- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Message from the Program Manager
- SatisFacts survey winner
- Live Christmas tree disposal
- Needing funds for college?
- Social media reminders from Security Forces
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome Cabin Fever
- Holiday decoration removal
- Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
- Green Corner
- Winter driving tips and reminders
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.
- Dec. 31: Community Office closes at 3 p.m.
- Jan. 1: All offices closed; Recycling service delayed 1 day
- Jan 10: Youth Bowling League, 11 a.m., at Tornado Alley
- Jam. 12: Little Lotus Yoga Class, 10 to 11 a.m., Dole Community Center
- Jan. 19: All offices closed
In early December we began our renovation program of the 1990-era homes in the neighborhood. It has been exciting to see the changes taking place, especially the finished living space in the basements. This new living area helps provide families with more useable finished space while still maintaining an ample storage area for household goods and other personal belongings. You can read more about the renovations on our website.
You will also be seeing more activity this winter for new home construction as well. We anticipate being able to begin preliminary land development activity in January and to hold a groundbreaking ceremony in late winter or early spring. The first construction area is south of the housing gate. As a safety precaution, a construction zone fence will be put in place. I do ask for parents to talk to their children about the importance of staying away from an active construction zone.
2015 will be the beginning of noticeable changes in the community. I promise to keep all residents informed along the way. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me or the Community Office. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Program Manager, Corvias Military Living
Congratulations to the McConnell Air Force Base SatisFacts survey winner! Nicolas Gabbia 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 in October to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from our 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.
We are pleased to provide complimentary disposal of fresh pine trees after the holidays. A fresh tree disposal container is available until Jan. 9 in the parking lot at the Youth Center. All decorations and lights need to be removed before discarding the tree. This container is for evergreen trees or branches only, please refrain from dumping other materials.
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.
Social media outlets and networking sites provide open source information for DoD adversaries. Irresponsible use may result in increased security and force protection risks to units as well as service members and their dependents. It is the individual obligation of each member in the military community to ensure no information is posted that may jeopardize personnel, assets, or operations. Read more…
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 Georgia 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.
By Mark Nettles
All decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes 15 days 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 the Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
As winter weather continues to settle in and we see more snow in the forecast, we wanted to remind you that Corvias provides snow removal service to McConnell residents. We will work 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 (if snow accumulation is greater than 2 inches). Additionally, we will provide notification to all residents prior to anticipated snow fall alerting you of the time vehicles must be clear of driveways to allow access for crews to remove the snow.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
Winter weather creates inconveniences and hazardous conditions. If you are not familiar with driving in icy or snowy conditions, follow these simple, winter weather driving tips:
- Decrease speed: The posted speed limits are designated for dry pavement, decrease speed when driving in hazardous road conditions.
- Refrain from using cruise control: Roads that appear clear can have isolated icy spots and the lightest touch of your brakes to deactivate cruise control can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and overpasses: Even when the rest of the road appears to be in good condition, bridges and overpasses frost over with ice first.
- Clear snow and ice from vehicles: Completely clear all windows and lights of snow and ice - even the hood and roof - before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping and brake early: It takes more time to stop when roads are wet or icy and braking suddenly may result in them locking up.