- Renter’s Insurance
- Corvias blog
- Six Simple Steps to Jump-start Your Emergency Fund
- Need money for college?
- Green Corner
- Valentine Gifts under $10.00
- Recipe Corner
- Service Schedules
- Refer a Friend and win $250
- Winter Pet Tips
- Story Time at Community Centers
- Auto Skills
- The Flock is Coming
- Upcoming Events
How Does this Affect Me?
Based on the criteria above you may no longer have the renter’s insurance policy that has been previously provided through Corvias Military Living which included $20,000 personal property and $100,000 liability per occurrence with $50,000 on fire legal liability. The deductible on personal property was $500 and the liability deductible is $0.
What Should I do?
We recommend all residents obtain renter’s insurance immediately. The appropriate amount of renter’s insurance coverage is a personal decision that should be based on the value of your personal belongings.
Why Should I do it?
A renter’s insurance policy provides protection for personal property up to 20 types of loss that can create a financial burden for many families. Take a look at the example below of an actual loss which occurred as the result of a fire started by cooking on a stove.
**You could be liable for Fire Legal Liability of up to $50,000.**
As you can see, having a typical renter’s insurance policy purchased from USAA or another reputable insurance carrier can save thousands of dollars in what could be one of the most stressful times of your life. The following is a list of USAA representatives servicing the areas near you if you would like to call to discuss purchasing a policy.
- Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, Md., Ronney Wright, 757-472-9105 or Ronney.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fort Bragg, N.C., Dennis King, 803-445-434 or Dennis.email@example.com
- Fort Polk, La., Craig (Russell) Howell, 228-238-4344 or Russell.Howell@usaa.com
- Fort Riley and McConnell AFB, Kan., Joe Romans, 785-213-6892 or Joe.Romans@usaa.com
- Fort Rucker, Ala., Chris Glennon, 850-624-8300 or Chris.Glennon@usaa.com
- Fort Sill, Okla., Gary Thompson, 405-315-1668 or Gary.Thompson1@usaa.com
- Edwards AFB, Calif., Eric Page, 951-318-2334 or Eric.Page@usaa.com
- Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, Fla., Chris Glennon, 850-624-8300 or Chris.Glennon@usaa.com
- Eielson AFB, Alaska, Mike Sevy, 253-315-2449 or Michael.Sevy@usaa.com
- Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., Jim Lewis, 910-467-4540 or Jim.Lewis@usaa.com
We appreciate you cooperation and understanding as we go through this transition. For all questions and concerns, please call your Community Office.
We have published a blog article with mold prevention tips for all locations to use as needed – Facebook, resident newsletters and other communications. It can be found here: http://blog.corviasmilitaryliving.com/2016/01/11/5-tips-for-controlling-moisture-for-mold-prevention/
Saving several months’ worth of living expenses for an emergency fund can be intimidating, especially when it feels like all of your available cash is already accounted for each month. Better Money Habits offers these six simple steps to help you get started building a reserve of cash — bringing with it greater financial security and peace of mind. - See more at: http://www.americasaves.org/blog/1248-six-simple-steps-to-jump-start-your-emergency-fund#sthash.IH1KLp9l.dpuf
· Take it day by day
Putting aside months’ worth of living expenses might seem like an impossibly tall task. But more important than hitting your savings goal right away is simply getting started. To do that, pick a realistic number you think you could work toward in the short term. Some people, for example, might start with a goal of $50 or $100 a month—as little as $2 to $3 a day.
· Pick something and cut it
You could carpool or use public transportation to save on gas, bring your lunch to work or cancel that gym membership or cable subscription you don’t use. You may want to identify one discrete thing you can cut, which can be easier than trying to change your behavior.
· Make it easy on yourself
An easy way to save more consistently is to set up automatic transfers from your checking to your savings account. If you have direct deposit at work, you might be able to set aside a percentage of your paycheck to go directly to your emergency savings account each pay period.
· Don't let debt get in the way
If you’re struggling to pay down debt, saving might be the last thing on your mind. And if your debt carries high-interest rates—like credit cards—it might make sense to aggressively pay down balances first. But if your rates and balances are lower and more manageable, you can work on both goals at the same time: Consider allotting funds to both debt and savings each month.
· Keep your funds accessible—but away from temptation
Emergency funds must be available when you need them. That means not locking them up in accounts that charge you to access your money—or keeping them in an account you’ll be tempted to tap for everyday expenses. Consider creating a separate, interest-bearing, FDIC-insured savings or money market account.
· Now, up the ante
Don’t stop once you’ve hit your initial savings target. Steadily increase your savings goals until you have put aside enough money to cover your expenses for three to six months—a significant buffer against unexpected emergencies. - See more at: http://www.americasaves.org/blog/1248-six-simple-steps-to-jump-start-your-emergency-fund#sthash.IH1KLp9l.dpuf
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 11. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 5.
Heating and cooling account for about 50 percent of your home’s energy costs. If you are looking for ways to increase your systems efficiency, one sure way is to regularly change your systems filter.
- A dirty filter impedes the flow of air to your system and makes it work harder to keep you comfortable.
- A clean filter reduces your energy costs and prevents undue wear on the system.
- A clean filter keeps dust from entering your system. An accumulation of grime on your systems components can lead to inefficiency and even failure.
- A clean filter improves your indoor air quality.
Check your filter every month, and when it is clogged, replace with a clean filter. You can either pick-up a new filter at your Community Center or put in a work order by calling 337-537-5050.
Keeping your home warm in the winter accounts for about 66 percent of your energy consumption. Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption and save you money through the Live Army Green Program.
Under the program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption while staying warm:
- Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
- Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
- Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at your community office for no charge.
- A slow cooker is an effective way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
If you have any questions about the Live Army Green Program contact your Community Office.
We all enjoy Valentine’s Day and you can make these wonderful gifts take a look at these websites
Avocado shells make handy vessels for a bright salad made with the scooped-out flesh. Lime juice, garlic, and a pinch of cayenne flavor the dressing. The salad can also be served as a topping for quesadillas or as a fresh filling for tacos.
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Coarse salt
- 1 firm, ripe avocado, halved and pitted
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, diced
- 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish
1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and cayenne. Season with salt.
2. Scoop out flesh from avocado halves, reserving shells, and chop. Transfer to a bowl and add bell pepper, tomatoes, scallion, and chopped cilantro.
3. Drizzle with dressing and season with salt. Gently stir to combine. Spoon mixture into reserved shells. Garnish with whole cilantro leaves and serve immediately.
Corvias Military Housing offers a variety of services to make your life easier. Don’t forget to check out http://polk.corviasmilitaryliving.com/residents/calendar for your trash, recycling, lawn care and pest control schedules.
Refer a friend to move into Corvias Military Living at Fort Polk and receive $250.00. Incoming customers must sign a 12 month lease by February 29, 2016, and you will receive a check for $250.00 the following month.
In order to be eligible for the referral check, the applicant must note they were referred by a current resident on their application, and provide the name and address of the resident who referred them at the time of application.
Dropping temperatures affect pets the same way they do people. If a pet is accustomed to living indoors then they do not want to be out in the cold any more than you do. Leaving animals outside for extended periods of time can put them in danger of serious illness and even death. Here are a few tips to keep your animal warm and safe:
- If you are cold your pet is cold. Don’t let your pet stay outside longer than you would. If your pet must stay outside make sure they have a warm shelter with insulation and plenty of food and water.
- Keep your pets dry. If you go on a walk, or your pet has been outside, be sure to dry your pet when your pet comes inside
- Tap the hood of your car or blow the horn before starting your car. Cats may seek shelter under your car and may be injured if you start the engine.
- Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
- Clean up and spilled antifreeze and store antifreeze out of reach of pets.
- Do not leave your pet in your vehicle. Cars can keep the cold in, the same as heat in the summer, and can quickly chill your pet.
- Pick up after your pet. Keeping your yard tidy in the winter will make spring all the more welcoming. Pet waste will not decompose in cold temperatures. It will still be there when you burst forth from your home ready to spend some time outside on a warm spring day.
Following these tips and using good judgment can help you keep your pet healthy this winter.
Story time for Families at our local community centers
Come out and enjoy!
Time: 9AM-10:30am for all locations
Place: February 9th-Maple Terrace
February 10th-Dogwood Terrace
February 11th-Camellia Terrace
(We will be making Mardi Gras Masks)
They can help you with oil changes all the way to battery charging!
You can use this facility to change your oil yourself or just to work on your car but, they are there to assist you in this process if you are in need of assistance.
Address: Bldg 4529 Louisiana Avenue
Phone number: 337-531-6149
Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 1:30-9PM
Thurs, Sat and Sun-10:30-6PM
Tues, Wed and Holidays-Closed
The Fort Polk Spouse Club Flamingos take flight on February 1st. This annual fundraiser helps to raise funds to provide scholarships for Fort Polk military dependents and grants for local community programs.
Surprise your friends by sending a FLOCK OF FLAMINGOS to decorate their front yard. Under the cover of darkness the flock will arrive and a Corvias resident will awake to a yard inhabited by festive plastic flamingos. They will leave as quietly as they arrived the following evening. The FPSC Fabulous Flocking Fairies will handle everything. Your friend’s only responsibility is to enjoy the surprise!
If you don’t like tacky pink Flamingos you can protect yourself by purchasing Anti-Flocking Insurance
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website http://www.fortpolkspousesclub.org/ for more information. The FLOCK will arrive February 1, 2016 and will nest through the month. The flock’s flight pattern will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.
-Mardi Gras Parade in Leesville, LA -February 6, 2016 starts at 2PM.
-February 15-Corvias offices are open.
-February 15- President’s Day-no school.
-March 25 -April 1-Easter break. (Make your plans now)
-February 14-Valentine’s Day
-February 22-Cake cutting and kick off for the week @ 9am at ACS
Call 337-531-1941 for more information on Military Saves Week with Financial
January 29, 2016
Pineville Light the Night Parade
The second annual Pineville Light the Night Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on College Boulevard. It will travel down Main Street, cross the Jackson Street Bridge into Alexandria, turn onto Third Street and end at Johnston Street. A highlight of the parade will be its lighted floats.
T.A.P.P. into Mardi Gras
A Third Street After Parade Party is scheduled for immediately following Pineville's Light the Night Parade. Float riders and the general public are invited to gather near the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center to follow the Cenla Brass Band back down Third Street for the festivities. Merchants, restaurants and bars on Third Street and the surrounding area will be open.
Woodworth Mardi Gras parade
The town of Woodworth will host its annual Mardi Gras Parade at noon. The parade will begin at Maison Rue and Castor Plunge Road, travel down Dan Triplett Road to Brookwood Drive, turn onto Hwy. 165 South and then return to Castor Plunge Road.
Alexandria Mardi Gras Parade
The Louisiana State University of Alexandria Mardi Gras Parade will roll across campus on Feb. 3 at noon. It will begin on Tom Bowman Road and end at Acorn Drive.
Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders Parade
The Hixson Autoplex Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. The downtown Alexandria parade route will begin at Murray Street and end at St. James Street. Classic car owners and college cheerleaders from Louisiana and Arkansas will participate.
Taste of Mardi Gras
Taste of Mardi Gras will feature more than 40 food vendors. General admission time is 7 p.m. Once again, it will be at the Alexandria Riverfront Center, and tickets for VIP seating at 6 p.m. will be available. Tickets are on sale now at the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau office, 707 Second Street in Alexandria, or by calling 318-442-9546 or 318-729-6045. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children and reserved, VIP tables for eight are $400.
The 20th annual Children’s Parade will roll at 10 a.m. The parade route will wind through downtown Alexandria, from Murray Street to St. James Street.
Mardi Gras at the zoo
A Mardi Gras Party at the Alexandria Zoo is set for 2 p.m. There will be treats from Atwood’s Bakery and live music, free with the price of admission.
The 23rd annual Krewes Parade rolls at 2 p.m. beginning on Texas Avenue and ending on North Mall Boulevard. More than 20 floats will be participating.
Mardi Gras in The Zone
There will be an alcohol and tobacco-free area safe for families to celebrate before the Krewes Parade. "Mardi Gras in The Zone" will offer food, drinks, complimentary popcorn and water, jumpers, face painting, live music and a rock climbing wall. The Zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Masonic and Texas Avenues.
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.