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 Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.