Wi-Fi Vulnerability Fixed

WPA2 is the security protocol that has been used with Wi-Fi systems since 2008 with no known vulnerabilities. However, a university researcher recently discovered a method to trick it into accepting a reused/known encryption key (KRACK), allowing data to be seen. This vulnerability was made public a few days ago, and you may have seen something about it on the news.

Yesterday, the manufacturer of the radios used in our park’s Wi-Fi systems released updated firmware (burned in software) that eliminates that vulnerability. All 56 of the access point and linking radios in the park’s Wi-Fi system have now been updated to the new version firmware. Similar software updates for all client devices (computers, tablets, ebook readers, cellphones, and the like) should be available shortly from their vendors, although older devices may not be supported any longer.

Our park’s Wi-Fi systems have been upgraded, but it is still up to the individual users to upgrade their device’s software (or allow them to be upgraded by the device’s vendor) for full protection from this newly discovered vulnerability.

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Two New Wi-Fi Towers

Two additional new Wi-Fi towers were installed yesterday on Dogwood Place, lot 146 (SKPb-146) and lot 156 (SKPb-156).  This brings this year’s total of new towers to 7, the limit of the budget for this year.  We still have some areas of inadequate coverage along a few edges of the park which we hope to address next summer.  The updated tower map can be seen on the Wi-Fi page.

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Laundry room will be closed Monday, Nov. 6 for maintenance

The Timber Valley laundry room will be closed for deep cleaning and maintenance Monday, Nov. 6.

Please plan your washing needs accordingly.

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Surviving “The Big One” at Timber Valley

As part of the Ad Hoc Committee on Emergency Planning, Gene Fisher (#144) has drafted helpful information on surviving a “disruptive” emergency at Timber Valley.

“Interruptions of one or more of the ‘grids’ we depend on occurs in Southern Oregon every few years. Most are caused by weather and are of minor inconvenience. In the fall of 2012, a windstorm brought down power lines. Electricity in the park was off for four days,” writes Gene

Disruptive events include:
– Hurricane force winds
– 25 and 100-year snowfalls
– Flooding
– Urban-wildland interface fires
– Earthquake

Our ‘grids’ include:
– Electrical power
– Telephone and internet
– Streets, roads and highways
– Money network that connects the vendor’s card-reader and your bank
– Natural gas

To read the full report, click on: “Surviving The Big One.”

A printed copy is available at the office, as is a copy of a “Health Information Profile Packet” to be filled out and placed on the outside of your refrigerator for use by Medical Personnel in case of emergency.

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A Reminder from the Propane Pumping Crew

Please make sure your name and Lot # are marked on propane bottles or on a card taped to the bottle. This is important so we can identify the tank with a name and lot number.  Tanks WILL NOT be filled if the writing is not legible or not marked. Due to the increased amount of tanks being filled, it would be helpful and easier for those filling tanks and writing information on the receipts.

Thanks for your assistance.

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“Beananza – 3 Vegan Bean-based Recipes” – Sat. 10/21, 1 p.m.

Autumn Seminar # 4“Beananza – 3 Vegan Bean-based Recipes” with Cathy Deyo (# 97)
Sat., Oct. 21, 1-3 p.m. This hands-on cooking seminar is limited to 8. Sign-up sheet in Clubhouse.  $4 donation to cover cost of ingredients.

Timber Valley SKP Cathy Deyo (a vegan for more than four years) and attendees will make and taste three recipes — Thai Bean Burgers, 3 Sisters Stew (corn, beans and squash), and Black Bean Brownies.

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Autumn Seminar # 3: Sharon Elliott discussed nine healthy lifestyle habits found in “Blue Zones”

Timber Valley member Sharon Elliott, (#36),  reported to about 36 park members about Blue Zones and the nine common lifestyle characteristics that contribute to health and longevity, on Friday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.  in the Clubhouse.

Blue Zones is an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world’s longest-lived people. Five geographic areas around the world were identified and discussed in the 2005 book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.

A growing number of U.S. cities are adopting the secrets of longevity discovered in Blue Zones around the world. ‘Blue Zones Umpqua Project‘ is one of the latest areas associated with the BlueZonesProject.

The shared common lifestyle practices that contribute to long, healthy lives include:

 

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October’s special events at Timber Valley RV Park

In addition to all the regular happenings in the Timber Valley RV Park, here are a few special activities for your consideration.  All members and renters are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

“So Long Snowbirds … Going Away Party
,” Friday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Clubhouse – Members/guests were asked to bring potluck hearty hors d’oeuvres to share with friends and neighbors. About 60 folks attended. Fred Prout (#44) was M.C.

Autumn Seminar # 3 – “Healthy Blue Zones” with Sharon Elliott, (#36), Friday, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. 
Sharon talked about the nine common practices that improve health and add to longevity — about 35 members/guest attended.

Autumn Seminar # 4“Beananza – 3 Vegan Bean-based Recipes” with Cathy Deyo, Sat., Oct. 21, 1-3 p.m. Limit 8. Sign-up sheet in Clubhouse.  $4 donation to cover cost of ingredients.

In this “hands-on” workshop Cathy (a vegan for more than four years) and attendees will make and taste three recipes — Thai Bean Burgers, 3 Sisters Stew, and Black Bean Brownies.

Chapter 9 Day Trip – Sat. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Big K Ranch, Elkton, (lunch: 11:30 a.m.) Sign-up sheet in Clubhouse.
Tour the historic 2,500-acre ranch along the majestic Umpqua River. Contact Chap. 9 president Rick de Young (# 184) 541-534-2830.

Autumn Seminar # 5“How to Make Quilted Ornaments” with Sally Hunt, Sat., Oct. 28, 1:30-3 p.m. Limit 12. Sign-up sheet in Clubhouse. Free. No sewing required. Kits provided.

Halloween Party –  Tues., Oct. 31, 4 p.m. – $5 donation. Please sign up by Sun., Oct. 29, for the dinner in the Clubhouse.

There will be a costume contest, Pumpkin Carvings and a number of games. The dinner is being coordinated by Timber Valley Cooking Group – Terry Hilty, chair.

If you’d like to lend a hand with any of these events, or have an idea for another event, please contact Jacks and Jills’ chair, Julianne Crane (#197).

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Jimmie Atwood, Lot 29

Our flags were flown at half staff to mark the passing of Jimmie Atwood, lot 29, on September 30, 2017. Jimmie and wife,Connie Sue became members of Timber Valley, just 2 days after the official opening of the park in March, 1996.
Graveside service will be October 9th at 10am at the National Cemetery, (new annex) 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd, in Roseburg. Timber Valley sends it’s sincerest condolences to Connie Sue, family and friends.

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Park Wi-Fi Comes to Hummingbird Lane

The notoriously poor Wi-Fi coverage along Hummingbird Lane has been greatly improved with the addition of four new towers there this week.  Wi-Fi operates in the 2.4GHz unlicensed ISM radio band, which is shared with microwave ovens, and is absorbed by the moisture in tree leaves and needles, leaving very little to travel beyond (5GHz Wi-Fi suffers the same problem). Thus, the new tower on Lot 31 (SKPa-31) has an additional radio to relay the Office’s Internet source around the corner of the tree line to feed the other new towers (SKPa-35, SKPa-38, and SKPa-42) on Hummingbird.

At the same time, two existing towers were moved across Quail Run to get away from trees for better coverage; SKPa-48 is now SKPa-67, and SKPa-53 is now SKPa-62. These two towers are located at gaps in the tree line to improve coverage to lots 81 through 87, which have had poor coverage from the Clubhouse due to the surrounding trees. Former Wi-Fi users of SKPa-48 and SKPa-53 will need to select one of the new towers on their devices to reconnect with the park’s system. The tower password is the same as all the rest of the towers.

In addition, another new tower (SKPa-19) was installed on Creekside to improve coverage there and in Boondocking.

The new and relocated towers were installed with the power cables running down the inside of the pipe rather than attached to the outside to give a cleaner appearence and to protect the cable. A map of the new and existing Wi-Fi towers can be found on the timbervalleyskp.com website’s Wi-Fi page.

More equipment is on the way to improve coverage in the south half of the park.

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