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6B Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The Quincy Barn Quilt Project got a shot in the arm Aug. 11 - 12 when Suzi Parron, acclaimed barn quilt author, came to town. Parron is on a nine-month speaking and research tour across the country. She began in March from her home state, Georgia, and made her way through Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington and California. Parron is taking pictures of barn quilts and interviewing families for her next book, due out in early 2016. Her In'st book, "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement," was published in 2012. The book was the result of Parron's voyage of discovery that began in Adams County, Ohio, where the quilt trail movement originated with founder Donna Sue Groves in 2001. Parron's "tales of the Waft" are gathered into the book, Which includes more than 80 full-color photographs. Quincy's barn quilt project began with local quilter Carolyn Kenney and a few of her friends -- Mary Miles, Valerie Nellor and Karen Moritz. They obtained a grant from California 4-H Youth Development Program Foundation and enlisted the help of many partners and sponsors. Quincy quilt artist Betty Moura is also a staunch supporter and quilt block enthusiast. In fact Moura painted the new barn quilt recently installed on the Leonhardt Learning Landscapes barn on Quincy Junction Road. As stated in its brochure, the agricultural and tourism project was designed to promote Community pride, educate viewers about the history of the barns and attract visitors to benefit local economies. Co-founder Nellor said the project was developed to stimulate economic energy in Plumas County. She encourages residents throughout the county to photograph quilt blocks in their neighborhoods and post Quincy Barn Quilt Project founders her next quilt trail book. From Moritz. Photos by Laura Beaton them on Google Maps. She said people can do that by going to the Plumas County Tourism website, plumascounty.org, and adding them to the county map. They can also call webmaster Moritz at 412-i195 for help. Kenney made notecards featuring renditions of the featured quilts by local artist Nansi Bohne. Notecards may be purchased by contacting Kenney at 283-2954. Most of the 10 quilts featured in the Quincy project are 8-by-8 squares. A couple of them are 4-foot squares, and all are on historic buildings. The self-guided driving and biking tour brochure highlights barn quilts created by community volunteers and the Feather River and American Valley 4-H clubs. The tour is about 6 miles long, with two of the quilt blocks located in the fairgrounds and the remaining 10 on historic barns around town. The quilts are often installed by the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department. "The Quincy Fire Protection District is happy to participate in this endeavor," said Fire Chief Robbie get a boost from author Suzi Parron, who is currently touring the country collecting data for left: Carolyn Kenney, Betty Moura, Mary Miles (back), Parron, Valerie Nellor (back) and Karen The last of the 10 barn quilts featured in the Quincy Barn Quilt Project map graces the historical Grant barn, circa 1854, on Chandler Road. The pattern is called Birds in a Square. Cassou. "In fact, installing ladder truck. Any practical contact the Plumas County barn quilts gives our hands-on training for our Tourism, Recreation and department a chance to volunteer firefighters is Hospitality Council at practice a variety of different invaluable." info@plumascounty.org or operations utilizing our For more information 412-1195. rink to featu ' to School Ni ht' Saturday, Aug. 23, is "Back to School Night" at the Ohana Skate Rink in Quincy. Skaters who donate school supplies will receive $2 off the admission price. All the school supplies will be donated to loca schools. Any kind of supplies is welcome. Items in highest demand include pencils, dry-erase markers, facial tissue, hand sanitizer and crayons. Ohana, which means 'Tamily" in Hawaiian, has received grant funding through the 20,000 Lives program. The rink's operators are purchasing new training to help kids who are learning to skate. The training aids help prevent falls and increase the young skaters' confidence. The rink is also in the process of buying additional skates. The rink currently stocks skate sizes from toddlers' 8 up to men's 13. Rink operator Sara Patrick said Ohana, which opened earlier this summer at the Plumas- Sierra County Fairgrounds, has been enthusiastically embraced by the community. "We have received so much support from the community and continue to try to improve on the experience the rink provides," she said. "With the purchase of laser lights, fog machines, our sound stage and other improvements, we are constantly told 'It's just like an actual big city skating rink in here.'" Patrick said skaters have ranged in age from 2 to 74. "It has been a lot of fun getting to watch this activity grow," she said. The rink was closed during the fair, but will open Friday. The rink will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ohana is also available for special events like birthdays and off'me parties. 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