November 26, 2009
U.S. Army Garrisons Vicenza & Livorno www.USAG.Vicenza.Army.Mil Vol. 42, Issue 46
pages 2 & 3
Recent study shows
smoking is no
14th Trans. troops shore
up skills during Warrior
pages 6 & 7
OUT & ABOUT: A listing
of local concerts,
festivals and events
Movie Schedule Photo by Stacy Whitworth
TROOP SUPPORT: Members of Daisy Troop 69 presented a handmade banner to 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat
Sports Team Soldiers Nov. 18. Showing their support to the deploying unit, Daisy co-leader Barbara Werner made the official presentation to Sgt.
Maj. Ruben Diaz. After the presentation the Soldiers joined the girls in a friendship circle where they sang “Make New Friends.”
competes in Army
10-Miler in D.C.
Local DES leaders boost garrison know-how
By TOM SAUNDERS class conducted overseas.
IMCOM Europe PAO A two-person mobile training
DRIVERS USAG Vicenza’s emergency
team from the U.S. Army
Military Police School at Fort
BEWARE services have been reinforced,
thanks to Adeal Frater, the
Leonard Wood, Mo., brought
the classroom to Europe as
Due to urgent construction installation’s deputy director
part of a two-pronged IMCOM
in the tunnels between Vicenza of emergency services and
Ovest and Vicenza Est, the initiative to provide more cost
provost marshal, and Sgt. 1st
autostrada A4 westbound lane effective training and to bolster
Class Kristopher Moeller, DES
toward Milan will be closed the capability and knowledge
from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 of DES and OPM personnel
Frater and Moeller were two
a.m. Thursday and again from globally.
of 26 Installation Management
9 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Frater said the course covered
Friday. Command-Europe DES
all the bases.
The Tangenziale westbound and provost marshal senior
“It really brought everything
lane from Torri di Quartesolo leaders who graduated from
all together. I’m up-to-date on Photo by Sigurd Mack
toward Vicenza will be closed a two-week law enforcement
new requirements, we looked at Staff Sgt. Timothy McCullough from USAG Brussels (left) and Master
from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. senior leadership Course Nov. Sgt. John Gillespie of USAG Benelux attack a simulated fire during
Saturday. The Tangenziale Army policy, we looked at how
6, marking the successful the law enforcement senior leadership course at the Army Airfield
eastbound lane from Vicenza completion of the first-ever See FRATER Page 3 Fire Department in Heidelberg earlier this month.
Ovest toward Torri di Quartesolo
Month of the
HooahMail could mean same-day
will be closed from 9 p.m.
Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
USAG Vicenza PAO staff report delivery for letters to Afghanistan
By C. TODD LOPEZ loved ones in Afghanistan, in some
“No one pays a higher price for our freedom than
members of our nation’s military and their families. Army News Service cases, the same day it’s sent.
As sons and daughters, husbands and The one-year pilot program
The Army’s HooahMail program becomes available Dec. 1 and makes
wives, and mothers and fathers are
makes it possible for friends and use of the Internet combined with
deployed, military families endure
family members to put a paper letter physical mail delivery to create
with exceptional resilience and
and photograph into the hands of their See ARMY’S Page 5
courage,” said President Barack
Obama in his 2009 Month of the
Military Family proclamation. MEETING
“They provide our troops with MY MAYOR
invaluable encouragement and love, Barack Obama USAG Vicenza’s Sgt.
and serve our nation in their own said ensuring Daniel Burke met
with his Monteviale
right. During Military Family Month, military families
TRAVEL IN STYLE we honor the families of our Armed receive respect Danieli, during the
European cruise vacations Forces and thank them for their and support is a garrison’s Meet the
don’t have to break the bank. dedication to our country,” said “top priority.” Mayors Day at the
Fun, affordable trips to exotic Obama. post gym Friday.
locations can be had. In his proclamation, Obama calls on all Americans
See Travel Page 4 See MONTH Page 2 Laura Kreider
Opinion & Editorial
Great American Smokout 2009
Smoking reduces stress? Think again
Study: Soldiers who smoke report significantly higher stress levels
By MARCIE BIRK However, research shows that tobacco. stress. Studies have found that former
U.S. Army Center for Health nicotine does not reduce feelings The physical, mental and emotional tobacco users are less stressed than
Promotion and Preventive Medicine of stress. In fact, nicotine-addicted changes that result from nicotine current tobacco users. The first step
individuals need nicotine simply to addiction make tobacco users even the tobacco user should take when
oldiers face stresses unique to feel normal. Studies show that what more vulnerable to feelings of stress trying to reduce stress is to quit
their occupation. Time away appears to be the relaxing effect of while under pressure. In fact, just the tobacco.
from home, deployments and smoking is really a reversal of the thought of losing their “fix” can cause Quit tobacco resources can be
heavy workloads cause Soldiers to tension and irritability that develop tobacco users to feel stressed. found at www.UCanQuit2.org. For
feel substantial work-related stress. when nicotine levels in the blood are This response could reduce more information on tobacco and
The Army offers a wide variety falling. Because of the addiction to a Soldier’s ability to focus stress, visit these Web sites:
of stress management tools ranging nicotine, regular tobacco users feel and adversely impact mission www.apa.org/releases/smoke
from recreational opportunities to heightened stress between each use performance. Nicotine withdrawal stress.html
behavioral health services. of tobacco. This negative mood is symptoms such as irritability, anger, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/
In the past, smoking breaks were repeated throughout the day, making frustration, anxiety, depression, mi_qa3912/is_200803/ai_n25139850/
also offered as a stress management tobacco users feel above-average impaired concentration and Community members can make an
tool. While smoking breaks are no levels of daily stress. A recent study restlessness are not compatible appointment with a care provider at
longer officially given, many Soldiers found that military members who use with military duties that depend on the U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza
continue to smoke and use tobacco tobacco to specifically reduce stress concentration, critical thought or to participate in the smoking cessation
because they believe it helps them reported significantly higher stress alertness. program, which may include classes
deal with stress. levels than those who did not use Bottom line: Tobacco use increases and cessation pills.
Month of the Military Family 2009
continued from Page 1 program offers a variety of Financial readiness classes for family members who have percentage of our nation’s
to honor military families instructional programs for youth that help Soldiers and their special needs; as they transition population, our troops bear the
through private actions and ages 12 months to 18 years Families achieve financial self- in, while they are here, and to great responsibility of protecting
public service for the tremendous old. Programs include music sufficiency and independence; transition to their next duty our people,” said Obama in the
contributions they make in the lessons, dance, cooking and Classes that reinforce station; proclamation. “They, along
support of service members and martial arts. healthy parenting skills for first- Newcomer orientations with their families, serve us
our nation. Our AFTB program time and experienced parents; that help individuals adjust to every day with courage and
And as military communities provides family training A family advocacy their new environments; and dignity. Ensuring that military
across the globe highlight and readiness that provides program, which provides Mental health and wellness families receive the respect
activities that support our participants with an stress management, anger classes for the mind and body. they deserve and the support
families, the U.S. military understanding of Army culture management, marriage and And the list goes on and on. they have earned is a top
community in Vicenza is and the skills; and parenting classes for both singles “We are committed to serving priority for my administration.
reminded that these programs FRGs support our families and couples. Family Advocacy those who serve and sacrifice so The strength of our nation
are a small sampling of the on a daily basis by providing Program also provides family much for us daily, specifically is measured not just by our
services offered day to day at information and support to enrichment activities to promote the U.S. military community in success on the battlefield, but
garrisons throughout the world. spouses during deployment; healthy family interactions; Vicenza,” said the installation’s also by our ability to support
For example: USAG Vicenza also supports An exceptional family ACS director, Marva Dixon. those families who have made
USAG Vicenza’s SKIES its families with: member program that advocate “Though only a small so many sacrifices for us.”
Speak What are you thankful for this year ?
Warrant Officer Rosanny M. Vincenzo Di Somma Sgt. 1st Class Koumphakan Sgt. Antuan Snead, wife Pfc. Justin M. Villareal
Del Carmen 24-Hour Photo Lab Singkhan & wife Laurie Deidre, Cameron & Antuan HHD, 14th Trans. Bn.
14th Trans. Bn. Dailey Singkhan II
“I am thankful for HHC, 1-503rd HHC, 173rd ABCT
“That all of my
“For my health and the birth of my second comrades came home with
for being part of a great daughter.” “I am thankful for getting “We are thankful for me and that the overall
community. It is a great to come to Italy to visit family, being able to be health and morale of my
blessing to be stationed in my husband before his together.” unit is up.”
Vicenza, Italy.” deployment.”
Don’t miss a chance to give! The Combined Federal Campaign is ongoing. Call 634-7673.
2 THE Outlook November 26, 2009
Photos by Annette Fournier
(At left) Maj. Jay Baker, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and wife Colleen embrace as they say goodbye Monday. Baker and
other Soldiers of the 173rd departed for their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. (At right) HHC Soldiers and the advance teams for 1- and 2-503 Infantry, 173rd ABCT,
load up moments before departure. The U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza is supporting all phases of the deployment, from pre-deployment processing to movement to the airfield.
Frater, Moeller reinforce emergency services Reed. “This was designed to provide
continued from Page 1 experience shared for procuring Operations Branch, and Candy Vidal,
equipment and knowledge of regulation USAMPS LESEL course manager, some solid resources, encourage student
“the fire services work, we talked about with other attendees. covered a variety of subjects spanning discussions, and deliver an overview
how to get resources,” he said. “We Once sources of pride for Frater the DES and OPM functions to include of the roles and expectations of senior
learned a lot of things from each other, during the conference was the discovery law enforcement and fire management DES and PMO personnel from an Army
the group, that we can take home and that “our new communication system processes, as well as resourcing, perspective.
use. We got a lot of information, but for Darby and Vicenza is the best in budgeting and contract management Reed explained that when a course
we also shared problems and shared the USAREUR foot print after some using a seminar-style teaching approach places senior civilian and military
solutions. This course makes sense.” of the horror in order to foster members in a venue like this, they tend
Frater said the course gave him stories we heard discussions and to learn a great deal from each others
a better understanding of how to about commo exchange of ideas. experiences as most of them have
I also know now
integrate components of the DES, lik
setting up incident command posts
for any type of incident and better
understanding for planning, organizing
and administrating the seven programs
the DES is responsible for.
to have more
e that I can go to any of
the people here (with) a
problem and get
‘ Reed explained
that one of the goals
was to provide
learned a lot of what they know by doing
Perhaps the most important aspect
aside from the sharing of information
and ideas, students indicated, was the
ability to develop a “network.”
“We also discovered that DES and conferences so “This program “There were a lot of great ideas
the provost marshal office are reporting and a lot of knowledge shared,” said
data in different ways, resulting in
we can share
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Drexel of instruction is
knowledge more designed to assist Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Drexel, USAG
USAG Heidelberg provost sergeant
military police not getting credit for often,” said provost marshals, Heidelberg provost sergeant. “I feel
some of the things they do,” said Frater. Frater, noting that DESs, and their better equipped now. But, I also know
“To most of us this was a huge oversight it has been over a year since the last senior operational staff to better now that I can go to any of the people
and we were able to come up with a fix conference. perform their law enforcement and force here and say ‘I have a problem’ and
to capture data in the future.” Instructors David Reed, USAMPS protection duties. It’s not as simple as a I feel confident I will get some good
He said another big plus was the c h i e f o f t h e L a w E n f o r c e m e n t ‘how to be a police chief’ course,” said feedback.”
U.S. Army Africa Commander
November 26, 2009 Vol. 42, Issue 46
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It’s all that remains of the legendary Atlantis - one of the Greek Isles called Santorini. Luxury cruise ships from Venice stop at this tourist attaction to give visitors an opportunity
to explore it. Only the island’s outer rim and center volcanic island remain.
Leaving gray days for fun in the sun
Story and photos by STEVE SANDERSON a deep breath and said, ‘Where do I sign and how early
Special to the Outlook can we climb aboard?’
The cruise included ports of call at the Greek Isles
t was your typical overcast, damp dreary day. of Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, and featured a stop in
Much like many this time of year in northern Italy Athens along with Dubrovnik, Croatia. We grabbed
before we welcome the radiant sun and snow it like a hot meal during the last phase of Ranger
sprinkles of December and January. My wife and I School, then rushed home and began shoving clothes
found ourselves stuck between the beauties of fall and in suitcases. Then we sat on the edge of our bed in the
winter, and looking for some place to go. dark and waited until the day we were scheduled to go
The Caserma Ederle Outdoor Recreation Center to the port.
offered many appealing trips, but we had experienced
Floating amusement park
most of them. We dashed over to SATO Travel, but y first glance of our ship at the port in
they didn’t have any last-minute intriguing getaways Venice made me wonder how something
for us either. so huge could float. On board and
We were becoming mildly desperate. My wife, Lori, underway, I wondered how something so huge could
began biting her fingernails and I was nervously running navigate and sail so smoothly. Meanwhile, surrounding
my fingers through what little hair I have left on my us were multiple restaurants, numerous buffets, ornate
head. We suddenly remembered an English-speaking lounges, lavish theaters, a casino, indoor and outdoor
travel agent we encountered at a bazaar recently held swimming pools, well-equipped fitness centers and a
on post. With his business card in hand, we rushed out spa. Most noteworthy was the quality and quantity of
the Chapel Gate in a quest to find his nearby office for free food being presented in so many enticing fashions
solutions. and attractive locations. My senses were on overload; it
Less than a three-minute jog away and arriving like was so easy to go overboard in a wonderful way. Lori
contestants scrambling in the Amazing Race, we burst and I immediately began scheming from our nicely
through the travel agency’s door and met Devon. appointed ‘cabin with a view’—we must find a way to
We told Devon of our plight and desires for become stowaways at the end of this cruise.
something relatively cheap, yet exciting. Something Following a brief stop in Ancona, Italy, we headed
like a 10-dollar roundtrip to the Canary Islands for a for the Greek Isles with the first stop at Santorini,
week. Devon began biting his fingernails and running reportedly the legendary Atlantis. Santorini is Overlooking the charming old town of Dubrovnik with its
his fingers over his smoothly shaved scalp. Then, he essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic walls surrounding it.
flipped through some late-breaking offers from tourist explosion and tsunami 3,600 years ago, destroying
traps; reviewed e-mails from other agents, and asked, out how they did it. It added a whole new meaning to
the Minoan civilization on what was formerly a large the word “old” for me. I could touch and feel buildings
‘How about a roundtrip Costa cruise from Venice to island. Whether you subscribe to Santorini as Atlantis, it
the Greek Isles and Croatia? It leaves this weekend.’ preceded only by the pyramids in Egypt. After hunting
is breathtakingly beautiful, mysterious and worth your for souvenirs in the Plaka (shopping district), we wound
I asked how much..., and how much bigger than subtle exploration. It is pristine, traditional Greek—
a gondola was this boat leaving from Venice. I was our way back to rejoin our ship’s tour group and headed
basically your cliff-hugging, white-washed buildings, back for more of our floating vacation.
shocked at both responses. For less than $500 per your quiet-and-quaint kind of place. Once ashore at
person, Lori and I could live on a majestic ocean liner, Moments after our return to the dock, our cruise liner
the base of formidable, steep ridges, the only way to left port for our next destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia.
cruise the eastern Mediterranean for eight days with visit the place is to take a high-tech lift to the top, ride
exotic ports of call, while enjoying all our catered meals Discovering Dubrovnik
up on one of the many island’s donkeys or just hike. ritish playwright George Bernard Shaw said
and entertainment provided for no additional cost. I took While the donkey ride seemed novel and somewhat after his visit in 1929, “If you want to see
alluring, their gamy aroma will stay with you all day. Heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.” It’s
We opted for the quick cable-car ride up to extend our best to get your bearings of “heaven” by walking atop its
visit of Atlantis. encircling 15th century Old City walls. The trip around
In sharp contrast is Mykonos, the next port call was about two miles and within its ramparts you’ll
- famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting discover a jumble of new shops and ethnic restaurants
nightlife, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. If tucked into history. The Croatian people were very kind
you like crowded bars and clubs, parties lasting until and the Kuna exchange rate was generous. We filled
dawn, you’ll be right at home here. Bring along a our tote bag with unique hand-made candles and other
designated sailor to ensure you make it back “on board trinkets, and then headed home to the sea. Our cruise
- on time” or the ship may leave you, your memories ship was waiting to take us back on our overnight trip
and hangover behind. to Venice. Thoughts of becoming stowaways returned.
Ancient Athens Our eight-day, all-expense-paid, sun-filled, floating
eaving these two magical Greek Isles behind, escape from the gray of northern Italy, was sadly ending.
the enchanting capital Athens awaited our It seemed like only yesterday we began the memorable
next visit on the horizon. The ancient city trip and it was, all too suddenly, time to disembark. My
with a glorious history is often called the birthplace wife was forced to pry me from our cabin. Holding on
of civilization and democracy, a center for arts and instead to incredible memories, I left the ship behind. It
philosophy, and home to Plato and Aristotle’s teachings. had rained in Vicenza nearly every day we were gone,
What would a visit to Athens be without going to the but the sun was now beginning to shine.
Acropolis to see the Parthenon, one of the most perfect Upcoming cruises from Italy include ports of call
buildings by the world’s most advanced civilization? in Egypt. Maybe we will see you on board. Invest in
Coastal fishing boats seem indifferent to time or weather
as they float in the crystal clear waters of Mykonos. One studied for centuries and we still have not figured this golden opportunity; you’ll come home richer for it.
4 THE Outlook November 26, 2009
Christmas tree lighting
The Camp Darby
Community is invited to
the Christmas tree lighting
Staff Sgt. ceremony Dec. 4 in the PX
Christopher Lemire, plaza at 5 p.m.
Pfc. Amanda Tribble Come and enjoy Christmas
and Pfc. Tim Hocut, carols, the tree lighting and
511th Military Police
a special visit from our jolly
the obstacle course
to become the 14th Call ODR for more
Transportation information at 633-7775.
Challenge winning Bologna Motor Show
team. Outdoor Recreation is going
to the Bologna Motor Show
Dec. 5. Call ODR for more
information at 633-7775.
How to handle
money in marriage
14 Trans. troops vie for top spot
Learn how to handle money
th in a marriage when you attend
this Dec. 3 class.
Call 633-7084 for more
Story and photos by not planned to take part in the
Sing karaoke with Bibi
JOYCE COSTELLO challenge. She said she was
USAG Livorno Public Affairs motivated by her NCO to train Sing along with Bibi at
up and was glad she faced up to karaoke night every Thursday.
Soldiers from Caserma the challenge. Call the Darby Community
Ederle, Camp Darby and Aviano “During the ruck march, all Club at 633-7855 for details.
Air Base took part in the second of my blisters from training
14th Transportation Battalion were really painful, but I dug Call today to sign up
Warrior Challenge at Camp deep and kept going for the for an ITR trip
Darby Nov. 20. The nine teams team,” said Tribble. Holiday Bazaar: Why fight
started at 3 a.m. with no breaks “Motivating each other the crowds and worry with the
in between events, according to and team work helps to build hassle of a parking space? ITR
14th Trans. Command Sgt. Maj. confidence in yourself and your is going to bring everything to
Jason Runnels. team,” said Pfc. Tim Hocut, Camp Darby. Find Italian gifts
“This challenge was about Staff Sgt. Christopher Lemire, 511th MP Platoon, gets a mouthful
511 th MP Warrior Challenge for everyone on your Christmas
not being scared of that which of muddy water as he low craws during the competition’s obstacle list in the Darby Community
course. He was later named the day’s top shooter. winner. “We came out to win…
lies in front of you and having Club Dec. 4.
and beat the Lieutenant team
a balance between physical training—constantly doing ruck “But, all the hard work really Call ITR for more
and we did.” information at 633-7589.
fitness and tactical skills,” marches, working on our litter helped build a relationship The 511 th MP’s now have
carrying and five-gallon water within our team and increased bragging rights and the Warrior Florence Noel: Among
said Runnels. “This challenge
bucket carries,” said Staff Sgt. our drive and mission-first Challenge streamer on their unit many lights and special effects,
was designed to encourage the ‘Florence Noel’ comes alive.
troops to push themselves to Christopher Lemire, member of attitude.” guidon. At this traditional Christmas
excel.” the winning team from Darby’s Teammate Pfc. Amanda “…until the next challenge,” festival, you’ll find handmade
“We had to do some hard core 511th Military Police Platoon. Tribble said she had initially shouted an opposing team. articles, decorations and food.
For more information about
Army’s HooahMail free for family members
this Dec. 5 trip, visit www.
florencenoel.it. Call ITR for
more information at 633-7589.
continued from Page 1 as though they were addressing a paper A paper letter sent directly from the states
hybrid mail system that can get letters into the envelope. takes much longer, Hilsher said. Darby Religious
hands of Soldiers in remote locations much Their electronic letter is sent via the “Compared to traditional mail ... it activities
faster than regular mail delivery alone. Internet to one of 10 locations in Afghanistan reduces it from an average of 14 days down For details, call the chapel at
“This gives Soldiers actual printed where special equipment will automatically to same-day or next-day, ready for delivery,” 633-7267 (050-54-7267).
correspondence that is sent from their family print it, fold it, stuff it into an envelope, he said. 9:40 a.m.: Catholic
members that they can take out on a mission address it, and seal it. The HooahMail program is free for family Reconciliation
with them and read and reread again,” said The sealed envelopes are then placed into members and friends, and is available for 10 a.m.: Catholic Mass
Bill Hilsher, Army postal program manager. the regular intra-theater APO mail delivery Soldiers in Afghanistan only. 11:15 a.m.: Protestant
Family members that want to send a letter system. Service for the Army’s HooahMail pilot worship
and a photograph to a Soldier in Afghanistan Hilsher said depending on where Soldiers program is provided by “SuperLetter,” Protestant Sunday school
would log into the program’s Web site at are in Afghanistan, the paper letter from which provides similar services to the British starts at 10.a.m.; Catholic CCD
www.hooahmail.us. There, they type in their home could be in their hands the same day military for its “e-Bluey” program and at 11:15 a.m.
message and attach a digital photo. They also as mother sent it, or it could take as many as the U.S. Marine Corps for its “Motomail” The chapel is collecting
add delivery information for their Soldier, four days. program. cardboard, robes, children’s
plastic swimming pools and
cardboard rolls from paper
Easy online access to By CHIARA MATTIROLO
USAG Livorno Public Affairs
online.com or use the computer ... (in the
lobby),” said Mirella Bernardelli, medical
towels and toilet paper.
Community members can
contact the Catholic education
care now available at
Easy access to TRICARE Online is now records technician. “(It’s) a big opportunity
coordinator to find out when
available in the Livorno Health Clinic to give beneficiaries easy access to care.”
the next confirmation will take
lobby. A computer is connected at all times, “Booking an appointment online is
Livorno Health Clinic
allowing customers to link to TRICARE, really easy and allows you to avoid long Choir practice is at 9:30
where they can book appointments and lines, as well as choosing the exact day and a.m on Sunday before Mass.
update personal data. “Customers can time for your visit, comfortably from your
access the site from home at www.tricare computer,” said medic Spc. Holly Arnold.
November 26, 2009 THE Outlook 5
Out&About by Dorothy Carlyle
(At left and above)
Performances are ongoing at
the Teatro Comunale Citta di
Vicenza. For tickets or more
information, e-mail email@example.com
or call 0444-32-7393.
Photos courtesy of Teatro
Comunale Citta di Vicenza
Bassano: Christmas market. 6-9 from sunup to sundown and represented in the nativity display
Holiday Art & Find over 40 chalets between has more than 400 vendors. include France, Spain, Slovenia,
concert exhibitions Piazza Garibaldi and Piazzotto As at all markets, which can get Switzerland, Germany, Austria,
Montevecchio open daily from 10 very crowded, it is wise to keep the Czech Republic, Portugal,
The “Corale dei Colli Free Vicenza art exhibition
a.m.-7:30 p.m., closed on Monday an extra watch on your personal Peru, Africa, Latin America,
Berici,” an Italian 90-element in SS Ambrogio e Bellino until South Korea, China and Japan.
until Dec. 24; also find a train for belongings.
choir, and the Vicenza garrison Dec. 6: Paintings by Aleksandar The show is divided into four
chapel invite community Duravcevic, Thursday and Friday young and old alike and take a ride
around the city center Nov. 28, 29;
main sections, including the life
members to a holiday concert from 3-7 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. Nativity of Jesus and the art and tradition
Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 12, 13, 19 and 20; in Piazza
scenes of the nativity scenes in the
Caserma Ederle chapel. A Verona – mineral show in Liberta’ until Jan. 10. Enjoy an
reception will follow. exhibition hall Dec.4-6 from 9 antique roundabout.
It is a sure sign that the holiday The event is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
a.m.-6 p.m. Entrance is 5 euro. Bussolengo: Christmas village season is fast approaching daily, including holidays, through
Outdoor Gold and silver jewelry. open through Jan. 11, open daily as the city of Verona sets up Jan. 24. Entry is 7 euros.
Recreation Sarmede, province of from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., closed the its traditional comet-star -- a After visiting the nativity
Treviso: 27th International mornings of Dec. 3, 10, 17 and will 70-meter tall, 78-ton sculpture scenes in the Arena, a short
San Martino ski/snowboard Illustrations for Children open at 3 p.m. Closed Christmas that typically stretches from the distance from there is another
day Dec. 5. ‘Images of Fantasy’ through Day. Arena onto Piazza Bra. nativity exhibition on Via Marin
Christmas time in Ljubljana, Dec. 20, free, in the town hall. Tre n t o : I n P i a z z a F i e r a The international show of Faliero. This is the 17th edition
Slovenia, departing Dec. 5. The theme is ‘Fairytales of the the market is open Sunday to nativity scenes sponsored by of the international exhibition
Bolzano and Merano Ocean’ and the event will host Thursday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., UNESCO, opens Dec. 5 and of nativity scenes by artistic
Christmas markets Dec. 6. 16 artists from 16 countries. Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- is now in its 26th year. Visitors artisans. On display are more
Wednesday ski/snowboard Open weekdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 24 from 10 can see 400 nativity scenes from than 90 scenes divided into four
waxing 101 class Dec. 9. 2-4 p.m.; 8-9:30 p.m.; Sundays a.m.-5 p.m.; around the world, all of which sections: traditional, artistic,
Vi p i t e n o a n d B r i x e n from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Bolzano: Market in Piazza will be set against a backdrop of original and three-dimensional.
2:30-9:30 p.m. Walther Nov. 27-Dec. 23. Open music and lights. Open Sundays 9 a.m.-noon
Christmas markets Dec. 12
St. Lucia Christmas market Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., This year’s edition will bring and 2:30-7 p.m. until Jan. 13.
in Verona Dec. 13 Christmas markets Sunday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Food the total number of nativity scenes Christmas Day open 9 a.m.-
stands open until 8 p.m. each day; shown at the Arena over the years noon and 3:30-7 p.m. Free
ID card required for day trip
Bressanone: Nov. 27-Jan. 6. to more than 6,000. entry. For directions, visit www.
to Nice, France, Dec. 19-20. Vicenza’s annual Christmas
Brunico: Nov. 27-Jan. 6.
Countries and continents presepiverona.it.
market is open through Dec. 24 in
Pay concerts Giardini Salvi 20. Small wooden
Market is open weekdays from
2:30- 7 p.m. and on the weekends
Muse: Bologna Saturday;
chalets open on weekdays, 3-8
p.m. and weekends, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
An ice-skating rink will be
from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Merano: Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-
Torino Dec. 4. set up weekdays from 3 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-7:30
Juliette Lewis: Milan Tuesday. midnight and weekends from 10 p.m. through Jan. 6.
Vipiteno: Friday-Jan. 6.
Depeche Mode: Bologna a.m.-midnight through Jan. 10.
Milan: Dec. 7 is a special date Wed. Sorority Row (R) 6 p.m.
Tuesday; Torino Thursday. The Epiphany market will be
in Milan -- the day of its patron Friday All About Steve (PG-13) 6 p.m.
Marylan Manson: Villorba, held the weekend of Jan. 6. A
Treviso Nov. 26; in Milan Friday. medieval market with costumed saint, the mythically energetic Halloween 2 (R) 9 p.m.
Tommy Emmanuel: Florence vendors will be set up in Piazza Ambrogio. Saturday Planet 51 (PG) 3 p.m.
Saturday. delle Erbe. The popular event related to New Moon (PG-13) 6 p.m.
Paradise Lost: Milan Dec. 8; Trento: Nov. 21-Dec.24. Last this day is the centuries-old market Sunday Planet 51 (PG) 3 p.m.
Rome Dec. 9. year more than 530,000 visitors where the feast day of Saint New Moon (PG-13) 6 p.m.
Stryper: Milan, Alcatraz, Jan. saw 70 exhibitors in their colorful Ambrose is celebrated in and
Wed. The Informant (R) 6 p.m.
19. houses at the market area in Piazza around Piazza Sant’Ambrogio.
Dec. 3 Halloween 2 (R)
Europe: Milan Jan. 26; in Fiera. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to The market is called Oh Bei,
Rome Jan 28; in Nonantola 7:30 p.m. daily and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oh Bei, or How Beautiful, How Camp Darby Theater
(Modena) Jan. 9; in Padova Jan. on Dec. 24. Beautiful in English, because of Friday The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R) 6 p.m.
30. Asiago: Christmas and the cries stall-holders used in Saturday Surrogate (PG-13) 6 p.m.
For tickets, visit Media World Epiphany markets Dec. 7, 8, 9, bygone days to attract customers.
Sunday A Christmas Carol (PG) 1 p.m.
or www.greenticket .it/index.html 15, 16 and Dec. 22–Jan. 6, open Vendors offer mainly bric-a-brac
Dec. 3 The Informant (R) 6 p.m.
?imposta_lingua=ing or www. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3:30-7:30 items and candies.
ticketone.it /EN/. p.m. The market will be held Dec. Admission: Age 12 and over $4, under age 12, $2.
The Ederle theater box office opens one hour prior to show.
Looking to buy or sell items? Check out MWR’s Marketplace at Looking for the movie synopsis? Visit www.aafes.com, scroll to
the bottom of the page and click on Movie Schedule.
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Visit with Santa, Dec. 4 from 9–11 p.m. A $49.95 followed by a system degradation Dec. 3: Pre-school Playgroup
Curious George at PX package includes one lane for two of services Dec. 7-8 during the 3:30 p.m. Religious activities
Santa will be visiting the hours, a large cheese pizza and final system checkouts. Full system Dec. 7: Book Club 10:30 a.m.
Vicenza Main Exchange Dec. 5 pitcher of soda, shoe rental and up restoration is expected no later than Dec. 8: Toddler Playgroup
from 10 a.m-1 p.m. He will be to six people per lane. Dec. 9. TRICARE Online users 10-11:30 a.m. Chaplain Crisis Line
set up in the toy department and may contact their assigned military Dec. 11: Out and About 9:30 To speak with a chaplain
available for free digital pictures
Parent & child treatment facility for appointments a.m.; Infant Playgroup 11 a.m. after hours call 634-KARE
with children. anger management and scheduling needs. Dec. 14: Lunch Playdate (634-5273).
Visit Curious George Dec. 12 Anger management for you 11:15 a.m.
and your child Dec. 3 at the Davis Sidewalk parking in Sunday services
from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. He will Dec. 15: Family Night
Soldier and Family Readiness Villaggio 8 a.m.: Sacrament of
be available for story time in the Activity 6:30 p.m.
Center. Adults attend at 11:30 a.m. The Directorate of Emergency Reconciliation, or by
Bookmark area at 11:30. For more information, visit
and parents and children at 3:30 Services is asking Villaggio appointment
High school football p.m. Call 634-7489 with questions. residents who parks on Via Giotto 9 a.m.: Roman Catholic
airing Thursday or Emerson to park halfway on the Soldiers invited to USO Mass
AFN Europe received more than
ADHD/Autism support sidewalks on these streets to allow Thanksgiving (Daily Mass is held
500 e-mails and phone calls from
The support group meets Dec. the buses to pass. U S O Vi c e n z a i s h o s t i n g weekdays at noon)
people saying they liked AFN’s live
3 at 11 a.m. at the Davis Soldier This will preclude DES from Thanksgiving Dinner for Soldiers. 9 a.m.: Protestant
and Family Readiness Center. It having to restrict parking to one Dinner will be served Thursday Sunday school and
Super6 DoDDs high school football
is a gathering where attendees can side of the road to allow room for at 3 p.m at the USO Bldg. 9A. AWANAs (September
meet in a comfortable atmosphere the buses to pass. To volunteer to help with the through May in Vicenza
Many of them requested that
to discuss issues and encourage dinner, contact Torie at 634-7156 High School)
AFN re-air the games. The games
will air Thanksgiving Day at 11
one another. New parent support or firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:45 a.m.: Catholic
New Parent Support Program religious education (Sept.-
a.m. on the Pentagon Channel. New in town? hosts a Playgroup Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. DFAC Thanksgiving May in Vicenza High
Relocation Readiness Program at the Youth Services building at
Gift certificates The installation’s annual School)
hosts a newcomer orientation Villaggio. The playgroup provides Thanksgiving meal will be held
A gift certificate from MWR 11 a . m . : P r o t e s t a n t
briefing Dec. 4 at 11:45 a.m. at an opportunity for children to Wednesday as follows:
makes the perfect holiday gift. Gift worship
the Davis Soldier and Family interact with others their age. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for Soldiers
certificates are now available for 1:30 p.m.: Full Gospel
Readiness Center. and their families.
purchase at ODR, Sports, Fitness &
Volunteer building Pentecostal worship
Aquatics, the arts and crafts center 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. for 4 p.m.: Lutheran
Vote on fave Boys& Learn how to build an effective
and the Arena. 173d Soldiers and guests. worship
Girls Club artwork volunteer program Dec. 2 at 1 12:45-2 p.m. for all other unit
Vote for your favorite artwork at p.m. at the ACS building. This 6 p.m.: Contemporary
Now hiring Soldiers and guests. Christian service
Positions are available at the Boys & Girls Club of America class is ideal for FRGs, private 2:30-4:30 p.m. for retirees,
National Fine Art Exhibit Dec. 7– organizations and schools.
Outdoor Recreation, the gym, DA civilians and Italian employees. Mondays
January 1. Support Vicenza’s Youth
Arena, arts and crafts center and Attention new mothers Cost is $5.95 for Soldiers (E4 Noon: LDS scripture
by stopping by the post library and
Ederle Inn. For current vacancies An infant massage class is and below, and family members). study
and details about the positions, call casting your vote.
slated Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the ACS All others pay $7. Grab and Go will
the Vicenza CPAC at 634-7349 / not be available but take out orders Tuesdays
SAS ice skating trip building. Learn how to soothe a
9:15 a.m.: Protestant
6597, e-mail Vicenza.NAF@EUR. Sign up for the School Age cranky baby and create a closer are available upon request.
army.mil or visit http://acpol.army. Food containers will be available Women of the Chapel
Services ice skating field trip Dec. bond with your child through
mil/employ ment/ and search for 5 for $35. Sign up by Nov. 27. Call massage. to take out patrons only. Wednesdays
jobs in Italy. 634-8253 to reserve your spot. A breastfeeding basics class
Holiday musical 3 p.m.: Praise Dance
Arts and crafts events will be held. Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. practice
Saturday child care Don’t miss the holiday musical
A dedicated working space review performed at the Soldiers’ 3:30 p.m.: Middle
Enjoy Saturday child care at December book club School Club Beyond
has been reserved just for spouses CDC Bldg. 395 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The club will discuss “The Theatre Dec. 4 - 13, Fridays
every Friday at the arts and crafts and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and
meets in VHS cafeteria
Reservations can be made two Unbearable Lightness of Being”
center multi-crafts room. Share September-May
weeks in advance. Call 634-7559. by Milan Kundera Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. The cost is $12
craft ideas, make new friends, and 5 p.m.: Contemporary
at the post library. Call 634-7291. for adults and $10 for students.
work on your projects 11 a.m. – 4 Deployment parenting Praise band practice
Call 634-7281 or 0444-71-7281 for
p.m. It is free. Parenting during Deployment MOMS Club events 5:30 p.m.: PWOC
A wood safety certification workshop set Dec. 8 at 11:30 Tuesday: Board Meeting evening Bible study
class is set Dec. 6 at the arts and a.m. at Davis Soldier and Family 9:30 a.m. (beginning Sept. 8. Child
crafts center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Readiness Center. care offered for children
An intro to framing class is set Learn how to deal with the ages 6 weeks to 4 years)
Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the center. challenges of going from a two- 5:30 p.m.: High School
Learn to use the various equipment parent household to a “single” Club Beyond meets at the
associated with framing. Cost parent home due to a Soldier’s Teen Center September-
includes picture and supplies. deployment. May. Call 340-139-4073.
A mixed media art class is set 5:30 p.m.: Catholic
Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. TRICARE Online choir practice
Call the center at 634-7074 for maintenance 6:45 p.m.: Gospel choir
more information. The TRICARE Online practice
maintenance upgrade is scheduled
Handmade Christmas to begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays
slated Dec. 5 Dec. 4. The upgrade will entail 9:30 a.m.: Catholic
Support local artists and let kids a system-wide outage from the Women of the Chapel
ages 3 and up enjoy free crafting evening of Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.: Gospel
projects with the arts and craft service choir rehearsal
center Dec. 5. Enjoy up to five great Community 7:15 p.m.: Gospel
holiday crafts free from 10 a.m. – 4 Calendar Highlights service Bible study
p.m. at the center.
November is Faith group contacts
Shop for local handicrafts and
Islamic: Spc. Kasimov,
products at the arts center and Native American 329-034-3511.
enjoy the Vicenza Community Club Heritage Month Jewish:Sandy
holiday bazaar in Club V from 10 Schoenberg at 634-6202
Through Dec. 4- Combined
a.m.–5 p.m. or sandy.schoenberg@eur.
Enjoy Christmas carolers at 2 army.mil.
p.m. and face painting, and pictures Wednesday- InfoX; DFAC
Latter Day Saints:
with Santa ($5 for a CD with Thanksgiving Photo by Laura Kreider Scripture study is held
multiple images). Call 634-7074
for information. Friday- Training Holiday
Turkey time: Divina Francesconi, Caserma Ederle’s each Monday, noon-1 p.m.
commissary grocery manager, and store worker Jacqueline at the chapel. Sunday
Monday- Winter Safety Day Rodriguez unpacked turkeys in the commissary deep freezer services, 9:30 a.m.-12:30
Dine-in movie and Dec. 8- Italian Holiday Nov. 19 in preparation for the hundreds of birds the store will p.m. downtown. Call Sean
bowling Dec. 10- Holiday Tree Lighting sell over the holidays. As of last week, the commissary had Peterson at 335-821-9492.
Watch a movie projected on the sold more than 400 turkeys since Nov. 1. Call the Caserma Ederle
Dec. 11-Italian choir performs
screens as you bowl at the Arena chapel at 634-7519 (0444-
71-7519) for religious
DON’T BE LATE: E-mail briefs to email@example.com noon Monday or by Friday at 4 p.m. if Monday is a holiday. activities.
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Sign up for cheerleading
Cheerleading enrollment is
now open for ages 6-15 through
Dec. 9 or until spaces are filled.
Space is limited!
Cheerleading season will be
Jan 11-Feb 27. Practices begin
Dec. 29. For more information,
call Alex Ruiz at 634-6151.
Enroll at Central Registration,
needed for triathlon
Triathlon training club offered
through ODR at the post gym.
Info meeting set Dec. 9 at 5:30
Beginners and experience
participants are needed and
welcome. Call Bea Giometto at
Staff Sgt. Kirk Madgic laps around the track as part of his workout routine. 634-7453.
173rd’s Madgic a non-stop athlete
Story and photo by LAURA KREIDER to travel back to the States and meet the great race organizers,”
registration open through
Dec. 9 for kids ages 3-15
Join CYSS Sports &
Outlook Staff he said. “I have trained throughout the summer to get ready
for the competition, and even if I wanted to do more I felt like Fitness for basketball season.
More than 21,000 runners participated in the 25th annual I didn’t have enough time.” Registration runs Monday
U.S. Army Ten-Miler, which took place in Washington D.C. “I praise Staff Sgt. Madgic, for his participation in our sports through Dec. 9.
Oct. 4. programs,” said USAG Vicenza sports programmer Ricky Open to youth ages 3-15.
Among the thousands was Staff Sgt. Kirk Madgic, of Jackson. “He is often participating in various sports or events Practice begins in December.
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team’s Headquarters and simultaneously, and he takes pride in his practices, training and Dates will be determined.
Headquarters Company, who traveled from Vicenza and competitions. He is definitely an asset for the USAG-V Sports, Season runs Jan. 11–Feb. 27.
arrived in Washington the night before the race. Fitness & Aquatics community and U.S. Army.” Cost is $46.
“This was the best year for the weather,” said Madgic, who Madgic, who will deploy to Afghanistan by year’s end,
crossed the finish line in 57 minutes, 26 seconds to place 81st. enjoys several sports. While stationed at Vicenza, he has taken Youth Ski/Snowboard
This year was his third time participating, having also raced advantage of the surrounding Berici Hills for bike riding and days return Dec. 5 with
in 2002 and 2003. the nearby Alps for skiing.
To qualify for the national competition, Madgic completed $10 trip to San Martino for
“I like winter, because of skiing, and last year it was a very
his run in 58:46.81 at the U.S. Forces Europe Army 10-Miler good season, because of the amount of snow and duration of a day of fun
qualification race hosted by USAG Grafenwoehr in June. the ski season,” said Madgic. “When I can, I also play tennis; it Enrollment begins Monday at
“I am very satisfied with this year’s results,” said Madgic. is more social for me while running is more a solitary pursuit. Central Registration, Bldg. 108
“It has been a great experience and a tremendous opportunity But whatever I do, I enjoy sports activity.” for youth in grades 6-12.
Point of contact is Michael
Morris at Youth Services at
634-7659. Overnight trips this
season to Garmisch will be Dec.
29-31 and Feb. 19-21 for youth
in grades 7-12.
Day trips include the following
locations: San Martino, Folgaria,
and Kron Platz. Maximum of 20
spots available per trip.
Need a personal trainer?
Call today for help
Call the fitness center at 634-
6716 or visit www.vicenzaMWR.
com for information.
Open-play volleyball set
Tuesdays, Thursdays for
participants over 15
The community (over age
15) is invited to join in pick-up,
open-play volleyball games
every Tuesday and Thursday
at the fitness center from 6:30-
Ladies soccer team seeking members
Photo by Laura Kreider
Improve your skills, have fun
Petra Perreault practices her footwork Monday evening at Caserma Ederle. Perreault is a member of the installation’s ladies soccer
team—Vicenza Internazionale, so named because it boasts players from several countries, including the United States, Germany, and build morale. Call 634-7009
Italy, Poland, Puerto Rico and Panama. The team, a mix of active duty, military spouses and civilians, is looking for new players. To for information.
join, contact Charity Smith at charity1725@ yahoo.com or Julia Sibilla at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will host a friendship
match Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the soccer field behind the Ederle Inn.
8 THE Outlook November 26, 2009