- Corvias Celebrates 10 Years at Fort Polk!
- Open house referral
- Pools to close Sept. 1
- Join the Birthday Club
- We have a winner!
- Post-wide garage sale
- Resident Reminders: Yard sales and home businesses
- Corvias Foundation Awards 2014 Educational Grants to Military Spouses
- Thousands participate in Run to Home Base
- Time for a change
- Use your head – wear a helmet
- Conquer your laundry heap
- Green Corner
- Suicide Prevention: Recognize the Signs and Know the Resources
- Tell us how we are doing!
- Want to know what is happening in your Community?
Ten years ago, Corvias Military Living, formerly known as Picerne Military Housing, assumed family housing operations at Fort Polk on September 1, 2004, to manage housing for 50 years. As part of our 50-year commitment, Corvias has built 563 homes and four community centers, renovated 2,919 homes, demolished 558 homes, created five recreational areas, and installed 34 pocket parks, one bark park and 76 new bus stops. To mark this incredible milestone, we invite you to stop by your community office for a treat Tuesday, September 2 from noon to 5 p.m.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family for the past 10 years! It is truly been an hour.
Bring a friend to our open house Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be entered to win a new washer and dryer. Any resident who brings someone who is eligible to live in post housing will receive a ticket to win a Cherry Red Whirlpool front load washer and dryer. Residents will also receive a $250 referral fee when their friend moves in by Sept. 30. The open house will be held in the new Corvias Leasing Center located at 7059 Magnolia Dr. Contact the Corvias Leasing Center for more information.
Come enjoy the pool for the last few days this summer! Labor Day will be the end of pool season for all Corvias community pools. The pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Labor Day, September 1 – weather permitting.
All residents are invited to join the Corvias Military Living Birthday Cub. The club will meet the second Thursday of the month at a community center to celebrate birthdays. All those with a September birthday are welcome to come out Sept. 11. Joining the club is easy. All you have to do is call your Community Office and RSVP.
Congratulations to the SGT Deanna Masters Family of Maple Terrace, our winners of the $100 Visa gift card! All residents who updated their contact information this year were entered into a drawing for a chance to win the gift card.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Your personal email address helps to ensure you are receiving important neighborhood notifications and announcements. By keeping your contact information up-to-date, you enable us to communicate more effectively with you.
Please contact your community office should your phone or email information change.
It’s that time of year to dig through your stuff and purge items you no longer need. Corvias will be holding a post-wide garage sale Saturday, October 4 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be located in Maple Terrace on the Williams Drive Field and in Dogwood Terrace on the field at the corner of Campbell and Ferguson streets.
If you’d like to participate in the garage sale, please contact either Dogwood Terrace or Maple Terrace to sign up for a spot. Residents are responsible for providing their own items as well as removing everything once the event has concluded. We look forward to seeing you there and making this a successful garage sale!
Community sales and private yard sales may be permitted at a designated location at dates and times to be determined by Corvias. Private yard sales are limited to the first Saturday of each month. Individual sales are solely for the disposal of personal household items which are not needed by the family. The resale of new items (as in a business) is not permitted. Resident may request authorization to have a yard sale by visiting their Community Office who will provide instructions for locations and methods of posting. All signs must be removed the same day after completion of the yard sale.
Home/ Commercial Businesses
Residents wishing to engage in ventures such as childcare, the sale of home or beauty products, or conduct fund raising events must submit a written request to the Community Office. Consideration of such requests requires endorsement from the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). Engaging in other commercial ventures is not permitted.
Since 2006, John G. Picerne’s foundation, Corvias Foundation, has awarded over $5 million in scholarships and educational grants to children and spouses of active-duty service members. This year, the Foundation awarded $100,000 in educational grants to spouses of active-duty service members, including the following at Fort Polk, LA:
Fabersha Flynt is pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. Her husband was stationed out of Fort Polk when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2006. Mrs. Flynt’s goal is to educate minority males in higher education. Her husband was Staff Sgt. Bryan Anthony Lewis of the 258th Military Police Co., 519th Military Police Battalion, Warrior Brigade of the U.S. Army.
Kathrine Garcia is a junior pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Upper Iowa University. As the first in her family to attend college, Mrs. Garcia has an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, and eventually wants to go to law school. Her husband is Spc. Richmond Rieza of the 2-4 Infantry of the U.S. Army.
Amanda Harrison is pursuing a Certificate in Legal Assisting from Auburn University, on her path to eventually working toward a Master’s in Addiction Therapy. Mrs. Harrison is passionate about her studies and has volunteered many hours in her community. Her husband is Sgt. Jeffery A. Harrison of the Alpha Company 5th Aviation Battalion of the U.S. Army.
Corvias Foundation sponsored the 5th Annual Shadow Run To Home Base on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Afghanistan in support of July 19’s Run to Home Base event in Boston, MA. Approximately 2,000 runners participated in Boston, and the Service Members in Afghanistan numbered more than 1,100. Soldiers and civilians at the base trekked back and forth on a road that stretched a mile and a half inside Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in Afghanistan.
The Corvias family made a great showing in the race. New Corvias Foundation scholarship recipients, Zia Matti and Megan Conroy, participated in the Boston Run to Home Base, along with a number of Corvias Group employees and other Foundation scholarship alumni. Zia and Megan finished 1st and 2nd in the Women Under 19 group. In Afghanistan, runners from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, FL, and the New England-based Chaplain of the 10th Mountain Division, Captain Lukasz Willenberg, finished in the top 3 among deployed runners.
As part of the Run to Home Base, Corvias Foundation helped to put together care packages with toiletries, baseball hats, magazines, and additional supplies that will eventually make their way to the 10th Mountain Division and other troops in Afghanistan, including nearly 100 service members recommended by Corvias Group employees.
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 Military Living 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 local Community Center for details.
Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents can happen. That's why it's so important for you and your children to wear bike helmets each time you ride a bike, even for short rides. The helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and should fit properly. It should not be too small or too big or be worn with a hat. It should be worn level and cover the forehead. The straps should always be fastened and snug enough that you can't pull or twist the helmet around on your head.
If your child doesn’t love his bike helmet, encourage him to personalize it with some of his favorite stickers. Reflective stickers are a great choice because they look cool and make the rider more visible to vehicle drivers.
Do you sometimes feel that no matter how many loads of laundry you do, more piles of clothes keep appearing even before you’re finished? Try this system to make laundry more efficient and less time-consuming.
- If you wash fewer than five loads per week, select one day to finish the entire process: sorting, laundering, folding, ironing, and storing.
- If you have several loads, try a daily system, strictly adhering to a morning or evening routine and doing one or two loads per day.
- Keep all products you will need close at hand.
- Set aside space for a “repair center” for clothes that need new buttons, alterations, or mending. Then make all the fixes in one sitting.
- Keep a small dish nearby to collect coins, buttons, and other items found in pockets.
- Go to the dry cleaner on the same day each week to cut down on multiple trips.
- Find a comfortable area to fold clothes. Recruit family members to help. (And good luck with that.)
How can you save energy and keep your clothes wrinkle-free? Iron fabrics that require a cooler iron first and work up to those requiring higher heat. An iron heats faster than it cools, so it’s quicker to go from low to high than the reverse it. You’ll use less energy.
A sense of community is one of the most important factors in building ready and resilient service members and families. In the military community, support from others is the best resource in helping to face daily stressors, including feelings of isolation caused by being away from friends and family, long duty hours, financial stress and other challenges.
It is important for members of the military community to recognize when someone they care for is distancing themselves from their community, their loved ones, their unit, or when their behavior is source of concern. A sense of isolation can decrease one’s resiliency and increase their risk for suicide.
If you or someone you know is in need of help there are several resources to assist. The Military Crisis Line (800-273-8255, and then press one), also called the Veterans Crisis Line, is a joint Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs initiative. The MCL is staffed with caring, qualified VA responders who understand the challenges of military life. The MCL is a free, confidential service available 24/7 to all active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and their friends. Those in crisis can also text (838255) or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net with a crisis line responder. Persons can also reach out to their local Chaplain’s office or Social Work Services via the installation’s medical clinics and/or hospital.
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin in October and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact your Community Office for more information.
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
- Sept. 1: Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sept. 1: Corvias 10-year Anniversary
- Sept 2: Corvias 10-year Anniversary Celebration, your Corvias community office, 12-5 p.m.
- Sept. 5: CG’s Golf Scramble, Warrior Hills Golf Course, 11:30
- Sept. 6: Warriors Swamp 5K Mud Run, Alligator Lake, 7:30 a.m.
- Sept. 11: Corvias Military Living Birthday Club, 4 p.m.
- Sept. 13: Open House, Corvias Leasing Center, 11 a.m – 2 p.m.
- Sept. 17: Suicide Prevention Fair, 10 a.m. – noon
- Sept. 26: Mulligan’s Karaoke Night, Mulligans, 7 p.m.