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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. 30 – Fallapalooza 4-6 p.m.
Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
Nov. 4 – Family Fun and Feast, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Youth Center.
Nov. 8 – Wichita Veteran's Day parade, 11 a.m.
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day, all Corvias Offices closed
Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving, all Corvias Offices closed; Recycling service delayed one day
Nov. 28 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last month at the family housing town hall, we announced the start of our housing renovation program in late November. These renovations include the homes on Spicer streets and the 1990-era homes, commonly called PAIP homes, near the Youth Center area of the neighborhood. These renovations will be completed as homes become available when families move from McConnell AFB.
Improvements include new paint, flooring, fixtures and appliances as well as finished living space in the basements of these homes. The additional living space will be either a family room or a bedroom, depending on the layout of the home. By adding the finished space, we are able to provide more usable living area for McConnell families without compromising storage capabilities.
Additionally, we are still working toward a new home construction start in early spring 2015. Corvias and McConnell AFB command team have submitted the soil management plan to the EPA for approval. Once that is approved, we will be able to provide you with more information on construction start timeframe as well as demolitions.
We are excited about the improvement process beginning and appreciate your patience through the delay. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Office team!
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, following 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, 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 fall or an ice storm, Corvias Military Living’s contractor will clear or treat all streets and public sidewalks in the neighborhood. A system is in place to clear main roads first to allow emergency vehicle access, followed by residential streets; public walkways and then proceed to clear residents’ private sidewalks and drives.
Corvias will provide notification to all residents prior to anticipated snow fall, alerting them of the time vehicles must be clear of driveways to allow access for crews to remove the snow. If a vehicle is not removed by the designated time, it will be the responsibility of the resident to clear the driveway.
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.
If snow fall is less than two inches, residents will be responsible for keeping their private porch, sidewalk and driveway free of snow and ice to avoid slips and falls. Complimentary traction control material will be available at your Community Office.
If you are planning a vacation or extended time away from your home, register for Home 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.
Our website is a powerful resource for current as well as incoming residents. On the site you can submit work orders, check the community calendar and more. If you have any questions check the FAQ, and if you can’t find an answer there click the Contact Us button. We love to hear from you!
Applications for the 2015 Corvias Foundation $50,000 scholarships and $5,000 educational grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after November 1 on the Corvias Foundation website.
Turkey is the traditional choice for Thanksgiving dinner (and Christmas!). As you, your family and friends sit down to your meal, feast on these facts about this popular poultry:
- What’s in a name? Turkeys are native to North America. According to various sources, the word “turkey” comes from: its Native American name “firkee”; the word “tuka,” the Tamil word for “peacock,” coined by Christopher Columbus when he mistook the bird for a type of peacock (it’s actually a member of the pheasant family); the first birds being shipped to England through the country of Turkey (by the Spanish) and being mistaken for another bird with the same name from Africa. By any name, they’re delicious.
- Yes, turkeys can fly. Wild turkeys, that is. Domestic turkeys are bred and raised to be so heavy they can’t take flight, but wild turkeys can fly at up to 55 mph for short distances. They can also run at a top speed of 20-25 mph.
- Order your turkey early. About 45 million turkeys are consumed every Thanksgiving. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 15 pounds. Approximately 20 million turkeys are the main course at Christmas dinner.
Trash, recycling and bulk trash collection are amenities included for Corvias Military Living residents. At McConnell Air Force Base waste and bulk trash are picked up on Tuesdays and recycling collection is on Thursdays. Acceptable materials for recycling include: newspaper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin (i.e. soup cans) and plastic.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, recycling service will be on Friday, Nov. 28.
Items for collection may be placed curbside no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before pickup and all containers must be returned to storage the same day as collection.
Turkey is a staple of this time of year and a popular preparation method of this traditional dish is a deep fryer. This can create a delicious bird, but can also be hazardous. Follow these tips from Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. to safely prepare your fried turkey.
- Keep your distance - Use propane fryers at least 15 feet from your home. Do not use them in a carport, garage, covered patio or on a deck.
- Be ready - Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. All McConnell homes have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen at move-in. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
- Thaw your turkey - A frozen turkey causes oil splatter which can result in burns or fires.
- Keep everything on the level - Some fryers may easily tip over. Pick a level spot to set up the fryer. Avoid overfilling the fryer with grease. Any grease overflow could start a fire.
- Too hot to handle - Keep children and pets away from fryers. They will be hot for several hours after use.
For more tips on fryer safety, visit the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) website.
Did you know your opinions could win you $500? Last month, you received an email from an independent research firm, SatisFacts, to complete an online survey on how Corvias Military Living is doing.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey link from “residentsurveys.com”. The email subject is titled “Corvias Military Resident Satisfaction Survey”, and the deadline to complete the survey is mid-November. Participation is voluntary, but we hope you will provide feedback as Corvias strives to improve your experience as a resident. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize. Contact your community office for more information.
Gearing up for holiday cooking? Try preparing your whole meal in the oven at the same time. Often you can simultaneously cook foods that have different cooking temperatures. Variations of 25 degrees usually produce favorable cooking results.