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Ronald McDonald House of northeast Kansas names Whites Family of the Year

September 18, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – A 13-month-oldbaby boy happily crawls across the floor sporting a pair of aqua blue glassesat his home in Junction City. One year ago, the same babyboy spent eight weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a hospital inTopeka. Jonathan White, now a happyhealthy baby, was born at 29 weeks gestation to Mandy and Bobby White. Bobby MORE
The White family poses for a picture with Ronald McDonald during a fundraising event in which the family was named the Ronald McDonald House of North East Kansas family of the year Aug. 23 in Topeka.

Seat belts, car seats required at Fort Riley

August 14, 2014 — • Seemingly routine tripscan be deceptively dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles fromhome and at speeds of less than 40 mph. • Young men are most at risk.Among passenger vehicle occupants, men ages 18 to 34, who were killed in fatalcrashes, 65 percent were not buckled. • In a crash, everything inyour car can cause you harm – your MORE

EFMP kids enjoy the rodeo experience

August 14, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – “Giddyup!” The horse command could beheard in abundance during the Exceptional Family Member Program’s Special NeedsRodeo July 16 at the Geary County 4-H fairgrounds. The 17th annual event – inpartnership with the Junction City Rodeo Association – provided a hands-on privaterodeo experience for EFMP children, ages 4 and older, and MORE
Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole, right, rocks Steven Dyson, 6, left, on a hand-powered mechanical bull during the Special Needs Rodeo July 19 at the Geary County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Camp Corral rounds up military kids

August 14, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Traveling fromstation to station, children chatted excitedly about horseback riding, archery,arts and crafts and other camp activities. Some splashed in the pool, whileothers launched homemade boats in a nearby stream. Some sifted through creekwater to find leeches and crawfish. It seemed like a typical day at camp. But this was MORE
From left, Randal Smith, 11, and Ridley Swadeo, 10, construct a boat out of bottles, twigs and duct tape during Camp Corral at the Rock Springs 4-H, Junction City. The weeklong camp is geared specifically for military children.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Stay involved with kids as new school year nears

August 08, 2014 — It’s back to school for ourFort Riley students, and Aug. 12 is the big day. As summer winds down and our childrengear up for classes next week, let’s build a foundation that will help themenjoy a successful new school year. Remember that going back toschool can be quite exciting, as well as stressful for our military children.The absence of family MORE

Couples learn to be scream free in marriage

August 04, 2014 — What is a ScreamFreeMarriage? According to Hal Runkel,founder, ScreamFree Institute, a ScreamFree Marriage is about learning to fightfair without screaming, or acting out. Military couples at FortRiley discovered the meaning of having a ScreamFree Marriage during the first ofa three-part series class July 10 at Child, Youth and School Services. The MORE
Spc. James Clarke, 97th MP Bn., left, and his wife, Monica Clarke, right, share a smile during a ScreamFree Marriage class July 10 at CYSS Parent Central. The class is offered to Fort Riley couples every few months by Family Advocacy in three installments.

‘Devil’ brigade sponsors spouse resiliency skills weekend

August 04, 2014 — TOPEKA, Kan. – The 1st ArmoredBrigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, sponsored a three-day military skillsand resiliency retreat for spouses of deployed Soldiers June 27 to 29 at theCapitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka, Kansas. Chap. (Maj.) Michael McDonald,1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., said the retreat was organized to provide MORE

Families enjoy summer vacation at Aloha Nights

August 04, 2014 — “Aloha!” Plastic lei in hand, a greeter welcomed attendees to AlohaNights July 12 at the Custer Hill Pool. Decked out intropical décor, such as totem poles and inflated flamingoes, the event had anisland vibe as golden oldies and surf music played in the background. “Aloha Nightsis our annual luau,” said Hedy Noveroske, swimming program manager, MORE
Glenna Taylor, military spouse, right, smiles as she goes through the buffet during Aloha Nights July 12 at Custer Hill Pool. The annual event included games, festive décor and more.

Fort Riley, Junction City celebrate freedom

July 24, 2014 — JUNCTION CITY – Holidays likeIndependence Day just mean a little more in a military community. Absolutely, retired Col.John Seitz said. Junction City is home to so many military families and itscitizens have experienced the deployments, redeployments, hardships andunfortunate losses of friends, he added. “And so, it’s veryimportant for a community MORE
Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard in the annual Sundown Salute parade in Junction City.

National Night Out unites emergency personnel, community – July 23

July 16, 2014 — What does a fire enginelook like on the inside? What does a fox pelt feel like? Are police officersgood at basketball? Come to National Night Out,or NNO, for a chance to find out, meet emergency responders and explore some oftheir equipment and vehicles. “In a block party atmosphere,it’s our attempt to show a caring and supportive attitude MORE
Chris Wood, game warden, DES, right, shares information about area hiking with Brandy Baker, military spouse, center, and her daughter, Miranda, left, as they check out pelts of various local wildlife on display during the 2013 National Night Out event at Forsyth Community Center. This year National Night Out will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. July 23 at Ware Elementary School.

ZAC Camp teaches kids life-saving skills

July 11, 2014 — While children giggled and splashedas they practiced plunging underwater and floating on their backs, a fewchildren stood off to the side looking apprehensive. It was June 17 – the firstday of ZAC Camp – and children enrolled with Child, Youth and School Services werejust getting their feet wet in the weeklong course on water safety at CusterHill MORE
From left, ZAC Camp students Kayden Parry, Naya Bonasse Robert Acridge and Zachary Crosby practice kicking and splashing during a ZAC Camp swimming lesson June 17 at Custer Hill Pool. The weeklong camp included swimming lessons, classroom instruction and safety lessons.

COMMUNITY CORNER - Fort Riley offers variety of programs, activities for youth, families

June 27, 2014 — Summer is here, the weatheris great, and children are out of school. At Fort Riley, we offer a number ofactivities and resources for families to get involved in. One of our organizations, Child,Youth and School Services, supports our Fort Riley Army families with quality andaffordable programs for children, youth and teenagers. CYSS has a system of MORE

USO celebrates 4th birthday at Riley

June 10, 2014 — The Fort Riley USOcelebrated its fourth birthday during a regularly scheduled No Dough Dinner May28 at the USO Dining Facility. The birthday barbecueincluded hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and cake. About 550 community memberscame out to have dinner and wish the USO happy birthday. For the USO to evolve fromsomething so small, to more than 500 MORE
Markus Larson, 11, left, serves Amy Campas, military spouse, right, during the USO Fort Riley No Dough Dinner May 28 at the USO DFAC. The dinner also served as the fourth birthday celebration for USO Fort Riley, and the theme was birthday barbecue, complete with a cake and prizes. About 550 community members were served during the event.

Advocacy program preps families to cope with problems

May 08, 2014 — Most families facechallenges at times, but for military families, those struggles can be greaterthan those of civilians. To help military families in times of need, Fort Rileyoffers the Family Advocacy Program, or FAP. FAP offers a variety ofprograms intended to educate and mentor military families as to how to respondto different situations. A few MORE

COMMUNITY CORNER - Protecting our kids from abuse always top priority

April 04, 2014 — Did you know that about onein every 100 children is abused? Did you know an average of nearly fivechildren die every day as a result of child abuse or neglect? These figures fromthe National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System are staggering, and the lastthing we want for our military children is for them to become just anotherstatistic. In my MORE

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