- Spring into Fun
- Win a free trip on Corvias!
- Your opinions could win you $100 gift card
- “Purple Up!” in Support of Military Kids
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- Applications for the Corvias Foundation Educational Grant for Military Spouses are Due May 8!
- Yard of the Month begins in May!
- Lifeguards wanted
- Operation Fit Kid
- Prevent mold in your home
- Green Corner
- Small Drips Add Up to Big Dilemmas - Reduce Water Loss
- Why is storm water runoff a problem?
- Upcoming Events
New this year, Corvias Military Living is excited to announce a partnership with Fort Sill’s MWR to co-host a post-wide Easter Egg Hunt. We anticipate this to be the best year yet for our Spring Into Fun event. We hope the Corvias Community will join us Saturday, April 19 with festivities kicking off at 11 a.m. Spring into Fun will be held at Buchner Field behind the DENTAC building on Randolph Road.
First up is the Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 18 months through 11 years old. Other activities for all to enjoy include crafts, games like Plinko and ring toss, food and more. Be sure to dress your little one in their Easter best and bring your camera. The bunny house serves as a great backdrop for Easter photos.
The egg hunts will begin promptly at noon with each age group separated throughout the field. There will be plenty of eggs for all, as well as special prize eggs. Come join the fun and don’t forget to bring a basket or bag to hold all of your eggs!
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Corvias wants to hear from you! In a one-minute or less video, tell us why your Corvias community is great. One winning video entry will be selected from each Corvias Military Living installation and our Corvias Campus Living location and will receive an iPad mini! Then, one overall winner will be chosen from the top 14 videos for a grand prize - a $2,000 travel voucher! All winners will be announced mid-May. Email your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
Earlier this week, you should have received an email from Corvias Military Living announcing our Resident Communication Survey. This short survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to help us communicate most effectively with you.
Please take time to complete the survey and help us better serve you. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to receive one of three $100 gift cards to Amazon.com. If you did not receive an email about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact your Community Office to update your contact information.
Corvias Foundation is inviting all residents to “Purple Up!” on April 15 to recognize and honor military children.
The “Purple Up!” initiative started only a couple of years ago and has quickly spread across the entire country. Sparked by a deep appreciation for the challenges military children face, purple is the selected color of this movement of gratitude because it symbolizes a combination of Army green, Air Force blue, Marine red, Navy blue, and Coast Guard blue.
“Military children live with unique challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments, and life transitions,” explains Corvias Foundation Executive Director, Maria Montalvo. “Children of military families serve along with their parents, and we want to recognize them for their sacrifice.”
Please wear your purple and join us at Southern Plains Community Center from 4-5 p.m. on April 15 to celebrate military children in a short ceremony. We’re hoping to have lots of smiling faces for a photo op for our local papers too! Please check your email for more information coming soon. During the month, you’ll also see bulletin boards in community centers and offices where residents are invited to add photos to recognize those special military children in your life.
In addition, we’ve created a blog where residents can share their experiences. Check it out!
Thank you for your support of military kids!
Military life requires frequent moves which can make preparing your income tax return stressful, difficult and confusing. Tax Day and PCS season are both quickly approaching, the tips and resources below may help with “down to the wire” returns or navigating through an upcoming move more knowledgeable and organized.
Organize your papers
Military families may face multiple moves during the same tax year and when tax season arrives, it reduces stress to have all of your documents in one place. A military spouse said the best advice she could give another military spouse is to “keep your documents organized.”
Creating a yearly tax file can help ease the worry of filing a return. A simple pocket folder or an accordion file can help keep track of tax documents throughout the year. Our favorite is this style of folder.
The Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for spouses, features a column on the top tax deductions to consider before you begin your tax return.
Moving expense deductions
While PCS moves are paid, there may be some out-of-pocket expenses you can claim on your tax return. The IRS website outlines moving expenses that could be deducted. FrontDoor.com also outlines expenses that cannot be claimed. As always, please consult with a tax service provider for complete details.
Free tax services
The military community has several free resources available for service members, veterans and dependents. Most installations offer free assistance with tax preparation through their Legal Assistance Offices. For individuals that want to file on their own, militaryonesource.com offers a free, online service. Of course, if you have any questions, always ask a professional.
If you are the spouse of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available educational grants from Corvias Foundation and to apply online.
The Garrison Command, in cooperation with Corvias Military Living, is proud to launch the Yard of the Month program for 2014 next month. The program is designed to recognize on-post residents who make a special effort to improve the landscaping of their homes. It’s a monthly competition that runs from May through July.
Judging for Yard of the Month will take place on the first Friday of each month during the three months of the program. Judges will select one Neighborhood Yard of the Month for each on-post housing neighborhood. Yards in Buffalo Soldier Acres will be judged with Southern Plains.
Judging for next month will take place on May 2. On that day, judges will ride through their designated neighborhood 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 and debris
The Neighborhood Yard of the Month will receive a yard sign, a $25 gift card.
In addition to Neighborhood Yard of the Month, there will also be one Installation Yard of the Month. Judges will assess the two on-post Yard of the Month winners and award the overall champion. The winner will have the Installation Yard of the Month sign displayed in front of their home, a picture in the monthly newsletter and will also receive a $50.00 gift card.
So let the gardening begin!
American Pool Service is now hiring lifeguards, head guards and managers for the summer of 2014 at the Corvias community pools. Lifeguarding is the perfect job for high school students, college students and adults with a flexible summer schedules. To be a lifeguard, you must be a minimum of 15 years old, and have or obtain your Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. American Pool offers discounted lifeguard training and CPR certification courses for all employees! Some areas may require additional training, apply today for more information.
A new program catering to parents with children struggling to maintain a healthy weight is coming soon to Fort Sill thanks to the U.S. Army Public Health Command. The program is a 12-week commitment with small group sessions as well as individual calls with the Operation Kit Fit facilitator. The main goals are to teach parents how to provide healthy food choices, increase their child’s physical activity, and use incentives to help their child make better health related choices. For more information, please contact Karen Langlois at (580) 442-0716.
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
Nationwide, minor leaks contribute to 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year – that’s trillion with a ‘T’. This is an unfathomable number to most of us, but what’s even more unfathomable is the fact that the majority of that loss is completely avoidable. Even a leak as small as a few drops per minute can send hundreds of gallons per year down the drain.
Allowing these small leaks to persist is not a smart use of a precious resource, and detecting leaks is an easier process than you think. There are simple steps you can take to determine whether or not one of your household appliances has a leak:
- A common leaky appliance is your toilet. To check for leaks there, all you have to do is place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl after 15 minutes without flushing, then a leak is present.
- Leaking faucets and showerheads can be remedied by checking for gasket and washer wear, and by ensuring all connections are tight and secure.
- Garden hoses often leak at the spigot connection, but you can easily replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
In the war against leaks, water utilities are fighting the same battles as everyone else, just on a larger scale. Professionals are working around the clock to detect leaks when they appear and to get them fixed fast. Across the country, we’re always on the job keeping track of the large and complex system, checking water mains, valves, and pipes for potential leaks or breaks by using advanced tools and technologies that encourage resource conservation and efficiency. But even with our trained technicians and specialized equipment, it’s important to remember that we’re all working toward the same goal. By caring for our water and the systems that help deliver it, both individuals and the water industry can make a difference in reducing water loss across the country.
*Provided by American Water Enterprises, Inc.
It is our goal to maintain the highest quality living environment for our residents. To help achieve this, it is key that we work together to minimize conditions that could lead to the growth of naturally occurring mold. Here are ways you can help minimize mold growth in your home:
• Open windows or run the fan on the home air-handling unit to circulate fresh air and properly ventilate.
• In damp or rainy weather conditions, keep windows and doors closed. If water enters your home as a result of inclement weather, remove it immediately.
• Regular vacuuming, mopping and use of household cleaners are important to remove dirt and debris that contribute to mold growth. Wipe down areas, such as counter tops, windows and windowsills on a regular basis that can accumulate moisture.
• Use the bathroom fan or other ventilation when bathing and allow the fan to run until moisture has vented.
• When washing clothes in warm or hot water, watch to make sure condensation does not build up within the washer and dryer closet. If it does, dry it with a fan or towel.
• Thoroughly dry any spills on carpeting.
• Do not overfill closets or storage areas. Ventilation is important in these spaces. Do not leave damp or moist stacks of clothes or other cloth materials for an extended period of time.
Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.
- Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow.
- Sediment also can destroy aquatic habitats.
- Bacteria and other pathogens can wash into swimming areas and create health hazards, often making beach closures necessary.
- Debris—plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts—washed into waterbodies can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
- Household hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life. Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.
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
- April 4 – Lawton-Fort Sill Special Olympics, Health Expo and Safety Fair, Prichard Field
- April 11 – Co-op Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament, 8:00 a.m., Fort Sill Golf Course
- April 15 – Purple Up
- April 18 – Good Friday
- April 19 – Spring into Fun, post-wide Easter Egg Hunt, 11:00 a.m., Butner Field
- April 20 – Easter Sunday
- April 25 & 26 – Western Heritage Days, Rucker Park
- April 26 – Co-op Trash-off Campaign, 8:00 a.m., Elmer Thomas Park