Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities

The rainy fall season often comes with mold and mildew.


Mold is part of the natural environment. Outside, mold acts to break down dead organic materials such as fallen leaves. Indoors, mold forms when mold spores attach themselves to damp surfaces.


The key to controlling any type of mold is controlling moisture. Mold will not form without the presence of moisture.


Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities offers the following tips to help minimize mold growth in homes:


• Mold and mildew develop when the materials in a home become moist or wet because of water or condensation. Keep bathrooms and kitchens as dry as possible.
• Replace heating, ventilation and cooling system filters monthly. Filters are available at the FLFHC Maintenance Department at 800 W. Warehouse Road.
• Do not cover HVAC ducts.
• Open windows — proper ventilation can reduce mold and mildew growth.
• Close all windows when it is rainy or damp.
• Use the bathroom fan when bathing or showering.
• Do not overfill closets or storage areas — ventilation is important in these areas. Improper air ventilation can cause mold and mildew to grow.
• Use exhaust fans when cooking.
• To remove mildew, use a general household cleaner on the area, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then thoroughly wipe and dry.


Mildew can also be caused by water leaks, improperly sealed windows or the malfunction of a home’s ventilation system. If any of these issues are occurring, contact the FLFHC Management Office at (913) 682-6300.


For more information, refer to the mold and mildew addendum in the resident lease.
Fall yard maintenance


Barren Outdoor Solutions is performing bi-weekly yard maintenance.


Residents are asked to put all toys, garden hoses, patio furniture and any other belongings away before the scheduled mowing day. FLFHC will not be responsible for damages or failure to mow areas where items are left out. Residents are responsible for mowing, trimming and edging within their fenced in areas.


Lawn clippings and leaves can be bagged and left on the curb for pick up on scheduled maintenance days. Barren will also be scheduling shrub and bush trimming.


Yard maintenance is subject to change as needed; in case of inclement weather, work will be completed the following day.


Share your recipe
Do you have a frightfully good recipe? Send your recipe, a picture of the recipe made, your name and address to fhc@tmo.com by Oct. 16. FLFHC will post recipes to Facebook as they are received. Four winners will be chosen by a random drawing Oct. 19. Winners will each receive a $25 Commissary gift card.


Office closures
The FLFHC offices and the Self-Help Store will be closed Oct. 12 for Columbus Day. Trash collection will not be affected. To report a maintenance emergency or submit a work order when the offices are closed, call the 24-hour maintenance line at (913) 651-3838.


Mission donations
The City Union Mission Christian Life Center truck is now parked across from the Community Management Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where residents can drop items off or arrange curbside pick-up.


The second Saturday of each month, place items for donation curbside before 10 a.m. for collection between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The mission will issue a tax voucher for accepted donations. The next mission pick-up is Oct. 10.


The mission accepts clothing, furniture and other household items, but not appliances, mattresses, cribs or carseats. Separate any bulk trash from donations and place clothing and shoes inside plastic bags marked for mission donation.
Anything left on the curb Monday will be collected as bulk trash and not a donation.


For more information, call the Community Management Office at (913) 682-6300.


Utilities tip
Reduce the heat. Begin cooking on a higher heat setting until liquid begins to boil, then lower the temperature and simmer the food until fully cooked. A fast boil doesn’t cook faster than a slow boil, but it does use more energy.


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

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