- Message from the Business Director
- Upcoming events in your community
- You asked and we listened
- Taking care of your furry family members
- Prepared for winter break-up: Resident reminders
- Parking Reminder
- Recap: Spring into Fun
- Eielson AFB family housing Facebook page
- Corvias Foundation military spouse educational grant
- Green corner
May is the month that we celebrate Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. During this time, we honor those who have sacrificed for their family and their nation. It is personal dedication and commitment to strong family values that propels this nation to provide the freedoms that we all enjoy.
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. Armed Forces Day stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson said, “Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality.” We will celebrate Armed Forces Day on May 16th.
May 25th, we celebrate Memorial Day by remembering those who have died in service of the United States of America. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day stemmed from the Civil War and the desire to honor our fallen heroes. No words can express how thankful we are to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Our desire is to serve you. All of us at Corvias Military Living appreciate and thank you!
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
- May 7: Deadline for Corvias Foundation Spouse Education Grant
- May 10: Happy Mother’s Day
- May 21: Last Day of School
- May 22-23: Bacon Festival, Downtown Fairbanks
- May 25: Memorial Day- Community office will be open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- June 6: Fairbanks Summer Folk Fest, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks
Corvias Military Living is pleased to announce the addition of an automated voicemail system through a third-party company, One Call Now. Using this system will allow us to inform you of emergencies, notifications and other important messages that are related to your home. We also encourage you to opt in to begin receiving these important messages via text messaging. Simply text the word, “ALERT” to 22300 in order to opt in or visit www.OneCallNow.com/TextAlerts. If you have a text message plan, these messages will be included in your plan. Otherwise, standard text message charges apply. At Corvias we are committed to keeping you informed and we believe the use of this automated system, in addition to our current methods of communication, will ensure you receive these important messages quickly. Please contact your community office if you have any questions!
Having a pet is fun, but pet ownership also comes with many responsibilities. If you already have a family pet, or are thinking about getting one, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Care for your pet
Caring for your animal is the greatest responsibility of pet ownership. Your pet depends on you for basic needs such as food, water and shelter. To keep your animal healthy make sure your pet is registered with the post veterinarian, vaccinated, micro chipped and receives annual check-ups.
Pets require your time and attention. Whether your pet requires a lot of care or is low maintenance, find time to spend with your pet. Brushing your pet is a great way to spend some time together and can reduce pet hair around the house. Pets are social creatures and thrive on social stimulation.
Regularly exercise your pet to keep them happy and healthy. Going for a walk or playing around the house benefits both you and your pet.
Dealing with pet waste is one of those topics that every pet owner must deal with but no one likes to talk about. The fact is the majority of community and neighborhood pet problems result from inappropriate handling of pet waste. In addition, pet waste is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet and your family. Scoop litter boxes daily and clean them regularly. If your pet spends time outside your house, clean up waste from the yard and common areas daily.
For your pet’s wellbeing make sure you always follow the Pet Policy outlined in the Resident Responsibility Guide. For more information on pet ownership visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website.
The Alaskan break-up season is here. For our newer residents, break-up is when all the ice and snow built up after the long winter begins to melt. The abundant water usually transforms the landscape into a sloppy soup of mud, slush and standing water.
Although break-up signals the beginning of spring, it can be a dirty and sometimes dangerous time of the year.
Eielson Air Force Base is prepared for break-up, but slush, mud and puddles can still cause problems. The following is a series of suggestions to keep you and your family safe, dry and comfortable during the Alaskan melt.
- Driving – The melting ice and snow could create large puddles along roadways, damage road surfaces or make roads dangerous. Drive according to road conditions and avoid large bodies of water. A puddle may look shallow, but it could be deep enough to stall a car! Even though daytime temperatures are warmer, icy surfaces could still exist in shaded areas or on road surfaces at night.
- Thin ice – Ice over rivers, ponds and lakes can melt quickly and sporadically during break-up, creating soft spots and openings. Avoid travel over or near surface ice during break-up. It is not the time to get in some last minute ice fishing or take a shortcut across a body of water.
- Hidden treasures – Many things will be hiding under the ice and snow after a long winter. Trash, tools, winter gear and other hidden surprises could have accumulated over the winter. Please clean up yards and areas around your home. Corvias will start lawn care services in the warmer months and the yards need to be tidy for the landscape team.
- Proper Clothing – Staying dry and warm through break-up can be a challenge. Dress in layers with a water-proof exterior; wear rain boots and moisture wicking material. Staying dry and warm can make the break-up season less stressful.
- Maintenance – Contact Corvias for maintenance issues related to the break-up, such as, water entering the home, drainage issues or large puddles that pose a hazard in your neighborhood. We ask residents not to disturb pumps or equipment used to drain structures or roadways of water. Please keep children and animals away from work sites. Corvias will make every effort to clean up the neighborhoods, assess damage and make repairs from this year’s winter.
Luckily break-up season, like fall, is one of Alaska’s shorter seasons.
Warmer weather is ahead and Alaska’s Break-up season is upon us. This means the hard pack snow is gone. At this time we’d like to remind residents that parking on the grassy areas is no longer permitted. Please follow the parking guidelines in section 6.21 of the Resident Responsibility Guide.
Last month we hosted our annual Spring into Fun resident event. We had Brent Sass, 2015 Yukon Quest Champion, providing dog sled rides! We also had a cardboard sled race, indoor activities and snowshoe races! We’d like to thank Brent Sass for providing a unique Alaskan experience for our Families on Eielson AFB! Keep your eye out for our next resident event as you won’t want to miss it!
Get the latest events, news, and updates on Corvias Military Living’s Eielson AFB family housing page at https://www.facebook.com/CorviasMilitaryLivingEielson.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $5,000 educational grant for spouses of active-duty service members are due Thursday, May 7. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org.
Do you have unused electronics or e-waste lying around collecting cob webs, but don’t know how to go about disposing them in an environmentally friendly way? If your answer is yes, then you’re in luck. May 11th-14th residents can drop off any unwanted electronics to the Corvias maintenance building located on the corner of Artic and Broadway. Green Star of Interior Alaska will ensure that the collection of electronic waste will be recycled appropriately. Recycling electronics helps reduce waste in landfills and it’s cool to be green.
Anything that plugs in or has batteries is e-waste. Some examples are:
- Scanners/printers/fax machines/ink cartridges
- TVs/VCRs /VHS tapes/DVD players/DVDs
- Game systems
- Phones/cell phones