Honorary Mayor’s Candidates address Soroptomist Club

Ralph Freitas and Mary Frances Unterreiner came to the May 24 meeting of the Soroptomist International Club of Burney Fall River to speak about their campaign for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney and the charities they are raising money for.

Ralph Freitas and Mary Unterreinner (behind Ralph’s right shoulder) with Soroptomists

Freitas is campaigning for Make a Wish Foundation (Shasta County). He has been contributing to that charity for years. His campaign theme for Burney is that he wants to improve the local parks. He discussed lighting the skateboard area in Bailey Park and needed improvements for Washburn Park.

Ralph’s comments on the parks struck a chord and stimulated a number of comments and questions. Washburn and Civic Park are owned by the Burney Water District. Bailey Park is owned by TriCounties Network. All are in need of maintenance and improvement. The Burney Lions have been helping to maintain Civic Park and the Little League has been using and maintaining Washburn Park to some degree.

There has been some discussion in the past about combining all three parks and the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool under the Parks and Recreation authority of the Burney Water District. However, there are some questions and potential problems in doing so. At a meeting last summer, the Burney Water District proposed that a community meeting be held where parents, organizations, businesses, and other interested stakeholders could discuss options and devise a common course of action.

Freitas has been exploring the issue and wants do whatever he can to facilitate improvement.

Unterreiner spoke about the multifaceted help provided by St. Vincent de Paul to the less fortunate. St. Vincent de Paul operates under the aegis of St. Francis Assissi Church. It not only provides food and clothing to those in need, but also helps stranded motorists who call and donates money to several local charities. Mary talked about how much she has enjoyed meeting people as she has been campaigning for mayor.

The Honorary Mayors race is a fun and creative way to raise money for non-profit charities. Whoever raises the most money wins. Money raised will be divided between the candidates chosen charities and the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

The winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney race will be announced at the Ice Cream Social June 29, ride in the Burney Basin Days parade, and be honored at the Burney Fireworks program on Saturday July 1. The mayor will also choose the winner of the “Mayor’s Choice Award” for the parade. During the year, the Honorary Mayor will have the opportunity to represent the town of Burney at public events in Burney and other towns.

Seven candidates are running for Honorary Mayor this year. The Soroptomists sent all of the candidates a beautiful invitation to the lunch meeting. Five of the candidates were unable to attend for various reasons.

In addition to Freitas and Unterreinger the other candidates are Anna Denny, for Burney Sober Grad Night; Jill Daugherty, for Burney Citizens Patrol; James Glaser,  for Boy Scout Troop 38; Dana Hauge, for Burney 4-H; and Shaylene Herndon, for Tri Counties Community Network.

Freitas and Unterreiner both said how impressed they are at how wonderful all of the candidates are.

In other business it was announced that S-Club will be having a float in the Burney Basin Days Parade this year. The Soroptomists will also be hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2 as part of Burney Basin Days.

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Madelyn Keep and Langston Tate chosen as BHS May Students of the Month

Madelyn “Mattie” Keep and Langston Tate were honored as May Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 18. Madelyn Keep was named 12th grade student of the month and Langston Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Madelyn Keep, Langston Tate, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Madelyn Keep was awarded $100, and Langston Tate received $50.

Keep has a grade point average of 4.0. She is a member of “S” Club, Interact, California Scholarship Federation, Leos, Peer Mentoring, and Leadership. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling and would like to travel around the United States and the world. She plans to attend Shasta College and to become a psychologist so that she can “help people.” She likes to read and is a good writer. She is also good at time management. Tears came to her eyes as she received her award.

Mattie’s dad Patrick Keep and stepmom came to watch her receive her award. She said, “I couldn’t be more proud. I am honored to call her my daughter.”

Her mom, LouAnn Gladwill lives in Spring Creek NV and could not attend. But she sent a message saying, “I am so proud of her. She has worked so hard for this. It’s a true honor.”

Tate also has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in football, track, basketball, California Junior Scholarship Federation, Power Source, and 4-H. He plays guitar and likes to fish. He is very interested in botany and plans to go to Humboldt State University to earn a degree and pursue a career in that field.

Langston’s parents, Jedidiah and Amanda Tate, and his two sisters, Harper and Avery, came to watch Langston be honored for his achievement. His father said, “Hard work paid off.”

In addition to honoring the May students of the month, the Burney Lions Club also elected a new slate of officers including Daryl Hovis, President; Matt Quinlan, Past President; Mike Barnes, 1st Vice-President; Larry Hawthorne, 2nd Vice-President; Dick Lindgren; Treasurer; Ron Edwards, Hall Chairman; Jim Crockett, Membership Chair; Mark Stalcup, 1 year Director; and Jim Lake, 2 year director.

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Community Foundation Grant Opportunity Deadline is June 7th

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $18,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.

Artist Kim Solga received a grant to paint a prominent public mural in Dunsmuir celebrating the town’s heritage.

The deadline of June 7th is fast approaching for grant applications for funding from two field of interest funds managed by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. These opportunities are provided thanks to the efforts and investments made by many generous donors in our region. The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to benefit projects that will provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties; the Community Arts Endowment Fund was established to support grants to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media in the region. Grant review committee members from the areas served evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for funding.

More details about making donations to or requesting funding from these and other funds are available on the Community Foundation’s website at www.shastarcf.org.

For further information, contact Program Officer, Amanda Hutchings at amanda@shastarcf.org or call 530.244.1219.

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Volunteers needed for Burney Basin Days

From Burney Chamber:

Burney Basin Days is right around the corner. The Parade is always a great draw for local families and tourist alike. We are again seeking volunteers. Our greatest need is volunteers to work traffic control on the parade route. We are also in need of someone who is willing to organize those volunteers working the parade route and coordinate with both CalTrans and Highway Patrol for signage placement and the highway closure. If you can dedicate the mornings of June 24th and July 1st we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please contact the Burney Chamber of Commerce at 530-335-2111 or burneychamber@frontiernet.net.

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PG&E EXPECTS HIGH SUMMER WATER LEVELS AT LAKE ALMANOR, BUCKS LAKE

From PG&E:

CHESTER, Calif. —Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake water levels are projected to be above normal this summer due to record-setting precipitation this season.

PG&E announced the lake level projections today at the 2105 Lake Level Committee meeting in Chico, which is held most years to review and discuss PG&E’s planned water operations for Lake Almanor and Bucks Lake for the remainder of the year. The committee name refers to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) project no. 2105, which is the license number for PG&E’s Upper North Fork of the Feather River hydroelectric project.

Kevin Richards, a hydrologist in PG&E’s power generation department, stated at the meeting that PG&E plans its operations to balance recreation, the environment, electric power generation and other needs. With the best precipitation season on record for the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades mountain ranges, Lake Almanor will be about four feet higher than normal this summer, which is similar to last year’s levels.

Total precipitation for season to date in the Lake Almanor basin is at 190 percent of normal, and the spring runoff is forecast to be 177 percent of normal, Richards reported.

This year, based on current data, a moderate summer electrical demand, and historical modeling, PG&E projects Lake Almanor levels will reach approximately 4,492 feet elevation by July 4, which is about four feet higher than normal for that date. The level is projected to be approximately 4,487 feet by Labor Day.

For Bucks Lake, levels are also higher than normal and will remain very full, above 5,155 feet elevation through July 4, which is about three feet higher than normal for that date. The level is projected to be approximately 5,143 feet by Labor Day.

Lake Almanor receives much of its water from volcanic aquifers in the Southern Cascade Mountain Range which release a steady year-round flow of water from springs. Bucks Lake is in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and largely relies on surface runoff from the current season.

PG&E expects Butt Valley Reservoir to be within normal operating range this summer.

PG&E encourages the public to take appropriate safety precautions when recreating in and near water:

  • Obey all warning signs and restrictive buoys while swimming or boating.
  • Use the Buddy System. Never fish, swim, boat or raft alone.
  • Don’t dive or jump into unfamiliar water. Shallow water or submerged trees or rocks could cause serious injury.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy company in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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Burney Lions Club hosts a steak dinner for BHS Senior Boys

Thursday evening May 11, The Burney Lions Club treated 11 graduating senior boys to a delicious steak dinner to congratulate them for their accomplishments and wish them well in the future.

2017 Senior Boys

All together, this year’s graduating class has 29 students: 16 girls and 13 boys. The senior boys include Matthew Elmore, Kaden Tiran, Alejandro Jimenez, Hunter Mostoufi, Billy Covert, Brandon McFarlane, Nicholas Glazzard, Wyatt Hibbeln, Layton McClung, Riley Estes, Michael Avelar, Matthew Bonsey, and Ryan Pruitt. Unfortunately, Matthew Bonsey and Ryan Pruitt were unable to attend the gathering.

After the delicious dinner, Lion Dr. Bill Cummings had each of the students come forward and talk briefly about their experience and activities at Burney High and their plans and hopes for the future. In his opening remarks he reminded the young men that, having reached the age of 18, they are now legally responsible adults and should act wisely.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings interviewing Kaden Tiran

Students talked about their participation in sports and club activities. Billy Covert said that he was good at “procrastinating and communicating.”

Several noted that they wanted to experience the thrill of sky-diving. Others expressed a desire to travel. Matt Elmore for instance said that he would like to go to Thailand. Michael Avelar said that he would like to go to the Super Bowl.

Many of the students will be attending Shasta College. Wyatt Hibbeln, Brandon McFarlane, and Michael Avelar will be going to the College of the Redwoods. Hunter Mostoufi is going to Pacific Union College to study history. Billy Covert will be moving to Texas where he plans to attend the University of North Texas at Dallas.

The hopeful seniors shared plans for a number of  career options including operating heavy machinery and being a Fish and Game Warden.

The interviews were peppered with laughter from the audience and Cummings presented each student with a $20 cash gift from the Lions.

After all of the students had been introduced, BHS Principal Ray Guerrero spoke briefly praising the students and wishing them well.

Principal Ray Guerrero wishing the students well

Burney Lions Club President Matt Quinlan also spoke briefly.

Lion President Matt Quinlan congratulating and advising the young men

He advised the young men that once they had completed their educations and settled into their careers, they should “give back to the community.”

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Pit River Casino donates $5000 to fund Kid Fit Program

On May 11, Pit River Casino General Manager Mike Avelar came to Tri Counties Community Network at the Intermountain Community Center to present a check for $5000 for the Kid Fit Program. The donation ensures that this year’s Kid Fit program will be fully funded.

Mike Avelar with staff and children at Tri CountiyCommunity Network

Avelar said, “We are always happy to do whatever we can to help the community, because without the community we would not be here.”

Shaylene Herndon is the Kid Fit project manager. 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.

Kid Fit will host five free fun-filled events this year for families of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

The opening activity will be “Funky Fitness Fun” at Bailey Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13.

On June 20, Kid Fit will sponsor a Night Hike at 6 p.m. at Burney Falls State Park.

On June 29, Kid Fit will host a Family Track and Field Night as one of the opening events of this year’s Burney Basin Days.

Tuesday, July 11, will feature “Splish, Splash, and and Swim” at the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool beginning at 6 p.m.

The final Kid Fit event for 2017 will be the “Master Mud Run” on Tuesday July 18 at Bailey Park at 6 p.m.

Mud run 2016

Herndon says, “We expect that Kid Fit Summer 2017 will benefit 150 plus children and their parents and result in over 5000 hours of documented physical activity.”

Kid Fit began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country. Since that time, thanks to increased public awareness and changes in the food supply and school lunches, obesity rates have declined.

Changes in technology have caused decreased physical activity for children and adults. Eight to eighteen year olds spend an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes engaged with electronic screen media. This is an increase of 2.5 hours in the last ten years.  As a result, children spend less time in traditional childhood activities and outdoor play.

According to Herndon, excessive screen time has been linked to increased psychological difficulties that include hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, difficulties with peers, and poor school performance.

Kid Fit is designed not only to increase physical activity but also to increase social connections. Research done by the Strengthening Families Program  has shown that social connections promote family health, child well-being, and optimal youth development.

For more information about the Kid Fit Program call Shaylene Herndon at 430-335-4600.

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