Extend the Life of Your Outboard Engine with These Storage Tips

(NewsUSA) – As summer winds down, every boat owner clings to those last few warm days to take his or her boat out on the water with family and friends. Unfortunately, summer doesn’t last forever and as the sun sets on another boat season, it is time to start thinking about how to store your boat and outboard engine for those off-season months.Proper off-season storage protects critical internal components from corrosive gummy deposits from unbound ethanol, which can damage your engine, fuel tanks and fuel system components. Proper winterization also helps to protect against the freezing of critical engine components. If left untreated, damage from corrosion, broken parts, and general repairs could cost you thousands of dollars as well as time on the water.So, as you prepare for off-season storage, follow these easy winterization steps to ensure your outboard engine is in tip-top shape for next season:1. Flush out the engine with fresh water. Doing so will flush out excess salt, dirt, sand, and other contaminants, and prevent blockage and corrosion of critical cooling system components.2. Add fuel stabilizers. Pour quality fuel stabilizers into the gas tank to prevent the breakdown of ethanol and other deposits from ruining your engine. Be sure to run the engine after adding the stabilizer to the fuel tank to ensure that it reaches fuel system components in the engine.3. Keep the fuel tank full. Storing your boat with a full tank of fuel, particularly if ethanol fuel is used, will help minimize condensation that may occur within the fuel tank.4. Fog the engine cylinders and carburetor intakes to help slow corrosion. The use of spray fogging oil will help protect internal engine components from corrosion. Spray fogging oil into the air intake while the engine runs, then disconnect the fuel line. Continue to spray into the air intake until the engine dies. Evinrude E-TEC engine’s auto-winterization feature streamlines steps one and four by flushing out the engine and fogging itself for a few minutes. After the engine has completed fogging, it will shut off and your engine will be ready for storage.5. Change the oil in four-stroke engines. Changing the oil will remove moisture and harmful acids that have collected within the oil. These acids and contaminates could cause corrosion of internal engine components.6. Drain and replace gear case lubricant. Milky colored gear lubricant is a sign that water has entered the gear case. If left unchecked, the water within the gear case can freeze, causing the gear case to permanently fail.7. Ensure that the battery is fully charged and disengaged. A fully charged battery is less susceptible to damage during cold storage. A fully charged battery’s freezing point is around minus 95 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas a partially-charged battery could freeze in temperatures as high as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.You should always consult your owner’s manual for specific winterization techniques, but following these quick, easy, and relatively low-cost steps will protect your engine and save you expensive maintenance costs next season. 

Road Trip! Summer Means Hitting The Open Highway

(NewsUSA) – "Are we there yet?"Ah, the familiar refrain that has stood the test of time and one that sends most parents cringing while taking a family road trip.As the summer of 2018 kicks off, consider this: 68 percent of Americans are likely to go on vacation, and 85 percent of them will travel by car, based on data from a recent online survey of approximately 1,500 adults.While aspects of a road trip may be daunting, a majority of these travelers acknowledge that getting there is half the fun: 24 percent strongly agree, and 45 percent somewhat agree that getting to a vacation spot is often as enjoyable as being there.If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the car during a road trip, read on.A survey conducted by NACS, a trade association representing the convenience-store industry, reveals that most passengers want to be social: just over 60 percent report that they enjoy talking with fellow passengers and almost 80 percent cite listening together to music, podcasts, or audio books as favorite activities.However, when it’s time to take a break, disagreements can arise, especially when it comes to meals and snacks. A convenience-store stop can be a simple solution.Today’s convenience stores offer more than just gas and restrooms. Many serve a range of hot-meal options such as pizza and burgers, as well as customizable sandwiches, coffee, drinks, and smoothies, so passengers and drivers of every age and taste can find something to satisfy them.The NACS survey results show that the top three reasons for breaks during summer road trips are to:* Use the bathroom (96 percent).* Get gas (95 percent).* Buy food or drinks (91 percent)."There’s only one place that can satisfy all three of the top reasons for stopping during a road trip: a convenience store," says Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives."From restrooms and fuel pumps to indulgent snacks and healthy options, you can stop once and make everyone happy. And that can certainly make a road trip more fun."However, regular breaks are an important part of road trips for safety as well as for practical reasons.Drivers need a quick and easy place to stand up and stretch, or to allow someone else to take the wheel. Kids get antsy and need to stretch, too – according to the NACS survey, approximately 45 percent of the in-car disagreements during road trips center on children fidgeting or arguing.Convenience stores provide all the services needed for long or short road-trip breaks in a safe, predictable environment.Many convenience stores offer easy access from major roads, so there’s no struggle or lost time navigating to an unknown spot without any sense of the services available. Convenience stores offer clean, well-lit rest stops for single drivers, groups of friends, older adults, and families with children.Visit convenience.org/ more for additional information about what convenience stores offer and how they can help make summer road trips smooth, safe, and enjoyable. 

Wine Pairing Tips for Summer Fun

(NewsUSA) – The thought of pairing a wine with food can intimidate a lot of people. How do you decide what food to pair with a wine? What flavors are you looking for? Why does wine pairing even matter?"Wine and food pairings don’t have to be complicated," says Riana Mondavi, a member of the fourth generation of the Mondavi wine family from Napa and an ambassador for her family’s CK Mondavi and Family wines. "It’s really about what you taste and smell in the wine and how you feel the wine brings out and compliments the food you are eating."If done correctly, a proper pairing can enhance the flavors of both the food and your chosen bottle of wine. The intensity of a specific food or wine depends on a lot of things such as sugar, acid, salt and spice. The food should not overpower the wine (and vice versa). By matching a light wine with light fare or a heavy dish with a heavier wine, the food and wine balance each other out and their intensities line up for a perfect pairing.For example, if you have a dish that has a lot of citrus in it, it’s great to pair with a Chardonnay, as it also has hints of citrus in it. The two enhance each other and balance out the flavors. A lighter white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, pairs well with summer vegetables, as it brings out the crisp, light flavor profiles. Red wines typically pair best with richer food such as steak and sweets, but there’s no set rule. Many people pair a Merlot with seafood.CK Mondavi and Family has made wine pairing easy for everyone, and this summer they invite you to play around with pairings. They’ve created a downloadable "Wine pairing made simple" guide on their website: https://www.ckmondavi.com/ckm-pairings. They also added flavor descriptors to each bottle of CK Mondavi and Family. With descriptors such as "Rich & Velvety" for Cabernet Sauvignon and "Bright & Fresh" for Chardonnay, anyone can quickly decide on a wine.Riana Mondavi also recommends impromptu wine pairings with friends. "It’s fun to get together with a group to see what everyone tastes or smells in the wine," she adds. "Everyone has a different opinion and it’s fun to see what we all come up with."So, this summer, have some fun pairing wines with your favorite foods. And while doing it, enter CK Mondavi and Family’s monthly #pairNpost drawing, where you can enter to win a prize. Just snap a photo of your favorite pairing and tag it with #pairNpost on Twitter or Instagram.It’s all part of a new, fun approach to wine. After all, summer is about enjoying yourself and what better way to enjoy life than at the table with friends and family?

Summer Boating Tips for Safe Fun in The Sun

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Summer weather is finally here, and with it comes more time spent on the water. For boaters in particular, warmer temperatures and sunny skies mean more opportunities to bring family and friends along for the ride.
Before inviting loved ones onto your boat, however, it’s important to review some safety procedures to help ensure a relaxing experience for everyone.
Check out the tips below to ensure safe and enjoyable boating all summer long:
1) Watch the weather – Summer weather can turn nasty in an instant, and a boat can be a dangerous place to get caught in a storm. Before hitting the water, check the weather forecast and make note of any chance of precipitation or storms. If you see lightning while you’re out on the water and cannot get to shore, crouch down in the middle of the boat or go below deck, if possible.
2) Boat maintenance – A well-maintained engine is key to enjoying your time on the water. So be sure to check your oil levels before heading out on the water, or invest in an engine that doesn’t require oil changes, such as the E-TEC G2 by Evinrude. With an E-TEC, there’s no need to remove any engine components to check oil levels before every use as with other engines, so you can get out on the water faster.
3) Life jacket required – Although warmer weather may make swimming irresistible, safety stillcomes first. It’s important to always wear a life jacket while in the water, and to have access to one while in the boat. According to a 2014 study by the United States Coast Guard, 84 percent of victims who drowned during a boating accident were not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. While they may seem like a hassle, life jackets really do save lives.
4) Don’t drink and boat – An ice-cold beverage and boating can go hand-in-hand. However, just as with driving a car, it is illegal to operate a boat while intoxicated across the United States and Canada. In fact, being intoxicated on the water can be even more dangerous than being intoxicated on land. Unsteady footing, sun, wind, and even engine noise accelerates a drinker’s impairment.
Keeping in mind a few simple safety tips can make all the difference for boat owners everywhere. So, before your next outing, make sure you, your boat and your passengers are all ready to go – and enjoy the ride!

Get Fueled Up for Warmer Weather

(NewsUSA) – It’s spring and that means it’s time to take your boats, lawnmowers, classic cars and other summer gear out of the shed to get them ready for sun and fun! But before you hit the road, lawn or waves, it’s important to set aside some time for preventative maintenance to make sure your summer plans don’t stop short.You’ll of course want to wash and wipe off the exterior of your summer toys, but it’s very important not to skip maintenance of the internal workings of your vehicles.Despite the famous saying, "what you can’t see can hurt you," this is where STA-BIL, America’s no.-1-selling and trusted ethanol treatment and fuel stabilizer brand, comes in. STA-BIL, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, helps consumers protect their cars, boats and small engines from the inside out, keeping them running at their peak year-round.Since fuel can go bad in as few as 30 days, using a fuel stabilizer at each fill-up can increase power and fuel efficiency while helping clean and protect your engine from the potentially harsh side effects of ethanol-blended fuel.Think of STA-BIL as the peacekeeper that helps the fuel and water in your engine play nicely, protecting your fuel tank from corrosion and phase separation.As consumers prepare to take their equipment out of storage for the spring, two key aspects of engine maintenance should be top-of-mind:* Function. Fueling up at the pump is just one step in keeping your fuel tank running. Products with a proven track record, such as the lineup of STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizers, are specially formulated to treat each of your vehicles or equipment differently, whether they are on the road, in the water, or in the backyard tool shed.If you find yourself in a bind and your engine isn’t running quite right, try cleaning it, but from the inside. STA-BIL Carb & Choke Cleaner is designed specifically to help clean the engine by dissolving gum and varnish, as well as dirt and carbon deposits that keep engines from functioning at their peak. A clean engine starts more easily and runs more efficiently, which saves time and money.* Protection. Innovations in small engine products have led to the development of pump protectors that keep components of gear- like pressure washers in good shape over long storage periods. The latest addition to the STA-BIL family, STA-BIL Pump Protector, also provides antifreeze protection and serves as a lubricant and guardian against mineral deposit buildup, which can decrease the efficiency of your pressure washer.If your gear tends to sit out exposed to the elements, protection against rust should be a top priority. Look for a product that will protect exposed metals, like STA-BIL Rust Stopper, which is quick and easy to apply.Internal parts need protection too, which is where a propelled oil, such as the STA-BIL Fogging Oil, can make a difference. Fogging oil is designed to help displace moisture from engine parts, protect the components, as well as lubricate them for optimum function.To learn more about how to keep warmer weather engines functioning at their peak, visit www.sta-bil.com

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Seasonal Workers Could See Major Boon from 2017 Holiday Hiring

’Tis the season for holiday hiring.

Early predictions indicate a holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent versus last year’s 3.6 percent. To help, according to the National Retail Federation, 500,000 to 550,000 season workers will need to be hired.

And while some companies are making it attractive to apply, there are still some things that applicants need to be aware of:

• The economy may not be your friend. Rather than hire a slew of temps, some employers such as Walmart are offering extra hours to existing workers.

Volunteers Step Up to Protect their Community

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -September is National Preparedness Month, and individuals across the country are stepping up to ensure that their neighborhoods are ready for the next disaster.
One way they can do this is to join their local fire or emergency service department.
Seventy percent of U.S. firefighters are volunteers, dedicating their time and service to help their communities in an extraordinary and rewarding way. Nearly one million people have made the commitment to protect their community as a volunteer firefighter or EMS provider.
“Anyone can be a firefighter. We come from all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and professions. All you need is the commitment and desire to serve. The department will provide the training,” says National Volunteer Fire Council chair Kevin D. Quinn.
Volunteer firefighters make up a crucial component of the emergency services in many communities and save taxpayers across the nation $140 billion per year. They respond to all types of emergencies, including fires, medical emergencies, search and rescue, natural disasters, terrorist threats, hazardous materials incidents, and more.
In addition, support volunteers can help the department provide services such as fire prevention education and preparedness efforts.
Learn more about the volunteer fire service and find local opportunities by visiting www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org.

How to Turn Volunteering Into a Family Affair

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Want to volunteer to make things better, but think you lack the time? You’re not alone.

A new survey conducted by State Farm found that busy lifestyles is one of the biggest barriers keeping people from getting as involved as they’d like. And since 77 percent say they prefer volunteering with those they know, the summer months -; with kids off from school -; offer parents the ideal opportunity to perform their good deeds with the entire family.

Two of the best suggestions that take maybe an hour each? Drawing pictures to send to veterans, and cleaning up a local beach or park.

How to Stay Hydrated Like a Pro All Summer

(NewsUSA) – Many of us spend our summer soaking up the sun. Kids are out of school, outdoor sports are plenty, and people are enjoying warm weather activities. However, spending a lot of time outside in the elements puts you at risk for dehydration-related concerns.While most people know that water is critical for your health, what you may not know is that water makes up about 55 to 65 percent of your body. Many may be surprised to know that losing only four percent of your body weight — roughly the equivalent of riding a bike for three hours in extreme heat without rehydrating — may cause you to faint.1The following simple tips from Dr. Ralph Holsworth, a board-certified family medicine physician and head of clinical and scientific research for Essentia Water, will help you stay well hydrated this summer:* Sip with purpose; don’t chug. — When you drink too much water at once, it passes through your system too quickly, failing to go to the kidneys. This can lead to dehydration despite the amount of water you may be drinking. Drinking too much water can also cause cramping, as well as bloating and stomach pains, due to loss of electrolytes. Aim to take a sip of water every 15-20 minutes when you’re playing sports or when it’s hot outside and you should be right on track.* Aim to drink 3 liters a day. — The age-old 8-glasses-a-day rule doesn’t always suffice in the hot summer months. People should try to drink 12 glasses a day, especially if they are planning on working out, playing sports or spending excessive amounts of time in the sun. A good trick to know if you’re drinking enough water is to keep your urine the color of straw (or transparent yellow).* Bring water with you. — Spending more time out of the house often means less easy access to water. When you leave for a day at the beach, make sure you throw enough bottles of water in your beach bag to last throughout the day. Keeping a case of water in your car is another way to ensure you’ll always have water on hand.* Limit sun exposure. — Not shielding yourself properly in the sun causes you to sweat more, which can lead to quicker dehydration. Wearing cotton clothes that are breathable in the heat and a hat that covers your ears will help protect you from potentially dangerous health issues such as heat exhaustion.Whether you’re an athlete, a weekend warrior or just want to take better care of yourself, staying hydrated is essential to a healthy body, especially during the hot summer months. John Ross III2, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, knows a thing or two about the importance of staying hydrated, especially during the summer heat."I push my body to the max every day and sometimes it can get into the 90s during practice," says the recent first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft."If I’m planning to exercise outside in the heat, I always prioritize two things — sleep and staying hydrated. I always get at least 8 hours of sleep and always have a bottle of water by my side."For more information about Essentia Water, visit www.essentiawater.com. 1 Research from Stavros Kavouras, director of the Hydration Science Lab at the University of Arkansas.2 John Ross III has a paid sponsorship agreement with Essentia.