Bob, The JDBC tutorial is a good place to start. You'll find that JDBC has more steps involved than PHP. The SQL translates well into SQL for a PreparedStatement: "SELECT * FROM riverview WHERE month = ? AND year= ?"
I'll have to take a look at that but wont be able to right now. Last day of classes are tomarrow then finals week so i may be pretty busy, its not for a class so there's really no hurry. I'm sure i'll have questions later though, thx for the link