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The Franconian News Serving the Franconia Military Community in Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt

Vol. 9, Issue 24 • •

Friday June 22, 2012

Preschoolers graduate, ready for kindergarten

By Jessica Lipari, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany -- Walking across the stage and being handed a diploma while wearing a cap and gown is a milestone in one’s life; it is graduation day. At Warner Barracks, 30 preschool students enrolled in Child, Youth and School Services Strong Beginnings program did just that on June 14. The graduates took the stage at the Stable Theater to perform prior to being presented with their diplomas. With proud parents watching, the children said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “Happy Birthday” to the Army, the “Alphabet Chant” and “World’s Greatest.” What started out as a pilot program here in 2009, Strong Beginnings has eased the transition from preschool to kindergarten for more than 100 children.

Jessica Lipari

Graduates from the Strong Beginning class of 2012 perform the “Alphabet Chant” at the Stable Theater on June 14. Thirty preschool students graduated the program that eases the transition from preschool to kindergarten by teaching the children basic school subjects, social and disciplinary skills.

“Strong Beginnings is a beneficial program for both the child entering kindergarten and the parents,” said Michelle Hicks, Strong Beginnings program associate. “It prepares the child for the educational and social language arts, math and science, graduates from the program have a aspects of starting elementary school.” jump-start on their learning. “This program also enables the parents to see what kindergarten will The program also concentrates on kindergarten etiquette, including bring,” Hicks said. (CLASS continued on Page 3)

With focus on teaching the children the basic school subjects, including

Welcome Home Task Force Shield

USAG Ansbach finishes IMCOM-Europe Soccer Officials’ Clinic with tournament By Patrick Kabuye, Ansbach Family and MWR Sports and Fitness ANSBACH, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosted the Installation Management Command-Europe Soccer Officials’ Clinic last week and finished it off with a one-day tournament on Storck Barracks’ sports fields. The tournament was part of the exercise to certify soccer officials that will officiate the 2012 IMCOM-Europe community games. Prior to that, the potential soccer referees participated in a two-day lecture session on June 14-15 at the Storck Barracks Community Activity Center. The seven attendees were from across Europe, including one attendee from Belgium.

Spc. Latoya Dallas

Command Sgt. Maj. Terry Burton of the 172nd Support Battalion is greeted by his Family during a welcome home ceremony on June 16. About 1,000 Soldiers will return to U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt throughout June. For more on this story, see Page 5 and for more pictures, visit

USAG Ansbach was the official host for the second year in a row. Tony Lee, IMCOM-Europe Center of Excellence director, oversaw the clinic; Andrew Knef, a certified United States Soccer Federation referee, conducted the clinic and Patrick Kabuye, Ansbach Family and Morale, Wellness and Recreation’s Sports and Fitness director, coordinated the event. (SOCCER continued on Page 3)

Free children’s carnival at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach June 29. Click here for more information.

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Friday June 22, 2012

Strong Beginnings prepares children for success in kindergarten By Spc. Latoya Dallas, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Office SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- There was a strong air of accomplishment as “Pomp and Circumstance” blared for the class of 2012. Even with considerable rehearsal time, the entrance into the ceremony was a little shaky for the pint-sized graduates as they proceeded into the ceremony in an irregular single-file line and merrily fumbled to find their personal seat placement. The proud parents did not mind at all as they became the graduates’ paparazzi. After all, their graduates are only 4 and 5 years old. On June 12, Mintina Houston, the director of U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt’s Child Development Center, presented 31 youngsters of the Strong Beginnings pre-kindergarten program certificates to celebrate the end of the school year and to celebrate the children’s achievements. “There is potential in all of these children — to be a surgeon or even the president,” said Houston.

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Jonah Flores, right, in tow making his way through the Strong Beginnings graduation procession. On June 12, 4 and 5 year olds commemorated their completion of Strong Beginnings, a pre-kindergarten program. They will begin kindergarten this fall.

“Strong Beginnings is a kindergarten preparatory program which focuses mainly on academics,” said Katja Romberg, the lead Strong Beginnings teacher. “That’s what makes our program more unique when compared DoDDS. The only difference is that school days are half days. Monday through Friday, Group One meets from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m and Group to regular preschool programs.” Two meets 1 to 4 p.m. Strong Beginnings falls under the scope of the Child Development Center which is part of the garrison’s Child, Youth and School Services. These durations accommodate a 4-year-old child’s very short attention span and provide a relaxed environment, yet help transition children into “According to studies, as a whole, CYS children somewhat lag behind the full school days of kindergarten. their peers,” said Tiffany Craig, the assistant Strong Beginnings teacher. “It is not due to incapability, but especially in military communities the “Observing and monitoring progress is very important to us,” Craig stress that is introduced to our Families sometimes makes our schedules said. “In addition to bi-annual parent-teacher conferences, the teachers create portfolios and journals and do weekly observations so that at any hard to meet academic opportunities.” time during the school year, the parents can check the progress of their That is why the staff at Strong Beginnings would like to provide children child.” equal opportunities to advance academically at an earlier age by taking small steps with them to help them transition into a classroom Through the past year, the 4- and 5-year-old children of USAG Schweinfurt have come to play, paint, draw, build, read, write, color and environment. learn. In addition to the Army prescribed Child, Youth and School Services regulations, the National Association for the Education of Young The power of play helped these children grow academically, emotionally Children standards and the Creative Curriculum are incorporated into and socially. Through the power of compassionate teaching, these children are now prepared for elementary school. the program’s standards. “Not only will the students gain knowledge in subjects such as math, Children must be at least 4 years old and registered with CYSS to be language, literacy, science, technology, social studies and physical eligible for the program. Prices vary depending on family income. development and health, but they will also practice classroom etiquette For more information about the Strong Beginnings program or to register and school readiness,” Romberg said. your child, call 09721-96-6517 or visit Parent Central Services located at The program follows the calendar of American schools here in Germany, Ledward Barracks in Building 224. which are part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, or

Lt. Col. Steven L. Morris U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Commander

Col. Kelly J. Lawler U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Commander Ansbach Contributors Bianca Sowders Connie Summers Tel. 0981-183-1600

Bamberg Contributors Sina Kingsbury - Editor Simon Hupfer Jessica Lipari Heidi Sanders Tel. 0951-300-1600 Lt. Col. Michael Runey U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Commander Schweinfurt Contributors Margaret Gotheridge Nathan Van Schaik Tel. 09721-96-1400

The Franconian News is an unofficial publication of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt, IMCOM-Europe and the U.S. Army authorized under the provisions of AR-360-1. Contents of The Franconian News are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or the Department of the Army. Private organizations noted in this publication are not part of the Dept. of Defense and those wishing to make an announcement must be registered. Fundraising events must be pre-approved through the MWR Financial Management Division, located in Bldg. 7107. The appearance of advertising in this publication does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised by the U.S. Army. All content in this publication is prepared, edited and approved by the Public Affairs Office. The PAO reserves the right to edit submissions for style, clarity or fit. Time sensitive announcements are run for a minimum of two weeks. Information is accurate at the time of publishing. If specifics change, the change will be noted in the following publication. The deadline for all Franconian News submissions is two weeks prior to the desired publication date. The Public Affairs Office is not responsible for late submissions. This publication is produced and distributed every Thursday in an electronic format and can be viewed on the U.S. Army Garrison

Bamberg website at or the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach website at All Family and MWR programs provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with special needs. For assistance please contact the facility manager prior to your visit. Contact Information: Office Location: Bldg. 7089, Warner Barracks U.S. Army Address: Unit 27535, APO AE 09139 Telephone:DSN:469-1600, Fax: DSN:469-8033 German Address: Weissenburgstrasse 12, 96052 Bamberg Telephone:(+49) 0951-300-1600, Fax: :(+49) 0951-300--8033

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Friday June 22, 2012

Know the do’s and don’ts of passport usage Bamberg Staff Report

passport at the same time.

BAMBERG, Germany -- The idea of passports, or some type of But, when is the right time to use the no-fee passport? document that identifies you and your nationality, has long been a According to the Department of State, a no-fee passport should only part of history. be used when traveling overseas on official orders. For example, Some of the earliest references of passports can be found in the Bible when you are traveling to a new duty station, you would use your and date back to about 450 B.C. when a man named Nehemiah was no-fee passport. When traveling for leisure or personal reasons, given a letter from the king asking distant officials to allow the man you must use your tourist passport, said Don Johnson, the Bamberg safe travel as he journeyed to Judea, according to the book “The military passport acceptance agent. Passport: The History of Man’s Most Travelled Document.” In fact, it is against the law to use your no-fee passport when on In the United States, the individual states began issuing passports leisure travel, said Johnson. in 1775. The document was designed by Benjamin Franklin, then the minister to France, and was based on the look of the French “You could get fined,” he said. passport. It wasn’t until 1856 that Congress granted the Department of State sole authority to issue passports. If you only have a tourist passport, you are technically only allowed to stay within the country for a maximum of 90 days every six months. While today’s passports may look a whole lot different than those original documents, the purpose hasn’t changed much over the years. So, what happens if you came to Germany with just a tourist passport? However, today’s passport is a much more complex document than No need to worry, said Johnson. If you just have a tourist passport the original. Many people often get confused by the differences in the and do not have a no-fee passport, you can go to the passport office types of passports and how to use them. and apply for a Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA, card that can be inserted into your tourist passport. There are several different types of American passports including: tourist (blue cover), official (maroon cover) and diplomatic (black One thing Johnson cautioned is to not wait until the last minute to do cover.) passport paperwork. In addition to the regular tourist passport, there is also a no-fee tourist passport, which also has a blue cover. While an official or diplomatic passport is considered a no-fee passport, the blue no-fee tourist passports are typically issued to family members who are traveling on orders for the U.S. government, according to the Department of State website.

If you are applying for a tourist passport, the process can take up to four weeks, he said. An official passport can take between four and six weeks to get back. Johnson recommends starting the renewal process at least 90 days before the passport expires. In addition, while the passport office doesn’t process Visa applications, (KNOW continued on Page 6 )

Community members are allowed to have both a no-fee and tourist

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walking in line and sitting at a table. It follows a timeline and break schedule similar to Bamberg Elementary School to ease the transition. Throughout the year, the 2012 graduating class of Strong Beginnings has conducted field trips around post and participated in several events. The class grew a garden and participated in activities including Tae Kwon Do and yoga. “I feel this program is an asset to the children who are transitioning into kindergarten because the tools they leave the program with are essential to their success,” Hicks said. Enrollment for the Strong Beginnings class of 2013 is now available at Parent Central Services. There is room for 40 children in the program and the child must be 4 years old by September 1 to be eligible for enrollment. There is a morning class from 8-11 a.m. and an afternoon class from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to enroll your child in Strong Beginnings, call Parent Central Services at 0951-300-7716.

Deanna Gypin

Spc. Sandro Almendarez, in blue, from U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach attempts to steal the ball from Staff Sgt. Anthony Lewis, in red, from USAG Stuttgart during an Installation Management Command-Europe soccer officials’ tournament on June 16. The clinic certified seven attendees to referee 2012 IMCOM-Europe community soccer games.

The games that the officials had to referee were geared towards assessment of the attendees. The three teams participating were community soccer teams from U.S. Army Garrisons Ansbach, Stuttgart and Schweinfurt. USAG Stuttgart’s team was declared 2012 IMCOM-Europe Soccer Official’s Clinic Tournament champions. Quincey Collins, who was selected Most Valuable Player, was part of the USAG Stuttgart community soccer team.

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Friday June 22, 2012

Cultivating Franconian tradition - Kirchweih season is here By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany -- Bamberg’s surrounding communities and villages are getting ready for their annual country fairs, church anniversaries or “Kirchweih” festivities, as locals call it. Kirchweih fests, or “Kerwa” as most Franconians would say, go back to a medieval tradition that celebrated the community’s church consecration day. Generally, that was the name day of the church’s patron saint, or the Sunday after. In Germany, a common date was introduced for all church anniversaries where the original date was lost or unclear. That’s why many communities host it on the third Sunday in October. The Bamberg County, as the heart of the Culinary Region Upper Franconia, is cultivating the Kirchweih tradition. Its official Kirchweih calendar lists more then 250 fests on 58 pages, covering Kirchweih fests as late as January 2013. Courtesy Photo

To some Americans, these rural traditions in their communities may The “Kirchweihbuben” of the Hirschaid community set up the decorated seem exotic, to say the least; some can simply be considered “weird”: “Kirchweih” tree in the center of the fest site. In some communities the tree is guarded day and night, so “Kirchweihbuben” from neighboring In most villages a group of (usually unmarried) young men called communities do not kidnap it or cut it down. “Kirchweihbuben” rove around singing, drinking and dragging a long decorated tree, the so-called “Kirchweihbaum,”, to the fest site. Once In some areas “burying the keg” is still a vivid tradition. The group of erected, the tree then has to be guarded day and night, since competing Kirchweihbuben has to find a buried beer keg that is hidden somewhere groups from neighboring villages might try to kidnap it or cut it down; if in the village. the thief is successful, it’s an unutterable shame for the entire village. (FEST continued on Page 6)

Spouses’ Corner: Happiness is a state of mind Editor’s note: The Franconian News is trying something new. U.S. mind; I could make up my mind to be happy. I could choose. I Army Garrison Ansbach Public Affairs Office has found several couldn’t do anything at the moment about the custody battle, so why spouses of currently deployed Soldiers who have thoughts that might be miserable? be helpful, supportive and encouraging for other spouses. I took this lesson to a then distraught little girl that was 7 years old at By Charity Boedeker the time; now she is 20. Rule No. 3! Happiness is a state of mind. Abraham Lincoln once Every time she would get sullen and ornery I would tell her, “Look, I said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to need you to make up your mind about what kind of day you want to be.” have. You could have a good day or a bad day, it’s a choice you can make. Go sit down and take some time to think about this. I want I often hear quotes and they make sense to me, but I guess a piece you to know that I am going to have a good day and it’s okay for you of me still really doesn’t understand what they really mean. That to have a bad one just as long as you stay away from me and you being said, this is how I discovered the truth in Abraham Lincoln’s know that it is your choice. You should also know that sometimes, words. even if you choose to have a good day, you can fall back into a bad one. At this point, you need to claim a do-over, a reset and choose It was a very bad day, okay maybe it was a really bad few months again. Sometimes you have to make this decision several times a and I was going through a continuous custody battle with my exday.” husband. I cried so much and the pain was often great. Always carrying around my heavy heart, I was sitting in my car getting ready She went in the other room and sat down for a few minutes and to go into the grocery store. Getting ready to be involved, drying up came back to me. tears, checking my face in the mirror and a long sigh. She said “I want to have a good day Mom.” It was summer in Cape Cod and the store was crawling with anxious tourists with all their beautiful sunbathed children in tow. I am I replied, “Good, we can have a good day together then.” walking down the aisles adding up my purchases. If anything, going to court can make the wealthiest person poor. This lesson has helped the both of us through the tough stuff our entire lives. My thoughts are scattered and I am trying to stay focused when suddenly I hear laughter. The sound of it shatters my world and my Now, when we forget, and oh, we can forget, one of us will say to soul stops to listen. I realize that I am tired of crying, tired of feeling the other: “Choose your day.” So now I say to you, my reader, you bad and I want to laugh. guessed it! I want to laugh so much that I did! I started laughing and in this moment I learned a valuable lesson. I could change my state of

Rule No. 3: Happiness is a state of mind and the lesson is “choose your day.”

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Friday June 22, 2012

Asthma inhalers less effective without special device By Douglas DeMaio, Bavaria Department Activity Public Affairs


BAMBERG, Germany -- Breathing becomes increasingly difficult for people with asthma, but choosing what medication to use for an attack and what device to administer it can place an asthmatic at risk.

“We are trying to educate the public into the value of learning how to use the meter-dosed inhaler with the spacer and not the nebulizer.”

-- Dr. Vincent Bentley Every day in the U.S., nine people die from Bamberg Health Clinic medical director asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy supposed to go, which is into your lungs.” Foundation of America website. “There are short-acting medications that give you quick relief,” said Dr. Vincent Bentley, the medical director for the Bamberg Health Clinic. “People like these a lot because they are so effective in breaking an asthma attack, but we would like to not have people depend on those medications.”

Asthma accounts for 1.75 million emergency room visits in the U.S. each year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website. It also accounts for more than 10 million outpatient visits and 479,000 hospitalizations.

Meter-dosed inhalers have special instructions, Those who are hospitalized might use a he said. Patients using the devices need to nebulizer, which is electronic device used to be familiar with those instructions to be able to Using the right medication and correct device is administer medication in the form of a mist, receive the medication in the canister properly. Bentley said. important, Bentley said. “We are trying to educate the public into the Preferred medications are long acting “When you come into the emergency room, value of learning how to use the meter-dosed beta agonists and corticosteroids. These frequently we would use the nebulizer because inhaler with the spacer and not the nebulizer,” medications are designed to prevent asthma it is administered by the clinical staff.” Bentley Bentley said. “There are many people who feel said. “There is no need to educate the patient like the nebulizer is easier to use. Through attacks. on proper administration. People see how the education, we can teach the patients how to “These medications come in a meter-dosed nebulizer works and they want the nebulizer to become comfortable with the spacer.” inhaler,” Bentley said. “Something you inhale take home with them.” Allergens such as mold, dust mites, pollen in your airways. Inhaling it in your airways isn’t People find that they breathe easier with the from trees or flowers and foods such as always easy. If you don’t inhale it correctly, it device and decide to purchase one to help treat peanuts, eggs and fish can trigger an asthma goes in the back of your mouth and doesn’t go their asthma, he said. Since nebulizers are not attack, according to the Asthma and Allergy down your lungs and it does no good.” as portable as inhalers, asthmatics using them Foundation of America website. Asthma has increased since the early 1980s across all age, Bentley recommends asthmatics get a spacer, might be putting themselves at risk. sex and racial groups and, since 1980 asthma, which the health clinic can dispense, he said. “Studies are proving that people who are death rates overall have increased more than These devices allow medications to more dependent on the nebulizers have a higher risk 50 percent among all genders, age groups and effectively reach the airways. of death than those who learn to control their ethnic groups. The death rate for children under “When you squeeze the trigger, it goes in asthma with inhalers.” Bentley said. “You never 19 years old has nearly doubled since 1980. between the spacer and all the droplets of the know when you will have an asthma attack. medication are in the spacer,” Bentley said. People rarely take their nebulizer with them and For more information on how to prevent asthma “You take a breath, then it is more likely that the meter-dose inhaler with the spacer is very attacks, visit those droplets of medication go where it is portable.”

Schweinfurt welcomes home Task Force Shield By Spc. Latoya Dallas, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Office

SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The community here has been welcoming home groups of Soldiers from the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade’s Task Force Shield, and more are on the way. More than 1,000 Soldiers with Schweinfurt’s 172nd Support Battalion, 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment and 15th Engineer Battalion are returning from deployment to southeastern Afghanistan where they have been supporting Operation Enduring Freedom for past 10 months.


The brigade’s mission was to reduce the capability and will of the insurgency, bolster Afghanistan’s own native security force and facilitate national development to foster stability in the country, according to the International Security Assistance Force website. During the next several weeks, the remainder of the Task Force Shield will be returning to U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt. The final flight for returning Soldiers is slated for late June.

During the next several days, the Soldiers will undergo standard reintegration procedures and, with the support of their friends, Families The 172nd SIB’s Task Force Shield deployed and the community adjust back to life here in in the summer of 2011, assuming mission Germany. throughout the Paktika Providence of

Spc. Latoya Dallas

Children embrace their father, who was attached to the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade’s Task Force Shield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. About 1,000 Soldiers will return through June.

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Friday June 22, 2012

Calvary Regiment departs for Afghanistan By Margaret Gotheridge, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Soldiers with the advanced echelon, or ADVON, from the 1st Squadron, 91st Calvary Regiment loaded their gear and bid farewell to their Family and friends June 12 as they departed for Afghanistan. The 1st Sqdn., 91st Cav. Regt. is part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and will be deployed to the Northern Logar Province in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XIII. This will be their third tour to Afghanistan since 2006. Many of the Soldiers will be returning to familiar territory throughout this deployment. During the squadron’s previous yearlong deployment, which began in November 2009, the unit was assigned to the Southern Logar Province where their mission was to secure the populace and expand governance.

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Soldiers with Schweinfurt’s 1st Squadron, 91st Calvary Regiment load their gear and prepare to board a bus departing Schweinfurt as part of the advanced echelon deployment to Afghanistan. Members of the ADVON group will be joined by the remaining units of the squadron that are set to deploy in the coming weeks.

Working directly with the headquarters of the 173rd ABCT, the mission of the 1st Sqdn., 91st Cav. Regt. will be in enabling the Afghan Security Forces, which includes the Afghan National Army and Afghan Police, to earlier this month. operate independently, said Capt. Jakob Bradfield, Rear Detachment commander. These two groups will facilitate the arrival of the incoming units to Afghanistan set to arrive in the coming weeks. The ADVON will be joining members of the “torch party,” which left (KNOW from Page 3)

Activity Center Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

they do have information packets to let you know what you need to do to get one. Johnson encourages community members to start Once you have the packet and all the documents, the visit to the passport office only takes about 5-10 minutes, Johnson said. thinking well in advance about applying for a Visa if needed.

“Sometimes it can take up to a year to get through the Visa application The Bamberg passport office, located on the first floor of the Service Credit Union building, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 8a.m. process,” he said. to noon for walk ins and from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and If community members have a baby overseas, they will also have 1-3 p.m. Thursday for Consular Report of Birth Abroad appointments. to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad before applying for a passport. Parents can also apply for a newborn’s Social Security card For more information, call the passport office in Ansbach at 09841at the passport office as well. 83-3456, Bamberg at 0951-300-8928 or Schweinfurt at 09721-968829/8919. Information about passports and documents can be downloaded from the website or by stopping by the passport More information can also be found at office. Photos for the passport can be obtained at the Community passport_1738.html.

Most small and lovable Kirchweih fests run from Friday to Monday. Bamberg‘s world-famous “Sandkirchweih” runs August 23 to 27, The celebrating community gathers around the fest tree for traditional drawing 300,000 visitors from all over the world to Bamberg’s dances, supported by local music bands, traditionally brass Sandstrasse. “Sandkirchweih” features the “Fishermen’s Joust,” instruments and drums and the well-known oompah-sound. a spectacular tradition that goes back to the 15th century and a highlight of the festivities. When the crowd is pushing itself through In some communities you can still see people wearing their traditional Sandstrasse, there is little reminder that the fest once celebrated the festive garb or uniforms. consecration of the little St. Elisabeth Church in Bamberg’s Sand District. The local guesthouses serve typical Franconian culinary specialties, like kettle boiled pork meat, which sometimes includes the pig’s entire The county of Bamberg has published its detailed Kirchweih calendar head (“Kesselfleisch” or “Gsicht,”), or innards (“Schlachtschuessel.”) at, featuring an alphabetical, as Usually it is served on a pile of sauerkraut. The heavy Kirchweih food well as a chronological list, of available fests. is usually flushed down with lots of beer. “We’d like to invite you to experience a typical piece of culture in Entertainment is provided for the whole family through carnival rides the city and county of Bamberg,” said Guenther Denzler, the city of and, in some areas, there are still traditional cattle markets, like in Bamberg’s county commissioner. “You are preserving a Franconian the old times, when the Kirchweih was also a good business for tradition that is worth cultivating.” community members.

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Friday June 22, 2012

Stable Theater to offer theatrical workshops for entire Family By Heidi Sanders, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Broadway-aspiring performer should know? Austin said the workshops will likely be free Led by Nora Sobering. This will be a fun night thanks to a welfare grant from the Bamberg of movement and discovery. Spouses and Civilians’ Club.

BAMBERG, Germany -- Children and adults alike are invited to learn new skills at the Stable • July 26 - Sitcom - Writing Comedy and Doing Improv - How do they come up with that stuff? Theater’s Theatrical Workshop Series. Join this brainstorming session to create a The workshops, which will cover a variety of situation comedy like on TV, and then improvise aspects of the theater, will take place from 6-9 how an episode might develop. Led by Jack p.m. on Thursdays beginning July 12, said Austin. Jack Austin, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg’s entertainment director. • August 2 - To be determined. “The series is geared for the entire Family,” • August 9 - Singing for Broadway: Led Austin said. “Kids can come with their parents by opera singer Connie Panagakis. Learn to learn theater skills.” techniques for that “Broadway belt” sound. Some experienced individual singers will be Participants can attend as few or as many of selected for demonstrations. the sessions as they like, Austin said. • August 16 - Clowning and Body Movement: The topics covered at each session will be as Enter the fascinating world of performance follows: through physical comedy. Led by Maddy • July 12 - Auditioning for Musical Theater: Austin, stage manager for Bryn Mawr College’s Learn how to show your best under stressful Goodhart Hall. circumstances. Led by veteran director Margi Ritscher and Stable Theater director Jack • August 23 - Stage Management essentials: Austin, with tips from 2012 Topper Award- How do they hold all that together? Become an indispensable stage manager for any winning Choreographer, Nora Sobering. performance through tricks and techniques in • July 19 - Dance Basics for Musical Theater: this workshop. Led by Maddy Austin and Jack What are the essentials and basics that every Austin.

“It appears there will be no cost to participants,” he said. Austin said past workshops have been well received. “We have offered many of these over the years to different groups,” he said. “We usually draw from our regular volunteer base.” He said participants do not have to have past theater experience or previously been involved with the Stable Theater, but he hopes that those who attend the workshops will take part in future productions. “The basic intent aside from giving the whole Family an opportunity to get involved with theater is, because we are small community, to take skills and apply them in a show,” he said. Austin said participants are encouraged to sign up for the sessions they would like to attend in advance, either by calling the Stable Theater at 0951-300-8647 or by sending an email to

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Friday June 22, 2012

FMC celebrates Army birthday

ANSBACH, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated the Army’s 237th birthday on June 14 with a three-kilometer walk, roll fun run, cake, dunk tank, chalk drawing, bowling, games and being a part of the largest American flag photograph. The fun began at 2:30 p.m. at Katterbach Kaserne Boardwalk and concluded at 5 p.m. For more photos of the event, click here. Photo by Bianca Sowders

BAMBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army celebrated its 237th birthday on June 14. U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg celebrated with a ceremony at the Freedom Fitness Facility. Children from the Child Development Center sang “Happy Birthday” and community members participated in a chili cook-off. Photo by Heidi Sanders

SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Community members and Soldiers representing 10 units celebrated the Army’s 237th birthday June 14 at a ceremony here at Ledward Barracks. This birthday event provides just one opportunity for Soldiers stationed here to tell their story. To read about Soldiers stationed at U.S. Garrison Schweinfurt, click here. Photo by Margaret Gotheridge

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Friday June 22, 2012

Was ist los in Franken? By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

Rosengarten Serenades in Bamberg Every year a series of classical concerts called Rosengarten Serenaden take place in Bamberg at the Rosengarten der Neuen Residenz at Domplatz. It begins at 8 p.m. and are scheduled for the following dates: June 29 and 30, July 20, 21, 27 and 28, August 3, 4, 31 and September 1. In case of inclement weather, the concerts are moved into the Kaisersaal. For more information go to www.

Fraenkisches Weinfest - Bamberg The Franconian Wine Fest in Bamberg, open June 22-24, takes place in the inner courtyard of Schloss Geyerswoerth; there you can taste regional wines and culinary specialties. The lord mayor of Bamberg will officially open the fest on Friday at 5 p.m. together with the Franconian Wine Queen. Opening hours are Friday and Saturday 2-11:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. For more information, also check City Beach in Wuerzburg Wuerzburg is offering a quick trip to the beach on the public Flea Market in Fuerth “Stadtstrand” on Ludwigskai, open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. until The Grafflmarkt in Fuerth, a large downtown flea market that offers September 15. For more information at www.stadtstrand-wuerzburg. treasures, junk and antiques for almost every taste, is open on de. June 22, 4-10 p.m. and June 23, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Locations include Gustavstrasse, Waagplatz, Waagstrasse, Koenigstrasse, Gruener “Sommer in der City” in Nuremberg Markt, Loewenplatz, Geleitsgasse and Paisleyplatz. For more Nuremberg is offering a city beach on Insel Schuett near Hauptmarkt. information check White sand, beach chairs, palms and a pool bar create that special vacation feeling; open daily 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. until July 24. Arts and Crafts in Dinkelsbuehl More information at Looking for a special gift or memento? A unique arts and crafts market is scheduled for Dinkelsbuehl at the Spitalhof (Dr.-Martin-Luther- Volksmarch Highlights in Franken Strasse 6) on June 23-24 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information Here is a quick look at upcoming Volksmarches in Franconia. go to Participants can typically choose from 5-, 10- or 20-kilometer distances. Hikers don’t start all at once, but within a certain time Rothsee Triathlon Festival frame and cover the chosen distance at their own pace. Food and The Rothsee Triahlon Festival on June 23-24 is an interesting sports drinks will be sold on location and registration is possible on site. It event for young and old; participants run, swim and ride their bicycles is best to contact the listed point of contact for exact starting times, over Olympic distances. The finish line and entertainment program updates and location information. For other locations within Germany for the audience, as well as the awards ceremony, will be located also check the website at the Rothsee Segelzentrum. For more information, go to at www. • June 23-24: 5, 10, 20 km in Hessdorf – POC: Wanderfreunde Hessdorf e.V., 09193-8974; start time: 6a.m. – noon Volksfest in Aschaffenburg • June 30 and July 1: 5, 10, 20 km in Spalt – POC: Wanderfreunde The Aschaffenburg fest is still ongoing until June 25; it is located on Spalt e.V., 09175-1500; start time: 7 a.m.-noon Darmstaedter Strasse in front of the Schloss Johannisburg and offers • July 1: 5-, 11-, or 20 kilometer in Schluesselfeld – POC: TSV 1863 traditional rides and fest activities; opening times are Sunday through e.V. Schluesselfeld, 09552-489; start time: 6a.m.-noon Thursday noon to midnight, on Friday and Saturday noon to 1 a.m. For more information go to

Family Zone Lounge coming soon to Schweinfurt

A message from the Director of is time to do some long overdue enhancements well where they could relax and socialize,” Family and Morale, Welfare and to the area of The Commons: the Tax Relief Sieber said. Office and the Parent Central Services areas. Recreation The Family Zone Lounge, located next to Cafe SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- You might have noticed the relocation of the Tax Relief Office in The Commons on Ledward Barracks and the vast empty space where the Tax Relief Office desk used to be and wonder what is going on. Well, the garrison is busy with a continuing series of upgrades to The Commons, Building 224 on Ledward Barracks. Commonly known as “the gateway to our community,” The Commons hosts a variety of services and quality of life locations to include the Warrior Zone, Cafe Rohr, an Army Recreation Machine Program game room, the Tax Relief Office and Child, Youth and School Services Parent Central Services office. During the years, the garrison has opened the Warrior Zone and upgraded Cafe Rohr. Now it

Nancy Sieber and Silvia Joiner, who both worked on the Warrior Zone and Cafe Rohr upgrades, are working with garrison officials to give Families an enhanced customer service experience whether they are waiting on a taxrelief form or need to conduct business with the Parents Central Services office.

Rohr, will allow patrons to enjoy a cup of coffee, Cafe Rohr pastry or snack while relaxing in a child-friendly area.

We’re betting everyone is going to enjoy this makeover, especially moms with kids. We’ve given our single Soldiers two great facilities in Schweinfurt, the Warrior Zone and The We’ve dubbed this makeover “The Family Zone Recreation Center on Conn Barracks. Now we’d like to give our Families another great Lounge.” indoor area in which to relax, socialize and take “We’re going to be busy over the next several care of some business. months upgrading the floor areas a bit with a new look, adding a lounge area to relax, Be watching for our anticipated grand opening enhancing the decor and color schemes and of the Family Zone Lounge around the end of adding a dedicated children’s play area,” said July. Sieber. And pardon the inconvenience while we work to “The present configuration had too much make Schweinfurt an even better place to live, wasted and unused space and Families have work and play. been asking us to give them some space as

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Franconia Military Community Announcements Army Suggestion Program The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, civilians and any concerned individuals to submit ideas regarding how the Army can increase efficiency and cut costs. Approved suggestions are assessed on how much they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands of dollars. For more information, or to submit an idea, Army Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP website at Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their installation coordinator.

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Sexual Assault Your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is available 24 hours a day. Call 0162-510-2917 for the 24- hour hotline.

Trial Defense Services If you’re a Soldier and you are questioned by law enforcement, Criminal Investigation Division or members of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to answer any question, even from your commander and you have the right to talk to an attorney. If questioned, you should immediately, demand to speak to an attorney. As a Soldier, you are entitled to free consultation and representation by a military defense counsel. All communications with a trial defense attorney are privileged and will not be released to your command. DEERS Validation Soldiers are responsible for ensuring Defense Let a U.S. Army trial defense attorney help you. Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System information is For more information, come speak with a free trial updated. Please see the ID card section to update defense attorney. your DEERS information. Teen Stress OneSource Mobile The National Military Family Association created a kit Army OneSource is now available for smart phone to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help browsers. The launch of a mobile device version will them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects optimize Army OneSource the mobile experience for of military life. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and visitors. Visit today. learn more, visit News/2010/07/OperationPurple. Get EFMP Registered Is your Soldier coming back from downrange? If your Involved Consideration Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it is Missed appointments diminish a medical facility’s not too early to start your Exceptional Family Member ability to provide efficient health care. The next time Program paperwork. Family members can start the you cannot make your medical appointment, please paperwork now. Your local Army Community Services be considerate and cancel your appointment. We EFMP manager can assist in determining what need your involvement to provide better care for our you need to do. Remember, if you have someone military community. registered in EFMP, the registration has to be updated every three years or when the condition changes. Scout Program Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects Pre-Separation Briefing three young people — of the Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Planning to move from Soldier to civilian? Take Scouts or Venturing Crew — who have demonstrated advantage of the transition services offered by practical citizenship in school, scouting and the the Army Career and Alumni Program, such as community. The first-place winner receives a $5,000 a Department of Labor two-and-a-half day job award, the second-place winner receives a $3,000 assistance workshop, resume preparation assistance award and the third-place winner receives $1,000. and information about veterans’ benefits. Make an For more information, visit appointment to attend the mandatory ACAP Pre- Community/Scout-of-the-Year-Scholarship/ Separation Briefing; offered weekly and about an hour long. Separating Soldiers can start the ACAP PTA Scholarships Family Advocacy Programs process one year before separating. Soldiers who will Apply for European Parent Teacher Association Army Community Services’ Family Advocacy Program be retiring can start two years out from their projected scholarships. For more information, visit http:// is here to provide help and support by offering a New retirement date. Parent Support Program, Newborn Network, play group, parenting classes, communication classes, Post 911 GI Bill victim advocacy and anger/stress management Take advantage of your military benefits. Earn a classes. Contact your local ACS for dates and class degree or skill with your Post 911 GI Bill. Find out schedules. more about your benefits by visiting http://www.gibill. Immediate Appointments Are you tired of waiting on hold while scheduling a Edelweiss Resort medical appointment at health clinic? With TRICARE Ongoing specials and packages GarmischOnline, you don’t have to wait on hold. You can Partenkirchen, Germany. This full-scale resort and schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and alpine lodge is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and manage your health needs better. Register today ski country. The hotel is part of USAG Garmisch with at To learn more, visit http:// nearby AAFES shopping and gas facilities. There are often deals and package specials available. For more, visit Pertussis Prevention Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise. It Utility Tax Relief Services affects people of all ages, is most severe in children Tax Relief Office offers a new service for U.S. and can be fatal in infants. Immunizations children Army Garrison Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt get to protect against this disease wanes with time. customers. With the implementation of the Utility Unimmunized, infected adults can unknowingly Avoidance Program customers can sign up locally spread pertussis to children. Symptoms in adults can and save 19 percent tax on their electricity, gas and appear like a common cold and develop into violent water bills. For more information, call the Warner coughing. Preventing the spread of the disease is Barracks’ tax relief office at 0951-300-1780, Leward possible. To protect yourself but, most importantly, Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 09721-96-1780, the children of our community, we urge adults to be Bismark Kaserne’s Tax Relief Office at 09802-83vaccinated against pertussis. Ask your health clinic 1780 or Storck Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 09841professionals about the Tetanus, Diphtheria and 83-4553. Pertussis vaccine or T-DAP.

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Ansbach Community Announcements Please send all announcements to Ansbach Public Affairs at

Independence Day Celebrate America’s independence on July 4 from 4 to 11 p.m. at Storck Barracks with fun park rides, music, bouncy castles, fun contests with fantastic prizes, refreshments and spectacular fireworks. For more information, call 09802-83-2929. Marvelous Wonderettes It’s the 1958 Springfield High School prom and The Wonderettes will rock your bobby socks with classic hits from that era. Get in the spirit and wear your prom dress. The Wonderettes will take the stage on June 22 and 23 at the Storck Recreation Center, Storck Community Activity Center and June 29 at 30 at the Von Steuben Community Center on Bismarck Kaserne at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center, by phone or at the door. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for students, $40 for family (2 adults and 2 children) and $5 for season ticket holders. Cost includes refreshments. For more information, call 09802-832930. Paint Your Own Pottery Paint your own pottery on June 22, 27, 29 and July 2 and bring it home the same day at the Recreation Center on the third floor of the Storck Barracks’ Community Activity Center. For more information, call 09841-83-4714. Happy Hour Bowling Join Happy Hour bowling on June 22, 25 and 2729 from 5-7 p.m. at Katterbach Kaserne and Storck Barracks’ bowling centers. Happy Hour includes one game of bowling, shoe rental and a beverage (medium soda or German or American beer). The cost is $5. For more information, call Katterbach Kaserne and Storck Barracks’ bowling centers at 09802-83-2638 and 09841-83-4530.

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information, call 09841-83-4714. Family and Friends Bowling Come hang out with Family and friends on June 25 and July 2 from 5- 7 p.m. at Katterbach Kaserne and Storck Barracks bowling center for Family and Friends bowling. For $30 you can get one hour lane rental, one large one-topping pizza and four sodas. For more information call, Katterbach and Storck Bowling Centers at 09802-83-2638 and 09841-834530. BOSS Meeting There will be a Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers meeting on June 19 and July 17 at 2 p.m. at the Storck Community Activity Center. For more information, call 09802-83-2921. There will also be a BOSS meeting on July 3 at the BOSS Lounge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismark Kaserne. Call 09802-83-2921 for more information. Bring Your Own Craft Need a place to spread out and do your craft? Come to Storck Barracks’ Community Activity Center July 18 and meet others with the crafting itch that needs to be scratched. For more information, call 09841-834714.

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to 2 p.m. For more information call, 09841-83-4530.

Safety Hazard on B-13 Safety Hazard on B-13 between Ansbach and Illesheim North of Oberdachstetten there is a steep decline that goes under a railroad overpass (“Marktbergel Hill”). One lane of traffic going down the hill and two lanes of traffic going up the hill, please do not pass.

Taxi Service Ask for a driver with a U.S. installation pass and provide the following information: pick-up point, number of passengers, destination, name and number and time of pick up. If traveling to the airport, notify the driver of number of passengers and bags. For a taxi in the Ansbach area, call 0981-5005 or 0981-19410; in Illesheim call 09841-7200.

Pet Reminder Spouses and Civilians’ Club Remember all pets on USAG Ansbach installations The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians’ Club is a great need to be on a leash when outside. Please pick up way to meet people, develop new interests and get after your pets. involved with your community. For more information, email Community Yard Sale

Every first weekend of the month starting in June until September, all residents of housing areas in USAG Game Night Ansbach can host a community yard sale. The yard Join Game Night at Storck Barracks’ Community sales will be Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to Activity Center on June 28. Play some pool, foosball, 5 p.m. Off-post residents can sell their goods on xbox and more while munching popcorn. For more Katterbach at Rocket Park or Illesheim near Longbow Lounge.

Ansbach Veterinary Clinic The veterinary clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed on federal and training holidays. For more information, call 09802-83-3179.

Safety Training and Information The USAG Ansbach Safety Office recommends this website containing many safety topics, in both English and German, which can be used for information and training in your organization throughout the year. As time goes by, more will be added, but there is a vast volume of workplace and off-duty subjects; to include videos and slide shows. Reserve Space Did you know? You can use the Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismarck Kaserne for your official Family Readiness Group meeting, unit meeting or official use training conference. Available for no cost official usage on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations today at 09802-83-2930, or stop by Concierge in the Von Steuben Community Activity Center. Java Time Come to Java Cafe for warm drinks and for free interent access at Storck Barracks’ Bowling Center. The cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cafe is now open Sundays from 10 a.m.

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Youth and Teens Children’s Story Hour Bring your child in to the library on June 27 at 3 p.m. for a quiet time listening to a children’s story. For more information, call Storck Barracks’ Community Library at 09841-83-4675. Children’s Story Hour at Bleidorn Library Bring your child in to the library on June 26 and July 3 at 3 p.m. for a quiet time listening to a children’s story at Terrace Playhouse on Bleidorn Housing. For more information, call 09802-83-3225. Children’s Art Classes Choose from a variety of children’s art classes on June 28 at Arts and Crafts on Barton Barracks. Sign up one week in advance. For more information, call 09802-83-7627.

Deployment Specials Ansbach Arts and Crafts team has you covered. Place orders now and save and avoid rush fees. Located on Barton Barracks and open Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 0981-1837627.

Infant Massage Explore ways to bond with your infant using relaxing and soothing techniques through massage developed just for infants. The class is offered on July 11 from 10-11 a.m. at the Storck Community Activity Center and from 1-2 p.m. at the Katterbach Army Community Services, Building 5817. For more information, call 09802-83-2883.

Soccer Camp U.S. Youth Soccer is a soccer program designed for youth ages 8-18 years old that would like to participate in a year round soccer program. U.S. Youth Soccer is putting on soccer camps at various military installations around Bavaria. Camps are Closures and Changes open to youth of any soccer level that would like to improve on their soccer fundamentals. Camp dates Tax Office Closure for Ansbach are August 18-19. The camp costs $90 Time is running out! Last chance to get your tax per player. If you would like to sign up or would like returns prepared as our tax offices will be closing further information about the U.S. Youth Soccer soon. The Katterbach Kaserne tax office will be program please email closing June 22. For more information, call the tax office on Katterbach Kaserne. Katterbach Child Development Center

EDGE! After school activities for middle and high school youth is available at no cost. For more information Katterbach Kaserne Parent Central Services at 0909802-83-2533 or Storck Barracks Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880.

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UEFA Soccer Games Join Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the community for a viewing of the UEFA soccer games. The dates for the games are June 24 and 27-28. There will be two locations for big screen viewing, one at the BOSS Lounge in the Von Steuben Community Hourly care is available Monday to Friday with the Activity Center on Bismarck Kaserne and the POV and CST Closure exception of federal holidays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For The Privately Owned Vehicle Inspection office on more information, contact Parent Central Services at Recreation Center in the Storck Community Activity Center. For more information and game times, call Storck Barracks and Customer Service Team office 09802-83-2533 to make reservations. BOSS at 09802-83-2921. on Barton Barracks will be closed on July 6. Fuel Pump Closure The Transportation Motor Pool Fuel Pump, Building 6644, at Storck Barracks is closed until further notice due to a malfunction.

Storck Child Development Center Hourly Care is available Monday to Friday with the exception of federal holidays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Please call the CDC in advance to make reservations. For children 6 weeks to 24 months call CDC Main at 09841-83-4505 or for children 24 months to 5 years call CDC Annex at 09841-83-4423. Family Child Care Opportunities Looking for hourly, part-day or full-day child care? Katterbach in-home Family Child Care providers have slots available to meet your child care needs. For availability, please contact Parent Central Services at 09802-83-2533. Interested in providing child care from your home? Child, Youth School Services is recruiting for Family Child Care providers (living in government quarters) to run a child care business from home. Some of the benefits include; free training with curriculum beneficial to your own children, FCC Certification is beneficial worldwide, easy transfer of credits to next duty station and work toward a college degree while you provide child care. For more information, contact the Family Child Care office at 09802-83-2536. Ansbach Girl Scouts What is green, almost 100 years old and hip and cool as ever? Girl Scouts! Come be a part of the adventure and fun that is Girl Scouts. Any girls kindergarten through 12 grade are welcome. To join or for more information, email or call 0151- 445-12471.

Independence Day Fun Run Independence Day five- and 10-kilometer fun run will take place on June 30 at Franken Kaserne. Register at Katterbach Kaserne and Storck Barracks’ physical fitness centers, Building 6510 and Von Steuben Community Activity Center on Bismark Kaserne.

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Bamberg Community Announcements Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs at

Ray’s Diner Pizza and Movie Nights Ray’s Diner will host a pizza and movie night every Friday in June from 5 -6:30 p.m. The menu will include pizza, cheese sticks, chicken wings, potato wedges, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, spaghetti with meat sauce, cheesy bread and more. Theatrical Workshop Series The Stable Theater will have a series of free theatrical workshops for adults and children this summer. They are every Thursday beginning July 12 from 6-9 p.m. The topics will be as follows: July 12 - Auditioning for Musical Theater; July 19 - Dance Basics for Musical Theater; July 26 - Writing Situation Comedy and Doing Improv; Aug. 2 - to be determined; Aug. 9 - Singing for Broadway; Aug. 16 - Clowning and Body Movement; and Aug. 23 - Stage Management Essentials. For more information, call the Stable Theater at 0951-300-8647. Volunteer Recognition and Recruitment BBQ On June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m the American Red Cross will be having a barbecue at the gazebo area between Army Community Service and the Health Clinic. The American Red Cross is very proud of its many dedicated volunteers and would like to take this opportunity to recognize their contributions. If you are interested in getting involved please join us to meet current volunteers and discuss available opportunities.This is an informal event and Families are welcome to participate. We will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and salad. This is a potluck so please bring your favorite picnic dish or a desert. Please RSVP to the American Red Cross at 0951300-1760 or so that we have enough food and can recognize all our volunteers who attend. “Murder on the Oriental Rug” The Stable Theater will present “Murder on the Oriental Rug,” a hilarious mystery show within a show. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at the Stable Theater. On June 23-24, the show be at the Warner Conference Center at 6 p.m. and will include

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dinner. The cost is $11 for the June 21-22 shows and $16 for the June 23-24 shows, which includes dinner. The production is adult-oriented and not appropriate for kids. For more information, call the Stable Theater at 0951 300-8647. Food Handlers Training A food handlers class is scheduled at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg on July 10 at Army Community Services, Building 7029. Classes are free and last one hour. Certification is intended for individuals involved in fund raising food sales such as Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Family Readiness Groups, private organizations and Child, Youth and School Services personnel. The class may also supplement required refresher training for regular food service employees. Registration is not required. For details contact Sgt. Greg Thompson at 0966283-2041 or 2138, email greg.thompson7@amedd. Community Flea Markets The Community Activity Center will host a Community Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month through October at the CAC, Building 7047. The dates for the flea markets are July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. For more Photo Studio information, call the CAC at 0951-300-8837 The Arts and Crafts Photo Studio has reopened. Chandra is available to take your appointments for CPR, AED and First Aid Certification portraits, balls, sporting events and more. For more Come and learn how to give CPR, first aid and use information or to make an appointment, call 0951an automated external defibrillator with the American 297-1248. Red Cross July 13 and Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Army Community Services building. The Ray’s Diner Hours cost of the CPR and First Aid Certification is $45. Every weekday, Ray’s Diner serves breakfast from 7 You can log onto to register. Once to 9 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner on the ARC site, go to “take a class” and enter your from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the weekends and fourAPO zip code to find the course, register and pay day weekends, breakfast is served at 8 to 9 a.m., online. You can also register in person at the ARC lunch at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 3:30 to office. For additional information or questions, stop 5 p.m. by the American Red Cross office, Building 7029 or call 0951-300-1760. New Health Clinic Hours By Soldiers - For Soldiers Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for Warner Barracks take place weekly on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, Room 409. These meetings are open to anyone. Duty uniform allowed. For more information, call Kyle at 0151-1775-3880, Brian at 0172-271-3626 or Justin at 0151-4642-3940.

The Bamberg Health Clinic hours of operation are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, sick call is from 7 - 8 a.m.; full service is available from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. On Thursday and Friday, sick call is from 7 - 8 a.m. and full service is from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; closed on U.S. federal holidays and weekends. For more information or if you need to make an appointment, call 0951-300-1750. In case of a

Woodworkers Roundtable Take part in the woodworkers roundtable every Wednesday at the Arts and Crafts woodshop on the on the second floor of Building 7047. Get tips, tricks and new ideas. The event is free. For more information, call 0951-300-8659 or email thomas. Arts and Crafts Take part in the crafter’s club at noon every Tuesday at the Arts and Crafts classroom on the first floor of Building 7047. Join the fun. Local crafters get together to share ideas, tips and tricks on a variety of crafts. Learn something new or share your knowledge. The event is free. For more information, call 0951-3008659 or email

Weekly Reminders Speed Limit Please slow down while driving through residential areas on the installation. The speed limit inside a residential area is 20 kph.

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every Thursday to Building 7487 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for an anger and stress management class. New Parent - Being a new parent can be a challenge. Join the New Parent Support Group every Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. in Building 7487. For information about any of these classes, call 0951-300-7777.

Closures and Changes Library Hours Change Beginning June 1, the Bamberg Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on American and German holidays. Customs Office The Customs Office is closed every first Thursday of the month for training.

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medical emergency, call the Bamberg Military Police at 0951-300-114. The TRICARE Nurse Advice Line, a toll-free number 00800-4759-2330, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to a nurse about health care concerns, get self-care advice, schedule appointments or arrange a call with a care provider. Veterinary Facility The veterinary office’s hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Thursday and open Friday 8 a.m.-noon. No walk-in appointments are available. The clinic is closed on the last weekday of each month for inventory and on all American and training holidays. Over-the-counter products and prescriptions may be purchased during regular business hours. For more information about the clinic or to schedule an appointment, call 0951-300-7972. Family Advocacy Programs Army Community Services’ Family Advocacy Program is here to provide help and support by offering a New Parent Support Program, Newborn Network, play group, parenting classes, communication classes, victim advocacy and anger and stress management classes. Family Advocacy - Need assistance in learning how to manage a life full of stress or ambivalence? Come

Parents’ Night and Day Out Enjoy a day or night out by enrolling your children in the next Parents’ Day Out or Parents’ Night Out programs. Dates for Parents’ Day Out will be Aug. 4, Oct. 6 and Dec 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dates for Parents’ Night Out will be July 6, Sept. 7 and Nov. 2 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per child and Army Family Covenant deployment benefits can be used if eligible. Visit Parent Central Services or Webtrac to sign up. For more information, call 0951-300-8660.

Sports, Health and Fitness Thursday Night Scramble Come to Whispering Pines Golf Course for Thursday Night Scramble every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $10. For more information, call 0951-3008953.

Baseball and Softball in Bamberg The Memmelsdorf Barons Baseball club is the only baseball club in the Bamberg area. The club hosts two senior baseball teams (one recreational, one competitive), a women’s fastpitch softball team and two youth teams within five minutes distance to Warner Barracks. The club has a long tradition in giving U.S. players the chance to keep playing baseball on a competitive or recreational level and the chance of getting around on road trips around Library Events Bavaria for games. For more information contact The library hosts weekly events. There is storytelling the officer of the club, Volker Lang at volker.lang@ for children ages 3-5 years old every Wednesday at or 0179-117-2494. 11:30 a.m. There’s also a Gamers’ Challenge that meets every Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, Running Club call 0951-300-1740. Join the Bamberg Running Club for all levels of runners, but especially targeted for beginners using Youth Lessons the Jeff Galloway training method of running/walking! Child, Youth and School Services SKIES Unlimited The Bamberg Club will meet two times a week for 45offers lessons in fine arts ages 6 to 12, kinder German 60 minutes of training, plus weekend runs. This is will with parents ages 6 to 9, gymnastics for various age be partnership between Freedom Fitness Facility and groups, kickboxing ages 5 to 18 and piano ages 6 to the Bamberg Health Clinic. 18. For more information, call 0951-300-7452. Reader of the Month On the third Wednesday of the each month at 4 p.m., the Bamberg Community Library and School Age Center will recognize and reward children and youth for their accomplishments in reading. A reading log will be maintained at Bamberg Library. The Reader of the Month will have their photo displayed at the library. For more information, call 0951-300-1740.

Cub Scouts There is a Cub Scout Pack in Bamberg with four active dens: Tiger Cubs (1st grade), Wolves (2nd grade), Bears (3rd grade), Webelos (4th and 5th grade). There are three meetings per month. There are one-hour activities to accomplish steps toward rank advancements. Pack meetings are once a month (Camp Out, Pinewood Derby, Bowlarama, etc.) Volunteers are needed to assist with den meetings and committee planning. Come and join in the fun of Cub Scouts. For more information, call 0951-2221903 or email Boy Scouts Boy Scout Troop 40 in Bamberg is looking for boys ages 12 and older interested in becoming Boy Scouts. The troop meets every Monday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. except on holidays. The boys work on requirements for advancement and earning Merit badges. The troop is also looking for adult volunteers and Eagle Scouts to assist with troop activities. For more information, call 0160-1585894.

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Schweinfurt Community Announcements Please send all announcements to Schweinfurt Public Affairs at

Rowdy River Raft Race White water here we come, in this year’s Schweinfurt Rowdy River Raft Race on June 24. If so come out and join Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers in an exciting day of friendly rafting competition on the Main River. Bring your family and friends to help cheer you along from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the event visit Arts and Crafts Contest Participate in 2012 Army Arts and Crafts Contest from 1 May through 30 June at Ledward Barracks. Compete for cash prizes against the finest artists and artisans in the U.S. Army. Choose from several different categories. For more information visit https:// or www.armymwr. com or contact the Arts and Crafts Shop at 0972196-6903.

Weekly Reminders

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Army Community Services at 09721-96-6933. Local Flea Markets Flea markets are a fun way to find a bargain. The Army Community Services Information and Referral program provides a monthly list of flea markets here. Spray Tanning in Schweinfurt Day Spa Did you know The Day Spa in the Finney Recreation Center now has spray tanning? According to the folks at AAFES, this is now the only location in all of USAREUR that offers spray tanning services. For more information, call 0176-762-09299. Dental Clinic Space Available The USAG Schweinfurt Dental Clinic now offers space available stand-by appointments for otherthan-active-duty eligible beneficiaries. Appointments can only be scheduled 24 hours in advance. BOSS Meetings Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers meetings are on the second (at the Warrior Zone) and fourth (at the Finney Recreation Center) Tuesday of every month. For more information, call the Warrior Zone at 0972196-6082 or the Finney Recreation Center at 0972196-8476.

Inclement Weather in Schweinfurt Open Mic Night Know where you can find information on school Come and share your talent with the Warrior Zone, closures and weather and road conditions. More… every Friday at 8 p.m. to midnight. Intended for Single Soldiers but open to the entire community. Adults only. IACS Office Consolidation No early sign ups required. For more information, call In order to consolidate personnel assets to improve 09721-96-6082. customer service, the Installation Access Control System Office has closed the location at the military Single Soldiers Christian Fellowship and Supper police desk. IACS will continue to offer all services The Conn Chapel offers fellowship and supper every in Building 40 on Conn Barracks. Contact the IACS Thursday at 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program is for single office for more information at 09721-96-8875. Soldiers and includes Bible study, worship and a home-cooked meal. For more information, call Donna Newcomer Meet and Greet Hilley at 09721-96-1370. Meet other spouses, learn about the community and get connected here in Schweinfurt every Tuesday Karaoke from 10-11 a.m. at the Conn Club. The newcomer Karaoke all-stars, come and share your talent with the meet and greet initiative links up incoming spouses Warrior Zone, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Intended with seasoned Schweinfurt residents, offering the for Single Soldiers but open to the entire community. warm welcome our community is known for. Coffee Adults only. No early signups required. For more and refreshments will be served and children are information, call 09721-96-6082. welcome. For more information or to register, contact

Closures and Changes

Youth and Teens CYSS Summer Camp Registration for CYSS Summer Camp starts Tuesday, May 15. Register your child at Parent Central Services located on Ledward Barracks, Building 224 or call 09721-96-6414. Click here for more information. Homeschool Support Exchange ideas or make new friends every Tuesday at 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the School Age Center. Group open to all homeschool families in the community. For information, call 09721-96-6057 or 09721-96-6974. Smart Girls Young ladies, we are proud to tell you that your Smart Girls program is up and running again! Topics include; life skills, healthy eating, fitness, health care systems, positive mentors, respecting yourself, fashion shows, dinner with parents, lock ins and more. Age groups include 11-14 and 15-18. Smart Girls meet every

Dining Facilities Price Increase As a result of a Department of Defense-wide decision, on-post dining facilities have undergone a price increase effective Jan. 1. Tank Trail Closed The Directorate of Emergency Services must secure the cable beam barriers across the Tank Trail adjacent to Kessler Field beginning June 1. Conn Recycling Washrack The recycling washrack on Conn Barracks near Building 1181, will be closed from June 25 to 29 due maintenance. Users are asked to use the washrack on Ledward Barracks during that period. Community shuttle increases weekend runs Effective immediately the community shuttle will add two additional circuits to its weekend schedule. The weekend schedule includes holidays and U.S. ArmyEurope training holidays. More…

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old. Program facilitators will show youth how to safely workout and stay fit. Working out doesn’t have to be hard; it can be fun! Dedicated participants will see positive results. Workouts will include sports, spinning, weight lifting and more. Participants must be registered with CYSS and have a permission slip on file. To learn more or to register, contact the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. Wanted: Youth Sports Coaches and Officials The Schweinfurt community is looking for coaches and officials for the youth sports program. No experience is necessary to participate. By registering through Child, Youth School Services, you will become a certified coach in the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). This is a great way to volunteer in the community and earn extra income by officiating. For more information contact CYSS at 09721-96-6822 or email FCC Providers Needed Help the community and start a new career as an FCC provider. FCC Providers maintain a happy home-away-from-home atmosphere (in government controlled housing only) for children who can’t be with their own parents during the day. You can care for your own children in addition to outside customers. All training and education is provided free of charge. Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. Call 09721-96-6487 for details. pool and open water training in small groups. Course For more information, call the youth center at 09721costs are $375 using your own mask, fins and SKIESUnlimited 96-6732. snorkel. All other equipment is provided. Items can SKIES offers different classes every month for youths be rented at ODR. For more information or to sign up, ages birth through 18. The program is designed to call ODR at 09721-96-8080. Summer Reading Program Register now for the Library’s Summer Reading complement, expand, and support the academic, Program. This year’s theme is “Reading is So life skills and athletic experiences children and Now Hiring Fitness Instructors Delicious” and runs June 20 - July 18. For more youth have within Child, Youth and School Services Schweinfurt Sports and Fitness is in need of qualified programs and in schools. For the latest class listings, fitness instructors. Intimidated? Don’t be! It’s easier information, call the library at 09721-96-6070. click here. than you might think. Read more about it here. German Class Let’s talk German! Come learn German one-on- 4-H Club Personal Training one every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 4-H is a club designed for middle and high school Dedicated personal trainers are available to the the Youth Center. This great program is taught by students. As a club, students will plan field trips, Schweinfurt Community by appointment. For details, our own education tech who was born and raised in events and activities based on their four core values; contact the Kessler Fitness Center at 09721-96-6765 Schweinfurt. This class can help your German grade head, hands, heart and health. 4-H meets every or Finney Fitness Center at 09721-96-8234. go from a C to an A+ and it may even help you make Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Center. To friends in the German community. Test out your skills participate, students must be registered with CYSS. Paintball Field Open by joining us on a field trip downtown. For more For more information or to get involved, call the Youth Relieve some stress or have some good old information, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. Center at 09721-96-6732. fashioned fun every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rental equipment is available at the Paintball EDIS Give Me 20 Field. For information, contact Outdoor Recreation at Looking to get fit? The Youth Center if offering a free Are you concerned about how your child is 09721-96-8080. fitness program every Wednesday and Thursday at developing? If so, call Educational and Developmental 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for youth ages 13 through 18-years- Intervention Services to schedule a free screening. Screenings are available to children ages birth to 3 years old. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 09721-96-6257. Playmorning Join Playmorning every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Ledward Activity Center. Children’s Story Time Bring your child in to the library on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for Children’s Story Time. School Registration Families newly assigned to Schweinfurt can register their children daily in the main office. Please bring a copy of the student’s current immunization records and orders assigning you to Schweinfurt which are required to complete registration. Students who are not registered prior to the first day of school could have a delayed start date. Please contact the school at 09721-96-6518 with any questions.

Sports, Health and Fitness PADI Open Water Certification Course Now through Sept. 30, Outdoor Recreation offers a PADI Open Water Certification Course as an ongoing program. The course includes classroom sessions,

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THEATERS THE THREE STOOGES May 25, 2012 | 90 Minutes Left on a doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Larry, Curly and Moe waste no time finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way into trouble. Years later, and with the orphanage forced to close its doors, the three grown Stooges embark on a mission to save their former home.

Rated PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language. Visit for more information.

IN THEATERS • JUNE 22-28 KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 June 22 - MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 23 - THE THREE STOOGES (PG) 4 p.m.; MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 24 - THE THREE STOOGES (PG) 3 p.m.; THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) 6 p.m. June 28 - MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG-13) 7 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 June 23 - THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) 4 p.m.; SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 24 - THE THREE STOOGES (PG) 3 p.m. BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 June 22 - PROMETHEUS (R) 7 p.m. June 23 - MADAGASCAR 3 (PG) 3 p.m.; PROMETHEUS (R) 7 p.m. June 24 - MADAGASCAR (PG) 3 p.m.; PROMETHEUS (R) 7 p.m. June 25 - MADAGASCAR 3 (PG) 7 p.m. June 28 - THE THREE STOOGES (PG) 7 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 June 22 - SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 23 - THE THREE STOOGES (PG) 4 p.m.; SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 24 - THE THREE STOOGES (PG) 4 p.m.; SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 27 - SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) 7 p.m. June 28 - THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Trips and Travel Opportunities Registration for trips begin the 15th of the month before the scheduled trip and must be made no later than the Monday before the scheduled leave date or they may be cancelled. To sign up or for more information, go to Outdoor Recreation. All trips depart and arrive from ODR unless otherwise noted. No refund will be given for noshows. Military duty restraint or illness will be refunded with documentation.


June 23-24 Summer Solstice Trip Visit an amazing American-style diner prior to traveling to Ehrwald to view the spectacular mountain fires. Visit the Swarovski factory showroom in one of the most beautiful buildings in Innsbruck. Transportation and one night lodging is $99 for adults, $59 for children, $215 for family and children 3 and under are free. June 27 Sunset Paddling and Skating Join Outdoor Recreation on Wednesdays after work for a sunset paddle on the Altmuhl River or skate along the river. The trip from the mouth of the Altmuhlsee to Ornbau is approximately 1.5 hours. After paddling or skating, we will stop for dinner at an imbiss on the bank of the river. Paddling is $25 for adults, $15 for children and $59 for Families. Skating is $9. Transportation leaves Katterbach Kaserne at 5:30 p.m. July 7 Canoeing and Kayaking on the Wiesent $45 Come and join Outdoor Recreation for the beautiful scenery and class II water on the Wiesent River. Previous paddling experience and participation on one Sunset Paddling Trip is required. ODR staff will verify paddling skills prior to the trip. Transportation departs Storck Barracks at 8 a.m. and Katterbach Kaserne at 9 a.m. Paddling is $45 for adults, $35 for children and $109 for Families. Children under 3 are free. For more information call, Ansbach Outdoor Recreation at 0980-283-3225.

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Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips

1. Install a rainwater tank to water your garden. Plants don’t need drinking water to grow and rainwater is better. 2. Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.

Energy-saving Tips 1. Walk or bike to work. This saves on fuel and gas while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity. 2. Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.

Recycling Tips 1. Bring a reusable water bottle with you, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, when traveling or at work. 2. Keep your cell phones, computers and other electronics as long as possible. Otherwise recycle them at a designated recycling point!

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June 27 Evening Adventure Sports $15 Enjoy the longer days with a mountain bike ride on some of the coolest singletrack in the local area or rock climbing on the world famous Frankenjura limestone! Use your own bike or rent one from Outdoor Recreation for only $10. Departs Outdoor Recreation at 5 p.m. and returns at 9 p.m. June 30 Outdoor Climb $35 Enjoy the summer air and friends by joining Outdoor Recreation for an outdoor climb in the world famous sport climbing area known as Frankenjura. Includes transportation, instruction and equipment. Departs Outdoor Recreation at 9 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. June 30 Polish Pottery Shopping $65 Let Outdoor Recreation take care of the driving. Transportation will be in a German Motor Coach. Transportation departs the chapel parking lot at 4 a.m. and returns at 12 a.m. For more information, call Bamberg Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376.


June 23 Climbing on a “Klettersteig” $25 Challenge yourself, physically and mentally climbing on natural rock formation while safe in a harness. Cost $25 for transportation and equipment. July 8 Sommerach Winefest $15 Let us do the driving while you enjoy the sampling! Cost is $15 for transportation. July 21 Hiking Trip $15 Enjoy a leisure hike in the Rhoen Mountains and a Kreuzberg monastery beer at the end of the day. Bring extra euros for souvenirs, food and drinks. For more information, call Schweinfurt Outdoor Recreation at 09721-96-8080.

Franconia News 22 June 2012  

Franconia News 22 June 2012