By Bruce Nason PC
This was recently reported by the Associated Press, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that to save money, the government will stop turning out the heavy paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years after mid-April 2014. The agency will still chart the water for rocks, shipwrecks and other hazards, but sailors, boaters and fishermen will have to use private on-demand printing, PDFs or electronic maps to see the information. NOAA says that most people today use the on-demand maps printed by private shops, which are more up-to-date and accurate. The Federal Aviation Administration, which took over federal chart-making in 1999, wants to save some money and informed NOAA that it is going to stop printing the large 4-by-3-foot lithographic maps which sell for about $20 apiece. The NOAA website for charts and publications is: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/paperchart.html
Four of the metal folding chairs that have been used for the ‘over-flow’ crowds on Packers Sundays are missing. Has someone borrowed them? If you have, take a look at the underside of the seat bottoms, the initials of the donor are stenciled in large letters. Please return the chairs so that they can be used for Club events.
The 100th Anniversary Photo Tile Mural is almost complete. Commodore George Artka took the lead in installing the photo tiles. His helpers were Sub-committee Chair Chris Gribble, Rear Commodore Jerry Kedziora. The 100th Anniversary Book is also getting closer to publication. The ‘working draft’ is in production and the photograph selection is in the works. However there is a need for a few photographs of powerboats ‘underway’. They can be recent or boats from our past. Photos will be scanned and returned, please drop them off at the office. GM Pat Nora still has a selection of 100th Anniversary clothing that’ll make great Christmas gifts.
With the arrival of winter, outside activity has certainly slowed down but there’s always plenty going on inside at your Club. Make plans to take part in the events scheduled for these cold weather months. Keep watching for posters and e-blasts for details. And while the boats are all covered and winterized something to think about is that it’s only 23 weeks until the first launch.