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1st San Miguel Business Forum

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:17 PM by Laverne Buckman


Have you thought about opening your own business or expanding an existing one? Come find out why San Miguel is the place to successfully operate your business at the San Miguel Business Forum. The inaugural event will be Thursday, April 24th from 9 am to 1 pm at The Ranch, the upcoming hotspot of the north county. Ranch owners, Marty and Sheila Elisararras will give an exclusive preview of their plans to open a live country western music band venue, mircro brewery and steak house.
A special program is lined up to give business owners resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel: District One Supervisor Harry Ovitt will open with county process and projects; John Fowler from Mission San Miguel will give an update on the Mission restoration project; Brent Grizzle will present plans for the San Miguel Ranch development, LT Colonel Trutanich will present plans for military housing at Camp Roberts and the Economic Vitality Corporation will introduce the many resources they offer to small businesses.
San Miguel businesses will be showcased and numerous information tables with various resources will be on display. San Miguel businesses can get registration details at *this link.
A business card is required for admission.
The business cards will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes including dinner and show tickets to the grand opening of The Ranch.
For more information contact Charlie Fruit at 805-547-6107. Sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection with grant funds from PG&E and FHL Bank's AHEAD program.

20 years for
San Miguel Parade!


Poster artwork by Mary Kalvans
Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection are organizing a parade, book sale, craft fair and BBQ for the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries include fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. Help make this parade the best ever by strutting your stuff as a parade entry or coming to cheer for those in the parade! *Click here for a flyer. *Click here for an entry form or pick one up at the Country Mountain Ranch Floral and Gifts at 1277 Mission Street in San Miguel or call Mary at 805-610-6747. Deadline for parade entry is April 21st. No late entries.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters will be hosting a tri-tip BBQ in front of the firestation after the parade. Tickets are $10 per person.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.

Local Accounts Mean
Funds for Students

Bank check for San Miguel students
Pictured from L to R; Dean Smith, Sara Celedon, George Nunez, Sheila Lopez and Mitch Massey with check for Lillian Larsen School.
The new branch of Heritage Oaks Bank in San Miguel celebrated their grand opening with a Week Of Welcome. For the first 50 new checking accounts opened during that time the bank donated $10 per account to an education program at Lillian Larsen School.
School Superintendent, Dean Smith, accepted a $500 check at the San Miguel bank branch on Friday, March 14th. Funds will go to the LEAP and Masters At Their Trade after school programs.

Funds are especially appreciated at a time when deep budget cuts by the state mean deleting programs, teachers and staff for the upcoming school term.
"If proposed budget cuts become reality it could mean a reduction of six teachers in SMJUSD.  We only employ 27 teachers currently!  The music program and reading program are subject to being cut completely.  Class sizes will be dramatically increased.  The District will also have to look at its classified staffing and services, too.  Cuts in SMJUSD do not involve carving into some sort of "fat" laden beast, but in fact, mean cutting into the very bone of an already eviscerated animal.  Pending cuts will impact and limit our children's educational experiences.  California is 46th out of 50 for educational funding in the USA.  Our challenges are greater than most all the other states. Parents and stakeholders need to advocate on behalf of fully funding Proposition 98 and our schools.  Abel Maldonado and Sam Blakeslee are representing education well in Sacramento, but too often, they are standing alone.  Other districts and regions need to get involved and let their political representatives know how their constituency values education". - submitted by Dean Smith, School Superintendent  

Drainage and Sidewalks
in Downtown

Newly poured concrete for downtown block
Newly poured cement and landscaping along Mission St.
SLO County workers are hard at work under the direction of Steve Frank to install a new drainage system along Mission St. in San Miguel. Flooding has been a problem for the town since Cal Trans built Highway 101 in the late 1950's. The new drainage system will include a "major engineering feat" channeling water underneath the railroad tracks.
The project underway is part two of a three phased Downtown Improvement Project designed to provide sidewalk, lighting and landscape improvements along the westerly side of Mission Street.  The first phase of the project, between 12th and 13th, was completed last year.  The current phase is for the block between 13th and 14th streets which is critical to facilitating drainage from the downtown area to the Salinas River. The final stage, from 11th to 12th is still in the early funding stage and is expected to be constructed by early 2009. 
New banner poles have been installed at the corner of 11th and Mission Street for the community to post special event banners across the main thoroughfare. The San Miguel CSD will have jurisdiction over the banner installations.
District 1 Supervisor Harry Ovitt continues to be the driving force in securing the necessary funds. Funding largely comes from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Florist and Gift Shop Opens!

Floral and balloon bouquets now in San Miguel
Shannon Brown and Traci Tellant behind the counter at their new shop.
Country Mountain Ranch Floral and Gifts opened their doors just in time to celebrate Valentine's Day and is already moving to a new location on Mission St. next to "The Ranch" in San Miguel. The new store features fresh flowers, houseplants, etched glass, rocks and fossils, antiques and collectibles. Delivery of balloon and flower bouquets are available in town.
Shop in San Miguel for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Country Mountain Floral & Gift store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Call the shop for more information at 805-467-2956 or visit their partner website.

PG&E Award to San Miguel Resource Connection

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. logo
The San Miguel Resource Connection (SMRC) was awarded a grant of $2,500 for their Economic Development projects. SMRC is working towards bringing new businesses to the downtown core and enhancement projects such as park expansion, sidewalks and signage.
The Economic Development committee is currently working with a grant writer to find additional funds for projects that benefit the town. SMRC is working with architect intern, Shana Reiss to create a brochure to attract potential businesses. A business forum is planned in April to network commercial property owners, prospective business owners and the resources needed to open a new business. Visit our Merchants Info page with a list of resources to open a business in San Miguel.

20 years for San Miguel Parade!

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:15 PM by Laverne Buckman



Rotating photos of Sagebrush Days Parade courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Estrella War Birds flew overhead to start the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade on April 26th! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles from Camp Roberts, classic cars, the Sheriff's Posse, the Sagebrush Fillies, rocking country music from The Ranch float, Heritage Oaks Bank group and numerous walking entries.
The parade is hosted by the Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection. San Miguel School Superintendent Dean Smith and parade coordinator Mary Kalvans announced the parade entries from the emcee booth as they passed along Mission Street. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a tri-tip BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.

San Miguel Business Forum
Enjoys Success!

San Miguel Business Forum event photos
Rotating photos from the Business Forum event

Over 100 people attended the inaugural San Miguel Business Forum on Thursday, April 24th. The event was hosted at The Ranch, the upcoming hotspot of the north county. The Ranch owners, Marty and Sheila Elisararras gave an exclusive preview of their plans to open a live country western music band venue, mircro brewery and steak house in downtown San Miguel.
Attendees enjoyed a special program for business owners with resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel: District One Supervisor Harry Ovitt gave a brief history of bust and boom times in San Miguel; John Fowler from Mission San Miguel gave an update on the Mission restoration project; Brent Grizzle presented plans for the San Miguel Ranch development, LT Colonel Trutanich of Camp Roberts presented plans for military housing and what services soldiers look for; and Mike Manchek of the Economic Vitality Corporation introduced the many resources they offer to small businesses.
Twenty-nine local businesses were showcased with information tables and displays. Forty business owners signed up to formally support a business association for San Miguel. The event was truly a community effort with the loan of tables and chairs from the school and civic groups and refreshments served from the local eateries.
Ninety-six business cards were entered into a drawing for some great prizes including two sets of dinner and show tickets to the grand opening of The Ranch.
The event was sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection with grant funds from PG&E and FHL Bank's AHEAD program. Thanks go to Marty, Sheila and their family, Heritage Oaks Bank, San Miguel Lions, Lillian Larsen School, San Miguel Seniors, as well as the many volunteers who worked to make the forum a great success!

Support for Lynda Stamps Scholarship

San Miguel teen wins scholarship
Photo of last year's winner, Emily Kelly with scholarship committee member Linda Mora. Photo by Judy L. Bedell
The scholarship committee hosted a take-out Homemade Enchilada Fundraiser on April 24th at Lillian Larsen School. Volunteers rolled and sold nearly 800 enchiladas!
The Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship was established in 1998 to benefit Lillian Larsen students and to commemorate Lynda Stamps. Lynda worked at Lillian Larsen School for thirteen years and was very active with the students. She died in September 1998 from cancer.
Each year the scholarship committee's goal is to fund a scholarship of $1,000 to a graduating senior of Paso Robles High School who is also a graduate of Lillian Larsen School.
Paso Robles High School hosts an annual Senior Awards Night boasting over 60 scholarships awarded to graduating students. Please send your tax deductible donation to:
Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship
PO Box 299
San Miguel, California 93451

Local Accounts Mean
Funds for Students

Bank check for San Miguel students
Pictured from L to R; Dean Smith, Sara Celedon, George Nunez, Sheila Lopez and Mitch Massey with check for Lillian Larsen School.
The new branch of Heritage Oaks Bank in San Miguel celebrated their grand opening with a Week Of Welcome. For the first 50 new checking accounts opened during that time the bank donated $10 per account to an education program at Lillian Larsen School.
School Superintendent, Dean Smith, accepted a $500 check at the San Miguel bank branch on Friday, March 14th. Funds will go to the LEAP and Masters At Their Trade after school programs.

Funds are especially appreciated at a time when deep budget cuts by the state mean deleting programs, teachers and staff for the upcoming school term.
 

PG&E Award to San Miguel Resource Connection

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. logo
The San Miguel Resource Connection (SMRC) was awarded a grant of $2,500 for their Economic Development projects. SMRC is working towards bringing new businesses to the downtown core and enhancement projects such as park expansion, sidewalks and signage.
The Economic Development committee is currently working with a grant writer to find additional funds for projects that benefit the town. SMRC is working with architect intern, Shana Reiss to create a brochure to attract potential businesses. A business forum is planned in April to network commercial property owners, prospective business owners and the resources needed to open a new business. Visit our Merchants Info page with a list of resources to open a business in San Miguel.

Open House & BBQ at Camp Roberts

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:13 PM by Laverne Buckman


Photo of military equipment at Camp Roberts
Families enjoyed seeing tanks at the Camp Roberts Open House last year!
Camp Roberts is celebrating 67 years of dedicated service by hosting an Open House on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 am to 3 pm. The event offers displays of military vehicles, a kids corner, information booths and fun for the whole family! The Camp Roberts Museum will be open, students from Lillian Larsen will perform and Jacob's Ladder will provide live music.
*Click here
for a detailed flyer or contact SFC Kevin Hall at 805-238-8447.
Bring your hungry family to enjoy a BBQ top sirloin dinner for an $8.00 donation with hot dog dinners for $3.00. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Heritage Oaks Bank in San Miguel or Coast National Bank in Paso Robles.
A $5 donation will buy a Mega Draw ticket for a chance to win from a long list of valuable prizes donated by local businesses. A hot air balloon ride is one of the bigger prizes!
Proceeds from the BBQ and Mega Draw will benefit the San Miguel Resource Connection's music and art program for local kids and downtown economic development projects. Read more about SMRC programs and accomplishments on the About Us page.
The public is welcome to Camp Robert's FREE event. All vehicles must have current registration, insurance and a drivers licensed to enter the base.

Dollar Plus Store Opens
in San Miguel!

Photo of crew at the new store in San Miguel
Hope Lorden, Maria Mata and owner Steve Pivo are ready to greet customers at the new Dollar Plus Store location in San Miguel
The newest business to open in San Miguel is the Dollar Plus Store at 1470 Mission St. by owners Janice and Steve Pivo. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Over 2,000 homes in and around San Miguel will get a store coupon in the Clipper Coupon mailer this week for a discount on the already low prices on the amazing variety of items sold at the new shop. Health and beauty aids, novelty and party items, a hardware section, baby essentials, candy, snacks, beverages, cleaning and kitchen supplies, and items to celebrate the holidays with Mother's Day, Father's Day and Grad themed gifts on the shelves. A big selection of piñatas is due to come in just in time for summer parties. Watch for news of their Grand Opening coming soon. Call the Dollar Plus Store at 805-467-3839 for more information.
Photo of Dollar Plus Store merchandise
Aisles of freshly stocked merchandise fill the new store

Lions Club Chicken BBQ

Kitchen crew at the Lions Club
San Miguel Lions are BBQing chicken with all the trimmings for dine in or take out dinner this Friday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 7:30 pm for $8 each. Follow the signs in town to the San Miguel Community Center next to the Library on 13th and alleyway between K and L streets.
Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Lions Club founded in 1949: Community FREE swimming, Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, FREE Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!

20 years for
San Miguel Parade!


Rotating photos of Sagebrush Days Parade courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Estrella War Birds flew overhead to start the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade on April 26th! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles from Camp Roberts, classic cars, the Sheriff's Posse, the Sagebrush Fillies, rocking country music from The Ranch float, Heritage Oaks Bank group and numerous walking entries.
The parade is hosted by the Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection. San Miguel School Superintendent Dean Smith and parade coordinator Mary Kalvans announced the parade entries from the emcee booth as they passed along Mission Street. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a tri-tip BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.

San Miguel Business Forum
Enjoys Success!

San Miguel Business Forum event photos
Rotating photos from the Business Forum event

Over 100 people attended the inaugural San Miguel Business Forum on Thursday, April 24th. The event was hosted at The Ranch, the upcoming hotspot of the north county. The Ranch owners, Marty and Sheila Elisararras gave an exclusive preview of their plans to open a live country western music band venue, mircro brewery and steak house in downtown San Miguel.
Attendees enjoyed a special program for business owners with resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel: District One Supervisor Harry Ovitt gave a brief history of bust and boom times in San Miguel; John Fowler from Mission San Miguel gave an update on the Mission restoration project; Brent Grizzle presented plans for the San Miguel Ranch development, LT Colonel Trutanich of Camp Roberts presented plans for military housing and what services soldiers look for; and Mike Manchek of the Economic Vitality Corporation introduced the many resources they offer to small businesses.
Twenty-nine local businesses were showcased with information tables and displays. Forty business owners signed up to formally support a business association for San Miguel. Interested business owners are welcome to attend a planning meeting on May 6th at 8 am at the Mission Market & Deli.
The event was truly a community effort with the loan of tables and chairs from the school and civic groups and refreshments served from the local eateries. The Coffee Station donated their specialty coffee with breakfast fare for the morning crowd. Heritage Oaks Bank supplied decorations, goodie bags and volunteers.
Ninety-six business cards were entered into a drawing for some great prizes including two sets of dinner and show tickets to the grand opening of The Ranch.
The event was sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection with grant funds from PG&E and FHL Bank's AHEAD program. Thanks go to Marty, Sheila and their family, Coast National Bank, Heritage Oaks Bank, San Miguel Lions, Lillian Larsen School, San Miguel Seniors, as well as the many volunteers who worked to make the forum a great success! Read the Tuesday, April 27th edition of the Paso Robles Press front page for a great article by Josh Petray.

Clean-up this Saturday

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:11 PM by Laverne Buckman


Clean up crew at work in San Miguel
San Miguel residents are invited to clean-up the town by discarding unwanted furniture, appliances, TVs, construction materials and metal. A large bin will be ready with the Clean-up Crew next to the Fire station on Mission St. on Saturday, May 10th from 8:00 am to noon. No tires, household trash or green waste please. For more information contact Scott at 805-712-0264.

Open House & BBQ
at Camp Roberts

Rotating photos from the Camp Roberts Open House
Families and soldiers enjoyed many activities together at the Open House

Camp Roberts celebrated 67 years of dedicated service by hosting an Open House on Saturday, May 3rd. The Camp Roberts Museum and newly rennovated annex welcomed guests. Attendees enjoyed the hands on weapons simulator and soldiers manned displays of military vehicles. Bounce houses were bustling with children, information booths encircled the main field, live music played by Joshua's Shadow Band and the emcee duties were handled by local radio personality, Jeff Bradley.
Students from the "Melodies" and "Cantamanos" classes of Lillian Larsen School performed patriotic songs for the soldiers. The Central Coast Dancers performed several acts including a special number dedicated to the soldiers called, "The Battle." The dancing group is going to a national competition with that special choreography.
The Native Sons of the Golden West cooked top sirloin over the oak wood BBQs and served up a delicious dinner under the direction of Brian Arthurs as a fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Industrious young men from the Grizzly Academy served food and worked alongside the soldiers to set-up and clean-up for the event. The Native Daughters of the Golden West provided many helping hands for selling tickets and serving food and ice cream. The Midland Pacific Foundation funded a large portion of the food costs for the BBQ.
Generous donors provided numerous prizes for the Mega Draw. CHP officer, Bill Irons won the hot air balloon ride which he said will be a gift for his mother just in time for Mothers Day!
The Open House ended with singing and birthday cake for Colonel John Smith, Commander Camp Roberts. Thank you to all the
personnel from Camp Roberts who provided all the tents, tables, chairs, portable toilets and wash stations for the participating non-profits with the utmost courtesy and military precision.
Proceeds from the BBQ and Mega Draw benefit the San Miguel Resource Connection's music and art program for local kids and downtown economic development projects. Read more about SMRC Masters At Their Trade arts programs or non-profit activities on the About Us page.

Dollar Plus Store Opens
in San Miguel!

Photo of crew at the new store in San Miguel
Hope Lorden, Maria Mata and owner Steve Pivo are ready to greet customers at the new Dollar Plus Store location in San Miguel
The newest business to open in San Miguel is the Dollar Plus Store at 1470 Mission St. by owners Janice and Steve Pivo. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Over 2,000 homes in and around San Miguel will get a store coupon in the Clipper Coupon mailer this week for a discount on the already low prices on the amazing variety of items sold at the new shop. Health and beauty aids, novelty and party items, a hardware section, baby essentials, candy, snacks, beverages, cleaning and kitchen supplies, and items to celebrate the holidays with Mother's Day, Father's Day and Grad themed gifts on the shelves. A big selection of piñatas is due to come in just in time for summer parties. Watch for news of their Grand Opening coming soon. Call the Dollar Plus Store at 805-467-3839 for more information.
Photo of Dollar Plus Store merchandise
Aisles of freshly stocked merchandise fill the new store

20 years for
San Miguel Parade!

Rotating photos from the parade in San Miguel
Rotating photos of Sagebrush Days Parade courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Estrella War Birds flew overhead to start the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade on April 26th! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles from Camp Roberts, classic cars, the Sheriff's Posse, the Sagebrush Fillies, rocking country music from The Ranch float, Heritage Oaks Bank group and numerous walking entries.
The parade is hosted by the Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection. San Miguel School Superintendent Dean Smith and parade coordinator Mary Kalvans announced the parade entries from the emcee booth as they passed along Mission Street. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a tri-tip BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.

San Miguel Business Forum
Enjoys Success!

San Miguel Business Forum event photos
Rotating photos from the Business Forum event

Over 100 people attended the inaugural San Miguel Business Forum on Thursday, April 24th. The event was hosted at The Ranch, the upcoming hotspot of the north county. The Ranch owners, Marty and Sheila Elisararras gave an exclusive preview of their plans to open a live country western music band venue, mircro brewery and steak house in downtown San Miguel.
Attendees enjoyed a special program for business owners with resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel: District One Supervisor Harry Ovitt gave a brief history of bust and boom times in San Miguel; John Fowler from Mission San Miguel gave an update on the Mission restoration project; Brent Grizzle presented plans for the San Miguel Ranch development, LT Colonel Trutanich of Camp Roberts presented plans for military housing and what services soldiers look for; and Mike Manchek of the Economic Vitality Corporation introduced the many resources they offer to small businesses.
Twenty-nine local businesses were showcased with information tables and displays. Forty business owners signed up to formally support a business association for San Miguel. Interested business owners are welcome to attend a planning meeting on May 6th at 8 am at the Mission Market & Deli.
The event was truly a community effort with the loan of tables and chairs from the school and civic groups and refreshments served from the local eateries. The Coffee Station donated their specialty coffee with breakfast fare for the morning crowd. Heritage Oaks Bank supplied decorations, goodie bags and volunteers.
Ninety-six business cards were entered into a drawing for some great prizes including two sets of dinner and show tickets to the grand opening of The Ranch.
The event was sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection with grant funds from PG&E and FHL Bank's AHEAD program. Thanks go to Marty, Sheila and their family, Coast National Bank, Heritage Oaks Bank, San Miguel Lions, Lillian Larsen School, San Miguel Seniors, as well as the many volunteers who worked to make the forum a great success! Read the Tuesday, April 27th edition of the Paso Robles Press front page for a great article by Josh Petray.

Saving the Irreplaceable

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:09 PM by Laverne Buckman


Scaffolding around Mission San Miguel
Mission photos courtesy of Don LaValle
At long last Mission San Miguel is showing visible signs of progress on the church sanctuary! Scaffolding went up around the 40 foot high sacristy that has been closed since the earthquake in late 2003. Workers have removed the exterior white plaster to start the repair process to the adobe walls.
The renovated gift shop welcomes visitors to see a posted story board of photos showing the restoration progress. The gift shop includes a wonderful selection of books, collectibles, music and gifts that benefit the Mission. See hours of operation by visiting the Churches page.

Artwork inside Mission San Miguel waits for preservation work
An analysis of the interior artwork was done in March finding that all of the pigments for the murals are iron based and not plant pigments. The colors are in very good condition. Three bullet holes were found in the church wall with one actual bullet still embedded in the adobe, proving the church has had a colorful history!
Roughly three million dollars still must be raised to finish the restoration at Mission San Miguel per project manager John Fowler. A concerted effort by numerous groups continues to work diligently to find the funding.
To donate directly to the Mission Restoration Project send your tax deductible check to:
Friends of Mission San Miguel
P.O. Box 69
San Miguel CA 93451

Outstanding Citizen Award

Steve Kalar gets the Outstanding Citizen Award
Pictured L to R is Steve Kalar, Meg Brooks and Ann Granados
Steve Kalar was awarded the "Outstanding Citizen" Award by the San Miguel Teachers Association. The awards dinner was held at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Steve was recognized for his tireless work for the community of San Miguel, and more specifically, the students in the San Miguel Joint Union School District.
 
Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.  As you might imagine, Steve is an incredibly busy man.  Besides his art, Steve lectures in European Universities, specializing in Renaissance art.
When Steve is here at home in San Miguel he makes time to be the chairman of  The San Miguel Resource Connection, and The Masters at Their Trade program. Though these two organizations, Steve gives back to his community.  Through his efforts and organization, students experience “the Arts” above and beyond the classroom instruction.  Students participate in piano keyboarding, choral music- “The Melodies,"  and a beginning and advanced ASL (American Sign Language) class called “Cantemanos” or the singing hands.  Students also have instruction in guitars and drums, and poetry writing. - submitted by Ann Granados

Open House & BBQ
at Camp Roberts

 
Rotating photos from the Camp Roberts Open House
Families and soldiers enjoyed many activities together at the Open House

Camp Roberts celebrated 67 years of dedicated service by hosting an Open House on Saturday, May 3rd. The Camp Roberts Museum and newly rennovated annex welcomed guests. Attendees enjoyed the hands on weapons simulator and soldiers manned displays of military vehicles. Bounce houses were bustling with children, information booths encircled the main field, live music played by Joshua's Shadow Band and the emcee duties were handled by local radio personality, Jeff Bradley.
Students from the "Melodies" and "Cantamanos" classes of Lillian Larsen School performed patriotic songs for the soldiers. The Central Coast Dancers performed several acts including a special number dedicated to the soldiers called, "The Battle." The dancing group is going to a national competition with that special choreography.
The Native Sons of the Golden West cooked top sirloin over the oak wood BBQs and served up a delicious dinner under the direction of Brian Arthurs as a fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Industrious young men from the Grizzly Academy served food and worked alongside the soldiers to set-up and clean-up for the event. The Native Daughters of the Golden West provided many helping hands for selling tickets and serving food and ice cream. The Midland Pacific Foundation funded a large portion of the food costs for the BBQ.
Generous donors provided numerous prizes for the Mega Draw. CHP officer, Bill Irons won the hot air balloon ride which he said will be a gift for his mother just in time for Mothers Day!
The Open House ended with singing and birthday cake for Colonel John Smith, Commander Camp Roberts. Thank you to all the
personnel from Camp Roberts who provided all the tents, tables, chairs, portable toilets and wash stations for the participating non-profits with the utmost courtesy and military precision.
Proceeds from the BBQ and Mega Draw benefit the San Miguel Resource Connection's music and art program for local kids and downtown economic development projects. Read more about SMRC Masters At Their Trade arts programs or non-profit activities on the About Us page.

20 years for
San Miguel Parade!

Rotating photos from the parade in San Miguel
Rotating photos of Sagebrush Days Parade courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Estrella War Birds flew overhead to start the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade on April 26th! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles from Camp Roberts, classic cars, the Sheriff's Posse, the Sagebrush Fillies, rocking country music from The Ranch float, Heritage Oaks Bank group and numerous walking entries.
The parade is hosted by the Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection. San Miguel School Superintendent Dean Smith and parade coordinator Mary Kalvans announced the parade entries from the emcee booth as they passed along Mission Street. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a tri-tip BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.
To see more photos from the parade click here.

Donation for Scholarship

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:08 PM by Laverne Buckman


Photo of donation check for scholarship fund
Photo of George Kardashian, Susan Johnson and Supervisor Harry Ovitt in downtown San Miguel courtesy of Lynne Schmitz
The San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen's Association, with the help of First District Supervisor Harry Ovitt, donated $1,000 to the Lynda Stamps Memorial Scholarship Fund of San Miguel.
The check was presented on Friday, June 13, in San Miguel, by George Kardashian, president of the Association, to Susan Johnson, representing the Scholarship Fund Committee, as Supervisor Harry Ovitt looked on.
This year's Lynda Stamps Scholarship recipient is Jaqueline McReynolds.
The Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship was established in 1998 to benefit Lillian Larsen students and to commemorate Lynda Stamps. Lynda worked at Lillian Larsen School for thirteen years and was very active with the students. She died in September 1998 from cancer.
Each year the scholarship committee's goal is to fund a scholarship to a graduating senior of Paso Robles High School who also graduated from the 8th grade at Lillian Larsen School.  -story submitted by Lynne Schmitz

First Art Piece Installed


The Kalar family is pictured working together to install the mural
Five generations of Kalars were represented during the installation of the first piece of artwork to be installed in San Miguel as part of the San Miguel Masters in Artful Places program. Brothers David and Steve, their mother Fern, and David's son Kris Kalar spent several hours mounting and framing the artwork depicting their ancestors on June 16th.
Steve Kalar painted a mural of his great grandparents, Johnson and Bertha Kalar, agricultural pioneers in San Miguel from 1881 to 1951. A twenty mule team pulling a wheat harvester spans the eight-foot tall by fourteen-and-one-half -foot wide canvas. The Van Horn family donated the space to display the artwork on their barn on Mission Street.
The framed art piece and installation were donated by Steve to San Miguel Resource Connection to commemorate the agricultural history of San Miguel as well as to inspire other local artists to offer their artwork to beautify downtown San Miguel.
Steve Kalar wrote and registered the guidelines for the community arts program with the state of California for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.  Besides his art, Steve lectures in European Universities, specializing in Renaissance art.

Mission Street Paving Underway

The San Luis Obispo County Public Works started the process of paving Mission Street from end to end on Monday, June 16th. Mission Street will be cold planed and sealed to provide a smoother ride. Sections of the road will also be widened and aligned to make the street more uniform. Traffic will be detoured or delayed at various intersections as the work progresses. The downtown drainage project is stalled due to utility conflicts.
Thanks go to First District Supervisor Harry Ovitt for his work to find funding for the paving project to beautify and improve the downtown area. - information by Steve Frank, Civil Engineer

Jack O'Connell
Visits San Miguel


Jack O'Connell previews book by Mrs. Metzgar - photo courtesy of Mary Strobridge
Jack O'Connell, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel on Tuesday, May 27.  He is pictured above holding the "Monarch's Call" book written by teacher, Peggy Metzgar.
Superintendent O'Connell came to meet and talk with the students and staff.  He is very concerned about the State budget cuts affecting the programs and resources that students need to be successful.  The class size reduction bill was originally written by him and he would like to see it be expanded rather than reduced. 
Superintendent O'Connell had an opportunity to take a short tour of the campus, including the gym.  He was very impressed by the school site.
S
uperintendent O'Connell was accompanied on his visit by Mary Strobridge of the San Miguel Teachers Association/CTA State Council, Gayle Bilek from the Templeton Teachers Association/CTA State Council as well as his assistant and security personnel. - submitted by Mary Strobridge

Advisory Council
has New Website

The San Miguel Advisory Council (SMAC) announced the launch of their new website with the goal of keeping the community informed. The website will post monthly agendas and minutes as well as links to current development projects.
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 25th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending starting at 6 pm. Seven people are vying for 6 positions; 4 board positions for 2 year terms and 2 alternates. Incumbents Tom Banish, Betty Cazaly, Denis Degher and Scott Young will run with new contenders Gary Davis, Jean Hoffmann and Debra Lewis.
Voters must be registered within the "area of influence" map for the Advisory Council with voting to be monitored by the League of Women Voters on election day.
Complete election details can be found at the website at www.SanMiguelAdvisoryCouncil.com.

San Miguel Pool Opens

Youth enjoy the San Miguel swimming pool
A diver is pictured in mid air at the San Miguel Pool
The San Miguel swimming pool is open on weekends. San Miguel Lions have worked with community support to provide free swimming for San Miguel kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
The pool will be open weekends from now until September 1st from noon to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 4 pm.
Swimming lessons will be offered in three sessions for $40 per person. Scholarships for beginners is available through the Lions Club.
Session I: June 24th to July 3rd with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session II: July 15th to July 25th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session III: Adults only! August 5th to August 15th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator at 805-781-2460 or SLO County Parks at 805-781-5930.

Jack O'Connell Visits San Miguel

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:06 PM by Laverne Buckman



Jack O'Connell previews book by Mrs. Metzgar - photo courtesy of Mary Strobridge
Jack O'Connell, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, visited Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel on Tuesday, May 27.  He is pictured above holding the "Monarch's Call" book written by teacher, Peggy Metzgar.
Superintendent O'Connell came to meet and talk with the students and staff.  He is very concerned about the State budget cuts affecting the programs and resources that students need to be successful.  The class size reduction bill was originally written by him and he would like to see it be expanded rather than reduced. 
Superintendent O'Connell had an opportunity to take a short tour of the campus, including the gym.  He was very impressed by the school site.
S
uperintendent O'Connell was accompanied on his visit by Mary Strobridge of the San Miguel Teachers Association/CTA State Council, Gayle Bilek from the Templeton Teachers Association/CTA State Council as well as his assistant and security personnel. - submitted by Mary Strobridge

Advisory Council
has New Website

The San Miguel Advisory Council (SMAC) announced the launch of their new website with the goal of keeping the community informed. The website will post monthly agendas and minutes as well as links to current development projects.
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 25th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending starting at 6 pm. Seven people are vying for 6 positions; 4 board positions for 2 year terms and 2 alternates. Incumbents Tom Banish, Betty Cazaly, Denis Degher and Scott Young will run with new contenders Gary Davis, Jean Hoffmann and Debra Lewis.
Voters must be registered within the "area of influence" map for the Advisory Council with voting to be monitored by the League of Women Voters on election day.
Complete election details can be found at the website at www.SanMiguelAdvisoryCouncil.com.

San Miguel Pool Opens

Youth enjoy the San Miguel swimming pool
A diver is pictured in mid air at the San Miguel Pool
The San Miguel swimming pool is open on weekends. San Miguel Lions have worked with community support to provide free swimming for San Miguel kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
The pool will be open weekends from now until September 1st from noon to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 4 pm.
Swimming lessons will be offered in three sessions for $40 per person. Scholarships for beginners is available through the Lions Club.
Session I: June 24th to July 3rd with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session II: July 15th to July 25th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session III: Adults only! August 5th to August 15th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator at 805-781-2460 or SLO County Parks at 805-781-5930.

Saving the Irreplaceable

Scaffolding around Mission San Miguel
Mission photos courtesy of Don LaValle
At long last Mission San Miguel is showing visible signs of progress on the church sanctuary! Scaffolding went up around the 40 foot high building that has been closed since the earthquake in late 2003. Workers have removed the exterior white plaster to start the repair process to the adobe walls.
The renovated gift shop welcomes visitors to see a posted story board of photos showing the restoration progress. The gift shop includes a wonderful selection of books, collectibles, music and gifts that benefit the Mission. See hours of operation by visiting the Churches page.

Artwork inside Mission San Miguel waits for preservation work
An analysis of the interior artwork was done in March finding that all of the pigments for the murals are iron based and not plant pigments. The colors are in very good condition. Three bullet holes were found in the church wall with one actual bullet still embedded in the adobe, proving the church has had a colorful history!
Roughly three million dollars still must be raised to finish the restoration at Mission San Miguel per project manager John Fowler. A concerted effort by numerous groups continues to work diligently to find the funding.
To donate directly to the Mission Restoration Project send your tax deductible check to:
Friends of Mission San Miguel
P.O. Box 69
San Miguel CA 93451

Outstanding Citizen Award

Steve Kalar gets the Outstanding Citizen Award
Pictured L to R is Steve Kalar, Meg Brooks and Ann Granados
Steve Kalar was awarded the "Outstanding Citizen" Award by the San Miguel Teachers Association. The awards dinner was held at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Steve was recognized for his tireless work for the community of San Miguel, and more specifically, the students in the San Miguel Joint Union School District.
 
Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.  As you might imagine, Steve is an incredibly busy man.  Besides his art, Steve lectures in European Universities, specializing in Renaissance art.
When Steve is here at home in San Miguel he makes time to be the chairman of  The San Miguel Resource Connection, and The Masters at Their Trade program. Though these two organizations, Steve gives back to his community.  Through his efforts and organization, students experience “the Arts” above and beyond the classroom instruction.  Students participate in piano keyboarding, choral music- “The Melodies,"  and a beginning and advanced ASL (American Sign Language) class called “Cantemanos” or the singing hands.  Students also have instruction in guitars and drums, and poetry writing. - submitted by Ann Granados

Car Meet and BBQ Downtown

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:05 PM by Laverne Buckman



T-bucket pictured is owned by Bud Wimer
Approximately 100 classic cars of all makes and models will roll into downtown San Miguel on Friday, June 27th. The fun starts at 5 pm hosted by the Coffee Station and San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters.
BBQ hot dog, chips and a soda will be go for $3.00, a chili dog or 2 hot dogs for $4.00. Proceeds will benefit injured firefighters.
Contact Terry at the Coffee Station for more info at 805-467-2100.

San Miguel Advisory Council Election Results

San Miguel Advisory Council members
The San Miguel Advisory Council stands together after the election results.
L-R Betty Cazaly, Mike Sanders, Steve McHarris, Scott Young (behind Steve), Denis Degher, Noel Carpenter, Tom Banish, Debra Lewis and Gary Davis.
The San Miguel Advisory Council held their annual election on Wednesday, June 25th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates gave a brief introduction of themselves and answered questions from those attending between 6 and 7 pm with voting from 7 to 8 pm. Seven people were vying for 6 positions; 4 board positions for 2 year terms and 2 alternates. Winning incumbents were Tom Banish, Betty Cazaly (1st alternate), Denis Degher and Scott Young (2nd alternate) as well as new contenders Gary Davis and Debra Lewis.

Voters line up to get their ballots. Kathy Whitacre is pictured with a member of the Women's League of Voters checking the voter registration list.
The new board elected officers as: Denis Degher, chair; Steve Mc Harris, vice-chair; Debra Lewis as both secretary and public relations; Tom Banish, treasurer; and Noel Carpenter, historian.
Michelle Olmsted of the SLO County Public Works Dept. asked the Advisory Council for a letter of support to apply for a Safe Routes to Schools grant to fund a pedestrian railroad crossing with fencing at 16th street. The Council agreed to write a letter of support with the stipulation that no chain-link fencing be part of the project and for fencing to meet the San Miguel Design Plan.
The San Miguel Advisory Council announced the launch of their new website with the goal of keeping the community informed. The website will post monthly agendas and minutes as well as links to current development projects. More details can be found at their official website at www.SanMiguelAdvisoryCouncil.com.

San Miguel Teachers Volunteer


San Miguel teacher Paul DiMatteo works from inside a backhoe's bucket.
Lillian Larsen School teachers, Paul DiMatteo and Christina Wilkinson, volunteered their time and labor at Morning Star Youth Ranch. The ranch was tearing down an old hay barn to make space for an office.  The ranch will be serving youth and families in our community.

Christina Wilkinson is pictured carrying the old timbers from the barn.
Christina Wilkinson was named Teacher of Excellence for Special Education in 2007. Read more about Ms. Wilkinson on the Schools page.
Morning Star operates a Used Tack Store at the San Miguel Flouring Mill to raise funds for their program. The program pairs one child, one horse, and one mentor to meet the individual needs of each one that comes to the ranch offered at no cost. To learn more about Morning Star Youth Ranch please visit their website.

Donation for Scholarship

Photo of donation check for scholarship fund
Photo of George Kardashian, Susan Johnson and Supervisor Harry Ovitt in downtown San Miguel courtesy of Lynne Schmitz
The San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen's Association, with the help of First District Supervisor Harry Ovitt, donated $1,000 to the Lynda Stamps Memorial Scholarship Fund of San Miguel.
The check was presented on Friday, June 13, in San Miguel, by George Kardashian, president of the Association, to Susan Johnson, representing the Scholarship Fund Committee, as Supervisor Harry Ovitt looked on.
This year's Lynda Stamps Scholarship recipient is Jaqueline McReynolds.
The Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship was established in 1998 to benefit Lillian Larsen students and to commemorate Lynda Stamps. Lynda worked at Lillian Larsen School for thirteen years and was very active with the students. She died in September 1998 from cancer.
Each year the scholarship committee's goal is to fund a scholarship to a graduating senior of Paso Robles High School who also graduated from the 8th grade at Lillian Larsen School.  -story submitted by Lynne Schmitz

First Art Piece Installed


The Kalar family is pictured working together to install the mural
Five generations of Kalars were represented during the installation of the first piece of artwork to be installed in San Miguel as part of the San Miguel Masters in Artful Places program. Brothers David and Steve, their mother Fern, and David's son Kris Kalar spent several hours mounting and framing the artwork depicting their ancestors on June 16th.
Steve Kalar painted a mural of his great grandparents, Johnson and Bertha Kalar, agricultural pioneers in San Miguel from 1881 to 1951. A twenty mule team pulling a wheat harvester spans the eight-foot tall by fourteen-and-one-half -foot wide canvas. The Van Horn family donated the space to display the artwork on their barn on Mission Street.
The framed art piece and installation were donated by Steve to San Miguel Resource Connection to commemorate the agricultural history of San Miguel as well as to inspire other local artists to offer their artwork to beautify downtown San Miguel. Vincent Printing gave a special discount for printing the artwork on the outdoor canvas.
Steve Kalar wrote and registered the guidelines for the community arts program with the state of California for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.  Besides his art, Steve lectures in European Universities, specializing in Renaissance art.

Mission Street Paving Underway

The San Luis Obispo County Public Works started the process of paving Mission Street from end to end on Monday, June 16th. Mission Street will be cold planed and sealed to provide a smoother ride. Sections of the road will also be widened and aligned to make the street more uniform. Traffic will be detoured or delayed at various intersections as the work progresses. The downtown drainage project is stalled due to utility conflicts.
Thanks go to First District Supervisor Harry Ovitt for his work to find funding for the paving project to beautify and improve the downtown area. - information by Steve Frank, Civil Engineer

San Miguel Pool Opens

Youth enjoy the San Miguel swimming pool
A diver is pictured in mid air at the San Miguel Pool
The San Miguel swimming pool is open on weekends. San Miguel Lions have worked with community support to provide free swimming for San Miguel kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
The pool will be open weekends from now until September 1st from noon to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 4 pm.
Swimming lessons will be offered in three sessions for $40 per person. Scholarships for beginners is available through the Lions Club.
Session I: June 24th to July 3rd with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session II: July 15th to July 25th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
Session III: Adults only! August 5th to August 15th with 1/2 hour lessons between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator at 805-781-2460 or SLO County Parks at 805-781-5930.

Benefit for Youth and Horses

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:03 PM by Laverne Buckman


Photo of child riding a pony
Artwork named "Morning Star" by photographer Stephanie Laird
The entire month of July horse theme art will be on display for purchase at the Stacked Stone Cellars tasting room for their 1st Annual Equine, Wine and Art Fundraiser.
The Grand Finale Donation Awards & Silent Auction at Stacked Stone Cellars will be held Sunday, July 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come enjoy the fun with complimentary wine tasting, BBQ, music, art sales & silent auction!
Proceeds will go toward the vision of Morning Star Youth Ranch. The non-profit program was created to benefit our youth, support families and rehabilitate horses. Contact Kellie Rebel-Watts for more information at (805) 238-7872 or (805) 286-7601.

Camp Roberts Award to San Miguel Resource Connection

Photo of award from Camp Roberts
Resource Connection President Steve Kalar accepts award from Major Kato of Camp Roberts
Major Staci Kato of Camp Roberts presented a certificate of special recognition to the San Miguel Resource Connection for their work at the Camp Roberts Open House. The award was signed by Kevin Brown LTC Deputy Commander and John Smith Commander at Camp Roberts.
Children sing at Camp Roberts
Masters At Their Trade students perform at Camp Roberts. Photos by Laverne Buckman
The Resource Connection hosted a BBQ, raffle and children performed from the Masters At Their Trade program.
The Melodies choral group and Cantemanos (singing hands) American Sign Language group performed patriotic songs for the soldiers and those in attendance at the Camp Roberts Open House in May of this year.

Historic Adobe
Repairs Underway

Photo of historic adobe in San Miguel
A Department of the Interior National Parks Service grant called Save America's Treasures was obtained by San Luis Obispo County for the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel. Contractors will begin work on the building that houses the museum and gift shop to make repairs and seismic strengthening.
Although this will provide a safer environment for the adobe, it will temporarily inconvenience the public which visits the adobe daily.  The area of construction will encompass the large adobe structure and will have to be cordoned off from access due to the liability factor.  Construction is due to start July 24, 2008 and will last possibly through mid-October of this year.
For information regarding this closure contact Joyce Herman, Administrator for the Friends of the Adobes at (805) 440-7173.
- story submitted by Joyce Herman

NDGW Installs Officers

Native Daughters of the Golden West pose for photo
In the front row: Patsy Rambo, Past President; Judi Thacker, President; Dixie Thacker, Trustee; Doris Shaffer, Organist
Back Row: Jean Hoffmann, Secretary, Babette Smith, 1st Vice President, Melissa Tyson, Trustee; Lillie Merritt, Marshal; Kathy Shuder, 3rd Vice President; Jani Meyers, Inside Sentinel; Barbara Rowland, Treasurer; Barbara Bruce, Financial Secretary.

The Native Daughters of the Golden West San Miguel Parlor installed new officers at their July meeting. The women's group is dedicated to preserving California's history with emphasis on Missions, lighthouses and local adobes. NDGW are founders of the Children's Foundation with serves children with medical, dental, occupational or educational therapy. To learn more about this fraternal organization visit their website.
The San Miguel Parlor welcomes new members. Women native born to California, or born to Californians while on military duty are eligible. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the San Miguel Senior Center. Call President, Judi Thacker 805-467-0093 for an application.

San Miguel Teachers Volunteer

San Miguel teacher sitting in a backhoe bucket
San Miguel teacher Paul DiMatteo works from inside a backhoe's bucket.
Lillian Larsen School teachers, Paul DiMatteo and Christina Wilkinson, volunteered their time and labor at Morning Star Youth Ranch. The ranch was tearing down an old hay barn to make space for an office.  The ranch will be serving youth and families in our community.
San Miguel teacher carries debris from old structure
Christina Wilkinson is pictured carrying the old timbers from the barn.
Christina Wilkinson was named Teacher of Excellence for Special Education in 2007. Read more about Ms. Wilkinson on the Schools page.
Morning Star operates a Used Tack Store at the San Miguel Flouring Mill to raise funds for their program. The program pairs one child, one horse, and one mentor to meet the individual needs of each one that comes to the ranch offered at no cost.

First Art Piece Installed

Rotating images of artwork installation
The Kalar family is pictured working together to install the mural
Five generations of Kalars were represented during the installation of the first piece of artwork to be installed in San Miguel as part of the San Miguel Masters in Artful Places program. Brothers David and Steve, their mother Fern, and David's son Kris Kalar spent several hours mounting and framing the artwork depicting their ancestors on June 16th.
Steve Kalar painted a mural of his great grandparents, Johnson and Bertha Kalar, agricultural pioneers in San Miguel from 1881 to 1951. A twenty mule team pulling a wheat harvester spans the eight-foot tall by fourteen-and-one-half -foot wide canvas. The Van Horn family donated the space to display the artwork on their barn on Mission Street.
The framed art piece and installation were donated by Steve to San Miguel Resource Connection to commemorate the agricultural history of San Miguel as well as to inspire other local artists to offer their artwork to beautify downtown San Miguel. Vincent Printing gave a special discount for printing the artwork on the outdoor canvas.
Steve Kalar wrote and registered the guidelines for the community arts program with the state of California for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.

NDGW Installs Officers

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:01 PM by Laverne Buckman



In the front row: Patsy Rambo, Past President; Judi Thacker, President; Dixie Thacker, Trustee; Doris Shaffer, Organist
Back Row: Jean Hoffmann, Secretary, Babette Smith, 1st Vice President, Melissa Tyson, Trustee; Lillie Merritt, Marshal; Kathy Shuder, 3rd Vice President; Jani Meyers, Inside Sentinel; Barbara Rowland, Treasurer; Barbara Bruce, Financial Secretary.

The Native Daughters of the Golden West San Miguel Parlor installed new officers at their July meeting. The women's group is dedicated to preserving California's history with emphasis on Missions, lighthouses and local adobes. NDGW are founders of the Children's Foundation with serves children with medical, dental, occupational or educational therapy. To learn more about this fraternal organization visit their website.
The San Miguel Parlor welcomes new members. Women native born to California, or born to Californians while on military duty are eligible. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the San Miguel Senior Center. Call President, Judi Thacker 805-467-0093 for an application.

San Miguel Teachers Volunteer


San Miguel teacher Paul DiMatteo works from inside a backhoe's bucket.
Lillian Larsen School teachers, Paul DiMatteo and Christina Wilkinson, volunteered their time and labor at Morning Star Youth Ranch. The ranch was tearing down an old hay barn to make space for an office.  The ranch will be serving youth and families in our community.

Christina Wilkinson is pictured carrying the old timbers from the barn.
Christina Wilkinson was named Teacher of Excellence for Special Education in 2007. Read more about Ms. Wilkinson on the Schools page.
Morning Star operates a Used Tack Store at the San Miguel Flouring Mill to raise funds for their program. The program pairs one child, one horse, and one mentor to meet the individual needs of each one that comes to the ranch offered at no cost.
The 1st Annual Equine, Wine and Art Fundraiser will be held at Stacked Stone Cellars on July 27th!!

First Art Piece Installed


The Kalar family is pictured working together to install the mural
Five generations of Kalars were represented during the installation of the first piece of artwork to be installed in San Miguel as part of the San Miguel Masters in Artful Places program. Brothers David and Steve, their mother Fern, and David's son Kris Kalar spent several hours mounting and framing the artwork depicting their ancestors on June 16th.
Steve Kalar painted a mural of his great grandparents, Johnson and Bertha Kalar, agricultural pioneers in San Miguel from 1881 to 1951. A twenty mule team pulling a wheat harvester spans the eight-foot tall by fourteen-and-one-half -foot wide canvas. The Van Horn family donated the space to display the artwork on their barn on Mission Street.
The framed art piece and installation were donated by Steve to San Miguel Resource Connection to commemorate the agricultural history of San Miguel as well as to inspire other local artists to offer their artwork to beautify downtown San Miguel. Vincent Printing gave a special discount for printing the artwork on the outdoor canvas.
Steve Kalar wrote and registered the guidelines for the community arts program with the state of California for the San Miguel Resource Connection. Steve spends time living and painting in both Italy and in San Miguel as a renowned artist. Some of  his artwork is on display in the Museum of the House of Dante.

San Miguel Advisory Council Election Results

San Miguel Advisory Council members
The San Miguel Advisory Council stands together after the election results.
L-R Betty Cazaly, Mike Sanders, Steve McHarris, Scott Young (behind Steve), Denis Degher, Noel Carpenter, Tom Banish, Debra Lewis and Gary Davis.
The San Miguel Advisory Council held their annual election on Wednesday, June 25th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates gave a brief introduction of themselves and answered questions from those attending between 6 and 7 pm with voting from 7 to 8 pm. Seven people were vying for 6 positions; 4 board positions for 2 year terms and 2 alternates. Winning incumbents were Tom Banish, Betty Cazaly (1st alternate), Denis Degher and Scott Young (2nd alternate) as well as new contenders Gary Davis and Debra Lewis.

Voters line up to get their ballots. Kathy Whitacre is pictured with a member of the Women's League of Voters checking the voter registration list.
The new board elected officers as: Denis Degher, chair; Steve Mc Harris, vice-chair; Debra Lewis as both secretary and public relations; Tom Banish, treasurer; and Noel Carpenter, historian.
Michelle Olmsted of the SLO County Public Works Dept. asked the Advisory Council for a letter of support to apply for a Safe Routes to Schools grant to fund a pedestrian railroad crossing with fencing at 16th street. The Council agreed to write a letter of support with the stipulation that no chain-link fencing be part of the project and for fencing to meet the San Miguel Design Plan.
The San Miguel Advisory Council announced the launch of their new website with the goal of keeping the community informed. The website will post monthly agendas and minutes as well as links to current development projects. More details can be found at their official website at www.SanMiguelAdvisoryCouncil.com.

Donation for Scholarship

Photo of donation check for scholarship fund
Photo of George Kardashian, Susan Johnson and Supervisor Harry Ovitt in downtown San Miguel courtesy of Lynne Schmitz
The San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen's Association, with the help of First District Supervisor Harry Ovitt, donated $1,000 to the Lynda Stamps Memorial Scholarship Fund of San Miguel.
The check was presented on Friday, June 13, in San Miguel, by George Kardashian, president of the Association, to Susan Johnson, representing the Scholarship Fund Committee, as Supervisor Harry Ovitt looked on.
This year's Lynda Stamps Scholarship recipient is Jaqueline McReynolds.
The Lynda Stamps Community Scholarship was established in 1998 to benefit Lillian Larsen students and to commemorate Lynda Stamps. Lynda worked at Lillian Larsen School for thirteen years and was very active with the students. She died in September 1998 from cancer.
Each year the scholarship committee's goal is to fund a scholarship to a graduating senior of Paso Robles High School who also graduated from the 8th grade at Lillian Larsen School.  -story submitted by Lynne Schmitz

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