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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 3A Business is good, thanks to locals Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor a One might expect depressed attitudes in a small town where people have lived through what many are now calling the Great Recession-- almost a decade's worth of economic downturns. Surprisingly, that is not so in Greenville, where business owners are actually eager to talk about the good side of a bad economy. While one business owner wished more locals had stepped inside to see what there was to offer this holiday season, regular customers from other communities and visitors are what have kept the bottom line above red. New Greenville business- man John Francine, of Indian Valley Pet Supply, is pleased to have made it through a tough first year. "I have really been im- pressed by several residents who have come in with the in- tention of shopping locally," he said. Francine added a twist to the shop local theme this holi- day season. He took the gleanings from one brushing of his 2-year-old Great Pyrenees and handed the fluffy stuff over to local texti.le artisan Cheryl Flint, who spun it into a luxuriously soft yarn and then knitted a warm scarf out of it for his wife, Nancy. He keeps a little ball of the leftover yarn in his shop. Local shoppers and his new, bigger location on Main Street are just two positive benefits Francine mentioned. Francine and neighboring businessman Josh Huddleston are both directors of the Indi- an Valley Chamber of Com- merce. Huddleston is grateful to many of their fellow business owners, including the Johns and Fehrman families who re- built after devastating fires destroyed their buildings. He also appreciates the Jef- fries family, who all came to Greenville and opened Anna's Caf6; and the Streckers, who totally refreshed and renewed an old building and now have a sparkling new pizza place and attached dinner house lo- cation on Highway 89. Others who have worked hard on improving the look of the Greenville business dis- trict this past few years in- clude the Goss family of Vil- lage Drug and Ivan Coffman and his crew at the Sierra Lodge. Huddleston looks forward to the opening of the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum, possibly this year, and the Tanner fa/nily's new business equipment location across from the American Legion Hall on Pine Street. Other local business owners have also been investing in the future during this trou- bled time. Longtime Greenville Rotary member and veterinarian Doyle Ralston has definitely noticed fewer people bringing their pets in for treatment. More people are spending less on optional treatments, and many can no longer afford the treatments that are neces- sary. Like other business owners, he has focused on improving customer service and technol- ogy during this time. He spends more time with his pa- tients, and his veterinary team makes more follow-up calls. Ralston has added equine dental services, improved X- rays for large and small ani- mals, laser treatments, ultra- sound and an expanded labo- ratory for more in-house diag- nostic capabilities. Back in Greenville at Ever- green Market, capital im- provements are a way of life. "We always have a long- term plan for improvements," owner Ken Tucker said. "And we really try to keep with that. It's been tough to stick with those plans in this econo- my, and there've been some sacrifices made in order to do so." He is pleased to have a good relationship with Plumas Bank, which has made some of the improvements possible. Tucker has noticed a trend in local grocery shopping habits, like people who are buying house and special-val- ue brands rather than their usual purchases of name brand groceries. Residents who watch the cooking shows or read cook- ing magazines like to come in and buy the special products he keeps in stock just for them and other "foodies," such as an international array of spices and sauces and the more unusual items one would not expect to find in such a small town. Instead of thinking nega- tively about these times of eco- nomic crisis, Tucker wants people to realize this is a time of opportunity. "There are a lot of opportunities for people who are thinking of ways to make money," Tucker said. He's been especially im- pressed by the creativity of local residents. "I've seen a lot of neighbors helping neighbors," he said. "They're hiring each other for odd jobs, doing things at home, working extra hours ... people still live here." How residents can help Residents can and have been helping during this eco- nomic crisis. Many have continued to shop at home, according to Tucker. "Shop at home where your neighbors work," he said. "And buy American when you can." He purposely seeks and stocks locally made products, such as wines made in the re- gion,, locally roasted coffees and seasonal organic produce from the Dawn Institute. If people want to see their community prosper and offer more, then they have to sup- port it," Huddleston said. They have to make an ef- fort. And that goes for all as- pects of a community," he con- tinued, whether it be the schools, community events, or businesses, our community is growing smaller and smaller and if each of us don't take a little initiative to help there will be nothing here at all." He urged people to remem- ber how unique the Indian Valley community is. "It's made up solely of independent business owners; there are no chains here," he said. And in this day and age that is very unique to me." Another way residents can help is to write their represen- tatives and talk to them about the current political move- ments, such as mandated healthcare, increased taxes and utility expenses, and workers' compensation issues. Brazen burner smokes out Greenville Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor The town of Greenville was inundated with smoke Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a Hot Springs Road resident de- cided to light up a debris pile without first calling for burn day information. A passerby, not a neighbor or even a resident of Greenville, called in the fire. Such illegal fires in the Plumas area aren't usually called in said Joe Fish, an air pollution control officer with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management Dis- trict. "If people want to live that way, I guess they have that right," he said of communi- ties where people usually get away with such illegal burn- ing. In Nevada County, part of the three-county district, it's just the opposite, he said. The area has a larger popu- lation, and many of them are retirees from the city. "They're not used to smoke, they don't like smoke, and they'llcall in and make a stink about it," he said. People who do choose to burn on a no-burn day are subject to citations and fines. Grandma might only pay a $100 fine Fish said, and a con- tractor trying to avoid dis- posal fees might pay thou- sands. He wanted to remind resi- dents that the reason some days are no-burn days is not because of the fire danger, it's because of the dispersion characteristics in the atmos- phere that day the smoke would linger instead of waft- ing away. "It's important for people to respect that burn status," he insists. "It's there for a reason." Sometimes Fish will offer a reason why when it's his turn to leave the recorded message. "Due to poor dispersion characteristics in the atmos- phere," he is frequently heard to say by regular callers, "The California Air Resources Board has deter- mined that Thursday, Jan. 7, is a no-burn day, I repeat Thursday, Jan. 7, is no-burn day." Residents should take note that trash burning is now il- legal in California. Among the items illegal to burn are paper, plastic, plywood, parti- cle board, shingles, tires, dia- pers and many other things that create toxic smoke. Local Air Pollution Control Specialist George Ozanich would like to see more com- mon courtesy among resi- dents who still insist on burning trash, sometimes even in their own wood- stoves. "They're inside their hous- es and they don't see where the smoke is going or who it's affecting," he said. One possiblesolution to part of that problem, he said, would be to make weekly trash service mandatory, at least to those on the munici- pal water and sewer systems, to Vesper Zelei! She was the winner of a brand new digital camera in Plumas FRC enroll hours extended According to Feather River College Registrar Tama Bolton, the college is going to institute a "stay open late" option for enrollment and registration this semester. The Admissions and Records office will stay open until 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 19-21, so that evening and working students can get help registering for classes. Admissions and Records will also be open during regu- lar working hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. For more informa- tion, call the office at 283- 0202, ext. 600. Physical Therapy's Holiday Game! PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY le Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 Ii Family Hair Care i t li Pedicures iil I! Manicures !1 l Call for an appointment il Ii 283-s284 i/ i Quincy !l Come celebrate with: Scott Arthur and Friends for this CD release concert 1; 99 Road Less Traveled Featuring the Kepple Family as special guests I Saturday, January 16, 2010 6-8pm Portola Station Church, 171 S. Gulling St., Porcola Free Admission Refreshments Provided Donations Appreciated For more information, contact Scott ($30) 260-3222 like it is elsewhere in the county and state. Those interested in more information about debris pile burning may visit myairdis- To find out if it is a legal burn day before striking a match, call one of the follow- ing numbers: Quincy, 283- 3602; Chester, 258-2588; Porto- la, 832-4528; and Greenville 284-6520. Playgroup forming A new playgroup is form- ing in Quincy. The Meeting of the Moms Playgroup is a parent education and Well- ness group for parents, guardians, primary care- givers and .their children under five. Women's Mountain Pas- sages is facilitating the group with-a grant from the Plumas Children's Council. While facilitating chil- dren's play, parents and caregivers can participate in wellness and educational activitiessuch as parent-tot yoga, music and movement, positive parenting skills and paren t self-care. Moms with infants are encour- aged to come as well. The group will meet the first and third Thursday of every month 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Episcopal Church, 545 Lawrence St. in Quin- cy-next to Morning Thun- der. A snack will be provid- ed. Call Pam Becwar at Women's Mountain Pas- sages, 283-0859 for more in- formation or if transporta- tion is needed. Please call for a vision and eye examination, 283-2020 FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT [ENSES Jonathan Friden. O.D. Joshua Baer, O.D. Formerly Drs. Gilman & Gilman 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vis}on and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and I:ye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (la:ge, slection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the ,.,visuaRy repaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. Send Letters to the Editor to: Deadline Fridays, 3 p.m. Thank you to the members of our community who donated to the - - Grandparent program, in conjunction with our local Mary Kay unit, this holiday season. Your donations made it possible to provide a gift basket to each of the residents in The Country Villa nursing facility. Special thanks to the following for sponsoring one or more individual gift baskets: Madden Plumbing & Heating Quincy Bunco Group Bev& Calude McColmn David & Carol Pearson Carlene Sedgewick Kitty Gay Lisa Labbe The Pini Family Mary Bird Doug & Barbara Biddle Rod & Judy Wells & Family Les Schwab Tire/Horton Tire Center PUSD District Office Staff Dee Dee Driscoll Tim & Linda Pitlock Aleece Bequette Jackie Garfield Ann & Dennis Clemens Ted Trafton Dianne Giller Judy & Skip Daily The Barker Family Karen, Dennis, Jerimie, Justin & Sarena Thank you also to the many members of our community who donated anonymously and through our collections at the Eta Alpha Craft Fair and at Sparkle. __ -Susan Nesbit &: Elizabeth Crews, ... Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants Designer Screen Shades offer the most in design with beautiful styling and detail. Choose from a myriad of colors and textures to suit your dcor. Call or stop by today to learn more about versatile, stylish Designer Screen Shades. 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