Q: With Symposium Cafe closing, what should we do with a gift certificate that we have for the Davenport restaurant? I tried calling, but the phone number didn’t work and I didn’t receive a response to an email. Is there any way to redeem it or are we out of luck?
— Don, Eldridge
A: We have not been able to reach anyone from the restaurant, either, to get an answer for you about unused gift certificates or find out more about their future plans. However, an advertisement in Sunday’s Times shows an auction of furnishings and equipment from the restaurant will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the restaurant at 4009 E. 53rd St., Davenport. The auctioneer is listed as Backes Auctioneers of Raymond, Iowa. You may be able to make contact through them. The restaurant closed Sunday after losing its lease, a restaurant manager said.
Q: I’m looking for someone who picks up used furniture to haul away. It’s a large couch, and it’s not good enough for Salvation Army or Goodwill. I can get it to the curb, but it’s too big for the family to haul away.
— Vera, Davenport
A: If the couch is not good enough to donate, it can be set out curbside on your recycling day and it will be picked up and taken to the landfill. Both Davenport and Bettendorf offer this service.
Other cities generally have a free bulky pickup day at least once a year. Check with your city or hauler.
Q: What is going on with Duracell 9-volt batteries? You see no ads for 9 volts. Their displays of batteries at the stores are mostly AA and AAA sizes. And are 12-volt batteries being gradually discontinued?
— Bob, Bettendorf
A: We called Duracell’s customer service number and were told that 9-volt batteries should be readily available at retailers. Those are the small, rectangular batteries that are used in smoke detectors and for other household uses. On recent visits to hardware and discount stores, we checked out the displays of Duracell and other brands. While AA and AAA batteries make up the bulk of the displays, particularly on smaller end caps, 9-volt sizes were available in the major battery display areas.
Duracell also says it offers two varieties of 12-volt batteries, the type used for security devices such as garage door openers. A representative of Batteries Plus in Davenport said the store offers both sizes of Duracell batteries and hasn’t experienced any problems with supply.
Q: The “Price is Right” says it celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. But hasn’t it been on longer than that?
A. You’re right. There was an earlier version of the show on the air from 1956 to 1965, hosted by Bill Cullen. A re-worked version started in 1972, hosted by Bob Barker and referred to for a time as the “New Price is Right.” It’s been 40 years since the beginning of that show.
(Answers provided by Times reporters Doug Schorpp and Alma Gaul and community editor Linda Watson.)