Burney Lions Special Needs Christmas Party a joyful occasion

About a hundred people gathered at the Burney Lions Club on Tuesday December 11 to celebrate the Club’s annual Special Needs Christmas Party. Forty-three special-needs residents from the Intermountain area were invited to meet Santa and receive presents. Family members and caretakers also attended.

Santa greeting guests at the Christmas party

Every one enjoyed a delicious lunch of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, squash, and cranberry sauce prepared by Lion cooks and served by members of the Lions Auxiliary.

After lunch, Barbara Lane called each special guest forward to meet and greet Santa. Santa gave each person a candy cane and a present that had been purchased specifically for them.

A big smile from Justin

The Burney Lions have been holding this Christmas season event for over 25 years. Jim Lane and his wife Barbara organized the event and spent more than a month selecting and buying presents.

Jim and Barbara Lane with Santa

To raise money for the gifts, the Burney Lions and Burney Lions Auxiliary collected plastic and aluminum cans throughout the year. Funds were also supplemented by cash donations from the community. The project is conducted in coordination with Far Northern Regional Center and Shascade Community Services.

Jim and Barbara Lane said, “This is our pride and joy and we love it.”

Kate Lions gives Santa a hug

Lions Auxiliary President Kathy Lehman said, “A Merry Christmas to all!”


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Lions Fruitcakes sold out

All the Burney Lions Fruitcakes have been sold.

Lion Kurt Taylor, whose generations-old special recipe is used for the cakes, said, “We would like to thank everyone for this year’s successful fruitcake fundraiser, We were sold out by the first week of December.”

Order early next year!

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New Payment Options for Burney Water District Customers

Burney Water District Customers can now pay their bills by credit or debit card. Customers can make payments online at  https://www.burneywater.org/pay-my-bill, by phone, or in person.

Customers now have several options available. The following more detailed information is from the BWD website:

Electronic Billing and Payments

Enroll in Electronic Billing and Payments to receive your bill and make one-time payments. Customers using electronic billing have an option for paperless billing and instead receive an email advising them that their bills are available to be viewed and paid online. If you sign up for this service, you are not required to pay online and may use one of the other payment options below. If you do not want to enroll in paperless billing you still have the option to make payments online. All electronic payments require a $2.00 processing fee.

Other Payment Options

*All debit and credit payments including online bill pay requires a $2.00 processing fee.

Option 1: You will be able to sign up for direct payment in the near future. The District will debit your checking account for the amount of your water bill each billing cycle. The amount of your bill will be deducted from your checking account on the date of your choice.

Option 2: Mail the payment and return stub to 20222 Hudson Street, Burney, CA 96013.  Allow 5 (five) buisness days for delivery.

Option 3: Bring your payment to the District Office located at 20222 Hudson Street in Burney during normal business hours to get a receipt. You may also enclose your check or money order and deposit it into the payment drop box at the District Office during non-business hours.

Option 4: Credit and Debit card payments may be made over the phone or in the office located at 20222 Hudson Street, Burney, CA 96013.  MasterCard, Visa, Discover Card and American Express are accepted. You can also pay with a debit and credit card online.

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Fall River Valley Community Choir performs Christmas Cantata

Fall River Valley Community Choir did four performances of a Christmas cantata. On Friday they sang at the Long Term Care facility at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital. On Saturday December 8 at 2 p.m., they sang for residents at the Burney Annex. Later that day at 4 p.m. they sang at Burney Presbyterian Church. Finally, on Sunday at 4 p.m. they gave a concert at the Intermountain Free Church of McArthur. At Burney Presbyterian Church and The Intermountain Free Church the Choir was joined by Fall River Valley Community Children’s Choir.

Fall River Valley Community Choir at Burney Presbyterian Church

The Children’s Choir sang a selection of six carols accompanied by pianist Linda Gulbransen and guitarist Jean Rodgers.

The Children’s Choir

After the Children’s Choir concluded the full choir came forward to sing  “The Glory of Christmas: Celebrating Christ’s Birth.” The cantata, with music by Lloyd Larson, was performed by 26 singers directed by Alison Maki. They sang eight selections. Each selection was introduced by narration from Michael Kerns and Penni Elaine Scarbrough.

The narration was poetic. The musical arrangement wove together alto, soprano, tenor and bass vocals into a tapestry of sacred music in which favorite Christmas carols such as O Come All Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing were included. Through word and song, the Choir guided the audience toward the Perfect Light.

After the cantata was concluded, Director Alison Maki led the choir and audience in singing Silent Night.

Director Alison Maki leading the congregation singing Silent Night

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Mr. and Mrs. Claus come to Flashes and Flowers for open house and birthday party

On Saturday December 8, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus came to Burney to attend the open house for a business that will soon be opening, Flashes and Flowers (F&F) located between Kristi’s Boutique and the New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Santa Claus came to town to meet with the children

Anna and Travis Denny were the Clauses. The reindeer sings.

There were cookies, hot chocolate, punch and lots of kids.

Tis the season to be jolly

Adding to the joy of the occasion, 2-year old Nova celebrated her birthday.

Happy birthday Nova

Mrs. Santa gives Nova a cookie to hide behind

Another special guest was Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s new baby grandson.

Mr and Mrs. Santa with their new baby grandson

Good news! If you missed this Saturday’s open house, Santa will be back next week. F&F will be having another open house on Saturday December 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The proprietor of the new business, Flashes and Flowers (F&F), is Loni Denny. The business will open in January. F&F will provide photographic services, floral arrangements, table and chair rentals, and event planning for weddings and other special events.

Loni said, “We are very excited to go on this new adventure taking photos and making floral arrangements for everyone in town.”

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Operation Warm Winter provides coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children

Operation Warm Winter provided new warm coats and boots to more than a dozen elementary school children at the GIVEAWAY at Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA) on Thursday afternoon between 3-5 p.m. More families came to the program on Thursday to sign up. They will also receive boots and coats in the near future.

Kira Hernandez giving out boots, coats, and beanies

Burney High School Junior Kira Hernandez organized Operation Warm Winter as her Senior Project. Burney Elementary School teachers assisted in selecting 15 children who needed warm coats and boots. Parents signed up in advance so that the exact size needed could be purchased. The program is funded by community donations. A major fundraiser for the program the past few years has been the concert by the Ohio Northern University Choir held in the late Spring.

Signing up in the foyer

In addition, scores of people from the community came to select coats, sweaters, sweat shirts, pants, shirts, and other  gently used items that had been donated by people from the community. Altogether, over 200 people signed in for the GIVEAWAY.

One recipient said, “This is such an unexpected blessing. I haven’t had a good warm winter coat for years. I also found a pair of wonderful pants in my size which is almost impossible to find.”

Many items to choose from

WOLA church secretary Kathy Newton helped Ms. Hernandez to organize the GIVEAWAY at the church. She also helped with fundraising and collecting clothing donations. The Burney High School Leadership Club came in the morning to help set up tables and display clothing. Volunteers helped to man the sign-up tables and oversee the event. Pastor Ken Frazier was present to welcome and chat with all who came.

Operation Warm Winter was started in 2007 when Stephanie Pruitt, a WOLA church member and wife of a BHS teacher, discovered that some elementary school children could not go outside to play during recess in the winter because they did not have adequate winter clothing. Ms. Pruitt ran the program for six years. Parents and community members interested in learning more about the program can contact Burney Elementary School or Kathy Newton at WOLA.

For the last two years, a Burney High School student has organized the program for their Senior Project. Last year junior Alexus Bellino organized the program. This year Kira Hernandez has successfully overseen the operation.

Kira Hernandeex organized this year’s Operation Warm Winter for her senior project

Ms. Hernandez said, “Operation Warm Winter means helping the community out in a way that makes them feel loved and welcome.”

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Santa comes to Burney to greet children at Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Hundreds of parents and children lined up for Burney’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane on Saturday evening November 24 to meet with Santa.

Helena Bowden happy to meet the Santas

Santa talked with each child to find out if they were good and learn what they wanted for Christmas.

Santa listens carefully to each answer

Mr. and Mrs. Santa were very adept at providing cheer and comfort to each child.

Santa entertaining a child with bells

Each child received a Christmas gift bag.

The Burney Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, the Burney Lions Club, Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River, The Lions Auxiliary, VFW, Burney Fire Protection District and other local neighbors and volunteers all participated in putting on the opening Christmas event.

Residents on the lane worked hard to decorate their houses with light for the festivities.

Santino Yabra worked hard to decorate his house on Christmas Tree Lane for the festive occasion

The Rotary served popcorn and cotton candy, the Soroptomists served hot chocolate and apple cider, the Lion Auxiliary provided delicious cookies.

Bill Campbell acted as Emcee.

Emcee Bill Campbell

The program opened with a presentation of arms by the VFW honor guard.

VFW Honor Guard

Janice Hamlin sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Janice Hamlin singing God Bless America

Then Paris Geisler soulfully sang two popular Christmas songs including White Christmas.

Paris Geisler singing White Christmas

Kids did the countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Kids count down to the tree lighting

Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whitfield through the switch and the trees were lit.

Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whilfield flick the switch

And the lights go on

Then the Winkelman family sang Christmas Carols.

The Winkelman family sings Away in a Manger

The elves were expectantly waiting for Santa.

The elves are ready

Shortly thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause arrived in a fire truck.

Santa arrives in a fire truck

Mrs. Claus was escorted off the truck by Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady.

Music was provided by toy soldiers.

Christmas music provided by this soldier

It was a wonderful time for young and old.

Mrs. Santa with a deligted and delightful child


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