- Thanksgiving’s origins: No pie, but lots of other tasty food
- We are looking for more great residents just like you!
- Know of any single soldiers looking to live on post?
- Annual Resident Survey Coming Soon
- It’s quarterly survey time!
- Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications available November 1 to children and spouses of active-duty service members
- Don’t let the holidays “gobble” up your finances!
- Turkey Fryer Safety Tips
The first Thanksgiving didn’t feature pies or cakes because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar. But, it may have included cranberries, which Native Americans used in a variety of foods (including pemmican, made from berries, dried venison, and melted fat) as well as for medicinal purposes.
So what was the “original” Thanksgiving really like? Although harvest feasts were common in what became known as the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout the 17th century, the Thanksgiving most Americans probably think of was held at the Plymouth Plantation in November 1621.
William Bradford, the governor of the plantation, organized a feast for colonists and their neighbors, the Wampanoag tribe, to celebrate a successful harvest. The harvest had thrived thanks in part to Squanto, a native of the Patuxet tribe who had learned English as a slave before returning to his native land. Squanto taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, catch eels and fish, and avoid poisonous plants in the surrounding forest, as well as helping them to forge a relationship with the Wampanoag and its chief, Massasoit.
This first Thanksgiving lasted three days, and probably did feature wild turkey as well as venison supplied by the Wampanoag—but no football.
Double your money today by referring a friend! Any current resident, who refers a friend to live on post, will receive $100 for the first referral, $200 for the second, $400 for the third and up to $700 for four or more referrals. The more friends you refer, the more money you could earn. The applicant must present the referral flyer at the time of application. Hurry, offer ends November 30! Contact your Community Office for more information.
If so, send them our way! Corvias Military Living has two-bedroom apartments available in the Camellia Terrace Community as part of the single soldier roommate program in addition to our popular Single Unaccompanied program. We will be hosting open houses on November 5, 12 and 19 from 4. to 6 p.m. in the Camellia Terrace Community. Encourage your single soldier friends to stop by and check it out. The best part is if they sign a lease with us you will be eligible for free money through the referral program! Contact your Community Office for additional information
Corvias Military Living’s goal is to provide the best homes, service and value to residents. Each year Corvias hires a third-party research company to conduct annual satisfaction surveys. These surveys help the company focus on areas that need attention and identify ways to enhance the experience of each resident.
Corvias has selected SatisFacts Research who will contact residents via e-mail to complete a brief online survey. To complete the survey, Corvias must have a personal e-mail address. The online surveys will be sent prior to the end of the year and participation is voluntary. However, we strongly encourage residents to contribute. Without candid and thoughtful feedback, we could not have provided nationally recognized, award-winning customer service for five consecutive years. Participants are automatically entered into a drawing for a great prize. Stop by your community office if you have questions or need to update your contact information.
Towards the end of November, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive a housing survey in the mail. 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. By completing and returning the survey and the enclosed prize entry form, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of five $150 checks from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the September 2013 survey drawing: the Shelton Family, the Hammer Family, the Batlle Family, the Johnson Family, and the Keller Family.
Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications available November 1 to children and spouses of active-duty service members
Applications for the 2014 Scholarship and Educational Grant are available after November 1 at www.corviasfoundation.org. The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2006.
Applications for the Scholarship must be submitted by February 13, 2014, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university in the amount of up to $50,000 each. The Foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members stationed at Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill, and Aberdeen Proving Ground to receive the scholarships. New this year, children at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB and Seymour Johnson AFB will also be eligible to apply for the scholarships.
Applications for the Educational Grant must be submitted by May 8, 2014. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty service member at the installations listed above. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process.
Applications and all necessary paperwork must be submitted by the due date. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
An established favorite in the southern United States, deep-fried turkeys have experienced a boom in popularity in recent years due to exposure from celebrities such as Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse.
Many say that the quality is increased when you use a turkey fryer, and at the proper temperature the taste is locked within the turkey, making sure every bite is succulent, juicy and bursting with flavor. One turkey fryer advantage is that they are not just for Thanksgiving anymore. You can take a turkey fryer anywhere there is space to safely use it.
Above all, remember the cardinal rule: a turkey fryer should never be left unattended. Frying a turkey is not like baking one. You cannot simply throw it in the oven and leave it to cook. Many people turn turkey frying into a time to bond with friends and family. Turkey frying has evolved into a social event rather than a conventional cooking experience.
Though taste has been a deciding factor in whether or not to deep fry a bird, certain safety issues arise that should be considered to ensure that your turkey frying experience is a memorable one.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly “gobble” up your hard-earned money. Don’t fret – we’ve got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don’t burn a hole in your wallet.
· Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
· Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Financial Readiness Program at 337-531-1957.
· Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
· Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
· Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
· Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, December 2.
· Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
· Don’t forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That’s really what it is all about.