DAVENPORT -- The sun was brighter than the biting of the cold Tuesday when the Saukenuk Paddlers took part in their annual new year's gracing of theMississippi River.
Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe & Kayak club members Rosemary Dreessen, Nick Bleuer, Lynn Majetic, JoAnne Rebello, John Zabloudil and club president Dave Hill launched into the river at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Marquette Street boat ramp in Davenport, participating in the 34th annual First In Float.
The club also held a Last Out Float at 1 p.m. Monday.
Ms. Dreessen said they had help from some "support crew," also members of the club. The members paddled a couple hundred yards out into the river, she said.
"It was beautiful and invigorating just to see the sun on the water," Ms. Dreessen said.
The annual floats were first held Dec. 31, 1978, and Jan. 1, 1979, by club founders Harold Harrington and Dick Butts.
Area paddlers are invited to the club's monthly meetings, held at 7 p.m.the last Wednesday of every month, at the American Red Cross building, 1100 River Drive, Moline. For more information, visit rivers-end.org.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu. 1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."