- Historic posts – tales from the living
- Corvias Foundation scholarship and grant Applications
- Green Corner
- Winter weather will be here soon
- Don't let the holidays "gobble" up your finances!
- Annual resident satisfaction survey coming soon
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
- Lawn care and fall cleanup
- Thanksgiving's origins: No pie, but lots of other tasty food
- Fence and satellite dish installation reminder
- America Recycles Day
When Corvias assumed operations of Fort Riley in 2006, the company potentially acquired more than just land and homes. According to some, the post is said to be home to a number of supernatural residents. Read more...
Applications for the Corvias Foundation 2014 scholarships and educational grants will be available after November 1 at www.corviasfoundation.org. The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2006.
Applications for the scholarship must be submitted by February 13, 2014, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university in the amount of up to $50,000 each. The Foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members stationed at the 13 military installations across the Corvias portfolio.
Applications for the educational grant are due by May 8, 2014. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty service member stationed at any installation in the Corvias portfolio. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process.
Applications and all necessary paperwork must be submitted by the due date. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don't open the oven door while you're cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
Winter weather in Kansas can be unpredictable at times and with the first snow fall already behind us, we want residents to be informed and prepared for the upcoming winter months.
Following a snow or ice storm, Corvias Military Living's contractor, Munie Greencare, will clear or treat all streets, public sidewalks and parking lots in each Neighborhood. A system is in place to clear main roads first to allow emergency vehicle access and then proceed to clear all residential streets.
We request your patience and help during the times roadways are being treated by limiting travel. Please park vehicles only in approved parking areas and avoid blocking sidewalks.
Residents are encouraged to keep their private porch, sidewalk and driveway free of snow and ice to avoid slips and falls. Complimentary traction control material is available at your Community Office.
Winter weather brings more than just ice or snow. It can also bring continuous cold weather which can cause pipes to freeze. To protect your belongings this winter, following these simple steps:
- Disconnect hose from all outside water faucets.
- If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, keep the heat on to prevent pipes from freezing. Leave your thermostat set between 60 and 65 degrees.
In extremely cold weather follow these guidelines:
- Open cabinet doors under the bathroom and kitchen sinks to let warm air from your home circulate around the pipes.
- Turn on faucets to a slow trickle to help prevent pipes from freezing.
- If a pipe freezes, call the Community Office and open the cold water faucet nearest the frozen pipe to relieve the pressure of expanding ice that may cause a pipe to burst.
If you are planning a vacation or extended time away from your home, register 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.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly "gobble" up your hard-earned money. Don't fret – we've got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don't burn a hole in your wallet.
- Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
- Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Financial Readiness Program at 785-239-9435.
- Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
- Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
- Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
- Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, December 2.
- Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
Don't forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That's really what it is all about.
Corvias Military Living's goal is to provide the best homes, service and value to residents. Each year Corvias hires a third-party research company to conduct annual satisfaction surveys. These surveys help the company focus on areas that need attention and identify ways to enhance the experience of each resident.
Corvias has selected SatisFacts Research who will contact residents via e-mail to complete a brief online survey. To complete the survey, Corvias must have a personal e-mail address. The online surveys will be sent prior to the end of the year and participation is voluntary. However, we strongly encourage residents to contribute. Without candid and thoughtful feedback, we could not have provided nationally recognized, award-winning customer service for five consecutive years.
Participants are automatically entered into a drawing for a great prize. Stop by your Community Office if you have questions or need to update your contact information.
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.
- November 1 – Glo Run, 7:30 p.m. Riley's Conference Center
- November 2 – BBQ for the Troops, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riley's Conference Center
- November 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – set clocks back one hour
- November 11 – Veteran's Day - All Corvias Offices Closed
- November 18 – Early Explorations through Music, 11 to 11:45 a.m., Forsyth Community Center
- November 21 – Defensive Driving Course IV, 1 to 4 p.m.
- November 28 – Thanksgiving Day - All Corvias Offices Closed
- November 29 – Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In November, the lawn cutting, trimming, edging schedule changes from weekly lawn maintenance to every other week. Additionally, throughout the month of November and into the first two weeks of December, fall clean up will be ongoing and includes leaf removal as well as trimming and pruning activities.
The first Thanksgiving didn't feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar. But it may have included cranberries, which Native Americans used in a variety of foods (including pemmican, made from berries, dried venison, and melted fat) as well as for medicinal purposes.
So what was the "original" Thanksgiving really like? Although harvest feasts were common in what became known as the Commonwealth of Virginia throughout the 17th century, the Thanksgiving most Americans probably think of was held at the Plymouth Plantation in November 1621.
William Bradford, the governor of the plantation, organized a feast for colonists and their neighbors, the Wampanoag tribe, to celebrate a successful harvest. The harvest had thrived thanks in part to Squanto, a native of the Patuxet tribe who had learned English as a slave before returning to his native land. Squanto taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, catch eels and fish, and avoid poisonous plants in the surrounding forest, as well as helping them to forge a relationship with the Wampanoag and its chief, Massasoit.
This first Thanksgiving lasted three days, and probably did feature wild turkey as well as venison supplied by the Wampanoag—but no football.
Corvias Military Living encourages you to make your house a home while living here at Fort Riley. Whether that means having a fence installed to let your pets play outdoors or having a satellite dish installed to be able to watch hundreds of TV channels, we want you to feel at home. Prior to having either installed, please to obtain approval from your Community Office and adhere to rules outlined in the Resident Responsibility Guide. Historic Main Post residents must also abide by the State Historic Preservation Office rules in order to install a fence or satellite dish. For more information, please contact your Community Office.
Join the Fort Riley Recycling Center and Corvias Military Living as we celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15. The recycling center will be at the PX from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with information on recyclable items and how recycling supports Fort Riley programming. Corvias will be hosting an interactive game, "Ready, Set, Sort", from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recycling booth. If you win, you could win a pretty cool t-shirt! On-post residents will also be able to learn about and sign-up for the optional curbside, recycling service. For more information, call 785-717-2200 or stop by your Community Office.