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Rick's Six: Arctic air, VandeReubens, street talk and new jobs for Davenport

Rick's Six: Arctic air, VandeReubens, street talk and new jobs for Davenport

NWS: Weather summary

1. A raw start to the day

Wind chill chart

A good Wednesday to all. Arctic air is currently pushing through the Quad-City region bringing with it nasty wind-chill values and a chance of snow. Here are the details from the National Weather Service.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 16 degrees. Wind-chill values will be as low as -10 degrees. Northwest winds around 15 mph will produce gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight brings a 30 percent chance of snow between midnight and 5 a.m. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 8 degrees. Wind-chill values will be as low as -5 degrees. Northwest winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 14 degrees and wind-chill values as low as -5 degrees. Northwest winds will be around 10 mph.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 1 degree and wind-chill values as low as -15 degrees.


2. Reviving the VandeReuben: Belgian Village To Go finds its stride


Devon Manning spreads saukerkraut over corned beef and slices of bread to fill orders with Belgian Village To Go. 

At first, you wouldn’t think the VandeReuben is still alive. Inside the Moline family restaurant that’s been in Katie Manning’s family for 40 years, you can tell this place used to be something special.

So, you wouldn’t think people travel from hours away or plan their week around coming to the original Belgian Village Inn or that, in the kitchen, Manning and her brother are furiously filling orders.

The VandeReuben is still alive, and, if you can believe it, it might just be bigger than ever. Read more.

3. Church neighbors speak out against vacating Davenport street

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church has withdrawn a request to the Davenport Plan and Zoning Commission to consider vacating the 900-1000 block of East Rusholme Street to create a campus for the church and adjacent school.

An application by St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church to have the city of Davenport vacate a full block of East Rusholme Street to the church is meeting stiff resistance by neighbors who say it will cause serious traffic and safety problems in other parts of the neighborhood. Read more.

4. Sterilite eyes Davenport for plant with 500 jobs

Sterilite announcement

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch and City Council members announce Tuesday that the Sterilite Corp. of Townsend, Massachusetts, is considering the construction of a manufacturing and distribution center contingent on local and state incentives. 

Sterilite Corp., a Massachusetts plastics manufacturer, is moving toward building a 2.5 million-square-foot facility in Davenport that would mean 500 new jobs over five years, city officials said Tuesday. The manufacturing and distribution operation would open in early 2018. Read more.

5. 17 fun things to do this year in the Q-C


Richard Jacobsen of Muscatine poses for a photograph Saturday during the fourth annual Icestravaganza at the Freight House in Davenport.

It’s officially 2017, which means you have 52 fresh weekends to fill with Quad-City fun. How will you choose where to spend your Friday and Saturday (and, of course, a few weeknights, too)? When it comes to arts, music, theater and other entertainment to-dos, there’s a lot to look forward to this year. From new winter music festivals to summer staples such as River Roots Live, 2017 is already shaping up to be a fun one. Here are 17 options for fun in 2107. Read more.

6. Not your typical resale shop

The Treasure Chest

A selection of jewelry and other trinkets is on display at The Treasure Chest in Rock Island. Dennis Harker opened the Treasure Chest resale store to help fund activities for his nonprofit, the Quad-City Missing Persons Network.

Dennis Harker walks through the narrow aisles of his newly opened resale shop, teasing, “You never know what to expect in a store like this.”

He shows off an old brass bed frame, a Treadle sewing machine from the 1930s and some antique dishes once belonging to the Iowa Theatre Artists Company, which until recently performed in the Amana Colonies.

He dubs it “The Treasure Chest.” The name fits, as any eager pirate on the hunt knows, this chest may not be buried but it’s also not all that easy to find.

Tucked behind O’Reilly Auto Parts on 11th Street, Rock Island, and across the street from Chippiannock Cemetery, Harker’s shop sits inside a retrofitted 1930s house at 2754 12th St. that used to be Colman Florist before that business moved downtown. Check back later today at or in Thursday's print editions of the Quad-City Times for the complete story.


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