Q. What ever happened to the black angel that used to be in Riverside Cemetery, Moline?
— Pete, Moline
A. The statue, which used to be located at the grave of Charles H. Deere in Riverside Cemetery, Moline, is now located at the Mandala Center, a retreat in Des Moines, N.M. It was removed by the Deere family to save it from vandalism.
The late Patricia Hewitt originally had the statue moved to her home in the San Marcos pass near Santa Barbara, Calif., which was later sold, according to a 2003 story by former Quad-City Times reporter John Willard.
The statue was "the object of frequent Halloween pranks and the source of numerous urban legends," the article said.
If you would like to read more about the black angel of Riverside Cemetery, Moline, or the Mandala Center visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.
Q. What can be done about abandoned, uninhabitable and health hazard properties in rural areas of Scott County?
— John, Davenport
A. We contacted Scott County to find out. Timothy Huey, county planning director, responded:
"Questions about dangerous and unsafe buildings in unincorporated (rural) Scott County can be directed to Scott County Planning and Development. Scott County has adopted the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code, the same as most of the municipalities in the Quad-Cities. Under the IPMC, if the Scott County building official makes a determination that a building is dangerous, unsafe or otherwise unfit for human habitation the building official can order it to be repaired, if possible; or demolished if repair is unreasonable. If a property owner does not repair or demolish such structure within the required time frame, the building official can have it demolished and the cost of demolition assessed to the property. Under Iowa law, farm buildings and farm houses are exempt from County building codes and zoning ordinances; so these requirements would not apply to such farm structures."
To contact the office: Scott County Planning and Development, Scott County Annex, 500 W. 4th St., Davenport, IA 52801-1106. Phone: 563-326-8643. Fax: 563-326-8257. Email: email@example.com. Website: scottcountyiowa.com/planning.
Q. I was wondering about the light display that was once at Davenport Memorial Park. I used to go there every year as a child and would like some more information on why it was closed and when. I also would like to see some history of the parks light display. Can you help?
A. We contacted Davenport Memorial Park to find out. Hank Runge, The Runge Mortuary & Crematory and Davenport Memorial Park, responded:
"I, too, grew up with the lights at the cemetery as well. The time frame you have as to when they were stopped (2001-2002) is correct. The displays had become old and worn out and a decision was made not to fix or repair them at the time.
"Are there any formal plans to bring the display back right now? No.
"I am very interested in attempting to reinvent the display in the future, I just need to find the right mix of display type and talent to make it happen.
"Time will tell."
To read more about the Davenport Memorial Park Christmas lights display, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.