Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities

To prevent freezing pipes, remember to drain and disconnect garden hoses from outside hose connections. If freezing temperatures are predicted, remember to let a steady drip of water run from the highest faucet in the house. Also leave cabinet doors open so room heat can reach the pipes.

Don’t set the thermostat below 60 degrees if leaving home for a few days — try to have a friend stop by to check in. An extended-absence-from-home form can be obtained at the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities office at 220 Hancock Ave. This form allows residents to appoint someone to notify in case of an emergency.

If a pipe does burst, know how to turn off the home’s water supply quickly to minimize damage. Feel free to ask a maintenance technician to help locate the shut-off valve during his next visit.

For residents with access to storage areas, FLFHC asks residents to ensure the doors to all storage areas are kept closed. Keeping the doors closed helps prevent pipes from freezing. Infantry Barracks residents are asked to keep doors to common areas closed.

For questions about maintenance issues, contact the Maintenance Department at (913) 651-3838.

Office closures

The FLFHC offices will be closed Nov. 22-23 in observance of Thanksgiving. In case of a maintenance emergency or wish to submit a work order, call the 24-hour maintenance line at (913) 651-3838.

Trivia night

Join Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities for a fun and free trivia night and wine and cheese tasting compliments of Spruce Street Liquor from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the community center, 220 Hancock Ave. Attendees must be 21 years old. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact Meghan Fowler at fhc@tmo.com or call (913) 682-6300.

Decorating contest

Beginning Dec. 3, FLFHC representatives will be patrolling villages on Fort Leavenworth in search of three families to be awarded this year’s best holiday display.

Winning homes will be awarded a $25 Visa gift card and will be photographed and given special recognition on the FLFHC Facebook page and in the January FLFHC newsletter. To make a nomination or enter, call the Community Management Office at (913) 682-6300 or e-mail fhc@themichaelsorg.com with the home’s address by 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Winners will be chosen during the week of Dec. 17.

For more information on holiday display guidelines, refer to the Resident Guidelines and Community Handbook. Handbooks are available at the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. or online at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com.

Fall food drive

FLFHC is hosting its annual fall food drive for non-perishable packaged food items and canned goods, as well as disposable baby diapers of all sizes to donate to the Leavenworth Assistance Center. The village with the most items delivered to the Community Management Office by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 will win a $50 Visa gift card to be used toward a village event. Expired items cannot be accepted. For more information, contact Meghan Fowler at (913) 682-6300.

Super Savers

Residents can nominate themselves for the Super Saver of the Month award by submitting a nomination form, which can be found on the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com. Bring the form and a copy of the most recent utilities statement to the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. by the 21st of each month.

Families can nominate themselves each month for this award but can only win once per calendar year. All monthly winners receive a $25 Visa gift card.

Utilities tip

Run only full — not overfull — loads in your washer. One large washer load takes less energy than washing a couple of loads on a lower setting. If you need to wash a smaller load, remember to set the water setting lower.

Watch for more announcements on Facebook, followed by a One-Call Now e-mail message with event details. And don’t forget to follow FLFHC on Twitter. Visit the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com for downloadable forms and other useful information.