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Mountain Cruisers donate $300 to VFW Post 5689 Santa Claus Program

Mountain Cruisers Vice President Sandy McCullar and Secretary Corrine Calhoun presented Emily Deavers, Sergeant of Arms of VFW Post 5689, with a check for $300 to be used for their Santa Claus program.  The presentation was made at a Burney Chamber of Commerce Meeting on August 29 at Gepetto’s Pizza.

Sandy McCullar and Corrine Calhoun present a check to VFW Quartermaster Emily Deavers

In the past, the post had a Santa Claus each year who gave out stockings and toys to local children. The program was discontinued but this donation will help them to bring Santa back.

Each year Mountain Cruisers hosts the car show at Rex Club Days. Proceeds from the show go to support a variety of local charities such as the schools and the library. In addition to this year’s donation to the VFW, Ms. McCullar said that the club had also donated $250 to the Round Mountain Community Center for their Christmas program. Earlier in the summer, the Mountain Cruisers also funded a free night’s swim at the Raymond Berry Community Pool.

On August 23, the Mountain Cruisers and Shasta Classics held a joint gathering at the Rancheria RV Park on Highway 89. At that time, the Mountain Cruisers held their annual meeting and elected officers for 2018-2019. The new officers are Michael Calhoun, President; Sandy McCullar, Vice President; Charlene Sickler, Treasurer; Corrine Calhoun, Secretary and Newsletter; and Ed Johnson, Sergeant at Arms.

Mr. Calhoun succeeds Ron Conley who served diligently for many years as president.


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Rick and Karen Alvord win Best of Show at Rex Club Days Mountain Cruisers Car Show

Rick and Karen Alvord from Redding won the trophy for Best of Show at the Mountain Cruisers Car Show at Rex Club Days. Their prize-winning vehicle was a cherry red 1957 Chevy Belair.

Sixty participants from California and Oregon came to enter their classic cars in the show. This is the 26th year that Mountain Cruisers has sponsored the car show for Rex Club Days. Plaques were also awarded for First and Second Place for each class of Stock, Modified, and Open.

Ron Conley, President of Mountain Cruisers said, “Everybody would like to win, but it’s really about connecting with others, sharing  ideas, and having a wonderful time.”

Rick and Karen Alvord receive trophy from Ron Conley

Rick Alvord acquired his winning ’57 Chevy in 1999 and spent 10 years working on it in his garage before it was ready for its first show in 2009. In addition to winning Best of Show, they also won Rex Club Choice.

Mrs. Alvord said, “There were a lot of other cars that were deserving, so we are very honored.”

Proceeds from the car show go to benefit local charities, such as the schools and the library. This year a free night’s swim at the Raymond Berry Community Pool will be one of the projects funded.

In addition to the car show, there was also a fine art and craft fair sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and organized by Andrew Urlie. Various booths featured items such as hand-made quilts and baby blankets, art photography, jewelry, home-made soaps, great hand-crafted wood items by the McKay brothers, and fine art pottery by Mr. Urlie.

Cheryl Harrison and Linda Colvin at the fine arts craft fair


This little doggy enjoyed the car show very much


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2017 Rex Club Days features classic cars, awesome crafts and lots of fun

This year’s Rex Club Days, which took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday May 27, was awesome!

1948 Chevy Woodie owned by Con Neufeld from Fairoaks

The Mountain Cruisers annual car show drew 64 entrees from Susanvillle and Alturas to the west, the Intermountain area, Redding and Red Bluff, and Santa Rosa and Eureka to the east. Locals and visitors marveled at the wonderful woodies, terrific old trucks (some with trailers), candy-red classic cars, and other very fine vintage vehicles that filled the lot and the street front.

Here are photos of a few:

1934 Ford owned by Ted Drake from Montgomery Creek

1935 Ford Truck owned by Larry and Val Harvey from Redding

1939 Chevy Coupe owned by Pee Wee Rhodes from Redding

1940 Ford owned by Dan Fallo from Petaluma

1940 Mercury owned by Dale Wilkes from Old Station

1953 Studebaker PU owned by Dan and Sonja Knapek from Eureka

1930 Ford Woodie Panel Truck owned by Frank Wheeler from Santa Rosa

Cool classic truck and trailer

Very fine vintage Corvette

There were numerous booths, delicious refreshments, and lots of prizes and awards.

The Burney Chamber of Commerce was there selling T-Shirts for this year’s Burney Basin Days. If you missed getting one they are available at the Chamber Office or from local Chamber members.

Chamber members display 2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts

The Mountain Cruisers also graciously invited all of the candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney to come to the show to campaign for their charities. Mary Francis Unterreiner took advantage of the opportunity and spoke briefly from the announcer’s booth about the work the St. Vincent de Paul is doing in the Intermountain Community for the less fortunate.

In addition, adjacent to the car show, the Annual Rotary Art and Craft Show organized by Rotary member and potter Andrew Urlie had eight booths featuring hand crafted wood items, soaps, metal work, pottery, survival bracelets, and home-grown wool yarn.

Mr. McKay diisplaying a rolling pin made out of pine cones

Hand-dyed yarn made from home-grown sheep

Hand-forged metalwork from Rawhide Forge

There was a lot to take in. It was a beautiful way to spend a beautiful day. There was a steady flow of people throughout the show.

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Norcal Road Gypsies donate $3000 to Mayers Intermountain Hospice

The Mayers Intermountain Hospice has received a generous donation from members of the Norcal Road Gypsies for the third consecutive year. The group presented a check for $3000, the proceeds raised at their annual car show. The car show which featured 82 cars was hosted by the club on July 17th at the Clearwater Lodge.

NorCal Road Gypsies present donation to Hospice

NorCal Road Gypsies present donation to Hospice

Car club co-presidents Greg Gordon and Bob Eastburn said the club loves to support the great work that Hospice does in our community. “I have personal experience with Hospice, they do great things for people at a time that it is needed the most. “ Said Gordon. Another donation will be forthcoming in Gordon’s name. As an employee of PG & E, the company will be contributing $350 donation to Hospice for Gordon’s community service and time committed to the community project.

Hospice Manager, Mary Ranquist expressed that the Mayers Intermountain Hospice is unique in that it covers a large geographic area, but the patient number is small. “We couldn’t do it without the support of community support and organizations like this.”

Eastburn and Gordon also noted that the “just host the event” and the local businesses and community make it a success with donations, support and attendance.

Mayers Intermountain Hospice provides a special kind of care and support. Hospice helps patients and their families with decision making, meeting life goals, enhancing family relationships and promoting comfort. The Hospice team is available 24/7 with dedicated on-call teams and Hospice trained volunteers.

Press release and photo from Val Lakey, Director of Public Relations, Mayers Memorial Hospital

See also NorCal Road Gypsies raise money for Hospice

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NorCal Road Gypsies raise money for Hospice

On Sunday July 17, The NorCal Road Gypsies held their annual Summer Show and Shine Car Show at Clearwater Lodge by Pit 1. This year’s show had 82 entries featuring a dazzling display of classic cars.

Clearwater Lodge is located at Pit 1 just off Hwy 299 between Burney and Fall River Mills.

Clearwater Lodge is located at Pit 1 just off Hwy 299 between Burney and Fall River Mills.

Most of the proceeds of the show will be donated to the Intermountain Hospice program. Funds were raised through registration fees, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a table raffle, and a bean-bag toss.

Fred Gideon, Keith Earnest, and Evalee Nelson

Fred Gideon, Keith Earnest, and Evalee Nelson at the Hospice table

Keith Earnest, Chief Clinical Officer at Mayers Memorial Hospital, said, “The point is hospice can not do the important work for the community without the help of the community.”

Hospice provides services for people who have been diagnosed with an incurable disease with a life-limiting prognosis. People who wish to contribute can also buy a memorial brick in honor of a loved one or friend. The brick, adorned with a bronze plaque would be placed in the Garden of Memories at the Intermountain Fairgrounds.

One of the volunteers who worked at the show estimated that the event brought in “around $4000.” Co-president of the NorCal Road Gypsies, Bob Eastburn, said that the exact amount that will be donated to Hospice could not be determined until they had paid expenses. According to Mountain Echo, last year’s show raised $2,750 for Hospice.

Here are some of the amazing cars that were at the show:

1972 Cherry Red Corviette

1972 Cherry Red Corvette – Craig McArthur


1951 Mercury 2-door sedan

1951 Mercury 2-door sedan -Jerry and Roberta Stackhouse


1949 Buick Super Convertible

1949 Buick Super Convertible – Dave and Marilyn Chiotti


1939 Ford Coupe

1939 Ford Coupe – Al Vaught


1935 Plymouth Larry and Catherine Berndt

1935 Plymouth – Larry and Catherine Berndt


1926 Ford Roadster

1926 Ford Roadster – Tom Peterson



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