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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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Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive donates toys to F Troop for delivery to kids

On the evening of December 12, members of F Troop rode to Meyers Memorial Hospital to pick up toys that they will deliver to low income children in Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River, and McArthur.

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F Troop members Leslie Horney, Dee Covert, Rex Horney, and Tim Covert pick up toys from Mayers Memorial Stuff the Ambulance – photo courtesy of Leslie Horney

The toys were donated as part of the Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive sponsored by Meyers Memorial Hospital. Collection of toys, “stuffing the ambulance,” took place at seven locations throughout the Intermountain area. This is the third year that the program has been in place.

F Troop with toys from Stuff The Ambulance

In addition to the toys from Stuff the Ambulance, F Troop has purchased more than $2000 worth of toys. The money for the toys was raised at F Troop’s annual yard sale held in Burney during the summer. Yard sale items are donated by people in the community for the project. All together the project gives out quality new toys to more than 125 children of families living in low income housing in the Intermountain Area. The club also buys new batteries for all the battery operated toys.

F Troop is the Burney affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California. They began giving out toys for kids 17 years ago when Tom Tindel was president of the club. The first year they gave out 30 Christmas stockings stuffed with toys and goodies in the Safeway parking lot. The program has grown every year since. Tom Miller succeeded Tindel as President and helped organize the program for three years.

Three years ago, under the leadership of President Greg Trotter, they began the summer yard sale so the community could be more involved. Each year, on a Saturday before Christmas, they give out the toys on a Christmas Toy Run led by Santa on a motorcycle. This year’s run will be Saturday December 16. Some of the bikers dress up as elves to help Santa deliver the toys.

See also

F Troop Christmas Toy Run

F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers

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Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children

Operation Warm Winter provided 58 elementary school children with a bag containing a nice new winter coat and winter boots at their annual GIVEAWAY at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church Gym on December 1. Pastor Ken Frazier said that the 58 children represent about 15% of the local elementary school population.

WOLA Pastor Ken Frazier, Alexus Bellino with her mom Melissa Bellino, and Kathy Newton together with five grateful children

In addition to these children, another 15 children who had not signed up in time for the giveaway are now on a waiting list and will receive coats and boots in the near future.

Alexus Bellino, a junior at Burney High School,  organized this year’s Operation Warm Winter for her Senior Project. Her mother, Melissa Bellino, came to help with the distribution.

Alexus Bellino and her mom Melissa

Ms. Bellino said, “What moved me to do this project was to give back to the community. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces after they received their gifts was definitely the best part of the project. I hope to do it next year as well.”

Melissa Bellino chatting with a child

Bellino worked in coordination with Kathy Newton and other volunteers from WOLA.

As the children were signed up, they were supplied with paper and crayons that they used to express their gratitude in creative drawings.

Kids expressing their gratitude in colorful drawings

In addition to providing coats and boots for children, Operation Warm Winter also collected donations of gently used clothing. These clothes were neatly organized on tables and made available to people in the community who needed them. Ms. Bellino said that any leftover clothing will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Gently used warm winter clothing for people in need

Adults and children who came to the charitable affair were also treated to hot chocolate and cookies by WOLA volunteers.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate

WOLA began Operation Warm Winter in 2007 under the coordination of Stephanie Pruitt. 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 concert by the Ohio Northern University Choir held in the late Spring.

See also:

Operation Warm Winter at WOLA Nov 11

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Bailey Turner, Devin Murray and Eric Davies named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening November 16. Bailey Turner was named 12th grade Student of the Month for October. Devin Murray was named 12th grade Student of the Month for November, and Eric Davies was named 8th grade Student of the Month for November.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Devin Murray, Bailey Turner, Eric Davies and Lion George Whitfield

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Turner and Murray each received $100 and Davies received $50.

Bailey Turner is active in volleyball, church, Leos, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Interact, S-Club, FNL, and Leadership Club. She enjoys reading, dancing, piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She would like to travel “everywhere.” In the future she hopes to go to college and choose an enjoyable career. She is good at dancing and making people laugh.

Her grandparents Susan and Jerry Frazier attended the dinner to watch her receive her award. Mrs. Frazier said that she is sure Bailey “will go on to do wonderful things… she wants to do everything for everybody.”

Devin Murray has a grade point of 4.43. Principal Guerrero said that it is the highest grade point he has ever seen. Devin is involved in basketball, track, golf, Leo’s, CSF, Interact, mentoring, and Leadership Club. He enjoys science, math, sports, and cliff diving. He would like to experience sky diving. He plans to go to college and study civil engineering. He says that he is good at sarcasm.

Devin’s parents Dona and Kristina Murray and his sister attended. Devin’s parents said that Devin is a great kid and they are very proud of him.

Eric Davies has a 4.0 grade point average. He is good at sports and math. He is active in Pop Warner football, and Jr. High basketball. In the future he would like to go to Oregon University to play basketball and then play for the NBA. He also would like to skydive.

Eric’s parents Angie and Robert Davies, his brother Drew, and his sister Ashley attended. Eric’s father works at Burney Falls State Park. He thanked the Lions and the Leos for all the help they offer at Heritage Day.

 

 

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2018 Scholarships available in Shasta County

The following is a list of scholarship opportunities announced by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation for the 2018 cycle:

Andy Peek Livestock Scholarship (December 2017 Deadline for Peek Award!) All counties/All high schools

Balma Family Scholarship/Pioneer High School

CA Retired Teachers Association, Division #16 Scholarship/ Shasta College

Christine Begley Scholarship/Anderson High School

Don & Debbie Bankson Scholarship/ Shasta County High Schools

Donna Borlaug Citizenship Scholarship/ Shasta High School and Grant Elementary

Dr. Frank L. Doane Memorial Scholarship/ Tehama County High Schools

FWF ’62 Scholarship/ Shasta High School

Glen Hawk, Sr., Scholarship/ Shasta High School

Gregory L. Morris II Memorial Scholarship/ Foothill High School

Ivy B. Horr Medical Loan/ Students in Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties

Jim and Dolores Cusick Memorial Scholarship/ Weed High School

Kelly Moravec Academic Encouragement Scholarship/ Students in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity Counties or Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital

Ken Putnam Choral Music Endowed Scholarship/ Shasta High School

Key Club Scholarship/ Shasta High School, Foothill High School, or Enterprise High School

Kohn Family Scholarship/ Shasta High School

Matt Solus Memorial Scholarship/ Siskiyou County High Schools

Prudence Rose Kennedy Scholarship (severe medical adversity category)/ Students in Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, or Trinity counties

Prudence Rose Kennedy Scholarship/ – Enterprise High School Award/ Enterprise High School

Prudence Rose Kennedy Scholarship/ – Mt. Shasta High School Award/ Mt. Shasta High School

Redding Bank of Commerce Kenneth R. Gifford, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program/ Students in Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Placer, or Sacramento counties

Redding Electric Utility Powering Redding’s Future Scholarships and Grants (2 categories) Redding Electric Utility Customers (high school seniors and current undergraduate students)

Robert McGregor and Sally Garcia Memorial Awards of the Mt. Shasta Athletic Boosters Club/ Mt. Shasta High School

Top of the State Jr. Golf Scholarship/ Shasta and Tehama High Schools

Tri Counties Bank Scholarships (2 categories):

-Tri Counties Bank Scholarship award (income-based qualification)

-Tri Counties Bank Merit Scholarship award/ Students in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Nevada, Place, Sacramento, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.

*Details are subject to change. For up-to-date information please visit our website at http://www.shastarcf.org/scholarships

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Emma Harrington honored as Burney 8th Grade Student of the Month

Emma Harrington was honored as 8th Grade Student of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 19.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Emma Harrington, and Lion George Whitfield

Ms. Harrington was introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 from the Burney Lions Club in recognition for her achievement.

Emma has a grade point average of 4.0. Her school activities include Youth, California Junior Scholarship Federation, and volleyball. She enjoys crafting, camping, playing volleyball, dancing and acrobatics. She would like to visit Disney World.

In the future she would like to go to community college for two years and then transfer to a four year college. Her goal is to become a science teacher. Mr. Guerrero said that he hopes he will be able to hire her to teach at Burney High.

Emma’s parents, Cory and Heidi Harrington, were both present to see their daughter honored. Mrs. Harrington said that “Emma spends a lot of time doing her homework instead of cleaning her room. She is a very sweet, loving, caring person and is about to become an auntie in a couple of weeks.”

Emma’s sister, mom-to-be Carrie Harrington, was also 8th grade student of the month when she attended Burney Junior High School.

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Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017

Many talented groups played at Heritage Day throughout the afternoon of October 8 at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. One group that delighted listeners was a talented quartet of young ladies from Shingletown named Shooting Stars.

The following is a playlist of seven of the songs performed by Shooting Stars. The first song was recorded at a picnic table before they went on stage.

The next six, performed on stage, are accompanied by Nicki Carlisle and backed up by members of the North State Fiddlers (California Old Time Fiddler’s Association District 6) who organized the music for the afternoon.

The four Shooting Stars are named Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina. They have been playing together for one year. The two fiddlers are 12 years old and the guitarists are 10 years old. They all have beautiful voices.

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