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Vol. 30. No. 45

Sigonella Community Rocks Turkey Trot 5K

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella service and community members participate in the Turkey Trot Rockin’ the 70’s 5K Run/Walk event on NAS I, Nov. 23. The event was the third installment of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation's Rock of Ages Race Series, and saw 224 Sigonellans participate in the event, which took runners through an orange grove trail outside of the NAS I gates. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released) By MC3 Cameron Bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


aval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella service and community members flocked to NAS I for the Turkey Trot Rockin’ the 70’s 5K Run/Walk, Nov. 23, which took participants through an orange grove trail outside of the NAS I gates. “This was race number three out of our Rock of Ages Race Series that’s leading up to our Base-2-Base Run in March,” said Erin Work, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Sigonella fitness coordinator. “The goal was to get people out and do some exercise before the holiday while

getting people fired up for the Base-2Base Run.” Along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and proper ways to exercise, Work also says it’s good for the community to get out and support one another, especially around the holidays. “We always hope for a big turn out,” Work said. “I like how these races bring people together.” Along with the Turkey Trot, Health Promotions at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Sigonella set up informational booths during their Fit Fest, to help remind people to stay active, healthy,

and continue to exercise through the holiday season. “This was a cool set up by Health Promotions to inform people about proper fitness and just kind of keep it on their minds as they go into the holiday season and how they can continue to stay fit and healthy,” Work said. The fourth installment for the Rock of Ages Race Series is the Jingle Bell Rockin’ the 80’s 5K/10K Run/Walk, which will begin at the NAS II Sports Complex across from Subway. Registration for the event will start at 8:15 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 9 a.m.

Health Promotions, at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Sigonella had information booths set up Nov. 23, for Fit Fest which took place at the Turkey Trot on NAS I. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)


“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah Winfrey

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Executive Officer, Cmdr. Eric Vosler

I hope that everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving and is enjoying the holiday weekend. We all have many things to be thankful for! Our first president proclaimed in 1789: “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the (28th) day of November to be devoted by the People of these

States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and

various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree


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What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

Local Homeschooled Student is a Nationwide VP-47 crew visits local school Photography Contest Finalist

of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.” Thank you to our fore-fathers for their faith and service to our country. I pray that our political and military leaders will seek to serve this country as well. Look out for your friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors during the Holiday season. Talk with them, reach out and get to know them and find ways to include them in holiday activities. Mostly, have fun, stay safe and make good decisions!

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella COMREL Officer Alberto Lunetta (right)translates for Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Danger Escobar (left) and Lt. Sean Aland from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 while talking about their jobs during the first ever visit of a U.S. Navy squadron’s crew to the IstitutoTecnico Aeronautico Arturo Ferrarin High School in Catania on Nov.18. (Photo by Caterina Cunsolo).

NASSIG Safety Stand-Down Eva Lee, a home-schooled student from Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella took this photo of her reflecton in the eye of a horse. She was selected as a finalist in the Home School Legal Defense Association contest. Winning photos can be viewed at: http://www. (Photo by Eva Lee)

BY Home School Legal Defense Association

Purcellville, VA - The Home School Legal Defense Association is pleased to announce that 7-year-old Eva Lee of Motta Sant'Anastasia, Sicily, placed as a finalist in its 9th annual Photography Contest. Home-schooled students ages 6-19 were invited to submit photos capturing one of three themes, based on their age category. No advanced digital editing was permitted, with the exception of cropping and specific basic edit features applied to the photo as a whole. Eva's photo developed the theme "My Favorite" and captured her reflection in the eye of a horse. Eva

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chose this as the subject of her photograph because she adores being with horses. In recognition of the excellence of her photography, Eva was selected as a finalist in her category. Winners received cash prizes. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1983 to defend homeschool freedoms. HSLDA sponsors four student contests each year in art, poetry, photography, and essay writing. All contest profits go to support the Special Needs Children's Fund administered by the Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA.

AFN Sigonella 360 online soon

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday ■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) TUE - FRI ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Sacraments of Reconciliation/Penance precede each Mass PROTESTANT NAS I Chapel Saturday ■ 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Worship Services Sunday ■ 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

LATTER-DAY SAINTS Sunday at 3 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: or 624-9049 CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Noon Bible Study (NAS 1) 12:30 p.m. Worship Service Please contact the Religious Ministries Department for information ■ AA Meetings: Monday at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) second deck; Thursday at 7 p.m. (NAS II Chapel)

OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049, DSN: 624-3975, CHAPLAIN DUTY: 335-831-4493 RP DUTY: 335-786-1950

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Executive Officer Cmdr. Eric Vosler speaks to Sailors during the installation's biannual Safety Stand-Down Nov. 20, in the Midtown Movie Theater. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian T. Glunt/Released)

Starting Dec. 3, AFN Sigonella will be available everywhere. Everywhere you have an internet connection, that is. The great news and info you hear on the Eagle, 105.9FM, will be streaming live on the internet 24/7. You can go to and click on the AFN 360 logo to select any of the stations in Europe, or one of six talk and music choices from the AFN Broadcast Center in California. You can also use the mobile app to take AFN Sigonella with you anywhere. “Now everyone can get the info they need when and where they need it,” AFN Station Manager Jack Martin explained. “Our 105.9FM radio signal doesn’t reach over the hills to the Aci’s or down to South Beach. Listeners can now get important info, like the school lunch menu, facility closures, and the great trips that Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offers, at home and on the road, on your morning run, or evening shopping trip.”

A launch party for the new streaming service is being planned for Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MidTown Atrium, with many base organizations on hand to add their voices to AFN’s first day of internet broadcasting. Representatives from U.S. Naval Hospital (USHN) Sigonella's Health Promotions department, the Red Cross, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), Medusa’s Minions Roller Derby Team, the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), In Gear Career, singers and musicians from the Chapel Religious Ministries, and the many MWR facilities will be there to answer questions and talk about their programs. The Navy Exchange (NEX) will be on hand with giveaways, Sigonella Animal Welfare Society will have some adoptable pets, and the Fire Prevention folks will have some of their Firefighter Challenge gear on hand. The AFN 360 mobile app is free, for both iPhone and Android smartphones.



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FFSC Female Empowerment Support Group 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC Resume Renovation 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



FFSC Pre / Post Deployment Class 9 - 11 a.m. 1 - 3 p.m.

Storytime* Library 10 a.m. *EVERY WEDNESDAY

FFSC ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

FFSC ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.





FFSC ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


FFSC Transition GPS 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FFSC Transition GPS 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FFSC Public Speaking Class 1 - 3 p.m.

FFSC Ricotta Cheese Workshop 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FFSC Transition GPS 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. FFSC Sponsor Training 9 - 11 a.m.

FFSC Italiano Espresso! 10 - 11:30 a.m.




Family Night Out* Sparetime Bowling 5 - 8 p.m.

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Youth Forum Ignites Changes to Youth Complex Center

DEC. 1

Cefalu & Castelbuono ITT

Catania vs. Milan Soccer Match ITT


Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling *EVERY SUNDAY



Tree Lighting Ceremony Midtown 5:30 p.m.

FFSC Survive & Thrive Spouse Orientation 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. FFSC Sig Safe 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Transition GPS 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FFSC IA Fair 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FFSC Ombundsmen Monthly Assembly 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


8 Winter Wonderland Midtown 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling

FFSC Relocation Fair 1 - 3 p.m.


FFSC Time Management 1 - 3 p.m.


FFSC Transition GPS 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. FFSC Arrivederci Class 1 - 3 p.m.

FFSC Communication Skills 1 - 3 p.m.


(U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released) By MC3 Cameron Bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs



Jingle Bell Rockin the 80's Run/ Walk NAS II Sports Complex 9 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.)

Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling *EVERY SUNDAY

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Does your command or organization have an event you’d like to see on the Community Calendar? Email us at and let us know!

After holding a Youth Forum in early September, officials at the Youth Complex Center took suggestions made by Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella youth and have begun implementing changes to hours of operations and events. “It was important for us to hear the suggestions of the kids in Sigonella because we want to plan activities that the teens are interested in and will come to the Youth Complex to participate in,” Teen Coordinator Brittany Clark said. “Each person that came [to the Youth Forum] filled out a questionnaire so that we could look back on the questionnaires when planning in the future and when trying to make positive changes to the Youth Complex.” Some changes include more trips around Sicliy and on base, as well as more selections for movies, video games, and food classes. “One change that was suggested by the tweens was to change the curfew of the youth who are in junior high. Right now the youth in junior high must leave at 7 p.m., one hour before the youth in senior high,” Clark said. “We were able to accommodate to this suggestion by offering the Youth in junior high a curfew of 8 p.m. on Fridays as

well as letting those in junior high stay until 10 p.m. on nights when we have Newcomer’s Indoctrination Barbeques and other special events.” Clark and other Youth Complex Center officials were very happy with the turnout from the Youth Forum as they keep changing the way the center operates, as well as get new personnel used to the kids and the working environment. “Other than seeing what the kids wanted to change, the Youth Complex held a Youth Forum because we had all new staff members at the facility, and we wanted the new staff members to meet all of the youth members and visa-versa,” Clark said. “But the main goal is that we want to hear what the youth have to say so that we can meet their needs and hopefully draw more youth in. The community should also know that the Youth Complex is completely free of charge,” Clark said. For more information on the Youth Complex Center and other future changes, contact Clark and other Youth Complex Center officials at 624-1750/1747 or stop by their offices in Marinai Mondays through Thursdays from 3 - 8 p.m. and Fridays from 3 - 10 p.m.

NMCRS Hosts Santa’s Helper Sales Event By Josina B. Cooley Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Sigonella, it’s that time again! Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is hosting their Santa’s Helpers Sale where young children can come and purchase gifts for their whole family at thrift store prices. We collect items all year for this event but we can never have too much. We need a large enough collection for all children to be able to shop and give during this season of giving. We are trying to collect

Need an appointment at the hospital? Call DSN 624-CARE (2273) or commercial 095-56-2273, M-F: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. For non-emergent medical questions that arise over the weekend, holidays, or after office hours, please call 335-578-8077 if you are normally seen at the hospital or 335-578-8150 if you are normally seen at the Flight Line Clinic.

more items for men this year. Please drop off items at the NMCRS office (2nd floor of Fleet and Family Services). We will continue to accept donations for this event until 3 p.m. on Dec. 6. For more Information or if you would like to volunteer, please call NMCRS office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at DSN 624-4212.



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H EADLINES Sardinia Hit by Deadly Cyclone Cleopatra and Floods

Siracusa honors Santa Lucia With Special Festival Life of Saint Lucia:

On Dec. 13, the community of Siracusa will honor Santa Lucia or Saint Lucy with a spectacular religious festa (feast) featuring religious processions, arts and crafts displays and entertainment. (Photo by Toni Mazzarella)

“Sarausana è!” (She is definitely from Siracusa!). This is what devotees shout during the Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy) Festival to show how proud they are of the fact that this popular saint is “one of them.” Just as it happens in Belpasso where Santa Lucia is also invoked for protection from natural calamities posed by volcano Etna, this beloved patroness is still regarded as the savior of Siracusa from the terrible tsunami wave that struck Messina on Dec. 28, 1908. According to tradition, the deadly wave stopped right before the outskirts of the city. Today in Siracusa, there is still an “edicola votiva,” i.e. a votive shrine in piazza delle Poste that remembers the miracle that, according to pilgrims, was worked by Santa Lucia on that occasion. On Dec. 13, the community of this city remembers her through annual spectacular and heartfelt festa religiosa (religious festival).

Festival Schedule:

On Dec. 13, the festival begins at 10:30 a.m. with a solemn Holy Mass celebrated at the cathedral. During the Mass, religious chants are also performed. In the afternoon at 3:30 p.m., the carriage, weighing 14 tons and the holy relics, on top of which a silver statue of Saint Lucia is placed, are carried in procession for seven hours from the cathedral to the church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro. Fireworks are performed around 6:30 p.m. Three groups of 48 men wearing green berets alternate in carrying it. Many devotees, who also come from the neighboring cities, follow the procession barefoot holding torches. During the festival, the blessing and the free distribution of the cuccìa (cooked wheat) takes place in several houses and churches on Dec. 12 after the “Vespri” (religious chants) which begin at 7 p.m. outside the cathedral. Cuccìa is a typical food that is prepared

for the Saint Lucia celebrations. Tradition says it was first cooked in Siracusa in the 17th century as Santa Lucia worked a miracle during a terrible famine that had hit the city. One story says that Siracusa’s bishop gathered the starving people in the cathedral to pray and implore St. Lucia for a miracle. Suddenly, a dove flew down from the sky and roosted on the bishop’s shoulders. Right after, a ship loaded with wheat docked at the port. The wheat was then boiled and eaten by the Siracusa people. Today, the cuccìa is served as a delicious porridge enriched with ricotta cheese, chocolate and candied fruits. On Dec. 20 at 4 p.m., the “ottava” (the eighth day after a feast day) is celebrated with a procession leaving from Santa Lucia to the cathedral which is attended by three Swedish girls represent the saint tradition. For more information and detailed schedule visit

Lucia, whose name means, “light,” was born in Siracusa in a rich and noble family in 283 AD, and raised as a Christian. Although Lucia consecrated herself forever to Jesus, she was pressed by her mother Eutychia to marry a pagan nobleman. Since Eutychia had been suffering from hemorrhage for several years, Lucia took her on a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Agata in Catania where she prayed for her healing. While in Catania, Lucy had a vision of St. Agata who assured her that Eutychia was healed because of her strong faith. As a result of this miracle, Lucia asked her mother to give all their properties to the poor and the sick. Eutychia agreed, but this radical decision angered the man to whom she was betrothed who denounced her as a Christian. Lucia was then brought before Paschasius, a pagan governor to whom she opposed giving up her faith. The cruel governor then ordered her to be severely punished. According to legend, several miracles occurred during her torture. Soldiers tried to set her on fire but she did not burn. Paschasius then planned to force her into prostitution, but when the guards went to drag her away, they could not move her. Legend has it that Lucia’s eyes were plucked out during her torture but God miraculously restored her sight - this explains why she is often represented as a maiden with her eyes on a plate, a book, or a shell and also why she is invoked against blindness and eye diseases. Saint Lucia is also protector against fire, and the patron of people suffering from infection, hemorrhage and sore throat. Eventually, Lucia was beheaded

on the 13th of December in the year 304 AD. Saint Lucia body’s remained in Siracusa for many years. In 1039, Byzantine general Maniace took her human remains to Constantinople (Istanbul). Several years later, Venetian crusaders took the relics to Venice where they are still preserved inside a glass-enclosed sarcophagus placed behind the altar of SS. Geremia and Lucia Church. Some relics are scattered in churches throughout Europe. Portions of her arms are kept inside the cathedral of Siracusa and in Belpasso’s main church.

Swedish Tradition:

Saint Lucia is also celebrated on Dec. 13 in Sweden. Scandinavian’s Christians celebrate Luciadagen (Saint Lucia’s Day). It is a festival of “light” symbolizing the end of darkness. According to tradition, on the morning of Dec. 13, the oldest daughter in each family wears a white robe and puts on a wreath of greens with lit candles on her head. Then she awakens the other members of the family serving coffee and goodies. During the festival, a contest to elect “Lucia Bride” is also held. Unlike what it is commonly believed, Lucia Bride is not chosen among the most beautiful girls but among the ones most committed to volunteering. On the festival’s day, a torchlight a procession of children walks through farms, houses, and schools, singing the Lucia song. “ Lucia” leads the procession followed by her “assistants” including young girls clad in white with glitter in their hair, “star-boys” (wearing white shirts and tall cone-shaped hats decorated with stars) and other children dressed as trolls, demons and old men. The “Swedish Lucia” is usually invited to Sicily to take part in the celebrations held in Siracusa.

Miss Italia 2013 Crowned Despite Controversies by Italy Magazine Despite the controversies raging for months, the Miss Italia beauty pageant was broadcast as scheduled. And so Italy’s beauty queen for 2013 was elected: the winner is 19-year-old Giulia Arena, from Messina (Sicily). However, for the first time in 24 years, Miss Italia was not broadcast on Italian national television Rai, which refused to air the event, judging it a thing of the past and degrading for women, a decision praised by Chamber of Deputies President Laura Boldrini, who described it as a “modern and civilized choice,” a comment that contributed to fuel arguments for and against the pageant. To lay claim to women’s freedom, the Miss Italia finalists wore t-shirts with the line “nè nude nè mute”, neither naked nor dumb. For the organizers, Miss Italia is part of Italian history and it is still very much loved by the Italian public, as proved by the fact that many Italian towns, despite budget cuts, decided to continue the tradition of hosting the selections in their squares, attracting crowds as in the past. The contest seems to prove popular among girls themselves, as more than 7,000 enrollments were received this year, surpassing last year’s edition. To save Miss Italia, born in 1939, TV channel La7 came to the

rescue, broadcasting it live from Jesolo (Veneto), although many have maligned it is not for love of the show, but simply for advertising revenues and a possible boost in ratings. Winner Giulia Arena is 1,70 m, has light brown hair and green eyes, and a tattoo just above the heart quoting a sentence from the 26th canto of the Inferno from Dante’s Divine Comedy, a way to show her pride to be “a daughter of Dante”, she says in interviews. She graduated from high school this year and is studying international law at the university in Milan. During the years, some of the actresses that have appeared on the stage of Miss Italia are Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Silvana Mangano, Lucia Bosè, Stefania Sandrelli, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Jury members have included Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Catherine Deneuve, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Andy Garcia. Miss Italia has tried to renovate itself in time, changing some of the rules like forbidding married women or mothers from participating and raising the age for participating, however the gist of the event remains the same, with many wondering if such a show has still reason to exist in today’s world.

(BBC News). A number of people are reported missing after rivers burst their banks. Cars were swept away and bridges collapsed. The area around the north-eastern city of Olbia was worst-hit - in some places the water was up to 3m (10ft) deep. Prime Minister Enrico Letta has declared a state of emergency, speaking of a "national tragedy". Mr Letta announced that 20 million Euros (£16.8m, $27m) would be allocated immediately to emergency relief efforts, with soldiers deployed in the region. "We are focusing on essential operations: saving human lives, assisting displaced people and clearing road access," he said after an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday. More than 440mm (17.3in) of rain fell in 90 minutes overnight into Tuesday morning. A Brazilian family of four drowned when their basement flat in the town of Arzachena, in the northern part of the island, filled with water. Two children were among the dead. Three people died when a road bridge collapsed on to their car near Olbia, according to local media. In a separate incident, a mother and her daughter were found dead in their car after it was swept away by floods. Among the victims was a police officer who died after a bridge collapsed as he tried to escort an ambulance. Hundreds of people across the Mediterranean island have been moved from their homes because of the flash flooding caused by Cyclone Cleopatra. "We're at maximum alert," Giorgio Cicalo, an official from Sardinia's civil protection authority, told Italy's Rai TV. "We haven't seen a situation as extreme as this, perhaps for decades - especially because it's been across the whole island." Sardinian Governor Ugo Cappellacci told Italian TV that the situation on the island was "dramatic". Meanwhile Olbia Mayor Gianni Giovanelli was quoted by Sky TG24 as saying that the city had been hit by an "apocalyptic"' storm.

JUST SAY IT! English: Appetizer Italian: Antipasto English: First Course Italian: Primo English: Second Course Italian: Secondo English: Side Dish Italian: Contorno

Some city residents used social media to offer shelter to those forced out of their homes. The BBC Weather Centre says the flooding was caused by a deep area of low pressure that has been sitting over the Mediterranean, bringing sustained heavy rain. The unstable conditions are expected to move across Italy and further east, bringing further downpours and the threat of flooding, particularly in Venice. The storm caused extensive damage to farms in Sardinia and disrupted a number of flights to and from mainland Italy. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has expressed "solidarity with the communities involved" and "heartfelt sympathy to the families of the many victims".

Italian Chestnut Market Hit By Chinese Imports

(The Guardian) - As domestic production drops due to Chinese wasp damaging trees, cheap Chinese chestnuts are being passed off as Italian Italians fearful of copycat Chinese imports killing off demand for their prized homegrown delicacies have added another culinary touchstone to the danger list: the chestnut. The venerable castagna, once an essential foodstuff for poor Italians and now the basis of the sugary marron glace, is facing a double threat from the east, experts claim. As cheap Chinese chestnuts flood the market, Italian harvests have plunged by 70% since 2005 to 18,000 tonnes this year due to the arrival from China of a deadly wasp, Dryocosmus kuriphilus, that damages trees by laying eggs in them. "It means that in 2013, chestnut imports are due to exceed domestic production for the first time," said Lorenzo Bazzana, economic adviser to the farmers group Coldiretti. "We are getting the Chinese imports, which have a fainter taste, as well as imports from Turkey, Spain and Portugal," he added. Once boiled and milled by rural Italians to make flour for baking, the chestnut formed the mainstay of diets in poorer communities as a substitute for cereals, with production reaching 829,000 tonnes in 1911 before the postwar economic boom boosted spending power. Today the large marroni Learn how to say variety has made a comeback as these words a prized delicacy in puddings, as well as roasted on street corners in Italian! in winter. But as the Chinese wasp has spread across the country English: Dessert and production has dropped dramatically, prices have shot up, Italian: Dolce leading unscrupulous vendors to English: Mixed Salad label cheaper Chinese imports as Italian, said Bazzana. Italian: Insalata Mista An Italian consortium of English: Soup producers, Castel del Rio, said it had found 5,000 tonnes of Italian: Zuppa chestnuts on the market bearing its name, when it produced only English: Cheese 550 tonnes. "This is nothing but Italian: Formaggio fraud," Bazzana said.



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A Stone's Throw: Switzerland

Photos by Jackie Trembath

by jackie trembath NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


y time in Sicily is almost over, so I am trying to visit as many places as possible. And why not, when a flight within Europe is much easier and less expensive than a flight from the states? Because I love chocolate and cheese, and rocked the Swatch watch as a teenager, Switzerland made my list of places to visit. Together with a few friends, I embarked on my Swiss adventure with a very early flight from Catania. In less than three hours, our plane was preparing to land in Geneva. I awoke from my mini nap just in time to witness the breathtaking view of the snow covering the Swiss Alps. The peaks of the mountain range were blanketed in pure white, perfectly matching the clouds that floated peacefully between them. Geneva is on the western side of Switzerland, where French is the main language. (On the northern, central and eastern sides, it’s German. Italian is the language on the southern side while Rumantsch is spoken the southeastern side.) Once we landed, I volunteered to take the lead in securing transportation by employing the French I have learned from my travels. My French is comme ci, comme ça - I have about a 30-word vocabulary, if numbers are included. I rely on my epic charades skills when my language skills fail me. Thankfully, several people in Geneva speak English, so I didn't have to make a spectacle of myself trying to act anything out. After a local currency withdrawal of Swiss Franc (CHF), a hotel check-in and a much needed bundling up, we ventured out into the city. Hungry for something other than Italian

food, we decided upon a cute little restaurant with a happy cow in its logo. Along with his native language, our Portuguese waiter, Jorge, spoke French, Spanish and English, which he learned by going to night school. He let us call him George and taught us how to say "perfect" in French. "Parfait" became the 31st word in my French vocabulary. After George served us each the best 28 CHF (about $30) hamburger we had ever indulged in, he told us about the sights to see in Geneva. He also suggested we try kirsch, the traditional Swiss liquor, a clear, colorless fruit brandy, which reminded me of Italian grappa. The little bit that touched my lips was enough for me to check it off my "must-try" list. Fueled and ready to explore, we walked around the city, finding our way to the Jet d'Eau (Water Jet), as recommended by George to be one of the main attractions. This incredible fountain shoots water out of Lake Geneva with a graceful force, which is rather hypnotic to watch at an altitude of 140 meters. Locals and tourists alike get lost in its magnificence. Lake Geneva, the largest of the Alpine lakes, is stunning and a place of serenity. The swans that call it home would agree. George also suggested we check out another of Geneva's attractions, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. We discovered the cathedral from our stroll along the backstreets of the city. Living in Italy, I have seen hundreds of ornately decorated churches. In my mind St. Peters Cathedral, built in the 12th century, suddenly became humble in comparison. When visiting a new city, I like to stop in a grocery store to get an idea of what the locals eat. A quick stop provided the opportunity to

check things out and stock up on some wine and cheese for our evening in, as not much seemed to be open and we were all tired from our very early flight. I discovered what I consider unusual grocery items, like packaged tongue and quail eggs and got lost in the cheese aisle, where there were so many options that it was overwhelming. The following day we happened upon Plaine de Plainpalais, one of Switzerland’s largest flea markets. I love collecting functional items from my travels and within ten minutes I found a set of six unique plates that just had to become part of my dishware collection. We spent more than an hour walking through the market fascinated by all sorts of items: antiques, coins, clothes, jewelry, furniture, art, etc. If trying to fit items in my carry-on weren't an issue, my arms would have been much fuller and my wallet much emptier. When there is not a market going on, Plaine de Plainpala is a large deserted area in the heart of the city. It was once used as a place to bring sick people to avoid epidemics. Nowadays, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, its home to the flea market, rain or shine, a small food market on Sundays and to the occasional circus, when in town. After dropping my heavy plates and our other collective treasures back off at the hotel, we decided to take a train ride into Lausanne just 55 kilometers away. As the train whisked us through the country side, we enjoyed the views of the many vineyards along the way. There are nearly 15,000 hectares of vineyards in Switzerland and its annual production is around 200 million bottles with only one percent exported. I had no idea that Switzerland

was one of the top wine-consuming countries in the world. I enjoyed some of the local wine and fondue over lunch at a small restaurant in Ouchy, Lausanne's lakeside quarter. Ouchy is pronounced "ūshē‘"- not like ouch-ee, what I called a cut or scrape when I was a child. The town is a short metro ride from the center of Lausanne. As we dipped bread and small potatoes into the rich melted cheese, we talked about how blessed we all were. As the sun set over Lake Geneva, we peoplewatched. Locals enjoyed games of sidewalk chess with pieces that seemed to be out of Alice’s Wonderland. Couples rollerbladed as tourists posed for photos in front of the lake and I took it all in. Switzerland, I thought, may very well be the one of the most peaceful places on the planet. To walk off our late carb-laden lunch, we decided to find the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered to be the most beautiful Gothic church in Switzerland. In less than a 10-minute metro ride, we were back in the center of Laussane, which happens to be the smallest city in the world to have a subway (fun fact). The quaint old town is known by the locals as "la Cité." It was enchanting to walk around its narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways. The church was closed, but it's beautiful architecture was illuminated and magnificent to behold. I spotted the night-watchman in the steeple of the church and thought to myself what a cool job he has, he gets to look out at the city as she sleeps. The rain set in again just as we were heading back to the train station, coating the cobblestones and making them glisten with the

city's lights. On our final full-day in Geneva, we headed back to Plaine de Plainpala for breakfast. The day before the space was a flea market lined with miscellaneous treasures, but on Sunday it offered fresh cheeses, chocolates, local produce, wine and a variety of freshly cooked delectables. Feeling more comfortable with our surroundings, we headed toward the lake for a tour cruise and happened upon the historic Brunswick Monument, a neo-Gothic-style mausoleum, which sits opposite the cruise docking area. Because we had a little time before our cruise departed, we walked around the waterfront. It's a well known fact amongst my friends that I talk to strangers. I couldn't help myself when I noticed a man in swimming shorts. It had to be about 40 °F. Not sure of his English-speaking ability and not knowing how to say cold in French, I engaged my charades skills. Hugging my shoulders with opposite hands and shaking slightly I acted out "cold" with my eyebrow up in a question mark. He responded in French words I did not understand, touching the top of his head. I figured he didn't know English, so I jokingly verbalized that I thought he was crazy. He understood and approached me. He said in perfect English, "it's only as cold as you think it is." Clearly we had different definitions of cold. His name was Roberto and for 10 minutes he stood in his swimming trunks in the frigid air to talk to me. He let me take his photo right before walking into the clear water. Switzerland really has some of the nicest people.

As our boat took us around Lake Geneva, I marveled at the majestic mountains and the serene lake. Switzerland was one of the most relaxing places I have visited, made even better because of the company. We left the next morning with our suitcases full and boarded the bus to the airport. As I waited for our stop, I reverently people watched, trying to take in every last moment of being in Switzerland. A white haired man sang a little song in French to the woman seated across from him. She smiled and nodded along as though she recognized the song. Perhaps it was one from her childhood. I couldn't make out the words, but the melody was a happy one. When he finished his serenade their conversation carried on, seamlessly, as though impromptu song were a norm. A man in his twenties sat in the corner with his headphones on, eyes closed, concentrating on the music only he could hear. At what I assumed was his favorite part of the song, he opened his eyes and mouthed the words as though singing for an audience, his face animated and his upper body bobbing to the beat. I wondered what the song could have been. A teenage couple sat so closely together it was as if they lost physical connection they would die. Maybe they were each other's first love - that first love when you feel as though the other is oxygen. I left a little piece of me in Geneva, as I seem to do with all of my travels. In return, my heart grew just a little bit bigger. Switzerland became more than the land of cheese, chocolate and time pieces. It was now a place where my friends and I had made new memories - the kind that last a lifetime. As far as trips go, it was parfait.




NOVEMBER 29, 2013

Sigonella Kicks Tobacco Use During Great American Smokeout

Giuseppe Licari, an employee at Health Promotions, talks to a Sailor about tobacco cessation during the Great American Smokeout at the Navy Exchange Depot on Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Nov. 21, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Tony D. Curtis/Released) by mc2 Tony D. Curtis NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Sigonella Health Promotions and the Navy Exchange (NEX) Depot joined together to celebrate the Great American Smokeout on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. The event’s purpose is to encourage people to set a date to quit using tobacco products.

“There are several associated health benefits to quitting smoking. Besides lowering blood pressure, heart rate and circulation also improves,” said Lt. Aspen Alu, USNH Sigonella’s health promotions officer. “After 48 hours nicotine is completely gone from the body and a person's sense of

smell and taste improves.” This year’s event was held outside of the NEX Depot on NAS II. Being close to Thanksgiving, they served a turkey and turkey burgers. AFN Sigonella was also doing a live broadcast outside of the store. Health Promotions had a table set up with information about tobacco cessation. “Individuals who participate in a tobacco cessation program are more successful with their quit attempt than those who don't have any support,” said Alu. “Health Promotions can arrange referrals for tobacco cessation aids such as nicotine replacement therapy.” As service members grabbed some grub, Alu and a couple of Health Promotion employees talked about starting the process of quitting. The slogan for this year’s smokeout was “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for life.” Some tips on quitting include picking a specific day within the next month as your Quit Day. Picking a date too far in the future allows you time to rationalize and change your mind. However, do give yourself enough time to prepare and come up with a plan. You might choose a date with a special meaning like a birthday or anniversary. Alternatively, you may want to just pick a random date. Circle the date on your calendar. Make a strong, personal commitment to quit on that day. The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It’s celebrated on the third Thursday of November every year. To receive more tips on quitting, contact Lt. Alu at DSN 624-4710 or follow USNH Health Promotions on Facebook at: https://www.


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Sig's the Season Morale, Welfare and Recreation wants to get you in the holiday spirit with a great weekend full of fun for the whole family! Sig’s the Season is coming Friday, Dec. 6 – Saturday, Dec. 7, and it will be full of events you won’t want to miss! Come enjoy the sights, sounds and treats and spend time with the community in Midtown as we light our enormous Christmas tree for the first time this season. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the fun-filled weekend on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. with music and the beautiful display. Following the ceremony not only will there be free hot cocoa and cookies in the Midtown Atrium, there will also be a live concert by the Naval Forces Europe Band’s Five Star Brass Quintet in Midtown 2 Theaters! You don’t want to miss it! Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., the NAS I Gym will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland! Make sure your kids have their holiday wish lists and you’ve got your camera

ready, because Santa will be there in person! Also from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Midtown atrium, MWR will be holding it’s annual Holiday Craft Fair. Come out and support your local crafters and find that unique gift for your loved ones. Or, if you are interested in reserving a booth of your own, contact ITT for more details (space is limited). Saturday, after your visit with Santa, don’t forget to take the kids over to Midtown 2 Theaters or SpareTime Bowling so they can take part in the awesome Sig’s the Season specials! Midtown 2 Theaters will have a special free showing of the Polar Express at noon and SpareTime Bowling will be free for kids from Noon – 3 p.m. You don’t want to miss these great annual Sigonella holiday traditions, so come out and get in the spirit with MWR and help us to kick off the holiday season with these fun activities the whole family can enjoy!

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Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

Friday, Nov. 29 *Breakfast: Hot Oatmeal, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Asstd Pastries. *Lunch: Breakfast Item, Cream of Potato Soup, Savory Baked Chicken, Tossed Green Rice, Seasoned Mix Vegetables, Fresh Squash, Cake. *Dinner: French Onion Soup, Roast Beef, Spaghetti w/Fish & Tomato Cherry, Steamed Rice, Spinach, Cake.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancake, Biscuits and Gravy, Grilled Sausage Patties, Asstd Doughnuts, Bran Muffins. *Lunch: Cream of Broccoli, Corn Whole Kernel, Chicken Cacciatore, Sauerbraten, Rice Pilaf, Mixed Vegetable, Cake. *Speed line: Pasta Chef. *Dinner: Navy Bean Soup, Roast Beef, Fishwich, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Seasoned Asparagus, Cauliflower, Cake.

Saturday, Nov. 30 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Rice Soup, Swedish meat balls, Brown Gravy, Carrots, Fried Cabbage w/ Bacon, Cookies. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Spaghetti w/meat sauce, Asstd Pizza, O’Brien Potatoes, Peas w/ Celery, Kernel Corn, Cookies.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: Puree Mongole Soup, Pasta al Forno, Baked Fish, Brown Gravy, Potatoes Au Gratin, Steamed Rice, Spinach, Peas w/Carrots, Vanilla Cookies. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans. *Dinner: Beef Rice Soup, B.B.Q. Chicken, Rigatoni alla Norma, Steamed Rice, Savory Squash, Steamed Broccoli, Vanilla Cookies.

Sunday, Dec. 1 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Italian Croissant. *Brunch: Breakfast items, Chicken Gumbo Soup, Chicken Nuggets, Carrots, Green Beans, White Cake w/ Frosting. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Teriyaki Chicken, Spaghetti Carbonara, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Pork Fried Rice, Carrots, Whole kernel Corn, White Cake w/ Frosting.

Thursday, Dec. 5 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: Velvet Corn Soup, Yankee Pot Roast, Lasagna, Oriental Rice, Oven Brown Potatoes, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Broccoli, Easy Chocolate Cake, Crisp Drop Cookies. *Speed line: Chicken patties Sandwich. *Dinner: Cream of Asparagus Soup, Pork Adobo, Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce, Ratatouille Eggplant, Lyonnaise Rice, Carrots, Easy Chocolate.

Monday, Dec. 2 *Breakfast: Hot Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: Creole Soup, Roast Turkey, Meat Loaf, Steamed Rice, Savory Style Beans, Cauliflower, Crisp Drop Cookies. *Speed line: Asstd Pizza *Dinner: Tomato Bouillon Soup, Baked Breaded Pork Chops, Chicken Tetrazzini, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Green Beans Nicoise, Carrot Slices, Crisp Drop Cookies.

Friday, Dec. 6 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Pancake, Asstd Doughnuts. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Baked Fish, Grilled Pork Chops w/ Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus, Squash, Cheese Cake. *Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Teriyaki Chicken, Baked Tuna Noodles, Fried Rice, Spinach, Oriental Stir Fry, Cheesecake.

FROZEN 2D & 3D ... PG STARRING: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Friday, Nov. 29 2:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Frozen 3D Ender's Game Escape Plan The Counselor About Time

Saturday, Nov. 30

PG PG-13 R R R

2:00 PM Frozen 3D 2:30 PM Free Birds 4:30 PM Ender's Game 5:00 PM Thor: Dark World 7:30 PM About Time

PG PG PG-13 PG-13 R

2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

PG-13 PG PG-13 R R

Sunday, Dec. 1

Thor: Dark World 3D Frozen Catching Fire Carrie The Fifth Estate

Tuesday, Dec. 3

As a reminder, all dependents are always welcome at the galley! Please provide any negative or positive feedback. There is a suggestions box near the entrance to the galley, next to the serving line.

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Captain Phillips Free Birds 3D About Time Machete Kills

PG-13 PG R R

Frozen 3D Ender's Game Catching Fire Carrie

Thursday, Dec. 5 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Ender's Game The Counselor The Fifth Estate Escape Plan

PG PG-13 PG-13 R PG-13 R R R

Friday, Dec. 6 -- Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:00 PM The Counselor 7:30 PM Last Vegas 8:00 PM Thor: Dark Wolrd

R PG-13 PG-13

Saturday, Dec. 7 -- Winter Wonderland 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Polar Express Frozen 3D Free Birds Catching Fire About Time Last Vegas

Sunday, Dec. 8 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Thor: Dark World 3D Frozen The Fifth Estate Last Vegas Ender's Game

Movie Premiere

Free Movie

Same Day Release

Last Show

G PG PG PG-13 R PG-13 PG-13 PG R PG-13 PG-13

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. (108 m.) ENDER’S GAME ... PG-13 STARRING: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formecs, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. (114 m.) ABOUT TIME ... R STARRING: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. (123 m.) LAST VEGAS ... PG-13 STARRING: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. (105 m.) POLAR EXPRESS ... G STARRING: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home. (100 m.)

Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm. Movie Hotline: 624-4248




Can YOU Find the Way?

Find and circle all of the Movie Musicals that are hidden in the grid. The remaining letters spell the title of an additional Movie Musical.

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AUTOMOBILES 2011 Ford Mustang Premium Coupe, Grabber Blue, 3.7L 305HP V6, 19/31mpg, 6 speed manual transmission, black leather, Sirius sat radio, Sync MP3 Voice Command Shaker Sound System, 18" rims, adjustable dash and accent colors, all stock except Borla exhaust. 13,400 miles. Turn heads, $18,100 Blue Book, asking $17,500 firm. Call Michael @ 345827-5338 2009 Toyota Corolla, S model. Very good condition; very reliable. Automatic; U.S. specs, 46,000 miles as of Nov. 2013, single disc C.D. Player and an AUX for ipod/MP3. $8,000/OBO. Call Julie; Mon - Fri at 624-5473. 2000 BMW 530D Silver. 131,000 Miles. Turbo Diesel Inline 6 Rated at 41 MPG Highway, Averages 37 MPG, M-Sport Drivetrain, M-Sport Steering. Fantastic Car. Everything Works!

Asking $6,500 OBO. Call Travis at 335-786-4253.

volts, 1192 cc. €11,ooo/ negotiable. Call Adriana 3491539139.

2001 Renault Laguna 4 cylinder, 1.9 Turbo Diesel DCI, 120 Hp, 20 Km with one liter of diesel. Perfect condition. Dual zone climate control, 6 Air Bag, power windows/lock, stereo, etc. Perfect engine, ready for any test. Asking $2,600. Call Salvo at 338-3225071.


1998 Audi A4 Avant, silver gray, excellent condition, never smoked in,. Bought from first owner. New breaks and tie rods. 81,400 miles, manual shift, AC. $2,750. Call Lizz at 3420055821 or Robert at 3409905234. 1972 Fiat 500l with a 650cc engine. Comes with an extra engine original 500cc plus other spare parts.Asking €3,950. Call Joe at 346-6082330. 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. Fully restored with original parts. All official documents. Pearl white, 4 speed, 6

For sale in bulk: De Longhi vacuum cleaner, Braun toaster, juicer, mixer stick, power strips (7), surge protector, hairdryer, desk lamps (4), table lamps, plug adapters, Panasonic cordless phone, all 220 V. Also: big garden plants in clay pots (6) and Alcatel cell phone. $400 for everything. Call Lizz at 3420055821, or 095-7252652.


NOVEMBER 29, 2013 All classified ads are free to the community for advertising personal property for sale, trade or giveaway. Ads must be sent to no later than 5 p.m. of the Friday before the week of publication and must include POC name and phone number. For more information, call 624-5440, 624-2798 or 095-86-5440/2798 or

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2013 Military Mail Holiday Mailing Dates by LTJG Kristin Lein NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella

One of the challenges of living OCONUS is that you simply cannot give last minute holiday gifts. To help you prepare for winter holidays, the United States Postal Service and Military Postal Service Agency published recommended mail-by dates for best chance delivery prior to Dec. 25. Pass this information to your friends and families stateside and place your online and mail-order gift deliveries early so that your holiday mail enters the mail stream by the recommended mailing dates.


Adopt while stationed overseas International & fostercare adoptions, homestudies.

Sigonella SAPR VA Hotline: 335-642-8312. DoD Safe Helpline: 001-877-995-5247 (From cell phones and off-base telephones) Or: 19020 (toll-free access code) 1-877-995-5247 (From DSN lines)

The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts of supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, the Navy (or Marine Corps), (name of command) or (name of publisher) of the products and services advertised. “Everything advertised in this newspaper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. Published by Stampa, a private firm in no way connected with DoD, the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps), under exclusive contract with the U.S. Navy (or Marine Corps).

NOTE: Ads run for two weeks on a space available basis and must be sponsored by active duty military members, family members or Italian/ American base employees. AFTS/AFN decoders must be sold only to another authorized individual: active duty or retired U.S. military, DoD direct-hire employees or their spouse. Ads that profit a business or individual, such as housekeeping or baby-sitting services considered commercial ads. Commercial ads are not accepted. Requests for commercial ads must be made to Stampa Generale: 081-568-7884 or

Holiday Mailing Checklist: • Boxes clearly addressed and free of markings • Customs declaration forms completed – Country is “United States” • Packages do not contain prohibited items (e.g. wine, pornography, explosives) • Ship no later than dates above for the best chance of delivery prior to Dec. 25 The post office provides boxes free of charge for Priority Mail. If you choose to use another box, you must remove or cover any previous markings; such markings could cause delays or prevent delivery altogether. Outgoing mail requires a customs declaration form. View prohibited items at Check with your local post office for details on size and weight restrictions and applicable rates.

DLA-Disposition Services Saves DoD Money by mc2 Tony D. Curtis NAS Sigonella Public Affairs hen you buy new equipment for your shop, the old can likely end up in a store room, never to see the light of day again. Instead of hording perfectly good items, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)-Disposition Services can help get that equipment to someone who needs it. DLA-Disposition Services used to be commonly known as Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). DLA-Disposition Services disposes of excess property received from the military services. The inventory changes daily and includes thousands of items: from rolls of tape to vehicles, clothing to computers, and much more. “To dispose of an item bought with government money, it must go to DLA-Disposition Services,” said Russ Sittenauer, DLA-Disposition Services Sigonella site manager. “If it can be reused by another government agency, we will try to get it to them first.” Property is first offered for reutilization within the Department of Defense (DoD), transferred to other federal agencies, or donated to state and local governments and other qualified organizations. If after a certain period of time an item hasn’t


been claimed, the next step is to try to get money for it. “If the item is something we can sell, we will. The money will go back to the government and the Department of Defense,” said Sittenauer. “If it can’t be sold or there isn’t a need for it, we have contracts with local scrapping companies.” By giving your government-purchased equipment to DLA-Disposition Services, you’re saving money by allowing other agencies to get items the government has already purchased instead of buying new ones. “A lot of people believe that we only take junk, that’s not true” said Sittenauer. “If an item works, we’ll try to find someone who can still use it. But, if you tell us it’s broken, we take your word on it and scrap it. We have lost an opportunity to save money for the government; in fact, we end up spending money scrapping the item.” If you have items in your shop that are taking up space that could be used elsewhere, contact DLADisposition Services at DSN: 624-2642. To find reutilized items that can be used in your shop, visit

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Go to USNH Sigonella's Hours for Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 • • • • •

U. S. Naval Hospital Sigonella's outpatient clinics will be closed until Dec. 1 for all routine appointments in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday period. The Emergency Department will remain open at all times for urgent medical needs. Pharmacy Department will be open on Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. For any questions, please contact the U. S. Naval Hospital Sigonella's Information Desk at 624-3844. Routine outpatient care and Pharmacy hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.




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"The Signature," November 29 issue  

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