P/C Everett Smith, AP

Long-time Raritan Bay Power Squadron member P/C Everett Smith, AP, passed away in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve.

In 1969 Everett was in Raritan Bay Power Squadron’s first boating class and was invited to become a member. From 1969 through 1973 he printed Relative Bearings and supported it with pictures and articles. In 1970 he was a student in the squadron’s first Seamanship class. He went on to become the rendezvous chair and entered the first predicted log contest in his first boat. In 1971 he continued as chair of the Rendezvous Committee and also chaired the Picnic Committee.

He joined the Keyport Yacht Club and was able to arrange to have squadron meetings held at the yacht club. In 1971 he also became chair of Mike Kupper Co-Op Charting and was on the committee for several years. In 1973 he became chair of the Auction Committee. Being a man of strong convictions and strong feelings about equal rights for women, he resigned from USPS in 1974 through 1979. He refused to be a member of an organization that excluded women from full membership. He insisted on membership for his lovely wife and others who wished to join.

In 1980 he rejoined Raritan Bay Power Squadron. From 1981 through 1997 he was chair of Engine Maintenance curriculum. He also became a member of the Membership Committee. Everett regularly served as a table proctor in many basic boating classes.

He became chair of District 4 Engine Maintenance curriculum in 1983 and served the position under four district commanders. From 1983 through 1996 he was chair of the squadron’s Meetings Committee. From 1995 through 2002 he chaired Predicted Log event. He won the contest four times in a row and was awarded the permanent possession of the trophy with the condition he add the names of future winners.

Other achievements included squadron chair of the Port Captains committee in 1986, commander of Raritan Bay Power Squadron in 1989, chair of photography in 1990, and Life Member of USPS in 1997. In 2009 he again served as chair of District 4 Engine Maintenance. In 2012 he received his 40th Merit Mark.

From 1951 through 1955 Everett served in the United States Air Force. Everett was a member of the Keyport Yacht Club from 1965 through 2000. While a member of the yacht club he was elected to their Board of Governors, was Fleet Captain, House chair and Membership chair.

Once again Everett got involved, and in 2008 he became a volunteer for the Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum. He was active in restoring old wooden boats, photographing and writing for their news letter, The Seafarer.

We cannot help but respect Everett’s commitment to his principles, his family and his squadron. In so many ways, Everett was a role model for volunteerism. His loss is great, and we pray that those of us who remain can fill the void he left.

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Reduce risks on the ice

Reduce risks on the ice

By Joseph Jonhenry

Unless you plan on joining the Polar Bear Club, you’ll want to take precautions to ensure a relatively safe passage while walking on an iced-over lake.

It’s impossible to judge the strength of ice by its appearance, thickness, daily or extended temperatures, or snow cover. Ice strength is dependent on all of these factors as well as the water depth under the ice, the surface water area, water chemistry, currents, and the distribution of the load on the ice.

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January 2017 star calendar

Star calendar January 2017

1 Jan     Magnitude -4.3 Venus is 2 finger-widths to the waxing crescent moon’s upper left at dusk.

2 Jan     Tonight the moon lies between magnitude -4.3 Venus, less than 4 finger-widths to the lower right, and magnitude 0.9 Mars, less than 2 finger-widths to the upper left.

3 Jan     The moon slides past Mars this evening and forms a straight line with Venus low in the southwest at dusk. Mars is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, and Venus lies 1 fist-width beyond Mars.

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Keep your balance on the water

By Dan Fannon

How many times have we heard someone say, “Remember to eat a balanced diet,” or “Don’t forget to balance work and play”? Maintaining balance is a primary life skill, but one easily overlooked in these harried times of pressured work schedules and few moments set aside for reflection and refreshment. I encourage you to give serious thought to the effects of balance as it applies to our life on the water.

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DIY Flagstaff

Build a DIY flagstaff for your powerboat

By Dave Osmolski

I’ve been vacationing in Southwest Florida for longer than I have been a member of United States Power Squadrons. I haven’t visited every yacht basin and marina, but out on the water and along the Intracoastal Waterway, I have never seen a vessel flying the USPS ensign save for the one on my boat.

USPS encourages members to introduce our organization to the public with seminars, classes and by our presence at boat shows. While these are important, I think one of the best ways to advertise our presence is to fly the ensign.

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From Newport News, VA, to Mystic, CT

By Paul Gray

In early fall, my friend Al Bezanson used to sail Green Dragon, a small wooden schooner he’s had since 1963, down south to the Chesapeake for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. After spending the winter in Norfolk, Virginia, Green Dragon would head north to cruise the Massachusetts and Maine coasts all summer long.

One year I joined Al and Jay Irwin for the return trip north. We planned to leave Norfolk early on a Friday, round Cape Charles, sail directly to Montauk and head into Mystic, Connecticut, sometime on Sunday, sailing nonstop for about 60 hours.

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What you need to know before disaster strikes

By Charles V. Vanek

The fire

A fellow squadron member called me late Tuesday, 16 Aug., to tell me about a fire at the marina where I kept my boat. My daughter and I hurriedly drove to the marina. A mile from the marina, authorities were turning all traffic around to allow emergency vehicles to enter. I parked the car, and we walked through side streets to get to the marina.

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Rita Sharrie Grady

Rita “Sharrie” (Smith) Grady, 74, of Westborough, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at her home of cancer on 18 July 2016, surrounded by her loving family and her faithful companion, Frosty. Sharrie was a lifelong Westborough resident and a member of the East Falmouth summer community.

Sharrie Grady

Sharrie was first and foremost all about family. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert Grady, a Worcester native; their children Rob Grady of Manchester, Connecticut; Tim Grady and wife Tina of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; Mark Grady and wife Hui-Ting of Marlboro, Massachusetts; Meg O’Hara and husband Tim of Milton, Massachusetts; grandchildren Eamon, Aislinn, Cian, Shaelan, Mikayla, Liam, Emma, Will, and Josephine; siblings Paul Smith of New Hampshire; John Smith and wife Noreen of Charlton, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Kathy Smith of Paxton; sisters Jean Smith and husband Dennis Kennedy (deceased) of Newton, Massachusetts, Mary Cullen and husband Brien, and Marguerite Kerr and husband Tom, all of Westborough. Her brother, Tom Smith of Paxton, predeceased her.

In addition to a large extended family of nieces and nephews, cousins, and in-laws, she leaves her aunts Patricia Perron and Geraldine Duffy, both of Westborough, as well as many loving friends, especially Michele Gara of Vernon, Connecticut.

Sharrie lived a life of service. After graduating St. Mary’s High School in Milford and Anna Maria College, she began her career teaching on a reservation in Pueblo, Colorado, with the Extension Lay Volunteers of Chicago. She continued her passion for education by obtaining a master’s degree in reading from Worcester State College and teaching for many years in the Westboro School System. She continued to tutor into her retirement at Worcester Public Schools and the Worcester Senior Center RSVP Program. She was a committed parishioner at St. Luke’s Church, and especially enjoyed knitting prayer shawls and the activities of the Forever Young Group. Additionally, she taught Faith Formation at St. Luke’s SPRED Program, andwas an active contributor to the parish of St. Anthony’s of East Falmouth.

Service on the seas was also a love of Sharrie’s. In addition to her recreational boating and membership with the Duxbury Cruising Club, Sharrie was a dedicated member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons. Sharrie contributed many hours with her husband, Bob Grady, at Nobscot Sail & Power Squadron events including the annual holiday party, member picnic and the USPS booth at the New England Boat Show.

We will dearly miss Sharrie’s ceaseless energy and determination, her directness, her humor, and most of all her endless love and care. All of these traits have left an indelible imprint on her loved ones, especially her nine grandchildren with whom she shared a deep love.

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December 2016 star calendar

Star calendar 1–31 December 2016

2 Dec     At dusk, Venus is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s left.

3 Dec     Venus is 3 finger-widths below the moon tonight. Mars is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper left. Altair, part of the Summer Triangle, is 2½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right.

4 Dec     Mars is less than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s left. With binoculars, see if you can spot iota Capricorni, ½ finger-width to the right of Mars.

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Jack Ed Banister

Loving husband and father, Jack Ed Banister, 86, of Hanover, Indiana, passed away peacefully 13 Oct. 2016. He was formerly employed by RCA in Camden, New Jersey, and retired in 1989 from GE where he was division vice president of the Government Communication Systems Division.

Jack BanisterJack had many memberships and honors which include Eagle Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons, Spring Hill Kansas Masonic Lodge #56, South Bend Scottish Rite, Murat Shriners of Indianapolis, Distinguished Hoosier, Aircraft Pilot Owners Association, M.E.N.S.A., Christian Ardinger Chapter of Sons of American Revolution, and the Society of Indiana Pioneers.He served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1954. Jack was an instrument-rated pilot for 60 years and flew missions for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He had a wide range of interests, including sailing, amateur radio and teaching boating safety and celestial navigation. He was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel in recognition of his accomplishments and outstanding service to the nation.

He was married to Frances Mae Harnett in Oakland, California, on 13 Oct. 1950. He is survived by his wife and others, including: his daughters Frances Ann Ebert of Auburn, Maine, Beryl (Kevin) Kelley of Berlin, New Jersey, and Leslie Banister of Chesilhurst, New Jersey; his sons Paul (Debbie) Banister of Hagerstown, Maryland, Dr. Mark (Suzanne) Banister of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and John (Suzanne) Banister of Rancocas, New Jersey; his sister Linda Jo; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandsons.

Funeral services were held 17 Oct. 2016 at the Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport, Indiana.

Jack was a dedicated and active member of the Louisville Sail & Power Squadron and a past district commander for District 24. Even this year Jack served as the Squadron Commander’s Aid and as an at-large member of the Executive Committee.  Jack was a true gentleman, educator and friend. He will be missed by all of us who knew him and had the privilege of working with him.

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P/C Merle E. Miller, JN

Merle E. Miller of Newport, North Carolina, passed away 3 Oct. 2016 after a courageous six-year battle against cancer. Merle is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon; son Ross of Lenoir City, Tennessee; son Scott, daughter-in-law Tricia, and grandson Warren of Athens, Georgia; sister Marcia Kiechle of Newark Valley, New York; and brother Marvin of Columbia, Texas.

After graduating from high school in Middleburg, New York, Merle joined the United States Army and served with the 101st Airborne Division. He later attended the State University of Albany, New York, where he earned BS and MS degrees in business education. He served as president of Alpha Pi Alpha Fraternity. Merle taught business courses at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, New York, for 32 years where he founded and coached the boys’ soccer team and began a student work-study program.

Merle retired to North Carolina in 2001. He enjoyed golf with the “Hot Doggers” at Morehead City Country Club and fishing with members of the Saltwater Light Tackle Club, St. Egbert’s Holy Mackerel Fishing Club, and the FinAddicts. Merle was an active member of the Fort Macon Sail & Power Squadron, achieving the rank of Junior Navigator and serving as Commander. Merle and Sharon enjoyed traveling and took many cruises, visiting Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Normandy Beaches, and Paris.

In lieu of flowers, Merle’s family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Carteret Community College Foundation, Morehead City, NC 28557 for their scholarship fund.

Merle was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend who will be greatly missed.

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November 2016 star calendar

Star calendar 1–30 November 2016

2 Nov     At dusk, Saturn is 1½ finger-widths below the moon and Venus is 3 finger-widths to the lower left. The equation of time is at its maximum for the year, 16.48 minutes.

5 Nov     Low in the south at dusk, Mars is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, and bright Altair is 2½ fist-widths above the moon.

6 Nov     Daylight saving time ends this morning at 0200. Turn your clocks back.

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