Liz Writes Life 11-7-17

Nov. 7, 2017

Liz Writes Life

 Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

It was fairly early, when the clouds parted and the sun began to shine providing a wonderful day for a parade honoring our U.S. veterans. Last Saturday, more than 30 entries gathered at the Etna High School and a big thank you goes to the Rotary Club of Scott Valley for lining them up and spacing them down town. There are lots more “thank yous” to those who participated and that helped make the 17th Annual Etna Veterans Parade a success. So here goes.

Etna Police Dept. provided the P.A. system and blocked off streets. We still had one man, who decided he had to drive down Main Street during the parade, but luckily didn’t hit anyone. Scott Murphy served as announcer and Debbie from Paystreak Brewery, across the street, loaned us a much-needed podium.

 Jimmy Sutter, with help from Kip Whipple and Farrington family, barbecued free hotdogs by the Museum. The EHS Interact Club also provided chili made by the EHS Culinary Team, who also made cinnamon rolls, cookies, cocoa and coffee that were available at the high school staging as well as on Main Street. The Native Daughters of the Golden West opened the Museum with yummy cookies available.

Kip Casson, New York City children’s book author and illustrator, was down by the library signing and selling his newest book that includes Scott Valley’s Cheeseville Mayor Eb Whipple as a blue bear. Tasty homemade caramel corn was made on the scene.

We had a last minute loss of flag carriers and, luckily, David and Theodora Johnson stepped-up and carried the United States and California flags at the front of the parade. They looked regal on horseback! Riley Kutzer sang our National Anthem beautifully and then Grand Marshal Banner carriers, Lisa Theofanidas and Dee Jones, preceded our 2017 Grand Marshal Steve Farrington. Randy Steinbeck was kind enough to drive his 1918 Dodge Bros. restored car for Steve.

Next Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey drove a Humvee and there was the DARE Camaro along with search and rescue equipment. The Etna Lions Club boasted veterans, which was followed by Michael Stapleton, who is retired Air Force, pulling a trailer of veterans. It included the Siskiyou Co. Veterans Service Officer Tom Jackson. Then, retired Marine Fred Scott was offered the microphone, who thanked the crowd for showing up to pay tribute to the veterans.

World War II veteran Ariel Facey, his brother, Albert, who fought in Korea, along with grandson, James Facey, — Army Iraq — were next. Another World War II veteran, Ed Quigley, and his wife, Harriet, were driven by Mary Burton. The EHS Interact Club was in a horse and buggy entry driven by Cliff Lantz. Then Chip Port made a big entrance with his huge 1991 five-ton BMY military truck and trailer with an FMC armored infantry camouflage fighting vehicle built in the 1970s. As a non-military-type person, I just refer to it as a tank!

Navy veteran, Dan Morgan, drove a restored 1964 Galaxy 500 with our Siskiyou Co. Dist. 5 Supervisor, Ray Haupt, in the passenger seat. Army veteran, Gary Koopman, drove his restored 1941 military Dodge WC 17 half-ton carry-all and invited 23-year Marine veteran Gary Fleck to ride shotgun. Retired Army aviation mechanic, Ryck Kramer, drove his favorite tractor flanked by two good-looking children waving American flags. Siskiyou Model A Club members drove two vehicles and the Northern CA. Veterans Health Care van, which shuttles veterans to medical appointments, was next. Susan Mayfield drove family ancestor, Emma Wagner Hertzog’s, 1932 Chevy coup with sister-in-law Francyne Jenner at her side.

Etna FFA was represented and then several cars from the local Dodge Bros. Car Club braved the cool morning. Those are the really old rusty cars that still run – and are proudly owned for their “antiqueness”. Siskiyou Mountain Men, women and grandchildren livened the festivities on Main Street with gun powder rifles going off. Smokey Bear was up top of a fully restored very old truck. (Sorry, I don’t have the specifics, but it was beautiful.) Two Etna ambulances were driven by Heather and Clint Whitchurch and the Marines showed up with a giant truck with a variety of veterans in the back, including Robert Ballesteros coordinator for Siskiyou Co. Veterans Leadership Council.

Then the fire engines and water tankers started blowing their sirens. Etna Fire Dept. showed off their 1934 Dodge hose truck and modern engines; other entrants were Cal Fire, Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Dept and Scott Valley Fire Protection District. And that was the end of a fine parade!

Afterwards, I wanted to check out the new Evening Star Masonic Lodge meeting room. It was built upstairs in the Dance Hall above Etna City Hall and it is beautiful. Charles Lincoln was the contractor for the job. Sure brought back lots of memories climbing those stairs. As a kid I took ballet and tap classes up there, then there were rodeo and square dances; and many other events. Times have changed, I am happy the Masons are able to use it.

Also the Scott Valley Lions were holding an indoor yard sale, at the Methodist Church, to benefit the Etna Library. I saw several folks leaving with home-baked pies!

Klamath dams

On Friday, the County of Siskiyou submitted its motion to intervene “in opposition” to the license transfer by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from PacifiCorp to KRRC. Earlier in the week, the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. also filed a motion to intervene “in opposition” through their attorney James Buchal.

I had a few phone calls regarding the writing of letters by “we the people” of Siskiyou against the hydro-electric license transfer. Must say the FERC website for e-comments wasn’t the easiest to navigate. But I did get my “no” license transfer comment in on time. Thanks to all who did this.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her website Liz or call her at 530-467-3515

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