Old Timers Picnic

posted Oct 10, 2011, 9:06 AM by Laverne Buckman

Old Timers Picnic
Images of picnic courtesy of Mike Sanders
Over 200 people who attended the annual Old Timers Picnic enjoyed beautiful weather on August 23rd in the San Miguel Community Park. The San Miguel Lions Club served up chicken cooked over oak wood in the BBQ pits, beans, salad, french bread and dessert. Folks over 80 years old were fed for free as official "old timers." Ninety people over the age of 80 were served with the three oldest attendees being; Ella Adams at 103 years old, Forest Willard at 102 years old, and Harry Wolf is 100 years old.
The Pioneer Day royal court was presented honoring Ray Pesenti Sr. as Marshal and Maggie Vandergon as Queen. Also in attendance was Maggie's mother, Ella Adams, who served as Pioneer Day Queen in the late 1970's. Maggie stated that she and her mother Ella are, "the first mother daughter to have ever been queen in the seventy-nine years of Pioneer Day history."
The traditional picnic was started by local civic groups in the 1950s with the Lions Club taking on the hosting of the event in the late 1970s. The local Lions planted trees and built the shaded picnic area and BBQ pits at the park. The San Miguel Lions raise funds to provide free swimming and swimming lessons to local children as well wonderful programs such as the radio transmitter wrist bands for people with Alzheimers. The San Miguel Lions meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm at their Community Center next to the San Miguel Library and welcome new members!

San Miguel Ranch
Study Session

San Miguel Ranch map
Project developer, Brent Grizzle, makes a presentation at a San Miguel Advisory meeting in 2006.
The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is holding a public study session for The San Miguel Ranch project on Thursday, August 27th at 5 pm in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Interested persons are invited to attend to express their views either orally or written. Click here for an agenda.
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.
The proposed development has been in process for nearly six years. The proposed final Environmental Impact Report can be read online or is available at the San Miguel Library.
A hearing date is scheduled for September 10th at 9 am.
For more information regarding the study session contact Elizabeth Kavanaugh at 805-788-2010.

Crime Stoppers

Downtown San Miguel has experienced a recent rash of vandalism, especially to vacant buildings. Residents and business owners are encouraged to be on alert and report suspicious activity to drive out vandals.
San Luis Obispo's Crime Stoppers is a county-wide, non-profit, community program that unites the public, the media, and law enforcement in the fight against crime. The program offers anonymity and cash rewards to citizens who furnish information leading to the arrest and indictment of felony crime offenders. Anonymity overcomes fear of involvement. Cash overcomes penalty.
Report crime annonymously to Crime Stoppers at 805-549-STOP (7867). Visit the SLO County Sheriff's Dept. website for more information.

Happy 60th Birthday San Miguel Lions Club!

Rotating photos of Lions Club event
San Miguel Lions Club photos by Mike Sanders
The San Miguel Lions celebrated their 60th birthday on Saturday, August 8th! Members started the celebration on Friday at the Wolf Family Ranch in San Miguel. Thirty-six other Lions Clubs from around the state came together for a BBQ and to install their new Governor at the Rios-Caledonia Adobe in honor of this special birthday.
The San Miguel Lions Club was founded in 1949. The all volunteer group has worked through the years to provide numerous programs including; community free swimming, the Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!
The Lions welcomes new members. To join this wonderful group of volunteers, please call Jeff Clark at 805-423-7952. Happy Birthday and thank you San Miguel Lions!

School Garden Gets Help

Volunteers at work in garden
Rotating photos of volunteers at work in the garden - courtesy of Laverne Buckman

Several volunteers from in and around San Miguel worked to prepare the garden area at Lillian Larsen School the last weekend in July. 
Christina Wilkinson is an ag teacher as well as the Soils to Succulent Flavors class instructor for the San Miguel Resource Connection's Healthy Eating Active Living Grant (HEAL-SLO).  Students raise their own herbs and vegetables and learn ways to prepare, preserve and cook them.
HEAL SLO is working to change policy and mind sets that lead to unhealthy food and drink choices causing obesity, diabetes, and diseases related to being overweight. The economic impact of obesity in California has nearly doubled in the last six years costing an estimated $41 billion a year, per a report by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Read more about this report and HEAL SLO in the Paso Robles Press Tuesday, August 4th edition on the Community Page.
Ms. Wilkinson was pleased with the progress and appreciative of the helping hands to level the garden space, put together planter boxes, spread compost, dig out spaces around edge of garden to place edging, and install the drip system. Thank you to everyone who worked to make the school garden possible!