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Local civic groups provide tricycle for Johnson Park resident

Bill Campbell and Lisa Barry presented Johnson Park resident Shiree Hardman with a tricycle as part of “2 Wheels 2 Mobility,” at the September 13 meeting of Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.

Lisa Barry, Community Organizer, Shasta County Health and Human Services and Bill Campbell present Shiree Hardman with a tricycle during a Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River meeting. Photo courtesy of Bill Campbell

“It was like Christmas,” Hardman said, describing her excitement and gratitude.

“2 Wheels 2 Mobility” is a program of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that provides individuals without motorized transportation a refurbished bicycle.

Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River funds the project supplemented with private contributions. Dr. Henry and Fran Patterson donated three helmets and locks.

Hardman desperately needed personal motorized transportation. Her ability to walk long distances was inhibited by several illnesses. Getting to the grocery store was a challenge.

Community Organizer Lisa Barry, who works for Shasta County Health and Human Services, contacted bicycle association president Bill Campbell about Hardman’s situation.

Knowing a tricycle assured Hardman’s stable balance when riding, they attempted to find a used tricycle. After a fruitless search, they purchased a tricycle from project partner Redding Sports, LTD, who generously discounted the cost.

Hardman is the second “2 Wheels 2 Mobility” recipient.

Shasta County Health and Human Services and Burney based Tri-County Community Network help identify and screen applicants. Individuals without personal transportation who are interested in receiving a bicycle should contact either of the Burney-based social service agencies.

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Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate chosen as BHS September Students of the Month

Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate were honored as September Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening September 20. Taylor was named 12th grade student of the month and Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Harper Tate, Cassandra Taylor, and Lion Matt Quinlan

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Senior Cassandra Taylor has a grade point of 3.8. She is President of Interact Club, President of S-Club, and Treasurer of ASB. She is active in FNL, mentoring, Leos Club, Leadership, CSF, cheerleading, and Raiders Radio.

Cassandra enjoys hunting, cheerleading, and MMA. She also enjoys doing projects with her mom like sewing and making poster boards for various organizations. She hopes to be able to travel outside the United States and see waterfalls. During the summer she has taught swim lessons.

After graduating she plans to attend junior college and then transfer to a four-year University.

Cassandra introduced her father Jason Taylor. Mr. Taylor said, “We are very proud of our daughter. She deserves a lot.”

For her achievement as Student of the Month, Ms. Taylor will be awarded a check for $100 from the Burney Lions Club.

Eighth grader Harper Tate has a 4.0 grade point average. She is President of her class and is active in CJSF and 4-H. She plays volleyball, basketball and track. She is also active in her church where one Sunday a month she helps take care of younger children in the nursery.

Harper likes playing with her dog and spending time with friends. She would like to learn how to juggle. In the future she would like to attend college to become a teacher and then teach in Cambodia.

Harper says she is good at “sports, cooking, shopping, and being on time.”

Her mother Amanda Tate, who came to see her daughter honored, said, “She is definitely a punctual child.”

Her father Jedidiah Tate said, “Harper is a real go-getter. She takes care of business.”

Harper’s brother Langston and sister Avery also came to see their sister honored. Harper will receive a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50 for being Eighth Grade Student of the Month.

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School Board introduces new teachers and vice-principal for 2018-2019

Nice new certificated employees of the Fall River Joint Unified School District were introduced at the Board of Trustees meeting in Burney on Wednesday, September 12.

New FRJUSD certificated employees: Front, Erica Harper; Row 2, Becky Mock, Laura Lakey, Lisa Oilar, Hailey Stevenson; Back, Jennifer Arntson, Lori Carlson, Lauri Strandberg, Jeremie Neuville

Jennifer Arntson will be the new English Teacher at Burney High School replacing Melanie McDonald.

Lori Carlson has been hired as Burney Community Day Teacher replacing John Mirande.

Erica Harper will be TK Teacher at Fall River Elementary School replacing Alicia Snow.

Laura Lakey has been hired at Resource Teacher at Fall River High School replacing John Villani.

Becky Mock is the new Alternative Education Teacher for Mt. View replacing Andre Villani.

Jeremie Neuville will be the new Spanish Teacher at Fall River High School replacing Mario Teran.

Lisa Oilar has been hired for the Vice Principal Position at Fall River High School replacing Kelly-Freeland Sloat.

Lauri Strandberg will be teaching Chemistry at Fall River High School replacing Taylor Sloat.

Hailey Stevenson has been hired as K-6 Teacher for Burney Elementary School replacing Amber Wooden.

In addition to the nine employees introduced at the meeting, one other teacher, John Putt, has been hired as Ag/CTE Teacher for Burney High School. Mr. Putt was unable to attend the meeting.

Hailey Stevenson, who grew up in the Intermountain area, is very excited about her new position. Raised in Big Valley, she graduated from BVHS where she was very active in sports, FFA, and FCCLA. Her sister, Morgan, also teaches at Burney Elementary. In 2011, Hailey was Inter-Mountain Fair Queen.

After graduating she attended college in Butte and Chico and will finish her masters degree in October.

Ms. Stevenson said, “I love seeing the impact that learning has on students’ lives. I love to see that moment when understanding lights up a learner’s eyes.”

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Hat Creek Festival a Country Delight

Hundreds of folks gathered at the 3rd Annual Hat Creek Beer, Food, and Wine Fest to enjoy good food and drink, music, and fun activities. Several people who attended from Redding and other areas said it was nice to get away from the heavy smoke due to wildfires.

The event began at Hereford Ranch RV Park and Campground at noon and lasted into the evening. Fun activities included ranch tours, a children’s AG fun park, face-painting, horseshoes, and corn hole toss. Visitors could fish or swim in the pond as they enjoyed the afternoon. There were also a number of local artisans set up to sell their wares.

Folks gather to enjoy country music performed by Jared Hovis

During the afternoon there was music on the pavilion performed by the Smokin’ Roaches, Alex Colvin, and Jared Hovis. In the evening California Country played on the playground stage, once again featuring Jared Hovis.

Food was provided by Anna’s Country Kitchen, JJ’s and Red Bicycle. Beer vendors included Fall River Brewery, Woody’s, Eel River Blonde, and FW 805. Dakaro, Churn Creek Cellars, Moseley Family Cellars, and Cove Crest provided wine.

Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit Mayers Memorial Healthcare Foundation. Other charities also participated and raised funds. Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department served ice cream and root beer floats. Inter-Mountain Heritage Foundation had a beer booth. Mayers Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Haley’s Insurance ran the corn hole, and Friends of the Intermountain Library hosted the horseshoes.

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Appraisal for potential new Burney library building completed

At a meeting of Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) at the Burney Library on Tuesday September 4, Pat Pell, President, informed board members that the appraisal of the Roper Building on Main Street in Burney has been completed.

The building was appraised a $275,000 by Maureen Fuller, MAI of the City of Redding. The official 50-page appraisal of the building is an important step forward in discussions with the County Board of Supervisors.

On January 28, 2014, The Shasta County Board of Supervisors held a meeting to determine distribution of money from Hatchet Ridge Community Benefit Funds. At that meeting, the Board unanimously approved “a $400,000 one-time grant for a new Burney Library Project Capital Campaign, to be awarded to the Friends of the Intermountain Library upon completion of successful fund-raising.”

The exact amount of money designated as “successful fundraising” was not specified. The presumed understanding was that it would be an amount that would ensure successful performance of the project. The Board directed County Executive Officer Larry Lees to prepare the necessary grant agreements.

Currently, the asking price for the building is somewhat higher that the appraised value. FOIL is currently in discussion with representatives from the County, Library Systems and Services, and Kim Niemer who oversees the Shasta County Public Library Contracts. to explore options for closing the gap between the appraised value and the asking price.

Before the Board of Supervisors will approve use of the funds they want to be sure that FOIL has a plan in place that will meet all County codes, ensure a smooth transition to the new facility, and provide performance for all necessary services and functions. FOIL and its supporters are working diligently to make sure that their plan meets all of the County’s requirements.

According to the treasurer’s report FOIL has raised more than $150,000 in cash and pledges toward the project.

One time-sensitive issue that was discussed concerned the $25,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River and Rotary International for a children’s section in the new library building. In order for the grant to remain viable, there must be an agreement for purchase signed by December 31.

Anna Tracy, from Library Systems and Services, said that youth services is one the most important components of the Shasta County Library System. She noted that they had just hired a new Youth Services person who will be working in both Redding and Burney.

In other business, Burney Library Branch Manager Deb Dean said that 64 children in the Burney area participated in the Read to Ride Program this summer. Children earn points by checking out and reading books. Children in the program checked out more than 700 books. Twenty-five children were awarded ride bracelets for the carnival at the Inter-Mountain Fair.

The Burney Library will switch to Fall/Winter hours, 9 a.m.-5 p,m, on October 1.

Bill and Linda Murray reported on the FOIL bookstore on Main Street that is open every Friday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Mr. Murray said that the store has been selling an average of about $100 per week. They have also received a $250 donation and $32.06 from Amazon Smiles. A motion was approved and passed for the store to purchase a safe indoor kerosene heater to heat the store so it can remain open during the winter, pending approval of the building owner Mike Kaiser.

If you would like more information please call Pat Pell 335-7236.

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Fall Fling “Under the Big Top” tickets on sale

This year’s Fall Fling, sponsored by the Burney Chamber of Commerce will take place on September 22 at the Veteran’s Hall on Main Street in Burney from 6-10 p.m.

The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Under the Big Top.”

As part of the annual celebration awards will be presented for Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

The evening will feature delicious appetizers, a kabob dinner prepared by the Rex Club, and Big Top Circus theme entertainment. Dress in circus costumes for the occasion.

There will be a raffle, silent auction, and cake auction.

Tickets are $80 per couple or $300 per table of eight. Seating is limited. As of Wednesday August 29, there were 46 tickets left. To purchase tickets of for more information call Burney Chamber of Commerce at 335-2111.

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Southbound hikers on the PCT brave lightning strikes and fire

After a refreshing Bible study and discussion with ministers at Anna’s Country Kitchen on Thursday morning I had an uplifting chat with Anna Denny and then headed out the door to go home. As I passed through the foyer I spied four packs resting by the newspaper racks.

A pair of hiking poles confirmed that they belonged to Pacific Crest Trail hikers. Reentering the back dining room, I found nine international hikers talking and laughing as they enjoyed Anna’s delicious breakfast.

PCT hikers enjoying breakfast at Anna’s Couuntry Kitchen

Some wanted to get back to the trail and some wanted to stay in town to do laundry and resupply. I told them that I could take four in my Jeep.

“We can arrange that!” one cheerfully replied.

They were still finishing their breakfast, so I told them not to rush and asked how much time they would like.

“Twenty minutes?”

I drove home, got my camera and my notebook, and returned 20 minutes later. Five were going back to the trail. One of the five, Juju from France, wanted to hitch out of town. So three young men (Sancho from Corofin, Ireland, Gimli from Saratoga, New York, and Later Gator from Louisiana) and one young lady (Comrade from Russia) all loaded their packs and hopped aboard.

Later Gator, Gimli, Sancho, and Comrade at the trailhead

All four were southbound hikers headed for Mexico. The herd of this year’s northbound hikers has trickled down but the number of SOBO’s (southbound hikers) is picking up.

They said that they had been hiking together for about a week. They had stayed the night before at the WOLA gym and were very grateful that they had been able to do laundry and cook.

I mentioned to Sancho from Ireland that I had watched two videos of Pope Francis’ recent visit to Ireland, one on Sky News and one on BBC. The main theme was how much Ireland had changed since Pope John Paul had visited.

“Of course Ireland has changed,” he replied. “In 1979, we didn’t even have computers. After computers, we got the Internet. Then we got laptops. Now we all have smart phones. The whole world has changed.”

I asked them how their weight loss was going. Sancho said the weight loss evens off after a while once the fat is trimmed down and the muscles are toned. Comrade from Western Siberia said that her weight loss had been quite dramatic.

“I lost one quarter of my weight in the first month,” she said.

Driving along, I asked if they had any interesting tales they wanted to share. Instead of relating a story of their own, they told me of three brothers who had been hit by lightning near Skykomish Washington in early July.

The three brothers, Austin, Dylan, and Garrett Murtha from the Truckee area, took cover under a tree as a sudden lightning storm broke out. One of them was leaning against the trunk when lightning struck the tree. He was thrown 15 feet and lost consciousness. His shirt was melted and his coat was fried. After his older brother revived him, they had to hike 3 days (55 miles) before they could get medical attention. After an EKG they are back on the trail hoping to reach Mexico by late October.

“They should be coming through Burney in a few days,” said one the hikers.

“They are famous on the PCT,” said another.

Just before dropping them off, they told me that a few days before they had been fortunate to hike through one area of Northern California just before the trail was closed. They said they thought the closure was due to controlled burns rather than wildfire. However, I think that it may be due to the Hirz Fire near Castle Craggs. The trail was closed down for 30 miles on August 28 due to the fire. As they were hiking a ranger told them they just made it because the trail was going to be closed that evening. Some of their friends who were hiking behind them didn’t make it.

“It’s all about timing,” they said.

After our farewells, I stopped in at WOLA and told Kathy Newton about the three brothers who had been struck by lightning. City Girl, who had stayed at WOLA last week, had also been standing by a palm tree when it was struck.

Kathy told me another PCT lightning tale. Earlier this summer, a young lady hiked north over Hat Creek Ridge with trail friends. When they reached Cassel, she told them to hike on into Burney and she would meet them there. She was tired and wanted to camp for the night. As she lay down, lightning struck the woods a short distance from her camp and ignited a fire. Shocked and startled, the young woman called 911 and reported her GPS location. Local fire fighters responded immediately and extinguished the blaze before it could spread.

Thank the girl. Thank the fire fighters. Thank God that a Cassel fire was prevented.

It’s all about timing.

See also: City Girl takes 2 weeks off the PCT to go to Cuba

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