1. Wet weather hangs over Q-C
A good Monday to all. Another umbrella day as more rain is heading our way today. It seems like we just can't shake it. Come August we'll probably be wishing for a few sprinkles. Until then .... here's the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.
Today there's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Skies will be mostly sunny with a high near 73 degrees. Southwest winds between 5 to 15 mph will gust as high as 20 mph.
The chance for thunderstorms increases later this afternoon and tonight as a cold front crosses the region.
Tonight there's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible with higher amounts in thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 53 degrees.
Tuesday showers are likely through 2 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Skies will be cloudy, with a high near 63 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday night there's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49 degrees.
2. Davenport road work update
Here's the regular street work update from the City of Davenport.
Resurfacing work in the two left/west lanes of Brady Street between River Drive and 7th Street will wrap up by next Monday. Then work will flip to the two right/east lanes. Work on the two right/east lanes is expected to be completed by the end of June, depending on the weather. Finish work on adjacent sidewalks and approaches are expected to be completed in July.
Meanwhile work continues north of 7th Street as follows:
• The left/west curb lane of Brady between 8th Street and Palmer Drive remains closed until June 1 for construction activities at Palmer College of Chiropractic.
• The right/east curb lane of Brady between 8th and High streets remains closed for sidewalk and side street work.
• Work in the right/east curb lane north of Locust Street should be wrapped up today.
Cape seal work in downtown (2nd, 4th and Scott Streets) is complete. The contractor will be returning to install striping and to clear the street surface and adjacent sidewalks of any construction debris.
Reconstruction and resurfacing of Rockingham Road between Birchwood Avenue and Schmidt Road is set to begin the week of May 29. A detailed schedule on lane reductions will be issued next week.
I-80 ramp and overpass Work
• Utica Ridge Road from 210th Street to Forest Grove Road will be closed until May 30.
• North Division Street from West 76th Street to Slopertown Road will be closed until May 30.
• 110th Avenue from 210th Street to 200th Street will be closed beginning today until June 6.
• Jersey Ridge Road between 210th Street to East 67th Street will be closed from May 31 until June 14.
• Wisconsin Avenue from 210th Street to 200th Street will be closed June 1-15.
3. Follow-up File: J.B. Young slowly evolves to 'Opportunity Center'
The renovation of the former J.B. Young K-8 School is well under way, but there's a "good bit of work to do, yet," Mike Maloney said. J.B Young closed as a regular school after the 2015-16 school year.
But a year later, the renovations are in Phase I, and first to move in will be the Information Technology department, now located at the district headquarters called the Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady St., Davenport. Read more.
4. Ballpark food just ain't what it used to be
Writes sports columnist Don Doxsie: The lyrics of the song are horribly outdated.
“Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack …’’
I guess you can still get peanuts and Cracker Jack at a professional baseball park these days. Maybe. Probably.
But you also can get a Lobster Poutine Stak at Fenway Park in Boston. Or Apple Pie Nachos at Coors Field in Denver. Or LaFrieda Steak Frites at Citi Field in New York. Or, closer to home, you can get a Ridiculously Huge Pork Sandwich (that’s the official name) at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.
Somewhere along the line, ballpark food became ridiculously more complex than just a bag of peanuts, a box of Cracker Jack and a hot dog that may have been sort of hot a half hour before it was served to you. Read more.
5. Civil War vets will get gravestones
Benjamin Armstrong died during a cholera epidemic in Davenport in 1866. Theodore Hohn froze to death in 1880 near the Mississippi River after a day of being wracked by violet delirium tremens. Carl Wendt was shot to death in 1901 while fishing in a boat near Cordova.
What these three men had in common is that all served their country honorably during the American Civil War and are buried at Davenport's City Cemetery in unmarked graves, with no headstone to remember who they were or that they served their country. But that will change soon. Read more.
6. Biz Bytes: Boetje's among the world's best again
The Quad-Cities' own homegrown Boetje's Mustard finds itself among elite company landing top honors in the 2017 World Wide Mustard Competition, sponsored by the National Mustard Museum.
After three rounds of competition, Boetje's received Silver in two categories: Coarse Grain and Classic Hot. Boetje's competed with more than 400 entries from 11 countries in the contest held annually by the Middleton, Wisconsin, museum. Read more.