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FEATURES

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Paso Robles Appoints New City Manager by camille devaul

Following an extensive, nationwide search that took over six months, Paso Robles Police Cheif Ty Lewis was chosen to fill the City Manager seat.

Central Coast Olive Oil Producers Win Gold by patrick patton

The New York International Olive Oil Competition worldwide competition brought in producers from 20 California counties and the Central Coast came in strong.

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JoAnn Switzer Retires by camille devaul

As the Fair marked its 75th anniversary with the community, it also celebrated 75 years with JoAnn Switzer. Since 1946, Switzer has been involved with the Fair in one way or another.

Western Drought and the Food Supply by camille devaul

An in-depth series on how the drought is affecting farmers, how it will affect the food industry, and what that means for the nation in the years to come.

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ur nation is one of customs and traditions. The United States is a story of overcoming. We all have our own version of the story, and that has never been more evident than in the world of social — and anti-social — media. This month we pay tribute and honor the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001. We both remember that day well, as we were in our early 20s, and it was a televised and re-televised event that shocked our nation. We remember where we were, and the outpouring of patriotism and all the American flags that followed. We both stood proudly behind our country.

“Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal, for the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever…” ~ Allen Watts

We shared different sentiments; however, we both stand behind our good and just countrymen and with those who lost lives and loved ones on 9/11, and beyond. That is our patriotic duty to our brothers and sisters in America and around the world. We still wave our flag proudly because of the ideals we strive for and believe in. We will always stand against tyranny and violence, and our flag is our symbol of that stand, whether the attack is foreign or domestic. We got into this business of magazines because we believe in readers. We believe in our community. So far, our faith is affirmed. Traditions like Pioneer Day that we will celebrate next month are evidence of our community’s resilience. Pioneer Day doesn’t just happen; it is created. Each year, proud community members come together to produce the event. Roles are filled; duties assigned; details calculated; and obligations assigned. Deadlines are defined and met; elected officials and city officers are engaged; sponsors are recruited, and events are organized in advance of the main event for the entire community to enjoy free of charge—contact Pioneer Day Committee to help. We understand people have different opinions, and the past 18 months have been incredibly complex. Still, those we rely upon have affirmed our continuing faith, holding our community together. We are diverse. Local parades and events dignify that diversity by those who put their culture on display with pride and joy. Some of the most entertaining and pleasing parade entries come from our proud Hispanic cultural representatives — dancing, colorful dresses, dancing horses, masculine costumes. Our local ranch families, with cowboy hats, prairie dresses, and a range of boots from muddy to shined snakeskin, are also magical. And, of course, the tractors. We live in a world where families make culture; culture makes community; communities make nations. Just like many of us remember where we were on 9/11, we will always remember where we were in March 2020 when the country shut down. Unsure of our future at the time, we continued to publish Paso Robles Magazine. We will always stand to reflect the resilience of our community as we celebrate what makes us great together. So please, pull out that flag in the middle of the magazine, place it in your window, and let the world know we are great, together. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine. Much love, Nic & Hayley if thou wouldest win immortality of name, either do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading. — Thomas Fuller, 1727 This month’s edition of Paso Robles Magazine is brought to you by all the local advertisers that fill our pages. Thanks to them, we are able to bring you your local Hometown Magazine.


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owntown Paso Robles is and has been swarming with people. It’s fun to select a bench ( they’re all over town), sit, watch and listen to the ballyhoo resonating through the village “where there is no place to go where you shouldn’t be.” Events returned to downtown in July and August and are scheduled through the end of the year (keep your fingers crossed). In July, we had the first-ever “Lavender/Olive Oil Festival,” combining both festivals into one. We want to give a special Thank You to Hayley Mattson for her time and talents in creating the perfect Program for this event! And all the sponsors and volunteers, you were instrumental in our success! September events begin on the 8th with the good ole Movie Night at the Park Cinemas. It’s Pajama Night at 7 p.m. where your $10 admission will get you in with free popcorn and a soda. PJ contest is optional (with prizes). Movie to be announced. Contact Main Street Office (805) 238-4103 or info@pasoroblesdowntown.org. It really is a fun night for everyone! On September 11, “The Taste of Downtown & Art de Tiza” will happen again. Art de Tiza is hosted by the Paso Robles Art Association and will start at 8 a.m., with artists of all ages doing chalk art on the sidewalks lining the park on the east and south sides. The Main Street Informa-

tion Booth will be at 12th and Park streets from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with your passes and maps for sampling restaurants and wine tasting rooms throughout downtown. Passes are $25 and can be purchased at the Main Street office; call 805-2384103 for details. Come out and enjoy an unforgettable taste of downtown. There are new and old stand-by eateries, everything from greasy-spoon to fine dining....Paso has it all!! The month of September symbolizes the time to refocus our energies. It’s the beginning of autumn. On the 20th the moon is closest to the Fall Equinox. It rises soon after sunset, provides plenty of bright light for farmers harvesting their summer crops. During this moon, Native American Tribes pay respect to Mother Earth for her generosity in providing food for her children. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits. Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all. No matter what, time never sleeps. With the passing of seasons, our memories grow fond of times past. Memories are “The library of the mind” and “A beaten path in the brain.” Enjoy them and “Do not grow old. No matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born”. ~ Albert Einstein. 

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Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

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n this day and age, there is one thing that’s certain, employers are seeking qualified and motivated employees, and Paso Robles is no exception! To fill that need, your Chamber combined forces with Paso Robles Main Street Association, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, and the City of Paso Robles to connect job seekers with businesses that are hiring during our first combined city-wide Job Fair. On July 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., the Downtown City Park was filled with booths, tents, and potential employees. From wineries, hotels, and restaurants to technology and manufacturing, over 80 businesses represented a variety of industries and offered positions from entry to executive levels. Now more than ever, employers are interested in investing in future employees, providing training, and looking into alternative working environments such as flexible hours or working from home. Response to the event was overwhelmingly positive, according to a survey sent to all businesses that were in attendance. When asked how many potential job seekers they met during the event, over 80 percent had spoken with anywhere from 9-20+ individuals, and 100 percent had made some form of contact with a possible employment candidate. Additionally, nearly 85 percent said they will potentially have filled at least one position as a result of the Paso Robles Job Fair. Was the Job Fair a success? 97 percent of the participating businesses think so and support the four orga-

nizations coming together again to host additional job-related events, and 100 percent said they are likely to recommend that other businesses with job openings participate in future job fairs. We received encouraging feedback from participants. Here is what one business owner shared, “I thought it was a well-executed event. I enjoyed meeting other companies who are in the same position, lack of a labor force.” Another business representative stated, “We got to meet a lot of other employers and company reps. Many did not know our company existed, so it was nice to have a chance to introduce our business to the area.” What about the potential employees? Did they see the value? One such job seeker let us know of the benefits of her attendance at the job fair: she started her new position on August 16! Armed with her resume and a pen, she visited a variety of booths and made personal contact with her new employer. Success stories like this assure us that connecting people is still one of the Chamber’s main priorities. In addition to the job fair, the Chamber maintains a Job Listings portal where member businesses can post employment opportunities. While posting is a benefit of Chamber membership, all in the community are invited to visit the site and connect with future employers. You can find the portal by visiting the homepage of the Chamber’s website pasorobleschamber.com. 

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City of Paso Robles

City of Paso Robles

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he Paso Robles City Council officially appointed Ty Lewis as the new City Manager at the August 17 City Council meeting. Lewis was the current Paso Robles Police Chief. Following an extensive, nationwide search that took over six months, 67 applicants, and a selection process that included community members, city executives, and the City Council, Lewis was chosen to fill the City Manager seat. Although Lewis sent in his application for the first round of recruitment, Council didn't initially push his application forward for fear they wouldn't find a replacement Police Chief. Lewis currently serves as the Chief of Police for Paso Robles, which he has held for the past three years. In 2002, Lewis was hired by the City of Paso Robles as a police officer. He then held positions in various ranks, including Commander and Seargent. However, Lewis will be stepping down as Chief to move into his new position as city manager. Commander Steve Lampe of PRPD will be serving as interim Police Chief until Lewis and the City Council have found his replacement. "When I feel that I have found a good candidate that fits our community, then I will bring that before City Council for their confirmation," Lewis shared. The department hopes to start its recruitment process for a new chief by the end of August. Lewis's prior experience includes six years with the Police Departments in the cities of Porterville and Bakersfield. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. During his time with the City, Lewis led several initiatives to support community safety and the quality of life for Paso Roblans, including: • Increasing the number of allocated sworn police officers, dispatchers, and support services personnel to all-time highs • Helping lead the community through the health, legal, and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic • Establishing the City’s first Community Action Team to better address mental health, drug and alcohol dependence, and homelessness within the community • Protecting and leading the community through a multi-day active shooter event

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• Providing safety during civil unrest and protests while also respecting the diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns of the community • Modernizing the City’s emergency communications and computer infrastructures In explaining the decision, Paso Robles Mayor, Steve Martin explained, “The City Manager position is critical to the current and future operations of the City. With the help of community members, the City Council conducted an exhaustive search for the best candidate. We spoke to a number of quality individuals, and at the end of the day, we decided that Ty [Lewis] best fit the organization’s needs. He has shown his leadership and communication skills, his knowledge of the unique challenges and attributes of Paso Robles, he analyzes information to make decisions, and most importantly, he has a strong desire to serve Paso Robles to the best of his ability.” One of the first things Lewis will do as the City Manager will be to sit down with Council and outline their vision for the City. He says, "I've invested a lot personally to the community and to the organization, and this is the top spot within the City that has the ability to help with the Council and implement their initiatives and their vision for our community. I thought what a great opportunity to be able to take what I've learned and what I've accomplished during my career here in Paso Robles and elevate that." When asked about the decision, Mayor Pro Tem John Hamon provided, “I am excited that our Police Chief Ty Lewis has accepted the position of Paso Robles City Manager. He has proven himself to be a trusted and respected leader of our largest city department and has been a member of our executive staff for many years. I trust that his conservative approach to City management through goal-setting measurements will lead our City into a future that our residents and City Council wish to take. He is well known by our Roblans, and more importantly, he knows Paso Robles.” Lewis responded, “I am honored and humbled that I have been asked to serve as Paso Robles’ next City Manager. I have spent my entire career in public service, 20 of those years here in Paso Robles. We have many economic, social, and political challenges facing our community, and I feel privileged that I have been asked to help lead and guide our community into the future. I thank the City Council and the community for their trust. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the 250 women and men of our organization who help make this City unlike any other!” 

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Honey for Our Honies!

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t’s the end of summer, though the temperature tells a different story. Concerts outside have wrapped up, the kiddos are back in school, and hopefully, the tomatoes will be gloriously abundant for a wee bit longer. At General Store Paso Robles, we get to enjoy a different kind of bounty: the first deliveries of all the custom, special goodies we’ve been working on! Not once but twice this summer, we met, turned up the holiday tunes, and pretended that the air conditioner was actually the sound of blustery winter winds. How else do you get in the mood for a warm mug of cocoa in the middle of July?! Maybe it’s goofy, but it’s one of our favorite traditions, especially the part where we reach out to our maker community with ideas for special things they can make for our customers. We’re thrilled to support these small, women-owned businesses. Queen Bee Caramels We brought in Erin Holden’s delish honey caramels earlier this summer, and they’ve quickly established an adoring following. As Erin explains, “not only do I use honey in my honey sea salt caramels, I’m literally the beekeeper who harvests the honey.” You can’t get more farm-totable than that! She spent the summer

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Education Program

JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Winners

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fter making it through an unprecedented year and a half living through the coronavirus pandemic, Templeton Highschool students Shane Brennan and John Paul Schmidt took first and second place in this year's JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Program at the California Mid State Fair. Winners were announced during the Cattleman's Day dinner on July 22. This year marks the 21st year of the program. Each year, JB Dewar and Chevron Delo reward young students who have restored First Place winner an antique tractor by providing them with a platform to share their workmanship, along Shane Brennan is a with the distribution of scholarships. Senior at Templeton JB Dewar mentors and advises students, teaching them business skills, teamwork, projHigh School. It took ect management, budgeting, planning, and marketing lessons in their restoration process. him two years to restore his 1952 Farmall This year there were eight restored tractors entered. Students can work on a tractor Super AV tractor. either as a team or individually. Since 2002, JB Dewar, Chevron Delo, the Alex Madonna family, and other local businesses have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships. Brennan is a Senior at Templeton High School (THS) and is the current FFA Chapter President. He restored a 1952 Farmall Super AV, which took him two years to complete. This is Brennan's second tractor he has restored for the program. This year's tractor required a full rebuild, making it a more extensive project full of new lessons. Brennan explained that he learned more business skills, time management and honed in on his mechanical and rebuilding techniques with this build. His tractor was given to him by Isaac Lindsey, a former THS student and Dewar tractor restoration program contestant. "I want to thank all my mentors. I appreciate all their help, and there's so many I can't name them all—I want to say thank you so much to all the people who have guided me through the process and who have helped with donations," Brennan shared. Second place winner John Paul Schmidt recently began his Sophomore year at

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Second Place winner John Paul Schmidt is a Sophomore at Templeton High School. He has been slowly rebuilding this 1940 Allis Chalmers Model B tractor since he was 10 years old.

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L-R: Ben Foxford, Joe Domingos, Braydon Beckett, Casey Havemann (2020 Grand Champion), Shane Brennan (2021 Grand Champion), Cameron McEntire, Annika Ernstrom, Annika Jensen, John Paul Schmidt, Josh Jorgensen, Hunter Breese, Gabe, Brett Lipscomb, Gabe Fuller.

THS. He restored a 1940 Allis-Chalmers B that he has been working on since he was ten years old. The worn-out tractor was sitting under a neighbors tree when Schmidt decided to take on the project and rebuild the engine. Since then, Schmidt has been taking the tractor to various shows. As anyone who ever owned a tractor before knows, they can always use a little work, which is what Schmidt has been doing in preparation to enter the antique in the Dewar Restoration Program. Schmidt says his favorite part of the program was learning to machine his own parts, "I learned how to machine a lot of my own parts as a lot of them weren't available." Both young men are planning to enter their tractors in the Delo Tractor Restoration, a national-level competition. For the Dewar program, competitors are judged on three parts: the physical tractor restoration, record book of their hours and finances, finally, a presentation and interview with judges. This year's judges were Joe McKee, Faron Bento, and Quentin Thompson. Students typically begin restoring their tractors in the fall and must have them complete the following July along with their record books and presentations. From start to finish, students log in about 400 hours of work on their tractors. Students who participated in the 2020 program were presented and celebrated before the 2021 winners were announced. 2021 Winner's: 1st Place Shane Brennan (THS) 1952 Farmall Super AV 2nd Place John Paul Schmidt (THS) 1940 Allis Chalmers Model B 3rd Place Annika Jensen (Homeschooled in Santa Margarita) 1964 Massey Ferguson 135 Winners of the program receive award money sponsored by JB Dewar Inc. First place receives $4,000, second gets $3,000, and third place is awarded $2,000. "This past year was a little bit of a different year, so we're happy that we were able to do the program still to give the students an outlet outside of being stuck at home, doing school online. They were able to get out there, get their hands dirty and work on something," said Rachel Dewar, the program’s coordinator. In addition to restoration winners, one student was awarded the "Spirit of Agriculture" sponsored by Isaac Lindsey and his family. Isaac and his brother Louis are past contestants who have each completed three tractors and are familiar with these students' challenges. This year the Lindsey family honored Cameron McEntire with a $500 scholarship. On judging day, Isaac was impressed when he saw Cameron help a fellow competitor whose tractor wouldn't start for the judges. Cameron was awarded the "Spirit of Agriculture" for embodying leadership and being a team player. The program is open to all high school students from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. All levels of mechanical knowledge are welcome to participate in the program. JB Dewar also accepts tractor donations. If you have a worn-out tractor sitting under a tree somewhere, donating it to the program could be the perfect way to breathe new life into the metal beast!  To learn more about participating in the program or donate a tractor, reach out to Rachel Dewar at rachel@jbdewar.com.

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CMSF Junior Livestock Auction

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he California Mid-State Fair (CMSF) held their heifer sale on July 30 and junior livestock sale on July 31 for all 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) animals. Together, the auctions raised $2,302,120 on 515 animals (including add-on sales). Of that, $409,750 came from the Replacement Heifer Sale, and $1,892,370 came from the Junior Livestock Auction. Additionally, this year’s industrial arts auction brought in $102,000—on 25 projects. The industrial arts show includes projects built by students using basic and advanced welding techniques. Projects that can be seen are Bar-b-que’s (BBQ), trailers, utility racks, wine racks, shop benches, porch swings, coffee tables, and more. Paso Robles High School’s BBQ projects raised $35,000, and proceeds were donated to the James W. Brabeck Foundation ( JWBYLF) to support the Junior Livestock Auction. Over $750,000 has been brought in since the auction began over 20 years ago. JoAnn Switzer, the lady in purple and Livestock Supervisor for CMSF, said, “The community came out in big force, and the kids had so much fun at the fair. It was unbelievable to see how they were all laughing and playing games and all having a great time.” To put things in perspective, in 2019, the sales saw a total of 869 animals sold for a combined $2.1 million before add-ons. By Camille DeVaul “It was over the top amazing—Colleen and the team did an amazing job,” said Switzer. THIS YEAR’S LIVESTOCK GRAND CHAMPIONS After the Sale of Champions, auctioneers announced they Supreme Champion Market Hog Supreme Champion Market Turkey broke past the expected sales for this year’s auction. & Local Bred and Fed Champion Bella Marden – San Luis Obispo FFA Molly Lacey sat with her grandmother Dee Lacey at the Lane Gardner – San Miguel 4-H Buyer: Adelaide Inn, auction. After the announcement, Molly saw Dee tear up, Buyer: Kings Oil Tools Best Western Plus, saying, “Can’t believe it, so happy for the kids, and this is a Price: $6,734.00 Black Oak & Bozzano & Co. great day for the community.” Price: $3,200.00 Supreme Champion Market Lamb Bojorquez said, “We had a ton of community support. It & Local Bred and Fed Champion Supreme Champion Market Turkey Hen truly was phenomenal. It brought tears to my eyes just knowMallory Cleaver – Paso Robles FFA Holyn Sylvester – Edna 4-H ing that these kids were getting to experience a real fair and Buyer: California Compaction Equipment Buyer: Tom & Martha Bordonaro were still being supported by their community.” Price: $6,165.00 Price: $1,100.00 One thing from 2020 that was implemented again this year was virtual add-ons. Supreme Champion Meat Goat Supreme Champion Broiler Kendall Savage – Creston 4-H Jack Sylvester – Canyon Country 4-H Typically after the auction, anyone can make an additional Buyer: Atascadero Hay and Feed, Miller Drilling Buyer: David Crye, Inc. monetary contribution to livestock animals after it is sold. This Company, Paul and Debbie Viborg, Tom and Price: $2,600.00 can be adding $1 to each pound for any animal(s). Add-ons Martha Bordonaro & Weyrick Lumber Co. are a great way to support the 4H and FFA show kids. Supreme Champion Meat Rabbit Pen Price: $5,200.00 “I think that was one of the good things that came out of Kayla Hurl – Parkfield 4-H COVID was that we provided add-ons online-only, and I Supreme Champion Market Steer Buyer: 43 Farms Animal Health, think it is a nice addition so that people who have grandparBraden Wheeler – Santa Lucia 4-H Atascadero Hay and Feed, ents or people out of state who want to contribute are able Buyer: Raminha Construction, Inc. Clevenger Cattle Price: $13,500.00 Price: $1,500.00 to do that,” said Bojorquez. FFA and 4H students raise and work with their animals for months, some nearly a year. They then show off their hard work at the fair during market and showmanship days, all scrambling for clippers, combs, and sometimes an extra set of whites because theirs is no longer white for one reason or another. Auction day is where these kid’s hard work comes to fruition. Their animal was an investment of time and money, and this is the sell-off day. Bojorquez reiterated how grateful everyone at CMSF is for the community’s support of the kids and said, “We look forward to bringing another show next year.” 

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JoAnn Switzer Paso People

Lady in Purple

Retiring from Mid-State Fair After 17 Years

By Camille DeVaul

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f you have ever shown an animal at the California Mid-State Fair (CMSF) or walked through the livestock barns, you certainly encountered a lady in purple, JoAnn Switzer. As the Fair marked its 75th anniversary with the community, it also celebrated 75 years with JoAnn Switzer. Since 1946, Switzer has been involved with the Fair in one way or another. “It was a start, and it’s been nothing but go forward and bigger and better,” JoAnn shared. This year, JoAnn decided it was time for her to take a step back and let the next generation take over the Fair. “I’m going to be 85 in September, and I don’t want to be one of those people who needs to get out of the way. So let the next generation do it,” laughs JoAnn. Her history with the Fair began when JoAnn was just ten years old. She joined the Pozo 4H Club and brought a lamb to show at the first CMSF—and it was that same year that JoAnn became the Fair's first Grand Champion for lambs. Then, the following six years, she won the 4H Grand Champion Steer. JoAnn recalls walking her winning steers in the Parade of Champions that would happen in the Grandstand before the rodeo would start. The Fair has changed in many ways throughout its 75 (76 if you count 2020) years. When the Fair started, it was right after World War II. JoAnn says supplies were low and white pants were nowhere to be seen, so show kids wore jeans and white t-shirts. Most kids will start showing animals in 4H and move into FFA once they reach high school. However, before 1969, girls weren't allowed in FFA—something JoAnn laughs about when she thinks back to her 4H days. In the early days, the Fair took place in September and focused on "country stuff," as JoAnn would say. JoAnn laughs and says, “The Fair has come a long way from the horse race days and the fistfights on horseback.” People used to come to the Fair for the hometown competitions like nail driving, mare and foul races, and more. JoAnn explained that the loss of these activities is one of the biggest changes of the Fair throughout the years, along with the loss of the

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PRCA rodeo. She remembers World Champions competing at Paso's rodeo before heading down to compete in Los Angeles. Showing livestock was just the start of JoAnn's involvement with the Fair. She served on the Fair Board for eight years from 1986 to 1994, and then in 2004, she became the Livestock Superintendent and has since served the position for 17 years. "From the time I started showing here, the support and generosity of this community only got bigger and better. It always continues, and without that, the Fair would not be what it is," JoAnn shared. She continued, "Even last year when we had COVID and shutdown, people still stepped up and supported the kids. We are a unique community for that—support for not only the auction but throughout the Fair. We are so blessed to have what we have." In 1987, JoAnn and the late Dick Nock put together the first Cattleman and Farmers day. Each year since, farmers and ranchers come to the Fair for the Cattleman's luncheon and dinner. "It has been, I think, 32 years this year, so its taken off and been an amazing event," JoAnn said. For many, it is like a family reunion and one of the most looked forward to events. This is also when the Cattleman of the Year is announced. JoAnn was the first woman named Cattleman of the Year back in 1992. Following her, only two more women have been named Cattleman of the year, Dee Lacey and Elena Twisselman-Clark. While JoAnn may be retiring this year, she won't be straying very far. The livestock barns and the people that fill them will always hold a special place in JoAnn's heart. “It's fun to see these kids that have gone through the program and stayed in the community and have become adults, and then they’ll come back and help, which is special to me that they will give their time and come back because they got so much out of the program. That's what makes me continue to do it,” JoAnn shared. This year JoAnn's great-granddaughter began showing at the Fair, making her the fourth generation Switzer to show, following all four of Switzer's sons, Mark, Thomas, Joel, and Jeff. Yes, JoAnn Switzer will be taking a step back after this year, but she will always be there to help the next generation. 

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PASO ROBLES COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PATROL:

More Than Volunteers

Community

By Camille DeVaul

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he Paso Robles Community Volunteer Patrol (CVP) is one of those unsung heroes of our City. We may not always notice them, but we would certainly miss them if they were gone. The CVP was created to be additional “eyes and ears” for the Paso Robles Police Department (PRPD), patrolling the streets in a volunteer marked vehicle. Some of their duties include conducting traffic control at accident scenes, traffic and crowd control at special events such as parades and festivals, as well as various downtown events. Other duties include Airport and Train Station security checks, vacation house watch checks, crime scene access control, search and rescue, and Project Lifesaver. CVP members look for anything out of order, such as reckless drivers, an open business door after hours, or any other suspicious activity. When something is observed, they notify Dispatch from the car or handheld radios, and an officer is notified to take action. Paul Kanton, President of the Paso Robles CVP, said, “Our pay is the response we get from the community. It is a program where we have the opportunity to pay back to the community.” In a piece written by Kanton, he shared a day in the life of the CVP volunteers, “One Thursday, at 11 p.m., ten adult males are standing around a pickup truck with cans of beer and glasses of wine in their hands. When the silhouette of the light bar on the roof of the approaching vehicle appeared, they tried to hide what they were holding. As the vehicle drew nearer and passed the group, one of them yelled, “They’re just volunteers!” and the hands holding beer and wine reappeared with a loud laugh from the group. The occupants of the vehicle marked Volunteer Patrol, continued on their patrol of the RV Park, stopping frequently to talk to groups of people sitting around campfires. They answered questions, gave directions to wineries and restaurants, and welcomed the visitors to Paso Robles. Prior to arriving at the RV Park, the two uniformed Volunteer Patrol members performed traffic control at the scene of a traffic accident on Highway 46 while first responders provided medical aid to the injured and police personnel investigated. Earlier in the evening, they helped look for a four-year-old child who had wandered away from home.

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A disabled semi-truck under the freeway overpass was blocking one of the two travel lanes. A police officer was on the scene when the Volunteer Patrol members arrived. They took the place of the officer who responded to five calls during the hour and twenty minutes the volunteers directed traffic until the truck was removed and the lane was reopened. As they approached a group of individuals in a parking lot, the Volunteer Patrol members were flagged down and told two dogs were running in and out of the parking lot from the street. The volunteers contained the dogs until an officer arrived to transport the dogs to a kennel until they could be safely reunited with their owner. Volunteer Patrol members assist at fires directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Last year they transported an animal overcome by smoke to the emergency animal hospital. Concerts in the Park and other park activities will find Volunteer Patrol members present to assist the general public with questions and directions. Volunteer Patrol members conduct vacation house checks, provide administrative help for the records department, support Project Lifesaver and assist with city events such as parades, Paso Night Out, Cruise Night, Santa’s Sleigh, Pioneer Days, Up with Kids and Winemakers Cookoff, to name a few. These men and women serve as “Ambassadors” for the city and as additional “Eyes and Ears” for the Police Department. They are available 24/7, rain or shine, to assist the police department in any capacity required. Last year they provided over 5,500 hours of community service. That’s 5,500 hours sworn police officers were available for other calls. They’re just volunteers!” Some of the CVP members have a background in law enforcement. For instance, Kanton is a retired military police officer of 45 years. But previous law enforcement experience is not a requirement. Kanton joined the program five years ago. He said, “I wanted to give back to the community—because of my police background, it fits right in. I like the work and to help people.” The CVP provides many programs for the community. One favorite is the Teddy Bear program, where members hand out teddy bears to children who provide an act of kindness. One of the greatest benefits of having a CVP is its ability to relieve more police officers to aid in more serious crimes or situations. The Paso Robles Police Department provides training to all CVP volunteer members. Hands-on training is provided to ensure you will be able to handle all of the tasks required with confidence and professionalism. Members may patrol anytime, day or night, to suit themselves and their own schedules and patrol with a partner. Members are provided with the tools necessary for the job. Volunteer cars are equipped with police radios, light bars, flares and traffic cones, first aid kits, and other equipment. Members always carry handheld police radios, flashlights, cell phones, and reflective safety vests. The CVP is currently made up of 11 members, but they are looking for more members to join them in helping their community. Members are men and women age 21 and older in good physical condition, able to volunteer ten hours a month, pass a background check, enjoy public contact, and present a professional image.  For more information on the program or to become a volunteer, call (805)227-7533 or visit prcvpp.org.

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Remembering September 11, By Hayley Mattson

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wenty years ago, many of us started the day like all others, coffee, shower, with the morning news playing in the background. For me, I was getting ready for work at my house on Scott Street in Paso Robles. I was 22 years old and, before this day, had no real idea of what war or a terrorist act was other than it did not happen on our American soil. September 11, 2001, changed all that, and it is just as important today as it was then for all of us to remember and never forget. That fateful morning as we watched the terror and horror of the aftermath of the first plane crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center and trying to make sense of it all, a second plane appeared and turned sharply into the South Tower. I remember watching the news reporter’s face trying to get a sense of what was happening, and I could tell she was just as fearful and confused as I was. At that moment, it felt like the world stopped. Twenty years ago, we did not have social media or cell phones that shared videos or even took quality photos. We relied solely on news sources to tell us what was happening. Reports came in that a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C. The news station switched between news anchors trying to explain what we were watching and experiencing. I remember hearing the fear in their voice, not knowing what to say. No more than 22 minutes later, the South Tower collapsed, 56 minutes after the impact of Flight 175. A fourth plane was then reported to have crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. At this point, I remember hearing the words, “we are under attack; this was no accident; we are under a terrorist attack.” We all watched in horror as people trapped in the North Tower began to jump from the iconic towers that we visited, took photos of, and shaped how we pictured the skyline of New York City. As a nation, we all held our breath and watched, frozen, helpless with tears running down our faces. The frantic news coverage continued, people running for safety through the streets, not knowing what they were running from, while police, firefighters, and first responders continued to run toward the site and instructing people to get as far away as possible. Twenty-nine minutes later, the North Tower of the World Trade Center fell, 1 hour and 42 minutes after the initial impact of Flight 11. The Marriott Hotel at the base of the towers was also destroyed. Cries, screams, and an unforgettable sadness filled the air and our hearts as we continued to watch in disbelief of what we just saw. The reporter, now covered in soot, was crying as people ran by her. I have a vivid memory of her face that is branded into my memories, and thinking how brave she was for still being there to tell their stories, feel the impact firsthand, and share it with us. She was our eyes and ears; she and her camera operator helped keep us all connected. I remember her asking people as they ran by if they were okay. I remember people running together, sobbing, consoling one another. Twenty-two minutes later, five Pentagon stories fell due to fire that broke out after Flight 77 crashed into it 1 hour and 13 minutes prior.

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20 Years Later

At that point, all you could see on the television was lingering grayish soot that covered everyone and papers flying everywhere. Most of us stayed glued to the screens, trying to get ahold of loved ones that were either on flights or lived in the area to see if they were okay. Phone lines were busy, and you could not get through. I remember being on the phone with my mom and then my dad, who were both in Arizona at the time, trying to make sense of what we had all just seen over the last few hours that felt like an eternity. Our family finally got ahold of my sisters, who lived back east, later that day. September 11 ended with the 7 World Trade Center building adjacent to the towers collapsing as a result of the aftermath of the towers falling. Almost 3,000 people died that day; our family, friends, colleagues, and our everyday heroes were among them. A few years later, in 2003, I visited Ground Zero. Entering lower Manhattan, you could feel the loss lingering in the City. The chain-linked fence surrounding the area was filled with photos, letters, American flags, flowers, and clothing. Missing posters of loved ones remained, and it felt as if we were walking through a graveyard. I remember how eerily quiet it was for New York City and seeing a woman kneeling and crying while others stood around telling stories of their loved ones they had lost on that tragic day. I could feel the deep gratitude I had for my younger brother, who became a U.S. Marine following the events of that day. As I closed my eyes, I could remember listening to the news as our troops invaded Iraq earlier that year in March. My brother’s battalion was one of the first in; we went weeks on end without hearing from him; that felt like an eternity until finally, he was able to call and let us know he was okay. As I continued to walk around the gated area, I placed my hand on the fence. I took a moment to remember the loss of life right where I was standing and all of the families, residents of New York, and our Nation. I thought of our loved ones who joined the military to fight for our freedom, and I thought of our first responders who continued to show up even after they lost members of their crew. But I also remembered the news correspondent that covered the events of that day. I am grateful to the woman who inspired me throughout her coverage and showed me real journalism. She told the people’s story as they lived it without any attempt to interpret it in any way. She was vulnerable and honest. She showed care and concern for others, all while being terrified herself. Twenty years later, most of us still remember it as it was yesterday, and with the turmoil throughout the Nation today, I have hope that we can come together once again. May we remember all the lives we lost that day and all who were lost fighting for our freedoms in the events that followed. May we honor them, and never forget. 

It’s an extraordinary tale… of resilience, of survival, of courage, of love. For me, this is the legacy of 9/11. Gédéon Naudet

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Seeking Justice

thomas jodry's parents still seeking September 14 marks two years since the 21-year-olds’ death By Camille DeVaul

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eptember 14 will mark two years since the tragic death of Atascadero resident Thomas (Tommy) Jodry. And after two years, Thomas’s parents are still seeking justice and the truth for their son’s death. Thomas was only 21 when he fell to his death from the second floor of a downtown San Luis Obispo parking structure on September 14, 2019, after spending the day with Atascadero resident David Allen Knight. Still, the many strange circumstances surrounding the events on that fateful September day with no resolution has led Bill and Mary Jane to keep fighting for answers, hoping for justice for their beloved son, Tommy. september 14, 2019 On September 14, 2019, around 2 p.m., Knight came to Jodry’s home to take Thomas to San Luis Obispo to look at art. Knight was a photographer in Atascadero who told Thomas he would help him get his art published. Two weeks prior, Knight had purchased a cactus from Thomas, who grew and sold cacti from his home in Atascadero. In the following days, Knight texted Thomas to hang out. Thomas got into Knight’s car, and the two left for San Luis Obispo, and that was the last time Bill ever saw his son alive. According to employees, Thomas and Knight arrived at the Frog and Peach at approximately 8 p.m.

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While at the bar, Knight opened a tab. Within one hour, Thomas had multiple drinks, including Knight’s. Knight closed their tab, paying with his credit card, at around 8:55 p.m. Thomas was seen tripping and falling on his face just outside the bar. Several more witnesses recall seeing Thomas struggling and running from Knight, asking for help and saying someone is after him. Six calls were made to 911 that night regarding Thomas’s struggles. Around 9:15 p.m., a bystander called 911 to say someone had fallen from the parking structure, and an ambulance and police were sent to the scene. The police officer’s body camera footage shows a man—later identified as Knight—approaching the officer attending to Thomas. Knight asked the officer what happened, and after the officer asked him to stop, Knight said, “I know him, that is Tommy, but I don’t want to be on record that I know him.” Shortly after, Thomas was transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista Hospital and pronounced dead at 9:49 p.m. According to Thomas’s toxicology report, his blood-alcohol level (BAC) was 0.38 at the time of his death. Based on witness sightings, Thomas was experiencing symptoms of alcohol overdose just before his fall. Later that night, Knight appeared at the Jodry’s home and gave Bill Thomas’s cell phone. According to Bill, Knight told them he lost Thomas downtown and then went to the scene near the parking garage and saw someone on the ground that looked like Thomas,

but police refused to give him information. The Jodry’s called the hospital only to receive the news they feared the most. They then left for San Luis Obispo to identify their son. who was tommy jodry Thomas Robert Jodry was born on Dec. 31, 1997. He loved his Woody doll, going to school, playing sports and the guitar, and being a Cub Scout. Most of all, Tommy loved creating art and growing his cactus business. Tommy’s stencil art can now be found on display at Bloke Outfitters on Entrada Avenue in Atascadero. Some of his stencil art has been printed on shirts and embroidered on a hat with an A-Town logo he created. Both are sold at Bloke, and ten percent of proceeds from the Justice for Thomas collection go towards costs to duplicate Tommy’s artwork so his passion can be shared with the world. Additionally, Bloke owner Farron Walker has dedicated a cactus garden to Tommy’s memory that is directly in front of the store’s window. Thomas’s parents say, “He [Thomas] was a wonderful young man. He was a deep thinker and very intelligent. Everyone who knew him remembers him this way. He always had time to listen to people, and people have often commented on his kindness.” Tommy left behind family, friends, an extensive stencil art collection, his cactus garden, and so much more. His parents said Tommy was looking toward a bright future. what now A vigil will be held on the second anniversary of Tommy’s death,

justice Saturday, September 11, from noon to 6 p.m. Friends and the public are welcome to join Thomas’s parents at the San Luis Obispo Parking structure on Marsh Street. Thomas’s story and memory will be shared as well as raising awareness for more security cameras and guards in the parking structures. Bill and Mary Jane have filed a wrongful death suit against Knight. They are accusing Knight of plying their son with alcohol at a bar in downtown San Luis Obispo before his tragic death. The Jodry’s know more witnesses from that night have yet to be identified or come forward. They ask anyone with any information to please get in touch with them. Thomas’s parents have a reward of $10,000 for anyone with information that would solve the question of what happened in the parking structure in 2019. 

You can look for a more in-depth article on what happened to Thomas Jodry in the Paso Robles Press/ Atascadero News on September 9. For more information on Thomas, the night in question, and photos of witnesses still needing to be identified, visit justiceforthomas.com. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jodry’s at (805)538-8753.

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Taste of Paso • Sip & Savor

JORDAN FIORENTINI w i n e m a k e r

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inemakers have a barrel-full of expressions when describing their wines—their smell, taste, and texture. But Paso winemaker Jordan Fiorentini is a breed apart. She draws her tasting notes. Her descriptors come in an artistic visual format, as she creates a collage of geometric drawings describing each wine with each vintage. Fiorentini, Vice-President of Winemaking & Vineyards at Epoch Estate Wines, was honored as this year’s Winemaker of the Year by San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Wine Industry community. The awards ceremony, held at the 2021 Mid-State Fair, also honored Lucas Pope of Coastal Vineyard Services as Winegrape Grower of the Year and Lorraine Alban of J&L Wines as Industry Person of the Year. Leading Epoch’s wine production team, Fiorentini oversees all the wine and vine decisions along with the day-to-day production at the winery. Her wines are elegant, rolling leisurely across the palate like velvet yet bold and boisterous, rocking with lush ripe fruit. For example, Epoch’s zinfandels reveal a certain panache, depending on each vintage, with a splash of syrah, mourvedre, or carignan for spice and structure. “I’m very texturally driven as a winemaker,” said Fiorentini when I met her recently on an overcast afternoon, dampened by a surprisingly brief drizzle. We are sitting in her glass-walled office at the winery tucked away in Paso’s woodsy appellation of York Mountain. Before you taste Fiorentini-crafted lyrical wines, you notice her mesmerizing hand-drawn, poetic wine notes for each wine with each vintage. While her notes are palate-driven, her drawings are geometric. “Your palate has a beginning, middle, and end; I’m trying to draw what I feel.” Fiorentini pulled out her very first drawing done for the 2010 Ingenuity, a syrah-dominant wine blended with grenache and mourvedre with a touch of petit sirah.” It’s a round drawing,” she commented on the image. That vintage was the start of her black-and-white pencil drawings and continues today. Although the visual look is abstract, she begins her drawings on a four-quadrant graph. And that probably has to do with her engineering education, an undergraduate degree she received at Dartmouth College. Fiorentini’s wine appreciation came from her father, Craig Kritzer. “We went on wine vacations,” she reflected. Yet, it wasn’t until she was in college that her father founded Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega, known as the heart of Georgia

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wine country. Fiorentini’s well-honed palate soon led her to UC Davis, where she received her Masters in Viticulture. Fiorentini began her work experience in Napa, interning at such prestigious wineries as Markham and Araujo followed by working a harvest at the famed Antinori winery in Italy’s Chianti region, where she met her future husband Manu, a wine industry professional. The two were married in 2003. Returning to California, she joined Chalk Hill winery in Sonoma as its Director of Winemaking. An exhaustive, international search conducted by Epoch’s owners Bill and Liz Armstrong led them to Fiorentini, and she moved from Sonoma to Paso Robles in 2010 to take charge of winemaking duties at Epoch. Epoch is known for its site-specific bold Rhône-style blends and zinfandels produced from three vineyards - York Mountain, Catapult, and the historic Paderewski vineyard, which was planted in the early 1900s by Polish diplomat and famed musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The 570-acre Paderweski property in the Willow Creek District has 95 acres under vine planted to Rhône varieties, zinfandel, and tempranillo. Additional Rhône varieties are planted in the nearby 28-acre Catapult vineyard. The York Mountain vineyard was planted in 2015 to cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, and more Rhône varieties. Located in the minuscule appellation of Paso’s York Mountain, Epoch’s location is rich with local history. In 1895, trailblazer Andrew York founded the Ascension Winery, later named York Winery. Over the years, it changed hands, but by the late 1990s, the winery was forced to close due to retrofit requirements. The 2003 San Simeon earthquake brought more damage, and the winery entered foreclosure in 2009. The Armstrongs acquired the property in 2010 and began the process of bringing the historic winery back to its glory, eventually building a modern stateof-the-art winery while restoring its old York homestead, preserving old bricks, stones, and redwood beams and repurposing them in the new tasting room. Fiorentini is drawn to what she calls the ‘gravitas elements.’ “I like to highlight the earthy/mineral aspects along with the intensity of fruit inherent to Paso Robles.” She continued: “I believe it’s this dynamic nature of our wines that Paderewski keyed into almost 100 years ago.” Looks like the Winemaker of the Year is at the right spot. 

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Taste of Americana

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n doing my research for this month’s column, I found a charming little book, among my collection of cookbooks, that someone had given me years ago. Its title is simply “Apples” and is authored by Roger Yepsen. I flipped through the pages and realized that I had never given the book the attention it deserved. It is not a typical cookbook but more of an encyclopedia of apples. It explores the world of apples throughout history and in the present. It includes 181 pages of pictures of apples with a complete description of each one, including its best use, in pies, sauces, cakes, ciders, wines, and lastly, eating. I never knew there were so many kinds of apples. What we see in the supermarkets and farmers’ markets is nothing compared to what’s grown. I didn’t realize how many references we have to apples in our language. People are often described as apples: crabs, bad apples, apple polishers, apples of one’s eye. And who can forget “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and the folklore tale of Johnny Appleseed? Also, remember that “apple for the teacher” and “bobbing for apples” at your Halloween party? After reading all that apple information, I started searching other sources for apple recipes and came up with more than this column allows. However, I narrowed it to what follows. I hope you will enjoy! Enjoy the abundance of apples we have in our area. A trip through See Canyon in San Luis Obispo is worth the effort. Cheers! 

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AP P LE EMPAN A D AS

Ingredients: • 1¼ cup chopped linguica • 1 cup chopped fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast • ¾ cup each: chopped onion and peeled, chopped apple • ½ cup each: salsa, golden raisins and chopped pimento stuffed olives • 1½ tsp. each: smoked paprika, chili powder and garlic salt • 1 refrigerated pie crust dough Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with lightly greased foil. Cook linguica, chicken, onion and apple in a large skillet over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in salsa, raisins, olives, and seasonings and cook for 5 minutes more. Divide pastry into 4 pieces and shape each into a ball. Roll each out into a 1/8-inch thick circle on a lightly floured board and brush outer edges lightly with water. Place equal amounts of filling on half of each circle and fold over to enclose. Press to seal. Crimp around edge with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. (Oven temperatures differ so check Empanadas after 10-12 minutes.)

J O HN N Y A P P LES E E D CA K E W I T H CA RA ME L SA U C E

Ingredients: • 2¼ cups flour • ¾ cup sugar • ¾ cup packed brown sugar • 2 tsp. baking powder • ½ tsp. baking soda • 1 Tbs. cinnamon • 1 tsp. nutmeg • 1 tsp. salt

• ¾ cup vegetable oil • 2 large, tart cooking apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (~ 2½ cups) • 3 eggs, lightly beaten • 2 tsp. vanilla extract • ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts • Whipped topping for garnish (optional)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large mixing bowl; beat at low speed for 1 to 2 minutes until well mixed. Add oil, eggs, and vanilla; beat at medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Stir in apples and walnuts by hand. Spoon batter into greased and floured 13 x 9-inch cake pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly touched in the center. Cool on wire rack.

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Winning Olive the Awards

Central Coast Olive Oil Producers

Come in Strong at NYIOOC By Patrick Patton

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he New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) is a worldwide competition. This year producers from 20 California counties competed, and the Central Coast brought their A-Game. “The competition provides an honest, objective evaluation of our olive oil on the international stage, and it means a lot to our customers,” said Lynn Israelit of Spanish Oaks Ranch. “It gives them confidence that they are buying superior olive oils that are some of the best in the world.” Gold medals were awarded to many Central Coast producers, including San Miguel Olive Farm, Barton Olive Oil Company, Pasolivo, Tofino Estate, Spanish Oaks Ranch, Rancho Azul y Oro Olive Farm, Boccabella Farms, Enzo Olive Oil, Belle Farms, and The Groves on 41. To the milliners who pour everything into producing the best, winning the gold is a big deal. “We feel truly honored to win a Gold Medal from the NYIOOC, as it is considered the largest and most prestigious olive oil competition in the world,” Kathryn Keeler of Rancho Azul y Oro Olive Oil Farm shared. “It is another great endorsement from the elite of the olive oil world that we are getting it right,” Karen Tallent of The Groves on 41 said. “Receiving a Gold award from the NYIOOC for our 2020 EVOO was extremely rewarding,” Aaron Barton of Bartol Olive Oil Company said. “Being recognized by such a reputable organization in a worldwide competition was validation that our EVOO is as great as we always believed it to be, and also brings recognition to California EVOO producers in a world stage.” “The foundation of our business is built on hard work and awards,” said Richard Miesler of San Miguel Olive Farm. “Each award has been a stepping stone to our success. Competing in a competition of 26 countries and 1,100 entries is a great feat.” According to the NYIOOC,

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their judging panel is made up of “a team of leading experts who follow a rigorous technical protocol to analyze each oil for its sensory characteristics and qualities...The NYIOOC is by far the world’s largest and most inclusive review of olive oils from every corner of the world. The results of the competition are followed by producers, importers, distributors, chefs, food service professionals, and journalists everywhere.” California producers had an excellent showing at NYIOOC this year, but the highest concentration of California Gold Medal winners are produced right here on our Central Coast. “The superior quality of our olive oil comes from the unique microclimate and soil of our area, along with lots of patience and attention to detail!” said Marguerite Remde of Belle Farms. Producers attributed the Central Coast’s superior olive oils partially to our unique climate and partially to a love for knowledge, community, and collaboration between local producers. “The olive producers on the Central Coast take a tremendous amount of pride in producing quality extra virgin olive oil,” Shaana A. Rahman of Boccabella Farms explained. “We are a collaborative community, and we share knowledge, resources, and time with each other to ensure that what comes from our Central Coast is the best.” “The best weather and soils for wine grapes, of course very popular here, are the perfect combination for growing olives, too,” said Tallent. “Beyond this natural environment exists a wonderful collaboration of us small scale olive farmers readily sharing experiences, assisting our small community, and collectively encouraging us to stand out in such a crowded field.” “I think the reason the Central Coast region produces such excellent olive oil is partly due to the perfect Mediterranean climate we all enjoy,” said Israelit, “but also because we focus on industry-leading practices to grow, harvest, and store our oils. We have a long-standing history of local grower organizations in our area that focus on education and collaboration. SLO [San Luis Obispo] county producers learn about best practices together and support one another in achieving them.” “The Central Coast of California is the best place to live and grow in the world,” said Barton, “and that includes the agricultural products produced here. We believe our climate, exceptional soil, and dedication to producing quality is why Central Coast producers fared so well at the NYIOOC this year and in years past.” “Many of the producers from this region are now much more seasoned,” said Keeler, “experienced producers and their farms and trees are more mature. With all of these factors combined, I believe the time has come for the Central Coast olive oil producers to shine on the world stage.” 

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o say our lives have changed over the past year and a half would be an understatement. Not only has the reaction to the coronavirus changed our lives, it has caused significant shifts in the way business is done. Our beautiful Central Coast is home to a bustling wedding industry, as couples travel from all over the globe to say “I do” right here in our special corner of the world. However, the wedding industry took a major hit when health officials placed heavy restrictions on travel, social gatherings, and events. Dawn White of Pacific Harvest Catering & ToGo said, “Our business pivoted and created a to-go dinner program for locals that we still do in addition to weddings—which are still half of our business. However, weddings used to be ninety percent of our business.” “At the beginning of 2020, I had 120 events on the books, and I did 35,” said Bottles & Ice owner Anissa Hedges. “Of course, at that point, they were all micro-events, like eighteen-person weddings...We were masking up; we were wearing gloves; we had seven bottles of hand sanitizer on the bar. A lot of venues built plexiglass barriers for the bar.” The pandemic not only changed how weddings are done, but in a lot of ways, it made couples and vendors rethink what weddings are. “As a result of the pandemic, we have recognized many changes in the industry,” said Kristen Pinter, Managing Partner of Higuera Ranch. “Elopements were not as common before the pandemic, but there seems to be a new surge! Couples are focusing more on their weekend experience surrounded by their closest family and friends. The vows have become very intimate, and the celebrations have a fresh energy!”

“I think it also changed my perspective of weddings,” said Hedges. “Everybody was just so grateful to be out doing something or to have a sense of normalcy, but... those eighteen to thirty person weddings were so fun, and everyone was so nice and so happy to be there.” Wedding videographer Chelsea Schmitz of Stories Told by Film explained that with couples unable to invite as many family members as before, an increased priority has been placed on securing a professional videographer. “I used to be one of the last vendors booked,” said Schmitz, “but in a lot of cases, I’ve suddenly become the first vendor couples book for their wedding. Video has become more important than ever now that weddings have become smaller.” Schmitz described an elopement to which herself, the photographer, and their two assistants were the only guests in attendance. In fact, the photographer’s assistant also officiated the elopement. This is one example of the larger trend toward smaller, more intimate ceremonies. “Some of the smallest weddings I’ve filmed have been my favorite,” said Schmitz. “Another positive impact of the pandemic has been family created through vendor relationships!” said Pinter. “We weathered the storm together, and now we embrace the opportunity to bring dreams to life. I love seeing the smiling faces of vendor friends at the ranch!” While we have no way of knowing what the future will bring, restrictions have begun to lift for now, and things are beginning to resemble something like normalcy. As the clouds begin to part, perhaps some of our silver linings will remain with us to remind us that there is always a way through the storm. 

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he entire central coast of California is rich with the arts and often serves as a refuge or haven for artists from both the Bay Area and Southern California. Tourists and locals enjoy this beautiful slice of California located three hours between these northern and southern metropolitan communities. Our county stretches over 70 miles down the 101 Highway along the Pacific Coast and inland through desert and mountains to Kern County, covering 3,616 square miles, with just over 284,000 in population. Some of our major economic drivers are agriculture, tourism, building & design construction, knowledge & innovation, advanced manufacturing, health services, and energy. What does each of these economic drivers have in common? Arts-Based Leadership. According to the Oxford Academic Community Development Journal, the arts are often considered at the periphery of the community development process and only a minor player in regenerating areas. Nevertheless, despite increasing globalization, our central coast communities are beginning to recognize their own identities, culture, traditional art forms, and the value of working together at the local level. Take a look around, and you will notice a plethora of local art created by the youth in our communities. According to the most recent Arts and Economic Prosperity Survey, San Luis Obispo County arts and arts-related activities enhance our local economy by over $30 million in funding and expenditures. Art is one of the most popular Career & Technical Education (CTE) pathways selected by San Luis Obispo County students. The most recent Central Coast Economic Forecast refers to the arts’ positive impact on our local economy and community well-being. Academics and business leaders acknowledge that arts-based instruction is an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Several firms on the central coast use the arts as a pathway to explore non-art topics such as leadership, change, and business innovation. San Luis Obispo County is fortunate to have growing Arts Partnerships for many schools, districts, and communities.

We adapted practices because of the pandemic, and both Charter Communications public access television stations 2 and 19 feature the work of local arts organizations. These virtual and in-person partnerships acknowledge four profound leadership impacts. Involvement in the arts helps us quiet the mind and provides space for inner wisdom. The Arts create bonding experiences that facilitate collaboration and accelerate examining an issue from alternate perspectives. Arts-based activities can develop a sense of belonging, build trust, help participants find shared values, and shift perceptions. Finally, arts-based learning, along with whole-brain creativity and design thinking, can improve creative skills. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education Arts Partnership, consisting of multiple arts organizations throughout the county, has created a series of educational videos hosted on public access, social media, and the education portal. These media clips are free to the public and serve to promote the arts. To date, this partnership has allowed over 15,000 students to experience and interact with professional artists virtually. The media collateral, funded by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and local patrons, involves local artists communicating with students and relating activities to state arts standards. Each media segment, 20 to 30 minutes in length, consists of visual examples of the art form and facilitates instruction at multiple grade levels. Our county is also growing in cultural and artistic vibrancy because of the dedicated individuals that make the central coast their home. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reports that scientists, humanists, and art lovers value art because of the social importance, the communicative power, the capacity to increase self-knowledge, challenge preconceptions, and the beauty in art. We invite any interested arts organizations to partner with our local schools in building up our community. It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent. I hope that this article will spark discussion among all educational stakeholders about the power of becoming involved in arts outreach as a volunteer, patron, or participant. 

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Drowning in Drought

Western Drought & the Food Supply HOW IT’S AFFECTING FARMERS & HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE NATION

By Camille DeVaul

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f you have driven through the Central Valley, you’ve likely seen a sign that read “No Water = No Food.” These signs are remnants from the State’s previous droughts and never taken down because of how likely another waterless year will be. And here we are. California is facing yet another drought. According to the California Farm Water Coalition (CFWC), 2021 is on track to being critically dry—the same as the State’s last drought, which lasted from about 2014 to 2016. What’s worse is, as of June 2, over 2 million acres—more than one-quarter of Californian irrigated farmland—is receiving 5 percent or less of its water supply. More than half of that is getting no water allocation at all. In other areas of California, farms have reportedly had their water supplies cut by 25 percent or more, and 60,000 acres in Northern California will receive zero water this year. Founded in 1989, the CFWC is a non-profit, educational organization that provides fact-based information on farm water issues to the public. “We’re all about helping people understand the connection between farm water and their food supply,” said Mike Wade, executive director at CFWC. Due to lack of water, farmers across the State have had to face the crucial decision to reduce their planted acres. And some farmers were given no choice but to plow under their crop—because the California Water Board (CWB) cut off their water supply by suspending the farmer’s water rights. Farmers on the Russian River and the Sacramento-San Juaquin watershed have already had their junior water rights suspended by the CWB. “We’ve seen dozens of crops that are having reduced plantings this year. Farmers are fallowing fields of annual crops,” Wade explained. He continued, “What that does is it doesn’t just affect the farmer, as important as that is. It affects communities. It affects people who depend on those farms for jobs. It affects related businesses, particularly transportation and processing all the way down the food chain to the grocery store where we see

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reduced supply and higher prices for consumers.” The last driest year California saw was in 2015. According to drought.gov, “drought impacts to California’s agricultural sector resulted in $1.84 billion in direct costs, a loss of 10,100 seasonal jobs, and surface water shortages of 8.7 million acre-feet.” California Governor Gavin Newsom was on the Central Coast July 8, where he signed an executive order for Californians, including agriculture, commercial and residential, to decrease water use by 15 percent. As of July 13, 50 California counties have declared a drought emergency, including San Luis Obispo County, affecting 42 percent of California’s population. While the Californian drought is proving to be damaging enough, it isn’t the only state experiencing a drought this year. According to the U.S. drought monitor map, published by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 11 states are experiencing extreme drought conditions: • New Mexico • Arizona • California • Nevada • Utah • Oregon • Washington • Montana • North Dakota • Colorado • Wyoming Additionally, some areas in Idaho and South Dakota are also suffering from extreme drought. Wheat is the fourth top-selling commodity in the U.S., averaging an annual income of $5.13 billion. Four of the states listed above are in the Nation’s top 10 wheat producers. In a Spokesman Review article, a wheat farmer in Washington State said, “This is probably going to be the worst harvest we’ve had for the 35 years we’ve been doing this.” Climates that generally don’t see over 90 degrees are getting temperatures above 100 degrees. High temperatures and lack of water mean lower quality wheat kernels and possible higher protein content— all factors to less tonnage for farmers and buyers wanting a lower price for wheat. California produces over 400 different commod-

ities, including two-thirds of the nation’s fruit and nuts, one-third of its vegetables, and one out of every five gallons of milk. According to the CFWC, the following commodities have already been affected by water shortage in California: • Alfalfa • Almonds • Apricots • Asparagus • Beans • Cantaloupes • Corn • Garlic • Grapes • Honeydew • Lettuce • Onions • Peaches • Peppers • Pima Cotton • Rice • Sweet Corn • Tomatoes • Watermelons • Wheat Basically, the effects of higher temperatures and drought are already affecting farmers, and we will soon see it in the food supply. Western states are undoubtedly experiencing the start of a potentially horrendous drought. But in California, other factors are taking water from farmers. “It’s the result of changing policies that have shifted the water that is available for farms, homes, and businesses to serve a greater number of environmental purposes. And when we get to a drought year like we have now, there’s no flexibility left in the system, and we end up with a couple of million acres of farmland with no water supply,” explained Wade. On April 15, 2015, Channel 3 News in Sacramento interviewed former California Governor Jerry Brown. At the time, California was in the worse year of the 2014-2016 drought, and farmers in the California Valley saw water rights suspended. During the interview with Channel 3, Brown stated, “Fifty percent of the water in California goes to protect the environment. Forty percent goes to agriculture, and about 10 percent goes to urban and commercial uses.”

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Brown’s statement is backed up by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). “Statewide, average water use is roughly 50 percent environmental, 40 percent agricultural, and 10 percent urban, although the percentage of water use by sector varies dramatically across regions and between wet and dry years.” As for environmental water use, the PPIC says: “Environmental water use falls into four categories: water in rivers protected as “wild and scenic” under federal and state laws, water required for maintaining habitat within streams, water that supports wetlands within wildlife preserves, and water needed to maintain water quality for agricultural and urban use.” The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is another Californian policy threatening farm water. SGMA was enacted to halt overdrafts and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. SGMA also requires local agencies to adopt sustainability plans for high and medium-priority groundwater basins. According to the Blueprint Economic Impact Analysis: Phase One Results by David Sunding and David Roland-Holst at UC Berkeley: “Based on an analysis of SGMA and other anticipated water supply restrictions, we conclude that up to one million acres may be fallowed in the San Joaquin Valley over a period of 2-3 decades as a result of reduced ground and surface water availability. This amount of fallowing is approximately one-fifth of all acres currently under cultivation in the Valley. The farm revenue loss associated with this fallowing is $7.2 billion per year.” The report also says, “Counting indirect and induced job losses together with direct losses, the SGMA and future surface water restrictions will result in as many as 85,000 lost jobs and $2.1 billion in lost employee compensation annually.” Wade explains, “It’s going to be difficult to continue to farm in the scale that we are now in much of the Central Valley in California because of the change in the accessibility to groundwater—it could lead to half a

million acres or more farmland being taken out of production.” On July 23, the CWB announced an “emergency curtailment” order. The order would inevitably cut thousands of farmers off from rivers and streams in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds. The order would include pre-1914 appropriative and certain riparian water rights claimants. On August 3, the CWB passed the emergency curtailment order with a 5-0 vote. State regulators said farmers would have to stop diverting water from waters and streams leading into the Sacramento and San Juaquin Delta-the State’s two largest river systems-because the drought is rapidly depleting the California reservoirs and killing endangered species of fish. The curtailment order will not take effect for another two weeks and excludes some uses, including water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, sanitation and generating electricity, and more. Together, the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems drain 40 percent of California’s land and account for at least a portion of the water supply for two-thirds of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. “The fact remains that water supplies are extremely limited across the State, and we are running out of options,” said Ernest Conant, regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, who supports the new rule. The State has also hired 15 people to help enforce the emergency order, according to Erik Ekdahl, deputy director for the division of water rights. The rule gives State regulators authority to enforce it, including fines for noncompliance. Chris Scheuring, senior counsel for the California Farm Bureau, said, “In general, farmers understand drought, and they understand lean rain years. That’s the business we’re in,” he said. “But they don’t understand the downward slide in water reliability we are facing in California, sort of on a systemic level.” A story on the new curtailment order, its effects on farmers and the general public to follow.  Complete list of resources at pasoroblespress.com.

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Health & Wellness Cancer Support Community

Providing support, education and hope. 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton (805) 238-4411 • cscslo.org Cancer Support Helpline (888) 793-9355, 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. PST. Special Programs (email programs@cscslo.org to get the zoom link) • Every Wednesday • Tai Chi Chih | Virtual via Zoom • 10:00 - 11:00 a • Mindfulness Hour | Virtual via Zoom • 11:30 a - 12:30 a • Sept. 1st & 3rd • Grief Support Group | Virtual via Zoom • 1:30 p - 2:30 p • Sept. 2nd • Breast Cancer Support Group | Virtual via Zoom • 11:00 - 12:00 p • Advanced Cancer Support Group - via Zoom • Wed. Sept. 22nd 10:00 - 11:00 a For those with Stage 4, recurrent/metastatic cancer. Join others and get support for the unique emotional challenges common with advanced stages of cancer. This is currently a virtual event scheduled via a secure link. • Young Survivors Support Group - via zoom • Meetings • 2nd Tuesday or Wednesday of each month 6:00 - 7:30 p • This monthly peer gathering is for ages 25 – 50ish with any cancer diagnosis, stage 0-3 in treatment or recovery. Exchange practical information, develop friendships and share in a safe environment. This group occasionally meets offsite, so please call if you don’t come often

Business & Networking

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce atascaderochamber.org • (805) 466-2044 6907 El Camino Real, Suite A, Atascadero, CA 93422

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce pasorobleschamber.com • (805) 238-0506 1225 Park St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

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

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Government

Atascadero

Paso Robles

• Planning Commission 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 p City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Ave. • City Council 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:00 p City Hall Council Chambers, 6500 Palma Ave. For general info, call City Hall M-F, 8:30 a - 5:00 p at (805) 461-5000. Visit atascadero.org

• Planning Commission 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p City of Paso Robles Library Conference Room 1000 Spring Street • City Council 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p Council Chambers 1000 Spring Street For general info, call City Hall M-F 8:00 - 5:00 p at (805) 227-7276. Visit prcity.com

Santa Margarita • Santa Margarita Area Advisory Council 1st Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p, Santa Margarita Community Hall 22501 I St. Visit smaaconline.org for more information.

County of San Luis Obispo All meetings below meet at the County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers 1055 Monterey St, Room D170, San Luis Obispo • (805) 781-5000 • Subdivision Review Board: 1st Monday, 9:00 a • Board of Supervisors: 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 9:00 a • Parks & Recreation Commission: 4th Tuesday, 6:00 p • Air Pollution and Control Board: 4th Wednesday of every odd month, with exceptions. 9:00 a • Local Agency Formation Commission: 3rd Thursday, 9:00 a • Planning Department Hearing: 1st and 3rd Friday, 9:00 a Visit slocounty.ca.gov for virtual & up to date meeting info.

At the Library

Atascadero Library

Paso Robles Library

6555 Capistrano • (805) 461-6161 • Live Zoom Storytime: • Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. • Marvel Trivia Online • Teen Advisory Board Meetings • Monthly Book Groups Register online at slolibrary.org

1000 Spring St. • (805) 237-3870 Children’s Library Activities Mondays: Preschool Storytime (3-6yrs) in person on the Children’s patio with Miss Melissa, 10:00 a. Registration required. Craft activity kit for participants to take home! Tuesdays: Try It! (all ages) with Miss Melissa, 4:00 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting Wednesdays. Wednesdays: Animal Tales Story Time & Craft (1st-5th grades) with Miss Frances, 2:30 p on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before. • Thursdays: Mother Goose on the Loose (0-18mos) with Miss Carrie, 9:00 a on Facebook. • Fridays: Toddler Story Time & Craft (1-3yrs) with Miss Cappy, 10:00 a on Facebook. Craft activity kit available for pick up starting the Monday before.

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

San Miguel Library 9630 Murphy Ave. • (805) 438-5622

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

Service Organizations American Legion Post 50

Elks Lodge

240 Scott St., Paso Robles • (805) 239-7370 • Hamburger Lunch | Every Thursday, 11:00 a - 1:00 p, $6 • Post Meeting | 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p

Atascadero Lodge 2733 1516 El Camino Real (805) 466-3557 • Meeting — 2nd, 4th Thursday

Paso Robles Lodge 2364 1420 Park Street (805) 239-1411 www.elks.org

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Houses of worshiP D I R E C T O R Y

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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 office@13starsmedia.com or call (805) 237-6060. Please include your name, address, phone, service times, and name of spiritual leader of your congregation. Thank you, and stay blessed. ATASCADERO

Bridge Christian Church

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

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

“The Northern Light” 2605 Traffic Way Atascadero, CA 93422 Friday Night Service 7:30 PM Rabbi Janice Mehring (805) 466-0329

Cornerstone Community Church 9685 Morro Road 8:45 & 10:45 AM Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899 cornerstoneca.org

CRESTON

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

LOCKWOOD

True Life Christian Fellowship

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

NACIMIENTO

Heritage Village Church

At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265

Hill Top Christian Fellowship

2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435

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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

Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178 1615 Commerce Way Service: Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

1744 Oak St. Service Time: 9:30 a.m. Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr. 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) 238-3833

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: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927 covenantpaso.com

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

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

Highlands Church

St. James Episcopal Church

Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill Services: 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. Pastor James Baird (805) 226-5800 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

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

Family Praise & Worship

1937 Riverside Ave. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Gary Jordon (805) 238-2011

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. Daily Mass- 12:00 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. Tues. 7 p.m. Spanish Saturday 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Spanish Vigil Mass Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 12:30PM 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

North County Christian Fellowship

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

Paso Robles Bible Church

940 Creston Rd. Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Willweber (805) 238-3702

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero 421 9th St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steve Calagna (805) 239-3325

2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday 9:30 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 www.pasonaz.com

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

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

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

Second Baptist Church

535 Creston Rd. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gary Barker (805) 238-3549

Life Worth Living Church of God

Christian Life Center

First Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church

Thirteenth & Oak Street Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Wendy Holland (805) 238-3321

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar

500 Linne Road, Suite D Services: Sun. 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

ADELAIDE INN

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

Trinity Lutheran Church

Victory Baptist Church

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4 Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251 vbcpaso.org

Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Roger Patton (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

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

692 Peterson Ranch Road Services: 9 & 11 a.m. Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120

SAN MIGUEL

Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St. Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500

TEMPLETON

Bethel Lutheran Church 295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Amy Beveridge (805) 434-1329

Mission San Miguel Parish

Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive Pastor Roy Spinks Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819

Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living 689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180

Located at Vineyard Elementary School 2121 Vineyard Dr, Templeton Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Vern H Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594

775 Mission Street Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English) Sunday – 7:00 am (English) 10:00 am (Bilingual) 12:00 pm (English) 5:00 pm (Spanish) Father Eleazar Diaz Gaytan (805) 467-2131

SHANDON

Shandon Assembly of God

420 Los Altos Ave. Spanish Service: Sun. 5 p.m., Thurs. 7 p.m. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737

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Last Word

We believe in our history, and our future.

Paso Robles Magazine Manifesto adopted 2018

We believe in people. We believe in partnerships. We believe in getting it right, the first time, every time. We believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We believe culture eats strategy for breakfast. We believe in the magic of teamwork, hard work, and high fives. We believe in art, music, sports, education, and kids. We believe handshakes and hugs are better than likes and shares. We believe that all ideas are big ideas when they matter to you. We believe in organic food, a healthy planet, and doing our part to preserve it. We believe to change anything, create a new model that makes the old model obsolete. We believe Main Street is more powerful than Wall Street. We believe in holding the door, smiling, waving, and greeting strangers as new friends. We believe everything looks better on high-gloss pages. We believe in being the most fun. We believe small business is a state of mind. We believe in homemade lemonade and local honey. We believe in family, friends, and sharing warm bread. We believe in lighting each other’s candles. We believe in the Story of Us.

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A monthly look at the remarkable community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas — the Story of Us.

Paso Robles Press Magazine #245 • September 2021  

A monthly look at the remarkable community of Paso Robles and surrounding areas — the Story of Us.

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