Q: I have a question about the Quad-City Times Salute to Sports prep athletes — who chooses the nominees and how are they voted on to select a male and female finalist? Does character count outside the performance field or athletic field as far as grades, etc.

— Bob, Davenport

A: Sports editor Don Doxsie explains that area athletic directors nominate athletes from their schools to be finalists for the award and the Times’ three primary high school reporters trim the list to 12 boys and 12 girls. “It’s a very difficult task that seems to get harder each year. Performance on the playing field is the primary criteria, but when all else is equal, we certainly have factored in academics and character issues,” he said.

The final decision on the athlete of the year is determined by a vote of all the members of the Times sports staff, each of whom has their own individual criteria. “I suspect some of them might place a higher value on character and academics than others,” Doxsie said.

The 2006 Quad-City Times athletes of the year, who were announced Wednesday night, were Tyson Blaser, who plays football, basketball and baseball at Rockridge High School, Edgington, Ill., and Ashley Miller, distance and track runner from Tipton (Iowa) High School.

Q: I’m looking for a “starving artist” show. They used to be held at the former Holiday Inn in Davenport, but I don’t see anything advertised. Maybe you can tell me if anything is coming up.

— Donna, Port Byron, Ill.

A: Best Western Steeplegate Inn in Davenport hosted the show last year. U.S. Art Inc. has scheduled the next one for Jan. 7, 2007.

Q: Is there any penalty for refusing to recycle? My neighbor burns all his recyclables about twice a week, and I’m getting quite tired of the smell of melting plastic and all of the ash blowing in my yard.

— Mike, Davenport

A: Tom Bylund, solid waste superintendent for the City of Davenport, said there is no penalty for refusing to recycle. However, it is a violation of city ordinance to burn solid waste. He said the fire department or Neighborhood Enhancement Office will help with these types of problems.

Followup file

Davenport Postmaster David Rash called with a followup to a previous question about the location of blue mail collection boxes in the city.

“We’ve relocated some of our collection boxes to more convenient locations,” he said. “We’ve put new collection boxes in the 3600 block of North Brady Street in the Big Lots parking lot, in the Gordmans parking lot off Elmore Avenue, and we’ve moved the collection boxes on Tremont Avenue to a more convenient and safe location at The Rock Health and Fitness parking lot, 4730 Tremont Ave.”

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