Business Scene for the week of 6/15/2011

Earns state insurance license

Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency’s Mara Tasaki has recently earned her property and casualty insurance license by passing the California state exam. Mara has been employed at the agency’s Quincy office since February. Her main focus will be placing and servicing a variety of commercial insurance products. “We are very pleased to have such a bright and talented addition to our team. Mara has the qualities and skills that will serve our agency well, by delivering professional insurance services to our commercial customers,” Mike Flanigan said. Mara has a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara. She lives in Quincy with her 9-month-old son, Brayden.

New staffer, open house

Karen Call is the new patient services coordinator at the East Quincy offices of Gregory Sawyer, DDS.

Karen relocated from El Dorado Hills to Crescent Mills to be closer to her family who live in Chester.

Also, Friday, June 17, Dr. Sawyer and staff are having a Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be plenty of food and drinks along with a chance to win a massage and a Sonicare toothbrush.


Rattlesnake training for dogs

Karen Hayden of Community Training Network brings her popular rattlesnake aversion training for dogs back to Quincy on Monday, June 20. Erick Briggs from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises will conduct the one-on-one training with your pet. It’s getting close to rattlesnake season, so don’t let your best friend miss this valuable training! For more info: 283-4789.


Chester area chamber mixer

The famed Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau’s “Kicking the Summer Off” mixer is set for June 16 in Old Town Chester. Lassen View Landscape, Trendz and Maria Walker's are co-hosting the event from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at 131 Main on the corner of Olsen and Main streets.


A penny a gallon adds up!

Thanks to the efforts of John Papenhausen and the gang at the Mohawk Trading Company — and the supportive local community members who trade there — $1,902 has been donated to Greenville High School this past year. This money is being used to help fund field trips, science projects, tutoring programs and the school’s recognition barbecues and good citizenship awards.

So, keep in mind that for every gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel sold at the Greenville station, John donates one cent to the schools. $1,902: See, it does add up!!


Earns broker’s license

In 1991, Linda Pohler joined her parents, Blair and Monea Conradsen, to help run the family business at Lake Almanor, Plumas Properties Inc., where she was also a full-time agent. Linda has always taken the time to further her professional education, most recently completing the stringent requirements and testing necessary to earn her California Real Estate broker’s license.


Joins Chester salon

Jerilyn Houlihan has joined the team at The Cutting Edge salon in Chester. Jerilyn went to Bellus Academy cosmetology school in San Diego. Salon owners Bob and Jennifer Taylor said her friendly and professional personality will be a perfect fit.


New Owner at Railroad Room

Charlie Cecil recently purchased Chuck’s Railroad Room in Westwood. Charlie has been a part-time resident of Westwood for about 10 years, and is now a full-time resident with his wife Priscilla. He has 15 years experience in the restaurant and bar business. He said with previous owner Willa Handzel retiring, he didn’t want to see the business close. With the kitchen currently being remodeled, his future plans include opening a family restaurant.


Lions eyeglass recycling drop-off

JoAnn Prince and Grace-Ann Mason, owners of Great Northern Hair Co. in downtown Quincy, is now a community drop-off location for unwanted eyeglasses. It is part of the Quincy Lions Club’s participation in the service club’s International Eyeglass Recycling program, so drop your old glasses and help someone see better!


More acknowledgements…

Catering to the community’s wishes has helped Rick Williams mark a successful 10-year milestone with Timberline Materials on Highway 36, just west of Chester. Rick started with a few bays of rock and soil and has expanded to selling both decorative and utility rock, soil, bark, sand and the like.


• David Price Jeweler is celebrating its 31st anniversary in Chester. Owners David and Florence Price have been business owners in the area for over 40 years. David said “You have to change with the times,” so they began adding decorative clocks, pewter items and a unparalleled selection of gift merchandise. Keeping the store fresh-looking with a nice variety of inventory has been the key to their success, Florence said.


June marks the ninth anniversary in business for Quincy Carpet and Window Care owners Rick and Laura Marchus. Their three sons, Jason, Jeremy and Matt, operate Mouser Bros. Cabinetry in Quincy.


The Red Onion Grill in Chester is celebrating its second anniversary. Owners Filip and Eva Laboda have the restaurant open daily serving lunch and dinner with a mouth-watering nightly special.  They also serve Sunday brunch.


DeMartile Automotive on Highway 70 just east of Quincy High School has been serving the automotive repair needs for the area for 11 years.  Owners Evans, Kathy, Tim and Marcy DeMartile are experts at taking care of virtually anything that ails your car or truck.


Gary Whitmire, EA celebrates his 27th year in business in Chester. As an enrolled agent licensed to practice before the IRS, Gary is continually attending seminars to stay current with tax law changes. Most recently, he attended the annual California Society of Enrolled Agents three-day course referred to as their “Super Seminar.”


Leslie and Jeff Greenwood have been building quality products for 12 years now at Sierra Valley Barns. Some of the products they manufacture at the Highway 70 facility just east of Beckwourth include horse barns, tack rooms and economical barn-style storage buildings in a variety of sizes.


Brenda and Jeff Lemons kick off their third year with The Coffee Station in Chester. The popular espresso cafe features a drive-thru window.


• Birth Partners recently celebrated its sixth year of providing pregnancy mentoring services to families in Plumas and Lassen counties. Susie Wilson said their pregnancy mentoring services include group or private childbirth education classes, skilled labor and delivery support for in-home or hospital births, breastfeeding support, belly casting and an assortment of related workshops and more. For more information, visit mamamentors.com.


Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is also celebrating its 10th anniversary in Quincy. In their tenure, they have been able to find good homes for thousands of cats and kittens. No doubt they look forward to the same kind of success during the next decade.


Chester Manor reopens as hostel

After being closed since 2009, owner Chuck VanPaemel is excited to bring the Chester Manor Inn back to life, reopening it as a hostel with discounted rooms, a coin operated laundry facility and a shared kitchen and recreation room. The Chester Manor Hostel also provides free “trails-end” pickup and return for those hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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