Starry Nights + Chili Cook-off = A Wonderful Holiday Feast!

By 6 p.m. people were streaming into the Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) for the combined chili cook-off and Starry Nights Christmas music program. WOLA’s motto is “Loving God and Loving People.” This annual Christmas program, open to everyone in the public, is one of the ways in which they share their love and gratitude with the community.

Before long the beautifully decorated worship hall was filled with more than 150 guests.

Ready to eat

Meanwhile in the foyer, WOLA volunteers were prepared to serve samples of seventeen chilis that had been entered for the cook-off.

Ready to serve

Pastor Ken Frazier welcomed everyone and explained directions for the cook-off. People would line up to receive seventeen samples of chili in numbered cups. After sampling them they could vote for their favorite and also go back to enjoy a full bowl of their favorite.

“This is one occasion when you are allowed to judge,” he said.

Pastor Ken welcoming guests and explaining the chili cook-off

People filed through the foyer filling their plates.

Seventeen chilis to sample and judge

In addition to chili, there were corn bread, condiments, clam chowder, and lots of goodies.


People enjoyed the food and fellowship. Singers and musicians came forward to lead the audience in a joyful heartfelt mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

Traditional and contemporary Christmas music

As the food filled the bellies of the diners and the music filled the air,  the Holy Spirit filled the hearts of the people with God’s love and inspiration.

Pastor Ken came forward and announced a short intermission in the music.

He was ready to announce the winners for the chili cook-off. Third place went to Shasta Bellagante. Matt Swanson won the prize for second place. And the winner of the Best Chili for 2018 was Kimbra Biles!

Chili Cook-Off Winners

Then Pastor Ken asked Alex and Linda Colvin to please come to the front of the room.  Like  faithful sheep, they followed the pastor’s voice and came forward. Ken announced that people in the church had decided to provide a special surprise Christmas blessing to this couple – two large baskets filled with gifts.

A very grateful blessed couple

Totally surprised and overwhelmed with gratitude, Mr. Colvin took the microphone and said, “This is the greatest church in the entire cosmos. God is here. And in the coming new year we will work to accomplish many things to help bring God’s Kingdom in the Intermountain Area!”

After the presentation, the Christmas music resumed. The program ended with Janice Hamlin and the worship team singing the wonderful Christmas carol “O Holy Night.”

Loving God and loving one another. Sharing food, fellowship, and sacred song at a feast celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Son of God and Holy Messiah. Is this not a taste of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth?


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(compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)

15 Dec (Sat) Burney Fire Department Fire/EMS Auxiliary Christmas Toy giveaway from 10am to 2pm at the fire hall. Gifts are for infants through school-aged children. (335-2212)

15 Dec (Sat) Business Vendor Fair at Mt Senior Center Apartments on Roff Way from 1p-5p. Damsel in Defense, Essential Oils, Parazzi Jewelry, Sentsy and more 335-5310

15 Dec (Sat) Burney VFW is hosting a afternoon with Santa, games, crafts. i think is begins at 4pm. 33 5 -4971

15 Dec – Fall River Valley Chamber Christmas Light Parade in McArthur begins at 6pm at the County Yard on Glenburn Road and ends at the Inter Mountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. Kahunas will be serving food and 4-H Clubs will have refreshments. Santa will be available (bring your camera)

24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break

27 Dec – 3rd annual California Tribal TANF Partnership Open House


Ogiba’s Restaurant and Bakery is open in Johnson Park Tue thru Sun from 4a-2p (530-945-7543)

Dogwood Cottage Flowers and Ornamentations will open 01 Feb. Hours Mon- Fri From 2:30pm-6:00pm and Sat from 11:00-3:00 Next to Mt. Burney theater, 37026 Main St )(335-5500)

Burney Physical Therapy on Tue and Thu next to Subway (335-3206)

On the other side of Subway is Lamont Maldonado and Burney’s Fresh Look Barber (530)-339-2876

Across from the Fire Hall in Burney is Flashes and Flowers

Totally Fit Gym has a new owner


01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

09 Jan Antique Appraisals by Witherell Antiques at the Intermountain Fairgrounds

May?? VFW Over 21 Prom

06 Jul Burney Basin Days Parade & Fireworks


American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to

Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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Mt Senior Center Vendor Fair 2-5 p.m. Saturday December 15

The first ever Mt. Senior Community Business Vendor Fair is taking place in the community room at 20635 Roff Way in Burney from 2-5 p.m.  A variety of crafts, jewelry, scents, knit goods, essential oils, and gift items are available.

Jewelry, crafts, Christmas cards, photography, essential oils, gifts, etc.

Find new local vendors and support the Burney Community!

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F Troop Santa delivers Christmas toys to Intermountain children

Riding through the chilly winter fog, United Bikers of Northern California “F Troop” delivered Christmas toys to more than one hundred children in low income housing in the Intermountain Area on Saturday morning December 15.

Lots of Kids happy to meet Santa

The bikers met at Greg Trotter’s house at 9:30 a.m. to pack vehicles with toys for boys and girls. F Troop raised funds to purchase toys at their giant annual yard sale during the summer. Additional toys were gathered by the “Stuff the Ambulance” program sponsored by Mayers Memorial Hospital.

Santa and F Troop deliver Christmas toys

The club delivered toys to apartments on Superior Avenue and Burney Villa in Burney, Rainbow’s End Trailer Park in Johnson Park, Cedarwood apartments in Fall River Mills, Mayer’s Memorial Hospital, and McArthur Trailer Park.

Hunter and Chloe with Santa

At each stop, children and their parents streamed out of their homes to greet Santa and receive presents.

A thoughtful moment with Santa

Giving and receiivng brings Christmas joy

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.  Part of F Troop’s motto is “riding to live and living to give.”

F Troop President Greg Trotter with grateful kids


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Ellen Songer joins Burney Water District Board

BWD Manager Willei Rodriguez with new Board Member Ellen Songer

Ellen Songer became a Board Member of the Burney Water District (BWD) at their monthly meeting on Thursday evening December 13 at the Burney Water District Office. BWD Manager Willie Rodriguez administered the oath of office.

Ms. Songer will replace Tanya Taylor. The Board passed a resolution commending Ms. Taylor for distinguished devotion and service.

Ms. Songer became a Burney resident 44 years ago. She raised her son and daughter in Burney. She is a former Manager of US Bank. Before working for US Bank she also worked for three years at Tri Counties Bank.

Ms. Songer said, “I have always been part of the community. This is my home and I want to do whatever I can to serve.”

Ms. Songer will be a member of the Finance Standing Committee and the Public Relations Standing Committee.

The Board also elected Jim Hamlin to serve as Board President and Britta Rogers to serve as Vice President.

Amongst other business:

The Board passed a motion to change the Swimming Pool Oversight Committee to the Swimming Pool and Parks Oversight Committee.

The Board also passed a motion to pass a $250 allocation for writing and publication of a history of the Burney Water District and a statement of future projects and goals to better inform customers of the District’s work and vision for the future.

Manager Rodriguez also informed Board members of several upcoming California Service District Association training meetings and asked them to check their calendars and let him know what meetings they could attend. BWD member attendance at these meeting helps to reduce insurance costs for the District. The cost for attendance can be funded by grants.

Mr. Rodriguez also reported that the new billing and payment system is now operational. Customers can now make credit card, debit card, and online payments. There will be a $2 processing fee for electronic transactions.

For more information please visit or call BWD at 335-3582.

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Burney Lions Special Needs Christmas Party a joyful occasion

About a hundred people gathered at the Burney Lions Club on Tuesday December 11 to celebrate the Club’s annual Special Needs Christmas Party. Forty-three special-needs residents from the Intermountain area were invited to meet Santa and receive presents. Family members and caretakers also attended.

Santa greeting guests at the Christmas party

Every one enjoyed a delicious lunch of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, squash, and cranberry sauce prepared by Lion cooks and served by members of the Lions Auxiliary.

After lunch, Barbara Lane called each special guest forward to meet and greet Santa. Santa gave each person a candy cane and a present that had been purchased specifically for them.

A big smile from Justin

The Burney Lions have been holding this Christmas season event for over 25 years. Jim Lane and his wife Barbara organized the event and spent more than a month selecting and buying presents.

Jim and Barbara Lane with Santa

To raise money for the gifts, the Burney Lions and Burney Lions Auxiliary collected plastic and aluminum cans throughout the year. Funds were also supplemented by cash donations from the community. The project is conducted in coordination with Far Northern Regional Center and Shascade Community Services.

Jim and Barbara Lane said, “This is our pride and joy and we love it.”

Kate Lions gives Santa a hug

Lions Auxiliary President Kathy Lehman said, “A Merry Christmas to all!”

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Lions Fruitcakes sold out

All the Burney Lions Fruitcakes have been sold.

Lion Kurt Taylor, whose generations-old special recipe is used for the cakes, said, “We would like to thank everyone for this year’s successful fruitcake fundraiser, We were sold out by the first week of December.”

Order early next year!

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