Fort McCoy News Jan. 27, 2017

News Notes

Winter Extravaganza set for Jan. 28 at ski area

The Winter Extravaganza is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. The event will feature a variety of contests, including a rail jam, obstacle course, parent/child relay race, and hot dog eating contest. Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the day.

No registration is required. Normal ski area fees apply, and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 608-388-4498/3517.

Groundhog Daze 5k event runs Feb. 1-3 at fitness center

Rumpel Fitness Center is hosting the Groundhog Daze 5k event from Feb. 1-3.

Participants will run 5 kilometers for three days in a row. Runners must improve their times each day or they will be disqualified. Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman with lowest combined times for all three days.

The event is open to eligible fitness center patrons. There is no fee. To register or for more information, call 608-388-2290.

Observance planned Feb. 9 for African-American History Month

Fort McCoy's observance for African-American/Black History Month is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 9.

The guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

The observance will be held at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571. Eventgoers are encouraged to get lunch beforehand. For more information, call 608-388-6153.

'Fast & Flurrious' tubing race scheduled for Feb. 4 at ski area

The "Fast and Flurrious" tubing race is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

The race will feature team and single divisions. A maximum of 30 teams or single racers will be accepted in each division.

The event is open to the public. There is no fee for the race, but the usual ski area fees apply. Register the day of the event at the ski area.

For more information, call 608-388-4498.

Cardboard Classic set for Feb. 10 at Whitetail Ridge

The Cardboard Classic will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area.

Participants build their own sleds out of cardboard then race them down the ski hill. Submissions will be accepted in two divisions — on-site and off-site builds.

No metal frames are allowed. On-site builders can bring their own supplies, and duct tape and cardboard will be provided. Only cardboard and tape can be used to construct the sled, but participants may decorate their sleds with markers, spray paint, and colored tape.

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest sleds, the most creative, and the ugly ducklings. There is no fee, and the contest is open to the public.

Register by 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, Pine View Campground, or Rumpel Fitness Center. For more information, call 608-388-4498.

Sit, Sip, Paint on Feb. 10 at McCoy's Community Center

A "Sit, Sip, Paint" canvas-painting party is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571.

The workshop is a step-by-step painting demonstration by artist Linda Oldenburg. Participants will paint a 16-by-20-inch work of art.

All art supplies are provided. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and painting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wine, beverages, and food will be available for purchase.

The workshop costs $35 per person. The event is open to the public. Space is limited. Register online at or at McCoy's Community Center by Feb. 3.

For more information, call 608-388-2065.

Chili Taste Off planned Feb. 11 at ski area

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will hold a Chili Taste Off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11.

Prizes will be awarded for the most popular chili and the most festive chili presentation. Participants should bring their chili to the chalet at 10:30 a.m.; tasting will begin at 11 a.m.

The event is open to the public. There is no fee.

Register the day of the event at the ski area. For more information call 608-388-3200.

ACS offers overview of Blended Retirement System

Army Community Service is offering classes explaining the new Blended Retirement System, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The features of the new system include a 20-year, cliff-vested, defined benefit annuity, monthly retired pay with a defined contribution plan, the ability to contribute to a portable Thrift Savings Plan, and government matching contributions.

Classes explaining the new system will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14, April 4, and Aug. 15 and 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 20 and Oct. 17. Registration is required one week prior to a scheduled class.

For more information, call 608-388-3540.

Unit representative training, kick-off planned for AER

Army Emergency Relief unit representative training is being planned for February.

Unit representative training helps individuals learn about Army Emergency Relief and the duties and importance of their role in the campaign. Sessions will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

The annual Army Emergency Relief campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is scheduled for 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at McCoy's Community Center, building 1571. The event will provide information on Army Emergency Relief and kick-start fundraising.

Registration is required a week prior to each event. For more information or to register, call 608-388-3540.

Family workshops planned Feb. 25, March 4 at ACS

Army Community Service will hold wood-shop workshops Feb. 25 and March 4.

Participants will make wooden pens. The workshop will be held 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 25 or March 4.

All materials and instructions are provided at the workshop. Class sizes are limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Earlier start times are available for Families in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Army Community Service events are open to military members, retirees, civilian workers, Family members, and registered Fort McCoy volunteers. Registration is required one week prior to each class.

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

Ticket to Fitness runs through Feb. 27

"Ticket to Fitness" runs through Feb. 27.

The fitness center will sell $25 tickets to fitness, which can be redeemed for 20 fitness classes, normally $3 each. If patrons use all 20 classes before Feb. 27, they can turn in the cards for a chance to win a $150 gift card.

For more information, call 608-388-2290.

Indoor Driving Range now open in building 1676

The Indoor Driving Range is now open in building 1676.

Range hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through April 6. Customers must use their own golf clubs and balls.
A 60-minute session costs $5, or a 10-session pass is available for $30. Patrons also may purchase a season pass for $50.
Participants also may store clubs at the indoor range for $15 per month or $50 for the season. Passes can be purchased at Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, or at the range (cash only).

The range is open to authorized Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons. For more information, call 608-388-2290.

Check out commissary for big game treats

When it comes to saving money on the menus for their football playoffs viewing party, service members and their Families can score big if they remember their commissary, said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency's director of sales.

"We are ready to provide what you need — chicken wings, veggie and fruit trays, pizzas, sodas, water, snacks, and the ingredients for that special dip and more — for whatever big game party you're hosting," Russ said. "With the money you'll save, you might even think about getting a larger TV screen at your local Exchange."

With the football playoffs in full swing, commissary patrons will see displays in their stores highlighting the promotions and sales for those big game football parties.

Before visiting their store, Russ encourages commissary patrons to use to help them maximize their big game savings before they shop. Website visitors can access Commissary Rewards Card digital coupons, the "Sales and Events" page, the sales flier, and the "Savings Aisle" for promotional prices and more.

For more information visit the Fort McCoy Commissary in building 1537 or call 608-388-3542.

Next issue of The Real McCoy

The next issue of The Real McCoy will be published Feb. 10. Deadline for submissions to be considered for that issue is noon Feb. 1.

For more information, call 608-388-2407.