Summer Corn Feast
Is your corn knee high?? I grew up, with a cousin in the Haapala Corn Seed Company family, knowing that the corn had to be knee high by the fourth of July! All the progress was measured by that deadline. Whose knees by the Fourth of July?, I didn’t worry about! There was always plenty of just picked corn on the cob with the potatoes covered in melted butter and chives, and watermelon, of course!! Just picked meant that Tex went out and picked it while the water boiled in preparation of the arrival of the corn.
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!
by Judy Bushy
Welcome to Happy Camp
Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch met Monday night. There was a message that it was going to be postponed as our meeting place couldn’t be used, but a bunch were already there. The door was locked, but we had a couple of officers from the Sheriff’s department (Gabe Garrison and John Erickson (841-2900) We also had Vice President, Dan Effman, Board Members: Becky Tiraterra, Lisa Bousfield, Bernard Lowry, and interim secretary, Forest Service Recreation expert and Laurel Buhrmann who is making “calling” cards for the Happy Camp Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Forest Service.
Gabe reviewed some of the things Sheriff Jon Lopey and John from the District Attorney’s office explained in May when they came. Because of John’s explanations, it was decided we need to have more information on California Senator’s actions, sort of a “legislation watchdog” to educate our community on the problems these changes make for our community. Right now crime pays in California! There was concern about drug task force not getting convictions due to leniency and especially recidivism. The Orleans law officer has not been assigned there as of yet, but should be soon.
There was discussion on some repeat and new problems brought to the attention of the Neighborhood Watch and actions taken in the past few weeks. Report, report, report suspicious things you see, better to be cautious and make notes of things, than to let them go and have a big problem afterwards.
Some can post cameras on public land as well as the one’s the Neighborhood Watch can put up on private places. Landlords who rent to criminals and the businesses that serve them were also discussed. The “mystery black Infinity” that was parked other and now at town trail was checked out.
Next meeting there will be a vote on filling vacant officers of the Board, Bylaw changes and bringing things up to date Next meeting will be July 10th due to Independence Day conflict with regular meeting time.
by Judy Bushy
The founding of the United States principles of Freedom and Liberty is celebrated soon!
which has I’d planned 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, and other matters of concern, please come and hear of the solutions. Bring your solution if you have one, as we need to solve crimes!
Friends of the Siskiyou County Museum will meet on July 14th in Yreka.
Karuk Reunion is coming up on July 22nd.
By Judy Bushy
Happy Camp Elementary School celebrates Kindness Week this week from Febryary 10-17th. the kids always want to be kind to one another and to everyone in their family, friends and community, but this is a special emphasis.
The first six weeks of 2017 have been a whopper, weather wise! The Klamath River Community has had snow! bESIDES Lots of snow, rain, high water, rocks and mudslides, Then part of Highway 96 deciding to slip off into the Klamath River. West of Seiad Valley, you round a turn, and come abruptly onto a stop sign with the instructions beneath it “Proceed When Clear.” You precariously proceed wondering about the bumps that need to be transversed. Part of the time the road has been closed. Residents haven’t been able to get to work, or in other cases, to get home.
Oh, and let’s not forget the electrical outages and downed trees. Travel with a chainsaw down Highway 96 this winter!!
Friends drove down to see how high one of the creeks south of Happy Camp was, and on the way back had to stop due to downed trees. Before official assistance could arrive, friends and neighbors came along with chainsaws and cleared the road. Others were stuck by a downed tree after a trip to town, and walked a couple miles by moonlight to get home. After the highway crew came and cleared the tree the next morning they were able to fetch their vehicle and bring it home.
This is such a perfect time for the Happy Camp Elementary Bulletin Board to announce that they will be celebrating Kindness Week !Erica Mitchell has handed out wrist bands to her high school classes, “Be Kind”
Good time to remember that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends…..”
They say you need 8 hugs a day for mental and physical health, and it must be so, since I read it on the internet! (haha) Share a hug with those you love and tell someone you care. Hopefully, our children will lead us, in kind civility. Let’s really celebrate and be thankful for Valentine’s Day! Not just today!
Presidential Inauguration Field trip for HCHS Students!!
bu Judy Bushy
(Further information on the Trip to Washington for the Presidential Inauguration after January 24th.)
Last week was time for semester final exams AT hc High School! Snow storms, electric outages, and bad road conditions resulted in some high school students missing some final exams!
Some of the students were missing them because they were a very long way away! About three thousand miles away!
It was great that fourteen of our students from Happy Camp High Tashawna Brink, Madison Carroll, Wren Crapser, Kai Crockett, Estalita “Ella” Galindo, Rudolf “Rutz” Galindo, Adriana Garcia, Angelica Garrison, Madison “Maddy” Offield, Royale Pinassi, Elijah”E.J.” Triance, Noah Triance, Sophia Triance, Damian Valenzuela, and Silas Yamamoto, along with their history teacher, Erica Mitchell went to Sacramento to fly to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration.
Neighbor helping Neighbor! That is the most wonderful thing our recent difficulties have shown us! New Year has brought with it snow storms and rain, electrical and heat outages.
Some of our neighbors, some who are elderly or disabled, not only had no heat or way to make a hot meal with the electricity off, but were unable to physically get out because show blocked streets and drives!
The electric hasn’t been off completely for the past three weeks, but much of the time! After being off 18 hours, so when it came on there was the mad rush to do all one could while it was on, and then off again.
Sometimes it was on downtown and there was school, but off at our house and couldn’t get out of the drive anyway…so we were stuck!
I didn’t see all who were out there clearing snow or helping out, but Siskiyou Road workers, CalTrans, and Pacific Powers have been working long hours and doing a great job and we want to thank them! Tha nks to all our neighborly neighbors who did so much to help!!
Klamath Neighbors are the BEST!