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Beeson to manage RCI

Financial Corporation

Brad Beeson, a real estate attorney and mortgage banker, has been contracted to manage RCI Financial Corporation in Lake of the Pines.



Beeson said he plans to revamp the mortgage department based on customer service. Beeson intends to use his many years of charitable fund-raising experience to raise funds for local charities, especially “Women of Worth” in Nevada City, and certain children’s charities in Nevada and Placer counties having to do with abuse, alcohol, drug addiction and homelessness.

Beeson will be hiring new loan officers, processors, and underwriters and is asking for volunteers for local children’s and women’s charities. To volunteer, call Beeson at RCI Financial, 268-6535.




Hills Flat Lumber donates banana trees to zoo

When Rene Johnson began work at Hills Flat Lumber as garden manager early this year, she noticed three banana trees in inventory that looked to be somewhat out of place in the mountains.

After some discussion, it was suggested that these trees be put to good use at the Sacramento Zoo.

Bill Medlyn, floor manager for Hills Flat Lumber, contacted Valorie Schneider, volunteer coordinator at the Sacramento Zoo, to see if the zoo had a need for such trees. Schneider and the zoo were very excited to receive such a gift and arranged for pick up on Feb. 3, Medlyn said.

The staff at Hills Flat Lumber was surprised at how much the zoo relies on donations and sponsorships in order to maintain a healthy operation and is looking forward to further support of the Sacramento facility, Medlyn said.

Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters joins Transfair USA

Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters of Grass Valley announced this week that members have formed an alliance with TransFair USA, a nonprofit independent organization that certifies whether coffee is grown in democratically run cooperatives. Coffee grown in such co-ops is certified as “Fair Trade” coffee, which is designed to guarantee that farmers receive fair prices for their work.

Fair Trade coffee benefits 550,000 farming families in 23 countries.

Sierra Mountain Coffee, a local small batch roaster at 11671 Maltman Drive in the Brunswick Basin, uses “Fair Trade” in its daily organic espresso.


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