Category Archives: General Interest

Timber Valley Log – for the week of November 27

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A Thanksgiving Story

John Tucker died. Outside of Ratcheds, it’s not news. You didn’t know him, why should you care? But John Tucker’s life had meaning. As do all lives. The community of Ratcheds loved John Tucker. And it went both ways. John … Continue reading

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Please Help… “Toys for Joy” bring smiles to kids faces

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Agenda Workshop

The Board of Directors has changed the Agenda Meeting to an Agenda Workshop held one week before the Board meeting. This is designed to encourage park members to have more significant input while making Board Meetings more efficient. The workshop … Continue reading

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Squirrel Droppings / Pumping Irony

By Fred Prout As many of you know, the light of my life for most of a half century was legally blind. So I am not totally ignorant of the problems and how to get around them as best you … Continue reading

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Technical Help and Guidance for Phones, Tablets, and Computers

We all struggle to improve our ability to communicate. These days, that usually means utilizing a cell phone, tablet, or computer. Using these new-fangled devices can be frustrating at times. And sometimes the problems we’re having can be easily fixed. … Continue reading

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The Clubhouse Bell

In September 1992 when Frank and Cathey Johnson #15 came into the Park the bell was an important part of the Park. The bell rang about 30 minutes before meetings. The Board, Jacks and Jills, or Memorials. Anytime members needed … Continue reading

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David Sawaya, In Memoriam

By Jackie Deal Dave Sawaya lived life to the fullest even after losing a leg to cancer in 1992. We knew him as a man on crutches hopping circles around us and laughingly piloting his electric cart wherever he wanted. … Continue reading

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Office Thank You to Members

The Office looks amazing! THANK YOU to our Park Manager Randy Bice and Rockey Shanhan for painting the front entrance a clean, crisp white. THANK YOU to all of the PCM Committee members who helped to empty the Office furniture … Continue reading

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Pickleball and Chair Volley Ball Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays!

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Snowbird Farewell

What a wonderful evening we had at the Snowbird Farewell potluck.  We had 56 excited and hungry people.  There were so many dishes to choose from and of course we ate too much. A map of Oregon was cut into … Continue reading

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One Flew Over The Handlebars

It’s been a wild day in Ratcheds By The Sea. Shirley Shewill, incoming manager of The Ratcheds Senior Center, is conducting an audit of the books and an inventory of supplies. Apparently, some of the members were heisting bananas, coffee … Continue reading

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In Memorium

Everyone here in Ratcheds, and elsewhere, is in mourning today. We learned of the passing of our beloved founder,

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Reminder . . .

There seems to be interest by quite a few members that our clubhouse is in need of some tender loving care. This issue was brought up at our recent Annual Meeting. You all should have received a Clubhouse Survey in … Continue reading

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Bees, Flowers, and How they Relate

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Tarot

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NIGHT WINDS

In the wink of an eye, my soul is turning They start in the seconds between wakefulness and sleep.

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You Missed September 2 Social Hour, with George Reel and Sutherlin Fire Department!

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U.S. Flag First Carried into Battle on September 3, 1777

Thanks to Peggy Russell for bringing this to our attention! The U.S. Flag was first carried into battle on today’s date in 1777. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a fascinating history of the U.S. Flag at https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flag.pdf

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Dog Rules

By Fred Prout  Dogs have their own set of rules. They supersede any that we try to impose on them. Simple: eat, drink, walk, sleep, give love, give more love, empty tanks and, to my dismay, periodically, eat grass and … Continue reading

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