Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mental Health Services Act invites the community to review progress and plan for the future

The following is a press release from Shasta County Health and Human services about the Mental (MHSA) established by Proposition 63. MHSA funds several programs in the Intermountain Area including Circle of Friends, the Be Free Open Mics sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, and other programs through the various health organizations. MHSA is also the source of funding for the proposed permanent housing for the mentally ill that was discussed at an open meeting at the Veterans Hall in Burney on June 21, 2016. This is an opportunity to ask questions, learn more, and participate as a stakeholder.


The Mental Health Services Act Program will hold a meeting to review the MHSA 2017 Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan on August 29, from 2-3 p.m., at the Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave. Participants will have the chance to learn about MHSA, program progress, and give input into changes through this stakeholder process.

This workgroup will meet quarterly to provide input and guidance for planning, implementation and oversight of MHSA programs and services. It is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

In 2004, Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, went into place statewide. This Act imposes a 1 percent income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.

Through the California Department of Mental Health, MHSA provides increased funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs. Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency oversees many local MHSA programs that impact the mental health and well-being of children, transitional aged youth, adults, and older adults, in our county. The input of many local community members, including this stakeholder workgroup, is vital to the planning and development of these programs.

Come be part of the process!

For more information please contact:

Kerri Schuette, MHSA Coordinator
(530) 245-6951


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Safety kits, training, and visits from Pete Walker to prepare schools for Walk to School Day

Shasta County – The Safe Routes to School program is offering safety kits, training, and technical assistance to Shasta County schools to promote pedestrian safety education to prepare for Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017. Kits include educational materials, vests, cones and promotional materials. The training is Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Cypress School. It includes tips to make Walk to School Day a success, implementing a walking school bus, and a training for crossing guards. An officer from the Anderson Police Department will be assisting with the training.

Interested schools, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) groups, and individual parents are encouraged to register for the training by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30.  Schools are encouraged to have volunteers from PTA, a parent club, site council, or staff willing to coordinate the Walk to School Day event and lead additional walks to school throughout the school year.

Schools that attend the training will be able to sign up for a visit from Pete Walker, the mascot relaying the message that “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor” and drivers should be especially alert for children walking near school zones. The Shasta Safe Routes to School and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) programs have teamed up to bring the campaign to Shasta County. Pete will visit several local schools throughout October to educate both student pedestrians and drivers.

Last year, 14 local schools participated in International Walk to School Day. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient and increase the numbers of children walking or biking to school safely.

“Walking and biking to school is a great way for children to get exercise before starting their school day, making them more prepared to concentrate and learn when they arrive at school,” said Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. “When more students walk, the number of vehicles around the school area is reduced, making it safer for more children to walk or bike.”

For more information or for an application, call at 245-6457 or visit

Healthy Shasta is a community collaborative committed to making healthy eating and physical activity choices easier where you live, work and play. Visit for more information.

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Taste of the Garden Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 16 there will be a “Taste of the Garden” fundraiser to help expand the Burney Elementary School Garden. The fundraiser will be held from 5- 9 p.m at 20268 Grogan Street in Burney.

The event will include microbrew and wine pairing accompanied by appetizers and a dinner created with produce from the Burney Elementary School Garden. Tickets are $25 dollars per person or $40 per couple. A cigar and bourbon pairing that will include a cigar with a paired bourbon will also be available for $10 per person. In addition their will be a silent auction.

The elementary school had a greenhouse behind the school, but it had fallen out of use. More than three years ago Jennifer Gideon began cleaning it up and collecting donations to start a garden where the children could learn to grow produce.

Burney Elementary School Garden

Three years ago, Kim Golczynski, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator for the Burney Elementary PTA took over the responsibility for the project. All of the children at the school have participated, some in classroom projects and some working in the greenhouse and the agricultural plot.

The fundraiser will help expand the garden so that it can produce more food.

Ms. Golczynski said, “Our longtime goal is that the children will be able to use food that they grow for their lunches.”

Tickets can be purchased from Kim Golczynski, 907-821-0574, Email

Tickets are limited so call soon.

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Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders

Over the past week, Masons Jim Crockett and George Whitfield from Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM  delivered more than 100 backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area.

George Whitfield and Jim Crockett passing out backpacks at Burney Elementary as teacher Michael von Schalscha and school psychologist Brent Beyer look on

On Friday, August 18 they delivered 12 backpacks to students in Montgomery Creek.

Montgomery Creek (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

On Tuesday August 22, they gave out about 40 backpacks at Fall River Elementary School

and another 40 at Burney Elementary School.

Burney Elementary (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

Then on Thursday August 24, they drove to Big Valley to deliver another 17 back packs to grateful children.

Big Valley (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

This is the 16th year that Fort Crook Lodge 250 has done this program. Each backpack contained a ruler, a composition book, pencils, crayons, and erasers.

At each school, Crockett and Whitfield gave a short presentation before presenting the backpacks.

Crockett and Whitfield explain about the Masons

For instance, at Burney Elementary, the children listened attentively as Master Mason Jim Crockett spoke about the history of the Masons. He told them that this year is the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry.

George Whitfield asked if any of the children had heard of George Washington and explained that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were both Masons.

To help the children understand the Masons in their own terms, second grade teacher Joy Ford told the children that “the Masons are a club like the Boy Scouts, only for adults.”

Joy Ford helped the students to understand the Masons

The children appreciated the explanation and nodded and smiled.

The three core principles of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth.

Mason George Whitfield shakes hands with a young student as he hands him a backpack

After hearing that the Masons were 300 years old, one young boy raised his hand and asked Mr. Crockett, “How old are you.”

“Older than George,” he replied.

“And I’m too old to be asked that question,” Mr. Whitfield quipped as the children laughed.

When questions were finished, all the children lined up in two orderly rows and advanced to share a friendly handshake and receive their pack.

Master Mason Crockett said, “We truly enjoy the kids and their expressions and gratitude in receiving the backpacks with the school supplies inside.”

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Tri County Community Network seeking two new board members

From Tri County Community Network:

Tri County Community Network (TCCN) is a nonprofit organization that has operated programs out the Intermountain Community Center for over twenty years. It is governed by a five member Board of Directors. The job of the Board is to provide oversight and direction to the organization.

We have recently lost three of our Board members, the combined service of which was forty-eight years. The current Board, which consists of Bob Moore, Jean Rodgers and Sheaden Crabtree, is seeking applications to fill two vacant seats. This volunteer position requires a commitment of two hours per month.

Anyone who has an interest in serving on the TCCN Board of Directors is encouraged to email a letter of interest to or deliver it to 37477 Main Street, in Burney. Questions can be directed to Cindy Dodds at 335-4600.

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New Library for Burney Now

Representatives from the Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) are going to the Board of Supervisors meeting on September 12 to request the release of $400,000 which was set aside from the Hatchet Ridge Wind Project for the purchase of a new library building in Burney. The meeting will be on September 12 at 9 a.m. in Redding. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The funds were set aside on condition that FOIL could raise adequate funds to be sure that the project can be completed. FOIL has raised over $140,000 in cash plus $20,000 in pledges and developed a plan to use volunteers and in-kind donations to accomplish the project.

If their plan is approved by the Board of Supervisors, FOIL intends to purchase the building at 37116 Main Street in Burney to house the new library. Shasta County will own the building. FOIL will take responsibility to renovate the building for use.

The old library building, located at 37038 Siskiyou Street, was built in 1969. It has 1700 sq. feet of space. The new building will have 4800 sq. feet. The larger space will enable the library to expand its collection of books, provide more room for children’s activities, add space for individualized instruction and computers, and create a venue for community meetings and activities.

The old library building does not meet current building codes. It is located in a flood plain. It does not provide adequate air-conditioning in the summer or heat in the winter. The fluorescent lighting is inefficient and seating is limited. Parking is insufficient. When it snows in winter, the library may be closed because the street is often not plowed until late afternoon or the next day.

The new building will be up to code, well air-conditioned and heated, and energy efficient. There will be adequate parking. Located prominently on Main Street, it will be one of the first areas for snow removal.

Shasta Public Libraries maintains three branches, the Redding Library, the Anderson Library, and the Burney Library. The purpose of the Burney Library is to serve the entire Intermountain Area of Shasta County including Big Bend, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Burney, Hat Creek, Cassel, and Fall River Valley.

A public library associated with the Shasta Public Library can provide many advantages for the community. According to Deborah Dean, Branch Manager at the Burney Library:

Being part of the Shasta Public Library system has many advantages. All patrons have access to information tools and resources selected by trained librarians, resources not available with just a “google search,” including online databases and eBooks. The shared collection means quality, up-to-date materials are available county-wide. Books not in the Shasta system can be ordered through a purchasing program called Zip Books. The staff is trained in library practices, reference and reader advisory. Reference questions are answered using a network of resources from the State, County & City libraries and colleges and universities. Shared resources also include shared program materials for children and adults.

Furthermore, FOIL hopes that with the expanded facility, the Burney Library will be able to make available to people in the Intermountain Area some of the valuable services offered by Shasta County Libraries such as adult literacy and computer classes and veterans services.

In order for FOIL’s plan to be accepted by the Board of Supervisors, the county needs to be assured that all liabilities would be met and state regulations regarding building codes and labor regulations would all be complied with. Plans for renovation would need to be designed by a licensed architect or civil engineer. Using volunteers and in-kind services involves developing a new paradigm of public and private cooperation. The county needs to be certain that performance will be assured.

FOIL is confident that they have adequate resources and a workable plan. They are willing to work with the County to make sure that all requirements are met.

In preparation for the meeting, FOIL is asking that people in the Burney and the surrounding Intermountain area to communicate their support for the new library. FOIL is circulating a petition supporting the release of funds for the purchase of the new building. They are also asking that individuals write a letter or send an Email supporting “New Library Now!” to:

County Executive Officer, Larry Lees
Shasta County Administrative Office
1450 Court St., Suite 308A
Redding, CA 96001-1680
Fax: (530) 229-8238 Phone: (530) 225-5561

and to members of the Board of Supervisors.

David Kehoe – District 1
Leonard Moty – District 2
Mary Rickert – District 3
Steve Morgan – District 4
Les Baugh – District 5

Contact All Supervisors:

1450 Court St., Suite 308B
Redding, CA 96001-1673
Phone: (530) 225-5557
Toll Free: (800) 479-8009
Fax: (530) 225-5189

FOIL is requesting that people also send a carbon copy, Bcc, of their Emails to

People can express their views on the benefits the new library will offer or just write a simple sentence expressing their support.

FOIL Board Member Melanie Kerns said, “The more individual signatures, Emails, and letters we get, the better!”

For more information contact Melanie Kerns 530-335-2056 or Mary Barr 530-335-3596.

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Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity for Shasta and Trinity Counties

The Redding Rancheria Community Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation will be accepting applications for grant requests from Shasta and Trinity County nonprofit organizations and public entities in the focus areas of arts/culture, education, environment, health and social services. All grant requests for the fall cycle must be submitted online by 5:00 pm on September 13, 2017.

Funding guidelines and grantmaking history for this and other programs managed by the Community Foundation can be found at .  If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Hutchings at the Community Foundation at (530) 244­-1219.

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