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November 25 , 2014

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Making a Difference and Responding to Patient's Needs
By Valerie Lakey Mountain Echo reporter Living in the rural community of Fall River Mills really isn’t a concern for Mayers Memorial Hospital District’s (MMHD) new surgeon. Dr. Dale Syverson was born and raised in a small Minnesota town and is quite comfortable in a rural setting. “Being in a rural community gives me the opportunity to offer patients a more timely intervention. I feel like I can make a difference in their outcome and am able to respond to the patient’s needs.”

Dr. Syverson is a welcome addition to the community hospital, as MMHD had gone without a surgeon for some time. He has wasted no time in getting to work, becoming involved in the area, enjoying the offerings of the outdoors, purchasing a home and setting up roots.

Fall River Mills and the farming community is much like where Dr. Syverson came from. He worked in a lumber yard, hay field and print shop as a teenager. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for over 4 years achieving the rank of E5 as a hospital corpsman. He then went to the University of Minnesota for undergraduate work and medical school. It was while in the Navy he became interested in being a surgeon. “I was drawn to the idea of being able to make decisive interventions that had immediate results.”

“While in medical school, I had a clinical rotation in surgery and was inspired by many great surgeons,” he said. He also noted that the University had a strong emphasis on the program.

Next came his general surgery residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, followed by his fellowship at Ferguson Clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I stayed in Minnesota and Michigan for the next 15 years and then ended up in Susanville, California.”
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Harley Raffle to Benefit Needy Kids
The Siskiyou Motorcycle Association’s Annual Christmas Benefit Fund-raiser toy Run and Party has been set.

This year’s raffle is for a new 2015 Harley-Davidson Street tm 750 with Liquid cooled Revolution X, V Twin 46 cu in engine with 6-speed cruise drive transmission.  Prize includes tax and license fees paid.

The drawing will be December 6 at Gazelle Grange in Gazelle. Tickets are $100 each. Only 200 are available. They are sold at the Bartle Lodge. See Rufus or call 964-2775.

Fall River Valley’s Light Parade Expands
The Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to come and participate in the annual Christmas Light Parade Saturday, December 13.

Line up starts at the County Corporation yard off Glenburn Road starting at 5 p.m. Parade starts at 6 PM. It ends at the Jennifer Skuce Pavilion at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur.

This year there will be several new activities to enjoy. There will be caroling, lights, music, refreshments and of course Santa will be there for photos and to greet everyone

Santa’s Workshop Set for Dec. 6
Santa’s workshop will be Saturday, December 6th 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Intermountain Fairgrounds.

The event features local businesses and crafts. While his travel arrangements haven’t been firmed up at this time, Santa tries to make it every year to talk with all the kids.

Raider Review
By Paige Smith
BHS correspondent
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 Happy Thanksgiving:)

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
By Walt Caldwell
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.
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Haley Martin Receives Her Masters Degree
Haley Martin 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
The Burney 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
McARTHUR — 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 Thanksgiving Dinner
Burney Lions 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 Senior Center.