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Four generations enjoy Thanksgiving feast at Burney Lions Hall

Altogether, the Burney Lions served Thanksgiving dinner to more than 200 people. Over 100 came to the Burney Lions Hall to share a delicious meal in a family-like community atmosphere. Another two score came for take out meals, and about three dozen meals were delivered to seniors and shut-ins. The meal included turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, a roll and butter, cranberry sauce, and pie for dessert.

2018 Burney Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner

Amongst the celebrants, were Lions Dr. Bill Cummings and his wife together with their daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.

Four generations of Cummings enjoy Lions Thanksgiving feast

Lion President Mike Barnes welcomed the community to the annual Thanksgiving meal and recognized Dr. Cummings for his more than three decades of service to the Lions.

Lion President Mike Barnes recognizing Lion Dr. Bill Cummings and family

Dr. Cummings said, “This is the first time in more than a quarter of a century that I have not been working to help serve the Thanksgiving meal! It is a very pleasurable opportunity to enjoy this day together with my wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.”

The meal was prepared by Burney Lions cooks, and enthusiastically served by members of the local Leos Club. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Leos and Scouts served the meal

Leo Paris serving salad

Cub Scout serving thankful guests



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Heritage Day 2018

Once again it was wonderful to attend the annual Hertage Day at McArthur-Burney Falls Park to get a taste of life in the 1870’s. The event took place on Sunday October 7 from 12-4 p.m.

There were lots of hands on events like black-smithing, hatchet throwing, candle-making, pine-doll crafting, branding, tug-0-war, two-man sawing, and weaving.



Hit the target

Proud of my pine doll

Tug O War

Two- man saw girl

Fine music was played by various North-State groups from the Old Time Fiddlers Association. Once again I got to listen to one of my favorite groups of performers, The Shooting Stars and friends.

Shooting Stars and Friends

Sons of the Pioneers were there showing guns and implements from the old days and explaining about life on the frontier.

Sons of Pioneers

There was delicious apple crisp prepared fresh in the Dutch Oven and fresh pressed cider from Rotary. The Lions and Lions Auxiliary were there with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other treats.

Apple Crisp for the Dutch Oven

Rotary Cider Press

The Burney Lions Club came early to help direct parking. Leos and Scouts helped to man the events and displays. Lots of volunteers lent a hand to bring the past to life. Parking on Heritage Day was free. The weather was beautiful. In addition to enjoying the fun, the food and the music, many took time to hike the trail and observe the falls. It was awesome!

Heritage Day is sponsored each year by the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association in partnership with CAL PARKS.

See also:
Heritage Day shares the past|
Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Pictures of Heritage Day 2017
Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017

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Eagle Court of Honor celebrates James Chapman becoming Eagle Scout

A special ceremony was held at the Burney Lions Club on Saturday afternoon, June 10 to recognize James Chapman as an Eagle Scout. Chapman is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 38 which is sponsored by the Burney Lions Club. Members of Cub Scout Pack 38 also attended.

William Ford presents James Chapman with his Eagle Scout Certificate

Scout Elias Urlie welcomed members of the community and emceed the event. After the presentation of colors by Troop 38 and Pack 38, Urlie led the scouts in reciting the Scout Oath.

The Scouts then took part in a special candle lighting ceremony presided over by Thomas Chapman.

Candle lighting

James’ Grandfather Rev. John Chapman offering the invocation

Reverend John Chapman, the honoree’s grandfather, said the invocation.

William Ford, Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster who now leads the Cub Scouts, formally opened the Court of Honor and introduced four other Eagle Scouts who explained the Eagle Obligation.

Other Eagle Scouts attending included Joseph Tereba, Lucas Urlie, and George Chapman.

Afterwards, William Ford and James’ father George Chapman recounted experiences detailing James’ trail to becoming an Eagle Scout.

This was followed by a slide show full of pictures of James participating in scouting activities over the past 5 years.

Ford and George Chapman then presented James with his new Eagle Scout bandana, Eagle Scout pin, and certificate.

New Bandana


Receiving the pin

Mr. Ford said that he was happy that James would be serving as assistant scoutmaster and encouraged him to remain active with the Boy Scouts in the future.

James then got up to make a personal statement. He charmed the audience with his humility and humor as he recounted his experiences and then presented both Ford and his father with mentor pins, thanking them for their guidance.

Chapman presents his father with a mentor pin

He then presented each of his parents with a pin.

James presents his mother Cheri Chapman with a pin

After the colors were retired, everyone enjoyed a lovely reception featuring a delicious cake decorated with specially-made candied merit badges.

Cake decorated with merit badges

As everyone mixed and mingled and enjoyed the refreshments, Eagle Scout Chapman posed for pictures with friends and family.

Enjoying his achievement with three future Eagle Scouts


Eagle Scout Chapman with friends and family


Proud father and son

Congratulations to James and all his family. Special thanks to the Burney Lions for hosting the event and supporting Scouting in the local area.


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Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

On April 1, candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney came to a “Meet the Candidates” event in Bailey Park. Candidates spoke about the charities they are raising money for and their hopes for Burney and the Intermountain area.

Seven candidates have registered to run for the following charities:

  1. Anna Denny, for Burney Sober Grad Night
  2. Jill Daugherty, for Burney Citizens Patrol
  3. Ralph Freitas, for Make-a-Wish (Shasta County)
  4. James Glaser,  for Boy Scout Troop 38
  5. Dana Hauge, for Burney 4-H
  6. Shaylene Herndon, for TriCounties Community Network, and
  7. Mary Frances Unterreiner, for St Vincent de Paul

Due to scheduling events, Anna Denny and Dana Hauge were unable to be present. However, Jen Luck read a speech that Dana had prepared and Anna’s candidacy and charity were also announced and explained.

Jen Luck, secretary for the Burney Chamber of Commerce, emceed the event. Refreshments were donated by the local Burney Safeway store.

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James Glaser running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

James Glaser is running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney.  He is raising money for Boy Scout Troop 38 in Burney.

James’ campaign motto is “Be prepared to serve in all seasons.”

He would like to see a “competitive race track around Burney.”

Jim will be placing donation boxes around Burney. You can also give donations for his campaign to members of the scout troop. Every dollar donated counts as one vote. You can vote as many times and as much as you want. This is an election that money can buy.

James joins five candidates, Shaylene Herndon, Mary Frances Unterreiner, Anna Denny,  Ralph Freitas, and Dana Hauge who have turned in their applications to run for Honorary Mayor.

There are more people who have said that they will be running for mayor to support various charities. Each candidate will be officially announced as soon as their form is turned in to the Burney Chamber of Commerce.  All candidate registration forms should be filed by April 1st.

On April 1st, there will be a “Meet the Candidates” event at Bailey Park at 1 p.m.. Each candidate will be introduced and will talk about the charity that they are running for and  and their positive vision for Burney.

The Honorary Mayors race is a fun and creative way to raise money for non-profit charities. Whoever raises the most money wins. Money raised will be divided between the candidates chosen charities and the Burney Chamber of Commerce.

The winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney race will be announced at the Ice Cream Social June 29, ride in the Burney Basin Days parade, and be honored at the Burney Fireworks program on Saturday July 1. The mayor will also choose the winner of the “Mayor’s Choice Award” for the parade. During the year, the Honorary Mayor will have the opportunity to represent the town of Burney at public events in Burney and other towns.

People who want to run but have not yet registered for the race can still come to the Meet the Candidates event, turn in their forms and join the race.

Candidate registration forms are available at the Burney Chamber of Commerce or at the Honorary Mayor of Burney Facebook Page.

For more information call Alex or Linda Colvin 335-4221 or Jen Luck 335-2111.

See also
Honorary Mayor Candidates rally for their charities at Bailey Park (article and pictures)
Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney (Video)
Honorary Mayor of Burney Facebook Page
Anna Denny running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Mary Francis Unterreiner running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Shaylene Herndon running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Ralph Freitas running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Dana Hauge running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
James Glaser running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

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Boy Scout Troop 38 honored at Burney Lions Club

On Thursday December 8, the Burney Lions Club held a special ceremony to honor Boy Scout Troop 38 for their service to the community. The scout troop was presented with a letter from President Barack Obama, Certificates of Congressional recognition signed by Representative Doug LaMalfa, and a Certificate of Recognition and honorary flag from the Killed in Action Honor Flag Organization.


Scouts James Chapman, Travis Mayer, and Thomas Chapman, with Scoutmaster George Chapman, Lion emcee Mike Ferrier, and Ray Pittam

The award ceremony was largely the fruit of the efforts of a veteran named Ray Pittam and had an interesting genesis. Mr. Pittam brought his 1901 Oldsmobile to Burney to ride in the Burney Basin Days Parade last summer representing American Fallen Warriors and KIA. As he was proceeding down Main Street, his auto broke down. Spontaneously members of Boy Scout Troop 38 came forward and pushed his car through the entire parade.

His car carried the American Flag and a flag honoring those who had made the supreme sacrifice of giving their lives in service to our country. Pittam, moved by the efforts of the Scouts, felt that it was not only a community service, but a symbolic act of great patriotism. He told them at the time that he wanted to help arrange some sort of public recognition for their service.

Raymond Pitham thanks Scout Chapman as Lions Walt Libal and Mike Ferrier Look on

Raymond Pittam thanks Scout Chapman as Lions Walt Libal and Mike Ferrier Look on

Later, in Redding, one of his neigbors, a Lion, referred him to Mike Ferrrier, a member of the Enterprise Lions who is also an Eagle Scout. He told Mr. Ferrier that he wanted to get some awards to honor the Scout Troop 38 in Burney. Ferrier encouraged him to do so.

Pittam then contacted the White House, Congressman LaMalfa, and KIA. He procured awards from all of them. After doing so, he came to the Burney Lions Club in October to propose the idea of a community awards ceremony. After that, the Lions Club met with several community organizations including veterans and the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the idea and the result was Thursday night’s ceremony at the Lion’s meeting.

Lion Mike Barnes, Second Vice President, presided over the meeting and introduced Lion Walt Libal as one of the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Lion Walt is the Chartered Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts for the Burney Lions Club. Walt then proceeded to introduce his fellow Master of Ceremonies, Mike Ferrier.

Mike Ferrier is the Global Leadership Team Coordinator for District 4-C1. He recently made a trip to Alaska to talk with Lions Clubs about leadership. He is also the Charter Representative for the Boy Scouts for the Enterprise Lions.

Ferrier said that as a child, his father had started a Cub Scouts den in Palo Cedro so his son could participate. When he came of age to become a Boy Scout, his father started a Boy Scout troop. Later, they moved to Redding where he joined a troop there and eventually became and Eagle Scout. He has remained active in Scouting throughout his adult life.

“The reason I became a Lion,” Ferrier said, “is because it is the closest thing that I know to being an adult Boy Scout.”

He talked of the importance of doing good deeds and praised the Scouts for their precept “Do a good turn daily.” He stressed that doing a good deed can be a simple act of kindness such as opening a door for someone or as complex as organizing a major charity undertaking, but “no good deed goes unnoticed.”

After his remarks, Ferrier introduced Ray Pittam who spoke about experiences which led him to try to lead a life of service to the community. He shared how he had been helped during the parade by Troop 38 and presented a flag from KIA to Troop 38 and the Burney Lions Hall.

KIA flag prestned to Tropp 38

KIA flag presented to Troop 38

Then the awards were presented. Ray Pittam and Troop 38 were presented with certificates from the KIA Honor Flag Organization.

Certificat of Recognition from KIA to Boy Scout Troop 38

Certificate of Recognition from KIA to Boy Scout Troop 38

Special Congressional recognitions were presented to Eagle Scout Travis Mayer, Scout James Chapman, and Scoutmaster George Chapman on behalf of Troop 38.

Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented to Travis Mayer

Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented to Travis Mayer

Finally, a letter was read from President Barack Obama commending the work of the Boy Scouts.

Letter from President Barack Obama to Boy Scouts

Letter from President Barack Obama to Boy Scouts

No good deed goes unnoticed.





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