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

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.