2018 July COLONY Magazine


A monthly magazine about the Colony of Atascadero and the surrounding areas of North San Luis Obispo County.



Painting a Vision of the Future

For a Historic Icon

Colony District

Forcast: Renaissance

Fourth of July

Bluegrass Freedom


Colony Days

Announces Theme

Inaugural Issue


Flash History:

What’s in a Name?



JULY 2018, Issue 1

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By Nicholas Mattson




By Melissa Chavez


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06 Publisher’s Letter


08 Colony Buzz: Congratulations AHS Grads

10 Taste of Americana: Pink Lady Apple Pie

11 Two In Tow: Elfin Forest

12 Summer Activities Around Atascadero

13 Flash History: What’s in a Name?

14 Rotary Winemakers Cookoff


22 Arlyne’s Flowers:

A Family Business with a Personal Touch

23 Paso Robles Physical Therapy:

Tony Wallace Moves Closer to Home


24 Nonprofit: Woods Humane Society Opens

Clinic in Atascadero

25 Education: Community Building Summit

by County Superintendent Jim Brescia

25 Stand Up, Stand Out

by Weston Hooten


26 Tea Trolley Serves Up a Spot of British



28 Second Annual Bluegrass Freedom Festival

29 Colony Days Announces Theme

30 North SLO County Activity & Event Guide


34 L’Envoi: Atascadero, an Epic Tale in the Making


Digital Oil Painting of Atascadero Printery

By Nicholas Mattson

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— Napoleon Hill

Our inaugural issue! Wow! How

do we even begin to express

our deepest gratitude for the

support and love we have received to

have faith and trust to start a sister

publication to PASO Magazine in our

Home Town of Atascadero. A dream

that we have been working to see

come to fruition for as long as I can

remember …

A dream of a publication mailed directly to residents and businesses

that would focus on the beautiful people and businesses in

our communities doing the amazing things they do. A publication

that would allow the untold stories of the silent heroes, the incredible

strength of a group of people pulled together by a common goal

or passion to make our community better, the stories of businesses

and business owners that show up every day to fulfill a dream of

their own and provide a service that is needed, the teachers, students

and administrative staff that are at that very core growing the next

generation that will be better than we are today, this publication is

for all of you.

Our desire to tell your story is shared by our incredible team that

believes in the wonderful communities we all call home. It is with

their faith, dedication and passion that the magazines come together.

It is with the trust and confidence from all our advertisers that the

magazine is able to be printed and the stories told. And it is because

of the incredible vision, love and energy and our shared desire to

provide our communities with a motivating, one of a kind, public

that pulls it all together.

Our goal with each publication is to bring you in-depth highlights

that showcase our inspirational community in format that you will

want to keep on your bookshelf for years to come. A piece of history

in the making. A legacy that we can pass on to our children that

teaches them the importance of being involved in the community

and showing up for one another and that it is not all about us… it

is much bigger. Our family is incredibly humbled to be able to call

the North County our home and together with our team we will do

everything we can to help tell your story, share and promote your

business and provide a valuable tool when you have loved ones come

to town to help them experience the heart of community in which

we live.

We truly thank you all with our whole hearts… let’s do this!

Please enjoy this inaugural issue of COLONY Magazine.

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Thank you Atascadero


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George Arndt Trust

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Catherine Hillman

John Hollenbeck

Idler’s Home

Robert Grigger Jones

Our Founders

Livia Kellerman

Kent Kenney

Kiwanis Club Atascadero

Nelson & Colleen Kobata

Stephen LaSalle

Nicholas & Hayley Mattson

In Memory of

Dr. Mike McNamara

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Out of the Mire Ministries

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Thank you sponsors!

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Hats off to the 2018

Class of Atascadero

High School. It was

my hope that I could

follow a this class from Baro Gym

where I first met Franko Jira as

an eighth-grader with his junior

high basketball team. He did not

hesitate to let me know he was

headed to Stanford University

(my future alma mater) for

medical school after high school.

On a warm and bright June day,

he delivered the commencement

speech as valedictorian of the

Class of 2018, and eloquently

wove in a quote from Andy

Bernard before the diplomas were

certified, tassles turned, and caps

tossed into perpetuity.

Knowing you are in the “good

ole days” is half the battle. If you

know where you are going, then

go there ... you’ll find yourself

there. If you don’t know where

you are going, then pick a place ...

you will find yourself there. The

only time you are ever really lost

is when you forget that you are

already there, just getting started.

Bon voyäge Class of 2018.

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Taste of Americana

With Barbie Butz

Strawberry Pink Lady Apple Pie

1 pie crust recipe for 9-inch deep-dish pie pan

Filling Ingredients:

• 6 cups peeled, cored, and sliced Pink Lady apples

• ½ cup granulated sugar

• Grated zest of 1 lemon

• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

• 1 quart ripe strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and


• 3 to 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Cream Crumb Topping Ingredients:

• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

• 1/3 cup granulated sugar

• 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

• ¼ teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons cold heavy cream

*Alternative apples or pre-made pie crusts are optional.


was first introduced to Pink

Ladys in the 80s when my

husband, John (Butz Construction)

had a contract in

Cuyama, CA building an office

and employee barracks for Logoluso


I grew up on Golden Delicious,

Red Delicious, and Granny

Smith apples and I don’t

remember much variety in the

markets at that time. So, when

John brought home “Pink Lady”

apples, and I ate that first one, I

knew they’d be at the top of my

apple list!

Don’t be misled — the apple is

not pink inside, but the skin has

a pinkish blush, showing areas

of light green on its elongated,

asymmetrical shape. Words like

crunchy, tart, juicy sweet, crisp

all come to mind when I try to

describe this special fruit, making

it a great apple for eating as

well as for baking.

When I found this recipe in

a 2002 cookbook titled “Apple

Pie — Perfect”, authored by

Ken Haedrich, I loved the idea

of pairing Pink Ladys with fresh

strawberries. I hope you’ll enjoy

this wonderful summer pie — a

dessert for all occasions from

a pot-luck dinner, a family reunion,

to a simple picnic.


1. Prepare pie crust and fit into 9-inch deep dish pie pan. Place in freezer until ready to fill, at least 30 minutes.

2. To make the filling, combine apples, granulated sugar, and lemon zest in large mixing bowl; toss well. Pour lemon juice over apples; toss

again. Mix in strawberries. Shake flour over fruit—using 4 tablespoons if berries are very juicy; set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

3. Turn filling into frozen pie shell. Smooth filling with your hands to even it out. Place pie on center rack in oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

4. While pie bakes, prepare cream crumb topping. Combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in food processor; pulse

several times to mix. While pulsing machine, add cream in slow, steady stream through feed tube. Stop machine as soon as topping starts

to form clumps; for the most part, it should be loose and granular-looking. Refrigerate.

5. After 30 minutes, remove pie from oven and place on large, dark baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Reduce oven temperature to

375 degrees. Carefully dump the crumbs in center of pie, spreading them evenly over surface. Pat crumbs gently to compact them. Place

pie on baking sheet and place back in oven; bake until juices bubble thickly around edge of pie, another 40 to 45 minutes. If topping starts

to darken, cover loosely with tented aluminum foil for last 15 minutes.

6. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.

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Clara poses amid magical pygmy oaks. Photo by Tonya Strickland

One of our hands-down, favorite

kid-ventures voutside of the North

County is the magical Elfin Forest

in Los Osos. This 90-acre slice of

public land at South Bay Boulevard and Santa

Ysabel Avenue encompasses a series of scenic

walking trails with views of an estuary and


Its most-known attribute, though, is its

magnificent pygmy oak forest of twisty, tiny

oak trees that make for some truly awesome

Instagram-worthy selfies and photography of

your kids.

To start your trip, we suggest parking off

the 16th Street entrance that leads to a stroller-friendly

boardwalk looping the park to two

lookout points toward Morro Bay. The park’s

other street entrances lead to sand trails. We

lucked out that we were all wearing sneakers

for our first trip there. Because with the boardwalk’s

wooden slats, small kiddos tend to trip

more often than not — making sneakers your

best bet for footwear. Shorts would be a solid

fashion choice climate-wise, but an ample

amount of scruffy vegetation (spoiler alert:

some of it is poison oak) means pants are your

new BFF on this walk.

Overall, though, everything at the Elfin

Forest is nicely laid out for visitors, with obvious

trail lines and signage so you won’t get into

too much questionable foliage.

Along the walk, the kids really loved stopping

to take a closer look at the plant life and

colors in nature.

After meandering on and around the boardwalk

for a bit, the loop will lead you to one of

the waterfront lookouts. If I had two seconds

to actually look at all the cool and unique birds

and whatever else lives out there I’d be sure to

tell you all about them. But…kids. They run

away. And get into everything.

So, I can say with certainty that for the solid

20 seconds I spent admiring the lookout, it

was super pretty. But that’s about it. Shortly

after the lookout, the loop will guide you to

some benches for a nice picnic lunch pit stop.

And, per usual, the kids will take two bites

of said lunch and then run away to go find the

next thing. But if you play your cards right, you

can actually have 10 glorious minutes to eat

next to some sandy dune spots on the south

side of the park, while the kids get their dig on.

And, at the end of the trip, the kids’ adorable

dirt-smudged little faces will be evidence

of your successful outdoor adventure. Even if

a crazy mid-day bath is required at the end.


Tonya Strickland lives in Paso Robles with

her husband, their two small children and

one crazy but lovable dog. A longtime

journalist and government reporter, Tonya

stepped back from her writing career in

2016 to stay at home with the littles, now

ages 2 and 4. In 2017, she launched the

family adventure blog Two in Tow & On

the Go. It features pictures, tips and stories

about things to do with kids on the Central

Coast, all with a hearty (but hopefully humorous)

dose of real life.

You can share in the adventure at @

two.n.tow on Instagram + Facebook or the

blog at twontow.com.

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Outdoor Summer

Summer is here — and it’s hot.

What can you do to keep the

kids entertained, and maybe

even a bit cool?

This summer, the Atascadero

High School pool will not be

open for recreational swim as

it has in past years. Instead, the

City has partnered with Kennedy

Club Fitness in Atascadero to

offer swim lessons to the public

at member prices. Kennedy Club

also has family swim for $6 per

nonmember on Thursdays and

Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and on

Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to

4 p.m. Punch cards are available,

which reduces the per use fee.

Get out and get some exercise

and enjoy nature by hitting

one of our local trails.

• Stadium Park has two trails

that vary in length and difficulty.

The Blue Oak Trail is easy and the


Pine Mountain Trail is difficult.

Most of the trails are not wide

enough for a stroller, but there is

a road that leads from the parking

area on Capistrano Avenue to

Marj Mackey Meadow, which is

perfect for a picnic and for kids to

run around the open space.

• The Jim Green Trail is a 1.7-

mile moderate hike along the

Salinas River. The hidden gem is

covered in a canopy of trees and is

great for all ages, dogs, horses and

bikes. To access, drive to the end

of Cortez Avenue, which is accessible

from Curbaril Avenue near

the river. There is parking lot at the

end of Cortez Avenue for the trail.

• Three Bridges Oak

Preserve Trail is 3.5 miles

roundtrip to the top. Biking and

horses are allowed on the trail, but

not all the way to the top. Dogs

are allowed on leases. There is an

elevation change of 900 feet. It

is moderate to strenuous and is

fantastic for seeing wildlife, the

blue oak grove, rock formations,

birds, wildflowers, and more. The

trail is accessible either from the

trail that goes from Atascadero

Lake Park along CA 41 West or

from the parking lot on (west)

Carmelita Avenue.

• Cerro Alto State Park, about

10 miles out of Atascadero on

Highway 41 West, is a difficult

4-mile trail that leads to the top of

the peak. It’s well worth the hike,

but take plenty of water, snacks

and begin your trek several hours

before sunset. This trail is also

good for mountain biking, dogs,

and horseback riding.

• Santa Margarita Lake has

several trails that vary in length

and difficulty. The Grey Pine

Trail is 3.3 miles one way to Vaca

Flat, is of moderate difficulty,

and multi-use. Lakeside Trail is

an unmarked dirt road along the

lake shore from Marina to White

Oak. It is an easy one-fifth mile

trail. Blin Trail is 9.2 miles one-

By Heather Young

way (or 18.4 miles roundtrip) and

is moderate to strenuous. Be sure

you are prepared before embarking

on this trail. Sapwi Trail is a spur

off Blinn about 3.4 miles in to

access Khus Camp (another mile)

and Sapwi Camp (another two

miles). It is of moderate difficulty.

Sandstone Trail is 2.7 miles one

way and is moderate to strenuous.

Rocky Trail is 1.8 miles one-way

and is moderate to strenuous.

At the Lake Park, there is a

large play area. Enjoy boating

from Lakeside Paddleboats

& Event Center. The new

playground was installed and

re-opened this month. The sand

was replaced by a rubberized

surface. The Lake Park is also a

great place for children to ride

bikes or scooters. The other large

playground in Atascadero is at

Paloma Creek Park, 11665

Viejo Camino, and has play areas

for younger and older children, as

well as a small climbing wall.

Heather Young can be reached at


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Flash History, Central Coast


By Tom Taylor

It seems to me that on the occasion of the

inaugural issue of Nic and Hayley Mattson’s

Colony Magazine that the meaning of the name

‘Atascadero’ should be explained and put it in its

place historically.

The founder of the town of Atascadero was

Edward Garner Lewis. Born and raised in cramped

older cities of the eastern states, he had a vision

to find a place ‘whose dwellers should have all the loveliness

and healthfulness of the country with the conveniences and

advantages of the city’.

What happened next is best told in the following excerpts taken

from Marguerite A. Travis’s 1960 book, “The Birth of Atascadero.”

“Mr. Lewis’ favorite idea, to which he referred most frequently

as the weeks went on, was his dream city, and before long there

came an issue in which he announced his intention of starting

out on a search for a site for the new community that would fill

his vision.

After traveling south, north, and west, he finally announced

that in California he thought he would find the most satisfactory

location, describing one or two attractive places which he had

inspected. Then, finally, came the day when he proclaimed the

glad news that he had found a land of milk and honey, a great

tract called the Atascadero Rancho, with 23,000 acres of rolling

hills, green valleys, rippling streams (in winter) whence came the

name of Atascadero: “Many Waters,” mountain canyons, and

shady forests-and everywhere the spreading branches of the

great live oaks which dotted hills and meadows.”

Clearly stated, Travis was of the opinion that E.G. Lewis thought

of Atascadero as ‘Many Waters’ and a lovely place.

The Spanish word, Atascadero, is translated to bog, from the

verb “atascar” which means to become stuck or hindered. Some

say pig pen, mudhole, or ‘not a very nice place.’ In the Chumash

language however, Atascadero translates into a ‘place of much


All that aside, to most of us, Atascadero simply means

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Get ready for some serious good times!

20th Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff

Get ready for one of the biggest

wine and food events on the Central

Coast of California! The 20th

annual Winemakers’ Cookoff is set

to take place on Saturday, August

11th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the

Paso Robles Event


The event, sponsored

by the Paso Robles

Rotary Club and

presented by Stifel Financial

Corp., brings

visitors from all over

the country to this

community to showcase

the quality of life

we all share here in

Paso Robles. While

guests enjoy food and

wine from 30 different local wineries

and specialty breweries, local

high school students benefit in

the form of college scholarships

awarded by Rotary from the proceeds

of this event.

To date, the Paso Robles Rotary

Club District 5240 has raised

nearly $750,000 toward this effort.

Rotary is now the largest

scholarship donor at the Paso Robles

High School. This year, Paso

Robles Rotary expects to award

$70,000 in scholarships for high

school seniors.

With wineries vying for the

Judges’ Choice and People’s

Choice Awards, those who attend

will sample award-winning wines,

beer and incredible food pairings.

They’ll also enjoy live music by Julie

Beaver and the Bad Dogs and

experience some of the

best Paso has to offer in

a single 3-hour event at

the fairgrounds. Each

year, an estimated

2,000 people attend

this exciting affair.

Nestled between

Monterey and Santa

Barbara, and just

inland from Hearst

Castle, Paso Robles

is home to the third

largest wine region in

California and is one of the fastest

growing wine regions in the state.

Close to the mountains and the

beach, the area provides something

special for everyone who visits.

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Tickets are $85/pp ($45 designated

driver) and include a commemorative

wine glass. Must be

21 years old to attend. For more

information on the Winemakers’

Cook Off, or to volunteer as a

winery or brewery to participate,

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or check out

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“Let us keep our faces to

the sunshine and we will

not see the shadows.”

E.G. Lewis

Photo by Nicholas Mattson

SIGNS OF LIFE AT Atascadero Printery


ngraved atop the Historic City Hall

Administration Building is a quotation

of focused optimism by town founder E.G.

Lewis that face the Atascadero Printery building.

His declaration to see the sun, and not the

shadows was tested in 2003, just days before

Christmas, the San Simeon Earthquake shook

the Central Coast to its foundation.

The City Hall building was severely damaged,

but reconstruction in 2013 brought the grand

dame back to a form and beauty that surpassed

even Lewis’ inception. Positioned directly in the

shadow of Lewis’ quotation, however, was the

Atascadero Printery Building – lone, broken

and in need of equal consideration.

Completed and ready for use in 1916, the

first civic center in Atascadero at Olmeda Avenue

and West Mall, the Salinan brick building

was listed sixth of just 37 on the National

Register of Historic Places in San Luis Obispo

County in 2004, and registered among the California

Historical Resources, Office of Historic

Preservation. Despite escaping a wrecking ball,

vandals have since contributed to the building’s

gradual demise.

Images Worth a Thousand Words

In April 2015, a collection of images captured

by photographer Rick Evans and posted

on Facebook soon drew the interest of several

people, including Nic Mattson, Mike Mc-

Namara, his wife Karen and others. What if the

building could be reclaimed, rehabilitated, and

repurposed for community use? Their meeting

would become the catalyst that birthed the

nonprofit Atascadero Printery Foundation.

On May 14, 2017, a San Luis Obispo County

tax auction was held. The Foundation volleyed

bids against another interested party. In

the final seconds of the online auction, their

$300,100 bid secured their emotion-filled win,

By Melissa Chavez

a cost not far from the $250,000 price tag it

cost E.G. Lewis to construct and supply the

building for what was once the largest rotogravure

press facility west of the Mississippi River.

A more formidable challenge is the estimated

$8 million needed to restore the building.

Completed and ready for use

in 1916, the Printery was the

first civic center in Atascadero.

The Atascadero Performing Arts Center

Committee recently partnered with the Foundation

to double their own efforts toward establishing

a theater space in Atascadero and

enable both organizations to collaborate their

efforts toward restoring the 18,000-squarefoot


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One Good Deed

Deserves Another

On May 25, 2018, a Deed Celebration

capped the initial stages of securing the structure

and kicked off the next leg of community

fundraising. A flagpole donation dedication

from the Butz family was a visual representation

toward staking their claim for preserving

Atascadero history with an eye to the future.

Speaking to a group of 70 from the Printery

steps with APF board member Nicholas

Mattson standing by, APF President Karen

McNamara cited the personal investments of

board members, past and present. It was a bittersweet,

lip-biting moment. Just two months

after initiating the Printery campaign, Karen’s

husband Mike died of a stroke on the morning

of their 36th wedding anniversary.

“There’s no possible way that we would be

standing here today without each of your efforts,”

said McNamara. “We’ve been a well-synchronized

team that’s proven that we’re capable

and willing to complete the rehabilitation

of our Printery and turn it into a good resource

for our community, and I sincerely thank every

one of you for all your amazing help.”

McNamara also praised the County of San

Luis Obispo for guidance through the tax auction

process and support by San Luis Obispo

County Supervisor Debbie Arnold and her

staff for donations to secure broken windows.

“Without this group, the Printery Foundation, this building,

I’m sure, would have just finally fallen into such disrepair

that it would have been too difficult to get that back.”

To this end, City of Atascadero officials scheduled

regular meetings with the Foundation to lend

input toward seeking grants toward the project

goals. One hundred “Founders” are also being recruited

to kick off donations of $1,000 or more

(there are 55 so far). Aside from financial donations,

APF has five Foundation board positions

to fill and there’s room for practical help, such as

an excavator, fundraising sponsors and more.

During the deed reception, and subsequent

Founder’s Reception, Community Church of Atascadero

donated $325 in rummage sale proceeds,

Nancy Moure and the San Luis Obispo Garbagemen’s

Association also each donated $5,000.

In her husband’s absence, Karen is continuing

the charge to make the Printery a vibrant

and permanent part of Atascadero.

“Mike cared about Atascadero. Nothing

he ever did was about himself; it was always

about others,” said McNamara. “He wanted

this back and it’s my way to honor him. The

Printery is for the community, by the community

– and that’s how we’re going to get

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“It all depends on raising the

funds. The faster we can raise

the funds, the faster we can

get going on this building.”

“This really has been a rollercoaster of a ride.

It really has been a complicated effort. I can’t

even tell you how excited I am,” said Supervisor

Arnold, who lauded E.G. Lewis’ vision to establish

Atascadero Mutual Water Company and his

blueprint for the community, the restoration of

the City Hall rotunda and the Foundation’s efforts

preserve his vision over a century later.

“Without this group, the Printery Foundation,

this building, I’m sure, would have just finally fallen

into such disrepair that it would have been too difficult

to get that back,” said Arnold. “Atascadero is

changing and it’s growing, yet we’re hanging on to

our history.” She added, “I predict that this building

itself is going to bring the community together,

like we do so often when we focus in on a really

special project. I think we’re going to enjoy the next

few years while everyone works. Some people have

financial benefits to give, and some their labor, but

I know we’ll all come together.”

Next Steps

“We’re shooting for five years,” said Mc-

Namara. “It all depends on raising the funds.

The faster we can raise the funds, the faster we

can get going on this building.”

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A 25-Year Old Greyhound Foundation Continues

to Pioneer ‘Doing What’s Best for Kids’

By Nicholas Mattson

ince 1994, a small group of thoughtful, committed

citizens of Atascadero have been changing our world.

The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation began as the

Greyhound Athletic Foundation, with a mission to build

an all-weather track for Atascadero High School. Now,

the organization shifts focus to bring resources to the

community in the battle against addiction.

With a massive effort, it succeeded

in its first mission, and for two

decades, Atascadero boasted the finest

track and field facilities in SLO

County. High Schools around the

area are catching up, but the Greyhound

Foundation continues to pioneer

the delivery of needed resources

to our local high school students.

In 2012, the Foundation formed

LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero, to

provide funding for addiction counseling

at Del Rio Continuation High

School — now Paloma Creek Continuation

High School. Through the

LIGHTHOUSE program, high

school students gain access to a licensed

SLO County therapist which

they can choose to see on their own

volition. The program has provided

the service for five years.

“It’s made such a difference in my

life knowing that because of LIGHT-

HOUSE other families will be spared

from going through what our family

has had to go through losing Jake to

addiction,” LIGHTHOUSE chairperson

Lori Bagby said. “It is such

a great feeling to see our community

come together to fight this nationwide

epidemic and I know that

Lighthouse is changing lives.”

For many years, the Foundation

motto has been “Doing What’s Best

for Kids,” which it still pioneers.

But with the growing focus on

LIGHTHOUSE, serving resources

to battle addiction and substance

abuse, Foundation executive director

Donn Clickard has gravitated toward

“Making a Difference,” which

is drawn from a short story about

throwing sea stars into the ocean, by

Loren Eiseley in 1969.

Donn Clickard, Derek Kirk,

Joe Gerardi, Chris Balogh,

and Ron Johansen.

Like the marathons that run

around the track at AHS, the leadership

of the Greyhound Foundation

is in for the long haul. Current

board president Wayne Cooper has

presided over the board for the most

of the life of the Foundation, but is

looking at his term finally coming

to an end. This year, the Foundation

has adopted a succession plan with

board members Rolfe Nelson and

Jim Stecher stepping into President

Elect, and President Elect Elect positions,


“The reason we did that is to create

a plan for the future,” Wayne said.

“Our ideas were that we were going

to find someone younger to take

over, but also to create a succession


The growth of the Atascadero

Greyhound Foundation, like all

growth, came with its own pains.

Some contend that the original focus

on athletics has been lost and

priorities changed. But the change

embraces opportunity, and the community

is much different than it was

nearly 25 years ago when the Foundation


“It has changed dramatically from

where it started,” Wayne said about

the growth. “From building the track

to the Hall of Fame and fundraisers,

now the focus is really about the

LIGHTHOUSE. We were focusing

on a small group, and now we are focusing

on the entire population.”

It could be said that the focus

has not changed, but instead has

expanded. It was a former student

at Atascadero High School that

was the catalyst for a massive shift

in the focus of the Foundation. In

2011, Foundation president emeritus

Doug Filipponi lost his son Jeff

in a high speed chase after a troubling

bout with addiction and drug

“We were focusing on

a small group, and now

we are focusing on the

entire population.”

abuse. That final blow led Doug to

call on his colleagues on the board to

do something to help those in great

need. Out of that call was born the

concepts that today drive LIGHT-

HOUSE Atascadero reach out to

students who might struggle with

addiction and other causes of adolescent

drug abuse.

A chain is only as strong as its

weakest link, and LIGHTHOUSE

applies itself to attending to those

Photo by Nic Mattson

links in need, providing solutions to

catastrophic issues. The help it provides

is often unmeasurable, but the

hope drives the mission.

“It is the funeral we don’t attend,”

AGF executive director Donn Clickard

said about the measurement of

the program’s success.

LIGHTHOUSE has provided

financial support for high school

counseling for six years, and last

year expanded services to create the

LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero Mentoring

Program, or LAMP, which

pairs high-school mentors with


“Mentoring is what we really

wanted to do from the beginning

[of LIGHTHOUSE],” Donn said.

“Problems solving, peer mentorship,

critical thinking, we believe it will

help kids become drug free. It helps

them become leaders and not followers.”

The program was led by teacher

Julie Davis (not to be confused with

the Monterey Road Elementary

principal Julie Davis), and after the

first year, the Foundation was ready

for more.

“I won’t say it exceeded expectations,”

Donn said, “because we

expected it to be good. What we

didn’t expect is the relationships that

formed between the students. These

are potentially life-long relationships


Donn said the completion of

the first year and planning of

the future is a dream come true for

the Foundation, but why stop there.

The Foundation provides services

specifically to high school students,

but they LIGHTHOUSE beacon

has been a light of hope for those in

the community in search of answers

to addiction issues. A fateful phone

call for help led Donn to believe they

could do more, and provide a resource

for people of all ages — so was born

LIGHTHOUSE Atascadero Support,

Education, and Resources, or

LASER, to “answer questions about

addiction and help people who just

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don’t know what to do.”

The Atascadero Greyhound

Foundation is not a board filled with

doctors or therapists, but lifelong educators,

school district administrators,

and local business owners who

want to make a difference — symptoms

of addiction were the problem,

and LIGHTHOUSE provided the


“Hall of Fame is really interesting

and really cool, or Hares N Hounds

and All Comers,” Donn said, “but

when you look at the LIGHT-

HOUSE run, or golf tournament,

and the people coming together

around these programs, it is really



Rolfe Nelson, Lori Bagbi, Wayne Cooper,

Ryan Cooper, Joanne Peters, Donn Clickard,

Nic Mattson, EJ Rossi. Courtesy photo

and LASER lighting the way,

the Foundation is pioneering and

fostering the relationship between

the community and the

education system, to help kids be

their best selves. The game is on,

and for some it is already in overtime,

but the programs and playbook the

Foundation is working from might

just lead to a game-winning touchdown.

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Atascadero Economic

Development is on the Rise

By Melissa Chavez

Several significant commercial development projects

are underway in Atascadero that are expected to

revitalize the downtown core that will blend new

construction with needed regeneration of the

community’s second-oldest structures.

La Plaza

Situated on the west side of El

Camino Real, across from City Hall

and Entrada Avenue, a fall groundbreaking

will kick off a major construction

project on an oblong parcel

just shy of two acres. The three-story

mixed-use development consists

of retail shops plus 38 rental apartments

and four larger residential

units for sale. Completion is expected

sometime in 2019.

The Palladian-style architectural

design will incorporate aesthetic

elements of both E.G. Lewis’ original

La Plaza building, originally

sited behind the fire station, and

the restored City Hall building

overlooking Sunken Gardens.

“We’re passionate about the project

and we’re all in,” said developer Mike

Zappas, whose daughter and son, Zoe

and Max, are intricately involved in all

phases of the development.

“A lot of research went into

the planning of La Plaza, and a

30-member design charrette provided

for us a thorough presentation

of the historical perspective,

showed us any constraints, and

gave us more ideas for the project,”

said Zappas. “We anticipate a lot

of interest from restaurants and

businesses and a mix of local and

national retailers. Atascadero has

more miles of roads than any town

in San Luis Obispo County, and

we’re trying to make it more pedestrian-friendly.”

Zappas noted

that over 100 spaces in the plans

met and exceeded the City’s parking


The 15 to 20 million dollar price

tag includes hiring workforce, vendors

and suppliers from throughout San

Luis Obispo County and the Central

Coast to complete the project.

“We have a great hometown spirit

in Atascadero. It’s good to see people

love where they live and try to make

it better,” added Zappas. “We’ve been

inspired and we hope to inspire others

as we go down the road.”


Coworking Space

La Plaza

A lot of research went

into the planning of

La Plaza.

The “Creekside Building” in

Colony Square, located at 6907

El Camino Real, which formerly

operated as mixed retail

and then City Hall offices,

will be repurposed

for several uses. By way

of a $15,000 pledge

and partnership with

Pacific Premier Bank,

the Atascadero Chamber

of Commerce will oversee a

visitor’s center and a coworking

space within 32,000 square feet.

The building will connect to the

recently constructed Centennial

Bridge and will facilitate business

workshops and financial literacy

classes in tandem with the bank.

It’s a great place to

start their businesses

or work remotely.

“We’re really excited to be part

of it,” said developer Clint Pearce

of Madonna Enterprises. “It didn’t

take long for me to consider it a

great, long-term asset. There’s going

to be a lot of availability for

folks. It’s a great place to start

their businesses or work remotely,

and for artists, graphic designers,

and people who are into technology

and more. What’s great

about those types of situations is

cross-pollination with different

skillsets. The Chamber has a lot of

people signed up for it and it’ll be

a great asset for the City.”

In addition, two yet-to-be

The “Creekside Building”

named artisanal

breweries are also

anticipated. One will

be a tasting room and

the other a pub.

“We’re thrilled

with the Chamber

and coworking

space,” said Pearce. “There’s an energy

building in Atascadero that’s

full of enthusiasm and ideas. I

have great faith in Atascadero.”

“We take seriously the charge

to serve as a catalyst for business

growth and a champion for a

stronger community,” said Derek

Kirk, Atascadero Chamber President

and CEO, “and we believe

this move and the development

of a coworking space are a strong

testament to our continued efforts

in Atascadero.”

BridgeWalk Hotel

Santa Barbara developer Jeff

Nelson of The Oak Creek Company

plans new construction of

an 89-room, four-story(?) building,

13,000-square-foot hotel and

a 10,000-square-foot restaurant

space in Colony Square, north

of Galaxy Colony Square 10

Theaters. The development is

estimated to take up to two years

to complete.

We’re carefully putting

pieces of the puzzle

together, one step

at a time.

“A boutique hotel seemed the

best fit. We think it can be a real

fun urban environment. I want

people to experience the new

bridge, City Hall, and the nature

walking trail nearby.,” said Nelson.

“The exterior architecture is

a Spanish Colonial Revival style

and the interior is a more modern,

relaxed vibe. A lot of interior

design is bringing together dif-

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BridgeWalk Hotel

ferent elements – from American

farmhouse to industrial design. It’s

laborious detail work and it takes

time with various consultants

working on it. But we have a great

deal of enthusiasm and we’re carefully

putting pieces of the puzzle

together, one step at a time.”

Former U.S. Post Office

Built in 1923 by J.A. Hier-

Johnson as the second-oldest

commercial building in Atascadero

(the first was E.G. Lewis’ La

Plaza), this two-story, 2,875-

square-foot structure at 5900 El

Camino Real served as a U.S. Post

Office, beginning in 1924.

I want to make

something better and

I want to keep the

character of it.

On El Camino Real, between

Scotty’s BBQ and Atascadero

Jewelry & Loan’s satellite unit,

the structure features groundlevel

commercial space topped

by living space accented by three

arch top windows. What was once

an exposed façade with white

trim has been since layered with

thick plaster.

Developer George Kartsioukas,

who purchased the property that

sat dormant for about 15 years,

plans to retrofit and restore the


“It’s a great building that’s

been taken care of and it’s a

challenge, but I want to make

something better and I want to

keep the character of it,” said

Kartsioukas. “The City has been

easy to work with. At the end of

the day, I think it’s going to be a

nice project.”

Melissa Chavez can be

reached at Melissa@colonymagazine.com

July 2018, COLONY Magazine colonymagazine.com | 21


Arlyne’s Flowers and Gifts

Since 1950

Arlyne’s Flowers and Gifts,

now located at 6485 Palma Ave.,

has been a staple flower shop in

Atascadero since Al and Arlyne

Casper and Charleen and John

Bliss opened the business on the

side of the Carlton Hotel on Traffic

Way in 1950. The property, a

duplex, where the flower shop is

now was purchased in 1954. The

Bliss family lived in half of the duplex

and operated the flower shop

“There is always a personal touch

added to the design of each


in the other half.

At that time, Arlyne’s Flowers

also offered Western Union services.

“We were the first FTD florist

in Atascadero,” said Jaynee Orcutt,

the current owner of Arlyne’s

By Heather Young

Flowers and the daughter of the


The flower shop was was managed

jointly by Arlyne Casper

and Charleen Bliss until Jaynee

and Jeff Orcutt purchased the

business in 1973 and Jaynee has

managed the shop for the past 45

years. The Orcutts’ two daughters,

Kristin and Karly, were also part

of the business through their high

school years.

“It was a family business,” Jaynee

said. “We all participated.”

Over the years, the shop has

undergone renovations and has

expanded from flowers and plants

to an array of gift items, which include

plush animals, candy, cards,

vases, candles, decorative lanterns,

tin ware and more. The business

also offers fruit baskets.

“We also custom design silk faux

arrangements, either in your container

or ours,” Jaynee said.

Arlyne’s Flowers decorates for

all holidays. It focuses on the full

circle of life from birth to death

and all the events in between.

Arlyne’s has kept with the times

and has a full-service website,

where a variety of baskets or customer

flower arrangements can be


“You can always depend on our

courteous staff to help you with

flowers for the funeral of a departed

loved one or friend or any special

occasion,” Jaynee said. “There

is always a personal touch added

to the design of each arrangement.

It’s a business where you never

have two days alike. Each day is

like a flower blooming.”

Heather Young can be contacted

at heather@colonymagazine.com

Arlyne’s Flowers and Gifts

6485 Palma Ave., Atascadero



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By Meagan Friberg

fter 17 years of providing

expert care to patients on

Park Street in downtown Paso

Robles, Tony Wallace, PT and

his staff at Paso Robles

Physical Therapy

have moved their

main headquarters

to Atascadero and

added a new satellite

office at Paso Robles

Sports Club. With the

move, PRPT now offers

three convenient

locations to serve folks living and

working in Northern San Luis

Obispo County – Paso Robles,

Atascadero, and Heritage Ranch.

“We had been wanting to

downsize our Paso Robles location,

and when I saw this office

in Atascadero it was just what

we needed,” Tony said. “Our

location has changed, but our

dedication to providing quality

treatment programs to our returning

and new patients remains

the same.”

In addition to the convenience

of the Atascadero

and Heritage Ranch

offices, the Paso Robles

Sports Club location

gives staff the ability to

access and utilize all of

the sports club equipment

for patients when deemed

necessary. The pool areas

allow for another new and exciting

and opportunity – aquatic


“There are advantages to being

able to offer aquatic therapy and

we are working toward building

that area of our practice with the

addition of new staff,” Tony said.



Tony, owner and director of

PRPT, is a graduate Long Beach

State. He started his career at

Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach

before moving with his wife,

Lisa, to Atascadero in 1982 and

working at Twin Cities Community

Hospital. In 1986, he

directed a private physical therapy

clinic before starting PRPT

in 2000. Tony and Lisa are the

proud parents of four adult boys

and eight grandchildren… and


Of utmost importance to

Tony and his staff is staying on

the leading edge of out-patient

rehabilitation through continuing

education courses, reading medical

journals, and maintaining

ongoing dialogues with fellow


See Tony Wallace and the crew in Atascadero, Paso, and Heritage Ranch

Tony Wallace

staff members. With a combined

total of 100+ years of experience

in physical and occupational therapy,

the PRPT staff specializes in

orthopedic, neurological, postsurgical/functional


and pediatric therapy.

Visit Tony and the entire staff

of Paso Robles Physical Therapy

at: 5255 El Camino Real, Suite C

in Atascadero; Paso Robles Sports

Club, 2975 Union Road in Paso

Robles, or in the Heritage Ranch/

Lake Nacimiento area at Lake Life

Wellness Center, 2150 Heritage

Loop Rd, Suite D.

For more information, see


or call 805-237-0272.

Be sure to follow PRPT on

Facebook and Instagram.

July 2018, COLONY Magazine colonymagazine.com | 23


Woods Humane Society Breaks Ground

By Heather Young

| Nonprofits

North County to open new spay and neuter clinic

Woods Humane Society broke ground

on a North County spay and neuter

clinic in May. The prefabricated house

was delivered in mid-June and is planned to be

operational by mid-July.

According to the nonprofit, the clinic will

enable Woods Humane Society to meet the

pressing needs of dogs and cats in North County.

In 2017, the clinic in San Luis Obispo performed

4,264 spay and neuter surgeries.

“Really, what this is going to do is rise to

meet the need [in the North County],” Woods

Humane Society Director of Marketing &

Community Programs Steve Kragenbrink said.

“Two-thirds of the animals going into animal

services are from North County.”

Kragenbrink contributes the distance of driving

to the clinic in San Luis Obispo and the

cost of getting animals spayed or neutered at a

vet’s office as barriers to North County residents

getting those surgeries done for animals in the

area. With fewer animals, particularly cats, being

spayed or neutered, the number of cats being

born without a home is higher. Those animals

often end up at SLO County Animal Services.

“It’s going to make a large dent in the feline

over-population in the North County,” Kragenbrink

said. “[It’s] creating the opportunity for

people to get their animals spayed or neutered.”

The idea behind opening the clinic in

Atascadero, next to the existing adoption center,

is to create accessibility to those in the North

County with it being closer and low cost. With

that, he said, it should help reduce the number

of animals in shelters around the entire county.

When it’s complete, the new clinic will include

a fully functional spay and neuter surgery suite

that can accommodate up to 20 surgeries per

day, possibly more. Additionally, the new clinic

will alleviate surgery space at Woods’ San Luis

Obispo surgery center.

“We are thrilled to be on our way to opening

SLO County’s first public high-volume,

high-quality spay/neuter clinic,” Woods Humane

Society Executive Director Jill Tucker

said. “Ensuring that spay/neuter services are

both accessible and affordable, is a critical component

to creating a humane community. This

new clinic will positively impact thousands of

animals and the residents who care for them for

years to come.”

The Woods Humane Society North County

Spay and Neuter Clinic will be dedicated in

memory of Daphne Fahsing.

For more information about Woods Humane

Society or to find out when appointments can

be scheduled for surgeries in Atascadero, go to

Woodshumanesociety.org or follow the organization

on social media.

Heather Young can be reached at


Founded in 1955, Woods Humane Society

has served the homeless animals

of San Luis Obispo County for 63 years.

Woods Humane Society is an animal sheltering

and welfare organization based

in San Luis Obispo that annually places

more than 2,500 dogs and cats into

loving homes.

The Mission of Woods Humane Society is:

To serve, protect, and shelter homeless

companion animals; To place animals

in humane environments; To promote

responsible pet ownership, provide humane

education, and reduce pet overpopulation;

To celebrate the human/

animal bond.

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Education | TENT CITY

“The greatness of a community

is most accurately measured

by the compassionate actions

of its members.”

– Coretta Scott King –

By Jim Brescia, SLO County Superintendent

North County

is a wonderful

place to work,

live, play, and

raise a family.

Our schools

and society

have many linguistic,


religious, ethnic, and racial issues.

Small rural communities like ours

are experiencing changing demographics

just like large cities, and our

leaders must confront these needs,

perspectives, and challenges. How do

we collectively address everyone and

build up our community? Violence

across the United States was the

topic of my March Superintendent’s

Council which included Atascadero

school leadership, law enforcement,



By Weston Hooten, Kid Reporter

Reprinted from his final article as

the AMS Kid Sports Reporter.

I had many ideas about what

my final article would be about-all

sports related of course. However,

in light of my recent experience at

AMS I decided I wouldn’t write an

article for you all to read, rather I

would write an article that speaks

to my fellow AMS students. I am

making a decision to Stand-Up and

Stand Out-I want to talk about

bullying and things we can do as

students to ensure that it doesn’t

happen to our friends, the person

that sits next to us in home room, the

person we pass everyday in the hall,

and to make sure we are reporting

things we see, things we read on

social media, and even when things

happen to ourselves. I was recently

in a situation where I didn’t Stand-

Up for the most important person

of all-Me. I want to make sure my

fellow students know it is o.k. to

mental health professionals and social

services. Multi-agency discussions

from my March meeting served

as a springboard for the May summit.

The goal of our summit was to

facilitate multi-agency communication

and collaboration, present

positive strategies for engagement,

and to build community. Summit

participants included students, parents,

non-profit agencies, religious

leaders, city & county officials, school

leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement.

Over 120 participants

joined the afternoon summit held

at the Vina Robles Signature Room.

Twelve table workgroups of

8-10 were formed consisting of

multi-agency representation. Participants

left with both short-term

and long-term actions to proactively

find your voice.

No one should be

made to feel bad

about themselves.

Although, it is true that we can’t

like everyone, we can be kind-even

if we don’t feel like it.

I want to challenge my fellow

students to Stand-Up-for themselves

and others. Take a firm stand

against bullying so we can make this

campus a safe place to learn and a

safe place to hang out at lunch and

break. After all, we are all just confused

and crazy teenagers trying to

get through this thing called “middle

school.” It’s a trying time, we are

learning to grow-up and manage

ourselves as students, friends, leaders,

and athletes, where we are constantly

hammered with the lure of social

media, peer pressure, and the urge to

fit in. But, in this crazy stage known

as “the teen-age years” no one knows

better what your going through then

the person you sit next to in home

room, the person you pass in the hall,

and the person in line behind you at

the cafeteria. The student body needs

to Stand-Up and support each other.

address community and school tragedies.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson stated in

his comments that “We can address

our issues proactively, one relationship

at a time.”

I opened the “Building Community

Summit” reflecting on my

initial student teaching experiences

in San Diego just after the 1984

San Ysidro Massacre. Our Sheriff

explained current practices in place

to ensure student and community

safety. He highlighted the high

levels of collaboration between law

enforcement and our schools, the

digital mapping of every campus,

and plans for testing of a mobile

school safety App. Our county is one

of the first in the state to digitally

map every campus and to collectively

prepare for disasters. Student

speakers from North County, San

Luis Obispo, and Nipomo stressed

Lend a hand, lend an ear, and use

words of encouragement. You never

know when a kind word might make

a difference in a fellow student’s day.

I encourage you to think about a

time that a fellow student put you

down, used words that hurt. Think

about the way you felt on the inside.

Now tell yourself you do not ever

want another student to feel the

way you did. Instead, lets Stand-Up

to bullies. Let us send the message

that AMS is a campus where bullies

are not welcome, and that we are

no longer unwilling or unable to


You have all heard the saying

“Rome wasn’t built in a day” and

neither will a bully free campus.

However, if students unite towards

a common goal of safe school campuses

it can be achieved. I encourage

my fellow students to Stand-Out.

Be you, don’t follow-be a leader.

We will spend three years in middle

school and four years in high

school. Stand-Out, carve your niche,

make a difference, leave your mark,

make sure on the day you graduate

someone remembers you were there,

the importance of working together.

Tony Milano, a local graduate, and

owner of RadHuman, was joined

by representatives from Atascadero

detailing Bank of America’s “Rachel’s

Challenge” resources.

Participants focused on examples

of disconnect that have preceded

conflict, concern, or crisis. Each

workgroup presented at least one

proactive suggestion that might mitigate

disconnect. My office is now

planning with the Children’s Services

Network, the Sheriff, the Chief

of Probation, and the Family Care

Network to host a fall summit. I

believe that together we can invest in

our future by facilitating multi-agency

communications, working collectively,

and acknowledging that

we are all part of a community. It

is an honor to serve as your County

Superintendent of Schools.

Kid Reporter Weston Hooten

leave a legacy you can look back on

with pride. Most of all, leave the

school campus a better place than

before you got there. So, my fellow

Saints and future Greyhounds find

the courage to Stand-up, look out

for others, stand for something, and

know we are all trying to grow-up

the best we can, and finally Stand-

Out, find your interests and make

the world a better place.

I hope I have made AMS a better

place for having been here. This is

your Kid Sports Reporter signing

off one last time at AMS.

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Story and Photos By Heather Young

The Tea Trolley has been offering British-style

hospitality for the last 18 years. Wendy

Richardson decided to open a business in

the little house she and her husband owned

on Entrada Avenue in downtown Atascadero.

“My mama always wanted to have a tea room

in England, but she was a single mom and

couldn’t,” Richardson said.

The couple, who moved to Templeton in

1989 from Southern California, bought the

little cottage as an investment in the community.

After fixing it up, they tried to rent it out

to other businesses. When no one rented it,

Richardson opened the English tea room and

it has been operational since.

“My customers just have a certain feeling

about coming in,” Richardson said.

The tea room is open three days a week, on

Thursdays and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30

p.m., and on Saturdays for lunch from 11:30

“My mama always wanted

to have a tea room in

England, but she was a

single mom and couldn’t.”

in the small cottage.

“My menu is very simple; it never changes,”

Richardson said, adding that the only changes

are the soups and desserts. “I love the oneon-one

time with my customers. All of my

customers are my love.”

Heather Young can be contacted at


a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Everything is made to order,” Richardson

said. “[My customers] love the food and atmosphere.”

The Tea Trolley is the only English tea room

in the county and serves a selection of housemade

soups, sandwiches and sweets in addition

to traditional English teas. The tea shop also

sells tea and English-related gifts.

Richardson encourages customers to make

reservations because there are only six tables

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Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival

returns old-fashioned fun to Atascadero Lake Park

Barbecue, Bluegrass and Free(music)dom, oh my!

By Melissa Chavez

On Independence Day, live

music, barbecue for purchase,

a vendor fair and

activities for the kids are in store

– from the community, to the community

– at the Atascadero 4th of

July Bluegrass Freedom Festival.

Tree-shaded lawns throughout

Atascadero Lake Park at 9100

Morro Road will provide plenty of

room for folks with low-back chairs

to gather in view of the stage for

the big event from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Free music

Emceed by SLO County bluegrass

musician BanjerDan, a full

array of entertainers are set to take

the stage.

New to this year’s program are

The Blue Js who will impress audiences

at 4 p.m. Musically seasoned

beyond their years, this assembly

of five young gents from the Bay

Area and Central Valley of Northern

California includes Josh Gooding,

Jesse Personeni, Jacob Gooding,

John Gooding and Jack Kinney. In a

versatile repertoire, the Blue Js pay

homage to the greats of bluegrass,

including Bill Monroe, Don Reno,

Red Allen and Frank Wakefield,

traditional country songs of George

Jones and that distinctive Bakersfield

sound popularized by Buck


Local trio from San Luis Obispo,

Little Black Train hits the stage at

5:30 p.m. A three-man band consisting

of Kenny Blackwell, John

Weed and Stuart Mason elicit a

bygone era of barn dance fun with

fiddle-playing, guitar, mandolin,

standup bass and resonator pickin’.

Not only does Little Black Train

perform Americana, Appalachian,

and gospel-tinged blues, their

Scotch and Irish reels with harmonies

and humor (“Take Your Leg

Off Mine”) are guaranteed to create

a memorable time.

Also appearing are the Toro

Creek Ramblers. This informal

group of local musicians gather

in a twice-monthly jam session at

Last Stage West / Toro Creek Event

Center. The group is led by doctor

and guitarist Bern Singsen and banjo

player Dan Mazer (BanjerDan).

Snap Jackson & the Knock On

Wood Players will round out the

evening at 7 p.m. Snap and his charismatic

crew were a big hit at the

first Bluegrass Freedom Festival in

2017, when they kept the crowd engaged

well after the sun went down.

Jackson plays banjo in both Scruggs

and clawhammer styles while employing

a variety of instruments.

His formidable backing includes

accomplished working musicians

The Blue “Js”

Courtesy photo

Shane Kalbach, Eric Antrim and

Brian Clark.

“The amount of love and support

that that the people of Atascadero

and the surrounding area have given

us over the years has been incredible!”

said Jackson. “We are continually

amazed and humbled by the

size of the crowds that come out to

share in the musical experience with

us. A live show is always a group

effort and we can always count on

the good folks of Atascadero to meet

us more than half way. We are super

juiced to be back at the Freedom

Fest for the second year in a row!

What a great lineup!”

Food and drink

The 2017 debut celebration enjoyed

a highly successful turnout

with 350 barbecue dinners sold onsite.

In addition to day-of-the-event

sales priced for adults, kids, and seniors

65+, organizers are helping to

meet their audience demand online

with early-bird barbecue presales

through July 2 at www.atascaderofourthofjuly.com.

Along with barbecue

offerings, beer, wine, cider, and

Paradise Shaved Ice will be available

for purchase, beginning at 4 p.m.

Family fun

Bounce houses, paddleboats, and

games will be on hand to keep the

kids busy again this year.

Tessa Betz, a lifelong resident of

Atascadero, expressed that she is

proud to raise her children in her

community and looks forward to

more food vendors.

“The Atascadero 4th of July celebration

was a wonderful showcase

of all that our quaint city has to

offer – the hometown feel – not

too crowded, not a hassle to get to,

and with just the right amount of

Snap Jackson & the Knock On Wood Players.

Photo by Rick Evans

music and fun,” said Betz. “After a

long day of celebrating and battling

(4th of July) crowds, we enjoyed just

relaxing while the kids bounced for

free! I’m very impressed and will be

there again this year.”

Melissa Chavez can be contacted

at melissa@colonymagazine.com

Community support

makes it possible

A philanthropic focus on

July 4th will direct a portion

of proceeds to help benefit

Atascadero’s Colony Days

annual parade celebration, a

501(c)(3) organization (info@

colonydays.org). Vendor space

opportunities are also still available

from $80 to $200.

Event sponsors include

Atascadero Printery Foundation,

City of Atascadero, Colony

Media, Associated Traffic

Safety, La Plaza, .

To make tax-deductible donations

or learn more details

about the Atascadero 4th of

July Bluegrass Freedom Festival,

view their Instagram page,

call 805.466.4086, email info@

atascadeofourthofjuly.com, or

visit atascaderofourthofjuly.


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and graphics

Colony Days is New!

... and OLD!

The Parade now takes place on the FIRST

Saturday in October, and the theme is

“Mudhole Follies”

By Heather Young 2018

Atascadero’s 45th annual community celebration of the city’s founding

will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 6, which is a change from past

years when it was held on the third Saturday of the month.

“We moved Colony Days forward to the first weekend in October in

an attempt to avoid poor weather conditions,” Colony Days Committee

Chairwoman Karen McNamara said. “The past two years have brought

rain during Colony Days, which makes it unpleasant for everyone who

attends and brings great challenges to all the vendors and participants.”

This year’s theme is Mudhole Follies, a play from Atascadero’s nickname

and entertainment from the period of the early 1900s. A folly is silly or

foolish. Around the turn of the 20th century, there were the Folies Bergere

in Paris, which was well known for cabaret. Cabaret is what made the flies

popular, but it began with comic opera, popular songs and gymnastics.

With those in mind, the committee came up with a logo depicting a

strong man, a woman on a tight rope and a man on a penny-farthing.

Some parade entry ideas include

“We want to have fun. Follies is about silly, being foolish and we want

to do that on as large scale as possible, but also being responsible,” Colony

Days Committee Vice President Nic Mattson said. “The purpose

July 21 st

of Colony Days is to bring the community together and celebrate each

other and Atascadero. This year we want to do this with the spirit of

silliness and fun.”

Some ideas for parade entries include:

• Dressing up in silly costumes

• Playing unusual instruments, such

as a pots and pans band, a kazoo

band, recorder band, keytar band

• Lots of balloons

• Silly dancing and entertainment

• Vaudeville-esque floats

• Dress up as a prominent community

leader, both past and present

• Juggling, circus-related fun

This past year marked the first year that the Tent City re-enactment was

held in Sunken Gardens. It was brought out of its usual location along

Atascadero Creek because of construction underway during the event

for the pedestrian bridge. Tent City was successful in Sunken Gardens

and will be held there again in 2018.

“[This year’s] event in the Sunken Gardens was an experiment that

yielded a lot of great pluses,” Tent City director Dianne Greenaway said.

“[Tent City] became the visual core of the Sunken Gardens celebration,

making us easy to find, the ‘city square’ lent itself to a lovely feeling of

community for our little Tent City, lending it to just hanging out.”

The committee has begun working on the 2018 event and all those in

the community are invited to help plan and execute the community event.

Those who would like to be involved in the committee and in other ways,

sign up for our volunteer email list, which can be found on the event’s

website, ColonyDays.org.

Parade and vendor applications are currently being accepted and are

available on the organization’s webite.

Colony Days is produced and operated by an all-volunteer

501(c)(3) organization, and business and community sponsors

are needed to make this event possible each year.

To find out more about being a sponsor, go to colonydays.

org, or email info@colonydays.org.





June 16 th

Back Bay Betty

(Blues Night) Presented by Solarponics

June 30 th

The Jammies

Presented by Daylight Home Lighting & Patio

July 7 th


July 14 th

The Martin Paris Band

Presented by Atascadero Printery &

Atascadero Performing Arts Committee

SATURDAYS Truth About Seafood

6:30-8:30 July 28 th

Unfinished Business

August 4 th


August 11 th

The JD Project

Sponsored by Pacific Premier Bank






Concerts are FREE and open to the public!





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Special Events

July 4 — Paso Pops 4th of July Celebration and Concert hosted

at Paso Robles Event Center. The gates open at 4 p.m. with familyfriendly

activities until the concert begins at 8 p.m. For more

information or to purchase tickets, visit paderewskifest.com.

July 4 — 2nd Annual Bluegrass Freedom Festival at the

Atascadero Lake Park from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission and music are

free, with the option to purchase BBQ by the Atascadero Moose

Lodge, beer, wine, cider and more.

atascaderofourthofjuly.com for BBQ tickets or info.

July 4 — Templeton 4th of July Celebration begins with the

Templeton Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m., parade

at 10 a.m. on Main Street, and family fun, food trucks, live music and

more until 3p.m. Breakfast Tickets are available to purchase from

the Templeton FD. Visit templetonchamber.com.

July 4 — 4th of July Parade and Day in the Park in Santa

Margarita kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. followed by fun for

the whole family in the park at 11 a.m. The events are sponsored by

the Community Church and community leaders.

July 7 — 10th Annual Lavender Festival in Paso Robles in the

Downtown City Park. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is

free to the public. Meet with the lavender producers from across

the region; enjoy food, refreshments, displays, and activities. Visit

nosloco.com for info.

July 7 & 8 — Morro Bay Art in the Park runs both days from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at the Morro Bay City Park, this 62nd event

offers handmade arts and crafts by over 100 local vendors. Sign up

at morrobayartinthepark.com for more information.

July 14 — Ice Cream Zoofari at the Atascadero Charles Paddock

Zoo is a great time with the whole family. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.,

come enjoy lots of ice cream along with the animals! For questions

call 805-461-5080 or visit charlespaddockzoo.org.

July 18-29 — California Mid State Fair is back at Paso Robles

Event Center. Carnival rides, exhibits, concerts, rodeo, food, games,

agriculture, entertainment, art shows and auctions. Special event

information and more is available from by visiting midstatefair.com.

July 21 — Vina Robles invites you to join their Summer Grill &

Chill. Relax on the Petite Terrace with cool wine, rockin’ music and

delicious food crafted by Executive Chef Randal Torres. The event

menu and tickets are available from vinarobles.com

July 21 & 22 — Central Coast Renaissance Festival at Laguna Lake

Park in SLO is an old-world experience in the modern age. Open from

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., two days are filled with food, entertainment, jousting

and family-centered activities. More info & tickets at ccrenfaire.com

July 28 — Annual FREE Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Main

Street and the Mid-State Fair is held 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the

Paso Robles City Park. Enjoy pancakes, entertainment and rides

with either Cowboy Ken and his train or Harris Stage Lines. Visit

downtown merchants.

Aug. 2 — The Beauty of Wine Math – Increase Your Understanding

of Winemaking Numbers and Calculations — Seminar reviews and

discusses the most important numbers and calculations in winemaking

- impacting decisions from harvest to bottling. Whether you grow

grapes, make wine, or love learning about wine, you will find this

seminar enriching.​8am-12pm; La Bellasera, Paso Robles; $175 ($150

before June 29); meristemlearning.com/the-beauty-of-wine-math

Submit listings to events@nosloco.com, and visit nosloco.com for more information on events.


July 28 — S.O.U. L. Kitchen Fundraiser for the Wellness Kitchen at Peachy Canyon Winery, thewkrc.org

Concerts & Entertainment — Visit NoSLOCo.com for More Info

Concerts in the Park

Paso Robles Downtown, every Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Concerts in the Park

Templeton Park, every Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday in the Park

Atascadero Lake Park, every Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Festival Mozaic Summer Festival — July 17-29

Music Without Borders. festivalmozaic.com, 805-781-3009

Live Music Wednesdays on the Veranda — 5:30 to 8 p.m., Paso Robles

Golf Club. See ad in this issue for local musicians. Reservations 805-238-

4722, PasoRoblesGolfClub.com.

Saturday Live — Every Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., slowdown from your week,

sit back and enjoy live music - all while savoring award-winning Vina

Robles wines.

Whale Rock Music Festival — Sept. 15 & 16

Castoro Winery, whalerockmusicfestival.com.

Culture & The Arts

Winery Partners Wine Bar — Wine tasting at Studios on the Park every

Friday and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. benefits the free arts education program

for local kids. Studiosonthepark.org

Art After Dark Paso — first Saturday, wine tasting, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown

Paso. Hosted by Studios on the Park.

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North Slo County activity & Event guide | EVENTS


Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

Atascaderochamber.org • 805-466-2044

6904 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

July 11 — 4 Chamber Mixer See Paso and

Templeton Chamber of Commerce events for

more details below.

July 13 — Women in Business Luncheon,

more details online

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

pasorobleschamber.com • 805-238-0506

1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Office Hours with Supervisor John Peschong

Third Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., Paso Robles

Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

Taking Care of Business

North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters

— Mondays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Keller Williams

Real Estate, Paso, 805-464-9229.

BNI— Early But Worth It Chapter — Business

Networking International — Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30

a.m., Culinary Arts Academy, Paso, Visitors welcome,


Workshops & Classes

Free Improvisation Workshop — July 25

for ages 12 to18, 1 to 2 p.m., PR Youth Arts


Writing Support Group with award-winning

author/editor Patricia Alexander. Every other

Monday, July 9 & 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m. $25 per

Contact Vicki Janssen for appointment,

vjanssen@co.clo.ca.us, 805-781-4491.

Office Hours with Field Representative for

Senator Bill Monning — Third Thursday, 2 to

4 p.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

Conference Room. Contact Hunter Snider for

appointment, 805-549-3784.

July 11 — Membership Mixer — 4 Chambers

of Commerce, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rava Wines,

6785 Creston Road, Paso Robles. Produced

jointly by the Chambers of Commerce in

Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles and San


or $20 for 4 meetings paid in advance. Call for

location 805-479-7778. BookOfComforts.com.

Line Dancing, Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.,

Centennial Park Banquet Room. $50 for 10

Punch Pass or $5 per class drop in. Beginning

and intermediate taught by Tina Scarsella,

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

Restaurant of the Month Appreciation, first

Tuesday, pasorobleschamber.com for info.

Templeton Chamber of Commerce

templetonchamber.com • 805- 434-1789

321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465

Templeton Women in Business — July 10

5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Changala Winery, 805-434-

1789, info and RSVP, info@templetonchamber.


Chamber Board of Directors Meeting — July

11 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., every 2nd Wednesday of

the month. Pacific Premier Bank Conference

Room on Las Tablas Blvd.

Business Networking International —

Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El

Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome,


Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters

— first Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Kennedy Club Fitness,

Paso. 805-238-0524, 930206.toastmastersclubs.org.

BNI — Partners in $uccess —Thursday, 7 to

8:30 a.m. Paso Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101

Riverside Ave. Visitors welcome, bniccc.com.

Speak Easy Toastmasters — Friday, 12:10 to

1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion, Twin Cities Community

Hospital. 9797.toastmastersclubs.org.

prcity.com/recreation-online, 805-835-2076.

Community Quilting — third Saturday,

assists children and senior organizations, 10

a.m. to 2 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, Old

Country Road, Templeton. Cynthia Bradshaw,


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| North Slo County activity & Event guide

Service Organizations

American Legion Post 50 — fourth Tuesday,

6:30 p.m. 270 Scott Street, Paso Robles. Info:

Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187.

Hamburger Lunch — American Legion Post 50,

- $5, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 240 Scott St.,


Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday 8 to 11

a.m., $6, American Legion Post 50, 240 Scott

St., Paso Robles

Exchange Club — second Tuesday, 12:15

— 1:30 p.m. McPhee’s, Templeton. 805-610-

Clubs & Meetings

Health & Wellness

The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center

thewkrc.org • 805-434-1800

Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed. until 6 p.m.

1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton

• Healing and Wellness Foods meal programs,

volunteer opportunities, and classes

(RSVP, register and pay online.)

July 19 — Healthy Cooking Classes — Cool

Summer Foods! Instructor Evan Vossler. 5:30

to 7:30, FREE for those facing illness, otherwise

$20. No one will be turned away.

July 20 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Idler’s Home, 122

Cross St., San Luis Obispo. RSVP required to

805-434-1800 or nancy@TheWKRC.org.

July 25 — Intro to Wellness — A Taste of Change

with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli. 10

simple ways to begin your clean eating journey

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP. Class is FREE.

8096, exchangeclubofnorthslocounty.org.

Daughters of the American Revolution — first

Sunday. For time and place, email dmcpatriotdaughter@gmail.com.

Lions Club Meetings

Atascadero — second & fourth Wednesdays, 7

p.m., Atascadero Agriculture Hall, 5035 Palma


Paso Robles — second & fourth Tuesdays. 7

p.m., PR Elks Lodge, 1420 Park St.

San Miguel — first & third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.,

Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting,

July 6 at 6:30 p.m., lecture by Patsy Carpenter.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road,

Paso. Contact kajquilter@ gmail.com. General


lisajguerrero@msn.com, acqguild.com.

Coffee with a CHP — second Tuesday, 8:30

a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225

Main St., Templeton.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

Chapter 465 — second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at

Paso Airport Terminal. Getting youth involved

with aviation. EAA465.org.

North County Multiflora Garden Club — second

Wednesday, Noon to 3 p.m. Public is welcome,

no charge. PR Community Church, 2706

Spring St., 805-712-7820, guests welcome,


Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum

— first Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805-

296-1935 for dinner reservations. ewarbirds.org.

North County Newcomers — July 24 deadline

for August 1 luncheon at Estrella Warbirds Museum,

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gatherings held first

Wednesday for residents living here less than

3 years. RSVP at northcountynewcomers.org.

Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday,

10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center,

Cancer Support Community

cscslo.org • 805-238-4411

1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton

• Support, education and hope. Cancer Support

Helpline, 888-793-9355, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


7/10 • 6 p.m. Education: Immunotherapy. 7 p.m.

Young Survivors Peer Gathering in Templeton

7/18 • 11:30 a.m. Pot Luck Social

7/12 • 11 a.m. Advanced Cancer Group

7/19 • 11 a.m. Advanced Cancer Group

7/25 • 11:30 a.m. Mindfulness Hour, RSVP


7/26 • 6 p.m. Young Survivors Peer Gathering

at Sierra Vista Hospital, 2nd floor, San Luis


8/1 • Life Beyond Cancer

Community Hall, 256 13th St.

Santa Margarita — second & fourth Mondays,

7:30 p.m., Community Hall, 9610 Murphy St.

Shandon Valley — Please call 630-571-5466

for more information.

Templeton — first & third Thursdays, 7:00 pm,

Templeton Community Building, 601 Main


PR Grange Pancake Breakfast — second Sunday,

7:30 to 11 a.m., 627 Creston Road, Paso

601 S. Main St, Templeton

North County Women’s Connection Luncheon

July 13, featuring classical pianist

Marion Walker. 11 a.m., Templeton Community

Center. $12.00. Reservations by July 10 to

JoAnn Pickering, 805-239-1096.

Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brookdale Activity

Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso. Znailady1@


Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday

(weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m., King Oil

Tools, 2235 Spring St., Paso. Tony Ororato, 805-



MONDAY: 11:30 a.m. Therapeutic Yoga at

Dharma Yoga

TUESDAY: 1 p.m. Educational Radio Show

WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m. Living with Cancer Support

Group — Newly Diagnosed/Active Treatment.

THURSDAY: 10 a.m. Coffee Chat

FRIDAY: 7/13, 7/27, 6 p.m., Grupo Fuerza y

Esperanza. Special Programs — Navigate with

Niki Thursdays by appointment. Cancer Well-

Fit® at Paso Robles Sports Club, Mondays and

Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. pre-registration

is required with Kathy Thomas, kathythomas10@hotmail.com

or 805-610-6486. Beautification

Boutique offers products for hair loss

and resources for mastectomy patients (knittedknockers.org).


5935 Entrada Ave.,

Atascadero, Ca 93422


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Check out these fun summer camps!


Skills Camp

11-15 yrs

July 16th-20th &

July 30th-

August 3rd

Pickleball Camp

7-12 yrs

July 9th-13th &

July 30th-August


Drawing Animal


7+ yrs

July 27th

Video Game

Design Camp

10+ yrs

July 30th-

August 2nd

Creative Brain

Art Discovery


8-15 yrs

July 9th-13th

Volleyball Camp

11-16 yrs

July 18th-20th &

July 30th-

August 3rd

Shakespeare for

Kids Drama Camp

9-14 yrs

July 23rd-27th &

August 6th-10th

Chess Wizards


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The Epic Tale of the Colony of Atascadero ... in the Making

By Nicholas Mattson

Atascadero! To that sounding name

A far tradition leads its fame …

So begins “Atascadero — An Epic Written

for Flag Raising Day” by Paso Robles

resident Guy E. Heaton on July 4,

1913. It was written on the same day as

Edward Gardner Lewis and his wife Mabel

received the deed to Rancho Atascadero, and

the author dedicated the epic to E.G. Lewis

and those who, with him, devote their time and

talent to the upbuilding of Atascadero.

Heaton finishes the dedication, “lastly: ‘To all

that here shall after live’ at Atascadero.”

Heaton was not then finished with Lewis, and

closed the introduction with two paragraphs in

Lewis’ honor.

“The author offers due apologies for his

ready indulgence in poetic license and hopes

to not irretrievably offend against accepted

astronomical theories, the phenomena of Nature

or historic fact, and most especially to Mr.

Lewis for ascribing to the Padre the vision of

the future Atascadero instead of the real seer,

Mr. Lewis himself, at once Seer, Counselor and


“To him who would behold Atascadero in

its nearest pristine beauty ere its swift-moving

transformation merges Art in ever increasing

proportion with fair Mother Nature’s bounteous

features, the author says Haste! For the

mighty want of the magician is moving, Lewis

is here, and the scenery shifts.”

The poem is worth a read for historical perspective,

and is written with some apparent

influence by Walt Whitman (1819-1892), and

closes with an ode to the “Common Good Her

State—a world-wide Sisterhood” with a handdrawn

wreath with a bow labeled “Women’s


The final stanza titled “L’Envoi” gives the

summation for which the heart of Atascadero,

buried deep in the Mudhole, still beats.

Atascadero! Though thy name

Is stranger now to trump of Fame,

Shall yet to farthest echo ring

As art and genius here shall bring.

Proportioned true epitome

Of all a perfect State should be.

And Fame’s eternal scroll shall bear

“Atascadero” blazoned there.

I stumbled upon this poem while researching

the 4th of July and the Atascadero Printery

Building last year, and it resonated with

me. I don’t think I’m alone to feel a presence

in Atascadero. Is it the ghost of E.G. Lewis?

Is it some leftover inspiration of his utopian

dream that was run over by “progress” now articulated

by the US 101 that cuts through the

heart of his darling downtown dream? Or is it

something that was here before Lewis arrived;

something Lewis himself felt and was moved

by? Is it by chance that we are here now? Is

it by chance that you are reading a magazine

published in Atascadero, cover ‘blazoned’ with

an image of the historic Press Building that has

been reclaimed by some undaunted — uninhibited

— spirit that pours out of the soul of

this place with a purpose, yea a mission, that

fills the mind with wonder and stirs the imagination?

Is it by chance that you arrived, by

choice or by fate, here now with this question

still begging to be answered … what next?

Are we here, meant for something greater, or

just here to judge the past and the failures as

something that prevent us from realizing the

greatness we can achieve together?

It is together that we will succeed or fail, and

it is together that we should dream. As Guy E.

Heaton offered 105 years ago, I also offer due

apologies for my ready indulgence in poetic license

— and use of the Oxford comma — and

hope to not irretrievably offend against accepted

astronomical theories, the phenomena of

Nature, or historic fact.

I do hope you will enjoy this publication for

years to come, and in a world of digital noise,

bullet trains, cryptocurrency, water banking,

fake news, and fallen heroes, I hope that this

magazine will be an anchor to our community

for the betterment of us all — yea, for all that

here shall after live. Just as Lewis did not live

to see his dream’s to fruition, maybe we shall

suffer the same; but then, maybe there is no

conclusion. Maybe it is just for us to give the

next generation a better place than was given

to us, and better tools on how to improve it for

the next inhabitants. This is what Lewis would

want, could Lewis imagine his highest desire,

and it is what Dr. Mike would want, and why

this first issue of COLONY Magazine is dedicated

to his UNINHIBITED spirit — may

it continue to project “Atascadero” onto Fame’s

eternal scroll for all that here shall after live.

‘To all

that here

shall after


— Guy E. Heaton —

This inaugural issue of COLONY Magazine is dedicated to my wife, Hayley, and everything she does. There is no way to describe in fullness the impact she has on everything we do as a

family. This magazine would truly not be what it is without her support, care, hard work, dedication, and input. She is my everything, and has given me the world. Thank you.

COLONY Magazine is a free publication, mailed directly to 14,900 residences and businesses in Atascadero, Santa Margarita,

and Creston, as well as the other communities within the 93422, 93453, and 93432 zip codes. It is all paid for by advertisers.

Please support your community by shopping local, meeting your local business owners, and enjoying this great community.


American West Tire Pros 35

Arlyne’s Flowers 22

Atascadero Greyhound

Foundation 05

Atascadero Jewelry & Loan 14

Atascadero Optimist Club 15

Atascadero Pet Hospital 36

Atascadero Printery

Foundation 07

Awakening Ways 27

Baby’s Babble 32

Blenders 22

Bluegrass Freedom Festival 08

Bob Sprain’s Draperies 21

Bravo Pizza 02

Byblos Mediterranean Grill 02


Cassidy, Diane 23

City of Atascadero


City of Atascadero

Rec. Division 33

Diversified Landscaping 26

El Pomar Manor 27

Frontier Floors 27

Greg Malik RE Group 10

Glenn’s Repair 19

Healthy Inspirations 21

Hearing Aid Specialists of the

Central Coast

Heather Desmond Real Estate 11

Hope Chest Emporium 14

John Donovan Insurance &

Financial Services, Inc. 09

LivHOME 35

Lori Bagby REALTOR® 19

Lube N Go 21

Michael’s Optical 21

Morro Bay Art in Park 32

Natural Alternative 31

Atascadero Optimist Club 15

Placer Title 27

PR Physical Therapy 23

Ray Buban, EA

Tax & Financial Services 19

Robert Gayle 31

San Joaquin Valley College 12

SESLOC Fed Credit Union 15

Solarponics 35

Stove & Spa Center 24

Susan Funk for

Atascadero City Council 09

Templeton Door & Trim 26

Triple 7 Motorsports 09

Triple 7 Tractor Sales 11

Whit’s Turn Tree Service 13

Writing Support Group 31

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