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.