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  • 23 How to be Scary SafeHalloween Trick or Treat tips.

    4 Every Dog has its DayAdopt a shelter dog.

    6 Make a Difference onFort KnoxJoin in Make a Difference Dayon October 24th.

    8 It Starts With RespectDomestic Violence Awareness Month.

    10 Authors at Your LibraryMeet David O. Stewart at BarrMemorial Library.

    11 October Calendarof Events

    16 The Road to a HealthyLifestyleAnnual Health Benefits Fair.

    19 Event Program Guide

    FEATURES - October 2015

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    knox.armymwr.com

    Publisher Creative inkAdvertising Ed SnyderOpportunity Knox Contributors Laura Sanders

    Tracy Whitaker, Michael Steinmacher, Marla Harris, Kelly Appelman,

    Lorrie Cary-Hill, Viviane Arnold, Jennifer Dent, Laura Green

    Want to advertise inOpportunity Knox?

    Call Ed Snyder at (270) 945-2864 oremail: edsnyder@opportunityknoxmwr.com

    Opportunity Knox is a monthly magazine produced by the Fort Knox Family and MWR Marketing Department under the authority of AR 215-1. Facilities and activities publicized are open to authorized patrons.

    The purpose of Opportunity Knox is to provide current informationabout Fort Knox Family and MWR activities and events and to shareideas that will help readers become educated about Fort Knox Family and MWR activities. Views and opinions expressed are thoseof the authors. The mention or appearance of commercial advertis-ers, commercial sponsors, and/or their logos does not constitute endorsement by the Federal Government or the U.S. Army. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication.Activities and events are subject to change without notice.

    Fort Knox Family and MWR Marketing is located at 4248 BullionBoulevard, Fort Knox, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 624-3693 or log on to www.knox.armymwr.com.

    To be removed from our mailing list, please email:steven.l.dennison2.naf@mail.mil

    FORT KNOX FAMILY & MWROur Vision: The Driving Force that builds and sustains thestrength of the Total Military Family.

    Our Mission: Deliver Flexible, Innovative and Relevant Programs and Services that enable readiness and resiliency tothe Total Military Family.

  • By Kelly Appelman

    Its that time of year again: children will dress as athletes, ghosts, pirates, or their favorite princess and flood the streets collecting allkinds of delicious candy from nearby houses. Children look forward tothis night for weeks. Costumes are carefully planned and routes arechosen well before the night of Halloween. Children go to school comparing costumes and talking with eager voices about how muchcandy they plan to consume following a night of trick-or-treating. WhileHalloween is full of lighthearted fun, there are several things parentsand children alike need to be aware of to ensure the safety of everyone on this highly anticipated evening.

    One of the most obvious dangerous activities surrounding Halloween is carving pumpkins, especially for younger kids. For youngchildren, allow them to draw on the pumpkin with apen or a marker and then have an adult do the actualcarving for them. For those carving the pumpkins, remember to carve away from your body to preventcutting in case the knife or other cutting deviceslips. It is best to put battery powered candles inthe pumpkins instead of real candles in case it falls

    over, especially for those pumpkins on the porch with a lot of kids walking past it to trick-or-treat.

    As trick-or-treating begins, first and foremost parents must rememberthat kids should never trick-or-treat alone. Younger children shouldtravel with parents or a trusted adult while older children should eithertravel with an adult or in a group. Everyone knows children will be outand about on Halloween so it is important to be extremely cautious,even in safe areas. While out trick-or-treating, never get into the car ofa stranger or go into the house of someone you do not know. Youshould also only visit well-lit houses. If possible, wear costumes withbright colors to be easily seen. If a costume is dark, add reflective tapeto the back of it and to trick-or-treat bags to ensure your child is seenby all vehicles and other pedestrians.

    As the night goes on, trick-or-treating ends and the kids make it homesafely, it becomes time to dig into all the candy acquired throughoutthe evening. Before the gorging begins, it is very important to firstcheck all the candy and make sure it is safe to eat. Remember to nevereat opened or unwrapped candy. If the candy looks like it has beentampered with, throw it away. While in most cases it could be harmless,it is much better to be safe than sorry. It is also recommended to noteat homemade baked goods from strangers if they are handing thoseout instead of candy. Contrary to popular opinion, try to ration out thecandy gathered for the days following Halloween. Eating all of thatcandy the first day or two is not recommended.

    For those who expect trick-or-treaters to come to their house on Halloween, make sure to keep the exterior of the home safe and conducive to visitors. Remove anything from the porch and walk waythat could pose as a tripping hazard including garden hoses, toys andlawn decorations. Make sure the house is well-lit and pets are restrained to prevent any jumping or accidental biting.

    While there is a lot to be cautious of on Halloween, it is still a fun timefor people of all ages. Be alert, but at the same token, have a greattime and enjoy the costumes, decorations and candy overload. Afterall; it only comes around once a year.

    How to Be Scary Safe

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  • By Laura Green

    Fall is in the air and the weather is perfect fortaking your dog out for a hikeWhat?! Youdont have a dog? No problem! October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Justhead out to the Hardin County Animal Shelterand adopt one! But first, there are some thingsto consider before adding a new member tothe Family especially a Military Family.

    The very first thing to consider is if you are willing to make a 10 15 year commitment.While they dont usually live as long as cats,dogs still have fairly long lifespans. Make sureyou are prepared for that.

    The next thing to consider is how old are yourchildren? Children who are under seven yearsold are not usually developmentally suited forpuppies less than five months old or toy-sizeddogs. Puppies have very sharp teeth and toenails and can unintentionally hurt children.In turn, puppies and toy-sized dogs can be easily injured by rough handling.

    Another thought to consider is who will be thedogs primary caretaker? There is not always someone at home, so thedog gets sandwiched in between lessons, sports, chores, etc. One par-ent should be designated Primary Caretaker to make sure the dog doesnot get lost in the shuffle.

    How much you are willing and able to spend is another issue to consider. Adoption from a reputable shelter is relatively inexpensive butthere are still other costs to keep in mind, suchas; initial and on-going veterinary care, a training crate or obedience classes, food,grooming, chew toys, and miscellaneous supplies (leashes, grooming products and heartworm medications, to name a few). Veryfew dogs live their lives without at least one veterinary accident. These surprises can cost$500 or more.

    The next consideration is how much time andenergy can you spend on a new dog? Variousbreeds and ages of dogs make different demands on our spare time. Puppies and adolescents need more exercise, training, andsupervision than adult dogs. The first year withany new dog will put more demands on theowner than any other time, for this is when youare setting up house rules and routines for yourdogs lifetime.

    The Military Family has other important things toconsider as well. When you PCS, your pet willneed time to acclimate to its new home. If youTDY or deploy over-seas, what are the optionsfor your pet? Sometimes you are allowed to takeyour pets with you, other times, you are not.

    Learning what is required BEFORE theseevents happen can help determine if now isthe right time to bring a new member intoyour Family. Keep an accurate record of yourpets history, vaccinations and medications sowhen the time comes, it will be easier for you to prepare. The Fort Knox On-Post Veterinarian can help with these issues.

    Another issue to consider is how a pet mightreact to a Family member who may suffer fromcombat related injuries. Pets can be a hugesource of comfort for the individual or Famil