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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 3B Bob Raymond, next to his painting company truck, specializes in service and a friendly personality. Photo by Carolyn Shipp USI Carolyn Shipp Staff Writer ccarter@plumasnews.com Bob Raymond loves it when somebody says he or she hates painting. It means it's time for him to step in. As the owner of Bob Raymond Painting company, he emphasizes customer service and shows a clear enthusiasm for his business. Raymond operates a full-service painting company. He and his crew can do it all, from interior to exterior paint jobs, to stains , and decks, and everything in between. Though he can do it all, he does not let it get to his head. I He said he values his :~ customers and really strives :~ to uphold the character of his iii business. "Up here it's such a small i!~ area you prettydt~~ know .... ~ everybody, qo~ mai'n goai " !~::: is to make su/~'6~ery ........... ::::} customer is happy," he said. :~ "We see customers a lot in social settings and you want :~ to be able to look them in the eye knowing that you did a goodjob." Raymond moved to Portola .:;~ in 1980. He was employed with the Forest Service and his wife, Cathy Strotman, raised their two daughters in the area. However, around 1991 he realized his true talent was painting and he started a business with a partner. He went solo in 2001, and his business thrives. With the housing development growth in the ii area, the need for a good !.} painter was prominent, and Raymond saw the opportunity. He first got into painting when he was in college. Then when he .started his own business many years later he gained extensive experience and knowledge about the industry. "I enjoy the entire process and I love seeing the end result," he said. PROFILES IN BUSINESS BOB RAYMOND PAINTING Owner: Bob Raymond Phone: 836-1339 or 249-3966 Hours: Call anytime Raymond has a customer base extending from Sierra Valley to Bucks Lake. He pays attention to every detail in order to ensure his customers' satisfaction. i Ray,mg dlsa'id whgp : i [:.'.:, potential customer calls him he goes. ox;e to their hodse. " .... He walks through the place to evaluate the home and find any Particular problem areas, or issues such as rotting wood or peeling paint. Then he sits down with the customer and discusses colors and the overall vision for the house. He said his goal is to clean up the overall look of the house. If there are cords or cables that don't have a purpose, he and his crew will tear them out and fill the holes. He said they do very limited carpentry work as well. During the summer, business gets very busy for Raymond, as it is the only time they can do exteriors. "People need to maintain their homes," he said. "It's the largest investment they'll ever make and paint goes a long ways towards the longevity of their house." Along with being a licensed and insured painter, Raymond also has his EPA lead certification, which means he is qualified to remove lead-based paint from Flanigan-Leavitt quality assurance, customer old houses, a boast not many painters in the area can make. He said having his license is vital to the safety of himself and his crew and vital to his product guarantee. "We have seen a lot of painters come and go," said Raymond. "We're not always going to bethe least expensive, but you get what you pay for." For Raymond, his customers pay for a quality paint job under the watch of a responsive and attentive painter. Yearly recycle creates space hiiM d hhr:l astt attI reek? vrJe [:e: ' e,s bae:g p ,,. ,, g feel the urge to purge my boxes of things to be household coming on, ~~ distributed -- some to my starting late December. By "~/~" home, some to the compost, this time I have been satiated COMMUNITY GREEN some to the thrift store. by "stuff." How much do we need anyway? I ask as I start this yearly ritual. I ask the same question in different ways. How much of anything is enough? Is there a higher purpose for some of the "clutter" in our lives? I almost always answer "yes" to the second question. We all need very little if we really look at our actual needs. It is our "wants" that seem to be the motivational force for consuming and acquisition. It's important to know the difference between the two. And if we really knew the difference as a world culture, and acted upon our knowing of the difference, I suspect that our planet would not be in the declining shape it is. So, as we open the door to a new year we can ask ourselves these questions, acting on them in a responsible way, thus doing our small part to consume less and clutter our lives less. I often wonder what we would find in our lives with less clutter. What small gems of our own spirits would be discovered, once the mounds of stuff were eliminated from our homes, and distributed differently? Since I am often in my family's home around this time of year, they tend to reap the "benefit" of this purging urge. I attack the pantry, whose shelved contents seem to be succumbing to gravity, PAMELA NOEL migrating to the floor, thus providing tripping hazards for those who enter. I stretch up to the top shelves to discover ancient baked bean pots that have probably been resting in retirement for 20 or more years. Heavy with a coat of acquired dust and kitchen grease, I bring them down, wash them, and pack them into a box to travel home with me. As I do this I pledge to make a lot of beans this year in order to justify storing them in my cupboard. Is this a good decision or is my shelf merely a stopping point on the way to somewhere better? I don't have the answer to that question yet. Next I see a pasta maker and a calzone press. My daughter thinks the pasta maker should stay as there is a yearly ritual of homemade noodles and short ribs made easier by this mach e. But the calzone press wil accompany me home; for a slightly different slant on occasional "team cooking" events I sometimes host. Looking into a dark corner I discover a box with a sushi maker and (I start counting), 73 jar lids that don't seem to fit any corresponding jars. Out they go! By the time I make it through the electric caf6 latte foam makers and various Actually, this year I'll be returning much .of my family's recycling efforts to Quincy's recently burned thrift store, because there seems to be more actual need there. I believe thrift stores are wonderful places to give items new life, as well as to reuse our ever-shrinking valuable resources. They are truly "green" businesses. There's something else about moving on our excess periodically. It not only benefits others, but creates space in our own environments, and a more intangible space in our own hearts and minds. Less clutter somehow frees us in some often underappreciated ways. I think about this as I de-clutter my family's home, knowing that I will be bringing some of it into my own. in order to reap the benefit of this process in my own home I am making the pledge -- for everything that I bring into my house, two things need to move on to some better place. Now, as I return up the canyon I need to make a list of what those might be. I might start in the garage... Join Transition Quincy folks on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. for a movie entitled "The Story of Stuff." This movie, shown at Alley Cat CatS, explores the way we make, use and throw away stuff. Join us for the movie and a discussion. ~. . ,. . i . ill TRUSTS BEQUEITE & K.IlVlMEL Accountancy Corporation John A. Kimmel C.RA. CPATM The CPA. Never Underestimate The Value. 307 W. 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