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.| Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter WednesdaY, Oct. 6, 2010 7B D&L Distributor has new ownership, still providing,community-oriented service es in BUSINESS D & I. DISTRIBUTOR Ruth Ellis Staff Writer Randy Givens is now the new owner of D and L Dis- tributing, but he has no in- tention of changing things. "We're a service-oriented, "community-oriented distribu- tor, and we always will be as long as I'm here," Givens said. Givens has worked at D and L for 25 years and has been the general manager and partner for 15 or 16 years. He was a partial own- er with Greg Bouchard who decided he wanted to sell his share this year. D and L distributes soft drinks, alcohol, water and other beverages to conve- nience stores, grocery stores and schools. It has been in business since 1961. Soft drinks include RC, Dr. Pepper, Sunkist, Squirt, Snapple, A&W and 7UP. Al- coholic beverages include MillerCoors products, Smirnoff, imported beers and items from craft breweries including Sierra Nevada Brewing, Samuel Adams and Alaskan Brewery Company. In addition, D and L offers Red Bull, Rock Star, Alpine Water, Deja Blue, Fiji water and Nestle products such as Juicy Juice, Nesquik and Coffee-Mate creamer. Givens said D and L distrib- utes to more than 12,000 square miles from the Oregon border to Sierra City, north and south, and from the base of Mr. Lassen to the Nevada border, east and west. D and L also sponsors many community events, in- eluding the Coors Light County Night at the Lassen County Fair, the Momboosa Festival in Chester and shows at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. In addition, Givens said D and L donates beverages to numerous youth events in- cluding the annual fishing derby and the Rocky Moun- tain Elks Foundation Spike Club. "That's what we're all about. All of my kids were raised here, and my grand- kids are here. The employees who work here are raising kids here. "We're a small community and we've got to help each other out," he said. D and L employs 31 people, including seven in Quincy. The business has won sev- eral awards including the 7UP Bottling Company of Reno's Distributor of the Year, a sales contest with MillerCoors and received the Jgnior Livestock Auction's 1996 and 2009 volume buyer award. Victor Dwayne and his wife, Mary Bouchard, Greg Bouchard's parents, started the business and partnered with LeRoi Smith. D and L stands for Dwayne and LeRoi. Greg took the business over but moved to Mexico 18 years ago where Givens said he worked as a hunting guide. He now lives in Montana and has started a small family restaurant. Givens became part owner after Greg moved to Mexico. He said he thinks D and L has been successful because of the "ability to be honest and forthcoming with the re- tailers and to provide them with,quality service." Givens also credited the staff. "It's about the quality peo- ple we have that make D and L grow and prosper and tick. It's not about me or Greg or D and L Distributing owner Randy Givens credited his staff for the successful bus!ness. Some of those staff members are office manager Mary Helt (left), inventory analyst Linda Givens Gua- jardo, accounts receivable Lynda Haynes and data entry clerk Carol Bertrand. Givenssaid the women do a multitude of jobs including taking care of brev~ery and soft drink orders, secretar- ial work and providing customer service. Photo by Ruth E|lis Dwa: ne," he said. D and L Distributing is at 795 Alexander Ave. For more information, call the Su- sanville office at 257-4048 or in Quincy, 283-5673. Columnist signs off for the year after unrewarding growing season ACCIDENTAL GARDENER lettuce while I was in Italy; then the tomatoes weren't planted until after I came home. The squash bloomed and bloomed and not a soli- tary zucchini resulted. Just as my cabbage started to head, a passing deer ate ................................... M6fi :fiiLY .......................... them. typesetting@plu All the gardeners I know have asked me this summer, "How's your garden doing?" The answer has been, "Not great," to which each has said, "Me neither." We all agree it was a bad growing season: tomatoes have been slow to ripen, beans and squash didn't pro- duce well generally punk all around. In my case, the critters wreaked havoc on my late and pitiful growing attempts. First, the ch, icKens ate the To add insult to injury, the local skunk sneaks into the henhouse to steal eggs and the squirrel is digging holes everywhere. I tell you, it's enough to make me want to pave the en- tire property. The bright spot are the flowers; they, at least, are growing nicely. The petu- nias, nasturtiums, cosmos and daisies are a bit of color as fall closes in. As discouraging as the growing season has been, there is a real bright spot this fall the bulb catalogs species tulip will naturalize as Bright Gem. mark of streams and ponds. have begun to arrive, if left to their own devices. Naturalizing varieties imC. quamash, filso known as I'm sorry to say most tulips T. Little Beauty is a scent- clude T. clusiana var. Indian hyacinth, grows to 15 bore me to death. It's a lot of ed, cherry-red miniature chrysantha (yellow with inches. trouble to keep my voracious with a white-edged blue cen- rose, 8 inches, April, HZ3); T. Brodiaea grows to a simi- friends out of them and most ter, T. Little Princess is also dasystemon, ( yel- lar height and prefers a pro- hybrids go "blind" after the scented, is Spanish-orangelow flowers, 6 inches, April, tected sunny location. first year. (whatever kind of orange HZ 4. Both come in a range of Treating tulips as annuals that is) with a white-edged Personally, you want blues, wllite, yellow and red. means lifting in the summer black center. Both speciestulips? Buy them from theGorgeous. and replanting in the late stand about 4 inches andfloristsame cost, less If you're planning to natu- fall. Sheez, don't we have flower in early May (add a work. ralize, consider planting in enough to do? month in our clirfiate. If I'm going to dig and toil, drifts in the lawn. You'll For the quantities neededT. biflora, an heirloom va- I want something I can't buy: have to forego mowing until to make any sort of showing, riety (c. 1776), is 5 inches, has snowdrops (Glanthus), mus- they have died off, but they that's pretty darned expen- three white flowers with carl, fritillaria, camassia will reward you with their sire in my book, usually $3- large yellow hearts and red- (quamash) and broadiaea early color. There's always $6 per bulb, if you buy in edged foliage. It blooms in (fool's onion). The last two time to mow the lawn later. quantity. April and is hardy to Zone 5. are native to our area and *** If you're desperate for Tulips hardy to Zone 3 in- there are several varieties This is my last column for tulips, try species or wild clude T. batalinii Bright Gem available for gardens that the year. I'll be back in early tulips. The original tulip - - sulfur yellow with warmwill not require raiding the spring to share more of the unhybridized - it may be a orange, 5 inches, April/May. forest (and risking heftytrials and tribulations of gar- bit smaller but can be count- T. batalifini Red Gem is ver- fines), dening as well as the joys ed on to return every year. milion red with azalea pink Quamash grows 24 - 30 and rewards. With dazzling color and var- and black base and essential- inches and prefers moist soil, In the meantime, savor led height, many varieties of ly the same characteristics just.above t g, high-water your incoming catalogs. 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Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm Please join us/We" re looking for volunteers at GOP Headquarters located at 501 Main St., Quincy (corner of Bradley Sreet and Main Street) Stop in for signs, bumper stickers ... or just to visit! us at (Gene & Marlene) Paid for by the Plurnas County.Republican Party P.O. Box 222 Graeagle, CA 96103 t~