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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 9B Insurance agent enjoys helping friends, neighbor Laura Beaton Staff Writer Everybody needs insurance. Auto insurance, home insurance, health, life, rental insurance- insurance protects us from all the "what ifs" that could potentially befall us. Richard Stockton, a licensed State Farm Insurance Co. agent and independent contractor in Quincy, has been in the insurance business for 25 years. Stockton took over the Quincy State Farm agency from his father, Jimmy Stockton, in 1995. But Richard Stockton was no stranger to the insurance world: he began working for State Farm in Chico in 1988, when he joined the company as a homeowners claims adjuster. From there, Stockton took an assignment with the national disaster team for State Farm. He spent years traveling all over the U.S. handling homeowners' insurance claims in the wake of natural disasters such as the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire and the Malibu fires. Stockton said he felt good being able to hand over PROFILES IN BUSINESS STATE FARM State Farm Insurance Co., Quincy office Providing insurance and financial services in Quincy, Graeagle and Greenville Owner: Richard Stockton Address: 65 W. Main St., P.O. Box 259, Quincy, CA 95971 Phone:283-0565 Fax: 283-5143 Hours: Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; after hours by appointment checks to customers who had lost everything. "It's an emotional roller coaster to hold their hands and to hear their stories. But then what a reward it is to be the one that puts money into their hands to start over." State Farm is a mutual company owned by its policyholders. The company Richard Stockton and employee Karen Rhodes stand in the jungle-like environment of Stockton's office foyer at 65 W. Main St. in Quincy. The Stockton family has been providing insurance and financial services to customers for nearly 50 years in this same location. has more than 84,000 employees and agents. State Farm boasts that it is the largest insurance provider in the world, servicing 81 million policies and accounts throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to insurance services, State Farm provides financial services as well. Stockton holds a business degree from Chico State, and has completed numerous courses to obtain the necessary certifications and licenses to be both a chartered life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant. The latter qualifies him to provide advanced financial planning and services to individuals, professionals and small-business owners. Stockton's family moved to Plumas County when he was 4 years old. They lived for three years in Greenville before moving to Quincy, where his father built the State Farm business. Being a local makes Stockton's meaningful work even more meaningful. He gets to help out friends he has grown up with. Stockton is a 1977 graduate of Quincy High School and now owns the building that his dad built with Jim Bequette nearly 50 years ago. Stockton and his three full-time employees are very involved in the community. He is a captain with the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department (currently taking a leave of absence), an active member of Quincy Rotary, past board member of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair and a sponsor of many youth organizations and programs such as Little League and Digging In. As the key to their success, Stockton credits the personal relationships and outstanding service that he and his staff-- Karen Rhodes, Lisa Caballero-Grant and Mishawn Heater -- have with their customers. In his spare time, Stockton enjoys exploring "the many spectacular parts of Plumas County" on his RZR ATV (purchased locally at DuPont Power Tools), or on foot. "I can't imagine living anywhere else," he said. Another passion of Stockton's is apparent the minute you open his office doors: plants. Over the years Stockton has acquired many types of plants and trees, transforming the foyer of his office into a lush green jungle of verdant foliage, complete with a waterfall fountain. "People think they are walking into a plant nursery rather than an insurance office," Stockton said. One day he hopes to have a greenhouse so that he can expand his plant collection. If you need insurance or financial services, or if you just want to look at the fantastic plants growing in profusion at his downtown office near the high School, Stockton invites you to stop by the State Farm office and say hello. As State Farm's famous advertising jingle (composed by Barry Manilow in the 1970s) says, "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." Mother and son give back to community that helped them Debra Moore Staff Writer Quincy residents Jennifer Ludvigson and her son Simon McQuarrie believe in paying it forward. Five years ago Simon, who was then 8, was diagnosed with stage 4 soft-tissue sarcoma. For the next year, the pair traveled reg91arl'y'to sin Francisco for cancer treatments. As a small-business owner, Jennifer estimated that she only worked a 12th of that year, but she didn*t have to worry financially. "This community gave and gave some more," Jennifer writes on her website, "They raised money through fundraisers, gave up time with their families, and all to keep us afloat while we were fighting the hardest battle of our lives." Now 13, Simon is cancer-free, but he and his mom still must travel to San Francisco for an annual checkup. Jennifer said that community support helped defray the financial stress so that the family could focus on Simon during that difficult year. Now, it's Jennifer's mission to ensure that other families in similar situations can concentrate on their loved one's health and not worry about how they are going to pay their electric bill. She founded the nonprofit organization Tru Community, which is named for her son, whose middle name is Tru. Jennifer and several volunteers run Tru Community. "No one is paid," she said. Tru Community has already helped a number of families by purchasing gas cards and gift cards, as well as paying for hotel rooms and monthly bills. "I usually do a $250 gift card," Jennifer said of the average award. Tru Community is open to anyone who resides in a rural area and needs help with medical-related expenses. The aid is not limited to those fighting cancer, nor is it just for youths. Those who need assistance can go to the website to Jennifer Ludvigson and her son, Simon McQuarrie, are "paying it forward" through their nonprofit organization Tru Community, which helps families living in rural areas pay for costs associated with medical care. Ludvigson founded the nonprofit because of the community support that she and her family received during Simon's battle with cancer. Photo submitted access help, and those who want to help can find out more by visiting the website. But there are other ways to support Tru Community -- such as this Saturday's dinner and movie fundraiser and the annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot. Dinner, a movie and much more Jennifer invites the community to Greenhorn Guest Ranch this Saturday evening, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. In addition to a tri-tip dinner (a vegetarian option is available upon request) and dessert, attendees will be treated to a viewing of "Paint Your Wagon," a fashion show, line dancing and more. "We want to keep this event centered on having a good time," Jennifer said. Tickets for the event are $40 and are available in Quincy at Body & Soul and Moon's Restaurant, or in Graeagle at Graeagle Associates. Cabin specials are also available by calling 800-334-6939. Turkey Trot Plans are already underway for this year's annual Turkey Trot, which is set to get underway at 9 a.m. Nov. 28 at Feather River College. Jennifer said that most people complete the 5K run or walk in under an hour, leaving them plenty of time to prepare for dinner. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, water bottle or beanie. More details about the event will be available soon. COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY11 NATURAL FOODS' SAT. NOON-4pm OCTOBER 12 2015 I FREE RAFFLE ~ FREE SAMPLES SALES FOR ALL CUSTOMERS Need help REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL We do Insurance-related repairs If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. 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