Ansbach Community Notes – Sept. 30, 2021

ANSBACH FALL CLEAN-UP

The Saub(a)er – city of Ansbach fall clean-up event takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. People wanting to help clean our city meet at Katterbach main gate. Off-post cleanup along routes are available around Katterbach, Bismarck, Barton Barracks and Urlas to keep our environment and community clean. The volunteers should bring work gloves, boots and proper outdoor clothing.

GERMAN-AMERICAN BOWLING

Join the German-American friendship club Outreach-KONTAKT Franken for a night of friendly bowling at the Katterbach Bowling Center Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. No need to pre-register for ID Card holders, but a quick R.S.V.P. via Facebook is appreciated. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/249398510399183


GERMAN STARTER COURSE FOR ENGLISH SPEAKERS

The Volkshochschule (VHS) Ansbach, an adult learning institution, is offering a German language course for beginners; the language of communication is exclusively English. The course includes 10 weekly sessions, every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8 p.m., starting Oct. 5 until Dec. 14. Cost for the whole course is € 98.  For more information, registration and required book and materials, please contact the VHS directly at vhs@ansbach.de or 0981- 51 311. The following link is the online course announcement: https://www.vhs-ansbach.de/index.php?id=73&kathaupt=11&knr=K101112&kursname=German+Starter+Course


FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

The USAG Ansbach FES is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” To read more, visit https://ansbachhometownherald.com/fire-prevention-week-learn-the-sounds-of-fire-safety


VEHICLE REG CLOSED SEPT. 30

The Vehicle Registration office will remain closed on Thursday, Sept. 30, due to monthly inventory. Normal hours of operation will resume Friday, Oct. 1.

NO DIGITAL PASSPORT PHOTOS

USAG Ansbach Passport office is currently unable to take your passport photos. Please bring two passport photos with you when applying for a passport. To learn more, visit https://home.army.mil/ansbach/index.php/about/Garrison/human-resources/passports-sofa-services

CHAPEL RIBBON CUTTING

The official rededication of the chapel is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. on the “bell side” of the chapel (near traffic circle). The USAG Ansbach community is invited to celebrate the reopening of our renovated chapel and enjoy a food fellowship in the chapel annex.


PARKING LOT CLOSURE

The parking lot across from the Katterbach Fire Station (next to airfield) will be closed for construction Oct. 5 & 6.


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

National Night Out is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at three locations – Katterbach Rocket Park, Urlas Housing Park, and Bleidorn Housing Park. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  It’s a chance to bring neighborhoods together with the men and women who protect them. The safety of our communities depend on both law enforcement and the neighbors they serve. Come and enjoy hot dogs and meet with our local law enforcement.


USAG ANSBACH CHILI COOK-OFF

The 2nd annual USAG Ansbach Chili Cook-Off takes place Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Von Steuben Community Center. Submit your best chili and corn bread, or just come out and taste the chili. Free registration by email to usarmy.ansbach.id-Europe.mbx.ioc@mail.mil.


BOSS HAUNTED HOUSE – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The BOSS program is looking for volunteers to assist with their haunted house. This information strictly pertains to finding volunteers. The Haunted House will take place on the following dates: Oct. 23, 24, 29 and 30.


ART CHALLENGE – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Family Advocacy is hosting a community Art Challenge on “What is Love”. The entries can be painting, drawing or photography. Entries are due to ACS or the Family Advocacy Program office by Oct. 6. The best entries will be displayed in the Exchange from Oct. 15-30. All entries must be original works  by the participants. Call 09802-83-7777 or DSN 467-7777 for  more details.


NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION

Ansbach Army Community Service (ACS) is hosting monthly Spouse/Family Member Newcomers Orientations on the first Monday of each month. The events will be held 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Von Steuben Community Center on Bismarck Kaserne, and will consist of a briefer lineup from various agencies looking to orient newcomers to the installation. ACS cannot provide childcare at this time, however, children are welcome to attend. RSVP is required.


CPR/FIRST AID CLASSES – AMERICAN RED CROSS

The Ansbach Red Cross is holding CPR/First Aid/AED training Oct. 6 and 27 at 6 p.m. in the ACS classroom. For more information call 09802-831760.


BULK PICK-UP – OCT. 6

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. Upcoming dates in 2021: Oct. 6, Nov. 10, Dec 1.


USPS TEMPORARY RATE INCREASE

The United States Postal Service will initiate a temporary rate increase, effective from Oct. 3 through Dec. 25, 2021. In preparation for the upcoming holiday surge, the USPS has announced a temporary increase to its postal rates.  The increases were established to accommodate seasonal staffing and increased transportation requirements.   These temporary increases are consistent with previous holiday shipping seasons. The increases that will affect our customers at the retail counter are listed below:

Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express, Parcel Select Ground, USPS Retail Ground:

  • $0.75 increase for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes.
  • $0.25 increase for Zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
  • $0.75 increase for Zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
  • $1.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 11-20 lbs.
  • $3.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 11-20lbs.
  • $2.50 increase for Zones 1-4, 21-70 lbs.
  • $5.00 increase for Zones 5-9, 21-70 lbs.

First Class Package Service (FCPS) will increase $0.30.


COMMISSARY OFFERS CKLICK2GO

The Defense Commissary Agency’s new online ordering/curbside delivery service at the Ansbach Commissary has started. Customers use a computer or mobile device to make their orders online, where they select from commissary products offered based on the store’s stock assortment. After products are selected, the shopper selects a pickup time and pays for their order. At their appointed time they park in designated parking spaces where commissary workers bring their groceries. Go to https://www.commissaries.com/shopping/click-2-go, or go to the Digital Garrison App and click the Commissary button.


BAT ALERT!

Young bats are currently looking for winter quarters; occasionally one may find its way into a building through an open or cracked window. There they may cause a significant mess with their droppings, and it usually doesn’t end well for the bat.
Make sure to close your windows at work before you head home, and check your home for potential bat traps.
Should you find bats at any point – dead or alive – do not touch, and call the DPW at 09802-83-3423/7079.
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