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Indian Valley native founds holistic management learning centers

Abbey and Spencer Smith enjoy a trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, to learn about Savory hubs. Photos submitted
Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer

Abbey Smith drove with her daughter to Chico on the day Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa, died. It was Dec. 5, 2013, about seven years after she spent two months living on holistically managed ranches in South Africa.

As she listened to news clip after news clip about Mandela’s passing, she had an overwhelming sense that she was going back to Africa. Less than a year later, she did.

“Savory hubs” provide a global network through which entrepreneurs offer holistic management training and learning center development to their region of the world. Smith and her husband, Spencer, learned about them at a conference in Chico, hosted by the Savory Institute.

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Tributes begin for supervisor; Board to review Mental Health Commission

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Even though Jon Kennedy still has more than two months remaining to serve as chairman of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, the accolades for his service are beginning.

Regular board attendee Larry Douglas used the public comment portion of the Oct. 14 meeting to laud Kennedy.

“I want to thank you for your commitment,” Douglas said. “Yes, you,” he reiterated to a surprised Kennedy. The two have not always agreed on the issues, a fact that Douglas noted.

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Grace Holland remembered during vigil at FRC

Grace Holland’s mother, Lauré, right, joins Grace’s friends, teammates and community members during a vigil at  Feather River College.  Photos by Greg Knight
Dan McDonald
Managing Editor

About 300 people gathered at the Feather River College gymnasium last Wednesday to remember the life of Abigail “Grace” Holland.

The candlelight vigil, attended by Holland’s parents and other family members, included several speakers and an invocation by local Episcopal priest Matt Warren.

It was an emotional gathering. Holland’s family was embraced by the FRC community, including Grace’s friends and teammates.

“I can’t express how much this meant to us,” Grace’s mother, Lauré Holland, said. “The kids and faculty are just wonderful.

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Apple Fest: Come for free juice, stay for good time

Maggie Barrett picks apples for Apple Fest.
Miriam S. Cody
Staff Writer

It was a Monday afternoon at Dawn Gardens, an organic produce farm in Indian Falls. Intern Maggie (Magnolia) Barrett weighed 3-pound bags of fresh-picked apples while Manuel Boehmer, farm manager, greeted a friend who came to help repair a piece of equipment. The farm is currently in preparation for Apple Fest 2014.

The 26th annual Apple Festival is set for Sunday, Oct. 26, starting at noon. Guests are invited at no charge to come and juice apples from the farm, or their own apples if they choose to bring them. There will be four cider presses at the party for everyone to use.

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Quincy couple turns to life of travel

From left: Katie Bagby, founder of Quincy Collective; Amy Schulz, entrepreneurship instructor at Feather River College; and Tiffiney Lozano, co-owner of Wild Child Travels, mug for the camera before the launch of Quincy Collective on Oct. 7. Photo submitted
Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Diego and Tiffiney Lozano did what many couples do once they marry and decide it’s time to settle down — they took secure jobs, bought a house and had children — but it wasn’t working for them.

“There was a moment in 2012 when I thought, ‘This is not how it’s supposed to be,’” Tiffiney said.

Flash forward two years. Diego and Tiffiney sold their home, quit their jobs and are about to embark on a new adventure.

The couple told their story Oct. 7 to a packed room during the opening reception for Quincy Collective, a new endeavor by life coach Katie Bagby.

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