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On October 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, Montgomery Creek School held a program celebrating Native American heritage.
Elementary teacher Tracey Liceiro helped to organize the event. Former Shasta Lake Mayor Rod Lindsay delivered the invocation. Mr. Lindsay serves as executive director of the Local Indians for Education (LIFE).
School Board Member and Pit River Tribe Elder Jessica Jim and Elder Florence Moran opened with presentations in which they shared about Pit River history and language.
Chief Caleen Sisk, a Winnenmum Wintu, spoke eloquently about the salmon and ended her presentation with a song. Helene Sisk, Ida Riggins, and Jessica Jim joined in to teach the children the “Big Foot Song.”
A story teller shared a tale full of humor and involvement that delighted the kids.
Then the trophy-winning dancers, Thundering Moccasins, danced their Pow Wow moves. Several of the children and presenters joined in, moving to the beat of the drums.
April Carmelo, also from LIFE center, presented Caleen Sisk, Florence Moran and Jessica Jim with beautiful Native books.
The day ended with drawing and coloring blank paper cutouts of salmon to hang on a wire fence for all too see.
The K-8 school is the first in Shasta County to replace Columbus Day with a day to honor Native American people. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations have become popular throughout the nation and the Pit River Tribe passed a resolution declaring Pit River Nations Day an annual holiday in 2015. This is the second year that Montgomery Creek School has celebrated the day.
Ms. Jim expressed her gratitude to the Montgomery Creek School Board of Trustees and April Carmelo and Rod Lindsey for honoring Pit River culture and history and hosting the presentations at the school on this day
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
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
About 50 people gathered at Billy’s Roadside Café in Montgomery Creek on Friday evening October 6 to hear poets and musicians share a message of hope and inspiration.
The program was sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, funded by Shasta County Health and Human Services to address issues associated with mental illness and to provide suicide prevention services. The Hope is Alive! open mics celebrate the theme of healing through performance arts. The gathering in Montgomery Creek was the fourth Hope is Alive open mic in the Intermountain Area and the 12th in Shasta County at large.
Marc Dadigan, community education specialist for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, emceed the event. The evening performances began with a performance by Randy and Verena Compton followed by the talented Billy Riggins who share some of his original rap music.
Mental illness is often associated with substance abuse.
Poet Larry Harris from Redding shared three poems of personal experience describing the struggles and victory that his family experienced through their daughter’s bout with mental illness. It was a tale of hope prevailing over despair.
After a period of substance abuse resulting in mental breakdown, his daughter successfully went through therapy and recovery and now leads a successful happy life as an actress.
In one particularly poignant poem, Harris talked about his daughter going to a Simon and Garfunkle concert in San Francisco on her own after rehab. Harris shared the emotion a parent goes through as he experiences the restoration of trust, letting go and watching his child emerge as a happy independent young woman.
Michael Bennett and Kimberly Michelle Davis from the Circle of Friends in Burney both sang songs. Bennett charmed people with an a capella rendering of Mac Davis “Oh Lord it’s Hard to be Humble.” Ms. Davis once again delighted the audience as she sang Broadway show tunes in her lovely soprano voice.
A young lady who had traveled two hours to attend got up and recited a short poem.
A highlight of the evening was the personal testimony of David Martinez, a spokesman for Stand Against Stigma’s Brave Faces who has suffered from depression, anxiety and PTSD. Mr. Martinez is a member of the Wintu tribe. He has been a biker, a cowboy and an EMT for the fire department. He has also worked in Redding as a substance abuse counselor. After sharing his story, Martinez shared two popular songs, “Pancho and Lefty,” and “City of New Orleans”.
Singer-songwriter Mauro livened things up with several of his original songs.
Next, the audience was treated to a performance of Native American Rap by Louis Gustafson and his family. As well as singing, Gustafson also plays bass and performs with Pit Crew. He also is a wonderful drummer who performed at the 2015 Burney Basin Days with the Pit River Nation Drum Group.
The evening was closed out by Alex Colvin and George Whitfield. Colvin opened with a poem “In This World of Heart and Mind” expressing the healing power of love and then sang “Live for Others.” Alex and George then sang “Ghost Riders in the Sky” together.
Before singing two songs, “Sounds of Silence” and “Vietnam Song.” George talked about the seriousness of mental illness and suicide plaguing our country. Seventeen veterans die every day from suicide.
“Don’t let stigma stand in your way,” Whitman said, “If you feel like your life is going to pieces, reach out for help.”
Over the past week, Masons Jim Crockett and George Whitfield from Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM delivered more than 100 backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area.
On Friday, August 18 they delivered 12 backpacks to students in Montgomery Creek.
On Tuesday August 22, they gave out about 40 backpacks at Fall River Elementary School
and another 40 at Burney Elementary School.
Then on Thursday August 24, they drove to Big Valley to deliver another 17 back packs to grateful children.
This is the 16th year that Fort Crook Lodge 250 has done this program. Each backpack contained a ruler, a composition book, pencils, crayons, and erasers.
At each school, Crockett and Whitfield gave a short presentation before presenting the backpacks.
For instance, at Burney Elementary, the children listened attentively as Master Mason Jim Crockett spoke about the history of the Masons. He told them that this year is the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry.
George Whitfield asked if any of the children had heard of George Washington and explained that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were both Masons.
To help the children understand the Masons in their own terms, second grade teacher Joy Ford told the children that “the Masons are a club like the Boy Scouts, only for adults.”
The children appreciated the explanation and nodded and smiled.
The three core principles of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth.
After hearing that the Masons were 300 years old, one young boy raised his hand and asked Mr. Crockett, “How old are you.”
“Older than George,” he replied.
“And I’m too old to be asked that question,” Mr. Whitfield quipped as the children laughed.
When questions were finished, all the children lined up in two orderly rows and advanced to share a friendly handshake and receive their pack.
Master Mason Crockett said, “We truly enjoy the kids and their expressions and gratitude in receiving the backpacks with the school supplies inside.”