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Lions do vision screening at Burney Elementary

On Wednesday, April 10, members of the Burney Lions Club conducted vision screening for students at Burney Elementary School. Jim Crockett, sight chairman for the Burney Lions Club, conducted the screenings with Lions George Whitfield and Dick Lindgren assisted by school nurse Karen VanCleave.

Lions Sight Chairman Jim Crockett, and BES Nurse Karen VanCleave screening a student

The camera used by the Lions detects about 10% of students with stigmatism or other eye problems and refers them for eye exams. If the child is unable to afford an exam or glasses, the Lions pay for that.

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FOIL to present plan for Burney library to Shasta County Board of Supervisors at April 16 meeting

On Tuesday April 16, 2019, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will consider the Friends of the Intermountain Libraries Inc. (FOIL)’s proposal for the County to purchase and renovate the Roper building on Main Street in Burney for an upgraded Burney Library as part of the Shasta County Library system.

The meeting will be held at in the County Supervisors hearing room at 1450 Court St. in Redding and is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 16. The meeting is open to the public. All citizens are welcome to speak before the Board. People who wish to address the Board can fill out an online form in advance or sign up 15 minutes before the meeting.

FOIL is requesting that the $400,000 in grant money that was set aside from the Hatchet Ridge Windmill fund in 2014 be released for the project. The Board of Supervisors will be hearing FOIL’s proposal as an action item.

If FOIL’s plan is approved the new library building will be almost twice as large. It will have private rooms for tutoring, study, counseling and consultations. There will be a special children’s corner and a meeting room for community meetings. There will be more computers with excellent broadband access. The library will be in a central location on Main Street above the flood plain with ample parking and improved air conditioning and heat. There will be improved services for all citizens of all ages in the Intermountain community and visitors to the area, including some services for veterans and people searching for employment. People will have access to the extensive databases and resources that a modern public library offers.

According to FOIL, the Roper Building is the only available commercial building in Burney and is affordable at $300,000. FOIL has worked diligently with the community to raise funds for the execution and completion of the project. Burney Rotary has granted $10,000 and Rotary International has granted and additional $15,000 dedicated to a Children’s Corner.

According to FOIL, Shasta Regional Community Foundation has also awarded $7500 for remodeling construction needs and the McConnell Foundation has awarded up to $100,000 should there be shortfalls in the project’s funding package.

Over 1500 residents have signed petitions to help the campaign and local children sent postcards in support.

FOIL has been working with several supportive organizations to develop and fine tune the plan. Kim Niemer, Redding Community Services Director, who oversees governance of the Shasta County Library System has been involved.  So have members of the Shasta County Library Advisory Board, Shasta Library Foundation, and the Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries.

Both the County and City of Redding have looked at the building repeatedly to determine what updates need to be made. If the $400,000 dedicated to this project is released, an escrow will be opened whereby the County will purchase the building and maintain it. Through a collaborative effort between the County, City of Redding, who is in charge of the Shasta Public Libraries system, and FOIL the building will be brought up to current ADA standards.

FOIL is encouraging people to contact members of the Board of Supervisors and to attend the meeting on April 16 to express their support.

FOIL president Pat Pell said, “This is what we’ve worked so hard towards for many years. We need the community’s support. We hope to fill the Chamber Hall during this meeting showing support. You may speak if you fill out the form, or just show your support with your presence.”

See also:
Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall

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Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn named Students of the Month

Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn were honored as Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 21. Ms. Perkins  was named 8th grade student of the month for February, and Penn was named 8th grade student of the month for March.

Principal Ray Guerrero, Sebastian Mitchell Penn, Tessa Perkins, and Lion George Whitfield

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

Perkins has a 4.0 grade point. She is active in volleyball and plays flute in the band. She also enjoys playing piano, drawing, and writing stories. She would like to train a dog or a cat. When asked how she would train a cat, she said, “Like a dog!” After finishing high school, she plans to attend college to get a four-year degree.

Tessa’s parents Annie and Herb Perkins and her grandmother Linda Bates attended the dinner to see their daughter honored. Her mother, who noted that Tessa has had two surgeries for cerebral palsy, said they are very proud of their daughter’s achievement in academics.

Eighth-grader Sebastian also has a 4.0 grade point average. He competes in track and enjoys mowing lawns. He is looking forward to playing football. He is also good at baseball and tennis. He likes to read. In the future he would like to be a cook in the Navy.

Sebastian’s parents Jennifer Mitchell and Ellis Penn also attended. Mr. Penn said that he is very proud of the person that his son is becoming.

Each student was presented by Lion George Whitfield with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50.

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FRJUSD staff and community meet with consultants to provide input on selection of new Superintendent

On Wednesday evening March 20, 23 people attended a meeting with consultants from Leadership Associates to express their desires and opinions regarding the selection of a new superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD).

Community members meeting to provide input on search for new FRJUSD Superintendent

Leadership Associates is an executive search firm that has assisted many California school districts to select their school superintendents.  The Board plans to have a new superintendent selected and approved by the regular board meeting on June 14. The new superintendent will begin on July 1.

The purpose of the March 20 meeting was to get input from staff and community members. The meeting of parents, teachers, staff members and concerned citizens from the community was moderated by consultants Rich Fischer and Tom Changnon.

Fischer began the encounter by explaining the selection process. Leadership Associates hopes that through advertising and active recruitment they will find a pool of possibly up to 14 applicants. The deadline for applications is April 17. During April and May they will complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants to identify applicants who are most qualified and suitable to the district. In May the FRJUSD Board will meet with the consultants to review the applications and select the candidates to be interviewed. The Board will then interview selected candidates.  Final decision on who is to be hired will be the responsibility of the Board.

Fischer then asked three questions. First he asked what qualities people would like to see in their superintendent. People responded that they would like someone who is inclusive and cooperative; who is aware of and amenable to the Intermountain climate; who is up to speed on developing trends in technology; who has a background working in similar small rural, diverse districts; whose heart is committed to the welfare of the students; who is knowledgeable  about finances and capable of generating revenue; and who is capable of making difficult decisions if necessary in matters concerning such issues as layoffs; and who is able to deal with issues of busing in a large geographic district.

As for character, people responded that they wanted a person with good people skills, who is committed to the community, and who is aware of and dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

The second question presented to the audience was “How do you sell this place? What are the advantages of living here?” People emphasized the diverse nature of volunteerism by individuals and organizations supporting the district. They praised the commitment of teachers and students. They said that a superintendent could be proud of the results that the district could achieve and derive personal satisfaction. Some stressed the beauty of the environment and the recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, etc. One gentleman pointed out that there are numerous grant opportunities for rural districts available to fund specific programs from foundations.

Finally, Fischer asked what challenges the new superintendent might face. One challenging issue involved recruitment and hiring of qualified teachers, staff members and bus drivers. Another involved becoming familiar with the diverse backgrounds of students and the variable nature and needs of the nine different sites that make up the district. Another addressed balancing academics, sports, and other activities for students.

After a rich discussion on the three questions, Fischer concluded the formal meeting but many participants remained behind to carry on the conversation amongst themselves and the consultants.

Anyone who was unable to attend but would like to offer input into the selection process is encouraged to take part in an online survey at the FRJUSD website at http://www.frjusd.org/frjusdsuperintendentsearch.

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Fireman’s Carnival fun for children and parents

For more than forty years the fireman’s carnival has been raising money for the McArthur Fire Department.

Lots of fun for all

This year, Saturday evening March 2, hundreds of children and parents came to the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds to win prizes in a dozen different events.

Hoping to win a loveable bear

Made it

A fun drive

A team effort

Ready for a dunk

Won a goldfish

The do-do duck tried to escape

Meanwhile in Ingram Hall over a hundred people enjoyed playing Bingo for prizes.

Bingo is fun too

This year Inter-Mountain royalty was there to assist the Carnival.

Princesses Sara Dean and Hallee Olsen

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Hunter Whitaker wins AWANA Grand Prix

Hunter Whitaker won the Awana Grand Prix Race on Thursday evening at Intermountain Baptist Church. The average time for Hunter’s car was 2.871 seconds.

Hunter Whitaker wins the Awana Grand Prix

Shadrach Hennessey won best car design for the Spark age group competition, and Matthew Hennessey won best car design for the Truth and Training (T&T) age group.

Shadrach Hennessey and Matthew Hennessey won best design

More than 100 people came to watch as 35 cars built by children in the Awana youth program competed in the race. Each child built and designed his car from a kit including a block of wood wheels and axles.

The race was conducted by Awana leaders Peter and Joshua Hennessey.

Awana Leaders Peter and Joshua Hennessey with cars ready to race

Before the race Gerry Mead, who oversees the Awana program at Intermountain Baptist, gave a short talk in which he told the children that life is like a racing event. The goal is to reach the finish line. The finish line is to make it to heaven. To make it to heaven one needs to believe in Jesus.

Jerry Mead gave introductory remarks

Then, the race was on.

The race is on

The cars race in four lanes. Every car ran four heats so that they all had a chance to compete in each lane. Times were determined by an electronic device at the finish line and the average times for all four heats were determined by computer. Hunter’s car not only won the  race but his car beat last year’s winning time in all four races.

The competition was swift and close

About sixty children from the Burney area participate in the Awana program that is held each Thursday evening from Fall through Spring.

Awana is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Christian youth education for children ages 2-18. It was founded in 1950 in Illinois and has expanded throughout the United States and the world. Currently, Awana works through 58,000 churches throughout the world to serve 4 million children in 120 counties.

The name Awana is derived from the first letters of “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” derived from 2 Timothy 2:15. The program includes two age groups, Sparks for younger children and T&T for older youth.

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Cade Harner wins 2019 Burney Lions Club Student Speakers Contest

Sophomore Cade Harner won the 2019 Student Speakers Contest at the Burney Lions Hall on Thursday evening February 21. Harner competed against two other Burney High School students, Senior Noah Bishop and Junior Paris Deaton-Geisler.

Judges Rodney and Sally Armstrong, Jiill Barnett, Charlene Sickler, Coach Melissa Madden, Student Speakers Noah Bishop, Cade Harner, Paris Deaton Geisler, and Lion Dr. Bill Cummings

This year’s speech topic is “Freedom of the Press: What does it mean?”  Each student was required to give a speech no longer that ten minutes and no shorter than five minutes. All three speakers emphasized the fundamental importance of freedom of press in a democratic society illustrating their talk with poignant quotes and examples. They also provided examples of dictatorial and autocratic societies in which the government denies freedom of the press. In his succinct speech, Harner addressed the current controversy about “fake news.”

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings officiated the contest. Charlene Charlene Sickler, Sally and Rodney Armstrong, and Jill Barnett served as judges. After all of the scores were tabulated, Dr. Cummings announced the winner.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings announced that Cade Harner is the winner

All three participants were awarded certificates and presented with a check by Lion George Chapman. Harner won $100 for first place. The other speakers each received $25.

Lion George Chapman and Student Speakers Cade Harner, Parris Deaton Geisler, and Noah Bishop

The Club level contest is the first level of completion in the 82nd Annual Lions Multiple District Four Contest. Harner will now advance to the Zone level contest.

Lions Clubs throughout California and Nevada are holding club level contests during the month of February. Winners will advance through several levels to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.

Altogether, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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