Dec

23

Everyone please come an join us!  Everyone is welcome!

It’s that time of year when we get together with friends and family.  Please come an join us at Nauts Landing on Jan. 15th at 1PM for some holiday cheer.  We will have one free Quarter Barrel of beer to start out with, and depending on how many people show up I may add more if needed

When:  Jan. 15th 2011  1PM

Where:  Nauts Landing, Menasha, WI

What:  BoatingWinnebago.com’s first ever “Annual Get Together for Holiday Cheer,” party.

What Else:  Nauts Landing’s Winter Shrimp Boil and “The Unity Band,” starting at 5PM!!!!

At 5PM Renee and Rick the owners of Nauts are having their first winter shrimp boil in several years.  This use to be a yearly event, but was discontinuced several years ago.  BUT….is now back by popular demand!

7PM  until 10PM “The Unity Band,” will be playing.  They are a very popular local reggae band.  There will be quite the crowd on hand for this local band, so I’m working to get our group some prefered seating!.

Cost on Nauts Landing’s Shrimp Boil / Unity Band concert is going to be in the $16-$18 range.  This is not co-sponsored by BoatingWinnebago.com, so you’ll have to pay that directly to Nauts if you deiced to stay!

Dec

21

Did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstep its bounds in its decision to grant a partial waiver approving the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol for 2007 model year and newer passenger cars and light trucks?

A collective of automakers and engine manufacturers today filled a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, requesting judicial oversight and review over whether EPA’s “partial waiver” approval for E-15 fuels violates the federal Clean Air Act provisions. The petition states the Clean Air Act limits the circumstances under which EPA can approve applications for new fuels and fuel additives.

The petitioners include the newly-formed Engine Products Group, comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, the National Marine Manufacturers Assoc., and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

Critics of E-15 say the 50 percent increase in ethanol could damage catalytic converters in older vehicles, as well as engines of boats, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and other gas-powered lawn equipment.

“Our organizations collectively represent some 400 million engine products used by tens of millions of people every day in the US. The safe and reliable use of those products is paramount to us and our customers, and the legal action we take today is to protect those customers,” said spokesman for the Engine Products Group, Kris Kiser.

According to the complaint, the EPA went outside of its authority when it granted the “partial waiver,” and that the EPA’s own statute, passed by Congress in 2007, states that fuels can’t be approved for sale if could cause engine failures. Also, the testing EPA used to make its decision was done too late for comments or scrutiny from concerned groups and stakeholders.

“While all members of the EPG have and continue to support the development and use of safe and sustainable alternative fuels, the action EPA has taken to permit E-15 to be sold as a legal fuel, even if limited only to certain products, will have adverse consequences for the environment and consumers. A partial waiver, by its nature, necessarily will result in the misfueling of products not designed or tested for E-15 use,” Kiser said.

via Automakers group files appeal over EPA\’s approval of E15 | The Car Tech blog – CNET Reviews.

Dec

7

Cold weather has struck early and that has put bodies of water on thin ice.

Don Herman of the Otter Street Fishing Club in Oshkosh said although cold weather is about two weeks ahead of schedule he is not recommending anyone venture out until there’s more ice buildup.

He said the bays of Lake Winnebago, including Millers Bay at Menominee Park, have about 3 inches of ice. There’s also an estimated 3 inches of ice on lakes Poygan and Butte des Morts as of Saturday night. Except for the bays, there is no ice on Lake Winnebago, but it will form once the wind stops and temperatures drop to single digits or below zero over night.

Herman said those anxious to get onto the ice should wait a few more days. He recommends not venturing out on to the bays on lakes Winnebago and Poygan or Lake Butte des Morts unless there is at least 4 inches of ice. Overnight lows the next two days are forecast at 8 degrees, which Herman said could make an additional inch of ice each night.

He said those who do venture out on to the ice should do so with a good deal of caution. “Be careful even if you know the ice. Unless you really know the ice stay off.”

via Caution: Ice not thick enough yet for travel on Lake Winnebago area lakes | thenorthwestern.com | Oshkosh Northwestern.

Dec

6

MENASHA — A 25-year-old former Appleton resident is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after, authorities said, he drove his car into the Fox River near Smith Park late Saturday.

Menasha police aren’t sure if the man mistakenly or deliberately drove his car into the river at the end of Keyes Street.

Police Lt. Tim Styka said a couple driving past Smith Park saw the man standing in the middle of Keyes Street shivering and soaking wet about 11:30 p.m.

Styka said the couple took the man, who reportedly has a history of psychiatric problems, to their home so he could take a warm shower. They called authorities.

The man was taken to Neenah’s Theda Clark Medical Center for treatment of exposure and for psychiatric review.

This is the fourth time in recent weeks that people drove vehicles into the Fox River in the Neenah-Menasha area. Two of the incidents resulted in the deaths of the drivers.

The man’s car was found submerged about 20 feet from shore.

Menasha firefighters hooked cables to the car, which was towed from the water.

via Man escapes injury after driving car into Fox River | postcrescent.com | Appleton Post Crescent.