Sunrise Celebration At Airport

by Judy Bushy

Easter comes early this year, March 23rd. We no sooner finish the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day and it is time for Christians all over the world to Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave!

It has been a tradition in Happy Camp for the Happy Camp Bible Church, the Assembly of God and the Christian Fellowship to get together to celebrate on this one day of the year. That celebration takes place at Sunrise (7:30 AM) at the Happy Camp Airport up Airport Road. The churches share responsibilty for the music, message and prayer and a large number gather despite the chill in the air and the early hour.

Following the Sunrise Service, all are invited to take part in a potluck breakfast at the Happy Camp Elementary School where Praise music will continue in the joyous tradition.

You are invited and would be most welcome!!

Sucessful Watershed Program in North CA

Another successful year for Watershed Stewards!

The AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project (WSP) successfully completed its 13th year of community service surpassing program goals for community outreach, education, watershed monitoring, and restoration. Since 1994, more than 50 WSP members each year volunteer 11 months of their lives to serve Northern California watersheds and communities.

Members who served in the 2006-07 program year completed a combined total of 86,787 hours. In placement sites from San Francisco to the Oregon border, members served 2,170 students in local K-12 classrooms using WSP’s Real Science watershed-based curriculum to present a five-visit series of lessons about watersheds, the water cycle, salmon and trout life cycle, habitat and anatomy, as well as general ecology.

WSP members engaged almost 940 volunteers in their local watersheds through hands-on restoration projects during the past year such as tree plantings and stream clean ups, totaling over 3,350 hours of volunteer service. Members also provided almost 2,000 hours of community presentations to more than 8,200 community members about conservation and best land use practices.

Serving under the guidance of natural resource professionals, members conducted watershed restoration and monitoring, including surveying over 1,340 miles of stream and watershed habitat throughout Northern California.

A special project of the California Conservation Corps, WSP is sponsored by California Volunteers and administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information, contact the Watershed Stewards Project at 707-725-8601 or visit Watershed Stewards.

Homecoming at Happy Camp High

Homecoming Royalty 2008HOmecoming Royalty 2007

by Judy Bushy

Basketball homecoming at Happy Camp High School was a pcaked house to see the basketball princes and beautiful princesses.

Brandon Effman and Aja Conrad, homecoming royalty from 2007 crowned the new royal pair. Mark Poeschel reigned as king while Cassidy Hammon was the Homecoming Queen.

There was more to come on this excitingly successful basketball season!

Learn All About Your “Happy Camp” Business!!

“It’s Your Business” is a wonderful opportunity for prospective, new and old business owners to learn more about any aspect of their business that they feel needs improvement! What a wonderful opportunity.

How can you design or fine tune your business to become really profitable and enjable too? Learn to research, organize, manage and expand a small business. Build a business plan so you can go after grants or loans. Learn how to work with your cash flow analysis to make your business more profitable. Learn marketing and network with other entrepreneurs “in the same boat.” Create budgets and financial projections! Target the right customer! By sharing tips and experiences from others, your business can not only survive but thrive and prosper.

Since this class is video-conferenced to Happy Camp Distance Learning Center, you don’t have a four hour drive (roundtrip) to take the class but can just come down to the high school campus right in Happy Camp, next to the Computer Center. For further information Call Bob Smith 493-2655 at Distance Learning.

Not only will you receive expert instruction from Joy Taylor-von Skepsgardh – but additional speakers will cover various areas of expertise. This class was co-sponsored with COS, (BA 86) and JEDI (Jefferson Economic Development Institute) which has put on helpful classes for dozens of years. The “It’s Your Business” class ended April 29th. Keep your eyes open for the next time that it is offered!

Volunteers Fix Christmas Eve Dinner

Happy Camp, holiday Dinner

by Judy Bushy

Years ago, Muriel (Mooch) Ward remembered her mother’s tradition of inviting anyone who might be alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas to join her family for dinner. Mooch picked up the tradition because she had a friendly way of reaching out to people, but soon the dinner outgrew their dining room. That is when the Happy Camp Holiday Dinner began. Food and funds are volunteered, volunteers roast turkey, make dressing, and bake pies enough to feed a small army, and everyone who doesn’t have friends of family to be with for the holiday dinner, is welcome.

This year’s Christmas eve dinner was held at the cafeteria of the Happy Camp Elementary School. Just walking in was a pleasure to get a whiff of pies and turkeys and all kinds of good food preparations.

There was music for the event also, Todd Gilbert led in singing Christmas in Happy Camp for which the words were written by Mrs. Schneider’s fifth grade class is 2006.

It goes, “Crystal clear, sparkling sky, Chimney smoke, swirling high, Frosted mountains, stretching wide, tumbling creeks, trees beside. Snowflakes fall, snowballs fly, Sledding down steep mountainsides, Gather round the silver tipped tree, drinking hot cocoa, sipping out tea, Singing carols in unison, Santa comes in on a fire engine, with a ho ho ho and gifts galore. He gave his boots three good stamps, “Merry Christmas to all in Happy Camp?”

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