The Declaration of Independence

On the evening of July 9, 1776, thousands of Continental soldiers who had come from Boston to defend New York City from the British marched to the parade grounds in Lower Manhattan. General George Washington had ordered them to assemble promptly at six o’clock to hear a declaration approved by the Continental Congress calling for American independence from Great Britain.

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Summer Fun at Hersheypark

A family getaway to Hersheypark adds up to fun for everyone! Thrill seekers will love our 13 thrilling roller coasters, younger kids can’t get enough of the over 20 rides just their size, and the entire family will enjoy splashing, floating, and cooling off in our 15 fun-filled water attractions at The Boardwalk At Hersheypark.

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Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

Sometimes the best observations are the ones you are not planning on.

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day

In 1984, President Ronald Regan declared May 23 as the first Military Spouse Day. Soon after, U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger standardized the date by declaring the Friday before Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Later, in 1999, Congress officially made the observance a part of National Military Appreciation Month.

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Carlisle Barracks Sponsors Job-Seeking Event on May 11

Brush off the resume, practice your “elevator speech” and get ready for the 29th annual Carlisle Barracks Employment Readiness/ Soldier for Life Program Job Fair May 11, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Carlisle Expo Center.

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Carlisle Barracks Offering Unique Movie Experience for Special Needs Children

A new program at Carlisle Barracks has opened the doors for children with special needs in the community to enjoy a movie going experienced designed just for them.

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Soldier for Life Program Keeps Promise to Servicemembers & Families

The Soldier For Life mindset is a holistic approach to the military life cycle career of a Soldier. The Army aims to take care of teammates by ensuring Soldiers start strong, serve strong, and reintegrate strong so they remain Army Strong serving their communities after they leave the Army.

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What's the Story with the "Pop" Warner House?

Glenn Scobey Warner, born on April 5, 1871 in Springville, New York, would become an important figure in Carlisle Indian Industrial School history. He was the football coach who worked with famous footballer and Olympian Jim Thorpe and went on to coach the team to a win against the Army football team in 1912. “Pop” Warner, as he was affectionately nicknamed by his players, grew up in New York and after a few years spent with his family in Texas, he attended Law School at Cornell University. It was there that Warner learned to play football. Read more: What's the Story with the "Pop" Warner House?

What's the Story with the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center

‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others. Read more: What's the Story with the Jim Thorpe Fitness Center

Scalles Restaurant

Carlisle is a town rich in history and a town with delicious restaurants. When going out, most go for top favorites such as Café Bruges, Brick, Andalusia, however; if you look closer there are many restaurants in little nooks and crannies throughout Carlisle. Read more: Scalles Restaurant

What's the Story with Armstrong Hall?

‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others. Read more: What's the Story with Armstrong Hall?

Holiday Spending Survival Guide

Are you crazy for the holidays, spending thousands of dollars on holiday gifts, lights, entertaining, food and decorations each year? If so, you’re not alone. Many Americans feel the sting of holiday spending well into the New Year. If you love to celebrate the holidays but don’t love the financial pinch you experience afterward, there are several great tricks for giving and celebrating, without breaking the bank.

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New Series Takes a Look at Carlisle Barracks History

‘What’s the story with…?’ is a phrase commonly heard at Carlisle Barracks. With more than 50 buildings in the National Historic Register, the post has a history unlike many others.    Read more: New Series Takes a Look at Carlisle Barracks History

Lebanese in Lemoyne

Mezza Café is a quaint Lebanese restaurant in Lemoyne. Located in the corner of a small shopping center, you will find a restaurant rich in atmosphere with Mediterranean music in the background and the smells of traditional spices.

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A Taste of Greece in Mechanicsburg

If you didn’t get a chance to go to the Pennsylvania Greek Festival in May and you are craving the wonderful tastes of Greece, then you are luck. Mechanicsburg has a charming traditional Greek restaurant to satisfy your cravings. Hellenic Kouzina offers the perfect atmosphere for a date night or for an evening out with friends. Read more: A Taste of Greece in Mechanicsburg

Military Spouse Appreciation Month

Twenty-one years ago, I met the guy I was going to marry. He was a cadet at Virginia Military Institute and I was a student at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. While all my college friends planned to take over the world, they scoffed at the military spouse stereotype, folding brown t-shirts and matching up green socks.

Flash forward to present day, I am folding shirts, now different shades of brown, and I attempt to pair up green socks. But now, I have the knowledge that being a military spouse is so much more than laundry.

What it means to be a military spouse has evolved over the years. Spouses are wives, husbands, or partners. They are mothers and fathers. Today’s spouses are actively engaged in volunteer opportunities on installations, schools, and the greater community, while a higher number of spouses have at-home businesses, work from home, telecommute, or are full-time career professionals.

No need to recount the many roles military spouses have taken on the last 15 years since 9/11. We can take on any challenge thrown at us. Carrying the load of deployments and separations has become the “normal” for us. There is a new humorous blog post once a week on Facebook about our frustrations or military life in general. Finding the silver lining in all our roles as military spouses is what we do best.

But why do we do what we do? We support, contribute, and sacrifice to make our homes and communities better places. We do it not because it is expected of us, but because we know that our role, how little or big, can help shape the greater community around us. We don’t do it for recognition. We do it because we have been taught by our predecessors that the roots of the military stay strong because of the strength of the entire military family. We do it with a friendly smile and open hearts because we enjoy giving back and it allows us to leave our footprints for others to follow. We support our service member by supporting the institution they love.

The face of the military spouse may have changed over the years, but the traditional meaning remains visible in communities across the world. We are military spouses. We have become part of the greater military team. Always ready to move, always ready to volunteer, always ready to meet new friends, always ready to help a neighbor, always ready for the new adventure; always ready for more.

Military spouses are the strength of a military home; the community in which they live.

In 1984, President Reagan, created the Military Spouse Appreciation Day which is celebrated every Friday before Mother’s Day. The day is to help recognize the personal and professional commitment and sacrifice spouses make to support their service member and the military way of life.

At the recent Carlisle Barrack’s Spouses Club end-of-year Board party, Outgoing President, Janell Coker, said the reason why military spouses commit to this life, “is because what we are doing today, makes it better for those who come after us.”

So I might not be taking over the world and I might be folding t-shirts and matching up socks, but I am doing it while supporting my service member and contributing to a community that gives back to my family as much as I give to it.

Things to Check Out in Adams County that are not Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Battle Field is the main tourist attraction of Adam’s County, PA. However, the county is home to a picturesque landscape surrounded by a tranquil beauty of farms and hidden treasures. Explore the world beyond the battlefield and check out these places:

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A Taste of Mexico in Your Own Backyard

If you have been craving Mexican food, I have the place for you! Montezuma’s has three locations, one in Gettysburg near Seminary Ridge and two in Chambersburg.

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Barbeque Time

Shakedown BBQ is a little out-of-the way dive in Grantville, PA. Hidden between 1-81 and the Alleghanys, you will find tasty, tender, fall of the bone, BBQ. Their menu has brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, smoked turkey, and wings. Their sides are seasoned fries, baked beans creamy mac and cheese, and coleslaw.

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Everyone Should Have ‘One Warm Coat’

Have you or your kids grown out of your old coat. Do you need more space in your closets? 

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Veterans Find Success with a Twist

New Centurion, LLC a franchise owner of three Philly Pretzel Factory stores is a proud first time sponsor to the Carlisle Barracks Oktoberfest.

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Central PA’s Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and More

October is a great time to go out and enjoy the crisp, autumn weather with your family before the cold winter months arrive. There are many great places in central PA to enjoy the fall together as a family. One fall favorite for families is going to pumpkin patches and picking out pumpkins to carve and use for decorations. Pumpkin patches can be stands with pumpkins piled high to choose from or farms where you take a hay ride out to a field and pick your own pumpkin. No matter which way you decide to pick your pumpkins, each place will have loads of pumpkins for you and your family to choose from. If you want to make it extra fun for your family, search for the pumpkin patches that offer other fun activities; such as, corn mazes, spook houses, hay rides, crafts and more.
Autumn flies by in a flash, so take advantage of the many fun, fall activities offered in the area! The following is a list of well-known pumpkin patches and fall fun around the Central Pennsylvania area for you and your family to enjoy!

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Survivor Outreach Services

Our Fallen Soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Their Families deserve our respect, gratitude and the very best we can provide. If you’re a surviving Family member, Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) offers you access to support, information and services, closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.

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Places to View Fall Foliage in PA

 Pennsylvania has a longer and more diverse fall foliage season than any other state in the nation, or anywhere in the world! The mountains will start to fill with color in late September to early October, and then the mountains and valleys will be overflowing with bright, vibrant colors by mid-October. The burnt oranges, golden yellows and rich reds are colors that we all know as the colors of autumn. These shades of color present themselves in endless variations that we all love and reminds us that crisp air, warmer sweaters and hot cocoa weather is right around the corner. As fall approaches, the warmest months of the year are coming to an end. However, there is still time to explore and enjoy Pennsylvania’s beautiful landscape as it transitions into the crisp, sweater-ready months of autumn.

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What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, a beer festival and traveling funfair. This event is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and lasts 16 days. This folk festival begins towards the end of September and lasts until the first weekend of October. More than 6 million people from around the world come to attend this festival every year. Oktoberfest began in 1810 and is a very important part of the Bavarian culture. Other Oktoberfests are held around the world and are all modeled after the original one held in Munich.

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Carlisle Auto Care Monthly Tip- September

Car batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn’t. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of vehicle batteries last for 48 months.

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Army Family Team Building Program

For over twenty years, Army Community Service has empowered Army Families through training and readiness programs that provide participants with a better understanding of Army culture, as well as the skills and resources needed to become resilient, self-sufficient and self-reliant members of the military community. Senior leaders and spouses recognized a need to educate Family members as a result of lessons learned following the Gulf War. In 1994 the Army Family Team Building program was officially recognized.

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New CYSS Playground

After years of waiting, the Carlisle Barracks Child Development Center (CDC) is getting a new playground. When walking through the CDC, one can’t help but notice the children peering through windows and wondering why everything disappeared. Staff explain to them that the construction workers are building a new playground!

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Gold Star Mother Sponsors Service Dog, Honors Son’s Service

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA.- A Gold Star mother, friends, elected officials and supporters gathered to recognize a Susquehanna Service Dog in-training, Major Wes with an ID tag presentation and reception on July 20.

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Searching For Volunteers

Army Community Service is looking for a few good men … and women and teens, and retirees and … You get the picture! Volunteering is good for your health. By being a volunteer, you increase yourself-confidence, self-esteem and even develop a more positive outlook on life.

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All About Father's Day

Father’s Day is about celebrating, honoring and showing appreciation to dads, grandfathers, step-dads and all the men who act as father figures in our  lives. The holiday celebrates the contributions and sacrifices that they make for their children’s lives. It is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year Father’s Day is on June 21, 2015.

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Around the World Summer Camp

McConnell Youth Programs are excited to announce that not only do they have a school age children (SAC) summer camp, but they also have a middle school summer camp. Both camps will start June 8th and end on August 21st. If you are looking for somewhere that your school age children or middle school youth would enjoy attending, then McConnell Youth Programs is the place for them.

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Carlisle Auto Care Monthly Tip- June

It is key to know about fuel delivery system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. You need fuel to go, and the cleaner your fuel system is, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. As a result, that means more power and better fuel economy.

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When Your Spouse Serves, You Serve

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on the Friday before Mother’s Day on US military installations worldwide. We celebrate the tremendous sacrifice and commitment military spouses’ exhibit in support of our troops every day. Army Community Service is here to support you. We have resources to help you with PCS, employment counseling, financial questions, deployment and family needs. Stop in to speak with us anytime and be sure to add these websites to your “toolbox” for navigating the life of a military spouse.

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Military Family Relief Assistance Program

The Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP) provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members. Eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need, up to a maximum of $3,500. Examples of such financial need include:

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Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier

The 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show is a high-energy, 90-minute live musical production that showcases the talents of Soldiers who were selected through a rigorous audition process from worldwide competition. It’s Army entertainment like you’ve never experienced before. It is a live Broadway-style performance featuring the Army’s best talent. The Soldiers participating are amateur artists who have a passion for music, dancing and performing that are Active-Duty, Reserve or National Guard Army.

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The Regal Fritillary Butterfly at Fort Indiantown Gap

You may have probably heard of our famous butterfly and now you get to see it in person. Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center is offering a free butterfly tour to experience areas with an up close and personal look at the Regal Fritillary Butterfly and it grassland habitat in areas normally closed to the public. Here you will learn how we balance the conservation efforts for this species of concern while working with military training. The Regal Fritillary Butterfly is considered a Pennsylvania species of immediate conservation concern.

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Hidden Gems of Pennsylvania

When you hear about the attractions that Pennsylvania has to offer, you often hear about the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Hershey Park in Hershey and Gettysburg’s battlefields. Time and time again, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania goes by the way-side and is forgotten about. The state has a variety of “hidden gems” offering history, fun for the whole family and a one-of-a-kind experience. We would like to share with you “hidden gems” across the entire state.

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Carlisle Auto Care Monthly Tip- May

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many Carlisle motorists have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your steering wheel. Without it, it is very hard to steer.

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Military Spouses Play A Vital Role in the Readiness of our Army

Military Spouses play a vital role in the readiness of our Army.  As their loved ones in the military take on higher commands, spouses often take on inherent and implied roles as program advisors, mentors and advocates for Army Families.

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a father’s day gift guide

Dads typically don’t get much recognition throughout the year, which is why Father’s Day is a great opportunity to recognize and honor your special dad. Buying the perfect gift for your deserving dad can be tricky. I mean… how many neckties can one dad own? Fortunately, your father is “the man”, so if you find something that you think is cool, likely your father will like it too. Normally, if a gift is useful and practical, your father will dig it even more. Here’s a tip: Pick a gift associated with a hobby or activity your father enjoys. Check out a few of our picks…

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Letter from the Director - August 2017

Letter from the Director - August 2017

Welcome Class of 2018 to the best small town in the Army! Family and MWR has been anxiously waiting for your arrival and cannot wait to share our community with...

Letter from the Director - July 2017

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the year. Children have been out of school for a month already, kids are getting restless at home and the family...

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Employee Spotlight - Abbie Shireman

Employee Spotlight - Abbie Shireman

Abbie Shireman is the new Assistant Business Manager at Fort Indiantown Gap Community Club in Annville. She joins us with almost 10 years of manager experience. She enjoys spending time...

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Employee Spotlight - Christine Cormier

Not only is Christine Cormier the School Liaison Officer for the Carlisle Barracks Child and Youth Services, she is a Military Spouse and a mother.

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