- Seasonal Savings: Energy conservation in the fall
- Story hour Fridays
- APG spouses invited to AWN event at Fort Meade
- Coming Back-to-School safety tips
- We are looking for more great residents like you!
- Corvias Foundation Awards 2014 Educational Grants to Military Spouses
- Resident Reminders: Yard sales and home businesses
- Oven cleaning tip
- Conquer your laundry heap
- Run to Home Base
- Tell us how we are doing
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your Neighborhood?
As the leaves start to turn yellow, red, and orange, it is a great time to put a little green in your pocket.
The cooler temperatures in fall are ideal for reducing energy consumption and lowering utility bills.
Aberdeen Proving Ground has a variety of new, traditional and historic homes. No matter what style of home you live in, some simple checks can help lead to savings this fall.
“Late summer and fall is the ideal time for an energy check-up before winter arrives,” said Allison Fenwick, community manager, Corvias Military Living. “Residents should check windows and doorways for drafts.”
Different options are available for closing the leaks and preventing drafts, including weather-stripping, caulk and expanding foam insulation. For questions or help related to drafts or other home maintenance, please call the Community Office at (410) 305-1076.
Between the hot summer days and cold winter nights, fall gives a crisp break on heating and cooling needs. On average, heating and cooling use more than 40 percent of a home’s electricity. Residents should take advantage of the few weeks in fall when the temperature is comfortable. Follow the tips below to make the most of the season:
Heating and cooling
- When the temperature is comfortable outside, open your windows instead of using the air conditioning.
- Keep blinds and curtains closed to keep heat out of the home, but when the temperatures start changing with the season you may want to keep them open and warm your home.
- Run a ceiling fan on low in the winter to circulate warm air back down into a room.
- A slow cooker is an efficient and easy way to make a hearty dinner on a cool fall day.
- Fall is a great time to barbecue outside.
- Microwaves use substantially less energy than ovens. Use one when cooking and reheating items.
- Spend some time outside before it gets too cold. Turn off the devices and go for a walk or run.
- Many devices are in a standby mode when they are not on and continue using electricity. Unplug devices or use power strips with an off switch to reduce phantom electricity usage.
- Reduce the brightness on televisions and computer monitors. This can save up to 15 percent each time the device is used.
“Checking the settings on your television can improve the picture quality and reduce your electricity use,” said Fenwick. “Plus you want to make sure the picture is looking sharp for football season.”
Small changes to the home and your electric usage can lead to energy conservation and can save money. If you live on-post and conserve, you may also get a refund check through the Live Army Green Program. The program provides monetary incentives to residents to conserve energy. If someone earns a $25 credit or more they receive a rebate check.
If post housing residents are consistently using energy above the Live Army Green average, Corvias Military Living offers home energy assessments by request. Please call the Community Office at (410) 305-1076 for more information. You may also want to check out the Department of Energy website, energy.gov. They offer tips and guides for fall and winter energy savings.
For more information about the Live Army Green Program or for more energy saving tips, visit this page on the Aberdeen Proving Ground Corvias Military Living website.
Please join us at the Bayside Community Center on Fridays this month from 10 to 11 a.m. for a themed story hour with the Post Library. Families will enjoy stories, singing, crafts and snacks. We look forward to seeing you there
An event filled with friendship, laughter, prizes, advice and self-discovery is coming September 18-19 to Fort Meade. Corvias Military Living is proud to partner with Army Wife Network, a multi-media resource site for Army spouses, to bring the Field Exercise: Battle Buddies to APG and Fort Meade military spouses.
The Field Exercise: Battle Buddies is a networking and military appreciation event for spouses. Army Wife Network’s Tara Crooks, Janet MacIntosh and Paula Swanson will host two, free sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 18 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, September 19. Both sessions of the Field Exercise are free and focus on creating a personal support network to help navigate Army life.
“Our Field Exercise will have a room full of talking and laughing spouses engaged with each other and recharging their spirits by putting themselves first,” said Crooks, co-founder of Army Wife Network and 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year. “This is the first time the Army Wife Network team has visited Fort Meade, and we could not be more excited.”
The two four-hour sessions are identical and will feature a full lunch or dinner, door prizes and giveaways. A limited number of free childcare spots will be available through CYSS as part of Corvias’s sponsorship of this event. To register for this childcare, please call Corvias at (410) 672-4033 and ask for Camille Torres.
Registration for these events will open September 1 at www.armywifenetwork.com under the events section. Space is limited and a ticket will be required for event entry. Remember, only register for one of the two sessions and watch for more details and information from Corvias and Army Wife Network as the registration date approaches.
The end of the summer is here and it’s once again time to get ready for school. With that in mind, residents should be mindful of increased vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic during peak school hours. Below are the top Back-to-School safety tips from safekids.org:
Reminders for drivers:
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas and school zones.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- When parking vehicles in driveways, do not block sidewalks.
Reminders for school children:
- For their safety, children should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.
- Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.
- Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
- Walk in groups of three or more.
We wish you a safe and fun school year!
Refer a friend to live on post and receive $300. APG housing is open to active-duty military, retirees and Department of Defense civilians. Check with the Leasing and Relocation Office about current specials on select homes. Tell a friend about us and when they move in to family housing or Reece Crossings you get $300, it’s that simple. Contact your Community Office for more details.
Since 2006, John G. Picerne’s foundation, Corvias Foundation, has awarded over $5 million in scholarships and educational grants to children and spouses of active-duty service members. This year, the Foundation awarded $100,000 in educational grants to spouses of active-duty service members, including the following:
Edwards Air Force Base, CA
Jannette Martinez is a freshman pursuing a Certificate in Medical Billing from the U.S. Career Institute. Mrs. Martinez enjoys the medical field and looks forward to pursuing a career in medical billing. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Marcos Martinez of the 412 AMXS/MXAJ of the U.S. Air Force.
Eielson Air Force Base, AK
Latisha Davis is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mrs. Davis has worked in healthcare for 20 years, and looks forward to continuing her education to eventually become a Registered Nurse. Her husband is Tech. Sgt. Charles Clinton Davis of the Command/PACAF Unit 354 MXG of the U.S. Air Force.
Fort Bragg, NC
Amanda Bechtel is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Mrs. Bechtel would eventually like to work with Soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her husband is Spc. Benjamin W. Bechtel of the 108 ADA 1-7 BN of the U.S. Army.
Cindy Himmelhaver is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Biology from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Mrs. Himmelhaver currently has a 4.0 GPA and ultimately wants to work for the VA as a Physician’s Assistant. Her husband is Spc. Noah Himmelhaver of the 36th Army Support Medical Company, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade of the U.S. Army.
Tiffani James is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. James recently completed a victim-advocate internship and has volunteered many hours at the schools in her community. Her husband is Sgt. 1st Class Dustin S. James of the U.S. Army.
Tiffany Streeter is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene at Central Carolina Community College. Mrs. Streeter currently has a 4.0 GPA and is an active volunteer in her community. Her husband is Staff Sgt. David T. Streeter of the 82nd Airborne Division, 82nd CAV, 1st Squadron 17th Calvary Regiment, E Troop 1-17th CAV of the U.S. Army.
Fort Polk, LA
Fabersha Flynt is pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. Her husband was stationed out of Fort Polk when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2006. Mrs. Flynt’s goal is to educate minority males in higher education. Her husband was Staff Sgt. Bryan Anthony Lewis of the 258th Military Police Co., 519th Military Police Battalion, Warrior Brigade of the U.S. Army.
Kathrine Garcia is a junior pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Upper Iowa University. The first in her family to attend college, Mrs. Garcia has an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, and eventually wants to attend law school. Her husband is Spc. Richmond Rieza of the 2-4 Infantry of the U.S. Army.
Amanda Harrison is pursuing a Certificate in Legal Assisting from Auburn University, on her path towards a Master’s in Addiction Therapy. Mrs. Harrison is passionate about her studies and has volunteered many hours in her community. Her husband is Sgt. Jeffery A. Harrison of the Alpha Company 5th Aviation Battalion of the U.S. Army.
Fort Riley, KS
Sara Devine is pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education with a certification in Secondary Education at Kansas State University. Mrs. Devine currently works as a para-educator in a middle school special education classroom and looks forward to eventually having her own classroom. Her husband is Sgt. John Devine of the Charlie Company, 1-1 Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the U.S. Army.
Jenna Osterman is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washburn University. Mrs. Osterman is dedicated to helping others and wants to be a family advocate for the Army. She currently works at a non-profit homeless shelter. Her husband is 2nd Lt. William Jordan of the 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st ABCT, 1 ID of the U.S. Army.
Wendy Therkelsen is a sophomore pursuing an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology at Brown Mackie College-Salina. Mrs. Osterman has worked in a veterinary office for the past 9 years and looks forward to expanding her career. Her husband is Master Sgt. Jason Therkelsen of the OPS Company, DHHB of the U.S. Army.
Leslie Valencia is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Wichita State University. Mrs. Valencia will be the first in her family to graduate from college and she looks forward to starting her nursing career. Her husband is Spc. Edgar E. Valencia Jr. of the HHC 1st Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army.
Fort Rucker, AL
Anne Combs is pursuing a Master’s degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Combs has volunteered many hours in her community and aspires to work in adult education, inspiring others as a teacher. Her husband is Sgt. Derek S. Combs of the B-Co 1/223 AVN of the U.S. Army.
Fort Sill, OK
Amber Abernathy is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from Everest College-Phoenix. Mrs. Abernathy has volunteered many hours in her community and wants to work for the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Division. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Adam Abernathy of the 428 Fires Brigade, 1/78 FA, B Battery of U.S. Army.
Amber McGuire is a freshman pursuing an Associate’s degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. McGuire currently works as a job coach for individuals with special needs and wants to also help others as an addictions counselor. Her husband is Pfc. Daniel McGuire of the Alpha 313 75th FIRES Brigade of the U.S. Army.
Hurlburt Field, FL
Aimee Burnett is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Northwest Florida State College. Mrs. Burnett currently has a 4.0 GPA and is studying to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife. Her husband is Capt. James Talon Burnett of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron of the U.S. Air Force.
McConnell Air Force Base, KS
Sarah Bondarev is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Wichita State University. Mrs. Bondarev enjoys accounting and wants to be a Certified Public Accountant. Her husband is Airman 1st Class Pavel Bondarev of the 22 Mission Support Group, 22 Communication Squadron of the U.S. Air Force.
Ashley LaMothe is pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Mrs. LaMothe wants to work in a medical examiner’s or coroner’s office as a death investigator. Her husband is Senior Airman Stephan LaMothe of the Air Mobility Command (AMC) in the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) of the U.S. Air Force.
Alexandra Thomas is pursuing a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Wichita State University. Mrs. Thomas is passionate about healthcare and has volunteered many hours at her local hospital. She also volunteers many hours with the Key Spouse Program. Her husband is Senior Airman Joshua Thomas of the 22nd AMXS Squadron of the U.S. Air Force.
Community sales and private yard sales may be permitted at a designated location at dates and times to be determined by the Property Manager. Private yard sales are limited to the first Saturday of each month. Individual sales are solely for the disposal of personal household items which are not needed by the family. The resale of new items (as in a business) is not permitted. Residents may request authorization to have a yard sale by visiting their Community Management Office who will provide instructions for locations and methods of posting. All signs must be removed the same day after completion of the yard sale.
Home/ Commercial Businesses
Residents wishing to engage in ventures such as childcare, the sale of home or beauty products, or conduct fund raising events must submit a written request to the Community Office. Consideration of such requests requires endorsement from the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). Engaging in other commercial ventures is not permitted.
Leave the racks in while running the self-clean cycle on your oven. When the cycle is complete all the baked on grease and grime should wipe right off your oven racks.
Do you sometimes feel that no matter how many loads of laundry you do, more piles of clothes keep appearing even before you’re finished? Try this system to make laundry more efficient and less time-consuming.
• If you wash fewer than five loads per week, select one day to finish the entire process: sorting, laundering, folding, ironing, and storing.
• If you have several loads, try a daily system, strictly adhering to a morning or evening routine and doing one or two loads per day.
• Keep all products you will need close at hand.
• Set aside space for a “repair center” for clothes that need new buttons, alterations, or mending. Then make all the fixes in one sitting.
• Keep a small dish nearby to collect coins, buttons, and other items found in pockets.
• Go to the dry cleaner on the same day each week to cut down on multiple trips.
• Find a comfortable area to fold clothes. Recruit family members to help. (And good luck with that.)
Corvias Foundation sponsored the 5th Annual Shadow Run to Home Base on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Afghanistan in support of Saturday's Run to Home Base event in Boston. Approximately 2,000 runners participated in Boston, and the Service Members in Afghanistan numbered above 1,100. Soldiers and civilians at the base trekked back and forth on a road that stretched a mile and a half inside Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in Afghanistan.
The Corvias family made a great showing in the race. New Corvias Foundation scholarship recipients, Zia Matti and Megan Conroy, participated in the Boston Run to Home Base, along with a number of Corvias Group employees and other Foundation scholarship alumni. Zia and Megan finished 1st and 2nd in the Women Under 19 group. In Afghanistan, runners from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, FL, and the New England-based Chaplain of the 10th Mountain Division, Captain Lukasz Willenberg, finished in the top 3 among deployed runners.
As part of the Run to Home Base, Corvias Foundation helped to put together care packages with toiletries, baseball hats, magazines, and additional supplies that will eventually make their way to the 10th Mountain Division and other troops in Afghanistan, including nearly 100 service members recommended by Corvias Group employees.
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin in October and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact your Community Office for more information.
How can you save energy and keep your clothes wrinkle-free? Iron fabrics that require a cooler iron first and work up to those requiring higher heat. An iron heats faster than it cools, so it’s quicker to go from low to high than the reverse. You’ll use less energy.
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
- Sept. 1: Community Offices open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sept. 3: Stress Management , 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ACS Conference Room
- Sept. 10: Creating a Solid Spending Plan, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ACS, Building 2503
- Sept. 24: Parenting Teenagers, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ACS Conference Room
- Oct. 1: Three Cs of Communication, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ACS Conference Room