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14U Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010  1 .U iJ -' l,Jlll[gll,] m _ "31LImi m , m -_',' Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter J00'lacer dynam ) l)00umas w, P,,.EPORTERtS NOTEBOOK MONA HILL Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Ninety-nine point nine per- cent of the time, I'm in love with my job. I get all the news frst; I get to cover interest- ing events; I know the back stories and I learn things -- a lot of things I didn't know. Then there are the other times: I'm covering a story and can't stay and play. The Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Oct. 8 was just such an occasion. The workshop theme, "The future of agriculture, food and the people who grow it,". did not begin to cover the wide-ranging possibilities presented by keynote speak- er, Auburn resident and grow-local maven Joanne Neft. Neft opened the Foothills Farmers' Market 20 years ago; she founded the Moun- tain Mandarin Festival, helped restore the art of Hoshigaki(dried persimmon) to Japanese-American grow- er Otow Orchards through her work as Placer County's agriculture commissioner and PlacerGROWN market- ing; she started Placer Coun- ty's AGROart Competition and the Placer Farm & Barn Festival and recently pub- lished "Placer County Real Food," a cookbook featuring real meals from locally grown produce. Whew! Makes me tired just writing it all down. The woman is a dynamo of ideas and she shared them with Plumas County resi- dents at the sustair able ag seminar. Talking with he] ra Business Counc: Frisch while the ot tended the mornin sessions made my whirl. The possibilities gested are endless ', limited {o sustaina culture alone. ' and Sier- l's Steve aers at- ; breakout mad they sup- md not le agri- Frisch suggested bicycle tours and events lille Sierra Valley's Tour de Manure. When I told him labout the MileHigh 100, In( ian Va] [ey Century and Summer Sol- stice rides, he hadn't heard of two-thirds of them. I I mentioned the [udding barn quilt idea to left and she loved it-- can' wait to help spread the word. Frisch pointed out logging need not be the only solution to Plamas County'economic woes and suggested develop- ing our bio-fuel respurces: We have plenty of private landowners. Neft suggested planting 60,000 sugar maple trees or dogwoods and giving them away for planting around the county to enhance fall color. She suggested inCreased small animal livestock pro- duction: rabbits, chickens, lamb, goats, etc. She said Plumas was per- fect for berries and their val- ue-added projects. Bottom line? Stop wringing our hands and moaning, "Woe is me," and get about our business: bringing Plumas County back to eco- nomic prosperity. (I hasten to add that neither Neff nor Frisch actually said anything remotely like that that was my interpretation.) I went away thinking and sort of dreaming what if. Plumas County has many such worthy efforts, all small, with great potential for growth. We have our farmers markets, community agricul- ture, bike tours and competi- tions, fishing derbies and harvest festivals. Looking at PlacerGrown's Placer County Agriculture Guide 2010, I saw that it func- tions much like the Plumas County Dining Guide. It lists orchards, farms and ranches; farmers' markets, tours and festivals; shows what's in.season when and provides maps. Quincy Natural Foods, Plumas Rural Services, the visitors bureau and various chambers work hard to pro- mote Plumas Cmjnty and its individual events. There seems to be very little in the way of joint efforts towards multiple or combined events. What if "we" branded them together? Combined fall color tours with a bicycle century ride and barn quilts? What , about incorporating the Ap- ple Squeeze with another event, perhaps a Maidu cere- mony at Indian Falls? Supervisors recently criti- cized downtown businesses for not being open weekends. I love living here, but fre- quently think: why would anyone visit? There's nothing to do. Main Street in Quincy on Saturday afternoon is as dead as the proverbial dodo. Let's be honest: it is mostly we residents who support our many festivals, rides and tours. Sure it keeps us enter- tained and our money stays in the county, but we don't have deep enough pockets to" revive our economy. We need to bring in outside income-- year-round. Instead of stand-alone events, let's consider packag- ing and marketing our own Plumas brand, PlumasPROUD, in a one-for- all, all-for-one sort of way. Many hands make light work as they say in my family -- let's roll upour sleeves. We don't have to work harder, just smarter. Penny and Dude Berry will headline the first Portola session of the Words & Music Season Friday, Oct. 22. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Portola Words & Music brings the Berrys Penny and Dude Berry will be the featured artists at the Portola edition of Words & Mu- sic on Friday, Oct. 22, at "The Feather" Community Arts Cen- ter at 216 Commercial St., doors open at 7 p.m. No-host bever- ages are available. Admission is $3 at the door and music be- gins at 7:15. Back in the day, a band named Spirit said, "The family that plays together, stays to- gether." Penny and Dude Berry are poster children for that cre- do. They've been playing their eclectic mixture of folkie- bluesy-country-rocky music for more than 30 years. Before making their way to Plumas County in 1978, they lived in Cloudcroft, N.M., a few years. In the early '80s Dude took the family traveling and work- ing with him to Texas, Okla- homa, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho. The traveling life is great, but a little stressful with two tod- dlers, so the family made it back to Plumas County in 1983. Dude had several different jobs but finally settled in at the Portola post office in the late '80s. It was then Penny got her teaching credential and started teaching in Loyalton in Sierra County. She is still in educa- tion, as an administrator now, and Dude is patiently waiting until the day he can retire. Over the years, they have played in several different bands: Borderline, Jeez Louise and Tarnation, but when all else fails, they fall back on the duo that has sustained them for so long- playin' together, stayin' together. "I am mostly an interpreter of other great songwriters' ma- terial, but at this Words & Mu- sic I'll break "out a few origi- nals, some old, some new. Dude is always there, playing the harp and taking the intermit- tent break," Penny said. Open stage (which might be called o pen mike, but there is no mic)phone) follows the fea- tured set. Any aspiring poets, musi- cians, storytellers, actors or performers are encouraged to sign up at the door for a five- to seven-minute time slot. All music performances must be acoustic only. Original work is encouraged, but not re quired. Plumas Arts has brought Words & Music to audiences countywide since 1989. For more information, contact Plumas Arts at 283-3402, or check the we b at plumasarts.org. Sudoku Puzzle #1960-D 1 2 3 4 3. 5 6 7 8 7 4 2 9 6 4 5 3 2 7 3 3 9 4 Difficult 1 3 8 6 1 Sudoku Solution #1955-D 671182453'9 24593178:6 893576241 7824691 53 5361 87924 91' 425367i8 45869231 7 329718465 167345892 ACROSS 1. Declines, to a Wall Streeter 5. Crooner Jerry 9. Knock- 14. --porter (ready-to-wear clothing) 15. Agenda listing 16. Like many seals 17. Ides of March rebuke  18. Designer Chanel 19. Belgian battle site 20. Adds to the language, in a way 23. Teacher portrayed by Kaplan 24. Thus far 25. Polo Grounds legend 28. Narc's find 31. Baseball yearbook page 33. 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