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December 1, 2015

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An Unexpected Thank You Means So Much

BURNEY — Both Bill Baldwin, a Past Commander and Boy and Girl State Chairman of the Burney American Legion Post and artist Eileen Denton were selling at the East Burney Elementary School’s PTA Craft Sale on November 21. Baldwin, a decorated Vietnam Veteran was wearing one of his trademark ball caps. As he remembers it:

“At first this lady, Eileen Denton, just wanted to know what I was selling and I told her raffle tickets for the American Legion’s Annual Christmas Ham Dinner drawings and she promised to return and buy a ticket, which she did about an hour later.

“When I thanked her, Eileen asked if I served in Vietnam. I told her I had and she told me about her uncle, A Door Gunner on a helicopter in Vietnam in the Delta Region I think. I praised him for saving our buckets so many times, maybe even mine - A ground Pounder’s best friend! She said ‘Thank you for your service’ and walked away.

“Just before the craft sale closed, she walked up to me and handed me the plaque and said - ‘Thank you for your service. This is for you,’ and walked away again.

I was sure she must have meant all veterans, so I presented it to Ron Harshman, the commander of the VFW for the Veterans Hall, where he promptly hung it where everyone can see it.

“I was so taken - What a wonderful tribute to us!!” He said.

Bill Baldwin (l) and Ron Harshman (r) show off Eileen Denton’s plaque honoring veterans before Harshman hung it on a wall in the Burney Veteran’s Hall. In small letters on the left the plaque is inscribed “not all wounds are visible,” on the other “Forever would not have been enough.”

Winter Wonderland

A major leak of some type turned the Bailey Street Skate Board Park into a winter wonderland last Sunday.
Christmas Giving Tree is at Plumas Bank

FALL RIVER MILLS — The Christmas Giving Tree has arrived at Plumas Bank in downtown Fall River Mills.

This Christmas Tree has been an annual tradition for a number of years, giving folks the opportunity to make sure there is a present under the tree for a youngster whose family is experiencing financial and emotional hardships, something that might otherwise be impossible.

Giving is easy and fun. Each ornament has an age on it from oneyear old to 15.

The giver picks an ornament, buys and wraps a present, returning it to the bank by December 17.
Family Stuck in Woods, Gets Out Okay
OLD STATION — A Cottonwood family reported being stuck in the snow in a remote area near the North Battle Creek Reservoir in Old Station. Scott Frank, 39, had advised he was approximately five miles in from State Highway 44 on a dirt road, accompanied by his wife and two children.

After the initial 911 call, several attempts were made to contact Frank by telephone and text message with negative results. not being able to re-establish contact with Frank, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, and volunteer members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, responded to the area to initiate a search for the family.

When deputies arrived in the area, citizens advised Frank and his family were being transported out of the location by another vehicle.

Frank had been located by a member of the Search and Rescue Snowmobile Team, who happened to be in the area, and was unaware of the call for assistance.

Frank and his family were transported by citizens to the Snowmobile Park off of State Highway 44.

The family was prepared with enough food and proper clothing for the elements. They were found to be in good health and were picked up by friends.

Burney Patrol Sergeant Quentin Johnston says the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to use caution when travelling back- country roads, especially with the recent storms which have produced significant amounts of snow in the higher elevations. Always carry extra food, supplies, and an emergency kit when visiting these types of areas.

Help Me Help “Locks of Love” December 5

My name is Anthony Semer. I’m a senior at Burney high school.

My senior project is to collect hair and monetary donations at Cascade Beauty Spa on December 5 from 10 am to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a non-profit org. that provides hair pieces to children going through chemotherapy. If donating hair, please come with clean dry hair,10 inches or longer,no bleached or unnatural colors. Thank you for your time and I hope to see you there!
Help Fall River Library Today (Tuesday)
FALL RIVER MILLS — The Fall River Valley Library is participating in the Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s North State Giving Tuesday (today).

The event provides a $75,000 grant from the KInodel Family Endowment Fund with a percentage of funds to the Fall River Library, the only participating organization in Eastern Shasta County.

Every bit of the $75,000 will be awarded. But local donations enhance the amount awarded. The amount will be determined by the number of participants and the amount of donations to the library.

Tax deductible donations can be made through the secure website www.northstategives. org using a masterCard, Visa, American Express or debit card today (Tuesday, December 1).

As a thank you for your participation, the library will add your logo to the Library webpage as a proud sponsor.