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Hearts light up at Burney Christmas tree ceremony

Hundreds of Burney residents came out on the evening of Saturday November 28th for the 2015 Christmas tree lighting ceremony. People enjoyed delicious treats prepared by local service clubs, sang Christmas carols, cheered as Christmas Tree Lane lit up, and had a delightful time as their children met Santa. Each child received a goodie bag.

Young girl with Santa

Young girl with Santa

The ceremony began at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Tree Lane with a presentation of the flag by the combined American Legion and VFW Honor Guard consisting of Cuz Lyons, George Matthews, Dennis Lopez, and Martin McAbee. The Honor Guard then led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance. As the Honor Guard left there was a moment of silence for those soldiers who have lost their lives.

Then the countdown and the trees lit up.

The lights go on!

Henry Winkleman and his family sang “God Bless America”, “Silent Night,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Winkleman family singing Here Comes Santa Claus

Winkleman family singing Here Comes Santa Claus

As the crowd sang “Here Comes Santa Clause,” Santa arrived in a fire truck.

Santa arrived in a firetruck

Santa arrived in a firetruck

A long line of parents and children waited for a chance for each child to sit in Santa’s lap for a cheery chat.

Families lined up to see Santa

Families lined up to see Santa

2015 Burney Basin Days Royalty came to help Santa hand out the gift bags. I asked who Santa was (thinking maybe it was Wally Estes or some such fellow). But I was assured by the young ladies of the Royalty that this was indeed The Real Santa from the North Pole!

Baby Zachariah Nash and his daddy Chris with Santa and Royalty

Baby Zachariah Nash and his daddy Chris with Santa and Royalty

The Lionesses served all kinds of cookies and the Soroptomists served hot apple cider and hot chocolate.

Cookies, hot apple cider and hot chocolate

Cookies, hot apple cider and hot chocolate

The Rotary provided popcorn and cotton candy.

Rotary Club with popcorn and cotton candy

Rotary Club with popcorn and cotton candy

After a wonderful Thanksgiving, this was a great way to begin the Christmas Season. Temperatures were cold, but hearts were warm.

God bless us everyone. Happy holidays to all!

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Lions Club provides awesome Thanksgiving Feast

From noon to 3 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Main Street in Burney, the Lions Club served an awesome Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie.

A community affair

A community affair

Outside, cars were lined up and down Main Street in front of the building.

Cars lined up for the Lions Club Thanksgiving Day Feast

Cars lined up for the Lions Club Thanksgiving Day Feast

At the door, four friendly “door greeters,” welcomed us.

Door Greeters Morgan, Bear, Jason, and Clair

Door Greeters Morgan, Bear, Jason, and Clair

Inside it was truly a community celebration. Conversation flowed easily throughout the room as people greeted old friends and make new.

Roy Carver and friends enjoying a fine meal

Roy Carver and friends enjoying a fine meal

Larry Hawthorne, Past President and current board member of the Lions Club, organized this year’s event. The club has been serving a Thanksgiving dinner for the community for about 42 years.

Hawthorne said, “This dinner is to thank the community for their continued support for Lions Club service projects. We are very grateful to the people of Burney. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Young members of the Burney Lions Club Leos, Boy Scout Troop 38, Cub Scout Pack 38, and the Burney 4H cheerfully and efficiently seated guests, served the meals, and cleared the tables.

Leos, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4H all helped serve

Leos, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4H all helped serve

Lion Walt Libal said that the local Leos have between 40 and 50 enthusiastic young members who engage in a variety of service activities throughout the year. He shared from his experience how when young people work with and serve people of all ages, the experience opens their heart and develops their social skills.

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to organize the young people who were serving.

Leo Megan Arenau ready to serve a plate

Leo Megan Arenau ready to serve a plate

In addition to serving about 250 dinners at the hall, Larry Hawthorne said that the club also delivered 52 Thanksgiving Day dinners to people at home who couldn’t come out.

Thank you Lions club and all of those who helped make this a great Thanksgiving for Burney!

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Thanksgiving Eve drive to Baum Lake

Thanksgiving is upon us and this year we can give thanks that more snow has been added in the higher elevations around Burney. Snow began just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday and continued on and off into Wednesday morning. Burney got 1-2 inches, enough that when I woke up, we had a beautiful wintry landscape.

Metal skiers enjoying the snow

Metal skiers enjoying the snow

Linda and I decided to take a drive out to Baum Lake. As we headed away from Burney past 4 corners there was a little bit less snow, but turning on to Cassel Road the ponderosas were still laden with snow.

Giraffe in the woods

Giraffe in the woods

The first place we stopped was at Packway. I always love to bring friends who visit Burney to see the collection of metal sculptures displayed beside the road. People are usually amazed to see such creatures out in the middle of the woods.

What is this?

What is this?

After shooting some pictures, we continued on to Baum Lake.

View of Crystal Lake Hatchery across Baum Lake

View of Crystal Lake Hatchery across Baum Lake

On Monday, I stopped into Burney Sporting Goods to see what was going on in outdoor activity. Not much. Waterfall season is still open, but there wasn’t a lot to report. Turkey and quail season are open. Shawn Lewis said that one person had gotten a hen, but that others had reported that they hadn’t seen many wild turkeys. There are pheasants in the Fall River area, but mostly on private ranches where they can’t be hunted.

Picnic Table at Baum Lake

Picnic Table at Baum Lake

As for fishing, most of the areas are closed. Lake Britton is pretty dead. Baum Lake is one area still open. Crystal Lake Hatchery usually stocks it around Thanksgiving but Lewis doesn’t think that they have done so yet this year. The Hatchery is closed to the public for improvements to the water supply.

Road to PGE campground in Cassel

Road to PGE campground in Cassel

Outdoor activities in Burney thrive from the beginning of fishing season into early November. As the weather gets colder the area teams with craft shows and bake sales.

But, as Robert Frost said, when the snow falls, the “woods are lovely, dark and deep.” Lovely for snowshoes, cross-country skiers, hikers, and just plain day-trippers like Linda and me.

We decided to take the road from Baum Lake over the hill to the PGE campground by Cassel. There were some beautiful views of the newly fallen snow across the countryside.

View from campground road

View from campground road

I got out to take a few shots of West Hat Creek by Cassel. There was still a lot of orange autumn foliage mixed in with the snow-laced evergreen.

Cassel forebay

Cassel forebay

When we left Cassel to follow Cassel Road back around to Highway 89, I said a little prayer that we might get a good picture of a deer. But our first encounter was with some friendly horses.

Friendly horses

Friendly horses

Linda had fun taking pictures of the horses. Look for some of her shots on her photocards.

Metal skiers enjoying the snow

Linda having fun

Then as we passed Rising River Ranch, I caught a glimpse of my deer out of the corner of my eye. My little prayer was answered. A nice buck in the woods.

Deer on Rising River Ranch

Deer on Rising River Ranch

Satisfied, we crossed rising river and headed home.

Ranch on rising river

Ranch on rising river

We need more snow. We can be grateful that this year we have already had as much snow as we got all of last year. More is expected next week and we still haven’t really begun winter yet so we can be hopeful that we get a good snowpack this year.

In any case, it is wonderful to be in a place where so much natural beauty surrounds us. Each time I go out to shoot photos with Linda is another day in paradise.

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12 Days of Christmas Fair and Gingerbread House Contest

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This December, The Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation will be hosting a 12 days of Christmas Fair on Wednesday through Saturday for for three consecutive weeks. The dates are December 2-5, 9-12, and 16-19.

There will be crafts, treats and goodies. Free gift wrapping.

If you go all 12 days and buy something each day, you will have a gift for your true love on each of the 12 days of Christmas.

Vendors who wish to participate should contact the Inter-Mountain Fair Office at 336-5695. Vendors pay a flat fee of $50 for all 12 days. Applications are due by November 27.

gingerbread entry

gingerbread entry

On December 19, there will be a Gingerbread House Contest. People can enter as individuals or groups. Individual categories are ages 8 and under; age 9-18; and age 19 and older. Group categories are youth and adult.

Houses will be judged on overall appearance; difficulty; creativity and originality; and technique and skill.

Entrees are due by December 12 and the Houses must be in place by 10 a.m. on December 19.

 

 

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Burney Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café a Delight

On From 9 a.m.to 2.p.m. on November 21,  there was a steady flow of happy shoppers streaming through the Annual Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café held by the Burney Elementary PTA.

Cone critters

Cone critters

It was a community affair with everyone enjoying the opportunity to stock up on delicious goodies for Thanksgiving as well as high quality crafts and decorations for the holiday season.

Christmas treess and ornaments

Christmas treess and ornaments

This years fair was organized by Kathy Urlie. She did a great job. All of the tables were filled and everything ran as smoothly as Santa’s sleigh gliding down a snow covered mountaintop. During the event itself she was busy cheerfully greeting guests and vendors and making sure that every one was happy. In the meantime, her husband Andrew was busy selling his wonderful art pottery.

Kathy and Andrew Urlie with their pottery

Kathy and Andrew Urlie talking with a shopper

Special thanks to the Boy Scouts Troop 38. When my wife Linda and arrived on Friday evening to set up, several of the Scouts helped us to unload our vehicle and carry things in. It was a great help and made setting up much easier and quicker. On Saturday, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Scouts James Chapman and Matt Golczynski, and Melissa Sweet served delicious homemade soup. I had a bowl of clam chowder made by Matt that was really super! Nice and thick with lots of clams and bacon, just the way I like it. For people who like spicy soup, Melissa brought a pot of soup seasoned with red pepper that was great for clearing the sinuses.

James Chapman, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Melissa Sweet, and Matt Goldman selling soup for Troop 38

James Chapman, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Melissa Sweet, and Matt Golczynski selling soup for Troop 38

The Burney 4H was there selling Christmas Wreaths and the Soroptomists had some wonderful baked goods.

Ciera McClung and helpers selling wreaths for the Burney 4H

Ciera McClung and helpers selling wreaths for the Burney 4H

The Burney Fire Department also had baked goods available for a donation to their Christmas Toy Drive. I donated for two little loaves of bread – one pumpkin and one cranberry nut. The cranberry nut bread was out of this world! What a treat! I think I’ll go have another piece for breakfast!

The Maupins brought breads, and others had pies, cakes, etc.

Bread pies and much more

Bread pies and much more

I would have bought more, but just the day before I had bought a carrot cake and brownies from the Lionesses outside of the Dollar General Store. One can only eat so much. Lead me not into temptation. Deliver me from gluttony.

Susan Hougan came down from Mt. Shasta to sell her delicious herbs. She said she likes to come to the Burney area for events. People were lining up for pretzel sticks to sample her fare.

Susan Hougan with Diplicious Artisan Spice Blends from MT Shasta

Susan Hougan with Diplicious Artisan Spice Blends from MT Shasta

Well, as you can see, I like food. But the highlight of the fair was the wonderful high quality crafts. There were many Christmas crafts and decorations and also really wonderful art crafts.

I already mentioned Andrew Urlie’s art pottery, which is becoming quite well known in the area. Something new this year was a collection of bird houses by Eileen.

Bird houses

Bird houses

And it is always a treat to see what new items the McKay brothers have created out of natural substances. I’m fascinated by their horse manure pens.

McKay Brothers Wood and Natural products

McKay Brothers Wood and Natural products

Michelle was there with her country chic creations.

An elegant space

An elegant display

Susan Hanson had a beautiful exhibit of photography on canvas and matted prints. Susan and I noticed that our two wall displays created a color axis across the cafeteria because,

Susan Hanson

Susan Hanson making a sale

on the other side of the hall, my wife Linda was busy selling her hand-crafted Christmas cards, framed photos, and some of my paintings.

My wife Linda with Lace Photography

My wife Linda with Lace Photography

Linda also handed out flyers letting folks know that this year there is a Christmas Shop in the Hearthstone Health Food Store where people can get more gifts, stocking stuffers, hand-made crafts, as well as Christmas decorations and cards.

Well, that’s a glimpse. There was more. Hand-made goat soaps, candles, wooden toys, Christmas crafts, jewelry, etc. Plus it was a chance for friends and neighbors to see each other and share fellowship.

Kathy Urlie said, “BES PTA enjoys the participation of the many quality craftsmen of the Intermountain area and enthusiastic participation of the shoppers. This event is truly a community social and we thank the continued support of all. Happy Thanksgiving!”

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Open mic brings hope alive in Burney!

Local talent packed the building behind the Rex Club on the evening of November 19 to share an uplifting evening of Native American rap, spoken word, blues, gospel music, poetry, folk music, folk dancing, belly dancing, and story telling. More than 50 people attended

A great audience

Playing to a full house

The event named “Hope is Alive 4!” was held in honor of National Suicide Loss Survivor Day on Nov. 21. It was sponsored by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the Community Education Committee along with community partners and advisory boards.

Community Education Specialist Marc Dadigan

Community Education Specialist Marc Dadigan

Performers began gathering to sign up between 5 and 5:30 p.m. As they entered they were greeted by the friendly host and Emcee, Marc Dadigan. Dadigan is a community education specialist for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. He has been working with a program named “Stand Against Stigma

By six o’clock the hall was full. Marc invited everyone to share refreshments: veggies, small wrap sandwiches, popcorn, lemonade and water. He then explained that performers  would have eight minutes to share their creative offering.

First to get up to the mic were Louis Gustafson and Billy Riggins, two members of the Pit River Tribe.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Louis Gustafson

Louis began by saying, “We are very grateful to be able to participate in this event to help the community.”

He then introduced us all to Native American rap. Louis’s rapper name is PittFox. They rapped two rousing and inspirational songs. It was awesome. Louis and Billy also do Native American drumming with the Pit River Nation Drummers and shared some of their sacred songs at Burney Basin Days last July.

It was a great way to begin the evening and crack the ice. The crowd responded with total enthusiasm. Next up was Brave Faces advocate Christina Stampfli who shared a poem about facing depression.

Christina Stampfli shares about poem

Christina Stampfli shares a poem

Reading her poem, Ms. Stampfli portrayed perfectly the theme of the evening, “Has creating music, rhymes or poetry given you light in dark times or shed light on a hidden struggle? Then come celebrate how art heals and promotes understanding.”

Next, Kimberly Michelle Davis delighted the audience with her a capella rendition of two songs. Ms. Davis has a lovely voice and a natural charisma. As she sang, people could feel the love.

Kimberly Michelle Davis sings a capella

Kimberly Michelle Davis sings a capella

Steve Stoore came up on stage next. He said he hoped there would be more events in the future because he had a number of songs he would like to share that are relevant. Then he proceeded to play his soulful version of the classic blues song, “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)” written by T-Bone Walker and recorded by the Allman Brothers as “Stormy Monday.” He accompanied his artful singing and guitar picking with some bluesy harmonica playing.

Steve Stoore plays the blues

Steve Stoore plays the blues

Billy Riggins

Billy Riggins

Next Billy Riggins came up again and shared some songs that he had written. Billy was just turning 17. He told of how he had suffered because of the death of beloved family members. Billy is a young man of great heart. He told us how he “loves his family to death,” and we all felt it. One of the songs he sang was a beautifully melodic, poignant song about the madness in today’s world.

Mental health concerns us all. We all would like to enjoy optimum health, mentally as well as physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yet, whether through our own trials or affected by the struggles of others we all have been touched by illness. The challenges to mental health include stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, learning disabilities, mood fluctuations, and other psychological concerns.

These issues affect us not only individually, but collectively through the problems that we see every day in the news about our nation and the world. Billy’s song illustrated the anguish of this situation.

After Billy sang, Martin and Vicky McAffee got up and sang two moving gospel songs, one of which was “Light at the End of the Darkness” written by Larry Gatlin.

Creative expression is one of the ways we address and deal with our down times. Faith, family, and friends are major sources of support. But sometimes, in the pit of despair, one feels totally alone, doesn’t  see the light at the end of the tunnel, and loses all hope.

About forty people a year die from suicide in Shasta County.

Sometimes, people need help. Sometimes people who need help don’t reach out because of the stigma associated with psychological problems. That is why programs like Stand Against Stigma have been created: to increase awareness and openness; to lessen the stigma associated with problems we all share: to make people aware of behaviors that may be warning signs; and to provide avenues of support.

When my turn came, I did a poem entitled Night and Day and then performed an original song “Stay Awhile.”

Then we took a break which was nice because I had a chance to talk with two friends that I hadn’t seen for awhile. They are planning on getting married and asked me to sing a song at their wedding. Good things happen when folks get together.

Stand-up comedy by Justin Babb

Stand-up comedy by Justin Babb

After the break there were still more amazing things to come. Justin Babb, who was engineering the sound for the evening, told us that stand-up comedy helped to relieve his woes. Justin had chosen this evening for his debut performance.

The crowd was in stiches When Justin said, “If I had a dime for every time I picked up a chick, I wouldn’t have a dime,” a lady in the audience shouted, “Don’t worry I will set you up.” Everyone roared.

He also told a joke about Donald Trump’s hair which pretty much always goes over well with everyone.

We also were treated to two dances by the Burney International Folk Dancers

Burney International Folk Dancers

Burney International Folk Dancers

And while we were in the mood for dancing a young lady named Amy demonstrated two belly dances.

Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing

The crowd’s was rapt in attention. No one in the audience fell asleep.

Next, one of the women who had participated in the folk dancing read a moving section from her master’s thesis. The thesis was 25 years in the making. The reading described how support from a mentor had encouraged her in accomplishing the work.

Sarah reading a testimony from the intro to her master's thesis

Sarah reading a testimony from the intro to her master’s thesis

After Sarah’s reading we were treated to more poetry by Stand Against Stigma advocate Chante Marie Catt.

Chante Marie Catt shares her poetry

Chante Marie Catt shares her poetry

Ms. Catt and all of the performers are living testimonies to the fact that hope is indeed alive!

To conclude the evening, our host, Marc Dadigan, told us a story. It was a humorous and engaging story from his college days about a blind date. The date didn’t work out. To put it mildly, the chemistry was not quite right. While the story was amusing, it also ended on a telling note. At the end of their last conversation, the girl said, “I wish I were not around.”

Looking back, Mark told us that he wonders how the girl fared. Now that he has become more aware he realizes that her statement was a sign that she may have been in need of help. Awareness awakens compassion. Mark advised us that materials and resources are available to help prevent suicide.

It may seem paradoxical that such serious issues were addressed at such a joyful gathering. One of the amazing things is that the whole event only lasted about two hours.  The creativity flowed as smoothly as water through a dynamo producing a healing surge of inspiration for all. The atmosphere was never heavy. Au contraire, it was uplifting and empowering.

It was wonderful to experience such a wide variety of talent. It was truly a social event that helped a community connect in heart.

After the program concluded, people did not rush home. Rather, people lingered to get to know each other better and talk more.

The next day, I stopped by the Rex Club to thank the owner, Connie for hosting the open mic. She said that they may have another one in 3 months. Wonderful!

End Note:

I tried to include everyone in this article, but I fear I may have missed a performer. If I did, I apologize. There was a lot of hay on the fork. If you are aware of someone I left out, please notify me and I will include them.

Also, I want to thank all of those who came to attend. Listeners are participants, and what’s a show without an audience? God bless you all.

See you next time.

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Commission on Aging visits Burney Senior Center

Members of the Shasta County Commission on Aging (SCCOA) visited the Burney Senior Center on November 20th. The commissioners came to tour the facility and see some of their activities. Afterwards, they were joined by District 3 County Supervisor Pam Giaccomini for lunch.

Members of the Shasta County Commission on Aging waiting for lunch

Members of the Shasta County Commission on Aging waiting for lunch

One of the supervisors said she was very impressed with the activities of the Senior Center. Supervisor Giacomini said that this was the first time the commission as a whole had come to visit the Burney Senior Center.

Dr. Tom Watson, Commissioner from District 3, invited his fellow commissioners to make the visit. Dr. Watson said, “We are basically the liaisons between the senior population and the supervisors.”

One of the people at the table I was sitting at said he wanted do be sure that the Commission knew how much we appreciated the work that Bill Shannon does at the center.

In compliance with the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), California is divided into 33 Planning and Service Areas (PSA) to oversee the administration of services to senior citizens. Shasta County is part of PSA 2.

Shasta County has 8 commissioners. Each member of the Board of Supervisors appoints a commissioner to represent their district. There are five districts. In addition, three cities in Shasta County each appoint one commissioner,  making a total of 8 commissioners all together.

Dr. Tom Watson from Mountain Valley Health Clinic is the Commissioner for the district that represents the Burney Area. Dr. Watson was appointed by District 3 Supervisor Giacomini

The commission meets at 10 a.m. every 3rd Friday of the month at the Shasta County Administration Center. 1450 Court Street, Room 311, in Redding.  The public is welcome to attend.

Members of the Commission are available to provide information, receive suggestions and hear concerns from Shasta County senior citizens and organizations who serve them.

By the way, lunch was delicious — meat loaf and brussel sprouts. During lunch representatives from the Burney Fire Department were there for people to have their blood pressure checked.

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