- Celebrate with us!
- Corvias Foundation grant and scholarship applications available now!
- Exciting enhancements coming to your community center!
- Expect controlled burns to begin in January
- Green Corner
- Don’t let stress hinder your holiday cheer
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
- Fire safety tips for the holidays
- Traveling for the holidays?
We hope you will join in the festivities and celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors and the Corvias team as we host two fun-filled events.
Pictures with Santa - Corvias will hold our annual Pictures with Santa and his Merry Elves event on Tuesday, December 3 at the Showboat Theatre from 4 to 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you and your family there for pictures with Santa, refreshments and fun.
Holiday Pet Photos – Bring your furry friends to the Dogwood Community Center on Thursday, December 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. for special holiday photos. Your four-legged family members are sure to look festive in our pet sleigh bed and holiday background!
Both events are free and are open to all Corvias residents. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact your Community Office.
If you are the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help you. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more or to apply for scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation.
By mid-December, your community center will receive state-of-the-art computer technology. Corvias Military Living is installing touch screen computers with larger screens to enable you to have an easier, more interactive user experience. And, since many service members expressed their desire to access the DoD network on the annual survey, we are happy to offer an additional enhancement: two Common Access Card (CAC) readers will be set up in each community center’s computer lab.
The computers and CAC readers are a company-wide improvement. So no matter which Corvias community you call home, you will have a consistent resident experience. As always, thank you for your thoughtful and honest feedback. We look forward to continuing to serve you, improve your quality of life and make Fort Sill a great place to live!
Fires are usually something to avoid, but when it comes to environmental stewardship, they are a necessity. Beginning in November (after the first frost) through February, Fort Polk’s Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Management Branch (NRMB) conducts controlled burns on post, including in the housing areas. NRMB will concentrate on controlled burns within housing in January and February.
Controlled burns reduce the amount of fuel –– fallen leaves, pine needles and underbrush –– that can cause or spread wildfires and also force rodents, snakes, ticks and insects away from housing. The burns are conducted under careful supervision during ideal conditions.
Information about specific burn dates will be posted on the Entrance Road marquee. You may also read future editions of the Fort Polk Guardian newspaper for updates.
When shopping for a new appliance, how do you know if it is energy efficient? Look for the ENERGY STAR label.
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. The pressure of juggling gift buying, holiday parties, preparing the perfect meal, traveling or entertaining houseguests can be difficult to manage.
Don’t let the demands of the season hinder your holiday cheer. Here are some tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Plan ahead. Make a plan and schedule days for cooking and baking, shopping, preparing your home, and other events or activities. You can use helpful apps on your smartphone for creating to-do lists, shopping lists or locating that much-sought-after gift.
- Budget. Set a budget and stick to it. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend. Remember to budget not only for gifts, but for the additional food you will buy for your holiday meal and baking. This will help reduce financial stress after the holidays.
- Take care of yourself. Take time to do something relaxing. Take a long hot bath, get a massage or listen to your favorite music. Make sure to get sleep. Exercise. Eat healthy.
- Give back. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. Contact local agencies and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
- Get support. If the holiday season is a difficult time for you and/or you have feelings of loneliness or sadness, reach out for help. Army Community Service (ACS) and the Chaplains offer services, counseling and support not only during the holiday season but the whole year.
Remember to focus on what is most important this holiday season and that everything does not need to be perfect. Managing stress will help you enjoy the upcoming holidays and remember the real meaning of the season.
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.
- December 3 – Pictures with Santa, 4 to 7 p.m., Showboat Theatre
- December 5 – Holiday Pet Photos, 3 to 5 p.m., Dogwood Community Center
- December 7 – Trees for Troops, 9 a.m., Family Readiness Center
- December 7 – Snowflake Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., ACS Center
- December 13 – All Corvias Offices will close at 4 p.m.
- December 24 – Christmas Eve – Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- December 25 – Christmas Day – All Corvias Offices Closed
Decorating homes for the holidays is a long-standing tradition for many families. We would like to share some great tips to help prevent any potential fire or injuries.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year, resulting in many losses of life as well as millions of dollars in property damage.
Following a few simple fire safety tips can help prevent holiday décor from creating an unwanted event. The tips below will help ensure that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.
What is a traditional Christmas morning without a beautifully decorated tree? If your home includes a natural tree in its festivities, please make sure to keep the tree watered on a daily basis. A well-watered tree can help prevent a fire in the event of an electrical short in the lights or if an open flame happens to come in contact with the tree.
When making your tree selection, it has been found that one of the best trees to select is a freshly cut tree with green needles; branches should be hard to pull back and should not break. The trunk of the tree should be sticky to the touch.
Caring for a tree:
When choosing the perfect place to display the tree, remember to make sure it is placed in a location that is not close to a heat source. The heat will dry out the tree quickly, which may lead to a higher risk of a fire.
When the time comes to dispose of the Christmas tree, make sure to discard it promptly by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.
When putting up lights for the holidays, please inspect your lights for any problems, such as frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, and broken or cracked sockets. If any of these things are found, please discard the lights and do not use them.
More than three light strands in one outlet can cause an overload to the outlets. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Periodically check the wires of the lights to ensure they are not warm to the touch. It is also important to not leave lights on for long periods of time if no one is home.
There are many flame-retardant decorations available for purchase for the holidays. Make sure decorations are placed away from heat vents.
Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations are not displayed in locations that would block exits to the home is case of an emergency situation.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. One option to open-flame candles are battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
Ensure candles are placed in a location that prevents them from being easily tipped over. Keep all candles at least 12 inches away from any flammable items. Avoid using candles in bedrooms or sleeping areas.
As we are all aware, fires can start at any time. There is an increased risk during the holiday season. Please be safe and happy holidays.
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.