- Bark Park grand opening
- We are looking for more residents like you
- It’s quarterly survey time
- Last chance to win a Microsoft Surface Tablet!
- Let’s talk turkey
- Gobbling up fried turkey
- Keeping your home humming
- When to change your air filter
- Need money for college?
- Join the birthday club
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Community?
Corvias invites you and your four-legged best friend to the grand opening of the Fort Polk Bark Park in Camellia Terrace on Nov. 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. A pet obstacle course will be available for your pooch to enjoy while you enjoy refreshments and giveaways.
The Bark Park provides a place for your dog to run free, but pets are to be kept on a leash (not to exceed 15 feet in length,) and under the owner’s supervision and control at all times when outside of the home or yard. Also please remember to clean up pet waste from yards and common areas.
Want to make $500? Current residents who refer a qualified applicant to live in post housing will receive $500 after the applicant signs for housing. It’s that easy.
The resident making the referral must provide the applicant with the flier, so the Relocation Office knows who referred them. The flier must be completed at the time of application.
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 $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the September survey drawing: the Francis family, the Thornton family, the McIvor family, the Larmer family, and the Freese family.
Did you know your opinions could win you a Microsoft Surface Tablet? Last month, you received an email from an independent research firm, SatisFacts, to complete an online survey on how Corvias Military Living is doing.
You should have received the instructions by now. So be sure to double check your mail for a postcard and your email for the survey link from “residentsurveys.com”. The email subject is titled “Corvias Military Resident Satisfaction Survey”, and the deadline to complete the survey is mid-November. Participation is voluntary, but we hope you will provide feedback as Corvias strives to improve your experience as a resident. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize. Contact your community office for more information.
Turkey is the traditional choice for Thanksgiving dinner (and Christmas!). As you, your family, and friends sit down to your meal, feast on these facts about this popular poultry:
- What’s in a name? Turkeys are native to North America. According to various sources, the word “turkey” comes from: its Native American name “firkee”; the word “tuka,” the Tamil word for “peacock,” coined by Christopher Columbus when he mistook the bird for a type of peacock (it’s actually a member of the pheasant family); the first birds being shipped to England through the country of Turkey (by the Spanish) and being mistaken for another bird with the same name from Africa. By any name, they’re delicious.
- Yes, turkeys can fly. Wild turkeys, that is. Domestic turkeys are bred and raised to be so heavy they can’t take flight, but wild turkeys can fly at up to 55 mph for short distances. They can also run at a top speed of 20-25 mph.
- Order your turkey early. About 45 million turkeys are consumed every Thanksgiving. The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs about 15 pounds. Approximately 20 million turkeys are the main course at Christmas dinner.
Turkey is a staple of this time of year. A popular preparation method of this traditional dish is a deep fryer. This can create a delicious bird, but can also be hazardous. Follow these tips to safely prepare your fried turkey.
- Keep your distance: Use propane fryers at least 15 feet from your home. Do not use them in a carport, garage, covered patio or on a deck.
- Be ready: Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
- Thaw your turkey: A frozen turkey causes oil splatter which can result in burns or fires.
- Keep everything on the level: Some fryers may easily tip over. Pick a level spot to set up the fryer. Do not overfill the fryer with grease. Any grease overflow may start a fire.
- Too hot to handle: Keep children and pets away from fryers. They will be hot for several hours after use.
For more tips on fryer safety visit the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) website here.
Fort Polk’s annual preventive maintenance program is underway. This is a very important service provided to all of our residents. Your home is a key asset to making your stay at Fort Polk rewarding and pleasant.
Your Community Office will contact you the day before your home inspection by the maintenance staff. If you already have a “Permission to Enter” form on file with us, you may call and schedule an appointment. If you would like to meet us at your home, please call for a scheduled time.
The process takes about 45 minutes and includes: inspecting smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, HVAC systems, water heaters and plumbing fixtures in the homes.
Additionally we will examine roofs, siding, gutters and downspouts on the outside of the homes. We will repair small items while in the homes and create work orders for any other work that is needed.
As we move into winter heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) filters should be changed out in conjunction with the changing weather.
HVACs circulate indoor air, and 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.
This 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. Environmental factors that cause air filters to get dirty include:
- Number of occupants
- Airborne allergens
- Overall air quality
Replacement filters are available by request. Contact your local Community Office for details.
Applications for the 2015 Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are available after November 1 on the Corvias Foundation website.
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 November birthday are welcome to come out Nov. 13. Joining the club is easy. All you have to do is call your Community Office and RSVP.
Gearing up for holiday cooking? Try preparing your whole meal in the oven at the same time. Often you can simultaneously cook foods that have different cooking temperatures. Variations of 25 degrees usually produce favorable cooking results.
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
- Nov. 2: Daylight Savings Time ends (set clocks back one hour)
- Nov. 5: JRTC & Fort Polk Community Information Fair, Warrior Community Center, 9-11 a.m.
- Nov. 6: Book Club, Allen Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m.
- Nov. 7: Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Central LA Veteran’s Ceremony, 10 a.m.
- Nov. 7: Singles Tennis Tournament, 1st MEB Gym, 12 p.m.
- Nov. 11: Veteran's Day, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 13: Birthday Club, 4 p.m. RSVP at your Community Center
- Nov. 14: Doubles Tennis Tournament, 1st MEB Gym, 12 p.m.
- Nov. 21: Turkey Trot, Hospital Trail, 6:30 a.m.
- Nov. 21-22: Keeping Kids Safe, Hixson Auto
- Nov. 27: Thanksgiving, all Corvias Offices closed
- Nov. 28: Community Office open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Nov. 28-30: JRTC & Fort Polk Big Buck Contest, for more information call 531-1971