- Pet policy update
- Move out process
- Corvias cares about recycling!
- Birthday Club
- Spring into Fun
- Army Wife Network to host free spouse events at Fort Polk April 23-24
- Make the most of your education with Corvias!
- Green Corner
- Getting Your Picky Eater to Try Healthy Foods
- Yard sales
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Fort Polk is a pet-friendly installation, but did you know that pet-related damages are the number one cause of fees assessed at move out? To help incentivize more responsible pet ownership and reduce property damage, some new fees and deposits are being required for new pets. Starting April 1, 2015, a $125 refundable pet deposit and a $125 non-refundable fee will be required for new pets on Fort Polk.
We realize that some of you may have obtained a new pet for Christmas or may not have properly registered your pets. In order to encourage the proper registration of these pets, an amnesty program has been put in place. Accordingly, current residents will have an opportunity to avoid the charges by registering their pet(s) with both their Corvias Community Office and the Installation Veterinary Facilities by midnight, March 31, 2015. During this special amnesty period, existing residents who register their permitted pets will be grandfathered and will not be required to pay the new fees and deposits. Beginning April 1, 2015, however, all residents found to have unregistered pets and those who obtain new pets will be required to pay the fee and deposit.
Please review the Pet Policy in the Resident Responsibility Guide for details on restricted breeds and if you have additional questions.
What to do when you’re ready to move? Getting ready to PCS? Deploy? Retire? Make sure to stop by the Community Office to provide a 30-day notice, along with a copy of your orders.
Ensure you have a smooth transition by following these steps once you are ready to move:
- Complete a Notice to Vacate Form at least 30 days prior to move out and submit to the Community Office
- Schedule your move-out briefing with the Community Office team
- Contact the Community Office at least three days prior to your move-out date to schedule your move-out inspection
- All personal items should be removed from the home and the home should be left surface clean
If you have any questions about the move-out process, please stop by or call the Community Office and we’ll walk you through it.
As of September 8, Red River issued new 95-gallon green trash bins. The 65-gallon blue bin is now your recycling container. Corvias’ recycling vendor accepts clean aluminum, plastic and paper products including cardboard boxes. You may also participate in Fort Polk's "Net Zero" program by dropping off your paper goods to building 8300 on the corner of Alabama and Maine Avenue. Any paper items dropped off at the on-post recycling center helps Fort Polk with its initiative to eliminate waste in the landfill by 2020.
We encourage residents to check out the resident calendar located on the Corvias website for the most up-to-date trash and recycling schedules. Please contact your Community Office you have any questions or concerns.
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 March birthday are welcome to come out March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. Joining the club is easy. All you have to do is call your Community Office and RSVP.
Corvias Military Living would like to invite all residents to our annual Spring into Fun Friday, March 27. The fun will begin at 4:30 p.m. where families will be able to enjoy inflatables, food and games while you celebrate the spring season. It will be held at Bell Richard Field.
Be sure to come hungry as we will provide hot dogs, chips, snow cones and drinks. This event is open to all Corvias residents. Children must be supervised at all time. Hope you’ll join us!
An event filled with friendship, laughter, prizes, advice and self-discovery is coming April 23-24 to Fort Polk. Corvias Military Living is proud to partner with Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for Army spouses, to bring the Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies to Fort Polk’s military spouses.
The Field ExerciseTM: Battle Buddies is a networking and military appreciation event for spouses. Army Wife Network’s Tara Crooks, Janet MacIntosh and Paula Swanson will host two, free sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 24. Both sessions of the Field ExerciseTM are free and focus on creating a personal support network to help navigate Army life.
“Our Field ExerciseTM will have a room full of talking and laughing spouses engaged with each other and recharging their spirits by putting themselves first,” said Crooks, co-founder of Army Wife Network and 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year. “This will be the second time the Army Wife Network team has visited Fort Polk, and we could not be more excited to bring the Field ExerciseTM back to the spouses at Fort Polk.”
The two four-hour sessions are identical and will feature a full lunch or dinner, door prizes and giveaways.
Registration for these events will open in April at www.armywifenetwork.com under the events section. Space is limited and a ticket will be required for event entry. Remember, only register for one of the two sessions. Watch for more details and information from Corvias and Army Wife Network as the registration date approaches.
Are you a military spouse with dreams of completing your college degree? Visit corviasfoundation.org for more information and to apply for a $5,000 Educational Grant.
Make sure your thermostat fan is set to "auto" instead of "on." This will ensure your home heats or cools only when necessary.
March is National Nutrition Month. The focus of National Nutrition Month is to encourage healthy eating and physical activity habits. As a parent, making sure that our children eat right is one of the biggest concerns. With hectic schedules it is easy to turn to unhealthy choices out of convenience, especially when you have a picky eater.
Many experts agree on these five “tricks” to help get your favorite picky eater to try new, healthy foods:
- Don't make a big deal about it. If you announce "We're going to try something new tonight," your child will just translate that as "This is going to be disgusting; prepare to hate it." Instead, just set the plate down and let your kid explore it for herself.
- Make it fun. You've seen the cute pics: pancakes topped with smiley fruit faces, grilled cheese served in cookie-cutter shapes. Another winner is anything dunkable: Offer peanut butter or yogurt to dip fruit into, or some ranch dressing to go with steamed vegetables.
- Make it familiar. Incorporate the healthy stuff into dishes you know your child likes. If your child loves pizza, try adding vegetables. Got a muffin fan? Make a batch with blueberries or grated zucchini or carrots. Chicken-nugget chomper? Bake them with whole-grain bread crumbs.
- Talk it up. A kid couldn't care less about cholesterol or heart disease, but he will take notice if you tell him that doughnut won't give him enough energy to climb the jungle gym or keep up with his friend in the swimming pool.
- Eat it yourself. If you won't touch anything green, why should they? If they see you enjoying a big salad or a fish dish, they just may come around (well, eventually).
You can also reach out to your local nutritionist via your health care provider.
With PCS season and spring cleaning right around the corner, yard sale season is upon us! We would like to remind residents of our yard sale policies. Private yard sales are limited to the first Saturday of each month. Individual sales are solely for the disposal of household items, which have become excess to the needs of the family. The resale of new items (as in a business) is not permitted. Residents may request authorization to have a yard sale outside of the normally identified first Saturday to dispose of household items for any move by visiting their Neighborhood Office which will provide instructions for locations and methods of posting and removal of signs. All yard sale signs are to be removed by the resident holding the yard sale immediately after the yard sale is completed. Yard sale signs will not be attached to bus stop shelters, mailboxes, road signs or fences. Happy Spring Cleaning!
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.
- Mar. 8: Daylight Savings Time Begins
- Mar. 6: All Corvias offices will close at 2 p.m.
- Mar. 10: Parent’s Sensory Style Training, 5-7 p.m., ACS, Call 337-531-6650 to register
- Mar. 10-11: Ten Steps to a Federal Job Workshop, 12:30-3:3- p.m., ACS, call 37-531-6922 to register
- Mar. 12: Birthday Club
- Mar. 17: Saint Patrick’s Day
- Mar. 27: Spring into Fun
- Mar. 28: Amazing Fort Polk Race, 8 a.m., Showboat Theatre
- Apr. 1-6: No School, Spring Break