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Burney Lions host a very special Christmas party

The Burney Lions Club held a Christmas party for special needs residents from the Intermountain area on Tuesday, December 19 at the Burney Lions Hall.

A very special Christmas party

At 11:30 a.m. a delicious lunch of meatloaf, squash, and potatoes was served to all of the special needs guests, their families and caretakers. The meal was prepared by Lions cooks and served by Lions members.

After the meal, Santa arrived and went from table to table greeting every person present.

Sharing a moment of Christmas cheer

Santa visits with Superman Jimmy

Then Santa seated himself in front of the stage and delivered presents. Every special needs person had a chance to meet Santa and receive a present that had been purchased specifically for them. Many were delighted to sit on Santa’s lap.

A hug and a gift from Santa

Christmas cheer

After all of the gifts had been given out there were cupcakes for all.

The Burney Lions have been holding this Christmas season event for over 25 years. The project is conducted in coordination with Far Northern Regional Center and Shascade Community Services.

Lion Jim Lane was the chairman of the committee that organized this year’s program. His wife Barbara assisted in organizing as well as selecting and buying the presents for more than forty people.

Lion Jim Lane and Barbara Lane

The hall was decorated by the Lions Auxiliary. Barbara Lane provided the tree and Kathy Lehman provided reindeer and a Christmas train. Lady elves from the Lions Auxiliary also assisted Santa as he greeted people and delivered gifts.

Joanne Hawthorne, Laura Pauley, Lois White, Barbara Lane, Kathy Lehman, and Lois Cummings

Lion Jim said, “We feel that this is our best project and we are honored to do it. It has been very enlightening. The special needs people really appreciate it.”

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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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Bailey Turner, Devin Murray and Eric Davies named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening November 16. Bailey Turner was named 12th grade Student of the Month for October. Devin Murray was named 12th grade Student of the Month for November, and Eric Davies was named 8th grade Student of the Month for November.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Devin Murray, Bailey Turner, Eric Davies and Lion George Whitfield

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

Bailey Turner is active in volleyball, church, Leos, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Interact, S-Club, FNL, and Leadership Club. She enjoys reading, dancing, piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She would like to travel “everywhere.” In the future she hopes to go to college and choose an enjoyable career. She is good at dancing and making people laugh.

Her grandparents Susan and Jerry Frazier attended the dinner to watch her receive her award. Mrs. Frazier said that she is sure Bailey “will go on to do wonderful things… she wants to do everything for everybody.”

Devin Murray has a grade point of 4.43. Principal Guerrero said that it is the highest grade point he has ever seen. Devin is involved in basketball, track, golf, Leo’s, CSF, Interact, mentoring, and Leadership Club. He enjoys science, math, sports, and cliff diving. He would like to experience sky diving. He plans to go to college and study civil engineering. He says that he is good at sarcasm.

Devin’s parents Dona and Kristina Murray and his sister attended. Devin’s parents said that Devin is a great kid and they are very proud of him.

Eric Davies has a 4.0 grade point average. He is good at sports and math. He is active in Pop Warner football, and Jr. High basketball. In the future he would like to go to Oregon University to play basketball and then play for the NBA. He also would like to skydive.

Eric’s parents Angie and Robert Davies, his brother Drew, and his sister Ashley attended. Eric’s father works at Burney Falls State Park. He thanked the Lions and the Leos for all the help they offer at Heritage Day.

 

 

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Celebration of Life for Mary Jane Marx

Mary Jane Marx 1947-2017

Scores of friends and family gathered for a Celebration of Life for Mary Jane Marx at the Burney Lions Hall on November 4.

Ms. Marx was born in Austin, Texas in 1947, but spent most of her adult life in Burney.

She served on the Shasta County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Jeep Team from 1990 until 2017. She also distributed food for the Senior Center food program.

Marx loved horses and rode a horse named Ginger. She was an avid hunter and a lifetime member of the NRA. She was also a traveler and photographer.

Bear killed by Mary Jane Marx

In 1975 she played for the Intermountain All-Star DC Greer baseball team which went to the state finals. She played bass for a band named Johnny and the Rivieras.

She worked at Louisiana Pacific and Sierra Pacific mills as well as for Cogen.

Celebration of Life for a very loving person

Members of the Search and Rescue Jeep Patrol in attendance

The ceremony began with music played by Daniel Williams and Doug Zuehlke. Williams played several Credence Clearwater songs and other tunes that he thought that Mary Jane would like. Zuehlke, a graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music who teaches music and knew Mary Jane in San Jose artfully played a number of popular and jazz tunes on his clarinet.

Music by Daniel Williams and Doug Zuehlke

Center for Spiritual Living

Chris Johnson from the Center for Spiritual Living in Redding officiated for the service. Johnson gave an account of Marx’s life and service.

He read a poem that Mary Jane Marx asked him to read entitled “All is Well” by Henry Scott Holland.

After his talk, friends and family members shared experiences in remembrance of Marx. What emerged is a picture of a “loving giving lady.” She raised wolves and a skunk named Flower. She was a hard worker.

She had a great sense of humor.

A coworker at Cogen shared that at a gathering he had once stated that some women are capable of doing a man’s job and some aren’t.

Yoy McNee with twin daughters Holly and Ivy

“You’re right,” quipped Marx, ” and some men aren’t either.”

After the testimonies, Johnson closed by reading the 23rd Psalm. Lunch followed with a slide show of photographs from Marx’s life.

People came from as far away as Cottonwood, San Jose, and Monterey to attend. One family that came from Monterey was the McNee family.

Yoy McNee was raised by Marx’s mother, also named Mary Jane. Marx was like an older sister to her.

Gavin McNee and his dad Colin

Arriving in Burney for the memorial as the first snowflakes of the year fell, the McNee children were excited to experience snow for the first time.

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Emma Harrington honored as Burney 8th Grade Student of the Month

Emma Harrington was honored as 8th Grade Student of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 19.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Emma Harrington, and Lion George Whitfield

Ms. Harrington was introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 from the Burney Lions Club in recognition for her achievement.

Emma has a grade point average of 4.0. Her school activities include Youth, California Junior Scholarship Federation, and volleyball. She enjoys crafting, camping, playing volleyball, dancing and acrobatics. She would like to visit Disney World.

In the future she would like to go to community college for two years and then transfer to a four year college. Her goal is to become a science teacher. Mr. Guerrero said that he hopes he will be able to hire her to teach at Burney High.

Emma’s parents, Cory and Heidi Harrington, were both present to see their daughter honored. Mrs. Harrington said that “Emma spends a lot of time doing her homework instead of cleaning her room. She is a very sweet, loving, caring person and is about to become an auntie in a couple of weeks.”

Emma’s sister, mom-to-be Carrie Harrington, was also 8th grade student of the month when she attended Burney Junior High School.

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Pictures of Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 on Sunday October 8 was wonderful. The weather was beautiful. Great music! Cider and dutch oven goodies! Wagon rides! Folks dressed up in period costumes. Lots of fun activities from the 1800’s. I’ll let some pictures speak for themselves.

Nicki Carlisle, the Zuilleger family and the Shooting Stars

 

The Shooting Stars – Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina

Here’s a link to music by the Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017.

North State Fiddlers

 

Meg with Jack and Jill

 

Nina Kammener, Diana Sophia Green, and Kayla Oilar

 

Beading

 

Candle making

 

Candle making

Making a pine doll

 

These girls made some fine pine dolls

 

Craig Harrington at Heritage Days

 

Manning the cider press

 

Veronica Sloan and Dutch Oven Cooking

 

Pit River Pioneer Thom Sloger with Linda Colvin at an 1840’s tent site

 

Pit River Pioneers

 

Walt Libal displaying old guns

 

Sawbucking

 

Tug O War

 

Cub Scouts from Pack 38

 

Leos at Heritage Day

For more on Heritage Days see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Heritage Day shares the past

 

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James Chapman and Madison Villarruel chosen as BHS September Students of the Month

James Chapman and Madison Villarruel were honored as September Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening September 21. Chapman was named 12th grade student of the month and Villarruel was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, James Chapman, Madison Villarruel, and Lion President Daryl Hovis

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Burney Lions Club President Daryl Hovis presented each of the students with a check. James Chapman was awarded $100, and Madison Villarruel received $50.

Senior James Chapman has a grade point average of 4.0. He is a member of the Boy Scouts, Leos, Interact, California Scholarship Federation, Peer Mentoring, and College Options. He played on Burney High School’s championship 2017 baseball team. James is also president of the student body.

He enjoys Scouting and building models of vehicles and buildings. He is good at tying knots. In his free time, he likes watching television. He would like to travel abroad.

After graduating from high school, James plans to go to college and earn a degree in mechanical engineering. After receiving his degree he intends to join the Navy.

James’ dad George is a member of the Lions and was present to see his son receive the award.  His mother Cheri and brother Thomas also came.  Mrs. Chapman said her son is a “go-getter.”

Eighth-grader Madison Villarruel also has a 4.0 grade point average. She plays basketball and volleyball on the school team. She excels in art. She likes to paint and draw and her work was recognized at a county art exhibition. She especially likes to draw flowers.

During her free time, Madison likes to spend time with her friends and family. Her mother and father, Robert and Sophia Villarruel attended the presentation at the Lions together with her younger sister Mackenzie and her cousin Vanessa. Her mother spoke briefly of how proud she was of Madison.

Madison hopes to learn to play piano. In the future she plans to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.

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