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efore the renovation, an old green bench in the mission style – the kind with generous arms and a broad slatted back – had a permanent home in the sun-filled front window at 968 Monterey Street. Stanley Nelson, who was the undisputed “go-to” guy in real estate from 1945 until well into the 1970s, had had the bench custom-made for his office in the 100-yearold building. That bench became a favored spot for dozens of local oldtimers over the years, who loved to come in and “set a spell,” where they could share the day’s gossip and swap stories of the way it used to be. Natalie Tartaglia, the raven-haired beauty who runs Tartaglia Realty today, is the third generation in the same family (by way of marriage) to operate the company in its familiar downtown location. She remembers well the day she sat in that time-worn green bench with her Aunt Ann, who convinced her right then that this was the business to be in.

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“The Nelson family started the business in 1945,” Natalie explained. “Ann was a Nelson who married into the Tartaglia family. She changed the name from Nelson Properties to Tartaglia Realty in 1982.” Born Natalie Heiss, the youngest of five children to a civil engineer (her father) and a juvenile probation officer (her mother), she was raised and educated in Santa Barbara. On her 21st birthday, Natalie met Joe Tartaglia at McLintocks Saloon in downtown SLO. They were married at the Harmony Chapel six months later. Twenty-five years later, Natalie jokes that Monte Mills (the popular bar band) brought them together, but cringes at the memory of telling her mother she’d met the man of her dreams in a saloon. Joe and Natalie raised their two children, Dominic and Ciera, in a house Joe built on property just adjacent to the Tartaglia Ranch that borders Cal Poly. Like so many of the founding families in this county, the Tartaglias were Swiss-Italian dairy farmers. Today, the working ranch raises cattle and grows oat hay. For Natalie, who says her childhood was nomadic, the Tartaglia family provides the longevity and constancy she missed. “Before our house was built, we brought our newborns home to the old ranch house – the very same house their grandfather and great-grandfather were born and raised in,” said Natalie. “Our kids

PEOPLE are now living on their own, back in the old ranch house as adults.” Now 23 and 21, Dominic and Ciera were just toddlers when Natalie took her Aunt Ann’s advice and began learning the real estate business. She earned her sales license in 1991 and worked for Century 21 before coming to work for her aunt in 1996. She obtained her broker’s license in 1997 so that Ann could retire and go fishing.

big way. She loves the rich and abundant history of the “mission” end of Monterey Street, the close and friendly relationships among neighboring businesses, and the endless natural beauty that surrounds her. Natalie puts her gratitude to work in numerous civic positions. She’s the current President of the Downtown Association, a member of the Board of Realtors and Women’s Council of Realtors, and a member of

On her 21st birthday, Natalie met Joe Tartaglia at McLintocks Saloon in downtown SLO. They were married at the Harmony Chapel six months later. “Fishing was the love of her life,” says Natalie. “I have always been grateful that Aunt Ann asked me to step into the business, and I know she was just as thankful to me for taking her up on it.” Though her children have always been the centerpoint of her life, Natalie has embraced the city of San Luis Obispo in a

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Having earned his real estate license three years ago, and more recently his degree from Cal Poly, Dominic Tartaglia is poised to become the fourth generation to run his mother’s company. “Dom has been in this

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natalie schaefer: ranger, educator and museum director... new ceo of the san luis obispo red cross By Hilary Grant sizes that unless there’s a massive disaster in the area, national Red Cross headquarters provide no monies at all. She adds that the Central Coast chapter (founded in 1917, one of many towns in the United States responding to the country’s entry into World War I) even pays a fee in order to be an official member of Red Cross and Red Crescent affiliates around the world. Nonetheless, Schaefer says there are many great reasons for running this particular office, consisting of “our little team” of eight paid employees and 450 volunteers. “As I did a little research into the organization before taking the position, I was very attracted to the level of service that I could become a part of,” explains Schaefer. “We make a huge impact on the community, literally reaching thousands of people every year, of all ages and all walks of life.” The Schaefers in Kenya

That helping hand, operating on an annual budget of about $650,000, includes health and safety training for babysitters and other child care providers, aquatic safety classes, and even seminars on first aid for pets. In addition, local Red Cross youth club members provide basic first aid and emergency preparedness training to several hundred elementary school-aged children each year. Perhaps not as widely known, the SLO chapter also has many programs geared toward Central Coast military families, including scholarships so family members can take part in Red Cross safety programs, holiday gift baskets replete with teddy bears, mugs and food, and outreach activity items like movie passes, phone cards and school backpacks.

Quick: think of a teacher. For most, the noun probably brings to mind someone whose workplace is a classroom, as well as a person who plans lessons, grades homework and hands out report cards. But there are other instructors… those who impart their talents and experience away from traditional school boundaries. Indeed, walking on this path, they can often teach as much knowledge, and wisdom, as those who stand next to a chalkboard. Such is the case of Natalie Schaefer. Recently named Chief Executive Officer of the San Luis Obispo County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Schaefer is new to this venerable non-profit organization – but not a stranger to fresh challenges that involve reaching out to others, educating communities about opportunities, and putting people together to work toward a common goal. To those ends, Schaefer is happily digging her heels into the Red Cross, which many may not know is 100 percent self-supporting via donations, grants and sales from Red Cross store items. In fact, Schaefer emphaJ U N E


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In the next year, Schaefer hopes to make the SLO Red Cross a more fiscally sound enterprise. “As with all non-profit organizations, we are constantly challenged financially,” she says. “So, I’ll seek to develop partnerships to make our influence stronger, and I’ll seek community members who want to support us, personally and/or monetarily. I’ll also seek grant funding to help support our outstanding programs.” Past work experience, as well as strong family ties, makes Schaefer a perfect fit for the Red Cross. Growing up amidst the redwoods of Humboldt County, she graduated from the Chico campus of California State University, the only person going back many generations in her family to ever complete college. Armed with a degree in Geography and American Indian Studies, Schaefer hoped to become an interpretive forest ranger – one who doesn’t carry a firearm, but teaches. Told she needed a teaching credential for that goal, Schaefer returned to school, and shortly after completing the necessary requirements, landed her first ranger job at Eagle Lake in Lassen County. After two summers, Schaefer next moved up to the job of District Naturalist for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, where, among other duties, she developed a restoration educational program that involved more than 400 students collecting, propagating and planting native plants into a flood plain in the Carmel Valley.

PEOPLE During Schaefer’s four years there, she also started a docent program, opened a small natural history museum and visited classrooms, where Schaefer lectured about plants and basic ecology. Schaefer also learned to write grants in Monterey, a skill, she says, that she’ll definitely utilize at the Red Cross. It was also during this time that she earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from Andrew Jackson University, a distance-learning college based in Alabama. Just prior to joining the Red Cross, Schaefer was the Executive Director of the Paso Robles Children’s Museum, which is housed in a completely refurbished firehouse that even boasts an old-fashioned fire engine. Hired for that job in the fall of 2007, she was able to open the facility to the public in less than one month.


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Armed with a degree in Geography and American Indian Studies, Schaefer hoped to become an interpretive forest ranger – one who doesn’t carry a firearm, but teaches. “I’m most proud of the standards-based curriculum we offered at the Museum,” says Schaefer. “What that means is when kids visited, we were able to cover the same subjects that teachers covered in their classes.” This included an interactive lesson on the planet and phases of the moon for third graders, with different programs offered for each grade through fifth grade. In all, adds Schaefer, more than 2,000 students participated in those activities, taking place over the course of just one year. The support of Schaefer’s family, she says, helps keep her centered and on track. Schaefer’s husband of 18 years, Mike, is a seventh/eighth grade math teacher at Fesler Junior High School in Santa Maria. Son Michael, who just became a teenager, is an accomplished birder with more than 500 birds on his list. There’s also Charlotte, an Aussie/border collie mix. Sans dog, the family is big on travel, spending precious vacation time hiking, birding and biking to such far-flung spots as Thailand, Tanzania, China and Kenya.

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“Traveling has been a great experience for our son, who is gaining insight into the human condition,” explains Schaefer. “We think it’s vital to understand other points of view, but we can’t learn that unless we experience different cultures.” An added plus, says Schaefer, is that all of them have gained a greater sense of appreciation for being able to live in the United States. Back at the Red Cross, Schaefer knows her years as a ranger, teacher, programs administrator and educational consultant can only help make her job that more interesting. “I have the ability to seek and create partnerships,” says Schaefer. “I’ll use all of my networking skills here – it’s my biggest strength!” For more information about the SLO County Chapter of the American Red Cross, including how to become a volunteer, take a class or donate, log on to Natalie Schaefer can be reached at (805) 5430696 x14. A detailed history of the American Red Cross is at redcross. org/museum.

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Justin’s grandfather Arnold was born in Pleasanton and was only two when the family moved to Corbett Canyon. Today’s extended Vanderlinden family still maintains a compound of multi-generational family homes. Justin and wife Erica live in the home his father grew up in. As Vanderlinden describes his home life, “We are a blended family, with two daughters and three sons, including a pair of paternal twins from my first marriage. We each have 12-year-old sons that are best buddies.”

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Vanderlinden (simplified by Justin from the more traditional Dutch Van der Linden) graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1995, where his mom and dad graduated a generation earlier. “I started working when I was 16. My first ‘real’ job was working for Lucky’s as a box boy,” Vanderlinden shares. “My volunteer work began when I was young. My dad was a volunteer fireman for the Arroyo Grande Fire Department, and he instilled in me the importance of community involvement.” Vanderlinden is still active in many community non-profit organizations, most recently named the President of the Board of Directors of the countywide Senior Nutrition Program.

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became a volunteer fireman for the then allvolunteer Arroyo Grande Fire Department. I worked the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift and slept in the fire station those nights,” Vanderlinden fondly remembers. “I even helped deliver a couple of babies!”

“One of the things I like most about working for Mid-State Bank and now Rabobank is their community-mindedness,” Vanderlinden says, as is attested by his active involvement in diverse non-profit organizations. As Fitzpatrick recalls, “Justin and I have been friends since he joined Kiwanis about ten year ago. He enjoys life and takes a positive approach to everything he encounters. When someone is rude to him, he assumes they are having a bad day, and remains polite and respectful.”

“I always worked on weekends and nights, when my friends were going out, and I thought ‘I want a job where I can have nights and week-ends off.’ So I applied during my senior year in high school to then-Mid-State Bank as a ‘work experience student’ and thus began my career in banking,” Vanderlinden says.

“My grandfather participated in the Oceano Senior Nutrition Program for ten years. Not only did he not know how to cook, he largely attended as an important social outlet for him to be with his peers,” Vanderlinden remarks. “After my grandfather passed away, I wanted to give back in some way.” “I met Elias Nimeh (Executive Director of the Senior Nutrition Program) through my banking job. I was initially on the Board of Directors but due the retirement of longtime Board treasurer, I soon assumed those responsibilities, as well.” As Nimeh says, “Justin has been a great help, guiding me through the nuances of the nonprofit sector. We are very pleased and proud that Justin accepted the position of our retiring president, Bob Walters.” Vanderlinden says, “Everyone on the Board of the Senior Nutrition Program works well together. Even though we are a non-profit organization, we conduct ourselves as a business, and now we are in a very stable position.” The program delivers meals directly to the homes of seniors 60 years and older as well as at nine congregate, countywide lunch sites, providing an average of 21,352 central dining meals in addition to 55,499 home-delivered meals in the past fiscal year, according to Nimeh. “Justin is always helping us with fund raising, such as selling tickets to his friends and colleagues for our recent second annual ‘Night of a Million Meals,’ another successful source of income to support the Senior Nutrition Program.” “I was always active in Cub and Boy Scouts, but as soon as I turned 18, like my dad, I


After a brief stint as the manager of JiffyLube in Arroyo Grande, Vanderlinden recalls, “I liked my roots in banking. I returned to work for Mid-State Bank and began taking classes at Cuesta and Hancock Colleges plus the University of Phoenix, specifically in accounting and finance.” “I’ve been really fortunate in my career. After I was a teller, I applied and was accepted into Mid-State Bank’s management training program. For a year, I worked in the loans, operations and all ‘back office’ aspects of the bank.”

Fitzpatrick continues, “His calm demeanor has clearly helped him move ahead in his banking career. Justin is a big guy but does not use his size to intimidate others. When there is a problem, Justin seeks solutions, not scapegoats, something I truly admire about him.” When he and Erica are not attending baseball, soccer or Scouts meetings and matches, Vanderlinden says, “One of my favorite things to do is to hop on my Harley Davidson ‘Road King’ and ride up north on Highway 1.” As a true native, Vanderlinden comments, “I love the peacefulness of living in a rural setting such as Corbett Canyon. Living in the country is one of my true loves.”

After Vanderlinden completed his intensive management training in numerous bank branches, “I had many perspectives.” His initial assignment was as a loan officer, but he quickly moved on to the special assets department and is currently the Vice-President of Commercial Banking, in the San Luis Obispo Broad Street branch.

Obviously another is his sense of community as he champions an abundance of altruistic causes. And he is only 33!

Vanderlinden has also been a Kiwanian in several clubs, given where his jobs duties took him. He began in the SLO Morning Club, joined the SLO Noontime Thursday Club then was a member of the Santa Maria Noontime Club during his management training. He rejoined the SLO Thursday Noontime Club, and served on the Board of Directors and as club President from 2007-2008. The youngest member to be elected president other than Sean Fitzpatrick, owner of Cornerstone Real Estate and SLO Noontime Kiwanian since 1990, Vanderlinden took his responsibility seriously and served the club well. He also is a graduate of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, Class 11 and served on the Ambassador Committee. He has done grant reviews for the United Way as well as other pro bono work with the March of Dimes and the Rape Crisis Center. J U N E


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angEles verdes domino effect – for every 25 trees planted, we can sequester one ton of co2 annually By Natasha Dalton


oy Valdez and Ireri Ventura decided ‘to go green’ after joining Personal Transformation Center Taller de Vida (Workshop of Life). This branch of the international organization of life coaches and motivational speakers, located in Santa Maria, teaches its Hispanic audience ways to improve its life through better communication and personal growth. At the end of the program, those who attend the Workshop are asked to find a way to serve their community and the world. Roy, Ireri and a dozen or so of their friends chose to focus on the environment. “Taller de Vida gives an assignment that has to be completed through team work, and there are many fields the teams can chose from,” explains Roy. “In our class everyone picked environment as their priority. There is so much that has gone wrong with the environment lately; we need to get it right,” Roy says.

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A SINGLE TREE PRODUCES: $62,500 in air pollution control $37,500 in water recycling and humidity control $31,500 worth of oxygen $31,250 in soil benefits $31,250 in wildlife shelter $2,500 worth of protein in bark and leaves consumed by wildlife – American Forests Magazine

The group, formed in the fall of 2008, calls itself “Angeles Verdes” (Green Angels). It was created right after the Tea Fire in Santa Barbara, and the Angels’ first impulse was to go with their mission to Montecito. But while they were trying to figure out the ways to put their plan into action, Roy, who lives in Paso Robles, met local environmentalist Don Funk. Don is the Executive Director and Chief Designer of the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District (RCD for short), and he and his organization have played an instrumental role in the ongoing restoration of the Salinas River. After talking to Don, Roy suggested that instead of going elsewhere, the Angels should do something right here in our own county. “The day Roy approached me asking if I needed help, I was working on the trail along the river bank,” remembers Don. And was he pleased to have met Roy! “What Angeles Verdes is offering is not a product, it’s an idea, and everybody can be a part of it,” Don says. “When an organization has a very low budget, as is the case with the RCD, making good things happen is always a challenge. When we do our projects, we also want to help people realize that they can do it, too. Whether it’s planting a tree, or using less water – being good to the environment benefits us all.” Helping people to see this connection is a part of the Angels’ mission, as well. “We are not trying to make a profit; we don’t want to sell anything. We want to help people open their eyes and see that everybody can do something good,” explains Ireri Ventura.

“We want people to start caring about the planet we share, and to think about their kids’ future. I just came back from Tijuana, and it’s so dry there – there is no greenery,” Ireri continues. “Kids are playing in the dust. It’s so sad to see. I was thinking: ‘Could this happen to California?!’ It shouldn’t. We all need to do something to keep this place green.” So, on a cold Sunday afternoon in January something very heart-warming happened in Paso Robles: about 20 of the members of the Angeles Verdes and their friends, who share the mission to become examples for greening Southern California, came to the Salinas River Trail and Restoration Project area at Larry Moore Park. The members of the group who spent the day planting the trees and fixing the irrigation system, included people from Paso Robles, Nipomo, Orcutt and even the Los-Angeles area. Don Funk was stoked. “It was a very kind gesture!” he said. While the Green Angels were shopping for the trees and the tools for the project, they were pleased to find that many people wanted to help them. When one of the Angels, Ruben, a truck driver from Nipomo, told about his desire to volunteer his time to plant trees in Paso Robles, his boss gave him the day off. “It’s a good idea,” he said. “We should get greener, too.” Aaron Colborton from the Progressive Greenery in Paso Robles, allowed Roy, who works for the Progressive Greenery, to use the company’s tools for his philanthropic green projects. Nipomo Nursery gave the Angels a good discount on their native trees. And planting trees is a great way to go. Everyone who’s ever had a lawn knows that

grass needs a lot of water to stay green; trees, on the other hand, once established, don’t require any more watering. “Over the years we have had quite a few individuals help us with caring for the River,” Don Funk explains. “Some have helped with planting, some removed noxious weeds, some have cleaned out the trash that collects, and some have helped spread mulch. These activities have each, in their own small way, improved the condition of the Salinas River.” “I think a common thread for all of thesev people is their genuine desire to be doing something positive for our natural resources,” Don continues. “We can’t restore things to what they were before we moved here. Nature is never static; it’s always evolving. Our goals are to conserve the resources. But we can’t do that by ourselves. It takes the collective effort of everyone to make change happen. Our volunteers are doing their part in taking small steps that collectively will eventually have a big positive impact on our environment.” There are many of those who’ve been working on the river: the Liberty High School students, residents from Oak Creek Commons and the Riverbank Neighborhood, many of those who use the trails, and now Angeles Verdes. However, the work along the riverbanks in Paso Robles is far from over. If you want to join these volunteers and help in the river restoration efforts, please contact RCD Templeton office on 65 South Main Street, Suite 107, or call (805) 434-0396, ext. 4.



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uddy Rosa swears that if it weren’t for Sandy Leguina, there would be no Blues. And he ought to know. Rosa was all over the local sports pages for more than 15 years during the ’40s and ’50s, beginning with high school. Rosa graduated from San Luis High in 1941 and was a charter member of a SLO City team called Deke’s V-8s, sponsored by Deke Thrush, who owned the Ford Dealership in town. Rosa was a catcher and first baseman with a nearly unbeatable batting average before World War II took him away from the game. “They had our marching papers waiting for us right out of high school,” Rosa recalls. “So I joined the Navy for four years.” 1942, Front Row R - L: Sammy Castro, Ray Ball, Jerry Johnson, Bobby Sevier, Bobby Booker, Buddy Rosa. Back Row R - L: Billy Quinones, Peewee Fraser, Sandy Leguina, David Felis, Bob Valenzuela, Elmo Quinones.

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Rosa was one of the handful of World War II vets gathered together by Sandy Leguina in 1946 to form the team now known as the Blues. Leguina, who owned Oven-Fresh Bakery in the Creamery (which later became Sandy’s Liquor), was a mentor, father figure, and true advocate for the game of baseball. “Sandy begged the City to give us a field, but all they’d give us was the water,” Rosa remembers. So they cultivated Mission Field, which is still used today by Mission College Prep High School athletes. “We’d draw big crowds every Saturday night, but we’d put all that money back into the field. That’s how much we loved to play.” They began their first season as The Merchants, against semi-pro and town teams from throughout California. But a few weeks into it, George Baker, sports editor of the Telegram-Tribune, insisted on a better name and began calling them The Blues after the color of their lettering and stockings. It stuck.


Today, The Blues is co-owned by a managing team of four men, and is guided or governed by the National Baseball Congress and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The players are seldom local, but are recruited mostly from a roster of talented college athletes. Competition for team spots is keen, games are played mostly at night (the earlier Blues played mostly in the day time) and it’s Sinsheimer Stadium now, instead of Mission Field. Mike Lara and Joe Verjara, two of the managers for today’s Blues, said that even though the team has changed over the years, it’s still the lifetime friendships they’ve formed, and the loyalty of the fans, that are the real highlights of their jobs.

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“We want to see The Blues create a return to that special feeling that only a hometown baseball team can elicit,” said Lara. “It’s a Norman Rockwell feeling, you know? It’s … it’s what these gentlemen represent!” he finished, referring to Buddy Rosa and his fellow early Blues team member, Dick Morrow. (Morrow, who joined the team in 1951,



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went on to become a San Luis Obispo High School coach and guidance counselor.) Today’s San Luis Blues games are well attended, and the team had its best season ever last year. But like everything in this economy, there have been setbacks. To cut costs, they’ve hired a squadron of Cal Poly interns who are now handling nearly every facet of the organization. This year, the team has lowered ticket prices, lowered sponsorship prices, and added several “special nightsâ€? featuring fireworks, honoring Vietnam Vets, and others. Not much they can do, however, can beat that sultry afternoon in August of 1954 when The San Luis Blues beat the Harlem Globetrotters Baseball Team 4 to 2. “It’s a little known fact,â€? said Blues historian Don McCaleb, “but there was a Globetrotters Baseball team who toured the country just like its basketball counterpart.â€? On this particular afternoon, Leroy Satchel Paige was the losing pitcher for the first three innings. Buddy Rosa recalls that day well; how impressed he was with Paige’s gracious and friendly demeanor as he warmed up on third base. Only two men remain from the original Blues Team of the 1940s. Harold Martin (who owned the original Avila Grocery) and Buddy Rosa. The colorized photo from 1942 shows a dozen earnest young players and Rosa, now 87, can name them all without hesitation. “Most of these guys were born and raised here,â€? said Rosa. “I felt privileged to play with them. They were all great guys ‌ geez, we had a lot of fun!â€? Many thanks to Vicky (Quinones) Tucker Luginbill for providing the inspiration for this article. Two of the players from the original Blues team were her father and uncle, Elmo and Billy Quinones. Elmo’s grandson, Kevin Tucker, continues the baseball tradition with an impressive coaching career that spans the globe. He is currently coaching the Nipomo Titans.

rench Hospital Medical Center is the only hospital in California awarded the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care “It takes a concentrated effort by experienced, highly skilled physicians and staff to achieve such high marks—especially when ranked against hospitals such as UCLA, Stanford, and Cedars-Sinai.� Michael Famularo, MD, FHMC Director of Cardiology

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“This is a tremendous honor for French Hospital. Not only were we selected as a Top 100 hospital but among those hospitals, French is only one of 30 community hospitals chosen nationally. This is a tremendous achievement; our community can take pride and comfort knowing the best place for cardiac care is right here on the Central Coast.� Luke Faber, MD, FHMC Director of Cardiac Surgery

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cover story: Hearst castle’s 3rd annual

twilight in the terrace By Sandy Baer

Cover art by Libby Tolley

“You must keep your mind on the objective, not the obstacle.� ---William Randolph Hearst, 1863-1951

depictions of the Hearst Ranch and other North Coast environs, vantage points generally off-limits to the public will be created on two weekends prior to the “Twilight on the Terrace.�

“The ranch,� as William Randolph Hearst referred to what later came to be called “La Cuesta Encantada� or “The Enchanted Hill� and subsequently “Hearst Castle� will be the setting for the Friends of Hearst Castle’s third annual �Twilight on the Terrace,� on Saturday, June 6 from 6 - 9 p.m.

Proceeds will be divided between participating artists and Friends of Hearst Castle. Carol Schreiber, Executive Director of Friends of Hearst Castle, says, “All of the money raised stays locally to support preservation and restoration of the Castle’s art and artifacts. We are partners in preservation and education with the state and Hearst Castle, all sharing common goals.�

This rare opportunity for a hilltop vista of San Simeon offers a softly, ecologically lit stroll on the esplanade and main terrace, after a major two-and-one half year night-lighting project begun in 1995. Bill Thoma, owner of Thoma Electric, was part of the team that refurbished and enhanced the outdoor lighting and says, “The most memorable project for me is being a part of the Hearst Castle lighting project.� Attendees donning resplendent garbs harkening the heyday of Hollywood during the 1930s as well as causal ranch wear, can smell the sea, admire the architecture, and watch the waning sunset.




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Dotty Hawthorne, a well-known and accomplished plein air artist, is one of the contributors, as is Libby Tolley (whose “The Enchanted Road� provides this month’s cover as well as last year’s “Twilight� event program book cover). Her original oil was auctioned as a fundraiser for the Friends of Hearst Castle. “My last year’s painting is the original road up the hill.� As Hawthorne enthuses, “The most fun of being a plein air artist is being able to paint in otherwise publicly-inaccessible locations, such as much of the Hearst Ranch and North Coast.� Tolley concurs. “This particular location speaks of more than the beautiful site – it speaks to all of those who worked to build the Castle,� Tolley reflects. “Knowing that I can contribute to our community while learning about new land and developing a connection to it, is one of my greatest rewards in participating in events such as ‘Twilight on the Terrace,’� Tolley says. True to form with Hearst’s philosophy – cherish the objective and overcome any obstacles – whether cold and foggy or a stunning summer sunset, join Friends of Hearst Castle for a “Twilight on the Terrace� to sustain one of San Luis Obispo County’s crown jewels.

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“This event highlights local wineries and fine food purveyors as well as a wealth of talented plein air artists,� says Schreiber. “We wanted to start with our home base this year and from a pool of 52 artists’ responses, we had filled the 20 slots in the first day of our invitation. Artists were chosen based on a first-come, first-served basis, but in future years we hope to expand beyond the county and state,� Schreiber continues.

Friends of Hearst Castle is a non-profit association formed in 1985 to raise funds for educational, interpretive and artifact conservation. For more information on Friends of Hearst Castle and the “Twilight on the Terrace� event, contact Carol Schreiber at 927-2138, 927-2025 or www.

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This side-by-side model comes with the PureAdvantage™ filtration system, which keeps funny smells out of the ice and water dispenser. And speaking of the dispenser, there is also a 9-inch dispenser, perfect for fitting in those tall cups, but also coffee carafes and pitchers, which couldn’t fit in the former, shorter openings. Additionally, an optional Fast Ice™ feature, which allows your refrigerator to make up to 50 percent more ice is a perfect way to save sending someone to the store in the middle of a party! You won’t just save a trip to the store for ice — you’ll save money. Besides being Energy Star compliant, the Electrolux refrigerators offer another way to make sure you aren’t paying too much for your refrigeration. The Perfect Set™ Temperature Controls allow you to independently adjust exactly what temperatures you need in your refrigerator and freezer. This refrigerator is designed to be pleasing to all the senses. The filtration system monitors the smell and taste of your water and ice; the luxury lighting, shelving and Wave Touch™ controls make this refrigerator one of the most attractive on the market; the Luxury-Glide™ crisper drawers glide effortlessly for ease of touch; and the combination of all of these features, as well as saving hard-earned dollars, will make you feel like you are living in the lap of luxury.



COOL RICE NOODLE SALAD WITH SWEET & SOUR FENNEL FOR THE RICE NOODLES: 4-6 ounces dried vermicelli rice noodles 1 Tablespoon sesame oil

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une officially welcomes summer to the northern hemisphere and those of us here on the Central Coast are fortunate enough to enjoy it. June also brings a gamut of fresh fruits and vegetables to our markets. There is no shortage of artichokes, asparagus, avocados, strawberries, cherries, fennel, beets, spinach, corn, and basil, just to name a few. While some fruits and vegetables have a smaller window of availability, much of what is grown on the central coast tends to have a little longer window because our area offers a milder growing climate. For those interested in learning more about what is in season and/or how to grow it, there is a great new radio show on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. called Earth Talk on am920. The show is hosted by Melanie Blankenship, owner of the amazing Nature’s Touch Nursery and Harvest ( and Bill Spencer, owner of the organic, biodynamic, fantastic Windrose Farm in Paso Robles ( Both hosts walk through what is in season, local community events relative to the sustainable environment, as well as growing tips. June’s recipe incorporates local seasonal ingredients with an Asian influence. Cool Rice Noodle Salad with Sweet and Sour Fennel uses fresh ginger and a little chile paste for some punch while integrating fennel as the local, seasonal ingredient. Fennel bulb is a crisp, hardy root vegetable that is great roasted, sautéed, stewed, braised, grilled, or eaten raw. I didn’t eat fennel until a few years back, and ever since I anxiously wait to find it when it first comes into season because it has a fresh, unique flavor that is irreplaceable and a little addicting. All of the ingredients for this recipe are easily found in the Asian J U N E


FOR THE FENNEL ½ cup rice vinegar ¼ cup sugar 2 Tablespoons sweet chile paste (available at Asian specialty markets or in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores) 2 Tablespoons soy sauce 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated or minced 2 large fennel bulbs, halved lengthwise, cored, and thinly sliced crosswise Finely chopped fresh mint or thai basil or green onions Thinly sliced cucumber Finely chopped roasted peanuts Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper Cook the rice noodles in boiling salted water until soft, 4-5 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. After 5 minutes of cooling, toss with the sesame oil

section of your local market or from an Asian market. Those of us living close to or in San Luis Obispo have the benefit of enjoying the San Luis Oriental Market on Monterey Street. The owner is extremely helpful in giving recipe ideas or providing direction as far as the best brands to buy and ingredient combinations. Fennel is a highly aromatic herb with both culinary and medicinal uses and can easily be found here on the Central Coast. It has carminative properties as well as helping glaucoma, hypertension, and improving eyesight. The fresh ginger in this recipe is a superfood of sorts, known for its ability to cure congestion, coughs, and colds as well as calming the stomach and gastrointestinal system. Rice noodles are easy to prepare and delicious to eat while being gluten-free. More and more people are recognizing their bodies’ difficulty in digesting wheat flours, and rice noodles are a great way to incorporate them into the diet. This salad is a refreshing salad that can accompany a great barbecue or enjoyed on its own. I encourage you to get out and, if you haven’t already, incorporate some fennel into your life. Happy Summer!

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In a small stainless-steel saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, chile paste, soy sauce, and ginger to a boil. Put the fennel in a medium bowl and pour the hot liquid over it. Toss the fennel well and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked rice noodles to fennel and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to a day. When ready to serve, top with fresh mint or basil or green onions, cucumber, and peanuts. Additional protein elements can easily be added to this dish, be it some marinated firm tofu, barbecued shrimp, or even some leftover roast chicken. Enjoy!! Serves 4ish, depending on how hungry you are. Less than 200 calories per serving, 5 grams of (good) fat, 5 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber

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The Latest in Granite By Jessica Ford, Don O’Daniel & Lee Anna O’Daniel sarStone is comprised of 93 percent natural quartz, providing a hard, nonporous surface. The surface has the “qualities of natural stone with aggregates randing from fine to coarse-grained color blends for various visual texture.” There are also three finishes available (polished, matte and textured) to provide you with the exact look you are going for in your home. Photo from


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CaesarStone is resistant to stains, scratches, most household chemicals and moderate heat. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is all that is required to keep your surface looking new. CaesarStone even carries a line that is made up of recycled materials! Another option for your home is SenSa granite, which is maintenance free and requires no sealing or special cleaners. This premium granite has a 15-year stain war-

SenGuard is chemical resistant (withstands the use of typical household cleaners), UV resistant (can be used outdoors), transparent (does not affect the stone’s natural color), resistant to heat (will not affect the SenGuard seal), and GreenGuard certified (safe for indoor environments). Both of these unique alternatives to standard granite are available at San Luis Kitchen Company. Visit their showroom in San Luis Obispo to learn more about these products and to see all of your available options. Don and Lee Ana O’Daniel have owned and operated San Luis Kitchen Company for the last 25 years. Both are architecture graduates from Cal Poly. San Luis Kitchen Company is located at 3598 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. For more information, call (805) 541-7117.



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A Nation of Zombies The Need For Sleep By Julian J. Varela


must say that this morning has been a rough one. I came into work two hours before my first appointment today with the intention of writing two columns. As I sat to type, I lost all thought and inspiration and entered the black hole of “writer’s block.” Days like this are frustrating because I had good intention of powering through my tasks, but for some reason I hit a wall. What happened? Let’s be honest. Last night I slept terribly and it has completely affected my day. I had one of those frustrating restless nights consisting of little more than tossing and turning. With more than half of the adult American population sleep deprived and reports of sleep deprivation associated with everything from weightgain to heart disease and diabetes, it’s time to revisit the topic. Let’s first go back to school and review the stages of sleep. I’ll be brief, so try and stay awake while you read this, OK? Stage 1 – Stage 1 sleep is light sleep. You experience a drifting in and out of sleep. You can be easily woken up. Your eye movement and body movements slow down. You may experience sudden jerky movement of your legs or other muscles.



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Stage 2 – During this stage, eye movement stops and your brain waves become slower. There will also be brief bursts of rapid brain activity called sleep spindles. Around 50 percent of your time sleeping is spent in stage 2. Stage 3 – Stage 3 is the first stage of deep sleep. The brain waves are a combination of slow waves, known as delta waves, combined with faster waves. During stage 3 sleep, it can be very difficult to wake someone up. If you are woken up during this stage, you may feel groggy and disoriented for several minutes. If you wake me up during this stage, I promise you I’ll be grumpy. Stage 4 – Stage 4 sleep is the second stage of deep sleep. In this stage, the brain is making the slow delta waves almost exclusively. It is also very difficult to wake someone up. Both stages of deep sleep are important for feeling refreshed in the morning. If these stages are too short, sleep will not feel satisfying. REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) – REM sleep is also the phase of sleep in which you dream and begins about 70 to 90 minutes after

HOME/OUTDOOR you fall asleep. When you enter into REM sleep, your breathing becomes fast, irregular and shallow, heart rate and blood pressure increase, eyes will move rapidly and your muscles become immobile. Researchers do not fully understand REM sleep and dreaming but do know it is important in the creation of long-term memories.

Why is sleep so important? Immune system. Let’s face it, we’ve all pulled all-nighters studying for exams or working on a big project and then came down with a cold the next day, right? That’s no accident — sleep is essential to the immune system. Without adequate sleep, the immune system becomes weak, and the body becomes more vulnerable to infection and disease.


levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food,” Breus reported on WebMD. The two combined, he says, can set the stage for overeating, which in turn may lead to weight gain.

and cause heart attacks and strokes. Need I say more? It’s no surprise that Mom had it in our best interest when trying to get us to bed before 9 p.m. Sleep has so many benefits that its importance is undeniable. Close the curtains tight and get a good night’s rest.

Sleep keeps the ticker healthy. Researchers at the University of Chicago report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that too little sleep can promote calcium buildup in the heart arteries, leading to the plaques that can then break apart

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Nervous system. Sleep is also a time of rest and repair to neurons. Neurons are the freeways of the nervous system that carry out both voluntary commands, like moving your arm or tkping on your computer, (I mean typing, that was a joke) and involuntary commands, like the digestive process or breathing (which is important). Brain, cellular repair, replenishment and growth. With most of our brains working feverishly throughout the day (I said most just in case you spend your days eating chips while mindlessly watching cartoons), it would seem that it would need a break right? Recent studies have suggested that sleep may replenish dwindling energy stores that cells need to function, repair cellular damage caused by our busy metabolism, and even grow new nerve cells in the brain (American Psychological Association). Hormone release. Many hormones are timed to release during sleep or right before sleep. Growth hormones, for example, are released during sleep, vital to growing children but also for restorative processes like muscle repair and metabolism. Two other hormones that have been related to weight control are leptin and ghrelin. Leptin and ghrelin work in a kind of “checks and balances” system to control feelings of hunger and fullness, explains Michael Breus, Ph.D., a faculty member of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and director of The Sleep Disorders Centers of Southeastern Lung Care in Atlanta. Ghrelin, which is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates appetite, while leptin, produced in fat cells, sends a signal to the brain when you are full. So what’s the connection to sleep? “When you don’t get enough sleep, it drives leptin J U N E


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Boost Your Metabolism! By Shelley Matson


hink a car engine is complicated? Not compared to the human metabolism, which involves a boggling number of biochemical processes and delivers energy to every cell in our body. Metabolism is the process by which our bodies convert food ( fuel) into energy (blood sugar or, more technically, glucose).

Our metabolic rate is simply the number of calories a body needs to function. The number changes continuously, depending on how fast the heart is beating, whether muscles are idle or active, whether one has skipped a meal or started the day off right with breakfast. Research shows that genetics play a large role in one’s metabolic rate, but the good news is that around 25 percent of your overall metabolism

is in your hands. Changing it will require work. Here are some bite-sized tips to help you maintain and slightly increase your metabolism:


• Pump-iron! There are long-term benefits to weight-bearing exercise because muscle, unlike fat, is metabolically active. Muscle chews up calories, so stop skipping the weight room and strength train two to three times per week. • A ll of your meals should contain protein. The American College of Nutrition states that “convincing evidence exists that protein exerts an increased thermic effect when compared to fat and carbohydrate,” which simply means that your body uses more calories when processing protein. • Eat foods high in fiber, like fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Its mechanism is similar to protein foods, in that it takes longer to digest. • Because calcium helps speed up metabolism, try to get your calcium from foods, like low-fat milk and yogurt, rather than relying solely on a supplement. • Green Tea contains disease-fighting compounds called catechins which have been found in studies to help with weight loss. Maximize your results by steeping your tea bag as long as possible, as the darker the tea, the more catechins. • Drink plenty of water each day (7 to 10 cups). Water intake can make or break your metabolism. If you are not properly hydrated then your metabolism does not work effectively and ultimately you burn fewer calories. • Avoid skipping meals; it causes your metabolism to slow down! Shelley A. Matson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in Nutrition Communication. Shelley is a Nutrition Counselor at Equilibrium Fitness for Women and the AIDS Support Network. Shelley can be contacted at



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The transformation challenge is nearing the half-way point and changes are certainly taking place. The first thing we did was form teams to provide social support and assign each team a master trainer to provide guidance. Over the last few weeks, each team has consistently worked out in a boot-camp style class 3 days per week and completed cardio workouts 3 to 5 times per week. Additionally, everyone has been consistently journaling each workout and each meal. Keep in mind that some of our participants have never stepped foot inside a health club, let alone worked out with this much intensity. As the end nears, we’re reminded that each day is about change. Through the first few weeks, participants exuded enthusiasm about the opportunity to participate in such a comprehensive and unique program. As some of the initial excitement wears off, it’s becoming clear that a lifestyle of fitness, wellness and moderation takes dedication, commitment and desire. As Sports Psychologist Jeff Troesch commented during one of our presentations, this kind of change requires one to “work towards getting better one day at a time.� Essentially Jeff’s message was to not get discouraged by looking to far into the future, but simply, do something today that will make us just a little bit better than yesterday. This simple yet powerful message can be applied to almost anything and can definitely be applied to our own health. And just in case you were curious, together the 32 ladies have lost a total of 150 inches throughout the torso and legs, and 100 pounds of body-fat. How do you like them apples? Julian Varela, M.S., CSCS Co-owner Equilibrium Fitness for Women Equilibrium Fitness Inc.

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very two years in April, the City council and staff work out detailed programs to carry out goals suggested by our citizen and advisory bodies. These goals were agreed upon by majority vote of the City Council in an all-day session in January and serve to guide our city’s progress during the following two years. Most years, when finances are stable, this is a satisfying and productive effort. This year it is a lot tougher. This Year’s Goals are: • Infrastructure Maintenance • Traffic Congestion Relief • Economic Development • Preservation of Critical Services and Fiscal Health • Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Energy Conservation • Land Use and Circulation Element Revisions • Open Space Preservation • Downtown Preservation and Beautification During May and June this year the city staff and City Council will struggle with finding a way to close a $10.4 million budget gap, adequately fund needed programs to meet these goals, continue with increased efforts to meet measure Y expectations, and finally present a

balanced budget. The budget gap is caused by the adverse binding arbitration decision and the meltdown in the economy this year. City Staff has brought forth many cost saving measures to close the budget gap. The Council will consider some increased fees for services, a hiring freeze, early retirement of some employees, reductions in our Capital Improvement Program (mostly street maintenance), and layoffs as a last resort. We are encouraged by our recent tentative agreement with all city employees to accept one year of zero cost of living increase, thus saving around $1 million in balancing the budget. Other than taking some of our transit funds, the State has “balanced” its budget thus far this year without major take-a-ways from

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cities. However, if Measures 1A-F on the May 19 Ballot are not approved, we would expect the State to be right back in our pocket with more raids on city funds. To be prudent we must budget with normal reserves during this tight year so as to remain solvent in this eventuality.

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COMMUNITY History: county fairs, state fairs, world fairs and our fairs

meet me at the fair part 1 of 3 By Loren Nicholson


or a few days each year, millions of the world’s people celebrate human progress and untold thousands of man’s creations. We call these events fairs... county fairs, states fairs, international fairs and expositions. They are fun times, but also proud historical undertakings occurring at many levels in the planet’s social systems.

Prospective sponsors apply many years ahead. It took some 35 years after California gained statehood for a forward-looking San Luis Obispo County group of farmers and businessmen to organize an agricultural society. In 1885, they constructed an exhibit building to show their biggest and best fruits, vegetables and other product accomplishments. Women canned a full range of farm foods in glass jars, arranging contents in works of abstract art and exquisite colors. Tempting shapes and colors in baked goods stirred both judges and crowds of visitors. They called their new building The Pavilion. The facility took on even greater meaning in 1901 when Southern Pacific closed the coastal gap between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The train began making regular daily stops in San Luis Obispo from all directions. The Pavilion enticed traveling stock companies to make overnight stopovers and do shows. High profile actors like Ruth Chatterton, Lillian Russell, H. B. Warner and Blanche Bates stopped to do performances. Young Louis, the number one son of Ah Louis, worked as stage manager during some of those years and told many stories of the time.

Our San Luis Obispo County Fair staff and their board plan all year for their next big presentation at the fair grounds in Paso Robles. Similar planning takes place at the state fair grounds in Sacramento.

According to Louis, Lillian Russell, whose fame as prima donna and actress spanned 40 years, called The Pavilion the worst dump she had ever acted in. It was still more of an agricultural fair facility than a theater building.

Cities and countries from around the world seek the honor of hosting as well as the joy of economic gain that comes from sponsoring a world’s fair.

The dressing rooms were in the wings of the main building. They had unusually thin wooden walls. At one point local boys tried cutting

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COMMUNITY holes in the outside walls for a view into the room where the actresses changed costumes. It created quite a local ruckus. Louis received 50 cents a day as stage manager. He permitted a few show customers to enter through the back door in exchange for beer. In turn, he offered beer to entice young men to join his stage crew. The great days of The Pavilion ended with the opening of the Elmo Theater in 1912 in the old Elks Lodge building. The Lodge was located where the Bank now stands at Marsh and Morro Street. Young Louis was soon asked by theater operator Dan Wolf to join him. Louis continued his duties as stage manager and movie projector operator. Later, The Pavilion was divided into apartments. When the place became worn beyond use, it was torn down and replaced by a gasoline station. It would be a number of years before San Luis Obispo County had an annual county fair. For years, Central California farmers and businessmen sought ways to better promote their home-grown products. Of course, the county exhibited in the annual California State Fair in Sacramento, but few San Luis Obispo folks got to see it. The county also prepared a small exhibit for use in the California Building during the great 1893 Chicago Columbia Exposition. Chicago led the way in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. The Tribune occasionally sent newspapers to Chicago for distribution in the California building. One of California’s most noted men, Michael de Young, founder and publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle and a director of the Associated Press for 27 years, made the trip to Chicago and

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saw the Columbian exposition. When economic conditions took a tumble, President Grover Harrison appointed de Young national president-at-large for the Columbia exposition. At the time, he was also getting much local attention because of the new 10-story building he was constructing to house his San Francisco Chronicle. Many local citizens disliked both the architecture and size of the structure in the heart of their city. But nationwide, the celebration of the 500th year over-shadowed all else. De Young was inspired. In his newly appointed position, he worked to extend Chicago’s fair to San Francisco for the winter months. With support from the president of the United States, de Young stood against many prominent San Francisco citizens who opposed construction of so many temporary exhibition buildings in their developing Golden Gate Park. De Young was convincing. Countries from around the world brought their exhibits from Chicago to temporary structures in Golden Gate Park. Though unofficial, it was California’s first world exhibition. San Francisco called their event a “Winter Fair.” There are still two special spots in the Park that remind us today of California’s first world fair: (l) the recently retrofitted and restored de Young Museum, and (2) the Oriental Tea Room, a part of the Columbia Exposition. As an economic, political or social event, there is nothing quite like a fair, whether it be county, regional, state or world-wide. Most people become familiar with county and regional fairs. Most never travel to a world’s fair. Next month, we will take you for a walk through the first official international exposition.

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saving private brown By Jim Gregory


es, it’s true: The kids’ cars in my high school’s parking lot are generally newer than mine. But had it not been for a long wait during a smog check on my elderly Toyota, I never would have found Louis Brown in the cemetery across the street from my mechanic’s, where I went for a stroll while he was under the hood.

grave. But on it, an oval photograph of a young Marine stared evenly back at me. He was Louis Brown, killed two days before his 21st birthday – on March 1, 1945. He was a hometown boy.

As a history teacher at Arroyo Grande High School, I have a fascination with graveyards and the stories they have to tell, and the plain marker indicated this was a veteran’s

I went home and went to work. One of my first stops was the National Archives, where the Department of the Navy maintains World War II casualty lists by state. I

He had to have died on Iwo Jima. I had to find out.

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found him – right home town, wrong name: “Brown, Louise, PVT, USMCR…” I found him again: the microfilm records of the local weekly newspaper – Newell Strother’s Arroyo Grande Herald-Recorder – recorded Brown’s obituary. He did die on Iwo Jima. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Brown, did his basic training at Camp Pendleton, and “was engaged in farming” in Corbett Canyon prior to his induction. Brown served with the 5th Marine Division, which landed on the opening day of the campaign, February 19, 1945. A photograph from the National Archives shows the Fifth under heavy fire at Red Beach 1 as they attempt to advance over a ridge just yards from the waterline. Louis Brown grew up a farmer’s son in fertile, beautiful, coastal California, only to spend the last two weeks of his life on one of the most desolate islands in the Pacific Ocean. Where were the 5th Marines on March 1? A couple of search engines later, a World War II website includes the Division’s action report for March 1: Hill 362 was occupied at about 1000 and the remainder of the day was spent by the unit that occupied the hill in the mopping up the caves and emplacements. There a pocket of resistance was encountered in the center of the line just south of 0-2 x. This pocket delayed the center unit x about 1600 this pocket was overrun...


The most famous landmark on Iwo Jima is Mount Suribachi, where, early in the battle, a detail from the 28th had raised the flag in the iconic photo shot by Joe Rosenthal and recorded on film by 28th cameraman Bill Genaust, who was himself killed in a battle that was just beginning, as were three of the men who had raised the flag. Hill 362A lay on the opposite end of the island. So it was on that obscure hill where the young man, born thirty years before me, but becoming a kind of surrogate son, gave his life for his country and for his fellow Marines. Louis Brown’s parents brought him home and so allowed me to bring him into the classroom. My goal in teaching United States History is to help my 11th-grade students “touch” history in places beyond the text whenever I can, so I used Brown to teach them World War II history, how to use the Internet for academic research and how to do their own searches for ancestral veterans. The lesson, a slide presentation, a film segment on the battle, and the stories of flag-raiser Ira Hayes and of Brown, created a somber classroom. They were, if just for a moment, walking in the footsteps of a longdead high school classmate. Last year, the Atascadero War Memorial was dedicated. Louis’s lesson to my kids was a wonderful gift, but I was able, in a small way, to return it: the memorial committee got his name right.

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art center update By Gordon Fuglie,

SLO Art Center, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections


ine art printmaking holds a special place in my heart. It first hooked me while I was enrolled in a community college art class years ago. We were given a four by six inch plywood block, one inch thick. Bonded to the wood was a smooth section of pliable gray linoleum. Equipped with a set of special metal gouges, our assignment was to incise an image into the linoleum. A bit cowed by the manual technical demands – the equivalent of plowing heavy clay soil, I managed a basic circle around a bird’s claw print, the ubiquitous “peace sign” of yore. But I was only half done. The next task was to apply a thick ink to my design with a roller, place a sheet of sturdy paper over it, and crank the block and sheet it through a press. If the pressure on the rollers was right, then you got a decent result (a print). If not – as I learned, well, try, try, again. Successful printmaking by local students and a “big city pro” will be on display at the San Luis Obispo Art Center in June. In the upstairs McMeen Gallery, the Central Coast Printmakers (an affiliate of the Art Center) will sponsor a juried exhibit of graphics by printmaking students “The Palace,” 2008, reduction linocut in 7 colors, 20” x 36”, edition of 6

enrolled at Cuesta College. On the ground floor, in the First Gallery, visitors may view Dave Lefner’s vividly colored reduction linoleum cuts that are inspired by Pop Art, graphic design, abstract elements and his nostalgia for aging urban signage from a bygone era. Since the 1970s, printmaking has held a prominent place in the Cuesta College Art Department. Bob Pelfrey taught etching and silkscreen up to 1990, turning over the program to Leslie Sutcliffe who has since overseen the printmaking studio. Sutcliffe came from Southern California where she studied under the legendary UC Irvine artist, the late John Paul Jones. She later was a partner and master printer in a studio that made etchings for “A-list” artists like Charles Garabedian, Joyce Treiman and Jonathan Borofsky, as well as editions for major galleries in L.A. and New York. At Cuesta, Sutcliffe imparts to her students the technical basics so they may master them to later realize an aesthetic vision. I can testify to her success in this endeavor. In 2008, I was invited to jury the annual student exhibition at Cuesta College, and was impressed by the number of strong works by printmaking students. Moreover, it seems that the mission of educating young and aspiring artists in the fundamentals of their craft increasingly is being borne by community college art departments. Undergraduate state university and university art programs in recent years have a deplorable record in abandoning craft- and skills-based disciplines like printmaking, ceramics, metalworking and even sculpture. Once you eliminate them, the curriculum suffers. Always a rarified practice, reduction linoleum cuts in color had their “last hurrah” in the mid-20th century when Pablo Picasso employed the medium. The carefully calculated technique involves the sequential cutting away (reduction) of the design one stage at a time – each stage is a separate color, until the block is left with a minimal printing surface. Discovering the Picasso’s linocuts (as they are known) in a museum exhibit, Dave Lefner developed a passion for the process, wedding it to his love for old neon marquees of Southern California’s pre-mulitiplex movie theatres. Those of us who cherish the revitalized Fremont Theatre in downtown SLO, or hope for the restoration of the empty Fox Theatre in Paso Robles, will warm to Lefner’s vibrant, meticulous prints. The artist maintains a residence studio in the downtown LA arts complex known as the Brewery (It once bottled Brew 102 beer.). An entrepreneur as well as an artist, Lefner arrays his color linocuts on 18-foot high walls, salon style, and gladly – patiently – demonstrates the process on his hand press to studio visitors.

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The Cuesta College student printmaking exhibit runs from June 3 to the 29th; Urbanist: Reduction Linocuts by Dave Lefner will be on view from June 3 to August 3. A reception for both shows will take place on Friday, June 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. as part of Art After Dark. Lefner will lecture on his work at 7 p.m. (For further information on the artist, see: www. and com/watch?v=epBbIhyoBtc)



Our Schools: PHYSICAL EDUCATION IS MORE THAN GAMES By Dr. Julian Crocker, County Superintendent of Schools


here is growing concern about obesity in children and its connection to diseases of the heart and diabetes. We frequently see references to the high rates of childhood obesity in our country as compared to other nations and the comparisons of obesity among regions in the United States. There is ample research linking the lack of regular physical activity to an increase in childhood obesity. There is alarming data on the number of hours spent by many children in sedentary activities such as watching television or playing computer games. Our schools have an important role to play in encouraging a lifestyle that includes regular physical activity as one element in reducing obesity. It is often in the elementary school (ages 5-11) where habits and attitudes about physical activity are developed. The time spent in physical activity while at school can help reduce childhood obesity. Physical education is an essential part of a high quality instructional program in elementary schools along with the traditional academic program.

time sports such as jogging, hiking, cycling or tennis. We all know the negative impact on children when they feel they are not as skilled as their peers in games and sports.

The first thing to remember is that physical education in schools is more that just playing games or recesses. There is a definite field of study, research, and practice for teaching the optimum physical development of children. Physical education is a defined content area based on research just like reading and math. A credentialed teacher with specialized training is the best way to provide physical education for elementary school students. Unfortunately, the recent budget cuts in our local schools from the state have caused a reduction in these specialist positions.

Children are Not Miniature Adults. Physical education needs to follow and support the natural maturation of children. Trained physical education teachers know to teach different skills at different ages. For example, adults have much greater endurance than children, so shorter lengths of sustained activity are more appropriate for elementary school children. Physical education in the elementary school is not a miniature fitness center.

The goals of a physical education program in the elementary school include more than physical activity during the day. While we strive for a minimum of 30 minutes a day of physical activity, a quality program also develops specific motor skills such as throwing, catching, and other skills related to specific sports. Perhaps the most important outcome of an elementary school physical education program is to develop and encourage a feeling of competence and self-confidence in relation to physical activity. This positive attitude can lead to lifetime habits of healthy physical endeavors in life-

Here are three principles that should guide a quality physical education program at the elementary school level:

Measure Improvement, Not Winning or Losing. The questions most children want to know is, “am I getting better” or “am I normal?” A trained teacher knows that the answer is in terms of individual progress and encouragement to improve, not in comparison to others. Elementary school physical education stresses individual skills rather than team sports. The main lessons here are that improvement comes with effort and practice, not just because some children are “natural athletes” or are lucky. When children feel they are making progress, they are more likely to want to continue being physically engaged. These are lifetime lessons that lead to enjoyment of healthy, physically active lifestyles as children mature.

Elementary School Age Boys and Girls Are More Alike Than Different. There are lots of differences among children, but it is not on a gender basis before puberty. Grouping for physical activities should be by size and skill, not by gender. High quality physical education programs are organized so that all children have an equal opportunity to practice motor skills and encouraged to master them. It is also important that all children experience a variety of physical activities and games, not just the usual playground games that children organize themselves, and often by gender. This exposure opens up the great variety of lifetime sports to children. A quality physical education program in our elementary schools provides children with the opportunity, the skills and the encouragement to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle as adults.

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lazare landeker’s destiny part 2 of 2 By Joseph A. Carotenuti Photos: SLO County Historical Museum


he 34-year-old Louisianan had reason to be proud. With a beautiful wife and growing family, the noted community leader, official, and businessman had grown prosperous. Yet, his inquisitive and industrious spirit sought new expression. Lazare Landeker became an inventor. His wide range of interests precluded his simply going through each day, earning a living for his loved ones and enjoying the respect of his neighbors. He also looked to a future in which progress was important…and he envisioned himself making a valuable – even unique – contribution to it.

have been better if inventiveness had been rewarded. Destiny again beckoned a final time. In late December 1878, Landeker left for Ukiah to explore a possible business opportunity. There was yet another dream – hope – to pursue. In early January, he wrote to his brother and sister in San Francisco: “I like the appearance of everything here but of course cannot speak positively until I have given it a trial.” The trial extended to a long separation from his family. Returning to San Luis Obispo in time to participate in the Washington’s Day parade on February 22, he gathered Alice, their six surviving children and moved to Ukiah a few days later. The firm of Marks and Landeker was born as a new – and brief – business.

Three patents are known to bear his name. The first dated May 1, 1877 addresses large panes of glass. Once broken, they were expensive to replace. His solution: create a “plurality of windows” by placing glass between crisscrossing pieces of wood (mullions). Smaller broken panes cost less to replace.

The following April, Lazare left after breakfast for the store. There, Elisha, the brother of the former owner, was sweeping the floor. Lazare became upset as he had fired him the day before and warned him to leave or he (Lazare) would call the marshal. The clerk described as “a young man deficit in intellect and of ungovernable habits” did not move.

A few months later (August 21), an ancient tool – the hammer – received his attention. At a time when wood handles were wedged into the hammer’s head (and became loose with age), Lazare envisioned metal prongs in the head to more securely hold the handle in place. Finally, in early 1878, his inventiveness and that of his friend H. S. Laird provided for a “nut-lock” in which interlocking discs prevented bolts from slipping back on their threads. There are no records to indicate the inventions were ever used in production, but each reflected Lazare’s determination to touch the future.

Lazare would have none of it. At trial, the assailant testified he was hit several times by the new owner and implied he was defending himself with a knife kept for sale.

His interest may have been merely a hobby – even though he obtained registered patents – or such inventions were insufficient to sustain his family as by year’s end he had made a critical decision. It would

In a horrific scene, Alice came upon her dying husband on the floor of his latest dream. As reported by the Ukiah City News, she began running and screaming “excitedly” in front of the store. The distraught woman had gone from wife to widow in fifteen minutes. The coroner’s inquest did not substantiate or deny the assailant’s version. No one saw the attack, but all agreed the discharged employee stabbed Lazare in the abdomen. The news reached a shocked San Luis Obispo. Flags were lowered to half-mast, bells tolled, and friends left immediately

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for San Francisco. Landeker was coming home for the last time. The Telegram Tribune reported on his arrival to Port Harford (now Avila): “from thence by railroad, under an escort of committees from the Masons, Odd Fellows, Jews, and fire companies.” Once in front of the newly constructed City Hall on Higuera Street, about 1000 people on foot and in carriages stretching “over half a mile in length” processed to the newly opened Odd Fellows Cemetery. The saddened community “had never before seen” so large a turnout for a funeral. He was laid to rest next to two of his children.

For thousands of industrial workers, it wasn’t their boss who was

The trial and verdict of guilty of second-degree murder may have provided some consolation for a life cut short. The Tribune was outraged by the sentence of the “assassin” to 12 years at hard labor. “At present, the administration of justice is a farce,” the editor fumed, suggesting all laws calculated to restrain murderers should be eliminated from the law since crime received little punishment.

working them to death....

It was of no importance to Lazare. For much of his life, he had garnered the admiration of those who knew him. While death was a specter in every life, its sudden, brutal arrival shocked his universe. It was unexpected, even unimaginable; yet all too real. Destiny had been benevolent to Lazare. From Louisiana to San Luis Obispo, the rhythm of his life balanced the reality of the moment with the promises of a future. In one terrifying, outrageous moment, all was gone. Lazare Landeker met his destiny leaving behind those who declared their “universal respect” for the intelligent, enterprising young man full of promise. If only he had more time. Thank you to Emily McGuinn for her generous sharing of early Jewish history. Landeker’s Hammer patent

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hospice care advanced health-care planning –your wishes, your decisions By Tina McEvoy, RN, BSN


here are many things in life that are out of our hands. Having an Advanced Health Care Directive in place gives you a way to control something very important – how to assure that decisions regarding your future medical care will reflect your own wishes, in the event you are unable to voice those wishes. An Advanced Health Care Directive (AHCD) is a document that instructs others about your care should you be unable to make decisions on your own. At Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, we do address the issue of advance care planning when patients are referred to our program. However, sometimes, it may be too late for the person who has not prepared an AHCD and is unable to communicate due to disease progression or dementia. The AHCD allows one to appoint a health care agent (also known as “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care”) who will have the legal authority to make health care decisions for the person if they are no longer able to speak for themselves. This is typically a spouse, but can be another family member, close friend, or anyone else you feel will see that your wishes and expectations are met. The AHCD allows you to make specific written instructions for your future health care in the event of any situation in which you can



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no longer communicate your wishes. It provides a clear statement of wishes about your choice to prolong your life or to withhold or withdraw treatment. Since every state has different laws, it is important to use state-specific advanced directives. You may revoke any part of, or the entire Advanced Health Care Directive at any time. It is suggested that you discuss your health care desires with your physician. He or she is likely to be the one caring for you when your instructions become relevant. Furthermore, your physician can help you phrase your requests in a way that makes sense to physicians and can answer any questions you may have. Despite your best efforts to plan for all eventualities in a health care declaration, actual events may not “fit” your directives. It is important that you discuss your desires with family and friends. They can then

COMMUNITY often help clarify your directives on the basis of recollections of specific discussions under specific circumstances. In addition, if you have discussed your wishes with a number of people, it is more likely that those wishes will be honored. Another benefit of discussion with family members is the avoidance of unpleasant scenes and confrontations when you are incapacitated. While family members may have little legal authority to make decisions for incapacitated patients, they often feel they have moral authority. They may be confused by statements not previously shared with them, and may even try to contest your wishes legally if they feel your choices are not in your “best interest.”



Experts agree the time to discuss your views about end-of-life care, and to learn about the end-of-life care choices available, is before a life-limiting illness occurs or a crisis happens. By preparing in advance, you can help reduce the doubt or anxiety related to making decisions for you when you cannot speak for yourself. To obtain a copy of a state-specific Advanced Health Care Directive, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website at, or contact Hospice Partners. This monthly Hospice Corner is sponsored by Hospice Partners of the Central Coast. Tina McEvoy, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Care Services at Hospice Partners. For more information, call (805) 782-8608. Statepoint Media Crossword Theme: Great Outdoors ACROSS 1. Secret clique 6. “Shut your ___!” 9. *From it grows a plant 13. *Scuba divers here see shipwrecks and coral 14. Id’s partner 15. *”The Great Outdoors” star 16. Mention 17. “___ Goo Dolls” rock band 18. Hit song by “The Rolling Stones” 19. *Whitewater sport 21. Might describe CIA operation 23. ___ Paolo, Brazil 24. Food known for being spicy 25. As opposed to he 28. Silly talk or writing 30. Member of Round Table 35. Goldfish or koi, e.g. 37. Slit made in any material by cutting 39. One who’s doomed

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COMMUNITY I also made a similar two day Japanese train trip going south from Yokohama to Sasabo, Japan in November 1951. After rigorous training in Japan, the 40th went to Korea in January 1952. They landed at Inchon and traveled through the capital city of Seoul, which was in ruins. This was after the Chinese had entered the conflict in November 1950 and laid waste to Seoul for the second time as the UN forces were pushed back south of the 38th parallel. By January 1952, our forces had fought their way back to the north of the 38th parallel and Charlie Company was sent to the Chunchon valley by the Kumsong River.

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t the American Legion State Convention last summer, I met Ed Gutierrez. He is the present Commander of Post 56 in Santa Maria. He and I had a common experience as federalized California National Guardsmen during the Korean conflict.

The 40th Division replaced the 24th Division which had been badly mauled by the Chinese from the Chosin Reservoir to Seoul. The 40th fought gallantly during the period from January of 52 to the end of the conflict in 1953 and had numerous Medal of Honor recipients. Many of them posthumous.

Ed was a member of the 40th Division, Charlie Battery, 981st Field Artillery Battalion of the California Army National Guard. They were called up September 1, 1950, just two weeks after my group, the 161st Ordnance Depot Company. Charlie Battery went to Camp Cooke, now Vandenberg Air Force Base, for training and preparation for shipment to Korea. They consisted of 118 guys from SLO and SB counties. When the 161st was sent to Camp Cooke in October 1950 the 40th was already there to welcome us.

Ed remembered two big artillery battles against the Chinese, one of which involved firing of 100,000 rounds. His outfit was in the iron triangle area of the Kumwa valley. It was cold and there was snow on the ground. One night with deep snow on the ground and a lot of stars glittering in the sky, Ed and a buddy left their bunker to enjoy the beauty of the moon and stars glittering on the new fallen snow and almost lost their lives as something exploded and shrapnel hit all around them. He and his buddy jumped into the bunker and lived to tell about it. Actually they found out it was an American outgoing short round that exploded by their bunker. Gutierrez was returned home for discharge in April of 1952.

March of 1951 found them in Honshu, Japan via Camp Stoneman at Pittsburgh, CA, then on a troop ship to Yokohama, and a train trip north to Honshu on a Japanese train.

The turnout for the Post 66 Memorial Day Remembrance was good. I thank everyone who made it possible . You are too numerous to thank personally so thank you, thank you, thank you.

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I notice everywhere I go when they play the National Anthem or salute our flag, most veterans still give the civilian salute with the hand over the heart. So I am reminding all veterans that in recognition of our service to our country, whether in uniform or not, we are authorized to give the military salute hand to the forehead. Special legislation was necessary to get this privilege to veterans, so lets show we are proud to be veterans and use the military salute. Be sure to keep in touch 805-543-1973 or See ya all again right here in July. July? Oh yeah... hey, if any group in your area is having a celebration of the Independence Day holiday, how about telling me about it before June 10th so I can pitch it for you. Remember the tenth of each month is my deadline for transmission to the editor.



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owntowns across the country are doing knowing that hard-core moms and pops are what downtowns do best: changing likely to morph into whatever they need to with the times and Downtown SLO be in order to stay open for business. One is no exception. Staying alert, paying attenthing you’ll see is a lot of hopskotching: busition and making adjustments by our businesses moving into smaller digs and still other ness community are why Downtown SLO’s businesses moving from the outskirts into the sales tax numbers continue to rank in the vacated properties along the more heavily top three income-producing commercial trafficked core. Ready? Ann’s recently downdistricts of the City and why City leaders are sized and moved to where KLOZ used to be on Deborah Cash, CMSM, Executive Director anxious to keep Downtown humming. It was Morro Street; Stephen Patrick Design (formerly somewhat ironic last week to see “LiquidaAtmospheres) moved to where Full Circle used tion” signage for a major non-Downtown departto be on Monterey, Full Circle moved to Morro Street ment store being paraded up and down Higuera then, sadly, closed. Ambiance upsized and moved Street by sign walkers. (We’re informed that this into the former Atmosphere’s. Romp same-sized and activity, while annoying to Downtown businessmoved into where Ambiance had been. La Rouge es, is exempt from our City’s strict sign ordinance (formerly next door to Romp) moved into the former codes as a condition of bankruptcy.) However, we CCS, CCS moved into the former Law’s along with think the construction noise drove them away… Founders Community Bank whose president/CEO Reese Davies headed up First Bank for many years. nyhow, all over the country, seminars and Whew! It’s like musical stores, except we hope no information from a variety of Main Street and one drops out. But the point is that people are doaffiliated organizations are offering advice on ing what they need to do to flow with the times and “surviving in the current economy” or “tackling the truthfully, most people say they are the happier for it. trends” or even “take advantage of the downtimes”


On the Cover: June in Downtown SLO means Concerts in the Plaza. Starting June 5, enjoy free top local entertainment every Friday night in Mission Plaza from 5:30 - 7:30 and a special “double header” on July 3. See full page ad for details. Wear your dancing shoes! Photo by Deborah Cash

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hat other changes do we see? Many businesses have joined the social networking craze and even some who say they resisted technology for years are now hopelessly in love with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Just because they have “down time” doesn’t mean they can’t use that time to be busy—finding new customers! We love Picking Daisies, a one-of-a-kind sister-sister-sister store where not only do they manufacture and sell their beautiful cloth napkins (a green product!), they hold art and trunk shows, send out email “Napkin News” updates and participate in Farmers’ Market. The “Daisy Sisters” Ann, Kay and Dede are literally “out there” making their business work. And, in response to businesses’ interest, the Downtown Association will be offering a social networking workshop to its members – how ‘tweet’ it is!


he Downtown Association will also launch its “Safe Parking” campaign to assist visitors with avoiding parking tickets, especially now that the increase mentioned in last month’s column will become a reality June 1. Participating businesses will advertise “We Have Change” with window signage to offer the service and keep the message fresh that we don’t want our guests getting tickets. The parking structure—with one hour free—is



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e are also excited to announce the hiring of a new Promotions Coordinator, Reyes Miranda. Reyes will take over from Christy Tiaga who has been with the Association for two years overseeing major and minor events and will be leaving to enjoy motherhood. Reyes is a Cal Poly Journalism graduate and a former intern at the Downtown Association with hands-on experience with the Holiday Parade and Farmers’ Market special events. He has great people skills and we are excited to have his talent and enthusiasm infuse our program just in time for Concerts in the Plaza! Join us in saying “goodbye” to Christy and “welcome” to Reyes!


s Downtown changes—and it always has—one thing remains the same: it’s a fun place to be. We hope you will take advantage of all that Downtown has to offer and come down regularly to see all the changes…around Downtown!

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Winners were:

In the recent Rib Cook Off, Downtown market vendors and restaurants offered up beef and pork ribs for judging in a variety of categories.

Judges’ Choice Pork: Downtown Brewing Co.

Judges’ Choice Beef: F. McLintocks Saloon People’s Choice Beef: F. McLintocks Saloon People’s Choice Pork: F. McLintocks Saloon

Participating: F. McLintocks Saloon, Marti’s Bar and Grill, Creekside Brewing Company, Mother’s Tavern, Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ and Downtown Brewing Company.

BIG GUNS AWARD: Downtown Brewing Co. (Ferrigno, Romero, Callahan)

Judges included: Lou Ferrigno (The Original Hulk) pictured with his wife Carla and judge Mayor Dave Romero, SLOFD Chief John Callahan, Bill Benica of KYNS radio, Matt Gaines of MG Sports Supplements, John Kaney of Kaney Foods and guest judge Heather Burchmore.

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The event commemorated long time participant Larry Kowalski, former owner of Mo’s who passed away last year. Thanks to volunteers and sponsors: District 96 Salon, MG Sports Supplements, Kaney Foods, Wells Fargo and Downtown Travelodge.

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Looking for a graduation gift? Need a watch battery? San Luis Jewelry is happy to help. Owner Cemal Ovet opened San Luis Jewelry two months ago on Morro Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo. San Luis Jewelry is a full-service jewelry store offering watch batteries, jewelry repairs, ear piercing, engraving and custom design. The store carries a variety of jewelry such as silver and titanium rings, watches, charms, engagement rings and local artists’ jewelry. Ovet works

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Robert Merino, Owner 1116 Morro Street 549-0777 For most people, it would be pretty hard to open a business in a month, but with a no-fear approach, Robert Merino was able to do just that. In midFebruary, the retail space at 1116 Morro Street became available and Robert immediately jumped on the opportunity. “We just decided to go for it...why not?” he asked. Merino had been in real estate with his dad since graduating from high school in 2002, but with the downturn of the market he had to look for other ways to make ends meet. “I see kids

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Obispo Wealth Management is a one-stop shop for any financial challenge says founder of the company and financial consultant, Dave Nilsen. Nilsen specializes in all forms of investments including retirement planning, risk management and estate planning, and has been working as a financial planner since 1994. After working for Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. and then Morgan Stanley, Nilsen gained expertise in the financial

with a custom designer in San Francisco to produce unique pieces as well. Ovet has been in the jewelry business for 15 years and owned a store in San Rafael, California for nine years prior to moving to San Luis Obispo. He chose San Luis Obispo because of the laidback lifestyle and the unique Downtown area. Ovet says he sets his store apart from others by offering good design for a good price. San Luis Jewelry is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. By Chelsea Buttress wearing shorts and sandals here all year long...and it’s all very expensive,” Merino said. “I can provide the same style, the same quality, for much less and save parents money.” And so Merino took some of his savings and within a month Beach Bums was the newest surf shop Downtown. The store carries an assortment of guys’ and girls’ jeans, shorts, shirts, bathing suits and sunglasses and is looking to add surfboards, sandals, hats and beach bags to their stock very soon. When you’re ready to take advantage of their $10 jeans, $7 sunglasses or other low cost clothing, visit Beach Bums seven days a week 10 AM - 8 PM. By Tristan Fuenmayer field and decided to open Obispo Wealth Management where, he said, he hopes the community will benefit “by working with a small, local company.” Obispo Wealth Management’s mission is to help clients throughout the entire process from establishing their financial goals and objectives to implementing the plan. Nilsen chose the Downtown location because of its convenience and the building’s private parking lot. Obispo Wealth Management is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. By Chelsea Buttress



eye oN business hunger awareness day: one dollar, one day By Maggie Cox, Barnett Cox & Associates


here’s been a lot of promotion recently for hunger issues in our county. Food drives at grocery stores, mail carriers picking up food donations, local media stories – all adding up to a big message about a pressing need right here at home. You may be wearying on the subject, but we still have work to do. People in need constitute close to 15 percent of the SLO County population – and nearly half are children. Many more are seniors, working families and disabled vets. Hunger exists in San Luis Obispo County, and it lives in the people we rub shoulders with every day.

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When we look past the statistics and get to know the people, the story becomes even more compelling. There’s the 27-year resident of the South County who thanked the Food Bank for “making her Christmas” – not for providing gifts, but for providing food. There’s a North County mother of three who needs help because “my husband just doesn’t make enough in the vineyards;” a construction worker who used to build high-end homes whose work has now dried up; and three friends in Cayucos – one with brain cancer, one who lost his job and one a disabled veteran. There’s a very human, compassionate side to the story, but there’s also a practical business consideration. People who are hungry or worrying about feeding their children can’t offer top performance on the job. Existing on a low budget diet often means a lack of nutrition and adequate fuel needed to keep lives moving at full tilt. Our teachers see it in their students, our future employees. Dr. Julian Crocker, Superintendent of Public Education for SLO County summarized it in five words: “A hungry child cannot learn.” Times are tight, but surely the 85 percent of us who have enough to eat can share a bit with our friends who don’t. Local hunger is easy to fix. We can do it in a day and with just a dollar a person. Hunger Awareness Day is coming up on Tuesday, June 2nd. That’s the one day the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County is asking every person in the county to contribute one dollar to help buy the food needed to feed local residents for a year. The Food Bank is making it easy – you can donate online, by mail or at one of 15 collection sites that will be located throughout the county on June 2nd. If you are reading this after Hunger Awareness Day has passed, keep in mind that your donation is still welcome and will still be needed. Please visit the Food Bank Web site at www. to contribute online, call 238-4664 or write a check to Food Bank / Hunger Awareness Day and mail to PO Box 2070, Paso Robles, CA 93447. Last year’s response was phenomenal. People came in cars, on foot and riding bikes, keeping collection sites hopping all day. Some came with a dollar in hand, others with more. One woman stuffed the jar with a hundred dollar bill and said, “I know what it’s like to be hungry.” The Food Bank thanks you for your support…and hopes you’ll keep it coming...June 2nd.



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june is adopt-a-cat month. Jules Verne

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said, “I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” ---Franklin P. Jones

matchmaking: The dog park is social june is National Rose Month. Rosarians

greener weddings use tree seedlings for

dairy month shares June with Fresh Fruit

our printer engraves tons of invitations,

offer garden tours, rose swapping and edible recipes featuring their blooms.

time for dogs and people. Our bachelor went to the park to chat with dog owners about breeds, care, and dog gear. He left with four phone numbers and two lunch dates.

party favors. Each festive tree tube has planting directions and recycles as a bird feeder.

and Vegetable Month. Our grocer suggests a fruit and veggie salad topped with cream dressing.

june 1939: The National Baseball Hall of

envelopes, cards and other paperphenalia. He says it is good for young trees to grace a wedding table.

columnist bill vaughn said, “There’s

something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a lifelong respect for the price of butter and eggs.”

june 1284: Legend says on a June day 130

children disappeared from a small village. The Pied Piper folk tale evolved from the mysterious disappearances in Hamelin over 700 years ago.

Fame opened in Cooperstown. Fifteen thousand visitors gathered for the opening.

shortstop honus wagner was one of

flag day is June 14. june 1934: Magician Harry Blackstone

the first Cooperstown inductees. He said, “I don’t make speeches. I just let my bat speak for me in the summertime.”

75 years: The Great Smoky Mountains

movietime: Twenty-five years ago the Ghostbusters movie was released. Other 1984 movie hits included The Terminator, Gremlins and Amadeus. Our critic says everyone remembers the hits but only Netflix offers the non-hits, too.

Jr. was born. He said, “Nothing I do can’t be done by a 10-year-old with 15 years of practice.”

National Park was founded in 1934 to preserve Southern Appalachian forestlands. Land for the park was purchased by funds raised from individuals, groups, and pennysaving schoolchildren.

june 1859: The silver-bearing Comstock Lode was discovered near Virginia City, Nevada.

june 1859: Sundowners, the Santa Barbara version of Santa Ana winds, swept through coastal mountains. Local temperatures were recorded at 133 degrees. The hot winds killed animals and cooked fruit and vegetables in fields.

weddings fill the calendar. Brides are going green with borrowed dresses, vintage jewelry and electronic invitations.

summer starts June 21. fishing week: Writer John Gierach said

the smokies are named for the wispy mountain fog created by rain and forest evaporation.

the solution to any problem is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.

century: A 1909 Mother’s Day sermon

school is out. Electronic messages of

inspired listener Sonora Dodd to create a day in tribute to her father. Her persistence led to a day honoring all fathers.

LDOS are circulating among students and teachers. It is an exhilarating acronym for Last Day Of School.

father’s day is June 21. Next time the kids

sauntering: A good saunter is a leisurely

ask what to get Dad, empty his chore jar and hand them his tasks.

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THE BULLETIN BOARD state eagle scout of the year The California Department of the American Legion veterans’ organization has selected Paso Robles Eagle Scout Matthew Kudija as the Legion’s California Eagle Scout of the Year for 2009. Kudija has been active in the Boy Scouts of America since first grade, and earned his Eagle Scout rank while in 8th grade. He has been active in the Civil Air Patrol since 7th grade, and currently holds the rank of Cadet First Lieutenant. He is a volunteer for the Flying Samaritans, which works at a clinic in Mexico. Kudija is currently the co-student director of campus ministry at Mission Prep, and was the rector for the senior retreat last fall. He is a lifetime CSF member. He was the president of the Mission Prep Robotics team last year, and has played soccer as a goalkeeper while in high school. He is co-captain of the varsity soccer and volleyball teams. Matthew is a leader in many activities and is well respected by his peers, teachers and other adults who know him. Kudija has qualified to be the Legion’s Eagle Scout of the Year for the United States.

nipomo H.S. Troupe takes home the gold Recently the Nipomo High School Thespian troupe #6686, took home Gold! Many of the troupe took first place in the state of California during the state-wide competition. In the beginning of the school year, the cast of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown musical submitted a 30-minute DVD of their performance for competition. Their play was to perform in front of the entire Thespian troupes of California on the main stage of the Ontario Convention Center during the 2009 annual state-wide competition. With more than nine first place awards throughout the weekend, no other high school in the state took home more gold. Director, Robyn Metchik, says, “The group of Thespians this year were stellar! Their talents, their performances and the behavior at the festival were the best that I have ever witnessed. The entire troupe was thrilled with the results.”


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It’s the 21st Annual Live Oak Music Festival, a three day concert and camping event held every year on Father’s Day weekend in the beautiful and peaceful hills off Hwy 154, above Santa Barbara. This year’s festival will be held on June 19, 20, and 21. 100% of Live Oak proceeds go to support San Luis Obispo’s KCBX Public Radio, a non-profit organization. This year’s festival artwork was created by local artist and musician Stuart Mason of Los Osos. To see the complete three-day concert line-up and to order your tickets for the 2009 Live Oak Music Festival, please visit the website at or by phone at 805-781-3030. Full festival adult tickets are $115, teen tickets $75 and children’s tickets $35. Day tickets are $35 for adults and teens and $15 for children.

sPRING FLING IN SAN LUIS The rhythms of pop music pulsate from Wilson Hall at First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo. Not church music and once inside, the reason is soon apparent. It’s prom night and the high school students are having a blast. This is the annual “Spring Fling” event for San Luis Obispo County’s high schools, but the students wearing the corsages and boutonnieres here are special. Many of them are severely handicapped and wouldn’t ordinarily take part in their own school’s prom for a variety of reasons. But the Spring Fling has everything they might have missed, and more. “It’s without a doubt the best party of the year for everyone,” says Nancy Beighley of San Luis Obispo High School’s Interact Club. “The volunteers say it’s more fun than their own prom and the guests really love it. It’s really a joyful event.” It’s all here. Disc jockey. Flowers. Dinner and décor. This comes courtesy of many good folks. The county Superintendent’s Office is a sponsor. The county’s Special Education Staff is in full force. SLO high’s Interact Club is a host and the SLOHS Agriculture Program makes the corsages. And members of the Rotary Club Daybreak have been hosting the event for nearly a decade. “You know, we get a lot of satisfaction seeing the kids have so much fun,” observes Harry Sharp of SLO Rotary Daybreak. “This is just so fulfilling all the way around.” This year’s event was a huge success. More than 120 students enjoyed the thrill of prom night and their parents and volunteers had a thrill watching them.

Hospice “Pardners” Hoedown Saturday - August 1, 2009 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm



Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band

per person

at the Barbeque

Hearst Ranch Live Western Band

Attendance limited to 350 guests Hosted by Hospice Partners of the Central Coast Ticket purchase required prior to event



Door Prizes

Proceeds benefit patients of Hospice Partners of the Central Coast & their families Call for Event Tickets


2009 Sponsors Hearst Corporation Steve Hearst Journal Plus Magazine Rotary Club of Nipomo Spencer's Fresh Markets F. McLintocks Babe Farms Donovision

New Times Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Hearst Castle Browder Painting Co. La Bella Olives Kimpton Group McPrice/Myers Winery

Food-4-Less Harvey's Honey Huts Mission Country Disposal Spectrum Color Images Farm Supply Trader Joe’s - Templeton Tolosa Winery Barrel 27 Winery

Monte Mills & The Lucky Horseshoe Band The Keenan Carter Group Crystal Springs Water Skyline Flower Growers Bill Gaines Audio First Transit of San Simeon Taylor Rental

Hospice Partners of the Central Coast is a non-profit 501(C)3 state licensed, Medicare and Medi-Cal certified Hospice Agency and is affiliated with Wilshire Health & Community Services, Inc.

Heroics happen here every day. E m e r g e n c y & Tr a u m a C a r e Is it really an emergency? From a simple earache to a catastrophic stroke, Sierra Vista’s emergency room and trauma specialists are ready to treat you 24/7. Exceptional people. Exceptional facilities. Exceptional service.

Sierra Vista’s ER team brings prestigious education and training to the Central Coast. Meet five members of the group: (l-r) Sue Fortier, RN, Trauma Coordinator, UCSF; Dr. Rushdi Abdul-Cader, UCLA; Dr. Scott Bisheff, UC Davis; Dr. Cinnamon Redd, UC Davis; Dr. Paul Georghiou, UCLA.

For a physician referral, call

(800) 483-6387 1010 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo

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