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Living in the Moment with Tom Keffury By Camille DeVaul

Tom Keffury dreamed of being a professional baseball player when he was young. Little did he know he would become the voice SLO County would wake up to every morning and point man for the California Mid State Fair.


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July 4, 1776, America’s Independence Day By Hayley Mattson

Each year we look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, with friends and family. It is important for us to remember why we celebrate and why we love America, home of the red, white, and blue. Tent City

Atascadero High School’s Class of 2022 By Christianna Marks

The students of Atascadero High School’s graduating class celebrated leaving high school behind and moving on to the next steps in their lives in front of family, school faculty, and friends at Memorial Stadium on June 2.


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s the school year came to an end, we were among those celebrating a graduating senior. Elle Madison took her final High School walk under the stadium lights on a warm June evening at War Memorial Stadium. Elle’s class had one full year of “regular” High School life, and then halfway through her sophomore year, covid hit the world; she and her class transitioned to a whole new way of education than we had ever seen before. Elle took to the changes, adjusted, “pivoted,” and made the decision to graduate early in December 2021 and walk with her class in June. We could not be more proud of her and all she has accomplished. Congratulations to Elle and the graduating class of 2022! Now that the warmer temperatures are here, there is no better place to spend the summer than attending all the events. From concerts in the park, wine festivals, downtown activities, eating late dinners outside, and this month, the California Mid-State Fair. We are so excited for the Fair’s full return, and the committee is not holding back! With the theme “Full Steam Ahead” we can all look forward to a great time for everyone. Be sure to check out all the events and activities they have planned on page 20. Each July, we start the month planning and preparing for our 4th of July activities and BBQs. Getting together with family and friends to celebrate our independence is a summertime staple. But how much do we actually know (and remember learning) about July 4, 1776. It is important to look back and understand what the founding fathers went through, what they sacrificed, and what our freedom actually means. No matter your political views, we are all here because of that day 246 years ago; now, what we do from here is up to us. We wish you a very safe and meaningful 4th of July and a wonderful summer. Please enjoy this issue of Atascadero News Magazine. Hayley & Nic

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have made it affordable so that anyone can start the business they’ve always wanted. A space where side-hustles become reality and where remote work can occur without the distractions of home life. This space is for creative thinking, collaboration and, ultimately, is a space where business can flesh out their proof of concept. With the new offices nearing completion, we are now accepting reser vations. To reserve a desk or space, email or call (805) 466-2044. Join a supportive community and get connected with the tools and space you need to focus and

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othing says Summertime in America more than a good old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Hot dogs, picnics, friends, families, and neighbors gather while enjoying the sounds of music, laughter, and the happy squealing of children playing games. The celebratory atmosphere has been missing from many areas around the country since the pre-covid 4th of July events of 2019. Happily, times have changed, and this year we have begun to see the return of more in-person events, including Independence Day celebrations. Santa Margarita residents are looking forwards to the return of 4th of July fun at the Santa Margarita Community Park. Santa Margarita’s old-fashioned celebration in the park will begin before the heat of the day at 10:30 a.m. and will have something for everyone. This year’s 4th of July event will include live music in the gazebo from talented local musicians, field games such as water balloon toss, three-legged races, and more led by Scout Troop 123. Carnival booths hosted by the Santa Margarita Community Church, face painting, hot dogs served by the Santa Margarita Lions Club, a hand-cranked ice cream station, and visits with Santa Margarita Fire Department volunteers.

Along with many areas of the country, Santa Margarita has seen a pretty significant change in residents over the past two years, with COVID-19 affecting job availability, the cost of living, and making telecommuting a new reality, shaking up how and where people work and live. Older folks have moved on or passed away, and the town will certainly be missing the appearance of its celebrity centenarians, Mr. Barba and Mr. Lowe, as well as Mr. Brazzi, all of whom were longtime residents and key community members who sadly passed within the last 12 months. On a brighter note, Santa Margarita has seen an influx of young new families who are certainly in for a treat with this year’s festivities! Be sure to arrive early, wear sunscreen, bring chairs and water, and prepare for fun. Although this year there is no official parade planned, you never know what the creative and fun-loving residents of Santa Margarita might do on their way to the park… The 4th of July festivities at the Santa Margarita Park will go from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited as fire danger is high. However, you are welcome to attend one of the many legal firework shows throughout the county. 



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om Keffury dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player when he was young. Little did he know that he would become the voice that San Luis Obispo County would wake up to every morning for the last 17 years and the point man for the California Mid State Fair. "To get from there to where I'm at now...I feel lucky," Tom shared, "I feel blessed…I feel grateful." Growing up in Atascadero, one of his first jobs was cleaning stalls at the Mid-State Fair. He remembers avidly listening to KPRL with his dad, along with the era's best radio broadcasters, including Paul Harvey and Howard Cosell. "I've always had a spot in my heart for some old-time radio folks," says Tom. As a kid on road trips with his family, Tom would mimic the radio voices by imagining his own show while interviewing his sister in the car. It didn't occur to either of them that they were foreshadowing Tom's future. After graduating from Atascadero High School, Tom moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, where he had a football scholarship. "Like many people, when they are 17, they think they know everything. I was certainly in

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that camp," Tom shared. "I wanted to get out of the small town Atascadero life and get to a big I chose the biggest city in the world." For the first year, Tom loved being a city kid. But by his sophomore year, he missed the small-town life. So for his third and fourth years of college, he transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, which he described as Atascadero with a college in the middle. For the next two years, Tom played baseball for the university and met his future wife, Myki. While Tom finished his required classes to graduate, he did not meet the other requirements to graduate and walk away with a diploma. The reason he says was because he more so majored in college fun. At that point, Tom moved back home to Atascadero to figure out his next move. His plan was always to make it to the major leagues, but after coming to grips with it not becoming a reality, Tom got his first job in broadcasting with KPRL in Paso Robles. Using the advice from his uncle, a broadcaster for K-Fog in the Bay Area, Tom stayed at KPRL for one year. After, he moved to the SLO-based country music station 92.5 KDDB as its afternoon disc jockey, later transferring to being their morning show host. With his and Myki's first baby on the way,

Tom decided to shift into sales for American General Media. He and his family moved to Arroyo Grande before Tom left the broadcasting industry entirely in 2002 for a quick stint in sales at a local ad agency Barnet Cox. In 2005, American General Media General Manager Kathy Signorelli called Tom and asked him to host the morning show KJug. At the same time, Tom was offered a job at the CMSF, running the fair's sponsorships which both he gladly accepted — so since 2005, Tom has been radio broadcaster by morning and CMSF front man by afternoon. To Tom, the CMSF has always held a special place in his heart. He, like many others in the county, grew up with the fair. It is the Super Bowl of SLO County. But KJug, he says, has become special to him as well. "The fair is very, very special and has always been very special...I'm very grateful to work there and be a part of it," said Tom, "KJug has also become very special. KJug has something different than every other radio station." In addition to KJug, Tom is a large part of the CMSF. For 10 days, the fair brings in some of the genre's biggest acts, including artists like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Kiss, Journey, and countless others. Tom works year-round to secure funding for the fair by working with corporations for sponsorships and acts as a liaison between the music artists and the fair, developing marketing plans for the artists after they are booked. Our "little fair" is known nationwide to music agents. And that started, Tom says, by all the people who came before him. "That's really a testament to the people who came before me but who made the investment and had the vision to see what could happen down the road," said Tom. The first big league act booked at the fair was Buck Owens in 1969. From then on, Paso Robles became a stop for nearly everyone's tour while in California. However, it all almost came to an end in 2020. No one could have ever imagined not having a Mid State Fair, so when it was canceled like so many other events due to the pandemic, Tom says that the fair was on the brink of never coming back if they had to cancel again in 2021. Thankfully, due to the community's support, they made it through the hardship and are returning better than ever. Now, we are in July, two years after that storm of uncertainty, and this year the CMSF returns "Full Steam Ahead!" "We live for that moment of seeing people connect and further develop their relationships," Tom said, "It's great, and we can't wait for this year."  Atascadero News Magazine

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ach year as we head into summer, we look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, with friends and family. Here in San Luis Obispo County, we have so many options to celebrate the day, from BBQs and camps on the beaches, annual parades, concerts in the parks, and, of course, fireworks. Our day is filled with laughter, joy, and lots of sunshine, and at the end of the day, we take a moment to remember why we are all celebrating and why we love America, the home of the red, white, and blue. The Fourth of July traditions of Independence Day celebrations go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. Amid the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historical document like none other drafted by Thomas Jefferson that would shape the nation we are today. The Revolutionary War began in 1775, arising from growing tensions between residents of Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown. Tension between British troops and colonial militiamen in Lexington and Concord in April 1775 ignited the armed conflict. By the following summer, the rebels were waging a full-scale war for their independence. France entered the American Revolution on the

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side of the Americans in 1778, turning what had essentially been a civil war into an international conflict. After French assistance helped the Continental Army force the British to surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, the Americans effectively won their independence, although fighting did not formally end until 1783. The strained relationship between Americans and the British authorities began more than a decade before the outbreak of the American Revolution. The French and Indian War, or Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), brought new territories under the crown’s power, but the expensive conflict led to new and unpopular taxes. Attempts by the British government to raise revenue by taxing the colonies — notably the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767, and the Tea Act of 1773 — were met with heated protest among the colonists, who resented their lack of representation in Parliament and demanded the same rights as other British subjects. In response, a group of colonial delegates (including George Washington of Virginia, John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, Patrick Henry of Virginia, and John Jay of New York) met in Philadelphia in September 1774 to voice their grievances against the British crown. This First Continental Congress did not go so far as to demand independence from Britain; however, it denounced taxation without representation, as well as the maintenance

of the British army in the colonies without their consent. In addition, it issued a declaration of every citizen’s rights, including life, liberty, property, assembly, and trial by jury. The Continental Congress voted to meet again in May 1775 to consider further action, but by that time, violence had already broken out. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord, Massachusetts, in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoats. On April 19, local militiamen clashed with British soldiers in the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, marking the “shot heard round the world” that signified the start of the Revolutionary War. When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many additional colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776. “Common Sense” was a pamphlet stating the argument in favor of American independence. Pamphlets were an

important medium for spreading ideas and information in the 16th through 19th centuries. “Common Sense” played a remarkable role in transforming a colonial squabble into the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event that eventually led to the formation of the United States of America. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later known as Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” The 13 colonies included New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. It was those colonies that came together to form the United States of America. Though the movement for American independence effectively triumphed at the Battle of Yorktown, contemporary observers did not see that as a decisive victory yet. British forces remained stationed around Charleston, and the powerful main army still resided in New York. Though neither side would take decisive

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action over the better part of the next two years, the British removal of their troops from Charleston and Savannah in late 1782 finally pointed to the end of the conflict. British and American negotiators in Paris signed preliminary peace terms in Paris late that November, and on September 3, 1783, Great Britain formally recognized the independence of the United States in the Treaty of Paris. At the same time, Britain signed separate peace treaties with France and Spain (which had entered the conflict in 1779), bringing the American Revolution to a close after eight long years. After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to commemorate Independence Day every year in celebrations that allowed the new nation’s emerging political leaders to address citizens and create a feeling of unity. By the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties—the Federalist Party and Democratic-Republicans—that had arisen began holding separate Fourth of July celebrations in many large cities. As we look back on our history, we as Americans continue to fight for our independent freedoms. As history shows, we evolve, grow, and become better. At times, however, we can regress and move backward. As we celebrate our independence and that of our nation, we take a moment to reflect on what each of us can do to ensure our freedom continues for the next generation and what we are doing today to preserve it. We wish you a very safe and meaningful Independence Day. 

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alifornia Mid-State Fair New CEO The California Mid-State Fair Return’s to Paso Robles “Full Steam Ahead” this summer and with a “new” official CEO. The California Mid-State Fair Board of Directors announced the appointment of Colleen Bojorquez as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Mid-State Fair and Paso Robles Event Center, effective March 1 of this year. Bojorquez was named interim CEO in 2020, at the start of the pandemic. Bojorquez began working for the Paso Robles Event Center in 1992 as a ticket operator. During this time, she also received her Bachelors of Science, Ecology and Systematic Biology (2000) and a Master of Education (2003). Bojorquez has held many positions at the Paso Robles Event Center but spent the majority of her career as a business assistant. In that role, she worked closely with past CEOs and the Board of Directors and has overseen staff, special projects, and funds. Over her 30-year career, she gained a unique perspective and brings a diverse knowledge of not only the industry but the organization as well. “We feel fortunate to have someone with Colleen’s experience, integrity, creativity, and passion for the Fair and our community,” said Krista Sabin, president of the Fair Board. “For the past two years, Colleen served as the interim CEO, and through the difficulties and challenges of the COVID19 pandemic, she demonstrated excellent leadership, resourcefulness, and vision that successfully sustained the Fair and the Paso Robles Event Center. Colleen takes great pride in her work and puts people first.” During her time as interim CEO, Bojorquez partnered with community members who could support the Paso Robles Event Center, whether fiscally or by communicating with local, state, and federal officials to keep the doors open. Bojorquez was born and raised on the Central Coast and is part of a 4th-generation pioneer ranch family. Her family includes her husband Tim and children, Curran (17) and Bailey (13).


oleen shared, “The staff and I are so excited to welcome you all back to a jam-packed Fair this year! The California Mid-State Fair is “Full Steam Ahead.” Whether you are enjoying our full lineup of entertainment on all three stages, encountering a wild animal at the Headliner stage, riding rides, or participating in one of many competitive exhibits, livestock, and horse shows—we are so glad to be able to showcase what our

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community has to offer. Make sure you check out our new Cantina on the south end of the Fairgrounds, look for the Dragon Knights Stilt Walkers, who will be sure to entertain and bring our Steampunk theme to life, or take a stroll through Farm Alley and check out the SLO County Farm Bureau exhibit—they are celebrating 100 years! There is so much to see and do; we hope you enjoy the Fair as much as we enjoy hosting it! Atascadero News Magazine

12 Days of Fun OPENING DAY

Kick off the Fair this year by joining in on the fun of attending opening day on Wednesday, July 20, starting at 8 a.m. with Cutting Horse Show at the Hearst Equestrian Center. The day is packed full of FFA and 4-H shows and Career Fair. Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Miss California Mid-State Fair Pageant on the Frontier Stage and legendary rock group Journey on the Chumash Grandstand Area. See the full schedule for all the daily details at

KIDS’ DAY & SENIOR DAY On Kids’ Day, Friday, July 29, children age 12 and under are admitted to the Fair for free, and on Friday, July 22, visitors age 62 and older pay just $9.

CARNIVAL RIDES In 2017, Helms and Sons Amusements became the official carnival provider to Mid-State Fair by offering improved quality and lower ride prices. Onsite purchases of single-ride tickets cost 50 cents apiece, $25 for a sheet of 50 tickets, and $50 for a sheet of 100 tickets. Unlimited Ride wristbands are also available for $40 (each day). For fast entry into the Fair, WOWXpress wristbands ($15) are available only at the Carnival Ticket Booths and enable guests to bypass crowds via special entrances on every ride. The carnival opens at noon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and 4 p.m. on all other days.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Since 1969, the demand for live entertainment has grown at the California Mid-State Fair, and this year truly has something for everyone. So be sure to get your tickets fast at The Bud Light Concert Series lineup in the Chumash Grandstand Arena includes: July 20 • Journey

July 21 • Darius Rucker July 22 • Old Dominion July 23 • Santana

July 24 • Dan + Shay with Carly Pearce

July 25 • Live Rock Tour: Skid Row and Warrant July 26 • Lynyrd Skynyrd

July 27 • Los Tigres Del Norte July 28 • Kane Brown

July 29 • Music & Wine with John Fogerty July 30 • Country Rodeo Finals July 31 • Monster Trucks

Frontier Stage All shows are free with paid admission to the Fair and start at 8 p.m. every night. July 20: Miss CMSF Pageant (7:00 p.m. start): Come see the lovely local ladies on stage and find out who is crowned Miss CMSF 2022. July 21: Sheena Easton: Sheena has sold over 20 million records worldwide. She has received two Grammys and was the first - and still only - artist to have top five records on five major Billboard charts. Hits include “Sugar Walls,” “9 To 5 Morning Train,” and “Strut.” July 22: Led Zeppelin 2 (Tribute): The Live Experience recreates the sights, sounds, and pure rock & roll euphoria of a prime Led Zeppelin concert. Come hear all the hits like “Stairway To Heaven,” “Welcome To California,” and “Whole Lotta Love.” July 23: Matt Stell: Matt hit the country scene with back-to-back #1 hits “Everywhere But On” and “I Prayed For You.” His current single rising up the charts is “This Ain’t Me No More.” July 24: Los Parras: Los Parras Revolucionando la música regional Mexicana y las redes sociales, LOS PARRAS están conquistando todas las generaciones y son la cara de la música Mexicana. July 25: Maddie & Tae: Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant counter to bro country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going platinum. July 26: Mac Powell: Mac Powell co-founded the Christian rock band Third Day. Throughout their nearly three-decade career, the band sold over 10 million albums, earned four Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, 24 Dove Awards, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. July 27: Foghat: Foghat celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2021, and their live performances show why the band is still around. Foghat’s live show is as intense as ever, with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect from a seasoned band with such a long musical history. C’mon and take a “Slow Ride!” July 28: Dante Marsh & The Vibe Setters: The Vibe Setters, a mixture of Island, Soul, Funk, and RnB, with colorful melodies and heavy grooves. The Vibe Setters have won an SLO New Times Music Award and have also been able to cultivate an exciting experience during their shows. July 29: Al Jardine Family & Friends Tour featuring Carnie & Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips plus Matt Jardine: Audiences will enjoy legendary hits of The Beach Boys, including “Help Me, Rhonda,” “California Girls,” and “I Get Around.” The show will also feature the Wilson Phillips catalog, including “Hold On,” “The Dream is Still Alive,” and “You’re In Love.” July 30: High Voltage (AC/DC Tribute): High Voltage performs the best of AC/DC, from the early roots of the bands’ Australian club circuit days to the superstar worldwide status of their present hits. Don’t miss the excitement of “Back In Black,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” and “Money Talks.” July 31: Niko Moon: RCA Nashville breakthrough recording artist Niko Moon kicked off 2021 by topping multiple charts with his Platinum-selling debut single “GOOD TIME.” Moon has five songwriting No. 1 hits (Zac Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy,” “Homegrown,” “Beautiful Drug,” “Keep Me In Mind” and “Heavy Is The Head”) plus co-pen credits on singles by Dierks Bentley and Ashley Monroe, among others. July 2022 | 21

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FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST It’s back! And the community is ready for it, the Annual Pancake Breakfast in Paso Robles Downtown City Park on Thursday, July 28, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast includes sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. The cooking crew is provided by the Mid-State Fair as a way of saying thank you to the community. The Paso Robles Main Street Association provides the servers and handles the ticket distributions. Pick up your tickets in advance from downtown retail stores. Or call the Main Street Office with questions at (805) 238-4103. The best part it’s FREE!

CMSF BARN DANCE Just outside the Headliner Stage, radio station, 98.1 KJUG will host dancing for the public from 9 p.m. until closing.

COUNTRY RODEO FINALS The Country Rodeo Finals will take place on Saturday, July 30. The exciting night will return to the Main Grandstand Arena and start at 7 p.m. All seats are General Admission and are on sale now at $25/Adult (13+ years old) and $15/Child (3-12 years old) and can be purchased online. The ticket price is $25 for all on the day of the show. The Country Rodeo

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Finals is the culmination of hard work and stellar performances during the morning’s rodeo events; this is your chance to see some of the best and brightest cowboys and cowgirls. Featured events include Match Roping, Team Penning, Double Mugging, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, and more. This year’s show will feature new addition, Maddison McDonald, who’s been a featured act of the National Finals Rodeo for the last 10 years, as well as Anthony Lucia, one of the best rodeo announcers. The beloved parachute flag drop will also make a return to open the show. In addition, the fans will be treated with specialty acts throughout the performance, including rodeo clown Matt Merritt – the Entertainer of the PBR Velocity Tour.

MONSTER TRUCKS Monster Trucks are back! And this year, the non-stop action takes place in the Chumash Main Grandstand Arena on closing day on Sunday, July 31. Monster Trucks begins at 7 p.m. Ticket pricing, and additional information can be found online at

CMSF DAILY SCHEDULE The official CMSF Daily Schedule will be available in print and online prior to the start of the Fair. Visit for more details. Atascadero News Magazine


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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Atascadero High School's Class of 2022 Celebrates Graduation

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By Christianna Marks Photos by Kristin Raynor Evans


he students of Atascadero High School’s (AHS) graduating Class of 2022 celebrated leaving high school behind and moving on to the next steps in their lives in front of family, school faculty, and friends at Memorial Stadium on Thursday, June 2. As the school’s 101st graduating class, 266 seniors, wearing gray and orange, entered the stadium as the Class of 2022 to “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by Greyhound Band. The Senior Choir then performed The national anthem, and later in the graduation ceremony, the choir sang “We’ll Meet Again.” “Dear family and friends, on behalf of the class of 2022, I would like to welcome you to our graduation ceremony,” said Senior Class President Haylee Masullo in her welcome speech. “We want to thank you for the role you’ve played in all of our lives and the love and support you have given us, which has helped us to reach this milestone. We truly appreciate it. And to the class of 2022, we’ve been through so much together, and I couldn’t be more grateful to graduate alongside you all.” AHS Valedictorian Kylie Sims and Salutatorian Alexander DeFraga were recognized during the ceremony and given medals by Principal Dan Andrus. Kylie graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 4.59, and Alexander graduated with a GPA of 4.53. Following tradition, every year at AHS, the students in the senior class submit graduation speeches. Then one of those speeches is chosen by the senior facility to be read during the graduation ceremony. This year, senior Kianna Lambert’s commencement speech was chosen. Kianna’s speech, heavily inspired by cinema, was full of vignettes of the Class of 2022’s time at AHS, and referenced many classic high school movies. “I try to focus on the range of genres you’d all have; from drama kids, to cheer, to water polo, even those of you who felt they have no group,” Kianna said. “Despite the variety of everyone, there’s something that unifies us. Our setting of AHS ranging from the bowl to the quad to all over campus. Here, our movies likely share scenes of driving to In-N-Out after a football game while exhausted, or going outside due to the 50th fire alarm in one semester.” “Our setting and characters of our movie sets us apart from the others,” Kianna added later in her speech. “We were never going to be ‘High School Musical’ or ‘Mean Girls,’

but we created our own movie at AHS. Now, let’s cut to the best part of our movie, the ending of our graduation. As the end credits roll, we’ll say farewell to peers and teachers.” AHS Principal Dan Andrus returned to the microphone. “It’s been my privilege to spend the last two years here as the principal of the school,” he said. “Two years, during which time, over and over again, you have inspired me. This is a class of people who succeed. Among you are athletic champions, robotics champions, model United Nations champions, FFA champions. Experts in band, choir, and drama, and a lot of other things. Among you are people who have worked hard, competed hard, and who have tasted the sweet rewards of success.” More than two-thirds of the graduating class wore green and black chords that signified they also completed college courses while finishing high school with dual enrollment. And other students wore colored tassels to indicate that they had completed CTE pathways, providing them with job-ready skills. “Some of you have been recognized as AP scholars and scholar-athletes,” Principal Andrus added. “All of you have succeeded in doing the work and demonstrating the learning and the growth to earn your diploma, to leave high school, and to go out into life. In short, you’ve already accomplished extraordinary things here in high school.” He went on to say that the students are supported by the local community, which in total donated $192,000 in local scholarships. Andrus then certified that the graduating class had met all requirements to graduate, and Superintendent Tom Butler authorized the Class of 2022 to receive their diplomas of graduation. The diplomas were handed out by the Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees: Ray Buban, Donn Clickard, Tami Gunther, Corinne Kuhnle, Mary Kay Mills, George Shoemaker, and Terri Switzer. “Mr. Andrus, Mr. Butler, and members of the Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Class of 2022, I accept the diplomas of graduation. Seniors, please rise, move your tassels from the right to the left,” stated Haylee Masullo on her return to the stage. The graduation ceremony concluded with tassels moved and graduation caps tossed to cheers and fanfare from the thousands of family and friends in the bleachers and the students on the field. Hats off to Atascadero High School’s graduating Class of 2022.  July 2022 | 25


Valedictorian and Salutatorian By Christianna Marks

Kylie Sims, Valedictorian

Atascadero High School’s Class of 2022


ith the highest grade point average (GPA) out of the whole Atascadero High School’s Class of 2022, Kylie Sims was recognized as valedictorian with a GPA of 4.59. “It really wasn’t my goal originally until this year,” Kylie said of becoming valedictorian. “I’ve always just pushed myself to get good grades, but it was more for me. I wasn’t thinking about a big award or anything. But this year, when I found out I was in the running, then I was like, ‘oh, that’s really cool if I actually get that,’ because then I thought that would be a cool representation of all the work I’ve put in.” Having been born and raised in Atascadero, it was clear that Kylie would one day don the Greyhound colors of gray and orange, completing her time as a student that started in the Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD). “I really like our community, and I like how it’s not too overwhelming, but everyone’s close together because it’s a small town, you know? I’ve always liked our school district,” stated Kylie. While taking AP literature, AP Spanish, AP calculus, AP government, and honors anatomy to maintain her high GPA, Kylie also thrived in multiple sports at AHS. She played tennis all four years, the last three on the varsity team, and participated on the track team. She also volunteered for

an organization called Letters for Rose, where she sent letters to the elderly in nursing homes. “With COVID, it was a lot different than normal, so that was very interesting,” she said of the last couple of years. “But I still enjoyed doing school, because I just like learning whatever and I enjoy just seeing how much I can improve in all my classes. So, I was really happy with how I was able to persevere through that and continue to get A’s throughout the past couple of years and to get valedictorian. That was a big accomplishment for me.” In the fall, Kylie will be attending Cal Poly and majoring in computer engineering. “I have just always really liked math,” she said. “It’s my favorite subject, and so I wanted to incorporate that into my major. I also really like technology and computers and whatnot, so I wanted to do something with that.”

Alexander DeFraga, Salutatorian

Atascadero High School’s Class of 2022


oming in with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.53, Atascadero High School Senior Alexander (Alex) DeFraga took home the honor of being AHS’s Class of 2022 Salutatorian. Alex, who’s been building up his AP class load over his high school career, ended up taking all Advanced Placement classes as a senior. “This year, I’m taking all AP classes. So, six of them, and then last year I took three, and then sophomore year I took one,” Alex said. “In addition, with some honors classes, those all boost your GPA a bit extra if you get an A in them because they’re honors. That really helped my GPA move to second place.” Alex moved to Atascadero when he was 1 1/2 and has been a part of the Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD) ever since. He was recognized at the AHS graduation ceremony on June 2 as salutatorian and presented with a medal by Principal Dan Andrus. “I would say my goal was to always do the best that I could in courses that I felt challenged in because I always wanted to challenge myself with whatever course I took,” added Alex. “Maybe not necessarily valedictorian/salutatorian, but I’d say just doing the best that I can has always been a goal of mine.” Alex wasn’t just busy with AP and Honors classes at AHS; he

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also participated in many extracurriculars. He was not only on the Improv Team but also performed in both High School drama productions his senior year. He was also a part of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF), a community-service-based club out of Atascadero High School. “This year has been pretty great for me, and I have a great group of friends, and I’ve been able to, I feel like, maintain a good school/life balance. So that I’m not completely overwhelmed with everything. And I think this year has really been a good year for that balance to kind of click. So I think that’s really helped me get through this year,” Alex said of his senior year at AHS. Next year, Alex will be attending UC Berkeley and trading in gray and orange for blue and gold. “I haven’t decided my major yet, undeclared, but I’m excited.” Atascadero News Magazine

Scholarships and Awards Scholarships: Atascadero Elks Lodge #2733 Ashlin Wallace Sean Davis Haylee Ferrell

A-Z Foundation Group Vincent Vega Emma Mueller Joelle Cappel Kenna Montgomery

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Arts Alive Scholarship

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Stephen B. Sefton Memorial Scholarship

Zander Peterson Connor Moen Aubrey Gubler Olivia Leon

Curran Hoxie Casey Jones Sean Davis

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — David B. Hamilton Evan Moscardi

AHS BAND & PAGEANTRY BOOSTERS — AHS Instrumental Music Program Scholarship

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Varsity Tennis Leadership and Citizenship Award

Kiana Lambert Connor Moen

Kylie Sims Kyla Stokes

AHS Choir Booster

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Jared Cunningham

Lily Rymal Hannah O’Brien Zander Peterson

AHS Drama Booster Alex DeFraga Annika McKnelly Johnny Reyes Zander Peterson

AHS FFA BOOSTERS Sadie Weatherly Cali Linehan Emily Jennings Rori Montgomery Chelsea Rogell

AHS Scholar Athlete Emma Hanson

Atascadero Art Association Olivia Leon

Atascadero District Teachers Association (ADTA) Sadie Weatherly Megan VanAllen Sean Davis Emma Mueller

Emma Mueller Casey Jones

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Bourbeau Family Eric Cheung

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Cooper Family Scholarship Evan Moscardi Sean Davis

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Counselors’ Scholarship Aimee Gonzalez

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Newcomer Scholarship Zander Peterson

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Reiss Design Studio Scholarship

Lysette (Dani) Bloomer

Atascadero Moose Lodge Astrid Alejandria

Atascadero Optimist Club — Achievement Scholarship Connor Moen Kiana Marie Lambert

Atascadero Optimist Club — Community Service Scholarship Allison Corbett Xitlalic Velasco

Atascadero Optimist Club — Inspiration Scholarship Jose Solorio Chloe Deskin Evan Moscardi

Atascadero Optimist Club — Jerry Tanimoto Scholarship Casey Jones Gabriel Carlisle

Joelle Cappel Emma Mueller

Other Scholarship Recipients Are: Finn Anderson Ricki Andino Katelyn Arebalo Brandon Brownell Falcon Brownell Gabriela Cera Riley Coalwell Sydney Culp Darlene Delgado Medrano Greg Hider Ryan Kien Clayton Loney Charlotte Maples Haylee Masullo Lucas Nunes Sarah Peck Olivia Ramirez Shanene Reeves Tyson Rigby Tanner Striegel Marvin Velazquez Alexandria Wilde Seth Wilson Quin Witherspoon Eliora Wooten

Atascadero Optimist Club — Optimism Scholarship Muhammad Mehr Haylee Ferrell Cristian Plasencia Luna

Atascadero Optimist Club — Dr. Mike McNamara Scholarship Eunice Antunes Lily Laguna Olivia Leon

Chloe Deskin

Atascadero Police Association

Atascadero Greyhound Foundation — Shirley Jean Smith Memorial Scholarship

Cadence (Belle) Sarmento Jasmine Diaz Jarquin Oscar Perry Lauren Hatfield

Emma Hanson

Atascadero Land Preservation Society (ALPS)

Atascadero Republican Women Federated

Scholar Athletes: Male Athlete of the Year Clayton Loney

Female Athlete of the Year Quin Witherspoon

David B. Hamilton Award Evan Moscardi

Brian Russell Award Sydney Culp

Scholar Athlete of the Year Emma Hanson (4.40)

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Tent City •

SLO County Office of Education

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

One Community James Brescia, Ed.D.



ay and June were very stressful months for schools nationwide and within our county because of school violence. Social media and even what was once considered traditional media focus on quantity (clicks, likes, shares, etc.) over quality, sensationalism over detail, and rumors consistently outshine fact. I entered the profession in 1986, and as time advances, I have grown to appreciate and value authentic and genuine relationships. Today’s schools face multiple linguistic, cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial issues requiring a caring community to foster positive relationships. Large urban areas such as Los Angeles County and smaller rural communities like San Luis Obispo County experience challenges, social pressures, and school violence. It is not easy to collectively accept responsibility for all of our citizens and their actions. Communities have risen to challenges throughout history, and today is no different. Our school, community, law enforcement, and mental health leaders meet regularly to discuss the needs, perspectives, and challenges of the individuals we serve. How do we collectively address the needs of everyone and build up our entire community? School and community violence across the United States continues to be a topic of my monthly Superintendent’s Council and general school administration meetings. On the Tuesday following Memorial Day, approximately 100 community leaders representing the schools, law enforcement, government, and mental health gathered to review communications and safety practices for all schools in

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San Luis Obispo County. California Civil Code 1714.1 makes parents and guardians vicariously liable for up to $25,000 for their child’s willful misconduct. In addition to arresting responsible parties and legally forcing families to pay for the damages to public facilities, we must do our best to prevent violence and property damage before it happens. Before starting the 2022-2023 school year, my office will facilitate another Building Community Summit to address communications and safety in our schools proactively. The Building Community Summit aims to facilitate multi-agency communication and collaboration, present positive strategies for community engagement, and build up the county. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, local students, parents, nonprofit agencies, religious leaders, city & county government officials, school leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement represent the membership of a Department of Justice grant designed to reduce school violence and build community. Sheriff Ian Parkinson and I believe that “we can address our issues proactively, one relationship at a time.” Because of the Sheriff ’s efforts along with the Office of Emergency Services, San Luis Obispo County is one of the first in the state to map every school campus and better connect the community digitally. All district, charter, private, and parochial school properties are reviewed and updated during the summer. Research indicates that community capacity to prevent violence is achieved primarily through the social relations embodied in dense networks of “strong”

ties within geographically bounded spaces known as neighborhoods or communities has been challenged on two grounds (Bellair, 1997; Morenoff, Sampson, & Raudenbush, 2001). Because professional experience and research indicate that violence prevention programs structured to build community capacity are the most successful, our agencies commit to providing proactive practices that mitigate personal or agency disconnect. Everyone has the right to learn in a safe environment. Families need to feel confident in sending children to school without fear. Research indicates that prevention efforts by students, families, school staff, law enforcement, and the entire community can reduce school violence. Consistent communications, holding responsible parties accountable, and proactive safety practices are some of the strategies we are implementing. During the weeks following the tragedies in Texas, I observed our local law enforcement, school personnel, local government officials, and mental health representatives collaborate for the greater good. I believe that together we can positively impact our future by facilitating multi-agency communications, working collectively, and acknowledging that we are all part of a shared community. I pledge to continue fostering these collective efforts and promoting safety throughout the community. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. True public safety requires a collaboration between law enforcement and the community.” — Betsy Hodges.  Atascadero News Magazine

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Barbie Butz Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpies for the 4th of July

I love July, don’t you? I love Independence Day and all it stands for. I love the parades, the fireworks, and the meaning of the 4th of July. And I love the words to this song I learned in school as a young child. Do you remember it, too? In case you don’t remember the words, see the last word in this month’s issue, and and I hope you will sing this song on the 4th of July with your family and friends.

Cream Cheese Pastry

We are fortunate, in this area, to have beautiful fruits available in our markets. Fresh berries give us the opportunity to make jams and jellies we can serve in winter. We can bake cobblers and pies to eat now or freeze to serve later on. The following recipe would be perfect to serve on the 4th of July. Bake the potpies in red ramekins if you have them. Sometimes you can find them at the dollar stores. Decorate each pie with a small American flag.

Ingredients: 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in

1/4-inch slices 6 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into small cubes

Directions: In food processor, combine flour, sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Pulse 3 or 4 times. Scatter butter over flour mixture. Pulse until

mixture is consistency of cornmeal. Scatter cream cheese over mixture and pulse until ingredients form a ball. Divide dough in half and follow directions

in recipe for potpies. Dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Enjoy these little potpies any time! Cheers!

Flag-Raising Mixed-Berry Potpie Pastry Ingredients: 1 recipe Cream Cheese Pastry Fruit: 6 cups mixed berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and red raspberries, picked over

for stems 1 to 11⁄4 cups granulated sugar, depending on sweetness of berries 3 tablespoons cornstarch 4 teaspoons quick-cooking (instant) tapioca 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible) 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons heavy cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 6 slices Granulated sugar for sprinkling

Directions: Make the pastry as directed in recipe for Cream Cheese Pastry. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a 5-inch disk about 3⁄4 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. Center rack in oven and preheat to 375 degrees. Place six 1-cup ramekins or custard cups (about 4 inches in diameter) on large rimmed baking sheet.

In large bowl, gently toss berries, sugar, cornstarch, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Divide fruit mixture evenly among ramekins. Spoon 1 teaspoon of cream over fruit in each ramekin, and top with small pat of butter. On lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 disk of dough. Using a 4 1⁄2 -inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut circles that are just a bit larger than the diameter of ramekins. Place a pastry circle on top of each fruit-filled ramekin and

gently press pastry into ramekin around edges. Roll out second dough disk and repeat process. With pastry brush, apply light coating of water to pastry on ramekins. Sprinkle some sugar over top. Make 2 slits in center of each pastry to allow for steam to escape. Bake potpies until pastry is golden and fruit is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Filling will thicken as it cools.

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Month of JULY

4th Annual Colony Days Bluegrass Freedom Festival

July 4th in Paso Robles BARNEY SCHWARTZ PARK

2–10pm Free admission and parking, Children’s 2-8pm activity booths, KJUG broadcast, Admission is free, and there will be Music throughout the day, Fireworks food, beer, and wine available for show at approximately 9:30 pm, purchase, bring your low-back lawn Concession stand and food trucks, chairs and blankets to enjoy the show! Limited free RV Parking ATASCADERO LAKE PARK


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Paso Robles Concerts in the Park

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6:30-8:30pm Band Line Up Includes: July 2: The Rockin’ B’s Band July 9: The Jump Jax July 23: Ghost Monster July 30: The Cinders Blues Band

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6-8pm Band Line Up Includes: July 7: Josh Rosenblum Band July 14: JD Project July 21: Garden Party

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5:30-8pm Head to the Zoo for a relaxing and delicious ice cream-filled event! Tickets are $15 for 12 yrs. and up; $11 for 3 to 11 yrs.; FREE to ages 2 and under

See Schedule The California Mid State is back in full force; see schedule on page 20 or visit


13, 20, 27

Traveling Lantern Presents Camp Ocean

23rd Annual Atascadero All Comers Track & Field



10am All (little) hands on deck! Join Mr. Sharky 3:30 - 9pm in a fish-fact-filled voyage to the bottom Join in for fun, sweat and cheers for a of the sea. Free admission tickets will be track and field event for everyone! available 30 minutes prior to program. com/246Classes-Events


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Magician Jim Wilson Comes to the Library PASO ROBLES LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOM

10am Join the high energy and fun of a Children’s comedy magic show. Free admission tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to program





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Paso Robles: County Farm & Craft Market

9am - 11am

3pm - 6pm

9am - 12:30pm


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Events • Service Listing

At The Library

Health & Wellness

Service Organizations

Atascadero Library

Cancer Support Community

Optimist Club

6555 Capistrano • (805) 461-6161 Register online at Hours: • Tuesday 10-6 • Wednesday 10-6 • Thursday 9-5 • Friday 10-5 • Saturday 9-5

Providing support, education and hope 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton • (805) 238-4411 • Visit: for more info Cancer Support Helpline • (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST.

July Programs: Storytime with Ms. Sally July 08, 15, 17, 29 at 10:30 a.m. - Join Ms. Sally for story time to read books, sing songs and have fun! Storytime at Sunken Gardens Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.- Join Ms. Sally at the Sunken Gardens for an outdoor storytime! Ms. Nathalia at the Atascadero Library July 19 at 10-10:45am & 11am - 12pm - A live family concert with bilingual musician, Ms. Nathalia Lego Club at the Atascadero Library July 23 at 2pm - Create and build with Legos at the Library! For kids age 6-12 Family Movie at the Library July 12 at 2pm - The Mitchells vs the Machines July 28 at 2pm - Rava and the Last Dragon Register for these virtual programs online at

Visit for more information. Upcoming Events An Evening in Capri • August 20. 2022 • Silent & Live Auction at Rava Wines. For more info call 805-238-4411 or email Special Programs Email for Zoom links and more info • Every Wednesday • Tai Chi Chih | Virtual via Zoom• 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Mindfulness Hour | Virtual via Zoom • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group | Virtual via Zoom • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. • 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month • Adv. Cancer Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. • 2nd Wednesday of each month • Caregiver Support Group | Virtual • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • 2nd& 4th Thursday of each month • Cancer Patient Support Group | Virtual • 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. • 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month • Grief Support Group (Templeton) | Virtual via Zoom • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Explore Cancer Support Community’s Virtual Home :

Creston Library 6290 Adams St.,• (805) 237-3010

9630 Murphy Ave • (805) 438-5622

Business & Networking

San Miguel Library

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

Santa Margarita Library

254 13th St. (805) 467-3224

Shandon Library 195 N 2nd St. • (805) 237-3009

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Templeton Chamber of Commerce • (805) 434-1789 321 S. Main Street #C, Templeton, CA 93465

• Atascadero #14927 • 2rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m., Outlaws Bar & Grill, 9850 E. Front Rd.

Rotary International • Atascadero • Meeting • every Wednesday, 12 p.m. at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 900 El Camino Real

Kiwanis International • Atascadero • 7848 Pismo Ave. • 805-610-7229 • Meeting • In person or Zoom every Thursday, 7:00 a.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars • Atascadero #2814 • 9555 Morro Rd., • 805-466-3305 • Meeting • first Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Elks Lodge • Atascadero Lodge 2733 • 1516 El Camino Real • 805-466-3557 • Lodge Meeting — second and fourth Thursdays

Lions Club Atascadero Club 2385 • 5035 Palma Ave. Atascadero • Meeting — Every 2nd, 4th Wednesday at 7 p.m. Santa Margarita Club 2418 • 9610 Murphy St. • Meeting — 2nd, 4th Monday, 7:30 p.m. Shandon Valley Club • (630) 571-5466 • Meeting — Call ahead for meeting times Templeton Club 2427 • 601 Main St. • Meeting — 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.

Loyal Order of Moose • Atascadero 2067 • 8507 El Camino Real • 805-466-5121 • Visit for more information

Government Atascadero Unified School Board • first and third Tuesday, Closed Session 6pm, Open/Regular Session 7 p.m

Planning Commission

• first and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue

City Council

• second and fourth Tuesday, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Avenue Visit for virtual & up to date meeting info. General information: City Hall M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. (805) 461-5000

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Last Word • America the Beautiful Katharine Lee Bates c. 1880-1890 Photo Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

“America the Beautiful”

“America the Beautiful”

Lyrics of the song written by Katharine Lee Bates


he “America the Beautiful” lyrics first appeared in print in the weekly journal The Congregationalist on July 4, 1895. In the summer of 1893, Bates took the trip that would inspire her best-known work. She traveled west to teach English for a few weeks at the Colorado Summer School in Colorado Springs. One day she joined a group of teachers for a trip by wagon and mule up Pikes Peak, a summit in the Rocky Mountains. When they reached the top, joy at the beauty of the landscape replaced Bates’s exhaustion. Back at her hotel, she wrote the first draft of the poem that would become “America the Beautiful.” Who was Katharine Lee Bates? Katharine Lee Bates was a professor and writer best remembered as the author of the lyrics to the song “America the Beautiful.” Katharine Lee Bates was born on August 12, 1859, in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Moving to Wellesley as a young child, she attended Wellesley High School and graduated in 1874. Katharine continued her education at Newton High school and then entered Wellesley College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1880. From 1880 to 1925, Bates taught at Wellesley College as a professor 76 Gas Station.................................. 29 A Heavenly Home............................ 15 American West Tire & Auto..................9 Atascadero Greyhound Foundation...7 Brad’s Overhead Doors.................... 15 By The Sea Productions.................... 13 California Mid State Fair................... 36 Cancer Support Community...............2

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of English Literature. She also studied at Oxford and earned a master’s degree in arts from Wellesley. Bates was a noted scholar, poet, and writer. She was a prolific author publishing many volumes of poetry, books on her travels to Europe and the Middle East, and stories, verses, and plays for children. She also published several books on Shakespeare and pre-Shakespearean English Religious drama. In 1915, Bates was a founder of the New England Poetry Club and served as its president. She was involved in social reform activities, working for labor reform and planning the College Settlements Association with Vida Scudder. Bates shared a home for almost three decades with her friend, fellow academic and social reformer Katharine Coman. Bates never married and had no children. In 1925, Bates retired and spent the remaining years in Wellesley. Bates died on March 28, 1929. Katherine Lee Bates was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1970. Bates remarked on the immediate and lasting success of the song, stating, “That the hymn has gained, in these twenty-odd years, such a hold as it has upon our people, is clearly due to the fact that Americans are at heart idealists, with a fundamental faith in human brotherhood.” 

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O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassioned stress A thoroughfare of freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law! O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine Till all success be nobleness And every gain divine! O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

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