Category Archives: Tri-Counties Community Center

Christmas Songs at the Senior Center

On December 15, members of the Burney High School Choir came to the Senior Lunch at the TriCounties  Community Center to sing  a selection of traditional Christmas Carols for the senior diners. Music and band teacher Hugo Castro accompanied the students on the piano.

High School Students singing Christmas Carols at the Senior Nutrition Center – Photo by Debra Robbins


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Friends and family celebrate Frances Butler’s 100th birthday

Frances Butler turned 100 on November 12, 2017. On Saturday November 11, Frances celebrated her birthday with friends and family at the Community Center in Burney. More than 100 people attended including some of Frances’ children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Frances Butler and family

Four of seven great grandchildren

A grand celebration

Family members had prepared a display of photo boards portraying Frances’ life. There were pictures of family going back to the 1800’s. Frances was born in Chico on November 12, 1917 as Frances Elenor Pingrey. She graduated in 1935 from Chico High School.

Frances Elenor Pingrey

In 1939, she married Vic Meinberg. They had two children, Darold and Joyce.

Frances Meinberg

In 1952, she and her husband moved to Burney where her husband worked for the mill and she worked at the dry cleaners. In 1953, she joined the Burney Presbyterian Church where she was active in many activities, including teaching Sunday school. quilting, and supporting the annual Harvest Dinner. She later worked as a seamstress and then drove the senior van for Golden Umbrella.

In 1980, she married Jim Butler and became stepmother to his three daughters,  Peggy, Emmy, and Ann.

Frances Butler

After people had socialized, looked at the pictures and settled in, a delicious lunch was provided. Her grandson Dan then recounted a brief biography of Frances’ life complemented by anecdotes from his sister Debbie. They described Frances as their “adventure grandmother” who often took them on drives exploring the dirt roads through the woods in search of springs and other special places. In addition to seven great grandchildren,  Frances also has two great great grandchildren – five generations!

Then long time friends and fellow church members shared highlights of how Frances had touched their lives through the years.

Debbie graciously thanked everyone for coming and Dan introduced Alex Colvin who sang a song he had written for Frances’ one hundredth birthday.

Then her great grandchildren brought out a cake with one hundred candles and lit them all. The crowd of celebrants joined together in singing “Happy Birthday.” Frances huffed and puffed and blew them all out evoking cheers and applause from all present.

After the candles were extinguished, everyone was served a delicious piece of cake.

Happy birthday, dear Frances. May God bless you and your family as you have been a blessing to all of us.

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Francis Elenor Butler turns 100 on November 12
A birthday song for Francis Butler’s 100th birthday

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Francis Elenor Butler turns 100 on November 12

During lunch on Wednesday November 8, The Senior Nutrition Center had a celebration for the 100th birthday of Frances Elenor Butler. Folks sang happy birthday and presented Frances with a beautiful cake and a birthday card signed by all.

Frances Elenor Butler turns 100 on November 12

When Frances was asked how it feels to be 100 years old she said, “In a way it feels pretty good, but in a way it is kind of embarrassing to be that old.”

Frances was born November 12, 1917. On Saturday, there will be another celebration for her with family and friends at the community center from 2-4 p.m. The community is welcome to come join in the celebration.


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Tri County Community Network seeking two new board members

From Tri County Community Network:

Tri County Community Network (TCCN) is a nonprofit organization that has operated programs out the Intermountain Community Center for over twenty years. It is governed by a five member Board of Directors. The job of the Board is to provide oversight and direction to the organization.

We have recently lost three of our Board members, the combined service of which was forty-eight years. The current Board, which consists of Bob Moore, Jean Rodgers and Sheaden Crabtree, is seeking applications to fill two vacant seats. This volunteer position requires a commitment of two hours per month.

Anyone who has an interest in serving on the TCCN Board of Directors is encouraged to email a letter of interest to or deliver it to 37477 Main Street, in Burney. Questions can be directed to Cindy Dodds at 335-4600.

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Gary and Barb Bagley celebrate 65th Anniversary at Senior Nutrition Center

Gary and Barb Bagley celebrated 65 years of marriage at the Senior Nutrition Center lunch on August 16.

Gary and Barb Bagley with Linda Colvin, Walt and Lorraine Libal, and George Whitfield

Before the meal everyone sang Happy Anniversary. George Whitfield and Alex Colvin sang several songs in their honor.

The couple met when they were students at Santa Rosa High School. When Gary was 18 and Barb was 16, they eloped to Reno where they were married by a Justice of the Peace named G. W. Priest.

Gary said, “It’s been a long .journey that I wouldn’t travel with anybody else.”

Barb said, “Tic, tic, tic…”

Time goes by. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Bagley!

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Kid Fit off to a great start

Kid Fit 2017 is off to a great start. So far, two events have taken place.
On June 13, 91 kids and their parent/guardians attended the opening Kick Off off at Bailey Park on June 13. Children from toddlers to teens participated in a variety of activities and games ranging from soccer to hula hoops.

Kick-Off for Kid Fit Summer 2017

Next, on June 20, 55 children came out to Burney Falls for another fun and active family event.

Kid Fit at Burney Falls

The Kid Fit program is organized locally by Bright Futures and Tri Counties Community Network. It began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country.

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. The program has 7 goals:

  1. Decreasing the incidence of Childhood Obesity in our region
  2. Increasing the level of physical activity by local families
  3. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Increasing use of our local parks, facilities, and other community programs
  5. Broadening understanding of healthy food and snack choices
  6. Building a stronger community by gathering families together in a healthy proactive way, and
  7. Collaborating with already established community events.
All together this year, Kid Fit is hosting five fun filled events. For the next event, Kid Fit will host a Family Track and Field Night as one of the opening events of this year’s Burney Basin Days on Thursday June 29 at Burney High School.
This year’s Kid Fit Program was made possible by a $5000 donation from Pit River Casino.
Shaylene Herndon, Kid Fit project manager said, “We cannot thank Pit River Casino enough for making this all happen. Let help our kids stay up and active this summer.”
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Kid Fit kick-off Tuesday June 13 at 6 p.m.

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June 5, 2017 · 6:43 pm