- On-post housing to welcome Retirees, Civilians and Gold Star Families
- Looking back at 2014
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Join the Birthday Club
- SatisFacts survey winner
- Corvias Foundation scholarships and grants
- Resident Responsibility Guide online
- Trash and recycling reminders
- Double down with Net Zero Waste
- Taking care of your home during Louisiana cold weather
- Pest control
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome Cabin Fever
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Military retirees, federal civilians and Gold Star families are now eligible to live on post according to Fort Polk Garrison and Corvias Military Living. The expansion of on-post housing eligibility to include these groups was made due to a decrease in the number of active-duty families stationed at Fort Polk.
Several home types will be available to the newly added categories including two, three and four- bedroom floor plans. Specific homes have been identified in four Fort Polk communities, but more may be added in the future. Click here to read more.
2014 marked the 10th anniversary since housing was privatized at Fort Polk. 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 35 pocket parks, two bark parks and 76 new bus stops.
Other highlights from 2014 include:
- The Page Family were the Fort Polk winners of the “Why is your Corvias Community the best place to live?” Click here to read more.
- On Nov. 7 we opened the Bark Park in Camellia Terrace. Read more here.
- The Corvias Military Living Fort Polk team volunteered with the Louisiana Lions League to complete renovations at the Louisiana Lions Camp. Click here to read more.
- Fort Polk was featured on the Army Wife Network site here.
- And finally, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. Read more here.
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2014.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647.
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 January birthday are welcome to come out Jan. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. Joining the club is easy. All you have to do is call your Community Office and RSVP.
Congratulations to the Fort Polk SatisFacts survey winner! Kirby Avinger was chosen at random to receive a Microsoft Tablet for completing and returning SatisFacts survey.
Families living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from our residents helps Corvias improve your experience living on-post.
The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
New residents settling into their home, families who are packing boxes for an upcoming move or those who are halfway through their stay at Fort Polk should review the Resident Responsibility Guide for useful information about their community.
The RRG covers rules and regulations ranging from swimming pools, to the guest policy, to damage fees at move out. Residents are responsible for following the RRG, and for adhering to the terms set forth in their Resident Occupancy Agreement.
As a resident of Corvias Military Living, we want you to feel happy, safe and confident in your community, and the Resident Responsibility Guide helps ensure all residents have a great experience.
Corvias Military Living is excited to announce that we will begin to offer quarterly, preventative pest control treatment around the exterior of each home. Please be advised to unlock any gates and bring pets indoors on the scheduled treatment day to ensure that your home is sprayed in its entirety.
All chemicals used are organic, odorless and will not stain. Please refrain from watering the grass and flower bed areas for one hour after application for maximum effectiveness.
Our pest control provider will conduct the preventative treatment. Please contact your Corvias Community Office with any questions. Be sure to check out your resident calendar for the pest control schedule.
The Fort Polk area doesn’t usually have harsh winters. We do, however, have the occasional cold spurt that makes us drag out our sweaters and jackets! With this cold weather, it is important to take steps to keep exposed pipes from bursting and to make sure your pets are protected. Please take a moment to read over these other helpful tips on making it through the winter season worry-free.
- Protect outside water faucets. Do it yourself by wrapping with newspaper and covering with plastic to prevent absorption of moisture or simply buy the faucet covers from the local home improvement stores- they run approx $3 each.
- Disconnect water hoses from outside faucets to prevent frozen pipes, draining and storing them for the winter. If you are traveling during the winter or for the holidays, check the forecast before you leave. If temperatures are forecasted to drop well below freezing make sure to leave the home's heat on at least 60 degrees and leave faucets with a very slow drip to ensure that water does not freeze causing pipes to burst under the pressure. We also encourage you to let your Community Office know and we can have someone check on your home.
- Test your heating system before you need it. It is normal to have a faint "burning" odor the first time you turn the heat on. To insulate against drafts, be sure to check your weather stripping around doors, as it is commonly damaged by children and pets. If it is damaged, call the community office so we may repair it for you. Test smoke detectors, replacing batteries as needed.
- Never use a range/oven to heat a room. It is designed for cooking, not space heating. Using a gas range for heating purposes is a dangerous practice because of the production of Carbon monoxide (CO). Remember that the use of portable heaters and other sources of supplementary heat dramatically increase the risk of fire.
- General info: Frost/Freeze Warnings mean that below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants. Know how to turn off gas, electric power and water to your home. During extreme weather (i.e. the ice storms last winter), your hurricane preparedness kit of drinking water, flashlights, radio and spare batteries, can still come in handy in cases of power and water interruptions. Weak car batteries typically go dead in low temperature weather so keep your vehicles in good working order, with adequate gas levels.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
Military units registered with the Riche$ from Recycling program can double their recycling contribution’s weight during Double Down Coupon Day Jan. 12. Bring 20 pounds of paper and receive credit for 40 pounds.
Participate by collecting and separating your white copy paper, mixed paper and cardboard. Then housing residents and Soldiers can bring their paper and cardboard to the Fort Polk Recycling Center. Or, military units can schedule a curbside pickup for paper only by calling (337) 531-4352.
Spouses, when delivering your paper and cardboard to the Fort Polk Recycling Center, can designate the unit that you want to receive the credit for the turn in of your recyclables.
Items must be received on Jan. 12 to earn double the weight. To keep costs down at the Recycling Center, please separate your paper into white copy paper, clean cardboard and mixed paper. Call (337)531-1105 for more information.
We are happy to provide complimentary curbside trash, bulk and recycling collection services, however we would like to remind residents about the recycling guidelines. The following items may be placed in your bin for recycling:
- Paper: Newspaper, corrugated boxes, cardboard, magazines, mail, junk mail, office paper, shopping catalogs, cereal boxes, food packaging boxes, and any paper product that has not come into contact with food waste or restroom trash.
- Aluminum and tin cans: Any drink cans or food cans. These must be washed out, and free of any food waste to reduce smell and infestation.
- Plastic: Milk jugs, plastic drink bottles, plastic water bottles, detergent jugs, any plastic fruit juice or tea jugs. These must be washed out, and free of any food waste to reduce smell and infestation.
The following items cannot be recycled: plastic packaging material, plastic bags, plastic toys, or any plastic product that wasn't produced to contain a liquid. In addition, if any contaminated items are placed in the recycling bin, the receptacle will be treated as trash.
Please remember all trash and recycling containers must be cleared from the curb at the end of the day on the day of pick-up. Thank you for doing your part!
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, sleep too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Louisiana or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
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
- Jan. 1: All Corvias offices closed
- Jan. 6: Students return to school
- Jan. 6: Natchitoches Festival of Lights ends
- Jan. 8: Birthday Club, 4 to 5 p.m. Contact your Community Office for details
- Jan. 10: Doug Stone Concert, 8 p.m., Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville
- Jan. 19: All Corvias offices closed
- Jan. 24: CENLA Fly Fishing Festival, 9 am. to 3:30 p.m., Kees Park Civic Center, Pineville
- Jan. 31: Wayne Toups Concert, 7 p.m., Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville
- Jan. 31: Sara Evans Concert, 8 p.m., Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville