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Five free events for Intermountain Mental Health Week

Intermountain Mental Health Week has arrived! Five FREE events that will give residents of Shasta County small towns resources they can use to support someone going through a mental health challenge:

  • Finding Hope in Our Neighbors: A Stand Against Stigma Forum – 6-8 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, May 15th at the Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur – Professionals and Brave Faces speakers who have become masters of managing their mental health discuss what communities can do to support those in recovery. Panelists include:
    • Donnell Ewert, Director of Shasta County Health and Human Services
    • Cathy Tillman, MHSA Volunteer Program and Peer Support Coordinator
    • Denise Green, HHSA Peer Support Specialist and Brave Faces Advocate
    • Susan Power, President of NAMI and Brave Faces Advocate
    • David Martinez, Retired firefighter/EMT, retired drug and alcohol counselor, Winnemem Wintu tribal member and Brave Faces Advocate
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training – QPR is a research-based training that involves three simple steps. When put into action, these steps can prevent a death by suicide. Trainings will be offered in Shingletown and Burney:
    • Shingletown – 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17th, Black Butte Elementary School Library
    • Burney – 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, May 18th at Circle of Friends in Burne

 

Spoken word artists, rappers, poets and musicians from throughout Shasta County are invited to share performances that celebrate how art helps healing and promotes understanding. Hope Is Alive! Performers should sign in at 5:30 p.m.

  • Becoming Brave Training – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 19th, Circle of Friends in Burney. Take control of your mental health story with this peer-led training. Based on a national curriculum, this one-day training will cover 3 primary goals:
  1. Evaluating the costs/benefits of disclosing personal experience with mental health conditions.
  2. Developing strategies for safer disclosing.
  3. Crafting one’s story into a meaningful message.

Lunch is provided, there is still time to RSVP! Call 229-8484 or  email cdiamond@co.shasta.ca.us.

Hope to see you there!

With gratitude,

Carrie Jo Diamond
Community Education Specialist
Stand Against Stigma Coordinator
Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency
Office of the Director
2615 Breslauer Way
Redding, CA 96001
Office: (530) 229-8484
Fax: (530) 229-8447

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Special Presentation of bicycle to Sammy Nalton at Rotary

Bill Campbell presented a restored bicycle to Ms. Sammy Nalton at the Rotary Club meeting at Gepetto’s Pizza in Burney on May 3. The presentation was part of 2 Wheels 2 Mobility, a project of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that will provide refurbished bikes to local citizens in need of transportation in the area.

Bill Campbell, Sammy Nalton, and Shaylene Herndon holding Sammy’s Baby Aiyana with bike for Sammy

Shaylene Herndon holding 10 month old Aiyana Nalton

As well as being a past president of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Campbell is also president of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association. In the course of his activities, some people began to donate bicycles that they no longer had use for.

Bill got the idea of refurbishing the bikes and making them available to people in need. He discussed the idea with Cindy Dodds from Tri County Community Network. She liked the idea and referred him to Shaylene Herndon who works at the Community Center in Burney with First 5 Shasta and Bright Futures. Shaylene recommended Sammy as a worthy recipient for the first bicycle.

The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Foundation approved a $1000 grant to the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association for the project. Bill then contacted Redding Sports Ltd with whom he has done business. They agreed to refurbish the bikes at a discount. The cost of repairing Sammy’s bicycle was $104. The result of this collaborative community effort was Thursday’s presentation.

Bill helping to adjust the bike for Sammy with the help of Cindy Dodds

Ms. Herndon introduced Sammy and her ten-month old daughter Aiyana at the Rotary meeting and announced that because Sammy has a little one she has also applied for and received a grant to purchase a trailer in which Aiyana will be able to enjoy a safe ride.

Mr. Campbell also presented Sammy with a nice bicycle helmet and lock that were paid for by a donation from Henry and Fran Patterson.

The Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association was formed to identify and promote bicycle routes and events to attract an infusion of new money into the region. They will continue to offer community service projects related to cycling.

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School Board goes for a ride on the Electric Bus

Before the April Board Meeting of the Fall River Joint Unified School District on April 11, Head of Transportation Lori Barber and Head Mechanic Larry Betz took the Board of Trustees for a ride on the district’s new electric school bus.

Head of Transportation Lori Barber and Lead Mechanic Larry Betz stand by the new electronic bus

The aqusition of the bus was made possible through a grant provided by the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District as part of the Rural School District Bus Pilot Project. The main goal of this grant program is accelerating the turnover of California school bus fleets to lower carbon transportation choices, especially in rural school districts who have less access to other funding sources.

School Board members, principals, teachers and staff gathered at the Soldier Mountain office in McArthur just before 5:30 p.m. to board the bus.  Mr. Betz had cautioned the members that “bus tickets may be assigned so be on your best behavior.”

Boarding the bus

The new zero-emission bus, powered by battery, can seat up to 71 children depending on age and size. It has six emergency side exits and two emergency exits in the ceiling. After a fifteen minute drive in and around McArthur, Mr. Betz parked by the Fall River High School, where Ms. Barber gave information about the bus and answered questions.

Board Members, administrators and staff ready for a ride on the bus

The bus cost $403,000, as compared to about $160,000 for a traditional diesel powered bus. It can go 100 miles on fully charged batteries, but Mr. Betz explained that would be on “flat ground on a hot day.” In cold weather it takes energy to warm the bus, and climbing hills demands the use of more power. It takes three and a half to four hours to recharge the batteries.

Accordingly the new bus will be used for two suitable routes, the Big Eddy-Fall River route and the Dana-Glen Burn route. Burney would also be good but sometimes has 78 or 79 students so capacity would not be adequate.

Mr. Betz also demonstrated a safety system to insure that no child would be left on the bus. The bus driver has to inspect the bus and push a red button at the back of the bus when he stops. If he turns off the ignition and exits the bus without pushing the red button it will trigger an alarm. Red lights will flash and the horn will begin honking.

After Ms. Barber finished answering questions, the bus returned to the School Board office so that the Board could conduct it’s monthly meeting. The ride was enjoyable and informative. Mr. Betz didn’t have to issue any tickets for bad behavior.

During the meeting the Board unanimously approved a resolution to participate in the Rural School Bus Pilot Project. Another grant has also been approved for the acquisition of a second bus in the future.

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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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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS – DEC 18, 2017

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

FALL RIVER THEATRE (FRI-SUN) JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 7P THRU DEC 31

December:

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

2018

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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