On Thursday evening, January 17, the Burney Lions Club recognized six students for their achievements as Student of the Month.
Owen Von Schalsha was named 8th grade Student of the Month for November. Deborah Ford was named 12th grade Student of the Month for November.
Ciera McClung was named 8th grade Student of the Month for December. Sierra Outcalt was named 12th grade Student of the Month for December. Sierra was unable to attend the ceremony but was recognized in her absence.
Morghan Herring was named 8th grade student of the Month for January, and Noah Bishop was named 12th grade Student of the Month for January.
The students were introduced by BHS Principal Ray Guerrero. Mr. Guerrero commended each student for maintaining a high grade point average and for their outstanding participation in school clubs, sports, and community activities.
Each student introduced parents and family members who came to watch them receive their award and the parents gave brief comments praising their children and thanking the Lions.
Lion George Whitfield presented each student with a check from the Burney Lions Club. 8th Grade Students of the Month each received $50. 12th Grade Students of the Month each received $100.
Update from New Library Now! Campaign
On Tuesday, January 22nd at 6 p.m, at the Burney Lions Hall, Kim Niemer, head of Community Services for the City of Redding, will give an update on how we can make our new library a reality this year.
Friends of the Intermountain Libraries Inc. (FOIL) has been working with Kim, as a liaison between FOIL and the the County, and will explain the process of purchasing the new building. Progress has been made and this presentation will update our community on how this can be done.
After so many years of working towards this end we need your help in showing your support once again for this project.
The County has been holding the $400,000 from the windmill project that was earmarked to purchase a new building for a number of years. The right building is on the market. The seller has indicated real interest in selling to the County who will own and maintain the building. And after all your support and FOIL’s dedicated efforts we may finally see the fruition of our combined efforts.
Please plan to attend and get the specifics on how this could work and soon.
Any questions may be directed to Pat Pell, FOIL President, 335-7236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Hawkins has informed the Fall River Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees that he will be retiring as Superintendent at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Looking back over a career in the school district spanning almost four decades, Hawkins said with a smile, “The whole picture just been great, from my first teaching job up to the present day.”
Hawkins moved to Fall River Mills with his family in 1959 when he was three years old. He attended Fall River Elementary School and Fall River Junior Senior High School. He was in the 9th grade when Burney High School opened. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1974.
After graduating he attended Shasta Community College and received his AA and then went on the California State University, Chico where he earned his BA in Physical Education in 1978. He continued on to get his teaching credential doing his student teaching at Red Bluff High School and received his teaching credentials in 1979.
That summer was an eventful summer. After receiving his teaching credentials, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Rena Oiler. They have been happily married for 40 years and have three sons: Brent, 36, Tyler, 34, and Preston 32. They have two grandchildren, one boy Rider who is three years old, and a seven month old granddaughter Raiya.
For their honeymoon, the couple went to Happy Camp, where Hawkins was hired by the Siskiyou Union High School District to teach English and Drama at the high school. He also coached Football, Basketball, and Baseball . He was named Happy Camp’s High School Teacher of the Year in 1979.
Hawkins taught at Happy Camp though 1981. In 1982, he came to Burney to teach English at Burney High School.
“It was one of my best years of teaching. Great town, great staff,” he said.
It was also interesting experience coaching the Burney sports teams who had been his rivals not so many years before.
Concerning his years of coaching, Hawkins said that over time he realized that the relationships with the students was more important than winning or losing. Some years you have really talented players and an extraordinary season. But the years when the players you work with are not as gifted, the kids still work just as hard with just as much enthusiasm and it is just as inspiring.
Then from 1982 through 1983, Hawkins worked with the Regional Occupation Program, assisted some teachers, and taught English part time.
From 1983 until 1996, he taught English, Social Studies, and PE at Fall River High School.
After receiving his Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Hawkins served as full time school counselor for Fall River Junior-Senior High School from 1997-2000. He earned his M.S. in Pupil Personnel Services from the University of LaVerne in 1997.
From 2000-2006, he served as Vice Principal at Fall River Junior Senior High School. He also continued to serve as counselor and in addition became athletic director. Then from 2006 to 2011, he was Principal of the Fall River High School. In 2011, he was appointed District Superintendent.
In the role of Superintendent, Hawkins said the budget is always of primary concern. It would be nice to always have the money for everything you want to do, but there are often changes in state funding. The challenge is to make sure that we continue to meet the needs of our students and the community for optimum education.
He also said that maintaining a safe environment for students and teachers has become a top priority. He believes that the district has done its best to ensure that the schools are safe and that teachers, staff, students and law enforcement are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately in case of any emergency.
“One thing that I am most proud of is when one of our graduates goes on to become successful and then comes back to give back to our community. Thirty percent of our teachers are graduates from this district. That’s rewarding!”
Many of the employees of the District were once his students.
Hawkins is an affable people person. He spoke warmly of his appreciation for all of the support that individuals and organizations in the community give to the schools. He also praised the staff, teachers, and Board Members who have worked hard to make the school system successful. Most of all he spoke of how much he has enjoyed interacting with the students as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator for the past 36 years and how rewarding it is when past students come up to say hello and remind him of experiences they shared in the past.
After retiring, Hawkins looks forward to traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Hawkins will retire at the end of the school year on June 28. He believes that the FRJUSD is in good shape. During the remainder of his term, he wants to ensure that everything will be in order so that there will be a smooth transition for his successor.
The Winkelman family and their relatives and friends served a wonderful Christmas meal to more than 50 members of the Burney community at the Grace Community Bible Church from noon to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Another two dozen meals were delivered to house-bound residents or provided for take-out. The meal consisted of roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and greens. For dessert, guests had a choice of apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie. Each guest also received a Christmas present.
The dinner is an act of love performed by the entire Winkelman family. Reverend Henry Winkelman has been the pastor of Grace Bible Community Church for three decades. He and his wife Penny have nine children. One of their adult sons Jeremy, had the idea six years ago to host a dinner for people in the community that had no place to go for Christmas. The family and their in-laws have been performing this service since then.
Diners were grateful for the opportunity to share a joyful Christmas meal in company with others.
One guest told Mrs. Winkelman, “I am so grateful. If you didn’t do this, we would be home alone.”
Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven..”
Amen! Praise God!
Richard Koras and Andrea Ogiba are a hard-working young couple pursuing a dream. On November 21 they opened a diner and bakery in Johnson Park where the Frosty’s used to be. They named it Ogiba’s after Andrea’s family name.
“My dad, Andrew Ogiba was the start of my inspiration for loving to bake. When he passed away my Nana Pat helped expand the horizon. They are a big part of all of this.”
Richard, soon to turn 30, and Andrea, 25, were married in April. They have two children, Andrew, 5, and Natalia, 2. Richard is a former Marine. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he worked as a Avionics Technician doing electrical work on the Huey and Cobra AH1-W and UH1-N helicopters. Both Richard and Andrea are seeking to further their education. Andrea is pursuing online studies with Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to receive a pastry certificate. Richard is working toward a degree in computer information systems. Richard is also working three days a week at Ray’s market.
The couple’s goals for the restaurant are to “support our family, give back to the community, and expand.” Currently the restaurant is open from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the future they hope to serve dinner also.
The couple worked hard for six months to prepare the building for their opening. Beginning in June, they replaced the water main, painted the walls, installed tiling in the floor, put in new sinks, improved fire prevention, repaired gas leaks and did a lot of cleaning. They had hoped to open by August 1, but completing the work and going through the regulatory process prolonged the opening till late November.
Two weeks before opening someone stole Andrea’s cell phone. Shortly after, one panel of the to-go window was broken. The perpetrator did not climb through the window but reached through and grabbed some valves off of the counter. Ogiba suspects that the thief was hoping to steal some tools but couldn’t get in because of the jagged broken glass.
After the business opened, word began to spread that there was a new restaurant and bakery in the area. Business began to pick up.
Ogiba said, “People were excited and eager to try the food. The response was good. Sometimes it is breakfast and sometime it is lunch, But the fresh baked goods always sell out. The demand for baked goods is more that my two hands can handle. I do all the baking and no one else knows my recipes.”
Then in the wee hours of the morning of Monday, December 17, a thief removed the plastic covering from the to-go window and stole $200 worth of bacon, plus five pounds of sausage, and a loaf of banana bread. Richard recovered the window and reinforced it with boarding.
That did not deter the thief however. The next night he struck again forcing the board back and shattering the other panel of glass so that he could slide the window open and climb in again. This time he stole shredded cheese, bacon bits, Crisco, three more loaves of banana bread, and some Pam. Then he got out through the back door.
“It was as though he had a grocery list, and he wanted more banana bread. He had to search for it because I had hidden it but he found it.” said Andrea.
She was particularly aggravated that the crook had stolen the Crisco because it was her son Andrew’s fifth birthday and she needed it to prepare the cake.
Richard and Andrea come in every evening to prepare and bake for the next morning. They work through the evening into the night. Then they go home to rest and return the next morning at 3:30 to open up. They estimate that the thief comes between 1:30 a.m. when the last patrol passes through Johnson Park and the time of their return. Ogiba estimates that the combined cost for repair to the window and the stolen goods is over $500.
The response of the people living in the community to the burglaries has been overwhelmingly supportive.
“People want to help. They are angry that this has happened. They are afraid that we may close the business and leave,” Ogiba said.
Many have come to express their support and desire to help. The incidents have been reported to the Sheriff’s Department.
The couple remains firm in their determination to succeed.
Andrea declared, “This is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time. We’re not going to let it get taken away so easily. We’re not going anywhere!”