- Message from the Program Manager
- Have You Thanked A Military Spouse?
- Meter Installation
- Lawn Care Safety
- BBQ Grill Safety
- Grant Application Approaching
- The Secret Language of Flowers
- Green Corner
With Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day fast approaching, there is no better way to thank you and your family than to simply say that we appreciate the sacrifice you are making for this great nation. It is personal dedication and commitment to strong family values that propels this nation to provide the freedoms that we all enjoy. All of us at Corvias Military Living want to sincerely thank you for what you do.
I would like to remind residents that in addition to regular trash pickup, Dorado will also pickup your bulk trash items as well. Simply place your bulk items curbside on your scheduled trash day. Also, please remember to pull your cans back from the curb and store them properly once your trash has been collected.
I want to remind residents to please keep your carports clear of boats, trailers and storage containers. Toys and other items should be neatly stored when not in use. If you don’t plan to store your vehicle in your carport, it should be parked either in your driveway or on the street with traffic. Cars parked on the street should not block sidewalks.
As the weather continues to get warmer, we find ourselves using the grill more and more. We want our families to enjoy their grill, but to also have safe practices when using them. This newsletter has some safety tips that will ensure your next grilling experience is a delicious yet safe one.
Finally, I would like to invite all residents to stop by the Community Office each Friday afternoon for popcorn. This is a great opportunity to get to know your Community Office team and possibly meet a new neighbor.
I would like to thank you and your family for choosing Corvias Military Living as your place to call home
Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan recognized the importance of military spouse contributions to the morale and readiness of our nation’s service members. In 1999, Congress designated the first Friday before Mother’s Day as National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. This year on May 9, we continue to recognize and show appreciation to the silent force, behind the force, for their steadfast support and sacrifice.
As a nation, we salute spouses for their commitment, dedication and patriotism. Military spouses wear many hats while juggling family separations, employment uncertainties and frequent relocations. Yet, they still find time and strength to volunteer in our communities and manage the home front.
Corvias Military Living salutes our military spouses for your service and commitment! Thank you for the many selfless contributions and sacrifices in supporting our service members.
As part of the agreement with the Air Force, Corvias Military Living is required to meter all homes that will remain past the five-year Initial Development Period, as well as all new homes that will be constructed. As a result, electric and gas utility meters will be installed on the 126 homes in Hidden Oaks.
This is part of a Department of Defense mandated program in which military members and their families are responsible for the utilities they consume and are encouraged to be more conscious of how their actions can affect the environment.
This congressionally-supported policy holds residents of Air Force privatized housing responsible for their electric and gas usage. This policy places a financial responsibility for utility consumption on each resident.
The specific details of the utility program that will be implemented at Eglin AFB is being proposed to the Air Force and has not yet been approved. Once the program is approved, Corvias will ensure residents have a clear understanding of the program before receiving their first consumption report.
Once the meters are added to the homes, the meters must produce at least 12 months worth of data before they can be brought into the metering program. Once a home is brought into the metering program, there will be a period of mock billing that will be determined once the utility metering program is established.
If you have any questions, please contact your Community Office.
Spring has sprung and the grass is growing! That means our lawn care providers will be starting their mowing schedules. To find out the lawn care schedule for your street, please check your neighborhood calendar.
The lawn care provided is a basic cut and trim to keep the neighborhoods looking well-kept and make the lives of our residents a little easier.
We request that you please complete the following tasks to make certain that your yard is ready to receive the lawn mowing service.
- Pets - secure your pets in your home or in a kennel. Remove all chains and/or ground anchors from the premises.
- Pet waste - please remove all pet waste prior to the morning of the scheduled mowing service on your street.
- Children's toys - please remove all toys on the lawn prior to the morning of the scheduled mowing service on your street.
- Hoses - wrap up and remove any hoses from your yard.
- Lawn furniture or decorations - store all non-fixed furniture and decor prior to the morning of the scheduled mowing service on your street.
- Decorative solar lights - please remove if possible. Most solar lights are very fragile and can be easily damaged by weed eaters. If your solar lights are easily removable from their bases, please do so prior to the morning of the scheduled mowing service on your street. The lawn care technician may not trim around these items if they feel that to do so may damage them.
- Gates - please open gates prior to the start of the scheduled mowing service on your street.
It is the season for families to celebrate warm weather and ignite their grills. When doing this, please remember to practice a few precautionary safety steps.
- Always inspect any gas cylinders for bulges, dents, gouges or any evidence of extreme rusting. This could cause leaks. Replace the tank immediately if damage is found.
- Inspect the hoses for leaks, holes, cracks or sharp bends and replace immediately.
- Be sure to keep gas tanks upright and stored away from dripping grease or hot surfaces.
- Never use cigarettes, lighters or matches near your gas grill as there could be an unknown leak.
- Propane tanks have sophisticated valve equipment to keep them safe. Never try to remove the valve from your propane tank as you may risk an explosion.
- Never store tanks indoors (not even in a garage). Store away from the house by a few feet and out of the hot sun.
- Keep BBQ covered when not in use to prevent rust and corrosion.
- Never store the tank in a hot car or keep in a hot car for more than a few minutes.
- Never discard a used tank in trash as it could cause an explosion.
- Don’t wear loose clothing while cooking.
- For charcoal grills, keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- Only use charcoal lighter fluid to light new coals; don’t use it on coals that are already lit.
- Always keep children away from a hot grill and fire.
Warm weather activities, involving hosting a barbeque, are the cause of over 3.7 million injuries each year. Be careful!
College grants in the amount of $5,000 are available each year for spouses of active-duty Service Members stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Polk, Fort Riley, Fort Rucker, Fort Sill, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB. Grant applications for 2014 are available online at CorviasFoundation.org
Flowers are lovely to look at, but they communicate more than beauty. Some have specific meanings behind them. Here’s what you can express to a friend or loved one by choosing just the right flower:
- Carnation: constancy, joy
- Chrysanthemum: optimism, hope, happiness
- Daisy: purity, loyalty, innocence
- Freesia: trust
- Gladiola: remembrance
- Iris: faith, wisdom, promise
- Larkspur: appreciation
- Lily: devotion
- Orchid: love, beauty
- Red rose: true love, desire
- White rose: true love, purity
- Yellow rose: friendship
- Pink rose: sweetness
- Tulip: love at first sight
- Snapdragon: virtue
Take advantage of spring weather! While the temperatures outside are comfortable, use a window or ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner. A fan only requires a tenth of the energy needed to run an air conditioner.
Armadillos are not native to Florida, but are now common over most of the state. Armadillos like forested or semi-open habitats with loose textured soil that allows them to dig easily. They eat many insects, or other invertebrates, and some plants. They most often feed at night, and have very poor eyesight.
Armadillos dig burrows for homes or to escape predators, and a single armadillo can have several different burrows with multiple entrances. A mature armadillo is 15 to 17 inches long (not counting the tail) with a weight of eight to 17 pounds. Pregnant females always give birth to identical quadruplets. She produces one egg that splits into four identical offspring that are either all female or all male. This trait differs from most other mammals.
Armadillos are fascinating in other respects. When they need to cross narrow water bodies, they often walk on the bottom under water. If it is a wide body of water, they will inflate their stomach to twice its normal size, allowing for enough buoyancy to swim across. When startled, armadillos often leap high into the air, and then run quickly to a nearby burrow.
Armadillos prolific rooting and burrowing can severely damage lawns and flower-beds. To reduce armadillo damage to your lawn, keep watering and fertilization to a minimum. Moist soil and lush vegetation bring earth worms and insect larvae (armadillo candy!) to the surface of the soil. Armadillos can sometimes be enticed to move by watering areas adjacent to the damage site. Also, watering gardens in the morning is preferable since the soil can dry out in the afternoon and not be as easily detected by night-foraging armadillos. Armadillos can also be excluded from small areas of extensive damage with fencing at least two feet high and with bottom buried at least 18 inches deep.