September 25, 2018

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 support relay fOR LIFE

MMHD is very proud to sponsor and mentor Fall River High School Senior Angela Romeo in her senior project…Relay for Life. The event is Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Fall River High School. Participating cancer survivors will receive a special t-shirt. We encourage you to participate in this great event. Here is Angela’s story…

Why did I chose Relay for Life for my Senior Project? In 2006, I woke up to my grandmother sitting on the edge of my bed, waiting for me. When I had asked her why she was there and where my parents were, she responded with the truth. My mother had to be rushed to the hospital that night as she was coughing up blood. Turns out, she had a secondary melanoma cancer tumor in her left lung. They had to remove her entire lung, but she had around a 2% of actually making it. She lived. She beat the odds and she lives with one lung now. But this wasn’t the end of her fight just yet.

In 2016, a week after summer break was over my mother felt an odd lump in her breast. As you may have guessed, it was breast cancer. Later in October, they removed her breast and all of the cancerous lymph nodes within. Or, at least they thought they removed them all.

Since her record of previous cancer, the doctors decided my mother needed to go through chemotherapy to eradicate any leftover cancer cells they may have missed. I had to watch the strongest woman in my life endure exhaustion on a whole other scale as she shaved her head and slept most of the time since she didn’t have the energy to even get out of bed some days. My father and I shared the responsibility of completing the things she’d normally do herself. I was overjoyed when she was finally allowed to stop her treatment and take out her port.

2018, coming back from the previous year’s Christmas break. I was informed that my mother has terminal bone cancer. She went through all that pain and exhaustion just to be told it was all for nothing. There is no way I can accurately describe her pain and my suffering, knowing I can do nothing but comfort her for the inevitable.

I want to make a difference. And what better way than to dedicate my Senior Project than to the most deserving person I know and love, my mother, Anne Romeo.

I ask of the community is to show your support--not just for my Senior Project but for my mother as well--by showing up. You don’t have to walk that many laps to show you care. There will be smaller events going on as well like music and cornhole and bracelet- making. The food concession stand will be open for my event, I will be holding a raffle at the end of the event and announcing the winners and sponsors as well as handing out the prizes. Please join me in this event.

Pioneer Day at the Fort Crook Museum was a
Wonderful Way to Spend the Saturday

By Larry Burns
Fort Crook Historical Society

The second Pioneer Day held in September has turned out to be as big a hit as the first was. The weather cooperated and the fires finally cooperated and we had a fine day to work with. Even though the fires seemed to be tapering off they still had an impact on the day. The re-enactors were away fighting fires so we missed out on them.

The Dutch Oven Cook-off was a huge hit as usual and went through the food right away. Every year this is an event to get to early. I think this year there were fifteen different dishes to try. The Overall Winner was great.

We had plenty of craft vendors to choose from and I know some were repeats and some were new to the Museum. I hope they all come back. They’re not really vendors but they must be a favorite because every time I saw them Tom Ricker and Meg Love had their wagon loaded with people and their horses, Jack and Jill were getting a work-out.

There were lots of demonstrators to look at, talk to and learn from. Calvin Carpenter brought a fleet of antique tractors from his collection for everyone to enjoy. Bob Thompson brought his collection of antique engines and pumps. Rose Schneider provided instruction on how to use a wash board. We also had a wheel wright, a spinning demonstration and several members of the Pit River Pioneers (which included Tom Sloger who also filled in as our “Town Crier” who didn’t need a microphone) demonstrated pioneer tools and skills.

The Museum of course was fully open and quite busy all day. I’m surprised that Janette isn’t hoarse from all the talking she did but she’s an excellent Curator and was totally in her element.

The Museum ran a food concession and did well with hot dogs, chili, chips and soda and water. We didn’t run out of dogs, but almost so that’s good, close is good, out is bad.

Speaking of good we were rescued by the community from a very close bad. We had a last minute cancellation on our parking help. We called around frantically Wednesday night and Thursday, yes it was that late a cancellation. We finally got some answers on Friday that saved the day! Walt Libal rounded up some Burney Lions that could help then Don Flynn found some Burney Scouts that could help in the morning and finally Bob Jehn found some Burney High Interact (Rotary) members that could help in the afternoon. The day went from panic to saved. We also had a golf cart on loan from the Fall River Valley Golf Course for the people that couldn’t climb into the horse-drawn wagon. I can’t say Thank You in big enough letters to all the folks that helped with the parking. It was truly a last-minute save and the fact the you dropped everything to help out is all the more impressive. I’m truly in awe of this community.

I would like to thank everyone who came to Pioneer Day for coming out and supporting the Museum.