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CONTENTS

AUGUST 2013 volume 13 number 4

A Monthly Look at Life in our Remarkable Communities

Feature Stories

Departments

12 WHAT IF...

A Paso Robles Magazine

EXCLUSIVE (as of press time)

Local group hopes to convert former

California Youth Authority to Paso Robles

Charter School & Youth Center

46 Hoofbeat

By Dorothy Rogers

Hoofbeat Calendar and Trail Tales

10 Ol’ Oaken Bucket

Filled with Humor, Timely Tidbits, and

Mesmorizing Memorabilia..stuff you didn’t

realize you need to know.

14 Education

• Back to School Helpful Do’s and Don’ts

• Preparing for Back-To-School Night

• Bearcat Boosters Gear up for 2013-2014

• 1993 PRHS Class Reunion Planned

• Booker Shines in Debut at

Operation Purple Camp

• Class Act Excels in Arizona

24 Paso People

• Robert Burton is Paso’s New Police Chief

• Pioneer Day Parade to Showcase the

Restored Birmingham Grain Wagons

• Quasquicentennial Update

- The Paso’s School Issue/Calendars

• Winemakers Vie for Honors at

Paso Robles Rotary Club’s Annual Cookoff

• must! Charities New Collaboration

with Food Bank

• Dale Zeulner Inducted into the

Police & Fire Games Hall of Fame

• Don Jacobs Honored as Rotarian of Year

• SAVOR the Central Coast set for

September 26-29

• Local Relay for Life Raises Over

$100,000 for American Cancer Society

• This N That - A Collection of ‘Stuff’

• Golden State Classic Car Club

Drives Donations Labor Day Weekend

37 Round Town

• Sue Aikens Twice in a Lifetime Journey

to Ethiopia

• Collaborative Effort ‘Across the Pond’

Results in Above the Waves

• County Perspective ‘

- A Column by Bruce Curtis

• San Miguel Reflections

- A Column by Lynne Schmitz

• Brushmarks 2013 Winners Announced

• Cantinas Music Festival Features

Major Christian Artists on August 24

• 7th Annual Templeton Dog Splash Days

• Templeton Update

50 City of Paso Robles Library

and Recreation

Cool stuff to do for the month ahead!

52 Business

• The SLO CountyWine Industry Awards

• Plan to Attend Wellness Kitchen’s

SOUL Kitchen and Top Chef Competition

• Growth at HFG Necessitates

Move to New Building

• Business Spotlight

- A Column by Millie Drum

• Ancient Oil Meets Hi Tech

at Kiler Ridge Olive Farm

• What’s Happening on Main Street?

60 Time & Place

Where to find just about anything

and everything to do in August

63 Last Word

The Paderewski Piano With a Past

Arrives at Paso Robles Inn

By Melissa Chavez

On the cover: What if? Local group hopes to convert former California Youth

Authority to Paso Robles Charter School & Youth Center. Photo by Richard Baker.

EDITORIAL DEADLINE:

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Phone: (805) 239-1533

E-mail:

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Mailing address: P.O. Box 3996,

Paso Robles, CA 93447

In town drop off: Dutch Maytag,

1501 Riverside, Paso Robles

Web: pasoroblesmagazine.com

HOW TO REACH US

Founding Co-Publisher:

Karen Chute 1949-2004

Publisher/Editor: Bob Chute

Editorial Consultants:

Chris Weygandt Alba and

Steven Martin

Advertising: Millie Drum, Pam

Osborn, Jamie Self, Melissa Chavez,

Steven Martin and Bob Chute

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Annual subscriptions to PRM, mailed to areas beyond the described distribution

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For advertising inquiries and rates, story ideas and submissions, contact

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letters, press releases, etc. at Dutch Maytag Home Appliance Center, 1501

Riverside.

Graphics and advertising composition by Janice Pluma, Warpaint Graphics,

editorial composition, Travis Ruppe, David Butz, art production.

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The Arms of Love

I give to you a gift

That comes from my heart.

It's a gift that keeps giving

Whether together or apart.

Let me be your refuge.

I love you very much.

Rest in my arms of love.

Enjoy my tender touch.

For my arms of love I give

To keep you safe from harm,

As I hold on to you so tightly

In my ever loving arms.

©Deborah J. Birdoes

I Promise You the Moon and Stars

If I could climb to the heavenlies

I’d pick three stars for you.

Each one for our past, present and

future.

To show I love you as I do.

For today with you is a gift

With all of its joy and sorrow.

Holding the memories of yesterday

As well as the promise of tomorrow.

Just like the stars and moon above

You illuminate my soul.

Capturing my heart again and again

More than you’ll ever know.

©Deborah J. Birdoes

Harvest

I worked so hard each day,

But felt I got nowhere.

I looked around and saw

There was nothing there.

So I sought my Father’s help.

I cried to Him in prayer.

He took me in His arms

To show how much He cared.

I worked but gave my time to Him

To find abundance beyond compare.

It was in our relationship

That I saw the harvest there.

Seeds of growth were cultivated

His grace and glory, may fare.

The planting of my harvest

Blossomed from my prayer.

©Deborah J. Birdoes

Pat & Nick

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The Jewelry Doctors at Pan Jewelers

Caution! Chlorine Can Damage Gold And Pearls

Chlorine is a valuable disinfectant with many popular uses, but it can be very harmful to karat gold

jewelry and delicate pearls of every kind.

Even in diluted amounts, chlorine can harm any kind of gold…yellow, pink, and especially white gold,

because it can erode the nickel alloy in it and possibly cause weakened prongs and settings. Chlorine is

also bad news for precious pearls, both cultured and freshwater, since it can easily damage a pearl’s

delicate surface and reduce its luster and beautiful iridescence.

Most swimming pool water contains chlorine, so be sure to remove your gold and pearl jewelry before

taking a dip.

Chlorine is also present in many household products such as bleach, detergents, soaps, and cleaners.

So when using any of these products, always take your jewelry off or wear rubber gloves.

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Just a

Thought

By Bob Chute

Well now, we’ve been working

on the proposed Charter School

story you’ll read about on page 12

for several weeks now and have

been hoping we could get it to you

as an EXCLUSIVE. The committee

was kind enough to offer that to us

and I have no way of knowing on

the 20th of July (when I’m writing

this) if we were actually able to

pull it off. I can only hope...

Exclusive or not, you’re going to

enjoy reading Melissa Chavez’s excellent

story on page 12, along with

photos by Richard Baker among

others, describing the hopes of the

committee seeking to convert the

approximately 157 acre former El

Paso de Robles Correctional Youth

Facility to the tentatively-named

Paso Robles Charter School &

Youth Center on Airport Road. An

amazing endeavor to say the least.

Check it out.

Back to School

It’s back to school for area youth

this month and we have several

stories by Judy Bedell, starting on

page14, to assist students and their

parents in preparations to return to

the classroom...plus you can read

about Bearcat Boosters and details

on the plans for the PRHS Class

of 1993 Reunion the weekend of

August 16-18.

There’s several more amazing

stories on a variety of topics sure to

be enjoyed. Please check ‘em out and

thanks for supporting our local advertisers

that make our FREE mailing

possible! Don’t forget you can

see the entire Paso Robles Magazine

on line after the 3rd of each month

at pasoroblesmagazine.com. Check

out past issues, only back as far as

April of this year so far, at...

pasoroblesmagazine.com/pdf/

2013.04_PasoRoblesMagazine.pdf

The 2013.04 connotes April. If you

want May, replace the 04 with 05,

etc. We plan to completely update

our website in the months ahead.

Stay tuned.

Congrats on great fair

Once again, I tip my cap to CEO

Vivian Robertson and her crew at

the California Mid State Fair.

Awesome job, gang. We were there

almost every day and loved it. Our

grandkids really appreciated the

rides in the kiddy area - seemed like

there were new ones this year - and

the workers were extremely polite

helping them...much appreciated

by Gramps and GmaRho!

Congrats to Vina Robles

as well

Vina Robles opened their new

Amphitheatre during July and the

facility is absolutely first class. The

sound system is fantastic, I don’t think

Top: PR Chamber Grand Opening

ribbon cutting honoring Vina Robles

Amphitheatre. Left: YES guitarist Steve

Howe (photo by Mike Kosin), and right,

Jim Reed leads the Amphitheatre tour.

there’s a bad seat in the place, and the

overall ambiance is wonderful...excuse

the superlatives but if you’ve been there

you know what I mean. If not, check it

out. They have an awesome lineup of

acts set up by AEG Goldenvoice and

I’m sure it will get only better once

the word gets out that such a facility,

seating 3500, is now available on

the Central Coast! We were guests

for the opening night performance of

YES and plan on attending at least

five more shows.

We also enjoyed a tour of the facility

before opening night by Project

Manager Tim Reed along with

their official ribbon cutting. The

venue is adjacent to Vina Robles

Hospitality Center at 3700 Mill

Road, just eight minutes east from

the heart of Paso Robles...

AR & Company Donates In-Kind Services to

“It’s been a long pursuit, but Vina

Robles has incredible ownership,”

said Reed. He credits founder/owner

Hans Nef and Hans Michel, Vina

Robles’ managing partner, for their

desire to produce high-quality wines

and with a long-range view for the

area. “After speaking with a mutual

marketing friend and seeing the

property, I realized it was a natural

setting for an amphitheatre. Vina

Robles had a great vision for the Paso

Robles region and grasped the idea.”

Coming soon...Warbirds

Over Paso Returns!

Estrella Warbirds and Planes of

Fame brought back one of the finest

airs shows in Paso Robles during

September of 2012, after an

absence of over ten years, presenting

truly unique aircraft for an air

show that entertained the whole

family. You can expect another

full day of celebration at the Paso

Robles Municipal Airport and the

Estrella Warbirds Museum when

the Estrella Warbirds and Planes of

Fame again present Warbirds Over

Paso Air Show on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Watch for a feature story by our resident

pilot Bruce Curtis next month!

Personal

Daughter Annie celebrates

her birthday

on Friday, Aug. 16.

Have a fantabulous

day!

Loaves & Fishes, a Christian

ministry that exists to feed the

hungry of the greater Paso Robles

area, has been awarded the 2013

AR & Co. PR & Marketing Charity

Event Promotion Program

(CEPP). Designed as a way of giving

back to the community that

has supported AR & Company

for the last 11 years, the program

assists one North County charity

per year with the promotion of an

upcoming charitable event, at no

cost to the charity.

The Paso Robles-based full-service

marketing agency will assist

Loaves & Fishes volunteers and

staff from now until February 2014

to help promote the organization’s

major fundraising event. The 6th

Annual Loaves & Fishes Mardi

Gras Dinner and Silent Auction

will be held on February 25,

2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church

in Paso Robles. Attendees will be

served by volunteer wait staff and

can order off a Cajun – themed,

one-of-a-kind menu.

“We are incredibly grateful to

receive AR & Company’s marketing

and public relations services

this year,” explains Loaves & Fishes

Executive Director Jackie Sebro.

“With their expertise and assistance,

we hope to grow attendance

and raise the much needed funds

that we are short for next year’s basic

level of operations. The event is

very special and close to my heart.

We will serve homemade, authentic

Cajun food and I’ll be using my

dad’s recipes passed down to me

which are all especially delicious.”

Please see AR & CO page 10

CRABTREE AND EVELYN

Largest

Gift store on

the Central

Coast

805-239-3032

www.countryfloristandgift.com

Von’s Shopping Center • 1191 Creston Rd.

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THEY ARE COMING! MARK THE DATE!

including Ernie Andreini in his

super Stearman & P-51 Mustang!

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Ahhh...Youth!

Congrats to the staff of the

California Mid State Fair...it was

awesome! Rho and I attended on

several occasions

but on opening

night we were in

the carnival area

with grandkids,

3 year old Riley

and 5 year old

Dustin (and mom,

Annie), taking

in the rides (see

photos) when a couple of teen

age girls walked past us from the

Frontier Stage area where an

Eagles tribute band was playing.

One of the girls stated matterof-factly,

“They have those shows

for the poor people that can’t

afford the grandstand shows.”

Ahhh, youth.

* * *

Riddles for the Kids

What three words did Adam use

when he introduced himself to Eve,

which read the same backwards and

forwards?

Madam, I’m Adam.

If a dog lost his tail, where should

he go to get another one?

To a big store where they retail

everything.

Look into my face and I’m everybody;

Scratch my back and I’m

nobody. Who am I?

A mirror.

Why are people so tired on April

1?

They’ve all just finished a March of

thirty-one days.

* * *

Excessive Skepticism

A guy and his dog go into a barroom.

The bartender says, “Hey, get

that dog out of here... we don’t allow

dogs in here.”

Wait a minute, the guy says,

“This is no ordinary dog! This is

‘Plato’ the talking dog!”

“Yeah, sure” says the bartender.

I’ll prove it to you,” says the guy.

“Plato... what’s on top of a building?”

“ROOF!” says the dog.

“Look,” says the bartender, “just

how dumb do you think I am?”

“Wait a minute,” says the guy.

“Plato, how does sandpaper feel?”

“RUFF!” says the dog.

“Do I have ‘stupid’ tattooed across

my forehead or something,” says the

bartender. “Now get that dog out of

here!”

“Wait.. I’m not through,” says the

guy. “Plato, who was the greatest

baseball player of all time?”

“RUTH!” says the dog.

“That does it!!” says the bartender,

and he throws them both out on

the street.

Outside, the dog looks at his

owner and says, “Do you think I

should have gone with DiMaggio?”

* * *

Yet more SPAM

“A SPAMBURGER, ‘the only

hamburger actually made with

ham,’” can be made by grilling, panfrying,

or broiling a slice of SPAM,

and then layering the slice with

lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and

cheese on a hamburger bun.

“Hormel Foods’ cookbook, The

Great Taste of SPAM, includes recipes

for SPAM Stew with Buttermilk

Topping, SPAM Fajitas, and SPAM

Strudels with Mustard Sauce.”

- Offbeat Uses for Everyday Things

by Joey Green

Cleveland Browns fan zings

team in his obituary

You may have seen this one in

the papers and on TV recently but

I just had to share it. Lifelong

season ticket holder Scott Emtsinger

got in one final jab at the

underachieving franchise. Scott

died recently at the age of 55. The

Columbus, Ohio native was listed

in his obituary as a husband, a

father, a 32-year General

Motors employee and also

an accomplished musician.

He was also listed as a

lifelong Cleveland Browns

fan who “also wrote a song

each year and sent it to the

Cleveland Browns as well

as offering other advice on

how to run the team.”

AR & CO from page 8

The event is open to the public

and proceeds will go to funding

which will provide nutritionally

balanced food for the needy.

“Choosing which organization

to award with this year’s in-kind

donation was a very tough decision,”

says AR & Co. Founder

Angela Robinson. “Each of the

organizations that submitted proposals

addresses essential needs

in our community and works to

make the North County the amazing

place we call home. In the end,

the staff and I are very excited to

But his final bit of wisdom when

it came to the franchise was this

impressive zinger.

“He respectfully requests six

Cleveland Browns pall bearers

so the Browns can let him down

one last time.”

Well played, Scott.

support the noble work of Loaves

& Fishes as they provide vital services

for the needy in our community.”

Loaves & Fishes is located at

2650 Spring Street, Paso Robles,

open to walk-ins weekdays (except

holidays) from 2 to 4 p.m., and

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30

to 7 p.m.

To donate via PayPal or for more

information about Loaves & Fishes,

visit LoavesAndFishesPaso.org,

or call 238-4742. For media inquiries,

contact press agency AR &

Co. PR & Marketing at 239-4443

or email pr@arandcompany.com.

Oops... In our constantly running mode

we made a mistake last month and incorrectly

named the young lady on our cover. We feel awful.

It’s fun to see your photo on the cover but then

to realize we have your name wrong....major bummer.

Correctly, the On the Cover caption on the Contents

page should have identified her as Rachel Wilkins. She

won Grand Champion Meat Rabbits from Lockwood

4-H at the 2012 Fair.

My apologies (and congratulations) to Rachel and her family.

Bob Chute - Owner/Publisher, Paso Robles Magazine

Wrap up your Groundbreaking

Summer Adventure with the Paso

Robles City Library’s August programs

and activities.

August 1: Bicycle Safety, 1 p.m.,

Library Conference Room. Educators

from the SLO Country Bicycle

Coalition will talk about how to

stay safe on a bicycle and highlight

the best places you can explore by

bike on the Central Coast.

August 1: Movie, 7 p.m., Library

Conference Room. Academy Award

August Programs at the Library

Winning film first to win best picture,

actor, actress, director and writing,

starring Clark Gable and Claudette

Colbert.

August 8: Luce Puppets, The Wizard

of Oz, 1 p.m., Library Conference

Room (free tickets required); 3 p.m.

Study Center (tickets not required).

Luce Puppets performs on a colorful,

portable puppet stage. Beautiful,

hand-made puppets will bring to life

Dorothy and her friends from the

Land of Oz.

August 8: Science of Earthquakes,

7 p.m., Library Conference Room

(registration required). Join physicist

John Jasbinsek for an informative

discussion on earthquakes.

August 15: Book Group, 7 p.m.,

Library Conference Room. Join in

this month’s discussion of Cheryl

Strayed’s Wild – the story of her

journey on the Pacific Crest Trail as

she tries to find healing following

her mother’s death.

August 29: Pajama Storytime, 6:30

p.m., Library Story Hour Room.

Bring your PJs and someone to

snuggle with!

The Paso Robles City Library is

located at 1000 Spring Street and

is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m.

to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to

5 p.m. For more information on library

programs and events, please

call 237-3870 or visit www.prcity.

com/library.

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have you considered

selling your home?

Maybe I have a match for you...

I hAve SeverAL buYerS wANtINg tO buY NOw!

If you have a property that fits the criteria listed below, please give me a call.

Buyer 1. I am looking for a home with high ceilings, lots of light, no

more than 20 minutes from a town, on a piece of land with beautiful

views. I enjoy the privacy of the country side but not interested in

extremely steep or winding roads to get there. $700,000.00 or ?

Call my Agent Cheri York at 805.610.7010

Buyer 5. I am looking for a main house with a guest house or barn

that I could use for a classroom to teach foreign exchange students. I

prefer Templeton, Paso Robles, or Atascadero. I don't mind hills and

would like some trees on the property! Price around $700,000.00

Call Cheri York at 805.610.7010

Buyer 2. We are looking for a nice home in Paso Robles, Templeton

or Atascadero, 2000sf or more in a nice neighborhood. Something

with a pool or a decent back yard is a plus!. Price range between

$400-600K Call our Agent Cheri York at 805.610.7010.

Buyer 3. We are retiring and looking to downsize from our 40 acres

in Creston to a more manageable size closer to town. We need a

2000+ sf home. Our ceiling is roughly $530,000.

Buyer 4. I am looking for a home for my older parents. They need

single story with little up keep in Paso Robles and close to shopping

for around $300,000.00. Call Cheri York at 805.610.7010

Buyer 6. I am looking for a home with some flat acreage on the West

side of Templeton or Paso Robles. I have 4 horses so I would like a

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Mediterranean, Frank Lloyd Wright, or ranch style homes. Up to

1.2 Million. Cheri York 805.610.7010

Buyer 7. I am looking for a fixer on one plus acres not more than 15

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Call my Agent Cheri York 805.610.7010

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August 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 11


Could the California Youth Authority Site

Become a Charter School?

By Melissa Chavez

“What if...?”

Consider the number of cures and

groundbreaking discoveries that began with

“what if...?”

Several successful educators are asking

that very question. They are seriously

considering the former El Paso de Robles

Correctional Youth Facility as the perfect

location to establish the tentatively-named

Paso Robles Charter School & Youth

Center. The estimated 157-acre site is

located inside the city limits at 4545

Airport Road, just north of Highway

46-East.

Vision for a love of learning

Described as a collaborative learning

environment, Paso Robles Charter School

& Youth Center would offer a “hands-on,

diverse, relevant, dynamic and interactive”

curriculum. A primary goal is to ensure that

“students remain engaged and intrinsically

motivated to learn.” To help accomplish

this, the school would offer a program

with a variety of courses, including “discovery

learning camps, technology, the

arts, physical and character education, life

skills, service learning, and languages designed

to prepare students for educational

and internship opportunities.” After-school

programs would further enhance the daily

curriculum.

Among the co-founders are three longtime

area educators. Bob Bourgault is the

current Director/Principal of Almond Acres

Elementary Charter School in San Miguel

and past principal/educator at Liberty High

Continuation School in Paso Robles. Jim

Fotinakes is a past principal of Templeton

High School and co-founder of Almond

Acres Elementary Charter School, and Lyle

Porter, also a co-founder at Almond Acres,

is widely known as the founder of Mission

Prep High School in San Luis Obispo. Assisting

them are many supportive community

partners from all walks of life with career

experience in education, coaching and

business consultation.

Site use possibilities abound

When one considers the prohibitive costs

of new classroom construction, what already

exists is very attractive. A total of 44

structures on the level parcel includes classrooms,

offices, a main building with conference

rooms, two gymnasiums, swimming

and diving facilities, a theater, technology

buildings, sports fields and courts, a 200-

seat dining hall, kitchen and bakery, barbecue

and picnic areas, agricultural land, and

six single-family homes.

The site possibilities are wide-ranging

and would include a preschool, a charter

K-8th grade and charter high school,

after-school programs, language and arts,

tutoring and mentoring, trade-based

training and apprenticeships, a variety

of sports (including baseball, basketball,

volleyball, tennis, swimming, diving, and

track and field), onsite customer service

and entrepreneurial opportunities, an

Independent Study Support Network,

and an Autistic Center to service a growing

population of youths with very specific

needs.

Relevant, interactive and

hands-on learning

Classes in all grades would include a concentration

on English and Language Arts

(including cross-cultural immersion), an

emphasis on spelling, grammar and literary

arts, mathematics (tailored to learning style),

science classes (with seamless transferability

to/from other campuses), plus history and

social studies classes with an emphasis on

global issues. Visual and performing arts

curriculum would include multimedia, theater,

photography and video classes. Physical

education, nutrition classes and onsite

lunches would encourage children to eat

wholesome foods, not only for their physical

well-being, but also to enhance their

academic success.

12 Paso Robles Magazine, August 2013


“Real-world” education would prepare

students toward confident self-sufficiency

as they grow and mature. Character

education would be taught and put into

practice through mutual cooperation

among students and teachers to encourage

a sense of belonging, and self-empowerment

would be fostered toward healthy

life choices.

Basic Life Skills would be a key concept

for students to learn. Grade-appropriate

classes in finance, business, career and home

management would help students develop a

working knowledge of how to steward and

disperse their own resources.

To help ensure a successful education,

a Learning-Style Assessment and Personalized

Learning Plan would be created for

every student following educational precounseling

and pre-semester registration.

California State Standards and Common

Core Standards would be used as a baseline

for curriculum and administration of

standardized tests by fully credentialed teachers.

Another goal of the proposed school

would be to establish “effective, efficient

learning at school and respect for family time

at home.”

Military origins

More commonly known as the “boy’s

school,” the property was originally used

as a Marine Corps Units base, adjacent to

Estrella Army Airfield. From 1947-2008,

the converted property operated as one of

eight California Youth Authority facilities

to house and rehabilitate over 250 young

adult criminals. Passage of SB 81 legislation,

however, later mandated that offenders

remain with their originating counties of

commitment, thereby reducing the population

of juvenile incarceration. Upon its

closure, more than 400 current and retired

staff, dedicated volunteers and area residents

weathered summer’s triple digits in an

official ceremony to bid goodbye as a color

guard and honor guard removed our Flag

suspended high above.

A reincarnation of the site into the

Estrella Correctional Facility for adult inmates,

a reactivated Cal Fire Conservation

Camp and a reentry facility were short-lived

under budget issues (estimated at over $111

million) and ongoing community scrutiny.

The State also rescinded implementation

of the Central Coast Regional Secure

Community Reentry Facility due to the

expense for environmental site study, new

construction and state budget allocations.

Given a 70-percent recidivism rate within

the California State prison system, both

projects seemed doomed from the start. The

facilities have since sat like a barbed-wire

ghost town, and many in North County

have wondered what might become of the

sprawling acreage.

A brighter outlook for

future generations

Recently, a 2013 Surplus Land Bill, AB

826, included the Estrella Correctional Facility

for disposal as surplus real estate, effective

January 1, 2014. Surplus property is

sold pursuant to Government Code Section

11011 and 11011.1. If there is no local

government agency interest in the parcel,

it will be determined whether the property

will be sold as-is. A surplus purchase could

afford an innovative opportunity, not only for

Paso Robles Charter School to find a place

to establish and thrive, but to provide

redemption for old prison cells.

Unlike the public’s concern for a prison

facility over the past five years, might the

community of Paso Robles welcome a charter

school with open-armed support and

enroll their children, too? What has continually

been a financial eyesore for the State

could very well be a serendipitous match

for Paso Robles and parents considering

other alternatives.

Want to learn more about Paso Robles

Charter School & Youth Center? Email Jim

Fotinakes at jfotinakes@yahoo.com.

August 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 13


EDUCATION & YOUTH

DO start adjusting weekday bedtime

schedules to earlier times and limiting late

night television and video/computer game

playing. Going to bed early and getting

up on a school schedule starting two

weeks before the actual start of school is

the most effective way to get students back

in routine and eliminates stress those first

few weeks back.

DON’T go on a before school shopping

spree for school supplies unless you actually

know what the teachers will require.

Many of the big box stores have lists of

needed supplies by grade level but these

are created to sell school supplies and are

often NOT the supplies your child will

actually be asked to bring in. Of course

the backpack and lunch pail are always

standard equipment and fun to purchase

and take on the first day. With prices

rising and budgets shrinking, wait to see

what your child’s school will provide before

purchasing school supplies this year.

DO make your child a list of important

contacts and phone numbers in case

of emergencies. This list can be kept in a

wallet, purse or cell phone for older students

and in the backpack for the younger

ones. Consider getting your child an

ID bracelet with your cell phone number

and contact information. This is a

great idea for younger students who have

yet to memorize their phone numbers.

Don’t forget to update the list and contact

the school when your phone number

changes. Many schools are using autodialer

phone call systems to remind you

about upcoming events and activities and

to receive the message, they need a working

phone number.

DON’T plan a big vacation or trip the

weekend before school begins. Spend

some time just relaxing and being together

as a family. If your child will be attending

a new school, take a stroll around the

campus after you get off work or on the

Helpful Do’s

and Don’ts

By Judy Bedell

weekend and check out where the classrooms

are, the location of restrooms and

the cafeteria and office.

DO make sure you and your elementary

age children have a password that

will be shared in the event you have an

emergency and have to send a friend or

co-worker to pick them up. Children

should be taught not to go with strangers

unless they know the password.

This way no one can convince your

child you have been in

an accident and need to

get in the car with him

or her to be taken to see

you. Don’t frighten your

children, but have a plan in

place to assure their safety.

DON’T forget to have

the camera and/or phone charged for those

first day photos.

DO set up a basket or box to use for

papers you need to read and possibly

sign and return to school. There is a lot of

paperwork the first few weeks and with

multiple children it can get misplaced

and lost if there is not a designated spot

for you to check.

DON’T forget to check the bus schedule.

For Paso Robles Schools, it can be

found at www.pasoschools.com under

Support Services. Make sure both you

and your child have a designated place to

meet after school or if they will be walking

or riding a bike home, practice the route

before school actually begins.

DO make sure your child has picked

up a pencil and used it at least once

before school actually begins. Writing

shopping lists, letters to friends and

relatives, or a journal of final summer

activities are all great ways to get back in

the writing routine.

DON’T forget to listen to your child’s

concerns or worries about returning to

school. What might seem like a silly problem

to an adult can cause a child much

stress and anxiety. Encourage your child to

talk to you about what is bothering her and

then make a plan to address the concerns.

DO discuss and put in writing a plan

for when and where homework will

be done. Some families find doing it right

after school works best while others like

to wait until dinner is over. Splitting the

tasks in half and doing some work immediately

after school and then the rest after

dinner works well too. Pencil

in activities such as Awanas,

Girl Scouts, or football and

teach your child time management

skills by planning

ahead each week to get

homework done around the

various activities.

DON’T forget to label backpacks,

lunch pails, sweatshirts and other easily

misplaced items. Every few months,

schools send thousands of dollars worth of

clothing to thrift shops when it is left on

the playground and no name is found to

return the jacket or sweatshirt to the rightful

owner.

DO give lots of hugs and make time

to hear all of the news during the first

few days back at school. It is a time for

new beginnings, new friendships and new

knowledge.

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A solar power system was constructed for partners Brett Van Steenwyk

and Debbie Lorenz on the roof of their recently remodeled building at 811 12th

Street in Downtown Paso Robles. “Brett and Debbie elected to offset their

PG&E bills by using the latest photo-voltaic technology,” said Jim Shepard of

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The micro inverters efficiently convert the DC power to AC power at the

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Brett, a leading Paso Robles developer, has been involved in solar applications

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The system will produce 32,900 kilowatts annually, saving thousands of

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EDUCATION & YOUTH

By Judy Bedell

Back to School Night is an

important date to mark on your

calendar. Even if you have children

at three different schools,

or you are sending your last

child off to kindergarten, you

should make an effort to go.

Many changes are in the works

with new state standards and

Back-to-School Night is also a

wonderful opportunity for community

members to see just how

rigorous the curriculum now is.

At Back-to-School Night

the teacher has the opportunity

to present an overview of the

year’s curriculum, share his/her

classroom management and behavior

plans, and let you know

about any special events and

dates that are forthcoming. Take

along your dayplanner, smart

phone or calendar and mark

these dates down while you have

the time.

For parents, this evening also

gives you a chance to see where

your child is seated and to meet

other parents of children in the

class. Given today’s privacy

laws, teachers are not allowed

to give out

a class list of

phone numbers.

So, introduce

yourself

to other

parents and exchange

phone numbers or e-mail

in case your child needs an

emergency ride to school or

more often, clarification on that

homework assignment your

child suddenly forgot the directions

for.

With some schools having class

sizes of 32 - 35 students, Backto-School

Night is not the place

for a private conference about

your child and any concerns you

have. Do let the teacher know

when the best time to reach you is

and that you

value communication

between

school and

home.

Many teachers

are now utilizing e-mail to keep

in contact with busy working

parents. Take along an index or

business card that you can leave

with the teacher/s that has your

name, child’s name, and contact

information on it.

You can also list ways you are

able to volunteer or help the

teacher. For instance, if you work

during school hours, maybe you

can donate supplies for a special

art project or milk and cookies

for a reading rewards day.

Also ask what projects or supplies

the teacher may need. In

years past the school provided

ample Kleenex, pencils and paper.

That is not the case today.

See if other parents are interested

in teaming up to supply a

special art lesson or field trip

for the classroom.

Lastly, start a folder with

the information you receive at

Back-to-School Night. Keep it

in a special place to refer to and

add to it as the year progresses.

There might be papers to sign and

return so get those back to the

school as soon as possible.

If you are attending Back-to-

School Night as a community

member, introduce yourself to

the teacher and let her know if

you have an area of interest or expertise

you could share with the

class. Find out if there are any

part-time jobs open at the school,

such as yard duty supervision,

which is a paid position that can

be quite rewarding.

Good communication and

positive support from home

and the community will help all

children be successful.

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EDUCATION & YOUTH

Bearcat Boosters Gear Up for 2013-14

By Judy Bedell

Are you an alumnus of Paso

Robles High School? Do your

children or grandchildren participate

in athletics at Paso

Robles High School? Are you

a local business owner with

a commitment to supporting

Bearcat Athletics and a desire

to have your business name in

the forefront at athletic events?

The Paso Robles Bearcat

Boosters want and need you.

The Bearcat Boosters is a

501c3 organization that supports

all athletic teams at

Paso Robles High

Schools. Some of the

projects the “Boosters”

have taken on

these past few years

include paying for

coach’s stipends to

keep athletic programs running

during tough financial

times; providing uniforms and

equipment for athletes; building

a new softball shed; installing

wind screens for tennis and

purchasing a state of the art

timing clock for

water polo.

Bringing back

the tradition of

Bearcat Pride and

community support

for the Paso

Robles High

School athletes is the main

goal of the Bearcat Boosters.

As a business owner, one

way you can help is to purchase

a banner/billboard for the

annual fee of only $350.

The banner/billboard will be

1993 PRHS Class Reunion planned

Join your classmates downtown

for the opening evening

of the 20 year PRHS High School

Reunion with Concerts In the

Park on Friday, Aug. 16, 5:30-7:30

p.m., families welcome.

Then on Saturday night you’ll

want to attend the big event at the

Paso Robles Event Center, 2198

Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles on

August 17, including cocktails, dinner,

and dancing beginning at 5:30

p.m. to ? No host bar. Cost is $70 per

person through August 16, $80 per

person at the door.

Family Day takes place on

Sunday, August 18 (bring your

kids if you have them - just yourself

if you don’t) for a picnic at Star

Farms, 7835 Estrella Road in San

Miguel at 11 a.m. till ? Bring your

picnic lunch, ice chests, and sunblock.

Join them for a day of volleyball,

bocce ball, corn hole, horseshoes,

swimming, or just lounge

in a hammock. (No dogs please).

Cost is just $5 per person.

Send checks payable to:

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c/o Jill Smith

prominently displayed at War

Memorial Stadium for fall

and winter sports and then

moved to the Baseball and

Softball fields at Paso Robles

High School for spring sports.

A membership drive for

2013-2014 will be kicking off

in August with many levels of

participation to be offered. For

information on the Bearcat

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sponsor or member please go to

their website: bearcatboosters.

com. Go Bearcats!

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EDUCATION & YOUTH

Booker shines in debut at Operation Purple Camp

Donna Pettit and her therapy

dog, Booker, specifically a R.E.A.D.

(Reading Education Assistance

Dog), are very busy putting smiles

on faces in the area and recently

for the children involved in the

Operation Purple program at

Camp Whittier near Lake Cachuma

(Santa Barbara area).

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first a little background on the National

Military Family Association

and Operation Purple Camp.

Military families often serve without

asking for anything in return. But

as needs arise, programs are required

to address them. Based on what they

have heard from the public, they have

created several programs of their own

to sustain military families.

The military spouse scholarship

program recognizes the importance

of military spouse education and

the difficulties that come with

achieving higher education due

to moves and expenses. Each year,

hundreds of military spouses receive

a scholarship to help them on the

path to a successful career.

In the 2004 Operation Purple®

pilot season, the National Military

Booker entertains Operations Purple campers,

left, and hams it up for the TV crew, right.

Family Association started with

12 camp locations serving close

to 1,000 children. Since then the

program has grown and expanded

and by summer’s end nearly 45,000

military children and teens will have

been served. The Operation Purple

program also includes camps for

teens, family retreats at the

national parks, and camps

geared to address the needs

of children and families

of our nations wounded

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Donna Pettit with Booker

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EDUCATION & YOUTH

BOOKER from page 20 Pettit. “We’re now booked “Booker has recently been registered

as an Emotional Sup-

all the way through 2014.

and the role of therapy

They LOVE Booker, but it port Animal and he traveled with

dogs. This documentary

took many months of negotiating

to make this happen. Ithaca, New York on July 23. Our

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PASO PEOPLE

Robert Burton is Paso’s new Police Chief

By Chuck Desmond

As you read this article, it has been

fifteen months since we’ve had an official

sworn-in police chief. What a

great relief to have Robert Burton

now filling the position. He is a person

who has earned the title; plus the

respect of those whom he will lead

and those he has sworn to protect and

those who placed their confidence in

him when he was appointed.

While most have undoubtedly

heard his name, perhaps many may

not know his background. Yours truly

was able to spend a couple hours with

the new chief on his very first morning

in office.

First, let’s start off with why his

name is so familiar and then we’ll

peel back the onion and have that

“Ahh Haa” moment of recognition.

The first part is easy. Except for the

first year since he graduated from

the police academy in 1995, Chief

Burton has been with the Paso PD.

Here’s how it came to be.

Robert was born in Glendale in

1965. Soon thereafter, his father a

teacher, was hired at Cal Poly. And,

that’s how the family moved to the

Central Coast – SLO to be specific.

Robert grew up there, graduated from

high school there and, perhaps with

a bit of a connection, was accepted

into Cal Poly for his college education.

College proved to be as good as

gold: A) He graduated with a BS in

Graphic Communications / Printing

and B) He met a co-ed named Stacia.

More about her in a minute.

Finding work after graduation

wasn’t too difficult but it did cause

him to move to Fresno. After a couple

years of “working for the man,” he

and a friend opened their own printing

business – also in Fresno. In the

meanwhile, he had been making the

“weekend commute” back and forth to

see Stacia. When she graduated and

since their marriage seemed destined

– they did that and now the young

couple no longer had the commute.

But, it just didn’t feel right because

Fresno just wasn’t the Central Coast

which, to both of them, still meant

SLO. By 1993, they wanted to move

back but times had changed and the

business climate had fallen off.

What to do now?

Classmates told Robert, “Hey,

you’re a big guy, outgoing, personable

and smart. Why not give police

work a try? The jobs are stable, and

departments are hiring.”

“Why not indeed?” he thought.

Robert enrolled at our local police

academy at Allan Hancock College

and he easily gravitated toward

the work. Immediately following

graduation, he was hired by the SLO

Sheriff ’s department as a corrections

officer. A year later, all things in his

career changed.

By 1996, Robert had applied for

and was accepted by the PD of El

Paso de Robles. Reporting to Chief

Dennis Cassidy‘s organization, there

were about 30 sworn officers at that

time with a population of about

16,000 residents. From “Beat Cop”

to Traffic Officer on motorcycle, to

Field Training Officer, Robert moved

through the organization developing

and honing more skills along the way.

He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant

and then to Sergeant of the Detectives

which included supervising the

D.A.R.E. program, the property/

evidence area as well as departmentwide

training. His Lieutenant’s position

appointment came in 2005 and

then to Captain in July, 2007.

In April, 2012, the PD made a

personnel change and it left the title

and position of Chief open. City

Manager, Jim App, to whom the PD

reports, asked if Robert was interested

in being considered for chief. Robert

thought hard about that. Being a Police

Chief is a great honor and a great

career position. He and his family

concluded it just wasn’t the right time

for him so instead, he accepted App’s

offer to be the interim Chief until a

new one was appointed.

For Paso, the process has been a

very long and often-times taxing ordeal.

However, what was quietly taking

place was that Acting Chief Burton

was rebuilding the organization.

Under his leadership, the department

was stabilizing. Trust in every direction

was growing, gaining momentum

and strength. Twelve months

after Robert’s initial decision to say

‘no,’ again he was asked to reconsider.

Conditions had become a lot better

and now, perhaps it might be the

right time. Into the ring went Captain

Burton’s hat. Some 40 applicants

were whittled down to 5 and the

grilling became more intense. The recruiting

team was good at looking for

exactly the right person. They knew

what they wanted. The 5 became 2

and the City Council had one more

shot at “The Last Two Standing.”

In the third week of June, Captain

Burton was summoned by Manager

App and notified he was going to be

our new Police Chief!

Chief Burton, even though only on

Robert Burton Sworn

in as Paso’s New

Police Chief

City Hall Chambers were packed

with about 150 people on the evening

of July 2, 2013 prior to the regular

City Council meeting. The occasion

was the official swearing-in of Captain

Robert Burton to become the newest

Chief of the Paso Police Department.

board for seemingly a few hours, has

been preparing the next steps for awhile

now. He knew what needed to be done

and he’d been working at it all along.

“My number one job continues to

be three-pronged: strengthening the

department; reach a much deeper relationship

with Paso’s residents; and

fight the drug problems. I am here to

serve; I am here to make things better;

I am here to unite; I am here to make

Paso more safe than it has ever been.

We have two more officers in training

and one in the interviewing process

which will take us to 32 sworn men

and women plus a staff of 14 to support

them. Included in that number is

Officer Jeff DePetro, our K-9 officer.”

The chief is loudly asking the

community to help make this all

work. “If you see a problem, call

us. Let’s work together and make

our town the best it can be. We’re

here and we can fix things that are

broken. There is even a new SET

- Special Enforcement Team with

Officers Tony Ruiz and Tod Rehner

heading it up. We will do this if we

work together! Call 237-6464.”

Chief Burton – from all of us,

Congratulations and may God Bless

you and your family!

City Manager Jim App with Chief Burton

Chief Burton was surrounded by City Manager Jim App, Mayor Duane

Picanco and the rest of the City Council plus law enforcement staff from both

Paso and surrounding communities and agencies. His wife, Stacia, their two

children, Quincey and Clark, his parents and others of the family plus members

of the selection committee, city staffers, and residents were in the room

as well.

Mayor Picanco made a short introduction which was followed by an invocation

asking for guidance and protection of the soon-to-be-Chief. The Mayor

then explained how it was that Burton had been chosen and how proud that

city management was in him becoming the new Chief. He praised the selection

committee for their diligent work and extolled some of Burton’s qualities

that led to this moment.

The actual swearing in was led by Gail Wolff who had been the assistant

to Burton and the previous Chief. Following the last of the “I do promises” a

standing ovation amid cheers and miles-of-smiles raised the roof. Everyone

could feel the sense of relief and a new beginning chapter about to unfold.

Mrs. Burton pinned her husband with the official pin and then it was the

new Chief’s turn to have the microphone. The Chief eloquently commanded

the room as he started with thanks to those who were part of the process in

making the moment happen. From there, he explained his love of Paso and

his heart-felt plan to broaden the cooperation of the community and other

agencies with the PD. Mentoring new members, building bonds with citizen

groups and expanding accessibility are key points in his goals. Keeping Paso

safe for residents and visitors is the umbrella under which all else falls. A

great event and a great opportunity for El Paso de Robles!

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PASO PEOPLE

By Chuck

Desmond

Paso Robles Pioneer

Day, October

12, is 2 1⁄2 months

away and things are already

in the works for the

83rd consecutive parade and a

day full of events that grows more legendary

each year.

The focus is on the Bermingham Grain

Wagons. You’ve seen these green beauties

in the parade for years but this time will

be different. Why is that? Because all

three of them are being professionally

restored by one of the USA’s finest wagon

restorers, Loren Marcus, in Marysville,

California.

A bit of background before we go any

further. Ed Charles Bermingham came

from the Ventura-Oxnard area and in the

1880s era, he bought 900 acres of land,

seven miles outside of Shandon on old

Highway 41. The plan was to grow barley

and wheat but he needed wagons to haul

the grain to the train station. Memories are

a bit tricky after three generations but it

seems that the wagons were bought someplace

“down south” and then with mules,

driven up to the ranch. When they were

used, sacks of grain were loaded into the

wagons and then teams of 16-20 mules or

horses (probably mules) pulled the wagons

up the hills by Whitley Gardens and across

the Estrella River. Serious pulling-power

was needed for those trips! Ed Charles’ son,

Ed George, took over the ranch after that

and his son, Ed Grant, who has been known

as Butch since he was born in 1945, was next

in line. But, the ranch didn’t last that long.

It was sold in 1957 and that was the end of

the wagons’ use for hauling grain.

Now, let’s shift to the wagons themselves.

Do you remember (or at least remember

hearing about) the Studebaker Company?

Known for automobiles, right? Yes, but before

that, they made wagons and buggies

– thousands of them! Back in South Bend,

Indiana, pretty close to the geographical

center of an expanding USA, this company

made buggies and wagons for everyone in

every place. Every family, business, traveler,

doctor, stump preacher, traveling medicine

show, farmer and rancher needed a buggy

and probably a wagon too. Just like delivering

autos and trucks to dealerships today, buggies

and wagons had to be shipped to their

destination for purchase. As rail lines expanded,

shipping to the end of the train line

became the most practical method. There, or

someplace along the route, wagons would be

loaded with freight and hopefully, when the

freight was delivered, a buyer for the wagons

was waiting to take them. Ya couldn’t drive

them back empty and remember, all goods

were heading to a growth-filling West; things

didn’t go East. Most likely, that’s how these

three wagons ended up in Los Angeles and

were pulled all the way up here.

Try to imagine how long this took to arrange.

Starting with a hand-written purchase

intent sent by mail, a trip to go get

the wagons, most likely had to buy mules or

horses there and then, a trip all the way back

to Shandon! Maybe the conversation at the

dinner table went something like: “Honey,

I’m going to buy some new wagons. I’ll be

leaving in the morning and I should be back

in about a month!”

After the property sold, what happened

to the wagons? That’s the $64,000 question

but the answer is easy. The Paso area is

perhaps as generous and responsible as any

place on the planet. All three wagons were

donated to the Pioneer Day Committee

in the late ‘50s. For about 50 years, these

wonderful beasts have been kept inside and

protected. On Parade Day, out they come

for all to see!

And now, the saga continues.

Pioneer Day Committee’s main fundraiser

event for the past couple years has been the

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held

in the Spring. PDC was able to raise enough

funds for the Board to pass a vote to professionally

restore the beauties. The first one

was taken to Marysville last October. Wade

Taylor, “Paso’s Unofficial With A Heart As

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first one and delivered the second one in

April. Wade has been the driving force behind

Paso Wagon Restoration for years! As

Roblan Of The Year a bit back, Wade is a 6th

generation Roblan and his passion for saving

Paso buggies and wagons has earned him

multiple gold bricks on his path to Heaven.

The Studebaker stamp was found under

coats of old paint and the original paint

colors were discovered as well. Fancy pin

striping on the wheels and the bright blue

of the freight boxes were also found and

have been restored. Their green color is now

blue! These wagons were used a lot but surprisingly,

there was little damage as might

be expected for a 130-year old wagon.

Taken virtually completely apart

for inspection and restoration,

the iron was cleaned,

brakes repaired, wheels

tightened and all parts

were re-painted.

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of time to make plans!

Ain’t Paso fabulous!

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PASO PEOPLE

By Chuck Desmond

Last month, in YOUR Paso

Robles Magazine, we looked at the

upcoming Quasquicentennial 2014

wall calendar. In June, the Recipe

book was spotlighted. For this issue,

let’s take a peek at what Superintendent

Kathleen McNamara

has urged the Paso Robles School

district to play in their part of Paso’s

125th celebration year – 2014.

Before we start, let’s have another

short review. In March, we

will celebrate 125 years of El Paso

de Robles as an incorporated city.

The Celebration Committee is

headed by Julie Dahlen and the

co-chairs are Dee Lacey and Frank

Mecham. These names of course

are familiar to you, and with their

leadership, 2014 is becoming a year

to remember.

“REMEMBER” is an excellent

word because that’s what it’s all

about – remembering our history,

preserving our history and passing

it on to the generations who will

come after us. Residents and businesses

have banded together to do

all they can to make a 12-month

celebration party. About 50 dedicated

individuals are spreading the

word, working on events, designing

memorabilia, planning the official

March party, raising funds, digging

into archives and publicizing everything

that comes along.

The logo you’ve seen for a few

months in this column is now accompanied

by a copy of the 11x17

calendar’s first month’s page. Soon,

the calendar with its historic photos

will go to print with all the

events that we know about being

highlighted. With a skoosh of luck,

you’ll be able to buy yours in September

or October – just in time

to hang it when 2014 actually begins.

Next month, the front cover

of the Recipe Book should join this

column’s artwork. About 300 recipes

have been received so far. We’ve

Quasquicentennial Update

been able to hold the recipe-submission-deadline

longer because

the printer has assured us he’ll have

them in time for Christmas presents.

So, if you still want to submit,

do it now! Same for events to go on

the calendar!

Okay, on to the schools. Remember,

we want to pass our history to

our children. That makes this aspect

of 2014 the most exciting part

of the whole year. Of course it has to

go through the schools and at this

early stage, our educators are jumping

in with all cylinders pumping.

Teaching our history will assuredly

strengthen Paso’s future! From K

through 12 and in each location,

the principals are committed.

Blending Paso’s specific history

with the required curriculum

is proving not to be too difficult.

It’s exciting! All the schools have

the full cooperation and openness

of both the Pioneer Museum and

the Historical Society. These two

entities are fabulous resources for

our youths’ educations. The Charter

School is even considering

conducting some of their classes at

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these locations! Field

trips with historical

emphasis are becoming

the norm. K

and 1st grade will be

looking at old time

meal preparation and

studying family life,

transportation and

what schoolhouses and classes were

like in those days.

Speaking, Essay Writing and

Reading Skills come for the next

grades. Books about the life and

times of the area followed by verbalizing

those understandings will

be folded into the regular requirements.

How has the community

changed? Paso’s agricultural history

from grains through livestock

and vines and the impact of the

train coming to Paso will occupy

a great deal of these grade’s education.

Parallel to that is government.

How did and does Paso govern itself?

Why does the city have pride

in itself? Why did families choose

to move here? Who are the famous

people who lived here and what did

they do? All these afford an entry

into tourism plus the sights and

sounds of our past to our present.

Bundle the thoughts of this paragraph

into “needed life skills” and

you get essay writing. What a wonderful

way to cement our past onto

young minds!

By Junior High, the arts are

emerging. Drawing, painting and

music are most dominant. In the

minds’ eyes of the students, capturing

the imagination of the

train station, harvesting, the acorn

building, horses and cattle, The

Hotel or the first traffic signal, the

schoolhouses themselves – all just

screaming for open minds to think

about. Music from early days and

even Paderewski will join with the

choruses of the children’s voices.

The Bearcats have a ton they will

participate in. Sports from day one

of Paso’s history, the band‘s performances,

a self-created drama, Paso’s

economics lessons, music from the

choir, a significant float in the parade,

attending city council meetings

and presentations from the

Mayor and the Council as well as

the Police and Fire Chiefs.

It’s reported that the Culinary

Academy will have a food focus

that spans the generations!

There will be school events for

the parents and the community to

see throughout the year. As each

one becomes scheduled, right here

in this magazine column, we’ll tell

ya about them!

Speaking of scheduling, here is

a partial list of future column spotlights:

The New Year’s Eve Party at

the Inn, both fireworks celebrations,

birthday party in March, Women’s

Day, Toby to Barney 12.5 mile run,

merchandise items and outlets, the

New City Flag and flags for us,

Pioneer Day Parade and weekend,

and the list goes on. Whew, I’m going

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PASO PEOPLE

Winemakers vie for chef’s

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The 15th Annual Winemakers’

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10 from 6-9 p.m. at the Paso Robles

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as the title sponsor of the event.

“The IQMS sponsorship of the Rotary

event underscores our company’s

commitment toward the education

and support of our local youth,” said

Randy Flamm, President and C.E.O.

of IQMS. “As we continue to prosper

here, our involvement in helping to

further the goal of an event like the

Cookoff is one way of giving back.”

“The Paso Robles

Winemakers’ Cookoff

has become one of

Paso Robles’ mostpopular

wine, food

and music events,”

says event co-chairperson

Bob Fonarow.

“Participating

wineries pair their

grilled culinary creations

with their

finest wines and compete for both

Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice

“Real Food for Real Children”

must! charities new collaboration

with Food Bank

must! charities announced recently

it’s new, two-year collaboration and

$220,000 investment with the Food

Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo

(SLO) County, called “Real Food

for Real Children,” designed to meet

the need to provide adequate healthy

food to all children in North SLO

County, especially during the summer

months when school is not in session.

Created to be 100 percent sustainable

within two years, the project will grow

from feeding 500 children in need

to more than 1,500 by summertime

next year and up to 2,500 kids the

following year.

One in five children in the North

SLO County lives in poverty; these

children are particularly susceptible

to health issues like obesity, diabetes,

high blood pressure, heart disease,

and many forms of cancer. School

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free or reduced lunches during

the school year and go without in the

summer.

“Because we are all about collaboration,

this project will not only focus

on food, but also expand and educate

families on nutrition education in a

variety of ways to both parents and

children,” shared Becky Gray, executive

director of must! charities. “We

will also be bringing in a community

of volunteers who will expand the

program to include other enrichment

opportunities for these children, while

providing food (including literacy

programs, farming and gardening,

art, nutrition, medical and dental, and

more).”

Meals will have increased nutritional

density, and could include a

lunch plus a breakfast, a dinner or

a snack. After the initial two-year

program period, the program will be

completely self-sustainable, capable

of expanding even further beyond the

2,500 children reached after the second

year. Ultimately, all 6,124 identified

local children (source: California

Dept. of Education) in need will have

access to healthy food when they

are not in school (summer months,

holidays and after-school hours). This

project is mobile, and will be reaching

out to the most remote places in the

county.

“We are grateful and pleased to

partner with must! charities to serve

more children in North County and

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For more information on

the Paso Robles Rotary

Club and the Winemakers’

Cookoff visit: www.winemakerscookoff.com

or call toll-free

(877) 264-6979.

Carl R. Hansen, executive director of

the SLO County Food Bank Coalition.

“Healthy food is preventive

health care, and necessary for a child’s

academic and social success in life.

Real Food for Real Children is not

an expense, but an investment in our

children and our future.”

Please see FOOD BANK page 32

Hunger Walk

The 2013 SLO County

Food Bank Hunger Walk

will take place on Saturday,

September 21 at 2 p.m. at four

regional sites conveniently located

across the county. Register as an individual,

a team or as a business. If your

company would like to be involved you

can either register as a team or ask

about sponsorship opportunities. For

more information contact hungerwalk

@slofoodbank.org.

Check-in begins at 1 p.m. and the

walk begins promptly at 2 p.m. All walk

locations are approximately 1 mile long.

Questions? Visit the Hunger Walk FAQ

page. If you have any difficulty registering

or have questions call 238-4664.

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PASO PEOPLE

Dale Zeulner inducted into the

Police & Fire Games Hall of Fame

By Millie Drum

It’s been a year of milestones for

Dale Zeulner. Congressman Kevin

McCarthy congratulated Dale for

two of the most important chapters

of his life by personally presenting

medals for his service in World War

II during the Honor Flight trip to

Washington D.C. in April and acknowledging

Dale’s recent induction

into the Police and Fire Games

Hall of Fame in San Diego.

I was delighted to write the

Honor Flight story for the June

issue of this magazine. Then I told

Dale there was a “Part Two” after

his return from being inducted into

the Hall of Fame.

He replied, “You would do that

for me?” It’s my pleasure, indeed.

Being inducted into the Hall of

Fame is an honor given to a select

few; recognizing individuals who exemplify

the spirit of the Games with

good sportsmanship, camaraderie

and overall excellence in their profession.

Those qualities bridge Dale’s

entire life. After serving in the Navy

in World War II, Dale chose a career

in law enforcement in 1951 with

the Huntington Beach Police Department.

With a pledge to “protect

and serve,” Dale retired with almost

30 years as a Lieutenant. One of his

proudest accomplishments was his

role in the capture of one of the FBI’s

10 most wanted criminals; thereby

receiving a reward and a personal

letter from J. Edgar Hoover.

From lettering in high school,

participating in the International

Police Olympics in 1973 and then

the World Police and Fire Games

for 40 years, sports opened up a

world of opportunity for Dale. He

has won over 90 medals, including

33 gold medals in horseshoes, softball

and bowling AND he pitched

two perfect games in slow pitch

softball in tournament play. He

adds, I had a pretty good team and

4 of those guys came to the Hall of

Fame ceremony and that helped me

a whole bunch!”

The Police and Fire Games took

Dale and his late wife Betty all over

the world. Opening ceremonies

in Melbourne, Australia were held

in the same stadium built for the

Summer Olympics. Dale adds, “A

fire truck and two firemen climbed

a tall ladder to light the flame of

the torch to open the Games and

I watched 56 countries with their

flags flying as they marched around

that track with 50,000 people in the

stadium. Some of the same Olympics

sports are played in the Police

and Fire Games with a few additions

such as a muster, climbing

ladders and rescuing people from

tall buildings for the firemen and

target shooting for the policemen.”

Dale and his buddies competed on

the same level of excellence and

ability as Olympic athletes culminating

with the thrill of winning

the Gold, Silver and Bronze.

If you pitch a few horseshoes

yourself or pass by the pits at the

downtown City Park, take a moment

to thank Dale for his life of achievement

in service to our country and

representing his noble profession as

a member of the Hall of Fame for

the Police and Fire Games.

Don Jacobs honored as Rotarian of the Year

The Paso Robles Rotary Club

recently announced Don Jacobs

as its Rotarian of the Year. Jacobs

is a Paso Robles resident and has

been deeply involved in Rotary

for 35 years. In Orange County,

he served as President of Rotary

International. He moved to Paso

Robles in 1999 and has served

as Secretary, Door Keeper, Cashier

and International Chairman.

When asked why Don

has invested so much

time with Rotary, he says,

“I can only do so much.

If I am with others, I can

give a lot more.”

Regarding Rotary, Jacobs

also says that he

is most interested in the

International aspects of

Rotary, including helping

communities overseas

and working to eradicate

polio... but it’s also the

local aspect of Rotary and

the annual high school

scholarships of $39,000

this year that makes him

feel like he’s making a difference

here at home. Don and his wife

Vera have been very loyal to

Rotary for many years. The Paso

Robles Rotary Club is honored for

their service.

The Paso Robles Rotary Club

meets each Thursday at noon at

the historic Paso Robles Inn

Ballroom.

FOOD BANK from page 30

“We are ‘Venture Philanthropists’

who are coming together, pooling our

funds, to invest heavily in a ‘futures’

market,” continued Gray. “However,

instead of looking for a cash return,

we are looking for a positive social

return in our communities, and we

welcome volunteers who want to get

involved with this new program.”

Founded by must! charities and the

Food Bank, with close collaboration

with the USDA, the California Department

of Education, SLO County

Public Health Services, the University

of California Cooperative Extension,

the Culinary Arts Academy (part of

Paso Robles Unified School District),

Farm to Family, GleanSLO, and the

SLO County Food System Coalition,

additional collaborative partners will

be added as the program expands,

to bring in other resources such as

nutritional education and literacy

programs.

For more information, contact

must! charities at mustcharities.org or

slofoodbank.org.

volunteers needed

The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society

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PASO PEOPLE

Taste. Sip. Indulge. Time to Play. Main Event at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch

SAVOR the Central Coast set for September 26 thru 29

Celebrate the allure of California’s

Central Coast at the fourth

annual Sunset SAVOR the Central

Coast. This four-day event

will play host to a two-day Main

Event held at historic Santa Margarita

Ranch on September 28

& 29, 2013 in San Luis Obispo

County.

Sip more than 200 wines, indulge

in culinary bites from over 30

local chefs, meet winemakers, brew

masters and artisans, tour the Central

Coast Pavilion and learn from

Sunset Magazine’s expert editors.

Special culinary and adventure

events countywide. The Main

Event highlights the beauty and

bounty of this unspoiled region. It

showcases the talents of winemakers,

brew masters, fisherman, chefs,

artisanal food producers and many

more people who call the Central

Coast home.

Delve into the culinary world

with celebrity chefs as they

guide guests through SAVORexclusive

chef demonstrations.

Meet celebrity Chef Michael

Voltaggio, celebrated author, chef

and owner of the popular

Los Angeles restaurants

ink. and ink.sack. Many

more acclaimed chefs will

take to the stage to showcase

their talents throughout

the weekend including

author and Chef

Nathan Lyon.

Meet the Central

Coast chefs, farmers,

artisan purveyors and

more who are

committed to

working with

the freshest, most

flavorful ingredients.

The demonstration

stage

will be stacked

with Farm to

Table demonstrations

throughout the day

featuring topics such as olive oil,

sheep’s milk ice cream, garden

cocktails and more. Also, be sure

to check out the annual School

Garden which will be donated to

a school within San Luis Obispo

County.

Demonstrations will take

place both Saturday and

Sunday throughout the

entire day. Prepare your

palate for a grand tour of

the Central Coast’s acclaimed

wineries – from

Santa Cruz to Ventura

– all in one stop. Arranged

by sub-region, more than

100 wineries will pour

their very best as you stroll

the Marketplace.

Top chefs

from the Central

Coast and

beyond will be

dishing up small

bites throughout

the day.

Take a piece of

the Central

Coast home with you from a

selection of pop-up shops where

you can sample and purchase

gourmet delights such as local

olive oils, cookies and almonds.

Sunset magazine experts will

guide you through once-in-alifetime

Adventure Tours for

a closer look at sustainable

abalone farming, take you behind

the walls of Hearst Castle along

with intimate vineyard visits and

wine tastings. You will have exclusive

access to events including

Sunset at Hearst Castle where you

will sample award-winning wines

from Sunset’s International Wine

Competition to having dinner

at water’s edge at Sunset on the

Sand in Pismo Beach.

Cap it all off with a culinary

experience under the stars in Paso

Robles wine country and a run

through the streets of downtown

San Luis Obispo. From strolling

the grounds of the Main Event to

exciting Adventure Tours, this

weekend is sure to inspire you

to explore the bounty of San

Luis Obispo County and the

Central Coast.

For more information, visit

the website savorcentralcoast.com,

email savor@visitsanluisobispo

county.com, or call Visit San

Luis Obispo County at (800)

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PASO PEOPLE

Local Relay for Life Raises $100,000+

for The American Cancer Society

By Millie Drum

The Relay For Life spirit brought

65 teams and over 700 walkers to

the River Oaks Event Center in

June. We are just a small part of the

enormous worldwide effort to fight

cancer with over four million participants

in 65 countries. Thanks to

the millions of dollars raised each

year, there is more hope that ever for

a cure. The top individual fundraiser

for 2013 is David Lee with $8,317.

His team the Star Trekkers took the

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PEARLS partners...

PEARLS Ministries and Paso

Robles Community Church are partnering

for a Summer Fun community

event on Aug. 10 from 3-7 p.m. in

the Paso Robles Community Church

parking lot, 2706 Spring Street, Paso

Robles. There will be a BBQ Cookoff

dinner including meat, beans, potato

salad, and cookies. Buy tickets to

taste and then vote for your favorites.

team honors with $19,493.

Along with funding research,

advocacy and the

most commonly known

programs, the American

Cancer Society also operates

Hope Lodge; facilities

that provide a comfortable

place for patients and caregivers...

free of charge... as they receive treatment

and focus on getting well.

For more information on Hope

Lodge and other ACS programs,

Flea Market and Craft Items will be

for sale by people in the community.

Children’s area is free and will include

a bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn,

snow cones, face painting and

more! For more information contact

PEARLS Ministries at 227-4850 or

pearlsministries@att.net. Proceeds will

further outreaches for families in need

and ex-inmates.

The North County Home,

Garden and Gourmet Expo

The Fall 2013 North County

Home, Garden and Gourmet Expo

will be happening at the Paso Event

Center on Saturday, September 7,

from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, September

8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The North

visit cancer.org and relayforlife.

org/pasoroblesca.

Calling All Dads! It’s

your turn to WOW us

with your culinary talents!

Join Idler’s 4th Annual

Father’s Day Chili

Cook-off Beer Fest 2013.

Support Team Idler’s on Saturday,

August 17 from noon to 2 p.m. at

both Idler’s locations in Paso Robles

and San Luis Obispo. A $5 donation

to the American Cancer Society

County Home, Garden and Gourmet

Expo presents over 100 exhibitors

including general contractors, flooring,

landscapers, kitchen and bath

cabinets closet organizers, landscape

designers, painters, countertops, tile,

granite, appliances, solar energy, fireplaces,

local restaurants, wineries and

much more! FREE to all attendees

including a Kid’s Area with the Paso

Robles Children’s Museum. Cooking

demonstrations and the Wine and

Gourmet Food Garden with local

wineries and restaurants.

For information, call 772-4600.

Adult Wellness

Adult Wellness & Prevention

Screening serves the County of San

enters you in the raffle for a KitchenAid

Coffee Maker with commuter

cup worth $100. Beer Sampling

courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewery

and Tap It Brewing Co. Dad’s

must register by August 14 to compete.

Only 15 contestants per store

will be registered. The grand prize is

a Beefeater Discovery 4 Burner Grill

valued at $1,000.

Relay For Life team Kids Care

for Cancer will be selling soda,

chips, and candy to wind up their

regional fundraising effort for the

Atascadero Relay that comes to an

end on August 31. For information

call 543-6600 in SLO and 238-6020

in Paso.

Luis Obispo providing free health

screening for adults. Services include

monitoring of blood pressure, pulse

and weight and finger prick blood test

screening for anemia, blood sugar and

cholesterol and nutritional /lifestyle

counseling. No appointment needed

for basic services. First come first served.

Call for appointments for lipid panels.

The schedule for August is as follows:

• Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

- Atascadero Senior Center, 5905 E.

Mall. Full Lipid Panel available at this

site for $20 fee. Call 544-2484 ext 1

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Please see T N’ T page 36

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August 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 35


PASO PEOPLE

Golden State Classic Car Club Drives Local Donations

Labor Day Weekend Cruise and Show

Golden State Classics Car Club

Inc. is a non-profit organization

formed many years ago by local

classic car owners who liked to get

together and show off their rides.

This year the Golden State Classics,

Inc. Car Show will be held Labor Day

Weekend, August 30 and 31 in Paso

Robles. The cruise on Spring Street

will start on Friday at 6 p.m. until

8 p.m. The show in the park on Saturday

will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the first year the club

has put on the cruise and show by itself.

The City has been supportive of

the club’s efforts and is working to

ensure a successful two day event. It

is a huge undertaking for the club but

many members volunteer their time all

year long in order to make the show a

success.

The profits from car shows have enabled

Golden State Classics Car Club

to donate several thousand dollars to

many local organizations including

Loaves and Fishes, Hospice, Toys for

Tots/Toy Bank, The Women’s Shelter,

Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets,

Meals on Wheels, local Veterans charities

and many other worthwhile local

causes. The club has sponsored scholarships

for students continuing their

studies in automobile related careers.

A club or an organization is needed

to help on cruise night. These

individuals would be responsible for

standing at each intersection to man

the barricades. Please contact Arthur

Anderton at 286-7156 if your club or

organization would be willing to assist

with the Car Show cruise.

The Club always meets weekly on

Saturday mornings early at the Cider

Creek Bakery, 205 Oak Hill Road

in Paso. They

also host a

cruise to King

Oil Tools,

2235 Spring

Street, once

a month

where they

sponsor a

50/50 drawing

with half of the proceeds going to

local charities or projects. Club meetings

are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday

every month at the Paso Robles

Elks, 1420 Park Street in Paso Robles.

The Golden State Classics President

this year is Russell Johnson, the car show

Chairman is Gene Otten and the Cruise

Chairman is Arthur Anderton. For

further information please visit www.

goldenstateclassics.org or telephone

President Russ Johnson at 286-6408.

T N’ T from page 35

• Thursday, August 15, 9 a.m. - 12

noon - California Manor, 10165 El

Camino Real, Atascadero

• Wednesday, August 28, 9 a.m - 12

noon – Paso Robles Senior Center, 270

Scott St., Paso Robles

For more information contact

Community Action Partnership Adult

Wellness and Prevention Screening,

1030 Southwood Drive, San Luis

Obispo, phone 544-2484 ext. 1.

New Mixed Use Development

A new project has been approved for

the former Paso Robles Ford location

at 34th and Spring Streets.

The “Uptown Center” project proposes

to construct 23,500 sq. ft. of

commercial buildings fronting Spring

Street. The first floor would include a

10,000 sq. foot grocery store occupied

by local favorite La Reyna Market, and

3,200 sq. ft. of additional commercial

lease space. The second floor would

provide for 10,300 sq. ft. of lease space

for office use.

There will be 28 detached single

family homes along with 14 attached

ownership residential units constructed

on the eastern portion of the site, with

homes oriented to 34th Street and Park

Street. The homes would be 3 bedrooms

ranging in size from 1,465 to 1,605 sq.

ft. Each unit would have the ability to

have separate ownership including a

one-car garage.

Fundraiser Yard Sale

Methodist Ministries of Paso

Robles is holding a fundraiser yard

sale September 1, from 8 a.m. until

noon at 421 19th St. in Paso Robles.

All proceeds support missions locally

and abroad. Call 238-2006 for more

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ROUND TOWN

Sue Aiken’s Twice in a Lifetime Journey to Ethiopia

By Millie Drum

The Peace Corps was established in

1961 by President John. F. Kennedy. It

came at a time in our country’s history

that beckoned college graduates to immerse

themselves in a new life of service

within a new culture...somewhere in the

world.

Paso Robles resident Sue Aiken joined the

ranks of young Peace Corp volunteers upon her

graduation in 1962. “By that summer the Peace

Corps was in full ‘start up mode’ with many

locations to choose from,” said Sue. “Congress

thought that the Peace Corp was ‘the world’s

worst idea’ so every effort was made to take care

of the program.”

From the Peace Corp’s current perspective,

Collaborative effort “across the pond” results in

Above The Waves

By Steven W. Martin

Local writer Millie Drum and video production

expert Ron Gallagher have joined forces to

shepherd a project of global scope: a new collaborative

book by local photographer Lisa Wilkerson

of Arroyo Grande and British poet Jeremy Reed

entitled Above The Waves. The book is the third

collaborative effort by the two artists. Other

books include Exploding Into Colour, and The Big

Orange Day. The amazing thing about these projects

is that Wilkerson and Reed have never met

face-to-face.

The photographer and the poet connected online

because of a mutual admiration for the music

of Marc Almond (lead singer for Soft Cell,

a group best known for its song, Tainted Love.)

Wilkerson contributed to Reed’s 2001 book Marc

Almond: Adored and Explored. Except for the occasional

phone conversation, Wilkerson and

Reed have communicated exclusively via email.

Reed is widely recognized as an imaginative

and gifted British poet. He has published 40

books of poetry and prose and has been honored

in England by the National Poetry Society,

Somerset Maugham Book Awards and the Royal

Library Fund.

The relationship between Wilkerson and

Reed deepened when in 2007, Wilkerson lost

consider how the world has changed in 50 years.

We have greater access to education, but perhaps

the most striking change is the way the world is

inner-connected through trade, travel and technology

in ways that were unimaginable 50 years

ago. For Sue, returning to Ethiopia, accompanied

by her daughter Kelly, commemorated her

Sue and Kelly Aiken on horseback

and the people of Ethiopia.

Peace Corp service

as a teacher,

became an unforgettable

international

experience

and a tribute to

her grandparent’s

legacy as missionaries

in Kenya for

30 years.

“I wanted to

go to Africa and

Ethiopia was the

only country with

a call for teachers,” Sue adds. With her English

major and an adventurous spirit, Sue was

assigned to teach at a boy’s boarding school.

The students were not well spoken in English

after being taught by people with bad

English habits, “We quickly learned that they

didn’t understand us and we were the first

Americans for them to hear.”

The events leading up to the Ethiopia reunion

her brother, Gregory Scott Wilkerson in a house

fire. The day after the fire Wilkerson began taking

photographs of the California coastline.

After years of encouragement by Reed, the two

decided to collaborate. Reed would add poetry

to complement her photography.

After one design attempt in England they decided

to explore other avenues “across the pond.”

Wilkerson turned to Gallagher for help. He contacted

Drum to handle some of the writing duties.

“I wrote the foreword and Ron designed the

page layout,” said Drum. “From Lisa’s own written

words, I was able to edit them; bringing more

feeling to the story. She really loved what I did

with it.”

“It took me a couple of weeks to do the design,”

said Gallagher. “I loved working with the

quality images that were beautifully crafted.”

Gallagher said he and Drum have known each

other for years and have collaborated on various

projects. Gallagher owns Gallagher Video

Services and specializes in keepsake videos and

film transfer. “I can transfer film and videotape

to DVD or encode them for use on the Internet,”

he said.

Drum owns Straight For/Word Writing and

has been a regular contributor to Paso Robles

Magazine for years. “I write for many clients,”

in September of 2012 began with the 50th

celebration of the Peace Corp held in Washington

D.C. in 2011, where Sue’s group of fellow

Peace Corp volunteers were reunited and set

the intention to return to Ethiopia to commemorate

their life there 50 years ago. Sue had

some hesitation about making the trip until

her daughter Kelly made the mistake of saying,

“I’d go to Africa with you!” Sue called her back

to say, “Well, we’re going!”

It was a lot of work for Kelly to arrange her

schedule for the two week trip, but Sue adds,

“Kelly was the right person to go with me being

very multi-culturally interested and out-going.”

Upon arrival, the group of 100 was met with native

people, ceremonial dance and local dignitaries.

Sue and Kelly visited the school where she

taught, the holy city of Lalibela, famous for its

monolithic rock churches, traveled to an Ecolodge

at 10,000 feet on horseback and happily

returned to the modern city of Addis Ababa.

“For a long time I shelved my experience,”

said Sue. “Because we were the early Peace Corp

volunteers 50 years ago, we were viewed with

curiosity upon our return and often asked to

speak publicly.”

In retrospect, Sue’s call to Africa, twice in a

lifetime, is not only a remarkable story...it linked

the legacy of Kelly Aiken’s great grandparents to

a remarkable journey with her mom.

Millie Drum and Ron Gallagher

said Drum, “doing mostly marketing and business

writing.” She said she hopes the new

book will open up new opportunities for her.

“It’s really cool to have your name on a published

book,” she said. “I have several books I want to

write and the time is right.”

Drum also said she feels she can help people

who would like to publish e-books. “E-books

are shorter than regular books,” said Drum.

“The most successful e-books are very contentrich.”

Drum and Gallagher said e-books typically

cost $4 to $5 and can be marketed online through

services such as Amazon.com.

For more information about Straight For/

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information about Gallagher Video Services call

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August 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 37


ROUND TOWN

I always feel like somebody’s

watching me... All the news

about NSA surveillance worries me.

It’s not so much the NSA, it’s what

their private sector consultants and

tech providers might do with our personal

data. Are they leaking my stuff

onto Google, or Siri, heaven forbid?

“Hi, Mr. Curtis, I hear you’re down

8 pounds, gotta keep that diet going,

so how about a skinny latte?” asks my

‘buck barista.

“How do you know about my diet?”

I ask, but he’s already gone, waiting on

the next customer.

‘Your 1998 Camry, VIN #_____

averaged 24.6 mpg on your trip to Santa

Barbara; good work, Bruce!’ –reads my

gas receipt. I furtively search under

my hood for an unrecognized black

box, but find nothing. And what’s

with the Crown Vic with the Booz

Allen logo, next to me?

My banker says, “Hi, Mr. Curtis,

how are you? Hey, sorry you’re getting

audited,” Wait! I’m getting audited? I

haven’t heard anything...”

“Oh, [coughs], I’m sorry, excuse

me...” She flashes a glassy smile and

flees to a back office.

Fact is, everyone is tracking us, everywhere;

your credit card histories,

cell phone location, all of it encoded

in tiny binary bits which in the hands

of the right geek reveal all sorts of

intimate stuff about you, your buying

habits, social life, income and political

preference.

The value of your home, for instance,

is common knowledge,

tracked by the California Realtor’s

Association, which says prices have

risen faster than anytime in the past

33 years. Fact is, median home prices

are up 32% from May, a year ago, as

buyers compete for existing homes.

And you don’t always have to possess

all the facts to deduce even more. For

instance, purchasers are fronting bigger

down payments to get more stable

loans and better interest rates, and we

County Perspective

can deduce from this that people have

more cash than they did at the start of

the Great Recession.

Websites like Zillow and Trulia

track Central Coast housing commerce

down to the neighborhood, the

“hottest” zones color-coded in yellow

and red. Where are prices toastiest?

Paso Robles to Templeton, where the

average home goes on the market for

anywhere from $675,000 to $1.05

million and that’s plenty warm.

The main reason for house prices

skyrocketing in an economy seen as

lukewarm at best? Under-supply. Developers

say taxes, fees and assessments

add so much to new home prices that

they’re waiting until homebuyers are

willing to fork over enough extra to

cover those costs.

Economic recovery is a factor with

county jobless rates dropping below

6%, although quality income producing,

(read: home-buying wages)

lags. Economic forecasters look for

double-digit home price inflation this

year, tapering down in 2014.

Templeton TAAG: The Templeton

area advisory group (TAAG)

approved People’s Self Help Housing’s

proposal for 84 new apartment

units, set to be built onto an existing

2-acre apartment property off Las

Tablas Road.

Five buildings, each with six units

will be open to low-income residents,

since the rents will be 30% below

market. Unfortunately, every program

comes with a certain loss of privacy;

residents will be income-checked

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annually, to meet income restrictions

of $18,000 to $ 40,000 per year.

Templeton’s first hotel, Las Tablas

Village, was green-lighted by TAAG.

The project proposed for the corner

of Las Tablas Road and Bennett

Way would bring nearly 182,000

square feet of hotel, retail and residential

space to the site. The mixeduse

project brings 120 hotel units to

the 15-acre site.

“...tracked by the California Realtor’s Association,

which says prices have risen faster than anytime in

the past 33 years...Where are prices toastiest?

Paso Robles to Templeton, where the average home

goes on the market for anywhere from $675,000

to $1.05 million and that’s plenty warm.”

Loss: Nipomo supervisor Paul

Teixeira (pronounced teh-share-ah,

in case you wondered), surprised everyone

by unexpectedly passing away.

I realize he was my age, and I shiver.

Teixeira passed away at Marian

Medical Center in Santa Maria

on June 28th of undisclosed causes,

leaving a glaring gap and many questions

about how the board will lean,

now that Teixeira’s pro-growth, conservative

presence is gone. On the

officially non-partisan board, Paso

Robles’ Frank Mecham and Debbie

Arnold, next door, are generally

seen as more pro-growth than their

liberal-leaning counterparts, Bruce

Gibson and Adam Hill.

To add to the confusion, Democrat

Governor Jerry Brown is likely to appoint

an interim supervisor – and you

can just about bet he or she will not

be a conservative – to fill Teixeira’s

remaining term, which runs through

2014.

What policy changes will the

shift in board makeup do? The

likely answer is, not many, because

Brown is not expected to appoint

Teixeira’s successor for at least six

months, and that minimizes the

time and political capital available

to his successor. For now, look for

some gridlock, and acrimony, if

only symbolic. And why does Jerry

Brown get to decide who represents

county voters?

Taking Sides: Anyone who has

tracked groundwater declines along

the 101/Hwy 46 corridor knew sides

would be drawn.

Those sides now have names: Paso

Robles Agricultural Alliance for

Groundwater Solutions, (PRAAGS),

and PRO Water Equity, representing

residential property owners.

Not surprisingly, PRAAGS wants

a fully empowered water management

district, and plans to circulate a

petition in the Fall. PRO Water Equity

believes ag users don’t care about

residential users, even as residential

wells go dry, victims of greater use by

agriculture.

PRAAGS Chair Jerry Reaugh

responds that ag interests are just as

affected by water issues as residents

– and ag users are also residents.

The bottom line that the aquifer

doesn’t respect property lines may

be the one thing both sides will

agree on, even though PRO Water

disagrees with forming a water

management district. Dana Merrill,

PRAAGS vice-chair, sees a district

as the only way to bring powerful

interests together to seek a solution.

By assessing properties based

on acreage, Merrill thinks both ag

and residents could bring together

the clout needed to move politicians

toward real solutions. The immediate

need is to stabilize the aquifers,

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San Miguel Enterprise, Part II

San Miguel

Reflections

By Lynne Schmitz

Continuing with the wealth of

information in the first issue of

the San Miguel Enterprise dated

Thursday, July 2, 1903 - 110 years

ago last month – the editorial staff

interviewed farmers. In an article

entitled “What One Man Has

Done Others Can Do,” Mr. J.M.

( Johnson Marshall) Kalar shared

the history of his move to San

Miguel and his success in farming.

He arrived here “...in September,

1893 with fifteen head of horses,

a gang plow, two sections of a sixhorse

harrow, and $150 in cash.”

He began by farming rented land.

Overcoming serious obstacles in his

first year, including short rainfall

and crops and loss of six horses, he

ended the 1894-95 crop year $500

in arrears.

Weather, markets and hog cholera

notwithstanding, Mr. Kalar’s

energy and perseverance triumphed.

By 1903, he owned 1290 acres of

good land and had a net worth of

over $16,000. His great-grandsons,

Steve on the family farm just

The Paso

Robles City

Library recently

announced the

winners of the

7th annual juried

art exhibit

for area teens

– Brushmarks

2013.

Best of Show

was awarded to

northeast of San Miguel and David

in Paso Robles, carry wonderful

memories of their pioneer roots.

Today, a large mural painted with

love by Steve Kalar and centered by

cameos of his great-grandparents,

is mounted on the north end of the

warehouse on Mission Street near

11th Street.

Returning to the 1903 Enterprise,

Robert S. Kirk ran an extensive

advertisement selling farm land

in the area from 40 to 240 acres

“With climate unsurpassed. With

Scenic Beauty of Hill, Dale and

Valley, Good Water, Excellent Soil.”

A 160-acre parcel on the Estrella

River with a house, barn, well and

small orchard was priced at $4,000

($25 per acre) although some farms

were advertised from $5 (unimproved)

to $10 per acre.

Under the heading “Thorough

Farming – An Instance of Prosperity

of Interest to Home Seekers”

Mr. V.M. Corbaley told his

story of successful farming.

His family resided on 80

acres near San Miguel

on Estrella Creek.

The previous year he

earned $630 by selling

14 acres of melons

which had cost him

approximately $14 per acre to plant.

He grew peaches, almonds and

pears on another 16 acres. Sales of

the fruits came to $1370. Added to

that was income from 36 1⁄2 tons of

dry-farmed hay (not irrigated). He

raised hogs for sale and there was a

large family garden. Mr. Corbaley

was contemplating drilling a well

the following year hoping to double

his yields.

In the “Local Items” column we

learn that Frank Lowe of Lowe’s

Canyon had recently been to Salinas

and while there he exhibited

some of the wheat grown on his

property, impressing people with

the excellent quality of the product

in what was termed ‘an off year’ and

eliciting many inquiries about the

land which produced it.

Farming was big business in the

north county and San Miguel was

still a major center for shipping by

rail although the railroad had been

completed through the

north county. A list

of grain and livestock

shipment totals was

included in the issue

under the title

“Interesting Figures”

for the year ending

on December 1,

Elisa Santiago for Weekend Warrior

5th Place: Sigourney Harrington

for Weaver of Words

Magdalene Thompson for Empty

Mind

Honorable Mention:

Cody Colombo for Spiral Shell

Cher Haas for The Koi and

the Turtle

Awards were provided and

presented by distinguished juror

Jack Johnson – winner of numerous

1902, “...10,085 tons, or 201,700

centals, or 20,170,000 pounds of

grain.” Sale price was around $1.10

per cental, netting $221,870. Approximately

1400 head of cattle

and hogs, weighing some 355 tons

altogether, were valued at approximately

$56,000.

However, this was the value of

only about one-third of the total

stock shipped that year because San

Miguel did not have livestock scales

– animals were weighed elsewhere.

New livestock scales had just recently

been installed. Actual totals

for the year were estimated at close

to $168,000.

The Southern Pacific trains also

carried passengers. A Coast Division

schedule shows two North

Bound passenger trains leaving

San Miguel in the mornings and

two South Bound trains departing,

one in the afternoon and one in the

middle of the night. Throughout

the turn of the 20th Century, San

Miguel thrived.

Brushmarks 2013 Winners Announced

Sabrina Peterson for Family (photo)

1st Place: Evelyn McNeil

for The Cranes

Audrey Roben for Vegetable Man

2nd Place: Dominic Pinocchio

for Travis Barker

Natalie Brescia for Bath Time

3rd Place: Nicholas Yonker

for Gods of Old

Amaya Dempsey for Chicken of the Sea

4th Place: Hayley Tollefson

for Owl

regional and national shows – at

a reception held during May in

the Library/City Hall Conference

Room.

Brushmarks is sponsored by the

Paso Robles Library Foundation.

For more information about Brushmarks,

call Suzanne, 237-3870.

For information on the Library

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Multi-Platinum Michael W. Smith and Grammy Nominated Francesca Battistelli

Cantinas Music Festival features

major Christian artists on August 24

The Cantinas Ranch

Foundation will embark

on its second annual

Cantinas Music

Festival at the Paso

Robles Event Center

on August 24, featuring

three-time Grammy Award winner

and multi-platinum selling artist Michael

W. Smith and Grammy nominated

vocalist Francesca Battistelli.

General Admission tickets for the

event are available for $35 at www.

CantinasMusicFestival.com.

Cantinas Ranch Foundation is a

non-profit 501(C)(3) entity whose

mission is to encourage talented

Christian teen and college-level artists

to promote healthy family values

and interaction. Last year’s debut festival

was a sold-out success drawing

over 5,000 attendees to engage in a

full day of festivities and entertainment

by multi-platinum selling band

MercyMe, Newsboys, Building 429

and breakout artist Kylie Rose.

“Knocking on heaven’s door once

again on August 24, we hope you

join us in seeking His presence and

impacting families,

future leaders, and the

community, for the

glory of God,” says

Wendy Hughes, Co-

Founder & Executive

Director of Cantinas

Ranch Foundation.

The 2013 Cantinas Music Festival

will kick off at 12 noon with its

popular Village Festival featuring an

array of options in interactive fun

for the entire family. In addition, attendees

will have the opportunity to

experience live entertainment from

various community vendors as they

meet local artists and enjoy arts and

crafts, photo booths, food concessions

and more. Opening the main stage

show is American Idol finalist Jason

Castro with headlining acts taking

the main stage at 6 p.m. National hip

hop dance crew, The Groovaloos, will

close the show.

To coincide with this year’s music

festival, Cantinas Ranch Foundation

will once again host its annual Worship

Song Talent Contest. Finalists

will be chosen to perform in front of

a soon-to-be announced all-star panel

of judges at the festival. In 2012,

three frontrunners (out of thousands

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scheduled for September 6-8. The

pool officially closes to the public

prior to this event and will be cleaned

before reopening.

“Little Dog and Senior Dog

Swim” is set for Friday, September

6 from 12:30 – 2 p.m., reserved for

dogs under 30 pounds or older or infirm

dogs.

Dogs of all sizes are welcome on

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Saturday and Sunday, September 7

and 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dogs are admitted on the hour for

a 45-minute swim session.

of submissions) were selected to take

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Frisbees, tennis balls, rubber ducks,

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pool and pool deck.

Admission is $15 by early-bird

paid reservations through September

3rd and $20 thereafter. Reservations

can be made through the website at

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PO Box 795, Paso Robles 93447.

Please include the desired date and

time for swimming.

Event proceeds benefit Vineyard

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TEMPLETON UPDATE

“Kings of Cool” returning

After selling out their previous show

the “Kings of Cool” - A Tribute to the

Rat Pack - returns to the Templeton

Performing Arts Center on Saturday,

Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., presented by

Templeton Chamber of Commerce

and Templeton Unified School District.

Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door,

www.templetonchambercom

Templeton Chamber of

Commerce 2013 Installation

Dinner

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce

held its Installation Dinner on

July 11 at Castoro Cellars. Awards

were presented for Citizen of the

Year, Carla Willhoit, Business of the

Year, Applynx, and Ambassador of

the Year, Cheryl Carnevali along with

announcing the incoming Board of

Directors and Ambassadors.

Officers include President, Rob

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President Mike Lane, Twin Cities

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Coffron, M.A., L.M.F.T. and Treasurer

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Ramps, life vests, and

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Hoofbeat

By Dorothy

Rogers

Grab your hat or helmet and pull on

your boots whether you are competing in

English or western, camping out with

your horses or exploring the trail. There

is fun awaiting!

Whitehorse Challenge

No, you need not own a white or

gray horse to compete. Our friends

at Whitehorse Tack and Veterinary

Supply continue to support the

equine community. The next round

in the Whitehorse Challenge Series

is set for August 18 at Vulcan Mesa

Ranch in Atascadero.

There is something for all with

twenty-three classes include flat, hunter

and jumper challenge as well as stakes.

Ribbons will be presented to fifth place

as well as High Point, Junior, Amateur

and Open divisions. Each class is just

$15. For further information contact

Eric Smith (712-4579). The next show

in the Challenge is September 22 at

Shadow Hills Riding School at the

former LOVE Farm in Los Osos.

Summer Jubilee & Academy

The Summer Jubilee at Varian Arabians

is set for August 3 and 4. This is

your chance to see some of the local

horses that have made history. Don’t

miss a tour of the main barn with it’s

extensive “History Wall.” Sheila and

her staff will present the famed stallions

and mares with their “get” (offspring)

representing half a century of

Varian breeding. This year’s collection

of sale horses will be showcased at as

their personalities are revealed at liberty

and then later under saddle.

Guest presenter for 2013, Tommy

Garland, has earned US, Canadian and

Brazilian National Champion Arabian

and Half Arabian Western and

Hunter Pleasure titles. Tommy has also

been a competitor in the Road to the

Horse Colt Starting in 2008 and 2009.

The Big Ball and it’s benefits should

prove to be an interesting demonstration

Saturday afternoon followed by

music, wine and appetizers with plenty

of time to visit. There will be time for

questions not only with Tommy, but

Sheila and her able staff as well.

Your reservation of $100 for Saturday

with educational demonstrations

is complete with a continental breakfast

and fully catered BBQ. Cowgirl

Hall of Fame member, Sheila, will

share personal insights in her “Why

I Love Horses.” Selected craftsmen

and vendors will be available for

shopping on the lawns surrounded

by abundant flowers.

The famous Sunday Varian Mare

Sheila Varian

photo by Sharon P. Fibelkorn

Walk lead by Sheila is unlike any other.

You have an opportunity up front

and personal to interact with “living

history” in the mare pasture with this

year’s foals. Afterwards, a fabulous

champagne brunch is served. $45

ticket for Sunday. Call (489-5802)

or make reservations online at www.

varianarabians.com.

The following week, August 7-

11, Sheila and her cousins at Parkfield

will conduct a Family Style

Cowboy Academy at the V6 Ranch.

Enjoy Jack Varian’s delicious ranch

raised beef while learning some of

the skills needed on the ranch or in

ranch competition. Reservations are

a MUST. www.parkfield.com

Silver Buckles

Schooling shows used to be quite

prevalent here giving youth, novices

and young horses a training and testing

ground as they develop. Sadly, these

shows are much harder to come by with

time and financial pressures today.

One organization that has made a

commitment to these shows on different

levels is the San Luis Obispo

County Quarter Horse Association.

The good folks at Pat Mar Ranch

in Templeton and an active core are

continuing with their second in the

Open Show Silver Buckle Series on

August 11.

An open show means that there

are no major qualifications to participate

and all breeds are welcome to

come and “play.” Spectators are admitted

free. Competitors show in the

series to amass points toward flashy

silver buckles.

If you want to learn what is involved

with showing and preparation

for events, stop in at Pat Mar at 405

N. Main Street in Templeton and

ask. Who knows? We might see you

in the arena by next year. Call Marie

who gladly shares her knowledge on

getting started (434-1597). The next

show in the series is October 27.

www.SLOCQHA.com

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HOOFBEAT

HOOFBEAT from page 46

Fall Fling

August 24-25 finds the California

Dressage Society’s Fall Fling at Golden

Hills Farm. Off of Creston Road

near Geneseo, the lovely farm sports a

covered dressage court for the horses to

be put through their paces. A variety of

uniform tests will be offered for various

levels of horses and riders. Each examines

the skill and physical development

of the horses. “S” judge Hilda Gurney

will travel to us. If the numbers warrant,

a second judge will also be ready.

This event is ASEF, USDF, CDS, and

AQHA approved for points. Contact

the hard working Ellen Corob for details

(440-2947) www.slocds.org.

NSHA

Cowboys and cowgirls of the National

Stock Horse Association

gather from across the West to take

Have your ranch’s or club’s events

listed for free by sending data plus

contact to us: info@calclassics.net at

least by the first week of the month PRI-

OR to publication.

August

Aug. 3 & 4 Varian Summer Jubilee,

Corbett Canyon, Arroyo Grande,

stallion presentation, selected shopping,

music, catered, horses & breedings

for sale, varianarabians.com

the spotlight at the Events Center

August 13-18.

Some of the best horses and riders

will also compete for bragging rights

and a big check in the Richest Stock

Horse title. Vendors will be set up for

shopping and admission is free except

for the finals.

Lots of locals will compete in a

variety of divisions. Make certain

to watch for Roblan Luke Neubert

and “This Cats Crackin” (or one of

his other Neubert Custom Colts) to

possibly repeat their winning fence

run from the June NRCHA event.

Double R

The Rossell family have been engaged

with horses, shows and announcing

for decades. Rex is staging

the Double R Cutting at the Events

Center August 29-September 1.

Pack up the family and take them for

HOOFBEAT CALENDAR

Aug. 2-4 Miller’s Day Camp, SLO,

tent. MdO, 235-3834

Aug. 2-4 Gold N Grand Summer

Series, Rancho Murieta, Shady Schneider,

916-985-7334, shady@murie

taequestriancenter.com

Aug. 4 CCCAHA All Breed Horse

Show, 3 buckle high pt. series, Buckley

Stables, SLO, also 8/4 & 10/6,

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some excitement. Admission is free

so cheer on your favorite horses and

riders as they vie against the cattle.

Call Rex (331-5978) for details.

Take a Short Ride

Earl Warren Showgrounds continues

to host some of the most

historic shows in California. August

14-17 the Morgan Medallion Classic

gathers in Santa Barbara. The

action begins at 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

with the evening show scheduled

from 7-9 p.m. www.morganmedallionclassic.com

August 30 the 69th Arabian and

Half Arabian Show begins. Admission

and parking are free with the

colorful event beginning at 8 a.m.

each day. Classes include all of the

standard western and English levels,

plus cattle, driving, costume, and if

enough entries, enjoy a touch of the

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contact S. Lease (209-642-0360).

Fast Times

August 17 District 14A will hold

a gymkhana at the Railhead Arena.

Sign ups are at 8 a.m. with the first

ride at 9 a.m. Be ready to cheer on

the speed since admission is free.

Call Margo (467-3535 or Vicky

438-3954) for specifics.

Margo Abatti and Vicky Womble

have volunteered to run and stage

California Gymkhana Association

competitions based in Santa Margarita

and south Atascadero. Kudos

to these two ladies and their families

who have helped to not only introduce

many riders to the sport, but

encouraged them to excel at state

championships and then in the arena

in their barrel racing careers.

www.cccaha.org

Aug. 5-9 Miller’s Day Camp, SLO,

235-3834

Aug. 7-11 Family Style Cowboy

Academy, V6 Ranch, parkfield.com

Aug. 8-11 Alliance National Championships

Western Dressage Association,

LA Equestrian Center,

Burbank, www.Andalusian-Lusitano-Alliance.com

Aug. 10 & 11 CA Jr. Cowboys Assoc.

Rodeo, Woodlake Lion’s Rodeo

Arena, Michelle or Rocky Steagall

559-876-1892, www.cjca.us

Aug. 10 (Tentative) Deanise Heer

Memorial Barrel Race, Rancho del

Salinas near 101 North of Paso, BBQ

& bonfire after

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HOOFBEAT

HOOFBEAT from page 47

Aug. 11 SLOCQHA #2 Open Show

Silver Buckle Series, Eng/West open,

Pat Mar Ranch, 405 N. Main St.,

Templeton, Marie 434-1597, also

Oct. 27, www.SLOCQHA.com

Aug. 12 SLO-CDS meeting, Vulcan

Mesa, 6-9 p.m., potluck 6 p.m., meeting

to follow

Aug. 12-16 Miller’s Day Camp, SLO,

235-3834, sessions all month

Aug. 13-18 National Stock Horse

Show, Futurity & World’s Richest,

Events Center, Paso, free for spectators

till the finals, then tickets, free parking

Aug. 13 Atascadero Horsemen’s

meeting, 6 p.m., 7 p.m. program, 8

p.m. meeting, A Town Cafe off of El

Camino Real

Aug. 13 CCCAHA meeting, 6 p.m.,

Pat Wagner Bluehills2@aol.com

Aug. 14-17 Morgan Medallion Classic,

Earl Warren, Santa Barbara, 10-3

p.m. & 7-9 p.m., free, M. Sanderson

951-735-4646, www.morganmedallionclassic.com

Aug. 17 CGA District 14A, Santa

Margarita Railhead Arena, sign up 8

a.m., ride 9 a.m., Margo Abatti 467-

3535 or Vicky Womble 438-3954

Aug. 17 Ray Berta Horsemanship

Clinic, Carmel Valley Saddle Club

Arena, 85 E. Garzas Rd., fee includes

lunch, 9-4 p.m., www.rayberta.com

Aug. 18 Whitehorse Challenge Series,

Vulcan Mesa Ranch, Rocky Canyon

Rd. near Hwy. 41, Atascadero,

7:30 a.m. start, 23 classes, flat, eq, h/j,

jumper challenge & stakes, $15 class,

ribbons to 5th, high pt. Jr., Am., Open,

please no dogs, 712-4579 Eric

Aug. 20 CCCMB meeting, 5:30 p.m.,

SLO Parks & Rec. 1341 Nipomo,

SLO

Aug. 21 (Tent.) SLOCQHA meeting,

Griff ’s Restaurant, Main St.,

Templeton, 6 p.m dinner, meeting

6:30 p.m.

Aug. 24 Ray Berta Cattle Clinic,

Carmel Valley Saddle Club Arena,

85 E. Garzas Rd., fee includes lunch,

9-4 p.m., www.rayberta.com

Aug. 24-25 SLO-CDS Fall Fling,

Golden Hills Farm, off Creston Rd.,

Paso Robles, judge H. Gurney “S”

if numbers warrant second judge,

ASEF, USDF, CDS, AQHA for pts.,

Ellen Corob 440-2947, www.slocds

.org

Aug. 27 Ray Berta Cattle Clinic, Carmel

Valley Saddle Club Arena, 85 E.

Garzas Rd., fee includes lunch, 9-4

p.m., www.rayberta.com

Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Double R Cutting,

Events Center, Rex Rossoll 331-

5978

Aug. 30-Sept. 6 9th Arabian & Half

Show, Earl Warren, SB, free admission/parking,

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Aug. 31-Sept. 2 or Sept. 13-15

Miller’s Rancho Osos Adv. overnight

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Aug. 31 Pinedorado Parade on Sat.,

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City of Paso Robles

Recreation Opportunities in Paso

ART AT THE LIBRARY

Artist of the Month:

Parks 4 Pups

This exhibit will feature professional and

amateur photographers’ best photographs

from Dog Splash Days of 2012. Parks

4 Pups is a nonprofit organization that

promotes activities for dogs and their

owners. Check out the wonderful dog

park they helped to establish next to the

Senior Center on Scott Street!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Concerts in the Park – FREE!

Friday’s, August 2nd – 23rd

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

City Park Gazebo at 12th & Pine Street

Our fun, fabulous FREE concerts continue

through August 23rd. Featured

beverages available for purchase are provided

by our presenting sponsors, J. Lohr

Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing

Company. Proceeds from the beverage

sales benefit the REC Foundation, a

non-profit organization currently raising

funds for the Downtown City Park Playground

Project. Food from local eateries

Kindermusik Adventures

Beach Days

Tuesday’s, August 6 – 27

10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Dance a seashell dance, pretend to wiggle

your toes in the sand, move like whales,

count with an octopus, splash and sail,

and so much more! These engaging activites

will help your child experience

musical concepts, such as legato and staccato,.

Your child will enjoy the interactive

digital home materials and theme-based

snacks. Grab your sunglasses, it’s time for

Beach Days! Ages 18M – 3Y. $52

LEGO Jedi Engineering:

August 19, 21, 22 &23, 9 a.m. – Noon.

Explore worlds far, far away while you

defeat the Empire by designing and refining

X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements.

Create motorized and architectural

projects. Ages 5 – 6. $147

LEGO Jedi Master Engineering

August 19 – 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

Build complex machines and structures

such as X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod

Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities,

settlements, and fortresses.Projects reis

also available. Bring your lawn chairs

and enjoy our wonderful Paso Robles

evenings with your friends and family.

Thank you to our concert partners, Paso

Robles Magazine and the Paso Robles

Main Street Association. Presented by

the REC Foundation and the City of

Paso Robles.

Demonstration Garden at

Centennial Park

August 24th, 10 a.m. – Noon

FREE Workshop

For details, go to www.pasorobles

demogarden.org. Presented by Transition

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Friday, August 16th.

Monday – Friday, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday’s, Noon – 5 p.m.

Day Pass: $3 (Under age 1 is free!)

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Science Camp: Anatomy

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August 12 – 15

Dissect REAL eyeballs, look at blood

moving through LIVE. Animals, and

create models of respiratory and digestive

systems. Ages 7 – 11. $124

Science Camp: Chemistry:

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August 5 – 8

Concoct mixtures and solutions, create

chemical reactions, and learn how it all

happens! Lay a solid foundation for your

future in chemistry! Ages 6 – 10. $124

Zoo to You Camps

Junior Keeper Camp for Teens

August 5 – 8 or August 12 – 15,

8 a.m. - Noon

Working alongside zookeepers and

trainers, teens will discover what it takes

to become a zookeeper, including diet

preparation, cleaning, creating enrichment

devices, and animal health care.

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BUSINESS

The SLO County Wine Industry Awards

The San Luis Obispo County

wine industry came together to nominate

their own for the most respected

awards honoring members of the

local wine community with the

resulting honorees announced recently.

The 2013 San Luis Obispo

County Wine Industry Awards go to

– Wine Industry Person of the Year,

Keith Patterson, Cal Poly Wine and

Viticulture Professor (posthumous);

Winemaker of the Year, Neil Collins,

Tablas Creek Vineyard and Lone

Madrone; and Wine Grape Grower

of the Year, George Donati, Pacific

Vineyard Company.

The Paso Robles Wine Country

Alliance in partnership with the

San Luis Obispo Vintners Association,

the Independent Grape Growers

Association, the Central Coast

Vineyard Team and past award

recipients worked together to

identify the 2013 honorees. The

award recipients were honored

at an awards ceremony during

the California Mid-State

Fair on Friday, July 19. Each

recipient was nominated and voted

on by their peers for their leadership

in California’s third largest wine

region, San Luis Obispo County.

“These awards showcase leaders in

our community who have worked to

raise the profile and elevate the quality

of the region,” said Jennifer Porter,

Executive Director of the Paso Robles

Wine Country Alliance. “Honoring

Keith, Neil and George, recognizes

their contributions as mentors, innovators

and industry stewards within

this wine grape growing region we call

home.”

By Millie Drum

Wellness Kitchen by Day

- Soul Kitchen by Night

On one Thursday night each

month, The Wellness Kitchen invites

you to enjoy live music and wine

tasting while getting a “closer look at

the Kitchen.” By day, the kitchen uses

S.O.U.L – Seasonal, Organic, Un-

Refined and Local ingredients to prepare

the Wellness, Transitional and

Healing Foods and the weekday lunch

service from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The next Soul Kitchen is August

29 from 6-8 p.m. featuring live

music, wine tasting and a Wellness

Food Sampler plate. The donation at

the door funds the Healing Foods program

that is being expanded to service

Wine Industry

Person of the

Year

Keith Patterson,

Cal Poly Wine and

Viticulture Professor

(posthumous)

Dr. Patterson was

professor of viticulture

at California Polytechnic State

University, San Luis Obispo from

1997 to 2013. He developed and

taught core viticulture classes, carried

out a variety of viticulture research

projects, and shared his passion for

wine grape growing and winemaking

with thousands of students, of whom

many are part of the current leadership

and talent in the San Luis

Obispo County wine industry.

Keith was one of the founding

fathers of the Wine and Viticulture

Program at Cal Poly, instrumental in

getting the program minor approved

in 1999 and the major in 2000. He

helped launch the service-based student

club Vines to Wines, which

has been instrumental in connecting

Cal Poly students with wine industry

events and professionals. Known

as both a professor and pioneer in

the world of viticulture, colleagues

and students alike consider Patterson

one of the best and most influential

instructors they have ever known at

Cal Poly. With his great sense of

humor and unmatched knowledge,

Patterson shared his passion for the

teaching and research of wine and

viticulture. He constantly inspired

those around him to do their best and

follow what they love.

Winemaker of

the Year

Neil Collins,

Tablas Creek

Vineyard /

Lone Madrone

Neil Collins moved

to the United

States from Bristol, England after

beginnings as a chef and began his

winemaking career in the local wine

industry in the early 1990s with Adelaida

Cellars and Wild Horse Winery

& Vineyards.

In 1997, in a pursuit to hone his

craft, he moved his family to the

vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape

in southern France where he spent a

year learning the cellars and vineyards

of the famed Chateau de Beaucastel,

one of the oldest and most highly regarded

estates in France.

Neil returned to Paso Robles to

take up the new role of winemaker

and vineyard manager at Tablas Creek

Vineyard, the California property of

Château de Beaucastel. Since that

time, great success and accolades has

been achieved by Tablas Creek Vineyard,

success in which Neil’s hand has

been significant.

Neil and his sister, Jackie Meisinger,

began the winery Lone Madrone

(5800 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles)

in 1996 with the premier goal of producing

distinctive wines exclusively

from vineyards in the rugged limestone

hills of west side Paso Robles.

Growing slowly yet steadily since, the

focus has become largely on vineyards

Millie Drum, Stephanie Austin, Jennifer Hamman, Executive Director Nancy Walker,

Taylor Belmore, Janice Patterson and Debi Goddard

members of our community that are

in acute need of nutritious, prepared

food. Future Soul Kitchen dates are

Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21.

2nd Annual Top Chef

Competition

On Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.,

the beautiful demonstration kitchen

at Idler’s Appliances in Paso Robles

becomes center stage for three local

chefs, a panel of judges and guests

for the 2nd Annual Top Chef

Competition.

Chef Alex Martin of Crush

that are dry farmed and head trained,

which winemaker Neil Collins believes

to be “the purest expression of

the unparalleled terroir of west Paso

Robles.” Neil strongly believes that in

order to produce wines of the highest

caliber you must first start with grapes

of exceptional quality. Neil’s technique

of marrying old world growing methods

and winemaking preferences with

new exciting blends of Rhône, Bordeaux

and Italian varieties is a result

of carefully honing his craft over many

harvests. Neil, his wife Marcy and two

children live, farm, and work in the

western hills of Paso Robles.

Winegrape

Grower

of the Year

George Donati,

Pacific Vineyard

Company

George is a fourthgeneration

agriculturist

on the Central Coast, dating

back to his great grandfather’s emigration

from Switzerland in 1870 to

Cayucos, where he grew up on a

family farm in Santa Maria and later

earned a degree in agriculture business

management with a minor in crop

science from California Polytechnic

State University, San Luis Obispo in

1974.

After graduation, Donati continued

farming with the family in Santa

Maria and later moved to farming

vineyards in Madera, California,

Please see Wine Awards page 54

The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center

Plan to attend SOUL Kitchen and TOP Chef Competition

Catering will be defending his title

as the 2012 winner against Jeffry

Weisinger of Jeffrys Catering and

another chef yet to be chosen. Similar

to the popular Food Network

series Chopped, each chef will have

a pot of secret ingredients, a full

basic pantry (without gluten and

dairy) and one hour to prepare an

appetizer, main course and dessert!

Guests will enjoy wine tasting,

food prepared by The Wellness

Kitchen and a silent auction. For

tickets, call 434-1800 or go online

TheWKRC.org.

The Wellness Kitchen and Resource

Center is located next to

Heritage Oaks Bank, 1255 Las Tablas

Road in Templeton.

52 Paso Robles Magazine, August 2013


BUSINESS

Growth at HFG necessitates move to new building

By Bob Chute

Business is good at Hinds Financial

Group, Inc., and growing pains have

necessitated a move to their new location

at 1818 Spring Street in Paso

Robles, “We’ve doubled in size in

the last two years and recently added

two new agents, Ty Barnhart and

Michael Talen,” said CEO Dee Hinds.

“We’re truly a financial planning full

service firm offering every type of insurance

and able to broker with most

of the A+ rated firms. We also offer

financial planning and estate planning

- you name it - and you’ll have

just one phone number to memorize,

239-7443.

“Plus we’re the local experts on the

President’s new Patient Protect and Affordable

Care Act. Many don’t realize

that under this new program everyone

will have to buy insurance, like it or

not, and the window will only be open

October 1 of this year until March 31

of 2014,” said Hinds. “There are only

17 agents in the North County who are

preparing to help with enrolling people

for coverage under this new Act. Only

17 agents to handle over 10,000 uninsured

in North SLO County and four of

them are in our office.”

The HFG Team includes, from left: Ted Davantzis, Shelli Maldonado, Sarah Hinds,

Edward Dee Hinds III, Michael R. Talen, Olga Hinds, Ty Barnhart, and Simon Lobo.

“Plus, for the majority of people

with insurance policies already in effect,

those will be superseded by this

new program,” added Hinds. “It’s

going to be a nightmare for many

people. The government is setting up

‘exchanges’ to answer your questions

and where people can buy insurance

and they expect people to either wade

through the new criteria on line to

make their decisions or, if they don’t

understand, they’ll have to call an

800 number and deal with ‘navigators’

or ‘assistors’ to answer questions.

But those are not licensed agents.

“I don’t mean to scare anyone, we

can guide you through the confusion.

The good news is you’ll be paying the

same price buying direct through the

‘exchange’ as you’ll pay meeting with us

one-on-one.”

“Would you prefer dealing through

an ‘800’ number or an ‘805’ with a local

person always available to assist?” added

Sarah Hinds, one of those trained in

the new programs. “We’re here for you

at no extra cost. We are preparing in the

weeks ahead to explain the Affordable

Care Act. Of course, we’ll be available

for individual appointments as well. We

are coordinating with Twin Cities Hospital

and other agents in North County

to set up enrollments.”

The team at HFG includes:

• Edward Dee Hinds III is the

Chief Financial Officer of HFG and

received his insurance licenses in May

of 1983, awarded the CLU designation

in 1989. He became series 6

and 63 securities licensed in 1991 and

obtained his Series 7 and 65 in 1995

and his Series 24 license in 2008. He

was awarded the ChFC designation in

2001. In 2002 he became a Fellow of

the Life Underwriter Training Council,

and became a Certified Financial

Planner in 2006 and was approved for

the CFP designation, while qualifying

for the AEP (Accredited Estate Planner)

designation. In 2007 he obtained

the Chartered Advisor for Senior Living

(CASL) designation. He is a life

and qualifying member of Million

Dollar Roundtable, membership in

which is restricted to the top 5% of

life insurance agents in the world. Dee

has had work published in the peer-reviewed

Journal of Financial Planning.

He is Past President of both Paso

Robles Sunrise Rotary and NAIFA

Central Coast.

• Olga Hinds serves as President

of HFG. She obtained her Life and

Health license in September of 2003

and her Series 65 Securities license in

Please see HFG page 54

August 2013, Paso Robles Magazine 53


BUSINESS

An Outdoor Oasis Awaits!

Dave Miklovic started his career as

most contractors do - working “from

the ground up” beginning as a brick

and block mason which led to jobs

as a carpenter with the film studios

in Southern California building sets,

editing and sweetening bays. In the

early 80’s he worked

with his uncle building

spec homes and commercial

projects along

with building swimming

pools and installing fiberglass

Dave Miklovic pools.

Business Spotlight

By Millie Drum

In 1991 Dave became a licensed

contractor and started his business

Professional Design & Construction.

The scope of his work expanded from

new custom construction and remodels

to luxurious backyard renovation that

includes spa retreats, pools, concrete

work, outdoor kitchens, patio covers,

pergolas, waterfalls and water features.

For residential projects, Dave offers his

comprehensive design perspective that

incorporates the indoor and outdoor

lifestyle of his clients.

Professional Design & Construction

is a dealer for Viking, San Juan

and Aloha fiberglass pools; all offering

a wide variety of designs to fit every

homeowner’s needs. Typically a fiber-

glass pool can be installed in 3 to 4

weeks.

The most rewarding part of

Dave’s business is satisfying his

clients, whether it’s remodeling their

home or creating an oasis in their

backyard. Free estimates and financing

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HFG from page 53

May of 2007. She specializes in helping

seniors with Medicare Supplements

and Part D.

• Simon Lobo obtained his Property

& Casualty license in 2005 and

Life & Health in 2009 when he joined

with Dee and Olga Hinds, becoming

one of the owners to incorporate

HFG. He is the Secretary of HFG

and manages the Property & Casualty

division of the agency. He enjoys

involvement in community projects

and organizations, primarily the Paso

Robles Rotary Club.

• Sarah Hinds joined HFG and was

licensed as a Life and Health Agent in

2007. She heads the Employee Benefits

and Health Insurance division

of HFG with over 6 years experience

in Human Resources with a Seattle

based fishing company that had over

100 employees. She has received the

certificate in Health Reform from

the Certified Insurance Professional

program and she is going on her fifth

year as the Association Executive for

NAIFA, (National Association of Insurance

and Financial Advisors) Central

Coast.

• Ted Davantzis obtained his Life &

Health license in 2009, Property & Casualty

in 2010, the year he joined HFG.

He has owned his own businesses for

30 years and relies on that experience to

service his business clients.

• Shelli Maldonado has been the

insurance industry for more than 20

years and received her Property & Casualty

license in 2000. Her background

consists of Underwriting, Commercial

and Personal Insurance, she joined

HFG in 2011.

• Michael R. Talen joined HFG

this year - Mike received his insurance

licenses in 1990, his Associate in Risk

Management (ARM) designation

in 1995, and has a degree in business

from Cal Poly. He offers a unique

understanding for his business clients

service needs because he owns two local

businesses.

• Ty Barnhart also joined HFG this

year. Ty received his insurance licenses

in 2010, and recently joined HFG with

a State Farm background, strong ties to

the area and a winning attitude.

Interesting days ahead for all of us

to be sure. The team at Hinds is here to

help, as their slogan states, “We don’t

just sell insurance...we explain it.”

Contact Hinds Financial Group,

Inc. at 239-7443, 1818 Spring Street

in Paso Robles, and find them on line

at www.hindsfinancial.com or www.

hfginsurance.net “Our insurance policies

are offered through HFG Coastal

Insurance Services, Inc.,” said Hinds.

“And our securities offered through

The O.N. Equity Sales Company,

member FINRA/SIPC.”

Wine Awards from page 52

growing table grapes and wine grapes.

Upon his return to San Luis Obispo

County he established Pacific Vineyard

Company and currently serves as

the company’s General Manager.

Donati and his team have been

managing premium varietal wine

grapes on the Central Coast since

planting its first vineyards in 1973

and currently manage 80 percent of

the vineyards in the Edna Valley appellation

with a focus on sustainable

vineyard practices and the production

of high quality fruit.

George Donati and Pacific Vineyard

Company were honored with a

2012 Green Award by the San Luis

Obispo Chamber of Commerce for

their efficiencies in water management

and emissions. Donati shares

his lifetime of agricultural experience

by serving on a variety of grower organizations,

is a member of the Cal

Poly Wine and Viticulture Program

Advisory Council, is a member of the

California Farm Bureau and is also a

licensed California Farm Labor Contractor.

George and his wife Kristi live

and farm in the Edna Valley.

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BUSINESS

SPOTLIGHT from page 54

Gina and her Westie

Grooming from

Nose to Tail

Georgina “Gina”

Webster loves

grooming dogs.

From her homebased

business and

the workshop that

she calls her “sanctuary,” Gina gives

each dog extra care by bathing with an

organic shampoo, grooming and skillful

scissor clipping. She adds, “I stay

calm and collected to keep the dogs

comfortable. I always put the dogs first

because they can sense when people

are uptight. And you can never win an

argument with a dog anyway!”

Since Nose to Tail is located east

of town off Ground Squirrel Hollow,

the collection and delivery service is

a great convenience for her in-town

clients. She adds, “Most of my dogs

go ballistic when I go to the house to

collect them up. They know they’re

going to be groomed! I also offer a

service for people that live out here

instead of them taking their dogs to

town. I have customers that come all

the way out here from Templeton and

Atascadero.” Georgina has several elderly

and housebound clients whose

pets are such loving companions. She

adds, “I have a close relationship with

my clients and pay particular attention

to the older dogs.

My favorite dogs of all are the ones

I’ve had as puppies that nobody else

has touched because they totally trust

me. Call Gina at (805) 610-0256

for professional and convenient dog

grooming.

Takken’s Shoes – Leading the

way in comfort – with Style!

Paso Robles Store Manager Don

Pummill has been with Takken’s since

1987. Working in the company’s first

store in San Luis Obispo led to his current

position beginning in 1989. Don

adds, “We have 24 stores throughout

the Valley and the Bay Area, but generally

this store is the busiest in the

company.

“Our focus is comfort

and we have a big repair

business that dates back

to the 30’s. Our previous

shoe repairman David

Don Pummill

Moreno recently retired

and turned over the

business to his son Mike.” Don adds,

“Mike’s doing a great job. His work

is done on the premises, usually with

same day service.”

Takken’s Shoes is known for the

Semi-Annual Clearance Sale. “All of

our other stores are in malls, so we

consolidate the large inventory and

filter the product here with a big tent

and parking lot sales. We greet every

customer; creating an experience for

them with proper fitting and suggestions

for new products and our services.

We also take a wellness approach with

socks, orthotics and proper sizing. We

often refer customers to local chiropractors

and podiatrists. Our employees

know the benefits of the specialized

styles, especially those related to work

and leisure activity requirements such as

running and hiking.” Outside sales is a

huge part of Takken’s service particularly

with small industries that require standardized

footwear for safety purposes.

In general Don adds, “I like to see

my employee’s success. Over the years,

I’ve trained several employees to be

managers in our company. To maintain

the sales volume and success of this

store is very satisfying.” Takken’s Shoes

is located at 747 Spring Street, Paso

Robles, call 238-7778, takkens.com

Mod Studio –

Three Beautiful Spaces

The newest phase of Mod Studio

recently opened to complete the trio of

suites that provide a full range of hair,

nail and spa services. Hair, skin care

and massage services are located upstairs

and the new nail studio is below

on the ground floor. Owner Michele

Bagnall adds, “Eight years ago, we began

as just a hair salon, but as the spaces

became available and our client’s re-

quested more services, we’ve expanded

slowly. The great thing about slow and

steady growth is that we’ve mastered

one thing before we take on something

else. We’ve found that separating the

hair from the nail services works best.

Our clients are looking for a semi-private

setting with a modern, upscale feel.

As an Aveda based salon we emphasize

well-being using as many naturally derived

products as possible. We use Spa

Ritual; an organic natural-based product

that partners Aveda.”

Mod Studio’s interior

design is simple, uncluttered

and refreshing. Michele

adds, “I’m huge on

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Bagnal

design. I love details and

believe that it’s important

to be inspired by your environment

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I’m attracted to the minimalist look and

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Mod Studio is open Tuesday through

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BUSINESS

By Steven

W. Martin

Imagine a Hollywood

“pitch session” for a movie

based on the Kiler Ridge Olive Farm

in Paso Robles.

“It’s Tuscan romance-meets green

industry-meets Star Wars. A guy and

a gal cycle through Italy, fall in love

with olive oil, return to California and

start a frantoio using a combination of

traditional methods, environmentally

friendly processes and cutting edge

technology.”

Gregg Bone and Audrey Burnam

are the guy and gal. A frantoio

refers to the machinery, or mill, that

produces olive oil. It also refers to the

factory where olive oil is made. At

Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, Gregg and

Audrey have built a beautiful showroom/processing

facility utilizing hay

bale insulation and organic composting

techniques overlooking a stunning

view of the western hillsides. Gregg, a

CalTech graduate with engineering

degrees in electronics, computer science

and optics (as well as studies in

Ancient oil meets high-tech at

Kiler Ridge Olive Farm

Gregg Bone

and Audrey

Burman, and

below, their

frantoio.

chemistry and mechanical

engineering)

has modified

loading and bottling

equipment as well as cooling systems.

He even uses a 3D-printer to fabricate

some of his own parts.

The couple purchased their property

on Kiler Canyon Road on the

west side of Paso Robles about 13

years ago. Since then they have planted

about 2,700 olive trees. Eventually

they hope to increase that to 3,600

trees. It takes five years for a tree to

start bearing usable fruit. It takes

up to 15 years for a tree to fully

mature. At full maturity an olive

tree will produce enough fruit

to generate one gallon of oil per

year.

Tasting olive oil is somewhat

like tasting wine. First you

hold a small container of oil in

the palm of your hand to warm

it and release the oil’s aromas.

Then you sniff the oil to detect

a faint grassy or citrus odor.

Then you taste the oil, allowing

it to coat your tongue. The first

sensation comes from the front

of the tongue where the aroma

becomes a flavor. The second

sensation is at the back of the

tongue where a slight bitterness is perceived.

Finally, in the throat, a peppery

flavor manifests, which is evidence of

the presence of antioxidants in the

oil, one of its major health benefits.

“If these three components aren’t

present,” said Audrey, “you don’t have

good oil.”

In fact, according to Gregg, much

of the oil marketed in this country

is produced by introducing solvents

to already crushed and processed

olive fruit, leaving a smoky, machine

oil taste. Oil of this quality isn’t even

defined as being food grade in Italy,

where it is sold as lamp oil.

Gregg likens the emerging olive oil

industry in this area to the progression

of the wine industry. “Here in this

country we have a word for the place

where wine is made, but we don’t have

one for where olive oil is made,” said

Gregg. “The Italians do. And just as

the world is beginning to understand

the quality of wines made in California,

they’re beginning to realize the

quality of our olive oil. Right now the

olive oil business here is about where

the wine industry was in the 1960s.”

Olive oil production tours begin at

11 a.m. Thursday through Monday,

and take about an hour. For groups

of 6 or more, please call in advance

for appointments for tasting and

tours. Reservations required for oliveoil

paired lunches, served 11 a.m. -

2:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Phone (805) 400-1439. Learn more

about the Kiler Ridge Olive Farm

by visiting www.kilerridge.com.

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selling gazpacho at their booth at

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BUSINESS

What’s happening on Main Street?

By Chris

Weygandt Alba Our Love Affair

I threw away a

perfectly good bottle

of olive oil 10

years ago and never looked back.

Although it had a fine gold label

– “Primera Extraccione! Oliva

Virgen Extra! Importado de Italia!”–

that imported bottle of Italian

extra-virgin, first-press olive oil

still got the old heave-ho after I

tasted the olive oils produced here,

my hometown. I’ve bought local

olive oil ever since.

Central Coast olive-oil producers

specialize in high-quality artisan

olive oil that adds spice to life.

The 10th Annual Olive Festival, a

Paso Robles Main Street Association

event, brings that zest to the

downtown city park on Saturday,

Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There’s no admission charge, either,

for one of the tastiest days you’ll

have this summer.

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tasting, free olive-oil ice cream,

tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations,

and a head-to-head

chef cook-off in an outdoor

kitchen stadium. They will be

joined by artists working in different

mediums, crafters, and a children’s

activity area. Local wineries

and breweries will feature tastings

and a commemorative wine glass

for a $15 fee. With plant nurseries

in attendance, you might be

inspired to get a start on your own

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Delicious olive-inspired food

will be available for purchase in

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An olive-inspired cooking contest

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With the OLIVE!

The 10 th Annual Olive Festival on Saturday,

August 17, celebrates all things deliciously olive.

ries: olive tapenade, olive-inspired

appetizer, olive-inspired main

dish, and dessert with olives. Entry

forms are available online at

pasoolivefestival.com, and at the

Main Street office, 835 12th Street,

around back in the alley. For more

information, call the office at 238-

4103. You’re also invited to submit

recipes for our upcoming Olive

Festival cookbook.

Olive-oil tasting, like wine tasting,

has enough simple basics

that the novice can enjoy the fun

and education of the experience.

Fresh-pressed, extra-virgin olive

oil is an adventure in robust flavors.

The taste will vary according

to variety and harvest time, as well

as the trees’ cultivation, the climate,

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procedures, and so on. You’ll find

all kinds of oils, with flavors

ranging from fruity, sweet,

buttery, grassy, peppery, and even

jalapeno.

To taste olive oil, you’ll be given

a tiny plastic cup containing a

small amount of oil. Gently warm

it in your hand and smell it. It

should smell fresh and fruity in an

olive way.

Then sip a bit into your mouth

and move it around to see that it

feels clean, not heavy. Suck in a

little air to experience another

level of fruitiness or pleasant

bitterness. Finally, swallow it, and

if it’s an early- or mid-harvest oil,

enjoy the spicy cough sensation

in the back of your throat. If it’s

a late-harvest oil, savor the buttery

flavor.

A pre-festival mixer Friday evening,

6-8 p.m. August 16, offers

the opportunity to mingle with

the olive oil producers in an intimate,

artistic atmosphere, featuring

gourmet hors d’oeuvres and local

wines. Tickets are available for

$25 per person. Call the Main

Street office at 238-4103 or visit

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TIME & PLACE

A monthly look at events, meetings and

special occasions. To submit your listing, email

prmagazine@charter.net, bring info to our drop

box at Dutch Maytag, 1501 Riverside Ave.

or mail to PO Box 3996, Paso Robles, 93447

by the 7th of each month. Questions? Call

239-1533.

AUGUST

1-31 • El Paso de Robles Area Historical

Society is in ongoing need of volunteers at

Carnegie Library Museum, located at Downtown

City Park. Examples of ways to help

include: docents, archival research, cataloguing

of donations, reorganization, and glass

plate negative collection. All-day or part-time

shifts are available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily,

except Monday/Wednesday. Meetings at the

Carnegie are held on the third Monday of

every month at 5 p.m. Call 238-4996 or email:

pasohistory@sbcglobal.net.

1 • ‘The Odd Couple (female version)’ at

Pewter Plough Playhouse at Main/Sheffield,

Cambria, reinvents Neil Simon’s classic

comedy of mismatched roommates. Performances

at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,

plus Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Wine

Bar Lounge with live music, featuring Dave

Manion at the Baldwin. Call the box office

at (805) 927-3877. Visit www.pewterploughplayhouse.org.

2, 20 • Atascadero Historic City Hall

Grand Opening festivities include “An

Evening at the Rotunda” on August 2, from

6-11 p.m. Take a special tour of the newly

restored structure at 6605 Palma Avenue.

Enjoy a progressive heavy hors d’oeuvres dinner

with different courses in each part of the

building. Semi-formal event features a special

program, silent auction and dancing. Tickets

($100) at City Hall (805-461-5000). August

20: Grand Opening Ceremonies and Ribbon

Cutting begins at 10 a.m. The public is invited

to participate in a self-guided tour until

6 p.m. Suggested donation ($5). Proceeds

from both events to benefit the Fountain

Restoration Project.

2, 9, 16, 23 • 2013 Paso Robles

Concerts in the Park on Fridays, from

5:30-7:30 p.m., at Paso Robles City Park.

8/2: Paisano’s Band. 8/9: JD Project. 8/16:

Monte Mills. 8/23: Incendio. Sponsored by

the City of Paso Robles, J. Lohr Vineyards

and Wines and Paso Robles Magazine. For

more details, call 237-3987.

2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 •

Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse & Cattlemen’s

Lounge, 1103 Spring Street, PR. Steakhouse:

Join us for Prime Rib Wednesdays! Cattlemen’s

Lounge: Happy Hour, 4-6 p.m., includes

cocktail and menu specials. Monday: Industry

Night, 6-9 p.m., 20% off for all professionals.

Wednesday: Locals Appreciation Night.

Happy Hour, 4 p.m.-CLOSE. Friday: Ladies

Night, 7-10 p.m., half-off drink specials;

Saturday: $5 Drink Specials, 8-12 p.m. Friday

& Saturday: Live Entertainment, 9:30-

11:30 p.m. 8/2-8/3: Ballistic Cats, 8/9-8/10:

Steve Sturgis and Road House, 8/18-8/17:

Julie and the Bad Dogs. 8/23-8/24: Nataly

Lola and Guest. 8/30-8/31: Soul Sauce.

Call 226-4925.

4 • Community Summer BBQ at New

Day Church, 530 12th Street, PR, from

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free hot dogs and hamburgers

with BBQ by Stein’s Catering. Call

(805) 239-9998. Visit www.TheNewDay

Church.com.

5, 17, 19 • Almond Country Quilters

meets at Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall,

940 Creston Road, PR. 8/5: General Meeting

at Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 940

Creston Road, PR. Social time begins at 6:30

p.m.with the meeting to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Topics include members helping with Community

Quilts/Kids Kovers. 8/17: Community

Quilts Meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

at Bethel Lutheran Church in Templeton.

8/19: Board Meeting at Rabobank in Templeton,

7-8:30 p.m. Visit www.almondcountry

quilters.org.

10 • 15th Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers’

Cook-Off at Paso Robles Event Center, 2198

Riverside Drive, PR. Meet over 30 of the Paso

Robles Appellation’s finest winemakers in a

casual outdoor evening as they pair their own

grilled culinary creations with their best wines

from 6-9 p.m. Live music by Julie Beaver and

the Bad Dogs, performing covers from Bach

to bluegrass. Raffle for event t-shirt patchwork

quilt, crafted by Isolde Lata. Cook-off

proceeds benefit the Harlow Ford Scholarship

Foundation to assist local high school seniors.

Cost: $75/person (21 and over) or $40/Designated

Driver discount. Buy online, call (877)

264-6979 or at the event. Visit winemakers

cookoff.com.

14 • Coffee for CASA at Starbucks, 7029 El

Camino Real, at 6:30 p.m., is an information

session about helping abused children through

advocacy. Male and female volunteers are needed.

To learn more, call 541-6542 or visit www.

slocasa.org.

16 • Paso Robles Pre-Olive Festival from

6-8 p.m. is a fun way to mingle with the olive

oil growers, winners of the tasting competition

and festival volunteers. Location: TBA

at press time. For more details and to purchase

tickets, contact the Main Street Office

at 835 12th Street “D” in PR. VISA/Disc/

MC. Call 238-4103.

16-18 • 1993 PRHS Class Reunion starts

with Music in the Park on Friday night,

dinner and dancing at PR Event Center

on Saturday night and Family Day at Star

Please see CALENDAR page 61

The Wellness Kitchen

and Resource Center

1255 Las Tablas Road, Templeton.

434-1800. RSVP required.

Visit TheWKRC.org for detailed class info.

The Weekly Wellness Food Program offers pre-ordered meals for those experiencing illness, recovery

or chemotherapy. See menu and ordering deadlines online.

6 • ‘Get Well, Stay Well Naturally’ with Paula Vetter, RN, MSN, FNP-C, a Board

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience. See www.profound

wellness.com. Learn about tuning into your “inner healer” toward vibrant health and

vitality, naturally. RSVP (330) 815-0340. Donations gratefully accepted.

10 • Hands-On Cooking, Part 1: Intro to Wellness from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. discusses and

tastes different salts and make a salt replacement; taste non-dairy milks and make almond

milk, taste low-glycemic index and more natural sweeteners and discuss good fats and

which oils to use. Learn and practice knife skills, too. Cost: $70/class (if individual space

available) or $300/5-class series.

17 • Hands-On Cooking, Part 2: Stocks & Soups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will show you

how to make stock and then prepare recipes such as: Creamy Roasted Garlic Soup w/Kale

Chips; Tuscan Bean Soup w/Swiss Chard & Basil Arugula Pesto; Carrot-Ginger Soup

w/Cashew Cream. Cost: $70/class or $300/5-class series.

24 • Hands-On Cooking, Part 3: Grains, Beans & Greens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

will show you how to use a pressure cooker and make recipes such as: Spicy Sweet

Potato Quinoa w/Black Beans; Hearty Greens w/Cashew Curry Sauce; Broccoli & Millet

Salad w/Toasted Cashews; Adzuki Beans w/Chard & Dandelion Greens; Spicy Amaranth

Porridge w/Coconut Blueberry Sauce - $70/class or $300/5-class series.

29 • ‘Wellness Kitchen by Day, Soul Kitchen by Night’ from 6-8 p.m. supports nonprofit

wellness programs in this monthly fundraiser with a light dinner, wines by area vintners and

music by local artists. Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations of $15

gratefully accepted at the door, includes dinner and wine tasting. Call 434-1800.

31 • Hands-On Cooking, Part 4: Poultry and Fish from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will show

you how to cut up a whole chicken and try new cooking techniques by preparing recipes,

including Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes & Tarragon, Steamed Cod with Roasted Vegetables

& Dandelion Greens, Fish en Papilotte (baked in parchment), Braised Moroccan

Chicken with Lemon Charmoula Sauce and Olives, Fig & Cranberry Stuffed Chicken

Breast, Poached Chicken with Leeks & Salsa Verde. Cost: $70/class or $300/5-class series.

Hot El Camino Cruise Night

from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 16 is a controlled cruise

route from Curbaril to Traffic Way in Atascadero. Bring

the family and enjoy classic favorites to new and flashy hot

rods. For more details, call 470-3360 or email: panton

@atascadero.org. Visit www.atascadero.org

PASO ROBLES EVENT CENTER

Unless otherwise noted, please call 239-0655 for more details about activities

at the Paso Robles Event Center. E-mail mail@midstatefair.com.

Winemakers Dinner, Frontier Town, on August 10. More info to come

Check PR Event Center website for updates.

National Stock Horse Show, Snaffle Bit Futurity, on August 11-18 at the Equestrian

Center. For event details, registration or vendor info, visit www.nationalstockhorse.com.

Class of ’93 Reunion on August 17. Check the PR Event Center website for updates.

Double R Cutting, Equestrian Center, August 29-September 1, Equestrian Center. For more

details, contact Double R Cutting Event Manager Rex Rossoll at (805) 331-5978.

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17 • 8th Annual Benefit Concert for

Escuela del Rio at Castoro Cellars, 1315 N.

Bethel Road, Templeton, features songwriter,

storyteller and entertainer Christopher

Williams with Special Guest Dulcie Taylor

under the stars on the outdoor stage. Williams

has toured with Jars of Clay and performed

with Arlo Guthrie, Phil Keaggy, David

Wilcox and more. Taylor has shared the

stage with Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers,

Dave Mason, Kathy Mattea and many

more. Doors open 6 p.m. Show starts at

7 p.m. Tickets: $25. Santa Maria-Style Tri-

Tip BBQ available for purchase includes

salad, beans and bread. Portion of proceeds

to benefit Escuela del Rio. Cost: $12 (cash

only, please).

17 • ‘A Garden Party’ hosted by Pacific

Coast Wine Trail at The Garden Shed,

2024 Main Street, Cambria, offers handcrafted

wines paired with artisan cheeses,

live music and a raffle drawing. Proceeds

benefit Project Surf Camp. Cost: $20/person.

Purchase tickets at HarmonyCellars.com.

17 • Paso Robles Olive Festival at Paso

Robles City Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission

to the festival is free. Cooking contest,

wine tasting, artists, food for purchase,

jewelry and plenty of handmade items from

craft vendors, too! Call 238-4103. E-mail

mainstreet@tcsn.net.

20 • Templeton Rotary Club meets at

7 a.m. for breakfast, fellowship and to hear an

informative guest speaker at McPhee’s Grill,

416 S. Main Street (side door in parking

lot), Templeton. Meetings: New members

and guests welcome first and third Tuesdays

unless otherwise noted. 8/20: Speaker is Bill

Van Orden. Visit www.templetonrotary.com.

24 • “Kings of Cool” A Tribute to the Rat

Pack at Templeton Performing Arts Center,

7 p.m. Presented by Templeton Chamber of

Commerce and Templeton Unified School

District. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at door,

templetonchamber.com

27 • North County Newcomers Club

gathering at Mission San Miguel, 775 Mission

Street, San Miguel, begins at 8 p.m.

Cost: $20. Please RSVP. Deadline is August

27 for the September 4 gathering. Please

bring exact change or a check made out to

NCNC with you. North County Newcomers

Club is open to those who have

resided in the area for less than three years.

For more details, visit www.northcounty

newcomers.com.

30-31 • Golden State Classics Car Show,

Labor Day Weekend, Spring Street Cruise:

Friday night, 6-8 p.m. Show in Park: 9 a.m.

- 4 p.m. See story, page 36, for full information.

Third Thursday

Poetry Reading

takes place August 15 at

7 p.m. Poet Sam Duarte

will read his original

work at St. Luke’s Episcopal

Church, 5318

Palma, Atascadero. An open mic poetry

reading will follow. Visiting poets and

guests are welcome; no charge. Presented

by the Third Thursday Poetry

Group in Atascadero. For more info, call

(805) 975-8222.

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DIRECTORY of LOCAL HOUSES of WORSHIP

The following listing of area churches/synagogues is provided free of

charge as a community service by Adelaide Inn and Paso Robles

Magazine.

Our goal is to have this become a complete listing of places of worship

located in Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel and Shandon. For

Apostolic Assembly of the

Faith of Christ Jesus

2706 Spring St., Paso Robles

Bilingual Services:

Wed & Fri, 7 p.m.,

Sunday 12 Noon

Pastor Miguel Alvarado

(805) 610-2930

Bethel Lutheran Church

295 Old County Rd., Templeton

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Russ Gordon

Pastor Amy Beveridge

(805) 434-1329

Bridge Christian Curch

Currently meeting at

Centennial Park Banquet Room

600 Nickerson Dr., Paso Robles

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Tim Mensing

805-975-7178

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

1615 Commerce Way,

Paso Robles

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Aaron Newman

(805) 239-4295

Celebration Worship

Center-PCOG

988 Vineyard Drive, Templeton

Pastor Roy Spinks

Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

(805) 434-2424

Central Coast Center

for Spiritual Living

689 Crocker St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Don and

Rev. LaVonne Welsh

(805) 434-9447

Christian Life Center

1744 Oak St., Paso Robles

Service: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Pastor Don Smith

(805) 238-3366

Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints

1020 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 8:30 a.m. -

Bishop Brian Kerr

Service: 1:00 p.m. -

Bishop Mark Goforth

(805) 238-4216,

238-4214, 238-4217

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

2605 Traffic Way, Atascadero

Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Janice Mehring

(805) 466-0329

Covenant Presbyterian Church

1450 Golden Hill Rd.,

Paso Robles

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan Katches

(805) 238-6927

Cowboy Church

Ride For the Brand Ministry

Templeton Livestock Market

Sale Barn

Main St., Templeton

Service: Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Pastor Mike Mosby

(805) 463-2455

Dayspring Full Gospel

1101 Riverside, Paso Robles

Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Pastor Harry Balson

(805) 239-3273

Family Praise & Worship

206 5th St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr.

(805) 975-8594

Family Worship Center

616 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Patrick Sheean

(805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church

1645 Park St., Paso Robles

Pastor Michael R. Garman

Services: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

(805) 238-4419

Christian Science Society

17th & Chestnut Streets,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

(805) 239-1361

First Mennonite Church

2343 Park St. Paso Robles

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Romero

(805) 238-2445

First Missionary Baptist Church

of Paso Robles

Corner of 3rd & Olive Streets

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Jeff Barger

(805) 239-8756

First Presbyterian Church

of Templeton

610 S. Main St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Reverend Charlie Little

(805) 434-1921

Fuente de Agua Viva

1521 Oak St, Paso Robles

Service: Thursday: 7 p.m.

and Sunday: 3 p.m.

Pastor Jorge Alvarez

(805) 714-3827

Grace Baptist Church

535 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Kelsey Pietsch

(805) 238-3549

Heritage Village Church

At the Senior Center,

Heritage Ranch

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Ed Bedrosian

(805) 238-9240

Highlands Church

Corner S. River and Niblick,

215 Oak Hill, Paso Robles

Services: Sunday: 8:30, 9:45 &

11:00 a.m.

Pastor Sean Martin

(805) 226-5800

Adelaide Inn

1215 Ysabel Ave

(just off 24th near Hwy 101

and 46 East intersection)

Paso Robles, phone 238-2770

Lake Way Country

Church/Ministries

Meeting at Cappy Culver

Elementary School,

11011 Heritage Loop Rd.

Service: 10 a.m. Sunday

Pastors: Rodger & Julie Coale

(805) 423-4095

Life Community Church

3770 Ruth Way, Templeton

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Keith Newsome

(805) 434-5040

Life Worth Living Church of God

620 – 17th St., Paso Robles

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Jim Wilde

(805) 238-0978

Lighthouse Community Church

301 13th St. San Miguel

Services: 9:45 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

Pastor John Wheat

(805) 467-3636

Live Oak

1521 Oak St., Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor John Kaiser

(805) 238-0575

Living Waters

Christian Fellowship

2085 Gateway Dr.,

Heritage Ranch

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Steve and

Christina Boggan

(805) 239-1716

Methodist Ministries

Meeting at 1005 Railroad St.

at 10th St.

Service: 10:30 a.m.

For information call 238-2006

Mid State Baptist Church

1749 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles

Services: Sundays,

10 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Pastor Bruce Fore

(805) 238-2281

Mission San Miguel Parish

775 Misssion Street, San Miguel

Weekday Mass: 8 a.m.

Weekend Mass:

Saturday: 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday: 7 a.m., 11 a.m.,

6 p.m. (Spanish)

Fr. Ignatius DeGroot, OFM

(805) 467-2131

New Day Center

530 12th St., Paso Robles

English Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Brad Alford

Hispanic Service: 2 p.m.

Pastor Vincente Salmeron

(805) 239-9998

New Life Church of Paso Robles

Meeting at Holiday Inn Express

2455 Riverside Ave.,

Paso Robles

Pastor Randy Bunch

(805) 769-8120

those churches/synagogues who have not yet responded to the request

for information and would like to be included in this directory, please

email your name, address, phone, service times and pastor’s/rabbi’s

name to Paso Robles Magazine at: prmagazine@charter.net

All worship service times listed are for Sundays, unless noted otherwise:

New Life Tabernacle

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Efrain Cordero

Niblick Road Baptist Church

1145 Niblick Rd., Paso Robles

Services: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Christopher Cole

(805) 238-4614

North County Christian

Fellowship

421 9th St. , Paso Robles

Service: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Steve Calagna

(805) 239-3325

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

2727 Turkey Cove,

at the Clubhouse, Oak Shores

Service: 8:30 a.m.

Pastor Christopher Cole

(805) 238-4614

Paso Robles Bible Church

2206 Golden Hill Rd.,

Paso Robles

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Dave Rusco

Pastor Mark Wheeler

(805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church

of the Nazarene

Meeting at the Paso Robles

Youth Arts Foundation

3201 Spring St., Paso Robles

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Brent Wylie

(805) 238-4300

Paso Robles Community Church

2706 Spring St, Paso Robles

Service: 9 a.m.

Pastor Shawn Penn

(805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational

Church, UCC

Thirteenth and Oak Streets,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Steven Mabry

(805) 238-3321

Second Baptist Church

1937 Riverside Ave.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastors:

Rueben Tate, Gary Jordon

(805) 238-2011

Shandon Assembly of God

420 Mesa Grande, Shandon

Service: 10:30 a.m.

Hispanic Service: 4 p.m.

Pastor Ted Hunt

(805) 239-3138

Shandon United

Methodist Church

105 Second Street, Shandon

Service 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Fred B. Morris

(805) 238-3134

Provided as a community service by...

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak, Paso Robles

Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I),

10:00 a.m. (Rite II)

The Rev. Mary K. Morrison,

Rector

(805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday - 5 p.m. (Vigil)

Sunday - 8 a.m.,

10 a.m. (Family Mass)

12:30 p.m. (Spanish)

5 p.m. (Teen)

& 7 p.m. (Spanish)

Father Roberto Vera

(805) 238-2218

Templeton Assembly of God

925 Bennett Way, Templeton

Service: 10:00 a.m.

Pastor Jeff Saylor

(805) 434-2616

Templeton Hills Seventh-day

Adventist Church

930 Templeton Hills Rd.,

Templeton

Service: Saturday 9:30 &

10:30 a.m.

Pastor Ivor Myers

(805) 434-1710

The Revival Center

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3,

Paso Robles

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz

(805) 434-5170

The Rock Church

616 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday

Pastors Ed & Char Barger

(661) 587-7625

Trinity Lutheran Church

940 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Contemporary Service: 9 a.m.

Traditional Service: 10:45 a.m.

Sr. Pastor Dan Rowe

(805) 238-3702

True Life Christian Fellowship

Lockwood/Jolon Road, across

from the school in Lockwood

Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Erick Reinstedt

(805) 472-9325

Truth Tabernacle

915 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

Services: 9 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Pastor David Webb

(805) 423-3135

Vineyard Church of Christ

601 So. Main St., Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Evangelist: Steve Orduno

(805) 226-9122

Vintage Community Church

692 Peterson Ranch Road,

Templeton

Services: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Coaches: Aaron Porter,

Dayn Mansfield

(805) 543-0943

Paso Robles Magazine

P.O. Box 3996,

Paso Robles, CA 93447,

phone 239-1533

or prmagazine@charter.net

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A piano with a colorful history

has found a home in the Paso

Robles Inn Ballroom. The Weber,

constructed in part of hand-carved

rosewood, once belonged to Ignacy

Jan Paderewski. It traveled by Canadian

Pacific Railway for the late

pianist’s 1907-1908 concert

tours of North America, just

before his return to Poland to

serve as Prime Minister.

In 1910, the piano was auctioned

and purchased by the town

of Walhachin, British Columbia.

Now dormant, the once affluent

colony of 300 was once popularized

as “Canada’s Camelot.”

An enterprising musician, Fanny

Faucault, often played the piano

at lavish community celebrations.

In true devotion to her townsfolk,

Fanny relinquished her earnings to

help subsidize improvements to the

town hall (complete with a spruce

plank floating dance floor) while she

and her hired orchestra performed

jazz, ragtime and classical music for

British businessmen and gentleman

farmers. Tragically, the First World

War blighted the settlement when

97 of its 117 men enlisted for battle,

many of whom did not return.

Over the next 50 years, Paderewski’s

piano remained unharmed in

Walhachin until its donation to

University of British Columbia’s

School of Music. In the ’60s, the

university was a far cry from the

glamor the piano once knew. The

makeshift music building was a

former forestry products lab, where

concrete blocks that once crushed

timber were stored. Former faculty

member Hans-Karl Piltz was quoted

as saying that “it was in terrible

condition because it had been used

as a barroom piano. It would go out

of tune as soon as you looked at it.”

The Paderewski piano

with a past

arrives at

Paso Robles Inn

By Melissa Chavez

A subsequent relocation to the

school’s Cecil Green Park in 1976

put the piano back into service

as a social event rental, but

facility renovations found the

instrument in the way and it

was moved to the music school’s

aging auditorium. By 2007, the

Paderewski Heritage Committee

purchased the piano, where it was

housed at the Polish Consulate in

Vancouver for nearly six years

until a permanent location could

be found.

When the Polish Ministry

of Foreign Affairs announced a

relocation of its offices from

Vancouver to Edmonton, the

Paderewski Heritage Committee

considered Paso Robles the ideal

location to house the 19th-century

instrument. Marek Żebrowski,

Artistic Director of the Paderewski

Festival in Paso Robles,

traveled to Vancouver and approached

the Paderewski Heritage

Committee with an offer

to provide it permanent residence.

After much consideration,

Paso Robles was chosen

as the ideal place in which Paderewski’s

piano could serve as “an

ambassador of Polish culture.”

On July 8, the piano arrived

safe and sound to a well-deserved

tuning and an official welcome to

Downtown Paso Robles. Finally,

Paderewski’s piano can remain to

inspire a population that is discovering

his ties to the California

region where the artist found

healing and respite.

The Weber grand now replaces a

previous instrument, affectionately

dubbed “the square,” which graced

the original El Paso de Robles

Hotel where Paderewski also

resided. The “Square” will be

displayed in the Acorn Building

lobby on the northeast corner of

12th and Park Street.

Yet another piano, called the

“O,” is a Steinway that has been

used for intimate Paderewski concerts

at Cass Winery by distinguished

artists, including William

Koseluk and Leszek Możdżer.

The “O” has been moved to the

Park Ballroom at 1232 Park

Street, where the Paderewski

Festival will soon utilize this

historic location for upcoming

performances.

To learn more about the Paso Robles

Paderewski Festival visit www.

paderwskifest.com, e-mail tickets

@paderewskifest.com or call 769-

4622.

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