Author: Melissa

Buzzard’s Roost Vacation Rentals Graeagle Portola Area

This beautiful area will captivate you throughout the four seasons, fresh, clean, beautifully remodeled cabins. A landing bridge through the pines leads to the Buzzard’s Roost. 2nd level overlooking the Feather River. Full kitchen, bat, 1 flat screen TVs, Satellite, gas bbq, Fire Ring access with firewood. Sleeps 2 – 5. Hiking trails near cabin. Bicycle trails near cabin. Cross country skiing near cabin, fishing near cabin, watch the trains from your deck. Call...

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Aging In Place–Driving

by Nancy Lund To drive or not to drive—that is the question.  When to give up the keys?  How to find other means of getting where we want to go?  These are among the hardest decisions we have to make –for ourselves as well as for a loved one. Let us be clear, we are not talking about aging per se, but about disabilities that may strike us at any age but are often encountered in our later years.  As we all know, driving a car involves not only our personal safety but that of others.  It is a serious matter and worthy of careful consideration. Giving up driving is usually a gradual process.  Many of us find that driving at night is difficult. The lights in back of us, as well as those facing us, are distracting.  So night driving is often the first thing we decide to forgo.  Many of us are comfortable driving about our own town – to the market, to church, to a friend’s home.  But we do not feel confident driving out of town, so we surrender that task to others.  How to tell when it is time for us to give up driving altogether?  Or that the time has come to take the keys from our loved one? The fender-benders and parking mishaps are clues that all is not well.  Of course,...

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Meet the Artist – Roxanne Valladao

Roxanne Valladao by Jan Cox It was a real pleasure to visit with Roxanne Valladao, Executive Director of Plumas Arts at the gallery in Quincy, CA.  Having worked for Plumas Arts for 25 of its 30 year existence, she has definitely been a prime mover in the establishment of the arts in Plumas County. Valladao considers Plumas Arts to be her main creative work.  This association supports arts in all areas of the county, often in partnership with other groups such as schools, tourism, and community functions.  She sees this organization as fueling the energy needed to redefine Plumas County through arts, culture and community. An artist herself, she has been a photographer since the mid 70’s, working with black and white darkroom techniques.  She continues to teach these techniques at Feather River College and will be offering a fall class.  Roxanne claims she couldn’t draw and so took up photography using infrared and manipulation of the photos creating an archival art form.  Her joy is using her artist’s eye to photograph people in a way that shows the true depths of the person. In this digital age, she too has taken up this newer form of photography and calls herself a “point and shoot photographer with dark room experience and a good eye.” Last year she and Keith Linford presented a show she considered much fun, creating predominantly...

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