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BHS Class of 1952 celebrates 65th class reunion

The first graduating class of Bettendorf High School, the Class of 1952, held its 65th reunion Sept. 15, at the home of graduate Margaret Mackin. The picnic reunion was attended by nine graduates, now in their 80s, and some spouses and children of graduates.

Graduates who attended the reunion are Mary June Schmidt Brown, Don Brown, Ed Dahms, Pat Siebel Dahms, Annie Ohaneisian Hessen, Pete Lehman, Margaret Stahle Mackin, John Mohr, Lydia Mouradian Tahmizian. Of the 34 class graduates, 13 have passed away.

The Class of 1952 was small because some of the students decided to stay at Davenport High School. Each class after 1952 was much larger. When the new Bettendorf High School opened there were approximately 475 students.

The senior class of 1952 was active in establishing the structure of that school year. Student committees were appointed to form a student council, homeroom, social activities and a handbook committee.

Seniors also lead in the process of choosing black and gold as the school colors, a bulldog as the mascot, the school song, The Growl school newspaper, The Beacon yearbook, and many sports and scholastic offerings.

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation shows they care during United Way event

The Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department participated in United Way’s Fall Day of Caring Sept. 21.

Volunteers also included 22 John Deere employees from all areas of the Quad-Cities and a member of the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club.

The project volunteers completed cleared the bike path at Crow Creek Park. Volunteers removed brush, dead trees and branches, and weeds to make the path safer and more visually appealing to those who use it.

The path is used by thousands of Quad-Cities residents each year.

Child development class seeks preschool-aged visitors

The Bettendorf High School Child Development class seeks children ages 2-4 and their parents to observe during its classes beginning at 10 a.m., Oct. 5 and 12. The visits allow the class to observe children in various developmental stages as they participate in free play and a variety of other interactions. Younger siblings are welcome.

Parents may register by emailing Beth Kieffer, Family & Consumer Science teacher at or by calling 563-332-7001.

LeClaire Apple Fest set for Sunday, Oct. 8

The LeClaire Lions Club will host its annual LeClaire Apple Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, on the levee in downtown LeClaire. The event features a variety of apple-based food and drink offerings, plus vendors, garden art and antique autos from the Q-C Antique Car Club. The Lions will also be serving brats and sauerkraut, chili, pork chop sandwiches and other lunch items. For more information, search LeClaire Apple Fest on Facebook.

PVHS Wall of Honor nominations will be accepted through Oct. 13

Pleasant Valley High School will accept nominations for its Wall of Honor through Oct. 13.

Nominations will be added to the pool of nominees from previous years. The selected nominee will be honored March 28 at Academic Awards Night at the high school.

The Wall of Honor program was established in 1999 to recognize distinguished alumni of Pleasant Valley High School.

To be considered for the honor, nominees must have graduated 10 years or more prior to induction and must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Outstanding career success
  • Significant contribution to the community or society
  • Demonstrated significant accomplishments in business or professional life
  • Distinguished human service

Nomination letters also should indicate reasons why the nominee should be considered for the Wall of Honor and include the nominee’s current address, telephone number and biography or resume.

Letters of nomination should be sent to:

D. Michael Zimmer, principal

Pleasant Valley Community High School

604 Belmont Road

Bettendorf, IA 52722

BMS fundraiser benefits student projects

Bettendorf Middle School is hosting its first Fall Community Yard Sale and Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 on the BMS field, 2030 Middle Road. The public is welcome to sell or browse a variety of merchandise and food.

Interested sellers may rent spaces of varying sizes to sell items including second-hand surplus, handmade crafts and home business merchandise. Once a space is rented, sellers may keep their own profits.

All event proceeds go to the BMS Student Projects Fund which allows teachers to request unique instructional resources, special materials and non-traditional supplies.

Food trucks are also invited to participate. Contact the school at 563-359-3686 to reserve a spot.

Baked goods from the BMS Bake Club and water will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 563-359-3686 or visit

Additional parking is available in the city lot at Faye’s Field, 18th Street and Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf.

Buffalo Bill Museum celebrates new children’s book with scavenger hunt

A new children’s book about LeClaire native Buffalo Bill Cody will be released at a celebration event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Buffalo Bill Museum, LeClaire.

Buffalo Bill and the Magic Amulet by Jude B. Rennie and Timothy W. Ayers, tells the story of Buffalo Bill Cody through the eyes of a time-traveling 12-year-old boy. Books will be on sale at the museum for $13.

Guests may meet co-author Timothy Ayers and children may participate in a scavenger hunt of items mentioned in the book.

Guests may also visit the museum’s exhibits. Admission to the museum for the event is free.

For more information, contact Beth Peters at 309-737-6150 or

Rivermont Collegiate partners with Y Quad-Cities Rowing for new program

Rivermont Collegiate has opened a competitive rowing program for its middle and high school students.

The Rivermont Rowing Academy is led by coach Deidrah Kennedy, a longtime rower and U.S. Rowing Association level 1 certified coach.

Student athletes will learn from former Olympians, college coaches, prep school coaches and national team rowers and will have the opportunity to travel throughout the Midwest and across the country to compete against top rowing programs.

For more information, call 563-359-1366 or visit

Black Hawk Hiking Club events

Oct. 14: Eagle Point Park in Clinton, 2:30 p.m. The hike will begin at the North Overlook, continue along stone trails and a stone bridge to the Lookout Tower then follow along rugged, steep trails to the Nature Center. For more information, visit

Oct. 28: Swiss Valley Nature Preserve near Dubuque, 2:30 p.m. One of the largest nature preserves in the Midwest with more than 10 miles of hiking trails radiating outward from the Visitor Center through forest, prairie and wetlands. Catfish Creek meanders through the preserve and is stocked with trout. For more information, visit

Le Claire Chamber of Commerce events

Here’s a look at upcoming events in Le Claire:

  • Oct. 8: Apple Fest
  • Oct. 10: Chamber networking event, noon, Crane & Pelican.
  • Oct. 21: Twilight Riverboat sightseeing cruises will be 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $16 adults, $8 children 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger but they must have tickets. Cruises will depart and return from the Port of LeClaire. The trip includes a captain’s narration and views of the river, its wildlife and river towns. A cash bar and gift shop are featured. Free coffee, tea, lemonade and water will be provided. There will be no food or snacks, but passengers can bring sack lunches. No coolers will be allowed. For reservations, visit
  • Oct. 21: Trivia at the Civic Center
  • Oct. 28: Witches' Walk and costume parade
  • Nov. 14: Chamber networking event, noon, Riverview Roadhouse.
  • Nov. 18: Trivia at the Civic Center
  • Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday
  • Dec. 1-3: Christmas in Le Claire
  • Dec. 2: Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K Run/Walk
  • Dec. 12: Chamber networking event, noon, Hungry Hobo, Le Claire.

City Editor/Bettendorf News Editor

Liz Boardman is the Quad-City Times City Editor, manages the Economy section and Bettendorf News, and is the house Freedom of Information Act geek. A Rock Island native, she joined the Times in 2016.