Cambrian Letters to the Editor

Cambrian Letters to the Editor June 27

cambrian@thetribunenews.comJune 26, 2013 

Let out some rein

Regarding your published negative comment about finding a 1,000-pound horse on a walking trail. East Ranch MUST be made to hold on to the spirit of horse there instead of going to the dogs alone!
When my 1,000-pound quarterhorse was on patrol, as assigned by former East West Ranch (now Fiscalini Ranch Preserve) owners, to keep their land clean and safe, anyone walking near this animal was compelled by his niceness to stroke his coat and chat about him; children lined up a dozen deep to climb on for short rides.

The best of Cambria’s history involves horses — cattle ranching, rodeos, parades and pleasure riding. Books about the Soto family make it all come alive.

Rodeo Grounds Road led to many exciting events — two cowboys I knew well won competition ropings right there. The late Marcia Phillips, whose home is alongside the corrals, was the perfect example of excellent horse care, riding correctness, the safety of others and delight in all local horse activities.

A black hole in our history is negativity about equine programs — especially involving youth, so sadly deprived of them.

Small riding clubs are a part of many locals’ lives; a replica of any of them would be of immense physical and social benefit to everyone.

Vivian Thompson


Camp Fire memories

Do you have fond memories of going to summer camp?  Camp Fire Central Coast of California has been building similar memories for over 70 years with Camp Tacanneko and Camp Natoma. If so, we would like to invite you to join our alumni family. We’re updating our database and would love to add you to our contact list. In doing so, we can keep you informed  of upcoming events. We invite you  to become an adult member so you can share the spark of Camp Fire with our youth.

In the past, Camp Fire has been able to offer “camperships” (i.e., scholarships) to those needing financial aid, but due to a decrease in donations, we may not be able to offer as many this year. We are seeking donations from the public, service groups, businesses, etc. so that we can continue to offer the special outdoor camping experience of sleeping under the stars in the Adelaida Hills near Paso Robles to local children. Help us to share the enriching experiences  that summer camps have to offer.

If you would like to contribute to the Camp Fire Campership program, please call the Camp Fire Office 773-5126, or mail your check made payable to “Camp Fire” with “campership” noted on the memo to Camp Fire Central Coast of California, P.O. Box 1269, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

Shari McCarthy, board member

Arroyo Grande

Quota helps out

I am a member of Quota International of Morro Bay and want to let the people of Cambria know a little about our nonprofit!

Every year, Quota International of Morro Bay gives out a scholarship to a senior who attends Coast Union High School.

Quota International of Morro Bay works to raise funds for underprivileged women and children, our troops, the county Food Bank and various other wonderful causes.

We always welcome new members. We meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, at the “View” at the Morro Bay Golf Course at noon.

If interested, please check out web site at — you will be glad you did!
Have a wonderful summer!

Teri Simmons

Morro Bay

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