- Join us for fun and games at our annual Fallapalooza
- Halloween chills: Why do we enjoy being scared?
- Halloween safety
- Scoop the poop!
- Heart your community
- Time for a change
- Corvias Foundation Announces Military Spouse Recipients of $100,000 in Education Grant Awards
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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 annual Fallapalooza event at Old Cavalry Post Community Center on Wednesday, October 19 from 5 –8 p.m.
Stop by the Corvias Haunted School for spooky, carnival style fun. There will be bounce houses, games, a children’s train ride and much more. We hope you’ll stick around until 6:30 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. The event is free and open to all Fort Sill families. 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 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 your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet. Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Please be courteous to your neighbors and scoop the poop! Doing so shows that you take pride in your dog, in yourself and in your community.
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 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 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.
- 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. 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.
As we move into fall heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) filters should be changed out in conjunction with the changing weather.
HVACs recirculate indoor air; filters keep things like dust and debris from entering the system. Keeping an HVAC clean increases the longevity of the system and keeps efficiency high. Corvias recommends changing filters every 30 days.
Fall is the worst time of year for those who suffer from ragweed allergies. Ragweed pollen and other allergens, dust mites and pet dander are trapped by HVAC filters. Replacement filters are available by request. Contact your Community Office for details.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members. This year’s grant recipients represent 9 Army and Air Force installations across the United States. The names of the outstanding spouses who received the awards follow:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Lindsay Iserman is a sophomore pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland-University College. Upon completing her degree, she plans to begin a career helping service members and military families open small businesses. Her husband is Warrant Officer 1 Joshua Schmidt of the U.S. Army.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteer opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service to their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
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- Oct.7- Float in Movie; Rinehart Fitness Center; 6-8 pm
- Oct. 10th – Columbus Day! Community Offices are closed
- Oct. 19- Fallapalooza; Near Old Cavalry Post Community Center; 5-8 pm
- Oct. 25- Walk to End Domestic Violence; Elmer Thomas Park; 6-8 pm
- Oct. 29- Youth Center Harvest Fest; Youth Center; 4-8 pm