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 Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.