- Message from the Business Director
- Save the date – Fallapalooza!
- Heart your community
- Getting Ready for an Alaskan Winter
- Preventing a Freeze Up
- Limited Hours on Columbus Day
- Trick or Treating Safety Tips
- 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
It looks like the cold weather is here and also the start of your mocking billing through Conservice on October 1st, 2016. Please find included an Eielson specific FAQ regarding the utility program. I know that change can be hard, but we are here to help as much as we can. Conservice will be your best place for questions regarding your billing, but we are here to assist in any way we can.
We had numerous questions asked at our Town Hall in August. Most of these have been answered and you can find the answers here on our website.
Thank you again for your patience as we work through this program and Happy Autumn!
Our annual Fallapalooza event is coming up in November on the 18th! This year we will be celebrating Carnival style at the Baker Field House. More details to come, stay tuned!
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.
Protect the water pipes in your home by keeping windows and doors closed during the winter. The passage of cold air through the openings can quickly freeze the pipes in the walls and cause them to break. Keeping the temperature in your home above 60 degrees can also keep your pipes from freezing, especially when you leave on a vacation or for the weekend.
Corvias wants to make sure Eielson residents stay informed as the winter months approach. Armed with knowledge and by taking a few precautionary measures, families can prevent pipes from freezing this winter.
Here are a few tips for Eielson residents to prevent an in-home freeze up:
Residents are encouraged to set and leave their thermostats at 60 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the winter months. If it becomes too warm in the house and residents drop the temperature too quickly, the likelihood of an in-home freeze up increases.
Leaving interior doors open allows heat to properly circulate throughout your home, eliminating uncomfortably isolated warm and cool temperatures throughout your house.
During the cold months, Eielson residents are reminded that due to the location of the pipes underneath windows, all windows should remain closed until the temperature is routinely above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
While opening windows to cool the house offers a “quick fix” and the warmer temperatures in early spring are welcomed by residents, the freezing point for water remains at 32 degrees. The exposure to the cold temperatures makes pipes more susceptible to freeze.
October 1st, hoses should also be disconnected and properly stored for the approaching winter months. They should not be reconnected until the temperature is routinely above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you suspect a freeze up has occurred, please contact Corvias at 907-372-2302.
The Corvias Community Office at Eielson Air Force Base will have limited office hours on Columbus Day. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10th. Corvias maintenance staff will be on call during the holiday. Please contact 907-372-2302 for all maintenance and emergency issues. For additional information, please call 907-372-2300 or stop by the Community Office
- Dress warm – last year on Halloween it was below zero!
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Take a flashlight with you or wear reflective clothing
- Check your children’s candy – be sure to throw away anything that looks to be open or tampered with.
- Make sure costumes are safe – long costumes can be a tripping hazard or wearing masks can make it hard to breathe
- Drive safely and slowly
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:
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.
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.
How do you get rid of “energy vampires?” Unplug appliances that are not in use. Do not leave them in standby mode.
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.
Follow us on Facebook!
October 10th – Columbus Day – Community Offices open 9am-1pm
October 28th – FSS Fall Festival @ Yukon Club
October 31st - Halloween
November 18th – Fallapalooza – Corvias Carnival @ Baker Field House 4:30pm-6:30pm