Here are the Archived entries for 3 2017

LORA to hold bass, crappie tournaments Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017
GUIDON staff
Anglers, start organizing your tackle boxes. The Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area will hold two fishing tournaments this month: a bass tournament on Saturday and a crappie tournament set for March 25.

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The LORA Bass Tournament is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The tournament is open to the public, but there must be at least one military ID-card holder per boat. Entry fees are $40 per boat. An optional $10 fee for the tournament’s Big Bass contest is also available.

The LORA Crappie Tournament is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25. No boat is required for this event, which is open to the public. Participants can fish off docks, the shore or personal boats. Entry is $30 per person.

The Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area is Fort Leonard Wood’s own vacation getaway and is open to active duty and retired military, National Guard and Reservists, Department of Defense employees, Family members and contract employees. Patrons can rent cabins, campsites, RV sites, picnic pavilions, ski boats, deck boats, party barges, fishing boats, jet skis and more.

For more information about either tournament or LORA, call 573.346.5640 or visit
Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 March 2017 )
Variety show opens Saturday in Dixon Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017
GUIDON staff

The 11th annual Ham and Beans Dinner Show is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Barn, located at 13015 Highway 28 in Dixon. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Admission to the Family-friendly variety/dinner show is $15 for adults. Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger.

For more information about the show, call 573.439.9370 or visit the
Last Updated ( Friday, 10 March 2017 )
SKIES Unlimited offers martial arts classes for kids ages 4 to 18 Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017
GUIDON staff

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The SKIES Unlimited program is offering martial-arts classes for participants ages 4 to 18 years of age at the Child Development Center in Building 614 on Replacement Avenue.

Free trials are offered to children registered with Child, Youth and School Services.

Tiny Tigers is open to children ages 4 to 5 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Class fees are $45 per month.

Classes by belt level for participants ages 5 to 18 are held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with each level assigned to a different time block.

Belt-level class fees are $65 per month.

All participants must be registered with CYSS. For more information, call 573.596.0421 or visit

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 March 2017 )
Unit teams wrap up bowling season Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017
GUIDON staff

Fort Leonard Wood’s 2017 intramural bowling season resulted in a three-way tie for first place, with the ultimate winner — the 14th Military Police Brigade — decided by total pin count.

Unit teams completed their final round of the five-week season on March 2 at Daugherty Bowling Center with the 14th MP Bde. defeating the 763rd Ordnance Company, the Medical Department Activity picking up a forfeit win and the 1st Engineer Brigade defeating the previously undefeated 554th Engineer Battalion.

The results left the 14th MP Bde., the 554th Engr. Bn. and the 1st Engr. Bde. all with season records of 4-1 with no clear victor, with the 14th MPs having defeated the 1st Engineers on Feb. 16 and 554th Engineers having beaten the 14th MPs on Feb. 23.

The 14th MP Bde. took first place by knocking down 3,934 pins during the season. The 1st Engr. Bde. was second, knocking down 3,763 pins; and the 554th Engr. Bn. was third was 3,723 pins.

Teams that completed the regular season returned to the DBC lanes this week as the 2017 Commander’s Cup Bowling Tournament got under way. Tonight is the final night of competition, with games starting at 6 p.m.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 )
Those ‘base housing people’ Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017
By Lisa Smith Molinari
Special to GUIDON

I was emerging from the base gym’s steam room, sweating and feeling a bit woozy, when I heard her.

“We don’t do base housing,” a young female officer told a friend in the women’s locker room. She mentioned that she received orders to her next duty at Naval Station Mayport, and that she and her husband were looking for a rental in St. Johns, Florida, where the houses are nicer.

“We’re searching early, so we don’t get stuck living on base,” she explained. “We’re not base housing people.”

I was steamed. Pun intended.

Little did she know, I lived up the street from the base gym in a small cluster of old duplex houses on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.

Before that, we’d lived in the very Mayport base housing the young officer was trying to avoid.

Before that, we’d lived in an apartment on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. Those years, plus a two-year stint in old Army base housing on Fort Ord in Monterey, California, in the 90s, meant that we’d spent almost half of our 23-year marriage living in base quarters.

Apparently, we’re those “base housing people.”

When I heard the young officer say she had orders to Naval Station Mayport, my instinct was to pipe up, “We were stationed there!” as many military folks do, and then I’d tell her all about the beach, the base gym, the good fried chicken at the mess hall, and the local shrimp place.

But, sensing the negative connotation she attached to “base housing people” I stayed silent.

However, I couldn’t help but pity her, because she didn’t know what she was missing.

In Monterey, we’d walk Ardennes Circle, the huge curved road winding through our base housing community, pushing our first baby in a stroller and chatting with neighbors along the way. We still have those friends today.

When we moved to JAC Molesworth in rural England, we wanted to “experience English culture.” We lived in an old village house with creaky floorboards and a WWI bomb shelter in the basement.

It was a terrific immersion into rural English village life, but we spent many weekends at our friends’ base houses, seeking camaraderie.

Years later, we were deciding whether to live in a bland apartment on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, or brave the risky but rewarding German rental market. In the end, we chose base housing, because we felt it would ease the transition for our three children.

Surely, if we’d lived off base we’d have spoken more German and learned more about the local culture, but we found that on-base communities have a culture all their own. Safe and secure within the fences of Patch Barracks, kids ran everywhere and spouses chatted on shared patios. We went off base and traveled often, seeking the enrichment of European culture.

But we were also enriched by the close-knit experience of on-base life, with it’s unparalleled camaraderie and Mayberry-esque small-town feel. Again, we made friends for life.

At Mayport, we knew we wanted to live in the base housing community. Not only was the housing in sight of the beautiful sandy Atlantic coastline, it was the kind of tight-knit military community we’d learned to value.

By the end of our two years there, we’d had countless nights around fire pits and afternoons at the beach with neighbors, and our kids always had someone to hang out with on the street. As always, we made friends for life.

As I walked back to my base house from the gym, my cheeks still flush and damp from the steam room, I hoped that the young officer would, someday, experience base housing culture.

Because, overcoming the challenges of military life takes the sweat of one’s brow, but finding life-long friendships on base is actually no sweat at all.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 March 2017 )
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