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Hundreds come out for craft fair at Burney Elementary

Hundreds of people thronged to the Burney Elementary School for the annual Craft Fair.

A community affair

Kathy Urlie did an excellent job of organizing the event. The hall was full of vendors displaying Christmas items, pottery, artwork, photography, wood work, jewelry, and many other hand-made arts and crafts as well as baked goods and hot home-made food items.

Jill Binger and Irene May display gifts of friendship and creativity

The hall was packed. Every table was filled with displays of local creativity. More vendors lined the corridors leading to the gym.

Hundreds of people came

In addition to shopping for crafts people enjoyed seeing friends and neighbors at this wonderful community event.

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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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Vince Wall encourages the Burney Chamber to help make Burney a “PCT Friendly” town

Vince Wall spoke to the Burney Chamber of Commerce on November 14 at Gepetto’s Pizza about the benefits of serving Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers during the summer.

Vince Wall talks about PCT at Burney Chamber of Commerce

Wall worked with CAL FIRE for 30 years. He moved to Burney in 1997. Wall’s daughter Jenn and her boyfriend, Colton, hiked the trail this year. They began at the Mexican border April 15 and Jenn kept a 167 day blog of her journey called Jenn Hikes PCT.

The PCT extends  2,659 miles from the Mexican Border to Canada passing through the Southern California desert, the Sierras, and the Cascade Mountains. The trail crosses Highway 299 six miles west of Burney and also goes through McArthur Burney Falls State Park.

People who hike the whole trail are called thru-hikers. Most of them begin at Campo by the Mexican Border and hike north. Last year 4000 PCT permits were issued. In additions there are many day hikers and section hikers. The bulk of PCT hikers pass through the Intermountain Area in June and July. That means that thousands of hikers pass within 6 miles of Burney each year.

Wall explained that the PCT hike has become a social media event. The hikers and support organizations share information via cell phones and tablets as they traverse the trail. Life on the trail is simple, the hikers seek to maintain a steady pace of miles each day. They try to keep their packs light.

When they pass towns, they need to shower, resupply, eat, socialize and seek recreation. They pick up and ship packages at the post office and patronize markets, stores, restaurants and movie theatres. The also may need medical and dental services and sometimes they will rent motel rooms and take a break.

Though social media hikers share experiences and tell one another which towns are PCT friendly, where the best restaurants are, where they can get good camping sites, which businesses give discounts. where there are special events such as fireworks, etc.

Certain locations become “must see.” It is part of the trail culture. If you don’t go to a must see location you missed out.

Wall showed slides from Jenn’s journey picturing towns, restaurants, and lodging that have catered to the PCT hikers. The pictures showed restaurants. bakeries and taverns packed with PCT hikers. Some small towns provide shuttle services from the trail to town.  PCT friendly towns post small billboards advertising their service. Organizations and trail angels pitch in to provide “trail magic.”

Wall wants Burney to become better known as a PCT friendly town. Burney is ideally located just about half-way on the trail. Thousands of hikers pass through during the peak summer months after crossing the hot Hat Creek Ridge. Wall wants to organize a committee made up of representatives from the Chamber, Rotary, and other service organizations to explore ways to enhance services for PCT hikers in a way that would benefit both hikers and the town.

In other business:

Jen Luck shared that this year’s Fall Fling had netted over $17,000.

Advertising opportunities for Chamber members and membership options were discussed.

The County has allocated $10,000 from the Occupancy Tax for grants for projects that will benefit tourism in the Intermountain Area. Deadline for application is December 1.

The Chamber is also exploring the idea of organizing a Blue Grass Festival if an appropriate location with necessary amenities is located.

Catherine Camp encourage people to participate in North State Giving Tuesday (www.northestategives.org).

It was announced that Jen Luck will resign as Burney Chamber Office Manager effective December 31, 2017.

For more information call Burney Chamber of Commerce 530-335-2111.

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Friends and family celebrate Frances Butler’s 100th birthday

Frances Butler turned 100 on November 12, 2017. On Saturday November 11, Frances celebrated her birthday with friends and family at the Community Center in Burney. More than 100 people attended including some of Frances’ children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Frances Butler and family

Four of seven great grandchildren

A grand celebration

Family members had prepared a display of photo boards portraying Frances’ life. There were pictures of family going back to the 1800’s. Frances was born in Chico on November 12, 1917 as Frances Elenor Pingrey. She graduated in 1935 from Chico High School.

Frances Elenor Pingrey

In 1939, she married Vic Meinberg. They had two children, Darold and Joyce.

Frances Meinberg

In 1952, she and her husband moved to Burney where her husband worked for the mill and she worked at the dry cleaners. In 1953, she joined the Burney Presbyterian Church where she was active in many activities, including teaching Sunday school. quilting, and supporting the annual Harvest Dinner. She later worked as a seamstress and then drove the senior van for Golden Umbrella.

In 1980, she married Jim Butler and became stepmother to his three daughters,  Peggy, Emmy, and Ann.

Frances Butler

After people had socialized, looked at the pictures and settled in, a delicious lunch was provided. Her grandson Dan then recounted a brief biography of Frances’ life complemented by anecdotes from his sister Debbie. They described Frances as their “adventure grandmother” who often took them on drives exploring the dirt roads through the woods in search of springs and other special places. In addition to seven great grandchildren,  Frances also has two great great grandchildren – five generations!

Then long time friends and fellow church members shared highlights of how Frances had touched their lives through the years.

Debbie graciously thanked everyone for coming and Dan introduced Alex Colvin who sang a song he had written for Frances’ one hundredth birthday.

Then her great grandchildren brought out a cake with one hundred candles and lit them all. The crowd of celebrants joined together in singing “Happy Birthday.” Frances huffed and puffed and blew them all out evoking cheers and applause from all present.

After the candles were extinguished, everyone was served a delicious piece of cake.

Happy birthday, dear Frances. May God bless you and your family as you have been a blessing to all of us.

See also:
Francis Elenor Butler turns 100 on November 12
A birthday song for Francis Butler’s 100th birthday

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Francis Elenor Butler turns 100 on November 12

During lunch on Wednesday November 8, The Senior Nutrition Center had a celebration for the 100th birthday of Frances Elenor Butler. Folks sang happy birthday and presented Frances with a beautiful cake and a birthday card signed by all.

Frances Elenor Butler turns 100 on November 12

When Frances was asked how it feels to be 100 years old she said, “In a way it feels pretty good, but in a way it is kind of embarrassing to be that old.”

Frances was born November 12, 1917. On Saturday, there will be another celebration for her with family and friends at the community center from 2-4 p.m. The community is welcome to come join in the celebration.

 

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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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Pictures of the Burney Fire Hall Halloween Event

The Burney Fire District together with several local businesses, organizations, and volunteers put on a wonderful Halloween event this Tuesday evening October 31.

I was home giving out candy and didn’t make it but Fire Chief Monte B. Keady very kindly sent me some pictures from his phone to share with the community.

Kudos to the Burney Fire District and all the fine folks who provided this fun and safe event for the children and people of Burney!

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