The 3rd annual Winter Magic Celebration was held in the City of Mt. Shasta on Friday, November 29th. Because of the generous support of sponsors and volunteers, the event was a great success.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all those who made the event possible including the City of Mt. Shasta, the Mt. Shasta Fire Association, Mountain Runners, the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce Board, and above all, Brett Waite and her family.
Fire Association Volunteers and Sponsors: Adam Heilman, Beth Neumeyer, Brian Dyck, Brooks Complete Automotive, Brynn Witherell, Carson Resh, Chad Henson, Connie Melo, Cory Burns, Dan Halford, Dixie Cervelli, Donna Dyck, Ed Palfini, Emily Geries, Eric Dyck, Frank Melo, Jay Polk, Jerry Cook, Jerry Hill, John Kennedy Sr., Johnathan Duncan , Jovani Villeda, Kim Palfini, Lady of the Elks, Mark Bruni, Marquis Smith, Matt Melo, Roll N Rock Construction, Ryley Witherelll, Sam Steyarte, Solano’s Do it Best Hardware, St. Anthony Bingo, Stephen Goldsberry, Steve Hitchcock, Tom Haistings, Tyler Cervelli and Tyler Witherell.
Plaza and trees decoration: Kelly Steiner, Yvonne Waite, Brett Waite, Robin Johnson, Melisa Doyle, Mark Healy, Nancy Shigenaka, Elizabeth Lahey, Paul and Julie Eckert, Rob Dyer, Lori Waite, Paul and Dennis Engstrom, Vince Reinig, Peyton Hough, Montana Lahey, Reed Eckert, Tom Waite, and Paul Engstrom. Snowplow decorators were Brenda Floyd, and Scott Hall.
Christmas wreaths set up: Yvonne Waite, Marty Bryan, Trudy Merkle, Maxine Dimick, and Jainie Painter.
Hay and choir stand: Tom Waite, Jacob Barr, Sean Doyle, Ben Eckert, Shawn Merkle, Paul Eckert, Paul Engstrom, Randy McDonald, Bill Michleon and Mountain Runners.
Fire pits safety: Tom Waite, Mike Brown family, Rick Castaneta family, Fred Erickson Jr. family, Kelly Steiner and Scott Waite, Linda Valenzuela & Desi, Mark Clure & family, Larry and Lula Campbell, Randy and Paula Cardozza and family, Mt. Shasta Fire Dept., Ray-Mac Mechanical, Ben Eckert, Rob Dyer, and German Ossa.
Libation booth provided by the Eckert family: Paul, Julie, Lauren, Ben and Reed.
Choir: Singers from the Mt. Shasta Children’s choir were joined by students from Mt. Shasta Elementary, Sisson and Strawberry Valley schools under the direction of Carol Taforo, accompanied by Jean Warrick, and assisted by Kit Bertolucci and Gayin Linx.
Sound: Mike Karseboom.
Thank you to Duncan Barr, Kevin Lahey Photography, Doris Moss Realty and General Produce for their generous donations. Brian Heile for providing his bucket truck and Rod Bryan, director of Public Works, for his patience and good humor while jumping over every hurdle we all set in front of him…
Thanks also go to Steve Gerace and Skye Kinkaid at the Mount Shasta Herald for the great coverage the event received prior and after the celebration and to all the businesses that decorated their store-front and made the town so festive and inviting.
We appreciate everyone’s contribution and help in making this a huge success.
Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce
The Jefferson Economic Development Institute is gearing up for the 2014 tax season and needs many volunteers to help provide free tax preparation in the remote and not so remote communities of our county. This is JEDI’s 11th year as a VITA Site (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and last year prepared over 500 returns. As a result, $170,000 of Earned Income Tax Credit refunds and over $20,000 in Child Tax Credits were brought into the communities but there is still much work to be done. Typically, 1 in 5 eligible filers still do not claim the EITC and one of the goals of this program is to increase that percentage. Another goal is to offer a no-cost option for low-income wage earners and seniors to file their taxes.
This year there are many new ways to volunteer for VITA. In addition to Site Coordinators, return preparers, screeners, client facilitators and quality reviewers, JEDI is also looking for individuals to help with Virtual VITA returns. Virtual VITA is a method of providing the service in remote locations that do not have fully certified volunteers. The Virtual Volunteer will conduct an interview with the taxpayer then fax or scan the tax documents to the main office for preparation and review. The volunteer must complete the Standards of Conduct training which can be done in less than an hour. The needs are greatest in the communities of Yreka, Dorris, Tulelake, Montague, McCloud, Happy Camp and Dunsmuir.
All other volunteers must be certified to the Basic level at a minimum and to the Advanced level depending on the complexity of the return. To become a certified return preparer one must attend the training to be held at the JEDI office in Mt. Shasta on Jan. 7-9th and 14-16th, 2014 and pass the certification test.
The 30 hour training will be taught by Linda Cannar, veteran trainer from AARP. The course will run from 9:00 to 4:00 pm each day. Volunteers can also complete the training online and take the certification test through Link & Learn Taxes at the www.irs.gov website.
Through a partnership with the Family and Community Resource Centers, Virtual Volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer in their own communities. Appointments will be scheduled all day Wednesday and Thursday’s and on Friday afternoons from 1:00-4:00. In the Mt. Shasta area; the free tax preparation will take place at the JEDI office. “The success of the VITA Program lies in the fact that over the years, we have built a strong cadre of volunteers, spoke Nancy Swift, Executive Director of JEDI. “”Without our core of volunteers we would not be able to do what we do and we are so grateful to them.”
To become a volunteer or to learn more about the free tax preparation service, call Paj Kane, VITA Site Coordinator, at 530-926-6670, x11 or 888-926-6670.
Participating in a Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Penny’s Diner and Oak Tree Inn are, left to right, Chamber Membership Coordinator Barbara Valenzuela, employees Ben Gerber, Mike Moder, Manager Breanna Dacy, Robby Graves, Kristina Albisu, Kourtney Pistorius and Barbara Sylvia.
Penny’s Diner and Oak Tree Inn: a new menu, and new management. Since the original opening back in 2007, Penny’s Diner and Oak Tree Inn have come a long way. This year new manager Breanna Dacy has brought some exciting changes to the table including a new menu!
Breanna, a Mt. Shasta resident who studied business at SDSU, and a former line cook herself has been breathing new life into Oak Tree Inn and Penny’s Diner. “Our goal is to reintroduce ourselves to the community as we want to offer the best food to South Siskiyou County” says Breanna. “We have up-scaled all of our burgers in size and quality, serving half pound 100% pure Angus Beef.” Some popular favorite items such as boardwalk style hot dogs, east coast pastrami subs, piled high sandwiches, authentic “taco truck” chorizo and machaca burritos, chili cheese fries, and beer battered onion rings have been added to the new menu.
Open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, this Classic American Diner sporting chrome furniture, black and white checkered floor, is a great place for any late night snack; “We offer free WIFI too, so it makes it a great place for students to group study, do homework, or just hang out”, says Breanna.
When asked about Oak Tree Inn Breanna says; “Our hotel is a 21 room facility offering a gym. All our quiet rooms are equipped with coffee maker, refrigerator, and microwave. We supply a free home cooked hearty breakfast. Our contracts with Union Pacific Railroad and other large businesses guarantee you a great stay. We are pet friendly too!” Penny’s Diner and Oak Tree Inn offer senior, serviceman, military and student discounts in both the diner and hotel.
Penny’s Diner and Oak Tree Inn are located at 4000 Siskiyou Blvd. in Dunsmuir, California. Telephone number is (530) 235-4100.
Participating in a Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Discovery Depot are, left to right, District 2 Supervisor Ed Valenzuela, Best Western Chamber Member Marci Wenstad, owners Rex Golston and Marilyn Taylor, and Chamber Membership Coordinator Barbara Valenzuela.
When people first walk into the new Dunsmuir shop called “Discovery Depot”, they often pause, look around, and ask, “What IS this place?”
They are greeted by partners Rex Golston and Marilyn Taylor. Marilyn tends to answer “It’s a gift shop / thrift shop, with Rex’s Percussion Museum over in the corner.”
Rex may reply by explaining that his main interest is the percussion instruments and drum lessons. He offers a specially-designed 20-minute lesson teaching how to quickly learn to play with good sound and rhythm.
Marilyn, a licensed therapist certified in health and nutrition counseling, also has her own spot: “Marilyn’s Health Corner”.
How did this unusual combination come about? Rex and Marilyn were presented, several months ago, with an opportunity to open a shop where they could sell some of Rex’s vast collection of interesting items. Also, Rex could display his “Percussion Museum”–odd and often amusing objects not usually thought of as instruments. Marilyn says that Rex can make music on almost anything.
The shop is located in a handsome old brick building near the train depot, just down the hill from the California Theatre. Included is a stage where Rex and his musician friends enjoy playing together and sharing music with others.
Drums and other instruments are available for purchase. These include fine ceramic drums hand-made locally. Other kind of drums and musical instruments are available by order from specialty companies.
Discovery Depot offers a community gathering place for playing music together, currently happening on Saturday evenings, 7 to 9 pm.
Christmas shopping is encouraged. Shoppers will find many unique new and like-new gift items.
Discovery Depot, 4103 Pine Street in Dunsmuir, is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to nine. Phone (530) 859-2207 or 859-0130.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the dining room table is all set and sparkles with the family heirloom china. Breathing a sigh of relief that most of the dinner side dishes have been prepared in advance and are in the refrigerator waiting to pop in the oven, I sit back and relax thinking about an enjoyable holiday with ten family and friends. Suddenly my moment of peace becomes filled with panic as my husband shouts “Oh, no, the refrigerator isn’t working and the turkey is getting warm and the ice cream has all melted into a puddle.”
We call the appliance repair man only to learn that it will take at least a week to get any replacement parts and with the holiday he can’t come out anyway. Things just seem to be getting worse by the minute, even the champagne is now warm!
A new refrigerator is what we need but where can I find one the day before Thanksgiving? I pick up the phone and call Ron’s Furniture. Sure enough they have a black refrigerator that will fit into our cabinet and they can have it delivered to our house within the hour and haul away our 10 year old unit. A smile was on my face again. When Ron told me the price, I smiled even more because it was well below what I’d imagined we would have to spend.
Within the hour the delivery truck came with our new shiny refrigerator and everyone jumped into action transferring our entire holiday feast into the new unit. Just in time, Ron’s Furniture saved the turkey! If you need a new appliance or other item, shop local. We are so fortunate to have local businesses that we can depend on.
Mt. Shasta Visitors Bureau
Ron’s Furniture is located at 212 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd, Mt. Shasta, California 96067. 530-926-0280
Sacred Mountain Spa at the Mount Shasta Resort is hosting a Holiday Open House
Friday, December 13th from 6-8pm.
2224 W.A. Barr Road, Mount Shasta, CA
Festive food & beverages, complimentary makeup application, raffle & holiday shopping sale!
December is the month of the solstice, when the Sun appears farthest south in the sky. That means winter for us and summer for Australians. This year the December solstice comes at 12:11 p.m. on the 21st.
It’s also the month of the annual Geminid meteor shower, which this year will be at its best on the night of December 13th. Ordinarily you can count on the Geminids to give a pretty good show, maybe one meteor per minute from a really dark location. But this year there’ll be a lot competition from a big, bright Moon in that part of the sky.
Planetwise, the diamond-like beacon hanging low in the west after sunset is Venus. It’s dazzling and unmistakable — in fact, right now Venus is shining as brightly as it possibly can. Meanwhile, over in the east, look for Jupiter shining brightly midway between Gemini and Orion. Throughout December Jupiter is nearly as bright as it can get. Even the dazzling stars of Orion pale by comparison.
A great many skywatchers will be up before dawn in early December looking for Comet ISON. From about the 7th to 11th, the comet — or whatever is left of it after a close brush with the Sun — appears progressively higher in the eastern sky as twilight begins.
— Sky and Telescope
The next Full Moon is on the 17th, and the New Moon is on the 3rd.
The International Space Station and various satellites can be tracked and viewed at Heavens-Above.com (link is set for Mt. Shasta’s location and elevation.)
For a full list of sky happenings this month, as well as a handy printable map, download The Evening Sky Map.
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