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3/5/2010

I think this web blog idea is great! It will give everyone a chance to post and share their favorite memories of Junction School!

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Ellie Springer Lewis
3/6/2010

I remember the Ann Nichols, the head cook in the cafeteria. My mom got the recipes for her coconut cookies and the no-bake peanutbutter and oatmeal cookies...The lunches were great...and so were the cinnamon rolls that one of the classes sold on Wednesdays for a dime!

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Mary Springer
3/7/2010

Ellie (my sister) had a great memory! Ann Nichols was great - you didn't mess with her. My first thoughts were having snowball fights on those rare days that we had snow AND we were IN school. I even hit Mr. Tillman with a snowball one time! I think I was more shocked than he was. Then the rainy day sing alongs with Mr. Tillman. "The cutest boy, the cutest boy, I ever saw, I ever saw, was sippin' ci-, was sippin' ci-, -der through a straw...". It's all flooding back, Dime-a-dip fundraisers, tag on the playground and the big oak was base, the Millville relays,...

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Becky Springer Gunvordahl
3/8/2010

Tom Lockie singing "O Holy Night" at the Christmas program. Dodgeball at recess. The bus driver forgetting to pick us up one day. Ann Nichols' corn dogs (does anyone know how she made them?). Sharon Wiseman and I playing Hang Man on the chalk board during Mrs. Finch's math class (our work was done). Mr. Johnson's wooden paddle (did he EVER really paddle anyone with it?). School field trips, especially the one to Bumpass Hell in Lassen Park (no nice walkway around those boiling mudpots like there are now). Science and math were/are my favorite subjects. I majored in Biology in college and work as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I remember many of my teachers as well as other staff (bus drivers and Mrs. Hutchison) and often wonder what happen to them. I did find Mrs. B and Mrs. Libbee (both still looked the same) in 2006 (highlight of that year).

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Dale Flinn
3/12/2010

What ever happened to the "Whiz Inn" (Frosty Freeze) hamber stand next to the school?

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Dale Flinn
3/12/2010

oops spelling was not my best subject LOL . . . HAMBURGER stand

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Jeff Engell
3/16/2010

What is really going to be exciting is all of our former Junction School teachers are going to be at our Saturday night reunion event. Many will come to our July 9th event too! This is such an excellent opportunity for all of us to say 'Thank You!' to them for putting us on the right path in life!

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Tim Morelock
3/30/2010

Ms. Gambles 4th grade class where we had big boxes instead of desk's.
Mr. Galloway throwing the big chalk board eraser at Dave Gooden in 6th grade.
Putting Tony Twitty in the cable spools and rolling him down the hill into the lower baseball field
George Hahn being a bully (LOL)

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Ellie Springer Lewis
4/10/2010

I remember Ecology camp out near Whiskeytown Lake and those of us who were lucky enough to go twice! And yes, our BIG 6th grade class with Mr. Tillman and Mr. Galloway. The Frog Jump contest! No one could figure out where Angie got her frogs that won top jump two years in a row! Does anyone remember the leaf and flower collections that we did? Hawaiian Day with the Hukilau dance? Pioneer Day? The field trip to McCall's Dairy? Lots of playing tag and walking around the big Oak Tree roots...what a tree. I have a lot of good memories and feel I was blessed to be able to go to an elementary school from K through eighth grade...

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Christy Van Wormer Haley
4/12/2010

I remember Mrs. Libby burning rubber out of the parking lot at the end of the day in her Dodge Superbee, helping out in the cafeteria with Ann Nichols (remember when she caught that big jar and cut her hand badly?), and Mr. Tillman's singalongs. I also remember watching the astronauts live in class, something we take for granted now, but it sure was something exciting back then.

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Dale Flinn
4/15/2010

Field Trip! Oh yea I remember going to Whiskytown Lake. How about snow sledding at (name?) Eskimo Hill? One of my favorites was the 'ROCKET CLUB' after school. We had 'em all from a Lunar Lander, to the CamRock that would take a picture of earth as it nosed over at 2,000ft.

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Joe Parks
4/22/2010

I remember when I was in Mr. Avila's 4th grade class,this was 1977-78.Four guys who were in like 8th.They were friends of my older sister, Paula. At least one Voorhees was in the band, I remember.They Called themselves Strut and they set up amps and drums on the dodgeball/foursquare court one day at recess or lunch. They played KISS songs. I remember 'Deuce', 'God Of Thunder', and 'Strutter'. No PA so you could barely hear the guy singing.But it was awesome. I remember being like nine years old and thinking this was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen or heard. Especially at school. These had to be the coolest guys ever and I knew right then I wanted to be in a band.

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Betty Bunselmeier
4/24/2010

I am looking forward to the reunion and seeing people I haven't seen in many many years. I know my mom is looking forward to it as well.

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Janet Werth Key
4/25/2010

How about in the 6th grade when we all got paddled by Mr. Galloway? Does anyone remember why? The entire class stood in line to be paddled. Amazing Where have those days gone? LOL

Looking for Launa Strickland. I don't have her married name. Anyone know where she is?

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Becky Springer Gunvordahl
4/25/2010

Betty, I looked up your mom and dad at Big Lagoon in summer of 2006 when my family did a road trip. It was the HIGHLIGHT of my year to see her, your dad and Mrs. Libbee-no one had changed a bit and my kids thought I was nuts for being so excited about seeing them. I'm really looking forward to seeing teachers and other school staff!

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Karen Burke Green C of ''76
4/29/2010

I loved it when Mr Tillman brought in his guitar to our 6th grade classes to sing.
"There's a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza, Dear Liza..." "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone." "Proud Mary". And a song about a train & hearing it's whistle a hundred miles.
We didn't have band, or girls & boys chourus, or much of a sports program (compared to the city schools,) but we had a frog jumping contest, and a creek to float down. We used to wear swimming suits and shorts to school, and take an inner tube on the bus. Then after school we would float down to Cindy Kenyon's house to call our parents for a ride home.
I think we really had it good!!

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Karen Burke Green C of ''76
4/29/2010

Who was the teacher that had played major league baseball? We all wanted one of his baseball cards, but very few kids got one.

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Paula (Parks) LaPlante
5/2/2010

Hi everyone. Karen, I think that was Mr. Strohmayer (not sure that's the correct spelling though)

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Ellie Springer Lewis
5/16/2010

I remember all those songs, and I even taught my daughter about the "there once was a farmer who took a young miss.....sweet violets, sweeter than the roses, covered all over from head to toe, covered all over with sweet violets!" I even have copies of the words to those songs still!
I remember our field trip to the coast, too. I think it was 6th grade with ALL the sixth graders...Ann Toffelmier caught an octupus! My dad drove a few of us home in our VW bus...such fun memories.

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Sherry Parham Muncrief
5/26/2010

Life was so fun back in the day. I believe it was 7th grade, several of us girls used to dance to our "45" records during recess...in the classroom in winter, and outside on the sidewalk in the summer. We'd play the same couple of records ("Bend Me, Shape Me" & "Quick Joey Small") over and over. Why Mr. Tillman didn't go crazy remains a mystery (ear plugs?). I wore out the soles of my moccasins TWICE!

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Mary Springer
5/31/2010

The Millville Relays? Does anybody remember running them? Each runner would have a 1/4 mile segment to run. Who was the girls' basketball coach who would hypnotize some of the players so that they would do better on their vocabulary tests?!

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Sandy Hurlbert
6/3/2010

Ellie, that was Ernie Jones...he lives in Weaverville now. I ran in one of the Millville relays...weren't there snowcones in the parking lot on the day of the relay? Tim, I loved the box city in Mrs. Gambles class!

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jolie nichols charles
6/7/2010

You are all such youngsters! After reading these blogs, I realized that you all must be about 10 years younger than me. My mom was Ann Nichols the cook. And yes, those no-bake cookies were great, but I haven't found the recipe yet. If I find it I will bring it to the reunion. Mom passed away February of 2009.
My older sister is Linda Nichols. She now lives in Sacramento and may come to the reunion as well. My little brother was Link Nichols who was killed in a car wreck back in 1992.
I started Junction when it was down at the pizza parlor. Although there used to be another building down there too that is now gone. I think I went one year in the pizza parlor building and one year in the now non-existent building before moving down to the "new" building. I believe Ken Phillippi was the 7th & 8th grade teacher plus being the principal. Anita Libbee was my 5th grade teacher, and Mrs. Stanfield was my 7th grade teacher. We had a male teacher for our 6th grade year that was let go mid-year. Now that was an interesting few months.
I can't wait to see everyone at the reunion!

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Tim Morelock
6/8/2010

Jolie Nichols....I'll be damned, you remember my sister Patti, and your adventures at Enterprise and little blue Toyota, I still give Patti a bad time as my folks STILL do not know the whole story.
Sandy, pretty cool huh?

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jolie nichols charles
6/9/2010

Tim, Of course I remember your sister! Is she in Redding still? Tell her she must join the reunion gang at some point during the weekend. And I have no idea what you're talking about - blue Toyota?? adventures at Enterprise?? :)

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Becky Springer Gunvordahl
6/11/2010

Jolie, Do you have your mom's recipe for corn dogs? They were baked, the cornbread was like you make from corn meal and the hotdogs were buried about half-way into the batter. I've searched the internet and can't find anything close! Sorry to hear she passed. She was a wonderful person. I have the no-bake cookie recipe. I'll bring it. It was taken right out of the little weekly paper and is still in the LARGE amounts of ingredients!

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jolie nichols charles
6/14/2010

I can't seem to find any of Mom's recipes! I know they are here somewhere - but just can't put my finger on exactly where. I will keep looking. I can't wait to make those cookies! See you at the reunion!

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Tim Morelock
6/15/2010

Jolie,
Yes Patti is in the Redding area, She teaches and is the Principle @ Indian Springs school in Big Bend, her last name is Lenahan, If you want you can call me at my sons auto repair shop (yes,I work for my son, I am supposed to be retired) anyways The number is 530-244-4423 (Advanced Automotive in Redding) then I can get you in touch with her.
Sorry to hear about Lincoln and your Mom.
I do have to tell all who read this, I have traveled a lot all over the lower 48 for business, small towns and large cities, speaking at conventions and shop management seminars (through in a rodeo here and there) and have yet to come across the bond that we share. We are a very special group and very fortunate to have lived and grown up in the small community and in era that we did, I have maintained life long friendships with a lot of my Junction school friends and one thing that always goes unsaid is that I am thankful for the quality of true friends that we established years ago.
What a great group.

Tim

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Alicia Wellock Muhr
1/20/2013

Tim, did you have another sister? Maybe Tammy? My family was a member of Palo Cedro Riders. My sister, Melanie and I went to Junction until "76 or "77 and then moved to Trinity County. If you are the Tim I'm thinking about, I had a crush on you because of your riding abilities....

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Tim Morelock
9/24/2013

Alicia,
Yes, i do have sister,Tammi, she is alive and well living in Colfax, Ca. Her married Name is Tammi McCray.
Yes, we were members of the PCR, I left Junction in 1976 as we moved and I went to North Cow Creek 7th and 8th, But my roots are deep in Junction as I attended K-6th.
I stayed really involved in the equestrian world through out the years. Riding abilities ????? Hell, all I did was push the limits of my abilities and lived for the rush, I did that until 2007 as I rodeo'd riding Bareback broncs until I was 47, Still get the itch to get back on from time to time.....someday I will just one more time. I still live in Northern Ca, and work at my sons business in Redding,again I was supposed to retire when he bought it from me.....Oh well it keeps me busy.

Ellie Springer Lewis
6/16/2010

Jolie---I have the coconut cookie recipe (also in the large ingredient amount!) and I will bring it to the reunion. Our mom kept them over the years...

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Lori Degenaro
6/19/2010

I will never forget the frog jumping contest or our 6th grade teacher Mr Tillman

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michael peters
7/6/2010

I remember 3rd Grade and Robert Loiser finally getting Mrs Bertucci's paddle to break on his BUTT! She really missed it the rest of the year between the two of us I do not know who got hit more!

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jolie charles
7/12/2010

What a great event! Both nights were just amazing fun. Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to put on this very extraordinary event!

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Steve Keeley
7/13/2010

Joe Parks - you made my day!!! I was in that band with Scott Voorhees, Scot Beckman and my older brother Ken Keeley. My family moved to Wisconsin in November 1977, during my 8th grade at Junction(that's why Strut never hit the "big time" LOL). I was able to contact Scot Beckman and former classmate Melodie (Keck) Batman last fall through Facebook. My wife and I made a trip out to Palo Cedro in November of last year and visited Melodie. We're bringing our kids back the week of Aug 6th through the 14th and hopefully will see some other former classmates. I really wanted to get out for the reunion this year, but wasn't able to - hopefully there will be another one in the near future. I still do the band-thing in Wisconsin, check out Ruben & The Receders on Facebook. My best memory of Junction was Mr.(coach) Valles showing the Quarterback (I think Tom Lowe) how to take a snap from the center (Rick Burton) and Burton blew a fart while Valles was reaching for the ball. Great classmates and teachers - I really miss northern California!

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Becky Springer Gunvordahl
7/13/2010

Thanks to all for a wonderful reunion experience. To the class of '71: we haven't aged as much as the people I graduated with at Shasta High! Thanks to all of you for "finding" me Friday and Saturday nights.

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Mary Springer
7/22/2010

It was really a delight to see all of you who came. It all went so fast! I appreciated the time that we shared.

Thank you so much to the people who spent so many hours organizing the event.

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Lisa Graves Cattanach
7/23/2010

I had such a wonderful time at the reunion events. Reading all your memories just keep mine flooding in. We are so lucky to have had such a great place to grow up and I too have maintained the friendships from all those years ago. Renewing even more through this reunion has been so great!

There just wasn't enough time to visit with everyone. So, of course, we will have to do it again.

Lisa

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Jana Sindorf
7/25/2010

Three years ago When I start calling people about the idea of having a Junction reunion. The thing I heard from almost everyone was that Palo Cedro was a special place to grow up. The friendships we made at that time, seems to have created a bond deeper than what other people have.

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David Wright
10/5/2010

Gosh, It sounds like I missed out on a wonderful event! My sister Kath attended, but I was away on a retreat in the San Gabriel mountains outside Los Angeles....I'd really thought that the reunion was happening at the end of the month!
I was first notified about the event by Tony Orsini, and was looking forward to it with both great excitement...and a bit of apprehension, too! I think often of my Junction days - some mixed feelings. I'd love to hear from classmates, class of '71- Dave

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David Wright
10/7/2010

Hi, its Dave again,
I graduated from Junction in the class of '71, and while most of you went on to NOVA, I guess, my Dad (who taught at Shasta High in Redding) moved us all out to a large ranch between Cottonwood and Red Bluff - so we had to go to Red Bluff High, 9th thru 12th. Lot of feelings about that!!
Can anyone please tell me how Mr. (Jerry) Carter died?
I do remember Becky Springer, smartest girl in class!
Mr. Carter was my favorite teacher, though I liked them all EXCEPT Mrs. Vickery, 4th grade! And I know that I was a troubled boy....there are some of you that I believe I owe apologies to, Please look me up ?
A lot has happened in my life, but I have never forgotten those days in Palo Cedro, at Junction, in the horse shows at the Palo Cedro ring, in 4-H, and dances at the Grange Hall.
Dave

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Becky Springer Gunvordahl
11/30/2010

Hi, Dave:

Yes, I remember you. I had your dad as a teacher for my senior year government class. He and my dad who also taught at Shasta High were buddies. My dad passed away 6 years ago. Mr. Krantz is still around and keeps in touch with my mom and Mr. Yannello still has his used car lot in Redding. I asked about Mr. Carter at the reunion. Apparently he had a ranch in Oregon and was bitten by a rattlesnake while out horseback riding and was unable to get help in time. And....I don't know about smartest girl in the class either!!!:)

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Dan Cunningham 68 (right?)
12/9/2010

I keep coming back here since I found this site, hoping to find more of the above, thanks everyone for your posts. I remember 2nd grade in the bicycle shed, everyone donating to my lunch the first day, Mrs. Bunselmeier announcing she was hired (hooray), The incomparable women: Mrs. Stanfield and Mrs. Libby. Ken Phillippi leading the band. The officially rowdiest rudest class on record, great kids. (And what a strange plant I was, but nobody let it bother them - much). I'd forgotten how good it all was. Best to all.

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Jeff Engell
7/7/2012

@David Wright: I learned that Mr. Jerry Carter died from a rattlesnake bite. He was riding a horse in Montana or Wyoming when a rattlesnake startled his horse and bucked him off. As I heard, he was bitten and was so remote in the back country, he couldn't get to a hospital in time for them to administer the anti-venom. He might have gotten to the hospital, but the delay in not getting there sooner was what cost him his life. It was too late for the anti-venom to help him. Sorry to deliver such terrible news about one of our beloved teachers, but it's good to know for closure sake and not have to wonder for the rest of our life.

BTW, your sister Kathleen did attend both days, and looked great as ever! Hope you and Kathleen will get a chance to attend the next time we try to do something like this again! Not sure when that will be because it takes a ground-swell of people who make it a a top-priority to attend, and of course help with the planning and execution. Please let me know if you have any other questions can answer for you! You can contact me via this website!

Thank You for adding your blog comments!

Jeff Engell

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Jeff Engell
7/7/2012

Just a reminder in lieu of the recent deaths of our Junction friends, our Junction Alumni Reunion DVD Video is still available for purchase. Our teachers and friends who attended our reunion are captured for posterity. One of the reasons we took so much time to talk with our teachers is because we wanted to hear from them some of their favorites stories and experiences while teaching us kids! As time moves on, this video will become a treasured classic among all of us! All proceeds from the sale of this DVD Video are donated back to Junction School Teachers to help pay for educational materials and supplies for their classroom! Just a little reminder for those Junction kids that were not able to attend our reunion event!

Sincerely, Jeff Engell

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Alicia Wellock Muhr
1/20/2013

Mr. Hendricks opened my eyes to the fabulous 50's! I remember dressing up in a skirt and rolling down my socks and playing softball. He also let us have dances all the time and rewarded us by letting us "buy" records with points we accumulated for being good or doing well on tests. My first record by Mumbo Jerry??? And I remember him telling us that he and his wife were married to Crocodile Rock. Coolest teacher!

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Mr. Hendricks opened my eyes to the fabulous 50's! I remember dressing up in a skirt and rolling down my socks and playing softball. He also let us have dances all the time and rewarded us by letting us "buy" records with points we accumulated for being good or doing well on tests. My first record by Mumbo Jerry??? And I remember him telling us that he and his wife were married to Crocodile Rock. Coolest teacher!

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Mr. Hendricks opened my eyes to the fabulous 50's! I remember dressing up in a skirt and rolling down my socks and playing softball. He also let us have dances all the time and rewarded us by letting us "buy" records with points we accumulated for being good or doing well on tests. My first record by Mumbo Jerry??? And I remember him telling us that he and his wife were married to Crocodile Rock. Coolest teacher!

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Mr. Hendricks opened my eyes to the fabulous 50's! I remember dressing up in a skirt and rolling down my socks and playing softball. He also let us have dances all the time and rewarded us by letting us "buy" records with points we accumulated for being good or doing well on tests. My first record by Mumbo Jerry??? And I remember him telling us that he and his wife were married to Crocodile Rock. Coolest teacher!

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