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Business Scene for the week of 6/23/2010

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    Within two days after publishing a full page spread on the local Union Pacific’s train ride offer written by our Portola Editor Diana Jorgenson, we’re told 175 enthusiastic Plumas County citizens who've always wanted to ride the rails through the canyon bought tickets. Response to the recent article was so great UP added another car, adding that the train was now too long so they pulled off a sleeper car. We’re more than happy your organization publicizes its community events, all we ask is your help in providing all the necessary information, including photos if applicable, in a timely fashion. Our email addresses and phone numbers can be found elsewhere in this newspaper. If you are having difficulty and need some assistance getting published, call your or email your local editor or contact our Managing Editor, Delaine Fragnoli, or myself.

BARGAIN BOUTIQUE’S FACE-LIFT
    The Plumas District Hospital Volunteers have temporarily closed the Bargain Boutique Thrift Store on Lawrence Street in Quincy for a face-lift.  Remodeling plans include repainting, carpet cleaning and relocating much of the shelving and clothing racks.  The volunteers also plan to add a section for furniture and home décor items.   Reopening is planned for July 1.   The PDH Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations to the Bargain Boutique are tax-deductible and very much appreciated. All sale proceeds are used for PDH equipment purchases.  

FREELANCE WRITER KEEPS BUSY
    The July issue of Scientific American includes a story by Jane Braxton Little.  The freelance writer based in Indian Valley, who got her start with Feather Publishing Company, is currently in Tanzania on a project with Conservation International.

HIGH RISK INSURANCE PROGRAMS

    If you are one of those drivers having difficulty finding affordable auto insurance because of a DUI, driving with a suspended license or some other “high risk” violation, Sonia and Tom Goss at Farmer’s Insurance in Quincy might be able to help. They now offer that kind of specialized coverage through Bristol West Insurance Group.

SIERRA VALLEY LODGE REOPENS
    After more than six months of remodeling and repairs, the Sierra Valley Lodge in Calpine has re-opened for business under the new ownership of brothers, Charles and Roy Gundeid, and Steffan Gundeid, Charles’ oldest son. Charles and Steffan also own Restaurante Pizzeria Capri in Sonoma, Ca. Roy has been a master diamond cutter and jeweler for over 30 years and has two jewelry stores in Norway and an on-line diamond marketing business. Buying the lodge, they said, has given their two families the chance to re-unite with a common purpose. The restaurant features prime rib, steaks, seafood and pasta dishes prepared by award winning Chef Paul Sorensen.

COMMUNITY FORUM JUNE 30
    The Feather River Recreation and Fitness Center in Quincy will soon be under the management and control of Feather River College. They have signed a lease effective July 1 with the FRC Foundation, owner of the facility, to take over operation of the community fitness center. Merle Trueblood, FRC’s athletic director who has been given the long-term oversight responsibility for the business, quickly assembled a citizens advisory group to lay plans for the future of the center.
    Their first order of business is to hold a community forum set for June 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Plumas Bank’s credit center at 32 Central Ave. (behind Safeway). The group is seeking input from anyone interested in the facility and how it can better serve the community with its equipment, classes and schedules. Past, present and prospective future members are invited to attend. The facility will be closed July 1-11 for extensive renovations and cleaning. It, along with the pool, will reopen July 12.
    For more information or if you would like to serve on the steering committee, call Trueblood at 283-0202, ext. 295.

TALK ABOUT SUCCESSES…
    Jim and Judi Madden have certainly made their mark in Plumas County. They opened the doors to Madden Plumbing & Heating in Quincy 34 years ago. Then it was just the two of them. Now it’s a highly trained and certified team of employees handling their customers' needs with 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed!

   Jennifer Haverfield kicks off her fifth year with one of eastern Plumas’ favorites for breakfast and lunch, Bonta St. Bistro in Blairsden.

  Packer Lake Lodge in the Gold Lakes Basin is fully operational now for its 28th year under the ownership of Bill McQuattie. Dinner, again under the direction of Chef Mark Holmes, is open to the public and served daily except Tuesday. They also have a full bar.

  We’re now acknowledging the sixth year for Norbert and Christine Schneider at Schneider’s Old Time Merchants on Little Bear (campground) Road in Blairsden. This unique gift shop carries hand painted glass, cards, stuff animals and a lot more.

     And for you old timers:  Rusty Warren opened his shop on Bell Lane in East Quincy selling a myriad of lawn and garden power tools and accessories 30 years ago. During that time, with his accumulated experience and knowledge, he has established himself as one of the best in his field. Rusty sells and services chain saws, snow and leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed trimmers to name a few.

      Leslie and Jeff Greenwood have really made a name for themselves and the quality products they build and sell at their business, Sierra Valley Barns, now in its 11th year. Some of the products they manufacture at their Highway 70 facility just east of Beckwourth include horse barns, tack rooms and economical barn-style storage buildings in a variety of sizes.


  This month marks the 12th year for Riverside Rock in Sloat. Owner Cindy Robinson sells natural stone pavers, flagstone, quartz, decorative river cobble and select landscape boulders. She also has top soil and fill material.


  Here’s another with thirty-four years: Only they did it catering to your dog and cat’s boarding and grooming needs! Congrats also to Bob and Dorothy Farnworth at DMF Boarding Kennels on Highway 70 just east of Quincy for running such a successful business.

   Teri Haas is now in her eighth year with her very successful — as evidenced by the smiling faces on her four-legged customers — Top Dog Grooming Studio. You will find her studio located off Quincy Junction Road on Bell Lane.
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