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Nov. 14, 1973: The North Scott community grieved as three teenagers were killed in a car accident a mile and a half east of Eldridge Corners. Jo Ann Lagoni, 16, Pamela Hinkle, 16, and Randal Kirby, 14, died when the car they were riding in struck a school bus. The bus was empty except for the driver. Witnesses said the car attempted to pass another vehicle just prior to the crash. Authorities said they did not know for certain who was driving the car. School was cancelled the day of the funerals, and many activities were also postponed. more
The quote from the great Gandhi who brought independence from British rule to the people of India after World War II through peaceful protest comes to mind in these troubled times when innocents are dying every day in armed conflicts in the Mideast and Ukraine. more
Nov. 9, 1983: Eldridge city officials were taking a hard look at making Eldridge Corners a four-way stop. “During the past six months, we have investigated eight serious accidents at that location, with 90 percent of them resulting in personal injuries,” said police chief Gil Hansen. City council member Carol Goetzke said the Iowa Department of Transportation’s prerogative was to put a four-way stop there, and so far, they had not chosen to act. However, in light of the deaths of two Davenport women in a crash there the previous week, officials hoped the DOT would “have more incentive to check it out.” more
It was years ago that I heard about a woman who spent 6 or 7 days a week driving around the Quad City area collecting soon-to-be expired food from grocery stores. Of course being a history buff, and a person who has spent a career trying to find and share inspirational stories, I had to know more. more
"Giving back a hard-won $180,000 grant would be a tragedy. It would end the prospect of this valuable addition to our community, and would eliminate future grant considerations ..." more
The first time I heard Linda Ellis’ poem, The Dash, was in 2004 at a Rotary institute at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island – a quaint resort on the northern shores of Michigan. The man who read the poem was Carl Wilhelm Stenhammer, of Sweden, an erudite man who would serve as president of worldwide Rotary in 2005-06. more
Nov. 2, 1983: Two-year-old Christopher Brekke was safe and sound after getting lost in a Princeton cornfield. He and his three-year-old brother Michael were playing outside, and Christopher wandered into the field. Nearly 50 emergency responders helped with the two-hour search, including Lt. Dennis Conard of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, who found the boy. more
"I want to share some of the things I have learned during my 16 years of representing Eldridge citizens as a member of the city council ..." more
"Molly Bergfeld has gone the extra mile or the district ..." more
"Molly will do what’s right for the North Scott community, the schools, and the people and places we live ..." more
"Carrie deserves to serve a full term on the North Scott School Board, and I can’t think of a better person to serve us ..." more
"How could Scott County Attorney, Kelly Cunningham, who ran for election on a platform of being tough on crime, recommend no prison time and support deferred prosecution for a defendant who pled guilty to a Class C felony ..." more
"When John Maxwell first decided to run for the North Scott school board, it was based on the need to do what’s right for students and their families ..." more
And now for something completely different. more
I am happy with my routine here in the local community, but from time to time need to step away and see the world from a new perspective. Rotary has most frequently provided the path, and so it was last weekend. I didn't go far – just Evanston and Chicago – but once there, the world came to me and 300 others at the Rotary Zones 25B and 29 Institute. more
Oct. 26, 1983: The Scott County Conservation Board recommended hunters be allowed to hunt deer in Scott County Park. The board felt it was necessary to cull the herd, which had grown to 400. Bob Sheets, district wildlife biologist for the Iowa Conservation Commission said up to 250 deer could be “harvested” without damaging the herd. more
"We are looking for a school board leader and we have one in Molly Bergfeld ..." more
"For 12 years John Maxwell has proven his leadership on the North Scott School Board ..." more
"The North Scott School District has been fortunate to have Joni Dittmer as a school board member who cares for the children and their education above all else ..." more
"I urge you to support and vote for Maxwell, Dittmer, and Keppy. This district, and all the communities that are part of it, are great places to live, and work together for the common goal of the best school district in the state of Iowa ..." more
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