SEARCH: Military Research

Military Research

by Kristin Battestella

DIYKristenBatzMany armchair researchers have become interested in ancestry and family trees thanks to the increasingly available access to genealogical resources, and the Freedom of Information Act can be valuable source for obtaining a relative’s military records. Several years ago, we requested my grandfather Anthony L. Battestella’s file– a surprisingly easy process, yielding a boon of research.

Here are a few tips to begin your research through the Freedom of Information Act.

Have as much of your family member’s information as possible.

The mail-in request form from the National Archives includes not only the basics such as name or maiden name, birth date, and address, but also social security number and military information such as branch and time of service. Simply writing ‘World War II’ or ‘Korea’ is too broad a search. Just listing ‘Army’ or ‘Marine’ is also too basic, especially when the branches have changed. Relatives must also realize such generic hear-tell may also be incorrect, and not being specific may lead to…

Continue reading in the Summer 2021 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

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SEARCH: Mod Podge

Mod Podge by Emerian Rich

Wood cube blocks say DIY.

My fascination with Mod Podge started years ago when I found out there was this magic glue that allowed you to paste pictures or paper to relatively any flat, hard surface. I was always a bit intimidated with refurbishing furniture, but when a friend of mine was leaving town and wanted to throw out this weather-damaged café set, I took my chance. I would save this poor trio if my life depended on it.

Read more in SEARCH Magazine’s Enhancing Your Horizon issue.

SEARCH: Las Vegas for Non-Gamblers

Las Vegas for Non-Gamblers

by Kay Tracy

Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada USA

Las Vegas–sometimes called Lost Wages–brings up many different images for people. Everyone knows that the main things Sin City is known for, gambling and drinking, but what to do if you don’t gamble?

To begin, they have some incredible live shows by a large variety of artists. While you can spend upwards of $100 per ticket for some of those headliners, there are a few places where you can see some great shows for what many consider chump change or even free. Contact the visitor’s centers as well as the casino or hotel customer relations desks to see what shows are on with free or low-cost tickets. Now be warned, free means you might have to buy a drink or two from the showroom bar, making soft drinks a bit costly if you do not drink alcohol….

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Seven Fishes into the 21st Century

Seven Fishes into the 21st Century

by Kristin Battestella

Holiday Italian Feast of 7 Fishes with Snapper Octopus and Pasta

From Grandma’s smelts and baccala (dried and salted cod), to earlier Italian immigrants buying seafood at the bait shop, many Italian American millennials have heard horror stories of Feasts of the Seven Fishes.

This annual Christmas Eve tradition, born out of old Catholic rules regarding not eating meat on holy days, can seem like a chore for today’s busy holiday season. Who has the time to cook seven different types of fish in one night? Many on-the-go families don’t sit down for such multi-course dining on Christmas Eve. Also, between kids who may not like fish, seafood allergies, vegetarian specialties, and dietary restrictions, why prepare what your holly jolly guests may not even eat? With increasingly casual December celebrations and a packed holiday calendar, there’s little time or twenty-first century inclination to honor old world traditions like the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Or is there?

Marrying a non-Italian meant if I wanted to introduce my family traditions into my own household, liberties on the Feast of the Seven Fishes had to be taken. How can Italian homemakers and Italian food lovers alike incorporate these holiday foods for contemporary, fast-paced, picky eaters? Here are a few new ways… Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: Flexible Family Festivals

Flexible Family Festivals

by Lillian Csernica

The pandemic has turned life upside down. All over the world, people must now shelter in place, wear a mask, and endure being cut off from family and friends. The future continues to be uncertain.

What’s more, winter will bring another big challenge with the holiday seasons full of family gatherings, exchanging gifts, lots of noise, lights, and color, and special traditions. During an ordinary year people on the spectrum shy away from such benevolent disruptions. This year has been anything but ordinary with the annual holiday difficulties further complicated by the toll the pandemic is taking on all of us. How much more difficult must it be for the neurodiverse, especially adults and children on the spectrum who might not be able to understand why their personal worlds have changed so drastically.

Holiday Traditions
One of the most important aspects of the holiday season is family tradition. Many cherished traditions may be impossible this year after Public health officials have identified private parties as one of the most dangerous environments for spreading the coronavirus. How can we create alternatives that will become just as meaningful?

Continue reading in SEARCH Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue.

SEARCH: The Importance of Space Research

The Importance of Space Research
by A.R. Neal

spacenealAsk anyone why exploring and researching space is important, and the number of answers would likely exceed the number of people in this galaxy. Two major entities tasked with space research offer views as to why such exploration is important.

The European Space Agency (ESA) scientists suggest that one of the best ways to understand things that make the planet function is to examine comets, asteroids, moons, other planets, and space events like solar storms. ESA’s projects include investing in the science of space research, which provides economic stimulus in the form of jobs and industries that relate to the technologies–like spacecraft, telescopes, microscopes, and computers–that make it all work. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) leaders have identified similar goals, such as… continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Turn Your War Letters into a Book

Turn Your War Letters into a Book
by Emerian Rich

DIYLettersEmzWhen my husband and I first moved in together, I knew nothing about military life. I didn’t have any close relatives in the service, and being a peace loving gal, I wasn’t into war or the history of it.

I was, however, interested in hand-written history such as journals and letters. When I found stacks of yellowed letters in one of his boxes, I was instantly intrigued. His grandfather had written the letters to my husband’s grandmother during the three years he had been in World War II. I asked if I could read them and was instantly transported into a piece of history I had never experienced before.

Luckily, their relationship had started before the US entered the war, so I got to see the war erupt from their point of view. Unfortunately, he died in France in 1944, never meeting his daughter or my husband, his grandson. Through Henry’s letters, however, we are able to know him. He shared his hopes for the future, worries about the war, and intimate details about army life that only one in the trenches could convey properly.

In this article, I will tell you how to collect, transcribe, and format your letters for publication.…  Continue reading the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Military Research

Military Research

by Kristin Battestella

DIYKristenBatzMany armchair researchers have become interested in ancestry and family trees thanks to the increasingly available access to genealogical resources, and the Freedom of Information Act can be valuable source for obtaining a relative’s military records. Several years ago, we requested my grandfather Anthony L. Battestella’s file– a surprisingly easy process, yielding a boon of research.

Here are a few tips to begin your research through the Freedom of Information Act.

Have as much of your family member’s information as possible.

The mail-in request form from the National Archives includes not only the basics such as name or maiden name, birth date, and address, but also social security number and military information such as branch and time of service. Simply writing ‘World War II’ or ‘Korea’ is too broad a search. Just listing ‘Army’ or ‘Marine’ is also too basic, especially when the branches have changed. Relatives must also realize such generic hear-tell may also be incorrect, and not being specific may lead to …  Continue reading the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Gifts for Deployed Troops

Gifts for Deployed Troops
by Kim Richards

trooplistBack in the early 2000’s, my son was deployed in Iraq. I struggled with what kind of Christmas gift to send him, until a veteran came up to my counter at work. While I worked on his printing, we talked. He suggested a pair of wool socks.

I took his idea to heart, though as a simple gift I worried it wasn’t enough. My son told me later how much he appreciated them because, even though he was in a desert climate, it did get cold at night.

I recently asked deployed and retired veterans what they enjoyed receiving for gifts. Just as with my son’s socks, they all mentioned simple everyday items. Jason says he was always the hard candy man, because he loved to share the hard candy he received. Chocolate melts into goo before it gets there, but the hard candy is nice when you want to keep your mouth moistened. Wes mentioned how unscented hand lotion was valuable in the drying heat. Sam liked getting paperbacks that were easy to stow and share around. He mentioned a one room library his group set up at one point with all the books sent to him and the others.  Continue reading the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.