- Staying warm in the winter
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Installation Deer culling underway
- Carport and garage storage
- Finances, savings and taxes
- House Watch program
- Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Scoop the poop – even in the snow
- Green Corner
- CYSS is looking for coaches
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
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 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 a resident's 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 you have any questions about the Live Army Green Program, please contact your Community Office.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships are due Thursday, February 12. Children of active-duty service members are eligible to apply and the application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. Spouses may also apply for a $5,000 educational grant. Grant applications are due May 7.
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.
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. Please note, however, that 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 be able to close.
Following these guidelines helps keep the community looking good. Thank you for doing your part.
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.
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 the U.S. 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.
Frozen poop thawing in the sun on a warm spring morning as the winter retreats until next year is not a pretty sight, but it is what happens when pet owners do not clean up after their dogs in the snow.
Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your Community Office for no additional cost.
Volunteer Youth Sports Coaches Needed (Spring Season) - Coaches are needed for baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, track, NFL flag football and soccer. All volunteers will receive free training and will be certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. All volunteers will need to submit and complete a background check. If interested, please apply today at the CYSS Youth Sports & Fitness Office located at 1900 Reece Road. For more information call 301-677-1179/1329.
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