Biz news for Dec. 28, 2010
It’s our turn to make the news
Throughout the year, our ad staff uses this space to inform readers about items of interest within the business community throughout Lassen County. Newsworthy tidbits include new product lines, new hires, employee milestones and business anniversaries. We’re all about promoting business and keeping you informed.
Because this week is typically a slow news week, indulge me while I take this opportunity (and Jill’s space) to do a little bragging about the great staff my wife, Keri, and I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for the better part of our lives — the immensely dedicated, hardworking and talented individuals who bring you this award-winning newspaper each and every week.
Let me share with you how very proud we are with the length of service so many of our associates have at Feather Publishing Co. — publishers of the Lassen County Times and Westwood PinePress and their sister papers in Chester, Greenville, Quincy and Portola.
Companywide, these 82 individuals have amassed some 798 years of local newspapering experience. Thirty of these employees are at the Times and PinePress, collectively sharing a part of 257 combined years of service. When you read through the list, you can imagine the kind of reminiscing we share regularly around the water cooler and at company gatherings.
We’ll start with the oldest (oops, I mean the one who’s been here the longest) first: graphic artist, designer and computer technician Cindie Tamietti leads the pack with 23 years of service.
Right behind her is our advertising and marketing director Jill Atkinson with 21 years, followed by our office and credit manager Linda Zinko and graphic design department manager Patty Givens, each enjoying 20 years with the company.
Advertising consultant Laura Tew has invested 17 years planning the marketing needs of local businesses assisted for 13 years by graphic designer Judy Armentrout.
We have lots of experienced people responsible for making sure your paper gets to your home each week — rain, snow or shine — starting with Tom Glenn with 16 years; Jack Stratton, 14 years; Julie Leslie and Jeanie and Rob Diermier, each with 13 years.
News Editor Sam Williams has seniority in our newsroom with 11 years. Managing Editor Barbara France and Westwood PinePress Editor Susan Cort Johnson have each handled their respective tasks for nine years.
A handful of others fall into that five to nine year grouping: ad consultant Lori Watson, seven years; Circulation Manager Cory Terwilliger, six years.; ad consultant Betsy Bingham, reporter Ruth Ellis, and delivery person Elaine Gray, with five years each.
Others on their way to that first five-year milestone marker are carriers Nick Blevins, Lincoln Jones, Bill Stubbe and Kathy Bowen (in Westwood).
In the newsroom we have Patrick Shillito, Brian Taylor, Kayleen Taylor, Jennifer Kempton and Aura Whittaker, who continues to fill in as needed.
Rushelle Meadows is our frontline receptionist and classified ad consultant.
Our operations in Plumas County enjoy the same stability longevity brings. Eight have been with us between 20-31 years; four are nearing 20 years; six are close to 15 years and another 10 are approaching the 10-year marker.
Keri and I began our newspaper careers in 1974. From the very onset, we knew we wanted to nurture and grow a family business, surrounding ourselves with employees who shared in a philosophy that is our business’ mission statement:
Pride and Ownership. Being committed to constant and never ending improvement.
Mission accomplished, but far from over.
Small newspapers, like ours, play a vital role in the communities they serve and will for decades to come. And, of course, they are only as good as the people who work there and Keri and I think we’ve surrounded ourselves with the very best.
You each have our deepest gratitude and utmost respect for all you do for the community and us.
We look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and hope our paper will continue to be a welcomed guest in your home.
On behalf of all of us, may we all have a healthy, safe and prosperous new year!