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.