- Community Victory Garden accepting applications
- Fort Riley Communities to be renamed
- Corvias teams with Army Wife Network
- Happy Valentine's Day: Some fun facts!
- Military saves week
- Faster internet coming to your Community Center
- Winter pet care tips
- Green corner
- High school senior scholarship applications due
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
The Fort Riley Community Victory Garden is an on-post community garden located in the Colyer Forsyth neighborhood. It is a great opportunity to grow and tend your own vegetable garden. Families that participate experience many benefits from gardening such as:
- Improved quality of life for families who garden together
- Social interaction with neighbors
- Nutritious food
- Conserves resources
- Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy and education
Plots are available to Corvias Military Living residents on a first come, first served basis. For more information visit the Community Garden page or contact the Fort Riley Community Victory Garden Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning February 1, the Colyer Manor and Forsyth neighborhoods will be renamed to
the Colyer Forsyth Community. The community office will be based out of the Colyer Forsyth Community Center at 22900 Hitching Post Road. Nick Imel will serve as the community manager for the Colyer Forsyth Community.
Residents will be able to reach the Community Office by phone at 785-717-2260 or email at email@example.com. Service requests and customer feedback can also be submitted at Riley.CorviasMilitaryLiving.com.
Residents will not see a change in any services provided. Colyer Forsyth Community residents will still enjoy 24-hour emergency maintenance, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. access to the Community Center fitness room, laundry facilities, gym and children's play room; package acceptance; resident computer lab and numerous resident events and activities.
Corvias teams with Army Wife Network to bring Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies to three Corvias installations.
Corvias Military Living is proud to team with Army Wife Network (AWN), a multi-media resource site for Army spouses, to bring Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies program to three Corvias installations in 2014. Field Exercise™ is an energetic, four-hour seminar series designed to empower and rejuvenate military spouses by providing them a time to connect, share support, obtain resources and enjoy camaraderie. Spouses attending the events experience networking opportunities, dinner, and interactive discussions related to challenges and opportunities faced by military spouses. AWN began holding the events in 2007 and has organized the Field Exercise™ series (FE™: Priceless Packages & FE™: Love Military Life) at 15 Army posts across the country.
The first Corvias sponsored 2014 Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies seminar will be held at Fort Bragg April 3-4. Corvias and AWN will host additional events at Fort Meade in September and Fort Sill in November. Visit the AWN website for more information.
In addition to sponsoring the Field Exercises™, Corvias is embarking on a year-long campaign themed "Heart Your Home." Beginning in February, Corvias will regularly contribute to the AWN site under the Relocation/PCS Column. These articles will provide useful advice and first hand insight about communities on or near the installations served by Corvias. Topics will include moving, family, relationships, and ways to "Heart Your Home."
The campaign is aligned with AWN's mission is to empower Army families with comprehensive information, programs, and opportunities. The partnership with Corvias Military Living will continue that mission with Army families everywhere, including Corvias residents.
"We are excited to support the AWN mission," said Amanda Filipowski, communications director, Corvias Military Living. "Much like our mission, AWN is committed to providing resources and support to our military families. Taking care of families is what we do."
To keep up-to-date with the partnership, read future editions of Corvias Community News and follow @CorviasGroup on Twitter. You will find more information about AWN at www.armywifenetwork.com.
Sixty-two percent of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day. How do they observe it? Take a look at these statistics:
- Chocolate: Americans buy 58 million pounds of chocolate during the week of Valentine's Day, spending $448 million.
- Cards: We buy roughly 150 million "Will you be my Valentine?" cards each year.
- Gifts: Men spend an average of $150 on cards and gifts; women spend an average of $74.
- Flowers: 23 percent of us buy flowers or plants as Valentine's Day gifts: 61 percent of these buyers are men, and 39 percent are women. The top choice? A mixed bouquet, followed by red roses.
- Champagne: Americans buy 174,000 gallons of sparkling wine through Valentine's week, worth about $8.6 million.
Military Saves Week begins February 24! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family's financial preparedness. Take this week to review your saving plans. Set your goals, even small ones, and start saving now. For more information, please visit www.militarysaves.org to review savings tips, tools, resources and strategies.
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.
Exciting enhancements at your community centers continue! By the end of February, you will notice the WiFi speed at the community centers is faster when your device connects to the Internet. Corvias's technology team will install a new wireless Internet system at each community center. The new system will increase the wireless range and security, and improve Internet speed and performance. The only thing you must do is type the new password in each device, which you can obtain from your Community Office.
We understand the importance of wireless Internet access, and hope the new system will provide a better experience for you and your family while hanging out in your community center. The boosted WiFi is another company-wide improvement. So no matter which Corvias community you call home, you will have a consistent resident experience. We look forward to continuing to serve you, improve your quality of life and make Fort Riley a great place to live!
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 and even death. Here are a few tips 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, be 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 their feet with a washcloth when they come 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
Still using plastic grocery bags at the Commissary? Consider bringing your own reusable bags. It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
Hurry – all applications for Our Future Scholarships must be submitted by Thursday, February 13. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university or college, and whose parent is an active-duty Service Member stationed at one of the 13 installations Corvias manages housing. Corvias Foundation also offers grant opportunities to spouses of active-duty Service Members. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about the available scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications are available online.
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