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he month of May reminds us of our love of the warmth and sunshine, flowers are in bloom, and it is cool enough to spend the entire day with the windows and doors open. As we continue living life through this economic health crisis, we have the opportunity to re-evaluate how we spend our time and what is truly important to fill our souls and what we can eliminate as we start to come out of this pandemic. May is a special month for us for a few reasons, one being it is our anniversary month. This year we are celebrating eleven years back together on the 2nd and eight years of wedding bliss on the 5th. After thirteen years going our separate ways after high school, coming back together in 2009 was truly a blessing. Going through this challenging time as parents, business owners, and individuals in our community, we are so grateful for the strong foundation we built that has held us together in the toughest of times. Strength, love, and respect is crucial, especially when you are forced to Shelter-at-Home, which includes, but not limited to, home life, kiddos, work, and school on top of everything else you already handle on a daily basis. Having a partner and friend that you can count on and trust is one of the most valuable relationships one could have, and for that, we are so grateful. In this issue, we celebrate moms for Mother’s Day and offer some great local ideas on how to plan something special. We honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. We share stories of our essential local hero’s and offer some educational insight into distance learning. Our highlights include Best of the West and the Golden State Classic Car Show, along with all our wonderful contributors sharing what is happening in their neck of the woods. We hope that you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine. We worked on it together with a skeleton crew, and each one of them along with our furloughed team members are all important in their own right. No matter what the outcome is after we all walk through this, we know we will be better for it. We know it will look different than before, and we will remember that we were able to share the beauty that makes our communities so special. We thank you for your continued love and support. We are #pasostrong, and we will get through this together. All our love, Nic & Hayley

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With so many changes happening over the past few weeks, our Recreation Services staff wants everyone in our Paso Robles community to know that we are thinking of you. We are so used to the hustle and bustle of a now quiet Centennial Park and we look forward to a time again soon when our classrooms are filled with the sounds of laughter and activity. During this time, we encourage you to relax and destress by enjoying a walk or bike ride on one of our City’s many trails and pathways. These areas along with the beautiful open spaces in our parks remain safe places for community members to enjoy. Outdoor activities that respect physical distancing are wonderful ways to stay healthy, enrich your soul and relieve stress. Virtual Paso While at press time, our in-person recreation classes are being rescheduled until further notice, many of our dedicated instructors are providing free online opportunities for you and your family to enjoy from home. Our recreation staff has compiled this info into a resource called Virtual Paso. This extensive interactive list of activities that will help you stay active, engaged and entertained from home can be found by visiting Below are a few highlights of the activities you’ll discover from our City’s recreation instructors on Virtual Paso. YaYa Yoga Vanessa Orr of YaYa Yoga will be offering a new online series of live sessions through Zoom or Facebook Live and recorded classes on YouTube. Orr ’s classes will include: Storytime & Movement, Toddler & Preschooler Yoga, Yoga & Dance combined classes and guided visualizations for children to help encourage sleep and relieve stress and anxiety. To learn more about these classes, sign up to receive the YaYa Yoga newsletter at or visit the YaYa Yoga CA Facebook page. These classes are being offered free of charge however, donations are gratefully accepted. Free Art Classes Local teacher and recreation instructor Stormy Capalare is offering free online directed art lessons for the entire family that allow anyone to easily create from home. All that is needed is paper and something to draw with and any coloring supplies you have on hand such as paint, pastels, markers, crayons or colored pencils. To access these free daily lessons, visit Youtube and search Stormy Capalare to find her videos and subscribe to the channel. Feed Your Soul Mindful Kindful YOUniversity is offering live online mini-classes and recorded resources for mindfulness and movement geared toward elementary aged children and families. These resources focus on nervous system regulation, resiliency and well-being. To learn more, visit and subscribe to receive updates, or contact DiGioia at (805) 270-5523. Classes and resources are offered free of charge however, donations are gratefully accepted. There are many more opportunities to stay active and engaged on Virtual Paso including Zumba exercise videos from Cristina Averseng, Jennifer Loewen, Javi Perez and Tiffaney Henry, free Kindermusik activities and more. For updates on these and other at home learning options please visit the Paso Robles Recreation Services Facebook page. For up to date information regarding the re-opening of City recreation facilities and classes, please visit the Recreation Services website at or email Be well! Our Recreations Services family looks forward to seeing you again very soon.


| Through the Grapevine

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reetings, wonderful readers and community members! Last month, we provided you with information in Paso Robles Magazine about #PASOSTRONG and the strength of working together to keep our community going in the face of a global pandemic. We will get through this together and there is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. It is difficult to even write this, because things are changing so fast that by the time it is printed and delivered, information might be completely irrelevant or obsolete. That is the nature of this business. But what we hope will not be irrelevant

or obsolete are the advertisers who you find in the pages of our magazine. In April, we faced an abrupt change to our way of life. Businesses were mandated to close, economy slowed to a near stop, and disruption of everyday life made it difficult to get from one day to the next for our community. The economic vitality of our community is in jeopardy, and we are all feeling it. But together, with our strength in numbers, we will rise. Together, we can. On this page, there are advertisers whose dollar spent was in part to deliver this issue of Paso Robles Magazine to you.

Then the flower lifted higher, not afraid of the sun. Firmly rooted in love, back from oblivion. With the healer’s touch opening a door To dreams untapped like never before.

Without their support, this magazine does not reach you. It is our commitment to continue delivering the best content available to our community. It is the same for those advertisers you see in the pages of this magazine. They are part of the Story of Us. This is a new chapter for us. In this time of extreme economic insecurity, any one of our advertisers might decide that they need to save money instead of advertise. But those who have continued with us are producing this magazine with us. We care about our community. I speak for our company. I speak for our advertisers. I speak for our readers. We care about our community. We are here for you, and we all want to see success in our stories.

Together, we can. Each week, each month, all year, our salespeople work hard to make each issue of our magazine and each edition of our newspapers — The Paso Robles Press — successful. They have bills to pay, kids to clothe, and mouths to feed. They work to make that happen. But you are our most powerful salespeople. Our reader’s voice is our loudest voice. When you read our magazine, and appreciate the hard work that goes into it, please make it known to those local businesses who made it happen. Don’t just pick your favorite, tell them all. Read through each page and look at each advertiser. Each ad represents a team of hardworking Roblans delivering goods and services to their customers. Their customers are our

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customers, our readers, our neighbors, our friends. We are all connected. For each advertiser, write them a note and mail it to their address thanking them for being a part of Paso Robles Magazine and the Paso Robles community. Go onto their social media pages and give them a five-star review. When you go into their store or shop, tell them you saw them in our magazine. Try checking out a new service from those in our pages to appreciate the diversity in our community and make a new acquaintance. You are our best salesperson. You are our best friend. We will continue to produce and deliver the best magazine on the Central Coast, through the good times and the hard times. We thank you for all the support you have given to us, and the support you will continue to give us. Our magazine is our handshake with the community. It is the firm grip of our ladies and gentlemen that keep our community going. It is our square look into the eye of our neighbors that says, “I got you,” and “Let’s do this.” It is the essence of a can-do attitude and the culmination of a job well done. It is your friends and nieghbors, delivered to your friends and neighbors. From cover to cover, your community needs you now more than ever. It is their hard-earned income that makes this magazine possible, and your hardearned loyalty to them that brings it full circle. We are proud to be a part of that circle, and encourage you to take note of all the small and large businesses that call Paso Robles home in our community, as well as our magazine. We are all in this together. 



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| It’s Happening on Main Street

Karyl Lammers


ay, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel alive As we navigate through these uncertain times, I am so inspired by our businesses and the community as a whole. The people of Paso Robles are taking care of themselves, respecting others, and following the “shelter at home” process. As a result, it is reported that our COVID-19 numbers are below most other counties. Businesses have gotten creative to serve the public and help keep our economy intact. Restaurants are open for pickup, and some even deliver. There are too many to list here, so call your favorites. There are a few businesses you may not be aware are open: • Park Cinemas has popcorn: 805-227-0902 • Cold Stone Creamery has ice cream: 805-226-9330 • Leo, Leo Gelato has a discount on gelato: 805-226-5050 • Blenders, our longest-running retail store is

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open by appointment: 805-238-8554 • The Natural Alternative, our nutrition center: 805-237-8290 • And for your disposition, try DK Donuts on Spring Street: 805-238-9371 You can purchase gift cards for many businesses to use now or later, go to the website As we have heard, tourism has been the industry hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus. Since Paso Robles is high on the list of “best places to visit in the USA,” we’re feeling the crunch. So, to brighten this dark time for wine lovers, many of your favorite WINERIES are offering shipping deals, bottle discounts, and virtual tours of their facilities. Most provide curbside pickup and online tasting events with their winemakers. Take a look at the specials, consider an online order, and know your business is deeply appreciated as we weather this storm together. The Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association is hard at work, off-site, to keep you up to date on what’s happening downtown. Our new Marketing Team is producing a comprehensive interactive community that will modernize our oper-

ations. We’ll soon have a new website with virtual downtown events and tours. So, a special thank you goes to Bill Reed, Central Coast, who is and for many years has been behind the scenes doing the hard work to get and keep our website current. Contact us at for questions and information about how we can help you. Take a moment to thank Nic and Hayley (and their team) for the Paso Robles Magazine and their other publications throughout the north county. Nic and Hayley you are helping our community to not only stay informed, but to keep some normalcy during this very abnormal time in our lives. I hear every day how much people look forward to the delivery of the Paso Magazine in their mailboxes. It’s a bad day, not a bad life! We’re closer to recovery every day. Count your blessings. We need to learn from yesterday, live for today and have hope for tomorrow. Improve your memory by doing unforgettable things. Enjoy the May flowers, the birds singing, the sound of the Amtrak Trains, watch funny movies and read happy books, eat good food and appreciate each other always knowing that THIS TOO SHALL PASS!! 

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| San Miguel Reflections




Lynne Schmitz

n ancient western European cultures, welcoming spring was a cause for a grand celebration. During lavish festivals held around the end of April or the first part of May, dancing around a tree symbolized the fertility of the new crops. The English incorporated the annual celebrations into their culture early on and decorated poles with flowers and colorful ribbons to symbolize trees, but the Puritans looked on the whole idea as a pagan ritual. May Day eventually made its way to the new colonies to become an American tradition. Local newspaper accounts from the 1920s tell of schools

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in the north county celebrating together with games, races (for both people and horses), baseball contests (extremely popular with both children and adults), and, of course, food. As the years passed, elementary and high schools celebrated individually on the first of May unless it fell on the weekend. A king and queen were elected from the upper classes and reigned with their court over the festivities. Each class performed songs, dancing, or skits, which were practiced diligently in weeks leading up to the celebration. The crowning performance of the day was dancing the Maypole — an honor given to a third- or fourth-grade class. A pole was set and decorated,

generally with a nosegay of colorful flowers on the top. Bright-colored streamers were hung from the top for the dancers. At the appointed time, music was started, and each dancer took a streamer in hand to braid around the pole, dancing and weaving from both sides. Families and friends came to applaud and enjoy the day, and following lunch, there were sports and games. School was dismissed early. When I attended high school in the 1950s, Paso Robles High School celebrated May Day on the football field at Flamson (then Paso High). By the time our children started high

school in the 1970s, they no longer held the May event, but looking through the years of PRHS annuals in the Carnegie Museum, there are great pictures of those earlier May Days. In my freshman and sophomore years, I attended Catholic high school. May Day at our school was celebrated with special services in church in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we enjoyed a festive day (although without the Maypole with its somewhat shady past). Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel was the last school in San Luis Obispo County to observe May Day as such. In 2002, the day of games and fun was renamed ‘Spring Fling,’ and the Maypole became a happy memory for all those children, now grown, who danced and sang to celebrate the beginning of spring. 

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t’s hard to know what to say in our column this month. That’s just the plain truth. We miss the store, and the energy that our customers bring, and the USPS packages stacked in the hallway. How the park is extra peaceful right as the sun sets, before the lights go on over the play structure. We miss choosing music in the morning, and the little tradition Ash started of saying good night very quietly to the shop as we close and lock the door. We miss each other. And yet there’s still much to be grateful for. On a walk this afternoon, looking up at a billboard that had been changed overnight to read TOGETHER, and #pasostrong. Who had thought to do that? What a beautiful idea. And our friends at Re:Find Distillery and Baker Wine & Grape Analysis making free hand sanitizers for nursing homes and first responders. And who had made the little heart shaped sign that thanked the EMS workers as I pulled out of a parking lot today? Our neighbors, that’s who. And that’s why we can still feel hopeful, in spite of the heartbreak and sadness. As a community, we will figure out what needs to be done, and we will do it. We’ve especially appreciated

the leadership of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, and the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, who have shared helpful resources and encouragement. We’ve asked ourselves how the General Store can remain purposeful with our storefront closed. We’ve moved many products to our website, and offer shipping and contact-free curbside pick-up until we can open our doors again. And then there are the puzzles. They have been the one thing we can’t keep in stock during quarantine. Puzzles are offline, they’re social or introvert-friendly, whichever you’re vibing with. They’re multigenerational and old school and sweet and welcoming and wine friendly. Puzzles are just friendly. And researchers say they are really good for stress. A straight-forward, solvable challenge that distracts you from worries. So we’ve upped our puzzle game, and hope they bring a tiny ray of sunshine to your kitchen table. Packing them in boxes and in bags to be picked up has given us a way to stay connected to the store, and to you, and we are so thankful. See you soon, sweet neighbors. 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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s we continue to experience major lifestyle changes due to COVID19 pandemic, it’s more important now more than ever to stay positive and creative with our time. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updated information and funny videos! Miserable with Allergies? In addition to providing you with some effective immune support products, this beautiful Spring weather has those prone to allergies feeling a bit miserable. The Natural Alternative is stocked up with your favorites for this glorious time of year! LifeSeasons BreatheX Allergy & Sinus Support supports immune function, normal histamine production and relieves sinus congestion. BreatheX provides sinus support and soothes nasal passages with quercetin and bromelain which help maintain healthy sinus tissues and Vitamin C that supports immunity and normal histamine production. The citrus bioflavonoids promote blood vessel integrity and healthy immune response and nettle leaf calms histamine production. BreatheX has been awarded “Best in Class” for relief from allergy symptoms. Now on sale 20% of during the month of May! Matthew’s Honey is our local honey that customers love! Exceptionally rich in nutrients and savory sweet, this anti-

oxidant rich honey is a great compliment to oatmeal, tea, coffee or whatever needs a touch of healthy sweetness! To keep nasal passages clear, try an ancient secret – the Neti Pot! It can be used daily while showering to remove dust, pollen, excess mucous and other irritants. Used with a saline solution (we also carry the special salt), you gently rinse your nasal passages to soothe and moisten when they feel dry and irritated. As an alternative to Neti Pot, try Xlear saline nasal spray to alleviate nasal congestion and relieve sinus pressure. The key here is to reduce the irritant’s ability to adhere to nasal membranes, washing away dust and pollen that triggers an allergic response resulting in runny nose and watery eyes. This simple spray is natural, fast & effective, and safe for daily use! We are working hard to continue to restock supplements, especially immune and allergy support products. If you call us at (805) 237-8290 with your order, we can ring up for you and have ready for curbside delivery. If you are not able to pick up, we certainly can mail to you. If you wish to place an order or just need some support during this critical time, please call us – we are here for you! The Team @ The Natural Alternative Nutrition Center


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eemed an essential business, Blake’s True Value Hardware continues to serve its customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. While people are encouraged to keep their distance and stay at home, having a hardware store with a knowledgeable staff can be a lifesaver for keeping one’s sanity during this trying time. “One of the biggest things that I hear from my customers is that most of them are very appreciative that we are still open,” owner Brent Goodwin said. “We’ve always prided ourselves that we have employees who can help our customers, get them in and out, and back to working on their project.” Blake’s True Value Hardware has served Paso Robles since the 1950s. While a member of the True Value franchise, Blakes is still independently owned and operated. Brent started working at Blakes in 1998 and worked his way through the ranks until he became the general manager in 2007. Six years later, in 2013, Brent and his wife Beckie purchased the business and have been running it ever since. Brent said that the couple divides the responsibilities between Brent shouldering the day to day managerial duties and Beckie handling the bookkeeping and office duties. The small shop employs 10 people, but Brent said two of his employees chose to take a temporary leave of absence, because they are considered at-risk for

contracting COVID-19. “It wouldn’t make sense to possibly expose themselves to the virus,” Brent said. As with all businesses, Blakes has taken a financial hit in the past month. Brent said a large portion of their revenue comes from the hospitality industry, which came to a standstill when the coronavirus landed on American shores. Brent said that people are finally getting around to those home projects and honey-do lists they may be procrastinating on doing. “If you’re sheltering at home, there are probably more things you realize that you need to fix that’s been put off for a while,” Brent said. Brent said the Blakes team continues to be mindful of the risk the virus brings to the community. The employees work to keep surfaces disinfected and make sure that customers are abiding by the six-feet-apart guidelines put forth by the State of California and San Luis Obispo County. “We’re doing everything that we can to keep the environment in the store safe,” Brent said. Brent said that being part of the True Value family, customers can order items in advance and have them shipped to the store for pickup. Shopping online not only saves the customer time but allows them to get the things they need without exposing themselves to the virus. For more information on products and services provided by Blake’s True Value Hardware, visit ca/paso-robles/8518/. 

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antique equipment antique equipment show show at at Santa Santa Margarita Margarita Ranch Ranch

By Camille DeVaul


or the ultimate All American Memorial Day weekend, step out into the fresh air and tour the Best of the West Antique Equipment Show at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch! Starting Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24, guests are welcome to explore and enjoy the equipment that helped build America into the country it is today. More importantly, the weekend is dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans who have given their lives for our country. The Best of the West Antique Equipment Show is a Pioneer Day committee event. Santa Margarita Ranch poses as the perfect location to enjoy a family gathering

outside and teach the younger generations about the heritage of our area. Due to COVID-19, the Pioneer Day Committee has decided to proceed with caution for the event and are continually monitoring the current situation. Tom Madden, Pioneer Day committee member, says, “We don’t want to do anything that’s going to jeopardize anybody’s health.” The decision to cancel or postpone the event will be made by local, state, or federal officials. Until that decision is made, the show must go on! Anyone who has attended the past few years at the show knows Santa Margarita Ranch has the acreage to adapt to social-distancing rules and still be fun.

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“I’m getting calls every day from people saying ‘please don’t cancel it because if this all plays out by then, we’re all going to need something to do,’” says Madden, “your event is so spread out that it would be the perfect kind of event.’” Tickets are now available online or can be purchased at the gate. Weekend passes are $25, and day passes are $10 with children ages 10-and-under free. Guests can also opt to camp at the grounds for an additional fee. All proceeds from the show will help fund the Best of the West Show and annual Paso Robles Pioneer Day festivities. Each morning the gates open at 8 a.m. and close that evening at 5 p.m. Food and beer sales open at 10 a.m. with plenty of options, including the Farm Bureau Trip Tip, 4-H Burgers and Corn, 805

Taqueria, and more. At noon each day, all operations will pause for a military salute with the flag in the car and train area. A military parade follows the salute at 12:30 p.m. Throughout the day, depending on current social distancing guidelines, guests can enjoy a tractor parade, earthmoving demo, plowing demo, blacksmithing, and so much more! A favorite crowd activity is taking a ride on the train. Not just any train, but a steam engine from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and passenger coaches from Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad from the 1950s! Train rides begin each morning at 9:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Trips leave Continued on Page 22 | 21

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about every 60 minutes, and separate tickets for the train can be purchased in person for an additional fee. In addition to trains and antique farming equipment, military aircraft from WWII are on display and take a flight throughout the weekend. “We’ve had the B-25 every year,” says Madden, “and that model of airplane was instrumental in the first attack on Japan in 1942, the surprise Doolittle raiders attack and we have other military aircraft that come.” Sometimes veterans take a ride in the B-25. Military tanks and other equipment are also displayed at the show. Veterans themselves own many of the aircraft on display. In the past, on Friday, the first day of the show, school field trips were scheduled to come and explore the show. About 300 to 400 third and fourth graders from around the county get to go and explore the ranch and take train rides. There is something for everyone to enjoy there. Madden mentions that he loves, “Anything old that can teach history, and I love the train there.” The Best of the West show is an opportunity to teach students how Memorial Day weekend is more than just the start of summer — it’s about honoring those who have given their lives for our country. Students have so much fun; many of them end up coming back with their families. The event is so vast and spread out you could attend all three days and see something new. For the best possible experience, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for walking! Hats are recommended for hot days or even days when we expect a few light sprinkles. A schedule is available online so visitors can plan their visit accordingly. Locals from around the county bring equipment and tractors from various decades. “It showcases the mechanized progress of 20th Continued on Page 23

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Guests can enjoy a tractor parade, earthmoving demo, plowing demo, blacksmithing, and even ride on a steam engine from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. WWII military equipment, like the B-52 will also be on display.

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century America,” says Madden In 2017, the show’s biggest year, there were several hundred pieces of equipment on display. Andy Brown, with ABI Construction, Carson Wiley from Arroyo Grande, and Dwight Peterson, are just a few of the many locals who bring in their antique machinery. Joel and Terry Switzer bring their gas engines, trucks, and some cars to show. Switzer, Peterson, and others also sponsor a Friday night gathering for all the sponsors. The Hansen family is also heavily involved in putting on the Best of the West Show. They bring in their Cat 60 and are instrumen-

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tal in getting volunteer truckers as well as getting other businesses involved with the show. It has become a community effort to put on the show. Entirely run by volunteers, the show is becoming a tradition that many look forward to every year. JB Dewar is known as the “rockstar” of the community not only for their contributions to Pioneer Day and the Best of the West Show but for their tractor restoration kids and more. They have been donating oil and fuel to the tractors for as long as anyone can remember. Memorial weekend is known to be the kickoff of summer, but more importantly, it is dedicated

to remembering and honoring veterans who gave their lives serving. This year, we will have many people to thank for their service to our country in more ways than one. “We want first responders, doctors, nurses, paramedics and everybody out there to know we got your back and we love you and appreciate you,” says Madden, “They are on the frontlines of something different from war but equally as devastating to those who are impacted.”  For more information on tickets, trailer camping, and all the show has to offer visit: | 23



By Nicholas Mattson

ike many events looming on the horizon, the 2020 edition of the Golden State Classics Cruise and Car Show on Memorial Day weekend became a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic when the club behind it made a decision to cancel the show. “This is just a car show,” Golden State Classics Car Club event chairperson Scotty Smith said, “and it is important for us and is a big event, but it is more important for us to be safe as a community. The show is secondary to the community helping each

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other and staying healthy, distancing, wearing masks and what we have to do to get through this thing.” Before canceling the event, Smith expected a record attendance in vehicle participation, besting last year’s attendance of 300 by 100 cars. Fortunately for the show, the main sponsors have left their support with the club for the 2021 show. “We are fortunate all of our title sponsors, Kings Oil Tools and Lowe’s,” Smith said, “stayed with us and just moved everything to the next year. I want to thank Kings Oil owner Tom Fowler.

He helped us pay for a lot of the upgrades we had planned for this event. Among all the other people who help us put this on.” Smith also gave a special thanks to A-1 Glass and Powdercoating USA, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Borjon Auto Center for their support. If all goes well, there will be a show in the fall for all the gear heads who need a chrome and powder coat fix. “We do a small car show at Creston Village,” Smith said. “We moved that to late September. I don’t know if we will be doing that, depending if this [COVID] thing gets stretched out.” As the world adapts to a disease that has put world

leaders on their heels, Paso Robles Magazine wants to give our community as much regularity and consistency as we can. For that reason, we wanted to give you a spread from last year’s event and some hope that we will see the events we love return. 


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When a car show is canceled, sometimes the next best thing is the glossy pages of Paso Robles Magazine. Enjoy our best pics from past years of candy paint and chrome. Photos by Nicholas Mattson

Allen Duckworth polishes his 1966 Ford Mustang. Photo by Robin Smith

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alifornia Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on March 19 for Californians to stay home except for those deemed ‘essential’ in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For the last 33 consecutive days, the people of California have looked to their leaders for instruction and direction. In these unprecedented times, many people lead the community, from nurses and doctors risking their lives to fight the virus, employees of an essential business who show up every day to make sure the community has food and resources, as well as all the small businesses that have entirely changed their operating systems to serve the county and their neighbors. But no two people have had a greater impact or a greater weight to carry than County Health

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Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein and County Administrative Officer and Director of Emergency Services Wade Horton. Together, Horton and Borenstein played a significant role in making decisions for SLO County — like sheltering at home and the closing of local businesses that have impacted every person in this community — and it’s not something that they have taken lightly. “I can say it was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life,” Horton told The Atascadero News and The Paso Robles Press in an interview on Saturday. “And probably will be the most difficult decision I make in my life. I knew what the impact would be, or I thought I knew what the impact would be and making that decision, I am just trying to do the right thing for what we need.

Ever y day I am making a lot of decisions, and every day I make those decisions based off of the information I have and how I can do right by the community. It is a very humbling spot to be in.” Horton has served not only this county but also his country with 15 years of service in the reserves, including time overseas and was unanimously voted by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to be the newest San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer in November 2017. His counterpart Borenstein has a strong resume as well. “I have a nearly 30-year career of doing this work,” Dr. Borenstein said, who has spent time working in public health all over the county, including working in Washington D.C. during the Anthrax outbreak of 2001 and

working in Maryland during the times of Ebola and SARS. “I am very much accustomed to the onset of a new disease or new situation that understandably causes great public concern, and I have been in the situation many times before having to help manage that concern with facts and our best understanding of the disease situation,” Borenstein stated. “Having said that, those situations and this one are very humbling. No manner of training or experience can prepare a public health position for a worstcase scenario because it is global in its scope, deep in its impact. As you have seen with this situation and many others, we learn more about the details of the specific germs, organisms; it’s manner of spread, it’s propensity to hit certain groups, the asymptomatic nature of it, so it is very humbling to be in a decision making position

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when you can’t have all the facts at hand.” Borenstein declared San Luis Obispo County in a state of emergency on March 13 and, together with Horton, has continued to extend the order every 14 days as needed for the safety of our community at the expense of time with their loved ones. “I am incredibly grateful for the support I have from my family, my wife, and four kids,” Horton said. “I don’t see them a lot. I can’t even remember. It’s been 44 or 45 days straight now working and making the best decisions that we can, and my wife has just been incredibly supportive.” However, with so much uncertainty surrounding our future and our mortality becoming clearer seemingly with each passing minute, our most visible and most scrutinized leaders have still been able to find the specks of good

amid a sea of so much darkness and fear. “I think there is a lot of good that has come out of this,” Horton said. “I’m watching people that are rising to the occasion and performing in situations that they thought they probably couldn’t do. People that are put in positions, particularly some of our public servants, might have found themselves in public works and are now are handling a sheltering program or managing a logistics supply chain. There’s the outpouring of business that are changing their manufacturing to make PPE [personal protective equipment]. The distilleries that have changed their processes to make hand sanitizer, I am just so proud to be apart of the community.” So far, through these nearly 50 days of quarantine, our community has shown time and time again that we are all in this

together by helping one another out. Still, both Dr. Borenstein and Horton have begun to feel the community anxiety and urges everyone to continue working together. “What I really want to say is that I hope that we can continue to [work together],” Dr. Borenstein said. “The anxiety and the totally understandable economic concerns, they are real, they are massive. I genuinely hope they will not lead us down a path of division and divisiveness. As we continue to come out of this, we need to have some continued measures of restrictions and mitigations that I would ask of our collective community not to start turning on each other at this time.” The work of Borenstein and Horton, coupled with the fantastic response by the citizens, San Luis Obispo County, contin-

ues to show some of the lowest and most promising COVID19 numbers across the country by several metrics and the public unrest has begun to grow louder. Still, those complaints have not fallen on deaf ears. “I know that people are hurting right now and are scared. They have done an outstanding job working as a community to bend the curve and we have bent it, and now that fear has transitioned into worrying about their loved ones getting sick too, ‘Hey, I need to get back to work,’ and we certainly understand that and we are doing everything we can right now in order to get people back to work, get kids back to school and get the faith community back in their places of worship, that is our focus. How do we do that safely, and how do we do that without creating another spike or another wave of this disease.” 


Information Resources • SLO County Official Info

• Templeton Chamber Templeton Strong page

• CDC – Center for Disease Control

• SLO County Official COVID-19 Page

• Atascadero Chamber OTHER COVID-19 RESOURCES

• WHO – World Health Organization


• California COVID-19 Response Page


• Paso Robles Chamber

• Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Tracking

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sunshine, and what better way than to celebrate these special women s M o t h e r ’s D a y in our lives. approaches, and we continue to walk through Personal Shopping another beloved holiday in the Having a shop owner as your middle of this pandemic. We have personal shopper is a unique expethe opportunity to be creative and rience for sure and who would support our local businesses and know their product more. The set a new course of direction for success of this type of shopping all our gifting needs. is all up to you, so here are a few These challenging times allow things to help give guidance to us to take advantage of the services your personal shopping experience: that have long been offered but • Photo of your mom (or loved one) perhaps unknown to the general • Three words you would use to public. Our local boutique gift best describe her; outgoing, loving, shops offer personal shopping scheduled, humorous, thoughtful, experiences. Local wineries and giving, to name a few, get your hotels can help you create a kiddos involved too unique day or weekend package • Three things your mom loves to use now or in the future. Salons and enjoys; coffee, reading, taking and hairstylists will put together photos, cooking, gardening, grandpersonalized bags or baskets with kids, antiquing, etc. a gift card, products, and other • A magazine or book your mom items readily available. Restaurants loves; Paso Robles Magazine, and caterers are at your fingerColony Magazine, The Notebook, tips, bringing home your mother The Moment of Lift, anything she or wife’s favorite meal or dessert. has on the kitchen counter, nightNot to mention items you may stand or coffee table already have at home that you can • Direction, what are you looking customize. for; two-three gifts that can be put There are many options, so to together in a cute bag or basket, pin it down, here are a few ideas one significant gift, a few and tips to help make your small items that you Mother’s Day gifting will be joining with one for the record other products books because we from a differall need a little e n t


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source or location or you can let items on the tray along with them know you have no idea and details about the wine and why they will guide you they chose to pair it with the • Finally, your budget, regardless food, note; this may take a few of what that the amount is your days to prepare so be sure to personal shopper will be able give them that time to assist and let you know what • Let them know this is a gift, and they can provide, this is key to they will package it for you in a the success of your experience bag or a basket depending on your and outcome so be sure to plan budget accordingly • Finally, your part is to plan where A few Local Shopping Resources: to have the picnic, ask your littles The General Store, Paso Robles; Remiwhere they want to go, whether it nisce Antiques, Paso Robles; Anna be in your back yard or a remote and Mom, Atascadero; Farron Elizlocation, whichever you choose it abeth, Atascadero; Hope Chest Empois sure to be unique, just remember rium, Atascadero; Indigo Clothing, to bring something for the kids to Atascadero. enjoy too. Local Outing and Getaway Getaway with As with our small shop owners, your local hotels our local economy is driven by • Determine if you want to plan a touring our beautiful area, so why stay-cation now or a future date not use our local resources to create • Contact one of the beautiful hotels an experience she will not forget. we have along the Central Coast Here are some packages that can within San Luis County be put together just by calling your • Let them know that this is a gift favorite winery or hotel: for Mother’s Day and what are their local specials and the dates Picnic pairing with required to use by your local wineries • Request, no contact room service, • Contact your favorite local winery coffee in the room and two local • Request a cheese platter and two restaurants that you can pre-plan bottles of wine meals while visiting • Ask them to write down • Request that flowers be in the the types of cheese and room upon arrival and a bottle descriptions of of champagne, wine or sparkling any other water

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• Ask if they can send you an e-card with all the details so you can place in a card for your loved one • Finally, have your kiddos make a beautiful card or pick one up from one of your local gift shops, along with a puzzle or some flowers to present or drop off on Mother’s Day for her to enjoy A few Local Winery and Hotel Resources: Tooth & Nail, Templeton; Aron Hill Vineyards, Templeton; J. Dusi, Paso Robles; Rava Wines, Paso Robles; Adelaide Inn, Paso Robles; Hotel Cheval, Paso Robles. Personal Chef & Spirits This happens to be one of my personal favorites; if anything positive has come from the health crisis, this is it. Having local chefs from our five-star restaurant’s meal plan for us a few days a week or month could not be any better. Here is a way to best utilize their services: Mother’s Day Personal Dining Experience • Choose your Mom or Wife’s local favorite restaurant • Plan your meal, whether it be a picnic, candlelight dinner or brunch at home • Call ahead give them as much advance notice as possible so you can coordinate picking it up and the at home cooking arrangements if needed along with any special beverages, they may offer • Request that they email you a specialized menu or details regarding the order and what you will be serving • Print out your menu or have the kiddos write it and place in a frame from home you already have to set the table the day of • Go out and pick some flowers from your yard or a have local florist drop off a beautiful arrangement for your loved one and enjoy the special day A few Local Restaurant and Florist Resources: Odyssey World Café, Paso Robles; Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles; Red Scooter Deli, Paso Robles; Cider Creek Bakery, Paso Robles; Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ, Paso Robles; Tooth & Nail, Templeton; Pacific Harvest Catering, Templeton; Colony Market & Deli, Atascadero; Guest House Grill, Atascadero. Regardless if you decide to use your local resources or items that you already have at home, being together (in person or virtually) and enjoying the moment appreciating all she does and has done is what the real meaning is all about. The greatest gift you will ever know is to love and be loved in return. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mommas and women who step-up and fill that significant role. 

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Happy — Safe & Healthy — Memorial Day By Nicholas Mattson


s we enter May, we embrace spring full-force. Flowers bloom on trees and hillsides, grapevines have budded, and the winter is melted away by more and more sunshine. It is a bright and scentful welcome as the door opens to summer. At the end of May, Memorial Day weekend brings us together

for a somber reflection to remember those who gave their lives in service, and a joyful reunion with friends and family as summer rises on the horizon. This year is different. 2020 will always be different for us. Our muscle memory yearns for habit, ready to rise to the occasion as we have so many years before. Memorial Day 2020 is different. It must be different. Our national reflection and admiration for servicemen and servicewomen remains high as the point atop Marines’ barracks cover, and as solumn as a salute — but we have added another war to our list. Our coronavirus war

called for a new soldier, and took lives on American soil. Our soldiers on the front lines were nurses and doctors, deliverypersons and grocers. It has been a war to protect our most vulnerable and a war that called for full participation from sea to shining sea. As of this writing, things have already changed. As of this printing, things have changed again. As you read this, things change still. Things always change, and always will. It may be appropriate that Memorial Day is our first national holiday after the coronavirus washed across our country. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, with roots in the American Civil War — as we face COVID-19, we do so in a country that stands as divided as much as any time since the Civil War. COVID-19 has brought us together at first, and it will be up to us to stay together. It is told that in late April in 1866, an assembly of four Mississippi women traveled to decorate graves of soldiers who died in Continued on Page 32

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the Battle of Shiloh. They found Confederate graves in good condition and cared for alongside graves of Union soldiers untended. Moved by the scene, they honored the Union soldiers’ graves with flower decorations as well, in somber grief for lives lost. It is in the aftermath of our coronavirus war that we have the opportunity to honor each other in a similar spirit. No matter what our differences before this war, it is upon us to decide how we remember our casualties — and how we choose to honor their lives. It was not North versus South. It was not “us” versus “them.” It was a war

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between us and our better selves. We will come out of this as better people — all of us will. This Memorial Day is different. We witness the canceling of Memorial Day events — a weekend which is the current in a long series of dominoes to fall. But it is different. It is the first national holiday to fall, and the only holiday in which we honor those who lost their lives in service to the country. Our national death toll from COVID-19 is still climbing, and by some estimates, the disease will be around a long time, but we have reason to celebrate the end of the war. We faced the enemy squarely,

and we mitigated our losses. We lost many battles, but we have won this war. We are not free from disease, but we are learning to live with it. We are recovering. This Memorial Day is different. We will forever be changed as a nation and as a world, but we will remember those who gave their lives so we could live free. We will remember those who gave their lives so we could live. We are coming back together. We cannot tell the future, and as of this writing, Memorial Day is more than a month away. But we predict that this Memorial Day will be a day that more people

gather together — though probably with some careful distance — than have been together since the second week of March. In honor of those who will continue to isolate for their health and ours, please put out an American flag in honor of them, our unity, and our pledge to be one nation. From our family to yours — Paso Robles Magazine, Colony Magazine, The Paso Robles Press, and The Atascadero News — we wish you and yours a very happy Memorial Day weekend. Wash your hands, share a spirit of patriotism, and remember those who gave their lives and freedom for ours. 

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Good Reads for Shelter-at-Home By Hayley Mattson


s we continue to walk through this pandemic and try to find rhyme or rhythm to our days, I find comfort in escaping in a good book. I have always loved reading; a book in my hand and a quiet place, whether it be on the beach or in a comfy chair, seemed to be the perfect setting. However, as busy as we all are, I have found over the last few years that magical setting is hard to come by, so for me, I turn to Audible these days. I appreciate different points of view, values, topics, stories, and authors. The following are some of the ones in my library that I have truly enjoyed, learned from, and recommend in no particular order.

"Gift of the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh This 1955 classic has been my go-to summer read for many years. Anne shares her reflection on a life well-loved, and the lessons she has learned. Her perspective about being a woman and the importance of taking care of yourself, following your passions, independence, loving your husband and family is timeless. Appreciation for the quiet and the chaotic moments and cherish everything in between.

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"The Moment of Lift" by Melinda Gates Melinda takes us on a very personal, humble, and powerful journey into her life and her philanthropic work through the Gates Foundation. She introduces us to some of the incredible people around the world that have inspired her and her mission to empower women. Melinda's take on feminism and equality (human equality) is refreshing and optimistic.

"Stephen King, On Writing" by Stephen King A unique look into the mind of Steven King, through his own words. He shares an intimate look into his life, struggles with addiction, marriage, family, and his love for writing that started as a young boy. This personalized teaching is an inspiration for those who love to write, feel the urge to write, or have a story to tell. King makes you feel like he wrote this just for you.

"The Ones We've Been Waiting For" by Charlotte Alter Charlotte gives us a youthful perspective on the new generation of politicians and the life events that impacted and shaped who they are today. It is an insightful look into some of our current young leaders and why they chose to run for office. Whether you agree or disagree with the author it is a call to action to get involved if you want to see change and be the change you are seeking.

"The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion A beautiful, honest look at life after loss. The author shares her thoughts, memories, and feelings as she walks through the death of her husband of forty years and caring for an ill adult child. As Joan grieves, she reflects on their journey together as a family and the importance of living and appreciating a life well experienced and loved.

"Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell In this book, Malcolm walks us through his unique perspective on how people communicate and interact with one another, key focus on strangers. He gives his opinion and insight into some of the cases and stories that have made headlines across the world. A bit controversial but challenges the way of thinking whether you agree or disagree with his theories. ď Ž

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t is time to relax, heal, and nourish yourself inside and out. People are more often reaching out to holistic practices to treat their ailments naturally. Local body and skincare company, Life Elements, create products that can do just that. Husband-wife team and owners of Life Elements, Martha and Curt Van Inwegen, have been creating skincare and body products since 2006. Their products are made with ingredients that are never harmful to you or the earth. “We formulate and handcraft everything from beginning to end,” says Martha. When the Van Inwegen’s moved to the Central

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Coast, Martha was inspired by the community to begin her natural skincare products. “The community is full of makers, the winemakers, the cheesemakers, the bread makers,” she says, “Everybody was an artisan, that pulled what was inside of me out and I wanted to be one of them.” And so she became one. Since their opening, they have been sold nationwide, online, in stores, and even mentioned in The Rolling Stones, among many other publications. In 2015 they began introducing hemp-derived CBD products to their line up. Today they are focused on bringing their customers trustworthy, useful, and never harmful skin and body products. Martha spent many of her years in Mexico with her grandmother, where she was first introduced

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to making herb salves and tinctures. These years spent with her grandmother seemed to have planted a seed in Martha for what would later become Life Elements. “I learned from my grandmother, just growing up with her,” says Martha “once I decided to start the company I started taking intensive courses on aromatherapy, on the formulation, things like that to emphasize what I already knew and then I just started” Their CBD products are made from hemp-derived CBD oil, which does not contain THC and is non-psychoactive. The oil is purchased from a trustworthy company in Colorado. They then have their batches tested by a third party to ensure the milligrams are correct. Life Elements products are effective in relieving aches and pains; you will know in ten minutes if it is working. Martha sources the raw ingredients they use herself. Some come from local businesses like Windrose Farms for herbs and The Groves on 41 for olive oil. Customers can look to Life Elements for face wash and serums, body oils, healing sticks, and their ever-popular CBD Bath Bombs. In May, Life Elements is excited to launch its new product, a honey body lotion. The lotion will bring customers the same benefits as their Healing Honey Body Oil but in a lotion form. What is extra special about their lotion is it does not contain any harsh chemical preservatives that are common in most body lotions. Life Elements products can be purchased through their online store,, or from the General Store in Paso Robles. Exciting things are happening for Life Elements. Keep updated on their fun news and blog posts by following them on Facebook / lifeelements and Instagram @life.elements. 

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The Business of Reopening Hopes and concerns rise as reopening takes the stage with communities around California demanding action plans from leadership By Nicholas Mattson


ensions across the country grind as the fears over coronavirus spreading subside due in large part by the sheltering efforts of the nation’s citizens, and other practices, directly result in a flattening of the curve. Reported cases of COVID-19 are finding a plateau, and discussions by governors about reopening states are met with small protests of people who demand a plan. Social media discussions rage between those who fear a resurgence of cases and those who reference further economic damage and curtailing of freedoms. “I typically refrain from commenting on Facebook,” Paso Robles resident Bob Rollins told The Paso Robles Press. “[But] there has got to be a better way and a better approach. If you follow the current thought process, we are stuck indoors until we have a vaccine.” As communities begin the process of reopening, loosening restrictions is on everybody’s minds. Ventura County reopened beaches, parks and certain businesses, and groups of up to five people are currently considered safe. Jacksonville, Fla. reopened beaches to relatively large crowds and plenty of criticism. As the idea of enjoying life returns, the plan to reopen remains hazy for local residents. In regular updates, SLO County Administrative Officer Wade Horton and County Health Officer Penny

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Borenstein have expressed cautious optimism about the reopening of the economy and community. In coordination with a panel of local business leaders, Horton and Borenstein have promised a plan to begin reopening. The plan has yet to be publicly presented, but expectations are high for the week ahead. SLO County has continually hit numbers that speak to readiness for reopening, and business owners and others anxiously await the plan — some more cautious than others. Rollins, a longtime resident of Paso Robles, who served on the City Planning Commission and Downtown Main Street board, is retired military and a college professor. He admitted he is not as impacted as others who have life savings invested in their business, or who are facing economic disaster, but agrees with many that the time to act is short. “If we come out too early,” Rollins said, “we might have a resurgence, and if we wait ... our economy can’t take 12 to 18 months of this.” Communities around the globe are pitched between a rock and a hard place, but not all counties are facing the same public health dangers. SLO County COVID-19 stats continue to underscore the community’s readiness to reopen. With one new case on Sunday, April 19, the past 14 days have run an average of 2.65 new cases each day, and a low strain on local healthcare. “I listen to Wade Horton and Penny Borenstein, and we are unique,” Rollins

said. “In order for them to keep their job, they need to be risk-averse. A business owner, you inherently embrace risks. If these businesses don’t have the capital to continue after this is over, the business won’t be able to continue.” Rollins expanded on the economic impact, indicating that when a business goes down, subsequently, the employees of that business are also economically injured, leading to a longer, more difficult recovery process. Officials, leaders, and community members confirm that opening the community will be a gradual process, but some actions can be taken immediately. “We can identify the people at most risk and provide them the opportunity to continue to shelter,” Rollins said, “even if that means a public agency. We certainly can’t put them at risk, that would be irresponsible.” Some businesses, deemed “essential services,” have continued to operate unabated, albeit with a dwindling customer base, and reopening would bring back other services that have been forced to close. Specifically, service-based industries, hygienic services, and accessory industries like dog grooming have been named to lists submitted to The Paso Robles Press as a priority for inclusion in the first phase of reopening. “There are so many service-based businesses that should be open right now,” Rollins said. “They are often at the bottom of the pay spectrum and can hardly afford this.” Other industries considered “nones-

sential,” like optometrists and dentists, have high levels of hygiene that attract attention when comparing what is essential and what is not. “It amazes me that dentistry is closed when a smoke shop is open,” Rollins said. “I understand why a smoke shop should be open, but a good dentist is extremely clean to begin with.” Along with nonessential businesses, the County has closed beaches and parks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “I think it is unfortunate that the County has closed a lot of the recreational facilities,” Rollins said. “Getting outside is important to a person’s mental health. At some point, [officials] are overreaching, and that needs to be rectified immediately.” Initial Steps & the Plan to Reopen

In the early onset of COVID-19 in California, the residents of SLO County jumped into a defensive position, risking economic security in exchange for the health of the most vulnerable. “We took the initial steps, and it was important,” Rollins said. “We did it on faith, and we did it on the idea that the numbers were going to be devastating.” After four weeks of sheltering, global research into the spread and outcomes of varying approaches, and results of personal hygiene and physical distancing to review, the curve has been flattened for SLO County and others. “The numbers are not reflective of what we were told,” Rollins said, “and now it is time to back it off and take steps to get back on track.” Looming expectations are demands that are felt by Horton and Borenstein, as communities around the state begin to host protests against shelter orders. “There needs to be a definitive plan and timeline,” Rollins said. “People are going to be far more tolerant of that approach.” County officials are scheduled to provide an update in a public briefing from the Joint Communication Center in SLO. The briefing will stream live on the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department Facebook page at 3:15 p.m. on Monday. For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in SLO County, visit our dedicated page. 

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Paso Wine Industry:

Coping with Covid-19


mericans are adjusting to a new normal in the midst of the global pandemic. With physical distancing and closures of schools and businesses, communities are carving out an alternative slowpaced lifestyle. Here in Paso, where wine production plays a starring role, Covid-19 has impacted the industry like all other businesses. The absence of wine tourism has squeezed hotels, restaurants and other support industries. “It's been a pretty dramatic change for our member wineries,” commented Joel Peterson, executive director of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (PRWCA). “Luckily our wineries are quite nimble and got creative and started doing virtual tastings, online sales and specials to show the Paso wine experience. But it’s still a challenge as many small wineries operate as Direct to Consumer (DTC) and wines are sold through their tasting rooms.” To counteract this impact, PRWCA modulated Home with Paso Wine on, a program populated with virtual tastings and special offers from wineries plus a Zoom Hangout that features three local winemakers every Friday at 3 p.m. In the near future, “we may be looking at social distancing tasting where there’s proper spacing and sanitation methods and reservation only tastings,” Peterson added. There have been layoffs industry wide, Peterson noted, especially with part-time tasting room workforce at larger wineries. Typically small wineries operated by a single owner or couple manage to run the tasting rooms themselves. Diablo Paso Winery’s Enrique and Nora Torres are such owners. Enrique, who is fortunate to maintain his fulltime job as assistant winemaker at CaliPaso Winery, is currently open for

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pick-ups only at his downtown tasting room. Diablo Paso’s solid wine club membership has made up for some of the loss from walk-in business. “[Our members] are very supportive and ordering more than their commitment,” commented Enrique. “We will survive; we can pay the rent.” Copia Vineyards, another small business owned by Varinder and Anita Sahi, recently opened a downtown tasting room with a small staff. “We are working hard to pay our hospitality manager and vineyard manager,” said Anita. The one parttime member will be brought back once the tasting room is opened. Dave McGee, owner of Monochrome Wines in Tin City, has operated his tasting room without a staff. By launching his virtual tasting for a strong wine club membership and offering free shipping, McGee has seen a rise in his orders. “People didn’t drop their membership due to financial difficulties,” said McGee. However, sales are down by 10 percent due to tasting room closure. Wineries with good mailing/ membership list are seeing increased online sales, noted winemaker Stewart McLennan. “If you had that built up, you have a bit of a cushion.” McLennan, who recently opened his tasting room Sharpei Moon in Templeton, noted that he had his best weekend just one week before the lockdown. Tablas Creek Vineyard, Eberle Winery and Daou Vineyards & Winery are among the mid-size to large wineries maintaining full-time staff on payroll with some assistance for part-time workers. “We have not laid off anybody," said Daniel Daou, winemaker and co-proprietor of Daou Vineyards & Winery. "Our goal is to make sure we bite the bullet as long as we can so nobody gets laid off. Tasting room staff is involved in tele-sales, assisting in wine pick-ups and even helping out in vineyards and with bottling.” Daou’s hospitality center (open

daily for pick-ups only) is quiet and its strong presence in restaurants is down but the DTC, wine club membership and wholesale business is strong. “The only thing that's saving us and other Paso wineries that I know of is wholesale and that biz is doing great.” The small wineries without a wholesale presence are at risk he feels. “If this drags on another two to three months, you’re going to get hurt." Paso prides itself in small family-owned wineries crafting limited production of different varietal wines and experimental blends that don’t fit the wholesale business model, which tends to target the popular cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay wines. “Everybody who works for Eberle is receiving their full pay check, plus medical, dental and optical,” said Eberle Winery founder Gary Eberle, seated at his spot in front of the winery. “It’s good for business and I do miss the interaction [in the tasting room].” Nevertheless, Eberle is happy to see customers load wine cases in the driveway. “Last year April was huge and this year we are three days away from exceeding that,” he said. Jason Haas, general manager and partner at Tablas Creek, said his full-timers are on payroll with people shifted around in departments. The part-time tasting room workforce was given an advance month’s salary and the company is helping them apply for unemployment and other benefits. While tasting room and restaurants sales are impacted, as is the wholesale business which is down by 60 percent, the wine club membership has made up for this loss. “That’s been our lifeline,’ said Haas. With wine sales down in this economy, how is that going to affect the industry, I ask? "It’s inevitable that there will be

extra inventory by year’s end," said Haas “I know we will. It will have a trickle down effect on growers who are already struggling.” Mindy Allen, owner of Custom Vineyard Application and Martinez Farming, whose clientele ranges from small wineries to large growers, voiced the same concern. With sluggish sales and stuck inventory, small wineries doing DTC business may not fulfill their contracts with large growers for the 2020 harvest. “It all comes down to the grower who’s invested in his vineyard and depends on these contracts," she worries. While most winemakers are focused on sales, Neeta Mittal, co-owner of LXV Wine, has a different take. “It’s time to look how the industry will change once the crisis is over," she insisted. “The number of visitors won’t change. What will change is people in the comfort of their home doing virtual tasting." That, she thinks, may be the new normal. 

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A Tas ty n w o D p i r T & o s a P f y r o m e Tas te o M na a c i r e m A f o e t s a aT Lane Barbie Butz


ecipes in cookbooks, on snips of yellowed paper, or on pages from newspapers, magazines, and 3x5 cards, seemingly written in “code”, fill a drawer in my kitchen. If we like to cook, this is what we do. We save recipes! I inherited my grandmother’s recipe boxes, my mother’s recipe boxes, and my aunt’s recipes. Going through them was a “trip down memory lane.” I came across recipes with handwritten notes on them that warmed my heart. They were all great cooks, not gourmet cooks, just great, down-to-earth, comfort-food, good cooks. I have met other great cooks through the years and one of them was Joanne Joyce Faulconer. Joanne and I met through our Kappa Alpha Theta San Luis Obispo/Central Coast Alumnae Chapter in 1989. She moved several years ago and I have lost track of her, but I still enjoy using the cookbook she put together in 1990 for her family and friends titled “Eat Darlings!” We had many wonderful dinners with Joanne and her husband Hal in their lovely Atascadero home.

Note: This first recipe was being shared before White Castle Sliders were in the freezer area of our supermarkets!

White Castle Sliders

Ingredients: • 2 lb. Ground round steak • 1 box (2 envelopes) Lipton onion soup mix • ½ tsp. coarse black pepper • 1/3 c. Italian style dry bread crumbs • 2 eggs • 2 pkg. Pepperidge Farm dinner rolls • 4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard • 2 c. finely chopped onions (that have been sauteed in oil or margarine until golden brown Directions: Mix together all ingredients, except the sauteed onions, mustard and rolls. Pat out on a large cookie sheet (one with sides). Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Pour off any grease. Spread mustard on top. Cut into 2-inch squares and put between buns. Put 1 tablespoon chopped, sauteed onions on top of meat and

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top with second half of bun. Place the dinner rolls back into the same slots on the foil tray they came in. Wrap tightly with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be frozen also. Bake at 350 degrees, wrapped in the foil, for 15 to 20 minutes. If frozen, defrost first and bake at 300 degrees until hot, about 25 minutes. Note: My husband, John, grew up in Ohio and says he “grew up on White Castles”. In fact, before we had those little sliders in the markets our kids ordered a batch from the company for his birthday. He loved them and said they brought back many memories of going to a White Castle in Columbus with his dad. He later “lived on them” when he attended Ohio State! This next recipe is one of my favorites, especially for a big party. You probably have seen similar crock pot versions, but I still like this original one.

• 1 Tbsp. crushed (slightly) bay leaves • 1 Tbsp. cracked black pepper • 1 tsp. salt (or to taste) • 1 Tbsp. oregano leaves, crushed • 1 Tbsp. rosemary, crushed • 1 Tbsp. summer savory • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder • 2 qt. beef broth Directions: Place meat in a large roaster. Pour broth over meat. Add spices to meat and broth. Cover tightly with foil or a tight fitting lid and place in a 275 degree oven. Cook for 8 to 9 hours. Check every 2 hours and add a bit more pepper each time. Check broth. If needed, add more. Cool and refrigerate overnight. The next day, remove the fat from the broth and shred the meat with 2 sharp forks. Mix the meat and broth together; refrigerate meat and broth together. Refrigerate or freeze at this point. When ready to use, warm until hot. For a buffet, serve from a chafing dish. Miniature French rolls are excellent. A hot sweet mustard should be served on the side. Also Ingredients: serve with your favorite coleslaw • 7 to 10 lb. Boneless chuck roast recipe. 

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By Nicholas Mattson


he first season of the new FOX show Lego® Masters ended on Wednesday, April 15 with an epic battle between three highly skilled teams in a winnertake-all contest for $100,000. The season was filled with nine episodes of unexpected, imaginative builds spawned from the minds of oversized, overgrown children — it was totally fun to watch. The best part though, is how our boys responded. Mirac, 7, and Max, 5, both loved the show. The episodes aired at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and they would wait every week for Thursday to watch the next episode. The boys would watch the show with a pile of Lego® (yes, the first episode taught us all that the plural of Lego® is Lego®), and they would take the cue from host Will Arnet and start building along with the teams on TV. Between riding bikes, "school," and short errands around town, the boys would spend hours mimicking the contestants on the show while making their 'builds' with the assortment of Lego® at their disposal. My wife and I enjoyed watching their imaginations run wild with a dozen professional-grade models for inspiration and an entertaining selection of themes for each show. We played the shows for hours

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on end at times, and didn't feel bad because instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, they were digging through buckets of Lego® on a mission to create their own epic builds. They played together, played by themselves, and played along with their favorite contestants building their favorite scenes. It was a game of elimination, and each week a team went home. The boys rooted for their favorite teams and graded the team builds along with the judges. Working parents of young kids are figuring out how to survive the current paradigm, and how to use all available tools out our disposal. One of our parent-friends told us they play nature documentaries for their son and incentivize him to take notes about the shows. The past weeks have been a strain on all of us taking on way more than we had planned, but finding new ways to work with our kids and watching them grow in front of us as we try the work-from-hometeach-from-home-shelter-at-home method of surviving in America. Hopefully, you have found a way to manage. If you have any of your own awesome things you learned, please send them our way. We are still looking for new ways to keep the kids on the right track while we navigate through our shelter-at-home. 

Max and Mirac Mattson take a break from building to play with the set of LEGO®. Photo by Nicholas Mattson

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Our boys would spend hours mimicking the contestants on the show while making their ‘builds’ with the assortment of Lego® at their disposal.

LEGO MASTERS Season Two Although FOX has not confirmed yet that ‘Lego Masters’ will return for a second season, hope are high due to the first season of the show garnering an average of 3.5 million viewers per episode.

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CIF Central Section Honors local Scholar-Athletes TWO North County Stars only athletes in SLO County to be selected By Connor Allen


uesday, March 31st, the Central Section CIF Director released the list of the 25 athletes in the Central Section selected as Scholar-Athletes and two students from North County, Paso Robles’ Tatiana Smeltzer and Atascadero’s Cael Cooper, landed on the list. Commissioner Jim Crichlow list contained only 25 athletes from the over 120 schools that make up the Central Section, and each student-athlete selected will be presented with an award and a $500 monetary scholarship that they can apply towards college. Smeltzer and Cooper were not just the only student-athletes selected in the North County but in the entire county of San Luis Obispo as Atascadero, and Paso Robles was the only central coast schools represented and nearly the only athletes in the entire coastal region (St. Joseph’s Zayda Altheide was the only other athlete in the Mountain/ Ocean league selected). The awards called for a rigorous selection process and a compilation of all of one’s accomplishments, awards, records and contributions to the community over a student-athletes four years in high school, including a letter of recommendation from the principal, athletic director, coach and counselor. The nominations had

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to be submitted by mid-February and, amid all the commotion of the COVID-19 crisis, the athletes had nearly forgotten about it. “Honestly, I was just kind of surprised because that had been pushed to the back of my mind for so long that I just figured I didn’t get it,” Smeltzer said. “I instantly got on the phone with my parents because they are both at work and told them I got it. Then I was looking at the other 25 and noticed that other than me that there was only one kid that was local from Atascadero in Cael Cooper so it just sort of put it into perspective of what an honor it is and each time I talk about it I feel more honored.” The award recognizes student-athletes like Smeltzer, who exemplify excellence on and off the field, pool or court. In her four years in the pool, playing both water polo and swimming, Smeltzer has been entirely dominant and her resume is undeniable. For the past three years, the six-foot-tall swimmer was voted the MVP of the Bearcats water polo team as well as earning league MVP and North County Water Polo Player of The Year and All-CIF this past fall in her senior season. Smeltzer also currently holds the school record for most goals in a career and a

season, as well as the most steals. In swimming, she currently holds two school records, the 100-meter backstroke, and is also apart of the 200-medley relay team, and was almost certainly headed to state this spring had her season not been cut short. Off the field, Smeltzer currently has a 4.42 GPA and donates much of her time to volunteer work in the community. While she might have questioned if she would make the list, those around her were a little more confident. “To be quite honest, I had a 100 percent good feeling that she was going to be chosen because of all her accomplishments and all that she has achieved and all that she has done,” Paso Robles Athletic Director Anthony Morales said. “We have roughly 600 athletes participating in sports, and Tatiana is right up there at the very top with her academics as well as her athletics. Just looking at her academics, a 4.4 GPA is pretty impressive to have even without sports, taking those AP courses, etc. She is a very good role model, especially inside the classroom.” Smeltzer signed her letter of intent back in November to continue her career as a student-athlete at Cal State Northridge.


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Not only does the scholar-athlete award recognize great student-athletes, it also recognizes great leaders which were some of Cooper’s most substantial contributions. As a dedicated three-sport athlete, Cooper competed in football, wrestling and track every season and even helped lead the Greyhounds wrestling team to their first league title in nearly a decade. “It was honestly a little surprising to me because I was just not expecting it,” Cooper said. “With everything that has been going on with the school shutting down and everything I kind of figured, I would never hear about it again, but it was actually a good surprise when our athletic director Facetimed me and told me the news.” As an 8-time varsity letterman, Cooper is as versatile an athlete as there is but really shined on the wrestling mat. In each of the four years he wrestled for Atascadero, Cooper ended the season with the utmost respect from his peers. In his first season, he was voted the most valuable freshman and followed that up with a promotion to varsity and the most valuable sophomore award in his second year. As a junior wrestler, he helped lead the Greyhounds boys wrestling team to the top GPA in CIF Central Section, earned another team MVP, and also ended the season as an ironman (did so again as a senior), meaning he didn’t miss a

single practice. In his senior season, Atascadero went undefeated in league and took home their first title since 2011, with much of the team’s successes being attributed to the work of the seniors in practice. On the field, Cooper has twice been selected as an all-league defensive back in football as well as working closely with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and currently serves as the organization’s treasurer. Leadership was mentioned in all four of the letters of recommendation presented for Cooper and is something he spent time working on even at the slight expense of his studies. “I am currently ranked no. 15, I think. So, not in the range of valedictorian because I let off a little bit on the AP classes and the honors classes,” Cooper said. “Even though I can take them, I let off because I wanted to focus more on being involved with clubs and be a leader on my sports teams. So I let off a little on the academic side to be a part of those things.” Even with more of a typical load, his junior and senior year Cooper still currently holds a 4.3 GPA. When Cooper isn’t practicing, he spends time working with his church and works Sunday mornings with children at Atascadero Bible Church, which is where he says he would like to spend the next couple years of his life after high school. Cooper plans to apply for the church’s internship program and would like to continue providing ser vice-t y pe mission projects both locally and abroad. 


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s i t a h W Distance Learning? | Education

Jim J.

Brescia, Ed.D


any students, parents, teachers, and the general public have recently asked just what distance learning is in response to COVID-19. A primary definition is that school staff are creating opportunities for students that implement learning from home in place of traditional in-person instruction typically conducted in a school setting. People should not expect distance education to replace in-person instruction completely or even match instruction hourfor-hour. Distance education is an opportunity for instruction to continue, maintain a connection, create some normalcy, and combat isolation. San Luis Obispo County schools implemented distance learning shortly after schools placed in-person instruction on hiatus. This type of learning must be flexible and will not always match the traditional 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. schedule previously practiced through in-person instruction.

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Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. ~Albert Einstein

School districts, charters, private, and parochial schools have implemented various collaborative groups that are meeting via video chat to curate daily lessons by grade level, subject matter, and student need. Most Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have asked students to engage in structured academic lessons and social-emotional community-based lessons. Many LEA activities throughout the county are being delivered through Google Classroom, incorporating videos of the teachers speaking and reading directly to students, as well as curating a wide variety of learning resources. Organized around Google Sites, Google Classrooms are shared with families and provide daily learning

for different grade levels. Zoom is another platform in place throughout San Luis Obispo County. A challenge for our still very rural county has been accessing devices and connectivit y. Many parts of our county have limited connectivity resulting in traditional packets of work for students to complete with limited assistance from school staff. Additional challenges include varying levels of student workspace in homes, distractions that are some-

times more evident in a home setting, and the stress of our current medical emergency. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education recommends that families provide a routine that includes non-instructional time, continues to focus on basic needs such as healthy food, mental health, exercise, and physical distancing. All schools in our county, Cuesta College and Cal Poly, operate food distribution in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo County Food Bank. Emergency childcare centers are running to serve first responders and essential workers. Please consult for additional information. I have observed public employees across our county stepping up to meet the needs of the community and consider it an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. ď Ž

Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.

~ Donna J. Abernathy

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By Nicholas Mattson

s COVID-19 hit the Central Coast, frontline workers at hospitals were going face-toface with the novel coronavirus and quickly called out to health officials about the need for personal protective equipment. The owner of Birch Fabrics, Cynthia Mann, saw a need for the masks locally, and immediately put her employees to work donating their time and fabric to the cause. “My store donated the fabric and the sewing groups made the masks and donated them,” Mann said. “Ellie Kelley delivered a bunch to Twin Cities.” Mann was the lead supplier in getting the burgeoning industry up,

medical grade but provide necessary protection for patients or other essential workers — like grocery store or postal service workers — where physical distancing becomes a challenge. For Mann and Kelley, the project began in the last week of March and involved a group of crafters helping from Paso Robles to Nipomo. Kelley, owner of The Breast Vest and mother of two small children, tasked herself with organizing the sewers and the effort to meet the local demand. “In the beginning, I just had my friends,” Kelley said. “I held some Zoom calls and made a PDF template. One particular family put out 60 masks, and some did five. But you add it all up, and it is really helpful.” Local demand for PPE at hospitals has reportedly waned, as SLO

The demand for PPE came on strong over the past few weeks, and Kate White of Scissors Clothing began making masks for local healthcare workers before broadening her scope to include personal orders. “My mom saw something on The View that said if you are a sewer that you should just start sewing masks.” White said. “I reached out to a nurse friend of mine, and she got back to me that they were running low.” Like many retail stores, Scissors Clothing closed due to shelter-athome orders by the County. White took that time to begin making masks for those on the frontlines. “These are not medical grade masks,” White said. “They are just personal-use masks.” Both Kelley and White began

White said. “In about three days, I had 400 orders. Because of this, I’ve been able to hire my employee back full time. She is at the store cutting, and I’m at home sewing.” White and Kelley provide unique styles. Kelley’s masks wrap around the back of the head with ties, and White’s attaches with elastic that wraps around the ears. The two represent an enormous effort happening all over the country as the nation works to “flatten the curve.” “A lot of people are sewing masks,” White said. “It is like a wartime effort. We are trying to remain community-oriented. There are so many hands on deck.” Kelley has also been able to fill the demand for healthcare and essential workers and turn attention to demand

BUSINESS OWNERS COLLABORATE AND DONATE TO FULFILL HEALTHCARE AND PUBLIC NEEDS and Kelley took it from there. Also joining the local ranks, Scissor Clothing owner Kate White fulfilled orders for local healthcare needs. “I jumped in on it and did some research with a friend’s husband who is a molecular biologist,” Kelley said. “We researched what kind of fabric to use and how to make the masks.” The knee-jerk reaction in defense against the spread of COVID-19 made personal protective equipment a family name, and people went DIY while waiting for orders for masks to ship. Everything from scarves to plastic cylinders were placed on heads. Kelley studied tutorials to make sure she had the right fit. “If there is any gapping around the nose or the sides, it will not be as effective,” Kelley said. Local health officials encouraged the public not to purchase medical-grade N-95 masks, as those were needed by healthcare workers and in short supply. Local sewing experts filled the gap with expertise and industry to supply the general public with PPE as they battle community spread of COVID19. The locally-made masks are not

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County continues to travel a mellow pace in terms of new cases, with about 80 percent of confirmed cases deemed fully recovered. Supply chains were reported to connect frontline workers with medical-grade PPE, and the local support from groups like Kelley’s filling gaps for patients and others. “We made about 225 masks,” Kelley said. “They are going directly to the nurses. I have a nurse who takes them to Marian and one who takes them to Twin Cities.” While demand for PPE at the local level is met, the nation faces pocket surges, and local suppliers can donate across state lines. “Eighty percent of everything we’re producing will be kept here locally for the hospitals and supporting industries that relate to the care of these patients,” Mann said. “The Assistant Director at Twin Cities has reached out to us with a request for masks. It’s not just doctors and nurses on the front line that we’re helping support. We’re making masks for respiratory therapists, homebirth midwives, physical therapists, housekeepers, phlebotomists, cooks, administration, and more.”

making masks to meet the need in hotspots around the healthcare community, but with national recommendations to use masks whenever venturing into public, demand has grown. “About a week ago, when the CDC recommended masks, I started getting requests,” White said. “At first, it was just for healthcare, but it turned into an opportunity to reopen our store.” White posted her local supply for PPE masks to her Instagram account, and demand skyrocketed. Her approach was to make a mask donation for every order. “Pay what you want, but any mask order will get a donation match,”

from the general public. “With everyone needing masks now, I’ll spend half my time making free masks and will begin to sell masks on my website,” Kelley said. Both Kelley and White are looking forward to getting back to life as “normal” as possible. Meanwhile, Scissor Clothing boutique will remain a part of a “warlike” effort to create protective gear. “I have a waitlist that is pretty lengthy,” White said, “but I’m confident we can get through it quickly.” To order from either Kelley or White, visit Kelley’s website at or call White at (518) 339-0394. 

Supplies span the production process of Ellie Kelly’s mask-making effort to fil the gaps in the need for personal protection equipment. Photo by Ellie Kelly

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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.


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


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


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


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

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

North County Christian Fellowship 421 9th St. Services: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325 Paso Robles Bible Church 2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300 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 1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastors: Gary Jordon

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

(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

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

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


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

Ride For the Brand Ministry Sale Barn 401 Main St. Service: Thursdays, 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Mosby (805) 463-2455 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


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 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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We Are Not All in the Same Boat... Nic & Hayley Mattson


ay, 45, Shelter-at-Home, but who is counting. As we continue to live our life through what has turned out to be the year of the Coronavirus and our sixth week of economic uncertainty, we slowly start to place one foot at a time onto the sand beneath us that sways with the ocean tides. This once firm foundation now changes on a daily basis and remains somewhat a mystery of what is still to come. And although we are all deeply impacted by this health crisis, and experiencing some level of apprehension, pressure, tension, and stress. It is imperative that we also remember, we are all in this together; however, we are not all traveling in the same boat. That is an interesting perspective if you stop and think about it. But what does it mean, and why is it important to remember? The sentiment allows you to remain open, humble, and grateful. Open to the understanding that we are all facing our own worst and best days and, at times, have no idea how to respond or function. Humble, to the notion that things will and must get better, they may not look like what you expected or would have approved. Nonetheless, you have people, friends, and a community that will stand with you and offer support, but you do have to ask. Grateful for the little things that may have been a burden at one time or another, now offer the joy of familiarity and stability. Each of these, however, can always be followed with a counterproductive response as well. That is where the remembrance of the understanding that we are not all in the same boat, resonates the most. “To get over one’s self is an act of courage, love, and understanding,” I read many years ago. It is truer today than it was then. It takes courage to recognize

that your challenges, maybe someone else’s best day. You have love to offer in your own way, no matter what level it may be on. Understanding that this too shall pass, and in the meantime, offer someone help. We all should give ourselves and others some grace, love, and patience. For none of us have been through anything like this before. We are all doing the best we can, but that does not give us a pass to take out our fears or frustrations on others. In these trying times, we can choose to accept that we will all respond differently, and that is okay. That is what makes our world so special and unique, and that is not something that will ever change no matter what we are going through. Accept others for where they are at, be kind, and gentle. As we start to emerge from this pandemic, this is the time we all need each other the most. So even though we may not be traveling in the same boat, if you need a life vest, paddle, jacket, or some food, we will be here. We will be sure to listen, not to judge, and we humbly ask for the same in return. We Are Not All in the Same Boat… I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked, and mine might not be. Or vice versa. For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis. For some that live alone, they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others, it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters. With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment, some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales. Some families of 4 just received $3400 from

the stimulus, while other families of 4 saw $0. Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter, while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk, and eggs for the weekend. Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine. Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12-hour workday. Some have experienced the near-death of the virus; some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal. Some have faith in their God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come. So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing. See beyond the political party, beyond biases, beyond the nose on your face. Do not underestimate the pain of others if you do not feel it. Do not be judge the good life of one; do not condemn the bad life of another. Let us not judge the one who lacks, as well as the one who exceeds. We are all on different ships during this storm, experiencing a very different journey. Let everyone navigate their own route with respect, empathy, and responsibility. ~ Unknown author 

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