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- Yard of the Month to begin
- Reopening of pedestrian bridge
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- Spouse Scholarship Applications due May 4
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May 13th: Dog Park Opens- Pet Parade Event
May 18th: Re-Opening of Pedestrian Bridge
May 29th: Memorial Day
Spring is here and I want to take a moment to remind everyone of some items that will keep the community beautiful! You will see new mulch in flower beds. Also, we encourage everyone who wants to, to plant flowers in the flower beds outside of your home. If your grass is looking a little dull, grass seed is available upon request in the housing office. Come pick up a bag, and say hi! We love seeing our residents smiling faces.
Now that mowing season has begun, please make sure that yards are picked up. Removing toys and cleaning up pet feces, will help the mowers make sure your yard is mowed. Also, if you have pets, please make sure that they are inside the house on mow days, and make sure your gate is unlocked.
Since utility billing is now in full swing, I wanted to take a moment to share some helpful tips on conserving energy. A vampire appliance is classified as an appliance that is left plugged in that is using a lot of energy, even when the appliance itself is not in use. Below are some examples of vampire electronics and the amount of energy that they use:
- Toaster- 1100 Watts
- Phone Charger- 4 Watts
- Scentsy- 15 Watts
- Tablet charger- 12.5 Watts
- Humidifier- 90 Watts
- DVD Player-22.5 Watts
Being mindful of these, and unplugging items that are not in use, will help conserve energy.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidental strangling, is window cords. Since these blind and curtain cords are a serious risk for our children, Corvias Military Living wants to remind you and your family on the proper steps to staying safe. Be sure to keep all window cords out of the reach of children. This includes ensuring that all furniture and toys are away from windows and if possible, moved to another wall. Examine all shades and blinds in the home. If your home does not have the cordless blind style, make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords. Make loose cords inaccessible. If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
Following these tips will help keep you and your family safe from this hidden hazard. More information can be found by visiting the Window Safety Cord Council’s website, windowcoverings.org.
The opening of the new dog park will be celebrated with a Pet Parade on Saturday, May 13th at 10:00am on the corner of Spicer and Arnold. Please stop by with your dog for a complimentary treat bag and pictures with your pets!
Corvias Military Living is launching the Yard of the Month program for 2017. The program is designed to recognize residents who make a special effort to improve their home’s landscaping. This year’s competition runs monthly from June through August. Judging for Yard of the Month will take place the third Friday of each month during the competition. Judges will select one McConnell AFB home as the winner. The first month will be judged on June 15th. On that day, judges will ride through their community and select the home that best meets the following criteria:
- Overall appearance (landscaping, lawn ornaments, etc.)
- Flowerbeds free of weeds and grass
- Driveway free of grease and oil
- Free of trash, debris and pet waste
The winner will have the have the Yard of the Month sign displayed in front of their home, their picture in Corvias Community News and will also receive a $50 gift card.
The pedestrian bridge has been closed since the fall of 2014 due to construction. The reopening of the bridge will give access to the base side of Rock Road for the families to walk back and forth. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 3:00pm.
Your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is the stipend the Department of Defense allocates to pay for the majority of rent and utilities. When you live on post, BAH includes rent, average utilities, fire and police services, municipal services, as well as services like lawn care, trash removal, pest control, home maintenance, community amenities, project costs and future improvements. Click here to learn more about how Corvias uses BAH.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses of active-duty service members are due Thursday, May 4. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org.
Take advantage of spring weather! While the temperatures outside are comfortable, use a window or ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner. A fan only requires a tenth of the energy needed to run an air conditioner.