In Memoriam – Gerald “Jerry” Sypkens (May 18, 1939 – January 12, 2024)

Jerry (former Lot #176) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After attending college and serving two years in the U.S. Army, Jerry embarked on a career as a machinist, manager, and part owner of Duval Corporation, a parts manufacturer in Los Alamitos, CA , and opened his own aerospace parts manufacturing company nearby. After his retirement from Duval, Jerry owned a small nursery in Santa Ysabel, CA, and a security door business in Reno, Nevada.

Jerry’s friends know him and his wife, Roberta (“Robi”), as full-time RVers. They met in 2003 as part of the Wandering Individuals’ Network (WIN), an organization that provides ways for solo RVers to get together with fellow travelers throughout the country.

Jerry and Robi married in 2005 in Cody, Wyoming, while working at a campground in Yellowstone National Park. They traveled together for the better part of two decades, criss-crossing the country twice, traveling the Alaska Highway three times, and spending many summers working at our beautiful national parks, including Yellowstone, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and at a park near Mt. St. Helens. They also traveled throughout Canada, traveling as far east as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Condolences to Robi and friends.

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Football! SF 49ers & GB Packers – Saturday, January 20 2024 4pm-8pm

Come watch the San Francisco 49ers vs the Green Bay Packers on the big screen. Pre-game 4:30, kick-off 5pm, BYOB & snacks.

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Social Hour Friday, January 19 @ 3pm – Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park Presentation

Have you ever visited Mildred Kanipe Park near Oakland? We are honored to have Karen Roberson and Debra Gray introduce us to Mildred Kanipe and inform us about Mildred’s wishes and agreements with Douglas County when she left her ranch to the county as Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park.

They will discuss why and when the Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park was established. They will share some of the past, present, and future work/projects/events at the park.

This is another opportunity to learn about the beautiful nearby assets we can enjoy and support. Come, bring snacks and have fun.

–Sharon Elliott

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In Memoriam Lloyd Edwards July 21, 1935 – January 8, 2024

Lloyd was born in Marshal Minnesota. He enjoyed his position as a union crane operator. Aloft in the skies was his passion. He owned and flew his own plane taking Janice to lunch in the gold country of California. If asked what his passions were, his answer would be his children and flying. He enjoyed his occasional ale and sandwich at Nellies Ale & Tap House. He and Janice enjoyed the open road as Escapees for many years finally settling down here in Timber Valley lot 34. He is survived by his wife Janice, daughter Michelle, son David, stepdaughter Dawn.

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Attention: All Creators, Bakers, and Pie Makers! National Pie Day – Tuesday January 23 @ 2pm

OK, gang, get out that special pie recipe your mom used to make. Check the recipe books, prepare to roll out a crust, or fill a pan with graham crackers, then fill it with good stuff. National PIE DAY falls on January 23rd. We need as many pies as possible. The Garden Group will serve samples, manage prizes, and generally have a wonderful, sweet day.

–Sharon Elliott

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SKP New Year’s Day Food Drive

By Richard Hickethier

View the photo gallery of the 625lbs of food that we collected for the Sutherlin Food Pantry. This was in addition to the cash donations totalling over $1100. This really shows the power of teamwork. Thanks to all who participated. It’s not too late, the collection bin in the dining room is still there to receive additional donations. Thank you Aida for maintaining the bin and your deliveries to the pantry.

Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry – Food Distribution Center 501(c)(3)
They accept all kinds of unopened food (current and expired), toiletries, hygiene, cleaning products, pet food. Questions? Call or drop by:
183 E 1st Ave, Sutherlin
(541) 459-4082
Monday and Wednesday 9am-11am

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Help Needed with Holiday Flag Placement

Timber Valley residents Rick De Young and David Hall need a tall third person to help place and retrieve flags on holidays, beginning next Monday (January 15, 2024) which is now called Martin Luther King Day. This supplements the efforts of the Sutherlin Lions Club. They do Central Avenue and Central Park, we do State Street and Calapooia Street. We pick up the flags at 7:45 a.m. and placing them takes about 45 minutes. We retrieve them at 4:00 p.m. To offer your help, call Rick at 541-315-2830 or 541-590-3790.

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What To Do When You Run Out Of Steam! Friday 3pm Social Hour

Living in a house means paying taxes, cleaning several rooms, doing yard work, repairing windows, pipes, etc. Life may be simpler in an RV, but maintenance is still tricky. Hauling the propane tank to the filling station or paying Ivan to do so. Emptying the tanks…you know the drill. As a result, several of our members are choosing to move to a situation where life is a bit easier.

Many find their new homes in Roseburg and Milwaukee, near Portland, or Grants Pass. Come to Social Hour this Friday at 3pm and learn about another option. Jennifer Shaw from Avamere will be our speaker and will be bringing a spread for us to enjoy. Bring a snack and enjoy each other. Wine will be available also.

Sharon Elliott

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Timber Valley Log Needs Your Help

In response to several requests, the Timber Valley Log is now being published weekly instead of monthly. Weekly publication certainly provides greater opportunities to engage our members and keep everyone informed of what’s going on in our co-op community. However, it also requires more time, effort, and group involvement. We would really appreciate help in any/all of the following:

1. If you attend a TV park event and notice that no one is taking pictures, snap a few and send to along with a short write up (the latter is optional if you’re not one for writing).

2. If you want an event announced or other park news included in the TV Log, please email it by midday Friday with your name and mobile number (in case we need to contact you). If your event requires clubhouse space, kindly check the park online calendar (Teamup) and find an open time slot. Refer to the Detailed “How-To”. You can bookmark the link, or find it on the right column of the TV website home page, between Sunshine Person and Park Emergency Alert System.

3. Regularly check to make sure that any events you have on the Online Teamup Calendar are up-to-date. We refer to this Calendar when creating the Timber Valley Log so if your entry is not up-to-date the log will be providing incorrect information. To update an event, use the same link as above and in your email clearly state which event you want to update and provide updated info.

We welcome comments and suggestions on how we can make the TV Log more useful for members, visitors, and friends. Any concerns are also welcome. We want to know what we are doing well and what we could do better. Please give us feedback.

Thank you very much!

Your Timber Valley Log Team

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A Christmas Tale Of Sour Cream, Dinner Rolls And Cranberry Sauce

By John Golden, long-term Summer 2023 renter

When a neighbor couple at KOFA RV Park in Yuma AZ asked me would I like to do “something different” this Christmas weekend they did not really say exactly how different the “something” was, nor did I have a clue, relative to my life experiences to date?

Being temporarily without a car since arriving at the RV Resort had relegated me to the daily choice of taking a walk, swimming in the pool or soaking aching joints (induced by a Senior Yoga Class) in the hot tub, for excitement maybe checking my mailbox for any mail that did not have a clear window indicating it contained yet another bill to be paid!

Off we went at 8:30 AM this morning (Saturday) to begin a few hours of volunteer work at 9:00 AM today, tomorrow, and Christmas Day morning at a huge facility in an industrial district of Yuma Arizona called “Crossroads Rescue Mission”, a Faith based organization offering food, emergency shelter for men, women and families, and helping those with drug or alcohol addiction!

The sprawling campus at Crossroads Mission has many well used buildings covering probably 5 acres or more of land between railroad tracks leading in as many directions as the lives of the families and individuals it serves on a daily basis!

After finding a parking spot in the clean well-lit paved parking lot I snapped a few pictures of the exterior entrance and followed my neighbors, Ruth and Bob, into the depths of the complex to an open outdoor plaza area filled with other volunteers, kitchen staff and various other workers.

As the sun rays broke through the morning mists caused by yesterday’s unusually heavy rains the place unfolded into a veritable Beehive of Holiday themed activity, a sound stage was set up for a small band, empty tables and chairs filled every open space of the outdoor plaza, food serving tables (and servers) awaited arrival of steaming hot kitchen entrées prepared by cooks who started work at 4:00AM, the entire scene vibrating with anticipation of filling a days total of 1,040 plates of hot food for those in need, accomplished by way of two serving lines, each with seven volunteers ladling out a menu for today, Saturday, of Mexican chicken enchiladas, rice, savory pinto beans, and a bit of shredded lettuce salad, all topped by a large dollop of sour cream expertly plopped on the plate by yours truly, a sour cream plopper of heretofore unknown expertise whose plastic apron soon began showing signs of being an amateur at sour cream dolloping?

Water, soft drinks and dessert were handled by a different group of merry volunteers, many of them with obvious years of volunteer Christmas and Thanksgiving work at the Mission to their credit! Huge trays of desserts were brought in by local housewife volunteers, one accompanied by her disabled veteran husband who later played his guitar from his wheelchair in the Band on stage.

Following the first hungry fellow coming by my station at 10:00 AM, who asked for an extra dollop of sour cream, there was a veritable flood of famished folks, some who it appeared had possibly spent time outdoors in the cold rain of last night! Yes, an inch of rain overnight in the Sonoran desert that only gets 3″ in a full year.

To the very last one, ALL were incredibly, humbly and verbally thankful for a hot meal! To my surprise many requested a 2nd or even 3rd scoop of sour cream? Being myself of Tex-Mex food origin, this must be an Arizona Hispanic food tradition which I knew nothing about before today, but nonetheless managed to ladle out small scoops of over two gallons of sour cream by 1:00 PM? At times the speed of the serving line required instant latex glove changes to retain a dry grip on the ratchet style cream dispenser, a skill-set unused in 82 years prior to today? Keeping up with the flow actually became fun!

The single mothers coming by with 2, 3 or 4 beautiful well behaved children while doing their best to smile and hang onto a shred of dignity tugged at the heartstrings for sure, a few of them were handicapped or had other obvious disabilities! Many were homeless, living at the Mission. As were too many women alone, of all ages, showing signs of physical abuse by domestic partners!

So many of the participants were Veterans of the Vietnam War, it was shameful to see them hungry and still suffering from PTSD after so many years, plus there were way too many vets from the Afghanistan or Iraq wars. One fellow was so hungry he was eating off his plate as we tried to fill it with hot food. He was assured that second trips through the serving line were encouraged.

A local VA chapter set up several tables with surplus Army blankets and survival gear, giving it free to any Vet that could use it. Other tables contained women and children’s clothing, sundry bathroom items and childrens toys free to the participants!

Tomorrow’s meal will be roast beef, green beans and mashed potato’s, plus green salad and Christmas day there will be Turkey and dressing with all the trimmings! Hopefully none of it requires sour cream? For the Sunday Roast beef entree’ my talent shifted to dinner roll delivery person and Christmas day found me delicately bombing food plates with scoops of cranberry sauce!

Each serving line consisted of seven volunteers with kitchen utensils to dispense food to the line of hungry folks filing by. Over 1,000 meals were served by the 2 serving lines on Saturday, 1,500 Sunday and over 2,000 on Christmas Monday. We stopped serving at 1:00PM each day.

These three days were the most uplifting days of personal service to total strangers that I have ever experienced, drawing me out of my grief filled head for the first time since May 15th 2023, the day my life changed with the passing of my wife!

In short, it felt good, very good to be totally selfless in service to others, softening the pain of my personal loss, replacing it with feelings of compassion that once felt, could never be un-felt! In the space of 3 mornings a new persona of myself had emerged, now seeing a glimmer of light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

It’s also a very good thing that latex gloves and plastic aprons were furnished or someone would have to have hosed me off when the serving lines closed?

Much Love to All….Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
to you and your family!

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You did it!!! Congratulations!!

The New Years Day football themed fundraiser party was a huge success. The goal was to raise money and collect goods for the Sutherlin Food Pantry. Together we raised $1117.39 and 625 pounds of food was collected.

A great team of talented SKPs pulled together to have a fun day of football, games and food (oh yes don’t forget the food). Chef Denis made the chili and hot dogs with members and guests bringing all kinds of goodies.

Those who came early watched the Rose Parade. Thanks to Richard Hickethier it was
commercial free.

I would like to thank the many volunteers who made this possible.

Sincerely, Joy Stalnaker

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The oldest calendar was a mesolithic arrangement of 12 pits and an
arc found in Aberdeanshire, Scotland. It was dated roughly 8000 BC and
was a lunar calendar. The twelve months related to the lunar cycles.
The first recorded celebrations of the New Year was 4000 years ago in
Babylonia. The new year began with the new moon after the Spring
equinox in mid March. Making resolutions also began then, but were called
new year pledges. These were made to the current king and the people
pledged to pay their debts and return any borrowed items. These
celebrations lasted twelve days.

In 45 BC Julius Caesar allotted January 1st as the first day of the new
year and began the Julian Calendar. It was a solar calendar and based on
three years of 365 days with an extra day in the fourth year.
In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in an
attempt to address the problems with the Julian calendar. It too had three
years of 365 days with an extra day in the fourth year except when a year is
divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. It is the most commonly used
calendar around the world today.

Making pledges 4000 years ago morphed into todays resolutions.
Today making resolutions is a start of new beginnings and aspiring to new
goals. Unfortunately most aren’t met due to unrealistic expectations. Top
resolutions include quit smoking, lose weight, stop drinking. By two to
three months 90% of resolutions are given up. Maybe we aim too high. We
think resolutions should be a big and sweeping change. Psychologists say
we should resolve something that is attainable and that we really have a
desire to attain.

Instead of resolving something we are sure to fail at, maybe we should
resolve to TRY to become a better person, less judgmental and more
accepting of others differences.. Be gentle with others, they are struggling
with this lifetime as much as we all are. We all have different views of
things but that doesn’t mean everyone else is wrong. We all make mistakes
and fail at times. Resolving to TRY is the best resolution we can make.
SOOO. if you are eating plenty of chocolate, avoiding the bathroom
scale, and taking plenty of naps you will be in a better position to be kinder
and more tolerant of others.

I wish you peace and happiness that you can share with others. Happy
New Year.

Ruby Bonham

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“Cruise on the Danube River with Dennis Hellawell”

Dennis Hellawell is sharing the slide show of his 12 day river cruise on the Danube River. It was a trip from The Black Sea in Romania to Budapest, Hungary and included stops in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary.

His slide show can be bound on our website under the Main Menu > Photos or use the link:  Cruise


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A Friendly Reminder for the New Year’s Day Celebration and Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry Donations

As we prepare for our New Year’s Day Celebration, please check the expiration dates on the canned or non-perishable packaged items you plan to donate as we are unable to accept expired items.

Your thoughtfulness will make a significant difference in the success of our park’s effort to replenish the Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry.

Thank you all, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the New Year’s Day Celebration!

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Social Hour Friday, December 29th. 3 pm Clubhouse.

Our speaker on Friday will be Wendy Wilson from the Sutherlin Food Pantry. This speaker has been asked to come again and remind us of the community residents’ need for food. This program is scheduled before our January 1 event of fun, games, chili, and hot dogs while we watch football on the big screen.
Bring snacks. Wine will be available for those who wish to imbibe.
Sharon Elliott

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New Year’s Day Celebration

New Year’s Day Celebration
Replenish and Refill Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry Shelves
Monday, January 1, 2024
TIME: 1:00 PM until you want to stop

Chili (vegetarian and regular), cornbread and chili dogs will be served.
Please bring hardy hors d‘oeuvres to snack on during the day.
Suggested contribution of $5.00 to cover the cost of food and supplies, and a canned or packaged non-perishable food item.
50/50 drawing: Tickets $1 or 7 for $5

All profits will go to Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry.

Pasadena Rose Parade and Football all day on the big screen
Rose Parade at 8am and Rose Bowl Game at 2pm

For those who do not care for football, we will gather in other rooms to play games.
The goal is to have fun and enjoy our neighbors while replenishing Sutherlin’s Food Pantry.

HELP FILL FOOD COLLECTION BOXES scattered throughout the Park with canned and packaged non-perishable foods or…
Make a financial contribution:
Make checks payable to: Sutherlin Food Pantry
Place checks or cash in an envelope marked Food Pantry and
send through the Inner Park mail to Joy Stalnaker # 65.
She will forward all money to the Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry.

Come, have fun, and help rebuild the coffers for the food bank.

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Murder at Mistletoe Manor (Murder Mystery Dinner) – Photo Gallery

Thanks to all who attended and participated in making last night’s murder mystery dinner a huge success!

Over 60 attendees enjoyed a three-act-murder mystery while enjoying a delicious three-course-meal prepared by Chef Denis. Thanks again to all!

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Water Use

We are perplexed about something…You can help. Why are we using more water than in previous years?

Picking a recent date of Dec. 17 just as an example, here are the gallons used and a
comparison to previous years. We would expect a use of 3,000 to 5,000 gallons per day in winter.

Dec. 17, 2023 we used 6750 gallons
Dec. 17, 2022 we used 5335 gallons
Dec. 17, 2021 we used 3815 gallons
Dec. 17 2020 we used 3540 gallons

This increase in water use costs Timber Valley an additional $600-800 per month! This is a hit to the Timber Valley bottom line.

Does anyone have any ideas why? We should all be on the lookout for hoses and hose splitters leaking, even on un-occupied lots. Please insulate your water supply hoses, and avoid “letting the faucet drip” to prevent freezing.

If anyone has any thoughts on why we are using more water please inform the office.

Thank You,
Your Water Monitor Team

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“Who killed Sandy Clause?” Murder Mystery Dinner – Sunday December 24 @ 3pm in the Dining Room

How about a Murder Mystery Dinner to spice up your holiday?

Enjoy a full delicious dinner by Chef Denis as you solve the murder!

Please bring canned or packaged foods for the Food Pantry.

Cost for dinner: $5

Please sign up in the Dining Room and bring your own place settings.


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Winter Solstice Celebration – Thursday December 21 @ 6pm in the Clubhouse

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