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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Image makeover needed: In the soon-to-be-released grand jury report, the jurors said the county’s Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health departments are suffering from a poor public image.
  • Help at the jail: The Board of Supervisors approved the sheriff’s request to hire four corrections officers, but not before reminding him the county is facing a $3 million budget problem.
  • Water disaster?: The state has already enacted emergency conservation measures. The county is thinking about declaring a local disaster as well.

Upcoming Quincy events

Father's Day Fly-In & Crawfish Festival, Summer Solstice Century Rides and Fair Parade

Quincy Chamber column

You, your friends and your family are invited to the Father's Day Fly-In & Crawfish Festival Sunday June 20, at the Gansner Airfield and Gansner Park in Quincy.

It all starts at 8 a.m. with our favorite Quincy Fireman's Breakfast, followed by Discovery Flight Lessons from Sugarpine Aviators, Young Eagles, Feather River Model As, vendors, music by Say What Sound, demonstrations and more. This year we even have a coloring contest for the kids, everybody is a winner!

At 11 a.m., we are moving over the bridge for a Crawfish Festival in Gansner Park. The Funky Gators will play live zydeco music while we play bocce ball, horseshoes, crawfish races and more fun stuff for the kids.

We will be eating Cajun food by Southern Accent and drinking Sierra Nevada beer until 6 p.m. for the best Father's Day ever!

The following Saturday, June 26, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce will host 300 riders and their families for the seventh Summer Solstice Century Bike Rides.

There are five rides featuring "the Crucible ... Death is the Easy Way Out." The loop covers 137 miles and 13,440 ft. of climb. This challenging loop appeals to world-class athletes.

Julz Graphics designed an amazing logo and Mike Saari created an amazing poster to specifically reach this target market. T-shirts and stickers are available in the chamber office at 464 Main St.

Four other ride options are available: 150K, 100K, 50M and 30M. The ride has 10 rest stops sponsored by local businesses and more than 100 volunteers, including an extensive SAG support team.

High quality, nutritious foods are provided to assist riders' success. Rest stop one is sponsored by Sierra Pacific Industries. Union Hotel and LaPorte Fire Department sponsor rest stop two; rest stop three, by Soper Wheeler Co. Rest stop four is sponsored by Feather River Parks and Recreation and Forbestown Advisory Council. Plumas Bank and Geiger West sponsor rest stop five; while Sierra Health and Fitness Revolution sponsor rest stop six; the Bike Shop and Collins Pine sponsor stop seven. Rest stop eight is sponsored by Sierra Park and Plumas County Search and Rescue, nine by Lakeshore Resort and ten by Quincy Natural Foods. For more information visit summersolsticecentury.info.

The Quincy Chamber of Commerce is now open Saturdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to provide visitor support services.

Main Street is ready for our guests thanks to the hard work of the Streetscape Committee who spent their Memorial Day weekend gardening and replacing trees. Please thank the following volunteers: John Kolb, Bruce Walker, Kent Barrett, Greg, Les Ellis, and Cindy Robinson. The Out and About Garden Club, the Green Thumbs?, is working hard to bring the rose garden at the Plumas County Library back to life. Soroptimists International has the triangle looking good too. Our volunteers "make it happen."

The theme for the 65th Fair Parade is "Bales, Tales and Happy Trails" with a "Salute to Business with a History." There are so many outstanding members of the community that it was impossible to choose just one so this year we are proud to have five Grand Marshalls. Representing Indian Valley is Betsy Schramel, from Eastern Plumas is Betty Folchi and Bob Schoensee, and Grand Marshalls from Quincy are Ralph Wilburn and Jim Bob Gossett. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. Parade entry deadline is July 23, and is limited to 100 entries. Entry forms are available online at quincychamber.com or call 530.283.0188.

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