Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY December 1

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Operation Warm Winter will be holding their annual winter GIVEAWAY on December 1 from 3-5 p.m.

Operation Warm Winter is a project of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

Operation Warm Winter supplies new coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school students.

In addition, at their annual GIVEAWAY, they provide gently used winter clothing to people in need. Clothing donations are being accepted at the church.

People in the community who would like to donate clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

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Burney Food Coop 2017 Holiday food drive

From now until Christmas, local volunteers are working in cooperation with Safeway’s nationwide Feed the Need program to provide food for the Burney Food Coop.

Volunteer Rhonda Schilling greeting a shopper

For $10, Safeway shoppers can purchase a pre-filled bag of groceries that will be donated to the Burney Food Coop. Just take one of the slips from the in-store displays to be scanned at the register.

The Burney Food Co-op is a Christian non-profit organization formed by local churches, members of the business community, and volunteers to promote food security, dignity, and civic responsibility in Burney and the Intermountain area.

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The Burney Food Coop is located at 36910 Main Street in Burney. It is designed to help provide food and fellowship for those in need in an uplifting setting. People of all races, religions, and cultural backgrounds are welcome. Co-op members meet regularly each month for a meal, fellowship, and food distribution. There is a devotional message at every meeting and members are encouraged to participate in their own provision, help one another, and serve the larger community.

In addition to the current food drive, community members can also donate food or money directly to the Co-op or volunteer to help in various ways. All gifts are tax deductible.

If you would like to learn more or get involved, please call 530-335- 5925 or 530-335-5244. Or you can Email burneyfoodcoop@gmail.com.

Pamphlets explaining the mission and organization of the Burney Food Co-op are available at the Feed the Need display in the Safeway store.

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Hundreds come out for craft fair at Burney Elementary

Hundreds of people thronged to the Burney Elementary School for the annual Craft Fair.

A community affair

Kathy Urlie did an excellent job of organizing the event. The hall was full of vendors displaying Christmas items, pottery, artwork, photography, wood work, jewelry, and many other hand-made arts and crafts as well as baked goods and hot home-made food items.

Jill Binger and Irene May display gifts of friendship and creativity

The hall was packed. Every table was filled with displays of local creativity. More vendors lined the corridors leading to the gym.

Hundreds of people came

In addition to shopping for crafts people enjoyed seeing friends and neighbors at this wonderful community event.

Linda displaying art, photography and hand crafted photo cards

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Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Burney Lions Hall

The Burney Lions Club will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday November 23 from 12 noon until 3 p.m. at the Burney Lions Hall. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. In addition to providing a feast at their hall, the Lions also deliver meals to people who are housebound.

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Bailey Turner, Devin Murray and Eric Davies named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening November 16. Bailey Turner was named 12th grade Student of the Month for October. Devin Murray was named 12th grade Student of the Month for November, and Eric Davies was named 8th grade Student of the Month for November.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Devin Murray, Bailey Turner, Eric Davies and Lion George Whitfield

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Turner and Murray each received $100 and Davies received $50.

Bailey Turner is active in volleyball, church, Leos, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Interact, S-Club, FNL, and Leadership Club. She enjoys reading, dancing, piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She would like to travel “everywhere.” In the future she hopes to go to college and choose an enjoyable career. She is good at dancing and making people laugh.

Her grandparents Susan and Jerry Frazier attended the dinner to watch her receive her award. Mrs. Frazier said that she is sure Bailey “will go on to do wonderful things… she wants to do everything for everybody.”

Devin Murray has a grade point of 4.43. Principal Guerrero said that it is the highest grade point he has ever seen. Devin is involved in basketball, track, golf, Leo’s, CSF, Interact, mentoring, and Leadership Club. He enjoys science, math, sports, and cliff diving. He would like to experience sky diving. He plans to go to college and study civil engineering. He says that he is good at sarcasm.

Devin’s parents Dona and Kristina Murray and his sister attended. Devin’s parents said that Devin is a great kid and they are very proud of him.

Eric Davies has a 4.0 grade point average. He is good at sports and math. He is active in Pop Warner football, and Jr. High basketball. In the future he would like to go to Oregon University to play basketball and then play for the NBA. He also would like to skydive.

Eric’s parents Angie and Robert Davies, his brother Drew, and his sister Ashley attended. Eric’s father works at Burney Falls State Park. He thanked the Lions and the Leos for all the help they offer at Heritage Day.

 

 

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Rising Sun Fit Club offering Holiday Discounts on Membership

From now until January 1, Rising Sun Fit Club is offering discount membership rates.

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Membership includes unlimited use of the weight room and unlimited classes. Classes include Group Fitness, Low impact, Spin, Boot Camp and more. There are classes for all fitness levels and ages.

Rising Sun has experienced trainers who assist in rehabilitation from injury. There are also fitness programs designed for women during pregnancy.

Membership is $30 for the next 18 people who sign up! After that, membership goes up to $35 until Dec 31st. After January 1, the membership rate will be $45 per month

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Senior memberships (65 and older) are $25 per month. Student memberships are available for $20 per month. . Discounts are also available for family memberships.

For out-of- towners and snowbirds, punch cards are available good for 10 visits for $50. A visit is good for use of the weightroom and /or classes.

Sign up now to ensure fitness for a whole year. Also, what a great idea for a Christmas gift for a friend or family member!

For more information call 530-335-3536,
visit https://www.facebook.com/risingsunfitclub/
or stop by to check out the facilities.

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Vince Wall encourages the Burney Chamber to help make Burney a “PCT Friendly” town

Vince Wall spoke to the Burney Chamber of Commerce on November 14 at Gepetto’s Pizza about the benefits of serving Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers during the summer.

Vince Wall talks about PCT at Burney Chamber of Commerce

Wall worked with CAL FIRE for 30 years. He moved to Burney in 1997. Wall’s daughter Jenn and her boyfriend, Colton, hiked the trail this year. They began at the Mexican border April 15 and Jenn kept a 167 day blog of her journey called Jenn Hikes PCT.

The PCT extends  2,659 miles from the Mexican Border to Canada passing through the Southern California desert, the Sierras, and the Cascade Mountains. The trail crosses Highway 299 six miles west of Burney and also goes through McArthur Burney Falls State Park.

People who hike the whole trail are called thru-hikers. Most of them begin at Campo by the Mexican Border and hike north. Last year 4000 PCT permits were issued. In additions there are many day hikers and section hikers. The bulk of PCT hikers pass through the Intermountain Area in June and July. That means that thousands of hikers pass within 6 miles of Burney each year.

Wall explained that the PCT hike has become a social media event. The hikers and support organizations share information via cell phones and tablets as they traverse the trail. Life on the trail is simple, the hikers seek to maintain a steady pace of miles each day. They try to keep their packs light.

When they pass towns, they need to shower, resupply, eat, socialize and seek recreation. They pick up and ship packages at the post office and patronize markets, stores, restaurants and movie theatres. The also may need medical and dental services and sometimes they will rent motel rooms and take a break.

Though social media hikers share experiences and tell one another which towns are PCT friendly, where the best restaurants are, where they can get good camping sites, which businesses give discounts. where there are special events such as fireworks, etc.

Certain locations become “must see.” It is part of the trail culture. If you don’t go to a must see location you missed out.

Wall showed slides from Jenn’s journey picturing towns, restaurants, and lodging that have catered to the PCT hikers. The pictures showed restaurants. bakeries and taverns packed with PCT hikers. Some small towns provide shuttle services from the trail to town.  PCT friendly towns post small billboards advertising their service. Organizations and trail angels pitch in to provide “trail magic.”

Wall wants Burney to become better known as a PCT friendly town. Burney is ideally located just about half-way on the trail. Thousands of hikers pass through during the peak summer months after crossing the hot Hat Creek Ridge. Wall wants to organize a committee made up of representatives from the Chamber, Rotary, and other service organizations to explore ways to enhance services for PCT hikers in a way that would benefit both hikers and the town.

In other business:

Jen Luck shared that this year’s Fall Fling had netted over $17,000.

Advertising opportunities for Chamber members and membership options were discussed.

The County has allocated $10,000 from the Occupancy Tax for grants for projects that will benefit tourism in the Intermountain Area. Deadline for application is December 1.

The Chamber is also exploring the idea of organizing a Blue Grass Festival if an appropriate location with necessary amenities is located.

Catherine Camp encourage people to participate in North State Giving Tuesday (www.northestategives.org).

It was announced that Jen Luck will resign as Burney Chamber Office Manager effective December 31, 2017.

For more information call Burney Chamber of Commerce 530-335-2111.

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