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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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Rylee Stier honored as National PTA 2020-2021 Reflections Theme Search Contest winner

Rylee Stier with Principal Marcy Schmidt (Photo courtesy of Marcy Schmidt)

On January 30, Burney Elementary School first-grader Rylee Stier was honored at an afternoon assembly for being selected as the 2020-2021 Reflections Theme Search Contest winner by the National PTA Reflections Team.

Rylee’s submission, “I Matter Because…” was selected from nearly 100 student submissions across 21 states. The review was conducted by the National PTA Board Officer Team and Mission Engagement Committee.

As the Theme Search Contest winner, Rylee will receive $100 from National PTA and recognition in the 2019 Awards & Reflections Celebration program at the PTA annual convention.

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Intermountain Teen Centers hosting Drum Circle Feb 13

The InterMountain Teen Centers are hosting a Drum Circle with Verena Compton on Wednesday February 13 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the great room at Hill Country Clinic in Round Mountain. Bring drums and other rhythm instruments and one to share if you have them.

The healing ability of rhythm is boundless

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

See also:

Intermountain Teens host healing drum circle at Hill Valley Clinic
InterMountain Teen Centers will host Healing Drum Circle November 14

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Now is the time to support the new library building in Burney

A meeting will soon be scheduled before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to vote on release of funds for a new library building in Burney. If passed this will be good for all of the people in the Intermountain Area and a blessing for Shasta County.

It is very important at this time for people to contact all of the County Supervisors to express your support. Encourage them to review the plan being presented by Friend’s of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) and to vote for release of the Hatchet Ridge Wind Fund money that was set aside for this purpose. Now is the time to act!

People can contact all of he individual members of the Board. The members of the Board of Supervisors and their Email addresses are as follows:

Joe Chimenti, District 1 (Redding) jchimenti@co.shasta.ca.us
Leonard Moty, District 2 (Centerville, French Gulch, Happy Valley, Igo/Ono, Keswick, Platina, Shasta, South Redding, Verde Vale) lmoty@co.shasta.ca.us
Mary Rickert, District 3 (Bella Vista, Big Bend, Burney, Cassel, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek, McArthur, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Old Station, Palo Cedro, Pittville, Round Mountain, Whitmore) mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Steve Morgan, District 4 (Castella, Crag View, Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Mountain Gate) swmorgan@co.shasta.ca.us
Les Baugh, District 5 (Anderson, Cottonwood, Millville, Manton, Shingletown, Viola) lbaugh@co.shasta.ca.us

In addition to Emailing the individual Supervisors, you can also send an Email to the whole Board at shastacountybos@co.shasta.ca.us

Here is a flyer from FOIL.

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For more information on the library action plan:
Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall
FOIL appeals to the Board of Supervisors for release of library funds

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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS – 25 JAN 2019

Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909:

27 Jan (Sun) Mayers Healthcare Foundation Chocolate Festival at Ingram Hall at the Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4p for Chocolate Tasting, followed by the Auction and Raffle Drawings. Tickets are $7 for adults; $3 for children 7-12, 6yrs and under are free and may be purchased at the door. Call (530)-336-5211 for more info or to find out how you may enter your best chocolate creation.

02 Feb (Sat) Rotary Fireworks in February prime rib dinner at Burney VFW Hall in Burney. Doors open at 5:30pm for this Mardi Gras themed event to raise funds for the Burney Basin Days Fireworks. Presale tickets are available from any Rotarian or online at http://www.burneyrotary.com . Tickets are $65 per person.

08 Feb (Fri) Bingo fundraiserat the Burney VFW. Buy in starts at 5p and Games start at 6p. Door prizes at intermission, Snack bar and treats provided by VFW Auxiliary Help your veterans…Help your Community …nd have fun too.

09 Feb (Sat) Fall River Boosters Crab and Tri-Tip Dinner at Ingram Hall at the Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5:30 and dinner begins at 6{00 followed by raffle, silent auction and live auction. All you can eat crab, tri-tip, salad, baked potato and dessert. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased at Pllumas Bank in FR, Fall River High School and Century 21 in Burney

15 Feb (Fri) VFW Post 5689 and the VFW Post Auxiliary is hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance from 6:30pm to midnight at the VFW Hall in Burney. 21 and over, Live band and DJ, snacks and sweet treats. Free Admission, Public Welcome

02 Mar (Sat) Burney High Baseball Crab Feed sponsored by Burney Boosters at VFW Hall in Burney. Doors open at 5 and dinner begins at 6p.. Tickets are $40 and will go on Sale 28 Jan at the high school or from any Booster member or baseball team member.

If you missed the Town Meeting on Tuesday about the new library. you may read about it and view a video at http://www.pitrivercountry.com More information to follow next week.

Please check the following list and make sure your organization’s events for 2019 are listed and the dates are correct:

2019

Mar 08 – VFW Bingo

Mar 10 – Daylight Savings begins

Mar ?? – Soldier Mtn Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Mar 20 – Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Apr 06 – Fall River Lions Surf and Turf Dinner at Lions Hall in McArthur

Apr?? Mayers Health Fair

Apr 12 – Mayers Hospice Dinner at Fall River Hotel

Apr 21 — Easter Sunday

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

May??- Heritage Balloon Festival in Fall River

May?? VFW Over 21 Prom

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

May 25 – Mt. Cruisers “Rex Club Days” at Pit River Casino 9a-2p

Jun 07? – FRJUSD Graduations

Jun 08 – Burney Chamber Intermountain Community Yard Sale

Jun?? – Mountain Jubilee at IM Fairgrounds

Jul 06 Burney Basin Days Parade, Craft Fair & Fireworks

Jul?? – Fall River Chamber Music Series

Jul 20 – Hat Creek VFD BBQ

Jul 20 – Fall River Century Bike Ride

Aug 18 – 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 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

Dec 07 – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall

Dec?? – Christmas Light Parade in Fall River

Dec 09? American Legion Christmas Ham Dinner

Dec?? – Twelve Days of Christmas Boutique at Fairgrounds

To make additions or corrections to the event list, contact Evalee Nelson, 941-7909, reburney1@frontiernet.net

 

Burney VFW Schedule for 2019 – April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 09, September 13, October 11, November 08, December 13

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) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to

Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

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

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepetto

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Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall

On Tuesday evening January 22 at the Burney Lions Hall, the Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) held a meeting to update the Burney community on the status of efforts to acquire a new building for the Intermountain branch of the Shasta County Library system in Burney.

Burney citizens attending a meeting on proposed new library building for the Burney branch of the Shasta County Public Library System

About 50 community members attended the event. FOIL president Pat Pell moderated the meeting. Ms. Pell thanked Lions Club President Mike Barnes for hosting the meeting on short notice and thanked the Burney Lions and the Rotary Club for their support for the project.

FOIL President Pat Pell opens the meeting

Pell then welcomed several people who have been helping prepare the FOIL plan. Kim Niemer, the evening’s main presenter, is the Redding Community Services Director. In that capacity, she helps to oversee the governance of the Shasta County Library System.

Francie Sullivan is currently a Shasta County Library Advisory Board representative. She lived in Burney and has served on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and was on the Redding City Council from 2010 to 2018.

Peggy O’Lea is the retired director of the Shasta Library Foundation who helped to organize community support for the new Redding Library.

Anna M. Tracy is the Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries who has been coming to Burney once a month to work with the Burney Library.

Ms. Pell also introduced the current officers and members of the FOIL Board and Kevin McKay, a general contractor from Cassel who has helped FOIL work through some of the practical aspects of improvements that are necessary for the proposed building.

Before Ms. Niemer’s presentation of FOIL’s action plan, Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert made brief comments. Rickert said that she came as an observer, explaining that she could not take a position on the proposed library building because she needs to remain open to all points of view until the public hearing has taken place at the Board of Supervisors and a vote is taken. She also said that she needs to be careful to abide by the Brown Act.

Supervisor Mary Rickert gives brief comment to the audience

After Supervisor Rickert’s remarks, Pell invited Ms. Niemer to speak. Ms. Niemer gave a 25 minute power point presentation in which she explained some of the history of the library and FOIL’s action plan for completion of the building project.

Ms. Niemer’s presentation began with a timeline of the history of the Burney Library in the context of the Shasta County Library system. The Burney Library became Shasta County’s first branch library in 1949. The current library building was built in 1969.

In 1989, all 14 of the Shasta County Library branches were closed due to a funding crisis. FOIL was formed to combat funding issues. In 1990, Shasta County along with the Cities of Redding and Anderson agreed to fund and reopen three libraries as part of the Shasta County Library system: Redding, Anderson, and Burney. FOIL has been making annual contributions as a part of the agreement. In 1999, FOIL’s contributions increased to over $11,000 per year.

In 2003, the State of California awarded a $12 million grant for the building of a new Redding library. FOIL continued to financially support the library system.

In 2004, another funding crisis led to shortened library hours. A Library Governance and Financing Task Force was formed to evaluate library services. FOIL continued their support during the hour shortage. In 2005, the task force recommended transferring governance to the City of Redding and in 2006, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors entered a 40 year contract with the City of Redding to manage County Library Services. That same year, the Redding City Council hired Library Systems and Services LLC to manage the library system. The arrangement has proved efficient and cost effective. The new Redding Library opened in 2007.

In 2008, Shasta County entered a community benefit agreement with the Hatchet Ridge Wind LLC. Hatchet Ridge Wind provided a grant of $1 million and an additional $100,000 per year for 20 years. The payments are to be used for the benefit of Burney and the surrounding area.

In 2009, FOIL made the expansion and relocation of the Burney Branch Library a priority. In 2012, Shasta County agreed to a preliminary feasibility study for a new library building. The study was completed in 2013. In 2014, the study was presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Board approved and set aside a $400,000 grant for a new library building contingent upon the formulation of a feasible plan and successful fundraising by FOIL.

After FOIL determined that the best location for a new building was the Roper building on Main Street, Shasta County did an assessment of the Roper building in 2016. In 2018, an official appraisal of the building was completed. The appraisal came in at $285,000.

There is a difference between the appraised value and the assessment of the building by the County. The County maintains that the value of the property is $300,000, which is the price that Mr. Roper is asking for the building. There are ongoing discussions on how to bridge the gap.

Ms. Niemar explained that the project is nearing the finish line. FOIL is hoping to bring their proposed plan before the Board of Supervisors in February for consideration as an action item. Their plan involves shared responsibility amongst Shasta County, The City of Redding, and FOIL.

FOIL is hoping that the plan will be accepted and that the County will approve release of the $400,000 Windmill funds for the purchase of the building and installation of a visual fire alarm system.

FOIL would need to complete their fundraising. According Ms. Pell, FOIL has $50,000 in cash and an additional $50,000 in pledges. Several foundations have indicated that they would also provide grants once a building is secured. They would be responsible for completing interior ADA improvements, parking lot improvements and moving the contents of the library to the new location.

The City of Redding would coordinate with the County on implementation of the action plan. Ms. Niemer proposed that he City of Redding would complete the parking lot improvements in coordination with FOIL and partner with FOIL on relocation and start-up.

Niemer presented a proposed budget detailing the costs to the County and FOIL respectively as follows:

Shasta County

Property and associated costs                                                        $299,250
Tenant Improvements                                                                     $   11,523
ADA and Safety                                                                                 $  45,000
Engineering/Inspection/Administration                                    $  23,650

Total                                                                                                   $379, 423

Friends of the Intermountain Library

Interior checklist (including ADA)                                              $ 30,000
Parking lot                                                                                        $ 40,000
Miscellaneous furnishings                                                            $  10,000
Contingency                                                                                     $  20,000

Total                                                                                                  $100,000

Ms. Neimer concluded her presentation by saying, “This is sort of our Hail Mary. If we don’t do this project at this time on this building, we know we lose the Rotary money because that money is going away quickly, there’s not really any other building on Main Street that is suitable, and I think that the patience and focus at Shasta County on this project goes away too. So now is the time if this is going to happen. I think we have before you a plan that is very viable and feasible. Now is the people part.”

She then invited Francie Sullivan and Peggy O’Lea to come forward to share. Both advised everyone to write or Email all of the members of the Board of Supervisors to encourage them to support the project.

There are five Supervisors on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. In order for the project to be approved, three Board Members of the Board will need to vote in favor of the plan.

Ms. Sullivan also stressed the advantages that the County Library system provides and the difference between the County Library system and local lending libraries.

The discussion led to an extended period of question and answer during which Niemer, Sullivan, O’Lea, and Anna Tracy explained in more detail the plans and functions of the library.

A copy of the power point presentation on the action plan is available at the Burney Library.

People desiring more information about the plan, proposed library services, or how they can help, please contact Pat Pell, FOIL President, 335-7236 or ppell389@gmail.com.

People can contact all of he individual members of the Board. The members of the Board of Supervisors and their Email addresses are as follows:

Joe Chimenti, District 1 (Redding) jchimenti@co.shasta.ca.us
Leonard Moty, District 2 (Centerville, French Gulch, Happy Valley, Igo/Ono, Keswick, Platina, Shasta, South Redding, Verde Vale) lmoty@co.shasta.ca.us
Mary Rickert, District 3 (Bella Vista, Big Bend, Burney, Cassel, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek, McArthur, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Old Station, Palo Cedro, Pittville, Round Mountain, Whitmore) mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Steve Morgan, District 4 (Castella, Crag View, Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Mountain Gate) swmorgan@co.shasta.ca.us
Les Baugh, District 5 (Anderson, Cottonwood, Millville, Manton, Shingletown, Viola) lbaugh@co.shasta.ca.us

In addition to Emailing the individual Supervisors, you can also send an Email to the whole Board at shastacountybos@co.shasta.ca.us

See also:

FOIL appeals to the Board of Supervisors for release of library funds (Sept 2017)

Video playlist of January 22 meeting at Burney Lions Hall

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