Volunteer Fire Fighters Celebrated in Seiad Valley

16seiadday_1830Seiad Valley is a beautiful mountain town on the Klamath River Highway 96. Saturdays Seiad Valley Day was great fun and now a happy memory! For the first time in the over thirty year history of Seiad Valley Day, they had a Grand Marshall! Lolly Jones was the first Grand Marshall because she has been an amazing asset to the Seiad Valley community helping with Seiad Day and keeping the town trash free. She started the Adopt a Highway program in our town. She is also like a second mom to many of us. Thank you for all you do, Lolly!
Before even the Grand Marshall car in the parade, of course, Bill Roberts and Peggy Goshgarrian and George rode by on horses and mule and pack mules also. It’s always a good start to a beautiful parade.
West Timbrook drove a 1947 Allis Chalmers Model B Tractor with his sister, Leeann. Sister Jenny was taking photos of the whole parade! Dave Timbrook came with his 1944 Allis Chalmers tractor, and right behind him was a 1937 John Deer plow, and then a 1942 Western Tractor, and a 1930-1945 Corn s Sheller, followed by 1912 Fairbank Morse and Mr. Pig bringing up the tail end of his antique contraptions!!16seiadday_1838
Aaron Mopas, grown up- to drive the Seiad Rescue, and seeing how many people he could nail came next. However, his driving was so circumspect that he didn’t nail any of the people even with large crowds watching the parade go by. He was followed by the Seiad Fire vehicle Engine 32217.
Erik Haskell of the Happy Camp Fire Department drove the Fire vehicle Chief 3300. Nate Rhodes drove the 3312 Happy Camp Fire rig. All of these vehicles were throwing candy to the crowds enjoying the spectacle, of course.
From Happy Camp Ambulance Charles Feheley and Dan Effman brought up the next emergency vehicle. They were followed by the U.S. Forest Service Engine 326 from Happy Camp, Water Tender 21 Prevention 23 with people, but who notices when Smokey Bear is aboard!! Good to see Smokey! Next was Happy Camp Engine 326 with Captain Brandon Cortes, firefighters Ike McAbier and Joe Worthington. Kenny King was the Fire Engine operator for Happy Camp’s water Tender 21.
Was a 1991 VW Fire Engine from Germany, a brightly colored red vehicle with German lettering? Very unique!! This was driven by Chris and Megan Stutz. A Honda XR75 was driven by Jarrett.
Bob Hokanson came by in a gorgeous ’03 anniversary model corvette. He also was advertising the Happy Camp High School 1960’s class reunions which will be next weekend in Happy Camp. Incidentally it is also the 50th Anniversary of the Bigfoot Jamboree.
Jeff came next with a 1994 Mercedes 500 Benz. Followed by the Beautiful young Greenberg Girls! Satu and Celeste Greenberg were driving a 1960 MGA 1600 Roadster. I thought they were off in New York so it was neat to see them in Seiad Valley! David Greenberg followed in a 1967 SAAB 96 2 stroke.
A 1992 Miata carried Reverend Eddie and Fred Kelli from 2nd church of fun next in the parade. Roy came next in his beautiful 1953 Bentley. Bill
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Clinic Pharmacy Celebrates 35 Years Serving Community

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Patt and Mike Celayeta are celebrating too! Clinic Pharmacy has been 35 years serving the community in Happy Camp! They stopped to figure some things and came up with that they have now served FIVE generations of Happy Campers! They are having a contest to celebrate….it’s time for the Guess How Many Pills Are In The Jar Contest.This time they are awarding cash prizes.

Patt expressed their thanks to the community of Happy Camp and the folks up and down the River for their continued support and trust in them to provide the best pharmaceutical service available.

It is fun just to see what health and safety things they have available, some good preventatives and other things good to have on hand “just in case.” We were recently able to get some prescriptions for our Aussie pup, Adom!! That’s a big help as it didn’t require a trip out of town, or out of state, to his veterinarian for the things that were needed as ticks had been pestering him earlier this year! We also appreciate for the way that Patt and Michael support the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce and in many ways help our community!

Patt also said that they “continue to enjoy their profession and service to our community and look forward to folks stopping by to say hello and to enter the contest.” Come by Clinic Pharmacy and put your guess in! You may be the one to win a cash prize by your guess for the contest

Siskiyou Pioneer for the year is Grenada History!

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by Judy Bushy
The County Museum in Yreka has had beautiful wedding apparel on display and the Outdoor Museum grand Re-opening recently. What a pleasant surprise at the Museum last week! While I stopped by to pick up some information for a friend doing research, they asked whether it was the book I’d come for. Not having received the letter in the mail, or e-mail yet, hadn’t realized the book was ready. The Siskiyou Pioneer. Each year for the past seventy or so years, the Siskiyou County Historical Society has put out an annual book about the history of some area of the county This year is “Grenada: The first 100 years from 1916 – 2016.”

The first part included previously unpublished articles from the research files of the Siskiyou County Historical Society as well as articles submitted by local authors. Then there are selections scanned from the 1959 Siskiyou Pioneer, a photo gallery, advertisement and information on the Society and museum volunteers and memorials. I’m so glad that they also include an index so I’m able to locate a photo of freight teams in Happy Camp on page 73, the information that a trail spur (railroad) east off the main line was put in to serve a business called the Happy Camp Lumber Company with plans for a mill and planer. The other account was when the first airplanes to land in Siskiyou County came from Los Angeles on the way to Seattle June 8, 1919. Mr. Harlow got them to land in a field south of Grenada. This caused quite a stir and people came all over the county, and “came by wagon and buggy from as far as Sawyers Bar and Happy Camp , taking three days for the journey each way. “

The fascinating thing about looking in to the past history is that for every new interesting information you find, it seems that it opens up more questions. Don’t know if Happy Camp Lumber came to be, but since it was 81.6 miles from Happy Camp and it would take 1 hour and 43 minutes to get there, I wonder if it was a Happy Camp business, or just made use of the name. Perhaps someone can tell us who remembers Happy Camp Lumber Company from 60 years ago.
We are doing research on the characters in the book “Dear Mad’m. In the story, Stella W. Patterson moves to a rustic miner’s cabin down on the Klamath River when she is 80, which would be 1946, this provides our time frame. Dear Mad’m was published as a magazine serial after her death in December 23, 1955 and the book came out in first American printing that spring, followed by international versions and numerous reprinting. Stella’s story is kept alive now by the paperback book published by Barbara Brown of Naturegraph Publishers in Happy Camp.

Stella left us the memory of her friends and neighbors who lived the simple life deep within the Klamath River valley west of Happy Camp. The world outside doesn’t know “Dear Sir” as Fred Mesner, who took his stepfather’s name of Crooks, “Up n Up” as Clarence “Sy”Jensen, and the mystery of his wife “Nora” in the story , who may have been Laura, continues. “Millicent” as a young girl Arlene Oates who became Mrs. Lee W. Joslin. It is fun to know the characters that Stella shared with us. Come to the Dear Mad’m Symposium at the Yreka Siskiyou County Historical Society October 15th at 12:30 to learn more about the history of this celebrity that lived a quiet life along the Klamath River seventy years ago and still brings fans to see the site these days!!

Her garden was an important part of her life in the cabin on the Klamath River, and she may have just ordered groceries out of Happy Camp, but she poured over European nursery offerings for her garden! Gardening is just as important to many of the residents of the Klamath River area where we live. There is also a Community Garden that is north of the Happy Camp Union Elementary School and community volunteers are being requested. They need tommato cages, fertilizer and lots of stuff, not the least of which is volunteers to weed and spend time helping the garden with their green thumbs! Give Lisa Bousfield a message or call and she can direct your assistance to the proper channels.

Premiere Happy Camp Farmer’s Market THURSDAY

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by Judy Bushy
Thursday is the Premiere Happy Camp Farmer’s Market at the Gail Zink Memorial Park at 5 oclock p.m.. This first event is anticipated with much excitement in the community as there will be produce, crafts and jewelry available by local gardeners and craftspeople. It will be happening from 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday afternoon. The location, Gail Zink Memorial Park is next to the High School baseball field, where a game will be going on Thursday and across the parking lot from the Happy Camp Union Elementary School on Park Way. Founder Abigail Yeager, anticipates that the market will run for ten weeks, every Thursday until mid September and invites vendors to join, free, and come to as many markets as you like as they welcome all vendors.

This Thursday Market will kick off with a BBQ featuring a “local” green salad, baked beans, fruit, and bread to go with those BBQ ribs dinner for $12 a plate. Tickets are available in advance and all proceeds will help with marketing and grocery expenses. A softball game will also take place at the ball field “next door” and they plan to have music to shop by as well.

The Market is Certified by the Department of agriculture, able to accept (Women Infants and Children program) W.I.C checks and Senior Nutrition Program checks for fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs (and honey for Seniors only.) although they may not have the equipment at the first market, they will also be able to accommodate EBT through SNAP CalFresh.

This Happy Camp Farmer’s Market is a pilot project for a new nonprofit, Hope for Happy Camp, hoping to improve economic development. Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce encourages this opportunity for Hope for Happy Camp as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the community of Happy Camp, California through economic development projects and youth programs that are environmentally-conscious and sustainable. Grant Gilkison of the Mid-Klamath Food Shed endorses the Farmer’s Market as well!You can show your support by “liking” the Hope for Happy Camp nonprofit Facebook page to assure you get news of events, and join the Farmer’s Market, as a vendor or customer or just stop by for dinner! They would love to see you there!

Lightening Fire started Pony Fire – update 6/26/16

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Last weekend, the weather was beautiful. Pony Fire is being held steady, under 3,000 acres even though only 63% contained. It’s a beautiful place, with absolutely gorgeous views that make you want to burst out singing like the opening song in Sound of Music! There’s wet meadows with beautiful wildflowers and yet lightning keeps starting fires. New Fire shirts, in a gorgeous rainbow of bright colors and even tie-dye patterns, are available from a third vendor.

You know, people who work in the woods are sometimes looked down upon by the “radical environmentalists,” but they don’t understand. Do you remember in the Smokey Bear song, the verse that goes, If you’ve ever seen a forest when a fires raging..and you love the things within it like a mother loves her child…then you’ll know why smokey tells you as he sees you passing by, remember, please be careful, it’s the least that you can do!!” All the Forest Service people I’ve ever known, including my husband who was a temporary FS employee over twenty years, although he had been career employee when younger, they love the forest and working out in the woods. When they see the wildfire raging, and its a beauty there, with meadows of azalea’s, yellow lupine, the historic Kelsey Trail, spotted owls mating pair of long record and the views that inspire more than the greatest cathedral, it really hurts to see it destroyed and then sit and rot while people with no understanding of the Creator providing trees for human use and instead standing until the next fire brings them rolling down the hill endangering fire fighters. They haven’t been put to good use and thus become a catastrophic danger in the future. We love the forest and are grateful that the Lord gives new board feet for use each and every year it grows!

Lightning on Monday night June 6th (6/6/16) ignited more wildfires on the Klamath National Forest. One of the fires, 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp near Pony Peak, has grown to approximately 150 acres by Tuesday.
The Pony Fire is in remote forest west of Highway 96 and east of the Siskiyou Wilderness, a half mile southeast of Pony Peak. A helitack crew responded to the scene Tuesday morning and assessed the fire, then withdrew when conditions became too dangerous. The Forest Service used retardant-dropping aircraft throughout Tuesday to reinforce an existing ridge-top containment line. As of Tuesday evening the fire grew to 150 acres. Due to the growth of the fire, steep terrain, and difficult conditions, the US Forest Service has ordered additional air and ground resources, including a Type 2 Incident Management Team, which will manage the fire from Happy Camp.
The Dillon Fire, also from a lightning strike, is near Dillon Creek and about three miles west of the Pony Fire. The fire is 0.1 acre and smoke-jumpers are on scene.

Four new fires were detected near Happy Camp on Tuesday. Two of the fires, Jackson and Peak, are north of Jackson Peak and both are 0.1 acre. A twenty-person crew is split between the two fires. The Horse Fire, on Frying Pan Ridge, is a single tree and firefighters are on scene. The China Fire, near China Peak, is approximately 2 acres and has a twenty-person crew on scene. Three other fires from Sunday night lightning (Elk, Lower, and Little Grider) are contained.

We are praying for the safety of the firefighters and grateful for all the work that they do, and the support staff as well. There was an interesting article about the Mountain Medics serving on the fire, but sorry to hear that two had to have emergency care—an anaphylactic shock case and kidney infection sent someone to the brick and mortar hospital for care. Mountain Medics was contracted to provide medical care on the Pony Fire, and arrived in Happy Camp June 8th with a state of the art medical trailer complete with two cardio-monitors, and an added four wheel drive ambulance. We are grateful for anything that will keep the Fire Fighters, who are protecting our neighborhood, safe and healthy!

Thanks to all the firefighters, some from Happy Camp recently went to Canada to fight a very large fire there, and other places, and all those who have come to Happy Camp to fight local fires as well!!

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Thanks to all the firefighters, some from Happy Camp recently went to Canada to fight a very large fire there, and other places, and all those who have come to Happy Camp to fight local fires as well!

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