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Something Worth Reading | Publisher’s Letter

irst, happy Father’s Day to all the happy pappies out there. Now that the niceties are out of the way, let’s talk about COVID-19. Our journey as a community and as a nation over the past 10 weeks has been phenomenally disorienting. That might be putting it lightly. Actually, as hard as the story has been to deal with, there has been a large amount of goodwill to come from the hardship and it just reminds us what a great community we have. As we all dealt with innumerable personal woes, financial insecurity, and whiplash of information, so many in our community looked at how they could use their time to help others. A couple of local cruise nights revived a spirit of freedom and nostalgia while observing social distancing. Food distribution and mask-making restored a sense of generosity and care. Our septuagenarians learned how to use Zoom and some even began to invade TikTok the way they invaded Facebook and Instagram. There were some highlights and some lowlights. We cheered when we were told we flattened the curve, and we sighed with disappointment as event after event was postponed or canceled. As a community, we are working to put the worst of this behind us, and as of this writing a big shoe has yet to drop. The California Mid-State Fair has maintained a stoic veneer through it all. The monolithic event has stood as a beacon of hope that we would see anything normal soon. It’s been a long time since we experienced anything normal, but we have a history of dealing with tough times. That, in a way, is kind of a “normal” for us. As we adapt to this new challenge, we will keep looking for ways to expose our community’s resilient spirit. We are proud to be members of this community and proud to serve our businesses and residents. We are part of a good team. We do what needs to be done. We are still pioneers, and we are not done yet. We look forward to June 4 and June 5 when the community will rally for a drive-thru celebration of high school seniors. Paso Robles High School ( June 5), Liberty and Independence high schools ( June 4) will participate in a parade for seniors with cap and gown, awards, and honor cords. The map of the route and more info can be found at We look forward to Pioneer Day. We look forward to Thanksgiving. We look forward to finishing strong. All said, it will still be an unusual summer, but we’ll find our way. We always do. All our love, Nic & Hayley

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Spread the Love with the Happy Heart Hunt:

Have you been noticing the hearts appearing around town with messages like #PasoStrong and Paso Love? These hearts are part of the Happy Heart Hunt campaign, with messages of hope and inspiration sprinkling kindness and love all over Paso Robles in the form of handmade signs created by residents and business owners. It’s easy to get involved and spread the love too! Just create a heart using anything you have on hand and place it somewhere for others to see. City staff including Officer Joe Stanley and his K-9 partner Renzo (pictured right) have joined the Happy Heart Hunt by proudly displaying a #PasoStrong heart on their vehicle. Join the fun and show your Paso pride and resilience by making and searching for hearts throughout our city. Be sure to post the hearts you make and find on social media with the #PasoStrong #HappyHeartHunt. Tag Paso Robles Recreation on Facebook and Instagram so that we can share the love too. To learn more about this heart-warming campaign visit and click on the Happy Heart Hunt.

Concerts in the Park Update:

A lot of folks have been inquiring about the summer Concerts in the Park series. These weekly events have become such a beloved summer tradition in Paso Robles, that it’s difficult to imagine a summer without them. Pending reopening plans, Paso Robles Recreation Services hopes to host the popular Concerts in the Park series each Thursday evening beginning July 2 with show dates planned into September. “We’d love to host these concerts as scheduled,” said Lynda Plescia, City of Paso Robles Recreation Services Manager. “Now more than ever, we all need those fun experiences to look forward to, and Concerts in the Park has always been a highlight of the summers in Paso.” Recreation Services will continue to monitor state and county restrictions for gatherings, and revise plans as necessary. Visit and select the Concerts in the Park link for the most recent concert information and schedule.

Science-Dipity: Live (From a Distance) STEM Academy:

As learning from home has become more the norm than ever before, many of the city’s in-person recreation classes are beginning to adapt to online offerings to meet those needs. Our very popular Science-Dipity classes have launched a virtual science experience happening on Zoom Monday through Friday from 10-11 a.m. (through Friday, June 12). Your budding scientist (ages 6-11) will experiment, discover and learn from the safety of your home using common household items that you gather for each class. Choose the number of days and dates you'd like to join to fit your needs and schedule. Each class is $15 with a 10% discount for siblings. To learn more and reserve your space visit and search STEM.

Summer Activity Update:

Due to social distancing and public health guidelines, the city's summer swimming lesson and public swim programs have been canceled. At press time, many of our traditional summer recreation offerings are still on hold pending reopening approval. When possible, summer recreation classes will be adapted to meet county and state guidelines by either reducing class size or providing virtual learning alternatives when possible. Please visit to stay updated on reopening plans and summer class opportunities. To find free online learning opportunities and weekly activity challenges that you can join at any time from home, be sure to checkout our Virtual Paso and Be Well Paso online in the COVID-19 updates section at Until we see you again, take care and Be Well Paso!

| Through the Grapevine


By Hayley Mattson

s a young child, Father’s Day was filled with cheesy gifts that my father would never use and trips to Morro Rock to sit and watch the waves break, followed by clam chowder at the local market in a bread bowl. It was his idea of the perfect day. Sitting there with him as a young girl, my mind wondered … Why is he making me sit here? Why is this fun? How long will we be here? And that went on and on for the length of time we were there. I remember the cold air and looking at him and thinking, what is he thinking about? Later in my adult life, I realized how special those moments were with him. He was a strong man, an Olympian that won three gold medals and one silver in swimming during the 1968 Olympics. A real estate attorney, a youth baseball coach, Templeton High School Varsity Girls Basketball coach, while he lived here and a loving dad. I was a spit-fire as a kid, and he really put up with my shenanigans, but he taught me a lot about love, compassion, patience, and commitment. Everyone loved him. He never met a stranger. He had a boisterous laugh that you could hear from afar and every loud whistle I hear I still turn my head thinking he is calling us in.

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When he was diagnosed with lymphoma back in late 2009, we all thought he would beat it no question. He was the strongest man that I knew, so of course, he would. No more than seven months later, we were having a tough discussion about him transitioning into Hospice. I remember sitting with him once again, just the two of us like we did back on the beach at the rock, except now he was telling me what he was thinking. He asked about my plans, and what the future looked like for Nic and I and what we wanted to accomplish. We read his favorite scriptures, and he shared some of the stories that I always wanted to hear but never knew. He shared the lessons he valued the most with me and what he would miss the most, not being here with us. He was never one to hold back, always letting me know how much I was loved and how he held each of us as the most important accomplishments of his life. He passed away on June 14, 2010, just eight months after we were first told the gut-wrenching news. And as Nic and sat on his back patio in San Diego with my step-mother and siblings, that is when I realized he was our glue. I guess I never really saw it before, but there it was. Our glue was gone, our hero, our confidant or mentor, and our friend. The smartest man I ever knew.

Now ten years later, as I sit here writing this and the raw emotions rise again, I am honored and blessed to have had him as my father. He was a wonderful man who loved his family and would do anything for his children. His love of people and the communities he lived in were always better when he was around. He cherished his relationships and friendships and genuinely wanted to help kids find their drive and passion. He was a force to be reckoned with, and I am blessed today to have a husband that resembles him. His love and care for people emulate my father, and his commitment to being the best dad he can to our kids is undeniable. Nic is my partner and my best friend and reminds me of my dad often. I am blessed to have had them both in my

life, and I know my father is still with us every step of the way. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads’ and pappa’s out there that continue to love and guide our kiddos each and every day. ■

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| It’s Happening on Main Street

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ere it is over two months later, and we’re finally beginning to re-set our lives. COVID-19 has affected everything we have heard, seen, and done in one way or another. It’s been a historical, unforgettable ride. We’re still all together and more than ever ready to slowly pick up where we left off. The Downtown Main Street Association wants to say THANK YOU to everyone who has stayed on the job to help make our lives better. You’ve kept us safe and sane, and contributed to the ease with which we’re becoming psychologically and economically sound again.

A special Main Street Thank You to Jan Hop, Lifetime Member of our Board of Directors, for pulling off the Fundraiser Poster Project. John Rousch, Lifetime Member of our Board of Directors, and owner of Park Cinemas, Thank You for letting us set-up and sell Posters in front of the theatre on May 1. Main Street has postponed events and put things on hold like other businesses. Fundraisers help keep us going. There are more posters for sale. Contact Main Street at 805-238-4103, they’re only $5 and promote optimism in downtimes. SAVE THE DATES A weekend of Olive and Lavender festivities. The Paso Robles Olive Festival and Central Coast Lavender Festival is planned for August 21-23, 2020 in the Downtown City Park. This is a tentative date, we’re waiting for approval from the City of Paso

Robles with guidelines from the CDC. An announcement via email, social media, and on our website. During this recovery I must give a shoutout to the Hotels. With Tourism at an all-time low, the Hotels both small, boutique, and luxury have been hit hard. Opening this industry will be slower than most. We are a driving location, being half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which is more desirable than flying these days, and should bring more people back quicker. For hotel updates contact This town has a special vibe. It’s a friendly, welcoming hometown feel that brings people back over and over again. We have survived this pandemic, but still have a slow revival ahead. We will return and surpass normal because we know “This too shall PASS (you can’t keep a great town down!).” 


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CREATIVE CONNECTIONS: Art Center Finds New Ways to Interact During the Shutdown

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he year 2020 has brought many changes to the lives of people worldwide, including those living and working in San Luis Obispo County. Recently, Anne Laddon and Sarah Ambrose of Studios on the Park in downtown Paso Robles shared some of the creative ways the artists behind this non-profit center are keeping art alive amid health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Anne: Our main activities and one of the main reasons people donate and give to Studios is to support the Kids Art Smart programs. We have about 4,000 school children per year that have been coming here free of charge for classes taught by our volunteers. We are trying to imagine how to make these types of classes happen for our local children now and through the summer. Sarah: These classes took a halt once the schools were shut down in mid-March. But, we are lucky because we had a sponsor – Justin Winery – donate funds to create boxes for these children with supplies for activities that we would normally do in some of our classes. Our Art Smart Coordinator, Michelle Rollins, is putting together these boxes and creating YouTube videos with instructions with the help of her two boys and some volunteers. The kids will be able to open those boxes, go to the YouTube videos, learn how to do the projects at home, and show us their artwork. We are hoping if we get more sponsors on board to help pay for items, we can increase the number of students we can get theses boxes out to.

What has been one of the biggest effects of these shutdowns for Studios on the Park? Sarah: We are very unique in the fact that we aren’t able to adjust quite like other businesses due to having a lot of moving pieces involved. For instance, our Kids Art Smart program took a big hit Are you able to utilize the upfront gift because the schools have been shop? closed and may not be back in Sarah: We are starting to highsession until the fall or perhaps light some of the items on social even longer. media and let people know more

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about the artists that have items for sale in the gift shop. We are also changing out our front window to enable people walking by to see what we have, with signage directing people how to contact our gift shop manager, Elaina if they would like to make a purchase. It’s certainly not the same as before, but we are doing the best we can to let people know what is available and offering curbside pickup.

art will be displayed is still up in the air, depending on when we are allowed to reopen; we are hoping to present these shows to people one way or another. Sarah: We will continue with our artist interviews as well. We felt it was important to share what the artists are doing during this time, and share what their passions and inspirations might be. They have been really well-received – check them out on our website – and they are a way to maintain a feeling of person-to-person interaction.

People love coming to Studios, browsing around, and interacting with artists at work. How have you adapted to this temporary Do you have a message shutdown? for our community members? Sarah: We are trying out differSarah: We are still here, we are ent ways of keeping Studios still relevant, and we are trying as active. Recently, we turned many ways as we can to reach out our Orchid Show in the Atrium to the community. Our mission Gallery from an in-person expehas always been to make art rience to a video experience, accessible, so now we are doing and it was well-received. For our this through social media, online upcoming shows, we want to have classes, window displays, and more extensive videos where we more. Art can be a big piece of walk around and interview the who you are and what you are artists, find out more about the doing, and we want to be there piece, and let them share a backto support our community. We story to why or how they created want to give people something that particular piece. to turn to – and we want that to be art. When we open our doors, What do you have planned we want everyone to come back, for the summer months? knowing we will be practicing Anne: In June, we will have our the proper social distancing and Reweaving Our Tattered Social health safety procedures. Fabric show featuring California women artists who are addressing For a list of resources for artists and issues of resiliency and recovery. art lovers of all ages, as well as interIt’s kind of a way to show how we views, gift items, upcoming exhibits, can recover from this Covid-19 classes, and more, follow Studios on the pandemic and how we, as artists, Park on Facebook and Instagram, see can show our strength. We are, and sign up for still planning our July show, which the weekly newsletter. Donations are will be based on pottery. How the always appreciated. ■

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ast month, General Store Paso Robles celebrated seven years in business. We were social distancing, so we couldn’t have a bash like we’d hoped to. We would have brought our families together, and our team, and Erin would have made something delicious involving figs, and Jillian would have baked a gluten-free treat that even gluten-full people would love, and we’d be sipping something with bubbles. (And yes, we realize this is all about food, and that’s just how we like it.) Eight years ago, the three of us sat in a living room and tried to imagine our perfect work day. We thought of how we’d be dressed (jeans), what we’d be listening to (Aretha Franklin and Jason Mraz), and we all agreed there’d be bright sunlight streaming in through large windows. We didn’t know what the store would be, or what we’d sell, or if anyone would come. But we knew we wanted to create something together, and we knew we wanted it to be in the heart of downtown Paso. We’ve had so many joyful moments: • When we presented our vision board to the owners of our building, hoping we’d land the spot where we’ve resided these past 7 years. (Our relationship with Mr.

Tompkins, and the team at NKT Commercial, remains one of our most important—their support has been outrageous and kind.) • When Elijah Wood stopped in (he was delightful) and chatted with our Bella • When Lisa from BeBlessed Flannels walked in one Saturday with her incredible smile and one of those adorable flannel shirts, and we said “How cute are you?! We love your shirt!” And she said “Someone told me I should sell them to you!” And we’ve been happily married ever since • A toast of bubbly with Laurel at Firefly on Christmas Eve each year, right before we all head home to our families • When Ash walked in after we’d lost her contact info and we said “Come work for us!” and she said yes! Over the years, we’ve had a blast, we’ve worn our jeans (though we’re awfully used to the workout clothes we have worn through our store closure), and we still love cranking up Aretha. Especially in light of the last few months, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. The Team at General Store Paso Robles

We are all living in unprecedented times. At Coast Electronics, as an Essential Business, our staff is on the front line to serve you. You should know we are taking extraordinary measures to promote 6 foot social distancing between staff and customers, requiring all staff to stay home if they have any virus symptoms, and sanitizing everything in sight. As an Essential Business per the Office of Emergency Services, we have in stock products needed to work from home, we offer delivery if needed, and curbside service – just call the store and we’ll bring your item to you. We have webcams, computers, internet accessories like cables, mesh routers, and printer ink and paper. Our stores are respecting social distancing and offer ideal parking and small crowds. If you need service or curbside service, please give us a call! Please be safe, observe social distances, and honor our First Responders, hospital workers, and open Essential Businesses. With service with a smile, located… Follow us on

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“Seniors 2020, The One Where They Were Quarantined” By Hayley Mattson


hroughout the days of COVID, several Facebook Groups have formed to offer support. Gathering individuals that are willing to be of service and assisting those in need. As the weeks went on and schools became closed indefinitely, there was a unified sense of loss for our youth that would be graduating high school. This loss ignited a fire within Regina Orosco, a parent and North County community member that lives in Atascadero. Regina had stumbled upon a Facebook Group that was created in Southern California at her old alma mater. The group featured high school seniors from around the county that were being “adopted” by parents, teachers, community members, and local businesses. Regina quickly looked up San Luis Obispo County, to see if we had anything like it and realized there was not. She spoke to a few friends, and the response she received was excited and supportive. So she launched the Facebook Group “Adopt a High School Senior 2020 San Luis Obispo County.” With a “Friends” like theme for a logo and the saying “Seniors 2020, The One Where They Were Quarantined,” the group began to receive some attention. First, from friends and family and then it started to spread like wildfire. When Regina started the group, she had no idea how many people would jump on board and get

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involved. “We have retired teachers, local business, and community members adopting our seniors from all areas of the county,” she said. “It is a way we can all share our love and support. Some of these kids may be the first in their families to graduate, or go off to college, walking in your cap and gown is a big deal, and that is why I knew I had to do something.” Regina does not have a senior in high school, but she and her husband are very involved in the local school district by helping with non-profit organizations and PTA’s. She herself has adopted ten different seniors and will continue to do more. “The most important part of all of this is to let these kids know that they are supported, and we are all behind them during this time.” As we all continue to walk through this pandemic, Regina’s number one goal is to provide a space that offers hope and joy. “This is a hard time, there is nothing to look forward to, but in this group, it is all positive no negative. I look forward to waking up and checking the feed to see who posted a video or what student was adopted or who still needs adopting,” she shared with us. Regina and the 2800 plus members have adopted over 500 seniors from around the county, and she is hoping to hit 1000 by June 3. So, what does it mean to “adopt” a senior? A parent or guardian may add their senior to

the group by posting a photo along with details about their personality, achievements, school, community involvement, and future goals. The student is then tagged with an “adopt” button that allows community members to see their profiles and adopt them if they are able. “We made a rule that each child is only allowed to be adopted once; that way, every student has the ability to be adopted” Regina said. She continued, “once the student is adopted, the adopter and parent set up a time to “surprise” the student by arranging a visit. These visits maintain social distancing and safety for both parties. They are filled with love and laughter, and you can see the pure joy on the student’s face, and that is how I know we are making a difference.” “This is a joint community effort” Regina said, “I am just hosting the page and trying to do my part in all this. It is an honor to see the community come together and support our youth during this time. We are making long-lasting relationships for years to come, and my hope is that the students continue to share their updates and life as they go off to college or get their first job, so we can continue to support them as they grow.” Regina said that she will keep the group going through the end of June and then transition it into something everyone can follow the progress of the students that have adopted. She is not sure what that will look like and will focus on

that later on, but for now, she will continue to do her best in making sure every student that wants to be adopted is with the help of our incredible community. For more information or to get involved, visit the Facebook Group at “Adopt a High School Senior 2020San Luis Obispo County.” 

PRHS Senior Alayna Henry and adopter Sandra Stratman

PRHS Senior Adrian Guzman & Tyler Leon

PRHS Cassie Petrie Eddy (center) and adopters Hayley Lacey and Carlotta Racca

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Parking Lot Parade Celebrates District Awardees By Nicholas Mattson


n Friday, the Paso Robles Joint Unif ied School District held a noontime appreciation parade for five district awardees, and dozens of decorated vehicles rode through the parking lot of the district office in a ruckus of celebration. Music blasted, with supporters circling the parking lot with cheers and signage celebrating the employees for about 30 warm afternoon minutes. Anthony Overton, Maggie Tatman, Mario Holland, Erika Tidwell, and Justin Pickard received the physically distanced congratulations. TEACHER OF THE YEAR JUSTIN PICKARD, PASO ROBLES HIGH SCHOOL

Justin Pickard has been leading and taking the PRHS Welding programs to new heights for the last decade. Under his direction, students have won countless local, state, and national competitions. Justin is continuously committed to the growth of the program. He promotes the trades through numerous community events engaging his students in philanthropic opportunities. Justin not only teaches our Bearcats the job skills for success beyond high school but truly instills the character traits we hope to see in all of our Bearcats. Written grants for over 50,000 for our welding program. He is smart, hardworking, and a role model for kids.

"SkillsUSA and FFA — compe-

tition welding in general — is a big part of my professional life," Pickard said. "It also rolls into a lot of my personal life as well." Pickard's devotion to the student welding program at PRHS is a yearround commitment to students. "When we start as early as November, sometimes October, we are preparing for competitions," Pickard said, "and to see that progression in students from month-to-month and year-to-year, it is one of the most rewarding things I can do." Before the closures due to COVID-19, the SkillsUSA team at PRHS was on a roll. In the Region 2 Conference, 104 students won 74 medals and were poised to advance to the state competition in April. That all changed. "We made it through the regional competition for SkillsUSA in February and felt really good," Pickard said. "We had a lot of kids that came back with gold or silver medals." In mid-March, schools shut down alongside a majority of businesses and events. "At the time of the closure it was a rapid-fire of everything shutting down, and when [SkillsUSA] nationals said we are done this year, it was a real eye-opener," Pickard said. "To have to tell those really driven students that there was nothing we could do, it was a really

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hard message to send out." The PRHS welding program provides a professional pathway for students through the Career Technical Education program, and for many of the students, it is more than a high school elective. "It is a passion what I do, and a passion what those kids do," Pickard said. "Whenever anyone signs up to be a competitive welder, we have a discussion that we are there for the purpose of being the best. It doesn't have to be said every time, because they want to be the best, get a medal, and move on in the competition." Pickard said there was a lot of interest from students to enter the Mid-State Fair competition, with 70 students attending the information meeting in October. "We could have potentially had 70 projects at the Mid-State Fair this year, showcasing what these students have learned in the program," Pickard said. Prior to the closure, Pickard said, the program was seeing a lot of success, with dual enrollment with Cuesta College, the first ag mechanics program to get A through G fine art credit for the college-bound students. "This closure has opened my mind to things we could always do better," Pickard said. "The last couple weeks have been brainstorming ways to look at our current situ-

ation, how can we improve when we do go back [to school]. It was a really good stopping point to take a look at that. I'm trying to turn this negative into a positive, so when we do go back to school the students yet again get the best education out of the welding program at Paso Robles High School." The impact on high school seniors was sudden and disorienting as the spring semester crashed into COVID-19. For welding students, there was a financial investment that will be more difficult to recover than in years past. Pickard said that some of the seniors who purchased metal would enroll in the Cuesta College course he teaches, an opportunity for those seniors to recover some of what was lost. CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR ERIKA TIDWELL, DANIEL LEWIS MIDDLE SCHOOL SECRETARY Erika is a quiet, humble, calm leader in our office. She constantly has a smile on her face and goes the extra mile to support teachers, students, parents, and staff alike. She is a wonderful resource in solving problems and maintaining fluid systems with a focus on the maintenance of a healthy and safe environment for kids and high levels of customer service. Erika sometimes goes unnoticed as she takes care of so many small and large problems on campus with no expectation Continued on Page 20 | 19

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for attention or recognition. Erika Tidwell is amazing, and our school would not be the same without her. We are very fortunate and grateful to have her a part of our staff.

"[The award] meant the world to me," Tidwell said. "It was amazing to be recognized by all my coworkers and peers and everyone at the district — for doing my job." As the recipient of a highly visible award, Tidwell said she felt honored, but that it was all in a day's work. "I don't feel like I'm going over and beyond, but obviously they felt I am able to do that and more," Tidwell said. "I was really grateful to get it for my site."

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As a primary manager for Lewis Middle School, Tidwell was challenged to pivot and provide support for the LMS student population as it adjusted to online learning. "I feel like we have done an amazing job," Tidwell said. "Administrators and staff have been extremely supportive in how to help us and guide us in taking steps, what we can do, how to reach kids, and keep us in communication." Tidwell said the closure of the schools made her job more challenging, as was a common refrain from those who made the sudden pivot to distance education. "I see kids that have different needs or meeting counselors or kids needing that extra support in differ-

ent areas," Tidwell said, "being able "We have really risen to the occato connect with them, guide them, sion amidst all the chaos," Tatman that has changed." said. "In some ways, it has unified us even more. Our families have ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR gone above and beyond to make MAGGIE TATMAN, our teachers feel special this week VIRGINIA PETERSON ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL — and to make me feel special and Every Panda knows and loves Ms. Maggie. very honored." She is a strong, visible leader who impacts the lives of students. Maggie listens to her staff, leads, and cares for us. Maggie is a wonderful principal for our Pandas. She has worked in our district for over 20 years as a teacher, guidance specialist and principal. She is the heart and soul of the school and leads with kindness and innovation.

"It has been a really special year," Tatman said. "It has definitely been a year of adventure and fun in a lot of ways. Our site has an amazing culture and community of students and families, and teachers that work together." As a first-year principal, there were expected ups and downs in getting through a rookie season, but nothing in the handbook had COVID-19 directions. Tatman said her special family of students, teachers, and parents made it all happen.

STUDENT SERVICES EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR MARIO HOLLAND (PSYCHOLOGIST) Mario is an amazing psychologist. He is literally hands-on all the time. He has developed relationships with the students and is instrumental not just for testing but correcting behavior. He finds joy in working with the students. He has a kind heart but is not afraid of having the tough talks. He has such care for his clients. He came to the rescue to a field trip with one of my students. His intervention made a difference with not just that student but the students who were also on the field trip. He follows up and makes plans for the students he works with.

"It is difficult," Holland said of the closure. "I really want to be there for the students, and doing the best I can. Calling them, making Google Meets ... but I can't wait for this to all blow over."

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Holland's usual course of action would be to tour his sites — Pat Butler and Georgia Brown — and check on his students. "I don't like being in my office," Holland said. "I am always in the classrooms, checking in on students on my workload." Taking school psychology virtual has been challenging. "It is hard to keep their attention for five minutes," Holland said. "They are home with distractions." From at-home distractions to overcoming concerns, uncertainty and fear, the job of a psychologist is more challenging and more necessary during a pandemic. "The way the pandemic is portrayed, the kids are afraid they will get sick or contract a virus, and the family would get sick," Holland said. "What we did as a district is tackle that and show them coping strategies, ask questions, and they can always reach us — the mental health therapists, psychologists, and teachers." With dozens of specific students on his caseload, he has his hands full, but he said he keeps his eye on the entire population of students. "How I see it, is that I have 600 students that I see," Holland said. "From general ed to special education." ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ANTHONY OVERTON, PASO ROBLES HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL This is Anthony Overton's first full year as a principal, he taught in our district for years. He was a terrific teacher, activities director and assistant principal. Anthony has been doing a wonderful job clearly communicating with the staff, juggling many responsibilities at PRHS. Anthony has made use of technologies our

district has adopted to ensure all teachers access weekly communications (created a google classroom to share docs with us). It has been an incredible year at our site with unprecedented upheaval at the district, Anthony has kept a steady hand at the wheel and is doing an excellent job keeping our staff directed at our core values. He is an advocate for students, staff, and the Paso Robles community. We look forward to many, many years of his leadership.

There is nothing like a once-in-alifetime pandemic and national lockdown to welcome a rookie high school principal to the fold. "As a first-year principal, my first year has been full of lots of crazy things, and it is fitting it would end on some other crazy note," Overton jested. Halfway through his first year, coming back from an otherwise normal winter break, Overton was tasked to lead his school through an unprecedented closure during an already tumultuous year. "It was a surprise, but it wasn't," Overton said about the closure. "Living on the Central C oa st and the nu mb er of cases we had makes it hard to see the global

"We are so accustomed to seeing each other," Overton said. "In public education, we are people-people. We got into this to work with kids and make an impact on lives. None of us imagined that impact was going to be done remotely or through video camera." As the weather warms and the state takes steps toward recovery, attention has been directed to the 2020 graduating class, with the big question of what that will look like. "At this point, our community has a lot of hope of being able to have that celebration with friends and family," Overton said, "and we have created a plan. We are still holding out for something

that resembles a traditional graduation. But we know, the unknown is out there, and we are gearing up to provide a celebration no matter what happens." Unanswered questions are lingering around graduation, and traditional graduation may not be possible for 2020, the year of COVID-19. "The message to our seniors is that we are here for them," Overton said. "We are trying to do the best by everybody and honor what they have done. I look forward to seeing them one last time, and see them off into their future." 

pandemic in general." One of the most challenging parts of the school closure for Overton was the communication.

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PPPowering Through Two Local Restaurateurs’ Economic Stimulus Packages Deliver Much Needed Relief By Megan Olshefski


s we come upon the conclusion of the second month of our COVID-19 induced lockdown, meeting friends and family for a meal or drinks seems a distant memory. The lockdown forced restaurants to close their doors for dine-in meals and caused a chain-reaction of brainstorming takeout ideas and loan paperwork for local restaurateurs. Included among them are locals Eric Peterson and Donovan Schmit. Peterson opened his first restaurant, Guest House Grill, in the recession-wrought year — 2008. Pushing through the year, he expanded his restaurant business, North County Restaurant Group, which now includes: Street Side Ale House & Eatery, Comfort American Kitchen, Country Touch Cafe, Jack’s Bar and Grill, and Touch of Paso. No stranger to tough times, Peterson took the mentality and grit he developed in 2008 to push himself and his team through the COVID19 lockdown, which could not have come at a worse time for a restaurant owner — days before St. Patrick’s Day. Usually, the most profitable day of the year for restaurants and bars, this St. Patrick’s Day became one he

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will likely not forget for the rest of his career. “It happened really quickly,” Peterson said. “St. Paddy’s day is my frame of reference. Friday was busy, and people were starting to hear about [the lockdown] … Sunday was when things really started to slow down.” By Monday, lockdown orders forced restaurants to seize serving alcohol — to prevent gatherings of St. Patrick celebrants on Tuesday. “[Our restaurants] went from a full-fledged Saturday,” Peterson said, “[then] by Monday, we were doing 25% of what we do…we stayed open on St Paddy’s Day even though we could not sell alcohol.” The next day, Wednesday, Eric was forced to lay off his entire staff of nearly 200 individuals and close his restaurants’ doors. The day off allowed Eric and his team to regroup and brainstorm, resulting in reopening the following day with about 5 to 10 percent of their staff for takeout only. Co-owner of Fish Gaucho and Pappy McGregor’s, Schmit experienced a similar St. Patrick’s day to Peterson but took an alternative approach to the lockdown. A restaurant owner for nineteen-years with his cousin and business partner, Troy Larkin, Schmit knows St. Patrick’s Day is the busi-

est day of the year for his restaurants. Hearing of the lockdown, he hoped it would happen after the holiday. Sadly, orders forced Donovan to furlough his staff and close his restaurant doors, but he remained hopeful they would reopen after two weeks. Anticipation for a shorter lockdown led Donovan to wait on initiating any takeout service and instead rode out the two weeks on the restaurants’ savings. With this anticipation, he offered his staff to take home any food they wanted from the kitchens and turned off the lights. As the two weeks looked to turn into three, then four weeks, Schmit applied for the Paycheck Protection Program loan. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan introduced with the

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill, which grants small businesses the means to keep their employees on their payrolls and cover business expenses. Both Schmit and Peterson applied for the PPP loan in what they recount as a frenzy of paperwork and top-notch collaborative effort with their bankers. Adding to the stress of the process was the knowledge they were competing with other small businesses for a fixed amount of money. When both restaurateurs found out they were accepted for the loan, a weight was lifted from their shoulders. Schmit recounts how the agony of waiting seven to ten days from application to the first deposit turned to surprise when he found out they would receive the full amount they hoped for, “…we were shocked we got it all.”

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For Schmit’s restaurants — Fish Gaucho and Pappy McGregor’s — the PPP loan covered two-and-ahalf months of payroll expenses, rent, and utilities. His relief in knowing his over-100 employees were taken care of is evident in his voice as he stated: “once we got the loan, the stress of money stopped.” When Peterson received word on his approval for the PPP, he felt a similar relief to Schmit. For Peterson, the PPP is “The only reason [the restaurants are] staying alive ... because we were lucky enough to get the PPP.” noting the restaurants’ high rents with their street-front property. Today, Peterson’s restaurants are operating purely with pick-up or delivery only, with fewer than half his employees back to work. He hopes they will return to running full-force with his full staff in the near future. In the meantime, his restaurants rearranged to meet social-distancing standards, with staff wearing masks made by Atascadero’s Sew Fun and utilizing sanitation products made by local distilleries. The switch to takeout-only means the dishes are replaced with high-quality to-go boxes (to ensure one’s fries do not arrive soggy), and mason jars now hold to-go cocktails. Peterson feels like they have found their “new groove” and when asked what the silver lining of the entire experience has been for him, he said,” We always talked about the ‘AmazonAge’ with everything delivered to your doorstep … and [we] always talked about online orders … this forced us to do that, and this is something we will do forever. I think especially for the next 12 to 18 months, until whenever.” With the PPP loan in hand, Schmit plans to initiate takeout-only this week as the County issues guidelines for the anticipated new lockdown-lifting phases. He awaits further rules and news from the County and will adhere to social-distancing regulations on masks, gloves, signs, and sanitation stations. As his restaurants ease back into business, they will open with a limited menu to allow an eager Donovan to refill his kitchens with food and re-employ his prep staff and cooks. He hopes to re-employ his entire team in the near future and maintains an open line of communication

with them on any updates. Schmit stated the hardest part of the lockdown has been the unknown that comes with the “waiting game” and knowing he can only re-employ half of his work-force as his restaurants can only operate at half their potential, “We want to bring everyone back,” Schmit said. “[The difficulty is] how do we remain profitable to have enough business coming through the door to keep everybody?” Even with his concerns for the unknown, he presented confidence. “We should be able to weather the

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storm for however many months it takes us to get back to full steam,” Schmit said. The brunt of the storm will pass for both gentlemen as they look ahead to the upcoming weeks, months, and years. Schmit remains optimistic for the future and knows things will settle into a new normal. “I believe we are in a fortunate area that once we are able to open, this is an area that should thrive quicker than other areas,” Schmit said, “with the amount of wine tourism and coastal traffic.”

Peterson echoed Schmit’s optimism, reflecting his experience with the community during the lockdown. “We are eager to get back to work, see our employees and customers, and serve the community again,” Peterson said. “Seeing the community come out, the support of our customers has been really genuine; the whole community has been really positive about this.” Regardless of what the storm brings, the two restaurateurs and their teams are eager to continue their service to the community, just as the community is eager to return to their tables.  | 23

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Paso Robles Safe & Lock

By Nicholas Mattson


Paso Robles Safe & Lock has been a full service locksmith shop on the Central Coast since 1979. With fully equipped vans for prompt and complete service, they meet all your residential, commercial, automotive, and security needs.

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aso Robles gained new family members in 2002, when Rick and Kathy Horlings picked up from Southern California to purchase Paso Robles Safe and Lock and transplant in North SLO County. “I was looking for a change in my career,” Rick said. “I was in the movie industry for 24 years, and at the end of my career I was traveling to states and countries selling archiving supplies, and wanted a change.” Rick and Kathy both had an entrepreneurial spirit, handed down to them by their parents. “Kathy and I grew up with parents who were always self employed,” Rick said. “As I was growing up, I worked with several contractors, and one of those was a locksmith when I was in my teens.” Rick’s history with locksmithing was a quarter-century in the past by the time he purchased Paso Robles Safe and Lock. “I never thought about going back to it,” Rick said. The market at the time motivated Rick to decide against getting a job and instead going into business for himself.

“We didn’t plan on coming this far up,” Rick said. “It was just one of those things that happened. I was looking in San Luis, and the agent said ‘I got this little business up in Paso if you want to go 30 minutes north.’ That is the story right there. I walked in and fell in love with it.” Paso Robles was familiar territory for the Horlings, and it’s inviting rural nature welcomed them to their new home. “We had a couple of friends here,” Kathy said, “and it appealed to us because we love the outdoors. We are ‘lake people.’” As with many new residents to Paso Robles, the appeal was a combination of small town, close proximity to beaches, outdoors, San Luis Obispo shopping and arts, and of course some great wine. “It ticked all the right boxes,” Kathy said. When Rick bought the business, he refreshed his locksmith talents with trade courses to bone up on his skills before diving into what became an 18-year career, so far. He also got some help from the established locksmiths that continued with him

after the transition. Joe Barclay was a veteran already, and has been with the company for 23 years and counting. “I’d been there five years with the previous owner, and we did a crash course with Rick in locksmithing,” Barclay said. Continuity has been a theme for the business that has locked and unlocked the local community since 1979. Paso Robles Safe and Lock has been in the same location on the 1400 block of Spring Street, next to the historic Fox Theater, for more than 20 years. From its perch on Spring, PRS&L watched traffic buzz up and down the drag and the surrounding downtown rebuild from post-San Simeon earthquake bones to flesh out the character it holds today. “It is busier,” Rick said. “When we moved here, it was so quiet. But we still enjoy it because Paso Robles still has that same ‘hometown’ vibe.” Kathy agreed, with a nod to the park side beautification the city has seen. “I love the downtown, and how it has grown,” Kathy said. “I love the boutiques and restaurants downtown.” Continued on Page 26

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In the past several years, Paso Robles has outgrown its own downtown, adding popup venues at wineries in the hills and valleys, east and west. “For us, we appreciate the winery venues that offer music and things to do on the weekend,” Kathy said. Rick added that the recent uptick in brewery venues has also enhanced Paso Robles, especially when his kids come visit. “They love coming for those venues,” Rick said. “It is easy to entertain them.” Rick’s son and daughter are both in their mid-30s, and both their families are expecting newborns in October, to make a total of three grandchildren. The bucolic and idyllic backdrop of Paso Robles made for an even starker contrast when the COVID19 pandemic hit SLO County. Like many local businesses, PRS&L felt the economic downturn on the bottom line. Being an “essential service” there was still some work that needed to be done but not enough to employ a full staff of people who had been with the

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company longterm. Kathy ran the books for the company, and she and Rick faced the hard realities as best they could manage. One of the things they ensured was the payment of the team’s health benefits — a fitting solution in the face of a pandemic. The Horlings worked to get the funding available from PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) and get their team back on the payroll quickly. The company has seen a recent increase in regular business as the suppressed economy begins its recovery. Paso Robles Safe and Lock works in a variety of industries, locking and unlocking doors of all kinds. “We do work for banks, hospitals, schools,” Rick said, “and all the commercial work — the wineries, breweries, and all our other businesses downtown. Not just in Paso but Atascadero too, and all the North SLO County.” Many of PRS&L clients have offices in San Luis Obispo, and appreciate the continuity of working with the local guys. Everyone on staff has a unique skill-

set, with Rick claiming the automotive sector and Joe being known as the “safe guy.” “I’m the safe technician,” Joe said, “and there has been a lot of safe openings that have been pretty interesting and some of them involved the authorities, so I can’t really elaborate.” The safe and lock business is one of necessity. For many people, crime is a problem to face and valuables need to be secured appropriately. Rick and his team are trained to assess the security of businesses and residences to provide affordable options for those needing locks. However, anyone who has lived in North SLO County for more than 20 years can tell you that locking doors was not always a top priority. That eventually meant business for Rick. “On the Central Coast, it was often ‘I’ve never locked my doors, I’m selling my house, and I don’t have any keys to my house,’” Rick said, remembering when. It’s also not always people getting locked out that is the problem. Joe retold a couple stories of when people’s door handles broke with them inside their apartment, and he had to drill out

the door lock to allow a woman and her child to get out after being stuck inside for over an hour. Together, the team at Paso Robles Safe and Lock are in the shop or out in branded vans on call making sure the community is safe and secure. Along with locks, the shop also retails gun safes, or business and personal safes to lock up what needs to be secured inside. The lasting impression of Rick came from the guy who had spent almost 20 years as a PRS&L locksmith. “He is just an all around good guy,” Joe said of his boss. “There has been times when I needed help, and he is always there to help. He’s been very supportive.” For more information or to get a security assessment, go to or call 805-238-7115. ■

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Bankston is There for You Local Agent Follows Her True North on the Central Coast

By Camille DeVaul


f you’re in the market to buy or sell your home, Kim Bankston has proven her worth as a real estate agent. For just over 30 years, Bankston has served the Central Coast, helping residents find the place they call home. After graduating from the California State University of Los Angeles, Bankston moved to her family’s lake house at Nacimiento in 1979. Like most who find their way to the Central Coast, Bankston decided to make the area her home. In 1989, she received her real estate license. Then about two years later, she expanded her expertise and got her brokers license. Real estate has always been a perfect fit for Bankston, “It is always changing, every client is different, and it’s challenging—I love what I do—when they purchase a home they are happy” Today, Bankston works with Compass, a real estate company, who purchased Patterson Realty. Founded

in 1971, Patterson Realty was acquired by Compass in August of 2019. Bankston worked for Patterson for three years before the change saying, “Even though Patterson Realty was a great office to work in, the announcement about the acquisition was received very well.” Compass, established in 2012, is an independently owned realty company with coast to coast locations. The owners of Compass have been purchasing successful realty companies throughout the nation. Their high standards bring clients some of the best real estate agents and resources. “With Compass, their technology is amazing,” says Bankston, “The company is modern, and the talent behind the technology is incredible.” What sets Compass apart from other realty companies is their technology and marketing resources, something Bankston was looking for in an

office. “Which is good for the agent because it helps them promote the properties, and also make the search and selling experience with the client intelligent and easier,” says Bankston. The Compass appears to have an edge on the realty and marketing game. On their website, they state, “Developed in-house, every Compass tool is designed to modernize both sides of the real estate experience.” Based in the Paso Robles office, Bankston serves the entire Central Coast. With access to offices in Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Morro Bay, she can meet clients wherever is most convenient for them. For those looking to buy or sell a home on the Central Coast, Bankston has the expertise, background, and resources to give you the best experience possible. “A lot of my clients become my friends,” Says Bankston, “I love what I do, and I love the company that I am with.” From the border of Monterey County to Arroyo Grande, Bankston is there for you. ■

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| Education

ANDRA TUTTO BENE “Everything is going to be okay” Jim J.

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he S an L uis Obispo County Office of Education’s mission is to promote student success by supporting the work of local districts, delivering specialized student services, and providing countywide leadership and advocacy. Our mission is achieved by highly skilled and dedicated employees working to serve our students, their families, our districts, and the community. The month of May was a time in which many schools across the county had planned to hold employee appreci-

ation celebrations before the Stay-At-Home was issued. I ask the community to join me in thanking our essential workers who have continued to provide services. Please know that we are very proud of the patience, concern public servants demonstrate for our students, their families, and the community during these difficult times. Until we can resume regular in-person services, our organizations will continue to implement physical distancing practices, hygiene practices, and conduct much of our work remotely. Your support in following the Public Health Department guidelines is much appreciated and has assisted in making our community safer. The upcoming weeks and months will be challenging and will require continued patience, clarification of understanding,

and clear communications. I have tremendous confidence in our ability to join forces in serving the community. Together we are stronger and can achieve much. I would like to share with you some of Jack Savoretti’s lyrics to a recently produced song “Andrà Tutto Bene” – “Everything will be OK.” It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent. ENGLISH Everything will be fine everything will be fine look into each other’s eyes and then say everything will be fine everything will be fine I know ITALIAN Andrà tutto bene andrà tutto bene guardarsi negli occhi per poi dire andrà tutto bene andrà tutto bene lo so ■

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| Exploring the Enclaves

t’s hip; it’s urban — it’s Tin City, an industrial zone due south of downtown Paso Robles that is home to artisanal wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, and even one cidery. There are no idyllic vineyardscapes here or soft breeze blowing through rolling hills. What you do hear is the hum of US 101 to the west and train whistles to the east of this enclave. The giant Brezden Pest Control sign will be your marker to enter Tin City, which also houses two restaurants, an olive oil shop, and a creamery, not to mention pool, farms and orchard supply businesses. Tin City’s usual high-octane vibe is shrouded in eerie quietness now due to the current pandemic lockdown. As of this writing, the only activity I notice is the Friday afternoon drive-through for

ing booths to help pay part of his rent. “I’ll take some credit for it,” he said of the wine concept, which did not take off at first. But English was a step ahead and recognized Paso’s growing wine industry. “He’s a genius,” commented Evers, who has since moved downtown. “He visualizes something, and it happens.” Among the initial tenants were Paso star winemakers working for larger wineries while tinkering with their labels on the side. ” It was time for them to come out,” said English of the group that included Scott Hawley (Torrin and Legom Wine), who has been a winemaker for wineries such as LAW Estate and Summerwood Inn, and Guillaume Fabre (Clos Solene, Benom) and Jacob Toft, both of whom worked at L’Aventure Winery. “Economy was key to them,” English commented as the rents for these funky industrial warehouses fit the needs of young winemakers. English is selective in signing his tenants, looking for “those that fit. I’m not looking for big boys but for serious winemakers, who are not just making wine as a hobby.” Very few have left Tin City. “Most are still original,” he declared. Within this group of dedicated winemakers exists an unparalleled camaraderie, where winemakers willingly share tasting room space or production facilities with newcomers. All of them harbor the singular

pick-up of online purchases. But when the tasting rooms reopen, this small enclave will swiftly gather speed, once again offering a communal experience where visitors can savor wines produced from California’s diverse grape varieties. Tin City owner Mike English acquired the 20-acre parcel some 20 years ago, he told me in our phone conversation. In 2008, English decided to sub-divide, hoping to draw the Silicon Valley crowd as tenants “because the central fiber optic cable runs next to the railroad track.” However, the first tenants turned out to be noted artist Dale Evers and Daniels Wood Land, known for creating high-end whimsical tree houses. Evers rented an 8,000-square foot facility, now occupied by BarrelHouse Brewing Company (BHBC), and decided to sub-divide into wine tast-

passion of crafting small-lot artisanal wines, sourcing fruit from prized vineyards along the Central Coast. Viticulturist and winemaker Andrew Jones was the first to arrive when he opened his Field Recordings winery. Jones, who started winemaking in 2007 at various custom crush facilities, discovered Tin City in 2012. “At the time, it was a nice quiet place to make wine that could be low profile,” Jones said in an email. Then BHBC arrived in 2013, and Tin City became a runaway success. “I can’t get around it anymore,” mused Jones, who prefers to be known as a nurseryman and is committed to his main profession as Vineyard Representative at the Bakersfield-based Sunridge Nurseries, Inc. At Field Recordings, there’s a wide array of wines from Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, and Alicante Bouschet to charbono and carignan. Jones


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also crafts brilliant pinot noir and chardonnay under the Wonderwall label, and his Fiction label offers multi-vineyard blends. While most tasting rooms are open on weekends only and some by appointment, BHBC is open daily, offering a wide variety of beers and on weekends transforms into a rocking scene with live bands and food trucks. At Giornata, owners Brian and Steffi Terrizzi produce exceptional Italian varietal wines such as Falanghina, Vermentino, Nebbiolo and Aglianico. The couple also operates the popular ETTO pasta factory and Tin Canteen eatery. There’s a selection of silky pinot noirs at Al Lago, Aaron, and Culton Wine Company. At Benom, you can taste a complex cabernet sauvignon and a deliciously bright blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo. At ONX, one can sample its signature Mad Crush, a blend of Grenache, Tempranilo, and Mourvedre, and the ever so fragrant Rosé. Monochrome, as the name proclaims, is a whitewine-only winery where owner-winemaker Dave McGee produces an exuberant Albariño and multi-variety blends working with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. At Union Sacré Winery, you’ll find additional impressive whites like Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Among the Rhône-centric wines, there are impressive lineups at Jacob Toft, Sans Liege, Brian Benson Cellars, Nicora, Turtle Rock Vineyards, Powell Mountain Cellars, Kaleidos, and Levo. At Desperada, you can savor classic Bordeauxstyle blends and a seductive Sauvignon Blanc crafted by owner Valia Esha. For spirits and cocktails, try Calwise Spirits Co. and Wine Shine, whose brandies are flavored with fig, mango, hibiscus, and ghost pepper. Since Tin City’s tenancy is now full, a group of wineries has sprung up at the corner of Marquita Avenue and Ramada Drive. These winemakers are in no rush to stamp a name on this spot. There’s a good selection of Rhône style wines here, produced by wineries such as Anglim, Seven Oxen, and TOP. Nearby winemaker Tyler Russell crafts superb pinot noir. Its fruit sourced from some of the finest vineyards along the Central Coast for his Cordant label and distinctive Rhône blends under the Nelle brand. Next door, Christian Tietje, who pushed Paso’s popularity into overdrive when he launched Four Vines a decade ago, has set up his Anarchy Wine Co. producing his eclectic blends marrying Zinfandel with Bordeaux and Rhône varieties, served in an eye-popping artsy tasting room. On my visit back in January, Tietje offered a barrel sample of his deliciously seductive 2019 Chardonnay in the barrel room that was accessed through an armoire door. It’s all a part of the heady wine experience in this trendy enclave of Paso. Visit ■

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DIRECTORY of LOCAL HOUSES of WORSHIP The following listing of area houses of worship is provided by the partnership between Adelaide Inn and PASO Magazine. We hope to include all houses of worship in the Paso Robles, Templeton, San Miguel, Shandon, and Bradley areas. Your congregation is welcomed to send us updates and information to make our list complete and accurate. If you have information, please send an email to publisher@pasomagazine. com or call 805-239-1533. Please include your name, address, phone, service times, and name of spiritual leader of your congregation. Thank you, and stay blessed.

ATASCADERO Awakening Ways Spiritual Community 9315 Pismo Ave. 10 a.m. at the Pavilion Rev’s Frank & Terry Zum Mallen Congregation Ohr Tzafon 2605 Traffic Way Service: Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329

CRESTON Creston Community Church 5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor JD Megason

LOCKWOOD True Life Christian Fellowship Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325

NACIMIENTO Heritage Village Church At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265 Hill Top Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435 Oak Shores Christian Fellowship 2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (760) 304-2435

PASO ROBLES Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930 Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 Calvary Chapel Paso Robles 1615 Commerce Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Christian Life Center Assembly of God 1744 Oak St. Service Times: 10:30 a.m. Youth Ministries: Monday 7:00 Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Center Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366 Christian Science Services 17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 239-1361 Church of Christ 3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366.2363 Covenant Presbyterian Church 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805) 238-6927 Belong Central Coast 905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853 Family Worship Center 616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809 First Baptist Church 1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 First Mennonite Church 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445 First United Methodist 915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006 Grace Baptist Church 535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549 Highlands Church Corner S. River and Niblick 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Pastor James Baird

(805) 226-5800 Life Worth Living Church of God 620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978 Live Oak 1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575 Mid State Baptist Church 3770 Ruth Way Services Sunday: 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 238-2281 New Day 1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998 New Life Tabernacle 3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero

1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastors: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011 St. James Episcopal Church 1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I) 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 820 Creston Rd. Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday - 5 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday - 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (Family Mass) 12:30 p.m. (Spanish) 5 p.m. (Teen) & 7 p.m. (Spanish) Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218 The Revival Center 3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170

North County Christian Fellowship 421 9th St. Services: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325

The Light of the World Church 2055 Riverside Ave. Services: Everyday, 6 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Pastor Bonifacio Robles (612) 990-4701

Paso Robles Bible Church 2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670

Trinity Lutheran Church 940 Creston Rd. Contemporary Service: 9 a.m. Traditional Service: 10:45 a.m. Sr. Pastor Dan Rowe (805) 238-3702

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300

Victory Outreach Paso Robles 3201 Spring Street, Paso Robles Ca Services: Sunday,10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Pastor Pete Torres (805) 536-0035

Paso Robles Community Church 2706 Spring St. Service: 9:00 a.m. Pastor Shawn Penn (805) 239-4771


Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC Thirteenth and Oak Streets Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steven Mabry (805) 238-3321 Poder de Dios Centro Familiar 500 Linne Road, Suite D Services Sunday 4:30p.m. & Wed. 7p.m. Pastors: Frank and Isabel Diaz (805) 264-9322 / (805) 621-4199 Redeemer Baptist Church Kermit King Elementary School 700 Schoolhouse Circle Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Christopher Cole (805) 238-4614 Second Baptist Church

Adelaide Inn 1215 Ysabel Ave (Just off 24th near Hwy 101 and 46 East intersection) Paso Robles, 805-238-2770

Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329 Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God 988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 434-2424 Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180 Cowboy Church Family Praise & Worship 206 5th st. Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr.

805-975-8594 Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Charlie Little (805) 434-1921 Higher Dimension Church 601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996 Life Community Church 3770 Ruth Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Keith Newsome (805) 434-5040 Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Assembly of God 925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616 Seventh-day Adventist Church Templeton Hills 930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710 Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272 Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 543-0943

SAN MIGUEL Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500 Mission San Miguel Parish 775 Mission Street Weekday Mass: 8 a.m. Weekend Mass: Saturday: 5 p.m. English (Vigil) & 6:30 p.m. Spanish (Vigil) Sunday: 7 a.m., Noon & 6 p.m. (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz, OFM (805) 467-2131

SHANDON Shandon Assembly of God 420 Los Altos Ave. Pastor Keith Richards Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737 Spanish Service: Sunday 5 p.m. & Thurs 7 p.m. Pastor Mauro Jimenez

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North County Athletes Going y College

these graduating seniors will continue their athletic prowess at the college level By Connor Allen


lthough there was little or no spring season for all local athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still several north county athletes who will be moving on and continuing playing their sport at the next level in college. Unfortunately, due to social distancing and the shelter-at-home orders, the athletes have been stripped of their moment in the sun and the ability to celebrate, embrace and smile with their friends and family in a memory that will stay with them for a lifetime. We at the Paso Robles Magazine and Colony Magazine want to do our part in recognizing greatness and the dedication it takes to excel both off an on the court or field. The Paso Robles Bearcats softball entered this spring season as the favorites in the county to bring home the league title in large part due to their seven standout senior leaders on the team. Despite not being able to defend their championship coach Billy Tidwell’s seven seniors will be attending college with two girls sticking to athletics in Sophia Prietto, who has signed to play volleyball at Westminster College and Hillary Conner who will run track and field at Linfield College in Oregon. The Bearcats five other seniors will also be continuing their education with Madison Howard, and Becca Stroud attending Cal Poly, Karli Whisenhunt attending Montana State, Hannah Tibbets at Sacramento State while Mya Gonzales is going to Cuesta and plans to join their up-and-coming soccer team that has helped several former Bearcats in the recent past. A Heavenly Home.................................. 25 Adelaide Inn........................................... 33 AM Sun Solar ..........................................02 American Riviera Bank ...........................15 Athlon Fitness & Performance ................28 Avila Traffic Safety ...................................14 Blake’s True Value................................... 11 Bridge Sportsman’s Center ....................21 CalSun Electric & Solar ...........................27 City of Paso Robles Rec & Library ...........09 Coast Electronics .....................................16

The Bearcats boys baseball coached by Jonathan Thornhill is also sending five boys to college that are looking to advance their athletic careers. Taylor Bonham (Cuesta, plans to walk on to the baseball team), Seth Maldonado (Monterey Peninsula to pursue football and baseball), Gerald Norte (Pacific University, football, and baseball), CJ Ontiveros (Mt. Sac, baseball) and Preston Regalado (Marymount University, baseball). The Templeton Eagles also have a group of athletes that will continue competing and learning at the next level, starting with Hope Erwin, who signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Fresno Pacific University, where she will quickly become a contributor to their track and field team as a thrower. Templeton senior Hannah Clark is continuing her education and will be attending Missouri Valley College, where she will play basketball while also majoring in nursing. After back-to-back shares of the Ocean League title in soccer, Templeton’s Jerett Tachovsky caught the attention of local recruiters and will be staying close to home for his school as he will begin with Cal Poly in the fall and play soccer. Senior quarterback Zack Logan is not done playing yet and has signed to play football at Monterey Peninsula College next year. Atascadero has a pair of boys that will be walking-on to athletic programs come next year in Seth Robasciotti and Logan Jones. Robasciotti will be staying close to home and has confirmed with sports reporter Connor Allen that he will be attending Cal Poly in the fall and playing football. Jones will be heading off to The University of Michigan where he will compete for a spot on the track and field team. Congratulations to all the local athletes! ■

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SETH ROBASCIOTTI Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

HOPE ERWIN Fresno Pacific University

LOGAN JONES University of Michigan

ZACK LOGAN Monterey Peninsula College

SOPHIA PRIETO Westminster College

HILLARY CONNORS Linfield College

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