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Community Seeks Solutions

November 20, 2008

The Happy Camp community is closely knit, almost like a family. Like a family, we have our differences and disagreements, but we also know that our Klamath neighbors care when we face sorrows and hardships. They’ve proven themselves in the past.

It is going to take all of us working to gether to reach the goals that we want to see for our children’s lives. One of the greatest concerns is death and other serious consequences of the impact of alcohol and other drug use by our young people.

As a community we will be seeking ways to reduce access, educate, and support recovery of young people. There will be a potluck dinner Thursday, Nov. 20th at the Happy Camp High School. Potluck dinner will ber served at 5:30 and if you come for dinner, please stay for the meeting at 6:45. See you at Room 3!

Further information may be obtained from Happy Camp Family Resource Center 493-5117.




Happy Camp’s Community Garden

February 8, 2008

Bushy June 2008
The plan for the community garden that will be built is very exciting! It was Morgan Caulfield who made the presentation at Klamath River Valley Christian Women’s Club luncheon. Morgan is a volunteer and on the Community Garden Committee at the Family Resource Center.The best part is that the inspection for the 18×24 greenhouse will be done before you read this column! That will be a great step toward garden construction.

Morgan had a sketch entire plan for the 1.3 acres which helps to appreciate all the good potential… There will be grape arbors, trees and a rose garden. A wetland area will continue to be wet although the willows will be cleaned out and native plants grown.

The Garden will provide access to fresh produce and plants to our community. Healthy food possibilities will be in special raised beds (i.e. cancer preventative, healthy heart etc). There will be a grassy area where plant and flower starts will be sold, since the garden is intended to be self sustaining. There will also be an outdoor cooking area and place for picnics and places to sit and visit with friends.

The community garden will make opportunities for all parts of the community. You, your family or organization may adopt a tree or a raised bed. There will be walkways that will allow access for the handicapped. While the senior citizen may take a short leisurely stroll, those with more energy may build their fitness through longer walks stopping at exercise stations. Benches will be available to just enjoy the beauty of the rose garden. If you are a beginner in gardening or want to lean new skills, such as starting a grape arbor, there will be classes on a variety of topics.

Community gardens promote healthy communities and can provide good healthy food for many low income persons. Those who participate in community gardening project grow healthy food while they make use of the space that hasn’t been used productively previously. As a meeting place and place to work together with green growing things, the Community garden can strengthen community bonds; provide recreational and even therapeutic opportunities for our Klamath River community. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about the Family Resource Gardening project give them a call! Perhaps this is your year to have a really fantastic gardening experience!




Dr. Burns Resigns Alcohol & Drug Prevention Coalition

June 30, 2004

by Judy Bushy

Things are busy in Happy Camp. The last meeting of the Children and youth Alcohol and other Drug Prevention Coalition was eventful. I was very sad to hear that Dr. Steven Burns has stepped down from the leadership of that group. Dr. Steve has done a wonderful job in founding this organization with a most important goal for our community—to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse among our children and youth.

Dr. Steve sent an email to let everyone know that he will not be able to continue actively working on the coalition project. Since moving his family to Happy Camp, he has become four times busier than he was in San Diego. He will be refocusing his time on his family and church activities as well as his many ongoing responsibilities as the town doctor.

Karen Derry who directs the Happy Camp Family Resource Center was asked by Dr. Burns to take over the duties, pending a new meeting of the coalition. We thank Dr. Steve for getting the ball rolling on this alcohol and other drug prevention efforts in our community.

Karen and Nadine are excited about the impact the Coalition can have on our Klamath River communities for our children. For more information, or to volunteer your help in this effort, you may call 493-5117.















Indian Creek

Indian Creek, downstream from the Eddy.


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Happy Camp River Access Buck

A buck at the Happy Camp River Access.


Elk Creek Bridge

The Elk Creek Bridge.


Klamath River

Downriver, about four miles.