History of the Quad-Cities, Part 1: Black Hawk
Jul26

History of the Quad-Cities, Part 1: Black Hawk

  For many of us living in the Quad Cities, the names and places that surround us have become commonplace and perhaps, overlooked. Places like Black Hawk College, the Rock Island Arsenal, and the city of Davenport bear the names of the historical figures and structures on which rest the foundation of the Quad Cities. But because we see them every day, we may not always realize what they truly stand for, and what actions took...

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The Benefits of Learning Music
Jun20

The Benefits of Learning Music

My sister and I both grew up learning music. First, we learned to play the piano with a private teacher. In school, we each took on different instruments. I learned the flute, and my sister learned the violin and saxophone. I played the flute from 4th to 12th grade and sang in choir. My sister still plays the violin now as she’s starting her senior year of high school, and also sings in choir. Not only did we make great memories and...

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Making the Most of a Road Trip
Jun15

Making the Most of a Road Trip

  While I was growing up, my family took countless road trips, and no place was too far. Our car trips took us to places as close as Chicago and as far as San Francisco. We drove everywhere. In fact, though I took multiple international flights as a child, I did not take a domestic flight, other than a connection to our international flight, until I was in high school. Over the course of our many arduous but fun trips, I learned...

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Staying Safe This Summer
Jun13

Staying Safe This Summer

Summertime can be filled with freedom and fun. But it’s important to maintain awareness and be cautious, so that summer can be as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few things to remember while you and your family are enjoying your summer days and nights. Wear Sunscreen Nothing ruins a summer day faster than a painful sunburn. Sunburns are always a possibility, even on cloudy days, so applying sunscreen before any outdoor activity is a...

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Why I Love My Public Library
May26

Why I Love My Public Library

Some of my fondest childhood memories come from the time I spent at the public library. I clearly remember how excited I felt every time my family had the chance to go. The library’s calm, thoughtful atmosphere always provided a sense of security for me. As I changed houses and schools, made new friends, and learned new things, the public library was my familiar, consistent haven. As hard as we tried, my sister and I never had enough...

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