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Morale, Welfare and Recreation offerings can help beat 'cabin fever'

      If the cold and snowy weather that Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities have been experiencing on a regular basis this winter has peaked the outbreak of cabin fever, Fort McCoy has a number of indoor activities where authorized patrons can escape the harsh elements.

Photo: Adam Bloor (left) and Linda Zeman paint an area of the CAC as part of a plan to remodel the facility to support new offerings to troops. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Adam Bloor (left) and Linda Zeman paint an area of the CAC as part of a plan to remodel the facility to support new offerings to troops. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

      The activities range from sedentary or leisurely recreational opportunities at McCoy's, building 1571; Auto Crafts, building 1763; and the Community Activity Center (CAC), building 2000, to the high-energy offerings at the Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.


      Mark Siple, McCoy's new general manager, said McCoy's offers a number of sporting/viewing activities, including an eight-lane Bowling Center, video games, a number of television viewing opportunities and food opportunities for sports and special events, including Primo's Express, a buffet line and Habaņero.

      Primo's Express serves both Italian and American favorites along with an all-you-can-eat buffet line, which currently runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays.                 

      Habaņero serves a fresh grilled Mexican cuisine, and has current hours of 5-9 p.m. weekdays, 4-9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.

      Customers can enjoy a leisurely meal, or stop in to enjoy socializing at a bar area, a friendly game of bowling or the fast-paced action on a video game.

      Siple said Fort McCoy currently has bowling leagues running Monday through Friday nights. He hopes to offer additional family and children bowling opportunities, as well.

      Siple comes to McCoy's from the Hanau, Germany club system, and has more than 20 years experience in the club/business manager system including time spent in Frankfurt, Germany and at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

      All authorized patrons are welcome to come to McCoy's to try out its services.

      "Everybody is probably waiting for nicer spring weather in April or May when we can open up our Outdoor Courtyard, which is located next to McCoy's," he said.

Community Activities          

      Sheila Peterson, the CAC Skills Development director, said authorized personnel who visit the facility will find a mixture of activities including computer access, music-related lessons/playing/practice opportunities, television/movie viewing, video rentals, video games, pool, Ping Pong and travel materials.

      The Recreation Facility shows recent movies free at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with free popcorn available. Many of the services, except for the off-post video rentals, are free, Peterson said.

      "We're also in the process of remodeling the facility to make it more customer friendly," Peterson said. "We hope to have all the changes done in the next month or two so it's ready for the next surge in training."

      If anyone is feeling blue about the weather, now is an excellent time to visit the Information, Ticketing and Reservation Office (ITR) and plan for a weekend getaway to Wisconsin Dells or a warm-weather vacation at this time next year, Peterson said. The ITR has information about a number of travel opportunities, including cruises, or discount coupons for a number of tourist attractions. Discounted tickets are available for such attractions as Walt Disney, MGM Studios, Epcot Center, Disney Animal Kingdom, and more.

      The Frame Shop offers a retail shop to sell custom framing.

      For more information about CAC activities, call (608) 388-3213/2410/4353.

      For information about travel opportunities, call (608) 388-3011.

      The Auto Crafts Shop also is under the CAC and offers an excellent opportunity for do-it-yourselfers to make needed repairs to their vehicles to get them ready for upcoming spring and summer road trips. The facility has eight bays, four lifts, an extended line of diagnostic equipment, classroom instruction, and knowledgeable personnel on hand to help patrons make needed repairs and maintenance and save money. For more information, call (608) 388-3013 or call the CAC.     

Rumpel Fitness Center

      The Rumpel Fitness Center offers anyone who is tired of life as a couch potato a breathtaking array of physical opportunities to break out of the winter-blues routine. These include a cardio theater, several weight rooms, a variety of fitness equipment and an indoor pool.

      Kim Frey, Fitness Center assistant manager, said the main emphasis right now is on the Fitness Frenzy program.

      Saturday, Feb. 23, offers a Weekend Warrior Workout of three classes that helps eligible patrons qualify for prizes in the Fitness Frenzy program. Kick-boxing will be offered at 8 a.m., followed by Pilates at 9 a.m., with a Steps Aerobic class ending the courses at 10 a.m. Each class earns Fitness Frenzy participants triple points for the Fitness Frenzy program.

      Frey said the Fitness Center also has certified trainers on staff to help set up exercise programs to meet any needs. A number of fitness classes are offered on a regular basis.

      "We can serve anyone from those who are looking to keep off the winter pounds to be ready for summer to military personnel looking to keep in shape during the winter so they can pass their Army Physical Fitness Test," Frey said. "All eligible patrons are welcome to stop in and see what we can offer to meet their specific fitness needs."

      For more information, call the Fitness Center at (608) 388-2290 or visit the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site for a calendar of monthly events.

      The MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com has an up-to-date listing of fitness classes. It also includes the current opening and closing times for MWR activities.

      Authorized personnel who enjoy a good book or viewing materials also have the option of going to the Army Community Service (ACS) Resource Library at 2111 South 8th Avenue or the Religious Support Office (RSO) Video Library at 2675 F Street.

      Items can be checked out or viewed at ACS or can be checked out for up to two weeks at the RSO.

      Call ACS at (608) 388-3505 for more information about the ACS Resource Library. For more information about the RSO Video Library, call (608) 388-3528.


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