- Scholarship applications due this month
- Join the Birthday Club
- National Wear Red Day
- Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Neighbor Etiquette
- Staying warm in the winter
- Winter pet care tips
- Green Corner
- Carport and garage storage
- Finances, savings and taxes
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, Feb. 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 7.
All residents are invited to join the Corvias Military Living Birthday Club. The club will meet the second Thursday of the month at a community center to celebrate birthdays. All those with a February birthday are welcome to come out Thursday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Joining the club is easy. All you have to do is call your Community Office and RSVP.
Friday, Feb. 6, is National Wear Red Day, so break out your best red shirt, dress or hat. Donning red helps raise awareness of women’s heart health. Heart disease affects both men and women, but is often overlooked in women’s health. So wear red to show your support. Visit the National Wear Red Day website for more information.
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone, here is how the holiday is celebrated by the numbers:
- Cards: About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- Parents: Receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
- Pets: About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Flowers: Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Chocolate: More than 36 million heart shaped chocolates boxes are sold on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
- Proposals: The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10 percent of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
This is just a friendly reminder that going forward in 2015 we should all practice being a good neighbor.
- Be friendly towards others
- Please remember to be considerate of noise levels
- Remember that you share a wall with another family
- Control your animals
- Practice parking etiquette
- Be cautious when having guests over
- Alert your neighbors to parties and a chance of increase noise
- Put your garbage out on the right day
- Communicate with your neighbors
Thank you for choosing to live in our community-we appreciate you and your families.
Have a positive and successful 2015!
Heating your home accounts for about 66 percent of your monthly energy consumption during winter months. Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption and save you money through the Live Army Green Program.
Under the program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption while staying warm:
- Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
- Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
- Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at your community office for no charge.
- A slow cooker is an efficient way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
If you have any questions about the Live Army Green Program, contact your Community Office.
Dropping temperatures affect pets the same way they do people. If a pet is accustomed to living indoors then they do not want to be out in the cold any more than you do. Leaving animals outside for extended periods of time can put them in danger of serious illness and even death. Here are a few tips to keep your animal warm and safe:
- If you are cold your pet is cold. Don’t let your pet stay outside longer than you would. If your pet must stay outside make sure they have a warm shelter with insulation and plenty of food and water.
- Keep your pets dry. If you go on a walk, or your pet has been outside, be sure to dry your pet when your pet comes inside
- Tap the hood of your car or blow the horn before starting your car. Cats may seek shelter under your car and may be injured if you start the engine.
- Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
- Clean up and spilled antifreeze and store antifreeze out of reach of pets.
- Do not leave your pet in your vehicle. Cars can keep the cold in, the same as heat in the summer, and can quickly chill your pet.
- Pick up after your pet. Keeping your yard tidy in the winter will make spring all the more welcoming. Pet waste will not decompose in cold temperatures. It will still be there when you burst forth from your home ready to spend some time outside on a warm spring day.
Following these tips and using good judgment can help you keep your pet healthy this winter.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your Community Office for no additional cost.
Carports should be used for their primary reason: parking of vehicles, not a living space or storage area. Bicycles, toys, tools, and lawn equipment, when not in use, must be stored in an approved storage space or moved to the back yard. However, such items must be picked up in order for the lawn service to be performed.
Garage doors should not remain open for extended periods of time. If a resident stores a boat or trailer in their garage, the door should able to close.
Following these guidelines helps keep the community looking good.
Military Saves Week begins February 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. One of the tools available to service members is the website www.militarysaves.org. The site can help you set goals, make savings plans and find resources to help you save.
It is important to recognize that despite your savings plans, there may still be financial emergencies that cost more than your nest egg can cover. If you are ever in an unexpected financial emergency, Army Emergency Relief (AER) is here to help. AER can assist with medical expenses, funeral expenses, emergency travel, car repairs, food, rent, and other emergencies. For more information, please visit www.aerhq.org.
The Military OneSource no-cost, online tax preparation and filling service has launched. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns with a custom tool made available through the Military OneSource website.
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
- Feb. 6: National Wear Red Day
- Feb. 6: CG’s Golf Scramble, Warrior Hills Golf Course, 11:30 a.m.
- Feb. 12: Corvias Foundation scholarship applications due
- Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
- Feb. 14: Mardi Gras Parade, 3rd Street in Leesville, 2 p.m.
- Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 17: Mardi Gras
- Feb. 17-18: No school, Mardi Gras Holiday
- Feb. 27: Amazing Race Registration Begins, Allen Memorial Library