- Message from the Program Manager – Thank you for the freedoms we all enjoy
- Community Calendar
- Nominate your Hero of the Game
- Freeze Pop Fridays in July and August
- Yard of the month to begin
- 3 friendly reminders
- 4 tips from Security Forces to prevent crimes of opportunity
- Taking care of your furry family members
- Fireworks not permitted on McConnell AFB
- Green Corner
- Tell us how we did
- Community beautification underway
On July 4, Americans will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is an honor for everyone at Corvias Military Living to serve those who protect our freedoms. We thank you for your service and sacrifice.
The Declaration was officially adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, although Congress formally declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, and the Declaration wasn’t signed by all 56 members until August.
Some other facts about the founding document of the United States that you may not know:
• There’s a message on the back. It’s not an invisible treasure map (as in the Nicholas Cage movie National Treasure). The words “Original Declaration of Independence, dated 4th July 1776” appear on the reverse side of the document on display in the National Rotunda, at the bottom and upside down.
• About 200 copies of the Declaration were immediately produced by printer John Dunlap for distribution through the 13 colonies. Of these original “Dunlap broadsides,” 26 still exist.
• The original document wasn’t printed on paper, but “engrossed” on parchment. Engrossing is a process for preparing an official document in large, clear handwriting.
• At the bottom left corner of the Declaration is an unidentified handprint. Historians speculate that it’s the result of the document’s being rolled up for transport and handled by various people for extensive exhibition in the early years of its existence.
• The two youngest signers of the Declaration were Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge, both of South Carolina, both 26 years old at the time. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin, 70. Nine of the original signers died before the American Revolution ended in 1783.
Enjoy your holiday time with your family.
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
- Friday’s in July : Freeze Pop Friday
- July 7: Utility meter installation and radon assessment begins
- July 18: Haysville SPARK tour
- July 21: Elementary School enrollment – Derby Schools
- July 28: Youth Rocket & Aviation Camp
- July 29: Sixth Grade Center enrollment – Derby Schools
- July 29: Derby Middle School enrollment
- July 30: Derby High School enrollment
Corvias Military Living and The Wichita Wingnuts, Wichita’s professional baseball team, are partnering throughout the 2014 season to honor a "Hero of the Game" at each Friday home game. The selected hero will be invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and have their story shared over the P.A. system. In addition, the selected hero will receive tickets to the game for their immediate family members, a game-worn Wichita Wingnuts American flag jersey and a baseball autographed by the team.
We encourage McConnell families to nominate your military member to receive this honor by sending the individual's name and an explanation of why they deserve to be chosen to email@example.com. The remaining Friday home games are May 30, June 20, July 11 and 18 as well as August 15 and 29.
Congratulations to the Troxel and Quigg families for winning tickets for any Wingnuts home game this summer!
If you have any questions about this partnership, please contact your Community Office for more information.
Stop by the Community Office on Fridays throughout July and August for a cold, refreshing freeze pop!
Corvias Military Living is launching the Yard of the Month program for 2014. The program is designed to recognize residents who make a special effort to improve their home’s landscaping. This year’s competition runs monthly from July through September.
Judging for Yard of the Month will take place the third Friday of each month during the competition. Judges will select one McConnell Air Force Base home as the winner.
The first month will be judged on July 18. On that day, judges will ride through their community and select the home that best meets the following criteria:
- Overall appearance (landscaping, lawn ornaments, etc.)
- Flowerbeds free of weeds and grass
- Driveway free of grease and oil
- Free of trash, debris and pet waste
The winner will have the have the Yard of the Month sign displayed in front of their home, their picture in Corvias Community News and will also receive a $50 gift card.
Please remember the following guidelines for proper storage of trash containers and sports equipment:
- Boats and boat trailers – must be stored off base at a recreational storage facility. This equipment may not be permanently parked, left for more than 48 hours, stored on streets, garages, driveways, carports, yards or parking lots in the housing area.
- Basketball goals – when not in use, must be stored in the garage or the rear of the home.
- Trash containers – must be cleared from the curb at the end of the day on the day of pick-up
The summer months bring more than just BBQ’s and warm weather. In the past, McConnell AFB and Military Family Housing have observed a spike in criminal activity during the summer months. In and around the area, the most common trends involve alcohol related incidents, thefts and crimes against property (vandalism). Last year there were six reported cases of crimes against property, nine cases of theft and 17 alcohol related incidents that occurred on McConnell AFB and in family housing. Listed below are recommendations to prevent you and your family members from becoming a target of opportunity:
- Ensure personal belongings in the yard or driveway are safely secured from potential threats (i.e. toys, grills, lawn chairs)
- Lock vehicles and homes at all times
- Items left in vehicles should be secure and out of sight
- Report suspicious activity and/or suspicious individuals to the Base Defense Operations Center at 316-759-3976
Please contact SSgt Ronnie Joseph or SrA Christina Manella (your 22d Security Forces Criminal Intel Analysts) at 316-759-3181 or via email at Ronnie.firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com with any questions.
Having a pet is fun, but pet ownership also comes with many responsibilities. If you already have a family pet, or are thinking about getting one, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Care for your pet
Caring for your animal is the greatest responsibility of pet ownership. Your pet depends on you for basic needs such food, water and shelter. To keep your animal healthy, make sure your pet is registered with the base veterinarian, vaccinated and gets annual check-ups.
Pets require your time and attention. Whether your pet requires a lot of care or is low maintenance, find time to spend with your pet. Brushing your pet is a great way to spend some time together and can reduce pet hair around the house.
Regularly exercise your pet to keep them happy and healthy. Going for a walk or playing around the house benefits both you and your pet.
Dealing with pet waste is one of those topics that every pet owner must deal with but no one likes to talk about. The fact is that the majority of community and neighborhood pet problems result from the inappropriate handling of pet waste. In addition, pet waste is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet and your family. Scoop litter boxes daily and clean them regularly. If your pet spends time outside your house, clean up waste from the yard.
For your pet’s wellbeing make sure you always follow the Pet Policy outlined in the Resident Responsibility Guide. For more information on pet ownership visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website.
We would like to remind all residents that fireworks of any kind are prohibited on McConnell AFB. To safely enjoy the magic and beauty of fireworks, we encourage you to attend professional fireworks shows in the local area.
How can you beat the heat this summer? Avoid using heat generating appliances during the hottest part of the day! Things such as your clothes dryer, oven and dish washer can all generate a lot of heat, which can make it harder to cool your home.
Your feedback is very important to us. Through your suggestions we find ways to improve our service for all residents. That’s why we’ve implemented a convenient way for residents to provide us with feedback!
Within seven days of a completed service request, you should receive a link to an online survey from firstname.lastname@example.org . While participation is voluntary, we hope that you will take just a few minutes to answer 10 questions about our performance. The survey is designed to help improve our customer service to you and your family.
We appreciate your feedback! Our goal is to provide the best homes, community, service and value to you. With your advice, Corvias Military Living can work to improve your experience.
As part of our neighborhood improvement plan, Corvias Military Living’s landscaping company, Brickman, has been working throughout the neighborhood to beautify the exterior of the homes throughout our community and to help make McConnell AFB a great place to call home. If you notice any landscaping needs, please contact your Community Office. Should you have any questions or concerns about the work being done, please feel free to contact the Community Office at 316-347-2929.