- Looking back at 2014
- SatisFacts survey winner
- Holiday Yard of the Month Winners
- Holiday decoration removal
- Holiday trash and Christmas tree disposal
- Green Corner
- Hose faucet winter safety: Keys to avoiding serious water damage
- Corvias Foundation scholarships and grants
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome Cabin Fever
- Keeping your resolutions on track
- Resident Responsibility Guide
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
Fort Sill residents and Corvias Military Living team members celebrated a milestone in 2014. The Old Cavalry Post Community Center officially opened June 4 with a ribbon cutting by members of the Army and Corvias. The center is the second of three to open on post and the 30th in the Corvias Group portfolio.
Other important events from 2014:
- The Army Wife Network and Corvias Military Living sponsored free events for spouses. Read more here.
- The Melling Family won the Fort Sill “Why your Corvias Community is the best place to live” contest. Read more here.
- The Corvias Military Living Fort Sill volunteered at Family Promise, a homeless shelter in Lawton. Read more here.
- Fort Sill was featured on the Army Wife Network site here.
- And finally, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. Read more here.
Congratulations to the Fort Sill SatisFacts survey winner! Miguel Paredes was chosen at random to receive $500 for completing and returning SatisFacts survey.
Families living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from our residents helps Corvias improve your experience living on post.
The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Thank you to all residents who participated in our first-ever Holiday Yard of the Month decorations contest. We received fantastic entries and were excited to see so many residents getting into the holiday spirit!
Your 2014 Holiday Yard of the Month winners were: the Graham Family and the Rhodes Family from the Southern Plains Community and the Starsnic family from the Old Cavalry Post Community. The winner of the Holiday Train Route was the Anders Family, who assisted in making the route a festive view during the Fort Sill Tree Lighting Ceremony.
All decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes 15 days 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 the Resident Responsibility Guide.
After the holidays, residents are often left with a lot of bulk trash and boxes. Please place all large boxes and Christmas trees in front of your home on the date of your scheduled bulk trash pickup. We ask that you please break down all boxes placed in front of your home to be picked up and that you remove all inorganic decorations from the trees including tinsel, lights and ornaments.
When placed curbside, the tree should be a few feet away from your regular household trash. Your discarded tree will be picked up by our bulk trash crews on your scheduled bulk trash day from December 31 through January 7.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
To prevent damage to your home and belongings, please turn off and drain your outside hose faucets during the winter months. Failure to do so will result in water freezing the pipes inside your walls. When the exterior hose faucets are turned on, they will attempt to push water past any frozen sections, leading to an inevitable breaking of the pipes or hose and flooding inside your walls. Always disconnect hoses from the exterior hose bib faucets. If you have any questions, please contact the Community Office.
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, sleep too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Georgia or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2014.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647.
New residents settling into their home, families who are packing boxes for an upcoming move or those who are halfway through their stay at Fort Sill should review the Resident Responsibility Guide for useful information about their community.
The RRG covers rules and regulations ranging from swimming pools, to the guest policy, to damage fees at move out. Residents are responsible for following the RRG, and for adhering to the terms set forth in their Resident Occupancy Agreement.
As a resident of Corvias Military Living, we want you to feel happy, safe and confident in your community and the Resident Responsibility Guide helps ensure all residents have a great experience. Please contact your community office for a copy of the Resident Responsibility Guide.
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. 31: Community offices close at 3 p.m.
- Jan. 1: All Corvias offices closed
- Jan 3: Cobblestone Row 1st Annual Fly Fishing Contest, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Medicine Park
- Jan 14: 6th Annual Community Wellness Expo, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Plains Coliseum Annex
- Jan. 15: Third Week 3Mile Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Billingsley Ford
- Jan. 19: All Corvias offices closed
- Jan. 31: Casino Royale Gala, 6 to 11 p.m., The Historic Patriot Club