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Stitchin’ Heaven Announces New Line of Quilting Getaways Beginning in 2021

QUITMAN, Texas -- Stitchin' Heaven announces Land Ahoy Quilting Cruises, five luxury quilting getaways in cities around the United States. Land Ahoy Quilting Cruises are the most recent addition to Stitchin' Heaven Travel's line of quilting-focused vacation packages.

Stitchin' Heaven Travel scheduled getaways to five major U.S. cities: Orlando, Nashville, Fort Worth, Las Vegas and San Diego. Vacationers can expect to stay six days and seven nights in a luxury hotel, with quilting workshops and field trips throughout. Each destination will boast two instructors teaching workshops to help complete two quilts.

Stitchin' Heaven Travel made a name for themselves offering quilting-themed cruises to Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean. When COVID-19 forced the closure of all ocean liners, Stitchin' Heaven had to cancel all their cruises through the middle of 2021. When global restrictions began to loosen, customers began emailing Stitchin' Heaven Travel to ask when cruises would resume.

Deb Luttrell, founder and CEO of Stitchin' heaven, was confronted with a problem: on the one hand, Stitchin' Heaven was fielding dozens of emails asking about cruises; on the other, major ocean liners were predicting cruises would resume May 2021. The solution she devised was Land Ahoy Quilting Cruises.

Stitchin' Heaven travel understood that ensuring their guests' safety was the most important part of planning these getaways. They researched each location and venue to find places that not only lived up to Stitchin' Heaven Travel's reputation for quality but were also safe.

"We personally visited each of the hotels," says Erin Troyer, manager of Stitchin' Heaven Travel. "We made sure hotels followed enhanced sanitation protocols, and that the ballrooms had enough space to comfortably social distance."

"We're very confident that this will be a safe, healthy experience," says Troyer. "Except for the chocolate and cookies, of course."

For more information, visit the Land Ahoy Quilting Cruise webpage at or email Erin Troyer at


Orlando - Feb. 14-21

Join Nancy Mahoney and Sandra Coffey in The Happiest Place on Earth. Guests will stay at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort within walking distance to Disney Springs and featuring shuttles to all four major parks. Programs include Spruced Goose and Button Holes.

Nashville - Mar. 14-21

Featuring Janet Tanner and Barbara Black, the Nashville getaway will be steeped in American history. Guests will stay at the Sheraton Music City. Programs include Remember Me and Parlor Music, two civil war-style quilts that will be accompanied excursions to learn about the Battle of Franklin and the American Civil War.

Fort Worth - Apr. 14-21

Instructors include Leigh Headington and Tina Lueders. Visitors will stay at the Embassy Suites in downtown Fort Worth. Programs include The Wave and Hollow Star. This week will focus on America's veterans and will feature a Quilts of Valor presentation Friday.

Las Vegas - May 14-21

Instructors include Michelle Hiatt and Jackie Kunkel. Participants will stay at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. Programs include Summer Star and Breeze. Visitors will both be able to see the Vegas strip and relax in the hotel's on-premise spa.

San Diego - June 14-21

Tiffany Hayes and Daniela Stout will be providing instruction. Participants will stay at the Hilton in San Diego's Mission Valley, minutes away from the famous San Diego Zoo. Programs include Rustic Tiling and Hanging Gardens.

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Seattle Company, Oscilla Power, Developing Breakthrough Approach to Recharging Underwater Vehicles

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Oscilla Power, Inc. is proud to announce the receipt of a $200k grant from the US DOE to further develop technology that enables autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to recharge themselves using ocean waves. In this Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) project, Oscilla Power will collaborate with Lockheed Martin, through their Rotary and Mission Systems group, to explore how this capability can be incorporated into their AUV and UUV systems.

AUVs are now seeing significant use across a wide range of marine applications and the AUV market is projected to grow rapidly at a compound annual growth rate of 20.8% to over $1.6 Billion by 2025. However, the capability of an AUV is limited by its battery capacity. An NREL report noted that there were a number of key advantages in increasing the amount of power available, particularly the ability for longer duration missions. Oscilla's technology offers the ability for the vehicle to recharge its batteries using only the environment, potentially enabling unlimited range and duration.

According to Balky Nair, President of Oscilla Power, "The development of a capability that can be integrated into commercial AUVs to provide enough power to recharge the on-board batteries could be potentially game-changing for ocean science and military operations."

Solar panels have been used previously for AUV recharging, however, this approach suffered from very low power and constrained operations to daytime only. A significant advantage of using waves for this purpose is that ocean waves are more than 100 times more energy dense than solar, allowing for much higher power to be produced. AUV's spend the majority of their time working at depth so higher power is advantageous to minimize surfacing and recharging time.

Oscilla expect to demonstrate a fully working laboratory prototype early next year. If successful, Oscilla plans to work with Lockheed Martin to progress to a full ocean demonstration shortly afterwards, with the ultimate objective of transitioning the technology to commercial and military platforms.

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Oscilla Power, Inc. is focused on developing advanced technology to extract energy from ocean waves.

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Windstar Cruises Retrofits Fleet with HEPA filters and UV-C Light – Partners with University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center

SEATTLE, Wash. -- To address health concerns brought on by the pandemic, Windstar Cruises has committed to a holistic Beyond Ordinary Care program and will retrofit its fleet of six yachts with hospital-grade HEPA filters, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and will employ a safe sanitization formula used in health care settings. A new partnership with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center provides ongoing guidance.

"We are taking extensive measures and making multi-million-dollar investments to operate our yachts more safely in this new environment," said Windstar Cruises CEO Andrew Todd. "Building upon Windstar's 180 degrees from ordinary service, the Beyond Ordinary Care program implements a layered system of science-led best practices aimed at keeping everyone aboard healthy."

For additional guidance on combatting illnesses, Windstar connected with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center, known for its work and expertise in infectious disease epidemiology. The collaboration aims to implement appropriate layers of protection to create a safe experience for guests on Windstar's yachts.

"Windstar's holistic approach has multiple layers of safety at hospital grade standards, and when combined with responsible hygiene practices from guests, it's the safest environment achievable with tech and science as we know it today," said Dr. Michelle Barron, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at University of Colorado Hospital and Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center. "When you're sailing on a Windstar yacht, your biggest worry should be how to avoid a sunburn, not getting COVID-19."

Windstar is making significant investments and major operational adjustments to meet the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and global governmental and public health guidance. Enhanced cleaning protocols on board include crew dedicated to frequent cleaning with special attention to high touch points and public areas. Going further, the Beyond Ordinary Care program employs proven technology and the highest-standard cleaning methods in combination with each other, as follows:

1. Install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to filter the air on board
Current CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities recommend HEPA filtration for recirculated air from patient isolation rooms in hospitals. These filters are being installed in the HVAC systems on all Windstar yachts.

2. Add yet another layer to sanitize/disinfect the HEPA-filtered air with UV-C light for germicidal irradiation
Once air has moved through the HEPA filtration system, there is an opportunity to "zap" the air with UV-C light (also called germicidal irradiation) before the air recirculates on the ship. When air passes the UV-C light, microbes such as bacteria and viruses not trapped in the HEPA filter will be destroyed. Germicidal irradiation is a solution that has been proven to kill coronaviruses.

3. Use EvaClean with PurTab for disinfecting surfaces via sprayers
In addition to an elevated frequency of cleaning, sanitizing provides another layer of safety. This EPA-approved powerful sanitizer utilizes a safe and effective formula for disinfecting all types of hard and soft surfaces throughout the ship including guest rooms, crew spaces, and all public spaces. It has been used for everything from lower-level sanitization required for food-contact surfaces to powerful infection control used in health care settings.

CEO Todd stressed that the cruise line, working with health experts and following the guidelines of the CDC, has carefully chosen cleaning and sanitation methods that have been shown to be effective against coronaviruses, as well as many other illness-causing microorganisms. These systems, in combination with an abundance of other prevention and mitigation steps, and diligence on behalf of guests, give Todd and Windstar Cruises confidence to sail the Windstar fleet in this challenging environment.

"Windstar operates small yachts that visit ports and waterways that large cruise ships simply can't access," said Todd. "There are major advantages to smaller ships besides less tonnage and passengers. Let's face it, cleaning and purifying a 342-passenger ship is logistically easier than a 5,000 passenger 'city at sea.'"

As part of the multi-layered approach, new pre-trip protocols for guests include a pre-departure questionnaire, and a request to wear masks when traveling to and from the ships. Each guest will receive a health screening prior to embarkation. Staggered arrival and departure times at check-in and disembarkation in ports will reinforce proper social distancing between guests.

Once on board, guests will find personalized service by dining staff in all venues, expanded dining times and seating arranged to provide more space between diners. The popular outdoor, top-deck BBQ will still be held with crew on hand to serve guests. Additional al fresco restaurants and complimentary room service (main restaurant dinner menu available via room service) increase dining options for all. Main dining venues will operate at 65 percent capacity, while specialty venues will operate at 60 percent. Crew, who will also be COVID-19 (PCR) tested before joining their assignment, will wear masks and instead of the usual embrace or handshake, look for the new "Windstar Wave" hand signal - a W made with one's index fingers and thumbs. Temperature measurements will be required twice daily for crew.

Safety standards established on board will carry over to shore-side experiences. Tenders, motor coaches and smaller boats will operate at 50 percent capacity and will be cleaned between each use. Windstar will also expand medical staff on board, as well as increase crew training in cleaning practices, social distancing, and emergency response protocols. As more becomes known about the COVID-19 virus, Windstar's policies will evolve. Information will be shared with crew and training ongoing.

Windstar operates a fleet of six small yachts carrying from 148 to 342 guests and is known for visiting small ports and hidden harbors around the world. Ports will be continually evaluated for safety and changes made as necessary. The 148-guest Wind Spirit will be its first yacht to resume sailing on September 10, 2020 in Tahiti. Other Windstar yachts will start cruising in the Mediterranean in October and the Caribbean in November, while other ships will come online in 2021 following scheduled major renovations.

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Hollywood’s New Playground Phuket Thailand Demarest Yacht 2020 Owner William D. Johnson

PHUKET, Thailand -- Hollywood has found itself a new playground free from paparazzi in Phuket, Thailand. The docks are filled with lavish yachts in Phuket these days. One is the most sought after, The Demarest Yacht, William D. Johnson refurbished the Demarest Yacht in 2019 just in time for the boom of 2020 Yachting's new "hot spot" Phuket Thailand.

On January 11, 2020 the Demarest Yacht was donated for a four-day trip in the silent auction for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, a three-day event on Koh Rang Noi Private Island, Phuket, Thailand.

DEMAREST YACHT is featured in "YACHT STYLE" magazine as one of the top Yachts of Asia-Pacific. In 2020 Phuket is expected to be the scene for the usual European yachting crowd. Now the Hollywood celebrities and Western wealthy are hitting the hidden beaches of Thailand for solace and peace away from the same old European scene and paparazzi.

William D. Johnson is coming off big Hollywood successes including Oscar winning Mel Gibson film, "Hacksaw Ridge" and "The Night Manager" with Emmy(R) winner Hugh Laurie. William D. Johnson still has one foot in Hollywood and once again ahead of his time he is diving into the cutting edge of business in Thailand, the new destination for the rich and famous.

The Demarest Yacht is known in Phuket as the boat with the most wanted crew. Captain Ake and his Fab Five are professional, knowledgeable about their native country, kind, and extremely helpful without being invasive. The crew's goal is to make sure you have an enjoyable, informative, and relaxing trip. The yacht features accommodations for 12 guests in 5 cabins.

The Demarest Yacht is a singular example of timeless elegance and contemporary amenities like big screen TVs throughout and high-speed Wi-Fi. Luxury motor yacht Demarest is capable of a comfortable cruising speed of 23 knots. Cruise in upmost comfort and explore the unparalleled beauty of the Andaman Sea.

The Demarest Yacht has been chartered by some of Hollywood's biggest stars and our world's most elite. John Legend and Christy Teigen, MTV's "The Challenger" show and many more.

William D. Johnson, entrepreneur extraordinaire is on to his next adventure in 2020, creating a wellness center in Phuket Thailand for the rich and famous in conjunction with Thailand's most esteemed doctors and medical facilities.

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EPIC’s National Marine Operations Bolstered with Addition of Ivon Friedman in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC) announced today that Ivon Friedman has joined the firm's Marine Practice in San Francisco. Friedman will report to EPIC's Risk Management - National Property and Marine Practice Leader, Michael Korn.

Friedman will handle new business development as well as the design, placement and management of marine insurance programs. In particular, he will focus his considerable experience on large, complex ocean cargo programs, including stock throughputs.

Friedman comes to EPIC from the Ocean Marine division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he worked for the past seven years as a Managing Director and Account Executive Director for the Northern California and Southwest regions.

"Ivon is skilled in leading underwriting teams to execute risk management strategies for clients with complex and considerable risks," said Korn. "We are thrilled to have him join our team and begin leading the underwriting, production and management of portfolios of business that will include Cargo, Marine Liabilities, Hull & Machinery and Recreational Marine lines, among others."

Ivan Friedman can be reached at or 415-365-4207.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,000 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $600 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

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Winter Ice Buildup in Lakes and Ponds Can Cause a Host of Problems for Boats and Docks, as Well as for Fish and Wildlife

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The change of seasons no longer means having to perform labor intensive tasks to safeguard your boat, dock and summer lake equipment from the damage that can occur from frigid, freezing water conditions. This winter use a Deicer in your lake or pond to prevent costly damage, says Discount Pumps.

If you live in a frigid climate, you know your lake or pond is subject to icy conditions. This can make proper care of your dock or shoreline a challenge. If your dock is permanent or you have shoreline structures that have to be protected each year, a Deicer is a must to keep ice from forming around your property.

Deicers are used by marinas, hydropower facilities, municipalities, and pond owners.

Deicer products are designed to keep a large area of the pond or lake, free from ice build-up, even under extreme winter weather conditions. A Deicer will keep an area of water from forming ice wherever the Deicer is placed in the water. They prevent sheets of ice from enveloping the structures left in the water for the winter. Damage occurs when ice is allowed to form causing undue pressure on the item the ice has surrounded. When the ice moves that pressure damages whatever property it has attached to.

The Deicer operates by bringing warmer water up from the bottom of your lake or pond and sending it out (50-foot diameter minimum) in a continuous agitated movement. This enables the water around your dock, boat and shoreline to stay ice-free.

Other benefits of using a dock Deicer are aeration for fish and aquatic life, prevention of debris from settling near your dock, and keeps pond water open that attract birds for hunting.

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How does this all work?

Dock Deicer: Provides the added plus of in-water boat storage as a possibility during harsh winters. A dock mount deicer mounts quickly and easily to almost any type of dock using a stainless steel dock plate, pipe and yoke assembly that suspends the Deicer under the surface of the water. This mount allows for easy adjustment to accommodate different water levels.

Slinger Deicer: Using nylon rope to secure, the Slinger Deicer can be suspended from a boat, pilings or dock. It easily adjusts to compensate for varying levels of the pond. This is best for use in hard-to-reach areas and rapidly changing weather conditions. An economical solution to prevent ice formation in large marinas and dock areas.

Floating Deicer: Floating Deicer is designed to keep a large area of the pond open in the winter. The deicer is connected to a float approximately 2 feet below the pond's surface. Also the Floating Deicer can adjust for variations in water levels.

Free Standing Deicer: A free standing post for a Deicer without a dock! Now you can place your Deicer in those hard to reach spots, no dock required.

Adding an oscillator: A fully programmable oscillator attachment helps keep larger areas free from ice build-up without the need to purchase a second deicer. Pre-programmed to rotate in 20-degree increments every 20 minutes, an oscillator turns the deicer on its mounting. You can set it for any radius you need, then plug it in, that's it.

The owner of Discount Pumps stated "We offer several sized Deicers for your pond's needs with installation guidelines. To have peace of mind this winter, consider a Deicer to prevent structural ice damage and keep your pond waters free and clear of ice."

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Lake Home and Cabin Buyers: What to Look For at The Water’s Edge

LONG LAKE, Minn. -- Whether you call it a lake home, cabin, cottage or camp, buyers are naturally drawn to the water's edge when looking at lakeshore properties. The wide variety of shoreline conditions gives buyers a lot to consider before they write a purchase agreement, says John Gehring, owner of Solo Dock, a tip-in dock manufacturer in Long Lake, Minnesota.

Some buyers seek a tranquil retreat with a spectacular view. Others want a shoreline suited to an active watersports lifestyle. One important consideration is the set of local ordinances governing each lake. Some municipalities have enacted no-wake or quiet hours rules that allow boat motors to only run at idle from 5:00 pm to 10:00 am, for example.

Next, consider the natural environment at the water's edge.

"The shoreline transition to the water, the depth of the water, and lake bottom conditions all factor into enjoyable use of the lake or river," says John Gehring, owner of Solo Dock, a tip-in dock manufacturer in Long Lake, Minnesota. "Thoughtful selection of a dock or pier will take advantage of the desirable conditions and overcome any challenging aspects of the lakeshore."

A relatively level shoreline allows for easy access to the water and the dock. Lakeshore owners can simply anchor a starter bracket at the water's edge and install the dock. On a shoreline with a hill, the dock can be installed on the beach, at the water's edge, or attached to a new or existing stairway. In either case, Gehring says dock selection decisions need to factor in ease of transporting to a safe and secure location for storage, often at the top of the hill or stairs. Docks that break down into sections as small as six feet long allow one person to install and remove the dock by themselves.

Lakeshore buyers should consider that steep banks may also require stabilization, landscaping and stairs to prevent the bank from sliding into the lake. However, these improvements also preserve the owner's investment, beautifies the property and enhances the view from up top.

Gehring also advises prospective buyers to get water measurements every six feet from shore until the water is at least four-to-six feet deep. Boats typically need a minimum of three feet of water to float if tied to the dock, and four or more feet of water if kept on a lift. Water depth measurements will tell you how many feet of dock you will need to purchase, and how long the pipes need to be for each dock section when you order a dock.

"Getting water depth measurements helps prospective lakeshore owners formulate a plan and a budget for a dock, a boat and maybe a boat lift," says Gehring. "I occasionally talk to new lakeshore owners that didn't get water depth measurements, and when spring arrived they discovered they need 100 or 200 feet of dock, which they didn't budget for. Fortunately, Solo Dock offers a 0 percent financing option to help customers get the dock they need to enjoy the summer on the lake."

Gehring suggests buyers ask if the DNR or lake association regulates the water depth in the lake or river with a dam, and how much the water level fluctuates during the summer. It's an advantage to have a dock that can be installed without getting into the water, especially when the water is high and cold in spring. If getting help to install a dock early in spring and remove it late in fall is in question, consider a dock that one person can install, level and remove to take advantage of the early sunny spring days and the last warm days of fall.

Gehring also suggests finding out what the lake bottom consists of. Is the lake bottom mucky? If so, how deep is the muck? Often there is a few inches to a foot of muck on top of a firm bottom like sand, gravel or clay. This is the result of decayed leaves, etc. accumulating on the lake bottom over many years, especially in lakeshore that hasn't seen active use. Large footpads (12-inch diameter, for example) give dock posts stable support in firm or soft lake bottoms. A removal winch tripod tool allows one person to pull the dock out of sand, silt or muck without getting into the water.

Also, prospective buyers should determine if they will need to purchase flood insurance. If you will have a mortgage on the property and the building is classified as being in a flood plain, your lender will require you to purchase flood insurance. FEMA recently reclassified property that previously didn't require flood insurance.

Finally, Gehring advises prospective buyers to include a dock or boat lift that's on the property in the purchase agreement if it might fit their needs. But if the dock is old, wooden, heavy, etc., buyers should specify that the seller remove and dispose of the dock prior to closing, and start their search for a dock they will enjoy for decades to come.

About Solo Dock:
Solo Dock manufactures and sells an aluminum "Tip-In Dock" that one person can install, level and remove without getting into the water. The company is headquartered in the city of Long Lake, Minnesota, in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. John Gehring is the owner of Solo Dock, and he and his family have lived on Lake Minnetonka for 25 years. In that time he has helped customers, friends and neighbors install many styles of docks on many different types of lakeshore, giving him the experience to advise customers and ship docks across the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, see the company's web site at or call 1-952-472-3953.

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Batteries Shack Now Metro Detroit’s Only Authorized Dealer for Deka and Trojan USA Batteries

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. -- Ask many boating enthusiasts which deep cycle batteries they prefer for their crafts, and they'll name one of two brands: Deka, or Trojan USA, says Batteries Shack. They're top-of-the-line batteries made in the USA; Deka through a company called East Penn Manufacturing. Both are known for having longer life spans and higher power outputs than competing brands.

The boaters are especially enthusiastic about Trojan USA, as they trust these batteries to get them home after trolling for four or five hours.

In 2008 a fisherman who ended up stranded on the Detroit River was able to get home after his motor shut down because his Trojan Battery had enough power to get the job done. The authorities even asked him what brand he had, and credited his return wholly to his Trojan battery.

But batteries from these brands aren't always so easy to come by. They're difficult to find online. Many big box stores won't carry them, as they can make more money by using private labeling on batteries which come in from overseas. Some big box stores won't sell them at all: Meijer just discontinued their entire line of car, boat, and RV batteries.

For one thing, selling great batteries can be tough. A good Deka or Trojan USA battery can last as long as 7 years. That's a long time to wait for a customer's return. Thus, many battery stores don't want to sell them either. They often prefer to white label batteries too, and typically sell batteries which won't last any longer than three years.

In other states, some enthusiasts have to drive 50 miles or more to get a Deka battery.

Metro Detroit's luckier. Batteries Shack in Sterling Heights is an authorized dealer for both brands. And their Mound Road location just off M59 makes them easy to reach. And the owner, Anas Tela, is enthusiastic about both brands. "It really is tough to get a better battery than a Deka or a Trojan USA."

Even if you have found one of these batteries online there are advantages to purchasing them in person.

"We help you get the old battery out of your boat, RV, or golf cart safely and will install the new one for you. We're also happy to handle charging your battery for you. And if you have questions, we're right here to answer them for you, face-to-face," Tela notes.

There's another advantage to going to Batteries Shack: they guarantee all their batteries are manufactured and dated in the same year. They sell them fully charged, which means you'll know you're getting a solid performer at a low price.

To learn more about Deka Batteries, visit To learn more about Trojan batteries, visit

And to learn more about Batteries Shack, visit

Batteries Shack offers a full line of batteries for boats, RVs, cars, ATVs, watches, scooters, and more. The store carries only the highest-quality brands, and offers both free installation and charges. They also specialize in cell phone and video game console repair. They're even a great place to drop off electronics customers need to recycle.

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Black History Month: Climate Leadership Takes Root February 22-23, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Delivering the inaugural Black History Month welcome remarks, Bay Ecotarium and Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay President and CEO, George Jacob shared his vision for the $260 million Climate Literacy and Ocean Conservation Living Museum in the making in San Francisco.

Twin iridescent orbs inspired by fish scales, ohlone shell mounds and ocean geometry rise above rippling waves of the San Francisco anchored with a third parabolic cortex that serves as an artificial intelligence robotic pod fostering dynamic climate content.

"Set in three acres of 'zone green' this unique living science museum aims to immerse, move hearts and minds to precipitate continues action to transform lives and induce a lifestyle change towards symbiotic sustainability with nature," said Jacob, the visionary at the helm of this ambitious landmark world class project.

What makes this narrative unique is that it celebrates the indigenous perspectives of environmental stewardship by over 90 native American tribes include the ohlone, the chumash, the miwok, the yokutz et al, who have been stewards of the land for centuries.

With many cities including Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco declaring Climate Emergencies, never has the momentum been greater to establish a climate and ocean conservation museum. Even as environmental justice and conversations seeking transcendence from marginalized to mainstream engagement, took center stage as author Carl Anthony shared through his powerful new book the need of the hour resonated with the hundreds of attendees who flocked the Aquarium of the Bay to celebrate.

"Our partnership and SANKOFA DAYS at The BAY establish our shared commitment to the principles that stand at the core of this movement for environmental justice and sustainability embodied in the words of Dr. King, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,'" says Executive Director of The NorCalMLK Foundation, Aaron Grizzell.

"In our griot tradition, we seek to construct a new narrative that will resound, and raise mindfulness and collective consciousness of our environmental legacy... a respect, care, and love for our mother Earth; as well as, awaken and ignite our youth to take up the banner for environmental justice and climate change action to secure the future for coming generations," says, Board Member Angelique Tompkins.

Bay.Org / Bay Ecotarium:
Our mission is enabling conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the Sea(TM).

* Aquarium of the Bay
* Sea Lion Center
* The Bay Institute
* The Bay Academy
* Eco Center at Heron's Head Park
* The Bay Model Alliance

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NorcalMLK Foundation:
The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to extending Dr. King's vision by fostering a new paradigm that unlocks the promise in every person through ongoing, targeted initiatives throughout the San Francisco bay area and the northern California region. NorcalMLK impacts thousands of lives annually through its three initiatives: Healthy Communities, Learning Communities and Celebrating Communities. Learn more at:

The Links, Incorporated:
The Links, Incorporated is an international organization of over 12,000 professional women of color who are committed to purposeful service. Links members are role models, mentors, activists and volunteers dedicated to active service in our communities. Information:

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EPIC Insurance Brokers adds Nikki Howes in Houston TX

HOUSTON, Texas -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Nikki Howes has joined the firm's Energy and Marine Practice, within its Property and Casualty operations, as a Client Advocate, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal and Director of the Southwest Region, KJ Wagner.

Mrs. Howes, based in Houston, will be responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property/casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Mrs. Howes joins EPIC from Upstream Brokers (an Acrisure Partner Company), where she served as Vice President with a focus on the risk exposures of marine and energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to that, she also spent significant time with USI Insurance Services as a Marine & Energy Account Executive.

"We are thrilled to continue the growth of our Property & Casualty team in the Southwest region with Nikki's addition," said KJ Wagner. "She brings a strong risk management background that adds tremendous value to our clients in the Marine and Energy industries and our organization as a whole. Nikki will be a terrific addition to EPIC."

Nikki Howes can be reached at or 832-746-2249.

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 1,800 team members operating from 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $575 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

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