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6B Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Bar owners embrace small-town lifestyle James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plu masnews.com When Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge owners Karen Powell and Steven Lodrig decided to move to Quincy from Long Beach, their first intention wasn't to become bar owners, "We just wanted to move from a big city to a small town," explained Lodrig. "Whatwas driving me , most insane about southern California was the traffic," Powell elaborated. "I finally said, 'I have to get out of here.' We decided we wanted to move to the gold country." PoweU was bookkeeper for a sheet metal company and owned a mini storage facility. Lodrig was an accountant in the television industry. Neither had experience running a bar. Lodrig, in fact, didn't even frequent bars often. According to him, before, the two bought the bar in Quincy, he had gone into a bar maybe 15 times his whole life: The two saw the bar for sale online, and thought it could be a good opportunity to finally make the move to the mountains. "We knew we had to basically buy jobs to live here," said Powell. "We looked at a few other businesses first. Then we met the previous owners of this bar, and they basically convinced us into buying it." Powell and Lodrig visited Quincy a few times and watched the previous owners, James and Stacey Huffmon, at work. After seeing firsthand the bar's steady stream of customers, the Long Beach couple made the purchase and moved to Quincy in June 2013. The bar is the most spacious in town, with an upstairs lounge accompanying the large David Dentoni and Don Perrot enjoy a drink while owner Karen Powell tends to the bar in the upstairs lounge at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge last week. The upstairs lounge is open on Thursday and Friday nights, as well as by private rental. Photos by James Wilson PROFILES IN BUSINESS MAIN STREET SPORTS BAR AND LOUNGE L rig and I! t Powell noted that putting events on is one of her favorite aspects of owning the bar. The bar's calendar is Filled with various bands, Steven Lodrig and Karen Powell feel right at home behind the bar at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge in Quincy. Lodrig and Powell purchased the business in June 2013 and moved to Quincy from Long Beach. Both say it was the best decision of their lives Lodrig have gotten a sense out, Lodrig says it is for what beer and spirits the something different that Whenever there are issues in town, and even in the bar, the community takes care of it: Little things like that amaze me." Due to the amount of work that is involved in running a bar, Powell and Lodrig have not had many chances to enjoy the natural beauty of Plumas County. Now that they are in their second year of running the Fire Safe Council to rneet Feb. 1 The Plumas County Fire Safe Council invites everyone to participate in its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Plumas County Planning and Building Services office, located at 555 Main in Quincy. The meeting is planned from 9to 11 a.m. The council meets on the second Thursday of each month. Information will be presented on existing wildfire mitigation projects, implementation of the Plumas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan and efforts that are underway to expand the council's current programs. .As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to climb the council reports it is a good time for residents to go about cleaning up the fallen needles, limbs and other forest debris on their property. These actions are the first steps to creating and maintaining defensible space. "The creation and maintenance of defensible space around your home is the most important thing you can do to protect your home from being destroyed by a wildfire," says Nils Lunder, council coordinator. "If you plan on burning yard debris please use extreme caution as our forests are very dry." For more information about burning rules and tips, contact the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District at 274-9360, or visit myairdistrict.com/open:burn ing. For more information about burn permits or to determine whether a permit is required, contact the local Forest Service office: Plumas National Forest, 283-2050; Lassen National Forest, 257-2151; or Tahoe National sports bar downstairs. Thecompetitions and special community prefers, makes Main Street Sports establis ent,: t 994-3401. The top lounge, open on::: i:i:::.i e ents, ....... According to Powell, theBar and Lounge special, said Lhey Department of Thursday and Friday night i Powen L0drig try to two most popular drinksin "It's the people/; Lodrig more efficiently and they Forestry and Fire Protection as well as for special make nearly every night of town are Jack Daniels and said. "All kinds of peoplehave staff that can handle the occasions, offers a quieter the week special at the bar. Coors Light. Vodka is come in here. We get anyone bar business without them atmosphere ideal for Every day the bar has a starting to get more and as young as 21 to people in present. Both hope that this conversation: happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. more popular as well, Powell their 70s." spring they will be able to The downstairs bar was On Tuesdays, the bar sells added. Lodrig and Powell both make it out around Plumas made for a party. The bar tacos. On Thursdays, Bar patronage stays steadyadmitted to feeling culture County more. boasts a pool table (free to amateur rock stars get their for most of the year, but shocked when moving to "I hope we can continue play), a pingpong table, chance to shine singing slows down in the winter Quincy. Powell explained it doing this. I love it. I don't several televisions including karaoke. The owners book nights, Powell said. The three was a good type of culturewant to leave Quincy," a giant 165-inch projection live music or DJs to playbusiest nights of the yearshock, Lodrig said. "Nobody had to screen and two dartboards. Fridays or Saturdays about happen during Girls' Night"One thing that surprised support us. We moved to a The bar also houses a full twice a month. Out, Quincy Sparkle and us about the town was how new place where we didn't stage. Main Street Sports Bar After serving Quir cy's Halloween. everyone gets together andknow anyone. We're both and Lounge often hires bands thirsty residents for the last Though the bar has many supports each other." extremely thankful that for live music and dancing, year and a half, Powell and features that make it stand "I never lived in a small people came out and : town, so I never knew what a supported us. It was a great 'tight community' meant," way to get welcomed into added Lodrig. "I do now. Quincy." is available at 257-4171. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is a coalition of citizens, businesses and representatives from local, state and federal government agencies that share a common interest in preventing the loss of life while minimizing the loss of property from wildland fires. The mission of the Fire Safe Council is "to reduce the loss of natural and human-made resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and prefire activities." is pleased to announce the Naomi Rea, Family Nurse Practitioner and Midwife Naomi's innovative, forward thinking has taken us to where the clinic is today. Naomi always has the best interest of the clinic at heart. . Congratulatmns Naomi! Northeastern would like to recognize our partners in healthcare that helped make our annual appreciation party a tremendous success. Frontier Communications Northern Nevada Cardiology Group Owens Pharmacy Patterson Dental Plumas Sierra Telecommunications Priority Management Group, Inc. (PMG) U.S. Bank Thank you from all the employees at Northeastern. Best wishes for 2015 ! Adult Men's Basketball Bryon Hughes Dates: March 21 May 16, 2015 Days of Week: Saturdays Time of Day: 9:00 a.m. --11:00 a.m. Course Fee: $25.00 Location: FRC Gymnasium I Community Wood Working Chris Murray