- From the Program Manager: Thank you to McConnell families
- Thanksgiving's origins: No pie, but lots of other tasty food
- Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant applications
- Green Corner
- Winter weather will be here soon
- Don't let the holidays "gobble" up your finances!
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
On behalf of Corvias Military Living, I would like to extend a sincere "Thank you!" to McConnell family members. Your enduring commitment and sacrifice in support of your loved ones who ensure our freedom and safety is inspiring and humbling.
During Military Family Appreciation Month our team takes special note of the remarkable resiliency of military spouses and the unmatched adaptability of their children and other family members. In you we see strength and character which is unmatched outside of the military family. Through move-ins and move-outs, service requests and resident events, you open a small window into the triumphs, celebrations and struggles your commitment brings to your doorstep each day.
Sometimes it's the loving smile we see a child give their re-deployed parent when we visit their home to fix a leaky faucet. Other times it's a couple pushing a stroller down Arnold Boulevard while we're on our way to prepare a home for an arriving family. In all of our interactions with you, we are reminded of why we are here and why we are so proud to be a part of the McConnell community.
Our commitment to you is to provide excellent service as we continually seek to support and improve your quality of life at McConnell Air Force Base.
Thank you for being a military family member.
The first Thanksgiving didn't feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar. But it may have included cranberries, which Native Americans used in a variety of foods (including pemmican, made from berries, dried venison, and melted fat) as well as for medicinal purposes.
So what was the "original" Thanksgiving really like? Although harvest feasts were common in what became known as the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout the 17th century, the Thanksgiving most Americans probably think of was held at the Plymouth Plantation in November 1621.
William Bradford, the governor of the plantation, organized a feast for colonists and their neighbors, the Wampanoag tribe, to celebrate a successful harvest. The harvest had thrived thanks in part to Squanto, a native of the Patuxet tribe who had learned English as a slave before returning to his native land. Squanto taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, catch eels and fish, and avoid poisonous plants in the surrounding forest, as well as helping them to forge a relationship with the Wampanoag and its chief, Massasoit.
This first Thanksgiving lasted three days, and probably did feature wild turkey as well as venison supplied by the Wampanoag—but no football.
Applications for the Corvias Foundation 2014 scholarships and educational grants will be available after November 1 at www.corviasfoundation.org. The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2006.
Applications for the scholarship must be submitted by February 13, 2014, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university in the amount of up to $50,000 each. The Foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members stationed at McConnell AFB , Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field and Seymour Johnson AFB.
Applications for an educational grant are due by May 8, 2014. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty service member at the installations listed above. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process.
Applications and all necessary paperwork must be submitted by the due date. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don't open the oven door while you're cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
Winter weather in Kansas can be unpredictable at times and we want residents to be informed and prepared for the upcoming winter months.
Wintertime can bring continuous cold weather which can cause pipes to freeze. To protect your belongings this winter, follow these simple steps:
- Disconnect hose from all outside water faucets.
- If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, keep the heat on to prevent pipes from freezing. Leave your thermostat set between 60 and 65 degrees.
In extremely cold weather follow these guidelines:
- Open cabinet doors under the bathroom and kitchen sinks to let warm air from your home circulate around the pipes.
- Turn on faucets to a slow trickle to help prevent pipes from freezing.
- If a pipe freezes, call in an emergency service request and open the cold water faucet nearest the frozen pipe to relieve the pressure of expanding ice that may cause a pipe to burst.
When winter hits, be prepared for some (or a lot of) flakes. Following snow, freezing rain or ice storm, Arnold Boulevard will be cleared/treated first, followed by other main streets such as Foulois and Spicer Drives and finally interior roads. After roads are cleared, our next priority will be main sidewalks in the neighborhood, followed by private drives and walkways. Corvias will strive to treat or clear the Ent Street sidewalks leading to Wineteer Elementary School early in a snow or ice event in preparation for the start and completion of the school day.
We request your patience and help during the times roadways are being treated by limiting travel. Please park vehicles only in approved parking areas and avoid blocking sidewalks.
We will notify you via email during a winter weather event, updating you to our progress and alerting you of the time vehicles must be clear of driveways to allow access for crews to remove snow after priority roadways and sidewalks have been cleared. For snowfall of less than two inches, you are responsible for keeping your private porch, walkways and driveway free of snow and ice to avoid slips and falls. Complimentary traction control material is available at your Community Office as well as snow shovels from Self Help.
If you are planning a vacation or extended time away from your home, register for House Watch with your Community Office. When you register your home, the Community team will make a routine check of the property and can take appropriate actions as needed.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly "gobble" up your hard-earned money. Don't fret – we've got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don't burn a hole in your wallet.
- Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
- Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending.
- Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
- Shop around. Look at advertisements for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
- Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
- Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, December 2.
- Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
Don't forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That's really what it is all about.
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.
- November 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – set clocks back one hour
- November 4 – Youth Center Open House 4:30-6 p.m.
- November 11 – Veteran's Day – Community Office Closed
- November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Community Office Closed
- November 29 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.