National Pie Day Celebration

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A Primer on Moons

Near the end of January, the moon will be completely covered in the Earth’s shadow creating a total lunar eclipse — and this will be a good one. It’s being called a “Super Blood Wolf Moon,” and it will be visible across all of the continental U.S., starting on January 20, and reaching its peak on the following night January 21.

Here’s a breakdown of this eclipse’s amazing name.

Super — It gets the word super because the moon will be especially close to the Earth, making it appear much larger than normal.

Blood — Total lunar eclipses are often called blood moons because they cause the moon to take on a deep red color. Because the Earth blocks the sun from casting any light directly on the moon, it’s only visible with indirect light filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere. Red wavelengths of light are less affected by this filter, giving the moon its reddish orange glow. It’s actually the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red!

And here’s more moon lore…

For millennia, humans have used the movement of the moon to keep track of the passing year and set schedules for hunting, planting, and harvesting. Ancient cultures the world over have given these full moons names based on the behavior of the plants, animals, or weather during that month.

January: Wolf Moon
Native Americans and medieval Europeans named January’s full moon after the howling of hungry wolves lamenting the midwinter paucity of food. Other names for this month’s full moon include old moon and ice moon.

February: Snow Moon
The typically cold, snowy weather of February in North America earned its full moon the name snow moon. Other common names include storm moon and hunger moon.

March: Worm Moon
Native Americans called this last full moon of winter the worm moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. Other names include chaste moon, death moon, crust moon (a reference to snow that would become crusty as it thawed during the day and froze at night), and sap moon, after the tapping of the maple trees.

April: Pink Moon
Northern Native Americans call April’s full moon the pink moon after a species of early blooming wildflower. In other cultures, this moon is called the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and the fish moon.

May: Flower Moon
May’s abundant blooms give its full moon the name flower moon in many cultures. Other names include the hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon.

June: Strawberry Moon
In North America, the harvesting of strawberries in June gives that month’s full moon its name. Europeans have dubbed it the rose moon, while other cultures named it the hot moon for the beginning of the summer heat.

July: Buck Moon
Male deer, which shed their antlers every year, begin to regrow them in July, hence the Native American name for July’s full moon. Other names include thunder moon, for the month’s many summer storms, and hay moon, after the July hay harvest.

August: Sturgeon Moon
North American fishing tribes called August’s full moon the sturgeon moon since the species was abundant during this month. It’s also been called the green corn moon, the grain moon, and the red moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the summer haze.

September: Harvest Moon
The most familiar named moon, September’s harvest moon refers to the time of year after the autumn equinox when crops are gathered. It also refers to the moon’s particularly bright appearance and early rise, which lets farmers continue harvesting into the night. Other names include the corn moon and the barley moon.

October: Hunter’s Moon
The first moon after the harvest moon is the hunter’s moon, so named as the preferred month to hunt summer-fattened deer and fox unable to hide in now bare fields. Like the harvest moon, the hunter’s moon is also particularly bright and long in the sky, giving hunters the opportunity to stalk prey at night. Other names include the travel moon and the dying grass moon.

November: Beaver Moon
There is disagreement over the origin of November’s beaver moon name. Some say it comes from Native Americans setting beaver traps during this month, while others say the name comes from the heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams. Another name is the frost moon.

December: Cold Moon
The coming of winter earned December’s full moon the name cold moon. Other names include the long night moon and the oak moon.

The Blue Moon
Each year, the moon completes its final cycle about 11 days before Earth finishes its orbit around the sun. These days add up, and every two and a half years or so, there is an extra full moon, called a blue moon. The origin of the term is uncertain, and its precise definition has changed over the years. The term is commonly used today to describe the second full moon of a calendar month, but it was originally the name given to the third full moon of a season containing four full moons.

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New Years Day Hike a Great Success

Bob Feiler (lot 143) reports…

We had a great day for a hike on the first of January and 16 of us enjoyed a walk on Happy Hill trail. Phase 2 is open and plans are to have Phase 3 completed by mid July. A big thanks goes out to everyone who came out, for Joan who put out flyers, to Bob Grant for putting out gravel and to Mary for letting me play in the dirt building trail.

 

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ODFW Turkey Capture Results

ODFW came to the Park early this morning, Jan.8, and triggered the net for the turkey capture. 21 turkeys were caught. They will be relocated to North Bank Road near Wilbur. A crowd of spectators, some with pets, gathered for the capture … which in essence spooked a few of the turkeys. The ODFW will continue to feed across from the office for a future capture. Please keep pets and humans clear of the area. The turkeys may be a nuisance to many, but if they are not kept calm and relaxed while feeding, the effort may be futile.   Thanks for your cooperation.

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Be Alert for Mystery UTV in Park at Night

From the Office…

Many Leaseholders have heard an unidentified UTV or 4-Wheeler driving through the Park in the evening, late evening and even early morning hours. This UTV may be the vehicle causing the tire tracks at the entrance. Many Leaseholders have tried to track it down, but to no avail. It may be traveling through the streets of the Park and even the storage area. The Sutherlin Police Department has been contacted for additional patrol through the Park in hopes of “catching them in the act.”

If any Leaseholder hears or sees this vehicle, please do not wait until the next day to speak to the Park Manager. Call 541-459-2211, which will dial directly to the dispatch number for the Sutherlin Police Department. If we can catch them in the Park, that would be AWESOME!

Thanks for your help.

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Chapter 9 Day Trip to Pedotti’s

Chapter 9 News from Teri Hilty…

OREGON TRAILS CHAPTER 9
January 26, 2019 Day Trip
SOCIAL HOUR & SUPPER AT PEDOTTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

By popular demand, from those who attended last year, we are returning to one of Sutherlin’s best restaurants, which is located across from the Sutherlin’s log cabin Visitor Center, at 1344 W. Central Avenue, for drinks and supper beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

In addition to offering wonderful food, our host Dave Pedotti will be on hand for a social hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. and will tell us about the history of his restaurant and answer other questions our members may have. Dave has long recognized the needs of folks for gluten free meals and also the desires of vegans for tasty meals. Pedotti’s standard menu includes both gluten free and vegan meals. Dave has also had a long involvement in the wine industry and will be more than happy to share his knowledge about local wines and wineries. He is also an excellent cocktail and martini maker, for those of us still able to enjoy those items.

All items on Pedotti’s menu will be available for this event and there is no need to sign up for any specific item. As a courtesy to Chapter 9, the tables at Pedotti’s will be rearranged to allow our group to sit and eat together. So please spread the word and invite your friends to join us. Rides from the Timber Valley clubhouse will be available for those who need them.*

We do request you sign up for this event, so that our hosts can plan accordingly.

Thank you.  Hope to see you all there.

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TV Cooking Group Dinner – Tues., Jan 15

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Fishing for Whiskey

“Poor Old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old man fish in a puddle outside a pub. So he invited the old man inside for a drink. As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humor the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught today?”

The old man replied, “You’re the eighth.”

From A Prairie Home Companion

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Happy New Year – 2019

The Communications Committee and the Website crew wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.

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Take a Cab Home After Celebrating New Years Eve

A good friend sent this to me recently…

I would like to share a personal experience with my friends and family about drinking and driving. This might save you the cost and embarrassment of being arrested for a DUI. As you know, people have been known to have unexpected brushes with the authorities from time to time, often on the way home after a “holiday party” with family or friends.

Well, this year, it happened to me. I was out for the evening to a party and had more than several martinis coupled with a bottle of rather nice red wine. It was held at a great Italian restaurant on the other side of town. Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to know I was slightly over the limit.

That’s when I did something I’ve never done before. I took a taxi home. On the way home there was a police DUI Check Point, but since I was in a taxi they waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident.

These roadblocks can be anywhere and I realized how lucky I was to have chosen to take a taxi.

The real surprise to me was I had never driven a taxi before. I don’t know where I got it and, now that it’s in my garage, I don’t know what to do with it.

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