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Grapevine: Scavenger hunt for the Royal Canadian Air Force

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Back to the Future

The Royal Canadian Air Force had to reach back into the past -- to fix its search and rescue planes.

The Ottawa Citizen reports -- in 2012 -- replacement parts were in such short supply that the air force had to salvage navigational units from the Canadian National Air Force Museum.

A former head of military procurement admitted it is embarrassing that the air force has to cannibalize old stuff -- just to keep planes in the air.

The search and rescue planes are from 20 years old to nearly 50-- and were supposed to be replaced a decade ago -- but no new aircrafts are on the horizon.

House Call

Government workers built a deck for a Veteran's Affairs supervisor's private home -- along with many other improvements -- on your dime.

Venita Godfrey-Scott -- a supervisor in the Facilities Management Service -- directed VA employees to work on her private home -- including building the deck -- installing new carpet -- and making bathroom improvements -- between 2010 and 2013.

Some of it was done during regular work hours -- when employees of the Facilities Management Service are responsible for construction projects at the local VA medical center.

Godfrey-Scott gave workers a government-issued credit card to purchase the necessary supplies.

Godfrey-Scott has been sentenced to four years of probation -- community service and $15,000 in restitution -- after pleading guilty to one count of theft of government property.

Quick Visit

Finally -- paying your last respects -- without getting out of the car.

The drive through option -- is featured at Paradise Funeral Chapel in Michigan.

The Saginaw News writes -- The body of the deceased is visible through a window of the building.

Mourning periods are limited to three minutes -- and a guestbook appears from a retractable door.

The funeral home wants the drive-thru to be respectful --  and the availability of it is left to the family's discretion.