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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
March 12, 2013
Smartphone App Now Available for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS--More than 50 percent of Americans depend on mobile devices to communicate, navigate and recreate, and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center now has an app for that.
The app includes all the information visitors need to preview what's available at TFFC or to guide them around the facility during their visit. Photos and videos combine with proximity-triggered location information to lead visitors through a tour and even give a look at behind-the-scenes operations of the hatchery.
The app also includes a section devoted to other attractions and businesses in the Athens area, and local businesses can arrange to advertise on the app. The mapping function will guide visitors from TFFC to the place of business. Businesses wishing to learn more should contact Larry Hodge at (903) 670-2255 or larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov.
The free app is available for both Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded from the respective app stores by searching for "Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center."
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On the Net:
Link to TFFC app in Apple’s App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-freshwater-fisheries/id596026678?ls=1&mt=8
Link to TFFC app in Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.barz.tourguide.tffc&feature
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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
March 12, 2013
April Events at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Feature Food, Fun, Fishing
ATHENS--There's no better example of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department motto "Life's Better Outside" than April events at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
Outdoor Fools Day April 6 will be followed by the Athens Big Green Egg Fest on April 13. Up to five rainbow trout per angler can be harvested free at TFFC during both events. No license is required to fish at TFFC. Those wishing to harvest fish should bring a cooler or stringer since none are available at TFFC.
Improving your outdoor skills is the focus of Outdoor Fools Day. The event showcases outdoor recreation opportunities in East Texas while teaching some of the skills needed to enjoy them, such as camping, fishing, outdoor cooking, birding and more.
The Big Green Egg Fest is all about learning how to cook on the ceramic smokers and sampling dishes prepared by several dozen volunteer chefs. At the end of the day, guests can take home one of the once-used Eggs at a substantial discount.
Openings are still available for cooks, so if you've been thinking about becoming an Egghead, now's your chance. You can sign up to cook, taste or buy an Egg at http://www.athenseggfest.wordpress.com. The site also includes recipes from last year's event to tempt your taste buds.
Both Outdoor Fools Day and the Big Green Egg Fest will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. While all Outdoor Fools Day activities are free with paid admission, an additional fee is charged for tasting at the Big Green Egg Fest. Those who preregister online can taste for $5; the fee on-site is $10. All proceeds benefit the Friends of TFFC.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located at 5550 F.M. 2495 in Athens, about 75 miles southeast of Dallas. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $3.50 for children age 4 through age 12. For more information visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc or call (903) 676-2277. A TFFC app is also available for both Apple and Android devices from their respective app stores.
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On the Net:
http://www.athenseggfest.wordpress.com
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Scott Stover, TPWD, (512) 389-4849, or scott.stover@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 12, 2013
Major Repairs to Battleship Texas Hull to Begin in April
AUSTIN -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has contracted with Taylor Marine Construction, Inc. to make the first significant structural repairs to the Battleship TEXAS in more than 20 years. Today marks the 99th anniversary of the battleship's commissioning in 1912.
Based in Beaufort, N.C., Taylor Marine has recent experience with historic battleships, spending almost $2 million in 2011 to replace a portion of the Battleship North Carolina's steel hull. Repairs on the Battleship TEXAS are scheduled to begin in April.
The $17.5 million repair contract for the Battleship TEXAS will accomplish about half of the structural repair needs of the battleship and is a first step in meeting the long-term goal of placing the USS TEXAS in a dry berth, according to Scott Stover, TPWD's Infrastructure Division deputy director.
During the repair work, the ship will remain open to the public as conditions allow, and visitors will see plenty of activity at the site, as well as construction equipment and an access barge on the north side of the ship.
The repairs to the ship's structural foundation will occur deep within the ship in areas rarely seen by the public. When completed in the fall of 2014, the repaired hull will not be evident to most visitors.
If a certain aspect of the ship repair work requires temporarily closing the ship for the safety of visitors, TPWD will post that information as it becomes available. However, Stover says the public should be aware that temporary closings may occur on short notice for the duration of the project.
Funding for the repairs comes from General Obligation Bonds approved by voters and specifically appropriated by the Texas Legislature for Battleship TEXAS repairs.
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