“Delivering Printing Services to Your Door: Just like the Milk Man Used to do!”

Written by on February 28, 2019

KVMR receives support from Milk Man Toner Company; leasing the latest printers, and offering toner replacement delivery and repair and servicing for just about anything. Milk Man Toner Company services Sacramento, and Northern California from Redding to Monterey, and from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, and everywhere in between.

(Milk Man Toner Company Family & Fleet)

Shamus McClure of Milk Man Toner Company is a huge Johnny Cash fan. And also of Waylon, Willie and the Boys. That was evident when seeing the “social workspace” he created for himself, and his employees in downtown Lincoln, before the business grew out of that space and has since moved to Loomis.

The Milk Man space was cool, fun and inspiring to work within, and play in, too. There was a pool table, bar and of course a pro sound system and staging complete with lighting. But the highlight of the office space was the huge Sun Record Company label emblazoned on the brick wall. So, no doubt Shamus is a huge KVMR fan. Wesley Robertson (R.I.P. 3/3/2018) was one of his favorites, too.

“My older brothers took me to see Johnny Cash at the Marin Civic Center in 1983 when I was in the 5th grade.” Says Shamus, “I was a fan of the Man in Black ever since and saw him many times. The Outlaw (Country) Community that Johnny, Willie, Waylon and Kris (Kristofferson/The Highwaymen) built is very similar to the independent, “outlaw” community that KVMR has built. Tried and true and always giving.”

(Shamus, Willie & Melissa McClure)

Shamus’s vision for Milk Man Toner Company is based on the spirit of the milkman from days gone by: delivering (quality printing services) directly to your door.  The  Loomis-based, family-owned and operated office equipment and services business was established in 2013. Shamus and his 12 employees serve Northern California, including Sacramento, the Bay Area and growing strongly in Nevada and Placer Counties.

Milk Man Toner sells, leases, rents, delivers, installs and supports network copiers, printers, scanners and fax machines throughout Northern California and carries environmentally safe, re-manufactured toner cartridges, specializing in high-speed color products, at an affordable rate.

Milk Man Toner also offers a Managed Print Services (MPS) program to support the needs of a fleet of network printers and multi-functional products. The end result is simple: gaining visibility and control of printing, which helps save money and boost productivity. MPS also helps improve environmental sustainability and document security. Customers can benefit from in-house leasing program, making it easy to upgrade your equipment. And to top it off, offer environmentally friendly products and recycling gladly picking-up empty cartridges, too.  Milk Man Toner Company is a “one stop shop,” service-oriented company.

Shamus and Milk Man Toner Company have been generous underwriters of KVMR for over five years – and help out the Celtic Festival with printing, too. We think Shamus McClure and Milk Man Toner Company (Twang and) Rock! Thank you Shamus and Team!

Milk Man Toner Company

3444 Swetzer Road, Ste D ~ Loomis, CA 95650 ~ (916) 253-9804





Thank You for Your Generosity in Supporting 105.7 FM / The Bridge!

Plan It Solar / Four Paws Animal Clinic / Tucked In Bed / Weiss Brothers Nursery / Larry Defeyter Painting / Moule Paint & Glass / Colfax Farm & Country Store / Ben Franklin / Pete’s Pizza / The Wooden Spoon / Prosperity Lanes / Pioneer Motors / Sierra Timberline All Phase Heating & Air Conditioning / SummerThyme’s Bakery

These businesses are leading the way in contributing our latest endeavor, The Bridge. We are bringing variety, choices and more independent media to our valuable listeners. And our Business Supporters make it possible.


Support those who support KVMR Community Radio!



Painting the Town Family – Style

When it comes to finding variety and quality paints & stains, knowledge and expertise, and glass, windows, mirrors and more, Moule Paint & Glass are known locally as a tried and true resource since 1949.

And when you need a painting contractor whose work ethic starts and ends with integrity and excellence, Larry Defeyter Painting is a local, independent businessman and painter with over 20 years of experience.


Bill and Margaret (Marge) Moule founded the Moule Paint & Glass in the Spring Hill, Grass Valley area, where the Moule Paint and Glass now resides in a new building, built in 2013. Over the past, near-70 years, Moule Paint & Glass has anchored itself throughout Northern California with 7 different locations; and currently operating in Auburn, Elk Grove, Redding, Truckee, plus at 700 E. Main Street, Grass Valley.

Since 1976, Moule Paint & Glass has been owned and run by Jim and Janice Moule. The family tradition carries on with the 3rd generation actively working in the business. Grandchildren alongside grandparents.

KVMR receives support from Moule Paint & Glass serving Nevada County for over 65 years. Stocking window, shower, and automotive glass; offering screen repairs, also Pittsburg Paints & Stains. Located on East Main Street, Grass Valley. M-O-U-L-E Paint and Glass dot com.


Larry Defeyter is a licensed and insured painting contractor serving Nevada County and surrounding areas. He specializes in interior and exterior repaints with green and low VOC paints. No job is too small. From apartments, industrial and commercial buildings and offices. As a full-service painting company, Larry provides almost any service you need in a painting contractor including: extensive caulking & preparation, cabinet refinishing, elastomeric coating, power washing.

“I was inspired to go into business on my own after working for other flaky contractors who has licenses, but weren’t real painters,” said Larry. “I knew I could do better and do it right, so I got my own license!”

Since the summer of 2012, Larry has painted hundreds of interiors, exteriors, fencing, decks and more in the Nevada County area. And he loves what he does and his attitude shows and glows. He takes pride in his work.

“The best part is at the end of the day you see your progress and it is pretty rewarding,” said Larry. His dedicate crew feels the same.

Larry moved to Nevada County from Santa Cruz in 2001. He loves it here and loves the Community, which reminds him of the Santa Cruz mountains, sans the ocean, but with an amazing river.

“I love giving back to the Community. It is important for me. And I hope when I give to the Community, the Community sees it and gives back to me,” says Larry. “A win-win for everyone. And I love to support Redlocks on Friday nights, too.”

When not painting, Larry is involved with his love of beekeeping, gardening and his family. His wife Angie Maxson-DeFeyter is the new assistance principal at Nevada City School of the Arts (NCSA). His two sons attend NCSA. Maxson is 12-years-old and a 7th grader this year. Isaac is 9, going into 4th grade, both at NCSA, also.

What else do both these businesses have in common besides paint?

Well, they both require “pronouncers” for our volunteer broadcasters to read their copy correctly (pronouncer: De-FAY-ter, pronouncer: M-Owl). J

And they work synergistically together providing each other work and referrals, plus their generosity to KVMR Community Radio as Business Supporters over the past few years. Heck, Larry even wears the Moule badge-of-honor on his sleeve – right next to KVMR’s logo!

Thank you Jim Moule & Family and Staff and Larry Defeyter and Crew! Your dedication to KVMR and this Community makes a huge difference!

KVMR receives support from Larry Defeyter Painting – locally-owned, consciously-green, professional painting company, using non-toxic products, reusable materials, drop cloths and water-based cleaning supplies. Providing interior and exterior painting, pressure washing and more. Larry Defeyter Painting, online at Gold Country Painting (dot) com

Support those who support KVMR!

Larry Defeyter Painting

www.goldcountrypainting.com 530-470-3658

Moule Paint & Glass

www.moulepaintandglass.com 530-273-4643 (GV)








KVMR receives support from Simply Country –Providing hays & grains, organic feed, wild bird seed and supplies for farms, animals and pets. Family-owned feed and farm stores since 1964. Two locations, Penn Valley & Grass Valley. Simply Country dot net. 

KVMR receives support from Simply Country – family-owned feed and farm stores since 1964 in Grass Valley & Penn Valley. Retailing tractors, supplies & equipment for farms, animals and pets. And carrying golf carts and Textron Off-Road Vehicles. Simply Country dot net. 

The Chittock Family have been in the business of feed and farming supplies and equipment for over 50 years in Nevada County. Beginning in 1964, Lloyd Chittock purchased Ridge Feed & Supply on Ridge Road in Grass Valley. Since then, it is all in the family, as son Curt bought Ridge Feed from his father in 1987 and then the further expanded the family business in 1994 with a second location, The Farm Store, in Penn Valley. Today the Chittock grandchildren, Chana and Nic, are responsible for the day-to-day business at both locations, which changed and consolidated the business names in 2015 to simply, Simply Country.

The mainstay of the business has always been livestock feed, hay and farm and pet foods, along with wild bird seed, and organic and non-GMO feeds retailed at both stores. From an entire line of kids’ John Deere toys, to interior barn fans and an expansive supply of equine to cat & dog and wild bird needs, the 10,000 square foot, plus Penn Valley facility runs the gamut of carrying for creatures and critters, indoor and out. The expansive property of over two and a half acres at the Penn Valley location allows Simply Country to retail farm tractors & equipment and the implements for the equipment, such as box blades, hole-diggers and rotary tillers. Most everything and anything needed to maintain a farm and livestock can be found at Simply Country, plus other convenience items for the everyday gardener.

Beyond the hard work of farming and agricultural enterprises, there is also playing hard after working hard. Earlier this year, Simply Country moved into the department of retailing E-Z-Go Golf Carts and Textron Off-Road vehicles, including kids-sized ATVs. The whole family of wee-ones to adventurous adults can invest in leisure and play.



The Chittock Family are active community participants, too, moving straw for the Nevada City Classic Bike Race and Soap Box Derby, as well as participation in the Nevada County Fair, annually, sponsoring the Hay Bucking Contest. From the time Lloyd bought the store on Ridge Road, the Chittock family have been buyers for the Junior Livestock Auction, supporting 4H members and their successes in raising livestock.

To make it even more accommodating and convenient, Simply Country has a small fleet of delivery trucks and vehicles and offers “Simply Express” service. They deliver on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for orders between $30 and $200 with no delivery charge and you can also order online.

KVMR Community Radio appreciates the services, offerings and support the Chittock Family, Curt, Nic & Chana, provide to our Community. Check them out on Ridge Road in Grass Valley or at Harvest Lane at Rough & Ready Highway, just east of Highway 20 — Look for the large statue of the Hen. And yes, according to Nic Chittock, it is for sale, “for the right price!”

More information:  www.simplycountry.net

PENN VALLEY LOCATION: 10110 Harvest Lane ~ Penn Valley, CA 95946 ~ 530-432-2835

GRASS VALLEY LOCATION: 12892 Ridge Rd ~ Grass Valley, CA 95945 ~    530-273-3886


KVMR receives support from WILLIAMS STATIONERY – An independently owned, family operated, full service office supply company; carrying janitorial supplies and office furniture. 112 West Main Street downtown Grass Valley; serving Nevada County for 69 years. www.williamsallvalue.com

For Dave Williams, one of the best aspects of the 36 years working the family business are the relationships created, cultivated and enjoyed. Dave, and his wife Sue, now own the 69-year-old, home-town, office supply company his family successfully began operating on April 1, 1949. And even though the store anniversary is April 1st, being an independent business-owner is no joke, but mostly a lot of fun!

Williams Stationery has been operating at the same location since opening at 112 West Main Street, downtown Grass Valley. The building constructed in 1854, is considered the second oldest building in downtown Grass Valley. It is quaint and old-timey with high ceilings, creaky old oak floor boards and a set of “door bells” that clang and jingle as familiar-faced customers come and go. It is really the past meeting the present in many ways. With “big box” corporate stores, retail chains and the online explosion of Amazon.com and the like, Dave recognizes that there really needs to be that “extra-something” to forage new relationships, service walk-in customers and maintain the clients that exist.

“If you’re a small, family-owned independent business that has stayed afloat during the economic downturns, that has to mean you have competitive prices and unparalleled customer service,” said Dave. “We wouldn’t be here if we couldn’t compete. We have a lot of things Staples doesn’t have, such as fine writing paper, gifts, cards and social stationery — plus the customer service.”


And for Williams Stationery it is also a family affair. Dave and Sue are currently the only, full-time employees of the business. Dave’s parents, Elton and Helen acquired their business from the Tresize Brothers who opened their office supply store in 1902. Many people in Nevada County knew and revered Helen Williams, whom was known as “the matriarch of Grass Valley,” to some. She worked happily at the family store until she was 92, before passing away in 2012. She was said to “hate 3-day weekends” as she missed working and being with people and the customers she served.

Dave can be found working six-days-a-week, most weeks, offering jovial banter and generously helpful attention. There might not be a friendlier greeting than walking into Williams Stationery (think Cheers without the bar). He and Sue, together, wear and share the many hats of running a business.

Then, there is his “General Manager,” 2-year-old granddaughter, Piper, dropping in weekly to “help” around the store. She is as charming and friendly as Dave. And watch-out, she now is in charge of a cash register.

Both the Williams’ daughters, Courtney and Vanessa (also Piper’s mother), assist in the business from time-to-time for part-time help, special projects, additional seasonal assistance and window-front creativity. It is always interesting to see what the Williams Stationery storefront window display is each month. (Currently, creatively depicting “time flying,” as we enter into one more New Year.)

"Time Flies" In the window display for 2018.

Dave says that nearly 70 percent of their business is commercial accounts, ranging from daily, to weekly, to monthly deliveries and invoicing. Williams Stationery offers a full line of most office supplies, clocks, calendars, gifts, journals, and cards for all occasions. Hard to find items for home or office use and janitorial needs, cleaning & break room supplies, as well as office furniture for home or business are available in store and for order. In keeping up with the corporate, commercial competition, Williams can also offer customers the advantages of national distribution and pricing, while maintaining local service and support. And don’t forget about the free, next-day delivery for all account orders.

The Williams Family has been part of the Grass Valley community since the 1800’s. Grass Valley is their hometown. They cherish and value the sense of community and our local, small town.

“We especially value and support our local businesses and community service organizations,” said Dave. “Money that is spent with local businesses stays in the community and benefits everyone. We are all helping each other out.”

“My plumber, electrician and tire store are all family-owned, independent businesses,” he said. “We are grateful to all the loyal customers who have been with us during the good times and the bad. This is a real giving community.”

KVMR wants to honor the Williams Family and their generosity to our community. Thanks for being KVMR Community Radio business supporters, Dave & Sue. KVMR Community Radio is proud to have a relationship with you, too!

PS> And don’t forget to stop in and say ‘Hello’ to Dave during Giants Season. Dave is certain to be wearing his Giants tie or other representing attire on game day. . . It is always fun to stop into Williams Stationery, like I said!


Art King is the king of bowling in Nevada County.

And Prosperity Lanes is the only game in town!

It all started when his wife Sylvia noticed the Grass Valley Family Food Store on Henderson Street at Colfax Ave. was for sale and had the notion of converting it to a bowling alley. (The things you do for love!) And since that moment, Art foraged forward with a $5,000 down payment, a few investors and he hasn’t looked back.

Art is an avid motorcyclist, as well as bowler, enjoying annual northwest road trips to his childhood corner of the world in near Vancouver, British Columbia. After bowling it is biking. He moved to Grass Valley in the 60s with his parents and has made Nevada County his home ever since.

Art is a kind, jovial man with a fabulous sense of humor and it is obvious he found his niche working with the public, all for fun. Family bowling, weekly league bowling for Senior to seniors in high school, to large-group parties and bowling in the dark to the glow of the pins with Saturday night “Blacklight Rock ‘n’ Bowl” from 10 p.m. to midnight. There are many options at Prosperity Lanes.

Prosperity Lanes also offers a pro shop with bowling ball sales and service, a video arcade for when your wrist needs a rest and a concessions bar serving beer, wine, burgers, Mexican food and his wife, Sylvia’s homemade soups during the winter months – which is right about now!

Since September of 2001, Art has maintained a dedicated staff of employees, some who have been with him for almost a decade. It’s all about fun, socializing and keeping moving. Seniors enjoy mid-week leagues and open bowling and younger people and families enjoy weekend birthday parties or late night hanging out.

Art believes he is providing our community with a necessary asset and social outlet. “A city needs a bowling alley — it’s important.” And even though he has had interested parties inquire as to him selling the building, he isn’t ready to hang up his bowling shoes just yet!

KVMR wants to honor Art as a dedicated supporter, underwriting KVMR for many years. Thanks for being KVMR Community Radio fans, Art & Sylvia! KVMR Community Radio is proud to have your support.



“All in the Family”

Fit Culture Studio & Mike Bratton State Farm Insurance

            If you have lived in Nevada County for any length of time you know the Mike Bratton Family.

Mike has been a key, and visible, Nevada County community member for many years. He has resided in Nevada County since 1979, beginning his career as Mike Bratton State Farm insurance agency in 1984. His business has grown to eight employees who are very much like family, if not family!


Mike Bratton is known for his generous community contributions, professionally and philanthropically. He is an active 49er Breakfast Club Rotarian, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce member, the president of A New Day mental health counseling non-profit and the founder of the MEB II Turkey Trot. (Established in 2006 after one of his sons, Michael Edward Bratton II, took his own life at the age of 25, heartbreakingly.) Besides being seen often at local charitable functions and supporting positive, local causes, Mike can be found early mornings at Fit Culture Studio in Nevada City.

Mike’s son, Joey Bratton, is the founder of Fit Culture Studio located at 75 Bost Ave. #4, just off Searls Ave. Joey takes pride in motivating his clients by encouraging them to achieve their personal goals and do their best. His passion for functional movement, athletic performance, and overall wellness are what inspired him to pursue a career in fitness and wellness. A graduate with a degree in Applied Nutrition, B.S. from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Joey focuses on inspiring wellness in others who enjoy living a healthy, active lifestyle. He optimizes his client’s fitness and wellness through a specialized signature approach that incorporates five different elements of fitness principles that include upper body strength, lower body strength, heart health conditioning, core and balance, and stretch and recovery. Joey loves his what he does and shares his life with his beautiful wife, Amanda, and young son, James.

Fit Culture Studio and Mike Bratton State Farm been a generous KVMR Business Supporter since 2015. Mike and the entire Bratton Family are community-minded and generous people contribute who actively participate in many things that makes Nevada County so special and so very much a Community.

“I love being a part of this community. And KVMR is one of my many partners,” said Mike Bratton. “We are rich with so many different interests and types of people that live here and that is what makes our community what it is. Sports. Music. Culture. Nice people. And KVMR reaches those people. It is a privilege to be a part of KVMR and being a business sponsor of KVMR.”

In 2015, Mike donated his famous Nevada City Soap Box Derby art car “Tow Mader” to KVMR Community Radio, which is being “upgraded” for this fall’s 2017 event. The kids love “Tow Mader,” so look for him this September.

Thanks for supporting KVMR Community Radio Mike & Joey. KVMR Community Radio is proud to have your support.

PS> Mike just turned “another year wiser” just this past Sunday! So here’s to you Mike and Happy Birthday, too!


February 2017

Automotive, Parts & Repair Services

KVMR Community Radio is proud of the business relationships that have been cultivated over the past 38 years. The commitment our business supporters give to our community through underwriting KVMR makes it possible for us to bring you, our listener, music and talk variety and the many independent voices and perspectives you experience. Please support those businesses who support the station you love and appreciate.

When you need automotive help, look here first! Tell them that KVMR sent you!

Ken Cook, owner. Grass Valley, (530) 273-3195

Automotive City was incorporated in 1967 in San Francisco and was purchased by Ken Cook in 2005. There are 4 full-time mechanics on staff and the lead mechanic is an ASE Master Mechanic and Licensed Smog Technician. Automotive City is AAA Approved and an accredited member of Better Business Bureau with an A+ Rating since 1998. Located at the Brunswick “Y.”

 Alex Douglas, owner. Nevada City, (530) 265-5120

Douglas Automotive is owned and operated by Alex and Summer Douglas since January of 2005. Located off Gold Flat Road in Nevada City. Offering customer shuttle serve, friendly service and is ASE-certified. Working on domestics and imports, alike.

Tom Lucas, owner. Auburn, (530) 268-0406

Tom Lucas bought his first car, a 1967 Ford Mustang GT, 390 Fastback 4-speed at the age for 16 and hasn’t looked back. Rebuilding engines, not limited to Ford, is his passion and hobby. He has been racing and building engines for over 30 years building highly engineered engines with the latest technology. Tom loves KVMR Community Radio and chose to become a business supporter to his commitment to community and great music programming.

Clay Shaake, owner. Grass Valley, (530) 477-1394

Clay Shaake is a 3rd generation auto body and fender repair and restoration specialist who began learning his trade while in 9th grade. Body and fender work is a vocation and honed skill Clay has been dedicated to for decades. Clay firmly believes in Consumer Rights and customer autonomy when it comes to accessing repair service providers. “You pay your insurance premium and you should have the right to pursue a repair that is satisfactory to you,” says Clay. “We encourage you to exercise your right.”

Mike & Mark Heauser, owners. NC, GV, PV and Colfax. (530) 265-4642

Plaza Tire and Auto Service has four locations providing quality automotive products and services to customers in Colfax, CA, Penn Valley, CA, Nevada City, CA, Grass Valley, CA, and has been serving Nevada County for over 35 years, employing ASE-certified technicians and have an extensive tire and parts recycling program. Support for the community has been a time honored tradition since the Heauser family first opened Plaza Tire and Auto Service. As a family owned and operated company, they are honored to give back to those who have given so much to them, including KVMR Community Radio.

John Volz, Sr. & Jr., owner. Grass Valley, (530) 273-3979

Specializing in Subaru, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura and hybrids, and have highly trained and skilled staff that has been with them for an average of over 15 years. Volz Bros. has been at the forefront of environmentally conscious auto repair since 1982. As a technician in car dealerships for 10 years, John Volz saw how little the industry did to deal with waste, and how repairing automobiles promoted a harsh approach with chemicals. After moving to Nevada County, the beauty of the area re-enforced his idea to do things differently. Located off of Loma Rica Road, Grass Valley. Volz. Bros.




Independent, Local Businesses: the Heart & Soul of KVMR Underwriting.

Please consider supporting these local businesses with your holiday shopping dollars. And tell them KVMR Community Radio sent you!

The Alexander Gallery: Local and regional fine art (NC)

Asylum Down: Imported clothing & accessories (NC)

Bamboo Home Store: Everything made from Bamboo from clothing to home (GV)

Behind Closed Doors: Fun, fancy, sexy & exotic clothing and toys (GV)

Blue Lotus Exotic Imports: Hand-carved, hand-made Asian furniture, lamps & jewelry (GV)

Clocktower Records: Everything RockNRoll! Vinyl, CDs, memorabilia (GV)

Cult of Gemini: Inspirational, naturistic, shamanistic for home & mind (GV)

The Earth Store: Earth-inspired & friendly clothing, gifts, books & games (NC)

The Gray Goose: From wacky to whimsical — a store of fun & funny gifts (NC)

Grateful Ink Tattoo: Tattoos & art (NC)

Goodtimes Skateshop: Clothing, shoes, accessories, everything skateboarding (GV)

Humble Fabrics: New, used, recycled fabrics, & crafting (NC)

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art: Fine, local art (NC)

The Magic Carpet: Fine Oriental rugs and carpets (NC)

Mama Madrone’s Eco-Emporium: Earth-friendly, natural clothing and home decor (NC)  

Mint: Women’s apparel, shoes & jewelry including local designs (GV)

Mountain Recreation: Everthing for outdoor enjoyment from clothing to gear to rentals (GV)

Neva Co.: Locally made clothing, gifts, jewelry, art & decor (NC)

The Phoenix Rose: Alternative yoga, dancewear & clothing designed locally (NC)

Sacred Skulls Art Gallery: artisan jewelry and sacred, elementally designed tattoos (NC)

Scraps Dog Bakery: Cat & dog bakery and pet store (GV)

SpiritHouse Import Gallery: fair-trade artisan clothing, jewelry & home decor from Southeast Asia (NC)

Tess’s Kitchen Store: Culinary tools & toys for beginning or expert chefs (GV)

Tour of Nevada City: Bike shop & accessories (NC)

Tribal Weaver:  Body jewelry, spiritual books, fair-trade accessories & clothing (GV) 

The Wooden Spoon: A toy store for cooks offering everything kitchen, cooking & canning (GV)

YaBoBo: International instruments, music, clothing and decor (NC)

A full list of all of our beloved Business Supporters with more underwriters and services at: http://www.kvmr.org/underwriters


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