- Spring Into Fun: annual Egg Hunt
- “Purple Up!” in support of military kids
- Your opinions could earn you a $100 gift card
- Yard of the Month to begin in May
- Do you have a green thumb?
- Green Corner
- Celebrate Earth Day at our Lorax-themed Story Hour
- Severe weather season in Kansas
- Recycling and household or bulk trash, we will take care of it!
- Fort Riley care of children regulation highlights
- 3 tips to make a PCS less taxing
- Barbecue grill safety tips
- Win a free trip on Corvias!
- Do you know about your H2O?
- Want to know what’s happening in your community?
The Easter Bunny will be hopping by Corvias Military Housing’s Spring into Fun event on Friday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rally Point Field.
Planned activities include egg hunts by age group, face painting, crafts, train rides, games and interactive activities, prizes and a petting zoo. Chris’ Cakes will also be there to flip pancakes and serve ‘em up with attitude!
While the petting zoo and pancakes are sure to be big hits, the main attraction is the egg hunting. Egg hunts will be held at the following times:
0-1 year 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
2-3 years 10:30 a.m.
4-5 years 10:40 a.m.
6-8 years 10:50 a.m.
9-12 years 11:00 a.m.
One parent per child during the egg hunts for children in the 0-1 year and 2-3 years age groups.
The Spring into Fun event is free for all Corvias Military Living residents. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny! No pets, please.
Corvias Foundation is inviting all residents to “Purple Up!” on April 15 to recognize and honor military children.
The “Purple Up!” initiative started only a couple of years ago and has quickly spread across the entire country. Sparked by a deep appreciation for the challenges military children face, purple is the selected color of this movement of gratitude because it symbolizes a combination of Army green, Air Force blue, Marine red, Navy blue and Coast Guard blue.
“Military children live with unique challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments and life transitions,” explains Corvias Foundation executive director, Maria Montalvo. “Children of military families serve along with their parents, and we want to recognize them for their sacrifice.”
Please wear your purple and join us at Colyer Forsyth Community Center soccer field from 4- 5 p.m. on April 15 to celebrate military children in a short ceremony. We’re hoping to have lots of smiling faces for a photo opp for our local papers, too! Please check your email for more information coming soon. During the month, you’ll also see bulletin boards in community centers and offices where residents are invited to add photos to recognize those special military children in your life.
In addition, we’ve created a blog where residents can share their experiences. Check it out!
Thank you for your support of military kids!
Earlier this week, you should have received an email from Corvias Military Living announcing our Resident Communication Survey. This short survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and will provide valuable information to help us communicate most effectively with you.
Please take time to complete the survey and help us better serve you. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to receive one of three $100 gift cards to Amazon.com. If you did not receive an email about the survey, we may not have your current contact information. Please contact your Community Office to update your contact information.
Fort Riley Garrison’s, annual Yard of the Month program is set to begin in May. The program recognizes residents in family housing who are making a special effort to enhance the appearance of their yard. Each community will have a winning Yard of the Month. From these five winning yards, one is selected as Post-wide Yard of the Month.
Residents are encouraged to nominate their yard or the yard of a neighbor by contacting your Community Office before the first of each month.
Lawns and flower beds will be judged using the following criteria:
- Driveway free of grease, oil and litter
- Yard free of trash and debris
- Flower beds free of weeds
- Vegetation must be natural
- Yards must be in full compliance with requirements set forth in the Resident Responsibility Guide
Judging for Yard of the Month will be conducted during the first week of the month, beginning in May, by installation-selected personnel.
The Yard of the Month winning family from each community will receive a recognition letter from the Garrison Commander, temporary Yard of the Month signage for the home and a prize. For more information on this program, please contact your Community Office
Garden plots are still available in the Fort Riley Community Victory Garden! The Community Garden is located in the Colyer Forsyth neighborhood. Plots are available to all Corvias Military Living residents on a first come, first served basis. There is no cost to reserve a plot and requests can be made by submitting a request form.
For more information, contact the Fort Riley Community Victory Garden Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.
In celebration of Earth Day, Corvias Military Living is hosting a Lorax-themed Story Hour on April 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the McClellan Community Center. Children will listen to the Dr. Seuss story, plant a flower (from seed) and create a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Kansas can experience extreme weather year round. However, the spring and early summer months pose a higher than usual risk for high winds, heavy rain, lightening, hail and tornadoes. Prepare and plan in advance for severe weather. Stay alert to the potential for rapidly changing weather conditions via local television, local radio or NOAA weather radio. For additional information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.spc.noaa.gov or http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters.
Corvias offers convenient, curbside trash pick-up every week. In addition to curbside collection of household refuse, residents can also place bulk trash items at the curb on collection day.
Recently, bulk trash items such as car seats, furniture and more have been placed at the curb on days other than standard trash collection days. This creates an eye sore and is a violation of the Resident Responsibility Guide. The weekly collection schedule for trash and recycling can be found here.
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, you will likely notice an increase in outdoor activities in your community. Please be mindful of speed limits as children may be playing outdoors or people may be going for walks, riding bikes, etc.
Additionally, parents must follow the Fort Riley regulation in regards to leaving children unattended. Regulation 190-19 requires the following supervision of minors:
- Children under the age of 10 years may not be left unsupervised in Fort Riley housing without direct supervision.
- An adult or certified babysitter over the age of 12 must supervise any children under the age of 10 in the home at all times.
- Children between the ages of 10 and 11 can be left alone in the home for a maximum of 2 hours.
- Children between the ages of 12 and 15 can be left alone for a maximum of 4 hours.
- Children under the age of 10 years will not be left alone in a motor vehicle.
- Children must have an adult or designated childcare provider with them all times while outside.
- Children are not permitted to play in streets or traffic ways.
If you witness unattended children, please contact the MP desk at 785-239-6767.
Military life requires frequent moves which can make preparing your income tax return stressful, difficult and confusing. Tax Day and PCS season are both quickly approaching, the tips and resources below may help with “down to the wire” returns or navigating through an upcoming move more knowledgeable and organized.
Organize your papers
Military families may face multiple moves during the same tax year and when tax season arrives, it reduces stress to have all of your documents in one place. A military spouse said the best advice she could give another military spouse is to “keep your documents organized.”
Creating a yearly tax file can help ease the worry of filing a return. A simple pocket folder or an accordion file can help keep track of tax documents throughout the year. Our favorite is this style of folder.
The Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for spouses, features a column on the top tax deductions to consider before you begin your tax return.
Moving expense deductions
While PCS moves are paid, there may be some out-of-pocket expenses you can claim on your tax return. The IRS website outlines moving expenses that could be deducted. FrontDoor.com also outlines expenses that cannot be claimed. As always, please consult with a tax service provider for complete details.
Free tax services
The military community has several free resources available for service members, veterans and dependents. Most installations offer free assistance with tax preparation through their Legal Assistance Offices. For individuals that want to file on their own, militaryonesource.com offers a free, online service. Of course, if you have any questions, always ask a professional.
As the weather gets warmer, more people will begin to use barbecue grills. While many of the safety tips are similar to indoor cooking, there are additional concerns to consider when grilling outdoors.
- Only use outdoors.
- Position the grill 25 feet away from your home and do not use underneath an overhang.
- Keep children and animals away from the grill.
- Periodically remove grease and fat buildup.
- Use the proper starter fluid on charcoal grills.
- Never add starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Allow coals to cool before properly disposing.
- Do not discard coals in the garbage or in the grass.
- When using a propane grill, check the hoses for leaks prior to starting.
- Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages.
Source: Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services
Corvias wants to hear from you! In a one-minute or less video, tell us why your Corvias community is great. One winning video entry will be selected from each Corvias Military Living installation and our Corvias Campus Living location and will receive an iPad mini! Then, one overall winner will be chosen from the top 14 videos for a grand prize - a $2,000 travel voucher! All winners will be announced mid-May. Email your video to MyView@corvias.com by April 11 to be entered to win.
The annual Fort Riley Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for calendar year 2013 has been posted here. It is important that customers be aware of the efforts that are continually made to improve their water systems. Information about CCRs can be obtained from the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Copies also can be obtained by contacting the Water Quality Protection Regulations Manager at 785-239-2630.