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June 23, 2010
Vol 6, No 1-10
MAKING OUR WATERS GREENER
July is all about
The ongoing drama
unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico helps all of us to focus on eco-friendly,
sustainable boating. That's what the July HeartLand Boating is all about.
Mike Bush, who took us
around the Great Loop with him, writes about his new duties as a RiverKeeper.
Speaking of the Great Loop,
RiverWalk is designed to
welcome both loopers and just people who enjoy nature. Here's part of what
boaters see there.
Shoreline Boat Club from the river. Photo by Joel Miller
second look at electric boats in the Boat Smart column, including these
Capt Davis visits an Island Pilot. The American Beauty. Photo by Rob
Photo by Pat Davis Hoberman
The first Marina Profile for July is located on Lake
Erie. It's Monroe's Marina at Barcelona Harbor and Pier.
Newcomer Randy DeVaul
writes about it. The second Marina Profile is Jamestown Marina & Resort, on Lake
Cumberland, by Bobbye Kenyon.
Jamestown Marina by air. Photo by John Kenyon, Offshore PR
Barcelona Harbor at twilight. Photo by Wendy Gollnitz
Our own Mark Gentry, an
advertising rep for HLB, participated in a
Mississippi River cleanup when Chad Pregracke's Living Lands and Waters
came to St Louis.
Pregracke, on the river. Photo by Mark Gentry
the crowd that turned out to work looked like before they set off to their
various assignments. Who knew the Mississippi had so much sand?
Photo by Mark Gentry
your eyes on the mailbox for the next issue, and keep thinking about our
beautiful heartland lands and waters.
EVENTS IN THE HEARTLAND
It's summer at last, and
that means it's time for fun! The folks in Davenport, Iowa, agree, which is why
July 22-25 is set aside to celebrate native son, Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, a
pioneer of jazz.
the Roaring '20s, he was a legendary cornetist, pianist and composer. The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival has
taken place since 1972 to honor the young genius whose career was cut short in 1931. When he died,
Beiderbecke was only 28 years old.
heard of the musician with the interesting name? Come to the festival and sop
up information in the happiest way as it celebrates "Bix and Friends" in
numerous locations. More bands are scheduled to play this year than in previous
Band concert, Le Claire Park
Remember, you can find a list of heartland events any time on our Web site. Exterior, Col Ballroom Interior, Col Ballroom Photos courtesy Quad Cities CVB
For the complete schedule, click here. Or, just
call the Bix Memorial Jazz Society office at 1-888-BIX-LIVS (249-5487) or (563)
Six bands are performing at the Bix Beiderbecke
Memorial Jazz Festival for the first time. Dan Levinson's Roof Garden Jass Bandwill be the featured band
at the gravesite ceremony on Saturday at Oakdale Memorial Gardens, along
with other performance times.
Other new bands include the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra,an ensemble dedicated to
early jazz, the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, and the Firecracker Jazz Band that
pays homage to the roots of jazz in New Orleans. As a special treat, Vince Giordanoof The Nighthawks has put
together an 11-piece ensemble that performs on Saturday night at the Col
Ballroom. The band includes Andy Stein on violin who is part of the house band
on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." Returning bands include the New Red Onion Jazz Babies and Josh
Duffee & His Orchestra.
For information about the Quad Cities, contact the
Quad Cities Convention &Visitors Bureau at 1-800-747-7800 or visit
its Web site.
City area, on the Mississippi River, is made up of the Cities of Davenport and
Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium,
featured on the cover of
our June issue, has drastically changed its exhibit about the Gulf of Mexico.
An empty 40,000-gallon fish tank is now a main feature of the exhibit,
according to a recent report on thehawkeye.com.
officials said they had grappled with an appropriate way to recognize the
crisis that the BP oil spill, now perhaps amounting to 120 million gallons of
crude oil and natural gas, has produced.
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IowaOn the up side, The Miami Herald's
Cammy Clark reported on
June 22 that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
has effectively downgraded
the risk to the Florida Keys. Billy Causey, southeast regional director of NOAA's
National Marine Sanctuary Program,
said that due partly to
changes in currents, the oil spewing from the well site does not have a clear
path to the Keys.
But the Florida Panhandle
hasn't escaped. Here is a slide show
from another Miami Herald story, by Laura
Figueroa and Carol Rosenberg. It talks about the "tar patties" washing up on
the shores of Okaloosa County, near Destin.
On Sunday, Jennifer Lebovich reported from the rig
drilling the relief well that everyone hopes will be the solution to the huge
spill. Click here to find out about
the technical details, and the urgency that crews feel about the work.
Beware of Tax Bills Under the Welcome MatOur friends at the Boat Owners Association of The United States, BoatUS,
write to warn about revenue-
starved states targeting boaters who make long
journeys. Apparently, budgets are now so tight that if boaters stay too long in
one place, you may become subject to local sales, use, excise, or property
In most states, a privately
owned recreational boat must be registered in the state where it is principally
used, and any taxes paid to that state. Problems can arise when the boat leaves
this principal-use state and enters a new one for a long visit, extended cruise
or lengthy repairs. States often offer "grace periods" ranging from 60 to 90
days. To help boaters understand this issue, BoatUS offers an online map highlighting
state sales and
Planning to stay a while
in a distant state? Be aware of
local tax implications.
Photo courtesy BoatUS
property tax rates with links to state tax departments, as well
as registration information and "grace periods."
presented with a U.S. map, and simply click on the state you need to learn
about. I discovered, for example, that Missouri offers a grace period of 60
Our Waterway Law columnist, Joan Wenner, JD, writes
to say that BoatUS--and probably other insurance companies as well--is advising policyholders they are covered for oil-spill damage in many
cases. Click here for more
information. A discussion forum, The Hull Truth, offers
information, too, Wenner said.
of the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves," Grandmother
always used to say. Hard to think of a better summer to remember the saying.
warm days with cool breezes,
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