Business Scene for the week of 6/20/2013


On the heels of Bank of America announcing the impending closure of its Portola branch, rumors have been rampant about the same fate for the Quincy office. Nothing could be further from the truth, said Kris Miravalle, vice president and branch manager. “We are one of the top branches in the area and continue to grow. Our banking customers can rest assured we fully expect be around to handle their banking needs for many years to come. Our deposits, loans and merchant services are the foundation to our success,” she said.

We should also mention that the Quincy office and three of its employees, Kris, Kenny Lutz and Lori Powell, placed in the top 10 percent of the 175 branches and respective staffs in their region and were given awards by Bank of America for both their individual and collective achievements this past year.


Here’s a huge milestone: Dick and Shirley Wiggins are celebrating their 45th anniversary as owners and operators of the famous Wiggin’s Trading Post in Chilcoot. They are famed for their exceptionally large variety of gifts, delicious USDA Choice meats, their delectable homemade fudge, fishing supplies and so much more. It’s worth the stop, if for nothing more than to enjoy their down-home friendliness.

• Johnny and Judy Moore have been running their aviation business, SugarPine Aviators, for an astonishing 35 years and it is still going strong! Operating out of Quincy’s Gansner Field Airport, they offer introductory flights, flying lessons and aircraft rentals. They also have an active flying club with numerous benefits to members. Johnny is a certified flight instructor and commercial pilot who is also a published author. He has two aviation-related books on the market, I Must Fly! and Family Centennial. Both are available at the airport, Epilog Books or at the county museum.

• Patti Buchholtz, with ABSolute Fitness & Health in Graeagle, is celebrating her 10th year in business in Plumas County. Patti is a certified personal trainer with more than 31 years of coaching and instructing who specializes in weight training and a variety of Pilates exercise programs designed to help you achieve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and agility. For more information: 836-1153.


Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch has resumed their ever-popular and downright finger lickin’ good all-you-can-eat rib and chicken Friday night barbecues. Other activities at the “dude ranch” just east of Quincy include horseback rides at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m., wagon rides at 6 and a horseshoe tournament at around 6:30 p.m.


“Summer Solstice Jam … a Midsummer Night’s Dream” will launch The Gift of Music summer concert series June 22 at Downtown Farms (behind the sheriff’s substation) in Greenville. The family-friendly event includes a picnic potluck and live music by the Doug Sheehy band and Greenville’s newest band, No City Boyz. 


Sara Conklin, local glass artist, is now taking private students in her studio in Cromberg to learn about glass bead making. Find out if you enjoy working with the torch and then follow-up with lesson plans. She can be reached at 836-1762.


Intermountain Paint Centers owner Jerry Newell tells us that since opening Susanville Paint Center two years ago, Chester Paint Center a year ago and Quincy Paint Center just last January he has added a couple of services for his customers. Bring any unwanted paints, stains or lacquers to one of their stores and they will dispose of it for free. They are also now a certified repair center for airless paint sprayers. The stores feature Kelly-Moore paints and offer expert computerized color matching.

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