What a wonderful week it was at Burney High School. This week we
had the privilege to learn more about the Native Americans
around our area. November is Native American Appreciation Month
and to help celebrate and recognize our Native Americans we had
some guest speakers and traditional dancers and drummers come to
help show us what their culture is all about. Many students
learned so much more about the culture of others and said it was
neat to learn and be involved in something so special. This week
on Friday we also had a guest motivational speaker, James
Ballientine, come to our school and give us students some advice
and wisdom to live by. Mr.Ballientine gave the students many
words of advice to not only follow but to show others and to
help make the world better. This week school is not in session.
Sports teams are still continuing to practice and get ready for
the upcoming season. On Thanksgiving our helpful Leo’s club will
be volunteering at the turkey dinner at the VFW. It is truly
amazing how great and generous our student body is, for they are
always willing to help out their community. Enjoy your week off
students and staff, and I hope everyone has a great week and
Krispy Kreme Donut Time
McARTHUR — The Fall River High School Junior class has started
raising money for prom. They are selling Krispy Kreme Donuts!
The donuts will be here Thursday, December 4th. Get a dozen
original glazed donuts for $10.00 or a dozen chocolate iced,
lemon filled, raspberry filled or Kreme filled for $12.00. The
Junior Class will be taking orders till Monday, December 1st.
Get your order in today by contacting a student from the Junior
class or by calling 336-5515.
To Honor with Dignity
Mountain Echo editor
I read about a reporter who would randomly open a phone book and
blindly stab a name. He wrote that he’d call the number and
would get a neat story. The theory being that everyone has a
really neat story to tell.
Well, I didn’t have to go stabbing at names in a phone book to
get this story. Vicki McAbee of Cassel buttoned-holed me at a
dinner and asked me if I knew George Matthews who plays the
trumpet for the Burney Veteran’s Honor Guard. I said I did. She
told me flatly that I really needed to do a story on him. I had
watched him numerous times at ceremonies, and recognized a
certain bearing, a presence about him that stood out. I had no
idea at the time that he had been a member of the Honor Guard in
Washington D.C. when President Ronald Reagan was in office.
Getting a story out of George wasn’t real easy.
He isn’t shy. He’s just reserved. He feels that he was fortunate
to be in the right places at the right time. Being deeply
religious, he feels that God orchestrated his good fortune and
he didn’t want to come across in a story looking like he was
putting on airs. Like a lot of other members of the military he
simply did what he was asked to do. Because he is George
Matthews, he did the best job he could.
His story actually begins when he was six. He was in choir, and
according to him, a lousy singer. The choir teacher also taught
band. One day the teacher called him aside and asked if he had
ever considered playing a musical instrument. George says it
wasn’t until he was an adult that he realized that was probably
the teacher’s way of getting him out of the choir without
hurting his feelings by telling him he was a lousy singer.
For Complete Story and More Photos
Martin Receives Her Masters Degree
graduates from Mills College with a Masters Degree in 2014.
You may call her Haley Mills, for short.
Haley’s parents are proud of her accomplishments.
This semester, she was selected for a part time position as
professor at Berkeley Community College teaching English, and
Literature as she continued to work for a social media company
in San Francisco.
Toy Drive Underway
Fire - Fire EMS Auxiliary’s Toy Drive is now underway. Donations
of new, unwrapped toys to the Burney Fire Department’s Fire/EMS
Auxiliary Christmas Toy Drive now through December 4th. The toys
will be handed out by Santa at the Fire Hall from 10:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. Gifts are for infants
through school-aged children. (Don’t forget the teenagers –
movie tickets, gift cards, etc.). If you have questions, leave a
message with the Secretary at the Fire Hall (335-2212), and
someone from the Toy Drive Committee will return your call.
Junior Rodeo Association
to have Their Annual Meeting
The Intermountain Junior Rodeo Association’s annual membership
meeting will be held December 1 in the Heritage Room at the
Inter Mountain Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion topis will include the Intermountain Junior Rodeo
Association’s directorships, a review of the 2014 year and a
review of proposed activities for the year 2015.
All members are encouraged to attend.
Burney Lions to Host
Club will be holding its annual Thanksgiving feast on
Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Lions hall
at the corner of Shasta and Main St. in Burney.
The dinner will run from noon until three pm and will consist of
Turkey and all the trimmin’s.
As usual, delivery will be available to shut-ins and there is no
cost- -although donations are cheerfuly accepted, for
information about home delivery for shut-ins contact the Burney