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Stewart/Hunter Lifestyle
April 5, 2007 1B

Easter egg hunt ‘better than ever’

Sgt. Tanya Polk Smith. “And, it’s also a way to reduce deployment
Editor stress.”
The event hit home for spouses of deployed
Hundreds of kids stormed Fort Stewart Child Youth Charity Maxwell, wife to Spc. Brandon Maxwell, 3rd
Services’ soccer and football fields the morning of Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat
March 31. With Easter baskets in hand, and smiles on Team, brought her two-year old daughter Chasity to
their faces, these children waited anxiously to gather the egg-hunt.
as many eggs they could. And indeed they did. “I can take pictures of (my daughter) so my hus-
Divided into age groups, the children scooped up band can stay up to date in Iraq,” said Maxwell.
over 24,000 Easter eggs in less than five minutes. Preparing for the event took the consolidated effort
While most eggs were filled with candy, coupons were of several organizations and volunteer groups.
also randomly placed in some eggs that awarded the Primarily hosted by the Morale Welfare and
kids gift baskets and gift certificates. Recreation and Child Youth Services, the post Easter
“I like the prize the best,” said 7-year-old winner egg hunt also took the efforts of Better Opportunity
Brandon Sharp, son of Air Force Sgt. Margrette Sharp. for Single Soldiers, Hinesville Hurricane football
Open to the community, this year’s event not only team, Youth Challenge, Masons, Outdoor Recreation,
featured the egg-hunt, but provided several activities Director of Public Works, Savannah Tech., and mili-
for kids including, face painting, crafts, Astro jumps, tary police.
and the Easter Bunny. “We helped with crowd control, put up inflatable
Family readiness groups set up grills and games balloons, and helped to make everything run
and turned the event into an organizational day. smoothly,” said Staff Sgt. Erica Gordon, BOSS presi-
“This year was better than ever,” said David Smith, dent.
school liaison. At the end of the day, baskets were full of eggs, faces Sgt. Tanya Polk
“We wanted to make this more of a festive day, so were painted, and children had the same smiles they Above: Callie Hughes, 3, daughter to Special Forces Recruiter
rather than just an Easter egg-hunt, we made it a arrived with. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hughes, gets her face painted after the
four-hour event.” “Everybody pulled together to make this event a Easter egg hunt. Children were also able to endulge in arts and
“In the light of deployment, it’s a way for us to show memorable experience,” said Smith. “We do this crafts, play games and take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
support for children and their families,” continued because we care.”

Nondice Powell
Children play in the ball pit as part of the festivities for the Easter
Egg Hunt at Hunter Army Airfield’s Child Development Center and
Youth Services Center, March 31.

Sgt. Tanya Polk

Sgt. Tanya Polk

Graphics by Spc. Marques Hunt

Above: Brandon Sharp, 7, wins

an Easter gift basket after col-
lecting the prize Easter egg
during Fort Stewart’s Post
Easter Egg Hunt, March 31.

Right: Chasity Maxwell, 2,

daughter of Spc. Brandon
Maxwell, 3/69 Armor, 1BCT,
receives an egg from the
Easter Bunny.
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April 5, 2007

Pets of the Week MWR Briefs

Enjoy Easter brunch at Club Stewart, Hunter Come watch St. Pierre take on Serra at the Ultimate
Both clubs will feature brunch 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Fighting Championship 10 p.m., Saturday at Rocky’s Bar,
Sunday. Cost is $12.95 for adults, children ages 5-10 half Bldg 703. No admission charge. For more information call
price and children 5 and under eat FREE. Bring in a group of 368-2212 or 767-8715.
20 or more or a church bulletin and receive $1 off.
Get your child's photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Employment Orientation Workshop offered
Menu features a variety of breakfast items and luncheon An Employment Orientation Workshop is offered every
family favorites. Call, Hunter at 353-7923 or Stewart at 368- 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
2212 for more information. at the Education Center, Bldg 100. Session provides an
employment overview within a 50-mile radius and current
Watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship job vacancies. For more information, call 767-1257

The Number 23 Alex's beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose
Friday-Sunday — 6 p.m. flair for words strikes a chord with the strug-
Fluffy the kitten and Oreo the puppy are (Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen) gling songwriter. PG (fantasy violence, battle
A man’s life unravels after he comes into sequences, frightening images), 97 min.
some of the many homeless pets at the Fort
contact with an obscure book titled “The
Stewart animal shelter. The shelter has pets Number 23”. As he reads the book, he The Astronaut Farmer
becomes increasingly convinced that it is April 11,12 — 7 p.m.
of all kinds, sizes, and breeds in their care. If (Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen)
based on his own life. His obsession with the
you are interested in adopting, call the Fort number 23 starts to consume him, and he From the time he was a child, Charles
Stewart Veterinary Clinic at 767-2842. begins to realize the book forecasts far Farmer had only one goal: to be an astro-
graver consequences for his life than he naut. Earning his degree in aerospace engi-
could have ever imagined. Rated R (violence, neering and joining the Air Force as a pilot,
disturbing images, sexuality, language) 102 Farmer was a natural for NASA's astronaut
training program and was well on his way
when a family situation forced him to drop
Music and Lyrics out. But Farmer was not a man to let any-
Monday, Tuesday, 10 — 6 p.m. thing stand in the way of a dream. He spent
(Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore) the next decade and every cent he had
Alex Fletcher is a washed-up '80s pop star building his own rocket in a barn on his
who's been reduced to working the nostalgia ranch in Story, Texas, working toward the
circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. day when he could triumphantly launch it Films are subject to availability.
The charismatic and talented musician gets into space. Farmer knows this is his only AAFES strives to show films
a chance at a comeback when reigning diva chance--not only to reach his goal of break- according to the published
ing through the Earth's atmosphere but to schedule, but reserves the right
Cora Corman invites him to write and record to reschedule, cancel, or substi-
a duet with her, but there's a problem--Alex instill in his children the courage to pursue tute showings as needed. For
hasn't written a song in years, he's never their own ideals and never give up, no mat- more information, call 767-3069.
written lyrics, and he has to come up with a ter the odds. Rated PG ( thematic material,
hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher, peril, language) 105 min
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April 5, 2007

Winn Briefs VO L U N T E E R
H EALTH W•A•C•H Join Patient, Family-Centered Care
Winn Army Community Hospital Interested in becoming a patient advisor?
Help us help you by joining the Patient and S P OT L I G H T
Family Centered Care Advisory Council
The Patient Service Center at Winn meeting at Winn Army Community Hospital
Brandon Yarber plans include expanding the center by or Tuttle Army Health Clinic. Winn's meeting D A U C U S L E W I S
Patient Representative adding a Health/Education Advisor. is 11 a.m., April 2 at Club Stewart. Call Linda
The services provided for you are resolu- King at 435-6225 or e-mail Linda.king2@se.
The Patient Service Center is up and run- tion, guidance through the healthcare sys- Tuttle's meeting is noon
ning at Winn Army Community Hospital. tem and referral process, Primary Care April 11 at the Hunter Club. Call Brandon
The center serves as one stop shop for infor- Manager changes, specialty appointment Yarber at 315-5731 or Brandon.yarber@se.
mation, education, resolution and referrals. booking within Winn, and educational infor-
The patient and family centered care mation on TRICARE.
patient advisors were instrumental in devel- We also have computers and assistants
I’m pregnant. Now what?
Congratulations on your pregnancy.
oping the Patient Service Center. They want- available for you to “help us help you!” by Prenatal care is available at both Winn Army
ed one central location in the hospital to rating the services that you have received at Community Hospital at Fort Stewart and Tuttle
gather more information and ask questions. the hospital. This questionnaire will touch Army Health Clinic at Hunter Army Airfield.
patient and family centered care standards everyone from the time they called for their Pregnancy tests are available. Active duty
include involving patients and families in all appointment through their auxiliary ser- Soldiers need a documented pregnancy from
aspects of the planning and delivery of vices such as pharmacy, laboratory or x-rays. the laboratory. Civilian spouses may confirm aucus Lewis of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a
healthcare services. Col. Scott Goodrich,
hospital commander, said the goal of the
center was to improve access to specialty
We provide a different service than the
TRICARE Service Center, who provides
enrollment services and claims assistance.
pregnancy with a home test or by a hospital
urine test. Please call 435-6633 to schedule a
new OB nurse interview and an OB physical
D Red Cross volunteer working in
Labor and Delivery at Winn Army
Community Hospital. Lewis volunteers
care and provide continual education for Stop by and see us, located next to the phar- appointment at Winn or Tuttle. You can also to be a better Christian and to do Gods
make appointments in person. work you have to help others when need-
patients. macy, in a relaxing atmosphere. The Patient
ed. Her interests and hobbies include
The Patient Service Center is a combina- Service Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 Book appointments online outdoor activities, reading, dancing and
tion of the Patient Representative Office and p.m., Monday through Friday. For more Want an alternative to calling the appoint- listening to music. If you’d like more
the Referral Management Branch. Future information, call 435-6015. ment line? TRICARE online could be your information about becoming an
answer. You can book your appointments American Red Cross volunteer at Winn,
online at the TRICARE online Web site, call Brigitte Roberts at 435-6903. This link is also avail-
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Dunbar. able through the Winn Web site homepage, ting tobacco use. This class is a prerequisite
Provided by Winn Army Community Hospital • Peyton Ray Nash, a boy, 6 pounds, 8
to tobacco-use cessation classes. The class-
ounces, born to Spc. Johnny and Amy Nash. es are held the fourth Wednesday of every
February 5 Fix DEERS, get healthcare month at 11 a.m. For more information or to
Beneficiaries must keep their DEERS
• Salavaoolemasina Mutia Tiapula-Savea, • Logan Michael Irving Bolen, a boy, 9 make an appointment, at Winn or Tuttle call
information up-to-date or they may not be
a girl, 6 pounds, 1 ounce, born to Roger pounds, 10 ounces, born to Sgt. Michael and 435-5071 or 1-800-652-9221.
able to receive referrals, schedule appoint-
Tiapula and Giovanna Savea (Dependent Laurie Bolen. ments or access TRICARE Online. DEERS
information can be updated by calling 1-
Help us help you
daughter of Sgt 1st Class Uati Savea).
800-538-9552, visiting www.tricare.osd. We need you, our customer, to take our
• Keelin Elaine Fowler, a girl, 7 pounds,
mil/deers/default.cfm or stopping by Winn Survey. Please stop by the Patient
February 19 born to Joseph Fowler and Spc. Ashley Fowler. Representative's Office on the first floor of
Building 253 on Fort Stewart.
• Alexis Marie Santiago-Coleman, a girl, 6 the hospital, suite CH32, to take our 5
pounds, 10 ounces, born to Quentin Coleman • Ryan Lee Hunt, a boy, 8 pounds, 13 Ready to quit class minute computer survey about your visit at
and Krista Santiago (Dependent daughter of ounces, born to Pfc. Kevin and Audra Hunt. This class is for those interested in quit- Winn on the day of your visit.
Staff Sgt. Rodney Santiago).
March 23 ounces, born to Sgt. James and Cheryl Bekis. Kjerste Hooker
March 6 • Gage Renick Gondeck, a boy, 8 pounds,
• Ella Mae Fink, a girl, 5 pounds, 9 ounces, born to Spc. Benjamin and Christy Gondeck. • Aveah Elizabeth Miles, a girl, 6 pounds, 2 March 26
born to Spc. Randy and Ashley Fink. ounces, born to Spc. Jack and Randee Miles. • Jada Reese Frey, a girl, 7 pounds, 1 ounce,
• Raymond John Pardo, a boy, 8 pounds, • Juliann Rose Reid, a girl, 6 pounds, 10 born to Staff Sgt. Bruce and Kenna Frey.
March 19 born to Staff Sgt. Joeph and Kristella Pardo. ounces, born to Maj. Christopher and Laura
• Teagan Eileen Pettit, 5 pounds, 5 ounces, Reid. • Sabrina Layne Nelson, a girl, 7 pounds, 6
born to Sgt. Andrew Baptiste and Sgt. Cristi March 24 ounces, born to Sgt. Travis and Mary Nelson.
Pettit. • Jordyn Marie Anderson, a girl, 7 pounds, March 25
14 ounces, born to Spc. Thomas and Amanda • Solana Estrellita Trejo, a girl, 6 pounds, 13 March 27
March 20 Anderson. ounces, born to Sgt. Felipe and Estrellita Trejo. • LaDerrick Jamal Butler, Jr., a boy, 8
• Rashard Amari Dunbar, a boy, 7 pounds, Deondre Amari Hooker, a boy, 7 pounds, 3 pounds, 11 ounces, born to Spc. LaDerrick
7 ounces, born to Maj. Richard and Shelnatta • James David Bekis, Jr., a boy, 8 pounds, 7 ounces, born to Roger Hooker, III and Spc. and Lynzee Butler.
4B The Frontline April 5, 2007

The Easter Story continues

Courtesy of Post Chaplain There was, as He had promised, For Christ said, “He that loseth
life after death. his life for my sake shall find it.”
It was an early spring morning. But the Easter story is not com- The Easter story continues so
Grieving women made their way plete with an empty tomb and a long as men and women find a
to a garden sepulcher. new life by losing their lives in ser-
They had prepared spices and vice to the Master.
ointments to anoint the lifeless “Delight yourself in So the Easter story continues
body of their Master. the Lord and he will when we break our bread and
But arriving at an empty tomb, share it with those who hunger.
give you the desires of
C HAPLAIN ’ S they heard angels proclaiming:
“Why seek ye the living among the your heart.”
It continues when we spend
time with someone lonely or ill, or
C ORNER dead? He is not here, but is risen."
They remembered Jesus had
when we are generous with our
praise and encouragement.
said, “I am the resurrection, and Luke 24:5-6 The Easter story continues
the life: he that believeth in me, when we take the first step to end
though he were dead, yet shall he a quarrel or find it in our hearts to
Chapel Schedule live.” forgive.
Now they knew it was true, and vision of what lies after death. In fact, Easter will continue so
Fort Stewart the women proclaimed the glori- In Jesus we can find a new life long as people realize that in giv-
Catholic Location Time ous news: Christ had risen. now, a new life before the grave. ing life away, they will find it.
Sunday Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 a.m.
Saturday Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 p.m.
Protestant Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield
Contemporary Worship . . . . . . . . . . . .Marne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m.
Gospel Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m.
Special Holy Week
Traditional Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 a.m. Collective
American Samoan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m. April 8 Stewart Easter Sunrise Service Cottrell Field 7 a.m.
Liturgical Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m. Hunter Easter Sunrise Service Hunter Chapel 7 a.m.
Kids’ Church(K to 6th grade) . . . . . . . . .Across from Dia. Elem. . . . . . . . . .11 a.m.
PWOC (Tuesday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30 a.m. Catholic
Islamic April 1 Palm Sunday Mass Hunter 11 a.m.
Friday Jum’ah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:30 p.m. April 5 Holy Thursday Mass Heritage 7 p.m,
Contact Staff Sgt. Aiken at 877-4053. Penance Service/Holy Thursday Mass Hunter 6 p.m./6:30
April 6 Good Friday Service Heritage 7 p.m.
Jewish Stations of the Cross/Good Friday Hunter 6 and 6:30 p.m.
Contact Sgt. 1st Class. Crowther at 332-2084. April 7 Easter Vigil Mass/RCIA Ceremony Heritage 7 p.m.
Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:30 a.m (No 5 p.m. Mass at Fort Stewart)
April 8 Easter Sunday Mass Hunter 11 a.m.
Hunter Army Airfield
Catholic Protestant
Sunday Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 a.m. April 1 Blessings of Palms Heritage 11 a.m.
Palm Sunday Service Hunter 9 a.m.
Protestant April 5 Holy Thursday Service (Lutheran) Marne 6 p.m.
Sunday Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 a.m. Maundy Thursday Communion Marne 7 p.m.
April 6 Good Friday Service Marne Noon
Religious Education Contacts April 7 Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil/dinner Marne 5 p.m.
Stewart and Hunter, Director of RE, Mike Iliff, call 767-9789.
April 8 Easter Sunday Service Hunter 9 a.m.
Stewart Catholic RE coordinator, Beth Novak, call 767-6825.
Hunter Catholic RE coordinator, Pamela Perez, call 315-5440.
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April 5, 2007

Savannah Cultural Events of native and non-native ferns, is on the west Champions Tour will play golf in the 2007 for more information.
SAVANNAH – Activities sponsored by the side of Jenkins Hall. The recently completed Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Westin
Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs Ginger Collection focuses on seven groups of Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa SSU to host Dance Concert
include these ongoing events: ginger plants and is at the south end of Course April 20-22. Just a few of the players Savannah State University’s Department
Every first Friday of the month Hawes Hall. For more information or to are Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Kite, Tom of Fine Arts will hold present the Essence of
Folk Music by Savannah Folk Music schedule an educational tour, call AASU’s Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller. Movement Dance Concert 8 p.m., April 12-14
Society, 7:30 p.m. Free at Wesley plant operations at 912-921-5472. The Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s in the Kennedy Fine Arts building. The con-
Monumental United Methodist Church. corporate members have purchased blocks cert will feature modern and African dance
The Arts at City Market Center, Upstairs, Free dance lessons offered of tickets that will allow servicemembers and performed by SSU’s visual and performing
Jefferson and West St. Julian Streets, free Free ballroom dancing lessons are being their families (active duty only) to attend the arts students as well as other students who
6:30- 8:30 p.m. Call (912) 232-7731. offered at Club Stewart 7 to 9 p.m., the first 2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf are enrolled in dance courses. Tickets, which
Every first Saturday of the month Wednesday of every month by the Moon Tournament free of charge. Additionally, the are $3 for SSU students and faculty and $5
Adult and youth basic ballroom dance River Dancers Association in Savannah. It is Savannah USO will again establish a USO for the public, will be available at the door
classes, by Moon River Dancers: 1-3 p.m. at for soldiers and their families. Couples and canteen adjacent to the entrance that will beginning at 7 p.m.
W. Broad Street YMCA, 1110 May St. Singles welcome. No registration required, provide free food and beverages to active
Admission is $3 per person. Call 912-925- just show up and learn. Call 767-8609, for duty servicemembers and their families. Come to Blessing of the Fleet
7416 or visit information. Also, if you’re into ballroom SAVANNAH – The 39th Annual Blessing of
Every third Wednesday of the month dancing and don’t mind the drive, the VA seeks Soldier input for webpage the Fleet on the beautiful and historic Darien
Open Mic Poetry Night - Signup at 7:45 Seaside Dance Association in St. Simons VA taskforce web page asks for service- Waterfront is set for April 20-22. Enjoy music,
p.m., Gallery Espresso, 6 East Liberty St. Call Island has dances every Tuesday and members' input to its newly created web arts, crafts, antiques, fireworks, and food,
912-233-5348. Thursday through the summer at Blanche’s page through which servicemembers may while sharing the blessing of Georgia’s
Saturdays and Sundays Courtyard starting at 7 p.m. comment directly about their experience in largest and oldest shrimp fleet. Opening cer-
Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home The association also hosts a dance on the accessing federal services. Go to emonies begin at 7 p.m. on Friday evening
Foundation tours 1-5 p.m. every Saturday last Sunday of each month at the Jekyll continuing through to closing ceremonies at
and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Island Club Hotel, in the grand dining room. 1.html 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and last
Located at 207 E. Charlton St. on Lafayette Instruction starts at 5:15 p.m., and seating year 80,000 people enjoyed the three-day
Square. Born in Savannah in 1925, writer, for the dinner and dance starts at 6 p.m. event. This year is going to be bigger and bet-
Mary Flannery O’Connor, lived in a Charlton For more information, call (912) 634-9527 Traveling Wall comes to Savannah ter. There is over 24 hours of live music being
Street house until 1938. Today, it is main- or e-mail, SAVANNAH – The traveling version of the performed at the waterfront park, and 150
tained partly as a memorial to her and partly Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial will make its vendors - 40 are serving food and yes, you
as a literary center for Savannah. Literary More Savannah events way to the Coastal Empire. Half the size of can enjoy the best Wild Georgia Shrimp!
activities are held at various times now SAVANNAH – Valerie Boyd, biographer the original structure located in Washington,
through May, free. Call 912-233-6014. and the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The DC, “The Wall That Heals” is etched with the
Every Sunday
SSU alumni chapter seeks choirs
Life of Zora Neale Hurston, will present a lec- more than 58,000 names of those who died The Savannah Chapter of the Savannah
Oldie Goldies Sunday at the American ture at the Armstrong Center, 13040 in the war. State University National Alumni
Legion Post 500, 1716 Montgomery St., 4-8 Abercorn Street in Savannah at 7 p.m., Opening ceremonies are scheduled June Association will hold its third annual Choir
p.m. Call 912-925-7116. Monday. A book signing will follow. Closing 14 at Emmet Park in Savannah and events Song Fest on April 22, at 4 p.m. at St. Philip
The Reel Savannah Film Group presenta- Celebration, 2-4 p.m., April 14, Daffin Park. will wrap up the following Sunday, June 17. AME Church, located 613 MLK Jr. Blvd.
tions, 7 p.m., Sunday evenings at the Lucas Book clubs come together for book discus- Leisure Services City of Savannah is sponsor- All choirs - youth, young adult, male, com-
Theatre. Tickets, which are $6, are available sions. Participants are invited to return ing the event and it will be hosted by the bined, mass, quartets, etc. are encouraged to
an hour before showtime. copies of the book. All copies of the book Vietnam Veteran’s of America Chapter 671. participate. While there is no participation or
returned will be sent to our deployed troops. Call 912-927-3356 or visit for entry fee, choirs should register by April 13
Visit Armstrong Arboretum All events are free and open to the public. For more information. by calling (912) 271-2101 or sending an e-
SAVANNAH — Armstrong Atlantic State the most up-to-date information on events, mail message to
University has an arboretum, which encom- go to, 912-961- Steak Night at VFW The fest is free and open to the public. A free-
passes the 250 acre campus and displays 3173. HINESVILLE- VFW Post 6602, 931 Hwy. will offering will be collected during the pro-
more than 100 species of trees and 200 196 West has steak night every Wednesday gram.
species of shrubs and other woody plants. Soldiers invited to Legends’ play from 6-8 p.m. Full dinner is $14 and includes Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s scholar-
The Fern Collection, featuring 23 varieties SAVANNAH - The greatest legends on the salad, roll, vegetable and tea. Call 876-6602 ship fund.

Discovering beauty in unlikely places

Commentary recent release “Flags of Our to the beauty of the natural Chassagne.
by Sasha McBrayer Fathers”. Each film was landscape is addressed in this I say it WAS little known, as many indie
Fort Stewart Museum crafted to share one side of film. groups are, because, noted as an Internet phe-
the same conflict. Another, lighter themed nomenon, acclaim for this dynamite, quirky
“Letters From Iwo Jima” won the Academy I couldn’t help but be anime movie to check out is bunch has spread like wildfire. With the release
Award this year for best sound editing. It was reminded of another “Princess Mononoke”, an of their second album “Neon Bible”, indie lovers
also nominated for best picture, best director, Japanese war story when enthralling fantasy tale of a can almost complain. Why is our secret treasure
and best original screenplay. watching “Letters…” cursed hero and his quest to in the mainstream? I haven’t heard a complaint
The film, directed by Clint Eastwood and pro- “Grave of the Fireflies” is a save Japan from an unusual yet, however.
duced by a powerhouse team consisting of Paul Japanese anime based on kind of war brought to life by With their offbeat, deceptively intelligent
Haggis (“Crash”), Robert Lorenz (“Blood the autobiographical novel American voice artists Billy lyrics, eccentric instruments and strikingly orig-
Work”), Stephen Spielberg (“Saving Private of the same title by Akiyuki Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian inal sound, Arcade Fire is sure to stay on top 10
Ryan”) and Eastwood himself (“Million Dollar Nosaka. The intensely trag- Anderson, Minnie Driver, lists for a long time to come, especially in the on-
Baby”), included a lullaby score by Michael ic animation follows a boy Billy Bob Thornton, and Jada line universe.
Stevens and Eastwood’s own son, Kyle trying to look after his sis- Pinkett Smith. To sample their talent, legally download these
Eastwood. ter during the firebombing One more of my favorites, tracks: “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “The
Originally written by Iris Yamashita, the film of Kobe, Japan in World from the same director, the Backseat” from album one, “Funeral”, and track
is like a living Haiku. Critics have not been able War II. The true story was intended as Akiuki’s well-loved Hayao Miyazaki, is “Spirited Away”, one, “Black Mirror” from new release, “Neon
to say enough about old pro, Eastwood, and this real life apology to his sister. One critic hailed it a lively, outrageously imaginative film I’ve Bible”.
lovely, emotional, war epic. Actor Ken Watanabe as “the most profoundly human animated film” always called Japan’s version of Alice in Thanks for your responses to my query about
(“Last Samurai”) unravels just one of the addic- he had ever seen. I must warn, however, that Wonderland. The film was graced with an Oscar your favorite women in A&E. “Battlestar
tive, very real characters. The film combines the while some will love the film, tissues clenched in for Best Animated Film and, like Galactica” reigned supreme when it came to you
sensitivity and love of nature of a Robert hand, many will dislike the slow pace. I did have “…Mononoke”, is okay for youngsters. favorite prime time gals.
Redford piece and the remarkable storytelling a friend who said she was absolutely bored. Her I discovered some more unlikely beauty this This cast does not hold back when it comes to
inherent of Eastwood pictures, especially his late tears were of another nature. Still, I appreciate an week in a new album. “Arcade Fire” was the powerful female roles. I totally agree. To learn
ones, with a jolt expected from a Scorsese animated work tackling such a heavy subject and name of a little known indie rock band born in more about this re-imagining of the space opera
thriller. This is the sister tale to Eastwood’s other teaching audiences that there is more to anime Canada with a ton of musicians revolving around classic go to the website:
than popular belief. Some of that same attention married couple, Win Butler and Régine tlestar.

Boy Scout Troop restarts at

Hunter, open to community
Nancy Gould banded in 1997 when the Scoutmaster
Hunter Public Affairs retired.
With the Global War on Terror wag-
When 12-year-old Michael Auberry ing and frequent deployment, it became
became separated from his Boy Scout even more important to have a scout
troop in the wooded mountains of North troop at Hunter to serve youth, according
Carolina for four days recently, his to John Petrillo, Troop 8 scoutmaster.
scouting skills helped save his life. To The Troop restarted in February and is
survive, he curled up under rocks for led by Committee Chairman Carl Lewis;
shelter, he slept in trees for safety and he Scoutmaster John Petrillo, and Assistant
drank water from streams to stay hydrat- Scoutmaster Guy Buck. It meets
ed. Sundays in Hunter Chapel's Education
Those survival skills were practiced Building and is open to all youth in
by 17 boys from the Coastal Empire's Chatham County, not just military
newest scouts from Boy Scout Troop 8 dependents.
on a campout March 23 - 25 when they The troop is not just for families on
practiced some of their newly learned post, but is open to the community as a
skills. whole, said Petrillo. Hunter Army
The Scouts teamed up to plan, con- Airfield facilities are available to the
struct, and sleep inside the shelters they Scouts, including camping areas, three
made for the campout, and had a great lakes, two shooting ranges, flight simu-
time doing it, according to scout Jacob lators, swimming pools, and a fitness courtesy photo
Coffman. center. (From left to right) Row 1: David Beasley, Evan Owen, JB Bignault, Nick Buck, Anthony Petrillo, Dolan
The troop was originally formed in To sign up, to volunteer, or for more Lewis, Jacob Coffman, and Hunter Kelly. Row 2: Nick Kelly, Ian Booton, and Grayson Rudicille. Row 3:
1956 to serve youth whose parents information, please contact John Petrillo, Spencer Buck, Matt Coffman, Matt Farrall, and Elving Peralta. Not Pictured: Ben Coffman and Angus
served on Hunter Army Airfield, but dis- 547-1699 or Carl Lewis, 547-3884. McTeer.

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