Update on Rock Island news

Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2013, 3:33 pm
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Press release submitted by city of Rock Island

Update Rock Island is a segment at City Council meetings given by Mayor Dennis Pauley focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

Public Works Director Announces Retirement – The Public Works Director Bob Hawes announced his retirement after 31 years of service. His last day with the City will be March 15, 2013. We want to congratulate Bob after 31 years of excellent work here in Rock Island.

New Library Director - The Rock Island Public Library board of trustees will host a public reception to introduce new library director Angela Campbell to the community. The reception is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, in the Community Room of the Main Library, 401 19th Street. The reception is open to the public, with RSVPs encouraged by Friday, January 25. To RSVP, please call the library business office at (309) 732-7305. Ms. Campbell began her duties at the Rock Island Public Library today, Monday, January 21. She is relocating to Rock Island after two years as director of the Glenwood Public Library in Glenwood, Iowa. Before accepting the Glenwood directorship, Ms. Campbell worked at the Davenport Public Library from 2011 to 1997. Previous Rock Island library director Ava Ketter retired in May 2012 after 14 years as director, interim director and assistant director. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Campbell to the City of Rock Island.

Longview Park Playground Receives Update - A new tree-house themed playground has been installed in upper Longview Park to replace the old playground equipment. This update is part of the Rock Island Parks and Recreation ongoing playground replacement program utilizing the Amanda Beck playground fund and Gaming revenue. Users of the new playground will enjoy small and large slides, climbers and a rope bridge. Longview Park is over 100 years old and is about 40 acres large. Notable features of the historic Longview Park, located at 18th Avenue and 17th Street, include a greenhouse and conservatory, scenic views, an 18-hole disc golf course, historic lion figures and an outdoor ice skating rink. Additional features in the summer include picnic shelters, sand volleyball, basketball courts, tennis courts, flower gardens, a water fountain, and the popular Whitewater Junction Aquatic Center.

Sights & Sounds - Celebrate the artistic and musical talents of Augustana students at the opening of the sixth annual Augustana Sights and Sounds exhibition at Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) on Friday, January 25, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The free event will feature distinctive photography from both Augustana students and Quad-Cities high school students, in addition to video narratives by the Augustana Video Bureau. The exhibition will run through Friday, February 22. Augustana Photo Bureau students will display a series of photographs that highlight student life on the Rock Island campus, experiences in the Quad Cities and personal interests. Live music will be performed by Augustana music students.

International Food Festival - The Augustana College Office of International Programs will celebrate cultural diversity through cuisine at the International Food Festival on Saturday, February 2, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the College Center dining room, 3703 7th Avenue. Now in its 11th year, the festival attracts more than 500 guests who enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of dishes from around the world. To reserve tickets, go online to www.augustana.edu/tickets or call (309) 794-7306. Tickets are $15 for one adult, $26 for couples, $7 for children under 10, and five meal points for Augustana students. No reserved seating available.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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