Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Marine fuel tax rebates—are you eligible?

According to the American Boating Association, recreational boaters who purchase taxed fuel for use in their boats may be entitled to a refund of all or part of that ‘highway use tax’ depending on the state in which the fuel was purchased.
The following states offer rebates:
• Alaska
• Connecticut
• Massachusetts
• Missouri
• Nebraska
• North Carolina
• Texas
• Virginia
• Washington
• Wyoming
See the ABA for more information and links to individual state information.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Photo contest winners announced

Final judging for the 2008 USPS Photo Contest took place during the 2009 Annual Meeting. A slideshow of winning photos can be seen here.

The first place winner was Thomas Reichard in the “Squadron Scenes” category. The subject was a D/5 raising the “Small Storm Flag” at Fort McHenry. Photo at left.

Second place went to Rita Sparacino for her “On the Water” photo of Sunset on Missisquoi Bay, Vermont.

Third place went to Brenda Abrams for her “Safety is Fun” photo of three children having fun titled “Woo-hoo.”

Fourth place went to Kathy Kempson for her “My Pride and Joy” photo of winter kayakers, she says is more fun than a barrel of frozen monkeys.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

FEMA's Citizen Corps Partners With United States Power Squadrons

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a newly-formed affiliation with the United States Power Squadrons (U.S. Power Squadrons) to support Citizen Corps, FEMA's grassroots effort to strengthen community preparedness through civic participation February 21.  This partnership expands the Citizen Corps network of national organizations working in partnership for community preparedness; the U.S. Power Squadrons is the twenty-seventh Citizen Corps Affiliate.

"The alliance between Citizen Corps and U.S. Power Squadrons makes for a natural homeland security team as the U.S. Power Squadrons are playing an increasingly critical role in maritime safety and security via the America's Waterway Watch and Waterway Awareness Programs," said Corey Gruber, Acting Deputy Administrator of FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate.

With over 2,300 local Citizen Corps Councils nationwide, Citizen Corps brings together and involves community and government leaders, community members and organizations in all-hazards emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.  Citizen Corps and the U.S. Power Squadrons each view community safety and emergency preparedness as a top priority for their respective organizations and the general public.

"Encouraging United States Power Squadron members to take on a larger role in disaster preparedness and civic engagement speaks to the core principals of our organization," said Commander Creighton Maynard. Jr., "and, now, through this affiliation with Citizen Corps, we are delighted to expand the U.S. Power Squadron's role in community preparedness through support for emergency planning, education and outreach, and training for the general public." 

The U.S. Power Squadrons, organized in 1914, is America's largest non-profit boating organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable through public education in seamanship, navigation and related marine safety topics. They have 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons nationwide and U.S. territories.

For more information about FEMA and Citizen Corps, visit www.fema.gov and www.citizencorps.gov.  To learn more about the United States Power Squadrons, visit www.usps.org.