- Tis the Season
- Corvias foundation educational grant and scholarship applications now available!
- Tree Lighting Celebration
- Exciting enhancements coming to your community center!
Join us for our 10th annual holiday celebration with Corvias Military Living’s “Tis the Season” event Dec. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Potomac Place Community Center.
Santa Claus will be available for free pictures. Don’t miss the train rides and petting zoo. The celebration also includes free food, music and crafts. This event is free and open to all Fort Meade housing residents. Contact your community center for more information.
If you are the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college, Corvias Foundation may be able to help. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
Join Fort Meade for the annual tree lighting ceremony December 13 at McGlachlin Parade Field. Visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments. Activities begin at 5 p.m.
Community offices will be open Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All offices are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2014. Check the Fort Meade Community Calendar for any other changes to services during the holidays.
By mid-December, your community center will receive state-of-the-art computer technology. Corvias Military Living is installing touch screen computers with larger screens to enable you to have an easier, more interactive user experience. And, since many service members expressed their desire to access the DoD network on the annual survey, we are happy to offer an additional enhancement: two Common Access Card (CAC) readers will be set up in each community center’s computer lab.
The computers and CAC readers are a company-wide improvement. So no matter which Corvias community you call home, you will have a consistent resident experience. As always, thank you for your thoughtful and honest feedback. We look forward to continuing to serve you, improve your quality of life and make Fort Meade a great place to live!
Don’t let stress hinder your holiday cheer
For many, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. The pressure of juggling gift buying, holiday parties, preparing the perfect meal, traveling or entertaining houseguests can be difficult to manage.
Don’t let the demands of the season hinder your holiday cheer. Here are some tips to help prevent holiday stress:
- Plan ahead. Make a plan and schedule days for cooking and baking, shopping, preparing your home, and other events or activities. You can use helpful apps on your smartphone for creating to- do lists, shopping lists or locating that much sought after gift.
- Budget. Set a budget and stick to it. Decide in advance how much you can afford to spend. Remember to budget not only for gifts, but for the additional food you will buy for your holiday meal and baking. This will help reduce financial stress after the holidays.
- Take care of yourself. Take time to do something relaxing. Take a long hot bath, get a massage or listen to your favorite music. Make sure to get sleep. Exercise. Eat healthy.
- Give back. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. Contact local agencies and organizations for volunteer opportunities.
- Get support. If the holiday season is a difficult time for you, and you have feelings of loneliness or sadness reach out for help. Army Community Services and the Chaplains offer services, counseling and support not only during the holiday season but the whole year.
Remember to focus on what is most important this holiday season and that everything does not need to be perfect. Managing stress will help you enjoy the upcoming holidays and remember the real meaning of the season.
Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays
Home decoration is a long-standing holiday tradition. Unfortunately, some decorations may increase your chances of fire.
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate decorations cause almost 400 homes annually resulting in more than 20 deaths and more than $25 million in property damage.
Following a few simple fire safety tips can prevent holiday decor from creating a tragedy. These tips will help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.
What is a traditional Christmas morning without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person’s suggestion – “Keep the tree watered.”
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem, but a dry and neglected tree is a hazard.
Tree selection: Fresh-cut tree needles are green, hard to pull back from branches and do not break. A fresh-cut trunk is sticky to the touch.
Caring for a tree: Do not place a tree close to a heat source. The heat will dry out the tree, creating a risk for from heat, flame or sparks. Do not display live trees for longer than two weeks.
Disposing of your tree: Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.
Maintenance: Inspect lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive knotting or wear. Use only lights approved by a testing laboratory.
Do not overload electrical outlets: Do not link more than three light strands. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Periodically check the wires to ensure they are not warm to the touch.
Do not leave lights on unattended.
Use only nonflammable decorations: Use decorations that are flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. Ensure metallic or artificial trees are flame retardant.
Don't block exits: Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations do not block exits. A blocked exit puts you and your family at risk.
Never put wrapping paper in the fireplace: This can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire.
Never leave a burning candle unattended: Use battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
If you do use lit candles: Make sure candles are in stable holders and place where they cannot be easily knocked down. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything flammable. Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
Never put lit candles on a tree: Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches.
Fires can start any time of year, but there is an increased risk during the holiday season. Be safe and help keep the holidays fun, festive and full of cheer.
When shopping for an appliance, how do you know if it is energy efficient? Look for the ENERGY STAR label.