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Volunteers give life to Red Bluff chamber building with siding facelift and painted mural

RED BLUFF — A group of volunteers were up bright and early Saturday with one wall completed by 8 a.m. at the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building, where a face lift of the structure was happening.



a man standing next to a skateboard: Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb -- Daily News)


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Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb — Daily News)



a person standing in front of a sign: Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb — Daily News)


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Volunteers prepare the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce building for new siding Saturday. (Julie Zeeb — Daily News)

“James Harris and Mike Pascarella are donating their time to do something for the chamber of commerce,” said Liz Forsberg, a director with the chamber. “We’ve needed a face lift for some time and a local business donated all the material.”

The best guess of staff is that the siding was probably original from when the building was built, said the chamber’s Principle Objectives Coordinator Jason Bauer.

“We’ve been wanting to do a renovation of the building, which is old and falling apart and I made some phone calls and these two contractors said ‘absolutely, we can donate time if someone will donate the materials,’” Forsberg said.

After the new siding is up, the chamber’s front wall will be graced by a riverscape mural painted by Red Bluff’s Lacy Wilson, said Chamber CEO Dave Gowan.

“We’ve needed this done for some time and we’ve been wanting it for quite a while,” Gowan said. “With the new siding, it will improve the building and get it ready for the mural from Lacy Wilson. We get about 12,000 visitors driving by a day according to the city count. That’s a heavy crowd going through and it’s going to be nice for them to see the improvements.”

Gowan said he is excited

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Nature-Inspired Decor Ideas To Make Winter Pandemic Life More Bearable

The first fall chill in the air is a reminder that the garden and park life we’ve been enjoying is about to make way for the stay-home life. COVID numbers are rising again, and we know that indoors gatherings are part of the problem, so we’ll likely be doing some version of what we did back in spring, and spending a lot more time with members of our own household at home.

We haven’t forgotten that awful feeling we had in March and April, before the weather warmed up, of being trapped indoors. So many of us are now looking for ways to make our home feel cozy and nurturing for the winter months. One way to go from cabin fever to cabin chic is to bring the outdoors in. Try introducing some of these nature-inspired ideas into your family living space.

Plant life

Growing house plants makes life more beautiful. They’re soothing; they’re something to nurture (and even talk to, if you’re missing your friends and co-workers); and they create a healthy environment.

Just be careful what plants you choose, if you have pets that like to nibble on greenery: These plants are not safe for dogs and these plants are toxic to cats. Otherwise, here are some ideas for greening up your home:

Put orchids in steamy places

Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, where the humidity is high and the temperature warm, are excellent spots for orchids, whose natural habit is the rainforest.

Orchids do best with soft indirect light and should be watered once every two weeks in winter. Leave exposed roots in peace, they’re hard at work extracting moisture from the air.

They love soft light, warm air and humidity.
They love soft light, warm air and humidity.

Spruce up your place with indoor trees

If you have the

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Life inside senior care homes, after the coronavirus crucible

In the rooms, halls, and gathering spots of the Commonwealth’s senior care sites, the coronavirus took a particularly insidious hold in the spring and early summer. Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain had the state’s first known senior care fatality. At St. Chretienne Retirement Residence in Marlborough, 22 of 31 nuns contracted the coronavirus. Sickness spread and the residents were isolated from friends and family. Since those dark days, staff members have adjusted even the most basic of routines. Today, the way of life for residents has been transformed.

 Sisters Gloria Cote, 92, (left) and Jeanne Fregeau, 93, shared a laugh on the porch at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Both fell ill to COVID-19 during the April outbreak. Cote said, "I wasn't as sick as she was."  Fregeau said, " When I realized what it was I was afraid to die. Then I thought, 'the Lord will come and get me.' I worried about what would happen to Gloria. But I guess it wasn't time because he didn't come get me.''
Sisters Gloria Cote, 92, (left) and Jeanne Fregeau, 93, shared a laugh on the porch at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Both fell ill to COVID-19 during the April outbreak. Cote said, “I wasn’t as sick as she was.” Fregeau said, ” When I realized what it was I was afraid to die. Then I thought, ‘the Lord will come and get me.’ I worried about what would happen to Gloria. But I guess it wasn’t time because he didn’t come get me.”Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Sisters Fregeau (left) and Cote have been friends for 72 years.
Sisters Fregeau (left) and Cote have been friends for 72 years. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Sister Jeanne D'arc Poirier prepared for lunch at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence.
Sister Jeanne D’arc Poirier prepared for lunch at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Resident George Brackett, 77, had his temperature checked by Stephanie Dupervil, a licensed practical nurse, in his room at Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain. Residents now have their temperature checked twice a day.
Resident George Brackett, 77, had his temperature checked by Stephanie Dupervil, a licensed practical nurse, in his room at Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain. Residents now have their temperature checked twice a day. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff
Sister Bernadetta Haviland wrote a thank you note in her room at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Haviland said she was one of the few residents who did not fall ill during the outbreak. "Thanks be to God. We've just been following the rules, we wash our hands, we stay apart and we wear masks," she said. The residents who were not infected pitched in to help the staff serve meals, wash sheets, and collect trash during the height of the crisis.
Sister Bernadetta Haviland wrote a thank you note in her room at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Haviland said she was one of the few residents who did not fall ill during the outbreak. “Thanks be to God. We’ve just been following the rules, we wash our hands, we stay apart and we wear masks,” she said. The
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Condo Life: Remodeling adds personal touch for condo living

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Remodeling your home can either be a smooth transition or a rocky one, but knowing the specifics of remodeling a condominium is incredibly important, as homeowners have different hurdles to face.

In the 2018 report by Livable.com, 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Renovating a Condo, the top item on the list is to consult your condo board well in advance. The reason for this is every condo building is different regarding rules and regulations about construction in the building. The condo HOA or board will then inform you of the basic guidelines for what can and can’t be done for renovations, it stated.


Addressed in the report as well are things to be aware of, such as newly constructed buildings may not yet have rules in place for renovations, and you have to be ready to find a contractor who is actually willing to work in a condo, as this is a different setting.



In addition, you may need to offer up your parking space or be willing to pay. Lastly, it stated to expect the worst and hope for the best.

Amy Bernstein with Bernstein Realty purchased a condominium in a building she loved with breathtaking views in April 2020, but though the basic floor plan worked, she still wanted to put her personal touches on it.


The property will not be complete and ready for move-in until next spring.

“After hiring an architect and designer, there were so many opportunities to enhance the floor plan and design, that I decided to start from new and tore almost everything out to the walls,” Bernstein said.


The next was getting approval for the remodel.

“Because of the extent of the project, and the raising

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A Day in the Life of Industrial Painting Contractors

Behind every successful construction project is a team of industrial painting contractors. They work in the background to coat building surfaces with paint until it is completed. Who are they, what do they do, and why are they providing critical services to many construction and engineering projects?

Specialties of Industrial Painting Contractors

Any construction project involving the application of coating systems would have painting contractors who are busy at any of the following activities:

1. Surface preparation. Careful surface reparation is often the key to coating systems that perform well and last longer. For new construction, surface preparation is much easier when the surface is bare, such as a slab of concrete. If a previous coating system has been installed, industrial painting contractors laboriously remove the existing coat. This is a skill that requires deep expertise and experience.

Often, industrial painting contractors wash the surface to clean it, and perform water-blasting with the use of high-pressure water jets. Dust, dirt and loose particles are removed from the surface, leaving it clean. Industrial painting contractors may also use abrasive surface preparation to clean the surface.

2. Paint selection. Prior to actual coating application, painting contractors determine the type of paint that will be used. The choices can run from water-based latex or acrylics, to oil-based systems. The correct paint has higher adhesion to the target surface, for durability and high performance.

3. Coating application. Industrial painting contractors may use a plethora of tools and methods to apply the paint to the surface. Brush and rollers are standard tools. In some cases, powder coating is used, which is a process that electrostatically applies dry paint particles unto grounded surfaces. When heat is applied the powder coating is cured permanently in place. Roll coating is also another method used by …

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