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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
There is a blessing in the air,
My sister! (’tis a wish of mine)
Edward will come with you;–and, pray,
No joyless forms shall regulate
Love, now a universal birth,
One moment now may give us more
Some silent laws our hearts will make,
And from the blessed power that rolls
Then come, my Sister! come, I pray,
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.
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.
April 11, 2013
One by one He took them from me,
Then I walked earth’s highway grieving,
So I held my hands toward Heaven,
Then at last I comprehended
-Martha Snell Nicholson
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