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Celebrating Love along the Klamath

January 21, 2014

January blues aren’t a problem when all the fun garden catalogs begin arriving. What fun!! The days have been much too dry this winter, but the sun is wonderful. The low level of the lakes and str3eams remind us that we need the precipitation.
Perhaps it is because children love holidays, and from day care years we celebrate every holiday that comes along with enthusiasm! We make up a holiday if there isn’t one. This time of year, with all the Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays over, we need a holiday.
Valentine’s Day is coming, it is true. Three weeks from Friday, everyone can celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day can celebrate our romantic love, but all love deserves celebrating.
Love always deserves celebrating because it is what makes life worthwhile. It is love we first experience as all our needs are taken care of in a loving family. It is loving friendships that take us to our first experiences in the outside world and enlarge out circle of living. It is the neighborly love of our community of Happy Camp that encircles us in the center of this beautiful surroundings of forest, stream and blue skies above along the Klamath River. Our Klamath Neighbors are privileged to live, work and recreate in this home of outdoor beauty.
Our school children will, no doubt make red hearts to share with each other. Some high School students are planning a bake sale the day before at Parry’s Market. Our church messages will teach that we Love God because He first loved us, and we ought to Love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. The Golden Rule, to do to others as we want them to do to us is the heart of many persons value system.
Hope that you will give me a call and share what is going to be happening between now and then, Who is having a bake sale, where a special meal will be offered for the occasion, or other special things will be happening to celebrate love.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Yesterday we celebrated a little boy, Michael King born on Jan. 15, 1929, to the Rev. Michael King and Alberta Williams King gave a speech in 1963 that we still remember today. How many speeches by present day leaders are remembered, except for a few quotes. Those quotes repeated primarily to complain by half that keep them going. The only pastor that American honors with a day bearing his name as a national holiday.

When the Rev King went to a conference in German in 1934 he was inspired by the reformer, Martin Luther changed his name and the name of his son, to Martin Luther King. Young Martin followed in the footsteps of both his grandfather and father and served in at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Not long ago I was reminded of Martin Luther King Jr. stirring speech from 1963 when an English Class at Happy Camp High School Class looked at it in depth for a study of rhetoric.

“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
“I have a dream that my four little children 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 in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama 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, and 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.”…
“And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
“Free at last! Free at last!
“Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Christmas Coming in Your Heart!

December 15, 2013

what a busy and fun week we have had in the snow in Happy Camp! And next week will be more activities as we close out the school year for 2013. Time has flown so fast, and this month is the busiest and most fun, even if it also has been the coldest and snowy as can be!!

Yesterday was the Holiday Fair “Second Act” at the Grange. Their “first” was on a Saturday a week before, but the snow kept people away and so they’ve given us another chance!! The Grange is one of those quiet organizations that has done so much good in Happy Camp for so many years. They continue to provide for all sorts of town meetings, and gatherings from weddings to funerals for Happy Campers. They’ve won national awards with their community service projects, at Happy Camp Cemetery and building the River Park as well as other things we too often take for granted.

Thank you to those that support them and the local crafters and vendors who had an amazing number of things for sale at the Holiday Fair. A donation or membership renewal of $30 would be a welcome way to keep them serving the community.

Did you know that Bigfoot has been sighted? Yes! It is true. It’s even on the flier from the Happy Camp Elementary School announcing their program TONIGHT. HCES presents Bigfoot Christmas! Rush down so you don’t miss this program at 6:30 pm at the high school. There will be hot bowls of soup by the eighth graders $5. They are always wonderful to behold from the little kindergarteners up! And the original play will be starring Bigfoot!! You won’t want to miss it and the students will give your spirits warmth and happiness. Everyone is invited!

Wednesday will be the Winter Concert with program by the high school students of Happy Camp High! I heard that there was singing in the halls of the high school last week and that it was good!! You won’t want to miss that on Wednesday. Before the program you can also enjoy a lasagna dinner for only $8 which will be greatly appreciated by the High School. There will also be a silent auction. You’ll want to see what is offered at the auction and help out the high school yearbook funds.

Then Saturday will be an old time Christmas Carol Sing a Long at Parry’s Market from 5 pm to 6 pm. If you enjoy singing the songs of the season, singing with friends, join the caroling and then join Happy Camp Christian Fellowship at the Happy Camp Elementary School for free beverages, snacks and “The Nativity” movie. If you want further information, give Kirk Eadie a call at 493-2801 or 598-1549,
Friday is the last day of school until we return to the regular scheduled education on January 6, 2014. The Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce will start the New Year with their monthly meeting January 7th. Neighborhood Watch and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) meet on January 8th so your new calendar will have something on it to look forward to—especially that week!! As your organizations plan events and activities for the new year, please share them if you wish me to include them in the news to all our Klamath River Neighbors!! Thanks so much!!

A big thank you to all who helped with the Community Tree Lighting in the snow storm a week ago Friday evening, Thanks to Dan Bushy and Dennis Day who worked all day to get the tree ready for the evening, and all the shoveling and snowy drifts that involved. Even though the tree wasn’t flocked, it became so, naturally by evening!! Thanks to the ladies at the Scott Valley Bank that popped lots of popcorn, Parry’s who provided bags to hand out and Dolly Elston who heated up the warm cider Klamath River Resort Inn donated. The snacks kept the singers warm. Thanks to all those who would have brought musical instruments if they’d not had to keep them out of the snow, especially Kirk Eadie. Siskiyou Daily News shared songs of the seasons for the event! A special thanks to all those who sang their hearts out without accompaniment! That was such fun!! Thanks to Bill Estes and Santa who planned to come and were willing to, despite the snow!!

Thanks to all who supported the Chamber Rifle Raffle also! Congratulations to Mike Gomes who won the rifle from Don’s Sporting Goods.

Since this is the time of the year when giving, and gifts are uppermost in our mind, thanks to all those who supported Friday’s Bake Sale to benefit Chris, Tara and little Taylor and the baby on the way. Marble Mountain also has a Gift Basket Raffle for the proceeds to help the Ware family with health needs when there are health needs. Thanks to all who contribute. Happy Camp is always so generous when these traumatic needs come to the lives of our Klamath neighbors, and this is no exception. There is still time to contribute at Marble Mountain Gift Co. Thanks to all who give and we hope it will be a blessing in their lives.

17th Annual Karuk Reunion

July 24, 2013

Warm Welcomes on a hot day at the River Park

No matter that the heat in the park would soar over 105 later in the day, it was a beautiful morning! The air was fresh and optimistic for a great Karuk Reunion. This is the 17fh year that the Karuk Tribe has held a reunion and it was wonderful. The Chairman, Buster Attebery welcomed everyone, and Sonny Davis gave a Karuk prayer. After a moment of silence for those who have passed from our worldly community, there was a recognition of the elders. Le Loni had prepared gifts for the full blooded Karuk’s: Lucille (Johnson) Albers, Charron Davis, Nancy (Jerry) Super and Charlie Thom, Sr. Le Loni also had mugs for 73 members who are 85 and older. Robert Super was the Master of Ceremonies and the sound system was operated by Scott Nelson and Josh Hillman.

Everyone dispersed to enjoy the various vendors and activities for the day. Storytelling, guest speakers, and girls traditional dress show by Julie Burcell were presented. Traditional Indian Games as well as Brush Dance demonstration as well as poker, watermelon eating contest and horseshoe games. There was fun for the children when the water slide arrived! They also enjoyed face painting, bubble making, and throwing darts at balloons for prizes!

Dion Wood was handing out t-shirts to color. Usually the coloring enthusiasts are mostly the young, but I noticed this year that all ages were represented; It is the image of a Karuk basket, surrounded by a dozen salmon.

I was amazed at energetic Zumba dancing in the heat. There were bottles of water available to all, and a shaded tent to sit and rest with misters in several locations.

The Reunion actually started Friday night for the youth with events at Headway followed by a Teen Dance at the Karuk Gymnasium. Saturday morning started with a 5K run and a 2 mile fun Walk with Jaclyn Goodwin.

But, of course, the best thing about the Reunion is the opportunity to visit with friends and neighbors, especially those who return to Happy Camp. Robert Foster stopped by the Chamber and said he was related to the Titus and Whittaker families. Aunts, uncles and cousins were receiving hugs all around. It was a good time catching up with the happy news and new additions to families as well as difficulties of the past year.



Beautiful Regalia at Karuk Reunion


Three very special young girls were a delight to see at the Karuk Reunion1

To my sister

July 20, 2013

William Wordsworth
It is the first mild day of March:
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside our door.

There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, and mountains bare,
And grass in the green field.

My sister! (’tis a wish of mine)
Now that our morning meal is done,
Make haste, your morning task resign;
Come forth and feel the sun.

Edward will come with you;–and, pray,
Put on with speed your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We’ll give to idleness.

No joyless forms shall regulate
Our living calendar:
We from to-day, my Friend, will date
The opening of the year.

Love, now a universal birth,
From heart to heart is stealing,
From earth to man, from man to earth:
–It is the hour of feeling.

One moment now may give us more
Than years of toiling reason:
Our minds shall drink at every pore
The spirit of the season.

Some silent laws our hearts will make,
Which they shall long obey:
We for the year to come may take
Our temper from to-day.

And from the blessed power that rolls
About, below, above,
We’ll frame the measure of our souls:
They shall be tuned to love.

Then come, my Sister! come, I pray,
With speed put on your woodland dress;
And bring no book: for this one day
We’ll give to idleness.

Government to Government Coordination on the River

June 15, 2013

Wednesday evening was also a Happy Camp Coordinating Committee of Government to Government meeting. The panel there was from the Forest Service, Community Services District, Fire District and Happy Camp Elementary School as well as Buster Attebery from the Karuk Tribe.

The importance of getting input during comment opportunities about proposed Forest Service projects was emphasized. Buster Attebery, Tribal Chairman, shared that the 2010 Ordinance makes consultation with the Tribe not only desirable, but they “must” consult with the Tribe.

Several projects and possible shut downs of local sales were discussed and will be further researched. It was appreciated how tribal ecological knowledge and that of other local long time residents would be invaluable to the successful efforts to improve the forests for the vegetation, wildlife habitat, jobs and fire safety. The heavy load of forest fuels for coming fires in the dry summer seemed to be a universal a concern of all those participating.

Several questions were also asked about Siskiyou County Roads work from Bill Lahue. He mentioned that not being able to afford update equipment, and the price of materials like asphalt continue to rise. We may take the Road Department for granted, but it would be quite serious if we had no one to plow the roads when we have a serious snow incident such as we did at the end of December last year!

Tentative date for the next Coordination Meeting is June 25th at 6:30 at the Grange.

P,K.Halinan teaches, “What are doing here?”

June 10, 2013

P.K. Hallinan spoke at the happy Camp Christian Fellowship at the Elementary School Gym last week. The question that was the theme of his teaching was, “What are you doing here?” This is the first of three Sundays when P.K. will be with us while Pastor Kirk is not here. a pastor in a Christian Fellowship by Ashland, Oregon, but is also well known as a writer and illustrator of books. His cheerfully illustrated little story books for youngsters aged 3 to 6 are enchanting. “Heart Prints” is one of his books and he has just finished writing about sisters.. Actually he is the author of 85 children’s books covering topics of inspiration, friendship, love, relationships and life values.
He began by telling the story of the bear in the forest and the atheist and then turned to I Kings 19:9 about Elijah the prophet. First we looked at the events of 857 BC when Elijah had a great victory over the prophets of Baal and God answered his prayer and consumed the sacrifice on the altar. After that great and glorious victory, he ran and hid in a cave from Jezebel. Why when he faced 450 men who worshiped Baal would he run from one woman?
God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” Elijah doesn’t answer the question, he makes the claim, which will later be proven false, that he is the only one left. He also tells God that they are seeking his life. God has him rest and eat. On the strength of that food he is able to go forty days.
Then there is the wind, earthquake, raging fire, but God was not in the wind, God was not in the earthquake, God was not in the raging fire, but God was in the still small voice and He asked again What are you doing here?
God tells Elijah that He still has 7000 who have not bowed their knee to Baal or kissed him. He gives him a job to do, to anoint of Judah and Jehu of Israel and appoint Elisha as prophet after Elijah is gone.
At Green Springs Inn in Ashland they had all the pastors gather and they came to get straightened out and spiritually encouraged. The question is “Why did God call you?” Joseph told his brothers, that although they meant selling him into slavery for evil, God meant it for good to save much people, in fact all of Joseph’s family as well as other nations.
God is in the soul saving business! He cleanses us from sin by His atoning sacrifice. He places His Holy Spirit in the believer and He transforms us into His own likeness. The only way that God has chosen to take this message to lost world is by the means of believers. How do we save much people alive? He wants us to be as much like little Christs as possible.
In “More than a Carpenter”, Josh McDowell said about his hatred for his alcoholic, abusive father when his life changed, “:Love so strong, it turned hate upside down.”
Josh’s father came to him and said, “Son, How can you love a father like me?”
Just the way they are
God looks like Love, God doesn’t’ look like rules, God doesn’t look like a lecturer, God doesn’t’ look like an assignment, smiles, laughs, kind eyes, Love, God looks like Love.
People see God in us when they see Love.
All I want you to do is love people.
They are not saved by arguments, clever tricks, etc.
In “A Life that Matters” money doesn’t make me happy, fame doesn’t’ make me happy…etc
So, what do I do? I need Jesus
Chosen specifically and intentionally to love people like Jesus

June 4,2013 Meeting of the HC Chamber

June 4, 2013

Dolly called the June meeting of the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce to order at 6:20pm as Bob Schmalzbach was out of town. Those present were: Dolly Elston, James Buchner, Dan Effman, Judy Bushy and Rosemary Boren and we had a quorum.

Secretary read the minutes of the May meeting. James made a motion to accept the minutes as read, minutes passed unanimously

Bob sent a message showing the May 31st balance in the Scott Valley Bank account is $629.24. We have a deposit yet to make of Parry’s and Marble Mountain Gifts memberships, book sales etc. and quarterly rent is due as well as June utilities. We will take minutes and letter concerning signatures on the account to Scott Valley Bank as soon as all board members are available. Dolly found out that Bob, Dolly and Judy already have signatures at the bank in the meantime.

Art & Treasure is Saturday. Cat handed out mini-fliers in Scott Valley last weekend. Klamath River Community Hall is having a Flea Market. Horse Creek Community Church is having rummage sale and huge Bake Sale, and the Happy Camp Grange is having Indoor & Outdoor Yard Sales as well as multifamily Yard Sales, individual sales and moving sales. Dan, Dolly, Rich and a lady from Elk Creek is planning to be at Bigfoot Corner. Dan will sell raffle tickets and RTK tickets. Nonmembers can be asked to donate from successful sales.

Rosemary mentioned that a phone number is wrong on the Bulletin Boards and Secretary will check them for accuracy.

James reported that the Rockin’ the Klamath tickets have come and presented an invoice for reimbursement of $90.24. Judy made a motion, Dan 2nd it, James abstained and the balance vote was unanimous. Fairchild Medical Center, Klamath River Resort Inn, Happy Camp News, Parry’s Market and River Connection Realty, Forest Lodge Motel and perhaps another will be sponsors for $100 each receiving 10 tickets, and a booth at the event. James will talk to Mr. Hahn about security, and Dan Falkenstein about portapottis. Judy will ask Alan Dyar about being Master of Ceremonies.

Friends of Dear Mad’m will commence picking up litter along the adopted highway shortly after the ride with Ryan Gomes on June 19th.

We had a request from EGG (Economic Growth Group) to have training on bicycle tourism. We will check with others, Beth Buchanan, Jon Graunbaum and Jody Waddell and if they are interested in attending will see about arranging a meeting, perhaps at the Forest Service.

Dan would like to see us plan the Street Fair. Al’s band would play at his place, we would charge nominally for nonprofit booths and Davis Road was suggested as long as people could get to Parry’s etc. Memorial Day Weekend 2014 was suggested.

Next meeting is July 2 at 6 at the Chamber Office.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:20

Empty Handed

April 16, 2013

April 11, 2013

One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most.
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glittering toy was lost.

Then I walked earth’s highway grieving,
In my rags and poverty;
‘Til I heard His voice inviting:
Lift your empty hands to me.

So I held my hands toward Heaven,
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches,
‘Til they could contain no more.

Then at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God could not pour out His riches
Into hands already full.

-Martha Snell Nicholson

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