Mark Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman Honda, talks with RoseAnn and Jim Hass on Thursday evening after conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new Honda location at John Deere Road and 70th Street, Moline. Zimmerman, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, moved to the new $10 million building in August. The 43,000-square-foot building has environmentally friendly heating provided by waste oil, heated sidewalks, waiting lounges with a computer center that has wifi access, 27 service bays, three-lane ‘Express Lube’ oil change stations, expanded hours in all departments and expanded shuttle services. A public grand opening is being held today and Saturday with football games on big-screen TVs, a cookout, face painting, a photo booth, prizes and pumpkins for kids. There will be a football throwing contest, with the winner getting a 24-month lease on a new Honda Civic.
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.