by Judy E. Bushy Friday evening was a very special gathering at Happy Camp High School! Eleven of our young people celebrated their graduation from High School and the opening of the next chapter to reach their life goals.
Many family and friends watched them enter in their graduation attire to pomp and Circumstance. All were welcomed by Principal Erica Mitchell.
After our National Anthem was played, Marcus Jackson, salutatorian of the class, was the first to speak. Madison Rilea then shared her message as the Valedictorian
Dave Timbrook, who teaches wood manufacturing and welding classes was the main speaker for the evening. .
The Senior Slideshow with photos and songs momentous to each was produced by Kaylee Bangs, Emilie Cushman, Maddie Davis, Isabell Gomez, Taylor Hammon, Cheyenne Laflin, Vinn Morales, Madison Rilea and Jessica Williams.
Following the Class Certification by Principal Mitchell was presentation of Diplomas by Becky Lantow who is our Siskiyou Union High School District Board Member! The young adults who had just completed their high school education left the stage for the recessional.
Kaylee Eileen Bangs not only received her diploma, but has also received the Happy Camp High School Certificate of Excellence in welding.
Madeline M. Davis will be taking a year before entering the Dental Program at College of the Redwoods.
Eric P. Duval 11 is looking to become a pilot with the US Air Force.
Marcus R. Jackson plans to continue his education at Shasta College.
Cheyenne Laflin-Grimes receives her high school diploma as well as having received the Happy Camp High School Certificate of Excellence in Graphic Arts.
Zachery W. McCartney plans to go on to become a Wildland Firefighter after graduation.
Emily M Mitchell plans to continue her education at College of the Siskiyous and study Early Childhood Education.
Madison R. Rilea plans to study Biochemistry at San Diego State University.
Jessica K. Williams plans to study Environmental Studies at College of the Siskiyous.
Hannah R. Wilson plans to go into Nursing at the College of the Siskiyous. `
Virusur O. Watson is another of our graduates that we are happy to celebrate and look forward to his next steps in the future. Virusur also has received the Certificate of Excellence in Athletics.
` These students have certainly had an unusual high school career! They’ve studied while changes from Covid-19 pandemic, Slater Fire in which many lost a great deal, and adjustments to further changes in life and schooling that occurred.
They have been involved in community service in the past years. The organizers of the Veterans Appreciation Dinner greatly appreciated their putting American flags on local businesses to honor veterans!
The rest of the students of Happy Camp High will be on summer vacation until next August. Some will be rafting and swimming in the creeks, and enjoying hiking and camping in our wilderness area.
Some will be preparing to earn a scholarship from participation in the Bigfoot Jamboree Royalty efforts. The final announcements of that will be made public during Bigfoot Jamboree which is traditionally Friday, September 2 and 3rd, with the parade and closing awards and events at the River Park on September 4th.
Their teachers, besides Dave Timbrook; are Ryder Hennessey, Diane Oliver, and Ricardo Picart will be having a change of pace for the summer as well.
Amanda Stone and Roberta Ricardy have worked on transporting students this year. Greg Macdonald serves in Maintenance and custodial duties while Smokey Titus cares for school buildings and grounds. Rachel Rhinehart keeps up the office work as secretary.
Tina Dual and Joe Robba are Instructional Aides and Leona McLaughlin serves as an aide as well as food service to be sure the teens get their lunch and nutritional needs met.
Always busy overseeing all aspects of the school is principal, Erica Mitchell and the Happy Camp community is very grateful to all of our school staff for the work that they do!
Son of an Admiral and nobleman, Penn joined Religious Society of Friends (Called Quakers) and was kicked out of college and jailed for disagreeing with the Church of England.. As a Quaker, Penn was an advocate of peace and religious toleration. He received permission to begin a colony for Quakers and followers of other faiths in the new world.
Finding the Lenni Lenape Indian Tribe there, he reportedly made a peace treaty, perhaps more, with them under the Shackamaxon elm tree. Penn promised to live with the natives in “openness and love” and as “one flesh and one blood” to which Tamanend replied, “We will live in love with William Penn and his children, while the sun, moon, and stars endure.”,
If you ever get to the Philadelphia History Museum, you can see a a Wampum belt. It was supposed to have been given to Penn and shows two men holding hands representing William Penns’s group and the Lenni Lenape Tribe.
Voltaire said the agreement was the only treaty never sworn to and never broken.
The treaty lasted fifty years, but Penn died in 1644 and Lenape moved west. Today most Lenape live in Oklahoma, with smaller numbers of Lenape people in southern Ontario, Wisconsin, and Delaware
Tuesday. June 7th is the day to express your responsibility to VOTE. If you are a proud citizen of the United States of America (even wanting to see things improve) and a registered voter, today is the day!!
If you haven’t already sent your mail in ballot, the place to go in Happy Camp is the Karuk Tribe Housing Wellness Center at 537 Jacobs Way in Happy Camp. The Poll opens at 7 A.M. and close at 8 P.M..
Then treat yourself to a picnic lunch at the River Park!!
The Siskiyou Telephone Company TEAM IS SO EXCITED to be back in Happy Camp for the 17th Annual Customer Appreciation Day event! Please join us at the River Park Pavilion on Tuesday, June 7th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Enjoy barbecued hot dogs with all of the fixings, chips, cookies, and drinks. We also have a small gift for you. Learn more about the ACP program and Smart Rural Communities.
Can’t make it to the picnic in Happy Camp on Tuesday? We’re hosting a second event at our Headquarters, located at 30 Telco Way in Etna on Thursday, June 9th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
[Yesterday I was given a great story to read! I’m so grateful for the gift of a book, “Life Along the Applegate Trail!
This book is the story of a young bride on her way to Oregon Territory just as it might have happened in 1846. Quests makes the trip with oxen pulling her covered wagon, and it is really instructive in the joys and hardships of such a trip!! Questas husband suddenly dies leaving her a widow. Staying by his grave is dangerous for a woman alone, and this book proceeds to tell of the rest of her journey with about 20 wagons heading to Oregon Territory.
As Questa says, “More unmarked graves dotted the top of the hill, along with assorted pieces of furniture, a heavy skillet, and extra clothing. It was as if those who crossed before us were reinforcing the importance of tightening out loads before, rather than after, crossing the mountains if you wanted to be sure it was not the last mountain you climbed.”
She also learned that “Hardships didn’t always come in big events. It was the daily grind of walking for 10 hours a day behind a wagon that was blowing dust back to you r face, pulling your skirts from berry vines, finding a place to go tot he bathroom in private while on the desert. It was having a toothache and no powders to help with the pain, or feet blistered and sore because there was no Dennis to make you a new pair of shoes. It was every day of every month for five or six months without a break that caused pioneers to lose their drive and sometimes their mind. It caused them like oxen, to STOP. Right where they stood or fell down. Sometimes to shed some tears before getting back up, other times lifted up by their fellow travelers. Taking turns keeping each other strong, or at the very least, moving.”
The author, Linda D. Lochard, had been writing this tale for 25 years, after being immersed in 150th Anniversary of Oregon and Applegate. She even traveled un a wagon a month on the Applegate Trail celebrating the Sesquicentennial. That led to her writing this story, about “characters” that she became acquainted with, either by their diaries or the reenactment.
Since Linda has been researching her Cherokee history and how it is related to other tribes, and frequently dances in Pow Wow’s I was surprised there was only one Native American character, called Dennis rather than his Native name, in the story. Perhaps she is planning to tell that side of the story in a subsequent novel.
“You’ll never see a bear in your life!! She proclaimed
Well, much as I loved Lana Hudson, she was wrong! In fact, living in the midst of the Klamath National Forest along the Klamath River, I have seen bears, deer, elk, and even mountain lions!!
Erin Wilson, 24, stopped her pickup in a rest area by Big Bar on Hwy 299 in Trinity County. What expected t be a peaceful stroll along the Trinity River with her Belgian Melinois, Eva, CHANGED QUICKLY!
Without warning, while Eva was ahead, a full grown mountain lion took a swipe at her, scratching her shoulder through her jacket. Hearing Erin’s scream, Eva rushed back to the rescue!!
At only 55 lbs, Eva fought, but was no match for the mountain lion who had her skull in her jaws. Erin threw rocks, sticks and fists and tried to scratch it’s eyes. The lion held on to Eva and scratched at Erin with back paws.
She ran back to the pickup parked nearby for a weapon. Flagging down a passing motorist, Sharon Houston who grabbed a four-foot length of PVC pipe and some pepper spray.
When the cat finally let go and took off, Erin was relieved…Then realized Eva was bloody and injured. She got her in the pickup and rushed for emergency veterinarian care in Redding, an hour and a half away. The Veterinarian expected full recovery but kept under observation awhile.
Mountain Lion attacks are rare, the radio this morning said that you are a thousand ties more likely to be struck by lighting.
However, they recommend not hiking along, and being watchful. Hours of dusk or dawn or at night are more likely to see a Mountain lion and if you do, do not bend, or crouch, approach or run!
The Sacramento Bee reported an afternoon mountain-lion attack on a 3-year-old boy hiking with his family of six in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in 2020. The lion bit the child on the neck and began to drag him away until the father freed the toddler by throwing a backpack at the animal. Most attacks have been Orange County and that lion had previously killed a man and later mauled a woman.
A neighbor saw one in her backyard recently. When my husband was temporarily in a nursing home, December 2020, a mountain lion killed a big buck in our back yard one evening. The previous couple of nights, going out to the washing machine in a shed in the back yard, I had felt like I was being watched. It seemed strangely quiet.
Then the next day a neighbor called to warn me of the deer kill very close-by our back door!
A wise woodsman always keeps alert!
We have many reasons to rejoice, and be very grateful We’ve been greatly blessed. Back in 2003 when Dan had a sinus infection that didn’t respond to the prescription that Dr. Burns gave for the purpose, a CAT scan led to the diagnosis of a Sino-Nasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma. When the surgeries for that cancer failed, we were told that nothing more could be done, and he would leave this life quickly. He wasn’t expected to live to his 80th birthday. Three months of daily radiation and some chemotherapy too had been given and two surgeries. But he did make it to his 60th birthday, and now he is enjoying his 78th birthday! We are very grateful!!