Leonard Morrison has a new partner at Castle Rock Countertops andamp; Construction, located at 1577 A California St., north of Washington Boulevard. After owning the business in partnership with Michael Failor for 10 years, Morrison bought out Failor and signed on Brian Willey as his new partner.

The company holds a general contractor license in both California and Oregon.

andquot;We do primarily countertops, in solid surface and laminate,andquot; Morrison said. andquot;But we also do other phases of construction, like patching walls and hooking up electrical systems.andquot;

andquot;In solid surface countertops, we carry Staron, HI-MACS and Gibraltar,andquot; Morrison's wife Terra said. andquot;Our laminate lines are Formica and Wilsonart.andquot;

Customers can choose from color samples at the Castle Rock showroom, order their countertops, and Castle Rock then preps and installs them.

Local RN publishes medical assistant: Del Norte resident Susan Strong, a registered nurse, has developed a binder product called Personal Medical Assistant that helps people who are not employed in the medical field learn how to effectively navigate the medical system.

andquot;Personal Medical Assistant helps people stay organized and keep on top of what's going on with their medical care,andquot; Strong said. andquot;Especially for those suffering from a chronic illness, it helps them deal with health insurance issues, doctor appointments and other health-related information.andquot;

Strong's business, A Nurse at Your Side, has been publishing the binder for about a year, she said. She plans to step up marketing for the product by meeting with QVC about advertising it on television later this month.

Strong also runs another business, Strong Consulting, providing project organization, conference planning and meeting facilitation services.

In addition, Strong will join the Open Door at Del Norte Community Clinic on April 1 as an HIV case manager.

Jewelry by Kathleen moving to Internet: Kathleen McVarish is known locally for the jewelry she has been making and selling at festivals under the name Kathleen's Kreations for the past seven years. Now McVarish is in the process of developing a web site to sell her jewelry and since the name Kathleen's Kreations was already taken, she is renaming her business Jewelry by Kathleen, Unique Like You. When the web site is complete, her work will be available at

andquot;I've sold my jewelry at the 4th of July craft fair, the Crab Races, Brookings' Azalea Festival, and Arcata Bay's Oyster Festival,andquot; McVarish said. andquot;Now I'm moving away from the festivals to focus on selling jewelry online.andquot;

McVarish uses sterling silver, 14kt gold fill and semi-precious gemstones to create necklaces, earrings and bracelets. andquot;I have some unusual stones now like sleeping beauty turquoise and opals, as well as antique hills tribal silver,andquot; she said.

McVarish also does custom jewelry for occasions like weddings, birthdays or other special events. Some of her jewelry is available at En-Vogue and Sun Seekers Salon in Crescent City.

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