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San Miguel Ranch Report

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:26 PM by Laverne Buckman


San Miguel Ranch Draft EIR meeting
Residents met in the school gym to hear the results of the Draft EIR
A public meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed San Miguel Ranch was held January 13th at the Lillian Larsen School Gym in San Miguel. Approximately 70 residents attended the meeting including about 20 Spanish speakers who were provided a separate area to hear the presentation and ask questions in Spanish.
Three staff members from the San Luis Obispo County Dept. of Planning and Building Environmental Division and 2 consultants presented the DEIR and its findings. The purpose of the meeting was to assist the public with the process of reviewing and commenting on the report.
The proposed San Miguel Ranch is located on 550 acres northwest of San Miguel, between the town and the Camp Roberts military base. Approximately 389 homes are proposed to be built on varying parcel sizes to include parks and trails. The project proposes to build out by 2017 in four phases. The project will be required to comply with the county’s new ordinance regarding affordable housing.
The development is estimated to generate 1,179 new residents as well as 63 employees for the 18,000 sq. ft. of proposed commercial space. This could mean a 73% increase to the population of San Miguel.
County staff members Steve McMasters and Elizabeth Kavanaugh fielded questions with Bill Henry, a consultant from the SWCA Firm, in particular about water supply. Water was voiced as a major concern of neighboring property owners, as to the quality of the water supply and how neighboring wells would be impacted. The San Miguel Ranch project will be required to provide up to 205 acre feet of water per year. The well also has the capability to provide another 582 acre feet for the San Miguel Community Services District. The site has an existing well that has been tested and proven capable of exceeding the required amount of water supply with a draw down of 10 to 20 feet to neighboring wells, even if the entire town of San Miguel had to depend on the well for their water supply, per County staff's interpretation of the water study model.
DEIR copies can be read at the San Miguel and Paso Robles Libraries or as a PDF file online. Visit the developer's website for design goals and a set of FAQs for the San Miguel Ranch project.
Comments can still be accepted via email or mail to: Steven McMasters, County Planning & Building Department, 976 Osos St., Rm. 300 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040.

Funds Needed to Display
Art Mural in San Miguel

Kalar art work of cowboy characters and cows
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar, has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting funds to be raised to cover the $1,000 cost of installing the 16' x 14' outdoor canvas. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4 designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.

Troy Meeder hosted by
Morning Star Youth Ranch

Photos from visit to Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Photos from Morning Star volunteers visiting Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Information Clinic
Morning Star Youth Ranch is hosting Troy Meeder as he visits the San Miguel/ Paso Robles area. Troy will make a dynamic presentation regarding his work with youth and rescuing horses at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch located in Bend, Oregon. The public is invited to hear Troy speak on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1450 Golden Hill Rd. in Paso Robles.
Troy Meeder and his wife Kim, are the founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Together Troy and Kim have over 40 years of combined experience reaching both children and horses that have known abuse and neglect.  Kim Meeder is author of the award winning book, Hope Rising. Troy is currently writing his own book about his work and experience in the ministry of the ranch.
Kim and Troy Meeder from Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Morning Star Youth Ranch is working towards a similar ministry to that of Crystal Peaks with the vision to build bridges of hope, healing and restoration for local families through the interaction of working with horses rescued from neglect and abuse. Amazing miracles happen when children interact with an abused horse through the one on one supervision of our trained mentors. Morning Star has an all volunteer staff and a team of faithful and generous volunteers who make the ranch's free program possible.
For more information please contact Diane Odell, program director for Morning Star Youth Ranch, at 805-226-2859 or visit their website.

Funds for Railroad Crossing

Railroad crossing at 16th street
Dirt trail used to cross the railroad tracks pictured after a rain
The San Luis Obispo County of Governments Board of Directors (SLOCOG) approved $350,000 in funds to go towards providing a pedestrian railroad crossing at 16th street in San Miguel. Funds will bring the project closer to reaching the estimated $1 million needed to build the crossing.
The Public Utilities Commission held a hearing in San Miguel in April of 2006 for reopening the RR crossing at 16th street. The purpose of the hearing was to gain permission to build an at grade pedestrian crossing to make the tracks safe for kids and residents walking back and forth to school as well as the YMCA and LEAP after school programs.
The railroad crossing was closed against the wishes of the community as stated in a letter to the SLO Co. Board of Supervisors from San Miguel Lions Club members Don Wolf and Joseph Joy, printed in the San Miguel Banner dated June 15, 1967.
Residents as well as representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission, the Union Pacific Railroad, and San Luis Obispo County gave testimony before the Administrative Law Judge whether or not an at-grade crossing should be installed at 16th Street connecting Lillian Larsen School with housing developments on the east side. County officials estimated pedestrians cross the track 70 to 80 times a day. The Judge later ruled in favor of San Miguel to grant permission for building the crossing.
Ten freight trains and two Amtrak trains run on the tracks daily. Standard pedestrian at-grade crossings include flashing lights, bells, and a physical gate which will close automatically when a train approaches.

Mission Parish Hall
Breaks Ground

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
A special ceremony was held December 21st to break ground for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Construction for the new building begins January 5, 2009 as well as the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

San Miguel Ranch Report

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:25 PM by Laverne Buckman


San Miguel Ranch project
Project developer, Brent Grizzle, makes a presentation at a San Miguel Advisory meeting in 2006.
A public meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed San Miguel Ranch will be held on Tuesday, January 13th from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Lillian Larsen School Gymnasium at 1601 L street in San Miguel.
DEIR copies can be read at the San Miguel and Paso Robles Libraries or online at the SLO County's website.
San Luis Obispo County Dept. of Planning and Building Environmental Division staff and consultants will be available to discuss the DEIR and its findings. The purpose of the meeting is to assist the public with the process of reviewing and commenting on the report. Written comments can be mailed to: Steven McMasters, County Planning & Building Department, 976 Osos St., Rm. 300 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040.
For more information regarding the meeting contact Elizabeth Kavanaugh at 805-788-2010.
The proposed San Miguel Ranch is located on 550 acres northwest of San Miguel, between the town and the Camp Roberts military base. Approximately 389 homes are proposed to be built on varying parcel sizes to include parks and trails. Visit the developer's website for design goals and a set of FAQs. Read The Tribune article to see a map and more info as well.

Funds Needed to Display
Art Mural in San Miguel

Kalar art work of cowboy characters and cows
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar, has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting funds to be raised to cover the cost of printing the giant outdoor canvas and mounting materials. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4 designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.

Troy Meeder hosted by
Morning Star Youth Ranch

Photos from visit to Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Photos from Morning Star volunteers visiting Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Information Clinic
Morning Star Youth Ranch is hosting Troy Meeder as he visits the San Miguel/ Paso Robles area. Troy will make a dynamic presentation regarding his work with youth and rescuing horses at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch located in Bend, Oregon. The public is invited to hear Troy speak on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1450 Golden Hill Rd. in Paso Robles.
Troy Meeder and his wife Kim, are the founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Together Troy and Kim have over 40 years of combined experience reaching both children and horses that have known abuse and neglect.  Kim Meeder is author of the award winning book, Hope Rising. Troy is currently writing his own book about his work and experience in the ministry of the ranch.
Kim and Troy Meeder from Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch
Morning Star Youth Ranch is working towards a similar ministry to that of Crystal Peaks with the vision to build bridges of hope, healing and restoration for local families through the interaction of working with horses rescued from neglect and abuse. Amazing miracles happen when children interact with an abused horse through the one on one supervision of our trained mentors. Morning Star has an all volunteer staff and a team of faithful and generous volunteers who make the ranch's free program possible.
For more information please contact Diane Odell, program director for Morning Star Youth Ranch, at 805-226-2859 or visit their website.

Funds for Railroad Crossing

Railroad crossing at 16th street
Dirt trail used to cross the railroad tracks pictured after a rain
The San Luis Obispo County of Governments Board of Directors (SLOCOG) approved $350,000 in funds to go towards providing a pedestrian railroad crossing at 16th street in San Miguel. Funds will bring the project closer to reaching the estimated $1 million needed to build the crossing.
The Public Utilities Commission held a hearing in San Miguel in April of 2006 for reopening the RR crossing at 16th street. The purpose of the hearing was to gain permission to build an at grade pedestrian crossing to make the tracks safe for kids and residents walking back and forth to school as well as the YMCA and LEAP after school programs.
The railroad crossing was closed against the wishes of the community as stated in a letter to the SLO Co. Board of Supervisors from San Miguel Lions Club members Don Wolf and Joseph Joy, printed in the San Miguel Banner dated June 15, 1967.
Residents as well as representatives from the California Public Utilities Commission, the Union Pacific Railroad, and San Luis Obispo County gave testimony before the Administrative Law Judge whether or not an at-grade crossing should be installed at 16th Street connecting Lillian Larsen School with housing developments on the east side. County officials estimated pedestrians cross the track 70 to 80 times a day. The Judge later ruled in favor of San Miguel to grant permission for building the crossing.
Ten freight trains and two Amtrak trains run on the tracks daily. Standard pedestrian at-grade crossings include flashing lights, bells, and a physical gate which will close automatically when a train approaches.

Mission Parish Hall
Breaks Ground

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
A special ceremony was held December 21st to break ground for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Construction for the new building begins January 5, 2009 as well as the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

Buzz Marathon at Camp Roberts

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:24 PM by Laverne Buckman


Buzz Marathon

Saturday, February 21st is the 9th anniversary of this meditative run through the hills and meadows of Camp Roberts Army National Guard Reservation in north San Luis Obispo County along the fertile Salinas River Valley. Marathon and half marathon to begin at 8:30 AM, 6:30 for walkers, 8:45 for 5k.
Starting at 750′ above sea level the course goes out and back rising to 1250′; most of the climb between miles 4 and 6. It is quiet and serene with wildlife spectators, sheep, spectacular views, training and research sites, aid stations every 2 miles and porta potties every 3 miles.
Runners come from across the country to compete with participants registered from nine states per early registration stats.
Get your entry form and complete details at the Buzz Marathon website. The earlier runners register the less the entry fee.
Volunteers are most welcome to help with the aid stations and tracking running times. Donations are gladly accepted for snacks and prizes for the participants.
Revenue from Buzz Marathon helps fund the athletic programs at Lillian Larsen Elementary School of Kindergarten to 8th grade students. Larsen features cross country and track and field for all children, then flag football, volleyball, basketball, and golf for the middle schoolers grades 6 to 8.
The Buzz Marathon is an Active and Healthy Lifestyle promotion fundraiser for the athletic program at Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel. This is a low income rural school district and funds are used to cover entry fees, uniforms, referees, equipment, field and course markings, physicals, and when possible scholarships to summer camps for high school bound students.

Benefit to Build
Performing Arts Center

Central Coast Repertory Company
Ah Love! performance at the Dale Evers Studio gardens
The "Ah Love!" benefit will be held Saturday, February 21st at 6:60 pm at the Dale Evers Studio in Paso Robles. Join the Project Theatre Foundation and the Central Coast Repertory Company for a passionate evening of wine, delectables, and a sneak preview of spring’s hottest looks as local celebrities strut their stuff on the catwalk in fabulous fashions from McKenzie’s!
Central Coast Repertory Company, the North County’s new professional, year-round destination theatre company will make their public debut with scenes and music from their 2009 Season. Read about their performance of a powerful selection of legendary playwrights put together called "Passion and Politics of People" in the *Paso Robles Magazine.
Wines will flow from Eros Cellars, Villa San Juliette Winery, Sculpterra Winery, Stacked Stone Winery and Kaleidos Winery. Heavenly desserts, fit for the Gods, will be offered by Central Coast gourmet bakers. A silent auction and raffle for some great prizes will complete the venue. Proceeds will fund the building of a visual and performing arts center in the north county.
$25 for Adults or $10 for Students with I.D. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Purchase your tickets online or for more information call Joyce Herman at 805-440-7173.

Emerson Drive at The Ranch

Emerson Drive country western music
Photos from Morning Star volunteers visiting Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Information Clinic
Tickets are on sale now for the Emerson Drive Concert at The Ranch Restaurant & Honkey Tonk in San Miguel! Emerson Drive will perform live on Thursday, February 26th with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Special guest performance by Marty Rene and the Regulators.
Admission for the concert is 18 years of age and over. Buy your tickets online or for more information visit the website for The Ranch, located at 1285 Mission St.

Thrift Store Moves

Thrift store moving day
Volunteers load up to move the thrift shop to its new location
The Amigos de los Niños Thrift Store lost their lease at their long time location on 13th street in San Miguel. Volunteers moved the displays and store merchandise to their new location behind the Coffee Station at 1199 Mission St., (access from 12th street).
Volunteers have painted and laid new carpet for the store. The shop plans to be reopened Tuesday, March 3rd. The shop will accept merchandise donations for the new store starting Tues. Feb. 17th from noon until 3:00 p.m. daily. They welcome donations of clothing, shoes, household goods, linens, small items of furniture and miscellaneous treasures. The Los Niños are looking for volunteers to help staff the store. Contact Linda if you are interested in helping this wonderful organzation.
Sales from the Thrift Shop benefit youth in the North County with various programs including the San Miguel Lions swimming and Masters At Their Trade arts and music. The Los Niños have been serving local children since 1993.
After March 3rd the new shop hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm. For the months of March and April, we will also be open on Sundays from noon until 4:00 p.m. on a trial basis.

Funds Needed to Display
Art Mural in San Miguel

Kalar art work of cowboy characters and cows
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar, has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting funds to be raised to cover the $1,000 cost of installing the 16' x 14' outdoor canvas. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4 designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.

Mission Parish Hall
Breaks Ground

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
Construction is currently underway for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Work has also started on the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

Mission Variety Reopens

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:22 PM by Laverne Buckman


Photo of variety store merchandise
Aisles of freshly stocked merchandise fill the newly reopened store
Mission Variety sells a little bit of everything! Shop for everyday household items, dry goods, food and drinks, party items, piñatas, cleaning and baby supplies, health and beauty products, as well as a large variety of discounted merchandise. Hot coffee and tabacco products will be available at the store soon. The variety store is conveniently located downtown at 1470 Mission Street in San Miguel.
The store is closed Mondays and open:
Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
New store hours for daylight savings time, starting March 8th, will be 10 am to 7 pm.
For more information call Mission Variety at 805-467-2646.

Thrift Store Moves

Thrift store moving day
Volunteers load up to move the thrift shop to its new location
The Amigos de los Niños Thrift Store lost their lease at their long time location on 13th street in San Miguel. Volunteers moved the displays and store merchandise to their new location behind the Coffee Station at 1199 Mission St., (access from 12th street).
Volunteers have painted and laid new carpet for the store. The shop plans to be reopened Tuesday, March 3rd. The shop will accept merchandise donations for the new store starting Tues. Feb. 17th from noon until 3:00 p.m. daily. They welcome donations of clothing, shoes, household goods, linens, small items of furniture and miscellaneous treasures. The Los Niños are looking for volunteers to help staff the store. Contact Linda if you are interested in helping this wonderful organzation.
Sales from the Thrift Shop benefit youth in the North County with various programs including the San Miguel Lions swimming and Masters At Their Trade arts and music. The Los Niños have been serving local children since 1993.
After March 3rd the new shop hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm. For the months of March and April, we will also be open on Sundays from noon until 4:00 p.m. on a trial basis.

Funds Needed to Display
Art Mural in San Miguel

Kalar art work of cowboy characters and cows
Kow Party mural by Steve Kalar
World renowned artist, Steve Kalar, has created a mural depicting the history of the cattle industry in San Miguel. Steve has incorporated cowboy cartoon caricatures drawn by his late father into the art piece to be mounted on the San Miguel Flouring Mill. Steve is a 4th generation San Miguel resident.
The artwork has been named, "Kow Party" and is awaiting funds to be raised to cover the $1,000 cost of installing the 16' x 14' outdoor canvas. The artwork is being donated to the "San Miguel Masters in Artful Places" community arts program which is administered by the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The artwork is offered for sale as note cards in 4 designs, each representing a section of the mural. The sales generated from the note cards will go directly to pay for the printing and mounting of the new mural. To support this project, please purchase the note cards directly from Kalar & Kalar Productions, (see their ad on this page). Retailers in San Miguel are encouraged to arrange selling the cards in their local businesses. Call 805-467-3429 to sell or buy the note cards priced at $4.00 each.

Mission Parish Hall
Breaks Ground

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
Construction is currently underway for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Work has also started on the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

Sagebrush Days Parade April 25th at 11 am

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:21 PM by Laverne Buckman


Artwork for Sagebrush Days Parade
Artwork by Mary Kalvans
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! A book sale, craft fair and BBQ are also part of the event. Parade entries will include fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds will open the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Fire Dept. is hosting a bucket brigade contest after the parade! Enter your five person bucket brigade team by e-mailing Fire Chief Snow or call 805-467-3388.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters are inviting San Miguel civic groups to join them in hosting a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade. The civic groups will split the proceeds to benefit their community programs.
Help make our 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 San Miguel CSD at 1150 Mission Street or call Kelly at 805-291-0815. Deadline for parade entry is April 20th. No late entries.
To see photos from last year's parade please click here.

Thank You
Volunteer Firefighters

Photos of volunteer firefighters
Rotating photos of the San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters at work

The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters wear many hats in San Miguel! They recently held a Babysitter Training class for San Miguel students, teaching them CPR and 1st Aid. Thirteen local kids graduated from the 4 hour course.
The Firefighters also provide a free service to San Miguel Seniors to test and replace their smoke detectors. Our firefighters host an annual Halloween BBQ and candy check as well as bring Santa in a fire engine to hear the wishes of local kids in the Christmas Electric Light Parade.
The Clean-up Committee worked on a Saturday in March to rid the town of two 40 yard dumpster bins full of trash. Six tons of debris were hauled away and 1 ton of trash was recycled. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters manned the clean up day and were joined by the new District 1 Supervisor, Frank Mecham. The bins are provided at a reduced fee by the San Miguel Garbage Co. and parked on the vacant lot north of the Fire Station.
The Clean-up is possible through volunteer labor and donations by residents who use the service to cover dump fees. There are plans to accept tires from cars and light duty trucks for a fee.  No large truck or tractor tires can be accepted. The firefighter crew offers chipping of yard prunings for a donation to pay for gas and maintenance of the chipper. Sign up for chipping at the San Miguel CSD office.
Show your appreciation for our firefighters by providing a dinner on Tuesday training nights. "Feed the Firemen" is looking for residents to supply a dinner for twelve firefighters. Call Sara at 805-467-9308 to arrange bringing dinner.

sirenThank you to our Volunteer Firefighters:

Captain John Green
Captain Rob Roberson
Captain Ken Smith

Engineer Everett Reasons
Engineer Gib buckman

FF. Will Bedell
FF. Phil Brown
FF. Kevin Bryne
FF.Gilbert Celedon
FF. Jack Cryer
FF. Kelly Dodds

FF. Jose Fuerte
FF. Louis Hook
FF. Joseph Hord
FF. Brandon Kamp
FF. Shalee Miller
FF. Stephen Petersen
FF. Eric Pina
FF. Daniel Ponti
FF. Larry Reuck
FF. Steven Smith
FF. Sean Stanley
FF. Angelica Trujillo
FF. Roney Ward
FF. Scott Young
Visit the SMCSD website to see more photos of our firefighters and learn more about our fire district. To sign-up as a volunteer firefighter contact Fire Chief Snow at the San Miguel Fire Station at 805-467-3300 or *click here for a detailed flier.

Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens

Rios-caledonia adobe pictures
Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel
The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation.
The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch.
Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St.  For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

Mission Parish Hall
Construction Underway

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
Construction is currently underway for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Work has also started on the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

Welcome to San Miguel!

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:20 PM by Laverne Buckman


Welcome sign over Mission street
Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison
The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs.
For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Rotating images of parade
Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
To see more photos from the parade please click here.

Thank You
Volunteer Firefighters

Photos of volunteer firefighters
Rotating photos of the San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters at work

The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters wear many hats in San Miguel! They recently held a Babysitter Training class for San Miguel students, teaching them CPR and 1st Aid. Thirteen local kids graduated from the 4 hour course.
The Firefighters also provide a free service to San Miguel Seniors to test and replace their smoke detectors. Our firefighters host an annual Halloween BBQ and candy check as well as bring Santa in a fire engine to hear the wishes of local kids in the Christmas Electric Light Parade.
The Clean-up Committee worked on a Saturday in March to rid the town of two 40 yard dumpster bins full of trash. Six tons of debris were hauled away and 1 ton of trash was recycled. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters manned the clean up day and were joined by the new District 1 Supervisor, Frank Mecham. The bins are provided at a reduced fee by the San Miguel Garbage Co. and parked on the vacant lot north of the Fire Station.
The Clean-up is possible through volunteer labor and donations by residents who use the service to cover dump fees. There are plans to accept tires from cars and light duty trucks for a fee.  No large truck or tractor tires can be accepted. The firefighter crew offers chipping of yard prunings for a donation to pay for gas and maintenance of the chipper. Sign up for chipping at the San Miguel CSD office.
Show your appreciation for our firefighters by providing a dinner on Tuesday training nights. "Feed the Firemen" is looking for residents to supply a dinner for twelve firefighters. Call Sara at 805-467-9308 to arrange bringing dinner.

sirenThank you to our Volunteer Firefighters:

Captain John Green
Captain Rob Roberson
Captain Ken Smith

Engineer Everett Reasons
Engineer Gib buckman

FF. Will Bedell
FF. Phil Brown
FF. Kevin Bryne
FF.Gilbert Celedon
FF. Jack Cryer
FF. Kelly Dodds

FF. Jose Fuerte
FF. Louis Hook
FF. Joseph Hord
FF. Brandon Kamp
FF. Shalee Miller
FF. Stephen Petersen
FF. Eric Pina
FF. Daniel Ponti
FF. Larry Reuck
FF. Steven Smith
FF. Sean Stanley
FF. Angelica Trujillo
FF. Roney Ward
FF. Scott Young
Visit the SMCSD website to see more photos of our firefighters and learn more about our fire district. To sign-up as a volunteer firefighter contact Fire Chief Snow at the San Miguel Fire Station at 805-467-3300 or *click here for a detailed flier.

Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens

Rios-caledonia adobe pictures
Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel
The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation.
The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch.
Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St.  For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

Mission Parish Hall
Construction Underway

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
Construction is currently underway for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Work has also started on the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

Nominations for San Miguel Advisory

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:18 PM by Laverne Buckman


San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
Nominations to serve on the San Miguel Advisory Council will be accepted at the May 27th meeting. Written or oral nominations will be accepted for three board positions for 2 year terms and two alternate positions.
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 24th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending.
San Miguel town residents are needed to serve on the council. Wellsona, Stockdale and Monterey road area residents (recently added to SMAC area of influence), and others living in outlying areas within the area of influence are encouraged to apply. 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 membership nomination details can be found at the San Miguel Advisory Council's website.

Poly Students Renovate
Family Home

Rotating images of Cal Poly students renovating home
Cal Poly students worked in triple digit heat to renovate a home for the Larry Rueck family in San Miguel. The Rueck's left their home for a few weeks while Cal Poly students labored to improve the comfort, safety and handicap accessibility of their home, as part of the Poly House program. On Sunday, May 17th, the students gathered to "unveil" the renovated house to the Rueck family.
Larry and his wife are long-time residents of San Miguel, who care for their handicapped granddaughter. Their granddaughter was born with a heart defect and had 3 heart surgeries before the age of 3. Larry is a San Miguel Volunteer Firefighter and owns the Rueck Pump & Repair business downtown. Mr. and Mrs. Rueck have opened their home and hearts caring for over 20 foster children through the years.
The challenge for the students was to plan and schedule the work and resources to assure that the entire project could be completed in only four days (2nd and 3rd weekends in May) before the school quarter ends. The class receives no funding with which to perform the work for this project and depends entirely upon the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community. Thanks go to the donors who made the project possible!
Students were under the direction of Associate Professor, Roya Javadpour, Ph.D. from the Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Dept. at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Welcome to San Miguel!

Welcome sign over Mission street
Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison
The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs.
For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Rotating images of parade
Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
To see more photos from the parade please click here.

Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens

Rios-caledonia adobe pictures
Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel
The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation.
The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch.
Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St.  For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

Nominations for San Miguel Advisory San Miguel Advisory area of influence Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council Nominations to serve on the San Miguel Advisory Council will be accepted at the May 27th meeting. Written or oral nominations will be accepted for three board positions for 2 year terms and two alternate positions. SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 24th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending. San Miguel town residents are needed to serve on the council. Wellsona, Stockdale and Monterey road area residents (recently added to SMAC area of influence), and others living in outlying areas within the area of influence are encouraged to apply. 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 membership nomination details can be found at the San Miguel Advisory Council's website. Poly Students Renovate Family Home Rotating images of Cal Poly students renovating home Cal Poly students worked in triple digit heat to renovate a home for the Larry Rueck family in San Miguel. The Rueck's left their home for a few weeks while Cal Poly students labored to improve the comfort, safety and handicap accessibility of their home, as part of the Poly House program. On Sunday, May 17th, the students gathered to "unveil" the renovated house to the Rueck family. Larry and his wife are long-time residents of San Miguel, who care for their handicapped granddaughter. Their granddaughter was born with a heart defect and had 3 heart surgeries before the age of 3. Larry is a San Miguel Volunteer Firefighter and owns the Rueck Pump & Repair business downtown. Mr. and Mrs. Rueck have opened their home and hearts caring for over 20 foster children through the years. The challenge for the students was to plan and schedule the work and resources to assure that the entire project could be completed in only four days (2nd and 3rd weekends in May) before the school quarter ends. The class receives no funding with which to perform the work for this project and depends entirely upon the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community. Thanks go to the donors who made the project possible! Students were under the direction of Associate Professor, Roya Javadpour, Ph.D. from the Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Dept. at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Welcome to San Miguel! Welcome sign over Mission street Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs. For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388. Sagebrush Days Parade Rotating images of parade Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade. To see more photos from the parade please click here. Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens Rios-caledonia adobe pictures Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation. The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch. Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St. For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:14 PM by Laverne Buckman


San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
Nominations to serve on the San Miguel Advisory Council will be accepted at the May 27th meeting. Written or oral nominations will be accepted for three board positions for 2 year terms and two alternate positions.
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 24th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending.
San Miguel town residents are needed to serve on the council. Wellsona, Stockdale and Monterey road area residents (recently added to SMAC area of influence), and others living in outlying areas within the area of influence are encouraged to apply. 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 membership nomination details can be found at the San Miguel Advisory Council's website.

Poly Students Renovate
Family Home

Rotating images of Cal Poly students renovating home
Cal Poly students worked in triple digit heat to renovate a home for the Larry Rueck family in San Miguel. The Rueck's left their home for a few weeks while Cal Poly students labored to improve the comfort, safety and handicap accessibility of their home, as part of the Poly House program. On Sunday, May 17th, the students gathered to "unveil" the renovated house to the Rueck family.
Larry and his wife are long-time residents of San Miguel, who care for their handicapped granddaughter. Their granddaughter was born with a heart defect and had 3 heart surgeries before the age of 3. Larry is a San Miguel Volunteer Firefighter and owns the Rueck Pump & Repair business downtown. Mr. and Mrs. Rueck have opened their home and hearts caring for over 20 foster children through the years.
The challenge for the students was to plan and schedule the work and resources to assure that the entire project could be completed in only four days (2nd and 3rd weekends in May) before the school quarter ends. The class receives no funding with which to perform the work for this project and depends entirely upon the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community. Thanks go to the donors who made the project possible!
Students were under the direction of Associate Professor, Roya Javadpour, Ph.D. from the Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Dept. at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Welcome to San Miguel!

Welcome sign over Mission street
Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison
The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs.
For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Rotating images of parade
Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
To see more photos from the parade please click here.

Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens

Rios-caledonia adobe pictures
Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel
The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation.
The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch.
Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St.  For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

Hearts for the Arts BBQ

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:13 PM by Laverne Buckman


Students, staff, parents and volunteers will host a "drive through" BBQ on Friday, May 8th from 4 pm to 7 pm in the Lillian Larsen School parking lot at 16th and L streets in San Miguel.
BBQ chicken, fresh salad and garlic bread will be packaged to go and delivered to your car by students working to raise funds for the Masters At Their Trade music and arts program.
Dean Smith slices bread for the fundraiser
School Superintendent, Dean Smith, is pictured working at last year's Hearts for the Arts event.
Tickets are an $8 donation per meal which can be purchased directly from students ahead of time or at the event.
America's Classic Ice Cream by the Capelli Family in Rocky Road or Strawberry flavor will be available for $1 each as well as drinks.

Proceeds will ensure continued classes for American Sign Language, cooking, sewing, choir, music, and art provided through the San Miguel Resource Connection's Master At Their Trade program partnered with the afterschool LEAP program at Lillian Larsen School.
Students will be selling tickets at Sagebrush Days Parade. *Click here for a flier.

Welcome to San Miguel!

Welcome sign over Mission street
Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison
The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs.
For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Rotating images of parade
Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
To see more photos from the parade please click here.

Thank You
Volunteer Firefighters

Photos of volunteer firefighters
Rotating photos of the San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters at work

The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters wear many hats in San Miguel! They recently held a Babysitter Training class for San Miguel students, teaching them CPR and 1st Aid. Thirteen local kids graduated from the 4 hour course.
The Firefighters also provide a free service to San Miguel Seniors to test and replace their smoke detectors. Our firefighters host an annual Halloween BBQ and candy check as well as bring Santa in a fire engine to hear the wishes of local kids in the Christmas Electric Light Parade.
The Clean-up Committee worked on a Saturday in March to rid the town of two 40 yard dumpster bins full of trash. Six tons of debris were hauled away and 1 ton of trash was recycled. The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters manned the clean up day and were joined by the new District 1 Supervisor, Frank Mecham. The bins are provided at a reduced fee by the San Miguel Garbage Co. and parked on the vacant lot north of the Fire Station.
The Clean-up is possible through volunteer labor and donations by residents who use the service to cover dump fees. There are plans to accept tires from cars and light duty trucks for a fee.  No large truck or tractor tires can be accepted. The firefighter crew offers chipping of yard prunings for a donation to pay for gas and maintenance of the chipper. Sign up for chipping at the San Miguel CSD office.
Show your appreciation for our firefighters by providing a dinner on Tuesday training nights. "Feed the Firemen" is looking for residents to supply a dinner for twelve firefighters. Call Sara at 805-467-9308 to arrange bringing dinner.

sirenThank you to our Volunteer Firefighters:

Captain John Green
Captain Rob Roberson
Captain Ken Smith

Engineer Everett Reasons
Engineer Gib buckman

FF. Will Bedell
FF. Phil Brown
FF. Kevin Bryne
FF.Gilbert Celedon
FF. Jack Cryer
FF. Kelly Dodds

FF. Jose Fuerte
FF. Louis Hook
FF. Joseph Hord
FF. Brandon Kamp
FF. Shalee Miller
FF. Stephen Petersen
FF. Eric Pina
FF. Daniel Ponti
FF. Larry Reuck
FF. Steven Smith
FF. Sean Stanley
FF. Angelica Trujillo
FF. Roney Ward
FF. Scott Young
Visit the SMCSD website to see more photos of our firefighters and learn more about our fire district. To sign-up as a volunteer firefighter contact Fire Chief Snow at the San Miguel Fire Station at 805-467-3300 or *click here for a detailed flier.

Rios-Caledonia Adobe Reopens

Rios-caledonia adobe pictures
Rotating images of the historic adobe in San Miguel
The Friends of the Adobes announced that after eight months of retrofit construction the Rios-Caledonia Adobe has reopened to the public as of April 3rd. Save America's Treasures grant funds were administered by the National Parks Service to retrofit the historic building for earthquake safety and preservation.
The museum and gift shop have been thoroughly cleaned, re-arranged and enhanced. Come visit and wander the lovely grounds where cactus and flora are in bloom. The adobe grounds are a great place to picnic and enjoy the tranquil surroundings where artists often come to sketch.
Hours of operation are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. The adobe entrance is located directly across from Mission San Miguel near Hwy 101 at 700 South Mission St.  For more information please contact Joyce via e-mail or call the gift shop directly at 805-467-3357.

Mission Parish Hall
Construction Underway

Model of new parish hall
Model of new Mission Parish Hall and Community Center
Construction is currently underway for the new Parish Hall for Mission San Miguel.  Parishioners and local residents have been raising funds for over 10 years to build the much needed community center in the empty field that sits between the Mission and Highway 101.
During World War II, the land was home to the USO Building that served soldiers at Camp Roberts. After the war the land was set to be auctioned off by the U.S. government. The Mission friars purchased the land and used the USO Building as a Parish Hall. The aging building was later condemned and torn down, leaving the Parish and friars without a meeting hall. The Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara, who saved the land from auction, donated the parcel of land back to Mission San Miguel. Brother Bill Short stated at the ceremony, "We are very pleased that the friars can make a contribution of this land for the purpose of building a parish hall, restoring it to a purpose it enjoyed for many years in the past."
Work has also started on the eagerly awaited retrofit work on the Mission's main sanctuary which has been closed since the December 2003 earthquake. Read more details about the story at the Paso Robles Press.

Free Swimming in San Miguel!

posted Oct 10, 2011, 2:12 PM by Laverne Buckman


Free swimming at San Miguel Pool
A young swimmer dives in the San Miguel Pool
The San Miguel Lions have worked with community support to provide free swimming for San Miguel kids through Fish Fry dinners and donations.
Swim lessons begin June 23rd. For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator at 805-781-2460.

Sharing Books with Children

Children read at the San Miguel library
Children enjoy their book bags at the San Miguel Library
Raising a Reader is a program funded by SLO Community Foundation and the Orfalea Foundation.  It is  national proven early literacy program that engages parents in "book sharing" with children young children.  We implemented the program this year in the two state preschool programs at Lillian Larsen. 
The children  checked out Red book bags containing professionally selected books (4) to take home for the week.  There was also a DVD in the bag that gave the parents tips on "sharing" the books with their children. 
On Thursday at the library the children who are entering Kindergarten in the fall received completion certificates and  their own blue book bags to carry books checked out from the library.  Many of the children also received their own library cards. 
The celebration ended with ice cream in the park! SLO Community Foundation paid for the American Classic Ice Cream truck to come. 
- story and photos by teacher,  Peggy Westberg
San Miguel boy enjoying his ice cream

Native Daughters Host Tea

Barbara Rowland at NDGW tea
Barbara Rowland, Grand Vice-President-elect for Native Daughters of the Golden West thanked those attending the Tea event.
Kay Mumford hosts her tea table
Kay Mumford hosted her tea table as well as modeled fashions during the fashion show.
The Native Daughters of the Golden West, San Miguel Parlor, hosted the "What's In Your Garden" Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser on May 30th at the Paso Robles Country Club.
Tea table hosts each decorated their special table with beautiful tea sets and garden themed items.
Fashions were provided by the Queen's Closet of Morro Bay with the narration of the beautiful outfits by store owner, Pam Woodruff.  Fashions were modeled by Jani Meyers, Kay Mumford (both from San Miguel) and Sigrid Castenadis, from Cambria.
Nearly 80 ladies attended the special tea to raise funds for the Native Daughters of the Golden West, who work to preserve California's missions, lighthouses, history and landmarks. Two San Miguel Parlor members are running for election as state officers to the Native Daughters of the Golden West; Barabara Rowland for Grand Vice-President, and Jean Hoffmann for Grand Secretary. To learn more about the fraternal organization please visit their website.

Nominations for
San Miguel Advisory

San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
Nominations to serve on the San Miguel Advisory Council were accepted at the May meeting for three board positions for 2 year terms and two alternate positions. Nominees are; Sharon Brower (owner of Fox & Toad Vineyard), Noel Carpenter (incumbent and owner of San Miguel Properties), Jean Hoffmann (President of the San Miguel Resource Connection and NDGW officer), and Mike Sanders (owner of Mission Street Antiques and incumbent).
SMAC will hold their annual election on Wednesday, June 24th at the San Miguel Community Center. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from those attending.
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.
More information about the council can be found at the San Miguel Advisory Council's website.

Poly Students Renovate
Family Home

Rotating images of Cal Poly students renovating home
Cal Poly students worked in triple digit heat to renovate a home for the Larry Rueck family in San Miguel. The Rueck's left their home for a few weeks while Cal Poly students labored to improve the comfort, safety and handicap accessibility of their home, as part of the Poly House program. On Sunday, May 17th, the students gathered to "unveil" the renovated house to the Rueck family.
Larry and his wife are long-time residents of San Miguel, who care for their handicapped granddaughter. Their granddaughter was born with a heart defect and had 3 heart surgeries before the age of 3. Larry is a San Miguel Volunteer Firefighter and owns the Rueck Pump & Repair business downtown. Mr. and Mrs. Rueck have opened their home and hearts caring for over 20 foster children through the years.
The challenge for the students was to plan and schedule the work and resources to assure that the entire project could be completed in only four days (2nd and 3rd weekends in May) before the school quarter ends. The class receives no funding with which to perform the work for this project and depends entirely upon the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community. Thanks go to the donors who made the project possible!
Students were under the direction of Associate Professor, Roya Javadpour, Ph.D. from the Industrial & Mechanical Engineering Dept. at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Welcome to San Miguel!

Welcome sign over Mission street
Photo of banner over Mission St. courtesy of Mike Ellison
The San Miguel Community Services District is making good use of the new banner poles in the downtown area installed by SLO County Public Works. The CSD will rotate different message banners and they welcome local civic groups to advertise their own special events to be hoisted over Mission Street.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters raise the overhead banners for a small fee to help cover the cost of the special equipment required for hoisting the signs.
For more information contact the CSD office at 805-467-3388.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Rotating images of parade
Photos courtesy of Pres Meyers
The Sagebrush Days parade committee would like to thank the Friends of the San Miguel Library, the San Miguel Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West, the San Miguel Fire Dept., the San Miguel Resource Connection, and the San Miguel CSD for their support  of the 21st Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries included fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The Estrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover! Donations to the Estrella Warbird Museum in appreciation of the historic planes will be gladly accepted by the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept. 
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters hosted a fundraising BBQ in front of the fire station after the parade.
To see more photos from the parade please click here.

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