- Army Wife Network to host free spouse events at Fort Sill November 20-21
- Let’s talk turkey
- Keeping your home humming
- Time to take out the trash
- Parking cars, trailers and RVs
- Resident Reminders: Trimming the trees
- Need money for college?
- Green Corner
- Fitness Center Etiquette
- Winter is coming
- Last chance to win $500!
- 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. A limited number of free childcare spots will be available through CYSS courtesy of Fort Sill’s Army Family Advocacy Program. To register for this childcare, please call Corvias at (580) 581- 2100 and ask for Kim Pittman.
Registration for these events will open November 3 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 and watch for more details and information from Corvias and Army Wife Network as the registration date approaches.
Turkey is the traditional choice for Thanksgiving dinner (and Christmas!). As you, your family, and friends sit down to your meal, feast on these facts about this popular poultry:
- What’s in a name? Turkeys are native to North America. According to various sources, the word “turkey” comes from: its Native American name “firkee”; the word “tuka,” the Tamil word for “peacock,” coined by Christopher Columbus when he mistook the bird for a type of peacock (it’s actually a member of the pheasant family); the first birds being shipped to England through the country of Turkey (by the Spanish) and being mistaken for another bird with the same name from Africa. By any name, they’re delicious.
- Yes, turkeys can fly. Wild turkeys, that is. Domestic turkeys are bred and raised to be so heavy they can’t take flight, but wild turkeys can fly at up to 55 mph for short distances. They can also run at a top speed of 20-25 mph.
- Order your turkey early. About 45 million turkeys are consumed every Thanksgiving. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 15 pounds. Approximately 20 million turkeys are the main course at Christmas dinner.
Fort Sill’s annual preventive maintenance program is underway. This is a very important service provided to all of our residents. Your home is a key asset in making your stay at Fort Sill rewarding and pleasant.
Your Community Office will contact you the day before your home inspection by the maintenance staff. If you already have a “Permission to Enter” form on file with us, you may call and schedule an appointment. If you would like to meet us at your home, please call for a scheduled time.
The process takes less than 45 minutes and includes: inspecting smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, HVAC systems, water heaters and plumbing fixtures in the homes.
Additionally, we will examine roofs, siding, gutters and downspouts on the outside of the homes. We will repair small items while in the homes and create work orders for any other work that is needed.
Trash, recycling and bulk trash collection are amenities included for Corvias Military Living residents. At Fort Sill bulk and household trash are collected on Tuesdays and recycling is collected on Thursdays.
The following recyclable materials are accepted: Cardboard, plastics (including drink bottles, milk and juice cartons, fruit and pudding cups and plastic tubs), glass, paper (including notebook, construction and colored paper, newspapers, magazines and envelopes), aluminum, and steel and tin.
Items for collection should be placed curbside no later than 6:30 a.m. the morning of pickup, and all containers must be returned to storage the same day as collection.
Carports should be used for their primary reason: parking of vehicles, not living space or storage area.
Bicycles, toys, tools, and lawn equipment, when not in use, must be stored in an approved storage space or moved to the back yard.
Recreational vehicles may be parked in garages, only as long as no part of the vehicle or trailer extends beyond the support structure of doorways. They cannot be parked under carports or in front of your home.
The following types of vehicles and equipment may only be stored inside the garage with the door closed and may not be permanently parked, left overnight or visible in any housing area
- Travel trailers
- Motor coaches
- Camper bodies or trailer
- Commercial vehicles
- Tractor trailers
- Boats and trailers
- Horse trailers
- All-terrain vehicles
Please contact 580-581-2100 to register for space in Corvias’s free RV Lot.
Trimming the trees
In November, we will start cutting down dead trees and removing dead branches and limbs. Trees are being removed or trimmed after being selected by a certified arborist. Please use caution around work sites while we improve your community.
Halloween and Christmas are major holidays for exterior decorations. A little friendly competition with the neighbors can make any street festive. Decorations can be displayed for up to 30 before a holiday, but must be removed from the exterior within two week following the holiday. Please review this article for more decorating guidelines.
Any resident who would like to add a fence needs to fill out a request through their Community Office. The resident is responsible for the installation and removal of the fence.
Applications for the 2015 Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after November 1 on the Corvias Foundation website.
Gearing up for holiday cooking? Try preparing your whole meal in the oven at the same time. Often you can simultaneously cook foods that have different cooking temperatures. Variations of 25 degrees usually produce favorable cooking results.
The fitness center in your Corvias Community Centers provide a convenient place to squeeze in a work out. Please keep the following rules in mind to help us keep the center in good shape:
- Resident must be 18 years of age or older to be in the fitness center.
- Please limit use to 30 minutes per machine.
- Proper attire (including both shoes and shirts) is required.
- Machines should be wiped clean after each use.
- No glass bottles allowed in the fitness center.
- Use the fitness center only for the purpose of exercising.
- Use the fitness center at your own risk.
Cold weather is quickly approaching, so here are some tips to get your house ready for the frigid months ahead.
Turn off and drain your outside hose faucets. Leaving a hose connected to a spigot can result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water through and past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls.
Leave cabinets open to keep pipes warm. Pipes under sinks, like the kitchen and bathroom, or may not be insulated. Opening the cabinets circulates warm air from your home and helps prevent pipe bursts. Be sure to relocate any hazardous cleaning materials out of reach from small children.
Use natural light to help heat your home. Open curtains and shades so the sun can warm your home. At night close the curtains and shades to help keep the heat in.
Layer up. Heating in the winter months accounts for about 66 percent of a home’s energy consumption. Keep the thermostat around 68 degrees and wear sweaters, sweatshirts or blankets to keep comfortable.
Did you know your opinions could win you $500? Last month, you received an email from an independent research firm, SatisFacts, to complete an online survey on how Corvias Military Living is doing.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey link from “residentsurveys.com”. The email subject is titled “Corvias Military Resident Satisfaction Survey”, and the deadline to complete the survey is mid-November. Participation is voluntary, but we hope you will provide feedback as Corvias strives to improve your experience as a resident. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize. Contact your community office for more information.
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
- Nov. 1 – Park Tavern Annual Chili Cook-off, Medicine Park
- Nov. 1 – Arts for All Gala, Great Plains Coliseum, 7 p.m.
- Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
- Nov. 5 – “How to be a Wonder Woman in a Superman’s World”, Historic Patriot Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Nov. 6 – 3-Mile Thursday, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 5:30 p.m.
- Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 20 – Army Wife Network Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies, Historic Patriot Club, 5 to 9 p.m.
- Nov. 21 – Army Wife Network Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies, Historic Patriot Club, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Nov. 22 – Holiday in the Park Parade, Elmer Thomas Park
- Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Day, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 28 – Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Nov. 28 and 29 – Holiday Card & Ornament Workshop, Nye Library, 1 to 3 p.m.