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Aspiring restaurant workers learn the ins and outs of the business

Longboards Bar & Grill front-of-the-house manager Ashley Freschi conducts a mock interview with Quincy High School student Madison Venable during a special day of instruction for students in the school’s culinary classes Oct. 28.  Photos by James Wilson
James Wilson
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It takes a lot more than a finely tuned palate and a flashy smile to succeed in the restaurant business. Culinary students at Quincy High School learned this firsthand Oct. 28 when Longboards Bar & Grill executive chef Sean Conry and front-of-the-house manager Ashley Freschi stopped by the school to give a lesson on what restaurant work truly requires.

The two restaurant professionals covered a range of topics including professionalism, teamwork, workplace communication and leadership skills.

Quincy High School was one of 30 schools in the state to receive instruction that day as part of a program headed by the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The foundation called the statewide event Force in Training Day.

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Local independent grocery delivery business closes after nearly a century

People pose in front of Bar’s Grocery, the store that inhabited the old Pizza Factory building in 1920. Bud Waller recalls stocking shelves at this store, and many others that no longer exist, during his 76-year long career as a grocer in Plumas County. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum
James Wilson
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After a lifetime of delivering groceries to Plumas County, Bud Waller called it quits last Friday, closing a delivery business that stayed in his family for nearly 100 years. Waller, 80, decided it was time he and his wife of 60 years kick back and enjoy their golden age.

“We’re done,” said Waller. “It’s harder now for an independent grocer to try to do it. All the big chain stores haul their own products. It’s not feasible anymore.”

“That’s all right,” Bud’s wife, Ellena Waller, chimed in. “We needed to retire anyways.”

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Historical back bar put up for sale

This photo, taken around 1900, shows the ornate back bar that resided at the Capitol Saloon for over 120 years. The back bar was recently put on the market and is available for purchase. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum
James Wilson
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Just looking at the old wooden back bar that presided over the Capitol Saloon evokes moments of history for many in Quincy.

Men and women in the late 19th century took in the same sight as customers in the early 21st century — an ornate wooden bar adorned with carvings and a full mirror split up into three sections.

In 2011, when Plumas Arts bought the former home of the Capitol Saloon, many residents asked one question: What’s going to happen to the back bar?

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Funding available for local nonprofit organizations

Lucie Kreth, director of Portola Kids Inc., a 24/7 daycare, poses with some of her organization’s young charges and the heater she purchased with a grant from The Common Good Community Foundation. Photo courtesy The Common Good Community Foundation
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A nonworking heater replaced with a new one in a daycare/preschool. Supplies for a high school aquaculture class. Support for court-appointed special advocate volunteers working with abused and/or neglected children. A theater program for teens.

One could say kids were the big winners last June when The Common Good Community Foundation issued grants totaling $8,600 to local nonprofit organizations. Portola Kids Inc., Chester High School, The Resource Center and dramaworks were just four of the eight programs that received grants from the foundation in its last funding cycle.

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Woman turns stones into custom jewelry

Judy Dailey polishes the copper and silver that she uses to wrap unique stones that will soon be transformed into a necklace. Photos by Debra Moore
Debra Moore
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Judy Dailey spends weekend mornings in her laundry room, but she’s not washing clothes.

Instead the Meadow Valley woman is unfurling lengths of copper wire, wrapping unique stones, and creating an array of bracelets, necklaces and earrings, while the Beatles play in the background.

One wall of the room boasts a washer and dryer, but the rest of the space is devoted to racks of tools, drawers of beads and stones, and spools of wire.

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