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When single mom Liz Darling finds out her estranged father, Dennis has been injured in a minor accident, she returns to her hometown of Portside for the first Christmas in years. Not much has changed except for Luke, her childhood best friend, who's definitely not the same boy she remembers. While this might not have been the holiday she'd imagined, Liz sees this as an opportunity to show her daughter Hannah the kind of magical Christmas she'd once shared with her own mother. One of their favorite traditions was participating in the town's annual Christmas Eve Sailboat Parade of Lights but after her mother passed away, the family boat was docked for good along with her father's Christmas spirit. When Liz discovers he may lose their family home, she comes up with a plan: enlist Luke's help to fix up the boat and create a floating light display spectacular enough to win the parade's $25,000 grand prize. Unbeknownst to her, Luke has a plan of his own that may finally win her heart

The inviting blue water of Foster Lake lures boaters from throughout Oregon to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. Linn County Sheriff marin…

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Crossovers can be rugged, too. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has remarkable off-road capabilities, especially in its specialized Trailhawk trim level. A properly equipped Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,000 pounds with its standard V6 engine. If you need even more, a larger V8 pushes the rating up to 7,200 pounds. That is enough capability to tow a decent-size boat or a travel trailer. On the downside, this Grand Cherokee generation has been around since 2011. It looks and feels dated, and it has a firmer ride than more modern rivals. But when it comes to towing, it’s a proven veteran. MSRP of a 2020 Grand Cherokee Limited with four-wheel drive and 5.7-liter V8: $45,350.

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Few Florida beaches have more activities for children than Clearwater’s. Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily festival that begins two hours before sunset and ends two hours after the sun goes down. Showcase events include jugglers, magicians, acrobats and artists making landscape paintings in minutes. Thrill-seekers can ride a giant slide or skip through a bouncy house right on the beach.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Having played nearly every corner of the Earth in a nearly 50-year career, the rock band Kiss is taking its show to a new place _ under the sea, where they will perform for great white sharks and eight fans separated from them by a small submarine.

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In 2006, the NFL fined Vikings players Bryant McKinnie and Fred Smoot for their participation in a party boat scandal the previous October. Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and were ordered by the court to pay $1,000 in fines and do community service. Two other players also were charged. Moe Williams was convicted of disorderly conduct, and charges against Daunte Culpepper were dropped.

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Former Irish smugglers banter as they try to catch one of their daughters coming to Spain by boat. Barry's prose is known for its precision and creativity. Publishers Weekly says of the novel, "As far as bleak Irish fiction goes, this is black tar heroin." (Doubleday; Sept. 17) 

Like it or not, we're heading into July and the peak season for fishing, boating and water recreation. As such, there's no shortage of reminders for buying a fishing license and making sure you have enough life jackets in your boat. As we've seen the expansion of water across North Dakota, we've also seen the number of watercraft registrations swell. More water and more boats, pontoons and ...

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In a 1964 interview, Dwight Eisenhower said a single person “won the war for us.” He was referring to Andrew Higgins, who designed and built the amphibious assault crafts that allowed the Allies to storm the beaches of Normandy. The eccentric boat builder foresaw not only the Navy’s acute need for small military crafts early on, but also the shortage of steel, so he gambled and bought the entire 1939 crop of mahogany from the Philippines. His New Orleans company produced thousands of boats for the war effort.

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