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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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Greg Hawkins to retire as FRJUSD Superintendent

Greg Hawkins has informed the Fall River Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees that he will be retiring as Superintendent at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Looking back over a career in the school district spanning almost four decades, Hawkins said with a smile, “The whole picture just been great, from my first teaching job up to the present day.”

FRJUSD Superintendent Greg Hawkins

Hawkins moved to Fall River Mills with his family in 1959 when he was three years old. He attended Fall River Elementary School and Fall River Junior Senior High School. He was in the 9th grade when Burney High School opened. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1974.

After graduating he attended Shasta Community College and received his AA and then went on the California  State University, Chico where he earned his BA in Physical Education in 1978. He continued on to get his teaching credential doing his student teaching at Red Bluff High School and received his teaching credentials in 1979.

That summer was an eventful summer. After receiving his teaching credentials, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Rena Oiler. They have been happily married for 40 years and have three sons: Brent, 36, Tyler, 34, and Preston 32. They have two grandchildren, one boy Rider who is three years old, and a seven month old granddaughter Raiya.

For their honeymoon, the couple  went to Happy Camp, where Hawkins was hired by the Siskiyou Union High School District to teach English and Drama at the high school. He also coached Football, Basketball, and Baseball . He was named Happy Camp’s High School Teacher of the Year in 1979.

Hawkins taught at Happy Camp though 1981. In 1982, he came to Burney to teach English at Burney High School.

“It was one of my best years of teaching. Great town, great staff,” he said.

It was also interesting experience coaching the Burney sports teams who had been his rivals not so many years before.

Concerning his years of coaching, Hawkins said that over time he realized that the relationships with the students was more important than winning or losing. Some years you have really talented players and an extraordinary season. But the years when the players you work with are not as gifted, the kids still work just as hard with just as much enthusiasm and it is just as inspiring.

Then from 1982 through 1983, Hawkins worked with the Regional Occupation Program, assisted some teachers, and taught English part time.

From 1983 until 1996, he taught English, Social Studies, and PE at Fall River High School.

After receiving his Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Hawkins served as full time school counselor for Fall River Junior-Senior High School from 1997-2000. He earned his M.S. in Pupil Personnel Services from the University of LaVerne in 1997.

From 2000-2006, he served as Vice Principal at Fall River Junior Senior High School. He also continued to serve as counselor and in addition became athletic director. Then from 2006 to 2011, he was Principal of the Fall River High School. In 2011, he was appointed District Superintendent.

In the role of Superintendent, Hawkins said the budget is always of primary concern. It would be nice to always have the money for everything you want to do, but there are often changes in state funding. The challenge is to make sure that we continue to meet the needs of our students and the community for optimum education.

He also said that maintaining a safe environment for students and teachers has become a top priority. He believes that the district has done its best to ensure that the schools are safe and that teachers, staff, students and law enforcement are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately in case of any emergency.

“One thing that I am most proud of is when one of our graduates goes on to become successful and then comes back to give back to our community. Thirty percent of our teachers are graduates from this district. That’s rewarding!”

Many of the employees of the District were once his students.

Hawkins is an affable people person. He spoke warmly of his appreciation for all of the support that individuals and organizations in the community give to the schools. He also praised the staff, teachers, and Board Members who have worked hard to make the school system successful. Most of all he spoke of how much he has enjoyed interacting with the students as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator for the past 36 years and how rewarding it is when past students come up to say hello and remind him of experiences they shared in the past.

After retiring, Hawkins looks forward to traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Hawkins will retire at the end of the school year on June 28. He believes that the FRJUSD is in good shape. During the remainder of his term, he wants to ensure that everything will be in order so that there will be a smooth transition for his successor.

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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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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS – JUL 20 2018

 (Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)

MT BURNEY THEATRE (Fri-Sun)    HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3

(next week MissionImpossible -Fallout)

FALL RIVER THEATRE (FRI-SUN) ADRIFT

(next week Hotel Transylvania 3)

FYI : At the last Town Hall meeting in Burney, Supervisor Mary Richert said she would write a weekly article for our newspapers to let us know what is happening at the Board of Supervisors meetings. She has been doing that and I hope you have been reading them, especially the past few weeks. They are discussing potential revenue options through local taxes, assessments or fees. I encourage you to go to www.co.shasta.ca.us and watch the Board meeting video of the 10 July to get all of the details. It is long, but very interesting and informative. You may not be able to do much about world or national events, but this is local and the board is asking for feedback from you.  Watch the video and then send your thoughts to Shasta County Administrative Analyst, Ayla Tucker at atucker@co.shasta.ca.us

Jul 20 – FOIL Used Book Store is open today from 10am – 2pm The book store will be oppen every Fri from 10 – 2 thru August.

Jul 21 – Fall River Century Bike Ride begins at 7am for the 200K, 100 mile, 100K and 25 mile rides. American Legion will be serving breakfast for $5 per person. Visit their webpage www.fallrivercentury.com for more info

Jul 21 – Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department Deep Pit BBQ served from 1pm-5pm at Hat Creek Hereford Campground. Craft Fair and lots of raffles prizes Adults $15; Children 5-12 $5; 4 and under are free

Jul 28 – Bulldog Sports Foundation Golf Tournament at the Fall River Golf and Country Club starting at 9am. Cost is $100 and includes golf fees, cart, snack, lunch, contests and games. This is their major fundraiser for school athletics. Contact Yulan Dobson at 530-515-7638

Jul 29 Soldier Mountain VFD Chicken and Ribs Dinner at the Fire Hall in Glenburn from 2pm-7pm. Adults $12 and children under 12 $

Hoping to get back to the weekly email schedule and get the yearly events up to date. If your event is missing, please email reburney1@frontiernet.net

Aug ?? High Cars and Low Bars

Aug 18 – Mayers IM Healthcare Foundation On-The-Green- Golf Tournament

Aug 30 – Sep 03 100th INTERMOUNTAIN FAIR

Aug 30 – Free admission and parking for Fair 31 Aug — Seniors Day with free admission Sep 01 – Kids day with free admission

Sep 02 – Cattlemens Day $5 admission 03 Sep – Free admission and free parking

08 Sep – 3rd annual Hat Creek Beer, Food and Wine Festival

15 Sep – Burney Boosters Homecoming Hoedown at the Rex Club at 6pm 22 Sep – Burney Chamber Fall Fling at VFW

Oct 07 Heritage Day at McArthur Burney Falls State Park

Oct 10 – Burney-Fall River Soroptimist Sandwich Wednesday

Oct 13-      Intermountain Hospice Chair-ity Plus

Oct 14 – AAUW Soups, Salads and Sweets

Oct ?? – Burney Chamber/Pit River Casino Fall Festival Nov 04 – Day Light Savings ends

Nov 17 – BES PTA Craft Fair from 9a-2p in Cafeteria Nov ?? – Glenburn Church Annual Piano Recital Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday

?? – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall 09 Dec – Christmas Light Parade in McArthur

01 Dec-12 Dec (days & times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950

ORGANIZATION MEETINGS

American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

Itermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to Fall River Hotel.                      Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

 

 

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Mountain Valleys Health Centers Breaks Ground On New Facility In McArthur

Dozens of healthcare providers, staff, board members, and community leaders came out on June 28 to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for Mountain Valleys Health Centers (MVHC) new Fall River Valley Health Center at 43658 HWY 299 E, McArthur, CA.

MVHC improving health care in the Intermountain area

MHVC CEO Dave Jones and Shasta County Supervisor Mary Rickert each spoke briefly.

MVHC CEO Dave Jones addressing the gathering

Dave Jones said, “We look forward to serving the residents of the Fall River Valley by providing quality patient care and are very excited about the new clinic. The much needed larger building will allow for us to better meet the needs of our patients. We are committed to making the transition into the new facility as streamlined as possible.”

Supervisor Rickert said, “Rural areas face challenges for successful health care and this facility will be a very welcome addition for this community. As a resident of Fall River Valley for 30 years, this project is particularly exciting for me.”

Then Jones, Rickert, and MVHC Board Chairman Dan Bouse each took a shovel and broke ground.

Breaking Ground

Chairman Bouse said, “We want to provide the best health care environment that we can for the area. Fall River Valley deserves this.”

The new facility will boast 10 exam rooms with enough room for telehealth and behavioral health services in addition to providing basic primary care.  Construction on the project is expected to be completed around February 2019.

MVHC expressed thanks the McConnell Foundation for their generous donation to the project.

Krystina Uribes, Project Manager for Aspen Street Architects who provided the design, was present to represent the company. The architect of record is Nate Morgan. Architect Ezra Ivey also worked on the design.,

Kristina Uribes from Aspen Street Architects and Kerry Foster of Trent Construction

Construction is being done by Trent Construction. Kerry Foster was present at the ceremony and took every one on a tour of the site.

Examining the future conference room

Mountain Valleys Health Centers, Inc., (MVHC) is a not-for-profit community health center organization offering quality health, behavioral, and dental care to rural communities in northeastern California for over 30 years. Mountain Valleys Health Centers operates facilities in Bieber, Burney, Dorris, Fall River, Mt. Shasta, Tulelake, and Weed.

To find out more about Mountain Valleys Health Centers please visit them on their website www.mountainvalleyhc.org or visit them on their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MVHCenters.

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Singers and poets celebrate Hope is Alive! at Ol’ Merc Pizza

Scores of people were uplifted and entertained by ten performers at the Hope is Alive! open mic at Ol’ Merc Pizza in McArthur on Friday night May 18.

Chuck Darwin Hepburn and Stu Stoore playing the blues

The evening performances included songs, spoken word, poetry, and stand up comedy. Performers included Alex Colvin, Stu Stoore, Chuck Darwin Hepburn, Kimberly Davis, spoken word artist Angel, a stand-up comedian, Michael Bennett, Phil Dekker, George Whitfield, and a young woman poet who rose from the audience at the end to read.

Kimberly Davis sings a powerful song

Chuck Darwin Hepburn, not only played and sang on the guitar. He also provided innovative improvisation on his saxophone to accompany several other performers. Mr. Hepburn recently moved to Bieber.

Angel doing spoken word

As well as performing a variety of tunes on guitar and ukulele, Stu Stoore also did an excellent job of managing the sound system.

George Whitfield sings Dylan

A poet

Amy Sturgeon explains about Suicide Prevention

Hope is Alive! open mics celebrate the power of the creative arts to uplift, comfort and heal people in times of mental or emotional crisis. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Marc Dadigan. The program was sponsored by Stand Against Stigma funded by the Mental Health Services Act. Mid-program, Amy Sturgeon, a community education specialist in suicide prevention gave a short talk. Toward the end of the program Carrie Jo Diamond, director of Stand Against Stigma also spoke about the activities of Intermountain Mental Health Week.

Carrie Jo Diamond from Stand Against Stigma talks about Intermountain Mental Health Week

After the program, several musicians stayed to jam together.

Jammin’ on Saint James Infirmary

For more information about Stand Against Stigma, visit www.standagainststigma.com.

 

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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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