‘When Daddy comes home’: Eager family, home improvement projects await soldier
News from Sioux City Journal:

SIOUX CITY – A lot of excitement is bouncing around the Fravel household these days as nearly every task takes on a special anticipation of the day Daddy will be home from Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Tony Fravel, a member of Iowa Army National Guard Delta Company, 334 Brigade Support Battalion, volunteered to join his unit in a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. They left Sioux City on Aug. 5 and are among 3,500 Iowa soldiers whose units make up the 2nd Combat Brigade. All are now in Afghanistan.

Tony has been deployed there before, but he was single and in college then. He didn’t even take pictures from home with him.

This time, his wife Christy, a social worker with Hospice of Siouxland, and their children, Christian, 4, and Shannon, 2, talk a lot about “when Daddy comes home.” The exact date hasn’t been released yet, but Col. Greg Hapgood, the Guards’ public information officer, said it will be in late July or early August. The killing of Osama bin Laden in Pak…………… continues on Sioux City Journal
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The Santa Cruz Home Improvement Expo will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.

The expo features more than 80 home and garden professionals and a lineup of education seminars. They include:

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The Water Neutral Garden, Ken Foster, Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping

Aging in Place — Is Your Home User Friendly for Life? Jeff Talmadge, Talmadge Construction

The event will be at the University Inn and Conference Center, 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. Call 426-7100 or visit

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