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Volunteers needed for Burney Basin Days

From Burney Chamber:

Burney Basin Days is right around the corner. The Parade is always a great draw for local families and tourist alike. We are again seeking volunteers. Our greatest need is volunteers to work traffic control on the parade route. We are also in need of someone who is willing to organize those volunteers working the parade route and coordinate with both CalTrans and Highway Patrol for signage placement and the highway closure. If you can dedicate the mornings of June 24th and July 1st we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please contact the Burney Chamber of Commerce at 530-335-2111 or burneychamber@frontiernet.net.

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Entries for Burney Basin Days Parade welcome

Entry forms for the 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade are now being accepted.

The Theme for this year’s Burney Basin Days is “You Know You’re from the Mountains When…”

The parade will be held on Saturday July 1. There will be bed races at 10 a.m., a Kid’s Parade at 10:30 a.m. and the Main Parade at 11 a.m.

There is no fee to enter the Kid’s Parade but an entry form should be filled out and submitted.

You can enter the main parade as a judged entry or an unjudged  entry. There is no fee for unjudged entries.

The entry fee for judged entries is $25 dollars. Cash prizes will be awarded for judged entries in three categories:

  1. Best Float – $500
  2. Best of theme – $300
  3. Mayor’s Choice – $100

An entry may only win one prize. Prize winners will be announced at the Rotary Fireworks show at Burney High School on Saturday night July 1.

Entry forms for the parade and the bed races are available at the Burney Chamber of Commerce Office at 36879 Main St in Burney.

For more information contact Jen Luck:
Phone: 530-335-2111
Email: burneychamber@frontiernet.net

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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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The Fall River Valley Community Choir performs “Go Sing It on the Mountain” at Burney Presbyterian Church

The Fall River Valley Community Choir gave a wonderful performance of the Christmas cantata, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” at the Burney Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, December 11.

The Fall River Valley Community Choir singing to a full congregation at the Burney Presbyterian Church

The Fall River Valley Community Choir singing to a full congregation at the Burney Presbyterian Church

The church was full with more than 100 people present. The program began at 3 p.m. Reverend Penni Elaine and her two grandchildren, Ashlynn and Jason Carl, welcomed the community to the church and Rev. Elaine said an opening prayer.

She then introduced Alison Maki, the director of the Choir, who led the congregation in singing “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

Go Sing It on the Mountain

Go Sing It on the Mountain

Maki then directed the choir in a perfect performance. Linda Gulbranson accompanied the singers on the piano. Rev. Elaine and Mike Kerns provided the narration as the singers sang nine selections that took the listeners on a devotional musical journey proceeding from the messianic prophecies of Isaiah, though the annunciation, to the nativity, and finally to the proclamation of the joyful news of the birth of Christ to the world.

The Christmas cantata “Go Tell it on the Mountain” was composed by Pepper Choplin incorporating mountain melodies, folk hymns, spirituals, familiar carols, and original music.

The concert included the following solo, duet, and trio performances:

Michal Martin: “A Child Is Gonna Come,”

Melanie Kerns and Bill Johnson:  “Call His Name Jesus,”

Melanie Kerns and Bill Johnson singing Call His Name Jesus

Melanie Kerns and Bill Johnson singing Call His Name Jesus

Karen Adams and Jean Rodgers:  “Hush Little Baby,”

Karen Adam singing Hush Little Baby

Karen Adams singing Hush Little Baby

Jean Rogers singing Hush Little Baby

Jean Rogers singing Hush Little Baby

Jean Rodgers, Penny Rodgers, Melanie Kerns (trio):  “Angel Band,”

and A.J. Weinhold:  “Star Eternal.”

A. J. Weinhold singing Star Eternal

A. J. Weinhold singing Star Eternal

At the conclusion of the cantata, the entire congregation joined their voices together to sing “Silent Night.”

Uplifted by the wonderful music, the people were then treated to delicious cookies prepared by Katharine Ann Campbell as they shared fellowship in the foyer.

Fellowship after the performance

Fellowship after the performance

The Fall River Choir worked very hard for months to learn and practice this wonderful Christmas composition. They had performed it the day before at Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur. Rev. Maki said that they aspire to achieve the highest level of performance that they can. She said that she hopes that those with open hearts can feel God’s spirit through the music.

Mission accomplished. It was a heavenly experience that truly shared the message of Christmas.

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Royal Irish Ranger hiking the PCT trail for Wounded Warriors

Royal Irish Ranger Donaju

Royal Irish Ranger Donaju

Sunday, afternoon, July 3rd, 3 p.m. Taking a break after the weekend’s activities.

In the morning Linda and I had gone to WOLA and heard Pastor Cory give an inspirational sermon on suffering.

Later, we had gone to the craft fair behind US Bank, examined the wares, and talked with many of the crafters and vendors: wood carvers, pipe and jewelry makers, the unique McKay brothers with their assortment of wood, pinecone, stone and manure items, an author of a children’s book about a pink Rhino… and more. It was a great craft show. Evalee Nelson and Irene and others were manning the Soroptomist Booth.

It was hot. We were a little worn out by the weekend. I wanted to jump in a pool of cold water. Linda and I went home to eat and rest.

There was supposed to be one more event for Burney Basin Days: a jam session for local musicians at the Vets Hall from 6-8 p.m. I had told both Nancy Bobo and Cindy Martin that I would be there.

So Linda and I were at home relaxing before the jam. I was about to jump in the small pool in my backyard when the doorbell rang.

It was my friend from McArthur, Trapper. He wanted to know when the music was. Trapper plays fiddle and loves to jam. He’s been trapping the Fall River for forty years and playing music since the 1960’s.

We sat in the backyard, talking about trapping, Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, and how the West has changed. Trapper had bought a book, Outlaw: The True Story of Claude Dallas at a yard sale for fifty cents. The book is about Claude Dallas, a man who came west to live like an old time cowboy or mountain man and ended up killing two game wardens.

We talked for three hours. I went in the pool and swam. Ahhhh!

At six o’clock, Trapper, Linda and I were at the Vet’s Hall for the jam. The door was locked. No one was there. The bar was open. The woman who was tending bar said that Nancy Bobo was supposed to come at 6 p.m. We told her that we would wait in front and the bartender told us to tell Nancy to come round back for the key when she arrived.

Trapper and I waited by the door. Linda went and sat on the bench by Hwy 299. After about ten minutes we joined her.

So there we were. Three old folks sitting on the bench watching the world go by. Still no one came.

I thought, “We are like the three crows in Dumbo, sitting on the fence cackling.”

Trapper got restless and ran over to Burney Lodging to see if Nancy was there. They told him that she had worked a 12-hour shift and gone home.

Time went by. No one came, neither Nancy nor any other musicians.

I enjoyed sitting there. Everything was peaceful; Burney looked beautiful in the evening.

Then, just after 6:30, I saw a man hiking into town with a big red back pack.

I shouted, “PCT!”

The man stopped, gave us a thumbs-up, and came towards us across the street.

“Are you hiking the PCT?” I asked.

“Yes I am,” he answered in an accent I couldn’t quite determine.

“Where are you from?” I inquired.

“Ireland!” He cheerfully answered.

Linda got really excited. She loves Ireland and she likes to have her picture taken with big Irishmen.

.Danaju with Linda

Danaju with Linda

The man’s name is Donaju and he comes from Holywood, Northern Ireland. Linda was interested to know that they had “Hollywood” in Irelend. Donaju explained that there were two, one in Northern Ireland and one in Southern, but the name was spelled differently than the American because it meant “Holy Wood.”

Trapper, being a trapper, was interested to know what kind of furry critters they had in Ireland. He asked if they had martins. At first, Donaju wasn’t sure what he meant. Trapper explained that they were like a weasel.

“Oh,” said Donaju, “Yes, I believe we have them. We have people named Martin too and I guess they must have gotten their name from somewhere.”

Trapper told him that he trapped animals for a living.

“The only thing that I know how to trap is terrorists,” responded Donaju.

“Terrorists?” said Trapper.

“Yeah,” said Donaju with a smile on his face, “You know, like an Arab.”

Subsequently, Donaju told us that he was a Royal Irish Ranger who had done eleven tours in Afghanistan. He had also served in a number of other hot spots. He said that he is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail for the Wounded Warriors. The Royal Irish Rangers merged with other regiments in 1992 to form the Royal Irish Regiment which serves as a branch of the British Army.

Donaju told us that he joined the Irish Rangers in 1978, which he described as the “year the British Empire ended.” He explained that it was during those years that the last of the British colonies became independent and the empire was superseded by the British Commonwealth.

He also told us that now that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, they would no longer be European.

Trapper was perplexed. “You’re no longer going to be European?” he queried, “What are you going to be, Yanks?”

“No,” said Donaju, “It seems that we will go back to being British.”

He also opined that Scotland will never leave the United Kingdom because the Bank of Scotland knows that if they were to do so, The Bank of England would take all of their money.

We were getting an education. Later, Donaju told us that, in addition to serving in the military, he had also lectured on Medieval History at Oxford University.

Donaju was headed to the Dollar store for a few supplies and then needed a ride back to the trail. Time was moving on toward 7 p.m. now so it seemed pretty certain that there would be no jam sesssion.

We all lamented that there was no music because it turns out that Donaju is also a left-handed Irish fiddler.

Trapper left. Linda and I took Donaju to the Dollar Store. He emerged from the store with 2 bags full of 2-liter bottles of soda.

Donaju is the first PCT hiker I have met so far this year who has hiked the entire trail from Mexico. Others started further north or skipped parts of Sierra’s south of Lake Tahoe. He had some trail friends who had texted him that they were kayaking on Lake Britton and he was hoping to catch up with them. But he wanted to go back to the trail head on 299 because he didn’t want to miss any of the trail.

Driving out, we learned of one unfortunate incident that had occurred on our visitor’s journey. Somewhere along the line, at one of his stops, he had been robbed. They took all of his tobacco and $400. He had spent the all but a few cents of the cash he had left on his soda supplies. He had traveler’s checks but the stores he had been to wouldn’t cash them. The banks wouldn’t be opened till Tuesday because of “some kind of holiday.”

However, he was picking up a new credit card that had been mailed to Mt Shasta and the banks would be opened by the time he got there. The only thing he didn’t have was tobacco , so I gave him a small box of filtered cigars to tide him over till he got to Mt. Shasta.

When we got to the trailhead, he unloaded his pack and supplies. Unfortunately, one of the soda bottles snagged on a saw in the back of the Jeep so we both got sprayed with soda. Fortunately he was able do save most of it and put it in a large soda cup that he carried.

So that was it. Donaju, the Irish Ranger, headed up the PCT toward Burney Falls State Park hoping to find his kayaking friends. For us, encountering him had been a pleasant exclamation point at the end of Burney Basin Days.

What can I say? The PCT is fantastic and you meet lots of interesting people.

A hard copy version of this article also appeared in the Mountain Echo 7/12/16

 

 

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Nancy Bobo 2016-2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

The Burney Basin Days First Annual Ice Cream Social was great. It was a warm day. The ice cream really hit the spot.

Burney Basin Gang - Haley Henderson, Patty Williams, Jill Barnett and Sandy McCullar serve ice cream

Burney Basin Gang – Haley Henderson, Patty Williams, Jill Barnett and Sandy McCullar serve ice cream

What was really wonderful though was that it was really a social affair. After a busy day, during a busy week leading up to Burney Basin Days, this opening event gave people a chance to relax and share with friends and neighbors.

Country living at it's best

Country living at it’s best

Folks having a good time

Folks having a good time

Leading up to the announcement of the winner of the Honorary Mayor’s Race, music provided by Alex Colvin and Marty and Vicky McAbee wafted through the air. Alex started things out with a few songs and then the McAbee’s sang a variety of country, gospel, and original tunes.

Marty and Vicky McAbee

Marty and Vicky McAbee

At 8 p.m. Patty Williams, the 2015-16 Honorary Mayor came to the mic to announce the winner of this years race. Patty gave a wonderful, moving speech about the importance of the Mayor’s race. Even though the Mayor’s race is a fun event, the real significance lies in raising money for local charities and the Chamber of Commerce. Also, the Honorary Mayor represents Burney at local events and events throughout the county. Patty shared some of her wonderful experiences meeting some of the other Honorary Mayor’s from around the county.

Mayor's Canididates - Destiny Tavares, Nancy Bobo, and James Glaser

Mayor’s Canididates – Destiny Tavares, Nancy Bobo, and James Glaser

After her poignant remarks, Patty introduced the new 2016-2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney, Nancy Bobo, who was raising money for a Performing Arts Center in Burney. Runners-up in the race were Jim Glaser who raised money for the Lions diabetic camp at Camp McCumber and Destiny Tavares who raised money for the Burney Annex. Patty presented Nancy with her Mayor’s ribbon and crowned her with a black top hat with a tiara on the brim. Mayor Nancy then gave the opening speech of her term.

The following video shows Patty’s remarks, the ceremony, and Nancy’s acceptance speech.

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2016 Honorary Mayor’s Race Heating Up

Three candidates, Nancy Bobo, Destiny Tavares, and Jim Glaser, have entered the 2016 race for Honorary Mayor of Burney. Each candidate has chosen a favorite charity to support. Candidates run by collecting donations. Every dollar collected counts as one vote. The money raised will be divided between the Burney Chamber of Commerce and the candidate’s charity.

2016 Mayor's Candidates Nancy Bobo, Destiny Tavares, and Jim Glaser

2016 Mayor’s Candidates Nancy Bobo, Destiny Tavares, and Jim Glaser

Bobo the Clown raising funds for a new Burney Performing and Visual Arts Center

Bobo the Clown raising funds for a new Burney Performing and Visual Arts Center

Nancy Bobo (“Bobo the Clown”) is raising funds to create a new Burney Performing and Visual Arts Center.  Her goal is to bring people together to promote creativity in Burney. Her Campaign Manager is James Williams.

Nancy’s motto is “Every town needs a clown.” She pledges to not take herself too seriously, to do her best to bring smiles, and to spread joy and laughter. According to Nancy,”If you don’t laugh with me, you can laugh at me!”

 

Magical Destiny raising funds for the Burney Annex

Magical Destiny raising funds for the Burney Annex

Destiny Tavares is raising funds for the Burney Annex. Her Campaign Manager is Bobi Jo Bronsert. Jolie George is also helping to manage her campaign.

Destiny says that “with a swish & flick of her wand, Burney would be the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Johnson Park would be no more, instead Hogwarts’s will exist, Nimbus 2000 Broomsticks and Floo Powder for traveling for everyone!”

Destiny’s charming personality brings a special magic to her campaign.

 

Jim Glaser Raising funds for the Lions Camp for Diabetic Children at Camp McCumberJames Glaser is raising funds for the Lions Diabetic Camp at Camp McCumber. Funds raised will be specifically designated by the Lions 4-C1 Health Foundation to support the Camp for Children with Diabetes. Jim’s Campaign manager is Alex Colvin.

Jim cheerfully pledges  “to bring a high speed rail from Burney to Disneyland.” Children will be able to fast-track to Disneyland and who knows, maybe Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck will come to see Burney Falls. catch some fish, and swim in Lake Britton.

Three wonderful candidates and three noble causes. This is a campaign in which everyone wins!

Bobo the Clown, Magical Destiny, and Railroad Jim will be campaigning through June. The candidate who raises the most money will become the 2016 Honorary Mayor of Burney. The winner will be announced at the free ice cream social to be held in the grassy backyard of the Burney Veteran’s Hall on at the beginning of Burney Basin Days on Thursday, June 30th.

The new Honorary Mayor will participate in the Burney Basin Days Parade and will be recognized at the Fireworks program on July 2. The new Mayor will also represent Burney at Intermountain events throughout the year.

You can vote as many times as you want!
You can vote for as many candidates as you like!
Vote for all the candidates!

2016 Mayor's Race Candidates and their managers

2016 Mayor’s Race Candidates and their managers

This is an election that your money can buy! Vote generously

 

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