Colony Magazine #4 • October 2018

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Colony Days & Historic Tent City Friday & Saturday, October 5 & 6

18 Tent City After Dark Concert 20 Get lost in a Pumpkin Patch 26 Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame


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SOMETHING WORTH READING 06 Publisher’s Letter ROUND TOWN 08 Colony Buzz 10 Santa Margarita: Small Town, Big Heart COLONY PEOPLE 12 Colony Days Queen Jeanne Colvin 13 Colony Days King Lamon Colvin 14 Colony Days Grand Marshal Bob Brown MORE FEATURES 18 Tent City After Dark: Carolina Story 20 Find yourself in a local pumpkin patch 21 Build a Halloween craft with PopeX3

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BUSINESS 22 Cotton & Rust: Boutique celebrates one year in business ELECTION 23 Three candidates vie for two seats on the Atascadero City Council TENT CITY

24 Performing Arts: Dancing With Our Stars: New

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26 Orange & Grey: Greyhound Athletic Hall of

Fame Banquet 27 The Importance of Agricultural Education


COLONY TASTE 28 Entree: A Colony Dining Experience 29 Taste of Americana: The Colony Cookbook EVENTS

30 Activity & Event Guide 31 Halloween Activites in the North County

LAST WORD 34 Atascadero: A Home Community


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ell it has been a heck of a year … and now with one under the belt, we hope to build on the improvements and keep turning out a magazine that makes the community proud to be a part of it. My sons Max and Mirac have both acclimated to the magazine publishing life. They turned 4 and 6, respectively, in August, and have dreams of their own one day to make magazines. Max said “It’s not going to be like your magazine … it’s going to be different,” in the confident way he has about him. That is the way it is though, right, the next generation is going to do it “different.” As a dad, I try to understand that different is not wrong, and what works well for the next generation might not be the way I would have done it. What I know I need to do is give the kids the power to do it different, better than we did ... and provide them the opportunity to engage with their own passion and offer my support. Whether my kids want to be magazine publishers or astronaut scientists, I just love them and try to remember that they will do things “different” than I did. The community we live in is going to be different soon, and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to voice their thoughts on what kind of different they want the community to be. Take the opportunity to vote on local matters, local candidates, and make a local difference. We have a great community and we are about to experience a month of great things happening as a result of people who have gotten involved and made a local difference. Thanks to all the people in the community who have spent the last year getting read for Colony Days, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, harvest, and all the good things we get to enjoy here. We truly live in one of the most wonderful places on earth, and it is because of the people who care enough to do things right that we all get to enjoy this together. Thank you for being the best part of COLONY Magazine, and we wish you all Happy Colony Days! I want to make a special note to mention a Paso Robles native and wonderful Atascadero resident, Maggie Vandergon. She is the founder of the Atascadero Colony Days Committee and the reason for our Colony Days celebration. She is 91 years old, and continues to support the longest-standing Atascadero tradition — Colony Days. She was the chairperson of the parade for 20 years, and has guided a new group to take the reins. Please join us as a volunteer, sponsor, and supporter to keep this wonderful tradition alive.

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Parents For Joy Joy Playground is a dream

years in the making, and after a $505,000 allocation from the City of Atascadero gave the Parents For Joy organization a fresh jolt of enthusiasm as it continues to fundraise to close the gap in 2018. The total estimated cost of the playground is $1,000,000 in order to bring the all-inclusive, specialneeds playground adjacent to Colony Park Community Center on Traffic Way. Prior to the City allocation, Parents For Joy had raised approximately $100,000 over a five-year period, and now it has about $400,000 to go. In May, the City broke ground on the site with a thrust of “golden” shovels, and “Parents” recently

received $5,000 from the County Board of Supervisors, made almost $3,000 at the Tuesdays in the Park BBQ, received $2,000 from A-Z Foundation, $5,000 from Bank of the Sierra, and was the Sponsored Charity of the 27th annual Atascadero State Hospital golf tournament at Avila Beach Golf Resort. “In 27 years, no one has ever won the car with a hole-in-one,” Parents For Joy board member Geoff Auslen said, “but yesterday, someone did. They won a brand new Honda Accord.” Auslen owns Glenn’s Repair in Atascadero and has been a major supporter of Parents For Joy. The playground may be completed within the year. For more information or to get involved in an upcoming fundraiser for Parents For Joy, go to or like the Facebook page.

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hungry ghouls and goblins. In addition to General admission tickets, a Reserved section ticket nearest the stage offers table-side service and a first glass of wine or beer. Burning James and the Funky Flames will burn the proverbial house down with dance music on Friday night before Paul Thompson raises the roof again at Saturday night’s Devilish Dance Party. On both nights, over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded among the Scariest, Funniest, Sexiest, Most Original, Best Couple, and Best Group categories at the Grand Costume Competition. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Association of University Women (AAUW ). A nationwide nonprofit, AAUW awards grants to empower women in pursuit of higher education. For tickets and details, visit H a l l owe e n H a r ve s t C o s t u m e


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Mr. Barba’s Birthday


hen I left you last month I was attempting to explain a little about the tiny town of Santa Margarita and what makes it special … To those who don’t stop to get out of their cars or who zip past and never venture one mile down CA-58 off US-101, Santa Margarita may be no more than a name on a sign, a dot on a map or a blink of an eye. Character and a sense of place takes time to develop and it is something discovered only by taking the time to do so. There is no app, no brief description, no collection of photographs or drone video that can convey the uniqueness of an area without looking at its past and having first hand experience with the people, place and its environs. Previously, I left

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off our town history at the Mission days but feel the need to depart from this linear timeline to celebrate and talk a bit about a person who helps make this town special. I recently spoke to “our” Henry Barba during a lunchtime visit at the Santa Margarita Senior Center. You may have heard his name mentioned over the years since he has been around for longer than most. A town favorite who always has a smile on his face, a cheerful disposition and a song to sing, Mr. Barba is about to turn 105 years young! Born at home here in Santa Margarita on Oct. 19, 1913 when the average U.S. life expectancy for men was 50.3 and for women 55, Henry has had a long and active life. He’s seen many changes over his years and it’s hard to believe how far things have come. Besides Henry’s birth, a few big events were happening in 1913 that helped make changes to the area. The town of Santa Margarita had already been “introduced to the world” in 1889 during a “grand auction sale” but it was in 1913 that electricity started reaching the community. E.G. Lewis purchased the neighboring 23,000 acre Atascadero Rancho for his future dream community of Atascadero and Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for his automobiles, reducing production time from over 12 hours to 2.5, thus pumping out his affordable Model T’s to the masses. Henry Barba attended the Santa Margarita

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School from K-6th grades, moved away to L.A. for a few years with his family, then returned in 1930 (this and his time serving Uncle Sam were his only years away from town). He graduated from Atascadero High School in 1933 before joining the service and later went to work for Union Oil, 32 years at the pumping station near Garden Farms and 36 years in total. Since his “retirement” Henry remains active and often can be seen taking care of his yard on his riding mower or partaking in Senior Center lunches. He recently attended the successful Raisin’ The Roof Fundraiser to benefit the Senior Center where Monte Mill’s & the Lucky Horseshoe Band provided the entertainment but our hearts were stolen when Henry stood up to sing. His advice for living long is to have no worries and not to stress over things and his parting words are always to “be good to each other,” something for us all to remember.

Upcoming gatherings in Santa Margarita for October:

• Oct. 19: Henry Barba’s Birthday — A birthday party is being planned and it’s sure to be the event of month. • Oct. 31: Santa Margarita Country Carnival — A family friendly carnival with an Americana atmosphere put on by the Santa Margarita Community Church at the Community Hall.

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JEANNE COLVIN By Heather Young


Photos by Heather Young

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eanne Colvin is this year’s Colony Days queen, serving alongside her husband, Lamon. She moved to Atascadero in 1983 after she and Lamon married. “It’s an honor,” Jeanne said. Jeanne and Lamon have known each other their entire lives, their fathers were friends from before they were married and had children. “[Lamon] likes to tell the story that I was the first woman he’s ever slept with because our fathers were friends… and our parents use to stay up and put us all to bed together,” Jeanne said. Jeanne grew up in Watsonville. Her older brother and Lamon were about the same age and friends. She said Lamon was jealous of her brother because he had a baby sister and Lamon did not. When Jeanne was about 5, her family moved to

the Central Valley and she grew up going to Modesto schools. She got married in June 1955 and had four children: Michelle Oldson of Mariposa, Margaret Allen of Elko, Nev., Mari Van Orden of Rescue and Edward Marco Jr., who is now deceased. She divorced her first husband in 1979 and was living in Turlock when Lamon’s wife died. “We remained friends,” Jeanne said. “Mother and I drove down for his wife’s funeral and we reconnected.” They married on January 1, 1983. They have the same anniversary as both sets of their parents. Lamon was a part of the founding of the Atascadero United Methodist Church, which Jeanne joined when she moved to Atascadero. “Before [the church] could afford a See QUEEN, Page 15

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amon Colvin was born in Phoenix but it wasn’t long before his family moved to Watsonville. “My dad followed the crops,” Lamon said. “That was one of the main reasons we stayed until World War II broke out.” After the war broke out, Lamon’s mother sent him and his cousin, Vivian, back to Phoenix to stay with his aunt until his parents were able to sell their house in Watsonville. After high school, he joined the Navy Reserves and served for one and a half years. After attending mortuary college in San Francisco, Lamon worked in San Jose and got married. “Then the Army drafted me,” Lamon said. While in the the Army, he was stationed in Camp Roberts and

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lived in Paso Robles with his family for two years with his wife, Dorothy, and three children, Tim of Redding, Nancy of Redding and Mary of Kingsburg. Lamon discharged from the Army on Sept. 26, 1958, and began work at Chapel of the Roses Mortuary and Crematory. At the same time, he and his family moved to Atascadero, where they have lived ever since. Lamon worked at Chapel of the Roses until he bought the mortuary with a partner. He was partner and funeral director until he retired in April of 1996. Bertha and Harry Gray started the mortuary in 1928 and owned it until 1947, calling it Grace Mortuary & Crematory. When Lamon went to work there, it was located

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COLONY PEOPLE Since moving to Atascadero, but after moving here I fell in love Brown has also been a very active with Atascadero,” he said. After the hustle and bustle of life member of the Atascadero Elks in SLO, Brown said that his favor- Club, serving on the club’s veterite thing about Atascadero is the an committee as well as the committee for one of the club’s largest peace and quiet. “It was just not as active and as annual fundraisers, the “Dinner busy as San Luis [Obispo] was for Two” event that raises funds By Luke Phillips getting and Cal Poly kept growing for various local charities. “We’ve donated probably right and growing,” he said. at or a little over a million dollars “And I still like it.” Now, 42 years later, in charity money over the years,” Brown is preparing he said. Brown also served for many to move out of that same home he and years as the “voice of the fair,” Sue bought in 1987 announcing at the California and into an unas- Mid-State Fair and sold ads for sisted living apart- many local nonprofit organizament at Atascadero tions including the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation. Christian Home. In addition to the five chilSadly, Sue passed away from cancer in dren Brown had with his first August of 2017 and wife Charlotte — Bonnie, Steve, at 92 years old, “I de- Terry Lynne, Donna and Bradcided it was time for ley — he also inherited four more me to go into a place daughters when he married Sue: I can get care if I need Terilynn, Marcia and twins Sanand Hope Cindi.Chest TodayEmporium. Brown has it,”McNamara Brown said.mans herdistore, Karen nineYoung great After retiring from 15 grandchildren Photo by and Heather his advertising agen- grandchildren as well. Although he spent many years cy in 1993, Bob and Photo by Luke Phillips Sue rented out their serving on the Colony Days board home, bought an RV of directors and has served as a and hit the road, vis- parade judge for the past sevIn addition to his duties managing the station, Brown also be- iting all 48 contiguous states, eight eral years, Brown said he never came known as the voice of Cal Canadian provinces, and most of thought he’d be named Grand Poly football, serving as a radio an- Mexico. They also flew and took Marshal and is looking forward to nouncer for the games from 1960 cruise ships to Alaska and Hawaii seeing the parade from the pointof-view of a participant instead of and beyond. until 1978. After returning from his travels, a spectator. After selling his interest in “It was always a nice experience the radio station and starting Bob decided that he wanted to go a full-service advertising agen- back to work and took a part-time sitting up there on the judging cy with partner Dan Clarkson, sales position with the Atascadero stand and seeing them all enjoy Brown moved to Atascadero at News, serving in the position for it, the people ridinging in the pathe suggestion of his wife who five years and becoming the com- rade,” he said. Brown said that his favorite had been working in town as a pany’s top salesman. He also sold advertising for Gary Brill’s KIQO part of Colony Days is the parade bookkeeper. “I had always kind of thought radio and Sue ran a jewelry story and his favorite part of the parade is “the floats and the bands.” of it as a place I didn’t want to live, called Gems & Jewelry.



n a humble manner typical of many of Atascadero’s best and brightest, Robert F. “Bob” Brown said that he was surprised to be named the Grand Marshal of the Colony Days celebration. “I think there’s people more deserving than me,” Brown said after learning that he’d been chosen for the honor. A Nebraska native, Brown lived through the Great Depression and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII before beginning a long career in broadcasting and advertising sales. After receiving his first-class broadcasting license at the Don Martin School of Radio in Hollywood, Brown went to work as a DJ — first in Ogden, Utah and then in Billings Montana and finally in Ventura where he began to take an interest in the sales side of the industry. Eventually, Brown went to work as a sales manager at a new radio station in Oxnard and then as a General Manager at KEVC Radio in San Luis Obispo where he would meet his future wife Sue. Brown also bought stock in the station and became part owner.

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secretary, I was one of the volunteers,” Jeanne said. The Colvins donated a cross that is located in the church sanctuary in memory of their parents. “We wanted something in that building,” Jeanne said, adding that Lamon had donated the cross and wall in what is now the Fellowship Hall in memory of his late wife, Dorothy. “The cross was built to fit that area by a retired United Methodist minister from down south.” Jeanne has been involved in the church as head money counter

for the past 10 years — counting money once a month after church — financial secretary and has also been on a couple of other committees over the years. “I’m not a big committee person,” Jeanne said, adding that she gets involved in things as needed. She also enjoys cooking and making jewelry for herself and others, but not to sell. “It’s fun to make,” she said. Before marrying Lamon and moving to Atascadero, Jeanne worked as a nursing assistant in OB and nursery and later worked as a ward clerk. She’s also worked for hospice and social services.

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on El Camino Real in the downtown area until a new building was built in the 1970s at 3450 El Camino Real, where it is located today. Lamon had attended a United Methodist Church in San Jose before moving to San Luis Obispo County. At that time, there was no United Methodist Church in Atascadero, so Lamon went to the conference and offered to let the church meet in the mortuary. “At that time, they didn’t think they needed one in Atascadero,” Lamon said. Lamon attended the Community Church of Atascadero until there was a Methodist church in town. When the Rev. Rollin Dexter came to Atascadero, he knew Lamon had offered the chapel to the church, so on Aug. 12, 1979, the first meeting of the Atascadero United Methodist Church took place at Chapel of the Roses. There were 22 new members at that first service, Lamon being one of them. The congregation met at the Chapel of the Roses for four years before moving into its own space at 11605 El Camino Real in early 1983. The first service in that building took place on Palm Sunday 1983. At that time, the only building on property was what is now called Dexter Hall, which houses the offices, fellowship hall, kitchen and library. The classrooms were added on in the 1980s. The sanctuary building was first used on Dec. 17, 2000. Over the years, Lamon has been involved in a number of ministries and committees at the church in-

Jeanne and Lamon.

Photo by Heather Young

cluding being the president of the advisory council, chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and lead cook for the annual church picnic. Now, he says he’s the “mail carrier” and ushers for special events, memorial services and as needed. In the community, Lamon has been involved with the Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Boy Scout leader, served on the Wranglerettes board, Little League and Atascadero Swim Club. As for hobbies, Lamon has enjoyed traveling and camping in his motorhome and being a private pilot. With his wife, Jeanne, who he married in 1983 after his first wife died, they have six living children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Lamon said he was “surprised and honored to [be the Colony Days king]” when he was asked. “I’ve been here in Atascadero for 60 years.”

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he annual Colony Days celebration was started in 1973 to celebrate the founding of Atascadero in 1913. Colony Days founder Maggie Vandergon said that the purpose of the event is to bring the entire community together. “Colony Days is the one day a year that brings the whole community together to celebrate all that’s good about Atascadero,” Vandergon said. “Now we’re 45 years and we have a great committee and I’m confident we’ll celebrate its 100th anniversary — without me, of course.” This year’s event will take place two weeks earlier than it has been in the past. The theme is “Mudhole Follies,” which is based on the follies from 19th century Paris, and is a play on one definition of Atascadero — “Mudhole.”

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Schedule of events for Saturday, October 6

7 to 9 a.m.: FREE Lions Club Pancake breakfast. 10 a.m.: Colony Days Parade begins at Golden China on El Camino Real and ends at West Mall and Palma Avenue. Sign up to have an entry in this year’s parade TODAY. It’s free! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tent City re-enactment in Sunken Gardens. Events will include a pie eating contest and other games during the day — see schedule in Tent City the day-of. There will also be a variety

of vendors, entertainment and food in and around the Sunken Gardens. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Dogtoberfest wiener dog race registration. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free tours of City Hall led by Atascadero Historical Society docents. 1 to 2:30 p.m.: Dogtoberfest Wiener dog and small dog races. 2:30 p.m.: Dogtoberfest Pet Costume contest (any size dog can participate).

Some ideas for parade entries include:

• Dressing up in silly costumes • Playing unusual instruments, such as a pots and pans band, a kazoos band, recorders band, or keytars band • Lots of balloons • Silly dancing and entertainment • Creative floats • Dress up as a prominent community leader, both past and present Juggling, circus-related fun

“At first, I wasn’t sure what ‘Mudhole Follies’ meant, or what it was going to be,” Colony Days Vice Chair Nic Mattson said “Then I looked into its roots and I found something really fun. That is what we hope people will connect with — a real sense of fun and frivolity for a weekend of good times in Atascadero.”

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”The week of Colony Days kicked off on Sept. 30 with the Colony Days Reception hosted by Quota International of Atascadero. The night before the annual celebration, Friday, Oct. 5, the annual celebration, the committee will host its fundraiser Tent City After Dark, featuring live music by Carolina Story, Hilary & Kate and Wood, food trucks and beer and wine. Tickets for the event are available at The main event on Saturday, Oct. 6 will start with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by vendors in and around Sunken Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the parade at 10 a.m., historic re-enactment of 1916 Tent City, Dogtoberfest wiener dog races in the afternoon and more. The historical society will also have its museum open during the day and docents will be giving tours of City Hall. The Colony Days event is put on by community volunteers who work year-round to put together the event. While committee members are always neededs, there are a variety of one-off volunteer opportunities, from keeping the grounds of the event clean, to setting up and taking down chairs and so much more. Check out for more information on how to help. “The website is full of useful information, including the most up-to-date schedule of events, parade and vendor information, ticket sales for Tent City After Dark and more,” Colony Days Publicity Committee member Candice Hubbard said.

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Tent City After Dark Carolina Story, Hilary & Kate, and Wood join Toro Creek Ramblers at third annual event


ent City After Dark will kickoff two days of Colony Days events on Friday, Oct. 5 with a concert inside the historic reenactment of Atascadero’s 1916 Tent City. Nashville recording artist Carolina Story and San Luis Obispo-based groups Hilary & Kate and Wood will be the featured bands at the concert from 4:30 to 10 p.m., along with local bluegrass conglomerate the Toro Creek Ramblers. “Tent City is kind of like Brigadoon,” Tent City Director Dianne Greenaway said. “It appears out of nowhere, exists for a few days, and then vanishes. It's really a unique opportunity.  Canvas tents filled with items harkening back to a time when we used horses, mules and cars in our enterprises. Tents lit at night like luminaria and lovely, colored orbs of light strung overhead. With this set, we get to enjoy live music from Nashville and local acts.” The fundraiser for Colony Days will be bigger and better than ever with more bands, food trucks, local wine and beer and a five-pound burger eating contest sponsored by Sylvester’s Burgers. “Tent City After Dark is an amazing combination of good music and an incredible setting,” Colony Days chairwoman Karen McNamara said. “Once the sun

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sets, the tents and hanging lanterns glow as they did in the original Tent City.” The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with food trucks and beer and wine and will continue well into the night with live music. “It is truly something that can only be experienced at our event,” McNamara said. “There will be lots of food and drink vendors, plenty of room to dance to a high-quality concert and a moderate late summer evening.” Advanced tickets are $35 each and include one beverage and can be purchased at or at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets purchased at the door are $40 each. VIP sponsorship tables of eight are $500 and include one drink per person, a platter of tacos for the table and personal table service for the entire evening. “People can expect an exuberant evening of music, food and enjoyment in a unique, outdoor setting,” Greenaway said. “Sunken Gardens becomes a magic wonderland, where the park transformed

into the re-enactment of 1916 Atascadero.” For those attending the home football game that night, admission after 8 p.m. will be $10 per person with a hand stamp from the football game. 4:30 p.m: Food and beverage sales and doors open

Schedule of Events • 4:30 p.m: Toro Creek Ramblers • 5 p.m.: Five-pound burger-eating contest sponsored by Sylvester’s Burgers • 6 p.m.: Wood • 7:15 p.m.: Hilary & Kate • 8:30 p.m.: Carolina Story • 10 p.m.: Event ends

About Carolina Story

Carolina Story is made up of Ben and Emily Roberts, who are based out of Nashville. They write and perform songs that evoke the blue collar man and woman, because that’s exactly who they are. They met at Visible Music

College, a progressive arts college, in August 2007. Though they were pursuing separate music careers, it was on a camping trip along the Davidson and French Broad rivers that prompted them to ditch their current endeavors upon returning to Memphis and focus on writing and performing together.

About Hilary & Kate

Hilary & Kate is a duo made up of Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller. In early 2012, Hilary and Kate began playing and recording together; Hilary was already seasoned from years of traveling and performing both solo acoustic and with her full band, but Kate brought something new and unique with her voice and violin that instantly clicked.

About Wood

Wood is made up of five members: Steve Kindel, Paul Steven Silva, Dahlan Richenberg, Rob Strom and Barry Johnson from San Luis Obispo. Wood plays acoustic music, best described as folk pop. Catchy, thoughtful original tunes that reflect the natural beauty and diversity of the Central Coast. The group is rooted in music that came out of the Laurel Canyon scene in the early 1970s.

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Nelle & Cordant

Tyler Russell crafting two brands with one mindset By Mira Honeycutt


yler Russell is among those maverick Paso winemakers who likes to go the distance. For starters he’s launched two wine brands, Cordant and Nelle, crafting Rhöne style wines and pinot noir respectively. Secondly, he’s sourcing fruit from some 16 prized vineyards up and down the Central Coast. When I met him at his Ramada Drive tasting room adjacent to Tin City, Paso’s hip enclave, he told me these vineyards ranged from “the most northeastern vineyard in Monterey to the most southeastern in Santa Rita Hills.” From cool coastal appellations of Edna Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia range to the limestone rich vineyards of Paso Robles, Russell is creating an ambitious program of two distinctively different brands. The Cordant portfolio offers five pinot noirs including a rosé while the Nelle program is focused on Rhöne style wines, bottlings of single varietals as well as blends. Total annual production for his two brands is about 2,500 cases. Russell’s interest in the wine industry began in a wine shop in upstate New York where he worked his way up to wine buyer. But the California native followed his passion for winemaking which took him back west to settle in Paso. “I apprenticed my way up,” he said of his experiences starting in Dover Canyon winery’s tasting room.

Soon he was honing his cellar rat and winemaking skills at wineries such as Justin, Zenaida and Calcareous. Along the way Russell produced his first wine, Nelle, in 2008 and later acquired a partner, joining forces with David Taylor. “We have a collaborative partnership,” Russell remarked of the business that was set up in 2014. Both the Cordant and Nelle brands are produced under the Tyler David Wine Works company. Russell is crafting distinctive wines that show the complexity of the regions in his blends and singular expressions in the vineyard-designate wine. We savor a few of his wines in his barrel room: the 2017 Nelle Pinwheel, is a deliciously aromatic white Rhône blend produced from Paso’s westside vineyards; a 2105 Cordant Central Coast pinot noir, awash with strawberry and cherry notes, sourced from three prestigious vineyards, the Santa Lucia Highland’s Escolle and Santa Rita Hills’ Kessler Haak and Radian;

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and, finally, the vibrant Nelle 2015 grenache, labeled as California appellation, a mix of grapes from Paso Robles, Edna Valley and Santa Ynez. “Grenache is becoming our flagship wine,” Russell mused. Russell’s wines reflect his attention to detail and the artistic labels (done by a friend) have a personal significance. The piano on the grenache bottle, for instance,

is from Russell’s home and the bluff on the Pinwheel bottle is the site where the winemaker and his wife Kate got married. Cordant and Nelle wines will be featured at Tent City After Dark celebration Oct. 6 in Sunken Gardens, Atascadero. Visit for more info about the weekend events. | 19

PUMPKIN PATCHIN’ in the North County

By Tonya Strickland


alloween is almost here so I’m throwin’ it back to fall 2016. Let me set the scene for you: It was my first year as a stay-at-home mom and my goal was to visit as many pumpkin patches as possible. I had two kids and was going to rock the season. But, then I caught the flu; followed by hives; followed by the stomach flu; followed by shingles. Uh, yeah. Fall 2016 was officially not kind. So we went nowhere. But in 2017 we ventured to three pumpkin patches. Yep, not getting sick and going to the places. Winning at life, right? Here’s a Look at our Favorite North County Pumpkin Patches:


The Deets: Open year-round 1111 Rossi Road, Templeton 434-9562 Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily $$: Cash & Credit Card

Why It’s Fun: Despite your friends’ Facebook photos implying otherwise, there’s no shame in hitting up Trader Joe’s pumpkin display for your “pumpkin patch” experience this year.

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Mom Tip: If you have sick kids, a baby who doesn’t care about patches anyway or you’re just not feelin’ it this year, TJ’s has some amazing affordable options — complete with a tall enough pumpkin pile outside to squat in front of for that token selfie. Seriously — been there, done that. OK, I know I just said North County only. But what I meant was… North County plus Avila Valley Barn. Because how can you forget the AVB?

AVILA VALLEY BARN The Deets: Open year-round 560 Avila Beach Drive, SLO // 595-2816 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free // Some activities cost money $$: Accepts cash & credit card (but bring dollar bills for animal food).

Why It’s Fun: • Feed the Goats (Daily) $1 bags of leafy greens for the goats are available to buy daily at a selfserve table by produce bins in the Vegetable & Fruit Stand. Also available by the cashier, but you have to stand in line for that. • Hay Rides (Call for days) Pay for tickets at the cashier in the Vegetable & Fruit Stand. • Pony Rides (Call for days) Pay for tickets at the cashier in the Vegetable & Fruit Stand. • Two Free Hay Mazes (Daily) There’s a tall maze and a shorter kids maze. • Great Family Photo Op: Find the decorated haystack pyramid

under the painted Avila Valley Sign in front of the Vegetable & Fruit Stand. Mom Tip: Did you know the hay ride will take you to the orchards located next to the barn property? October’s U-Pick schedule usually includes picking pumpkins off the vine. Not into picking? Stacks of beautiful pre-picked pumpkins await you in front of the Avila Valley Barn entrance.


The Deets: Open year-round 5000 Highway 46 WestW, Templeton Hours: Open Thursday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free + Free Activities // Annual Oct. 6 pumpkin decorating event costs $10 per person $$: Accepts cash or credit card

Why It’s Fun: (All Free) • Fort York Mountain Maze • Tractor Tire Garden • Farm Animal Viewing (can’t feed them) • Hay Stack Pyramid to climb • Wooden Train Play Structure (and a new Farm Truck Structure!) Sawhorses to Sit On • Dummy Steer Roping • Several Wooden Playhouses • U-Pick Options (you just pay for the fruit in the gift shop; wire baskets available up front) Mom Tip: This farm has portable toilets. Ps. Jack Creek’s Pumpkin Palooza pumpkin decorating event will be held again this year for $10

per person. It’s set to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. The price includes one pumpkin plus supplies to decorate it (paint, brushes, glitter, glue, pom-poms, ribbon, wiggle eyes and more) inside the decorating corral. Kids get an apron to wear in there, too.

RIVER K PUMPKIN PATCH & CORN MAZE The Deets: Open seasonally only 5670 North River Road, Paso Robles 441-3705 @riverkpumpkins on Facebook  Admission: Free // Activities cost money $$: Cash only

Why It’s Fun: • Large Corn Maze • Harris Stage Lines Hay Ride via a large Belgian horse-led carriage • Rural location with idyllic country views and photo ops • Wooden photo stand-ups of handpainted ghosts, pumpkins and skeletons to take picture with. • Pumpkin picking right off the vine • Handy wagons available to haul your pumpkins (or kids!) Mom Tip: I’m not sure if there are bathrooms here. I didn’t see any last year. Also, fun fact: this patch’s name comes from the fact that it’s run by the Kunze family on River Road. (Get it? River K) Got a cool tip for us on a great pumpkin patch within a few hours drive that we can add for next year? Email

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umpkin carving can get a little expensive and messy. And most times I find myself doing all the not so fun parts … the cutting and gut digging! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the tradition and we continue to do it every year, BUT we just thought we could try something different. Pumpkin painting, pumpkin decorating (sticking those Mr. Potato Head ears and eyes in them) … been there, done that! It’s all fun, but this year we decided to try something totally different: mason jar luminaries. If glass may be a concern with your little ones, try this with clear plastic jars and, of course, the small battery operated can-

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dles. All within the budget at the dollar store. You can still have something cute (and SPOOKY ) to light up your porch for those cute (and SPOOKY ) trick-or-treaters. I loved hearing all of the ideas that were popping up as we brainstormed what we were going to design on our jar. We tried spelling out (short) words, creating a spooky scene, or making a jack-o-lantern by cutting the shapes out of duct tape. We also came up with so many other uses as we were making them: storage for your Halloween candy keepers or a cute and unique way to wrap a sweet treat for the neighbors or for your favorite teacher!

Here’s what you’ll need! • Glass jars (you can reuse spaghetti sauce jars or buy canning jars) • Acrylic paint (we used spray paint) • Stickers and/or duct tape • Ribbon • Tea lights


STEP 1: Prep the jars by washing them with soapy water. Rinse well as to make sure there is no soap residue left behind. Alcohol works well at getting off any adhesive and will also remove any oils so the stickers will stick. STEP 2: Once they are dry, place sticker(s) on your mason jar. Make sure they are large enough to make a good shape. STEP 3: With a spray can or flat brush apply a layer of acrylic paint

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to the OUTSIDE of each jar. One layer is best so you don’t have a problem seeing the candle light through the jar. STEP 4: Allow the paint to dry completely (preferably overnight). Carefully peel the stickers off. Add a tea light inside (or battery-operated light). My son had a brilliant idea to place a glow stick inside for a different effect. Enjoy inside or out! Happy Halloween! Find me on Instagram @popex3

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Cotton &Rust C

otton & Rust, a clothing and home boutique clothing store in Templeton, is celebrating its first year of business and owner Alyssah Goss couldn’t be more pleased. “No one around carries what I do,” grinned Alyssah of her Western-Boho fashions. “We carry niche brands that aren’t readily available on the Central Coast, so I travel to Texas to hand-pick my stock.” Her labels include Buddy Love, Ivy Jane, Cousin Earl, Sister Mary, LuBella Candle Co. and Double J. Prices range from $32 to $110, with some exceptions, such as handmade hide leather handbags. Alyssah also stocks home décor, accessories and gifts, including hand-poured candles, wooden signs, hand-tooled leather shave kits for men, jewelry and hats. “I’ve dreamed of a career in fashion, but I just wasn’t sure how

on the Central Coast,” Alyssah said “I hit the ground running last year and got lucky finding a storefront in Templeton. I love Templeton; it reminds me of growing up in Arroyo Grande.” Alyssah heavily credits her fiancé, Brett Harradence, for helping her open the store. “I wouldn’t have a shop if it weren’t for him!” she said. “All the furniture inside except two chairs and a desk is repurposed. Brett rewired the whole thing and put tin on the ceiling. The doors to the dressing room are from my dad’s 120-year-old Victorian house. Blood, sweat and tears went into this place.” And indeed, they did. Alyssah’s father died in 2016 at the age of 57, just six years after she lost her mother, age 49. Many knew Jerry Goss through Goss Body Shop, his 63-year-old family business or his hobby, racing sprint

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cars. Alyssah’s loss was devastating but it provoked in her the courage to launch her first business. “It’s been a dream of mine,” she said. “When I was very young, I played dress-up and Mom would call me her little fashionista. I love fashion; I always have. I love making people feel beautiful from the outside in. That’s probably the most rewarding part of what I do. I never thought of fashion as an actual career but I took my hardship and turned it into something beautiful — that’s how Cotton & Rust was born.” Alyssah misses her parents terribly but the hard revelation that life is brief is what propels her passion. “Why not live your life doing what you love? And, what better way could I honor my parents?” said Alyssah. “Doing what I can to help other people feel great is helps keep their memory alive.”


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Three vie for two Atascadero Council seats Moreno runs unopposed for City mayor


By Luke Phillips

he election this November marks a changing of the guard in Atascadero. For the first time in six years, the City will have a new leader as Tom O’Malley steps down after serving three terms as mayor. O’Malley became the City’s first elected mayor in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. With no other contender stepping forward to vie for Atascadero’s top spot, we already know that current City Council member Heather Moreno will be the next mayor. As mayor, Moreno said that she will continue to advocate for a strong local economy. “During my six years on Council I’ve worked with the Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO County and been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, advocating the business potential in Atascadero,” Moreno said in a statement provided to Colony Magazine. “These relationships with business and community leaders county-wide have contributed to the investment we are now seeing in our community. I will continue to build on these relationships to encourage additional investment in Atascadero bringing greater diversity to our local economy, removing obstacles and developing incentives for businesses to call Atascadero home.” Moreno also plans to advocate

for fiscal responsibility, “reducing City regulations to make it easier for residents and business owners to get things done,” citizen engagement and transparency and building community partnerships. “Atascadero is unique in the way we all work together,” Moreno said. “The business sector, residents and our City government collaborate to get things done and cultivate that quality of life we all enjoy. It’s a privilege serving our City and I take seriously the responsibilities of the office.” Moreno’s move to the Mayor’s seat will leave her spot on the Council vacant along with that of Council member Brian Sturtevant who’s decided not to run for a third term. Three challengers have emerged to fill the two open seats on the Council: Mark Dariz, Susan Funk and Heather Newsom.

Mark Dariz Mark Dariz is a sitting member of the Atascadero Planning Commission and an architect by trade. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly in 1996 and has been working as a professional architect ever since. He was first appointed to the Atascadero Planning Com-

mission in 2011 and was elected chairperson in 2015. He’s also served on the City’s Design Review Committee and the County’s Regional Transportation Advisory Committee. “As an architect, and wheelchair user for more than 30 years, I brought valuable perspective to the Planning Commission,” Dariz told Colony Magazine. “I’m a member of Atascadero’s Kiwanis Club where I’ve served as president and currently serve as treasurer. I’ve seen firsthand the value of volunteer work helping children, the homeless and elderly. I will continue to support the vibrant volunteer spirit in our community.” Dariz said that as a Council member, he would “model open and transparent public communication and work cohesively and respectfully with my Council colleagues.” He added that he would also “work with other community leaders to bring jobs and business to Atascadero to further enhance our economy and maintain our infrastructure,” and will “use my experience as an architect and Planning Commissioner to help guide development in a direction to strengthen the well being, history and economy of our City.” “I have the most experience,” Dariz said when asked why he’s the best candidate for the Council. “I’ve been on the Planning Commission for eight years along with other committees... I think my experience kind of speaks for itself. In addition, I’d like to say that I think my architectural background is going to lend itself well to the direction the City is trying to go currently with

the development and trying to improve downtown and whatnot and I just think my architecture background will lend a good perspective to that.” Dariz moved to the area in 1991 and to Atascadero in 2003. He’s been married to his wife Sue for

Susan Funk 27 years and has two children — Amanda, 22, and CJ, 17. An Atascadero resident for the past 10 years, Susan Funk said she decided to run for Council after her son Jaron left for college to “use her talents and dedication to service to build a stronger Atascadero.” Funk said that she’s running to bring a fresh voice to the City Council and wants everyone in Atascadero to have a role in shaping the City’s future. “We’ve been waiting too long for good things to happen,” Funk said. “People want a healthy downtown — a cohesive core area with spaces where people can gather, eat and shop. My vision for a vibrant downtown includes experiences that bring people together — music, theater and events as well as food and drink. A downContinued on page 25

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Local Veteran Choreographer Debuts as Artistic Director as Frank Sanchez Retires


tascadero’s Dancing With Our Stars — a community fundraiser supporting seven nonprofits, produced by Jeannie Malik and the Friends of the Atascadero Library — has grown from a small show put on in a single night to a multi-night event complete with professional dancers and choreographers, a gourmet meal with Opolo wine and local celebrities competing to earn the most votes. The votes are earned by counting donations made by attendees before and during the event and the candidate that earns the most votes, i.e. raises the most money, wins! All of the money goes to local nonprofits, with six new nonprofits each year selected by the library board for the honor to compete. A group of around 40-55 volunteers, like Jeannie — who’s been with the show since 2011 and called it her “full-time passion throughout the year in addition to work” — are what have built this event into a fundraiser that can share its success. Last March, the event impressively raised nearly $100,000

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Community Star Dancers of 2019 Atascadero’s Dancing With Our Stars event. Photo by Jeannie Malik

for the participating nonprofit organizations — a testament to the generosity and dedication of our small community. This year, the 10th annual DWOS is getting a new director after the previous director Frank Sanchez retired. Sanchez, who turns 90 on Sept. 3, will still be involved in the show! Stepping up to fill Frank’s immeasurable shoes, Molly Comin — a respected local businesswoman and veteran choreographer — is taking on the role. Molly admitted she feels the pressure — Frank is a dancer and director she has worked with for a long time and holds such admiration for — but she also emphasized her excitement to follow in his footsteps and continue the fundraiser’s trend of growing bigger and better each year. So what exactly can you expect from the 2019 show? Well, Molly is excited to embrace the show’s theme, “Atascadero Time Machine: Back to the 80s” with “lots of energy and appreciation for

the 80s, good music, and amazing variety.” In order to continue the show’s growth, this year it will “take a multidimensional step up to raise the bar for the performance and focus on entertaining the audience; we’re involving more professional choreographers and dancers not just to compete but also to be in the entertainment and supporting numbers that help with the flow of the show; we’re adding more costumes and props, and musical elements to focus on engaging the audience at every level; and we’re even bringing in an additional comedic asset to maximize the fun.” Jeannie Malik said there is a lot of excitement about the theme this year and Molly’s directing: “she’s going to knock it out of the park.” Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin, who has been the emcee for the show in the past, will be taking on a new headlining role in the show with several creative characters like Doc Brown from the popular 80s film “Back to the Future.”

The Mayor himself is “very excited about the opportunity to take on more fun roles” and laughed that he was “perfect” for the part of Doc Brown. Our new guitar-toting tour guide through the 80s will be Joel Mason, a comedian and cruise ship headliner famous for his hilarious “Tribute Shmibute” to Elton John and the Eagles. He’s significantly reduced his rate in support of the community fundraiser, and is already working closely with Molly and the rest of the DWOS staff to make sure that the show and his performance is not just entertaining, but special to the local community. Molly’s goal is to get the audience “on the edge of their seat the whole night and really sorry its over” by making the show “energetic, with a lot of comedy, and one big 80s hit after another.” She wants to “invite all lovers of the music of the 80s” to come enjoy the show, but also said she wants to reach out and engage her own age group to participate this year as well. “I’m 47, so if I could do a shout out, I want to see Thursday night packed with people that graduated in the 80s!” The show is sure to be their biggest yet. There is still time to get involved, so contact the Friends of the Atascadero Library if you would like to volunteer and join the event! Tickets will go on sale Jan. 14, 2019, and quickly sell out so mark your calendars now! For more information or to get involved in a great community event, go to friendsoftheatascadero

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town full of customers will attract the local shops that make it special. Let’s be creative. A dentist’s office could have a comedy club upstairs or be relocated over a new restaurant.” Funk is looking to work collaboratively and transparently with businesses and citizens, she said, and will host Citizen’s Forums on key issues to “better reflect everyone’s interests and ideas,” if elected. “It’s time we worked together to meet our city’s 21st century challenges — in jobs, housing, roads, public safety and thriving neighborhoods,” she said. “Let’s use water and energy efficiently to benefit taxpayers and our planet. Let’s build a local economy strong enough to support the community we want to become.” Funk owned a business, the Kailos Group, for 25 years doing management consulting for healthcare providers and companies and previously served as a hospital administrator. She has a Master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University with a certificate in

public management. Funk lives in Atascadero with her husband Gordon Fugley and has a long history of involvement in local schools, civic organizations and professional societies. “I have the openness and energy that our community deserves and the business expertise that it needs,” Funk said. “I have a lot of experience working with a great variety of people and it makes it easier for me to listen well and engage people and develop solutions. I know how to get things done.”

Heather Newsom

An Atascadero resident since 2015, businesswoman and account-

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ing specialist Heather Newsom said that she is running for City Council to “make a difference in our community and help shape the future of Atascadero for generations to come.” Newsom said that she immediately fell in love with Atascadero after moving to the city and wants to maintain the family-oriented character she found here. She has been active in the community as a member of the Atascadero Parks and Recreation Commission, serving and treasurer for the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, secretary to the Atascadero Kiwanis Club and as a volunteer coach at Atascadero High School. As the owner of an accounting business, Newsom said she has been helping businesses for 16 years and understands the challenges they face. “I will collaborate with businesses in our community to integrate their values and experience into our everyday procedures and implement policies that support opportunities for their success with the ultimate goal of enhancing our entire com-

munity’s well-being,” Newsom said. “We must support our emergency services, our parks and recreational resources and all of the basic services that make life safe and enjoyable for our community.” Before launching her business providing accounting consulting for businesses, Newsom studied business law, business communications and accounting at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Alaska at Anchorage and the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks, QuickBooks Advance, Point of Sale and Advance. “I feel I can make the biggest difference in the community,” Newsom said when asked why she’s the right candidate for the Atascadero City Council. “I’m currently active in several organizations, some that support our youth and some that are making the community a better place. I fell in love with Atascadero and I want to maintain a community that is family-friendly and is a good place to live as well as quality of life for my children.” | 25




HALL OF FAME Welcomes 11 New Inductees


f you haven’t been, you are missing out — the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame is a walk through local history as told by those who tasted some of the greatest victories and greatest defeats. There is a golden thread, or orange thread, that unites our community with a single high school that our students grow up anticipating and finally, collectively toss their caps into the sky as Greyhounds. In 2007, the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation inducted the first class of the Athletic Hall of Fame to memorialize those student-athletes who left a high-water mark for future classes of Greyhounds to adopt as a standard of excellence. The inaugural class was made of Sherrie Atteberry, Ruth “Teach” Doser, Chuck Estrada, R.H. “Bud” Ewing, Ardel Johnston, Tom Keffury, Collie Kidwell, Rich Martinez, Daryl & Lynndell Sligh, Don Tucker, and Art Wilmore. Since that inaugural class, the Greyhound Foundation has added 101 more names to that illustrious list, and the 2018 class is scheduled to be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 27 during the annual banquet to be held at the SpringHill Suites Marriott in Atascadero. The 2018 class will add 11 inductees to bring the total to 124, but for foundation director Donn Clickard, it is one year at a time. “It is an individual activity for me,” Donn said. “It was for ‘Teach’s’ family. You know, it is going to be for Bob Spurr’s family. It is for the the individuals and their family, in the moment. It is for them now. We wanted it to be more than punch and cookies. It really honors them.” This year’s inductees will be Kevin Daugherty, Nate Janowicz, Chelsea Johnson, Bruce Kelly, Dan Loney, Andrew McRory, Shauna Robinson, Amy Smith, Coach Jerry Tanimoto, and Community Supporter Bob Spurr. Also being inducted, as the youngest mem-

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By Nicholas Mattson

ber ever, is Brittni Frace. Brittni is being inducted posthumously, which doesn’t happen very often for a 20-year old student-athlete. It probably never happens, but in light of the tragic loss of her life and the life of her sister Brynn in January 2018, it was a nomination that the Hall of Fame committee accepted decisively. “We felt like her records were Hall of Fame numbers,” Ron said. “She would have eventually made the Hall of Fame, so we felt it was the right thing to do right away to honor her and her parents. We were getting requests from a lot of people in the athletics community. We felt like it was a nice way to honor her and remember her.”

“It is for the the individuals and their family, in the moment. It is for them now.”

The Hall of Fame banquet is a celebration of life, and this year it will be 11 lives that brought something worth celebrating to our community. There are nine athletes, a coach, and a community supporter. “Our community supporters are in the Hall of Fame for one of two reasons,” Ron said. “One, someone who financial donates a lot of money, or two, volunteers and contributes time and effort for years and years.” The banquet isn’t your first chance to meet and speak with these old ‘Hounds, who traveled from near and far for the honor of induction. On Friday, Oct. 26, prior to the Atascadero High School football game against the rival Paso Robles, the inductees will be introduced on the field at Memorial Stadium. The game starts at 7 p.m. so get their early to be seated in the Memorial Stadium behind the inductees when they get their picture taken. At the banquet, things really get good. With emcee Christian Cooper setting the stage, each

Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Photos by Nicholas Mattson

inductee will take to the podium to tell some of their stories from the “good old days” to the present day. The statute of limitations is typically up by the time the student-athletes are inducted, so they are free to tell you all about “what really happened” way back when. It is a delight that cannot be overstated whether you grew up bleeding orange and grey or if you recently moved to the area because of the good food and wine — the stories told on the stage at the Hall of Fame banquet are a timeless glimpse into what makes a small town so special, and the catering by SpringHill Suites hits the spot. Although the majority of the tickets sold for the event are purchased by those involved in the local community and Greyhound traditions, the event is open to the public and good seats can be purchased at a table filled with locals enjoying a night you will not soon forget. Donn expressed his hope that every past Hall of Fame inductee would return and enjoy the event as a guest. “I think every past inductee who is living should be there, every time,” Donn said. “We have our past inductees stand to be recognized, and we honor them.” Tickets going for $50 for the gourmet food and wine, camaraderie and new friends, not to mention the priceless stories from our community’s yesteryears, it is a bargain. The Hall of Fame banquet is not a fundraiser. It is simply a community celebration that every resident should experience at least once. Each inductee receives a personalized plaque with their senior picture and statement of their accomplishments, and a copy of the plaque is placed in the Hall of Fame display at AHS outside Ewing Gymnasium for public viewing. Tickets to the banquet can be purchased at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, 6907 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Go to to read each inductee’s bio, see the full list of past inductees, or to nominate someone deserving of being in the Atascadero Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame.

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The Importance of Agricultural Education James J. Brescia Ed.D

SLO County Office of Education Superintendent


recently overheard a local Agricultural Education teacher describe her service as a Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor. I was surprised at how many people indicated they had not heard of FFA or Career and Technical Education (CTE). Agricultural Education is far more important than just an elective class. Our daily needs such as food, clothing, medicine, and even the paper this article was printed on require agriculture. The National FFA is one of the largest youth-led organizations in the United States. In 1988 “National” was added to the name of the association to represent the large number of participants that have swelled the ranks off FFA

members to 653,359 representing 8,568 local chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Growing up in the Santa Clara Valley in the 1960s was very reminiscent of living and raising our family in Paso Robles for the past 30 years. Agriculture is a significant portion of the county’s total direct economic output. This year’s Mid State Fair 4-H and FFA sales topped $2.2 million. Even during the height of the drought county agriculture produced nearly $1 billion dollars in product. According to the County Agricultural Report, indirect business tax payments related to agriculture have totaled more than $45.9 million. Our schools have embraced the agricultural history of our county and developed highquality, cutting-edge programs preparing our youth for not only advances in agriculture but new

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technology and beyond. Several of our recent valedictorians have been actively involved in agriculture, FFA, and CTE. North County schools have consistently embraced, advocated for, and led highly successful agricultural education programs. At a time in our history when the majority of our U.S. population is far removed from the land, schools on the Central Coast are continuing to promote interest, awareness, and involvement in agriculture. It is essential that we educate about where our food comes from beyond the local market shelf. A Shandon

rancher, I spoke with last month said: “If you like to eat, then you should like agriculture.” It is the responsibility of educators, farmers, ranchers, and all directly involved with land to tell the story of our family farms, ranches, and the people who care for this valuable commodity right here on the Central Coast. By embracing programs such as FFA, agriculture education, and CTE, today’s educators create socially interactive environments that maintain discipline, create learning “fun,” and teach the positive use of new technologies that benefit our daily lives. As we move forward into a new school year, I thank you for your continued support of education, our community, and our democracy. It is an honor to serve as your San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools. | 27


Featuring Surf & Turf at Nautical Cowboy


elcome to the inaugural edition of entrée – a Colony Dining Experience! As we launch this new column, we could not think of a better place to dine than the Historical Carlton Hotel with the newest restaurant in town — Nautical Cowboy. We were thrilled to have two of the most famous Atascadero ladies in town, Barbie Butz and Maggie Vandergon, join us for dinner. And, boy, did we have a great time sharing great food with these two local dynamos! STARTERS/APPETIZERS

Jason delivered a wide assortment of tasty starters to our table — Bruschetta, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Ahi Wontons, and Chicken Satay Skewers. Barbie’s Favorite: Bruschetta — toast points spread with house-made pesto, topped with tomato, garlic, onions marinated in balsamic vinegar, topped with parmesan cheese and a balsamic reduction. “This is excellent! I like the tasty combination of the pesto and balsamic, and the bread absorbs the flavors all the way through. Everything about this is pleasing to the taste buds.” Meagan’s Favorite: Ahi Wontons — sushi-grade ahi tuna, seared with a five-spice and served with wonton chips and mango salsa. “I love ahi, and this is so fresh and flavorful. The wontons are light yet crisp and allow the flavor of the ahi to shine through. And the mango salsa is the perfect addition to this tasty appetizer.” As we tasted our samples, our guests shared a bit about their fa-

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Meagan Friber Colony Magazine Writer Nic Mattson Colony Magazine Co-owner & Publisher Hayley Mattson Colony Magazine Co-owner & Publisher


Barbie Butz Colony Days Volunteer & Atascadero Community Supporter Maggie Vandergon Colony Days Founder & Atascadero Community Supporter Jason Main Nautical Cowboy Executive Chef

vorite causes. “In addition to Colony Days, Pioneer Days and other community causes, I am proud to be involved with blood drives at the Elks Lodge,” Maggie said. “I started that 14 years ago; I lost a son, so I started these drives in memory of him.” Barbie added, “My top causes are Coats for Kids, the Printery Foundation, Assistance League of SLO County, The Community Foundation SLO, The Women’s Legacy Fund and Colony Days. My parents were very involved so it’s in my genes. I think volunteering just satisfies something within and it’s a wonderful way to get to know people and help them.” ENTREES Next, we sampled the Seared Scallops, Shrimp Scampi, Chilean Sea Bass, Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon, and Wagyu New York Strip Steak. Nic’s Favorite: Chilean Sea Bass – a signature dish, the sea bass is seared, then baked in the oven and served with broccolini, wild rice, and a black beancorn salsa. “This is a real hearty meal that is colorful and nice to eat; the presentation is wonderful. The fish is very moist and has large flakes. The bed of rice complements, with broccoli and lemon, and spices give a nice

kick. The salsa is fantastic and is a welcome addition.” Hayley’s Favorite: Seared Scallops — day boat scallops from Santa Barbara, seared and then finished in the oven and topped with citrus caviar, blood orange buerre blanc, and served with wild rice and baby heirloom carrots with chives. “I like the seared crispness, they are very tender and juicy. I love the flavors and the rice is a nice addition. Everything is so fresh and tasty; I would definitely order this again.” Maggie’s Favorite: Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon — with a house-made red wine demi-glace and served with Brussel sprouts and garlic mashed potatoes. “This was perfectly cooked, absolutely delicious and just wonderful. The bacon holds the juices in and gives it a bit of flavor. If you are cattle ranching people, you are very picky about your beef… and this was done well. I also really liked the Brussel sprouts.” DESSERTS After trying all of the wonderful dishes, we were glad we saved a bit of room for dessert — house-made cheesecake with wild berry topping and triple layered chocolate cake. Everyone’s Favorite: Both desserts earned rave reviews from our group! Our comments included, “This cheesecake is to die for!” “Topped with the berries, this cheesecake is fantastic! I am a huge fan!” “The chocolate cake is decadent” and “They are both absolutely fabulous! I am glad I saved room for dessert!” Jason sources from local vendors including Di Raimondos’ Cheese, The Berry Man, and Back Porch Bakery, and prepares all sauces,

dressi n g s , soups, and desserts inhouse. The fall menu will feature hearty comfort foods such as shepherd’s pie, seafood stew, chili, chicken noodle soup and bison meatloaf. “I want locals and visitors to think of Nautical Cowboy as a place they can come in and enjoy a great meal any day of the week,” Jason said, “but also think of us when they want to dress up and celebrate a special occasion or date night.” “Many locals will continue to refer to this as The Carlton,” Maggie said. “Today, things have changed but I have to say this has truly been a nice dining experience and the ambiance here is great. Jason has a warm and outgoing personality and I can’t wait to come back!” Our special thanks to Jason and his crew at Nautical Cowboy as well as Maggie and Barbie. It’s folks like you that make Atascadero a great place to be! Stop by and see and the team at Nautical Cowboy and tell them you saw their story in Colony Magazine! Located inside the Historic Carlton Hotel 6005 El Camino Real in Atascadero 805-461-5100 Open daily for dinner See for hours, menus, & specials

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Americana TASTE OF


Americana Woman

topped with ice cream! Either way I’m sure it will become a holiday favorite. Makes two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaves

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread


love pumpkins. I love to look at a field of pumpkins. I love pumpkin stands along a country road. I love seeing a pumpkin by the front door of a home and I really love pumpkin recipes! What could be more connected to “Americana” at this time of the year than the smell of something “pumpkin” baking in the oven? Cream cheese gives this pumpkin bread recipe a texture resembling pound cake. You can serve this for breakfast or for dessert,

Ingredients: • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar • 4 eggs • 1 (16-ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons baking soda • ½ teaspoon baking powder • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon nutmeg • ½ teaspoon ginger • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts • 1 cup fresh cranberries chopped Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of the two loaf pans or line with baking parchment. (If using disposable foil pans, simply coat bottoms with nonstick cooking spray.). Beat cream cheese, butter, and sugars together until light and

fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Blend in pumpkin. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices in separate bowl. Add to pumpkin mixture along with walnuts and cranberries, mixing just until all ingredients are moistened. Divide batter between pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on racks. (If using foil pans, cool bread in pans.) Keep tightly wrapped and store in refrigerator for easier slicing. Note: Toast walnuts in a 375 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring 3 times while baking. Pumpkin festivals abound across the country. I saw listings for Half-Moon Bay, Moore Park and Manteca here in California. The festivals are favorite autumn events, offering the opportunity to sample pumpkin cooked in every possible form, from pumpkin stew to pumpkin pancakes. Of course, pumpkin pie is the all-time favorite! The recipe I use for a simple, old fashioned pumpkin pie is found on the Libby’s canned pumpkin label. It just can’t be beat. This next recipe is one to use when we begin to really feel the chill of autumn.

Pumpkin Soup with Ginger

Ingredients: Bread-and-Butter-Pickles • 3 Photo tablespoons butter Nguyen by Andrea • 1 onion, chopped • 1 ½ tablespoons flour

• 1 tablespoon curry powder • 4 cups Chicken Stock • 4 ½ teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree • 3 tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar Directions: Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Sauté the onions until soft. Add flour and curry powder, and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add 2 cups of the Chicken Stock, stirring constantly. Blend in the ginger, lemon juice, pumpkin puree, apples, and cinnamon. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Puree in small batches in blender or food processor. Return to saucepan and slowly add remaining stock until desired thickness is attained. Add brown sugar to taste. Note: Look for inexpensive pumpkin-shaped mugs at your local thrift store for a fun way to serve this tasty soup. Enjoy!

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Special Events October 5

— Tent City After Dark will take place at Sunken Gardens the evening prior to the historic Colony Days parade. This event will run from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with food, wine and beer, live music and so much more! For more information, visit

October 6 — 45th Annual Colony Days invites you to join in on the Mudhole Follies, a fun and engaging show. The parade begins at 10 a.m. followed by food and fun in the Sunken Gardens in Atascadero. Visit for more information.

October 6-7 — Inspired Home, Garden and Gourmet Expo is an event

where you can see new products, pop-up rooms, and attend educational home improvement and cuisine seminars. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and located at the Paso Robles Events Center, 2198 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles. Visit for more information.

October 10 — The Cancer Support Communit's Cancer Education Series will

continue with "The Family's Journey Through Cancer" with Joan Fusco, LCSW on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at Twin Cities Community Hospital, 1051 Las Tablas Rd. in Templeton.

October 13 — Paso Robles Pioneer Day highlights the heritage and tradi-

tions in and around downtown during the annual Pioneer Day event. Bring the whole family to downtown that includes a parade, free bean feed and daylong fun-filled activities. Parade begins at 10 a.m.

October 19-21 — Harvest Wine Weekend welcomes you to try your hand at harvest, including stomping grapes, taking in the beautiful fall foliage, and


enjoying live music, barbeques, barrel samples, and more! Visit for more information.

October 20 — Brookdale Health Fair & Car Show invites you to receive a

free health screening while enjoying the car show by Golden State Classics Car Club while being entertained by live music. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Brookdale Paso Robles, 1919 Creston Road in Paso Robles.

October 26-27 — Halloween Harvest Costume Ball will take place at the Paso Robles Event Center for two nights of dancing, costume contests, live music and lots of fun. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are limited and available by visiting

October 27 — Golden Oak Honey Festival brings a celebration of fall fea-

turing antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, food and beekeeping seminars to the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

October 27 — Zoo Boo at the Charles Paddock Zoo is back from 5 to 8:30 p.m. You can expect Halloween decorations throughout the zoo along with carnival games, a costume contest, Halloween activities, a haunted house and tricks and treats to enjoy! Visit or call 805-461-5080 for tickets.

October 31 — Safe and Fun Halloween Downtown is a popular event that promises fun for all ages. Local merchants participate in this fun-filled event. Ghouls, ghosts and the Main Street witches will be on-hand for this wildly popular Halloween event that runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit pasoroblesdowntown. org for more information.

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

October 6 — Paso’s Pink Moto Ride is a full day event. Enjoy a PINK pancake breakfast at BarrelHouse, a 75-mile ride through the backroads and return for a barbecue lunch, live music, pink beer and fun at BarrelHouse! This event benefits the Cancer Support Community California Central Coast division. Visit to register.

October 20 — St. James' Craft & Food Faire will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall, located at 1335 Oak Street, Paso Robles. All items are handmade and homemade. Proceeds will benefit the historic church grounds and Paso Cares. Find us on Facebook, St. James' Paso Robles.

Culture & The Arts A-Town Ballroom – Join in on the fun of learning new dance styles with local instructors. New classes are starting soon. Check out for upcoming classes, sign up for private lessons or more information.



Art After Dark Paso — First Saturday, wine tasting, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Paso, hosted by Studios on the Park.


Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano, Atascadero • 805- 461-6161 Tuesday & Wednesday — 10:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-5 year olds Friday — 10:30 a.m., Toddler Story time for 1-3 year olds Special Events October 2 — Gems in the Stacks Book Discussion 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to adults October 3 — Craft Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 6-12 year olds, registration required October 4 — Pyjama Drama 5:30 p.m., open to 1-5 year olds October 6 — Family Movie 2-4 p.m., A Wrinkle in Time October 9 — Pet Nutrition 5:30 p.m., open to teens and adults October 10 — Card Crafting with Beryl, 3:30 to 4

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p.m.; 4 to 4:30 p.m., open to 4 to 12 year olds October 11 — Pyjama Drama 5:30 p.m., open to 1-5 year olds October 17 — Create a Mask, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 6-12 year olds, registration required October 18 — Mixed Minds Book Group, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., open to adults October 20 — Lego Club, 2 to 3 p.m., open to ages 5-12, registration required October 26 — Astronomy for Everyone, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., open to all ages Paso Robles Library 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles • 805- 237-3870 Monday & Friday — 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Preschool Story time for 1-3 year olds Wednesday — 2:30 p.m., Grandparents & Books for kids of all ages

Thursday — 10:30 a.m., Mother Goose on the Loose for ages 0-18 months Special Events October 4 — Bats of the Central Coast, 6 to 7:30 p.m., open to adults October 6 — Dia De Los Muertos Shrines, open to all ages, 13 and under accompanied by adults, registration required October 8 — LEGO Build 4 p.m., open to children of all ages October 11 — Drop in and Color, 6 to 8 p.m. open to adults October 18 — Book Club, 7 to 8 p.m., open to adults October 20 — Table Top Game Day, 1 to 4 p.m., open to adults, registration recommended October 22 — Maker Monday, 4 to 5 p.m., open to ages 7-12

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Obispo. It is a 5K family fun run and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. For more information, go to SLOautism. org/zombie-invasion-slo.

s the leaves start to change colors and the temperatures cool, harvest festivals and Halloween activities abound. While there are many events around the country happening this month related to Halloween, here are our top picks in the North County and beyond.


Every October, the scarecrows come out in Cambria. The festival runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Local artisans construct scarecrows and display them around the town. For more information, visit


A moderately scary haunted house will open at 5805 El Camino Real on Friday, Oct. 5 and will continue on Fridays and Saturdays in October, and starting on Sundays on Oct. 21 and daily from Friday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Oct. 31.There will also be a lights on tour for children. For hours each day or to purchase tickets, go to


For the sixth year, the Templeton Recreation Foundation will host its annual haunted house, Nightmare on Main Street, at 99 South Main St. in a historic home. The haunted house has both inside and outside sections with many surprises with sound and visual effects. To make the haunted house fun for people who return year after year, the haunted house’s featured are changed, save for a few exceptions. Because of the scary nature of the haunted house, it is not recommended for children under 10 years of age. The haunted house is open Fridays and Saturday in October from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. There will also be lights on tours on Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 805-235-7593 or go to


Trick-or-Treat in participating downtown San Luis Obispo businesses from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. Maps and treat bags available at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera Street and Osos Street. A costume contest will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Get creative and compete for

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prizes. Age groups are 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9-12, as well as pairs and groups, which can include older children, pets, and parents. Sign-up begins at 5 p.m. at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera and Osos streets. For more information, go to


HAUNTED CAVES AT EBERLE WINERY The 17,000 square feet of underground caves at Eberle Winery are turned into a frightening delight recommended for trickor-treaters 8 years old and older at the winery's annual Haunted Caves on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, go to


The third annual Zombie Run for Autism will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon behind Camp San Luis

Charles Paddock Zoo will host its annual Zoo Boo on Saturday, Oct. 27 from to 5 to 8:30 p.m. There will be carnival games, Halloween activities, haunted house and tricks and treats. Admission is $10 for general admission or $9 for zoo members. Children 2 and under are free. Go green by bringing your own trick or treat bag. For more information, go to

HALLOWEEN AT THE MARKET, ATASCADERO Head down to Atascadero Farmers Market in Sunken Gardens for a Trick or Treating event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be trick or treating from local nonprofits and businesses, bounce houses, food and more. For more information, go to | 31




Creston Library 6290 Adams, Creston • 805- 237-3010 October 4 — Friends of the Elephant Seal, 11 a.m., open to all ages San Miguel Library 254 13th St, San Miguel • 805- 467-3224 Wednesdays — Crafty Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m., open to all ages October 13 — Midday Matinee, 1 to 3 p.m., open to all ages October 27 — Book Discussion: Elephant Company, 4

to 5 p.m. open to adults Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita • 805- 438-5622 October 2 — E-help at the Library, 1 to 3 pm., open to all ages October 6 — Young People’s Reading Round Table & Movie, 4-5:30 p.m., open to 12-16 year olds October 17 — Intro to the Maker Movement, 6 to 7 p.m., open to adults October 31 — Trick or T’Read, 12 to 6 p.m, open to all ages

November 2 — Game Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., open to all ages November 2 — Young People’s Reading Round Table & Movie, 4-5:30 p.m., open to 12-16 year olds Shandon Library 195 N 2nd St, Shandon • 805- 237-3009 October 3 — Crafty Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m., open to all ages November 3 — Notes with SLO Symphony Music, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., open to all ages

Business Atascadero Chamber of Commerce • 805-466-2044 6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422 October 12 — Women in Business: Transforming Lives, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday Inn Caladero Event Room, 9010 W. Front Rd, Atascadero. Register at October 18 — Chamber Annual Business Expo, 4 to 7 p.m. at SpringHill Suites by Marriot, 900 El Camino Real, Atascadero. October 27 — Atascadero Greyhound Hall of Fame begins at 5 p.m. Visit for more information. Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce • 805-238-0506 1225 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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Office Hours with District Supervisor John Peschong — third Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact Vicki Janssen for appointment,, 805-781-4491 Office Hours with Field Representative for Senator Bill Monning — third Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Contact Hunter Snider for appointment, 805-549-3784 Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Restaurant of the Month Appreciation — first Tuesday, time/location TBA, October 4 — DIR Public Works Workshop for Contractors is free to attend. This informal session will help ensure you know the new and existing regulations. 9 to 11 a.m. hosted at 153 Cross St, San Luis Obispo. Visit sloboe. com for more information.

October 10 — Chamber Mixer, 5:30 to 7 p.m. location TBD. Visit the Chamber website for more information. October 31 — Wake Up Paso is a monthly networking event held at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom that meets 7:30 to 9 a.m. 1103 Spring St, Paso Robles. Join us for breakfast, networking and speakers. Templeton Chamber of Commerce • 805- 434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465 Chamber Board of Directors Meeting — 4 to 5:30 p.m., every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Pacific Premier Bank Conference Room on Las Tablas Blvd. Monthly meeting — first Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. October 3 hosts Transitions Speaker: Meghan Madsen. Next meeting will be held November 7


North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters — every Monday, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. 1101 Riverside Dr, Paso, 805-464-9229 Early But Worth It Chapter — Business Networking International — every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Culinary Arts Academy, Paso, Visitors welcome, Business Networking International — every Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors welcome,

Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters — first Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Kennedy Club Fitness, Paso, 805-238-0524, Partners in $uccess — Business Networking International —every Thursday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Paso Robles Assn. of Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave. Visitors welcome, Speak Easy Toastmasters Club — every Friday, 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion, Twin Cities Community Hospital. 805-237-9096

Service Organizations American Legion Post 50 240 Scott St., Paso Robles • 805-239-7370 Commander John Irwin, 805-286-6187. Hamburger Lunch— every Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $5 Pancake Breakfast — third Saturday, 8-11 a.m., $6 Post Meeting — fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 220 • 805 Main Street , Templeton Post Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m. Elks Lodge Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real • 805466-3557 Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays Paso Robles Lodge 2364 • 1420 Park Street • 805239-1411 Lodge Meeting — first and third Wednesdays El Paso de Robles Grange #555 • 627 Creston Rd., • 805-239-4100 Zumba — Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 a.m. Do Paso Square Dancers — second Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Pancake Breakfast — second Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m., Kiwanis International Atascadero — 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229 Key Club — every Wednesday, 11:55 a.m. Kiwanis Club — every Thursday, 7 a.m.

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Paso Robles — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. (Culinary Arts Academy) Kiwanis Club — every Tuesday, 12 p.m. Board Members — first Tuesday, 1 p.m. Night Meeting — third Wednesday, 6 p.m., Su Casa Restaurant (2927 Spring St.) Lions Club Atascadero Club #2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Meeting — second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Paso Robles Club 2407 • 1420 Park St. Meeting — second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. San Miguel Club 2413 • 256 13th St. Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. Meeting — second and fourth Monday, 7:30 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • 630-571-5466 Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • 805-434-1071 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 7 p.m. Loyal Order of Moose Atascadero #2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-4665121 Meeting — first and third Thursday, 6 p.m. Bingo — first Sunday, 12-2 p.m. Queen of Hearts — every Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Pool League — every Wednesday Paso Robles #243 • 2548 Spring St. • 805-239-0503 Visit for more information Optimist Club Atascadero — dinner meetings second and fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd. or call 805-712-5090 Paso Robles — dinner meetings second and fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Paso Robles Elks Lodge, 1420 Park St. Rotary International Atascadero — 9315 Pismo Ave. Meeting — every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Pavillion Paso Robles Sunrise — 1900 Golden Hill Rd. Meeting — every Wednesday, 7 a.m. at Culinary Arts Academy Templeton — 416 Main St. Meeting — first and third Tuesday, 7 a.m. at McPhee’s Grill Veterans of Foreign Wars Atascadero #2814 — 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305 Meeting — first Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Paso Robles #10965 — 240 Scott St., • 805-239-7370 Meeting — first Tuesday, 7 p.m.

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EVENTS Clubs & Meetings Almond Country Quilters Guild Meeting — Community Quilts, October 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 295 Old County Rd, Templeton. Contact kajquilter@ or, Coffee with a CHP — second Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton. Exchange Club — second Tuesday, 12:15-1:30 p.m. McPhee’s, Templeton. 805-610-8096, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 465 — second Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal. Getting youth involved with aviation, North County Multiflora Garden Club — second Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. Public is welcome, no charge. PR Community Church, 2706 Spring St., 805-712-7820, guests welcome, multiflor- Monthly Dinner at Estrella Warbirds Museum — first and third Wednesday, 6 p.m., guest speakers. 805-296-1935 for dinner reservations, North County Newcomers —No general meeting in October. Find more information is available from their website: Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday, 10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St, Templeton North County Women’s Connection Luncheon — second Friday, 11 a.m., Templeton Community Center. $12 per ticket. Contact JoAnn Pickering, 805-239-1096 for reservations. Central Coast Violet Society — second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston Road, Paso.

Classic Car Cruise Night — second Saturday (weather permitting), 5 to 7 p.m., King Oil Tools, 2235 Spring St., Paso. Tony Ororato, 805-7120551. Daughters of the American Revolution — first Sunday. For time and place, email Active Senior Club of Templeton — first Friday, 10:30 a.m., Templeton Community Center, 601 S. Main St, Templeton. Meetings include a presentation on relevant local issues, often followed by a luncheon. Membership is $5 per year. Contact Templeton Recreation Department with questions. 805-434-4909 North County Wines and Steins — first Friday, 6 p.m., Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 Main St. Templeton. Meetings include wine and beer tasting, speaker or program and potluck. Visit for more information.

Health & Wellness THE WELLNESS KITCHEN AND RESOURCE CENTER 1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Visit, 805-434-1800 for information on Healing and Wellness Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities, and classes (to RSVP, register and pay online.) Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday until 6 p.m. October 18 — Healthy Cooking Class: Fall Harvest — Instructor Evan Vossler. 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE for those facing illness, otherwise $20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. October 19 — Healthy Cooking Class: Fall Harvest — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Idler’s Home, 122 Cross St., San Luis Obispo. RSVP required to 805-434-1800 or nancy@ October 24 — Intro to Wellness: A Taste of Change with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli. Learn 10 simple ways to begin your clean eating journey, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please RSVP. Class is FREE. November 3 — Top Chef Competition & Fundraiser — 3 to 8 p.m. will be held at Idlers Home, 2361 Theatre Dr, Paso Robles. More information available by visiting CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton provides support, education and hope. 805-2384411. Cancer Support Helpline, 888-7939355, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. PST. Visit for description of support groups, social events, education and kid’s programs. SPECIAL PROGRAMS: October 3 — Life Beyond Cancer, 11:30

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a.m. October 6 — Paso’s Pink Moto Ride, 9 a.m. October 10 — Young Survivors Peer Gathering, 6 p.m. in Templeton; October 18 — Advanced Cancer Support Group, 11 a.m.; ; October 24 — Potluck Social, 11:30 a.m.; October 25 — Breast Cancer Support Group, 12 p.m WEEKLY SCHEDULE: MONDAY: Therapeutic Yoga at Dharma Yoga, 11:30 a.m. TUESDAY: Educational Radio Show, 1:00 p.m.; WEDNESDAY: Living with Cancer Support Group — Newly Diagnosed/Active Treatment, 10 a.m.; FRIDAY: 8/10 & 8/24-Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza, 6 p.m. Healthy Lifestyle — Navigate with Niki-Thursdays by appointment, call 805-2384411; Cancer Well-Fit® at Paso Robles Sports Club, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., pre-registration is required with Kathy Thomas at or 805-610-6486.; Beautification Boutique offers products for hair loss and resources for mastectomy patients ( SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT Take Off Pounds Sensibly — every Monday, 5:30 p.m. Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario,, basement room. 805-4661697 or visit North County Overeaters Anonymous — every Monday, 5:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston Rd., Paso, MOPS — Mothers of Pre-schoolers — first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-

459-6049, Chronic Pain Support Group — CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Rabobank, 1025 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton. Suzanne Miller 805-704-5970, North County Parkinson’s Support Group — third Tuesday, 1 p.m., Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter 805466-7226. Overeaters Anonymous — every Thursday, 7 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Irene 818-4150353. North County Prostate Cancer Support Group — third Thursday, 7 p.m., Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion Room. Bill Houston 805-9952254 or American Cancer Society 805-4731748. Lupus/Auto Immune Disorder Support Group — fourth Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main St., Templeton. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Sponsored by Hospice SLO, 805-544-2266, Bereaved Parents Group — every Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Suicide Bereavement Support - fourth Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Meetings at RISE – Visit in person at 1030 Vine St., Paso Robles or call 805-226-5400 General Grief Support — every Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso. No cost, no pre-registration. GriefShare — every Saturday, 10 to noon in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles. | 33


By Nicholas Mattson


n 1859, Abraham Lincoln addressed the smallest area of soil by the means of independent Wisconsin fair, advocating for the art of ag- agriculture and education. This is a community riculture and delivering the exact phrase still that has long slept comfortably as Los Angeles etched above the front door of the Atascadero and San Francisco sprawled toward us, creeping Colony Administration Building in downtown quietly and far enough away as not to be heard. But that harvest fruit has gotten its deserved atAtascadero. During the speech, Lincoln delivered that tention, and the shire is no longer hidden in the “The thought recurs that education — cultivated Middle-Earth world between the “Two Towers.” Where do we go from here? Do we surrenthought — can best be combined with agricultural labor … and ere long the most valuable of der the ideals that brought an entrepreneurial all arts, will be the art of deriving a comfortable pioneer to establish this enclave for seekers, or subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No do we dust off the bluecommunity whose every member possesses this prints that formed the art, can ever be the victim of oppression of any mind that imagined this of its forms. Such community will be alike in- “Home Community” to dependent of crowned-kings, money-kings, and be a place of both sanctity and labor that would land-kings.” Nested in that terrific statement — which was produce a harvest that then nested within a speech which broadly ap- would so honor those preciated agriculture while likening its practice cherished words now to that of a “Free Labor” theory — was so pro- standing above the town found to the heart of E.G. Lewis that while he center for 100 years? dreamed of a utopia on the Central Coast, it drove him Such community will be alike independent of to raise the words crowned-kings, money-kings, and land-kings. above the majestic columns that still Lincoln continued reflect the massive size of his dream for a new “Free Labor argues that, world within the New World. “The most valuable of all arts will be that of as the Author of man deriving a comfortable subsistence from the makes every individual smallest area of soil” was one of four rallying with one head and one cries that has lived on for eight scores and nine pair of hands, it was probably intended that years since it passed from the pen of Abraham heads and hands should cooperate as friends; Lincoln, to his voice. E.G. Lewis was born 10 and that particular head, should direct and control that particular pair of hands. As each man years later, 1,000 miles away. Our community, our city, the Mudhole, Lewis’ has one mouth to be fed, and one pair of hands Colony, is awakening to itself and at times has to furnish food, it was probably intended that looked itself in the mirror and gasped. What particular pair of hands should feed that parhappened? This is not the masterplanned com- ticular mouth — that each head is the natural munity boasted about in the pages of Lewis’ guardian, director, and protector of the hands bulletins. This is not a community focused on and mouth inseparably connected with it; and deriving a comfortable subsistence from the that being so, every head should be cultivated, 76 Gas Station 35 A Beautiful Face 17 A-1 Mobility 09 Almond Country Quilters 08 American West Tire Pros 11 Arlyne’s Flowers 19 Atascadero Greyhound Foundation 15 Atascadero Pet Hospital 22 Awakening Ways 19

Baby’s Babble 29 Bob Sprain’s Draperies 35 Bottom Line Bookkeeping 25 Branches of Wellness Acupuncture 17 Cal Paso Solar 17 CASA 09 CB - Diane Cassidy 12 Colony Days Committee 05 Five Star Rain Gutters 35

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and improved, by whatever will add to its capacity for performing its charge. In one word Free Labor insists on universal education.” As we begin our celebration of Colony Days and Tent City of 1916, let us ruminate for a moment on the seeds that were planted in those early days of this home to us all, and remember that while we have matured in our sensibilities, there is a tangible power of establishment that still bears fruit for us today in this small town. Nothing more clearly represents the return to those roots than the reclaiming, rehabilitating, and repurposing of the Atascadero Press Building, also known as the “Printery.” As it was a haven for the written word, and a beacon for the pioneers who traveled thousands of miles to live in tents among new friends here 100 years ago. The restoration of the temple of the press can be no more valuable at any other time in history than it is right now. Just as Abraham Lincoln passed on words to his posterity, and just as Thomas Fuller gave the phrase “Do something worth writing, or write something worth reading” to Benjamin Franklin, who in-turn wrote it down for my eyes and heart to find, our words and actions will forever shape the course of history in some small or great way. I encourage you, yay I challenge you, to make the Press Building a beacon of hope for those seeking truth, that a community can overcome all differences in the name of high ideals that should one day be emblazoned in new stone for all who visit our city to see — that our spirit is uninhibited, and our goals are attainable. Ray Buban, EA - Tax & Financial Services 13 Reverse Mortgage Pros 17 San Joaquin Valley College 35 SLO County Office of Educ. 27 Solarponics 11 Spice of Life 12 Sue Hubbard - Farmers Ins. 25 Susan Funk for City Council 09 Templeton Door & Trim 12

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