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Monday, 24 November 2008

Here are some links to several fun Holiday related events & things to do:

Copperas Cove Krist Kindl Markt:
http://www.downtowncopperascove.org/Krist_Kindl_Markt.htm

Tablerock Festival of Salado (A Christmas Carol!):
http://www.tablerock.org/

December 5-7 & 12-14
Annual Salado Christmas Stroll.

Christmas Tree farm (Cut your own tree!)
http://www.saladochristmastreefarm.com/

Texas Christmas Tree Growers – Where to find:
http://www.texaschristmastrees.com/austin.html

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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

We have several upcoming events supporting the Wreaths for Vets program and we are looking for volunteers. There are lots of things yet to do and we need as many volunteers as possible. Please help when you can! Click on the link above for more information.

Sincerely,
Jean

Thank you for all of the interest you have shown already, and hope to see everyone at these events.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

I received this great bit of information the other day and thought you would like to know how Sam’s Club is helping Military Families and how to take advantage of this great offer.

Jean

Salute to Military Families

Your contribution to our country is important. In appreciation of your sacrifice, Sam’s Club invites you to shop with us during our three-day Salute to Military Families. If you’re not already a Member, we will waive the 10% service fee, so you can save on the items you need and have more left over for the holidays. Put us to the test, and we’ll show you why Membership means outstanding value this season and throughout the year.

December 1st and 15th

Ring in the holidays with outstanding savings. Try us during our Salute to Military Families and see why Sam’s Club is a smart choice for saving money during the holidays and all year long.

For a Club near you, call 1.800.881.9180 or visit samsclub.com. Click on the link above for the information flyer.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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Friday, 07 November 2008

If you’re like me and your annual New Year’s resolution has something to do with exercise, but you never quite seem to stick with it this may be the answer!

Jean

Adventure Boot Camp offers early morning, high-intensity exercise class

By Desiree Johnson
Killeen Daily Herald

At 5:15 in the morning, even the sun isn't up, but behind the Killeen Community Center, spotlighted under a pavillion in near total darkness, a group of Central Texas residents are not only awake, they're sweating.

The group is a part of the Killeen Adventure Boot Camp, a program that was designed to get people in shape and feeling fit.

"We wanted to give people other options besides the gym," said owner and instructor Jimmy Stewart. "We do all the thinking for them, all they have to do is show up. It's like having a personal trainer."

The program began last April in Waco and did so well, they partnered with the city of Killeen to bring it here. A six-week course, the program focuses on high-intensity training with a total body workout.

In the cool temperatures of the early morning, students arrive with their small set of dumbbells, a mat and water, ready to get to work.

Each day they do a series of running, abdominal workouts and more – basically a workout from head to toe.

"A lot of people get intimidated by gyms, the people in them, or walking in and not having a clue what to do," said Stewart, who also has been working as a fireman for more than 20 years. "Here, you just want to survive the workout. You're not so worried about what's around you, and at 5 a.m. no one cares what you look like, everyone's focused on the workout."

Student Ramona Nitti, a Harker Heights resident and mother of three, gets up 45 minutes before the 5:15 a.m. start time to participate in the program that has helped her keep up with her kids.

"I do it for myself and I definitely see a difference. I'm more energetic, I see the difference in my clothes; everything about it keeps you going," Nitti said. "I took this class because someone would hold my feet to the fire and it does. It's 20 push-ups if you're late, if you use curse words, if you don't show up ... it's a great team effort and it's great motivation."

Stewart says the accountability aspect of the program is one of the most important parts.

"We have roll call every morning and if you're not here, we give you a call to check up on you and make sure everything is OK. Accountability is a big part because it can be hard to be self-motivated to do something like this," Stewart said. "Another big part is making people feel good about themselves and having more confidence. Once you have the discipline to get out here this early in the morning, you feel empowered. This program can really change lives, personalities even."

Killeen morning class instructor April Munson can see the difference in her students both physically and motivationally.

"We have one woman who was in a car accident so half her body is metal and this is the first workout she's done since the accident six months ago," Munson said. "It's inspiring to see what they're willing to go through motivationally and it's awesome to see people come in who haven't been working out at all. They get here just wanting to try something new and now they're so excited some even get here before me."

Whether the goal is to lose weight, kick start a new fitness program, keep up with the kids or catch up to a military spouse in better shape, the program seems to be working and is sure to gain popularity with time.

"I feel more alive through my day. I like the way I feel when I get done, even though I'm really sweaty, but that's what a shower is for," Nitti said laughing. "You can't get what you get here for the money with a personal trainer."

Just can't get up at 5 a.m.? Don't worry, the boot camp also has an evening class at 6 p.m.

For more information on the Killeen Adventure Boot Camp, go to www.killeenbootcamp.com or call (254) 716-3200.

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Thursday, 06 November 2008
Monday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Monument located between Harker Heights City Hall and Recreation Center at 305 Millers Crossing.

Featuring guest speakers Congressman John Carter and LTG Rick LynchCommanding General of III Corps & Fort Hood, remarks by City of Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen, and the traditional wreath laying to honor those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom; as well as, those individuals who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Harker Heights and the Harker Heights Veterans Council consisting of organization representatives from VFW, DAV, American Legion, Purple Hearts, TREA, American Veterans Committee, Veterans Advisor, as well as local government and military officials.

* In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move indoors at the Recreation Center gymnasium.

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Wednesday, 05 November 2008

Cyd West of 1st Community Mortgage sent this dining out recommendation to me earlier today:

Friends –

I had lunch today at a new place in Copperas Cove. It is on Avenue D (on the left just before you reach downtown) and called Christian Coffee Café. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner and my lunch was excellent. They have several hot lunch specials for $6.95 which includes a drink and tax. The service was really quick and the food was really great.

If you find yourself in Copperas Cove near a meal time, please try it. Tia, the owner, is delightful.

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Friday, 31 October 2008
If there’s ever a time of year to enjoy candy, this has got to be it!
 
CANDY  
This is remarkable. If you have no particular interest, please pass it on to the bakers in your life. 
 
Just click on the name of the CANDY and bam the recipe appears!
 
 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Signs in Harker Heights

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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

On Monday, the Social Security Administration announced the national rollout of the agency’s Compassionate Allowances initiative, a way to expedite the processing of disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security’s standards. This will allow a claim to be processed in days rather than years!

I was shocked to hear that it could take so long to process a benefits claim and saddened by the thought that Americans with these life threatening diseases may have died long before ever receiving their benefits. This is certainly a step in the right direction and I hope that the Social Security Administration continues to streamline their entire system.

You can read more about the Compassionate Allowances initiative here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/

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