February 21, 2017

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February is American Heart Month

The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

Use up at least as many calories as you take in. Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups.

Eat less of the nutrient-poor foods.

Don’t smoke tobacco — and avoid secondhand smoke.

As you make daily food choices, base your eating pattern on these recommendations:

• Choose lean meats and poultry without the skin
• Eat fish at least twice a week
• Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars
• Prepare foods with little or no salt
• Keep an eye on your portion sizes Risk Factors:
• Smoking • High Cholesterol
• High Blood Pressure
• Physical Inactivity
• Obesity
• Diabetes

At Mayers Memorial Hospital District we have services that can assist you with these risk factors:

Cardiac Rehab & Maintenance, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy and Dietary and Nutrition. See our website for more information. www.

Burney Students of the Month Honored

by Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
Alyson Jones and Cheyenne Wilson were honored as February Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday, February 17. Alyson Jones was named 12th grade student of the month and Cheyenne Wilson was named 8th grade student of the month. The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield, who oversees the Student of the Month Program for the Lions, presented Jones a $100 check and Wilson received $50.

Wilson has a grade point average of 4.0. She loves school, spending time with her family and watching movies. She would like to go to Hawaii. When she finishes high school she hopes to go to college and the find a “dream job.” Her parents Camee Johnson and Tony Wilson and two sisters came to watch the presentation.

Jones has a 3.57 grade point. She likes spending time with her friends and family and enjoys “helping out in the community.” She is a member of the Leos, FNL, S-Club, Leadership, and Interact. After graduation she plans to become a Veterinary Tech.

She also loves travel. When Principal Guerrero asked her which country in Europe she would like to visit, she answered “all of them.” After becoming a vet tech, she hopes to travel the world. Her parents Mike and Cheri McClung also came to watch Alison receive her award.

Hope is Alive Event at Ol’ Merc a Hit

Not content with lots of rain, Mother Nature finished the storm with an ice and
snow frosting on much of the area, including Big Valley Summit.
By Alex Colvin
Mountain Echo reporter
More than eighty people filled the Old Merc Pizza in McArthur on Friday night February 3 for the Hope is Alive 9! open mic. The crowd was treated to an evening of song, dance, poetry, testimony, and drumming.

The Hope is Alive! open mics are sponsored by Stand Against Stigma, a program of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. The theme of Hope is Alive! is that creative expression and the arts help people work through their struggles and to aid in recovery. The program addresses issues such as depression, substance abuse, suicide, anxiety disorders, childhood trauma.

Marc Dadigan, a community education specialist for the County, helped to organize and emcee the event. County Supervisor Mary Rickert was present and spoke briefly about her past work with the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Many performers and speakers contributed to the night’s entertainment including Redding singer/ songwriter, Tyson Guerrero, sang some original songs. Social worker Heather Gold, shared a story of how her ancestors had come to America as refugees from the programs in Eastern Europe to start of new life. Gold spoke of how she had benefited from and treasured the religious diversity in America. She also shared about coping with the difficulties of a brain tumor and the importance of overcoming stigmas. Musicians Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith performed a variety of old-time tunes, blues, and bluegrass music.

Don Smith hosts a community jam session every other Friday at the Old Merc for local musicians. As well as performing, Stoore also provided and managed the sound system for the evening.

Folk-rock musician George Whitfield from Burney. George used to play in the Burney Basin Band with Cliff Bobo and Dave Wicks. In addition to playing an original tune he had never performed before, Whitfield shared his hope for peace and brought back a lot of memories singing the old 60’s songs.

Kimberly Michelle Davis lit up the hall with her rendition of “Naughty” from the Broadway musical Matilda. Gail Pittman followed with a rendition of Ricky Nelson’s “I was a Fool in Love.” by Phil Dekker accompanied on the violin by Ginny Dye. Verena Compton from Round Mountain read an old Germanic poetic prayer in German and English.

Skip Holden and Randy Compton performed on the drums.