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Journal PLUS SEPTEMBER 2011

MAGAZINE OF THE CENTRAL COAST

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HOME & OUTDOOR 16 18 20 22 24

HAWTHORNE READING PROGRAM LOMPOC WINE GHETTO HISTORY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BAY HOME DESIGN DISTRICT FOOD / AT THE MARKET

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SLO ART SCENE SLO SYMPHONY 2011-12 SEASON SHERIFF’S ADVISORY COUNCIL HISTORY: Samuel Adams Pollard HOSPICE CORNER / CROSSWORD PUZZLE PALM STREET – SLO Councilwoman, Smith OUR SCHOOLS Dr. Julian Crocker ALMANAC – The Month of September

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he History Center of SLO County has released the second of three downtown SLO multimedia walking tours. Following on the heels of the popular Historic Downtown San Luis Obispo Tour, this new walking tour called “The Darker Side of San Luis Obispo,” promises to uncover the sordid past of the recently celebrated “Happiest City in America.” Learn how violence and vigilantes, brothels and bootleggers, discrimination and drugs all played a role in the city’s history. Walkers can use one of any hand-held devices including iPods, iPads and iPhones to download the podcasts which offer a complete audio-visual-walking tour with narrative and historic photos. Both tours can be downloaded for free with iTunes. Also, iPods with tours can be rented at the History Center (696 Monterey, SLO) for $10. For more information or for the link to download the Darker Side of San Luis Obispo call (805)543-0638 or visit www.historycenterslo.org. Coming in October will be “San Luis Obispo’s Historic Railroad District” tour. Please take the time to take the tours. It’s a great way to learn more about our community and it’s a perfect way to introduce us to your out-of-town guests. (submitted by Leon Koenen) This month, the Sheriff’s Advisory Council sponsors the Sheriff’s Day at the Ranch, held at the Madonna Inn fields on September 17th. Many people don’t know much about this group so we thought we’d profile them. You’ll enjoy reading about what they do for our community. We also profile the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Adam Hill. Hill updates us on Board happenings and gives us some personal information as well. Plenty of good reading again this month.

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Avila Sea Life Center’s Executive Director

priscilla Kiessig ...Starfish and plankton and sharks, Oh my! By Susan Stewart

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hen she was a little girl, the Pacific Ocean was her playground, her family park, and later, her teenage hangout. With a grandfather who pioneered the sport fishing industry, and parents who started Avila’s Sycamore Mineral Springs resort, it is fitting that Priscilla Kiessig would one day helm the Avila Beach Sea Life Center.

“To me, loving the ocean was loving my backyard, so my passion started early,” she said. In fact, her grandfather was a grassroots founder of the sport fishing industry in San Diego, where Kiessig Corner was named in his honor. “My father [the late Russ Kiessig] grew up working those boats and developed a deep respect for the ocean and marine life,” said Priscilla, adding that on at least one occasion, he welcomed world-famous actor Clark Gable on board. Growing up in SLO, and later in Orange County, Kiessig’s own first memories of the ocean were of Avila Beach and the Old Custom House. In the third grade, she had a teacher who was committed to the plight of whales during the 1970s’ Save the Whale movement. She took her young students whale-watching and carefully explained what the movement was all about. It made a big impression on Priscilla. A few years later, she managed to convince her 6th grade teacher to decorate the hallway with a whale mural. Despite her early and obvious love for all things ocean, Kiessig was bored in school much of the time. Noticing this, her father brought Priscilla into the family business when she was just 12 years old, so she could learn things that weren’t being taught in the classroom. By the time she entered college, Kiessig had developed dual passions: one for teaching and one for business.

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PEOPLE “Choosing between business and education wound up being torture,” said Kiessig, “but as I got older I realized, ‘Why do I have to choose just one?’” Kiessig earned her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Literature, then obtained her California teaching credential. She did graduate studies in Human Development, Education, and curriculum development. She had begun her business education early on, first in her parents’ hospitality businesses and later at the Fairmont Hotel, Intel Corporation, and GST Telecom. Kiessig began writing grants for the Port San Luis Marine Institute (now renamed the Sea Life Center) in the year 2000. Between 2005 and 2009, she tutored elementary students in public schools, and teenaged boys at the James Ranch juvenile detention center. By 2009, she had joined the Sea Life Center’s full time staff.

touched a shark today?), fossil exploration, and marine mammal displays. Summer camps (called Sea U), special excursions, and birthday parties (including a hunt for pirate’s booty) are all available at the Sea Life Center. And if Kiessig has her way, that’s just the beginning. “My dream is to expand the Center ‘Avila style’ to include more exhibits, an outdoor space focused on the wonders of the water, and more classroom space – all so we can inspire as many people as possible to care for the ocean. And make the Center as sustainable as possible.”

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Toward that end, Kiessig’s mother Carol serves as the Center’s Development Committee Chair. And there is an endowment fund held by the SLO County Community Foundation. People are invited to donate to the fund by contacting the Foundation at www. sloccf.org or the Sea Life Center directly at 805.595.7280. Said Priscilla Kiessig, “My hope is to one day have Avila Beach become famous for being the little town that turned their oil spill into Dedication Ocean Love.”

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Inspired by her parents’ relentless dedication to teaching children (and adults) about the ocean, Kiessig brings true passion to her position as the Center’s executive director. Here’s how she explains the importance of ocean stewardship: “The ocean is most of the planet! Our amazing ocean covers about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, contains 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and is said to support the life of nearly 50 percent of the Earth’s species. Yet we continue to do a terrible job of sustaining its health. Raising a generation who is dedicated to protecting the oceans is critical.” The building that houses the Center was built using funds from a grant that came about as the result of the Union Oil Spill Cleanup. Despite its deceptively plain exterior, and a previous name that caused confusion, the Avila Beach Sea Life Center is an impressive place. “Most people thought the previous name, Avila Beach Marine Institute, was either associated with the U.S. Marines or a research organization,” Kiessig explained. So they changed the name to the more appealing Avila Beach Sea Life Center. Located on San Juan Street adjacent to the Avila Beach Park, the Center offers a Floating Laboratory and slew of ocean-going activities. On the Patriot sport fishing vessel for example, students can help pull the trawl net, sort, and identify the catch. Other programs offer the chance to perform ocean water chemistry, observe marine mammals and birds in their natural environments, and discuss the role of plankton in the larger eco-system. Other exhibits include a mosaic display of Avila’s Chumash history, live touch tanks (have you

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...Slo county board of supervisors chairman weighs in on civil rights and civic duty By Susan Stewart

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ith beliefs that were shaped by his college years, the civil rights movements of the early ‘70s, and his Russian grandfather—County Board of Supervisors Chairman Adam Hill is equal parts “pro-business progressive” and champion of those less fortunate. Half way through his turn as board chairman, Hill sat down with Journal Plus to catch us up on the past and give us a look at the future. Born in New Jersey, about half an hour from New York City, Hill and his older sister were raised by working class parents—a father who was a factory foreman and a mother who worked in collections for large companies. He did undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, then earned his MA in English from Fresno State. “I was a smart kid,” Hill admits, “but before college, I was more of a smart-ass kid who got into trouble. In college, I fell in love with learning, with ideas, with debate, poetry, and music.” He was teaching at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge when a colleague told him about a position at San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly. He taught Literature and Writing there for 13 years, served on the Food Bank board of directors for five (two as president), and wrote book and music reviews for the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle and SPIN magazine—before running for public office in January, 2009. How does this background serve him in his current capacity? “Well, writing is all about good communication,” he explained. “And I’ve always been a big reader. I read widely, which helps because,” he grinned, “there’s a lot to read here.” The Board of Sup’s—a common abbreviation for these five county district representatives—is the largest local government entity, tasked with a broad range of responsibilities mandated by state and federal governments. From agriculture to animals, from jails to hospitals, from birth records to death certificates, the Board of Sup’s serves both its constituents and its cities.

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“We try to establish great working relationships with our cities, and to set examples in policies, programs, and reforms,” Hill said. Among the many achievements he has been part of so far, Hill said he is most proud of these four: Securing and entitling the land for a new homeless service center (he’ll serve as chair of the capital campaign); the work he and his colleagues and local unions have done toward far-reaching compensation and pension reform; working with cochair Frank Mecham on the county’s first economic development project to grow head-of-household jobs; and helping to put into place good land use policies and protections for the county’s many mobile home residents. For the immediate future, Hill points to the approval of two largescale solar projects set to be built in the Carrizo Plain. “They’ll create hundreds of local jobs,” he said, “and will eventually generate 800 megawatts of clean, renewable energy.” The board has also approved moving ahead with such infrastructure projects as the Willow Road interchange in Nipomo, and the Los Osos sewer project. Hill has been instrumental in helping the local tourist industry to leverage the recent national attention our county has received by providing added funding and collaborative leadership. And, “I am proud to have led our Board to pressure PG&E and regulatory agencies to require advanced seismic studies and an independent review before any relicensing occurs at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.”


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inspired by our citizens,” he said. “by their pride in this community. They serve, they volunteer, they work together, they give generously. Civic pride here is so strong.” Hill’s turn as board chair ends in January, and he expects to run again in 2012 for a second 4-year term as third district supervisor, where he represents 48% of SLO City. After re-districting, it will be 55%. In the meantime, he remains just as committed to carefully-planned economic growth as he is to helping those in need.

Jack O’Connell and Adam Hill in 2008

Very much a “we’re-in-this-together” kind of man, Hill was heavily influenced by the civil rights movements (specifically of blacks, gays, and women) during the ‘60s and ‘70s. “They impressed upon me the great importance of our country to live up to its foundational ideals of equality,” he said. That influence began with his grandfather who was a victim of religious oppression in his native Russia and who moved here with dreams of a better life. Samuel Gershon—an Orthodox Jew who came to America through Ellis Island—found work at the Jones Pie Company in Newark, New Jersey. “He was the most generous and decent human being I have known,” said Hill. “He taught me about kindness and the duty to help others.” Reading, music, foreign films and an unabashed love of dogs round out Adam Hill’s life outside the board room. Not surprisingly, he reads novels, history, and philosophy. His musical tastes run the gamut, with jazz and soul—especially the work of Miles Davis, Bobby Womack, and Curtis Mayfield—taking a front seat. Hill enjoys the Palm Theater for great foreign films, and he is seldom seen without Alice and Nora, his two Australian shepherds. “They are great stress relievers,” said Hill. “My staff just loves them; they have a very calming effect.” In fact, when he was still teaching, Hill would take Alice and Nora to the classroom during final exams and his students seemed to benefit from their presence. Students figure prominently in Hill’s plan to grow jobs in the county. “When I was at Cal Poly, I heard so many bright, talented students say they’d love to stay here … but couldn’t because they aren’t enough jobs,” he explained. “My hope is we’ll be able to help grow jobs in the tech sector, the specialized manufacturing sector, and in the health S E P T E M B E R

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PEOPLE He makes a habit out of bringing his guitar to meetings with business groups, so that people, who may not know much about classical guitar music, can see the effort and devotion it takes to play. “There’s nothing like live music, but there’re instruments where recording can do them justice; rock-n-roll still rocks in recording. However, classical guitar really needs to be experienced live to be appreciated,” he says.

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A classical guitar is not the same instrument as an acoustic guitar, as some people believe. It’s considerably lighter and has nylon strings, which makes a big difference. Besides, classical guitarists don’t use pics to play, they use their fingernails. And even though their performances often look effortless, in reality any level of proficiency in classical guitar takes years to achieve. “Ask any student, and they’d tell you that if they had known the challenges classical guitar poses, they all would’ve quit. They would’ve not even gotten started,” Russ says. “Very few professional musicians would argue with the fact that classical guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to master,” he continues. It’s not hard to find your C on a keyboard. But on a guitar there’re seventeen different positions where that C major can be, depending where your fingers are at the moment you want to play it. Even mathematically speaking the arrangement is quite difficult: you only have eight fingers to play six strings on fifteen frets. In spite of all this complexity, millions of people are drawn to the classical guitar, and we on the Central Coast can be proud to be a part of the preservation and proliferation of its beautiful music. Every other year, the Central Coast based LA GUITARRA FESTIVAL brings to our shores enthusiastic music lovers, and 2011 promises to be an especially triumphant year. The roots of the Festival began in 1980, when Cuesta Community College started a oneday annual event, called Portraits in Music. The event was open to all instruments: from piano to string quartets and orchestras. Then, in the late 1990s, Cuesta signed up to be one of the tour venues for the GFA’s (Guitar Foundation of America) winners. In 1999, encouraged by the local audience’s warm response to the guitar music, Cuesta held its first three-day classical guitar festival. It was an instant success (although not yet financially). Dozens of people attended the Festival’s concerts and workshops, and from

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that time on, each next Festival was a little better and more successful than the previous. While most festivals of this sort are workshop-based and built around lectures, panel discussions and master classes, LA GUITARRA from the very beginning was conceived as a concert-based event. Master classes (where a student plays a piece for the maestro) is a good way for the audience to learn what it takes to play at concert level, and The Festival’s current Director, Russ De Angelo, believes that they could be of interest to both musicians and non-musicians alike. The local public eagerly anticipates the appearances of the world-class musicians it came to know and love. And the guitarists reciprocate these feelings. “We have a reputation for spoiling our artists,” Russ says. When the Festival was first conceived, Russ lived in Los Angeles, working for a wildly successful beauty supply company. He found what he calls “his Music Haven” in his fifties, shortly after the company he worked for, was acquired by Estee Lauder. This allowed Russ to retire, and to pursue his lifelong dream of learning to play the guitar. After finishing his studies in music at USC, he moved to the Central Coast. He immersed himself into the local scene right before the 2003 Festival, when the prominent local guitarist, Reed Gilchrest, was its Director. Russ jumped right in. He began taking lessons from Reed and helped him with the Festival arrangements. “I would listen to Reed on the phone, negotiating with the Festival artists or their management, and he showed me some of his Festival e-mails. He shared some confidential stories about some artists and about past Festivals.” Russ remembers. “It was as if he was grooming me to be his assistant.” That year, for the first time in the Festival’s history, the college didn’t lose any money on hosting it – a major milestone in its own right. Tragically, right after the 2003 Festival, Reed Gilchrest passed away, and it was Russ who was chosen to take over. He dedicated the 2005 Festival to Reed Gilchrest’s memory, and put all of his vast business experience and ability to work with different groups of people towards its growth. His efforts paid off: not only was the Festival a success; it even turned a profit for Cuesta College. The surge in attendance was so sharp it forced LA GUITARRA to look for another home – because by now it had outgrown Cuesta’s modest facilities.


PEOPLE That’s why the following two Festivals (2007 and 2009) were held at Allan Hancock College. Each event, once again, set attendance records, even though the last one was held in the depth of the recession. “I want to give accolades to both of these colleges,” Russ insists. “Without their foresight and courage, LA GUITARRA would’ve never become what it is today.” The 2011 Festival, opening on September 9, will be held at Cal Poly, and Russ cannot hide his excitement. “It’s the best venue! We’ve come full circle, and we’re back in SLO County,” he says. “I cannot say enough good things about Cal Poly Arts,” he adds. “Not only are they generously sponsoring this Festival, but now Steven Lerian and all of his staff are working with me.” Besides the eleven concerts offered in the course of three days, the Festival is showcasing 35 outstanding luthiers (guitar makers), who will be displaying their hand-made instruments. The jewel of the show is the Forderer Rare Guitar Collection, which will also be presented to the public free of charge. This priceless mobile exposition charts the history of the instrument and features some of the oldest guitars in the world. Jim Forderer, who humbly calls himself just “these guitars’ current caretaker,” puts news strings on these unique instruments for the Festival – so that visitors can check out their sound. With these many offerings, the Festival has a broad appeal. “That’s why we’ve become so popular so quickly,” Russ says. “We’re constantly trying to expand the appreciation and understanding of classical guitar in all of its forms. That’s the reason we always have a flamenco performer (this year we’ll have two of them). We also have early European music, i.e. Victorian pieces for 7-, 8- and 10-string instruments (again, we have a couple of performers). Of course, we always want to show the romantic side, too – the Spanish guitar.” Not everyone knows that classical guitar is a male-dominated field, and the guitar concerts’ audience is also typically male. But LA GUITARRA prides itself in bringing in some of the best female performers in the world. “We have a history of attracting the finest guitarists and composers, and our listeners run a wide gamut from the true guitar aficionados to people who’d never seen a classical guitar before,” Russ says. “And that’s wonderful. It means that classical guitar is becoming more main-stream.”

“Timing is everything in this world;” Russ insists, “and right now, the time is right for classical guitar.” With its rapidly growing national and international popularity, it’s clear that LA GUITARRA CALIFORNIA has become a real success. It’s also clear that it has the right person running it. Eight years under Russ’ supervision helped double the Festival in size and turned it into a highly respected international event.

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one of the most renowned international classical guitar events,” Russ marvels. “It’s known all around the world. There’re other guitar festivals, especially outside the country, but we’re the biggest festival of its kind.” The 2011 Festival will take place at the Performing Arts Center from 9/9/2011 – 9/11/2011. For details, go to www.laguitarracalifornia.com or www.pacslo.org.

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Hawthorne reading program By Sally Hillis

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he San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library recently completed the second year of their reading program at Hawthorne Elementary School. This year’s program expanded from five classrooms to nine and now includes kindergarten and third-grade. Our library volunteers tutored 215 students, and this summer will be tutoring 50 students in two summer school classes. The reading program originated as a result of money received from the estate of Lucile Hale. It was designed to help early elementary students enhance their reading skills and develop success and joy in reading. The program is integrated into the existing reading curriculum, and volunteer tutors work under the guidance of the classroom teachers. Typically, this involves a teacher asking a volunteer to pull out individual students and read with them for about ten minutes each. The

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volunteer listens to the student read a book he or she has been studying, while checking for comprehension and offering encouragement. Another aspect of the program is giving new books to all the students in the nine classes and the two summer classes. This year, the Friends of the Library provided books at a total cost of $2,500. For many students, these are the first books they have ever owned. Teachers select books for each student based on their reading level and interests. We are hopeful this will help to reduce the loss of reading skills that typically occurs over school vacations. The principal, Kirt Collins, and the teachers have expressed their appreciation for the volunteers’ service and all the books which have been given to the students. The students seemed eager for opportunity to read, one-to-one, with the volunteers, and the volunteers report they enjoy working with the children. One volunteer shared the story of a boy she had been tutoring who had been reading what he called “baby” books, but now is reading chapter books. “He feels so good about himself,” she said. It looks a lot like Christmas when the books arrive for the students in late May. Cloth book bags are also provided by the Friends of the Library for kindergarten and first-grade students who are new to the program. Jack Daily, who led the program’s development in 20092010, provided critical support in getting the books and book bags this year. Volunteers are needed to help continue this worthwhile program into the 2011-2012 school year. We were fortunate to have a well-qualified and dependable group of more than 25 volunteers this past year. Although we have a number of dedicated tutors, we are always looking for people interested in reading. We encourage everyone to consider joining this fun and worthwhile service to our community. Although many tutors are former teachers, it is certainly neither a requirement, nor essential to being a great volunteer. We are also looking for a new coordinator for the program. It’s not a big job; primarily the coordinator helps match the teachers’ schedules with volunteers at the beginning of the school year. This person does not need to be a volunteer tutor (although, that would be missing out on the fun with students). If you are interested in being a tutor this fall or serving as the coordinator, please contact the Friends of the Library at their website, http://www.slofol.org/.

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lompoc’s wine ghetto Thirteen tasting rooms within two blocks By Michelle Carter

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didn’t understand why people go wine tasting until a recent visit to a local tasting room. If you’re looking for a great wine tasting experience without all the wine snobbery, look no further, Lompoc’s Wine Ghetto is just the ticket. The Wine Ghetto is a viticultural anomaly and there is nothing like it on the central coast. Thirteen tasting rooms are situated within a two-block stretch of industrial warehouses. It’s not much to look at, but that’s what makes it so great. The moniker “Ghetto” does not refer to a decaying residential area. Although no one I talked to had an answer for how it got its name, my guess is it’s an attempt to describe the low frills atmosphere, a nod in the direction opposite the elaborate northern California vineyards and the regal wine castles of Europe. On the other hand, the Wine Ghetto represents decades of award-winning winemaking and is not to be taken lightly. A visit here promises to be a tour through a unique venue, a place ripe for wine discovery in an unencumbered learning environment. The Wine Ghetto comes upon you sort of quickly, almost immediately. A turn onto 7th Street from Ocean Avenue finds the first row of blue barracks tucked in tightly behind the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, then a sign that reads: Sobhani Industrial Park. The Ghetto is not a pretty place; it’s not supposed to be. The purpose is to focus on the wine. The area is neat and tidy and the exterior walls of the steel structures are without blemish; even more, the only distinctions between the buildings are the vintner’s signs over the doors: Jalama, Fiddlehead, Ampelos and more. The look is industrial but the mood says amusement park. The inside of the Jalama Wines tasting room appears strikingly different from the outside. The smell of fermenting wine in wooden barrels takes away any doubts you may have about this being a real winery. The décor: a huge sunflower painting, a glowing lamp and an animal skin rug all meld together to produce an old world warmth in an unapologetically small space (I’d guess about 900 square feet). Good use was made of every inch of the space and it was just as stylish as any, but what about the wine?

The Taste of Ste. Rita Hills

Jalama Wines is owned by Mark Cargasacchi, the only home grown vintner in the Wine Ghetto thus far. Cargasacchi grew up on a nearby ranch that raised lima beans and cattle. After earning a degree in environmental chemistry, Cargasacchi worked for Fess Parker for several years as an enologist. In the meantime Cargasacchi’s family began planting Pinot Noir grapes a few miles west of the famous Santa Rita Hills. While working for Parker, Cargasacchi was allowed to use their facilities to develop his own wine. Mark returned home to Lompoc over a decade ago with a new outlook on local industry. In 2004 Jalama released its first vintage. According to Clinton Froehlich, who handles the business side of the winery, traffic to the Wine Ghetto has increased continually since they moved in one year ago. “It’s a different experience here than anywhere else,” says Froehlich, as he readied himself for an incoming crowd. I agree. I confess that up until recently I didn’t like wine. I liked the idea of wine; the shape of wine bottles and wine glasses, vivid photos of vineyards and fruit and cheese. I loved the color and the mystery that surrounded it, but honestly, I didn’t get it. I once trekked up north to Sonoma and Napa, to see what they knew. I tasted wine after wine and walked miles of vineyards but still nothing. Apparently the cost of the experience is not the best guide. My second stop was the Taste of Ste. Rita Hills, owned by Antonio Moretti. Moretti’s charming Italian accent put everyone at ease and so our journey to discovery began. We started with a 2010 Moretti Bianchetto served with an Italian hard cheese-Grana Padano. Moretti described this wine as “food friendly,” a familiar term but what it

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cheese but that’s okay. I know that one day I will replay that experience – the day I discovered wine, no matter how long it takes. So, the Wine Ghetto is no Pritchard Hill and there are no hills to gaze upon, but for new wine tasters and connoisseurs alike it makes for a must-do day out that won’t disappoint. For more information visit www.lompocghetto.com

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meant I still wasn’t sure. In my layman’s eye I saw a white wine, bright and light in color, almost luminous. The fragrance was cheerful, and the taste welcoming. Next was the 2008 El Rey Pinot Noir. I found this wine less abrupt than other red wines.

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Moretti and wife Jeni just wanted to get out of Los Angeles three years ago. The winemaking couple landed in Lompoc and the Taste of Ste. Rita Hills tasting room opened in the Wine Ghetto in July of 2010. “He noticed that many of the wineries didn’t have tasting rooms,” said Jeni. The Taste of Ste. Rita Hills represents eight wineries of the Santa Rita Hills, including the Moretti label which offers a Bianchetto, Pinot Noir and Syrah. According to Moretti, “What makes this area so good for growing is the huge change in temperature, day and night.” He informed us that there are three soil types, rich in clay, sand or limestone needed for growing vines and that the temperature drop in the evenings is “Heaven for the grapes.” Lompoc’s large deposit of diatomaceous earth also makes it ideal for growing grapes. Froehlich from Jalama Wines added that the advice you’ll get in the Wine Ghetto is superior to most because the people in the tasting rooms often also work in the vineyards and know a lot about the processes used in making their wine. Some think the elements of wine observation are too sophisticated, and wine tasting, a rich man’s hobby, is off limits to them. I found out that is not the case and whatever your wine needs, you’ll find a knowledgeable and willing wine professional in the Ghetto.

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history of san luis obispo bay By Gerard Parsons

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uan Cabrillo, the famous Portuguese navigator, sailed into San Luis Obispo Bay in the summer of 1542. Cabrillo named the bay “Todos Santos,” or All Saints Bay.

Cave Landing

It all started at Cave Landing. Cave Landing has been nicknamed “Pirate’s Cove.” There is no documentation that those “rogues” visited the site. Cave Landing is located at the small cove just easterly of the previous Unocal Tank Farm. Preceding 1850, the only method of transporting people, merchandise, and freight to the central cost area was by horseback, stages, and wagons. In 1855, Clements and Rommie leased a few acres from the Avila family and established Cave Landing. They constructed a small wharf, warehouse, and derrick, which permitted them to hoist people and freight from the wharf to the cave and/or warehouse above. The water was shallow and the coastal schooners were required to “moor out.” Passengers and freight were ferried ashore to the wharf in small boats or barges. Merchandise was generally imported from San Francisco. Freight of hides, tallow, and grains were the principal exports. In 1864, Captain David P. Mallagh purchased the operation. Mallagh improved the wharf and road leading towards San Luis Obispo and the South County. Cave Landing, being in shallow water and requiring double handling of freight and passengers, was not economically feasible.

People’s Wharf In 1869, John Harford and others established the People’s Wharf, located approximately 300 feet easterly from the site of the existing Avila Beach Pier. People’s Wharf was 1,800 feet in length and in a depth of water that allowed schooners to tie abreast of the wharf. Freight could now be unloaded with cargo booms from ship to wharf. Freight was loaded and moved ashore on horse-drawn railway carts to a warehouse on the shore side. Harford became disenchanted with this “open roadstead” location. Seas, at times, were rough and ships had to “lay to” and await better weather.

Harford Wharf and Horse Railroad Since the People’s Wharf was exposed to both northerly and southerly weather, Harford withdrew from that enterprise. In 1873, Harford purchased one and one-quarter miles of waterfront property from the Avila family. This area, from the mouth of San Luis S E P T E M B E R

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HOME/OUTDOOR Creek to the site of the existing Port Pier, was graded for a railroad right-of-way. Also a tunnel was drilled through a point of land (near the site of the existing mobile home park). A 540-foot wharf was constructed with railroad tracks installed to be used by a horse-drawn railroad. Harford’s railroad was unique. The railroad flat cars were loaded with cargo from the coastal schooners. The horse-drawn cars were then driven up an incline to the tunnel. At that point, the horses were unhitched and the railroad cars rolled down the easterly incline to the town of Avila and Harford’s warehouse. A southerly storm in 1878 demolished the People’s Wharf at Avila. This disaster gave the Pacific Coast railroad and Harford Pier a monopoly and business boomed. All of the entities pursued the thought of establishing a narrow gauge railroad, which started on the pier at Port Harford. Merchandise, lumber, coal and varied products were imported, as well as exported products such as grain, sheep, cattle, hogs and dairy products. Passenger fares on the ships had been reduced to a ridiculously low price of $5 for a first class passage to San Francisco or San Diego, including meals. All of this stimulated travel. Even the lowest paid ranch hand could now afford a trip to the big city by the Golden Gate. There were reports of passengers being packed like sardines in the cabins on some of the ships, with as many as 90 passengers landing at Harford’s Pier at one time.

Lumber Company had a booming business in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, and Los Olivos. These were the “boom years” for Port Harford and the Pacific Railroad until the 1940 era when San Luis Obispo Attorney Herbert G. Grundel was appointed manager of the Pacific Coast Railroad. He oversaw the final years of the Pacific Coast Railroad. Port Harford’s name now changed to Port San Luis. The Union Oil Pier was constructed in 1914 and soon after became the largest oil shipping port in the United States. Incidentally, one interesting fact is that the stone for the Port San Luis breakwater was imported from Bishop’s Peak, near San

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Luis Obispo. In 1894, the Southern Pacific Railroad completed their railroad from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. This method of moving freight would foment the final years of the Pacific Railroad. The above is a very short summary of the early days at Port San Luis. If you would like to obtain further information on this subject, the following books can be checked out at the local City/County Library: “Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails” by Gerald M. Best, “The Pacific Coast Railway” by West Cott and Johnson, and “Port San Luis Trials and Tribulations, 1955 to 1995” by Gerard L. Parsons.

Harford boasted that he had affected a reduction of 50 cents per ton on all outboard freight, and mentioned that at his initiative he had stimulated the formation of a company to build a steam railroad from San Luis Obispo to the Bay. The combination of Harford’s Pier at the Port in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Railroad was an ambitious and feasible plan. The Pacific Coast Railroad was eventually terminated at the small town of Los Olivos. No one realized what this combination of the narrow gauge railroad and Harford’s Pier would accomplish nor how it would benefit the backwoods central coast area. Port Harford at one era had 100 ships call at the port in one month, and there were over 70 ships plying the Pacific Coast. The Pacific Coast Railroad eventually consisted of seven steam engines and over 500 cars of various sizes and lengths. At one prosperous year 450,000 sacks of grain were exported. They also had many spurs where they developed gravel and sand pits and delivered oil from the Santa Maria oil fields to ships. The Pacific Railroad and Pacific Coast S E P T E M B E R

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“State level incentives can go a long way toward reducing the cost of money-saving items like solar panels and electric cars. Call your local government office to find out if incentives are available to you,” adds Llorens. “You may be surprised how much you can save.” Here are some ways you can reduce your home energy costs: • Small Things Add Up. There are lots of little things you can do that, when taken together, can reduce your energy costs significantly. For example, setting your air conditioner to 78 degrees (or the warmest setting you can tolerate) saves money because many homeowners forget to adjust it down when the weather cools. Also, the lowly microwave is one of your household’s most energy efficient appliances, so use it instead of an oven to reduce your

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Date scones with brown butter and hazelnuts By Sarah Hedger

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ithout question, September brings the beginning of Fall to the Central Coast. And with Fall comes the wonderful apple season many of us (apple addicts) genuinely look forward to every year. I recently realized the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree as my mom seems to be a bit of an apple addict as well. It’s not so much of an addiction that we succumb to eating out-of-season apples, but we do our best to get as much mileage as we can out of apple season in its entirety. Aside from apples, September offers pears, beans (look for some heirloom varieties), melons, late season tomatoes, as well as delicious concord grapes which are indeed a special treat. While I do my best to offer seasonal recipes in this section, sometimes I need to balance out the highly nutritious options with some more “all season” delights. Sometimes I just need something that

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sticks to the ribs a little more while being moderately healthy. An example of this is this month’s recipe, Date Scones with Brown Butter and Hazelnuts. While they may sound evil, they actually use substantially less butter than the average scone because the butter is browned, making it taste like there is twice the amount of butter than there actually is. This is a good thing! These scones are an expanded version of the classic date scone we found just about everywhere on a recent visit to New Zealand. I don’t know what it is about that country, but freshly made date scones can be found in just about every café, and in every corner of the country. While plain date scones are delicious, I wanted to play off some other stellar ingredients, such as locally grown hazelnuts and, one of my personal favorites, New Zealand’s own flaky sea salt, which we are fortunate enough to find here (kosher salt is a fine substitute). While it doesn’t promote food mileage in any way, a small amount


of salt can go a long way. Though not entirely essential to the scones, it contributes to the overall flavor as it brings out the nuttiness of the brown butter, the toasted hazelnut flavors, and, at the end of the day, the sinfully good taste. The quality of the hazelnuts (and nuts in general) is not something to be overlooked as they can go rancid rather quickly. In other words, use the most local nuts you can find. It took me a while to appreciate hazelnuts as every time a recipe called for them, I would end up extremely frustrated at the fact their skin didn’t peel off easily like the recipes said they would. I thought it was my technique until at last, I had an epiphany. Stale, or older hazelnuts do not like to let go of their skins – at all! Here I was following the recipe verbatim, then throwing that to the wind and trying my own techniques to get the skin off, to no avail. Finally, years later I found some fresher hazelnuts and they effortlessly slipped right out of their skins! These days, I make it even easier by placing the hazelnuts on the baking sheet I plan to use for the recipe while the oven is preheating, taking only about 20 minutes, which is about the time it takes for me to throw together the remaining scone ingredients. Simple and efficient which, for the most part, is a good thing! Thus, I offer you some wonderful date scones that happen to be on the healthier side.

date scones with brown butter and hazelnuts For the Scones: 1/2 c. hazelnuts (find local nuts and feel free to substitute in walnuts or almonds as well) 1 1/2 c. wholegrain spelt flour (or substitute a gluten free flour or other whole grain flour) 1/2 c. tapioca starch 1/4 c. ground flax or oat bran 1/4 c. brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp. flaky sea salt such as kosher salt 1/4 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg 1 T. baking powder 1/3 c. browned butter (place in saucepan over med high heat and boil until aromatic and golden brown bits appear, then remove from heat and scrape into bowl) 1/2 c. plain yogurt (plain kefir or buttermilk are good options as well)

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8 Medjool dates, pitted and cut into quarters Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or baking paper. While oven is preheating, place hazelnuts on same baking sheet and place in preheating oven for 15-20 minutes, or until brown skin is peeling off and they are lightly brown with a nice roasted smell. Remove hazelnuts from oven and when cool enough to handle, finely chop (in a food processor works as well as by hand). In a large bowl, mix ground hazelnuts, spelt flour, tapioca starch, ground flax or oat bran, brown sugar, salt, nutmeg, and baking powder until thoroughly incorporated. Add browned butter and mix well with fork. Add the yogurt (or kefir) and dates. Mix well with a wood spoon or by hand, until dough comes neatly together. Place dough on same baking sheet and gently pat into 6 inch (15cm) round, a little over an inch (3cm) thick. With a large knife, cut scones into 6 wedges and gently separate, separating by an inch between scones, on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Resist eating for a few minutes while they cool. Enjoy! *Feel free to email me at sarahhedger@gmail.com if you have any food-related questions and find this recipe (as well as other versions) at www.seasonalalchemist.com


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a sense of a “meteorological moment” that evokes wonder, the sublime, or just her grasping at a transient view found within the ever-changing panorama. Such an experience is evoked in “Hover,” an oil on canvas endowed with layers of glazing. At the base


COMMUNITY of the composition is an umber out-of-focus landform that meets a gray mass of coastal mist above. The confrontation of sky and land is mediated by long streaks of white clouds that part to reveal narrow strips of blue sky beyond – a sliver of infinity. Lupinek calls her sky, land and water paintings Mindscapes. She describes her work as “a recreation of memories and impressions of places either imagined or visited, evoking the interaction of changing light and atmosphere on the hills, valleys, water and sky.” By simplifying the elements in her paintings, she strives to evoke a range of emotions in the viewer. An artist of a generous temperament, Lupinek wants to share the joy she feels in the beauty of the natural world. Many of her paintings impart a sense of peace and timelessness.

together for the long haul, and combined with the recession woes, the Loft Gallery was forced to close its doors in 2010. Undaunted, Lupinek re-emerged to head up Loft Contemporary Art Projects, an entity that seeks opportunities for exhibiting contemporary art in various venues. For at least the past ten years, the “projects” phenomenon – groups of enterprising contemporary artists and curators – has emerged as an alternative to bricks and mortar galleries with expensive leases. This more fluid approach allows artists to bypass the self-appointed gatekeepers and inflexible hidebound institutions of the official art world. Lupinek and her artists mounted a show in July at the

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Castoro Cellars Tasting Room gallery, Paso Robles. The next opportunity to see her work and that of fellow artist Carol Paquet will be at the Steynberg Gallery, 1530 Monterey Street, SLO, October 1-30. Join Evani and Carol at the opening reception on Friday, October 7. As Lupinek brings more collaborators into her mission and finds continued joy in painting the land, water and skies of our region, I’m sure those first “sky-scapers,” the Dutch Masters, are looking down from the fleecy clouds in artists’ heaven, nodding their approval. For more information: www.evanilupinek. com; www.steynberggallery.com.

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Such a work is “Blue,” a vertical composition that depicts the sea, the coastal mountains and the onset of an azure twilight in a towering sky. Heaven seems not far away in this painting, which also uncannily brings to mind the large moody works of the American abstractionist, Marc Rothko (1903-70). This is no accident as Lupinek says her objective is to “find the precise point between representation and abstraction where space is simultaneously described and imagined.” In other words, the real world serves as a point of departure into the more poetic realm of art. In addition to her career as an artist, Lupinek has become an advocate for modern and contemporary art in San Luis Obispo County. To this end she co-founded an artists’ collective in 2009, the Loft Gallery, a second floor exhibit space in downtown Paso Robles. Like most collectives, it is a challenge to keep artists working

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SLO Symphony’s 2011-2012 Season “Music for Life” By Patty Thayer

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ow do you follow an incredible 50th Anniversary Season? Filled with sold-out performances, world premiere music, world-class artists, and an unprecedented 50 events for 50 years, the Symphony’s 50th season is not an easy act to follow! But if you’re Maestro Michael Nowak, you follow an impressive 50th with a simply breathtaking 51st. In the words of composer Dmitri Shostakovich: “Music says it all. In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music.” So, in as few words as possible: Music Director Michael Nowak and the San Luis Obispo Symphony are proud to announce their 2011-2012 Season. Beginning with Pops by the Sea on September 4, 2011 and continuing through the annual Bach ‘n Birdies Golf Tournament on June 2, 2012, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will bring you music from the heart and for the soul, music made just for you, music for life. Opening Night on October 8th begins with a glimpse of Shakespearean lovers, a ballet that rocked Moscow and a lush, romantic

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piano concerto that evokes “a full moon and empty arms.” Pianist Robert Edward Thies joins us for music of Berlioz, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. The season continues on November 12th with the music of Beethoven, Bruch and the masterful Jean Sibelius. Onward to February 4th and some “Suite Serenades” featuring French horn virtuoso Richard Todd and tenor Christopher Cock in Benjamin Britten’s Serenade plus the world premiere of Dr. Craig Russell’s reconstruction of Mozart’s never completed 5th Horn Concerto. March 10th will come in like a lion when violinist Joanna Kurkowicz performs the U.S. premiere of Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz’s Concerto No. 3. Schubert’s Unfinished and Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches complete the program. Finally, on May 5th, we’ll celebrate “Cinco de Mayo” with the “Two B’s.” Pianist Norman Krieger will join the Symphony for Beethoven’s sunny Piano

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Concerto No. 2 and our amazing orchestra will take on Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Those are the highlights of a stellar 51st Season that also features two chamber music concerts, a fun-filled Family Concert, the annual Symphony Ball and much more. We hope you’ll join us for a season of imagination, inspiration, education and transformation. Join us as our journey continues with music made for you. Join us for Music for Life. Apex for Kids Family Concert

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Sheriff’s Advisory Council: Providing support and funding to law enforcement By Hilary Grant

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nce upon a time, most small and mid-town police departments in America really were a lot like the one in fictional Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show.

A few patrol cars, a smattering of law enforcement personnel and a dispatcher usually did the job with a minimum of fuss and equipment. But today, with so many of these agencies expected to take on new responsibilities, as well as being asked to utilize increasing technological advances in criminal investigations, much more is needed than the bare basics. Here in SLO County, that’s where the not-for-profit San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Council comes in. Founded in 1988 to provide extra funding and support to law enforcement agencies throughout the entire county, SAC, as the group is also known, began with a little more than 20 members and now has 130 active participants. (The organization hopes to attract at least 30 new applicants in the next year.) Thanks to these members and various money making events, SAC was able to purchase a good deal of needed equipment just last year, including more than three dozen vests for the fire department in Cambria; partially paying for two K-9 dogs for the Arroyo Grande Police Department, and purchasing mobile radios and ancillary equipment for the SLO-located Horse Emergency Evacuation Team, whose members move farm animals and other livestock in emergencies such as wildfires.

free referrals for assistance with food, housing, health care and unemployment, and in 2009, the Sheriff’s Day group awarded a at the Ranch is $1,000 scholarSeptember 17th ship to the son of a deputy sheriff planning to major in criminal justice at a community college in California. “This group is very close to all of our members’ hearts,” says Jim Brabeck, SAC’s current chairman of the board and the CEO of Farm Supply Company. (Other occupations on the 15-member board include a former SLO County Supervisor, certified public accountant, and retired Cal Poly professor.) “We receive the donations we do because people realize that public safety is the foundation upon which our quality of life here on the Central Coast is built.” While a short-term goal is to bring in new members, Brabeck says that SAC’s longer, money-making push right now is funding a new coroner facility. This new building, he adds, will allow autopsies to be performed locally. Involved in SAC “since day one,” Brabeck says that the Council was formed to fulfill a campaign pledge of then newly-elected SLO County Sheriff Ed Williams. Williams, he says, hoped to create an advisory board of citizens who could do two things: address community law enforcement concerns and, as a non-profit, bring in dollars to meet many of the expanding, and unmet, needs of police agencies.

SAC Chairman, Jim Brabeck with supporter Katcho Achadjian

Additionally, the Council helps with the funding of officer training, public forums and student scholarships. In this category was co-sponsoring a sexual assault training program to SLO city officers, and funding and organizing two sheriff candidate forums, which gave area residents a chance to meet and ask questions to candidates running for sheriff in 2010. SAC has also donated monies to the local dial 2-1-1 program, which gives S E P T E M B E R

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Founding SAC Chairman, Bryan Duvall with Chairman Elect, Sylvia Dodd at Pat Hedges retirement party.

Another early ambition, adds Brabeck, was to start a regional law enforcement training facility, and in fact, thanks to Council lobbying, the SLO County Board of Supervisors did allocate land for this purpose.


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Log on to www.sacslo.org to find out more about the Sheriff’s Advisory Council, including its mission, meeting schedules and the upcoming Sheriff’s Family Day at the Ranch.

“It is truly an honor to be chairman of this board.” Last election debate for Sheriff sponsored by the SAC

“Allan Hancock College beat us to it, but we were still able to fund the first video camera for a patrol car, which is now standard in all sheriff cars,” says Brabeck. Other early equipment that SAC bought was night vision goggles and protective vests for the County. Indeed, Brabeck says that SAC is now able to give $15,000 to $25,000 for various policerelated activities every year. The public will have a chance to see some of the results of the group’s efforts this month at its annual Sheriff ’s Family Day at the Ranch. Slated for Saturday, September 17, from 10 o’clock in the morning to four in the afternoon, the free event will be, as it was last year, at the Madonna Inn Field, adjacent to Highway 101 and Madonna Road. Last year, about 5,000 persons attended, and Brabeck is expecting at least the same number of visitors this time. There will be no charge for hot dogs and sodas to kids 12 years old and under. “All law enforcement agencies within our county will have a presence,” says Brabeck. To that end, there will be demonstrations by K-9 units and Jaws of Life programs, as well as representatives from federal agencies including the FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency. Brabeck says members of the sheriff’s posse and California Highway Patrol will also be on hand to interface with the public. SAC plans to get word out about the event via local television, radio and print ads (including an ad on page 47). A new web site (it debuted earlier this summer) will, says Brabeck, also increase public awareness of not just Sheriff ’s Day, but other Council activities. “The most gratifying part of belonging to SAC is getting to know outstanding individuals who understand the importance of what we’re all doing,” says Brabeck. “Thanks S E P T E M B E R

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Samuel adams pollard By Joseph A. Carotenuti

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lthough considerably quieter than the rabble and lawlessness of both San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south, mid-nineteenth century San Luis Obispo provided few opportunities to earn a living. As a “cow county,” most income was from the land and cattle. Samuel Adams Pollard had little interest in either but found “everyone had plenty of money…” to support his (and its) first store. Yet, he was not above other jobs…including a memorable stint as District Attorney. He had no qualifications whatsoever – except he was bilingual. His experience provides an insight into the “justice system” of the frontier settlement. His story continues. His first (and probably last) case involved an accusation of cattle rustling. When the defendants’ lawyer “stalked calmly into the court-room,” it was a moment to notice. Pollard described him as “a veritable Texan giant, in a red shirt, with no coat, his pants tucked in his boots, and a brace of huge revolvers in his belt.” The weapons he “slowly drew forth” and

placed on the table before the judge. The six accused also had weapons. Pollard considered the case had a “highly dramatic first act” but with a “decided tendency towards tragedy at the close.” He reported he was “perfectly satisfied” with the not guilty verdict. The “defense” attorney also expressed his satisfaction as failure was not an option. Indeed, he was prepared “to clean out Court, jury, and all” to exonerate his clients! Fortunately, Pollard was able to continue his other pursuits and quickly found himself elected to the first Board of Supervisors (1852) with other local notables: John Wilson, Joaquin Estrada, Francisco Branch and William G. Dana. They agreed he should be the chairman. His new duties allowed him to continue his mercantile efforts as well as being the settlement’s first postmaster. What must have been a personal joy, Pollard met John C. Fremont soon after on the Pathfinder’s last visit to San Luis Obispo. With no hotels, he offered his guest a countertop as a bunk for the night. His hero from the Mexican-American War was also without funds so Pollard acted as banker and cashed a bank draft. While business and civic responsibilities increased, the 30-year-old bachelor searched for a family and found one as the result of tragedy. Judge Tefft – who had bankrolled Pollard’s initial supply purchase – drowned off the coast of Avila. His 22-year-old widow, Josefa, was the eldest daughter of William G. Dana. Two years a widow, she and Pollard were married on December 20, 1854. Pollard moved into the family’s Nipomo adobe and ran a store in the front room. Possibly as part of her dowry, Josefa received at least part of her family’s Casa Grande building on today’s Court Street. The newlyweds offered to sell the “Dana House” to the County in 1855 for $3000. It remained a County building for many years. It is not clear how long the Pollards stayed at the family home in Nipomo but probably not beyond the death of the patriarch of the Dana clan in late 1858. Returning to San Luis Obispo, Pollard’s next major business partnership was to build a $15,000 flour mill in 1865.

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Two years later, after buying over 1000 acres of the Rancho Santa Rosa (Cambria), he proceeded to open the first store in the seaside community. Nearly a quarter century after their marriage and five children, in 1878, Maria Josefa died. In the 1880 Census, Pollard provided a somber description of himself as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;widowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and flour merchant with four children and living on Marsh Street. Five years later, he remarried Maria A. Branch, a widow of the extensive Arroyo Grande family. In the meanwhile, whatever other enterprises he pursued, he was elected as the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tax Collector from 1881 to 1883 and then City Clerk/Assessor from 1886 to 1894. Today, there are page after page of minutes in his exquisite penmanship. Possibly time had finally laid a burdensome hand on his shoulder as in 1897 Pollard moved away from the home heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d known for most of his life to live with his sister in San Francisco. Indeed, the parade of his life dwindled as his friends, acquaintances and family were passing into time. Even the Tribune commented that only he and Myron Angel were left as veterans of the Mexican American War to ride in the annual Fourth of July Parade.

Samuel Adams Pollard not only lived in the pioneer panorama of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;rustyâ&#x20AC;? crossroads from its birth into maturity, but he honored his memories by sharing them with others. Sensing an end, Pollard found time to reflect, to take inventory, to remember and cherish â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and undoubtedly regret â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of the past. He was also sure to hold up a mirror to reflect reminiscences and when he died in 1904, an encyclopedia of memories also was laid to rest. Separated by death and distance in time, Pollard has not fared well by those who came

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after him. His youthful partner in opening the first store here, William Beebee, is remembered with at least a street name. Pollard â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who matched his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various accomplishments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has slipped into the mist of time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I found the Californians the cleverest people I ever met,â&#x20AC;? Pollard once wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proud, dignified, with a natural grace and politeness, very hospitable, and not slaves to the almighty dollar.â&#x20AC;? Those same Californians still have the same grace to remember him today.

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hospice corner How does hospice care work? By Helen Swanagon, RN

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y the time a physician tells a person that there is no further medical treatment that will change the course of their illness (and thus the course of events…death) they are usually sick, tired, and sick and tired of treatments, loss of energy, function and independence. They may feel like there is nothing left for them. But, there is something that can be done. They can seek hospice care. Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. At the center of hospice care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. The focus is on caring, not on curing and, in most cases, care is pro-

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vided in the patient’s home. Hospice care can also be provided in board and care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Hospice Partners of the Central Coast is one of the non-profit, State licensed, Medicare/Medi-Cal certified hospice care providers in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties that residents of our community can turn to for help. Hospice Partners will support patients and their families during the final stage of life. The Hospice Partners’ team uses the combined knowledge and skills of an interdisciplinary staff team of professionals, including physicians, nurses, home health aides, medical social workers, dietitians, therapists, spiritual and bereavement counselors, hospice musicians and volunteers to ease the journey. So, how does hospice care work? Well, the patient (or family member) or the patient’s doctor contacts Hospice Partners and ask for a referral. Our nurse will gather the information from the doctor, and then call the patient. The nurse obtains information over the phone, in person, or if the patient is in a hospital or facility, will meet with them there. When the determination has been made that hospice is appropriate, the care will be focused on comfort – physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, for the patient, as well as the family. Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill patient. The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The care plan also outlines the medical and support services required such as nursing care, personal care (dressing, bathing, etc.), social services, dietetic assistance, hospice musicians, grief and bereavement counseling, and spiritual care. It also identifies the medical equipment, procedures, medication and treatments necessary to provide high-quality comfort care. The goal is to have the patient continue to do the things that are important in their life – such as visiting with friends, going to bingo, church, lunch. The emphasis is on the quality of life, instead of its duration. The care of the hospice patient continues to be managed by the patient’s own physician. Members of the hospice team make


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regular visits to assess the patient and to provide the care and other services. The whole team of hospice professionals is available to help in ways that will support the patient at the end of their life. Some patients want and need all of the hospice services, others want only some of the services. It is tailored to the individual patient and family needs. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support is extended to the patient’s loved ones, as well. And, after the death of the hospice patient, the bereavement staff will provide grief and bereavement counseling to family members and friends.

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Who pays for Hospice care? While Medicare, Medi-Cal, and most private insurance companies have a Hospice benefit, it only partially covers the costs of hospice care. To make up the difference for the unreimbursed care, Hospice Partners is dependent on the generosity of the community for donations and support at fundraising events. Patients who have no coverage or method of paying for hospice care and services are not turned away. This monthly Hospice Corner is sponsored by Hospice Partners of the Central Coast. Helen Swanagon, RN, is the Intake/Liaison Nurse Manager. For more information, call (805) 782-8608.

STATEPOINT CROSSWORD THEME: POPULAR SAYINGS ACROSS 1. Hoarders action 6. *Curiosity’s victim 9. Relative speed of change 13. *”Remorse” trip 14. *”___ in wait” 15. Taste, e.g. 16. Type of duck 17. Freddy Krueger street 18. Arab country 19. *Back to this board 21. Prince alternative, Mark Twain 23. Downhill equipment 24. Boxer Oscar De La ____ 25. Masseuse’s office 28. Jane Austen classic 30. To-do list entry 35. SAT, e.g. 37. Be sick 39. With great enthusiasm 40. *”____ does it”

41. Indolence, abbr. 43. Hawkeye State 44. Tastes like lemon 46. Ancient Greece’s columned walkway 47. Actress Barrymore 48. Roundabout way 50. Oldsmobile founder 52. *This is well if it ends well 53. Point 55. ___ Angeles 57. *One’s not recommended for storing all eggs 60. *This can’t change it’s spots 64. Poet Alighieri 65. *”____ day now” 67. Ann Curry’s show 68. Eight performers 69. James Bond creator Fleming 70. Same as hoist 71. *On your shoulder 72. Bear’s hibernation place 73. Come in

DOWN 1. Wine and cheese descriptor 2. Wilderness preservationist John ____ (1838-1914) 3. Verdi’s opera 4. Large amounts 5. * Do it while the iron is hot 6. Horsefly 7. Be ill 8. Time in Italian 9. *”____ the benefits” 10. *”Up the ____” 11. One of Romanov’s dynasty 12. Poetic “ever” 15. *Back to this first one 20. Nimbus, pl. 22. ___ aye Captain! 24. Not a convertible 25. Lieu 26. V-sign 27. Balance sheet entry 29. *Whose best friend? 31. SWAT attack, e.g. 32. Greek bazaar 33. Handrail post

34. Southern accent, e.g. 36. Novice 38. *One who parts easily with money 42. Big Dipper shape 45. *A drop in this 49. Street in Paris 51. Comfort 54. Characterized by dignity and propriety 56. *A silver one denotes wealth 57. Composer Johann Sebastian 58. Unfavorable prefix 59. One stair 60. Country singer-songwriter Loretta 61. Miners’ passage 62. Tear down 63. One who dyes 64. John Henry “___” Holliday 66. National Academy of Engineering

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Palm street perspective Leading San Luis obispo in the future

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ur roller coaster economy – recovering/recession ridden – demands that transparency, accountability and trust go hand in hand. Each is critical to the commitment of elected officials and city government staffers . . . to maintain the integrity expected from voters who place their trust in a handful of residents to impact their quality of life and pocketbooks. Never has transparency been more significant than in the last 13 months since the Bell, CA scandal was unearthed by the Los Angeles Times. Both elected and appointed officials abused the public trust allocating millions of dollars in tax funds to outlandish salaries and benefits. The landscape has been altered forever of how voters/citizens view any local government decisions. San Luis Obispo leadership – vis a vis Ken Hampian, recently-retired City Manager – has been in the spotlight recently as he served as a temporary interim CM in Bell. As Ken served pro-bono (without pay), there was expressed confidence in his professional skills, knowledge and experience garnered for 20 years in our own SLO-Town. So . . . how does all this affect San Luis Obispo, its elected City Council and the relationship we must engender to be fiscally

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responsible for the expenditure of nearly $100 million annual tax dollars/fees? Even that amount comes with a shortfall of $4.4 million and a required $2.6 million in employee wage/ benefit concessions yet to be negotiated. As one of the “gang of five” of elected officials on SLO City Council, the challenge weighs heavy. We need to fine-tune the assessment of our “big picture” direction. The day-to-day interaction with a myriad of details involved in decision-making is often out of the purview of policy that allows Council oversight. Once a two-year budget is set, General Fund control passes to professional staffers who are proscribed to seek the elected Council direction on a limited basis. It is scary. I was on the Council 1994-98 when John Dunn was the Chief Administrative Officer and Ken Hampian the Assistant CAO. In four years, I don’t recall any turnover of leadership in any department. We had adequate dollars and focused on the “best use” of tax funds. The days of limited technology encouraged an open-door policy for Council Members to independently communicate with leadership/ staff at all levels on a face-to-face basis. It seemed that each Council Member had equal access to setting the agenda and acquiring information on administrative decisions.

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It feels different today. Massive e-mails float back and forth, with direction that multiple leaders be copied to assure the flow of information. While a CAO was a facilitator and implementer, a City Manager seems more like a gate-keeper and staff is available for Council consultation on tight schedules. Agenda-setting is a hazy process. At present, we have a relatively new City Manager, two vital positions empty (Community Development recently and Finance with a part-time interim for almost a year – “thanks, Mary”) and a Police Chief retiring in December. Council must be vigilant in providing whatever oversight is possible . . . whether it be a concern about potential Brown Act near misses or questioning where bargaining concepts are based and who was involved – and why – in their inception. As a former newsperson, I try to employ the who, what, when, where, why and how? If I feel instinctive discomfort, I will err on the side of the average citizen expressing transparency and accountability concerns. In the final analysis, we five residents were elected by a vote of the people and are responsible for the fiscal health of San Luis Obispo. The buck stops on the dais! If a ballot remains in your stack of mail, please VOTE YES ON MEASURES A& B . . . then mail immediately!


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Annika Johnson, Owner 570 Higuera Street, Suite 220 805-459-7016 www.AnnikaLaurel.com www.facebook.com/ annikalaureldesigns Annika Johnson, owner of Annika Laurel Designs, believes in expressing yourself in any way you can. She is helping “SLOcals” express themselves by wearing her vintage inspired hair accessories. Johnson started making her own hair accessories three years ago without any idea it would eventually turn into a business. After making accessories for the bridesmaids at her sister’s wedding, as well as the bride, she considered selling her pieces. In December of last year, she started Annika Laurel Designs. Today, Johnson has a small office in The Creamery that she uses to make her accessories and meet with clients. You can find her at Thursday Night Promotions Farmers’ Market every week, as well as various awareness events in SLO; such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Cal Poly’s

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David and Raelyn Larson, co-owners 883 Marsh Street 805-543-5555 www.facebook.com/ goodgameslo Equipped with 50 computers and a wide selection of video games, Goodgame is becoming a hot spot for high school and college students. Open from noon to midnight, seven days a week , Goodgame offers a competitive social environment for multi-player gaming. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a gamer to utilize their services. Customers can also browse the web and print documents in this convenient Downtown location next to the Post Office on Marsh Street. This is the second Goodgame enterprise for co-owners, David and Raelyn (mother and son). The first location opened a year and a half ago in Santa Maria. David Larson, Nipomo local, taught himself how to build a computer when he was 10 years old and has been building them

It is important to Johnson to give back to the community. Every month, Annika Laurel Design makes a “spotlight clip” and 100 percent of the profits go to a special cause. For May’s spotlight clip, Johnson wanted to honor a woman who donated her kidney to a complete stranger and started a chain of kidney donations. The generous woman has a streak of bright pink in her hair, which is why the clip included bright pink accents. Annika Laurel Design offers everything from hair clips to hair ties to headbands. She also gives her customers the option of making customizable pieces. “If you have an idea, I am more than willing to make it happen. One time a woman asked to make her a bird cage and I did it!” Her pieces are priced according to the vintage materials she uses. She sells colorful headbands starting at $4, with more unique pieces ranging from $8-$28. Call for an appointment. By: Alison Moore ever since. All of the computers at the San Luis Obispo location, as well as another 50 computers in Santa Maria, were all hand-built by David. At Goodgame, customers purchase game time by the hour and are able to save their unused time for future gaming. If a customer buys two hours of playing time, for example, they have the option of using one hour and the computer will save the unused time for a future visit. The first hour of game time purchased is $4, with additional time being based on a sliding scale. Gamers can also purchase an all day pass for $20. “Customers can expect to have fun, meet new friends and people of similar interests and find competition.” Goodgame also offers customers the opportunity to play the newest video games before spending $40 - $60 on a new game they’ve never played before. By: Alison Moore


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Our Schools: Cyber bullying and schools

By Dr. Julian Crocker, County Superintendent of Schools

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Types of Cyber bullying The most obvious type of cyber bullying is for the bully to deliver threats directly to the victim using the Internet. These threats can be delivered anonymously, which can embolden a bully who perhaps would not deliver these threats in person. An added feature of cyber bullying is that the victim never knows who else is participating thus increasing the anxiety of the victim. Just like bullying on the playground, cyber bullying causes the victim to become distracted, fearful and anxious, all of which interfere with learning. Social networking sites are the preferred platforms for cyber bullying. Students may legitimately join an online social community, only to find that the personal information shared is now used to intimidate or coerce a member who has suddenly become a victim. The effect of this use of social networking is to denigrate or threaten another, causing feelings of betrayal and anger for the victim, which again impacts school performance. Another type of cyber bullying is online fighting. This can range from a very heated exchange between two students, to the actual filming of real fights, and then sending this video to others electronically. The problem for schools is that the repercussions of the fight,

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What Schools Can Do All school districts in our county have an Acceptable Use Policy that governs the use of computers, cell phones and other devices on campus. This policy applies to both staff and students. An effective policy makes it very clear that cyber bullying is not permitted at school and that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against students who violate the policy. Also, schools have strong filters in place that limit and screen material coming to computers owned by the school district. Schools also have rules regarding the use of cell phones and personal computers while at school. These rules vary by district from allowing use only during non-class time to a ban on any use while at school. A greater problem for schools is when cyber bullying occurs offcampus but the effects impact students when they come to school. Responding to this off-campus behavior can easily run into First Amendment issues involving free speech and privacy concerns. Schools have been challenged on their right to take disciplinary action against students whose inappropriate use of digital technology happens off campus. Schools must show a clear connection between the cyber bullying that occurs off campus and its impact on the school’s responsibility to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment. If this connection is made, the courts have consistently upheld the right of schools to take disciplinary action against students whose cyber bullying behavior took place off campus.

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Engen Enterprises, Inc, a Franchise of Taco Bell recently donated $5000 to SLO Food Bank. Customers were asked if they want to make a dollar donation to the Food Bank when purchasing a meal.

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The Central Coast Book & Author Festival is back for its 12th year. This fun and free celebration of the literary arts takes place Sunday, September 18th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mission Plaza. A kickoff event, an evening with syndicated cartoonist, Jerry Scott, happens 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17th at the SLO Library. Jerry, the creator of the popular “Zits” and “Baby Blues” strips. Dozens of authors, publishers and organizations will exhibit their works at this year’s outdoor-indoor festival. For more information (available two weeks prior to the event) visit www.slolibraryfoundation.org, call (805) 546-1392.

the sea otter experience Come meet some of Morro Bay’s most playful characters at The Sea Otter Experience. The exhibit trailer will be set up close to the end of the boardwalk near the base of Morro Rock. View sea otters in the wild while learning about these incredible creatures from Museum of Natural History educators. 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m., September 3rd – 5th. The Sea Otter Experience is presented by California State Park Docents and the CC Natural History Association. For more information, please call 772-2694.

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9/11 memorial concert Join us on September 10th and 11th as we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a memorial concert featuring Mozart’s profound Requiem and Barber’s stirring Adagio for Strings performed at Mission San Miguel and the Templeton Performing Arts Center. We will be joined by the Cuesta Master Chorale, North County Chorus and more! For more information go to symphonyofthevines.org.

The Third Annual BEAUTIFUL MINDS WALK will take place in Laguna Lake Park in SLO on Saturday, October 1st. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:45 a.m. Come on out and enjoy a beautiful 1.5 mile walk, children’s carnival, silent auction and lively entertainment! Your participation in NAMI’s annual fundraiser will help support mental health awareness, education and advocacy throughout our local community. Hope to see you there!


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Dr. Scott A. Dubrul of SLO recently completed the 100-mile course on the Tahoe Rim Trail in 27 hours and 36 minutes, placing 23rd out of 118. In order to prepare for this accomplishment, his weekly race training included two shorter runs (around 10 miles in 2 hours), and one long run every weekend, ranging from 25 to 35 miles. He’s has now competed in 2 Ultra-marathons of 100 mile distance.

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A memorial service to honor those who have served and those who have died for our country will be held on Monday, the 12th of September at 10:00 a.m. at Laguna Lake Golf Course, SLO. A short flag service and a tribute to long time American Legion member, Bob Bryn, will be honored. Cookies and punch will be served. The Public is invited.

10th Annual 9/11 American Thunder BBQ Join us to honor and support our US troops at Mitchell Park, SLO on Sunday, September 11th, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. BBQ free to military in uniform, others $10. The program will consist of military guest speakers, music and Honor Guard. Donations will be collected for our troups. For more information go to: www.9-11americanthunder.com

Children’s museum receives $25,000 gift The SLO Children’s Museum is the recent recipient of a $25,000 gift from the Edna Piantanida Trust, in memory of Paul Piantanida, who ran the auto repair business on the site where the museum stands today. The Paintanida family has a long history with the Children’s Museum. Edna’s husband, Paul, owned the machine shop at the corner of Nipomo and Monterey Streets. Paul’s Garage opened in 1948 and eventually served as the original Children’s Museum.

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The Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention (SARP) Center of SLO County recently kicked off its 5th Annual Fundraising Campaign with an ambitious goal of $15,000 to support the agency’s counseling and crisis services programming. The SARP Center provides crisis intervention services and clinical counseling to men, women and teens who are survivors of sexual assault, as well as their family and friends. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, as well as individual and group therapy. In 2010, the agency provided crisis and counseling services to 312 survivors and 150 loved ones, including more than 480 hours of counseling. For further information on counseling and crisis services, as well as the SARP Center’s educational programs, please email contact@sarpcenter.org. To make a donation or for further inquiries, please visit www.sarpcenter.org or call 805-545-8888.


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mid state fair a record-breaking winner By Maggie Cox, Barnett Cox & Associates

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he 2011 California Mid-State Fair is now a summertime memory and one whose success has been reported in the media. I review all kinds of information about business trends, sales tax results, wins and losses and overall local market performance, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen a story as stellar as that of the 2011 Fair. I think it’s worthy of a closer look, along with a huge round of congratulations to CMSF Executive Director Vivian Robertson and her team. This gang helped generate double digit increases across a number of measures. In a time of disappointing economic news and roller coaster stock market rides, the fair’s performance is one we can look to when we’re short on optimism.

a donation to the American Cancer Society. The largest donor for any particular venue wins the right to, yep, sing with Chicago at that venue.

Start with the junior livestock auction / heifer sale – this event is one that always wins attention. Hardworking kids bring their beloved pets to the fair and stay on site with them, readying for the livestock auction. The young sellers are a marketing phenomenon to be reckoned with – it’s likely anyone in business in SLO County has not received a heart tugging letter from a fair participant, inviting bids on his or her pig or lamb or steer. There are always great photos and compelling stories tucked into these letters.

So what’s our take away from all this? I think it’s simple. Success is still out there to be found; hard work can still produce results, and we can still have fun through all the downturn and tough times. And the happy stories of California Mid State Fair 2011 may just help rev our own tired engines.

In Paso Robles that translated to a local guy (anybody know his name? Rumor has him from Arroyo Grande) being introduced to the audience, walking on stage and singing “If You Leave Me Now,” the full song with full band participation. It was such fun to watch. The fellow belted out the song and was clearly having a ball. The number ended with a standing ovation. Talk about a perfect idea—no cost to Chicago, a beyond-thrilling adventure for the singer, great entertainment for the crowd and a boost to the American Cancer Society.

I’ve received everything from poems to clever ad mockups heralding the merits of particular animals. I have a friend, an LA businessman / part-time North County rancher, who this year bought 12 replacement heifers. He confesses that a letter from a 4-Her years ago won over his heart…and his pocketbook. But all that warm fuzzy feeling aside, the livestock auction is still about business, and in 2011 it was big business. The unofficial $1.4 million take marked an 11.2% increase over 2010. Moving on…concessions this year moved from $884,000 in 2010 to over a million in 2011 – a 20.3% increase. Keep in mind that many of the concessionaires are local – businesses like the Cliffs and non-profits like Atascadero Kiwanis, who stake out the fair and work like dogs, reap returns, and funnel that money right back into the local community. The admission gate increase by 9.3% this year. But the real star was the Fair’s concert series, posting a boost of nearly 25% in attendance—skyrocketing from 67,182 attendees in 2010 to 83,772 in 2011. Whether it was the mix of performers, a community in need of having fun, or some other wild card factor, all we can say is “well done.” Speaking of well done, there was a special event at the Friday night concert of Earl Klugh and Chicago that deserves acknowledgement. Chicago has adopted breast cancer as a cause the band devotes time and money to fighting. The band raises funds for the American Cancer Society by sponsoring a promotion that is simple, yet beyond fabulous. Called “Sing with Chicago,” it works like this—the Chicago website has a list of all upcoming concert venues. Supporters can choose a venue and make

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COMMUNITY birthdays this month include guitarist Dweezil Zappa, comedienne

september Almanac By Phyllis Benson “Work eight hours and sleep eight hours and make sure that they are not the same hours.”

--- T. Boone Pickens

Jane Curtin, author Roald Dahl, and chocolatier Milton Hershey.

September 13 is Chocolate Day held in observance of Milton Hershey’s birthday.

the famous hershey company made wartime ration bars for the

military. The U.S. Army Field Ration D bar, with ingredients such as cocoa powder, oat flour and skim milk, provided 600 calories and lousy flavor. The bad taste kept soldiers from eating the bar except in desperation.

1971: Another Hershey wartime creation, the heat-resistant Tropical Chocolate Bar, went to the moon with Apollo 15 astronauts.

September 5 is labor day.

Vietnam veteran Ray Smith said the Tropical Bars were great

tractors, cows, and rooting hogs always have the right of way.

for crowd control. He joked, “Since they were harder than depleted uranium, we would throw them at unruly crowds who got too close to the tank.”

September 9 is Admission Day. Songwriter Woodie Guthrie said,

September 1951: The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge began in Korea.

September hosts farm and safety week. Remember that

“California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see, But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot If you ain’t got the do re mi.”

School is back in session. Our local school tolerates no electronic chatting during class. Teachers call it the 4T rules for no talking, tweeting, texting or twitting.

September 11 is Grandparents Day. The event honors the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

September 11 is also the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on America.

The month-long battle claimed 3,700 American and French casualties and over 25,000 North Korean and Chinese.

Pow/Mia Day is the third Friday in September. The national observance honors those who were imprisoned during conflicts and those who are still missing.

the pow/mia black and white flag is flown at many military and federal sites. Designed by veteran Newt Heisley, the flag motto is, “You Are Not Forgotten.”

when the peace corps began in 1961, a new house cost $12,500,

victor mills hated changing diapers on his grandchildren. The

Proctor and Gamble engineer spent several years developing disposable Pampers. They hit the market in 1961.

Harvest moon is September 12. This legendary moon coincides

with harvest time and farmers can work late into the night by the full moon light.

Our farmer says at the price of manmade power, he would rather harvest by moonlight than floodlight.

gas was 27 cents a gallon, and the average U.S. annual income was $5,300.

The peace corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The

Corps reports a typical volunteer is female, single, 28 years old and with an undergraduate degree.

autumn begins September 23. September 24 is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Our old retrievers celebrate by hunting for sun-drenched beds and fishing for treats.

Singer otis redding, born Sept. 9, 1941, recorded “On the Dock

of the Bay” three days before his death in a concert tour plane crash. The song was his first million-seller hit.

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SHERIFF’S FAMILY DAY Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE Entry for the Entire Family Law Enforcement & Public Safety Demonstrations & Displays On the grounds of the Madonna Inn (Field area next to Highway 101) DISPL AYS ))) DARE Vehicles CHP Helicopter Command Van • SWAT Teams Crime Prevention Unit Antique Equipment Red Cross • Explorers Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Sheriff’s Aero Squadron Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteer Patrol Sheriff’s Dive Team Salvation Army Canteen Probation Department Animal Services Historical Arms Society California Law Enforcement Historical Society Police Museum Footprinter Association Surviving Parents Coalition

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