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NAS Sigonella commemorates Sept. 11 anniversary Article by MCSA Cameron Bramham The Signature Staff Naval Air Station Sigonella remembered those lost on September 11, 2001 with a numer of events at the Midtown complex Sept. 11, 2010.

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The event started in the morning with a formation run through NAS I and the outer lying orange groves led by the Chief Petty Officer Selectees. After the run, there was a lunch 9/11, continued on page 12

Photo by MCSA Cameron Bramham, The Signature Staff

Chief Petty Officer selects lead the way at the beginning of a 9/11 formation run on NAS I. The Chief selects led one mile of the 3.1 mile run, designed to commemorate 9/11.

NEX, MWR celebrate CPO selects with family night Article by MCSA Bramham The Signature Staff


Navy Exchange Sigonella (NEX), in conjunction with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) celebrated the annual Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Select Family Night on Sept. 8, with a cookout, games and prizes. The event was held for the CPO selectees, their sponsors, and family members and began with a cookout behind the NEX. Following dinner, the NEX closed early and the selectees made their way inside for a series of games, including Navy Trivia, a special NEX scavenger hunt, and Beatles Rock Band performances. While some of the selectees participated in the games, sponsors and family members had the opportunity to shop in the store after hours with a special coupon book they received donated by vendors from NEX, MWR, DeCA, Beauty Shop and

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Piazza Pizza. “This what we’re all about. It’s really cool for us because we’re here to serve them,” said AJ Fecera, acting NEX general manager. “It’s a great

event for us because we get a chance to interact with our customers on a little more personal basis.”

Until every story ends... 

CHIEFS, continued on page 12

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Photo by MC2 Gary Prill, NPASE East

NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler, Executive Officer, Capt. Joseph Beadles, and Command Master Chief Leland Moore salute a wreath after it was placed at the base of the flag poles on NAS I. The wreath laying ceremony was held to honor the lives lost during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, along with service members lost during the War on Terrorism.

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Weather update

Sept. 17 H: 84 L: 65

It’s that time of year! The kids are back to school, and hopefully the transition is going smoothly. No matter how well your children are prepared, the first few weeks can be overwhelming. NH Sigonella offers some tips on making the transition easier on everyone.



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Sept. 18 H: 85 L: 65

Sept. 19 H: 89 L: 66

You’ve waited all year long for it, and now the wait is over. It’s football season, and the much anticipated pigskin prognosticators are back, sharing their stellar football knowledge and picks for some of the most grueling rivalries in the NCAA and NFL.

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in history has gone to such care, expense, or effort to locate its fallen. U.S. government dive-and-salvage teams, forensic scientists, and investigators scour the globe to seek a full accounting. Here are some of the most recent results of their work: Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Earl Hopper, who died in 1968; Army Private David Woodruff, captured in 1951 in Korea; and Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant Jimmie Doyle, who died in 1944 – all were returned to their families, this year, and buried with full military honors. This work continues. We do it mindful of what we owe POW/MIAs and their loved ones. And we do it in affirmation of our strongest belief as a people: that every life is precious.”

Today, Sept. 17, 2010, is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It is a day that congress has set aside to honor those who remain missing in action from combat or were taken prisoner during a conflict in service to our country. As of 12 July 2010, there are 74,074 MIA from World War II, 8,025 MIA from the Korean War, 125 MIA from the Cold War, and 1,713 MIA from the Vietnam War. Here are some remarks given by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at last year’s POW/MIA Recognition Day. “We pause today to remember, honor, and show solidarity with our troops who have been captured or gone missing in America’s wars – and to affirm that we will never forget our duty to bring them home. No nation Sept. 20 H: 90 L: 69

Plan a weekend with your family to enjoy the 13th edition of the international "Couscous Festival" which will be held from Sept. 21 through 26 in the San Vito Lo Capo historic heart.

Sept. 21 H: 89 L: 60

Sept. 22 H: 84 L: 59

Sept. 23 H: 80 L: 62

Step aside, California, you have some competition in the pistachio world. Bronte, a small town nestled snugly into the side of the western slopes of Mt. Etna, is again holding their much anticipated, often talked about Pistacchio Festival, and it’s one of the festivals you shouldn’t miss while stationed in Sicily.

Autumn Fest on Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25, offers food, carnival games and rides from 3 p.m. to Midnight., along with added extra's such as live music on both nights, a Chili Cook-Off, Muscle Car Display, Fun Zone, fun contests and much more. Don’t miss this annual event!



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Direct Line I received so many questions via the web for September’s Feedback Live that we couldn’t cover them all during the show, so we are devoting the next two Direct Line columns to answer them. Please keep sending your questions via email, but remember that Feedback Live is a LIVE call in show -- you can get your question answered on the spot. The show is held on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To call in live on the show, please dial 624-4265 or 09556-4265. Q1. I’ve noticed that letters and packages usually arrive fairly quickly from the US a if they're sent Priority, but slowly if they're not. Magazines are ridiculously slow and it would be nice if this could be fixed. Issues show up two to three months late and sometimes not at all. Why is this and can it be fixed? A1. Thank you for your question, the short answer to, "can it be

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fixed?" is, unfortunately, no. Allow me to explain. Magazines and newspapers are categorized by the USPS as periodicals, meaning that they are published at a stated frequency. The majority of catalogs and sales flyers are categorized as Standard Mail. Both Standard Mail and Periodicals are pre-sorted and shipped in bulk for a discounted rate. Both categories of mail travel like Parcel Post, in that it is trucked from it's origin in the States to the Military Gateway in New Jersey, where it is sorted and put in to a container. Once this container reaches its hold time limit, it is sealed and loaded on to a ship that sails to Naples, where it is broken down and dispatched on a truck to Sigonella. Because of this process, transit time for surface mail averages 45-60 days. This helps explain why you may receive magazines or catalogs a couple of months after edition or why you may receive more than one at the same

Back to school Article by HM1 Clarissa Villa U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella This time of year is one in which parents seem to dread and look forward to in equal measure. No matter how well prepared you and your children are, the first weeks of school can be overwhelming. New experiences, new faces, and classes are exciting but can add stress. After all, going back from a laid back summer to a school schedule will take some adjustments. NH Sigonella offers some tips on making the transition easier on everyone. B a s i c s . Before complex issues can be addressed, ensure the basics are covered. If sleep and diet patterns have changed over the summer, gradually organize your children’s routine. Bring bedtime in line with what it needs to be on school nights. Elementary school kids should get at least 9 hours of sleep while 8 hours is sufficient for high school students. Moms and Dads should treat themselves to 8 hours as well. Get your children back to regular mealtimes and pay special attention to what kinds of food they are eating. Do not miss breakfast. Food ingestion increases oxygen to the brain and will help keep your children awake and alert. A good night’s rest and a healthy diet will

do wonders. Because no one likes to rush, make sure you prepare ahead. Have your children pick out their outfits the night before school. Organizing routines and schedules doesn’t have to be boring! Get creative and create a board to visualize due dates for school assignments and functions. This will avoid having your kids dressed up as the school mascot or wearing face paint in the school colors, on the same day of school pictures… Time Out to Talk. Take time out to talk to your children. Chatting with your youngsters is beneficial in so many ways! For starters, it is an act of support and interest. Opening the communication lines now will further develop the bond between you and your children. You can start by asking how their day went. Talks can also be informational. You will want to cover important topics of safety, bullying, and other age related items. In addition, encourage them to feel comfortable about communicating with their teachers as well. This will increase their confidence to seek assistance in school when needed as well as strengthen the support circle they have at school in your absence. Enjoy. Lastly, have fun with SCHOOL, continued on page 12

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Public Affairs Officer Lt. Matt Knight Deputy Public Affairs Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta Editor Tracie Barnthouse Staff Writers/ Photographers MC1 Christopher Delano MC2 Gary Prill MCSA Cameron Bramham The Signature editorial office is located at: Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily PSC 812 Box 3020, FPO, AE 09627 Telephone: 095-86-5440: DSN 6245440 This civilian enterprise (CE) newspaper is an authorized publication for

time. You may ask your publisher to upgrade your subscription to First Class and have it flown overseas; , however, you may be required to pay extra for shipping and handling. If you are missing issues, we suggest that you contact the company to ask for a replacement issue. As in nearly everything, there are exceptions to this. For example , if a publication features current news of general interest and is published weekly or more frequently, it is classified as a Time-Value Publication (TVP) and is given airlift service on a space available basis due to the time sensitive information it contains. Publications such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Navy Times, etc fall in this category and fly to Sigonella. In regards to your question about the magazines available at the NEX, they come from the NEXCOM distribution channels and not by the mail. Q2. Why don’t we have wireless internet access in our NGIS facilities?

Our sister facilities in Naples, Rota, Souda and Bahrain all do. A2. The Sigonella Navy Gateway Inn & Suites tries diligently to serve the needs of visitors to our community. The issue with the lack of Internet is being studied by the Information Technology staff at CNIC and we expect a positive a resolution soon. In the interim, there are wireless connections available at MWR facilities throughout both bases. The questions, comments and concerns stated in this column do not constitute the official position of the U.S. Navy and are submitted by members of the community.

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049 ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday 0830 Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) 1600 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Monday – Thursday 1130 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel)

PROTESTANT Sunday 1000 Traditional Protestant (NAS I) 1130 Contemporary Protestant (NAS I)

JEWISH LAY SERVICES 1800 1st Friday (NAS I Chapel)

CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Sunday 1530 NAS I Chapel Rooms 3 & 4 Call 624-5128 or 335-841-8069

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES POINTS OF CONTACT Latter-day Saints: Sunday 1300 Catania Chapel: GPS: N37.538035, E015.115348 James Shefchik -; 624-1393 AA Meetings: Mondays – 1730, NAS II Chapel, 624-3267 or 095-763-3080

Emergency Management Office Be prepared to be on your own for at least three days. Seven is better! The BASIC FIVE: Water, Food, Heat, Cash, Radio; Family Communications Plan: Phone Numbers & Rally Points; Public Protection Strategies: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place; Web info:; Emergency info: AFN 106.0 FM; Questions? Call the EM Office at 624-2630, 8265 or 2621. Activity, Capodichino (Naples), Italy Tel. 081-568-7884, Fax 081-568-7887. E-mail: Editorial submissions are welcomed from all Naval Air Station Sigonella departments, divisions and tenant commands. Editorial submissions should be sent to the Public Affairs Office via or hand-delivered to our office no later than the close of business on the Friday proceeding the expected publication date. All articles submitted by non-staff members will be considered contributing writers. The Signature will not publish any anonymous articles. All advertisements in this publication are the property of Stampa Generale S.r.l. Any reproduction of advertisements in The Signature is unauthorized without the written consent of the publisher.

What’s the good word? What’s the good word? I am not going to tell you yet. First, just enjoy a couple stories. Shortly before my first deployment to sea, I was sharing with my family about some of the crazy antics service members will pull to avoid deploying. My wife and two of my children were surprised to learn that someone might even attempt to break one of their bones to achieve such an end. Kendra, my middle child, wasn’t shocked in the least. Instead, I could see the light bulb turn on in her mind. Her eyes shone hopefully as she said, “You mean, if you break a bone, you won’t have to deploy?” I know Kendra pretty well. Immediately, I envisioned my twelve year old princess wielding the sledge hammer above me as I slept that night in order to shatter my femur. She is not prone to under achieving in efforts about which she is passionate. If my brother, who is seven years my senior, were a research psychologist, he would be in jail for the experiments he foisted on me as a child. Herb was ornery. When I was

only four, he would come into my room right before bed. He wore latex gloves. For some reason, that was scary. He would say, “I’m not really your brother. I’m the devil. While you’re sleeping, I’m going to come in and kill you.” Call me weak if you will but this upset me. When I became frantic, this same brother would comfort me, “I’m just kidding pal. I’m sorry. I really am your brother.” At the very moment he had me convinced of his sincerity, he would go off again. “No, I’m not. I just said I was your brother to confuse you. I really am the devil and I will do what I said.” If my parents had known of such torture under their roof, they would have mercifully beaten the living daylights out of that boy. I only tell you that story – and, believe me, there are many more that are equally disturbing – because Herb has invested his life in me. I’m not sure any other human has ever done more to convince me of my worth. He was my coach, my mentor, my counselor, my hero. Strange that such affirmation would come from one who had done so much to jeopardize his credibility. Kendra’s toying with the idea of disabling me was equally affirming. She meant no harm. She was telling me that my presence was of incredible value to her. If I had the space and you could endure it, I would tell numerous stories of individuals who have affirmed my worth and I never saw it coming. I would not have expected it from them and not in the manner in which they conveyed their genuine sentiments. So that’s the good word: affirmation – truly acknowledging the worth of a person simply for who they are. I am not talking about awards and official recognitions WORD, contnued on page 12

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Brilliant on the basics – excellence in execution Article by Lt. Curt Butler FISC Sigonella In the ever-changing world of global logistics, continuous improvement is not only necessary, it’s essential. With that philosophy in mind, the headquarters staff of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella hosted senior leaders from each of the seven sites at a training symposium on NAS Sigonella on 24 August. The event lasted three days and covered a wide range of topics including safety, ethics, personnel management, reporting requirements, organizational alignment and branding. It was also the first opportunity for Senior Enlisted Leaders from each site to actively participate in open forum discussions on the past, present, and future of the command. FISC Sigonella, a component of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), is the newest of seven FISCs aligned under Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS) in San Diego, CA. Responsible for providing logistical products and services to fleet and installation customers throughout Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia, FISC Sigonella must be ready to respond to logistics needs in support of traditional and expeditionary operations. The theme of the symposium was “Brilliant on the Basics Excellence in Execution” and was a continuation of goals and policies established during the previous symposium in March of this year. It allowed the FISC Sigonella Site Directors from Sigonella itself, Rota, Naples, Souda Bay, Mildenhall, Bahrain, and Djibouti, to showcase FY10 accomplishments and FY11 goals. It was also an opportunity for the headquarters leadership to promulgate updates and directives with face-to-face feedback. FISC Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Dana Weiner, was pleased with the level of involvement and interaction. “As FISC Sigonella's direct face to a diverse customer base across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, our Site Directors and their Senior Enlisted Leaders play a critical role in executing the command's mission,” stated Weiner. “The symposium provided a great venue for my staff to receive direct and candid feedback from our leadership teams in the field, and validated the notion that open and robust communication is essential for an organization of this size to succeed.”

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At the conclusion of the symposium, leaders from each of the individual sites departed Sigonella with a clearer understanding of the way ahead, and renewed focus and energy on improving installation and warfighter support.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen... it’s that time again. Here at The Signature and around NAS Sigonella, football season brings an annual rite of passage whereby normal, everyday people rise above their mundane existence to become something greater, something glorious, something they will never forget. Let’s meet this year’s lineup: PO 1 Ezekial Clifton, Emergency Management: I love football and everything about it. College, Pro, Fantasy, Madden, Flag or Arena. I love to write and have a college education to support my habit. I am funny, sarcastic, witty and knowledgeable on both college and pro football and I feel I would be an exciting and refreshing addition to the team! Patriots vs. Jets game: Patriots The Patriots have both Tom Brady and Randy Moss who are stellar athletes. Both players are also in a contract year and are out to prove their worth. The Jets top rated cornerback Darrell Revis, has missed the entire preseason due to contract negotiations and will need time to Cowboys vs. Bears work back into game Patriots vs. Jets form. The Colts vs. Giants P a t r i o t s Texas vs. Texas Tech passing Arkansas vs. Georgia game will exploit this match-up

Senior leaders from across FISC Sigonella listen as Cmdr. Jeffery Schmidt, Executive Officer, leads a discussion on new administrative reporting requirements during the Aug. 24-26 Leadership Symposium.

and emerge victorious. Jeremy Glasser, Aquatics Director, MWR: I am the biggest fanatic I know. Beginning in early August until after the replay of the Super Bowl on AFN, I only sleep three nights a week. The other nights I just simply nap before “the next game”. I fry hot wings at 0200, just for fun! I have officiated every level from pee-wee flag football, to JV and Varsity High School, to college and even Semipro leagues here in Italy. In summary, I EAT, SLEEP, BREATHE FOOTBALL ALL YEAR ROUND! Patriots vs. Jet game: Jets The Patriots didn’t do much to improve their defense in the off-season, while the Jets strived forward to try to improve on their Conference Final appearance. The wild card in this game will be whether secondyear QB Mark Sanchez indeed falls into the Sophomore slump or takes what he learned in his rookie season and moves forward. It will again be a close, hard-fought game. The winner will be... J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets,

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Jets!!! Capt. Joe Beadles, NASSIG: Patriots vs. Jets game: Patriots Why will the Patriots win? Because it is the Battle of the Pretty Boy QBs and Tom Brady is more handsome than Mark Sanchez. It’s as simple as that. PO3 Michael Vazana, NASSIG: I wrote a similar compelling reason in a similar email last year, and I felt almost assured that I would win the spot to express my feelings. A few days and an email later, I came to find out my services weren’t needed and I had to spend the rest of the NFL/NCAA season as one of the five alternatives, reading, “I think Redskins could kill Eagles so I think Redskins will win” reasons why teams will win games. This year, I should hope things turn out a bit differently. (Editor’s Note: You’re welcome!) If I had to choose one of the dozens of compelling reasons to be chosen to partake in this, I would have to say it is my unfathomable love for the game of football. I just spent $199.99 to watch my Dolphins via the Internet for the whole season. Patriots vs. Jets game: Patriots Revis Island back for Jets,

Brady and Moss in contract seasons. Last year, Revis completely shut down Moss as he shuts down everyone else. This year, Moss isn’t going to have it. Look for the high powered offense of the Pats to go punch for punch with the best defense in the league. Just to note, Mark Sanchez 12 picks, 20 ints last year? Really? We know it isn’t the QB that wins games for the Jets. LSSA Ashley Diem, FISC: I’m a 22-year old female from Baltimore, Md. and when it comes to football, I can talk trash with the best of them. I’m sports savvy, especially when it comes to football, and for a woman I get more involved than most would think. I love the feeling I get when my team plays their first game of the season, and the thrill continues with each game thereafter. Patriots vs. Jets game: Jets I would like to see the Patriots win. But I have to say I’m not really 100% on this game. I think the Jets would take the win because like my team, the Baltimore Ravens, their primary tactic is defense. When it comes to defense, they go all out, all the time. So, I’m gonna have to go with the New York Jets on this one.

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Do you have a passion for writing or are you looking for a little experience in journalism? The Signature is seeking volunteers to help cover base wide events as well as feature stories. If this sounds like an opportunity for you please call the Public Affairs Office at 624-5440

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response SAPR offers a Sexual Assault Hotline staffed with trained advocates who man the SAPR Hotlines 24/7. The number is 335-642-8312 or 335-606-6146.

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Orange Park Article provided by FFSC Sigonella Are you a new parent? Do you worry about making your home safe? Are you having trouble sifting through all the literature about child safety? Perhaps the FFSC can help by providing the following safety tips as an easy “starting point”: Nursery Safety To reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation, place baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib that meets current safety standards. To prevent suffocation, never use a pillow as a mattress for baby to sleep on or to prop baby’s head or neck. Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components, broken slats and other parts of the crib, and their head and neck become entrapped in the space. Do not use old, broken or modified cribs. Regularly tighten hardware


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to keep sides firm. Infants can suffocate in spaces between the sides of the crib and an ill-fitting mattress; never allow a gap larger than two finger widths at any point between the sides of the crib and the mattress. Never place a crib near a window with blind or curtain cords; infants can strangle on the cords. Safety Around the House Properly set up play yards according to manufacturers’ directions. Only use the mattress provided with the play yard. Do not add extra mattresses, pillows or cushions to the play yard, which can cause a suffocation hazard for infants. Look for a toy chest that has a support that will hold the hinged lid open in any position in which it is placed, or buy one with a detached lid or doors. Small Parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking. Magnets – For children younger than age eight, avoid build-

ing sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur. Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts. For all children younger than age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points. Verify that furniture is stable on its own. For added security, anchor it to the floor or attach it to a wall. Use outlet covers and outlet plates to help prevent electrocution. Of course, there are many more safety tips out there. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about child safety, call the FFSC at 624-4291. Our NPS team is ready to provide you with any information you need!

Opera in Catania this weekend

Blu Hotels Article by Alberto Lunetta Deputy Public Affairs Officer Orpheus and Eurydice, a threeact opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck, continues thisweekend (until Sept. 19) at the Bellini Opera House. As reported by, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is an ancient myth from Greece and has

been used time and time again by artists in different forms. Gluck used the myth for his opera and created a wonderful piece that unusually ends positively. For more information, performances times and tickets visit

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International Couscous Festival returns to San Vito Lo Capo Plan a weekend with your family to enjoy the 13th edition of the international "Couscous Festival" which will be held from Sept. 21 through 26 in the San Vito Lo Capo historic heart. As organizers point out, this festival is not just about eating this mouthwatering Mediterranean specialty but it is a chance to promote intercultural integration. It's no wonder why the festival motto is “What a colorful world.� The star of the festival is obviously Couscous, a scrumptious blend of chicken, lamb, stew or fish with vegetables and semolina. San Vito Lo Capo, an enchanting costal town located about 25 miles from Trapani, offers an amazing backdrop to the festival and will give you that chance to continue your summer vacation. The town indeed boasts crystal-clear sea and pure white shores with fine sand that are annually awarded for quality of water and beach facilities. The festival will take place in both the lively streets of the historic center where ethnic music concerts and food booths, shaped as Berber tents, called "Al Waha" (oasis) will create a cozy and exotic atmosphere. The festival, which through Sept. 26, is basically a culinary competition featuring renowned chefs from nine Mediterranean countries (Algeria, the Ivory Coast, France, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal and Tunisia) who will show their best culinary expertise in making the best couscous. Judges include distinguished food journalists, and tourism experts. Festival goers will also have the unique chance to sample the traditional siciliano couscous that will be prepared daily by the women and

fishermen of San Vito lo Capo. This dish, of Arabic origin, is very common in the West coast of Sicily spanning from Trapani to Marsala. It is prepared with fish ( p r a w n s , groupers, amberjacks, scorpion fish and other local fish) instead of vegetables or meat. There are two Sicilian couscous variations: one with toasted almonds and chilies that is typical from San Vito Lo Capo and the other, which is prepared in the Agrigento area and is actually a sweet couscous dish, with pistachios, almonds, candied pumpkin, chocolate cinnamon and icing sugar. It takes skillful hands to n'cucciare (mixing the semolina grains) in the mafaradda, a large terracotta container that is handed down from mother to daughter. Festival highlights The final award ceremony, which takes place in piazza Santuario tonight on Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m., is a must-go event. During the festival, every day, from noon to midnight, festival goers can sample a menu consisting of a Couscous course (you can chose between the Sicilian or the traditional kind), a glass of Sicilian wine, a portion of local sweets (cassatelle, cannoli, cassate and almond

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desserts) and some exquisite dessert wine. The festival also features food workshops, arts and crafts, seminars (which will be presented in Italian), wine, olive oil and traditional pastries tasting and entertainment. Most of the events are free of charge but for some of them attendance is by invitation only. For detailed schedule, visit the official festival website (also available in English): Reaching San Vito lo Capo is fairly easy. Take the Catania-Palermo highway (A19). Once you arrive in Palermo take the Palermo-Mazara del Vallo highway (A29), exit Castellammare del Golfo and follow directions for San Vito lo Capo.



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Go nuts in Sicily Article and photos by Tracie Barnthouse The Signature Editor Step aside, California, you have some competition in the pistachio world. Known throughout Sicily as the Citta del Pistacchio, or Capital of Pistachio, Bronte, a small town nestled snugly into the side of the western slopes of Mt. Etna, is again holding their much anticipated, often talked about Pistacchio Festival this month, and it’s one of the not-to-bemissed Sicilian sagras. According to, of the seven thousand families who reside in the comune di Bronte, more than half have a working interest in the ten thousand acres that make up the pistachio growing

fields. Some have a few acres; others have many more, but they all have one thing in common – a huge passion for the green-hued nut. But don’t let them hear you refer to it as just a nut. To the townspeople of Bronte, the pistachio is a way of life. Leading up to the festival, families have been hand-picking from the abundance of trees, peeling off the outer skin, and piling them into bags, which are then carried home. The families then lay down a layer of plastic sheeting all along the lavablocked pavement of Bronte, and the nuts are laid out to dry under the September sun. The warehouses are equally as busy, with the workers putting overtime as they sort, bag, and weigh this year’s crop. Though Bronte’s pistachio pro-


duction accounts for only three percent of the world’s supply, and falls behind Greece, Turkey, Iran and California, have no doubt that there is much pride in the Bronte pistachio.


The farmers are eager to show you the purple skin splitting open to reveal the green nut. It’s the color that elicits the most pride. No yellow. Nothing but green. All it takes is one

bite of the pistachio gelato, and you have to agree… it’s a party is your mouth. But if you think there’s only pistachio gelato, you’re solely mistaken. Pistachios can be put in just about every kind of food imaginable. From bread, to pastries, to what is arguably the best arancini I’ve ever tasted, sausage, even coffee; there is something for everyone. As this is the pistachio festival, and the nut is the star, there are still plenty of activities for the whole family. There are art and craft booths, games and rides for the kids (or the enthusiastic adult, perhaps after drinking some pistachio beer), and much, much more. Getting to Bronte is fairly easy, and last year, we were stuck in a long caravan of people going to the event so we knew we were headed in the right direction. From base, it takes about an hour to get to Bronte. Get on SS121 and head toward Paterno/Misterbianco and when you


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the road heads toward SS284, follow it. After approximately 15 miles, get on SP17III, which will take you straight into the town of Bronte. The town itself is fairly hilly, and due to the festival, parking can be an issue, so your best bet is to take the first space you find. You will most likely have to walk down a pretty large hill to get to the festival, but seeing as last year, I was 38+ weeks pregnant, I think any able-bodied person could gracefully tackle the hill, and feel free to do your best Rocky impersonation at the top. I’m not lying… the hills in Bronte are no joke. This year’s festival runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, with plenty to do on both days. All that being said, in my humble opinion, the pistachio festival is one of the best festivals in Sicily. It rates up there with the Octoberfest festivals taking place every weekend in Zafferana, which we will be giving you details about in an upcoming issue of The Signature.

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Go Green Sigonella! 100 Ways to Conserve Water • #41 Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape. • #42 Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month. • #43 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean. • #44 Don't water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates. • #45 Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance. • #46 Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home. • #47 To decrease water from being wasted on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeat two to three times. • #48 Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others. • #49 Use a layer of organic material on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water. • #50 Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape. • #51 Trickling or cascading foun-

tains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air. • #52 Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. • #53 Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water. • #54 Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month. • #55 Use a rain gauge, or empty tuna can, to track rainfall on your lawn. Then reduce your watering accordingly. • #56 Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults. • #57 Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain. • #58 Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute. • #59 If your toilet flapper doesn't close after flushing, replace it. • #60 Make sure there are water-saving aerators on all of your faucets. • #61 Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year.



Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Crumb Cake. Brunch: Breakfast Items, Chicken Gumbo Soup, Roast Pork, Cottage Fried Potatoes, Tossed Green Rice, Peas w/ Carrots, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Brown Gravy, Velvet Pound Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie. Dinner: Zesty Bean Soup, Baked Italian Sausage, Veal Steak, Steamed Rice, Home Fried Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Savory Style Beans, Chicken Gravy, Velvet Pound Cake, Vanilla Cream Pie.


Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast Puff, Asstd Doughnuts, Italian Croissant. Brunch: Breakfast Items, Knickerbockers Soup, Macaroni and cheese, Islander Rice, Corn O’Brien, Green Beans, Marble Cake, Sugar Cookies. Dinner: Nutty Split Pea Soup, Roast Beef, Baked Fish, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Steamed Asparagus, Natural Pan Gravy, Marble Cake, Sugar Cookies.


Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. Lunch: Chicken Gumbo Soup, Beef Yakisoba, Veal Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Oven Browned Potatoes, Green Peas, Seasoned Summer Squash, Spice Cake w/ Frosting, Vanilla Cookies, Fruit Gelatin.. Speed line: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Cranberry Glazed Chicken, Pork Fried Rice, Lima Beans, Broccoli Parmesan, Spice Sake w/ Frosting, Vanilla Cookies, Fruit Gelatin, RIKPAK.





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Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. Lunch: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Beef Stir Fry, Tempura Fish, Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Calico Cabbage, Herbed Broccoli, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Roast Beef, Rice Pilaf, Southern Green Beans, Savory Squash, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin, RIKPAK.

Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. Lunch: Egg Drop Soup, Sweet & Sour Pork, Chicken Chop suey , Egg Foo Young, Chinese Fried Rice, Chow Mein Noodles, Oriental Fried Cabbage, Corn Kernel, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie. Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Onion Rings, Macaroni & Cheese, RIKPAK. Dinner: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Braised Beef Cubes, Shrimp Scampi, Seasoned Boiled Pasta, Spanish Style Beans, Carrots Slices, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Pie, RIKPAK. Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Biscuits, Asstd Doughnuts, Bear Claw. Lunch: Beef Noodle Soup, Pepper Steak, Fish w/ Cherry Tomato Sauce, Bruschetta, Steamed Rice, Franconia Potatoes, Cream Style Corn, Eggplant Parmesan, Almond Cookies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: French Onion Soup, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Steamed Rice, Potatoes Au Gratin, Club Spinach, Steamed Peas & Carrots, Almond Cookies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pudding, RIKPAK.

Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Raisin Muffin. Lunch: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Roast Pork loin, Honey Glazed Chicken, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Club Spinach, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cherry Cobbler. Speedline: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Tomato Bouillon Soup, Roast Turkey, Swedish Meatballs, Red Beans w/ Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Natural Pan Gravy, Creole Green Beans, Corn Kernel, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cherry Cobbler, RIKPAK.

Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls. Lunch: Chicken Corn Chowder, Tempura Fish, Beef & Broccoli, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Fried Okra, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes, RIKPAK. Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Baked Fish, Grilled Steaks, Tossed Green Rice, Corn O’Brien, Lima Beans, Spiced Cake w/ Frosting, Crisp Drop Cookies, RIKPAK.


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On the Go with MWR

Autumn Fest is back! Autumn Fest on Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25, offers food, carnival games and rides from 3 p.m. to Midnight., along with added extra's such as live music on both nights, a Chili Cook-Off, Muscle Car Display, Fun Zone, fun contests and much more, featuring: Taste of Sicily – On both days enjoy a little taste of the 9 provinces of Sicily. Bring a shopping bag and fill it up with a host of local vendor

favorites such as wine, olive oil, crafts, and more! Command Food Booths & Farewell EOD – After enjoying a little Taste of Sicily make your to the command food booths and partake in some Americano flavor! Be sure to bid farewell to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight (EODMU EIGHT) and their last festival with us here at Sigonella! The Chili Cook-Off is back and this year is hosted by the All Officers’

Spouses Club. Fun Zone – From Bouncy Houses to carnival games, visit the Fun Zone and earn some prizes! Rockband, anyone? Teen Center hosts Rockband and Guitar Hero competitions in the Fun Zone. No pre-registration necessary. For more information call Community Activities at 624-4941.

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule & Descriptions

Friday, September 17

CATS AND DOGS: REVENGE OF KITTY- James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves - and their humans. (100 min.)

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS- Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood Tim, is an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancee, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry--an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building Saturday, September 18 elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas--and quickly realizes he's struck idiot 2:00pm Ramona and Beezus G gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions 2:30pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty soon sends Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of misadPG ventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girl5:00pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 friend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie into the arms of another 5:30pm Inception PG-13 man. (110 min.) 7:30pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 PRECHARLIE ST. CLOUD- Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, MIERE Augustus Prew, Donal Logue 8:00pm The Hangover R FREE Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of his mother Claire and his little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him Sunday, September 19 far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut 2:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school PG classmate Tess returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honor2:30pm Ramona and Beezus G ing a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound 4:30pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discov5:00pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 ers the soul most worth saving is his own. (109 min.) 6:30pm Predators R RAMONA AND BEEZUS- Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridgett Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin Tuesday, September 21 The misadventures of young Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus come 5:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty to life in this family adventure based on Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s PG book series. (104 min.) 5:30pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 INCEPTION- Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, 7:30pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 Ellen Page, Joesph Gordon Levitt 8:00pm Predators R Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the Wednesday, September 22 dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has 2:00pm Shrek the Third PG FREE made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espi2:30pm Cloudy with a Chance of onage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everyMeatballs PG FREE thing he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. 5:00pm Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the PG impossible -- inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of spe5:30pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 cialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant 7:30pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13 one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful 8:00pm Cyrus R planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen comThursday, September 23 ing. (148 min.) 5:00pm Despicable Me PG SALT- Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel LAST SHOWING Olbrychski, August Diehl 5:30pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor, and 7:30pm Salt PG-13 8:00pm Predators R LAST SHOWING country. She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband and stay one Friday, September 24 step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA. (100 min.) 5:00pm Charlie St. Cloud PG-13

Chili cook-off at Autumn Fest

5:00pm Despicable Me PG 5:30pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 7:30pm Dinner for Schmucks PG-13 PREMIERE 8:00pm Cyrus R

5:30pm Salt PG-13 7:30pm Step Up 3 PG-13 PREMIERE 8:00pm Cyrus R

Break out your favorite chili recipe for the chance to win an All Officers Spouses’ Club fundraiser blanket valued at $50! Drop your entry off at the MWR Information Tent on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 5 to

6 p.m. Bring enough for judging and sampling. Winner announced at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact 6244941.

Customer Appreciation Days at Splashers! On Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Splashers Pool invites the Sigonellan community to enjoy the pool for FREE! Come by before Autumn Fest and burn some calories

before hitting the food booths or simply unwind after all the festival fun on Sunday. For more information call 624-4334.

Just for kicks

Schedule is subject to change, please call to confirm movie showings. Movie Hotline: 624-4248 For more information on MWR’s

programs and services, call 624-3968.

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9/11, continued from page 1 for everyone who participated in the event. Chief Yeoman Robert Frye was one of the volunteers that helped organize the event. Frye has been at NASSIG for five years now and has participated in the ceremonial event every year. "It's very important we remember the events of 9/11 because we don't want history repeating itself," Frye said. "We also want to remember those who died during that day." After the run and lunch came to an end, there was a wreath laying ceremony honoring the people who lost their lives nine years ago. NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler led the ceremony. "I'm very honored to be a part of this ceremony happening here at NAS Sigonella. I think it's very important that all of us help people in the world to remember this terrible attack and what has happened since,” he said. “If I think of the thousands of innocent men, women and children that lost their lives in a senseless act of violence, it can only bring sorrow, and if I think of the lives that have been lost since then during these conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world, that also brings nothing but sorrow,” he said. “However, there are many such events going on today throughout Sicily, Europe and the rest of the world, because one thing to remember is that although this attack happened on American soil, it was truly an attack against the entire world. I think it's very important that all of us help people in the world to remember this terrible attack and what's happened since," he said. Capt. Butler went on to say that even though 9/11 brings sorrow and sadness, there are many lessons to be taken from this historic event. "I think today marks a moment of friendship between all the people in the world who can understand 9/11 was a tragic event that should not have happened regardless of religion,” he said. “It will take all of us continuing to work together to make sure this is an event in history and not in the future ever again, but just taking a moment and remembering these events and those lives gives me hope for the day and hope for the future that this event will not be forgotten," he added. "9/11 did more than change American History, it changed world history," said Naval Hospital Sigonella Master Chief Rusty Perry, who gave a speech during the conclusion of the ceremony. The speech commemorated the lives lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and near the small town of Shanksville, PA. During the speech, he quoted memorable lines from past speeches and from former President Abraham Lincoln, former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Civil Rights Movement Leader Martin Luther King Jr., and the Bible. In these quotes, he highlighted points of freedom and hope. "Hope has always been the substance that has gotten America and her citizens through difficult times," he said. CHIEFS, continued from page 1 As the celebration came to an end, the NEX staff had one more surprise in store for the soon-to-be CPOs as they rolled out a ceremonial cake and had a random drawing for prizes, including an iPod, X-Box, Blu-Ray player, and more. “They worked hard to eventually become a Chief Petty Officer, and this is our way of giving back and saying thanks,” said Fecera. “I'm proud to be here and be able to serve these selectees, and we would like to

congratulate them all on a job well done.” SCHOOL, continued from page 2 school! Have your child partake in extracurricular activities if possible. Also, establish a reward system that works for your family not just for good grades. Include things like doing homework without being reminded or going to bed and getting up on time. Motivate your children and help them establish good habits at the same time. For yourself, take some time to reflect on all you have done to bring this child to this point. Recall every meal prepared and shared, every celebration, every diaper change, every bit of encouragement, every load of laundry, every bedtime story read, and so forth, that has brought your child further along the path of becoming all that he or she can be. Congratulate yourself on all you have done. In a year, you’ll be able to do it all over again! For more information check out: and ticle.aspx?id=60457

WORD, continued from page 2 although I believe those means are good and absolutely vital for institutional purposes. But I have seen enough retirement ceremonies to notice that individuals are deeply moved when remembering the impact of persons in their lives -- persons who have convinced them of their value, their worth. Such affirmation can only come about through intentional friendship, through relationships of trust developed over time but also through sacrifice and service. As you read these words, I want you to know how much I value your life here in Sigonella. I may not have the time to convince you of that and, as a staff chaplain, there is no way I can craft words in a newspaper column to achieve even a rudimentary message of affirmation and appreciation that I want you to know. But I will try. I will definitely try.



Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival in Piedimonte Etneo Article by Piedimonte Etneo Tourist Office The annual grape harvest is part of the cultural heritage of Piedimonte’s agricultural economy that is based on hard work in the fields. Over the years, this ancient agricultural event has been turned into a community festival which attracts hundreds of tourists. The festival, which is called “Festa della Vendemmia,” is organized by the Municipality of Piedimonte Etneo at the end of the Piedimonte’s summer events. Every year on the last week-end of September, the whole community of Piedimonte Etneo, families of emigrants and thousands of tourists take part in this exiting three-day-festival, which is not just a county fair but it symbolizes the joining of past and present and the strong bond existing between people living on the slopes of Etna and their cultural roots. This year, the festival will run from Sept. 24 through 26 offering a unique blend of lights, colors, scents, sounds, arts and crafts, activities, wine tasting by local and foreign wine producers and Sicilian food specialties. The festival will also feature

folklore parades, shows, the traditional barrel-rolling-competition (Palio delle Botti), games, meetings and wine seminars. Nevertheless, the highlight of the festival is the typical pressing of grapes by the traditional “Chiurma di Carusi” (group of boys), that will take place in a millstone that will be set up in the main square. The grapes, picked up in the surrounding vineyards, will be taken through a folkloristic parade to the millstone, where tireless pressers will go on for hours with their exhausting stomping on those grapes which will be exhaling their fragrant and inebriating nectar. The must will then change into a young thin wine that can be tasted by the whole township in the main square. On Friday Sept. 24 and Saturday Sept. 25, festival booths will open at 6 p.m., on Sunday Sept. 26 all day. Piedimonte is fairly easy to reach. Exit Fiumefreddo on A-18 Catania-Messina highway and follow directions for Piedimonte Etneo that is located about three kilometers from the toll booth. For more information and detailed schedules call 328-0280040.

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Il Mondo di Montessori Rows

Soduku Rules


Every row must contain the numbers 1,-9. There may not be any duplicate numbers in any row.

Columns Every column must also contain the numbers 1- 9. Again, there may not be any duplicate numbers in any column. Each column will be unique as a result.

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Article by NAS Sigonella Fire Dept. Fire Inspector A. Musumeci On Oct. 9, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire started. This tragic fire killed about 300 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures.One popular legend claims that Mrs. Catherine O'Leary was milking her cow when the animal kicked over a lamp, set the O'Leary's barn on fire and started the fiery conflagration. The city of Chicago was fast to rebuild and soon began to remember the event with festivities. The Fire Marshals Association of North America believed the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should observed in a way that would keep the public aware of the importance of fire prevention. On Oct. 9, 1911, FMANA

sponsored the first National Prevention Day. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first national Fire Prevention Day proclamation. By 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 4-10, 1925. He noted that in the previous year approximately 15,000 lives had been lost to fire in the United States. President Coolidge's proclamation stated, "This waste results from conditions that justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented.... It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions that have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth." National which Oct. 9 falls. Each year, a specific theme is chosen

by the National Fire Prevention Association ( NFPA ) and is commemorated throughout the United States. This years theme: "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With". Smoke detectors are one of those amazing inventions that, because of mass production, cost practically nothing. You can get a smoke detector for A few $. And while they cost very little, smoke d¬etectors save thousands of lives each year. In fact, it is recommended that every home have one smoke detector per floor. NASSIG FES incourages all personnel take the time to test your smoke detector once a month and change the battery twice a year.

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