Dr. Rhonda Sowards helps senior Eric Pease stitch close an incision on a pig foot as classmate Allison Lattanzio, left, leans in for a closer look during a suture workshop at Augustana College in Rock Island on Saturday. The hands-on seminar helped about 60 college students entering the medical field learn how to use a variety of techniques to stitch actual flesh. Trinity Regional Health System donated the medical supplies, Hy-Vee supplied the pig feet and Dr. Sowards was one of several doctors who loaned their expertise to the students for the afternoon.
Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.