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Japanese fishing boat lost in tsunami found off B.C. coast

After being flushed out to sea by last year’s massive tsunami and earthquake, a Japanese squid-fishing boat has drifted across the Pacific Ocean and is now about 140 nautical miles off British Columbia’s north coast.

The 150-foot ship is drifting right-side-up about 140 nautical miles (260 kilometres) from Cape Saint James on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.

“It’s been drifting across the Pacific for a year, so it’s pretty beat up,” said marine search co-ordinator Jeff Olsson of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

A plane on a routine surveillance patrol for the Fisheries and Defence departments found the ship on Tuesday afternoon. The Canadian Coast Guard has issued a notice to all vessels that the ship is an obstruction to navigation.

Transport Canada was still monitoring the boat Friday evening for marine pollution and interference with passing ships. The government body would not say whether the ship would be towed in or left to drift to shore on its own.

The hull numbers were traced to the ship’s owner in Japan, who confirmed that nobody was believed to be on the ship when it was dragged out to sea Olsson said.

The boat — the first large piece of post-tsunami debris to hit North America — was confirmed lost by Japanese officials. Attempts to hail the ship brought no response and Olsson told The Sun, “We know nobody’s in danger.”

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New life for boats wrecked by tsunami

A Victoria company is helping Indonesians devastated by the 2004 tsunami rebuild their lives and continue a massive cleanup by importing unique furniture fashioned from smashed and abandoned boats. Tony Martin, co-owner of Monarch Furniture at 1807 Store St., has already received a couple of shipping containers and is awaiting more loads in early May and then July. “It’s great to work with these artisans and bring in these unique pieces,” says Martin. “Not only are they beautiful, but they’re sustainable because they are made completely of reclaimed wood, some rare kinds that can no longer be harvested. And it’s directly helping those communities rebuild.”

The boat-wood collection includes benches, coffee tables, dining tables, stools, buffets and entertainment units made from teak, mahogany and mango wood.

Prices range from $139 to $3,400, said Martin. It’s estimated more than 7,000 boats were destroyed or severely damaged in Indonesia alone during the Boxing Day 2004 disaster, which claimed 230,000 lives in 14 countries and is considered one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

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The Bedford Regency Hotel has plans to expand the Garrick’s Head Pub, pushing into the former Breeze Clothing location for a front entrance on Government Street at the Bastion Square gate, just across from the Irish Times Pub. Garrick’s Head has applied to amend its liquor licence to accommodate 168 patrons, up from the current 80. The city has posted a notice of structural change and is seeking written comments from businesses and residents until April 23. Breeze moved to Yates Street after its lease expired last month. The hotel calls the Garrick’s Head one of the oldest English pubs in Canada, established in 1867 during the days when Judge Matthew Begbie presided over the local court house (now the Maritime Museum).

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Bruce and Merrilee Stewart are closing The Wine Barrel downtown on April 30, ending a 19-year run as one of the best wine stores in the city. The Wine Barrel, 644 Broughton St., specializes in British Columbia VQA with offerings from 100 vintners.

The Stewarts sold the licence to a group from the Lower Mainland who will move it to Abbotsford. In an email to customers, Bruce Stewart said there will be one more tasting event in April and urged customers to redeem outstanding gift cards.

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Sean Warren is the new general sales manager at Campus Honda, 506 Finlayson St. He moves over from Campus Nissan where he’d been sales manager for a decade and helped to launch the new Campus Acura dealership. You can reach Warren at 250-388-6921.

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Ellen Henry has moved into the role of operations manager at the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce until Linda Kitchen returns from medical leave.

Cheryl Wirch-Ryckman has joined the chamber as manager of member communications.

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Craig Smith has been hired as executive director of Victoria’s Help Fill A Dream Foundation, the organization that helps to provide dream trips for kids with life-threatening conditions. One of the first fundraising projects for Smith is the round-the-clock hockey tournament at Bear Mountain Arena today. Smith has spent more than 25 years in fundraising and marketing, most recently as development co-ordinator at the Victoria Prostate Centre. Call 250-382-3135.

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Darlene MacGregor, part of the accounting team at Pomponio Co. in Langford, has recently earned the designation of Certified Professional Bookkeeper by the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada.

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Dental hygienist Teresa Junker has joined the dental practice of Dr. Daryl Sinclair., 202-1581 Hillside Ave.

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Business coach Kerry Brown is the new president of the Capital City Executives’ Association, which is marking its 91st year as a business leads club. The executive also includes vice-president Jane Johnston of Pemberton Holmes and treasurer Bruce McFarlane of Odlum Brown.

The directors slate has Pablo Miranda, Times Colonist; Atli Crane, Union Club; Rob d’Estrube, Destrube Photography; Mike Frankenberger, Coast Mountain Benefits; Melinda Harris, GoWest Design; and Dave Des Roches, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

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McCall Bros. Funeral Directors Ltd., a fourth-generation family business serving Victoria since 1921, has been named Business of the Year by the Island chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. David McCall, Trevor McCall and Craig Williams accepted the award at a gala event at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort earlier this month. Past winners include Pacific Sands Resort, Robinson’s Sporting Goods, Monk Office and Accent Inns.

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Jennifer Jasechko has been named chief development officer for the Broadmead Care Society, which provides care for hundreds of seniors and veterans at Broadmead Lodge and Veterans Health Centre as well as Nigel and Harriet House. Jasechko has a long track record in fundraising, most recently with Jeneece Place at Victoria General Hospital.

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Send To News, the Victoriabased company providing video content to newsrooms throughout North America, was ranked fourth on a list of the 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. in the latest edition of BC Business magazine.

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Cecilia Bush is the new manager of revenue development for the Greater Victoria Housing Society, which builds affordable housing in the region and currently operates 14 apartment buildings. Bush comes from the Lower Mainland where she was planned-giving manager with FH Canada. Call 250-384-3434.

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Tom Lester has been appointed executive director of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. He’s held management positions with the B.C. Ministry of Forests and served as executive director of the Sierra Club and Nature Trust of B.C.

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Indonesia’s shipwrecks mean riches and headaches

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia (AP) — Mamat Evendi straps on his primitive breathing device – a garden hose attached to a compressor on the back of his wooden fishing boat. Pulling down his goggles, he splashes flippers-first into the crystal blue water

A few minutes later he’s flashing a “thumbs up,” pointing first to a massive, coral-encrusted anchor, then a bronze cannon and finally, peeking up from the sand, the buried deck of a 17th century European ship. Nearby are pieces of blue-and-white ceramics. A tiny perfume bottle. A sword handle. Broken wine flasks, one still sealed with a wooden cork.

The wreck is just 6 meters (20 feet) underwater, one of four pushed into view after a tsunami slammed into the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia just over a year ago. They are among possibly 10,000 vessels littering the ocean floor of what for more than a millennium has been a crossroads for world trade.

For historians, the wrecks are time capsules, a chance to peer directly into a single day, from the habits of the crew and the early arrival of religion to contemporary tastes in ceramics.

But for Evendi and other fishermen involved in the new discoveries, it’s not the past they see. It’s the future. A chance, maybe, to strike it rich.

“They keep telling me, ‘Let’s just break them open, get the stuff out,'” said Hardimansyah, a local maritime official who has taken it upon himself to protect the wrecks as the government wrangles over a new policy on underwater heritage.

“To be honest, I’m getting frustrated, too,” he says, noting he’s already given the best artifacts pulled from the coral and sand to military and political officials who stop by his office from time to time to see what’s been found.

“Gifts,” he calls them, or “offerings.”

“It’s hard to say no if they ask.”

Indonesia – a sprawling archipelago nation straddling the equator – remains desperately poor despite its vast oil, coal and gold reserves. Its graveyard of ships from Asia, Europe and the Middle East – one of the biggest in the world with nearly 500 wrecks identified so far – has long been coveted as yet another resource to exploit.

The most valuable, packed with everything from 9th century ceramics and imperial-quality gold boxes to exquisite jewels, funeral urns and inkwells, can bring in tens of millions of dollars.

That has created a small, lively industry for fishermen, who are often the discoverers of the wrecks. Those that aren’t immediately looted have been sold to commercial salvage companies, which pull up the cargo as quickly as possible and then sell it off piece by piece at international auctions.

The government, which gets 50 percent of all proceeds and half the cargo, decided to wrest greater control over the riches of the sea after being left empty-handed following one of the most significant hauls, a 9th century Arab sailing vessel whose presence pointed to previously unknown trading links between China and the Middle East.

“It’s frustrating,” said Horst Liebner, an expert on Indonesia’s maritime history, who has helped catalog artifacts and shipbuilding techniques for both the government and salvage crews. “Because in the end, this isn’t about the odd treasure chest guarded by an octopus. It’s about the knowledge we can gain from proper excavation.”

With tens of thousands of artifacts already handed over, Indonesian museums should by now be richly stocked. Instead, shelves are all but bare. The most exquisite pieces have “disappeared.” And those of little or no monetary value are in musty warehouses, closed to the public.

Pictures remain on disk drives and painstaking research goes unpublished.

“In the end, all the artifacts, everything you put into data-basing,” said Liebner, “it’s just for nothing in this country, it seems. No one cares.”

For-profit excavations in the sea are legal in several countries, including Indonesia, that have yet to sign a 2001 U.N. convention on protecting underwater cultural heritage. But they rarely spark the outrage they would if carried out on land.

That’s in part because maritime archaeology is a relatively new discipline, developed only after World War II, and neither lawmakers nor the public have kept pace with the technological advances that have turned it from a romantic hobby into a thriving business.

Historians, however, abhor the practice.

“They are recovering only things that are monetarily valuable, and that might represent just 1 or 2 percent of the entire artifact assemblage,” said Paul F. Johnston of the National Museum of American History in Washington.

“Sometimes they blast through, dynamite, or pull apart artifacts that are historically or archaeologically far more important.”

International auction houses have also played a part by creating markets for the artifacts, he and others say, as have governments and museums that buy them and put them on display.

Slowly, however, attitudes are changing.

After a chorus of criticism, the Smithsonian Institution announced in December it was canceling a planned exhibition of cargo from the Arab vessel, which was found in 1998.

The German company involved in the excavations pulled up more than 60,000 pieces of China’s Tang Dynasty ceramics in just a few months, and then sold it to Singapore for $40 million.

Indonesia got $2.8 million – a mere fraction of what it was owed under its own law – and thousands of artifacts.

Privately, officials were furious.

But no one protested, presumably because the deal was linked to under-the-table “gifts” to high-ranking officials, as was common during and immediately after the collapse of Gen. Suharto’s dictatorship.

“I don’t think anyone will ever know exactly what happened,” said Helmi Suriya, director of the Underwater Heritage from the Education and Culture Ministry, with a laugh.

“Even when I asked, I didn’t get an answer,” he said. “But that was a different era. We didn’t even have an anti-corruption commission then.”

Indonesia has embraced democracy since Suharto’s ouster, and in 2010 it passed a law protecting underwater cultural heritage. But guidelines for implementation have been stalled by infighting.

Some officials, including Suriya, argue artifacts should stay inside the country, either beneath the water, as favored by UNESCO, or auctioned off locally.

“We should only allow underwater excavation for research and knowledge purposes, not for commercial,” he said.

Others say, in a graft-ridden country of some 18,000 islands and more than 50,000 kilometers (30,000 miles) of coastline, that’s unrealistic.

Wrecks left where they are will be immediately looted. And no one, least of all the government, will assume the cost or risk excavations without the promise of a big payoff, they say.

So for now, all excavations are on hold.

Fred Dobberphul, a German diver, who has been involved numerous salvage projects in the last two decades, says that’s causing its own problems.

“Those of us who are legal, who have a legal company, we are not allowed to work,” he said.

“But everyone else is going out and looting – the fishermen too,” he said. “They bring it up to the antique shops and go to the collectors and it’s gone. All the information is gone.”

So far, 463 wrecks have been discovered off Indonesia, according to the National Committee of Underwater Heritage, made up of representatives from 15 ministries and government bodies, but up to 10,000 more are believed to be on the ocean floor, according to documents from China and other countries about ships that headed here never to return.

Almost all have been found in the waters between Indonesia and the Asian mainland. Only around a dozen have ever been found in the Mentawais, a string of tiny islands on the western side of the country, where the open seas were riskier.

But that doesn’t mean those westerly isles don’t have a story to tell, said Liebner, the maritime expert.

They doomed ships may have been visiting ports or naval bases along Sumatra island’s western coast, he said, or dodging hefty taxes or pirate-infested waters.

But there’s little chance of finding out, he said, noting that looters will probably get there first.

Hardimansyah, who has just spent four days with his crew at the site of the 17th century ‘luxury’ ship, is starting to believe that too.

His teams of fishermen jump back into the water to cover the deck with sand and coral and then prepare for their 16-hour overnight voyage home.

As they pull the hoses back onto the deck and wrap them into a tight coils, the sun dips beneath the horizon, streaking the ash sky with heavy strokes of orange.

The captain cranks up the engine and, as it settles into a low murmur, a group of dolphins arrive, swimming alongside the blue-and-red boat.

The romance, however, has worn off for Evendi and the other men.

“I’m really getting tired of waiting,” says the 40-year-old father of three as one diver pulls out a guitar and another prepares a meal of fresh lobster.

Normally, he spends his days scouring the reefs for Nemos and other marine life for saltwater aquarium.

But now, he says with a smile, he has the treasure hunting bug as well.

“I don’t want to be a fisherman for the rest of my life.”

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Boat forfeited for illegal fish sales

Boat forfeited for illegal fish sales

Updated at 6:27 am today

Troy Latimer, 36, and Jacqueline Habib, 40, both from Thames, have been given community sentences for selling snapper and kahawai from the back of a car in South Auckland last June.

The two pleaded guilty and each received 140 hours of community work.

Latimer also lost his five metre boat and trailer, worth about $3500.

Waikato and Bay of Plenty fisheries compliance manager Brendon Mikkelson says the ministry takes the selling of fish taken recreationally very seriously.

“We want fish for future generations and we certainly don’t want that fish being sold. It impacts on the sustainability of the fishery”, he says.

Mr Mikkelson says it was disappointing to see such a blatant breach because the majority of fishers know the rules.

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Freedom Boat Club Puts You on the Water…Hassle Free

LONG ISLAND, N.Y., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/A new Freedom Boat Club announces the grand opening of new locations in Freeport, Port Washington and Port Jefferson, New York on May 1, 2012.


New owner, Peter DeVilbiss, a former Navy man, purchased the franchise rights for greater New York, saying, “I’ve always loved the water and boating. I’m very enthusiastic about the future of Freedom Boat Club here in our area.”

The Club boasts a brand new fleet for 2012 with a straightforward concept:  “Join the Club.  Use our boats.  All of them!”  The fleet includes thirteen 20 to 26 foot range cruisers, fishing boats, bow riders, deck boats, and a pontoon boat with a speed of 42 MPH.

Freedom Boat Club brings the joys of boating to avid enthusiasts without the hassles of maintenance, cleaning, mooring, and insurance.  Multiple locations add access to boats in 63 locations across the United States.

“You have unlimited access to all of our boats on Long Island,” says DeVilbiss.  “You can fish in Freeport one day and cruise out of Port Jefferson the next. 

DeVilbiss expects to grow the fleet during the season as more people realize the value and quality of the new Freedom Boat Club.  “We’ll offer different memberships to meet different needs,” he says.  Examples include weekday only, full week and “buddy” memberships with club style pricing, a one-time entry fee to join and monthly dues as low as $199 per month.

A Freedom Boat Club membership will have you on the water for the whole season,” says DeVilbiss.  “Not only will it make weekday and weekend adventures come to life but it opens a whole new horizon for family vacations throughout the US, and all for less than the price of a family trip to Disney World or a family ski vacation.”

For more information, contact DeVilbiss at (516) 699-8420 or log on to the Freedom Boat Club website at

DeVilbiss has extensive business experience after a 20 year career in pharmaceuticals with Merck Company.  His love of the water and the opportunity to bring hassle-free boating to Greater New York resulted in the purchase and reinvigoration of Freedom Boat Club here in our area.


Peter DeVilbiss


PHONE: (516) 699-8420

Media Contact: Peter DeVilbiss of Freedom Boat Club, 516-699-8420,

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Volvo leaders round Cape Horn and start final phase

The Irish Times – Saturday, March 31, 2012

SAILING: THE LEADING two boats in the Volvo Ocean Race successfully rounded Cape Horn yesterday afternoon and started the final phase northwards to the leg five finish at Itajai, Brazil, almost 2,000 miles away.

French entry Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, held a narrow lead over American Ken Read on Puma who had steadily closed the gap to less than 10 miles as the pair exited the notorious southern Ocean region.

However, fifth-placed Ian Walker on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing became a casualty of the tough conditions for the second time this leg after the crew discovered serious hull delamination problems on Thursday evening. The team had been sailing at speeds of more than 30 knots and had reached a reported peak of 41.5 knots.

Cork sailor and crewman Justin Slattery was winched overboard to bolt a temporary repair into place to avert a catastrophic failure. The team was 1,700 miles from land and beyond rescue.

Walker’s team has started heading for land, following Chris Nicholson’s Camper team which also has sustained damage, while overall race leader Telefonica is expected to stop for shelter and repairs once past Cape Horn over the weekend.


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Lottery tickets sales build to a frenzy

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People across the nation have been buying up tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot this week, and residents of Ouachita Parish have been no exception.

The jackpot, set at $640 million, is the largest in the lottery’s history.

West Monroe resident Angela Grubbs bought herself $10 worth of tickets at the Harde Mart at the intersection of North Seventh Street and Arkansas Road in West Monroe.

“I bought my tickets because of the jackpot,” Grubbs said. “I just bought these for me and my husband.”

Grubbs said if she were to win the money, she would donate a portion to her church, then her alma maters and pay off some debt.

“I’d also want to pay off my best friend’s student loans,” Grubbs said, with a chuckle. She added she would seek legal counsel and hire a lawyer.

Harde Mart manager Joel Meza said ticket sales had been steady since about 6 a.m.

“As a matter of fact, (Thursday) I sold over $600 worth in less than four hours,” Meza said. “It’s not that common, to sell so many like that.”

Meza jokingly said the size of the jackpot was, “ridiculous,” but said he bought himself a few tickets. He said he expected sales to keep up until the machines close at 9 p.m. before the drawing Friday night.

Another regular lottery ticket buyer, Wanda Dunn, bought herself a couple tickets at Kangaroo on Garrett Road. Like many, she said the size of the jackpot lured her in.
“I’m a regular. I’m loyal,” Dunn said. “I always buy tickets.”

Echoing Grubbs’ plans, Dunn said she would eliminate all her debt and ensure her husband would no longer have to work overseas any longer.

“I’d also like to give some to charity,” Dunn said. “There are some children’s charities I could give some to.”

Dunn said her husband’s mother passed away after battling cancer, so she would also give some of her winnings to various cancer charities.

Kim Chopin, communications manager for the Louisiana Lottery Corp., said lottery officials were extremely pleased with sales of Mega Millions tickets this week.

“Sales have been exploding,” Chopin said, excitedly. “This is a world-shattering record.”

Chopin said the previous jackpot record was about $390 million, set in 2007.

“This is just great news,” Chopin said. “Louisiana Lottery has been affiliated with Powerball since 1995 and the Mega Millions since last November. It’s just great for Louisiana.”

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Owner of Tsunami Boat That Drifted Across Pacific Does Not Want Vessel Back

Canadian Department of National Defence via The Canadian Press/AP Photo

The owner of an empty Japanese fishing boat that drifted across the Pacific after being washed away by the powerful tsunami last year, says he does not want the boat back, according to a Japanese Coast Guard official.

The rusty, 150 foot vessel was spotted in Canadian waters last week, roughly 900 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Coast Guard spokesman Masahiro Ichijou said the vessel belonged to a fishing company in Hokkaido, Japan‘s northernmost island.

Officials contacted the 60-year-old owner in the city of Hakkodate, who said he cancelled the boat registration shortly after the disaster last March, thinking the vessel had been lost at sea, forever.

“Usually boat owners are not allowed to cancel registration until they properly dispose or dismantle it,” Ichijou said. “But with the disaster last year, we made an exception. This is an unprecedented case.”

According to local media reports, the 30-year-old vessel had been used for squid fishing in northern Japan years ago, but the owner put it up for sale, deciding it was too old.

It was docked in the Aomori Prefecture, unused, when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit March 11, unleashing a catastrophic tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people.

The 150 ton boat was spotted nearly a year later on March 20, during a routine patrol by a Canadian Forces aircraft.

“The owner has said he is no longer responsible because he cancelled the registration, but that puts us in a bind,” Ichijou said. “We have a boat with no owner, and we’re trying to determine how to move forward.”

Ichijou said standard practice requires countries where marine trash and debris are found, to pick up the cost for disposal.

However, with more than a million tons of debris drifting towards the U.S. and Canada, he said the government is treating the problem separately.

They have already set aside a budget to track and monitor the debris.

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Shoreline's Opening Day regatta smooth sailing

Tammany Yacht Club recently kicked off the 2012 sailboat races with the Opening Day Regatta. Six boats were divided into spinnaker and nonspinnaker classes for three races. A good breeze and a blue sky made for a great day to compete on the water.


PHOTOS BY JOHN SCONZA Two boats on port tack, two boats on starboard tack head upwind to the mark in the Tammany Yacht Club Open Day regatta.

This was the first race in the club series, which will continue throughout the year to determine the best boat and crew for 2012. After scoring the three races, first-place winner in the nonspinnaker class was Water Mark with Sunse Tambre taking second place. First-place winner in the spinnaker class was Weather Witch, second was Snake Spit, third was Good Groceries and fourth was Born to Run.

The next big club series race will be the May Day regatta May 5. Also continuing weekly are the Wednesday night races. For information, visit

The annual St. Patrick’s Day boat parade was a little short this year. Two decorated boats filled with beads and cabbages kept the tradition alive for 2012.

Although this has always been a nonorganized, leaderless parade, it still manages to survive each year. Some shoreline residents were waiting for the parade to pass with parties, while others were surprised.

Keeping the tradition alive for the St Patrick’s Day boat parade, the lead decorated boat leaves the dock right on time to meet up with the waiting shoreline residents.

It could have been that this year, the parade was a little too close to Mardi Gras and the annual Krewe of Bilge parade to muster much enthusiasm.

The Poor Man’s Yacht Club annual Poker Run is set for April 14. The entry fee for a hand will be $60. Players must sign in at The Dock between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up game cards and complete rules.

There will be five stops that can be reached by boat, car or motorcycle. All players must be in line by 5 p.m. to draw cards. Cash prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place hands, with the top prize for best hand being $1,500.

For information, call 504.251.5005, 985.960.3474 or 504.458.7967.

The Eden Isles Homeowners Association held a general membership meeting March 13 at the Tammany Yacht Club. About 60 homeowners were present to listen to neighborhood updates, Fire Chief Larry Hess and to voice concerns.

Eden Isles Homeowner Association President Cathy Drolla presents Cindy Franatovich with an appreciation gift for her service as President of the association for the last couple of years.

New President Cathy Drolla called the meeting to order and introduced the new board members. This year, helping Drolla run the association will be Vice President Raymond Frey, secretary Colin Minster, treasurer Lou Sandoz and board members Paul Titus, Billy Price, Ken Lanata and June Collins.

Hess gave a presentation on how the quality of St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 has had a positive effect in keeping insurance rates low in St. Tammany Parish. He attributed that to the ongoing education of his firefighters, the programs set in place and the funding provided by homeowners. He said that in addition to fighting fires, his department also plays a role in fire prevention programs, provides emergency medical help, education and inspections.

The meeting resumed with reports from members of the board and committee members. A big discussion was held about the annual dues. The membership continues to grow, but still less than half the homeowners pay the $120 annual fee, which goes to maintaining the green spaces, entrances, surveillance camera and organizational duties.

Another topic of interest is the move to have more social events for neighbors to meet each other. An association crawfish boil is being planned.

The Eden Isles Garden Club has resurrected the tradition of choosing the best-kept front lawns and gardens each month. In December, it awarded a gift certificate to the Garden Spot to the Rivieres at 106 Eydie Lane. Second place was Sandy and Larry Keys at 211 Moonraker, and third place was Leslie and Brian Puntila at 314 Eden Isles Drive.

Two honorable mentions were given. One to Lisa and Daniel Crowley at 101 Anita Place, and another to Michael and Rachael Calamari at 311 Eden Isles Drive.

John Sconza lives in Eden Isles. He may be reached at 985.649.6720 or send email to All submissions become the property of The Times-Picayune and will not be returned; submissions may be edited and published or otherwise reused in any medium.

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Garage Sale Season In Full Swing

Threats of rain are not stopping many sellers from hosting garage sales this weekend. Spring is in full bloom and people are cleaning and cleaning out. This makes a great time for buyers. Bring small bills for negotiating costs of items and have fun. You never know what treasures you will find.

Here are the sales that we’ve found advertised for this weekend:

Johns Creek

9110 Medlock Bridge Road, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The multifamily sale will have sports memorabilia, home decor and so much more.

10600 Morton Ridge Drive, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a moving sale featuring front load washer and dryer, refrigerator, tools, sofa, matching chair and entertainment center.

685 Oakmont Hill, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. This multifamily sale will offer kids items, furniture, and home decor. 

325 Chichester Court, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a large garage sale. 

8840 Niblick Drive, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. The sale will have furniture, accessories, electronics and clothing. 

Hartridge subdivision, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Science items, kids items, and home items will be for sale.

Sugar Hill

730 Links View Drive, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multifamily estate and garage sale, antiques, collectibles, funiture, king and twin beds, games, appliances, clothing, appliances, boat supplies and home decor.


10630 Haynes Forest Drive, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Furniture, housewares and home decor will be at this multifamily sale. 

552 Plymouth Lane, Friday and Saturday. Shabby chic, furniture, electronics and more will be for sale. 

2215 Bent Creek Manor, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Furniture, electronics and household goods will be for sale.


365 Sable Court, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will offer furniture, home decor, tools and more. 

12550 Crabapple Chase Drive, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Furniture, home decor, items for kids and home school items will be for sale.

610 Oakstone Glen, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a huge estate sale. 


645 Sailwind Drive, Saturday. This is a huge sale with a great variety of items. 

100 Chickering Lake Drive, Friday and Saturday. Featured items available include Christmas decor, baby items and household goods. 

325 Saddle Hill Court, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. Collectibles, pool items, furniture and home items will be for sale. 

800 Saddle Ridge Trace, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a large sale. 

575 Rose Border Drive, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. A dirt bike, collectibles, and home decor will be at this sale. 

6125 Pattingham Drive, Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. This sale will occur rain or shine. 

Willow Tree subdivision, Friday and Saturday. At least 10 homes will be participating in the sale. 

855 Lake Overlook, Saturday, 8 a.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. This is a huge moving sale. 

1260 Thomas Circle, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. The sale will offer kids items, home decor, electronics, outdoor items and more.

125 Lynwood Drive, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. Furniture, electronics, clothing and home decor are among the items that will be available. 

445 Renee Circle. This is a huge designer estate sale with many well-known brands. 

2027 Raleigh Tavern Drive, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The sale will have furniture, china and collectibles.


Forest Brooke subdivision, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many items will be priced under $1. Many homes will be having sales. 

4020 Preserve Crossing Lane, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This huge sale will offer baby items, furniture and more. 

3225 Amberwood Lane, Friday and Saturday. The multifamily sale will offer home decor, furniture, electronics and a bicycle.

7840 Trailside Way, Friday and Saturday. Gaming items, electronics, furniture and kitchen items will be available. 

6429 Elmo Road, Friday at 9 a.m. The sale will have outdoor items, clothing, electronics and so much more.

3630 Sweetwater Drive, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a huge moving sale and everything must be sold. 

Mashburn Landing subdivision, Saturday, 8 a.m. This is a huge moving sale that will include a Jet Ski, antiques and furniture. 

6015 Boulder Bluff Drive, Saturday, 8 a.m. The sale will offer clothing, accessories, home decor and more.  

1635 Fairburn Drive, Friday, 8:30 a.m. This moving sale will offer appliances, home decor and furniture. 

7870 Silversmith Drive, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many plants and trees will be for sale. 

3225 Amberwood Lane, Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pool items, collectibles and home decor are among the items available. 

5760 Weddington Drive, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will have lots of baby items and clothing as well as home decor and other items. 

4270 Harvest Turn Lane, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. This is a huge multifamily sale. 

7040 Alan Thomas Road, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a huge downsizing sale and there is a big variety of items available. 

Lanier Beach South Road, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This sale will have outdoor items, furniture and household goods. 

5480 Landseer Way, Saturday, 8 a.m. Homemade sweets and lemonade will be available as well as furniture, household goods and so much more. 

River of Life Church, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. This is a large church yard sale. 

Magnolia Park Circle, Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. This is a multifamily sale. 

1635 Fairburn Drive, Friday, 8:30 a.m. The sale will offer furniture, collectibles and so much more.  

7345 Morning Dew Drive, Friday and Saturday. This is a very large three family sale. 

Margate subdivision, Saturday. This is a multifamily garage sale. 

2970 Imperial Drive, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This sale will offer local celebrity designer items, furniture, clothing and more. 

3350 Siskin Trace, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will offer designer label furniture among other items. 

2320 Vistoria Drive, Friday and Saturday. Fish, reptile items, furniture and more will be for sale. 

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