bike and stand flatfooted.  There should be at least one inch of clearance between your groin and the top tube and two inches on a mountain bike.

2. Location, location, location. The handlebars and seat should be positioned correctly for a comfortable, optimal ride.  The seat should be located high or low enough so each knee is bent only slightly at the bottom of each rotation.   Seats are not "one size fits all" and should be appropriate to your build and riding situation.

3. You're not as hardheaded as you think. Always wear a helmet when you ride.  This simple rule protects you from head trauma and brain injury.  The helmet should have a bright, visible color and snug fit that covers as much of your head as possible.

4. Nighttime is not the right time. Avoid riding your bike at night.  Most cycling accidents occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. when light levels are low.  If you must ride in low-light conditions, wear brightly colored, reflective gear and install a bright headlight and blinking red taillight for better visibility.

5. Give your brakes a break. Gently and firmly pump brakes at the same time.  Don't squeeze the brakes too hard - and never squeeze the front brake first.

6. Know the rules of the road. Attach a rear-view mirror to your helmet, handlebar, or eyewear.  Ride with traffic, obey all traffic rules, and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles.  Observe your surroundings and communicate with drivers, using hand signals and eye contact.

7. What's your hurry? If you're out of shape or unaccustomed to riding, start slowly.  Thirty minutes on a flat terrain is a good way to start for the first few weeks.  Gradually work up to greater intensity and hillier terrain for better workouts.

8. Be kind to your body. Cycling should not involve stress or strain.  Keep your arms and shoulders relaxed and avoid locking your elbows.  Shift your hand and body positions frequently.

9. Share the ride. Riding with another person - or as part of a group - can motivate you to become a better cyclist and make the miles fly by more quickly.

10. Variety is the spice of life. Cycling should not be your only workout.  It is not a weight-bearing exercise, so be sure to vary your fitness routine with walking, weightlifting, and other activities.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success.  Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view or call (800) 932-8677.


It was 50 years ago that Arnold Palmer and Gary Player opened Davenport's Emeis Golf Course with an epic exhibition match.  That match may seem long ago to those who were lucky enough to see it.  But in those last 50 years, Emeis has developed into the City of Davenport's premier golf course, with a layout to challenge even the most experienced golfer of today.  

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic match, you can play Emeis golf course for the same price as the day it opened in 1961.  On Friday, August 19th only, you can play 18 holes at Emeis for $1.50!  That's right, 18 holes at Emeis for the 1961 price of just $1.50. 

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Call Emeis Golf Course now at 326-7825 to book your tee time.  Times will fill up fast, so call today and mention the $1.50 green fees for Friday, August 19th. 

What :  Emeis Anniversary 
When:  August 19, 2011 
Where: Emeis Golf Course   4500 W Central Park   Davenport IA

It's the dream of every baseball fan in the Midwest. Now it's your chance to visit Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play the Cardinals!


Calling all Cubs and Cardinals fans! Join us for a Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on Friday, August 19. We leave the River's Edge at 8:00 am, arriving Wrigley field by noon. Game start time is 1:20 pm. Our bus will depart Wrigley field promptly after game, and arrive back at the River's Edge around 8:00 pm. Your price includes game ticket and transportation.  Cost per person is $95.00.


Hurry! Limited space. Only a few tickets left.

Register online at or at the River's Edge.  For questions, call 563-326-7812.



When: Friday, August 19, 8:00 AM

Where: Leave from the River's Edge

Cost: $95 includes transportation and tickets

Law Requires Soccer Goals be Designed to Resist Tipping

CHICAGO - August 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed "Zach's Law" requiring all movable soccer goals manufactured and sold in the state of Illinois to be tip-resistant. House Bill 1130, the Moveable Soccer Goal Safety Act, will also require organizations that own moveable soccer goals to create soccer goal safety and education policies.

"Improperly secured soccer goals present a serious threat to our athletes, especially children," Governor Quinn said. "Illinois is leading the nation in recognizing and preventing these types of safety concerns. I'm proud to sign 'Zach's Law' today, and help improve soccer safety in Illinois."

On October 1, 2003, six-year-old Zachary Tran of Vernon Hills was at soccer practice when an improperly-secured 184-pound metal soccer goal fell, striking his head. He later died of his injuries. Zach's death was the 27th death reported in the United States from a falling goal post since 1979.

The legislation requires that soccer goals with inside measurements between 6.5 to 8-feet high and 18 to 24-feet wide must conform to tip-resistant standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Public Health will post soccer goal safety guidelines from the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Consumer Product Safety Commission on its website by June 2012.

Illinois is the first state to ban the manufacture and sale of soccer goals that do not meet new tip-resistant standards. This is the most recent in a series of public safety laws signed by Governor Quinn. In June, the Governor signed HB 219 requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear a seatbelt, and last week signed HB 200 to protect Illinois' student-athletes from concussions and other brain injuries.

Zach's parents, Michelle and Jayson Tran, created the Zachary Tran Memorial Fund, as well the 'Anchored for Safety' initiative to educate parents and organizations on proper anchoring of movable soccer goals.

House Bill 1130, sponsored by Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) and Sen. Terry Link (D-Lake Bluff) goes into effect immediately. The ban on the manufacture or sale of non-tip-resistant movable soccer goals begins Aug. 2, 2012.


The 2nd Annual Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon, sponsored by AEGON, will be held at 8 AM on Sunday, August 7, 2011. Over 250 athletes competed in last year's event and even more are expected for 2011. This is a U.S.A.T. sanctioned event and is once again part of the Heartland of American Triathlon series. Registration is available online at until Saturday, August 6th.
The 2011 Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon starts off with a 500 yard swim at Central Park near Amber, IA. Swimmers will transition from swim to bike at Central Park and then set off for a 16 mile bike ride through scenic Grant Wood country to Camp Courageous. At a second transition area bikers switch to a run that has changed from 2010. Runners will enjoy a 4K course that takes them through Pictured Rocks camp, around Pictured Rocks State Park, and then through and finishing inside Camp Courageous. The run course is a mixture of scenic paved surfaces and dirt trails.
Packet pick-up for all athletes and teams will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 3 PM to 7 PM at Camp Courageous. Athletes will pick-up their race materials during this time. A pre-event dinner will be held from 5 PM to 7 PM in the camp's lodge that is free for all entered athletes and $5 for all guests. Bikes can be dropped off in the transition area at Central Park from 3 PM to 7 PM in an area that will be secured until race time on Sunday. Online registration will close at noon on Saturday, August 6th. In-person registration will close at the conclusion of packet pick-up on August 6th at 7 PM.
All ages of athletes are welcome to compete in the the Camp Courageous Sprint Triathlon. Athletes can enter as individuals or as a team. Awards are given out immediately following the event. Enter online at or download an entry form. All proceeds from this event go to Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities.
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (July 13, 2011) - Thirty-two Clarke University student-athletes have been named 2010-11 Daktronics - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athletes. The following area students were named Daktronics - NAIA Scholar-Athletes:

Davenport, IA
Megan Chitty;

In order to be a recipient of the Daktronics - NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for the honor.
Clarke is a member of the NAIA and the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

The Clubhouse Indoor Golf & Lounge (The Clubhouse) celebrates its grand opening on Friday, June 24. Patrons who have never played an aboutGolf PGA TOUR Simulator can enjoy a free 30-minute simulator session through June 26.

Founders Chris Larson and AJ Paul played in a winter golf league at a friend's home using an aboutGolf Simulator. It was there that the idea for The Clubhouse was born.

"We wanted to offer the same type of entertainment and golf destination we had to the entire community," says Larson, Ownership Partner of The Clubhouse and World Top 100 Clubfitter since 2008.

The Clubhouse features four widescreen PGA TOUR Simulators by aboutGolf, as well as a full bar, comfortable lounge and pro shop. Patrons can participate in nightly and weekly closest-to-the-pin contests to win prizes such as a custom fit KZG wedge.

The 7,700-square-foot facility provides an opportunity for game improvement with its PGA TOUR Simulators, aG Balance weight transfer analysis system, clinics and lessons, club repair shop and custom fittings.

Simulator leagues and tournaments, private meetings and parties, a pool table, ping pong and darts offer something for everyone - all ages, all skill levels and golfers and non-golfers alike.

"Our mission is to use our technology to promote golf participation in all regions and enable substantive learning for golfers," says Chuck Faust, President and COO of aboutGolf. "As such we are pleased to be part of increasing the accessibility of golf to residents in the Quad Cities with the opening of The Clubhouse.

"The Clubhouse is located in the Crow Ridge Plaza at 2501 53rd Ave, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. The grand opening activities include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 pm on Friday, June 24, followed by an open house with complimentary food and drinks and activities including closest to the pin and long drive contests from 10 am to 2 am on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26.

About The Clubhouse Indoor Golf & Lounge
The Clubhouse is the first and only indoor country club in the Quad Cities. It is an upscale indoor golf facility with a luxurious country club atmosphere, featuring state of the art PGA Tour golf simulators by aboutGolf, a full bar and lounge for both golfers and non-golfers, a proshop with custom fit golf clubs, club repair, apparel and more, and a private board room for corporate events and private parties. The Clubhouse will host regular leagues, and tournaments and contests with amazing prizes, as well as golf fitness clinics, and private golf lessons for all ages and experience levels

2501 53rd Ave,
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
Phone (563) 332-1561

About aboutGolf
aboutGolf is a world leader in golf simulator and golf performance technology. The more than 20-year-old, Ohio-based company is committed to developing and applying innovative, state-of-the-art technology to enhance and improve the game for golfers at every level. Its products, including PGA TOUR Simulators, aG Studio and Henry-Griffitts Custom Fit Golf Clubs, enable substantive learning and improvement in the game of golf. Learn more at

For more information and product images contact:
Mary Beth Lacy at: 760-346-6942, email:

aboutGolf Ltd.
352 Tomahawk Drive
Maumee, OH 43537
Phone: 419-482-9095

Join us June 13 in support of Camp Courageous of Iowa at the 16th Annual Benefit Golf Outing. Come enjoy a round of golf with your peers, clients, customers or family members at the exclusive Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo, Iowa. This 18-hole course challenges golfers of all levels and is in top condition for an unforgettable day of play.

Afterwards meet up with other golf teams and Camp supporters at the heart of Sunnyside Country Club, their private clubhouse. Where you will enjoy a great dinner, networking opportunities and of course award presentations for the days golf events.

Have Fun in the Sun and Support 

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Waterloo, IA

  • 11:00 am - Registration Opens
  • Noon - Shotgun Start
SPONSORS -  For years, your generosity has made the golf outing a success. Download the registration form, fill-out the SPONSOR section to show your support. Hurry! Hole sponsorships fill up fast. For other sponsorship opportunities contact Sandy at (515)
Take Ansborough Ave exit North off of US Hwy-20 to Olympic Drive turn West, follow Olympic Drive into Sunnyside Country Club.
To Register Go To:

BETTENDORF, IA - The Bettendorf Rotary and the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund have set Labor Day, Monday, September 5 as the date for the seventeenth annual Run with Carl Presented by Trinity Iowa Health Systems. The 5K run/walk and 1/2 and 1-mile fun runs for children 12 and under start and finish at the Bettendorf Life Center (2222 Middle Rd., Bettendorf) with an Awards Ceremony to follow at approximately 9:30 a.m. The course remains the same as in previous years. Entry fees are $20 for the 5K for no t-shirt and $25 for the 5K with a t-shirt. The youth entry fee for the ½ and 1-mile fun run is $10.

Runners in the 2010 Run with Carl attracted 1,300 runners and raised funds to support scholarships for local Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley graduates. This year, we hope to knock that number out of the park by registering 1,700 runners for the 17th year or the race. Participants may register online only at

Carl Schillig was 15 years old when he was killed in a car-pedestrian accident in 1994. Carl was active in a variety of community, school and church activities. In commemoration of his life, the Run With Carl Walk/Run attracts participants to the challenging, but scenic, course following city streets, neighborhoods and the Bettendorf Recreation Path.

For more information about this year's run, visit the website at or find us on Facebook by searching for "Run with Carl.

Run with Carl is supported by the Bettendorf Rotary, Trinity Regional Health Systems and United Healthcare.

About the Bettendorf Rotary: The Bettendorf Rotary Club was chartered in 1957. The group meets every Wednesday at noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant (2211 South Kimberly Road, Bettendorf). They are an annual sponsor of Run with Carl.

About the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund, Inc.: The Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund was established in 1995 by surviving members of Carl Shillig, who was killed at the age of 15 in a car-pedestrian accident. The fund provides a $4000 college scholarship to graduates of Pleasant Valley High School - which Carl attended - and Bettendorf High School graduates. With Carl's philanthropy as its inspiration, the nonprofit also distributes proceeds from the run to organizations in which Carl was active, including Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley Acquatics, Cornbelt Running Club, and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.


Washington, D.C. - May 6, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement congratulatingU.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta on his selection as a torchbearer for the 2011 Warrior Games:

"I extend my congratulations to Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta on his selection as the torchbearer for the2011 Warrior Games opening ceremony. I can think of no better way to open the Warrior Games than by honoring a true hero. I salute Staff Sergeant Giunta, and thank all the men and women of America's armed forces for their service."

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