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Inside youll find helpful tips ideas for great family adventures and a host of other fun things for everyone in your family unit. Executive Editor Eli Pace Editor Zirconia Alleyne Advertising Manager Shirelle Fine Contributing Writers Dawnye Appel Jennifer Bailey Brian Coatney Becky Quinten Toni W. Riley Summer Thornsberry and Jessica J. Wilson. Recipes are courtesy of Relish Magazine. To advertise in Fort Campbell Families contact Shirelle Fine at 270-887-3293 or email her at 1618 East Ninth Street Hopkinsville KY 42240 270-887-3235 Answers to crossword on page 49 Editors Note School A place to learn build and grow When I think back on my education I realize some of my best memories were made in places that required me to learn build and grow. Elementary school set the foundation. I was carefree reserved and eager to learn and I had teachers who nurtured that quiet fire inside. I wrote my first prize-winning poem inside a classroom at Holiday Elementary. I had no idea it would be the seed to cultivate my passion for writing but it did. In middle and high school I developed my hobbies singing dancing play- ing the clarinet and tennis. I built some of my closest friendships in the band at All-State Choir retreats dance practices and tennis matches. Although we didnt win often on the court my doubles partner and I still keep in touch. Fast forward to college and let me tell you being on my own really forced me to grow. I made some of my biggest accomplishments mistakes triumphs and funniest memories on the campus of Western Kentucky Uni- versity. I honed in on what I really wanted to do with my life and here I am now talking to the readers of Fort Campbell Families. I say all of this in hopes that we can embrace every level of education whether it seems exciting at the beginning or not. Without a doubt being in those classrooms crossing paths with different people and studying all those hours shaped me as a person and as a professional. Inside this issue we have a lot of back-to-school stories to get you and your family off to the right start. I hope everyone has a great school year that not only teaches you whats inside a textbook but teaches you a little more about yourself. In the words of my motherHave fun learning. Sincerely Zirconia Alleyne Editor ONTHECOVER YoungsterswavetheirhandswithexcitementforthefirstdayofschoolatFortCampbell. PHOTO BY DAWNYE APPEL 6 Fort Campbell Families-Fall CONTRIBUTINGWRITERS I Toni W. Riley served as the Christian County 4-H Agent for 35 years before retiring in 2014. She considers herself an outdoors person and raises a large garden including edible landscaping around her home and two hives of bees. Her work has been seen in the Kentucky New Era Fami- lies magazines and has won numerous awards. She was married to David Riley former New Era editor who died in 2005. She has two daughters Eliz- abeth 26 and Catherine 24. You can visit her website at or her blog at Brian Coatney is Assistant Professor of English at Hop- kinsville Community Colleges Fort Campbell campus. Brian a Hopkinsville resident has been with HCC since 2002. He has been married 43 years to local school psychologist Tandy Anderson Coatney. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Brian likes to ride his bicycle watch Turner Classic Movies and root for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. His favorite food hangout is Tangy Roots Frozen Yogurt. At HCC he is a regular weekly blogger for plea- where he blogs about a va- riety of ways to mix pleasure with education. Jessica J. Wilson is married to a former United States Ma- rine. She is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful chil- dren Leila 6 Kael 4 and Ker- rigan 3. Jessica has been writing for Fort Campbell Families for two years. She is very outgoing and looks for- ward to what life will throw at her next. Krin Mims is a Georgia Peach brought to Hopkinsville by her agriculture-loving husband. She is a home and auto insurance guru by day a foodie by night mom to her labradoodle writer and lover of interior design and sunshine. With new restau- rants opening constantly Krin is always looking for dining suggestions. You can contact her at Becky Quinten moved from Ohio to Hopkinsville after retiring from a 40-year career as a librarian. She especially loves medical libraries and sharing useful health informa- tion with anyone she meets. In her free time she enjoys quilting and spending time with her family. Summer Thornsberry is a native of Crofton. She is currently working hard in hopes of studying investiga- tive journalism in the future. Her work has been featured in Hoptown and Fort Campbell Families magazines but when shes not writing she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Dawnye Appel is owner of Danni Appel Photography. She is an event photographer and photojournalist at Fort Campbellhe lives with her husband her son and their two lively pups. A recent transplant to the area she spends her free time shop- ping taking photos drinking coffee and socializing. Jennifer Bailey is originally from Kansas City Missouri. She moved to the Fort Camp- bell area in 2012 with her hus- band who is serving in the Army. Recently having weight-loss surgery Jennifer spends her days frequenting the gym. She now lives on post with her husband their energetic dog and moody cat. Heather Short is a 30- something married mother of three children whose ages range from 16 months to 9 years old. She was born and raised in Rockford Illinois and spent the last six years living in Washington with her active-duty Army husband and their children before moving to Clarksville. Heather has been a freelance writer for various publications for over two years and recently graduated from Saint Mar- tins University with her B.A. in psychology. She enjoys road trips experiencing new places and seeing what the world has to offer. UseyoursmartphonetoscantheQRcodebelow andlikeFortCampbellFamiliesonFacebook. Jennifer Bailey I ToniW. Riley I Brian Coatney I JessicaJ. Wilson I Heather Short I Krin Mims I Summer Thornsberry I Dawnye Appel I Becky Quinten I 8 Fort Campbell Families-Fall momentswithmoms BY JESSICA J.WILSON How did you meet your husband Sam I met Sam at the end of summer before my senior year of college. It was a Friday night and my friends convinced me to go to a bar I had never been to. I reluctantly agreed even though I was a bit hesitant based on the name Paradise Park. I walked in the door and hadnt been there two minutes when my eyes landed on Sam from across the room. It was one of those movie moments where the room sort of spins. He struck up a conversation and we ended up talking the entire night. Literally. Did you ever imagine yourself being an Army wife At the time Sam was a football coach at an all-boys school in Nashville. I never dreamed he would want to join the military. About a year and a half into our relationship he shared with me that he was seriously considering joining the Army. Looking back I still cringe thinking about those months following that conversation. They were the most difficult and emotionally draining months of my life. I was scared to death of the unknown. He enlisted in April 2010 and left for basic training in September. We wrote letters and had two or three phone calls between Septem- ber and November. I wont lie I almost dumped him when he told me he wanted to be in the Army. No freaking way I thought. But I just couldnt do it. I really love him and couldnt picture my life without him. What changed your perspective of military life What are the advantages After the initial training phases were over I began to realize that the Army wasnt so bad. I would drive down to Fort Benning and Fort Bragg to visit him nearly every weekend. It was over that time that we really realized how much we loved each other. We were married the following year in October. Its not always easy missing the one you love but its always worth that moment you still feel like a teenager when they step off that plane. I actually feel bad for couples that live day-in and day-out with each other. They forget the important things and take each other for granted. We get a second honeymoon after every deployment. It keeps you ap- preciative and grateful to have this love. Is that how Hadley came along Weve had a lot of incredible moments together over the last seven years but the most incredible one was giving birth to our beautiful daughter Hadley last July. Never have we known such a deep love as we have for her. It has deepened our bond together too. How do you stay busy while your husband is deployed I miss Sam a lot when he is gone and he is gone a lot but it has gotten easier with time. This deployment has been a bit different. My brother moved in with me along with his two young children. Instead of spending this deployment by myself Ive had my family in the next room keeping me busy and my mind off missing Sam. I will really miss them when they move into their new house. Is it hard being a single parent while your husband is deployed Being a single parent during a deployment can have its challenges. We only have one child so its not too bad. Hadley is such a good baby it makes the time away so much more bearable. During the day while my brother works I have three kids under the MorganGarneranArmyspouseandone-halfofcountrybandHadleyParksharesalaughwithher1-year-olddaughterHadleyatherbirthdaypartyinJuly.PHOTOS PROVIDED Morgan Wife. Mother. Singer for a cause. Garner Armywifefindspassionin motherhoodsongwriting 10 Fort Campbell Families-Fall Things Ive Learned BY HADLEY PARK AND KALEB LEIGH At rst its gonna sting A dierent kind of pain Your heart will feel real numb Your mind will just go blank You wont know what to say When everybody asks So youll paint on a smile And wear it like a mask One day you might feel like breaking down One day you might feel like youre left out Praying helps Find some friends that you can trust through thick and thin See the good in all things rst These are things Ive learned Dont focus on the things That only make you mad When good times come around Hang on with all you have One day you might feel like breaking down One day you might feel like youre left out Praying helps Find some friends that you can trust through thick and thin See the good in all things rst These are things Ive learned One day you might feel like breaking down One day you might feel like youre left out Praying helps Find some friends that you can trust through thick and thin See the good in all things rst These are things Ive learned See the good in all things rst These are things Ive learned MOMENTS WITH MOMS CONTINUED... age of 4. Its very stressful at times especially when the 2-year-old is sitting on my 1- year-olds head. Then the 4-year-old wants to wrestle you or the babies. Everyone wants attention and every child needs my love and patience. Thank goodness for neigh- bors with kids. We spend a lot of time in the sprinkler the baby pool and playing with Mia from next door. Ive had a taste of what three kids feels like and hats off to the moms who do it 365 days a year. What advice do you have for first-time moms Take a breath and count to 10. Walk out of the room if you need to. If you are calm they will be calm. Dont hesitate to call a friend and tell her you just need a break and a margarita. Thats what they are there for. Take a trip to visit family. You dont have to be perfect. Own up to your mistakes and try again. Tomorrow is another day. How long have you been a singersong writer I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of time working jobs that never felt right but playing music comes as naturally to me as a duck swimming in water. I started writing songs while I was going to college at Belmont University. Being the daughter of a nine-time No. 1 songwriter felt like big shoes to fill. I didnt have the con- fidence for a very long time. One day I just realized I wear my own shoes. No one expects me to be my dad Richard Leigh. I love music and it will always be a part of my life. I finally feel like I am on the path Im meant to be on. How did Hadley Park come to be In Nashville songwriters get together and write songs just like most people clock in for work. They dont always know each other and sometimes they are set up by pub- lishers or other songwriters. Courtney Dashe and I were set-up on a blind co-write and we were writing with a new country artist named Tahne Stillwell. The three of us were kind of amazed at our writing chemistry. It wasnt long after we met that Courtney and I found out we were both pregnant. Our girls were born four days apart. We bonded over impending moth- erhood and songwriting. When the babies were really little the two of us wanted to keep writing but felt most people wouldnt understand having a baby around breastfeeding and the crying during a co-write. We began writing every Tuesday to keep it fresh. The babies would sit in their bouncy seats and we would create stories and songs. Sometimes we would just visit. It was good for the soul. One day Courtney had this crazy idea to make an EP with all the songs we had been writing. That idea turned in to another crazy idea and here we are. We bounced around many different band names but at the end of the day our daughters were a huge part in bringing us together. In honor of Parker and Hadley we call ourselves Hadley Park. What is the first single from Hadley Park about Our first single was written unknowingly with my 10-year-old nephew Kaleb. He was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 6 battled it for two years went into remission and was re-diagnosed in September of last year. Shortly after his second diagnosis he decided to put his heart on his sleeve by writing about the things he had learned and how he was coping with the news. Wiser words were never spoken by man or child. We wanted to share his message and be as authentic to his thoughts and words as we could. We also wanted to find a way to help with his medical bills so we made him the third co-writer on our song Things Ive Learned. We used lines directly from his blog like praying helps and things Ive learned among other lines. When the song was finished and recorded we surprised Kaleb in front of his entire school in Virginia. He was beaming with pride. Kaleb was a songwriter and didnt even know it. That warm night in May we held a benefit concert for him at a local brewery and raised over 9000. We still have a long way to go to paying off his medical bills but we sure are making a good run of it. The song was released on iTunes on May 28 the official kick-off to fundraising and the night of our show. One-third of profits from our iTunes sales goes toward his med- ical bills and 5 from every Things Ive Learned T-shirt sold goes to him. Whats in the future for Hadley Park We will be filming the video for Things Ive Learned in August and releasing it in September we will be featured on Hippie Radio in October and we have several shows in Virginia and Tennessee. Were working on completing our first EP. Until then you can purchase Things Ive Learned by Hadley Park on iTunes. Visit www.WeAre Facebook.comwearehadleypark www.gofundme.comcuringkaleb. 12 Fort Campbell Families-Fall School day pick-me-ups Encouraging notes to stash in your childs lunch box Blow that testout of thewater.Do your best smarty pants. Youre a starI hope your day is extra special just like you. I am so happy that you are you Thanks for bee-ing so awesome. Ace that spelling bee You will always be number one to me. BY SUMMERTHORNSBERRY As summer break comes to an end its time to pack your childs backpack again. A great way to start o the school year is to leave notes in their knapsack or lunchbox.When they nd them your child will be surprised and crack a smile. Personalize each message with anecdotes that will make them laugh or short words of encouragement. Check out our notes for ideas to get you started. I love you to Plutos moons and back. Leaving surprise notes for your child can motivate them to do better in school. They will appreciate your eort and support. In the end the only thing that really matters is seeing the smile on your childs face when they return from school. Have a great school year. I am so proud of you keep up the good work CLARKSVILLES NEWEST INDOOR FAMILY FUN CENTER WE OFFER FULL SERVICE BIRTHDAY PARTIES EVENT PACKAGES - GROUP RATES AVAILABLE 10 MILITARY VETERANS DISCOUNT TEAR ME OUT BUY ONE ROUND- GET ONE HALF OFF Expires 8-31-15 FCF 211 Holiday Drive Clarksville Mon.-Thurs 12-9p Fri 12-10p Sat 11a-10p Sun 11a-8p Open Early During School Breaks Call for Times 931-378-5149 14 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY JENNIFER BAILEY Desks pencils notebooks books yes its that time again. School is back in session. Maybe its been awhile since you sat inside a classroom which makes the stress of going to college even more daunting. If thats the case here are ways to prepare for higher education. Tipstogetyourmindreadyforcollege Back to the books Not every school will be a great fit for everyone. Research schools online and prioritize what youre looking for in an institution. Some students look for locale. Being close to home or work and cutting commute times is alluring. Some cut out the commute altogether and look for an online institution. Others look for schools with child care which is important for busy parents. Regardless of your needs shop around and make the best decision for your lifestyle. Find guidance Establish study space Find your fit Make sure your course guide outlines what classes you need to take to graduate. Career counselors should be ready to answer any and all questions related to your degree. Every student needs a place to study. A distraction-free space will keep a mind on the books and not in the clouds. Make a studying routine as well. Prioritize your life Make a list of your daily events including assignments errands and family commitments. Change whats important in your life. Maybe you are into spa days or getting your nails done once a week. Make appointments less often and replace them with studying. Dont forget to incorporate adequate sleep and some breaks though. All work and no play will induce stress. Ask for help Make connections at school. Find study groups homework bud- dies tutoring or any other resource to help you get the grade. Just remember to breathe be flexible and relax. 16 Fort Campbell Families-Fall Stay ahead of the game Pointersformanagingtimelifeandfamily 1 3 Keep your list flexible Those with families and careers know things pop up last minute. Dont fret just shift your lists paying attention to the priorities. 4 Get your family involved If you have school-age kids schedule a family study hour with all electronics off and noses in books. Dont be afraid to ask for help around the house too. Have your significant other and children pick a chore. Clean one room a day rather than doing a major cleaning once a week. Keep up on laundry and yard work and handle everyday messes as they happen. 5 Plan your meals You can prep meals at the beginning of the week and make quick freezer meals to speed dinner along. With those tips you will find managing time isnt as daunting as it seems. Make a to-do list Write down every major task for the day if not for the whole week. Schedule the most important things not first although it seems logical but when you are the most active. For example if you are a morning person putting a run at 6 a.m. makes more sense and will give you more motivation. BY JENNIFER BAILEY For some adults the hiatus from school brought on families jobs and the like. Getting back into school can be a juggling act but managing your time can make it a little bit easier. 2 Let the little things add up On your to-do list fill in short windows of time with the small things like contacting people catching up on some reading or looking over class notes. Its easier and less hectic to let the small things fit where they fall rather than to plan the big things around something thats not as important. 18 Fort Campbell Families-Fall 6habits of a successful student BY SUMMERTHORNSBERRY We all know just how stressful school can be making it to class on time homework assignments finals and projects all while trying to keep up a social life. Its no surprise some students may fall behind but staying on top of school work isnt as hard as it seems. Here are a six tips to help you make sure your studies stay in order Start homework as soon as possible. Begin homework when theres time leftover at the end of class or during a free pe- riod. Procrastinating can put you in a rush to just get it done which results in not doing your best on the assignment. Keep an agenda and write things down. When given an as- signment make a note of it as well as the due date. This helps keep your studies and assignments organized as well as remind you of what needs to be completed and when it needs to be turned in. Have a quiet place to study and complete assignments. Loud noise can stand in the way of concentration. Cut out as many distractions as possible to fully focus on your assignment. Try turn- ing off cell phones as well. Review notes from class. Your teacher may say something in class that can help you with your assignment that night. Keep notes of the important things and you can use them as a study guide. Take your time and dont rush. Each assignment is just as important as the one before they all make up your final grade. Give each assignment your undivided attention. Rushing can not only end in sloppy work but a sloppy grade as well. Check your work when finished. Have a friend or family member look it over if you prefer. Correct any mistakes they may find. Be sure you answered all questions and fully completed the assignment before turning it in. 20 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BYTONIW. RILEY Changing duty stations and changing schools is a regular occurrence for military families but all of these changes can be managed and made less stressful with some research and planning. Fortunately there is a vast array of resources to make the transition not only to a new school but a new community and state successful. provides an informative step-by-step list of re- minders to help families transition. Airforce spouse and writer Stacy Huisman gave advice to help military parents introduce their child to a new school. The article in summary reminds military families to 1. Remember public education is different from state to state. The Military Interstate Childrens Compact Commission provides military stu- dents with consistent education and enrollment in all 50 states. Visit to learn more about the commission. 2. Military Child Education Coalition is devoted to supporting kinder- garten through 12th-grade students in military families. MCEC addresses educational issues and serves as an excellent resource for families and schools. Visit for more information about the coalition. 3. Develop a traveling educational binder at home for your student that includes their educational history report cards test scores and anything that will help show school personnel what your child has accomplished at their former schools. Dont forget to include a photo of your child. A more detailed list for the binder can be found at 4. Look for a person who can help you learn the lay of the land at your childs new school. Most schools have a specific person to help lead you in the right direction. They can be found through the schools PTO or PTA and Facebook pages. There is also a school liaison office that helps families connect to their new communities. 5. Keep connections with people who are familiar to your student such as old friends teachers and classmates. There are many ways children can keep in touch online. 6. Learn what curriculum the school uses and learn about the schools expectations before the first day or soon after. 7. Always stay positive. Its crucial parents stay positive through com- plicated times. Military Medicine and the Association of Military Sur- geons of the United States say the most contributing factor to having a well-adjusted military child is a relationship with mom or dad depend- ing on who the civilian parent might be. This parent serves as insulation from and stress that effects most military families. 8. DoDEA schools offer a program called Student 2 Student. S2S is available at Fort Campbell High School and offers student orientation for all students especially transfer students. The group pairs new students with a mentor who helps them learn the layout of the school the clubs and organizations on a oneonone basis. New assignment new school Makethenew-schooltransitionaseasyaspie AgroupofFortCampbellchildrensitonthesidewalkwiththeirbackpacksallreadyforthefirstdayofschool.PHOTO BY DAWNYE APPEL 22 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY J.M. HIRSCH There was a time when a lunch box was just that a box into which your parents packed your lunch. For many years they were metal and came emblazoned with your favorite cartoon or movie characters as well as a matching thermos. By the 80s metal was pass making way for plas- tic. But the basic design was the same. And you liked it until you were old enough to not. Then you graduated to paper bags or ditched packed lunches entirely for some atrocious pizza- chicken-cheese-nugget-potato thing from the cafeteria. Lunch gear has come a long way since those days. Todays lunch systems are dominated by bento-style gear which originated in Japan and involve multiple compartments and contain- ers to hold a variety of foods. And that makes sense for modern kids who are as likely to be toting sushi and DIY taco kits as they are the classic PBJ. The gear also is far more high-tech. Today everything from the bag to the water bottle is super-insulated and rated so you know how long your darling childs pasta carbonara will stay warm and how long the organic juice will remain chilled. Which isnt to say all modern lunch gear is the same. So Ive assembled a few pointers to help you make the best choices as you brace for an- other year in the lunch-packing trenches. Boxed in Bento-style containers rule. Having lots of lit- tle compartments to fill may sound intimidating but its easy. Some crackers go in one cheese in another maybe something fruity in a third. Toss leftovers from last nights roasted chicken in a fourth and before you know it lunch is packed in all of about 5 minutes. Thats the power of bento it lets you think small. And faster than you expected youve assembled a complete meal. For preschool and other young kids consider a kit such as Laptop Lunches which packs mul- tiple containers inside an easy-to-open clamshell box. They are affordable dishwasher safe and indestructible. They also come with their own insulated carrying bag and some of the containers are watertight. Older kids require more food and flexibility. For them LunchBots rock. These stainless steel containers are available in numerous con- figurations that can be combined in endless ways depending on what you feel like packing. They can be pricy but will last forever think fourth grade through grad school. Looking for a budget option Check out the disposable food-storage containers at the gro- cer usually alongside the plastic wrap and foil. Many companies now offer bento-like contain- ers you can easily mix and match for lunch duty. Bonus When Junior loses them you dont lose a mint. Its in the bag Insulated lunch bags are where its at. Some lunch kits such as Laptop Lunches come with custom bags. But if youre assembling your own container collection youll need to shop around. For younger children a basic insulated bag with a zipper closure should be fine. Com- bined with an ice pack these are good for keep- ing yogurts and other perishables cool. For older kids you may need to dig a little deeper. When my son transformed from a peckish preschooler to a voracious middle schooler I needed a serious upgrade in packing space. I searched online for hours before set- tling on a picnic bag that would allow me to pack a sufficient amount of food. Whatever your needs its wise to go with a bag that offers two compartments often di- vided as bottom and lid. This allows you to separate warm and cold items such as a chilled yogurt cup and a warm soup as well as segre- gate easily bruised fruits from hard containers. Liquid intelligence Lunch liquids generally take two forms drinks and soupsstewschili. Youll need gear for both. For drinks the best bet is Hydro Flask which offers a line of insulated water bottles so good they are almost scary. As in Ive left an ice water-filled bottle in the blazing sun on my driveway for six hours and it still had ice floating in it. Looking to pack milk or juice and make sure it stays safely chilled This is your bottle. They are rated to keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. For soups and chili Im a fan of Thermos brands Foogo food jars. They are a great size for kids available in 7- and 10-ounce versions affordable easy to open and keep foods hot for five hours. The numbers Packed lunches are great. Food poisoning isnt. Making sure the former doesnt trigger the latter is just a matter of knowing your num- bers. Cold food needs to stay below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot food needs to stay above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Once food falls outside those ranges its safe to eat for another two hours. So when you shop for lunch gear insulated lunch bags thermoses water bottles etc. only buy products with thermal ratings that cover the range of time between when you pack the lunches and when theyll be eaten. The little stuff We tend to focus so much on the gear and bags we forget the little things like utensils and ice packs. Obviously this isnt the time to break out any silverware you dont want to lose Im still an- noyed with my son for having taught me this lesson. But disposable plastic isnt all that eco- friendly. My solution Hit the second-hand shop and grab some inexpensive stainless steel forks and spoons for pennies. If they get tossed no big deal. As for ice packs youll want one even when using insulated lunch bags. Get several so you always have one in the freezer. Rigid packs are better than soft which can freeze in awkward shapes. They also are less likely to be punc- tured when your child decides to launch his lunch box across the schoolyard and if you think that wont happen youre delusional. Bento-stylelunchboxeshaverectangularcompartmentsthatcanbefilledwithalittlebitofeverything.Associat- edPressfoodeditorandbloggerJ.M.Hirschmakescreativelunchesforhissondaily.AP PHOTO High-tech gear forpackedlunch 24 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY KRIN MIMS Its been said that breakfast is the most im- portant meal of the day but if youre anything like me it gets overlooked quite often. Were on the run most weekdays and there arent many options aside from fast food on the weekends. My husband and I recently stumbled upon a hid- den gem that has become our new favorite breakfast spot and seems to be a showstopper for lunch and dinner too. Tucked away in the Indian Hills plaza lie the best of a diner your mamas home cooked meals and fantastic personal service all wrapped up into one restaurant. The Indian Village Restaurant offers breakfast plate lunches burgers sandwiches homemade pies and cakes. Weve also heard rave reviews of their Catfish Fridays. The parking lot is always full but we found a spot quickly. The outside appearance is modest in fact its easy to look past this hidden gem. Walk through the door and its obvious the spot has a regular crowd. The dining room is spacious with tables of all sizes and a wrap- around bar full of coffee drinkers. We found a table and were quickly greeted by a waitress named Caitlin. She was extremely personable and bragged on the restaurant and her co-workers. We browsed over the breakfast menu while fresh coffee was delivered to our table. The menu wasnt too large but had plenty to offer. My husband decided on the farmers omelet. It was stuffed with peppers onions sausage cheese ham hashbrowns and then covered in sausage gravy. It came with biscuits and gravy as well. I was shocked by the size of my pancake it was gigantic and at least an inch thick. It was fluffy and perfectly cooked. A side of delicious hash browns and crispy bacon rounded out my meal. It was very filling and we could hardly fin- ish it all. Looking around the restaurant there was a good mix of people and ages. The dcor was sparse but matched the overall feeling of a diner. The restrooms were clean and everything seemed neat and well-kept. Caitlin refreshed our coffee continuously and made conversation with everyone in the room. The entire staff was cheerful and seemed to work together like a well-oiled machine. The prices were also reasonable especially for the amount of food we were served. Im not sure the biscuits were made from scratch but most everything seemed fresh and made in their kitchen. We were extremely pleased with the friendly staff and quick service. Youll definitely find me at Indian Village for breakfast on a regular basis. Foodiefindsinch-thickpancakes fully-stuffedomeletscrispbacon atfamily-friendlyAmericandiner Mimsrating Taste Atmosphere Family Friendly Menu Pricing Food Quality Be sure to try Pancakes I only ordered one and there was no way to finish it. Ive never seen such a thick pan- cake and especially of that size. It was fluffy and simply delicious. ApancaketipsovertheedgeoftheplateatIndianVillageRestaurant.Itwasaboutan inchthickfluffyandgoldenbrown.PHOTOS BY KRIN MIMS Try it at home Afamilyfoodcolumnaboutthemenusambianceandaffordabilityatlocalrestaurants Baconandhashbrownsaccompanythelargepancake.Myhusbandwentwiththefarmersomeletwhichwasstuffed withpeppersonionssausagecheesehamandhashbrownsthensmotheredingravy.PHOTOS BY KRIN MIMS IndianVillageRestaurant Cuisine American diner Location 100 NavahoTrail Hopkinsville Phone 270-886-6122 The farmers omelet Get creative at home and allow your family to have an omelet bar. Put toppings out on the counter and let your kids mix them into their eggs before you create their very own homemade farmers omelet. 26 Fort Campbell Families-Fall Militarydadsgivetipsonhowtosurvivesickdays BY HEATHER SHORT Some children actually look forward to going back to school. Some are excited to begin learning again and others are excited to be around their friends. In the excitement and fanfare of getting back to class par- ents often know what happens next Kids come down sick. While schools and teachers attempt to stay ahead of the germ sharing by re- questing bottles of hand sanitizer for the classrooms its hard for chil- dren to hide from the back-to-school sickness reel. One day your child comes home with the sniffles and before you know it its a full-blown illness. Bring on the sick days. Sgt. Lee Tucker a father of three whose wife Ashley is pregnant with their fourth child knows all about having a sick child at home. Our 6-year-old is always the first to be sick he said. Then she passes it to our 4-year-old who unfortunately ends up in the emergency room when he gets sick. When Tuckers children are home sick they curl up on the couch to rest and watch the Disney Channel. He and his wife diligently monitor any fevers and use Childrens Tylenol to help reduce fevers. They also use hot baths to quell congestion when over-the-counter medication isnt enough. We keep up on their fluid intake and make sure they are getting plenty of water Tucker said. For the Robinson family tackling a day with sick children means hav- ing lots of water and juice on hand. Sgt. Joshua Robinson and his wife Kimberly are parents to two daughters ages 8 and 5. We do all we can to make the children comfortable Robinson said. We lay on the couch let them play video games and watch the Disney Channel. Keeping sick children rested and calm yet entertained is important. They are my world Robinson said so I go into super-parent mode and make sure they are taken care of. Most of the time children are struck with a virus that cannot be treated with antibiotics. In those cases the only thing parents can do is wait it out and hope it passes quickly. Children tend to be very loving and cuddly when sick so its only a matter of time before they pass on their sickness to their doting parents. As Robinson pointed out there are no sick days in the Army. So what do parents do when they get sick and still have to work Having things on hand to prepare easy meals for dinner certainly comes in handy. A package of Bear Creek soup mix only requires boiling water and it makes enough for most families to have leftovers. For the Robinsons its important to have food staples on hand like saltines and ginger ale. They also suggest staying away from junk food fast food and energy drinks. We drink lots and lots of water to try and flush out whatever it is we have Tucker said. Both sergeants praise their wives for how they handle being sick and still manage to be loving wives and parents. Ill admit I am a big baby when I am sick Tucker said. I will do what I can to help out but my wife muscles through being sick. Seasonal illnesses are almost impossible to avoid especially with chil- dren. But having a plan to handle sick days will help ease the stress the best you can. As we head back to school keep those hands washed pantries stocked and Kleenex in your pocket. 28 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY LEANNE ITALIE NEW YORK AP Much is made about two distinct styles of parenting. Weve got the hov- ering helicopters and the risk-taking free- rangers and back-to-school season threatens to bring out the beast in both. Parents of newly minted kindergartners cling to school fences while first-time middle school- ers are encouraged to find their own way there after years of being micromanaged. In between are the middle-grounders parents who embrace baby steps to independence. En- couraging instilling and planning for more free- dom and responsibility for kids doesnt have to be an ordeal some said. And back-to-school season can be the perfect time to figure out the next round. Take Amy McKearney a mom of three girls ages 4 7 and 9 in Thomaston Connecticut. While shes still on chauffeur duty for school and many activities she has found lots of little ways to foster growing independence in her brood. I let my oldest go to the park with my 4-year- old while I watch the 7-year-old play soccer she offered. Its about 100 yards away. And she made full use of learning resource centers situated in some Connecticut schools for kids 5 and under as a way to help build trust in outside-the-family adults in a play-group set- ting but within a school environment. Parents are required to stick around but take a backseat. That way I was still there but at a distance McKearney said. Its a good way to work on things like whether your child is shy in a group. Another useful tactic Rather than hover while grocery shopping shell wait for her number to be called at the meat counter and send her old- est to other aisles to pick up items on their list. And at a nearby familiar amusement park her two oldest are allowed to roam together. Theyve been there at least 50 times. I know they know their way around McKearney said. Theyll go on rides while I go with my smaller one or stay in a central location. McKearneys baby steps might put fear into some helicopter parents wary of leaving young kids unsupervised in public places. No worries said mom Christina Woelffer in Raleigh North Carolina. She sees opportunities to foster school-worthy skills for her three kids 3 5 and 7 right at home. My kids attend a Montessori school of which a main principle is the childs need for in- dependence and the adults need to recognize them as a person versus a baby she said. So what we do at home closely mirrors the attitude which is found in the classroom bring your dishes to the sink clean up after yourself order your own food at a restaurant etc. Sound simple It should be parenting experts said. Our job as parents is to put ourselves out of a job said mom-of-two-teens Julie Lythcott- Haims a former freshman dean at Stanford Uni- versity and author of the book How to Raise an Adult Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success out in June from Henry Holt and Co. I saw parents coming to campus and not leaving literally and virtually. They began to be present in the university experience in the late 90s. They came in greater numbers every year and we thought it was silly then odd and a little annoying because the university didnt have an easy way to accommodate so many third parties who thought they had a role to play she said. Yet Lythcott-Haims in Palo Alto California found herself falling into the overparenting trap when her own kids soon to be 14 and 16 were younger. I came home one day after gently scolding a set of Stanford parents about you know Youve dropped your student off today. Trust us trust them now go home and realized I was still cutting my kids meat and they were 8 and 10 she said. That was my big aha mo- ment. I thought Wait a minute when do you stop cutting their meat Kim John Payne a former school and family counselor in Northampton Massachusetts is the dad of two daughters 13 and 16. Hovering for years then abruptly letting go once kids are older without adequate preparation is an issue that rears regularly among kids and par- ents today he said. Rather than think about Am I helicoptering am I free ranging am I am I theres a third di- mension and the third dimension is expanding our firm but loving boundaries as kids grow so that we transition the way we hold them both physically and emotionally said Payne who wrote the book The Soul of Discipline The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm Firm and Calm Guidance from Toddlers to Teens out in June from Ballantine Books. Guide with a light touch provided your kids are coping he added. If kids have been really closely held for quite a long time and theyre not used to it thats a situation. For back to school Payne suggests ask older kids to outline their own strategies for tackling new challenges and tasks. For younger kids like new kindergartners he said parents often project anxiety without realizing it. Before school starts go walk around the school. Take the dog for a walk there or go play Frisbee on school grounds with your child. Get them familiar and get yourself familiar he said. But play. Dont just walk around and be all serious. Woelffer has some back-to-school strategies of her own. For my 7-year-old this year Ill ask him to be completely responsible for his items each morning. Weve been working on this and hes pretty much there backpack sun- glasses lunch and a jacket she said. Addi- tionally Ill remind him less to do his homework and allow him to fail a couple times. Thatll be tough for me. The 5-year-old will receive fewer reminders of what books and supplies she needs. Ill encourage her to shower by herself and shell be nudged to walk to her neighbor friends house by herself Woelffer said. And her 3-year-old Shes already trying to do all these things so Ill have to rein her in Backtoschoolagreattime forbaby-steppingyourkids AmyMcKearneyhasfoundlotsoflittlewaystofostergrowingindependenceinherbrood.HerdaughtersKelley fromleft9Meghan7andDiane4headtotheparkduringasoccergame.Iletmyoldestgototheparkwithmy 4-year-oldwhileIwatchthe7-year-oldplaysoccersheoffered.Itsabout100yardsaway.PHOTO BY AMY MCKEARNEY 30 Fort Campbell Families-Fall Some of the most boring announcements in the world are about tutoring services until you need a tutor. When you need one nothing else will quite do. Some years ago writing instructors at Hop- kinsville Community College realized the need for a writing center. Now both campuses in Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell have a writing center. Im famil- iar with the latter from teaching there six years. The days are long gone of sitting down late in the evening to dash off a theme. Instead your instructor wont even accept your theme until youve turned in drafting work for review first. Writing can be like ceiling repair where the worker says It needs to dry a day and then Ill come back and do the next thing. Some students feel over- whelmed with the writing process. They might be shy need more time arent com- fortable with college yet or simply need a relaxed setting away from class with nurtur- ing mentors. The Fort Campbell campus draws many students whose second language is English and most of these students show amazing drive and per- severance. Then there are students going back to school after working jobs that stalled out and offered no more promise without more school- ing. Add to all this most students are balancing school with work and family and its clear that getting from point A to point B means learning more efficiently and finding resources for help. Every now and then its obvious that tutoring would be just right for some of my students. When the opportunity arises I tell them about the writing center and offer to introduce them to the Fort Campbell tutor Mindy Weiss. Its a joy when the student says yes. We take the walk there and Mindy greets them with a warm reception. Her patience grace and understanding have helped students lift themselves to the next level in their writing. Often a center is a cultural or political icon for great music or ideas. In this case center means the student gets to be the center of a lot of attention not possible during regular class time. Going for tutoring does not mean a student isnt smart. Quite the contrary getting help is beneficial to everyone who wants to advance. Professor highlights benefits of getting a writing coach THE RIGHT HELP AT THE RIGHT TIME BRIAN COATNEY I 1. English is not your rst language. 2. English is your rst language but you are stuck in the clichI cant write. 3.You kind of know what you want to say but you dont know how to say it. 4. Youve got some ideas down but they dont connect yet. 5.Your sentences are all vanilla and as good as vanilla is you cant make it on just vanilla. 6.You wish there was no such thing as punctuation but there is. 7.Youwouldliketojustcopyandpastefrom asourcebutyourememberyourinstructors unbendingferocityagainstplagiarism. 8.YoureinclassorathomelostthinkingIs there anybody out there who can help me reasonstovisitthewritingcenter8 32 Fort Campbell Families-Fall COLLEGEPREP W hether youre an incoming freshman or entering your senior year the transition to campus life requires mental and logistical preparation. For a smooth move prepare in advance. Youll want your dorm room or apartment to be a space in which you can thrive academically and socially from day one says Jessica Joyce spokeswoman for Bed Bath Beyond a well- known destination for college essentials. Joyce and the lifestyle experts at Bed Bath Beyond are offer- ing tips to set up your dorm room with form and function in mind. Use a checklist Stay organized and on-budget by using a shopping checklist. Many stores that sell housewares provide shopping guides for col- lege students that break down all the basics needed for campus living. Use this as a base point for what youll need and add your own custom items to it so that when you get to the store you wont miss any essentials. Know school rules For specific information about your college use online resources such as bedbathandbeyond.comshopforcollege which offers customized lists of what students can and cant bring with them to their school and what the school provides. Students can also use these pages to locate stores close to campus. Think small For many students moving to a college dorm room means living in a smaller space. Take this into consideration when planning how you will organize your items. Space-saving storage tools and multifunctional items such as bed risers that have an AC outlet and USB charger can help students pack more essentials into a smaller space. Build a better bed As if getting a good nights sleep isnt hard enough in a dorm standard college beds are often thin and less comfortable than what students are accustomed to at home. The solution Add cozy layers of comfort and support with a mattress pad memory foam topper or fiberbed. Create a registry High school graduates can create a college registry wish list on- line or in-store of what they want for their new space to share with family and friends. Students can also use their registries to share what theyre bringing to school with their roommates. Roomie request Once students receive their housing assignment they should fi- nalize room decisions to avoid duplication. Decide ahead of time which items to share like a coffeemaker or TV and whether room- mates want to coordinate dcor. Getting there Getting your new items to college can be tricky. Look for such services as Bed Bath Beyonds free in-store service Pack Hold which lets students and parents shop for items at a store near home and then conveniently pick them up at a location closer to campus. The service is especially beneficial for students travel- ing to school far away from home. Once the semester gets underway your schedule will be jam- packed with classes activities studying and friends. Set up your space wisely for a successful start to the year. StatePoint Media Deetsfordecoratingyourdorm 34 Fort Campbell Families-Fall WHATYOU NEED 1 yogurt container of your choice Food coloring optional Plastic freezer bag Scissors Wax paper Baking sheet INSTRUCTIONS Spoon yogurt into plastic freezer bag and cut a tiny piece o one corner of the bag. Squirt small dollops of yogurt onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze until formed.This usually takes an hour. Store the frozen yogurt drops in freezer bags until ready to serve. Frozen yogurt dropsRECIPE SUBMITTED BY ELIZABETH SANDERS Popthesesnacksinthefreezeronyourwayoutthedoorforaperfectafter-schooltreat TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL WHATYOU NEED 1 very ripe banana mashed 13 cup almond butter 12 teaspoon ground vanilla beans or vanilla extract 4.5 ounces dark chocolate or 12 cup chocolate chips 14 cup almond milk INSTRUCTIONS Mix together the banana almond butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix the chocolate and the milk in a double boiler. Heat and keep stirring until the chocolate is melted and very smooth about 5 minutes. Pour a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of a lined mun cup. Once you have a little chocolate in the bottom of each cup place the mun pan in the freezer to set 5 to 10 minutes. When the chocolate is rm spoon a small dollop of the banana mixture into each cup on top of the chocolate. Once all the cups have an even amount of banana mixture ll them with the remaining chocolate and place them in the freezer to set.This should take a few hours. Serve immediately after removing them from the freezer. These will last for up to 6 months frozen. Chocolate almond banana cups RECIPE COURTESY OF RELISH.COM 36 Fort Campbell Families-Fall Make-and-takesnacksforyourbusyschedule BY KRIN MIMS Soccer and dance practices have taken over your afternoons and evenings.Youre running from sun-up to sun-down and the only consistent statement youre hearing from the back seat isMom Im hungry.Drop the chips and fast-food xes they wont ll them up and they certainly wont ll them with anything worthwhile. An hour on your Sunday afternoon in the kitchen with your kids can help you prep for the weeks snacks while doing a fun activity as a family. No matter which snack ts your family try to prepare it together when possible. Educate your children on the importance of making a fewhealthy choices each day and have fun together in the kitchen.The mess is worth it. Sweet and Salty Banana Chips These make a great on-the-go snack. Pop them into an airtight container for car rides to and from practice or something to munch on while watchingTV at night. WHATYOU NEED 2 under-ripe bananas cup brown sugar coarse grain sea salt black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.Thinly slice your bananas into coins coat them lightly with brown sugar lay them on a sheet pan sprayed with olive oil sprinkle the sea salt and black pepper then bake for 15 to 20 minutes watching for crispy edges. Watermelon Krispie Treats This isnt the healthiest option for an after-school snack but its extremely fun and your kids will get a great kick out of making it.Your fun-parent status will certainly go up WHATYOU NEED Rice Krispies cereal marshmallows butter red and green food coloring mini chocolate chips INSTRUCTIONS Youll be creating rice crispy treats as youve probably done hundreds of times but this time split your ingredients and create two batches.When your ingredients are still gooey and mixable add a few drops of red to one batch and green to the other. On wax paper atten your red batch into a circle about the size of a small pizza. Using your hands or your kidshands make a ring of green around the red circle.The mix should still be warm so the two colors will stick together. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top and once cooled cut into wedges resembling watermelon slices. Fruit Nachos These are a fun and messy snack for after-school Saturday afternoons or movie night in the family room. Its a fresh colorful take on the cheesy crispy nachos that almost every child loves diving into. WHATYOU NEED Cinnamon-sugar pita chips powdered sugar mango strawberries avacado lime cilantro jalapeo or some other source of heat if desired and whatever other additions you might like in your fruit salsa INSTRUCTIONS Chop fruits and veggies with the exception of lime and combine in a bowl to make fruit salsa. Squeeze half of the lime on the fruit salsa and refrigerate for at least an hour.This will allow the fruit to release some of its juice. In another bowl mix powdered sugar lime juice and a little water to make a glaze.Warm pita chips in the oven for just a few minutes top with fruit salsa and drizzle the lime glaze to resemble cheese. Fruit salsa will stay fresh in an airtight container for several days. PHOTO COURTESY OF ABEAUTIFULMESS.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF CELEBRATIONS.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF FOODIECRUSH.COM 38 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY HILLARY SPEED AP While many parents hit the stores to find their childrens back-to- school wardrobes the online marketplace also buzzes this season. And for some dedicated shoppers it is more than a convenient place to buy clothes. Its a subculture. Finding a niche We all share a common love for childrens clothing which not many of our real-life friends understand says Jennifer Randeau a mother of three from Mystic Connecticut who co-founded and now runs the MiNi BoDeN ReSeLl Facebook page which she says has more than 10000 members interested in buying and selling kids clothing by the British designer brand Boden. Similar Facebook resell boards have been created around other brands for boys and girls such as Janie and Jack Gymboree Hanna Andersson and Tea Collection. Other groups focus on a specific location gender or age group. Shoppers can zero in on what they like or need and connect with products and people in a way they cant in the real world. Randeau prefers Facebook BST buyselltrade boards as they are sometimes called to conventional shopping consignment or online auc- tion sites. Buyers can ask specific questions and often avoid high ship- ping costs she says while sellers can avoid the cuts and fees typical of consignment and online auction sites. Many of the boards develop a very strong sense of community Ran- deau says. You make friends as you buy from and sell items to people. You meet a lot of people that you may not otherwise cross paths with. A lot of great moms help each other out with ISOs matches and deals in general. An ISO is an item somebody is in search of. Like many places on- line the for-sale groups tend to establish their own rules and use a lan- guage that might look cryptic to an outsider. There are frequently used acronyms some of which have carried over from eBay and other on- line marketplaces to describe the condition of items or other details. Knowing those acronyms can make participants feel like theyre part of a club. A quick primer for those not yet in that club NWT stands for New With Tags. GUC means Good Used Con- dition. An item that is hard to find because its from an older line or was part of a limited run might be labeled HTF. A picture somebody posts of her daughter sporting a new coat from a retailer might carry the label IRL which stands for In Real Life as opposed to the posed pictures of models provided by the brand. More than just clothes While day-to-day operations on these for-sale groups Facebooks of- ficial name for them might seem to be business as usual with sellers listing merchandise and buyers posting their PayPal addresses some- thing deeper than a simple exchange of goods can occur. These groups have come together in enormous proportions to rally around one another in times of sorrow and times of joy says Sarah Blevins who runs the blog Our Little Life Style where she documents her childrens activities and wardrobes. She calls back-to-school shop- ping season Christmas in August. Blevins example is the boutique brand Matilda Jane whose Facebook resell groups have recently seen an outpouring of mourning and remem- brance after the brands founders death from cancer. Members of the popular MJ Addicts Facebook group and other re- sell groups created around the Matilda Jane brand honored founder Denise DeMarchis by posting PIF Pay It Forward listings of free items that would go in DeMarchis memory to lucky winners cho- sen at random. The items would be labeled with a DD on the tag in- dicating that they were gifts inspired by DeMarchis life and should only ever be given away never sold. That passion is something that you just simply cant buy at the mall Blevins says. Sharing deals Its the giving spirit that idea that mothers support other mothers even as they shop that inspired graphic designer Sarah Trainor to cre- ate her website There she shares links to flash- sale sites that focus on clothing accessories and toys for children. Websites she links to such as Zulily Gilt MyHabit and Rue La La offer daily markdowns on name-brand items for a short period of time and many offer incentives to first-time shoppers and those who refer others to their site. Trainor started the website in 2011 when she realized that by sharing a link to a flash-sale site where she bought a deeply discounted Smart Gear wooden bike for her son she earned 330 in referral credits to the site. It was a win-win. Its really satisfying to track down an incredible deal on something and then its even better to share it with other people and hear their ex- citement about it too Trainor says. The best advice to back-to-school shoppers that she can share right now Get online. SarahBlevinswhorunsthechildrensfashionandlifestylewebsiteOurlittlelife style.comsharesaphotoofherdaughterAbby6centerwithhertwofriendsBrynn Theunemann4onleftandOliviaThuenemann6onright.Thethreefriendsareall wearingtheboutiquebrandMatildaJanewhichhasanumberofpopularresell pagesonFacebook.PHOTO PROVIDED Back-to-school busy season for online shoppers 40 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY BRIAN COATNEY Erin Phillips remembers the days when toys were everywhere on her floors and furniture. It was a clear sign that her sons Dylan and Colton were in the house having a ball. They could destroy a room real fast she said. On a mission to get the mess under control Erin a student at Hop- kinsville Community College and her husband Zach an Army staff ser- geant vet technician decided it was time to introduce their sons to chores. They started with picking up toys. Before nap time we all pitched in and tried to make it fun she said. We would sing silly little songs and made up stuff. The boys now 7 and 6 years old handle their own bathtime and feed the family dogs a German Shepherd and a Jack Russell terrier. Dylan the oldest likes bathing and feeling clean whereas Colton hates baths and doesnt mind skipping a few. Like toy pick up Erin knew she had to make it fun so she brought in a bucket of toys a loofah and tablets to color the bathwater. It didnt take long before the fun wore off and Erin was tired of having to bug them about their household duties. It was time for them to take responsibility for a few things she said. The boys began to want spending money so a large dry-erase board appeared on the kitchen wall. Erin divided it in half and outlined their daily chores. Everything on the list can get done in about 20 minutes. The boys take pride in telling dad what theyve done and earning their own money. I have to remind them at times since theyre little and they get busy Erin said. This often means a family huddle by the dry-erase board. They really get into it. Every Saturday is payday. They started out at 3 a week but can now earn up to 5. Erin said they arent big spenders yet. Its more fun to spend someone elses money she said so they are good savers. They will save about 40 and then go shopping but many times not even buy anything since shopping is still an overwhelm- ing experience. Some of their smaller purchases include a few snacks or little things that catch their interest. Dylan splurged last year and bought a pair of basketball shoes on clearance at the PX. He wore them every day to school. There is an old proverb Necessity is the mother of invention and the Phillips family has invented well. THE BOARD OF CHORES Moneyresponsibilitycomewiththeterritory ZachandErinPhillipsuseadry-eraseboardtoremindtheirsonsDylanandColtontodotheirchores.Ifeverythingisdonebytheendoftheweektheboysgetpaid.Adry- eraseboardisalsoagreatwaytokeepupwithhomeworkassignmentsandprojects. PHOTO PROVIDED 42 Fort Campbell Families-Fall BY LEANNE ITALIE NEW YORK AP For kids of all ages one big thing helps soften the blow of summer turning into fall fresh and fun back-to-school gear. Supplies with popular licensed characters from movies TV shows and books always make a splash among younger kids while older ones contemplate design and function- ality for everything from middle-school lockers to dorm rooms. This year the rambunctious little yellow Minions with the big goggles have their own feature-length film spinoff from the Despicable Me franchise and have surfaced on backpacks and notebooks available at Target. A new take on Charlie Brown in another theatrical release The Peanuts Movie due out in November might have something to do with two choices in Snoopy-theme soft lunch bags from Target including one with the famous beagle snoozing on top of his equally famous doghouse. At Staples students at two middle schools will see the fruits of their labor hit shelves. They were chosen to work in teams to come up with school supplies of their own for the companys new Designed by Students Collection. Among the winning products The Big Pen a pencil case that looks like a pen or pencil and actually writes. It comes in versions that are highlighters ball point pens markers and mechanical lead pencils. The cases include a pencil sharpener and real erasers at one end. Refills are available for the writing-implement part. A fresh look at the new gear WHATS COOL FOR SCHOOL 44 Fort Campbell Families-Fall NEW GEAR CONTINUED... Another of the student designs chosen is an ingen- ious locker organizer that zigzags vertically to create nifty cubicles. The Floating Shelf comes in color com- binations worthy of boys and girls neon green and gray purple and pink and black and dark blue. Alison Corcoran senior vice president of marketing for Staples said the company worked closely with about 48 students in all from Middle School 88 in Brooklyn and the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. About 14 products are included in the collection. They made presentations. The teams did self-crit- icisms and evolved their ideas as part of the curricu- lum she said. School supplies have been around forever. We thought lets take a fresh look with the people who are actually using these things on a day- to-day basis and ask How can we make them better and more relevant Yet another of the student designs is the Back2Back School Bag a rectangular-shaped back- pack that provides wider storage space and has two oversize slots for laptops and folders. It also includes a separate attached compartment at the bottom to segregate lunch or snack items or smelly gym shoes from the main compartment. Kids loved it. Its a highly functional shape Cor- coran said of the unusual design. For high school and college students with an eye for color and sleek contemporary design a stop at might go a long way in desk supplies dorm storage and other gear. Among the New York City companys back-to- school products is an 18-month spiral-bound planner good from July 2015 to December 2016. It includes weekly and monthly views with color-coded pages by month along with a handy translucent front pocket. Weve been very pleasantly surprised in past years with how well weve done with planners said Jeff Miller Poppins vice president of product design. You hear so much about how everybodys moved to electronic whatever but were very much still in a paper age on planners for students. Dorm rooms remain well dorm rooms so space is at a premium. Poppin sells a storage unit called the Box Seat for the college contingent tired of the milk- crate look. Its covered with fabric in light and dark gray navy orange red and pool blue and is sturdy enough to withstand 275 pounds. Givebacks have grown among companies doing business in back-to-school. Many offer buy-one-give- one programs to kids and classrooms in need or theyll fill donated backpacks with school supplies to donate. At Yoobi a spate of new supplies in that vein was curated by Usher. The Yoobi X Usher collection was designed by artist Jonni Cheatwood and features five prints for more than 20 products ranging from blue paint drips to pink-and-green splatters in binders notebooks pencils pencil cases folders and journals. For every item purchased Yoobi donates an item to a worthy classroom. The collection is available at and in Target stores nationwide. Its not the first education-focused collaboration for Usher who has two school-age sons. They too had a hand in the project the singer said by email. I looked at what colors they were drawn to and in a very sly way Id show something to them and ask What do you think about this Do you like this color That helped me curate the collection he said. BY HEATHER SHORT It is hard to believe summer break is coming to a close and the kids are head- ing back to school. Parents are suddenly buying school supplies and filling up their houses with the aroma of fresh crayons and pencils. In the hustle and bustle of getting kids back into a school routine it is important to make a safety plan for children who may be home alone after school. While some students attend after-school pro- grams others head home to an empty house. Though its not uncommon for children to be home alone its important to have safety measures in place before school is back in session. The first thing to consider is their age. Ac- cording to the Fort Campbell Red Cross no one under 12 should be home alone. If your child is 12 years old and coming home alone this year it is recommended to enroll them in classes about babysitting and first aid. Both are of- fered through the Red Cross. A babysitting class will teach children teens how to care for younger siblings who may be coming home too. A basic first aid class will teach them how to treat minor cuts and scrapes if they occur. The most common problem with having children stay home alone is a small accident that eventually becomes a big accident said Brenda Hindman Fort Campbell Red Cross Station Manager. If it is not taken care of properly to begin with it can become a bigger problem. Other classes cover subjects such as fire safety. It is important children understand they must get out of the house quickly if a fire breaks out. Having an escape plan in place is essential. The escape plan should include how to contact other family members and where to meet in case of a fire. Parents should check to make sure all smoke detectors are working and up to date in the home as well. Another safety plan to have in place is what to do in the event of a tornado. Children who are home alone should know where to take cover and how to protect themselves from flying debris. Beyond fire and inclement weather plans parents should consider basic safety within the home. Chil- dren need access to a phone as well as a list of emergency numbers including 911. Parents should be diligent about keeping poten- tially poisonous items out of reach or locked up in- cluding medication. Tell children to never open the door for strangers and to refrain from posting on so- cial media that they are home alone. Today there are many types of safety technology available to ease some of the worry of having a child home alone. Some security cameras and se- curity systems can be checked from smartphones. Ultimately it is up to parents to use their discre- tion when deciding whether their child should be home alone. Stepsthatcankeepthemsafewhilehomealone Is your child a latchkey kid 46 Fort Campbell Families-Fall More info For more information about Red Cross safety classes call 270-798-2171. 48 Fort Campbell Families-Fall The park is tucked away ina large area right next to Gate 6 o of Morgan Road.The turno is small so if youre not paying attention it is easy to miss.Wilkes Park itself is quite large with play equipment for all ages.The equipment is divided into sets for ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12.There is open space for running or starting a pickup game and there is plenty of seating. Parks Rec Fort CampbellClarksville Wilkes Park remote location newer equipment several small play areas great park for picnics and quality tyme PR OS hard to nd no parking no restrooms CO NS 50 Fort Campbell Families-Fall 52 Fort Campbell Families-Fall