Martha McQuarrie recently fulfilled a long-time goal by relocating to Crescent City from the Bay Area. On Monday, she officially opened her office at 508 H St., Suite 5, where she practices family law.
"I worked as an associate for a law firm in the Bay Area," McQuarrie said. "I focus on in divorce, child custody, spousal support, property division, guardianship and conservatorship. But I'm open to other areas and I will expand my coverage as I find the need for it. The type of law I cover will be dictated by the clients who come in and what they need."
McQuarrie obtained her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2002.
"I offer a free 30 minute consultation by appointment," she said. "A lot of times I can help somebody in those 30 minutes. They don't really need an attorney."
McQuarrie considers herself a settlement-oriented attorney, rather than litigation-oriented.
"Oftentimes, after people get past their anger, what's needed is someone with a clear head to approach the situation and try to reach an agreement," she said.
For further information, call 465-4131.
Sisters Debi Mack and Cynthia Mack opened Gasquet Station at 9950 U.S. Hwy. 199 on July 4 and are now offering espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, ice cream and sandwiches there, along with wireless internet access for clients with laptops.
"Initially, we were going to have only espresso and ice cream," Debi said. "But the customers wanted more food options, so we added Paninis and cold sandwiches. There is also a convenience cooler with staples such as milk and butter."
The Mack sisters worked for about six months remodeling the former BP gas station in preparation for their food operation. The facility now offers both seated dining and drive through options.
How did the two decide to go into this business?
"We were both ready for a change," Debi said. "I had been working at the Staples in Eugene for eight years and I wanted to get out of corporate America. The timing was right."
Gasquet Station is now open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but will be establishing winter hours in October.
After retiring this month as wastewater treatment plant supervisor for Crescent City, Jim Grace started his own company, G3 Consultant Service, to put his 33 years' experience in the field and his Grade 3 wastewater operator's license to good use.
"I was wastewater treatment supervisor for the city for 17 years," he said. "I will still be available to sign forms for the city, make reports and be there for the construction."
A Grade 3 license is required for large systems, like the city's, he said, and he will continue to fulfill that requirement until a replacement with a Grade 3 license is found.
"I have more than 33 years' experience in the wastewater field, so I have a pretty good knowledge about it, if anybody needs it," he said. For further information, call 464-3533.