Annual Seiad Day!!
There was a pancake breakfast earlier but then there was the Parade! Bill Roberts, our favorite cowboy poet, rode out in the lead of a string of horse and mules. It’s always fun to see them coming down the highway, like the old time packers when packing was the main business in this area. They were the ones that provided all the needs of the prospectors and miners when they rushed here for gold!! Peggy also came along with more horse and mules. Then we got to see them coming back the other way. All the sirens and noise startle and alarm the pack animals sometimes they get the priority and go first. Then along came a “new” engine of the Seiad Valley Fire Department with Tim driving, and bunches of youngsters on the top to throw out the candy to all the younger kids along the sidelines waiting eagerly for candy to come their way!
Jordan McCartney drove a 1983 Howler 250 and Kevin Garcia 2006 Honda CRF 80 Big Wheel and then came Megan Stutz as Molly the Vespa! Jarrett and Izzy described their vehicle as “The party-mobile.”
The Seiad Engine for the Klamath National Forest; USFS KNF E 74 the Seiad Engine with Smokey the Bear and lots of candy!
Dale Green drove a beautiful blue 1936 Low Cab. Barry Mattson drove a 1941 Super Deluxe Coup. Roy’s shiny black 1929 Model A came before Patrick Ayres’s 1956 Willys Jeep. Last of the antique classics was Bryon Heather‘s 1960 white T Bird.
But not quite, as more antique treasures, of the working variety, were coming. Dave Timbrook drove his 1944 Allis Chalmers B pulling a State of Jefferson Trailer with Majesta Markin and LeeAnn Timbrook on the pig, a brown metal one with diagramed body. Dave was followed by West Timbrook on a 3022E John Deere tractor.
Chicken Poop Bingo came along, but the pretty driver was not Bob Humphries. The Chicken poop bingo game had a new operator this year. Ed Smith drove by with his little compact Vacation Home!” Later we saw that the back of the “vacation home” had a sign, “Vacation in the Smokey Siskiyou’s!! “ Smoke wasn’t as bad as it had been previous couple of weeks, so we were grateful for the weather inversion!!
Deputy Garrison concluded the parade in the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department rig. After the end of the parade, all went to the Fire Hall. The booths were doing lively business. There was a Forest Service booth with Fire Information. woodworking, leather, pottery, jewelry and fabric skills exemplified. Horseshoes participants were busy warming up. The kids found the water slide and bounce house popular.
Speaking of the Eclipse Fire Complex, the Highway 96 is sometimes closed south of Happy Camp because of smoke or vehicle traffic as they change shifts working on the fire. At times the heavy smoke has cut down the visibility to 20 feet. You still need to drive with headlights during the day! The difficulty is that we forget to turn them off when we arrive at our destination leaving dead battery next time we expect to go somewhere!! There is a place you can “hang out” if the smoke is bothering you greatly, at the Karuk Senior Nutrition Site on 2nd Avenue and Highway 96, across the street from the Frontier Café, during the hours from 10 to 4 weekdays. Masks are available from the Clinic for a small price.
by Judy Bushy
Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch became a 501c3 organization last year due to the hard work of Lisa Scott, secretary and Becky Tiraterra, president. Due to moving, and health issues, Lisa and Becky resigned in January and people stepped up to fill the positions temporarily to keep the organization running. thanks to those who did so, Randy White and Bruce Harlow especially!
Tuesday July 10th (date due to Holiday.) Board members, officers, bylaws and most of all the crime fighting and prevention efforts of the Happy Cmap Neighborhood Watch were on the agenda!!
David Culbert called the first Neighborhood Watch meeting he presided at Monday to order. Dan Effman has volunteered to cook you eggs the way you like them at the Pancake Breakfast Sunday Morning before the Bigfoot Jamboree Parade September 3rd. Come out to the Pancake Breakfast for pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk or coffee. Bring your whole family and start the fun day right, while supporting the Neighborhood Watch.
They can also use help serving, dining room, clean up and probably washing dishes, if you could volunteer. Dan’s in charge of the kitchen and likes to make your eggs how you like them and Laurey will coordinate volunteers. She is Laurey Behrmann, phone 643-3807.
Don’s Sporting Goods
They also want to encourage people to buy their raffle tickets before Saturday, September 2nd for the Don’s Sporting Drawing. With limited number of tickets to be sold, chances are great!!
Last week was the 21st Karuk Tribal Reunion! Since we had plans to be in Sacramento Area for a family Celebration of Life this week, I’ve wanted to share some of the highlights from the Reunion.
On Friday evening there was a family movie night out on the lawn to see Maona and Brother Bear. The rest of the program was on Saturday. (With special thanks to Ellen Johnson!!)
People gathered at 7:30 in the morning to register for the 5K/2 mile Fun Run/Walk under the flagpole in the parking lot. Off they went at 8 am and they expected to return to the flagpole later by 10 am. Tents and other arrangements had been being arranged since 6 am and some even the year before. 8:30 breakfast was served in front of the Billing Office until gone.
Then more fun began, Bingo games were arranged by the Dental Staff.
Opening Ceremonies in the Main Tent began with Sonny Davis’ Opening prayer and song. Chairman Buster Attebery gave the welcome address. Two full blooded Tribal Members were recognized as well as 84 elders who are 85 or older.
There were sign ups for the Annual Poker Tournament, Horseshoe Tournament and more Bingo. Following the demonstration brush dance the girls who have made ceremonial dresses, displayed them.
Noon was lunch at the Senior Center for the elders. Later there was Poker Tournament under supervision of Barry Hockaday and Indian Card Games by Sam Super There’s cultural Immersion and Storytelling until three o’clock when the vendor booths close as well, so all could gather for the raffle drawings in the Main Tent.
Then at 4:30 pm there was a no charge dinner with everyone welcome in the multipurpose room. Indian Tacos, watermelon, Acorn Soup and Dessert were served!! How many places do you know where anyone puts on a dinner, at no charge for everyone in town; friends and relatives as well as many who come from other places, but have their roots in this area with the Karuk Tribe. It is a wonderful gathering and unique opportunity to all feel the unity of those who love the land along the Klamath River!
Some other vendors were also at the Reunion. Dolly Ellson was making her delicious strawberry lemonade. Abby Yeager was at the booth for the Happy Camp Community Center. No Farmer’s Market in August, but in the meantime Abby and Linda Zink will be busy with the final preparations for the Bigfoot Jamboree which will be September 1-3rd. Abby Rhodes was selling raffle tickets for the Bigfoot Jamboree at the last Farmer’s Market. All of the girls wishing to compete for Bigfoot jamboree Queen and Junior Queen will be selling tickets for a couple more weeks. You’ll want to get your tickets when you see the girls selling tickets!
Neighborhood Watch Booth
Becky Tiraterra had the best looking cookies and goodies for the Neighborhood Watch Bake Sale. The Neighborhood Watch appreciates all your donations to help them fight crime in our community. If you were unable to get there to support their efforts you may send a check of support to P. O. Box 573, Happy Camp, CA 96039.
The other thing that is greatly needed to help deter crime, is volunteers! If you have suggestions or help to fight crime you are most welcome to come to the meeting of the Neighborhood Watch the first Monday of each month (unless postponed.) That means the next meeting is August 7th at 5:30 p.m., September 12th.
Last month David Culbert was elected Chairman, Dan Effman continues as Vice Chairman, and Lisa Bousfield is the new Secretary/Treasurer. Bernard and Rebecca are also on the Board as Members at Large. Thanks to Randy White and Bruce Harlow for filling in until there were new volunteers for the officer’s positions, and for continuing to devote much time and effort to the Neighborhood Watch!
by Judy Bushy
Don’t forget the Happy Camp Farmer’s Market on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30. They’ve had Ribs, Taylor’s dogs and pulled pork for supper at the Farmer’s Market. Wonder what the supper this Thursday will be? See you at the Gail Zink Park Thursday!!
The Happy Camp Farmer’s Market was begun last year and was the high point of week. It’s always a good time to get together ant this was great! Even for the working mothers, a night when you didn’t have to cook, could get some fresh garden produce, and enjoy Klamath Neighbors all in one evening. The Farmer’s Market is again open this year, thanks to Abigail Yeager and Linda Zink and their team. You can even watch a ball game or tiny tots practicing their dance at the same time. This year they have taken up a more ambitions project, the Community Center in what used to be the Family Resource Center and had a grand opening.
Independence Day Thoughts
I wanted to share some gems from an interview I heard on the radio of David McCullough. McCullough’s new book is The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand for. McCullough is a very honored historian and has won two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards as well as the Medal of Freedom. For this book, he went over eighty of his previous speeches to condense down; Who we are as a nation and what we stand for….a very appropriate read for the Fourth of July.
I especially appreciated a quote from Daniel Boorstin shared by McCullough, “Trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”According to the Nation’s Report Card, U.S. History seems to be American students worst subject which is really hard to believe as fascinating as it is, and how it explains who we are, by knowing what we stand for.
Next Meeting of the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch will be delayed to July 10th due to the Independence Day celebrations. With fire setting, Horse Creek Church broken into and All Saints Church burglarized, People’s Cener gift Shop Broken into, and other matters of concern, please come. Bring your solution if you have one, as we need to solve crime!
Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum will meet on July 14th in Yreka.
Karuk Reunion is coming up on July 22nd.
Bigfoot Jamboree is coming September 1-3 TV Cartoon Characters Parade Sunday at 11:00 am
by Judy Bushy
Craig Lighthill, Lilly’s daddy, was making new planter boxes outside the Pizza House where we were meeting. It was amazing how many people came by, Jon Graunbaum, Jeff Elston, and others. Our new real estate lady working with Joe Farris, Francine, came by to welcome Paula and Daniel. We were talking about something where we thought the Community Center might fit and Abby Yeager came in with a son. When I wanted to spell the name of the elementary principal right, in walked EJ Triance to tell me. Dave from the New 49ers Prospecting Club stopped by too. We were grateful for everyone and especially those who stopped by to offer their talents! Obviously, the Pizza House is the place to be and see so many Happy Camper’s!
Later in the week, stopping by California Welcome Center at Collier’s Rest Area, got a chance to visit with Grace Bennett who was manning the Information desk! It is wonderful to see so many friendly faces this summer!!
Now we also were able to stop by the Anderson California Welcome Center as well. What is your favorite drive or attraction to see this summer. I’m trying to visit everything within a 360 area, mostly Siskiyou County with a bit of expansion to Trinity, Del Norte and Humboldt, and the adjacent counties in Oregon. Your suggestions would be most helpful!! Leave your suggestions at the Happy Camp Chamber Telephone 530-493-2900 if you please!!
But this year has been different! First there was the snowy January, then the weather got cold and rainy just when we were expecting spring to be showing up. Our garden plot remained a swamp through all the cool weather so we couldn’t get seeds planted for the greens, peas and beans which are usually the staples. Our Garden Fairy arrived from Sacramento to help the dozen (not four dozen as in some years) tomato plants in raised beds usually for the kitchen garden greens. Even the Lily of the Valley hasn’t poked any sprouts through the front garden, after careful selection for something that would survive on the outskirts of the shady walnut! So, no, we have no corn by the fourth of July. In fact, it seems like summer just began….which it just did last week!!! But our garden is going sadly!! With last week’s triple-didget heat, I barely left the house. There’s plenty of work to catch up on there to keep me busy, for sure!
Summer Lunch for Kids!!
If any children of any age are a part of your household, a good lunch excursion is The Free Lunch at 632 Jacobs Way Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 12:30 o’clock. If you have any questions please call Nell 493-1490. Thanks to Nell and any other’s keeping our children fed this summer!
Thanks to Sherri for bringing me the flier for a special picnic coming up this week!! On Wednesday three’s Customer Appreciation Day Barbecue in Happy Camp at the River Park by Siskiyou Telephone. This is the annual Siskiyou Telephone Customer Appreciation Day! Not only will they serve BBQ hot dogs with all the toppings, Chips, beverages and cookies, but 50 winners will receive a $20 credit on their phone bill!! Every STC customer is automatically entered into our computer generated drawing and you need not be present to win, but who would want to miss a fun picnic lunch at the River Park Pavilion from 11:30 to 1:30 on Wednesday.
Bigfoot Jamboree team that serves on the Happy Camp Coordinating Council has decided on a theme for the parade; TV Cartoons. So, your summer project it to watch TV cartoons until you find something suitable for your parade float on September 3rd. Yup, that’s right, Bigfoot Jamboree is September 1-3rd so you can look forward to it all summer.
Karuk Reunion is going to be July 22nd!