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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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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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Indoor Yard Sale for Senior Nutrition Center May 4-5

There will be an indoor yard sale at the Community Center Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th. The sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. both mornings.

Donations for the yard sale are still being accepted. Call 335-4979. If you have items you would like to donate, somebody from the center can come to pick them up.

The Community Center is located at 37477 Hwy 299. Proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Senior Nutrition Program.

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Lunch with Community Helpers at the Community Center in Burney

Celebrating “The Week of the Young Child,” First Five Shasta and Bright Futures hosted a wonderful “Lunch with Community Helpers” at the Intermountain Community Center in Burney beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

Children and community helpers share lunch at the Tri County Community Center

According to Bright Futures Family Advocate Shaylene Herndon, 89 children and 62 adults attended and had an opportunity to meet community helpers from the Burney Fire Protection District, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, California Highway Patrol, the US Forest Service, Burney Disposal, and Dr. Patterson from Eye Care Associates.

The program was fun and educational. Each agency gave a brief explanation of the work that they do in terms that the young children could enjoy and understand.

Afterwards, everybody shared a delicious lunch including barbecued burgers, potato salad, baked beans, au gratin potatoes and cake provided by Diane Murphy and her crew at Shasta Senior Nutrition Center. Burney Fire Chief Monty Keady pitched in to help barbecue and serve the burgers.

See also

Children meet community service providers at Tri Counties Network

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Employers share opportunity at Intermountain Job Fair

About two dozen businesses, government agencies and other organizations set up booths at the Community Center in Burney on Wednesday April 11 for the 2018 Intermountain Career, Resource, and Job Fair. They shared employment opportunities and advice with job seekers.

Shaylene Herndon from Tri County Community Network and Mary Rainwater and Larissa Villarruel from the Tribal California TANF Partnership at the Intermountain Job Fair. photo courtesy of Cindy Dodds

Amongst those participating were the Pit River Tribe, Safeway, Burney Fire District, Mountain Valleys Health District, Hat Creek Construction, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, Symbiotic Restoration, McDonald’s, an Army Recruiter and many more.

The event was organized by Tri County Community Network.

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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.

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

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