Universal Sports Network Unveils Winter Bowl Schedule January 25-27

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

Universal Sports Network announced today its on-air schedule for this weekends Winter Bowl programming lineup. From Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27, Universal Sports will air 30 hours of premier winter sports action from around the globe, including the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Kitzb

Henry County Illinois Tourism Bureau Invites Guests to Unplug Electronics and Plug into Winter Delights at Henry County Illinois Hennepin Canal Parkway

Henry County, IL (PRWEB) January 31, 2013

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror and winter settling in to stay, it’s tempting to stay indoors with electronic devices and hibernate until spring. But getting outside to actually delight in winter can make the season seem a lot shorter! Just south of the Quad Cities and two hours west of Chicago, Illinois Henry County offers a prime recreational outlet that promises to keep the body warm while keeping the winter blahs at bay.

The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is 104 miles long one of the longest linear parks in the nation that links the Illinois River on the east with the Rock River at Colona. Passing just outside the Henry County communities of Annawan, Atkinson and Geneseo, it offers four seasons of free adventure, and winter is no exception.

Experience winter with the states longest snowmobile and cross-country ski trail on more than 80 miles of tow path, which is great for hiking and snowshoeing, too. When the ice thickens, guests are welcome to enjoy ice skating on the canal itself. Pickup games of hockey are popular near Geneseo most winters.

All activities depend on certain criteria being met. There must be at least six inches of frost covered by four inches of snow on the trail, and six inches of ice on the canal for the route to be open. If in doubt about conditions, phone 815-454-2328 for an automated update before heading out.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources annually stocks the canal with largemouth bass, bluegill, bullheads, channel catfish, carp and crappie. Fishing is good all winter, with or without ice on the canal. Keep in mind that an Illinois State Fishing license is required for ages 16 and older.

Observing winter wildlife along the canal is another popular pastime. Park staff stock numerous wildlife food plots, says Henry County Tourism Executive Director Cathy Foes, and some adjacent farm crops are left standing. Plus, the canal cuts through wetlands and areas of restored prairie, so look for river otters, deer and rabbits everywhere, and all kinds of birds, including wild turkey, pheasant, quail. Bald eagles can be seen soaring near Colona, and occasionally, one can spot fox, coyote and even bobcat.

The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is a gift from history. Opened to shipping in 1907, it remained in use only 44 years, rendered out-of-date by larger ocean-going vessels on the Great Lakes shipping lanes. In 1951, the State of Illinois purchased the entire canal and converted it into a state park.


MapMuse Announces Release of 2013 Winter Season Maps and Accompanying iPhone App

Reston, Virginia (PRWEB) 21 January 2013

MapMuse today announced the release of its 2013 Winter Fun and Winter Services maps, two collections of Internet locators that consumers associate with winter-themed sites, retailers and services throughout North America. The Winter Fun maps plot the locations of topics such as sledding hills, ice rinks and ski clubs to sell during the winter Services Coverage Map Snow Removal Experts, chimney sweep, firewood, and much more. iPhone owners can also MapMuses Winter Fun Locator iPhone app, which maps recreational topics such as dog sledding and snowmobile tours.

did our best to eliminate the concept of hibernation from the American culture, says MapMuse founder Mike Pilon. When showing it to so many wonderful activities to participate in, and maps, how to get there, you really have no excuse to stay cooped up at home. MapMuses winter cards will serve as a more efficient alternative to search for local attractions such as the search for them on a traditional search engine. Keying in winter Google only returns results that have the word winter in their name. On MapMuse, however, it will result in hand culled results that are thematically related to the winter season, regardless of what they’re called. Remember, as the search for topics by keyword instead, says Pilon.

A good deal of research goes into the creation of map databases, which are updated as often as necessary. Although most of the data is working in the house, are an entrepreneur and avid users also welcome out. Changes to the maps Users of the Winter Fun Locator iPhone app can also send new places, photos and reviews directly from their mobile devices. All data are from MapMuse for accuracy, checked before live.

Winter Fun and Winter Services maps include the following topics:

bobsled tracks and toboggan runs, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding adventure, ice fishing, ice hotels, ice skating, polar bear plunges, ski clubs, ski areas and ski resorts, ski shops, sledding, sleigh rides, snow tubing, snowmobile dealers, snowmobile Rentals and Snowmobile Tours , snowshoeing clubs, winter festivals and carnivals, chimney sweeps, Christmas Light Installers, Fireplace Retail and Fireplace Installation, Firewood For Sale, Snow Removal Services, and Wood Furnace Installation and sales.

MapMuse is an internet and app development company based in Reston, Virginia. You have thousands of locator maps on their ten-plus existence, including those tailored published on each season. For more information, please visit the official website.