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How Do You Like to Play?, Community Centers

posted Oct 6, 2011, 12:23 AM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:46 AM ]


river front property
Mission Gardens Estates property along Salinas River as possible park area
A large grant to develop parks in underserved communities is being applied for by SLO County Parks grant writers and staff.  County staff is asking local residents for their input as well as to fill out a survey of needs and wishes.  Several possible sites in San Miguel have been identified. Projects to be considered include expanding the existing County Park at K street to the purchase of property to create ball fields and trails. 
The grant application deadline is March 1st. Residents are welcome to attend several meeting opportunities to hear more specific information:
San Miguel Resource Connection on Wed, Jan 20th at 7 pm at Lillian Larsen School;
Lions Club on Thurs, Jan 21st at 7 pm at the Community Center; and
San Miguel Advisory Council on Wed, Jan 27 at 7 pm at the Community Center.
For more information please contact Parks Committee members Noel Carpenter at 805-857-2550 or Roland Snow at 805-391-0137.

Community Support Center
and Health Clinic

San Miguel Support Center meeting
A luncheon and information meeting at Casa San Miguel
The San Miguel Community Support Center partnered with the Community Health Centers clinic at Casa San Miguel to host an informational luncheon to introduce their services to community leaders on January 12th.  The support program is funded by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation partering with the San Miguel Resource Connection and Community LINK.
A large group of community leaders enjoyed a delicious lunch made by Mission Market & Deli with homemade cookies by Steve Kalar.  Attendees introduced themselves with brief descriptions of their respective organizations.  
Steve Kalar and Jan Maitzen of LINK presented the resources and services of the Community Support Center.  A family advocate is dedicated to working with local residents to facilitate health, counseling, and social services. 
The Community Health Center aka CHC, provides on site nurses, physicians assistants, and doctors, to address the health needs of residents whether or not they have health insurance. The clinic can provide medication, exams, and quality treatment. Dentistry, pediatrics, health education, chronic disease management, and OB/GYN services are available through the CHC clinics.
Contact the Community Support Center through the Family Advocate, Diana Resendez at 805-712-5327.
The San Miguel CHC is open weekdays at various times at 1383 Mission Street. Call them at 805-467-2344. Learn more about their programs by visiting their website.

San Miguel Electric
Light Parade

The Grinch
"The Grinch visits San Miguel with the Who People" by Cagliero Ranch and friends
A large crowd gathered to enjoy the 18th Annual San Miguel Electric Light Parade on December 19th. Parade entries were lit with the parade starting at 5:30 pm in downtown San Miguel. The Craft Bazaar and food booths started at 2 pm next to the fire station.  Kids were invited to meet Santa at the Christmas party held at the San Miguel Fire Station immediately following the parade. 
Mission Sweets
"Mission Sweets" entry by Heritage Oaks Bank, Mission Market & Deli and Casillas Construction
High Gear Ranch
"Buggy Christmas" by High Gear Ranch
District One Supervisor Frank Mecham aided by Jani Meyers of the San Miguel Resource Connection announced the parade entries as they streamed past the announcer's station in front of The Ranch Honkey Tonk.
Those lining the parade route on Mission street got to enjoy seeing the parade TWICE as the entrants turned around by Mission San Miguel and came back to their starting point. Ruth Elvin wrote a poem inspired by this fact called, "Twice Down Mission Street" which was read to the crowd by Supervisor Mecham.
Doggy Express
"Doggy Express North Pole or Bust" entry by Gib and Laverne Buckman
Christmas bazaar
A Christmas Bazaar was held next to the fire station before and after the parade.
Native Daughters booth
Native Daughters of the Golden West had a booth at the bazaar as well as a lighted float in the parade.
Christmas caroling
Carolers at the fire station while children waited in line to meet Santa
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters worked diligently to make the event fun, safe and run smoothly. The Firefighters chauffeured Santa by fire truck in the parade and later hosted Santa to meet local children at a special Christmas party at the fire station after the parade.  Special thanks go to Fire Chief Roland Snow for facilitating planning meetings and overseeing the overall event to make this our best Electric Light Parade yet!
working the barricades
Volunteers work to barricade the parade route along Mission St
Numerous volunteers worked the street closure and barricades to make the parade possible, representing the Native Sons of the Golden West San Miguel Parlor, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, and the San Miguel Lions.
San Miguel Flouring Mill and The Ranch Honkey Tonk provided the announcer's stand.
Special thanks go to Kathleen Carpenter for organizing the Bazaar, and to Craig Rambo and Mary Kalvans for lending their past experience to the event.
The Electric Light Parade and Christmas Bazaar were sponsored by Friends of the San Miguel Library, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Native Sons of the Golden West, San Miguel Lions Club, and the San Miguel Resource Connection.

Free H1N1 Flu Shots, Marathon, Fish Fry

posted Oct 6, 2011, 12:22 AM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 10:57 PM ]

Community Health Center
The Community Health Center is offering free H1N1 flu shots at their location at Casa San Miguel on Tuesday, February 16th from 2:30 to 4:30. For more information contact CHC at 805-467-2344

10th Anniversary Buzz Marathon Feb 13th

Buzz Marathon
Saturday, February 13th is the 10th anniversary of this meditative run through the hills and meadows of Camp Roberts Army National Guard Reservation in north San Luis Obispo County. 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, 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. Get your entry form and complete details at the Buzz Marathon website. The earlier runners register the less the entry fee.
David Campa is organizing a group of running alumnifrom Lillian Larsen School to join the challenge.
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.

Lions Fish Fry

San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions are frying up their fish dinners for the 7 weeks of Lent starting February 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The generous portions of tender cod come with fries, coleslaw, ice cream and a drink for $10 each, dine in or take out. Follow the signs in town to the San Miguel Community Center next to the Library on 13th and alleyway between K and L streets. 
Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Lions Club founded in 1949: Community FREE swimming, Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, FREE Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!

Lion Club Speech Contest

posted Oct 6, 2011, 12:20 AM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:44 AM ]


San Miguel Lions Club contest
Speech contestants are pictured with the judging panel - photo courtesy of Mike Sanders
The San Miguel Lions held their annual Student Debate/Speech Contest on February 18th. Students gave their speech before a panel of judges on the assigned theme, "Universal Health Care - How Will It Affect Us?" Judges were Douglas Moore, DDS and teachers, Eileen Rogers, and Tom and Susan Apkarian.
Anthony Kalvans won the speech contest for a prize of $75. Navil Ayon and Marci Santos each were awarded $50. Anthony is a Junior at Paso Robles High School. He will compete at the Zone Speaker's Contest in Templeton on March 4th. 
Guest were treated to an excellent meal prior to the speeches. -submitted by Lynne Schmitz

San Miguel Firefighter
of the Year

Firefighter of the year
Ken Smith is flanked by Dale Hamblin and Firechief Snow -photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press
The San Miguel Community Services District [CSD] Board of Directors recently adopted resolutions honoring two of the community's volunteer firefighters.
The resolutions, adopted during the board's regular meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 28, honored San Miguel Fire Apparatus Engineer Kenneth Smith as firefighter of the year for 2009 and volunteer firefighter Gilbert Celedon for meritorious action while off duty at a traffic collision encountered while he was going to work.
Firefighter award
Gilbert Celedon holds his award between Dale Hamblin and Firechief Snow -photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press
According to a media release, Celedon took quick action by crawling into a vehicle and established an airway on a trapped victim and continued to provide aid until the arrival of paramedics and other firefighters. The Board also welcomed three new volunteer firefighters to the District and the Fire Department. - Paso Robles Press Staff report

Lions Fish Fry

San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions are frying up their fish dinners for the 7 weeks of Lent starting February 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The generous portions of tender cod come with fries, coleslaw, ice cream and a drink for $10 each, dine in or take out. Follow the signs in town to the San Miguel Community Center next to the Library on 13th and alleyway between K and L streets.
Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Lions Club founded in 1949: Community FREE swimming, Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, FREE Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!

New Management for Mission Pizza

posted Oct 6, 2011, 12:19 AM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:42 AM ]


Mission Pizza
Mission Pizza in San Miguel
Mission Pizza in San Miguel is under new management offering a family friendly atmosphere. Their new menu offers appetizers, salads, a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, dessert, a soda fountain, and beer on tap. Family Specials are offered on Sundays.
Mission Pizza delivers for just $2 bucks within the town of San Miguel and to Camp Roberts with a $20 minimum order.
Mission Pizza is open: 
Sunday - Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

Dine in their cozy restaurant at 1425 Mission St. or call to order at 805-467-2300 or 805-467-2330.

Lions Fish Fry

San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions are frying up their fish dinners for the 7 weeks of Lent starting February 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The generous portions of tender cod come with fries, coleslaw, ice cream and a drink for $10 each, dine in or take out. Follow the signs in town to the San Miguel Community Center next to the Library on 13th and alleyway between K and L streets.
Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Lions Club founded in 1949: Community FREE swimming, Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, FREE Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!

Sand Mine Scoping Meeting

posted Oct 6, 2011, 12:17 AM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:43 AM ]


Pankey Sand Mine map
Click here for larger image of map
The San Miguel Advisory Council is hosting a public scoping meeting for the Pankey Indian Valley Sand Mine on Tuesday, March 9th at 7 pm at Lillian Larsen School in the gym.
The meeting is sponsored by SLO County and open to all residents, with emphasis on San Miguel and it's environs.*Click here for the SMAC invitation flier.
The project is proposing a sand and gravel mining operation, including approximately 33.59-acres of proposed extraction / skimming area, 7.5-acres of sorting and stockpiling, and 1.54-acres of haul roads. The project is composed of three  excavation areas that total a maximum excavation volume of 105,500 cubic yards per year (36,000 from the north Salinas River excavation area, 60,000 from the south Salinas River exaction area, and 9,500 from the Vineyard Creek excavation area). The project is proposed to have a 20-year operational lifespan. 
An Environmental Impact Report will be prepared to evaluate the environmental effects of the proposed project. This link will take you to important documentsrelated to the proposed project. 
For further assistance call Murry Wilson at (805) 781-5010. County personnel attending will be John Nall; Environmental Coordinator, Murry Wilson, Project Manager and Elizabeth Kavanaugh, North County Planner. 

Lion Club Speech Contest

San Miguel Lions Club contest
Speech contestants are pictured with the judging panel - photo courtesy of Mike Sanders
The San Miguel Lions held their annual Student Debate/Speech Contest on February 18th. Students gave their speech before a panel of judges on the assigned theme, "Universal Health Care - How Will It Affect Us?" Judges were Douglas Moore, DDS and teachers, Eileen Rogers, and Tom and Susan Apkarian.
Anthony Kalvans won the speech contest for a prize of $75. Navil Ayon and Marci Santos each were awarded $50. Anthony is a Junior at Paso Robles High School. He will compete at the Zone Speaker's Contest in Templeton on March 4th.
Guest were treated to an excellent meal prior to the speeches. -submitted by Lynne Schmitz

10th Anniversary
Buzz Marathon

Images from Buzz Marathon
Photos of Buzz Marathon courtesy of Meg Brooks
Saturday, February 13th was the 10th anniversary for the Buzz Marathon run through the hills and meadows of Camp Roberts Army National Guard Reservation.
Runners came from across the country to compete.
David Campa organized a group of running alumni from Lillian Larsen School to join the challenge.
A BIG THANK YOU goes to the San Miguel Firefighters who donated their time and food at the BBQ for the Marathon. Eileen Rogers who founded the event is both teacher and coach at Lillian Larsen School for over 25 years. She organized the event with the aid of dedicated volunteers: Meg Brooks, Sue Moore, Debbie Flores, Mary Jane Taylor, and Chris Shuck.

Full Marathon
Mens division

1st place overall- Colin Donnelly 2:49:49 NEW RECORD
2nd place  Kevin Wolf at 3.17.43, former Lillian Larsen student
3rd place Trevor Forzetting 3:18:14

Womens division
1st place-  Susan Wetzel, at 3:20:10

1/2 Marathon
Mens division

1st place Jonathan Mason 1:21:37

Womens division
1st place Diane Hunke 1:43:34

Childrens division
1st place Casey Montgomery

5K
Men's division

1st place John Paul Wiemann NEW RECORD at 17:24

Womens division
1st place Marabel Arroyo 21:12

Kids Mile
1st Girls; Marabel Arroyo 5:48
1st Boys; Colton Campa 7.26

Marathon winner
First Place winner Colin Donnelly set a new record for the Full Marathon!
Get complete details at the Buzz Marathon website.
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.

Thank you to the wonderful Buzz Marathon sponsors:
Wal-Mart
Kennedy Club Fitness and Marit Koch
Paso Robles Swim and Tennis Club
Go For It Sports
K-Man Cycle and Run
Dos Padres Mexican Restaurant
Tenth Street Basque Cafe
Mission Burger and Coffee Station
Mission Deli and Mkt.

Wineries:
J.Lohr Winery
Cinquain Cellars
Riverstar Vineyards and Winery
Tolosa Winery and Courtside Cellars
Locatelli Vineyards and Winery
Pretty Smith Vineyards and Winery
Graveyard Vinesyards
Five Rivers Winery
Silver Horse Winery
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard
Rio-Seco Vineyard and Winery
Pear Valley Vineyard
Vista Del Rey Vineyards
Caparone Winery
Via Vega Winery
Tackitt Family Vineyards
J and J Cellars
Terrace Hill Olive Oil

San Miguel Firefighter
of the Year

Firefighter of the year
Ken Smith is flanked by Dale Hamblin and Firechief Snow -photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press
The San Miguel Community Services District [CSD] Board of Directors recently adopted resolutions honoring two of the community's volunteer firefighters.
The resolutions, adopted during the board's regular meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 28, honored San Miguel Fire Apparatus Engineer Kenneth Smith as firefighter of the year for 2009 and volunteer firefighter Gilbert Celedon for meritorious action while off duty at a traffic collision encountered while he was going to work.
Firefighter award
Gilbert Celedon holds his award between Dale Hamblin and Firechief Snow -photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press
According to a media release, Celedon took quick action by crawling into a vehicle and established an airway on a trapped victim and continued to provide aid until the arrival of paramedics and other firefighters. The Board also welcomed three new volunteer firefighters to the District and the Fire Department. - Paso Robles Press Staff report

Lions Fish Fry

San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions Club cooks in the kitchen
San Miguel Lions are frying up their fish dinners for the 7 weeks of Lent starting February 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The generous portions of tender cod come with fries, coleslaw, ice cream and a drink for $10 each, dine in or take out. Follow the signs in town to the San Miguel Community Center next to the Library on 13th and alleyway between K and L streets.
Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Lions Club founded in 1949: Community FREE swimming, Old Timers BBQ, NRA Hunter Safety, The Great AGventure Day, White Cane Days, FREE Red Cross Swimming Lessons, student eye screening, Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelets, and much more!

Funds for Mission San Miguel

Mission San Miguel  Cookbook
Buy the Mission San Miguel Cookbook by the Busy Bees in two versions: 3 ring bound for $15.00; or spiral bound for $20.00.
All proceeds go to finish projects for the new Parish Center. The beautiful Parish Center is now open to the public. 
Cookbooks can be purchased at the San Miguel Mission Parish Office or the Rios-Caledonia Adobe Gift Shop. Call 805-467-2131 for more info.
A beautiful quilt crafted by the Persian Pickle Piecers and the Almond Country Quilt Guild has been donated to raffle to raise funds for the Mission San Miguel Restoration Fund.
Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
Drawing to be held April 5th at the Old Mission San Miguel Gift Shop.
For details call 805-467-3256.
Quilt Raffle

Natural Childbirth at Twin Cities Hospital

Twin Cities Hospital labor tub
New labor tub at Twin Cities Hospital

If you’re having a baby or planning to someday, Twin Cities Community Hospital is the best place to welcome your new addition to the world. It is our mission to provide quality patient care focusing on individuality, compassion, safety, and respect.   The Obstetrical Services at Twin Cities offers a natural and comforting atmosphere for the birth of your child in the security of a hospital setting.
If a natural childbirth is what you’re looking for, we have many alterative amenities for use during labor from soaking in a warm labor tub during labor to hydrotherapy in a warm running private shower.  We have aromatherapy oils for massage, and soothing scents to add to the labor tub or room air as desired.  CD players are available to listen to your favorite relaxing music.  Birthing balls and labor birth beds allow physiologic positioning throughout labor and birth.
We are the only hospital in San Luis Obispo County to offer all private rooms and we encourage the father or the support person to stay overnight with the mother.  We value the importance of couplet care, which keeps mom and baby together during their stay to support bonding. We have lactation educators on staff for breastfeeding support. A nurse is assigned to care for the mother and newborn 24 hours a day.
We offer free educational classes to our delivering families to prepare them for that special day and the care needed for newborns after the birth.
We will listen to our patients, meet their needs, requests and provide professional guidance for positive birth outcomes.   The most valuable amenity we have is the warm, friendly, caring, nurturing staff. We all feel it is a phenomenal experience to share in, support and be apart of this life changing event. There is nothing more miraculous than the birth of a child. - submitted by Shareen Taylor, Director of Perinatal Services


San Miguel Business Forum

posted Oct 6, 2011, 12:16 AM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:40 AM ]


San Miguel Business Forum photos
Rotating photos from the last San Miguel Business Forum

Have you thought about opening your own business or expanding an existing one? Come find out why San Miguel is the place to successfully operate your business at the San Miguel Business Forum. The Forum will be Friday, April 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm at the beautiful new Mission Parish Hall Center.
The objective is to showcase San Miguel businesses as well as to invite new businesses to join the "movers and shakers" working to revitalize downtown San Miguel. 
A special program is lined up to give business owners resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel:

  • District One Supervisor Frank Mecham will open with county process and projects
  • Father Larry from Mission San Miguel will give an update on the Mission restoration project
  • Brett Butterfield will present plans for thedowntown mixed use development
  • Colonel Barbara Nuismer will give information about Camp Roberts
  • Kelly Work from the Work Ranch will talk about Agritourism
  • Sara Celedon will introduce the proposed San Miguel Chamber of Commerce
  • Sandra Dimond will provide information to start aFarmer’s Market.
The Healthy Hornets from Lillian Larsen School will present their "Rethink Your Drink" project.
Bring your business card to be entered into a FREE drawing for some great prizes donated by the exhibitors. There will be networking and refreshments. Attendance is FREE!
San Miguel businesses can get registration details at*this link.  For more information contact event coordinator Gwen Severson at 805-591-5208. Sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection and Heritage Oaks Bank with community grant funds from PG&E.

After the Business Forum drop by the Benefit BBQ by the 5th grade class at Lillian Larsen School to raise funds for their annual Rancho El Chorro trip from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Dine in or take out dinner is $8.00 which includes ¼ BBQ chicken with all the fixings.

Sagebrush Days Festivities All Day Long!

Parade entry by San Miguel Flouring Mill
An antique truck from the San Miguel Flouring Mill rolls along last year's parade route

The 22nd Annual Sagebrush Days Parade is Saturday, April 24th at *10:00 am. Please note the change in the parade start time!
Parade entries include fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. The brand new San Miguel Fire truck will  make its debut at the parade.!
Help make this 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 office or call Kathleen at 805-857-2551.
A western theme Peddlers' Fair will be held from 8 am to 4 pm peddling wares from craftsmen, artists, antique dealers, rock hounds, quilters, with flea market and farmers' market type booths. To host a booth *click here or contact Mike at 805-712-9120.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters are teaming up with Mission Burger & Coffee Station to host a BBQ in front of the restaurant (across from the fire station) after the parade. BBQ tri-tip sandwiches with a side salad will be sold for $6.00.
The Elkhorn Bar is hosting a FREE dance to live music between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. with Susan Chumley and her band.  The Elkhorn is offering drink specials and giveaways.
The Elkhorn is the oldest saloon in SLO County, established in 1853!
The Ranch Restaurant & Honkey Tonk will end the day’s festivities with their Live Concert by Terri Nunn & Berlin starting at 8 pm.  You must be 21 or older to attend. Presale tickets are $25. Get tickets online at:  LiveAtTheRanch.com.
The parade is sponsored by a joint effort of civic groups including the San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Lions Club, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, San Miguel CSD, and Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West.
See photos from last years parade.

New Management
for Mission Pizza

Mission Pizza
Mission Pizza in San Miguel
Mission Pizza in San Miguel is under new management offering a family friendly atmosphere. Their new menu offers appetizers, salads, a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, dessert, a soda fountain, and beer on tap. Family Specials are offered on Sundays.
Mission Pizza delivers for just $2 bucks within the town of San Miguel and to Camp Roberts with a $20 minimum order.
Mission Pizza is open:
Sunday - Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

Dine in their cozy restaurant at 1425 Mission St. or call to order at 805-467-2300 or 805-467-2330.

Lion Club Speech Contest

San Miguel Lions Club contest
Speech contestants are pictured with the judging panel - photo courtesy of Mike Sanders
The San Miguel Lions held their annual Student Debate/Speech Contest on February 18th. Students gave their speech before a panel of judges on the assigned theme, "Universal Health Care - How Will It Affect Us?" Judges were Douglas Moore, DDS and teachers, Eileen Rogers, and Tom and Susan Apkarian.
Anthony Kalvans won the speech contest for a prize of $75. Navil Ayon and Marci Santos each were awarded $50. Anthony is a Junior at Paso Robles High School. He will compete at the Zone Speaker's Contest in Templeton on March 4th.
Guest were treated to an excellent meal prior to the speeches. -submitted by Lynne Schmitz

San Miguel Firefighter
of the Year

Firefighter of the year
Ken Smith is flanked by Dale Hamblin and Firechief Snow -photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press
The San Miguel Community Services District [CSD] Board of Directors recently adopted resolutions honoring two of the community's volunteer firefighters.
The resolutions, adopted during the board's regular meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 28, honored San Miguel Fire Apparatus Engineer Kenneth Smith as firefighter of the year for 2009 and volunteer firefighter Gilbert Celedon for meritorious action while off duty at a traffic collision encountered while he was going to work.
Firefighter award
Gilbert Celedon holds his award between Dale Hamblin and Firechief Snow -photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press
According to a media release, Celedon took quick action by crawling into a vehicle and established an airway on a trapped victim and continued to provide aid until the arrival of paramedics and other firefighters. The Board also welcomed three new volunteer firefighters to the District and the Fire Department. - Paso Robles Press Staff report

Nominations for Advisory Council

posted Oct 5, 2011, 11:55 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:39 AM ]


San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
The San Miguel Advisory Council will recognize nominations at it’s May 26, 2010 meeting.  Those wishing to run for a seat on the Council must be registered voters and reside within the sphere of influence of San Miguel.  There are four two year terms and two (alternates) one year terms to be filled.  
The Council is the eyes and ears for the County Planning Department, as well as the Board of Supervisors.  The Council is entrusted with presenting upcoming building projects to the public, offering an open forum for questions and concerns regarding the projects and then communicating to the Planning Department their recomendations. 
The election will be held at the June 23rd meeting.  The League of Women Voters will validate all voters registration and oversee the voting.  
More information can be obtained by contacting Chairman Gary Davis at North4DRanch@aol.com or Sharon Brower, Secretary at Foxntoad@wildblue.net.  -submitted by Sharon Brower

Lillian Larsen Open House
& Book Fair

Lillian Larsen School
School Open House is  Thurs. May 27 from 5:30-7:30 PM.   From 5:30 to 6:30 there will be some Healthy Eating/Active Living activities and displays for adults and children to participate in.  The Healthy Hornets will offer fitness testing, Body Mass Tests, and fresh produce tastings. 
Soils to Succulent Flavors and Ag students will also have tastings of two different foods they are preparing as well as a garden tour CHC and Community Support Center will also participate.  
Except for the Hamburger Dinner, all activities are free. The San Miguel Lions Club will also be offering a $5.00 hamburger dinner.

The Healthy Eating /Active Living activities  are a part the implementation of the TCE grant received by San Miguel Resource Connection in partnership with HEALSLO and Lillian Larsen School.
Read complete details about the Book Fair on the Calendar page. - submitted by Laverne Buckman
 

San Miguel Teachers Give Award

Laverne Buckman receives award from teachers
Laverne Buckman pictured with Christina Wilkinson at the Madonna Inn
April 30th at the Madonna Inn, Laverne Buckman was awarded the GOLD award for outstanding citizen of the year.  This was given by Lillian Larsen School's Teachers Association.  She was recognized for her community service in San Miguel, especially through San Miguel Resource Connection and Masters At Their Trade. Laverne is also an integral part of overseeing the California Endowment grant the school received for nutrition, physical education and healthy living.  She is a great asset to the school and community of San Miguel! - submitted by Christina Wilkinson

Farmers' Market Opens at Truck Stop

Farmers Market banner
Banner posted at the truck stop announcing the new Farmers Market
"The 101 Open Aire Farmers Market" will host their Grand Opening on May 13th located at 81 Wellsona Road, the San Paso Truck Stop. The market will open weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Kevin Fusion
of Central Coast Lavender is the market Manager. He and his wife Lila, farm organic lavender on Welsonna Rd. just south of San Miguel. They offer u-pick lavender, lavender honey, and are the county's largest producer of therapeutic grade lavender essential oils.
The new market will offer fresh produce from local farmers, eggs, honey, lavender, and artisan crafts. For more information about the market call Kevin at 805-286-1436.

San Miguel Chef Releases Cookbook

Chef Dallas with Basque cookbook
Chef Dallas with his new cookbook at the San Miguel Business Forum
Chef Dallas recently published his cookbook, "Never Cook Bacon Naked," filled with his collection of Basque food recipes. Chef Dallas shares his extensive knowledge of food and wine developed over 20 years offering a culinary journey of discovery, with easy to prepare, mouth -watering, award winning recipes. He and his wife Caren Holt, own the Tenth Street Basque Cafe in San Miguel.
Drop by the Cafe to get your autographed copy or shop online to buy his cookbook for only $19.95.

Sagebrush Days Festivities

Sagebrush Days Parade
Rotating photos from the Sagebrush Days Parade entries

The 22nd Annual Sagebrush Days Parade got off to a late start on April 24th due to the fog keeping the Estrella Warbirds from getting off the ground to flyover the parade route.
Parade entries included fire engines, soldiers and military vehicles from Camp Roberts, the Estrella Warbirds museum vehicles, the mounted Sheriff's Posse, dancers, and floats. The brand new San Miguel Fire truck made its debut.
Two announcers' booths were set up along Mission street with sound systems courtesy of The Ranch.  Frank Mecham, Jani Meyers, Scott Young and Lori Gardner did the honors of announcing parade entries as they streamed by. Laverne Buckman passed out parade trophies created by S & S Plasma Arts & Parts.
First Place trophy went to the San Miguel Lions Club for their Fish Fry float. Second Place went to the Mission Market/ Heritage Oaks Bank/ Mission Pizza float
and the Third Place winner was the Bradley After School Dance Club.
A western theme Peddlers' Fair was held peddling wares from craftsmen, artists, antique dealers, rock hounds, quilters, with flea market and farmers' market type booths.

San Miguel firefighters BBQ
San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters with their new BBQ
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters teamed up with Mission Burger & Coffee Station to host a BBQ in front of the restaurant with tri-tip cooked on the firefighter's new BBQ complete with siren, flashing lights, and fire hydrant.
The Elkhorn Bar hosted a free dance to live music with Susan Chumley and The Side Roads.  The Elkhorn is the oldest saloon in SLO County, established in 1853!
The Ranch Restaurant & Honkey Tonk ended the day’s festivities with a live concert by Terri Nunn & Berlin.
The parade is sponsored by a joint effort of civic groups including the San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Lions Club, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, San Miguel CSD, and Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West.
See photos from last years parade.

San Miguel Business Forum

Rotating photos from business forum
Rotating photos from the San Miguel Business Forum at the Mission Parish Center

The 2nd San Miguel Business Forum was held on April 23rd at the beautiful new Mission Parish Hall Center. Father Larry from Mission San Miguel opened the event with a prayer of blessing followed by emcee Steve Kalar of the San Miguel Resource Connection.
The event was a showcase of San Miguel businesses as well as an invite to new businesses to join the "movers and shakers" working to revitalize downtown San Miguel.
A special program was lined up to give business owners resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel:

  • District One Supervisor Frank Mecham gave an update on county projects including gateway signage and new sidewalks for the downtown.
  • Father Larry from Mission San Miguel encouraged more community connection with the Mission.
  • Brett Butterfield presented plans for the downtown mixed use development.
  • Colonel Barbara Nuismer gave information about Camp Roberts and their impact on the local economy.
  • Kelly Work from the Work Ranch talked about Agritourism and San Miguel as an end destination.
  • Sara Celedon introduced the proposed San Miguel Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sandra Dimond provided information to start a Farmer’s Market.
The Healthy Hornets from Lillian Larsen School presented their "Rethink Your Drink" project.
Business cards were entered into a FREE drawing for some great prizes donated by the exhibitors. Attendees enjoyed networking and refreshments.
The event was sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection and Heritage Oaks Bank with community grant funds from PG&E.

San Miguel Pool Opens

posted Oct 5, 2011, 11:53 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:38 AM ]


Youth enjoy the San Miguel swimming pool
A diver is pictured in mid air at the San Miguel Pool

The San Miguel swimming pool opened for the season over the Memorial Day weekend. The San Miguel Lions Clubhave 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 6th from 1 to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 5 pm from June 22 - August 13. 
Swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions  with scholarships for beginners available through the Lions Club. 
Session I: July 20th to 30th
 for group lessons
Session II: August 3rd to 6th for private lessons
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator toll free at 1-800-834-4636 x 5930 or 805-781-5930, call the San Miguel Pool during business hours at 805-467-3010 or visit the SLO County Parks website.

Model A & Model T
Car Show at Adobe

Car Show at the historic Adobe
Car Show at the Rios-Caledonia Adobe
Model A's and Model T's will again congregate at the historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel on a portion of the original paved highway that traversed California from San Diego to San Francisco and was named Highway 101.
Sunday, June 6th from 11 AM to 3 PM the cars and their colorful drivers and passengers will be on display for FREE public viewing
Music of the period, wine tasting by Clayhouse Wines of Paso Robles and hamburgers (what else?) by the San Miguel Seniors will offer amenities for your comfort and enjoyment.  Museum tours and the ambiance of the landscaped grounds will add interest to a fun-filled day.
For more information contact Joyce at 805-440-7173

Larsen Student
Reunion Planned

class reunion
Lillian Larsen Reunion photo at the school in 2005
Growing up in such a small town leads to a lot of tight bonds, and it's time to celebrate the joy of lifelong friendships created years ago! That's right- you're invited to reunite with all of your old pals from Lillian Larsen! This is an open reunion for all ages and classmates. The all class reunion will be held at the San Miguel Park on Saturday, June 5th from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.
There is a new bar in San Miguel called "The Ranch", so we will hit that up after the park. No set time for that, we will just play it by ear. Noone ever accused us Hornets of being too organized...
I know many of us have children now and it would be great to introduce all of them! This is why the park would be a great idea. Then, for the partying folk, we can hit up the bar and have some adult fun! So if you can't make it to one place, maybe you can make it to the other.
Bring a picnic for yourself and your family- and any drinks you want, alcohol is allowed. Please do your best to pass this along to any Lillian Larsen alumni- even if they are not on Facebook! I look forward to seeing all of you in June!!!! - submitted by Lynne Schmitz

Lillian Larsen Open House
& Book Fair

Photos from open house event
Fun for the whole family was enjoyed at the Open House
School Open House enjoyed a large turnout on May 27th.   Healthy Eating/Active Living activities and displays were enjoyed by both adults and children.  The Healthy Hornetsoffered fitness testing, Body Mass Tests, and fresh produce tastings. 
Soils to Succulent Flavors and Ag students provided tastings of two different foods as well as a garden tour CHC and Community Support Center participated with information booths offering balloons and free blood pressure readings.  
The San Miguel Lions Club cooked up a delicious BBQ hamburger dinner, while teachers hosted a bake sale to raise funds for end of the year class swim parties. The school library was open for their Book Fair bustling with eager readers looking for a special new book to purchase. Children enjoyed meeting Clifford, the Big Red Dog, dressed in costume as he welcomed kids to the book fair.

The Healthy Eating /Active Living activities  are a part the implementation of the TCE grant received by San Miguel Resource Connection in partnership with HEALSLO and Lillian Larsen School.
 

Advisory Council Election June 23rd

San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
The San Miguel Advisory Council recognized nominations at it’s May 26, 2010 meeting.  Those wishing to run for a seat on the Council must be registered voters and reside within the sphere of influence of San Miguel.  There are four two year terms and two (alternates) one year terms to be filled.
Nominees are Gary Davis, Jean Hoffmann, Denis Degher, Tom Banish and the only person who is not an incumbent, Patricia McHarris. The by-laws allow for write-ins, as long as their eligibility can be verified.  The other option is for the chairman to appoint someone to the remaining vacant seat. 
The Council is the eyes and ears for the County Planning Department, as well as the Board of Supervisors.  The Council is entrusted with presenting upcoming building projects to the public, offering an open forum for questions and concerns regarding the projects and then communicating to the Planning Department their recomendations.
The election will be held at the June 23rd meeting.  The League of Women Voters will validate all voters registration and oversee the voting. 
More information can be obtained by contacting Chairman Gary Davis at North4DRanch@aol.com or Sharon Brower, Secretary at Foxntoad@wildblue.net.  -submitted by Sharon Brower

Farmers' Market Opens at Truck Stop

Rotating photos from farmers market
Lots of variety from local farmers and crafters at the new Farmers Market
"The 101 Open Aire Farmers Market" hosted their Grand Opening on May 13th located at 81 Wellsona Road, the San Paso Truck Stop. The market will open weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Kevin Fusion
of Central Coast Lavender is the market Manager. He and his wife Lila, farm organic lavender on Welsonna Rd. just south of San Miguel. They offer u-pick lavender, lavender honey, and are the county's largest producer of therapeutic grade lavender essential oils.
The new market will offer fresh produce from local farmers, eggs, honey, lavender, and artisan crafts. For more information about the market call Kevin at 805-286-1436.

Beacon Award for
Twin Cities Hospital

Twin Cities Hospital
Don Baker checks a monitor at Twin Cities Hospital

The first thing a person thinks about when they wake up in the morning is not whether or not they will encounter an Intensive Care Unit today. Unfortunately in Northern San Luis Obispo County, as many as ten people a day experience just that. To be sick enough to warrant admission to the hospital is concerning, when you are admitted to Intensive Care, it is critical.
The many questions asked by family members and friends initially revolve around the health and prognosis of the patient, as they should. As time passes and the initial shock of being in critical care is replaced with curiosity; the beeps, buzzes, ringing and comings and goings of multiple members of the healthcare team become a focus. Recognizing these changing dynamics in patient’s families is one of the many roles of a critical care nurse.
Many of the critical care nurses at Twin Cities have achieved national certification for adult critical care nursing. Both in the Intensive Care Unit and the Definitive Observation Unit, nurses have passed rigorous testing requirements to achieve either their CCRN or PCCN certification. Certification in an area of specialty is recognized as expert level practice in the area of certification.
Twin Cities Community Hospital is the only hospital between Orange County and Oregon that is recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a 2009-2010 BEACON award winner which measures both quantitative and qualitative achievements in professional practice, patient outcomes and the health of the work environment.
Twin Cities also is the first and only hospital in San Luis Obispo County to achieve and maintain LEAPFROG standards for Intensive Care physician staffing. The LEAPFROG guidelines require that a board certified critical care physician be on staff and in the facility with no other responsibilities during daytime hours and immediately available at night. Twin Cities has met that standard since January 1, 2008.
This combination of award winning people, a family oriented environment and top notch medical practitioners is part of what make Twin Cities Critical Care a standard in our community and throughout California.
While we understand that no one wants to come to the ICU, we strive every day to ensure that our patients, their families and friends always find an open environment where we welcome questions, encourage family presence and provide the highest quality medical care available.
For more information about the BEACON award, CCRN or PCCN certification, please visit http://www.aacn/org and for information about LEAPFROG physician staffing guidelines please visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/  -
submitted by Don Baker RN CCRN-CMC CNML, Director of Critical Care and Rehabilitation Services


Advisory Council Election

posted Oct 4, 2011, 9:37 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:37 AM ]


San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council
The San Miguel Advisory Council recognized nominations at it’s May 26, 2010 meeting.  Those wishing to run for a seat on the Council must be registered voters and reside within the sphere of influence of San Miguel.  There are four two year terms and two (alternates) one year terms to be filled.
Nominees are Gary Davis, Jean Hoffmann, Denis Degher, Tom Banish and the only person who is not an incumbent, Patricia McHarris. The by-laws allow for write-ins, as long as their eligibility can be verified.  The other option is for the chairman to appoint someone to the remaining vacant seat. 
The Council is the eyes and ears for the County Planning Department, as well as the Board of Supervisors.  The Council is entrusted with presenting upcoming building projects to the public, offering an open forum for questions and concerns regarding the projects and then communicating to the Planning Department their recommendations.
The election will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 23rd.  The League of Women Voters will validate all voters registration and oversee the voting. 
More information can be obtained by contacting Chairman Gary Davis at North4DRanch@aol.com or Sharon Brower, Secretary at Foxntoad@wildblue.net.  -submitted by Sharon Brower

San Miguel Teacher
of the Year

Laura Learned Teacher of the Year
Laura Learned
Laura Learned was named the San Miguel teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 27th for the 2010-2011 school year. 
"I am very honored and humbled by this great honor.  I feel blessed to work with the teachers and staff in the San Miguel School District.  They are wonderful colleagues and friends and I thank them all for this great honor.  This is my fourteenth year working in the San Miguel School District.  I have worked 12 at the Lillian Larsen site and the first two years that Cappy Culver was open at that site.  I have taught a lot of different things and feel fortunate to have had that opportunity.  I was hired as the music specialist at the school, taught 8th grade Literature and Language arts, Co-taught 7th grade Language Arts with Mrs. Darrow, 7th grade science, 4th, 5th, 4/5, 3/4, and my current assignment in third grade.  I have been involved in the community as well at my church leading a band, and other church related "jobs".  Again I am honored that the district has named me teacher of the year.
"
Laura Learned is nominated to be Teacher of the Year for many reasons.... Her energy is unending, and in fact this year she has voluntarily piloted the recess before lunch program giving up her lunch to ensure that her students have the opportunity to play before eating.  Students stay after school in her classroom everyday for tutoring that she freely provides.  Laura's sense of selflessness enhances the quality of education for our students and our District.
Not only does Laura give her time and energy to the students but she also is the Secretary / Treasurer for the Teachers Association.  She serves on the negotiation team and is the State Council alternate....  This all takes time on top of teaching.  She is greatly appreciated and deserves recognition for her dedication to the teachers and students of San Miguel School District. - Nomination written by Mary Strobridge and Nicole Johnson (abbreviated for posting)

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 opened for the season over the Memorial Day weekend. The San Miguel Lions Club 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 6th from 1 to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 5 pm from June 22 - August 13.
Swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions  with scholarships for beginners available through the Lions Club.
Session I: July 20th to 30th
for group lessons
Session II: August 3rd to 6th for private lessons
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator toll free at 1-800-834-4636 x 5930 or 805-781-5930, call the San Miguel Pool during business hours at 805-467-3010 or visit the SLO County Parks website.

Farmers' Market Opens at Truck Stop

Rotating photos from farmers market
Lots of variety from local farmers and crafters at the new Farmers Market
"The 101 Open Aire Farmers Market" hosted their Grand Opening on May 13th located at 81 Welsonna Road, the San Paso Truck Stop. The market will open weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Kevin Fusion
of Central Coast Lavender is the market Manager. He and his wife Lila, farm organic lavender on Welsonna Rd. just south of San Miguel. They offer u-pick lavender, lavender honey, and are the county's largest producer of therapeutic grade lavender essential oils.
The new market will offer fresh produce from local farmers, eggs, honey, lavender, and artisan crafts. For more information about the market call Kevin at 805-286-1436.

Beacon Award for
Twin Cities Hospital

Twin Cities Hospital
Don Baker checks a monitor at Twin Cities Hospital

The first thing a person thinks about when they wake up in the morning is not whether or not they will encounter an Intensive Care Unit today. Unfortunately in Northern San Luis Obispo County, as many as ten people a day experience just that. To be sick enough to warrant admission to the hospital is concerning, when you are admitted to Intensive Care, it is critical.
The many questions asked by family members and friends initially revolve around the health and prognosis of the patient, as they should. As time passes and the initial shock of being in critical care is replaced with curiosity; the beeps, buzzes, ringing and comings and goings of multiple members of the healthcare team become a focus. Recognizing these changing dynamics in patient’s families is one of the many roles of a critical care nurse.
Many of the critical care nurses at Twin Cities have achieved national certification for adult critical care nursing. Both in the Intensive Care Unit and the Definitive Observation Unit, nurses have passed rigorous testing requirements to achieve either their CCRN or PCCN certification. Certification in an area of specialty is recognized as expert level practice in the area of certification.
Twin Cities Community Hospital is the only hospital between Orange County and Oregon that is recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a 2009-2010 BEACON award winner which measures both quantitative and qualitative achievements in professional practice, patient outcomes and the health of the work environment.
Twin Cities also is the first and only hospital in San Luis Obispo County to achieve and maintain LEAPFROG standards for Intensive Care physician staffing. The LEAPFROG guidelines require that a board certified critical care physician be on staff and in the facility with no other responsibilities during daytime hours and immediately available at night. Twin Cities has met that standard since January 1, 2008.
This combination of award winning people, a family oriented environment and top notch medical practitioners is part of what make Twin Cities Critical Care a standard in our community and throughout California.
While we understand that no one wants to come to the ICU, we strive every day to ensure that our patients, their families and friends always find an open environment where we welcome questions, encourage family presence and provide the highest quality medical care available.
For more information about the BEACON award, CCRN or PCCN certification, please visit http://www.aacn/org and for information about LEAPFROG physician staffing guidelines please visit http://www.leapfroggroup.org/  -
submitted by Don Baker RN CCRN-CMC CNML, Director of Critical Care and Rehabilitation Services


Memorial Walk

posted Oct 1, 2011, 1:38 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:34 AM ]


Memorial walk for Toni Kurtz

Approximately 100 walkers of all ages gathered in memory of Toni Kurtz on July 10th at 9 a.m. Several walkers pushed strollers and brought their dogs on leashes.
Toni walked the town daily with an ever ready smile and was known as the "Milk Lady" by Lillian Larsen students.
The Parking Lot at Lillian Larsen School served as the staging area to walk a circuit around San Miguel. The group walked down the hill at 16th Street to Mission, then headed south towards town, to 9th Street.  They turned right to head up to K Street and then returned back to the school. - photos submitted by Nancy Arnall and Mike Sanders

Join Sons of the Desert

Camp Roberts chapter
A new chapter of the "Sons of the Desert" has formed at Camp Roberts. The group is the International Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society.  The society was formed in the early 1960s when Stan Laurel was still alive, and there are now more than two hundred chapters (or "Tents" as they are called) worldwide.  Each chapter is named after a Laurel and Hardy film, and our chapter is called "Great Guns," since that was the film that was released in 1941- the same year that Laurel and Hardy headlined the first Hollywood Camp Show at the Camp Roberts Soldier Bowl to entertain our
trainees who would soon be going overseas to fight in World War II. 
The prime aim of the Sons of the Desert chapters is to get together to watch the films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and to honor the memory of these two great entertainers, and we have a large selection of their films. 
We meet at the Camp Roberts Historical Museum on a Saturday evening monthly.  "Great Guns" is a good way to meet new people and have a fun evening.  Anyone is welcome to contact me and be on our email list to be notified about the next meeting. -submitted by Gary J. McMaster, Grand Sheik, GREAT GUNS Tent, Sons of the Desert and Director and Curator of The Camp Roberts Historical Museum

Advisory Council Elected

newly elected San Miguel Advisory Council
Newly elected council members L to R: Craig Rambo, Mike Sanders, Sharon Brower, Noel Carpenter, Patricia McHarris, Jean Hoffmann, Tom Banish, Gary Davis and Denis Degher. Photo courtesy of Miki Landseadel and Mike Sanders
The San Miguel Advisory Council held their annual election June 23rd to fill four two year terms and two (alternates) one year terms. There was good attendance and the elected council members are: (In order of the highest votes) Gary Davis, 29 votes, Jean Hoffmann, 26 votes, Tom Banish, 22 votes, Denis Degher, 20 votes, Patricia McHarris, 18 votes and write in candidate Craig Rambo 15 votes.  The League of Women Voters facilitated the voting process. 
After the new Council was seated they chose the new officers:  Gary Davis; Chairman,  Noel Carpenter; Vice-Chairman,  Sharon Brower; Secretary,  Tom Banish; Treasurer, Jean Hoffmann; Historian,  Mike Sanders; Public Relations.
The Council is the eyes and ears for the County Planning Department, as well as the Board of Supervisors.  The Council is entrusted with presenting upcoming building projects to the public, offering an open forum for questions and concerns regarding the projects and then communicating to the Planning Department their recommendations. -submitted by Sharon Brower

San Miguel Teacher
of the Year

Laura Learned Teacher of the Year
Laura Learned
Laura Learned was named the San Miguel teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 27th for the 2010-2011 school year. 
"I am very honored and humbled by this great honor.  I feel blessed to work with the teachers and staff in the San Miguel School District.  They are wonderful colleagues and friends and I thank them all for this great honor.  This is my fourteenth year working in the San Miguel School District.  I have worked 12 at the Lillian Larsen site and the first two years that Cappy Culver was open at that site.  I have taught a lot of different things and feel fortunate to have had that opportunity.  I was hired as the music specialist at the school, taught 8th grade Literature and Language arts, Co-taught 7th grade Language Arts with Mrs. Darrow, 7th grade science, 4th, 5th, 4/5, 3/4, and my current assignment in third grade.  I have been involved in the community as well at my church leading a band, and other church related "jobs".  Again I am honored that the district has named me teacher of the year.
"
Laura Learned is nominated to be Teacher of the Year for many reasons.... Her energy is unending, and in fact this year she has voluntarily piloted the recess before lunch program giving up her lunch to ensure that her students have the opportunity to play before eating.  Students stay after school in her classroom everyday for tutoring that she freely provides.  Laura's sense of selflessness enhances the quality of education for our students and our District.
Not only does Laura give her time and energy to the students but she also is the Secretary / Treasurer for the Teachers Association.  She serves on the negotiation team and is the State Council alternate....  This all takes time on top of teaching.  She is greatly appreciated and deserves recognition for her dedication to the teachers and students of San Miguel School District. - Nomination written by Mary Strobridge and Nicole Johnson (abbreviated for posting)

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 opened for the season over the Memorial Day weekend. The San Miguel Lions Club 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 6th from 1 to 5 pm. This summer the pool will open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 5 pm from June 22 - August 13.
Swimming lessons will be offered in two sessions  with scholarships for beginners available through the Lions Club.
Session I: July 20th to 30th
for group lessons
Session II: August 3rd to 6th for private lessons
For more information contact the SLO County Aquatics Coordinator toll free at 1-800-834-4636 x 5930 or 805-781-5930, call the San Miguel Pool during business hours at 805-467-3010 or visit the SLO County Parks website.

Farmers' Market
at Truck Stop

Rotating photos from farmers market
Lots of variety from local farmers and crafters at the new Farmers Market
"The 101 Open Aire Farmers Market" located at 81 Welsonna Road, the San Paso Truck Stop, is open weekly on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Kevin Fusion
of Central Coast Lavender is the market Manager. He and his wife Lila, farm organic lavender on Welsonna Rd. just south of San Miguel. They offer u-pick lavender, lavender honey, and are the county's largest producer of therapeutic grade lavender essential oils.
The new market will offer fresh produce from local farmers, eggs, honey, lavender, and artisan crafts. For more information about the market call Kevin at 805-286-1436.

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