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Special Presentation of bicycle to Sammy Nalton at Rotary

Bill Campbell presented a restored bicycle to Ms. Sammy Nalton at the Rotary Club meeting at Gepetto’s Pizza in Burney on May 3. The presentation was part of 2 Wheels 2 Mobility, a project of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that will provide refurbished bikes to local citizens in need of transportation in the area.

Bill Campbell, Sammy Nalton, and Shaylene Herndon holding Sammy’s Baby Aiyana with bike for Sammy

Shaylene Herndon holding 10 month old Aiyana Nalton

As well as being a past president of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Campbell is also president of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association. In the course of his activities, some people began to donate bicycles that they no longer had use for.

Bill got the idea of refurbishing the bikes and making them available to people in need. He discussed the idea with Cindy Dodds from Tri County Community Network. She liked the idea and referred him to Shaylene Herndon who works at the Community Center in Burney with First 5 Shasta and Bright Futures. Shaylene recommended Sammy as a worthy recipient for the first bicycle.

The Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Foundation approved a $1000 grant to the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association for the project. Bill then contacted Redding Sports Ltd with whom he has done business. They agreed to refurbish the bikes at a discount. The cost of repairing Sammy’s bicycle was $104. The result of this collaborative community effort was Thursday’s presentation.

Bill helping to adjust the bike for Sammy with the help of Cindy Dodds

Ms. Herndon introduced Sammy and her ten-month old daughter Aiyana at the Rotary meeting and announced that because Sammy has a little one she has also applied for and received a grant to purchase a trailer in which Aiyana will be able to enjoy a safe ride.

Mr. Campbell also presented Sammy with a nice bicycle helmet and lock that were paid for by a donation from Henry and Fran Patterson.

The Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association was formed to identify and promote bicycle routes and events to attract an infusion of new money into the region. They will continue to offer community service projects related to cycling.


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Hundreds come out for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Burney

Two-week old Elijah was the youngest person who came to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Christmas Tree Lane, Saturday evening November 25.

Mrs. Santa with 2 week old Elijah

Elijah, who came with his mother Charissa Gerrue was one of hundreds who attended. Santa and Mrs. Claus, helped by one of their elves, gave out 150 gift packs to children. The event was organized by the Burney Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Rotary Club, Interact Club, Soroptomists, Burney Fire District, and other community organizations and volunteers.

Before 5 o’clock, children and parents had already formed a long line extending down Christmas Tree Lane.

Children and parents lined up to meet Santa

Emcee Bill Campbell opened the program just after 5 p.m. asking the Honor Guard to present the flag.

The Honor Guard – Martin McAbee, Bob Van De Weerd, George Matthews, Donnie McFarlane, and Dennis Lopez

The presentation of the flag was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National anthem.

Janice Hamlin singing the National Anthem

Then the lights went on!

And the lights go on

After the lighting, there was an ugly sweater contest.

Participants in the ugly sweater contest

Emcee Bill Campbell announces Jennifer Taylor winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest

Following the contest, the Winkelman sang several traditional Christmas carols including Silent Night and Joy to the World.

The Winkelman family singing Silent Night

A group of children enjoying the Christmas carols

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in the Burney Fire District’s newly acquired ladder truck.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a fire truck

After Santa and Mrs. Claus were seated, the children came streaming through to sit on Santa’s lap. Santa asked them is they had been good during the year and the children told him what they wanted for Christmas. A friendly elf presented each child with a gift bag.

Fun for the whole family

4 year old Ashlyn and 2 week old Elijah with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Happy to meet Santa

Hello Santa

Santa is a fascinating character

All during the program, The Rotary Club and Interact Club provided popcorn and cotton candy,

Rotary and Interact giving out popcorn and cotton candy

and the Soroptomists served people hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and the Lionesses provided cookies.

Hot apple cider and hot chocolate from the Soroptomists

Lions Auxiliary giving out cookies

It was a wonderful beginning of the Christmas season for the Burney community.

Merry Christmas to all

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Pictures of Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 on Sunday October 8 was wonderful. The weather was beautiful. Great music! Cider and dutch oven goodies! Wagon rides! Folks dressed up in period costumes. Lots of fun activities from the 1800’s. I’ll let some pictures speak for themselves.

Nicki Carlisle, the Zuilleger family and the Shooting Stars


The Shooting Stars – Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina

Here’s a link to music by the Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017.

North State Fiddlers


Meg with Jack and Jill


Nina Kammener, Diana Sophia Green, and Kayla Oilar




Candle making


Candle making

Making a pine doll


These girls made some fine pine dolls


Craig Harrington at Heritage Days


Manning the cider press


Veronica Sloan and Dutch Oven Cooking


Pit River Pioneer Thom Sloger with Linda Colvin at an 1840’s tent site


Pit River Pioneers


Walt Libal displaying old guns




Tug O War


Cub Scouts from Pack 38


Leos at Heritage Day

For more on Heritage Days see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Heritage Day shares the past


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District Attorney talks about crime at Rotary meeting

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett spoke to the members of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River at their monthly lunch meeting at Gepetto’s on August 3.

Rotary President Jim Billo introducs District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett at Rotary

Bridgett began working for the District Attorneys Office as a Deputy in 2002. In 2009, she became a Senior Deputy and in 2015 she became Chief Deputy. She was unanimously selected to become District Attorney by the County Board of Supervisors in March 2017. She has had experience in all forms of criminal prosecution in the county.

The Shasta County DA’s office has 24 prosecutors and a staff of over 60 people including a forensic unit and advocates for victims. Due to budget restrictions, she recently lost one prosecutor and an advocate.

Bridgett began by asking if people had noticed an increase in crime over the past six years.

Her message, involving the effects of Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, was very similar to the scenario presented at the July 11 community meeting on crime and homelessness by County Sherriff Tom Bosenko.

In a nutshell, the above mentioned laws have resulted in fewer criminals being jailed.

According to Bridgett, law enforcement agencies in Shasta County generally refer about 12,o00 cases to the District Attorney’s Office each year. Of those, about 9400 of these cases are prosecuted because the DA’s office believes that they have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt with which to secure a conviction. About 90 percent of these cases are plea bargained. Ninety to 120 go to court.

In 2011, AB 109 was passed. In order to reduce prison overcrowding in the state of California, the law mandated that for many crimes, convicted criminals would no longer be sent to state prison but would serve their terms in county jails.

The Shasta County Jail has only 381 beds and not all of these can be filled at any one time. Due to this limited jail space, many prisoners need to be released on parole or probation.

Furthermore, Proposition 47 that was passed in 2014 reclassified many former felonies as misdemeanors. This includes many drug offenses including possession of heroine. Prop 47 also changed rules regarding probation and parole.

Part of the rationale supporting Prop 47 was to emphasize rehabilitation rather than criminalizing addiction.

Bridgett said that, while the intention was good, the effect has been that many are less likely to go through rehabilitation or recovery programs.

When offenders were charged with a felony, they could be incarcerated and rehabilitation could be mandated. The state had a “hammer” to ensure that the person went through mandatory addiction counseling and rehabilitation, If they successfully completed the program, then the sentence could be reduced to a misdemeanor so there was an incentive for the person to comply.

The changes in law have also affected the mindset and behavior of people charged with crimes. Bridgett said that over 50% of people charged with crimes fail to appear in court. Many criminals know that they are unlikely to be jailed so they are more cavalier or brazen in their attitude toward the law.

Bridgett said that smaller counties in the state have borne the brunt of the legal changes over the past 6 years. Larger counties like Los Angeles have bigger jails and more extensive rehabilitation programs so they have not been affected as adversely.

Because of the problem arising from changing laws, lack of personnel, and limited jail space, the DA’s office has been reaching out to community organizations in an effort to increase crime prevention. Bridgett also been in communication with officials of other counties facing similar situations to find common solutions.

Because time was limited she did not have time to explain Proposition 57 and the effects that it had. Instead, Bridgett responded to questions and comments from Rotary members. People wanted to know what they can do. She recommended crime prevention, security and supporting legislation on the state level to try to improve the situation. There was also a brief discussion of changing crime rates  and the coincident pendulum swings in the penal code over the past 50 years.

Jim Billo expressed the hope of the club that the District Attorney would come again to provide more information and discussion.

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2017 Rex Club Days features classic cars, awesome crafts and lots of fun

This year’s Rex Club Days, which took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday May 27, was awesome!

1948 Chevy Woodie owned by Con Neufeld from Fairoaks

The Mountain Cruisers annual car show drew 64 entrees from Susanvillle and Alturas to the west, the Intermountain area, Redding and Red Bluff, and Santa Rosa and Eureka to the east. Locals and visitors marveled at the wonderful woodies, terrific old trucks (some with trailers), candy-red classic cars, and other very fine vintage vehicles that filled the lot and the street front.

Here are photos of a few:

1934 Ford owned by Ted Drake from Montgomery Creek

1935 Ford Truck owned by Larry and Val Harvey from Redding

1939 Chevy Coupe owned by Pee Wee Rhodes from Redding

1940 Ford owned by Dan Fallo from Petaluma

1940 Mercury owned by Dale Wilkes from Old Station

1953 Studebaker PU owned by Dan and Sonja Knapek from Eureka

1930 Ford Woodie Panel Truck owned by Frank Wheeler from Santa Rosa

Cool classic truck and trailer

Very fine vintage Corvette

There were numerous booths, delicious refreshments, and lots of prizes and awards.

The Burney Chamber of Commerce was there selling T-Shirts for this year’s Burney Basin Days. If you missed getting one they are available at the Chamber Office or from local Chamber members.

Chamber members display 2017 Burney Basin Days T-Shirts

The Mountain Cruisers also graciously invited all of the candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney to come to the show to campaign for their charities. Mary Francis Unterreiner took advantage of the opportunity and spoke briefly from the announcer’s booth about the work the St. Vincent de Paul is doing in the Intermountain Community for the less fortunate.

In addition, adjacent to the car show, the Annual Rotary Art and Craft Show organized by Rotary member and potter Andrew Urlie had eight booths featuring hand crafted wood items, soaps, metal work, pottery, survival bracelets, and home-grown wool yarn.

Mr. McKay diisplaying a rolling pin made out of pine cones

Hand-dyed yarn made from home-grown sheep

Hand-forged metalwork from Rawhide Forge

There was a lot to take in. It was a beautiful way to spend a beautiful day. There was a steady flow of people throughout the show.

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Memorial Day Weekend Fine Arts & Craft Show

Rotary Club of Burney/Fall River will be sponsoring a Fine Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Downtown Burney next to the Rex Club Days Car Show behind U.S. Bank.

Proceeds go to support local scholarships and Rotary International’s Polio Plus.

This craft show will feature local artists. All items are handmade fine arts and crafts sold by the artist who created them!

Vendors please contact Andrew Urlie, Email: mailto:burneyfallsart@gmail.com; Phone: (530) 335-4030

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Burney High School Interact Club installs new officers

The newly chartered Interact Club of Burney High School had an Inaugural Ceremony and Dinner at Burney High School on Sunday March 26 to install their new officers.

The officers included: President- Paige Smith; Vice-President – Megan Arsenau; Secretary- Madison Luntey: Treasurer- Billy Covert; Student Council Representative- Chris Phipps; and Social Media Correspondent- Makayla Henderson.

Interact Officers Paige Smith, Megan Arsenau, Madison Luntey, Billy Covert, Makayla Henderson, and Chris Phipps

Interact is an international organization of service and social clubs for young people of secondary school age (12-18) that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship and promotes international understanding and peace. The name “Interact” was created by combining the words “international” and “action.”

Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs as a program of Rotary International. Rotary clubs provide guidance and inspiration, but the Interact clubs are self-governing and self-supporting. The BHS Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.

Bob Jehn presents Paige Smith a certificate as Billy Covert and Ray Guerrero look on

Bob Jehn, past president of the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club, emceed the event. Several other past presidents of Rotary were also present for the inauguration as were  representatives of the Fall River High School Interact Club.

Melissa Madden and Kevin Bower will serve as advisors from Burney High School and Willie Rodriguez and Trish Mostaufi will serve as advisors from the Rotary Club.

Melissa Madden, Kevin Bower, and Willie Rodriguez

Principal Ray Guerrero gave the keynote address describing the work and mission of Interact.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least one community service project and at least one project that furthers international understanding and goodwill.

Since the establishment of the first club in Melbourne, Florida in 1962, Interact has grown to more than 33,000 clubs with more than 300,000 members in 200 countries.

The BHS club has 33 charter members. Each new member that was present received a certificate and a lapel pin. The advisors were also introduced and presented with a lapel pin.

2017 Charter Members of the Burney Junior Senior Interact Club

After the introductions and presentations, Paige Smith, President of the BHS Interact Club ended the program with closing remarks.

Interact President Paige Rene Smith gave closing remarks

Smith said, “As president of our Interact Club, I am excited to see what opportunities our club has. I am very thankful for how supportive the Rotary Club has been. As a club, we could not be more thrilled about our future endeavors.”


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