Tuesday, September 11, 2018
This Patriot’s Day my favorite Patriot turns 60! Here’s what a few folks had to say about Susanville Market’s own Rick Stewart~
Kailie Shoemaker, Bakery~
"I have always been mildly intimidated by Rick, he has a very commanding presence but oh man..... when you get past that and overhear him crack a total dad joke, or watch him talk about something he loves! He’s such a fun loving family man and it really shows. He’s treated me like a daughter and it gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling have him and Anna in my life."
Todd Eid, Store Director~
"When I was asked to say something about Rick my very first thought was, there is no man I have more respect for than Rick Stewart. I believe that working for Rick has made me a better person. Lastly, I'm double blessed because not only is he my boss but he is my good friend."
Jessica Eid, Assistant Store Director~
"I was very fortunate when we moved here to have gained a second set of parents and role models, Rick and Anna. I'm incredibly lucky to have another amazing person in my life that I look up to and learn from on a daily basis! Happy Birthday Rick!!!”
Hope Browning, Deli Supervisor~
"I don't know if everyone is aware of Rick's passion for photography?? If you don't his art is hanging in our store and it's pretty awesome stuff!! Maybe I'm being biase due that Rick took the infamous picture of me for my turkey buck.. Thank you Rick for all the great memories and many more to come!!! Happy birthday!!!”
Cyndi Bera, Daughter Extraordinaire~
"Happy birthday! I am so lucky to have you as my Dad! You are a great man. You make me laugh, guide me through the hard times, and provide such a great example for al things in life. I could not ask for a better father. We are truly blessed to have you as a role model for us and the kids. Thanks for all that you do and I hope your day is just as special as you are! We love you!"
Anna Stewart, Biggest Fan~
"I think the most perfect quote about Rick came from our youngest granddaughter. After an outing with Papa I asked her how it was, her response with a huge smile was “he never disappoints”. That’s it exactly. Thank you Rick for always exceeding my expectations of our life together. No one is more blessed than me. Happy Birthday Sweetie!"
The Green Grocerette
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Thompson Peak has got to be one of the most beautiful, iconic sights in Lassen County. If you’ve never been to the top, right now is a great time to go. We went up in August and were heartily greeted by Lookout Richard Walters who invited us to bring our family the next day. He let us use the catwalk all the way round, take photos and entertained us all with so many stories!
When I told Richard I wanted to share about our visit and encourage others to make the trip he said he wanted to be sure to tell you all thank you. Evidently several years ago the catwalk was pulling away and such a danger to use that Richard would hang onto anything he could to make it around. The next year the lookout was closed. On Richard’s annual trek through to Oregon he stopped at Artisan Coffee and was visiting. When coffee shop owner, Austin Minert, found out the Lookout was closed he asked what could be done. Richard told him to find someone that would do the needed repairs pro bono. Austin did just that and more. Our LoCaL communities all banded together (along with Forestry donations!) and raised the necessary funds for materials and completed the necessary work. Richard named off all the towns that helped and though I can’t remember them all, just know, Richard won’t forget. The very next season it was reopened!
The Thompson Peak Lookout is much more important than I even could imagine. Richard and another lookout spotted the first Clearlake fire this year and triangulated the location. That’s a long way from home. I for one rest a little easier knowing our lookouts are manned and keeping vigilant watch over our land.
Richard Walters, Austin Minert and all that helped, my heartfelt thanks. You’re all Hometown Heroes!
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