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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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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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Special Presentation of bicycle to Sammy Nalton at Rotary

Bill Campbell presented a restored bicycle to Ms. Sammy Nalton at the Rotary Club meeting at Gepetto’s Pizza in Burney on May 3. The presentation was part of 2 Wheels 2 Mobility, a project of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that will provide refurbished bikes to local citizens in need of transportation in the area.

Bill Campbell, Sammy Nalton, and Shaylene Herndon holding Sammy’s Baby Aiyana with bike for Sammy

Shaylene Herndon holding 10 month old Aiyana Nalton

As well as being a past president of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Campbell is also president of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association. In the course of his activities, some people began to donate bicycles that they no longer had use for.

Bill got the idea of refurbishing the bikes and making them available to people in need. He discussed the idea with Cindy Dodds from Tri County Community Network. She liked the idea and referred him to Shaylene Herndon who works at the Community Center in Burney with First 5 Shasta and Bright Futures. Shaylene recommended Sammy as a worthy recipient for the first bicycle.

The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Foundation approved a $1000 grant to the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association for the project. Bill then contacted Redding Sports Ltd with whom he has done business. They agreed to refurbish the bikes at a discount. The cost of repairing Sammy’s bicycle was $104. The result of this collaborative community effort was Thursday’s presentation.

Bill helping to adjust the bike for Sammy with the help of Cindy Dodds

Ms. Herndon introduced Sammy and her ten-month old daughter Aiyana at the Rotary meeting and announced that because Sammy has a little one she has also applied for and received a grant to purchase a trailer in which Aiyana will be able to enjoy a safe ride.

Mr. Campbell also presented Sammy with a nice bicycle helmet and lock that were paid for by a donation from Henry and Fran Patterson.

The Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association was formed to identify and promote bicycle routes and events to attract an infusion of new money into the region. They will continue to offer community service projects related to cycling.

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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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Pictures of Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 on Sunday October 8 was wonderful. The weather was beautiful. Great music! Cider and dutch oven goodies! Wagon rides! Folks dressed up in period costumes. Lots of fun activities from the 1800’s. I’ll let some pictures speak for themselves.

Nicki Carlisle, the Zuilleger family and the Shooting Stars

 

The Shooting Stars – Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina

Here’s a link to music by the Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017.

North State Fiddlers

 

Meg with Jack and Jill

 

Nina Kammener, Diana Sophia Green, and Kayla Oilar

 

Beading

 

Candle making

 

Candle making

Making a pine doll

 

These girls made some fine pine dolls

 

Craig Harrington at Heritage Days

 

Manning the cider press

 

Veronica Sloan and Dutch Oven Cooking

 

Pit River Pioneer Thom Sloger with Linda Colvin at an 1840’s tent site

 

Pit River Pioneers

 

Walt Libal displaying old guns

 

Sawbucking

 

Tug O War

 

Cub Scouts from Pack 38

 

Leos at Heritage Day

For more on Heritage Days see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Heritage Day shares the past

 

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District Attorney talks about crime at Rotary meeting

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River at their monthly lunch meeting at Gepetto’s on August 3.

Rotary President Jim Billo introducs District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett at Rotary

Bridgett began working for the District Attorneys Office as a Deputy in 2002. In 2009, she became a Senior Deputy and in 2015 she became Chief Deputy. She was unanimously selected to become District Attorney by the County Board of Supervisors in March 2017. She has had experience in all forms of criminal prosecution in the county.

The Shasta County DA’s office has 24 prosecutors and a staff of over 60 people including a forensic unit and advocates for victims. Due to budget restrictions, she recently lost one prosecutor and an advocate.

Bridgett began by asking if people had noticed an increase in crime over the past six years.

Her message, involving the effects of Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, was very similar to the scenario presented at the July 11 community meeting on crime and homelessness by County Sherriff Tom Bosenko.

In a nutshell, the above mentioned laws have resulted in fewer criminals being jailed.

According to Bridgett, law enforcement agencies in Shasta County generally refer about 12,o00 cases to the District Attorney’s Office each year. Of those, about 9400 of these cases are prosecuted because the DA’s office believes that they have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt with which to secure a conviction. About 90 percent of these cases are plea bargained. Ninety to 120 go to court.

In 2011, AB 109 was passed. In order to reduce prison overcrowding in the state of California, the law mandated that for many crimes, convicted criminals would no longer be sent to state prison but would serve their terms in county jails.

The Shasta County Jail has only 381 beds and not all of these can be filled at any one time. Due to this limited jail space, many prisoners need to be released on parole or probation.

Furthermore, Proposition 47 that was passed in 2014 reclassified many former felonies as misdemeanors. This includes many drug offenses including possession of heroine. Prop 47 also changed rules regarding probation and parole.

Part of the rationale supporting Prop 47 was to emphasize rehabilitation rather than criminalizing addiction.

Bridgett said that, while the intention was good, the effect has been that many are less likely to go through rehabilitation or recovery programs.

When offenders were charged with a felony, they could be incarcerated and rehabilitation could be mandated. The state had a “hammer” to ensure that the person went through mandatory addiction counseling and rehabilitation, If they successfully completed the program, then the sentence could be reduced to a misdemeanor so there was an incentive for the person to comply.

The changes in law have also affected the mindset and behavior of people charged with crimes. Bridgett said that over 50% of people charged with crimes fail to appear in court. Many criminals know that they are unlikely to be jailed so they are more cavalier or brazen in their attitude toward the law.

Bridgett said that smaller counties in the state have borne the brunt of the legal changes over the past 6 years. Larger counties like Los Angeles have bigger jails and more extensive rehabilitation programs so they have not been affected as adversely.

Because of the problem arising from changing laws, lack of personnel, and limited jail space, the DA’s office has been reaching out to community organizations in an effort to increase crime prevention. Bridgett also been in communication with officials of other counties facing similar situations to find common solutions.

Because time was limited she did not have time to explain Proposition 57 and the effects that it had. Instead, Bridgett responded to questions and comments from Rotary members. People wanted to know what they can do. She recommended crime prevention, security and supporting legislation on the state level to try to improve the situation. There was also a brief discussion of changing crime rates  and the coincident pendulum swings in the penal code over the past 50 years.

Jim Billo expressed the hope of the club that the District Attorney would come again to provide more information and discussion.

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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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