- Message from the Community Manager
- Resolve to get fit
- Keeping resolutions on track
- Winter driving tips
- Heart you Home: Ways to overcome cabin fever
- Garbage disposal maintenance
- SatisFacts survey winner
- Follow us on Facebook
- Cold weather tip – let the faucet drip
- Help us keep Reece Crossings beautiful
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
- Cooking matters
Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a great holiday season. I want to start the New Year off on a positive foot and talk about something you may not know about, the Corvias Foundation.
The Corvias Foundation was created in 2006 by John G. Picerne, founder and chief executive officer of Corvias Group as a way for the company to give back. One of the biggest ways the Corvias Foundation gives back is through education for military families, and this is where we need your help.
If you know any active-duty military personnel with children or spouses interested in attending college they can apply for a grant or scholarship with the Corvias Foundation.
The foundation awards 10 $50,000 scholarships to children graduating high school and up to 20 $5,000 grants to spouses returning to school. To apply the sponsor service member has to be stationed at Fort Meade, they do not have to live on-post.
Applications for high school seniors are due Feb. 12 and applications for spouses are due May 7. Applications are available online at corviasfoundation.org. Help us spread the word so military families can take advantage of this opportunity.
Thank you for choosing to live with us, but more importantly thank you for your service to our county.
Refer a friend to live at Reece Crossings. Residents will receive $1,275 for every resident that they refer when the new residents move in by Jan. 31. It is that easy. Take advantage of this limited-time offer and contact the Community Office for more details.
If your resolution is to drop a few pounds, maybe shave a little off your run time or all out max your next physical fitness test then come to the Reece Crossings Clubhouse. The clubhouse has two fitness rooms available to you 24-hours a day. The cardio room features treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and more. Across the hall the weight room has free weights and crossfit and mixed martial arts equipment.
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 2014.
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
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.
By Mark Nettles, Corvias Military Living
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, slept 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.
The garbage disposal is one of the systems in your home that gets a lot of wear and tear. Following the tips below will keep your disposal grinding away.
- Keep the drain covered when the disposal unit is not in use.
- Do not dispose of items such as bones, corncobs, hairpins, glass, string, tacks, etc. Doing so may result in a clogged drain or jammed disposal.
- Grind food waste with strong flow of cold water.
- Flush the disposal for self-cleaning by running a few minutes after grinding waste or draining dishwasher.
- Do not use lye or other chemicals for cleaning.
- Do not turn off water the while grinding.
- Do not grind fibrous food waste, i.e., cornhusks, pea pods, lettuce, celery, artichoke leaves, chicken skin.
- To sharpen the blades of your disposal use ice cubes. Drop a handful of ice cubes into the disposal and grind with a strong flow of cold water. To give your kitchen a fresh scent grind some slices of lemon or orange in the disposal.
When disposal does not operate take the following steps:
- Step 1: Turn off switch and water, and allow garbage disposal unit to cool.
- Step 2: Push reset button located on bottom or side until a click is heard.
- Step 3: Turn on switch and water.
- Step 4: If garbage disposal is still not operational, call the Community Management Office to report a work order.
Congratulations to Reece Crossings SatisFacts survey winner! Egidio Jefferson was chosen at random to receive a $500 gift card for completing and returning the SatisFacts survey.
Residents living on-post received a housing survey from SatisFacts late last year to determine resident satisfaction. The data collected from our residents 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.
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Keeping your pipes from freezing in the winter is easy and can save you from having a soggy season. If the temperatures are expected to fall below freezing let your faucets drip and open the cabinets beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Pipes under sinks may not be insulated. Opening the cabinets circulates warm air from your home and helps prevent pipe bursts. Be sure to relocate any hazardous cleaning materials out of reach from pets.
Ensure all trash and recyclables are put in the containers, and not left on the sides or around the trash area. Please do not store recycling bins, or any other items, in the common areas or breezeways. Cluttered breezeways are a violation of fire code and subject to fines.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
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
- Jan 1: All offices closed
- Jan 8: Cooking Matters; Commissary; 10 a.m.
- Jan 10: Free Mixed Martial Arts Class, Gaffney Fitness Center, 10 to 11 a.m.
- Jan 10: New York City Trip – Call 301-677-7354 for details
- Jan 16 – 19: B.O.S.S Ski Trip – Contact your BOSS rep for details
- Jan 19: All offices closed
- Jan 20: B.O.S.S. meeting, Freedom Center, 3 to 4 p.m.
- Jan 29: Cooking Matters; Commissary; 10 a.m.
Are you interested in learning how you could stretch your food budget over the holidays? How to shop smarter? How to make healthier choices? Cooking matters is a program designed to help you in all of those areas. Join MWR for their Cooking Matters events on January 8 or January 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Meade Commissary. They will be offering hands-on store tours every hour that teach participants the skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants will learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable and delicious meals for their families. Select tours will receive a $10 coupon. Open to all eligible patrons of the Commissary. To sign-up for the January events, please visit: http://cmatscommissaryfm.eventbrite.com. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.