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Spring 2015

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Truck Reviews page 12

Sweepstakes page 29
New Products page 40




CAR REVIEWS ........................................................... 32

VOLVO .......................................................................... 8

NEW PRODUCTS........................................................ 38


INDUSTRY NEWS........................................................ 48

HAMMERHEAD........................................................... 10
POLARIS ..................................................................... 24

EDITORS LETTER......................................................... 4
TRUCK REVIEWS....................................................... 12
SUV REVIEWS ............................................................ 16
SWEEPSTAKES.......................................................... 29

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Editors Letter

elcome to summertime folks! And with warm weather

comes fishing, traveling, fixing up your vehicle and lots
of other things that Sportsmans Gear magazine can help

you with.
Check out the college fishing scene as they go for some serious
cash. The University of Evansville team of Nick Uebelhor and
Lee Knies, both of Jasper, Indiana, won the FLW College Fishing
Central Conference event on Table Rock Lake Saturday with five
bass weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned the club
$2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Central
Conference Championship tournament. Read more on page 26.
Also, make sure you read all about the latest and greatest vehicles
from Volvo in our cover story on page 8. The all-new Volvo XC90
is a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV with worldleading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled
combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior
We have a new products section to check out, as well as all the
latest industry news and sweepstates! Read it and pass it on!
Thanks for your patronage and until next time,

Becky J. Beall

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2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

The new dynamic S60 design, introduced
in 2013, with its purposeful appearance,
accentuates the cars sporting nature. The
sporty feel is emphasized by comfortable
sport seats. The 2015 S60 is available with
three engines from the four-cylinder Drive-E
engine family: The 306 hp petrol turbo
T6, the 245 hp T5 and the turbo diesel D4
with 181 hp. An 8-speed automatic gearbox
contributes to a refined drive and excellent
fuel economy. Fuel consumption in an S60
D4 with manual gearbox is down to a classleading 3.7 l/100 km, translating into CO2
emissions at 97 g/km.
Accentuated road presence
The front design increases the S60s road
presence. The more focused and determinedlooking headlamps help create this
expressive face. The S60s horizontal lines
have been emphasised at both the front and
rear. Together with details such as a wider
grille and daylight running lights, they give
the S60 a striking, planted presence.
The S60 offers an extended wheel choice
with a variety of designs that increase the
personalization possibilities for customers.
To enhance the visual appeal of the
car, it is possible to specify the S60 with

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expressive 19-inch wheels and keep the

same profile height as 18-inch ones, without
compromising comfort.
The all-new Volvo XC90
The all-new Volvo XC90 is a visually
striking, premium quality seven seat SUV
with world leading safety features, new
powertrain technologies, an unrivalled
combination of power and fuel efficiency and
a superlative interior finish.
The new XC90 marks the beginning of
a new chapter in Volvos history, capturing
its future design direction, incorporating its
own range of new technologies and utilising
its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA)
The First Edition of the all-new Volvo
XC90, 1,927 individually numbered cars
only available for sale via digital commerce,
sold out in 47 hours after it was released in
early September 2014.
Volvos new face
The new XC90 is the first Volvo to carry
the companys new more prominent iron
mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly
aligned with the diagonal slash across the
grille. Together with the T-shaped Thors
Hammer DRL lights, the iron mark
introduces an entirely new, distinctive and
confident face for Volvos forthcoming
generation of cars.
The XC90s larger bonnet with its new
topography, the beltline and the sharpened

shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like,

new rear lights are other important design
signatures that will be mirrored across the
To add more visual muscle from the
sides, the XC90 comes with a range of wheel
sizes up to 22 inches.
Luxurious interior
The XC90s interior is the most luxurious
to have been designed for a Volvo. The most
striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen
control console, which forms the heart of an
all-new in-car control system. This system
is virtually button free, a simplicity that
opens up generous surfaces and gives us the
opportunity to create a modern, luxurious
interior architecture.
The all-new XC90 interior combines
materials such as finest Nappa leather and
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wood with handcrafted details, including

a gear lever made of crystal glass from
Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker,
and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop
button and volume control.
Unrivalled combination of power and fuel
The new XC90 offers a range of twolitre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains, all
of which provide an outstanding combination
of performance and fuel-efficiency.
The top of the range XC90 Twin Engine,
which combines a supercharged and
turbocharged petrol engine with an electric
motor, offers an unrivalled combination of
power and clean operation: 400 horsepower
with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 59
g/km (NEDC driving cycle). SG


ammerhead Armor is a division

of Hol-Mac Corporation based in
Bay Springs, Miss. In the spring
of 2013 Hol-Mac Corporation celebrated
fifty years of superior manufacturing and
engineering excellence. As a privately
owned company, Hol-Mac is well versed
in all facets of manufacturing due to
an extensive history in design, cutting,
forming, welding and machining of 40 to
400 ton mining trucks for one of the worlds
most recognized mining and construction
Originally founded as Southern Welding
and Machine by Charles B. Holder, the
company provided welding and machine
shop services to the local timber, oil field,
construction, and farming industries. As
Mr. Holders resources grew so did his
vision. Led by a sound financial base,
technical expertise and the drive to expand
into a world-class manufacturer, Hol-Mac
Corporation grew from two employees in

one facility to five modern facilities with

over 700 skilled craftsmen and professionals.
Each facility specializes in specific
applications, and Hol-Mac Corporations
dedicated manufacturing space exceeds
600,000 square feet.
Hammerhead Armor was born in 2009
with a desire to create the best looking
bumper on the market, priced so that all
drivers could enjoy the protection of a solid
steel bumper. Hammerhead Armor currently
has front and rear bumper designs that cover
over 200 truck and SUV makes and models.
Designs include Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GMC,
Toyota, Nissan, and Jeep.
Hammerhead Armor is committed to
providing drivers innovative designs in
aftermarket truck accessories. The most
recent product addition is the X-Treme Duty
(XD) Series bumper for several models
of Kenworth, Peterbilt and Freightliner
work trucks. In addition to front and rear
bumpers, Hammerhead crafts a variety of


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other vehicle accessories including running

boards, Jeep JK spare tire carrier, and fuel
transfer tanks. Hammerhead Armors award
winning Jeep JK rear bumper and spare tire
carrier combo is designed to work in tandem
with tailgate for simple, one motion opening.
The tire carrier pivots on twin tapered roller
bearings for smooth operation. In addition, it
accommodates up to a 38 tire and includes
mount for OEM third brake light.
Hammerhead Armor strength is infused
into each product manufactured. From the
preliminary design and engineering phase
to paint and packaging, all processes are
completed in-house ensuring customers
always receive world-class, American
made products. Design begins with CMM
digitized measurements to engineer vehicle
specific products. Hammerhead Armor
maximizes materials and laser precision by
using 90x60 sheets of A36 pickled and
oiled steel. The thickness of the steel varies
by bumper and by part; Hammerhead Armor
half-ton models consist of and 5/16
mounts, 3/4 shackle mounts, 3/16 shell;
three-quarter-ton and larger models consist
of 5/16 mounts, 3/4 shackle mounts, and
3/16 shell. Hammerhead Armors solid onepiece shackle mounts are fitted securely to
the frame of the truck, allowing loads to be
transferred directly to the frame of the truck,
instead of the bumpers shell. Hammerhead
Armor offers these front winch bumpers in
three styles: full brush guard, pre-runner, and
no brush guard. All bumpers and running
boards come standard with a powder coat
primer base and black wrinkle powder coat
finish and range in weight from 120-250 lbs.,
depending on model.
For more information about
H a m m e r h e a d A r m o r s c o m p l e t e
line of American made, premium
aftermarket bumpers and accessories,
visit or call
855-HHTOUGH. You can also find
Hammerhead Armor on Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter @hammerheadarmor. SG

Truck Reviews

2015 GMC Sierra Denali 1500

Class: Standard Pickup Truck
Fuel Economy: 15/21
Base Price: $52,155
After a complete redesign in 2014 that
helped it earn a Consumers Guide
Automotive Best Buy award and Kelley
Blue Books 5-Year Cost to Own award,
the Sierra 1500 adds an all-new eight-speed
automatic transmission to its powertrain
roster, enhancing efficiency and refinement
while maintaining capability.
Sierras new eight-speed automatic helps
the pickup retain its 12,000-pound maximum
trailering rating under newly adapted SAE
J2807 Recommended Practices. Additionally,
the entire lineup is available with a number
of features engineered for serious towing,
including the available NHT max trailering
package, which features a 9.76-inch rear
axle, heavy-duty rear springs, revised shock
tuning, enhanced cooling and an integrated
trailer brake controller to optimize capability
and comfort when trailering.
The Sierra also enters 2015 with
technologies that enhance connectivity,
including Text Messaging Alerts, Siri Eyes
Free and new, available OnStar with 4G LTE

with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (standard on

SLE, SLT and Denali). It provides a mobile
hub for drivers and passengers to stay
connected. The hotspot is on whenever the
vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/
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Magnetic ride control is a new, exclusive

standard feature for the distinctive Sierra
Denali. Based on the real-time damping
system thats standard on the all-new, 2015
GMC Yukon Denali, it delivers more precise
body motion control by reading the road

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every millisecond and changing damping in

just five milliseconds.
Sierra Denali is the only full-size truck to
offer magnetic ride control; and along with
the available 6.2L V-8 and new eight-speed
automatic transmission, solidifies its position
as the most refined, technically advanced
truck on the market.
Sierra Lineup
The 2015 Sierra 1500 range includes
regular cab and two four-door cabs the
double cab and crew cab body styles, all
offered with 4WD. Models and trim levels
the standard model, SLE, SLT and Denali
(regular cab offered only in standard and
SLE trims). The off-road-inspired All Terrain
package is offered on double cab and crew
cab models with SLE or SLT trim and
includes the Z71 Off Road suspension.
Regular cab models are available with a
66 box or an 8 box. Double cab models are
offered exclusively with the 66 box, while
crew cabs are available with a 58 box or
the 66 box.
Along with configurations to suit
just about every need, Sierras range of
technologies is tailored to the way customers
use full-size pickups, providing the power,
efficiency, refinement and dependability they
expect. Examples include:
The available 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 is the
most powerful engine offered in any light14

duty pickup, with 420 horsepower and

460 lb-ft of torque. It is matched with the
all-new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed
automatic transmission that supports
Sierras capability with greater efficiency
and refinement
High-strength steel that makes the frames
and cabs stronger and lighter, yet can take
the pounding of towing, hauling and offroad operation, year after year and helps
Sierra deliver a 5-Star rating in the newest
government crash test
Strategic use of aluminum alloys to reduce
the weight of engines, front suspension
components, hoods and other parts
Driver-focused interiors featuring
ample storage, multiple power and USB
Standard tie-down system in the rear

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The segments only standard projectorbeam headlamps.

Additional new and enhanced features
for 2015 include the available spray-on
bedliner now offered on all models (standard
on Denali); and a USB port is added to the
upper glove box on SLE models equipped
with the 40/20/40 front bench seat.
GMC backs Sierra customers with the
ProGrade protection program. It includes
two years/24,000 miles (whichever comes
first) of scheduled maintenance, covering
four services of an oil change, tire rotation
and 27-point inspection. It complements the
three-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes
first) bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle
warranty and five-year/100,000-mile
(whichever comes first) powertrain limited
warranty for peace of mind. SG

SUV Reviews

2015 Dodge Ram ProMaster City SLT

Class: Cargo Van
Fuel Economy: 21/29
Base Price: $24,6554
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is Rams
newest addition to its commercial vehicle
lineup, and contributes to the expanding,
purpose-built, van segment with a number
of best-in-class, functional elements tied
directly to commercial customer demand.
The new Class 1 entry opens a door for
incremental growth of Rams brand sales
Joining the larger and highly capable Ram
ProMaster and popular Ram C/V as a Class 1
van offering, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City
will compete with small commercial and
passenger vans with best-in-class attributes
in the areas that count: payload capacity,
cargo area, performance and fuel economy.
The Ram Commercial lineup includes
vans, pickups, and chassis cab trucks. The
ProMaster City will help draw commercial
customers looking for a one-stop shop for
a variety of needs, said Bob Hegbloom,
President and CEO Ram Truck Brand,
Chrysler Group LLC. Ram Commercial
is confident in its abilities to continue to

grow sales in the commercial truck and van

markets by offering class-leading products
and unique programs, such as Business Link
dealer support and On The Job incentives
that will benefit commercial customers.
Ram Commercial is tapping into Fiat
Professional, one of the largest producers
of commercial vehicles in the entire world,
offering more than 110 years of experience.
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That knowledge has helped Ram enter new

segments and expand the product line. Based
on the Fiat Ducato, the Ram ProMaster fullsize van is optimized for the North American
market and offered by Ram Commercial
with best-in-class attributes. Now in its third
generation with more than four million sold
worldwide, this van is a proven, awardwinning workhorse with titles in efficiency.

SUV Reviews

2015 Nissan Murano SL FWD

Class: Mid-Size Station Wagon
Fuel Economy: 21/28
Base Price: $36,950
Already the U.S. News Best 2-Row SUV
for the Money, the all-new 2015 Nissan
Murano adds another title to its growing list
of accolades. Today, U.S. News & World
Report named the 2015 Nissan Murano Best
2-Row SUV for Families in its annual
Best Cars for Families awards. Murano,
which is also currently listed as the U.S.
News No. 1 Affordable Midsize SUV,
bested two fellow 2015 finalists to earn top
honors in the class.
The Best Cars for Families awards
combine professional automotive reviews,
safety and reliability ratings, seating and
cargo volume and the availability of familyfriendly features into a composite score.
Within each of 19 categories, the vehicle
with the highest score is named the Best Car
for Families in that category.
Based on the U.S. News analysis, the
2015 Murano was recognized for having
the best combination of positive reviews,
safety and reliability scores, interior space,
and family-friendly features in its class.
In particular, features like Around View
Monitor helped Murano win because it gives
parents a virtual 360-degree birds-eye view
of the area around the vehicle, helping to
make parking easier. The Murano was also
noted for its multiple USB ports and well-

reviewed touchscreen system that helps to

keep everyone in the family entertained
among other qualities to capture the crown
of Best 2-Row SUV for Families. Earlier
this year, the 2015 Murano beat out 11 fellow
midsize SUVs to earn its current position as
U.S. News No. 1 Affordable Midsize SUV.
The all-new third-generation Murano
features modern styling, premium interior
and advanced, purposeful technology. The
breakthrough exterior design projects a sense
of refined intensity, creating an immediate
wow response, while delivering a low
0.31 Cd drag coefficient. The breakthrough
exterior design carries into the interior, which
offers an engaging social lounge feel through
features such as the refined instrument
panel, low center console, advanced NASAinspired Zero Gravity front and outboard
rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created
by the large windows and oversized Power
Panoramic Moonroof.
Premium features and driving assistance
technologies abound in the 2015 Murano,
including available NissanConnectSM with
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display with multi-touch control, Around

View Monitor with Moving Object
Detection (MOD), Nissan Intelligent Key
with Push Button Ignition, 11-speaker Bose
premium audio system, Blind Spot Warning
(BSW), Predictive Forward Collision
Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency
Braking (FEB) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Every 2015 Murano comes with a
standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC
V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic
transmission. Fuel economy has increased
20 percent (over the previous generation) for
combined mpg and is rated at 21/28/24 mpg
city/highway/combined for both front-wheel
and all-wheel drive models.
The 2015 Murano is offered in four trim
levels S, SV, SL and Platinum and in a
choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The starting Manufacturers Suggested
Retail Price (MSRP)* for the Murano S
FWD is $29,560 USD, while the top-ofthe-line Murano Platinum AWD is priced
at $40,600 USD (full pricing is available at

SUV Reviews

2015 GMS Yukon XL Denali

Class: StandardSUV
Fuel Economy: 14/20
Base Price: $69,470
The all-new 2015 Yukon, Yukon XL
and flagship Yukon Denali models deliver
greater capability and refinement, greater
performance, new fold-flat rear seats and
a quieter interior. Theyre also betterconnected, with next-generation IntelliLink.
Bold styling and advanced technologies
including new safety and security
technologies support Yukons greater
capability, while a more comprehensive list
of standard features is designed to broaden
the appeal of one of the industrys most
popular full-size SUV lineups.
The distinctive Denali models deliver an
exclusive package of design, performance
and upscale interior amenities.
A new family of advanced EcoTec3
engines delivers more horsepower and
torque, with the segments best V-8 fuel

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economy, including EPA-estimated 23 mpg
highway with the standard 5.3L engine
(2WD models) a nearly 10-percent
improvement over previous models.
Yukon Denalis exclusive 6.2L engine
is the most powerful in the segment, with
420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
It is matched with an all-new eight-speed
automatic transmission that enhances the
efficiency and refinement of GMCs
redesigned flagship SUV.
Yukon and Yukon XL share design,
architectural and powertrain elements, but
Yukon XL has an approximately 14-inch
longer wheelbase and is approximately 20
inches longer overall, providing greater
legroom for third-row passengers and more
than twice the cargo room behind the thirdrow seat.
New and enhanced product highlights
across the 2015 Yukon lineup include:
Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that
enhance cargo capability and convenience
including an available power-folding
Easier entry/exit
All-new cargo management system
Available power rear liftgate with multiple
programmable height settings
Available hands-free liftgate operation
(standard on Denali)
Available wireless phone charging
(standard on Denali)
Standard eight-inch-diagonal color touch
screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and
available navigation
Eight-inch-diagonal customizable driver
display with three available user themes
and available head-up display (Denali
Multiple USB ports, an SD slot and
accessory power outlets including a
110-volt three-prong outlet to support
electronic devices of all kinds
Av a i l a b l e B l u - r a y / D V D r e a r- s e a t
entertainment system with dual screens on
Yukon XL
Conversation mirror in the overhead
console that provides a panoramic view of
the rear seats
Available keyless entry and push-button
When it comes to safety, the Yukon lineup
incorporates new technologies to help protect
the driver and passengers before, during and
after a collision. They include a forward
radar system and the segments only Front
Center Air Bag (models with front bucket
seats), which deploys from the inboard side
of the drivers seat and inflates between the
driver and front passenger, providing added
protection for both front occupants in sideimpact crashes. SG

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RZRs Fill the SxS Pro Podium at WORCS

Round 2
Ronnie Anderson steers his Polaris ACE to
first place in single seat class
2015-WORCS Round 2 at Buffalo Bills,
in Primm, Nevada, would see Polaris RZRs
sweep the SxS Pro Podium with David
Haagsma taking the checkered flag in his
Polaris RZR and Polaris Factory Racers
Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Beau Baron taking
second and third.
Guthrie Jr., fresh off the win as a co-pilot
at King of the Hammers (KOH), would
change the tires on the KOH car and use it
to race the WORCS SxS Unlimited Class.
He would take second in the class showing
the durability and versatility of the RZR XP
1000 EPS. Hed also take second with his
WORCS RZR XP 1000 EPS in the Pro class.
The single-seat class would see three
Polaris ACEs line up with Ronnie Anderson
in his Walker Evans/UTVUnderground/
Polaris ACE 570 taking the win.
The next WORCS race is in Peoria,
Arizona, February 27-March 1.

Beau Baron is sponsored by Polaris,

Maxxis/H&M Motorsports, Holz, Sparks,
Walker Evans Racing, Tire Blocks,, ProMotorsports, Shoei, Eks
Brand Goggles.
Mitch Guthrie Jr. is sponsored by
Polaris, Walker Evans, Nelson and Nelson
racing, Muzzys Performance, Maxxis,
Tireballs, Super ATV, Southwest Ground
Control, Impact, UTVUnderground.
Ronnie Andersons Polaris ACE is
sponsored by Polaris, UTVUnderground,
Walker Evans Racing, Carr-One, Vision X,
GBC Motorsports and
Polaris is a recognized leader in the
powersports industry with annual 2014
sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris designs,
engineers, manufactures and markets
innovative, high quality off-road vehicles,
including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
and the Polaris RANGER and RZR
side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles,
motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid
powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales
leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road
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vehicles and has established a presence

in the heavyweight cruiser and touring
motorcycle market with the Victory
and Indian motorcycle and Slingshot
brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to
invest in the global on-road small
electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry
with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM),
Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S.,
and internally developed vehicles. Polaris
enhances the riding experience with a
complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts,
Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded
apparel and ORV accessories under the
Kolpin, Cycle Country and Pro
Armor brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New
York Stock Exchange under the symbol
PII, and the Company is included in
the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of
Polaris products, apparel and vehicle
accessories are available from authorized
Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.
com. SG


University of Evansville Wins Central Opener on Table Rock

1st Place - University of Evansville Nick Uebelhor and Lee Knies

he University of Evansville team

of Nick Uebelhor and Lee Knies,
both of Jasper, Indiana, won the
FLW College Fishing Central Conference
event on Table Rock Lake Saturday with
five bass weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces. The
victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced
the team to the FLW College Fishing Central
Conference Championship tournament.
It feels great to bring a check home to
the club, said Uebelhor, a senior majoring
in Mechanical Engineering. Weve done
well in FLW competition in the past but have
never won before.
I couldnt believe it, said Knies,
a sophomore majoring in Electrical
Engineering. We figured we had enough
weight to qualify for the Conference
Championship but we didnt think that we
had enough to win the tournament.
The duo said that they started their day off
in an area near Indian Point, targeting banks
in shallow, off-color water. By 10 a.m.,
they had netted two keepers throwing an
umbrella-rig with Berkley Havoc swimbaits.
We sat in 10 feet of water and threw up
into about 2 to 4 feet, said Knies. They
really liked the Berkley swimbaits and bit it
At 10:30 a.m. the anglers decided to make
a run to an area near Long Creek to explore
banks with similar cover and picked up two
more bass.
About 50 yards from where we stopped,
we found our 5-pound kicker, said
With a few minutes left in their day, the
Evansville duo returned to the take-off ramp
and boated their final keeper.
It was almost four pounds our second
largest fish of the day. said Uebelhor. By
then we felt good about what we had in the
Of the nine fish the team caught during
the tournament, two were caught on
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Phantom Green-colored Storm Wiggle Wart.

This win is a big deal for our team to be
able to fish more tournaments, said Knies.
Money is hard to come by so this is great
for our club.
The top 15 teams that advanced to
the Central Conference Championship
tournament on Table Rock Lake are:
1st: University of Evansville - Nick
Uebelhor and Lee Knies, both of Jasper, Ind.,
(five bass, 16-2, $2,000)

9th: University of Missouri - Daniel Fuhrig,

Wentzville, Mo., and Michael Fink, Saint
Louis, Mo., (five bass, 13-0)

2nd: Kansas State University Quinn

Fowler, Olathe, Kan., and Dylan McKee,
Abilene, Kan., (five bass, 15-1, $1,000)

12th: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Samuel Sobieck, New Prague, Minn., and
Connor Graham, Stevens Point, Wis., (five
bass, 12-10)

3rd: Kansas State University Garrett

Cates, Overland Park, Kan., and Brett
Herder, Lees Summit, Mo., (five bass,
14-14, $500)
4th: Kansas State University Lance
Maldonado, Chapman, Kan., and Ethan
Dhuyvetter, Manhattan, Kan., (five bass,
14-1, $500)
5th: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Mark Hugus and Cody Hahner, both of
Stevens Point, Wis., (five bass, 13-12, $500)
6th: Missouri State University - Brian
Bueker and Darin Schildknecht, both of
Springfield, Mo., (five bass, 13-10)
7th: Murray State University Mathew
Cardani, Murray, Ky., and Jason Shaw,
Wildwood, Mo., (five bass, 13-3)
8th: Eastern Illinois University - Mitchell
Meinhart, Effingham, Ill., and Dan Martin,
Elmhurst, Ill., (five bass, 13-0)

10th: Kansas State University Kyle Alsop,

Overland Park, Kan., and Taylor Bivins,
Manhattan, Kan., (five bass, 12-12)
11th: Greenville College Ray Hingson,
Montrose, Ill., and David Weyers, Peoria, Ill.,
(five bass, 12-10)

13th: University of Nebraska Ben Kroeger

and Zach Kroeger, both of Omaha, Neb.,
(five bass, 12-9)
14th: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Evan Chambers, Saint Charles, Ill., and
Jacob Clisch, Reedsburg, Wis., (five bass,
15th: University of Illinois Qiurun Chen
and Luke Stoner, both of Pekin, Ill., (five
bass, 12-7)
Complete results can be found at
This FLW College Fishing Central
Conference tournament was hosted by the
Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce
and was the first regular-season qualifying
tournament. The next event for Central
Conference anglers is scheduled for June
13 at Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville,
Kentucky, and is hosted by the Kentucky
Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.
FLW College Fishing teams compete
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in qualifying tournaments in one of five

conferences Central, Northern, Southern,
Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen
teams from each regular-season tournament
will qualify for one of five Conference
Championship tournaments. The top ten
teams from each of the five Conference
Championship tournaments will advance
to the 2016 FLW College Fishing National
College Fishing is free to enter. All
participants must be registered, fulltime students at a college, university
or community college and members of a
fishing club recognized by their college or
For regular updates, photos, tournament
news and more, follow College Fishing on
Facebook at and
on Twitter at Visit to sign up or to start a
club at your school.
FLW is the industrys premier tournamentfishing organization, providing anglers of
all skill levels the opportunity to compete
for millions in prize money nationwide in
2015 over the course of 240 tournaments
across five tournament circuits, four of which
provide an avenue to the sports richest
payday and most coveted championship
trophy the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW
tournament fishing can be seen on the
Emmy-nominated FLW television show
and is broadcast to more than 564 million
households worldwide, making it the most
widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports
television show in the world. For more
information about FLW visit FLWFishing.
com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram and YouTube.SG

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Car Reviews

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI

Class: Sub Compact
Fuel Economy: 30/40
Base Price: $30,195
Since it first went on sale in December
2012 as a 2013 model, the third-generation
Beetle Convertible has been a success story
for Volkswagen. The sportiest and most
dynamic version of the iconic softtop seen
so far has quickly become one of the bestselling convertibles in the U.S.
For 2015, the Beetle range receives a
modest number of enhancements. A new,
limited-edition trimClassicjoins the
lineup, offering unique seat fabric, RNS
315 navigation, and a six-speed automatic
transmission. 17-inch Circle alloy wheels
are also available on this trim, and can be
white or black, depending on the exterior
Like the Beetle, the Beetle Convertible
also receives the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder
TDI Clean Diesel engine, improving the
EPA estimated highway fuel economy on the
automatic transmission model by 3 mpg, to
40 mpg.
The Beetle Convertible retains the bold,
purposeful stance of the Coupe, thanks to

wider tracks and a longer wheelbase than the

previous New Beetle Convertible. Compared
with the 2006 version of the older car, the
latest Beetle Convertible is 3.3 inches wider
at 71.2 inches; 1.1 inches lower at 58.0
inches tall; and 6.0 inches longer at 168.4
inches overall.
To help with rigidity, the Beetle
Convertibles body needed reinforcements.
This included the use of partial body
reinforcements and sheetmetal with greater
strength such as:
The A-pillars interior bar is 0.5 mm
thicker and made from ultra-high-strength
hot-formed steel instead of cold-formed
metal. There is also a reinforcement in the
bend area
The front roof crossmember has an
additional central plate
Additional tubing made of ultra-highstrength (hot formed) steel between the
B-pillars as well as a stronger heel plate
More sheetmetal in the lower body
An extra rear panel that integrates the
Automatic Rollover Support System is
made of high-strength steel
Due to the targeted use of materials and
laser welding of selected parts, the body
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stiffness was increased by 20 percent over

that of the previous New Beetle Convertible:
the torsional rigidity is now 17.8 Hz.
Top up, the Beetle Convertible has
an even lower roofline than the Coupes.
Volkswagen decided to stick with a
traditional softtop because it allows for a
roofline thats more like the original 1949
type 15s. Also, a softtop takes up less space
than a folding hardtop, thus giving more
trunk space. The heatable rear window is
made of tempered safety glass.
The top is powered by two electric motors
and latches and unlatches at the touch of a
button, which is located on the upper rail of
the windshield surround. The top takes just
9.5 seconds to stow and 11.0 seconds to be
raised (the difference is in the time it takes
to latch the roofs header to the windshield).
The top can be raised and lowered at speeds
of up to 31 mph.

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Pressing and holding the button opens the
top, while pulling and holding closes it. The
side windows automatically drop when the
top is opened and are raised when it closes.
There is an indicator light located in the
instrument panel. On Beetle Convertibles
equipped with Keyless access with pushbutton start, its possible to operate the top
remotely, from outside the vehicle. Trunk
space remains the same whether the top is
open or closed.
An integrated wind blocking system
is available on the Beetle Convertible as
a Volkswagen Genuine Accessory. It is
housed in the trunk under the convertible
top area and can be safely and neatly
stowed when folded and not in use. The
storage compartment for the wind blocker is
designed to allow full use of the trunk area.
Similar to the original Beetle, the new
car has an extra glovebox integrated into the
dashboardthe kaeferfach or Beetle bin.
The lid folds upward, while the standard
glovebox opens downward. Another classic
feature is the auxiliary instrumentation
package located above the audio/navigation
system that consists of an oil temperature
gauge, a sport chronometer, and a boost
pressure gauge. This is standard on the
R-Line and TDI Clean Diesel models.


All 2015 Beetle Convertibles are

exceptionally well equipped. The base
1.8-liter model has standard 17-inch
a l u m i n u m - a l l o y w h e e l s ; a l e a t h e rwrapped multifunction steering wheel; an
eight-speaker sound system with aux-in;
Bluetooth technology; a Media Device
Interface with iPod cable; three-color
adjustable ambient lighting; heatable front
seats and exterior mirrors; cruise control; and
V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces.
Available features include Keyless access
with push-button start, leather seating
surfaces, the RNS 315 navigation system,
the award-winning Fender Premium Audio
System, Bi-Xenon headlights, and Sirius
XM Satellite Radio.
Even though the latest Beetle Convertible
has a sleek and sporty roofline, front and
rear passenger headroom remains plentiful,
especially compared with its predecessor.
The longer roof section results in 0.5 inches
more rear-seat headroom. Front legroom
is improved, too, by 1.6 inches, and front
shoulder room grows by 2.5 inches. Overall,
the interior volume has increased from 78 to
81.4 cubic feet.
The trunk is larger, offering 7.1 cubic feet
of space, compared with the New Beetles
5.0 cubic feet. A split-folding rear seat
new on this Beetleallows the car to carry
bulkier and larger items than is normal with
a convertible.

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2015 Chrysler 200C

Class: Mid-Size Car
Fuel Economy: 19/32
Base Price: $26,225
The Midwest Automotive Media
Association (MAMA) kicked off the Chicago
Auto Show by announcing the 2015 Chrysler
200 captured its coveted Family Vehicle of
the Year award.
MAMA is a nonprofit group of more than
200 automotive journalists and industry
professionals who developed the award
to help consumers make a wise purchase
decision when it is time to shop for a family
To qualify for the award, vehicles
must have four doors, have a starting U.S.
Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price
(MSRP) of less than $50,000, appear at one
of MAMAs two annual rallies and be new
or significantly updated within one year of
the 2014 Spring Rally, which took place

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last May. The MAMA spring and fall rallies

feature up to 100 manufacturers vehicles for
journalists to drive and evaluate.
A total of 99 journalists voted the 2015
Chrysler 200 the winner, awarding it 79
points. The second place vehicle finished
with 73 points and the third place vehicle
was awarded 68 points.
Simple elegance, an exhilarating driving
experience, state-of-the-art, easy-to-use
technology and beautifully crafted, the allnew 2015 Chrysler 200 charts a new course
for mid-size sedan customers who have
earned a little luxury in their life, but demand
value for their money.
2015 Audi S3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro S tronic
Class: Sub-Compact Car
Fuel Economy: 23/31
Base Price: $41,100
Now available for the first time in the
U.S. the S3 Sedan expands upon the already
sporty character of the A3 sedan, adding
specific details that underscore the highperformance for which the Audi S lineup
is known for. A powerful, high-output 2.0L
TFSI engine with quattro all-wheel drive
produces an impressive 292 horsepower.
The S3 boasts a Singleframe grille with
aluminum-look, double horizontal bars and
a chrome frame outline. Aluminum-look


double ribs and honeycomb inserts fill the

air inlets in the bumper and optional LED
headlights add to an unmistakable look. The
S3 will also come with a S3 specific sport
suspension and unique S3 specific 18-inch
wheels and optional S3 specific 19-inch
Inside, the S3 adds further character by
offering instrument dials that are in an S
specific dark gray metallic finish with
the numbers and needles in white. The
tachometer features a three-dimensional S3
logo and boost pressure indicator. A leathercovered, multifunction sport steering wheel
with the rim flattened at the bottom and S3
badging and standard shift paddles with
aluminum details are also standard on the S3.
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
Class: Compact Car
Fuel Economy: 31/43
Base Price: $26,995
Motor Trend, one of the worlds premier
automotive authorities, today named the
Volkswagen Golf familyGolf 1.8T, Golf
TDI Clean Diesel, Golf GTI and e-Golf

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modelsas the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the

VW floored our judges by reimagining
the seventh generation Golf for nearly every
need and want, said Motor Trend Editorin-Chief Ed Loh. From the value-laden
Golf 1.8T and high-MPG Golf TDI to the
legendary hot hatch GTI and all-electric
e-Golf, there truly is a Golf for everyone.
The 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year
award was presented to Michael Horn,
President and CEO, Volkswagen of America,
during an announcement recently.
Volkswagen is extremely proud to
receive this prestigious award, said Horn.
This recognition from Motor Trend is a
testament to the versatility of the Golf family
and the quality and value these cars offer in
the compact hatchback segment.
Motor Trends Car of the Year program
is open to any all-new or substantially
upgraded 2015 automobile. Rather than
being compared against one another,
contending vehicles are first put through
Motor Trends full battery of performance
tests to measure acceleration, braking, and
limit handling.
All contenders are then evaluated on three
separate courses at a professional automotive
test center before finalists are selected.
Out of 23 contending 2015 models, Motor
Trends judges picked 10 Car of the Year
finalists, including the Volkswagen Golf. SG

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Sportz 57 Series Truck Tent

Napier Outdoors, the worlds #1 selling
truck tent, is launching a new size! Now
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Phoenix USA, Inc. offers affordable

alternative to aluminum ATV/UTV wheel
Phoenix USA, Inc., a market leader in
the truck and automotive accessories
industry, offers an affordable alternative to
chrome ATV/UTV wheel covers with their
QuickTrim products.
Our chrome ABS wheel covers for
ATVs and UTVs are manufactured from
temperature-stable plastic and give the look

of an aluminum wheel while maintaining

the strength of the factory steel wheel, said
John Bella, Phoenix USA, Inc. Director of
Technical Services.
Our ATV/UTV wheel covers are available
in a 6 and 8, 5-spoke mag style and in a 6,
8, 10 and 12, 8-hole beadlock style.
Established in 1985, Phoenix USA, Inc.
is an ISO certified OEM and aftermarket
manufacturer for the transportation industry,
a leader in the automotive accessories market
and manufacturer of wheel covers for 95%
of trucks on the road. For a full-line of
product offerings visit us on the web at www. or, or
contact customer service at 931-526-6128.

New Products

Baja Designs (BD) Introduces the XL

Sport and XL-R Sport LED Auxiliary
Lights Brighter. Bolder. Better.
The Scientists of Lighting at Baja Designs
(BD) are excited to announce the latest
addition to their Sport line, the XL Sport
LED auxiliary light! Priced at $199.95
each, the XL Sport and XL-R Sport combine
industry leading performance with a unique
styling that is everything you expect from
Baja Designs (BD).
The Scientists of Lighting have done
it again! Baja Designs (BD) is excited to
introduce the new $199.95 XL Sport &
XL-R Sport! The XL Sport and XL-R Sport
integrate BDs Next Gen CopperDrive
LED circuit board technology that features
a more streamlined circuit and increased
heat dissipation. This allows their LEDs to
be driven at 100%, translating to increased
performance at a lower cost.
XL Sport and XL-R Sport Specifications
Price: $199.95
Lumens: 1,800 - 4 Cree XP-G2 LEDs
Wattage/Amps: 20W / 1.4A
Weight: 2.45 lbs
Patterns: Driving/Combo, High Speed
Spot, Wide Cornering, Amber Wide
The XL Sport and XL-R Sport feature
the same trademarked High Speed Spot
reflectors that are found in their XL Pro and
OnX6 LED lights. Its powder coated, cast
aluminum housing and clear anodized, billet
machined bezel set its styling apart from
any other LED auxiliary light on the market
The XL Sport and XL-R Sport feature
Baja Designs (BD) proprietary technology.

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First is their uService, which allows
consumers to change the lenses and optics
themselves without voiding the lifetime
warranty. Next is their ClearView optics
that have been designed and prototyped
in-house by Founder and Lead Engineer Alan
Roach, giving you all the light right where
you need it. Their MoistureBlock, makes
their lights completely waterproof, dustproof
and submersible. Another exclusive feature
is their CopperDrive found in their LED
circuit that allows them to be the only
auxiliary LED lights driven at 100%. They
also feature 5000K Daylight, which allows
for better terrain recognition and less driver
fatigue. To top it all off, all Baja Designs
(BD) LED lights are backed by a 30 day
money back Satisfaction Guarantee and a
Limited Lifetime Warranty. If youre looking
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the market today, look no further than Baja
About Baja Designs (BD)
For 20+ years Baja Designs (BD) has
engineered revolutionary ways to stay at
the forefront of motorcycle and automotive
lighting. The first product developed was
a Dual Sport kit that made a pure off road

motorcycle minimally street legal. This

intimate knowledge of motorcycle electrical
capabilities led to a natural evolution
to engineer the first HID motorcycle race
light. Owner/Lead engineer Alan Roach and
Product Development Engineer Stephen
Tex Mitchell were avid Baja 1000
motorcycle racers who were able to fine
tune a motorcycles limited light optics to
maximize rider comfort, speed and safety. As
a result, Baja Designs (BD) has won every
professional and amateur motorcycle and
ATV Baja 1000 class for over 15 years.
As their engineers and racers advanced to
truck and buggy racing, the next evolution
began. The engineers quickly adapted their
race winning HID motorcycle lights to their
new race vehicles. With amazing speed, Baja
Designs (BD) HID lights were adopted by
the vehicle race community and could be
found on the majority of Baja 1000 winning
vehicles. In the process, Baja Designs (BD)
engineers became well known as The
Scientists of Lighting and were sought out
by professional race teams to develop and
aim their vehicle lighting.
LED lights were the next natural evolution
of lighting and Baja Designs (BD) was
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and raced in the 2005 Baja 1000. That

original LED light bar has evolved into a line
of the highest performing and race winning
LED lights on the market.
Revolutionizing industry leading lights
is not just a job at Baja Designs (BD), but
a lifelong passion for both their owners and
employees. The Baja Designs (BD) product
line is dedicated to being BRIGHTER,
BOLDER, and BETTER, which is why they
truly are The Scientists of Lighting.
Fenwick HMG Fly Rods
The lightest, most comfortable HMG fly rod
The new Fenwick HMG fly rods are
available in six models, from the small-water
7 foot, 6 inch 3-weight that weighs a mere
3.0 ounces to the 9-foot 8-weight. The crisp,
medium-fast action generates a high line
speed to stabilize the line in the air. This
produces effortless, accurate casts whether
working up close or shooting to long distance
targets. Quality materials are matched to
the high modulus graphite blank, giving the
angler the rod they expect with the Fenwick
Over forty years ago Fenwick
introduced the High Modulus Graphite

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fishing rod and changed fishing forever.

The new Fenwick HMG fly rod reinvents
this fishing classic with the lightest, most
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HMG fly rods are designed with a
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high line speed to stabilize the line in the
air for effortless, pin-point accurate casts
up close and at a distance. These rods are
ideal for popping bugs, dry flies, nymphs or
streamers, just right for panfish, trout, bass
and any other fish a fly angler chooses to
Six models of the four-piece HMG fly
rod are offered, from the small-water 7
foot, 6 inch 3-weight that weighs a mere
3.0 ounces to the 9-foot 8-weight for
heavier applications. Each rod features a
large diameter stripper guide and double foot
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anodized aluminum double-up lock real seat
and a hook eye on the rod butt to stow the fly
when the rod is not in use.
For easy and safe transport in a vehicle or
plane, the rod is supplied with a partitioned

cloth-covered rod tube. HMG fly rod can

be found at retailers nationwide with MSRP
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Material High Modulus Graphite

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Models 76 3 wt, 8 4 wt, 86 5 wt, 9 5
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Rod Pieces four, with cloth covered rod
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Famous Places and Faces

The Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area is home to more than famous recording studio
Photo Credits: Florence-Lauderdale Tourism


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n addition to the famous Muscle Shoals Sound, the FlorenceLauderdale area of Alabama, centrally located in the north part of
the state, is the birthplace of W.C. Handy (Father of the Blues)
and Helen Keller (The First Lady of Courage).
Handy, born in 1873, is considered one of Americas most influential
songwriters, even today. Although he was one of many musicians
playing the blues in the early 1900s, he is credited with shaping its
contemporary sound. His first popular success was the tune Memphis
Blues, published in 1912, introduced his trademark style into the
mainstream. The song is also credited as the inspiration for the foxtrot
dance step. In F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby, the author
references Handys song Beale Street Blues in a series of lines
describing the feverish gaiety of Gatsbys parties and of the Jazz Age
itself: All night the saxophones wailed the hopeless comment of
Beale Street Blues while a hundred pairs of golden and silver slippers
shuffled the shining dust. At the grey tea hour there were always rooms
that throbbed incessantly with this low, sweet fever, while fresh faces
drifted here and there like rose petals blown by the sad horns around the
Helen Keller was born only a few years after Handy, in 1880, on her
familys farm in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She is most famous for being
the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Although
born with the ability to see and hear, she contracted a fever at about
a year-and-a-half-old, which left her both deaf and blind. As a young
child, she was able to communicate with the daughter of the familys
cook with a rudimentary system of signs, but was essentially mute.
When tutor Anne Sullivan came to the family farm in 1887, she began
working to teach Keller to communicate by spelling letters into her
hand. The following year, she accompanied Keller to several prestigious
schools for the deaf, and eventually to Radcliffe College in 1900, where
Keller obtained a bachelors degree. She eventually learned to speak,
and could read sign language with her hands, as well as read the lips of
people speaking out loud, and read and write in braille. She went on to
become a world-famous advocate for persons with disabilities, as well
as a supporter of womens suffrage and labor rights. She published 12

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books and numerous articles. She passed away in 1968, at her home in
The birthplaces of both of these notables are open to the public,
and their achievements are celebrated annually. Handy was born in a
humble two-room cabin in Florence, which is available for visitation
from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. And, mark your
calendar to tap your toes at the W.C. Handy Music Festival, July
17-26. Since 1982, the Music Preservation Society, Inc. has been
honoring and celebrating the Father of the Blues with an annual
ten-day series of events held in the northwestern part of Alabama,
often referred to as The Shoals. The W.C. Handy Music Festival
has been recognized as a Top 10 Event by the Alabama Department
of Tourism; a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for July,
August, September; a Featured Site on the Geo-tourism Map Guide to
Appalachia, and a Top 100 American Bus Association Event in North
America. Like the event on Facebook (
pages/WC-Handy-Music-Festival/100678199980171?ref=ts) to stay
up to date regarding upcoming plans.
The water pump where Helen Keller said her first words still
stands at her home, where The Miracle Worker play about Anne
Sullivans tutelage is performed on the grounds each summer. Kellers
birthplace is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Make plans to attend the June 25-28 Helen Keller Festival at
Spring Park in Tuscumbia, where fun, creative, hands-on activities
will keep any child busy at Imagination Station. Children will
participate in building activities, making one-of-a-kind take home
crafts and works of art. Educational activities are also included that
teach children how people with hearing and vision disabilities learn to
read and communicate, and how this affects their everyday activities.

Imagination Station is located on the north bank near the main

entrance to the park in Spring Park. All activities are free to children.
Follow the event on social media (
Helen-Keller-Festival/104829616215675) to stay in the know.
For more information, please visit Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at,SG

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Industry News

Phoenix USA, Inc. celebrates 30th year

anniversary in the truck and automotive
accessories industry
Phoenix USA, Inc., a market leader in the
manufacture of truck OEM and aftermarket
parts and accessories, is excited to celebrate
the companys 30th year anniversary of its
Thirty years ago, Phoenix USAs founder,
Jim Wright, established the company
after a fire closed a furniture company he
previously operated. Wright had learned
from his relationship with the furniture
companys transportation fleet that highly
accessorized commercial trucks resulted in
driver retention, higher resale values and
quicker sale. He determined that there was
a market void in accessory items for many
vocational commercial trucks and sought
to fill that void. And though change came
through tragedy, it created opportunity, and
Phoenix USA was born.
Phoenix USA, now primarily under
the leadership of Jims son Matt Wright,
has remained a viable company for three
decades for three main reasons according to
Jim: quality product, loyal customers and
employees who care.
Our products are a good value, said Jim
Wright. That means theyre high quality,
suit their purpose, and function well. Those
are features every product needs to survive in
any industry.
But no one can do this job without
engaged employees, Jim continued. We
have a high number of long-term employees
who listen to what our customers want and
need, then work to develop it. Our customer
is the epicenter of our product development.

Today, Phoenix USA, Inc. is the number

one choice of commercial truck chassis and
commercial truck body manufacturers for
production parts, accessories and storage
systems. Phoenix manufactures decorative
wheel trim in sizes and styles to fit 95% of
commercial and utility vehicles on the road
as well as their Tow-Rax line of trailer and
shop storage solution products.
For more information about Phoenix
USA, Inc. or its products, visit us at www., or contact customer service
at 931-526-6128 or
Sam Yokley Takes First GNCC Single-Seat
As part of Polaris new partnership of
the Grand National Cross Country Series
(GNCC) to sponsor GNCCs newly-added
Single Seat Class, The General would be the
first race of the season to offer the class.
Six Polaris ACE vehicles would enter to
vie to be the first Single Seat winner for
the season. Sam Yokley, nephew to Polaris
Factory Racer William Yokley, would take
the checkered flag of the three-lap race.
Doug Fortner of Brocton, NY would take
second and Josh Copeland, racing as part of
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Team UXC Racing, would take third.

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packs to Single Seat class entrants.
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Five Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill,
Growing Gulf-Wide Effort Protects Beach
Nesting Birds
The April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon
spill was a horrific event that impacted the
lives of many families as well as the gulf
environment. But there are bright spots that
periodically emerge, such as a report from
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) on a
Gulf-wide, multi-partner bird conservation
effort that continues to gain momentum and
deliver important successes in protecting
wild birds impacted by the spill.
2014 was by far our best year in terms
of delivering bigger conservation results for
beach-nesting birds. We worked at 58 sites
with 21 partners providing some combination
of protection, monitoring, and outreach on
more than 2,400 acres of coastal habitat that
supported 950 nests and 1,400 breeding pairs
of our target species: primarily Least Terns

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and Wilsons and Snowy Plovers, said Kacy
Ray, ABCs Gulf Conservation Program
These birds were impacted both by the
spill itself, and by cleanup efforts that often
ignored nesting birds as they attempted to
rid beaches of oil in some cases destroying
nests with heavy earth-moving machinery
and causing significant disturbance with
beach cleanup crews and their vehicles.
Across the Gulf, the conservation
program, which began in 2011, reached
thousands of people through on-the-ground
stewardship and community engagement. In
2014, more than 50 volunteers put in more
than 1,000 hours educating the public about
beach-nesting birds.Nest site stewardship
led to outstanding results in St. Pete Beach,
FL; Gulf Shores, AL; and East Beach, TX,
where Black Skimmers and Snowy Plovers
produced one fledging chick per breeding
pair, which Ray describes as a remarkable
reproductive output.
The effort includes partners from multiple
conservation groups as well as local,
state, and federal agencies implementing
conservation activities to help impacted
coastal birds recover.The project has
brought expertise not only from ABC, but
from partners throughout the Gulf region,
including the Barataria-Terrebonne National
Estuary Program; US Fish and Wildlife
Service; Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries
Program; Houston Audubon; Audubon
Louisiana; Grand Isle State Park; Gulf State
Park; Eckerd College in Pinellas County, FL;
and the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, among
many others. The project, which is primarily
funded by the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation, has focused on beach-nesting

bird habitat in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama,

and Florida.
Least Terns were among the top ten
birds most affected by the spill, and Black
Skimmers and Snowy and Wilsons Plovers
were also victims.All of those species
are targeted by our programs conservation
efforts, said Ray.
This project will reduce impacts on
key beach-nesting bird colonies, many of
which are currently vulnerable to accidental
disturbance by members of the public, dogs,

and ATVs, which can cause adult birds to

abandon a nest or lead to crushed eggs and
injured chicks, said Ray. Nesting birds
occupy a tiny portion of the regions beaches,
usually well back from the shoreline, so
there doesnt need to be a conflict with
beach goers. But the areas they do use are
absolutely vital to their breeding success,
she added.
We all love the beaches of the Gulf
they are economically vital to our coastal
communities so our project goal is not

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to restrict public access. Instead, we hope

toengage the public in helping uswith
beach bird recoveryby sharingthis beautiful
shoreline during nesting season, she said.
Beaches are among the most limited
and threatened of all bird habitats in the U.S.
They provide only a tiny sliver of nesting
opportunity for birds, and are often heavily
used by humans, squeezed by development,
and frequented by colonies of feral cats.
Consequently, birds that require this habitat

face considerable survival challenges. Much

of their plight is caused by anthropogenic
(human-related) impacts, so it is only fitting
that we take steps to fend off some of
those challenges and give them a fighting
chance, said Dr. George H. Fenwick, ABCs
The best thing for beachgoers to do,
especially in the spring and summer months,
is to avoid getting close to areas where larger
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always respect areas that are roped off or

marked with signs designating an area that
is used by nesting birds, said Ray. The
habitat for these birds is diminishing every
year due to beach development, erosion, and
ever-increasing recreational use, so the birds
can really use any break we can give them.
They have no other place to go.
Ray pointed out that it can be difficult for
both the year-round resident and the casual
vacationer to see the difference between a

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bird that is simply sitting on the sand and

one that is tending eggs or a nest or young.
Ray said that most nesting birds tend to use
higher parts of the beach away from the surf
or behind the primary dunes, so it should be
possible to avoid conflict with beach nesters
so long as people remain close to the water
and away from the dunes or higher areas.
You know youve entered a nesting
area when large groups or individual birds
vocalize loudly, dive-bomb your head, or

feign injury to lead you away from their

nests. If this happens, back away and share
the beach so the birds can successfully rear
their young, she said.
ABC and its partners are working in the
Tampa Bay region; Gulf Shores, AL; Grand
Isle, LA; and along the Texas coast to help
these birds and their young, added Ray.
American Bird Conservancy is the
Western Hemispheres bird conservation
specialistthe only organization with

a single and steadfast commitment to

achieving conservation results for native
birds and their habitats throughout the
Americas. With a focus on efficiency
and working in partnership, we take on
the toughest problems facing birds today,
innovating and building on sound science
to halt extinctions, protect habitats,
eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird

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Anglers Inn Extends Operations North of

the Border
Anglers Inn International partners with Birch
Island Lodge to offer premier Canadian
With 40 years of experience operating
in Mexico and the Amazon, Freshwater
Fishing Hall of Fame member and Anglers
Inn International founder Billy Chapman Jr.
continues to bolster his legacy as fishings
premier international outfitter with the
addition of trophy-fishing opportunities in
Canada. Through a new partnership with Phil
Reid of Reids Birch Island Lodge, Anglers
Inn International clients now have access to
exceptional multi-species angling and worldrenowned service when fishing north of the
Phil Reid is a member of Canadas first
family of fishing outfitters and looks to bring
his guests the same levels of service and
expertise on par with those of Anglers Inn
Internationals operations in Mexico. These
all-inclusive packages allow anglers the
unique opportunity to leave their worries
behind, confident that all of their needs are
anticipated and will be attended to by the
professional, courteous staff.
Billy and I met through a mutual
customer nearly 40 years ago, said Reid.
We both have the same commitment and
attention to service. Im a third- generation
lodge owner and my son will be the fourth

generation. Weve owned 16 lodges across

Canada, but we think this one is the best. Our
commitment is to our guests, and I believe
this partnership and model will change the
Canadian fishing experience.
Located on the Winnipeg River system
in northwest Ontario, Reids Birch Island
Lodge is situated on an island a brief fiveminute boat ride from the launch. Once
on site, anglers have access to most of the
comforts of home combined with all of the
benefits of a remote lodge.
The diversity of species is what makes
this so great, said Chapman Jr. The season
starts in mid-May and runs until at least
mid-October. The walleye and northern pike
are consistent throughout the year and the
smallmouth bass are best during the summer
months. The musky fishing is off the charts,
but that season wont begin until the third
Saturday in June. I cant wait for anglers to
get the full Canadian experience done the
Anglers Inn way.
Reids clients fish out of 1875 Lund
Pro-Guide equipped with 90-horsepower
outboards operated by skilled, professional
The guide is who anglers spend all of
the time with so they must be personable
and have the skill to put clients on fish, said
Reid. We try to bring most of them in from
the local community. Our head guide has
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been with us at least 20.

Clients who book trips through Anglers
Inn International for the inaugural season of
the partnership will be provided with tackle
packages tailored to the relevant species,
providing a no-hassle vacation with huge
savings. Anglers will be fishing with Abu
Garcia rods and reels that Anglers Inn
customers have come to depend upon.
Reid works hard to pair up his guides
with the appropriate customers to cater to
their specific fishing preferences and needs.
The lodge is in history. It was developed
by the T. Eaton Company, once Canadas
largest department stores, as a corporate
retreat. Luxury abounds and the food is first
Our chef is from England and was
trained in France, Reid said. Hes cooked
for royalty, people like Prince Philip.
Everything is made from scratch. Even
the shore lunches are exceptional and we
can accommodate most any kind of dietary
restriction or preference.
For more information about Anglers Inn
International, go to
See up-to-date fishing reports and highlight
videos online at, Anglers
Inn Canada, or follow on social media outlets
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To book
a trip, call 1-800-GOTA-FISH (1-800-4682347).

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Fun is Brewing: Grapevines 31st Annual
Main Street Fest May 15, 16 and 17
Tap into three full days of festival fun at
Grapevines 31st Annual Main Street Fest
- A Craft Brew Experience, presented by
Bank of the West, May 15, 16 and 17! Held
along Main Street in Historic Downtown
Grapevine, guests will experience new and
returning favorites, with a special emphasis
on craft brew tasting experiences. The 31st
Annual Main Street Fest coincides with
American Craft Beer Week.
Returning this year is the Craft Brew
Experience, located at East Worth and
Jenkins Streets. Ticket holders can choose
12 two-ounce pours from 20 local, Texas and
national breweries. More than 50 varieties of
craft brews will be available. Tickets for the
Craft Brew Experience are $12 in advance
or $14 at the festival. Additional tastings are
available for purchase on-site. Ticket prices
do not include festival admission.
Dont miss the pre-festival Craft Brew
Dinners in the weeks prior to Main Street
Fest. The dinners will be led by brewmasters,
brewery representatives and chefs, and
will feature food designed to specifically
enhance the craft brew experience. The
details for the Craft Brew Dinners are:

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Macs

on Main, 909 S. Main St., featuring
Grapevine Craft Brewery (Grapevine,
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., Chill,
814 S. Main St., featuring Deep Ellum
Brewing Company (Dallas, TX);
Monday, April 20, 6:30 p.m., Uncle
Bucks Steakhouse, 2501 Bass Pro Dr.,
featuring Real Ale Brewing Company
(Blanco, TX);
Friday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Hilton DFW
Lakes, 1800 State Hwy. 26 E., featuring
Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago,

Tuesday, April 28, 6 p.m., Love and War
in Texas, 2505 E. Grapevine Mills Cir.,
featuring Franconia Brewing Company
(McKinney, TX) and
Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m., Tolberts
Restaurant, 423 S. Main St., featuring
Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Houston,

Tap your toes to the tunes of live music

on multiple stages throughout Main Street
Fest. Stages include the Michelob Ultra
Main Stage, the Texas Wine Terrace Stage,

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located in Liberty Park, the Gazebo Stage
and the Palace Theatre stage. Returning this
year is the 2nd Annual DFW ICON vocal
competition, presented by JG Entertainment.
DFW ICON will open the microphone to
talented singers between the ages or 7 to 24
years old. Winner packages exceed $20,000
in prizes including recording, branding, photo
shoots, image consulting and more.
Enjoy the thrill of KidCave, located in the
Cotton Belt Railroad District. This years
activities include the SEA LIFE Grapevine
Aquarium touch pool, LEGOLAND
Discovery Center Junior Builder Competition
and much more. Win a prize at the games or
take a spin on the rides along the Carnival and
Midway. Unlimited Carnival Ride Passes will
be available for $25 in advance or $30 at the
festival on Friday from 4 p.m. 9 p.m. The
Carnival and Midway are located at the corner
of Main and Wall Streets.
Main Street Fest features a unique lineup
of specialty vendors at this years festival.
With new and returning vendors, Main Street
Fest is the perfect spot to find a fabulous
gift for yourself or that someone special.
And dont forget, the more than 80 locallyowned shops, galleries, restaurants, jewelry
stores, boutiques and more lining Grapevines
Historic Main Street will be open during the
The 31st Annual Main Street Fest opens
Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and admission is
free until 5 p.m. Festival hours are Friday,
May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.
11:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m. 6
p.m. After 5 p.m. on Friday, adults are $7 and
children 6 12 and seniors are $5. Weekend
passes are $15. Souvenir weekend passes are
$20. Complimentary shuttles run continuously
from designated parking lots. For more
information about Grapevine or Main Street
Fest, call 817-410-3185 or visit www.
New Orleans Achieves 9.52 Million Visitors
and Record-Breaking Visitor Spend in 2014
New Orleans tourism industry welcomed
9.52 million visitors in 2014, an increase of
2.6 percent, or about 240,000 people, from
2013 (9.28 million). The 9.52 million visitors
spent $6.81 billion, a 5.3 percent increase
over 2013 and the highest spending in the
citys history, according to a study released
The 2014 New Orleans Area Visitor Profile
study, completed by the University of New
Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center
for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors
Bureau (CVB) and New Orleans Tourism
Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) represents
a milestone.

After Hurricane Katrina, visitor numbers

dropped to 3.7 million in 2006, with $2.9
billion in visitor spending. Due to the efforts
of the New Orleans CVB and the NOTMC,
visitor numbers have steadily increased,
with visitor spending more than doubling the
figures reached right after Katrina.
Of the respondents who offered openended comments in 2014, 69.9 percent
provided positive feedback about the city;
44.1 percent of them plan to return or
recommend New Orleans to others, and 43.9
percent visitors indicated they love New
Orleans. The survey showed that New
Orleans continues to have great success in
attracting repeat visitation, with 62.6 percent
of respondents indicating this was a return
trip. The percentage of first-time visitors to
New Orleans decreased to 37.4 percent in
Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, Year after
year, New Orleans proves to be one of the
best places in the world to visit. For the ninth
consecutive year, New Orleans has seen a
record-breaking increase in the number of
visitors and their collective spending.
Thousands of business owners, artists,
producers, innovators and restaurateurs take
pride in offering our visitors an authentic
experience even adding new options every
year. New Orleans is on a roll and were
thrilled that visitors leisure and business
alike across the globe are taking notice.
This year, we look forward to welcoming
visitors and friends for the Jazz Festival,
Essence Festival, French Quarter Festival and
Visitor spending increased in all categories,
resulting in an overall 5.3 percent increase in
spending activity for 2014, compared to 2013:
Lodging spending increased by 5.9 percent
Entertainment spending increased by 11.2
Shopping spending increased by 5.7
Restaurant spending increased by 2.9
Spending in bars and nightclubs increased
by 3.9 percent
Visitors who stayed overnight in a hotel
spent an average of $249 per person per
Visitors who came to New Orleans for the
day spent an average of $180 per person
The majority of visitors (31 percent)
traveled to New Orleans during the second
quarter of 2014, which can be related to
Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and a robust
convention calendar that quarter. The primary
purpose of their visit remained similar to what
it has been over the last five years:
77.2 percent of visitors surveyed were in
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New Orleans for vacation/pleasure

12.4 percent of visitors surveyed were in
New Orleans for association, convention,
tradeshow or corporate meetings
10.4 percent of visitors surveyed were in
town for general business
57.8 percent of convention and business
visitors extended their stay by an average
of two nights to enjoy the city; an increase
over 2013 (55.4 percent) and 2012 (57.6
Cruise visitors comprised about 1.5 percent
of the total number of visitor responses,
and nearly all (91 percent) stayed in New
Orleans before or after their cruise. The
average number of nights in the city was
2.5, compared to an average of two nights
in 2011-2013
The 2014 New Orleans Area Visitor Profile
report also found:
Visitation from Louisiana, outside of the
New Orleans Metro Area, was the top
feeder market in 2014 at 20.1 percent, a
substantial increase compared to 2013
(16.6 percent); the next most popular
states of origin were: Texas (11.5 percent),
Florida (6 percent), Mississippi (5.8
percent) and California (5.6 percent)
When considering overnight visitation
only, the top feeder markets in 2014 were
Texas (13.2 percent), Louisiana outside of
New Orleans (9.5 percent), California (6.8
percent), Florida (6.7 percent) and New
York (4.3 percent)
The proportion of visitors with income of
$150,000 or more remained the same at
17.1 percent; 22.7 percent of visitors had a
household income of $100,000 - $149,000,
which is a 2.1 percentage points increase in
this bracket compared to 2013
The percentage of single visitors to
New Orleans, not widowed or divorced,
increased slightly to 18.3 percent
During part of 2014, 4.2 percent of
respondents identified themselves as LGBT
(This question was added in late 2014)
Of the respondents, 18.5 percent had
children under the age of 18 accompanying
them to New Orleans, the highest figure
recorded since 2010; of those who brought
children, about half (43.8 percent) only
brought one child
Visitors age 50-64 made up the largest
demographic for 2014 (36 percent),
followed by 35-49 (28.1 percent) and 25-34
(16.7 percent); respondent in the 65 and
older group was 14.1 percent, the largest it
has been in the last six years
The length of stay averaged 4.1 nights per
visitor; this number has remained relatively
unchanged for the last five years
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overnight in a hotel increased slightly to 61
percent, followed by visitors who stayed
with friends or relatives (29.2 percent) and
other accommodations (9.8 percent)
Average party size was three people
The majority of visitors surveyed arrived in
their personal vehicle (49.3 percent), while
45.1 percent arrived by airplane
The 2014 visitor numbers are a testament
to our efforts that as a destination we are
attracting the right type of visitor. Visitor
spend is the highest its ever been, driving
economic growth and enriching the lives of
every New Orleanian, especially the more
than 80,000 New Orleanians who work in
the tourism industry, said Stephen Perry,
President and CEO of the New Orleans CVB.
A major theme to our marketing
campaigns has been to encourage visitors
to stay longer and stay mid-week. There
is more live music and entertainment on a
Tuesday in New Orleans than a Saturday
night in most destinations. The 2014 report
shows that visitors, in particular business
and convention travelers, are extending their
trip longer than before to experience the
destination and prove that New Orleans is
a great city to work and play, said Mark

Romig, President and CEO of NOTMC.

The tremendous linear increase in
tourism spending in New Orleans over the
past 6 years has created exponential growth
of fine restaurants, elegant hotel rooms,
festivals, events, and attractions. New
Orleans, as a result of this tourism-related
transformational change, is now recognized
as one of the most culturally desirable cities
in the nation to visit and call your home.
This transformation will prove to be a key
element of a heightened quality of life for
current residents of New Orleans as well as
in attracting future residents as New Orleans
seeks expansion in other industries such
as technology and health care, said John
Williams, PhD, Dean of College of Business
Administration at UNO.
The University of New Orleans
Hospitality Research Center is a
collaborative effort of the University of
New Orleans Division of Business and
Economic Research (DBER) and the Lester
E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and
Tourism Administration (HRT). Its function
is to provide a variety of research services to
hospitality, travel and tourism organizations.
The HRC has been producing reports similar
to this visitor study since 1997.

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The New Orleans Tourism Marketing

Corporation is the City of New Orleans
official leisure travel promotion agency
created to foster jobs and economic growth
by developing the tourism industry in
New Orleans. NOTMC is publicly funded
and provides year-round online marketing,
advertising, public relations and special event
programming in order to support the growth
of leisure travel to New Orleans.
The N e w O rle a ns C onvent i on &
Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited,
1,100-member destination marketing
organization and the largest and most
successful private economic development
corporation in Louisiana. The CVB and its
members influence thousands of decisionmakers and millions of visitors to choose
New Orleans through direct sales, marketing,
public relations, branding and visitor services
at our New Orleans headquarters and offices
in Chicago, Louisville, KY, Washington,
D.C. and six foreign countries. Consistently
recognized as one of the top five CVBs in
the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates
its 55th anniversary in 2015. For more
information, please visit www.neworleanscvb.
com;; www. SG


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