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For This River Hawk, Red Sox' Championship Means the World - UMass Lowell

Epperson’s father, Chad, is a member of the Red Sox coaching staff, working with the team’s catchers. So when the Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the World Series, Drew was there for every moment: the opening wins at Fenway Park, the epic 18-inning loss in LA, the clinching Game 5 victory, the on-field celebration and the after-party at the team hotel. He was even in the Duck Boat parade through the streets of Boston. Not only was it a way for father and son to spend time together, it gave Drew a welcome diversion from the medical issues he’s faced all his life. He was born with a cleft lip and palate (“On a scale of 1-10, I was like a 7 or 8” in severity, he says) that slowed his physical development. He was also born with associated medical issues. “Drew is a vital part of our program,” says Coach Ken Harring , who treats Epperson like an extension to the coaching staff. “His relationship with his dad and his passion for the game have given him a great eye for the game. We trust his opinion on everything, and he has a say in everything. UMass Lowell baseball is blessed to have him as part of our family.” Source: www.uml.edu

Boatman Jamie Stevenson lives for the river - Burlington Hawk Eye

Employee of the month keeps Bluff Harbor Marina fleet shipshape on land and on water.

Jamie Stevenson is a river rat, and he's found a home at Bluff Harbor Marina, where, as boatyard foreman, he earned October's Employee of the Month award by taking excellent care of his customers' boats on the docks, in the covered slips, and on blocks and trailers in the yard and boathouses.

Jamie Stevenson is a boatman.

Born in Burlington, Stevenson grew up across the river in Illinois, in Oquawka — sort of.

"I've been on the river my whole life," Stevenson said. "I grew up at the end of the first set of cabins on Lock and Dam 18 Road, right where the old JJ's tavern was. I lived in a 12-foot-wide trailer on 20-foot stilts. That's what the original cabins down there were, trailer houses on stilts. Those cabins have been there since before '93."

Stevenson attended Union Elementary School in Biggsville, Illinois.

"I used to wade through chest-deep water to get to school, being a little kid," he said. "Those were real floods."

His family moved to Lomax, Illinois when he was 13, where he did some horseback riding for Jim Farquhar at the South Hill Lomax Saddle Club.

Maybe horses aren't the best preparation for a marina job, but Stevenson has been working on engines and boats his whole life.

"I've been an automotive mechanic, a farm mechanic," he said. "I moved to boats when I moved over here (to Burlington). I started out pulling an old yellow truck out of the water, here at Bluff Harbor three or four years ago, when it was flooded. Got it running and that's how I got my job here. I told them if I get that truck running, I needed a job."

That was just before longtime marine supply expert John Archer merged his business with Bluff Harbor.

"I've known Jamie for a long time," Archer said. "He was here when I got here."

Archer said he doesn't have to tell Stevenson what to do.

"He looks around and sees what needs to be done," he said. "We have a list for him, but he comes in and asks me, 'What do I need to accomplish today?' and 'How's the water receding?' He gets boats moved around, he keeps things cleaned up down here."

The 27-year-old Stevenson has a 6-year-old daughter, Adley Stevenson.

"We were really looking for a name that you don't hear every day, you know, and so we were kinda flipping through names," Stevenson said.

Attention you old-timers: Adley is no relation to former U.S. vice president Adlai Stevenson.

So, what does a lifelong river rat like best about working with boats?

"Making the customer happy," Stevenson answered without hesitation. "If you can put the customer on the water and make them happy, well, you know, that's what the river is really about — being happy out there.

"I love working at Bluff Harbor," he continued. "I work here for more than just a job. I work here for the enjoyment of the river."

Bluff Harbor store manager Julie Birlson has been Archer's right-hand woman 20-some years, and she's seen it all.

"Jamie is a hard worker," Birlson said. "He loves the Marina. He figures out the things to do and gets them done. He goes above and beyond."

Stevenson owns that big orange houseboat you can see from Bluff Road, down there on the front dock.

"I grew up around that boat my whole life," he said. "I'd like to say it was '95, '96 when we were out on it for Steamboat Days, and we've got pictures of that, standing on top of that boat for Steamboat Days. That's over 20 years ago."

Stevenson and his boss, Bluff Harbor's harbormaster Jon Billups, click.

"I love working for Jon. Since Jon's been down here, he's made a lot of improvements, and along with John Archer, they've made a lot more improvements to this place than we've ever had," Stevenson said.

Billups said the great thing about Stevenson is that he never says "I" because with...

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North state fishing report - Chico Enterprise-Record

TOP PICKS

COLLINS LAKE: With three big trout plants in the lake and another coming this week, the fishing is very good. Trollers have been catching fish, but the real news is the resumption of good shore fishing. Most of the big trout on the Collins Lake Recreation Area lunker list came from shore by the dam this past week. A pair of 6 1/4 pounders came out, both on lures. Bass fishing is good too, on drop-shot to 35 feet of water, anywhere they are chasing bait. There’s a ton of shad.

GOLD LAKES BASIN: Fishing remains very good in the Gold Lakes Basin, particularly at Gold Lake. Mark Tieslau of Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden said throwing Kastmasters at the boat launch is producing nice brookies and a few browns. The Mackinaw, however, aren’t biting from shore. Trolling 5 to 10 feet of water is yielding browns, rainbows and a few Mackinaw. The water level is low and it is rumored the dock has been pulled, so boaters should exercise caution.

SHASTA LAKE: Fishing is still good, lots of shad on the surface. Topwater has been working early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Huddelston swimbaits when the wind is blowing can produce a solid fish. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, underspins, for reaction bite. Drop-shot, Carolina rig, football jig, Ned rigs during the day.

EAGLE LAKE: Fishing is still fantastic. Trolling Jay Fair flies in hot orange has been a popular color around the lake all season for all styles of fishing. Fly fisherman have been doing well from shore and from float tubes. Bank fisherman have been doing well near the marina and Pikes point.

SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa: Some big stripers are being caught at Verona and Knight’s Landing. Salmon fishing picked up late last week near Knight’s Landing and Verona, where anglers are doing best with FlatFish with sardine wraps. Fishing for catfish also has slowed at Verona and Knight’s Landing.

GENERAL

North Coast Rivers

North Coast streams and rivers are regulated by low flow closures. Always call ahead to determine the condition of the river you want to fish. If not mentioned, the river is closed or no reports. The DFW’s Low Flow Closure Hotline for north coast rivers is (707) 822-3164. South Central Coast streams number is (831) 649-2886.New low flow closures for Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties, Oct. 1-April 30, call (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino, (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin and Napa.

CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.: Rain fell early last week, but the river was only driftable for a day. Guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said the best salmon fishing is at the mouth, where anglers are trolling for kings waiting for the next major rain event. Flows hit 500 cfs on Tuesday, but were down to 140 cfs over the weekend.

ELK, SIXES RIVERS, Port Orford, Ore.: The mouth of the Sixes opened with last week’s rain, allowing salmon to move upriver. Low water, however, has the Sixes undriftable from the Grange to Hughes House. The Elk also is too low to drift.

ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.: Salmon fishing is slow in the bay. A few silvers and very few kings are being caught. Steelhead fishing remains good near Agness.

RUSSIAN RIVER: Low flow closures still in effect until good rains bring the river level up.

SMITH RIVER: Flows briefly hit 800 cfs on Tuesday but were back down to 400 cfs on Wednesday afternoon. Flows must remain above 600 cfs for an opener above Rowdy Creek. Salmon fishing has slowed below Rowdy Creek, as last week’s rain allowed salmon staging in the tidewater to blast upriver. A few kings are being caught each day at the Sand Hole. The next rain in the forecast is next week.

Trinity/Klamath Rivers

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