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Friday .... March 31, 2006     

Our River Picture of the Day .... Was sent to me by Colleen Oberlee and created by Joe Petitjean.  What a cold and hard sailing type of day it must have been !

   Valley Sailing Association / Boeing Sailing Club is opening their harbor for this year's sailing season on April 22nd.    They are located just south of Portage and north of the old Scout Harbor.

 

Click here for more information about the Valley Sailing Association. 

 

RiverBill  says.....Thanks Colleen and Joe for the unique photo and harbor info.

  

   A reminder to all of the power boaters....obey the rules of the road when you are around sailboats !    Watch you wake and give them the right of way.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    It was of the   "great view from the deck"   of Aeries Riverview Winery, located high on the bluffs above Grafton, IL.

More on the Asian Carp -   Lawmaker Idea :  Turn the troublesome Jumping Fish Into Food (with video) ------ 5ksdk.com... ran a short story on how Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs wants to use the Asian Carp for food and fertilizer.      Go to the 5ksdk.com  for the video and story.

Famous Eagle Nest has New Family  ------ According to yesterdays on-line Alton Telegraph the eagles that nest along Hwy 143 near Alton have hatched at least one chick !    Go to  On-line Alton Telegraph  for the complete story.

 

 

Thursday .... March 30, 2006     

Our River Picture of the Day .... Was sent in by Marty Henderson of  fotou.net by instant messaging from his picture taking cell phone..  

 

Marty wrote:   Behind Anchor Yankers Island fire

 

RiverBill  says.....Thanks for the picture and the info Marty.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    It was actually a series of 6 pictures named,  "It doesn't look good !"     What is that guy doing wading in the water at the boat ramp ?     Again, we have a few clues -- OH NO !.   it's another vehicle in the water.   Keep pulling -- just a little further.    OK -   Just a little more ---Pull !  Now that we are checking things out --   are there any fish in there ?     Yes, everyone agrees What a mess !     

    These pictures were taken by Lisa Beckman a couple of summers ago at the Long Shot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux.   She was quick to point out that it wasn't her truck, nor did it belong to any of her friends and that it took two different tow trucks to get it out. 

Refinery plans unrealistic, some say ------ There was an article in yesterday's on-line Alton Telegraph with more information about the proposal for a new oil refinery on the Mississippi River somewhere between St. Louis and Quincy, IL.    The article is written around an "oil market expert's" opinion of the proposed project and it contains some information about the company that wants to build the refinery as well.    Go to the On-Line Alton Telegraph  for the complete story.

Asian Carp Proposal - Catch Them, Process Them, Eat Them  ------ There was story in yesterdays on-line Post Dispatch about a proposal by an Illinois Senator to rid the rivers of the aggressive Asian Carp that jumps into boats and is wreaking ecological havoc in the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The solution; catch them, process them and eat them.   Go to  STLtoday.com  for the complete story.

Wings Of Spring Confluence Birding Festival ------ The Wings Of Spring Confluence Birding Festival is scheduled for April 29.  Several programs are offered at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton and other birding spots in out area.    Go to the On-Line Alton Telegraph  for the complete story.

 

 

Wednesday .... March 29, 2006     

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Our River Pictures of the Day .... are some great looking sunsets sent in by Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride. I couldn't decide which one I liked the best..... so..I decide to put them all up today.

 

Robert wrote in his e-mail: 

 

    Went to Principia College again, but this time we went hiking and found a way all the way out on the tip of the bluffs, It was such a nice view, and a great sunset, my son and I just sat there for about an hour and a half, even though we were both freezing.  To top it all off, a barge came along at just the right time to make it complete.....

Robert Cope

 

RiverBill  says.....Thanks for the great set of sunset pictures Robert.  You outdid yourself again !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    It was a picture of some of the work going on at the Calhoun Point Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project.     This picture was taken just a bit down stream from the Brussels Ferry on the Illinois River.   Some of the highlights of the project include berms to protect the 2,100 acre site from frequent sediment laden floods, provide a means to perch water on to the interior to increase waterfowl habitation and reverse some of the siltation that has occurred.   For more information go to the on-line ASE Research library.

 

 

Tuesday .... March 28, 2006     

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Our River Pictures of the Day .... were sent in by Patrolman Lou Amighetti of the Missouri State Water Patrol.  It's pictures of the Water Patrol at work in front of the St. Louis Arch. 

 

RiverBill  says.....Thanks for the pictures Lou.  The one with the fireworks in the background is great !

Change To The Web Page Layout   ------ The river news ,stories and pictures are now intermixed with the advertisements on this page.  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    It was actually a series of 4 pictures that I named Guess what we caught at the boat ramp ?"     These pictures are from the 80's. I think they were taken at John's Boat Harbor and I am not exactly sure anymore who all the people are.   If you need a few clues as to what they caught -- click here.   Yep - It looks like a wet SUV.    How wet is it ?   REAL WET !

Barge Repair & Salvage Yard Clean Up ------ There was an article in yesterday's  on-line Alton Telegraph about the barge repair and salvage yard operation along the Great River Road just outside of Alton, IL .   In January of this year they were warned by the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers about violating terms of their permit; (1)appearance and (2)extent of the mooring facility.   Go to the On-Line Alton Telegraph  for the complete story on this clean up effort.  

Oil Refinery Proposed  For  Mississippi River In Calhoun  and / or Green Counties  ------ There was an article in the  3/24/06 on-line Alton Telegraph about a public meeting for a proposed on oil refinery on the Mississippi River in Calhoun and / or Green Counties of Illinois.       Go to the On-Line Alton Telegraph  for the complete story.

Update on The Alton Marina & The New Grafton Harbor  ------ Larry Sansone of Port Arrowhead sent me an e-mail about an article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch that told about the work going on at the Alton Marina and the new Grafton Harbor. It stated that the two harbor projects will add more than 200 slips to the Alton Pool.  It' a good article about the river in general and   WhatsUpOnThe River.com     recieved a nice plug too.

   Go to  STLtoday.com  for the complete story.

Enter the  Grafton Ferry Picture Contest ----  Send us a picture...And..You could win 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry....Monthly winners !

 Be creative..Be funny...Be original

  The next winner will be announced on April 20.  

Check out some of the pictures from previous winners  by clicking on the Grafton Ferry Ad Link. 

Con Trios Yacht Club Spring Ice Breaker Pictures  ------ Captain Darryll Weil, out of Woodland Harbor,  sent us the following e-mail with some links to pictures of the Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker party last weekend at Pere Marquette Lodge.

 

Darryll wrote in his e-mail:

 

Con Trios Yacht Club Annual Ice Breaker

at

Pere Marquette Lodge

March 24th & 25th, 2006

Every year the Con Trios Yacht Club has an Ice Breaker Party.  In years past it was an actual boat cruise down the Mississippi to Hoppe's Marina near Festus and the party and dance were held in the Holiday Inn in Festus.  Due to the uncertainties of the weather and ice on the river for the past several years the Ice Breaker has bee held at Pere Marquette Lodge north of Grafton Illinois on the Illinois River.

This year followed the usual plan.  First we enjoyed the hospitality room with beverages provided by the CTYC and food catered by Sharky's Cove John from Sharky's then played music while everyone relaxed in the Lodge's hot tub.  Again, mysteriously, bubble bath found its way into the hot tub.

Saturday began with some of the group taking a road trip to Grafton Illinois.  There we had to check out the Wild Goose Saloon, Senger's Tavern and Aries Winery.

Saturday evening began with a happy hour in the Lodge's lobby where Teri Ruf took pictures of the members and printed them out during the evening.  Denny & Pat Galkowski set up a booth to sell Con Trios shirts and such so Maureen didn't have to go out to the trailer to go shopping!  Dinner was served "Western" style to go with the "Western" theme of the weekend featuring the Lodge's signature fried chicken and pork steaks.  After dinner new members were introduced and then the Shark's Band played music.  After dancing we again visited the hospitality room and hot tub.  Check out the pics at:

Friday Night Hospitality Room and Hot Tub Party

Saturday Road Trip

Saturday Evening Fireplace Pictures

Saturday Night Dinner and Dancing

Enjoy, Darryll

 

 

 

Monday .... March 27, 2006     

Our 1st River Picture And E-mail of the Day .... is of the boat, Marina Jack II,  sent in in by Barb McCulloch . 

 

She wrote in her e-mail:

 

This is a web cam shot of Marina Jack ll at Winfield Lock and Dam Sunday morning. She is in route from Lacrosse, WI to Sarasota, FL and skippered by Greg Sadowski. The deck hands are Don Acord and Dave Kelly. All hail from Woodland Marina.

- Barb

 

  RiverBill says.......Talked to Dave Kelly on Sunday evening and he told me they have it moored it at Portage.  

   Sure seems like a great job you guys have.  Have a good trip, have fun ...and .. be safe !

Our 2nd River Picture And E-mail of the Day .... is of the boat, Marina Jack II,  sent in in by Jeff and Debbie House of John's Boat Harbor

 

Jeff and Debbie wrote in their e-mail

 

  Sunday morning around 10:15 we saw this large boat coming down the river.  We took some pictures of it.  See attached.   The boat was named Marina Jack II.

  We looked it up on the internet and it is a luxurious dinner boat from Marina Jack's in Sarasota, Florida.  Here is the website link.

 

http://www.marinajacks.com/dinner_boat.htm

 

Jeff and Debbie House

 

  RiverBill says.......Thanks Jeff and Debbie...  for the pictures and web link.  Hope things are going well at John's Boat Harbor.

 

 

Sunday .... March 26, 2006     

Our River Picture of the Day .... of the Golden Eagle Ferry moored on the Calhoun County side of the Mississippi River by the ferry landing next to Kinder's Restaurant.  According to Scott Baalman, of Golden Eagle Ferry fame, this main ferry is out of service due to transmission problems.  As of Friday night the transmission had been taken out of the tug and sent in for repair.  A backup ferry from Winfield has been brought down to keep traffic moving across the river.  

 

  RiverBill says.......Thanks for the info Scott....And..... Thanks for putting those RiverBills.com signs up on the ferry boat !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    It was an   aerial shot of the river   taken by Steve Schulte.   The aircraft is flying down-river, around the UMR 217 mile marker, heading towards Portage Des Sioux.   Looks like "Slim Island" on the right hand side of the windshield, just a bit down-river from that southbound tow.   I think that the next island down river on the right hand side is "Portage Island".   Check out Steve's website with the hot-link on the rigth hand side of this web page.

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Con Trois Yacht Club's Ice Breaker Pics  ------ Here are a few pictures from the Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker Party on Saturday night at Pere Marquette Lodge....As you can tell the theme was western.  Yes, country western boaters having fun.....Good grub...good friends ...And good music by the Sharks. 

 

 

Friday .... March 24, 2006     

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Mike Farrell.  Mike wrote that it is a picture that he took on the evening of 3/21/06  overlooking the Mississippi towards Alton from the bluffs near Piasa Harbor.

   Thanks for the picture Mike !....Looks like Piasa Island is out in front of the bluff you are on with the river channel on the far side of the island.  The Missouri bottom land is on the right side of the picture and the Illinois Bluffs and River Road are on the left.  Neat picture !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of part of the river-town of   Grafton, IL. as seen from the bluffs above the city.   The large building with the red roof is the Loading Dock and the sandbar on the right is at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25

Con Trios Yacht Club's Ice Breaker Weekend

Pere Marquette

Howdy Pardner !

  READY FOR A  HOE-DOWN ?

Don't Be A Sod Buster Dress Western !

~~ See ya there ~~

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Shoring Up Canal Levee  ------ There was an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph about a how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is shoring up the Chain of Rocks Canal levee.  They are dredging sand from the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and  pumping it  2 1/2  miles to the canal to build seepage berms.   Go to the On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.  

 

 

Thursday .... March 23, 2006     

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Mike Kolisch.  It's another entry in the April, Grafton Ferry Picture Contest....And what a good one it is.

    Mike snapped this picture of the ferry heading towards Grafton on Tuesday, a frosty Spring day.   He also snapped one from the car as the ferry headed towards the town of Grafton and of of a snowy ferry tug .

  Mike also took the picture at that is being displayed at the top of RiverBils.com. of the bluffs along the river.

 

Thanks for the pictures Mike !....Look for more pics from Mike later this week.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of is of a   runabout that crashed through the side of a cruiser.   Looks like the bow of the smaller boat went all the way through the cruiser, knocked the top loose and up away from the boat.   Captain Gary Bowers out of  Woodland Marina sent in this picture.   He is not sure of the origin, but I did notice that the cruiser has Missouri numbers on it.   They were probably lake boaters !  (Hah)  

J. B. Bridge Accident .... This is a picture sent in by Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol,  from the  J.B.Bridge accident back in February.  A worker fell into the Mississippi River when a cable broke holding 3 individuals working under the bridge on a platform.  

   Looks like a picture taken during the search effort.  It's the Missouri State Water Patrol doing their job....and what a cold, grim job it is sometimes.

   

   We did get a pretty good shot of one of their new boats.   Looks like quit the rig.

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the picture Lou....And keep up the good work !

 

Attention all Boaters -----

The Missouri State Water Patrol would like to remind boat operators that they can begin preparing for this year's boating season early. With the weather warming up, boating season is just around the corner.  There will not be very many opportunities left to attend a boater safety education course in the St. Louis and St. Charles area.  Boating traffic will continue to grow and all officers will be busy patrolling the waterways.  If you have any questions regarding education or have a general boating question, please visit www.MSWP.DPS.MO.GOV  or email us at BoatInfo@mswp.dps.mo.gov.   

 If it is necessary for you to get certified, you have several options. You can take the online course, order the home study course, or take one of our classroom courses listed on our website. Call 1-800-830-2268 for ordering a Missouri home study course. You may also get a certification card from any other state's NASBLA approved course; however, you will be required to have proof of successful completion of the course and a photo ID with you while you are operating the boat

Just a refresher of the law,
Missouri's mandatory Boater Safety Education law that went into effect on January 1, 2005, required all Missouri boat operators born after January 1, 1984, to get a boater safety certification card before operating boats on the lakes of this state. This date of birth requirement does not change for next year. If you have a boat operator who was born after that date, they must have successfully completed a boater safety certification course and have their certification card with them before they can operate a vessel. It should be noted a personal watercraft (PWC) is considered a vessel. Additionally, beginning January 1, 2006, all non-resident boat operators born after January 1, 1984, will be required to have successfully completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved course and carry proof of completion with them when operating the boat.


Patrolman Lou Amighetti
Missouri State Water Patrol
District 5/ Alton Pool

 

 

Wednesday .... March 22, 2006     

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Lynne Williams and is the first entry for the April Grafton Ferry Picture Contest.     All I can say is.... WOW.  Lynne has captured the ferry crossing the river in the middle of a Winter Wonder Land.....On.. the 2nd day of Spring. 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of the Grafton Ferry heading from the Illinois River into the chute that connects to the Illinois River to the Mississippi River and the ferry landing on the far bank.   This picture was taken last year from the bluffs above Grafton.    

   A lot of water has flowed pass the confluence of the two rivers since this picture was taken and a few good things have come to be that make this picture special.   The Grafton Ferry is now a sponsor of RiverBills.com, we now have a monthly Grafton Ferry Picture Contest and I have become friends with some of the good folks that live in the houses pictured on the Missouri side of Mississippi River!   ...It's been a good year !  

The Grafton Ferry Road Picture .... was also sent in by Lynne Williams

 

 Another Winter Wonder Land.....On.. the 2nd day of Spring. 

 

River Bill says...Thanks for the great pictures Lynne...Keep them coming !

Kansas City Boat Show Winners ---- Big Dicks Halfway Inn and Little Johns took first and second place in the Kansas City Show

 ~  First race is in Waco Texas  April 28th

~  Ashly Ruf will make her first appearance as a pilot


  RiverBill says...Thanks for the info John .......And....Good luck in the upcoming racing season.....Be safe..

 

 

 Tuesday .... March 21, 2006     

     

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Larry Sansone,  of Port Arrowhead - St. Louis.  The picture is a shot of the sales staff  “horsing around” at Port Arrowhead’s Casino Night 2006, on March 18th, at the dealership in St. Charles .  A little customer appreciation; everyone had a great time!  

 

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Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of some of the river krewe (crew) at the   "Wild Goose Saloon and Grill"   in Grafton, IL .   The Con Trios Yacht Club held their "Spring Ice Breaker" at Pere Marquette Lodge last year this time and in between events some of us decided to stop here to socialize a bit.   This place is right on the bank of the Illinois River and a good place to relax and watch the river flow.   

Finally !  More Pictures From Jamaica Daze 2005  ------ Added about 150 more pictures from last year's Jamaica Daze Party.  Click here or on the link in the left hand column ...And.. Check them out !   

~~~~~ More pictures ... Soon Come ~~~~~. 

Save The Montana Paddlewheelerr------ There was a story in  STLtoday.com about how Nelson O. Weber, a retired engineer from the Boeing Company, that is trying to save what is left of the sunken riverboat, The Montana.  The boat sank in late 1800's and rests on the St. Louis County side of the Missouri River across from the city of St. Charles.   

  Go to STLtoday.com to read the story. 
  

Annapolis Welcomes Spring With Burning of Socks  ------ Captain Darryll Weil, out of Woodland Marina, sent me an e-mail with a link to an usual news article about how the boaters in Annapolis celebrate the first day of Spring by burning their socks !  It signifies that it will soon be warm enough to wear boat shoes without socks.  

   Go to http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0306/311956.html to read the story from ABC 7 News.  
  

 

 

 Monday .... March 20, 2006     

WELCOME TO THE 1st DAY OF SPRING !

Also know as the Vernal Equinox

The hours of daylight will now exceed the hours of darkness

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil, of the boat "After You",  out of Woodland Marina.  It is a picture of a pontoon boat float in the  St. Patrick's Day Parade that was held in Dog Town this weekend.

 

  For some pictures of some of the River Krewe at the Dog Town parade  go to 

 St. Pat's, Dogtown 2006

 

RiverBill says...... What a good idea for a parade float !  All you need is a parade route, riders and you are ready to go.

  Thanks for all of the pictures you send us Darryll ....and most of all thanks for being part of RiverBills.com.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   Is was another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   What a beautiful photo !    That water looks dead calm.   Make sure to check out his website by clicking on his hot-link on the right hand column of this web page.

Sailing Dazzler Update  ------ I updated Denny and Reggie Heisler's website, www.sailingdazzler.com , with the latest version of  Denny's journal.   Enjoy !

 

River Bill says......To Denny and Reggie..We all hope the water is smooth and the wind is at your back.......Have fun and ...Be safe !

Public Ramping is Back at Eagle's Landing Marina  ------ Talked to one of the owners of Eagles Landing Marina (formerly Heartland)   last night and they have decided that they will have public ramping for the 2006 season.  See their Ad below  for more info on the marina.

Winner of the March Grafton Ferry Picture Contest  ------ Is Robert "Slow Ride" Cope.   Robert has won 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry for sending us a series of pictures of the Grafton Ferry, including some of a very large bus getting loaded. .........This is Robert's 2nd win !      

   

Congratulations  Robert !

More Pictures form Liz and Bill's 50th Wedding Anniversary Party at Palisades Yacht Club

   

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 Sunday .... March 19, 2006              

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... is of Liz and Bill at their 50 Year Wedding Anniversary on Friday night at Palisades Yacht Club.

 

CONGRATULATIONS !

 

RiverBill says...... More pictures of their party on Monday

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   The truth is the daily edition didn't get published on the 19 March, 2006.  We were at the Con Trios Spring Ice Breaker At Pere Marquette  and could not get an internet connection.  Here is a picture I took on that day of a lone towboat heading up the Illinois River past the Wild Goose Saloon and Grill"   in Grafton, IL.  Looks like the water is almost lapping over the bow.

Timber Ridge Condo's   

    

Display Model at Timber Ridge Condo's 

open Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 4:00. 

 

 

 Saturday .... March 18, 2006              

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... is another photo by Steve Schulte.  I am going to name this one  Coming Right At You.    In this picture the tow appears to be really close to the photographer......A lot closer than I ever want to be to an on coming  tow. Hope it is just an illusion. 

Make to sure to visit Steve's website at http://www.steveschulte.com

 

River Bill says...Thanks Steve !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of some of some of the River Crowd  at Classics II Bar celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

 

 

 Friday .... March 17, 2006              HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... is another great photo by Steve Schulte.  I am going to name this one  Reflections of Dinner.    Awesome photo !

  

Make to sure to visit Steve's website at http://www.steveschulte.com

 

River Bill says...Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Steve !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   I am going to name it Reflections.   It is the reflection of the bluff in the river and more.   It is beauty of the bluff, the river road and the mansion on top of the bluff.   Many of us have seen this mansion from the river, now we know what the place really looks like.   What a view they must have.   Steve took this picture when he was flying this time last year. He said it was the first time he seen the reflections like this in the river. 

Timber Ridge Condo's   

    

Display Model at Timber Ridge Condo's 

open Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 4:00. 

The Duck Club Restaurant Is Open  -----  Duck Club Restaurant and Bar are open for business. Thursday evening and Friday thru Sunday.  

Opening The Upper Mississippi River -----  Spring is on the way.  The Upper Mississippi River is opening for river traffic per ITCS Memo # 2362.  Check it out !

    

Temporary Permits Available to Nonresident Boat Operators In Missouri --- 

The Missouri State Water Patrol has a temporary boater certification examination for nonresident boat operators who have not completed an approved boating course and desire to rent a vessel to operate on Missouri lakes.  Click here to go to the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release. 

 

 

 Thursday .... March 16, 2006

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Devin Lause.  It's a picture of the Labadie Power Plant on the Missouri River.

  

Devin wrote in his e-mail:

    

This is a shot of the Labadie Power Plant (Ameren) on the Missouri River .

 

Picture taken from Klondike Park boat ramp in Saint Charles County just down river from Augusta .

 

Picture was taken in January of this year.

We run it (the Missouri River) mostly from Washington up to the Gasconade and Osage Rivers .

Once a year (8-9 boats) we put in at Washington and run up to Alton . We put in Saturday morning and pull out Sunday evening back at Washington . Last year we camped out on the island below Iowa Island.

 

Devin Lause

 

 

River Bill says...Thanks for the picture Devin !  Maybe we will see ya on Alton Pool this year.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of a bench with a river view.   This picture was taken at the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, across from Alton, IL.   Looks like a fine place to spend some time "watching the river flow".   The bluffs near Alton and the River Road can be seen in the distance.

Update From Little John About This Years Drag Boat Racing Season ------ Little John sent me an e-mail with an update about what's going on in their  2006 drag boat racing season.   Click here  and check it out !

   

 

 

 Monday .... March 20, 2006     

WELCOME TO THE 1st DAY OF SPRING !

Also know as the Vernal Equinox

The hours of daylight will now exceed the hours of darkness

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil, of the boat "After You",  out of Woodland Marina.  It is a picture of a pontoon boat float in the  St. Patrick's Day Parade that was held in Dog Town this weekend.

 

  For some pictures of some of the River Krewe at the Dog Town parade  go to 

 St. Pat's, Dogtown 2006

 

RiverBill says...... What a good idea for a parade float !  All you need is a parade route, riders and you are ready to go.

  Thanks for all of the pictures you send us Darryll ....and most of all thanks for being part of RiverBills.com.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   Is was another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   What a beautiful photo !    That water looks dead calm.   Make sure to check out his website by clicking on his hot-link on the right hand column of this web page.

Sailing Dazzler Update  ------ I updated Denny and Reggie Heisler's website, www.sailingdazzler.com , with the latest version of  Denny's journal.   Enjoy !

 

River Bill says......To Denny and Reggie..We all hope the water is smooth and the wind is at your back.......Have fun and ...Be safe !

Public Ramping is Back at Eagle's Landing Marina  ------ Talked to one of the owners of Eagles Landing Marina (formerly Heartland)   last night and they have decided that they will have public ramping for the 2006 season.  See their Ad below  for more info on the marina.

Winner of the March Grafton Ferry Picture Contest  ------ Is Robert "Slow Ride" Cope.   Robert has won 2 round trip passes for the Grafton Ferry for sending us a series of pictures of the Grafton Ferry, including some of a very large bus getting loaded. .........This is Robert's 2nd win !      

   

Congratulations  Robert !

More Pictures form Liz and Bill's 50th Wedding Anniversary Party at Palisades Yacht Club

   

Click here

 

 

 Sunday .... March 19, 2006              

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... is of Liz and Bill at their 50 Year Wedding Anniversary on Friday night at Palisades Yacht Club.

 

CONGRATULATIONS !

 

RiverBill says...... More pictures of their party on Monday

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   The truth is the daily edition didn't get published on the 19 March, 2006.  We were at the Con Trios Spring Ice Breaker At Pere Marquette  and could not get an internet connection.  Here is a picture I took on that day of a lone towboat heading up the Illinois River past the Wild Goose Saloon and Grill"   in Grafton, IL.  Looks like the water is almost lapping over the bow.

Timber Ridge Condo's   

    

Display Model at Timber Ridge Condo's 

open Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 4:00. 

 

 

 Saturday .... March 18, 2006              

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... is another photo by Steve Schulte.  I am going to name this one  Coming Right At You.    In this picture the tow appears to be really close to the photographer......A lot closer than I ever want to be to an on coming  tow. Hope it is just an illusion. 

Make to sure to visit Steve's website at http://www.steveschulte.com

 

River Bill says...Thanks Steve !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of some of some of the River Crowd  at Classics II Bar celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

 

 

 Friday .... March 17, 2006              HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... is another great photo by Steve Schulte.  I am going to name this one  Reflections of Dinner.    Awesome photo !

  

Make to sure to visit Steve's website at http://www.steveschulte.com

 

River Bill says...Thanks for sharing your pictures with us Steve !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   I am going to name it Reflections.   It is the reflection of the bluff in the river and more.   It is beauty of the bluff, the river road and the mansion on top of the bluff.   Many of us have seen this mansion from the river, now we know what the place really looks like.   What a view they must have.   Steve took this picture when he was flying this time last year. He said it was the first time he seen the reflections like this in the river. 

Timber Ridge Condo's   

    

Display Model at Timber Ridge Condo's 

open Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 4:00. 

The Duck Club Restaurant Is Open  -----  Duck Club Restaurant and Bar are open for business. Thursday evening and Friday thru Sunday.  

Opening The Upper Mississippi River -----  Spring is on the way.  The Upper Mississippi River is opening for river traffic per ITCS Memo # 2362.  Check it out !

    

Temporary Permits Available to Nonresident Boat Operators In Missouri --- 

The Missouri State Water Patrol has a temporary boater certification examination for nonresident boat operators who have not completed an approved boating course and desire to rent a vessel to operate on Missouri lakes.  Click here to go to the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release. 

 

 

 Thursday .... March 16, 2006

    

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Devin Lause.  It's a picture of the Labadie Power Plant on the Missouri River.

  

Devin wrote in his e-mail:

    

This is a shot of the Labadie Power Plant (Ameren) on the Missouri River .

 

Picture taken from Klondike Park boat ramp in Saint Charles County just down river from Augusta .

 

Picture was taken in January of this year.

We run it (the Missouri River) mostly from Washington up to the Gasconade and Osage Rivers .

Once a year (8-9 boats) we put in at Washington and run up to Alton . We put in Saturday morning and pull out Sunday evening back at Washington . Last year we camped out on the island below Iowa Island.

 

Devin Lause

 

 

River Bill says...Thanks for the picture Devin !  Maybe we will see ya on Alton Pool this year.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of a bench with a river view.   This picture was taken at the Lincoln Shields Recreation Area on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, across from Alton, IL.   Looks like a fine place to spend some time "watching the river flow".   The bluffs near Alton and the River Road can be seen in the distance.

Update From Little John About This Years Drag Boat Racing Season ------ Little John sent me an e-mail with an update about what's going on in their  2006 drag boat racing season.   Click here  and check it out !

   

 

   

 Wednesday .... March 15, 2006

   

Our River Picture of the Day .... was sent in by Lisa Beckman, showing the river traffic in front of Kinder's last weekend.

  

Lisa wrote in her e-mail:

   A beautiful view of river traffic from Kinder's deck on Sunday afternoon. 

 

River Bill says...Thanks for the picture Lisa....Keep them coming.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture taken from the deck at Mike D's house of a river sunrise and a very large bird making an early morning flight across the river . 

 

 

 Tuesday .... March 14, 2006

   

Our River Picture and Story of the Day .... is an entry for this month's Grafton Ferry Picture Contest sent in by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".  Robert sent us a series of pictures of the Grafton Ferry, including some of a very large bus getting loaded.  

 

Robert wrote in his e-mail: 

 

Hey Bill

 I've got 13 pics to put in for the Grafton Ferry Picture Contest.  Click here:

My favorites are the last 4.  Watching a bus try to get over the hump was somewhat amusing .   took them about 15 minutes and he still ended up dragging a groove into the gravel and lifting his back 2 wheels off the ground.

 

Robert Cope

 

 

RiverBill says....Good pictures Robert !    We always enjoy your photo's....Keep them coming

 

  Enter the Grafton Ferry Picture Contest by sending us your picture of the Grafton Ferry.  Monthly winner gets  2 free round trip passes on the Ferry.  For more info click here.

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica and tow vehicle sent in by Darryll Weil.   Darryll wrote in his e-mail that he and his friend, Ron, were returning from Woodland Marina a few weeks ago on Highway 94 heading towards St. Charles.   As they passed Highway B they came upon the restored 1954 Chevrolet truck that was hauling the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica broke down on the side of the road. They stopped to see if they could help.   They found out they were only out of gas and that the escort vehicle had already left to get some.   The driver gave them an impromptu tour of the boat and then Darryll took some pictures of the keel boat,   the Discovery Expedition logo on the door of the truck, of his friend Ron Hering posing with the driver and finally Darryll got his picture taken with the driver. 

More Info on The Other River Bill .... I received an e-mail from Steve Pogulis.  He remembers the other River Bill floating past his place across from Two Branch island.

 

Steve wrote in his e-mail: 

I can only backup the story of the guy in the picture and 'the lost motor'.. We saw him pass by our place across from Two-Branch Island a bit earlier in 2004.  He was asking if anyone had a motor for sale.. Had a hundred-fifty bucks to spend on it… when he said he had come down from MN… I thought one of us was drunk for sure! At that time it seemed weird and a story that did not totally add-up. Still felt sorry for the guy as he passed on, but he did not ask for anything else… Glad to hear he was enjoying his journey/was by plan! Have not seen him since, but will keep and eye out for him and get more info if he should pass by again. Some people that seem to not have anything… have it all in other ways!

He should write & publish a book on his journey and he could be floating by next time on a boat like the Miami Magic.

Have a great day!
Steve Pogulis

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the info Steve....   I didn't really expect to get any e-mails about this guy when I put the note on yesterday's edition..  Just goes to show that you never know !  You never know until you ask !

 

Did anyone else spot this guy going through our area ?

United States Power Squadren's  --------- Boat Smart Course is today.

Click here & here for more information

Winners At World of Wheels Car Show  --------- Little John sent me an e-mail about some of winning boats and tow vehicles at the World of Wheels Car Show.

Little John wrote in his e-mail:

Ashly Ruf just won first in her class with her racer at the World of Wheels car Show in

The America Center in St. Louis

Big Dicks Halfway Inn   Pro Mod Racer  took first in its class 

Their  Sidekick tow vehicle took third in its class 

Fred Sago took first in his class with his car

 

Little John

River Bill says ......Congratulations To All !

More Info and Pictures From World of Wheels Car Show  --------- Captain Darryll Weil sent the following e-mail and pictures of some of the cars and boats at the World of Wheels Car Show last weekend.

 

Darryll wrote in his e-mail:

 

Went to the World of Wheels Custom Car Show at the America's Center Saturday.

Big Dick's Halfway Inn Motorsports and Little John's Marine Service had some of their drag boat equipment on display.  Several changes to the team this year.  They are adding a third drag boat and a waverunner.  A new FORD HEMI has been built for the Pro Mod boat "Dick Tater".  A couple a new sponsors have come onboard including Ford Racing and St. Charles Boat and Motor.

Check out the pictures I took at the show at:

World of Wheels Car Show 2006

or you can go to my website at:

www.captainweil.com

 

Enjoy, Darryll

River Bill says...Thanks for the info and pictures Darryll

 

 

Monday .... March 13, 2006

  

Our River Picture and Story of the Day .... was sent in by Captain Greg Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina.  It is a good story about another River Bill.  

 

Greg wrote in his e-mail: 

 

CAN YOU FIND THE RIVER DAWG IN THIS PICTURE ?

   I took this picture in September of 2004, That's Before I met River Bill !!  

   Taken by the gas dock at Mud Island Marina - Memphis, Tennessee.  Mark Krull, Dolph Kraus, and I were on our way to Miami on the "Miami Magic".   This boater was on his way to Key West from Minnesota, and this was not his first time making the trip. (Different Boats).  He told us that he went by the name "River Bill".  Bill had lost an outboard motor in the Alton pool, hitting a large submerged log.  Grafton is where he replaced it with the one you see in the picture. 

   He rescued this puppy on its way to the dog pound, to become a river dog. This was just a few days earlier in the town of Caruthersville, MO.  I asked, What's the dog's name. He didn't have one yet. I suggested "Skipper".  He liked it and said That'll be his name.

True Story,

Greg Sadowski

Anyone out there have more info on this other River Bill? I'd like to hear about it. 

 

 

RiverBill says....Good picture and great story Greg....Thanks !

 

   I did an internet search and only found a few other River Bill's out there ???   Maybe one of our readers knows about this guy and will send us an e-mail.  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of  some of the river crowd at the Cajun Cook-Off at Palisades Yacht Club last year.     Left to right; Bill, Dave, Bill, Liz, Phil, Laura, Mark and Rick.    The food was excellent.

Con Trios Website Update  ------ The Con Trios Yacht Club's website has been updated with the 2006 Board Of Directors.    

Capt'n Jacks bar & Grill  ------ Capt'n Jacks has a new opening  date !

 

 ~~~~~ Friday...April 28 ~~~~~~

 

 

Sunday .... March 12, 2006

  

   

  

Our River Pictures of the Day .... are from Kinder's Restaurant on Friday night.   We arrived by boat thanks to Carl & Mary Tiemann. Lots of folks showed up to help celebrate opening day...And.....as usual Jeni and Amanda took care of things behind the bar.   For more pictures from Kinder's season opener....   Click here

 

RiverBill says....."Thanks" to the entire Kinder's crew for taking care of us !  The food was good, the service was fast and the drinks were cold.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of  gulls lined up yesterday at the Grafton Ferry landing.     There were hundreds of them on the parking lot, all facing into the cold wind.

 

(Note: This picture ended up going on the Grafton Ferry web page)

( Look at the ever - changing picture banner )

Capt'n Jacks bar & Grill  ------ Capt'n Jacks has a new opening  date !

 

 ~~~~~ Friday...April 28 ~~~~~~

 

 

Saturday .... March 11, 2006

  

Our River Picture of the Day .... is of Skipper, a well known and famous River Dawg.  Skipper is owned by Bill Brasses of the boat "FOOTLOOSE", out of Woodland Marina.  

 

River Bill says..........Skipper looks right at home on the sandbar !   This picture will be part of the RiverBills.com collection that will be on display at the Dog Days of Summer Festival on Main Street in St. Charles.

 

~~~~ Photography by Greg Sadowski ~~~~

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of some of the boats in   Alton Marina that is located in Alton, IL at the UMR 202.5 mile marker.   A great place to for transient boaters to spend the weekend.  One of the nicest marinas on Alton Pool plus all of the attractions of Alton.

Kinder's Opens  ------ for the season tonight.  Stop by, have something to eat and drink, say hello to the entire Kinder's crew and help us celebrate opening day !.........See ya there !

Check the Whos Open section of RiverBills.com for their business hours.

 

 

Friday .... March 10, 2006

  

Our River Picture of the Day .... is of the River Chair-Ee'-itIt's an ATV with a personnel carrier attached.  It's a splendid way to go from Camp Carl at Heartland, through the river bottoms to Woodland Marina and then on to Captain Jacks.   Just add a few brave  River Rats and your ready to go.  

   Well nothing is that easy !  There is always a few obstacles and on this day, last weekend, the obstacle was mud and more mud .  

  Finally made it Woodland Marina for a bite to eat at Sharkys and then off through more river bottoms and on to Captain Jack's .    After a visit with Jack and Denise we pointed the River Chair-Ee'-it back towards home.

    Of course on the trip back we found more mud.  A few places the going really got rough.    

 

~~~~ What a ride ~~~~

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture looking up-river at the "lower side" of     Winfield Lock and Dam.    This picture was taken a few weeks ago when the water was higher and all of the gates were up, except the three in the center.

Kinder's Opens  ------ for the season tonight.  Stop by, have something to eat and drink, say hello to the entire Kinder's crew and help us celebrate opening day !.........See ya there !

Check the Whos Open section of RiverBills.com for their business hours.

 

 

Thursday .... March 9, 2006

  

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Our River Picture of the Day ....was sent in by Barb McCulloch of the boat "Nauti Lass" out of Woodland Marina.....And... the mother of River Dawg Annie !

  Barb just got a new digital camera and decided to try it out by snapping a picture of the Grafton Ferry as it approached the ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River.  

      This is the first Entry in the March Grafton Ferry Picture Contest ! 

 

RiverBill says...Anyone notice the new landmark in this picture ????

......................It's The Timber Ridge Condos. 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a series of pictures of  eagles near Winfield Lock and Dam.     Pic 1 is a close-up of an eagle sitting on a tree limb.   Pic 2 looks like the same eagle caught in the same spot looking right at the camera.   The 3rd picture is of an   "Eagle Meet"   and it really amazed me !    Steve has appropriately named it   Guess How Many .    Who has ever seen that many eagles together at one time ?   All of these pictures were sent in by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.

Con Trios Spring Ice Breaker  ------ I added some information to the Con Trios website for the Spring Ice Breaker......Click on the link on the left and check it out.

 

 

Wednesday .... March 8, 2006

  

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Our River Picture of the Day ....of a Winter wake boarder was sent in by Tauni Shuck. He wrote in his e-mail:

Bill,

  I was out on March first enjoying the afternoon and snapped this pic of some wake boarders in Ski Chute... Water is cold ? 

38 Degrees !! 

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of the Brussels Ferry as it is approaches the landing on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River.   The weather was so nice that a lot of people were out for a ride so the waiting line to get on the ferry stretched for quite a distance.   The wait was over an hour, but a lot of people got out of their vehicles to enjoy the bright sunny weather and make new friends.

 

 

Tuesday .... March 7, 2006

  

  

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Our River Pictures of the Day ....were sent in by Carl Seidler.  Carl wrote in his e-mail:

Bill,

   Here a couple of the pictures I took on the way up to your Birthday party Friday evening from the River Road looking up River in front of Piasa Creek towards Portage in the far back. We had such a wonderful drive with the sunset.  Seen some Eagles right at the end, seen some Deer right across the Ferry and two Red Fox with the car lights.  

   What a trip.... What we take For granted here..... lots of people would pay money to see.

Carl

 River Bill says.......Those golden sunsets need no words....They are GREAT !

  

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The Sharks ....playing at the Deena Frey Benefit Saturday night at Sharky's floating Restaurant..  The house was packed, the music was good and the drinks were cold.  I got there late and didn't get a picture of the other bands, but everyone told me they really rocked.  Rail, Dick Whiskey, Catch22.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of a houseboat heading out of the river channel into the upper end of the Dardenne Slough. That is the Illinois bank of the river that you see in the distance. There were a few other boats out on the river that day including a very large cruiser, a few runabouts, a couple of johnboats and even a few jet skies.

More Info and  Illustration of Alton's Riverfront Amphitheater  ------   Go to on-line Telegraph for an update and artist's illustration of the amphitheater planned for the Alton Riverfront. Construction could start late this year.  

A Picture and Info About Alton's New Floating Dinning Facility  ------   Go to the on-line Telegraph for  info and a picture of the new floating dinning facility that will be moored at the Alton Riverfront.

 

 

Monday .... March 6, 2006

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ....was sent in by Betty Bannister.  Betty wrote in her e-mail:

This is an older picture of Mayor Mosby taken on the deck of the Grafton Harbor dredge.  We were in the process of bringing it down river with 2 jon boats attached to it for power.

 Betty

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of  Amanda.   Her and Jennie served up the food and drinks for everyone opening night at Kinder's Restaurant last year. 

 

 

Sunday .... March 5, 2006

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ....is of Bill and some of the River Girls at Bill's birthday party at Kinder's on Friday night.  Thanks everyone !

  

 

~~~~~~ Kinder's officially opens next Friday ~~~~~~~~

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of some of the "River Crew" at Kinder's last night on opening day. We have a "Before" and a "After" picture.

 

 

Saturday .... March 4, 2006

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day ....are of a new River Dawg named Jacque, who is owned by Ted Boller Jr.  Looks like Jacque really enjoys the water and the sandbar. 

 

 RiverBill says....Look for Jacque in the River Dawg section in a few days !  

 

~~~~~~ Send us a picture of your river Dawg! ~~~~~~~~

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of some  white pelicans flying in formation. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte and taken from Mark Krull's front yard. Check out Steve's website http://www.steveschulte.com.

Deena Frey Benefit --------

 SATURDAY MARCH... 4th

Sharky's Floating Restaurant

Friday , March 4th

Starts at  3:30 PM

Live Music by

RAIL.......DICK WHISKEY.......CATCH 22

For more info click here

 

River Bill says.......It's on Saturday - Not Friday like I had written !

See you there...Sounds like fun and it's for a good cause !

 

 

Friday .... March 3, 2006

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Our River Pictures of the Day ....are an update on Grafton Harbor sent in by Betty Bannister.  She wrote in her e-mail:

Bill,

They have moved the Marina building down to the ramp in Grafton while they are doing some more digging. We also went down to Liberty Harbor to see the docks in progress.

 

Betty Bannister

 

  RiverBill says....Thanks for the update Betty !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of   Kinders Restaurant on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River at the Golden Eagle Ferry.

Plans for Alton's Riverfront Park Amphitheater  ------ According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the Alton Lakefront Advisory Committee detailed features about the new amphitheater on Monday that is slated to be built at the Riverfront Park..  The amphitheater will seat 4,000 people, include a multi-level fountain with a 40 ft geyser.  Go to on-line Telegraph for the complete story.  

Luttrell Marine's Featured Boat  ------ 1995 Sea Ray   330 Sundancer has a new price....Click here .....and..... Check it out  !

Friends of Mike Daini Benefit ----Dinner & Dance

FRIDAY MARCH ....3rd

Trigg Banquet Center  

 

Click here for flyer

Click here for Michael's letter

 

River Bill says.......Lets help out this river family in their time of need.  Donations accepted !

 

 

 

Thursday .... March 2, 2006

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Our River Pictures of the Day .... were sent in by Betty Bannister.  She wrote in her e-mail: 

  

Every Wednesday a group of friends from Grafton go out in their Jon Boats. Today (3-1-06) was our first outing for this year. 

We have 3 rules.

1.  You do not have to have a Jon Boat

2. Everyone welcome

3.  BYOB

   These are the pelicans on the little island across from The Loading Doc Restaurant in Grafton.

Betty Bannister

 

RiverBill says....Very good pictures Betty !   Thanks for sharing !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of   the towboat America frozen in the ice last February when it was still moored just below Winfield Lock and Dam. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte. Check out his website http://www.steveschulte.com.   

River Dawgs   ------    Updated the River Dawgs section.  Adde Dana, Leroy, Cosmo, Annie, Jenna and Wade.  I think I have them all in the Dawg section now.  

  Send us a pic of your River Dawg on the River or in your boat and we will post it too.

Sailing Dazzler   ------    Updated Denny and Reggie Heisler's website, Sailing Dazzler.   They made it to Key West and sent new pictures and a journal update.  Check it ...send them an e-mail!

February Visitor Stats   ------    Updated the Visitor Stats for February. 

Riverbills.com  had 17,433 unique visits in the 28 day month of February.  Down 139 from the 31 day month of January.  Click here to view Stats.

 

 

Wednesday .... March 1, 2006........ WELCOME   RIVERBENDER.COM !

Our River Picture of the Day .....is of River Dawg named....Wade...checking out his new owner's boat.  I think that he looks right at home.  Hope he has passed the Safe Boating Class !

 

  Wade is a new member of Mark and Kathy Sweetman's household.  Mark is a member of the 2005 Jamaica Daze band, 2nd Nature.  He wrote in his e-mail:

 

  All's well here. The band took February off to learn a bunch of new material
and do some recording. We'll be back on stage next week, and we've got good gigs booked through the Spring with a lot of interest from some big new
venues, though they're mostly "down here in the South".

The sad news is that our dog, Ladd, died a few weeks ago. It was really hard
on us, especially Kathy. Throughout her life, Kathy has never been without a
dog for very long, so we stopped by a local pet store where Stray Rescue was showing off some of their dogs hoping for families to adopt them.

If you don't know anything about Stray Rescue of St. Louis, check them out! They are a terrific organization.

We found a GREAT dog. His name is Wade. He's an 85-pound lab/chow mix, and they say he's two years old. I think he's younger than that, but there's no doubt in our minds that he'll instantly take to river life.

Today was a beautiful day, so Wade and I went out to take the cover off the jet boat to see how it survived the winter. With a little coaxing, Wade climbed up on the boat from the back where the yard rises at the end of the driveway to give a little "step up". Once up, Wade was at home and sat right down in the driver's seat as if to say, "Hop in! I'll drive."

See ya soon,

-m

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

    

   It was a picture of  the bluffs that are on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River about a mile below the Winfield Lock and Dam.   All of the foliage is gone now and even the pine trees look brown.

Cardboard Boat Race Pictures   ------     Finally added some pictures from the Cardboard Boat Races held at Capt'n Jack's Bar & Grill last September.   Click here and check them out !

IT WAS A BLAST !

 

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