Paso Robles Press Magazine • #269 • September 2023

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Paso Robles Municipal Airport: 50 Years

Opportunity is what the Paso Robles Municipal Airport has brought to the City of Paso Robles, and this September, it celebrates this milestone and reflects on the past, present and future.

Community mourns the passing of Steve Martin

Paso Robles Mayor's legacy includes vital community contributions and in his final message, he aimed to inspire caring connections among people.

Farmstead ED: Bringing the table to the farm

Founded by Lynette Sonne, the nonprofit aims to grow, and celebrate the region's agricultural treasures by connecting local farmers and artisans with consumers.

Historical image of the Paso Robles Municipal Airport Photo Couresty of the Paso Robles Airport
22 20 28 Features Departments CONTENTS Issue No. 269 September 2023 Publisher’s Letter 08 Something Worth Reading Round Town 10 Grapevine 12 Paso Robles Main Street Association 13 The Natural Alternative 14 Paso Robles Area Historical Society 15 General Store Paso Robles 16 Kid Friendly Paso 17 Shift'N Gears Paso People 18 Norma Moye: The Godmother of Paso Business 30 Spotlight: Veranda Home 32 Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge 34 Paso Robles & Templeton Chamber Oak Leaf 36 SLO County Office of Education 38 Behind the Badge: Sheriff's Family Day 40 California Mid-State Fair Recap Taste 42 Sip & Savor: Matt Trevisan & Mike Sinor 44 Farm Stand: Savoring Summer's Bounty Calendar 46 Event: Winemakers’ Cook-Off 47 Calendar 48 Worship Directory Last Word 50 Remembering Harry Ovitt 50 Directory of our Advertisers 30,000 PRINTED | 26,700 DIRECT MAILED LOCALLY! Paso Robles 93446 • Templeton 93465 • Shandon 93461 • Bradley 93426 • San Miguel 93451 3,300 DROPPED AT HIGH TRAFFIC LOCATIONS IN SLO COUNTY Hotels • Wineries • B&Bs • Waiting Rooms • Restaurants • High-traffic Visitor Hotspots 6 |

It is with a heavy heart that we reflect on the recent passing of Mayor Steve Martin. He was a true luminary of many talents, and we find peace in remembering his kind nature and his unwavering love for Paso Robles and the entire North County community. Today, we come together to pay tribute to a man whose impact on our lives and region.

Nic and I were fortunate to have the honor of knowing Steve over the span of many years, a connection that predates our acquisition of the magazines and newspapers. Our paths intersected at a memorable dinner held to celebrate the success of the "Dancing with Our Stars" fundraiser in Atascadero, an event that he had hosted for many years. I remember our conversation during that evening. Steve took the time to inquire about my family and what I love about living here in our community. This exchange took place at a time when I was grappling with the recent loss of my father after a brief battle with cancer a couple of years prior. His inquiry about my father stirred up a well of emotions.

In that moment, Steve's innate kindness shone through as he extended heartfelt words of condolence, even though he had never known my father. He shared with me that the departure of life reminds us of the preciousness of our time on this Earth. He shared with me the importance of cherishing our loved ones and ensuring they remain aware of their significance in our lives. He also emphasized the value of contributing to our community, leaving behind a better place as we move forward, with the hope that our efforts can indeed create a positive impact for generations to come.

Steve's compassionate spirit was evident in every interaction, even when our opinions diverged. He exemplified the art of listening and providing constructive feedback on the rationale behind his perspectives. His capacity for openmindedness is the aspect of him that will remain ingrained in our memories — a quality that nurtured and encouraged meaningful conversations.

As we mourn Steve's passing, our thoughts and prayers extend to his wife, daughters, and family. We acknowledge the profound loss they are experiencing. Yet, even in our grief, we find peace in the legacy he leaves behind. Steve's dedication and love for our community have enriched our lives. His dedication to make our surroundings better, leaving an indelible mark that will continue for years to come.


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Through the Grapevine

us with its heartfelt story, colorful characters, and witty, melodic score.

“She Loves Me” by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick (the team behind “Fiddler on the Roof”) received a Tony Award nominee for Best Revival of a Musical on Broadway. Nominated for six Tony Awards in 2016 and winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, “She Loves Me” is based on the same romantic story as the popular film “You’ve Got Mail.”

Wine Country Theatre

Presents 'She Loves Me'

Wine Country Theatre presents a charming and romantic musical comedy from September 22 through October 1 at the Berg Auditorium in the Paso Robles Youth Art Center complex. Set in an elegant Budapest perfumery, two combative clerks, Amalia and

Georg, are constantly butting heads on the job. After both respond to a “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper, these unwitting pen pals become the most unlikely lovebirds. Will their hearts still sing once their true identities are revealed? Widely considered the most charming musical ever written, this delightful confection promises to bring out the hopeless romantic in all of

Director Elaine Fournier is happy to be returning to Wine Country Theatre with this sweet musical and says, “‘She Loves Me’ harkens back to a simpler time when letters, not texts, emails or emojis, were the language of love. Come join us for a bit of humor mixed with romance and the loveliest voices on the central coast. You’ll be glad you did.”

Wine Country Theatre recently staged “STAY TUNED: Songs from TV at Broken Earth Winery.” “We

are, yet again, at a different venue,” states Executive Director Cynthia Anthony. “Prior to the winery, we did shows at Harris Stage Lines and in a church hall. We are determined to continue to present live theatre. This is our 10th year, and we have come full circle since we did “Guys and Dolls” at the Berg Auditorium 10 years ago. The auditorium has a large, raised stage, and we will have our signature table seating, where guests can enjoy wine and snacks before and during the show.”

“She Loves Me” will be presented at Berg Auditorium. Show dates are September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and October 1. Friday and Saturday evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., and matiness are presented on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $30 for general and $19 for students. For more information, contact Cynthia Anthony at (805) 610-0786 or email Laurie at laurie@

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September is a month to remember and recognize occasions important to us and our lives. Labor Day is on Monday the 4th. This federal holiday recognizes the achievements and efforts of all American workers. The following Monday is a time to stop and remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. September 17 is Constitution Day. Celebrate the day in 1787 when we adopted our Constitution. Our International Day of Peace is on Thursday, September 21 — a time to give thanks and pray it lasts.

The first day of fall arrives with the autumnal equinox on Saturday, September 23. The time when our days become shorter than our nights as the sun continues to rise later and nightfall arrives earlier. The year’s brightest and roundest moon, the harvest moon, shines on the 29th. This moon rises around sunset for several nights in a row, allowing farmers enough extra light to finish their harvest and prepare for winter.

Your Main Street Association has two of our time-honored events returning this month for everyone to enjoy. Our annual

your beloved small town

Pajama Movie Night returns Featuring the 1952 classic “Singin’ in The Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds on Sunday, September 3, at 7 p.m., hosted by Park Cinemas. This movie has been called by many the best movie musical of all time. It’s a light-hearted, happy movie that has remained fresh over the years. Join us for our annual pajama contest, with prizes (optional). For just $12 you can see the movie, and get popcorn and a soda, while enjoying the comforts of the upgrades at the Park Cinemas. Come by the office, call the office at (805) 238-4103, or go to my805tix. Come for your tickets.

For any American who had the great and priceless privilege of being raised in a small town there always remains with him nostalgic memories.

The Taste of Downtown and Art De Tiza make up our second most popular event. On Saturday, September 16, the

city park once again comes alive. Beginning at 8 a.m. on the Pine Street side of the park our sidewalk chalk artists (of all ages) begin creating their masterpieces, which will be judged, and Art De Tiza comes to life. Fun for everyone!

From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., meet at The Main Street Information Booth on 12th Street to pick up everything you need to enjoy your visit with restaurants, tasting rooms, and other designated places around town who are participating by offering you samples of their beverages and culinary delicacies. Get to know “The Tastes of Paso Robles Downtown.” The only thing you’ll need to bring is a big appetite. Get your tickets early, this event sells out. Stop by the Main Street Office, call (805) 238-4103, or go to

If you haven’t been downtown for a while, treat yourself. Take some downtime just to enjoy the City Park and watch people revel in our town (some are here for the first time, and others are back sharing our town with friends and family). You’ll feel how blessed we are to call Paso home. Take a stroll through The Carnegie Library in the middle of the park and savor our history. The docents know everything. We need to appreciate our small town character, support our businesses, cherish our community, and keep it alive.

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Preserving history for generations to come

In Paso Robles, we are proud of our history. And there is a lot to be proud of. Thanks to the visionary efforts of Norma Moye and Virginia Peterson, the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society and Museum was born to preserve this history for generations to come.

It all began on a bright February day in 1985 when approximately 35 history enthusiasts gathered at the Plymouth Congregational Church for an exploratory meeting. With Moye as acting chairman and Peterson as acting secretary, the attendees embarked on a journey to explore the idea of forming a historical society. Among those present were influential figures such as A.L. Willhoit, president of the San Luis Obispo Historical Society; Laura Rawson, curator of the county museum; and Clark Herman, president of the Atascadero Historical Society. These leaders, along with others, provided invaluable insights on starting such an organization.

The meeting proved to be a pivotal moment, setting the stage for the society’s future endeavors. After informative talks by guest speakers and lively discussions, questionnaires were distributed to gather feedback and gauge interest. The response was overwhelming, and a follow-up meeting saw the election of the first board members, who would be responsible for shaping the society’s mission and vision.

The society’s mission statement, conceived by this inaugural board, stands as a testament to its enduring purpose: “to collect, protect, and preserve photographs, documents, and

publications related to the Paso Robles area.” Over time, the mission expanded to include promoting and sharing knowledge of local history through exhibits, research, and educational initiatives within the community.

Though the Historical Society didn’t start as a museum, its dedication to preserving the region’s history eventually led to one. Today, the El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society serves as the proud curator of the Paso Robles History Museum, nestled within the historic Carnegie Library. The Neo-classical revival structure, funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, has become a sanctuary for the community’s collective memory.

Peterson’s passion for Paso Robles’ history was unparalleled, and her impact on the society’s growth and success was immeasurable. As a teacher and principal, she earned a Master’s degree in education and authored a thesis on the early history of Paso Robles, which became a beacon for local researchers.

Throughout her life, Virginia remained an active member and served as the society’s president for many years. Moye, a descendant of two prominent pioneer families, the Ronconis and the Richettis, had an unwavering dedication to her hometown. As the executive director of Paso Robles Main Street, she revitalized downtown Paso Robles, turning it into a thriving, tourist-friendly destination that celebrates its unique history. Norma continues to be an active lifetime board member of the Historical Society, leaving an indelible mark on the community she loves.

The Historical Society’s contributions extend beyond the museum’s walls. Over the years, it has actively assisted in preserving historical landmarks and homes, ensuring that the town’s architectural heritage remains intact. Through collaborations with the City Council, the society played a crucial role in developing the Historic Preservation Ordinance, safeguarding properties of historical significance.

The archives within the society hold a wealth of historical artifacts and documents that serve as a valuable resource for researchers, educators, and the community at large. These collections, carefully preserved and curated, provide glimpses into the past and serve as a bridge connecting generations.

Thanks to Norma Moye and Virginia Peterson’s determination and vision, a foundation was laid for an institution dedicated to preserving the stories that define the community’s identity.

The El Paso de Robles Area Historical Society and Museum are honored to be located in the historic Carnegie Library at the center of City Park. To learn more, visit their homepage at

VIRGINIA PETERSON NORMA MOYE The Carnegie Library in Paso Robles is shown in 1908. That building still sits in Paso Robles Downtown City Park and houses the Paso Robles History Museum
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DeVaul and the Paso Robles Area Historical Society and Museum

Time for a

Fall Refresh

Just because it won’t cool down in Paso for a solid two more months doesn’t mean we don’t feel the pull of fall. Kids heading off to school with sharpened pencils, a slow truck driving down Vine Street filled to the brim with just picked grapes, the urge to roast a chicken and fill the house with aromas of rosemary and butter.

We feel it, too, especially in the kitchen. Our farmer’s market haul shifts from tomatoes to persimmons, and we crave a refresh in the kitchen, a restocking of those tools that make time spent prepping meals a little easier, a little sweeter, and more satisfying.

Here are some of our favorite kitchen workhorses, in case you’re feeling like a reset, too.

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Celebrates 20th Anniversary

For 20 years, Paul and Patty Hoover have farmed their 60-acre property in Paso Robles with a particular love of the land. Nestled in the El Pomar district, this slice of paradise boasts 200-year-old oak trees and 150-year-old olive trees.

Sitting down on their 44th wedding anniversary in the cozy setting of their tasting room, the California natives and Cal Poly graduates described the vibe of the winery as “Fun, not fancy.” While they started with just two customers a day and grew to be open seven days a week with 14 varieties of grapes and 22 wines, there is no air of pretension to be found at this vineyard. Paul and Patty pride themselves on being eco-friendly, dog friendly to friendly dogs and, with four young grandchildren, they are all too familiar with the need for kid-friendly tasting.

Still Waters, the name being an ode to a favorite family pastime of skiing, is home to koi ponds with some fish as old as the business itself and names like Penelope and Dora. Stop into the tasting room for a small cup of fish food before settling in the grassy picnic area with umbrellas. With grown-up supervision, kids are welcome to feed the koi and experience nature. The shaded picnic area is surrounded by hand pump fountains with cool running recycled water and sits adjacent to the climate-friendly olive tree grove. Special occasions and family experiences can be arranged in the cool oasis under the age-old canopy. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their extra virgin

olive oil to take home or enjoy with some fresh bread while you taste. Customers are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase a made-to-order cheese plate. Kids can enjoy a free juice pouch fresh out of the cooler. You may encounter a chance visit with Patty or Paul as they enjoy mingling with the guests and chatting about the wines.

With a focus on the three E’s of sustainability (environmentally friendly, equitable socially, and economically feasible) many efforts to maintain a connection with the land and preserve it for future generations are present throughout the estate. Take a stroll

through the vegetable garden which provides fresh produce for the employees and guests. Fresh eggs for the family and employees come from the 20 hens that roam the property, fertilizing the vineyard and adding to the farm-like ambiance. Hand-harvesting reduces soil erosion and compaction. Still Waters wines are made in the old-world style, letting the grapes do the talking, Paul cannot speculate as to what future wines will taste like and you won’t find them on a grocery store shelf. With 70 percent of the business coming from wine club members, the goal for this wine-making couple is to continue producing estate-grown, sustainably-farmed wines without growing through distribution.

Book a private vineyard tour and barrel room tasting (charcuterie included) or spend an afternoon with family and friends enjoying bottle service in the ranch house where Paul and Patty spent weekends while building a home on the property. Paul, a commercial fisherman, serves up his fresh catches in the form of fish tacos for wine club members during live music concerts on Saturdays (tickets can be purchased for non-club members). Bring the whole family to relax, dance and enjoy the property’s many offerings that have been procured through a balance of the land, people, and practices working together.

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We are here to offer some monthly tips, tricks,and tales from the automotive industry. Whether you are fellow gearheads, garage aficionados, or maybe you are thinking about blinker fluid (Hint, Hint, you don’t have any blinker fluid), we are here for you. We are Jimmy and Leigh-Ann of Shift’N Gears Garage, an ASE Master Certified full-service auto repair shop.

What To Know Before You Tow:

Towing capacities are rated by how a vehicle can safely control and stop a load, not if it can move it. Just because your Ford Ranger can get a loaded 30-foot toy hauler moving doesn’t mean it’s the right vehicle for the job.

• Towing increases rolling resistance, which in turn generates heat. Heat is the number one cause of catastrophic failures. Whether it be braking failure due to overheated brake fluid, engine, transmission overheating, or making a bad decision due to some LA traffic, keeping your cool is key. Exceeding the maximum towing capacity can result in dangerous handling, reduced braking performance, damaged suspension and serious internal damage to your drivetrain and engine.

• Your hitch should be labeled with the maximum trailer and maximum tongue weights it can safely support. Tongue weight is

the downforce the trailer applies to the back of the tow vehicle and that force should never be more than 15 percent of the loaded trailer’s weight. Weight-distributing mode is when the trailer is attached to a special hitch assembly that utilizes tension bars and adjusting chains. This is required for certain load capacities.

• Position Matters: Place 60 percent of the trailer’s load over the front half of the trailer with even weight distribution.

• The Basics: Tires — Brakes — Lights — All tires (even your spare) should be inflated to manufacturer’s rating guidelines and speed rating checked. Underinflated tires create more resistance, forcing the engine to work harder and consume more fuel, but also increases tire temperatures and may contribute to a blowout. Overinflated tires can create rigid driving, making it hard to handle. Ensure you adhere to a 4-6 car link of space between you and other drivers on the road. Ensure your breakaway chains are properly hooked up, along with all your lights working. Lights are incredibly important to not just you but those around you.

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Norma Moye

If you don’t know who Norma Moye is, allow me to introduce you to the woman who is the reason Downtown Paso Robles is the lively hub we know it to be. Because of Norma — who is a founding member of the Paso Robles and Main Street Association and its executive director — we have our local traditions that span from the Vine Street Victorian Showcase and Elegant Evening to the seasonal festivals in City Park.

Back in July, we celebrated Norma’s 90th birthday. Through the last nine decades, she has created over 20 community events, ran the Main Street Association since 1992, co-founded the Paso Robles Main Street Association, and kept everyone on their toes. Her passion for the community evidently comes from her family’s deep roots within it.

Norma’s family came to Paso Robles from Sesta Godano, Italy, after her great-grandfather Carlo Ronconi and his brother Guillermo came to Santa Cruz in 1886. Carlo rode shotgun on the stagecoach line from Santa Cruz to San Luis Obispo and eventually leased property two miles north of San Luis Obispo named the Estrada Gardens. While there, the family grew vegetables and ran a successful trucking farm for three years, soon expanding when they leased the Ascension Ranch in Atascadero and

trucked vegetables throughout North County. By 1895 Carlo could afford to bring his wife Francesca, sons Charles and Angelo, and daughter Teodora from Italy to settle in Paso Robles.

The family purchased property on the old Salinas Street, now known as Paso Robles Street and ran a trucking farm. Carlo drilled and constructed the Ronconi Wells for the farm which are still used by the city today. Later, in 1904, Dominic Richetti arrived in Paso from Italy and married Teodora, one of Carlo’s daughters.

The Richettis would go on to build a dairy on Ronconi land and help run the trucking business delivering produce and dairy from their farm.

Then comes Fernando Della Bitta, who immigrated from Italy in 1920, at the age of 23 and later marrying Frances Richetti. They had one child together, a daughter named Norma. Fernando managed a grocery store and rooming house on Pine Street known as the Hotel d’Italiano. He later sold the business to the Busi family and opened a restaurant/bar called Ferdi’s at 12th and Pine Streets.

Norma’s great uncle, Charles Ronconi, ran a rooming house and became Paso Robles’ first

fire chief. Growing up surrounded by cousins, Norma enjoyed a childhood filled with fun and laughter. She would spend days at the Plunge on 11th and Spring streets during the summer and in high school, her leadership skills really began to take form.

An active high schooler, Norma played the snare and bass drums in the band, and was a cheerleader. Her old uniform can be seen on display in the Paso Robles Area Historical Society Museum in the City Park. In 1951, she was the May Day Queen and went to prom with her future husband, Manford Vanderlip. She has won accolades for her work downtown and even had her share of stardom in a motion picture — the 1976 film "Jackson County Jail" starring Tommy Lee Jones.

One of Norma's most memorable roles was as Barbary Coast Girl "Mimi" along with friends Lydia Wolf (Diamond Lil), Kathleen Reneau, Carole Heilman, Sandy Culver, Georgia Collins, and ByBy Root. Norma was one of the founders of the Barbary Coast Girls in 1961.

Norma married Manford Vanderlip in 1952, and they had four children: Vicki, Matt, Vince, and Patti. In 2013, she officially received her royal title as she was named the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Queen.

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Looking back on her nine decades on this earth, she tells us, “I’m blessed to have my whole life. I’ve been blessed my whole life. Believe me. I’ve had fun.”

Norma has lived in Paso Robles her entire life, and she has no regrets for it. To her, it is the best town in the world and she would never leave. She has seen all its changes and embraced most of them, learning to move with the flow of time. But if she can give you any advice, it’s to never stop moving.

“As I age, family becomes more valuable, and friends. I would not be worth anything if it wasn’t for my family and my friends. You have to cultivate them on your way through life,” says Norma.

She is the cheerleader of Downtown Paso Robles, the matriarch, our queen — the "Godmother." She is Norma Della Bitta Vanderlip Moye.

We would like to give a special thank you to the Paso Robles Area Historical Society for their contributions to this story.

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Norma Moye was officially named Paso Robles Pioneer Day Queen in 2013.

The community of Paso Robles went into mourning this August as they received news of the passing of Paso Robles City Mayor Steve W. Martin. Martin passed away on Monday, August 14, after a battle with cancer.

In March, the City of Paso Robles announced the mayor would be taking a step back from his duties to seek treatment for a serious health concern. Steve remained private about the matter, and Mayor Pro Tem John Hamon stepped in to fill the responsibilities. Still, Steve remained as dedicated to the city as possible, tuning in remotely when available.

The day after his passing, a regularly scheduled City Council meeting was held. Prior to the meeting coming to order, childhood friend and former Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley read a statement Steve wrote prior to his death. The two worked together for 10 years while Steve was the executive director of the Atascadero Main Street Association. Later they would work alongside one another as mayors and develop the cohesive relationship that exists today between the two cities.

Steve explained in the statement that he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and the initial analysis said surgery would be the essential treatment, but further complications intervened, which led to the cancer spreading and becoming incurable.

Steve wrote, “As I write this, I expect to have little time left in this world. I wish for everyone to know that I had no idea what was happening

Community mourns the passing of Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin

in my body as I campaigned for office. If that was the case, I would never have run, or I would have dropped out of the race. I have made every effort to do my job as Mayor while fighting this disease. Attending meetings virtually, receiving updates from staff, etc.”

“What I have included in this note will fall far short of all I wish to say to you. I am a man of two cities, having grown up in Atascadero and lived my adult life in Paso Robles. I am a man of simple purpose, however, and that is to serve my North County community and treat everyone, supporter and detractor alike, with dignity, compassion, and respect. I trust I have succeeded most of the time. To those who feel I have failed, I ask your forgiveness. To those who now feel they have wronged me, I offer my forgiveness.”

Steve’s passing leaves a void throughout the community, as he leaves behind a legacy of over two decades of tireless public service and unwavering commitment to the betterment of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo County.

Steve was elected as a council member in 2012, and in 2014, he achieved the distinction of being elected as the inaugural mayor of Paso Robles. He secured another mayorship in 2018, and subsequently secured a third term in November 2022, which was slated to extend till 2026. Notably, Steve had previously served on the Paso Robles City Council from 1987 to 1996, during which time his peers entrusted him with the position of Paso Robles mayor from 1988 to 1990. A lifelong resident of the North County, Steve's roots were firmly planted, growing up in Atascadero and establishing

his home in Paso Robles from 1973 until his passing.

“Steve was a trusted colleague, a good friend, a thoughtful leader, and the ultimate public servant,” Hamon said. “It has been an honor to serve with him these many years. His passing is a great loss for the City Council, our community, and most especially his family. Our prayers are with his wife Jennifer, daughters, grandchildren, and extended family.”

Steve’s visionary approach and dedication to the community’s welfare earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues, constituents, and all those who had the privilege of working alongside him. During his time on the City Council and as mayor, Steve was a strong advocate for economic development and quality of life in Paso Robles. He was instrumental in the development of the city’s downtown area and the creation of the Paso Robles Wine Festival. He was also a strong supporter of the city’s schools and parks.

Atascadero City Mayor Heather Moreno shared, “Steve and I were friends; he was talented and humble, and I loved his sense of humor. He always had a strong desire to not let our differences divide us, but to work together as a community. I will miss him.”

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold (District 5) said of the mayor’s passing, “San Luis Obispo lost a great community member with the passing of Mayor Steve Martin. Steve grew up here and attended local schools. He was a dedicated public servant. He is an example of someone who gave back to

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"Stay strong, Paso Robles. God bless you all, and farewell.”

the community he loved and knew very well. I always appreciated the history he brought to the conversation and to his time as Mayor of Paso Robles. He will be missed by many.”

Supervisor John Peschong (District 1) also issued a tribute to the late mayor: “I was deeply saddened to hear of Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin’s passing this morning. Steve was a dedicated public servant committed to serving our community. His legacy will live on as we honor his memory and commemorate his tremendous accomplishments in the City of Paso Robles.”

Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) released the following statement regarding Martin's passing: “The Central Coast has lost a tireless and effective leader with the passing of Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin. Mayor Martin’s vision and dedication to the city of Paso Robles and our region are an example for all of us. I have always been inspired by the way Mayor Martin served with true love for the Central Coast and I will miss him deeply. My heart is with Mayor Martin’s wife Jennifer and their children, grandchildren and loved ones during this difficult time.”

More recently, Steve was a strong supporter and the driving force behind the city applying to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a spaceport license for the Paso Robles Municipal Airport. He frequently spoke about the spaceport with excitement and as a new opportunity that will further benefit the city’s economy.

“Mayor Martin’s impact extended far beyond

his role in local government,” said City Manager Ty Lewis. “He was deeply involved in numerous civic organizations and philanthropic efforts, always striving to uplift the less fortunate and address social challenges. His compassion and dedication to public service made a lasting difference in the lives of countless individuals, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of our community.”

President of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Gina Fitzpatrick also worked closely with Steve on various projects.

“There are people in our lives that we never forget. Mayor Martin was one of those people,” said Gina. “His life’s work was committed to the betterment of the North County, and his love for Paso Robles is unparalleled. I will miss him greatly. “

Outside of elected office and his numerous volunteer efforts, Martin was a marketing professional with more than 30 years of experience in communications including corporate communications, radio, television, newspaper, publishing, internet design, and public relations.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said of Martin, “I have worked with Steve for a great many years. Not only was he a great partner with law enforcement, but he was an even better human being. Just a good and decent person who truly cared about the community and tried to make it a better place to live. He will be sorely missed.”

Martin was a yearly contributor to Paso Robles Magazine, writing the “Mayor’s Vision” for each January issue and a “Year in Review”

each December for the Paso Robles Press

Personally, I will never forget Mayor Martin. The man who always made time for the new reporter who was trying to find her footing. May we remember his words, written in his 2022 Year in Review:

"Fast away the old year passes. I pray we all reflect on the blessings we have received and meditate on how we can use them as a platform to develop greater empathy and unity for ourselves, our families and our neighbors.

As always, it is an honor to serve as your Mayor and, again, I urge everyone to stay informed, stay involved and stay strong Paso Robles."

Paso Robles Main Street Association Executive Director Norma Moye worked alongside Martin for decades. After hearing of his passing, Moye stared at the empty seat he often would sit in at the Main Street office and remembered the good times.

“I wish you [Steve] were here so that when I say ‘remember when,’ I could see your smile, and we could laugh,” said Moye.

In Martin’s last words to his city, his community, and his staff, he wanted to inspire people to care for each other. We leave you with his final words, and we hope they encourage you to live life true to yourself, be kind to one another, and care for your community.

“Now, as always, I hold all of you and our community in my heart, urging you to let your differences be subordinate to your desire to care for one another. Remember to stay informed, stay involved, and stay strong, Paso Robles. God bless you all, and farewell.”

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When the Wright brothers took flight at the turn of the century, aviation was born and, with it, a new world of opportunities. Opportunity is exactly what the Paso Robles Municipal Airport has brought to the City of Paso Robles, and this September, it celebrates 50 years. So as we celebrate this milestone, we take a moment to reflect on the airport’s past, stand in its present, and look forward to the future.

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Like many airports around the country, the Paso Robles Municipal Airport’s origin goes back to World War II.

A headline from the August 27, 1942, issue of Paso Robles Press records the start of the airport with a headline reading, “U.S. Picks Estrella For Base — 1200 Acre Tract To Be Site For Marine Corps Air Field.”

At its inception, the United States Army negotiated and acquired just over 1,200 acres in the Estrella area for a U.S. Army airfield built on properties formally owned by A.M. Boyer, Otto Kuehl, George Matthew, John Moore, the Padian Estate, William Radloff, Tillie Schlecker, and Lillie Tuley. In just over six months, 2,000 construction workers had


completed the airfield by April 1943, and the Estrella Army Airfield was up and running.

Used initially for training and night flights, over 1,500 military personnel were stationed at Estrella and the Navy auxiliary airfield southeast of Paso Robles, Sherwood Field. The original staff consisted of two officers, Lieutenants Raymond J Goetting and Edgar J McCullough, and 28 enlisted men.

The Estrella Warbird Museum has a record of some interesting accounts regarding the airport’s military days:

An interesting occasion was later related by Lt. McCullough, who told of the time when two Bell P-59s landed at Estrella AAFB. Those were America’s first military jets, and at the time were cloaked in secrecy, but everybody wanted to see

the new airplanes that flew without propellers. McCullough walked towards one of them but was ordered by one of the pilots to keep away. He then identified himself as the base’s provost marshal (which he wasn’t) and not only got to see the planes up close but was also told that they were being used in experimental training to combat the German V-2 rockets that were creating havoc in England. The next day, a local farmer mentioned to him that a couple of planes had come over his field so low and fast that they blew his hay off the stacks. By October 1944, the airport was inactivated and turned over to San Luis Obispo County for public use. By 1973, the County sold the air base to the City of Paso Robles for $1, and the Estrella Army Air Force Base officially became the town’s municipal airport.

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At the start of the City’s takeover, the airport was home for 53 aircraft and commercial airline service Hughes Air West. By July 1973, the City’s first Airport Manager, Charles “Chuck” Miller, was hired, and the Airport Advisory Committee was formed.

September 1973 was when the first annual Paso Robles Airport Day and Airshow was held, drawing a crowd of 3,000 people.

Aviation was redefined in the '70s, going from primarily a military industry to being widely available to the private sector. With the simultaneous boom of agriculture, America was thriving. Ag pilots (crop dusters) ruled the rural skies, and with a growing economy, owning an airplane was as common as owning a car.

Today the Paso Robles Municipal Airport houses over 40 businesses, employing over 700 people. Many of these businesses lie outside the airfields fence; as an economic engine for the City, the airport has been a place where non-aviation businesses have been able to thrive. From the time of its acquisition, the City has held the airport in high regard. Not only is it the largest property they own, but it has held a view of being the City’s key to growth and opportunities.

“It is an economic driver for this community,” said Airport Manager Mark Scandalis regarding the airport’s position in the City dynamics. “It brings a lot of people to Paso Robles, providing an alternative means of access for those who fly in on their own aircraft.”

With over 250 clear weather flying days a year in Paso Robles, the airport is in an ideal spot for pilots to land, including the Royal Air Force, who recently transferred their training operations from San Luis Obispo County Airport to Paso Robles. The RAF hopes to make Paso Robles its base of operations for several months out of the year, citing good weather and proximity to nearby military ranges as Paso Robles’ advantages.

Airport Commissioner Tony Gaspar describes why the City supports the airport, “A healthy airport is vital to the economic growth and stability of a city.”

Now, after 50 years of ownership, the City is now looking to expand on the airport’s economic contributions to our local economy.



In 2022, the the Paso Robles City Council unanimously voted yes to submit pre-application information to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a spaceport license for the Paso Robles Municipal Airport.

The effort to earn a spaceport designation began as a way to diversify career opportunities within Paso Robles, which currently relies on wine and tourism for its economy. At the time of introducing the Spaceport, City staff noted several benefits the project would bring to the Central Coast, including economic development, education and training opportunities, research and technology (grants and other opportunities), potential to develop existing resources, utilities, and airport ecosystem.

There are currently 14 licensed commercial spaceports in the United States, including one in California, located in the Mojave Desert. The proposed Spaceport activity includes horizontal takeoff and horizontal landing (HTHL) only; vertical launches will not be a part of the Spaceport license application. HTHL spacecraft will operate within the airport environment much like current fixedwing aircraft traffic and will utilize existing infrastructure to reach low earth orbit.

Additionally, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo submitted a letter of intent expressing an interest in exploring an operational relationship at the spaceport as part of its learn-bydoing plan. Cal Poly’s on campus think tank, The DxHub, and the City have partnered to draft the technical application associated with the FAA Part 420 Spaceport designation.



OnSaturday, September 23, the City of Paso Robles is hosting a celebration at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport to commemorate 50 years of ownership.

“We will be celebrating the past, the present, and the future,” said Tony, who is looking forward to the many festivities planned for the day.

On the day of celebration, a variety of aircraft will be on display, along with presentations on the airport’s history and the future of the spaceport. Guests can look forward to food vendors, activities, and a chance to get to know their local airport.

Betsy Biscuit Bomber will be taking local veterans and military personnel around San Luis Obispo County for an Honor Flight, thanking them for their service to our Country.

This September, we not only celebrate the success of the airport, but we celebrate the up and coming collaboration between aviation and space — where the past will ride alongside the future.

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Unveiling Local Heroes

In the heart of our community lies a network of incredible nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to uplift, empower, and support our residents. These unsung heroes tackle a myriad of social challenges, ranging from education and healthcare to environmental conservation and poverty alleviation. As we embark on the first installment of our three-part series, we shine a well-deserved spotlight on these local nonprofits and delve into their vital role in shaping our society’s fabric. Supporting local nonprofits is not just a gesture of goodwill; it is an investment in the betterment of our own backyard. These organizations serve as beacons of hope and catalysts for change, channeling resources and efforts toward causes that directly impact the lives of those in our community. From food banks ensuring no one goes to bed hungry to shelters providing refuge for the homeless and mentorship programs nurturing the potential of our youth – the impact is palpable and far-reaching. Our community’s support is the lifeblood that keeps these organizations thriving. Financial contributions, volunteer hours,

and even the power of spreading awareness through social media are integral to their sustainability. It is not just about giving back; it’s about collectively ensuring that vital services and opportunities continue to be accessible to all.

Beyond the immediate aid they provide, local nonprofits often serve as a vital resource hub for our residents. They offer educational workshops, skill development programs, and counseling services, creating a holistic support system that uplifts individuals and families. When we stand behind these organizations, we are essentially enabling them to stand by us in times of need.

This spotlight series will shed light on the remarkable work these nonprofits do and inspire a deeper understanding of their importance in our daily lives.

As we celebrate these local champions, we hope to share how each of us can contribute to their enduring success. After all, a community is only as strong as the bonds that hold it together, and supporting local nonprofits is a powerful way to strengthen those bonds here in Paso Robles.

The Paso Robles of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) focuses on helping women in north SLO County. The KiperTwist Scholarship Fund provides awards for residents and high school graduates with a minimum 2.8 GPA or GED equivalent who can attend a school of their choice. The local chapter also helps direct candidates to apply to PEO’s seven California state and PEO International’s six scholarship, grant, and loan programs. Since 2002, Chapter HL has helped over 60 women with awards totaling $153,500.

A nonprofit whose mission is “Women Helping Women Reach for the Stars,” PEO celebrates the advancement of women, educates women through scholarships, grants, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College, and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations. When women are supported in their educational efforts, a lasting positive

impact is created on families, communities, and countries around the globe.

Founded in 1869, PEO International has 6,000 chapters and more than 372,000 members who have helped over 122,000 women across North America pursue their life goals by providing over $415 million in educational assistance.

Star Card is PEO’s October fundraiser for Kiper-Twist Scholarships. Membership in PEO is open to women 18 years old and older.

The Cancer Support Community — CA Central Coast is a beacon of hope and assistance for individuals and families navigating the challenging journey of cancer. Committed to enhancing the quality of life for those affected by cancer, this organization provides a nurturing and inclusive environment where individuals can find solace, share experiences, and access vital resources.

Through a wide range of programs, including support groups, educational workshops, wellness activities, and counseling services, the Cancer Support Community fosters emotional well-being, empowerment, and a sense of community. Their holistic approach recognizes the importance of addressing both the emotional and practical

aspects of the cancer experience. CSC serves as a lifeline, connecting participants with fellow warriors, survivors, and caregivers who understand the complexities of living with cancer.

Cancer Support Community California Central Coast 1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton (805)238-4411

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary is a well-respected, accredited horse rescue and sanctuary with a long history of success. Redwings specializes in rehabilitating the most at-risk horses and finding forever homes for adoptable equines or providing permanent sanctuary. Redwings receives, on average, 20 calls or emails each month requesting a new home for an equine in need. Demand in our community for a safe home for at-risk and retired horses far outweighs the resources of sanctuaries like Redwings, animal services, and humane agencies. Among these

many at-risk horse cases, Redwings fills a critical gap in services by bringing abused and neglected horses back to health.

Join Redwings on September 10 for their 3rd Annual Block Party Fundraiser. Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band will be providing wonderful music throughout the day. There will be fine wine, beer, and delicious food served by Chef Charlie. The most important part: the opportunity to get to know Redwings amazing horses! There will be demonstrations for everyone and, of course, the silent and live auctions! This annual event is their key fundraiser, and the donations support medical care and feed for the horses.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

6875 Union Road, Paso Robles (805) 237-3751

Applause Children’s Theater

Applause Children’s Theater was founded in 2016 by Vikky Mullin. Vikky’s dream and passion, after growing up in theater herself, was to provide a place where all kids who audition would be cast in the show and be a star. ACT has provided this for children ages 5 to 18 across the Central Coast for the past 7 years. ACT is dedicated to offering high-quality musical theater to the community with its top-notch productions featuring glamorous costumes, spectacular sets, and amazing choreography.

In addition to full-scale Broadway musicals, ACT offers a summer full of Theater Day Camps and smaller Fall productions. Many ACT students are represented by agents and have filmed commercials, TV shows, music videos, movies, and more. Older ACT students have chosen to pursue the arts and have been accepted to prestigious schools

such as PCPA, Cal Poly SLO, and AMDA New York. Whether Central Coast children wish to pursue a career in musical theater or just enjoy singing and dancing with friends, ACT gives them the opportunity to explore their talents and abilities while learning lifelong skills. Their fall productions of “Newsies Jr.” and “Charlie Brown Christmas” will be presented in November of 2023. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Applause Children’s Theater

1413 Riverside Avenue, Suite D., Paso Robles (805) 610-7187

The Paso Robles Education Alliance (PREA) is a local nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the Paso Robles schools in the form of teacher grants and Bearcat scholarships. With PREA, they can reach almost every child in Paso Robles, from the elementary schools through the high school. Their grants allow teachers to enhance our students’ education with things like science projects, music, art, math, and reading. Just last year, PREA provided new world maps to classrooms at Pat Butler, replacing maps that were over 30 years old! At Georgia Brown, PREA provided a book printer allowing the first-graders to create their own hardback books providing their parents with

memories forever. PREA’s board is 100 percent volunteer, and all of them are parents of kids in this district. To support the efforts of PREA, visit, or you can find us in the business section of Venmo under Paso Robles Education Alliance. Lastly, join them at their benefit concert in May 2024 at J Dusi Winery.

Paso Robles Education Alliance PO Box 1290,Paso Robles CA 1-866-620-0584

their own families. They are not government funded — meaning all our support comes entirely from the community.

Loaves & Fishes is a family center that specializes in serving families with food and other services through personal attention. We serve families, the elderly living on a fixed income, and young parents struggling to make ends meet. These groups are often overlooked because they appear to be fine, but their need is real and in danger of falling further. Their goal is to serve well — serving at the very highest standard, providing quality food just as they would provide to their own families, and caring for people as they care for

Loaves & Fishes believe that strong families make a strong society and that the well-being of a town springs from the health of its families — families oftentimes in need of support and a caring hand. Building a strong society requires leaning into the hard work of bringing up all people by providing meaningful and substantive help — help that will change the trajectory of the family. They are seeing our culture slowly erode the value of family, which ironically makes it more apparent the treasure that it is. Their work is to lift up our neighbors in need and to strengthen our community.

Loaves & Fishes of Paso Robles

2650 Spring Street, Paso Robles (805) 238-4742

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Paso Robles Education Alliance Loaves & Fishes of Paso Robles
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Farmstead ED: Bringing the table to the farm.

You are most likely familiar with the phrase “Farm to Table.” Living in San Luis Obispo County, we are accustomed to seeing restaurants advertise their Farm to Table dishes and taking pride in supporting locals. But have you heard of “Table to Farm?”

That is the phrase Lynette Sonne coined while forming her passion project, Farmstead ED.

Think of Farmstead ED as your farm-toconsumer matchmaker. The newly named nonprofit brings local agriculturalists together

with makers and consumers, helping foster the county’s agri-tourism industry. In 2019, Farmstead ED formed the San Luis Obispo County Farm Trail — a collection of nearly 30 participating local makers and farmers throughout the county.

Growing up as a fifth-generation Paso Roblan with deep roots in agriculture, Lynette was born with a passion and appreciation for locally farmed goods.

“I grew up with horses. Agriculture has always been a part of my roots, part of my soul,” says Lynette.

Traveling the country and bouncing around the world, Lynette grew to have a greater love

for her hometown and its access to fresh products and goods.

“I love to entertain,” Lynette said. “I love to have friends and family at my home, and it’s always about good food as much as it is about good company.”

Entertaining friends and family with meals made from local ingredients was how Lynette came to her “a-ha” moment and the inception of Farmstead ED. Specifically, the moment came while horseback riding at a friend’s ranch in Adelaide. Lynette was astonished at how many of her friends didn’t know about our local agricultural supply. So, she began developing Farmstead ED in 2014 as a way to bring consumers

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been the milkman, but she is the matchmaker.

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Veranda Home

For over 30 years, Susan Chaply has been offering interior design services. Originally from Indiana, she “was the kid that used to rearrange the furniture in the rooms” and let her creative side shine.

Once Chaply moved to Orange County and started working at the Laguna Design Center in 1989, she never looked back. Working with designers and showroom owners and seeing their work in Architectural Digest and other trade magazines ensured that she was learning from the best in the business.

Learning every aspect gave her the confidence to start her own design business, which culminated in Veranda Home in Paso Robles, where she offers complete residential

design services, as well as seasonal gifts and decor. Design services are complimentary as long as client purchases at least $3,000 in products from the showroom.

Chaply’s favorite part of the business is observing a homeowner’s reaction to the transformation of their space. “Creating spaces that provide a sense of comfort, pride and enjoyment beyond their expectations is what makes my job special,” she says.

By creating interiors throughout the United States and internationally, she has learned about different regions and cultures, therefore applying it to design, making it one of her favorite aspects of her career.

“We strive to make the process as seamless as possible by sharing what we have

learned throughout the years,” Chaply notes. The expertise behind Veranda Home is to collaborate with clients and refrain from making costly mistakes or taking too long to furnish a room.

They do not create just the look of the moment from something “seen on TV or instagram.” Veranda Home creates any style that suits the client and space, whether that is adding one piece of furniture or a redesign of an entire home, the goal is to make the process easy and enjoyable.


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Angela Cisneros

Jewelry Concierge

Jewelry is personal. That is the philosophy that Atascadero native Angela Cisneros lives by. As a graduate gemologist and an all-around jewelry enthusiast, she has 26 years of experience.

While Angela earned a B.S. in child development and a minor in psychology from Cal Poly, that ended up not being the career she would dive into. By the time she graduated from Cal Poly, she was the manager of K. Jons Diamonds & Gems. While her employers, Stan and Mary, “were amazing mentors … and taught me every aspect of the business, and I am so grateful to them,” Angela says she “had some ideas on how to do retail differently because over the years” she “could see how traditional retail could hinder jewelry shopping.”

With her passion in full force, she decided to go to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where she earned her Graduate Gemologist degree, which made her more experienced to open her own business, Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge.

As a jewelry concierge, she has created a space that brings the enjoyment of jewelry shopping where the environment is relaxed yet interesting and fun. Sitting down and connecting with her clients is her favorite part of her work.

“Even when they don’t know what they want, I can tease out their style and curate design options that fit them specifically,” Angela says.

She notes that jewelry is not like other investments but something much more personal.

“Always go with the pieces that you love,” says Angela for anyone looking to begin building a bejeweled wardrobe. “Jewelry is personal. Jewelry means something more. It connects the individual to their own sense of style, what they think they deserve, and how they feel about themselves. All those things that connect you to who you are.”

Since Angela works by appointment to fit with the client’s schedule, there are no distractions, and she “can listen and make their jewelry dreams come true,” she exclaims. That is the aspect that sets her apart from other jewelers, including wrapping and delivering items in North County.

Angela also connects with the community as she is on the board of several community organizations, which includes the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the North County Economic Foundation, and most recently, Friends of the Charles Paddock Zoo. She takes time to volunteer at each of the organizations’ events and is always ready with a warm smile.

She specializes in engagement rings but also jewelry re-stylings, where Angela uses the diamonds and gemstones from jewelry her clients already have to create a new piece. “Oftentimes, my clients have jewelry from family that is special, but they don’t love the style, so we turn it into a piece where the style and sentiment are equally loved,” she says. She feels that “jewelry is all about connection” as “it connects you to yourself, a loved one, and your future generations.”

With Angela, jewelry is always meant to be an experience for men and women who want to be helped and not sold — where you can let your personality sparkle.

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The Paso Robles & Templeton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that we are now open multiple days of the week in our Templeton office and Visitor Center located at 321 South Main Street.

Visitors and businesses are welcome to stop into our quaint office Wednesday through Friday to meet with one of our incredible staff members. If you miss our staff at any time, they may be out hitting the pavement — meeting with members and helping businesses thrive. If you have materials you’d like to have on display at the Visitor’s Center, please drop them off and say “hello!” Not a Chamber member? Come learn more about the many benefits of membership.

While it may be small in stature, our Templeton location boasts a plethora of information for visitors and businesses alike. Whether you’re looking for the newest Paso Robles Press Magazine or a brochure to compliment the stay of your out-of-town guests, we have you covered. We will continue to beef up our offerings, and if there’s something

you’d like to see, let us know. Our Paso Robles location continues to thrive, and with additional team members in place, we look forward to visiting more with the Templeton community.

Our goal is to continue to enhance the visitor experience in Templeton and offer insights into the cultural and natural heritage, which helps our visitors develop a deeper appreciation for our beautiful area. We know that by opening the doors of the Templeton Visitor Center, we are having a bigger economic impact on the business community. The personalized assistance we provide gives visitors the tailored experience they seek. We believe the cross-pollination of services with multiple office locations is a great advantage to our visitors, and our members love the added benefit of reaching more patrons.

Our Visitor Centers have all the information you need, and we are here to help no matter which community you call home. Visit or follow us on Instagram @ pasotempletonchamber.

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Anew school year, job, living arrangement, and even a new relationship can cause stress. For many, fall means back to school, a return to routine, or time to begin a new term. Some view the fall as a chance to make a fresh start and an opportunity to make new friends. However, individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, or depression may find transitions very difficult. These transitions can be particularly challenging for individuals with mental health concerns because they struggle with friendships,

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may have difficulty relating to teachers, or may experience discontent. If you have a loved one, friend, colleague, or acquaintance that is dealing with a mental health issue, there are ways you can assist with transitions. Local school officials and non-government organizations (NGOs) such as the LINK can identify available services and facilitate needed services for youth and families.

Transitions to a different school can signify social and educational development for many preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students. Regular events such as puberty, changing schools, making friends, and accepting more autonomy are considered rites of passage. Often the physical environment in which the transition occurs is larger in size and expectations for most people. However, compared to an elementary school's smaller, single-teacher environment, middle, or high school students are exposed to multiple teachers and differing expectations, which may cause stress. Transitioning to the workplace or college can also cause stress, further challenging those with disabilities. Young adults with mental health issues can face difficulties such as accessing educational accommodations, high-quality mental health care, or affordable treatment options. The transition to college or the workplace may also require some planning. Organizations such as the National Transition Technical Assistance Center exist to help individuals overwhelmed with getting ready for post-secondary education. However, research shows that emotional issues are most likely to interfere with success during transitions, even young adult transitions.

There is no “right” routine for transitions. Stress-reducing methods include:

• Time Buffer — If something takes longer than planned, consider extra downtime.

• Individual Path — Personal preference in completing tasks can reduce stress.

• Group Support — Agreement and support also reduce anxiety.

• Task Lists — Breaking tasks into parts may reduce the stress and simplify the process.

Mental health should be considered the same as physical health. Individuals with mental health challenges need regular mental health checkups. Schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist or therapist early in the school year and ask questions about proactive/preventative behaviors.

1. Mental health can be directly affected by the quality of physical health. Summertime often means snacks on the go and slacking off on healthy lifestyle choices. Try to get back on track with the following suggestions:

2. Ensure enough sleep. Speak with a healthcare provider about sleep disturbances.

3. Focus on a healthy diet. Foods such as nuts, avocados, and dark chocolate are considered beneficial for ensuring good mental health.

4. Maintain an active lifestyle. Make exercise fun by participating in sports, doing nightly activities such as walking, roller skating, or spending your weekend hiking or biking.

Fall transitions can be difficult for individuals with stress-related issues, but anticipating and working to counteract problems in advance can assist with transitional anxiety. San Luis Obispo County residents have access to 2-1-1 SLO County, a free program that is a one-stop way to obtain timely access to health and human services and referrals. Together, we strengthen our community by practicing patience, flexibility, and kindness. It is an honor to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools.

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Sheriff's Family Day Returns

Join San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson for a fun-filled community event

Remember those scenes in the movie “Toy Story” when Sheriff Woody lets loose with one of his catchphrases like “There’s a snake in my boot” or “Reach for the sky!” Well, the one I like the most is, “You’re my favorite deputy.” That’s because, on September 9, everybody gets to be my favorite deputy. That’s right, Sheriff’s Family Day is back for another year.

The Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation has sponsored Sheriff’s Family Day at the Madonna Inn Meadows in San Luis Obispo every year since 1996. After being canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID, the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation brought it back last year. And the reception was wonderful. Big crowds showed up. I feel like people were ready to be outside, enjoy each other’s company, and just get back to our normal Central Coast way of life.

If you’ve never been to Sheriff’s Family Day, let me give you some background. It began in 1996 under then-Sheriff Ed Williams. It was a collaboration between Sheriff Williams and members of the nonprofit public benefit organization Sheriff’s Advisory Council (now called the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation). At that time, it was called Sheriff’s Family Day at the Ranch. And while the name has been short-

There’s something for everyone at Sheriff’s Family Day. There are all kinds of displays and demonstrations like the Sheriff’s Posse, Search and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s SWAT vehicle. You can check out emergency response helicopters, along with demonstrations featuring the Jaws of Life, Bomb Task Force, and of course, everyone’s favorite, the Sheriff’s K9s. And we have a special emcee this year, newly retired Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Nichols.

In addition, there are free T-shirts, hot dogs, junior sheriff badge stickers, coloring books, and bike raffle tickets for all children up to age 12. And as I like to remind people, we will have two sheriffs there that day, yours truly, along with my famous movie pardner Sheriff Woody from “Toy Story.” And have I mentioned it’s all free?

This is a great opportunity to meet the men and women who are sworn to protect and serve. It allows the public to see we are your neighbors and friends, and we all want the same thing: a safe and secure community. It’s an opportunity to get a sneak peek behind the badge to see how we do what we do.

As always, this event is hosted by the Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation. Let me tell you about the good work this worthwhile organization does for the community. Quite simply, it is a local nonprofit that provides additional funding and support to the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in San Luis Obispo County. They do great work by providing additional funding for programs like our K9 Unit and buying much needed equipment for law enforcement.

You may be asking yourself, this sounds like a great event, when is it happening? Well, mark your calendar. This year’s Sheriff’s Family Day is Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madonna Inn Meadows in San Luis Obispo. Another question you may have, is there a cost to attend? Nope. As I may have mentioned, the whole thing is free. Hope to see you there.

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The California Mid-State Fair Wrap Up

In July, we wrapped up the 77th annual California Mid-State Fair. The community fully embraced this year's theme to "Shake, Rattle & Roll" by selling out concerts, rodeos, and breaking records. The Michelob ULTRA Concert Series drew over 91,000 attendees, and the Industrial Arts Auction raised a record $225,550, while the fair received generous sponsorships totaling over $1.3 million. The community again showed up to support our livestock kids, with revenue from the livestock auctions coming in at over $2 million on close to 800 animals.

We hope you all made new memories at the "Biggest Little Fair Anywhere," and we look forward to seeing you at the 2024 fair, scheduled for July 17-28.

California Mid-State Fair Pageant

Kerrigan Jensen was crowned as the 2023 Miss California Mid-State Fair during the pageant held on the opening day of the fair. The contestants were judged on various segments, including a new Fair Proposal where Jensen presented a Children's Vegetable Growing Station idea. Her welding skills and final answer impressed the audience, and she also won the scholarship award for the interview portion.

Jenna Wilshusen secured the first runner-up position, showcasing her talent with a musical theater monologue. Natalie Boyd claimed the second runner-up spot with her dance routine. Shirley Horzen was named Miss Congeniality, voted by her fellow contestants. The pageant celebrated the dedication of Emcee Chad Stevens and Pageant Director Patti Lucas, who had been part of the event for 20 years. Jensen expressed her excitement and gratitude for the title and looks forward to spending the year with her princesses, Jenna and Natalie.

The 77th California Mid-State Fair commenced at the Paso Robles Event Center, featuring the theme "Shake, Rattle and Roll." The fair offered free carnival rides on opening day, attracting early crowds eager for the long-awaited local event. The festivities began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by CMSF President Krista Sabin and pageant contestants, signaling the start of the anticipated annual event in Paso Robles.

Cattlemen and Farmer's Day

The California Mid-State Fair's Cattlemen and Farmer's Day, a tradition celebrating the county's farmers and ranchers, recognized three individuals for their contributions to the agriculture community.

Mike Massey was named Cattleman of the Year, showcasing his dedication to agriculture throughout his career, including managing the Templeton Livestock Market.

Suze Evenson received the Cattlewoman of the Year award for her extensive community service, dedication to agricultural education, and commitment to the beef industry.

George Donati was recognized as Agriculturalist of the Year, with a 50-year career in agriculture and deep family roots in SLO County. The event brought together friends and family in honor of these industry leaders.

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Exciting additions this year included barnyard races, new food vendors, stilt walkers, and captivating horse and livestock shows on the fairgrounds' south end. Local radio station Wild 106 entertained visitors outside the entrance. The fair boasted a stellar concert lineup with headliners like Nelly, Pitbull, Tim McGraw, and Luke Bryan. 2023 • 40 |

Pie Contest

Stefanee Maurice won the Apple Pie Contest sponsored by Visit Atascadero at the California Mid-State Fair. Over 50 pies were entered in the competition, and multiple pie-tasting panels, consisting of culinary experts with baking experience, judged them based on appearance, taste, and overall impression. Maurice, a Cal Poly professor teaching sports psychology, claimed the top spot for her apple pie with a crumble topping, filled with cinnamon and love. It was her first time entering the competition, and she had practiced extensively, creating multiple variations of crusts and baking times in preparation. Her goal was to place in the top three, making her win even more thrilling.

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JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Education Program

Templeton High School achieved a clean sweep in the JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Education Program at the California MidState Fair. The program, now in its 23rd year, saw eight students compete, with the three top winners from THS: Elijah Schmidt (first place), Braden Wheeler (second), and Owen Smith (third).

The program aims to teach students essential skills like record-keeping, public speaking, and mechanics while also promoting the importance of trades and hands-on work. JB Dewar, Inc. president, Ken Dewar, stressed the need for trades and skilled workers, encouraging more students to join the program and inviting mentors to assist the students throughout the process.

Concerts & Rodeo Finals

The California Mid-State Fair featured a successful Michelob ULTRA Concert Series with 10 acts from various genres. Tim McGraw, performing for the eighth time at the fair, kicked off the series, followed by Lauren Daigle, Sammy Hagar, The B-52's, Luke Bryan, T.I., Nelly, and Styx. All concerts were well-received by the audience, and the fair saw its best-selling concert lineup in years.

Daigle's worship-filled set resonated with the crowd, while The B-52's brought funk and energy with hits like "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster." Luke Bryan's sold-out show and Nelly's debut performance were major highlights, and the Evening of Music and Wine featuring Styx provided a mix of nostalgia and new hits. The concert series contributed to the fair's success and popularity, attracting audiences from various age groups and music preferences.

Linda Cooks, wine and liquor manager at Albertsons in Paso Robles, has had a remarkable over 30-year career in the supermarket business. Recognizing the potential of Paso Robles as a budding wine region, Linda bridged the gap between corporate and small-town America by bringing the wine culture into the store, creating a unique shopping experience. Thanks to her outreach efforts, dedication, and strong relationships with local wineries, Albertsons Paso Robles became the first supermarket in California to offer wine tastings, contributing to its status as the number one liquor sales location in the state. Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award is a humbling and fulfilling moment for Linda, as it recognizes her compassion, hard work, and love for the industry. She expresses gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community and her winery family throughout her rewarding career.

The California Mid-State Fair Wrangler Country Rodeo Finals saw local cowboys and cowgirls competing in over seven events, including barrel racing, double mugging, and ladies' breakaway. Cody Mora was named the 2023 All-Around Cowboy after excelling in multiple events. Additional awards were given to Josie Pereira as Women's All-Around, Danny Leslie for Top Hand, and Ava Twisselman as Dummy Roping Winner.

The rodeo kicked off with the parachute flag drop and featured acts like Tomas Garcilazo, Luke Kaufman, and Brinson James, who engaged the audience with entertaining performances. The Flying U Rodeo, producing the CMSF Rodeo Finals, brought top-notch entertainment, and internal changes in the Horse Show Office helped draw contestants back to the rodeo. Despite the heatwave, the event saw a fantastic turnout, and the fair's overall vibe was remarkable, with immaculate grounds and a vibrant atmosphere.

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Honored at the 2023 SLO County Industry Awards

There was much to celebrate for the county’s star winemakers, Matt Trevisan and Mike Sinor, when they were lauded this year at the San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards. Trevisan, founder/winemaker of Linne Calodo wines, was honored as the Winemaker of the Year, and Sinor, who wears two hats as founder/winemaker of Sinor La-Vallee Wine Co. and founding winemaker of Ancient Peaks Winery, was named Wine Industry Person of the Year.

Trevisan has been trailblazing the blend trend since he first began producing wines at the age of 22. However, his first brush with the industry was at age 19, driving a forklift at JUSTIN Winery.

“I was the dork on the fork,” he joked, receiving the award from KCBX radio personality Neal Losey.

Linne Calodo’s luscious, bold Rhône-style blends, some supported by Zinfandel, come from his Willow Creek District vineyard on Paso’s west side. “All wines I produce start in the vineyard,” Trevisan said.

Sinor’s talent is two-fold: his signature Bordeaux-style blends, rich and complex, produced from Ancient Peaks’ vast vineyards in Santa Margarita appellation and the silky seductive Pinot Noirs and brilliant Chardonnays produced under his Sinor-LaVallee label that express the cool hillside terroir of his Bassi Ranch vineyard in Avila Beach.

Along with Trevisan and Sinor, Erin Amaral of Pacific Coast Farming was honored as the Wine Grape Grower of the Year.

It was one of those triple-digit afternoons, yet the wine industry and local community turned out for the awards ceremony at the California Mid-State Fair’s Mission Square, many of them to cheer Linda Cooks, the liquor manager at Albertson’s, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. Peachy Canyon Winery, among Paso’s pioneering wineries, was honored as the 2023 Winery of the Year.

Concurrently, there was a wine tasting in progress showcasing winners of the 21st Annual Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC).


Soon after the awards, I met with Trevisan at Linne Calodo after he had flown in on his private plane from a presentation trip to Las Vegas.

On the recent award, he reflected: “It’s cool to be recognized. I’ve been in the industry for 28 years and never expected it,” he said with his youthful grin. “I’m still the same person, still wearing dirty pants and a dirty shirt.”

After graduating from Cal Poly, Trevisan’s experience began at Paso’s two pioneering wineries, JUSTIN and Wild Horse. “I was living the dream. I had a dog, a lot of debt and lived out of my car,” he chuckled,” he said.

After a few years of rising to assistant winemaker position at both wineries, it was time to realize his dream. He started the Linne Calodo label in 1998, producing his wine at Wild Horse with fruit sourced from the famed James Berry and Cherry family vineyards. From a mere 300-annual-case production to 1,000 cases by the year 2000, it was time to branch out of Wild Horse and get his own space.

Matt and his wife Maureen acquired the 77-acre ranch in the Willow Creek District in 2002. Renowned for crafting complex blends, Trevisan stated: ”Blends keep the

consumers’ palate open to new trends; they create a mystery.”

Trevisan contends that he’s made over 200 wines to date in his Rhône-centric portfolio. He recently added a Cabernet-driven blend called Martian. “You wanna please the public,” Trevisan declared on the popularity of this variety.


“I’m an old guard,” Sinor told me. “Been in the business for 30 years, so it’s a real honor to receive this award from my peers. The best part about this industry is the camaraderie and friendships.”

We spoke on the phone as he was absent from the awards event because he was attending the Crested Butte Food & Wine Festival in Colorado, representing SLO Coast Wine Collective as its current president. His son Tomas, who has now joined the family business, accepted the award on his behalf.

Sinor is a busy man. As a founding winemaker at Ancient Peaks Winery, Sinor oversees the winery’s 70,000 annual case production of a vast portfolio ranging from Rhône and Bordeaux-style to pinot noir distributed in 46 states.

Sinor’s label, a small 1,000-annual-case production of Sinor-LaValle wines, is produced from Bassi Ranch, the 112-acre sprawling hillside property in Avila Beach, which Mike and his wife Cheri LaVallee acquired in 2013.

A mere 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Bassi is a 23-acre vineyard with a spectacular view. Rich with sandstone soil, the organic and biodynamic-farmed vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Grigio, and Albariño. These wines express the purity of coastal terroir, low in alcohol, ringing with brisk acidity and freshness, juicy fruits and a bracing minerality. This portfolio of wines is offered at the Sinor-LaVallee tasting room in Avila Beach.

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Savoring the Last of Summer’s Bounty

With fall around the corner, it’s time to get your favorite summer fruits and veggies before they are gone. Now is also a great time to get some tasty and healthy snacks to pack for you and your kids’ lunches. Most of our farmers offer taste tests of their produce, so bring the kids to the market and have them pick out their favorites. Personally, my kids are more likely to eat what is in their lunch box if they helped pick it out, so they love coming to the market.

If you are looking for more in-season produce, here is what to look for:


• Strawberries

• Blackberries

• Raspberries

• Peaches

• Nectarines

• Plums

• Figs

• Melons

• Grapes

• Apples

• Pears


• Sweet Onions

• Green Beans

• Cucumbers

• Summer Squash

• Corn

• Bell Peppers

• Tomatoes

• Eggplant

• Hot Peppers

• Artichokes

• Sweet Potatoes

• Parsnips

We all love the summer fruit, but the veggies available now are so flavorful. I love just mixing up a bunch and tossing them in the skillet with my favorite seasonings and local olive oil. I usually cook up some sausage in the skillet first and that makes the veggies even tastier after they have cooked in a little bit of juices from those. We have great local butchers and Ben’s Meats always has a variety of delicious flavors of sausages to choose from at the Templeton Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.

The best sweet onions I have ever had were grown by Becky at Jack Creek Farms. If you love to add onions to your skillets and meals, you must stop by and check out the farm off 46 West. We got a bunch from them last year and I still have some because I chopped them and froze them to use throughout the year. Not only do they grow some of the best produce, but they have a great area to keep the kids entertained and an amazing pumpkin patch in October.

This veggie and sausage skillet dinner makes an easy and delicious weeknight dinner. I can easily add some of the sausage to mac & cheese for the kids and mix the rest in with the veggies for the veggie lovers. I usually just eat the sausage and veggies, but they are also great served over some rice, noodles, with potatoes, or with some fresh sourdough bread.

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• 4 sausages. Cook and then slice into 1/4” circles

• 2 medium zucchinis, cubed

• 1 onion, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (close to same size as zucchini)

• 1 bell pepper, any color, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (same size as zucchini)

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 1/2 tsp dried oregano

• 1/2 tsp dried basil

• 1/4 tsp garlic powder

• 1/4 tsp onion powder

• 1/4 tsp pepper

• 1 tsp garlic, minced

• Cherry tomatoes (optional)

• Fresh basil (optional)

• Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add sliced sausage. Sauté, flipping sausage frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until sausage have some browning. Remove from pan, let cool, and slice into smaller rounds.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to skillet with the zucchini, onion, bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes (optional). Sprinkle with salt, oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Stir. Let cook until the onion is translucent and peppers and zucchini are close to tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. If adding in the cherry tomatoes, I like to cook them until they burst a little and get that roasted flavor. I’m the only one in my family that likes tomatoes, so I usually just add them in to my own dish at the end.

3. Add sausage back to the skillet along with minced garlic. Stir. Cover so everything heats through for 1 to 2 minutes. Taste. Add extra salt if desired. Garnish with chopped fresh basil and parmesan cheese (optional).

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Winemakers’ Cook-Off

Over 900 people enjoyed the 24th annual event held by the Rotary Club

The 24th Annual Rotary Winemakers’ Cook-Off at Paso Robles Event Center gathered food and wine enthusiasts on August 12. The event featured around 20 booths led by chefs, winemakers, and brew masters, offering a variety of creative dishes and drinks. The crowd of approximately 900 enjoyed a feast of oak-charred meats and seafood, presented in innovative ways such as mini tostadas, crispy noodles, and lettuce wraps.

Notable winners included Hope Family Wines’ “Thai Tip” Lettuce Wrap and Écluse Wines’ Piggy Bành Mi, both earning top honors. Daou Family Estates and Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ secured the People’s Choice Award with a shrimp and chorizo paella. The fundraising event, initiated by Gary Eberle, has raised over $500,000 for local scholarships.

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SEPTEMBER Calendar of Events





6 pm

Enjoy a music featuring classic rock, country, and R&B from Deja-Vu Band. While listening to the music, you can purchase items from the available food trucks.





Nightly live entertainment; event hours not specified. Experience the magic of Bruce Munro’s Light at Sensorio featuring Field of Light, Light Towers, Gone Fishing, and Fireflies. Thursdays are “Family Night” with 50 percent off Child Admission and exclusive Terrace Experience options. Enjoy live music and refreshments on-site.





7 pm

Paso Robles Main Street Association presents 1952 film “Singin' in the Rain” showing in your pajamas. Tickets are $12 and include popcorn and a soda. Purchase tickets at or at the Park Cinemas Box Office.




5:30-8:30 pm

Join us at Charles Paddock Zoo for Brew at the Zoo - celebrating its 10th Annual event. Sample craft beers, spirits, ciders, seltzers, and wine. Enjoy contests, entertainment, and delicious food. Tickets available online. Dress like a Party Animal for a chance to win prizes. All proceeds support the zoo.





5:30-10 pm

Join Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast for an elegant Winemakers Dinner under the Harvest Moon. Indulge in four delectable courses paired with local wines. Enjoy live and silent auctions, happy hour, and more. Tickets available at centralcoastkids. org/event-calendar/winemakerdinner-auction/. Support after-school programs for local children and teens.






11am-3 pm

Join us for the third annual Block Party Fundraiser at Redwings Horse Sanctuary. Enjoy live music, wine from top Paso wineries, cold beer, delicious food by Chef Charlie, horse demonstrations, and auctions. Support

the rescue and care of abused, abandoned, and neglected horses.




11am-4 pm

26th Annual Taste of Downtown, enjoy samples from over 30 Downtown Restaurants and Wine-Tasting Rooms. Tickets go on sale September 1 at and are only $30. For more information, call the Downtown Paso Robles Main Street office at (805) 238-4103.




All day

Enjoy Zookeeper talks, interactive games, coloring, and fun drawing activities. Learn about red panda conservation efforts with the Red Panda Network. Free activities with Zoo admission. Informative and fun for all ages. General admission prices apply. Visit or call (805) 461-5080 for more information.

SEPT 16 & 17




12-10 pm

Join the Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival at Bethel Rd. Distillery &

Winery. Enjoy live music and arts in the Udsen’s Whale Rock Vineyard. Proceeds support local charities, contributing over $100,000 to date.





9 am–3 pm

Celebrate Paso Robles Airport’s 50th anniversary with static aircraft displays, aviation exhibits, food trucks, beer and wine vendors and more.




9 am–12 pm

Join ECOSLO and partners all across SLO County in taking care of our beaches, creeks, waterways, and parks. Register to view the cleanups sites available and then be confirmed for that location. For more information, visit





4:30-7:30 am

Experience the first-ever Sunrise at Sensorio event on September 24. Witness the captivating beauty of a new day amidst the stunning art exhibition. Limited spots available, RSVP now. Coffee, water, and pastries included; breakfast burritos and espresso available for purchase.

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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 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.


“ABC” Atascadero Bible Church

6225 Atascadero Mall


(805) 466-2051

Sunday 8am, 9am, 10:45

Thursday 7pm, Celebrate Recovery

Pastor Jeff Urke

Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living

9315 Pismo Ave.

10:00 a.m. at the Pavilion

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue

(805) 391-4465

Congregation Ohr Tzafon

“The Northern Light” 2605 Traffic Way

Atascadero, CA 93422

Friday Night Service 7:30 PM (805) 466-0329

Cornerstone Community Church

9685 Morro Road

8:45 & 10:45 AM

Pastor John Marc Wiemann (805) 461-3899

Hope Lutheran Church

8005 San Gabriel Road, Atascadero 9am Sunday (in-person and livestream on YouTube)

Pastor: Aaron Smith (805) 461-0340


Creston Community Church

5170 O’Donovan Road Service: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor JD Megason


True Life Christian Fellowship

Lockwood/Jolon Road, across from the school in Lockwood Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Erick Reinstedt (805) 472-9325


Heritage Village Church

At The Don Everingham Center Heritage Ranch Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Brad Brown (805) 712-7265

Hilltop Christian Fellowship

2085 Gateway Drive

Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Perry Morris & Jerry Gruber (805) 239-1716

Oak Shores Christian


2727 Turkey Cove Rd., at the Oak Shores Community Clubhouse Service: 8:30 a.m.

Pastor Jerry Gruber (760) 304-2435


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus

2343 Park St

Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m.

Sunday 2 p.m.

Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church Centennial Park Banquet Room

600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

1615 Commerce Way

Service: Sunday at 9 a.m.,

Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295

Chabad of Paso Robles

Rabbi Meir Gordon. 805-635-8684

Monthly - Friday evening at 7:00pm, Saturday morning at 10:00am

Please contact us for address and current schedule

Christian Life Center 1744 Oak St.

Service Time: 9:30 a.m.

Home Groups during the week


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: 10 a.m.


Missionaries: (805) 366-2363

Covenant Presbyterian Church

1450 Golden Hill Rd.

Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan Katches (805)238-6927

Family Worship Center

616 Creston Rd.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Patrick Sheean

(805) 239-4809

First Baptist Church

1645 Park St.

Pastor Michael R. Garman

Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Discipleship 10 a.m.

(805) 238-4419

First Mennonite Church

2343 Park St.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Romero

(805) 238-2445

First United Methodist

915 Creston Rd.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor Josh Zulueta

(805) 238-2006

Grace Baptist Church

535 Creston Rd.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Gary Barker

(805) 238-3549

Highlands Church

Corner S. River and Niblick | 215 Oak Hill

Services: 9-10 am & 10:30-11:30 am

Pastor James Baird

(805) 226-5800

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

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Efrain Cordero

North County Christian Fellowship

421 9th St.

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Steve Calagna

(805) 239-3325

Paso Robles Bible Church

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 Stephen Anastasia

(805) 238-4300

Paso Robles Community Church

2706 Spring St.

Service: 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Shawn Penn

(805) 239-4771

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

Thirteenth & 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

Second Baptist Church

1937 Riverside Ave.

Service: 11 a.m.

Pastor: Gary Jordon

(805) 238-2011

St. James Episcopal Church

1335 Oak St.

Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I), 10 a.m. (Rite II)

Reverend Barbara Miller

(805) 238-0819

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

820 Creston Rd.

Daily Mass- 8:30 a.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

2055 Riverside Ave.

Services: Everyday, 6 p.m.

Sundays 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Pastor Bonifacio Robles

(612) 990-4701

Trinity Lutheran Church

940 Creston Rd.

Worship Service: 9:30 a.m.

(805) 238-3702

Victory Baptist Church

3850 Ramada Dr. Ste D4

Sundays - 10 & 11 a.m.

Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.

Pastor Bruce Fore (805) 221-5251

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

2919 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA

Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Pete Torres

(805) 536-0035


Bethel Lutheran Church

295 Old County Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m.

Interim Pastor Russ Gordon (805) 434-1329

Celebration Worship Center

Pentecostal Church of God

988 Vineyard Drive

Pastor Roy Spinks

Services: 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. (805) 610-9819

Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living

689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

(805) 242-3180

Family Praise & Worship

Located at Vineyard Elementary School

2121 Vineyard Dr, Templeton

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Vern H Haynes Jr. (805) 975-8594

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

8:30 & 10:30 Sundays

3770 Ruth Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 434-5040

Pastor Brandon Hall

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

925 Bennett Way

Service: 10 a.m.

Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Templeton Hills 930 Templeton Hills Rd.

Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710

Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m.

Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272

Vintage Community Church 692 Peterson Ranch Road

Services: 9 & 11 a.m.

Coaches: Aaron Porter, Dayn Mansfield (805) 296-1120


Iglesia Fuente De Agua Viva 301 13th St.

Services: 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Pastor Mike Duran (805) 467-5500

Mission San Miguel Parish

775 Mission Street

Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am Saturday – 4:00 pm (English)

Sunday – 7:00 am (English) • 10 am (Bilingual) • 12 pm (English) • 5 pm (Spanish)

Father Lucas Pantoja (805) 467-2131


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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Farewell to a Community Champion Remembering the Legacy of Harry Ovitt, Beloved Figure of Paso Robles

The Paso Robles we know today exist because of people like Harry Ovitt, who lived for his community. A large man in heart and stature, Ovitt loved his community of Paso Robles and beyond, and on Sunday, July 2, he left this world at the age of 78.

Harry was a lifelong community servant. Born on September 22, 1945, in Camp Rucker, Alabama, to Harry Luther Ovitt II and Dorothy Virginia Ovitt, he later moved to Paso Robles, where he would graduate as a Bearcat and become an Eagle Scout. He would later go on to serve in the Navy and end his hitch as a proud veteran.

When you ask people about Harry, they almost all immediately picture him in the old Sears Roebuck store on Park Street, where he used to work.

Current District 5 Supervisor Debbie Arnold remembers him just like that, behind the catalog counter that she frequented as a new mother. And Paul Viborg, who also remembers first meeting Harry in the Sears like so many others. But more importantly than his stint in Sears, people remember him as a community man.

“Harry was one of the last of a dying breed,” said Viborg, whose father, Ole Viborg, was also close with Ovitt. “He was very much community oriented.”

Harry took his love of Paso Robles to serve on the Paso Robles City Council for 11 years, and then in 1989, he was elected to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to represent District 1 for 20 years.

Debbie began working closer with Harry when she worked as a legislative assistant at the supervisor’s office. “He was a great public servant, and he really did care about the community,” she shared.

The supervisor’s office is where Harry was able to make a larger impact in the county. It is where he met longtime friend Vicki Janssen, who also worked at the Board of Supervisors as a legislative assistant. Later the two would serve on the board for the Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation nonprofit.

“He is a part of the community, and that is what he [took] to every role,” said Vicki of her friend, who others seemed to gravitate to for one reason or another.

Harry always enjoyed bringing attention to the county’s agriculture and history. He had a deep appreciation for a life spent in service to the people and natural treasures of San Luis Obispo County. Engaged in over 50 agricultural and professional organizations, his involvement ranged from aviation to aquifers, encompassing all aspects in between. His commitment to SLO County was evident at every turn.

“I always enjoyed and appreciated working with Harry... he cared about this county and the constituents that he served,” Debbie shared.

Harry’s impact on Paso Robles can still be seen today between the Barney Schwartz Park, the Paso Robles Courthouse, low-income senior housing, and supporting the creation of the


North County Sheriff’s substation and two fire stations in Paso Robles.

“I can tell you a million stories about him,” Paul said, who has fond memories barbecuing and bartending for several community events.

Harry, who is also known for his passion and knowledge for Paso Robles history, was an active member of the Pioneer Day Committee. He could often be found stirring beans at the annual Pioneer Day Bean Feed or riding his mule on trail rides or at the Mule Days in Bishop.

“I loved the man,” said Paul. “He did a lot for Paso Robles and San Miguel.”

I met Harry Ovitt once. He was sitting in a barbershop chair, getting a haircut, while I interviewed the last of the Headhunters barbers just before its closing. Because of Harry, I know about the tunnels that once brought outlaws to and from the Paso Robles Inn. Because of him, I got to know a little bit more of that old Paso Robles. The good old days.

“It’s a huge loss,” Paul shared. “In his prime, he did a lot for the community.”

And from his stepdaughter Karissa San Juan, “Harry, I love you, and I will miss you forever. You were the best stepdad a kid could ever ask for.”

Last Word • Legacy of Harry Ovitt 7 Points - Cannabis Delivery 43 A Heavenly Home 31 A List Properties 49 AM Sun Solar 35 American Riviera Bank 9 Athlon Fitness & Performance 39 Awakening Ways Center for Spiritual Living 49 Bahama Bay Tanning 29 Blake’s True Value 43 Bob Sprain’s Draperies 15 Brad’s Overhead Doors 45 Bridge Sportsman’s Center 45 CalSun Electric & Solar 43 Central Coast Casualty Restoration 31 Central Coast Gondola 35 Chandra Corley Massage Therapy 15 City of Paso Robles. 11 City of Paso Robles Rec & Library 7 Coastal Pines Medical Practice 36 Community West Bank 2 Connect Home Loans 43 Deep Steam Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners 31 Distinctive Resorts 37 Five Star Rain Gutters 39 Freedom Group 30 Front Porch Properties 34 Gallagher Video Services 36 General Store Paso Robles 15 Haley & Co. 33 Hamon Overhead Door 35 Hearing Aid Specialists Of The Central Coast 3 Humana 37 Ice Cream Shop La Michoacana 39 J. Lohr 51 Kaitilin Riley, DDS 49 Kenneth’s Heating & Air 17 Lansford Dental 5 Nick’s Painting 17 North County Pilates 38 O’Connor Pest Control 35 Odyssey World Cafe 37 Optometric Care Associates 4 Orchard & Vineyard Supply 19 Pappy McGregors Pub & Grill 29 Paso Robles Handyman 19 Paso Robles Health Food 13 Paso Robles Safe and Lock 45 Paso Robles Waste & Recycle 11 Red Scooter Deli 30 Robert Hall Winery 52 Shift’N Gears Garage 17 SLG Senior Care 13 SLO Classical Academy 10 SLO Eye Associates 51 Solarponics 39 Stadium Nutrition 38 Templeton Glass 49 Teresa Rhyne Law Group 34 The Floral Parlor 33 The Natural Alternative 13 The Oaks at Paso Robles/ Westmont Living 4 The Revival Center 33 Three Speckled Hens 11 Two Knights Insurance 33 U.S. Air Force Recruiting 37 Veranda Home 12 Wine Country Theatre 9 Writing Support Group 12 Wyatt Wicks Finish Carpentry, Inc. 45
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