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Too Many Elephants in the Room!!

April 2nd, 2020

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate On my visit to South Africa in 2015, I was surprised to learn that there are too many elephants! With so many environmental groups fighting to prevent the poaching of these emblematic creatures for their ivory tusks, it was ironic to learn that as early as five years ago, the African parks were actually dealing with elephant over-population. Then, an estimated 120,000 elephants roamed the vast, unfenced preserves of Botswana under the protection of armed, patrolling rangers. Today there are 130,000. But that’s just the Botswana elephant... Read More

In Which Linda Ballou Shares Part Two of Her Recent ‘Deep Dive Down Under’ ~ Including Palm Cove, Daintree Forest and Sydney

March 5th, 2020

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate From the extreme arid red center of Australia, our Overseas Adventure Travel group flew to North Queensland during the onset of the “wet season” from January to April. This region receives on average 10-feet of rain each year. Our gracious accommodations at the Beach House in Palm Cove overlooked a stunning white sand beach. The tropical waters looked inviting, but informed tourists kept to the shore. Saltwater crocodiles lurk in these waters along with box and stinger jellyfish in the summer. A massive swimming pool replicating a sandy... Read More

Linda Ballou Shares Part One of Her Recent ‘Deep Dive Down Under’

February 20th, 2020

The ultimate Australian experience with Overseas Adventure Travel is a journey through a maze of micro-climates, multi-cultures and natural wonders. It begins in Melbourne and ends in Sydney; on the way taking in Alice Springs, Uluru, the Daintree forest (the oldest tropical forest on earth), and the threatened Great Barrier Reef. Melbourne is a vibrant city full of life proud of its rich heritage. A liberal sprinkling of tree-tunnels, gardens, and other green spaces throughout the city make it an exciting, yet soothing place to be on foot. Gleaming, ultra-modern skyscrapers are juxtaposed against... Read More

Curious About Sci-Fi, Magic, And D&D? Check Out This Dickens Of A Shop

February 3rd, 2020

Looking for different dragons to slay than just the ones offering bad pickup lines? A local science-fiction and curio shop is looking to offer “more than just bars and church events” in the area on weekend nights, boasting a slate to ultimately include gaming, trivia nights, dungeons and dragons, Magic and more. Dickens’ Curiosity Shop, 207 W. 2nd St., opened two years ago, and since then has been expanding its universe of collectibles, books and art items for sale on its shelves. Along with that growth has come an expansion of the store’s place in the local entertainment galaxy. “We’re... Read More

Give A Gift To Help Others This Holiday Season With MCSA

November 25th, 2019

If you’re looking to have a substantive impact on someone’s life in this season of generosity, the MCSA gift guide allows you to give a hand up to those in need. The guide, which can be accessed at www.mcsaiowa.org, allows patrons to select a donation amount on behalf of yourself or your loved ones that will help families in need through MCSA. If you request, MCSA will send you a card for each item purchased, allowing you to let your loved ones know you donated to MCSA on their behalf. There are a variety of donation levels and suggested items of greatest need. For example, $176 can shelter... Read More

How To Avoid Plumbing Issues For A Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2019

The delicious bounty of food enjoyed on Thanksgiving can lead to a far-less-enjoyable bounty of issues with sewer and plumbing systems in the days after the holiday. Everything from sinks to toilets to garbage disposals can become clogged, leaving people far from grateful. Fortunately, the contractors who employ the skilled professionals of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 25 in Rock Island can provide the service and expertise needed to fix any problems as they arise.   While many people spend the day shopping for the best holiday deals, plumbing professionals deal with the rush... Read More

National Diabetes Month Raising Awareness In Muscatine County

October 22nd, 2019

Observed every November, National Diabetes Month is an important element for the Muscatine Diabetes Walk Project as they focus to support, empower and encourage individuals living with all types of diabetes in Muscatine County. Approximately 422 million people worldwide manage their diabetes daily. Approximately 30 million people (Type 1: 1.25 million and Type 2: 29.1 million) Approximately 300,365 people in Iowa manage their diabetes daily. In addition, 810,000 people in Iowa, 35.2% of the adult population have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to diagnose... Read More

Rivera Dancing His Way To Fame

October 14th, 2019

Ben Rivera has been taking steps towards a dancing career since he began treading the boards as a student growing up in Muscatine and now he’s hoping that practice and dedication is about to take him across the hallowed paths to Broadway – with the hottest show in the world. Rivera was back in town recently to teach a master class at Momentum Dance Force and was excited to share the news that he’s being considered for a part in “Hamilton.” “That would be the dream, to be on Broadway,” Rivera said excitedly. “I’ve been in callbacks for ‘Hamilton’ and so we’ll see what happens.... Read More

From France To Springer To Muscatine With Jodi Hansen

October 11th, 2019

Jodi Hansen’s path has wound from Muscatine to France to “The Jerry Springer Show” to MTV to PBS and back home again, and while every stop has been eventful and intriguing, one thing she’s learned is that there’s noplace quite like home. Born and raised in the Pearl City, Hansen is currently the director of the Muscatine Convention and Visitors Bureau, and has been a part of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce team since she returned to her old stomping grounds in 2012. Her passion for Muscatine is obvious and palpable. She’s worked to promote greater livability and accessibility... Read More

Osaka Offering A Fresh Sushi Option For Muscatine

September 29th, 2019

Looking for a catch of the week that doesn’t involve noodling the flooded Mississippi River? If you’re  jonesing for Japanese you won’t have to fish far for satisfying sushi and sashimi any longer. Osaka restaurants in Moline, Davenport and Muscatine offer fresh dishes from the land of the rising sun roll, and they’re a Godzilla-sized hit. While other local outlets have offered sushi as part of their broader menus, Osaka is unique in its sole dedication to Japanese cuisine, as well as its environment and presentation. Walk inside and you’re immersed in an expansive, warm crimson... Read More

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