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Do you have a new, or very interesting event going on at your place of worship? If so, please contact Deirdre Baker, who each week prepares news items for Saturday's Beliefs page. Send a message to: dbaker@qctimes.com, or call, 563-383-2492.

Killinger to speak at Metro Church

The community is invited to join the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad-Cities on Sunday as\u00a0members welcome Dr. Lisa Killinger who will speak on \"Practicing Patience.\"

The talk is during the 11 a.m. service at the church, 2930 W. Locust St., Davenport, across from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

Killinger is past-president of the Islamic Center in Bettendorf and is a professor of diagnosis and radiology at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

She has directed or co-directed eight governmental grants on the topic of geriatric education and interdisciplinary health care, and served as a site coordinator for Iowa Geriatric Education Center for more than 10 years.\u00a0

Killinger teaches geriatrics, male and female Health, case study writing, and chiropractic technique courses for students, educators and health professionals. She has received dozens of awards for her teaching and research over the past two decades.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. for fellowship, including coffee, hot chocolate and cookies prior to and following the service.

Register now for Feb. 10 'Night to Shine' event

The Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine is coming to the Quad-Cities next month: It's a Prom event for those with special needs. Two churches in the Quad Cities are among the 375 in the world\u00a0that will\u00a0sponsor it on Feb. 10.

Risen Christ Lutheran Church will host its Night to Shine event at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 1122 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport. Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in LeClaire host its event at the Quad-Cities \u00a0Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

The churches are working together, along with Tebow foundation officials, to bring God\u2019s love to people with special needs. The event is for those who are 14 years old, and older. All attendees will be treated to\u00a0limousine rides, red-carpet entry and dancing.\u00a0

Pre-registration is requested. For the event at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, go to rclcqc.org/serving-others.php. Or, contact the church office at Risen Christ at 563-386-2342 or by email at becky@rclcqc.org.

For the event at the Waterfront Convention Center: ourladyoftheriver.com/tim-tebow-foundation.php to register or call 563-370-4412.

Nursing ministry course announced\u00a0

\"Foundations of Faith\" Community Nursing Course will held in March in the lower-level conference room of Medical Office Building 2 at the Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

The course is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 2-4, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 16-18.

Registration is required for this continuing education class: genesishealth.com/HealthMinistry

Sacred Stream director visits in May

The founding director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California,, will visit the Quad Cities on\u00a0May 8-13. Dr. Isa Gucciardi will appear at the following locations to discuss her book, \"Coming to Peace.\"

\u2022\u00a0Monday, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m., Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport; a book reading and discussion.

\u2022\u00a0Thursday, May 11, 1-3:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Ave., Wheatland, Iowa, \"Embracing the Sacred Feminine.\"

\u2022 Thursday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Institute of Noetic Sciences, Bettendorf. \"Consciousness and Integrated Energy Medicine.\"

\u2022 Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat,\u00a02664 145th Ave., Wheatland, Iowa, \"The Path of Service and the Nature of Suffering.\"

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Senior Resources

Senior Resources is located in the Shepley Building, 1808 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. The agency provides services to Muscatine County residents age 60 or older and programs and activities each month for all seniors. For more information, call 563-263-7292 or 888-667-2026.

Adult Day Center

Senior Resources Adult Day Center provides loved ones with socialization and programs while caregivers complete errands and appointments. Senior Resources also offers bathing and a low-stimulus room. For more information, call 563-263-7292 or 888-667-2026.

Advance Care Planning

Honoring Your Wishes is a community-wide program that helps people create an advance care plan so people can outline their future healthcare goals. You will then make a written plan that will describe your wishes to others if you cannot communicate. This service is available at no cost for adults ages 18 years and older. Call Senior Resources for more information.

Chore Program

The Chore Program helps seniors age 60 and over, in Muscatine County, with lawn mowing, snow shoveling and heavy household cleaning. A sliding fee scale is used to calculate the rate. Please call Senior Resource if you have any questions.

Home Repair Program

The Home Repair Program is offered by Senior Resources and helps seniors age 60 and over, in Muscatine County, to fix or repair minor household problems. A sliding fee scale is used to calculate reimbursement for labor. Please call Senior Resource if you have any questions 263-7292.

Meals on Wheels

Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program consists of a lunch-time meal delivered by volunteers to area seniors who have trouble cooking for themselves, possibly live alone and have no one in the home to cook for them or for someone who has just gotten out of the hospital and needs help temporarily with meals until they get back on their feet. If you would like more information or to sign up for the program, please call Shannon at 563-263-7292 or email to meals@sr-resources.org.

Medical equipment

Senior Resources and sponsor Trinity Episcopal Church are offering the Durable Medical Equipment Lending Closet. The program, which lends medical items free of charge, is available to residents of Muscatine and the surrounding area, but not limited to seniors. Anyone borrowing equipment is asked to sign it out and agree to bring it back. There is no time limit. Items include: bath benches, canes, commodes, crutches, walkers, walkers with wheels and wheelchairs.Donations for this program can be dropped off at Senior Resources, 1808 Mulberry Ave., or Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Walnut St. Pickups can also be arranged by calling Senior Resources at 563-263-7292 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; or Trinity Episcopal Church at 563-263-2177 from 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Friday.

Outreach

The Outreach program helps seniors file paperwork with the Department of Human Services, gives referrals to other agencies, and makes friendly visits along with other special projects. Available in Spanish. Call Laura at 563-263-7292 for more information.

SHIIP program

Senior Resources offers free and confidential Medicare counseling through its Senior Health Insurance Information Program. This service is offered through the State of Iowa to help people sort through confusing information about Medicare and health insurance. For more information, call Laura at 563-263-7292.

Volunteers needed

Senior Resources is looking for volunteers to deliver Meals On Wheels. We have five routes that go out from Trinity Muscatine hospital Monday-Friday. We have two routes that go out on Saturday mornings. The routes take about an hour. For more information call Shannon at 263-7292.

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Volunteer drivers for the Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program for Jan. 23 - 28, 2017, are as follows:

Trinity Muscatine

Monday \u2014 Community Bank, Pam Heidbreder,\u00a0 Mona Onken, Brian Lee, Monsanto

Tuesday \u2014 Judy Ward, Joyce Plemmons, Kathy Johnson, Judy Merritt, Pete DeGabriele

Wednesday \u2014 Hon CR Distribution, Kathy Johnson, NCI Kelly P. and Adam B., Diana Tank, MUSCO

Thursday \u2014 Dick Witter, Ann and Pete DeGabriele, Tracy R. and Jeanne P., Bethany O'Connor, Monsanto

Friday \u2014 Deanna Fuller, New Choices, Inc., Dean Huddleman, United Way, Monsanto

Saturday \u2014 Connie Martz, Rachel Hayes

Loaves and Fishes

Meals served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays at the MCSA, 312 Iowa Ave.

Jan. 21 - Wilton Methodist Church

Jan. 28 - St. Mary - St. Mathias

Muscatine Art Center

The Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday \u2014 10 a.m. Sandy Hallett; 2 p.m. Sue Muir

Wednesday \u2014 10 a.m. NVA; 2 p.m. NVA

Thursday \u2014 10 a.m. Diane Orr-Kelly; 2 p.m. NVA

Friday \u2014 10 a.m. Debbie Holtz; 2 p.m. NVA

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Milestones Area Agency on Aging is located at 1512 Isett Ave in Muscatine. To inquire about home-delivered meals, call 563-260-9921.

Milestones Area Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Centers provide a good meal prepared by Trinity Muscatine and opportunities to volunteer, meet with friends and attend educational activities. Any senior age 60+ and their spouse of any age are welcome.

The suggested donation for a meal is $3.50 in-house and $4 for home delivery. Income and ability to contribute do not determine eligibility. Persons under 60 may attend; however, the charge is $8.50 per meal. Menus are available at www.milestonesaaa.org.

Call the location you\u2019d like to attend at least one day in advance to order a meal.

Muscatine

Clark House \u2014 Monday-Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 117 W. Third St. 563-264-8766. Monday-Friday, Roberta; Saturday and Sunday, Karen.

Hershey Manor \u2014 Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-noon, 1810 Mulberry Ave., 563-263-8337, Betty.

The Towers \u2014 Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 106 E. Sixth St., 563-260-4064, Bill.

Fruitland

The New Community Center \u2014 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, 104 Sand Run Road. 563-260-9921, Volunteers.

Wilton

102 E. Fourth St. \u2014 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 563-732-3558, Dennell.

West Liberty

1204 N. Calhoun St. \u2014 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 319-627-6848, Gwen.

January 22-28

Sunday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, asparagus, dinner roll, fresh fruit.

Monday: Spaghetti w/ meat sauce, garden salad, garlic bread stick, orange sherbet.

Tuesday: Baked chicken, green beans, dinner roll, fresh orange, raspberry bar.

Wednesday: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, honey carrots, pears, orange juice.

Thursday: Roast turkey, baked potato, brussel sprouts, grapes, sugar cookie.

Friday: Beef stew, biscuit, garden salad, banana, vanilla ice cream.

Saturday: Chinese New Year: Sweet & sour chicken, wild grain rice, egg roll, pineapple.

The senior nutrition program is sponsored by Milestones Area Agency on Aging.

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Watching a group of Bettendorf volunteer firefighters stomp on an ice shelf until it collapsed last weekend at Crow Creek Park made me want a turn.

Without making a request, Bettendorf firefighter Shane Peitscher offered me a chance to test the semi-frozen waters near where Duck Creek feeds into the Mississippi River.

So, I quickly donned one of the department's ice rescue suits and followed the leader to shore.

\"The access here isn\u2019t necessarily the easiest, so just be careful as you walk down onto the ice,\" said Peitscher, who leads ice rescue training sessions for fellow firefighters and Scott Community College students.

But I wasn't worried about the steep rocky hill there that leads to the water. Although I knew the gear would keep me warm, I still felt the jitters that fill your stomach before you try something for the first time.

Prior to that moment, I never had stepped onto ice knowing quite well I'd fall into sub-freezing water.

Ice 'too unsafe' to fish

About a month ago, the Quad-Cities saw clear and consistent ice form across every major waterway in the area.

This week's soggy and warm weather, however, is flushing most of that quality ice away. Organizations are cancelling ice fishing tournaments and other related events due to the unseasonable weather.

\"It's falling apart,\" Peitscher said.

Earlier this week, the Geneseo Izaak Walton League cancelled this weekend's annual Ice Fishing Derby on the Hennepin Canal for the second straight year.

\"We don\u2019t want someone falling in and getting hurt,\" said Kent Anderson, treasurer of the conservation organization's\u00a0chapter. \"If we get cold weather in February we might do it again, but it's way too unsafe right now.\"

The Rock Island Conservation Club also cancelled its annual winter fishing tournament, which was scheduled for Jan. 28.

As of Friday, Princeton Outdoor Adventures still planned to hold its annual Fargin Icehole Competition on Jan. 28 at Lost Grove Lake.

Almost 300 miles west of the Quad-Cities in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Department of Natural Resources cancelled a trout stocking scheduled for Friday at Big Lake and postponed it until the spring due to \"rapidly deteriorating ice conditions.\"

Jeff Harrison, conservation officer for the Iowa DNR, said he received multiple calls this week about ice conditions.

\"I'm reluctant to tell anybody that it's safe out there,\" said Harrison, who spotted several anglers Thursday on Lost Grove Lake. \"Conditions can change in an hour.\"

On Sunday, Harrison said he's scheduled to teach members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoors Club about ice fishing, but noted he'd make the final call on Saturday.

\"If you don\u2019t feel safe, a blue gill isn\u2019t worth it,\" he said.

'Get low and roll to shore'

Back in Bettendorf, we eventually stood up and quickly broke through the inch of ice beneath us. From observing the earlier training session, I knew the suit would keep me afloat in the open water, but I still felt the need to grip the solid platform that surrounded us.

The group of current and future volunteer firefighters practiced five different techniques to rescue someone in frozen water.

\"It's a good chance for them to practice how they play,\"\u00a0Peitscher said. \"Even if they never get an ice rescue call, it\u2019s good for them to think about.\"

All four of the trainees, whose fathers or grandfathers before them were firefighters, said they looked forward to their time on the ice all week.

\"It's a lot better than sitting in a classroom,\" said Jacob Kelly, a 21-year-old Bettendorf High School grad who joined the department's volunteer staff about a year ago. \"I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I didn\u2019t want to be stuck inside all day.\"

In cold water,\u00a0Peitscher stressed the importance of breathing and remaining calm.

If you fall in, \"Take one minute to clear your head and go out the way you came in,\" he said.\u00a0

Harrison later added it's important to disperse your body weight.

\"Get low and roll to shore,\" he said.\u00a0

As we swam our way back to shore last weekend, ice shattered every time we attempted to lift ourselves and roll onto a new sheet.

\"That was a lot more realistic,\"\u00a0Peitscher said when we returned to land. \"At least you got your workout in for the day.\"\u00a0

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UPDATE: Researchers trapped one bald eagle Saturday somewhere along Pool 16 of the Mississippi River between Muscatine and Rock Island. Handlers attached a transmitter to the bird and plan to track its travels.


PREVIOUS STORY: It\u2019s no mystery that scores of bald eagles congregate\u00a0this time of year along the Mississippi River corridor in the Quad-Cities, but where exactly will they fly off to once the weather turns in the spring?

\u201cEach bird takes on its own personality,\u201d said Sara Schmuecker, biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service\u2019s Rock Island Field Office.

To study their migratory patterns, Schmuecker and other researches with the federal agency and West Virginia University set out this week to trap birds and outfit them with tracking transmitters.

Using deer carcasses as bait, crews set up rocket net traps at seven land-based sites in the area, from Exelon\u2019s nuclear power plant in Cordova to about 80 miles southwest in the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in Wapello, Iowa. Boat crews also deploy homemade water traps to lure eagles near area locks and dams.\u00a0

They hit the ground running on Tuesday, but as of Friday afternoon, they had yet to catch any birds.

\u201cIt\u2019s been very tough,\u201d said Dr. Trish Miller, a wildlife biologist at West Virginia University who has studied and tracked eagles for more than a decade. \u201cThe animals don\u2019t always cooperate.\u201d

However, they\u2019re currently collecting data from about 30 eagles they\u2019ve captured and released in the Quad-City area since launching the Midwest Bald Eagle Project four years ago.

Researchers primarily want to study how the iconic animals navigate the landscape and conflicts with human activities \u2014 mainly wind turbines, communication towers and other structures \u2014 when they take flight. \u00a0

Multi-step process

Once they trap an eagle, handlers place tiny leather hoods over the bird's head and beak to protect themselves and the eagles.

They then attach the transmitter, a GPS-GSM telemetry unit, to the bird's body. Using Teflon ribbon,\u00a0a non-abrasive material, they secure the transmitter like a backpack, using the ribbon to create a harness.

The tiny transmitter, which weighs between 60 and 70 grams, allows researchers to follow the migration path of the eagles, as well as their speed and altitude.\u00a0

Each bird also receives a silver band around its leg that includes an identifying number.

Additionally, researchers take several measurements of the birds' beaks and legs, pull feather samples and draw small samples of blood to confirm the sex of the bird and detect any lead contamination. Lead likely comes from the animals they eat, including deer or other animals that have been shot or fish with lead sinkers.

On Monday, as Schmuecker geared up for her \"favorite week of the year,\" her hands reeked of fish from tying noose-like wire snares to gizzard shad her team uses to draw eagles on the water. It's their most successful trapping method.

They link the dead fish to a wooden block and drop the contraption in the water. When an eagle attempts to grab the fish, the snares tighten its talons and pull it into the water. The wood acts as an anchor, preventing it from flying away.

Jeremiah Haas, the fishery biologist at\u00a0Exelon\u2019s Quad-Cities Generating Station, said the plant donates fish from its hatchery for the cause. Haas, who is assisting the visiting researchers, said he also gathered roadkill for the land-based traps. \u00a0

\"It\u2019s a long week for me, but it's fun,\" he said. \"There are a lot of folks working to try and make this happen.\"

'Incredible flyers'\u00a0

In March\u00a02015, a river crew trapped one bird near Modern Woodmen Park and nicknamed it Ferris. That spring, Ferris flew to Cambridge Bay in the Northwest Territories of Canada and back to the Quad-Cities the following winter, totaling about 8,300 miles of travel.

In the spring of 2016, it flew farther north \u2014 across Cambridge Bay.

Earlier this week, Schmuecker pulled out her smartphone and checked on Ferris' status. Sure enough, she discovered the bird returned to the Quad-Cities yet again.\u00a0

\"He is on Arsenal Island right now,\" she said.\u00a0

Miller, who lives in West Virginia with her husband and has family in the Quad-Cities, called Ferris' journey a \"testament to what incredible flyers they (eagles) are.\"

Last spring, a team removed Arconic's two juvenile eagles from their nest, and Miller\u00a0fastened tracking devices to both of them. \u00a0

This year,\u00a0Schmuecker said they hope to band another 30 birds and eventually bring their total to as many as 100 eagles.\u00a0

They will continue their work through Sunday and return again for another week of trapping in February.\u00a0

To 'learn' and 'protect'

Beginning Jan. 17, wind turbine farmers can apply for 30-year permits that allow them to kill or injure a certain amount of eagles every year without fear of prosecution.

The birds are not endangered species but are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The laws prohibit killing, selling or otherwise harming eagles, their nests or eggs without a permit.

Specifically, the new regulation will allow wind companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years and kill up to 4,200 bald eagles.

As populations of the species increase, so do the number of developments that threaten the birds, said Kraig McPeek, supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service\u2019s Rock Island Field Office.

\"We think wind energy is a valuable resource, but we also think protecting bald eagles is a valuable way to spend taxpayer dollars,\" he said, calling their project more \"relevant\" now than ever. \"Without a doubt, we\u2019re beginning to reap benefits from our investments.\"\u00a0

Miller said their data will help them devise ways to mitigate the dangers eagles face.\u00a0

\u201cBald eagles are amazing birds,\" she added. \"We need to learn more about their behavior in order to protect them.\"

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It all began when Quad-City home builder Jim Schumacher realized that\u00a0a\u00a0cute little gambrel-roof barn in the onion fields of Pleasant Valley was beginning to fall into disrepair.

Not wanting the\u00a0building to be demolished by neglect, Schumacher bought it for $1 in\u00a01999\u00a0from\u00a0onion farmer Chester Dodds.

Schumacher\u00a0then spent about $10,000 to\u00a0move the circa-1912 barn built\u00a0by Dodds' grandfather\u00a0roughly two\u00a0miles to a site along U.S. 67 where it served as a Halloween haunted house.

In February 2009,\u00a0Schumacher moved it again \u2014 cutting it in half horizontally to make the job easier \u2014 to\u00a0Valley Drive, just outside Bettendorf in Scott County.\u00a0

Schumacher\u00a0had a new plan\u00a0to turn the barn into a home, but his plan\u00a0wasn't necessarily simple. Parts were a puzzle. But after nearly six\u00a0years of working\u00a0on and off, much like a car buff working on a '57 Chevy,\u00a0Schumacher is just about finished.

One day late last month, \"I could see everything I did come together,\" he said.

Asked how much he did himself, hands-on, his response was immediate: \"All of it.

\"I bonded with this house.\"

Approaching the site, you see a\u00a0white barn with a burgundy steel roof, flanked on one side by a round, three-story silo crowned by a silver dome. A transitional area connects the\u00a0two.

Unlike the barn, the silo is not a farm building.\u00a0Schumacher built\u00a0it from scratch, siding it in white metal and finishing it\u00a0with a real silo roof he salvaged from a farm near Tipton, Iowa. The roof was set in place with a crane.

The reason for the silo is\u00a0to give\u00a0Schumacher\u00a0a place to put\u00a0the home's bathrooms (three),\u00a0laundry and heating/ventilation and air-conditioning systems so that those necessities wouldn't cut into the barn's limited, 800-square-foot\u00a0interior. The silo is 16 feet in diameter.

A tour

Entering the front door, you step into a dining room\u00a0with French doors opening to the kitchen in back. This is the\u00a0main floor, the barn's second level.

To your\u00a0right\u00a0is a set of stairs leading to the\u00a0third level, or what was the barn's hay loft. Here you'll find a family room with\u00a0a 70-inch flat screen television and gas-burning fireplace built into the back wall.

Opposite this\u00a0are five steps leading to\u00a0the\u00a0elevated master bedroom. The room has a\u00a0balcony on one side and a\u00a0large window overlooking Pleasant Valley and the Mississippi River on the other side. The window is positioned\u00a0where the hay door used to be.

\"You can see the river pretty well from here,\" Schumacher said. \"It's a beautiful something.\"

Underneath those two floors is the barn's lower level, tucked into the hillside like a walkout basement. It is fronted by a three-car garage whose top creates a large, 40- by 24-foot porch, or deck, for the front door.

Showcase of ideas

The home is\u00a0unique for many reasons.

It's a multi-level living space within the walls of a former barn,\u00a0it contains complicated-to-build\u00a0curved walls, stairwells and showers in the silo area, and it has the personal touch of the builder.

It's as though Schumacher saved up all the \"wouldn't that be cool?\" ideas he ever had\u00a0and shook\u00a0them all out\u00a0into this one space,\u00a0taking all the interesting \"stuff\" he acquired in years of\u00a0collecting and\u00a0finding a place for them in this one house.

A 4-foot glass restaurant\u00a0chandelier hangs in the dining room. A panel of swirled glass divides the kitchen from\u00a0the stairs to the lower level. A turquoise blue claw foot bathtub and pedestal sink from a Kohler showroom is at home in one of the\u00a0silo bathrooms.

Then there are the techniques. Pressed to pick, Schumacher said he is\u00a0most proud of the coffered, beamed ceilings he built with\u00a0drywall in the barn's lower level. They are\u00a0finished with a brown and dark brown faux paint technique to produce a color he calls \"western rust.\"

\"You haven't seen that before, have you?\" he asked. He prides himself on finding the unusual.

Other unusual touches include the concrete floors in the lower level that are stained and cut to look like pieces of slate. In the bathrooms, you'll find a palette of unusual, from\u00a0showers paneled with gray ceramic tile that looks like wood planking to floors made of\u00a0concrete aggregate.

The curves in the rooms\u00a0are remarkable. \"When you start rounding stuff, you've got work to do, you know what I mean?\" Schumacher said. \"Everything's cut on a radius, an interior radius and exterior radius.

\"I had a vision and I knew it was going to be good,\" Schumacher said. \"It all comes with the thought of how you are going to do this, and then one thing leads to another. I think a lot. I'm not building a box here.

\"It all started with Chester Dodds,\" Schumacher continued. \"He couldn't maintain it (the barn), and I took it from there. I didn't want to see that beautiful architecture go by the wayside.\"

Dodds died in 2011 at the age of 87.\u00a0Schumacher said that when the hearse carrying his remains to\u00a0the Pleasant Valley Cemetery\u00a0passed the barn, the driver\u00a0stopped in a silent salute.

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DES MOINES \u2014 It\u2019s an opportunity for which they waited two decades, but Iowa Republicans kept their agenda close to the vest after the Nov. 8 election that gave them complete lawmaking control.

Only this week, when legislators returned to the Capitol for the start of the 2017 session, did we finally begin to get a glimpse of how the GOP plans to maximize its opportunity.

Iowa Republicans have not wielded unfettered lawmaking control since 1997 and 1998, so one can be sure the GOP has a litany of bills they\u2019re itching to run, knowing this time they won\u2019t be stalled by Democrats.

But if Republicans did have a laundry list of legislation ready to air out this year, they kept it in the drawer, for the most part, in the weeks following the election. Leaders, in particular, were largely vague about their plans for the session. At a pre-session forum with reporters, hosted by The Associated Press, GOP leaders spoke mostly in platitudes like, \u201cEverything is on the table\u201d and \u201cWe\u2019ll have discussions about that.\u201d

But the session began last week, and bills are being filed. Now, we\u2019re getting an idea of what kind of topics Republicans hope to address and how they hope to tackle those issues.

Some of the earliest pieces of legislation filed by Republicans include:

\u2022 Elimination of all state tax funding to women\u2019s health care clinics that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. This one caught no one by surprise; Republicans have wanted for years to strip state funding to Planned Parenthood, even though such funding also comes with a federal match for women\u2019s health care services.

\u2022 More abortion-related bills, including one bill that would permit a woman who has had an abortion to take action against the physician who performed the procedure if the woman suffers emotional distress and the prohibition of the acquisition or use of fetal tissue from abortions for medical research or any other purpose.

\u2022 Multiple pieces of gun-related legislation, including implementation of a stand-your-ground law and a proposed amendment to the state Constitution to include the right to possess and use guns. An amendment to the state Constitution must be passed by consecutive two-year General Assemblies and then a statewide vote.

\u2022 Banning traffic enforcement cameras.

\u2022 The elimination of tenure at the state\u2019s public universities.

\u2022 Sanctions for frivolous lawsuits.

\u2022 Legalizing more consumer-grade fireworks.

\u2022 Another proposed constitutional amendment, this one to reinforce the state law that requires legislators to spend no more than 99 percent of the state tax collections each budget year.

So after weeks of waiting, we\u2019re getting a sense of the priorities for this new GOP-led legislature. Not all of these legislative proposals will pass into law, but they have a much better chance under the Capitol\u2019s new power structure.

Still not addressed in bill form are a few more issues sure to be tackled by Republican legislators this year, chief among them collective bargaining. While no bills have been filed, Republicans have pledged to make changes to the way the state bargains with public employee unions over wages and benefits. Multiple possibilities have been floated \u2014 implementing a statewide master contract for health insurance, allowing an arbitrator to choose a midpoint in negotiations, requiring unions to recertify annually \u2014 but none has yet showed up in bill form.

For that and other issues, we\u2019ll just have to wait a little longer.

Busy, busy, busy

Given their party\u2019s newfound authority at the Statehouse, two Republican lawmakers in particular have been busy introducing legislation to start the session.

Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, filed 30 bills in the session\u2019s first week.

Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, filed 15 bills.

Farewell without much farewell

As he is set to become the next U.S. ambassador to China some time in the next few months, Gov. Terry Branstad last week delivered what likely will be his final Condition of the State address.

Somewhat surprising about his speech was the minimal retrospective. In what will be one of the last times Branstad will speak to a large swath of Iowans, the governor spent only the last minute or two of his 31-minute address bidding farewell.

\u201cI\u2019ve been so blessed to serve as your governor, leading the state I love, for 22 years,\u201d Branstad said as he began to close his address. \u201cI am confident Iowa will continue to move forward because Iowans care deeply about their neighbors, their communities and creating an even better future.\u201d

Erin Murphy covers Iowa politics and state government for Lee newspapers. His email address is erin.murphy@lee.net.

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Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn\u2019t mean the cozy comforts of home can\u2019t contribute to issues with your pet. In particular, as temperatures drop, so do humidity levels that can lead to flakey, dry skin. Here are some tips to solve this dandruff dilemma for the four-legged couch warmers at your house:

1. Turn up the humidity! Don\u2019t forget to adjust the settings on your furnace to increase the humidity level. In\u00a0most cases, a simple turn of the dial will do the job. For pets with problems that would benefit from even higher moisture levels, a separate humidifier may be necessary. Always follow all safety advice when using these products.

2. Fish oil has a number of documented benefits including anti-inflammatory properties and is available in a variety of forms for your pet. Check before starting any\u00a0oral supplement, though,\u00a0and ask about\u00a0dosage. Different pets may require different amounts of these essential fatty acids.

3. Consider a trip to the beauty salon! Ask your veterinarian about the many shampoos available to treat dry skin;\u00a0the vet will want to make\u00a0sure that\u00a0a bacterial or yeast infection isn\u2019t contributing to the problem before you start.

If you get the green light, ask about shampoos with colloidal oatmeal, moisturizers or even conditioning rinses. Remember that pets have a different pH on their skin than\u00a0people. No-tear baby shampoo can damage and dry the furry coats of dogs and cats.

Check your pet regularly for environmental- or weather-related changes to its coat, skin and paws. Pay special attention if you notice an increase in scratching and ask your veterinarian to help solve this and other dry skin issues!

Questions? Send them to Dr. Sandeman, Home & Garden, Quad-City Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801. Or, email to papertrained@mchsi.com. Dr. Sandeman cannot answer letters or email personally, but questions of general interest will be answered in this column.

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Celebrating Charlie\u2019s

90th Birthday!!

Charles E. (Charlie) Davis will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Saturday, January 21st, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Activities Room at Crest Health Center, Davenport, Iowa. Friends and family are invited to join him for cake and ice cream. Please, no gifts, just bring yourself or send a card. He loves getting cards. Cards can be sent to 4130 NW Blvd, Room 319, Davenport, Iowa 52801. Charlie was born in Hannibal, Missouri on January 19, 1927. He has lived in the Muscatine, Montpelier area and later in Le Claire and Bettendorf.

Happy Birthday Charlie, hope you have a great day.

With love,

Steve, Donnie, Julie, Paul, Debbie, Cheryl, Monty, Lindy and Families

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