REMINDER: Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7th

Reminder: Monroe County retirees in Medicare Blue Choice MUST enroll in a new plan of their choosing by TODAY, December 7, the Federal Medicare Open Enrollment deadline.

If a retiree in Medicare Blue Choice fails to enroll in a new plan by December 7 they will default to Traditional Medicare which does not have prescription drug coverage.

For more information and assistance, retirees can go to and call 833-439-0373.

This change does not effect pre-Medicare, dental or Classic Blue Secure plans.

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S.O.A.R. Business Meeting

S.O.A.R. announces the next business meeting will be held at 10 am on November 21, 2017 to be held at the MCSO Union Office, 170 Mt Read Blvd.

All are welcome.

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The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters

TWAW Shooting Chapters is a non-profit organization that organizes local groups of women around the country (there are 14 chapters within NYS). They meet monthly to practice, learn and grow as shooters. Creating opportunities for women to be introduced to issues important to them, learn safe gun handling and train together.

Go to and learn more about our local chapter which meets at The Firing Pin in Bergen NY.

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Happy 242nd Birthday to the Marine Corps

Marine Corps SealOn November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas.

The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy’s ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence.

Following the Revolutionary War, increasing conflict with Revolutionary France led to the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798. Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the “Shores of Tripoli”.

Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere on short notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful” in Latin.

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