- Message from the Program Manager
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
- Fallapalooza resident event set for October 30
- Halloween chills: Why do we enjoy being scared?
- Corvias Foundation gathers new scholars, recent graduates and alumni to find new ways to give back
- Halloween Safety
- Household trash, recycling or bulk trash, we will take care of it!
- Getting in the spirit
- Heart your community: Seven ways to build community in your neighborhood
- System checks before winter
- Strengthening Families and Communities - “Know your Resources”
- Tell us how we are doing
- Green Corner
October 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week and the McConnell Air Force Base Fire and Emergency Services will be hosting several events throughout the month. Events are still being planned and will be announced through numerous McConnell communication channels. Fire Prevention Week will end with a parade through housing Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. The parade will run from the housing gate on Arnold to Spicer.
The focus of the events with the McConnell Fire and Emergency Service is home fire prevention. According to the latest National Fire Protection Association research, unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
Follow these simple tips to stay safe in the kitchen:
- While cooking, check food regularly, stay in the home and use a timer to remind you.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.
- If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
- Keep anything that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
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
- Oct. 2 – Chili Cook Off and S’more Fest 4-5:30 p.m.
- Oct. 7 – Preschool Story Time, Base Library, 10 to 11 a.m.
- Oct. 13 – Community Office open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Oct. 11 – Fire Prevention Parade
- Oct. 23 – Lights on Afterschool & SAP Open House
- Oct. 24- Neewollah Ball 6 to 10 p.m.
- Oct. 30- Fallapalooza 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All families are invited to join us for our annual Fallapaloosa resident event on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. We’ll create a trick or treat trail around the playground between Mitchell and Foulious Drives. Watch for more information to be emailed to you in October.
Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year, but people seem to take delight in being scared in every season. What’s the appeal of ghost stories, horror movies, frightening novels, and things that go bump in the night? Experts have a few theories:
- We like the adrenaline. Fear has the same adrenaline-producing effect as excitement. It feels good. Scary movies, stories, and books are methods of releasing adrenaline in a controlled environment.
- Shared fear helps us bond. The “creeps” create social bonding. Activities like telling ghost stories around a campfire or watching a scary movie together allow us to form ties with strangers as well as family and friends.
- Horror helps us deal with real-life terrors. We can deal with the very real horrors of modern times by transforming them into fictional movies and stories in which the monsters and bad guys are always caught and punished.
Every year, Corvias Foundation selects a new class of scholars from military and employee families to receive $50,000 college scholarships. As of this past May, Corvias scholars number more than 90, and their commitment to the Corvias family and to giving back are a testament to the investment made in each of them.
This year was a special year for the Foundation. In July, we marked our fifth year in Boston celebrating new scholars at Fenway Park, as well as holding our inaugural alumni summit. John Picerne inspired new recipients to go out into the world and make changes in their own way, as they study and learn about themselves. He then urged recent graduates to reach for what makes them happy and fulfilled in life.
During the alumni summit, past scholarship recipients provided insight into what more we at Corvias can do to give back to military families. Each provided great ideas for how the Corvias Foundation can grow and evolve in the face of our changing world. The alumni also thanked the Foundation as a group for helping to provide them an education and to make them into the young people that they are.
As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We at Corvias look forward to continuing to encourage others to imagine, inspire, and reach higher.
Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be vigilant for safety hazards. Some tips to make Halloween safe include:
- Costumes should be short enough so they don't cause your child to trip and fall
- Add some reflective tape to the costume or bag your child is using to carry candy, or choose a costume made of bright material that is visible in the dark
- Masks should fit securely and allow your child to see well
- If using face paint, make sure it is nontoxic and hypoallergenic
- Children should be well supervised by an adult when trick-or-treating
- Carry a flashlight
- Follow rules of the road
- Stick to the sidewalk.
- You should prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles
- Provide treats that are individually wrapped
- Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard when lighting a Jack-O-Lantern
Corvias offers convenient, curbside trash and recycling pick-up every week. In addition to curbside collection of household refuse, residents can also place bulk trash items at the curb on collection day. Bulk trash items include furniture, appliances, crates and other large items.
Each home has individual trash and recycling containers. Please refrain from using the dumpsters at the School Age Services/Youth Center parking lot. These are not for public use.
The weekly, curbside collection schedule is:
- Tuesdays – Household and Bulk trash
- Thursdays - Recycling
For more information about recycling or disposing of bulk trash items, please contact the Corvias Community Office at 316-347-2929.
More and more people each year are getting in to the Halloween spirit by placing spooky decorations in and around their home. Corvias Military Living encourages families to join in the fun, but asks all residents to please follow the rules associated with decorating for the holiday. There are a few friendly reminders that we ask you keep in mind before you begin decorating.
Please make sure all decorations placed on the home are done so in a safe manner. Take every precaution to ensure none of the decorations pose a fire threat to you or your neighbor’s home. This also includes ensuring all emergency personal and vehicles have access to your home should there be an emergency. All decorations placed in or around the home must have the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approval.
No decoration should be placed on the roof of your home. Many times the nails, along with the extra weight of the decorations, can cause damage to the roof resulting in leaks. If you are hanging outdoor lights, please use approved plastic clips to attach the lights to the roof line.
Finally, all decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes within two weeks after the holiday. This provides everyone ample time to take down their decorations and store them.
If you have any questions regarding the policy on decorations please refer to policy 2-18 of your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
The only certain thing for a military family is uncertainty. Throughout your life as a military family, you live in several neighborhoods and watch neighbors come and go. Building a sense of community is an essential part of military life especially when other family members can be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Strong communities are a place where your family can feel safe, supported and thrive. Here are seven tips to help you build a sense of community in your neighborhood:
- Coordinate a neighborhood potluck or block party. It is important to know your neighbors and what better way to break the ice than the casual, laid-back setting of a party. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Check out http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ to help organize the dishes. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages and suggest everyone bring a few printouts of their recipes for a recipe swap. Don’t forget to share contact information. Oh yeah, before everyone leaves, plan the next get together! If you are looking for a party location, residents at Corvias installations can host parties at their community centers. Check with your community office or home owners association (HOA) about how long the band can play and whether you can use that turkey fryer.
- Organize a meal team. Neighbors come and go, get sick, have babies, lose loved ones and face other trying situations. One way to show community support is to provide a meal for a neighbor during those hectic or trying times. To assist with scheduling meals there are several resources available, including http://www.takethemameal.com/, to help show neighbors you care.
- Establish a Bunco or game night. Bunco is all the rage right now. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials. If Bunco is not your thing, lawn games such as pickle ball, corn hole, bocce ball and ladder golf are fun ways to get the competitive juices flowing. If childcare is a challenge, have all the parents with kids chip in for a sitter or take kid sitting shifts. Neighborhood game nights are a great way to get everyone together and you can’t beat the commute.
- Pay it forward. A great way to keep your neighbors guessing and having fun is to pay it forward. You can begin a quarterly tradition of leaving a themed basket on someone’s porch with instructions to pay it forward to another neighbor. This does not have to be an expensive act of kindness; the dollar store is a great place to start. You can find a bunch of ideas to get started on Pinterest. Don’t forget to leave some type of sign for the door showing the house has been gifted, so others are included in the fun.
- Little Free Library. Got books? If you have a great collection of books just sitting around the house, start a Little Free Library. These “boxes full of books” are popping up everywhere and it’s an awe-inspiring way for neighbors to share literature. The idea is simple: take a book and leave a book. Cookbooks, magazines, children’s books, the possibilities are endless. My kiddos and I love visiting the one in our community. We never know what we will find. Check with your community office or HOA to make sure it is okay to start one in your neighborhood.
- Find common ground. We all have something in common. Whether it is kids, pets, cars, hobbies or sports. Discovering what you have in common with your neighbors is a great way to start building a community.
- Attend events in your community. Local and on-post organizations are always hosting events. To stay up-to-date on events in your community, visit local area websites and Facebook pages. If you live in a Corvias community check out your installations online calendar or newsletter to find out about events in your community, like our upcoming Fallapalooza and many other complimentary, resident events held throughout the year.
Fall is officially here and it is the time of year to prepare for winter. Some checks around the house now can help you from shivering in surprise if the weather turns cold.
On a cooler day turn your heater on to make sure it is working properly. To test your heater open several windows, turn the thermostat to auto and heat. Set the temperature at 80 degrees. Let the heat run for 15 minutes. A burning or dusty smell is normal for a heater that has not been used for a period of time. Once complete, turn your heater off.
Once the smell has dissipated, 15 minutes or more, close your windows and return your system to a comfortable setting. If you are having any issues please contact your Community Office to schedule a work order.
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and Family – stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face.
- McConnell Airman & Family Readiness Center – 316-759-6020
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources contact your Community Office at 316-347-2929.
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin this month and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact your Community Office for more information.
Did you know…recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.