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The River: It was a busy day of scrubbing, painting to get CLYDE’s paddlewheel free of winter’s worst

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune This past Wednesday was a busy day aboard the CLYDE. The paddlewheel awaited a scrubbing to remove six months of submergence in the murky...

The River: No reason at all to be bored, given water striders, whirligigs, critters; and a boat of course

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune About a year ago, I read where a pleasure boater noted he left his marina in his fast plastic boat only to discover it was too early for...

The River: From shutdown to reopening, things are cranking, up, down and all around (as internet rules)

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune After two months of the shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, everything is suddenly reopening, just like that. Traffic has already increased...

The River: How a riverman almost had a gig in the TV production industry — and first met George Clooney

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune How strange it is that a simple comment or question can shake so much dust and cobwebs off long-buried memories. For example, an older article...

The River: ‘Geetars and mouth harps’ were part of the river journey, and then there was also John Hartford

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Half a century ago, in the summer of 1970, just a moment in time, cell phone and instant communication devices weren’t imaginable in even...

The River: Growing nostalgic for the lost riverboats, saluting heroes — a long and two shorts on whistle

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune I’ve seen better days on the river than now. Old Man River pays no mind to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeps on rolling to the Gulf of Mexico....

The River: Rain keeps us indoors with thoughts of fabled storyteller Mark Twain and his tales

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune I’m glad it was raining and not bright and sunny outdoors. The rain makes staying in the house easier during this confinement for the...

The River: Some good examples for weathering the COVID storm and models to follow to self-reliance

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune With no relief in sight for the COVID-19 pandemic, while the economy is clamped tight with conditions worsening all around, I’ve been...

The River: Be sweet and pray for those risking their lives everyday to keep us safe; riverlife moves slowly

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Instead of starting a second month of talking about the COVID-19 pandemic, I figured there had to be something else to consider. But what?...

The River: No end in sight; passenger carriers docked, towboats work away, he forgot cupcakes

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune On the river during week four of the COVID-19 pandemic, all the commercial passenger carriers remain dark against their docks for an indefinite...

The River: As coronavirus wears on, helplessness prevails as does old-time wisdom: ‘Let’s wait and see’

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune It’s week three of the Coronavirus Pandemic as far as this column is concerned. The river passenger cruise lines, tightly shuttered, will...

The River: Everything seems to be shutting down except river’s workhorses; humor can save the day

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune I’m sorta numb. How about you, while we are waist-deep at the beginning of a worldwide pandemic of a new virus spreading its deadly...

The River: Wash your hands, take a respite from the crisis for a trip down memory river; wash your hands

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Although a long and clear memory has been a blessing with vivid recollections of World War II and everything that happened since; nothing...

The River: Corona virus also a concern on inland waters; travel on Mississippi River being monitored

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune No matter what else I might want to write about the river this week, I would be remiss if the impending spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19)...

The River: If he had it all to do over again, he’d still choose life on the river and the adventurous life

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune “What do you do now,” someone asked recently, “that you’re retired off the river?” Their inquiry only caused me to remember how...