- Tis the Season
- Need extra money this holiday season? Refer a friend!
- Join the Birthday Club
- Decorating your home for the holidays: What holiday tradition is special to your home and family?
- Traveling soon?
- Winter Pet Care
- How many different reasons to celebrate this month?
- 12 fire safety tips for the holidays
- Time to take out the trash
- Report street light outages
- Guest policy reminder
- Green Corner
- Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant applications now open
- Corvias employees give back
- Want to know what’s happening in your Community?
Join Corvias Military Living on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. as we take a ride on the Polar Express. Our annual ‘Tis the Season event will be held at the Showboat Theater. Hot chocolate and cookies, crafts, and pictures with Santa will be available for on-post residents to enjoy. We hope you’ll come dressed in your pajamas during your journey on the polar express! This event is open and free to all Corvias residents.
Want to make $500? Current residents who refer a qualified applicant to post housing will receive a $500 check after the applicant signs for housing. It is that easy.
The resident making the referral must provide the applicant with the flyer, so the Corvias Leasing Center knows who referred them. The flyer must be completed at the time of application.
Qualified applicants are active-duty personnel with orders to Fort Polk and qualify for housing.
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 December birthday are welcome to come out Dec. 11. Joining the club is easy. All you have to do is call your Community Office and RSVP.
“It was very important for my husband and me to teach our children the true meaning of the holiday season. We decided to create an Advent tradition to change our hearts from having an attitude of entitlement to a humble attitude of grace and love. Every year leading up to Christmas Eve we light candles, read scripture and sing hymns. My son was five when we started, and my husband and I continue the tradition to this day.”
- Mrs. Linda Fluke of Maple Terrace
Click here for more holiday decorating tips.
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 and can take appropriate actions as needed.
Cold weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. Sometimes owners forget that their pets are just as accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as they are. Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time, thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors. This can put their pets in danger of serious illness. There are things you can do to keep your animal warm and safe.
- Take your animals for a winter check-up before winter kicks in. Your veterinarian can check to make sure your pets don't have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold.
- Keep your pets inside as much as you can when the mercury drops. If you have to take them out, stay outside with them. When you're cold enough to go inside, they probably are too. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding, and plenty of non-frozen water. Try leaving out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel so it won't burn your pet's skin.
- Animals that are not generally in good health shouldn't be exposed to winter weather for a long period of time. Very young and very old animals are vulnerable to the cold as well. Regardless of their health, though, no pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather. If you have any questions about how long your pet should be out this winter, ask your veterinarian.
- Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their foot pads. To keep your pet's pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe her feet with a washcloth when she comes inside.
- When you're outside with your pets during the winter, you can watch them for signs of discomfort with the cold. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they're saying they want to get back someplace warm.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year. If you take some precautions, you and your pet can have a fabulous time taking in the icicles, the snow banks, and the warm, glowing fire at the end of the day.
Source: American Animal Hospital Association
December is a month of many holiday celebrations crossing a variety of cultures, nationalities, and beliefs. Here’s a quick snapshot of what people celebrate, and why:
- Hannukah: This Jewish holiday begins on Dec. 16 (at sundown) and lasts through Dec. 24. Hannukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Maccabees in 165 B.C. Each night, families light one candle on the menorah, observing the traditional story of how the oil for the temple’s eternal flame burned for eight days.
- Christmas: Observed on Dec. 25, this Christian holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, probably between the years 7 and 2 B.C. The 25th may have been chosen to correspond with the winter solstice or to coincide with a Roman holiday honoring the sun during the same period. Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States in 1870.
- Kwanzaa: A seven-day celebration of African heritage and culture, Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Activist Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 to emphasize African-Americans’ shared history and experience. The name Kwanzaa is derived from “matunda ya kwanza,” a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits.”
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 in property damage. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
- And remember to blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
As we are all aware, fires can start any time of year. There is an increased risk during the holiday season. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday season.
Trash, recycling and bulk trash collection are amenities included for Corvias Military Living residents. At Fort Polk all three are picked up on the same day with recycling picked up every other week with the following schedule:
- Mondays: Diamond Street, Sayer Court, Allen Court, Dietz Drive, Johnson Loop, East Stance Loop, Monroe Drive, Hunt Court, Lee Court, Roach Court, Whittington Court, Magnolia Drive, Michael Drive, Fernandez Court, Harvey Court, Berkley Court, Lewis Court, and Reed Court
- Tuesdays: Maple Terrace
- Wednesdays: Dogwood Terrace (addresses 6201-6827)
- Thursdays: Perez Drive and Street, Harrell Place and Street, Miller court, Bell Richard Ave, Palmetto Court, Dickey Street, Lazar Loop, Lalopa Street, Hill Street, Kalina Street, Evans Street, Tracheff Court, Busch Court, McCauley Court, Cline Court, Tankersley Court, and Norris Loop
- Fridays: Cypress Terrace and Dogwood Terrace (addresses 100-140)
Please note that trash services will be delayed for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Thursday pickup will move to Friday and Friday pickup will move to Saturday during these weeks.
Check your recycling bin for what items may be recycled. Items for collection may be placed curbside no earlier than 5 p.m. the day before pickup and all containers must be returned to storage the same day as collection.
We need your help. If you see a street light is not working please contact your Community Office. All we need is the location, street address or intersection, and we will begin a service request to repair the light. Reporting street light outages will help us keep Fort Polk looking good.
Please remember to contact your Community Office should any house guest stay in your home for longer than seven days. You can then register them as an official house guest.
Registered guests are welcome to visit for no longer than 30 consecutive days. Guests are not allowed to stay in the home if they have been barred from the installation.
The next time you reach for a paper towel, consider this - if every household in the US replaced one roll of non-recycled paper towels with a roll of 100% recycled paper towels, we would save 864,000 trees and 3.4 million cubic feet of landfill space.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
In partnership with Corvias Foundation, Corvias employees are the backbone of the Foundation’s Adopt-A-Charity program. It begins with employees volunteering their time and selecting a local charity to support. The charity guides the scope of work to be accomplished during one or more work days, and the volunteer committee makes it happen.
These efforts take place outside of work hours and are entirely a volunteer commitment. The Corvias volunteer team from Fort Polk spent two Saturdays working with the Louisiana Lions League to complete renovations at the Louisiana Lions Camp. The camp is specifically designed for children with special needs, diabetes and pulmonary disorders. Team Polk put their plumbing, framing and finishing skills to work with the installation of two new ADA compliant showers. Additional updates to all bathrooms were completed as well. Outside, the team constructed raised stone flower beds to accompany new signs that the camp recently installed.
Corvias Foundation is proud to partner with these employees as they demonstrate Corvias Group’s commitment to generously give back to the communities in which we live and serve.
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
- Dec. 5: Commanding General’s Golf Scramble, Warrior Hills Golf Course, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Dec. 6: Bass Tournament, Toledo Bend Recreation Site, starts at 8 a.m.
- Dec. 6: ACS Snowflake Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bldg. 920, 1591 BellRichard Avenue
- Dec. 9: Ladies Day Out Tuesday Morning League, Strike Zone Bowling Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
- Dec. 9: Tis the Season, 4 to 7 p.m., Showboat Theater
- Dec. 11: Birthday Club, 4 to 5 p.m., call your Community Center for details
- Dec. 13: Leesville Christmas Parade, 3rd Street, parade begins at 5:30 a.m.
- Dec. 13: Santa’s Closet Christmas Sale, Warrior Hills Golf Course, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Dec. 16: Ladies Day Out Tuesday Morning League, Strike Zone Bowling Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
- Dec. 23: Ladies Day Out Tuesday Morning League, Strike Zone Bowling Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
- Dec. 24: Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Dec. 25: All offices closed
- Dec. 30: Ladies Day Out Tuesday Morning League, Strike Zone Bowling Center, 10 to 11 a.m.