Happy, healthy holidays ahead

November 15, 2012

A new weight loss incentive program has been continued by the Civilian Wellness team, and following on the heels of a successful turnout last year, it is sure to catch on with people in the 2012 holiday season.

Happy Healthy Holidays, which is being run by team member Jennifer Sedgwick, is a bingo game of sorts. Each person who signs up gets a piece of paper with twelve squares on it, each of which has a task to complete, such as attending the Winter Expo, getting a blood pressure check, or not gaining more than two pounds during the holiday season.

Hand-crafted items for sale to spread awareness of human trafficking

November 15, 2012

Women at Risk (WAR) created gifts and products will be sold at the Hill Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 17. The event is being spearheaded by Jennifer Scariano, a military spouse. The event promotes awareness of the inherent dangers and widespread incidence of human trafficking around the world.

Underwater project to immerse kids in science

November 8, 2012

A new program that allows middle school students to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) was demonstrated at Hill AFB on Oct. 30. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program where students are able to build an ROV from low-cost components while following a curriculum that teaches basic science and engineering concepts.

Sights, sounds of historic culture at event

November 8, 2012

Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the culture that still exists among so many people in the population of Utah, and the Hill NAAN Heritage Committee's invitation to Tribal Council Chairman Larry Cesspooch of the Utes gave residents a chance to hear some of the history of Utah's natives.

"I'm from a traditional family who speaks Ute and sings and dances," Cesspooch said. "My great-grandfather had a big white birthmark on his belly, so 'Cesspooch' was his Indian name."

Going to hair-raising lengths for kids cause

November 1, 2012

Shana Elliott and some of her friends have joined the fight against cancer by sacrificing something a lot of men and women would find difficult to part with: their hair.

Elliott, a military spouse, and eighteen other women, either cut their hair shorter or had their heads shaved in order to donate their hair to a charity, Children with Hair Loss, which makes wigs for children who suffer from cancer.

Hill Thrift Shop offers chance to find treasures

October 25, 2012

The Hill Thrift Shop celebrated its fiftieth anniversary earlier this year, and it shows no signs of slowing down its services yet.

"People are always moving around, so they have a place to bring their no-longer needed items," store manager Brigitte Di Vito said.

Operation Homefront treats spouses to dinner, seminar

October 18, 2012

Operation Homefront has extended its services to military spouses at Hill Air Force Base in a smart and generous way.

The spouses of Hill AFB and the surrounding areas were invited to a dinner, raffle and seminar at the Ogden Marriott on Oct. 13, with the attendance number at well over 100 people.

"I think it's a fun idea. There's a lot of support. I think they're trying to provide us information about what kind of support is truly out there," said Jennifer Long, one of the spouses.

Firefighter for a Day brings safety to forefront

October 18, 2012

Fire Prevention Week was marked by an annual tradition that emphasizes the importance of its message to younger people. Firefighter for a Day, which gives four children the opportunity to see how a fire station works, proved to be a worthwhile event for everyone involved.

Anna Joyner, Aurora Emerson, Jason Bost, and Jonathon Coffing of Hill Field Elementary School won a contest for writing essays about fire safety, expressing pride for their accomplishments.

Bring on the fiesta

October 11, 2012

The Hispanic Heritage Committee staged a lunch and dance event in Centennial Park Wednesday to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, with great enthusiasm from attendees.

More than 50 people attended the event, sitting along the benches and socializing as Hispanic Heritage month unfolded around them.

"It's great. I have experience with Hispanic culture, having been married to a Hispanic woman for 14 years," said civilian Jeff Wilson after sampling the authentic food offered at the event.

Air Force aircraft maintenance workers come together again

October 4, 2012

Every year the Air Force Maintenance Workers of Hill AFB have a reunion of their former employees, and the 2012 reunion featured a diverse group of people from every division of the profession.

One retiree, Ray Allred, now 94, attended the first Mechanic Learner class at Hill AFB in 1941, in which members earned $600 per year for a 44-hour work week.

"We learned how to be electricians and repairmen. I worked in the sheet metal shop. We repaired the airplanes in the hangar," Allred said.

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