Friday Night Dinner at the Art Center and other News!

Friday Night Dinner at the Art Center. Yes! Alan Crockett has announced a very special menu for Friday night July 29th. ‘…Hey, just wait till you hear the menu for the next dinner…

Jon Grunbaum is whipping up the tastiest Spaghetti and Meatball dinner this side of Sicily (with a veggie option of course). With loads of Jon’s life changing Garlic Bread and a Garden Fresh Green Salad to boot!

Oh yeah, We’ve just got a great selection of drinks to try and a sensational music mix if I do say so myself.

Here’s hoping you can make it. ‘ Don’t forget that when you enjoy the special menu Friday night, that you are also helping to support the Art Center! For more inforation, go to the Art Center information (with a photo of the Crockett’s and Michael Hentz) on Happy Camp News Art & Entertainment page!

Cheerful servers offered good things to eat while rockin the Klamath

Check out the calendar and let us know new events to put on the Happy Camp Calendar, please.

Community page has new pictures of the 15th Annual KARUK REUNION last Saturday! New business in town, and one that moved to Highway 96 to a new place also got their pictures in the paper.

On the Opinion Page is a Perspective by Pete on the Art & Treasure Weekend!

Art & Entertainment has more photos of Rockin the Klamath in July.

Children’s page has photos of those youngsters who took their flight into adult world at Graduation from HAPPY CAMP HIGH SCHOOL June 11th. Also, did you see the winners of the Fishing Derby there?

Church News has anniversary news from the Happy Camp Bible Church.

There will soon be the addition of the Bigfoot Jamboree page so keep an eye open for it!!

Thank you, dear readers, for your interest in Happy Camp and all the activity and all our neighbors along the beautiful, wild Klamath River!!

I thank you sincerely!
Judy Bushy, editor

Deputy Melum Gives Tobacco Talk to Teens

Dennis mellum, former DARE officer, speaks at HCHS

Dennis Mellum, better known in these parts for his previous duties as Deputy DARE, was back in school Monday. His talk to the Happy Camp High School Students wasn’t about drugs or alcohol. He shared the results of tobacco use. Dennis has successfully recovered from a battle with mouth and neck cancer. He underwent horrendous radiation and chemo experience and is now able to talk on these matters to young people.

It brought back memories of our months at UCDavis when my husband underwent similar treatments. The experience of hearing the doctors tell you that he isn’t going to be around long (and the threat that it’s an awful way to die) are bad news. The happy news, in both cases, Dan and Dennis, is that they have survived the cancer!

Dennis closed with a quote of Will Rogers, who s said, “If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of my body!” Hopefully those who use tobacco will decide it isn’t worth the risks.

Homecoming Coming Feb 5th

Next week will be a bunch of basketball games PLUS homecoming festivities on Saturday Feb. 5th. Monday the freshmen have decided everyone will dress in neon colors! Tuesday the sophomores have decreed everyone will wear a necktie. Wednesday is “generation day” thanks to the seniors. That means the freshmen will be dressing like babies, the sophomores like little children or toddlers, and the juniors like adults and seniors like, well, senior citizens. That should be easy to grey hair, spectacles, canes or walkers. Friday, February 4th will be Blue and Gold day plus a pep rally before the team leaves for another game. Saturday in the gym the homecoming court will be crowned. Prince and Princess for Freshman Class are Justin West and Alexia Peidra. Sophomore Class elected West Timbrook and Cheyenne Moore. Junior Class royalty are Brandon McCartney and Florence Peters. The seniors’ selections are Rony Reed and Shauniece Polmateer.

Kufnerland Dedicated at HCHS

In honor of coach John Kufner serving 37 years coaching sports at Happy Camp High School, the football field was recently dedicated to him. After 30 years of teaching science and P.E. classes, John Kufner plans to retire at the end of the school year.

“John Kufner has been a driving force of the school long before he started teaching 30 years ago. This takes an amazing amount of caring and dedication to the students, the school and the community. The countless hours of practice, discussions, films, and meetings are going to go away, I have wondered what he was going to do with his spare time, said Alan Dyar, principal at Happy Camp High School.

Kufner replied, “There is always a golf course nearby.”

Coach Kufner’s focus on the 15 principles of pursuing victory with honor speaks volumes as to the measure of the man. He especially exemplifies the six core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship. It’s what he is all about, added Mr.Dyar.

Special thanks to Kevin Harrison, Justin “Spanky” Markham, Ethan Cook, Seth Pine, Corey Barnett, and Brandon McCartney for making the sign. Also Mardee Tower, Charley Reed, Florence Peters, Jessie Camareno, Rio Lloyd, and Kyle Carney as sanders. Superintendent Mike Matheson congratulated Mr. Kufner from the Siskiyou Union High School District. Former principal, Jay Clark, also shared recollections of Coach Kufner’s influence on students of the past.

Community Support gets New Gym Floor

Alan Dyar and John Kufner present $38,000 check to Mike Mathieson SCHSD for the gym floor at Happy Camp High School.

Alan Dyar and John Kufner present $38,000 check to Mike Mathieson SCHSD for the gym floor at Happy Camp High School.

One problem arose while the gym roof was off and it rained. The floor and things were covered with tarps but somehow the rainwater got under the tarp and resulted in a very badly warped floor. Now our beautiful hardwood gym floor was 51 years old, but it was a beautiful smooth playing place before the warping. The warping would have been difficult to deal with in physical education classes. But a new floor estimate came to $101,532.00. That is a lot of money! There wasn’t money left from the Q funds, and they have to be used strictly for projects that are covered with the legal description at the time of the vote. So what was to be done about the gym floor???

A dinner fund raiser brought in $716.92. An Indian Tacos fundraiser made $456.75 by Tamara Barnett. The Cycle Oregon people came to town and not only did the students haul luggage two days (unpacking and packing up the next day) which made $2,000. The adult workers, Lori Jones, Alan Dyar, Buster Attebery, John Bain, John Kufner, Karen Derry, Rob and Christina Baker, donated their tips which came to $594. The High School Teachers earned some funds for the students benefit and earned $10,000. There was even $110 from a fifty/fifty raffle. Many other supporters from the community began offering donations, $100 from John & Linda Kufner, $100 John and Ruth Bain, $250 from Alan and Carol Dyar, $50 from Cindy and Dan Falkenstein, and $1,000 from Parry’s Market. The Kevin Nolen, CRM Group gave $500 and the Happy Camp Volunteer Ambulance put in $500. A very special lady, DeeDee generously donated $38,000 check even tho’ she doesn’t live in Happy Camp. All together we have had many people working together to whittle down the price needed for that brand new gyn floor.

Think of it as an investment in the sports team for the next fifty years! How can they all learn sports without a good gym floor? The old one lasted over fifty years so perhaps the new one to be installed will be there when you come to see your grandchildren play.

Good School Year Comes to an End

Judy Bushy
June 10, 2008
By the time you read this school will be out. Finals are keeping most of the high school students busy this week except for the senior class. Seniors are busy decorating and attending to last minute details for the conclusion of their high school education.

It has been a very good school year. Mr. Dyar surprised all the students who thought they’d surprise a new principal who didn’t know them!!! He knows the students, having seen them in their earlier years at the Elementary School. Mr. Dyar also has the respect of the students and they have responded well and had a good year for the most part.

We also had a new District Superintendent. Doug Squellati. While the students don’t see a lot of the District Superintendent (although I heard some Seniors that he interviewed who were very appreciative that he was nice and friendly and wasn’t scary!). The staff appreciated Mr. Squellati’s hard work this year. For the first time in many years Happy Camp teachers and staff feel that someone at the District takes an interest in our school and our students. Although distant geographically, local residents, who are taxpayers, feel equal funding, modernization of facilities and expenditures of all students are important. Mr. Squellati brought fairness and financial expertise that is much needed and appreciated

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