- Message from the Business Director
- New hours of operation!
- Halloween chills: Why do we enjoy being scared?
- Halloween Safety
- Getting in the spirit
- Scoop the poop!
- Heart your community
- Time for a change
- Corvias Foundation Announces Military Spouse Recipients of $100,000 in Educational Grant Awards
- Green corner
- Want to know what is happening in your community
- Upcoming Events
Each year, October begins an exciting time with lots of activities for you and your family. Whether you are dressing up or carving a Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween, I would ask that you please keep safety in mind. We’ve placed some safety tips in the newsletter to ensure everyone has a Happy Halloween.
October is fire prevention month. To help keep you and your family safe, your home comes with a fire extinguisher. If for some reason you do not have a fire extinguisher in your home, please call the community office and we will provide one for you.
Smoke detectors are also in all Corvias homes and are checked once a year by a maintenance technician during your yearly preventative maintenance inspection. A good practice is to change the batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
Thank you and your family for your continued service to our country.
Effective October 17th residents with a key fob will have access to the gym and fitness room from 4 am- 11 pm In addition, the community office hours will be changing from 8:00-5:00 pm.
Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year, but people seem to take delight in being scared in every season. What’s the appeal of ghost stories, horror movies, frightening novels, and things that go bump in the night? Experts have a few theories:
- We like the adrenaline. Fear has the same adrenaline-producing effect as excitement. It feels good. Scary movies, stories, and books are methods of releasing adrenaline in a controlled environment.
- Shared fear helps us bond. The “creeps” create social bonding. Activities like telling ghost stories around a campfire or watching a scary movie together allow us to form ties with strangers as well as family and friends.
- Horror helps us deal with real-life terrors. We can deal with the very real horrors of modern times by transforming them into fictional movies and stories in which the monsters and bad guys are always caught and punished.
Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be vigilant for safety hazards. Some tips to make Halloween safe include:
- Costumes should be short enough so they don't cause your child to trip and fall
- Add some reflective tape to the costume or bag your child is using to carry candy, or choose a costume made of bright material that is visible in the dark
- Masks should fit securely and allow your child to see well
- If using face paint, make sure it is nontoxic and hypoallergenic
- Children should be well supervised by an adult when trick-or-treating
- Carry a flashlight
- Follow rules of the road
- Stick to the sidewalk.
- You should prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by removing obstacles
- Provide treats that are individually wrapped
- Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative to real candles with a flame that can pose a fire hazard when lighting a Jack-O-Lantern
More and more people each year are getting in to the Halloween spirit by placing spooky decorations in and around their home. Corvias encourages families to join in the fun, but asks all residents to please follow the rules associated with decorating for the holiday. There are a few friendly reminders that we ask you keep in mind before you begin decorating.
Please make sure all decorations placed on the home are done so in a safe manner. Take every precaution to ensure none of the decorations pose a fire threat to you or your neighbor’s home. This also includes ensuring all emergency personal and vehicles have access to your home should there be an emergency. All decorations placed in or around the home must have the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approval.
No decoration should be placed on the roof of your home. Many times the nails, along with the extra weight of the decorations, can cause damage to the roof resulting in leaks. If you are hanging outdoor lights, please use approved plastic clips to attach the lights to the roof line.
Due to the warm climate in Oklahoma, our lawn care provider will continue mowing throughout most of October. Please make sure any holiday yard decorations are removed on your designated lawn care day. The decorations can be placed back in the yard once your yard has been mowed.
Finally, all decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes within two weeks 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 your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. 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. Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Please be courteous to your neighbors and scoop the poop! Doing so shows that you take pride in your dog, in yourself and in your community.
The only certain thing for a military family is uncertainty. Throughout your life as a military family, you live in several neighborhoods and watch neighbors come and go. Building a sense of community is an essential part of military life especially when other family members can be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Strong communities are a place where your family can feel safe, supported and thrive. Here are seven tips to help you build a sense of community in your neighborhood:
- Coordinate a neighborhood potluck or block party. It is important to know your neighbors and what better way to break the ice than the casual, laid-back setting of a party. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Check out http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ to help organize the dishes. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages and suggest everyone bring a few printouts of their recipes for a recipe swap. Don’t forget to share contact information. Oh yeah, before everyone leaves, plan the next get together! If you are looking for a party location, residents at Corvias installations can host parties at their community centers. Check with your Community Office about how long the band can play and whether you can use that turkey fryer.
- Organize a meal team. Neighbors come and go, get sick, have babies, lose loved ones and face other trying situations. One way to show community support is to provide a meal for a neighbor during those hectic or trying times. To assist with scheduling meals there are several resources available, including http://www.takethemameal.com/, to help show neighbors you care.
- Establish a Bunco or game night. Bunco is all the rage right now. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials. If Bunco is not your thing, lawn games such as pickle ball, corn hole, bocce ball and ladder golf are fun ways to get the competitive juices flowing. If childcare is a challenge, have all the parents with kids chip in for a sitter or take kid sitting shifts. Neighborhood game nights are a great way to get everyone together and you can’t beat the commute.
- Pay it forward. A great way to keep your neighbors guessing and having fun is to pay it forward. You can begin a quarterly tradition of leaving a themed basket on someone’s porch with instructions to pay it forward to another neighbor. This does not have to be an expensive act of kindness; the dollar store is a great place to start. You can find a bunch of ideas to get started on Pinterest. Don’t forget to leave some type of sign for the door showing the house has been gifted, so others are included in the fun.
- Little Free Library. Got books? If you have a great collection of books just sitting around the house, start a Little Free Library. These “boxes full of books” are popping up everywhere and it’s an awe-inspiring way for neighbors to share literature. The idea is simple: take a book and leave a book. Cookbooks, magazines, children’s books, the possibilities are endless. My kiddos and I love visiting the one in our community. We never know what we will find. Check with your Community Office to make sure it is okay to start one in your neighborhood.
- Find common ground. We all have something in common. Whether it is kids, pets, cars, hobbies or sports. Discovering what you have in common with your neighbors is a great way to start building a community.
- Attend events in your community. Local and on-post organizations are always hosting events. To stay up-to-date on events in your community, visit local area websites and Facebook pages. Check out your installations online calendar or newsletter to find out about events in your community, like our upcoming Fallapalooza and many other complimentary, resident events held throughout the year.
As we move into fall heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) filters should be changed out in conjunction with the changing weather.
HVACs recirculate indoor air; filters keep things like dust and debris from entering the system. Keeping an HVAC clean increases the longevity of the system and keeps efficiency high. Corvias recommends changing filters every 30 days.
Fall is the worst time of year for those who suffer from ragweed allergies. Ragweed pollen and other allergens, dust mites and pet dander are trapped by HVAC filters. Replacement filters are available by request. Contact your Community Office for details.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members. This year’s grant recipients represent 9 Army and Air Force installations across the United States. The names of the outstanding spouses who received the awards follow:
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Caroline Eaton is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Harford Community College. She is dedicated to becoming a nurse to work with low-income families. She’s an active volunteer, working with Make-A-Wish Foundation, a leader in her Family Readiness Group, head coach for a girl’s lacrosse team, and Pets on Wheels. Her husband is Capt. Dodger Eaton of the U.S. Army.
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Lauren Whitt is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lauren is passionate about studying genetics and plant evolution, and plans to work for an agricultural company or government conservation agency. She is active in her community, volunteering for various fundraisers and community projects. Her husband is A1C Colt R. Whitt of the U.S. Air Force.
Thalia Doty is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling at Park University. While serving in the Air Force, she experienced the impact that combat had on her fellow service members. She is dedicated to studying the field of psychology to help service members, veterans, and military families. Her husband is Tech Sgt. Steven R. Doty of the U.S. Air Force.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Tiffany Escalera-Garcia is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She plans to specialize in juvenile law and probation with the hope of creating better opportunities for troubled youth. She volunteers in her Family Readiness Group and local elementary school. Her husband is Spc. Charles Garcia Jr. of the U.S. Army.
Ramatou Kassegnin is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Fayetteville Technical Community College and she plans to continue on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She is an active volunteer with the Red Cross. Her husband is Spc. Isaac A. Awaasah of the U.S. Army.
Mahsa Lynch is pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University and is specializing in bioinstrumentation. Her husband is Sgt. David Lynch of the U.S. Army.
Isabell Perkins is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Sciences from Central Carolina Community College. She is passionate about working with animals and currently works as a kennel technician at the local animal hospital. She has volunteered at various animal shelters, nursing homes, and elementary schools. Her husband is Spc. Andrew J. Perkins of the U.S. Army.
Taylor Pinne is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University. She is dedicated to creating social change. She has had experience with advocacy and upon graduation, she hopes to work as a clinical social worker primary supporting rural communities and is also passionate about advocating for service members and military families. Her husband is Spc. Kolby Pinne of the U.S. Army.
Alexandria Scandalis-Dempsey is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from California State University-Northridge. She works directly will military families and provides them with information to overcome challenges. Through this work, she has found her passion for working with military families, especially children, to have a voice. She plans to continue to work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with military children to help with the challenges they experience with military life. Her husband is Sgt. Kenneth Dempsey of the U.S. Army.
Keri Wygal is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her ultimate dream is to be a medical doctor or physician’s assistant, specializing in neuroscience. She is involved on campus in the Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Her husband is Spc. Robert Stewart of the U.S. Army.
Sara Thompson is a sophomore pursing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Fayetteville Technical Community College. After serving in the U.S. Army, she has been dedicated to the field of nursing and she volunteers with her Family Readiness Group. Her husband is Spc. Michael Thompson of the U.S. Army.
Fort Meade, Maryland
Klaudia Trennepohl is a freshman with plans to begin pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Anne Arundel Community College in the fall. She volunteers in her community through fundraising runs, volunteer service for the military community, and sews items for parents of pre-term babies at the local hospital. Her husband is Senior Airman Christopher James Trennepohl of the U.S. Air Force.
Fort Riley, Kansas
Kelly Damor is a freshman pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Kansas State University and her dream is to open an orphanage, school, and free medical clinic in India. Her husband is Sgt. Nerendra K. Damor of the U.S. Army.
Barbara Jovanov is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Ottawa University-Kansas City and she plans to specialize in special education working with children with special needs. She has volunteered in her military community as the leader of her Family Readiness Group and with Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Her husband is Sgt. Milorad Jovanov of the U.S. Army.
Martrisha Rodriguez is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She plans to work in an inner-city women’s crisis center or in a female correctional facility and is passionate about working with primary and secondary school-aged students to teach preventative curriculum about abuse and violence. She has volunteered many hours as an advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Her husband is Sgt. Antonio Cordero Rodriquez of the U.S. Army.
Gabrielle Tellis is pursuing a PhD in Health Services from Walden University and is passionate about working to establish and improve health care initiatives for military veterans and their families. She has volunteered many hours with her Family Readiness Group and in minority leadership and mentoring programs. Her husband is Spc. Zaid A. Adams of the U.S. Army.
Fort Rucker, Alabama
Kara Burdick is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Purdue University-Northwest and she looks forward to continuing her nursing career. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Red Cross. Her husband is 2nd Lt. Jeremiah Burdick of the U.S. Army..
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Lindsay Iserman is a sophomore pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland-University College. Upon completing her degree, she plans to begin a career helping service members and military families open small businesses. Her husband is Warrant Officer 1 Joshua Schmidt of the U.S. Army.
Hurlburt Field, Florida
Mireya Rubalcava is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Services from Northwest Florida State College to become a clinical technologist. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Phillip S. Rubalcava of the U.S. Air Force.
Seymour Johnson, North Carolina
Yolanda Quarles is a junior pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Barton College. Her immediate goal is to become a Registered Nurse and then after receiving experience in the field, she plans to return to school to work toward becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She volunteers through her school’s nursing club and gives back to her community in various ways. Her husband is Tech Sgt. Travis Quarles of the U.S. Air Force.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteer opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service to their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
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