News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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It's a bit earlier than usual, but a sure sign of the approaching holidays made its annual appearance Tuesday.  Thanks to a donation, a 35-foot blue spruce Christmas tree is now standing next to the iWireless Center in Moline.

The center's director of operations, Kevin Snodgrass, says his staff will spend the next month wiring and putting 30,000 lights on the tree. And it'll be lit next month during the annual Lighting of the Commons ceremony.

The tree was donated by Chris Zimmer of Moline, with help from Hampton Cranes and Marty's Tree Service. 

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Thanks to a grant, more nurses aides in Iowa will learn how to provide basic dental care to their patients.

Muscatine Center for Social Action

Thanks to a company in Britain, a homeless agency in Muscatine will get a much-needed make-over. This weekend, volunteers will re-paint the shelter run by the Muscatine Center for Social Action with chalk paint provided by Annie Sloan Interiors.

Center director Charla Schafer says to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Annie Sloan company donated paint to 25 projects around the world. And her center is one of just three in the US.

WVIK Staff

Members of the military and civilian employees paraded down Rodman Avenue on Arsenal Island Thursday. The Rock Island Arsenal held its annual "Join the Fight" march against domestic violence. 

Loras College

75 years after he died in World War II, a Navy chaplain will return to his home in eastern Iowa. Friday, Loras College in Dubuque will hold a vigil for Father Aloysius Schmitt.

Metro Link

The season ends this weekend for the Channel Cat Water Taxi. It will make its final trips across the Mississippi River on Saturday and Sunday. 

Hours for the final weekend will be 11 am until 6 pm.

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Volunteers turned out Wednesday morning to help preserve some local history. Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution cut brush and weeds from around the Campbell's Island Monument in East Moline.

The monument commemorates a battle during the War of 1812 between American soldiers and Native American warriors.

Even though it surpassed the goal last year, the United Way of the Quad Cities has scaled back its expectations for this year.

The new goal is 8.5 million dollars versus last year's pledges that totaled nearly 9 million. President Scott Crane says each year the United Way looks at the needs of the community and its capacity to give.

Results will be announced in late January, or February.

WVIK Staff

"This is about economic empowerment for women. We just dress it up in a suit." That's the idea behind Dress for Success Quad Cities, according to founder and director, Regina Haddock. 

Credit Genesis

A local hospital is trying to prevent the flu from spreading in the Quad Cities this fall, by targeting elementary schools. Starting today, Genesis will give flu vaccines to 9,000 children, for its 10th annual Flu-Free Quad Cities Campaign.