- Month of the military family
- Spotlight Award winners
- Need money for college?
- Holiday Travel
- Last chance to win a GoPro
- Child care classes
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
- Winter is coming
- Gobbling up fried turkey
- Time to take out the trash
November is recognized as the month of the military family. Corvias Military Living and other post organizations are sponsoring a variety of events throughout the month.
Nov. 5 – AFAP Conference
The Army Family Action Plan is the Army’s grassroots process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues impacting Soldiers, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and families to senior Army leadership for action. The AFAP Conference is scheduled for Nov. 5 and 6 at Wings Chapel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in attending this conference, please contact the AFAP Coordinator at (334) 255-9637.
Nov. 6 – Story Hour
Corvias Military Living will be holding the monthly Story Hour at the Munson Heights Community Center Nov. 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Children will enjoy a reading by a special guest reader, crafts, prizes and photo opportunities with McGruff the crime dog. For more information call (334) 255-3622.
Nov. 18 – EFMP Information and Support Group
The Exceptional Family Member Program will conduct training on “Holidays and Traveling with a Special Needs Family Member.” Tips, tools and resources will be discussed that can assist with you and your special needs family member to ensure you have a successful trip. For more information and to register call (334) 255-9277.
The Corvias Military Living Spotlight Award Program was created to recognize residents who take pride in their home and community. Examples of this may be keeping a tidy home, enhancing landscaping, helping other residents and showing an overall interest in the appeal of your community. Spotlight Awards along with a $25 gift card were given to 2nd Lt. Mason Pack, WO1 Mehdi Javanmardi and Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Delauder. Thank you for helping make Fort Rucker a great place to live!
Applications for the 2015 Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after Nov. 1 on the Corvias Foundation website.
The holiday season is upon us, and so is the traffic and travel that often accompany it. If you and your family will be traveling this holiday season, please do so safely.
Take advantage of easy-to-use, real-time travel information sources. Traveling during non-peak commuting periods can reduce travel time as much as 37 percent. Check 511 telephone services and travel information websites for updates on traffic jams, road construction, lane closures, severe weather and travel times on interstates and major highways.
If you are flying, be sure to check your flight status before you head to the airport. Commercial aircraft have low humidity which can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink lots of water. Airports and planes can expose you and your family to a wide variety of new germs. Be sure to wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer to help avoid illness.
Maintain your home. Leave your thermostat at 60 degrees. Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Check weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. Submit a work order if needed.
Click here for more travel safety tips.
Did you know your opinions could win you a GoPro? Last month, you received an email from an independent research firm, SatisFacts, to complete an online survey on how Corvias Military Living is doing.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey link from “residentsurveys.com”. The email subject is titled “Corvias Military Resident Satisfaction Survey”, and the deadline to complete the survey is mid-November. Participation is voluntary, but we hope you will provide feedback as Corvias strives to improve your experience as a resident. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize. Contact your community office for more information.
The New Parent Support Program is providing two classes in November. In collaboration with American Red Cross, an infant and child CPR class is scheduled for Nov. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Commons, Building 8950.
The New Parent Support Program and Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind are offering the Baby Sign Language Class on Nov. 13 at The Commons, Building 8950. This free class teaches expectant parents and those with young children how to communicate with their child to avoid frustrations associated with language development.
For more information on the classes, or to register for either class, contact New Parent Support Program at (334) 255-9647/3359.
Gearing up for holiday cooking? Try preparing your whole meal in the oven at the same time. Often you can simultaneously cook foods that have different cooking temperatures. Variations of 25 degrees usually produce favorable cooking results.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming events and important dates
- Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
- Nov. 7 – Financial Readiness Training, 7:20 a.m., Bldg. 5700, call 255-9631 to register
- Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 28 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cold weather is quickly approaching, so here are some tips to get your house ready for the frigid months ahead.
Turn off and drain your outside hose faucets. Leaving a hose connected to a spigot can result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water through and past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls.
Leave cabinets open to keep pipes warm. Pipes under sinks, like the kitchen and bathroom, or may not be insulated. Opening the cabinets circulates warm air from your home and helps prevent pipe bursts. Be sure to relocate any hazardous cleaning materials out of reach from small children.
Use natural light to help heat your home. Open curtains and shades so the sun can warm your home. At night close the curtains and shades to help keep the heat in.
Layer up. Heating in the winter months accounts for about 66 percent of a home’s energy consumption. Keep the thermostat around 68 degrees and wear sweaters, sweatshirts or blankets to keep comfortable.
Turkey is a staple of this time of year. A popular preparation method of this traditional dish is a deep fryer. This can create a delicious bird, but can also be hazardous. Follow these tips to safely prepare your fried turkey.
- Keep your distance: Use propane fryers at least 15 feet from your home. Do not use them in a carport, garage, covered patio or on a deck.
- Be ready: Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
- Thaw your turkey: A frozen turkey causes oil splatter which can result in burns or fires.
- Keep everything on the level: Some fryers may easily tip over. Pick a level spot to set up the fryer. Do not overfill the fryer with grease. Any grease overflow may start a fire.
- Too hot to handle: Keep children and pets away from fryers. They will be hot for several hours after use.
For more tips on fryer safety visit the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) website here.
Trash, recycling and bulk trash collection are amenities included for Corvias Military Living residents. Click your community to see your collection schedule:
Check your recycling bin for what items may be recycled. Items for collection may be placed curbside no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before pickup and all containers must be returned to storage the same day as collection.