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Ralph Freitas wins 2018 race for Honorary Mayor of Burney

Ralph Freitas is the Honorary Mayor of Burney for 2018. His victory in the Mayor’s Race was announced at the Burney High School Football field at the Kid Fit opening event of Burney Basin Days Thursday evening July 5.

Burney Chamber President Sandy McCullar and Jill Daugherty welcome Ralph Freitas as 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney

The Mayor’s race is a fun annual event in which public-minded citizens raise funds for favorite charities. The one who raises the most money becomes the new mayor. Four candidates competed in this year’s race.

2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty, 2018 Honorary Mayor Ralph Freitas, and candidates Katie Small, Jen Luck, and VFW Commander J.P. Wheeler (representing Destiny Tavares)

Burney Chamber of Commerce President introduced each candidate who then spoke briefly about their cause. Ralph raised money for the Burney Fire District. The money will be used to buy new pagers for volunteers. Jen Luck raised money for Burney Beautification. Katie Small raised money for Burney sports, and Destiny Tavares raised money for “past, present, and future veterans.” Ms. Tavares was represented at the event by VFW Post 5689 Commander J.P. Wheeler.

Altogether, the four candidates raised $3,082.31. After Ralph was announced as the winner, 2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty placed a top hat on his head and draped him with his Honorary Mayor’s ribbon. All of the candidates then shared a high five.

High Five

Mayor Freitas said that he hoped to ride in the Burney Fire District fire truck during the Burney Basin Days Parade.

Shortly after the ceremony Freitas performed his first official duty by judging the closing Kid Fit watermelon-eating contest.

Mayor Ralph Freitas judging the watermelon eating contest

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John and Deanna Ospital Honored Guests for Burney Basin Days

This year’s Honored Guests for the Burney Basin Days Parade are John and Deanna Ospital.

2018 Honored Guests Johnny and Deanna Ospital

John “Johnny” Ospital was born in Stockton. In 1950, his father John Sr. moved to Round Mountain to work in the lumber business. The Ospitals are of Basque heritage and the rest of John’s father’s family were involved in sheep herding. John’s mother was full-blooded Italian.

In 1957, when Pete Norbaitz relocated his business to Burney, the Ospital family moved to Burney.

John met Deanna Lee in 1958 at Fall River Joint Unified High School. Deeana, from McArthur, is the granddaughter of William Lee, one of the settlers of McArthur who owned and operated the Lee Ranch.

John and Deanna were married at St. Francis Church in Burney in 1962. They raised two daughters who graduated from Burney High School.

John enjoyed playing music, so after graduating he went to college to study music. He found that the emphasis was on training to be a music teacher. He was more interested in playing live music.

He also realized that what he wanted was a job and a nice little house with a white picket fence where he and Deanna could settle down to raise a family. John went to work for Scott Lumber Company helping to produce and market Fertimulch, an innovative product created by the Scott Lumber Company in Burney.

In 1963, his father bought a garage in Burney and John worked together with him running Ospital Service. Next, John worked as a sales representative for AAA insurance .Then he worked for 29 years for Citizens Phone Company that became Frontier. During his varied career, John continued to pursue his love for music by performing as a drummer throughout the Intermountain area.

Deanna got a job at Lorenz Lumber. After her children were born, she stayed home to care for them until they reached the age at which they had full school days. Then she returned to work, still doubling as a mom after school.  She worked for Louisiana Pacific, Fiberboard, Big Valley Lumber, and finally, Dicalite

While working and raising a lovely family, John and Deanna served the community in numerous ways over the decades.

They have been involved in Burney Basin Days and community activities since the early 1960’s through the Jaycees and the Jaceettes.

Deanna has been a member of the Soroptimists for more that 25 years. She has helped with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony since its inception.

John was a charter member of Burney Rotary. He has been an active participant in the Burney Chamber of Commerce since 2000 and was very involved in the Burney Beautification Project.

Both John and Deanna have helped organize the Burney Basin Days Parade for the past  13 years. In recent years, they have also helped to facilitate the Chamber of Commerce Ham Run.

Throughout their years of service to the Burney Community they have always maintained a “can do” spirit and radiated an atmosphere of good cheer.

Expressing their optimism and love for Burney, John and Deanna said, “We look forward to seeing energetic people continue the traditions of Burney Basin Days bringing fresh ideas to the celebration and the community.”

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Three Candidates for 2018 Burney Honorary Mayor’s Race

PRESS RELEASE   from Sandy McCullar on candidates for Honorary Mayor of Burney  May 17, 2018:

As President of the Burney Chamber of Commerce I am proud to introduce the following Mayoral Candidates for this year’s Burney Basin Days, they are:

Jen Luck, is running for “Burney Beautification”

Destiny Tavares, is running for “Burney VFW/American Legion”

Ralph Freitas is running for “Burney Fire Dept. #17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those that don’t know how this fun program is run; it is a $1.00 to vote for your favorite candidate. The one with the most money is “elected” Mayor of Burney. Each candidate will receive 50 percent of the money donated for their cause, with the other half going to the Burney Chamber of Commerce. You can find the candidates money cans at various businesses around town. If you would like to meet them in person, they will be at the Burney Chamber’s general meeting on June 12th at Gepetto’s Pizza at 12 noon. Everyone will get a chance to meet the candidates and ask questions of them. I am sure their campaign promises will be interesting and fun.

Sandy McCullar

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Burney Presbyterian Church celebrates Grand Opening of new internet library

Numerous educational, civic, and religious leaders from the Burney and Intermountain community gathered at the Meeting Place at Burney Presbyterian Church to celebrate the Grand Opening of a new Internet Library.

Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough cuts the ribbon as Rev. Watkins, Rev. Scarbrough, and Superintendent Hawkins look on

The Internet Library will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM, with priority given to local students doing homework and research for school projects. Job seekers will also be encouraged to utilize the library’s services for creating resumes and researching employment opportunities.

Rev. Penni explaining the purpose of the internet library to Cindy Dodds and Laurie Jacobs

The program began at 3 p.m. with a reception and refreshments. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 4 p.m.

The Grand Opening was hosted by Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough, pastor of the Burney Presbyterian Church and her husband Rev. Tim Scarbrough who serves as Administrative Director. Rev. Rob Watkins, Presbyter of the Presbytery of Sacramento came to speak. Rev. Leon Thompson, retired Presbyterian minister from Weed, also attended with his wife Betty.

Community leaders listening to speakers

Amongst educational leaders who came for the opening were Greg Hawkins, Superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District, Burney Junior-Senior High Principal Ray Guerrero, Burney Elementary Principal Marcy Schmidt, elementary teacher Shelly Myers and her husband Rev. Bill Myers from Glen Burn Church. Rev. Myers also serves as a volunteer in the Fall River and Burney elementary schools. Former Superintendent of Schools Larry Snelling and his wife Peggy also attended.

Other civic leaders who came included Cindy Dodds and Laurie Jacobs from the Tri Counties Community Center; Burney Chamber of Commerce President Sandra McCullar; former President of the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club Bill Campbell, and Michael Kerns. Several community volunteers including Lou Hawk also attended.

Rev. Tim Scarbrough welcomed the people and began the ribbon cutting ceremony with a prayer.

Rev. Penni Scarbrough gave a brief talk in which she said the mission of the new internet library is “to enable, enlighten, and encourage people to grow through learning.”

She emphasized that the library is not just for the congregation of the Burney Presbyterian Church but is open for all students and job seekers in the community.

Superintendent Hawkins spoke of the changes that had taken place in education since he began teaching in the 1980’s. He emphasized the increasing importance of technology and told the audience that all junior and senior high school students now have Google Chrome notebooks as also do elementary school students from the second grade up.

He also said that many of the students do not have internet access in their homes and therefore stressed the value of a facility such as this where they can not only use the available computers, but also access the Internet with their notebooks using the library’s Wi-Fi.

The final speaker was Rev. Watkins. He gave a touching talk stressing two points. The first was that the Meeting Place was there to serve the whole community. The Burney Presbyterian Church is the most northern church in the Sacramento Presbytery which consists of 7,000 members throughout Northern California. Those churches that are most effective are those that are engaged in serving their communities. The Presbytery is happy that the church in Burney is striving to serve as a Meeting Place and supports that effort.

In the second point, he said that Jesus may never have talked about the Internet, but he did talk a lot of about the importance of children. Quoting from the Book of Proverbs he stressed the importance of children seeking wisdom and understanding. He spoke of these in terms of understanding oneself and the world. Rev. Watkins told how his son has now worked on five continents and hopes to work in all seven. He said that the Internet Library would be a “safe place” where children can use the Internet to “awaken to the wonders of the world” in a healthy educational environment.

Reverend Watkins affirmed his conviction that “every person is an unique act of God’s creative will.”

God is good and gracious and every child is precious. Every child, indeed every person, deserves the opportunity to develop their talents and abilities in a healthy loving environment in order to improve themselves and make a better world, perhaps even to help create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

The Meeting Place is located at 20435 Marquette St. in Burney, CA. For more information about the Internet Library call (530) 335-2271.

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Hundreds come out for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Burney

Two-week old Elijah was the youngest person who came to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane, Saturday evening November 25.

Mrs. Santa with 2 week old Elijah

Elijah, who came with his mother Charissa Gerrue was one of hundreds who attended. Santa and Mrs. Claus, helped by one of their elves, gave out 150 gift packs to children. The event was organized by the Burney Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Rotary Club, Interact Club, Soroptomists, Burney Fire District, and other community organizations and volunteers.

Before 5 o’clock, children and parents had already formed a long line extending down Christmas Tree Lane.

Children and parents lined up to meet Santa

Emcee Bill Campbell opened the program just after 5 p.m. asking the Honor Guard to present the flag.

The Honor Guard – Martin McAbee, Bob Van De Weerd, George Matthews, Donnie McFarlane, and Dennis Lopez

The presentation of the flag was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National anthem.

Janice Hamlin singing the National Anthem

Then the lights went on!

And the lights go on

After the lighting, there was an ugly sweater contest.

Participants in the ugly sweater contest

Emcee Bill Campbell announces Jennifer Taylor winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest

Following the contest, the Winkelman sang several traditional Christmas carols including Silent Night and Joy to the World.

The Winkelman family singing Silent Night

A group of children enjoying the Christmas carols

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the Burney Fire District’s newly acquired ladder truck.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a fire truck

After Santa and Mrs. Claus were seated, the children came streaming through to sit on Santa’s lap. Santa asked them is they had been good during the year and the children told him what they wanted for Christmas. A friendly elf presented each child with a gift bag.

Fun for the whole family

4 year old Ashlyn and 2 week old Elijah with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Happy to meet Santa

Hello Santa

Santa is a fascinating character

All during the program, The Rotary Club and Interact Club provided popcorn and cotton candy,

Rotary and Interact giving out popcorn and cotton candy

and the Soroptomists served people hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and the Lionesses provided cookies.

Hot apple cider and hot chocolate from the Soroptomists

Lions Auxiliary giving out cookies

It was a wonderful beginning of the Christmas season for the Burney community.

Merry Christmas to all

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Burney Chamber of Commerce elects officers and board members for 2018

At its November meeting, the Burney Chamber of Commerce concluded its election of officers and directors for 2018.

The incoming officers, who begin their one year term of office on January 1, are:

President:   Sandy McCullar, Mountain Cruisers Car Club
Vice President:  Nancy Bobo, Burney Falls Lodging
Secretary:  Kim Songer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Treasurer:  Gina Short, US Bank
Past President:  Willie Rodriquez, Burney Water District

Elected to the Board of Directors for a one-year term:

Megan Howard, Rising Sun Fit Club
Evelyn Maldonado, Pit River Casino

Elected to the Board of Directors for a two-year term:

Monte Keady, Burney Fire District

Continuing for a second term on the Board of Directors are:

Kenny Shafer, Safeway
Evalee Nelson, Tara Travel
Keith Greenwood, Sierra Pacific Industries

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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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