Creature of the Night

You put a game camera out at the edge of the forest and you never really know what you’ll get.

These images were captured Friday night and early Saturday morning by Jimmy Smith, lot 197.  They were taken behind his place, up on the hill, at the southern edge of the Park. The pics speak for themselves… (a picture is worth a thousand word??)  But I think I’d be keeping close tabs on my small pets, especially after dark.

The time-stamp on the first picture is 11:51pm; the last picture is 1:55am – about 2 hours later. So he or she was hanging around for a while.





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Good News …

From the Desk of Helaine …

Bored out of my mind, done with the day’s work, tired of listening to the silence I again started poking around in the internet. The same search as I have done before but this time I searched for “covid cases by zip code Oregon” and got
I see a map. I see Portland and a few other cities. I move down the map. I noticed when I tapped my screen the zip code on the right changed. Example, I tapped Silverton, and now I can read zip code, 97381, population, 15,822. 53 cases

I kept tapping southward until I got our zip code and I read
“Population 9550, Cases <10*

The * says OHA {Oregon Health Authority} would not release numbers for any zip code with fewer than 10 cases.

97479 may have 9 cases or even no cases. If you see the map you will see that south of us, Roseburg is pale green, indicating areas that they have 18 cases per ten thousand population. Even if 97479 has 9 we would still have half the cases per ten thousand population

This doesn’t mean we should throw away our masks and party in the streets. It means we are doing it right in not letting Coivid in.

Finding this information today makes me less burdened by all the restrictions. I know they are for the good of our community. Stay Well

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The Latest Fashion Accessory

Fashionable Member

Fashion has always demanded accessories. To be “in style” means more than the basics; it means the latest in fashion accessories. You know, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Remember Mamma Bush and her large white pearls? As teeny boppers we wore saddle shoes and Peter Pan collars. What is “in” for the mature fashion addict is definitely not “in” for teens. But now we have a fashion accessory that is “in” for every age and is seen everywhere.
You’re right: it’s the mask: cloth or paper, colored or plain. It is definitely IN. You see lovely turquoise colors, and of course, the plain white. Then there’s every imaginable pattern, whipped up by talented seamstresses: flowers, geometrics, doggies and kitties; anything your heart desires. You could even show your political affiliation, not on your sleeve but over your mouth! And men could coordinate their baseball caps with their masks, making a definite fashion or political statement.
And the mask can be worn in various tantalizing ways. There’s the socially correct: over the mouth and nose. Then the daring: just below the nose but over the mouth. If one is careful, one can probably pass the most critical inspection with this manner. Frequently seen: the under the chin, over the ears, giving a dumbo-like look to the ears while protecting the vocal cords, ready to be snatched up the moment a “fashion cop” comes in view. The ultimate, seen on an airplane: over the eyes for a sleep mask. Talk about double-duty.
As usual, there are those who object to the latest fashion. I don’t remember the advent of the swimming suit rather than the “bathing dress”. But I do remember the coming of the bikini. Oh, scandalous. And of course the predictions, “It will never last.”
The mask isn’t scandalous, though the objections by some are almost as violent. And as for lasting? At this moment it looks pretty permanent. There are advantages to the mask. Think about the savings in lipstick! Lips can’t be seen and lipstick smeared on the inside of a mask isn’t very appetizing. So do away with lipstick. But oh my, think of the people put out of work! Lipstick makers and sellers. Entire empires might collapse.
And it’s a pain to try to eat or drink, yes, yes, you have to pull the mask down and then you have to put the mask back up. Just the energy involved might cause some folks to eat less and thus lose weight. Just think we could become the leanest, thinnest people in history!
You can’t really tell if a person is smiling or snarling behind the mask. Think of all the nastiness that could be avoided if you thought everyone was smiling at you! On the other hand, no discernible smile might make people think you were hoity-toity and your circle of friends could collapse.
There’s an old saying, “Don’t be a slave to fashion”. But in this instance it seems intelligent to adopt the latest fashion accessory knowing that like the cuffed pants and the tent dress things change with time.


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New local COVID-19 cases directly linked to travel outside Douglas County, especially outside Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 18, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 257, the Oregon Health Authority reported . They also stated 353 new confirmed and presumptive cases, bringing the state total to 14,149.

Of the total number, Douglas County, is now at 83, according the the County’s COVID-19 Response Team. For a quick look at the last five days check out below:


Reminder: The majority of the county’s new positives have been directly linked to travel outside Douglas County, and especially those residents that have chosen to travel outside of Oregon.

“Whatever your reason for traveling, we encourage you to please consider the risk and travel in a COVID-19 safe manner,” said the Response Team. “The COVID-19 virus is still here, still infectious and will be around for quite some time.

“Current data from CDC and OHA shows that traveling and coming into contact with people from other areas DOES significantly increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

“So, before you travel, attend a party or invite your relatives from out of state to visit, you need to assess the risk to you, your family and to your local community. The bottom line is that each and every person needs to take personal responsibility for their actions and adopt the proper precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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Gnome Gold Mine in Timber Valley SKP Park

The founders of the Timber Valley SKP park were wise with great foresight. It was said at the time that this property was a gold mine. They were correct!! We are positioned on a gold mine.

OH Sure Sharon, we know you. You are peddling FAKE NEWS.

Well let me tell you the story. In a recent website article written by Jackie Deal, exercise is necessary in order to assist our immune systems. My friend and neighbor Judy Leonard have taken Jackie’s advice seriously and we walk in the mornings. For weeks we looked at a lovely tree that is beautifully shaped but had big gouge at the base. The hole resembled a half shell or an alcove. We just knew the empty space was ideal for “something”.

Sure enough one morning a gnome appeared all by itself but soon another one joined him and eventually the population grew to three. The gnomes soon felt comfortable enough to bring their beasts of burden to the surface. The creatures appear like lovely colored lady bugs and we are sure these helpers perform the gold mining for the gnomes. As time went by the dirt floor of the gnome abode was replaced by a thick luxurious rug of green moss. Next the gnomes added a well placed log for safety and then draped Oregon Spanish Moss with hanging tendrils across their ceiling to make the entire area a secure, comfortable nest. In addition the door to the mine was exposed . Now how do we know this is a gold mine. Well it is quite obvious as there are piles of gold decorating the moss.

Judy, Jackie and I challenge you to stimulate your immune system by walking around this wonderful place, finding the gold mine and enjoying the wonders it has to share.

When you find it, enjoy this little happy, fun and pretty artistic fantasy project. We appreciate all that participated with the names not mentioned in order to protect the location. Seek and yee shall find.

The Gnomes awoke the Fairies and they constructed a village across the street from the gold mine.

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Penelope is on the mend from the head injury she sustained in her RV several weeks ago, thanks to an excellent surgical team at Sacred Heart River Bend Hospital in Springfield She is being discharged from the Sacred Heart Rehab facility in Eugene on July 16 and will be continuing rehab in Washington State while residing with her daughter, Kristen Bruhahn. Get well cards or letters can be sent to Penelope at 15119 S.E. 308TH Street, Kent, WA 98042. Penelope is looking forward to returning to Timber Valley and is very appreciative of the efforts of Helaine Hepworth and others watering her plants and taking care of her property on a daily basis. Aren’t we all lucky to be in a place where caring and sharing matter?

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Thursday 7/16 Board Meeting


The Board Meeting is being held in the clubhouse at 9 am. Wear masks please and social distancing.

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To Mask or to Shield by Jackie Deal

“Cover your mouth when you sneeze.” Remember Mom barking that at you? So you sneezed, or coughed, into your hand and then proceeded to spread your nasty snotty germs everywhere you touched. Forgive Mom, she didn’t know any better. Now the advice, gleamed from kindergarteners is, “Cough into your elbow.”’ Yah, it’s doubtful you’re going to touch any surface with the inner aspect of your elbow.

But with the Corona virus on the rampage we need more protection than just our elbows. Enter the ubiquitous, hated mask. It’s steamy, foggy, miserable and you’re constantly adjusting it. Act two: enter the Face Shield. That’s those futuristic looking plastic shields medical people and clerks are beginning to wear. Are they as good? As safe?

Let’s research it and see. First off, they’ve been approved by the Governor, or at least included along with masks as approved face coverings.

Dr. Adalja, M.D., a pandemic preparedness expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says, “There’s a lot of at least biological possibility to suspect that [shields] are definitely better than homemade face masks, and maybe even better than other types of masks as well, because they not only prevent you from spreading it … [and] because it also covers your eyes, it provides more protection to the mucus membranes of your face where you might be getting infected.” Another benefit, says Adalja: “With a mask, you may find yourself constantly adjusting it and therefore touching your face and possibly transferring the virus from your hands, but wearing a shield doesn’t really put you in a position where you’re touching your face so much, because it’s not as cumbersome to wear.” (Love that first sentence, it takes her 30 or more words to say: “There’re just as good or maybe better.”)

James Cherry, M.D., a distinguished research professor and infectious disease expert at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says that while experts aren’t yet sure about how vulnerable our , “With many viruses, the eyes are important.” He points to measles and adenoviruses as examples of viruses that are known to infect people through their eyes.”

You probably don’t realize how many times you touch your face even without a mask and wearing a mask only increases that. Who are we protecting? Us or them? Originally it was said that masks stopped us, if we were a nonsymptomatic corona victim, from spreading viruses to others. Then they’ve kinda equivocated (fancy word for can’t make up their minds) as to who’s protecting whom.

I’ve been told that shields were, and maybe soon will be, available at Bi-Mart and Costco. Ask for them, wear ‘em. Masks or shields: whichever floats your boat, butters your bread or protects you from Covid.

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Return of the Apple User’s Group?

A couple of us have been discussing the idea of re-invigorating the Apple Users Group.

We will have a meeting Wed., July 15th at 10am in the Clubhouse.

Bring your ideas on how the group can be useful and fun for all the Apple (Mac & IOS) users in the Park. Eg. Maybe two meetings per month … one for Mac and one for iPhones/iPads? So…bring your ideas and devices!

Gerry Vroomman

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Board of Directors is Seeking Resume’s

To Timber Valley SKP Park of Oregon, Inc. Leaseholders;

The Board of Directors is seeking resume’s from Leaseholders interested in a one-year term as a Board Director to serve from August 2020 through July 2021.  This position will fill the vacancy of Rockey Shanahan, who was just elected to a three-year term.

If you are interested, please submit a one-page written resume’ to the Office before close of business, 5:00pm, Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

James W. McIntosh II
Board President

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