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Its yellow paint job made it stick out like a sore thumb last summer in downtown Davenport.

The RV, parked in a private lot at 730 W. 3rd St., first nabbed our attention in June during a search for food trucks in the Quad-Cities.

This spring, however, the 32-foot-long rig has a brand new look, and barbeque specialist Willie Williams hopes people stop by when they smell his cooking.

\u201cWhen you taste my meat, you\u2019re going to notice something different,\u201d said Williams, who coined his mobile business, Can \u201cD\u2019s\u201d Rolling Smoke. \u201cPeople brag about my food.\u201d

The 50-something Williams, who was \u201cborn, bred and fed\u201d in Clarksdale, Mississippi, talked up his pulled pork and slow-cooked baby back ribs. He prepares each batch in a smoker, separate from the RV, with hickory wood logs.

In addition to the fresh artwork that adorns the exterior of the 1976 motorhome, Williams has a pair of new Puerto Rican cooks on board, ready to expand his menu.\u00a0

Mother-daughter duo Mayra Rodriguez and Xiomara \u201cZio\u201d Correa are excited to unveil a collection of their homemade favorites.

One dish that sticks out is their Puerto Rican-style chicken and vegetable stew called, \"pollo guisado.\"

\"Everybody who\u2019s tried it so far likes it,\" Williams said.\u00a0

Unless she cooks for her family, Rodriguez said she has to travel to Chicago to find quality Puerto Rican food.\u00a0

\"It's delicious and we don't have it around here,\" she said.

Can \"D's\" will introduce their full menu to customers next month\u00a0at WaterPark Car Wash in Davenport and Moline.

Lee Calabria, who helps manage both of WaterPark's locations, said the crew's wide range of offerings caught his eye. \u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019re looking for variety and diversity and I think they provide a bit of both,\u201d Calabria said.\u00a0

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CEDAR RAPIDS \u2014 One of the state\u2019s strongest voices for Iowa\u2019s most vulnerable population has been silenced.

Rhonda Shouse, who died Saturday because of health complications, was a staunch advocate for mental health issues in Iowa and a sharp voice on the state\u2019s transition of its Medicaid program to three private insurers. She was 49.

Those who knew her described her as a fearless individual who was willing to talk about her struggles with mental illness, testify before the state Legislature on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries and work to make sure the viewpoints of Iowa\u2019s most vulnerable were heard.

\u201cWe\u2019ll miss her voice,\u201d said Teresa Bomhoff, chairwoman of Iowa\u2019s Mental Health Planning Council.

Bomhoff worked with Shouse on the council \u2014 comprised of 33 people who assess the adequacy of the mental health system as well as advocate for those with mental illness and their families \u2014 for nearly a decade.

\u201cShe was always a very rational, practical voice,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd someone who was always there that you could depend upon.\u201d

Shouse was from a family with a long history of mental health problems, said her daughter Alexandra Moeller. Growing up, her family didn\u2019t discuss their issues.

\u201cShe fought hard to break down the walls of that stigma,\u201d she said. \u201cWhen it came to her own mental health, she wanted to use herself as an example \u2014 \u2018This is how my life is, and if I can help someone see it\u2019s OK or draw inspiration, then I will.\u2019\u201d

Shouse was stubborn and independent, Moeller said. A single mother, she raised Moeller and her younger sister, Cynthia Shouse, teaching them to ask questions and play devil\u2019s advocate.

\u201cShe always did everything she could do to make things great for us,\u201d Moeller said. \u201cBut she didn\u2019t sugarcoat things, we knew what was going on. She protected us like a mom should and sheltered us when we needed to be sheltered.\u201d

Because Shouse was so willing to speak publicly and openly about her mental health struggles, Moeller said she worries people will assume that was what led to her death.

\u201cShe had her ups and downs, but this was definitely an up moment in her life,\u201d she said. \u201cShe had two grandkids, and we all loved her so much.\u201d

Shouse, a former reporter at The Gazette, was the driving force behind a Facebook group for the state\u2019s Medicaid beneficiaries and providers, and she herself was a Medicaid beneficiary. She did not create the group, but under her leadership, she was able to turn the group \u2014 with nearly 2,500 members \u2014 into an easily accessible resource with the latest news and updates.

She also helped organize multiple trips to the Statehouse from eastern Iowa, finding donors to fund transportation and meals for Medicaid enrollees so they had the opportunity to speak with legislators.

\u201cI think her legacy for sure is her leadership on the Medicaid issue,\u201d Bomhoff said. \u201cShe is who you would want as an advocate \u2014 she always persevered and she didn\u2019t give up.\u201d

A memorial service is set for 4 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Hiawatha Community Center. 101 Emmons St., Hiawatha.

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From his two decades\u2019 worth of work at WaterPark Car Wash in the Quad-Cities, Lee Calabria knows that many regular customers skip lunch to get their vehicles cleaned over the noon hour.

He also knows the average full-service car wash at WaterPark takes between 18 and 30 minutes. During their wait, customers can snack on complimentary coffee and popcorn, but\u00a0Calabria said those offerings do not quite satisfy a hungry customer's appetite.\u00a0

So, the manager began contacting mobile food vendors in the area to set up shop this spring in the parking lots at WaterPark's locations in Davenport and Moline.

Traveling cook Dennis Kraklio became the first vendor to test the waters on Tuesday at WaterPark in Moline.

Weather permitting, Kraklio and his hot dog cart planned to be on site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday this week. Beginning Sunday,\u00a0he plans to sell food at WaterPark in Davenport through the rest of next week.

Calabria, who noted the car wash services 400-plus vehicles on a \"good day,\" called it a win for everyone involved.

\"It's all new to us,\" he said. \"We\u2019re going to give it a whirl and see what it does.\"

Visiting food trucks, carts and trailers will not be charged to operate on WaterPark's properties. However, vendors will be asked to offer discounts to car wash employees.\u00a0

\u201cWe\u2019re a well-established business here in the Quad-Cities, so we\u2019re not really looking to make more money,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re trying to supplement what we already offer and satisfy our customers.\u201d

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Every week, there\u2019s a new \u201cmiracle\u201d diet and every year you can\u2019t help but wonder: Is this the weight loss diet that will finally work, once and for all? There are weight loss programs that work, but there are many more \u201cfads\u201d out there that will temporarily drop your weight (or perhaps make you sick), only to have the pounds return in a few short weeks. Fad diets are tempting, but like eating a rich dessert when you already have a full stomach: resist, resist, resist. In the long run, you will be healthier and less frustrated.

Fad diets can be deceiving. They are usually described in detail by a book that has been written by an expert with a Ph.D., or a doctor who is an MD. There may be a list of scientific references that seem to back up the claims (that no one ever checks carefully to make sure they are true). And, tons of people (including all of your friends and family) seem to be following the diet and having great results.

Does this sound familiar? Here are some obvious clues that a diet is a \u201cfad\u201d rather than a recommended approach for permanent weight loss:

1. It sounds too good or easy to be true.

2. Promises rapid weight loss (5-10 pounds in a week) or \u201cmiracle cures.\u201d

3. Allows only certain foods or food groups (cutting out others).

4. Promotes a product, special herb, vitamin or other compound.

5. Can only be \u201cfollowed\u201d temporarily, but it\u2019s not supervised by a doctor.

6. It\u2019s hard to imagine or difficult to follow the diet forever.

7. It doesn\u2019t recommend a form of exercise or says that it\u2019s unnecessary.

8. Warns that one food or food group will make you seriously ill or worse.

9. Makes recommendations based on published science that are not endorsed by credible organizations or peer reviewed by other scientists.

10. Cites research that is preliminary, based on animals or has very few subjects.

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Free class explains pruning

A free\u00a0class on tree and shrub pruning will be offered at 1 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.\u00a0Tuesday, March 28, at the\u00a0Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf.

Late winter and early spring are great times for\u00a0pruning because you can easily see the branch structure, and Gabbi Edwards, ISU Extension urban forestry specialist, will offer instruction on\u00a0where to cut, how much to cut and whether to treat wounds.

Weather permitting, she\u00a0will demonstrate by pruning plantings at the office.

You're also\u00a0invited to bring detailed pictures of your own pruning challenges so she can help you\u00a0tackle this chore with confidence.

Register\u00a0by calling\u00a0563-359-7577.

The class is the latest in Extension's\u00a0spring garden seminar series. Others are:

April 18, heirloom plants

April 27, Butterfly and hummingbird gardens

\u00a0Bishop Hill celebrates spring\u00a0

Historic Bishop Hill, Illinois, will kick off spring activities on\u00a0Saturday, April 1, with the following:

\u2022 The\u00a0Vasa National Archives and Museum will open a new\u00a0exhibit of\u00a0Swedish and Swedish American handicrafts and art.

\u2022 Garden Thyme will host a\u00a0spring birdhouse gourd workshop. The cost is $25, including the\u00a0gourd and all paint supplies. Call 309 373-5314 to sign up.

\u2022 The Bishop Hill Museum will\u00a0provide bird nesting materials for people to put in their yards.

\u2022 The Colony Store will offer children activities including reading and origami demonstrations.

\u2022 Toy Tractor Weekend will begin at\u00a010 a.m.\u00a0in the Steeple Building Museum, with a\u00a0large variety of John Deere, Case, and International Harvester toy tractors and farm implements on\u00a0display and for sale. Call 309 927-3899 for more information.

Presentation discusses healthy lawns

A free presentation on creating a healthy lawn will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Wallace's Garden Center and Greenhouses, 2605 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.

Staff will discuss seeding, fertilizing, watering, weed and disease treatment as well as organic options for your grass.

Bus\u00a0takes you to Indiana farm\uf076

University\u00a0of Illinois Extension is offering a\u00a0bus trip on Saturday, April 22, to Fair Oaks Oaks Farms, Indiana, described as an\u00a0escape to the country with an opportunity to\u00a0explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet. You'll find fun, food and learning.

Departure is from Milan or Annawan, Illinois.

Fair Oaks Farms takes \"reduce, reuse and recycle\" to a new level. The entire facility\u00a0runs on cow and pig manure, transformed\u00a0into energy by way of anaerobic digesters.

Participants also will visit WinField Crop Adventure with a\u00a03D/4D movie, a trip to the birthing barn, a lunch buffet, visits with farmers and a demonstration of\u00a0high-tech farming tools.

The cost is $75, including lunch.

To register,\u00a0go online to\u00a0web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call\u00a0309-756-9978.

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When I heard that Moline\u00a0filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle had made a documentary titled \"The Barn Raisers,\" I knew I'd have to see it.\u00a0

It premiered\u00a0in late January at Davenport's Putnam Museum, and my husband and I made plans to go. But as we\u00a0approached the doors that Saturday night, we were told that unless we had purchased advance tickets, we were out of luck. The 300-some seat auditorium\u00a0was sold out!

Such is the interest of Quad-Citians in barns.

We bought tickets for a\u00a0showing the next night, and that was nearly filled as well.

The documentary tells the story of Midwest barns and the people who built them, and it is filled with beautiful (to me) pictures of barns of all kinds, accompanied by interviews and classical music. I thought the latter was a particularly nice touch, since barns and farmers sometimes are dismissed as uncultured.

At 9 p.m. today, you'll have a chance to see this film for yourself, for free, when it will be aired on\u00a0WQPT-TV, the\u00a0Public Broadcasting Service\u00a0station of Western Illinois University,\u00a0Moline.

Among the barns of\u00a0special interest\u00a0are several\u00a0from the Quad-City region, particularly\u00a0the round building known as the\u00a0Nebergall\u00a0Knoll Crest Barn, located between Davenport and Blue Grass.\u00a0

It was built in 1914 for farmer Charles Nebergall,\u00a0designed by Benton Steele, an Indiana carpenter, draftsman and architect who specialized in\u00a0round barns. Dozens of round barns were built around the Midwest in the early 1900s, and then \u2014 as now \u2014 they attract attention because they are an architectural oddity.

Today the barn is owned by John and Marlene Penne.

John, 75, a retired electrician,\u00a0lived next door to the Nebergalls as a boy, and when the wood and clay tile barn came up for sale in\u00a01992, he bought it from what was then the\u00a0family's fourth generation.

He cleaned out the manure, removed an\u00a0oats bin and the cow stanchions and repainted. And he\u00a0and\u00a0his dad, who was 75\u00a0at the time, re-roofed it with wood shingles. Although one might think shingling a round roof would be tricky, it really wasn't, Penne said.

Like all old wood structures, though, it continues to need maintenance.

\"People ask me if I'm done with it,\" he said. \"I tell them 'I'll never be done with it.'\"

While most\u00a0round barns had a silo in the middle, the Nebergall\u00a0building did not. It is a completely free-standing structure\u00a0from one side to the next\u00a0\u2014 56 feet\u00a0in diameter and\u00a045 feet tall, Penne said. The \"cap\" one sees at the top is a cupola, not the top of the silo.

Penne uses the barn for storage.

Other area barns in the Rundles' film are located in Jackson County, including the stone barn in St. Donatus, built in 1839, and possibly the oldest in the state.

Even if you have never given barns much of a thought \u2014 or maybe particularly if you haven't \u2014 this film is a good introduction.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0

Fourth Wall Films' \u201cRiver to River: Iowa\u2019s Forgotten Highway 6\u201d will air follow \u201cThe Barn Raisers\u201d at 10 p.m.

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Henry Blake will be celebrating his 90th birthday on

Sunday, April 2nd from 2-5pm

at Cornerstone Baptist Church,

775 E. LeClaire Rd. Eldridge, IA 52748.

Friends and relatives are invited to join him for cake and ice cream. Please omit gifts.

Henry was born on April 6th, 1927. He worked at Caterpillar for 30 years and spent 2 years in the Army. He enjoys restoring lawn mowers and antique tractors.

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Nancy Johnson of Rock Island is celebrating her 90th birthday.

She was born March 30, 1927 to Howard and Lucile Petersen in Camanche, Iowa. She graduated from Cornell College (Iowa) and was a teacher in the Rock Island School District. Nancy was an organist and music director at several Quad City churches and she founded the Friendship Manor Chorus.

She married Maynard Johnson (d. 2012) in 1948. Her children are Larry (Debbie) Johnson, Randy (Peggy) Johnson, Scott Johnson, Mark Johnson, and Jane (Kevin) McNulty.

She enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A birthday celebration with be held with family.

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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 ages 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 health care 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 or older. Call Senior Resources for more information.

Chore Program

The Chore Program helps seniors ages 60 or 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 ages 60 or 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 also can 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 state 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 Saturday mornings. The routes take about an hour. For more information call Shannon at 263-7292.

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