Christmas Cantata a Heavenly Experience

The Fall River Valley Community Choir treated the people of Burney to a taste of the Kingdom of Heaven as they performed the Christmas cantata The First Noel at Burney Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon December 16.

Fall River Valley Community Choir performing at Burney Presbyterian Church

The 40 minute cantata, written by Russell Mauldin, contains and arrangement of classic carols, hymns and favorite Christmas songs of the season. The songs and narration celebrate the birth of Jesus as messiah and king.

Reverend Penni Elaine Scarbrough, the pastor the hosting church, welcomed everyone and began the program with a prayer.

Opening with a prayer

The performance was directed by Reverend Alison Maki and Ruth Strauch with musical accompaniment by flautist Theron Canrall, pianist Linda Gulbransen, guitarist Jean Rodgers, and  Goldie Christofferson  and Nate Strauch on chimes. Nate Strauch read the narration.

Rev. Maki introduced the choir and gave a brief introduction. The cantata began with “The Birthday of a King Medley” containing arrangements of “For unto us a Child is Born,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and “The Birthday of a King.”

Angelic Voices

Then followed six selections: “Glory, Glory in the Highest;” “The First Noel;” “Jesus Born on This Day;” “Light of the Stable,” with “Angels We Have Heard on High;” “In the First Light;” and “Jesus at the Center.”

Reverend Bill Myers sang a solo for Glory, Glory in the Highest.”

Reverend Bill Myers singing Glory, Glory in the Highest

Maggie Torres sang solo in “Jesus Born on This Day.”

Maggie Torres singing Jesus Born On This Day

Following “Jesus at the Center,” narrator Nate Strauch said a prayer celebrating the birth of Jesus, and then the cantata concluded with a grand “Birthday of the King Finale.”

After the conclusion of the finale, Rev. Maki led the entire congregation as they sang “Silent Night.”

Alison Maki leads the congregation singing Silent Night

Rev. Maki thanked everyone for coming and announced that there would be a second public performance of the cantata at Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur the following day at 4 p.m. That concert would also include a performance of six songs by the Fall River Valley Community Children’s Choir.

The concert was performed in remembrance of Melanie Kerns. Mrs. Kerns was a beautiful singer and wonderful pianist. She was also a pillar of the Intermountain Community who was active in both the Fall River Methodist Church and the Burney Presbyterian Church.

After the concert, the audience and choir mixed and mingled as they shared fellowship and enjoyed refreshments.

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F Troop delivers toys to kids

Santa cruised into low income housing areas of Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River Mills, and McArthur on Saturday morning December 16 to deliver toys to lots of happy children.

Biker Santa poses with a grateful family

Santa was assisted by dozens of fellow members of the local F Troop motorcycle club. Some of the members, wearing festive Christmas attire and hats, rode  their bikes. Others drove vehicles laden with gifts for the children.

Children lining up to receive their presents

This is the 17th year that F Troop has conducted their Christmas toy run. This year, they raised more $2000 to buy gifts and batteries. Most of the money was raised at their annual summer yard sale.

Meyers Memorial Hospital’s Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive also donated many toys for the occasion.

Club President Greg Trotter and his wife Carol helped to organize this year’s event with the help of lots of volunteers. Tim Covert, a past VFW Post Commander, served as Santa and led the delivery procession on his three wheeled sleigh.

Santa and Teddy are ready to ride

F Troop is the local affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to the freedom and safety of all motorcyclists. Their motto is:

Ride to Live — Live to Give — Give to Ride — Live to Ride

 

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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.

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F Troop Christmas Toy Run

F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers

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December 6, 2017 · 7:03 am

PG&E Flying Low in Shasta County to Inspect for Dead Trees

REDDING, Calif.—As part of its response to California’s tree mortality crisis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will conduct low-altitude aerial patrols in eastern Shasta County on Wednesday, December 6 to identify dead trees that could pose a wildfire or other public safety risk.

Flights will occur over and near the communities of Round Mountain and Montgomery Creek. Depending on weather conditions, flights will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Even with the wet winter last year and recent storms, five years of drought in California have caused millions of trees to die or become structurally compromised. That’s why we’ve added enhanced measures to help keep the communities we serve safe,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division.

Every year, PG&E inspects and monitors every overhead electric transmission and distribution line, with some locations patrolled multiple times. Since the tree mortality crisis began, the energy company has increased foot and aerial patrols in high fire-risk areas to twice a year and up to four times a year in some locations. Last year, PG&E conducted secondary patrols on 61 percent of power lines, and in 2017, expects to patrol 65 percent of lines a second time.

PG&E is using a local contract helicopter service to fly foresters over the area to inspect trees. Patrolling by air allows the company to cover many miles quickly and efficiently, and reduces impacts on the ground. Residents are advised that the helicopter will fly low – about 200 to 300 feet – along distribution power lines, and higher in areas where livestock are present.

If patrols identify dead trees, PG&E will send inspectors on foot to verify a tree is dead, and then contact the home or land owner to schedule tree work.

 

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Fort Crook Masonic Lodge 250 installs new officers for 2018

On Dec 2, Fort Crook Masonic Lodge 250 in Fall River Mills installed new officers for the year 2018.

The new officers included David Mitchell, Junior Deacon; Charles Thomason, Treasurer; Larry Hawthorne PM, (Installing Official); Mark Stalcup, Master; Jim Crockett PM, Senior Warden; Robert Boyce, Secretary; Cecil Ray, Chaplain; Bill Johnson, Marshall; and Donald Smith, Tiler.

Don Smith said, “Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world and is dedicated to making good men better.”

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Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders

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