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.