Celebrating Love, that Many Splendored thing!!

That many Splendored thing…Love!!

Tuesday was a busy, very busy day. .River Readers Book club members are reading a book where those who have traveled in the Middle East share insights in that culture. Land of Permanent Goodbyes is about a Syrian family, and up to date as the newspaper!! We should finish the first ten chapters now and another five next week. Everyone is welcome to read the book along with us and discuss it on Tuesday’s at 11:00 at Marble Mountain Gift Co. I’m so grateful Faye started out adventures in books that we share! It’s great to have knowledgeable travelers to share insights on Middle Eastern life!
While I’d hoped to go to Happy Camp High School and meet the gentleman that was to present to the students a program on bullying, my scheduling was off and I missed it. Bullying has become a more prevalent concern for so many recently. Not that it isn’t always a concern of parents that their young people be treated fairly by their peers, but there seems to pop up an attitude that allows some to mistreat others. This is not a good attitude to get along with others when students get out into the big wide world, which needs so much love in these difficult days. Of course, the opposite of the bully is the loving-kindness of caring people around us.
It never hurts to be reminded. How we treat each other is so important in loving together in community wherever we are or wherever we go
Sharing with those from Paradise Fire for a Valentine’s Dinner
Our friend, Doug Crowder and his wife Debra have cooked a Valentine Dinner for people in their fellowship every Valentine’s Day since they moved to Paradise. This year their wildfire Recovery Center serving neighbors and workers, they’re feeding hundreds of people; so they’ll go somewhere that someone else will be cooking. Isn’t it great to know that people are there helping those who have gone through wildfire, loss of homes and some a family member, friend or neighbor. After the spotlight of publicity is over, things “settle down” that’s when loving-kindness of those who keep giving means so much!
Valentine’s Day isn’t just a romantic holiday! School kids should show loving-kindness, not bullying to their classmates. We need to be aware of needs even if they are far of Syrian needs, and it certainly makes us grateful to live in America where we can share with those less fortunate. There are so many strangers we meet on our travels and we need to be ready to Good Samaritan. Homeless in Yreka amazed me, but more so the way people shared with a gentleman that was sort of stranded there after a trip to the emergency room.
Like the word Royal Blue shared from Helen Steiner Rice this morning,
Where there is love the heart is light. Where there is love the day is bright.
Where there is love there is a song, to help when things are going wrong.
Where there is love there is a smile to make all things seem worthwhile,
a tranquil place where turmoil’s cease!
Love changes darkness into light and makes the heart like wingless flight.
Oh blest are they who walk in love! They also walk with God above.
When you walk with God each day and kneel together when you pray,
your marriage will be truly blest and God will be your daily guest
and love that once seemed yours along, God greatly blesses unto His own.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and share some true love. That’s the community care and concern Happy Camp is known for!

We have Caring Folk along the wild Klamath River!

Happy Camps Log High School

Carmynne Neimoyer was celebrating something soon to come right here in Happy Camp! It’s just two weeks until the Elementary School hosts the SCAL end of the season basketball tournament and cheerleading competition. This tournament will bring seven schools to our little town.
Enthusiasm is growing and last minute stuff is coming together Thank you to all those that are sponsoring our kids. There will be fliers coming out for information on how the entire community can help to support our kids and their athletic program. While it is being hosted by the Elementary School it will be held at the high school, 234 Indian Creek Road on February 15th and 16th.
That’s the wonderful thing about Happy Camp, and the communities along the beautiful wild Klamath River! Our Klamath Neighbors really pitch in to help those who have something to tackle that is larger than they can accomplish successfully alone.
Stop and think of anything really positive that has come about in our community and it is likely that it wasn’t one person who did it all. Surely, one person may have had the vision, seen the need, and had a passionate desire to fulfill that need. But alone, we start in a small way and when others catch the vision, great things are accomplished.
If one image portrayed the best in Happy Camp me than any other, it used to be the Log High School. It was Gorham Humphries, with a number of daughters and a son, who had a vision for a Happy Camp High School.
The students traditionally had to go and board at far distances if they wanted to continue their education beyond Elementary. Some when to Riverside, some boarded in Mount Shasta, but high school wasn’t available here. That seems strange today, when even basic college courses can be taken through Internet or Videoconferencing with College of the Siskiyous. And the distance to College of the Siskiyou’s has been shrunk to only a couple of hours, in good weather. Back in the 20’s the road had finally come through to Happy Camp so it wasn’t a few days to get to Yreka or Weed, but it still was quite a drive!
Grants weren’t the answer to all needs back then. The Siskiyou County Educational sources couldn’t help Happy Camp with a high school, and the Elementary School needed the spare room that had been used temporarily for that purpose. So Humphreys began working to enlist assistance on this huge project. The land was donated, the trees were donated, and the labor for almost all of the work was donated by members of the community. When the volunteer labor became scarcer or lapsed, the ladies had a big potluck picnic to get the effort a boost and give the classrooms ready to begin school that fall. I’ve written years ago about all the community effort that went into that great accomplishment, but there’s not room here for all the names and memories at the moment.
The Fire Hall was built by the Grange members. The River Park was the vision of Larry Wright, Tom and Doug Lemon who visualized a beautiful park, where others saw only a dump and blackberries! The Grange and other members of the community got busy and made the beautiful site we have today.
So perhaps it is understandable, when the Klamath –Siskiyou Art Center window is broken. that’s sad. The natural solution is to organize the Neighborhood Watch program–people work together with the goal to stopping burglary, drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity in our own home community?
The Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch meets the second Monday of each month. Lately it has been held at the Partner’s Deli and Arcade at 5:30 and next Monday is the day. We are grateful for those who volunteer and there will be election as new officers are needed next Monday.
More than sixty people came to the first meeting of a group to stop drug and alcohol abuse in our community, and we need more ideas and solutions that can only come with input from the community. A meeting with Sheriff Lopey is planned for spring; but in the meantime, please consider what you can do to stem the rising tide of crime in our community.

Spread the Love; NO Bullying

Stop Bullying

Happy Camp High School Basketball Homecoming

The big event at Happy Camp High School is Homecoming. Big Valley will be here in Happy Camp for a game on Friday at 5 p.m.. the High School will celebrate all week. You may have seen students running around in pjs yesterday. Today is a day to wear black, Wednesday is Dad Day and Thursday is Cape day. Friday all out loyal Happy Camp Indians will wear Blue and Gold and cheer on the home team at the game.


Keith Deltano is coming to present a program for the Happy Camp High School, February 5th. The topic is bullying and mental health matters. The students program will be during the normal School Day on Tuesday. However, parents are invited to have a discussion with Deltano on bullying at noon next Tuesday at the Penthouse at the High School.Learn more at www.dontbullyonline.com

“Nothing Beats Togetherness,” Dr. Grover Sterling

I have a Dream

There was a great radio program on Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy on the Public Square over the weekend.

Dr. Sterling Glover who was a coworker with Martin Luther King, and has now also passed away, recorded words were shared. “Nothing Beats Togetherness.”

We sometimes think of King as an activist, a political person, but the fact was that he was just a preacher, a pastor, who peacefully fought for civil rights.
Part of his “I have a Dream” speech says, I have a dream that my four little children (Well) will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down …little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted , every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain , and the crooked places will be made straight , and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith (Yes) we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!”
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring

I have a Dream

Another quote from him, which seems more appropriate now than ever!

Dr. King said, “Someone must take place of nonalignment so he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both, not the servant or master of either.”

River Readers Book Club Begins “Letitia, She’s Iron, Stone and Beautiful Flower!

Happy Camp Author, Barbara Ann Black’s book about her mother, Letitia!!

BY Judy Bushy
The Book that the River Readers will be reading January eighth is the new book, Letitia; She’s Iron, Stone, and Beautiful Flower. This wonderful story of Colorado Homesteading 1916 to 1950 is by Barbara Ann Black (Brown) by Naturegraph in Happy Camp. The cover is a painting by Navajo artist, Chester Kahn, as well as illustrations. He drew pictures while tending sheep as a boy. Barbara also herded sheep as a child; it seems particularly fitting!

We are certainly grateful for many who inspired Barbara to write about her mother’s life and persistently kept after her, with persuasion and encouragement! It was a great eye opener to hear so many aspects of ranch life in Colorado when Barbara was a child.

Homestead cabins didn’t have running water or bathrooms, and electricity wasn’t brought there for many years. She writes of the independence of her mother and sisters, and even in today’s modern feminism climate, it is hard to imagine three sisters setting out to homestead vast acres as a ranch. Heading for California to make their stake and returning to the homestead in the Great Depression are challenges they met. There was time they had to start over from scratch and flat broke.

Today’s children would feel definitely deprived if they had to do chores, feed or water animals, collect eggs, etc, saddle the horse and rider ten miles to school! Barbara did that daily for some years and felt bad if she was tardy! They didn’t have television, iphones many of the things we take for granted today either. There were many things about sheep raising, and then they went to cattle, branding calves, finding the cattle that strayed off, chickens, turkeys and other ranch life. One doesn’t think of Prairie Dogs as a threat, although the grasshopper army was and then came dust bowl years. It isn’t all rattlesnakes, storms and hail. You’ll meet horses Barbara has ridden and trained at a very early age, and natural phenomena of the Colorado ranch. Vignettes of her Dad and mother and then the appendix of sayings, recipes and neighbors to their ranch in Colorado conclude the story.

It is a heartwarming story of ranch life that you will enjoy and feel grateful for conveniences that they never dreamed of! You will see why May 17th is an annual time to celebrate with chocolate cake for Letitia. WE read the Prologue when we begin the book, with more reading as well as discussion through the days.. I’m grateful that Barbara shared the book, and her heartfelt memories of her mother with us. My copy has already been borrowed by a couple of others interested in the story. Everyone is welcome to the River Reader’s on Tuesday at 11 at the Marble Mountain Gift Co.

Marble Mountain Gift Co had sold out of the book at the book signing for Barbara Ann Black’s 90th birthday but she has more no for $14.00.

Christmas Comes to Happy Camp

Happy Camp christmas Tree Lit December 8th

Judy Bushy
Two weeks until Christmas! There is so much happening along the beautiful wild Klamath River! It may yet be the darkest part of the year, but it is also a time of bright lights, tinselly decorating and cheer! These days when it is the most needed, is the time when we celebrate joy!
Holiday Arts Fair
Saturday was a very busy day in Happy Camp. Early in the morning vendors and cooks gathered at the Happy Camp Elementary School to prepare. And prepare they did. They served a delicious pancake breakfast to make one’s tummy happy. Then the wonderful arts and craftspeople of our community, which has so many talented people, were sharing their handiwork. What a wonderful opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family!
As Connie Rasmussen said, “A big shout out to Amber and crew who did a fantastic job with the Holiday Fair. The food was awesome! The vendors were great, and it was so much fun!
Other’s agreed that it is great to shop local, and the vendors overflowed the multipurpose room and expanded some into the hallway of the Elementary School. It is certainly true that it is nice to see lots of awesome gift possibilities, all handcrafted by our local community.
Amber also had appreciative message, “Thank You to all who came out and made the event so wonderful. I cannot take all the credit. My sisters Iris & Para and my man, Cody, were also behind the scenes making everything happen. We enjoyed doing this so much that we are already planning for next year. And I won’t let you forget about it LOL Merry Christmas.”
Later Saturday evening, when it really did get dark, the Christmas Lights parade started at the Kingfisher Market and went the whole block or two west on Highway 96 to the Forest Service office parking lot. Who should show up there, but Santa Claus!

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