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Santa Claus visited with soldiers families at Fort Campbell Welcome Home Ceremony

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On December 22nd, just a scant three days before Christmas 138 Soldiers returned from Iraq in what is a monumental moment for our nation; the return of the last combat troops from Iraq. It was special in another way, the Santa Claus for the City of Clarksville, along with Mrs. Claus and one of his elves had dropped by to visit with the children of the returning soldiers.  Below is a Photo Gallery of their visit.

Santa and Mrs. Claus along with an elf at the December 22nd Welcome Home Ceremony at Fort Campbell

Santa and Mrs. Claus along with an elf at the December 22nd Welcome Home Ceremony at Fort Campbell

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Santa Claus’s visits to Christmas on the Cumberland

 

Clarksville, TN – After participating in the opening of Christmas on the Cumberland on November 22nd, 2010; Santa Claus returned several times to visit with children enjoying the Christmas lights spectacular.

Clarksville Online tagged along on one of the evenings, Saturday December 16th;  taking hundreds of photos of young people enjoying their visit with Clarksville, Tennessee’s Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

Part of Santa’s visits include giving toy’s to the children under the age of 12, as measured by his 4.3′ tall candy cane. 4.3′ is the height of an average 12 year old child; though Santa does makes case by case exceptions for the taller 12 year olds. Over the last 10 years Santa Claus has given away over 70,000 toys that he and his helpers Gary and Marie Caudill have purchased specifically for this purpose.

Santa’s visits to Christmas on the Cumberland are sponsored by the Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation, the Woodlawn Papa Rock Travel Center; Clarksville Limb and Brace, and Geico Insurance.

A young girl sitting on the bicycle she was just given at the 2011 Christmas on the Cumberland

A young girl sitting on the bicycle she was just given at the 2011 Christmas on the Cumberland

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The Night After Christmas Sky Show

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – T’was the Night after Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring …

…because everyone was outside watching the planets align?

It’s true. On December 26th, the night after Christmas, Venus and the slender crescent Moon will gather for a jaw-dropping conjunction in the western sky.

A Venus-Moon conjunction photographed in Nov. 2011 by Thad V'Soske of Fruita, CO. The "Night After Christmas" conjunction will look about the same. (Copyright: T. V'Soske/Cosmotions.com)

A Venus-Moon conjunction photographed in Nov. 2011 by Thad V'Soske of Fruita, CO. The "Night After Christmas" conjunction will look about the same. (Copyright: T. V'Soske/Cosmotions.com)

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Holidays at Home with Strike’s Little Bulldogs

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell, KY – A year ago during the holidays, the Soldiers of Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were 7,440 miles away from Fort Campbell and partnered with the Afghan National Army, climbing six-foot grape walls made of mud and patrolling the villages of Kandahar. This year, they are partnered with their families and enjoying a rare holiday season at home.

Company B, known as the Bulldogs, know the importance of spending time with their families and made this year memorable. The Soldiers, the Bulldog Family Readiness Group and the Occupational Therapy Group from Milligan College partnered in created a Christmas Giving Tree for the children of the unit and handed out an array of presents at Strike Academy December 15th.

Thea Wendel, wife of Spc. Jason Wendel of Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and their children Mason, Audrey and Christian receive presents for Christmas donated by the Occupational Therapy Group from Milligan College at Strike Academy Dec. 15th. The Milligan College campus and its surrounding communities in eastern Tennessee provided the gifts for 89 little Bulldogs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Thea Wendel, wife of Spc. Jason Wendel of Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and their children Mason, Audrey and Christian receive presents for Christmas donated by the Occupational Therapy Group from Milligan College at Strike Academy Dec. 15th. The Milligan College campus and its surrounding communities in eastern Tennessee provided the gifts for 89 little Bulldogs. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Dogwood Bend residents receive some Holiday Cheer

 

Clarksville, TN – On December 21st, 2011, the LEAP Youth Interns visited the senior citizens at the Dogwood Bend Assisted Living to distribute care packages. The outreach event was planned and organized by Renita Garrett who recognized the need to remember and honor our senior citizens during the Holiday season.

LEAP Youth Interns at the Dogwood Bend Assisted Living Center

LEAP Youth Interns at the Dogwood Bend Assisted Living Center

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Lasaters Christmas Cash Sweepstakes winner receives $1000

 

Lasaters Coffee & TeaClarksville, TN – Lasaters Coffee and Tea has announced the winner of their $1000 cash sweepstakes giveaway. In a presentation ceremony Friday at the Sango location of the popular coffee shop, Michael Clark of Clarksville received his $1000 check.

In a promotion that included WJZM radio, and Clarksville Online, Lasaters offered a chance to win the one thousand dollars, along with other prizes including an ipad, roku box, and more. The contest received over eight thousand entries.

Sango Lasaters manager Megan Ryle presents Lasaters Christmas Giveaway winner Michael Clark with the prize of $1000 in the form of a check Friday, December 23rd.

Sango Lasaters manager Megan Ryle presents Lasaters Christmas Giveaway winner Michael Clark with the prize of $1000 in the form of a check Friday, December 23rd.

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Jesus was born on Christmas Day

 

Written by Dinah Maria Mulock

Jesus in the mangerGod rest ye, merry gentlemen; let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, was born on Christmas-day.

The dawn rose red o’er Bethlehem, the stars shone through the gray,
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NASA’s WISE explorer Presents a Cosmic Wreath

 

Written by Whitney Clavin
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Just in time for the holidays, astronomers have come across a new image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, that some say resembles a wreath. You might even think of the red dust cloud as a cheery red bow, and the bluish-white stars as silver bells.

This star-forming nebula is named Barnard 3. Baby stars are being born throughout the dusty region, while the “silver bell” stars are located both in front of, and behind, the nebula.

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission presents the "Wreath nebula." Though its official name is actually Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5, one might picture a wreath in these bright green and red dust clouds. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA)

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission presents the "Wreath nebula." Though its official name is actually Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5, one might picture a wreath in these bright green and red dust clouds. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA)

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