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News Digest

New parents may gain knowledge at Baby Palooza
Bringing a new life into the world is an exhilarating experience, but often new parents could use a few pointers. The Family Advocacy Program at Fort Drum Army Community Service has many programs available to assist new parents in learning to care for their new Family Member. The FAP staff is pleased to present the popular Baby Palooza for the second year from 9 a.m. to noon April 23 at the Youth Center on Chapel Drive.
Baby Palooza is an expo-type event to offer assistance to new parents, grandparent and caregivers of children who are newborn to 1 year old. This event will feature a physician answering health care questions as well as mini workshops and education sessions on infant bathing, breastfeeding, child development checks, jogging and exercising with baby, and how to calm a fussy baby.
Activities and demonstrations will focus on car seat safety checks, taking pictures of your newborn, nutrition, infant massage, Zumbini, and reading and playing with your infant.
Drawings and giveaways will be offered, and the first 100 registrants will receive a mini baby bundle gift bag. Registration is strongly encouraged by calling the Family Advocacy Program at 772-5914.


Civilian employees seek leave donations
The following Appropriated Fund employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program: Shawneequa Taylor-Ramirez, Teresa Romeo, Carol Hood, Serena Patterson, Holly Countryman, Kim Ferguson and Susan Ruiz, all of MEDDAC; and Carrie Lawton, of Directorate of Emergency Services.
Appropriated Fund employees who wish to donate annual leave should complete an OPM 630A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, and forward it to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Bldg. 10720, for processing.

Fort Drum Commissary will be open on Easter
The Fort Drum Commissary has announced the store will be open its normal operating hours on Easter Sunday. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Olympic gold medalist, Pulitzer Prize winner will sign autographs
Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and members of the surrounding community are invited to attend an autograph signing by Carl Lewis, Olympic gold medalist and track and field star, and Jeffery Marx, youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Times best-selling author (“Season of Life,” “The Long Snapper”).
The autograph signing will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the USO Fort Drum.
Dining facility plans closure
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team Dining Facility, Bldg. 10150, will close for maintenance Tuesday. It will reopen May 7.

Fort Drum will honor Civilian Employees
The Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security will host the Civilian of the Quarter Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 at the Commons. The theme is “Spring Has Sprung.”
The menu will include a choice of chicken Caesar salad or meatloaf and gravy with mashed potatoes, vegetables and rolls. The cost is $9 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase through Friday at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Clark Hall.

Volunteer Support Fund plans International Festival of Foods event
The Volunteer Support Fund will host the 23rd Annual International Festival of Foods from 4:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Commons. Proceeds from the event will benefit Fort Drum volunteers by offsetting child care costs.
The festival consists of 10 tables, featuring culinary specialties from many diverse regions. Participants may sample Italian, German, Greek, American, Puerto Rican, Polynesia and French cuisine. There also will be a sushi table, a North Country table offering specialty cuisine made from local ingredients, and a highly anticipated new table that will offer “Southern Comfort” foods.
Tickets are $10 in advance for ages 12 and older or $15 at the door; $5 for children ages 3-11; free for children 2 and younger.

Fort Drum will accept old medicine for turn-in
Fort Drum Army Substance Abuse Program and the Drug Enforcement Agency will accept expired and unused mediations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 during National Prescription Take Back Day at the Exchange. Representatives will accept prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids and medicated creams. Products do not have to be in their original packaging. They will not accept any illegal drugs or intravenous solutions, injectables or syringes. For more information, call ASAP at 772-9017 / 2371.

Museum staff seeks survey participants
In an effort to better service their customers, the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Museum staff requests that members of the public take a few minutes to complete a short survey. Information gathered will be used to improve services and better understand what is important to the museum’s customers.
The survey is available at

Post offers drug hotline
CID’s Drug Suppression Team has put together a drug hotline open to all citizens on Fort Drum.
Anyone who wishes to help stop drug abuse and drug trafficking in the community may call the drug hotline at 774-WEED (9333). Report any drug activity in your area, anytime! Calls are confidential.

AA group meets on post
Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Guthrie Clinic, Patient Care Wing, Patient Service Center conference room. For more information, call 772-0035.

Report security issues to Fort Drum tip line
Fort Drum’s Directorate of Emergency Services encourages everyone to contribute to community security by reporting suspicious behavior or activities to 774-8477 (TIPS).
Callers to the anonymous tip line should report odd behaviors and activities, such as people measuring or asking for blueprints of important buildings; strangers asking about security protocols; a briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind; vehicles left unattended in front of buildings; and chemical smells or fumes coming from a residence or business. The effort is part of iWatch Army, an antiterrorism program.

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