Join Riverdale as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King on January 17th.

Join Riverdale as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King on January 17th.

Mayoral Proclamation MLK Jr DayAfter years of campaigning by activists, members of Congress and Coretta Scott King, among others, in 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S. federal holiday in honor of King. Observed on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Day was first celebrated in 1986.

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Mayor Anthony Heddlesten officially recognized MLK Day within the City of Riverdale with an official, mayoral proclamation.

Martin Luther King Day Proclamation for January 17, 2022

The Proclamation

Whereas, the struggle for freedom and equality has deep roots in the Quad City community, from the 1857 Dred Scott decision to the current social justice movement and countless events and contributions in between.

Whereas, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. contributed significantly to the identity and culture of our great nation through his contributions towards creating a more just and equitable world for all.”

Whereas, Dr. King’s vision of America is still an important and laudable dream to strive for.

Whereas, the 1994 King Holiday and Service Act (Act) charges all Americans to honor the birthday of Dr. King by engaging in “activities reflecting the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., such as cooperation and understanding among racial and ethnic groups, nonviolent conflict resolution, equal economic and educational opportunities, and social justice.”

Whereas, inscribed in Washington, DC on his memorial and in his own words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Whereas,all residents, visitors, and employees of the City of Riverdale are encouraged to, in the honor of Dr. King, and spirit of the Act, engage in activities as they best see fit to move our community, our State, and our Nation towards these laudable ideals that Dr. King espoused, affecting all people in a positive manner.

Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Anthony Heddlesten, Mayor of the City of Riverdale, Iowa, do hereby proclaim January 17th, 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

as a Day of Service in Riverdale, and call upon the people of our community to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. King not only on this day, but throughout the entire year.

January 4 was Ava Griswold Day in Riverdale.

January 4 was Ava Griswold Day in Riverdale.

On January 4, 2022, long-time Riverdale resident, Ava Griswold McFarlin died peacefully at her home. Ava and her first husband, Paul Griswold, married in 1942 and raised six children – many of whom grew up in Riverdale and attended Pleasant Valley Schools. One of those children, Mark Griswold, attended the meeting of the Riverdale City Council on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and received a mayoral proclamation honoring Ava and her long residency in the City from Mayor Anthony Heddlesten.

Mayoral Proclamation – Ava McFarlin Day

The Proclamation

Whereas, the City of Riverdale lost a long-time resident and friend to all of Riverdale on 4 January 2022.

Whereas, Ava, in her own words, said, “you can only live so long and I want to do it my way.”

Whereas, Ava had a great sense of humor, a sharp tongue, and loved to embellish any truths to her advantage.

Whereas, Ava was a nurse by vocation, having received a diploma from the Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, Iowa; put those skills to work for family, friends, and neighbors; and could always be counted on for being prepared and giving advice.

Whereas, Ava had a tremendous amount of energy all through her life and loved shopping for clothes, collecting tchotchkes, entertaining friends and social groups, and had a very independent spirit.

Whereas, Ava raised six children, had 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and a couple of grand dogs, some of whom can be found right here in Riverdale. (along with lifelong friend and neighbor, Teri Stickler)

Whereas, Ava was active in her community in groups such as the League of Women Voters, the Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, the YMCA, the Quad City Hiking Club, and as a hospice and mental health volunteer.

Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Anthony Heddlesten, Mayor of the City of Riverdale, Iowa, do hereby proclaim January 4th, 2022

Ava June Irwin Griswold McFarlin Day in Riverdale, Iowa.

January 12 is COVID-19 Awareness Day.

January 12 is COVID-19 Awareness Day.

The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States hard and the Quad Cities has seen its share of infection, sickness and death. By the end of the first week in January, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Scott County saw an increase of 257.6 cases/day of new COVID-19 infections since Dec. 27. Scott County’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic jumped to 34,626.

The Iowa Department of Public Health released one more troubling COVID-19 statistic — Scott County’s positivity rate stood at 27% Wednesday.

Here in Riverdale, we’ve had residents suffer with COVID infections and we’ve had some residents succumb to illness. That’s why, in the interest of public education and awareness, Mayor Anthony Heddlesten issued the following Mayoral Proclamation at the first meeting of the Riverdale City Council on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Mayoral Proclamation Designating January 12 as COVID-19 Awareness Day in Riverdale

The Proclamation

Whereas, COVID-19 cases are increasing significantly within our region.

Whereas, the Scott County Health Department encourages masking when in indoor spaces, social distancing, getting vaccinated, and getting boosted, if eligible.

Whereas, more information on COVID-19 safety is available from the Scott County Health Department’s COVID-19 website at the following link:

Whereas, vaccines can be found near our community by visiting the website: or by calling 1-800-232-0233.

Whereas, indoor mask wearing is encouraged in areas of “High” or “Substantial” community transmission as defined on the CDC’s website located here:

Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Anthony Heddlesten, Mayor of the City of Riverdale, Iowa, do hereby proclaim January 12th, 2022


In the City of Riverdale, Iowa and call upon the people of the community and City staff to review the information provided by our County and National medical experts, consult with their own personal physicians, and do all they can to help reduce community transmission and save lives.