- Join us for some holiday cheer and festivities after the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!
- Decorating your home for the holidays: What holiday tradition is special to your home and family?
- How many different reasons to celebrate this month?
- Winter pet care
- 11 winter heating and fire prevention tips
- Traveling soon?
- Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant applications now open
- 9 tips to keep your garbage disposal running
- Fort Sill remains under Stage 3 water restrictions
- Why is storm water runoff a problem?
- Guest Policy Reminder
- It’s quarterly survey time
- Corvias employees give back
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Community?
Join your neighbors, fellow service members and your Corvias Military Living team on Tuesday, December 2, as we kick off the holiday season. Corvias, along with Fort Sill, will host this year’s holiday celebration. The Fort Sill’s Tree Lighting Ceremony is completely free and will be held in front of McNair Hall at 6 p.m.
After the tree lighting, we hope you will stay for our special event, ‘Tis the Season. Corvias will offer pictures with Santa, so bring your camera to capture your little one’s special moment. Train rides for children on the Okie Dokie Express, listening to holiday music, and complimentary refreshments will also be available for your family and friends to enjoy. We hope to see you there!
“Since we are in the military and with the expenses of travel, we don’t often get a chance to be close to extended family during the holidays. Therefore, the past couple years we have spent Christmas by ourselves. Our tradition on Christmas Eve is to have friends over. Then all the kids act out the nativity, and we have a spiritual thought to tie in the meaning of Christmas. We sing songs, eat, and play games. Our kids look forward to this each year now.”
- Mrs. Kristen Melling, Old Cavalry Post resident
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December is a month of many holiday celebrations crossing a variety of cultures, nationalities, and beliefs. Here’s a quick snapshot of what people celebrate, and why:
- Hannukah: This Jewish holiday begins on Dec. 16 (at sundown) and lasts through Dec. 24. Hannukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Maccabees in 165 B.C. Each night, families light one candle on the menorah, observing the traditional story of how the oil for the temple’s eternal flame burned for eight days.
- Christmas: Observed on Dec. 25, this Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, probably between the years 7 and 2 B.C. The 25th may have been chosen to correspond with the winter solstice or to coincide with a Roman holiday honoring the sun during the same period. Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States in 1870.
- Kwanzaa: A seven-day celebration of African heritage and culture, Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Activist Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 to emphasize African-Americans’ shared history and experience. The name Kwanzaa is derived from “matunda ya kwanza,” a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits.”
Cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time, thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors. This can put their pets in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
- Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure your pets don't have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.
- Keep your pets inside as much as you can when the mercury drops. If you have to take them out, stay outside with them. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding, and plenty of non-frozen water. Try leaving out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel so it won't burn your pet's skin.
- Animals that are not generally in good health shouldn't be exposed to winter weather for a long period of time. Very young and very old animals are vulnerable to the cold as well. Regardless of their health, though, no pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather. If you have any questions about how long your pet should be out this winter, ask your veterinarian.
- Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. To keep your pet's pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe her feet with a washcloth when she comes inside.
- When you're outside with your pets during the winter, you can watch them for signs of discomfort with the cold. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they're saying they want to get back someplace warm.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. If you take some precautions, you and your pet can have a fabulous time taking in the icicles, the snow banks, and the warm, glowing fire at the end of the day.
Source: American Animal Hospital Association
There is nothing like a warm home on a cold winter day. However, heating a home increases the chance of a fire, but many fires can be prevented. Following these tips can help you have a safe and cozy home.
- Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check the batteries monthly.
- Check that your fire extinguishers are charged and ready to go.
- Leave furnace repairs to Corvias Military Living maintenance technicians.
- Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system.
- Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and at least 15 feet from the house.
- Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device.
- If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit.
- Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms or other areas where they may come into contact with water.
- Never try to thaw frozen pipes with a blow torch or other open flame. Use hot water or a UL labeled device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.
- If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike.
- Plan and practice your home escape plan with your family.
For more information visit the U.S. Fire Administration website here.
If you are planning a vacation or extended time away from your home, consider registering your home for House Watch with your Community Office. When you register your home, the community team will make a routine check of the property and will take appropriate actions as needed.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
The garbage disposal is one of the systems in your home that gets a lot of wear and tear. Following the tips below will keep your disposal grinding away.
- Keep the drain covered when the disposal unit is not in use.
- Do not dispose of items such as bones, corncobs, hairpins, glass, string, tacks, etc. Doing so may result in a clogged drain or jammed disposal.
- Grind food waste with strong flow of cold water.
- Flush the disposal for self-cleaning by running a few minutes after grinding waste or draining dishwasher.
- Do not use lye or other chemicals for cleaning.
- Do not turn off water the while grinding.
- Do not grind fibrous food waste, i.e., cornhusks, pea pods, lettuce, celery, artichoke leaves, chicken skin.
- To sharpen the blades of your disposal use ice cubes. Drop a handful of ice cubes into the disposal and grind with a strong flow of cold water.
- To give your kitchen a fresh scent grind some slices of lemon or orange in the disposal.
When disposal does not operate take the following steps:
- Step 1: Turn off switch and water, and allow garbage disposal unit to cool.
- Step 2: Push reset button located on bottom or side until a click is heard.
- Step 3: Turn on switch and water.
- Step 4: If garbage disposal is still operational, call the Community Management Office to report a work order.
The lack of significant rain in the area has forced the post to follow the continued 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 11 a.m. and 3 p.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.
We want to help keep Fort Sill and Oklahoma looking beautiful. Starting small, with storm water runoff for example, is an easy way to make a difference. 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 water bodies 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.
- Properly disposing of debris and waste is simple and can make a difference in our environment. For information about disposing of household hazardous waste call the Environmental Quality Division at 580-442-3266.
Please remember to contact your Community Office should any house guest stay in your home for longer than seven days. You can then register them as an official house guest.
Registered guests are welcome to visit for no longer than 30 consecutive days. Guests are not allowed to stay in the home if they have been barred from the installation.
On Thursday, December 4, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive an electronic housing survey in their email boxes! This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs. The electronic survey will only take a few minutes, and by completing it, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the August survey drawing: the Coburn family, the Rathburn family, the Levasseur family, the Wilcox family, and the Guerrero family.
In partnership with Corvias Foundation, Corvias employees are the backbone of the Foundation’s Adopt-A-Charity program. It begins with employees volunteering their time and selecting a local charity to support. The charity guides the scope of work to be accomplished during one or more work days, and the volunteer committee makes it happen.
These efforts take place outside of work hours and are entirely a volunteer commitment. The Corvias volunteer team from Fort Sill spent the first Saturday in November with staff and clients at Family Promise, a homeless shelter in Lawton. The main task for the day was to organize and restock all the necessary items that the shelter keeps on hand – this was no small feat! The addition of new movable shelving units and storage containers made all the difference. Updated educational tools were supplied for the children’s activity space as well. Team Sill also prepared lunch and planned a memorable afternoon filled with games and activities for the current shelter residents.
Corvias Foundation is proud to partner with these employees as they demonstrate Corvias Group’s commitment to generously give back to the communities in which we live and serve.
The next time you reach for a paper towel, consider this - if every household in the US replaced one roll of non-recycled paper towels with a roll of 100% recycled paper towels, we would save 864,000 trees and 3.4 million cubic feet of landfill space.
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
- Dec. 2: Fort Sill Tree Lighting Ceremony/’Tis the Season; McNail Hall; 6 to 8 p.m.
- Dec. 5: CG’s Ball; Historic Patriot Club; 4 to 10 p.m.
- Dec. 6 – 7: Christ Kindl Markt Crafts Fair; Rinehart Fitness Center
- Dec 13: Trees for Troops; Recycle Center; tree pickup begins at 7 a.m.
- Dec. 15 – 19: Toys for Kids; Fort Sill Conference Center
- Dec. 24: Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Dec. 25: All offices closed
- Dec. 31: Cosmic Bowling; Twin Oaks Bowling Alley; starts at 8 p.m.