Business Scene for the week of 3/23/2011


Faith Swanson welcomes Colleen "Squeek" Crane to her team of agents at Town and Country Properties in Quincy. Squeek has been in the real estate business since 1974. For the last 23 years she was at Chicago Title in Quincy, where she was the branch manager and escrow officer. After the title company closed its Quincy office last year, Squeek decided to get her real estate license - something she had always wanted to do - because she said she loves working with people and now looks forward to this new opportunity.


Plumas Bank is looking for photos that capture the "Simple Pleasures in Plumas Bank Country" to include in their 2012 wall calendar. Photo deadline is April 29, 2011. You can take your photo(s) to your local branch office or you can mail to: Plumas Bank Marketing Department, 35 S. Lindan Ave., Quincy, CA 95971. If your photo is chosen, the bank will enter your name into a drawing for a $100 cash prize. Go to plumasbank.com for more information about this annual contest.


Kyle Howard, Howard Construction, has completed the lead-safe certification program as required by EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. We understand he is the first construction firm in the county to earn this federally mandated certificate. The Chester firm specializes in custom homes, additions and remodels as well as commercial and insurance work.


Classical homeopath Rose Buzzetta tells us Pat Beck, a student homeopath from Greenville, has joined her practice. Pat is in her second year of homeopathic studies and will be in the Quincy office, at 372 Main St., 9 a.m. - noon on the first and last Saturdays of each month. Pat will be available to walk-in clients seeking acute and first aid homeopathic care.


Carol's Caf & West Shore Deli owner Carol Franchetti and her kitchen manager, Brad Thorne, were in Las Vegas recently attending the Catersource convention and tradeshow. She said over 6,000 people attended the confab, which offered an array of seminars and workshops dealing with all aspects of the catering profession. She said this was a great opportunity for attendees to re-energize, re-educate, and re-orient themselves to the many challenges of the catering industry. There were also over 200 exhibitors displaying all the latest in catering supplies, equipment, table top linens, catering vans and food items. Carol runs her restaurant on the west shore of Lake Almanor in Prattville and is also a caterer.


The Cutting Edge salon on Main Street in Chester is "sale-abrating" its 11th anniversary by offering 30 percent off all products. Owners Bob and Jennifer Taylor are also offering a complimentary paraffin essential oil hand treatment with every haircut and style.

Ken Anthony, an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technician, begins his fourth year with the Twenty Garage on Myrtle Street in Chester. It's a full service automotive repair garage for foreign and domestic cars and light trucks, using a computer diagnostics system. They also do smog checks and certifications.

Donna Johnson celebrated her second anniversary with Green Button Trading Co. by attending a gem and mineral show in Arizona recently. Donna said she returned with beautiful semiprecious stones, including Kingman Mine old blue and boulder turquoise. Her jewelry designs are located inside the Blue Goose Fine Art Gallery in Chester.

It's the seventh anniversary for Vicki Mason and her Main Street Chester business, Sonshine Flowers. Over the years they have added gifts, cards and bath and body baskets. It's a one-stop spot where you can order flowers, invitations and even a tuxedo for your special event.

Plumas District Hospital Volunteers are celebrating their 33rd anniversary this month. The anchor to their philanthropic endeavors is the Bargain Boutique at Lawrence and Church streets in Quincy. Proceeds from this thrift shop benefit the hospital, supplying equipment for patient care the hospital could not normally afford or perhaps justify in their operating budget. The Volunteers also award scholarships annually to medical students from the hospital district.

Birth Partners is celebrating its sixth year of providing pregnancy mentoring services to families in Plumas and Lassen counties. Susie Wilson said their pregnancy mentoring services include group or private childbirth education classes, skilled labor and delivery support for in-home or hospital births, breastfeeding support, belly casting and an assortment of related workshops and more. For more information, visit mamamentors.com.
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