Monthly Archives: May 2016

ONU National Tour Choir performs beautifully at WOLA

The Ohio Northern University Choir performed at WOLA on Saturday evening, May 28 as part of their 2016 43 city tour. Kathy Newton, Church Administrator at WOLA organized the event. Money raised from ticket sales will benefit the Operation Warm Winter Program which provides warm coats and boots to children in the Intermountain area.

Ohio Northern Universtiy Choir at WOLA

Ohio Northern Universtiy Choir at WOLA

The program consisted of over 20 selections from a wide variety of genres including sacred music, Americana, gospel, contemporary, international, folk, and a touch of jazz.

NOU Director of Choral Activities Ben Ayling

NOU Director of Choral Activities Ben Ayling

Dr. Ben Ayling did an excellent job directing the choir. He not only guided their performance impeccably, he also established a friendly rapport with the audience sharing informative introductions to each number with humble demeanor.

Beautiful voices

Beautiful voices

The ONU Choir consists of 39 members – 20 men and 19 women. Dr. Ayling deployed their talent with an artful array of arrangements. In one of the songs, he divided the choir into three sections stationed in the front and back of the sanctuary to provide a studio effect.

A section of the male singers

A section of the male singers

The first portion of the program consisted of sacred music. It also contained a moving composition “For Our World.” The text for this song was a poem written by the young poet Mattie J.T. Stepanek on 9/11.

Following the performances of sacred music, there was an intermission. The church provided coffee and cookies for refreshments. A love offering was taken up for the choir, and the choir also had cd’s for sale.

Amusing theatrics

Amusing theatrics

The second half of musical treats contained a wide variety of creative innovation.

One selection, the poem “Jabberwocky” set to music by Sam Pottle, used a variety of toy instruments such as shakers, cymbals, triangles and a clacker to accent the music.

In a jazzy rendition of “Eat Your Vegetables” a giant carrot came out and danced up and down the aisles.

In the course of the concert, Dr. Ayling provided educational tidbits about the composers and selections, introduced several members of the choir with special talents, and revealed the majors of the choir members.

We all enjoyed a fun performance by a female barbershop quartet…

Delightful barbershop quartet

Delightful barbershop quartet

… a bass/baritone duet…

Featured duet

Featured duet

… and much much more that would take a book to describe. Each of the more than a score of chorale offerings was superb.

As the program drew to an end we heard a heart-warming rendition of “This Land is Your Land” that ended with a cascade of voices that sounded like bells descending a tiered waterfall.

Tantalyzing creative innovations

Tantalizing creative innovations

Then the chorus treated us to a medley of the U.S. Armed Forces anthems. As each anthem was sung, people who had served or had family members who had served in that branch of the military stood up and were applauded by the audience.

Dr. Ayling shared that Burney is the only town in the country that has been visited by all seven touring ONU Choirs over the past four decades. What an honor!

In finale, the ONU Choir surrounded the audience and serenaded us with “May God Be With You Until We Meet Again.”

One of WOLA’s themes is to bring God’s Kingdom in the Intermountain Area. This concert certainly gave us a taste. Looking forward to meeting again…

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1934 Ford Fordor wins best of show at Rex Club Day

Hundreds of people came to the Mountain Cruisers Car Show at Rex Club Days on Saturday May 28. The event was co-sponsored by the Rex Club and Mt. Burney Coffee Co.

Lots of people at the Mountain Cruisers Car Show

Lots of people at the Mountain Cruisers Car Show

There were plenty of really cool classic cars. Ron Conley, president of Mountain Cruisers, said that they had 75 entrees.

Best of Show

Best of Show

Sandy McCullar said that a dozen car clubs from Northern California and Southern Oregon were represented. People came from as far away as Santa Rosa, Napa, and Cool, California.

The show began at 10 a.m. The first seventy-five entrees received goodie bags, a t-shirt and dash plaques. First and second place were awarded in 17 show classes. There were also awards for Club Participation and Best of Show. The award for Best of Show went to Dreu, Ed, and Mary Ann Murin from Susanville for their 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan.

Mr. and Mrs. Murin with their Best of Show 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan

Mr. and Mrs. Murin with their Best of Show 1934 Ford Fordor Sedan

One really amazing piece of history on wheels was this 1901 Oldsmobile that still runs.

1901 Oldsmobile still runs

1901 Oldsmobile still runs

All of the cars were stellar. Here are just a few examples:

1961 Nash owned by Milt and Terrie Berry from Susanville

1961 Nash owned by Milt and Terrie Berry from Susanville

 

1926 Ford Roadster owned by Beckie and Bob Neihart from Shasta Lake

1926 Ford Roadster owned by Beckie and Bob Neihart from Shasta Lake

1935 Ford Pickup owned by Dave Rasmussen from Napa

1935 Ford Pickup owned by Dave Rasmussen from Napa

To add to the occasion, Bobo the Clown was there throughout the day giving out whistles. Nancy Bobo is running for honorary Mayor of Burney to raise funds for a new performing arts center.

Every town needs a clown!

Every town needs a clown!

The weather was perfect and it was a really great show. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success!

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Rotary Craft show displays local crafts

Six local vendors displayed their creations at The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Mills’ 4th Annual Fine Art and Crafts Show behind US Bank on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3.p.m.. The show was organized by Rotary member Andrew Urlie.

Potter Andrew Urlie showing a Mountain Cruser some of his wonderful glases

Potter Andrew Urlie showing a Mountain Cruser some of his wonderful glases

Booths displayed a variety of crafts and a face-painting booth for kids.  Crafts displayed included wood work, metal work, pottery, Native American jewelry, and other items crafted from natural products.

Pauline Ludwick, a Navaho artist, had a beautiful display of hand-made jewelry and other items.

Hand-crafted jewelry by Navaho artist Pauline Ludwick

Hand-crafted jewelry by Navaho artist Pauline Ludwick

Keith and Kevin McKay from Cassel were back again this year with their fascinating array of items made from natural products such as wood, stone, and pinecones. Their pens, hand-crafted from horse and bear manure are always a favorite.

A shopper examines pens made from natural products.

Items made from local natural materials

This year, blacksmith Jim Brimble from Rawhide Forge in Palo Cedro came to show some of his metalwork. Jim had a wonderful display of forged ironwork. He also is willing to design and forge individual pieces for clients who desire heirloom quality hardware and sculptures for their homes. You can contact Jim directly if you are interested at jimbrimble3@gmail.com.

Jim Brimble from Rawhide Forge

Jim Brimble from Rawhide Forge

Ilene Emry from Shasta Lake also came up to show the work of Emry Creations. They had a variety of jewelry and decorative items made from metal and wood including copper wire jewelry and candle holders made from horseshoes.

Ilene Emry from Emry Creations

Ilene Emry from Emry Creations

When I asked Ilene about her day, she said, “Beautiful day, wonderful people, lots of fun!”

As Ed Sullivan used to say. “It was a really great shew!”

 

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Pit River Country – Beauty in the Spring

Just want to share a few pictures Linda and I took driving through Burney Falls State Park and out Clark Creek Road.

After visiting the Intermountain Teen Center for their “Bring a Friend Barbecue,” Linda and I decided to go on a short photo-shoot.

Because there was construction between Burney and Johnson Park, we headed up Black Ranch Road.

Ranch off Black Ranch Road

Ranch off Black Ranch Road

We turned on Clark Creek Road and drove at a slow pace through the park, pulling over to let speeding vehicles pass. Then we stopped for awhile by the dam. Because we have had a lot of rain, everything is lush. It’s flowering time and the lilacs by the lake were in bloom.

Lilacs by the lake

Lilacs by the lake

This oak tree had some interesting growths.

Strange growth on an oak tree

Strange growth on an oak tree

We drove up to four corners and headed down to the Old Ferry Crossing.

Lake Britton from the Old Ferry Crossing 2

Lake Britton from the Old Ferry Crossing

There were some interesting tracks in the mud.

animal track

animal track

We sat in silence for five minutes. A butterfly was flitting across the beach.

Butterfly by Lake Britton

Butterfly by Lake Britton

The wild roses were in bloom.

wild rose

wild rose

We continued up Clark’s Creek Road to 89. On the way we saw five deer.

Deer in the woods

Deer in the woods

Then we headed back to Burney. The construction was done. The road was clear. A refreshing drive. Some might say, “Nothing special,”

But I think that in this beautiful area, everything is special.

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Intermountain Teen Center holds “Bring a Friend Barbecue”

The 2015-2016 school year is approaching it’s end. The Intermountain Teen Center has been in operation now for almost a year, with regular hours at locations in both Round Mountain and Burney.

This Thursday, May 26, the teens at the Burney center held a Bring a Friend barbecue at the Circle of Friends on Main Street.

Felicity, Elizabeth and Clarissa out by the grill

Felicity, Elizabeth and Clarissa out by the grill

The center was full of boys and girls talking, playing pool, doing things on the computer, and of course enjoying the delicious meal of grilled burgers with fixings, watermelon, chips, and cookies.

Burgers, watermelon, chips and home-made cookies

Burgers, watermelon, chips and home-made cookies

According to the director of the teen center, Kaylynn Harper, the hours of the teen center will change as the school year ends.

During the summer they are planning to have a number of outdoor trips, such as a camping trip in Lassen Park from June 10 to June 12.

They are also hoping to engage in service projects during the summer. One project that is already beginning is a Penny Drive for the new library.

Planning is also underway for some exciting new activities beginning in the Fall.

If you would like to get involved, support the teen center, help the penny drive, or volunteer to assist with some of the this summers activities, contact Jed Smith, Chelsea Sabin or Kaylynn Marie Harper:

jsmith@hillcountryclinic.org,
CSabin@hillcountry.org
mailto:kharper@hillcountry.org

Read more:

Intermountain Teen center starting Penny Drive for Burney Library
Burney Chamber February meeting features speaker from Intermountain Teen Center
Intermountain Teen Center guest speakers at Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River
An interview with Kaylynn Harper, Program Coordinator for the Intermountain Youth Center

 

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Burney, Fall River and Big Valley High School Health Career Days a success

13238952_1134585916583683_5310619990633048891_nMayer’s Memorial Hospital (MMHD) reports that their three health career days went very well. The first took place at Burney High School on April 22; The second was held at Fall River High School on May 20; and the third was at Big Valley High School May 25.

The events introduced local students to career and job opportunities in both clinical and non-clinical healthcare professions. A variety of departments were represented and available to answer questions from the students.

Students were required to ask 2 questions from at least 10 departments in order to be put in a drawing. The students were attentive, had great questions, and represented their schools very well.

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Organizers, Val Lakey, Director of Public Relations, and Libby Mee, Director of Human Resources, said Mayers is working on “growing our own.”

The best way to do that is to plant seeds and provide information to students as they are starting to decide what career path they want.

“Growing our own” is a wonderful model of great benefit to the Intermountain community.

By providing 13239305_1134586776583597_3189860782942223181_ninformation and opportunities for training to students and young adults in the Intermountain area, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit corporations empower local youth to plan for careers that will enable them find employment and live here in the future.

MMHD itself employs over 200 people and offers a variety of positions requiring different skill and education levels. Val Lakey affirms, “We want students to know Mayers is a place they can have a good career and be able to come back to this beautiful community to live.”

Photos courtesy of Mayers Memorial Hospital District

 

 

 

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Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent

On Friday evening May 20, Stand Against Stigma hosted a marvelous Hope is Alive! 6 open mike at Billy’s Roadside Café (formerly the Station Café) in Montgomery Creek. The place was packed. Standing room only! Organizer Marc Dadigan opened the event at 6 p.m. and introduced the emcee for the evening, Amanda Flowers Peterson.

Marc Dadigan and Amanda Flowers Peterson

Marc Dadigan and Amanda Flowers Peterson

Amanda opened the performances with a wonderful spoken word piece and then introduced a duet by Kimberly Davis  and Michael Bennett.

Kimberly Davis and Michael Bennet sing a Duet

Kimberly Davis and Michael Bennett sing a duet

Next, Billy Riggins (Chill Bill) shared some testimony and performed some of his wonderful music.

Chill Bill

Chill Bill

Following Chill Bill, Stu Stoore, a talented sing-songwriter from McArthur shared a lovely ballad and a rousing rendition of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.”

Singer-Songwriter Stu Stoore

Singer-Songwriter Stu Stoore

Sarah Clark, a dancer, singer and poet, recited the “Cremation of Sammy McGee” by Robert Service.

Sarah Clark recites the Cremation of Sammy McGee

Sarah Clark recites the Cremation of Sammy McGee

Next another talented folksinger, Rodney performed.

Rodney Manning

Rodney Manning

This was followed by two songs by a very talented singer who is also a social activist named Mauro.

Mauro

Mauro

The next performer was Drake Smith. Drake’s soulful singing and dancing are always a show-stopper. After a moving song, Drake treated us an astounding performance of dance.

As you can see Drake is world class!

I was next on the list. I had planned to do a song and a short poem. Shortly before getting up Marc asked me to share a story that I had related to him.

The purpose of these open mics is to promote healing through creativity. Stand Against Stigma assists people who are facing various challenges to gain hope and help by offering resources for them to heal and recover. So, when I was introduced, I recounted a story that illustrated how important sharing was. If you recognize the signs that a person is at risk for suicide or going through some crisis, it is many times helpful to address it. People are often liberated from the burden of their suffering just by getting things off their chest. One can help by simply being a sympathetic and compassionate listener. Loneliness and isolation are at the root of many of our problems.

After sharing briefly, I then did my poem and my song.

By the way, my wife Linda took the photos and recorded most of the videos in this article.

After I finished, we were treated to a performance of Native American Rap by Pit Crew, the dynamic duo of Billy Riggins and Louis Gustafsen.

Pit Crew

Pit Crew

… and then a poignant poem accented by beautiful singing performed by Jamieson Brown.

Jamieson Brown performs a beautiful poem

Jamieson Brown performs a beautiful poem

Next, Kimberly returned to the stage to perform two songs from the Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting.”

Kimberly Michelle Davis sings 2 songs from a Broadway show

Kimberly Michelle Davis sings 2 songs from a Broadway show

We were nearing the end of the program. However, inspired by the performances, two more people signed up. Jordyn Paiell came up to the mic and shared a poignant testimony of how she overcame a difficult situation…

Jordyn Paiell

Jordyn Paiell

… and then Diane Lahey sang a song inviting everyone to join in.

Diane Lahey Singing a song

Diane Lahey singing a song

Thus ended the individual performances. As you can see there was a wide diversity of talent. It’s hard to believe that the entire program took just over 2 hours. It all flowed smoothly because Amanda was a great emcee and the program limited each act to 8 minutes.

Moreover, the atmosphere was uplifting and the environment was convivial. It was great to see so many old friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in quite awhile.

But still the evening was not finished. Robert, the owner of the restaurant was kind enough to welcome the musicians to stay longer and jam together. And so began a wonderful jam session.

Closing Jam

Closing Jam

It began with Steve Stoore doing a song with Pit Crew.

Leroy and Michele from Heavy Dose of Blues were there. Leroy got out his harps and Michele brought in her box drum and a lively session ensued. Here are a couple of videos capturing some of the songs.

What can I say? Hope is Alive in the Intermountain area.

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