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Trouble at Ogiba’s Restaurant

Richard Koras and Andrea Ogiba are a hard-working young couple pursuing a dream. On November 21 they opened a diner and bakery in Johnson Park where the Frosty’s used to be. They named it Ogiba’s after Andrea’s family name.

Andrea Ogiba pursuing a dream

“My dad, Andrew Ogiba was the start of my inspiration for loving to bake. When he passed away my Nana Pat helped expand the horizon. They are a big part of all of this.”

Richard, soon to turn 30, and Andrea, 25, were married in April. They have two children, Andrew, 5, and Natalia, 2. Richard is a former Marine. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he worked as a Avionics Technician doing electrical work on the Huey and Cobra AH1-W and UH1-N helicopters. Both Richard and Andrea are seeking to further their education. Andrea is pursuing online studies with Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to receive a pastry certificate. Richard is working toward a degree in computer information systems. Richard is also working three days a week at Ray’s market.

The couple’s goals for the restaurant are to “support our family, give back to the community, and expand.” Currently the restaurant is open from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the future they hope to serve dinner also.

The couple worked hard for six months to prepare the building for their opening. Beginning in June, they replaced the water main, painted the walls, installed tiling in the floor, put in new sinks, improved fire prevention, repaired gas leaks and did a lot of cleaning. They had hoped to open by August 1, but completing the work and going through the regulatory process prolonged the opening till late November.

Two weeks before opening someone stole Andrea’s cell phone. Shortly after, one panel of the to-go window was broken. The perpetrator did not climb through the window but reached through and grabbed some valves off of the counter. Ogiba suspects that the thief was hoping to steal some tools but couldn’t get in because of the jagged broken glass.

After the business opened, word began to spread that there was a new restaurant and bakery in the area. Business began to pick up.

Ogiba said, “People were excited and eager to try the food. The response was good.  Sometimes it is breakfast and sometime it is lunch, But the fresh baked goods always sell out. The demand for baked goods is more that my two hands can handle. I do all the baking and no one else knows my recipes.”

Then in the wee hours of the morning of Monday, December 17, a thief removed the plastic covering from the to-go window and stole $200 worth of bacon, plus five pounds of sausage, and a loaf of banana bread. Richard recovered the window and reinforced it with boarding.

Inside view of broken window

That did not deter the thief however. The next night he struck again forcing the board back and shattering the other panel of glass so that he could slide the window open and climb in again. This time he stole shredded cheese, bacon bits, Crisco, three more loaves of banana bread, and some Pam. Then he got out through the back door.

Outside view of Broken window

“It was as though he had a grocery list, and he wanted more banana bread. He had to search for it because I had hidden it but he found it.” said Andrea.

She was particularly aggravated that the crook had stolen the Crisco because it was her son Andrew’s fifth birthday and she needed it to prepare the cake.

Richard and Andrea come in every evening to prepare and bake for the next morning. They work through the evening into the night. Then they go home to rest and return the next morning at 3:30 to open up. They estimate that the thief comes between 1:30 a.m. when the last patrol passes through Johnson Park and the time of their return. Ogiba estimates that the combined cost for repair to the window and the stolen goods is over $500.

The response of the people living in the community to the burglaries has been overwhelmingly supportive.

“People want to help. They are angry that this has happened. They are afraid that we may close the business and leave,” Ogiba said.

Many have come to express their support and desire to help. The incidents have been reported to the Sheriff’s Department.

The couple remains firm in their determination to succeed.

Andrea declared, “This is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time. We’re not going to let it get taken away so easily. We’re not going anywhere!”


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F Troop Santa delivers Christmas toys to Intermountain children

Riding through the chilly winter fog, United Bikers of Northern California “F Troop” delivered Christmas toys to more than one hundred children in low income housing in the Intermountain Area on Saturday morning December 15.

Lots of Kids happy to meet Santa

The bikers met at Greg Trotter’s house at 9:30 a.m. to pack vehicles with toys for boys and girls. F Troop raised funds to purchase toys at their giant annual yard sale during the summer. Additional toys were gathered by the “Stuff the Ambulance” program sponsored by Mayers Memorial Hospital.

Santa and F Troop deliver Christmas toys

The club delivered toys to apartments on Superior Avenue and Burney Villa in Burney, Rainbow’s End Trailer Park in Johnson Park, Cedarwood apartments in Fall River Mills, Mayer’s Memorial Hospital, and McArthur Trailer Park.

Hunter and Chloe with Santa

At each stop, children and their parents streamed out of their homes to greet Santa and receive presents.

A thoughtful moment with Santa

Giving and receiivng brings Christmas joy

F Troop is the local affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to the freedom and safety of all motorcyclists.  Part of F Troop’s motto is “riding to live and living to give.”

F Troop President Greg Trotter with grateful kids


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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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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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Videos of Candlelight Memorial for Dave Wicks Wednesday, December 28, 2016


More than 150 people came out for a candlelight memorial for Dave Wicks on Wednesday evening at Burney High School. My wife Linda was able to video some of the opening of the memorial and the candle lighting as well as many of the testimonies. The videos are listed in the order that they were taken.

Dave was a much loved member of the Intermountain community and this ceremony of remembrance was a testimony to that love. To those whose words we were unable to record, your testimony is also treasured. God bless all who came.

In closing I would like to share a comment by James Herrington

“Dave’s spirit is present with us, his nature lit up everybody he met. Not only Burney but other areas as well. He was like a warm light that lit up a dark night. His soul, heart, and mind will always be remembered. God has him in his arms now and for that I am grateful. My condolences to his friends and family, he will be missed.”


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United Pentacostal Church initiating soup kitchen for the homeless

The United Pentacostal Church located at the corner of Hwy 299 and Garden Lane in Johnson Park will be operating a soup kitchen for the homeless each Sunday after their 10 a.m. service beginning on Sunday October 30.

United Pentecostal Church

United Pentecostal Church

The church will also have clothing available for the homeless free of charge.

Transportation from Burney is available. The church will be picking people up at the bill board in the Safeway parking lot at 9:30 and bringing them back to the Safeway after the service and the meal.

The church also hopes in the near future to have free shower and laundry facilities available for the homeless.

The Mad Mountain Wireless store in Burney has a food donation box for people who would like to donate food for the soup kitchen.

Volunteers and donations are welcome. For more information call Jeanne at 945-2344.

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The Churches of Burney

On Sunday morning, November 8, my wife Linda and I went over to the Vet’s Hall for breakfast and for $5 were treated to a delicious pancake, sausage, egg, and fruit breakfast. The breakfast was served by three very friendly vets. We arrived at about 9 a.m.  We were the only ones there.  One of the gentlemen told us that the breakfast takes place once a month and they usually get a good showing between 10 and 10:30.

We figured that most of the people in town were in church or getting ready to go to church. After breakfast and a nice conversation, Linda and I decided to drive around town and see the churches.

We headed back up Main Street and the first church we saw was the Word of Life Assembly of God at 37341 Main Street. The main Pastor is Ken Frazier.

Word of Life Assembly of God

Word of Life Assembly of God

Their parking lot was full. They have services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  I’ve never attended the services but Linda has set up for their annual craft show in the past. Also, the daughter of one of the pastors was my certified health care advisor at the Burney Health Clinic.

Next we drove by the old Burney Presbyterian Church, which is now closed.

Burney Presbyterian Church

Burney Presbyterian Church

There was some disagreement with the national Presbyterian Church. I’m not informed enough to explain, but the church property is under the control of the Presbyterian Church and the congregation has now formed the New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church and meets at 37095 Main Street, Suite C, behind Burney Valley Real Estate.  They have their services at 10:30 a.m.

New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church (2)

New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church

I do have some history with the Burney Presbyterian Church because it was built back when my grandfather Ray Berry was general manager of the Scott Lumber Company.  In the late 1950’s, when I used to spend summers on the Black Ranch, we used to attend services there. My grandfather donated a really nice pipe organ and used to play for the services.  Later, when the church began to turn to more modern music rather than the old hymns (which I loved to sing), my mom, Alice Stone, donated money so they could buy a new music system. Also, my mom and my grandmother were regular contributors to the church, and my mom used to like to attend prayer meetings there.

So, I’m wondering what is to become of the church property. Will there be a new minister or will they sell the property to someone else?

Next, we drove through town and turned left on Tamarack. We went past the Solid Rock Four Square Church. There service is at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Sheadon Crabtree. Linda and I did attend Easter Service there last year and it was very pleasant.

Solid Rock Four Square Church

Solid Rock Four Square Church

I find attending any denominations services to be worthwhile because the readings deepen my familiarity with the Bible and the sermons give me new perspectives and things to think and pray about. Linda and I often have lengthy conversations after listening to a sermon. I also am grateful for the opportunity to pray together with other people and share fellowship. Jesus said that when two or more are gathered together in his name, he will be there, so I often feel the Holy Spirit when attending a church.

Solid Rock Four Square Church Ministry Building

Solid Rock Four Square Church Ministry Building

One of the things that I enjoyed attending the Solid Rock church was being introduced to Aimee Semple McPherson, a very fascinating and influential woman with quite a testimony.

Then we drove past the casino to the Grace Community Bible Church, an Independent Fundamental Bible Church. Their Pastor is Henry Winkelman. There were a few cars there for the Sunday School. Sunday morning service begins at 11 a.m.

Grace Community Bible Church

Grace Community Bible Church

Then Linda and I drove back up to the highway and across to Timber Lane. There are three churches over in this area: The Faith Lutheran Church, The First Baptist Church, and the St Francis Catholic Church.

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church

One of the summers when I stayed at the ranch, Grandpa Ray hired a student from Shasta College to take care of me, my brother and my cousins. We lived in the little white house down Burney Creek by the chicken coup. The student’s name was Bruno. He came from Germany and he was Catholic, so for that summer we attended St. Francis Catholic Church every Sunday.

St Francis Catholic Church

St Francis Catholic Church

I hadn’t been there for years, but when my friend Gerald died a few years ago I attended his funeral service there and met the priest, Father Hector Montoya. The parking lot at St. Francis was packed.

When we drove into the parking lot of the First Baptist Church we were greeted by a very friendly Pastor Troy. Sunday school had started at 9:45 but services would begin at 11.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

I told him that Linda and I had had breakfast at the Vets Hall and were taking a tour of the churches. He welcomed us and invited us to attend. I asked what he was going to preach on.

“Do you believe in the gifts?” he asked.

“Yes,” I replied.

He told me that I should come because the Holy Spirit had inspired him yesterday that someone who had prayed for something for a long time would receive it today.

“That could be me!” I said.

He told us that we would be welcome to attend anytime.

Well, that was seven churches that we had seen so far in Burney. One that we missed was the Burney Church of Christ on Superior Avenue behind the old Post Office.

Church of Christ

Church of Christ

There is also the Intermountain Baptist Church with Pastor Bud Hennessey on Marquette. They have a Sunday Bible study at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. and 6p.m. This church is not far from our house and Linda has enjoyed services there several times. The property this church is on used to belong to my grandmother.

Intermountain Baptist Church

Intermountain Baptist Church

One day, my mom stopped by my grandmother’s and my grandmother said, “I just sold that piece of property on Marquette to the nicest young minister and he is going to build a church there!”

She was so happy that the property would be used as a church to benefit the community. I often walk through the trees on the trail in front of the church as I go to the cemetery to pray at my grandmother’s gravesite. It is really lovely, like a park.

America has such a rich religious history. I recommend reading A Religious History of the American People by Sydney E. Ahlstrom just to get an overview. The Spirit has moved in many ways through our history giving birth to reformations, revivals, and movements that have been integral to our history.

The diversity of religious opinion, doctrine and practice has not only been evident in divisions amongst denominations but within denominations. Baptists are a good example of this. When I was a seminary student at Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, New York, I attended an American Baptist Church in Albany on Sunday for two year’s. Later, in Maryland I had a friend who was a pastor of a small independent conservative Baptist congregation. He brought me along to a conference of various fundamentalist Baptist ministers. While they shared certain basic beliefs, the diversity of theological and doctrinal disputes amongst them befuddled me. Yet the disputes raged in a cheerful and respectful atmosphere of brotherhood. While all the pastors differed on various points, they all respected each other’s commitments to Christ and to serving their flocks.

Back to this Sunday in Burney, Linda and I got back on the highway and drove past the Community Center where another congregation meets each week under the teaching ministry of Pat Nugent. Linda and I have attended services there several times. Pat generally reads a portion of the Bible and provides an exegesis.

Intermountain Community Center where a small congregation meets each Sunday

Intermountain Community Center where a small congregation meets each Sunday

Then we went on to Johnson Park where we drove past the Pentecostal Church (cars just beginning to arrive).

United Pentecostal Church

United Pentecostal Church

Further down we came upon the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, where the parking lot was full.

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Linda and I enjoy the friendship of a number of Witnesses. Linda has attended many services. This past Spring I attended a commemorative service during Easter week. Also Linda had an opportunity to act as a caretaker for one elderly woman before she passed away and we attended her memorial service at the Kingdom Hall.

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

I admire all people of faith. I also respect and give thanks for all of those members of the clergy who seek to provide spiritual food and guidance to the various faith communities. In Burney we are fortunate to have a variety of churches and it is good to know that each week congregations are meeting to worship, study, pray, and share fellowship because this nourishes the spiritual life of our community and bears fruit as it inspires people to strive for betterment and to serve the community in various ways. May God bless them all.

Personally, I have not been a regular church-goer for some time. After today’s tour of the churches of Burney, I think that Linda and I will begin to visit the various churches to hear the sermons and share in the fellowship.

I also want to mention my gratitude to the Mormon missionaries who visit our homes. I have enjoyed the company of several and one, Elder Stein, moved me to read the Book of Mormon. I also attended one service in Fall River which was quite inspiring and definitely spirit-filled.

When my mother was dying of cancer and I was her primary caretaker in Hospice, a minister from the Seventh Day Adventist Church came each week to visit. My mom was always delighted as we sang songs together. Another friend of mine attends the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Round Mountain.

I love to pray with people of all denominations. I love to share inspiration and ideas with people of all faiths. Prayer knows no denominational barriers. The spirit blows where it will. It is not bound by human opinion.

I am also grateful that we have several Hindus in our community. I have shared very beneficial conversations on the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana.

I have a group of friends with whom I meet on Friday nights. We discuss personal, social, and spiritual ideas and issues and then sing “Hu.” In Redding and Mt Shasta, I have friends with whom I discuss yoga, mystical philosophy and sometimes chant “Om.” I am also grateful to have been able to discuss Grandfather Spirit and to have shared song and dance with some of our Achomawi brothers and sisters.

I read the Bible, the Quran, the I Ching, the Tao te Ching, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, and the Bhagavad Gita and other sacred texts. I don’t necessarily believe everything that I read, but I find wisdom in all these texts. I find that they all point to the Way, and I respect all people of the Way.

I pray that the most high God can help me to understand the truth as much as a I am capable of understanding. But above all I seek to love God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.

It is difficult to ascend Jacob’s ladder. I have many failings, but I thank God for his mercy and his blessings.

I also thank and pray for all of the people of faith in Pit River Country who are seeking to discover the Kingdom of Heaven within. In this time when there is so much division and animosity between people of different religions, races, and ethnic backgrounds, I pray that men and women of love and faith can facilitate reconciliation.

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven…



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