- Thank you to Eielson families
- Don't miss the fun at Fallapalooza!
- Let it Snow!
- Thanksgiving's origins: No pie, but lots of other tasty food
- Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications
- Green Corner
- Don't let the holidays "gobble" up your finances!
- How Eielson residents can prevent an in-home freeze up
- Stay informed!
- Upcoming Events
On behalf of Corvias Military Living, we would like to extend a sincere "Thank you" to Eielson 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 your 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 your home to fix a leaky faucet. Other times it's a couple pushing a stroller around the neighborhood, 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 Eielson community.
Our commitment to you is to provide excellent service as we continually seek to support and improve your quality of life at Eielson Air Force Base.
Thank you for being a military family member.
Fall has arrived and we invite you to join us for our first resident event! Fallapalooza will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eielson Community Center located at 2518 Central Avenue.
Bring the kiddos for an afternoon of fun. Your family can enjoy a variety of activities including turkey bowling, face painting and seasonal photos. We will also provide complimentary refreshments.
This event is free and open to all Corvias Military Living residents. We look forward to seeing you at Fallapalooza!
Any time two or more inches of snow accumulate, Eielson residents can count on Corvias to keep the road and sidewalks clear throughout the housing community. While residents will continue clearing driveways and walkways, excess snow can now be shoveled into the street.
By keeping up with snow management throughout the winter months, residents can prevent potential damage to driveways and walkways come springtime when temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing.
For families with deployed service members, Corvias is here to help. Just provide the Community Office with a copy of the orders, and we will shovel your driveway and walkway.
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 2014 Scholarship and Educational Grant will be available after November 1 at www.corviasfoundation.org. Corvias 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 Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB and Seymour Johnson AFB.
Applications for the 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.
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.
Corvias wants to make sure Eielson residents stay informed as the winter months approach. Armed with knowledge and by taking a few precautionary measures, families can prevent pipes from freezing this winter.
Here are a few tips for Eielson residents to prevent an in-home freeze up:
- Residents are encouraged to set and leave their thermostats at 70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the winter months. If it becomes too warm in the house and residents drop the temperature too quickly, the likelihood of an in-home freeze up increases.
- Leaving interior doors open allows heat to properly circulate throughout your home, eliminating uncomfortably isolated warm and cool temperatures throughout your house.
- During the cold months, Eielson residents are reminded that due to the location of the pipes underneath windows, all windows should remain closed until the temperature is routinely above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While opening windows to cool the house offers a "quick fix" and the warmer temperatures in early spring are welcomed by residents, the freezing point for water remains at 32 degrees. The exposure to the cold temperatures makes pipes more susceptible to freeze.
- Hoses should now be disconnected and properly stored for the winter months. They should not be reconnected until the temperature is routinely above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you suspect a freeze up has occurred, please contact the Corvias Maintenance Office at 907-372-2302.
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 11 – Veteran's Day – Community Office Closed
- November 16 – Fallapalooza – Eielson Community Center 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Community Office Closed
- November 29 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.