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Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn named Students of the Month

Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn were honored as Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 21. Ms. Perkins  was named 8th grade student of the month for February, and Penn was named 8th grade student of the month for March.

Principal Ray Guerrero, Sebastian Mitchell Penn, Tessa Perkins, and Lion George Whitfield

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Perkins has a 4.0 grade point. She is active in volleyball and plays flute in the band. She also enjoys playing piano, drawing, and writing stories. She would like to train a dog or a cat. When asked how she would train a cat, she said, “Like a dog!” After finishing high school, she plans to attend college to get a four-year degree.

Tessa’s parents Annie and Herb Perkins and her grandmother Linda Bates attended the dinner to see their daughter honored. Her mother, who noted that Tessa has had two surgeries for cerebral palsy, said they are very proud of their daughter’s achievement in academics.

Eighth-grader Sebastian also has a 4.0 grade point average. He competes in track and enjoys mowing lawns. He is looking forward to playing football. He is also good at baseball and tennis. He likes to read. In the future he would like to be a cook in the Navy.

Sebastian’s parents Jennifer Mitchell and Ellis Penn also attended. Mr. Penn said that he is very proud of the person that his son is becoming.

Each student was presented by Lion George Whitfield with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50.

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FRJUSD staff and community meet with consultants to provide input on selection of new Superintendent

On Wednesday evening March 20, 23 people attended a meeting with consultants from Leadership Associates to express their desires and opinions regarding the selection of a new superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD).

Community members meeting to provide input on search for new FRJUSD Superintendent

Leadership Associates is an executive search firm that has assisted many California school districts to select their school superintendents.  The Board plans to have a new superintendent selected and approved by the regular board meeting on June 14. The new superintendent will begin on July 1.

The purpose of the March 20 meeting was to get input from staff and community members. The meeting of parents, teachers, staff members and concerned citizens from the community was moderated by consultants Rich Fischer and Tom Changnon.

Fischer began the encounter by explaining the selection process. Leadership Associates hopes that through advertising and active recruitment they will find a pool of possibly up to 14 applicants. The deadline for applications is April 17. During April and May they will complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants to identify applicants who are most qualified and suitable to the district. In May the FRJUSD Board will meet with the consultants to review the applications and select the candidates to be interviewed. The Board will then interview selected candidates.  Final decision on who is to be hired will be the responsibility of the Board.

Fischer then asked three questions. First he asked what qualities people would like to see in their superintendent. People responded that they would like someone who is inclusive and cooperative; who is aware of and amenable to the Intermountain climate; who is up to speed on developing trends in technology; who has a background working in similar small rural, diverse districts; whose heart is committed to the welfare of the students; who is knowledgeable  about finances and capable of generating revenue; and who is capable of making difficult decisions if necessary in matters concerning such issues as layoffs; and who is able to deal with issues of busing in a large geographic district.

As for character, people responded that they wanted a person with good people skills, who is committed to the community, and who is aware of and dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

The second question presented to the audience was “How do you sell this place? What are the advantages of living here?” People emphasized the diverse nature of volunteerism by individuals and organizations supporting the district. They praised the commitment of teachers and students. They said that a superintendent could be proud of the results that the district could achieve and derive personal satisfaction. Some stressed the beauty of the environment and the recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, etc. One gentleman pointed out that there are numerous grant opportunities for rural districts available to fund specific programs from foundations.

Finally, Fischer asked what challenges the new superintendent might face. One challenging issue involved recruitment and hiring of qualified teachers, staff members and bus drivers. Another involved becoming familiar with the diverse backgrounds of students and the variable nature and needs of the nine different sites that make up the district. Another addressed balancing academics, sports, and other activities for students.

After a rich discussion on the three questions, Fischer concluded the formal meeting but many participants remained behind to carry on the conversation amongst themselves and the consultants.

Anyone who was unable to attend but would like to offer input into the selection process is encouraged to take part in an online survey at the FRJUSD website at http://www.frjusd.org/frjusdsuperintendentsearch.

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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS from March 16, 2019

 Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909:

Mt. Burney Theatre – Captain Marvel (next week: Captain Marvel)
Fall River Theare – How to Train Your Dragon:Hidden World (next week -???)
Both theatre times are Fri., Sat, at 7p and Sun at 1p & 7p (accepts credit cards now)

Mar 16 (Sat) Soldier Mt. VFD St. Patrick’s Dinner and Raffle from 4p to 7p at the Fire Hall. 27990 Spring Creek Road in Glenburn. Adults – $12 and Children under 12 – $5

Mar 16 (Sat) Leprechaun Leap at IM Fairgrounds Skuce Pavilion. It’s a Pub Crawl, it’s Trip tip and corned beef, it’s Minute to Win It type games and so much more beginning at 5p. Free admission, Dinner is $15 for adults and $8 for children,

Mar 17 – Sun) Intermountain Artists annual Elegant Soup from 11:30am to 2:00pm at the Evelyn O Royce Art Center on Main St. in Fall River. Homemade soups, salads, desserts, and breads. $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12

Mar 20 (Wed) Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday Sandwich order forms have been delivered and will be picked up next week. If you didn’t receive one call Soroptimist member, Lola Harris, at 530-335-4314. Bar-b-que beef or bar-b-que pork sandwich, potato salad and a cookie delivered to your place of business.

Mar 24 – Intermountain Modoc Shrine Fizz Breakfast

Mar 30 – Bull Cow Dinner-Basque Style at Ingram Hall

Apr 05 – Mayers Hospice Dinner “Ahoy Mateys” at Fall River Hotel 6pm $45

Apr 06 – Mayers Health Fair

Apr 12 – VFW Bingo in Burney

Apr 13 – Cattlewomen’s Beef and Brew at IM fairgrounds Skuce Pavillion

Apr 14 – – Intermountain Modoc Shrine Fizz Breakfast

Apr 21 — Easter Sunday

Apr 27 – Cassel VFD Fishermans Breakfast1sxd

Apr 27 – Old Station Fishermans Breakfast

May 04 – Burney Chamber Ham Run at McArthur Burney Falls State Park

May 04 – BFREF Annual Dinner44

May 05 – Friends of the Library Mystery Dinner in Burney

May 10-12 – Heritage Balloon Festival at Iner-Mountain Fairgrounds

May 12 – Intermountain Modoc Shrine Mothers Day Fizz Breakfast 7a-10:30a

May 18 – Fall River Lions Surf and Turf Dinner at Lions Hall in McArthur

May?? VFW Over 21 Prom

May?? – Ft Crook Museum Yard Sale at the Round Barn

May 25 – Mountain Cruisers Car Show at Pit River Casino 9a-2p

May 26 – Intermountain Modoc Shrine Fizz Breakfast

Jun ?? – Airport Day & Pancake Breakfast at Fall River Airport

Jun 07? – FRJUSD Graduations

Jun 08 – Burney Chamber Intermountain Community Yard Sale

Jun22 – Wild West Days at IM Fairgrounds

Jun 14 – Burney VFW Bingo

Jun 23 – SNIPPP fundraiser at Clearwater Lodge

Jul 06 Burney Basin Days Parade, Craft Fair & Fireworks

Jul 20 – Hat Creek VFD BBQ

Jul 20 – Fall River Century Bike Ride

Jul 20 A Day on the Alfalfa Music Festival

Aug 1 – Mayers “On The Green” Golf Tournament

Aug 29-Sep 02 IM Fair

Sep?? – Hat Creek Beer and Wine Festival at Hat Creek Hereford Campground

Oct 12 – Shrimp Boil at Ingram Hall at IM Fairgrounds

Oct 13 – Heritage Day at McArthur Burney Falls State Park

Oct?? – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Harvest Festival

Oct 24 – Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Oct 26 – Chamber Fall Fling

Oct?? – Halloween Fest at Burney Fire Hall

Oct 31 – Plumas Bank and FRVCC Main Street Trick or Treat

Nov 02 – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital at 2pm

Nov 10 – Daylight Savings ends

Nov 16 – BES Christmas Craft Fair 9a-2p

Nov 28 – Thanksgiving and Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner at Lions Hall

Nov 30 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney

Nov 29 – Dec 08 – 12 Days of Christmas at IM Fairgrounds

Dec07 – New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale

Dec?? – VFW Auxiliary Christmas Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale

Dec 07 – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall

Dec?? – Christmas Light Parade in Fall River

Dec 09? American Legion Christmas Ham Dinner

Dec 21 – Santa Stroll at IM Fairgrounds

Burney VFW Bingo Schedule for 2019 – June 14, July 12, August 09, September 13,

October 11, November 08, December 13

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950

ORGANIZATION MEETINGS:

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) 3rd Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Fort Crook Masonic Lodge – 2nd Tuesday at 7pm at the Maonic Lodge in Fall River

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

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

SNIPPP Board Meeting is Third Monday of each month at Gepettos at 1pm

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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Hunter Whitaker wins AWANA Grand Prix

Hunter Whitaker won the Awana Grand Prix Race on Thursday evening at Intermountain Baptist Church. The average time for Hunter’s car was 2.871 seconds.

Hunter Whitaker wins the Awana Grand Prix

Shadrach Hennessey won best car design for the Spark age group competition, and Matthew Hennessey won best car design for the Truth and Training (T&T) age group.

Shadrach Hennessey and Matthew Hennessey won best design

More than 100 people came to watch as 35 cars built by children in the Awana youth program competed in the race. Each child built and designed his car from a kit including a block of wood wheels and axles.

The race was conducted by Awana leaders Peter and Joshua Hennessey.

Awana Leaders Peter and Joshua Hennessey with cars ready to race

Before the race Gerry Mead, who oversees the Awana program at Intermountain Baptist, gave a short talk in which he told the children that life is like a racing event. The goal is to reach the finish line. The finish line is to make it to heaven. To make it to heaven one needs to believe in Jesus.

Jerry Mead gave introductory remarks

Then, the race was on.

The race is on

The cars race in four lanes. Every car ran four heats so that they all had a chance to compete in each lane. Times were determined by an electronic device at the finish line and the average times for all four heats were determined by computer. Hunter’s car not only won the  race but his car beat last year’s winning time in all four races.

The competition was swift and close

About sixty children from the Burney area participate in the Awana program that is held each Thursday evening from Fall through Spring.

Awana is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Christian youth education for children ages 2-18. It was founded in 1950 in Illinois and has expanded throughout the United States and the world. Currently, Awana works through 58,000 churches throughout the world to serve 4 million children in 120 counties.

The name Awana is derived from the first letters of “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” derived from 2 Timothy 2:15. The program includes two age groups, Sparks for younger children and T&T for older youth.

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Cade Harner wins 2019 Burney Lions Club Student Speakers Contest

Sophomore Cade Harner won the 2019 Student Speakers Contest at the Burney Lions Hall on Thursday evening February 21. Harner competed against two other Burney High School students, Senior Noah Bishop and Junior Paris Deaton-Geisler.

Judges Rodney and Sally Armstrong, Jiill Barnett, Charlene Sickler, Coach Melissa Madden, Student Speakers Noah Bishop, Cade Harner, Paris Deaton Geisler, and Lion Dr. Bill Cummings

This year’s speech topic is “Freedom of the Press: What does it mean?”  Each student was required to give a speech no longer that ten minutes and no shorter than five minutes. All three speakers emphasized the fundamental importance of freedom of press in a democratic society illustrating their talk with poignant quotes and examples. They also provided examples of dictatorial and autocratic societies in which the government denies freedom of the press. In his succinct speech, Harner addressed the current controversy about “fake news.”

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings officiated the contest. Charlene Charlene Sickler, Sally and Rodney Armstrong, and Jill Barnett served as judges. After all of the scores were tabulated, Dr. Cummings announced the winner.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings announced that Cade Harner is the winner

All three participants were awarded certificates and presented with a check by Lion George Chapman. Harner won $100 for first place. The other speakers each received $25.

Lion George Chapman and Student Speakers Cade Harner, Parris Deaton Geisler, and Noah Bishop

The Club level contest is the first level of completion in the 82nd Annual Lions Multiple District Four Contest. Harner will now advance to the Zone level contest.

Lions Clubs throughout California and Nevada are holding club level contests during the month of February. Winners will advance through several levels to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.

Altogether, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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Ray Berry’s great granddaughter appears in play about Ray Berry’s Radium Girls case

Dena Transeau

Raymond Berry’s great granddaughter, Dena Transeau, is currently appearing in a play in Frederick Maryland, “Radium Girls,” about a case that Ray Berry litigated in New Jersey in the 1920’s.

Raymond Berry played a major role in Burney history from the 1940’s into the early 1970’s. As an attorney for the Starr family he came to Burney to assess timber properties which the Starr family estate owned. In the 1940’s he moved to Burney, helped to incorporate the Scott Lumber Company, and served as its general manager for nearly three decades. During that time he also helped start the Burney Chamber of Commerce, negotiate the extension of the McCloud railroad into Burney, and start Shasta County Bank that later  merged with Tri-Counties Bank.

Before he came to Burney however, he represented a number of young ladies in the late 1920’s who had worked for the United Radium Company in New Jersey. The case is considered a landmark case in labor, women’s rights, and class action law.

The young women painted the numbers on watch dials with small brushes. They were encouraged by their employers to lick the tips of the brushes with their tongues. After a period of time many of them became seriously ill from radiation poisoning. Some of them glowed in the dark. Some died.

Dena as a radium girl

No one would take the case because the corporations were so powerful and many thought that the statute of limitations had passed. In a last ditch effort, one of the girls found a young Yale-educated lawyer who agreed to take the case. He established that the statute of limitations did not begin until the cause of the illnesses had been established and succeeded in winning a substantial settlement for five of the victims.

The case was well known in labor law history but not widely publicized in popular culture until the last few decades. The play “Radium Girls” was written in 1999 by D. W. Gregory and has become a popular play for youth drama. In 2018, it was named one of the ten most popular plays for high school drama. Gregory lives in Silver Spring Maryland and visited Frederick to offer advise on the production of the play.

Dena plays several characters in the play – one of the girls who dies, and also Katherine Wiley, executive director of the New Jersey Consumer’s League who helps the girls. She leaks the story to the press, creating public outrage, and finds a lawyer Ray Berry to take the case.

Dena Transeau as Katherine Wiley

The director  Gerard Stropnicky is quoted in an article in  the Frederick News-Post as saying, “It kind of makes my hair stand on end when I watch you, carrying that DNA, making the character that is your great-grandfather the full success that he becomes.”

“What’s interesting is that the Raymond Berry in this play, when we first meet him, is kind of clumsy, and he’s kind of a terrible lawyer,” Stropnicky said. “But Ms. Wiley, who Dena plays, builds him into becoming the lawyer who wins the case by the end of the second act.”

In 2016, a British author Kate Moore also published a book, The Radium Girls: They Paid with Their Lives. The Final Fight Was for Justice. In 2017, I also talked with a producer who was making a movie about the radium girls and another who was producing a documentary.

Incidentally, Dena was married last September in the theatre where she is performing. She had planned to be married on the beach in North Carolina but the location was changed at the last minute when a hurricane hit the Outer Banks. Her casting in the play came about as a result of the hasty change in venue.

Dena Transeau (nee Colvin) is the granddaughter of Ray Berry’s eldest daughter Alice B. Stone, and the daughter of Alex and Linda Colvin who live in Burney.

See also

Case argued by Raymond H. Berry featured in new book by British author

Texas School Girl does National History Day project on “Radium Girl” cases

Baltimore, bicycle riders, Radium Girls, and Ray Berry

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Estate planning clinic at Circle of Friends February 22

On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1 p.m, Legal Services of Northern California’s Rural Senior Project Coordinator, Shah’ada Shaban, will host a presentation followed by a hands-on, one-on-one estate planning clinic for persons eligible for LSNC’s services at Circle of Friends,  36987 Main Street, Burney, CA 96013

Has your provider encouraged you to prepare a health care directive? Do you want to prepare a will but do not know where to start? Have you been worried about Medi-Cal Estate Recovery? Do you have questions about whether you need a trust?

This presentation, for all age groups, will address:

  • Choosing between a will, trust, or other estate planning methods
  • Advanced Healthcare Directives, healthcare power of attorney, and DNRs
  •  Financial Power of Attorney—the risks and benefits
  • Updating or changing estate planning documents you already have

If you would like to attend Please R.S.V.P. with Circle of Friends 530-335-4222

People can contact Legal Services of Northern California at their Shasta Regional Office: 1370 West Street, Redding, CA 96001, 530-241-3565, http://www.lsnc.net

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