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 Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance. 1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.