- Celebrate with us!
- Give us your feedback!
- Corvias Foundation grant and scholarship applications now available
- Green Corner
- Don’t let stress hinder your holiday cheer
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
- Traveling for the holidays?
- Live Christmas tree disposal
- Winter pet care tips
- Historic Tour of Homes
- Exciting enhancements made to your community centers!
- Fire safety tips for the holidays
We hope you will join in the festivities and celebrate the holiday season with your neighbors and the Corvias team as we hostour “Tis The Season” event for all on-post family housing residents. Bring the family to the Warner Peterson Community Center on Friday, December 6 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a variety of fun-filled holiday activities. The event will feature holiday crafts and cookie decorating, holiday-inspired treats, photos with Santa and story times at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries and earn an extra prize ticket. Limit one extra ticket per food item, not to exceed five tickets, please. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available at the Community Center located at 5570 A.P. Hill Drive.
During the first week of December, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive a housing survey in the mail. This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.
By completing and returning the survey and the enclosed prize entry form, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of six $100 checks from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the September 2013 survey drawing: the Kemp Family, the Sharp Family, the Lepes Family, the Pacheco Family, the Freed Family and the Montreuil Family.
If you are the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more or to apply for scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation.
When shopping for a new appliance, how do you know if it is energy efficient? Look for the ENERGY STAR label.
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. The pressure of juggling gift buying, holiday parties, preparing the perfect meal, traveling or entertaining houseguests can be difficult to manage. Don’t let the demands of the season hinder your holiday cheer. Follow these tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Plan ahead. Make a plan and schedule days for cooking and baking, shopping, preparing your home and other events or activities. You can use helpful apps on your smartphone for creating to-do lists, shopping lists or locating that much sought after gift.
- Budget. Set a budget and stick to it. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend. Remember to budget not only for gifts, but for the additional food you will buy for your holiday meal and baking. This will help reduce financial stress after the holidays.
- Take care of yourself. Take time to do something relaxing. Take a long hot bath, get a massage or listen to your favorite music. Make sure to get sleep, exercise and to eat healthy.
- Give back. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. Contact local agencies and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
- Get support. If the holiday season is a difficult time for you, and you have feelings of loneliness or sadness reach out for help. Army Community Service and the Chaplains offer services, counseling and support not only during the holiday season but the whole year.
Remember to focus on what is most important this holiday season and that everything does not need to be perfect. Managing stress will help you enjoy the upcoming holidays and remember the real meaning of the season.
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
- December 4 – All Corvias Offices will be closed from 12 to 2 p.m.
- December 6 – Tis The Season, 2 to 5:30 p.m., Warner Peterson Community Center
- December 7 – Historic Tour of Homes, 12 to 4 p.m.
- December 13 – All Corvias Offices will close at 3 p.m.
- December 24 – Christmas Eve – Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- December 25 – Christmas Day – All Corvias Offices Closed; trash and recycling pick up delayed one day
Remember to keep the heat on! The weather may be nice when you leave, but can quickly change while you are gone. Please leave your thermostat set between 60 and 65 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing. Also, we encourage you to 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.
We are pleased to provide complimentary disposal of fresh pine trees after the holidays. If you are interested in taking advantage of this service, please place your tree at the curb on the normal trash day. All decorations and lights need to be removed before discarding the tree. As a friendly reminder, all outdoor holiday lights and decorations need to be taken down no later than January 8.
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. Leaving animals outside for extended periods of time can put them 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 now. 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
The Historical & Archaeological Society of Fort Riley will host its 30th annual Historic Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. Patrons will have access to several holiday-decorated homes and buildings on Main Post. Advance tickets for the tour are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Cavalry Gift Shop, Gatherings on the Prairie, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event at the Custer House or at the Christkindl Market at Riley’s Conference Center.
Your community centers were recently upgraded with state-of-the-art computer technology. Corvias Military Living has installed touch screen computers with larger screens to enable you to have an easier, more interactive user experience. And, since many service members expressed their desire to access the DoD network on the annual survey, we are happy to offer an additional enhancement: two Common Access Card (CAC) readers in each community center’s computer lab.
The computers and CAC readers are a company-wide improvement. So no matter which Corvias community you call home, you will have a consistent resident experience. As always, thank you for your thoughtful and honest feedback. We look forward to continuing to serve you, improve your quality of life and make Fort Riley a great place to live!
Decorating homes for the holidays is a long standing tradition for many families and we would like to share some great tips to help prevent any potential of fire or injuries.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year, resulting in losses of life as well as millions in property damage.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers these holiday safety tips.