Archives Links 2011


Fordham Choir at Mission

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:21 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:11 PM ]


Fordham University Choir
Photo from the Fordham University website

The Fordham University Choir will perform Wednesday, January 12th at 7:00 P.M. at Mission San Miguel for a suggested donation of $5.00 per individual or $15.00 per family.

The University Choir is a select mixed ensemble comprised of students from Fordham University’s Rose Hill (Concert Choir) and Lincoln Center (Chamber Singers) campuses. The choir's repertoire of sacred and secular music is representative of the finest choral tradition.

The choir keeps a full performance schedule that includes five campus concerts and an annual tour. The choir often performs at various venues in the New York metropolitan area, including Carnegie Hall, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Highlights of each choir season include the Family Weekend Mass, the Festival of Lessons and Carols each December, and the Spring Concert, which features a major choral work with orchestra.

Past performances include Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Requiem. The choir has performed in many major U.S. cities, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Internationally, the choir has performed in Italy, Spain, and Canada.

This year's tour includes Paso Robles High School alumna Rebecca Horne. This special performance marks the choir's Central Coast debut on their California tour! For more information visit the choir's website.

Magic Light Parade 
Undampened by Rain

San Miguel Magic Light Parade poster
Poster artwork by Lillian Larsen students

A good sized crowd filled downtown despite rain all day for the 19th Annual San Miguel Magic Light Parade on December 18th at 6:00 PM. The fun filled evening was blessed with a break in the rain during the duration of the parade and visit from Santa. All parade entries were festively lighted as they streamed along Mission street in San Miguel.

The parade was lead by the Veteran's Honor Guardholding unfurled flags, followed by Native Daughters of the Golden West, and San Miguel Fire Engines decked out with antlers, lights and music. Gib and Laverne Buckman brought their four "reindogs" with greetings fromWhite Oak Mobile Home Park.

Christmas parade photos
Photos from the Magic Light Parade

High Gear Ranch was a real crowd pleaser with VW dune buggy style "bugs" strung with lights and revving their engines. The San Miguel Lions Club float had the most lights with Santa's sled and reindeer flying overhead. TheLillian Larsen Healthy Hornets touted a banner for healthy eating and activity while passing out apples and oranges to the crowd. Radio Station KPRL's Kevin Will and Dick Mason rode in the back of a decorated pickup truck and the Mission Pizza folks strutted their stuff while advertising Spaghetti being served on Tuesdays.Charlie Shain drove a float with candy cane lights accompanied by festive bicyclists. Willie Montgomerywowed the crowed with his Harley Davidson Electra Glide loaded with over 30 stuffed animals and toys.

The San Miguel Fire Department's antique fire engine delivered Santa Claus riding on top while waving to cheering fans. The fire truck entry had earlier won 1st place in the Paso Robles Christmas Parade per emcee Frank Mecham. Kids enjoyed visiting with Santa at the San Miguel Fire Station immediately following the parade.

A contest was held to create the parade poster at Lillian Larsen School. Kimberly Texta and Felicity Hamamotowon the contest with their creative artwork and will be awarded art supplies.

San Miguel Lions Club
First place parade winners were San Miguel Lions Club. 
Photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press

Parade winners were awarded unique trophies created byS and S Plasma Arts and Parts with their bases made by carpenter Richard Decateur. Their design reflected the snowman art from the poster contest. The parade winners were announced and presented their trophies bySupervisor Frank Mecham who also served as a parade announcer.

First Place trophy went to the San Miguel Lions Club,Second Place was awarded to Montgomery on his Harley Davidson, and Third Place went to the Healthy Hornets entry accepted by Madison Moore and Ashley Coates.

A very special thank you goes to the parade organizers and participants who persevered through the rainy day to make the event possible! Fire Chief Roland Snow and the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept worked through the rain to orchestrate the event to be safe and fun for everyone.

A big thanks go to our parade sponsors: San Miguel CSD, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Elkhorn Bar, The Ranch, Oak Leaf Equipment, Brown's Cycles, Mission Pizza, Dos Padres Mexican Restaurant, Sid Carter Master Upholsterer, San Miguel Garbage Co, Mission Market and Deli, The Country Diner, Mission Variety, Spyco Construction, The Blueprinter and the San Miguel Resource Connection.

A special Chili Cook Off was held in memory of Jesus Saenz who had served as Santa Claus each year at the fire station.

The contest was held at the old Coffee Station, currently undergoing major remodeling. Donations were raised from the event to benefit the Saenz family.

The cook off was a close contest with tasters voting for their favorite. First place was won by Chef Dallas of the Tenth St. Basque Cafe.

Senator Visits Larsen Students

Senator Blakeslee talks to students
Photo courtesy of Blakeslee newsletter

On a visit to Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel, I was impressed with the intelligent questions the students had prepared for me. With more than sixty kids in attendance, it was quite a crowd! I had the great opportunity to talk with them about the importance of math and science, and remaining competitive in school in order to open future doors of opportunity. With great advocates from the top down, including Superintendent Curtis Dubost, their focus on putting every dollar they can into classroom resources will ensure these bright students have every chance to succeed.

Last month, I participated in a series of meetings with Superintendents and Trustees from all five counties in my district. Much like the educators in San Miguel, I was extremely impressed with the extraordinary effort they are making to use their very limited resources to serve students in such dynamic ways.  - Story from Sam Blakeslee newsletter

Grand Opening Station 3 Coffee House

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:20 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:09 PM ]


Station 3 Coffee House opens
Proprietors Lori, Scott and Trisha stand in front of their new coffee house

Station 3 Coffee House & Internet Cafe will host their Grand Opening on Saturday, January 22nd from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Customers will enjoy live band music and BBQ tri-tip sandwiches hot off the grill.

Station 3 is a partnership of Lori Gardner, Scott Young and Trisha Butcher. The extensive remodel was done by Spyco Construction. The Station features a full espresso bar with coffee roasted by Jobella Coffee. Bring your laptop to enjoy the Internet Cafe with their offering of specialty coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Station 3 Coffee House is open every day:
Monday - Friday from 6 am to 2:30 pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 2:30 pm.

The Coffee House offers both a breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast diners can choose from a wide selection including quiche, breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy.
Lunch will offer revolving specials including pulled pork sandwiches, croissant sandwiches, enchiladas and panini.

Coffee House counter
Station 3 Coffee House is open now and ready for business!

Station 3 Coffee House is located in downtown San Miguel directly across from the Station 2 firehouse. Scott serves as a volunteer firefighter with the San Miguel fire dept. Volunteer firefighters dubbed Scott and Lori's place as Station 3 from their times of hanging out and sampling their private label wine, aptly named Station 3. The original firehouse, Station 1 is located on L street next to the library, housing antique fire engines.

Station 3 has applied to serve beer and wine. Starting in April the Station will host biker nights on Wednesdays, rolling out their "kegerator" and BBQ. The Coffee House will also partner with The Ranch to offer late night concert patrons a place to eat with car hop service at the curb.

Station 3 has something for everyone from the Sunday church crowd, car and biker clubs to laptop road warriors. Discounts are offered to Military, Law Enforcement and Firefighters.

Be sure to check out the latest updates on their Facebook page and become a fan. Contact Station 3 Coffee House by telephone at 805-467-2878 or e-mail.


Enchiladas To Go!

Order your enchiladas now forpick up on Friday, January 28th.  The Native Daughters of the Golden West will be making them at the Dos Padres Restaurant in San Miguel to be ready for pick up starting at 12:00 pm. enchiladas

These enchiladas are no ordinary enchiladas - they are fantastic and just melt in your mouth.  The chef in charge is Ms. Melissa Tyson, San Miguel caterer extraordinaire.  You can buy in packages of two for $6.00 - your choice of beef, chicken or cheese.

Here's an added special incentive - Paula will deliver them free to your door between 12:00 and 5:00 pm, either your office, business or your residence (limited to San Miguel/ Paso Robles area please).  Why not pass ourflier around and make it a very special lunch on Friday, January 28th?

Order your enchiladas no later than Friday, January 21st by calling Melissa at 805-296-9276 or Jean at 805-467-0194. Please indicate if you would like to take advantage of the free delivery service.

The fundraiser is for Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW) founded in 1886.  Our Grand President for 2010/2011, over the Headquarters in San Francisco and all 85 state wide parlors, is our very own Mrs. Barbara Rowland, of Paso Robles who travels throughout the state. Proceeds will support major programs such as maintenance of Historical Landmarks, California Lighthouse restoration, and Mission restoration.  Learn more about NDGW at their website. - submitted by Paula Fisk

Park Expansion Vote

San Miguel Park map
Photo of existing Park on K street in San Miguel - click here for larger image.

San Luis Obispo County Parks is reviewing opportunities to expand San Miguel Park. One of the options to expand the park is to close one block of K Street between 12th and 13th streets. This one block of K Street now splits the park into two pieces as shown in the photo above. Closing this one block of K Street will provide a larger park area that can accommodate more recreational activities within the park.

Your opinion is important to County Parks. Please take a moment to contact Elizabeth Kavanaugh to register your "yes" vote to close the street or "no" vote to stay divided. E-mail Elizabeth or call her at 805-781-4089 no later than January 21st.

Park with K street closed
Map of park with K street closed for "Yes" vote. Click here for larger image.

Future of San Miguel Workshop

San Miguel Design Plan Workshop
Photos from the design workshop

Please attend the final Community Visioning Workshopfor the update of the San Miguel Community Plan onThursday, January 27th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Mission San Miguel Parish Center located between the Old Mission and Hwy 101. School children are invitedfor planned activities and refreshments will be provided.

This meeting concludes a series of three workshopsheld to gain ideas and feedback for guiding future growth in the town of San Miguel.  At this meeting attendees will review the consensus plan that was developed in response to input from the two prior workshops held in October and December, 2010.

Your ideas and responses to the consenus plan are very important! When adopted by the County, the plan will help shape new growth, enhance the quality of life, and bring new vitality to San Miguel.   Please view this as an opportunity to help shape the future of your community.

Should you have questions about this meeting, please, contact Chuck Stevenson, Long Range Planning Manager, 805-781-5197, or Professor Zeljka Howard, City and Regional Planning Dept., Cal Poly at 805-756-1507.

Click on the detailed flyer to post and help spread the word to others who care about the future of San Miguel!

Magic Light Parade 
Undampened by Rain

San Miguel Magic Light Parade poster
Poster artwork by Lillian Larsen students

A good sized crowd filled downtown despite rain all day for the 19th Annual San Miguel Magic Light Parade on December 18th at 6:00 PM. The fun filled evening was blessed with a break in the rain during the duration of the parade and visit from Santa. All parade entries were festively lighted as they streamed along Mission street in San Miguel.

The parade was lead by the Veteran's Honor Guardholding unfurled flags, followed by Native Daughters of the Golden West, and San Miguel Fire Engines decked out with antlers, lights and music. Gib and Laverne Buckman brought their four "reindogs" with greetings fromWhite Oak Mobile Home Park.

Christmas parade photos
Photos from the Magic Light Parade

High Gear Ranch was a real crowd pleaser with VW dune buggy style "bugs" strung with lights and revving their engines. The San Miguel Lions Club float had the most lights with Santa's sled and reindeer flying overhead. TheLillian Larsen Healthy Hornets touted a banner for healthy eating and activity while passing out apples and oranges to the crowd. Radio Station KPRL's Kevin Will and Dick Mason rode in the back of a decorated pickup truck and the Mission Pizza folks strutted their stuff while advertising Spaghetti being served on Tuesdays.Charlie Shain drove a float with candy cane lights accompanied by festive bicyclists. Willie Montgomerywowed the crowed with his Harley Davidson Electra Glide loaded with over 30 stuffed animals and toys.

The San Miguel Fire Department's antique fire engine delivered Santa Claus riding on top while waving to cheering fans. The fire truck entry had earlier won 1st place in the Paso Robles Christmas Parade per emcee Frank Mecham. Kids enjoyed visiting with Santa at the San Miguel Fire Station immediately following the parade.

A contest was held to create the parade poster at Lillian Larsen School. Kimberly Texta and Felicity Hamamotowon the contest with their creative artwork and will be awarded art supplies.

San Miguel Lions Club
First place parade winners were San Miguel Lions Club. 
Photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press

Parade winners were awarded unique trophies created byS and S Plasma Arts and Parts with their bases made by carpenter Richard Decateur. Their design reflected the snowman art from the poster contest. The parade winners were announced and presented their trophies bySupervisor Frank Mecham who also served as a parade announcer.

First Place trophy went to the San Miguel Lions Club,Second Place was awarded to Montgomery on his Harley Davidson, and Third Place went to the Healthy Hornets entry accepted by Madison Moore and Ashley Coates.

A very special thank you goes to the parade organizers and participants who persevered through the rainy day to make the event possible! Fire Chief Roland Snow and the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept worked through the rain to orchestrate the event to be safe and fun for everyone.

A big thanks go to our parade sponsors: San Miguel CSD, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Elkhorn Bar, The Ranch, Oak Leaf Equipment, Brown's Cycles, Mission Pizza, Dos Padres Mexican Restaurant, Sid Carter Master Upholsterer, San Miguel Garbage Co, Mission Market and Deli, The Country Diner, Mission Variety, Spyco Construction, The Blueprinter and the San Miguel Resource Connection.

Fun at Mission Variety

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:19 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:07 PM ]


Mission Variety storefront in San Miguel
Mission Variety Store on Mission St in San Miguel

Shannon Gann is the new owner of Mission Variety and is hosting an Open House and Customer Appreciation Day!

Free BBQ hot dogs and a bounce house for kids will be offered on Saturday, February 12th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Flowers by Kim will offer beautiful valentine floral arrangements of mixed flowers and roses Saturday through Valentine's Day at the store. Special orders are accepted.

Special promotions for Valentine's Day will include 15% off of all Valentine theme items as well as balloon bouquet orders made in advance. Party supplies will be sale priced at 20% off and all other purchases other than floral over $5.00 will be 10% off during this event.

Come enter the store's drawing for a $25 store gift certificate.  Mission Variety thanks the community for their patronage and invites everyone to come see their big selection and new inventory! Order your Valentine's balloon bouquet by calling the store at 805-467-2646.

Aquarium Field Trip

Students at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Rotating photos of Lillian Larsen students at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Mrs. Granados’ and Mrs. Learned’s fifth and sixth grade classes participated in a fantastic field trip to theMonterey Bay Aquarium on Thursday, January 27th.  Also participating with them were about 9 parents and a former school board member. 

After a “brief” stop to eat breakfast the classes rode the bus up to the aquarium and arrived around 10:00 AM.  After an introduction in the auditorium all students had the opportunity to explore as much of the aquarium as possible in their groups. They saw sharks, penguins, flamingos and seahorses to name just a few. 

Lillian Larsen students then hopped on the bus for a short ride to a park in Monterey for lunch.  After lunch and a little bit to burn off steam we were back on the bus and headed home to San Miguel.  A great time was had by all.

Thank you to the San Miguel School District for allowing us to go by paying for our bus transportation.  We couldn’t have gone without that help.  Thanks also to a great group of students who were excellent at the aquarium.  We look forward to other field trips like this in the future. -submitted by Mrs. Granados, Mrs. Learned and Meg Brooks

Art Contest for Students

The contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 in any school in San Luis Obispo or Southern Monterey County. Students may enter their original artworks or photographs of any landmark, historic site, park, historical building, natural formation, flora or fauna that contributes to the "treasures" of California.

The deadline to enter has been extended to March 15th at 5 pm.  Babette Smith is available to answer questions at 831-386-9318 or e-mail.

Register for Buzz Marathon

Buzz Marathon

San Miguel Joint Union School District's Lillian Larsen School – home of the HORNETS serving Kindergarten through 8th Grade Students presents:
the ELEVENTH ANNUAL “BUZZ” MARATHON (USAFT Certified Course #CA 04013RS) and ½ MARATHON, 5Kand CHILDREN’S MILE on Saturday February 19th at Camp Roberts in San Miguel, California. *Click here for a detailed flier.

All races are run on the grounds of Camp Roberts. Out-and back course on paved road with dirt and packed gravel shoulders. Flat to gentle rolling hills, with breathtaking views of oak-studded hillsides and abundant Central Coast wildlife. Start line is 750’ and rises to 1250’ between mile 4 and 6.

Proceeds go to pay for Athletic Programs, equipment and uniform maintenance and replacement, referee fees and scholarships for student athletes to attend summer camps and for physicals.

The program is organized by teacher, Eileen Rogers who was recently honored by the Governor's Fitness Council. Read the story about Mrs. Rogers award on theSchool's page.

To register or for questions contact the Race Director:
Eileen Rogers at (805) 238-6749
c/o Lillian Larsen School
1601 L Street, San Miguel CA 93451
(805) 467-3216, FAX (805) 467-3410
E-mail or visit the marathon website.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Lions club parade float
Last year's first place parade winner

Plan now for the annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair on Saturday, April 16th. Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce are invited to register for a booth now. Booth space is $25 per 12x8 ft. or $40 for two. For fair information call Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120.
Start planning your parade entry now to make this our best parade ever! See parade photos from years past for ideas.
You are invited to join the Parade Planning Committeethe first Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at the San Miguel Fire Station. Ideas, sponsors and volunteers are needed to make each parade better than before. For more info call Fire Chief Roland Snow at 805-391-0137.

Enchilada Thanks

The Native Daughters of the Golden West thank everyone who came together to make their enchilada fundraiser a great success at the Dos Padres Restaurant on January 28th!enchiladas

Special thanks go to the owners Dos Padres for hostingtheir place for pick up and to prepare the food. Melissa Tyson of N 2 Events oversaw the food preparation.Grand President Barbara Rowland worked alongside San Miguel Parlor members to make the delicious enchiladas. Paula Fisk kept busy making local deliveries of the fresh enchilada orders.

The fundraiser was for Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW) founded in 1886.  The Grand President for 2010/2011, over the Headquarters in San Francisco and all 85 state wide parlors, is Mrs. Barbara Rowland, of Paso Robles who travels throughout the state. Proceeds will support major programs such as maintenance of Historical Landmarks, California Lighthouse restoration, and Mission restoration.  Learn more about NDGW at their website. - submitted by Paula Fisk

Grand Opening
Station 3 Coffee House

Station 3 Coffee House opens
Proprietors Lori, Scott and Trisha stand in front of their new coffee house

Station 3 Coffee House & Internet Cafe will host theirGrand Opening on Saturday, January 22nd from 7 am until 2:30 pm. Customers will enjoy live band music and BBQ tri-tip sandwiches hot off the grill.

Station 3 is a partnership of Lori Gardner, Scott Young and Trisha Butcher. The extensive remodel was done bySpyco Construction. The Station features a full espresso bar with coffee roasted by Jobella Coffee. Bring your laptop to enjoy the Internet Cafe with their offering of specialty coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

Station 3 Coffee House is open every day: 
Monday - Friday from 6 am to 2:30 pm. 
Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 2:30 pm.

The Coffee House offers both a breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast diners can choose from a wide selection including quiche, breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy.
Lunch will offer revolving specials including pulled pork sandwiches, croissant sandwiches, enchiladas and panini.

Coffee House counter
Station 3 Coffee House is open now and ready for business!

Station 3 Coffee House is located in downtown San Miguel directly across from the Station 2 firehouse. Scott serves as a volunteer firefighter with the San Miguel fire dept. Volunteer firefighters dubbed Scott and Lori's place as Station 3 from their times of hanging out and sampling their private label wine, aptly named Station 3. The original firehouse, Station 1 is located on L street next to the library, housing antique fire engines.

Station 3 has applied to serve beer and wine. Starting in April the Station will host biker nights on Wednesdays, rolling out their "kegerator" and BBQ. The Coffee House will also partner with The Ranch to offer late night concert patrons a place to eat with car hop service at the curb.

Station 3 has something for everyone from the Sunday church crowd, car and biker clubs to laptop road warriors.Discounts are offered to Military, Law Enforcement and Firefighters.

Be sure to check out the latest updates on theirFacebook page and become a fan. Contact Station 3 Coffee House by telephone at 805-467-2878 or e-mail.

Art Contest for Students

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:19 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:03 PM ]

Native Daughters of the Golden West are hosting a contest open to all students in grades 9-12 in any school in San Luis Obispo or Southern Monterey County. Students may enter their original artworks or photographs of any landmark, historic site, park, historical building, natural formation, flora or fauna that contributes to the "treasures" of California.

The deadline to enter has been extended to March 15th at 5 pm.  Babette Smith is available to answer questions at 831-386-9318 or e-mail.



Church Start Invites Community

Refuge Church in San Miguel

Refuge Church, an affiliate of Refuge Church Atascadero, is inviting residents to attend their new venue for worship in San Miguel. Ronnie and his wife Michelle Godfrey are excited to be in ministry here.  “We see this community that is rich in culture, we love to drive around and see families spending time together in their yards and with their neighbors. San Miguel is a very friendly warm community, the people have welcomed us with open arms and we feel so thankful to be here.”

The Godfrey’s and many others prayed for three years for San Miguel before the church doors were opened. Currently Ronnie is teaching through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday Mornings. Ronnie says, “it’s good to back in San Miguel as I graduated from 8th Grade at Lillian Larsen, class of 1976. I love it here!” His heart is to see every person in San Miguel come into a relationship with Jesus.

Ronnie and Michelle look forward to meeting new friends in San Miguel and are blessed to be a part of this community. Refuge Church has something for everybody, including the Spanish community. Aldo Soto and his wife Becky minister to the Spanish speaking communityevery Friday Evening. The Soto’s are also very grateful for the opportunity to share the love of God with the San Miguel community.

Refuge Church is actually on 13th street, but the address is 6599 #6 Mission Street. They invite you to join them on Sunday Mornings for Service in English at 9:30 a.m. or for Spanish Service every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry is available at both services.

If you would like more information about Refuge Church please call 805-423-4692 or logon to our website or you can also find us on Facebook. - story and photo submitted by Michelle Godfrey

Lions Club Speaker 
Contest Winner

San Miguel Lions Club speech contest judges
Speech contest winner Eli Vargas is pictured with the judges

San Miguel Lions Club held their 74th Annual Speakers Contest on February 17th. The contest topic was "Enforcing our Borders; State vs. Federal Rights." The winner is Eli Vargas, from San Miguel.

The Judges were Eileen Rodgers, Brian Farrell, and Tom Apaarian. Contest Coordinator was John Craspay.

The next competition will be held in Templeton March 3rd at the Templeton Lions Club at the Women’s Club on Main Street. This competition is open to five (5) speakers. The same topic will be under discussion as was represented at the San Miguel Lions Club. - story and photo submitted by Mike Sanders.

Students Jump Rope

Larsen students jump rope
Lillian Larsen students practice their new jump rope skills

Through the efforts of San Miguel Resource Connection,  students  at  Lillian Larsen School have been experiencing some special jump rope classes.   Matt Zolynsky, who does  jump roping competitions himself,  came to Lillian Larsen School P.E. classes in January to help motivate kids to be more active.   All students who have P.E.  on Fridays have been able to participate.  That means the majority of students at the school.   The students are excited about the new skills they have  learned and the challenges he has given them to keep trying new “tricks”.   They were presented with a wide variety of jump rope skills and techniques: different spins,   group jumping,   doubles,  sitting jumping,  speed,  double & triple spin jumping, mixing jumping  with physical stunts, variety of types of ropes, and a large variety of ways to use jump ropes.

Students have enjoyed having him help them learn new skills and are practicing their jump roping at recess time.   From single ropes to long ropes to double ropes for Double Dutch, Double Irish, Egg Beaters and to triple ropes for circular routine and “chase” patterns the recess times see the children moving and laughing daily.  

We also noticed other  positive outcomes of Matt’s classes.  Seventh  graders put on a special jump rope class for second graders since that grade missed out on the Friday classes.  Sixth grade challenged 4th graders for more jumping on the playground. A team of 8th graders are working to create a potential jump rope team and hope to find an advisor parent to take them to Matt’s YMCA classes to become competitors by learning the routines.

Needless to say, jump roping also improves fitness and helps kids to find easily accessible, fun  ways to stay active.  All of this has been a part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living programs at Lillian Larsen School!

If you are interested in getting involved in helping with the jump rope activities or other active living or healthy eating programs at the school, please contact Eileen Rogers at Lillian Larsen School.  - story and photos submitted by Laverne Buckman

Sagebrush Days Parade

Lions club parade float
Last year's first place parade winner

Plan now for the annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair on Saturday, April 16th. Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce are invited to register for a booth now. Booth space is $25 per 12x8 ft. or $40 for two. For fair information call Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120.
Start planning your parade entry now to make this our best parade ever! See parade photos from years past for ideas.
You are invited to join the Parade Planning Committeethe first Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at the San Miguel Fire Station. Ideas, sponsors and volunteers are needed to make each parade better than before. For more info call Fire Chief Roland Snow at 805-391-0137.

San Miguel Design Workshop

San Miguel Design Workshop
Residents give their input at the final design workshop

Based on the ideas received in the two previous community meetings, the Cal Poly students presented draft consensus plans to community members on January 27th. The community members were asked to comment on four areas of the plan, including: residential development; circulation, parks, and public facilities; downtown district; and service commercial districts.

Public insight was garnered through discussion, surveys, and a dot exercise whereby community members placed dots next to key features they liked or disliked. The Cal Poly students  also attended a DELAC meeting on February 3rd  to engage the Spanish-speaking community. Support was expressed for many key features in all four areas; suggestions  brought forth will be incorporated into the Draft San Miguel 2035 Community Plan public review document. 

For additional information regarding the plan formation, community members may contact Zeljka Howard, Faculty Adviser, at zhoward@calpoly.edu, or Chuck Stevenson atcstevenson@co.slo.ca.us.  -story and  photo submitted by Zelkja Howard

CHC Radiation Report

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:18 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:02 PM ]

Following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan and subsequent Tsunami, multiple nuclear reactors in Japan have become a threat for radiological release and potential meltdown.

Emergency Managers with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services (OES) have just participated in a conference call with state and federal officials. Again, federal officials are reminding local residents that according to the Nuclear Regulator Commission (NRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there is currently no threat of the spread of radiological contamination to the State of California.

There is continued monitoring being conducted throughout the Pacific at airports and shipping ports. While reports of radiological detection in California have surfaced in the media from the Comprehensive Nuclear Testing Treaty Organization (CNTTO), it is important to note that the detectors the CNTTO use are sensitive enough to detect nuclear testing underground on the other side of the world. It is important to note that the amount of radiation detected is equal to approximately one-millionth of the dose rate that a person normally receives from rocks, bricks, the sun and other natural background sources.

Questions regarding these tests can be directed to the California Department of Public Health phone line at 916-341-3947. Please *click here for the complete report as provided by the Community Health Center San Miguel.

Sagebrush Days Parade

Lions club parade float
Last year's first place parade winner

Plan now for the annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair on Saturday, April 16th. Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce are *invited to register for a booth now. Booth space is $25 per 12x8 ft. or $40 for two. For fair information call Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120.

Start planning your parade entry now to make this our best parade ever! *Click here for the entry form. Seeparade photos from years past for ideas.

You are invited to join the Parade Planning Committeethe first Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at the San Miguel Fire Station. Ideas, sponsors and volunteers are needed to make each parade better than before.

For more info call Fire Chief Roland Snow at 805-391-0137. Special thanks to the San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters and the many community partners sponsoring the parade!

Church Start Invites Community

Refuge Church in San Miguel

Refuge Church, an affiliate of Refuge Church Atascadero, is inviting residents to attend their new venue for worship in San Miguel. Ronnie and his wife Michelle Godfrey are excited to be in ministry here.  “We see this community that is rich in culture, we love to drive around and see families spending time together in their yards and with their neighbors. San Miguel is a very friendly warm community, the people have welcomed us with open arms and we feel so thankful to be here.”

The Godfrey’s and many others prayed for three years for San Miguel before the church doors were opened. Currently Ronnie is teaching through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday Mornings. Ronnie says, “it’s good to back in San Miguel as I graduated from 8th Grade at Lillian Larsen, class of 1976. I love it here!” His heart is to see every person in San Miguel come into a relationship with Jesus.

Ronnie and Michelle look forward to meeting new friends in San Miguel and are blessed to be a part of this community. Refuge Church has something for everybody, including the Spanish community. Aldo Soto and his wife Becky minister to the Spanish speaking communityevery Friday Evening. The Soto’s are also very grateful for the opportunity to share the love of God with the San Miguel community.

Refuge Church is actually on 13th street, but the address is 6599 #6 Mission Street. They invite you to join them on Sunday Mornings for Service in English at 9:30 a.m. or for Spanish Service every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry is available at both services.

If you would like more information about Refuge Church please call 805-423-4692 or logon to our website or you can also find us on Facebook. - story and photo submitted by Michelle Godfrey

Lions Club Speaker 
Contest Winner

San Miguel Lions Club speech contest judges
Speech contest winner Eli Vargas is pictured with the judges

San Miguel Lions Club held their 74th Annual Speakers Contest on February 17th. The contest topic was "Enforcing our Borders; State vs. Federal Rights." The winner is Eli Vargas, from San Miguel.

The Judges were Eileen Rodgers, Brian Farrell, and Tom Apaarian. Contest Coordinator was John Craspay.

The next competition will be held in Templeton March 3rd at the Templeton Lions Club at the Women’s Club on Main Street. This competition is open to five (5) speakers. The same topic will be under discussion as was represented at the San Miguel Lions Club. - story and photo submitted by Mike Sanders.

Students Jump Rope

Larsen students jump rope
Lillian Larsen students practice their new jump rope skills

Through the efforts of San Miguel Resource Connection,  students  at  Lillian Larsen School have been experiencing some special jump rope classes.   Matt Zolynsky, who does  jump roping competitions himself,  came to Lillian Larsen School P.E. classes in January to help motivate kids to be more active.   All students who have P.E.  on Fridays have been able to participate.  That means the majority of students at the school.   The students are excited about the new skills they have  learned and the challenges he has given them to keep trying new “tricks”.   They were presented with a wide variety of jump rope skills and techniques: different spins,   group jumping,   doubles,  sitting jumping,  speed,  double & triple spin jumping, mixing jumping  with physical stunts, variety of types of ropes, and a large variety of ways to use jump ropes.

Students have enjoyed having him help them learn new skills and are practicing their jump roping at recess time.   From single ropes to long ropes to double ropes for Double Dutch, Double Irish, Egg Beaters and to triple ropes for circular routine and “chase” patterns the recess times see the children moving and laughing daily.  

We also noticed other  positive outcomes of Matt’s classes.  Seventh  graders put on a special jump rope class for second graders since that grade missed out on the Friday classes.  Sixth grade challenged 4th graders for more jumping on the playground. A team of 8th graders are working to create a potential jump rope team and hope to find an advisor parent to take them to Matt’s YMCA classes to become competitors by learning the routines.

Needless to say, jump roping also improves fitness and helps kids to find easily accessible, fun  ways to stay active.  All of this has been a part of the Healthy Eating, Active Living programs at Lillian Larsen School!

If you are interested in getting involved in helping with the jump rope activities or other active living or healthy eating programs at the school, please contact Eileen Rogers at Lillian Larsen School.  - story and photos submitted by Laverne Buckman

San Miguel Design Workshop

San Miguel Design Workshop
Residents give their input at the final design workshop

Based on the ideas received in the two previous community meetings, the Cal Poly students presented draft consensus plans to community members on January 27th. The community members were asked to comment on four areas of the plan, including: residential development; circulation, parks, and public facilities; downtown district; and service commercial districts.

Public insight was garnered through discussion, surveys, and a dot exercise whereby community members placed dots next to key features they liked or disliked. The Cal Poly students  also attended a DELAC meeting on February 3rd  to engage the Spanish-speaking community. Support was expressed for many key features in all four areas; suggestions  brought forth will be incorporated into the Draft San Miguel 2035 Community Plan public review document. 

For additional information regarding the plan formation, community members may contact Zeljka Howard, Faculty Adviser, at zhoward@calpoly.edu, or Chuck Stevenson atcstevenson@co.slo.ca.us.  -story and  photo submitted by Zelkja Howard

Sagebrush Days Parade

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:17 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:00 PM ]


Lions club parade float
Last year's first place parade winner

Plan now for the annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair on Saturday, April 16th. This year's parade theme is "Old Stories of San Miguel" starting at 10:00 A.M. along Mission Street in downtown San Miguel.

An old west "Fast Draw Shoot-Out" exhibition will be new to the event, sponsored by the newly opened Station 3 Internet Cafe where they will also offer BBQ fare. *Click here for a detailed shoot-out flyer. Please feel free to participate and dress up in your own western gear. For questions call Lori at 805-467-2878 or 712-4032.

Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce are *invited to register for a booth now. Booth space is $25 per 12x8 ft. or $40 for two. For fair information call Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120.

Start planning your parade entry now to make this our best parade ever! *Click here for the entry form. See parade photos from years past for ideas.

For more info call Fire Chief Roland Snow at 805-391-0137. Special thanks to the San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters and the many community partners sponsoring the parade!

Eileen Rogers 
Health Educator Award

Eileen Rogers works with students
Eileen Rogers works with students at Lillian Larsen School

Eileen Rogers was presented the CAHPERD HEALTH EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2011 AWARD by Kristen Ring, Vice President of Health and Dr. David Hey, Vice President Elect of Health and Director of STRIDE at Cal Poly SLO.*Click here to read the presenter's speech in its entirety or enjoy the following excerpt:

Thirty four and one half years ago, in 1976 …. Mrs. Eileen Rogers dedicated herself to a career in health and physical education in Pasadena, moved to North San Luis Obispo County in 1978 to continue her dream. As a stalwart proponent of these two fields of science (albeit in their adolescence), Eileen had a true vision and passion that has led us here today to celebrate all she has done for our profession.

To cover Eileen’s accomplishments and accolades in the field, I am in complete awe and astonishment that one person could accomplish as much as she has in such a short time ---- and done it with such complete and utter compassion for the field. Did I say field? I didn’t mean that one!

It’s a moot point to list all the hats Eileen has so masterfully worn, but as a premier wife, mother, athletic director, director of the Buzz Marathon at Camp Roberts, coach, physical education teacher, health teacher, AVID Coordinator/teacher, health clerk (in her spare time), liaison with DELAC, Lions Club, San Miguel Resource Connection, SLOCOE Consultant for wellness policy writing, and S3 – Safe School Strategies and a few more.

State-wide Eileen has served as SLO County CAHPERD President, Committee Member for the Elementary Physical Education Workshop (EPEW) – and is directing this year, Executive Board Member on the Council on Physical Education for Children (CPEC) and earned a Bronze Medal teacher of the year from the Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sport in 2010. She has been teacher of the year in her school district, Woman of the Year for SLO County honored by Cuesta College, and numerous accolades from San Miguel Lions Club.

But that’s not all …. Eileen, known as the “Hornet Queen” is also the Safe, Disciplined, Drug-Free, Violence Free Communities Coordinator who takes time to work with the Sheriff’s Department Community Resource Officer for 5th grade DARE and 8th grade TEEN SURVIVAL SKILLS, and the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Department, when they request her expertise service.

For all the runners out there; she has been forced, albeit prematurely; to hang up her running shoes and take to the pool where she water jogs and does aqua aerobics six days a week, yet always finds time to direct the Buzz Marathon – the only financial support of the athletic programs at Lillian Larsen School for K-8th grade athletes in cross country, track and field, boys and girls volleyball, and boys and girls basketball. Please congratulate this year’s CAHPERD Health Educator of the Year Eileen Rogers!

San Miguel 
Mercantile Opens

San Miguel Mercantile store sign
San Miguel Mercantile sign cheerfully welcomes shoppers inside the new store

The San Miguel Mercantile developed out of the idea that San Miguel might appreciate a shop that offered local talent a venue for showcasing their arts and crafts. Besides the intention to share the creativity of San Miguelians with the community at large, we also thought it would be nice to eventually offer classes at the mercantile. So if interested artists, crafters and writers from this area have any desire to teach others their secrets, we will encourage them to, right here at the mercantile, on afternoons and evenings.Classes to be announced after June 2011.

The mercantile idea came to us as a result of my regular visits to my mother (Bea Stanley), over summer break  who lives in Humbolt County and is a scion of the prodigious art community of Northern Cal. It was she who recommended we stop on our way home at Ferndale, an adorable Victorian town just an hour or so south of her domain. We fell in love with its wonderful Golden Gait Mercantile and ever since dreamed of owning a mercantile of our own. Well, the dream came true.

The San Miguel Mercantile, besides artistry, also offersheritage seeds (non-GMO affected and ready for re--seeding) by Baker Creek and Seeds of Change, gift cards and gift items, quilts, yarns and natural fiber fabrics as well as collectible furnishings for the home. We alsotake consignments and our future plans include sales of Republic of Teas (organic teas) and fresh spices.

We're open most weekdays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 pm located at 1141 Mission Street in downtown San Miguel. Contact Mike Sanders at (805) 712-9120 during weekdays, and Miki Landseadel on Saturdays at (805) 975-6996.  -story submitted by Miki Landseadel and Mike Sanders

Church Start Invites Community

Refuge Church in San Miguel

Refuge Church, an affiliate of Refuge Church Atascadero, is inviting residents to attend their new venue for worship in San Miguel. Ronnie and his wife Michelle Godfrey are excited to be in ministry here.  “We see this community that is rich in culture, we love to drive around and see families spending time together in their yards and with their neighbors. San Miguel is a very friendly warm community, the people have welcomed us with open arms and we feel so thankful to be here.”

The Godfrey’s and many others prayed for three years for San Miguel before the church doors were opened. Currently Ronnie is teaching through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday Mornings. Ronnie says, “it’s good to back in San Miguel as I graduated from 8th Grade at Lillian Larsen, class of 1976. I love it here!” His heart is to see every person in San Miguel come into a relationship with Jesus.

Ronnie and Michelle look forward to meeting new friends in San Miguel and are blessed to be a part of this community. Refuge Church has something for everybody, including the Spanish community. Aldo Soto and his wife Becky minister to the Spanish speaking communityevery Friday Evening. The Soto’s are also very grateful for the opportunity to share the love of God with the San Miguel community.

Refuge Church is actually on 13th street, but the address is 6599 #6 Mission Street. They invite you to join them on Sunday Mornings for Service in English at 9:30 a.m. or for Spanish Service every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry is available at both services.

If you would like more information about Refuge Church please call 805-423-4692 or logon to our website or you can also find us on Facebook. - story and photo submitted by Michelle Godfrey

Art Contest Winner

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:16 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 7:59 PM ]


NDGW art contest winner
Babette Smith pictured with Andrea Lopez

The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Parlor 94 awarded First Prize in the Student Art Contest to Andrea Lopez. Friends , mentors, and family attended the award ceremony.  Andrea  is a student at Shandon High School. The title of her entry is Born Free. Winner of the contest is eligible to enter the NDGW State Student contest. - story and photo by Babette Smith


Winning art
"Born Free" by Andrea Lopez

Laverne Buckman
Citizenship Award

Laverne Buckman receives award
Laverne Buckman with award presenter Christina Wilkinson

Laverne Buckman was recognized by the international organization of educators, Phi Delta Kappa, as the "Lay Citizen" of the 2010-2011 school year for San Miguel Joint Union School District.

Laverne has brought her life in San Miguel full circle.  She attended Lillian Larsen School, 1st-8th grades and now being retired is a volunteer and right hand woman in promoting and helping facilitate healthy eating, active living activities, with the P.E. teacher, Eileen Rogers and the Ag. Science teacher, Christina Wilkinson.  Throughout the years Laverne has been an intrical part of the San Miguel community.  She has taught swimming at the San Miguel pool, been a Girl Scout leader, cub Scout Den mother, 4-H leader, CASA volunteer and served on the county Juvenile Justice Commission.  For the past 5 years she's been on the board of directors for San Miguel Resource Connection overseeing the afterschoolMasters At Their Trade, Art and Music programs.

Three years ago Laverne assisted in the writing of a grant from the California Endowment and in cooperation with HEALSLO (connected with the county). This grant allowed the Lillian Larsen P.E. teacher and the Ag. Science teacher to teach and incorporate healthy eating and active living throughout the school.  Currently, Lillian Larsen school has the Healthy Hornets who are students that teach other students about proper eating and exercise.  There has also been an after school garden to table class where students grow and cook harvested fruits and vegetables.  Twice a month throughout the past two years there have been taste testings held in the cafeteria for students to experience nutritious fresh vegetables and fruits.  Ending this school year Lillian Larsen is in the process of putting in a fruit orchard, pumpkin patch, and large garden, ready for next years' students to learn from and eat from.

This could not have been possible without Laverne.  Being a teacher herself she knows the time constraints teachers have.  She has been a powerful facilitator, coordinator, and hands-on assistant to us in seeing that community connections are made and timelines are met.  The Lay Citizen award could not have gone to a more deserved individual than Laverne Buckman.  Thank you! - story submitted by Christina Wilkinson

Good Samaritans

Sharon Brower and her two grandchildren Eric and Gilliam Capelli stopped to pick up mail around 8:30 PM Sat. night. They were disappointed to see that someone had dumped one of the large trash cans full of papers and unwanted mail all over the floor of the post office.

Eric and Gillian, with a little help from Grandma went right to work and cleaned it all up. There was no message left regarding the mess they found - it was just spick and span again. It only took a few minutes first to trash the office and then to put it back to rights. Which few minutes were the best spent? If we were only able to impart that lesson to those who dumped it in the first few minutes! - story submitted by Sharon Brower

Sagebrush Days Fun!!

Photos of Sagebrush Days
Slideshow of Sagebrush Days parade and fair

The 23rd annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair was well attended on April 16th. TheEstrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover in the missing man formation in memory of Obbie Atkinson.

This year's parade theme was "Old Stories of San Miguel" with emcees, Supervisor Frank Mecham and Jani Meyers announcing the entries as they streamed by on Mission Street. The town enjoyed seeing the parade twice as the entrants came back the same way they went on Mission Street. Ruth Elvin was inspired to write a poem, "Twice Down Main Street" that was passed out to visitors.

Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce displayed their wares as strollers enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.

Sagebrush Days Parade trophies

Beautiful hand-made trophies made by John Szymaniakand Richard Decater were awarded to the winning parade entries:

1st place: The Estrella Warbirds and Museum
2nd place: Paso A's and Central Coast Model T Clubs
3rd place: NHRA Jr. Dragster
Honorable Mention: Steel Horse Wild Ride with Chaz, Johnny, Marty and Tella; SLO Co. Sheriff's Posse and San Miguel Lions Club.

Brandon and Todd Helgeson staged a live demonstration of the NHRA Jr. Dragster on the main street much to the delight of the audience.

An old west "Fast Draw Shoot-Out" exhibition was held at high noon, sponsored by the newly opened Station 3 Internet Cafe where onlookers were also invited to try their hand at a fast draw.

Special thanks go to Fire Chief Roland Snow and to the many sponsors that made the event a great success:
San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Station 3 Coffee, SPYCO Construction, Brown's Cycles, Mission Market and Deli, Country Diner, Mission Pizza, Dos Padres, Blueprinter and Graphics, Mission St. Antiques Collectibles, San Paso Truck Stop, Sid Carter Upholsterer, San Miguel Garbage Co., Jose's Country Kitchen, Mission Variety Store, Tortilleria Sinaloa, San Miguel Mercantile, Oak Leaf Equipment, Rueck's Pumps & Power Equip., Mission San Miguel, San Miguel CSD, Elkhorn Bar, The Ranch Honkey Tonk, 
and the Basque Cafe.


Sheriff Town Hall Meeting

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:15 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 7:58 PM ]

Meet Sheriff Parkinson, Undersheriff Basti and the North County Commander on Wednesday, May 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Mission San Miguel Parish Hall.  Hosted by the Sheriff's Advisory Council. Refreshments provided. The SLO County Sheriff's Dept. wants to know what's important to the community. Come share your ideas and concerns. *Click here for a detailed flyer or call Kathleen Martinelli at 805-781-4540.

Girl Scouts Mural for Library

Girl Scout logo
The Bronze Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. It helps girls improve the community around them while building leadership skills. To earn this award, a Girl Scout Junior will do a project that shows she understands and lives by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  Each girl must put in at least 15 hours toward their project.

Girl Scout of California's Central Coast (GSCCC) Junior Troop 40914 has thirteen 5th-6th grade girls, all working hard toward their Bronze Award.  They are painting 4 separate murals of their own design; 2 for Georgia Brown Elementary School in Paso Robles and 2 for the San Miguel Library.  The girls acquired materials with donations from the following local businesses: Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, Office Max, Kelly Moore Paints, Frazee Paints,and Michaels.

There will be refreshments and an unveiling of murals at the San Miguel Library, Thursday, May 12th at 5 pm. (located near the park on 13th Street, San Miguel). Everyone is welcome! - story submitted by Lisa Smeltzer

Garden Help Needed!

school garden
Ms. Wilkinson pictured with her gardening students

Our Community is asked to lend a hand to get school garden ready on Saturday, May 14 starting at 9:00 A.M.!

A large vegetable garden!   A fruit tree orchard!   A pumpkin patch!  Thanks to a partnership with Sunset magazine, North County Farmer’s Market Association, local farmers, and San Miguel School District, students at Lillian Larsen School are one step closer to being able to sustainably harvest fresh fruits and vegetables right on their campus.  In preparation, they need your help!

School ag teacher, Christina Wilkinson has been very instrumental in making this partnership with the school a reality.   She is asking for community  support  and assistance  on Sat. May 14, beginning at  9 am.  at the school.   Children are encouraged to participate but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Anyone interested in helping with this project is encouraged to come with your gloves, water, shovel or whatever garden tools you have.   If you cannot join in that day, but would like to be involved, would like to donate materials, or have questions, please call or email Christina  or call 805-467-3216 ext.120.      

This October,  San Luis Obispo County will again host “Savor the Central Coast”.  As a result of this event  a decision by key stakeholders—Sunset  magazine,  North County Farmer’s Markets Association,  and  San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau—the schoolwill receive a generous donation of  raised garden bed containers and various other garden related tools and materials as well as assistance by local farmers.    This donation will assist in enhancing  agricultural based education at the school and also raising awareness about the importance of the Farm to School Project.

Donations are needed to help pay for the irrigation system being installed on May 14.  If you are able to donate to this project, please deliver or send your check to Lillian Larsen School with a  note indicating it is for Mrs. Wilkinson’s Ag Science class.    Or, if you prefer, you can stop by Awalt and Sons in San Miguel where they have a list of what needs to be purchased for the project.  Then you can purchase an item and either leave it with Awalts for the project or deliver it to the school.   All donations will be greatly appreciated.  Please be sure to leave your name and address with materials donations because we want to be sure your receive a special thanks. - story and photo submitted by Laverne Buckman

Laverne Buckman
Citizenship Award

Laverne Buckman receives award
Laverne Buckman with award presenter Christina Wilkinson

Laverne Buckman was recognized by the international organization of educators, Phi Delta Kappa, as the "Lay Citizen" of the 2010-2011 school year for San Miguel Joint Union School District.

Laverne has brought her life in San Miguel full circle.  She attended Lillian Larsen School, 1st-8th grades and now being retired is a volunteer and right hand woman in promoting and helping facilitate healthy eating, active living activities, with the P.E. teacher, Eileen Rogers and the Ag. Science teacher, Christina Wilkinson.  Throughout the years Laverne has been an intrical part of the San Miguel community.  She has taught swimming at the San Miguel pool, been a Girl Scout leader, cub Scout Den mother, 4-H leader, CASA volunteer and served on the county Juvenile Justice Commission.  For the past 5 years she's been on the board of directors for San Miguel Resource Connection overseeing the afterschoolMasters At Their Trade, Art and Music programs.

Three years ago Laverne assisted in the writing of a grant from the California Endowment and in cooperation with HEALSLO (connected with the county). This grant allowed the Lillian Larsen P.E. teacher and the Ag. Science teacher to teach and incorporate healthy eating and active living throughout the school.  Currently, Lillian Larsen school has the Healthy Hornets who are students that teach other students about proper eating and exercise.  There has also been an after school garden to table class where students grow and cook harvested fruits and vegetables.  Twice a month throughout the past two years there have been taste testings held in the cafeteria for students to experience nutritious fresh vegetables and fruits.  Ending this school year Lillian Larsen is in the process of putting in a fruit orchard, pumpkin patch, and large garden, ready for next years' students to learn from and eat from.

This could not have been possible without Laverne.  Being a teacher herself she knows the time constraints teachers have.  She has been a powerful facilitator, coordinator, and hands-on assistant to us in seeing that community connections are made and timelines are met.  The Lay Citizen award could not have gone to a more deserved individual than Laverne Buckman.  Thank you! - story submitted by Christina Wilkinson

Advisory Council Election

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 meeting May 25th.  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 three 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. 

An excellent training program is offered by SLO County for council members and potential candidates. The CAC Training is 9:00 am - noon on Friday, May 20, 2011 in the City/County Library Community Room in SLO.

The election will be held at the June 22nd 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 atNorth4DRanch@aol.com.

Good Samaritans

Sharon Brower and her two grandchildren Eric and Gilliam Capelli stopped to pick up mail around 8:30 PM Sat. night. They were disappointed to see that someone had dumped one of the large trash cans full of papers and unwanted mail all over the floor of the post office.

Eric and Gillian, with a little help from Grandma went right to work and cleaned it all up. There was no message left regarding the mess they found - it was just spick and span again. It only took a few minutes first to trash the office and then to put it back to rights. Which few minutes were the best spent? If we were only able to impart that lesson to those who dumped it in the first few minutes! - story submitted by Sharon Brower

Sagebrush Days Fun!!

Photos of Sagebrush Days
Slideshow of Sagebrush Days parade and fair

The 23rd annual Sagebrush Days Parade and Peddlers Fair was well attended on April 16th. TheEstrella Warbirds opened the parade with a flyover in the missing man formation in memory of Obbie Atkinson.

This year's parade theme was "Old Stories of San Miguel" with emcees, Supervisor Frank Mecham and Jani Meyers announcing the entries as they streamed by on Mission Street. The town enjoyed seeing the parade twice as the entrants came back the same way they went on Mission Street. Ruth Elvin was inspired to write a poem, "Twice Down Main Street" that was passed out to visitors.

Peddlers of antiques, art, crafts, cowboy gear, leather goods, old tools, quilts, saddles, tack and produce displayed their wares as strollers enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.

Sagebrush Days Parade trophies

Beautiful hand-made trophies made by John Szymaniakand Richard Decater were awarded to the winning parade entries:

1st place: The Estrella Warbirds and Museum
2nd place: Paso A's and Central Coast Model T Clubs
3rd place: NHRA Jr. Dragster
Honorable Mention: Steel Horse Wild Ride with Chaz, Johnny, Marty and Tella; SLO Co. Sheriff's Posse and San Miguel Lions Club.

Brandon and Todd Helgeson staged a live demonstration of the NHRA Jr. Dragster on the main street much to the delight of the audience.

An old west "Fast Draw Shoot-Out" exhibition was held at high noon, sponsored by the newly opened Station 3 Internet Cafe where onlookers were also invited to try their hand at a fast draw.

Special thanks go to Fire Chief Roland Snow and to the many sponsors that made the event a great success:
San Miguel Resource Connection, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Station 3 Coffee, SPYCO Construction, Brown's Cycles, Mission Market and Deli, Country Diner, Mission Pizza, Dos Padres, Blueprinter and Graphics, Mission St. Antiques Collectibles, San Paso Truck Stop, Sid Carter Upholsterer, San Miguel Garbage Co., Jose's Country Kitchen, Mission Variety Store, Tortilleria Sinaloa, San Miguel Mercantile, Oak Leaf Equipment, Rueck's Pumps & Power Equip., Mission San Miguel, San Miguel CSD, Elkhorn Bar, The Ranch Honkey Tonk, 
and the Basque Cafe.

Advisory Council Election

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:14 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 7:55 PM ]


San Miguel Advisory area of influence
Area of Influence Map for San Miguel Advisory Council

The San Miguel Advisory Council is holding their annual election on June 22nd. Nominations were accepted at the May meeting. Council candidates must be registered voters and reside within the sphere of influence of San Miguel.  There are three two year terms and two (alternates) one year terms to be filled.

Qualified nominees are Craig Rambo, Mike Sanders, Noel Carpenter, Sharon Brower and Anthony "Bear" Kalvans. Mr. Carpenter currently serves as Vice-Chairman, Mr. Sanders as Public Relations and Ms. Brower as Recording and Communication Secretary, with Mr. Rambo as Alternate.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM to give time for the candidates to be introduced and heard. The election will be held and the electees will be announced at the end of the regular meeting, which commences at 7:00 PM.

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 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.

San Miguel Community 
Plan Presented

Cover to walking trails brochure
Walking Trail brochure prepared by Cal Poly students
On June 1st, Cal Poly City & Regional Planning (CRP) 463 Students presented their final Senior Projects. These projects were an extension of their previous CRP class where they prepared an update to the San Miguel Community Plan. Local community members from the San Miguel Resource Connection, Lynne Schmitz, Jean Hoffmann, and Laverne Buckman were in attendance to see the student presentations. A total of 10 projects for San Miguel were presented. These included:
  • Senior Housing Due Diligence
  • Water Recycling Program
  • Historic District Ordinance
  • Recreational Trail System
  • Historic Trail Sign Program
  • Alleyway Enhancement
  • Historic Walking Trail
  • 10 Street On Ramp Feasibility
  • Downtown San Miguel Zoning Code
  • High School Feasibility Study
The Senior Projects will be compiled along with the Community Plan Update and will be posted on the web for all interested parties to review.The County is very pleased with the students' efforts and presented the class with a Certificate of Appreciation at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 7th.

For further information, you can contact Adjunct Faculty member John Knight or Professor Zeljka Howard. - story submitted by John Knight

Ag Day at Lillian Larsen

Ag Day at Lillian Larsen School
Students learn about tomato plants on Ag Day

May was an exciting month for agriculture awareness at Lillian Larsen School.  Christina Wilkinson and her junior high agriculture science class facilitated Agriculture Field Day for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. 

To celebrate the end of state testing an Agriculture Field Day with presenters from around the county came to school to present agriculture specialties and hands-on learning. 

Kindergarten and first graders learned about seeds, goats, crime prevention, and how to grow their own plants.  Second and third graders were introduced to recycling using worms, how to make butter, clucking chickens, and beneficial insects.  Fourth through sixth graders were introduced to biodiversity, the many products made from lavender, soil ingredients, and roping.  All these presentations aligned with state standards and made learning fun.  -story submitted by Laverne Buckman

School Garden Work Day

Students work in their garden
Students prepare the garden area

The first garden expansion work day at  Lillian Larsen School was organized by teacher, Christina Wilkinson.   Inspired by an opportunity presented by Sunset Magazine, the groundwork for receipt of 100 raised bed containers has begun.   Sunset Magazine works closely with the SLO Visitors and Conference Bureau  and  theNorth County Farmer’s  Market Association(NCFMA)for a special “Savor the Central Coast” event.   NCFMA has been very supportive of  the Lillian Larsen School efforts in agriculture-based education and bringing  farm to school .  NCFMA has been instrumental in arranging for the containers to be donated after they are used for a demonstration garden at “Savor the Central Coast” in October.   

May 14 was the first workday to install groundwork for the irrigation system .  Students, parents, school staff,  community volunteers,  a farmer advisor from NCFMA, and  Rex  at Awalt’s Aqua Engineering  helped make the workday a success.  The work crew dug over  500 feet of trenches and  laid in  water pipe,   conduit  with wire, and control boxes.   Some of the younger students, along with a few adults helped prepare the large field for the pumpkin patch and fruit trees by removing large rocks and pieces of cement or other debris.  Other students  and adults repainted the  outdoor  table  and benches and re-stained the grape arbor. It was definitely a team effort .  This was a first step in preparing  for an expanded garden area at Lillian Larsen School.    It is the hope of the team working on this project that eventually enough fresh produce will be grown at the school to supply a good portion of the cafeteria  produce. 
Presently, Christina  teaches  an afterschool class  for students to  garden and  eat the harvest.  The program,  Soils to Succulent Flavors, is sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection .   Students in this program along with the Lillian Larsen Healthy Hornets have conducted  frequent fresh fruit and vegetable tastings for all students and thereby have been encouraging other students to enjoy eating fresh produce.  Christina also teaches a junior high agriculture enrichment class that supports the gardening and engages students  in hands-on activities such as irrigation, watersheds, apple tree grafting, vegetable/fruit nutrition, body systems and functions, and outside furniture construction.

Through the expansion of the garden, the team is hoping to find ways to expand the Soils to Succulent Flavors program and the agriculture science enrichment class to work more with the cafeteria and establish a Farm to School program.    The team is also hoping to establish more of a community connection by establishing a garden club. 

For those interested in making a donation to assist with payment for materials in the irrigation system or wanting to be involved in the garden club please use the following address:  Attention: Christina Wilkinson or Sherrie Castellano, Lillian Larsen School, 1601 L St., San Miguel, CA  93451.  For any questions you may have please call Christina Wilkinson at 467-9181. -story submitted by Laverne Buckman

Art Contest Winner

NDGW art contest winner
Babette Smith pictured with Andrea Lopez

The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Parlor 94 awarded First Prize in the Student Art Contest to Andrea Lopez. Friends , mentors, and family attended the award ceremony.  Andrea  is a student at Shandon High School. The title of her entry is Born Free. Winner of the contest is eligible to enter the NDGW State Student contest. - story and photo by Babette Smith

Winning art
"Born Free" by Andrea Lopez

Laverne Buckman
Citizenship Award

Laverne Buckman receives award
Laverne Buckman with award presenter Christina Wilkinson

Laverne Buckman was recognized by the international organization of educators, Phi Delta Kappa, as the "Lay Citizen" of the 2010-2011 school year for San Miguel Joint Union School District.

Laverne has brought her life in San Miguel full circle.  She attended Lillian Larsen School, 1st-8th grades and now being retired is a volunteer and right hand woman in promoting and helping facilitate healthy eating, active living activities, with the P.E. teacher, Eileen Rogers and the Ag. Science teacher, Christina Wilkinson.  Throughout the years Laverne has been an intrical part of the San Miguel community.  She has taught swimming at the San Miguel pool, been a Girl Scout leader, cub Scout Den mother, 4-H leader, CASA volunteer and served on the county Juvenile Justice Commission.  For the past 5 years she's been on the board of directors for San Miguel Resource Connection overseeing the afterschoolMasters At Their Trade, Art and Music programs.

Three years ago Laverne assisted in the writing of a grant from the California Endowment and in cooperation with HEALSLO (connected with the county). This grant allowed the Lillian Larsen P.E. teacher and the Ag. Science teacher to teach and incorporate healthy eating and active living throughout the school.  Currently, Lillian Larsen school has the Healthy Hornets who are students that teach other students about proper eating and exercise.  There has also been an after school garden to table class where students grow and cook harvested fruits and vegetables.  Twice a month throughout the past two years there have been taste testings held in the cafeteria for students to experience nutritious fresh vegetables and fruits.  Ending this school year Lillian Larsen is in the process of putting in a fruit orchard, pumpkin patch, and large garden, ready for next years' students to learn from and eat from.

This could not have been possible without Laverne.  Being a teacher herself she knows the time constraints teachers have.  She has been a powerful facilitator, coordinator, and hands-on assistant to us in seeing that community connections are made and timelines are met.  The Lay Citizen award could not have gone to a more deserved individual than Laverne Buckman.  Thank you! - story submitted by Christina Wilkinson

Buy Fireworks in San Miguel, Election Results

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:13 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 6:43 PM ]


Fireworks on sale in San Miguel
Native Sons of the Golden West fireworks booth
Safe and sane fireworks are on sale at designated booths in town:
The San Miguel Lions with the Native Sons of the Golden West San Miguel Parlor, have a booth located near 10th and K streets.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters booth is located next to the Fire Station on Mission Street.
Sales from the fireworks fund the worthy service projects of these non-profit groups. Fireworks are only allowed to be used on July 4th per San Miguel Fire Chief Snow.

Advisory Council 
Election Results

The San Miguel Advisory Council held it’s annual electionon June 25th.  The election was monitored by The League of Women Voters  with a low turn out  present for the voting. 

The result of the vote was as follows:  The top vote getter was Craig Rambo, followed by Anthony “Bear” Kalvans and Mike Sanders.  Sharon Brower and Noel Carpenter tied for the low votes, making them alternates.  Mr. Carpenter had been the vice-chairman and Ms. Brower had been the secretary. 

After the public meeting the Council met to determine the new make up of the group.  Craig Rambo accepted the position  of ChairmanDenis Degher as Vice-Chairman,  new electee Anthony Kalvans will be the Secretary,Tom Banish will remain as Treasurer, Jean Hoffmann as Historian and Gary Davis will be Member-at–Large, the position held by Denis Degher this past year. 

The position of alternate, requires that Ms. Brower and Mr. Carpenter attend meetings and in the event of an absence of a full member sit on the Council to maintain a quorum.  Unless they are covering for an absent member they do not have voting privileges. The new officers will be seated at the July meeting. - story submitted by Sharon Brower

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