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Community Newsletter JBLM | August 2018

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Living Green

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Community Events page 3

Featured Story

Back-to-School Tips for Parents Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Meet the new teacher. For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together. Tour the school. If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with the environment will help avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Connect with friends. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool. Tool up. Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Avoid last-minute drilling. When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important. Ease into the routine. Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time.

Clover Park School District Boundries And Calendar Of Events

Living Green

In This Issue Featured Story


Living Green

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Community Events

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Spouses Mixer - August Spouses Mixer - September


3 in 1 Event - August 7, 2018 Seasonal Reminders JBLM News

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Caught On Camera

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Calendar of Events

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Don’t Stress The PCS

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District Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday 8:30am - 4:00pm Saturday & Sunday Closed

District Garbage Schedule Have your garbage curbside by 5:30 a.m. on your designated day. If your trash day falls on a holiday, pickup may be delayed by one business day

OFFICE CLOSURES & CHANGES There are no scheduled office closures for the month of August.

Monday: Evergreen, Madigan, New Hillside Tuesday: Broadmoor, Davis Hill, Greenwood, Parkway Wednesday: All McChord Field Thursday: Beachwood, Beachwood II, Eagleview, Meriwether Landing

Friday: Clarkdale, Discovery Village, Hillside, Town Center Centralized Garbage Container Service: Tuesday: Parkway and Town Center Friday: Parkway and Clarkdale


Community Events

Spouses Mixer: DYI Canvas Art August 21st

Spouses Mixer: Spa Night September 18th & 25th

Join us for a relaxing night of creating custom spa Join us for a fun night of crafting and creativity. products. We will be making lip balm, lip scrub and We are making canvas art! You are your family facemasks. Spouses must be 16 years of age and older to enjoy a fun evening of socializing. members 16 years of age and older will enjoy a fun evening of crafting and socializing. * This event is for all LMC Residents * RSVP your attendance! * This event is for all LMC Residents * Spots are limited / While supplies last. * RSVP your attendance! * Spots are limited / While supplies last Date: Tuesday, September 18th (Lewis) Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM Date: Tuesday, August 21st Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM For location and to RSVP: Please email us at

Date: Tuesday, September 25th (McChord) Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM For location and to RSVP for either event: Please email us at

3 in 1 Day Event: Resident Picnic August 7th Come join us as we celebrate you our residents at our largest event of the year! Our annual Natioinal Night Out, Resident Picnic and Back To School free event for all families that live in Lewis-McChord Communities. This a great night to get out and meet your community, emergency services and your housing team. This free event includes giant inflatables, food, emergency vehicles, sign up for back to school supplies and so much more including a police dog demonstration! We will also be giving away some amazing prizes, this is one event you do not want to miss. * * * *

This event is for all families that live in Lewis-McChord Communities. All families will have an opportunity to enter our drawing for amazing prizes. Sign up for FREE back to school supplies! Be sure to RSVP! We have to have a good idea of how many people to expect.

Date: Tuesday, August 7th Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: Memorial Stadium on Lewis-Main To RSVP please visit our Facebook page. 3

Seasonal Reminders

Recreational Vehicles Recreational Vehicles Recreational vehicles are not permitted to be stored within your neighborhood. Recreations vehicles are considered to be but not limited to; * * * * *

RV’s Campers Boats Tent Campers ATV’s

Recreational vehicle parking lots are available through MWR. Please visit the JBLM website for more information. For temporary passes for your recreational vehicle please visit your District Office for the process.


Fire Pits and BBQ’s BBQ/ Fire Pits If you wish to cook outdoors, Town Center residents please refer to your lease documents for limitations on grilling in your neighborhood. All BBQ grills must be used at least 15 feet from your home to prevent damage to the siding. BBQ grills/fire pits are not to be used under overhangs, eaves in garages or carports. Only commercially purchased above ground fire pits are allowed in family housing and must be used at least 15 feet from your home and within your own yard. When using BBQ grills / fire pits you must properly store flammable materials, keep a fire extinguisher or water source readily available and supervise all fires by an adult until extinguished. Never leave a fire unattended for any reason. If an emergency occurs please call 911 immediately.

Pet Responsibilities


Please clean up after your pet!

Landscaping services are currently included in your rent. On your lawn service day, you will need to ensure that your lawn is free of toys and personal belongings so the mowers can cut your grass. You can have one large non moveable item in your yard such as a swing set or trampoline. Please see your District Office for Outdoor Policies. The mowers will cut within two (2) feet of the item. You will be responsible to cut the grass under and the two (2) feet around the item.

Pet droppings are odorous, unsightly, and a nuisance. More importantly, they can be a health hazard, especially for children. Therefore, pets must be kept under control so they do not defecate on parade fields, playgrounds, troop formation areas, sidewalks/walkways, common areas, miniature playgrounds of the housing areas, and neighbors' yards. You will immediately clean up droppings when your pet defecates outside of your residence yard.

You may choose to maintain your own lawn if desired. Contact your Community Office for a sign to put in your window.

Droppings in your residence, including your yard, will be removed daily.

If the home you live in has a fence either provided or installed by you, you are responsible for the maintenance of your yard.

Pet owners are responsible for disposing of their pet's waste, whether the pet is on a leash or in a fenced area. A pet owner who does not properly dispose of his/her pet's waste will be subject to a fine of $25 for each All flowerbeds adjacent to your home are your responoffense plus sibility to maintain weed-free. Failure to maintain $5 per day that the violation persists. may result in fines.



Bears, coyotes and raccoons - Oh my! by Cathy Hamilton-Wisser, Directorate of Public Works

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Joint Base Lewis-McChord is home to many native species including coyotes raccoons and black bears. Some wildlife species are potentially dangerous or can cause problems, especially as Washington’s human population expands into traditional habitat. The three top reasons for wildlife conflicts are: trash, bird seed and pet food Family housing residents are encouraged to avoid leaving food - including dirty barbecue grills, trash cans, pet food and bird feeders -- outdoors overnight to discourage bears, raccoons, coyotes and other wildlife from entering housing areas. Do not pet wildlife. A wild animal can inflict serious wounds or cause rabies, so its best to admire from afar. Prevention is the best tool for minimizing conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife. Be sure and feed dogs and cats indoors. Don't leave small children unattended where coyotes are frequently seen or heard. If there are coyote sightings in your area, prepare your children for a possible encounter by explaining the reasons why coyotes live there: habitat, food source and species adaptability. Also talk to kids about what they should do if one approaches them: don't run, be as big, mean and loud as possible. By shouting "go away coyote" when they encounter one, children will inform nearby adults of the coyote's presence. Personnel utilizing wilderness training areas are encouraged to familiarize themselves with black bear behavior and take appropriate precautions. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for black bear information and tips: wdfw. Coyotes are curious but timid animals and will generally run away if challenged. Sightings of coyotes are most likely during the hours just after sunset and before sunrise; however, remember that any wild animal will protect itself or its young. Never instigate a close encounter. A raccoon can be a nuisance. Feeding those cute faces can lead to undesirable situations for you, your children, neighbors and pets and the raccoons themselves. If a raccoon ever approaches too closely, make yourself appear larger to scare it off. Do not corner a raccoon, thereby forcing it to defend itself. Black bears are native to wooded areas of western Washington and typically avoid human contact. They can attack defensively if surprised by humans or pets. Bears that seek out human interaction due to accessible food scraps, trash, bird or pet food dispensers are a particular danger. If you encounter a bear in a populated area of JBLM, contact Military Police dispatch at 253-967-7112 or 253-967-7113. Photo courtesy of Marcia McDowell


JBLM News Cont.

Water Conservation at JBLM

Controlled burns on JBLM are necessary BY CATHY HAMILTON-WISSMER Directorate of Public Works This summer, you may see columns of smoke over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and wonder if there is something burning that you need to worry about. No need to worry. The JBLM Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division conducts prescribed burns for ecological restoration, habitat maintenance and wildfire prevention. Firefighter and public safety are always the number one priority when conducting prescribed burns. Fire professionals conduct the burns to maintain the open fire resilient landscapes that are necessary to meet the Joint Base Lewis-McChord training mission and to provide habitat for wildlife including several endangered species. Controlled burns reduce fuel loadings, which reduces wildfire risks and increases the safety of Soldiers and Airmen conducting training exercises during summer months by decreasing the risk of accidental fires that may result from training activities. The environmental division works cooperatively with JBLM Fire and Emergency Services and other agencies to conduct the burns and manage the ecological impacts (positive and negative) that fire has on native and non-native species. Active training on JBLM means that fires will occur with or without prescribed burns. The use of prescribed burns allows firefighters to decide when and where a fire will happen, allowing them to take advantage of favorable conditions, reducing risks to themselves and the public. These burns are conducted throughout the spring and summer to ensure invasive species, such as Scot’s Broom, are dry and burn better-making the fire a more effective way to destroy this invasive plant. A dry fire produces less smoke reducing the risk that smoke will drift into populated areas. Native Americans conducted ecological burns until the late 1800s. Without these prescribed burns, most, if not all, of the prairies would have been encroached upon by Douglas fir forest long before Europeans reached Washington state. JBLM resumed the practice in the late 1970s. When you see smoke from the JBLM’s from controlled fires, it is a good thing. It’s working toward the triple bottom line of sustainability — Mission, Community and Environment. JBLM prescribed burn schedule is posted on the Sustainable JBLM Facebook page


Caught On Camera!

Community Services

Save the Date

Community Services Email: Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Closed Saturday and Sunday Community Services Coordinator: Hope Schwickerath Community Services Director: Marcia McDowell

Congratulations to the Lulich Family - Lewis North for being chosen as the Home Pride winner for the 2nd quarter!

join the conversation Like us on Facebook, find us on Twitter, look for us on Instagram and Pinterest, you can even find us on snapchat. Lincoln Military Housing is not responsible for information from other organizations published in this newsletter.

Community Services Mission Statement Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our military residents through programs designed to strengthen personal connections between neighbors, and to partner with like minded local organizations to support this goal.


District Events Calendar

Lewis-McChord Communities | August 2018 SUN





WED National Ice cream Sandwich Day




FRI National watermelon Day















National Friendship Day


National Tell A Joke Day.





National Honey Bee Awareness Day



National Kiss and Make Up Day 27




26 National Dog Day!


Toasted Marshmallow Day

National Eat Outside Day

DISTRICT OFFICES Lewis East District Office

Lewis West District Office

Lewis Main District Office

District Manager: Lesley Bonnell Maintenance Supervisor: Patrick Hecox

District Manager: Jessica Flansburg Maintenance Supervisor: Patrick Hecox

District Manager: Angela Cardosa Maintenance Supervisor: Sean Ryan

BLDG 60100A - Lewis Main Phone: 253-912-3485

Lewis North District Office BLDG 10400 - Lewis North Phone: 253-912-3475

District Manager: Catrina West Maintenance Supervisor: Sean Ryan

BLDG 2133 - Lewis Main Phone: 253-912-3493

District Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday & Sunday Closed Important Numbers: Roadside America: Lincoln At Your Service:

888-895-1744 888-578-4141

BLDG 2133 - Lewis Main Phone: 253-912-3460

McChord & Madigan District Office BLDG 3209 - McChord Field Phone: 253-589-0523

District Manager: Amy VanPevenage Maintenance Supervisor: Joe Mavega


Regional Events


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