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

On Tuesday evening January 22 at the Burney Lions Hall, the Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL) held a meeting to update the Burney community on the status of efforts to acquire a new building for the Intermountain branch of the Shasta County Library system in Burney.

Burney citizens attending a meeting on proposed new library building for the Burney branch of the Shasta County Public Library System

About 50 community members attended the event. FOIL president Pat Pell moderated the meeting. Ms. Pell thanked Lions Club President Mike Barnes for hosting the meeting on short notice and thanked the Burney Lions and the Rotary Club for their support for the project.

FOIL President Pat Pell opens the meeting

Pell then welcomed several people who have been helping prepare the FOIL plan. Kim Niemer, the evening’s main presenter, is the Redding Community Services Director. In that capacity, she helps to oversee the governance of the Shasta County Library System.

Francie Sullivan is currently a Shasta County Library Advisory Board representative. She lived in Burney and has served on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors and was on the Redding City Council from 2010 to 2018.

Peggy O’Lea is the retired director of the Shasta Library Foundation who helped to organize community support for the new Redding Library.

Anna M. Tracy is the Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries who has been coming to Burney once a month to work with the Burney Library.

Ms. Pell also introduced the current officers and members of the FOIL Board and Kevin McKay, a general contractor from Cassel who has helped FOIL work through some of the practical aspects of improvements that are necessary for the proposed building.

Before Ms. Niemer’s presentation of FOIL’s action plan, Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert made brief comments. Rickert said that she came as an observer, explaining that she could not take a position on the proposed library building because she needs to remain open to all points of view until the public hearing has taken place at the Board of Supervisors and a vote is taken. She also said that she needs to be careful to abide by the Brown Act.

Supervisor Mary Rickert gives brief comment to the audience

After Supervisor Rickert’s remarks, Pell invited Ms. Niemer to speak. Ms. Niemer gave a 25 minute power point presentation in which she explained some of the history of the library and FOIL’s action plan for completion of the building project.

Ms. Niemer’s presentation began with a timeline of the history of the Burney Library in the context of the Shasta County Library system. The Burney Library became Shasta County’s first branch library in 1949. The current library building was built in 1969.

In 1989, all 14 of the Shasta County Library branches were closed due to a funding crisis. FOIL was formed to combat funding issues. In 1990, Shasta County along with the Cities of Redding and Anderson agreed to fund and reopen three libraries as part of the Shasta County Library system: Redding, Anderson, and Burney. FOIL has been making annual contributions as a part of the agreement. In 1999, FOIL’s contributions increased to over $11,000 per year.

In 2003, the State of California awarded a $12 million grant for the building of a new Redding library. FOIL continued to financially support the library system.

In 2004, another funding crisis led to shortened library hours. A Library Governance and Financing Task Force was formed to evaluate library services. FOIL continued their support during the hour shortage. In 2005, the task force recommended transferring governance to the City of Redding and in 2006, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors entered a 40 year contract with the City of Redding to manage County Library Services. That same year, the Redding City Council hired Library Systems and Services LLC to manage the library system. The arrangement has proved efficient and cost effective. The new Redding Library opened in 2007.

In 2008, Shasta County entered a community benefit agreement with the Hatchet Ridge Wind LLC. Hatchet Ridge Wind provided a grant of $1 million and an additional $100,000 per year for 20 years. The payments are to be used for the benefit of Burney and the surrounding area.

In 2009, FOIL made the expansion and relocation of the Burney Branch Library a priority. In 2012, Shasta County agreed to a preliminary feasibility study for a new library building. The study was completed in 2013. In 2014, the study was presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Board approved and set aside a $400,000 grant for a new library building contingent upon the formulation of a feasible plan and successful fundraising by FOIL.

After FOIL determined that the best location for a new building was the Roper building on Main Street, Shasta County did an assessment of the Roper building in 2016. In 2018, an official appraisal of the building was completed. The appraisal came in at $285,000.

There is a difference between the appraised value and the assessment of the building by the County. The County maintains that the value of the property is $300,000, which is the price that Mr. Roper is asking for the building. There are ongoing discussions on how to bridge the gap.

Ms. Niemar explained that the project is nearing the finish line. FOIL is hoping to bring their proposed plan before the Board of Supervisors in February for consideration as an action item. Their plan involves shared responsibility amongst Shasta County, The City of Redding, and FOIL.

FOIL is hoping that the plan will be accepted and that the County will approve release of the $400,000 Windmill funds for the purchase of the building and installation of a visual fire alarm system.

FOIL would need to complete their fundraising. According Ms. Pell, FOIL has $50,000 in cash and an additional $50,000 in pledges. Several foundations have indicated that they would also provide grants once a building is secured. They would be responsible for completing interior ADA improvements, parking lot improvements and moving the contents of the library to the new location.

The City of Redding would coordinate with the County on implementation of the action plan. Ms. Niemer proposed that he City of Redding would complete the parking lot improvements in coordination with FOIL and partner with FOIL on relocation and start-up.

Niemer presented a proposed budget detailing the costs to the County and FOIL respectively as follows:

Shasta County

Property and associated costs                                                        $299,250
Tenant Improvements                                                                     $   11,523
ADA and Safety                                                                                 $  45,000
Engineering/Inspection/Administration                                    $  23,650

Total                                                                                                   $379, 423

Friends of the Intermountain Library

Interior checklist (including ADA)                                              $ 30,000
Parking lot                                                                                        $ 40,000
Miscellaneous furnishings                                                            $  10,000
Contingency                                                                                     $  20,000

Total                                                                                                  $100,000

Ms. Neimer concluded her presentation by saying, “This is sort of our Hail Mary. If we don’t do this project at this time on this building, we know we lose the Rotary money because that money is going away quickly, there’s not really any other building on Main Street that is suitable, and I think that the patience and focus at Shasta County on this project goes away too. So now is the time if this is going to happen. I think we have before you a plan that is very viable and feasible. Now is the people part.”

She then invited Francie Sullivan and Peggy O’Lea to come forward to share. Both advised everyone to write or Email all of the members of the Board of Supervisors to encourage them to support the project.

There are five Supervisors on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. In order for the project to be approved, three Board Members of the Board will need to vote in favor of the plan.

Ms. Sullivan also stressed the advantages that the County Library system provides and the difference between the County Library system and local lending libraries.

The discussion led to an extended period of question and answer during which Niemer, Sullivan, O’Lea, and Anna Tracy explained in more detail the plans and functions of the library.

A copy of the power point presentation on the action plan is available at the Burney Library.

People desiring more information about the plan, proposed library services, or how they can help, please contact Pat Pell, FOIL President, 335-7236 or ppell389@gmail.com.

People can contact all of he individual members of the Board. The members of the Board of Supervisors and their Email addresses are as follows:

Joe Chimenti, District 1 (Redding) jchimenti@co.shasta.ca.us
Leonard Moty, District 2 (Centerville, French Gulch, Happy Valley, Igo/Ono, Keswick, Platina, Shasta, South Redding, Verde Vale) lmoty@co.shasta.ca.us
Mary Rickert, District 3 (Bella Vista, Big Bend, Burney, Cassel, Fall River Mills, Hat Creek, McArthur, Montgomery Creek, Oak Run, Old Station, Palo Cedro, Pittville, Round Mountain, Whitmore) mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us
Steve Morgan, District 4 (Castella, Crag View, Lakehead, Shasta Lake, Mountain Gate) swmorgan@co.shasta.ca.us
Les Baugh, District 5 (Anderson, Cottonwood, Millville, Manton, Shingletown, Viola) lbaugh@co.shasta.ca.us

In addition to Emailing the individual Supervisors, you can also send an Email to the whole Board at shastacountybos@co.shasta.ca.us

See also:

FOIL appeals to the Board of Supervisors for release of library funds (Sept 2017)

Video playlist of January 22 meeting at Burney Lions Hall

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Lions Fruitcakes sold out

All the Burney Lions Fruitcakes have been sold.

Lion Kurt Taylor, whose generations-old special recipe is used for the cakes, said, “We would like to thank everyone for this year’s successful fruitcake fundraiser, We were sold out by the first week of December.”

Order early next year!

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Santa comes to Burney to greet children at Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Hundreds of parents and children lined up for Burney’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane on Saturday evening November 24 to meet with Santa.

Helena Bowden happy to meet the Santas

Santa talked with each child to find out if they were good and learn what they wanted for Christmas.

Santa listens carefully to each answer

Mr. and Mrs. Santa were very adept at providing cheer and comfort to each child.

Santa entertaining a child with bells

Each child received a Christmas gift bag.

The Burney Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, the Burney Lions Club, Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River, The Lions Auxiliary, VFW, Burney Fire Protection District and other local neighbors and volunteers all participated in putting on the opening Christmas event.

Residents on the lane worked hard to decorate their houses with light for the festivities.

Santino Yabra worked hard to decorate his house on Christmas Tree Lane for the festive occasion

The Rotary served popcorn and cotton candy, the Soroptomists served hot chocolate and apple cider, the Lion Auxiliary provided delicious cookies.

Bill Campbell acted as Emcee.

Emcee Bill Campbell

The program opened with a presentation of arms by the VFW honor guard.

VFW Honor Guard

Janice Hamlin sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Janice Hamlin singing God Bless America

Then Paris Geisler soulfully sang two popular Christmas songs including White Christmas.

Paris Geisler singing White Christmas

Kids did the countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Kids count down to the tree lighting

Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whitfield through the switch and the trees were lit.

Lions Fuzzy Field and George Whilfield flick the switch

And the lights go on

Then the Winkelman family sang Christmas Carols.

The Winkelman family sings Away in a Manger

The elves were expectantly waiting for Santa.

The elves are ready

Shortly thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause arrived in a fire truck.

Santa arrives in a fire truck

Mrs. Claus was escorted off the truck by Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady.

Music was provided by toy soldiers.

Christmas music provided by this soldier

It was a wonderful time for young and old.

Mrs. Santa with a deligted and delightful child

 

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Four generations enjoy Thanksgiving feast at Burney Lions Hall

Altogether, the Burney Lions served Thanksgiving dinner to more than 200 people. Over 100 came to the Burney Lions Hall to share a delicious meal in a family-like community atmosphere. Another two score came for take out meals, and about three dozen meals were delivered to seniors and shut-ins. The meal included turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, a roll and butter, cranberry sauce, and pie for dessert.

2018 Burney Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner

Amongst the celebrants, were Lions Dr. Bill Cummings and his wife together with their daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.

Four generations of Cummings enjoy Lions Thanksgiving feast

Lion President Mike Barnes welcomed the community to the annual Thanksgiving meal and recognized Dr. Cummings for his more than three decades of service to the Lions.

Lion President Mike Barnes recognizing Lion Dr. Bill Cummings and family

Dr. Cummings said, “This is the first time in more than a quarter of a century that I have not been working to help serve the Thanksgiving meal! It is a very pleasurable opportunity to enjoy this day together with my wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.”

The meal was prepared by Burney Lions cooks, and enthusiastically served by members of the local Leos Club. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Leos and Scouts served the meal

Leo Paris serving salad

Cub Scout serving thankful guests

 

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Albert Scheckla and Sage Harner honored as October Students of the Month

Albert Scheckla and Sage Harner were honored as October Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 14. Scheckla was named 12th grade student of the month and Harner was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Sage Harner, Albert Scheckla, and Lion George Whitfield

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

Senior Albert Scheckla has a grade point of 4.29, the highest grade point a student can earn taking AP classes. He is DSB President and Boys State Delegate. He is active in Leos Club, Interact Club, FNL, and S Club and plays on the baseball and basketball teams.

Albert enjoys snorkeling, hiking and traveling. In his spare time he likes to work, do volunteer work, watch television, and sleep. In the future he hopes to visit Palau Micronesia because his dad has been there and talked about it and he wants to see what it is like for himself.

After graduating, Albert plans to go to Shasta College and then transfer to Cal Poly, Chico State, or Sacramento State to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Albert’s father and mother, Brian and Barbara Scheckla were both at the dinner. His dad said, “He does so much at school that we hardly ever get to see him. It would be nice to see him do some traveling because everyone who travels comes back with a different point of view.”

Albert’s father has been to over 60 countries.

Eighth grader Sage Harner has a 4.0 grade point average. She likes science and reading and plays on the girls volleyball team. She enjoys drawing, reading, and writing.

After finishing high school, she wants to go to college and become an author or an anesthesiologist. She hopes that one day she will publish a book.

Sage’s father and mother, Marti and Lori Harner, were present to watch their daughter honored. Mr. Harner said, “It is important that young people recognize what society expect of them and also to receive the rewards.”

Lion George Whitfield presented Albert with a check for $100 and Sage with a check for $50 on behalf of the Burney Lions Club.

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Burney Lions Club offering Thanksgiving Feast

The Burney Lions Club will be serving a Thanksgiving Day Dinner for the community at the Burney Lions Hall from 12 noon to 3 p.m on Thursday, November 22. Everybody is invited to come. Donations will be gratefully accepted but are not necessary.

In addition to the meal being served at the hall, The Burney Lions are also providing dinners to the Senior Nutrition Center which will be delivered to people who are housebound so that they can enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey meal.

The Burney Lions have been providing a Thanksgiving meal for the community for more than a quarter of a century. Thank you Burney Lions for your service.

Let us give thanks unto Our Creator!

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