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Q. Why was it necessary to create the Pleasant Valley School District? Couldn't it have been incorporated into the Bettendorf School District? \u2013 Michael

A. We contacted the Pleasant Valley Community School District and the Bettendorf Community School District to find out. Hannah Thomsen, Pleasant Valley Community School District communications director, forwarded information on the history of schools in Pleasant Valley. According to the information, \"The first school in the Pleasant Valley Township, as well as Scott County was held in 1835. The school was located along Highway 417 about one and one half blocks south of Pigeon Creek. A soldier in the War of 1812, Simon Craigin was the teacher of this country school. He was a large burly gent, who boasted frequently of \"wrestling grizzly bears\" and other such 'tall' exploits.\"

Celeste R. Miller, Bettendorf Community School District communications director, Maria Levetzow, Bettendorf Public Library assistant director, and Jo Carter, Bettendorf Public Library information librarian, provided the following information from Bettendorf: The First Century 1903-2003 by Kristen Schipper:

\"The first school in what would become Bettendorf was the Gilbert School, built in the 1870s on the corner of State and 21st streets\u00a0\u2014 though back then, state State and 21st were wagon paths. Other Davenport Township schools in the area included Stokes and Wachter,\" Schipper wrote.

According to Schipper, \"1907 was the year the Independent School District of Bettendorf broke away from the Davenport Township School Board to control its own schools. The young district was a small-scale operation; in the early years, school-board members worried about whether to continue a subscription to\u00a0National Geographic, and how to get the best price on coal.\"

The first meeting of the Bettendorf board was held on May 28, 1907, Schipper wrote. \"By July it had hired two teachers\u00a0\u2014 Miss Delarue and Miss Brown\u00a0\u2014 one for the primary room at $45 per month, the other for the \"large\" room at $60 per month. The board used Gilbert School until a new structure could be financed.\"

Celeste R. Miller also said, \"I was talking to Chris Harvey who is the retired Pleasant Valley Community School District secretary. She was in Pleasant Valley for decades. She said that she believes the state determined the establishment of school district boundaries when they were created.\"

An article published Monday, Feb. 12, 1917, in The Daily Times, a predecessor of the Quad-City Times, also provides historical background on the Pleasant Valley Community School District and the Bettendorf Community School District. \"SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOW CHANGED,\" the headline read. \"Word has reached the county auditor's of the changing of the school district in section 27, Pleasant Valley township, which was formerly part of the town of Bettendorf. The school district is in Duck Creek district No. 4 of Pleasant Valley.\" To read more on the subject, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes\u00a0 \u00a0

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St. Peter's invites vendors for June 9 sale

St. Peter\u2019s Episcopal Church,\u00a02400 Middle Road, Bettendorf, will hold a sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

Vendors can rent a space the size of two parking spaces to accommodate a vehicle and a table for $20. For vendors who donate proceeds to the church, the fee will be waived and the vendor will receive a small gift.

Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call 563-355-4640 to to reserve a space.

DeWitt church hosts 'Christmas in June'

The 91st annual Wiese-Schneckloth Family Reunion, \"Christmas in June\" will be June 10 at DeWitt United Methodist Church, 222 12th St., DeWitt, Iowa.\u00a0

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at McCutcheon Social Hall and the potluck meal will be at 12:30 p.m.

Each attendee is asked to bring a covered dish to share along with table service and a Christmas ornament wrapped or in a gift bag. Everyone bringing an ornament will receive one in return.\u00a0

Activities will include Christmas trivia, cookie decorating, crafts, games and a baby photo contest.\u00a0

For more information, call 563-528-3504.\u00a0

Act One holds dinner for single adults

Act One, a program for single adults, will hold a dinner on Tuesday, June 12, at First Lutheran Church, 1230 5th Ave., Moline.

The event begins with enrichment and reflection at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner of roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, fruit and dessert at 6.\u00a0

Terry Stone will bring his \"Remember When\" oldies music for dancing at 7 p.m. and fellowship will be at 8 p.m.

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Moline High School principal Dan McGuire challenged the class of 2018 to \"always demonstrate integrity\" as they work toward positive change.

A total of 491 students graduated Friday night inside the historic but sweat-inducing confines of Wharton Field House, 1800 20th Ave. This was the 143rd commencement in the school's history.

McGuire praised the graduates for \"demonstrating strength in individual spirit, great pride in being a mighty Maroon and exceptional leadership over their four years at the high school.

\"Your willingness to support each other in your school throughout your time here bodes well for your future,\" he said. \"Some of you will go on to college for further training, some of you to service our country and some straight into the workforce. But each of you, you will travel your own path.

\"Remember to treat individuals fairly, continue to take pride in your roots as a Moliner and above all keep reaching for leadership opportunities as you learn from those challenges that you take on,\" McGuire said.

Senior class president Kaitlyn Miller told her classmates some words of wisdom from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

\"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life,\" Miller said.

Tashon Wiseman described his time at MHS as a \"roller coaster.\"

\"The faculty at Moline is great, they made the experience the best I could have asked for,\" Wiseman said. \"I have always seen improvement over the four years, and really just telling me to do my best all the time and encouraging me to do what I want to do.\"

His advice to those starting their high school years is to take it easy, try your best, don't be stressed and if you don't succeed, try again.

\u00a0Wiseman said he plans on attending a community college for a few years, then transferring to an art school in Chicago.

Addison Sanders was wearing four medals she received for departmental honors during her senior year: Industrial Technology, English, Spanish and Science. She said she plans on studying physiology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in the fall.

\"I am glad I was put into the public school system instead of a private one, just because I think I got a more well-rounded education and cultural experience,\" Sanders said.

\u00a0Sanders said she was proud that she was able to do one last thing for the class of 2018: create banners and artwork for the commencement ceremonies as she served on the commencement committee.

\"It's pretty easy to just coast through and not put yourself out there, but with the opportunities at Moline High you can really go far,\" Sanders gave as advice for future attendees.

Alyssa Lopez said it felt \"kinda weird\" being back among her classmates after graduating early to enter the workforce. She said her favorite memory of high school was graduating.

Lopez said she plans on taking online college courses in video game designing.

Megan Navarro said she really can't believe that high school is over.

\"I am sad to leave my classmates, but I wish all of us the best,\" Navarro said.

She had some advice for those entering high school.

\"Don't rush it,\"\u00a0 Navarro said. \"I think that you should just leave it how it is and enjoy your time because soon it will be all over.\"

I

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War creates harsh, unforgiving moments, and Spc. Miyoko Hikiji knew that going to the Middle East. But it did not hit home for her until the day after Thanksgiving in 2003.

News of a nearby ambush sounded over her truck\u2019s radio as the then-26-year-old soldier was heading north toward her base in northwest Iraq. A truck traveling south toward the base on the same road, a main supply route used by the 2133rd Transportation Company of the Iowa National Guard, was under heavy fire.

Help responded to the scene, but it was too late.

Spc. Aaron Sissel, 22, of Tipton, Iowa, died Nov. 29, 2003, when the convoy he was riding in was hit by enemy rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. A soldier from California also was killed in the attack, which happened 180 miles west of Baghdad and 80 miles east of the Syrian border near the city of Haditha. They were driving back from a supply drop.

\"Aaron

Aaron J. Sissel

\u201cNobody ever really thought that war was going to be fair,\u201d Hikiji said this week during a phone interview from her home in Urbandale, Iowa. \u201cBut that was the pinnacle moment of how unfair it could be because he (Sissel) was the best person.\u201d

Hikij and Sissel first met at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard, where they both served as gate guards. They each had significant others in the military, too.

\u201cWe were going through the same thing,\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s how we got to know each other.\u201d

In May 2003, they were deployed in the same unit. They lived in the same building in Iraq, but they were in different platoons, and they spent a lot of their time on the road as cargo truck drivers. Their partners were stationed at different bases, so they would deliver messages for each other when it was convenient.

Hikiji recalled Sissel\u2019s happy and helpful personality. \u201cEverybody liked him,\u201d she said. \u201cHe was the all-American kid.\u201d

Known as \u201cGeorge\u201d to family and friends, Sissel enlisted Sept. 26, 1998, and graduated from Tipton High School that following spring. He worked in the construction industry when he was not on National Guard duty. In his spare time, Sissel enjoyed bowling and working on a pit crew at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton. The rural community, about 40 miles northwest of Davenport, was home to 3,155 residents when it lost its first of two native sons to the Iraq War.

'I owed it to him'

Fueled by survivor\u2019s guilt, utter sadness and regret her convoy did not continue north when Sissel\u2019s team ran into trouble, Hikiji wanted to pay her respect to her friend.

Sissel\u2019s vehicle was riddled with bullet holes when it returned to their base, and \u201cNobody wanted to really touch it,\u201d Hikiji said, except for her. Overwhelmed by the situation, she fought off a sickening panic attack and scrubbed away remnants from the carnage before driving the truck.

\u201cI owed it to him,\u201d Hikiji said. \u201cIt could\u2019ve been me.\u201d

Although others forged tighter bonds with Sissel, the now-41-year-old mother of two feels responsible for sharing these memories. Hikiji\u2019s story ran in the April/May edition of AARP The Magazine, advertised as the world\u2019s largest-circulation magazine with more than 47 million readers.

\"Miyoko

Miyoko Hikiji

She served for about 11 months in Iraq, but the experience haunted her for a decade in the form of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

\u201cIt was just a mindset that was really difficult to turn off,\u201d Hikiji said. She eventually did, however, with the belief that she could better honor Sissel and other soldiers who died once she moved on.\u00a0

Hikiji, a candidate for the Iowa Senate District 20 seat in 2016, now works as an employment services manager, helping people with mental health conditions find jobs. She is the author of the 2013 book, \"All I could be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq.\"

Memories from home

Time also has helped Sissel's family members cope with the loss of their beloved son and brother. These days, they cherish the moments they shared together. His parents, Kirk and Jo, and his younger sister, Shanna, still live in Tipton.

Sissel surprised Shanna at her graduation party and ceremony almost 15 years ago to the date.

\"That was the best graduation gift ever,\" she said, adding it was the last time she saw her older brother. \"I looked up to him.\"

Before he left for Iraq, Sissel helped his father, Kirk, pour concrete for an addition to his home.\u00a0

\"I expected him to come back and help me completely finish everything,\" Kirk said. \"I don't think it really hit me that he was killed until the day we buried him.\"

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Kirk Sissel, whose son, Aaron Sissel, was killed in an ambush in 2003 while returning from a supply drop near the Syrian border, stands next to his son's gravesite Thursday at Tipton Masonic Cemetery.

He thinks about his son every day and regularly visits his grave at Tipton Masonic Cemetery, where he will spend part of this Memorial Day weekend. People place flags, flowers and other items near Sissel's headstone, including U.S. coins, which Kirk collects and stores in a jar. Military veterans leave pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, he said, and each one signifies something different.

Sissel was promoted to sergeant posthumously, and in 2004, a scholarship fund was established in his name. A soccer field at Tipton City Park was dedicated to him as well.\u00a0

Kirk struggled at first to accept his son's decision to enlist, but over time, he has come to terms with reality.

\"I wasn't real happy that he was going there (Iraq), but that's what he wanted to do,\" he said. \"It's just something you learn to live with and move on.\"

If he was alive today, Kirk thinks his son would be running his own concrete business, a career he mentioned before going to war.

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East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds wasn't born when the city's only police fatality happened.

Police Officer Richard Morton was killed May 25, 1969, six months before Chief Reynolds was born. But the date has remained important to memorialize Officer Morton ever since, Reynolds said Friday.

\"We remember our fallen brother officer, Richard Morton, and thank officers for what they do on a daily basis, working a dangerous job on a daily basis,\" Reynolds said.

According to records, Morton was shot and killed after he and his partner, Robert Butcher, responded to a call of a man on 10th Avenue threatening children with a BB gun.

When the two officers arrived on scene, they attempted to have the man surrender the BB gun. But the man, identified as Daniel Hougas, suddenly produced a .32-caliber revolver from his pocket and opened fire, records indicate.

Morton was struck in the chest during the exchange of gunfire. Still, he was able to return fire, along with his partner, and kill Hougas.

Following the incident, Morton was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound during surgery several hours later.

Butcher has attended previous ceremonies in East Moline, but was under the weather this year and unable to attend, Reynolds said.

Friday's ceremony included the posting of colors, the national anthem performed by United Township High School students, short speeches by Chief Reynolds and East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman, an invocation by police chaplain, the Rev. Kent Umbarger, and a student rendition of \"God Bless America.\"

Officers placed a wreath on Morton's headstone, followed by a 21-gun salute, taps and bagpipes.

Morton was 30 at the time of his death. He had been an East Moline police officer for four years when the shooting occurred.

Station No. 2, where the memorial took place Friday, is at the corner of 19th Street and Morton Drive, which was named in his honor. The coincidences made it a fit location to honor Morton on the exact day the shooting 49 years later, Reynolds said.

\"It always reminds us of the dangers faced by police,\" he said. \"If we don't honor our own, who will?\"

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Male and female representatives of each military branch stand in front of an American flag under a heading of \"In Honor of Those Who Served\" in a vinyl graphic unveiled Friday night.

The 17-foot wide by 15-foot tall vinyl graphic, made of material similar to what's used on billboards, was crafted on the side of a building named Sharon's Restaurant, business owners John and Nancy Reynolds said.

The building at 905 15th Ave., East Moline, is closed and for sale, John Reynolds said. He plans to add a clause to his sale contract that makes keeping the wall memorial mandatory.

The mural serves as a backdrop for an earlier monument. Names of veterans omitted from the earlier monument were added on each side of the new memorial, East Moline Special Services Area chairman Adam Guthrie said.

A crowd of more than 75 people took pictures of the scene before departing to East Moline's Runners Park to participate in an EasMomentum rally.

\"The purpose of the rally was to inform the community about what's going on the downtown's development, and to get the community engaged and involved in it,\" Guthrie said.

Representatives of six businesses intending to move to the East Moline downtown area spoke about their plans.

Speakers included Sean Moeller of Rust Belt, Chad Summers of Healthy Harvest, Andrew Dasso of Design Build Architects, and Jordan Chappel of Sunday Yoga.

More information also was expected from The Bend on the Mighty Mississippi project, as well as updates by Little Village on The Bend, Midwest Ale Works and Cameo\u2019s.

Free pulled-pork sandwiches were provided by Juniors Sports Bar.

A re-remodel bash concert at Hey Bryan\u2019s also was scheduled at 1140 15th Ave., East Moline.

The EasMomentum movement began a year ago by a group of group of young East Moline residents discussing what they wanted to see the city do.

To date, completed projects have included a downtown lighting project; Firecracker Corner Mural; as well as the veterans memorial and various street cleanups.

An East Moline American Legion Honor Guard produced a 21-gun salute to lead off the ceremony, followed by a rendition of taps. Kate Holson performed the national anthem.

The war memorial was created by local artist Paul Kizer. It took about 11 months to raise the $10,000 needed for the mural, Guthrie said.

For information about EasMomentum activities, call Guthrie at 309-912-3151 or mgmadam@hotmail.com.​

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With plenty of summer heat forecast for the Memorial Day weekend, many people\u2019s thoughts will turn to cooling off in a pool.

Only a few public pools are ready to open, though. Among them is Whitewater Junction at Longview Park, Rock Island.

Whitewater Junction plans to open at 10 a.m. Saturday.\u00a0

\u201cI am really excited for this summer,\u201d said Ryan Ballard, Whitewater Junction manager. \u201cSummer kind of hit us a little early with our temperatures and our weather, so that should mean we are going to have a really good summer this summer.

Here\u2019s a look at area pools, their hours and their fees:

WHITEWATER JUNCTION

Whitewater Junction, at 17th Street and 18th Avenue in Longview Park, Rock Island, is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m to 8 p.m. It also is open Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It features a zero-depth to 9-foot pool, four waterslides (including a tube slide), two drop slides and a slide for toddlers.

The cost is $9. Children under 2 accompanied by an adult are free. From Aug. 13 through Sept. 3, it is open only on weekends.

A free spray park also is available in Rock Island at Schwiebert Riverfront Park on the riverfront between 17th and 20th streets. It is open daily from sunrise until 10 p.m. For more details, call 309-732-7946 or visit rigov.org or its Facebook page.

DAVENPORT\u00a0

In Davenport, there are four spray parks, two aquatic centers and one pool:

For hours and costs, call 563-326-7828.

SPLASH LANDING AQUATIC CENTER, BETTENDORF

Splash Landing Aquatic Center at 2220 23rd St., Bettendorf, is expected to open June 2. Admission is $6; kids 2 and younger are free.

The pool, which has two water slides, a diving board and a kiddie pool, is open 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SCOTT COUNTY PARK POOL

Located at 18850 270th St., Eldridge, admission is $5, $4 for those 17 and younger. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekday hours are noon to 8 p.m. The pool has two water slides and a diving board.

RIVERSIDE AQUATIC CENTER, MOLINE

The Riverside pool at 3300 5th Ave., Moline, does not open until June 2.

General admission is $5. Children 3 and under are $1. The pool offers a family rate (maximum of five people) for $3 each. On Tuesday through Thursday, it is open noon to 6 p.m. On Fridays through Monday, it is open noon to 5 p.m.

The pool has no major waterslides or diving boards. It is available for rentals 6-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

EAST MOLINE MUNICIPAL POOL

Starting June 1, rain or shine, the East Moline Municipal pool at 4011 Archer Drive is open daily noon to 5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cost is $3 for 18 and under, $4 for adults. The indoor pool has a sun deck and a wading pool outside. Until summer hours begin, the pool is open for recreational swimming 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

DICKSON PARK SPRAYGROUND, MILAN

The sprayground at 315 4th Ave. East, Milan, is open daily noon to 6 p.m. through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Admission is $3 per person. Special events and group parties are available. Call 309-787-1543 or 309-787-8510 for more information.

JOHN & CARL EDWARDS AQUATIC CENTER, GENESEO, ILLINOIS

Admission is $7, with a free splash pad 9-11 a.m. Sunday through Friday and 9-11:45 a.m. Saturday. Normal hours for the rest of the facility are noon to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and noon to 6 p.m. the rest of the week.

The center at 501 E. North St., Geneseo, also features a six-lane lap pool, a drop slide, two diving boards, a climbing wall and an activity pool with zero depth entry.

ALEDO (ILLINOIS) PARK DISTRICT POOL

Located on Southeast 2nd Avenue, the pool is open 1-5 p.m. daily. On Tuesday and Thursday it is open 1-7 p.m. It has one diving board and a kiddie pool.

For additional information, call 309-582-5101.

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Disappointed is the wrong word. It's just that I expected something ... different.

When recent installments of my Off Limits Places series were posted to Facebook, a common thread emerged: People wanted to know about the tunnels under their local high schools. Most were long-ago alum who had memories of classmates' claims of having breached the enclosures. A few recalled spooking around in the passageways themselves before getting caught.

For teenagers, irrational fears haven't yet matured, so I figured untapped claustrophobia would have produced lots of underground shenanigans.

But it didn't look like it.

A shortage of graffiti \u2014 puberty's trademark \u2014 suggested that most students who made it into the tunnels were supervised. Or, maybe they weren't packing pens or paint. But it appeared more likely the tunnels under Davenport West, Moline and Rock Island high schools have managed for many years to remain in hiding \u2014 right under our feet.

Tunnels were typical

Until the 1970s and 1980s, most public school construction began with the digging of tunnels that generally outlined the footprint of the building to come.

The enclosures served an important purpose: They contained the series of pipes that were needed to carry heat from giant boilers to all areas of the school. Other utilities can be found in the tunnels, including electrical conduit, plumbing and sewer lines. And the spaces had to be big enough for maintenance people to navigate, so they could reach any area in need of repair.

For many years, schools and other large public buildings used coal-fired boilers. But the systems were dirty and outdated, and most were converted to gas. Today's preference is geothermal heating, but many old buildings still use boilers.

Brandon Pierson, a mechanical engineer at Rock Island-based IMEG, explained that steam tunnels are just what they sound like: \"Basically, at schools of that vintage (Rocky, for instance), you would have a steam boiler plant. The steam was routed through the tunnels.

\"It was a way to transport the piping ... giving them access to it as well.\"

But the demand for steam tunnels has dried up.

\"They're mostly a thing of the past,\" Pierson said. \"At least at K through 12 schools, you just don't see it anymore. It is more common today to run utilities overhead; in the ceiling or the roof. In a lot of cases, they just bury it.\"

So, why the difference in tunnel size?

\"They usually built them large for access and maintenance,\" he said. \"Smaller ones were just for piping, which made access difficult.\"

In some cases, small tunnels make access nearly impossible. For instance, Davenport Central was off limits, even for Off Limits. The tunnels are so small and confined, I'm told, they would be considered by OSHA to be dangerous atmospheres, triggering all sorts of complicated compliance measures.

When Central was built in 1907 for $347,000, access to the steam tunnels must not have been a financial priority.

The difference between the cramped tunnels at Central and the wide, walkable ones that came much later was the cost, Pierson said.

When maintenance is needed at Central, records are kept on who went in and when. And someone always is made aware, district officials said, to make sure the worker gets out safely.

Spooky small

Rock Island \"Rocky\" High School was the last of our three tunnel tours, and the timing was good.

The ceilings are lower, and the tunnels are not as wide as the others. If we'd started at Rocky, it's possible I would have backed out of the other tours.

Built in 1937, Rocky is considerably older than the other schools, and we encountered things that revealed its age. One room made me think of Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. The heavy steel door was operated by a pulley system, and a sign on it warned of \"High Voltage.\"

Inside we found dozens of discarded ceramic insulators, which are deceptively heavy. Four-prong transformers were covered in cobwebs, which was the only thing that made them look unfit for a museum.

\"Because there was so much voltage in here, we can assume it was much more dangerous in the day,\" said Steve Ford, a maintenance worker at Rocky and our tour guide. \"It's just amazing to me \u2014 the work that had to be done back in the day.\"

Ducking our heads under pipes wrapped in insulation, a bright light brought relief. Since boilers are so big, most of the areas built to store them are at least two stories high. And that means windows.

The old coal-fired boiler was pulled out of Rocky, but evidence of it remains. In the ceiling of the boiler room are four round, heavy-looking doors. They resemble manholes, and Ford said they were the coal chutes.

In several areas, old gauges, air handlers and retired pneumatic systems give the look of ship.

\"We don't do much work on any of this stuff anymore,\" Ford said. \"You don't want just anyone messing with these boilers. In the day, the maintenance crew probably knew how to work with them, but you'd need a lot of training today.

\"A lot has changed. When I started in 1989, we were still burning garbage.\"

Moline and West

Moline High was built in 1958 and Davenport West in 1960, making them practically classmates.

The tunnels at the two are more alike than not. Both are damp and dimly lit. Some areas are past damp and have standing pools of water, especially at Moline.

But the thing most striking to me was the length of the two secular catacombs. Since they were dug to the footprint of the buildings, the tunnels are just as long as the upper-floor hallways. Standing at one end of a tunnel, you cannot always see the other end. They are that long.

In some areas at West, smaller rooms split off the main tunnels. In those, you could not walk standing upright, and just looking at them made me feel anxious.

Mike Maloney, operations director for the Davenport Community School District and our tour guide at West, reminded me the spaces come much smaller.

\"At a lot of the buildings, crawl height is more typical,\" he said. \"This is the most walkable we have. Some of the tunnels are confined spaces where you literally have to crawl.\"

Even figuratively, no way.

To say that tunnels at both schools are used for storage is a polite way of saying they have become dumping grounds. We saw the kind of stuff you'd expect: old desks and chairs, tables, ladders, fixtures and tools.

Some areas are sectioned off with fences, which can be locked, and that's where the more valuable stuff is stored. Among the treasures were cool-looking retro trophies, which no one had the heart to throw away.

Other stuff was saved by proclamation.

\"Public schools aren't allowed to throw out anything that's not broken or a hazard,\" said Lisa Martinez, assistant principal/tour guide at Moline. \"It's sold at auction. Taxpayers bought it, so we have to offer it, and folks get it at a good price.\"

Other stored loot

Basically, Moline and Davenport West each has one underground area that is accessible to some students. But the access is limited, and supervision is required.

At Moline, it's the area under the auditorium, which is under construction. That's also, coincidentally, the only place we found any graffiti at Moline.

Martinez, the assistant principal, said employees from other schools in the district store stuff in the tunnels, too. Lucky for them, the tunnel's concrete pillars are marked with paint-and-stencil letters that correspond with the hallway wings above them. Without those markers, it would be quite possible to lose your bearings among the turns and the highway system of pipes that run overhead.

The past showed up again when we came upon a heavy metal door marked, \"Incinerator.\" Inside, a coal door suggested the means of fueling the dinosaur.

Around another corner, a ship's ladder with a dozen rungs disappeared into a deep, wide well. At the bottom was a collection of water/sewer pipes with hand-cranked valves the size of steering wheels.

\"Top of the line, 'eh?\" Martinez quipped.

The circular crater gave me pause, even though it is surrounded by a gate.

\"The kids really don't come into this area,\" the vice principal said, having read my mind. \"This is not a tour area.\"

The tunnels gave an other-world feel. In their depths, where light throws eerie shadows, you feel disconnected from the outside world.

Martinez said Moline's tunnels once were identified as evacuation areas \u2014 bomb shelters during the Cold War. I could not imagine steering hundreds of students into the dark mazes today.

At West, Maloney paused more than once to consider which way we should turn.

\"Maybe we should have brought some bird seed to throw down, so we can find our way back,\" he joked.

And that made me think of the workers who once knew every crevice of the old tunnels and no doubt spent many hours, shoveling coal and wrenching on pipes. We often marvel at the engineering genius that goes into our buildings.

But these Off Limits tours, including the tunnels, remind me that the people who came after the engineers \u2014 the ones charged with keeping things going \u2014 worked some magic, too. At these schools, maintenance workers of the '40s, '50s and '60s must have had the courage of coal miners and the good sense to keep a secret.

PHOTOS: Tunnels under QC high schools
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KEWANEE, Ill. \u2013 Missing documents are preventing an audit of the Kewanee chapter of the Henry County Humane Society.

New president Louise Harrison said that, over the winter, the chapter held a membership drive seeking to enact some changes. One goal, she said, was to have an audit as required by its bylaws -- something former president Lee Eisenbarth believed had not occurred for nine years.

Although Harrison said the chapter's past treasurer was \"cooperative and helpful,\" the group only has financial records starting in January 2018. The chapter received many donations in 2017 after rescuing a puppy later named Thor whose neck had been slashed.

\"It's been unnecessarily unpleasant,\" said Harrison. \"We tried to change it (the chapter) from the inside, but you can only hit your head against the wall for so long.

\"It\u2019s a challenge to take over an organization in any case,\" she said. \"I don\u2019t want to waste my energy on the past; there are too many things to do in the future.\"

\u00a0Harrison said the chapter has been able to add nothing to the limited documents it had three weeks ago.

\"How can we do an audit if we don\u2019t have the paperwork?\" she said. \"We want to make sure all the right financial controls are in place and there is never any doubt where the money went and why it went there.

\"I\u2019m not saying we\u2019re not going to have an audit, just, as I stand here right now, I just don\u2019t have the necessary documentation,\" she said. \"We\u2019ve only received financials for 2018, so we can\u2019t really do anything at this moment.\"

In April, the chapter replaced six of its nine board members. Mary Bergren, an incumbent board member, was scheduled to meet with the shelter's former director, Kelli Wallace-McKenna, at 6 a.m. May 1 to receive the key to the building which was believed to contain eight dogs and 40 cats.

Wallace-McKenna did not show, however, and Bergren said board members \"pried open one of the steel pet doors\" to get inside the building -- finding only one dog.

\u00a0Harrison said the building now has been nearly gutted and volunteers are helping with interior work, such as sorting dog food, cleaning walls, preparing to paint and fixing gutters.

Harrison said the shelter also is missing animal records, adoption records and the forms needed to process pet adoptions. The Geneseo chapter of the Humane Society has \"come to our rescue,\" she said.

\"It's just been amazing,\" she said. \"Most of the dogs we get have had a difficult past. That is so critical to be able to place a dog with the right family.

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The receding Mississippi River is especially good news for workers on the new Interstate 74 Bridge.

On May 12, the river crested at 17.38 feet in Rock Island, more than 2 feet above flood stage.

The high water and accompanying strong current made work difficult this month, according to Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation, which takes care of not only the Iowa side, but anything over the river essentially up to the Illinois shoreline.

But this week, she said, they are back to full operations.

\"One of the challenges we definitely have when the water levels increase is the increase in current,\" she said. \"That really restricts a lot of the activity \u2026 as far as being able to access a lot of the work in the main channel or near the main channel.

\"They (workers) were really limited in what they could get there,\" she said. \"So they had to shift focus for a while to work in the slew, but to continue to work in any capacity they were able to while the waters were so high.\"

The current is the culprit in slowing down the bridge project, she said.

\"The water level rise -- they were prepared for that,\" she said of workers. \"But the current becomes very, very difficult to maneuver the barges to deliver things to some of the locations.\"

\u00a0Mulholland said bridge construction watchers can expect to see more of what they may have noticed already.

For the past several months, construction has centered on the arch foundations. The fourth arch pedestal was poured recently, she said.

Work is also being done on piers in approaches to the arch in the river, she said.

\"We are focusing on the westbound structure because that\u2019s the one that needs to be opened to traffic first,\" Mulholland said.

Pier construction also is taking place in Bettendorf, she said, in the proximity of the Grant Street exit ramp. Work also will be taking place on the decking on Units 1 and 2, the first two units of girders on land in Iowa.

This summer's work will continue to focus on building the arch foundations, she said, to prepare for starting the erection of the arch.

\"The foundations for the arch require several more concrete pours to be at the point where they are able to receive the steel arch,\" she said.

Ryan Hippen, construction field engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation, said during this construction season motorists can expect to see visible progress on three areas on the Illinois side -- all on land.

They include viaduct work from from 6th Avenue to River Drive with a lot of pier work; the construction of three-quarters of a mile of new I-74 pavement south of Avenue of the Cities; and reconstruction of 19th Street from Avenue of the Cities down to 11th Avenue.

\"So by the end of this construction season, they will have widened and reconstructed a portion of I-74, south of Avenue of the Cities,\" he said.

\"Nineteenth Street reconstruction has started,\u201d he added. \u201cThat will be completed by the end of the construction season and opened back up late this fall.\"

Hippen said he\u2019s pleased with the progress and the work is \"going very well.\"

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GENESEO, Ill. \u2013 One by one, the third grade readers at Millikin Grade School in Geneseo shared with Dr. Dan Lommell and his therapy dog, Noel, why they loved reading to them.

The \"Celebration of Learning\" included certificates of achievement for students who have improved their reading skills. Their teacher, Taylor Woods said she believes the visits from\u00a0 Lommell and Noel added greatly to the reading program's success.

During the school year,\u00a0 Lommell and Noel visited with the students and listened to them read for 30 minutes. A team of teachers and aides identified students they believed would benefit from the additional reading support.

Principal Sarah Boone and first grade teacher Sara Stroud introduced\u00a0 Woods to using the therapy dog to help her students' reading skills improve.

\"Over the course of the year, 17 students were able to reap the benefits of Noel and Dr. Dan\u2019s visits,\" Woods said.

\"Oral fluency is as important as a foundational skill in reading and helps build reading comprehension,\" she said. \"Reading aloud to Noel motivates and encourages our struggling readers. Building their confidence can be half the battle.\"

Woods said oral fluency includes using expressions, pausing at punctuation, using a comfortable reading rate accurately identifying words.

\"We used poetry, reader\u2019s theaters, as well as stories when working with Noel,\" she said. \"Sometimes student would read their own writing to Noel and Dr. Dan.\"

Millikin educators said data recorded and analyzed over the course of the school year indicated impressive gains by the students as they prepared for the fourth grade.

Woods said the students are expected to grow four reading levels during the course of their third grade year. On average, she said, at-risk readers who participated in the reading group were able to grow eight words per minute and improved their accuracy by an average of 4.7 percent.

One student, she said had a reading rate increase of 34 words per minute, with a 10 percent increase in accuracy. She said six students \"graduated,\" or excelled to the extent that the team didn\u2019t think they needed extra support after nine weeks of the school year.

Lommell is a chiropractic orthopedist in Geneseo and a police officer in Atkinson who also volunteers in the Geneseo School District. His dog, Noel, is a Samoyed -- a breed Woods said is intelligent, hard-working and \"known for their infectious 'Sammy Smile' that our students look forward to seeing each week.\"

\"They are hypoallergenic dogs, making them a safe addition to any classroom,\" she said.

Noel is registered with the American Kennel Club, the Samoyed Club of America and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. The dog has received several honors.

This summer, Lommell and Noel plan to volunteer at the Geneseo Public Library where they will be joined by former principal Bill Menendez and his therapy dog, Grogan.

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The Beach Boys, with special guests The Boat Drunks, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.

Tickets for $39.50 and $69.50 go on sale June 1. Patrons also can buy a pre-show dinner experience with Mike Love for $65 per person. Space is limited and a separate concert ticket is required to enter dinner.

Tickets are available at the TaxSlayer Center box office, 800-745-3000 and ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more receive special discounts by calling 309-277-1356.

Since their inception more than 40 years ago, the Beach Boys have released a stream of hit singles and sold millions of albums including \"Kokomo,\" \"Fun Fun Fun,\" \"Help Me Rhonda,\" \"Surfin' U.S.A.,\" \"Good Vibrations\" and \"Wouldn't It Be Nice.\"

In 1988, the Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2001, the band was honored at the Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

They have performed more shows than any other major rock act.

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love and Scott Totten, continue the iconic band's legacy. Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled in for Brian Wilson,on vocals/bass when he retired from touring.

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