- Army Wife Network to host free spouse events at Fort Sill November 20-21
- New trash schedule begins mid-October
- Join us for fun and games at our annual Fallapalooza! Halloween chills: Why do we enjoy being scared?
- Halloween chills: Why do we enjoy being scared?
- Halloween Safety
- Getting in the spirit
- Corvias Foundation gathers new scholars, recent graduates and alumni to find new ways to give back
- Strengthening Families and Communities - “Know your Resources”
- Heart your community: Seven ways to build community in your neighborhood
- Fort Sill under Stage 3 water restrictions
- Animal control reminder
- Tell us how we are doing
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Community?
An event filled with friendship, laughter, prizes, advice and self-discovery is coming November 20-21 to Fort Sill. Corvias Military Living is proud to partner with Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for Army spouses, to bring the Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies to Fort Sill’s military spouses.
The Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies is a networking and military appreciation event for spouses. Army Wife Network’s Tara Crooks, Janet MacIntosh and Paula Swanson will host two, free sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 20 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, November 21. Both sessions of the Field ExerciseTM are free and focus on creating a personal support network to help navigate Army life.
“Our Field ExerciseTM will have a room full of talking and laughing spouses engaged with each other and recharging their spirits by putting themselves first,” said Crooks, co-founder of Army Wife Network and 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year. “This will be the second time the Army Wife Network team has visited The Fires Center of Excellence, and we could not be more excited to bring the Field ExerciseTM back to the spouses at Fort Sill.”
The two four-hour sessions are identical and will feature a full lunch or dinner, door prizes and giveaways.
Registration for these events will open in November at www.armywifenetwork.com under the events section. Space is limited and a ticket will be required for event entry. Remember, only register for one of the two sessions. Watch for more details and information from Corvias and Army Wife Network as the registration date approaches.
Corvias continues to make improvements and enhance your quality of life at Fort Sill. Recently, we received feedback that household and bulk trash pickups falling on Monday holidays created confusion, and residents missed their pickup thinking the waste management company was off. To better serve you, Corvias worked with the trash vendor to switch your trash pickup day from Monday to Tuesday. The new schedule will begin the week of October 13. Don’t forget containers should be curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. the day of pickup and must be promptly returned to storage locations the same day.
The kids are back in school, the weather is starting to cool and the leaves are changing colors. All of this can only mean one thing, fall has arrived! In order to get everyone into the spirit, Corvias invites you to join us for our Fallapalooza event at Southern Plains Community Center on Tuesday, October 28 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
This year, we are bringing back truck-or-treat where children can fill their bucket with candy and prizes from each station. Don’t worry if your child does not have a trick-or-treat bag; Corvias will provide some for free! We hope you’ll stick around until 6:00 p.m. for the costume contest. The contest will include three age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-8 year olds, and 9-14 year olds. We will offer prizes to the winners in each age group. Also, one pet will have a chance to win a prize for the best costume!
Remember to visit the various on-post resource agencies to pick up a raffle ticket, which enters you into a drawing for a grand prize. Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be offered. This is a free event and open to all Corvias Military Living residents. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
Trick-or-Treating on post is Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. 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 Military Living 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 to policy 2-18 of your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
Every year, Corvias Foundation selects a new class of scholars from military and employee families to receive $50,000 college scholarships. As of this past May, Corvias scholars number more than 90, and their commitment to the Corvias family and to giving back are a testament to the investment made in each of them.
This year was a special year for the Foundation. In July, we marked our fifth year in Boston celebrating new scholars at Fenway Park, as well as holding our inaugural alumni summit. John Picerne inspired new recipients to go out into the world and make changes in their own way, as they study and learn about themselves. He then urged recent graduates to reach for what makes them happy and fulfilled in life.
During the alumni summit, past scholarship recipients provided insight into what more we at Corvias can do to give back to military families. Each provided great ideas for how the Corvias Foundation can grow and evolve in the face of our changing world. The alumni also thanked the Foundation as a group for helping to provide them an education and to make them into the young people that they are.
As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We at Corvias look forward to continuing to encourage others to imagine, inspire, and reach higher.
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and Family – stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face.
- Army Community Service - (580) 442-4916
- Soldier and Family Assistance Center - (580) 558-4988
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources contact your Community Office.
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 or home owners association (HOA) 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 or HOA 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. If you are struggling to meet new people, check to see if the Army Wife Network is having a Field Exercise: Battle Buddies event in your area. Corvias has partnered with AWN to bring these events to several Corvias installations free of charge. The events are packed with friendship and fun while providing an opportunity to connect with other military spouses in your area. You can also be a part of the Army Wife Network online community via its website, blog and social sites.
- 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. If you live in a Corvias community 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.
The lack of significant rain in the area has forced the post to follow the declared Stage 3 water emergency by the city of Lawton. That means a mandatory restriction on outside watering. Fort Sill family housing residents can water Wednesdays and Saturdays, but only between the hours of midnight and 9 a.m. The city's water policy triggers a Stage 3 emergency when the combined water capacity of lakes Lawtonka, Ellsworth, and Waurika is at 50 percent, or less. The restrictions will stay in place until the lakes levels rise.
At the end of PCS season it is not uncommon for the post to see an increase in the stray pet population. If you see pets, such as dogs or cats, please call the Fort Sill Military Police desk at 580 442-2101.
Residents should notify the Military Police concerning loose or stray animals or any animal which, by its conduct or temperament, reasonably constitutes a physical threat to people or other animals. All animal bites or scratch incidents to humans should be reported to the nearest medical facility.
Report all rodents and any dead animal, pets or wild, found in the neighborhood areas to your Community Office. Burial of animals in housing is prohibited.
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin this month and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact your Community Office for more information.
Did you know…recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes.
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
- Oct. 2 – 3-Mile Thursday, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 5:30 p.m.
- Oct. 3 – Oktoberfest, Historic Patriot Club, 5 p.m.
- Oct. 9 – GI Jane Luncheon, Historic Patriot Club, 10 a.m.
- Oct. 9 – Blood Thanks & Giving Celebration, Apache Casino Hotel, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 11 – First Annual Arts Battle, Great Plains Tech Center
- Oct. 13 – Columbus Day, Community Offices open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Oct. 14 – new trash pickup day begins
- Oct. 20 - Career Guidance Class, Southern Plains Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
- Oct. 28 – Fallapalooza, Southern Plains Community Center, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 31 - Halloween