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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Burney to participate in Bike to School Day May 10

At least 17 Shasta County schools will join schools from around the nation to celebrate Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10. Participating schools include Academy of Personalized Learning, Anderson Heights, Anderson Middle, Anderson New Tech, Bella Vista, Bonny View, Burney, Chrysalis Charter, Cypress Elementary, Lassen View, Happy Valley Primary and Elementary, Manzanita, Monarch, Redding School of the Arts, Shasta High, and Turtle Bay.

“We’re very excited to have 17 schools participate this year. It’s exciting to see how enthusiastic schools are about participating. Many schools choose to do more than just ride one day. They organize bike safety events, bike fix-it days, and participate in challenges,” says Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator.

Bike to School events work to create safer routes for bicycling, and emphasize the importance of children getting physical activity, developing bicycling safety skills, and decreasing traffic congestion and air pollution around the school. The events also help to build connections between families, schools and the broader community. Most participating schools will form “bike trains,” which are supervised groups of students riding to school. “We encourage students to ride in supervised groups, and to wear a helmet,” states Sundquist.

Bike to School Day is organized by the Shasta County Safe Routes to School program, which works with schools in Shasta County to encourage and promote walking and biking to school. To assist with this event or the Safe Routes to School movement, contact Sara Sundquist at 245-6457.

This event is one of many happening during National Bike Month in May. For a full calendar of events, visit www.shastabikechallenge.org or more information about national Bike to School Day visit: www.walkbiketoschool.org

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“100 Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre

The Fall River Valley Community Choir performed “One Hundred Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre on Saturday May 6. Eighteen choir members performed a medley of 50 Broadway hits ranging from the early days of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway.

Rev. Bill Myers soloing “If Ever I Would Leave You”

Don Smith directed the choir for the 45 minute review arranged by Mac Huff.

Don Smith directing the choir

Narrator Michael Kerns guided the audience through the history as he introduced each of the six sections of the review.

The performance began with an Opening featuring songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Beautiful voices

The Early Years featured music from Tin Pan Alley greats such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Setting the Standards included some of the all time great hits by Rogers and Hammerstein. The Golden Years featured classics such as “Hello Dolly,” Try to Remember,” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

Breaking New Ground rocked the hall with Stu Stoore’s soulful interpretation of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Melanie Kerns moved the audience to tears as she sang Memory written for the 1981 musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn.

Stu Stoore doing a solo

The historical journey concluded with State of the Art leading us into the new millennium with rousing songs such as “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and “Broadway Baby.”

Then the choir concluded with a finale of more classic show tunes.

The Finale

Under the direction of Director Smith, the choir did a masterful mix of choral blending and individual performance. Laura Beyer, Melanie Kerns, Alison Maki, Candee Parker, Michael Martin, Penny Rogers, Lynn Stoore, Maggie Torres, Bill Myers, Stu Stoore, Brian Baddeley, Jean Rogers, and Tom Jones all sang solos.

What a treat! The spirit of Broadway definitely descended. Special thanks to Donna Sylvester, owner of Mt Burney Theatre, for hosting the event.

The Spirit of Broadway descends

The Fall River Valley Community Choir will give another performance of the review on May 7 at Ingram Hall in McArthur at 4 p.m. and a shortened version at the Fall River Library on May 20.

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Caltrans holds memorial service for fallen workers

Photos courtesy of Caltrans

On Tuesday May 2, more than 300 people attended a Caltrans District 2 memorial for fallen workers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Caltrans Burney Maintenance Station. The event is part of Caltrans Safety Awareness Week, highlighting safety on the job.

Caltrans D2 HonorGuard

Since 1921, 187 men and women have lost their lives building, maintaining and operating California roads and highways. In District 2, serving Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties as well as portions of Butte and Sierra Counties, 14 people have died since 1921,. Those fourteen people were honored at the ceremony with special cones.

Honoring the fallen workers

Fortunately, there were no work-related fatalities in District 2 during 2016. One employee who died of a heart attack was also honored at the ceremony.

Many Caltrans employees and family members attended.

Caltrans workers at the memorial service

Speakers included Caltrans District 2 Director Dave Moore, Deputy District Director Don Anderson, and California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Todd Garr.

District 2 Director Dave Moore addressing the crowd


CHP Deputy Chief Todd Garr addressing the memorial

Dave Muir attended representing Senator Ted Gaines and Bruce Ross represented Assemblyman Brian Dahle. Pastor Ken Frazier from Word of Life Church gave the invocation and Kim Newton sang the national anthem.

Deputy District Director Anderson said, “We are fortunate not to have lost any employee on the job last year. This is due to a strong accident prevention program we diligently follow, but the credit also goes to our workforce who consistently pay attention to their own safety and the safety of the traveling public.”

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Memorial Day Weekend Fine Arts & Craft Show

Rotary Club of Burney/Fall River will be sponsoring a Fine Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Downtown Burney next to the Rex Club Days Car Show behind U.S. Bank.

Proceeds go to support local scholarships and Rotary International’s Polio Plus.

This craft show will feature local artists. All items are handmade fine arts and crafts sold by the artist who created them!

Vendors please contact Andrew Urlie, Email: mailto:burneyfallsart@gmail.com; Phone: (530) 335-4030

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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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