Monthly Archives: March 2018

Open mic tonight (Thursday, 3/29/18) at Pit River Casino

There will be an open mic tonight (Thursday, 3/29/18) for musicians. singers and poets at the Pit River Casino from 7-9 p.m. or thereabouts. Richard Bersbach provides great sound. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear and meet talented local people. Feel free to come perform or just to come listen and enjoy!


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Sacramento Youth Group Comes to Burney to Serve

Burney was blessed by the visit of a group of enthusiastic young people from Sacramento who came to work on the grounds of the Burney Presbyterian Church at the corner of Hwy 299 and Marquette Avenue.

Northminster Presbyterian Church of Sacramento Youth Group

The group was invited and hosted by Pastor Penni Elaine Scarbrough and her husband Tim.

The visiting Northminster Presbyterian Church Youth Group consisted of nine youths ranging from 12 to 19 years of age. Their group leader was Jacob Smith. Pastor Caroline Lindley from Lansing, Michigan, served as chaperone.

Pastor Lindley’s granddaughter, Ella, is a member of the youth group, Lindley came to Sacramento to visit and was invited to supervise the youth service mission. ‘

“Burney is a warm welcoming town,” said Lindley. “The people of Burney Presbyterian Church are the greatest!”

The group arrived on Sunday, March 25 in time for an afternoon service and dinner with parishioners. Mike Kerns provided lodging for the group at his home in Cassel during their stay.

Pastor Lindsay said, “He is fantastic and was so loving to all. A big hug and thank you to Mike.”

On Monday morning after a nice breakfast at the church, they did a lot of raking, mowing and clearing the vines. In the afternoon, they had a chance to go fishing.

On Tuesday, they had breakfast at Anna’s Country Kitchen and then did a lot of weeding. In the afternoon, they went bowling.

Pulling out dead grass and seeding for flowers

On Wednesday, they pulled grass and seeded the flower beds. Thursday they will visit Burney Falls and then head back to Sacramento.

Each year the youth group goes on a service mission during their Spring school break. On one of their missions they went to San Diego. One year the helped to clear an area in the Redwoods. Youth leader McNary said that he hopes they may be able to come back to Burney to do more work.

The oldest teen, Lily Masias, has been participating in youth group activities since she was 13. She is now 19. Masias graduated from high school in 2016 and then went through Navy boot camp and ROTC training. She plans to continue her education to become a dental assistant and then complete her active service in the Navy.

“We’ve experienced Burney’s beauty and have enjoyed the warm welcome from Tim and Penni,” Masias said.

Not only did they experience the beauty of Burney, they also made Burney more beautiful through their hard work.

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Candidates for 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney race welcome

Candidate registration forms for the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney race are now available! The Mayor’s race is an opportunity to have fun and be creative as you support our community.

Candidates run by collecting donations for their favorite charity. Every dollar collected counts as one vote. Fifty percent of the funds raised will go to the candidate’s favorite local charity and fifty percent will go to the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

The winner of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney race will be announced at the Ice Cream Social July 5, ride in the Burney Basin Days parade, and be honored at the Burney Fireworks program on Saturday July 7. During the year, the Honorary Mayor will have the opportunity to represent the town of Burney at public events in Burney and other towns.

Here are the rules:

  • To be eligible to run, you must be an adult.
  • To be eligible to run, you must live or work in the greater Burney area.
  • A vote is $1.00
  • Voters can vote as often and as much as they wish.
  • The candidate who raises the most money will be the year’s Honorary Mayor of Burney
  • Money must be turned into Sandy McCullar or Nancy Bob0 by 6 pm on Wednesday June 27.

If you would like to register as a candidate for Honorary Mayor, or if you would like more information, please contact Sandy McCullar, 530-339-6270, or Nancy Bobo, 530-355-3622.

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Free Kayak Seminar coming March 31

Donna Sylvester is offering an in-house kayak seminar at the Mt. Burney Theatre. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1pm. Admission is free. Subjects covered will be kayak safety, kayak types and selection, paddle types and selection, required gear, optional gear, great places to go kayaking around the Intermountain area and beyond, invasive species and your responsibility, effective strokes, mental health as it relates to kayaking and anything else you are curious about.

Donna  says, “I do not sell kayaks or gear so have no monetary interest in kayak, paddle or gear suggestions. My suggestions are simply based on my experience and expertise.  Whether you already own a kayak , are thinking about buying one or even if you have been kayaking for years, this seminar is for you. We can all learn new things to compliment our lives.  Slides of photos taken while kayaking will be shown on screen during the presentation. If you have favorites and want to share them on screen, send me a high resolution copy and I will put them in my slide show for this event.  If you are interested, mark your calendar!”

This event is highly recommended for all because Donna is a seasoned adventurous and her slides are awesomely breathtaking.

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Ham Run and Fun at Burney Falls Park

The 17th Annual Ham Run will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 am – 10 am at the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park.  This is a family FUN RUN with two events.  The first event is for the more serious runner and is a 5K timed medal event on a combination of pavement and trails.  The second race is a run/walk event where you predict your time for a chance to take home a ham.  The event is open to all ages.  Entry fees range from FREE – $40.  Pre-registration (prior to April 20) will include entrance to the park.  Event information and registration are available at or you can pickup an entry form at Rising Sun Fit Club.  Participants are encouraged to dress up like a pig for a chance to WIN a $55 gift certificate to The Old Mill Grill in Bieber.  

This year’s sponsors include:  Safeway, Pit River Casino, Pit River Mini Mart, Tubit Enterprises, Mountain Cruisers, Patterson Eyecare, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Hatchet Ridge Wind, Tri Counties Bank, US Bank, The Burney Motel, Sierra Pacific Industries, Rising Sun Fit Club, and Novel T’s.

If you would care to add any items to the goody bags for participants, please contact Jen Luck at the Burney Chamber of Commerce at 530-335-2111 or by email at

Please make sure to keep up on all the events happening in the Intermountain Region at

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Irish Eyes Smiling at Lions St. Patrick Day Dinner

More than 40 people turned out for delicious Irish food and fun at the annual Burney Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Saturday evening March 17.

St. Patrick’s Day fun and food

Rockin with Lion Mike Barnes

Lions cooks served up a wonderful meal of corned beef and cabbage. For those who preferred there was Mulligan stew. The meal was topped off with a huge piece of chocolate cake with shamrocks on top.

In addition to the meal served at the Burney Lions Hall, and additional 20 or more take out dinners were sold.

As the evening progressed people got up to dance to the lively music of Lion Mike Barnes, a former professional musician. An Irish joke contest was also held.

Erin Go Braugh!

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Chris Phipps, Austin Kaczorowski and Vanessa Mungia named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening March 15. Chris Phipps was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February. Austin Kaczorowski was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Vanessa Mungia was named 8th grade Student of the Month for March.

Lion George Whitfield, Austin Kaczorowski, Chris Phipps, Vanessa Mungia, and Principal Ray Guerrero

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Phipps and Kaczorowski each received $100 and Mungia received $50.

Chris Phipps has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in Interact, Leadership Club, Mentoring, basketball, baseball, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and Leos. He enjoys playing sports, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. This year Chris made All-League in basketball.

Chris would like to travel abroad.  After graduation he plans to attend community college and play basketball.   He is good at working with children and writing.

Chris’s parents, Aaron and Lyna Phipps attended the presentation. Expressing pride in his sons accomplishments, Mr. Phipps said, “How far he has come!”

Austin Kaczorowski has a grade point of 3.5. He is involved in 4-H, football, wrestling, and track. In his spare time he likes to read. He would like to go skydiving. In the future, he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Austin’s parents Darrin and Michele Kaczorowski and  his sister Erica attended. His dad said that they are very proud of Austin.

Vanessa Mungia has a 3.29 grade point average. She is a member of California Junior Scholarship Federation. She participates in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She is good at math. She likes going on long hikes and swimming, She also enjoys drawing and watching shows on Netflix. In the future she would like to go to Humbolt Stare University and live in Arcata.

Vanessa’s mother, Merri Wolfin, attended and said, “I know she is going to have a good future.”

Her grandparents Jerrilyn and Randy Quinn, her aunt Tyelo Wilson, her brother Cisco Chacon and sister Ta-sti Chacon, as well as her cousin Madison Villarruel all also came to watch her receive her award.

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