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This week, to show our support of law enforcement, Linda and I are sending a check to Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane's office to offset certain expenses. Read on and I'll tell you why. more
May 27, 1982: The North Scott girls’ track team placed fourth at the state meet. Team members included Karla Dies, Wendy Bare, Wendy White, Alice Darland, Lisa Finnegan, Kim Reese, Connie Holst, Dana Hillyer, Kim Schneckloth, Shelly Kapinski, Deb Volrath and Pam Ewoldt. They were coached by Steve Schroeder. Volrath took second in the 100-meter hurdles, and Hillyer set a school record and took third in the 400-meter hurdles, running in 1:04.61. more
In normal times I drive on Buttermilk Road, which becomes Division Street at the Davenport city limits, to go to Chordbuster rehearsal on Thursday nights at the old Johnson School on West Locust. On Fridays, I like to drive home from Rotary at the Steeplegate Inn on those same roads. more
It’s been a while since I’d been in a junior high cafeteria at lunchtime, but it didn’t take long for the now 50-year-old memories to come flooding back last week when I visited North Scott Junior High. more
May 21, 1997: John Glenn principal Joe Ragona “inaugurated” the school’s new playground equipment with a ceremonial spin down the new corkscrew slide. Ragona credited members of the PTO with “thinking big” when it came to fundraising for the equipment. The old equipment was donated to the Donahue Sportsmen’s Park. more
One issue I have written about very little over the years is abortion. Actually, the term should be INDUCED abortion, because that is the issue that has caused great polarization. Mother Nature, by her grace, has provided for SPONTANEOUS abortions (miscarriages) which happen more than we know in the privacy of homes, and the politicians and preachers don't say anything about that. more
May 13, 1982: The North Scott Fine Arts Auditorium was officially dedicated on May 9. Architect Jerry Miller presented a key to the facility to school board president Gene Schneckloth. Congressman Jim Leach spoke, and there were also performances by the North Scott Symphonic Band and the North Scott Singers. more
Mark Ridolfi asked for a quote about the 50-year awards Linda and I received Thursday from the Iowa Newspaper Association. On page 5A, you'll see my answer: "A big part of success in life is showing up for work." more
Around this time of year, I take time to consider the lilies. more
Have you ever read something and thought to yourself, “Oh, my! This was written years ago but this person is right on target.” more
May 6, 1982: Construction of the relocated U.S. 61 bridge over the Wapsipinicon River was under way, with completion expected by Sept. 1. Iowa Department of Transportation officials were hoping the new stretch of highway from Interstate 80 to DeWitt could be open by Nov. 1. more
This is a subject I was going to write about in the fall of 2019, and in fact, even had a conversation about it with Voice of the Hawkeyes, Gary Dolphin, after hearing him speak at a Rotary event, but decided to "wait and see," and not much happened – until now! more
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