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Baumholder’s Wetzel Elementary School will hold a tribute ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday at the school to remember Patsy Boughan, who died June 24 after a long struggle with cancer, according to an e-mail from the school’s principal to the Baumholder community.

Boughan taught kindergarten, and previously worked for several years in Kaiserslautern for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe.

"She continued working every day she was able throughout her illness, humbling us with her strength, courage, and caring for our students," Wetzel principal Helen Balilo wrote in an e-mail to members of the Baumholder community. "Words cannot express our admiration for her, or how much we all will miss Ms. Boughan."

AAFES gas prices continue slideThe price of regular unleaded gas sold by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Germany will slip below $4 a gallon Saturday for the first time since May, the exchange’s weekly price update indicates.

After another week of sliding prices in the U.S., AAFES fuel prices in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are down across the board for a fifth straight week.

The cheapest grade of gas sold in the U.K. — mid-grade — hasn’t yet dipped under the $4 threshold, but drops another 7 cents a gallon to $4.027, the lowest price in three months.

Gas prices in the Netherlands will fall more than 6 cents per gallon, bringing midgrade there down to $4.238.

In both Germany and the U.K., prices for all grades of gas drop between 6.9 cents and 7.6 cents per gallon. Diesel in Germany drops 7 cents, while in the U.K. it sheds 14.6 cents a gallon.

Navy secretary visits NaplesNAPLES, Italy — Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter was updated on air and water quality concerns in Naples during a visit Thursday, officials said.

He discussed several key issues with senior leaders at the Navy base in Capodichino, officials said. The meetings were not open to the media.

Earlier this year the Navy began testing air, soil and water samples because of concerns over uncollected trash, air pollution caused by burning trash, and possible soil contamination from illegal dumping.

Winter spoke with Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/ 6th Fleet, about the U.S. humanitarian mission to Georgia, according to Navy Capt. Beci Brenton, Winter’s spokeswoman.

The Navy’s 6th Fleet flagship, USS Mount Whitney — based in Gaeta, an hour north of Naples — is scheduled to deliver aid to Georgia by the end of the month, Navy officials in Naples said.

Winter also spoke with a group of supply officers and acquisition professionals about contracting, Brenton said.


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