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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/11/24 18:30:00 (2595 reads)

Mercer Communities wants to help inform our area of who is running for what - and WHO they really are. Now more than ever, the "people" need to be making informed decisions in their voting - and we ALL need to be voting.

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/11/21 1:43:44 (1219 reads)

The right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children has been recognized and upheld for centuries. But there are dark clouds on the horizon.

Today parental rights are coming under assault from federal judges who deny or refuse to recognize these rights. Adding further danger to the child-parent relationship, international law seeking to undermine the parental role is advancing on the horizon. Together, these threats are converging to create a "perfect storm" that looms over the child-parent relationship.

    In the early 1980s, a landmark parental rights case reached the Washington State Supreme Court. The case involved 13-year-old Sheila Marie Sumey, whose parents were alarmed when they found evidence of their daughter's participation in illegal drug activity and escalating sexual involvement. Their response was to act immediately to cut off the negative influences in their daughter's life by grounding her.

    But when Sheila went to her school counselors complaining about her parent's actions, she was advised that she could be liberated from her parents because there was "conflict between parent and child." Listening to the advice she had received, Sheila notified Child Protective Services (CPS) about her situation. She was subsequently removed from her home and placed in foster care.

    Her parents, desperate to get their daughter back, challenged the actions of the social workers in court. They lost. Even though the judge found that Sheila's parents had enforced reasonable rules in a proper manner, the state law nevertheless gave CPS the authority to split apart the Sumey family and take Sheila away.

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/11/21 1:30:00 (3217 reads)

Woo Hoo - we can all do a VICTORY dance!

Ron Paul wins a key battle in war to open Fed's books
November 19, 2009 | 5:42 pm

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Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who is perhaps the Federal Reserve’s most implacable enemy, scored a big win Thursday on Capitol Hill: The House Financial Services Committee approved adding to a financial-system reform bill Paul’s provision to begin federal reviews of the central bank’s operations, including its interest-rate decisions.

The vote on the audit provision amendment was 43-26.

Paul has for years asserted that the Fed, which by design is independent of the federal government, was corrupt and that its monetary policy would drive America to ruin by debasing the dollar.

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/11/16 3:10:00 (2590 reads)

Schilling Visits Thomson Correctional Facility

Says we cannot afford to be short-sighted

EAST MOLINE, IL-- Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th Congressional District, visited the Thomson Correctional Facility today. Thomson Correctional Facility is under consideration to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. Schilling criticized the proposal, calling it "short-sighted" but also said that he supports filling Thomson with federal criminals, just not Al-Qaida terrorists.

"Our politicians tend to be a little short sighted at times," said Schilling. "That explains why we have a skyrocketing national debt and the highest unemployment rate since President Carter. It is almost as if as soon as someone says the word 'jobs' they will fully support the measure, even if it means bringing Al-Qaeda terrorists within 50 miles of their residents. We can create jobs by bringing federal prisoners here, we don't need to bring Al-Qaida terrorists here in order to create jobs.

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/8/21 15:55:59 (2505 reads)

Schilling to Host Health Care Town Halls
Challenger to travel district hearing from voters

EAST MOLINE-- Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois, will host a series of town hall events, concerning health care, across the Illinois 17th Congressional district.

"This is going to be great opportunity to hear the health care concerns of voters in the 17th district," said Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress. "Health care reform will effect everyone and we want to make sure that everyone is heard. Whether they are Democrats, Republicans or Independents, their concerns and questions are all very important."

Bobby continued, "As the father of nine, with another child on the way, lowering health care costs is a primary objective."

Bobby Schilling is the father of nine, a local business owner and a candidate for the Illinois 17th Congressional District.

Below are confirmed town hall locations and times:

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/7/8 10:50:00 (2763 reads)

Congressional Candidate Bobby Schilling Q&A

Congressional Candidate for district 17 Bobby Schilling will be conducting a public Q & A at the Moline Public Libraary on Thursday, July 9, 2009. District 17 includes all of Mercer County. We'd like to encourage all that can be there to attend.

Date: 07/09/09
Time:: 6:00 PM - 07/09/09 8:00 PM

Moline Public Library
3210 41st St.
Moline, IL 61265

Bobby Schilling will also be attending New Boston's Annual Fish Fry on Saturday - August 16th, 2009 and is very exited about meeting our local residents.

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/6/1 16:00:00 (4530 reads)

Dave McDonaldTom, Clint & Bill

Saturday, May 30th was a fun & musical day at Fish Fry Park in New Boston. The fundraising event was organized by Dave & Missy McDonald, whom is also in charge of the Fish Fry entertainment. I was in total awe of the musical talent that came out to help support the New Boston Fish Fry fundraiser.

Drums, guitars, & sound system were furnished so that all that wanted to could join in, plus many musicians also brought their own instruments. Even the youth that got on the make shift stage to play were amazingly talented. Zach Simpson started the “Star Bangled Banner” while Mason Vestal and little David McDonald followed along for a salute to our country that thoroughly impressed this Veteran.

Along with the above mentioned youth, musicians that joined in were Dave McDonald, Clint Nelson, Ben Barnard, Doug Ferguson, Rich Vestal, Lance Dale, Tom Dale, David Shearer, Marc Sholewater, Mike Whitehall, Derek Schmitt, Mark Shearer, Mark Fourdyce, & Bill Rudd on the harmonica. If any musician was missed, my sincere apologies - I tried to write everybody all down but may have missed a few.

Food & beverages were served by Missy McDonald and a few local children. Dale Beam cooked the pork chops. Terri Dale assisted by helping with 50/50 & Small Mart gift certificate raffles. Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Chris Defrieze, which he generously donated back for the cause. Mike Dale won the Small Mart gift certificate. $600+ was raised for the Fish Fry.

The Community Club of New Boston has been working hard this last year to help revive our main annual event, to include bringing J&M Amusements for carnival rides. New Boston Fish Fry dates are August 14-16. Please contact the following people for more information on the Fish Fry: Entertainment contact Dave & Missy McDonald 563-260-4211. Princess/Queen Pageant will begin in June, contact Tammy Phillips at 309-587-8303, for Vendor & Crafter information contact Ralyn Schraceo at 309-587-3223,. Volleyball contact Doug Ayers, and for Parade & any other information, please contact Lenise Phillips at 309-587-8505.

Open Jam Fish Fry Fundraiser Photos

More Pictures + Videos on their way...

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Posted by Ralyn on 2009/2/3 15:50:00 (2554 reads)

CPSC grants one year stay on testing

Stay in effect until Feb. '10 on most, but not all products

-- Kids Today, 2/2/2009 7:19:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.

The stay does not apply to:

Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:

1. The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008.
2.. The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009.
3. The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009.
4. The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.
5. Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.

Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and
Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

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For the Actual Updates please refer to CPCS web site:

The following new entries have been posted to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's web page on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 located at in What's New:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products (

Stay of Enforcement of Testing and Certification Requirements - Draft Federal Register Notice, January 30, 2009 (

Public Comments on Civil Penalty Criteria - Section 217(b)(2) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, January 22, 2009 (

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Posted by Ralyn on 2008/12/23 19:39:35 (2474 reads)

The Community Club of New Boston now has their own web site pages - right here on!! Check back often to see what's going on and what's in the works for the club...

Click Here to view The Community Club page(s)

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