NAME: Frank G. Skafidas AGE: 62 ADDRESS:Rock Island OCCUPATION: Fabrication supervisor, River Stone Group FAMILY: Married; three grown children EDUCATION: Bachelor's in business, Northern Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee PRIOR OFFICE: Township trustee since 2011 WHY RUNNING:I want to continue to expand the services the township provides to its residents at no extra cost. KEY ISSUE: The township provides many important services to its residents like general assistance, emergency aid and programs for the elderly and youth. In order to continue these functions it is vital to keep a watchful eye on taxpayer dollars to ensure responsible spending. COMMENTS:I love serving South Rock Island Township because it's been my home my entire life and it's where I raised my children. In the past, I have served our community by volunteering for Junior Achievement and United Way.
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.