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Volume 27

Issue 32

November 6 - 12, 2014





More than 100 youngsters turned out for a Halloween Trick-orTreat in Downtown Morro Bay, last Friday, including these two creepy villains. More photos on Page 4. Photo by Neil Farrell

City Concedes in Audit Showdown

It’s Been a Tragic Couple of Weeks

By Neil Farrell

By Neil Farrell


n a heated stare down between the City of Morro Bay and local business people over ongoing license audits, ‘twas the City that blinked first. The City Council has approved moving forward with changes to the municipal code’s business license section to establish a 90-day amnesty period for business people to comply and pay any and all taxes owed, thus avoiding penalties; extend that grace period to business people who have already paid and give refunds of penalties; and establish another license category for artists, handymen and home hobby businesses of $10 a

year, so long as they can prove they’ve earned less than $2,500 a year on their work. The concessions came after a pair of tense meetings over the past 2 weeks, with the Merchant’s Association and at a Chamber of Commerce Business Forum, wherein City Manager David Buckingham and the Fresno-based CEO of Municipal Audit Services, Kevin Weigant, were on the hot seat. Buckingham told the Council that the proposed changes are designed to See Audit, page 34


he North Coast has seen tragedy after tragedy over the past couple of weeks with one man being run down in a parking lot and severely injured, a woman hit and killed riding a bicycle at twilight and a toddler and teenager killed and two others hospitalized in a deadly rollover crash. It started Saturday, Oct. 25 when a vehicle heading south on Hwy 1 north of Cayucos went out of control and ran up an embankment and rolled, ejecting the passengers inside except the driver, who was the only one wearing a seatbelt. The accident occurred after 4 p.m. when a 2006 Chevy Avalanche SUV

heading south hit an asphalt curb on Hwy 1 at Villa Creek Road. The driver, identified by the Highway Patrol as Tanner Mengore, 22 of Los Osos, whipped the wheel sharply to the left and ran across the lanes of traffic and up onto an embankment where the SUV went airborne and rolled several times when it landed again. Three passengers including a 3-yearold child and a 17-year-old boy were ejected and died as a result of their injuries. See Tragic, page 34

Holiday Guid

Nature Delivers

Linn’s Soup Sweep

Teacher From Tbilisi

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page 4

page 11

Holiday Guide

Holiday Guide

Dinner And A Movie

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November 6 - 12, 2014 • Bay News

Table of


Police Blotter ......................... 7

Sports ................................... 8

Bret Colhouer publisher Neil Farrell managing editor The Bay News

Nature Delivers.............................. 3

805 Sound ..............................25-28

Downtown Trick-or-Treat ................. 4

Entertainment ..........................29-31

Linnʼs Sweeps Soupabration ........... 4

Dinner and a Movie ..................... 32

Osos Man Honored ....................... 5

Tree Planting................................ 33

Police Warn of Check Fraud ........... 5

Oktoberfest ................................. 33

County Gets Mental Health Grant ... 6

Pelicans Need Our Help ............... 35

Achadjian Legislator of Year ........... 6

Honor for Big Brother ................... 36

Community Calendar...................... 9

Poly Hosts Veterans Awareness ..... 36

Gareth Kelly business / lifestyle reporter

Good to be King .......................... 10

Only Human ................................ 37

Christy Serpa art director

Coastal Culture .............................11

Cayucos Chamber Mixer .............. 38

Jim Bennett graphic designer

Lifestyle ................................... 12-16

Biz Briefs ..................................... 39

Holiday Guide ......................... 17-24

Theresa-Marie Wilson managing editor The Coast News Camas Frank section editor SLO City News Paul Winninghoff sports reporter

Julia Lombard graphic designer Kathrene Tiffin copy editor Kaila Lugo administrative assistant Padma Mohan marketing coordinator ADVERTISING Dave Diaz internet, text & loyalty marketing Dana McGraw sales manager Zorina Ricci senior advertising executive SEO specialist Carrie Vickerman


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NEWS Nature Delivers


brief rain shower Saturday morning produced a brilliant double rainbow that arched over the top of town and landed at Morro Rock. Bay News readers, Marva Ann Johnson and Misty Zeller, sent these

images to share. Johnson’s photo arcs over a power pole and Zeller’s lands behind the Rock. According to the Fire Department, .91 inches of rain fell on Halloween night Friday, and .21 inches fell Saturday morning. ✤


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COMMUNITY Downtown Trick-or-Treat Photos By Neil Farrell


undreds of young monsters, princesses and super heroes took to the streets of Downtown Morro Bay for a Halloween trick-or-treat event sponsored by Downtown merchants, with headquarters at Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt. The weather held out just long enough for the kids and parents to have their fun before it poured rain. Photos by Neil Farrell

Cambria’s Linn’s Sweeps Soupabration Awards Photos By Neil Farrell


t was a sweep for Linn’s Restaurant of Cambria, as the fresh foods North Coast icon took three awards Sunday at the Fourth Annual Soupabration, a benefit for Pacific Wildlife Care. Chef Matt Beckett of Linn’s took three of the five awards for two unique soups. Linn’s was named Best of Show (Judge’s Award), Best Vegan/ Vegetarian and Best Seasonal soup. The double winner — Best of Show and Seasonal — was a turkey meatball, quinoa and kale soup that greatly impressed the judges. Sunset Grill in San Simeon won Best Chowder or Bisque for a spicy, New England clam chowder and the People’s Favorite soup, voted on by the more than 250 attendees, went to Blue Sky Bistro in

Morro Bay, for its lobster bisque. Judges were: Lynne Andujar, editorin-chief of 805 Living Magazine; Hal Abrams, of 97.3 The Rock community radio and the syndicated Animal Radio; Bay News Managing Editor, Neil Farrell; Chef Philipp Riccomini, executive chef at the Paso Robles Culinary Academy; and Chef William Werner, a James Beard Award nominee and chef/owner of Craftsman and Wolves café in San Francisco’s Mission District. There were 13 chefs and restaurants from Paso Robles, Templeton, Cayucos and San Luis Obispo, who entered 19 total varieties of homemade soup. Among the other offerings were beef jerky from Morro Bay’s House of Jerky and gourmet popcorn by Chef Dakota Weiss and Mama Ganache Chocolates, Co. ✤

Bay News • November 6 - 12, 2014

COMMUNITY Osos Man Honored


eorge Brown of Los Osos was recently honored by King David’s Masonic Lodge with the presentation of the Hiram Award for Distinguished Service, the highest recognition that a local Lodge can bestow. Brown became a Master Mason in Temple Lodge No. 14, Sonoma, Calif., back in January 1981 and has also been a member of Estero Lodge in Morro Bay. He has held a number of appointed and elected positions in both the Lodges and their Hall Associations, and currently serves as secretary of King David’s Lodge. The Grand Lodge of California has also awarded Brown the Masonic Scouter Award. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown was a volunteer firefighter for 40 years and is still active in the Boy Scouts. His and wife of 35 years, Pat’s son, Andrew Brown and his wife Marrie who live in SLO, is also a Master

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Police Warn of Check Fraud


orro Bay Police are warning residents and businesses about suspected mail theft resulting in forged checks being cashed at local banks and businesses. In a news release, MBPD Sgt. Jody Cox said, “Several Morro Bay residents have been victim to the theft of mail which has resulted in several personal checks being forged and cashed at local businesses. The Morro Bay Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind our citizens to be cautious when sending personal checks or payments [credit card statements,

bill payments, etc.…] through the mail. Several businesses and banks have reported getting checks that “appear to have been altered or changed, which are later determined to be stolen and forged by changing the intended recipient and/or the monetary amount originally listed on the check,” said Sgt. Cox. Police are recommending residents get a lockable mailbox or rent a box from the Post Office to combat mail theft. If anyone becomes the victim of this type of fraud, call police at 772-6225 to report it. ✤


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NEWS County Gets Mental Health Grant By Neil Farrell


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the Behavioral Health Department, Superior Court of San Luis Obispo, the Department of Probation, and local community stakeholders to implement an expanded and enhanced treatment program for adults within the existing Adult Treatment Court Collaborative,” reads a statement from Capps’ Washington D.C. office. The partnership will help provide targeted services for criminal offenders who have mental health disorders and

substance abuse disorders, “focusing on the stabilization of mental illness symptoms to address common reasons for recidivism. The grant will allow the partnership to expand from 52 to 60 participants annually,” said Capps. “Too often those suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse do not get the coordinated help they need,” Capps said. “This grant will build on the successful collaboration between local service providers to

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tate Assemblyman, Katcho Achadjian of San Luis Obispo, was named the “2014 Legislator of the Year,” by the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions or CALAFCo. Achadjian was honored for his “consensus-based commitment to empowering local communities,” the Association announced. “I strongly believe that government works best when it’s closest to the people,” Achadjian said in the announcement, “and that is why I am pleased to have been honored by an association that helps promote responsible local government.” Achadjian, who chairs the Assembly’s Local Government Committee, added, “Working with a diverse group of stakeholders, we have been able to pass bipartisan solutions to address challenging issues at the local level. I look forward to building on this progress in the near future when the new Legislature is sworn in.” In its nomination of Achadjian, the SLO County LAFCo., noted his experience as a commissioner and 3-term County Supervisor as a reason to nominate him. They also mentioned Achadjian’s ability to “build consensus and that he is a strong proponent of working with others to solve problems for the community he represents.” CALAFCo., also honored Achadjian for two pieces of legislation that he shepherded through the Legislature this year. AB 2156 will assist with the formation and oversight of local agencies. Achadjian also carried AB 2453, which creates a hybrid governance structure to assist local governments in addressing critical water issues in the Paso Robles groundwater basin. ✤

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• Oct. 25: A burglary was reported in the 6100 block of Moonstone Beach Dr. Another burglar burgled a bungalow on Burton. • Oct. 28: At 3:08 a.m. at Hwy 1 and Burton Drive, deputies arrested someone for an apparent WIP — walkin’ in public. • Oct. 28: Burglaries were reported in the 2100 block of Ogden and the 1800 block of Windsor, constituting an apparent crime wave, OK, so who got paroled?


• Oct. 23: Some vandal left their slimy mark at Butte and Studio Drive.

Los Osos

• Oct. 22: Anarchist vandals attacked civilization in the 1900 block of Pine. • Oct. 25: A theft was reported in the 500 block of Highland. Another came in from the 1000 block of LOVR, as some hooligan apparently went on a little shoppin’ spree. • Oct. 26: Someone just up the street from the Sheriff’s Substation, in the 2100 block of 10th reported a burglary in progress by a juvenile delinquent and the Mounties got their boy or girl as the case may be. • Oct. 28: Deputies stopped a suspicious pedestrian at 11:08 p.m. at LOVR and Willow and spanked the twisted switch into the hoosegow.

Morro Bay

• Oct. 22: Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1500 block of San Bernardo Creek Rd., and arrested some louse for suspicion of abuse of a spouse. • Oct. 27: A citizen in the 2400 block of Juniper told police that he or she had found two firearms in their garage. The arsenal consisted of a pellet and a BB gun. • Oct. 29: Police contacted a regular customer at 4:16 p.m. in the 700 block of Quintana who had two felony warrants. He was taken to the hospital “for medical clearance for a pre-existing injury,” according to logs. He was cited and released due to the injury, as jail ain’t no place to get well. • Oct. 29: Police responded at 10:55 p.m. to a disturbance in the 1700 block of Main. Some chalupa as arrested for trespassing at Taco Bell. • Oct. 20: At 2:12 p.m. police went to the 400 block of Dunes for a disturbance. They arrested a 49-year-old woman for suspicion of being a little top-heavy in public. • Oct. 30: At 2:51 p.m. police responded to Rite Aid after some thief made off with $278.98 worth of stuff but dropped $209 worth of it while beating feet out the door. • Nov. 1: Police responded at 3:22 p.m. to a disturbing fellow in the 900 block of Main. The 36-year-old disciple of Bacchus was tossed into the gaol to sleep it off. • Nov. 2: Some scalawag stole a plastic, 6-gallon gas can off a boat in the Harbor. • Nov. 2: Police and paramedics responded at 10:08 a.m. to the 1300

block of Main where a Morro Bay triathloner took a spill on his or her bicycle, suffering minor injuries. A report was done for the lawsuit to follow. • Nov. 2: A citizen in the 300 block of Zanzibar reported that some bogus thief stole two of his surfboards, man. Logs listed “No further investigative leads,” in the case; so the dude will have to go all vigilante and get ‘em back his self. • Nov. 2: Police responded at 7:45 p.m. to the 600 block of Fresno and arrested some bothersome transient man for suspicion of being a few bricks past plastered.

Pismo Beach

• Oct. 29: Police were unable to locate a man with a toddler carrying a pillow in the OSH parking lot. The caller thought they were homeless. • Oct. 29: A caller on the 2500 block Solano reported his ex-girlfriend was posting things about him on Facebook. They were nonthreatening posts, so it was deemed a civil matter or in this case an uncivil matter. • Oct. 28: A caller reported a homeless person sleeping in an SUV with out of state plates on Oceanview. In other unfortunate circumstances, a woman with two young children was holding a sign asking for money on 4th Street at Five Cities Drive. She was told to move along, which really doesn’t help. • Oct. 29: Police were unable to locate a driver on Shell Beach Road who was tailgating the caller and trying to push her car off the shoulder of the road. He also flipped her off. • Oct. 28: A caller on the 300 block of Pomeroy reported what was possibly a person sitting in a car in a parking lot for more than an hour across from the caller’s location. The caller, however, could not confirm it was a person. Police couldn’t either as the car was gone when they arrived. • Oct. 28: Two people were cited for camping in a tent on the beach. • Oct. 27: A computer valued at $2,500 was deleted from an unlocked car on Price Street, which is a pricey mistake. • Oct. 27: Some sap on a shoplifting spree got busted for stealing alcohol from California Fresh and officers discovered he also had merchandise he lifted from Walmart. • Oct. 27: A caller on the 700 block of Panorama reported being tired of a neighbor who always came over. The pesky one was advised to stay away. • Oct. 27: A woman sitting on the curb at the Outlet Center was waiting for a friend, not breaking any laws. • Oct. 26: A transient man was reportedly sleeping at Ira Lease Park for three days. The caller said he was sleeping on a grassy knoll, which is always suspect. • Oct. 26: Someone at Pismo Lighthouse Suites heard a man screaming in a threatening manner that he would “shoot someone in the throat.” It tuned out mister in need of anger management was arguing about a phone. He had calmed down when police arrived. • Oct. 25: A guy reported that his

girlfriend was extremely intoxicated at Memory Park. When police arrived no one was there. They called the guy who said he had managed to get boozy home. • Oct. 25: Police determined that everything was okay with someone who had just crawled out of the bushes in the Yanagi’s parking lot. Everything was okay except of course that he lives in the bushes.

San Luis Obispo

• Oct. 31: Halloween started about 12:40 a.m. in the 100 block of Del Norte, where a group of college students was looking into cars and bounding across front yards. At 12:49, another group of dips was yelling at the people in 7-Eleven on California. At 12:53, a couple of non-guests were at the Best Western on Monterey and one was bleeding from a face wound. At 12:57, at Couper and Westmont, a large group of future leaders was walking in the street bashing cars as they went. • Oct. 31: The CHP was in hot pursuit of a scofflaw driver at 2 a.m. when the car hit a tree, nature’s tack strip. • Oct. 31: Police went to the Old Mission Church Parish at 4:24 a.m. for a sleeping sinner trespassing on holy ground. He was cited and given the bum’s rush. And at 6 a.m. someone at the LDS Church on Foothill found a heathen in a sleeping bag behind their trashcans. He saw the light and lit out. • Oct. 31: At 6:24 a.m. in the 800 block of Foothill a woman in a white Halloween mask was causing a disturbance outside Club 24, as her tricks were apparently no treat. • Oct. 30: Police were called at 7 a.m. to Santa Rosa Park where a vicious scoundrel was throwing a knife at a tree. • Oct. 30: Paramedics and police were called to the 500 block of Higuera at 8:09 a.m. for someone suffering alcohol poisoning, a.k.a. being fuzzucked, outside of United Staffing. • Oct. 30: A woman on Margarita told police that she was followed by a suspicious man in a car while she was jogging, no doubt in short shorts and a sports bra. The creep got away, disappearing amongst all the other freaks. • Oct. 30: A citizen in the 600 block of Skyline was burglarized, the apparently anxious thief taking $100 and a bottle of Xanax, but don’t panic, the pharmacy’s got ‘em by the bucket. • Oct. 30: The homeless rodeo started at 11:37 a.m. in the 1100 block of Broad where some guzzler was sitting on a bench swilling a beer. At 12:35, there was a guy in the 700 block of Higuera banging on a banjo in front of Avanti, He was asked to take the show on the road. And at 1:31, some slacker was at the pool of Creekside MHP playing the drums like he’s at Woodstock or something. • Oct. 30: A city employee called at 3:25 p.m. from City Hall and asked police to do a walk-through because some bums were hanging around the building. They were gone, no doubt quitting time for the bums at City Hall. In an unrelated case, someone at CL Smith

School called to report two “mutt” dogs running around the school. • Oct. 30: A woman at Target called and said her child was kidnapped out of her car. She soon canceled, as the kid apparently didn’t mind his mother and stay put. • Oct. 30: Police and firefighters responded at 7:49 p.m. to Broad and Church where a Prius crashed in a front yard, a case of bad driving trumping fuel efficiency. • Oct. 23: At 8:45 p.m. someone reported a 40-50-year-old swizzle stick was carrying an acoustic guitar down Monterey and now he’s singing the “Busted in San Luigi Blues…” • Oct. 30: Logs recorded two 9-1-1 open line calls in quick succession from the Elks Lodge, an apparent serial butt dialing. • Oct. 29: Police responded to Staples on Broad at 11:30 a.m. after an employee said a “known huffer” had bought some air and went outside apparently to huff and puff his brains out. At 3:30 another airhead called County Mental Health from the 3300 block of Bullock and said he’d just “huffed.” • Oct. 29: Someone at Fresh Donuts in the Marigold Center at 12:50 p.m. reported a transient man passed out on the lawn. The tattered fellow was gone when police arrived. At 3 p.m. the same garden gnome was now passed out at the CVS. At 3:08, a report came in of another model citizen passed out at Mission Plaza hugging a 12-pack of Bud. The 60-year-old hombre was hauled to the carcel for suspicion of being un borracho. • Oct. 29: A parks worker called at 4:36 p.m. from Sinsheimer Park because skateboarders were riding in the tennis courts, this week’s example of why we need SWAT. At 5:32, at the Parks and Rec Office on Nipomo, they reported that the “Turban Man,” a 6-foot 2-inch, fat fellow in his 50s, was apparently scaring the bureaucrats. • Oct. 29: Stop the presses, at 10:23 p.m. at Sandy’s Liquor a local newsman was picked up for suspicion of being three sheets to the wind. • Oct. 29: Police were called at 2:05 a.m. to the 2000 block of Chorro for some type of loud, drunken “Cheerleading.” Police advised a man and four pompoms that the pep rally was over. • Oct. 28: At 8 a.m. someone reported three high school kids at the end of San Luis Drive smoking the evil weed. They’d gone to school by the time police arrived. At 9:30, someone reported a transient man smoking a crack pipe at the Bob Jones Trail on Prado. He too slipped the dragnet. • Oct. 28: Logs indicated they got two 9-1-1 calls at 11:25 and 11:33 a.m. from a 3-year-old boy in the 200 block of Higuera. • Oct. 28: Police got a call at 5:08 p.m. from the 900 block of Osos at Mushu Tai Chi of a woman banging her head against the front window. The 33-yearold was arrested for alleged resisting arrest and battery on a peace office, as apparently kicking one’s own a** ain’t yet against the law. ✤


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Lady Pirates Take Third


he Nipomo Titans Girls’ Golf Team finished the Los Padres League season undefeated, with Cabrillo second and Morro Bay’s Lady Pirates’ Team a close third. At the final tournament, held

Coach Roger Pelletier said the Pirates finished a half point behind Cabrillo in the standings and “if we had shot 3 strokes better in that last tourney, we would have finished in second in league.” Santa Ynez, Orcutt, Lompoc, and Santa Maria finished in that order. “The girls played great this year,” Pelletier said, “lots of improvement — five players had personal bests, and then bested them again. The season exceeded our expectations.” Several Pirates were honored with AllLeague Awards (shown here). Keogh was First Team All-League and finished third in the LPL, qualifying her for the CIF Individual Playoffs (Oct. 27 at River Ridge in Oxnard). Second Team All-LPL were: Alyssa Noriega and Kelly Dudley. Submitted photo. ✤

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Pirates Show Well at County Meet


ith some of its top girl runners sidelined with injury, Morro Bay High’s Cross Country Teams still had a decent showing at the SLO County Cross Country Championships held Oct. 30 at Laguna Lake Park in SLO. Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo dominated the meet splitting up the spoils amongst the girls’ and boys’ varsity team scores. Morro

Bay had several runners medal including senior Austin Lay, fourth overall in 16-minutes 1-second, and third in the senior division. Andrew Stafford was 14th in 17:03, and the fifth junior. In the girls’ race, Eliza Lewis was 15th overall and third amongst freshmen in 20:24 and Shannon McClish was 22nd overall and the seventh senior in 21:11. Morro Bay’s Madeline Ogle and


Alexis Lewis were held out of the County Meet due to some minor injuries, said coach Chuck Ogle. The kids will all be running in the Los Padres League Finals Meet starting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Cuesta College Fairbanks’ course, across from Cuesta. Ogle said the race looks to be a tight one between Morro Bay and Templeton with Nipomo a close third. ✤







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COMMUNITY CALENDAR San Luis Obispo County’s emPower will hold two free dinner workshops in November to go over with county homeowners how they can help them access easy and affordable home energy upgrades. San Luis Obispo County 4th District Supervisor Caren Ray will speak at the first workshop on Thursday, November 6 in Nipomo from 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. in the Nipomo Senior Center, 200 E. Dana St. The second workshop will be held November 13 in Arroyo Grande from 5:30 p.m. -7 the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St. Both are free and open to the public. During each workshop, emPower Energy Coach Paul Menconi will present real examples of common issues he has encountered touring homes in San Luis Obispo County. Attendees can ask Paul their own home energy questions, as well as schedule a free Energy Coach Visit for a comprehensive look at their own home’s energy performance. to volunteer. They will work out a schedule with you. All ages welcome but those under-16 must be partnered with an older kid or an adult. There will be a free healthcare forum sponsored by the Latino Outreach Council (LOC) titled “How to Obtain Coverage Under the Affordable Healthcare Act.” It will be held on Thursday, November 13, in the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers starting at 5:30 p.m. Local attorney and chairperson of the LOC Jacqueline Vitti del Valle Frederick will moderate the forum. Representatives from the ACA, CAPSLO, CenCal, CHCCC, CenCal, CMA and Dept. of Social Services will make presentations and offer information for attendees of the event.

SWAP docent Vicky Johnson will lead an expedition to find and identify birds in the Los Osos Elfin Forest at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Bring binoculars if you have them. This is a good walk for families. Meet at the end of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel Avenue in Los Osos. Wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and mailboxes and leave pets at home. The easy paced walk will last 1-1/2-2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392 The Morro Bay Historical Society will hold its next quarterly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Morro Bay Fire Station, corner of Harbor and Piney Way. There’ll be a tour of the new building, a potluck supper and the program will feature three generations of Morro Bay Fire Chiefs — retired chiefs Jeff Jones and Mike Pond, and current Chief Steve Knuckles. The three worked such notable historic events as the 1988 South T-pier Fire, the Floods of March 1995, the Loma Prieta Earthquake and more. Bring a dish to share and place settings, and memberships will be available. Core Dance in San Luis Obispo is offering a Musical Kids class for ages 5 to 8 and a Musical Theater class for ages 7-12. Classes are $53 a month. Register at: or call 541-2669 for information. Instructor is Diana Lynn Carter, a performing arts teacher, professional performer, and the author of several children’s music albums, children’s musical plays and children’s music videos. Core Dance Studio is at 3422 Miguelito Ct., Ste. 140 in San Luis Obispo. Lightshare is offering free energy balancing sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Auditorium, 1010 Murray Ave., SLO. Sessions last 25 minutes, appropriate for all ages and no appointment is necessary. All are welcome. See:, call 438-4347 email Wendy McKenna at: to learn about energy balancing or other offerings from Lightshare, which is based in Santa Margarita. The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell ringers to help with its annual fund-raising drive in the move up towards Christmas. The bell ringing will go from Nov. 22 through Dec. 24 at various locations in town and the surrounding areas. Call the Salvation Army at 396-9514 or email Benjamin Greenhaw at: Benjamin.greenhaw@usw.

Ceramic artist, Janice Stone, is one of the featured artists in a new show, “Just Go With It,” set to debut at Artwalk Friday, Friday, Nov. 14, at Seven Sisters Gallery, located in Marina Square, 601 Embarcadero, Ste. 8, Morro Bay. Sculptural jeweler Rone Prinz will also have his show, “Flukes, Wings and Flying Things,” debuting along with Stone’s pottery. There’s a reception from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 14 and the show runs through Dec. 11. Stone specializes in slab/handbuilt ceramic pottery. Slab ceramics offers an ideal medium to explore silhouette and surface design. It is a demanding process that requires a special understanding and sensitivity to the essential qualities of clay itself. Prinz’ works include droll clockwork shorebirds with antique watch-part tummies and dangling storky legs, silver whale flukes on copper seas, and winged beetles and shadow-boxed bees adorned with semi-precious stones. ARTS Obispo has turned its attention to poetry with three programs in the spotlight. The organization recently handed out the Ingrid Reti Literary Awards, and an Arroyo Grande poet took first place. The awards rotate among several different literature genres and this year was poetry. Some 19 SLO County poets submitted up to 10 pages of poems each. The five judges award a first, second and three honorary mention awards, splitting the $1,000 prize. Joe Amaral of Arroyo Grande took first place for his poem, “The Farm I’m From.” Second place sent to Beverly Boyd of Los Osos for her poem, “Rocks Again.” For their bodies of work, honorable mentions were given to Patti Sullivan, Marguerite Costigan and Bonnie Young. A celebration of the winners with a reading is set for 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at the San Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation program, is in full swing at area high schools. Students are selecting and memorizing poems to compete in their classrooms, with winners continuing on to school level competitions in December

and January. Each school will send its champions to the SLO County Poetry Out Loud Competition 7-9 p.m. Feb. 12 The Monday Club in SLO. The county winner will compete in Sacramento against 30 other California County Champions. The program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. And on Tuesday, Oct. 7 County Supervisors proclaimed SLO poet Marguerite Costigan Poet the “Laureate for 2015/2016.” The Poet Laureate Program is new to ARTS Obispo and Executive Director Jenna Hartzell said, “We are thrilled to be working with Marguerite over the next two years as she promotes poetry and the literary arts in our county.” ARTS Obispo is the local partner of the California Arts Council. This nonprofit arts agency advances the arts in SLO County through programs that promote public access to the arts, arts in educational settings, local arts planning and collaboration, and opportunities for artists and arts organizations. All are invited to the free, 17th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Morro Bay Peace Officers’ Association and the Rotary Club of Morro Bay and set for 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 at the Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way. Boy Scouts will serve the meal complete with pumpkin pie, and there’ll be live music too. For Morro Bay residents, if an illness or other circumstance prevents your attendance at the dinner, call police administration at 772-6236 to reserve a meal delivered to your door by one of Morro Bay’s finest. Additional sponsors include: Albertsons, Carla’s Country Kitchen, Top Dog Coffee, Culligan Water, Mission Linen Supply, Cookie Crock, Miner’s Ace Hardware, Dorn’s Restaurant, and others. Many volunteers from the police, Rotary and EcoRotary Clubs, and the community work behind the scenes to plan the event and cook and serve the food. Friends of a Los Osos girl fighting a brain tumor will hold a benefit barbecue and silent auction from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Baywood Elementary School, 1390 9th St. Morgan Buffaloe, 11 and a 6th grader at Los Osos Middle School, has been diagnosed with a malignant “astrocytoma brain tumor.” Morgan is a very strong, determined girl who loves to write daily and is fond of singing,” reads the event poster. Her motto is, “We got this!” Tickets for the barbecue are $15 a person or $40 for a family of four and available at Volumes of Pleasure Book Shoppe, 1016 LOVR; Baywood Elementary Office (during school hours); and from Crizer Const., 1191 4th St., Los Osos. Supporters have started a web account to help Morgan, see: www.gofundme. com/9g7vls. A bank account has been set up as well at Chase Bank, “Morgan Buffaloe Donation Account,” if readers want to help out. The Pewter Plough Playhouse Readers’ Theatre will produce, “Stripped,” a series of short presentations telling what women often think but do not say. The play will run For one weekend only, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $10 at the door or call 927-3877 to get tickets. The show, written by Michelle Guerrero, is directed by Kelli Howard, and the cast is Jane Wu, Mindy Nusser-Rains, Rayna Ortiz Bochum, Chrystie Richards, Janice Peters, and Ali Burkhead. Interested in acting in, directing or suggesting a play, for Readers’ Theatre?

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SLO NightWriters will sign its firstever anthology, “The Best of SLO NightWriters in Tolosa Press, 20092013,” from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at Coalesce bookstore Chapel, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. Article authors will read their work and sign copies. The book is a collection of the best of the columns published in the Tolosa Press newspapers over a 5-year period. See: for more on the organization. Local food and film critic, teacher and screenwriter, Teri Bayus, is teaching a series of writing classes at Cuesta College’s North County Campus in Paso Robles. Bayus, who writes “Dinner and a Movie” weekly for Tolosa Press, was recently named the director of the Central Coast Writer’s Conference, taking over for former Bay News publisher, Judy Salamacha. The classes don’t have any prerequisites and students can sign up for any class at any time. Each 2-hour class includes a PowerPoint, in-class participation, at home assignments and writer assessment from the instructor. Cost is $30 per course and the whole set is $150. The courses are: · Writer’s Tool Box: Nov 10, all the tools, skills and mindset needed to start a writing career. Instruction includes tricks and tips to keep writing, what to read, where to write and how to get your best prose out into the world. · How to Write Strong Characters: Nov 17, How to Write Strong Characters: Class teaches how to build a complete profile for each character and let them drive the plot. · Will Write for Food: Nov 24, held at a high-end restaurant where students dine, taste wine pairings, talk with the chef and write on the experience. Instruction includes submission and tips to write for local publications. · Screenwriting for the Soul: Dec 1, tips, ideas, tools, skill set and more to write a script and sell it to Hollywood or self produce. · Promoting Your Writing: Dec 8, tips for blogging, magazine, e-publishing, and pitching your work. Instruction includes ideas for script distribution, agents, and marketing your published work. Students from beginner to published author welcomed. Sign up online at: www. or email to: livewell@ for more information. ✤


• November 6 - 12, 2014 • Tolosa Press


Ole Olsen — Heart as Big as a Barn Good to be King By King Harris


laf “Ole� Olsen was as big as a barn, and his size almost kept him from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces just after our country entered World War 2. But the Army Air Corps desperately needed navigators for its bombing fleets of B-17s, B-24s, and B-25s for use in both the European and Pacific theaters. Since Ole’s map reading and course plotting skills were quite proficient, the Army allowed the giant 6-foot-5 Swede a seat on a B-24 Liberator after he signed a waiver. The navigator’s spot on the Liberator was an extremely small space located not far behind the pilot and right underneath the plane’s machine-gun bubble mount atop the fuselage. How Ole managed to get to and fit in such tight quarters amazed his fellow flyers, but he was determined to contribute his services to the war effort. He did, of course, and it cost him the use of his left leg, and in a manner that would have left many men bitter. Not Ole. Fact of the matter is, you couldn’t tell that Ole had lost anything at all; he certainly didn’t show it, and that’s what impressed me about him from the moment we first met in 1962. Ole and his wife Melba lived right next door to my uncle, whose family I was staying with in order to attend my junior year of high school. I soon became a

frequent visitor to the Olsen household, and eventually a surrogate son of sorts, for Ole offered resolution to most of the questions about the mysteries of life I was asking at the time. Chief among them, how to overcome adversity and convert misfortune into an asset; and all too often, I’m sad to say, it is the experience of the warrior which must provide the answer. When Ole and I were first introduced, he was not wearing his usual prosthetic limb, but instead was hobbling on crutches due to a recent fall that had broken his hip. His amputated leg stuck out like a sore thumb, needless to say, my having never seen one before. Recognizing my surprise and apparent discomfort, Ole without hesitation described to me his circumstance in a bombing mission over Germany that had gone awry. In an offensive daylight mission, Ole and his crew flew over enemy territory, dropped their bombs, and destroyed their targets, but were hit by flak in the process, forcing their Liberator to limp back home to their base in Britain. They never made it. Ole had informed the captain that Switzerland offered the only alternative

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day of his life as if his left leg wasn’t missing at all. No essential chore about the gardens or major repair to his home was too daunting. I recall one weekend he once installed a new roof on his house. And as a golfer, he tore up the course at the Presidio, in more ways than one. One fellow duffer damn near quit the game when he drove his ball to the adjacent fairway where Ole was walking. The ball hit Ole squarely on his wooden leg, and bounced 100 yards to the green. Ole was knocked down, of course, but got right back up, as he always did, roaring with laughter. He even managed, for the most part, to shrug off the curse of every amputee called phantom pains, a hurting sensation where a missing limb feels like it’s still attached to the body. Only when his artificial leg refused to cooperate would I sense some frustration and hear an occasional profanity. But it wasn’t his sainthood I was there to admire; it was his courage and determination, and his ability to more than accept his lot in life. War is no walk in the park for any veteran, nor is life afterword, and just for that he or she deserves our thanks. Ole Olsen, for me, took it one step further; he taught me how to take it all in stride. ✤

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for a secure landing, but his commander optimistically opted for the Dover coastline. The B-24 with all aboard ditched in the channel, causing the plane to split apart. The entire crew survived, but the glass bubble housing the machine gun over Ole’s head crashed down on his navigator’s compartment, shattering his left leg. Surgeons at the nearest Army field hospital successfully grafted the necessary skin and bone to heal his fractured injury, and were confident that Ole would walk again and even rejoin his outfit. But that was not to be. Someone put his cast on too tightly, and Ole’s wound developed gangrene. Doctor’s were forced to amputate his leg, right above the knee. It was early 1942. The war for the Americans had just begun. For Ole, the war was over. But not his life. He was transferred back to the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital near Oakland, where he provided service as an experimental patient for the newly-formed prosthetic treatment ward. Testing and wearing what would be today considered rather cumbersome artificial devices, Ole, until his death in 1971, lived and worked every

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COASTAL CULTURE Botso: The teacher from Tbilisi Story and photos by Gareth Kelly


hey say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. At 92 years young, (93 this Christmas Eve) Wachtang Korisheli or Botso (meaning young steer in Georgian), still has an infectious passion for life. As an incredibly talented and passionate music teacher, this gentle man originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, (the country not the state), has been a fixture in Morro Bay for more than 50 years. “If you wake up worrying and complaining about life, you won’t live very long, you have to remain positive,” Botso said, his Georgian accent still present in his soft voice. Having survived first Stalin, the man ultimately responsible for executing Botso’s father, and then the tyranny of the Nazi’s, Botso eventually found himself in the U.S.A. With only a suitcase of basic possessions but filled with hopes and dreams, Botso, after a brief stay in Hollywood starlet Janet Gaynor’s beach house, finally ended up in Morro Bay. “Morro Bay reminded me a little of Georgia. The climate and the hiking. We love to hike in Georgia and I have enjoyed many local hikes here on the coast,” Botso said. He became the music teacher at the elementary school and in 1965 founded the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. Having built his own home that doubles as both a place to teach his students, including the ability to be transformed into a music venue, and a sculpting studio, one of Botso’s other passions, this beautiful wooden home has an almost grotto type feel to it. A place filled with a sense of magic, an inspirational place home to an incredible man. After teaching thousands of students over many generations, Botso has an impressive list of former students including six-time Grammy-winning conductor Kent Nagano and former French horn player from the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra Jerry

Folsom, to name but two. Many years after settling in Morro Bay, Botso found himself teaching violin to the daughter of another Morro Bay local, Tom Walters. Walters was a filmmaker, primarily making films for the education and health industries. As the relationship between Walters and Botso grew, it became clear to the filmmaker that the story of Botso’s life was inspiring. “As the tag line for the movie says, sometimes a story is so inspiring it must be told. Myself, along with writer/producer Hilary Roberts Grant and producer David Thayer, knew we simply had to tell Botso’s story. He has inspired so many people and lived such an incredible life we felt compelled to share it with others,” Walters said. With the filmmakers having regular jobs they frequently had to go back to, the movie itself became a labor of love taking eight years to film, something that ended up only adding to the story and worked in the films favor. “We had footage of some of Botso’s youngest students just starting to learn the piano. Over the course of those eight years, we were able to film and watch their progression from complete novices to

talented virtuosos. We were really able to capture Botso’s patience and passion for his teaching and see it unfold before our eyes,” Walters said. Having won Best in Fest at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, the movie has subsequently taken the international festival circuit by storm winning five audience awards along with many other accolades and rave reviews from the likes of The L.A. Times, The New York Times and the

Hollywood Reporter. “We have been in 12 festivals and have been really well received in them all. The audience awards really mean a lot to us. We are looking to secure a wider theatrical release right now and will then be available online and DVD etc.,” Walters said. As for Botso himself, he has completed his autobiography and has a second book on the way. He is still teaching music to both children and adults but most of all he is still inspiring us all to live our lives as passionately and as positively as we can, his secret to a long healthy life. “Botso: The teacher from Tbilisi” is currently playing at the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo. Take your family or friends and go see this amazing film. It will touch your heart and give you a good dose of the warm and fuzzies. For more information on the movie or to check out the trailer, visit www.botsomovie. com. ✤ Give Gareth a dose of the warm and fuzzies by emailing him your story ideas to


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et daylight saving time be a reminder to tackle these important biannual chores. In a new national survey, 70 percent of Americans polled are avoiding cleaning tasks that are beneficial to the health of their homes. The three chores that are most likely to fall to the bottom of the biannual to-do list are rotating and cleaning ceiling fans, cleaning vents and registers, and vacuuming and flipping mattresses. “Air quality is a hugely important part of maintaining a clean home,� says Lisa Fernandes of The Maids of Grover Beach. “When there’s dust built up on your register covers, in your mattress, on your blinds and your ceiling fans, your family is breathing in potentially harmful airborne particles.� In addition to eradicating dust, other important biannual tasks include cleaning your pantry, fridge and freezer and purging them of expired food, washing or replacing your shower curtain or liner, and wiping down baseboards and molding throughout your home. Of course, swapping out seasonal clothing items and cleaning closets is also key. Fernandes says that Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to tackle these forgotten tasks because it comes around twice a year and is impossible to ignore. “You know,

you’re gaining that extra hour, at least in the fall,� says Fernandes, “Why not spend it wisely?� While time plays a role in why homeowners overlook these tasks, competence is also a factor. Nearly a quarter of survey respondents (23 percent) said they feel least competent cleaning vents and registers. It is for this reason that The Maids have put together free resources, including a biannual cleaning checklist with instructions on how to properly complete these tasks, that are available by visiting www. The Maids employs professionally uniformed and trained fourmember cleaning teams who arrive at customers’ homes in signature yellow cars emblazoned with The Maids logo. The Maids’ exclusive team approach provides the most efficient, comprehensive housecleaning in the industry. Each team has a supervisor who ensures that each team meets The Maids’ high standards of quality and excellence. As added peace of mind, each team member goes through an extensive background check and drug screening. The Maids team is bonded and insured and all services are backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. To learn more about The Maids, call 805474-9811. ✤

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Sweet Dreams By Michelle S. Yang


hat kind of a sleeper are you? Do you sleep on your back, side, or on your stomach? When you sleep, try to maintain the relaxed natural S curve of your back. This can be achieved by having support under your neck, pillows under your knees if you sleep on your back or pillows between your knees if you sleep on your side. DO NOT sleep on your stomach because it CAUSES neck strain! But what if you have good support and you’re still not sleeping well? Your mattress may be the problem. I recently had this issue. My mattress was 14 years old and lately every time I slept on it, I’d wake up with a headache. Which mattress to buy? What it boils down to is comfort. Mattress prices can range from $200 to over $4,000 and spending more money does not guarantee better sleep.

Side sleepers tend to prefer softer mattresses versus back sleepers who tend to prefer medium to firm mattresses. Memory foam contours your body and tends to be softer. Spring mattresses especially with a lot of coils provide firmer support. These mattresses should be flipped over every

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six months. Latex mattresses typically provide medium to firmer support but are very heavy. I settled on a dual chamber air mattress. This is a great option if you and your partner are different types of sleepers–back versus side sleeper or if there is a large weight difference between partners. You can program the firmness of the bed to each of your likings. The best test is to go into a mattress store and lie down for at least 15 minutes per mattress. Just remember that regardless of price and brand name, comfort is the key. If available, take advantage of trial options. Until then, Sweet Dreams!

Michele S Jang, PT is a physical therapist who likes to look outside the box. She has been a physical therapist for over 20 years and has extensive training in manual therapy or the use of hands to help rehabilitate the body. Michele has been an instructor both in the United States and abroad. She offers Free Consults on Tuesday afternoons. Michele also has a team of therapists at Spirit Winds who offer an array of expertise on exercise, fall prevention, movement reeducation, body mechanics and proper breathing technique to increase body awareness and healing. Michele can be reached at 805-543-5100 or For more information please also visit www.

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top of the list of ‘party ideas.’ That is old hat. The idea of “Let’s-getthe-groom-drunk-and-leave-himin-the-arms-of-a-redhead-withouta-credit-card-to-his-name� isn’t going to fly, either. Why would the best man go through all this trouble to get his pal drunk when he could do this any time he wished? A survey will tell you that most men who attend bachelor parties regret such events when the groom is drunk all night and ends up in someone’s swimming pool then one of the guests has to jump in to get the poor fool out. Then that makes two ‘not-too-brights’ soaking wet and very unhappy. I know, men will be men. Great. If the purpose of a bachelor’s party is to build a good relationship during a fun and entertaining evening, how can this be if you cannot remember the event, have no idea who was at the event, have no idea where you were, and have been sworn to secrecy not to tell the bride or any female who attends the wedding. Childish antics, ladies and gentlemen. And pardon me, it is NOT equivalent to a man going off to war.

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alancing on an ancient metal step stool in her mother’s kitchen, Emma stretched to reach an etched crystal wine glass on the top shelf of the cabinet. The delicate stem felt sticky in her hands from the many years of accumulation of cooking grease and dust. Continuing with the long packing of the old house, she counted ten tall stemmed wine glasses, the original twelve water goblets, and eight remaining champagne globes—the kind where the tiny bubbles float up to tickle the tip of your nose when you take a sip. Examining the crystal that had been a wedding gift to her parents in the early years of the war, Emma decided it would be disrespectful, irreverent even, to pack them away dirty. Her mother often told of how both families pooled their money so her sister could buy the crystal, bone china, and sterling with her employee discount at the downtown department store.

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rolls in the oven. In the midst of the preparations, someone would remember that the glassware and good china hadn’t been cleaned since it was put away after the holidays last year. Sponging the grime off of each glass, Emma set them cautiously in the drain tray, then buffed them dry with a dishtowel and held them to the light to admire the sparkle. She surveyed the chaos of packing boxes and newspaper littering the floor and thought of the host of holiday tables that these glasses had graced. The faces appeared of all the dear ones who had sat and talked and laughed as they passed the endless parade of serving platters and bowls brimming with the perfectly cooked turkey, yams, creamed pearl onions, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and cranberry chutney. Humming along to soft rock music on the radio, she bent to place a wrapped glass in the box at her feet and then stopped, holding

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Eat - Play - Shop it mid-air as she dropped onto the step-stool seat. What if she didn’t put the glasses in the box? What if she unpacked the good china and brought the table leaves in from the garage? Most of the furniture was still in place. Emma could cook the dinner, and Mom could sit at the kitchen table to make the pies. They’d invite the single guy who lived alone next door, and the elderly lady up the street who lost her husband this year. They’d host a final holiday dinner, a kind of tribute to the hundreds of family dinners that had been prepared and served there. She’d cancel the movers, delay the real estate appraisers, and notify the retirement center that her mother wouldn’t be coming until next month. They’d unfold the linens, polish the silver, light the candles and fill the glasses, remembering the loved ones who had gone before, visiting and laughing with new friends and neighbors. The house would fill with the smells of sage dressing, roasting turkey and pumpkin pie. “Mom, Mom!” she cried, running down the hall to her mother’s bedroom. “I have an idea. . .” L i l l i a n Brown is a member of SLO NightWriters, the premier w r i t i n g organization on the Central Coast of California. She is a retired journalist and public relations consultant. Lillian has been living on the central coast for ten years, trying her hand at short fiction, memoir, and a novel set in turn-ofcentury California.

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CENTRAL COAST BREWING is Celebrating 16 years of hand crafting beers on the beautiful Central California Coast. CCB is your neighborhood brewery. Enjoy Daily happy hour and guest food trucks. Enjoy our beers in a “living room of stainless”, or sit out on the newly refurbished patio. We offer 10-13 beers on tap, and there is always something new to try at the bar. Free WiFi, board games, sports and more. Located at 1442 Monterey St. b100, SLO 7832739, CentralCoastBrewing DOC BURNSTEIN’S ICE CREAM LAB Experience our new “Ice Cream Wonderland” located in downtown San Luis Obispo. Enjoy the fun and wacky flavors made in Doc’s lab, while watching the train travel through tunnels, around the giant ice cream waterfall, and through the wall of flavors. Enjoy our Nostalgic Ice Cream Parlors in The Village of Arroyo Grande and Old Orcutt. Watch award winning ice creams made on-site, follow the model trains into tunnels and over bridges. Enjoy the live performance of the “Ice Cream Lab Show” in Arroyo Grande, Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, where the audience helps create a unique flavor. Each parlor is truly a one-of-a-kind Ice Cream experience! 860 Higuera Street, Downtown San Luis Obispo • 114 W. Branch St., Village of Arroyo Grande • 168 West Clark Ave., Old Orcutt • (805) 474-4068 • BEACH N YOGURT is a locally owned delightful self serve frozen yogurt shop in downtown Avila Beach. We feature 12 mouth watering flavors, locally grown fresh fruit, and toppings to satisfy any sweet tooth. Look for Bessy the cow and come in for a sample or two. Open daily, 472 Front Street, top of the stairs at Landing Passage, Avila Beach (805) 4392799. Text BEACHN to 56955 to join and receive a FREE 8oz. yogurt! M O ROV I N O in WINERY Avila Beach specializes in awardwinning Italian-style wines handcrafted by winemaker Andrea Bradford. Visit Morovino first and pick up a free Avila Wine Tasting map. Mention this ad and receive 2-for-1 wine tasting (some restrictions apply). 76 Landing Passage, Avila Beach • (805) 627-1443 • Text VINO to 56955 to join and receive 2-for-1 wine tasting! BAYSIDE CAFE is a wonderful find if you are looking for fresh food and something off the beaten track where the “Locals” love to eat while looking over the Back Bay. A restaurant with a casual dinning experience, great home cooked food from the farm and the sea. Homemade desserts are a must try. Open 7 days a week for lunch featuring fish and chips, soups, salads, sandwiches and some Mexican items. Try our dinners served Thursday through Sunday featuring fresh seafood items as well as tri tip, hamburgers, pastas and more…Dog friendly heated patio too! Located in the Morro Bay Marina directly across the road from Morro Bay State Park Campground at #10 State Park Road in Morro Bay! 805-772-1465 LOLO’S MEXICAN Great RESTAURANT Mexican food, served in a warm and friendly atmosphere at a reasonable price. Reservations and credit cards gladly accepted. Daily drink and food specials and patio dining. Brunch, lunch, and dinner served 7 days a week 10:00 to 9:00 pm. Located at 2848 N. Main St., Morro Bay • (805) 772-5686

THE GRILL HUT If you are looking for the best family owned BBQ on the Central Coast come on down to The Grill Hut located at 3118 N Main Street in Morro Bay. Try our signature mouthwatering Rib Eye Steak, BBQ Sandwich’s or our savory Baby Back Ribs. We also offer catering and take out give us a call at 805-772-2008. Text GRILLHUT to 56955 to join and receive 25% Off any entreé. COALESCE BOOKSTORE Local and independent since 1973. We have new and used books, greeting cards, music and unique gifts. Special orders welcome. Visit our Garden Wedding Chapel...where memories are made. 845 Main Street, Morro Bay (805) 7722880 GRANDMA’S F R O Z E N Y O G U R T AND WAFFLE S H O P Morro Bay’s newest downtown business, GRANDMA’S FROZEN YOGURT & WAFFLE SHOP is open and offering Old Fashion specialty waffles, Real frozen yogurt, and refreshing sorbet. Non-electronic activities are available throughout he week, including board and card games. Located on the corner of Morro Bay Blvd. & Main Street, they also provide a public restroom for downtown guests. Come and enjoy the newly created courtyard as you watch downtown come alive during the Saturday Farmers Market. Live music is available periodically. Be sure to Facebook us for daily yogurt flavors and activity updates! Hours: 9-6pm SunThurs and Fri- Sat till 10pm. Come see us after the show! 307 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, CA Call (805) 704-YUMM (9866) N A T I V E HERBS & HONEY CO opened a new shop in Los Osos. A locally owned beekeeping company specializing in raw-local honey, 100% pure beeswax candles, handcrafted soaps, herbal & natural skin care, gifts & Custom orders. 1001 Santa Ynez St. Los Osos (805) 534-9855. Tue.-Sun.. 12-6pm SMOOBAGE, which means “something that you really love” is a delightful store that will peak your senses as you search for the perfect item or gift. You will find Artistic pieces from a variety of local artists as well as a quaint store that houses a paradise of colorful palettes & textures. From leather goods to jewelry, greeting cards & a children’s section there are treasures abundant. 591 Embarcadero, Morro Bay. (805) 459-5751. Text SMOOBAGE to 56955 to Join & receive 10% OFF your next purchase! SWEET ALEXIS BAKERY 100% VEGAN & PEANUT FREE Cookies & Cupcakes (Gluten free options, too). For Delivery or Pick up call 805-528-8956. School Approved “Nut Manufacturer”.




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8 cups peeled, sliced apples ž cups sugar (see note above) ½ teaspoon cinnamon Ÿ teaspoon nutmeg 2 tablespoons flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter 1 egg, beaten for brushing over the top crust before baking


his is a basic apple pie recipe. You can use any type of apple or even mix them. Just adjust your sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg according to the sweetness of the apples. Use full recipe for tart apples like Pippins or Granny Smiths or half the amounts for sweeter apples like Gala. Measure a full 8 cups heaping or a bit more to have a nice full pie. Invest in a good apple peeler (check out Williams-Sonoma’s) and a deep dish pie plate. You’ll use them forever!

Double Pie crust (try Betty Crocker’s Pie Crust mix found in the cake mix section of your store. You just add water to make the dough, split dough into halves and roll out to make a top and bottom crust.) Lay a piece of heavy aluminum foil on the bottom of your oven to catch bubble over juices. Preheat oven to 425 degree F Stir together all or half of the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and salt, depending on the kind of apples you have. Sprinkle some of the mixture over

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To make a “Lattice Topâ€? crust: After you have rolled out the dough as for a top crust, cut it into strips ½ to ž inch wide. You’ll have 12 to 14 strips of varying lengths. Using the shorter strips first, then the longer ones as you get to the center, and shorter ones at the opposite edge, place half the strips of dough over the filling. Now pull every other strip back and place the first short crosspiece strip on. Return the pulled-back strips to their former position, pull back alternate strips, and place on the next crosspiece. Continue weaving strips of dough in this fashion until all are used up and pie is covered. Fold the overhang up

over the ends of the strips and press firmly. Decorate or flute the edges. Brush the beaten egg over the finished crust for a nice brown pie top. Bake at 450 degree F for 30 minutes then reduce the heat to 350 degree F and continue baking for 20-30 minutes more. When the pie is done, you may see some juices bubbling up around the edges and through the vents. The crust should be brown (if it starts to get too brown during baking, put some pieces of aluminum foil on top loosely around the edges), and a thin, sharp knife inserted through one of the vents will pierce the apples easily. If the apples are still firm, bake a few minutes longer and test again. If in doubt, it’s better to bake a few minutes longer than to risk having undercooked fruit. Remove the pie from the oven and set the pie pan on a rack to cool. Take a picture and enjoy!

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Sat rday & Sunday, November 29th- 30th OPEN HOUSE IN THE VILLAGE Shoppers will be able to browse through the many beautiful stores in the Village and enjoy a unique variety of holiday gifts and dĂŠcor.

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s there such thing as achieving perfect symmetry in our bodies? Symmetry conveys the idea of achieving a mirror image of the opposite. Our right of our body should look exactly the same as our left. Our pelvis and shoulders should be positioned equally. While for the most part this is true, I will often tell my patients that what I aim to do in physical therapy is optimize their alignment. I actually don’t believe we can get someone back to being absolutely symmetrical. Inside our bodies, we are literally filled with asymmetry. All our internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, intestines and stomach are asymmetrically placed. The more appropriate term I use in physical therapy to achieve “ideal alignment” is one that works towards “Balance” of structures in order to achieve maximal function versus simply achieving symmetry. Everyone’s body type is different and we change with age. An extreme example of when balance is the goal

to the right at one place and shifted to the left somewhere else. In this population, for example, if I treat their pelvis I will also work elsewhere in the body to balance the changes. Sometimes we’ve got to work with what we’ve been given. If you’re having trouble achieving an activity or if you’re in pain, you may simply be out of balance. If that’s the case, we can help you with that. ✤

rather than symmetry is when working with scoliosis. A person with scoliosis may be in total balance being shifted

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The Death of Live Music The Goddess of Groove

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ounds pretty dire, doesn’t it? I’m here to tell you that the days of free, affordable live music may be numbered unless we are willing to do something about it. By becoming friends with many musicians, I learned some things that surprised me. First, they get treated really poorly. Second, they don’t get paid very much, and sometimes not at all. Back in the 1970s, an average band at an average gig at an average bar got paid $500. Today, a good gig for a good band pays $300. That’s $200 less than they were making forty years ago. Things get worse. Many excellent musicians are performing for tips, cover charges, food… and in some cases, get involved in a little racket called “Pay to Play”. In that scenario, the band has to guarantee that they will bring in so many people, and have to sell tickets for the venue owner. If they don’t sell all the tickets, they have to pay the club owner for any they don’t sell! As far as conditions go, musicians should be treated like honored guests. Instead, they are often subjected to horrendous work conditions. The one I observe most is poor ventilation. Often they are dripping sweat. You would think that someone would turn on a fan. They are often expected to work in the sun for hours with no shade. They often get charged for drinks, even soft drinks or coffee. One day last winter, I went to a candy store in Pismo where my friend “Mark” was performing. The owner

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couldn’t have been paying him much, if anything. No one was coming in. Mark asked for a cup of coffee. The owner said “That will be three dollars.” I said, “I’LL buy him a cup of coffee.” The owner then said, “I’ll give him coffee, but I want him to know, every time I make him a cup of coffee, it costs me three dollars.” Then a family of four came in, also friends of Mark’s, and bought something. If it hadn’t been for Mark, who promoted the gig, the candy store would not have done any business at all that day. Another time, one of my clients played at a venue in Arroyo Grande, which only pays the musicians 10% of the beer and wine bar. They also get a meal, but would probably be getting between seven and twelve dollars for a two and a half hour gig. None of the proceeds from the restaurant go to the musicians. The waitress brought a menu and said, “You can have anything that is eight dollars or less.” This man had driven from Los Osos, could look forward to making a few bucks plus tips, and was limited to an eight dollar sandwich. These situations are not rare. Look around at how many sandwich shops, coffee shops, etc., have live music these days. You might wonder, “How can they pay anything?” In most cases, they don’t. I had a musician friend call me recently and ask if I knew a band who could play at a barbecue place in Nipomo. He said, “They don’t pay the bands anything, but the food is good.” I told him I wasn’t going to book anyone anywhere to play

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for food. Since then, the place has expanded, and I’m happy to say that they are paying the musicians. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out why places pay bands so much less than they used to, especially when you consider inflation. In the 1950’s (seventy years ago), a cup of coffee cost five cents, and the cover charge to hear a good band was five dollars. Nowadays, a venti Frappuccino is almost five dollars, and the price to see a good band is… nothing. I think one of my musician friends hit it on the head. The drunk driving laws got stricter, and bars started making less profit, so they started paying less. Places that sell hard liquor still pay best, although it hasn’t nearly kept pace with inflation. So how could all this lead to the death of live music? It’s simple. The musicians are getting fed up. We have a lot of truly great musicians in the area, but even at the better gigs, by the time they split the proceeds among band members, they’re lucky if they make minimum wage. The work doesn’t just entail the three hours or so they are on the stage, they also spend about an hour each setting up and tearing down, and loading and unloading the equipment. Add into that all the hours spent in rehearsal. There are very few musicians who can make a living working just as a musician. So, how can you help? First and foremost, if you like what you hear, tip the band. A good tip starts at five dollars unless you can’t afford it. Remember that it has to be split among the band members. If you

have special requests, you should tip for those, too. No matter what the venue is paying, it’s probably not nearly enough. Next, be prepared to pay a cover charge, or spend money in the establishment. We need to support the venues that are paying the musicians. What else can you do? Find out what the venue you’re patronizing is paying the band. If it doesn’t sound fair, tell the management that you’ll take your business elsewhere. Tell them you’re willing to pay a cover charge so that the musicians can get paid better, then put your money where your mouth is. If you’re having a wedding or other special event, and were thinking about getting a DJ because it’s less expensive, think again. You can get a great band for the same price or less. Here’s something else you can do: dance. Musicians love to see people dance; it helps them to know they’re having a good time. Next, don’t walk into a place and then walk out if there’s nobody there if the music is good. Stay fifteen minutes, and you’ll draw people in. If you like what you hear, tell the performers, and tell the management, too. Is live music worth saving? I think it is. In fact, I know it is. Music speaks to parts of us that are otherwise untapped, and it brings us together. Dancing is fun, it’s a great way to meet people, and it’s good exercise. Please help to keep music alive and accessible to everyone. Let’s show our talented musicians how much we appreciate them. Thank you. ✤



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THE CLIFFS RESORT: 2757 Shell Beach Road, 773-5000 or F. MCLINTOCKS SALOON: Two locations: 750 Mattie Road in Pismo Beach and 133 Bridge St. in Arroyo Grande. 7731892 or Live music at the Pismo Beach location every Fri. and Sat. from 6-9pm. Tennessee Jimmy Harrell and Doc Stoltey play on alternating weekends. HARRY’S NIGHT CLUB AND BEACH BAR: Cypress and Pomeroy, downtown Pismo Beach, 773-1010. Every Thu. Front Row Karaoke. 11/6 Front Row Karaoke 11/7 The Replicas 9pm 11/8 Replicas 9pm 11/14 Hindsite 9pm LAETITIA WINERY: 453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive, Arroyo Grande, 805-4811772. Live Music Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm. LIDO RESTAURANT AT DOLPHIN BAY: 2727 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, 773-4300 or Join Three-Martini Lunch every Thurs. and Fri. from 6-9pm. Live Music Every Tues. from 5:30-6:30 and Thursdays and Fridays 6-9 MANROCK BREWING CO. TASTING ROOM: 1750 El Camino Real ste A, Grover Beach, CA 93433. Tasting room M-Th 4pm10pm, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat noon-12am, Sun noon-7pm MONGO’S SALOON: 359 W. Grand Ave.,

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Grover Beach, 489-3639. Karaoke Tuesday and Wednesday 9pm. Live Music and dancing every Friday and Saturday at 9pm. MR. RICK’S: 404 Front St., Avila Beach, 805-595-7425 Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-7pm 11/7 Indian Valley Band 11/8 Bootyshakers 11/9 Headshine SEAVENTURE: 100 Ocean View, Pismo Beach, 773-4994. Live music every Wednesday from 6-9pm in the Fireplace room. Acoustic Sundays from 3-6pm on the Deck. SHELL CAFÉ: 1351 Price St., Pismo Beach, 805-773-8300 10/30 Songwriters at Play 6:30pm 11/8 Blues Master Jam 11/9 Songwriters at Play 11/10 Songwriters at Play 11/10 Scratch 11/11 Cliffnotes TALLEY VINEYARDS: 3031 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande, 489-0446, talleyvineyards. com VENTANA GRILL: 2575 Price St. Pismo Beach, 773-0000, or Matt Cross plays on Mon and Wed. evenings. VINO VERSATO: 781 Price St., Pismo Beach, 773-6563 or Every Tuesday: Side Effects CREATIVE JUICES LOUNGE: 874 Guadalupe Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434, 805-219-0518 10/31 The Crisptones with a wild night of fun


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tasting room at 238-0725 or see the website at: www.castorocellars. com, email: events@castorocellars. com or call 1-888-DAM-FINE. Johnstone will be joined on stage by Bob Leipman and Sal Garza. Her career spans three decades and she’s worked with both Bruce Springsteen’s producer and penned lyrics with Bob Dylan. The show will be indoors in the winery’s event center. Castoro Cellars is at the corner of Hwy 46 and Bethel Road.

Piano Player, Jude Johnstone will play a SLOFolks concert at Castoro Cellars

Jazz vocal ensemble, True North, will perform at the Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival Evening Concert set for 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and available in advance online at: www.cpactickets. or call 546-3936. True North is Katie Campbell, Sharmila G. Lash, Fletcher Sheridan and Matt Falker. The group performs original and inspired arrangements; they create a musical experience that both entertains and moves their audience. Piano player, Jude Johnstone, will play a SLOFolks concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at Castoro Cellars Winery in Templeton. Tickets are $20 a person and available by calling the

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The Pewter Plough Playhouse announces the Readers’ Theatre production of “Stripped”, a series of short presentations telling what women often think but do not say. The show, written by Michelle Guerrero, is directed by Kelli Howard, and will play for one weekend only-- Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, November 16, at 3 p.m. Cast members include Jane Wu, Mindy Nusser-Rains, Rayna Ortiz Bochum, Chrystie Richards, Janice Peters, and Ali Burkhead. Tickets for “Stripped” are $10. All Readers’ Theatre proceeds will benefit the Plough’s scholarship

The San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra will feature several virtuoso special guests at its upcoming concert set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Cuesta College Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets are $20, students with ID $10, and children 8-under free. Get 15% off when ordering 10 or more tickets; season tickets also available. Get tickets at the door, from Orchestra members, or online at: www. cpactickets.cuesta. edu. Soloists set to play are bassoonist, Lisa Nauful and violinist, Brynn Albanese, and musician and associate conductor, David Rackley, will conduct the world premier of his composition, “Comstock Overture.” See the Orchestra’s website at: www. Violinist, Brynn Albanese, will perform with or call The San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra at Cuesta 464-9434 for more College Performing Arts Center

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program. Every year, the Playhouse gives two scholarships to Coast Union High School graduates who are interested in the arts. Jimson’s Pub-At-The-Plough will be open before and after the play. During intermission, Dave Manion will be at the piano. The Pewter Plough Playhouse is located at 824 Main Street in Cambria’s West Village.

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its 20th Annual Benefit Concert for the Homeless at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. Proceeds support the Homeless Shelter of SLO and the Maxine Lewis Shelter. The public is invited and there is no admission fee, although a $10 per person donation is suggested. Further information on the County Band and its upcoming performances is available at: www. or call 543-5691. Headlining the homeless concert as guest director and soloist is noted violinist, Brynn Albanese of Café Musique. Albanese will direct the band in several numbers and perform the violin solo in Massenet’s “Meditation” from the opera “Thais.” The band, under the baton of long-time director Leonard Lutz, will also perform works by composers from Hector Berlioz and

Gustav Holst to Pharrell Williams’ favorite song “Happy” from the film “Despicable Me 2.”

The next G. Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship benefit show will feature classical guitar student, Joseph Seyedan, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at St. Benedict’s Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Ln. (off Los Osos Valley Road). Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for classical guitar students. Call 771-8138 for ticket reservations.

The Morro Bay Community Foundation’s annual live show, “Morro Bay Sings…,” will this year tackle country-western tunes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 a person, reserved premium table for eight for $250 or a regular reserve table for $200, and proceeds benefit the Community Foundation,

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Barbecue Done Right at Grill Hut By Teri Bayus


arbeque is all about the meat and the preparation. Sometimes the best dining option is to gnaw on a bone that had has been slow roasted over an open flame. Good barbeque is hard to find, so I was happy when my grandkids took me to a new place called The Grill Hut in Morro Bay. When we first walked in, I loved the slogan on the wall, “Not Fast Food... Good Food Fast!” It is a small joint with a pit out front

and a waitress that knew everyone’s name. The Grill Hut is family owned and operated by Jason and Lori Scheer and their four children — Sarah, Jordyn, Hanna and Gabe — who can be seen working hard daily. Since my kids were ordering, it was a cavalcade of side dishes and one rack of baby back ribs and two orders of tri tip. I have eaten tri tip up and down the Central Coast, from parking lots, churches, fine dining establishments and more. This was hands down, the best I have had. It was the seasoning and the way it was cut that made it stand out. I asked about the recipes and they told me that they have been passed down from generation to generation. Jason told me the meat is USDA choice grade that is marinated and seasoned with the family recipe.

They smoke the tri-tip and chicken breasts until the meat is moist and tender, complete mouth watering perfection. They never slice the tri-tip until you order, so it stays fresh just for you. The sides were a favorite of the kids — angel hair pasta with an herb butter sauce was Bell’s favorite, while Izic devoured a side of bacon, corn on the cob and ranch style beans. Izic told me half way through the menu that I must follow him to the bathroom. This was a weird request, as he is in that “independent stage.” Being the Nana that always says, “Yes!” I followed. The boy’s bathroom is Hulk themed with dozens of Hulk fists, pictures and murals. It was beyond cool. It is a 3D masterpiece. I tried the potato skins with pulled pork and it was exceptionally good. Half a baked potato is hollowed out and then filled with cheese and pulled pork, you add baked beans and sour cream and dive in. This could be a craving for me, it was that wholesome. Dude (a.k.a. Grandpa) had the pulled pork sliders and a rib

eye steak. He ate it without a knife and made yummy noises the whole time. They really do treat the customers like family, as one wrangled an errant grandchild trying to escape to pet the sweet dog laying out front. This is respectable food, done right with heart and passion. The Grill Hut was founded in 2009 by Ernie Waldo. The first Grill Hut started in a drive thru kiosk in Bakersfield where they only served tri tip, chicken, beans and pasta. They continued to grow so much they outgrew their kiosk and moved into their first sit down restaurant in 2012. Jason Scheer partnered with him and now we have The Grill Hut here. You will thank me for this culinary find as they have noble meat. The Grill Hut is located at 3118 N. Main St., in Morro Bay. Call them at (805) 772-2008. Open TuesdaysThursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays from 11-9, and Sundays 11-8. Closed Mondays. ✤

‘Sound of Music’ Still Awes By Teri Bayus


fter the Grill Hut, we went to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center to watch the movie Sound Of Music in a sing-a-long format. I know a bunch of men just rolled their eyes, but it was so much fun watching, singing and playing along with my favorite musical dynasty. The Sound Of Music was the first movie I ever watched. I was four and my Nana was my wing girl. After, I made her buy me the sound track record, and I begin a weekend practice of singing to every song over and over. When they started showing it on TV during Christmas, I remember my father saying, “No one needs to see a movie more than once, this is absurd.” I have owned both the sound track and the movie on every medium in the known universe and I just added it to my iTunes. And 50 years after that first viewing, I watch it every year. This current incantation includes dressing in costumes (like a family style Rocky Horror Picture Show), flashing cards, learning choreography. The lyrics to all songs (even the Latin sung by the nuns) are always flashing across the screen. The audience bellows

“Ahhhhh” every time Gretl is on the screen, and boos the Nazi’s out of the theater, along with lots of singing, and Do-Ray-Me-ing. My family and I absolutely loved our unforgettable night enjoying Sound of Music with all of our fellow fans. We dressed up, sang at the top of our lungs. I cried, they laughed at me, and it is a memory we will treasure forever. We can’t wait to make SOM sing-along a yearly tradition. About the movie (for those living on Mars): this film is a triumph in all departments. Every aspect, from the cinematography to the acting, the sets, the costumes, the music, choreography, script, is top notch. While the film is family friendly and has a sweet story, it is NOT saccharine and sugary. Screenwriter Ernest Lehman worked

wonders with the underdeveloped and unremarkable dialogue of the play. He inserted so many moments of wit, humor, romance and poignancy. The art directors purposefully chose muted settings and colors. Each of the actors bent over backwards to provide a brilliant performance. Julie Andrews is already down in history for the performance of a lifetime (and a voice to match),

but Christopher Plummer is not to be forgotten. Not only is he regal and handsome, but his decision to play the Captain as a complex, sophisticated man with a sly dose of sarcasm was wonderful. His steely, stern persona is eventually melted down by the irrepressible Maria to great effect. Every supporting performance is also delivered with the right amount of appeal, humor or menace. However, the one that takes the cake is the slinky, catty, toweringly glamorous Eleanor Parker as Baroness Schraeder. Wisely, her songs were cut, further separating her from all the glee around her, so that she could whip out such zingers as, “Why didn’t you tell me to bring along my harmonica?” It was so much fun hissing at her and reviling in her perfectly delivered dialogue. Every expression, syllable, glance belies the decades of experience Parker gained as a leading lady during the 1940’s and 50’s. Her clothes by Dorothy Jeakins are awe-inspiring, still. This was a wonderful experience, please if you haven’t seen it in a while, watch the movie again and join me in the next sing-a-long. ✤

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COMMUNITY Tree Planting Photos by Neil Farrell


ore than 50 volunteers turned out Saturday to help Morro Bay Beautiful and the 50th Anniversary Committee plant 50 Cypress trees at Morro Bay Golf Course in an area that would expand an existing Monarch butterfly wintering area on the front nine. Dr. Kingston Leong of Cal Poly gave a lecture about butterflies and the habitats they need, and Taylor newton of the Guerilla Gardeners demonstrated how the trees that his group grew from seed should be planted. County parks staff predug the holes and the volunteers simply had to put them into the ground. ✤

Oktoberfest Photos by Neil Farrell


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November 6 - 12, 2014 • Bay News

NEWS Audit, from page 1

address the concerns of the business community, while still using MAS to enforce the City’s codes. Under the current law, there is no provision for amnesty on paying taxes and fines and no category to better address the minor earnings of small time business people. Buckingham said MAS had made contact with all of Morro Bay’s approximately 1,400 licensed businesses, many had their cases closed with no further contact. Some have gotten follow up phone calls and letters, and some have paid up and settled their accounts. And a few have appealed their bills. Mayor Jamie Irons, a self-described supporter of the audit, was one of those latter business people. Irons said he had gotten a bill for $1,800 because he’d converted ownership of an apartment complex that he and his wife own into an LLC. He said he protested the amount and was sent a second letter demanding $990 and had formally appealed that amount. So he had to step down from the dais while the “penalties/amnesty” portion was discussed. But he returned to the stage for what turned out to be a unanimous vote on the muni code changes. “Because Mayor Irons has business interests in Morro Bay,” Buckingham

told The Bay News by way of explanation, “he can only participate in Council discussions that impact a significant segment of the business community in the same way. Since all businesses are liable to pay business taxes, the City Attorney determined the Mayor could participate in the general discussion about business taxes, including the creation of a threshold for payment. “Since the Mayor owes penalties and it is unclear whether a significant segment of the business community will also owe penalties, the City Attorney advised he not participate in any discussion regarding penalties.” Councilwoman Nancy Johnson, who along with Noah Smukler had been contacted by MAS regarding their businesses, said she voted for the MAS audit back in June and in retrospect wished she had taken the time to learn more regarding what the audit entailed. George Leage said he was unsure if his business interests had also been contacted. Johnson asked if MAS would still be paid its 40% commission for any penalties that had been identified but not yet collected by the City and then forgiven under the amnesty? The answer was “Yes” if the City collected that money within a year of the end of its contract, a so-called “work in progress,” account. The biggest revelation of the night came when Buckingham said they now estimate the City could get as much as $1 million from the audit, on top of MAS’ 40-percent fee. Initially, the City had estimated perhaps getting $600,00 or so, based on MAS’ prediction that for every business properly licensed there was one that wasn’t. Given the nature of the audit — with inquiries into employee numbers, distributors and suppliers, artists hanging work in galleries, consignment shops that rent space, and the self-employed like hair stylists and handymen — the revenue estimates have jumped significantly.

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A third ejected passenger, identified as Wendi Brito, 19 of Los Osos suffered major injuries and remains hospitalized. Another passenger, Michael Brito, 23, of Los Osos wasn’t ejected but also suffered major injuries and was taken to the hospital as well. Mengore suffered minor injuries was treated at the hospital and then arrested for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. As the story unfolded, Mengore reportedly told investigators that they had gone to Cambria to buy and smoke a synthetic marijuana nicknamed “Spice,” which news reports said is not illegal to possess or to take, however, it is illegal to drive under the influence of Spice, also called “K2.” The Britos and Mengore all graduated from Morro Bay High School. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, a Los Osos woman was hit and killed while riding a bicycle across Los Osos Valley Road near Turri Road. The accident occurred at about 6:42 p.m. and the CHP said the victim, identified as Anna Marie Deis,

“Total estimated revenue might have been more or less $1.7 million,” Buckingham told The Bay News, “with about $1 million to the City and $700,000 to MAS.” Those numbers were further broken down into about $750,000 “as the portion of the City’s $1M that we anticipated might come from ‘discovery’ vs. ‘deficiency.’ With an amnesty for penalties, that potential $1M recovery of revenues will likely be more in the $700,000 range.” Johnson asked Buckingham if it were true that there were about 1,000 nonlicensed businesses? He said, “Yes,” but most of those are out-of-towners, firms that conduct business here but are not based here. For a City with a tight budget, which has been trying to find extra revenues wherever it can, the public welcomed the amnesty gesture. Former Mayor Janice Peters said she was “actually going to praise this Council.” She commended the council for its quick response to the concerns raised. She asked that if the City is going to have this “windfall” of money from new business license fees that it restore funding for promotions. Going forward after the audit, new businesses identified as needing licenses could bring in an additional $200,000 or more to city coffers. Susan Stewart, a Chamber director who owns Beads by the Bay, too was appreciative of the swift response and noted, “No one has ever accused Morro Bay of having an easy code process.” Cindy Edwards of the Merchant’s Association and Chamber, thanked the Council and added that the audits had caused, “anxiety to spread throughout the community.” Mary vanZee, who owns Treasures Antique Mall on Morro Bay Blvd., said she has 75 vendors and 48 other people consign items with her. Making each pay the $136 minimum license fee, she would likely lose them all, and “I would have to close my shop.” She added that her rental fees include costs like utilities and building rent and suggested the

$2,500 limit being proposed be a “net” not a “gross” earnings. Asked where the $2,500 limit came from, Buckingham told The Bay News, “[from] discussions amongst staff, with local business input, looking for a way to relieve the hardship on our smallest businesses — essentially small parttime folks trying to sell handiwork as an additional source of hobby income.” But not all were so rosy. One man said MAS had created a “hostile work environment,” didn’t understand why they were hired, and that MAS has been controversial everywhere they contract for audits. Alameda fired them, he said, and if you Google them, there are lots of complaints. “I don’t think MAS has treated us very nicely,” he said. The proposed changes were to be introduced for a first reading at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Vet’s Hall, and come back to council Tuesday, Nov. 12 at its regular meeting for adoption. The changes would go into effect and the amnesty start 30days later on Dec. 12. That’s when Buckingham said they would also start cutting refund checks to businesses that already paid or were declared due — from July 8 to Marsh 12, 2015. The amnesty would be over on March 12 and the audits start up again the next day. At that time, “any businesses audited that do not have a business license are no longer eligible for the automatic forgiveness of penalties,” Buckingham said. Business people who have been contacted by MAS but not yet settled their accounts should be prepared to file for the amnesty, which means paying the actual taxes portion. Those who want to appeal their tax bills can do so by first paying the City the taxes/fees owed and the penalties, and write a detailed letter stating why the amount listed is wrong. Information is available at Public Works Office on Shasta Avenue, which handles business licenses. ✤

25 a local business woman and floral designer, was riding in the dark and without a helmet. Deis and her fiancé, Jason Cooper had reportedly been at the La Familia Pumpkin Patch, a farm that decorates for Halloween, just down LOVR from Turri Road. She had successfully crossed LOVR’s two eastbound traffic lanes but was hit by a car traveling westbound, according to the CHP. “It was dark out there, and there were no street lights,” CHP spokesman Richard Lee was quoted as saying. “The driver of the Lincoln didn’t see her. She was also not wearing a helmet. We are making a big push that bicyclists should be wearing helmets and occupants in vehicles should be wearing seatbelts.” The driver of the vehicle, identified as Earle Raymond Murie Jr., 86 of San Luis Obispo and his wife who was in the car too, were not injured in the collision. Deis and Cooper were to be married in just a few weeks, according to a report in The Tribune. No citations were issued in the crash. And the following day, Oct. 30, a local

man was run down and suffered major injuries when an elderly woman ran her car into the front of the Bottle Liquor Store, 999 Main St., in Morro Bay. According to police at 12:54 p.m. a Buick LeSabre driven by Mary Perry, 90 of Morro Bay, lurched forward while coming to a stop to park and rammed into the front doors. She reportedly accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, while arriving at the store, where she is a regular customer. A man, whom police have not identified and whom the store manager said was not a regular customer, was pinned by the vehicle and suffered a severe leg injury. A news report said his leg was “nearly detached.” The store manager said had the crash been 35 seconds sooner, there would have been five high school students exiting the store. Police said there were no charges being pursued against Perry, who was not injured in the crash. The store will now install more posts in the parking lot, which already has several in place but none at the handicapped space right in front of the doors. ✤

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OPINION Pelicans Need Our Help By Mark Garman


his letter is for San Luis Obispo county residents who enjoy watching brown pelicans effortlessly soar over the waves. Who enjoy watching them fly overhead like fighter planes in formation and enjoy watching them plunge-dive after fish. As a local wildlife advocate and rescue volunteer, I am well aware of the hazards facing our cherished brown pelicans. In addition to all of the hazards young pelicans face from Mother Nature we humans have added our own perils. Juvenile brown pelicans must learn quickly the skills necessary to survive in the wild. After being born in Baja California or the Mexico mainland, they follow the older pelicans north up our Pacific coast in early summer. These young birds must learn to plunge-dive after natural prey, like anchovies and sardines, to survive. Some of these young birds become desperately hungry and are attracted to coastal fish cleaning stations, such as Port San Luis or the Morro Bay station. They see other birds mingling around these stations when fishermen are present. They see other wildlife like gulls, seals and sea lions fighting over

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fish scraps thrown in the water. They are young, inexperienced and hungry so they start to hang out for scraps. Unfortunately, by doing this they have started on a downward spiral. At Port San Luis (Harford Pier, Avila) they wait for handouts from fisherman cleaning their catch. The current fish cleaning station at the base of the pier is busy this time of year. Visit the Harrford Pier any weekend during the summer and you will witness the process. Fisherman bring their catch to the station to clean them. They don’t see the signage asking that they don’t feed the wildlife. They don’t think they are doing anything wrong. The wildlife seems to enjoy the scraps. They don’t know what’s really happening.

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We are dooming these birds to begging for scraps for life. They will never learn the skills to survive. They will never migrate to southern waters in the winter to breed. They will most likely die of exposure or starvation by the next year. Why don’t they survive? In their competition for fish scraps they become contaminated in fish oil, which is similar to petroleum contamination. The birds’ feathers become matted with fish oil and lose the ability to insulate them from the cold water. The birds’ core body temperature lowers, they avoid the water, and they begin shivering. They stop feeding naturally and seek handouts from humans to survive. Some pelicans have been mortally wounded by California sea lions fighting for fish carcasses. They

are all desperate and starving. What can we do? We must modify our coastal fish cleaning stations so our wildlife will learn the vital skills to forage for their natural prey. We must educate the public to the harm we are unintentionally doing them. These environmentally unfriendly and wildlife unfriendly fish cleaning stations are found up and down our coast. We didn’t know the harm we were doing to our wildlife when they were constructed. We know now, so let’s make it right. We must encourage our local authorities to make the necessary changes to protect our wildlife. If we can create a loud enough voice our politicians. You are the change. You can make a difference. Will you help us? ✤ Mark Garman lives in Cambria. In the photo, a juvenile brown pelican has a fish carcass stuck in its throat, spines nearly protruding out of its skin. Even if the birds can swallow the fish the bones can injure it internally. Photo courtesy Mark Garman.



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ig Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County honored one of its longtime supporters, naming him the latest recipient of its “Legacy Award.” Bryan Gingg was ecstatic upon hearing that he was being honored at a recent fundraiser for the organization. “Bryan is one of our greatest supporters and cheerleaders,” said Anna Boyd-Bucy,

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ executive director. “His volunteer service was recently recognized on a statewide level and we are delighted to be able to honor him here at home too.” Gingg, who is confined to a wheelchair, briefly served as the organization’s executive director in the 1990s, has mentored two kids and was named the 2014 Big Brother of the Year for the State of California. He has raised more than $60,000 for the organization and started the “Legacy Circle” by adding Big Brothers Big Sisters to his will. In previous years, the agency honored Clint Pearce, Bill Jodry, Carol Florence and Hal Sweasey. For more information on volunteering or contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 781-3226, or see: Bryan is shown in the photo with his wife, Beverly Gingg. Submitted photo. ✤

Poly Hosts Veterans Awareness Week, Nov. 10-14 Cal Poly’s Veterans Success Center will “honor, engage and thank” military veterans and dependents of veterans for their service during Veterans Awareness Week, Nov. 10-14, in the school’s University Union Plaza. From 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 10, Don Morris, 84, a retired U.S. Navy commander who has won more than 100 Senior Olympic medals with his Senior Olympic basketball team and has won the International and National Free Throw Championship multiple times will demonstrate his athleticism in a free-throw contest with the Cal Poly Men’s Basketball Team. A Cal Poly graduate, emeritus professor, and former director of student housing, Morris, invites participants to challenge the men’s basketball team or him. On Nov. 11 Cal Poly will be closed for

Veteran’s Day, but from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12, the Veterans Success Center invites veterans and their dependents to receive a free meal pass, courtesy of Campus Dining. The Veterans Success Center will also provide information on the opening of the center, scheduled for mid-January. From 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Cal Poly Club Sports will be in the University Union Plaza and from 11 a.m. to noon Friday the Veterans Success Center will honor Cal Poly football coach, Tim Walsh, who will speak about his family’s military service history and his prior position as football coach at West Point. The Mustang football team will also host U.C. Davis in the “Battle of the Horseshoe” game with kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Spanos Stadium. ✤

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In the Black Spare the Rod; Spoil the Employee? Only Human

By Betsey Nash, SPHR


recent speaker at one of the monthly Human Resources Association of the Central Coast (HRCC) meetings had some great suggestions on employee discipline and coaching. I have seen many, many strategies in the past, and these are worth passing along: • “It’s all in the way you say it.” You may remember this from the EST Training in the 1980s. It still holds true: Use “and,” not “but.” Rather than saying something like “You are a great employee but you are always late.” The more effective language would be “You are a great employee and you would be even greater if you would come to work on time.” Using “but” means there is a conflict present and the employee immediately focuses on the negative, not even hearing the positive that you led with. It’s not about sandwiching the negative between two positives — a practice I have long abhorred, as it

is disingenuous and nobody falls for it anyway — but about letting the employee know that we want them to build on their strong points. We want to them to be even better. “We really want you to grow and be even more successful and you will be when you add this skill [getting to work on time.].” • “The Dr. Phil Approach.” I named this one when my sister-in-law told me about it after watching “the good doctor” use it on his show. When you talk with the employee about their tardiness, rather than simply telling them to be on time (everybody knows they’re supposed to be on time), ask them how they plan to fix it. “What do you plan to do differently to make sure you are on time from now on?” And then wait for them to tell you. Once you agree on a promising strategy and they say they will be on time from


now on, you have permission to do the Dr. Phil thing if they still don’t show up on time. “Remember when you said you were not going to X [be late] anymore? (Wait for the “Yes”). Well, you’re still doing it [being late].” Then pause for their response. You’re not asking them to do anything they haven’t already agreed to do: very powerful. The trick is in the waiting. • “It’s Not My Fault.” Good suggestions for redirecting a conversation that initially makes you want to scream: Employee “Karen” tells you that every time she walks by employee “Beth,” Beth slugs her. You ask Beth what’s going on and she says, “It’s not my fault: Every time I walk by Karen she spits at me, so I slug her.” The conversation then needs to go like this, you to Beth: “Slugging Karen is not OK. What else could you do instead of slug her?”

Beth: “Well, she shouldn’t spit on me.” You: “Of course, but slugging her isn’t OK either. What else could you do when she spits at you?” Beth: “Well, I could spit on her. Or trip her, etc…” (Fight impulse to scream) You: “What’s another idea?” Beth: “I could let you know when it happens.” You: “Great idea. Let’s do that. If it ever happens again, come tell me immediately.” I thought it would be helpful to offer some words to use in those situations when you’re caught speechless. ‘Cuz screaming is frowned upon, too. ✤ Betsey Nash is a certified senior professional in human resources. She can be reached at bnash@strasbaugh. com. Only Human is a regular feature of Tolosa Press.

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oting is set to begin for Verdin Marketing’s 24-Hour Give on Tuesday, November 4. Nominations were submitted from around the world and across the United States. Voting is open to the public who are invited to vote once a day for one of the nonprofit finalists. The three finalists were chosen from more than 100 nominations from across the United States and internationally from California, to New York, to the Bahamas, Colombia, Kenya and Rowanda. The final nonprofits chosen are Community Counseling Center ( , Operation COY ( and Zoo to You Conservation Ambassadors ( The final winning nonprofit will be determined by public vote from Tuesday, November 4 through Monday, November 10 and will participate in Verdin’s 24-Hour Give. To vote, participants can log onto verdinmarketing. com. The 24-Hour Give will take place

over 24 hours from November 20 to 21. The winning nonprofit will receive a total rebrand from the company and its partners, utilizing all of its departments and services. Verdin employees will spend this full day strategizing, planning and developing everything that goes into a brand including creating a new logo, marketing materials, website, business cards and letterhead. “We are overwhelmed with the responses we received for the 24-Hour Give nomination,� said Mary Verdin, President of Verdin Marketing. “The enthusiastic response we received from all over the world was a wonderful surprise, especially since this is the first time we’ve done anything like this.� Verdin will be working with community partners who have committed to supporting the project with in-kind donations. Those who have volunteered to donate include ITECH Solutions, Red Canary, Mac Superstore, Central Coast Printing, PrintPal, and UPS Store (Marigold Center). The Tolosa Press has joined other media outlets in support. “This is a unique and fun way we can give back to the community,� said Verdin. “Verdin has a strong commitment to giving back and a long history of supporting non-profits. This is a huge next step in making a difference.� Here’s a little bit about each of the finalists: Community Counseling Center is a nonprofit, community organization staffed by qualified, state-licensed, volunteer therapists or graduate level, supervised interns. The primary purpose is to assist individuals and families to develop the ability to find choices and make changes when life becomes difficult during times of transition, confusion, depression or grief. Operation COY *(Coaching Our Youth) is a residential camp that uses sports as a platform to equip at-risk adolescent males with the tools

to lead productive lives. Our staff serves as Coaches to teach young men how to navigate life experiences specific to their environments. We inspire them to set goals and reach milestones in their lives. The pillars of our program are Life Skills, Education and Physical Fitness. Zoo-to-You’s over a million California School children have experienced Zooto-You’s unique style of education blended with live animals, relevant story telling and a fun, enlightening message. These children have grown into informed, caring adults who still call and write us about how much they enjoyed our programs and want us to teach their kids as well. They now see the natural world as an important and integral part of their life. Zoo-to-You brings education and adventure together to create an unforgettable learning experience. ✤

Tolosa Press • November 6 - 12, 2014


In the Black Biz Briefs

Business News and Announcements Compiled by Camas Frank Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo has announced that they will be supporting Prado Day Center every third Wednesday of each month by providing a hot, Embassy Suites breakfast to the men, women, and children at the center. “Our hotel has always been a big supporter of local organizations and decided on supporting the Prado Day Center because we understand the importance of providing meals to those in need, to help avoid hunger,” said General Manager, Kevin Phipps, “Prado Day Center has provided essential day-to-day services for homeless members of our community and we felt this was a perfect opportunity to help.” In addition to meals, Prado Day Center also provides showers, laundry facilities and other vital services. More information can be found on their website:

Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of several “best wings” and “best sports bar awards,” opened its newest location in San Luis Obispo on Nov. 3. The new restaurant is at 309 Madonna Rd. To celebrate, the sports bar and grill offered weekly vouchers for free wings over the next year to the first 100 guests in line for the restaurant’s 10 a.m. opening. The restaurant also has two signature events each week: Wing Tuesdays and Boneless Thursdays. For information see:




Union has moved into its new headquarters campus at 3855 Broad St., in SLO. The 44,000 square foot facility includes SESLOC’s administrative office and a memberserving branch. Pacific Eye Surgeons will occupy 9,000 s.f. of the building in 2015. SESLOC President and CEO, Geri LaChance, said construction of the new building marked an exciting chapter in the credit union’s 72-year history. “Our membership has grown and so has our community impact,” LaChance said. “The new campus makes a proud statement about all we’ve accomplished, and it prepares us for the next generation of member service.” SESLOC’s unused parking spaces are made available on evenings and weekends to users of the adjacent Damon Garcia sports fields. SESLOC also has branch locations Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero. An ATM remains open at the former location on LOVR. Each month, the Human Resources Association of the Central Coast (HRCC) holds professional development meetings to discuss, “labor relations, legislation, cutting edge strategic planning options, and employer resources critical to the success of doing business on the Central Coast.” Ben Feld and John Lamoutte, both experts in the Worker’s Comp field will present to the group. Feld is a law partner with the firm Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, has been representing injured workers since 2002, providing his expertise in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and third party litigation services. Lamoutte represents insurance carriers and selfinsured employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. This includes the defense of Labor Code Section 132(a) petitions, as well as serious and willful misconduct claims. They will present about: “Plaintiff vs Defense Counsel: Who Wins and Why?”, November 11th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Madonna Inn. For more information, contact Sara Kennedy: 489-0158 x119 or by email at EmPower San Luis Obispo County invites local homeowners to attend a free dinner workshop

in November to learn about affordable home energy upgrades. Dist, 4 County Supervisor Caren Ray will speak at the first workshop on Nov. 6 in Nipomo. The second workshop is Nov. 13 in Arroyo Grande. During each workshop, emPower energy coach, Paul Menconi, will present examples of common issues and questions, and schedule a free energy coach site visit for a comprehensive look at their own home’s energy performance. “It doesn’t matter if your home is brand new, old or recently remodeled,” Menconi said. “Every home I’ve taken a look at has had some degree of energy efficiency issues, and owners are always grateful for the personalized advice they get from an energy coach.” For more information, call emPower at 781-5982.

a loved one. The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore. org) is an initiative of the national nonprofit organization, using the tool of collective leverage by large purchasers of health care to improve safety, quality and affordability of health care. The flagship Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Grocery Outlet is opening its new location in San Luis Obispo on Nov. 8 in the former Spencer’s store in the Laguna Village Center. The store will be independently owned and operated by husband-and-wife team, Ryan and Shannon Parrish. The public is invited to the grand opening event from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the store’s location on 1314 Madonna Rd. Participants will have a chance to mingle with store representatives and enter to win prizes, including a Vizio 39-inch TV, “his and hers” Electra Cruiser bikes from Foothill Cyclery, and $600 in free groceries. In addition, the Grocery Outlet will donate $1,000 worth of food to the County Food Bank. For more information see: www.

Coast Fence has been serving the Central Coast since 1998, based in Northern SLO County. The company is now expanding into Los Osos. “Los Osos,...presents a different set of needs from the North County or elsewhere in the county, is not new territory for us, but we are expanding our client base there,” said Coast Fence owner Mike Piwowarski. “You can count on us for a top-notch fence installation in Los Osos or anywhere along the Central Coast of California.” Piwowarski has lived in Atascadero since 1991 and started the company after becoming a local contractor. To request a free estimate, call 4594480 or send an email to: coast_

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital, have received the top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score. The Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information to make healthcare decisions for themselves or

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