Good folks doing great things

Posted Online: May 14, 2013, 6:42 pm
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By John Marx,
To the best of my knowledge:

- If you're looking to make $1 million, put $999,999 into a savings account.

- Children's Advocacy Center of Rock Island County executive director Cindy Fisher and her staff are faced with a variety of difficult tasks, but they meet each challenge. Like many agencies in the state, the center struggles financially. The Alleman High School Key Club stepped in to help, raising more than $1,100 to buy paper products to supply the center over the next 12 months.

"You take for granted the basics until you don't have the money to get those basics,'' Fisher said. "You worry about everything, funds for staff, funds for the center and funds for basic-need items. The Key Club came to our rescue. I'm so proud of them.''

- Milan's Max Moritz, who passed last week, was a kind, gracious and caring man. I was fortunate -- like many -- to have Max be a positive influence on my life for 47 years. He was a great businessman, the most reliable limo driver on earth and a joy to be around. He was an even better husband, father and role model.

- Twitter is just a faster way to complain.

- A restaurant remodel means new menus and, when there are new menus, there are price increases.

- In another life, I will be tech savvy. Until then, I am at the mercy of most 9-year-olds.

- The Child Abuse Council has played a huge role in our community, and will mark 35 years locally with a spring gala and celebration, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley. There will be food, beverages, live music, a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $60. For more information, call 309-786-1466. The work that has been done and the positive impact the Child Abuse Council has had in our area are remarkable.

- Moline High School Class of 1945 is an amazing group of folks. With less than 100 alums still with us, this group has awarded $9,500 in college scholarships in recent years. That's some off-the-charts work.

This year, the class of '45, will make college easier for Moline High School seniors Allison Condit (Bethel College); Emily Knight (Iowa State); and Alex Raya (Illinois State). Hats off to the class of '45.

- The University of Illinois will feature two Simons girls leading the cheer front for 2013-14. Moline alum Alyssa Simons is a cheer veteran for Illinois and a junior. She has again been selected for the squad.

Soon to be Moline High School grad Aubrey Simons recently earned a spot on Illinois' varsity cheer squad and will be joining her sister. It's cool to have one Quad-Citian cheering at the University of Illinois, but even better to have two from the same family. Great stuff.

Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or



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  Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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