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


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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