- Message from the Program Manager
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Preventative maintenance visits
- Recent Refer-A-Friend Program Winners
- Carport and garage storage
- Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Finances, savings and taxes
- Green Corner
- Picking up after your pets
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Did you know that heating your home accounts for about 66 percent of your monthly energy consumption during winter months? Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption.
Below are some small changes you can make to start saving energy:
Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at the community office for no charge.
A slow cooker is an effective way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
Keep your thermostat set to “Auto” instead of “On”. Doing so will help maintain your home’s temperature without overworking the heating system.
To avoid frozen or burst pipes, do not turn off your heat when you leave your home for an extended period of time. Simply leave your thermostat on “Auto” and decrease the temperature to a minimum of 55 degrees. As a reminder, please report all frozen and/or burst pipes to the Community Office as soon as possible.
Corvias Military Living
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 7.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each Seymour Johnson AFB home. 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 2 through 7 Biggs Court, 200 through 210 Biggs Street and 102 through 308 Bolling Drive during the week of Feb. 16.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office should you have any questions or concerns.
Congratulations to our recent Refer-A-Friend Program gift card recipients:
- Staff Sgt. Roxana Goodwin
- Airman 1st Class Paul and Alexandria Herr
- Senior Airman Brandon and Kelly Hunt
- Tech. Sgt. Michael and Erika Juan
- Senior Airman Austin Thornton
- 2nd Lt. Kyle and Brittany Holter
These winners referred a friend to live on Seymour Johnson and were rewarded with $150 gift card.
Remember, if you refer a friend who meets base residency requirements, signs a 12-month lease, and moves onto Seymour Johnson Air Force Base by Feb 28, 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
Carports should be used for their primary reason: parking of vehicles, not a living space or storage area. Bicycles, toys, tools, and lawn equipment, when not in use, must be stored in an approved storage space or moved to the back yard. However, such items must be picked up in order for lawn care to be performed.
Garage doors should not remain open for extended periods of time. If a resident stores a boat or trailer in their garage, the door should able to close.
Following these guidelines helps keep the community looking great year-round.
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone here is how the holiday is celebrated by the numbers:
- Cards: About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- Parents: Receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
- Pets: About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Flowers: Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Chocolate: More than 36 million heart shaped chocolates boxes are sold on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
- Proposals: The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10 percent of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
Military Saves Week begins Feb. 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. Take this week to review your saving plans. Set your goals, even small ones, and start saving now. For more information, please visit www.militarysaves.org to review savings tips, tools, resources, and strategies.
It is important to recognize that, despite your savings plans, there may still be financial emergencies that cost more than your nest egg can cover. If you are ever in an unexpected financial emergency, the Air Force Aid Society can help. The Society can assist with living expenses, emergency travel, vehicle expenses, funeral expenses, and other emergencies. For more information, please visit www.afas.org.
The Military OneSource no-cost, online tax preparation and filling service has launched. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns with a custom tool made available through the Military OneSource website.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your Community Office for no additional cost.
It is that time of year when nobody wants to be outside longer than they have to be. But spending a few minutes cleaning up after your pets will you keep your yard tidy and neighbors happy.
Many people think that it’s ok to leave the pet waste and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own, and in the winter, it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months.
Not to mention it smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner, it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet.
Please be courteous to your neighbors and pick up after your pet. Doing so shows that you take pride in your dog, in yourself and in your community.
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
- Feb. 6: Free showing of Fury, Base Theater, 6 p.m.
- Feb. 10: Preschool Story Time, Base Library, 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m.
- Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
- Feb. 16: Presidents Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 20: Free showing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Base Theater, 6 p.m.