Monthly Archives: December 2016

How to ring in the new year German-style

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the U.S., we have relatively few national New Year’s Eve traditions. Many watch the ball drop in Times Square from the warmth of their home; some kiss at midnight; others sip champagne and party until daybreak.   But, in Germany, citizens enjoy an array of fairly…

December 27th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Bavaria

    USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs news release   New Year’s Eve in Germany is a time to celebrate the start of a new year with fireworks, music, and family. Whether you want to party into the early hours of the morning or have a relaxed New Year’s with your…

December 25th, 2016 News

American Legion oratorical scholarship contest at Vilseck High School

  The American Legion Post GR45 is proud to announce its High School Oratorical Scholarship Contest scheduled for Sun, Feb. 12, 2017 at Vilseck High School.   The oratorical contest is directed towards high school students — Freshmen through Seniors — from schools within the USAG Bavaria region with the…

December 14th, 2016 News, School News

‘Tis the season for holiday scams: How to protect yourself

Federal Bureau of Investigation press release   With the holidays ramping up and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also gearing up for a busy season.   Cyber criminals don’t take the holidays off. In fact, they’re especially busy trying to steal your money and personal information. Shoppers should…

December 13th, 2016 Safety & Security Bytes

DeCA selects private supplier for generic branding

Defense Commissary Agency news release   FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Commissary Agency has selected MDV SpartanNash LLC to bring private label products to store shelves.   “Our customers have been asking for private label for a long time,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO, citing a…

December 12th, 2016 News

Alissa Grantham: Questions with a local artist and Hohenfels grad

By Christina Wilson, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   HOHENFELS, Germany — Alissa Grantham spent six years of her teenage years in the Hohenfels community and graduated from the Hohenfels High School in 2009.   As an artist at heart, she grew up drawing cartoons and comics, which eventually led to…

December 11th, 2016 Questions

Local slopes to try this snow season

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Alps offer plenty of wonderful ski and snowboard regions and perfect slopes for everyone who loves the great outdoors and enjoys a good ride. Home to more than 120 ski areas, Bavaria offers something for everyone, and there…

December 8th, 2016 News, Travel

Students own their message on World AIDS Day

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Using markers and linen canvas, students at Vilseck Youth Center created images and messages on World AIDS Day that challenge and reimagine the way society views the disease. The result: a quilt with a resounding message of compassion and acceptance.   Pitched and made possible by…

December 6th, 2016 News, School News

Scholarships for Military Children to open Dec. 13

  Defense Commissary Agency News Release   FORT LEE, Va. – This holiday season is full of the usual landmark dates, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. One other date in December, however, vies for importance for some military families: the Commissary’s opening of Scholarships for Military Children Program.…

December 6th, 2016 News, School News

Santa, Nikolaus or Christkindl: Christmas traditions in Germany

By Johanna Lohwasser, USAG Bavaria Public Affairs   Germany’s original Christmas gift-bearer St. Nicholas — Sankt Nikolaus in German — makes his tour through town a few weeks earlier in Germany than in America. This isn’t because Santa’s schedule is just too busy to cover the groundwork before Dec. 25.…

December 5th, 2016 News, Things You Didn't Know