Roy Booker

Roy Booker

Hi, I am Roy Booker, the Quad-City Times librarian/database manager. I'm looking forward to your questions and working on Ask the Times. I am a lifelong resident of the Quad-Cities. At Marycrest College, I majored in journalism and history. The part of the job I enjoy the most is finding information. Like a good mystery novel, each clue leads to a new one. I've always had a fascination with history, especially the people and the motivations behind the events. I enjoy rummaging through attics, courthouses and libraries, walking through old cemeteries, combing through old photo albums and sharing stories, especially with older members of our community.

Ask the Times: Tree trimmers work throughout Q-C

2013-01-28T03:30:00Z 2013-01-28T11:58:43Z Ask the Times: Tree trimmers work throughout Q-CTimes staff The Quad-City Times
January 28, 2013 3:30 am  • 

Q: I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks, there are several tree-trimming trucks parked in the lot on the east side of the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport at night, but they’re gone during the day. Are they there for seasonal work or is it an out-of-town company?

— Kevin, Davenport

A: We checked with Bob Fox, general manager of the Mississippi Valley Fair, who said the trucks belong to Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which trims trees all over the Quad-Cities under a contract.

“I let them park in the lot overnight to make it more of a central parking location for them when they work around this area,” Fox said.

MidAmerican Energy spokesman Tim Grabinski confirmed that the Asplundh crews are working on contract for the utility company. He said the utility contracts for trees to be trimmed around utility lines in its service area, with the crews making rounds in neighborhoods on a three-year cycle. He said they use the fairgrounds lot as a staging area while working in the Quad-Cities. The trimming is done to improve reliability of the electrical distribution system, he said.

Q: I’m an early morning walker and go out between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. I can take a sweatshirt right out of the dryer, go for my walk, and when I get back, the sweatshirt absolutely reeks. I wonder if that’s an air-quality control problem or why there’s such an odor in that sweatshirt after only being outside an hour and a half. I live in the Coal Valley area near the Quad-City Airport.

— Dan, Coal Valley

A: Well, Dan, we haven’t heard of any widespread air pollution problems that would cause that situation. However, we did find references on several athletic and clothing websites that mention the problem of bacteria hibernating in clothing, even freshly washed apparel, then quickly stinking up the place when you start sweating.

The solutions appear to be to wash the item in hot water if it can handle the temperature, or use a cup of vinegar in the wash and rinse cycle for fresh-smelling clothing. Another suggestion is to add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the wash cycle.

You didn’t say whether this happens with one particular sweatshirt or all of them. Some fabrics absorb odors more than others. Good luck!

Follow-up file

More on the Davenport A&W’s Coney Island hotdog sauce: From Tim Sullivan, a member of the Stupka family, who says his aunt created the recipe and he used to be associated with the restaurants. Various family members still have the recipe, and he occasionally makes a family-sized batch of the good stuff. If the family ever agrees to share the recipe or market it, he’ll let us know.

(Answers compiled by Times community editor Linda Watson.)

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(2) Comments

  1. sosplat
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    sosplat - February 11, 2013 6:09 pm
    that was hilarious!
  2. Tyler Guth
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    Tyler Guth - January 28, 2013 10:42 am
    Dear QCTimes,

    I'm a big eater and usually gorge myself between 5 and 6:30 PM. I can take sheets right out of the dryer, make my bed, have a huge dinner, take stock of my intestinal discomfort, and retire for the evening. The next thing you know, the sheets absolutely reek.

    I wonder if that's an air quality control problem or why there's such an odor in my sheets after only being in them for a few minutes.

    On a presumably unrelated note, it's amazing that I can sleep at all given the unending klaxon blasts honking through my room all night.

    I live in the Bettendorf area near Azteca.

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