- Thanksgiving’s origins: No pie, but lots of other tasty food
- Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications available November 1 to children and spouses of active-duty service members
- Annual Resident Surveys Coming Soon
- Achieving Cultural Change – Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention
- Don’t let the holidays “gobble” up your finances!
- Don’t let frozen pipes ruin the holidays!
- Garbage Disposals, Grease and the Holidays!
The first Thanksgiving didn’t feature pies or cakes because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar. But it may have included cranberries, which Native Americans used in a variety of foods (including pemmican, made from berries, dried venison, and melted fat) as well as for medicinal purposes.
So what was the “original” Thanksgiving really like? Although harvest feasts were common in what became known as the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout the 17th century, the Thanksgiving most Americans probably think of was held at the Plymouth Plantation in November 1621.
William Bradford, the governor of the plantation, organized a feast for colonists and their neighbors, the Wampanoag tribe, to celebrate a successful harvest. The harvest had thrived thanks in part to Squanto, a native of the Patuxet tribe who had learned English as a slave before returning to his native land. Squanto taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, catch eels and fish, and avoid poisonous plants in the surrounding forest, as well as helping them to forge a relationship with the Wampanoag and its chief, Massasoit.
This first Thanksgiving lasted three days, and probably did feature wild turkey as well as venison supplied by the Wampanoag—but no football.
Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications available November 1 to children and spouses of active-duty service members
Applications for the 2014 Scholarship and Educational Grant are available after November 1 at www.corviasfoundation.org. The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2006.
Applications for the Scholarship must be submitted by February 13, 2014, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university in the amount of up to $50,000 each. The Foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members stationed at Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill, and Aberdeen Proving Ground to receive the scholarships. New this year, children at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB and Seymour Johnson AFB will also be eligible to apply for the scholarships.
Applications for the Educational Grant must be submitted by May 8, 2014. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty service member at the installations listed above. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process.
Applications and all necessary paperwork must be submitted by the due date. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
Corvias Military Living’s goal is to provide the best homes, service and value to residents. Each year Corvias hires a third-party research company to conduct annual satisfaction surveys. These surveys help the company focus on areas that need attention and identify ways to enhance the experience of each resident.
Corvias has selected SatisFacts Research who will contact residents via e-mail to complete a brief online survey. To complete the survey, Corvias must have a personal e-mail address. The online surveys will be sent prior to the end of the year and participation is voluntary. However, we strongly encourage residents to contribute. Without candid and thoughtful feedback, we could not have provided nationally recognized, award-winning customer service for five consecutive years.
If you have been sexually assaulted, you have rights. All brigades have advocacy services that you can utilize. An advocate can provide support, information and education to assist you through the medical, investigative, legal process, and referrals as appropriate. The Garrison advocates can be reached at 4700 Mow-Way Rd. (580) 442-4916.
Active Duty, Retirees, and Adult Dependents are eligible to receive both restricted and unrestricted reporting options.
DoD Civilians and Contractors are eligible for unrestricted reporting only. To receive confidential services aside from the military, off post support is available at New Directions (580) 357-2500.
An unrestricted report WILL include an official investigation conducted by law enforcement.
A restricted report will NOT involve law enforcement or the chain of command. Victims choosing this option are still eligible for all medical and counseling services.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly “gobble” up your hard-earned money. Don’t fret – we’ve got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don’t burn a hole in your wallet.
· Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
· Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Financial Readiness Program at 337-531-1957.
· Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
· Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
· Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
· Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, December 2.
· Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
· Don’t forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That’s really what it is all about.
Water has a unique property -- it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hoses, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors.
- Close inside valves supplying outdoor faucets. Then, open the outside faucet to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located and are in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature in the pipe is cold.
- Call your Community Office if you have pipes that need to be insulated.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventive Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
For more information, please contact your Community Office.
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The holidays are the number one season for clogged sinks and sewer backups. To keep your pipes clear, dispose of grease, oils and fats with your regular trash. If poured down the sink, these fatty materials can harden along pipelines causing sewer backups.
To keep your garbage disposal working properly, do not use it to dispose of large quantities of food waste. Egg shells, potato skins, pasta, rice and other vegetables and meats can cause your garbage disposal to clog and jam. Large food scraps like these should be disposed of in your regular trash. Your garbage disposal should be used only to help wash down very small amounts of food that remain in your sink after washing dishes.