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July 2007

 

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 Tuesday.... 31 July 2007

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Our River Pictures of the Day....... are from Joel.  He seen some strange looking boats on a trip to Minnesota and sent us some pictures..

 

Bill,

  Hello, my name is Joel and these are pictures I took on my trip up to Iowa to look at a boat.  

   Happened to come across these and I thought you would like to see.

   After talking to them they said they were from Minnesota and all were headed down to New Orleans.  There was a total of 4 boats but only saw 3.

   Well here you go,  its a site to see and the last one is made out of a skate board half pipe.   I got a huge kick out of it along with the rest of my family that was with me.

Joel

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Joel.

                       Lets watch for these boats as they pass through our area.    

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture of the Day In 2006 ------- was of (left) Chris and (right) Tony....taking a break and talking to us as they locked us through Winfield Lock and Dam last year.

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 Save The Ma Belle

American Queen.......... Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin spotted the American Queen locking through Lock and Dam 13 at Clinton, Iowa heading up river.  She included some information about the Queen and here sister ships in this weeks edition. 

 

Click here and go to "Tow Talkin" to read Kathy's article.

 

Where is the American Queen now ?

 ....It left Lock and Dam No. 10 located in Guttenberg, Iowa just after midnight on July 31 heading down-river.

 

Click here to check the current location of the American Queen on the Mississippi River. 

Update.... Premier 370 Business Park......... According to a news article in the Suburban Journal....the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent the City of St. Peters a letter that puts a cloud over the future of Premier 370 Business Park.  

  The letter has halted work on the business park that is being developed in the Mississippi River flood plain off of Highway 370.

   

  According to the news article,  the FEMA letter lists several matters related to the levee system that is designed to keep flood waters out of the business park.

  • The city still needs a letter of map revision from FEMA that moves the floodway boundary. 

  • The city needs a signed letter of concurrence from Calhoun County, IL which is across the Mississippi River from the floodplain where the business park is located.  Calhoun County will reportedly not sign the letter because they had opposed the construction of the levee.

  • The city must also submit a new design for closing the gaps in an agricultural levee located below the railroad tracks.

Click here to go to the on-line Suburban Journal to read the article.

       

The Rotten Apple Cider House ..........  

 

 Rotten Apple Cider House in Grafton, IL has Gabie McGarrah , the flamenco guitarist, entertaining the guest on the following dates: 


   
August 5,12,19,&26 from 2-6 pm
   August 3,10,17,18,24,25,&31 from 6-10 pm

 

Check out Gabie and his music the next chance you get !

From RiverBill's Message Board.....   

 

Topic: Need help locating a fellow boater


Comments: I was on two branch this weekend, I ran into a guy named jake that has a blueish green and cream crownline, and was running with a blue and grey formula and a 30 foot sea ray cruiser. He said he knew a guy named ryan that was looking to sell his hydrostream, I need the guys number that is selling his boat. IF anyone knows either of these guys drop me an email please thanks Chris

 

E-mail:    jmecosgrove@yahoo.com

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol News Release.....

FALLING OVERBOARD.. MERAMAC RIVER.. GEORGE WINTER PARK

   Operator was traveling downstream on the Meramec River in George Winter Park on a PWC when she hit a wake from another boat causing the passenger to fall into the water.  The passenger received moderate injuries and was taken to St. Anthony's Medical, St. Louis, MO

 

Click here to read the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07070131  

Palisades Yacht Club ..........  

  Music by The Last Resort this Saturday from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam Rivercam....  This feature was added yesterday, but the rivercam is stuck on Friday, July 20.  Will return as soon as it is back up and running. 

 Click here to go to the 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

 

Yacht Club of St. Louis Restaurant Hours.........

 

 

Click here for Yacht Club of St. Louis  website

 

WasherTossGames.com. 

5 styles of beautiful handmade washer games to choose from.

2 styles of Ladder golf games available PERFECT for the beach.
Only retailer in Missouri selling the score tower scoreboards with beverage holders.
     Order today Labor Day weekend is just around the corner
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Update on Piasa Bird Painting ..........  The on-line Alton Telegraph ran a news video about the crews cleaning the tar from the recently vandalized Piasa Bird painting on the bluff in Piasa Park, located along the Great River Road near Alton, IL.  

 

Click here to go to the on-line Alton Telegraph and view the news video.

 

 

 

 Monday.... 30 July 2007

Our River Picture of the Day....... Is from Capt'n Darryll, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser....After You.  Darryll sent us an e-mail and some pictures from Sharky's last night in business.

 

Bill,

Went to the ballgame Sunday where the Cardinals came from behind to win 9 to 5 over the Brewers, that comes under the heading of Good News - from there we went to Sharky's Cove on the river for their last night in business - That definitely comes under the heading of Bad News - took some pics of the good people there for the last hurrah. John, Cindra, Denise, Sandy and all the rest of the crew at Sharky's Cove, we're gonna miss you and hope that you will find a spot on the river where we can come see you!
Check out the pics at:

http://captainweil.com/sharkyslastnight/

I'm sure we could have gotten some more interesting pictures had we been able to stay longer but one of us still has to work and it ain't me!

Enjoy, Darryll

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Daryll !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture of the Day In 2005 ------- was of the  River Explorer moored at Grafton, IL ..... sent in by Darryll Weil who hails out of  Yacht Club Of St. Louis in the cruiser..... "After You".  

 

Darryll wrote in his e-mail

  

  It consists of two giant barges that are basically plush hotels and is pushed by a regular tow boat. For more info on this vessel go to www.riverbagre.com.

Darryll. 

Sharky's Cove........We Will Miss You !

   John Biando, Cindra Smith and all the great people who worked at the restaurant and bar...We will miss you.  

   Thanks for all the great parties, the good food, cold drinks, the river friendly atmosphere.........

and most of all..."the memories" !

 

   RiverBill

 Save The Ma Belle

  AquaPalooza 2007  ........ 

 

WHEN:  Saturday, August 4, 1:00 PM– 6:00 PM
Come by anytime from 1PM until 6PM for some fun in the sun with fellow boaters, family and friends. 

WHERE:  AquaPpalooza is going to be held on Royal Landing, where the bottom of the Dardenne Slough meets the Mississippi , just across from Polestar Marina, Port Charles and the Duck Club. Watch for our signs.  You can choose to beach your boat or raft up and we will shuttle you ashore.

 

Click here for more information

  River River History  ........ 

 July 28, 1993 in River River History  ........ 

The 1993 flood water crested at Louisiana, Mo at 28.4 feet setting new record.
Old record was 27.0 feet set in 1973

 

Source: http://www.weather.gov/oh/hrl/papers/area/great.htm

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 July 29, 1993 in River River History  ........ 

The 1993 flood water crested at Clarksville, Mo at 37.7 feet setting new record.
Old record was 36.4 feet set in 1973

 

Source: http://www.weather.gov/oh/hrl/papers/area/great.htm

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... Dated 20 July 2007 is out for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

       

Make Zoo Food From Flying Carp......... Fox 2 News ran a news story and video on those pesky flying carp last Wednesday. The St. Louis Zoo is looking at ways to use them to feed some of the animals.

 

Click here to watch the news story .      

Can You Spot The Kmart Shopper ?....... Dennis Carrol, of Aqua Scooter fame, sent us the following swimsuit funny. 

 

Click here to go to "terencelewis.net" and see if you can spot the Kmart shopper.   (Adult content)

From RiverBill's Message Board.....   

 

Topic:  WAKE'S   


Comments: RIVERBILL ...JUST MOVED UP FROM LAKE BARKLEY KY . NOTICED THAT PEOPLE UP HERE WANT TO RUN REAL CLOSE TO YOU AT FULL SPEED. WE HAVE PERSON IN A WHEEL CHAIR ON OUR BOAT. SO IF ANYONE SEES US OUT THERE PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK ON THE WAKE. 

 

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As The River Churns........

 

River Commentary

 

7/28/07 

   Came across 2 people on beat up pwc half sunk/drunk and possibly on drugs, drug them to sand bar.  Owner came walking down sandbar chewed them out, never said thanks or anything.  Where's water patrol when you need them !   Down river 1/2 mile pulling some other boat over for no reason that I could see. Some people don't have any common SENSE!!
And for all the people that do.... happy boating.    

 

Dianna Broeker

 

 

"As the River Churns" ........ words borrowed from Capt'n Gary Meinershagen...Thanks Gary

Latest Image from Winfield Lock and Dam Rivercam

 

Web Camera Images at ERDC/CRREL Real-time Images from Lock and Dam 25, Mississippi River near Winfield, Missouri

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center website

ITCS Memo # 2569 ......

   Peoria Lock and Dam, RM 157.7


   Peoria Lock and Dam, located on the Illinois River at RM 157.7, will be closed to navigation from 7:00 AM on Monday, 30 July 2007 until 11:00 PM on Wednesday, 1 August 2007 for repairs. 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2569  

 

Check the ITCS website for most current memos

 

Condolences ........ 

To our good river friend...We wish to send our condolences to Heidi-Mcgee-Hundelt.   Her father, Richard Mcgee,  passed away on Sat. July 28. Our thoughts are with you.


Tom Schaffner


 Fri, Sat, Sun.... 27, 28, 29 July 2007

Welcome to the Weekend !

Updated Sun at 10:30AM 

River News Flash  ........ 

Sharky's Cove Restaurant is closing down this Sunday !  

 

   Cindra just told me that Sharky's Cove is shutting down !   The last day that they will be open for business will be this Sunday, 7-29-07.    Make sure to stop in this weekend and say good-by to everyone !

 

John, Cindra and the entire Sharky's Cove crew says ......

Thanks for your business over the years....And...thanks for the memories !  

 

Stop by and see us at  Sharky's Landing !

 

Updated Sunday At 10:30AM 

Our River Pictures of the Day.....Sunday.. is another of the boat-car that can be seen cruising around on the Mississippi River from time to time. 

 

River Bill, 
We were sitting on the beach at Iowa Island on July 8th when we saw this drive by.  I've never seen anything like it before on the river so it was pretty cool to see!
Stacy

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for the picture Stacy !

Updated Fri At 7:30 PM 

Our River Picture of the Day.....Saturday.. is from Jim Vineyard who hails out of the Duck Club.. 

 

Hey Bill,

Here are a shot I took after a trip to the Shrine and back up river. A storm had just blown through and the sun peeped out just before sunset. 

Jim Vineyard
Duck Club Marina

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for the picture Jim !

Our River Picture of the Day.....Friday.. is from Michelle Mick. 

 

River Bill,

   When we were out last Sunday, 7-15-07, I took this picture of the Belle of the Night from the Port of Havana being pushed up river. It was close to Palasades when I took it. Later we saw it tied off around Polestar. Don't know what the story is with it, but it is pretty neat looking. 

Michelle Mick
www.pickupmyphotos.com

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks Michelle for sending in the picture of the Belle of the Night !  This one sort of got lost in my in-basket....sorry.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Updated Sunday at 10:00 AM 

Our River Picture of the Day In 2005 ---Sunday----

 

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and here is our very own  Kelly T.....  posing for you and me right after taking a dip in the mighty Mississippi.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  

   

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 Updated Fri At 7:30 PM 

Our River Picture of the Day In 2005 ---Saturday---- was of a tug below Clarksville Dam on the Missouri side of the river that was sent in by John Thomas, who is in the U.S. Air Force.  

In his e-mail, John wrote:

  " I was recently back home on leave (Pleasant Hill, IL , which is near the Clarksville Dam) and I took these pictures. It was good to get back on the river for a little while! "

 

   .John also sent a picture of him fishing in a slough below the dam and a picture of the lower side of the dam, probably looking towards Clarksville.. 

   

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Our River Picture of the Day In 2006 ------- was of a couple of  "Real River Dawgs" ( Dawg1, Dawg2 ) sent in by Murphy, of the houseboat "MURPHY II."   These pics were taken at the top of the  "Isle of  Two Branch."    Looks like these Dawgs are really at home in the water and the boxer must be having some friends over for a swim party...........

     Thanks for the pictures Murphy !

 

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 Updated Sunday at 10:00 AM

 

Condolences ........ 

To our good river friend...We wish to send our condolences to Heidi-Mcgee-Hundelt.   Her father, Richard Mcgee,  passed away on Sat. July 28. Our thoughts are with you.


Tom Schaffner

- Updated Friday at 1:30 PM 

July 27, 1817 in River River History  ........ 

The steamboat  "Zebulon M. Pike" arrived in the city of St. Louis on July 27, 1817, thus starting the Steamboat era.  Rapids in the Mississippi River north of the city made St. Louis the northernmost navigable port for many large boats. 

  The city was quickly transformed into a bustling boomtown, commercial center, and inland port

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_St._Louis,_Missouri

Barge-Kayak Collision...Missouri River  ........ According to a news story on KSDK News Channel 5.......Two people in a kayak, racing in the Missouri River 340 Race , collided with a two barge tow on the Missouri River at about 2 AM on Thursday morning.

   The racers rounded a river bend in Gasconade County and couldn't maneuver  out of the way of an on-coming the tow.  The tow could not stop.  It hit and ran over the kayak, throwing the two racers into the river.  They were able to crawl out from underneath the barge without being injured !


Click here to read the news story on KSDK News Channel 5.

 

Click here to read the Missouri Water Patrols News Release ( N07070124 ) about the two boat collision.

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

84 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/26/2007)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

76 degrees, normal, clear; catfish fair on natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/26/2007)
 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

David Vomund Has Entered the Mr. River Queen Contest !

 

   Just to let you all know David is entering the "Mr. River Queen" contest at Cedar Hill on Saturday (7-28-07). Yes, you read it right! 

   It's a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you are not busy and want to laugh a lot it is from 3:00 to 5:00. He has to work the crowd for $$ and the one with the most in the end wins $100.00 and of course a crown! 

   Come on by if you can. 


Thanks! 

Pam Vomund

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill  ------  

Hey River Bill,

  • On Saturday the 28th, we will have Budweiser here hosting a game called ring toss at 2pm. They will be giving away door and game prizes. Also that night from 7-11pm, Russ Bono will be here playing live music inside. 

  • On Sunday the 29th from 1-5pm Lenny Frisch will be playing live music out on the deck.

Thanks,
Matt Henderson, Manager

Manager at Grafton's Landing

From RiverBill's Message Board.....   

 

Topic:  Boat Storage  


Comments: BJ, I'm the new owner of Palisades Yacht Club. Our covered slips are full, we have dry storage available and next season we are planning to offer a valet service (depending on size of boat). Just give us a call and we will uncover and put it in the water. We have a completely remodeled club house (rest, bar, pool). Best view on the river!!! Give us a call 636-899-1093. Scott Lewis Palisades Yacht Club 

 

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Hogback 2007 Registration  ------   Commodores: Dan & Laura Hamilton

Bill, 

   Can you please put this (registration form) up on your site for everybody going to Hog Back. 

   We we need entries by August 12th to have time to get shirts done.

Thanks,

Dan

Dan's Boats

 

Click here for registration form.   (Microsoft Word Document)

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Hogback 2007 

Commodores: Dan & Laura Hamilton


Thursday, August 23 – Overnight @ Cedar Hill Restaurant – Available, but must
                                  be self-sufficient- no hookups available.

Friday, August 24 - 8 am Registration
                               - Poker Run Starts, Trivia, Raffles, & Contests
                               - Lunch - Pig Roast @ Two Rivers Marina 217-437-2321
                               - Drinks & Appetizers @ Quincy Boat Club! 

Saturday, August 25 - Hogback Island Party
                               - 7pm: Taco Bar with Karaoke 

                                 *COMPLIMENTARYfrom Quincy Boat Club

Sunday, August 26 - Return

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON DRI-PORT MARINE

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT....

YOU NEVER STOP SMILING....KEEP IT UP...IT IS CONTAGIOUS

BETTE & DARRYL

ROYALFLUSH

 Thursday.... 26 July 2007

 

River News Flash  ........ 

Sharky's Cove Restaurant is closing down this Sunday !  

 

   Cindra just told me that Sharky's Cove is shutting down !   The last day that they will be open for business will be this Sunday, 7-29-07.    Make sure to stop in this weekend and say good-by to everyone !

 

John, Cindra and the entire Sharky's Cove crew says ......

Thanks for your business over the years....And...thanks for the memories !  

 

Stop by and see us at  Sharky's Landing !

 

Our River Pictures of the Day....... are from Capt'n Mike Vitale, who hails out of the Duck Club in the cruiser IN-XS.  

 

Hi Bill,

Here are some “River Bill Friendly” Parrot Blue pix from the day after the Parrot Head Party. The number of suits just keeps growing. It seems we can’t get enough Parrot. 

Michael Vitale
Regional Vice President
Merrlin Mortgage Corporation

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture of the Day In 2006 ------- was sent in by Scott Clark.......It's a picture of a River Dawg named Gilli, looking real cool with those shades on....while floating in the water  behind the Isle Of Two Branch ! 

 

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Replica of World Record Catfish  ........ According to a news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph........ Tim Pruitt, the Illinois fisherman who caught that 124 pound world record blue catfish in the Mississippi River a couple of years ago, is having trouble getting his replica of the monster fish. 

    Pruitt caught the fish on May 21, 2005 and it died en route to a Cabela’s retail store in Kansas City, Kan. where it was going to be put in a large aquarium for public display.  

    According to a Cabela’s product manager, the company paid for replicas to be created by a taxidermist company in Duluth, Minnesota for Pruitt and other recipients, "but it would not pay to ship the replicas to their recipients."

    
Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph.

David Vomund Has Entered the Mr. River Queen Contest !

 

   Just to let you all know David is entering the "Mr. River Queen" contest at Cedar Hill on Saturday (7-28-07). Yes, you read it right! 

   It's a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you are not busy and want to laugh a lot it is from 3:00 to 5:00. He has to work the crowd for $$ and the one with the most in the end wins $100.00 and of course a crown! 

   Come on by if you can. 


Thanks! 

Pam Vomund

From RiverBill's Message Board.....   

 

Topic:  River Reading and Beautification 


Comments: Recently we had someone stop by my office, some of you may have heard of him and his work on our river system. His name is Chad Pregracke and he started what is now known as Living Lands and Waters. I was given a copy of his book, "From The Bottom Up" which I would recommend to all boaters. Check out the website as well, livinglandsandwaters.org 

E-mail: tpruett@memcobarge.com 

 

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St. Louis Pirate Festival  ------   

 As most of you know, Jimmy Buffet once said.... 

 "There's a little pirate in all of us" 

 

  So I thought I would include some information on the St. Louis Pirate Festival.  It has nothing with the river, but if you interested...... it will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, September 15th - 30th at the Rotary Park, Wentzville, MO.

 

Click here for more information on the festival.  It's a historical thing.

 

Just for fun click here to learn how to talk like a pirate, for some pirate pick up lines and more.

 Aaaargh!!

RiverBill's July Calendar.....was one day short this month .....Oops !

  We were missing next Tuesday, July 31st,  but it's fixed now.....

 

  Click here for a larger copy of the calander.

 Wednesday.... 25 July 2007

 

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures Of The Day....... were sent in by Capt'n Tony Trice, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  He sent us pictures of the American Queen traveling under the power lines at Iowa Island.  She had to lower her stacks in order to clear the lines.

 

Tony wrote:

 

Bill,

  There was not much clearance between the "feeler whiskers" on the bridge and the wires.. And the pix of the ship with the stacks down make it look like a pair of binoculars or eyes looking forward..

Tony Trice

 

 

  RiverBill says.....I received a lot of pictures of the Queen....Thanks everyone ! 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture of the Day In 2006 ------- was from Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net.  It's a picture of some eerie looking reddish colored clouds from the storm that rolled through the area at this time last year.

 

RiverBills comment was .......Hope everyone has their electricity back on !   

Must have been this time last year that a lot of people lost their power.

  

 

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 Save The Ma Belle

Jerseyville's Flood Plain Management Program  ........There was an interesting news article in the on-line Post Dispatch dated 7/17/07 that I just noticed.  It's about the flood plain management program in Jerseyville, IL .  

    The news article is written about about the problems the county used to have, how the the Federal Emergency Management Agency placed the county on probation and how the county has now implemented a new flood plain management program to turn things around.

  Click here to read the news article on the STLtoday.com

More Info...Grafton Ferris Wheel..... Monday's online Post Dispatch ran a news story about the Ferris Wheel brought to Grafton from Thunder Bay, Ontario, where it's been since 1917.

   It is 90 years old, has only 12 seats and was built about 40 miles from Grafton, in Roodhouse, Ill.    Rich Williams plans to make it the main attraction of the the  Lazy River Trading Co. in Grafton.   

   Riders should see some great views of the Illinois River and the confluence.

 

Click here to read the news story.

Cedar Hill's Mr. River Queen Contest

Click here to open larger pdf file       

 

 

 

 Tuesday....24 July 2007

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures Of The Day....... were sent in by Joe DeSherlia of Grafton Harbor. The harbor was a very busy place this past weekend with the Blessing of the Fleet and the Con Trios yacht Club's.... Parrot Head party.

  The top picture shows boats tied up to the breakwater.  The harbor ferried the crews to the the facility by pontoon boat.  

   The bottom picture is of the pool area (minus the pool) where all the festivities took place.  First the awards for the Blessing of the Fleet were awarded...then the 12 Volt band started playing and the Con Trios Parrot Head Party shifted into high gear.

 

 

  RiverBill says...... A big thanks goes out to Jan and Joe DeSherlia for taking care of us this weekend !

   

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Our 2nd River Picture Of The Day....... was sent in by Capt'n Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.   He snapped a picture of the Con Trios members at Chow Time....Cheese Burgers in Paradise for everyone.  (we had chicken too.)

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Carl !

   

Blessing Of The Fleet and Parrot Head Party Pics.......   Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of Yacht Club of St. Louis in the Cruiser "After You", sent us some pictures of the Blessing Of The Fleet and the Con Trios Parrot Head Party.

 

Take-A-Look

 

This past weekend we took the boat to Grafton Harbor for the Blessing of the Fleet and then the Con Trios Yacht Club Parrot Head party. I have posted pictures of each event on the respective websites. For the Blessing of the Fleet pictures go to:

www.blessingofthefleetstl.com/2007picsdarryll

for the Parrot Head Party pictures go to:

www.contriosyachtclub.org/gallery/2007_parrot_head

Enjoy, Darryll

  

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture of the Day In 2006 ------- was from Cindy Blaylock, secretary of the Two Rivers Boat Club.  It's a picture of the crew of the "Off Brothers"  taken at Two Rivers Marina Annual Labor Day Weekend Cardboard Boat Races.  

   Two Rivers Marina is located on the Upper Mississippi River, mile 283.3 on the Illinois bank, 50 feet north of the Louisiana, Missouri Highway Bridge.   Check them out at www.tworiversmarina.com

  

 

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Transportation Worker Identification Credentials  ........According to a news article in the on-line Waterways Journal......   all crewmembers working on towboats must have their Transportation Workers Identification Credentials by 25 Sept 2008.  If not, their documents, licenses and STCW papers will become invalid.

  

  Click here to go to the Waterways Journal and read the news article.

 

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According to the Transportation Security Administration website: 

 

"The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is a Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard initiative. The TWIC program provides a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities, and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act, or MTSA, and all U.S. Coast Guard credentialed merchant mariners".............Click here to go to the  Transportation Security Administration website and continue reading.

Little John's Motorsports Update ........Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of Yacht Club of St. Louis in the Cruiser "After You", sent us an update on whatz-up with Little John and his racing team.

  

 

Bill,

Little John's Motorsports (www.littlejohnsinc.com) was in Augusta Georgia over the weekend for the Southern National Drag Boat races.   Ashly qualified 2nd in her class in Kwitchabitchin and then took 2nd Place in the finals. They are headed to Gadsden Alabama next weekend for the NDBA Division 4 and IHBA Nationals / Division 1 races.
Darryll

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Correction..... It's Gabie McGarrah, a flamenco guitarist, playing the tunes at the Rotten Apple Ciderhouse last Friday.  Make sure to put him on your list of things to see in Grafton.

 

He will be playing at the Rotten Apple Ciderhouse on the following dates:
   July 29, August 5,12,19,&26 from 2-6 pm 
   July 27,August 3,10,17,18,24,25,&31 from 6-10 pm 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report.........Dated 20 July 2007  is out for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. 

 

Click here for the  "Mississippi River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area. 

 

Click here for the  "Illinois River"  section of the report and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.

  

Go to   http://www.ifishillinois.org for the complete report.

       

       

 Monday....23 July 2007

 

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Our River Picture Of The Day....... Is of Sunday's Sunset taken from Ronnie and Linda Stevens' houseboat, Summer Breeze, up around Two Branch Island.  Look at those colors !

 

Sunday's Sunset

    

   

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Pictures of the Day In 2006 ------- Were from the Con Trios Yacht Club's Moonlight Cruise on the Grafton Ferry night.....Featuring the river band..... 

Rail

Joe, Bobby, Lionel and Marvin 

 

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 Save The Ma Belle

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Picture taken Sunday from the  Illinois River up-stream of Grafton, 

near the entrance to the 3rd Chute (Mason Chute)

 

Grafton Gets Historic Ferris Wheel..... According t a news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph ........ A 1917 Ferris Wheel and its Roodhouse, manufactured by the  Eli Bridge Co. of Jacksonville, IL , is now back in Illinois from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.. 
  Rich Williams, of The Lazy River Trading Co. in Grafton, and Keith Kinder of Calhoun County drove to Canada and brought back the  Ferris Wheel. It will be located at the Lazy River Trading Co., on the Great River Road in Grafton’s West End.

  Click here to read the story in the on-line Alton Telegraph

The Bay At Quincy......... According to a news article on KHQA7on-line dated 11 July , 2007 the US Army Corps Of Engineers is looking at ways to fix the sediment problem in the Quincy Bay on the Mississippi River.    The sediment and shallow waters make it difficult for boats to pass through the waters safely.    The bay is dredged regularly to the sediment, but a more permanent solution is needed.

  Click here to read the news article.

 Fri, Sat, Sun....20, 21, 22 July 2007

The Band 12 Volt

 

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River Picture Of The Day....Sunday. is of the band 12Volt with Cindy and Laura at Saturday's at Con Trios Yacht Club's Parrot Head Party at Grafton Harbor. 

Gabie entertaining the crowd at the Rotten Apple Ciderhouse

 

Gabie and classic Citron

 

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Updated Sat at 8:00AM

River Picture Of The Day....Saturday.. is of Gabie McGarrah entertaining the customers at the Rotten Apple Ciderhouse in Grafton, IL yesterday afternoon.   He is a "One Man band".... who sings all types of songs with a splash of humor added in here and there.   Make sure you catch him next time he plays there.

   The Ciderhouse is located few steps from the Illinois River and the Grafton Harbor.  The shaded outside dining area was great place to relax, have a bite to eat and enjoy the  afternoon !

 

Check them out next time your in Grafton !

More Pictures from the Stateamind Poker Run....Friday... The RiverBill's Poker Run Team's  3rdnd stop was at Longshot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux. 

    The 1st pic is of some fellow poker run boaters in Longshot's harbor.  

   The 2nd pic is of Andy Dallwitz and his restaurant crew inside Longshot's.. 

   The 3rd pic is of Nick and Carl posing with the girls that were serving up brats and burgers at the outside food tent..  

    

    Look more pictures from the poker run next week.

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Updated Sunday at 8:00 AM

Our River Pictures of the DayIn 2006 ---Sunday----- is from a few weeks back when we spent the weekend at Grafton Harbor. It some of our new friends from "F" Dock.    From left to right....mark Kennedy, Bill Moyer, Bev Teuebaugh, Patrick Teuebaugh (standing) and Norma Wickenhauser.

 

"F" Dock Rocks

 

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Updated Saturday at 8:00 AM

Our River Picture On This Day In 2005 ---Saturday... was of a few of the boats that participated in last Sunday's  Annual Boat Parade and Blessing Of The Fleet.   There was a Viking in a sailboat plus some other well decorated boats.  One boat picture even has a good view of the bluffs in the background.     Thanks for sharing your pictures Robert.

 

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Our River Picture On This Day In 2005 (above)---Friday-- was of  John  at Riverside Marina on Dardenne Slough.    

 

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Below is a picture of John at Riverside just a week or so ago.  

  Thanks John.... for taking care of us and helping us gas-up.!   

Friday

 

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The Delta Queen and the American Queen.....  

 

  The Delta Queen made it's way back down river to the St. Louis area this week. It was in the lock at Winfield Dam on Wednesday, July 18,  at about 8:55 PM. Click on Thumbnail pictures below from the Lock and Dam 25 River Cam. 

  

   

   

 

    After locking through, she churned her way down the Mississippi River, through pool 26, through the Melvin Price Lock and Dam and then through the lock at Dam 27, Chain of Rocks.  She departed lock 27 at 3:05 PM on Thursday afternoon, July 19. 

 

    The Riverboat, American Queen, is scheduled to depart from the St. Louis Riverfront for St. Paul, Mi, this Saturday, July 21st.  Watch for this much larger riverboat as she passes through pool 26 on her way north.  The American Queen is 418 feet long, where as the Delta Queen was only 285 feet in length.

  

  

The Boat On The RiverBend.....  Wednesday's on-line Alton Telegraph contained a news article titled " Owner denies entertainment boat sold."    The facility has been for sale for a couple of months now, but the owner of the Boat On The River Bend denied that the the boat has been sold and would be leaving the Alton Riverfront.

  

   Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph.

  

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

82 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on limb lines and trotlines using sunfish; drum good on night crawlers; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 7/19/2007)

 

Missouri River (below New Haven)

74 degrees, normal, muddy; catfish good on natural baits; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 7/19/2007)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Group Is Against National Heritage Area.....  A news article in Thursday's on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch described how a group residents from northeast St. Charles County is petitioning against the proposal of making a 200  square mile area around the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers into a National Heritage Area.     Some property owners are wary of the national designation and how it could affect "what they can do with their land".  Meanwhile proponents of the National Heritage Area proposal say the designation could draw national attention and federal money to the area.  It would also help promote the region's river heritage.  

 

  Click here to read the article on STLtoday.com

Grafton's Landing.....  

   On Saturday, The Blessing Of The Fleet will be leaving Grafton Harbor harbor at 11:30am and returning around 4:30pm. 

  Graftons Landing Bar and Grill we be catering the Con Trio's Yacht Club's Parotthead party from 5-10pm.   

 

   Live music that afternoon as well, Lenny Frisch will play from 1-5pm.

Missouri State Water Patrol ----- Blessing Of The Fleet 

  Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol, sent us the following information about the up-coming Blessing Of The Fleet Parade.  Please take a minute and read it.

 

To All Mississippi River Boaters,

It is Blessing of the Fleet time again. The Missouri State Water
Patrol wants to remind all spectators and participants of few common
violations to avoid. 
1. Seating violations-Bow, gunwale, seatback and deck riding will not
be allowed. 
2. Registration violations- Make sure that all documentations decals,
numbers and names are clearly visible. Registration that is not
visible is the same as not having any at all. 
3. Littering- Make sure that decorations affixed to your vessel are
secure. Any decorations that fall into the water are considered litter.
4. Anchoring in a channel- Pick areas away from traffic. Think safety
when selecting a resting stop. It is illegal to obstruct or impede
the flow of traffic. 
5. Alcohol consumption- Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming
dehydrated. Alcohol and boating can be a deadly combination. Be responsible
and designate a sober operator and also remind passengers to be
responsible with their alcohol consumption. As the operator/or owner of a
vessel you can be held responsible if something happens. 

The Missouri State Water Patrol does monitor and responds to calls on
Ch 16 of the marine band. Please understand that we do not always hear
that channel because other channels are higher priority and our radios
are limited by distance. Sometimes officers will be near Alton when a
call from near Iowa Island comes out. The radios just do not receive
from that far of a distance. You can try to reach us on Ch16 but if we
do not respond, please contact Sector Upper and they will contact us.
Our phone number is 573-751-3333 or 911 for emergencies. 

Ultimately, the Missouri State Water Patrol wants the Blessing of the
Fleet to be a continued success. Remember that safety should be your number one priority. 


Patrolman Lou Amighetti 
Missouri State Water Patrol 
Water Patrol Officer/PIO
District 5

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To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
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Help Wanted ........

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   Dan’s Boats is hiring an experienced Marine Mechanic. Top Pay, Health Insurance, No Weekends, Yearly Training with the Manufacturers. Would service new and newer boats powered with Volvo and some Mercruisers. Dan’s Boats has a great team of boat enthusiasts and is looking to add a good technician who cares about the people and their boats! 

 

  Please contact Dan at 636-970-3267 or come on by the showroom!

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 I HAD 5 DOCKS JOINED TOGETHER WITH ROOFS TIED UP AT HUSTER BOAT RAMPS, LOCATED AT HUSTER ROAD AND DARDENNE SLOUGH, LAST
FRIDAY FOR A TEMPORARY STAY.   THEY CAME FROM NORTH SHORE REPLACEMENT DOCKS.  

  GOT THERE LATE IN THE DAY AND THE NEXT MORNING BETWEEN 1:30 AND 6 AM  SOMEONE CUT THEM LOOSE TO FLOAT DOWN THE RIVER BY ITS CURRENT.   HE, OR SHE OR THEM DID NOT CARE ABOUT THE DAMAGE IT COULD CAUSE. THE DOCKS WERE ABOUT 120 LONG WITH 5 BAYS AND HEAVY !

OFFERING A $5,000 REWARD FOR THE IDENTITY OF ONE OR ALL THOSE INVOLVED.

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THE DOCKS WERE FOUND NEXT TO A MARINA A FEW MILES BELOW. SOME DAMAGE TO THEM AND TO A DOCK OWNED BY A PARTY DOWN THERE.

 

 

 Thursday....19 July 2007

 

More Pictures from the Stateamind Poker Run....... The RiverBill's Poker Run Team's  2nd stop was at Kinder's Restaurant located in Calhoun County, Illinois at the Golden Eagle Ferry.  

    The 1st pic is of Amanda and Mary working hard behind the bar ....serving up food and cold drinks to all of the poker run boaters.  

   The 2nd pic is of some of the participants drawing their cards from the Stateamind dealer.  

   The 3rd pic is of some of the boats tied up at Kinder's docks.  

    

    Look more pictures from Kinder's tomorrow as well as some from Long Shot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux. 

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture On This Day In 2005 ----- was from Captain Glenn Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.

 

It's a action shot of Kent Boyer showing off his stuff !....

Glenn wrote in his e-mail:

RiverBill,

 

This is a photo that I snapped in the back yard (Snake shoot) this evening (06-29-06).

Kent is out of Woodland Marina and handles himself pretty well on the board

RiverBill says......What a great photo Glenn ........and Kent ....WOW !

 

 

Sharky's Cove.....  Correction   

   On Saturday 7-21-07   

   The band " Who'z Yer Daddy" is playing the music ...... from  9PM  to  1PM 

 

A Great River Road Trip Report.....  A travel article in the on-line Chicago Tribune described a road trip along the Great River Road from Cairo, Illinois to Chicago. Illinois.......All the way on the Illinois side of the rivers.

  The article includes a bit of history, information on lots of things to see on the way and a few honorable mentions from the St. Louis area......... including the Lewis and Clark State Memorial just north of Granite City, the river city of Alton, the limestone bluffs, the Rubel Hotel in Grafton and O-Jan's Fish Stand in Grafton.

 

   Click here to read the article in the on-line Chicago Tribune 

 

Local Water Projects Update.....  Yesterday's on-line St. Louis Post Dispatch had an about about some of our Metro East area water projects, including the Mel Price Lock and Dam, Wood River Drainage and Levee District, the Kaskaskia Navigation System and sewer and levee improvements in the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair.

  Click here to go to STLtoday and read the news article.

 

A Story About A Towboat Cook.....  was in the Recipe Section of the on-line Alton Telegraph earlier this week.   It's a short story about Almeta Colbert's life as a cook aboard towboat while traveling the rivers.  Almeta, who is recently retired,  came from a towboat family in Grafton and started cooking aboard towboats in the 1980's.  The article describes her job, her love for the river and cooking.  

 

 Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph

 

Fishing Equipment For Soldiers.....  he on-line Alton Telegraph ran a news article earlier this week about a tackle shop in that city that is raising money  to send fishing equipment to our soldiers overseas.   The package will include a "Zebco Ready telescopic rod, hooks, bait and other tackle" .

   Contact Bluff City Tackle, 2813 E. Broadway  in Alton Illinois for more information

 

   Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph

 

Fishy Stories From Afar.....  yesterday's on-line  "KSDK NewsChannel 5" ran a news story about three teenagers that were hit by a flying fish while vacationing on the Suwannee River in Northern Florida.  The fish.... a spawning Sturgeon can weigh as much as 200 pounds.

  Wow....... and we thought the flying carp were a problem.   

 

  Click here and go to KSDK NewsChannel 5 News and read the story.

 

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Missouri State Water Patrol ----- Blessing Of The Fleet 

  Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol, sent us the following information about the up-coming Blessing Of The Fleet Parade.  Please take a minute and read it.

 

To All Mississippi River Boaters,

It is Blessing of the Fleet time again. The Missouri State Water
Patrol wants to remind all spectators and participants of few common
violations to avoid. 
1. Seating violations-Bow, gunwale, seatback and deck riding will not
be allowed. 
2. Registration violations- Make sure that all documentations decals,
numbers and names are clearly visible. Registration that is not
visible is the same as not having any at all. 
3. Littering- Make sure that decorations affixed to your vessel are
secure. Any decorations that fall into the water are considered litter.
4. Anchoring in a channel- Pick areas away from traffic. Think safety
when selecting a resting stop. It is illegal to obstruct or impede
the flow of traffic. 
5. Alcohol consumption- Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming
dehydrated. Alcohol and boating can be a deadly combination. Be responsible
and designate a sober operator and also remind passengers to be
responsible with their alcohol consumption. As the operator/or owner of a
vessel you can be held responsible if something happens. 

The Missouri State Water Patrol does monitor and responds to calls on
Ch 16 of the marine band. Please understand that we do not always hear
that channel because other channels are higher priority and our radios
are limited by distance. Sometimes officers will be near Alton when a
call from near Iowa Island comes out. The radios just do not receive
from that far of a distance. You can try to reach us on Ch16 but if we
do not respond, please contact Sector Upper and they will contact us.
Our phone number is 573-751-3333 or 911 for emergencies. 

Ultimately, the Missouri State Water Patrol wants the Blessing of the
Fleet to be a continued success. Remember that safety should be your number one priority. 


Patrolman Lou Amighetti 
Missouri State Water Patrol 
Water Patrol Officer/PIO
District 5

 

 

 Wednesday....18 July 2007

 

RiverBill's Poker Run Team

(L - R) Carl and Mary, Linda and Ronnie, Bill and Laura

with 3 of Cedar Hill's Best

Kylee and  Brittany (front / left) and Liz (far right)

Pictures from the Stateamind Poker Run....... The RiverBill's Team  1st stop on last Saturday's poker run was   Cedar Hill Resort ....located on the Mighty Mississippi River, just "One Mile Below Winfield Dam".

 

    We were a little early Saturday morning, so we sat down at the outside sundeck bar, ordered up a few cold beverages and visited with Kylee, the bar tender.  It was a fine morning...clear skies, a gentle breeze, good friends, a good view and we were on the river.  After a very short time the poker dealers  arrived and started setting up.   

   While they were setting up, the girls on our team discussed their card strategies and made a few personal bets on "the best hand in our boat".  You could feel the excitement  growing in anticipation of getting the first cards of the day.     

   There was a pretty good crowd there already and restaurant workers were busy serving up food and drinks for everyone.    The band soon arrived and set up on the stage in the old cruiser along side of the deck.....The music started flowing too.   What a fine day it was....Life was good !

   We got our 1st cards, found out who had the high hand so far, debated possibilities of winning, posed for a picture with 3 of Cedar Hill's finest (above), snapped a few pictures of the other guests, hopped in the boat and were on our way to stop #2.  

 

   Thanks Kylee, Brittany and Liz for serving up the cold river drinks and taking care of us while we were there !  

 

  Click here to take a look at all the pictures from our Cedar Hill Resort stop....

 Tomorrow pictures from stop # 2.....Kinder's Restaurant 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What was the.... Pic On This Day... in years past ? 

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Our River Picture On This Day In 2005 --