The Armed Services Blood Program-Europe will be conducting the following blood drives:
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Kleber Kaserne Fitness Center, Bldg. 235
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Hall of Champions Fitness Center, Bldg. 8105, in Baumholder
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center food court
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 at Landstuhl Heaton Auditorium
To make an appointment to donate, visit www.MilitaryDonor.com. Click on “Donate Blood,” then click “Landstuhl, Germany.” Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, call 590-5958 or 06371-9464-5885, or find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ASBBCEUR.
Tree cutting near high school
The State Forest Department has begun to conduct tree cutting at the edge of the forest along the Ramstein High School parking lot and West Virginia Lane. Tree cutting will be conducted in four phases and take until spring 2017. The jogging path will be impacted and the parking lot will be partially closed.
Speakers association meets
Ramstein Toastmasters will meet from noon to 1 p.m. every first, second and third Tuesday of the month at the Ramstein South Chapel, Bldg. 2403. Individuals who want to develop their public speaking skills are welcome to visit the meetings free of charge. Participants can prepare for board interviews, promotional ceremonies or leadership roles. Public speaking skills or aspirations can be advanced and enhanced. For more information, visit www.ramstein.toastmastersclubs.org or www.facebook.com/ramsteintoastmasters.
Polizei conduct controls
During the holiday season, German Polizei will be conducting an increased number of traffic controls and DUI checks. They recommend that those drinking alcohol at Christmas parties or enjoying gluehwein at Christmas markets should use public transportation or call a taxi for their own and others’ safety. In 2015 during this season, 179 actions had to be taken in the Kaiserslautern area because motorists were intoxicated. Sixty-three of them had to face a criminal charge, and there were 58 preliminary proceedings due to drug consumption.
In order to register with AtHoc, a mass-warning notification system that notifies CAC holders of road conditions and closures, visit https://alerts.ramstein.af.mil/SelfService/ActivityFeed.
No glasses in passport photos
Since Nov. 1, customers must remove their eye glasses when taking a photo for a U.S. passport. This change in the requirement allows officials to more readily identify their customers. Photos of customers wearing eye glasses often have a glare on the lens. Glasses also create shadows on customers’ faces or block a portion of their eyes. Customers may wear glasses only in rare circumstances of medical necessity. In these cases, customers should obtain a signed statement from a medical professional or health practitioner.
City employees read meters
Employees of Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern and Stadtwerke Ramstein-Miesenbach, the city works in charge of electricity, gas and water, are visiting customers to read their meters through Dec. 19. Every meter reader has a company badge, which customers should ask to see. If meter readers are unable to reach customers at home, they will leave a message. Those customers are asked to read the meters themselves and report the readings to Stadtwerke as soon as possible. Customers of Stadtwerke Ramstein-Miesenbach can transfer their meter readings to the customer portal on www.stadtwerke-ramstein.de or use the form they received, fill in their customer information and drop it in the mail box next to the Stadtwerke entrance — Am Neuen Markt 8, Ramstein-Miesenbach — or fax it to 06371-592-303. Customers of Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern should email their meter readings to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.swk24.de or call 0631-8001-1999. If customers don’t notify their city works, their consumption will be estimated. Officials ask customers to remove all objects in front of the meters to make the reading as easy as possible.