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Burney Basin Days Theme Contest

The Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River is sponsoring a contest to decide the theme for Burney Basin Days 2019. The person whose theme is chosen will win $100. The deadline for submissions is April 20.

Contestants should mail their entry to:

Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River
PO Box 312
Burney, California

If you would like more information contact

Jill Daugherty
jilldaugherty@tcbk.com
335-2215

Put on your thinking cap. You could brighten up Burney Basin Days with an inspiring them and win $100!

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Bob Mortimer Gives inspirational guidance to FRJUSD Students in Burney

Article By Becky Mock; Teacher MVHS

March 18, 2019

Mortimer playing the “one are man blues”

Missing all of his limbs, except for his right arm, seated in a wheelchair, Bob Mortimer addressed the students and staff of Mt. View High School and Burney Community Day School. He had a cheerful opening that put everyone at ease. He put on shades and played his “one arm man blues” song on his harmonica singing playful lyrics that made light of his physical condition. He word a ball cap on his head with the word “Handy” on it.

Bob’s presentation was brought to the FRJUSD office and sponsored by Carmen Schuette of Shasta County’s Health and Human Services Agency. His objective was to talk about how he came to be in his physical condition, and what we as people, young and older, can learn from his experience.

Bob was in a car accident when he was 21 years old. Now (age) years old, Bob told the story about how he and his buddy were drinking and driving on their way home from a party one night, hit a power pole, and survived the crash without a scratch, that is, until Bob tried to get out of the car and walk up the side of the hill. That is when he was struck to his knees by a loose power line. His legs from the knees down and his left arm were seized by the electricity, and he was rendered without their use. He spent 6 months in the hospital in recovery, eventually consenting to have what was left of his shriveled limbs to be amputated when it became clear they could not be saved.

Bob Mortimer Addresses FRJUSD students at Mountain View

Bob went on to explain the audience that the only handicap he has is the one on his head. “This is the only handicap I have,” he said holding the cap out to be seen. “It’s an adjustment to have to live this way, but it is not a handicap. The only handicaps we have are the ones we put on ourselves.”

Bob went on to say that he has a nickname at the local community pool. “They call me Bob,” he said with a grin. “Yes, I go swimming. I don’t let this condition stop me. A handicap can be an attitude of low self-esteem, comparing ourselves to others, or not exercising. We all have to exercise!” Mr. Mortimer explained that he rides a 3-wheeled bike and that he bikes with his whole family using his hand cycle. He and his family have biked together cross-country through the United States twice, making stops along the way to give his testimony to those they meet.

“If I can do it, you can do it. I don’t want to hear about what you can’t do. I want to hear about what you can do.” Bob went on to explain that our handicaps can be things like how we treat other people. “If you can’t treat other people with dignity and respect, you have a handicap.”

Mr. Mortimer went on to describe his home life growing up. He was the youngest of 5 boys and 2 girls. He found his dad dead at the age of 41 one day, of an overdose on alcohol and drugs. This was rough on his self-esteem. He dropped out of high school. He said that every day after that he felt like he wore a mask every day to hide his pain. “My mask was a handicap for me. I never felt like I was good enough. Don’t be like me. Find someone in your life you can talk to who is not going to judge you or convict you if you share your secrets.” Bob went on to state that one should not look for such people in negative places like a bar, a party, or a setting with illegal activities going on. “Look for people who are positive, and who like you for who you uniquely are.”

Bob went on to describe how after he was released from the hospital that he went back to drugs and alcohol because he felt less lonely. “As long as I had drugs or alcohol to share with others, they were my friends. It’s easier to go back to the old road than it is to change.”

Mr. Mortimer’s friend, Darla, offered him help one day, and he took it. His self-esteem improved, and he ended up marrying Darla. He went back to get his high school diploma. They now live in the state of Washington and have three successful children between them. “When Darla helped me, she gave me the Bible. I quit my destructive ways. I eventually became a minister. That is why our children are so successful, because we broke the chain of alcoholism and drug abuse.”

Bob went on to explain that when the person who is supposed to be the leader breaks the chain of abuse, one’s life will change exponentially in a positive way, not just in a few decades, but very quickly. Bob’s closing thought for his audience was to “get rid of the handicaps in your life. Be the leader. Be the hero.”

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Lunch with Community Helpers April 10 at Intermountain Community Center to celebrate “Week of the Young Child”

News Release From: Cindy Dodds, Tri County Community Network
Date: March 27, 2019      

“Children benefit from developing relationships with adults in the community,” according to Rosaura Velazquez, Family Advocate with the Bright Futures program at the Intermountain Community Center. For that reason, and because young children need to become familiar with local first responders and their equipment, the Annual Lunch with Community Helpers is being planned.

Bright Futures staff – Guadalupe Scholfield and Rosaura Velazquez

Rosaura and her bi-lingual co-worker, Guadalupe Scholfield, are working with Diane Murphy and the staff at Dignity Health Connected Living to plan this free Week of the Young Child event.

The Week of the Young Child is a time for communities nationwide to honor young children and those dedicated to caring for them.

Young children will learn safety tips from fire, emergency medical personnel and other community helpers, have an opportunity to look at their gear and examine their vehicles. There will also be an opportunity to meet Smokey Bear. All of this will take place at the Intermountain Community Center at Main and Commerce Streets in Burney on Wednesday, April 10, from 11:00 to 1:00.

“It is important that young children become accustomed to First Responders and their gear. They can look scary. If there is an emergency in a child’s home, we don’t want them to hide. We want them to know what to do” said Bright Futures Family Advocate Guadalupe Scholfield.

A barbeque lunch will be served to all the children, their parents and caregivers, First Responders and seniors, thanks to funding from First 5 Shasta. Additional contributors to the event are K & K Distributing and U S Foods.

“We’re hoping for warm spring weather so that we can be outside, says Rosaura, “but if April 10 is cool or rainy, we have plenty of space indoors for all of the festivities.

Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to call 335-4600 so we are sure to have plenty of food.

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Foil Hosting Murder Mystery Interactive Dinner as Fundraiser for Burney Library

 FUNDRAISER

for BURNEY LIBRARY

A MURDER MYSTERY { a western who done it }

INTERACTIVE DINNER

DATE : 5 MAY 2019 [ SUNDAY ]

TIME : 4:00 p.m.

PLACE : BURNEY LIONS HALL

COST : $ 40.00 per person – prepaid only

WESTERN ATTIRE ENCOURAGED

Raffles, silent auction, and “no host bar

BE PART OF THE ACTION – – – [ if you want ]

CLAIM YOUR PART EARLY !

CONTACTS : [for tickets or info]

MARY BARR 335-3596

JAN FENSLER 335-2640

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FRJUSD staff and community meet with consultants to provide input on selection of new Superintendent

On Wednesday evening March 20, 23 people attended a meeting with consultants from Leadership Associates to express their desires and opinions regarding the selection of a new superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD).

Community members meeting to provide input on search for new FRJUSD Superintendent

Leadership Associates is an executive search firm that has assisted many California school districts to select their school superintendents.  The Board plans to have a new superintendent selected and approved by the regular board meeting on June 14. The new superintendent will begin on July 1.

The purpose of the March 20 meeting was to get input from staff and community members. The meeting of parents, teachers, staff members and concerned citizens from the community was moderated by consultants Rich Fischer and Tom Changnon.

Fischer began the encounter by explaining the selection process. Leadership Associates hopes that through advertising and active recruitment they will find a pool of possibly up to 14 applicants. The deadline for applications is April 17. During April and May they will complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants to identify applicants who are most qualified and suitable to the district. In May the FRJUSD Board will meet with the consultants to review the applications and select the candidates to be interviewed. The Board will then interview selected candidates.  Final decision on who is to be hired will be the responsibility of the Board.

Fischer then asked three questions. First he asked what qualities people would like to see in their superintendent. People responded that they would like someone who is inclusive and cooperative; who is aware of and amenable to the Intermountain climate; who is up to speed on developing trends in technology; who has a background working in similar small rural, diverse districts; whose heart is committed to the welfare of the students; who is knowledgeable  about finances and capable of generating revenue; and who is capable of making difficult decisions if necessary in matters concerning such issues as layoffs; and who is able to deal with issues of busing in a large geographic district.

As for character, people responded that they wanted a person with good people skills, who is committed to the community, and who is aware of and dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

The second question presented to the audience was “How do you sell this place? What are the advantages of living here?” People emphasized the diverse nature of volunteerism by individuals and organizations supporting the district. They praised the commitment of teachers and students. They said that a superintendent could be proud of the results that the district could achieve and derive personal satisfaction. Some stressed the beauty of the environment and the recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, etc. One gentleman pointed out that there are numerous grant opportunities for rural districts available to fund specific programs from foundations.

Finally, Fischer asked what challenges the new superintendent might face. One challenging issue involved recruitment and hiring of qualified teachers, staff members and bus drivers. Another involved becoming familiar with the diverse backgrounds of students and the variable nature and needs of the nine different sites that make up the district. Another addressed balancing academics, sports, and other activities for students.

After a rich discussion on the three questions, Fischer concluded the formal meeting but many participants remained behind to carry on the conversation amongst themselves and the consultants.

Anyone who was unable to attend but would like to offer input into the selection process is encouraged to take part in an online survey at the FRJUSD website at http://www.frjusd.org/frjusdsuperintendentsearch.

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Benefit Concert to support people affected by Camp Fire March 9

If anyone feels like going to a good concert this weekend in the valley to support a worthwhile cause, here is an opportunity.

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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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