There are important decisions to make. World shaking decisions, I must decide
what to wear, where to go, when to——whom to——.

Clean the cat’s box, Stupid

Things to do, places to go. The societal demands on my schedule are stupendous.
If I slack off…

Clean the cat’s box, Stupid

Phone calls to make. Messages to return. Events to plan. Meetings await.

Clean the cat’s box, Stupid

Sitting by the window, enjoying the early morning sunshine, coffee cup in hand. A
new day yawns before me awaiting my guidance.

Clean the cat’s box, Stupid

It’s then that I notice. My cat. My beautiful black and white tuxedo cat is circling
the room. She peers into her litter box. Backs off. Then completes a 360 degree
circle in the center of the room. She returns to peer into her litter box again.
Scowls at me in disgust.

Clean the cat’s box, Stupid

The world can wait. My life goes on hold. Priorities have been established.

Clean the cat’s box, Stupid

Jackie Deal

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An Important Message from the Timber Valley Election Committee…

Please go to the top of the Members Only Page to Read a Special Message from the Election Committee.  Thank You.

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JACK DUCUMMON, Lot 3, In Memoriam

Our community was deeply saddened by the news that Jack Ducummon, Lot 3, passed away on May 13, 2024, at age 82. Jack and his wife, Anita, have been members of Timber Valley for the past 11 years, getting their lot on March 4, 2013. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1962. They started their married life in Southern California but soon his job moved them to Chelalis, WA, where they raised 3 children, worked, and enjoyed life for more than 40 years.

Jack and Anita were exposed to camping in the wild outdoors from an early age, and carried this passion with them right up to the current time. They hit the road more or less full time in 2003 and sold their house in 2006. They were camphosts at Panguitch Lake in Utah for 4 summers at more than 8,000 feet of elevation, where they developed an exceptional ability to process oxygen in thin air.

They got on the AWL at Timber Valley in 2010 and got their lot in 2013. They were active on the Landscape Committee, the PCM Committee, and were the Park electric meter readers for many years. They also took care of the Jacks and Jills Ice Cream Bar freezer, stocking and restocking the frozen treats as needed. Jack had a quick wit that would catch you off-guard with his humor and, always, a wave from his deck when you passed by.

Jack is survived by Anita, sons Jack Jr. and Charles, and daughter Dorothy.

The entire Timber Valley community extends condolences to Anita and the family. Godspeed Jack Ducummon.

Jack Ducummon at the controls of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose at Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR. The hat is a Howard Hughes replica. This is one of Anita’s favorite pictures of Jack.

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Memorial Day Breakfast in Clubhouse

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The Escapees flag at Timber Valley Park was dipped to half-staff on Friday, May 17 as members mourned the passing of Kristine Godbey.  Kristine was an active, caring, helpful member of Timber Valley since Nov. 18, 2015 and will be sorely missed by her many friends.

Kristine was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on Sept 14, 1955. She graduated from high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended college at Colorado State University.  As an adult she lived in Virginia, California and Colorado and worked as a paralegal and an appraiser for a mortgage company.  She was married twice and had no children.

She was a loving and attentive daughter and sister and her cat, Sir Percival, aka. Percy, was her delight. Kristine was very involved in Emergency Preparedness for the park and in the Community Emergency Response Team.  She helped in many events even when her health was failing.  She had a ham radio license and was block captain for her neighborhood.

Kristine was an avid Mah Jongg player and weekly emailed the Mah Jongg players to be sure they would be ready to play.  She won more than her share of the games!

For several years she had not felt well and had numerous medical appointments.  No diagnosis was ever established and her health continued to deteriorate.  She was a very private person who tried not to show her discomfort. Her many friends did not realize the extent of her illness.  She continued to fulfill her volunteer roles even when as her Mother said, “She could hardly walk across the room she was so fatigued.” Her sister, Dianne, said, “She put others’ needs before her own.”

Her custom was to phone her Mother every morning to check on her.  On Friday she failed to phone and did not respond to her sister’s messages.  Her sister found her body about 1 p.m. on Friday and called the EMTs.  There will be no memorial service.  The family would welcome contributions in her name to Saving Grace.

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Timber Valley Yard Sale – Saturday June 8

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Social Hour Friday May 24 @ 3pm – Speaker Mike Nickel

Join us Friday afternoon for wine and bring snacks to share! Speaker Mike Nickel, who lives on 206, will be showing baskets made from Yellow Pine needles he gleans during the winter.

–Sharon Elliott

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Electric Panel Update

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Movie Night – The Lincoln Lawyer – Thursday May 23 @ 5pm – Dining Room

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick spends most of his time defending petty crooks and other bottom-feeders, so it comes as quite a surprise when he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder.

However, what Mick initially thinks is an open-and-shut case with a big monetary reward develops into something more sinister.

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Reminder: Jacks & Jill Meeting Today @ 1pm in the Clubhouse

Every Timber Valley park resident is a member of Jacks & Jills, the activities group of the park. Please come and join us to plan, volunteer and enjoy lots of Park events!

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Celebration of Life for Michelle Van Westen – Saturday May 25, 2024 @ 1pm in the Clubhouse

There will be a Celebration of Life for Michelle in the clubhouse on Saturday, May 25th , 2024, from 1 to 3 p.m. Join David Van Westen, family, and friends for the afternoon of sharing, photos, memories and finger foods. Please sign up in the clubhouse.

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Landscape Committee

To the Landscape crew we will not be meetimg this Friday, May 17, 2024. Both Dar and I are going to be out of town. You are welcome to work on your own.

We will meet at the Landscaping Shed on May 24.

Rockey Shanahan, #62

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Social Hour Friday May 17 in the Clubhouse

The Speaker for this coming Friday will be Dan Bertram, owner of the old bank building
at the corner of Central and N State St. Dan has lots of plans for the building and we can learn the truth about rumors such as he plans to open a bakery of some type or restaurant (not Mexican) plus an AirB&B.

Dan was honored at the First Citizen Banquet as “Man of the Year!” Dan also knows
about other changes in the plans for downtown.

Do not miss this event. Bring a snack, enjoy a sip of wine and have fun.

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Unexpected Visitors

Please make sure the doors to the clubhouse are securely closed when you leave. On Thursday, May 9th, Stacy entered the big room to clean and found some intruders. There were 2 turkeys in the big room and they had left their droppings on the floor. She got them out but then had to clean the mess they left behind.
It only takes a few seconds to make sure the door is closed behind you. Thank you.

Sue Eytalis, Board President

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There’s a song extolling Ireland’s “forty shades of green” by Johnnie Cash. Look around us; doesn’t it seems like we have forty shades of green or more? Look very closely at the hillsides surrounding us. The grassy hills are a tender spring green, soon to be exchanged for a summer coat of tawny golden brown. But for now they’re that unique spring green.

The new leaves on the trees now budding out are a gentle soft green almost yellow-green and some of them are clothed in white and pink flowers. Mixed in with the new green are the greens of the more mature trees: mid-green, brownish green, even deep maroon with a green-black undertone. Many hades but all variants of green.
Behind, on the hills are the evergreen trees, mostly spruce or fir, but all shades of deep forest green. These trees stand sentinel, framing the valley hills. They hold everything together and provide a perfect picture frame.

Think about it. Aren’t we like the trees? We have the “old” timers in Timber Valley. They remember all that went into the earlier days of the park when members washed the windows and mopped the floors in the clubhouse. They are the evergreens, framing, holding the park together. Still standing strong.
The mid-greens have been here awhile. They volunteer, take part in things and rejoice in joining together. Some of them suffer from “burn-out”, trying to do more than their share.

Then we have the “newbies”. They’ve come into the park in the last couple of years and are still coming as older members leave. Some of them have jumped right in and are participating and helping out, some while still on the AWL. But there are others who say, “We’re retired. We didn’t come here to work. Let someone else do it.” Or words to that effect.
It takes all the forty shades of green to make our hillsides beautiful. It takes all our members, old, mid and new, to keep our park thriving and moving on into the future. Is it too much of a stretch to say: when all participate and do their share, our park will be more beautiful and worthwhile? We are the forty shades of green.

By Jackie Deal

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Tinka opened her eyes and pushed away the blanket of leaves that covered her.  She looked around, testing the temperature.  She stretched lazily as her gossamer wings unfolded and caught a beam of sunlight.  She smelled the rich earth and all the scents and sounds that heralded the start of spring.  Excitement overtook her as she thought of all the new births to come. Continue reading

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Safety Team Seeking Additional Members:

If you have had any safety & health experience as an employee in the workplace, a manager in industry or business, or as part of your profession, we encourage you to join us. Because of the many different hazards in a workplace, we must achieve the goal of a safe and healthful environment for our employees, contractors, and volunteers.

We look forward to you joining the Team.

Contact: John Froyd – 541-315-2092 – email:
or           Dar Hoch – 920-344-9914 – email:

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Social Hour Friday, May 10th at 3 pm in the Clubhouse.

We are familiar with our town, but you may need to learn what Oakland, just three miles away, has. Our speaker on Friday, Jane Knowlton, owner of the Oakland Flour Mill and President of the Oakland Economic Department, will tell us about an ideal place to shop.

Visiting earlier this week, I found a pearl necklace for $4 and lots of old and new items. Come and learn about a place you can enjoy perusing or finding a gift for others or yourself. This event is a great opportunity to expand your local shopping knowledge and socialize with fellow Oakland Community members.

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150th Kentuckey Derby

The 150th running of the Kentucky Derby at Timber Valley was quite the memorable event! Even without an official organizer, the community came together to create a fun and festive atmosphere.
Beverly and Deb deserve a round of applause for their quick work in decorating and setting the tone. And congratulations to the person who picked the winning horse – it’s always exciting when luck is on your side! Karen, the original creator of the betting booths and husband Len’s set up and ran the wagering table and that sure added to the excitement.

Many hands led by Scotty made small work of the post-party clean up. And a hearty Thank You to everyone who brought snacks and finger food, it was quite the feast. Parties like this are a testament to the spirit of camaraderie and celebration. It’s heartwarming to see
everyone contribute to make it a special occasion.


Submitted by Richard Hickethier (with help from Bing Chat AI)

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Sally Hunt Memorium

We lost our beloved Timber Valley member, Sally Hunt.  Sally passed on Monday evening, April 29.    Sally and her husband, Jim came to Timber Valley on October 23, 2014.  She was a kind, generous and compassionate woman with many talents including sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, crocheting,  glass etching, and many, many different crafts. Sally was  a much loved member of the Sit n Sew  group where she shared many of her talents,  Sally would help anyone and everyone.  She was active as a member of the Welcome Committee’s Contributing Members.  Many of you have welcome gifts made by Sally.  She never met a person she could not talk to and make welcome. Countless moments of joy and happiness with Sally were shared by many of us in the park.
Deepest sympathy to her husband, Jim, son Mike and his wife Cherelyn, daughter Melissa and her husband Dave, grandson James,  granddaughters Marissa and Miranda, and great-granddaughter Cassie, all of whom she loved endlessly.
Sally, we will miss you so much but look forward to catching glimpses of your angel flitting around the park!
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