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News Notes

Community Activity Center to get new hours  [ back to top ]

The Community Activity Center, building 2000, at Fort McCoy will have new hours, effective Sunday, Oct. 26.

The facility will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Monday, and be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call (608) 388-3213/2410.

Disability Awareness Month event Oct. 28   [ back to top ]

The Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity Office at Fort McCoy will sponsor a Disability Awareness Month event Tuesday, Oct. 28 at McCoy’s, building 1571.

The event will run from noon-1 p.m. Kris Valest of the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be the guest speaker.

Valest will speak about traumatic brain injuries, back injuries and hearing loss.

All three conditions are common medical concerns that have been reported by military personnel who are returning from Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom theaters.

Members of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to attend the event. For more information, call Bob Shinn at (608) 388-3106.


AFTB Level II training event set for Oct. 29 [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) will offer the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Know Your People II workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The workshop will be held at ACS, 2111 South 8th Ave., and is open to members of the Fort McCoy community.

Topics will include communications, coaching, meeting and managing group conflict.

The modules are based on concepts discussed at previous workshops.

Registration is requested by Tuesday, Oct. 28.

For more information, call ACS at (608) 388-3505.


Holiday Giving Program to begin Oct. 30 at McCoy    [ back to top ]

The Fort McCoy Chaplain’s Holiday Giving Program will begin accepting donations Thursday, Oct. 30 for the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah/Christmas holiday seasons.

Monetary contributions for food for the Thanksgiving season will run through Nov. 18. Nominations for food vouchers and Angel Tree gifts also need to be submitted to the Religious Support Office (RSO), building 2675, by this date. Contributions for Hanukkah/Christmas are due by Dec. 16.

Donations can be brought to the RSO during business hours from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and can be made via check or cash. Checks can be made payable to the Fort McCoy CTOF, with an annotation of Holiday Food.

Ornaments can be obtained from the Angel Tree at the Main Post Exchange (PX) building 1538, beginning early November. Gifts must be purchased and returned to the PX by Dec. 11.

Military personnel and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian (no contractor) families are eligible to be recipients in the program and can be nominated anonymously by/through their supervisors.

For more information, call the RSO at (608) 388-3528.


Whitetail Ridge to offer Haunted Chalet event  [ back to top ]

The Whitetail Ridge Ski Area chalet will host a free haunted chalet event from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Fort McCoy.

The event will begin with a bonfire and s’mores, a scarecrow-making contest, a costume contest and a movie.

The Haunted Chalet will be open from 8-9:30 p.m. The events are open to the public. For more information, call (608) 388-3517.


October: Domestic Violence Prevention    [ back to top ]

October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month, which will be observed throughout the Department of Defense.

Domestic abuse is a serious issue that affects many families including some in the military community. Both men and women may be victims of domestic abuse offenders. It reaches across social, economic, cultural, ethnic, and religious lines. It is important to understand domestic abuse, how to prevent and recognize it, and the resources available to help when domestic abuse has become an issue for a family.

Options are available for anyone who is in an abusive relationship or if something about their relationship with their partner scares them. If they need someone to talk to and they are in the United States, they can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or in the Fort McCoy community, they can contact the installation Family Advocacy Program at (608) 388-2412.


CFC campaign at McCoy will run Nov. 1-30   [ back to top ]

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in the Fort McCoy community will run from Nov. 1-30.

Key workers will act as points of contact for the various organizations/directorates. Literature detailing the charities/programs eligible for donations will be distributed beginning Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The CFC is the only authorized annual fund-raising drive in the federal work force.

For more information, contact Ginger Schumacker, installation CFC coordinator, at (608) 388-4842.


Nov. 2 is time to turn clocks back 1 hour   [ back to top ]

Personnel who are observing Daylight Savings Time can turn their clocks and watches back an hour Sunday, Nov. 2 as Standard Time begins.

In the Fort McCoy community, personnel can set their clocks to Central Standard Time, which becomes effective at 2 a.m. Nov. 2.

Fort McCoy Fire Department personnel said it also is a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors and/or carbon-monoxide alarms, etc.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fire Department at (608) 388-4077.


Bowling leagues under way, co-ed teams sought  [ back to top ]

Any authorized personnel who can use McCoy’s, building 1571, and would like to bowl still may have an opportunity to join the Fort McCoy Bowling League.

The Co-ed league will welcome teams, which would bowl at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Bowling Center.

For more information about bowling opportunities at McCoy’s, call (608) 388-2065/7060.


Scholarship applications begin Nov. 3  [ back to top ]

The Commissary Scholarships for Military Children Program will begin accepting applications Monday, Nov. 3.

The program is open to children of active-duty, Reserve, Guard or retired personnel.

Applications will be available at the Web site http://www.militaryscholar.org.


Holiday mailing season to begin Nov. 13  [ back to top ]

The holiday mailing season to send cards and packages to military service-members will begin Thursday, Nov. 13, with that date being the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP Codes.

For more information, visit the Web site http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/localnews/in/in_2008_0916_DR.htm.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Official Mail Distribution Center at (608) 388-3205.


Family Holiday Cards Workshop Nov. 15  [ back to top ]

A Family Holiday Card Workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at building 1130 South S. Street at Fort McCoy.

All supplies will be furnished.

The sessions will run from 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. Registration is requested by Friday, Nov. 7 by calling Army Community Service at (608) 388-3505.


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