“Pacific Blue” Paint & Karmann Ghia’s

By Heila Rogers

Jim and Elise Beechwood have lived in their turquoise house at 1810 Franklin Street in Patty Jewett for 49 of the 54 years they’ve been married. In their drive, sits a row of matching cars — customized by Jim and painted “Pacific Blue” — the “best color ever for that car, I think.” The sleek-but-humble cars are part of his collection of Karmann Ghia’s, “the best body style ever,” according to Jim. They were made in Germany by Volkswagen with the engine at the back and were at first not imported to the U.S. Continue reading ““Pacific Blue” Paint & Karmann Ghia’s”


Pocket Park

Shooks RunThis small area with swings, a garden bench, a mosaic train sculpture and plantings is maintained by volunteers.  It’s located along the Shooks Run Trail, adjacent to the Good Neighbors Meeting House. Also nearby is the Casa Verde Commons cohousing community.

Map of local Rock Island & Shooks Run trails.