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- SatisFacts survey winner
- Complimentary live Christmas tree disposal and bulk offered
- Scoop the poop – even in the snow
- How to avoid a ticket
- Corvias Foundation scholarships and grants
- Snow removal in housing
- Heart your Home: Ways to overcome Cabin Fever
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Green Corner
- Winter driving tips
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.
- Dec. 31: Community Offices close at 3 p.m.; New Year’s Eve Bowling Party, Custer Hill Bowling Center
- Jan. 1: All offices closed; trash and recycling delayed one day
- Jan. 19: All offices closed
- Jan. 24: Olaf’s FROZEN Winter Bash, Eyster Pool
Congratulations to the Fort Riley SatisFacts survey winner! Kristen Gilmartin was chosen at random to receive a $500 gift card for completing and returning SatisFacts survey.
Families living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from this survey, as well as the quarterly RCI surveys, helps Corvias improve your experience living on-post.
The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
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 Jan. 8.
Don’t forget, our convenient bulk trash service is available on your regularly scheduled day. If you have bulk trash place it out on the curb after 6 p.m. the night before the scheduled collection days. We ask that you please break down all boxes placed in front of your home. Families that have a large amount of bulk items should contact their community office.
Frozen poop thawing in the sun on a warm spring morning as the winter retreats until next year is not a pretty sight, but it is what happens when pet owners do not clean up after their dogs in the snow.
Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months. When it freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet.
At Fort Riley safe driving is a must for all who work, live and play on post. Following all posted speed limits ensures that both drivers and pedestrians stay safe. An overview of the Fort Riley speed limits is posted below:
- Family housing areas: Limits in these areas are all posted and range from 15 to 25 mph. If in doubt, not exceeding 15 mph is a good rule to follow.
- School zones: 20 mph
- Passing troops in formation: 10 mph
- Parking lots: 10 mph
- Unless marked otherwise, roads have a 25 mph speed limit
- Following the speed limit increases safety for you and those around you and also keeps you from paying fines. Speeding tickets fines are based on how far over the limit the driver was going, plus a $25 processing fee.
Spread the word! Deadlines for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants for children and spouses of active-duty service members are coming up soon. Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org.
Following a snow or ice storm, Corvias Military Living's contractor will clear or treat all streets, public sidewalks and parking lots in each community. 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 with vehicles or snow.
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 will be available at your Community Office
I was in my early 20s when I first observed cabin fever. I was living at the top of the world in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was winter and the darkness, cold weather and isolation had plunged my roommate into a deep funk. This was his first winter in Alaska and first Christmas away from home. He had lost interest in his favorite activities, sleep too much and put on some extra pounds. Nothing seemed to shake him from his depression.
He was suffering from cabin fever, or as others call it, winter blues, seasonal sadness, winter malaise or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD). This condition is not limited to northern climates like Alaska and can occur anywhere the seasons change. Even people in places like sunny Georgia or Southern California can suffer from this affliction, but it becomes extremely rare in those living closer to the equator.
Eventually my roommate recovered from his affliction, but he was not alone in his suffering. According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. You may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. WebMD offers these suggestions on helping to overcome SAD:
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
- Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity in the spring. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
Setting a New Year’s resolution January 1 is easy, but sticking with it for the next 364 days can be tough. Service members and their families have a resource to help keep those resolutions going in 2015.
Military One Source, a one stop shop of information, resources and tools, provides assistance to help the military and family members in any aspect of life. The most popular areas include work-life balance, a healthier lifestyle and relationship improvement.
In addition to the information available Military One Source offers free and confidential non-medical counseling. For your convenience, counseling is available in person, online or by telephone. Counselors address everyday stressors, relationship concerns, deployment and reintegration, financial management and many other issues.
To learn more about the services offered by Military One Source go to: www.militaryonesource.mil or call (800) 342-9647.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
Winter weather creates inconveniences and hazardous conditions. Below are a few simple, winter weather driving tips:
- Decrease speed: The posted speed limits are designated for dry pavement, decrease speed when driving in hazardous road conditions.
- Refrain from using cruise control: Roads that appear clear can have isolated icy spots and the lightest touch of your brakes to deactivate cruise control can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and overpasses: Even when the rest of the road appears to be in good condition, bridges and overpasses frost over with ice first.
- Clear snow and ice from vehicles: Completely clear all windows and lights of snow and ice - even the hood and roof - before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping and brake early: It takes more time to stop when roads are wet or icy and braking suddenly may result in them locking up.