- Extend your stay
- Spotlight Award winners
- EFMP support group
- SatisFacts survey winner
- Corvias Foundation scholarships and grants
- Taking care of your home during Alabama cold weather
- Holiday trash and tree disposal
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome Cabin Fever
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Corvias is always looking for ways to increase the level of service provided to our residents. Our retiring service members now have the opportunity to retain their housing for up to 12 months. Our goal is to make these life transitions for our service members and their families as comfortable as possible. Allowing this additional time will present an opportunity to take a breath, come up with a game plan and allow their children to complete school, or perhaps allow the retiring service member to take additional schooling/training that will assist with the transition.
For more information on this program, please contact your community office.
Our spotlight award winners for December are: CW3 Phillip Kincaid, Master Sgt. Christopher Latham and roommates 2nd Lt. Barton Steffy and 2nd Lt. Michael Jakub. Spotlight Awards are given to residents who demonstrate pride in their home and community. Examples of this may be keeping a tidy home, enhancing landscaping around the home or helping another resident out. Thank you for helping to make Fort Rucker a great place to live!
Families who need information about the program or who have exceptional family members are welcome to join the Exceptional Family Member Program Information and Support Group Jan. 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Commons, Bldg. 8950, Seventh Ave.
The topic for the meeting is “Available Resources for Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities.” Tools, techniques and resources will be discussed. The EFMP Information and Support Group offers camaraderie, friendship, information exchange, idea sharing, community resources, support and assistance with finding solutions. For more information, please contact Army Community Service EFMP at (334) 255-9277.
Congratulations to the Fort Rucker SatisFacts survey winners! The Dewitt family was chosen at random to receive a GoPro Camera for completing the SatisFacts survey.
Families living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from our residents helps Corvias improve your on-post living experience.
The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
The Fort Rucker area doesn’t usually have harsh winters. We do, however, have the occasional cold spurt that makes us drag out our sweaters and jackets! With this cold weather, it is important to take steps to keep exposed pipes from bursting and to make sure your pets are protected. Please take a moment to read over these helpful tips on making it through the winter season worry free.
- Protect outside water faucets. Do it yourself by wrapping with newspaper and covering with plastic to prevent absorption of moisture or simply buy the faucet covers from the local home improvement stores – they run approximately $3 each.
- Disconnect water hoses from outside faucets to prevent frozen pipes, draining and storing them for the winter. If you are traveling during the winter or for the holidays, make sure to leave the home's heat on at least 60 degrees and leave faucets with a very slow drip to ensure that water does not freeze causing pipes to burst under the pressure.
- Test your heating system before you need it. It is normal to have a faint "burning" odor the first time you turn the heat on. To insulate against drafts, be sure to check your weather stripping around doors, as it is commonly damaged by children and pets. If it is damaged, call the community office so we may repair it for you. Test smoke detectors, replacing batteries as needed.
- Never use a range/oven to heat a room. It is designed for cooking, not space heating. Using a gas range for heating purposes is a dangerous practice because of the production of carbon monoxide (CO). Remember that the use of portable heaters and other sources of supplementary heat dramatically increase the risk of fire.
- General info: Frost/Freeze Warnings mean that below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants. Know how to turn off gas, electric power and water to your home. During extreme weather (i.e. the ice storm last January), your hurricane preparedness kit of drinking water, flashlights, radio and spare batteries, can still come in handy in cases of power and water interruptions. Weak car batteries typically go dead in low temperature weather so keep your vehicles in good working order, with adequate gas levels.
Drop off your live tree for disposal at the collection site at Seventh Avenue and Castle Way until Jan. 16. Please remove all inorganic decorations from the trees.
Don’t forget, our convenient bulk trash service is available on your regularly scheduled day. So if you have bulk trash place it out on the curb after 6 p.m. the night before the scheduled collection day. We ask that you please break down all boxes placed in front of your home. Families that have a large amount of bulk items should contact their community office.
By: Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, slept too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Alabama or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2014.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
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
- Jan. 1: All offices closed
- Jan. 8: Story Hour, Munson Heights 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
- Jan. 9: International Spouses Get Together, Allen Heights Community Center, 9 to 11 a.m.
- Jan. 16: Newcomer’s Welcome, The Landing, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
- Jan. 19: All offices closed