- Message from the Community Manager
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- Referrals extended
- Staying warm in the winter
- Finances, savings and taxes
- Get fit for summer
- New BOSS office
- Help us spread the word
- Green Corner
- Installation deer culling underway
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Do you know what day it is? It’s Groundhog Day!
February 2 Punxsutawney Phil will predict how much longer we have to wait for spring to arrive. I know being stuck inside in the winter can make you feel like you are living the same day over and over again, but there is a lot to look forward to this February.
The day before Groundhog Day is Super Sunday. Come down to the clubhouse and watch the game, or just the commercials, with friends. Then Valentine’s Day is around the corner and leads in to a long weekend with President’s Day and then Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17. After that just one more week until March, which means spring is almost here.
While spring is almost here, the weather this time of year can be tricky. Drive safely during icy conditions and remember to let your faucets drip if the temperature is below freezing. A burst pipe can damage your home and belongings.
Thank you for choosing to live with us, but more importantly thank you for your service to our county.
Stay up to date on all the events, activities and news by liking Reece Crossings on Facebook.
Our Refer-a-Friend program has been extended. Residents will receive $1,275 for every resident that they refer when the new residents move in by Feb. 28. It is that easy. Take advantage of this limited-time offer and contact the Community Office for more details.
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 help you stay warm. Here are a few tips to help you stay toasty this winter:
- 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.
- A slow cooker is an effective way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
For more tips on energy consumption read your monthly Corvias Community Newsletter.
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 filling 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.
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. Also, $5,000 educational grants are available for spouses. Grant applications are due May 7. Don’t forget!
Like they say, summer bodies are made in the winter. If you are planning to head to the beach this summer, lounge by the pool or just want to improve your fitness come to the Reece Crossings Clubhouse. Take advantage of the two fitness rooms available to you 24-hours a day. The cardio room features treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and more to help you burn calories and the weight room has free weights and crossfit and mixed martial arts equipment to help you get cut.
The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers has office is located in the USO building, 8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road. BOSS holds meetings the first and third Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4 p.m. All Fort Meade and NSA single service members are invited. For more information call 301-677-7785.
Open draperies and blinds to allow warm sunlight to enter in daylight hours. Close draperies and blinds at night to maintain heat.
The installation will be conducting a culling operation in an effort to address the overabundance of white-tailed deer on post.
The operation began in January and will run through March. The hours of the deer cull will be limited to Monday through Thursday, generally between dusk and dawn, taking care to avoid commuting time-frames early in the morning and evening.
Every aspect of the culling plan has taken the safety of Fort Meade employees, residents and visitors into consideration. As approved, the plan will not require anyone to alter their routine or behavior in any way. Additionally, the plan ensures the culling will be conducted in a manner that is as humane as possible.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel who will be conducting the culling have years of experience and have conducted these operations on scores of federal and DoD installations across Maryland and Virginia. They frequently operate in sensitive areas such as parks in major cities, to including Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C., near airports, residential areas and in national parks.
For more information or questions, please visit http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/faqs/Deer_Culling_FAQs.pdf.
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
- Feb. 7: LTS New York City Trip
- Feb. 12: Cooking Matters
- Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
- Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 26: ACS Financial Fitness Workshop
- Feb. 26: Cooking Matters