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 Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.