Community corner: Deadline to get a free Thanksgiving turkey is fast approaching

Jessica Skropanic Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News

Wednesday, Nov. 17 is the final day to apply for a free Thanksgiving turkey from Siskiyou Food Assistance.

Turkeys are available to low-income residents throughout south Siskiyou County. People can apply at:

  • The Family and Community Resource Center of Weed at 260 Main St.
  • The Family Resource Center Network at at 109 E. Lake St. in Mount Shasta
  • The Dunsmuir Community Resource Center at 5840 Dunsmuir Ave., suite A.

Applications can also be turned in at the Weed Police Department, 550 Main St.

Applicants approved will be notified when to pick up their turkey.

For more information call 530-408-6115 or email info@siskiyoufoodassistance.org. 

— Jessica Skropanic

Read Across Siskiyou starts Wednesday

The 14th annual Read Across Siskiyou kicks off at 8 a.m. Nov. 17 at venues throughout the county.

Schools and family resource center locations will distribute a free copy of the book, "Hedgehugs: Autumn Hide & Squeak" to children. Written by Steve Wilson and illustrated by Lucy Tapper, the book tells the story of hedgehogs Horace and Hattie, who show kindness to every forest creature around them.

Children can pick up a free book and craft components while supplies last at:

  • Butte Valley Montessori School, 530-397-2293
  • Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 530-235-4400
  • Family and Community Resource Center of Weed, 530-938-9914
  • Happy Camp Community Center, 530-493-5117
  • HUB Communities Family Resource Center, 530-459-3481
  • Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, 530-926-1400
  • Scott Valley Family Resource Center, 530-468-2450
  • Tulelake/Newell Family Resource Center, 530-667-2147
  • Yreka Community Resource Center, 530-842-1313

Read Across Siskiyou is hosted by the First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission. 

For more information on reading events in Siskiyou County go to First 5's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/First5Siskiyou or go to https://first5siskiyou.org.

— Jessica Skropanic

Wednesday webinar tells story of 400-mile rafting trip

The Siskiyou Land Trust presents a free online webinar documenting the story of three women who kayaked and rafted 400 miles down the Sacramento from Siskiyou County to the Golden Gate Bridge in spring 2021.

"Sacramento: Source to Sea" includes interviews with two of the team members: Arianna Kosel and Alyssa Winkleman, both of Mount Shasta.

Left to right: Alyssa Winkelman of Mount Shasta, Jamie Trapp of Alaska and Arianna Kosel of Mount Shasta at Horseshoe Bay near Sausalito on Saturday April 3, 2021.

People can tune in on Zoom or watch a live-stream on Facebook at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 17.

For more information or to register, go to www.siskiyoulandtrust.org or call 530-926-2259.

— Jessica Skropanic

Bank hosts Salvation Army food drive

Tri Counties Bank's 15th annual "Tis the Season" food drive for the Salvation Army continues until Dec. 24, 2021.

Tri Counties Bank branches are accepting food donations for the bank's 15th annual "Tis the Season" food drive for the Salvation Army.

The goal is to collect more than 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food items through Dec. 24 at branches throughout the North State, according to the Salvation Army. Donations help families put food on the table during the holidays.

Donors can drop off non-perishable or canned food donations at branches, including those in Yreka, Weed and Mount Shasta.

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Visit the drive's web page for a list of most-needed foods, including peanut butter, canned chicken and tuna, soups, canned vegetables, canned refried bans, oatmeal, coffee, tea, whole grain pasta, rice, cooking oil and cereal.

For more information or to make a monetary donation go to bit.ly/3H29EvZ. To find a branch location go to www.tcbk.com/locations.

— Jessica Skropanic

A love of reading at Mount Shasta school

L-R front row: Sisson School students Amiya Wright (4th), Paul Dibelka (4th), Stella Clifford (7th), Gillian Campbell (5th), Maeve Lishawa (5th), Kaytee Dewart (8th), Reuben Kundin (7th). Rear: Linda Kingston, Sofia Malee-Koster (6th), Riley Tacbas (6th), and Corrina Clifford (8th).

A program at Sisson School in Mount Shasta is getting results in encouraging students to read more. Several students earned prizes for the number of books they read over the past several weeks. 

Rewards for Reading kicked off in August, although the elementary school has been involved in an accelerated reading program since 1998, according to Karen Poore, Sisson School librarian.

More than 100 students earned points to be include in a raffle. For perspective, the school has about 300 students in grades fourth to eighth.

Linda Kingston of Veritas Funding supplied the prizes.

Poore said in an email students have begun reading for the second quarter, which runs through Jan. 21.

— Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers staff

Two Etna High FFA alumni earn American Degree 

Mason Justice

Two Etna High School FFA alumni recently received their American Degrees from the National FFA.

Olivia Hanna and Mason Justice earned the honor. The American Degree is the highest degree achievable in the FFA.    

Olivia Hanna

Justice is double majoring in agriculture economics and policy and agricultural business management at Oregon State University. His goal is to return to Siskiyou County as an agricultural lawyer.

Hanna is majoring in agricultural business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but is currently on a semester student exchange program with Oklahoma State University. 

— Bill Choy   

SiskiyouWorks obtains grants for summer camps

SiskiyouWorks obtained grants to fund summer camps in three counties, allowing more youths to explore careers in engineering.   

The camps took place in Siskiyou, Trinity, and Modoc counties this past summer and 580 students participated. 

Kids take part in a camp at the Siskiyou Family YMCA in Yreka this past summer.

In Siskiyou County, the camps were held at the Siskiyou Family YMCA in Yreka, The Wellness Center at the Karuk Tribal Housing in Happy Camp, The Boys and Girls Club of Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir Elementary, and Tiny Mighty Strong in Tulelake. 

Marie Caldwell, director for SiskiyouWorks, said her organization received a $7,500 grant from PacifiCorp and one for $15,550 from the Franklin Institute.

The funding allowed the nonprofit to expand its reach to younger and older students and hire more teachers to reduce the size of the learning programs.

Caldwell said that the PacifiCorp grant specifically helped increase the age range they served to up to 15 years old. Kids as young as 5 took part. In addition, the PacifiCorp grant allowed SiskiyouWorks to reduce the teacher to student ratio at the camp, Caldwell said. 

She said the Franklin Institute grant helped pay for staff, and buying STEM supplies and printed material.

Students chose from electrical, environmental, structural, and biomedical engineering activities at the camps.  

Each project focused on hands-on activities and interviews with professionals in the field. Participants left the camp with a backpack along with four activity packets.   

— Bill Choy

Scott Valley Thanksgiving box sign-ups accepted

Scott Valley Focus is taking requests through Sunday from eligible residents and families who would like to receive a Thanksgiving food box.

The boxes will be prepared for those who live in the Scott Valley communities and rural areas of Fort Jones, Greenview, Etna, Callahan, Cecilville, Forks of Salmon and Sawyers Bar.

The nonprofit said in a statement it will give away the boxes, which are put together around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Previously, the task fell on the Salvation Army. Scott Valley Focus volunteers will contact clients by phone to confirm their registration, according to the nonprofit.

Applicants must have proof of income. The boxes will be distributed at Etna United Methodist Church, 137 Diggles St., from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 22. Boxes will only be given to clients who register.

For more information, to volunteer or to request registration, go to the Scott Valley Focus' Facebook at bit.ly/3o1AKKW or call Pamela Merchant at 831-239-6336 or Marilyn Seward at 530-467-3355.

Monetary donations can be made by mail to Scott Valley Focus Inc., P. O. Box 252, Etna, CA 96027.

— Siskiyou Daily News staff