- Message from the Program Manager
- SatisFacts survey winner
- Refer-A-Friend Program
- Corvias Foundation scholarships and grants
- Preventative maintenance visits
- Christmas tree disposal and holiday decorations
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome Cabin Fever
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Don’t lament over your laminate
- Leaf Removal in January
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Dear Seymour Johnson Resident,
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB are coming up soon.
Last year, two Seymour Johnson children, Kamrie Risku and Carla Aviles-Jimenez, were awarded Corvias Foundation college scholarships totaling $100,000. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
Our team is so very thankful for the personal sacrifice you and your families make each day to preserve our way of life. Thank you and Happy New Year!
Corvias Military Living
Congratulations to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base SatisFacts survey winner! The Mentzer Family was chosen at random to receive a $500 gift card for completing and returning SatisFacts survey.
Families living on base received a housing survey from SatisFacts via e-mail late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from residents helps Corvias improve your experience living on-base.
The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Congratulations to our recent Refer-A-Friend Program gift card recipients, who each received $150:
- Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey and Alianne Bacon
- Staff Sgt. Edwin and Hazel Coriano
- Staff Sgt. Jesus and Alexandra Gotay Rivera
- Senior Airman Ryan and Brandi Mayott
- Staff Sgt. Aaron and Jessica Taylor
- Senior Airman Brendon and Kimberly Luke
- 2nd Lt Branden and Rachel Clifton
- Airman 1st Class Casey and Leila Gillette
- Staff Sgt. William and Meghan Wortman
- Staff Sgt. Drew and Kelly Sheppard
Remember, if you refer a friend who meets base residency requirements, signs a 12-month lease, and moves onto Seymour Johnson AFB by Jan. 31, 2015, a $150 gift card will be provided to you as a referral reward.
New applicants must list the referral source’s name and phone number at the time of application, or during the first visit/call to the Corvias Community Office. Additional restrictions may apply to this program. For more information about the Refer-A-Friend Program, please contact the Corvias Community Office
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each of the Seymour Johnson AFB homes. We will ensure that your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, mechanical system and applications, etc. are in tip-top shape.
This work does require entry into your home, so we will be sure to inform you of your preventative maintenance visit in advance. The next group of homes to be visited will be 100-219 Allen Street and 300-323 Beck Street during the week of Jan. 19.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office should you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for discarding your Christmas tree on your corner on your bulk trash pickup day. This service will continue through Jan. 16. Don’t forget to remove all tinsel, lights, and other decorations before discarding your tree.
Finally, we understand that the military lifestyle can be busy, but we appreciate your taking down your holiday decorations in a timely manner. All decorations should be removed from the exterior of the home within 15 days following the holiday.
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2014.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647.
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, sleep too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Louisiana or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
Many homes on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base feature laminate flooring. This type of flooring looks like hardwood, but is easier to install and maintain. Unlike hardwoods, it is not recommended to mop laminate floors as this has been shown to cause damage by soaking in and causing warping over time. Click here to read more about caring for laminate flooring.
Munie Greencare, Corvias Military Living’s landscape provider, will be out in the community removing the fallen leaves throughout January. Check the schedule below to see when your home will be serviced.
- Jan. 5 through Jan. 9: Common Areas/Make up Days
- Jan. 12 through Jan. 16: Eagleston, , Hinton, Whisner, Biggs, Biggs Ct and Keesler
- Jan. 19 through Jan. 23: 100-119 Allen, 301-403 Scriven (odd only), 101-115 Westover (odd only), 102-118 Chanute, 103-117 Chandler (odd only)
- Jan. 26 though Jan. 30: 112-158 Westover, 100-118 Chandler (even only), 501-607 Scriven, 103-117 Bolling,
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
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
Jan. 1: All offices closed
Jan. 9: Youth Program Open House, 1035 Langley Ave. 3 to 8 p.m.
Jan. 14: Bonds for Babies Workshop, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. call (919) 722-1123 for more information
Jan. 16: Last day of Christmas Tree disposal
Jan. 17: Give Parents a Break, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Child Development Center and Youth Center
Jan. 19: All offices closed