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Madelyn Keep and Langston Tate chosen as BHS May Students of the Month

Madelyn “Mattie” Keep and Langston Tate were honored as May Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 18. Madelyn Keep was named 12th grade student of the month and Langston Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Madelyn Keep, Langston Tate, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Madelyn Keep was awarded $100, and Langston Tate received $50.

Keep has a grade point average of 4.0. She is a member of “S” Club, Interact, California Scholarship Federation, Leos, Peer Mentoring, and Leadership. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling and would like to travel around the United States and the world. She plans to attend Shasta College and to become a psychologist so that she can “help people.” She likes to read and is a good writer. She is also good at time management. Tears came to her eyes as she received her award.

Mattie’s dad Patrick Keep and stepmom came to watch her receive her award. She said, “I couldn’t be more proud. I am honored to call her my daughter.”

Her mom, LouAnn Gladwill lives in Spring Creek NV and could not attend. But she sent a message saying, “I am so proud of her. She has worked so hard for this. It’s a true honor.”

Tate also has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in football, track, basketball, California Junior Scholarship Federation, Power Source, and 4-H. He plays guitar and likes to fish. He is very interested in botany and plans to go to Humboldt State University to earn a degree and pursue a career in that field.

Langston’s parents, Jedidiah and Amanda Tate, and his two sisters, Harper and Avery, came to watch Langston be honored for his achievement. His father said, “Hard work paid off.”

In addition to honoring the May students of the month, the Burney Lions Club also elected a new slate of officers including Daryl Hovis, President; Matt Quinlan, Past President; Mike Barnes, 1st Vice-President; Larry Hawthorne, 2nd Vice-President; Dick Lindgren; Treasurer; Ron Edwards, Hall Chairman; Jim Crockett, Membership Chair; Mark Stalcup, 1 year Director; and Jim Lake, 2 year director.

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Burney Lions Club hosts a steak dinner for BHS Senior Boys

Thursday evening May 11, The Burney Lions Club treated 11 graduating senior boys to a delicious steak dinner to congratulate them for their accomplishments and wish them well in the future.

2017 Senior Boys

All together, this year’s graduating class has 29 students: 16 girls and 13 boys. The senior boys include Matthew Elmore, Kaden Tiran, Alejandro Jimenez, Hunter Mostoufi, Billy Covert, Brandon McFarlane, Nicholas Glazzard, Wyatt Hibbeln, Layton McClung, Riley Estes, Michael Avelar, Matthew Bonsey, and Ryan Pruitt. Unfortunately, Matthew Bonsey and Ryan Pruitt were unable to attend the gathering.

After the delicious dinner, Lion Dr. Bill Cummings had each of the students come forward and talk briefly about their experience and activities at Burney High and their plans and hopes for the future. In his opening remarks he reminded the young men that, having reached the age of 18, they are now legally responsible adults and should act wisely.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings interviewing Kaden Tiran

Students talked about their participation in sports and club activities. Billy Covert said that he was good at “procrastinating and communicating.”

Several noted that they wanted to experience the thrill of sky-diving. Others expressed a desire to travel. Matt Elmore for instance said that he would like to go to Thailand. Michael Avelar said that he would like to go to the Super Bowl.

Many of the students will be attending Shasta College. Wyatt Hibbeln, Brandon McFarlane, and Michael Avelar will be going to the College of the Redwoods. Hunter Mostoufi is going to Pacific Union College to study history. Billy Covert will be moving to Texas where he plans to attend the University of North Texas at Dallas.

The hopeful seniors shared plans for a number of  career options including operating heavy machinery and being a Fish and Game Warden.

The interviews were peppered with laughter from the audience and Cummings presented each student with a $20 cash gift from the Lions.

After all of the students had been introduced, BHS Principal Ray Guerrero spoke briefly praising the students and wishing them well.

Principal Ray Guerrero wishing the students well

Burney Lions Club President Matt Quinlan also spoke briefly.

Lion President Matt Quinlan congratulating and advising the young men

He advised the young men that once they had completed their educations and settled into their careers, they should “give back to the community.”

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Pit River Casino donates $5000 to fund Kid Fit Program

On May 11, Pit River Casino General Manager Mike Avelar came to Tri Counties Community Network at the Intermountain Community Center to present a check for $5000 for the Kid Fit Program. The donation ensures that this year’s Kid Fit program will be fully funded.

Mike Avelar with staff and children at Tri CountiyCommunity Network

Avelar said, “We are always happy to do whatever we can to help the community, because without the community we would not be here.”

Shaylene Herndon is the Kid Fit project manager. 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.

Kid Fit will host five free fun-filled events this year for families of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

The opening activity will be “Funky Fitness Fun” at Bailey Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13.

On June 20, Kid Fit will sponsor a Night Hike at 6 p.m. at Burney Falls State Park.

On June 29, Kid Fit will host a Family Track and Field Night as one of the opening events of this year’s Burney Basin Days.

Tuesday, July 11, will feature “Splish, Splash, and and Swim” at the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool beginning at 6 p.m.

The final Kid Fit event for 2017 will be the “Master Mud Run” on Tuesday July 18 at Bailey Park at 6 p.m.

Mud run 2016

Herndon says, “We expect that Kid Fit Summer 2017 will benefit 150 plus children and their parents and result in over 5000 hours of documented physical activity.”

Kid Fit began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country. Since that time, thanks to increased public awareness and changes in the food supply and school lunches, obesity rates have declined.

Changes in technology have caused decreased physical activity for children and adults. Eight to eighteen year olds spend an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes engaged with electronic screen media. This is an increase of 2.5 hours in the last ten years.  As a result, children spend less time in traditional childhood activities and outdoor play.

According to Herndon, excessive screen time has been linked to increased psychological difficulties that include hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, difficulties with peers, and poor school performance.

Kid Fit is designed not only to increase physical activity but also to increase social connections. Research done by the Strengthening Families Program  has shown that social connections promote family health, child well-being, and optimal youth development.

For more information about the Kid Fit Program call Shaylene Herndon at 430-335-4600.

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Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome chosen as BHS April Students of the Month

Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome were honored as April Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening April 27. Joyce Ogden was named 12th grade student of the month and Josh Broome was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Joyce Ogden, Josh Broome, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Joyce Ogden was awarded $100, and Josh Broome received $50.

Ogden has a grade point average of 3.2. She is a star basketball player. She likes spending time with her family, friends, and her boyfriend Marvin. She would like to try skydiving. After graduation, she plans to attend Shasta Community College and continue playing basketball. As well as being an excellent athlete, she is good at drawing and is a “good friend.” Her parent, Tonya Seefloth came to see her receive her award.

Josh Broome has a 3.5 grade point average. He plays basketball and football and likes to spend time with his friends. In the future, he plans to attend college and become a marine biologist. He would also like to travel. When Principal Guerrero asked where he would like to travel first, Broome answered, “To the coast.” Josh’s father, Josh Broome, Sr. said that his son is amazing.

“He always makes the right decisions.” Mr. Broome said proudly about his son.

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Children meet community service providers at Tri Counties Network

Celebrating “The Week of the 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 26.

Community service providers and children

Children and their parents had an opportunity to meet representatives from the Burney Fire Protection District, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, Burney Ambulance, Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and the US Forest Service.

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.

Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady addressing the children

Two firemen, one from the Burney District and one from CalFire, showed the children how they put on their fire gear and then interacted with the children.

Fireman in gear

Smokey the Bear made a special appearance for the Forest Service and got lots of hugs from the children.

Kids welcome Smokey the Bear

After the indoor presentations, the children went outside where the officers explained to them their equipment and vehicles.

Driving the Hat Creek Fire Truck

 

Driving the Forest Service truck

The kids had a lot of fun learning how to operate the fire hose.

Fun shooting the fire hose

They also had an opportunity to meet and pet the well-trained police dog brought by the Sheriff’s Department.

Petting the police dog

Afterwards, everyone went inside to enjoy a delicious lunch including barbecued hamburgers, baked beans, pasta salad, and cake in the senior nutrition center.

The “Lunch with Community Helpers” event was organized and emceed by Bright Futures Family Advocate Shaylene Herndon.

Tri County Community Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Programs and services at the Intermountain Community Center include pre-school and school age day care, parenting support programs, housing and employment services, financial literacy classes, support for people with mental illness, weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, senior nutrition programs, dance classes, DUI diversion classes, and a Sunday worship service by Calvary Chapel Burney Falls. For more information about Tri County Community Network programs and services call 530-335-4600.

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Pit River Casino Egg Hunt delights

Hundreds of children took delight in gathering plastic eggs filled with candy on the grounds of Pit River Casino on a beautiful Saturday afternoon April 15. Beginning at noon, there were 4 separate hunts for age groups 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10 and older.

Young lad in a field of eggs

 

Parents with toddlers on a hunt for eggs

 

Harvesting a cache of eggs

 

Ten year old and up are off and running

 

A stampede of 7 to 9 year olds

In addition to the egg hunts, there was also a delicious barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs and drawings for cool prizes.

Signing up for the drawing

 

Cool prizes

Pit River Casino Manager Mike Avelar said, “We do this to give back to the community by getting everybody together and letting the kids have fun.”

Mike Avelar preparing kids for the egg hunt

Among the many families who enjoyed the event were the Meltons. Jakob Melton, age 6, collected 17 eggs.  He said the Easter Bunny came and left the eggs and then “just hopped off.”

The Melton family

Melisha Carpenter said she would like to have more eggs but she was very grateful to the Easter Bunny for the ones that she did find.

Melisha Laree Carpenter

Many thanks to Pit River Casino for a wonderful community event.

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Burney Water District accepting lifeguard and water safety instructor applications

The Burney Water District (BWD) is now accepting applications for life guards and water safety instructors for the summer of 2017. Applicants must be 15 years of age. Applications are due by March 31.

The Burney Water District will be holding lifeguard and water safety instructor training in May.

For more information about applying or the training, call Stephanie McQuade at the Burney Water District, 335-3582

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