Dedication of San Miguel Cemetery

posted Oct 1, 2011, 1:28 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:28 AM ]

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San Miguel Parlors of the Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West are hosting a special dedication ceremony at the San Miguel Cemetery on Sunday, October 10th at 10:00 AM.  The public is invited.
One of the objectives of both the Native Sons and Native Daughters is to preserve/recognize historic building/locations and thanks to Lewis Rowe from the Cemetery, we are recognizing the history of our local cemetery.  It seems especially appropriate to do the dedication as we have a local Grand President of the Native Daughters, Barbara Rowland.  Lew was instrumental in getting the plaque when he was on the cemetery board. - story submitted by Jean Hoffmann

Governor's Fitness Council Honors San Miguel Teacher

Eileen Rogers works with a student
Eileen Rogers works with a student

The 2010 Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Spotlight Awards winners were announced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Council Chairman Jake Steinfeld on Friday, September 17 to recognize the efforts of principals, teachers, non-profit organizations, events, park programs, parent associations and schools that positively impact the physical activity levels and well being of California children. Eileen Rogers, a local P.E. teacher at Lillian Larsen Elementary in San Miguel, was selected as the 2010 Bronze Medallist in the “Teacher of the Year” category.  The grand prize winning schools and other Spotlight Award medallists, along with Eileen, were selected from 2,425 nominations based on their use of innovation, inspiration and initiative to motivate California students to be physically active.      

Research shows that regular physical activity during childhood and adolescence helps build healthier bones and muscles, increases self-esteem, and reduces the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Lillian Larsen’s campus reflects the importance of a healthy lifestyle through many of their adopted programs and initiatives, such as: the Soils to Succulent Flavors school garden program, Healthy Hornets youth advocacy group,cafeteria fresh produce tastings, Promotoras program, and the newly-adopted Breakfast First and Recess-Before-Lunch school policies.    Eileen has been the inspiration and drive behind the Healthy Hornets,  getting students active, Breakfast First and Recess-Before-Lunch.

As part of Eileen’s award, Lillian Larsen will be receiving $1000 to further support physical activity programs within the school to help students stay on the road to good health; the Spotlight Awards are sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Foundation.  The California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting physical activity for all Californians with an emphasis on children and youth.  Governor Schwarzenegger is the Honorary Chairman and Council members include Chairman Jake Steinfeld, Vice Chairman Peter Vidmar, and California sports legends such as Tony Hawk, Laila Ali, Misty May-Treanor, Jack LaLanne, Lisa Leslie, Michelle Kwan, Serena Williams and Jerry Rice.  Governor’s Council Key Initiatives include the Governor’s Challenge, the Governor’s Council Spotlight Awards Presented by Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, the Governor’s Council Activity Guide, the Live Like a Champion Tour powered by Anthem Blue Cross and Exercise is Medicine.  Founding sponsors are the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.  For more information visit  - story and photo submitted by Laverne Buckman

Mission Fiesta!

Ballet Folklorico dancers
Ballet Folklorico dancers at the Mission Fiesta - photo courtesy of Mike Sanders
The fiesta was a big success every one had a great time! Old Mission San Miguel celebrated their birthday on September 19th. The barbeque was ramroded by Terry Scantlan and his merry hand picked crew. Over 400 meals were served and the entertainment was great. There was a mariachi band and the graceful ballet folklorico dancers, “Cachanilla”.
Local crafts and arts were for sale as well as a thrift sale. A raffle with lots of great prizes was held to raise funds for continued work on the Mission restoration.
Good food at the fiesta
Good food was enjoyed at the fiesta

And I can't say enough about Monica Cisneros the little girl from the little town that time forgot. She puts this all together. THANKS MONICA YOU ROCK.
- article and photos courtesy of Mike Sanders

Lions Eyesight Testing
for students

San Miguel Lions Club eyesight mobile
Lion Johnny Craspy poses with two student volunteers, Ashley Coates and Madison Moore
The San Miguel Lions Club sponsored eyesight testing for over 250 students at Lillian Larsen School from their mobile Eyesight Testing Trailer.
Student gets eye exam

Dr. Kutija and helper Ross Majors worked to test the students.  Upper classman Ashley Coates and Madison Moore volunteered their time with the younger students to coordinate the event. - article and photos courtesy of Mike Sanders

CSD Hearing for
Water/Sewer Billing

Residents attend CSD hearing
Residents gather at the San Miguel Fire Station. Photo courtesy of Mike Sanders
The San Miguel Community Services District hosted a public hearing during their regular board meeting on August 26th at their office/ San Miguel Fire Station. 
Homeowners and residents made their viewpoints known, either verbally or in writing, to the board regarding the adoption of an ordinance to collect sewer, and solid waste collection and disposal service charges through the tax roll each year for the San Miguel Community Services District.
A petition against the proposal with over 175 names was delivered to the CSD board.
The district has about 660 sewer accounts and 500 garbage accounts through San Miguel Garbage Company. The proposal to incorporate the billing into the property tax bills may save the district money spent for managing the bi-monthly billing and collection process.