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Casting his line last fall from the bank of a private Lee County farm pond in southeast Iowa, Glenn Nichols of Davenport ignored a nearby cluster of whistling blackbirds \u2014 until he reeled in a fish.

Using a spinning reel, 8-pound test line and an artificial lure, the 69-year-old Nichols landed a 4.96-pound, 22-inch largemouth bass.

Although he caught and released a slightly heavier bass earlier that day, Nichols' second catch made the outing a memorable one.

When he went to retrieve his hook, a shocked Nichols spotted leftovers from lunch in the fish's throat and discovered part of a blackbird.

\"Next thing I know, out comes two little legs,\" he recalled recently. \"We didn't see its head or body, but both its legs and tail were sticking out.\"

Nichols shouted across the pond to his fishing buddy, Joe Menke, who quickly snapped a couple photos of the evidence before they released the bass back into the water.

\"That\u2019s the first time we'd ever seen that,\" said Menke, who also lives in Davenport. \"It's something you can talk about for the rest of your life.\"

Nichols said he was not surprised the fish bit on his bait with a bird already in its mouth.\u00a0

\"Fish will eat anything they think is food,\" he said. \"And if it's in the water, to them, it's food.\"

Above water, largemouth bass have been known to eat birds, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

\"Bass are opportunistic foragers which prey on the most abundant and vulnerable food,\" the agency reports. \"Fish, crayfish, large aquatic and terrestrial insects, frogs, worms and even small mammals and birds have been found in bass stomachs.\"

Nichols and Menke, who began fishing together in 2013, said they have noticed that red-winged blackbirds tend to nest in cattails that grow along the shorelines of ponds.

Menke, who grew up in southeast Iowa, said he has access to about 30 farm ponds. If they haul in a fish that stretches at least 18 inches, they weigh it, and Menke, a retired chemist who worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 50-plus years, logs it in a notebook.

The duo first met when Nichols owned a bait shop, Nick's Rod and Reel Service Center on West Locust Street in Davenport.

\"He would tell me his stories, and I would tell him mine,\" Menke, 73, said.\u00a0

Nichols closed the shop in 2013 but later reopened a smaller operation in his garage on Locust Street, which he still runs.\u00a0

Last week, Nichols and Menke reconvened and reminisced about the blackbird bass and other tales at the QCCA Outdoor Show in Rock Island.\u00a0

They referenced Patricia Zaerr of Davenport, who owns the state record for a largemouth bass she caught in 1984 at Lake Fisher in Davis County. The 10-pound, 12-ounce fish measured 23.5 inches.

Flipping through pages of his fishing notes, which contain data dating back to 2002, Menke pointed to his personal best, a 7.3-pound bass.

Nichols called the farm ponds they fish a \"gold mine\" for bass \"because they're not hammered by the public.\"

\"You can go to the same pond and fish it 10 times, and all of a sudden you go there one day, boom boom boom, nothing but big fish,\" he said. \"It's just a blast.\"

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Are you in need of a new workout routine? Chances are, when you think about working out, dancing may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, exercise doesn't have be regimented or in a group fitness class. You can break a sweat and have fun dancing to your favorite music just about anywhere. Not only is it fun, it also has lasting effects on your health.

Here are the top 5 benefits, as I see it:

1. Weight control and muscle tone. There are many styles of dance; some slow and steady and some that are quick and calculated. Whichever you choose to engage in, you can be sure that you are burning calories and improving muscle tone at the same time. Many people tend to overlook the importance of building muscle but if you have more muscle, your body will burn more calories throughout the day, thus increasing your resting metabolic rate. Get fit and have fun? Yes, please.

2. Posture.\u00a0Good posture has to be maintained. Long hours at a desk or too much time hunched over a laptop will lead to back pain and possible curvature of the spine. When we dance, we have to remember to keep our chins and chests up and shoulders back. This type of practice will not only improve our posture and prevent back pain, it will also aid in digestion and breathing.

3. Balance and flexibility. These two skills are necessary not only in dance but also in everyday life and especially as we age. Being able to stand on one foot or bend over and touch the toes is surprisingly difficult for many people (at all stages of life). Dancing not only improves your balance and flexibility, but it increases your confidence and blood flow at the same time. A warm-up and cool-down are essential before and after any dancing session.

4. Improved mood. When we dance, our brains release neurotransmitters known as endorphins. Have you ever heard of the \"runner's high\"? After prolonged exercise, such as running or dancing, endorphins and other compounds trigger this euphoric response. Sometimes, we need a little encouragement to get on the dance floor, but once you do, you'll be happy you did.

5. Making memories with friends. Being able to share your love of dance with someone special is a great bonding activity. Though choreographing a dance is particularly exhilarating, just letting your body move to the music is equally entertaining. The great thing about dance is that it enables you to paint a picture of the music using your body as the brush.

I've been dancing since the age of 3 and it\u2019s still one of my favorite activities. When I'm dancing, the world melts away and it's just me and the music.

So, don\u2019t just sit there, join me and bust a move.

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Academic honors

These students were named to the President\u2019s list for the 2016 fall semester at Scott Community College, Bettendorf.

IOWA

Bettendorf: Emilio Amaya, Lindsey Anderson, Harmandeep Bajwa, Cheyenne Ballard, Stefanie Barnes, Connie Bean, Martina Beddow, Timothy Behrens, Alfred Boeh, Savannah Bogner, Karly Britt, Danielle Brown, Taylor Brown, Emily Bruinsma, Cate Byrne, David Campbell, Nicholas Chieffo, Taegan Christensen, Alexis Cordts, Ronda Council, Lauren Courtney, Marie DeLessio, Allison Denny, Melissa Edwards, Cassandra Flagg, Jarrin Flores, Madison Foley, Tyler French, Annamarie Geerts, Max Gogel, Troy Goldsberry, Cristina Gunther, James Gyngard, Brianna Hardy, Saterrica Harris, Emma Hartman, Elissa Hennings, Elizabeth Hermanstorfer, Daniel Hettrick, Paula Hogue, Sydney Johnson, Justin Klindt, Jennifer Knox, Ellie Kurth, Andrea Kuster, Blaire Logan, Megan Maloney, Kendra Marr, Samar Marrar, Colleen Matos, Tyler Meseke, Lisa Miller, Danielle Mohr, Jessica Myers, Farah Omar, MacKinsey Paulson, Stephanie Prater, Michael Pyevich, Harrison Qu, Kaitlyn Rant, Jesus Rasgado Lopez, Rabin Raut, James Robinson, Maxwell Robnett, Malik Ross, Mithu Roy Bandyopadhyay, Kyle Sager, Laura Schinke, Marissa Scott, Nicole Siemsen, Alexandria Skriver, Garrett Sporer, Pauline Stark, Ben Stoffer, Emily Suen, Maureen Thomsen, Sandhya Vasudevagowda, Brittany Vazquez, Andrew Whiteman, Lucas Whitesides, Grace Wilson.

Blue Grass: Emma Blackburn, Katelyn Bruce, Joshua Brus, Robert Crist, Alyssa Duran, Kailey Fellner, Rachel Fix, Jami Haglund, Erika Kuriger, Dylan Peiffer, Kameron Reed, Logan Soenke, Dawn Streeter, Katie Sturmer.

Buffalo: Courtney Mack, Savanah Strunk.

Clinton: Gabriel Empen, Mikayla Hogreve, Jessica Johannsen, Brandon Merley, Jennifer Stage, Carl Weiss, Katie Whittington, Sarah Wiederholt.

Columbus Junction: Andrew Carpenter.

Davenport: Katherine Anderson, Logan Anderson, Maria Avila-Jungjohann, Joel Bailey, Morgan Barclay, Courteney Beckman, Esmee Belzer, Chad Benjamin, Noah Berkland, Kyle Birely, Joshua Blocker, Maddilyn Boche, Destiny Bolinger, Claire Bonnstetter, Chase Brandt, Uriah Brock, Andrew Brodersen, Delaney Brown, Joaquin Bueno Diaz, Austin Burke, Bryce Carlson, Erin Carney, Aislinn Carradus, Arnold Carrington, Brant Carter, Kyle Cheatheam, Connie Chu, Dotieon Combs, Cassandra Cruz, Chance Daily, Hien Dang, Alissa Davis, Caitlin Davis, Callie Davis, Danielle Dedecker, Maria Demarr, Roslynn Derrick, Joshua Devilbiss, Ashley DeWispelaere, Seth Dillon, Ashley Donnelly, Kelsie Dorethy, Erika Doudna, McKenzie Dunn, Mimi Duong, Yael Feder, Elizabeth Fennelly, Luke Fennelly, Brittany Fisher, Jordan Floyd, Scott Fornal, Thomas Fritz, Steven Froeschle, Tyler Garcia, Kaylee Gerdts, Dawood Ghauri, Krystal Ghys, Tyler Gibson, Alex Glover, Madeline Gowey, Amber Greving, Katelyn Griffith, Matthew Grosskopf, Jared Grubbs, Shannon Guy, Forest Hall, Keryn Hansmeier, Madison Harland, Kelsey Harrell, Danielle Hauman, Quintisa Hawkins, Elizabeth Heidt, Kristine Helmich, Kennedy Hill, Denise Hintermeister, Regina Hoaglin, Carlee Hoover, Pierce Howard, Blake Hughes, Kale Hyder, Brent Ince, Kevin Jack, Grace Jacobsen, Jeffery Jauron, Jae Hack Jeong, Carter Josund, Megan Kaczinski, Brian Keitel, Hannah Kelley, John King, Julia Kopp, Steve Koupal, Anna Krueger, Emilee LaBrecque, Lora Lalla, Ava Langford, Anthony Lasso, Natalie Lawton, Jamie Lee, Beth Loftin, Katelyn Lynch, John Lystiuk, Terry Major, Tyler Malone, William Marshall, Michael Martin, Allison Mason, Austin Mathews, Chelsi McClintock, Shardae McGowan, Brendan McHugh, Adam McKown, Brian Meier, Kevin Midgett, Shelly Moore, Bailey Morris, Michael Neuhaus, Amy Ngo, Lily Nguyen, Emmanuel Nuci, Katie O'Hara, Arianna Olson, Cynthia Ortiz, Bruce Patrick, Khanh Pham, Thao Pham, Garrett Pikesh, Sarah Proctor, Audra Ramp, Caroline Rasing, Carissa Redmond, Breanna Remaly, Ashley Rhodes, Austin Richards, Brandon Richards, Daniel Rohlf, Grace Rohlf, Hannah Rohlf, Emmy Roldan, Nicholas Running, Carly Sanders, Amanda Sands, Brandon Schmidt, Lee Seelye, Alec Seifert, Lindsey Serrato, Shauna Sims, Ian Snyder, Leon Spataru, Jordann Sperry, Emily Sprague, Corey Staub, Caitlin Steimle, Christina Stevens, Matthew Swanson, Thomas Taylor, Jacquelyn Tedford, Ted Teshak, Sabbu Thapa, Charles Thomas, Jack Thomas, Tara Tice, Nicole Timmons, Khora Townsley, Tracy Tran, Kayla Vanover, Angel Vargas, Tatyana Vaughn, Bryan Verdon, Jesenia Villalpando, Christopher Wales, Kaylee Walton, Shalom Warrington, James Washburn, Mark Webber, Michael Webster, Raquel Welch, Lacey Wendl, Angela Whisler, Connor Willers, Michaela Williams, Nicole Williams, Ray Williams, Nicole Yates, Tabitha Zarazinski.

DeWitt: Brooke Garrity, Melissa Maher, Alyssa Richards.

Dixon: Nathan Schallert, Elizabeth Wilcox.

Donahue: Lakyn Belk, Jessica Glover, Kelsey Karnish, Connor Nass.

Durant: Kaitlyn Kutcher, Cheyanne Meincke.

Eldridge: Kennady Braack, Shelby Carstens, Margaret Dean, Tanner Frey, Ethan Hamann, Sofia Hawley, Michael Holst, Benjamin Kroeger, Jaylene LaCroix, Christine LeDoux, Casey Lewis, Danielle Miller, Isaac Mize, Brian Myers, Kendal Newman, Mark Ogden, Amber Pawlik, Alec Postel, Mariah Reiland, Alyssa Rheingans, Kyle Rohlf, Adam Sacia, Heather Schmidt, Leah Van Hal, Jaden Wilshusen, Bryce Worrall, Jimmy Wu.

LeClaire: Jacob Bowman, Reed Brockhage, Maranda Bussell, Matthew Geist, Shawn Grycki, Julie Harris, Dylan Hartford, Jessica Havill, Brooke Mazak, Kylie Murphy, McKinsey Murphy, Maddie Schony, Annette Schuster, Bryan Williams, Tisha Zavala, Elizabeth Zupancic.

Long Grove: Chad Brustkern, Garrett Buckland, Melissa Clements, Kirsten Hale, Tanner Horsfield, Delaney Kilburg, Rodney Meister, Kora Nagle, Amanda Raleigh, Cody Rasmussen.

Maquoketa: Jacob Miller, Dalton Waugh.

Maysville: Cody Storjohann.

McCausland: Kodi Dobbins.

Monmouth: David Fuller.

Muscatine: Josue Castillo, Joshua Cottrell, Alex Schwindt.

Princeton: Jarret Hamilton, Jeremy Hochstein, Amy Seeman.

Riverdale: Ellen Welding.

Stockton: Wylie Halferty.

Wheatland: Kylie Cuesta, Brady Long, Jessica Scott.

Wilton: Kimberly Pestle, Rafeek Yassin.

ILLINOIS

Albany: Kasi Klimstra

Aledo: Kaitlyn Dowd, Daniel McGuire

Coal Valley: Allison Dussliere, Gary Price

Colona: Kevin Smith

East Moline: Brooke Calhoun, Thomas Geyer, Kaitlyn Schadt, Gina White

Erie: Randee Vittori

Geneseo: Nichole Blaser, Michelle Henry, Wendy Wigant

Joy: Kurt Miner

Kewanee: Frank Smith

Milan: Ashly Wallarab

Moline: Jillian Barnett, Justin Box, Casey Cook, Harka Dahal, Taylor Fieser, Nathan Gutierrez, John Herron, Briana Leon, Angela Oberbeck, Jacqueline Osborn, Lindsay Perez, Nicole Randall, Samantha Robb, Kelsey Smith, Chelsea Wardyn, Joshua Webb

Morrison: Allie Wiersema

Reynolds: Megan Green, Traci Tate

Rock Island: Jacob Benson, Hay Blue, Fernando Castel, Todd Davis, Gabrielle Hill, Desiree Housby, Zack Lovaas, Diane Mathew, Danette McDonald, Emily Medinger, Rodney Riley, Dustin Sierra

Sherrard: Samantha Romeo

Silvis: Kaleb Dykema, Kami Sellers.

These students were named to the Dean\u2019s list for the 2016 fall semester at Scott Community College, Bettendorf.

IOWA

Bettendorf: Bijaya Acharya, Olivia Allen, Jenna Bakeris, MacKenzie Banowetz, Pete Beenken, Cassie Berta, Joseph Blaser, Katelin Brannam, Elaine Brassard, Michael Brees, Tyler Brewster, Aaron Brinson, Dylan Brockhage, Ryan Brohm, Laura Butler, Brendan Byrnes, Julisa Carapia, Ian Christopher, Cecily Clark, Dylan Clearman, Magdalen Cory, Cyle Cox, Matthew Cullinan, Jeffery Cummins, Tyler Decook, Christian Del Castillo, Katelynne Dietz, Jillian Dotson, Nicholas Duncan, Brianna Durkin, Erica Eastland, Cole Edwards, Kaitlyn Evans, Colton Fersch, Joseph Field, Andrew Foster, Isaac Frantz, Megan Fry, Emma Gellerstedt, Antonia Genisio, Ben Gorman, Erin Grobstick, Brett Harms, Jordan Harms, Olivia Heckel, Danielle Henricksen, Michelle Heston, Rebecca Hillyer, Jenna Hoover, Jessica Huang, Ebteehal Ismail, Paige Jackson, Mary Jacobsen, Zachary Jacobsen, Kayla Jones, Lillian Jones, Dustin King, Katelynn Kivlin, Lillie Klauer, Jessica Kline, John Leinart, Timothy Lewandowski, Ricardo Lozano, Sam Lundry, Windsor Lundy, Augustus MacManus, Olivia Masterson, Maxwell McCarty, Kyle Monteith, Rodell Morgart, Kate Morrissey, Sarah Moskowitz, Jennifer Oetzmann, Collin Parker, William Peng, Alexa Persell, Nicole Pessman, Benjamin Powell, Taylor Radley, Nikolas Raue, Gail Ray, Damandeep Riat, Linda Rittmanic, Allyson Ronzheimer, Meghan Rosas, Gursimranbir Sandhu, Mackinen Schoenfelder, Amber Schwartz, Malachi Scott, Alina Sepanski, Isaiah Solis, Brandon Southwick, Elizaebeth Starr, Joseph Starr, David Steele, Jonah Struck, Addie Swanson, Rachel Tebbe, Jake Toporowski, Carson Wade, Emma Walraven, Kayleigh Walton, Kimberly Wayman, Allisson Werkmeister, Samantha Wilkinson, Sarah Yoerger, Nicholas Zuber, Peter Zucker.

Blue Grass: Matthew Aney, Michael Carter, Isaac Harris, Emily Heitz, Lauren Janecek, Marcie Mills, Aubree Patterson, Callie Peterson, Adam Sigwarth, Amanda Winters.

Buffalo: Allison Ghrist, Erica Gowdy.

Calamus: Tyler Gasper.

Clinton: Cassaundra Martin, Donivan Sirna.

Davenport: Jamesina Abbott, Cecilia Adamski, Kevin Alberts, Britta Alpen, Lindsay Andrews, Robin Bacon, Katie Bahnsen, Amelia Bailey, Emma Baldwin, Karen Barakat, Erica Barnett, Breanna Barnhart, Abigail Bastian, Emily Beecher, Maris Behan, Hunter Bell, Cassandra Berger, Zachary Bergman, Krystiann Bernick, Nicholas Blieu, Lauren Bliss, Andrew Boldt, Andrew Boyle Jr, Brandi Brockhouse, Bailey Brown, Silk Bruce, Cody Bryant, Nicole Burmeister, Pechino Burse, Eric Bushemi, Seth Butcher, Karey Byers, Bridget Cain, Breanna Caldwell, Darian Callahan, Robert Cameron, Allison Carlsen, Astrid Carreon, Mary Grace Carroll, Lucas Castro, Allison Caven, Justin Chenoweth, Erzsebet Ciriac, Fred Clark, Kayla Clayton, Kaitlyn Collins, Amber Conger, Matthew Cooney-Cox, Katherine Cooper, Anna Corlett, Kayla Cornett, Taylor Cosner, Jordan Coudron, Katlyn Cox, Torial Cribbs, Jake Cruz, Shyan Curry, Darcy De Anda, Erika Delp, Elizabeth Delveau, Anthony DeSalvo, Drake Diamond, Emily Diaz, Eric Diaz, Coral Dillie, Lisa Doan, Jennah Douglas, DiJonnaise Drake, Alexandra Dugan, Mila Duncan, Sabrina Duran, Ashley Durham, Robert Durr, Kassidy Eagleson, Thomas Edwards, Amber Ehlers, Michelle Eldredge, Destiny Ellingsworth, Jennifer Elliston, Claire Eppel, Aubrey Evans, Chad Firsching, Madisen Ford, Kellie Freund, Raquel Garcia, Susan Garcia-Jackson, Kathryn Gaskin, Hari Gautam, Erika Gibson, Brandon Gilmore, Theresa Gimm, Reina Glandon, Gijeong Go, Anna Goldermann, Margaret Goldermann, Emma Gradin, Lacy Grammer, Nicholas Guinn, Nicholas Gustafson, Ashley Hamm, Patrick Haskins, Jennifer Hayes, Ezekiel Hayslett, Tamarah Hayslett, Ryan Healey, Bridget Heidt, Abbey Heinrichs, Brooklynn Herrera, Kyle High, Michaela Holvoet, Katie Hoover, Nathan Housenga, Shavondra Hubert, Allissa Hyde, Joe Jackson III, Emily Jacobsen, Emily Janke, Samantha Jerz, Hannah Johnson, Jamesia Johnson, Kaigan Johnson, Ryan Jones, Tyler Josund, Binod Khadka, Garth Kinser, Natalia Kirby, Blake Knobbe, Christian Kolehmainen, Brenna Krieger, Brooke Labath, Morgan Lackey, Paige Lang, Peter Laubenthal, Tammy Le, Emily Lemons, Madeline Leonard, Thalia Liendo, McKenzie Lillyblade, Dayoung Lim, Gabriella Lira, Hollie Lofquist, Eric Lopez, Nathan Lord, Amy Lucas, Grace Lynch, Christian Maitlen, Matt Malm, Jared Mangels, Gillian Marbury, Autumn Martin, Lexi Martin, Aida Martinez, Kelsi Massengale, Jennifer Massimino, Chelsea Masterson, Meghan Mathis, Kathryn Matson, Heather McCarty, Nathan McClanahan, Erin McGivern, Anthony McIntire, Alejandra Melendez, Carol Mendoza, Van Mielenhausen, Maggie Monroe, Gabriela Moya, Beth Mueller, Jesse Mumm, Brandon Myers, Samantha Napier, Juanitha Nasod, Bailey Nelson, Corinne Nelson, Brooklyn Newman, Aivy Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, Thu Nguyen, Tram Nguyen, Tranny Nguyen, Mallory Obenauf, McKenzie O'Brien, Jason O'Day, Adam Ogden, Treyvion Olarge, Robert Anthony Overton, Alex Overturf, Christopher Paar, Bryce Pairrett, Billy Paul, Melissa Paulsen, Spencer Peachee', Jeremy Pegg, Barbara-Jean Penn, Elena Perez, Tianna Perkins, Jasmine Petersen, Lam Pham, Matthew Pham, Ann Phillips, Kenneth Phillips, Angelica Ponce, Natasha Poole, Michael Priester, Zoe Purcell, Morgan Ramsey, Reese Ranum, Mahonri Ray, Amber Raygor, Tamara Rettler, Kayla Riggs, Samantha Riley, Michelle Ripperton, Andrew Roberts, Stephenie Rodriguez, Eric Ruiz, Krista Ryno, Angela Sager, Christopher Saley, Kenneth Sanders, Ryne Sandry, Aryana Sarvestaney, Emma Saskowski, Olivia Saul, Brenda Schaeffer-Hansen, Raychelle Schar, Thomas Schebler, Branden Schneck, Hayley Schuch, Anthony Scott, Samanta Sgro, Litonda Sheets, Christopher Shropshire, Anna Sierra, Marilena Silva, Amanda Simon, Anna Sitz, Hope Smeltzer, Amy Smith, Megan Smith, Reilly Smith, Jeri Snider, William Snowball, Betty Song, Cheyenne Soto, Julia Spanton, Drake Stanbary, Shawn Starr, Stephanie Steele, Griffin Steer, Carter Steward, Ashley Stewart, Sean Stewart, Isaac Stolmeier, Blake Stoughton, Lindsay Stratman, Angelica Tallerico, Allison Tallman, Stephanie Taylor, Sylvia Tellez, Alex Terrell, Janet Thielen, Royale Tillman, Hayley Tobalsky, Daniel Tompos, Brennen Tope, Darrien Torsney, Jim Tot, Tammy Truong, Bailey Tuttle, Jamie Ultsch, Wendy Van, Madeline Van De Sompele, Alexandria Vandemark, Sophie VanSeveren, Alice Walker, Amunique Walker, Kelsey Walker, William Waller, Abbey Walters, Lindsay Wardlow, Brennan Wells, Jacob Wells, Jennifer Wentworth, Rebecca West, Veda West, Chansey Wheeler, Tyler White, Emily Wilhelm, Ashley Wilkerson, Gretchen Wilkerson, Heaven Williams, Nathan Williams, Rebecca Williams, Sara Williams, Ronald Wilmont, Kyla Wilson, Zachery Wingate, Odessa Wold, Dakota Wright, Megan Wright, Isabelle Yoke.

DeWitt: Stephanie Adolphi, Kristina Barth, Debra Fausey, Chad King, Madeline Rhodes, Morgan Schau, Amanda Winckler.

Dixon: Rachel Paustian.

Donahue: Mabel Carstens, Erin Friederichs, Cory Hughes, Darion Schaefer, Soraya Thorndyke, Brady Wiley.

Eldridge: Zachary Alcala, Katherine Birtell, Lauren Blake, Aaron Bryant, Adelyn Carmody, Hunter Collins, Madison Everson, Regan Greenwood, Heather Hoeger, Jessica Junker, Mary Keller, Nichole Koser, Chandler Lancina, Brendon Lee, Hannah Link, Patrick London, MacKenzie Manley, Payton McDonnell, Brenna Meier, Zachary Melvin, Jade Moeller, Joseph Mohr, Nichole Murphy, Andrew Owings, Kari Ramsey, Karli Rucker, Tamara Simpkins, Austin Sorenson, Eleanor Stonskas, Jill Sundquist, Brooks Sunny, Maddie Van Blaricom, Jack Vanscyoc, Allen Vis, Andrea Warhurst, Chase Weida, Janey West, Samara Wolbert.

Fruitland: Abby Eberhardt.

LeClaire: April Bennion, Keia Deevers, Nathan Drapeau, Rhianna Gatlin, Kara Lindhoff, Ashly Malone, Shawnee Molck, Jamie Pearce, Rachael Souhrada, Ryan Thompson, Lane Watters.

Long Grove: Karlee Ambrosy, Christine Beam, Cole Duncalf, Markisa Ewoldt, Katherine Gordon, Kyle Hulen, Adam Kurt, Kamryn Luett, Molly McCunn, Anna Mostaert, Katherine Noack, Gina Percuoco, Anna Vershaw.

Maquoketa: Patrick Denlinger, Constanze Falkner.

McCausland: Jakubb Fahrenkrug, Olivia Otte.

Muscatine: Jacob Bean, Sam Flomo, Kristyn Hess, Micayla Roberson, Lindsey Smith, Suzanne Smith.

New Liberty: Chad Pennington.

Park View: Gabrielle Hawk, Verlee Washington, Jennifer Wolever.

Pleasant Valley: Brenna Staub.

Preston: Terri Kunde.

Princeton: Samantha Achenbach, Jevon Boley, Adam Burgmeier, Kathleen Kirby, Marcus Padilla, Erika Taylor.

Riverdale: Stacy Robertson.

Stockton: Curtis Keppy.

Walcott: Alexandra Dillon, Brandon Gamelin, Amanda Leture, Joshua Mostaert, Glenn Nosa, Vanessa Thiessen.

Wheatland: Sarah Hoffman.

Wilton: Caitlyn Betts, Adam McNamara, Kathleen Purviance.

ILLINOIS

Alpha: Cody Kessinger.

Andalusia: Amanda Riddell.

Andover: Tyler Dwyer.

Annawan: Tyler Jordan.

Colona: Robert Lucas, Michelle Nelson.

Deer Grove: Patrice Vary.

East Moline: Santa De Jesus, Ismail Mohammedeen, Carter Pease, Anthony Rosas, Nattey Sewavi.

Erie: Joshua Bunker.

Geneseo: Clara Akers, Natalie Shank.

Hillsdale: Deanna Black.

Kewanee: Michael Hoffman.

Lyndon: Jennifer Padia.

Milan: Alyssa Bradley, Miranda Vavrosky.

Moline: Kathryn Bryant, Natalie Caldwell, Kossi Dogbe-Adzibolosu, Mackenzie Dufault, Ida Famutimi, Ricardo Gutierrez, Michael Haile, Jenna Harker, Hakiem Hines, Jordan Karben, Sarah Kline, Carrie Loos, Nancy Ortiz, Michael Osborn, Perla Peralta, Laura Pierson, Christopher Powers, Aundrea Ramon, Marisa Rangel, Sergio Rodriguez-Lopez, Matthew Smith, Chris Stock, Yedouname Tchimbiandja, Aiyana Valenzuela.

New Windsor: Dillan Sorrells.

Port Byron: Kiley Williams.

Rock Island: Drake Bowers-Warren, Da Eh, Lindsey Greer, Tathaynaw Laweh, Diego Marceleno, Sydney Pauwels, Omar Perez, Mallory Putman, Naesh Rai, Janette Rios, Trenton Wallace.

Sherrard: Madelyn Mizaur.

Silvis: Sean Casey, Ryan Glascock, Samantha Jackson, Jacob Peterson.

Viola: Alexander Kautz.

Woodhull: Jarod Litton.

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The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study recently released by government and independent experts.

The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres\u00a0of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico.

Millions of monarchs make the 3,400-mile\u00a0migration from the United States and Canada each year, and they cluster tightly in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City.\u00a0

Officials estimate the storms in March killed about 6.2 million butterflies, almost 7.4 percent of the estimated 84 million that wintered in Mexico, said Alejandro Del Mazo, Mexico's commissioner for protected areas. The monarchs were preparing to fly back to the U.S. and Canada at the time the storm hit.

While no butterfly lives to make the round trip, a reduction in the number making it out of the wintering grounds often results in a decline among those who return the next year.

In addition, the\u00a0fight against illegal logging continues. Authorities recently detained a man trying to truck about a dozen huge tree trunks out of the butterfly reserve, using false papers asserting the trees were diseased and were being removed to reduce risk. In fact, investigators found the trees had been healthy.

Another problem has been the loss of milkweed \u2014 the plant monarchs rely on for food \u2014 in the United States and Canada, because of the increased use of herbicides and the conversion of land to development.

Some experts believe that\u00a0even if Mexico's overwintering sites never lose another tree, without food and habitat along the migration routes, the migration will stop.

The butterfly itself is not endangered, but the migration does appear to be.

Last year, the butterflies covered 10 acres (about 4 hectares), compared to 2.8 acres (1.13 hectares) in 2014 and a record low of 1.66 acres (0.67 hectares) in 2013. That is still well below the 44 acres (18 hectares) they covered 20 years ago.

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Benefits of gardening go far beyond enjoying a bounty of vegetables or the beauty of colorful flowers.

Most gardeners will relate how getting their hands dirty by planting, pruning and weeding is a wonderful kind of therapy for what ails them.

Jen Kardos can attest to the wellness effect of gardening. And she plans to share her story as well as other tips for planning a healing garden at the annual Art of Gardening in Muscatine County on March 18 at Muscatine Community College.

Kardos is co-director of Backyard Abundance, a non-profit organization in Iowa City whose mission, according to its website, is to help people \u201ccreate beautiful, environmentally beneficial landscapes that provide healthy food and habitat.\u201d

To that end, the organization offers educational opportunities ranging from helping schools establish outdoor classrooms to offering planting layouts for forest-inspired agricultural systems, known as agroforestry.

Kardos\u2019 presentation is titled, \u201cHealing Happens in the Garden,\u201d and she speaks from experience because that\u2019s what happened to her.

About five years ago, the Texas native experienced mobility issues\u00a0that made her reliant on crutches, not an easy situation for a young mother with three children ages 1, 2 and 6.

\u201cI was having panic attacks because they told me I needed to take care of my 1- and 2-year-olds without picking them up,\u201d she said.

\u201cWith prescription drugs, what I found is that I had bad reactions to them,\u201d she said. \u201cI just knew this was not for me and I was trying to get myself off of them.\u201d

Luckily, she said, she ran into a friend who was involved in a community garden and encouraged her to get involved.

\u201cWhen I got anxious feelings, I would go out and pull weeds and pull weeds and pull weeds,\u201d she said. \u201cI found that it was a way for me to cope with that. \u2026 It was kind of magical. I would always come back calmer with my mind. It made me feel less constrained.\u201d

She said her time in the garden allowed her to get off medication sooner.

Today, Kardos describes her children as \u201cnature kids.\u201d

The love of nature and gardening is a strong family bond that many people experience. Kardos has a photo of her and her grandfather, James Greer, putting in her first garden in Houston. She was 8 years old.

Evoking pleasant memories of childhood experiences is one of the recommendations in planting a healing garden.

A guide offered by Backyard Abundance staff notes, \u201cIf you have fond memories of cosmos growing in your grandmother\u2019s garden, find a home for them in your healing garden.\u201d

Smells also can evoke \u201cautobiographical memories,\u201d according to the guide. \u201cHave you ever walked into a room and a smell reminds you of your great-aunt\u2019s house, even if you have not been there for decades? Scientists have shown that smells which bring back positive memories can decrease stress and shift mood.\u201d

Colors are important, too, in planning a healing garden. Reds and oranges are uplifting, blues and greens can be soothing, while purples can help calm an overactive mind, according to the guide.

\u201cNature is a gentle teacher,\u201d Kardos said.

She is looking forward to the Art of Gardening event and meeting with those who attend.

\u201cThat\u2019s what I love. Gardening people are my people.\u201d

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\u00a0MUSCATINE\u00a0\u2014 Maria McCalley is like many gardeners who spend hours over the winter poring over seed catalogs offering the newest and hardiest varieties of flowers and vegetables.

What\u2019s different, though, is that McCalley, owner with her husband, Chris, of Hilltop Greenhouses in Illinois City, is making choices based on what she hopes her customers will want to put in their flower and vegetable beds and in their containers and hanging baskets.

Attendees at the March 18 Art of Gardening in Muscatine County, held at Muscatine Community College, will have the benefit of McCalley\u2019s 19 years in the greenhouse business if they sign up for her class on what are likely to be popular varieties for 2017.

McCalley\u2019s class on New Plants for 2017 joins courses on fairy gardens, hanging baskets and containers, rain gardening, herbs for butterflies, stone scape gardening, smartphone apps for the home gardener, and many more. (See accompanying schedule).

Registration forms for the course, Section 181177, can be accessed online at http://www.eicc.edu/about-eicc/colleges-and-centers/muscatine-community-college.aspx. Or you can contact Cindy Kress at Muscatine Community College, 563-288-6161 or 1-800-351-4669, to get a form mailed. Return them to Kress at Muscatine Community College, 152 Colorado St., Muscatine, IA 52761. The $45 fee includes lunch and handouts. Deadline to register is March 13 or when the program is filled.

Kress, administrative assistant in continuing education at the college, said the event typically draws around 175 people.

\u201cWe have people from all over the place come,\u201d she said. Participants represent many counties in Illinois and Iowa, and the event has even drawn folks from Wisconsin.

\u201cFor one thing, it\u2019s just being excited about spring,\u201d she said. \u201cFolks are ready to hear about new things, finding new ways to do things outside.\u201d

The event also features more than a dozen vendors, some of whom will be giving out door prizes. Attendance at the event qualifies Master Gardeners for continuing education credits, Kress said.

One unique feature is a \u201cStump the Experts\u201d panel that is offered during a staggered lunch hour and that all participants can attend. Four to five experts will be available to answer questions on any aspect of gardening, including trees and insects.

McCalley has been a presenter at the Art of Gardening for six years. Past presentations have included sessions on herbs, pollinators and annuals, but this year she\u2019s concentrating on new varieties of plants on the market.

There\u2019s a lot of excitement about new and hardier varieties of flowers, offering brilliant colors and lots of possibilities for planting in beds and containers.

She mentioned in particular the Calliope Dark Red geranium, a cross between a zonal and an ivy geranium.

\u201cThey are more resistant to disease and have exceptional vigor.\u201d

New petunia varieties she will talk about include the Amore Queen of Hearts, a striking yellow petunia with heart-shaped stripes. Varieties of \u201cSupertunias\u201d in varying shades of pink like Bubblegum, Silverberry and Fuchsia work well as a combination, she said.

She also will touch on a new Summer Jewel Lavender Salvia, joining varieties in pink, white and red, all of them All-America selections.

Vegetables and ornamental grasses also will be a part of her presentation.

The Hilltop greenhouses are ready to accept the thousands of plants that will be arriving in a constant stream from now until the business opens for the season in mid-April.

McCalley, who worked as a dental hygienist for 25 years, describes herself as \u201cself-taught\u201d in the gardening business. Hilltop has grown from one greenhouse adjacent to their home, to a sprawling complex of nine greenhouses on land she and her husband purchased in 2002. They have two daughters, Alayna, 20, and Emily, 18, both students at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Asked what her favorite plant is, she chuckled.

\u201cI like them all,\u201d she said. \u201cSome of them behave better for me than others.\u201d

She shared one of her favorite planting tips.

\u201cI plant lavender by my door,\u201d she said, \u201cso when I come home, I get that \u2018aaaahhh\u2019 when I brush past it.\u201d

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A 90th Birthday Open House to honor Raymond L. Sterner, of Davenport, IA will be held on:

Sunday, February 26th, from 2:00-4:00 PM at the

American Legion-Post #26,

1111 W. 35th Street, Davenport.

Please join us for some birthday cake and help us celebrate!

No gifts please -- just the pleasure of your company.

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Dorothy M. Cunningham of Davenport recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a family luncheon. Dorothy M. Standley was born February 23, 1927 on her family farm near New Boston, MO. She married Dr. Charles E. Cunningham in 1948 in Kirksville, MO. He passed away on August 14, 1994.

Dorothy was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker, showing remarkable patience, kindness and grace while raising their 11 children. She was then employed in her husband\u2019s medical office in Davenport, retiring in 1992 after 12 years.

Her children and their spouses are James ( Carolyn) Cunningham, Audubon, Iowa; Mark ( Walailwan) Cunningham, Okemos, Michigan; Steven Cunningham, Judith Hanna, Paul (Ronda) Cunningham, David (Melissa) Cunningham and Patricia (Joe) Van Camp all of Davenport; Richard Cunningham, Bettendorf; Jane (Lee) Sessler, Wilton; Susan (Raymond) Schmidt, Bettendorf and Mary (Klaas) Hellinga, the Netherlands.

She has 23 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

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Volunteer drivers for the Senior Resources Meals on Wheels program for Feb. 20-25, 2017, are as follows:

Trinity Muscatine

Monday \u2014Diana Tank, Pam Heidbreder,\u00a0 Mona Onken, Shannon Abel, Monsanto

Tuesday \u2014 Mona Onken, NCI Jill and Austin, Amber Causey, Jennifer Reimers, Pete DeGabriele

Wednesday \u2014 NCI- Kelly P. and Adam B., Hon CR Distribution, open, open, MUSCO

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

Friday \u2014 Lori D.- United Way, Amber Causey, New Choices, Inc., Community Bank, Monsanto

Saturday \u2014 Rachel Hayes, Bob Rogers

Loaves and Fishes

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

Feb. 18 - Meal Served

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., no volunteer available; 2 p.m. Mary Louise Caponette

Thursday \u2014 10 a.m. Diane Orr-Kelly;\u00a0 2 p.m. Bill Lindsay

Friday \u2014 10 a.m.,Debbie Holtz; 2 p.m., no volunteer available

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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 the age of 60 may attend; however, the charge is $8.50 per meal. Menus are available at 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.

Feb. 19-25

Sunday: Herb chicken breast, rice pilaf, stir fry vegetables, honey wheat roll, fresh fruit, chocolate pudding.

Monday: President\u2019s Day: Pork roast, whipped potatoes, squash zucchini mix, fresh fruit, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Tuesday: Beef liver or roast beef, roasted potatoes, broccoli, fresh orange, brownie.

Wednesday: Celebrate President\u2019s Day: Ham, hot cinnamon apples, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli & cauliflower, wheat dinner roll, cherry pie.

Thursday: Meat lasagna, broccoli, bread stick, fruited jello, vanilla wafers.

Friday: Chicken noodle soup, roast beef sandwich, broccoli, oatmeal cookie, lettuce and tomato.

Saturday: Salmon w/ dill sauce, wild rice, mixed vegetables, banana, wheat roll, pumpkin pie.

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

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