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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 17, 2010 BUSINE:00S and CLASSIFII00DS F: ii " MIKE TABORSKI Publisher 00USINESS SCENE CHIROPRACTOR ADDS GREENVILLE Dr. Bruce Walker has announced that in addi- tion to seeing patients in his long-established Quincy practice, he is now taking his 27 years of experience to Indian Valley, seeing patients on Tuesdays at the Greenville Medical Clinic on Hot Springs Road. Call the clinic or his office in Quincy to make an appointment. TWO RESTAURANTS REOPEN Two restaurants in Graeagle have reopened for the upcoming season. Graeagle Restaurant is serving breakfast and lunch daily and will start serving dinners a bit later in the spring season. Grizzly Grill and Mountain Cuisine in Blairs- den have both reopened. We understand some re- modeling has taken place at both establishments and each features a new menu. DREAMING UP THE IDEAL RETIREMENT IS YOUR JOB. HELPING YOU GET THERE IS OURS. YOU JUST GET GOOD VIBRATIONS Becky Weatherson and Sharon Geney were at a gift show in San Francisco recently buying yet more merchandise for their unique Chester store, Good Vibrations. Inside the historical Stover Building, you will now find a new assortment of functional recycled art glassware and "gifts of in- spiration" added to already diverse inventory of "organic and earth-friendly products for con- scious living." The store carries art, home d6cor, jewelry, books, CDs and homeopathy products as well. Increase your awareness: Paula Swauger now offers Intuitive Readings. RAIN-X WASH TREATMENT ADDED Among the many improvements and changes made to the Touchless car-washing system at Fuel Star 76 in Quincy recently is the addition of the Rain-X application to one of the four washing op- tions. Manager Debbie Lewis explained it as an amazing product that is a non-reflective invisible application greatly improving weather-driving visibility on glass by repelling water. By the by, chilidogs have been added to the food court's extensive menu. Edward Jones BUY FOUR, GET FIFTH LUNCH FREE After a delightful lunch the other day at Quin- cy's Caf6 Le Coc, those at our table were each giv- en of us a business card with signature on the back. Owner and Chef Patrick explained that af- ter each visit diners will get another signature -- collect four and the next lunch is on them! NOTING THE ANNIVERSARIES... Linda Rutherford CDA,RDA is pleased to cele- brate her third year working at the dental offices of Dr. Greg Sawyer in East Quincy. Linda has been a practicing dental assistant for 36 years and a registered dental assistant for 34 of those years. When she isn't in the office or attending continu- ing educational classes, Linda volunteers her time for the Healthy Smiles program applying fluoride varnish and giving oral hygiene instructions at the elementary schools. ' Certified classical homeopath Rose Buzzetta is celebrating the first year in her new location at 372 Main St. in Quincy. To mark the occasion, for the balance of this month and through April she is offering discounts on homeopathy health con- sultations. 'Pl u rn as CHAMBER UPDATE SUZI BRAKKEN Visitors Bureau The Visitors Bureau, -- the county's destination marketing organization, is guided by an advisory board called the Plumas County Tourism Committee. This group of folks represents not only all the geographic areas of the county, but also indi- vidual types of businesses, such as RV parks, vacation rentals, motels, restaurants, retail store owners, etc. Oth- er members represent agen- cies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Plumas Arts and chambers of commerce. The purpose of the com- mittee is not only to help guide the county's tourism marketing program, but also to act as a liaison between other groups and serve as an information network. It's a place to co-strategize, part- ner up and become aware of activities and concerns of the tourism industry throughout the county. At last week's tourism committee, there was some history to tell. Way back in 1996, the visitors bureau re- ceived grant funds that led to the establishment of a Plumas County Tourism Marketing Plan. A pair of facilitators met with tourism industry folks in every community ..... tQ,brainstorm,, hear ............. County Partners concerns and plan coordi- nated strategy. The resulting document not only helped to establish the visitors bureau's work plan (updated annually), but more importantly, it set up an agreed-upon list of roles and responsibilities for the numerous partners in tourism. The idea was to avoid duplication of effort and better leverage the money spent. Fourteen years later, so many tourism industry faces have changed,: technol- ogy has advanced and it's become clear that some roles and responsibilities have shifted. New tourism marketing partnerships have been formed, eliciting exciting new ideas and energy. The problem, however, is that we still need to coordi- nate, communicate and work together to leverage those dwindling marketing funds. Recent meetings of groups such as the Graeagle- Plumas Alliance and the Plumas County Economic Recovery Committee have turned out valuable ideas and commitments that aren't being integrated with the work of other tourism partners. This isn't meant as a criti- cism, just an observation. Those meetings have so far failed to take advantage of the knowledge base and his- tory that might be gained from past meetings, SWOT analyses and the successes or failures of partner pro- jects. It's become obvious not enough people are pay- ing attention or talking to one another. The tourism committee last week realized it's time Go GREEN[ Happy St. Patrick's Day 20% everything in store Forest Stationers Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm CHILDREN'S DANCE CLASSES OFFERED Children's dance classes are being offered at Lake Almanor Fitness Center in Chester by Amanda Dominques, a graduate of Applegate Dance Company, Davis, CA. As a passionate and accomplished ballet dancer and choreographer, Amanda has taught with the City of Davis and routinely performed with a traveling dance com- pany. Amanda will initially be offering ballet and creative movement dance classes for kindergarten children after school. For class information call 258-39OO. A GRAT CAN BE GREAT*. For people with enough money to worry about estate taxes - with taxable estates over $3.5 million - and gift taxes for giving assets over $1 million, there are tax-saving options. One is the Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT). Here's how a GRAT works: The grantor transfers assets to a trust, then retains an annuity - a stream of income from the trust during the term specified. Any assets left in the trust go to named beneficiaries. Most GRAT trusts are desigmed to "zero out;" the annuity pays back to the grantor the entire amount paid in, with interest. Whatever is left goes to the heirs free of gift tax. Current low-interest rates make it easier for the trust to pay back the principal with interest. And as long as the currently depressed assets appreciate, there should be something substantial left for heirs. Financial experts recommend setting up these popular trusts soon, before Congress toughens the terms. When estate and financial decisions have tax ramifications - and so many do! - discuss your options with the experts at: Roberta Alien, CPA John A. Kimmel, CPA Bequette & Kimmel Accountancy Corporation C PA '" The GPA. 307 W. Main St., Quincy * 283-0680 in to bring it all together again and figure out who can do what on the countywide lev- el. It will probably take an- other facilitated process. It will be important everyone with a vested interest in the tourism industry weigh in and share. It's also important we lis- ten, learn and understand what others are doing in- stead of trying to duplicate or compete. (As an example, there's been much talk of a "need" for a countywide events cal- endar - when, in fact, there has always been a county- wide calendar and now there are several!) Tourism' due for remix There have been years of industry growth and success through the Partners in Tourism network, and now with the industry feeling some economic woes, it's time to update the roles and responsibilities and start working together again. It's no easy task with such a large geographically sepa- rated county, not to mention all the personalities. Never- theless, it can be done. 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