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Hiking the Burney Falls Loop with Grant Carrington

On Tuesday February 23, 2016. Grant Carrington came to Burney, California to visit. Two days later, my wife Linda and I took Grant to Burney Falls.

Grant taking in the falls

Grant taking in the falls

I met Grant around the turn of the century at the Year of the Rabbit Coffee shop in Bowie Maryland when we both used to play the open mic there. It was a wonderful venue and we became friends. We sometimes met at other open mics such as the Wagonshed in New Freedom Pennsylvania. Here’s me playing at Wagonshed.

Since then, Linda and I have settled here in Burney. Grant retired from his government job and moved to Massachusetts. We have stayed in touch. About five months ago, Grant decided to travel around the country. He vacated his apartment in Massachusetts and started driving around the country visiting friends and playing at open mics.

Here’s a video of Grant playing and being interviewed on February 4, 2014 at FCAT’s Studios in South Deerfield, MA:

When Grant arrived he had been on the road for five months. Apparently he brings sunshine with him wherever he goes. Traveling down the East Coast, through the South, around the Southwest and California, he only experienced five rainy days.

In Arizona, he visited another of our friends from the Year of the Rabbit, JR Robusto. On Christmas Day he was at the Grand Canyon. The week before coming to Burney he was in Berkeley and San Francisco. On his way here, he stopped in Muir Woods.

At 77 years of age, Grant is an avid hiker and lover of nature. Linda and I thought Grant might enjoy Burney Falls. We entered the park from Clark’s Creek Road. It was a beautiful, Spring-like February day.

Linda ready for a photoshoot

Linda ready for a photoshoot

Grant has hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail, but had never hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. When we came to the PCT sign I had him take a few steps and told him that now he could say that he had hiked on the PCT.

PCT sign

PCT sign

Linda went one direction on the loop to take photos. Grant and I headed down to the bridge over Burney Creek.

Grant taking a picture

Grant taking a picture

We got a few pictures of the creek and I showed Grant where my cousin Ray had carved his initials into the wood railing when we had hiked the trail 46 years ago.

Burney Creek above the Falls

Burney Creek above the Falls

Then we hiked up toward the main entrance and the visitor’s center. As we went we caught several views of the falls through the woods.

View of Burney Falls through the trees from above

View of Burney Falls through the trees from above

The amenities were closed so we headed down to the falls overlook.

Grant Carrington at Burney Falls

Grant Carrington at Burney Falls

We didn’t see many animals on our journey, but one little squirrel did come out to say “Hello!”

Squirrel Checking us out

Squirrel checking us out

As we paused going down the hatchback trail at one of several places where we stopped to take in the falls, Grant smiled and said, “Well, you certainly do have a well-kept secret here.” Grant had never heard of our precious local treasure.

Burney Falls as we descend the trail

Burney Falls as we descend the trail

One of the things that Grant enjoyed was the small falls emerging from the wall of the canyon.

Mini falls emerging across the creek from the trail

Mini falls emerging across the creek from the trail

After enjoying the falls from the base, we hiked downtrail along Burney Creek marveling at the old-growth Douglas fir. As we approached the lower bridge, we met Linda.

Lower Bridge on Burney Falls Loop

Where’s Linda?

Linda wanted to continue on to the Falls and then hike back with us so Grant I sat for a spell  on the bench by the bridge.

Brief Break on the Trail

Brief Break on the Trail

As well as being a singer songwriter, Grant also writes science fiction. He also is a bit of a philosopher. During his 3-day stay we had numerous interesting conversations. We enjoyed chatting while we waited for Linda.

After she arrived we proceeded up the hill. Grant’s was commenting on the lichens, the reeds, and the various interesting colors that were beginning to emerge. This small red orange shoot over the creek aroused his interest.

Red twig over the water

Red twig over the water

Proceeding on, we came to another view of the falls from this side of the creek.

View of the falls coming up the trail

View of the falls coming up the trail

Linda, Grant, and I made our way back to the car. We had to be home by 3 p.m. because some ladies from the Word of Life Assembly of God were stopping by to deliver some cookies. We didn’t want to miss that!

When we had arrived at the park I realized that I had forgotten to bring my walking stick. Fortunately, I happened upon a nice small branch on our hike. Filing off a few nobs at the top where I wanted to put my hand, I had made use of this fine staff.

As we exited the park we met a group from McCloud entering the park. I asked if any of them would like my walking stick and one nice lady gratefully received it. There weren’t a lot of hikers on the trail on this lovely February day. However, in addition to these merry McClouders we did also meet a nice family from Ashland and a young Irish trio from Placerville.

Meeting and chatting with visitors from other places is one of the things I love about hiking the Burney Falls Loop.

I think Grant enjoyed his visit to Burney and our park. He treated Linda and me to a wonderful steak dinner at Pit River Casino.  I hope Burney and Burney Falls make their way into one of his songs or books.

If you would like, you can read more about Grant Carrington and his “Farewell tour of the country.”

 

 

 

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“How to Interview” course at WOLA

Former Deputy Chief of CalFire for the Northern Region, Vince Wall, will be teaching a course on “How to Interview” at the Word of Life Church beginning on Thursday, March 4.

The course is designed to educate people interested in applying for civil service jobs about the process and to provide helpful advice on how to apply successfully. It is open to the public. Students must sign up in advance and be committed to participating in the entire course.

The course will be taught each Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for approximately 7 weeks. It will consist of lectures and practice-speaking by students in front of other students. Instruction will culminate in mock interviews in front of volunteer panels. There will be some light homework.

The course will progress as follows:

Week 1: How and where to obtain civil service job information. Review of Job Announcements and Minimum and Desired Qualifications (MQ’s and DQ’s).
Week 2: Review and clarify material from previous week. Review the scope of the exam. Review of job application form. Review additional information on Job Announcement. Discuss the differences between a Competitive Oral Board and a Qualitative Appraisal Panel. Discuss hiring lists, conditions, and list eligibility.
Week 3: Cover any questions from the previous week. Examine oral interview practice and rehearsal techniques. Introduce the four phases of a civil service interview. Begin the Introductory Phase (student participation).
Week 4: Review. Complete the Introductory Phase. Begin Phase 2, “Transition Phase,” with student participation using MQ’s and DQ’s.
Week 5: Questions and review. Complete Transition Phase. Begin Phase 3, “Body of Interview,” Students will be given scenarios to verbally complete in class.
Week 6: Questions and review. Introduce Phase 4, “Closing Statement.” Group exercises developing a closing statement.
Week 7: Mock interviews in which students will be able to combine everything learned into one interview. Depending on circumstances, it may take more that one week to schedule all interviews.

After all interviews are completed there will be a final meeting of all students for a closeout summary and discussion, as well as an appraisal of the course and instructor by the students.

If you are interested in signing up to take the course or if you would like to volunteer to sit on one of the interview panels, please call Vince Wall at 530-351-3377.

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Public Speaking Course at WOLA begins Wednesday March 3

Former Deputy Chief of CalFire for the Northern Region, Vince Wall, will be teaching a course on public speaking at the Word of Life Church beginning on Wednesday, March 3. The course is open to the public. Students must sign up in advance.

The course, which will follow the “Toastmasters International” model of public speaking will be taught each Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for at least 8 weeks according to the following schedule:

Week 1: Introduction of course and goals. Review of pre-speech preparation items and logistics. Introduction and work on “The Self-Introduction” activity.
Week 2-3: Review and conclusion of Self-Introduction. Beginning of “Introducting of Another Speaker Activity.” Students will be paired to interview and introduce another speaker.
Week 4-5: Review and conclusion of “Introducing Another Speaker.” Beginning of “Introducing a Topic Activity.” Participants will introduce a topic, idea, or proposal to the group.
Week 6-7: Review and conclusion of the previous weeks’ activities. Introduction to the “Short Presentation Activity.” Participants will give a 3-5 minute talk on a subject of their choosing.
Week 8: Conclusion of Short Presentation activity. Beginning of “Long Presentation Activity.” Participants will deliver a 5-8 minute presentation that may included visual aids. This talk will be open to the public.

The course can accommodate a maximum of 14 students. If more than 14 people sign up there will be an alternate list or an additional future course. If you are interested in signing up to take the course or if you would like to come to hear the speakers in their final presentation, call Vince Wall at 530-351-3377.

Mr. Wall has had extensive training in public speaking including 160 hours mandatory training during his employment at Cal Fire. As Deputy Chief, he delivered many speeches to audiences ranging in size from small audiences to a thousand people. He also was an instructor at Cal Fire Academy.

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Carissa Tereba wins Burney Lions Club Student Speaker Contest

On Thursday evening, February 18, Carissa Tereba won the club level Student Speakers Contest at the Burney Lions Club. Ms. Tereba, a senior at Burney High School, competed against two other Burney High School Students, Hunter Mostoufi and Jessica Thompson.

Lions Club Speech Contestantts

Lions Club Speech Contestantts

The theme of this year’s contest is “Liberty and Justice for All – What Does It Mean To You?” All three students gave excellent 10-minute speeches illustrating their ideas with examples from their own life, family history, and references to current and historical events.

The speeches were judged by four judges: Bob Hatcher, Sally Armstrong, Rob Armstong, and Marcia Kerns. Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.

Three Wonderful Speakers

Three Wonderful Speakers: Hunter Mostoufi, Carissa Tereba, and Jessica Thompson

Lions 79th Annual Student Speakers Contest

Lions 79th Annual Student Speakers Contest

All three participants were awarded certificates and checks. Ms. Tereba won $100 for first place, but more importantly she will now advance to the next level of competition.

Lions Clubs throughout California have been holding contests during the month of February as part of the 79th Annual Student Speaker Contest. Winners will advance through a series of competitions to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.

This year, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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“What’s in the Water?”

About ten people gathered at the Burney Community Center at 7 p.m. on the evening of  February 16 to hear a very interesting talk about water by Jim Simmons.

Jim Simmons explaining the molecular structure of water and it's effects

Jim Simmons explaining the molecular structure of water and it’s effects

Mr. Simmons worked in the past for Ford at one of their American Satellite Ground Terminals. During that time he became acquainted with Chuck Missler who also worked for Ford. After a diverse career in the hi-tech industry Dr. Missler has developed a ministry as an evangelical Christian author and Bible teacher. He is the founder of the Koinonia House ministry based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Mr. Simmons talk was entitled “What’s in the Water.” He began by pointing out that water is essential to life. His premise, which he demonstrated through a PowerPoint presentation, was that water has a unique molecular structure engineered by God. This structure endows water with several attributes which enable it to fulfill it’s life supporting role.

Using graphics, Simmons explained that water, H2O, is made of hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen has one proton with one electron revolving around it. Oxygen has a nucleus with eight protons plus neutrons. It has eight electrons revolving around it: two in it’s first shell and six in it’s second shell. Because the second shell needs two more electrons, an oxygen atom combines with two hydrogen atoms to create a molecule of water.

Hydrogen bonds in water

Hydrogen bonds in water

The interesting aspect of the structure of a water molecule that Mr. Simmons pointed out is that the two hydrogen atoms always bond with the oxygen atom at a 105 degree angle. This makes water a dipolar molecule. The side of the water molecule with the two hydrogen atoms has a positive charge and the side without the hydrogen atoms has a negative charge. A water molecule is a dipole.

This dipolar nature of the water molecule give water it’s adhesive and cohesive properties. These properties play an important biological role. For instance water is transported in plants from the root up the stem to the leaf because of it’s cohesive and adhesive properties in conjunction with the tension caused by transpiration (the evaporation of water from the leaf). It’s an amazing process without which we would have no food.

Another interesting quality that Simmons explained is that each water molecule, as a dipole, is a miniature receiver of electromagnetic waves. Specifically, water resonates at frequency of 2 gigahertz. This is what makes a microwave oven work. Microwaves at a frequency of 2 GH cause the water in the food to heat up thus warming the food.

Mr. Simmons talk was illustrated with other interesting facts and anecdotes relating to fishing, the search for extraterrestrial life, the fact that the surface of the earth is 71% water, etc. He translated the information into layman’s terms using personal stories while peppering the talk with a warm sense of humor.

The underlying theme is that our present reality is “an integrated whole” intelligently engineered by a beneficent creator, who Mr. Simmons referred to as “Our Father.”

The presentation was followed by a stimulating question and answer period.

As I listened and reflected it popped into my mind that water was mentioned in the very first two verses of the Bible:

Genesis 1-2: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

All in all, it was a fascinating talk. I think it would be wonderful if various organizations had more presentations and discussions on a variety of topics to help develop our individual and community mind.

I also want to thank Rev. Pat Nugent who invited Mr. Simmons to give his talk at the community center.

 

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May 7 Ham Run to benefit Burney Basin Days Parade

Fun Run in the Park

Fun Run in the Park

The 15th annual “Ham Run in the Park” sponsored by the Burney Chamber of Commerce will take place on May 7, 2016 in McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. Runners can compete in two different races. A 4-mile run will begin at 8 a. m. and the 2-mile “Run for a Ham” will begin at 9 a.m.

The Burney Chamber has announced that revenue raised from this event will to help cover expenses for the Burney Basin Days Parade. The Chamber is inviting runners, sponsors, and volunteers to participate. It is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Burney Falls Park while at the same time helping to make this year’s Burney Basin Days a great success.

As of now, the Chamber is expecting about 65 participants. Some of the local high school track teams may participate.

Pre-registration for both races is $30. Registration for one race is $25. Runners who pre-register will receive a Ham Run t-shirt and a coupon that will refund the park entry fee. Click here for registration form.

Ham run start

Ham run start

Onsite registration on the day of the race will be $30 for one race and $35 for two races.

Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to become sponsors. Gold sponsors who donate $100 will receive a t-shirt and their name will be printed on the back or the t-shirt. Silver sponsors who donate $65 will have their name also have their name printed on the back of the t-shirt.

Local businesses are also encouraged to provide items promoting their business for “goody bags” that will given to participating racers. The Chamber is planning to make up 65 goody bags.

If you would like to enter the run, become a sponsor, or volunteer to help at the event, contact Anne Kerns at burneychamber@frontiernet.net or 530-335-2111.

Of course, everyone is welcome to come enjoy the race and a beautiful day at the park. The more the merrier!

 

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Burney Chamber February meeting features speaker from Intermountain Teen Center

At noon on February 9 the Burney Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting. Chamber President Jill Barnett chaired the meeting  and introduced Kaylynn Harper from the Intermountain Teen Center as a guest speaker.

Kaylynn Harper at Chamber of Commerce

Kaylynn Harper at Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Harper gave an interesting talk and PowerPoint presentation on the purpose, history, and activities of the center. The talk was accompanied by beautiful pictures of trips and activities and highlighted by several success stories.

Members of the Chamber responded warmly with questions, suggestions, and ideas for cooperation. (For more on the Teen center see Intermountain Teen Center guest speakers at Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and An interview with Kaylynn Harper, Program Coordinator for the Intermountain Youth Center.)

After the talk the Chamber had a fruitful meeting discussing ongoing and upcoming projects for Burney. Among the topics discussed were the Community Benefit Project, TOT Grant with Fall River, the development of a five-year plan, the Ham Run, finding a new location for the Farmer’s Market, and Burney Basin Days. For more information on these activities call the Burney Chamber of Commerce at 335-2111.

Jill Barnett said that the Burney Basin Days Committee had held their first meeting in the conference area of the Pit River Casino. Future meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. The Burney Basin Days Committee is an Ad Hoc Committee of representatives of the various organizations in town that organize the major activities of Burney’s largest event of the year. People from the public who want to volunteer or help are also invited to attend.

Renee Angel was elected treasurer of the Chamber to replace Pat Thomason who moved to Arizona. Sandy McCullar was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors.

Before the meeting adjourned, Pat Nugent announced that Jim Simmons would give a very interesting talk entitled, “What’s in the Water” at the Burney Community Center on Tuesday February 16 at 7 p.m.

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