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The Burney Fire District annual Toy Drive and Santa’s Workshop coming Saturday, December 15th

The Burney Fire District annual Toy Drive and Santa’s Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys and gifts will be handed out by Santa for infants and school-aged children.

Donations of toys and gifts are being accepted now through December 8. Please donate new, unwrapped toys. For teenagers, people can donate movie tickets, gift cards, etc.

If you have questions, leave a message with Burney Fire District Secretary Cindy Hall at 530-335-2212 and someone from the Toy Drive Committee will return your call.

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“Operation Warm Winter” warming up

For the past ten years, Operation Warm Winter, a community service ministry of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA), has been providing quality new winter coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children. In addition, at an annual GIVEAWAY, people in need can come for gently worn hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets. This year’s Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY will be Thursday, December 6 at the WOLA gym located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

The program was initiated in 2007 by Stephanie Pruitt when she found out that some children in the Burney schools could not go outside for recess because they did not have warm winter coats or boots.

Last year, 76 children received new coats and boots. In addition, 86 people came for the annual GIVEAWAY for winter clothing.

This year, Burney High School student Kira Hernandez is working to organize the program for her Senior Project. Ms. Hernandez is working together with WOLA Secretary Kathy Newton.

Burney Elementary School helps to identify children and notify parents to sign up in advance so that Operation Warm Winter can purchase jackets and boots to suit individual needs.

The purchase of the jackets and boots is made possible by donations from church members and the community. A major fundraiser for the program the past few years has been the Ohio Northern University Choir concert held in the late Spring.

The winter clothing for the GIVEAWAY is also donated by members of the community. Ms. Hernandez is setting up collection boxes around town for people to donate clean gently used items.

Kathy Newton said, “I love being part of a church that centers on loving God and loving people. This is a really great way to demonstrate that!”

People in the community who would like to participate by donating clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, Jesus says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

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Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children
Operation Warm Winter gives out warm clothing

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Interact Students perform community service at Bella Vista Farms

From Bob Jehn:

Underscoring their penchant for community service, members of the Interact Clubs of Burney and Fall River High Schools spent Sunday, October 28 performing chores at the only animal rescue center in Shasta County.

Interact students from Fall River and Burney after four hours of hard work at Bella Vista Farms in Cottonwood.

Fall River Interact member Jessica Mayer found a friend at the animal rescue center in Cottonwood.

Sixteen students descended upon Bella Vista Farms in Cottonwood to muck out animal stalls and clear brush for fire protection supervised by Interact Advisors Bob Jehn, Willie Rodriquez, and Brenda Rodriguez. Burney High School Science teacher Mark Harner wielded a chain saw while students dragged branches and weeds into burn piles to be burned later this fall.

Owners and operators of the facility, Chic Miller and her husband Bob, ages 71 and 80, respectively, were very grateful for the help as they depend on only grant funding and private donations to support the operation. The facility houses over 100 animals that have been abandoned, abused, or injured, and as Chic says, “We don’t adopt out – the animals live out their lives at Bella Vista Farms.”

Chic does much of the veterinary work at the facility, and has written a book about caring for animals.

Interact members clearing brush for fire protection at Bella Vista Farms in Cottonwood

The Interact Club of Fall River High School has also made monetary contributions to the facility to help support the work that Chic and Bob do. After the latest contribution from the Interactors Chic said, “Oh my gosh, I can’t thank you all enough…I can’t tell you how much I love you kids.”

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Burney Fire District to host Halloween Haunted House

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Burney Fire District will be hosting its 2nd Annual Haunted House on Halloween night Wednesday, October 31 from 6-9 p.m.

This is a fun and safe place for kids of all ages to come for the candy and games. If you’re daring enough, travel through the frightening section of the Haunted House.

BFD gives thanks to all the volunteers, local businesses, and organizations who are helping to  make this an amazing event including Word of Life Church, High Country Real Estate, Citizens Volunteer Patrol, Burney-Fall River Rotary, Mountain Valley Health Center, Rex Club, Interact Club, Anna’s Country Kitchen, and Sickler Electric.

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Red Ribbon Breakfast at Burney Elementary

Early in the morning on Friday October 25, Burney Lions were out in the cool air grilling pancakes and sausages for a preschool Red Ribbon breakfast.

Lions Kenny Hiller, Scott Nedved, Rick Dougherty, Zach Harper, and Cory Daum flipping cakes in the early morn

The community breakfast, sponsored by the Burney PTA, was part of Red Ribbon Week, a “celebration for students choosing to be drug free.”

Folks line up for pancakes and sausages

Fifth grade teacher Stacey Bower organized this week’s activities. Teachers and PTA members helped to serve the meal.

Burney Elementary Teachers Amber Urlie, Stacey Bower, and Jenny Arsenau

The theme for this year was “Life is a Journey. Travel Drug Free.” The weeks activities began with a flag salute at the flag pole. During the week, every class in the elementary school prepared a red ribbon to hang in the hall.

Each elementary school class made a red ribbon

Speaking of the breakfast, Bower said, “We are very fortunate to have the partnership with the Lions. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to come into the school.”

In addition to parents, children, teachers, friends, and school supporters, several Raiders’ cheerleaders from Burney High School came to add pep to the gathering.

Raiders cheerleaders Brianna and Clarissa came to cheer kids on

It was a great way to start a day on the journey of life.

A red ribbon table full of happy faces

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InterMountain Teen Centers will host Healing Drum Circle November 14

The InterMountain Teen Centers is hosting a Healing Drum Circle Wednesday, November 14 from 6-7 p.m. in the great room at Hill Country Clinic in Round Mountain.

Drumming is fun, creative, stress-relieving and therapeutic.

In his book “The Healing Power of the Drum”, Robert Lawrence Friedman states:

Some of the psychological applications in which hand drums are being used include assisting veterans to release the emotional pain of post-traumatic stress disorder, releasing the pent-up anger and negative emotions of “at-risk” adolescents, and promoting health in corporate executives through releasing their day-to-day stress, in addition to many other applications.

The healing ability of rhythm is boundless

Mr. Friedman is a corporate trainer, psychotherapist, author, professional speaker, and musician.  He has worked in the area of rhythm-based exercises and their effects on health and wellness for over 30 years. Based upon his work he believes that drumming

… provides those who use it with a link to others. The drum seems to have the capacity to unite all individuals who choose to experience it together. Despite race, religion, color, creed, background, or ideology, all are joined together through this ancient instrument’s calling. The drum, therefore, becomes a vehicle for transporting all who utilize it, across all boundaries, to an experience of wholeness and community.

The  Intermountain Teens Healing Drum Circle will be led by Verena Compton an experienced drummer who has participated in drum circles for many years.

The event is free and open to the public. Experienced and novice drummers alike are welcome. Bring drums and other rhythm instruments if you have them. If you can, bring one to share. If you don’t have a drum but want to learn, come.

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Mountain Lions Club Kids Day

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October 20, 2018 · 5:11 am