Ellsworth Connections Holiday Meals Program

We are very excited to share a new community-sponsored program with you – Ellsworth Connections: Home Away From Home Holiday Meal Program. 

The Holiday Meal Program is designed to connect the Black Hills community with Airmen and their families to build relationships and provide support during the holiday season.  

Starting now, interested Airmen and host families can apply online for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s meals through BlackHillswire.com or complete a hard copy (see links below).   This program is operated by our community partners and is open to all ranks, married and single.

Airmen can list preferences for host families, including dietary restrictions or pet concerns. Matches will be made once the application window closes (for Thanksgiving it is 6 Nov and for Christmas and New Year’s it is 4 Dec), and both hosts and Airmen will be notified, as well as the Airmen’s leadership.  Notification will include contact information and tips for a successful meal, with host families responsible for initiating communication to make arrangements. 

Ellsworth Connection expects the Holiday Meal Program will become an annual event, and will use feedback from this year’s program to improve the process for future events. Local families and Airmen will also have the opportunity to continue their relationship within the Ellsworth Connection: A Home Away From Home Program should they choose to do so.

This program does require coordination from the member’s unit just to ensure we make the best matches possible and to provide the host families a good contact if they have questions or concerns.  On line applications will be sent to the respective units for coordination.  Hard copies can be dropped off with the A&FRC or with Ms. Loretta Vega, 28 MSG/DD.

As with all things we do these days, we will continue to monitor COVID status and may need to adjust as we get closer to the holidays.  Our option would be to see if the families could provide a meal to pick up if restrictions prevent an in-person gathering.  We’ll let all participants know if we have to make this change. 

Please get the word and applications out to anyone you think may be interested in participating.  We really hope this will be a great experience for all – the community already has sign ups of host families.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) Webinar – 15 May 2019 from 4:00 – 5:00

Please join us for Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) Webinar on 15 May 2019 from 4:00 – 5:00 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center EFMP classroom. Mr. Jacob Garrett, our School Liaison, and Kim Geffre will be on hand to answer any follow-up questions you may have. Please call 385-4663 to reserve your seat today. 

Daylight Savings Time Turns Clocks Forward Early Sunday Morning

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(Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP)

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to be on Saturday evening. Sunday, March 10th at 2 a.m. is the start of daylight saving time, which means all of sleep-deprived America loses one precious hour of shut-eye.

It’s the most fussed-about hour of the year. For many, the disruption is torture.

About 61% of Americans say changing the clocks has an effect on them, and 40% say it takes them at least one week to get back to normal, according to a recent survey by the Better Sleep Council, a mattress industry group.

Experts are conflicted.

“That one hour doesn’t have as dramatic of an effect as people think,” says David Volpi, founder and medical director of Eos Sleep, a center for treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. “I think people use that as an excuse. It’s only an hour. It’s not like you are dealing with jet lag.”

On the other hand, sleep educator Nancy Rothstein says the small shift makes a huge difference. “Our body clock is a natural thing. Changing the clock is not natural. It’s a man-made thing that forces changes on us,” Rothstein says. “People have enough trouble with their sleep as it is. Seventy-six percent of Americans want a better night of sleep.”

And on a Monday morning? That’s rough.

According to a survey from Sleepy’s, the mattress retailer, nearly 70% of Americans would favor moving the time change from 2 a.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Sleepy’s even has a link on Facebook for sleep devotees to sign a petition urging lawmakers to officially change the day. The petition says the shift would soften the Monday morning clock shock that many will feel after springing forward.

But not everyone is bummed.

Randy Alfred, 59, of Toronto, Canada, which also follows Daylight Saving Time, says he’d gladly trade that hour of sleep for more light in the evenings.

“My wife and I are walkers in the evening after work, and the dark takes the fun right out of it,” Alfred says. “We usually hit the sidewalks at 6 or 6:30 and it’s already dark. To us it means spring’s coming.”

Alfred is not alone.

“I look forward to it every year,” says Phaedra Steele, 44, of Orlando. “I feel alive when there is more daylight. We live on a lake and it allows us time to paddle board.”

One thing is certain: You have to remember to change your clocks. Otherwise, your sleep-deprived boss might not be so happy.

Source: USA Today

Kids Deployment Line – April 6, 2019

It is time again to register your little ones for this year’s Kids Deployment Line in celebration of the Month of the Military Child.

Who: Ellsworth Kids (targeted age 4+)
What: Kids Deployment Line
Where: Pride Hangar
When: Saturday April 6th from 1300-1600
Why: Celebrate our military kids!
Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/88CCJLY

This event allows children to walk a day in the boots of their service member parent. The experience is full of bouncy houses, arts and crafts, planetarium adventure, displays from base agencies, and much more.

As a reminder, registration is limited to the first 132 guests and MUST be accomplished through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/88CCJLY

If you have any questions please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center @ 385-4663.

FREE 1 extra hour of sleep! Limited time offer!

That’s right, coming this Sunday you can be the proud owner of an absolutely FREE, extra hour of sleep.

This Sunday morning, November 4, 2018 at 2 a.m., daylight savings time will end and the clocks in most states will turn back 1 hour.

Daylight savings time is not observed in Hawaii or in most of Arizona, although the Navajo Nation does observe it, but it is observed in all other states.

How do you take advantage of this special offer? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3:

1. On Saturday night, turn back your clocks by 1 hour.
2. Go to bed
3. Wake up on Sunday with one extra hour of sleep

This offer is limited to no one! But hurry!
This offer expires on Sunday, March 10, 2019
when the clocks spring forward 1 hour!