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  12-31-05 

As the Sun Sets On Another Year ........ Good by to  20005 ------  This is neat looking sunset taken of the deck at Sharky's Restaurant a few weeks ago .  I thought it was very appropriate for closing out the year. Its looking up Dardenne Slough towards the power-lines.  Neat colors and an ominous looking sky.  Have a safe  and happy New Years celebration this evening.  Its been a very good year for RIverBill's.....And .......Next year is going to be better yet.    We have all kinds of changes, additions and improvements planned.  So keep your anchor right here for another year.

HAPPY NEW YEARS

TO EVERYONE !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  12-30-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ As the sun sets on another year we are going to post sunsets for the last few days that remain !  

 

  This is a shot of a gorgeous sunset that Dave Kelly, out of Woodland marina,  took while crossing the Gulf of Mexico after traveling down the Mississippi River on one of his boat delivery trips in mid December.

 

Bill says....Thanks for all of the great pictures Dave !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 

Coast Guard Division 17 Is Now Part of Division 03  ------ Barbara Rhoades, Flotilla Commander 03-04, has provided us with an update about how Division 17 has been combined with Division 03.   Click Here.

 

Thanks for the update Barbara 


  12-28-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ Is the 1st entry in the December Grafton Ferry Picture Contest.  Its a fantastic sunset taken Monday evening from the deck of the Grafton Ferry,.... and.... it was taken by last month's winner...... Captain Carl Seidler from Godfrey, Illinois.   

 

  Enter your picture and for a chance to win 2 free round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry !    See rules below.  Click here to see the pictures entered in the Oct and Nov contests.

New Feature ~ River Picture of the Day - 1 Year Ago Today  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago today ! 

Great Lakes May Be Separated From Mississippi River Again   ------ According to a story on KSDK News Channel 5, officials are looking into separating the Great Lakes from the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers again.  As most of you know, the City of Chicago reversed the flow of the Chicago River about a 100 years ago to keep their sewage out of Lake Michigan and their drinking water.  Now, in order to halt the spread of  invasive species' they are looking into separating the two bodies of water again.  I think that would be good news for the river !  For the complete story go to 5KSDK .

Added More Links to  River Towns & Things ------ Added links in the left hand column to 3 more river towns.  All of these are in Calhoun County, Illinois....Batchtown, Brussels and Golden Eagle.  Also added a link to the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge in Calhoun County, IL..........Check'em out !

Linda Pohlman    ------ Linda Pohlman,  who was a cook at Kinder's Restaurant, died on Friday, Dec 23.    For more information go to the On-line Alton Telegraph.


  12-27-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ was sent in by Captain Dave Kelly out of Woodland Marina.  Its a mature eagle on the ice on the river.  What a good picture !

River Bill says........Thanks for the picture Dave !

Captain Jack's Website    ------ Added a bunch of pictures from the Grand Opening and the Spaghetti Wresting Contest to Capt'n Jack's website.  Click on their link on the right and ....Check it out !


  12-26-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ was sent in by Jim Vineyard of the Duck Club.   Jim took this one of an eagle in a tree last winter up-river form the clubhouse.  

 

River Bill says........Good picture Jim !

Could Be Best Year Ever for Eagle Watching    ------ The Illinois Department Of Natural Resources made a press release on Dec 21, 2005 stating that this could be one of the best years ever to see the majestic eagles.  Cold weather has caused the waters in many of the northern rivers, lakes and streams to freeze over inviting the eagles to head for this area.  For more information go to http://dnr.state.il.us/

Open River    ------ Here is a pic from the Winfield Live-Cam.  Looks like the river is open, but there is still ice collecting above the Winfield Dam.

The 2nd Nature Band    ------ 2nd Nature, the 2005 Jamaica Daze band,  is continuing their tour on RiverBill's.   Thanks for staying on-board Guys ...And....Keep On Rocking !


  12-25-05 

Merry Christmas  

To All 

from....

www.RiverBills.com


  12-24-05 

It Was The Night Before Christmas ........ 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

 

 

Boating Friends  --------- Celebrating at the City Club in St. Charles last night


  12-23-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is another shot of an eagle.  This one is on an ice flow in the Illinois River, taken by Charles Wickenhauser who is the Manager of Grafton Harbor.  Charles wrote in his e-mail;

 

Hi Bill,

 

Here's a couple of more pictures.  The first is some docks arriving for assembly and the second picture is one of the Grafton Harbor's very first transient guest.  

 

Regards,

Charles Wickenhauser

Manager Grafton Harbor

 River Bill says.......What a neat eagle picture.  I have never seen one riding an ice flow.  And..... thanks Charles for the update on Grafton Harbor.  Looks like the new docks are setting on the Missouri side of the river in this picture because the bluffs are in the background across the confluence..

Con Trios Yacht Club's Christmas Donations -----  

 

   As most in the Contrios Group know, Contrios is a non profit organization.    The pricing of our parties it planned to about break even. With the profit for our raffles, the club is usually above board.    At the end of each year, Contrios donates the extra money to a group, usually in our area, and usually who help us in some way on the river.

   This year $1000.00 was awarded to The Orchard Farm Fire Dept. for some needed equipment.   These people do a lot more for the river crowd than most will ever know.

 

  This also brings up our spur of the moment PASS THE HAT at our Christmas party. 

  For several years, we were in the Toys For Tots program, which went fairly well.  But, after many conversations with our members, it was decided that there were so many needy, so close to home, that keeping our money local would be better.

 

  When we passed the hat at this years Christmas party, we raised $620.00 in about 10 minutes.   This is something everyone can be proud of.  But, most do not know what happened to their money.

  For the past couple of years, we have given it to the  pastor of The Trinity Lutheran Church in Orchard Farm.    It is cash in his pocket, for last minute emergencies, that make the difference, for some, of having, or not having, a Christmas at all.    Pastor Gaunt has done a fine job, and his discretion has made our money go a long way.

  For pride and confidentiality reasons, the distribution of the money is shared with only a few, but trust me, you can all be so very proud of what you have done.

WARM CHRISTMAS WISHES TO ALL 

 

                         Contrios Yacht Club

Luttrell Marine Has a New Featured Boat -----  Just in time for Christmas...Luttrell Marine has a new "Featured Boat".  It is a 1984, 51' Bluewater Yachts Coastal Cruiser. Click here.....And ......Check it out .

Get a Discount on Your Boat Insurance -----  Patrolman Lou Amighetti e-mailed me yesterday morning after seeing the Missouri Boater Education Courses were listed in the "Upcoming Events".   Lou is the Public Information Officer for this district and would like to remind everyone that many insurance companies give discounts for successfully completing these courses.  

   If you are interested in taking one of the classes, your 1st chance is right around the next buoy..........Dec. 27 and Dec 28  at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D, St. Charles, MO 63304  

  Check RiverBill's "Upcoming Events" at the top of the left hand column for more info and class dates in Jan, Feb and March

 

River Bill says...Thanks for the info Lou.     Keep up the good work !

Grafton Flea Market -----  Added the Riverside Flea Market (Grafton) dates to the "Upcoming Events"  page.    The flea market is open on the 4th weekend of the month from April through October.    Take a look !


  12-22-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is a great shot of an eagle taken by Captain Glenn Sadowski out of Woodland Marina.  He wrote in his e-mail;

 

Hey There Bill,

 

This is a photo that Maribeth and I snapped out here today.(Sat 12-17) ....

We had to break a little ice to get out of the marina.

We cruised around the islands and saw approx. 35 Eagles.

 

Thanks,

Cap't Glenn

 River Bill says.......What a great shot of such a magnificent bird....Thanks Glenn.

We are sure lucky to have the river so close, it's a great place in the Summer and in the Winter too.  Eagles are such beautiful birds and they are right here for our viewing all Winter long.  Great photo !  

Missouri Boater Education Course  ------ will be held at the August A. Bush Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D in St. Charles Dec. 27 and Dec 28. 

  Call 573 - 751-3333 or go to  www.mswp.dps.mo.gov  for more information

  

  Check RiverBill's "Upcoming Events" at the top of the left hand column for more dates in Jan, Feb and March

New Director ~ Great River Habitat Alliance  ------ According to a story in Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch Dan Burkemper will become the new director of Great Rivers Habitat Alliance , a flood plain conservation organization.   

  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    

New Link ~ Louisiana, Mo  ------ Added a link to the website for the town of Louisiana, Mo.   A lot of boaters from the Alton Pool venture up-river to Louisiana.  It's a good weekend trip.  The hot-link is in the left hand column under "River Towns & Things"......Check it out !


  12-21-05 

Our River Picture(s) of the Day ........ are of the work going on at the new Grafton Harbor.   I received an e-mail, with an update and pictures, from Charles Wickenhauser, who is the Manager of the harbor.  He wrote in his e-mail;

Here's a couple of pictures of our progress if you wish to post them. They show the levee that forms the leading edge of the marina starting to appear out of the water. It will raise 22 ft. out of the water when completed. That puts it at 441 ft. above sea level. ('93 flood stage).

The second picture is of the matting and rip wrap being applied to the excavated bank of the marina to prevent erosion. It's starting to look more like a Marina every day. I'll keep you posted as we proceed. Thanks for helping keep the boaters informed. 

Regards,

Charles Wickenhauser

Manager Grafton Harbor

 

Winter Is Here ...... Today is the Winter Solstice.  It is the shortest day of the year and the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.    Fall is behind us and it is now Winter.........

 

But lets splash some good news too...

Tomorrow the days start getting longer

And that means 

Spring is coming !

For more info Click Here

The Patrick Level Radar Antenna Mount  --------- Little John of Little Johns Marine Service e-mailed me with some information that he is now a Dealer (and a designer to an extent)  for the  Patrick Level Radar Antenna Mount company.  Looks like they have some pretty neat products.....Check them out !


  12-20-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is of  ski boats lining up for the start of a barefoot race on Cuivre River Slough.  Picture sent in by Dough Winters of Dri-Port Marine.

 

River Bill says........Thanks for the picture Doug. 

Winner of the Grafton Ferry Picture Contest...... is Captain Carl Seidler for his picture posted on 12-07-05 of  the ferry leaving Grafton and heading across the Illinois River towards Missouri with a load of cars.....And of course......... those gulls, all lined up on the parking lot..looking downriver ...into the wind.

Congrats Carl.....you have won 2 passes for the Grafton Ferry. 

New Hot  Link ~ MVS Barefoot Racing  --------- Added a hot link to MVS Barefoot Racing in the left hand column under "Boating and Social Clubs".  Take a look ! 

 If your interested in barefoot skiing........Contact these guys.


  12-19-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is another entry for the Grafton Ferry picture contest sent in by Robert Slow Ride Cope who won last month's contest.   He caught the ferry heading across an icy river in a beautiful Winter setting....Robert also took quite a few other shots of the ferry and captured some eagles.   Click here and take a look.  

Another Entry In The Grafton Ferry Contest ........ This one was taken by Michael Cope, Robert's son. He took a picture of the GFC Logo on the ferry tug and the sign below it about "John W. Cannon"....Who is he anyway ?

Michael  took quite a few other shots of the ferry and took some eagle pictures too.    Click here and take a look.    

 

River Bill says.........Like Father ...Like Son !  

Another Entry In The Grafton Ferry Contest ........ This one was taken by Captain Darryll Weil of the boat "After You".  Darryll wrote in his e-mail;

Here is my entry for the Grafton Ferry photo contest for this month.  This is a shot of the ferry approaching the Missouri side landing as we were going over the Lucky Goose Saloon for a few beverages.  Notice the ice near the shore.  As we crossed the Illinois we broke an ice flow about half the size of a football field.  I should have gotten out and filmed it but it was much warmer in the car!.    

 

River Bill says......Good picture Darryll 


  12-18-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is another entry for the Grafton Ferry picture contest sent in by Mike Kolisch of the boat "Cool Breeze".  Mike snapped this picture of the ferry when it was still in the Mississippi River ....And......heading towards the cut through to  the Illinois River.  

 

River Bill says.......Thanks for the picture Mike....  

 

  There is still time to submit your entry in the contest to win 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry.....This month's winner to be announced Tuesday, December 20th.

  12-17-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is from Captain Greg Sadowski.  Greg, Dave Kelly and Don Accord are on another boat trip.  This time they are transporting a boat to Florida.  Greg wrote in his e-mail:

Bill,

Here's a picture of the "Barbara Ann"

This boat was sold by Tony Green of Safe Harbor Yacht Sales, and has left the Alton pool.

I took this picture at Paducah on the Tennessee River.

It's on its way to Key West Florida. The trip will take several weeks.

It was owned by Dan and Barb Wagner and was docked just above Liberty Harbor.

They lived on it there for about 4 years.

Greg

River Bill says...Thanks for the picture and Info Greg ....And ....Have a safe trip


  12-16-05 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is of the Love Shack.   It's a clubhouse on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River just up from the Brussels Ferry.  The sign caught our attention on a cruise up to Hardin last October.  I wonder if  there is story behind the name on this club house ?


  12-15-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is from last Summer.  Thought we needed a dose of blue water and blue sky .  This is a sun set picture taken taken at water level last July behind Two Branch Island .......Hope it cheers you up on this Winter day !

Update on Grafton Harbor  ---------  I received an e-mail from Charles Wickenhauser, the Manager of the new Grafton Harbor, about the work going on there.  Charles wrote:

 

    For your information we have begun construction of the levee which will form the leading edge of the marina and help protect the marina from river currents. Construction of the unique floating breakwater is also under way.

   The primary purpose of these two features is of course to protect the marina but they will also serve the additional purpose of adding to the positive experience our slip holders and transient guests will find at Grafton Harbor.

   We chose a floating Breakwater so that the view from within the harbor will be unobstructed. We do have great sunsets here. In addition the top of the structure will be decked with concrete (same as our docks) thereby providing an 8' wide walkway 24" off the water stretching for a 1/4 mile long. Great place to set up a lawn chair or take an evening stroll.

   The levee itself will feature a 10' wide walkway to provide access to the breakwater.  Application of the Ripwrap to protect the shoreline from erosion has also begun. 

   We are on schedule to begin receiving boats March 1, 2006 and our Slips are leasing fast.

 Regards,

Charles Wickenhauser

Manager

graftonharbor@grafton-il.net

www.graftonharbor.net

Phone 618-786-7678

Fax 618-786-2759

 

River Bill says......Thanks for the update Charles.   I can't wait for the harbor to open !


  12-13-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........  Is of a very large River Shark........   This 6 ft monster fish was hanging from a tree along the river's edge when I first spotted it .......... At........ Captain Jack's Bar and Grill.  

  Ok ! .....it's made of plastic, but the night time lighting effects make it look pretty real in these pictures.


  12-13-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........  is another  entry for the Grafton Ferry picture contest.  This one was sent in by Debbie House of Affiliated Insurance .  It is a silhouette of a southbound tow with an orange sun setting behind it.  It was snapped as the ferry was leaving the Illinois side of the river.    

 

River Bill says..........Thanks for the picture Debbie.  Good job !   

Grafton Harbor Update ------  An article in Sunday's on-line Alton Telegraph provides a good update on the construction progress at the Grafton Marina.  Looks like they should be finished and ready to go by March 1st.  Go to the On-Line Telegraph  for the complete story.

Flood Protection Discussed At Roundtable------ There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph about a Roundtable on Flood Protection that was held at the Adams Mark Hotel in St. Louis.  One of the main topics was the Wood River Levee.  Go to the On-Line Telegraph  for the complete story.

Alton Amphitheater------ According to an article in the Dec 9th edition of the on-line St. Louis Business Journal, the City of Alton is in the design phase of building an amphitheater on the banks of the Mississippi River between the Argosy Casino and the Alton Marina.   We might be able to go to see a musical or a play by boat soon.   Go to www.bizjournals.com/stlouis  to for the complete story.    

Who's Open...Who's Closed  --------- Added the info about Captain Jacks being closed for remodeling to the  "Who's Open...Who's Closed" page.


  12-12-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........  was sent in by Captain Mike Kolisch.  Mike wrote in his e-mail;

Here are some pictures that I took today (Sunday) near Sharky's.    My daughter, Emily, and I spotted 4 guys in a jon boat breaking through the ice in Dardenne Slough.  What a noise they made.  As they passed by we could see they were deer hunters on their way to the island.

River Bill says......Thanks for the pictures Mike......Buoy that water looks COLD !

   The main channel was open and free of ice on Saturday, looks like Dardenne Slough is still iced in.  In Emily's picture ...The water is open ....Looks like it was taken near the Duck Club.. 

Capt' Jacks Closed Until Spring....  Denise Gorecki of Capt'n Jack's fame sent me the following e-mail:

Our last night at Captain Jacks was 12-10-05.  We are now officially closed for the season.  We will be back next spring bigger and better, with more beach frontage.

 

River Bill says......Watch for updates and pictures over the Winter of the remodeling and everything else that will be going on at Captain Jacks.  Can't wait for opening day next Spring.  

  I think Captain Jack's was a great addition to the River this year !  

 

Hats Off To Jack and Denise Gorecki 

 

Added Winning Picture to Grafton Ferry Web Page....  Added Robert Cope's winning picture from November to the Grafton Ferry webpage......Click on the link on the right and take a look at the series pictures that change every few seconds.  It's the first one.


  12-11-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........  is looking out of the mouth of the harbor at Two Branch Marina around the UMR 231.5 mile marker.  The sheets of ice are gone from the main channel of the river, but there is still plenty of ice in the harbor.  Also capture a large bird hanging out right at the edge of the ice and the open water....Waiting for a meal to swim by. 

  That water really looks blue in photographs this time of the year.

More River Reading ........  Robert "Slow Ride" Cope sent me an e-mail with a Winter River-Reading recommendation.  Robert wrote in his e-mail;

I've got one for the River Reading section.   

Just finished a book called "River Horse"  By William Least-Heat Moon.  Basically, it is a log of his trip from the Statue of Liberty to the Pacific Ocean, as much as possible by boat on the inland rivers and lakes.  All within a little over 100 days. It was a perfect read for the time when the cold of the winter is keeping my prop dry.  The majority of the travel was on the Missouri, and paints a great picture of the view of the country from the water

RiverBill says....Thanks for the recommendation Robert...I have added it to our River 

                        Reading section.......

Good river phrase you used there.....   "The cold of Winter is keeping the prop dry"


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  12-10-05....... Early Saturday Edition !

Our River Picture of the Day ........  was taken by Captain Pat Reid of Crystal Photography.  Pat captured a tow locking through the Winfield Dam last weekend.  They start out at ...waiting to enter the lock with the first part of the tow....All of the way through...... leaving the lock and heading up-river to the next Lock and Dam.

 

RiverBill says.....Thanks for the sequence of pictures Pat !


  12-09-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........ was sent in by Mike D.  Mike has a house on the river at about the 231.5 UMR mile marker and he told me that yesterday was the first day this Fall that sheets of ice were floating down the river.   I also got a picture off of the Winfield Live-Cam of the sheets of ice collecting above the lock gates.

 

RiverBill says.....Thanks for the icy cold picture and river information Mike !

 

Pictures From Pat Reid ------ taken at Lock & Dam 25 are on deck for Saturday.  

   Pat is the photographer who took some of those great eagle pictures we had last Winter....... here are just a few of them to jog your memory...... Pic 1, 2, 3, 4


  12-08-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........ was taken by Captain Pat Reid of Crystal Photography.   It's a shot looking down Sandy Slough at a tow heading up-river towards Winfield Lock and Dam.   Notice how low the water is right now in the slough.  There is a bit of ice forming in the shallow areas of the slough and deeper water is still open. 

 

RiverBill says.....Thanks for the picture Pat

Keep your anchor right here......we have more pictures from Pat on deck for tomorrow..  


  12-07-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is the first entry for the "December"  Grafton Ferry picture Contest.  This entry was sent in by Captain Carl Seidler.  He captured the ferry leaving Grafton and heading across the Illinois River towards Missouri with a load of cars.....And of course......... those gulls, all lined up on the parking lot..looking downriver ...into the wind.

  

RiverBill says..........Good picture Carl      

 

Remember to send your picture in for December

 and 

win 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry.

Our River Picture From Yesterday ........ I received an e-mail from Captain Ron Hering, out of Woodland Marina, about the  very large boat and a houseboat entering the lock at Winfield Dam yesterday afternoon.   Ron wrote the following in his e-mail:

Hi

You pic today from Winfield is a Skipperliner intransit by Greg. I was at Woodland yesterday afternoon, checking on my boat, when the 90 footer arrived for the night. The houseboat in the picture also came into Woodland with a line wrapped around a shaft. Spent the night in the lift.

Keep up the good work.

Ron Hering

Captain SaySteel

 

RiverBill says.......Thanks for the update Ron

Visitor Stats ------ Added the November Visitor Stats in the left hand column.  For the month of November the unique visits were between the May / June levels of Spring / early Summer.   The numbers are down from the August high, but I think it still shows growth when you consider the weather differential.  In May / June  the weather was nice and the boating season was into it's 2nd or 3rd month already compared to November when most boaters are done for the year..

More Con Trios Holiday Party Pics  --------- Added a few more pictures of the Con Trios Yacht Club's Holiday Party to their website since Monday. Click on the Con Trios hot link in the left hand column and check them out. Still more to come. 


  12-06-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is of a very large boat and a houseboat entering the lock at Winfield Dam yesterday afternoon.   This is just a guess....And nothing but a guess.......The large boat could be Captain Greg Sadowski  and Dave Kelly on another one of their delivery cruises.  This boat looks very similar to some of the others they have delivered.  This pic is from the Core Of Engineers Winfield Live Cam

Flood Control Group Will Meet In St. Louis ------ According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association that is based in Memphis, Tenn. will meet in St. Louis this week.  The group supports river flood control and bank stabilization. The group usually meets in New Orleans. Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.    


  12-05-05

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is of Jim and Barbara Svoboda at the Con Trios Yacht Club's Holiday Party at the Crowne Plaza  last Saturday night.  Jim is the Fleet Captain of the organization.  He and his wife, Barbara, worked hard all year putting on all of the club's social events.  

 HATS OFF TO JIM AND BARBARA........

 

  The Holiday Party was a good time to visit with all of you river friends .  The dinner was good, the "Facts Of Life" band provided the music and  Santa stayed and danced the night away.  Look for more pictures on the Con Trios website later this week.


  12-03-05

Our River Picture of the Day....was sent in by Captain Mark Cutler of the boat "Cuttys Ark". Mark writes in his e-mail;

Hi Bill,

 Well, here are a few pics of my crazy wife (Susan) and son (Zac) who water skied the Dardenne Slough last Saturday.  Thatís right the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Nick Vohman (Dave and Pamís son) was also there, but he had the good sense not to ski.  Water temp posted on your website that day was 41 degrees.  Some people never get enough skiingÖ..

 

River Bill Says...........Thanks for the pictures Mark....And hats off to Susan and Zak......Keep on Skiing


  12-02-05

Our River Picture of the Day....was sent in by Captain Glenn Sadowski out of Woodland Marina.  Glenn wrote in his e-mail;

In regard to today's  (11-30-05) "Not your normal Patrol" ....

Hats off to all those emergency responders!

Here's a photo of the Auxiliary Vessel "Liberty"  that I snapped on that day.

 

River Bill says.......... A person has to wonder just what is going in the minds of these folks when this picture was snapped.  They are heading out towards a large burning boat and all kinds of things could happen.  Looks like the firefighters, a man and a woman,  are from Orchard Farm (OFFPD).  The Coast guard Auxiliary is transporting them to the fire.  

  Both, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Firefighters did a fine job on that day...And they usually don't get enough credit for it.  

 

As you said......

HATS OFF TO ALL THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS.

 

Mary Beth is an official "Girl Of Alton Lake" ------  It's been a long time coming, but I finally got around to it.......Mary Beth's picture has been added to the "Girls Of Alton Lake" web page......Click on the link in the left hand column and scroll down.

  Looking Good Mary Beth !

Jamaica Daze 2005 Web Page------Finally ------ Put your life jacket on...this may cause you fall out of the boat....I have added a  Jamaica Daze 2005 web page in the left hand column.  It only contains pictures already published right now, but keep your anchor rope right where it is......... cause there is more coming.   

  Take a look ~ ~ ~ Good memories of a good party ~ ~ ~  Yah Mon !

Con Trios Yacht Club Holiday Party ------  is this Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Lindbergh and I-70.  For more info click on the Con Trios Yacht Club's  hot link in the left hand column of this web page.

Captain Jack's - New Hours ------  Captain Jacks Bar & Grill has new hours.

Friday and Saturday.................4 PM until 1:30 AM

Sunday through Thursday..........Closed

 

Will be closed January and February for remodeling

Normal hours resume in March

 

This weekend, the band Dick Whiskey will be playing the tunes...... a great rock and roll... dance  band......stop by, listen to the band, have a brew and say hello to Denise, the owner, and Mat..one of the best bar tenders around

December ~Grafton Ferry Picture Contest ------ Send me a picture...And... Win 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry.......Monthly winners !

A picture of the ferry heading across the confluence, at the landing, etc.

A picture taken from ferry such as scenery, wildlife, etc

A picture on the ferry of you and your friends, of the captain, other riders, etc.

 Be creative..Be funny...Be original

  The next winner will be announced on Dec. 20 and you will see many of the entries right here on RiverBill's.  Check out the November winner and all of the entries on the Grafton Ferry Ad Link. 


  12-01-05

Our River Picture of the Day....was sent in by Brad Hefferon. It is of a 408 Meridian being unloaded off of a semi at Port Arrowhead, along Highway 70 near Highway 94.

  Brad writes in his e-mail;

These are not your Typical River pictures, but thought you might find these interesting.  These Pictures are of the Crew at Port Arrowhead of St. Louis Offloading a 408 Meridian Yacht off of the Semi Truck on Tues Nov, 29.  The boat came from the factory in the state of  Washington .  The Truck driver said it took him 8 days from the factory to us.  It took 2 cranes to offload the boat which is 42.2í Long 14.4í Wide and has a Dry Displacement of 29,000 lbs.  For anyone who doesnít know the crane's are the exact same way we get the big Cruisers and Yachts into the St. Louis Boat Show and other shows that we take them to.  Itís a little bit different and definitely more nerve racking than your typical Travel Lift that can be used out at a Marina.

 

RiverBill says....Thanks Brad...for the info and the pictures of offloading the boat and placing it on your rig

 

Captain Jack's - New Hours ------  Captain Jacks Bar & Grill has new hours.

Friday and Saturday.................4 PM until 1:30 AM

Sunday through Thursday..........Closed

 

Will be closed January and February for remodeling

Normal hours resume in March

 

This weekend, the band Dick Whiskey will be playing the tunes...... a great rock and roll... dance  band......stop by, listen to the band, have a brew and say hello to Denise, the owner, and Mat..one of the best bar tenders around

   

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