Little River Inn Winter Offers 


Winter Guest Packages at the Historic Ocean View Resort include Sleep with the Crabs, Rustic Romance, and Valentine’s Day Romance


Guests can celebrate love and indulge in the freshest seasonal fare this January and February at the historic Little River Inn on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California. Throughout the entire month of January, guests who take advantage of the SLEEP WITH THE CRABS package can catch their own crabs out on the Pacific and then return to the warm and toasty comfort of the Inn. If guests visit between January 18 and 27, they can also catch Crab Feast Mendocino, an annual festival that pays homage to the local Dungeness crab, as well as local wine and beer. As long as the tasty crustaceans are available on the coast, Little River Inn’s Executive Chef Marc Dym will be cooking up dishes prepared with this native bounty at the Little River Inn Restaurant and Ole’s Whale Watch Bar. In addition, to honor love, the Little River Inn has two tender specials this February. The RUSTIC ROMANCE  package encourages guests to smooch and snuggle, and it includes a map to the famous Kissing Benches of Little River and an ocean view room with a cozy fireplace. Guests who stay over Valentine’s Day can enjoy the VALENTINE’S DAY ROMANCE package, an idyll that boasts such delicacies as chocolate dipped strawberries and of course, breakfast in bed.



Available all January long, this package is the best way to enjoy Crab Feast Mendocino (January 18 – 27, 2019) and have your own private crab season. Launch early morning for a 4-5 hour expedition on the mighty Pacific to catch your own crabs! You will set out pots, scan the horizon for whales, and ideally pull in up to 10 crabs. The crew will cook and clean your crabs, making it easy to get your harvest back home.

Package for two includes:

Two night stay in a filtered Ocean View Gas Fireplace Room

Charter boat out of Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor

Bottle of crab-friendly Mendocino County Wine

Dinner for two in our Garden Dining Room

Breakfast for two in our Garden Dining Room

Add a one-hour classic massage or facial for each adult at the Little River Inn’s Salon & Spa to unwind after your nautical adventure. Their signature facial is tailored to your skin type and includes deep cleansing and exfoliation, followed by penetrating hydration for your skin, along with a luxurious scalp, neck, and arm massage.

Note: Advance reservations of at least one week are required for booking. Sleep with the Crabs is available Sunday-Thursday, January 1 – 31, 2019. Packages for two begin at $740 (Sunday – Thursday), or book with a Spa Treatment for $938. All prices exclusive of tax and gratuity. Crab Rate Seaside Luxury rooms are available for this package at the additional price. These rooms start at $249 per night ($50 savings-low season rate). Package does not include a fishing license, which can be purchased at a tackle shop or online for less than $20 for a one-day license. There is a fee of $1 per crab for cleaning and cooking. Cleaned crab is cooked with backs and guts removed only, not picked. Cancellation fees apply except in cases of bad weather. More here:

RUSTIC ROMANCE Lodging Package

There are few spots on earth more amorous than the magical Mendocino Coast. The ocean crashes below as you are snug in front of your fire. Delightful meals will satisfy your cravings while a secret journey, complete with lip balm and fudge, will inspire you to smooch while you explore Little River’s famous Kissing Benches.


Package for two includes:

Two-night stay in a filtered Ocean View Gas Fireplace Room

Romantic Dinner for two

Breakfast for two

Map to the “Kissing Benches of Little River

Little River Inn souvenir backpack and all the supplies for your adventure, including two Little River Inn Water Bottles, two John Masters Organics Lip Calm, breath mints, and just the right amount of the Inn’s decadent fudge


Don’t forget to indulge in a massage or facial at the Little River Inn’s Salon & Spa for an additional charge. Their highly trained massage professionals use a creative blend of techniques to relax your aching muscles and renew your body’s energies. Offerings include Warm Stone massage and Seaweed Body Scrub and massage.


Note: The Rustic Romance package is available for the entire month of February on rooms booked before February 20th, excluding President’s Day weekend. The package starts at $620 for two people (exclusive of tax and gratuities) – more luxurious rooms are available for additional price. Advance booking of at least one week is necessary to organize the experience. More here:



If you come for Valentine’s Day (February 14th) you can take advantage of the ultimate Little River Inn Romantic experience, which includes breakfast in bed, chocolate strawberries and sparkling wine in front of the fire. It’s a very special way to spend Love’s most important day of the year. Many couples add a massage or treatment at the Little River Inn Salon & Spa such as the Seaside Escape.


Package for two includes:

Two-night stay in an filtered Ocean View Gas Fireplace Room

Chocolate dipped strawberries and NV Roederer Estate Brut Sparkling Wine delivered to your room

Romantic Dinner for two in our Garden Dining Room

Breakfast in Bed one morning


Note: The Valentine’s Day Romance package is available on reservations that include February 14th. Two-days notice is required – must book before February 11th. The package starts at $625 for two people (exclusive of tax and gratuities). More luxurious rooms are available at an additional price. More here:


About Little River Inn

Little River Inn is a family-owned and operated boutique resort on the Mendocino coast of California with a chef-driven restaurant, nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course, professional tennis courts and day spa. Ideal for the entire family (and pet-friendly as well), the Inn has 66 guest rooms ranging from the economical to the luxurious. Several private meeting and special event spaces with stunning ocean and garden views make the Inn an excellent venue for small- to medium-sized weddings and corporate retreats. The restaurant, helmed by CIA-trained Executive Chef Marc Dym, is a destination unto itself and the delicious, often hearty California coastal cuisine has a following so dedicated that it is not uncommon for guests to fly in by private plane for Sunday Brunch. In addition, Ole’s Whale Watch Bar is a classic local hangout where guests gather for drinks and a casual bite. Little River Inn has a beautiful, nine-hole golf course that plays like 18 and is appropriate for many skill levels. The Inn also has a Day Spa with three treatment rooms and offers in-room services, and just recently launched a full-service salon offering pedicures, manicures, facials, and a hair studio. Overseen by fifth-generation Innkeeper Cally Dym, Little River Inn was proud to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014. Little River Inn is located two miles south of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at 7901 N. Highway One, Little River, CA 95456. For reservations and additional information, call 707/937-5942 or visit



Allegheny County Airport Authority Helps Government Shutdown 

Operation Thank You: Allegheny County Airport Authority to Provide Free Lunches to Federal Workers at Pittsburgh International on Fridays

As government shutdown continues, airport staff will deliver lunches to more than 200 workers including TSA and FAA as they miss their scheduled payday.


As a gesture of appreciation to more than 200 federal employees working at Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport without pay due to the ongoing government shutdown, the Allegheny County Airport Authority will distribute free lunches to them throughout Friday.

The Airport Authority has joined with Bruegger’s Bagels to provide bagged lunches that include a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink on all shifts for workers, including TSA agents and FAA air traffic controllers who are essential to airport safety and security and to keeping operations running smoothly 24/7 at Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in West Mifflin.

A table will be set up on the landside ticketing level at 10 a.m. where airport staff will distribute some of the lunches. Lunches will also be delivered to air traffic controllers and other tower workers at AGC.

“We have not seen an impact on operations or lines here in Pittsburgh due to the shutdown. We are so thankful to the federal employees, including TSA, FAA, Customs and others for continuing to work without pay at this critical time,” Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. “I think we all can agree that this is an issue that needs to be fixed quickly.”

The Airport Authority plans to continue providing the lunches on Fridays to federal workers until the government is reopen. Read more about the local TSA impact here.

About Allegheny County Airport Authority:

Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry and advance the region’s role as a world leader. Its 2017 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at

Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than nine million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and J.D. Power have again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018.

Bob Kerlik
Allegheny County Airport Authority


Aircraft Spruce at Copperstate Fly-In 

Aircraft Spruce at Copperstate Fly-In 


Buckeye Municiapl Airport (KBXK) in conjunction with the Buckeye Air Fair will be hosting the fly-in on Feb. 8, 9, and 10, 2019. 


Come and enjoy this FREE event and be sure to stop by the Spruce booth! 


Along with traditional features such as: Educational Forums, Aircraft Displays, Aviation Vendors, Youth Activitieis, and much more, this year there will be an Airshow and other educaitonal activities. 


For more information, contact us a 1-877-477-7823 or 951/372-9555. Aircraft Spruce’s complete product line is available at as well as through the company’s free 1,100+ page catalog. 


Schweiss Offers New Greaseable Hinges 

Schweiss Doors Introduces New Greaseable Bifold and Hydraulic Door Hinges

Schweiss Doors didn’t just wrap its head around heavy-duty bifold door hinges, the company went a step further and engineered a robust, user-friendly, greaseable hinge with a removable hinge pin.

The new hinge design, with grease zerks on every hinge and lets bifold door users grease hinges from the underside of the doorframe without having to go through the cumbersome process of removing the top rubber weather seal. Schweiss Doors is the only door manufacturer to offer easily accessible greaseable door hinges for bifold and hydraulic doors that can be greased from underneath the door without removing the top weather seal.

For more information on Schweiss Doors products, please visit or call 507/426-8273.


Schweiss Spirit of Columbus 

Tennessee Barn Hangar Holds Replica of Spirit of Columbus

Driving up and seeing Dick Merrill’s wood-frame barn the first time, you’d never guess that it is almost exclusively used to hangar his 180 Cessna Spirit of Columbus and that over half of the end wall has a bifold door on it.

The 60-foot by 80-foot hangar is nestled in the Smoky Mountains Hensley Airpark, two miles south of Chuckey, Tenn. It features a Schweiss Doors bifold liftstrap door, measuring 50 feet by 15 and a half feet, with photo eye sensors, auto latches, remote opener, and emergency backup power system. The exterior of the barn and outside of the bifold door is clad in HardiePlank lap siding that matches the adjacent home.

HardiePlank siding, also known as cement board siding, has been around a long time. It’s a low-maintenance, long-lasting material that is completely rot and insect resistant. It’s made of 90 percent sand and cement, making it fire resistant. It’s also very heavy – Merrill estimates the bifold door with HardiePlank over OSB sheathing weighs approximately 10,000 pounds. The strong liftstraps give him peace of mind, knowing the door is safe and secure. Since he purchased the door, he replaced the cable latch system with the straplatch system.

“The automatic latch system is great,” Merrill said. “I can sit here in the house with the extra remote and close the door when I want to, and it latches fine. My neighbor has a manual latch, and he’s quite happy with that. I like the fact that the door blends in so well with everything. The best thing I like is the remote and the fact you have to hold the button down to go up and down, eliminating the worry about it coming down on something.”

His wife, Ginger, designed the hangar along with the contractor, Smucker Builders of Chuckey, to put the crossbuck doors on it.

“Most of the barns around here don’t have any paint on them,” Merrill said. “The bifold door came with a stronger frame because we were going to put Hardie board on it. With the five strong straps, I figure I can walk under it with no problem. We built the hangar bigger than it really needed to be when one of the guys said, ‘Build it bigger than you think you want because you’ll grow into it.’”

Merrill said he was tempted to get a Schweiss hydraulic door, but decided to go with the bifold door, which allows him to park closer to it. He briefly considered a door from another manufacturer but wasn’t impressed.

“What sold me on Schweiss Doors was when I was at an airport in Fredericksburg, Texas, some years ago,” he said. “The 180 Club had a fly-in there, and they had put in a new string of T-hangars that all had bifold doors with straps. It looked like a so-much better idea. Their doors got used pretty heavily. I’ve been to Oshkosh and talked to Schweiss there.”

He’s been flying since 1959, learning in a Cessna 172 at the age of 16. Ginger is also a pilot, previously owning and flying a light sport cruiser, marketed by Piper. Dick has had his Cessna 180 for 38 years, making the purchase in 1980 from a listing he saw in Trade-A-Plane. Merrill has since applied the paint scheme to his plane to match the Spirit of Columbus, a 1953 Cessna 180. It became famous when Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock piloted it as the first American woman to make the solo flight around world in 1964. That plane has since been featured at the Smithsonian Institute and other notable places. Mock, who completed the 23,000-mile flight in approximately 29 days, was awarded the FAA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Amelia Earhart Memorial Award among others.

Merrill obtained permission from Mock to replicate the look of her Cessna. She asked to see it when it was finished, but unfortunately, she passed away before he had the chance to show his freshly painted 180. Her family asked Merrill to participate in the scattering of Mock’s ashes from his plane over the Gulf of Mexico.

Merrill speaks well of his strong bifold door and has an even better story to tell about his Cessna 180, which he flies as a tribute to Mock, promoting aviation history.

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Photo 1: Dick and Ginger Merrill of Chuckey, Tenn. replicated their 1953 Cessna 180 to match the paint scheme of the plane piloted by famous female aviator, Jerrie Mock.  (Photo courtesy of Vintage Aircraft Magazine)



Photo 2: The Merrill’s hangar has a 50-foot by 15-foot, 6-inch Schweiss Doors bifold liftstrap door with photo eye sensors, autolatches, remote opener and an emergency backup system.


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