- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Message from the Program Manager
- Staying warm in the winter
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Finances, savings and taxes
- What to know about being an in-home childcare provider
- Green Corner
- Carports and garages are for vehicles
- 6 fun facts about Valentine’s Day
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.
- Feb. 1: Super Bowl and Tailgate Party, 4 to 10 p.m., Dole Center Ballroom
- Feb. 13: Youth Valentine’s Dance, 6 to 8 p.m., Youth Center
- Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 21: Princess Ball: Father-Daughter Dance, 6 to 9 p.m., Dole Center Ballroom
Last February, the Corvias maintenance team began conducting annual preventive maintenance and safety inspections of each home in the community. Thank you for your cooperation as we continue this effort in 2015. These inspections enable us to survey the condition of appliances, confirm that safety systems are operating properly and survey the interior and exterior of your home for potential maintenance issues. During these inspections we have noticed some urgent safety and home efficiency conditions that we would like you to address:
- Hoses – Remove hoses from exterior water spigots. Hoses connected to exterior spigots in the winter allow ice to form and increases pressure in the water pipes which leads to frozen or broken pipes.
- Storage near water heaters or furnace units - We urge all residents to ensure there is a three foot “safety zone” around all furnace units and do not use the water heater closets as storage of any kind.
Thank you for taking the time to check both of these items in your home. Taking the steps now can help prevent devastating events in the future.
If you have any questions about our preventive maintenance inspections, please contact the Community Office at 316-347-2929.
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. Starting these habits now can pay off when the conservation program begins:
- 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. Simply call in a service request for a filter change.
- A slow cooker is an effective way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
Read Corvias Community News for updates on the utility conservation program and for monthly tips to be green.
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.
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.
Are you providing child care in your home on McConnell Air Force Base for children other than your own? Are you certified through the McConnell Family Child Care? If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second question you could be in violation of guidance for doing child care on McConnell.
Anyone who provides child care in their home on- post for more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis must be certified through McConnell Family Child Care.
The McConnell Family Child Care office is responsible for certification and monitoring of all family members on the installation who wish to provide child care in their homes. Care provided by family members without certification through the office is considered unauthorized if it exceeds 10 hours per week.
There are a few exceptions to this definition that the Family Child Care staff can address on an individual basis. If you have any questions or know of someone providing child care without an affiliation certificate, call the Family Child Care Coordinator at 316-759-4223.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Contact the Community Office to schedule a complimentary replacement.
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 the lawn service 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 good.
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.