San Miguel Seniors Cook

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:53 PM by Laverne Buckman

Seniors cook enchiladas
San Miguel Seniors cook up enchiladas on Saturday, November 15th
Delicious aromas could be smelled a block away as the San Miguel Seniors cooked and prepared approximately 800 enchiladas to raise funds for the local Senior Center and its programs.
The Seniors are very active hosting Bingo twice a month, a monthly potluck and a delicious breakfast the last Sunday of every month. The public is welcome to attend their family friendly functions. Their activities are listed each month on the Community Calendar page. To join or for more information about the San Miguel Seniors group call Bette at 805-674-2965.

The Ranch Honky Tonk Opens!

The Ranch opens in downtown San Miguel
Photos of The Ranch Restaurant and Honkey Tonk at 1285 Mission Street
Marty and Sheila Elisarraras and family realized their dream to open The Ranch Restaurant and Honky Tonk in downtown San Miguel on Friday, October 24th. The family has worked long hours to completely renovate the neglected building by refinishing the original wood floor, installing a new roof, revamping the foundation and preserving the historical bank vault that the notorious Jesse James gang once tried to rob (as local lore tells it) and failed. The Elisarraras family has installed tanks for their own micro-brewery, an 80 foot wine and beer bar, outdoor tiki style patio and a sound stage ready for live music performances including Marty Rene and the Regulators.
The Ranch menu includes a full range of delicious fare including appetizers, steak, baby back ribs, hamburgers, oysters and scallops.
For more info visit The Ranch's website where you can listen to a jingle Marty composed and sings.

Property Rights and Growth

Forum is held in San Miguel
San Miguel area residents attended the information forum

The Future of San Miguel - Property Rights and Planning Forum was held October 28th in the gym at Lillian Larsen School. The San Miguel Resource Connection, with lots of help from Camp Roberts personnel, hosted the educational forum for San Miguel area residents to be informed regarding property rights and planning issues involved with future growth of our town.  Over 70 people came to listen to presentations and ask questions.
A panel of key experts presented the pros and cons of Smart Growth and inclusionary housing as it affects the San Miguel community.  Col. Brown from Camp Roberts served as the forum moderator.
Speakers on the panel included:

  • San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building with *Mike Wulkan (Strategic Growth initiative) and Dana Lilly (Inclusionary Housing ordinance).
  • *Alexander Alexiev – Researcher, analyst and consultant for Rand Corp and projects for U.S. Government as well as farmer and author
  • Deanne Gonzales - Agriculturalist
  • Jerry Bunin – Government Affairs Director of the Home Builder’s Association of the Central Coast

Thanks go to all the panelists who were very informative and willing to give their time to answering the many questions after their presentation. Lillian Larsen School kindly provided the facility and custodial personnel.   Many thanks also go to the soldiers from Camp Roberts who facilitated, provided refreshments and made the set-up and take-down for the forum quick and efficient.

Camp Roberts Hosts
Community Partners

Photos from Camp Roberts event
Photos from a tour at Camp Roberts
Camp Roberts California National Guard hosted their annual tour for community partners and government officials on October 24th. The day was spent showcasing Camp Roberts vital mission as a training facility for all branches of the military. Those attending watched soldiers trained as medics demonstrate a battle training exercise. Attendees also tried out a hands-on simulator for operating a tank.  All were treated to a great lunch at the camp mess hall and the day ended with a tour of the Camp Roberts Museum.
Camp Roberts works with the San Miguel Resource Connection supporting their various programs as a valued community partner.  To learn more about the California National Guard at Camp Roberts visit their website.

San Miguel Teacher Honored

Photo of Eileen Rogers at dedication
L - R: Gladys Craspay, Eileen Rogers, John Craspay and Susan Moore in front of trophy case. Photo courtesy of Rob Roberson.
Eileen Rogers was honored at the October San Miguel School Board meeting with a special dedication of the new trophy case in her name. The San Miguel Lions presented Mrs. Rogers with a brass plaque engraved with her name to be installed on the case.
Eileen Rogers has been a dedicated teacher, Athletic Director and coach at Lillian Larsen school for nearly thirty years. She organizes the annual Buzz Marathon and actively fund raises to keep and enhance sports programs at the school. Athletic programs at the school include; cross country, track and field, flag football, volleyball, basketball and golf. Eileen was once a contender for the U.S. Olympic track team as a young teen. She has a keen interest and knowledge of sports medicine. Mrs. Rogers is a strong advocate of asset building and continues to be a strong role model and inspiration to the many students who have been under her caring instruction.
Brad Forde of Butthead Builders
recently finished building the two new award and trophy cases for Lillian Larsen School. The cases are installed in the foyer of the Don Wolf Recreation Center and filled with past sports trophies. North County Glass donated the glass and Brad donated his labor, lumber and brackets to build the cases.
The project was organized by parent Susan Moore and physical education teacher Eileen Rogers. San Miguel teacher Jill Heilmann held a school art contest to create the backdrop to the handsome new case. Matthew Roberson won the contest with his drawing of a hornet, the school mascot, and also did the final painting with help from Mrs. Heilmann and friends.

Walk to School Day
Gets Large Turnout

Camp Roberts personnel walk to school with students
Camp Roberts personnel and parents meet with children to walk to school.
Photo courtesy of Jean Hoffmann

Vanessa Adame, a main organizer of Walk to School Day, was very pleased with the first time event. She said, "Your community in San Miguel is truly one of a kind and I know that the efforts you make for the kids there will not return void.  They are very, very lucky to have people that support them and care for their well-being.  We had such a great turnout!  I heard from the YMCA director that we have had the highest percentage of participants so far throughout the county!  70% of the school participated (297 out of 425 students)! Definitely pat yourselves on the back for a job well done!"
Read full details in the following newspapers: Paso Robles Press and The Tribune.
Volunteers that helped to organize the event were from: the San Miguel Resource Connection, Public Health Department, HEAL-SLO, San Miguel Fire Department, Heritage Oaks Bank, San Miguel PTO, and faculty/the principal from Lillian Larsen Elementary. Army members from Camp Roberts and Volunteer Firefighters also walked with the kids. Thanks go to our generous contributors:  The SLO County Community Foundation, HEAL-SLO, Lillian Larsen School, San Miguel Resource Connection, SLO Public Health Department, Walmart, Food4Less, Spencers, Trader Joes, Target, Sears and Lillian Larsen PTO.