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Burney Food Co-op celebrates Thanksgiving meal

On November 8, the Burney Food Co-op hosted two Thanksgiving meals, one at 11:30 and one at 4:30. Co-op members enjoyed turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert.

After the meal, Buck Buchanan said a few words giving thanks to God for His many blessings and Sandra Martinez, who oversees the food distribution, shared a Thanksgiving testimony.

Buck Buchanan asks Sandra Martinez questions about her testimony

Ms. Martinez said, “When I moved to Burney, I wanted to volunteer. I was looking for a place where I felt that God was moving and involved. I felt it here.”

Larry Snelling also gave a moving testimony and thanked everyone in the Intermountain Community for their generous help. Then everyone joined in singing “Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart” and “I Saw The Light.”

After the celebration, food was distributed and each member of the co-op was given a Thanksgiving turkey.

The Burney Food Co-op is a Christian non-profit organization formed by local churches, members of the business community, and volunteers to promote food security, dignity, and civic responsibility in Burney and the Intermountain area.

Buck Buchanan, Sandra Martinez with some of the Burney Food Co-op Volunteers

Volunteers serve meals each month. Each meal is followed by a short devotional message. Co-op members also help to maintain the building, stock the shelves, and participate in local service projects such as cleaning Hwy 299 between Johnson Park and Hwy 89.

From now until just before Christmas, Burney Food Co-op is partnering with the Safeway Store in Burney for their largest fundraiser of the year  called “Feed the Need.” Safeway customers can donate at the checkout counter and all proceeds go to purchase food for The Burney Food Co-op.

The co-op is located at 36910 Main Street in Burney. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please call 530-335- 5925 or 530-335-5244. Or you can Email burneyfoodcoop@gmail.com

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“Operation Warm Winter” warming up

For the past ten years, Operation Warm Winter, a community service ministry of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA), has been providing quality new winter coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children. In addition, at an annual GIVEAWAY, people in need can come for gently worn hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets. This year’s Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY will be Thursday, December 6 at the WOLA gym located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

The program was initiated in 2007 by Stephanie Pruitt when she found out that some children in the Burney schools could not go outside for recess because they did not have warm winter coats or boots.

Last year, 76 children received new coats and boots. In addition, 86 people came for the annual GIVEAWAY for winter clothing.

This year, Burney High School student Kira Hernandez is working to organize the program for her Senior Project. Ms. Hernandez is working together with WOLA Secretary Kathy Newton.

Burney Elementary School helps to identify children and notify parents to sign up in advance so that Operation Warm Winter can purchase jackets and boots to suit individual needs.

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 Ohio Northern University Choir concert held in the late Spring.

The winter clothing for the GIVEAWAY is also donated by members of the community. Ms. Hernandez is setting up collection boxes around town for people to donate clean gently used items.

Kathy Newton said, “I love being part of a church that centers on loving God and loving people. This is a really great way to demonstrate that!”

People in the community who would like to participate by donating clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, Jesus says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

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Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children
Operation Warm Winter gives out warm clothing

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Firehouse Halloween Party features fun and fear

Burney Fire District hosted its 2nd Annual Haunted House on Halloween night Wednesday, October 31 from 6-9 p.m.

The front room was full of fun and games for the kids.

Feeling good

 

Lots of fun costumes

 

Fishing hole

 

Mario ready to cast the javelin

 

Bulls eye

 

Ring toss

Passing through the haunted house was pretty scary.

Beware of the macabre

 

Ghoulish figures

There was lots of candy for the kids and popcorn, hot chocolate, and cupcakes served by Fire District personnel. All in all, young and old had an exciting time.

Mother and child

Word of Life Church, High Country Real Estate, Citizens Volunteer Patrol, Burney-Fall River Rotary, Mountain Valley Health Center, Rex Club, Interact Club, Anna’s Country Kitchen, and Sickler Electric all pitched in to cosponsor the event and lots of people from the community came to volunteer to make this a fun and safe event.

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Seniors celebrate Halloween with costume contest

After a delicious lunch of spaghetti with blood sauce, spooky spinach, scary salad, gruesome garlic bread and witches brew prepared by Kim and Laura, four souls emerged to take part in a costume contest.

Costume Contest at the Senior Nutrition Center

Mary Francis Unterreiner was dressed as Victoria Barkley from the TV western Big Valley. Linda Colvin came as a Pioneer Woman. Sharon dressed as a Witch, and Vicky McAbee as a Patriot. Bruce Hill (not pictured) also joined the contest at the last minute as Dr. Dreidel.

Assembled diners voted for best costume by applause. Senior Center Director Diane and Kim Stier judged the volume and deemed Pioneer Woman the winner of a $20 award donated for the occasion by Mary Unterreiner.

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Red Ribbon Breakfast at Burney Elementary

Early in the morning on Friday October 25, Burney Lions were out in the cool air grilling pancakes and sausages for a preschool Red Ribbon breakfast.

Lions Kenny Hiller, Scott Nedved, Rick Dougherty, Zach Harper, and Cory Daum flipping cakes in the early morn

The community breakfast, sponsored by the Burney PTA, was part of Red Ribbon Week, a “celebration for students choosing to be drug free.”

Folks line up for pancakes and sausages

Fifth grade teacher Stacey Bower organized this week’s activities. Teachers and PTA members helped to serve the meal.

Burney Elementary Teachers Amber Urlie, Stacey Bower, and Jenny Arsenau

The theme for this year was “Life is a Journey. Travel Drug Free.” The weeks activities began with a flag salute at the flag pole. During the week, every class in the elementary school prepared a red ribbon to hang in the hall.

Each elementary school class made a red ribbon

Speaking of the breakfast, Bower said, “We are very fortunate to have the partnership with the Lions. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to come into the school.”

In addition to parents, children, teachers, friends, and school supporters, several Raiders’ cheerleaders from Burney High School came to add pep to the gathering.

Raiders cheerleaders Brianna and Clarissa came to cheer kids on

It was a great way to start a day on the journey of life.

A red ribbon table full of happy faces

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Hope dawns for Burney Parks

The Burney Water Board held their monthly meeting on October 25 at the district office in Burney.

Jim Hamlin reported that there has been progress on the park situation in Burney. The community clean-up for Washburn Park on September 8 trimmed and cleaned up the grounds. The Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River is raising money for the parks. In addition there will be a meeting at the Tri Counties Community Center on November 1 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the upstairs board meeting to discuss issues related to Washburn, Lions Civic, and Bailey parks. The meeting will be facilitated by Lisa Barry from Shasta County Health and Human Services. All stakeholders and members of the public are invited to attend.

Stephanie McQuade said that the solar panels at the pool were approved in September and have been operational for one month. The cost of the panels was $87,450 of which $50,000 was paid for by a grant from the McConnel Foundation. The Board approved transfer of $37,500 from Reserves Account #495 Water Swim Pool Admin to Tri Counties Bank for payment of the project.

In her Pool Manager’s Report, Ms. McQuade also said that the pool had received a grant for more that $7000 from the Burney Regional Community Fund for new shade structures to be installed in 2019.

Ms. McQuade also informed the Board that customers should be able to make payment by credit or debit card by December. Customers will also be able to pay bills online and will be offered the option for automatic electronic payment.

For more information visit https://www.burneywater.org or call  (530) 335-3582

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Autumn hikers heading south on the PCT

In the cool Tuesday morning air of October 23, the town was aflame not with forest fires but with the beautiful red orange hues of the autumn leaves. After picking up the latest edition of the Mountain Echo, I decided to make a brief stop at the Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) church. A fall on Sunday had resulted in a bloody three inch gash in my leg. I had washed it with hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl alcohol and bandaged it up, but I was still concerned lest it become infected. WOLA has a great prayer team so I decided to put in a prayer request that the wound would heal without complications.

As I approached the door, I saw a pack with hiking poles leaning against one of the wooden posts. I was surprised. I didn’t expect to see any more Pacific Crest Trail hikers this late in the season.

After talking briefly with Kathy Newton to put in my prayer request, I espied a spry man with a full grey beard, wearing a blue knit hat and a blue sweatshirt getting a cup of coffee from Bon.

Todd McBride with Abby

“Might you be a PCT hiker?” I inquired.

“Yes I am,” he responded.

As he returned to his table, I noticed that he had an attractive young dog accompanying him The dog advanced with her tail wagging to give me a friendly greeting.

The dog, a two and a half year old mix of pit bull, boxer, and lab, is named Abby. The man’s trail name is “Abby’s Person,” otherwise known as Todd McBride from Eugene, Oregon. They have been hiking the trail together southbound toward Campo since August 1. They began their hike at Steven’s Pass where Hwy 2 crosses the Pacific Crest Trail in the Washington Cascades.

Abby has  her own little hiking pack, a Kurgo. Todd added the water bottle holders and made some alterations to make the pack ride better. Abby carries 4 pounds of food. The water bottles are empty. Todd uses them for long carries.

Todd recently retired from a career as a wildland firefighter. His children had grown up and left home. Having spent his whole life near the PCT, Todd decided that it was a good time for Abby and he to hike the trail. He loves the wilderness, and he loves the PCT.

“You walk around a corner and you say, ‘Oh my God!'” he said.

Todd had just celebrated his 54th birthday the day before on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio. He shared that he had been conceived here when his mother was living in Burney and working in Lassen. He ruminated that life had come full circle just as he is approaching his second Saturn return.

The first rain he experienced on his hike was in Northern California after crossing the Oregon border. There had been some fires along the way in Washington State, but from his perspective as an experienced firefighter, they were not so bad.

“Not as bad as the fires you had down here this year,” he said.

When I asked about animals on the trail, McBride claimed that he had seen an endangered blue fox. He had seen no cougars or bears but lots of tracks. He told me that he and some of his friends keep track of each other by their shoe prints. On one occasion he had seen mountain lion paw prints dead center in the footsteps of one of his trail buddies.

Tod and Abby are planning to hike south to Truckee and then explore alternative trails south avoiding the approaching harsh weather of the high Sierras. Then they will follow the trail through the desert to Campo. When they finish they plan to hike the Arizona trail through the winter and then the Appalachian Trail from March to July. He plans to come back next summer to hike the PCT again.

As we came to the end of our conversation, Bonn informed me that one of the Pastors, Larry Hagar, wanted to see me in the office. Larry was concerned about my leg and offered a healing prayer and encouragement.

When I returned, I saw that Bonn was now chatting with another PCT hiker, a young lady from Butte Montana named Cierra Dauenhauer aka “Happy Feet.”

Bonn and Cierra

Having grown up in Montana myself and graduated from Helena High School, we reminisced some of the glory days of the Irish Butte copper-mining culture. Cierra’s dad is German but her mother is Irish. Hard working men, tweed suits, cozy homes and Irish lace. We talked of the ups and downs since the mile-deep Berkeley Pit had been closed and much of the downtown area had sunken into the ground.

Butte is a close knit town. Cierra told me that she had met a hiker on the trail who said he had a friend from Butte. He asked if she knew her.

“Of course I knew her,” she said. “She was my younger sister’s best friend.”

“It’s a small world,” Cierra said.

But Cierra’s world has not been small since she graduated from high school. She attended college at Gonzaga University in Spokane where she graduated with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in religious studies. After graduating she worked in a Jesuit volunteer program for a year helping special needs children in San Antonio, Texas . Then she went with two other friends to Chicago to work with autistic children in Chicago. Her work stimulated her to apply for admission to medical school to pursue a practice in developmental pediatrics.

While applying, Cierra took a break to hike the PCT. She has been a skip hiker. She hikeed north from the southern PCT terminus at Campo to Yosemite. Then she took some time off from the trail. In August she resumed, but this time hiking south from the Canadian border.  She hopes to reach Truckee by November 1 and then fly home. If possible, she will return next year to complete the portion of the trail through the High Sierras between Yosemite and Truckee that she didn’t hike this year.

Bonn said that she could give Cierra a ride out to the trail when he got off work that afternoon. I wished Cierra and Abby and Abby’s Person all “Happy Trails.”

On my way to my Jeep in the parking lot, I met Pastor Ken Frazier. I told him why I had stopped by and he immediately prayed for a speedy infection-free recovery for my leg. I had accomplished my purpose and much more. The visit had been full of surprises and peppered with good company.

Seems like every time you walk around a corner you say ‘Oh My God!'”

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