FRSA Flash 7 September 2012


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FRSA Flash 7 September 2012

  1. 1. Government Organization 3-6 Field Artillery FRSA Flash September 07, 2012 9/8 – Teen Block Party – Youth Center 9/10 – Resume Writing Workshop – Army Community Service 9/10 & 11 – HIRED Training – Youth Center 9/11 – EFMP Support Group – Army Community Service 9/11 – Family Night – Commons 9/11 Welcome Tour 0930-1400 ACS 9/12 Fort Drum Town Hall Information Forum 1030-1200 The Commons 9/12 Financial Peace University Preview, presented at the Family Life and Spiritual Fitness Center. Call for Spiritual Center more information. 9/14 – Hearts Apart Support Group – ACS 9/14 – Teen Lock – In – Youth CenterHave questions or con- 9/15 – BOSS 5-K Run – BOSScerns? Be sure to contact 9/15 – ATV Safety Class – Parks and Recreationyour FRG Leader or Task 9/15 – 2012 Two-Person Captain and Crew Golf TournamentForce FRSA. Sports 9/15 Retiree Appreciation Day 0900-1500 Clark HallHHB 9/15 – Red and Black Football Trip - BOSS 9/15 -16 Unit League Softball Championships - SportsMindy Thompson 9/15-16 NY Yankee’s Baseball Game Departing 0800 OutCindy Aldana door Recreation 9/17 – 21 – AFTB Instructor Training – ACSAlpha Battery 9/17 – 21 – Master Resiliency Training – ACSKathryn Peacock 9/18 Welcome Tour 0930-1400 ACS 9/21 – Autism Support Group – Army Community ServiceJill Burke 9/21 – In Her Shoes: Living With Domestic Violence – ACS 9/21 – Midnight Sports – Youth CenterBravo Battery 9/22 – Adirondack Railroad Fall Foliage Trip – Parks andTessa Conaway Recreation 9/22 – UFC at Winner’s Circle – BOSSGolf Battery 9/25 – Teen Image-Makers Photography Club – Youth CenterRachel Hirons 9/25 – Family Night: Horseback Riding – The Commons 9/26 – At-Home Career Fair – Army Community ServiceFamily Readiness Sup- 9/26 – Teen Cooking Club – Youth Centerport Assistant 9/27 – Federal Employment Workshop - ACSKimberley Williams
  2. 2. This is a wonderful program for all our Soldiers and families especially with the cost of food prices these days. These meal pack-ages can be purchased by anyone no matter what your family income. It can be paid for with either cash or food stamps.This Food Sense flyer is from Gouveneur, NY. However check out this website To choose which pickup location would be closer for you, pickthe county which you live in.These meal packages are all the same throughout New York state and include two produce that are given out every month.Those produce are only known by the organization a week prior to the pickup designated dates. For example Septembers pickupwill be grape tomatoes and baby carrots. Check it out!!!
  3. 3. ATTENTION VALUED PATRONS / PARENTS 30 August 2012 FEE INCREASES and PROGRAM CHANGESDear Valued Customer, As we have kept you apprised over the past two years, we are moving towards De-partment of Defense standardized rate fees. This October is the final incremental phasefor Fort Drum to reach Army standard. Department of Defense will then implement equi-table rates throughout the Armed Forces. In addition to Department of the Army forecasted rate fee increases, the following De-ployment Support Service Programs are eliminated 1 October 2012:X 20% fee reduction for all Child Development Services programsX Youth Sports fee credit up to $100 per deployment cycle per child/youth.X SKIES Unlimited Instructional Class fee credit up to $300 per deployment cycle perchild/youth.X $2.00 Hourly Care fee beyond the 16 free respite child care hours.Those currently deployed as of 1 October 2012 are grandfathered and will continue toreceive deployment support services they are currently receiving.Should you have any questions on the program impact as it effects your Family, pleaseinquire at the front desk or by calling Parent Central Services at 772-8675. Thanking you for your cooperation and understanding
  4. 4. Army Child & Youth Fee Policy Fort Drum School Year 2012-2013 Findings:  Significant variances across Army – no predictability  Many “high cost” fee locations not justified  “Artificially” low fees creating great disparities when Families PCS  Inequities among installations in same geographic areas / similar missions Plan :  DoD is transitioning to single standard to provide consistency.  Transition will continue through SY2014-2015  Army realized 100% compliance with DoD full transition fees would financially burden some Army families:  Asked DoD for an Exception to Policy to phase in compliance over a 2 - 3 year period, which was approved.  Implementing final phase to one standard Army fee 1 Oct 12Total Family Income Categories:
  5. 5. Army Child & Youth Fee Policy Fort Drum School Year 2012-2013 cont.Full Day Monthly Fees:Payments and Late Fees:
  6. 6. We can make a difference! Let your voices be heard!! Find out what’s happening on Fort Drum.This is a great opportunity for all community members to get up-to-date information directly from agencyrepresentatives. Attendees may ask questions, express concerns and ideas and get immediate answers. ALLcommunity members are invited and encouraged to attend. Refreshments and door prizes provided.Don’t miss out on this opportunity to find out what’s happening on Fort Drum. The meeting will be live onthe 10th Mountain Division Facebook page allowing you to ask questions throughout the meeting. Anyone un-able to attend the meeting may also email questions and concerns to... prior to the meeting or call in live at 772-2101.
  7. 7. School Bus SafetyOvertaking and passing school bus:Did you know that when a car meets a school bus that has stopped and is flashing red lights, you MUST stopand remain stopped until bus starts moving or the driver signals you to proceed?What does this regulation mean when using the term "public highway"?public highway, street or private road for the purpose of receiving or discharging any passengersAny area used for the parking of motor vehicles or used as a driveway located on the grounds of a school or ofa board of cooperative education services facility or any area used as a means of access to and egress fromsuch school or facility.What are the fines for passing a school bus displaying flashing red light?Every person convicted of a violation is punished by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars and up tofour hundred dollarsMay also receive imprisonment for not more than thirty days... or/bothWhat if this is your second offense and committed within a 3 year period?Every person shall be punished by a fine of not less than six hundred dollars and up to seven hundred fifty dol-lars.... or/bothMay also receive imprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days.What if this is your third offense and committed within a 3 year period?Every person shall be punished by a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars and up to one thousanddollars ... or/bothImprisonment for not more than one hundred eighty days or by both such fine and imprisonment.How many points are added to my drivers’ license for passing a stopped bus?Passing a stopped school bus is a serious offense in all states. Four points is the norm in most states. Statesare, however, free to determine how many points they wish to assess for it, so it may vary between states andis usually a six point ticket. In New York it is a six point ticket. There will also be a huge increase in your autoinsurance rates as well.
  8. 8. Attention!There have been confirmed reports of a company called Success Express Sales, Inc. and/orPacific Coast Clearing Services Inc. scamming personnel in the Fort Drum area and targetingSoldiers. The company hires young adults to solicit patrons door to door, at super markets and other establishments to buymagazine subscriptions. They will not take no for an answer. The salespeople try to earn points towards trips overseas,scholarships and/or cash prizes through the amount of sales they make. Magazine terms and costs are allegedly dictated bythe publishers of the magazines. There is a process & handling fee for each customer regardless of how many magazinesare purchased. Bonus points are given for cash purchases.This appears to be a legitimate business but it is NOT. Those thatpurchase these subscriptions never receive their magazines and are unable to reach customer service for refunds or otherresolution. As of this date, there have been 87 Better Business Bureau complaints within the past 3 years, 37 of which havebeen within the last 12 months. This business preys on military members and often frequent establishments on and aroundmilitary installations. Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity (TIAHFH) is looking for several new members to volunteer their time as members of our various committees. Each committee is a vital part of our organization, working di- rectly with our Board of Directors. We are looking for 4 to 6 members for each committee. WHAT: Committee Orientation meeting WHEN: Monday September 10th @ 6:00pm WHERE: Maggie’s On The River, 500 Newell St., Watertown (Conference Room, 2nd Floor) If you can attend, please RSVP via email to or call Pam Rajner at486-7321.Save The Date: 7-8 Sept - Syracuse Irish Festival: The Syracuse Irish Festival truly is a taste of Ireland featuring music, dance, song, genealogy, culture and children’s activities. If you’re looking for a weekend packed with great Irish bands, step dancers, lectures, exhibits, workshops, food and children’s activities, come to Syracuse’s Irish Cultural Festival at Clinton Square. 100 S. Clinton St. at S. Salina & W. Genesee Streets, Syracuse, NY. 13202 Website: 8 Sept - Fort Ontario Arts, Craft and Kites Festival: Fly kites over the fort in Lake Ontario’s dependable breezes. Artists, craft and food vendors, professional kite fliers and displays. One E Fourth St. Oswego, 1000 Island-Seaway, NY. Website: Saturday, 15 Sept - Ghostly Evening with Anne Borick: Ghost hunters share tales of the supernatural; bring a flashlight. Sponsored by Friends of Mexico Point Park. Mexico Point Dr. Mexico, 1000 Islands-Seaway, NY, 13114 Website: Saturday, 15 Sept - Lowville Cream Cheese Festival: join the fun and games and watch the parade! Lowville, NY Sunday, 16 Sept - Wild Edibles with Nancy Kaiser: Nature talk and walk. Learn about natures fall bounty. off Rte. 104B Mexico, 1000 Islands-Seaway, NY, 13114 Website:
  9. 9. Lyme Disease Prevention and AwarenessBackground• Lyme Disease is an infection caused by bacteria that is commonly transmitted bydeer ticks and mice (not all ticks carry the disease).• The tick must be imbedded in the body for several hours to transmit the disease.• Lyme disease can affect animals, humans and can be transmitted to fetus if motheris infected.• If left untreated, can cause serious long-term issues.• Currently no vaccination available for humans; however, Lyme Disease can be treated by antibiotics. Early Detection is the KEY!!Prevention• Wearing light colored clothing so that ticks can be easily identified.• Tucking in pants to boots, shirts into gloves.• Application of insect repellent (containing 20% DEET) and applied per manufactures recommendation to de-ter ticks and use of permethrin for Soldiers and DA civilians.• Frequent self checks for individuals partaking in outdoor activities and working in tick-invested environ-ments. Special attention should be given to moist dark areas were ticks typically migrate too.• Clothing should be placed in dryer for 20-30 minutes to kill unseen ticks.• Frequent checks of children and animals.• Proper removal of tick to prevent infected fluid from entering body with washing and treating area with an-tiseptic. (Medical professional removal of tick is recommended)• Testing of tick to determine if a carrier of Lyme Disease. Routine treatment and grooming of household animals with flea and tick prevention medication. Contact MEDDAC or your heath care provided for more information on treatments !
  10. 10. Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does notrepresent the views or endorsement of 3-6 Field Artillery or the United States Army. This material is for personal useof the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.