Music echoes through valley |

Music echoes through valley

Record Courier Staff Reports


(Global warming of a different kind)

My windows frame a mountainside and lake

where I watch nature’s daily new display

as dawn, time’s faithful Virgin Mary,

in rosy hues proclaims each brand new day.

The glow recalls my own sweet baby’s birth,

the promise-fresh with every new arrival-

that love and innocence will warm the earth

and gain new hope for mankind’s own survival.

My babes have grown their wings and taken flight

to roam the world and seek a life apart.

But hope will come again this Holy Night

to fill anew my trimmed and waiting heart.

May it be so with you.

Making music in the Valley

Carols echoed through the still Saturday evening on Dec. 11 as hardy volunteers on a makeshift hay wagon sang from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning at the Marine Base Housing.

The next stop was the Walker Community Building where the Northern Mono County Chamber of Commerce were holding their second annual Christmas Social. The carolers continued along Pine Nut to a very special stop in front of the home of Dale and Flo Abbott, long time leaders in the congregation of the Coleville United Methodist Church.

When the flashing lights of the pilot car started up the darkened street, Mr. Abbott remarked, “I don’t know what those flashing lights are for. I wonder if our house is on fire!”

Luckily it was only the warm feelings of the carolers for the venerable couple.

The hay ride continued along Highway 395, through Sierra East Mobile Home Park and concluded in the parking lot of Coleville High School.

The carolers gathered in the church next door for a special supper of abalone chowder supplied by Mike Weaver and prepared according to a family recipe by his daughter Rhiannon Hamblin.

Weaver and Lt. Gray Dawson (USN) provided guitar accompaniment for the singers, ages 4 to 80.

The event was directed by Chaplain Jeff Quinn (USN). Participants were RP2 Nicole Huffman (USN) and children Kayla and Joseph; Julie Dawson and children Ely, Jacob and Ellie; Marcy Schmidt, Judy Jacobs, Lisa Akins, Teressa Vandeliner, Marion and Gordan Layton and Nancy Frye.

Marine Sgt. Michael Peitras drove the pilot car and Randy Gilbert supplied the hay bales, the trailer and did the driving with his wife Olga acting as navigator.

Timely Findings

An estimated 94,000 women who participated in the Observational Study of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) recently received a certificate of appreciation and a 12-page summary of the findings of the study so far.

The WHI scientists have enough data to keep them busy until 2010, but an interim publication will be issued in the spring of 2006.

The WHI Web site will provide a list of other publications.

The study recruited women between the ages of 50-79 beginning in September 1994. Collectively they have raised over 246,000 children.

Lots of Christmas shopping represented here. They provided information on their life styles including sleeping, exercising, drinking, eating , and weight changes.

Over half never smoked and an additional 43 percent kicked the habit during the study.

Nearly 70.5 percent admitted having at least one wee drop once a month and 30 percent were teetotalers.

The drink of choice was wine. Coffee and tea consumption: more than 71 percent of the participants reported drinking at least one cup of coffee and less than three percent drank more than six cups a day. About 26 percent chose tea.

An estimated 65.8 percent attend religious services and 55.5 percent attend club meetings.

Weight Changes. almost 40 percent maintained a normal weight, 34 percent were overweight and 25 percent were obese. Only 1.2 percent were underweight.

The weight-conscious can calculate their own Body Mass Index (BMI) from a chart posted on the Internet at

Finally there’s justification to get out of the kitchen and go for a walk in the winter wonderland.

The study revealed that a brisk walk is related to reduced breast cancer and that the exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous. Merry Christmas to all!

n Selma Calnan can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 495-2633.