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Pacific Grove Community News

Vol. III, Issue 14

We at Cedar Street Times wish you the best of the season!

A once in many lifetimes event

Late night December 20 to early morning December 21, Cameron Douglas braved the cold and the raccoons to capture an image of a rare event: An eclipse of the moon, coupled with the winter solstice (the longest night of the year) — and event which will not take place again in 2094. The last time this sort of coincidence took place was Dec. 21, 1638. The moon’s ruddy color during the lunar eclipse tonight is caused by sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere. Photo by Cameron Douglas

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China Garden restaurant relocating Chamber asks move to open new visitor center

By Cameron Douglas The property at 100 Central Avenue, currently the location of the China Garden Restaurant, will soon see its first major change in 27 years. And for the first time since the original use permit was granted in 1970, the land there will not have a restaurant sitting upon it. China Garden has lost their lease and will be moving into the American Tin Cannery. The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will turn the property into a new Visitor Center. The property first opened as a restaurant in 1970. It became Tortilla Flats, and then the Bamboo Stick. It later became the China Garden Restaurant and has been run by the same family since Jennko Hsu took over the premises in 1983. In 2005, Katy Wang took over the operation with help from her daughter, Yu An. Wang, who

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The property at 100 Central will become a new Visitor Center, operated by the PG Chamber of Commerce.



Times • December 24, 2010

A Christmas story about living in a small town

hristmas is the busiest season for the post office, and in many towns, the lines are out the door, doubling like a helix. So many patrons wanting to make sure gifts to loved ones across the country, on the other sideof the world, arrive in time for Christmas. I was no exception. I was up until 3:30 in the morning with worries, so when I wrote out the address label on the gift to my son who is living in Portland, I was careless with the ZIP code. Instead of 97203, I wrote 97503. But I didn’t notice it then (except subconsciously); I was exhausted and preoccupied with anxiety. I had also run out of packaging tape, mid-wrap. At around 1:15pm, I walked with my parcel to the PacificGrove Post Office to find one person ahead of me. One! My turn came immediately, and I had a lovely conversation with postal worker Julie about the lunar eclipse last night as she weighed & cheerfully taped my package! Priority mail, she asked? Oh yes! I replied. I paid; we said our good-byes, and I ambled home. About an hour later, I was emptying the pockets of my coat,when I found the postal receipt and absently gazed at it. WHITE CITY, OR 97503. What’s this? That is not anywhere near Portland! That’s near Ashland! They are HOURS apart. The ZIP was for White City, not for Portland. I saw my error and in a panic, phoned the Post Office. Postmaster Shannon answered the phone, and I spilled the story. He asked if it was priority mail? Yes! Yes it was! Oh, well, it’s already gone. Left at 2:10 on the truck to Salinas. Silence. I asked if there was anything I could do, could I drive to Salinas? Could I call? Anything? He said there was nothing; it was too late. More silence. What could I say? The package would eventually make it to my son,and I supposed that was what really mattered, but my heart was heavy nonetheless. Suddenly, Shannon said that I could try calling Salinas, and he gave me the number. Boldly, I asked if I should ask for anyone in particular. Yes, and he gave me a man’s name. I immediately called, and the lovely gentleman was very eager to help me and carefully took down all the details; he said the truck was in the dock and he’d call me back. Just minutes later, he called and said the package in question was not there, but that another truckwas due in about 10 minutes and he’d call me after giving that truck a thorough search. I got in my car—ready to drive to Salinas! As I was driving, I got a call from Shannon, the Postmaster from PG Post Office. He told me that he’d driven to Monterey, found my package and had brought it TO MY HOUSE, but did not find me at home. I said that the man in Salinaswas searching for it now; he said not to worry; he’d called him. I was near tears and could barely speak. We again verified the Portland ZIP code, and he corrected it, right then and there, on my package. I croaked out a thank you, and through tears, I said, “That was so incredibly sweet of you to drive to Monterey, find my package, come to my home and call me. I…I…don’t know how to thankyou.” To which he gently replied, “It’s Christmas.” Kindness. Generosity of spirit. Love. That’s what Christmas means to me now. I guess that’s what it’s always meant. May it be Christmas in spirit, all year long. Michaelia Morgan Pacific Grove resident since 1982

Monterey Peninsula Foundation grant for Meals on Wheels In a press release this week, Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula (MOWMP) gratefully acknowledges a $50,000 grant from Monterey Peninsula Foundation to support Home Delivered Meals for frail, elderly and disabled adults. The grant comes at a particularly timely moment. Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula has seen a doubling of its low income population at the same time as it has seen a drop in funding. Over 79% of MOWMP homebound clients now self report as low income and 65.5% are very low income or in poverty. A portion of the funds will be used to subsidize meals for its low-income clients who cannot make a contribution toward their meals. Meals on Wheels provides the following services for seniors and adults: Home Delivered Meals for seniors and disabled adults– Our volunteers deliver to every corner of the Peninsula. The program runs five days a week and serves over 550 seniors. Group Dining for seniors at five seniors centers on the Monterey Peninsula. The program serves over 500 seniors. Sally Griffin Active Living Center Programs and Lifelong Learning Opportunities – The Griffin Center offers over 14,000 hours of classes and activities to 8,000 adults. Exercise, health and wellness and enrichment classes are all on the menu. For further information about Meals on Wheels programs and activities, please visit our website at or contact the agency at 831/375-4454. Donations can be sent to: Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula / Sally Griffin Active Living Center,700 Jewell Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

pCHINA From Page 1 communicates at lightning speed in Chinese, deferred to her daughter to comment in English. “We first heard about the lease [being terminated] in April,” says An. Efforts to negotiate with the property owner were not successful, even though An says they had never, in 20 years, been late with their rent. Wang had asked if the restaurant to move into part of the large vacant space next door at 120 Central, which is owned by the same person who owns the restaurant property. That idea was declined. Information that it was going to become a visitors’ center did not come out until the August chamber publication went to print. Wang went to Chamber president Moe Ammar who agreed to help. Ammar enlisted former council member John Stidham to contact the property owner and negotiate a one-month lease extension on behalf of the restaurant. Cedar Street Times’ efforts to reach the property owners were unsuccessful. In early fall, another location opened up at 600 Munras Ave. in Monterey. Wang took it as a safety net in case no new location could be had in Pacific Grove. Soon after that, she found another place in PG and signed a lease at the American Tin Cannery. An expressed serious concerns about the change. “We didn’t want to move,” she says, stating that customers like the old location. “It’s more than just a business. It’s a landmark. But the Chamber wants that location for the Visitor Center. They say it will benefit all of Pacific Grove.” Parking is another concern. An says most of China Garden’s customers liked the fact that the old restaurant had its own free parking lot. The Tin Cannery location does offer parking in a lot above the mall, which is free with validation. Other parking is metered. Last August, when the Chamber announced plans to take over the space occupied by China Garden and turn it into a large, new Visitor Center, they said that one new Chamber staffer will be added, and several volunteers will serve there. The location, near the New Monterey border, is in close proximity to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Aquarium takes in as many as 2 million visitors each year. Chamber officials estimate the new Visitor Center will see 70,000 to 100,000 groups of visitors pass through it in 2011. Funding for the project came from the Pacific Grove Hospitality Improvement District, which collects one dollar per room per night tax from local inns. Half of those monies go to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the other half goes back to the PGHID. The new facility will act as a welcome center and carry “all available information pertaining to Pacific Grove, besides acting as a reservation center for hotels and restaurants,” according to Chamber sources. China Garden’s extended lease at the Central Avenue location runs out on Dec. 31, and the 27-year business will move in at the American Tin Cannery. All the restaurant’s fixtures, tables, and kitchen equipment will have to be moved. The new location will have about the same space, and serve the same food as before. The new location is scheduled to open on Jan. 15 in space #126. Ironically, it overlooks the site of the Chinese Fishing Village, where a little more than a century ago, the Chinese were burned out of Pacific Grove. Meanwhile, the Chamber officially takes over the premises at 100 Central on Jan. 5. Construction/remodeling for the new Visitor Center is expected to take about two months. Marge Ann Jameson contributed to this story.

Above: Owner Katy Wang stands at the entrance to China Garden at 100 Central Avenue. Below: The China Garden Restaurant will move into this space in the American Tin Cannery.

December 24, 2010 •CEDAR STREET

Jessie Frost Bray July 25, 1924 – December 21, 2010

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Cop log Flipping the Bird In PG

Ok folks I didn’t make this up. These people really were driving along Ocean View Blvd. by our beautiful ocean. An officer was dispatched to Ocean View Blvd. in response to a call from a woman who stated that a man with road rage followed her, flipped her off, yelling at her and at one point got out of his car. When the officer spoke with the man he admitted to yelling at her and flipping her the bird but also stated that she did the same thing, which she also admitted to. Neither party wanted to pursue charges.

Rings, wallets and things

Jessie passed away on the winter solstice in the 86th year of her splendid life. Wife, mother, grandmother, educator, those who knew her will remember her generous heart, wit, enthusiasm, and of course, those majestic cheekbones. Jessie entered this world in Alameda, California and grew up in a tightknit neighborhood in Napa with her parents, Merrick and Nellie, and her older brother Jack. She attended college at Berkeley and worked in the shipyards during World War II. She married Bill Bray, a Navy man serving on the U.S.S. Tennessee, in 1945. They had three children: Georgia, Diane and Scott. Jessie possessed the remarkable ability to relate to people of any creed and any age group. She earned her first teaching credential in 1961 and took her first assignment teaching sixth grade at Worthington School in Eureka. Bill Bray died unexpectedly in 1961. Jessie and her children moved to Pacific Grove in 1963, and she joined the staff at Forest Grove School in 1965. Jessie keenly pursued her own education and received her Master of Arts degree from Humboldt State that same year. She taught many years at the old PG junior high and closed out her teaching career as chair of the math department in 1988. In 1997, amid turmoil in the community about possible coming changes by the Pacific Grove School Board, Jessie ran for a position on that board. She came in first in a field of seven candidates and served from then on, becoming a voice of steadfast resolve during times of fiscal crisis. Jessie Bray loved to travel. From road trips up and down California, to tours of Europe, Ireland and Scotland, to Japan, to the streets of Beijing, Jessie brought her smiling face to people in many countries. We thank Jessie for her countless, selfless contributions, and wish her well on her last, great journey. She will be missed. - Cameron Douglas

A coin purse was found on a window sill in of a clothing store in the 200 block of Forest Ave. The person who found it would like it if no one calms it. A gift card was found on Pine Ave. The owner was contacted. A cosmetic bag was found on Eardley Ave. The owner was contacted. And Public Works found a pair of goggles on Ocean View Blvd. They were placed as evidence.

Plumber Bummer

A woman reported that a plumber she hired to do some work on her rental property allegedly entered after hours without permission and consumed alcohol and spent the night. It appeared as though someone kicked a rear door, and attempted entry through a window. When officers contacted the suspect he denied the charges the officer gave him a trespass admonishment and advised him he may be arrested for trespassing if he returned.

No Car is Safe

It appears that we are still having quite the issue with vehicle break-ins here in PG. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the doors are locked or not. Locust St. vehicle window smashed, Lobos Ave. vehicle ransacked car stereo stolen, 11th St. vehicle ransacked car stereo stolen, 16th St. tampered with vehicle , 11th St. tampered with vehicle, Ocean View Blvd. vehicle ransacked. . .Take your valuables, Lock your Doors, Close The Windows and Doors!

Not all that smart burglary attempt

Officer responded to an attempted burglary at a business on Lighthouse Ave. A window pane was removed from a window at the rear of the business. The suspect was unable to unlock the back door so they attempted to force it open with no success. Minor damage was done. There are no suspects at this time.

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A woman called in to report a suspicious man has been knocking on her elderly parents’ residence in the Buena Vista Ave. area, asking for assistance and claiming to be a part of the church. They do not know the man and the daughter was concerned. No suspects at this time.

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Pacific Grove’s Rain Gauge Data reported by Guy Chaney

Week ending 12/22/10.................................. .2.18 Total for the season....................................... 5.73 To date last year (2009)................................. 4.51

Wettest year............................................................. 47.15 during rain year 7/1/97-6/30/98* Driest year.................................................................. 9.87 during rain year 7/1/75-6/30/76* High this past week....................................................... 68 Low this past week........................................................ 46 *Data from


Times • December 24, 2010

Looking back at 2010 January 1-7, 2010

Ben Jealous, who grew up in Pacific Grove and was chosen to serve as president of the NAACP, paid a visit and helped celebrate the retirement of pastor Rev. Richard Nance from the pulpit at the First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove. The City Council presented goals they had set for the city in a November, 2009 retreat. Goal #1: Achieve significant and sustained economic development that achieves the appropriate balance between community-friendly and tourist-friendly. Goal #2: Achieve long-term financial stability; increase revenue; adopt balanced budgets; resolve all CalPERS issues. Goal #3: Protect and enhance the city’s natural/ physical environment and coastline, housing stock and infrastructure. Goal #4: Protect and enhance health and safety. Goal #5: Enhance the city’s governance and public trust in government by providing high-quality services consistent with our financial resources; maintaining effective two-way communication with our citizens; and operating in an open and ethical manner.

Parking was added at Rip Van Winkle Open Space (the ‘Dog Park’) after public outcry over enforcement of “no parking” rules. Boy Scouting celebrated 100 years and Pacific Grove Boy Scout Troop 90, which traces its origins to January, 1918, celebrated under the leadership of Scoutmaster Dave Randall, along with Cub Scout Pack 125 under Lance Wright and Cub Scout Pack 126 under Steve Earley. The Museum presented a talk on living with coyotes. Cedar Street Times launched a health and wellness page. Talks began to host Cherry’s Jubilee, the annual car show, which had outgrown its venues in Monterey. The event would take place at the same time as the Triathlon. There were 281 butterflies counted in the Sanctuary.

January 8-15, 2010

The golf course advisory committee and Thomas Brand Consulting set out on a plan to re-brand the municipal golf course as “Pacific Grove Golf Links” and to treat it as a major asset for the city, which was under-utilized and under-promoted. “Links,” they said promotes a better image than “municipal course’ which conjures

up images of bald spots on the greens, poorly-maintained equipnment, and lessthan-pristine scenery. Daniel Maniscalco proposed a medical marijuana dispensary at the Jan. 6 City Council meeting. He did it during the public comment portion of the meeting, saying that it would lower the cost of medical marijuana and control the quality as well as maintaining the legality of dispense cannabis if there were a storefront. The body of Eileen Knox was found on the Rec Trail on Jan. 6, 2010. It appeared she had fallen to her death. Cedar Street Times featured a photo essay of the Winter Concert of PGHS band and orchestra. The Big Sur Marathon, scheduled for April, 2010 is already sold out. Pacific Grove restaurateur (now former restaurateur) Tene Shake was invited to Washington, DC to promote the inclusion of sustainable seafood and organic produce in the diets of all American children.

January 15-21, 2010

The first hearing before the Administrative Enforcement Panel was held, with Canterbury Woods presenting a case for the private dwellings it had purchased for use by Canterbury Woods residents. The city, and many neighbors, allege it was a violation of zoning. The matter is still in the courts. The Monterey County Grand Jury questioned Pacific Grove’s building permit and plan check fees, asking for an itemized expense breakdown. The city complied and no changes were made, as comparisons with Capitola, Carmel, Monterey, Monterey County and Salinas showed that Pacific Grove was lower than all.

Winning entrants in an essay contest sponsored by the VFW were David Twohig, Rachel Lo and Raven Blankenship. The Library began preparing for budget battles and set a date for a Library Summit (Feb. 6). Jody Hutchinson was featured in our Health and Wellness section. A flashing speed limit sign was installed on Stuart Avenue after neighbors complained about drivers using it as a shortcut. Parents and school officials asked for help controlling traffic at Forest Grove Elementary. “Rumble” strips were among the suggestions. Wrestling and girls’ basketball were featured in photo essays.

January 22-28, 2010

Josh Downing, Max Lohr and James Karasek at wrestling practice at PGHS.

“Winds and rain wreak havoc” read the front page headline, and a litany of damage to property caused primarily by falling trees followed, along with pictures. The City Council seemed poised to write an ordinance governing a medical marijuana dispensary in Pacific Grove and imposed a 45-day moratorium to give staff, the council and the city attorney time to research the matter and decide what action to take. The return of the tourist trolley on Memorial Day, 2010 was proposed. The Civil Grand Jury chastised coun-

ty water agencies and urged cooperation on the Regional Water Project. The Grand Jury urged a Joint Powers Authority, but partners in the project didn’t think it was the ultimate solution. It was not until December that the project was given approval by the Public Utilities Commission.

Fresno-based Electronic Recyclers, Inc. partnered with the Monterey County Fair to accept electronic waste.

against incumbent Mike Kanalakis and challenger Fred Garcia. Mayor Carmelita Garcia made a “state of the city” address and gave great credit to the new City Manager, Tom Frutchey, for “hitting the ground running.” Frutchey had been hired in Sept. 2009. Morgan Brown was selected to represented Pacific Grove in the Monterey Poetry Out Loud competition. PGHS band and orchestra instructor Dave Hoffman was chosen Central Coast Section Outstanding Music Educator of the Year. Cedar Street Times presented a photo essay on a C Wing concert at the high school. Pacific Grove High School students also competed in Mock Trial exercises

The Measure D Oversight Committee gave its annual report on how funds have been spent for the schools. Hoops of Hope founder Austin Gutwein addressed students at PGHS. An event was scheduled for February. Richard Oh joined Cedar Street Times as a wine-and-food writer. Le Beau Soleil Gallery and Lysakov Gallery closed their doors. A community e-waste recycling event was scheduled for the county fairgrounds. Our photo essay was JV boys basketball.

Robert and Denise Frischmuth hosted the Sustainable PG annual meeting at A year into the joint services agree- the Museum. ment between the Monterey Fire Department and the Pacific Grove Fire Departand had won a scrimmage against Alisal. A ment, Fire Chief Sam Mazza reported that two-page photo essay showed the intensity response performance exceeds standards of the proceedings. and that costs were lower than expected. On the cover and the back page, the He cautioned that the kinds of drops enRenaissance Assembly celebrated the best joyed would probably not continue. of the best at the high school. A profile of Meals of Wheels was presented, and Cameron Douglas reported February 12-18, 2010 that they serve 350 meals a day, with 200 The six-month report to the City volunteers. Council was made by Museum Director The World of Fishes opened at the Lori Mannel. The report was required by Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. the agreement between the City of Pacific PG Middle School celebrated its quar- Grove and the Museum Foundation. Interly Conduct Day with pizza. creased hours, increased attendance, more programs and additional staff were all part of the progress reported, PG Police reported an increase in thefts from vehicles prompted the chief to remind residents to lock their cars. A core group of merchants, galleries and other businesses joined together to begin a First Friday movement in PG. As in many other communities, First Friday is an opportunity for business to stay open one night a month and for the public to discover new things about their community.

January 29-February 4, 2010

Stormwater flows from the outfall at Lovers Point.

February 5-11, 2010

Hearing Officer David Spradling of Pacific Grove’s Administrative Enforcement Panelfound that four of the 11 violations in the original complaint against Canterbury Woods by the city were sustained and the residential facility was ordered to cease and desist their off-campus housing. Former police chief and city councilmember Scott Miller announced that he would run for sheriff of Monterey County

D.A.R.E. Graduates were honored, as well as their advisor, PGPD officer Eva Rasul. Pari’s Boutique and Alterations was featured in an ongoing series of business profiles in Cedar Street Times.

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Boy Scouts held a 100th birthday party for themselves. The Library Summit was held during which a great cross-section of Pacific Grove residents talked about ways to fund the library. Reports were to be collated and made into actionable lists. In a feature article, the great-nephews of Rollo Beck talked about their famous relative and the collection of birds at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

February 19-25, 2010

The Coastal Commission gave approval for renovation and a facelift at what was formerly the Old Bath House restaurant at Lovers Point. The permit process was set to begin and city planners hoped the work would be done by the end of 2010. [Unfortunately, work has not yet begun as of December, 2010.]

“The ImageMakers: Shared Vision Unique Images” opens Def. 25 at the Pacific Grove art center. This image by photographer Gubernik. While the dearth of butterflies at the Monarch Sanctuary is probably shared regionally or even nationally, it is agreed that the 1998 plan for management of the Sanctuary was not followed. Consultants Dr. Stuart Weiss and Dr. Francis Villablanca called for an assessment by an arborist of the trees and a meeting to establish goals and set plans for updating the Sanctuary Management plan. Monterey Rape Crisis Center sponsored its 25th Annual Together With Love Run/Walk on Valentine’s Day. About 1250 runners and walkers crossed the finish line. An “invasion” of Humboldt Squid, also known as “red devils,” has been noted in the Monterey Bay. First noted here in 1997, it is thought that their appearance locally may be a harbinger of climate change or overfishing in other areas of the world.

February 26-March 4, 2010

Early on February 21, four boys and a girl from Pacific Grove High School were injured in a solo crash on Skyline Forest Road in Monterey. Two were treated and released while three were transported to Santa Clara County, including the driver, Aaron Corn, 18. The female victim, Chelsie Hill, remains in a wheelchair. Corn has since been charged with drunken driving.

IMPACT for Youth, an organization that campaigns against drug and alcohol use and abuse at the high school, said that while PGHS had the highest incidence of alcohol and drug abuse of any school on the Monterey Peninsula in a 2008 survey, more students choose not to drink or use drugs than those who do. Former Mayor Dan Cort emceed the Young Entrepreneur Awards, honoring future business leaders for their essays on what products they would produce and market. Cedar Street Times welcomed Mary Albert who writes on classic movies being shown at the Lighthouse Cinema. As the Monarchs prepared to leave Pacific Grove on their spring migration, the count was 127.

storage facilities, including the Forest Lake Reclaimed Water reservoir, storm water reservoirs, and on-site collection throughout the city.

March 12-18, 2010

Girl Scout Troop 2033 made the front page with cookie sales, a portion of which would go to the PG Library. They also offered an option for shipping cookies to troops overseas.

March 5-11, 2010

Pacific Grove Unified School District put everyone on notice that it may have to cut $500,000 from its budget and mitigating measures might include teacher layoffs. A large portion of savings might come in salary rollbacks for all K-12 employees and another reduction in the adult school allocation. The City Council appeared ready to allow a marijuana dispensary under strict regulation as they pushed up the extension of a self-imposed moratorium to May from its original 10 months. A “back room deal” allegedly negotiated by the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District to move the Farmers Market to the city parking lot between 16th and 17th Streets behind the Bank of America building angered many. It came as a surprise to the Council as it was not in their “packets,” and the site in question had been rejected earlier in the original negotiations. The Council sent it back as Everyone’s Harvest, the permit holder, had not requested the move and forcing it to do so was counter to city law.

Three young girls sold lemonade in front of Dress for Change and sent the money to Haiti for earthquake relief. Dress for Change will move from Pacific Grove in January, 2011. The Board of the Feast of Lanterns announced the 2010 Royal Court: Queen Topaz, Jenna Hively; Princesses Celeste Torres and Lindsay Morgan returned from the 2009 Court. Also chosen were Allison Naylor, Courtney Lyon, Jennifer Winter, Katy Ohsiek, Lauren Thuesen and Sarah Gordon. Sarah would later resign due to other obligations, and Lauren’s family moved out of the area forcing her to curtail participation.

Roll was published. Our restaurant reviewer gave restaurant owners an operators a primer on “how to lose a customer for life.”

March 19-25, 2010

Junior Morgan Brown won the California State championship in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition and was headed to Washington, DC as the state’s representative. Canterbury Woods appealed the decision of Hearing Officer David Spradling to the Monterey County Superior Court. A cease-and-desist had been filed against the senior community’s owners. A temporary restraining order was issued against Daniel Maniscalco and Apothecary, Inc. in the degenerating effort to open a marijuana dispensary in Pacific Grove. Giulianna Riso, a senior at PGHS, has launched a drive, in conjunction with Be the Match, to find more marrow and organ donors for those in need of transplants. It is her Senior Project.

Kenneth Chung, #1 player on PGHS team, shows his form in a match against Palma High. Gateway Center announced recipients of 12 annual awards, to be honored at a March 23 dinner. Honorees included Gateway residents, individuals and businesses. The first track meet of the season was held at PGHS and a photo essay celebrated the event. Letters continued to pour into Cedar Street Times in support of the Farmers Market.

Monterey Police filed a felony drink driving complaint against Aaron Corn, the driver of an SUV in a solo accident that left Chelsie Hill in a wheelchair.

Betsy Alexander, who writes “Not Your Grandmother’s Recipes,” did a scrumptious recipe for Apple & Potato Wrapped Pork Tenderloin The Chamber of Commerce was busy passing out Awards of Excellence to members. Brian Fortune Gill received “Best Service.” The Offset Project received “Best Business for the Environment.” “Best Lodging” went to Old St. Angela Inn. “Best Restaurant” was Pizza My Way, and “Best Retail” went to Back Porch Fabrics. DiAnna Gamecho reported on the missions of T.A.S.K. 4 Teens to Nicaragua to deliver donations and help in orphanages. The teens also learned a lot about what they have to be thankful for as Americans. Breaker Girls’ Soccer made their first Division III playoff appearance in school history, finishing 13-6-0. A Water Summit was held and representatives learned about options for a regional deslination plant as well as

The Feast of Lanterns, it was announced, would look “different” when held in July. Financial constraints and the possibility of construction at Lovers Point forced the Board to cancel fireworks and to hold the pageant indoors. As the City Council and City Manager sought to curtail the number of Boards and Commissions, the Traffic and Safety Commission became the Public Safety Commission. Lisa Maddalena, PG Library’s Librarian, was chosen the Chamber of Commerce’s City Employee of the Year. A falling tree destroyed a garage on Forest Grove Blvd. Career Day athe Middle School saw 32 professionals talk about their businesses and careers. The annual Alpha-Omega concert featured grade school students and high school students under the direction of Dave Hoffman. Pacific Grove Art Center named one of its galleries for Nadine Annand. The Photo Gallery was dedicated to Mrs. Annand in a ceremony. The Pacific Grove High School Honor

Playwright and gallery owner Steve Hauk announced the debut of a drama he has written about liturgical artist E. Charlton Fortune. An exhibit of her work opened at Carmel Mission. The countdown was under way to Earth Hour.

March 26-April 1, 2010

The city’s Public Works Department was busy replacing old clay sewer pipes around town. Pacific Grove’s mayor Carmelita Garcia joined other California mayors in endorsing a measure to stop the state from taking or borrowing local gas tax dollars that should go to cities. The measure eventually received enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot and passed. Eric Miller joined a list of PGHS graduates named to the Monterey Peninsula College Hall of Fame, receiving a Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Times • December 24, 2010

Looking back at 2010 vice mayors who participated in Mayors on Wheels to draw attention to Meals on Wheels.

April 9-15, 2010

Gordon Williams, Jack Beigle and Tama Olver were honored as United Way Award recipients; Yoshiko Edith Uchiugi was a Jefferson Award recipient; Nancy Dolton was honored as Senior Volunteer of the Year. All were feted at the city council meeting.

Amy Coale-Solis writes about herbs in our diets. This week she profiled caraway. Gateway Center celebrated their annual prom with teen service groups at St. Angela’s. Church Mouse Thrift and First Methodist Church of Pacific Grove distributed grants to community non-profits.

Stevenson School to talk with students. Cedar Street Times presented a fourpage photo essay on Good Old Days, by Skyler Lewis. Monterey County approved a ban on polystyrene (PS) packaging. Pacific Grove already has such a ban in place for restaurants. Santa Cruz County is examining a plastic bag ban.

April 23-30, 2010

The Cultural Arts Commission, since disbanded, was thrilled to announce the choice of Dr. Barbara Mossberg as Pacific Grove’s resident poet. She will live at the Poet’s Perch. An indulgence was sought and won to delay a report on medical marijuana, due May 5, to July 7, 2010. The City Council voted to support the Regional Water Project, but not, in the words of Mayor Carmelita Garcia, the financing options. Former councilmember Dan Davis and others began circulating a citizen initiative to reform City employee retirement benefits. The initiative would limit the city’s contributions. The initiative eventually won enough signatures to be placed on the November ballot, but the City Council decided to pass it on the spot. It is now A Monterey County jury found Pebble tied up in court. Beach resident Tom Pollacci guilty of rape. There are more charges expected as more victims have come forward. John Goss was chosen City of Pacific Grove Employee of the Quarter. PG’s Brad Herzog, travel writer, and Belle Yang of Carmel, who writes about life as a Chinese-American, both held book signings in Pacific Grove for their new works.

A bocce tournament was held at the PG Art Center as a fund-raiser.

Also at the city council meeting, chickens were back on the agenda. An appeal of Sam Teel’s request for a permit went Teel’s way. City Council also determined that Safeway did not need a permit to add a Mozzo Kush, a local rock and roll band, Starbuck’s franchise in its Forest Hill remodel. entertained at Cantewrbury Woods. Puppets at the Library, bocce at the Art Center and light brown apple moths April 2-8, 2010 made the pages of Cedar Street Times as A press conference was held in Mon- Good Old Days took over downtown and terey to announce an agreement among Kaye Coleman set out on the Appalachian California-American Water, Marina Coast Trail. Water District, and the Monterey County April 16-22, 2010 Water Resources Agency on how the financing, ownership and operation of a regional desalination and water distribution project will likely be structured. In November, 2010, the PUC OK’d the agreement. Next step: Coastal Commission. A spirit nest was delivered to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History’s native plant garden. Cdr. John Nyunt returned from 10 weeks at the FBI Academy. A photo essay by Nate Phillips and Skyler Lewis featured Powder Puff Football. Cameron Douglas rode along with Pacific Grove’s antique fire engine Mayor Garcia, one of many mayors and was on display in the good Old Days parade.

An ecumenical procession celebrating Palm Sunday was held at Berwick Park. Even the weather cooperated.

The newly-formed Lighthouse Preservation Committee approached the April 7 City Council with hopes to implement a Preservation Plan, which turned on a public-private partnership. The plan won approval. Former Pacific Grove City Council member Bob Davis took his life April 14. The City Council voted to support reform of the CalPERS pension system, based on a report by the Monterey Bay Managers’ Group which warned that the costs of the system had escalated to the point of representing a fiscal threat to communities. Astronaut Dr. Bob Phillips visited

move to the intersection of Central Avenue and Grand Avenue, using the blocks in front of the Museum and the Library plus some spots on Grand Avenue. Layoffs were averted as PGUSD and staff agreed to some furloughs.

May 7-13, 2010

Skyler Lewis and Nate Phillips once again shared a photo essay, this time on an annual talent show at PGHS.

The City Council could not agree on allowing the Farmers Market to move, despite comments in favor of the change. Council member Deborah Lindsay resigned as her family will move to Santa Cruz. Chelsie Hill, the teenager paralyzed when the SUV in which she was riding crashed in February, 2010, talked about her determination to walk – and even dance – again. Patrons and owners of small, independent pet supply stores joined to protest plans for Pet Extreme to open in the Country Club Gate shopping center

Tony Prock offered photos of the ribbon cutting for the Museum’s newly remodeled garden. Elin Kelsey debuted her new children’s book about ecology, “Not Your Typical Book About the Environment” at Tessuti Zoo. Ten year-old Parkey Olney wrote the review for Cedar Street Times.

April 30-May 6, 2010

Everyone’s Harvest, operators of the Pacific Grove Farmer’s Market, agreed to apply for a change in their use permit – which was the “legal” thing to do, as the change had to come from them. They will

A regional “SWAT” team became active. Termed a Special Response Unit by law enforcement, the team involves police departments from Pacific Grove, CSUMB, Monterey, Carmel, Marina, Sand City and Seaside.

Monterey Bay Charter School held a May Faire. Jackie Craghead was honored by Meals on Wheels for her volunteer efforts. The annual Wildflower Show was held at the Museum and Skyler Lewis captured the beauty for a photo essay. The Green Page featured “postage stamp gardening” for small places, by Darci D’Anna. Cedar Street Times hosted a talk on the Regional Water Project with Marina Coast Water and California-American Water on hand to answer questions.

May 14-20, 2010

The idea of a Monterey Peninsulawide fire service consolidation met with

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in Cedar Street Times The protests over Pet Extreme continued on the Opinion page.

May 28-June 4, 2010

The 2010 Royal Court of the Feast of Lanterns was presented at Canterbury Woods.

Round 1 of the budget talks came before City Council and it included $550,000 for the Library, which councilmembers asked to be increased to $600,000 The 2010 graduating class of Pacific Grove Community High School was feted on our front page. Seven residents vied for the empty seat on the city council left by the resignation of Deborah Lindsay. City Attorney David Laredo was

approval at the Pacific Grove City Council, first to agree to examine a Joint Powers Authority to move it forward. Already sharing services with Monterey, the city joins others in searching for ways to cut costs. Members of the City Council also joined to celebrate Bike To Work Week by riding their bicycles to the city council meeting. Craig Beller took over as interim principal at Pacific Grove Adult School. Cedar Street Times celebrated Isaiah Bindel, a dance phenomenon who attends PG High School. Firefighters presented the Library with a check for $2500 earned by selling tri-tip sandwiches at Good Old Days. The Feast of Lanterns held a Tea and Fashion Show at Canterbury Woods.

May 21-27, 2010

Pacific Grove haircutters joined to help with the Gulf oil spill clean-up by providing loose, cut hair to fill hose and

The Heritage Society presented a talk on the Chinese Finish Village, “Ghost in the Flames.” create booms to help contain the oil. More than 50 citizens showed up for a special town hall meeting to discuss pruning down the city’s tree ordinance. A special parcel tax to fund the library was one of the potential ballot measures presented to the city council ahead of the deadline for the November ballot. Nate Phillips did a photo essay on the Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca. The Museum hosted a Memory Walk in honor of Chinese villagers burned out of their homes more than 100 years ago at Pt. Alones, approximately where the Aquarium is today.

their annual anthology, calling it “Talk of the Town.” Winners of the 2010 Heritage House Awards were announced. Donors to the Pacific Grove Art Center’s annual Miniatures Show were announced.

PGHS Young Writers’ Club, which graces Cedar Street Times with weekly submissions during the school year, published its annual anthology.

Cedar Street Times profiled Cub Pack 125 Scoutmaster Lance Wright’s rocketry lessons. honored as Public Official of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. “Treasure Island,” with Pacific Grove’s Keith Decker in the role of Long John Silver, opened at the Outdoor Forest Theater. The play had originally been presented there in 1913. ‘There are two lasting bequests that we can give our children. One of these is

Stevenson School’s Class of 2010 was honored. roots; the other, Wings.” (Hodding Carter, Jr.) Roots & Wings, the DiFranco Dance Project Spring Dance Concert, was presented in a photo essay by Daniel Levy. Cedar Street Times hovers between 16 and 20 pages. The original issues were 8 pages in size.

Graduates of PG Middle School and PG High School were celebrated in photo essays. Cedar Street Times’ editorial called for the banning of plastic bags. John Miller – no relation to any of the other Millers in Pacific Grove – was sworn in as a Commander at the Pacific Grove Police Department. Our Green Page featured the home of John and Vicki Pearse.

June 11-17, 2010

Following the primary election, a runoff in the race for sheriff was obvious but there were still questions about who the candidates would be. Eventually, it came down to incumbent Mike Kanalakis and Scott Miller, former Pacific Grove Police Chief and City Council member. The Farmer’s Market move to Central and Grand was OK’d by the Planning Commission and will tentatively take place in mid-July. A show about wild things was held in Jewell Park by the PG Library, and we did a photo essay by Cameron Douglas. The 1952 Sherwood House at 176 Sloat was razed despite protestations that it had historical significance. The home was profiled in our September, 2009 issue. Thom Akeman was honored by the Marine Sanctuary Foundation for his volunteer efforts. Alex Welton, a Stevenson School graduate, was chosen as a Presidential Scholar.

properties with excess vegetation that pose fire hazards. The US Open began at Pebble Beach, an event that takes place only every 10 to 12 years. Hopes were high for increased business in the remaining shops of downtown Pacific Grove. Moonalice performed at Jewell Park as an arts and crafts festival was held. Monterey County Health lifted a swimming proscription at Lovers Point caused by higher than normal bacteria levels. A lecture on the history of the local fishing industry was presented by the Heritage Society. Cross-country bicycle riders paused in their trek to visit Gateway Center. Sports columnist Rick Reilly entertained at The Works and Jane Smiley held a reading at Chautauqua Hall. The Gulf Oil Spill, while miles away, made news in Pacific Grove as protests were made by a private citizen and Surfrider Foundation held a “Hands Across the Sand” event to say “no” to offshore drilling. There was a two-page update on hair booms, a project supported by many local hair salons.

June 25-July 1, 2010

Baka Beyond, an African/Celtic fusion band, performed at Chautauqua Hall. The pension reform initiative limiting City contributions to employees’ retirement benefits passed its first reading. City Council had decided to enact the initiative on the spot rather than make it a ballot measure, despite warnings from union and legal representatives that the measure was flawed and would wind up in legal battles. The City of Seaside delayed decision on the Fire Services JPA after protests by its firefighters’ union, thereby postponing a decision by all other players. Meanwhile, the potential of shared services for police departments remained on the agenda as Police Chief Darius Engles asked the council to have an agreement drafted by staff and bring it back by August 18, 2010. The “Romero Bill,” also known as the Open Enrollment Act, prompted action by the PGUSD school board as an influx of outside students became a real possibility. The district set up guidelines for outside students, hoping in the long run that they would not materialize as there is no funding for the measure and no way for the district to recoup costs. A committee was formed to examine the possibility of putting potted trees in the Monarch Sanctuary to replace trees trimmed in what some term a misguided safety measure. With numbers drastically low all over the country, any mitigation aimed at helping the butterflies survive would be welcomed. A library parcel tax was confirmed for the November ballot and details were being hammered out. A committee will work hard at drafting a measure that will appeal to voters. A similar measure missed succeeded by only 35 votes in the last election. A second parking enforcement officer, Christina Henderson, was added by the police department.

June 4-10, 2010

Steven Yoo, a student and already an accomplished composer, said Pacific Grove is his first love.

The Pacific Grove Butterfly Criterium returned to town June 6. The race had been popular in the 1970s but is not as well attended these days. Dan Miller, previously a candidate but not elected, was selected by the rest of the City Council to fill the seat left by Deborah Lindsay’s resignation. His first act was to vote against extending the lease for the Museum to the Museum Foundation, the lone dissenting vote. The Young Writer’s Club which graces the pages of Cedar Street Times while school is in session has published

Feast of Lanterns presented a new lapel pin as a fund-raiser.

June 16-24, 2010

The Monterey Fire Department serving the City of Pacific Grove began its annual “Fuel Reduction Survey” to identify

Moonalice graced Jewell Park with a concert and posters honoring our town. JULY-DECEMBER, 2010 NEXT WEEK


Times • December 24, 2010

Jon Guthrie

High Hats & Parasols The News … from 1910

II The Bakers’ International Union later changed its name to the Journeyman Baker International Union. Earlier involvement in the Fleischmann yeast boycott and the criminal actions of Capt. J. Ryan had laid a black mark on the union. The yeast Officers to drill at the Presidio company had been founded by Charles Louis Fleischmann in 1868. In 1929, the From June 12th to June 19th this year, the field and line officers of the Second, Fifth, company was purchased by J.P. Morgan. 1929 was the year the company began its and Seventh regiments, NGC, will forget their shoulder bars and drill as private soldiers sponsorship of the radio program, “The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour” starring Rudy th at the Monterey Presidio under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel R. L. Bullard, 8 Vallee. Let’s check your age. Remember Rudy’s megaphone? Infantry. Bullard has been detailed by the War Department to instruct the guardsmen, III Joseph W. Folk earned the nickname “Holy Joe” by being an evangelic preacher according to the San Francisco Examiner. I as well as a politician. He was a fiery speaker who failed to earn the Presidential Sabers, gold cords, and other officers’ equipment will be left at home and the militia nomination, but did show up at the Chautauqua in Pacific Grove. officers will be equipped with rifles and bayonets as well as a plentiful supply of paper and pencils for the eight-day stay at the Presidio. Dignified colonels, starchy majors, IV The name “Black Cat” was a take-off on the early 1900s notion that a woman and spruced-up adjutants will forget for a week that they ever commanded regiments who had a black cat would enjoy many suitors. It seemed not at all important to or battalions and will perform the duties of non-coms, filling in the time by receiving distinguish between an animal and foot wear. lessons in map reading, war-department regulations, management of the rifle, infantry and field service regulations, camp cookery, and sanitary camp management. Please note! Readers are advised that the 1910 prices quoted herein are no longer Soon after their arrivals at the Presidio, the militia officers will be organized in two valid, nor are these items / properties available from the mentioned seller. provisional infantry companies in which ranking officers will be assigned the roles of sergeants and corporals. Lieutenants are so numerous they will have to do privates’ duties. A typical day’s schedule will be as follows. Reveille at 6 am, policing tents and grounds at 6:10 am, mess at 7 am, drill at 8 am, school at 9 am, and noon mess at 12. After R&R at 1, the afternoon will be devoted to school at 2 pm, mess at 6:30 pm, and taps at 11:30 pm. While some few officers may wander into the Grove during their time off, it is thought that most will prefer the convivial nature of our neighbor Monterey where alcohol is readily available. Many PaGrovians say it is just as well that these soldiers should stay on the Monterey side of the fence as they can be much too rowdy.

Union to meet

Organized labor is fast gaining ground in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. There are now 17 labor unions available and most laborers seem eager to join one or the other. Recently, brick-layers, cement workers, plasterers, and carpenters formed unions. Now bakery workers are joining the Bakers’ International Union and are planning a conference to be held at the Del Monte Hotel, Monterey. The principal point of business for Bakers’ International is promoting a six day work week with a nine-hour work day. The Baker’s International plans to hold its national conference in New Orleans later this year. II

Chautauqua 1911 in the works

The Chautauqua sessions for 1911 will open on July 10th and the indications are that this will be one of the most successful assemblies ever held in the Grove. While it is not yet known what the entire program will be, many facts are already available that will be of interest to the readers of his newspaper. Some of the best talent in the country has been secured for lectures and concerts, and the Chautauqua program will be one that will interest and instruct from opening to close. Among the attractions already set are the following: Grand Opening concert by the Herold Concert Company (Prof. William McCall of San Jose is pianist and organist); George W. Bremler and Chester Norgood, first-day speakers; and Prof. Pierre Doullet, Dean of the University of the Pacific, speaker. Ex-governor Joseph W. Folk of Missouri, one or the ablest orators in the nation, will be on the program. Folk is an aspirant for the Presidency of the U.S. and he will be a drawing card for the Assembly. III Prof B. R. Baumgardt, from Los Angeles, will discuss his favorite subject “The Fjords and Fjelds of Norway.” Bishop Edwin Holt Hughes, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, will preside at the next summer’s conference. All in all, this Chautauqua is shaping up as one not to be missed.

Notes from around the area…

W. P. Stewart, the piano tuner, will be available only two weeks longer. Mr. Stewart is staying at the Del Mar Hotel. Word for Stewart may be left with the front desk.

A spring caravan by auto mobile is being formed to view the season’s wildflowers between here and the Yellowstone. Not everyone need own an auto mobile, but may travel in the company of a personage who does, fuel costs and expenses shared. Leave your name at the newspaper office.

Mrs. Wycoff of Napa is a guest at the Del Mar Hotel. Mrs. Wycoff is in town to solicit investors in her husband’s winery.

C. S. Fackenthal sailed this week for Alaska. Fackenthal said that he intended to remain in the northern terrain until he strikes gold and turns up rich.

The cost of living… •

Imported apricots sold by the bag or basket. Make excellent pies, purees, and table additions. Ten cents a pound at N. H. Burlingame’s.

The Oliver Grocery Co has laid in a quantity of “Berryesa” brand of canned peaches. These are available at 15¢ by the can, or $1.65 by the dozen cans.

The Roth-Coney Co of Pacific Grove has on hand the famed Black Cat stockings for women. 50¢ per pair. IV

The “laundry” question needn’t bother you any longer. Inquiry among your friends will reveal that they have their laundering done by the Grove Laundry Co. That’s why they always look so spick and span. Ask to be connected with Red 43 for pick-up and delivery. Try our 10¢ special on gentlemen’s collars. At the corner of 12th and Lighthouse.

Author’s Notes I This sort of training regimen had been first proposed by Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt after the Spanish-American war. Roosevelt was not satisfied with the actions of some Americans in command. NGC stands for National Guard California. The NGC was originally established by constitutional provision in 1849.

Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove, 831-643-2770 Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove 915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove 804 Redwood Lane, 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942 Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-647-1610 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church 146 8th Street, 831-655-4160 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12th Street, 831-373-4441 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818

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New You

Health & Well-Being Easier to see the school nurse

Cynthia Gallo, Director of Student Services at PGUSD made a last minute announcement at the school board meeting last Thursday. .The district currently has five students with diabetes, some of whom need insulin pumps, and some of whom need one-on-one assistance by licensed vocational nurses. The Visiting Nurses Association has thus far provided some of the help needed, using one LVN, and one certified nurses assistant. Unfortunately, this temporary fix is more costly, and leaves the district lacking one LVN and one full nurse they need. A more cost effective fix was approved for the rest of the year, which allocates the funds for nurses who will provide the services needed. A possible long term nursing force may be approved in the future for the schools.

Should you be careful what you pray for?

It has been said we should be careful of what we ask for, hope for, wish for, and pray for -- as this infers we may not like what we receive. Why would someone not like the manifestation of his or her own request? Maybe the reason someone would not like the manifestation of his or her own request is, when it arrives--whatever IT is-- it catches them/us by surprise. If so, then perhaps we are surprised because at some level we are unaware of the essence of self, unaware of the true nature and power of the human-while-being. Maybe we should be careful of what we ask for because when the request manifests, it may reveal immaturity or weakness, somehow revealing an unwillingness or unpreparedness to maintain rather than simply obtain. Or, maybe it is due to the faulty perception that the meaning of creativity and the creative process is somehow limited to “Arts & Crafts.”

Free bus rides New Years Eve

In the interest of public safety, MST will Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will offer a free ride to anyone wearing a First Night Monterey New Year’s Eve celebration button starting at 2:00 PM December 31, 2010. All riders will ride free after midnight. MST Line 5 will provide free supplemental service to all passengers between Del Monte Center and the Monterey Transit Plaza in downtown Monterey approximately every ten minutes from 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM. On New Year’s Eve, MST bus lines will operate a Sunday schedule. After normal operating times have expired at approximately 7:00 PM, MST will provide additional service as follows: Line 2 Pacific Grove: Service will be provided hourly from 10:45 PM to 12:45 AM For the safety and convenience of our passengers, all MST buses will be free to everyone after midnight. All regularly scheduled and supplemental service is intended for use by First Night Monterey attendees as well as the general public. For more information, visit or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1.

Dirrick Williams

Principle Living Regardless of why some believe we should be careful in our asking, I encourage you to ask. Whether it is of man or of God, ask! In your being ask, wish, hope, and pray for any and everything you think or feel you may need or want. Ask because the process of ask-and-answer is filled with truth and life lessons to be learned and lived. One of those truths is this: It is not the thing we ask for that we want, but the lesson therein that we need. Asking is based on understanding and humility, and only leads to understanding and humility, so go ahead and ask. The bible says, “Get knowledge, get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding.” Asking is the pathway to

knowledge, the prerequisite of wisdom, and the foundation of understanding. So, go ahead and ask, because the truths is “It is not the thing we ask for that we want, but the lesson therein that we need.” Pray and meditate daily… it makes a difference.

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Times • December 24, 2010

Art Center: New exhibit opening Jan. 7 Upcoming Exhibits January 7-February 17, 2011 Opening Reception Friday, January 7, 2011, 7-9 pm “En Dehors du Temps (Outside of Time),” Photographs by Meredith Mullins “Different Directions,” Photographs by Virginia Scott, gail nichols, Susan Lysik and Susan Hillyard “Meanwhile... And Likewise...,” Mixed Media by Robert Armstrong Drawings by Peter Plamondon Robert Armstrong “Spheres,” Mixed Media

The Work of Studio Artist Sheila Delimont and Assistant Preparator Kait Kent “En Dehors du Temps (Outside of Time),” Photographs by Meredith Mullins

Meredith Mullins was a long-time resident of Pacific Grove before moving to Paris for an “extended visit.” She was an instructor of photography at Monterey Peninsula College and Hartnell College, an Advisory Board member for the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, and a member of the Pacific Grove Arts Commission. She received the Pacific Grove Visual Artist of the Year award in 2001. “For many years, .... I described myself as someone who really knew Paris, even though I was just a passing traveler. Now that I am living in Paris on this ‘extended visit’ (four years... and counting), I know that I am just beginning to understand the force and the power. Paris is truly a timeless place...a defiant and elegant integration of past, present, and future. Budapest and Istanbul are also such places...and an Easy-Jet voyage from my home base in Paris. And so I include images from all three cities in this exhibit.” -Meredith Mullins    

“Different Directions,” Photographs by Virginia Scott, gail nichols, Susan Lysik and Susan Hillyard

Susan Hillyard, “Side by Side,” Photograph From the “Different Directions” Photo Show, Photographs by Virginia Scott, gail nichols, Susan Lysik and Susan Hillyard

Music, landscape, nature, exotic places and our own backyards -- these themes are all addressed in Different Directions, a selection of photographs by Virginia Scott, gail nichols, Susan Lysik and Susan Hillyard. The Different Directions collective is an opportune alliance of four Santa Cruz women who share a passion for photography. From street to studio, film to digital, color to black and white, the women, who have been exhibiting together for three years, do indeed move in different directions, while encouraging and inspiring each other to maintain high standards of quality and elegance as they grow in their craft. Virginia Scott’s lush and sophisticated images pay tribute to the iconic Gibson “Les Paul” guitar, a solid body electric instrument debuted in 1952 that continues to be the choice of musicians spanning every genre from rock to pop. gail nichols began photographing during the aftermath of the Loma Prieta earthquate, which did major damage to her hometown of Santa Cruz. She continues to photograph the USA from the perspective of aerial photography--her large color prints were taken on numerous passenger flights in the States. Using a medium-format toy camera with an unpredictable plastic lens, Susan Lysik inherited her father’s fascination with photography, and got her first box camera in the early 1950s. Currently, she uses a funky plastic toy camera to create film negatives that she then scans and prints digitally. Susan Hillyard considers herself a formal fine art nature photographer focusing mainly on birds and horses. She recently published a book on the wild horses of New Mexico, “The Spirit of the Wild Mustangs,” and is a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron international competition for women photographers.

“Meanwhile... And Likewise...,” Mixed Media by Robert Armstrong

Peter Plamondon “Caffe Trieste,” Pen and Ink

Monterey resident Robert Armstrong has exhibited widely in the San Francisco Bay area. He works in a wide variety of media, including paint, kelp, cloth, ceramics, metal, dried fruit, cord, and wood. “In my art making I try to favor an attitude/intention/strategy of experimentation that serves to keep the process open and lively. This helps feed an immersion in the creative mode, and an integration of my own inclinations with the greater ‘world we live in,’ (to use an encyclopedic phrase). I want this intention to come across as an essential part of the work: a sense of surprise, learning, fascination, and challenge to expectations. At best, the mix of playful elements serves as a way into a more studied and analytical relation to consciousness and cultural forces.” -Robert Armstrong

Drawings by Peter Plamondon

Peter Plamondon’s pen and ink drawings were completed as he traveled and lived in various places on the East and West Coast. All of the drawings were completed on site, without the use of preliminary studies or photography. He was first introduced to the drawings of Matisse and Picasso, and the etchings of Giorgio Morandi while studying at the San Francisco Art Institute in the mid-1960s. Two of his teachers in particular, Richard Diebenkorn and James Weeks, were most influential in stressing the simplicity of contour and pure line drawing. “It has always intrigued me that I was able to sit in an antique store looking at a jumble of stuff; or a gathering of people, tables and chairs in a café interior, and with a simple line, reproduce it all on paper.” -Peter Plamondon

Virginia Scott, “Buy It Now” From the “Different Directions” Photo Show, Photographs by Virginia Scott, gail nichols, Susan Lysik and Susan Hillyard

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The Arts

Now Showing Classes at PG Art Center

Watercolor Class- 6-9p.m. Tuesdays at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. This is an overview class using the limited palette method and includes the basics to experimental with watercolor printmaking. Beginners welcome. Six week session $90. Next session starts Jan. 11. For more information call 402-5367 or Please pre-register at least one week before class. Beginning Watercolor Class- 9a.m.-12p.m. Thursdays at Vista Lobos, Carmel. This is an overview class using the limited palette method and will cover the basics of watercolor. Class will work from still life. All skill levels welcome. 10 week session $50. Next session starts Jan. 6, 2011. Pre-register through Carmel Adult School 624-1714 Outdoor Painting-10a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays. Ongoing class that meets at various locations around the Monterey Peninsula. $20 drop-in fee. All media and skill levels welcome, lots of instruction. For more information or location schedule call 402-5367 or e-mail: Drawing Class- 6-8p.m. Thursdays at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Class will learn the basics of perspective, shadow and line. Beginners welcome. Four week session $75. Next session starts January 13. Please pre-register at least one week before class. For more information call 402-5367 or

Fiber Artist Frances Cunningham’s new show

“Fibers, Fabrics & 
 Found Objects” is now on display at Back Porch Fabrics Gallery, 157 Grand Ave at Central Ave
Pacific Grove. Many new quilts and
 framed “Underwater Collages” are for sale. The G 
 allery Display will hang until Feb 2, 2011. Back Pork Fabrics Gallery is open Mon.-Sat. 10:00-5:00 and Sun. noon to 4:00 p.m. 

Christmas Haiga

migrating geese my Harris tweed jacket unravelling Photo by Elaine Whitman • Haiku by Neal Whitman

At Artisana Gallery 309 Forest Avenue "The Wishing Tree" by Donna Wobber (interactive installation) "The Trees of Life" by Cheryl Kampe (watercolors and pastels) Showing now through December 31st! Donna Wobber, poet and artist, expresses what lies deep within the human spirit through the spoken & written word. We invite you to contribute to Donna Wobber’s Wishing Tree - reminicent of Japanese fortune paper strips tied to trees at many temples there. Participate in this tradition and your wish may come true. You are encouraged to utilize this art installation for making wishes for the New Year 2011. This Holiday Season we will be open 7 days a week 10am-6pm, Nov. 26th-Dec. 24th A few words from Cheryl Kampe: After early experience with watercolors, I fell in love with the qualities of this medium – the vivid colors and the expression of fine detail. I enjoy interpreting what I see through color and imagination. I have enjoyed the benefit of learning in workshops from Oneida Hammond, Anne Pember, Guy Magalanes, Karen Honaker, Dale Laitinen, and Jane Hofstetter. I paint at my studio in Pacific Grove and with my very talented friends in San Jose. I am now painting local subjects on the Monterey Peninsula and enjoying the support of the many creative artists in this community. I have recently completed a series of local scenes to capture the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula Coast. In this series of trees, I have included elements both of the sunshine and the sea mist that defines the light of this region.

Barbie Christmas on display

The Cannery Row Antiques Mall is exhibiting a collection of Barbie Christmas ornaments and memorabilia. The exhibit is the collection of Cathy Young who has been collecting Barbie memorabiilia her whole life. The show runs from Dec. 9 through Jan. 31 and is in the mall's upstairs gallery. The mall is located at 471 Wave St. and is open every day from 10am to 5:30pm. For more info call 655-0264

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Times • December 24, 2010

Pacific Grove

Sports Down Under Basketball comes to Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove hosted an Australian high school basketball team recently, to the delight of many. Justin Russo caught the action.

Pacific Grove Wrestling

PG Wrestling has been to several tournaments and had one non-conference dual meet. PG Wrestling is off to a nice start.

Pacific Grove and Seaside results Non Conference Dual Match on 12/9/2010 PG 57 • Seaside 18

Pacific Grove Grapplers won with 5 pins, 1 decision and 4 forfeits while Seaside had 2 pins and one forfeit. Devin Brown, Trent Diaz, Keaton Klockow, Juan Pina and Kevin Zischke pinned their opponents while James Karasek won his match on decision 6-4. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR FIRST TIME WRESTLERS Nine of PG’s wrestlers received medals in their weight class. Trentin Diaz 1st • Jaewan Yun  2nd Matt Helms  2nd • Austin Hetel  2nd Antonio Acosta 2nd • Jacen Zuniga  3rd John Lankford  3rd • Gabe Rose  3rd David Wiltschko  4th - Deanna Karasek


2010 Peninsula Elk’s Hoop Shoot Basketball Free-Throw Contest Held Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Boys & Girls Club in Seaside Top two finishers of the 2010 Peninsula Elk’s Hoop Shoot are listed. This is the start of the National FreeThrow Contest: 1st Place winner will advance to the Elk’s District Contest in Hollister in January. More than 25 children from Peninsula agencies participated. Of the three age groups and six divisions, Pacific Grove kids won three.

NAME SCHOOL ROUND ONE ROUND TWO SHOOT OFF Out of 10 Out of 15 Out of 15 TOTAL 8/9 YR GIRLS Daja Mitchell Ord Terrace 3 6 9 Elice Lindsey Marina Rec 2 5 7 10/11 YR GIRLS Vada Courtney Forest Grove 7 11 18 Lauren Rodriguez San Carlos 5 5 10 12/13 YR GIRLS Hannah Lee P.G.M.S. 2 6 8 8/9/ YR BOYS Justin Eugenio J.C. Crumpton 7 6 9 22 Will Cepress Toro Park 7 6 8 21

Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20102450 The following person is doing business as Meuse Media Entertainment, 761 Spruce Ave., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; Peter E. Meuse, 761 Spruce Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on November 22, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 07/09/01. Signed: Peter E. Meuse. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20102555 The following person is doing business as O.A.C. Productions, 348 Bush St., Salinas, Monterey County, CA 93907; Johnny Tuutau Fanene Sr., 48 Bush St., Salinas, CA 93907. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on December 8, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/10. Signed: Johnny Fanene Sr. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20102515 The following person is doing business as Hawker Advisors, Inc., 500 Belavida Road, Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940; Hawker Advisors, Inc., 500 Belavida Road, Monterey, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on December 2, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signed: Mia C. Temple, Director of Operations. This business is conducted by a corporation. Publication dates: 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20102596 The following person is doing business as Peace of Mind Pet Sitting, 310 Cedar St., Pacific Grove, CA, Monterey County, CA 93950; Kathryn Marie LeBarre, 310 Cedar St., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on December 15, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 12/14/10. Signed: Kathryn Marie LeBarre. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 12/17, 12/24, 12/31/10, 1/7/11

December 24, 2010 •CEDAR STREET

Breaker of the Week Luis Pina Grade: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling, Weight Class 145

Times• Page 13

Breaker of the Week Mitchell Barr

Extra Circular activities: Football, Soccer, Track & Field

Grade: Freshman Sport: Freshman Basketball Position: Point Guard Also plays Tennis and Soccer

Luis wants to attend Cal Poly and become a firefighter

Mitchell has plans to attend BYU. He wants to be a math teacher at the high school level.

Luis was nominated because he is ranked 13th in the Central Coast Sectionals.

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Times • December 24, 2010

Your achievements

Peeps Singing in the season

The Children’s Christmas Choir sang at Pacific Grove Antiques on December 18, under the direction Sherrie Welchner. The group included three PG students: Gracelyn Nguyen, from PG Middle School; Jensen Nguyen, Forest Grove School; Jacob Nguyen, Robert Down School. The choir performed several season favorites and went on to their next performance at the Cannery Row Antiques Mall.

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Members of the “No Shame—No Blame Book Club of Pacific Grove” posed with Santa during Friday Night Lights, Dec. 10. Clockwise from top left: Marilyn Twisselman; Santa; Bobbie Hall; Arleen Hardenstein; Lynn “Scrooge” Deutsch; Tamie Aceves. Santa, who bears a strong resemblance to the Retired Firehouse Cook, went on to make an appearance at the annual Community Christmas event at the fairgrounds.

Caroling at Forest Hill Manor Students of the Pacific Grove State Preschool at Robert Down sang “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to residents under the watchful eyes of Director, Diane Beron and her assistant, Prakash Kumar. The event was held on Dec. 16. They teach the children phonics and other skills to prepare them for kindergarten. For more information on the preschool, phone 831-646-6547.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Petition of REGINA A. VALDEZ Case No. MJ09596 Filed December 08, 2010. To all interested persons: Petitioner Regina A. Valdez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name ISAIAH SAM MEZA to proposed name ISAIAH SAM CARDOVA. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above myst file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of hearing date: January 28, 2011 Time: 9:00 a.m. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Monterey, 1200 Aguajito Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: CEDAR STREET TIMES. DATE: December 08, 2010 Judge of the Superior Court: Lydia M. Villareal. Publication dates: 12/13/10, 12/31/10, 01/07/11, 01/14/11

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: Petition of Mindy Frerkson Case No. M109425 Filed Nov. 24, 2010. To all interested persons: Petitioner Mindy Frerkson filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: present name Eliza Monique Espino to proposed name Eliza Monique Frerkson. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above myst file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of hearing date: January 14, 2011 Time: 9:00 a.m. The address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Monterey, 1200 Aguajito Rd., Monterey, CA 93940. A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: CEDAR STREET TIMES. DATE: Nov. 24, 2010 Judge of the Superior Court: Kay T. Kingsley. Publication dates: 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31/10

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20102034 The following person is doing business as Integrated Physician Services, 538 Abrego St., Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940; Lisa Kaye Chadwick, 59 Nacional St., Salinas, Ca 93901. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on December 06, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 02/20/04. Signed: Lisa Chadwick. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20102449 The following person is doing business as A Bayside Wedding, 591 Lighthouse Ave. #23, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950; Joyce Day Meuse, 761 Spruce Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on November 22, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/01/03. Signed: Joyce Day Meuse. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31

Shayla Sanchez, 4, gives a hand-made ornament to a Forest Hill Manor resident as Director Diane Beron looks on. Residents gave the children candy.

Students sang songs to the Forest Hill residents.

Forest Hill’s Dianna read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to the children.

December 24, 2010 •CEDAR STREET

Times• Page 15

Chowders that will stick to your ribs The storms this past week made us all want to hole up in the house with a hot toddy and a pair or thick socks, didn’t it? Or maybe it was the prospect of Christmas shopping that did it. Weather like that, with storms and winds and buckets of rain, were the worst when I was a firefighter. We drove all night long, what with downed power lines, fallen trees, accidents, flooding streams and all those things people call the fire department about. Too, that was back in the day when somebody had to ride on the back of the engine in the exhaust and the wind and the wet. After one of those nights, there was nothing better than a hot shower unless it’s a bowl of hot soup, the stick-to-your-ribs kind. And that means chowder, in my book. When the alarm goes off at the firehouse, the stove shuts down so that the soup doesn’t scorch or at worst, we don’t wind up responding to our own kitchen fire. The greatest thing to happen to firehouse cooking since refrigeration was a 6-quart slow-cooker. The heat is low enough to stay on all the way through a four-alarm on a stormy night and still not cause a disaster at the firehouse. We’d stagger back in from a bad night and the whole firehouse would smell of soup. There it would be all nice and hot, and not scorched. Working families (and who isn’t?) really need to have a crock pot, if you ask me, whether it’s stormy or not. It’s so nice to come home to the main portion of your evening meal all ready to serve I’m not here to sell you a crock pot. I’m here to tell you what to cook in it. In a word, chowders. The thick, hearty kind they make in New England. Wikipedia says the word “chowder” comes from a French cook pot called a chaudiere. Try that accent on a firefighter and you’ll get laughed right out of the room. But when they get a big ol’ bowl of it, they stop chortling. When I make a chowder, I try to use all fresh ingredients especially because Her Editorness can tell the difference between canned potatoes and the “real ones.” I scrub but never peel the potatoes, whether red or white, because there’s so much nutrient in the skins. I remove the stems and seeds from the peppers that I use in chowders, too, but I never try to sneak a pepper in on her or I’d end up wearing the chowder. Fresh mushrooms turn the chowder

French accent not required

Neil Jameson

The Retired Firehouse Cook

seasoning into the pot of chowder (and we’re talking five gallons here) the cap came off and the whole bottle emptied into the chowder. What a disaster for a judged event! But I scooped off what I could, dubbed it “Italian chowder” and sent it off to the judges. Here’s how I do New England clam chowder:

New England Clam Chowder

a little dark, so use canned if you care about the appearance. At the firehouse we all like a little spice in our menus to I was always in the habit of adding a jalapeno, particularly to Manhatten chowder (the red kind). It’s your choice. But we’re here to talk about New England chowders, the white kind.

Firehouse Potato Bacon Chowder

Serves 6 6 large potatoes, washed and cubed into bite-sized pieces 4 large stalks of celery, chopped 2 large yellow onions, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced ½ pound sliced, fresh mushrooms or canned ones to your taste 1 can cream of mushroom soup (or cream of potato) 2 c. white wine, divided 1 qt. Half-and-half (told you this was going to stick to your ribs!) 1 16-oz. carton sour cream (or substitute plain yogurt) ½ lb. sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces In a large heavy pot, brown the bacon. When it’s just about done, drain off the fat into a can (not your sink!) leaving a small amount in the pot. Add the onions, celery and garlic and, if you like a pepper. Saute until the vegetables are soft, add one cup of wine, the potatoes and the mushrooms. Let this simmer, covered, until the potatoes are done – about 20 minutes. Lower the heat. Add the can of cream of mushroom soup, the quart of half and half, and the sour cream. Stir gently and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. You don’t want to curdle the half and half. If it needs more liquid, use milk. If you’re using a crock pot, this is the point where you’d want to put it all in the crock pot and set the heat on low. While all of this is occurring, you should be sipping the other cup of wine.

This week’s Monarch Alert

This week, monarch butterfly numbers declined slightly at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary, perhaps indicating that most of the monarchs have arrived for the winter. Monarch Alert continues our weekly counts at overwintering sites in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, so please check our website for Monarch Alert's latest Monterey County graph, which should be up by Wednesday:

Erica Krygsman (Monarch Alert field coordinator for Monterey County) reports that the average number of monarchs counted at the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary was 5,564. Surveys were conducted on Wed. and Thurs., 15 and 16 Dec., with cool to moderate temperatures and overcast to clear skies. Andrew Molera State Park was counted during the late morning with much less monarch activity than during the previous week, and the average number counted was approximately double. At the private property site in Big Sur, numbers decreased dramatically; this site was counted during moderate temperatures with overcast skies and minimal activity. All sites were counted with the assistance of Wesley Sims. Our next counts are scheduled to occur between Monday-Wednesday, 20-22 December. A big thank you to our volunteer this week and happy holidays to everyone! -Jessica

Taste test, adding salt and pepper to taste. Remember that the celery and the canned soup are going to add salt to the flavor so don’t just automatically add it. You can garnish with chopped green onions or parsley and serve with sliced French bread or fresh-baked biscuits. Recently a recipe appeared in the mail that added drained, canned corn to the mix. A can of cream style corn and a can of whole corn would be nice. Corn chowder is popular in New England, where stick-to-your-ribs recipes are vital to surviving a long winter. I entered a lot of clam chowder cookoffs in my day, both for the fire department and for other newspapers for which I wrote columns. The Media division was always fun – lots of experimenting and rowdiness going on there. One year at Santa Cruz I thought I’d use a little Italian seasoning instead of parsley. When I began shaking the Italian

Use the above recipe as for potato chowder, but instead of the sour cream use two bottles of clam juice. Or use clam juice even in addition to the sour cream. Use canned, minced clams – I recommend six or eight real Cherrystone clams add to the appearance but they aren’t vital – and remember that the clams are done when they open up. To thicken, take a little of the broth out of the pot and whisk it with two tablespoons of corn starch to start with. Flour also works. Just be sure it’s well mixed before you put it back in the chowder. Word to the wise: if you’re sitting around on Christmas Day, opened presents all around and the taste of Christmas dinner in your mouth, think of the poor firefighters and police officers who have to be on duty. And here’s a hint: They like cookies, despite what you’ve heard about donuts.

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Times • December 24, 2010

The Green Page The problems with farmed salmon By Cameron Douglas The bumper sticker on the old fisherman’s truck reads, “Friends don’t let friends eat farmed fish.” While fish continues to be readily available for mass consumption, more concerns are being expressed for the way farmed fish — particularly salmon — are managed and the environmental and economic effects on the people who live where these practices are conducted. While some species of farmed fish have become more sustainable than their wild-caught counterparts, salmon aquaculture is doing damage to wild salmon and the environment. Aquaculture refers to fish that are bred in open net pens out in natural bodies of water. These conditions can promote uncontrollable parasites and disease. Left in an enclosure with larger fish, smaller fish are bullied and killed, causing a loss of numbers and profitability. To prevent this, salmon farms commonly practice “grading,” a process of sorting fish by size. It is a continual process where the fish are netted or pumped out of their pens and dumped onto a series of bars and grates with varying gaps. This divides the fish by size and re-distributes them into different netted cages or tanks. Grading is very stressful and results in painful scrapes and a loss of protective scales, leaving the fish vulnerable to parasites and disease. Sea lice swoop in and eat at the damaged fish, causing more scales to fall off and creating large sores. In severely crowded conditions, lice often eat down to the bone on the head of the fish. This is so common that fish farm workers call it “the death crown.” Huge salmon aquafarms exist off the coast of Norway, in the ocean inlets of British Columbia and in the waters of Chile; a country that may have reached the point of no return as far as salmon goes. Chile’s fishing industry has been crippled by outbreaks of a disease called infectious salmon anemia. So far, the disease is limited to Atlantic salmon. ISA is often difficult to detect in early stages, and can progress slowly through an infected salmon farm with mortality rates approaching 100 percent. Drugs and genetic engineering are used to accelerate growth and change reproductive behaviors. Chemicals and antibiotics are added to food in order to help the fish survive the diseases caused by crowding and filth. This may be the reason higher levels of PCB, toxaphene, mercury and dioxin are found in farmed fish than their counterparts in the wild — up to seven times higher. Because many aquafarms consist of cages and/or netted areas in open water instead of closed tanks, there is no way to contain the spread of uneaten chemicalladen food, excrement and growing swarms of parasites. These things spread to the surrounding ocean waters. Because of this conduit of pollution and disease, farmed salmon are doing harm to the wild salmon population, which is decreasing. And as that happens, local fishermen who live near the aquafarms are losing their livelihood. Also, local governments are left to address issues of open water contamination with no help from the industries who create it.

reports that the aquaculture industry is growing three times faster than land-based animal agriculture, and aquafarms are likely to become more prevalent as natural sources of fish become exhausted.

News on this topic continues to develop. For the latest information, go to www. and More information is available at Also try the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website for a list of suggested seafood:

Large sea lice attack a juvenile salmon. The fish will probably die from this. Photo courtesy

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Disposable wipes and other products are clogging our sewer lines and damaging pumps and other equipment.

Besides loading heavy deposits on the ocean floor, excess food and waste in the water can increase algae levels, which in turn consume oxygen on a planet already struggling with high levels of carbon dioxide. Add to that the issue of feeding farmed fish, which are typically carnivorous. Food must be caught from the ocean to feed fish on aquafarms. It can take more than 5 pounds of fish from the ocean to produce one pound of farmed salmon or sea bass. This is supplemented by pelleted dry food made up of soybeans, wheat and corn, along with fish oil. To mimic the bright red color of wild salmon flesh, farmed salmon are fed carotenoid pigments from krill and other sea creatures, or pellets with red dyes. This turns flesh that would otherwise be brownish-pink into bright coral red. There are differing opinions. Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, maintains that salmon raised in Maine and eastern Canada is safe. “We have some of the cleanest fish and strictest regulations in the world,” Belle said in 2007. “Everything is available for public scrutiny. In places like Chile you would never be able to find out what’s really going on.” While Maine salmon are fed antibiotics, Belle says they go off those drugs well before slaughter and are “almost antibiotic-free” by the time they reach the market. Contrary to Belle’s claim, there are sources that do report regularly on events overseas, and some of those sites are listed at the end of this article. (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a 30-year watchdog organization that focuses its attention on “the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time.” In the United States, there are no regulations to ensure humane treatment on fish farms. Aquaculturists pack as many fish as they can into the smallest spaces. Some species adapt well to this while others go insane. A two-foot-long salmon, with instincts to navigate vast oceans, may spend its entire life with no more room to move around than it would have in a bathtub. At slaughter, fish are left to suffocate, freeze or bleed to death in pain while they are still fully conscious. Besides loading heavy deposits on the ocean floor, excess food and waste in the water can increase algae levels, which in turn consume oxygen on a planet already struggling with high levels of carbon dioxide. Today, more than 40 percent of all fish consumed each year is raised on land or ocean-based aquafarms. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization

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