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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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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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This is a list of upcoming events prepared by Evalee Nelson:


MT BURNEY THEATRE STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI DEC 18 7P 3D DEC 22 7P – DEC 23 7P 3D – DEC 24 1P 3D – DEC 24 7P – DEC 25 7P DEC 29 7P 3D – 30 DEC 7P – 31 DEC 1P – DEC 31 7P 3D – 01 JAN 7P 3D



18 Dec (Mon) Burney Jr-Sr High School Band presenting a Christmas Band Concert at BHS gym at 7pm

22 & 23 Dec   Friends of the Intermountain Libraries F.O.I.L.

22 Dec (Fri) Free Gift Wrapping at the Community Center from 2:30p to 7:00p

23 Dec (Sat) Free Gift Wrapping at the Community Center from 9:00a to 3:00p


Jan 28 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Chocolate Festival

Feb 03 Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Fireworks in February dinner

Feb ?? – Fall River Boosters Crab Feed

Feb ?? – Burney Boosters Crab Feed

Mar 03 – McArthur VFD Fireman’s Carnival

Mar 17 – Soldier Mt VFD annual St Patricks Corned Beef dinner from 4p-7p

Mar 21 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Apr 07 – Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation Health Fair

Apr 13 – Intermountain Hospice Dinner

Apr 18 – Mayers IMHealthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament

May 26 Mountain Cruisers Rex Club Car Show and Shine

May 26 – Rotary Club Fine Arts Craft Fair 9a-2p behind Rex Club

Jul 07 – Burney Basin Days Parade, Fire Works, etc (more events TBA) Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria

If you have information about upcoming community events that you would like to add to her list, please contact Evalee Nelson 941-7909

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Christmas Cantata a Heavenly Experience

The Fall River Valley Community Choir treated the people of Burney to a taste of the Kingdom of Heaven as they performed the Christmas cantata The First Noel at Burney Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon December 16.

Fall River Valley Community Choir performing at Burney Presbyterian Church

The 40 minute cantata, written by Russell Mauldin, contains and arrangement of classic carols, hymns and favorite Christmas songs of the season. The songs and narration celebrate the birth of Jesus as messiah and king.

Reverend Penni Elaine Scarbrough, the pastor the hosting church, welcomed everyone and began the program with a prayer.

Opening with a prayer

The performance was directed by Reverend Alison Maki and Ruth Strauch with musical accompaniment by flautist Theron Canrall, pianist Linda Gulbransen, guitarist Jean Rodgers, and  Goldie Christofferson  and Nate Strauch on chimes. Nate Strauch read the narration.

Rev. Maki introduced the choir and gave a brief introduction. The cantata began with “The Birthday of a King Medley” containing arrangements of “For unto us a Child is Born,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and “The Birthday of a King.”

Angelic Voices

Then followed six selections: “Glory, Glory in the Highest;” “The First Noel;” “Jesus Born on This Day;” “Light of the Stable,” with “Angels We Have Heard on High;” “In the First Light;” and “Jesus at the Center.”

Reverend Bill Myers sang a solo for Glory, Glory in the Highest.”

Reverend Bill Myers singing Glory, Glory in the Highest

Maggie Torres sang solo in “Jesus Born on This Day.”

Maggie Torres singing Jesus Born On This Day

Following “Jesus at the Center,” narrator Nate Strauch said a prayer celebrating the birth of Jesus, and then the cantata concluded with a grand “Birthday of the King Finale.”

After the conclusion of the finale, Rev. Maki led the entire congregation as they sang “Silent Night.”

Alison Maki leads the congregation singing Silent Night

Rev. Maki thanked everyone for coming and announced that there would be a second public performance of the cantata at Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur the following day at 4 p.m. That concert would also include a performance of six songs by the Fall River Valley Community Children’s Choir.

The concert was performed in remembrance of Melanie Kerns. Mrs. Kerns was a beautiful singer and wonderful pianist. She was also a pillar of the Intermountain Community who was active in both the Fall River Methodist Church and the Burney Presbyterian Church.

After the concert, the audience and choir mixed and mingled as they shared fellowship and enjoyed refreshments.


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Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive donates toys to F Troop for delivery to kids

On the evening of December 12, members of F Troop rode to Meyers Memorial Hospital to pick up toys that they will deliver to low income children in Burney, Johnson Park, Fall River, and McArthur.


F Troop members Leslie Horney, Dee Covert, Rex Horney, and Tim Covert pick up toys from Mayers Memorial Stuff the Ambulance – photo courtesy of Leslie Horney

The toys were donated as part of the Stuff the Ambulance Toy Drive sponsored by Meyers Memorial Hospital. Collection of toys, “stuffing the ambulance,” took place at seven locations throughout the Intermountain area. This is the third year that the program has been in place.

F Troop with toys from Stuff The Ambulance

In addition to the toys from Stuff the Ambulance, F Troop has purchased more than $2000 worth of toys. The money for the toys was raised at F Troop’s annual yard sale held in Burney during the summer. Yard sale items are donated by people in the community for the project. All together the project gives out quality new toys to more than 125 children of families living in low income housing in the Intermountain Area. The club also buys new batteries for all the battery operated toys.

F Troop is the Burney affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California. They began giving out toys for kids 17 years ago when Tom Tindel was president of the club. The first year they gave out 30 Christmas stockings stuffed with toys and goodies in the Safeway parking lot. The program has grown every year since. Tom Miller succeeded Tindel as President and helped organize the program for three years.

Three years ago, under the leadership of President Greg Trotter, they began the summer yard sale so the community could be more involved. Each year, on a Saturday before Christmas, they give out the toys on a Christmas Toy Run led by Santa on a motorcycle. This year’s run will be Saturday December 16. Some of the bikers dress up as elves to help Santa deliver the toys.

See also

F Troop Christmas Toy Run

F Troop hosts run for Northern California bikers


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Santa Claus is coming to town


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December 6, 2017 · 7:03 am

Fort Crook Masonic Lodge 250 installs new officers for 2018

On Dec 2, Fort Crook Masonic Lodge 250 in Fall River Mills installed new officers for the year 2018.

The new officers included David Mitchell, Junior Deacon; Charles Thomason, Treasurer; Larry Hawthorne PM, (Installing Official); Mark Stalcup, Master; Jim Crockett PM, Senior Warden; Robert Boyce, Secretary; Cecil Ray, Chaplain; Bill Johnson, Marshall; and Donald Smith, Tiler.

Don Smith said, “Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world and is dedicated to making good men better.”

See also:

Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders


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