Bill Moss

A quiet man with a gentle smile; he reminisces about the beginnings of our Timber Valley Park. Bill Moss was born in Oklahoma in 1929. He ran an Auto Parts store in Roseburg and then retired to go into Real Estate in Sutherlin. He was on the original list of owners and also on the Land Search Committee entrusted with finding a home for Chapter Nine members. He was in Yuma when Roy Adams called and asked his help in getting money back they had put down on Oakland “flood plain” land and buying Sutherlin property instead. Bill says they looked all over and here was this wonderful place “right under our noses.” Bill went to the Sutherlin Planning Commission and helped put together 6 or 7 parcels to make up our 90 acres.
We’ve written about “ Leisure Valley”, the park planned here before it became Timber Valley .Fred Harrington “was a manipulator” who dreamed it up and made a presentation of “Leisure Valley” to all the important people he could round up (including Bill Moss) It was complete with models of the proposed nursing home, residences, motel, golf course etc. etc. Fred Harrington died in debt to the Federal Land Bank for over $300,000 (The purchase price of this property.) The property lay dormant for several years and the City of Sutherlin wanted it sold.
Bill suggested they offer $80,000 and it was accepted! After fees, right of way etc. it cost a little over $90, 000. It was March of 1988 that Chapter Nine approved purchasing the land and October 1988 when it was finalized. Bill has a copy of the “waiting list of August 8, 1988”; it has 350 names on it.
During the construction of the park, Bill ran a back hoe putting 10 yards of gravel on each lot. He’d start at 7 am and work until “finished”. There was only one driver for the 5 yard dump truck. So the truck would go to Roseburg for gravel, dump it on lot 121 and Bill would pick it up and dump and back blade it. They found springs on some lots and had to use extra gravel.
Numerous SKPS worked on the construction of the park; Bill says he counted as many as 30 SKPs working in “clean-up mode”. We owe Bill Moss a big thank you for his far-sightedness in helping to purchase and to build our wonderful park. Thanks, Bill, from all of us!

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Happy Birthday Party – August 23, 5pm

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The Board is Seeking a Recording Secretary

During the past couple years, Kim Watkins (our Business Manager) has been doing a terrific job filling the role of Recording Secretary for the Board of Directors.  Having someone dedicated to taking minutes during Open Board Meetings allows the Board Secretary to focus on the discussion and the orderly flow of business during Board Meetings. However, because Kim is now fully occupied as our Park Business Manager, she has asked us to seek a new Recording Secretary.

To that end, we want to solicit Letters of Interest and Resumes from the membership of Timber Valley for this position.  This is a volunteer position and involves only the recording of minutes for the Board Secretary. You must attend all Open Board Meetings, and should be familiar with the use of computers and word processing software.

If you think you are qualified and you have an interest in seeking this position, please have you letter and/or resume into the office by the close of business Monday, August 12… this coming Monday.  Thank you.

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The Pressure’s On – Water Pressure Regulators are a Necessity

It’s no secret that Timber Valley has been experiencing unusually high water pressure for the past few weeks.  We’ve sent “RainedOut” messages to alert our members about this situation and have been encouraging the use of water pressure regulators on every rig in the park.

In the past, our regular water pressure had been running about 55 – 60 pounds per square inch (psi).  Many of us have been spoiled by the consistent and reasonable pressures and didn’t use a regulator at all.  But for the past few weeks, it’s been fluctuating widely between 70 and as high as 100 psi, possibly even a little higher.  Experienced RV technicians recommend keeping the pressure in your RV about 45 to 55 psi. and certainly no more than 60. So, you can see the problem. The best way to protect the fresh water delivery system in your RV is to make sure you have a regulator that keeps the pressure in the recommended range, regardless of the pressure at your water box. High pressure can damage an RV water system, and can even cause catastrophic leaking that can flood the entire RV.

What to do?….

  1. Make sure you’ve got a good regulator controlling the water pressure in your RV.  I’ve included a link below to one type that is adjustable and has a good rating.
  2. It’s always a good idea to turn the water to your rig OFF whenever you leave for an extended period of time… a few hours… a day or more… it’s up to you.
  3. Be watchful for unusual wet spots, leaks, and problems on both your lot as well as any other area of Timber Valley. These high pressures can cause hoses to burst and other leaks to suddenly appear, and the sooner we catch them, the sooner we can fix ’em.

We’ve been working with the city to resolve the problem. And we really don’t know when or if the situation will get back to our old “normal”. The best advice for now is to get that regulator installed.

Link to Regulator on Amazon

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Four Bees and a Jay

There’s music in the park! You didn’t know? You haven’t heard them? They’ll be playing again August 16 at 3 p.m. and August 23 for the Anniversary party. The five of them bring years of music experience to our park.

Ed Bonham starts his story in Modesto, California where he helped form the band “Night Train”. They played for almost 20 years in California, including Modesto and Sacramento. Ed tells numerous funny stories about the band; it was during the reign of fancy outfits and they wore canary yellow suits. One time three lumberjacks came in and announced they were going “to beat up the band”. By the end of the night, the three became the band’s “protectors”.

After “Night Train” disbanded Ed formed “The Travelers”, a band that still plays in Quartzsite, Arizona to about 100 dancers weekly. In the beginning Ed said they were playing “about 50 gigs in one year.” Too much. “The Travelers” have played for about 20 years. Ed says, “I never considered myself a musician but I’ve earned a living at it.”
The group playing here in Timber Valley might be called “a pick-up group”. Ed heads it up, playing and singing lead. Ruby Bonham plays guitar and sings; the gentler, soulful music. About five years ago she started taking guitar lessons and then began singing.

Nathan Brown started playing with them four years ago. He adds some spice and variety to the group with comic songs. Nathan played in the Navy and traveled for a time with a band in Connecticut and Missouri. He started at age 16 when a neighbor who made guitars and fiddles taught him to play so they could demonstrate his instruments. Nathan plays with the Blue Grass and Old Time Fiddlers groups locally. Nathan says, “I never had a music lesson in my life.”

Dave Burns from Myrtle Creek plays a different type of guitar with more “riffs and runs” and also sings. He started playing guitar at age nine, “because my Mother made me.” He has played in California and Arizona. He says, “I made it through the disco age intact.” Currently he plays with a band the “High Chaparral” in Casa Grande in the winter. Unfortunately, Dave will be off traveling for the rest of the season.

Steve Jones (the Jay in the group) plays the “gut bucket”, happily plucking out a deep bass rhythm. He says he’s used coffee cans and other buckets but his current bucket comes from Wal-Mart. Different sized buckets give a “different voice”. He uses nylon string and sprays it with Silicone to keep his fingers from bleeding. He started this after he noticed people in the front row were developing “freckles”! Steve says his greatest joy is watching people laugh and enjoy his playing.

The group brings great LIVE music to the park. Come out and listen; it’s a lot more fun when you can watch the music being made.

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Emergency Preparedness Meeting – Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.

The new regular monthly meeting time for the Emergency Preparedness Committee is the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m.

See you Aug. 6 in the big room of the Clubhouse.


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August Friendship hour features music, speakers

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From the Desk of Helaine…

I’m Back!

And soon I will be returning as editor of the Log. I needed time to step away, look at my life, rearrange some priorities and retain the things that give me pleasure. Being the editor of the log was both good and bad. I began to dread that deadline every Tuesday afternoon and so I stepped away.

But I missed the fun creative side of it. Now, it appears I can return and with one change to lessen the deadline tremors and continue to have some creative time. The change is this:  The Log will be printed on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. I have not decided just how I will present this new concept, but suspect it will be much as before. I am looking forward to being your editor again.


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Ed Hedden… Friend, Neighbor… July 7, 2019

Ed, and his beloved wife Pat, who died in 2018

Timber Valley was deeply saddened by the death of Ed Hedden on July 7th. Our grief is only lessened when we realize that his soul is at peace and he is once again with his beloved wife Pat. May they enjoy all eternity together. Our condolences to their children, families and friends.


I’m including two heartfelt and emotional messages below from long-time members of our park. But if you’re particularly sensitive or feel strongly that certain subjects just shouldn’t be publicly discussed, please stop reading now.  

from Helaine…

Suicide has touched our park and our hearts. Our pride is in being able to take care of ourselves and our neighbors, yet it happened. Why? We may never know. Did we miss some telltale signs? Did we miss a call for help? Were we not attentive enough? Did we see the gentle smile and assumed all was well? Did that smile cover a tortured soul? Maybe.

But we are left with a feeling of loss mixed with guilt. Our heads swim with a sea of “what if” and “ I should have”. We want a do-over. Even if a do-over was possible it is very likely it would have happened anyway. Because we all have free will. As hard as it is to fathom, every BAD has some GOOD. Yes, it is a desperate act, and we hurt, but for that one soul there is peace and rest and the answers to un-asked questions. For us there is a deeper awareness of our neighbors and friends. We will be more cautious in assuming that when friends say they are fine, we will realize that they may not be telling the truth. We can help where we can and only when we are allowed to. We can listen more thoughtfully.

There was nothing we could do to prevent it. Once the decision was made it would be acted on. The guilt is not ours. Our obligation now is to listen, love and support our friends and neighbors.

from Jackie Deal…

We can try to ignore, pretend it never happened. But the memory lingers on.
He was a friend, neighbor,colleague. Quiet. Smiling. Loving. Perhaps he loved too deeply; the loss of his beloved wife, Patricia, was more than he could bare.
As an “honorary Indian” he believed deeply in a “spirit world”. He believed Patricia waited for him and longed for him to join her. For a year he fought depression, pain and an overwhelming desire to join her.

On July 7, 2019 he succumbed to his grief and took his own life. It is not for us to judge; we can only join his family in mourning his passing. His personal Indian totem was a feather, tattooed on his arm and in his heart.

When you see a feather floating in the wind: think of him. When you see a pure white flower: remember his love and grief.  Good bye Ed Hedden. We miss you.

Please leave a comment below if you’re so moved…

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Don’t Miss this Week’s Landscape Meeting and Lot Debris Pickup

The Landscape Committee meets this week, Friday, August 2.  We will also pick up trimmings and clippings at member lots this week, as previously announced. Signup at the office so pick-up crew members know where to stop. You should start moving collected debris to the roadside in the next day or two. Remember… this Friday is the day.  Thank You.

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