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Blizzard of 2016-Jonas hits us hard!

[caption id="attachment_1318" align="alignnone" width="300"]Jonas-the Blizzard of 2016 Jonas-the Blizzard of 2016[/caption] IMG_6974 barb shoveling jan 24 2016 IMG_7043 jan 23 night snow photo IMG_7050 IMG_7103sasha We had our first snow of the 2015-2015 season and boy, was it a dozy! We had over 26 inches of the white stuff in our yard. On February 26, we still have not seen a snow plow, but at least we never lost power... Which was good since my generator did not work due to clogged jets. After hours of digging out January 24-25, we finally cleared away our sidewalk and driveway, but the best news is that the temperature today is in the upper...

Nearly 40 years ago, I joined the Air National Guard…..

Nearly 40 years ago I was taking my basic training at Lackland AFB for six weeks in January-February of 1977. At that time I was working as an Editorial Assistant for Washington Gas Light, and was 27 years old. Since I had joined the West Virginia Air National Guard, and had passed a by-pass test for public affairs, I did not have to go to tech school after basic; but instead went directly to my ANG base in Martinsburg to fill out my three- month military obligation. In addition, my Washington Gas boss wanted me to do a story and take some photos when I returned from my training back to my Gas company job. My chartered bus passed through the gates of Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas on January 4, 1977. It was here at "Happy Valley," as it was ironically called that I would spend the next six weeks of my life in a most...

Wheaton Library VITA Gearing up for 2016 filing season

Our Wheaton Library VITA tax help group is gearing up for the 2016 filing season to prepare 2015 tax returns. We have our 4 IRS laptops and Taxwise software, and I am waiting for everyone to pass the certification tests. Several including me, have done so already. But we will not be at the Wheaton Library this filing season. It is being renovated and for now, we will be helping taxpayers at the Longbranch Library in Silver Spring off Piney Branch Road. It will still be Thursday afternoons, but we will also prepare returns on four Saturdays at the Rockville Enterprise Housing facility off Gude Drive in Rockville. In addition, sevearl of us will help active duty military taxpayers with their returns at the USO-Bethesda at Walter Reed. We have lost a bunch of preparers...including Frank Keiser who is now living in the Philippines, but have acquired some new ones. ...

Happy Veterans Day; USO-Metro hosts Ceremony at BWI

[caption id="attachment_1303" align="alignnone" width="300"]Baltimore Orioles organization volunteers  put together care packages for the military at BWI Baltimore Orioles organization volunteers put together care packages for the military at BWI[/caption]Click on link to view 60 photo photoshow of USO sponored Veterans Day ceremony at BWI where after the speeches by the VIPS, volunteers from the USO-Metro, Northrop Grunmman, Baltimore Orioles organization and others put together care packages for the military. Click on http://www.photoshow.com/watch/FZ4gI9BJ to view photoshow....

WAMM Leader and WWII veteran Albert Baxter dies at 89

B-26 Marauder veteran Albert E. Baxter died October 30 at the age of 89. Baxter was a Marauder "grease monkey" in WWII and then was a VIP for the WAMM ( Washington Area Marauder Men) located at the American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Virginia. He helped create the WAMM Memorials exhibit at the Udar-Hazy facility in Chantilly. See photos of him in a "Smile Box" slide show presentation by clicking on the following link: http://play.smilebox.com/SpreadMoreHappy/4e444d794d4459774d6a513d0d0a [caption id="attachment_1297" align="alignnone" width="300"]Albert E. Baxter  1926-2015 Albert E. Baxter
1926-2015[/caption]...

Barbara and Steve attend Marauder 2015 reunion in Tucson Arizona

Barbara and I attended the October 1-3 B-26 Marauder reunion held this year in Tucson, Arizona. About 90 MHS (Marauder Historical Society) members attended the three day event which included about a dozen WWII Marauder veterans and their families. During the second day of the reunion, participants were driven on a bus to the Pima Air and Space Museum and nearby AMARG boneyard of retired aircraft. We stayed in the luxurious Loews Ventana Canyon Resort ( a four star hotel) and ended the reunion with speaker former Texas Lt Governor David Dewhurst who is instrumental in the expansion of the Utah B-26 Museum with his Marauder father as a main feature. .....[caption id="attachment_1287" align="alignnone" width="300"]Martinsburg and Memphis C-5s retired at the Arizona boneyard Martinsburg and Memphis C-5s retired at the Arizona boneyard[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1288" align="alignnone" width="300"]WWII B-26 veteran Stan Welsh stands by his B-26 photo he took in WWII at... 						
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