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Walt Caldwell recognized as a “champion of the community.”

Walt Caldwell was presented with two awards at the March 14 Board Meeting of the Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District. Caldwell has served on the board for 40 years.

Simon Watson with Walt Caldwell and the Board

Simon Watson, representing Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle, presented Caldwell with a California Legislative Assembly Certificate of Recognition. The certificate read

Thank you for a lifetime of service. Your service in the United States Marine Corps, and your time on numerous Special District Boards, most notably, your forty years on the Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District Board, has truly made you a champion of the community.

Caldwell also received an Award of Excellence for Distinguished Public Service in the Intermountain Area from the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. The plaque stated:

In difficult and challenging times your leadership was steadfast and unflagging, your dedication to the public good was powerful and pronounced. Through force of personality and extension of goodwill – cooperative relationships were established and flourished. You represent the very best in public service.

Attending the ceremony were Current District Manager Rick Dougherty, longtime Chairman District Manager Mike Churney, Board of Trustees President Abe Hathaway, Board Vice President Chad Arseneau, Secretary Bill Ford, Trustee Dana Murray, and Walt’s wife Donna Caldwell.

Thank you Walt for your service to the community!


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Devin Murray wins Lions Shasta Central Zone Student Speaker Contest

Devin Murray won the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest for the Shasta Central Zone on Saturday afternoon at the Burney Lions Club.

Chairman Walt Libal, Devin Murray, and Darcy Coulter

Two students competed in the zone level contest. Devin, a Senior at Burney High School, was the winner of the Burney Lions Club level contest. Darcy Coulter, a Junior at Fall River High School, was the winner of the Fall River Lions Club level contest.

Walt Libal, Chairman of the Shasta Central Zone, chaired the contest. The topic was “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each student gave a speech that was to be no less that five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Both students delivered excellent expositions on the topic. Darcy gave a testimony to a mentor who had deeply influenced her life and then led the audience through an insightful investigation of how honesty, vulnerability, and humility inform integrity.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she stated, citing a study that showed the importance of non-verbal communication. She also pointed out that if you are civil to others it is more likely that they will be kind and helpful to you in return.

Devin artfully delivered a polished speech explaining why integrity and civility are the foundation for a stable community and society. He used the example of a man who had demonstrated moral leadership. He drew an analogy between moral integrity in community building and structural integrity in engineering. His arguments were backed up by quotations from various authoritative sources.

While the judges were tallying the scores, the two speakers introduced themselves. Darcy’s mom attended to support her. Devin’s parents, sister, grandmother, and Burney High speech coach Melissa Madden all came to watch Devin.

After the winner was announced, Chairman Libal presented each of the students with a certificate. Devin received a scholarship check for $150.

Contest Judges Paul Skinner, Dr. Pam Woodin, Travis Lakey, and Connie Cleckler also received a certificate of gratitude and a box of chocolates.

Devin will go on to compete in the Region level contest. The contest will be held before April 9. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition: club, zone, region, district, area, and the final Multiple Four District Contest.

Altogether, the foundation will award more than $103,000 in scholarships to students. Awards increase with each level. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the final Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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Angel Estrada honored as Burney 8th Grade Student of the Month

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

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Angel Estrada, and Lion George Whitfield

Ms. Estrada 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.

Angel has a grade point average of 3.2. She is active in activities at her church. She enjoys making doll clothes, drawing and coloring, and having fun with her family and friends. She would like at some time in the future to be a model. Her goals for the future are to move to Paris, France with her parents and to attend college.

Angel’s parents Martin and Christina attended the award ceremony together with Angel’s seven brothers and sisters, one cousin, and her aunt Noemi Estrada.

Angel’s mother said, “Angel is a very sweet girl. She helps to take care of the other children. She does chores. We are very proud of her.”

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Men’s Fight Club at WOLA to begin Tuesday, February 20

A new eight-week Tuesday night series of men’s Fight Club meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. February 20 at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA).

This is not an occasion for men to engage in physical combat. It is an opportunity for men to participate in Christian worship, discussion and prayer in order to develop bonds of friendship and brotherly love that will enable them to become better men, husbands, fathers and upright members of the community.

Fight Club will take place each Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30  for eight weeks. The evening program will begin with worship music led by one of the members followed by a brief testimony or homily also from one of the men in the club. During the second half of the evening, men will break into small groups for an hour of discussion and prayer.

Fight Club is open to all men in the community not only members of Word of Life Church. For more information call 335-4419.

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School Board passes resolution calling for increased funding for CA public schools

The Fall River Joint Unified School Board unanimously passed Resolution 8-2017-2018 “Calling for Full and Fair Funding of California’s Public Schools.”

FRJUSD February School Board Meeting

The passing of the resolution is part of a statewide effort initiated by the California School Board Association (CSBA) to encourage the California State Legislature to increase school funding to at least the national average by 2020 and to at least the average of the top 10 states nationally by 2025.

Board President Teri Vigil said, “CSBA has given a resolution to approximately 1000 school districts in the state of California. School Boards of California are uniting to send a message to the Legislature to fund schools at a fair and full amount.”

The resolution points out that while California is the sixth largest economy in the world and has the largest Gross Domestic Product of any state in the nation, the state “falls in the lowest quintile on nearly every measure of public K-12 school funding and school staffing.”

California funds schools at roughly $1,961 per student less than the national average. When adjusted for higher costs in California this translates to approximately $3,462 less per student.

According to the resolution, California spends almost $7,000 per pupil less than the average for the top ten states.

In 2010, CSBA, along with a number of school districts and educational organizations, filed a suit Robles-Wong v. State of California, alleging that the State of California was not fulfilling Article IX of the State Constitution which states that education is “essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of people” and that the  “Legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement.” The Constitution guarantees that the “Legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district.”

An appellate court ruled that there is there is no state constitutional guarantee to a certain level of education quality or education funding. The case was consolidated with another case and went to the California Supreme court on appeal in 2016. The Supreme Court of California ruled 4-3 in August 2016 not to hear the case. Justice Goodwin H. Liu wrote in dissent that “It is regrettable that this court, having recognized education in as fundamental right in a landmark decision 43 years ago (Serrano v. Priest) should now decline to address the substantive  meaning of the right.”

FRJUSD School Superintendent Greg Hawkins said that the resolution is “a way for all school districts in the state to speak up.”

Residents can contact the school board for a full copy of the resolution.

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The Winkelman family serves a Christmas feast for the community

The Winkelman family and in-laws spent their Christmas day preparing and serving a wonderful Christmas meal for scores of people in the community at Grace Bible Church on Tamarack Avenue. Dozens came to enjoy tender roast turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, stuffing, and yams topped with marsh mellow. For dessert there was apple or pumpkin pie.

Folks enjoying a fine Christmas meal

In addition to those who enjoyed the fellowship and food at the church, many came to take their meals home. In addition, the Winkelman’s delivered several dozens meals to people who were housebound.

Members of the Winkelman clan serving a fine Christmas meal

The dinner is an act of love performed by the entire Winkelman family. Reverend Henry Winkelman has been the pastor of Grace Bible Community Church for three decades. He and his wife Penny have nine children. One of their adult sons Jeremy, had the idea five years ago to host a dinner for people in the community that had no place to go for Christmas. The family and their in-laws have been performing this service since then.

The cheerful service of the family members created an atmosphere of joy and love. During the meal, Ron played Christmas music on the piano. After eating, each guest was able to select a Christmas present provided by the family.

A girt for everyone who came

The annual Christmas dinner is one of the many ways that the Winkelman’s serve the community. They also sing at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. This past summer. for his services as a pastor and chaplain, Rev. Winkelman was named as the Grand Marshall of the Burney Basin Days Parade.

Asked about his motivation, Rev. Winkelman said,  “I would not be where I am today without the Lord Jesus Christ, who changed my life when I was 14 years old here in Burney, and the faithful support of my wife of over 40 years. Thank you for the privilege of serving the community here in Burney. “

Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of Christ. Thanks to God for using the Winkelman family to show His love on this holy day. Thanks to all who share their love by caring for others throughout the year.

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Starry Nights shares the joy of the Christmas season

More than 150 people came to the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA) on Sunday evening December 17 to attend their Starry Nights program. This year’s program combined the annual chili cook-off with a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols.

Janyce Hamlin hit all the high notes on O Holy Night

Rev. Ken Frazier and Rev. Corey Yake welcomed people the full house to the church and emceed the evening’s program.

Rev. Corey Yake and Rev. Ken Frazier welcome guests to Starry Nights

Every table was full with more people sitting in chairs lining the room. Three wonderful singers, Tammy Allison, Janice Hamlin, and Carolyn Garrigus, led the entire group for one hour singing favorite traditional carols and a selection of popular Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells and White Christmas.

Tammy Allison, Janice Hamlin, and Carolyn Garrigus leading the Sing-along

Between some of the songs, audience members were asked if they would like to share a story. People responded with personal testimonies and heart-warming accounts of love shared in Christmas past.

After the singing, Rev. Frazier explained the process of the chili cook-off. There were 17 entrees this year. People went table by table through the line and received a small plastic bowl of each chili with a number on it.

Seventeen kinds of Chili to choose from

To compliment the chili, there was a full table of toppings and corn bread.

Lots of toppings

For dessert, there were cookies and baked goods.

Cookies and cupcakes anyone

After sampling all of the chilies, the diners wrote the number of their favorite on a card. WOLA had Olympic like medals for those who received the most votes. The first, second, and third place winners also won a can of almond rocha candy as a prize.

Pastor Frazier announced the results of the tally. Third place winner was Rick Yochum. Ron Edwards won second place. Then last year’s winner Krissi Foutch came forward to present the gold medal for most popular chili to Jennifer Penn.

Rev. Ken Frazier, Krissi Foutch, Rick Yochium, Jennifer Penn, Ron Edwards, and Rev. Corey Yake

Starry Nights is one of the programs that WOLA holds for the public throughout the year to show their love for community as part of their commitment to “Love God and love people.”

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