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Detective Luca Benedetti by camille devaul

A candlelight vigil was held in honor of the late detective at the Mission Plaza San Luis Obispo. Supporters from all over lined the streets with blue line flags, and signs of love, thank you and rest in peace.

A New Disneyland Adventure by camille devaul

Wishes came true for many on April 30 when Disneyland California reopened its gates after 412 days of closure.

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by nicholas mattson

Juneteenth is culturally significant to all Americans as the announcement of the end of state-sanctioned slavery following the end of the most deadly war in American history.

Bloke Outfitters by camille devaul

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The Natural Alternative: Safer Fun in the Sun

Paso Robles Chamber: Just When You Thought We Couldn't Surprise You... We Exceed Your Expectations!


General Store: Lesser Know June Holidays, Grads & Dads Are #1


Discover San Miguel: The Neighborhoods of San Miguel


Event: California Mid-State Fair

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Abigail Reinstedt Festival: Local Teen Wins Best Picture at Christian Youth Film Festival


Callie Twisselman: A Rising Star


Art & Design: Atelier 708


History of Paso Robles Magazine: Bob and Karen Chute

Taste of Paso


Sip & Savor: The Stoller Portfolio: One Family, Two Wineries


Taste of Americana: Summer, Bar-b-ques, and Father’s Day

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Templeton Hills Community Farm: Celebrating Its First Anniversary


FarmsteadED: AgriCULTURAL Fun on the SLO County FarmTrail


The Great Cannabis Debate: A Special In-Depth Look Into A Growing Industry


SLO County Office of Education: Opportunities & Challenges


Grass Roots: ‘Moms for Liberty’ Start First California Chapter in SLO County


CSCC Ride: 13th Annual Tour of Paso a Huge Success


Athletes of the Week: Sports Stars of the North County


Directory of Local Houses of Worship


Bearcats vs. Eagles: First Game in 97 Years

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Letter fRom tHe EditOrs The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. ~ Coretta Scott King We continue to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Paso Robles Magazine. This month we share the story of Bob and his late wife Karen Chute, who started the magazine in May 2001. They charted the way with the support of countless members in the community to make Paso Robles Magazine what it is was in 2017 when we purchased it to what it continues to be today — a community legacy we are honored to be the stewards of.


t is in times like these that we truly understand how exceptional and We love the resilience of the North SLO County; we love the people who unique our community is. Over the last few weeks, our community has been deeply impacted by the loss of San Luis Obispo Detec- continue to show up even when it is hard and support each other even when tive Luca Benedetti, who lost his life in the line of duty (page 20). they do not have a lot themselves. We lock arms, give our support, create barbeque fundraisers, line the streets with flags and signs, and feed those in He was a 12-year veteran of law enforcement who lived in our need, whether emotionally or physically. community and, along with his wife, was raising his two precious daughWe do that because we genuinely care, and you can see that in the beauters here on the Central Coast. He was a husband, father, son, brother, and tiful faces that show up in the most difficult times of need, and for that, we friend to many. are all truly better humans for it.. We honor Detective Benedetti and his family, and we will continue to We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Paso Robles Magazine. show our support and appreciation for our good law enforcement officers who put their lives in harms way for our community peace. Much love, We are honored that our publications are able to highlight those in our community that make it the best place to live, raise a family, work or own a business. As you travel around the world and experience different cultures, climates, governments, and opportunities, our Central Coast community is unmatched.

Nic & Hayley

This month we highlight the reopening of businesses, welcoming back traditional annual events that we lost out on due to the pandemic, and sharing the stories of local people doing extraordinary things. June showcases our dads, fathers, and husbands with Father’s Day, and this year we get to welcome back old traditions that were on hiatus due to pandemic. In June, we also celebrate Juneteenth; the California legislature recognizes Juneteenth as the third Saturday of June, “Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A Day of Observance.” The holiday is culturally significant to all Americans as the announcement of the end of state-sanctioned slavery following the end of the deadliest war in American history.

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Round Town

It’s Happening on Main Street YE



Karyl Lammers


Our Sabbatical is over..


f you didn’t know just how popular Paso Robles is as a “Destination Vacation Town,” you do now! Our streets and sidewalks have been over-crowded since late April, proving “A vacation is an opportunity to recharge and restore your body and mind. Vacations give people a change of scenery, provide adventure and help relieve stress and boredom”. What better place to visit than OUR HOMETOWN: Paso has it all! Now that restrictions are being lifted, businesses are opening, and people are returning full-time as of June 15. That may even mean No Masks Required. We have learned to laugh with our eyes, hug with our souls, and smile with our hearts. It will be Ahhh-some to “see” smiles again! The most beautiful things in life are not things. They are people and places, memories, and pictures. They’re feelings and moments and “smiles” and laughter. With the surge of tourists coming to visit, we have to share our Hamlet. Downtown has changed. Restaurants have installed dining park-lets in the

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streets in front of their eateries to serve customers in a safe manner during regulations. Many parking places were sacrificed, and traffic has increased. There is a survey underway that will determine if park-lets stay or go. Parking downtown is a consequence but does not have to be a deterrent. Do not let the parking situation keep you from coming downtown and shopping local. Park Cinemas has made it easy for you to come to town and enjoy a movie anytime. Between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m, every day, find a parking place, register for your two free hours, then bring your license plate number to the theater, and the staff will add an extra hour to your meter for you. Beginning early June, all the movies that were produced over the past year will be released, and it will be like old times again. Private screenings are still available, we’re still the best popcorn in town, and soon beer and wine will be offered to enhance your movie-going experience. Some of our favorite places to visit are now open. It’s HOT, need to cool off? The Ravine Waterpark,

is ready and waiting for you with sights, sounds, smiles, tastes, and touch. There are water play areas, food, fun, and friends; it’s a Happy Place. Vina Robles Amphitheatre concerts start on June 4 with TRAIN and continue into October. Plato said: “ Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Downtown Paso Robles is not the only crowded area of this city. The outlying roads are filled with tourists visiting wineries for their beauty, wines, foods, and entertainment. We are famous for our Wine Country experience, there are weddings, private parties, dinners, and gatherings of every kind. Grab a map; they are all around town. Go to or, who will show you the lay of the land and help you with your vacation plans. Remember, this is our Hometown; we get to be here all year long, so sing: “Country roads, take me home, to the place where I belong. Paso Robles, mountain momma, take me home, country roads.” Summer in Paso is just beginning. Enjoy the season and all it has to offer, including all the things we have missed for over a year! June 20 is the Summer Solstice; it is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the December Solstice and is actually the longest day of the year. Surround yourself with family and friends, because it’s not the minutes but the love that matters!! See you in and around Paso! 

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he pandemic has been hard for everyone. But the ingenuity of our businesses and community organizations to use this time for growth and renewal has inspired and encouraged us to continue doing the same. On May 16, our Visitor Center started the first phase of what will soon be an aesthetically pleasing revitalization project. Countless hours have been spent creating our new look, and we can’t wait for you to see it once complete. Thanks to our creative interior designer, Georgia Gomer, and the fearless Mark Samsow (Chamber of Commerce Board Member, General Manager of Hampton Inn & Suites, and master of the measuring tape) along with help from dozens of others, we’ve been torn down and put back up again. With fresh paint and updated space, we’ve enhanced the experience of our visitors and members. And this is just the first step in our Chamber of Commerce overhaul. Partnering with Travel Paso on the revitalization project as a whole means we’re also in the process of updating our Paso Robles merchandise. This also includes gifts and wearables from our partners at the Paso Robles Wine

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Country Alliance. Technologically we’re moving our lobby into the 21st century by adding a computerized display that will provide our visitors and locals alike instant access to our Chamber members and information regarding local events and activities while they visit with our Chamber staff. Put together by a large amount of donated work and effort, along with locally repurposed wood from Arroyo Grande; this renovation has revitalized the Visitor Center while preserving the love and atmosphere that has lived in the Smith Building for a century. There is nothing we love more than honoring our history while also embracing change. We couldn’t do it without the generosity of the business owners in Paso Robles, who feel the same love and respect for our community that we do. And don’t worry, by popular demand, we did keep our beloved screen door. Come by and say Hi! As always, our knowledgeable staff can help you with anything. Become a member, learn about the benefits you already receive, get recommendations for local services and opportunities, or just check out the new digs. We’re always happy to see new and familiar faces. Showing off our brand new look is just an added bonus for us! 

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Lesser Known June Holidays


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une...a month of endings and beginnings. The end of the weirdest school year ever and the beginning of summer. The end of COVID isolation and the start of new connections and places to go. It’s a celebration of graduations, summer solstice, of fathers, Juneteenth, and Flag Day. It’s also a month with some, let’s say, less well-known holidays. Here are a few, with some of the goodies we’ve got at General Store Paso Robles that might dial up the festivities! JUNE 1 — SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY Our huge selection of greeting cards from small makers across the US can help! (We hope there isn’t a “Say Something Mean Day”...not sure we have that one covered). JUNE 3 — NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY Jillian designed some adorable bar towels for mopping up after a mixology fest. 100 percent cotton, we’ve got Tequila, Whiskey, Gin, and Vodka. Only at GSPR. JUNE 4 — NATIONAL HUG YOUR CAT DAY & NATIONAL CHEESE DAY In the mood for a puzzle? How about a Tuna Turner or Dolly Purrrton little 100 piecer? Or Meowsterpieces of Western Art? You get the picture. And since it’s also National Cheese Day, grab “That Cheese Board Will


Change Your Life” for a step-by-step tutorial on building visually stunning and tasty charcuterie platters. People can actually drop by the house now! Good to have snacks on hand. JUNE 18 — INTERNATIONAL PICNIC DAY Tired of the same-old-same-old outdoor entertaining menu you used with your pod through COVID? Let’s take it up a notch. Max’s Picnic Book gives you options that include A Sausage or Scone Based Picnic, In the Mood for a Midnight Feast Extravaganza Picnic, or Vegas Legends Picnic (hosted by Liberace, complete with pickle-y fries and a bourbon milkshake? Yes, please.) JUNE 20 — UGLIEST DOG DAY We can’t get behind this one. We love our pooches so much; we’ve even incorporated them into our newest Paso tote, designed just for us by People I’ve Loved, a designer out of Oakland, CA. See if you can find Lucky, Lucy, and Bodhi on our 100 percent not-to-scale map of the Central Coast, including the Mid-State Fair, Tacos al Pastor, the Templeton Farmer’s Market, and our beloved downtown gazebo. And of course, we’d love to help with those less colorful events like graduation and Father’s Day.  Happy summer, neighbors! The Team at General Store Paso Robles

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San Miguel

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ike all towns, San Miguel has grown and changed over time. It has boomed with growth and shrunk to near isolation a few times over the decades. Starting with the stagecoach, then the 1886 railroad, followed by Camp Roberts during WW2 and then the Korean War, each have had a great effect on the town since its early days. Mission San Miguel was founded in 1797, and in that first decade, it grew to have 27 huts. Yeah, the town has changed a bit since then. Within the district of San Miguel, there are about six neighborhoods. This can vary depending on which longtime resident you ask, as there are various opinions on the number and exact locations. So I went with how the Community Services District (CSC) identifies the areas. There is Mission Heights (in blue) at the north end of town, with homes

mostly built from 2004-2009. To the south, it borders Lillian Larsen School, and across Mission Street is the Carpenter's Shop. Across from the Heights is Mission Meadows (in purple), with homes primarily built in the early 2000s. The Machado Waste Water Facility is at the north end. At the edge of this neighborhood is the Flouring Mill from the late 1800s, still open to customers. Across River Rd from the Meadows is Jazzy Town (in yellow), a small neighborhood built by Steve Nino. It was named after Steve's "rambunctious" daughter Jessi, known by the nickname Jazzy. South of Jazzy Town is Mission Gardens (in pink); many of these homes were part of the People's Self Help Housing program and were mainly built in 2017-2019. Across the Salinas River is San

Michelle Hido Lawrence Terrace (in green), which also includes the Bluffs. The Terrace has homes built in the 1940s, 1970s, and the early 2000s. The Bluffs are just being built out, and the whole area has a beautiful view of San Miguel. And that leaves most of the west end of town, from Mission San Miguel

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up to the Lillian Larsen school. For many people, this is considered "Old Town" San Miguel. The area was referenced as "Old Town San Miguel" back in news articles from the 1950s, where on these streets, you'll find some of San Miguel's oldest structures and businesses. 

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California Mid-State Fair

Can’t Wait To See You! Paso Robles Event Center Announces 75th Annual 2021 California Mid-State Fair is scheduled for July 21–August 1 By Camille DeVaul


fter a year of a devastating pandemic that led to numerous cancellations of the county’s most beloved annual events, the Paso Robles Event Center announced on May 10, that the 2021 California Mid-State Fair is happening as scheduled! The theme...“Can’t Wait To See You!” which is quite fitting for the year we have had shelter in place for most of 2020 on into 2021. This year’s Mid-State Fair is getting ready to make up for lost time as they will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary a year later due to COVID-19. The annual event will have animals, agriculture, live perfor-

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mances (more information to come), carnival rides, shopping, exhibits, and food… all happening during the originally planned dates of July 21 through August 1. As safety continues to be the top focus during this time, the fair will be following all state and local health mandates regarding COVID-19. It is also possible that certain attractions will need to have reduced capacity, depending on state and local health guidelines in place at the time of the 2021 fair. In March, Tom Keffury, Mid-State Fair spokesperson, explained that the public’s safety is their top priority. “We have to do it safely, it is our priority, but if we can do that and we are allowed to do it, we want to do it because we feel there is a demand from the public and from our vendors who want to do it,” said Keffury. Keffury explained that Plan A for the Mid-State Fair was to have a fair, with all California’s safety measures in place. However, at the time Plan, A could only happen if the county moves into the yellow tier. Governor Gavin Newsom announced in March, then again in May, that most restrictions, mask mandates, and the colored tiers would be lifted as of June 15. This will be a welcome change for Californians and allow more attractions and events as the Mid State Fair Committee planning get underway. Staff at the Mid-State Fair have been looking at large-scale open venues like Disney World for methods of operating a COVID safe event with carnival and food vendors. Disneyland California recently reopened on April 30 after being closed for over a year. Food, carnival, and shopping vendors have already been contacted by Mid-State

Fair staff. According to Keffury, vendors are unanimously in support of the fair. The annual Mid-State Fair accounts for 90 percent of Paso Robles Event Center’s revenue. Not having the 2020 fair meant millions of dollars of revenue lost for the event center and Paso Robles businesses, per Keffury.

While the event center has received numerous donations and some income from the county who rented two buildings on the property for COVID vaccine clinics and testing, the revenue was not enough to sustain the event center in the long run. “People want to get back and do it...they know they have to do it safely, they want to do it safely,” said Keffury. At the time of going to press, specific programming elements, including live performances, are still being developed and will be released at a later date. Fairgoers will need to check the website for the most up-to-date information. Admission tickets for the 2021 Fair will go on sale in early June and be sold exclusively online at Interim CEO Colleen Bojorquez said, “We are truly grateful that we can once again invite our community to celebrate one of the great traditions of our area. From the entire staff and Board of Directors, we can’t wait to see you!” 

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In Memoriam

Candlelight Vigil

San Luis Obispo County Mourns the Loss of Fallen Officer By Camille DeVaul


n May 14, a candlelight vigil was held in honor of the late detective Luca Benedetti at the Mission Plaza San Luis Obispo. The 12 year veteran of law enforcement was killed in the line of duty as a result of a shooting that occurred while officers were serving a search warrant at an apartment on Camellia Court. Prior to the vigil, caravans from organized groups Protect Paso, Protect Atascadero, and Protect SLO drove from Paso Robles through Templeton and Atascadero to Higuera and Osos Street. Vehicles were adorned with flags and decorations in support of law enforcement. Supporters also lined the streets with blue line flags, cheering on the honking vehicles. Afterward, supporters walked to Mission Plaza to pay their respects during the vigil. Former Chaplain with Atascadero Police Department (APD), Rick Comstock, recited a Paul Harvey narration, “Policeman.” Comstock had a chance to go on a ride-along with Det. Benedetti when he was with APD. “Policeman. A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity. What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is ‘sir’ to his face and ‘fuzz’ to his back. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman. And, of course, he’d have to be genius. For he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.” District Attorney Dan Dow spoke and shared a story from local resident Noah Briley. “My arresting officer that saved my life by arresting me is the officer that passed away. This is very sad to me. He treated me with so much respect and humanity. I was too unhealthy to get booked into jail, so we sat at the hospital for 18 plus hours together. We talked mostly about our kids and IPA’s. I ran into him at a Mexican restaurant about five months ago, and he obviously didn’t recognize me. I was able to thank him for saving my life. I told him I had 18 months clean and happiness in my life. He told me he was proud of me. I feel for his family. Rest In Peace, Officer Benedetti.”

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Dow also shared that while Det. Benedetti served at APD; he helped a mother deliver her baby in the parking lot after her family drove to the APD since they could not make it to the hospital in time. The newly appointed San Luis Obispo Police Chief Rick Scott then said a few words, “I didn’t get a chance to meet him, I didn’t get a chance to get to know him, but I am doing that now. I am learning who he was through the stories of the incredible men and women that served alongside him.” Detective Steve Orozco was injured during the shooting and was returned home to continue recovery with his family. He is expected to fully recover from his injuries. A gofundme page has been started for Det. Orozco recovery and has raised over $29,415 as of May 20. To donate to Detective Orozco Relief Fund, visit and search Detective Orozco Relief Fund. The police cruiser that Det. Benedetti drove has been parked on the SLO Police Department lawn in front of the station on Santa Rosa Street. The cruiser and lawn have been adorned with balloons and flowers as residents pay tribute to the fallen officer. The San Luis Obispo Police Department Police Officer Association and the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT team set up a GoFundMe page for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to Det. Benedetti’s family. More than 3.7 thousand people have donated to the fund, and more than $584,891 has been raised. Here is some of what they shared: “Luca left behind his beautiful wife and their two precious young daughters. As a community, we cannot fix this loss, but we can provide love, prayers, and financial support to those left behind tasked with picking up the pieces of this broken family. Luca, age 37, was born in San Francisco to his Italian immigrant parents and raised in the Bay area. Luca moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly, where he studied engineering, but his true career passion was found in law enforcement. Following his graduation from the Allan Hancock Police Academy, Luca began his career with the Atascadero Police Department in 2008 and was an officer with the San Luis Obispo Police Department since 2012. Luca was a proud member of the

San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT team, and his brothers and sisters in blue could not be prouder of his accomplishments as a sworn officer, SWAT Operator, and, more importantly, as the man, he was to his family and friends. Luca loved cooking, organic gardening and displayed his Italian heritage proudly around his neck. Luca lived for his family, and now that he has passed, we will do our best as a community, both far and wide, to help his family in any way we can. All generously donated funds will go directly to Luca’s family as they navigate this very difficult time.” To donate to Detective Benedetti Relief Fund, visit and search Luca Benedetti Family Relief Fund. A public service was held at the Cal Poly Performing Arts center on Thursday, May 20. A first responder procession followed the service to the Paso Robles Cemetery. 

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Abigail Reinstedt

Abigail Reinstedt (far left) won Best Picture after writing, directing, filming, acting and editing a personal film that starred Penny Riley. Contributed photo


Best Picture


By Camille DeVaul


ixteen-year-old Lockwood teen Abigail Reinstedt won Best Picture at the 27th Annual Christian Youth Film Festival in Bakersfield for the film “Designing Lies.” On May 2, Abigail’s film won Best Picture in the Teen Division and Best Application of Scripture. Abigail wrote, directed, filmed, acted, and edited the film. “I knew I wanted to enter a film into the festival, but it took me a long time to come up with an idea that I was happy with. That I thought was reasonable with what was around me,” Abigail shared. The requirements for entry were 11 minutes or less, including credits, and conforms to the Biblical worldview. The youth must do all primary crew, editing, cinematography, and writing. Penny Riley, a junior at King City High School, played the lead actress and won Best Actress for the film. Morgan Hancock, a seventh-grader at Atascadero Middle School, and Lochlan Drinkwine and eighthgrader at San Antonio School in Lockwood) helped with sound. All four students are members of the True Life Youth Group in Lockwood.

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All of “Designing Lies” was filmed in the Lockwood and Bryson-Hesperia region of South Monterey County. “Designing Lies” wasn’t Abigail’s first experience in filmmaking. In 2019 Abigail and her older sister Bethany entered their film “Chosen” at the festival. The film won second place as well as Best Application of Scripture, and Abigail won Best Actress. Filmmaking started as a family hobby for the Reinstedt’s. What began as home movies have turned into small films with a big meaning behind them. Bethany, who is now twenty, is finishing her second year at Cuesta College in film and is an intern for the marketing department handling video filming and editing. Both Bethany and Abigail were homeschool by their mother, Mary Ann, and belong to the Calvary Christian School homeschool group in Paso Robles. Abigail’s growing interest in film led her to take a cinematography class through her homeschool. Abigail has also taken it upon herself to learn how to use a drone for filming. Some of the drone scenes are used in the scenic scenery of “Designing Lies” and were completed in one take.

“Thankfully, before the bus came by, we got there a little bit early, and I was able to practice that drone move first, just one time—I just tried to make my movements steady without jerks. Tried to stay calm because you only have one shot on that unless you’re going back another day,” Abigail explained. It took Abigail almost 40 hours of filming plus many more hours of editing and preparations for the 11-minute film. “It’s a lot of work that goes into it, but it’s all worth it,” Abigail said. Abigail and her family have made their own equipment and worked with the resources available to them. Recently, Abigail was able to purchase some new equipment using some prize money from a previous film. On top of film editing, writing, and directing, Abigail has developed a strong love for acting in films. While right now, Abigail has a whole world of opportunities at her feet and hasn’t decided which path she will go down, it is safe to say cinema will be in her future one way or another. “If I don’t go into it as a career, then I hope that I still stay with it as a hobby—I hope that I stick with it for a while.” Most importantly, Abigail shared, “My first hope is that any of the films that I direct or act in just be honoring to God. Point people to him and serve a purpose.”  You can watch “Designing Lies,” “Chosen,” and other films done by the Reinstedt family on their YouTube page

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Rising Star

Callie Twisselman


Local Songwriter Callie Twisselman Releases First Music Video By Camille DeVaul

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ocal singer and songwriter Callie Twisselman recently released her debut single, “Two Hands,” and on May 12, Callie released her first music video featuring her debut single. Callie shared, “Two Hands is a song that is about a girl who can be a handful at times, but her man loves her and accepts her anyway, and that was the message that I hoped people took from it. That you can be who you are, and the right person will love you for it.” Growing up on her family’s ranch in Cholame, Callie was surrounded by family. And with a family like hers, it would be impossible to ever forget them or where she came from. Not that I think she would ever want to. Callie’s music video was filmed at her family’s ranch and the Jack Ranch Cafe on Highway 46 East. “I had all my family in it [music video] as the cast members, which made it even more fun,” Callie explained. One of Callie’s biggest inspirations in life was her mother, Junis Twisselman. “She had a beautiful voice like Patsy Cline, and I always would practice outside with my fake microphone, pretending I was performing like she was. She inspired me to have the same career,” Callie shared about her mother. She continued, “My mom shined on-stage. It was a happy escape for her. She always told me that if this is what I wanted to do, that I had to enjoy myself and not try to be something I’m not.” Callie made the move out to Nashville almost four years ago after she met Danny Nozell, Dolly Parton’s manager. Nozell told Callie that Nashville was where she needed to be. Under his guidance, Callie spent the next year and a half honing her skills in songwriting by recording and demoing her music. Her hard work paid off when she signed her first publishing deal with Vintern Songs and eOne Music Publishing. Callie explained that she wrote more music in one month in Nashville than she ever did in one year in California, saying the Country Music Capitol was inspiring for her. Now, Callie is working with Grammy Award-Winning producer Aaron Pearce and Copperline Music Group on releasing her debut single “Two Hands.” Callie’s “Two Hands” single was written by a publishing friend, and she felt the lyrics fit her personality. The single was originally planned to be released in 2020. But the 2020 setbacks are not stopping Callie now, “It’s exciting to get music back out there again. I’m also looking forward to the live shows. We are hoping to get some festivals going by the fall of this year. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most.” She continued, “All the hometown has been supportive. It’s a hard business that takes a long time, so when it finally comes together, it’s pretty exciting.” Fans of Callie Twisselman can look forward to more music being released later in the year.  Keep up to date on Callie’s musical endeavors by following her @callietwiss and visiting

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Sometimes Dreams Do Come True


hey met for coffee on a Spring morning eight years ago…three artists who expressed themselves in different ways but shared the same dream. They wished for a special place to work that would allow their creativity to grow. Janice Pluma, a mixed media/collage painter, and Kim Snyder, an acrylic abstract painter, both needed a space that would accommodate very large canvases and where paint spills didn’t matter. Anja Schlotman, a jewelry designer, needed a very different environment; cozy, quiet, and clean. The conversation centered around the improbability of such a location even existing, and the three went home wistfully, doubting their pipe dream would become a reality. Not long afterward, Janice came across an advertisement for an industrial shop for rent. Out of curiosity, she called the broker and was told that the current tenant had health issues and needed to end the lease. Even though she didn’t have much information, she contacted the other women and they decided to take a look at the building. Upon entering, Janice and Kim’s hearts soared as a loft-like space revealed itself. There were 20-foot ceilings, pegboards on the walls, and even a skylight! It couldn’t be more perfect for the two painters. Anja was also excited, and even though the space wasn’t as suited to her work, she contemplated setting up a small design table in the corner. In the meantime, Janice had wandered

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through a connecting door and called, “Anja, look at this!” Surprisingly, there was a tidy carpeted office complete with glass display cases ideal for Anja’s jewelry. The three women looked at each other, realizing the gift fate had given them. Even though nervous about taking such a bold step, they leased the unit, and Atelier 708 was born. The three quickly began to make the space their own. Janice had recently retired from her graphic design business, which included 13 years as art director for Paso Robles Magazine. The task of designing the Atelier logo and print media went to her. She and Kim also added a pulley system for paintings, taking advantage of the 20-foot walls. Anja introduced a European theme in her jewelry studio, reflecting her Dutch heritage. The three began to welcome collectors, offer group and private classes, hold receptions and participate in the county Open Studios Tours. These activities have continued through the past eight years, though some modifications have been made in response to the COVID pandemic. Anja and Janice both offer well-received Zoom classes. Happily, some small, safe, in-studio classes will be resumed at Atelier 708 in July, while virtual classes continue. Currently, visitors are welcomed by appointment. To see what’s new at the studio, meet the artists, or ask questions about classes, email atelier708d@ or contact Janice Pluma at (805)423-8939. | 25

History of Paso Robles Magazine

Bob & Karen Chute

The Humble Legacy of



Paso Robles Magazine celebrated its one year anniversary in May 2002 (center photo) and has covered many life altering events including the devastating aftermath of the earthquake in December 2003 and the loss of the co-founder Karen Chute back in 2004 (covers above). All documented and produced by many local professionals over the years. Bottom photo taken in 2018 of the Paso Magazine Team by Hayley Mattson.

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By Camille DeVaul

n May of 2001, Bob and Karen Chute printed the first issue of Paso Robles Magazine. From the first issue, Paso Robles Magazine was a hit within the community. In the early days, the Chutes included articles on local businesses and politics, opinion pieces, Paso People, historical Paso, and other features that focused on the people who made up the community. “Paso Mag was inspiring for me when I started it—hoping for 36 pages and having enough ads for 72 pages. The advertisers and readers acceptance was encouraging and seemed to be immediate, following my publishing the weekly Country News in Paso Robles years earlier. Then, to have it continue to have such support over the next 16 years was truly a blessing,” Bob shared. The idea for Paso Robles Magazine came when Bob and his late wife, Karen, were in a tight spot. Bob reminded his wife not to worry. They will be okay. Bob began to contact friends and businesses that might be interested in giving out a loan for the magazine. That was when Gary Stemper came forward and pledged a CD to get the magazine started. Then in February 2001, Bob began planning all the details to create the magazine. He originally planned to start with 36 pages. However, to his surprise, Bob had enough advertisers to build a 72-page magazine. Paso Robles Magazine was happening. In a bedroom of the Chute’s home, they set up magazine headquarters. No employees, ad representatives on commission, and writers paid by the word. Bob was right, everything turned out more than okay. When Bob came to Karen with the idea to create a Paso Robles magazine, she went all-in with him. With Bob’s experience in advertising and over 30 years of print, Karen knew her husband would be able to make the magazine happen. Karen graciously did all the bookkeeping for the magazine and even wrote her column named Grandma Knows Best. Bob’s wife Karen grew up in Duarte, California, and moved to Paso Robles in 1981, where she then graduated from Cuesta College with a degree in early childhood development and worked as a preschool teacher in the area for 15 years. Sadly, Karen was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in late 2003 and passed away just 74 days later in 2004 at the age of 54. Bob wrote a moving piece, Remembering my Lady, which told their story in memory of his late wife. He then challenged the community to imagine they have only 74 days with their spouse. Paso Robles Magazine has seen the many ups and downs of the town. When the 6.6 magnitude San Simeon earthquake hit in 2003, two Paso Roble’s lives were lost, along with severe damage to the city. The earthquake’s ramifications, visit from the then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and aftermath reconstruction was covered by the magazine. While it was a devastating event for Paso, it was history that needed to be recorded.

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After selling Paso Robles Magazine to Nicholas and Hayley Mattson in 2017 (above right) Bob and Rhoda Chute (above left) love spending time with all their grandkids (bottom left)and enjoying retirement together.

Bob is exceptionally grateful for the advertisers that helped him get Paso Robles Magazine started and stuck with him for so many years to help create a successful product worth selling to the new owner’s Nic and Hayley Mattson in 2017. For 17 years, Paso Magazine was Bob’s life, which he loved! Bob eloped in October 2008 to his wife, Rhoda. After retiring from the world of publishing, they enjoy visiting their grandkids, traveling, and gardening. In the November 2017 issue of Paso Robles Magazine, the Mattson’s published two pages of the community thanking Bob for his 17 years of service. “My favorite part about owning the magazine was having people tell me, literally, every day, how much they loved the magazine. They’d tell me, ‘I read it every month cover-to-cover and look forward to the next one.’ Plus, our incredible support from area businesses made the free mailing to every home a win-win for everyone.” Of course, a magazine could not happen without having wordsmiths. Long-time writers for the magazine have included Millie Drum, Chris Alba, Chuck Desmond, Judy Bedell, Dorothy Rogers, Melissa Chavez, and Meagan Friberg. Currently added to the line-up are Karyl Lammers, Gina Fitzpatrick, Mira Honeycutt, Barbie Butz, Michelle Hido, Melissa Mattson, Connor Allen, and myself. Other contributing writers over the years have included Shirley Butler, Elaine Hollingsworth, Heather Young, Cyndie Huntsberger, SW Martin, Frank Mecham, Eldon Root, Bill Saylor, Caroline Stoltenberger, Amyna Weeks, Barb Wilcox, Kathleen Reneau, Bill West, and Dina Empey. In addition, in order to put it all together is the production and advertising team. Who have been Millie Drum, Pam Osborn, Jamie Self, Janice Pluma, Denise McLean, Travis Ruppe, David Butz, and Due Dill. Currently, Jamie Self and Denise McLean remain as a part of the team and are joined by Mike Michaud, Jen Rodman, Dana McGraw, Jessica Segal, and Cami Martin. Some others who made the magazine possible are Ken Lowe of Accurate Mailing Service and Bill and Rich Casey of Casey Printing in King City. Lastly, Bob shared about his time owning the publication, “I love living in Paso Robles. I was raised in various Southern California communities, all running together, each without an identity. Paso was, and is, refreshing. People care about each other, and we are so proud of our history and honor it. I loved publishing the weekly Country News and thought a monthly would be accepted.” Happy 20th Anniversary, Paso Robles Magazine! Here is to 20 more! 

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he warm month of June is home to a holiday that some say deserves much more national recognition and local celebration than it has received since it was first recognized. Juneteenth marks the final stop on June 19, 1865, of Union Maj. General Gordon Granger, arriving in Galveston, Texas, to announce, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States with a clear mandate to act in some way on the existence of state-sanctioned slavery—which violated both the inalienable human rights emblazoned in the Declaration of Independence and principles vested in the Bill of Rights. The conflict was inevitable, and the Civil War was a long and bloody war that cost 620,000 American lives on both sides of the battle. Juneteenth is the celebration of the June 1865 announcement in Galveston, Texas — little more than a month after the final battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch on May 13, 1865. Approximately 300 miles north, Maj. Gen. Granger rode into Galveston with his announcement less than 40 days later, and the day would live on as the marked day of celebration for the end of state-sanctioned slavery in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation is far more famous, ringing the words of President Lincoln in the heart of the nation, it was Granger’s announcement that inspired the Juneteenth holiday.

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By Nicholas Mattson

According to the National Archives, “Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom.” With new vigor, Union soldiers battled against a ferocious Confederacy for two and a half years following Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Ironically, the Second Battle of Galveston also happened on January 1, 1863. The Civil War waged on with 257 more battles in 29 months following the Emancipation Proclamation, according to the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. The end of the Civil War came not with a bang, but a whimper, as 800 soldiers on both sides fought the Battle of Palmito Ranch. But the final battle was of little to-do, as the announcement by Maj. Gen. Granger was a proclamation of victory for the Union and the end of the practice of slavery in the United States. The California legislature recognizes Juneteenth as the third Saturday of June, “Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A Day of Observance.” Juneteenth stands as the day in history when the proclamation that “all slaves are free” was made in all corners of the nation. While Juneteenth celebrations remain concentrated in the south, especially in Texas, where it has been celebrated for more than 150 years, the holiday remains culturally significant to all Americans as the announcement of the end of state-sanctioned slavery following the end of the most deadly war in American history. 

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Disneyland Reopens By Camille DeVaul

ishes came true for many on April 30 when Disneyland in California reopened its gates after 412 days of closure. On March 14, 2020, Disney Parks closed its West Coast doors after California went into its first COVID lockdown. So after the longest closure in the park's history, cast members and guests were more than thrilled to return to the "Happiest Place on Earth." The Disneyland Resort has closed only two previous times since its opening on July 17, 1955. The park closed for one day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and then on September 11 after the terrorist attacks. The unexpected and prolonged closure led the Disney Company to layoff over 30,000 employees. A closed crown-jeweled attraction like Disneyland affected more than just the Disney Company. The City of Anaheim suffered tremendously from an economic standpoint. Hotels, businesses, and services were boarded up and shut completely down. Even after the park has reopened, some businesses are still playing catch up and have yet open shop. Anaheim officials said in September 2020 that the COVID-19 closures of Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center had led to a $100 million shortfall in city offers. Meanwhile, in Orlando, Florida, Disney World reopened on July 11, 2020, operating above the Floridian requirements for safety protocols. Disneyland Resort was ready to reopen in California on July 17, 2020, but California ended up withholding approval for theme parks to reopen when Governor Gavin Newsom introduced the Blueprint for a Safer Economy's Colored Tier Program. Currently, the park is only open to California residents and at 25 percent capacity, equivalent to about 21,250 visitors in Disneyland Park. Disney told guests to keep their form of identification or proof of California residency on them for random verifications at the ticket booth. The State set these guidelines, which recently changed theme park restrictions to allow out-of-state guests to visit the parks if they are fully vaccinated. Disneyland California has said they will not be allowing out of State visitors as of yet and have not confirmed any requirements regarding vaccinations to enter any of their theme park resorts. On March 9, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced Disneyland Resorts' reopening date, and the company stated they recalled 10,000 furloughed employees. Needless to say, the reopening of Disneyland Resort

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is bringing back more than magic. The resort is bringing back jobs and hopefully fueling an economic recovery for many. My family happened to be one of the lucky guests to enter the Disneyland gates on opening day, and what a historic day it was! Here is what that first day was like and what you can expect if you decide to have a magical day of your own.

Opening Day

One guest I spoke to said she lined up outside the park at 3:30 a.m. on that Friday, April 30 morning. Opening day was sold out and fully booked for both parks. Despite the line in the morning looking enormous, the process went very smoothly and quicker than imagined. While guests lined up at the ticket booths, some Disney officials walked around asking guests if they were excited for opening day. After the crowd counted down together, guests were let into the park about an hour early. Cast members lined Main Street, greeting and waving guests back into the magical kingdom. Former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, and present Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Product Josh D'Amaro both were present. Happy tears were everywhere, coming from cast members excited to be back to work and guests who were grateful to be "home."

Know Before You Go

Should you decide to venture into the "Happiest Place on Earth" know, that patience is vital. Employees and the Resort are also dealing with ever-changing COVID restrictions and guidelines. Trial and error are evident, so keep this in mind and be kind. While the resort is getting back into the swing of things, park hours have been reduced. The park first opened from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but starting May 14, the park changed the hours to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Disneyland Resort and California Adventure are currently using a

reservation system, meaning you first need to purchase a ticket then make a reservation for the day(s) you want to visit the parks. This ensures the park does not go over its visitor capacity. You need to do a few things prior to entering the "Disney Bubble," which includes everything from both parks to Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort Hotel. Health workers from Hoag Health Network quickly scan guests' foreheads with a non-contact forehead thermometer. Guests are then walked through two security checks, one including walking through an area with specially trained dogs. Head to the resort's website and read up on the latest rules and COVID safety protocols at Like everything else in the world of COVID, rules are subject to change.

My Tips and Tricks

Masks must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking in a designated seating area. I suggest bringing extra reusable masks to rotate throughout the day. I found the disposable masks more breathable in the hot weather and got extras to change when I felt it necessary. Bring a refillable water bottle, preferably an insulated one, to keep the water cold, especially if you are going during the hot summer. There are water fountains specifically made for your water bottles throughout the park. You can also ask any restaurant for free cups of water and ice. Bring snacks! Due to limited capacity and employees, not all restaurants and food carts are open yet. I found it helpful to have some protein bars on me when hunger pains strike at inconvenient moments. While Disneyland does not have all its magic back yet, many are grateful that they have finally opened up the gates.  Note: Due to COVID restrictions changing and the state opening back up on June 15, be sure to visit disneyland. for the most up-to-date information.

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Taste of Paso

Taste of Americana


elcome the first day of summer on June 20. On that same day, we will celebrate Father’s Day. It’s a time for Bar-b-ques, picnics in the park, and simple patio dining. No matter the style you choose, you will want to end the gathering with something “cool.”

This recipe for Chocolate Mint Sundaes is remarkably easy but is still elegantly flavored and wonderful for a hot summer’s night. You can make the mint-scented chocolate sauce up to a week ahead of time.

From the Kitchen of

Barbie Butz

Chocolate Mint Sundaes

Ingredients: • 1 cup water • 1 cup sugar • ½ cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 4 Tbs (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature • Mint chocolate chip ice cream • Fresh mint sprigs

Directions: Stir 1 cup water and sugar in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves; bring syrup to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in thinly sliced fresh mint leaves. Let stand 1 hour. Using a slotted spoon, remove mint leaves from syrup. Whisk cocoa into syrup. Bring to boil. Add butter and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate sauce uncovered until cold. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated. To serve, place 2 scoops of the ice cream in 6 bowls. Drizzle the sundaes with sauce and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Makes 6 servings.

This next recipe teams up lemon and lime with ginger in a cooling sorbet. It makes a light ending for a heavier meal, especially those famous barbecues we have here in the North County.

Fresh Ginger & Citrus Sorbet

Ingredients: • 5 cups water • 2 cups sugar • 3 Tbs finely chopped peeled fresh ginger • 2 tsp finely grated lemon peel • 2 tsp finely grated lime peel • 3 Tbs fresh lemon juice • 3 Tbs fresh lime juice • Fresh mint sprigs

Directions: Combine 5 cups water, sugar, and ginger in a heavy large saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain into a large bowl; discard solids. Return liquid to same saucepan. Add lemon and lime peels. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in lemon and lime juices. Cool completely. Pour mixture into 9 x 13 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Cover and freeze until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Transfer mixture to processor and puree until smooth. Return to same glass dish; cover and freeze until solid, at least 3 hours or overnight. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Keep frozen.) Scoop sorbet into glasses or bowls. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Makes 8 servings.

Now, for the Dads in your family, consider this next recipe for sirloin strips. Let Dad sit and enjoy a “glass of brew” while someone else does the grilling. Serve with a potato side dish and a fresh green salad. Don’t forget some grilled sourdough bread. End the meal with one of the dessert recipes included above, and Dad will be a happy man!

Tangy Sirloin Strips

Ingredients: • ¼ cup vegetable oil • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce • 1 clove garlic, minced • ½ tsp onion powder • ½ tsp salt • ¼ tbs pepper • 1 lbs boneless sirloin steak (1" thick) • 4 bacon strips • Lemon-pepper seasoning

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Glaze Ingredients: • ½ cup barbecue sauce • ½ cup steak sauce • ½ cup honey • 1 Tbs molasses Directions: In a large resealable bag, combine the first six ingredients. Cut steak into four wide strips; add to the marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight, turning once. Drain and discard mari-

nade. Wrap a bacon strip around each steak piece; secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle with lemon pepper—coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Grill steak, covered, over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until meat reaches desired doneness (for rare, a meat thermometer should read 140 degrees; medium, 160 degrees; well-done, 170 degrees). Combine the glaze ingredients; brush over steak. Grill until glaze is heated. Discard toothpicks. Serves 4.

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Sip & Savor

The Stoller Portfolio: One Family, Two Wineries


aso Robles wine region takes pride in its diversity, with more than 40 different grape varieties planted throughout 11 sub-appellations. At any given winery, it’s not uncommon to see a spectrum of wines ranging from Bordeaux and Rhône style varieties to Spanish and Italian and, of course, Paso’s heritage grape, zinfandel, all produced under one roof. There are a few exceptions, such as Windward, exclusive to pinot noir, or Clesi and Giornata, both focused on Italian varietals. Even in such a landscape of variety, winegrower Craig Stoller stands apart, establishing two wineries and a vineyard estate, each one dedicated to a specific style of wines expressing the spectrum and essence of the wine spanning the counties of San Luis Obispo (SLO) and Monterey with a collective planting of 500 acres under vine. In SLO County’s Paso Robles region, Stoller captures the best of Bordeaux varieties at his east side Paris Valley Road Estate winery. On the westside, Rhône style blends and zinfandels blossom at Sextant winery. Then further south in the Edna Valley appellation, Windemere’s Burgundian style wines showcase the best of pinot noir and chardonnay in tiny lots that are produced at Sextant. So quietly, without the fanfare and flash of many California wine operations, Craig Stoller has cobbled together an impressive portfolio of Central Coast wines

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from A to Z — from arinarnoa to zinfandel. Let’s start with 100 acres under vine planted to no less than 24 different varieties at RBZ vineyard in Paso’s El Pomar district, predominant source for Paris Valley Road Estate and Sextant wines. All this has developed since Stoller’s first vineyard was planted over 20 years ago at Chalk Knoll in Monterey County’s San Lucas appellation with a planting of 320 acres. On a sunny spring afternoon, I met Stoller at Sextant winery and tasting room located along Highway 46 West. “I grew up in a nursery,” remarked Stoller. His parents Glen and Terrie, founded the Sunridge Nurseries in Bakersfield, specializing in propagation and grafting of grape nursery stock. Sunridge has established a connection with ENTAVINRA, a French alphabet soup designating the Establissement National Technique pour l’ Amelioration de la Viticulture and Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique. France’s Ministry of Agriculture certifies these agencies to maintain a national repository of accredited clones and to oversee administration of the trademark to protect the official clones internationally. Sunridge is among five nurseries licensed to sell ENTAV-INRA trademarked products in the US. Sunridge’s vitis vinfera catalog contains some 30 grape varieties and over 100 clones.

Sextant Wine Crafted by winemaker Alex Frost, Sextant wines are produced from RBZ vineyard fruit, and the entire portfolio boasts some 23 different wines that are rotated on its 6-wine flight tasting. The focus here is on Rhône style wines such as Caverio, a GSM blend (grenache, syrah mourvedre) with hints of spice and fragrant with rose petals, and Passage, another GSM blend with a touch of muscle-flexing petite sirah. There’s an impressive selection of zinfandels and various iterations of Rhône style blends. Paris Valley Road Estate Winery Inspired by their memorable travels to France, the Stoller family decided to dedicate their next winery to Bordeaux-style wines. The fortuitously named Paris Valley Road Estate is a nod to a little-known two-lane road where the family planted their first vineyard Chalk Knoll which was predominantly planted to merlot. A significant amount of the fruit was originally sold to Robert Mondavi Winery. Under the craftsmanship of winemaker Doug Hidinger and produced from RBZ vineyard, these wines are well structured and reflect the complexity of Paso’s terroir. The red wine lineup includes cabernet franc, petit verdot and L’Entente, a classic Bordeaux style blend. Windemere Wines The Windemere portfolio includes pinot noir and chardonnay produced from the 12-acre historic MacGregor vineyard, which was planted in 1975. The vineyard is part of historic Old Edna, a postage-size town-site that is a step back in time. The tasting room offers a variety of Sextant wines for sampling, but the minuscule production of Windemere is available only for purchase. Both Craig and his wife Nancy run their vast wine empire like a tight ship. “She’s the glue that holds us together,” Stoller expressed. While he oversees the financial and production side, she handles HR and hospitality.  | 33

Business Spotlight


Men’s Fashion


By Camille DeVaul

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here is a new clothing boutique in town--and it’s dedicated to men. Bloke Outfitters on Entrada Avenue in Atascadero carries modern and timeless pieces that are attainable and affordable for young bucks in their teens to men aged like fine wine and anywhere in between. Farron Walker, owner of Farron Elizabeth on Entrada Avenue, opened Bloke during the pandemic in 2020. Bloke embodies an industrial/mid-century vibe that is inspired by her and her father’s love for 1950s era train stations. Adding to the nostalgia, Farron has curated a vintage section with the help of her friend Tiffani Pryor, owner of Black Sheep Finds, located next to Farron Elizabeth. The vintage corner offers high-quality pieces from brands like Levi, Carhartt, and Dickies. For years, Farron noticed the North County was lacking something, a men’s store. When space opened up on Entrada, Farron decided to take the plunge. “I think the guys are so left out when it comes to shopping in retail in this area, and it’s not fair to them--so I felt like we needed to have a spot for them,” Farron explained. Farron has created a clothing store for men with a laid-back vibe with affordable items with quality in mind. “The idea of the store is to embrace all ages-we’re offering really good quality at a good price point,” Farron said. Not only can Bloke customers find quality clothing for men, but plenty of local gifts too! “We always ask people to shop local, but I think it’s our responsibility as store owners to carry local products,” Farron shared. Farron takes an extra step in supporting local artists and business owners. Local artists make all the fixtures in the shop, including clothing racks and the register table. Local artist Theron Moses Enterprises does all metalwork. See more of his work by following @mosesenterprises_metalwork Another local artist, Lauren-Ashley, made a beautiful mosaic wood installation in the shop. More of her work can be found @45_ Degree_Angle. Shoppers can find local goods like jerky from Cattaneo Bros. and SLO Coast. Other goods in the store are Paso Almonds, Root Elixirs, Bren’s Seasonings, The Body Bean, Gold Coin Candle, and Hillman’s Custom Car Essence. A new local addition to the shop is handmade leather wallets from Red Road Leatherworks who is based in Atascadero. The new men’s store partnered with their

friends across the street at Dark Nector Coffee to create the Bloke Blend coffee beans, which are now being sold in the store. There is even a collection of vintage monogrammed coffee mugs for sale in the shop to go with your new coffee! Another great gift idea for men in the store is the USA-made Buck Knives. Buck Knives are a family-owned and operated business. Al Buck made the first Buck knife back in 1902, and now his grandson CJ carries on the legacy. Who doesn’t need a well-made knife on hand at all times? But one of Farron’s most cherished collections in her shop is the one inspired by the late Thomas Robert Jordy (December 31, 1997 September 14, 2019). Thomas, who grew up in Atascadero, was an outstanding artist. His medium of choice was detailed stencil art. Farron has taken some of Thomas’s designs and printed them on t-shirts. Thomas even made an A-Town stencil which Farron has embroidered in 3-D on hats. A portion of the proceeds from Thomas’s collection goes back towards his parents, who are still seeking justice for their son. In addition to art, Thomas loved cactus. He even began growing his own cactus and started selling them when he was twelve. Outside of Bloke is a cactus garden dedicated to Thomas’s memory. For more information on Thomas, visit Each week, shoppers can look forward to the Style of Friday sale at Bloke. Every Friday, a style is chosen, and customers can get 20 percent off any item in that style! For example, button-down shirts were previously selected as a style, and customers received 20 percent off any button-down shirt in the store. Farron Elizabeth, Bloke’s sister store, is known for their excellent customer service, which has undoubtedly carried over to Bloke. Bloke has become an excellent addition to the growing Entrada Avenue community. Couples can come together for Friday date night and get something for him at Bloke and her across the street at Farron Elizabeth, both of whom have Friday sales. Bloke Outfitters is a one-stop shop for men, with gifts and affordable clothing that doesn’t sacrifice style or quality. And with Father’s Day coming up, Bloke is the perfect place to get the father in your life a unique and local gift.  Find Bloke on Facebook @blokeoutfitters or by visiting

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By Camille DeVaul

Templeton Hills Community Farm celebrated its one year anniversary. What started as a way to produce local vegetables has grown into a place where people come to harvest and build strong relationships. Contributed photos

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Celebrates First Anniversary

n Sunday, April 18, the Templeton Hills Community Farm celebrated its one-year anniversary! Anyone within the community was welcome to enjoy the fresh air at the farm. Homemade blueberry pancakes were served along with other refreshments and produce from the farm. "It was a great day on the farm! We enjoyed harvesting, the tour, and amazing blueberry pancakes! They were so healthy with freshly ground flour, flax, and chia seeds! Thanks so much for everyone’s effort to make it amazing!" Templeton Hills church member Joy Chalker shared. Farm manager Matt Giese gave farm tours throughout the day showing new guests around and answering any questions. Zac Page, Pastor of Templeton Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church, said, “We had a great turnout for the farm's first anniversary. Quite a few people came by for the first time, expressed their excitement at discovering the farm, and said they would be back. Others who had not been up to the farm recently were excited to see how much progress has been made over the past year. Everyone who wanted was able to go home with fresh produce. The blueberry pancakes were also a big hit. It was a lot of fun to see people of all ages milling around the farm. We are excited that people are learning how to grow healthy food and are getting to enjoy healthy outdoor community activity on the farm.” Matt explained that they plan to have more events like this in the future. On the tours, Matt let people know that they plan to offer gardening classes, and in July, there are plans for their volunteer beekeeper to share with the community about beekeeping. The farm is located on Templeton Hills Road in Templeton, between the Templeton Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church and school. What started as a way to produce healthy and affordable vegetables for their community has grown into a place where people can learn how to grow and harvest their food while building memories and strong relationships. In 2019, church members wanted a place where people could gather, a community center or maybe a garden, they thought. Matt, the part-time groundskeeper for the school and church, suggested, why not build a farm? With the help of a grant from the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, the farm started with one hoop house, a small greenhouse, and some outdoor row crops. In early 2020 the farm was ready to open to the public, just a month before the pandemic shutdowns. But amid pandemic lockdowns and woes, the Templeton Hills Farm became a place of peace for many people. Steve Mulder, a regular at the farm (and avid lover of microgreens), said, “God has blessed this place--this is not here to make money, this is not a commercial operation. This is a community operation.”

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Matt, who now manages the farm, happened to have a passion for gardening already. For the past ten years, he, his wife, and children have loved gardening together as a family hobby. “We love being outside and harvesting, getting your hands dirty. It’s an awesome experience for kids, for the family,” Matt shared. For Matt, growing their food was one thing, but introducing his children to life's hard work and seeing their rewards come harvest time was something quite special. Growing one's food is a lost art that did seem to develop some traction during 2020 lockdowns. Matt hopes to inspire his children and others to get involved with farming and reignite the age-old trend. “I want to get kids and people, the younger generation inspired in farming,” Matt said. Since the farm opened to the public, it has gained another hoop house, and more plans are in the works for expansion. A washing system for produce and a storage container for root vegetables like potatoes and garlic is something the farm is looking forward to. Steve says their goal now has become to “Expand the footprint and the impact on the community. We want to keep broadening the impact.” Improvements and growth of the farm wouldn’t be possible without the outpouring of support it has received from the community and local businesses. Bay Laurel Garden Center donated 60 fruit trees to the farm, and another community member donated a beehive. Glenn’s Repair and Rental in Atascadero is also a big supporter of the farm along with Orchard and Vineyard Supply Paso Robles, Holloway Gypsum in Lost Hills, and many others. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., people come to the farm to volunteer their time. Throughout the week, Matt manages the farm and creates a list of chores to be done on Sunday. After produce has been harvested, volunteers get to take home their portion of goods. Sometimes extra items like grapefruit are donated and added to everyone's pick up of goods for the week. On Sundays, volunteers operate the Farm Stand, which sits by the curb of the farm parking lot where bundles of produce are often available for pick up! The Templeton Hills Community Farm is open to all members of the community. Anyone can offer their time or give a donation in exchange for harvested goods, but no one in need will ever be turned away. “I'm just impressed by how God has led in the process of this-I'm really grateful to be a part of it for that reason,” Steve shared. Zac said, “Seeing what has happened over the past year in the midst of a pandemic gives us a lot of excitement for what can take place to benefit the community through the farm in the coming year!"  Join the fun at the farm! Contact Matt Giese at (805)458-7808 or by email at

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AgriCULTURAL Fun on the SLO County FarmTrail Slow Down, Reconnect, Enjoy and Learn along the SLO County Farm Trail through FARMstead Ed


oom, virtual, telecommuting, self-driving, robotic, remote, quantum computing, push a button, overnight, maximize, lab-grown, instant, high tech, Google, factory farms, e-commerce, data-driven, corporate, the cloud, buy now, automation, artificial reality, artificial intelligence, Alexa…stop… It seems like humanity is speeding ever faster away from itself, from personal hands-on experiences, and from connections we have with each other and the natural world. To make matters worse, the combination of our immediate lifestyle with the recent isolation caused by the pandemic has further compounded our collective disconnect by creating a strange time-warping effect on our psyche. What can we do? Enter Lynette Sonne, founder and “Herd Boss” of FARMstead Ed and creator of the SLO County Farm Trail map, who just might have the antidote we need.

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The “COVID time warp” has been spoken about by Psychology Today, Wired, Vox, and other publications and basically refers to a warping of our senses by simultaneously having too much time while being stressed by not having enough time. Spending time without having meaningful, immersive events to mark its passing takes a toll. What’s the difference between celebrating a birthday with friends and family virtually, watching a movie at home, or playing a game on the computer? How engaged are you with each of these experiences, and how memorable are they? Also, with the ability to order just about anything at any time and receive it within hours by the press of a button or a word to Alexa, do we know where it actually comes from, what’s involved, or who even made the product? The human experience is multisensory; we are tied to each other and the natural world by millions of bits of information coming to us through sight,

sound, touch, smell, taste, and movement but one by one, we have been cutting our connections and suffering the consequences. Meet Lynette Sonne, who, since founding FARMstead ED in 2014, has been making connections, creating awareness, and providing experiences for “tourists and townies” to learn about the importance of sustainable practices and craft through SLO Counties farms, ranches, purveyors, and partners. From Vicarious Ranch in San Miguel at the north to The Luffa Farm in Nipomo to the south, you will find 27 locations along the SLO County Farm Trail map for workshops, farm tours, tastings, “agriCULTURAL” experiences, pop-up markets, farm stays, “Table-to-Farm” dinners and much more! Over the years, Lynette Sonne has rounded up talented, knowledgeable, and caring professionals who are excited about what they do and happy to share their passions with others. As “Herd Boss,” Lynette is talented in matchmaking FARMstead ED businesses to offer memorable experiences throughout the county. A typical workshop example would be the recent “Grow Your Own Beneficial Garden” held at The Educated Gardener in Santa Margarita, which included a tour, talk by Simone of The Educated Gardener and Megan from Clearwater Color about the importance of and how to attract beneficial to your garden, a hands-on take-home project and a delicious lunch by Thomas Hill Organics. Interested in Alpacas, cheese making, or how to make goat’s milk soap? Check into the Private events available at Santa Margaritas Giving Tree Farm. Look for the upcoming Father’s Day weekend Farm Trail Pop-up Market at SLO Provisions or find many more opportunities to slow down, reconnect, enjoy and learn by picking up a SLO County Farm Trail map or by visiting 

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A special in-depth look into a growing industry and what that means to the Central Coast By Camille DeVaul local governments can set additional requirements. Within SLO County, you have varying rules on ne of the most controversial topics the use and distribution of cannabis in each city currently discussed on the Central or territory of the county. Coast seems to be the cultivation, use, For Paso Robles city limits, the rules are as and distribution of cannabis. follows: Before discussing various viewpoints of the Cannabis Dispensaries: Dispensaries with topic, we first need to know the background and storefronts open to the public are prohibited. timeline for the legalization of cannabis in Cali- Delivery dispensaries are limited to medical-only dispensaries (mobile deliveries). fornia. Commercial Cannabis Cultivation: CommerIn 1913, California was one of the first to ban marijuana but decriminalized the substance in cial cannabis cultivation, indoor and outdoor, is 1975. prohibited. Then, in 1996 California was the first state Personal Cannabis Cultivation: Six cannabis to legalize medicinal marijuana with Proposi- plants total, grown indoors, per dwelling unit, for tion 215, which “allowed qualified patients and personal use, are permitted. Outdoor personal approved caregivers to possess and cultivate medi- cultivation is prohibited. cal cannabis and ultimately led to the formation Cannabis Activities: Cannabis testing facilities of collectives and cooperatives to serve medical are prohibited. Cannabis manufacturing facilities patients throughout the state.” are prohibited. Three bills were passed in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) which “created a state licensing and regulatory system for the existing medical market. MCRSA also established the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities – (Bureau of Cannabis Control, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch).” However, these bills were repealed in 2017 when California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 94. This bill combined MCRSA with the Adult-use Marijuana Act (AUMA) to create the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), “a single regulaAtascadero city limits rules: tory system governs the medicinal and adult-use Cannabis Dispensaries: Dispensaries with cannabis industry in California.” storefronts open to the public are prohibited. In November 2016, California voters approved Deliveries of recreational and medical cannabis are Proposition 64, which allows “adults 21 years of permitted when the dispensary is located outside age or older can legally grow, possess, and use of City limits. cannabis for non-medicinal purposes, with certain Commercial Cannabis Cultivation: Commerrestrictions. Additionally, AUMA also made it cial cannabis cultivation, indoor and outdoor, is legal to sell and distribute cannabis through a prohibited. regulated business as of January 1, 2018.” Personal Cannabis Cultivation: Six cannabis Although the use, distribution, and culti- plants total, per dwelling unit, for personal use, are vation of cannabis are now legal in California, permitted. Outdoor and indoor personal cultivaMAUCRSA establishes a dual licensing struc- tion is permitted. ture where both state and local governments have Cannabis Activities: Cannabis testing facilities guidelines. This means the state sets minimum are permitted. Cannabis manufacturing facilities requirements that all licensees must follow, and are prohibited.


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As for unincorporated areas of the county, the County Board of Supervisors set cannabis-related policies. Unincorporated areas in SLO County include: Adelaide, Cholame, Lake Nacimiento, Oak Shores, San Miguel, Shandon, Whitley Gardens, Baywood Park, California Men’s Colony, Cal Poly State University, Cambria, Cayucos, Cuesta-by-the-Sea, Cuesta College, Harmony, Los Osos, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Country Club, Edna-Los Ranchos, Edna Valley, Rolling Hills Estate, Shell Beach, Squire Canyon, Sunset Palisades, Black Lake Canyon, Callendar-Garrett, Cuyama, Halcyon, Huasna-Lopez, Los Berros, Nipomo, Nipomo Mesa, Oceano, Palo Mesa, California Valley, Creston, Garden Farms, Pozo, Santa Margarita. The county has regulations for personal cultivation, dispensaries, commercial cultivation, nurseries, manufacturing, testing, and distribution facilities. There are additional requirements for any permitted cannabis activity, such as cultivation, nurseries, distribution, and manufacturing, among a few others. First is Separation from Sensitive Uses: “All permitted cannabis activities are required to be separated at least six-hundred (600) feet from any pre-school, elementary school, junior high school, high school, library, park, playground, recreation or youth center, licensed drug or alcohol recovery facility, or licensed sober living facility. However, nurseries and cultivation are required to be separated by 1,000 feet but can request a modification. When it comes to cannabis cultivation, water is a big concern for many. The county has a one-toone water offset requirement for cannabis cultivation and nurseries in areas where the groundwater basin is at a severe level. Cannabis activities may not truck in water for their operations. But the split vote between county supervisors is just an example of how split our county is on cannabis. Drew Van Duren, a resident of Templeton, has been an active voice in the county against cannabis cultivation. He has previously spoken out against a potential cannabis farm near his home. “My stance is laser-focused on the commer-

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Cannabis growers aren’t the stoners or criminals people imagine. They are farmers, just like all the produce farmers in the area, including the vineyards. Really, cannabis is just another crop that people are hesitant to allow in the community, just like grapes were years ago. ~ Beth Parham cial growing and production of cannabis, and I’m very much against it being done in places where it can have a detrimental effect on the environment, resources, and the health and wellbeing of the population that shares that environment. Proposition 64 didn’t authorize this. Furthermore, 79 percent of the counties in California recognize the incompatibilities and simply don’t allow it,” said Van Duren. Beth Parham, a resident of Paso Robles, works for a dispensary in San Luis Obispo. Parham only recently started working and showing interest in the cannabis industry. She and her husband use it about once a month. Parham and her husband started to grow their cannabis plants out of curiosity and fun when it became legalized. When a position opened up at a dispensary in SLO, she thought, why not try it out. “I am absolutely in favor of commercial cannabis operations, including cannabis cultivation. Cannabis growers aren’t the stoners or criminals people imagine. They are farmers, just like all the produce farmers in the area, including the vineyards. Really, cannabis is just another crop that people are hesitant to allow in the community, just like grapes were years ago. The only difference is that cannabis, according to reports, uses less water. And since it is harvested as a whole plant and isn’t left to go dormant, poses less of a fire hazard. Tax revenue isn’t the only benefit cannabis can bring to a community. It brings jobs, income, and medicinal properties, including what some believe to be an alternative to pharmaceuticals.” For many who support the cannabis industry in SLO County, increased tax revenue is one of the first points they bring up. Van Duren counters by saying cannabis is an unethical way to bring money into the county. He says, “Whether or not cannabis makes money for the county is

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entirely beside the point. What matters most is how it makes that money. We should all question the ethical backbone of any county official or Supervisor who endorses a policy that pads cannabis industry and county coffers on the backs of communities and their own constituents. There are over 2 million acres of unincorporated land in SLO County; a huge portion of that is zoned agricultural, some rural-residential. Most of those acres are in the strike zone of today’s SLO County cannabis ordinance, this despite the fact that the USDA does not categorize marijuana cannabis a ‘right to farm’ commodity to begin with.” Parham feels people in our community who want to invest in cannabis cultivation are not trying to harm our community but instead bring in revenue and help rebuild our economy. She explains, “The cannabis industry isn’t here to take over our communities. It isn’t here to bring crime or a decline in the quality of the community. It isn’t here to be a detriment. It is here to be a benefit. It is here to bring people a possible alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals. It is here to possibly bring a more profitable life to local farmers. It is here to bring more tax revenue to a community that was troubled by COVID and to provide more jobs for individuals like you and me. It isn’t the nightmare some people think it is. And, properly regulated and monitored, could be an incredibly advantageous addition to our community.” Cannabis is going to be an ongoing and controversial topic within our county. As we begin this in-depth series, we will look to bring more information, different perspectives, and outlooks from both sides of the subject. And as always, with an unbiased outlook.  If you or someone you know would like to share your insight into the subject, send an email to | 41

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C H A L L E OPPORTUNITIES N G E S James Brescia, Ed.D.


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Through hard work and education, we can deliver a strong economy and opportunity for all. ~Julia Gillard


ducation has been adapting to the challenges of distance learning and return to in-person learning. One student, Brooklyn Brown, shares some experiences from the past year in Leadership magazine. “Over the last few months, like everyone else in the world, I have been living through tons of new experiences. I have started virtual schooling, which is a challenge in itself. What a way to start 7th grade! At first, I struggled with handling new assignments every day. I had to memorize the information given in lessons, and there were a lot of lessons to complete. It was a little overwhelming, and my grades were not gratifying.” Brooklyn’s comments are a similar narrative heard across the education community and present us with an opportunity to examine our practices as we exit COVID conditions to better leverage technology resources moving forward. What has history taught us? The 17th century did not require a formal education because most children assisted the family at home or on the farm. Education was a luxury reserved for a select few teaching how to read the bible and remain aligned with puritan morals. Harvard was established as the first college in 1636, with the first academy for girls opening in 1787. During the 19th century, education shifted from a religious-based system to a standard, state-sponsored system. The first U.S. public school opened in 1821, and President Andrew Johnson signed legislation creating the first Department of Education in 1867. Over the years, the office remained relatively small, operating under different titles and housed in various agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior and the former U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). Political and social changes during the 1950s increased federal funding for education. The Soviet Union’s Sputnik in 1957 spurred nationwide concern that led to increased aid for science education programs, today’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” created several programs designed to improve education. Education expansion continued in the 1970s with national efforts to help racial minorities, women, people with disabilities, and non-English speaking students gain equal access to education. In October 1979, Congress passed the Department of Education Organization

Act (Public Law 96-88) which formalized the Department of Education under President Carter. Technological changes over the years presented challenges and opportunities for education, much like those we have experienced because of COVID. My father showed me one of the first portable calculators in 1971. This four-function marvel of technology was a Busicom LE-120 “Handy” featuring a 12-digit red LED display and retailing for $395, which is about $2,500 today adjusted for inflation. Questions were raised in education circles at the time about how this new tool would change mathematics instruction. During the 1980s, computer-aided teaching was emerging in both K-12 and higher education classrooms. Little did I imagine as a new teacher making use of an Apple II computer lab that we would spend an entire year applying technology-based learning platforms because of a pandemic. What lessons have we learned in response to Brooklyn’s struggles and requests that education addresses the needs of today’s youth? “There may be an opportunity to reimagine what schools will look like,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona told The Washington Post. “It’s always important we continue to think about how to evolve schooling, so the kids get the most out of it.” Few education stakeholders suggest that distance education is for everyone. But many are examining how distance or virtual platforms can meet the educational needs of students with jobs, certain medical conditions, or those who prefer virtual learning. The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, reports that 2 in 10 school systems plan to adopt virtual platforms post-COVID. Considering the coronavirus rescue package signed into law by President Biden, schools have an opportunity and challenge to proactively spend federal funding on evidence-based interventions to address learning loss. This pandemic presents us with an opportunity and challenge to adapt, innovate, learn, and improve how we provide for the education of our future. What technological lessons can we apply to serve the public better? We observed the entire community meet the challenge of COVID, and I have confidence that this human can-do spirit will continue as we move forward together into a brighter future. It is an honor to serve as your county superintendent of schools. 


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Grass Roots

First California Chapter Started in San Luis Obispo County Yes! Parents Can Have a Say! By Connie Pillsbury


he battle for who controls our children’s education has heated up to the level of a raucous bullfight all across America. Fueling the fire is the juxtaposition of opposing cultural philosophies, all wishing to impose their beliefs on the minds of our youth. In the 20th century, there was a general consensus of cultural values based on the Judeo-Christian ethic, the importance of the family unit, a love of country, honesty, integrity, and hard work. Education as a means of upward mobility and opportunity was a shared goal as beloved as baseball. School was the key, and public school was the vehicle. Americans, in general, trusted the school boards and state departments of education to design a curriculum, provide textbooks and teachers that would build educated, capable contributing citizens for the future. As time went along, these bureaucracies, especially at the state level in California, became top-heavy with the trust and power given to them carte blanche by the parents. This resulted in parents gradually losing influence on the content, values, and viewpoints being taught to their children. Teachers unions, academia, and special interest groups corralled control of the educational system at the state level through political influence of the languid one-party government with only a few observant parents taking notice and exiting the system. Until COVID-19, the educational wake-up call.

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What was already a beginning resistance to the imbalance of power perceived by the parents became a torrent, with groups, movements, recall petitions of governors, and school boards reflecting the discontent. There is the 51,000member Informed Parents of California, whose motto is “We will stop at nothing to protect our kids.” The group went to Sacramento and succeeded in the deletion of four highly offensive sex education books for K-12 last March. Another example is EdChoice, which has been promoting school choice since founder, the late Milton Friedman, Nobel-winning economist, stated, “Instead of requiring that tax dollars and students follow a single path to public schools, funds earmarked for education and generated by taxes should be directed by parents to the school of their choice.”This has become known as the ‘voucher’ system and is now being implemented in seven states with ‘education savings accounts.” The impetus for these programs has been accelerated by the interest in alternative forms of learning sought during the pandemic, as well as by teacher-union self-serving refusal to return to the classroom. Locally, a group of moms have joined “Moms for Liberty,” launched in January 2021 by two moms, both school board members, in Florida. This is a non-profit, non-partisan group promoting a return of power to the parents and the freedom to choose in what manner their children will be educated. There are more than twenty new chapters of “Moms for Liberty” across the country, with the first California chapter right here in San Luis Obispo County. The group already has members from all areas in the county. Under the leadership of Jennifer Grinager of Templeton and a board of directors, their local short-term goal is “Full in-person school in the fall with no masks.” Grinager says, “There is no reason to mask children. They are not carriers, they rarely transmit the virus, and children have a 99.94 percent recovery rate. Children need to breathe.” The long term goals of this dedicated group are consistent with parent groups across the country who are committed to strengthening the role of the parent in choosing what system of education works for their child, whether it be a charter school, pod school, homeschool, and in promoting the parents’ right of being solely responsible for medical decisions for their child, including vaccinations, masks and in reforming existing public education to be more responsive to the input from parents at a local level. San Luis Obispo County parents interested in Moms for Liberty can request to join the private Facebook group by going to Moms for Liberty - San Luis Obispo County. With a monthly meeting and information sharing, the group is looking for more interested local moms to start sub-committees, attend school board meetings, meet with board members and work toward getting the word out that parents truly can have a say and a choice in how their children are educated. Yes, it’s a bullfight, and it will be an uphill battle, but Moms for Liberty are willing to stay in the arena to get the power back where it belongs – in the hands of the parents. 

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13th Annual Tour of Paso Huge Success By Camille DeVaul


n Sunday, May 2, the 13th Annual Tour of Paso Bike Ride benefiting the Cancer Support Community- CA Central Coast (CSC-CCC) broke a record by raising over $50,000! The bike ride broke another record this year with 150 registered riders and the most 50 mile riders they have ever had registered. Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the CSC-CCC. This non-profit organization offers social and emotional support and health and wellness programs to local cancer patients, survivors, and their families free of charge. Starting at 8:30 a.m., riders launched from the Omkar Medical Plaza at 1310 Las Tablas Road in Templeton. They rode their 50 or 26-mile trails through the backroads of Paso Robles’ wine country. Some highly experienced riders completed in under two hours, but all were back in time for their gourmet lunch provided by Niner Winery. In past years the bike tour started and ended at Niner Winery who provided a sit-down gourmet lunch while awards were presented. Due to COVID, Niner Winery provided pre-packaged gourmet boxed lunches for participants to take home after the ride for the second year. In addition to a sponsored lunch, participants received a complimentary bottle of J Dusi wine with a custom CSC-CCC label. Paso Bike Tours provided complimentary CSC-CCC wine glasses and t-shirts. Several local businesses and residents made donations to the CSC-CCC through the Tour of Paso Bike Ride Fundraiser. Central Coast Home Health, who donated $10,000, was congratulated and awarded for being the top sponsor for the event. Alexandria Robin raised $1,000 as an individual and was awarded as the top fundraiser for the event receiving a custom Tour of Paso jersey and a certificate to receive another bike jersey and a gift card provided by BooBoo Records. “We have some people who love to go above and beyond, which is wonderful,” said CSC-CCC Development Director Candice Sanders.

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This year, sponsors included Niner Wine Estates, the Beckett Family, Caliza Winery, Booker Wines, Power & Communications Engineering, Boo Boo Records, Zenaida Cellars, Dr. David Lacey, and J Dusi Wines. Several local businesses and sponsors also formed teams, including: Paso Bike Tours, Peachy Canyon Winery, Thom Schulz in honor of Laura Coats, and the defending champions, Team SlabTown Rollers out of Cambria. “People were so happy to be out. Everybody was in a great mood. Everybody had a great time.” said Jessica Main, the CSC-CCC Executive Director. The fundraiser’s overwhelming success was much needed given the complications COVID created during 2020. The CSC-CCC missed out on fundraising opportunities in 2020 to comply with COVID restrictions. Many were unable to donate as much as in years past, putting the foundation down about 40 percent in revenue. Tour Paso Committee Board Director Mike Milby and other committee members Micki Parker, Ted Mueller, Elzi Miller, and Tom Schultz (Meritus member and founder of CSC-CCCC) helped with the SAG crew for the bike tour. The crew drove throughout the tour, ensuring all riders were safe and provided help if anyone needed it. Candice shared, “The ride helps us continue our programming throughout the year and provide all of our services free of charge. ‘Community is Stronger than Cancer’ is one of our mottos, and all of the proceeds from this ride and all of our fundraising events stay in San Luis Obispo county in order to help locals in our community.” After such a challenging year, having the community come together and support the organization and surpass goals from pre-COVID gives the organization hope for what 2021 will bring.  For more information on how you can get involved or donate to CSCC-CCC, visit | 45

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Athletes of the Week




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Templ eton senior Charl otte Fornis s is The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press Athlete of the Week for her performance in Templeton’s series against Atascadero High. Stats

Atascadero High School senior recei ver/defensive back Ajai Daner is the Athlete of the Week for his performance against Morro Bay High. Daner racked up 141 receiving yards, inclu ding a 30-yard touchdown and one interception.

SCHOOL: Templeton High School SPORT: Softball STATS: 3/15 Game 1: 1-for-4, 3 RBI, HR, 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3H, 5k’s 3/15 Game 2: 4-for-4 3 RBI, HR, 5.0 IP, 1ER, 4H, 1k


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Paso Robles High School sophomo re running back Leo Kemp is the Athlete of the Week for his performance against Templeton High , where he carried the ball 40 times for 164 yard s and three touchdowns, resulting in a 34-20 victo ry.


SCHOOL: Paso Robles High School SPORT: Football STATS: 40 CAR, 164 YDS , 3 TDS



SCHOOL: Atascadero High School SPORT: Football STATS: 8 REC, 141 YDS , 1 TD 4 Tackles 1 INT


T y le# r K a s c h ew s k i Templeton High School senior quarterback Tyler Kaschewski is the Athlete of the Week for leading the Eagles offense in rush ing, passing and total touchdowns scored agai nst Wasco High School.


SCHOOL: Templeton High School SPORT: Football, Quarterb ack STATS: 20 CAR., 164 YDS ., 3 TD’s


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Templ eton High Schoo l senior strike r Merran Grindley is the Athlete of the Week for her performance against Pioneer Valley on April 22. Grindley recorded an astounding five goals, resulting in an 8-1 victory on home turf.

Paso Robles High Scho ol juni or slug ger Drew Wade is the Athlete of the Week for his offensive performance against Sant a Maria. Wade went 4-for-5 at the plate, including a home run.


SCHOOL: Templeton High School SPORT: Soccer STATS: 5 goals

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SCHOOL: Paso Robles High School SPORT: Baseball STATS: 4-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 HR

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Hannah Chambers SPORT: Softball STATS: 2-for-3, 6 RBI, 2HR (including grand slam) in one game vs Mission Prep

Isabella Sanchez SPORT: Tennis STATS: Undefeated in singles and doubles against St. Joseph 6-2,6-1/ 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 - singles 6-2, 7-5/ 6-4, 7-6 - doubles


Tyler Kaschewski SPORT: Football, Quarterback, STATS: #25 21 CAR 372 YDS 5 TDS 2-for-3 49 YDS passing

mia perry SPORT: Softball STATS: 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 11 K’s vs Mission Prep


Robbie Lardner SPORT: Baseball STATS: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 K’s 2-1 win over Santa Maria

Stella Gidcumb SPORT: Softball STATS: 4-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB 15-1 win over Pioneer Valley


Bella Valentine SPORT: Soccer STATS: 1 goal vs PRHS - 4/15 1 goal vs RHS - 4/20

Lucas Hamor SPORT: Soccer STATS: Hat Trick (3 goals) vs SMHS - 4/13


Martin Anguiano SPORT: Soccer, Forward STATS: 6 goals this season Key contributor to 1st place Hounds

Wesley Bennett SPORT: Football, Center STATS: 6 Pancake blocks this season Most consistent lineman for PRHS this season

Alyssa Moore SPORT: Softball, 2nd Base STATS: First game: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 dbl, 2 runs Second game: 4-for-5, 6 RBI, HR, 2 dbl, 2 runs

Olivia Wright SPORT: Volleyball, Outside Hitter STATS: vs. SLO: 21 kills, 5 aces, 6 blocks

Austin Wright SPORT: Volleyball, Outside Hitter STATS: 18 kills vs Righetti 34 kills in entire week

Drew Ardouin SPORT: Basketball, Shooting Guard STATS: 5/6 - 22 PTS/ 5 RB/ 2 AST/ 1 STL 5/7 - 11 PTS / 4 RB

Hannah Chambers SPORT: Softball, Pitcher STATS: 3/15 Gm 1: 1-for-2 RBI, 2BB 5.0 IP, 5H, 0ER 3/15 Gm 2: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, HR, BB

Julio Lopez SPORT: Soccer, Midfielder STATS: 2 assists vs Mission Prep


SCHOOL: Paso Robles High School SPORT: Basketball STATS: May 6: 22PTS / 7 AST / 5 STL / 1 RB May 7: 17 PTS / 6 AST / 3 STL / 11 RB



Tem ple ton Hig h Sch ool jun ior run ner Maddie Bobbitt is the Ath lete of the Week for leading the Eagles against St. Joseph, coming in first place with a time of 20:2 3. This was the sixth consecutive racing victory for Bobbitt.



Atas cade ro High Scho ol fresh men hitte r Carmen Burell is the Athlete of the Week for her performance in a double header again st San Luis Obispo High. Burell not only gave the Hounds the lead in the second game with a 2-run double in the fifth, but followed it with a grand slam in the sixth. Stats

SCHOOL: Atascadero High School SPORT: Softball STATS: GAME 1: 2-fo r-3, 1 RBI, 2 DBL GAME 2: 3-for-4, 7 RBI, 2 Runs, Grand Slam, 2 DBL



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SCHOOL: Temple ton High School SPORT: Cross Co untry STATS: 1st place, 6 consecutive wins

Katie Burson SPORT: Girls Golf STATS: Shot 42 at Chalk Mountain Golf Course Monday against PRHS. Medalist in two of first four matches this season


Paso Robles High School senior point guard Devin Perez is the Athlete of the Week for his performance leading the undefeate d Bearcats over Santa Maria.

Kaitlyn Hebrard SPORT: Girls Water Polo STATS: 18 Saves against Santa Ynez


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



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. ATASCADERO

Calvary Chapel Paso Robles

Highlands Church

St. James Episcopal Church

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

Christian Life Center Assembly of God

Life Worth Living Church of God

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Awakening Ways Spiritual Community

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


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


True Life Christian Fellowship

1615 Commerce Way Service: Sunday at 9 a.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Aaron Newman (805) 239-4295 1744 Oak St. Service Times: 10:30 a.m. Youth Ministries: Monday 7:00 Home Groups during the week Preschool: Christian Life Early Learning Ctr. Pastor Guy Drummond (805) 238-3366

Christian Science Services

17th & Chestnut Streets Service: 10 a.m. Sunday & 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 7 p.m. (805) 238-3833

Church of Christ

3545 Spring St. (Corner 36th & Spring) Service: Sunday, 11 a.m. Evangelist Bob Champion (805) 286-5875 Sam Hogan (310) 602-9516 Delbert Arthurs (805) 238-4412

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Covenant Presbyterian Church

Heritage Village Church

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

Hill Top Christian Fellowship 2085 Gateway Drive Heritage Ranch Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Jack Little (805) 239-1716

Oak Shores Christian Fellowship

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


Apostolic Assembly of the Faith of Christ Jesus 2343 Park St Bilingual Services: Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Pastor Miguel Alvarado (805) 610-2930

Bridge Christian Church

Centennial Park Banquet Room 600 Nickerson Dr. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Tim Mensing (805) 975-7178

1020 Creston Rd. Service: 9 a.m. (805) 238-4216 Missionaries: (805) 366.2363 1450 Golden Hill Rd. Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Katches (805) 238-6927

620 17th St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Wilde (805) 238-0978

Live Oak

1521 Oak St. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor John Kaiser (805) 238-0575

New Day

1228 11th St (east off Paso Robles St) Services: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Brad Alford (805) 239-9998

New Life Tabernacle

905 Vine St. meets @ NCCF Service: Sunday 3 p.m. Senior Leaders: Pep & Angie Robey (661) 205-7853

Family Worship Center

2206 Golden Hill Rd. Service: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Wheeler Pastor Dave Rusco (805) 226-9670 530 12th St. Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor Charles Reece (805) 238-4300

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

First Mennonite Church

Poder de Dios Centro Familiar

915 Creston Rd. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Josh Zulueta (805) 238-2006

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

3850 Ramada Dr., Ste. A-3 Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Gabe Abdelaziz (805) 434-5170

Thirteenth and Oak Streets Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Steven Mabry (805) 238-3321

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


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

Templeton Presbyterian Church 610 S. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Reverend Charlie Little (805) 434-1921

Higher Dimension Church

601 Main St. 1st Sunday: 1:30 p.m. 2nd - 5th Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pastor Charlie Reed, Jr. (805) 440-0996

Life Community Church 3770 Ruth Way Service: 9:30 a.m. Pastor Keith Newsome (805) 434-5040

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Assembly of God

The Light of the World Church

925 Bennett Way Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Saylor (805) 434-2616

Trinity Lutheran Church

930 Templeton Hills Rd. Services: Saturday 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Pastor Zac Page (805) 434-1710

Paso Robles Bible Church

Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

First United Methodist

The Revival Center

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

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

1645 Park St. Pastor Michael R. Garman Services: 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Discipleship 10 a.m. (805) 238-4419 2343 Park St. Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Romero (805) 238-2445

820 Creston Rd. Weekday Mass: M-S, 7 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday - 5 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday - 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (Family Mass) 12:30 p.m. (Spanish) 5 p.m. (Teen) & 7 p.m. (Spanish) Father Rudolfo Contreras (805) 238-2218

North County Christian Fellowship

Paso Robles Community Church

616 Creston Rd. Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Patrick Sheean (805) 239-4809

1335 Oak St. Services: 8 a.m. (Rite I) 10 a.m. (Rite II) Reverend Barbara Miller (805) 238-0819

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

3850 So. Ramada Dr. Ste. D Service: 10 a.m. Pastor Efrain Cordero

Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene

Belong Central Coast

First Baptist Church

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

Victory Baptist Church

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

Vineyard Church of Christ 601 So. Main St. Service: 10 a.m. Evangelist: Steve Orduno (805) 610-4272

Vintage Community Church

Victory Outreach Paso Robles

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


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


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

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

Celebration Worship Center Pentecostal Church of God

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

Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living

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


Shandon Assembly of God

420 Los Altos Ave. Pastor Jim Mei (805)226-9737 Spanish Service: Sunday 5 p.m. & Thurs 7 p.m. Pastor Mauro Jimenez

689 Crocker St. Service: 10 a.m. Rev. Elizabeth Rowley (805) 242-3180

Family Praise & Worship

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Templeton Hills

206 5th st. Service: 10 am Pastor Vern H. Haynes Jr. 805-975-8594

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By Connor Allen

he Paso Robles Bearcats and the Templeton Eagles met on the gridiron for the first time in 97 years in a big game for both Mountain League standings and North County bragging rights, and it was the Bearcats that came out on top 34-20 on Erb Field. The Bearcats and Eagles have played each other in football only twice, with both games coming in the same season in 1924. The long-awaited matchup met the hype as each of the team’s bleachers were as full as allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions, while students not permitted into the stadium lined the netting watching the game from the parking lot. We went back through the archives to find the old box scores, and it turns out that the Bearcats lead the series 2-0. Coached by G.A. Gates, the Bearcats finished the 1924 season with a 3-3 record, two of those wins coming over the Eagles. The two teams played in week two of the season (the Bearcats season opener was against alumni, and they lost 9-0), and the Bearcats won a close game 13-0. The two teams played again in the season’s final game, and Paso Robles ran away with it winning 71-0. For those wondering just how long ago 1924 was, a little-known box displaying moving pictures called a television was invented in 1925. Paso Robles’ other opponents in the 1924 season were King City (Bearcats fell 13-0), Taft (Bearcats lost 42-14), and San Luis Obispo (Bearcats won 20-6). This game was a historic matchup, and an important one as both teams were battling for the top spot among the North County Football teams and lifelong bragging rights. Ultimately, the Bearcats were too big and too strong and ran downhill on the Eagles all night, who were missing two of their top players in big man Chase Richards and running back Josh Berna, who both sustained injuries against St. Joseph the week prior. The Bearcats were not flashy but were incredibly efficient as both running backs exploded for over 100 yards and ran with a nastiness not seen in the North County for

Bearcats vs. Eagles for the First Time in 97 Years some time. The tandem of sophomore running back Leo Kemp and junior running back Jake Morones battered and bruised their way to over 250 yards combined on the ground and kept the chains moving all night long. Morones got the Bearcats on the board first with a one-yard plunge on Paso Robles’ opening, which also set the tone for the game on Friday night. The Bearcats marched down the field, going 61-yards in 12 plays, controlling the tempo and the clock, and, in turn, wearing out the shorthanded Templeton defense that plays several of its top players on both offense and defense. The Bearcats took a 13-0 near the end of the second quarter thanks to another laborious drive (seven plays, 33-yards) that was capped off by a punishing 17-yard run by Kemp, who ran through two Eagle defenders that appeared to have him dead to rights until he lowered his shoulder and kept on trucking. Paso Robles would get one more possession before the half, and Kemp would punch in another touchdown, giving the Bearcats a commanding 20-0 lead at the half.

accumulated 164 yards on 40 carries, scoring three touchdowns for the Crimson’ Cats. His running mate, Morones, ended with a great evening of his own, running for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. This 2021 spring season was Paso Robles High School’s first season under new head coach Matt Carroll, and after a bumpy 1-2 start, the Bearcats finished the season with four straight victories and with a record of 5-2 overall, placing them third in the Mountain League. “The biggest thing, in terms of success, is that we have a great team of young people that we are going to send out into the community that we are proud of,” Carroll said. “That is really the number one thing. Since day one, when I took over, we talked about values and not so much X’s and O’s. If you work on those values, the X’s and O’s will come later. Between the staff and this great group of seniors — just a great group of kids — the plan really came to be because of that.” The Bearcats will return most of their team next season, including both leading rushers and their quar-

Although the Eagles were down three scores and several players, they never quit and battled the Bearcats till the bitter end. Templeton took their opening possession of the second half right down the field and scored through the air as quarterback Tyler Kaschewski hit Jake Loppnow on a bubble screen and junior did the rest taking it 32-yards to for the score. The Bearcats answered with another long drive, this one finished with another Morones dive, and Paso Robles was once again up 20 points with just over four minutes to go in the third quarter. Kaschewski would add two more late touchdowns on the ground for the Eagles in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough as the Bearcats won the game 34-20. Kemp and his ability to always fall forward led the Bearcats, and at the final buzzer, the sophomore had

terback, and should enter the fall as one of the favorites in the Mountain League. After starting their season 3-0, Templeton finished 1-3 in their final four games for an overall record of 4-3. This season was the first year that Templeton played up in the Mountain League, and while they struggled against some of the bigger schools, they should be applauded for their 2-3 record in the Mountain League. Due to their talented group of seniors led by their dynamic quarterback, the Eagles took a chance this year. Unfortunately, a few injuries to key players like Chase Richards and Josh Berna robbed the team of reaching their true potential. If there had been a postseason this year, Templeton would have been the team to beat in their division after spending the season playing schools twice their size. 

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