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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 7A Sale to help fight malaria Our Savior Lutheran Church is holding a multifamily garage sale fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 298 E. High St. in Quincy. All proceeds will go to fight malaria through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Malaria Campaign. Garage sale items will be located at the church on the front lawn, in the fellowship hall and in the parking lot in back of the church, if needed. Individual items will not be priced (although some items may display suggested donations). Organizers hope that people will be generous in their donations toward individual items to help with the anti-malaria campaign. On average, a child dies from malaria every 60 seconds. Each year 650,000 people die from malaria; nine out of 10 of them:live in Africa. The ELCA partners with Lutheran churches in Africa to perform the following: --Treat with medication and health care. --Educate people about the disease and its symptoms. --Prevent the spread of malaria by distributing mosquito nets and supporting water treatment projects. The good news is that through the combined efforts of thousands of faith-based organizations, businesses, nonprofits and governments, the reported mortality rates from malaria have fallen by 25 percent worldwide and 33 percent in Africa since 2000, according to the World Health Organization. Donations received at the garage sale fundraiser will go: to provide mosquito bed nets; education, testing, medication and more to help eliminate deaths from this " disease for good. The ELCA's goal for fundraising is to raise $15 million by 2015 ($12 million has already been raised). To learn more about the ELCA's efforts in fighting malaria, visit Our Savior Lutheran's garage sale fundraiser is co-sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which will match a portion of' the donations. For more information on Thrivent, visit Mary Edwards, manager of the Bargain Boutique, admires a new addition to the store, while Dee Brubaker works in the back room of the downtown thrift store. Every item is inspected and cleaned before it is offered for sale. All proceeds benefit Plumas District Hospital. Photo by Debra Moore Bargain Boutique provides more than just low prices Debra Moore Staff Writer With merchandise that changes daily, helpful staff, great prices and a good cause, Bargain Boutique Fine Thrift & Gifts is one of Main Street's most popular businesses. The store is operated bythe Plumas District Hospital Volunteers group, and proceeds from sales directly benefit the hospital. The Volunteers earned nearly $81,000 last year, with more than $60,000 coming from sales at the Bargain Boutique. Of that amount, $40,000 went toward the new digital mammography equipment for the hospital. "We are so grateful to the public for their donations as well as their purchases," said store manager Mary Edwards. "We support the hospital and the hospital supports the community." The Volunteers boast 85 members, with 30 working at the boutique. The store at 405 Main St. in Quincy is run just like a small department store. Edwards oversees several departments, including jewelry, household items, furniture, shoes, accessories, clothing, collectibles, books and more. Each department has its own manager. On a recent afternoon, Edwards, along with Sue Miller, the president of the Volunteers, and Linda Kanski, the president elect, talked about the work of the Volunteers and the store, while customers shopped. "This is the best location we have had so far," said Miller. "We tripled our sales after the move," Edwards said of the Volunteers' decision to relocate three years ago. The new space is light and bright, thanks to fresh paint, new curtains and the careful arrangement of displays. In addition to the customer space, the Volunteers have a back room that functions a little like Santa's workshop. That's where the donated items are inspected, cleaned, mended and priced for sale. "We are very particular about what goes out," Miller said. Dee Brubaker oversees the process. "She's the official pricer," Miller said. The back room is stocked with clothes ready to rotate in to the front as the weather grows colder. Racks of coats and sweaters are cleaned, pressed, priced and ready to be put on the floor. "We put out new merchandise every day," Lanski said. Additionally, the volunteers hold a monthly two:day sale that offers color-coded price tags up to 50 percent off. The goal is to completely turn over the merchandise every 90 days. While much of the merchandise has been gently used, many items are new, with the original price tags still attached. All watches are in working order and many have fresh batteries. Most of the donations received by the volunteers are to be sold, but some, such as the tool to replace watch batteries, are given to help the store function. The Volunteers accept a variety of items and want to add more furniture to their store. Donations may be made during business hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store is also open 11 to 4 Saturday. The Volunteers will be taking part in Girls, Night Out this Friday evening. They have adopted "The Wizard of Oz" as their theme for the event, and their windows will be dressed for the evening. Updating the store windows is a point of pride for the volunteers. Lanski and Miller change the displays every couple of weeks to reflect the season or special occasions. Sometimes the store merchandise sparks the theme, such as when the store had a lot of luggage to display, and the window took on a travel motif. "The Bargain Boutique has proved to be an incredible source of support for the hospital," said Dr. Jeff Kepple, the hospital's CEO. "This remarkable group of volunteers designed a store with merchandise appealing to a variety of age groups and style preferences. My daughters came home this summer with fashionable clothes at amazing prices! I am so thankful for the people who so cheerfully give of their time and talent to benefit PDH." More than the store While the Bargain Boutique is a cornerstone for the volunteers, they participate in a number of other events including the hospital's biannual health fairs, the Christmas craft fair at the fairgrounds, Lifeline, Girls' Night Out and Sparkle. The Volunteers meet monthly from September through June. It's during the June meeting that they award thei r annu $2,000 scholarship to an individual pursuing a career in the medical profession. The scholarship money is raised through a donation jar set up at the boutique for just that purpose, as well as from craft fair proceeds and the silent auction held during the group's November meeting. Those interested in becoming a member of Plumas District Hospital Volunteers may pick up an application at the store. New members must be sponsored by a current member of the Volunteers. Brighten Up Your World with a New Coat of Paint! 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' Register: In Memory of: Michael Paul Dearing August 17, 1949 - September 16, 2013 Michael Paul Dearing, 64, passed away inhis Quincy home, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Born in Hawthorne, Michael was the son of Horace and Arnie Dearing. As a young man, he loved the ocean and was quite the surfer. Michael went on to become a lighting and sound stage hand for various bands, including Leon Russell, whom he traveled the country with. He also built numerous massive stage production sets. In the late 1970s, Michael went on to become a Seasonal fire fighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He was stationed at the Meadow Valley Fire Department as lead crew person on the Plumas National Forest. Ian McElroy was the fire chief of the Meadow Valley Fire Dept., but not in charge of the forest service personnel. Michael's fire truck was Engine 682. Everyone called him "Doc" for his initials "M.D." During a particularly bad fire in the Feather River Canyon, a huge rock and burning material came flying down the mountainside , hitting his foreman Bill Bradfield. Michael, as well as'Christopher Mehne, carried him out of the woods to ambulances waiting very far down on Highway 70. Michael and Christopher saved his life. In the 1980s through the 1990s he went to work for Sonny Bergum as a mechanic. Sonny said that he was one of the fastest learners, especially as he was working on foreign vehicles, i.e. Porches, Lamborghinis, etc. Michael finished up his work career at Waste Management, where he ran the transfer site in Quincy for seven years. Michael was always known for his hard-work ethic, as well as being a true friend to many people. If you were ever in need, you could count on Michael to be there to help you. Michael was also known for his witticism, and big heart. He was preceded in death by his longtime life partner, Betsy Forbes. He is survived by his son Conor, daughter-in-law Candance, and granddaughter Meadow, all of Payson, Arizona, as well as his brother Larry Dearing of Long Beach. Rest in peace, my friend, I miss you every day. Laure Gage