Fort McCoy News Oct. 9, 2015

News Notes

Fort McCoy parents reminded to fill out Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid Survey forms have been sent home with students in the Tomah Area and Sparta Area school districts.

The Impact Aid Program is designed to directly compensate local school districts for "federally connected" students, such as children who reside on military bases, in low-rent housing properties, on Native American lands, or on other federal properties or who have parents in the armed services or employed at eligible federal properties.

Parents need to fill out a form for each child who attends school in the Sparta Area or Tomah Area school districts. Each section needs to be filled out completely and signed and dated by a parent or guardian. Districts cannot count a child for funding if the form is not both signed and dated.

Parents are reminded to complete and return the surveys to their children's schools as soon as possible. Sparta Area School District forms are due by Friday, Oct. 16. Tomah Area School District requests forms be turned in as soon as possible.

For more information, call the Tomah Area or Sparta Area school district offices or Fort McCoy School Liaison Officer Becky Walley at 608-388-6814. Extra forms are available by contacting Walley.

 

Firewood cutting begins at Fort McCoy

The firewood-cutting season through the Fort McCoy Permit Sales program began Oct. 1.

The season earlier was delayed until Oct. 15 because of the presence of an endangered species on post, but the season started Oct. 1 after consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More information about how to purchase firewood permits can be found on the Fort McCoy public website at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Visitors/FishHuntInfo.asp, the iSportsman website at http://ftmccoy.isportsman.net/, or by calling the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

 

'Shake it in Pink' at Rumpel Fitness Center

To support breast-cancer awareness, Rumpel Fitness Center is asking patrons to "Shake it in Pink" Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Patrons who wear pink to fitness classes that day will receive pink workout towels.

Fitness center classes are open to eligible Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons and one guest. For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Thrift Savings Plan class offered Oct. 15 at ACS

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) class designed for new and midcareer civilians and Soldiers is planned for Thursday, Oct. 15.

The class is from 8 to 10 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111. The class will cover the different types of TSP funds, contributions, account management, death benefits, tips, and resources.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 14.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.

 

Top Sportsman competition scheduled for Oct. 17

The first Top Sportsman competition is Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. at Fort McCoy's Sportsman's Range.

Shotgun, rifle, pistol, and 3-D archery events are part of the competition. Both firearms and bows are available to rent. Rented weapons must use ammunition purchased at the range. The top overall scorer will win a Mission MXB 360 tactical crossbow.

The registration fee is $30. Lunch is available at Sportsman's Range for $5. Participants may preregister at Sportsman's Range or Pine View Campground or register by 10 a.m. the day of the competition at the range.

For more information, call Sportsman's Range at 608-388-9162 or Pine View Campground at 608-388-3517.

 

Drug take-back day set for Oct. 17 in Sparta

The Sparta Police Department is holding a drug take-back day Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community members can drop off out-of-date or unwanted prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, ointments, nonaerosols, and patches.

The police department is located at 121 E. Oak St. and has a permanent collection box available during lobby hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Tomah Police Department, located at 805 Superior Ave., also has a permanent collection box available during lobby hours, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fort McCoy does not host a take-back event, but community members are encouraged to use drop-off spots in local communities to dispose of unwanted or out-of-date medications.

 

'Leadership: Resolving Conflict' scheduled for Oct. 20

A leadership class on resolving conflict is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Army Community Service (ACS), building 2111.

The class will teach leaders to explore the causes and discuss positive aspects of conflict, compare approaches to conflict management, and apply conflict-management techniques.

ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-3505.

 

Disability-employment observance scheduled for Oct. 22

Fort McCoy's observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The guest speaker is Lucas Herro, who was paralyzed after a 2013 diving accident.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is held every October to celebrate the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. The theme for 2015 is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."

The program starts at noon. Those attending should get lunch on their own.

For more information about Fort McCoy observances, call the Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-8994.

 

Holiday card workshop scheduled for Oct. 24

A Family Christmas card workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, at Army Community Service, building 2111.

The workshop is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families may reserve up to three hours of time to create personalized holiday greeting cards. Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 16. ACS events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.

For more information or to register, call 608-388-6507.

 

Halloween walk/run scheduled for Oct. 30

A costumed 1-mile walk/relay run is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

All participants must wear Halloween costumes. Runners and walkers compete in three-person teams.

Walkers must start and finish the race as a team. Runners participate in a relay race. The fastest relay and walking teams, as well as the team with the best costumes, receive prizes.

The event is free and open to all eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Registration is required by 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at Rumpel Fitness Center.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Fitness center hosts pumpkin pool party

The Great Pumpkin Pool Party is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

The event features miniature pumpkin decorating, an underwater scavenger hunt, a Halloween movie, cookies and punch, and swimming in a glowing pumpkin patch.

The event costs $5 per person and is open to all eligible Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

 

Free layaway back for holidays at Fort McCoy Exchange

The Fort McCoy Exchange is bringing back free layaway, just in time for early holiday shopping.

The layaway program ensures military shoppers have plenty of time to pay for gifts while keeping them hidden from prying eyes.
Starting immediately, the Fort McCoy Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24 — including toys and bikes. Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan.

"The Exchange's layaway program is a convenient way for shoppers to stock up on gifts for the holidays while staying mindful of their budgets," Exchange Store Manager Jordan Flint said.

"By waiving the service fee, the Exchange makes it worthwhile for shoppers to give layaway a try and keep gifts hidden from Family members who love snooping."

A deposit of 15 percent is required to hold items on layaway at the Exchange. Shoppers can visit the Fort McCoy Exchange customer service for complete program details and eligibility information.

For more information, call 608-388-4343.