Q: What are the tallest buildings in the Quad-Cities?
— Deb, Rock Island
A: The two tallest buildings in the Quad-Cities are in Davenport. The tallest is the Wells Fargo bank building in downtown Davenport at 12 stories (17 including the clock tower) followed by the MidAmerican Building at 15 stories. Other tall buildings in the Quad-Cities include the Black Hawk Hotel, Davenport, 11 stories; Kahl Building, Davenport, 10 stories; LeClaire Apartments, Moline, 15 stories (17 including the penthouse) and Kone Tower, Moline, 16 stories.
Q: We know Erik Maitland has left KWQC-TV, but where is he now and what is he doing?
— Lucille, Charlotte, Iowa
A: The last time we wrote about meteorologist Erik Maitland in December, he had just left KWQC-TV to spend some family time off the airwaves.
And now he’s saying good-bye to the Quad-Cities, according to a new posting this week on his blog, “Erik’s Random Thoughts,” at www.eriksrandomthoughts.blogspot.com.
“Well, as of the 12th of March, it’s official! I have accepted a position as a meteorologist at KMSP/FOX 9 (a Fox Network owned and operated station) in Minneapolis,” he says. “In fact, the station is barely 3 miles from the house where I grew up (5-17 years old). I should start on the 28th of this month, so we are busy fixing up and emptying the house.”
He notes that he has family and friends in Minneapolis, which he describes as a “world-class city.”
“Only thing is, Michele will now have to get used to a winter that is a little bit longer and tougher. So, should I start singing the theme from the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ or should I just wait until I set foot on Nicollet Mall? Until I go, I promise you can see me lurking at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Menards.”
Q: I received a gift certificate for Restaurant 225 at the Figge and did not use up the amount before they closed. I left a voice mail at the restaurant, but I found out that the number was not being used anymore. I know they closed in early October 2006. Is there anyone to contact about redeeming the balance on the gift certificate?
— Mariann, East Moline
A: Restaurant 225 at the Figge was owned by The Grand Plan, LLC. To attempt to redeem your gift certificate, send it to the corporation’s lawyer, Steven H. Jacobs, at 113 E. 3rd St., Suite 600, Davenport, IA 52801.
Q: I know there are outlets for clothes made at the Burlington Coat Factory, but where is the Burlington Coat Factory?
— C.F., Davenport
A: The Burlington Coat Factory is in Burlington, N.J. The nearest outlets to the Quad-Cities are in Peoria and Rockford, Ill.
Q: Are the pictures taken by Quad-City Times photographers available for purchase?
A: Yes, readers can buy Quad-City Times photographs that have been published in the newspaper, but you have to go online to do it. Simply go to www.qctimes.com, scroll down to the black area at the bottom of the page, and click on “Online Photo Store” under “Services.”