4K for Cancer Runners enjoy pizza at Gepetto’s

Dozens of young adults running across America to raise awareness and support for young adults with cancer enjoyed a pizza dinner at Gepetto’s on Wednesday night June 21 during their rest stop in Burney.

4K for Cancer Runners enjoy Pizza at Gepetto’s

Twenty-eight runners from more than a dozen states are making the run. Many of them have had family members who were victims of cancer. They left San Francisco on June 18 and will finish in New York on August 5.

Runners run between 6 and 16 miles each day. Team members are partnered up with the same teammate for their day’s miles, but a different teammate each day.  Pairs are dropped along the route in two-mile increments. At the end of each segment they have time to rest in the support van. Every  3-6 days, the whole team stops for a rest stop.

Word of Life Church (WOLA) is hosting the runners while they are here. Kathy Newton helped to organize their stay. The runners arrived on June 20th. The 21st is a rest day during which they visited Burney Falls. On June 22, they will resume their cross-country run.

Prior to their visit, Ms. Newton gave a presentation at the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and Robert Moore, the owner of Gepetto’s, generously offered to provide them a pizza dinner.

The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults,  a non-profit organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer.

Rachel Sortino from Omaha, Nebraska and Sandy Lam from Indiana are co-directors for this run. Abby Rentschler from Sabine, Michigan is the leg leader for the California and Oregon stretch of the run helping to plan places to stay along route.

Sandy Lam, Abby Rentschler, and Rachel Sortino

Ms. Sortino’s father is a cancer survivor. He took up marathon running and challenged his daughter to join him. Subsequently, they have run five or six races together. She has also been involved in the cancer support community. She decided to join the 4K for Cancer Run because it is an “amazing combination of the two.”

Ms. Sortino said, “Our goal is to raise awareness for the Ullman Cancer Fund’s mission to provide support and services for young adults with cancer while also raising money for those services.”

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Kid Fit off to a great start

Kid Fit 2017 is off to a great start. So far, two events have taken place.
On June 13, 91 kids and their parent/guardians attended the opening Kick Off off at Bailey Park on June 13. Children from toddlers to teens participated in a variety of activities and games ranging from soccer to hula hoops.

Kick-Off for Kid Fit Summer 2017

Next, on June 20, 55 children came out to Burney Falls for another fun and active family event.

Kid Fit at Burney Falls

The Kid Fit program is organized locally by Bright Futures and Tri Counties Community Network. It began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country.

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. The program has 7 goals:

  1. Decreasing the incidence of Childhood Obesity in our region
  2. Increasing the level of physical activity by local families
  3. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Increasing use of our local parks, facilities, and other community programs
  5. Broadening understanding of healthy food and snack choices
  6. Building a stronger community by gathering families together in a healthy proactive way, and
  7. Collaborating with already established community events.
All together this year, Kid Fit is hosting five fun filled events. For the next event, Kid Fit will host a Family Track and Field Night as one of the opening events of this year’s Burney Basin Days on Thursday June 29 at Burney High School.
This year’s Kid Fit Program was made possible by a $5000 donation from Pit River Casino.
Shaylene Herndon, Kid Fit project manager said, “We cannot thank Pit River Casino enough for making this all happen. Let help our kids stay up and active this summer.”
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Burney Lions Club donates $300 to Intermountain Teen Center

On Tuesday June 20, Lion George Whitfield presented a check for $300 to support youth activities at the Intermountain Teen Center.

Lion George Whitfield presents Chelsea Sabin with a donation from the Burney Lions Club

The Intermountain Teen Center is a youth outreach program of the Hill Country Health and Wellness Center. The center operates in two locations one in Round Mountain and one at the Circle of Friends center on the corner of Main and Tamarack.

The teen center serves teens ages 13- 17. The center has held a number of classes on cooking and art. They also have a lot of fun activities, including contests, video games, air hockey, a pool table, board games, art, and music.  There are quiet areas to do homework and computers for the young people to use. There is also a music room and a small gym area with workout equipment.

During the school year the center is open in Round Mountain on Wednesdays and Fridays after school. In Burney the center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday in Burney and 1-4 p,m. on Wednesday in Round Mountain. On Thursday, the center sponsors local field trips for teens from both locations.

This week teen center coordinators, Theresa Callahan and Jed Smith, took some of the teens on and extended excursion to the Santa Cruz area.

According to Whitfield,  the Burney Lions Club gives donations to more that 25 local charitable causes, including $12,000 in scholarships for local youth.

For more information about the Intermountain Teen Center call Theresa Callahan or Jed Smith at (530)337-5752, or Chelsea Sabin (for Burney) at 335-4222.

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Shasta County Health and Human Services Urges You to Protect the Elderly in our Community

SHASTA COUNTY – In California, as many as 50,000 cases of elder and dependent adult abuse go unreported every month. To help increase reporting, Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is teaming up with older adult advocates from throughout the state to educate our communities about elder and dependent adult abuse during the month-long KNOW ABUSE, REPORT ABUSE campaign in June.

Common forms of elder and dependent adult abuse include: Physical, mental, sexual, and financial abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect. Reports for all types of elder and dependent adult abuse are on the rise. The number of confirmed cases of elder and/or dependent adult abuse continues to rise in Shasta County, with 975 cases in 2016. For every reported case, it’s estimated as many as four cases go unreported.

There are a number of indicators that may point to abuse, including:

  • Lack of adequate food, water and other amenities
  • Dirty clothing and changes in personal hygiene
  • Bruises, black eyes, broken bones
  • Bloody, ripped or stained clothing, sheets
  • Harassment, coercion, intimidation, humiliation
  • Unexplained purchases by the primary caregiver Shasta County has a 24-hour hotline for reporting abuse of older adults and disabled adults. The local APS number is (530) 225-5798. To report suspected abuse of an elder in a nursing home, residential care facility for the elderly, or assisted living facility, contact the State CRISISline number: 1-800-231-4024 or your local Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at (530) 229-1435. To show your support for Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness, take the Prevention Challenge or participate in a week of activities to show your solidarity. Visit our website, www.shastahhsa.net, and scroll to the bottom of the homepage for more details.

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Valerie Lakey updates Burney Chamber on Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Valerie Lakey gave a talk about Mayer’s Memorial Hospital District at the Burney Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday June 13, at Gepetto’s Pizza.

Val Lakey at June Burney Chamber meeting

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Ms. Lakey, Director of Public Relations for Mayers Memorial, began by giving a short history of the hospital district. Mayers Memorial Hospital opened as a 10 bed facility in 1956. In 1969, Mayers Memorial Hospital District was established as a Special District. In 2001, the hospital was designated as a Critical Access Hospital.

Since that time, the hospital has also been named a “frontier” facility by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. A “frontier” area has a population density of less than 11 persons per square mile and lacks any incorporated community with a population greater than 50,000 people based on most recent federal census data.

The hospital is also certified by the Association of California Healthcare Districts.

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The geographical area of the Special District is the same as the Fall River Joint Unified School district. The district is governed by a publicly elected board of directors and receives property tax revenue from district residents. Board meetings are open to the public.

In the past year, the district received $1.11 million dollars from tax revenue. This is about 4% of the facilities overall budget.

MMHD serves more that 15,000 people in an area covering much of Shasta, Modoc, and Lassen Counties. The area cared for actually extends well beyond the electoral district which provides its tax base.

Ms. Lakey cited the total revenue for the hospital at $36 million. She stated that the hospital district is the largest employer in Northeastern Shasta County and the 8th largest employer in Shasta County. The hospital employs more that 220 people generating labor income of over $21 million. The annual economic impact is about $43 million.

Lakey also walked the audience through the district’s website discussing the services offered and emphasizing the board and staff’s determination to provide transparency. Each month, the Chief Executive Officer, Louis Ward, provides an update on the district’s activities.

She explained that while Mayers Memorial and Mountain Valley Health Centers are different entities they have a close working relationship. Also she noted that Mayers is now able to hire their own physicians due to changes in state regulations and that they hired their first physician earlier this year.

Ms Lakey encouraged people to visit the hospital’s website http://www.mayersmemorial.com/ and to contact the hospital at 530-336-5511 if they have any questions.

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$258,200 in Scholarships Awarded Through an Expanding Shasta Regional Community Foundation Program

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that 195 awards were distributed to deserving students for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The scholarships and loans help to fund a recipient’s trade school, community college, university or medical school education.  Award criteria may be based on community service, grades, financial need, extra-curricular activities and other donor specified qualifications.

“We are honored to have added six new scholarship opportunities to our program this year,” stated Program Associate, Miriam Leal. “We work with the donors to establish specifications that reflect their goals and passions. It is rewarding to watch SRCF’s scholarship program grow annually. This year, we reached record numbers in both awards given and total dollars distributed.”

In addition to providing support to the award selection process as needed, the Community Foundation staff administers all fiduciary responsibilities ensuring that the scholarship funds are deposited in the student’s name at their designated accredited post-secondary institution.

For a complete list of recipients and their county of residence, visit www.shastarcf.org/scholarships.

For more information about scholarship programs managed by the Community Foundation, contact Program Associate, Miriam Leal or visit the website.

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Community meeting on crime and homelessness coming July 11 at Burney Veterans Hall

On July 11 at 6 p.m. there will be a meeting at the Veterans Hall in Burney at 6 P.M. for the general public to discuss issues related to crime and homelessness in Burney and the Intermountain area.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Burney Chamber of Commerce in coordination with County Supervisor Mary Rickert and the Shasta County Sherriff’s Department. Supervisor Rickert, Shasta County Sherriff Tom Bosenko, and George Peck from the California Highway Patrol will be present. A representative from Cal Fire is also being invited.

Jen Luck, Office Manager for the Burney Chamber of Commerce would like input from people in the area, including homeowners, businesses, churches, service clubs, health organizations and all other interested parties to help plan the agenda.

Are there issues you would like to have addressed or questions you would like answered?

If so, please contact Jen Luck,
Phone: 530-335-2111
Email: burneychamber@frontiernet.net

Or you can stop by the Chamber of Commerce. Office hours are Monday-Wednesday, 9-1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

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