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December 16 , 2014

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Burney Fire’s Santa Party
Kids got a chance to meet Santa, get a nice gift and have some treats Saturday at the Department’s Annual party for kids.  

Please Help Find Johnny!
Nine-year-old Johnny, a tricolored brown tan and gray Rocky Mountain Cur (hound) with a white chest, weighing 40 pounds, has been missing since Friday, November 28 in the Big Lake area. He has a long tail and nose and a broken hearted mom! Call 530-604- 6012 or 608-604-0046 or email

McArthur FFA Minute

By Wesley Woolery
McArthur FFA Reporter
On November 19th McArthur FFA took over seventy students to the Inter-Mountain Section Opening and Closing Contest at Big Valley High School. McArthur FFA did very well at all levels of the contest. In the Discovery Contest, students in Public Speaking Class, there was a winning team, third place team, and fourth place team. Also in the Novice Contest, most students came out of the AG Science One classes with another winning team, third place, and a fourth place team. In the Advanced Contest, most students coming out of the AG Science Two classes, with a second place team and a fifth place team. And in the Officer Contest the McArthur FFA Officers took second place. And in the Best Informed Greenhand Contest Cyanna Iniguez won the individual contest and the McArthur FFA team took another first place.

The McArthur FFA would like to thank some volunteers who put extra effort in making the Apple Pie Sale run smoothly. Thank You to Bev Tamplen, Kurt Ronquist, John and Donna Hamilton, Jody Morgan, Billy Rainwater, Betty and John Hamilon, Theresa Neugebauer, Kayla Millar, Tony and Monica Lommen, Stacy Gallion, Ken Hutchings, Travis Corder, Craig and Chris Knoch, Mindy Hamilton, Leslie Corder, Kim Brown, Anna Denny, Laura Imhoff, Dawn Johnson, Beatrice Millington, Pablo Trenado. Thank You all for your help and support not only at the Pie Sale but throughout the whole year.

In the New Year McArthur FFA will be attending the Made for Excellence and the Advanced Leadership Academy in Redding and later in January competing at the Tulelake Invitational Contest.

Burning Scheduled
The Hat Creek Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest is planning on burning piles in the Old Station area. Called the Old Station/ Baker Lake Hand Piles burn, it consists of two sites totaling 31 acres.

The fire was to be started at 10 a.m. December 15 (yesterday) and continue through Thursday.

Minimal smoke might be visible from Hwy 89, as well as from Hwy 44/89. Smoke may also be visible from the community of Old Station. The number of piles burned each day will be based on minimizing smoke impacts to Hwy 44/89 and the community of Old Station. All piles will be chunked and burned down by the end of the day each evening.

Good Food, Good Company, Good Cause
The traditional Burney Post of the American Legion Ham Dinner was a huge success with a line of customers that stretched to the front door and beyond for almost an hour after the dinner started. Jim Erickson won the cord of wood donated by Wayne Rodman, and Inermountain Body Works and Joyce Benton  each won half a pig. The money raised by the event goes to the Post’s youth activities and annual scholarships.

Can You Help Fill the Bus?
FALL RIVER MILLS — The 21st annual Fall River Valley Community canned food drive is now underway. Thanks to the generosity of the Fall River Joint Unified School District a big yellow school bus is parked outside Ray’s Food Place. Our purpose is to fill every seat in the bus with non-perishable food items.

Non-perishable goods include canned, packaged, dried or boxed food and can be donated directly at Ray’s Food Place or given to students at Fall River Elementary or Fall River High School. Cash donations can also be made at all the above locations ($1 will equal a pound of food). A $10 donation made at Ray’s Food Place will buy a complete bag of groceries. Health regulations require that all donated food items need to be within the printed expiry date on the label. Our goal this year is to collect over 3,000 pounds of food.

All donations will be used by the local Community Food Pantry right here in the Fall River Valley to help families in need, not only in the coming holiday season but throughout the year. The Food Pantry is a non-profit, volunteer organization, which has already helped over 1000 people this year.

Free Christmas Dinner Set
BURNEY — The Grace Community Bible Church on Tamarack Avenue in Burney will host their annual free Christmas Dinner again this year.

This is the fourth year that the church has put the dinner on for the community.

Pastor Henry Winkelman says the event is for anyone in the community who doesn’t have a place to go or just wants to have a place to go and enjoy the meal with other folks.

The dinner is from Noon to 3 p.m. Members of the church will pick those up who don’t have a ride to the church and will deliver dinners to shut-ins that can’t come out. Just call the church at 335- 2367 or Pastor Winkelman at 335-2502.

The church is located at 20218 Tamarack.

Bird Watchers Sought
MINERAL, CA – The public is welcome to come and participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Mineral area. For well over 100 years people of all ages interested in birds have taken to the field during the holiday season to count birds in and around their communities as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Coordinated and sponsored by the National Audubon Society, this year marks the 115 annual count; this is the 24th annual Mineral count. Mineral is one of over 2,000 bird counts across the nation. Count observations are compiled at the end of the count and submitted to a national database.
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The First Noel Celbrating the Birthday of a King -
Christmas Cantata Scheduled for December 21
The first Noel Celebrating the birthday of a King-Christmas Cantata will be December 21 at 3 p.m. in the Intermountain Evangelical Free Church Main Street McArthur. It Is presented by our local community choir with members from Alturas to Burney and is sponsored by the Community United Methodist Church in Fall River Mills. Admission is free but if you have a nonperishable food donation it will be accepted for local food bank.
Fellowship Program is Available
The Capital Fellows Programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policy making and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

Voted four years (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014) as one of the Top 10 internships nationwide by, the Capital Fellows Programs are ranked highly for their combination of meaningful work experience and career opportunities. Each year, Vault’s editors evaluate the internship programs profiled in their annual guide and select from those the top internship programs they feel represent the best allaround opportunities.
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Southard’s Betrothed Teaches High School Class
TOMAH, WI — Kimberly Hoag-Shrake, former McArthur resident Tavius Southard’s fiancée, teaches the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) class at Tomah High School in Tomah, Wisconsin. JAG is a national Non-profit Organization funded by Forward Services Corporation out of Madison, Wisconsin, for that area.

Brighter Tomorrows Services for Monroe County, Wisconsin, located in Sparta and Tomah, includes a 24- hour Crisis Line, Crisis Intervention, Legal Advocacy, Support Groups, Community Education, Public Awareness and Volunteer Opportunities. Program Coordinator Coleen Rapp came to the Tomah High School’s JAG classroom Wednesday, December 10, to educate students and share information on unhealthy patterns of behavior and about sexual assault and resources available.

JAG’s Compassion Project for this semester was to make Fleece blankets for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Monroe County.

Through donations of material and funds to buy material, the students were able to complete 15 blankets so far and present them to Ra
“Under a Spreading Chestnut-Tree The village Smithy Stands”
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
Tom (pictured above), a farrier and blacksmith by trade, spends a lot of time shoeing horses, and the rest pursuing his hobbies, finding old horse-drawn farm and ranch equipment and rebuilding it, building wagons and repairing them.

He has spent his life taking old, often abandoned equipment, rebuilding, repairing and refitting them. He takes rusted metal and changes it into useful, beautiful show pieces.

His shop is full of tools of the trade, projects at various stages of completion, a variety of anvils, axles, staves, wheels and old, wooden tongues and other pieces that he will lovingly work until they come back to life and can be painted and refit to the buggy, cart or wagon they came off of.

As a skilled and talented blacksmith it is no surprise that if its metal he can fix it, remake it or invent something that will work.

He admits he has found himself in situations where he doesn’t exactly know how to fix what he’s working on, but he figures it out.
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Delight the Five Senses this Holiday Season
To create a memorable holiday experience this year, turn your gifts, celebrations and home décor into a festive feast for the five senses.

Beautiful Sights
One sure sign that the holiday season has arrived at your home is when all the festive lights, décor and colors are on display. Trim your tree with DIY ornaments for a personal touch and add a wreath to your home’s entryway, so that visitors immediately feel welcomed before they even step inside.

Using scented candles in a variety of styles and sizes, you can create an intriguing and creative tablescape or mantlescape. Simply swap out smaller accessories to make the decorations last throughout the winter season. One easy option is to try an electric wax melt warmer, which can be used with a variety of different fragrances and warmer styles and has no wick or flame.
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Saving Experts Talk about Holidays
The holiday season is here. Amid decorating your home, planning holiday parties and baking cookies for Santa, you might find yourself with very little time (and cash) for holiday shopping.

Luckily, the savings experts at Dollar General have a few gift ideas that are easy and fun to get you in the spirit this year.

DIY Canning Jar Recipes

For an affordable and personable gift, try picking up a bag of cookie mix, a one dollar canning jar, ribbon, and a holiday gift tag. Place the cookie mix inside the canning jar, decorate with a ribbon and attach the directions for preparing the cookie mix on the holiday gift tag. With endless choices for cookie flavors, decorative gift tags and ribbons, you can create a one-of-a-kind and tasty gift for all of your friends, teachers and service providers.
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