Local news translated – Aug 16, 2023

Graphic by U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

Host Nation Update, Aug 16, 2023

A6 near Dielheim – Transport with US missile launcher breaks down on Autobahn

A heavy transport with an armored missile launcher of the U.S. Armed Forces broke down on the Autobahn 6 near Dielheim in the Rhine-Neckar district.

The highway had to be closed for a short time the day before for the recovery, as the police announced on Wednesday. For this purpose, a 150-ton mobile crane was used. A serious hydraulic damage had occurred on the heavy transporter.

“Fortunately, no increased danger emanated from the rocket launcher, as it was not operational without weapon systems and ammunition,” the report said.  (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 16)


Vacation road works in Stuttgart – Further closures of “Obere Weinsteige” (S-Degerloch)

With the beginning of the summer vacations, the Stuttgart Civil Engineering Office is carrying out extensive road repair work in the Obere Weinsteige. The pavement work affects the section from the intersection at Haigst to Karl-Pfaff-Strasse in Degerloch. For the renewal of the roadway in the intersection Obere Weinsteige/Auf dem Haigst, it is now necessary to close the connection to Haigst from August 18 to September 9. During this period, the access and exit between Haigst and Obere Weinsteige will be closed. Access to Haigst will be made possible by the signposted U1 detour via Bopser and Alte Weinsteige. The exit from Haigst will be via detour U2 to Obere Weinsteige. The B 27 remains passable in both directions. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 16)


VfB Stuttgart – Reconstruction on schedule – This is how the MHP Arena will present itself for the start of the new soccer season

A visit to a stadium is first and foremost a visual experience. There are many impressions, much to see, much to process. But such a visit is also an acoustic experience – and this coming Saturday in Stuttgart it will be a completely new one.

VfB Stuttgart kicks off the new Bundesliga season against VfL Bochum (3:30 p.m./live ticker).   After the last matchday of the 2021/2022 season, the reconstruction of the main stand has begun, and work is still “in full swing” (Becker), but the now upcoming start of the season marks an important milestone. And the architect sounds happy and also a little proud when he can say shortly before the kick-off: “In fact, the relevant areas can go into operation as planned.” During the summer break, the electrical system of the main grandstand, including that of the floodlights, was “relocated,” as the architect calls it. The structural work inside has been completed, and the seats have been installed in the new lower tier. The side areas can already be used again, as can all areas of the upper tier. This will increase the stadium capacity to 56,589 spectators in this Bundesliga first round (later 60,000).

The interim goal has been achieved, and up to 300 people were working on the construction site at the same time last year. And time and again, the stadium had to be prepared in between so that Bundesliga home games could take place there. “The construction company did a great job, my compliments to them,” says Eberhard Becker, who emphasizes once again: “It’s a mammoth project.”

VfB’s last preliminary round match will be in Mönchengladbach in early 2024, the first second round match in Bochum. The Stuttgart team will then play at home for the first time in the new year on January 26 at the earliest – and by then the reconstruction should be completely finished. Five European Championship games will then be played in Stuttgart in the summer.  Therefore, after the game next Saturday, the work will continue “at full throttle.  (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 16)


48th Winepress Festival in Stuttgart-Feuerbach – Wine, music and meeting friends

The winepress festival in Feuerbach is coming up. Starting on Friday, August 18, there will be three days of celebrations in the winepress and on Rudolf-Gehring-Platz. Trollinger, Riesling, Rosé from the Feuerbacher Berg from the past two years or wines. such as Kerner, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot will be served.

This year’s motto is “zufrieda sei ond schlotza en Wei” (Be happy and drink some wine). Because “actually, we should be quite satisfied,” says Helmut Wirth, the honorary chairman of the wine, fruit and horticulture association.

Starting Friday, at 16.30, with official opening  at 1800 hrs. The Musikverein Stadtorchester Feuerbach (MSF) plays until 2200 hrs., and the bar ends around 2300 hrs. On Saturday, August 19, it continues from 16.30 clock. Also on this day, the MSF is a guest. Sunday begins at 10 a.m. with an ecumenical service. The trombone choir and choirs from Feuerbach will provide the musical accompaniment. Starting at 11 a.m., the Hardt Stompers will play traditional jazz. The Harmonikafreunde and the MSF will also be there. The bar ends at 10 p.m. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 16)


Fireworks “Flaming Stars” from August 25 to 27 in Ostfildern

The 19th edition of the festival “Flaming Stars” will take place from Friday to Sunday, August 25 to 27, in Scharnhauser Park. Many clubs from Ostfildern and the surrounding area will also participate in the three-day festival. More information on the homepage https://flammende-sterne.de

Parking and railroads

False parkers are a big problem during the three days. This was pointed out by the Ostfildern city council in its submission on the future of the festival. The organizers offer again a combined ticket, so that people can come to the festival by bus or by streetcar.


On Friday, August 25, the group Devico from Belgium will be guests. On Saturday, August 26, “Fireworks America” from the USA will perform. On Sunday, August 27, Nanos Fireworks from Greece will complete the trio. All musical fireworks will begin at 10:15 p.m. Award ceremony on Sunday at around 10:45 p.m.


Event in Leonberg – “Tina Turner Tribute Band

Half a century of rock history with ups and downs and one of the most impressive comebacks of all time – Tina Turner’s songs still inspire again and again. For those who want to experience the spirit of the “Queen of Rock” once again up close, a visit to the Strohländle at the Engelberg in Leonberg on Saturday, August 19, at 7:30 pm is worthwhile. The cover band Legends of Rock presents at their “Tina Turner Tribute” not only the great hits of the singer, but also many duets that Tina Turner has performed with other superstars of rock music. As with the other events at Strohländle, admission is free. Until Sunday, September 3, the site is open from Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m., on Sunday from 11 a.m. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 16)


Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis – Bee colonies affected by epidemic

According to the information, American foulbrood is a bacterial infectious disease that affects the brood of bee colonies. Most of the brood dies. At the latest in the following winter, the weakened colony dies completely. This bee disease is not transmissible to humans. The honey can be eaten without restriction. Beekeepers’ hearts bleed, because for many of them the bees are far more than busy and financially profitable work animals. The busy little bees have grown close to the hearts of many of them, well aware of their enormous importance for nature and also for us humans. Without bees, no food – this realization has become widely accepted in view of their function as pollinators. But even those who are not beekeepers are now challenged.

Because of the enormous harmfulness of the pathogen, the severity of the disease, the immense risk of infection for neighboring bee colonies, its epidemic spread and the possible economic consequences, American foulbrood (AFB) is listed in the Ordinance on Notifiable Animal Diseases, just as it is listed in the Bee Disease Ordinance. It is therefore important to prevent the spread of it.

Some honeys from abroad, especially from overseas, can be contaminated with spores of the bee disease. Beekeepers and associations regularly warn against this. Consumers are therefore urged to rinse honey jars thoroughly before throwing them into the bottle bank. This is because bees use these leftovers to feed their own brood. They fly to disposed jars and may carry the spores into their hives, where the bacterium then destroys their brood. About three-quarters of honeys labeled as imported honeys were infected with spores of the American foulbrood pathogen. (Stgt Nachrichten, Aug 16)