Monthly Archives: November 2017

Annual Christmas Bazaar December 2

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The Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church December 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 37069 Main Street in Burney.

There will be homemade pastries, preserves, gift items, and a raffle for a Christmas quilt. The drawing for the raffle will be held at 1 p.m.

Pie and coffee will be served.

Please call 335-4573 or 252-4496 for more information. https://www.facebook.com/NewHopeEPC.Burney/

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The Fall River Valley Community Choir will present two performances of Christmas Cantata

The Fall River Valley Community Choir will offer two performances of the cantata “The First Noel: Celebrating the Birthday of a King,” arranged by Russell Mauldin.

The first performance will be 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, at the Burney Presbyterian Church.

The second performance will be 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 at the Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur. The performance in McArthur will also feature the Fall River Valley Children’s Community Choir.

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Hundreds come out for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Burney

Two-week old Elijah was the youngest person who came to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane, Saturday evening November 25.

Mrs. Santa with 2 week old Elijah

Elijah, who came with his mother Charissa Gerrue was one of hundreds who attended. Santa and Mrs. Claus, helped by one of their elves, gave out 150 gift packs to children. The event was organized by the Burney Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Rotary Club, Interact Club, Soroptomists, Burney Fire District, and other community organizations and volunteers.

Before 5 o’clock, children and parents had already formed a long line extending down Christmas Tree Lane.

Children and parents lined up to meet Santa

Emcee Bill Campbell opened the program just after 5 p.m. asking the Honor Guard to present the flag.

The Honor Guard – Martin McAbee, Bob Van De Weerd, George Matthews, Donnie McFarlane, and Dennis Lopez

The presentation of the flag was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National anthem.

Janice Hamlin singing the National Anthem

Then the lights went on!

And the lights go on

After the lighting, there was an ugly sweater contest.

Participants in the ugly sweater contest

Emcee Bill Campbell announces Jennifer Taylor winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest

Following the contest, the Winkelman sang several traditional Christmas carols including Silent Night and Joy to the World.

The Winkelman family singing Silent Night

A group of children enjoying the Christmas carols

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the Burney Fire District’s newly acquired ladder truck.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a fire truck

After Santa and Mrs. Claus were seated, the children came streaming through to sit on Santa’s lap. Santa asked them is they had been good during the year and the children told him what they wanted for Christmas. A friendly elf presented each child with a gift bag.

Fun for the whole family

4 year old Ashlyn and 2 week old Elijah with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Happy to meet Santa

Hello Santa

Santa is a fascinating character

All during the program, The Rotary Club and Interact Club provided popcorn and cotton candy,

Rotary and Interact giving out popcorn and cotton candy

and the Soroptomists served people hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and the Lionesses provided cookies.

Hot apple cider and hot chocolate from the Soroptomists

Lions Auxiliary giving out cookies

It was a wonderful beginning of the Christmas season for the Burney community.

Merry Christmas to all

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Burney Lions serve up a wonderful Thanksgiving feast

The Burney Lions Club served up a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast at the Lions Hall in Burney from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Lions cooks

The Leo’s helped by serving generous portions of delicious turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, and cranberry sauce to scores of folks in the hall.

Enjoying the food and the company

Dozens more came to the hall to get dinners to take home. In addition, the Lions had delivered more than 35 meals to homes prior to the sit-down feast for people who were housebound.

Lions Thanksgiving Feast

After the meal, diners were treated to a selection of pies. Choices included pumpkin, pecan, cherry, berry, apple, and mincemeat.

Scout Brian and folks at the pie table

The Burney Lions have been serving Thanksgiving dinner for the community for over 40 years as a way to thank the people of Burney for their continued support for Lions Club service projects.

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PG&E Donates Swamp Parcel, Ensuring Permanent Conservation of Wetland Habitat

By Paul Moreno

PG&E has donated a large tract of land in the McArthur Swamp under an agreement with conservation groups designed to ensure the parcel will be preserved in perpetuity.

For decades, PG&E has maintained the land in eastern Shasta County to provide both a seasonal wetland habitat and land for cattle grazing in dry seasons.

The parcel of land PG&E donated also supports the local farming economy and provides for recreational uses.

Left largely in its natural state, the 4,491-acre parcel is part of an important feeding and resting spot for ducks and geese along the Pacific Flyway.  The land also supports the local farming economy and provides for waterfowl hunting and other recreational uses including boating in adjacent rivers.

On Oct.18, ownership of the land transferred from PG&E to the Fall River Resource Conservation District. The mission of the California special district is to support private and public landowners in the use and management of natural resources that will ensure the sustained highest economic, social, and environmental benefits of these resources. The transfer was immediately followed by conveyance of a conservation easement ensuring permanent protection of the land to Ducks Unlimited.

“We look forward to working with our partners and the community to continue the good stewardship of the McArthur Swamp exemplified by PG&E and the McArthur Resource Management Association,“ said Mike Millington, a board member of the conservation district.

The land, fed largely by alluvial springs to form the Tule River and Fall River, is located within the ancestral territory of the Ajumawi Band of the Pit River Tribe.

“We are pleased that the McArthur Swamp will be preserved in perpetuity while continuing to provide important environmental and local economic benefits. The cumulative work of the involved partners will ensure this land will be protected and enjoyed for generations to come,” said Mike Schonherr, a director at PG&E who oversees the company’s implementation of the land conservation commitment.

The 4,491-acre parcel is part of an important feeding and resting spot for ducks and geese along the Pacific Flyway.

The Fall River Valley region provides a major wetland linkage for migratory birds between the Klamath Basin and Oregon Closed Basin to the north and wintering grounds in the Central Valley to the south.

“We are very excited that this important habitat conservation project is finally coming to fruition,” said John Ranlett, Duck’s Unlimited’s regional biologist who has been involved in the project for over five years.

The donation is part of PG&E’s land conservation commitment, in fulfillment of an agreement in PG&E’s 2003 bankruptcy settlement that the company will permanently protect all 140,000 acres of its hydro watershed lands. These properties have been kept mostly in their natural state under PG&E’s ownership.

To complete the donation, PG&E worked with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, the organization established in the settlement to oversee completion of the land conservation commitment.

“We are pleased to support the Fall River RCD and DU in the protection of the many beneficial public values of the McArthur Swamp property,” said Art Baggett, Stewardship Council board president.

PG&E will retain ownership of an additional 3,168 acres at McArthur Swamp for hydropower generation, which will also be protected through a conservation easement held by Ducks Unlimited.  This includes a nearly 500-acre parcel that PG&E restored to a seasonal wetland in 2012.

In fulfillment of the land conservation commitment, PG&E lands have been donated to entities including the U.S. Forest Service, local governments and the University of California, Berkeley. PG&E is retaining the watershed lands necessary for hydropower operations.

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Burney Chamber Mixer at Rising Sun Fit Club December 13

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November 22, 2017 · 6:39 pm

2017 Burney Christmas Tree Lighting will be Saturday November 25

This year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for Burney will be Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 5 pm on Christmas Tree Lane.

Santa Claus will be there. There will be Christmas songs, free refreshments, free gift bags for the first 150 children and an ugly sweater contest.

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

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