- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Staying warm in the winter without breaking the bank
- Enjoy the benefit of maintenance-free living
- Reserve your plot in the Fort Riley Community Victory Garden
- What is the Honey Do Program?
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Carports and garages are for vehicles
- Finances, savings and taxes
- Home Watch program
- 6 fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Winter pet care tips
- Green Corner
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.
Feb. 1: Super Bowl Party, Warrior Zone
Feb. 7: Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Rally Point
Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
Feb. 16: Story Hour, 10:30 a.m. Warner Peterson Community Center
Feb. 28: Movie Night, Fort Riley Library 6:30 p.m.
Heating your home accounts for about 66 percent of your monthly energy consumption during winter months. Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption and save you money through the Live Army Green Program.
Under the DoD program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption while staying warm:
- Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
- Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
- Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at your community office for no charge.
- A slow cooker is an efficient way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
If a resident is consistently using energy above the buffer zone, Corvias Military Living conducts energy audits by request. Residents can also call their Community Office if they have any questions about billing or the Live Army Green program. Click here to read more on the Live Army Green program.
One of the benefits with Corvias Military Living is the comprehensive, 24-hour, emergency maintenance services. If something in a home needs immediate attention the maintenance staff is available after normal business hours for emergencies.
Work orders are classified into three categories with corresponding response times: emergency, urgent and routine.
- Emergency – Response time in eight hours or less. Response times may differ based on the particular issue or weather conditions. Some examples of maintenance emergencies include burst or frozen pipes, sewer back-up, electrical short or fire. An example of a weather related emergency would be the loss of heat during the winter months.
- Urgent – Response time in two working days or less. Urgent work is required to correct a condition that may become an emergency. Some examples include a broken garage door, faucet drip or a broken garbage disposal.
- Routine – Completion time in 3-10 working days or less. Routine work is needed for an inconvenience that does not pose a hazard or potential hazard. This may include a broken drawer or towel bar.
Please review the Resident Responsibility Guide for more information about work order priorities.
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. For more information visit the Community Garden page or contact the Fort Riley Community Victory Garden Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a spouse of a deployed service member, Corvias offers you one hour of non-routine maintenance assistance to attend to those household jobs that are usually handled by the service member. Contact your Community Office for more information.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. Applications for $5,000 educational grants for spouses are due May 7.
Carports should be used for their primary reason: parking of vehicles, not a living space or storage area. Bicycles, toys, tools, and lawn equipment, when not in use, must be stored in an approved storage space or moved to the back yard. However, such items must be picked up in order for the lawn service to be performed.
Garage doors should not remain open for extended periods of time. If a resident stores a boat or trailer in their garage the door should able to close.
Following these guidelines helps keep the community looking good.
Military Saves Week begins February 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. One of the tools available to service members is the website www.militarysaves.org. The site can help you set goals, make savings plans and find resources to help you save.
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.
The Military OneSource no-cost, online tax preparation and filing service has launched. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns with a custom tool made available through the Military OneSource website.
Did you know Corvias Military Livings offers a House Watch program? If you are traveling just register with us and we will keep an eye on your home. The Community team will make routine checks of the property to make sure nothing has happened. If something has happened, like roof damage, a fire or a break-in, we will contact you immediately. To register in the program contact your Community Office.
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone here is how the holiday is celebrated by the numbers:
- Cards: About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- Parents: Receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
- Pets: About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Flowers: Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Chocolate: More than 36 million heart shaped chocolates boxes are sold on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
- Proposals: The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10 percent of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
Dropping temperatures affect pets the same way they do people. If a pet is accustomed to living indoors then they do not want to be out in the cold any more than you do. 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:
- If you are cold your pet is cold. Don’t let your pet stay outside longer than you would. If your pet must stay outside make sure they have a warm shelter with insulation and plenty of food and water.
- Keep your pets dry. If you go on a walk, or your pet has been outside, be sure to dry your pet when your pet comes inside
- Tap the hood of your car or blow the horn before starting your car. Cats may seek shelter under your car and may be injured if you start the engine.
- Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
- Clean up any spilled antifreeze and store antifreeze out of reach of pets.
- Do not leave your pet in your vehicle. Cars can keep the cold in, the same as heat in the summer, and can quickly chill your pet.
- Pick up after your pet. Keeping your yard tidy in the winter will make spring all the more welcoming. Pet waste will not decompose in cold temperatures. It will still be there when you burst forth from your home ready to spend some time outside on a warm spring day.
Following these tips and using good judgment can help you keep your pet healthy this winter.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your Community Office for no additional cost.