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.
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

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.