On the evening of December 12, members of F Troop rode to Meyers Memorial Hospital to pick up toys that they will deliver to low income children in Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River, and McArthur.
F Troop members Leslie Horney, Dee Covert, Rex Horney, and Tim Covert pick up toys from Mayers Memorial Stuff the Ambulance – photo courtesy of Leslie Horney
The toys were donated as part of the Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive sponsored by Meyers Memorial Hospital. Collection of toys, “stuffing the ambulance,” took place at seven locations throughout the Intermountain area. This is the third year that the program has been in place.
F Troop with toys from Stuff The Ambulance
In addition to the toys from Stuff the Ambulance, F Troop has purchased more than $2000 worth of toys. The money for the toys was raised at F Troop’s annual yard sale held in Burney during the summer. Yard sale items are donated by people in the community for the project. All together the project gives out quality new toys to more than 125 children of families living in low income housing in the Intermountain Area. The club also buys new batteries for all the battery operated toys.
F Troop is the Burney affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California. They began giving out toys for kids 17 years ago when Tom Tindel was president of the club. The first year they gave out 30 Christmas stockings stuffed with toys and goodies in the Safeway parking lot. The program has grown every year since. Tom Miller succeeded Tindel as President and helped organize the program for three years.
Three years ago, under the leadership of President Greg Trotter, they began the summer yard sale so the community could be more involved. Each year, on a Saturday before Christmas, they give out the toys on a Christmas Toy Run led by Santa on a motorcycle. This year’s run will be Saturday December 16. Some of the bikers dress up as elves to help Santa deliver the toys.
F Troop Christmas Toy Run
F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers
REDDING, Calif.—As part of its response to California’s tree mortality crisis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will conduct low-altitude aerial patrols in eastern Shasta County on Wednesday, December 6 to identify dead trees that could pose a wildfire or other public safety risk.
Flights will occur over and near the communities of Round Mountain and Montgomery Creek. Depending on weather conditions, flights will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“Even with the wet winter last year and recent storms, five years of drought in California have caused millions of trees to die or become structurally compromised. That’s why we’ve added enhanced measures to help keep the communities we serve safe,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division.
Every year, PG&E inspects and monitors every overhead electric transmission and distribution line, with some locations patrolled multiple times. Since the tree mortality crisis began, the energy company has increased foot and aerial patrols in high fire-risk areas to twice a year and up to four times a year in some locations. Last year, PG&E conducted secondary patrols on 61 percent of power lines, and in 2017, expects to patrol 65 percent of lines a second time.
PG&E is using a local contract helicopter service to fly foresters over the area to inspect trees. Patrolling by air allows the company to cover many miles quickly and efficiently, and reduces impacts on the ground. Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines, and higher in areas where livestock are present.
If patrols identify dead trees, PG&E will send inspectors on foot to verify a tree is dead, and then contact the home or land owner to schedule tree work.
On Dec 2, Fort Crook Masonic Lodge 250 in Fall River Mills installed new officers for the year 2018.
The new officers included David Mitchell, Junior Deacon; Charles Thomason, Treasurer; Larry Hawthorne PM, (Installing Official); Mark Stalcup, Master; Jim Crockett PM, Senior Warden; Robert Boyce, Secretary; Cecil Ray, Chaplain; Bill Johnson, Marshall; and Donald Smith, Tiler.
Don Smith said, “Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world and is dedicated to making good men better.”
Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders
Everyone is invited to attend a special Candle Lighting Ceremony to remember and honor dear loved ones who have been passed away.
Each person’s name will be read. The service will also include music, a special message, and a time for reflection.
There will two services. One will be Monday, December 4 at 6 p.m. at the Burney Presbyterian Church. The second will be Wednesday, December 6 p.m. at the Fall River Methodist Church.
If you would like your loved one acknowledged at the reading, please call the Hospice Office at 530-336-5511 ext. 1204.
Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Scores of people came to the VFW Auxiliary Post 5689 Indoor Yard Sale at the Veterans Hall in Burney on Saturday December 2.
Dottie Sales displaying Christmas raffle baskets
The event was organized by Ms. Dottie Sales. Vendors included yard sale items, baked goods, decorations, and a variety of hand crafted items. Two young girls were also there selling hot chocolate.
The New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church continued the decades long tradition of a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday December 2 at their new location at 37069 Main Street in Burney.
Christmas crafts and gifts
The bazaar featured with a wonderful array of Christmas crafts, gift items, and baked goods beautifully displayed in an atmosphere of Christmas cheer.
Delicious baked goods
Ladies from the church worked diligently to prepare gourmet delights such as cherry cheesecake, cherry pie, cherry cranberry pie, and other goodies as well as dozens of boxes of Christmas cookies.
Tables were situated so that people could enjoy a fresh slice of pie and a cup of coffee as they shopped and visited with one another.
Joy to the world!