Monthly Archives: September 2018

Friends of Burney Falls September 2018 (including notice of Heritage Day)

From Catherine Camp

September 2018


Welcome to Fall


The Park’s summer season is ended, and the less busy fall season is upon us.  The Interpretive Association celebrated 2018 with a thank-you barbecue for Park staff and camp hosts on September 17.  Park staff has put in extra effort this year, as many have been called on to deal with fire in the immediate area and near our sister parks, Shasta State Historic Park.  In addition, the Park would not serve visitors as well without the volunteer efforts of our skilled and cheerful camp hosts.  They extend the reach of paid staff, and bring a diverse set of histories and talents.  We couldn’t do it without them!

Heritage Day Plans

Have you made plans to attend Heritage Day this year?  Sunday, October 7, Noon to 4 p.m.  Entrance to the Park is free.

 Join us for activities reminiscent of the 1870s in this area: Old Time Fiddle music, spinning and weaving, pine bough doll making, calligraphy, candle making, rope making, blacksmithing, branding and practicing with a cross-cut saw.  Make some apple cider and taste Dutch oven apple crisp.  Food is available for purchase from the Burney Lions Club.  Meet community volunteers who lead each of the activities, and their young supporters from the Leos and the Boy Scouts.  Plan to camp or to spend the afternoon, but come join us for some Heritage Day fun!


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 (compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)


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Next week The Darkest Minds

If you missed the Candidates night sponsored by BES PTA and Burney Boosters you may see a video at Meet the Candidates for 2018 Fall River Joint School Board Election

Hat Creek Ranger District will have free Guided Tours of the Spattercone Hiking Trail and Subway Cave on Saturdays until the end of September. Spattercone Trail hikes begin at 8:45am and Subway Cave Tours begin at 11:00am. Bring hiking boots, flashlights and water. Call the District Office for more information 530-335-5521

Oct 01 – Winter Hours begin at the Burney Library 9 to 5 Mon Thru Thurs. Lunch 1-2 Oct 06 (Sat) Relay for Life at FR high school 10m-2pm Angela Romeo Senior project Oct 06 (Sat) Fall River Library is having a $5 bag sale on general merchandise.

Furniture and specialty items will be for sale .at marked prices. 9am to 3pm

Oct 07 (Sun) Heritage Day at McArthur Brney Falls State Park from noon to 4p Activities include Old Time Fiddle music, spinning and weaving, pine bough doll making, calligraphy, candle making, rope making, blacksmithing, branding and practicing with a cross-cut saw. Make some apple cider and taste Dutch oven apple crisp. Food is available for purchase from the Burney Lions Club. Entrance to the Park is free.

Oct 13 Intermountain Hospice Chair-ity Plus Auction

Oct 13 – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Festival

Oct 13 – Really Big Shrimp Boil at Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds from 4p – 9p

Oct 14 – AAUW Soups, Salads and Sweets fundraiser

Oct 20 – A Taste of The Harvest sponsored by BES PTA

Oct 20 – AAUW Scholarship deadline for receipt of applications (see below for info) Oct 20 – Fall River Library Fall Festival and 30th Anniversary celebration from 5p-8p Oct 24 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Oct 21 – Harvest Dinner in Fall River at the Vet’s Hall at 1:00pm

Oct 31 – Main Street Trick or Treat hosted by Plumas Bank in FR from 5:30pm – 7:00p Oct 31 – May have a Halloween Hay Maze in Fall River – Stay tuned

Oct 31 – Halloween at the Burney Fire Hall

Nov 2 & 3 – Debbie’s Country Charm in Fall River annual Open House from 10am-5pm Nov 03 – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital at 2pm

Nov 04 – Day Light Savings ends

Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria Nov 24 – Small Business Saturday Shop local

Nov 24 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall

01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

09 Dec – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

09 Dec – Fall River Valley Chamber Christmas Light Parade in McArthur 01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break

The Intermountain-Fall River Mills Branch of AAUW is offering scholarship opportunities for female students who have completed two or more full years in an accredited college, university or health care professional degree program. Applicants must have been permanent residents of the Big Valley or FRJUSD while attending high school. Deadline is 20 Oct. (Dr. Beatriz Vasquez at 530-336-5599 or for more info)


01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950


American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to Fall River Hotel.                      Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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New bike rack at Ray’s Market

Ray’s Market Manager Marty Stryker added a service beside the store’s northside parking lot in Fall River Mills. Healthy Shasta donated the really nice art piece masquerading as a bike rack. Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association members Bill Johnson and Bill Campbell installed the rack.

Ray’s Market Manager Marty Stryker shows the new bike rack

Shasta County Health and Human Services Department donated three racks to the Intermountain Area. A second Fall River Mills bike rack will be installed closer to the community’s business center in the near feature. A Burney rack is located at Safeway.

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California Native American Day Celebrated at Pit River Casino

On Friday afternoon September 28, Pit River Casino hosted a special celebration of California Indian Day for the Burney and Intermountain community. The event featured a chili cook off and fry bread contest, a delicious barbecue lunch courtesy of the casino’s River Rock Grill, a horseshoe contest, a fun play area for the kids, Native American drumming and singing, and dancing by the RISE youth dancers.

RISE Youth Dancers from Alturas

In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.

California has more than 100 recognized Native American tribes, representing a diverse cultural heritage extending back over thousands of years. The Pit River basin is the home of the Achomawi people.

Activities began in the early afternoon with a chili cook-off and fry bread contest. June Avelar won the chili cook-off and Lavenna won the fry bread contest. Each winner received a prize of $150. Lavenna, from Ganado, Arizona, is a member of the Navaho nation who is visiting the area.

Chili cook-off winner June Avelar and Fry bread winner Lavenna

The River Rock Grill also provided a delicious buffet lunch including tri-tips, chicken, mini-tacos, chili, potato salad, pasta salad, and apple crisp.

Lining up for a delicious lunch

Mike Avelar said he knew that at least 200 attended, because the casino gave out over 200 free t-shirts to commemorate the event. Many more people came who did not go to receive a t-shirt.

In addition to the food booths, Pauline Nez, had a display of beautiful hand-crafted Navaho jewelry for sale.

Throughout the afternoon children enjoyed playing in a fun area.

Fun for the kids

Later in the afternoon there was horseshoe contest with an entry fee of $20 per team. The casino added another $100 and the winning team won all.

About 3 o’clock, visitors were treated to superb drumming and singing by Thoz Womenz. The group of women drummers and singers is directed by April Goforth, director of Resources for Indian Student Education (RISE) in Alturas.

Drumming and singing by Thoz Womens

The drumming group is made up of professional women educators and medical personnel. The group began in Alturas. Since that time some of the members have moved to other locations throughout Northern California, but they continue to come together to drum and sing.

One of the drummers introduced Mr. Jimenez, a Pomo Indian dancer, and seven young RISE dancers who had come for the celebration.

Grass dance

After several songs and dances by Thoz Womenz and RISE youth, local children were invited to join in a Tiny Tot dance.

Tiny tots join the dancers

Casino Manager Mike Avelar said that they hosted the event to “celebrate and to show appreciation to our customers.”

Later in the evening beginning at 6 p.m. the Casino also hosted a Tough Man Boxing Tournament.

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Meet the Candidates for 2018 Fall River Joint School Board Election

On Tuesday evening September 25, the PTA and the Burney Boosters hosted a “Meet the Candidates” program at Burney Elementary School. Four candidates: Teri Vigil, Ignacio Venegas, Bill Myers, and Rick Dougherty, are running for three available positions on the Fall River Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.

About 50 people attended. The program opened with welcoming comments by Kevin Bower, President of the Burney Boosters. Mr. Bower then introduced Sarah Clark who served as moderator.

Ms. Clark asked the candidates four questions. Each candidate was allowed 2 minutes to respond to each question. Afterwards, the candidates were asked an additional two questions submitted by the audience.

Following the question and answer, refreshments were served and people had the opportunity to meet and speak with the candidates individually.

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Fort Crook Masonic Lodge give backpacks to second graders

Once again, Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM  carried on their tradition of providing backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area. This year the Lodge is giving out backpacks filled with school supplies to 49 students at Burney Elementary, 33 students in Fall River, 8 students in Big Valley and 12 students in Montgomery Creek.

Teacher Michael Von Schalscha, Mason Jim Crockett, teacher Joy Ford and Burney Second Graders with new backpacks

On Tuesday, September 25, Mason Jim Crockett delivered the packs to second graders at Burney Elementary School.

Teachers Michael Von Schalscha and Joy Ford lead their students into the cafeteria and introduced Mr. Crockett who then gave a short talk.

Jim Crockett gives a short talk to students

Crockett asked the students if they knew what country they live in.

“The United States of America!” The children shouted in reply.

When he asked if they knew who the first president was, they raised their hands and answered, “George Washington.”

Crockett told them that George Washington was a brother Mason. He also told them that another Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, who aided in the discovery of electricity was a Mason.

Mr. Von Schalscha told the students that they would learn more about Ben Franklin later in the year.

Crockett explained that the Masons had long been supporters of public education in California and that is why they give out the backpacks each year.

A lot of students raised their hands to ask questions. Some wanted to know what was in the backpacks. Each pack contained a pencil, a notebook, an eraser, crayons, and a ruler.

Michael Von Schalscha, Jim Crockett, and Joy Ford hand out back packs to Burney Elementary School students

After the talk, the children lined up and each child was presented with a backpack  by Mr. Crockett.


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Burney Chamber Announces 2018 Award Winners at Annual Fall Fling

The Burney Chamber of Commerce announced the 2018 award winners at the annual Fall Fling at the Veterans Hall in Burney Saturday night September 22.

2018 Fall Fling Award Winners – Wilie Rodriguez representing Stephanie McQuade, Mountain Cruisers, Pat Redding, and Pit River Casino

Pit River Casino was named Business of the Year. Announcing the winner, Master of Ceremonies Willie Rodrguez said, “This year’s winner was more involved in the community than ever before. They are the biggest community partner with their overwhelming desire to make Burney great and keep it great. They have given over $45,000 in donations and support to over 35 organizations and events.”

Evelyn Maldonado accepted the award on behalf of Casino Manager Mike Avelar.

Other nominees for Business of the Year were HC Griffin, Gepetto’s Pizza, Sickler Electric, Burney Falls Lodging, Sierra Pacific Industries, and High Country Realty.

2018 Fall Fling Under the Big Top

Stephanie McQuade from Burney Water District was chosen as Friendliest and Most Helpful Employee. Describing Ms. McQuade, Rodriquez said, “This year’s winner provides more than just a smile and a helping hand that you would expect from a hardworking employee at the water district. She also runs the pool and makes sure all goes well. She sets up all pool activities and events. She also teaches classes. The pool is so very important to have to teach our youth to swim. Stephanie makes sure this happens.”

Other nominees for Friendliest Most Helpful Employee were Noah Bishop from Alpine Drive-In, Ken Shaffer from Safeway, Mimi McFarland from Mad Mountain Wireless, Michelle Gomez from Burney Falls Lodging, and Honorary Mayor Ralph Freitas from USA Gas.

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year is Pat Redding. Presenting the award, Rodriguez said, “This year’s winner will be there anytime you need help. She is always happy to bake for any event and what in incredibly talented baker she is! She also does the blood drives and anything at the VFW including receptions and other programs, always with a smile. People love to sing her praises and she certainly deserves it.”

Other nominees for Volunteer of the Year were Evelyn Maldonado and Mari Perez from Burney Little League, Cheryl Marx from VFW, Bobbie Lindgren from Burney Lions Auxiliary, Bill and Linda Murray from Friends of the Intermountain Library, Sandy McCullar from Mountain Cruisers, and Sally Armstrong.

Mountain Cruisers was named Organization of the Year. Describing the Mountain Cruisers, Rodriguez said, “This organization has given back to the community: the Library, Chamber, Little League, Community Center and other organizations and activities. They always host Rex Club Days. Their car shows bring fun and people to the community. They are generous, community oriented, and lots of fun.”

Other nominees for Organization of the Year included Burney Lions Club, Burney Fire District, and Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.

Burney Leadership Club served the tables

One hundred and forty-four civic and business leaders from Burney and the surrounding area attended this year’s Fall Fling. The Leadership Club of Burney High School served the meal.

The theme of the banquet was “Under the Big Top.” One of the highlights was a Best Costume Contest featuring a Leopard, a Ringmaster with a whip, a Strong Man, two Clowns, and a Lion Tamer. Chamber Manager Jessica Sharp won the contest attired as a circus clown.

Best Costume Contest photo by Linda Colvin

The event also included a silent auction, a raffle, a cake auction, and a liquor auction. Dave Barry was the highest bidder for the cake auction paying $240 for four cheese cakes made by Jessica Sharp. Burney Fire District Chief Monte Keady payed $850 for a bottle of rum.

The bidding battles were fierce. Those with the highest bids for the six cake entrees had a chance to win a beautiful hand-crafted picnic table. The winners of the bids for spirits had a chance to win a rifle or a shotgun. Strongman Doug Lindgren, won the table. Jill Barnett won the rifle and Bob Moore won the shotgun.

Proceeds from the night’s activities will support Chamber activities and events for the upcoming year.

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