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Feb. 7, 2011
Vol 2, No 1-11  

Meet the Winners of HLB Photo Contest


David Mann Wins First Prize


More than one person said how hard it was to judge from all the fine photos that our contest brought forth. But, we managed to select five beautiful photos. David Mann of Columbus, Ind.,Kris Kruckman of Eau Claire, Wis., and Bill Dulin of Affton, Mo., all won HeartLand Boating gift packages containing a soft-sided cooler, calendar, gift subscription, and a pair of complementary tickets to the St Louis Boat & Sportshow.


Take a look for yourself.


David Mann

Labor Day 2010, Louisville area

Photo by David Mann



Apostle Islands, Lake Superior.
Photo by Kris Kruckman



Bill Dulin by the Arch.

Photo by Kilburn Adams


Here are the pictures by Dennis Goodner of  Maryville, Tenn., and Dick Smith of Joplin, Mo that will appear during 2011 in HeartLand Boating.



The Afternoon Delight

Photo by Dennis Goodner 



Loose Crew on the Tennessee River below Pickwick Lake

Photo by Dick Smith 

Congratulations to all, and thanks to all who entered the contest.


Excitement Builds for St Louis Boat & SportShow


Do these pictures from last month's Nashville Boat & Sportshow get your juices flowing?

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Photos by Mark Gentry


If so, get ready for some boat show! The St Louis Boat & Sportshow,that is.


Go ahead, tell yourself that it's educational. The NMMA's Ellen Hopkins tells us that the boater and outdoors classroom series, a feature for many years, is even better this year. Star deckboss Russell Newberry from "Deadliest Catch" will appear, along with the wonderful Dock Dogs. Here's what looks like a golden retriever from last year's competition.



Photo courtesy NMMA


But maybe even better than the wet pooches, stop by Booth 1441 and say Hi! to a staff member. Here's a picture Sandy Steele took in 2008 of me, Lee Braff, in red jacket, and Mark Gentry, in blue shirt, talking to readers.



Photo courtesy Sandy Steele


See those snappy yellow bags? They're free. So are magazines and calendars. The Quimby's Cruising Guides are almost free, with the wonderful Boat Show Special we offer--our best all year.


All this, plus a chance to win an Acrobat Stunt Tube. The prize for this drawing lets you play in the water all summer long.

News for Boaters


Red Cross appeals for blood


Late in January, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross  announced that severe winter weather in the heartland of North America had caused cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations.

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Photo courtesy American Red Cross


"We have not seen the January supply drop this dramatically in a decade and we need to reverse this now", said Scott L. Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. "You don't wait to refuel once you've run out of gas."


All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


The Red Cross urges all eligible donors in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days, and those in affected areas to donate as soon as travel is deemed safe, by visiting redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


ORSANCO River Sweep Poster Contest winners named


The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) has announced its winners in the 17th annual River Sweep Poster Contest. The River Sweep is an annual riverbank cleanup held each year along the Ohio River and its major tributaries.


The Grand Prize Winner is Sarah Moinuddean, of Vienna, W.Va. She is an eighth-grader at Jackson Middle School, Vienna. She will receive a $500 US Savings Bond and her artwork will be used in promoting the 2011 River Sweep. In addition the art department at Jackson Middle School will receive $100 for art supplies.



Moinuddean's prize-winning poster Courtesy ORSANCO


The T-shirt design winner is Haven Carter, Evansville, Ind. Haven is a sophomore at Benjamin Bosse High School, Evansville, Ind. She will receive a $500 US Savings Bond and her poster design will be used as the T-shirt design for all River Sweep shirts. Each person participating in the River Sweep receives a free T-shirt.


Out of a total of 2,000 entries, Jeanne Ison, project director, said 15 other young people won first place, at least one in each grade level kindergarten through 12th grade. They each will receive a $50 US Savings Bond.


The 2011 River Sweep will be conducted Saturday, June 18. Persons interested in more information about the Sweep can contact Jeanne Ison at (513) 231-7719 or 1-800-359-3977.


Eat more lionfish--"The Lionfish Cookbook" published


Reuters recently reported that the Key Largo-based REEF conservation organization has released "The Lionfish Cookbook," a collection of 45 recipes. Members of the group hope it will help counter an invasion of the non-native reddish brown-striped fish in Florida waters. The cookbook sells for $16.95.


"It's absolutely good eating -- a delicacy. It's white meat, very buttery," Lad Akins, director of special projects for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), told Reuters. He wrote the cookbook along with professional chef Tricia Ferguson. 


Red lionfish, a prickly predator armed with flaring venomous spines like a lion's mane that give them their name, are native to the South Pacific, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.U.S. government researchers believe the fish was introduced into Florida waters during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 when an aquarium broke, and a few fish entered Miami's Biscayne Bay. With few natural predators, they have been rapidly expanding in Caribbean and Atlantic waters. 


Akins says the fish, which lives among coral, can be netted, speared or caught by rod and reel, but he recommends handling them with puncture-proof gloves to avoid a painful prick from the venomous spines. Lionfish meat is safe to eat and contains no venom.


"The venom is only in the spines. Cooking the fish would denature the venom, even if you left the spines on. It's simple enough just to cut the spines off," he said.


Order the cookbook here

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FloteBote Floats a Cool Contest


Want a pontoon boat? You could win one


Harris FloteBote has announced a photo contest and it could hardly be simpler. As the poster on their Web site says, just Point, click, win. 


First, visit a FloteBote dealership or attend a boat show. Take a photo of yourself in front of a Harris FloteBote pontoon. Then, enter the contest by ssubmitting the photo at a 2011 Boat Show or authorized dealership featuring Harris FloteBote products. Don't forget to go to FloteBote's Facebook page. Entries accepted through March 31.


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The grand prize is an Apple iPad 16GB Wi-fi, and second prizes are one of six iPod Nano 8gb with Multi-Touch to be given away at regular intervals throughout the contest.



Winners will be selected by random drawing, conducted by Harris FloteBote contest administrators. Enter early for more chances to win! If entry wins an iPod Nano, it will not be eligible for subsequent iPod drawings, but will be included in the grand prize drawing for the Apple iPad. Check the Harris FloteBote page regularly for winner announcements and to see other entries.


Important: Only photos taken at a 2011 Boat Show or at an authorized dealership clearly showing a Harris FloteBote pontoon in the background will qualify.


View official contest rules here. Only persons residing in Canada and United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Good luck!    

Lee Braff    

HeartLand Boating Offices