Ansbach Community Notes – Nov. 3, 2021

PLEASE DON’T FEED THE CATS

Housing residents may spot cats on post that seem stray, and provide food for them. Please do not feed strange cats, they may belong to someone and won’t return home if fed somewhere else.


OUTREACH-KONTAKT STAMMTISCH

The German-American friendship club meets at the Schwarzes Ross in Wasserzell Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/396647221856462


AMERICAN LEGION OPEN HOUSE

Saluting our “War on Terror Veterans” Saturday, Nov. 6 from 2-8 pm at the Legion Home (next to the Thrift Store). Enjoy free food and beverages. All Veterans, service members, families and community members are welcome.  Walk the “Route of Valor” (6-8 p.m.), sponsored by the Palatinate Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution and the 9th JROTC Battalion.  The walk will feature luminaries decorated by USAG Ansbach students and oral histories of Veterans shared by JROTC Cadets in period uniforms.


ACS BROWN BAG LUNCH SESSIONS

Every month, working groups are held with Army professionals to identify the needs of the community. Starting in November, and every month moving forward, there will be Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Session with various topics. Holiday Financial Planning will be the topic Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., with a Financial Discussion Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Come in with your questions, so that they can provide advice and tips on future planning. Both sessions will be provided by an expert on Financial Readiness. These sessions will be held in the large ballroom of the Von Steuben Community Center.


BULK PICK-UP

Monthly pick-ups of bulk trash take place in all USAG Ansbach housing areas. Place your bulky items in the grassy area near the road by your building before 7 a.m. Bulk items include: Bikes, barbecue grills, furniture (beds, mattresses, couches, tables, chairs), rugs, electronics (TVs, lamps). Hazardous waste will not be picked up: Paint, spray cans, household cleaners, oil, car batteries, tires – take these items to the recycling center.

Remaining dates in 2021: Nov. 10, Dec. 1


DRIVERS TESTING OFFICE CLOSURES

The Ansbach Drivers Training Testing section will be closed on Nov. 12, 25 and 26.


NATIVE AMERICAN MONTH OBSERVANCE

The observance of Native American Month is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the American Legion Hall on Katterbach Kaserne, Bldg. 5515. Organizers are currently looking for volunteers to make the observance special. If interested in contributing, community members can contact the garrison’s Equal Opportunity Adviser at 0981-183-7940 or usarmy.ansbach.id-europe.list.eoa@mail.mil


MAILING DEADLINES

To ensure your articles (sent to the United States) are received before Dec. 25, the post office recommends sending by the following dates:

  • Space Available Mail Nov. 27
  • Priority Mail and First Class Letters Dec. 11
  • Priority Express Mail Dec. 18

POSTAL HOURS EXTENDED

The Katterbach and Storck Barracks Postal Centers will add extra hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to their normal hours for mailing packages. On Friday, Dec. 24 “Operation: Santa Claus” will provide last minute parcel delivery from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Limited appointments are available upon request at 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. on the days open.

USPS TREATMENT OF E-CIGARETTES IN MAIL

The USPS published a final rule, Treatment of E-Cigarettes in the Mail, in the Federal Register on Oct. 21, 2021, revising part 47 of Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted and Perishable Mail.  The final rule implements new statutory restrictions on mailing electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including their liquids, parts, components, or accessories.  Despite the name, ENDS include devices that deliver any substance, not just nicotine, via an aerosolized solution to users inhaling from the device (e.g., electronic cigarettes, e-hookahs, or vape pens).  The new rules also revise provisions and processes relating to the mailability of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. By law, ENDS are now generally subject to the same prohibitions and restrictions as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.  All such items are prohibited in inbound and outbound international mail and mail to and from overseas military and diplomatic addresses.


COMMUNITY CALENDAR

For a quick look at events and activities in the Ansbach community, USAG Ansbach is offering a community calendar on the Ansbach Hometown Herald. Find out what’s going on in our community by clicking on https://ansbachhometownherald.com/calendar


PRE-REGISTRATION FOR TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

The annual Community Tree Lighting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3. In order to save waiting time at the site entry, community members who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 can pre-register by providing their vaccination record at specific locations/times:

  • CMR Post Office (Bldg. 5817, Katterbach) * 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, until Dec. 1
  • American Red Cross Oficce (Bldg. 5817, Katterbach) during business hour

HOLIDAY BAZAAR

A three-day holiday bazaar is coming to the Katterbach Fitness Center Nov. 19 – 21. This community event is an international shoppers’ bazaar that provides a safe and convenient tax – free shopping experience for eligible patrons. This would be a great opportunity to purchase items for families and for the upcoming holiday season. Items for sale include Polish pottery, Italian/German wine, schnaps, Italian/Dutch cheese, meats, sweets, Christmas decorations, woodworking, furniture, teas, pillows, bedding, paintings, Lederhosen & Dirndl, cutlery, pots, pans, WWI & WWII memorabilia, glass, bread pots, Turkish carpets & souvenirs, chocolate & more!

Visit the Ansbach MWR website for a list of vendors and more event information! https://ansbach.armymwr.com/calendar/event/3-day-holiday-bazaar/5329891/61143


CYS COLORING CONTEST

Ansbach CYS is hosting a coloring contest. All entries must be submitted to the Child Development School Age Center by noon on Nov. 24.


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