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.